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Class 5, Autumn 2, Week 2

This week Class 5 have been working hard on both their topics; World War 1 and Harry Potter.

In English, we have been drafting our own narrative writing where we could choose our own title and characters to focus on. Some of our titles were, ‘The Imaginary Vault’, Ron’s Lucky Day’, ‘Hermione’s Accident’ and ‘The Lost Wand’. We have had to include a lot into our writing including fronted adverbials, relative clauses and pronouns, parenthesis and direct speech. We are looking forward to sharing some of these at our class assembly.

On Tuesday, a travelling theatre company came in to show a play about WW1. We all participated really well with our knowledge of how the war started. It was funny but emotional and made many of us think.

We have had a go at making our own Propaganda posters, writing poems about the animals in war and found out about how the war ended.

In RE we had a go at answering our Big question, ‘ What is the most important value to you and why?’ – there were some great answers.

We would like to remind you that our class assembly is on Friday 30th November 2018 at 2:30pm

Unfortunately, Class 5 were unable to have their flu jabs today so will be having them at another time.

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Class 5 Autumn 2 Week 1

The children have worked really hard this week and have managed well with all the different changes to our usual timetable.

We have been focusing our afternoon lessons on Topic, learning all about WW1. All the children have been thoroughly engaged and involved in discussing different aspects of the war. We have used photographs taken during the war to help us to truly start to understand what it must have been like.

Today, on our learning journey of ‘Peace and Reconciliation’, the children have had a chance to reflect on conflicts, refugees, remembering the brave people who have fought in wars before now and those who are still fighting today. Most children participated really well and shared their deepest thoughts and prayers. Thank you Class 5.

It has been a very reflective day and I’m sure your child will be able to tell you all about it.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Walker J

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Class 5 Letters

Just a quick note to say I'm sorry I fogot to give out some letters today for all children in Class 5 as well as letters specifically for children in choir - these will go out tomorrow! 

Sorry again, 

Miss Walker :) 

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Autumn Week 6

Another week has flown by in Class 5! We've been very busy designing our wands and writing our advert in English, working on our short division skills in maths and exploring the different layers of soil in science! 

I have seen a real improvement in the children's presentation this week and they are becoming far more confident in using their learning powers to show their understanding! It makes marking their work far more interesting and exciting to read! 

I'm aware that some children have been a bit careless with their belongings at school and our cloakroom is full of jumpers, coats, bits of PE kits and trainers. Hopefully next week we can keep on top of tidying it and everyone can take home their items. 

Looking forward to seeing some of your on Thursday afternoon for Class 5's family week session - there will be lots of maths actitivites to do including Turbo Tables! 

Have a good weekend, 

Miss Walker :) 

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Class 5 Week 5

Biscuits, biscuits and biscuits!

Thursday and Friday some of the children have been able to finally make their biscuits they have designed in DT. They have worked hard to keep to their specification however, the odd marshmallow or popping candy toppings seem to have snuck into their last minute design changes! We will continue our biscuit making on Monday for those who didn’t get the chance to this week!

In maths, we have been looking and the short and long multiplication method and have been working hard to ensure we know each step of the method. Some children admitted to struggling a bit as they did not know their times tables! Please try to practice these regularly, as it is a great help when learning trickier things!

We have finished our Harry Potter Hogwarts accepted letters this week – I am sure some of you saw the finished ones up on the wall on Monday. They have been well written and the children have focused on the format of a formal letter. Next week, we will be looking at advertisements for Wands and completing some descriptive writing!

Finally, an apology to the Year 5 parents – In the mad rush of a Friday afternoon I completely forgot to give out the children’s Residential School Journey letter. These will be given out on Monday.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and with the absence of weekly homework, maybe some grid homework can be done, or extra times table practice!

See you Monday,

Miss Walker

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Autumn Week 2

A second fab week in Class 5 has whizzed by! All the children are really starting to understand the rules and routines of their new class and are becoming more responsible for their behaviour and learning attitude!

Another week of Place Value activities in Maths finishing today with a variety of maths challenges to choose from. All the children had great fun figuring out new ways to be successful at the task and persevered to achieve their learning objective.

We have started reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as our text in English and will be using this fiction text as a source for our writing over the next term. I am very excited and so are the children who know a bit about Harry Potter!

