Week 2 update

Hello all! This week we’ve been getting stuck into our new topics for this term.

In IPC, we have been investigating natural phenomena such as the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field. Following on from their work

last week using compasses, the class got a chance to make their own compasses.

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The class now have a better understanding of magnetism and the structure of the Earth. They are also becoming more adept at posing ‘big questions’ and working like scientists as they

attempt to prove or disprove their theories.

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The class also carried out research on the differences between the Earth and the Moon. They recorded their findings using Venn diagrams. It was

very impressive to see them exercising their curiosity and posing original questions.

In maths, we examined the relationship between decimals and fractions. The children are building a strong foundation for future work in maths as their knowledge of

place value becomes more secure and developed. They can now convert between decimals and fractions with ease. Next step, percentages!

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In English, we have written our own narrative poems based on the WWF’s short film, ‘It’s not a planet, it’s our home’.

The children excelled at this, creating poems that could match the power of this film.

 

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

First week of new term!

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.

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We also learned about the force of gravity and its effect on the orbit of satellites and the planets.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

That’s all for this week. Enjoy the weekend!