Another busy week of fun and learning has flown by here in HFS. This week we started our new IPC topic, ‘Extreme survivors’. We will learn about the adaptations animals have to allow them to
live in extreme environments. We learned how living things have changed over time. As part of this, we studied the process of fossilisation before having a go at making our own fossils.
We also started a new topic in maths; we have started studying data handling. The children began by carrying out a survey in Y7/8/9. They then created graphs based on the data they collected. later in the week, we moved on from using bar charts to using pictographs and histograms. In English, we learned about report writing and open and closed questioning. We did some reporter work by compiling a list of questions to ask the main characters in ‘The Highwayman’. We will act out these interviews next week before writing our newspaper reports on the event. In P.E, we are now on our net games unit with our current focus being on the challenging sport of volleyball.
I’ll start by wishing you all a Happy New Year. I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are now well rested and ready for the this coming year.
Here at HFS, we got the year off to a great start by setting goals for ourselves after listening to Mr. Kearney’s assembly on the importance of setting targets.
I was impressed to see the children setting ambitious goals while also reflecting on what they can do to achieve them. Well done everyone and keep it up!
A new term means a new IPC topic and we’ve started a fascinating one on space: ‘Space Scientists’. In this topic we will be looking at our place in the solar system. We will be carrying out investigations in science on gravity, light and other natural phenomena. In international, we will explore the challenges of space exploration and the ethics of space tourism.
In technology, we will take a look at rocket science.
We began by learning more about our home planet. The children investigated how we can prove that the earth is a sphere and that it is moving. Part of this included observing how
shadows change shape and direction throughout the day. This also allowed children to work with new equipment such as compasses while practising essential maths skills like measuring.
We also learned about the force of gravity and its effect on the orbit of satellites and the planets.
The children carried out some research on what the earth is made of using some of the excellent reference books in the library. This was a nice break from using the internet for research and it allowed the children to practise using a book’s index and glossary.
In maths, we have returned to fractions. The children have retained their fraction knowledge well and we will soon be able to relate what we have learned to decimals and percentages.
In English, we have started a new topic on poetry. The children are looking at narrative poems. we began with Edgar Allan Poe’s spooky poem, ‘El Dorado’. The class have been challenged to recite this poem off by heart. Please encourage your child to spend some time learning and memorising the poem.
We have been getting festive here in Year 4/5/6/ as we move towards the winter break. The class have been getting crafty as they make decorations to sell at the winter show. We have been putting the finishing touches on our class performances as well. They are looking great so I think you’re in for a treat on Monday. As a school, we also took some time to run some extra rehearsals of the winter show play. Please make sure your children go over their lines to hone their performances.
In English this week, we have been writing our biographies. The children are becoming much more adept at adjusting their writing to suit different genres. In maths, we revisited area and perimeter before finishing with some work on reading timetables.
Our scratch games are coming on nicely. We are almost ready for our showcase of our games at our final assembly of the year.
We’re coming to the end of the first term here in HFS but we haven’t taken our foot off the pedal in the Year 4/5/6 class. We’ve been kept busy this week with our ongoing Scratch projects and our preparations for the winter show. We have completed two games in Scratch and now that we are feeling confident with coding, we are going to begin developing our own games. To begin this task, the children first developed a ‘pitch’ for their game so they could sell their idea to their classmates. Together the children were able to provide suggestions to each other on how to improve their game. I was very impressed to see that the children were already thinking of ways of coding in the various aspects of their games. Their pitches were full of coding and game development language.
In English, we have moved on to a non-fiction unit on biographies. The children developed their reading comprehension skills while learning about the different features of different types of biographies. They have also begun to create fact files on famous people in preparation for writing their own biographies next week.
In maths, we have worked on solving word problems related to measurement and we have developed our mental maths calculations involving decimal notation. We also had a look at reading bus and train timetables, an essential life skill.
Throughout this week, the children have been developing their musical skills while getting into the festive spirit as we practise our planned performances for the winter show.