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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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Thank you for supporting Class 5




Phew!  Another week completed in Class 5. Our assembly was amazing. We hope you enjoyed watching it and if you weren’t there, it was all about the local study of St.Ippolyts and what it looked like in the Victorian era.


Thank you parents for coming along to our SATs evening. We thought it was very helpful especially as we have been looking at some sat style questions in class.


In maths we have been continuing to learn about transformations; looking at translation, reflection, rotation and enlargement. There are always a few questions in the papers about this topic but having learnt about it, the questions we looked at were easy to understand. Also on Tuesday we carried out a maths investigation. We were given 1-20 number cards and asked if we could divide the numbers into six piles. Each pile had to have the same total  but had to be unequal( we couldn’t use the same number twice). To help us we used the RUCSAC method (read, underline, calculate, solve, answer, check!)


We have started more focused handwriting sessions. These will concentrate and look at correctly forming letters, letter families, vowel diagraphs, tri graphs (letter family: a, c, e, g, o, u) vowels a, e, i, o, u. What is letter formation? Well, it is how you correctly write a letter. This includes ascenders and descenders and size of capitals etc.


English: We wrote a biography on a chosen famous Victorian, then completed it for our assembly where we showed them. Some people read extracts that linked to the theme.


In French we learnt all of the numbers up to one hundred some of us even did higher!


In swimming we did lots of lengths of front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke. We also had to do a head first surface dive to get the brick.


In Wider Opps (keyboard) the majority of the year 6 children are learning "Domino" and it’s sounding great.


Also some people learn recorders here are some songs: “Go out the Window, Orange Tango, May Song, Spring Song and they sound excellent too. Look out for performances at Music Evening later on in the year.


In our assembly our local study was the main focus. This linked in with all/most of our subjects that we have been learning about. Our poem which we recited was a hit! All of the presentations were informative! The PowerPoint looked fab. And also how many ways do you think you can spell St.Ippolyts? (Answer at the bottom.) We also loved finding out about the census and trying to figure out the messy handwriting! (It was hard!!!)


Everyone looked very smart on Wednesday morning for the Tempest photography. The lady comes in twice every year to take individual, siblings and classes (later on in the year.) SMARTIES!!!!


Don’t forget Secondary School applications need to be in soon.


Good Luck to the boy footballers in their match. The girl’s match, which unfortunately had to be cancelled, will be rescheduled! We will keep everyone informed.



Some of our brain teasers:


*Can you spot the onomatopoeia somewhere in the beginning of this blog?


*How many ways can you spell St.Ippolyts?




Answer: Phew


Answer: 28


Thank you for taking the time to read our blog: Rebecca and Anna



Mrs Stewart


I would also like to thank all the parents and children for attending the SATs evening. I do hope you found it useful. If any parents who could not make it to the information evening would like to order some study guides for their child, then please let me know by the end of next week. I think the children could see that we all want the very best for them. Also thank you for coming along to our class assembly and hope you enjoyed it. The children were great. Both the children and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday for Family Week.


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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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