This half term we have been investigating materials. We have carried out lots of experiments to discover the properties of materials and how materials can change.
On Monday, we conducted an experiment to show irreversible change. If you would like to have a go at the vinyl glove experiment at home, have a look at our methods!
I can't believe how quickly the weeks are passing! Skylarks have been working extremely hard and have hit the ground running with their learning. Here is a quick peep:
The children have amazed me with their ability to access characters' emotions and write in an emotive way. We have written poetry and letters to our loved ones from the trenches, and created film narrative based on an elderly man's flashbacks of his life.The vocabulary and mature understanding has shone through. We have looked at words like: secluded, desolate, despondent and used lots of figurative language. Next week, I will be uploading pictures, the animation and voice recordings of the children reading their stories, so keep visiting our page!
History and D.T
In History, we have looked at why, where and when WW1 happened and looked at what life was like on the front line. Over the last few weeks, we have gradually made our own WW1 helmets and created instructions for you to be able to create your own! I must say, they look fantastic!
We have started the year by looking at Place Value and the Four Operations. We are especially focusing on mental strategies to support efficient methods. E.g. Instead of using long multiplication to solve 120 X 20 =, we can figure out 12 X 2 and make it 100 X bigger. It would be great to practise this with your children at home, along with their timestables. Next week, we are delving into division and will practise mental and written methods. The better they know their timestables, the easier division is.
I want to say a big thank you for all the Homework going on at the moment. We have shared a few bits so far and it is great to see the children's creativity, and eat some delicious food along the way!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and please check back next week.
Happy new school year!
It has been an amazing first few days of the term and I have been warmly welcomed by Skylarks class. With Meet the Teacher evening on Tuesday, I look forward to meeting you all.
Please find our Topic Plan, Homework Menu and Learn-by-heart documents below.
This morning we were challenged to use our geometry knowledge to replicate a 2D drawing of a a dragon. Our measurements, angles and positioning had to be as accurate as possible. We were not allowed to trace! Mrs Harris and Lidbetter were impressed by our communication skills which allowed us to share our mathematical knowledge, compromise and learn from each other.
The children have settled back into our class routine quickly, allowing us to make a fantastic start on our learning. In Maths the focus is on Fractions, as we apply our understanding of common factors, multiples and equivalent fractions to compare and order with accuracy. In English we are continuing to work on our narrative writing as we enhance sentence structure, punctuation use and vocabulary to write with greater fluency and impact.
Our topic this term is, Democracy, Etymology and Philosophy. Can you guess which civilisation we are learning about?
Our first class visit of the year will take place on Friday, when we have been invited to visit St John's College for a Year 5 and 6 Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference. The plans look fantastic and we will even be working with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra during the day. Watch this space to find out about our activities in more detail next week.
Our topic this term is A Viking Voyage and our topic overview for this term can be found below. The children have already had a fantastic start to the term with some intriguing, disgusting and thoroughly entertaining Viking Sagas.
In Maths we have been practising, applying and consolidating place value and number skills as we aim to enhance fluency and reasoning across the maths curriculum. A copy of this term's Learn by Hearts can also be found below.
Mrs Stevens will be teaching the class RE and PE on Wednesday afternoons this term. A polite reminder that PE kits should be in school every day, as well as a freshly filled water bottle.
We are all looking forward to our KS2 residential next week. Grafham Water, here we come!
All children now have an individual login for My Maths to complete weekly activities at home. I have encouraged the children to use the practise page as a warm up and they are also encouraged to make any jottings as they work.
This term's Homework Menu links to our topic, school values and important events in school. Completed tasks can be presented in a form of your choice and no longer need to be recorded in a book. For example, the world religions activity for year 5 and 6 could be presented as a poster, using ICT, in the form of a song or presented orally to the class. I am looking forward to seeing the creative responses to the tasks!
I had the pleasure of meeting with each child in Skylark class on a one-to-one basis on Tuesday morning. This gave me the opportunity to discuss their learning with them, focusing particularly on the many positive elements of the term so far. Together, we agreed on an English, Maths and Learning target. These targets will be shared with parents during parents evening next week.
With a focus on non-narrative writing, the children have been researching a mythical creature of their choice this week. They have used improved note-making to plan their work and write in detailed, informative paragraphs. We are working hard to check and annotate writing with grater independence.
A huge well done to the whole class for writing about harvest from a different perspective. There were lots of imaginative ideas as harvest was described from the viewpoint of farmers, birds and visitors from different continents.
The children who were chosen to share their writing in our harvest assembly were fantastic Skylark ambassadors.
