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On Thursday last, Year 5 enjoyed some magnificent autumnal weather down at the old cress beds, now known as Gadespring and part of the Box Moor Trust. We did some bird watching, pond dipping (removing 2 unwelcome crayfish visitors from the USA who destroy the mini ecosystems within ponds by eating it all ) and a minibeast hunt, where we found lots of small frogs. With Waterways Experiences, we spent time navigating the canal, steering the boat and learning how a lock works, taking it in turns to open and close them.
One child said that it was better than Chessington!
Lucky year 4 took part in a fantastic workshop from the Eden Project. We researched where our food comes from and learned about the importance of considering ways to reduce packaging in order to protect the environment.
We had five pounds to go shopping for food. We learned that we can make a difference to the environment if we buy fair trade and avoid packaged products. Shockingly, the average U.K. family throw away over £40 of food each month. Next time you have a packed lunch refill using a water bottle and avoid plastic bags by using a lunch box. We learned which types of packaging is biodegradable. Did you know that tetra pack is difficult to recycle? Also consider where food comes from – the journey to get to our dinner table can cause pollution.
We have been practising our throwing skills in pe this week.
Firstly, we tried out our throwing skills by using overhead throwing techniques with footballs. Ollie got the record for highest number of catches. Then we moved onto soft javelins. We all beat our personal best after improving our throwing position and stance!
Year 4 have been investigating different types of soil. We discovered differences between sandy, loam and clay soils.
We also planned an investigation into how fast water will flow through the different types of soil. To make the test fair we used the same amount of soil, water and measures. Next we timed how long it took for the water to flow through the soil.
We discovered that water flows the quickest through loam and clay. Sand absorbs water really well.
Year 4 had a fantastic morning at St John’s Church taking part in the music at St John’s community project. We learned about the science behind making sound and got to learn how the wooden one organ works. It was a great team effort to pump the air into the organ and play various tunes. We even played Happy Birthday to Alfie.
We learned how to create paper animations using the Stopmotion app on the iPads this week. Lots of us had to draw on our school value of patience as we had to take lots of photos to create the illusion of movement.
This week we have been writing stories set in imaginary lands. Our stories were inspired by The Nowhere Emporium – a magical and gripping read – written by Ross MacKenzie. We hope you enjoy reading our stories.
This week we have been studying the rise of animation. We also had lots of fun creating
Our own flip-books.
In maths we have been estimating and investigating how long toothpaste will last.
We displayed great teamwork and all learned from each other. Some of us made arrays to help us calculate the answers.
A big thanks to everyone who took part in Saturday’s event. Here are some pictures from the official photographer.
We all made some AMAZING projects. Leah made a guitar out of cardboard, pipe cleaners and string. Lara made a fantastic biking helmet which lit up using a circuit. Zoe made some absolutely deliciously amazing cookies that were decorated to look like light bulbs and a informative PowerPoint on how electricity gets to your home. Isla found out some incredible facts about the Sun.
Written by Zoe and Isla
Year 4 scientists have been testing which materials conduct electricity. We made circuits and then tested them.
We are enjoying reading Wonder so much that some of us even purchased our own copy of the book!
In year 4 we have been investigating whether the size of shadow increases or decreases depending on the distance of the light source.
Great measuring from this team!
Either Elfy can’t wait for term to finish OR he really doesn’t want to go back to Lapland!
What a surprise we had in Year 4 this morning! Looks like Elfy will be missing some of his golden time!
So Elfy went missing this morning and we were extremely worried. We came back to school after the Panto to find him making snow angels with the other Elves! Naughty Elfy!
Year 2 & 4 went to the post office together yesterday to post their letters to Santa. Elfy was so kind and gave us all a pound each to post our letters, even leaving enough change to buy ourselves a treat!
Today we sent our letters to Santa Claus!
We bought our stamps from the Post Office…
We also bought a sweet.
Then we put our letters in the post box!
