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Welcome to Onyx Class! 

HAPPY SUMMER EVERYONE!

I would just like to say a huge thank you to all of Onyx class for such a wonderful year. I have loved teaching every single one of them and am so proud of everything they have achieved throughout the year. Thank you for all of my lovely cards, flowers and gifts - I look forward to spending my vouchers! I hope that you all have a brilliant six weeks. Happy holidays! Miss Kropman x 

Thursday 19th July - Some of Onyx's lovely split pictures!

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Onyx's Recorder Concert - Tuesday 17th July

On Tuesday afternoon, Onyx took to the stage to showcase their incredible recorder playing! Performing to an audience of LKS2 and their families, Onyx played a number of pieces that they have enjoyed this year, such as Rover, Big Kite, Jog Along Jason and Selfish Sharks. They also demonstrated impressive skill when playing more complex pieces, including London's Burning, Old MacDonald, Curtain Raiser and Movie Buster. Many thanks to all of the parents that came to support the children - we hope you enjoyed the show! 

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Recorder Concert - One Mosquito

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Recorder Concert - Old MacDonald

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Recorder Concert - London's Burning

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Week Commencing 16th July

In the final week of the school year, Onyx will be learning about:

Art: playing with lines and split pictures

Maths: Investigations

Music: Recorders and our concert on Tuesday

PSHE: SRE

ICT: Powerpoints about our year

In addition, we have our Flag Competition final, PE activities and our last day celebrations. I hope this is a fun and enjoyable finish to what has been a brilliant year in Onyx!

DT - Pencil cases project

As you can see, Onyx have worked incredibly hard to make felt pencil cases this week around their various sporting activities. First, we explored different types of pencil cases and decided upon their non-negotiable requirements. Following this, Onyx then learnt how to sew using both running and whip stitches and then designed their own pencil cases. Miss Kropman has been so impressed with the children's concentration and brilliant effort during the making and evaluating stages, but is relieved not to have to help thread 32 needles again this summer! 

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Sports Week - Friday's Daily Mile. Thank you to all of the parents that joined us!

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Sports Week - Thursday's Krav Maga sessions

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Sports Week - Onyx in action during Wednesday's Sports Day!

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Sports Week - Tuesday's ABCs Football Session with Arsenal FC

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Sports Week - Monday's water and beach games!

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Week Commencing 9th July

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Grammar and punctuation lessons

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words - group 10

Maths: Fractions review

Music: Recorders 

PSHE: SRE

DT: Designing, making and evaluating a pencil case

NB The remainder of lessons for the week will be based around our Sports Week! Please don't forget appropriate clothes to wear for Monday's beach games, Tuesday's Arsenal football session and Wednesday's Sports Day races. Thursday will feature our Krav Maga sessions, whilst we look forward to welcoming parents to join us for our daily mile on Friday - what a great week! 

Onyx's Amazing Poetry - week commencing 2nd July

Onyx have been working exceptionally hard this week to write poems using ambitious vocabulary and figurative language. Here are some examples, including a kenning, a similes verse and a metaphorical poem! 

Macavity

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She Is

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The Six Sides of a Dice

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Week Commencing 2nd July

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Figurative language in poetry

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words - group 9

Maths: Multiplication and division review 

Science: Plants

Geography: Climate around the world 

RE: Big Questions

Music: Recorders and the pentatonic scale

PE: Outdoor games and running 

French: Where we live 

PSHE: SRE

E-Safety with Year 6, Friday 29th June

This morning, Onyx were lucky enough to have Year 6 visit us to lead an e-safety lesson. They split us into small groups and taught us all about how to stay safe when using the internet. Miss Kropman was so impressed with Year 6’s lesson structure, delivery and activities, whilst also being very proud of how well Onyx behaved and completed their work with enthusiasm. Well done, everyone!

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Macavity, The Mystery Cat

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We have been studying one of Miss Kropman's favourite poems this week, looking particularly at new vocabulary. Here is one of our groups performing verse two!

Week Commencing 25th June

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Vocabulary building for poetry

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words - group 8

Maths: Area

Science: Plants

Geography: Climate around the world 

RE: How the Bible helps Christians today 

Music: Recorders and the pentatonic scale

PE: Outdoor games and running 

French: Where we live 

PSHE: SRE

Thank you to everyone for wearing green and/or walking to school for Clean Air Day, Thursday 21st June

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Selfish Sharks

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Onyx have been working very hard in their recorder lessons, progressing to tunes with 5 notes - B, A, G, E and C!

Enough Abuse Workshops, Wednesday 20th June

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Road Safety Training, Tuesday 19th June

Well done to Onyx's Year 4s, who all completed their road safety training around the village on Tuesday. Thank you to Mrs Noorian, Mrs Smith, Mrs Theoklitou and Mrs Volkov for leading this. 

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Literacy - Monday 18th June

Onyx had great fun this morning, developing vocabulary in a literacy lesson. We began by reading the book, 'Giraffes Can't Dance', and pulling out any unfamiliar words. Next, we looked up their meanings before selecting one word from the list and acting it out for our partner to guess! 