Have a lovely weekend.
We hope you can join us for the Skylark Class assembly on Friday 20th October at 2pm. The children are looking forward to telling you all about our topic, as well as sharing their Grafham adventure!
The assembly will be followed by an opportunity to join a guided reading session in class.
We hope you can join us!
We Will Remember
Over the last two weeks we have been thinking about life during World War II and considering the impact and purpose of wartime poetry. Year 5 and 6 have used figurative language to write poems in the style of their choice.
In Remembrance assembly, half of the class shared their poems with the school. The remaining children have prepared their work to share with you here. We hope they have an impact on you and that together, we can prevent any future conflict.
Hello and welcome to our brand new class page! With a newly decorated classroom, a new cohort of year 5s and lots of new learning, it's been a very exciting week in Skylark Class. I have already been so impressed by the children's enthusiasm and focus throughout the week and they have produced some wonderful pieces of work. What a great start to the year!
The first Skylark page password of the week is:
What is the significance of this number?
Tell me the password to find out more!
Take some time to explore the new website and celebrate the learning going on in Skylark Class by visiting our page each week.
Dulce et decorum est?
In English we read Wilfred Owen's famous poem and worked together to interpret its meaning and purpose. We identified key poetic techniques and used this understanding to write our own versions.
Mrs Lidbetter told us about her Grandfather, Alfred Sargent, who fought during WWI. She brought in the soldiers bible that he carried with him and his cap badge. We started to think about our own family history and the real people who were involved in the war.
We have got new 'Free Writing' books in Skylark Class and we have already enjoyed letting our imaginations run wild.
Here is just a glimpse of some of our writing:
Silence. All I could hear were the deafening shots and the distorted cries of my fellow soldiers as they fell to the floor. Why did we have to go to war?
They had lied to us back home. Everyone. All they said was "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori," over and over again and now I think back, war seemed exciting...but it isn't.
But now we are here, we must fight. All the helpless lives being lost. The ground is red,as if it is bleeding with us, as if the heavens have given up on us just, like our families have.
Stories with Suspense
This week we have continued to read, recognise and use author techniques to write stories full of suspense. Next week we will be writing our own stories and we can't wait to share them with you.
In Maths, we have been learning to add and subtract accurately and efficiently using the formal written method and have applied this method to correctly solve word problems.
Our tag rugby skills continue to improve and we are looking forward to getting back out on the field on Monday!
School Council Candiates
A big well done to all the children who presented their manifestos to their classes today.
In Skylark class, I was particularly impressed by the passion and enthusiasm of the candidates, as well as their courage when presenting their speeches to the rest of the class.
Here are the candidates and the key information they would like to share with you:
I have a dream for a better school and a better environment for all children, teachers and parents at Hauxton Primary School. vote for me because I will represent the ideas of my class mates, listen to people's ideas and together we will make a better school. I will start something called 'Mad about...' which will allow children and adults who are passionate about something, to talk about it and share it in school.
I am ten years old and have a good range of abilities to be a councillor. I am talented and have a strong voice. I am strong hearted and positive, and have many ideas which will make our school amazing.
You should elect me as I will help our Hauxton garden become suitable for everyone. I will give the school new and improved play equipment and install new floor games.
I will do the best I can to help our school and we can do this together!
This is a chance for us to have our voices heard about the things that we think work well, and the thing we want to change, and I would like to be your representative to do that.
If you vote for me to represent you on the school council, I will ask the teachers to build a small fence, that we will be able to pack away, to divide the field into two halves: one half for people to play football, and the other half half for people who don't want to be involved in it. Together, we can make Hauxton Primary School the Best It Can Be!
The most important things to me are happiness and safety. My three best traits are that I am approachable, friendly and a good listener. I believe that my experience and personality will help me offer new ideas. I am very good at listening to other people's ideas and discussing them until we have a solution.
I think I would be good as school councillor because I am honest, trustworthy and truthful. I am willing to work hard every day to make our school a better place.
My three best traits are that I am kind, friendly, caring and fun. If you elect me as your school councillor, the most important thing that I will do is to make sure that money if spent fairly to help us in school.
My three best traits are that I am happy to listen to ideas, I am happy to welcome new people and I like change! Together we can achieve great things. All I need is a bit of trust from you.
After their speeches, the whole class voted for two representatives on their ballot paper.
Tomorrow, we will find out who our class representatives are going to be, but they should all be extremely proud of their efforts today.
