Week 14 update

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.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!

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Ashleigh’s Shark Attack game

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Week 13 update

I hope everyone is doing well as the weather starts to change. Here in Year 4/5/6 Dublin class we’ve had a busy week.

We began with our assembly showcasing our recent work on settlements in IPC. The children’s presentation skills are continuously improving and this was plain to see as the assembly ran very smoothly. The rest of the school were very impressed with our eco-village model and they loved getting involved in the challenge we set for them. Well done again to Year 7/8/9 for building the tallest spaghetti tower!

In our new IPC topic, Digital Gamers, we have been making great headway with our coding. The children learned how to write scripts that: changed their character’s costume, changed its orientation, changed how it interacted with the background and changed what sounds it makes and when. They even coded their characters to move using XY coordinates revising what they have learned in maths. With all these skills consolidated, the children were able to move on to writing code for games. We have started with creating a script for a Pacman style game to develop our skills and later we will move on to developing our own ideas for games. If your children would like extra practice with Scratch it can be used online freely and you also have the option to download the offline version.

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=home

World Children’s day fell on Tuesday this week. We used this as an opportunity to learn more about children’s rights and to reflect on he importance of these  universal rights.

In English, we completed a reading comprehension task related to World Children’s Day before writing our own stories using suspense. I was very impressed to see the children using a range of writing techniques independently which produced some engaging stories.

In maths, we worked on word problems related to length, weight and capacity. We revised telling the time and converting between different units of time and we worked on our mental maths skills in relation to measurement.

That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend!

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A screenshot of Dhanya’s Pacman game.

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Week 12 update

I hope you all had a good week. Here in Year 4/5/6 Dublin class we have been getting stuck into some new topics. In IPC, we have now moved on to our next unit, Digital Gamers’.

In this unit, the class will learn how to code their own video games using the program ‘Scratch’ developed by MIT. We will also learn about online safety as well as how to promote our games.

We are now on to our next topic in maths, measurement. This week, the children learned how to convert metric measures and how to read scales. We revised some of our calculation methods before tackling word problems related to measurement. In English, we began the week with a grammar focus of modal verbs before moving on to our writing focus, a suspenseful diary entry. We rounded the week of with some reading comprehension on Remembrance day.

In P.E, we are continuing our work on fielding games with a new sport, softball. The children’s catching and batting skills have improved considerably since the beginning of this unit and they are now employing strategy more effectively in their games. On top of this, the class have kept busy beavering away at their preparation for the upcoming assembly in which they will present their recent IPC work to the school.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!

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The class getting familiar with various measuring tools.

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Some practical work on reading scales.

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The class getting familiar with Scratch.

 

 

Week 11 update

I hope everyone had a good week. We have been as busy as ever here in the Year 4/5/6 Dublin class.

Our model village is complete with the children now putting the finishing touches to their presentations on the village. They will show off what they have learned in an assembly in a week’s time.

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In maths, we have continued our work on geometry. The children were introduced to another maths tool, the compass. They handled these very well as they constructed  and labelled circles The children also worked successfully with co-ordinates allowing them to carry out reflections on four quadrant grids. The children finished the week by developing their motor and visualisation skills through the making of nets of 3D shapes.

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The class even had time to investigate Pi (π) using string and the circles they drew.

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In English, the class created spooky stories full of suspense. Their writing is becoming more varied and they now take greater consideration of how their writing will impact their reader.

We finished the week with some more rhythm activities and a few runs around some student designed obstacle courses as part of HFS fitness.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

Week 10 update

We had a busy one this week with both a school event and a school trip taking place.

The children worked really well together to get our scavenger hunt up and running. The visitors to our class room seemed to really enjoy it even if they were a bit grossed out at times!

 

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In maths, we worked on reflecting and translating shapes.

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In IPC, we worked on our drafting ability by creating detailed drawings of our eco-house designs. The children then began creating models of their designs. We may have some architects in the making!

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We finished off the week with our trip to  the UNESCO site, Yangdong Village. The children reinforced what they have been learning about settlements in IPC as well

as some extra lessons on Korean history, potato harvesting and sweet making! Overall, it was a very rewarding and memorable trip.

 

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Have a great weekend!