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Welcome to Onyx Class! 

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 Goalbal session. Thank 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!

D and T bread making

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Matilda Playing Piano in Assembly

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Drop everything and read!

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

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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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