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Week Commencing 18th June

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Vocabulary building

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words - group 7

Maths: Co-ordinates, Position and Direction

Science: Plants

Geography: Climate around the world 

RE: Sources of Wisdom (holy books) 

Music: Recorders and the pentatonic scale

PE: Outdoor games and running 

French: Where we live 

PSHE: SRE

Composition work using the pentatonic scale - Tuesday 12th June

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Year 3 Scooter Training - Tuesday 12th June

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Week Commencing 11th June

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Writing a formal persuasive letter

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words - group 6

Maths: Roman numerals and negative numbers

Science: Plants

ICT: Purple Mash

RE: Thoughts about God 

Music: Recorders and the pentatonic scale

PE: Outdoor games and running 

PSHE: Relationships

The Amazon River, Friday 8th June

We spent today's literacy lesson writing a class poem about the Amazon - we hope you enjoy it!
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Dancing the samba! Thursday 7th June

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Onyx had great fun in their PE lesson this morning, learning some samba moves and then choreographing their own routines in groups of four. Here are the videos of the groups that wanted to share their dances!

Samba!

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Cultural Week - Food Morning, Thursday 7th June

Onyx had a brilliant morning sampling food from a variety of cultures. Miss Kropman would like to thank all of the parents who made and supplied such delicious edibles! Here are some of the verdicts:

'I think Daniel's Albanian cookies were the best snack ever. I liked the mix of strawberry jam and cookie.' Louie

'Kirsti's South African malua pudding was delicious - I think she did a good job!' Elise

'I really enjoyed the Eccles cake that Ben made!' Joseph

'I hadn't tasted Vegimite before Christopher brought it in...I think it's like Marmite!' Leila

'Elise's challah bread and hamentashen were soooo nice!' Annabel

'I think Hugh's Egyptian falafals were amazing because they were very spicy.' Yoan

'I loved my Kenyan chapati!' Saoirse

'I think Oscar's Polish cheese cake was really tasty!' Livvy

'My strawberries and cream are traditionally from Britain and are eaten at Wimbledon tennis matches. They were great!' Jersey

'I made my Cornish scones using butter, flour, milk, sugar and jam. They were very popular.' May 

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Cultural Week - learning about Brazil through geography, science and maths!

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Week Commencing 4th June

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Persuasive writing

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words - group 6

Maths: Data handling

Science: Plants

PE: Athletics 

The remainder of lessons this week will be based on our Cultural Week country Brazil! 

Thursday 24th May - our finished windows representing 'Colour is Light'!

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Wednesday 23rd May - More art activities!

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Art Week - Sculpture Trail at the University of Hertfordshire

On Tuesday 22nd May, Onyx spent a lovely, sunny morning at the University of Hertfordshire's campus in Hatfield. With our theme for the week -  'Colour is Light' - being the main focus of our trip, we were really excited to view Diane Maclean's 'Mountains' sculpture and now can't wait to work with her on Thursday! In addition to spending time studying the reflective nature of this structure and sketching certain parts of it, we also visited a number of other sculptures by famous artists such as Andy Goldsworthy (Miss Kropman's favourite), John Farnham and Barbara Hepworth. We were also fortunate to visit the indoor art gallery as part of our trip, where we viewed and sketched a number of modern portraits and line drawings. Thank you very much to Miss Shaw for organising such fun activities for us and to Mrs Volkov and Mrs Winston who accompanied us on the trip. 

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Art week activities - tissue paper collage and marbling ink!

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Week Commencing 21th May

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Completing our adventure stories

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words 

Maths: Time

Science: Separating mixtures 

PE: Outdoor games and running 

The remainder of lessons this week will be inline with our ART WEEK, with the theme of 'Colour is Light'. We will also be attending the University of Hertfordshire for a sculpture trail on Tuesday morning! 

 

Royal Wedding Day Celebrations in Onyx

Royal Wedding Day Celebrations in Onyx 1 Singing the national anthem!
Royal Wedding Day Celebrations in Onyx 2 Decorating biscuits for our break-time picnic!
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Royal Wedding Day Celebrations in Onyx 23 Creating powerpoints about the royal wedding
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The National Anthem

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LKS2 and Garnet met in the hall to start our royal wedding celebration day, where we learnt the national anthem!

Engine, Engine Number Nine!

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Onyx have been continuing to learn about the pentatonic scale in music and, today, we created our own accompaniment to Engine, Engine using the F, A, C triad from within the scale. Here is one table's super performance! Thank you to Maximos for filming them.

Week Commencing 14th May

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Adventure Stories

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words - group 5

Maths: Formal written multiplication and division

Science: Separating mixtures 

ICT: Purple Mash

RE: Understanding how Sikhs treat their holy book 

Music: Recorders and the pentatonic scale

PE: Outdoor games and running 

PSHE: Relationships

Thank you to all of the parents that attended our Parent Partners sessions this week!

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RE - The Golden Rule and Building Up!