Just a reminder that your weekly homework is due in on Monday and you will also have your spelling test.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Walker J

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Autumn Week 1

What a fantastic start to the term we have had. All the children have come back after the summer well rested and ready to start their new school year! The effort I have seen this week has been amazing and I am hoping that it will continue!

In maths this week we explored larger numbers – working with 5,6 and 7 digit numbers! We have played some number games and it got rather noisy with all the dice rolling around! On Friday, I set some tricky work to test their mathematical thinking – I was so pleased to see the perseverance and determination in everyone and cannot wait to continue next week!

J.k. Rowling has been our focus in English, using the Ipads and Non-fiction books to carry out independent research. All the children chose how to display their research and some very interesting facts were found!

Thank you to all those who have been so efficient in bringing back the DT letters! This has really helped me get an idea of what we will be tasting and baking soon!

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend,

See you Monday!

Miss Walker J

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Summer Week 5

Class 5 have been working extremely hard this week, particularly in English. Not only have we written our own versions of the opening of Macbeth, but written a letter from Macbeth telling Lady Macbeth of the prophesies bestowed upon him and a diary entry as Lady Macbeth, plotting to ensure the prophesies come true! The children have been using fantastic language and really getting into the Shakespearean way of thinking and talking.

Just a reminder that four pieces of grid homework are due by next Friday - completed to a good standard please. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Walker J

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Welcome back Class 5

It has been a great first week back and can't believe it is over already. Everyone has worked so hard and has settled back into learning really quickly, which is brilliant.

Mrs Blencowe and I have been impressed with the attitude and behaviour of both year 5 and 6. The oldest children have been so helpful and have loved having the responsibilty of helping the new reception children. I have also been so pleased with the amount of reading that has happened at home throughout this week. Let's keep that going!

Next week the children will receive homework, starting with spellings on Monday. I would like to remind you that Class 5 can attend homework club on a Thursday lunchtime if they need help or would just like to get it completed in school time. Swimming will also start on Monday. 

I hope you have found the curriculum leaflets useful to what lies ahead for the Autumn Term in Class 5. Next week will be really exciting as you will have read in the weekly newsletter about the launch of Learning Powers.  

Do look out for our weekly blogs.

Thank you Class 5 for a great week of learning. See you all on Monday ready and organised!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Blencowe

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Happy New Year from Class 5




Happy New Year!


I would like to start by thanking the children and families for the lovely Christmas gifts and hope that everyone had an enjoyable break.  I would also like to say a big well done to those children who put a great deal of effort into the Christmas homework that was set. I have to say that everyone has started the New Year with a great attitude and looks like they are raring to go.


It was back to business for Class 5 on Tuesday morning starting with spellings. The children understood that there was one day less of learning but still managed to be ready for Fridays test. As a Class we also made a few New Year’s resolutions. These have now become sayings which we are using to help empower our learning and increase our self-belief. See what you think!


  • Firstly there is no such word as ‘Fail’; it’s just a First Attempt In Learning.

  • If you want to reach to the top, the learning doesn’t stop.

  • Learning is not hard; it just takes a great deal of hard work.


In Maths this week we focused our learning around positive and negative numbers and decimals. We looked at ordering these particular kinds of numbers and starting to see what happens when we use the four operations. Some of us seeking out number lines as a resource to assist us with our understanding. One of the harder things to grasp was estimating/approximating, we kept focusing on getting the correct answer. At the end of the week we looked at money problems and ensuring that we could use a calculator efficiently, especially with calculating larger amounts. Homework will start next week; however revision can be done in the meantime or working on those weaker timetables.


In English we have started to look at journalistic writing. We have a great resource in class, ‘First News’. We spent some time discussing the features of this particular type of writing and getting ‘Top Tips ‘from the editor Nicky Cox. This week’s homework is linked to this style. Your child can choose one from the following three tasks:


  1. Identify and find and interesting article based on the topic of water. This can be found online and printed off or from a newspaper, (past or present). You may wish to extend by highlighting some of the characteristics and try to explain why this article particularly caught your eye. Which spelling, grammar and punctuation features are present?

  2. Have a go at writing an article of your own. After listening to some of the editor’s top tips, could you impress her with your journalistic skills? Remember some news may be exaggerated; but don’t go too wild.

  3. Find around 10 catchy headlines; however you need to be able to link features of Spelling, Grammar and punctuation. Which do you find the best and of course why?


