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In anticipation of the World Cup, this week is Cultural Week and we are learning all about Iceland! On Monday, we began the topic by mind-mapping everything that we already knew; luckily this wasn't very much! The following day, we did a quiz about the Northern Lights and we had to find all of the answers around the room. Did you know that some people believe that the Northern Lights are created when swans fly to close to the ice?! After learning all about this amazing wonder of the world, we created our own artwork using chalk to show how the lights lit up the sky. 

 

We have even managed to link our country in with our Maths work as we made graphs to show the average temperatures in Iceland throughout the year. 

 

On Wednesday afternoon, we used the laptops to research Iceland's geographical features and made posters about our chosen feature. We presented these to the rest of the class! 

We have been trying really hard to learn our times tables up to 12x12 in Opal class. Please help at home by playing games and testing us whenever possible! Here we are playing 'pairs' with different times tables on each set of cards. We love it!

We have been trying really hard to learn our times tables up to 12x12 in Opal class. Please help at home by playing games and testing us whenever possible! Here we are playing 'pairs' with different times tables on each set of cards. We love it!  1
We have been trying really hard to learn our times tables up to 12x12 in Opal class. Please help at home by playing games and testing us whenever possible! Here we are playing 'pairs' with different times tables on each set of cards. We love it!  2
We have been trying really hard to learn our times tables up to 12x12 in Opal class. Please help at home by playing games and testing us whenever possible! Here we are playing 'pairs' with different times tables on each set of cards. We love it!  3
We have been trying really hard to learn our times tables up to 12x12 in Opal class. Please help at home by playing games and testing us whenever possible! Here we are playing 'pairs' with different times tables on each set of cards. We love it!  4
We have been trying really hard to learn our times tables up to 12x12 in Opal class. Please help at home by playing games and testing us whenever possible! Here we are playing 'pairs' with different times tables on each set of cards. We love it!  5

We have continued our science topic about separating materials by investigating which type of paper is best for filtering the dirt out of dirty water.

What are we learning about this week?

 

Week Commencing 21st May  

 

Literacy: Adventure stories - writing our story!   

Maths: Time 

 

This week is ART WEEK!

On Tuesday, we are going to The University of Hertfordshire to go on a sculpture trail and look at the work of Diane Maclean. We are specifically focusing on her sculptures based on rocks and mountains. Throughout the rest of the week, we will exploring materials that play with light in order to create our own art piece in the hall on Thursday. Opal's focus colour is 'dark blue' so all of the materials we use will be in this colour. 

 

We can't wait for you to see the final piece! 

What are we learning about this week?

 

Week Commencing 14th May  

 

Literacy: Adventure stories - innovating our own ideas   

Maths: Long division 

Science: Filtering water  

ICT: Purple Mash - spreadsheets  

Music: Recorders and Dragon Scales   

French: Where we live 

PE: Athletics 

PSHCE: E-safety 

STUFFED PEPPERS

What a lovely day we have had making stuffed peppers! We have spent all week finding out about seasonal foods and thinking about why they are available all year round. Excitingly, we have also managed to do some artwork based around fruit orchards throughout the different seasons and some collages of different seasonal fruits. Eventually, we wrote instructions for how to make stuffed peppers and thought carefully about how to do this safely and hygienically. At last it was time to make them! We have loved cutting, preparing and stuffing our peppers today and I'm sure you are just as excited to try them as we are!  

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All Star Cricket Workshop!

Opal's Victorians History Trip To St Albans Cathedral

On Thursday 26th April, Opal 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 some of the history of the building. 

 

Our favourite bit of the day was first on the list as we lined up outside the Victorian classroom waiting to hand our coins into the headmistress at the door. Can you believe that they all had to pay for school in the Victorian times?! As she rang the bell, we all started to get a little bit nervous for what was in store!