On Tuesday 8th May, Onyx spent their RE lesson learning about The Golden Rule - the principle of treating other people how you would like to be treated - that is followed by members of ALL faith communities, including humanists. First, we learnt a song about building each other up, before discussing what we feel makes the rule 'golden', and situations where it would be easy or hard to follow the rule. Finally, we explored the metaphor of our class being a brick wall; we are all of equal importance and, if just one brick were to be removed, we would not be as strong as we were before. We then painted a brick each and creatively added graffiti to suggest how we can support each other. We look forward to sharing our finished display with you in the next few days!

Week Commencing 7th May

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR PARENT PARTNERS SESSIONS! SURNAMES A-M ON TUESDAY, N-Z ON THURSDAY, 9 - 9.50AM

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Adventure Stories

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words 

Maths: Formal written multiplication

Science: Separating mixtures 

ICT: Purple Mash

RE: British Values

Music: Recorders and the pentatonic scale

PE: Outdoor games and running 

PSHE: E-Safety 

Design and Technology, Thursday 3rd May - Making Stuffed Peppers!

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Work Hard, Wednesday 2nd May

Our class assembly performance of 'Work Hard'!
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Onyx's Class Assembly, Wednesday 2nd May

Thank you to all the parents who came to watch our assembly today! I was very proud of how well the children spoke, sang and acted and hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, Miss Kropman

Adventure Stories in Literacy

On Monday 30th April, Years 3 and 4 were asked to gather together in Mrs Kleiner-Mann's classroom, as she had some exciting news! She told us that, at the weekend, she had seen Mr Hartgen digging at the front of school as she looked out of her window. It transpired that he had made an incredible discovery, finding a mysterious, old, wooden box! As a result, we have decided to write our own adventure story involving the unearthing of an unusual object. This will be based on the structure of Adventure at Sandy Cove, which Onyx internalised during their literacy lesson on Tuesday. Have a look at the story maps below and see if you can ask an Onyx class member to retell the story! 

Week Commencing 30th April

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Adventure stories

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words 

Maths: Equivalent fractions

Science: Separating mixtures 

DT: NB The majority of our afternoons will be focused around our food topic (please see separate ParentMail). 

PE: Outdoor games and running (including the Daily Mile).

 

ASSEMBLY REMINDER - WEDNESDAY 2ND MAY

Please come and join us for our class assembly at 9am on Wednesday 2nd May, where we will be teaching you all about a Victorian childhood in addition to sharing some of our fantastic work based on the poems of Darren Sardelli. NB: Please ensure your child wears the same costume that they wore for our Victorians trip! Thank you, Miss Kropman

 

All Stars Cricket Workshop - Friday 27th April

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Victorian thaumatropes!

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Onyx's Victorians History Trip To St Albans Cathedral

On Thursday 26th April, Onyx made the short journey to St Albans to support our learning about childhood in the past. When we arrived, we were welcomed by members of staff from the Abbey, before learning about the history of the building. Yoan and Maximos were called upon to recreate the story of Alban and Amphibulus, whilst Olivia got the gruesome task of acting the role of executioner! After this, we completed an education trail around the cathedral. We looked at a tapestry that told us that the Normans initially built the Abbey out of brick, whilst also viewing various stained glass windows. Onyx also saw the Cathedra, where the Bishop of St Albans sits, in addition to visiting the Memorial, Shrine and Lady Chapel (where there used to be a school). 

After a short break, Onyx heard a school bell ringing and were summoned to the Victorian classroom, where we had to hand over Victorian coins to pay for our education! We were immediately shocked by the strict demeanour of the two teachers taking our lessons. The male members of the class were reprimanded for throwing stones at the local ducks(!) by our headmistress for the morning, whilst we were informed that Louie had gone one step further and had been caught slinging the farmer's mud! As a result, he was taken outside the room...the distinctive whipping sound of the cane followed, accompanied by Louie's 'screams'! To Onyx's surprise, we were seated in separate rows of boys one side of the room and girls on the other in order to be taught different subjects. Whilst the boys learnt grammar, this was believed to be pointless for Victorian girls, who were instead taught needlework and how to read poetry. Anyone who answered a question incorrectly risked wearing the 'dunce' hat, whilst instructions were positively barked by the teachers! The class was shortly brought back together in order to learn their drills (the Victorian equivalent of PE) which involved marching on the spot and raising your foot to your chair! Following this, we experienced a multiplication session, a science lesson about a pheasant and then sang a hymn. May, in the meantime, was praised for her needlework and informed that Lord Verulam would be giving her a job! Finally, we did some handwriting - poor Louie and Katie were instructed to sit on their left hand as Victorian children were only allowed to use their right hands! Onyx were very relieved to reach the end of their Victorian classroom experience and all concluded that they would rather be at school nowadays! 

After eating lunch, Onyx went to the Victorian Pastimes workshop. This involved learning about (and playing with) a wide variety of Victorian toys. We particularly enjoyed the hoop and stick, board games and Jacob's Ladder. To finish the afternoon, we were shown a thaumatrope and given instructions for how to make this back at school. We had a fantastic day at the Abbey, which really brought our topic learning alive. Thank you very much to all the staff that came with us and also to Mr Fitch and Mrs Tsuman for their support throughout the trip. 