We also had our first Lacrosse session but sadly indoors, due to the weather. We learnt a great deal and had great fun. Mrs Archer introduced us to our art session on watercolours. A great number of skills were used which also gets us ready for our ‘Arts Days’ which are soon approaching. We also started our geography topic about ‘Water’ and looked at why we need water. In order to make our learning fun and creative you may have heard your child singing a water rap.


In computing we were introduced to a new topic ‘Robotics and systems’. Within this session we had to identify and research automatic controlled systems and look at some of the computer terminology that goes with this unit of work. Could you identify some systems? We set to work trying to make a few posters to help others and will look to displaying these as soon as possible. This topic will involve us learning about algorithms and programming.


In RE we have been improving our ability in articulating how we feel and using some higher order thinking in answering those ‘big’ questions; how did Jesus choose his disciples? We also looked at who his disciples were and what does it mean to be a disciple?  Next we looked at a piece of art and could we identify each disciple. This linked nicely with collective worship where we were introduced to this half terms value ‘service’. As a school we thought about ways in which the value of ‘service’ maybe seen. We watched how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the last supper going on to look closely at the hymn ‘The Servant King’.


Well all of this and a little more, in a 4 day week. Look out for our class blog next week which will be written by the children.


Mrs Stewart






  • Children in choir need to be looking at the Young Voices website as not long now.

  • Think about bringing suggestions for your school council representatives.

  • You may wish to write a prayer for the prayer basket.

  • Be ready and organised with home school contact books, daily please.






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Another term underway in Class 5


Hello. Welcome to this week’s blog. We hope everyone had a lovely half term. This week we have been learning and doing lots of interesting lessons. Mrs Stewart has been working us hard this week. This recount gives you an idea of what we have been learning…


In English this week we have been continuing with our poetry unit and connecting it with WWI/II/Remembrance. Firstly we were split into three groups to look at three different poems. One of them being a well-known poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae. We then had the opportunity to discuss these and analyse the structure and use of syllables to help with rhythm and rhyme. With this knowledge we could then try to use these features when writing our own. Next we were given three pictures that had a common theme. We had to choose one and write a poem on it. To finish the week we looked at performing ‘In Flanders Fields’. As part of the new curriculum children should be able to recite well known poetry from memory. We are starting with this poem.


In Science we were learning about the functions of blood and blood vessels. We had to try and find out at home what our blood group was. (Would you know your blood type?). We looked at red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. I’m sure you know what red and white blood cells are, but what about plasma and platelets? Earlier on in the week we then had to invent our own science experiment relating to ‘lung capacity’. As a class we gathered data to see if we could prove the theory some of us had; that boys had a bigger lung capacity than girls.


In Maths this week we were learning about choosing the best method when faced with different larger addition and subtraction problems. We looked at rounding and adjusting, partitioning and column method. Mrs Stewart, thinking ahead to larger multiplication problems showed us a new method which is called the ‘Chinese method’. She had been shown this way recently and thought that a lot of us could benefit from it. It is similar to the grid method but without adding all those zeros; which can be rather confusing. It’s quite simple when it’s written down and can also be used when working with decimals.


In PE we have started working on gym. We began by warming up so that we could get the blood pumping around our body. (Can you spot the link in learning?). The game was entitled ‘Run through the Jungle’. You have to jog on the spot and the teacher calls out things like; ‘log’ (you have to jump for this)and ‘branch’ (you have to duck down).We then went on to create balances in pairs. Firstly we had to check our grip with each other then we could complete the balance. It was great fun!


Our new value this half term is Thankfulness and what better way to think about this than with Remembrance. We are all looking forward to our visit to the Poppy Factory next Friday. In Class we have been busy showing how thankful we are to all those who fought for our country many years ago, and of course for those more recently. Mrs Stewart thought that we could try and recreate the idea of the ceramic poppy but using salt dough. We were shown a small video clip of all the dedicated volunteers who made the real ceramic versions and were then set the task to make our own. Just like every ceramic poppy is unique, so are ours. Quite a few of our class have been lucky enough to visit the Tower of London to see the spectacular sight. We are still selling poppies and we would like to thank Mrs Burbidge for making poppies for children at school as well.


Another way to understand our value is by helping others with the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. We have a number of boxes in but we can still make a difference as they are not being collected until next week.


A huge well done and were very proud of the girls who played in the football game on Thursday and wish them luck for Saturday.