 

We were immediately shocked by the strict demeanour of the two teachers taking our lessons. Within minutes of being inside the old-fashioned classroom, Samuel had been taken to the next room to be 'caned'!!! To our 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. Unfortunately, the teachers had been informed that Matilda made made a mistake the previous day so she had to stand in the corner wearing the dunce hat! 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, an 'object' lesson about a pheasant and then sang a hymn. Ilana, 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 Leo was instructed to sit on his 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! 

 

Whilst still getting over the shock of how strict Victorian classrooms were, we enjoyed a bit of time to play with traditional Victorian toys. We particularly enjoyed the hoop and stick, board games and Jacob's Ladder. To finish the morning, we were shown a thaumatrope and given instructions for how to make this back at school.

 

After lunch, 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. Opal 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). 

 

We had an amazing day and learnt so much about the Victorians and our local history! We have all decided that we would definitely rather be children now than in the past! 

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What a beautiful day it has been! 

We seized the opportunity to get outside and conducted our science experiment on the playground instead! We were looking at separating solids and liquids using different apparatus. Through testing each apparatus out, we could determine which was the best for each mixture. As you can see, we got very messy so Miss Cockerill was glad we weren't in the classroom! 

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Welcome Back! 

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed a well deserved rest. I am very excited for this term to begin as we have so many things to look forward to! Not least that it is finally sunny! YAY! We have our Victorian trip next week (don't forget your costumes) and lots of sporty things going on in school. We are continuing our topic from last term as there's still so much to explore and we will be starting a new one after half term. Keep working hard Year 4! You're doing great! 

Miss Cockerill :)  

 

 

What are we learning about this week?

 

Week Commencing 16th April 

 

Literacy: Poetry by Darren Sardelli   

Maths: Finding fractions of amounts  

Science: Separating solids and liquids 

ICT: Purple Mash - e-safety 

History: Is it better to be a child now or in the past? - QUIZ 

Music: Recorders and Dragon Scales   

PE: Running 

PSHCE: Worry Balloons 

WOW! What a fantastic afternoon we all had dancing in the (almost) sunshine and celebrating dance styles form all around the world! In Opal, we chose to dance in the style of African tribal dance and we loved every minute! We've worked so hard learning all of the moves and didn't our hard work pay off! Well done to everyone!

In Maths, we've been learning about fractions and we used straws to create compliments (number bonds) to 1. Here you can see how one of us cut the straw into 10 pieces and used this to make the equation: 4 tenths and 6 tenths = 10 tenths. We also learnt that if the numerator and denominator is the same then this equals 1. So, 4 tenths and 6 tenths equals 1!

In Maths, we've been learning about fractions and we used straws to create compliments (number bonds) to 1. Here you can see how one of us cut the straw into 10 pieces and used this to make the equation: 4 tenths and 6 tenths = 10 tenths. We also learnt that if the numerator and denominator is the same then this equals 1. So, 4 tenths and 6 tenths equals 1!  1
In Maths, we've been learning about fractions and we used straws to create compliments (number bonds) to 1. Here you can see how one of us cut the straw into 10 pieces and used this to make the equation: 4 tenths and 6 tenths = 10 tenths. We also learnt that if the numerator and denominator is the same then this equals 1. So, 4 tenths and 6 tenths equals 1!  2

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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Better late than never ....

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As promised! The video of our talent show winners! LITTLE MIX! Well done again girls!

We've had such a busy week in Opal class this week! Alongside rehearsing the play, we've been practising our African dance too! Both are looking fantastic and we can't wait for you to see the performances before Easter! We've also been busy starting a new bit of work in English which is all about traditional tales. We've started by looking at The Papaya that Spoke which we've made up actions to in order to help us remember the words! In Maths, we've been solving problems using different strategies and we're getting really good at figuring out which strategy to use now! 

 

 

The Presentation Queen has been dethroned!

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Year 4 Monk's Walk Football Morning!

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In Science, we created our own switches using different materials. We needed to make sure that they could turn on and off which meant that the electricity flow was broken in the circuit. Here are some examples!