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Music - Exploring the pentatonic scale

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Onyx spent their music lesson exploring the pentatonic scale, which comprises of just five notes. An example of a pentatonic tune is 'Old MacDonald', which we had fun performing today using the notes B, A, G, E and D!

Week Commencing 23rd April

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Poetry

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words 

Maths: Fractions in the context of measure 

Science: Separating mixtures 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: A study of childhood in the past and our exciting Victorians trip on Thursday! 

RE: British Values

Music: Recorders and the pentatonic scale

PE: Outdoor games and running 

PSHE: Safety 

 

Onyx's Performance Poetry - Darren Sardelli's 'Recess, Oh Recess!'

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Week Commencing 16th April

Welcome back! This week, Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Darren Sardelli's poetry

Maths: Finding fractions of quantities 

Science: Separating mixtures 

History: A study of childhood in the past

RE: Exploring ultimate questions 

Music: Recorders 

PE: Running

PSHE: Mindfulness

  

Year 3&4 Production - Tuishi Pamoja

On Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th March, Years 3&4 performed to a full hall of family and friends. Tuishi Pamoja is a story that celebrates diversity and teaches us the importance of accepting and celebrating those who are different from us. With exceptional acting, singing and dancing, the audience enjoyed an outstanding production and many were reduced to tears thanks to Louie's beautiful solo. Well done to every member of Onyx - Miss Kropman is incredibly proud of you and hopes you enjoy the photographs below (taken during the dress rehearsal on Monday). 

 

As we reach the holidays, I would like to thank Onyx class for their hard work, commitment, enthusiasm and effort in all areas throughout the term. Thank you also to the parents for your support; I hope you have a lovely break and look forward to welcoming you back to school on Tuesday 17th April. Miss Kropman. 

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Easter Egg Hunt with the PTA!

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Art Morning - Lowry Landscapes

On Wednesday 28th March, Onyx spent the morning studying the work of L.S Lowry, a famous British artist. We learnt about his style and 'matchstick men' before creating our own interpretations of an industrial landscape. 

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Week Commencing 26th March

An exciting week for Year 3 and 4 as we perform Tuishi Pamoja! The dress rehearsal to the whole school takes place on Monday, whilst performances to family and friends are on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to their exceptional acting, singing and dancing, Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Traditional Tales - completing our unit. We will also be having a reading assessment.

Art: Lowry landscape and Hundertwasser building study  

Maths: Adding and subtracting fractions 

History: A study of childhood in the past

PE: Fun Swim 

 

Dance Festival, Thursday 22nd March

On Thursday, Onyx brilliantly performed an Israeli dance as part of the whole school dance festival. They danced with spirit and excellent timing, whilst displaying huge smiles on their faces. Miss Kropman and Mrs Jackson were very proud of you, Onyx - well done!

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Recorder Lesson 21st March - 'Rover'

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Recorder Lesson 21st March - Our first tune using new note 'E'!

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Week Commencing 19th March

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Traditional Tales

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words 

Maths: Adding and subtracting fractions 

Science: Electricity 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: A study of childhood in the past

RE: Exploring ultimate questions 

Music: Recorders and rehearsing our play songs

PE: Swimming and Dance, with our Dance Festival performance on Thursday 22nd! 

PSHE: Mindfulness

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PSHE – Mindfulness

Onyx demonstrated excellent learning behaviour on Friday afternoon as we explored gratitude and happiness. Have a look at some of our mature ideas about what we are grateful for, and our ingredients for living a happy life!

'I am grateful for my lovely house and to live in this country. I think you need friendship, trust, love, affection and hope to live a happy life.' - Christopher

'Happiness, for me, is my family, forgiveness, dogs, cheekiness and love!' - Elise

'I think you need good support from people around you so that you are happy.' - Leila

'I am grateful for being loved by my family.' - Yoan

'I am grateful for having my little sister in my life!' - Olivia

'Trustworthy friends lead to happiness.' - Ben 

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Year 4 Football Festival at Monk’s Walk School

On Wednesday 14th March, all of Year 4 attended a football festival at Monk’s Walk School, led by the Welwyn and Hatfield Sports Partnership. Although this was friendly, non-competitive tournament, each of our four teams played brilliantly to draw or win all of their games! We also benefitted from some fun coaching by the Monk’s Walk sports leaders whilst waiting for our matches to begin. Miss Kropman, Mrs Jackson, Miss Law and Mrs Smith were all very proud of their teams both in terms of effort, skill and behaviour. Well done, Year 4!

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Week Commencing 12th March

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Traditional Tales

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words 

Maths: Monetary addition and subtraction

Science: Electricity 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: A study of childhood in the past

RE: Hinduism - Holi 

Music: Recorders and rehearsing our play songs

PE: Swimming and Dance, plus a football tournament at Monk's Walk School on Wednesday for Year 4

PSHE: Mindfulness

French: La maison  

Literacy This Week!

Onyx have been working hard in their new literacy unit of Traditional Tales. This week, we have internalised a story map for The Papaya that Spoke and have also boxed this up. In addition, we have created some sentence signposts in order to help us with retelling the story. See if you present the story at home using the photographs below!

