Multiplying and Dividing by 10,100, including decimals.
Learning how people have expressed their feeling through Protest Songs.
Practising for the Talent Show
Looking at Modal Verbs in English. We had fun making silly sentences by mixing-up the modal verb. For example – ‘You shouldn’t do your homework.’
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Our IPC Unit recently has involved lots of art. We have been thinking about how different artists see the world and how they express themselves. There is a lot of great art on the walls around our classroom.
I am very aware that I have not been posting a Class Update regularly. I am sorry. By the time it gets to Friday afternoon and I have a School Newsletter, Homework and a million other things to produce, the Class Update seems to get forgotten.
Germinating seeds – We did an experiment to see what conditions were needed to make seeds germinate. We were thinking about how we could grow food if we went on a mission to Mars.
Tackling the advanced Egg Drop Challenge – This time the materials we were allowed to use were very limited, so we had to be more creative to solve the problem. We learned from our mistakes last time and made better designs.
Learning to convert between different units of measurement in maths. This can be a little tricky because we need to multiply and divide by 1000, but we are getting confident with it now.
Having our class photograph taken
Starting lots of new clubs
Playing new games in the gym
Learning about Responsibility by looking after a digital pet
Learning about structures that could be used to make a Mars base. We worked in teams to make pyramids from chopsticks and newspaper. It was a bit tricky but we managed to make a giant pyramid made of pyramids, made of pyramids! That is three levels. At home, someone even managed to make a geodesic dome from matchsticks
Designing and building egg drop challenge inventions. We want our inventions to be better than last time. What have we learned?
Writing daily blog entries about different subjects. This week we have written about what we want to be when we grow up and the best thing we have ever eaten
Studying time in Maths – We converted times between 24-hour and 12-hour clocks and calculated time differences in days, months and years.
Playing volleyball in PE
Trying to Beatbox
Some parents may not have had an opportunity to meet with me to discuss their child’s progress. If you would like to arrange a Parent-Teacher Consultation please send me an email. I am always happy to meet any parent at anytime. The best days to meet me are Tuesdays and Thursdays during school time or Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school.
We are lucky to have Miss Hope volunteering in our class for a couple of weeks. Miss Hope is Mr Kim’s daughter who will be heading off to university some to study art.
Our library day is on Monday and we will be encouraging the students a little more to make sure they are borrowing and reading books from the library.
It is a long time from breakfast to lunch.
As part of Mr Dunn’s class assembly this week he has challenged the students to keep an electronic pet alive and happy for a week. Some students may be bring a tablet home with our (electronic) class pet to look after. We are learning about responsibility, which is one of our school core values.
The marathon autumn term has reached Week 15 and Christmas is just around the corner, but the hard work and great learning continues in Year 4/5. Keep going everyone!
This Week we had a great time
Continuing to work on numbers and the number system in maths. We worked on Place Value and Multiplying and Dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000.
Learning about the Korean war in IPC. We are really trying to understand as much as we can about a very complicated historical event. We were asking Who, Where, What and Why questions about the Korean War. Every answer leads to a new question!
Reading some more of our class novel. We made an excellent shared document showing information about all the different characters
Perfecting our rapping skill for the Winter Show and working in our groups to get a performance ready.
Starting to learn how to make and edit videos with Mr de Klerk in ICT
Just a quick reminder that, unfortunately, we can’t invite parents to the Winter Show this year. We will be filming the performances and will share the result with you.
It would be nice if we could all wear something festive on Friday 18th December (Winter Show and Last day of term). Maybe a Christmas jumper or a nice dress. The students may have an idea of what they want to wear to match a performance they are a part of.
Parent-Teacher Meetings Conferences
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold in-person Parent-Teacher conferences this term. We would therefore like to offer parents the option of either:-
An online meeting on Thursday 17th December
Waiting until after the Winter Break to organise an in-person meeting
If you would like to make an appointment for an online conference on Thursday 17th December, please contact the school office.
Placing numbers on a number line. We were trying to place numbers between 0-10,000 on a blank number line. We wanted to make it fun and interesting so we went out into the corridor used the grids on the floor to help us make giant number lines. Some of our number line reached from the classroom to the school office. It was also interesting to change the length of the number and then try to adjust the scale.
Making great progress on the Multiplication Race – Everyone is past level 1 now and some people are as far as level 5!