Laney and Rhys, our school council reps, went on Friday to a ‘transition conference’ accompanied by Mrs Blencowe. We had taken time, prior to this event, to ask those questions that may be concerning us about secondary school and Laney and Rhys went to find the answers for us. These answers were given by pupils from Year 7 from local secondary schools and to put our minds at ease from rumours we may have heard. We are still working through the responses but feel better about what lies ahead.


We hope you find our blog informative and make sure you read the double page spread of newsletter to keep fully up to date with all that we do in school.


Sammy and Bethany




Reminders from Mrs Stewart



Choir – please remember to learn your words for ‘We will remember them’.


Next week –assessment week but do not worry, just try your very best.


No girls football club on 13th Nov and no Junior football on Monday 10th.


Also a few children do not have the correct handwriting pen, these can be purchased at the school office for 35p. Please can you check with your child.


Swimming Monday so remember your kit bag.


Remember to try and organise everything ready to learn, it’s all skills helping you to be ready for next year.





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Learning in Class 5


Gosh, this has been an eventful week! It has been jam packed with lessons, from singing to bingo. It has also been Friendship Week, we don’t know how we fit it all in!


On Monday the choir had an exciting visit to St. Albans Cathedral, with lots of other schools. We sung lots of hymns and took part in a great harvest service, and I think we all enjoyed the “How to Eat a Jelly Baby Test.” Unfortunately, we all got it wrong.


In Maths we have been looking at angles and working out the degrees of them. We had to find the missing degrees, if we were given one of them. Also we’ve been learning about translating and rotating shapes; two of the four ways in transforming shapes. We have also tried to broaden our understanding of mathematical vocabulary.  Do you know what some of these words mean? (Congruent, parallel, perpendicular, adjacent)


In English we have been learning about biographies and autobiographies. Some of us read a biography about Queen Victoria; others had one about Malorie Blackman. We also looked at the features of writing a biography. This is important as we are building up to writing a biography soon linked with our topic of Victorians, favourite authors or even a member of the local community as part of our local study.


As this week was Friendship Week we spent time in the afternoons looking at different ways to celebrate this. We made our own game of friendship bingo. We had to write lots of interests that a person may have. For example likes dancing or has a pet. We wrote them down on a bingo board template, then we went around the classroom and asked people if they shared those interests as a way of getting to know people more. If they shared the interest , then you would write their name on the bingo card. Some of us also looked at writing a recipe for friendship and to end the week we all wrote our individual friendship pledges. Do take a look when you come along to Family Week!


We have also been looking to develop our enquiry skills in history and finding our learning about a local study of St.Ippolyts interesting. We looked around the school taking pictures of the Victorian features that are there. We found the string that makes the bell ring in the library. We looked outside and saw the two bell towers on the roof of the library and Class 5. We also found where a fireplace would have been in Class 5. We also learnt to spot the features that showed the living quarters for the Headmaster. Some of us put this on Corkulous; an app that we have been using in lessons. We also watched a video about how to use a school to form part of a local study in your area. We used the L.A.C.E method: Look- Ask-Conclude- Expand. Look out for this in our Class assembly next week.


In PE we played bench ball. We were separated into 3 teams, there were two benches at both ends of the hall and cones going along the middle. There was a team at each side of the cones. We had to throw the ball over to the other team to the bench. If they caught it, you would go onto the bench with them.


In the theme of Friendship Week we had a special treat from Gripping Yarns and watched a great performance. It was about Snid the bully and Sam the new boy. Simon told the story very well and it was very entertaining. We really enjoyed it and the puppets he used were AMAZING!!After watching the story we made leaflets about anti bullying. Some of us also had a go at writing stories based on this theme to send off to Simon to see if he wanted to use our ideas.


We really enjoyed this week, it was fun.  Thank you for taking the time to read our blog, we hope that you enjoyed it.


Good Bye!!


By Laney and Katie       


Mrs Stewart


I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful selection of cakes handed in on Friday. Some even linking them to Friendship Week.  Thank you and I look forward to seeing you over the next few weeks for events such as; SATs meeting, Class assembly or Family Week.




Swimming kits required for Monday.


Homework – Subordinate Clauses.


SATs meeting on Wednesday 6pm.


Class Assembly Friday 2:30pm








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Learning in Class 5


Wow! What a week! We are all tired out, especially Mrs. Stewart. I am sure you are on the edge of your seats to find out what we have been doing. Well here it is, all in full context…without the technical glitch. We did do a blog last week but it went missing in Cyberland.