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Monk's Walk Football Session - preparing for next week's tournament!

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Week Commencing 5th March

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Traditional Tales

Spellings: Year 3/4 curriculum words 

Maths: Money

Science: Electricity 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: Compiling our research from Betty's visit and compiling our scrapbooks

RE: Hinduism - Diwali  

Music: Recorders and rehearsing our play songs

PE: Swimming and Dance, plus a football session for Year 4 delivered by our sports partnership

PSHE: How to stay safe and healthy 

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A Special Visitor

Years 3&4 were incredibly lucky today to have had a visit from a lovely lady called Betty, who lives very close to our school. Betty came to talk to us about what life was like when she was a child; we had prepared many things to ask her. Here are some of the questions and their answers...

 

What toys did you play with?

Betty told us that she played with skipping ropes, tennis balls (for juggling) and balls to kick on the ground. She also said that she had wooden hoops that she rolled along the ground with a stick. Children were lucky in the past as they could play safely in the streets. This was because there were no cars!

 

Would you rather be a child now or in the past?

Betty's answer to this shocked us all! She told us that, even though there are more things to do and play with now, she would rather be a child in the past. She explained that this was because it made her use her imagination more because they had to invent games to play and think of how to use the things that they did have. Betty said that she was always very happy and was often outside rather than sitting indoors!

 

What was school like?

It was very different from what school is like now by the sounds of things! Betty told us that she had one notebook (with a red cover) that she did all of her work in. The children also had a pencil box to keep their pencils in. They did lots of writing as this was seen as very important and they called maths 'arithmetic'. They didn't do science or topic like we do now but they did do drawing lessons on special paper.

 

We are all so grateful that Betty came in to speak to us today as it was so interesting to get our questions answered by someone who experienced a childhood in the past!

 

Thank you, Betty!

RE - Hindu Shrines

This week in RE, Onyx continued their exploration of Hindu worship by looking specifically at shrines. To demonstrate their learning, they used home-made playdough (thank you to Oscar and Miss Law for making this for us!) and built their own mini-shrines. Here are some great examples: can you spot the murtis, flower garlands, diva lamps, offerings, bells, incense, water, prayer beads and Vedas?

 

Literacy and Maths this week

This week, we have completed our explanation texts about the lives of Victorian children. Pictured below is a paragraph of Hugh's excellent work, which he wrote as a result of a guided teacher conferencing group - the style of marking we are currently trialling across the phase. Also pictured is some of Daisy's awesome decimals work, where she has brilliantly evaluated how she got on during the lesson. More information for parents about our 'fast feedback' trial is coming soon!  

Week Commencing 26th February

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Victorian Children Explanation Text - conclusion and collaborative review; World Book Day

Spellings: Plural rules

Maths: Subtraction for decimal calculations

Science: Electricity 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: The Victorians - local visitor! 

RE: Hinduism - shrines  

Music: Recorders and rehearsing our play songs

PE: Swimming and Dance  

PSHE: Recognising and resisting peer pressure

French: La maison  

Week Commencing 19th February

I hope you all had a lovely half-term break and have enjoyed returning to school! In addition to the subjects listed below, Onyx are now busy preparing for their forthcoming performances of Tuishi Pamoja. Please encourage them with learning their lines and lyrics. Thank you in advance for your support in preparing their costumes; a letter has been sent home today listing their parts and outfit suggestions! 

This week, Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Victorian Children Explanation Text - completing the writing process

Spellings: Plural endings y - ies

Maths: Column addition and subtraction for decimal calculations

Science: Electricity 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: The Victorians - Comparing a Victorian childhood with childhood today 

Music: Recorders and rehearsing our play songs

PE: Swimming and Dance  

PSHE: Managing risk  

Week Commencing 5th February

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: Victorian Children Explanation Text

Spellings: Plural endings y - ies

Maths: Calculating with decimal numbers 

Science: Electricity 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: The Victorians - Children 

French: Colours of animals 

RE: Hinduism 

Music: Recorders and learning our play songs

PE: Swimming and Dance  

PSHE: Safer Internet Usage 

R.E

During Tuesday's lesson, we interactively explored puja (worship) in Hinduism. We enjoyed having a 'secret' viewing of the tray and drawing what we could remember, before learning about each item used. 

 

Maths

This week, we have been learning about decimal in our maths lessons. We have practised placing numbers on a decimal number line and regrouping tenths and hundredths. Today, we also looked at rounding decimals, reflecting on our own progress at the end of the lesson. Onyx have been AMAZING at using manipulatives to help them and should be very proud of themselves!

Week Commencing 29th January

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: The Firework Maker's Daughter and beginning Victorian Children Explanation Text

Spellings: Plural endings 

Maths: Decimal numbers

Science: Electricity 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: The Victorians - Victorian buildings in the local area

French: Colours of animals 

RE: Hinduism 

Music: Recorders and learning our play songs

PE: Swimming and Dance  

PSHE: Healthy Living 

Week Commencing 22nd January

Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: The Firework Maker's Daughter

Spellings: Plural endings 

Maths: Symmetry, Decimals 

Science: Electricity 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: The Victorians - Victorian buildings in the local area

RE: Hinduism 

Music: Recorders

PE: Swimming and Dance  

PSHE: Healthy Living 

Israeli Dancing Lesson 1

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Onyx are busy preparing for the school dance festival in March. We have chosen to try Israeli dancing: here we are with our first attempt at Bim Bam Bom!

