Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W13

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.

Thank you 

Great Learning Happening

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W12

Meet the Year 4/5 Class

This week we had a great time…

  • 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

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W11

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!

Next Week…

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. 

The week in pictures…

Year 4/5 Class Update – T1W10

This week we have had great fun…

  • Celebration Halloween – As you can see, we wore some great Halloween costumes and had a fun day. I liked the fact that everyone costume was different and that lots of things had been made ourselves. Mrs Sim’s costume was much better than Mr Green’s!
  • Reading some more of The Railway Children – our historical novel. Year 4/5 are really getting into the story and we are wondering what will happen next.
  • Learning about units of measurement in Maths – It was a bit tricky this week as we had to convert units of measurement. There was lots of multiplying and dividing by 1000 going on. Don’t worry, we are going to look at this again next week.
  • Finishing our IPC unit Feel the Force – We made some cool posters to show everything we had learned in this unit. There have certainly been lots of experiments! – Next week we will start a new unit – The Time Tunnel
  • Celebrating Seongyun’s birthday – We had a good laugh at the funny video of him being a rock star.

Our New IPC Unit – The Time Tunnel

It is time to study some history, geography and art!

Listen to what the unit plan tells us we are going to be learning…

Chronology involves putting things in the right order. This is very important when studying history because it helps us to see ‘the big picture’ – to understand the reasons why things have happened and how the present is influenced by the past.

In History, we’ll be finding out…

  • How historical time can be recorded and measured
  • How we can sort, sequence and order the past
  • How we can interpret events to explore the attitudes of people in the past What happened at different times in different cultures

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the history of a location in the host country
  • How the movements of people affect the physical and human features of a location
  • How we can use maps to find out about the history of a location

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How artists from different periods have used art to record history How we can use art to record a historical event

Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

Next Week

Mrs Sim will be teaching the Year 4/5 every day next week while Mr Green spends some time working with the Year 2/3 class. Mr Green will be in the Year 4/5 class to teach at least one lesson every day and will be back next week.

I suspect my students like Mrs Sim more than me anyway!


Lots of great learning going on!