 In computing we have been making Top Trumps cards to help us understand databases a bit better. We also learnt about’ big data’ and ‘digital footprints’ .A lot of people made football Top Trumps, well mainly boys anyway. There were some interesting Top Trumps too, like computer games and singers. A digital footprint is the word used to describe the trail, traces or “footprints” that people leave online. It has been interesting and helpful for heading to secondary school.

In maths we have been learning about angles and the technical language associated with them. Using a protractor, we drew and measured angles. We also looked at fractions of amounts as well.

In literacy we have been writing an opening for a ghost story as part of our narrative unit. We had to use a high level of punctuation and language. Not only that but we had to create short sentences to create suspense. We have been set the challenge for homework to complete these. We will then edit them and create our own short story to be displayed in the library.

Bonjour! In French we have been learning numbers to sixty nine. Can you spot the pattern: Zero, Dix, Vingt, Trente, Quarante, Cinqante, Soixante.

In R.E we have been learning about how we express our beliefs in God. We looked at some ways in which our beliefs are influenced. We looked at a range of art and listened to music and then took time to discuss our views with others.

In history and geography we have started to look at our topic of a local study of St.Ippolyts. We wrote down what we knew and what we wanted to find out about. This is a K.W.L. We will be writing to members of the community to find out about St.Ippolyts. What better resource than using members of the community.

On Monday we had another big splash at Hitchin pool. We improved our skills in swim breaststroke and we all got very wet.

Earlier today (Fri 3rd Oct) was all of the year sixes last harvest festival! We all gave donations to Hitchin Food Bank. This links to this half terms value – Generosity! 

We also wanted to tell you about what we have been doing in early morning work. We have been doing dingbats and word ladders. You can try a few as part of our Family Week activity day. We are looking forward to Friendship Week next week too!

 Reminder, Important!

No swimming or Code club on Monday due to the choir going to St. Albans Cathedral, we wish them the best of luck.

Thank you for taking the time to read the weekly blog and sorry again for the glitch last week. Goodbye!

 Aimee and William


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What have Class 5 been doing?

This week has gone by so quickly as everyone has been working really hard – including Mrs Stewart! I bet you're wondering what we’ve been doing this week; here is what we’ve been doing!

On Monday we had our 2nd swimming lesson. It was great fun! We have been practising all the strokes including front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and even some butterfly. Earlier on that day we were doing English where we were creating effective settings using ‘adventurous adjectives’, adverbs, similes and metaphors. Our end settings were really interesting and were very adventurous! We also did some puzzling Maths. We were rounding numbers to 10, 100 and 1000 and we were also halving and doubling small and bigger number using different mental strategies to help us with multiplication.

Some of us, who are in choir, went to Princess Helena College to do a singing workshop with a top conductor Rufus Frowde. If you can remember he did the wonderful Singing Playgrounds with us 4 years ago! We created a huge concert with different songs including a polish song called Plynie Statek. One of the lines meant “Pass me the banana crate” in Polish. He was also the conductor at the Royal Albert Hall last year. There were four schools there and we were the only school to sing a solo piece. We sung the Harvest Samba and Mrs Stewart was very proud of us.

We also continued to improve our sketching and drawing skills by using hatching and shading while drawing objects. Already we are beginning to make progress. This was off course the first week of clubs which we look forward to either at lunch or after school and appreciate having the opportunity to attend these.

In Religious Education we are looking at how people express their feelings about God. First we looked at the question ‘What is commitment? We all then had a chance to say what we felt it was. Next Mrs Stewart asked ‘What is commitment in Class 5? As a class, including Mrs Stewart, came up with what we thought.  We then read a few examples of other children’s feelings and tried to work out what they were committed to looking more at faith and belief. It was really interesting.

To end the week we were visited by ‘PHASE’. This is a local charity in Hitchin set up by local churches to serve schools. They provide fun workshops for Year 6.Our first workshop was called ‘On Your Marks!’ Paul and 3 other members came along to help us to focus on how much we can get out of Year 6 as possible, with one eye on moving to secondary school. They very kindly helped us not to feel scared about secondary but to look forward to it. They also played games which helped us talk over with our friends some of our worries. Hopefully everyone shared the sheets that we filled in with their parents as we will be going to visit schools soon.

Good Luck to the boys football team playing against St Andrews. We look forward to hearing the result on Monday and for another week of learning.