The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Onyx have been working hard in their Literacy lessons this week to produce some excellent descriptive and figurative language. We role-played the scene from the second chapter of the story, where the ceremony begins and a goddess eventually rises from the lake. Some fantastic vocabulary building then took place before we rewrote the extract:

Week Commencing 15th January

This week, Onyx will be learning about:

Literacy: The Firework Maker's Daughter

Spellings: Year 3/4 Curriculum Words, Set 3 

Maths: Shape 

Science: Electricity 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: The Victorians - Victorian buildings in the local area

RE: Hinduism 

Music: Recorders

PE: Swimming and Dance  

PSHE: Healthy Living 

RE Trip to Bhaktivedanta Manor

On Tuesday 9th January, Years 3 and 4 began their new RE topic of Hinduism with a 'Sizzling Starter' visit to Bhaktivedanta Manor in Aldenham. Upon arrival, we were welcomed to the temple before being led on an oxen cart for an incredible tour of the grounds (Olivia and Annabel even had a go at steering!). We were told that the oxen weigh a colossal 1500kg, which is as much as a large car! Cows are believed to be sacred animals in Hinduism and, when we visited their sheds, we learnt about how they farm the land around the temple before being given the chance to feed them. We also visited the Tulsi plant greenhouses and the George Harrison garden, where we learnt about his link to Bhaktivedanta, before locating some of his spiritual lyrics hidden amongst the trees. 

Following this, we had an interesting and informative presentation about Hinduism. Some of us got to dress up as gods and retold some famous Hindu stories whilst the audience played instruments to sweeten the air. Afterwards, we all got to try on some traditional costumes and have our faces painted.

Lunch consisted of the most delicious curry and rice, which we ate together on the floor inside the temple. One of the highlights of the trip came before we were due to leave, as we were invited to attend one of the ceremonies held in the shrine of the temple. We were made to feel very welcome as we observed the prayers and listened to the Hare Krishna chanting. Onyx class members had a brilliant day and are now looking forward to learning even more about Hinduism in their RE lessons! 

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Week beginning 8th January

This week, Onyx will be covering the following:

Literacy - Take One Book - The Firework Maker's Daughter

Spelling - Year 3/4 Curriculum Spelling Words, List 3

Maths - Parallel and Perpendicular lines, perimeter 

Science - Electricity

PSHE - Resolutions

RE - Hinduism - trip to Bhaktivedanta Manor

French - Colours

History - Introduction to The Victorians

Art - Lowry cityscapes

PE - Traditional Dance 

Science Day - Thursday 4th January

Onyx took part in a Science Day today to kick-start the Spring term! The day was based around our topic of 'States of Matter'. First, we investigated what happens to the mass of lemonade as the gas bubbles escape. We added raisins to a bottle of lemonade and observed the raisins ‘dancing’ in the liquid. We then weighed the bottle over an hour to see how quickly the mass changed. We also investigated ‘What’s in the Air?' In order to do this, we took part in several activities designed to prove that air is all around us, including trying to squeeze an empty water bottle with the lid on and observing what happens to the gas when an aerosol is sprayed. Our final investigation demonstrated a solid turning to a liquid; we had two different coloured ice cubes and watched them melt together to form a new colour! This was a fun and engaging day, where Onyx class members were encouraged to use their scientific knowledge to clearly discuss their observations and results during each activity! 

Week beginning 18th December

As we approach the end of term, Onyx have been enjoying some festive fun! Last Friday, we spent part of the morning designing and making placemats for our tasty Christmas lunch, whilst today we recreated a scene from the nativity story using a watercolour wash and black card for a tableau silhouette. We have also just had a brilliant time at the Cinderella pantomime in Potters Bar!

Thank you to the parents for your support this term; it has been a pleasure to teach your wonderful children! I hope that you all have a lovely break and look forward to welcoming you back to school in January, Miss Kropman. 

 

Week beginning 11th December 2017

This week, we are covering the following topics:

Literacy – Take One Book – ‘The Polar Express’

Spelling – ‘le’ words

Maths – mass and capacity

Science – Light

PSHE – inclusion

RE – Exploring Christmas

French – parts of the body

D&T – Mini Greenhouses

PE – Running

Mini Greenhouses!

This week, Onyx have been having great fun learning about greenhouses in our Design and Technology lessons. Today, we used nets to explore different structures, testing which would be the most strong and sturdy. We will then be making our own mini greenhouses next week!

Water Cycle in a bag!

This week, we have been exploring the water cycle in our topic lessons. To understand this more clearly, we have created our own versions of this - using food colouring, water and an air-tight plastic bag. These are now taped to our classroom windows and we are enjoying watching the cycle take place!

