Year 6 – 21/01/22

On Wednesday, as part of our RE topic about God being with us in the world today, we went searching for God in Darkes Lane. We found him in the memorial garden next to the station, in the buds of new life coming through on the trees, the lady in Sainsburys who smiled and waved at us, and in the cleaner who so diligently keeps our local space litter-free.

Next week is Other Faith Week, when the school will be learning about Hinduism. You will have received a letter earlier in the week about our trip to Bhaktivedanta Manor, where we will have the opportunity to experience a cart ride pulled by oxen, take part in a group role play, taste a freshly prepared hot vegetarian feast, see the shrine and arati ceremony, experience traditional face painting and dress up in traditional dress. It will be an amazing insight into the Hindu faith and the children will gain a lot from it.

We need 2 more adult helpers to accompany us for the day, so if you are available and willing to join us next Thursday, then please get in touch with me!

Spellings: Rule 11

cries
denies
fries
lies
replies
supplies
tries
carries
tidies
worries

 

Friday, 21st January 2022

The children in Year 4 had yet another busy week. In English, they used role play to get into character and based on well-known Roman myths, such as the story of Diana and Orion or Aeneas and Jupiter, wrote diary entries and descriptive paragraphs using figurative language (metaphors, personification and similes). In Maths, the class moved on to converting units of length building on their understanding of how to make whole and decimal numbers 10, 100 times larger and smaller. The children used practical resources like place value sliders, classroom rulers and metre sticks to investigate length.

In Science, the children set up a series of fair tests to investigate the speed different liquids move at. They very much enjoyed this hands on task! They then created a data set of class average and plotted their data on a graph. Really impressive learning!

In History, they used e-books to research continuity in food and nutrition. They wrote in-depth explanations how food and eating changed during the Roman invasion and what similarities and differences they noticed between Celtic and Roman times. The class searched for the presence of God, exploring the meaning of the phrase: ‘Bidden or not bidden, God is present’ in RE, whilst in French they studied the names of basic body parts and sang a French equivalent of ‘Heads, shoulders, knees…’ In computing, they learnt about computing networks. The class also experimented with mosaic designs and started an art project creating a mosaic using paper tiles.

Next Monday, the class will visit the Bhaktivedanta Manor as part of our ‘Other Faith Week’. Just to reiterate some of the information that was sent home earlier this week:

  • Children need to wear their winter school uniform (no PE kits)
  • Girls must wear trousers (this can be their grey school uniform or a dark coloured tracksuit bottom. NO jeans, please)
  • Children will receive a hot meal at lunch time (very mild curry, plain rice, potato chips, orange juice and biscuit. All vegetarian (not vegan) and nut free). Unless the children have particular allergies that the school was notified about, they will eat the meal offered in the lunch hall. Please do not send in home packed lunches, as they are not allowed on site.

I am sure the class will very much enjoy this trip. Over the years, this beautiful place of worship offered a most comprehensive and exciting visit with opportunities to dress up, participate in face painting, visit the stables, etc.

Have a safe and lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Due back by Tuesday, 25th January 2022
Spelling Please ,og onto Spelling Frame and practice this week’s spelling before testing yourself on the words.

Spelling Rule 14 – Endings which sound like /ʃən/, spelt –tion, –sion, –ssion, –cian (2 of 2)

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities. Update your reading logs and be ready to present them on Wednesday.

https://readtheory.org/auth/login

 

Multiplication Log onto Maths Chase and spend 15 minutes practicing your mixed multiplication facts.

https://www.mathschase.com/

Study Ladder https://www.studyladder.co.uk/

Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the activities on your assigned pod. All 4 activities are related to measuring length.

Please also see our whole school RE learning for the week:

220121 Whole-school RE learning letter – Hinduism

Year 6 – 14/01/22

This week has flown by in Year 6!

In Maths, we have been familiarising ourselves with the vocabulary multiple, factor, prime, square and product. The children learnt how to find common factors and common multiples, which has prepared them for beginning fraction learning next week.

In RE, the children wrote beautiful poems about where they see and notice God. These have formed our new classroom display. Have a read of what some of them wrote:

In History, we learnt about certain landmarks in Potters Bar that have relevance to the war, including the pillboxes in the golf course, and even a prisoner of war camp near Dancers Hill. It was fascinating to imagine our town playing its part in the war!