Can you guess the story we're studying in English?

Can you guess the story we're studying in English?  1

What are we learning about?

 

Week Commencing 5th March 

Literacy: Traditional Tales - Story Map  

Maths: Solving problems 

Science: Electricity 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: Is it better to be a child now or in the past? 

RE: Hinduism - Divali 

Music: Recorders - B, A and G  

PE: African Dance

Art: 'Lowry' painting 

PSHCE: How to resist pressures and stay safe 

A Special Visitor

We were so lucky today because we had a visit from a lovely lady called Betty. Betty came to talk to us about what life was like when she was a child and we had prepared loads of questions 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 when she was younger. 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 to 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! 

What are we learning about?

 

Week Commencing 26th February 

Literacy: Explanation texts - What was life like for Victorian children? 

Maths:   

Science: Electricity - making switches  

ICT: Purple Mash

History: Was it better to be a child now or in the past? A local visitor! 

RE: Hinduism - Divali 

Music: Recorders - B, A and G 

PE: African Dance

Art: 'Lowry' painting 

PSHCE: Resisting pressures 

Our PRESENTATION QUEEN takes to the throne! Who will dethrone her by outdoing her beautiful, neat presentation?

Our PRESENTATION QUEEN takes to the throne! Who will dethrone her by outdoing her beautiful, neat presentation?  1

In Maths, we've been adding decimal numbers! We used tens frames to help us. Each counter was worth 0.1 so the first picture shows 0.7 + 0.6. The second picture shows how we used our number bonds to 1 to make this 1 + 0.3 = 1.3! Much easier!

In Maths, we've been adding decimal numbers! We used tens frames to help us. Each counter was worth 0.1 so the first picture shows 0.7 + 0.6. The second picture shows how we used our number bonds to 1 to make this 1 + 0.3 = 1.3! Much easier!  1
In Maths, we've been adding decimal numbers! We used tens frames to help us. Each counter was worth 0.1 so the first picture shows 0.7 + 0.6. The second picture shows how we used our number bonds to 1 to make this 1 + 0.3 = 1.3! Much easier!  2

What are we learning about?

 

Week Commencing 19th February 

Literacy: Explanation texts - What was life like for Victorian children? 

Maths: Adding and subtracting decimal numbers  

Science: Electricity - making switches    

ICT: Purple Mash

History: Was it better to be a child now or in the past? Developing questions to ask our visitor next week 

RE: Hinduism - Hindu shrines  

Music: Recorders - B, A and G 

PE: African Dance

Art: 'Lowry' painting 

PSHCE: Understanding and managing risks 

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Thank you for all of the battery boxes that have come back in to school already! If you haven't had chance yet, please send them into school so that we can recycle them safely! no

In Maths, we have been looking at decimal numbers. Today we were placing them on a number line and thinking about how to tell which numbers are bigger or smaller.

What are we learning about?

 

Week Commencing 29th January

Literacy: The Firework Maker's Daughter/Explanation texts 

Maths: Converting decimals to fractions 

Science: Electricity   

ICT: Purple Mash

History: The Victorians - Our local area 

RE: Hinduism 

Music: Recorders

PE: African Dance

Art: 'Lowry' painting 

PSHCE: Friendships

The Firework Maker's Daughter

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We 'hot-seated' (interviewed) the character 'Hamlet' from the story today in order to find out why he was so unhappy. We then wrote some fantastic letters to his owner, Chulak, to try and persuade him to change!

A letter to Chulak...

 

Dear Chulak,

Please consider this letter deep in your heart as I am desperate for change. I'm sick of being this fancy elephant that everyone wants to see. I'm tired of sleeping in silk sheets, having my tusks covered in gold leaf, and having mango Turkish Delight is a disgrace to confectionery cooking! People think I'm an advertisement board and being poked by grubby hands is disgusting! Gross! Who knows how many germs I'm taking in? On top of that, scarcely see my own girlfriend, Frangipani! 