 

Week beginning 4th December 2017

This week, we are covering the following topics:

Literacy – Take One Book – ‘The Polar Express’

Spelling – ‘le’ words

Maths – multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100

Science – Light

PSHE – inclusion

Topic – Rivers around the world

D&T – Mini Greenhouses

PE – Running

Art – Cross-hatching

PLAYSCRIPTS

We have been busy writing playscripts this week, using The Lion King as our stimulus. This morning, we directed and performed some of these; there are definitely some budding acting superstars amongst us! 

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL ST. MARY'S CHURCH, NORTH MYMMS

Well done to all of the children for making a beautiful decoration to contribute towards our tree, which is spending the weekend at St. Mary's Church in North Mymms. Miss Kropman would also like to thank the children and parents that came along to help put up and decorate the tree. I'm sure you will agree that it looks wonderful!

RE SIKHISM WORKSHOPS WITH MR SINGH

On Tuesday 28th November, Years 3 and 4 were lucky enough to have a visit from Harkirat Singh, a Sikh education expert. Mr Singh led a workshop for each class during the morning and also took our assembly. In the afternoon, we came back together for a reflective learning session in the hall, where we played games which enhanced our understanding of Sikhism. We also decorated a plate to symbolise how we can help other people.

Week beginning 27th November 2017

This week, we are covering the following topics:

Literacy – Playscripts

Spelling – Year 3/4 curriculum spellings

Maths – fractions and decimals

Science – Light

PSHE – inclusion

Topic – The water cycle

RE – Langar

French – parts of the body

PE – Running

Week beginning 20th November 2017

This week, we are covering the following topics:

Literacy – Playscripts

Spelling – Year 3/4 curriculum spellings

Maths – word problems using the bar method

Science – Light

PSHE – understanding feelings

Topic – The water cycle

RE – Langar

French – parts of the body

PE – Running

Art – completing our Egyptian tomb

Week beginning 13th November 2017

This week, we are covering the following topics:

Literacy – Limericks

Spelling – Year 3/4 curriculum spellings

Maths – written addition and subtraction

Science – Light

PSHE – understanding feelings

Topic – The water cycle

RE – Equality in Sikhism

French – parts of the body

PE – Running

Week beginning 6th November 2017

This week, we are covering the following topics:

Literacy – writing our own instructions about making an Egyptian Deathmask

Spelling –  Year 3/4 curriculum spellings 

Maths – factors and multiples 

Science – Light

PSHE – understanding feelings, exploring what it is like to feel new/E-safety

Topic – The water cycle 

RE –  Sikh naming ceremony 

French – parts of the body

PE – Running 

 

Coming up next week!

It's Anti-Bullying week. Don't forget to wear your odd socks on Monday! 

 

    The children performed their dance so well on Monday to promote well-being and mindfulness.  Well done everyone.  The team at Sky were impressed with our dancing and our lovely manners!  Lovely to see so many smiley, happy faces.  Here are some photos;

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Week beginning 16th October 2017

This week, we are covering the following topics:

Literacy – writing our own recounts

Spelling – -ed endings 

Maths – multiplication as arrays  

Science – Light and Sound

PSHE – understanding feelings, exploring what it is like to feel new

Topic – how to build an Ancient Egyptian pyramid and sources of evidence

RE – the Sikh Amrit ceremony 

French – parts of the body

PE – Gymnastics

Art - Egyptian Tomb designing 

Week beginning 9th October

This week, we are covering the following topics:

Literacy – learning about the features of recounts and planning our own

Spelling – contractions for missing letters e.g I’ll, we’d, can’t, wouldn’t

Maths – rounding to the nearest 10,100 and 1000 and counting in multiples of 6

Science – Light and Sound

PSHE – understanding feelings, exploring what it is like to feel new

Topic – learning about the Ancient Egyptian gods and designing our own canopic jars

RE – exploring how Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi and what Sikhs today can learn from this festival

French – parts of the body

PE – Tag Rugby and Gymnastics

Sharing our Fables with Reception!

Onyx class have been working incredibly hard in their Literacy lessons this week in order to write excellent fables suitable for younger children. These were based upon the important moral: If you treat other people badly, they will treat you badly too. On Friday 6th October, we visited both Reception classes, where we shared our fables with a brilliant young audience! 

Rosh Hashanah Learning Day

On Monday 25th September, Onyx learnt about Rosh Hashanah, which marks the beginning of the new year in the Jewish calendar. We took part in a number of fun activities, including tasting apples and honey (symbolic of wishing a sweet new year), learning about other customs, making Rosh Hashanah cards and writing Shana Tova in Hebrew. Miss Kropman also taught us a song in Hebrew called 'Hine Ma Tov', which is all about how great it is to join together and sing! 

Gobions Wood Trip

On Thursday 21st September, Year 3 and 4 spent the morning at Gobions Woods for part of our science topic learning. Whilst there, we went on a discovery walk, learning about many different creatures and their natural habitats. We also played some team games in our classes whilst basking in the beautiful sunshine! 

Tag Rugby Festival

On Wednesday 20th September, Year 4 were invited to take part in a Tag Rugby Festival at Welwyn Garden City Rugby Club. All of the children played brilliantly, with many of our teams being undefeated - plus some of our boys being scouted by a local talent spotter! Well done to everyone for brilliant sporting behaviour: you were a credit to our school and Miss Kropman really enjoyed taking you! 