In Science, we began our new topic about Evolution. We looked at the timeline of the formation of the earth until now, which we then modelled on a toilet roll from the front of the school to the back. It was mind-blowing to see that on a 200-sheet toilet roll, humans have existed on the earth for only a fraction of the final sheet!

In Music, we explored rhythm, and played a game that involved using our body and a cup as percussion.

In Design and Technology, we began our project, which will result in making a fabric phone pouch. This week, we looked at the design process and wrote the design criteria for our product. There were some very interesting designs, and everyone’s very excited about it!

In PE, we began this half term’s gymnastics unit, in which we started today by learning and practising different balances.

Here is your home learning, due Wednesday 19th January:

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·         Factors

·         Multiples

·         Highest Common Factor

·         Lowest Common Multiple

Reading Completion of 5 passages on ReadTheory
Spelling To be tested: 21/01/22

Please use your Spelling Frame logins to practise. This week’s list is Spelling Rule 42 on the site.

legible

noticeable

possible

possibly

reasonable

reliable

sensible

terrible

terribly

tolerable

tolerably

understandable

visible

visibly

Week 2

We have had a busy and an exciting week!

The highlight of our week was going swimming. The children were excited to get on the coach. At the swimming pool, the children were quickly put into groups. In PE the children learnt a dance called Pat a Cake Polka. They were fantastic! Then they taught the dance to Mrs Heymoz and Mrs Lines.

In Maths, we have continued to develop mental strategies when adding. The children have learnt to use think 10, compensation, finding complements and reordering.

In English, we have been reading The Finger-Eater By Dick King Smith. The children have loved the exciting adventures and have been describing the characters and writing predictions. We have been focusing on using evidence from the text to support our writing. If you have books written by Dick King- Smith at home, please read them.

In Art, we began our topic on collaging. We used tissue paper to make a flower. In Science, we observed rocks and sorted them in groups according to their appearance. Next week we will be learning about the different types of rocks.

On Monday 24th January we are going on a trip to the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hindu Temple. I would like 3 adult helpers please. On Tuesday 8th February, we are going to Celtic Harmony, I would like 2 adult helpers please. Both trips are for the whole day.

Home Learning

Spellings – login to spelling frame and complete the activities.

telephone, telegraph, television, telescope, telephoto, teleport, subway, submarine, submerge, subsection, subterranean, substandard

Complete 2 read theory activities

Science- There are 3 different types of rocks. Please research to find the three names and a definition for each one. Make a poster with the name, a picture (drawn or stuck on) and information about that type of rock. Please bring this into school by Tuesday so the children can use it in their learning.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Carey

 

Spring 1 Week 2

This week has gone very quickly!

In Religion we have discussed where we see God in the world around us; answers included creation, our friends, family and our school community.

We have started a non fiction unit in English all about sharks! Creating our own what, where, when, how and why questions, that we are going to investigate next week. Please see the home learning activity that will support your child’s learning next learning.

We have been learning to touch type in computing using https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr 

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During Maths we have been exploring the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction as well as finding different amounts of money.

Our Design and Technology project has been a lot of fun this week. We children have learnt to classify, peel, chop and prepare a wide variety of different fruits and vegetables. We also took part in a sensory lesson, where we described each fruit and vegetables texture, smell, taste and appearance. Later on in the week, we prepared fruit kebabs for ourselves and a Year 1 child to enjoy as a healthy snack. Next week we will evaluate our fruit kebabs.

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Your child has an A4 sheet in their bag that includes their passwords for spelling frame, Mathletics, google classroom, letterjoin and study ladder.

Have a lovely weekend
Miss Pringle

Home learning

https://login.mathletics.com/Three Mathletics activities have been set.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ Year 2, Spelling Rule 12 – Adding –ed, –ing, –er and –est to a root word ending in –y

flying
fried
cried
crying
trying
tried
replied
replying

Shark research – please write down five interesting facts about sharks to share in class.