Your friend, 

Hamlet 

 

By Matilda 

In science we've been looking at circuits and we were predicting and testing whether given circuits work.

African Music

In PE, we're learning a dance based on African tribal dancing ready to perform later this term. We have started by learning some basic steps so here is some music we've been using in case you want to have a go at home!

In science last week we looked at how to stay safe around electricity ahead of making circuits this week. Here are a few of the helpful posters we created! Can you see what message each one is telling you about staying safe in your homes?

In science last week we looked at how to stay safe around electricity ahead of making circuits this week. Here are a few of the helpful posters we created! Can you see what message each one is telling you about staying safe in your homes?  1
In science last week we looked at how to stay safe around electricity ahead of making circuits this week. Here are a few of the helpful posters we created! Can you see what message each one is telling you about staying safe in your homes?  2
In science last week we looked at how to stay safe around electricity ahead of making circuits this week. Here are a few of the helpful posters we created! Can you see what message each one is telling you about staying safe in your homes?  3

Please remember your recorders on Friday for our music lesson! smiley

What are we learning about?

 

Week Commencing 15th January

Literacy: The Firework Maker's Daughter

Maths: Decimals  

Science: Electricity - predicting whether circuits will work  

ICT: Purple Mash

History: The Victorians - How did the Victorians deal with poor people? 

RE: Hinduism 

Music: Recorders

PE: African Dance

What are we learning about?

 

Week Commencing 15th January

Literacy: The Firework Maker's Daughter

Maths: Shape 

Science: Electricity 

ICT: Purple Mash

History: The Victorians - Victorian buildings in the local area

RE: Hinduism 

Music: Recorders

PE: African Dance 

 

 

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 visiting 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. Excitedly, we then rode on an oxen cart for an incredible tour of the grounds. 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.

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. Opal class members had a brilliant day and are now looking forward to learning even more about Hinduism in their RE lessons! 

Science Day - Thursday 4th January

Opal 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 Opal class members were encouraged to use their scientific knowledge to clearly discuss their observations and results during each activity!

Mr Singh came in to talk to us about Sikhism and to answer some of our questions!

I'm sure you'll have seen our lovely window display as you've walked through the playground! We are investigating what happens throughout the water cycle and have therefore created our own water cycles (in bags)! You can see in one of the photos that the water vapour has turned into condensation at the top of the bags! How exciting!

In Maths, we had to try and figure out how we could share 3 'pizzas' with 10 people equally. We looked specifically at what a tenth is and how we could use this to help us.

In Maths, we had to try and figure out how we could share 3 'pizzas' with 10 people equally. We looked specifically at what a tenth is and how we could use this to help us.  1
In Maths, we had to try and figure out how we could share 3 'pizzas' with 10 people equally. We looked specifically at what a tenth is and how we could use this to help us.  2
In Maths, we had to try and figure out how we could share 3 'pizzas' with 10 people equally. We looked specifically at what a tenth is and how we could use this to help us.  3
In Maths, we had to try and figure out how we could share 3 'pizzas' with 10 people equally. We looked specifically at what a tenth is and how we could use this to help us.  4
In Maths, we had to try and figure out how we could share 3 'pizzas' with 10 people equally. We looked specifically at what a tenth is and how we could use this to help us.  5

As part of our Water Cycle topic we explored how water travels to rivers/streams. We found out that it travels overs/through the different materials it falls on. Sometimes, some water is absorbed into the soil so we discussed where it might go from there.

As part of our Water Cycle topic we explored how water travels to rivers/streams. We found out that it travels overs/through the different materials it falls on. Sometimes, some water is absorbed into the soil so we discussed where it might go from there.   1
As part of our Water Cycle topic we explored how water travels to rivers/streams. We found out that it travels overs/through the different materials it falls on. Sometimes, some water is absorbed into the soil so we discussed where it might go from there.   2
As part of our Water Cycle topic we explored how water travels to rivers/streams. We found out that it travels overs/through the different materials it falls on. Sometimes, some water is absorbed into the soil so we discussed where it might go from there.   3
As part of our Water Cycle topic we explored how water travels to rivers/streams. We found out that it travels overs/through the different materials it falls on. Sometimes, some water is absorbed into the soil so we discussed where it might go from there.   4

Week beginning 4th December 2017

This week, we are covering the following topics:

Literacy – Take One Book! A very exciting topic based on 'The Polar Express' story. 