Egyptian Day!

On Friday 15th September, Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a visit from ‘History off the Page’ speaker David, who brought Ancient Egypt to life for us . In the morning, we took part in writing on papyrus using hieroglyphics, plaited our own mini versions of Egyptian bread and made mini clay pots amidst a variety of other activity stations. In the afternoon, we enjoyed a wonderful feast in the afternoon, served to us by Egyptian slaves! The slaves worked hard and served spiced wine (well, actually Ribena - do not worry, parents), bread, cheese and fruit. Finally, we created a performance for our King and Queen. It was a fantastic day and one which we felt really enriched the children's learning. Thank you to the parents who helped throughout the day. 

Year 3 Multi-Sports

On Wednesday 13th September, Year 3 were invited to take part in a Multi-Sports Festival at Welwyn St. Mary's. All of the children performed brilliantly across a range of different sports and Miss Kropman was very impressed with their effort and behaviour. Well done to everyone!

Goalball!

On Friday 8th September, Miss Kropman's friend, Emma Tammaro, came in to lead a Goalball session with Onyx. Goalball is a Paralympic sport played by visually impaired athletes, but can be played by sighted people too - as long as blindfolds are worn! Emma plays for the GB Goalball team and told us about her recent winning trip to Denmark and her preparations for the next Games, before teaching us how to play Goalball.

''It was really hard to get the ball whilst blindfolded!'' Daniel

''Goalball was like bowling and football put together - but blindfolded!'' Alexander

''I had so much fun!'' Daisy

''I really enjoyed my Goalball session. Thank you Miss Kropman for arranging it and thanks Emma for teaching us!'' Leila

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Thank you to all the parents who contributed towards my very generous present.

Thank you to Mrs.Dreblow for organising and making a great present. 

Will miss Onyx Class 

Love Ms.Pomeroy 

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Scientists from Centre of the Cell

 

Today, Onyx class were lucky enough to have a visit from 'Centre of the Cell' scientists.

 

In the first session we learnt about the roles of cells, muscles and bones. We learnt how our skeleton changes as we age and problems that can occur with our bones.

 

In our second session we found out about how the body fights off harmful invasions. Our snot collects harmful bacteria and viruses to stop it going into our bodies. Apparently our bodies produce 250ml of snot every day! 

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Drumming workshop

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Onyx class had lots of fun drumming to the beat today!

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A selection of Roman villas made by Onyx class as a homework task

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A selection of Roman villas made by Onyx class as a homework task 4

Below is a sneak peak of our Roman Artwork this term.

Collage techniques and water-painting with a focus on the Roman God of Love - Venus.

 

Our Roman Trip to Verulamium

Cultural Week

This morning we had a lesson about Jewish religion and we shared some Jewish artefacts, showing us how Jewish people celebrate some aspects of their religion. We saw Mr Conway's kippah, tallit and Siddur, Joe brought in some Shabbat candles and challah to share with the class.

We learnt a bit about the importance of each of these things and how they were used by Jews. After that we lit the candles and ate some of the bread after we had said the blessings together.

During the morning we researched about Shabbat candles, using the iPads, and put this information into a poster.

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Crocus Planting on Bradmore Green

 

Preventing polio

On October 21st Onyx class went on a trip to the village green. We went there to raise money by planting crocuses. The people who were helping us were called the Rotary Club. The rotary club were hoping to get rid of a disease called polio [which is still affecting people].The people who get treated get there little finger died purple so that they know who has been treated and who has not. It only happens in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In our school if we bring in a pound [100 pence] we get a crocus badge.

Thank you Mr Conway and the Rotary club for letting us go we had a good time.

 

By Katherine Thomas and Eva Phillips

 

 

Crocus Planting

On  Friday the 21st of October Onyx class went to  Bradmore  Green to help the Rotary Club to raise money. We raised money for special medicine that will be given to some children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We were planting some crocus corms so we wore wellies and trainers instead of our school shoes so that our school shoes didn’t get dirty. Fortunately, some adults in the rotary club dug some holes for us before we came because we didn’t have dibbers to dig the holes by our self ,therefore we only had to put them in the holes. We put the corms in by hand and patted and pushed them into the holes with some spades. That was the end of our experience. On the way back we walked happily to the school  knowing that we had done something good for all of the children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.                                                  

 

This recount was written by : Elizabeth Colman and Reuben Smith.          

Crocus Planting on Bradmore Green

Mr Conway's Cocktail Masterclass!

 

Today we all had great fun using the measuring skills that we have learnt throughout the week. We were challenged to follow the recipe for Mr Conway's fruity cocktail and select the most suitable equipment to measure the different volumes of drink that were required.

 

Once we had created our masterpieces we were allowed to drink them whilst we carried on with our work.

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Thank you to all of you who attended the parents' meeting last night.  It was lovely to meet you all.  If you want to check any information we shared, please see a copy of the Powerpoint presentation below.

Parents' Information Meeting

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