·         Please remember both English and Maths homework for Monday

·         Swimming stuff

·         Slip for the trip on Wednesday at Hatfield University.

·         Open Session on Monday after school.


Rhian and James HW.


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First full week in Class 5

Who can believe it our first full week has been and gone in Class 5. We are delighted that all of the Class 1 reception children are with us and that our buddies are settling in well. We were very proud of them in the first celebration assembly on Friday and some receiving badges too.

So what learning took place in Class 5 last week? We took time on Friday to reflect on the week and here is what we came up with as a class.

In English we spent time looking,discussing and exploring narrative genres. While looking at different extracts we thought about the characters, setting, plot , vocabulary and writing techniques and how they related to the genre. We focused on science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and historical texts.We then chose to present our findings in a poster to be displayed in the school library. This way we can encourage others to think about the books they choose to read and encourage a love of reading.

In Maths we spent time on improving our mental methods of calculation and looked at a number of ways to do this. We realised that not everyone will agree on the same method but looked at partitioning, doubling, halving, rounding to help us. We have also been getting to grips with our times tables and recalling these much quicker.

We have also had our first PE sessions of swimming and hockey which were great fun. Some of us also started music lessons either recorder, violin or wider opps and we are all looking with Mrs Stewart on reading and writing music in class. In art we looked at using viewfinders and how these would help us create more detailed observational drawings. We also made a value strip and looked at different drawing techniques using shading and hatching in both pencil and coloured pencil.

In Science we started to look at our topic of 'Animals including humans'. Our first session looked at the scientific vocabulary used to identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and explain the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. We watched a scientfic diagram to see how blood moves from the heart, delivering oxygen and nutrients to every part of the body. On the return trip , the blood picks up waste products so that your body can get rid of them.

Did you know : The body of an adult contains over 60,000miles of blood vessels!   

A 'heartbeat' is really the sound of the valves in the heart closing as they push blood through its chambers.  Your heart beats some 30 million times a year!

We then looked at using cardboard tubes of various lengths and how we could develop this into a science experiment, as we learnt about the first stethoscope, which was invented by the French physcian Rene Laennec in 1816. He had used a long, rolled paper tube to funnel the sound.

In computing we looked at 'Big Data'and what this was and how it is used in the world. We used the internet and did a lot of discussion on e safety. We shared examples and looked at the positive and negative aspects of this. It was very interesting.  

This is not everything but just gives you an idea of what we did and all in a week. Congratulations to Rhys and Laney who are our Year 6 school council representatives who will do a great job. Finally, i'd just like to say a big well done to everyone in Class 5 for a busy, fun hard working week. Remember your homework and home school contact books,see you all on Monday.

Mrs Stewart



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Welcome to Class 5

Welcome to Class 5

I would like to say how pleased and proud I am of Class 5 already. First impressions do count and all of the children have certainly taken on the role of Year 6 brilliantly.  Positions of responsibility have been given and they are doing a great job. We have started as we mean to go on with working hard and giving our best. Thank you to all the parents who have already checked and kept in touch via the new home school contact books and hope that you and the children find them useful.


We have covered a range of writing and maths already and spoken a great deal about presentation. If you are interested in the Y6 office assistant position please remember your applications need to be with Mrs Peddie by Wednesday 10th September.


Spellings will be issued tomorrow and the children will copy these into their home school contact book. On Thursday, alongside the curriculum leaflets, you will receive another spelling sheet, with a covering note explaining what the children must do. Our aim is to keep you updated as much as possible with our learning in class through a weekly blog either by the children or myself.


See you tomorrow for another fun, hard working week!
Mrs Stewart

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Class 5 update ... SATs are done!

Class 5 Blog Friday 16th May 2014

This half term has been busy for Class 5 because year 6 have been building towards taking their tricky SATs papers and year 5 have been working hard to keep up with us! Year 6 woke up all this week for a yummy breakfast cooked by Mr. Sharp and Mrs. Harrington-Smith, so a great big thank you from all of year 6!
Life hasn't just been about tests though, so here is a flavour of what else we have been learning about (not necessarily in chronological order).

This Thursday we started looking at the work of Lowry. Mrs Racher gave us a snippet of one of his pictures and we had to scale it up and paint it carefully with water colours, at the end of the lesson we took them into the hall and arranged the big version, it looked fantastic.

Also, class 2 did an assembly, it was brilliant and their voices were so clear we heard every word even though we were at the back.