Friday, 14th January 2022

The children in Year 4 had a busy first full week. In Writing, the class started a new unit of Roman Myths, where we looked at Roman Gods and Goddesses; acting them out, writing a school report about their often naughty behaviour and composing free form poetry to depict their beauty. In Maths, we looked at decimal numbers and using place value sliders, we investigated the effect of multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100.

In Pe, we started our indoor unit of gymnastics and looked at point and patch balances, whilst on Wednesday, we went swimming. I was very impressed with how organised the children were in the Sports Centre! Well done class.

In RE, we looked at a timeline and collected events to match the periods. From the time of Israel, through the time of Jesus, to then take a closer look at the time after Jesus, focusing on ways we can still find him although not seeing him any more. In History, the children looked at continuity again but this time on a much larger scale, thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of the Romans effect on Celtic life. In Science, we started our new topic of States of Matter, during which we identified gas, liquid and solid states whilst grouping substances accordingly.

Thank you for Christoph’s, Christina’s and Ellis’s mummy for offering their kind help to accompany us on the 24th January. I will share further information about the trip closer to the date.

I also wanted to thank all those parents who sent in boxes of tissues since the beginning of the year. Especially at this time of the year, we do go through quite a few boxes, so your help is much appreciated.

Have a lovely and safe weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Due back on Tuesday, 18th January 2022
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame and spend time practicing this week’s spelling words, before testing yourself on them.

Spelling Rule 13 – Endings which sound like /ʃən/, spelt –tion, –sion, –ssion, –cian (1 of 2)

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 tasks. Please also update your reading log and be ready to present them on Wednesday.

https://readtheory.org/auth/login

Multiplication Please log onto Maths Chase and spend 15 minutes practicing your mixed facts.

https://www.mathschase.com/

During our daily practice in class, we hit sub 10 seconds/question this term and children are gaining confidence with both the facts and the speed however it is still essential to continue with the fast recall at home.

Study Ladder Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the assigned activities, based on decimal numbers and multiplication facts.

https://www.studyladder.co.uk/

D&T/Science As a preparation for next term’s DT and Science project where children are going to design and build a functioning bedside lamp with a simple series circuit, please may I ask parents to send in a 2l (sometimes 2.5l) emptied and rinsed plastic bottle with lid and their child’s name on it. Unfortunately, any smaller size won’t be large enough so please only send in the larger bottles.

Coca cola 2.5l Any curved or other design will make it harder for the children to use as they will have to cut and re-assemble parts of the bottle to create a base shell for their projects.

It would be much appreciated if all children would have their bottles in by the 25th January, Tuesday.

Thank you for your support with this.

 

🌸Spring Term Week 1 wb 11.01.22

Happy Friday and welcome to our first full week of the Spring term.

This week we have continued reflecting on the feast of Epiphany and added the Wise men into our own version of the Christmas story. In our new R.E. topic ‘Being a Sacramental People’ we discussed our knowledge of Jesus and the things he achieved.

In art we painted our Kandinsky inspired clay circles and have left them to dry before we glaze them next week.

We completed our ‘Animals and Humans’ Science topic by learning how to identify mammals and how to classify animals according to what they eat. We learnt some rather long scientific new words which were very tricky to spell and read! See below for consolidation home learning activities on carnivore, omnivore and herbivore animals.

As we have already learnt about adjectives and nouns we discovered verbs cause an action- this was a very energetic lesson! We used verbs to write a set of instructions about how to look after the farm as Farmer Duck has now gone on holiday and left the work to us! He left us a letter to explain that we was so fed up and needed a holiday!  The children worked well to hunt around the classroom for the verbs and then used time conjunctions to order them.

In Maths we finished our topic by learning about compass direction, there was a lot of movement involved!

 

P.E. days are now Monday and Thursday. Children should continue to come in their full P.E. kits on these days. 