Reading more of our novel, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse – There are lots of characters to keep track of and some subtle puns to spot. The author has established the scene and the story is now about to start.
Researching Important Inventions in IPC – We were thinking about which inventions had changed the world the most. We had to research different inventions, finding out when they happened, who was involved and thinking about how important we thought they were. This is a difficult question as it is hard to compare different inventions and how they have affected mankind. There were some interesting discussions.
Singing some Christmas Songs – It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
Making some Christmas themed storyboards in Art. Check them out here
COVID-19 Christmas Plans
As you may have read in the School Newsletter, the recent spike in COVID-19 has resulted in some changes to our plans coming up to Christmas.
The Winter Show – We will not be able to invite parents to the Winter Show. The performances will be filmed and either live-streamed or made available as a recording. This is obviously very disappointing for everyone involved but we will do our best to ensure that the students are able to perform the things they have been practising and that the parents are able to see the results. The Winter Show will now be held during the school day on Friday 18th December.
Parent-Teacher Conferences – We will be offering parents the option of either arranging a virtual meeting on Thursday 17th December or waiting until after the Christmas holiday to have an in-person meeting. We will make sure that every parent who wants a meeting is accommodated.
Open Day – We will have to postpone this event until further notice
A short update this week… It has been a very busy week for me!
This week we have been…
Calculating the area and perimeter of shapes in Maths
Starting a new novel in English – Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Speaking with the visitors from CIS and explaining what it is like to learn at HFS
Making timelines of the lives of famous people from history
Practising in our various groups for the winter show
Perfecting our rapping skills.
Miss Yuli needs some things
We need some bottles!
The students in Ms McCellan and Mr de Klerk’s classes will soon be starting an art project using bottles. We need to collect as many glass bottles as possible. Please wash and send us any old bottles that you have at home. Any size is fine. Remember to pack it carefully in their bag. We need them as soon as possible.
We also need some denim!
The students in Mr Green and Mr Dunn’s class in will be starting an art project involving denim material. If you have any old denim (jeans) at home can you please send them into school? We will be cutting the jeans up to make Christmas decorations.
Taking some new photographs for the Star of the Week display (see above)
Making a timetable of our lives using photographs from home – Thank you for sending all the pictures
Learning about coordinates in Maths and drawing treasure maps. We also learned about translations
Playing basketball with Mr Dunn
Starting to practice our performances for the Winter Show – We have some very talented singers and performers in our class.
Finishing reading the Railway Children (our historical novel) and writing book reviews.
The Multiplication Race
In maths recently I have been challenging the students to improve their rapid recall of multiplication facts. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday we do the ‘Multiplication Race’ which is a short test of multiplication facts. To pass a level you have to complete the grid in under 5 minutes. We have students on level 1 through to level 4 and everyone is improving. I always tell the students that they are competing against themselves and that all I want to see is a little improvement each week. Extra sheets are always available to take home for practice.
Extra Homework Challenges
One of my favourite things each week is seeing the students trying the extra homework challenges. I love the emails I receive and the talks I have will students about the questions.
Thank you and keep it up.
The Week in Pictures
The Winter Show
If any student want to perform something special in the Winter Show they need to let me know soon. I am already working with a couple of groups to prepare songs. All the students will be involved in the show in some way. We have a class performance and I will need lots of backstage staff.
Star of the Week
This week the Star of the Week was awarded to Nathan for Creativity
It has been a pleasure being able to teach the children everyday this week!
I hope they had as much fun as I did.
This week we have had great fun…
Starting our new IPC Unit “Time Tunnel”– We got really creative and had lots of fun designing our very own “Time Tunnels”. Things got a little messy and paint was flying but the end results were fantastic.
Continuing with our historical novel “The Railway Children”- We finally found out what happened to dad and the students didn’t want to stop reading. We wrote a diary entry and created some lovely birthday cards for one of the characters.
Measuring to the nearest cm in maths- We measured and compared lots of classroom objects and even measured the size of our classroom! The students enjoyed making a floor plan of the classroom which included all of our desks too.
The most fun though was measuring our feet, hands and arms!
In PE– This was the last week for badminton and it has been great to see the students improve so much. Next week we will be moving on to the basketball court and practising our passes!
We are going to be making our own life timelines, so for homework I have asked the class to bring in some pictures of them growing up. If you would prefer to email them to myself or Mr Green then that would also be fine.