Hopefully he won’t be too busy to reply!
This morning we walked in to find Elfy trying to climb up on to the projector! Whatever next?!
Elf on the shelf is here! We have all been so excited to welcome our new visitor into our classroom. Look at the activity he made us complete… we didn’t mind of course!
Sports Day was another great success! Thank you to everyone who came supported the children.
KS1 Events: Javelin, Bean Bag Throwing, Relay and Scoop and Ball Relay.
KS2 Events: Javelin, Bean Bag Throwing, Hockey Dribble and Ladder and Hurdles.
KS1 Winner Ashridge KS2 Winner Ashridge Overall Winner Ashridge
On Saturday 20th May we attended the South Hill year 3 and 4 football tournament. It was a great day with 11 teams entered into the tournament. All of our group matches were played on the Stamford Bridge pitch. Our first game was against Kings Langley (B) team and we won 1-0 with a goal from J. Next we played a good game against the South Hill (A) team and after a great effort we lost 1-0. In the next game we bounced back with a 1-0 win against Galley Hill (A) team with a powerful goal from Z. We then met with Westfield (A) and with a fantastic goal from J we managed to end the game with a draw.The last game we played was against Bridgewater and with a goal from J and Z and own goal by the other team we won with an easy 3-0 win. We then had a nervous wait to see if we got through to the semi-finals…… And after a short wait we found out that we had come second in our group and were going through to the semi-finals.
We went on to play a semi-final match against Galley Hill (A) on the Wembley pitch. After a tough game we won with the score 2-0 after two great goals from Z. We were through to the finals and our last game was against South Hill (A) with Mr Brathwaite as their coach. It was a great game and with one of our goals being disallowed (If only we had goal line technology!!) We lost with the score 1-0. We had some fantastic goals saved by O and worked well as a team to achieve good results. It was a great day had by all who attended and we all received runners up medals. A big thank you to J and Z’s dads for helping with coaching and managing the team on the day.
We have been exploring capacity by estimating the amount of water needed to fill different containers. We used different containers to help us.
The clues in the tile!!! In Year 3 we’ve been looking at fractions during maths. Mainly the tenths. We’ve also learnt about equivalent fractions for example, 1/2 is the same as 3/6, 4/8, 5/10 or 6/12. Going back to tenths, we know that 0/10 =0%=0.0 and so on.
Again, the clues in the tile! Also in English we’ve been learning about mystery stories, one we’ve been focusing the most on is ‘In the back seat.’ We’ve enjoyed text mapping the story, we had split it into 10 parts and worked in partners to act it out and draw it too.
In French we have been learning about animals. For example, a guinea pig is un cochon d’lnde. We have a Year 3 French Art Gallery where we put pictures or creations made by us. We also have a French Star each week. To earn the French badge we must try hard, have a go at everything, not give up so easily and try our best when using our French accent. We love our French lessons and can’t wait to learn more!!
In French we have been learning about how to talk in French.
Like saying the numbers 1-10 here is a example, 1 is un.
We have also learnt colours for example, yellow is Jaune.
See we have done lots of French and we know lots more of it.
We started doing things about the Eifle Tower.
Alfie S and Cameron
In year 3 we have been working on designing and creating healthy eating posters. Also we have been writing some facts on our posters. We ‘ve added some colour in too. Last week, we did a poster about healthy sandwiches. Our class made some amazing posters. We have done lots of posters that are massive.
Alfie S and Cameron
Today we have been practising text mapping to help us learn a text and improve our vocabulary. Once we have text mapped we practice our part in the text with actions to show the class.
Today we went to St John’s church for a carol service. We sang lots of different Christmas carols and heard readings from the year 6 children. Each class made a decoration for our tree which was on display at the church.
We have been making clay pots this afternoon in celebration of the Hindu Festival of Light. The children also stuck candles to their Menorah in celebration of the Jewish Festival of Light.