On Wednesday afternoon, we shared some family history, starting with Mrs Wick who showed us a photo of her Great Uncle Bernard in World War One. On closer inspection, Aki noticed the abbreviation R.F.A which we found out stands for Royal Field Artillery. This was a clue that Mrs Wick hadn't noticed before and helped to uncover some more details about her Great Uncle Bernard during World War one.
Jack, Max and Benji also shared some amazing stories about their ancestors during both WWI AND WWII. After half term, we will be creating a Skylark History display to share more with you.
We hope you can join us for our class assembly tomorrow where we will give you an insight to our topic so far.
To commemorate Remembrance Day tomorrow, Year 5 and 6 have learnt about the significance of the poppy in greater detail. Using this understanding, the children worked from a design brief to design and make their own poppy for children to wear.
Working as a team, the children learnt 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae and considered the impact that WWI had on people around the world. Their topic work has also informed their narrative writing this term, and has been a stimulus for some fantastic discussion about patriotism, loyalty and honour. We continue to find out about significant family history and the the range of roles that people had during wartime.
Tomorrow, year 5 and 6 have chosen some aspects of their learning to plan a Remembrance Day assembly for the whole school.
This weeks challenges...
Our problem solving has improved this week as we learnt to use the bar model to represent word problems. We also used our skills to answer questions and work within a time frame. To start each lesson we consolidated our shape knowledge as we sorted 2D and 3D shapes using their properties.
As part of our topic, we learnt about different maps and how soldiers in WWI used maps. We put ourselves into the footsteps of soldiers in WWI to find our way effectively. Yesterday, we researched the importance of animals during WWI and even learnt to draw horses with Mrs Burman. It was rather tricky but we will keep practising.
Most recently in English, we have been reading and analysing letters to determine the key features of the different types. Today we wrote letters of enquiry to Aylmerton as we prepare for next week's residential. Hopefully we will be able to write letters of thanks on our return, rather than letters of complaint.
Most of the class are going to Aylmerton next week to take part in lots of adventurous activities and enjoy new experiences. We can't wait to tell you all about it!
Year 6 Parents Information Evening
I am looking forward to seeing Year 6 and their parents at tomorrow's information evening.
Monday 23rd January
6:00 pm in Skylark Class
Another busy week after half-term with parents evenings, Life Education sessions, 500 words deadline, our class science investigation and even more investigations in maths.
Pancakes, St David's Day, World Book Day Drama, 3D Shapes and Hockey
This week the children have perfected and tested their instruction writing skills as they created the perfect pancake recipe to rival their parents. Fantastic teamwork skills and careful measuring meant that every child took home a portion of pancake batter to use at home, each labeled with their own pancake pun. You batter believe that they were impressive, although some of them did fall a bit flat!
With a welsh teacher and Headteacher, the children couldn't get away with St David's Day passing by. I was very impressed with some of their knowledge in our class quiz, although they all need to try laverbread next time they're in Wales.
To celebrate World Book Day, we were joined by Premier Education who immersed the children in the world of the Borrowers through physical theatre, mime and improvisation.
It was all about 3D shapes in Maths as the children used a range of equipment to build and describe their shapes with accurate terminology.
Finally, the new hockey sticks got their first use as year 5 and 6 began to develop their control of the ball. This was also a great opportUnity to practise our times tables and division facts.
Welcome to the Summer Term
This week we have started our new class topic, 'O Canada' with a persuasive afternoon of presentations, as the children worked to convince me that this is the topic we should be doing. Miss Reed, a student at Homerton, will be working with us until June as she completes her PGCE year.
For this week's homework, please ensure that all activities have been completed on www.spag.com, as well as practising the spellings for next week. Children also need to ensure that they are completing the activities in their reading record, as well as the comments about what they are reading at home.
As always, we have so much to look forward to this term with lots of topic fun, swimming galas, Science Week and much more.
As part of Science Week, we welcomed two visitors to our classroom this week. On Tuesday we started our week with Mr Bream, thinking about the extraordinary developments in material science since the Stone Age. We thought in more detail about how engineers, designers and manufacturers choose specific materials for a purpose; we also learnt about the materials used for satellites and the properties that ensure they survive and work in space. Mr Bream showed us the amazing material selection software that he uses and even left us with some materials top-trumps to use in class.
Our second visitor was Mr Stewart, who gave us a thought-provoking insight to the world of surgery and the human body. We watched a video of key-hole surgery and then had a rare opportunity to have a go ourselves with a special training device. We used operating tools to manoeuvre polos inside the box using only a video image as our guidance. The session left us thinking about how amazing the human body is and the incredible operations that take place and save lives every day.
A huge thank you to both of our visitors for inspiring us all!