Mrs. Racher has been teaching us science this half term, we learnt what seeds need to germinate. We set up an investigation to see what might affect broad beans and the speed they would germinate. Some of them germinated and started to grow, they are now planted in the school garden.

In PE we have been rehearsing for sports day, practising all the events and getting excited for sports day!
Of course we have been doing much more but we can't fit it all in. So that is it from us but make sure you keep checking the Class 5 blog for updates!

Erin Berry and Violet Morris

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What an artistic bunch!

Thank you to Estelle and Sky for catching up on our class 5 blog which gives a brief summary of the last couple of weeks in class 5.

Last week in literacy we started to learn about explanations, discussing how they were different from descriptions. We looked at some different texts about aliens and the BMX. It was interesting leaning about Filpor aliens and how they survive. In maths we learnt about acute and obtuse angles, linking this to what we learnt previously about shapes and triangles. On Wednesday (as you may know) the choir went to the big O2! They all had a fantastic time and can’t wait to go again.

This week in literacy we have been continuing work on explanation texts, watching some video clips of inventions by Wallace and Grommet, we drew story maps and them wrote them out once we had decided on a logical order. In maths we have been drawing and reading angles using a protractor. We have just started looking at co-ordinates on a four quadrant grid. On Wednesday and Thursday we all took part in Arts Days, with the theme sky and sea. All five classes have had an amazing time and we showcased all our amazing work on Friday morning.

My favourite activity was painting on the canvases because it was really relaxing when we were doing it and I was pleased with the end product. Estelle.

I enjoyed story mapping this week, it was something I had never done before and it really helped my writing, as I knew exactly what to write. Sky.

I had a wonderful couple of days working with children all across our school, they all listened really well and I was amazed how well they all applied such a variety of skills across the two days. The sheer volume of work was amazing at the end of a mere two days. I was really grateful for all the parent helpers who helped me with my activities. All the teacher’s enjoyed creating a display on Friday night and we hope that some parents might be able to come and have a really close look at the wonderful work produced during open sessions on Monday. Mrs. Racher

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Another busy week in class 5!


This week in class 5 we have done lots of exciting things. On Monday, in geography, we have been locating volcanoes on a world map, using degrees. It was very tricky but we managed it. On Tuesday, with Mrs. Archer we were learning about the effects of illegal drugs and their names. In music, we sang an African song in a round, it sounded great. On Wednesday we started with French then after that we had literacy, we had to write a formal letter of apology. In the afternoon we were learning about the festival of Passover and the special food they ate. Then we made some salt dough to create models of the food. It was so much fun!

On Thursday we were learning about forces, mostly air resistance. Mrs. Archer got a glass of water and a piece of folded card and tipped it over and removed her hand. The air resistance created a vacuum and the card stayed! Until she nudged it and the vacuum broke and the water went everywhere! WARNING! Do not try this at home!

Today is our family week session and we are very excited to see what Mrs. Racher has planned for our families to do. We bet it’s going to be great! (Mrs. Racher would like to add it was great! Everyone got really involved and persevered with the challenging problems which were set, thanks so much to everyone who came!)

There is also a netball match today, against Codicote, it is a home match. Good luck! On Wednesday Choir are going to the O2, we are nervous but excited about it and we hope that they have a good time, we will be really proud of them, good luck to everyone involved.

Well that is our blog for this week. Goodbye!

Aimee and Katie. F

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to out Class five blog!

We've had a great week in class 5.  In literacy we've been learning about formal language and designing informal information posters.  This lead on from our work on apostrophes.  Also, in maths we have been working on 2D shapes, mostly quadrilterals, and  all their marvellous properties!  We are glad we have gone over this as it will help us with our SATs.  Earlier on this week we learnt more about the Earth's many layers and went inside a deadly volcano (sort of).  The damage a volcano can do is really fascinating.


All of the choir are really excited aout the O2 and some of us will be going to the Royal Albert hall.  We have all been working really hard towards it, learning the moves and the lyrics.  We are sure we will really enjoy it.


As most of you will know we have recently heard about an exciting new trip coming up to go and see the magnificent Peter Pan on Ice!  All of can't wait and we are sure it will be amazing!


Well it is goodbye from us now, but there will be a new pair of bloggers next week with more news from Class 5.  So it's goodbye from us and good luck to our first ever lacrosse team in their match at Barnwell next week.


Katie. A and Izzy. H

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