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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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