Enjoy your weekend and keep warm ❄️,
Miss Lambie

Home learning

  • Science-  Please use https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/zp92xnb
    and https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/z96vb9q to consolidate the learning in science
  • Phonics- We have come to the end of phase 4 phonics and will soon begin phase 5 sounds. Please use Spelling frame to secure and Phase 3 and 4 sounds and tricky words that your child finds challenging. The common ones are the ‘r’ controlled sounds that the children are mixing up: ar, or, ir, er, ur, ure there’s so many!
  • Reading- Can you now spot any verbs in your reading books? Don’t forget about adjectives and nouns too. As you are reading you can act out the verb when you read it- we’re very active this week!
  • Maths- I wonder if you have a compass at home or can use a compass app with your parents to discover where the North, East, South and West directions are in your home or garden.
    Year 1  enjoyed watching this to see them draw their own map. Some said they would like to do it for extra home learning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4b9tVmmFJE

 

Friday, 7th January 2022

Happy New Year and Happy Epiphany to all!

It has been lovely welcoming back the children after their Christmas holidays and seeing how well rested and content they are. They all told me lovely things about their break and showed gratitude towards every present or experience they have received.

We focused on the Feast of the Epiphany in these short two days with a class Act of Worship and a Key Stage Mass on Thursday. The children completed learning on the symbolic meaning of the gifts baby Jesus received from the Three Wise Men, whilst they applied their art skills when they created a collage piece based on the Epiphany. They also reflected on the gifts they can bring to the new year and offered a gift themselves to someone in their community wrapped in a handmade Epiphany box. We also blessed our classroom by following a long standing Catholic Tradition where we marked our classroom door with the letters and numbers 20+C+M+B+22 referring to the names of the 3 Wise Men and the new year. By doing this we invited Jesus to be a daily guest in our class and to be with us in our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.

General information:

The children will start swimming this term on Wednesdays. Swimming counts as one of the children’s PE lesson. On Wednesdays (starting from next week, 12.1.2022) the children will need to come in their full (warm) PE uniform. As of their swimming outfits, we have 2 procedures in practice in school. Some children (especially boys) might decide to wear their swimming shorts underneath their PE kit and have the rest of their kit (towels, etc) in a clearly labelled bag ready to take it down to the pool. Another practice is to have their kits in school and use the lunchtime break to get changed in the allocated toilets, where we can ensure separation and privacy. All children must be changed into their swimming kits before leaving the school, ensuring a more swift access to the lesson. After their swimming session, the children will have access to a quick shower and then get changed back into their PE uniform in the allocated changing rooms.

Any questions regarding swimming, please feel free to contact me.

Later this term, on 24th January (Monday) we will take part in a class trip to visit the Bhaktivedanta Manor as part of our Other Faith Week. I am looking for three parent helpers to accompany us and help the class as during the trip smaller group activities are organised for us. If you are able to support, please let me know. Many thanks in advance.

Have a nice and safe weekend,

Ms Varga

P.S.: Thank you so much for your very kind and generous gift at the end of last term. I really appreciate your warm gesture.

Friday, 17th December 2021

We had a fantastic last few days in Year 4 this week, with practical activities such as finishing our design and technology mechanism cards or turning ourselves into Elves using collage technique. They had a lovely Christmas lunch on Wednesday and a Christmassy Karate lesson Thursday afternoon.

In Maths, the children applied their formal addition and subtraction knowledge in problem solving tasks whilst in English, they used Christmas adverts as inspiration to apply their writing tricks. In Science, they completed their unit of Sound with lots of practical investigations about volume, frequency and pitch, whilst in RE we looked at today’s Christmas customs and how they reflect on the incarnation.

I want to use this opportunity to thank the children for their hard work this term; I cannot be more proud of my class and their achievements. I am also grateful for the continued support of you, dear parents, and your commitment to help your children in their learning.

I wish you all a safe, healthy and blessed Christmas holiday and look forward to seeing you back in the New Year!

Ms Varga

Home Learning:

Please could you save any Christmas cards depicting Mary and Jesus on the front, and bring them in after the holidays.

Please continue reading whenever you can and update your reading log.

❄️Week 14 wb 13.12.21🎄

Week 14 wb 13.12.21🎄❄️

Year 1 were fantastic in their Nativity shows this week. We do hope you all enjoyed it.

We all had a very festive lunch on Wednesday and looked fab in our outfits.

🎄❄️The Year One teaching team wish you all a

very Merry Christmas and

look forward to welcoming you back in 2022! 🎄❄️

Please could you save any Christmas cards depicting Mary and Jesus on the front, The Three Kings and bring them in after the holidays.