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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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