Spelling – Year 3/4 Word list spellings 

Maths – Converting units of measure  

Science – Melting 

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

Topic – The water cycle - Rivers 

RE –  Sikhism - Langar  

French – parts of the body/colours 

PE – Swimming and 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 – -ed endings 

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 – Swimming and Running 

 

Coming up next week!

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

Our dancers were great on Monday!  Many happy,smiley faces for promoting mindfulness and well-being.    Thank you for taking part and well done!  The Sky Team thought you were all very impressive and very well-behaved.

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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 – formal written methods for subtraction 

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 – Swimming and Gymnastics

Week beginning 9th October 2017

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 – formal written methods for addition

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 – Swimming and Gymnastics

Teamwork makes the Dream-work!

Our Trip to Gobions Wood!

 

We went to Gobions Wood to find out more about habitats for our Science topic. On arrival, we set off for a walk around the lake and the forest in search of creatures and their homes. We found lots of different types of insects and admired their habitats whilst discussing the conditions and features that made them suitable. It was important for us to be careful not to harm the creatures' homes in any way, so we didn't touch or remove anything from them. Whilst in the woods, we enjoyed searching for leaves to use for a leaf identification lesson when we were back in school. 

Years 3 and 4 had an inspiring beginning for the topic of Ancient Egyptians. We all enjoyed a visit from ‘History off the Page’ speaker David, who brought Ancient Egypt to life for us . We took part in writing on papyrus using hieroglyphics, we plaited our own mini versions of Egyptian bread, we made mini clay pots. We enjoyed a wonderful feast in the afternoon, served to us by Egyptian slaves! The slaves worked hard and served spiced wine (Ribena parents, do not worry) and bread and cheese and fruit. We think we have a better idea now of what Egyptian life was like.

Sports Week

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What a great week we've had!

 

Over the week, we have taken part in at least one sporting event each day.

 

On Monday, we had a visit from a lacrosse coach.  He began by teaching us some skills and then split us into teams of five to play a match.  We learnt a lot very quickly!

 

On Tuesday, we took part in the Super Schools sponsored event and had a talk from an Olympian who told us the inspiring story of how he became so good at his sport.

 

On Wednesday, we had an orienteering challenge.  We had photographs to look at and then had to find these spots around the school to collect the letters.  We just about found some of the trickier ones.

 

On Thursday, we had our House Handball competition.  This is an exciting game similiar to a combination of football and netball.  In the exciting final held on Friday morning, Earth team were narrowly beaten by Air team.

 

Finally Friday arrived to bring the excitement of the Race for Life.  After two laps around the block, Miss Mitchell was a bit pink in the face, but she wasn't the only one!  All for a very good cause!

 

Thank you very much to Mrs Zerny for organising such a fun and energetic week!

Scientists from Centre of the Cell

 

Today, Opal 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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Designing and Making Bread

On Wednesday, Opal Class made bread and added their own ingredients.  They made plain dough first in groups of three.  Then added their extra ingredients and put them on a tray to bake.  At 2 o'clock the rolls had risen and were ready to go in the oven.  After much anticipation, at five past 3 the children received their finished bread to try.  Some took theirs home and some decided to tuck in immediately!

 

Most of us enjoyed our bread and when we evaluated our work the next day, only a few decided on minor adjustments to their design!

Line Dancing

In PE this term, we have been practising our cowboy moves, but creating our own Line Dancing sequence.  We've really improved our co-ordination and have worked brilliantly as a team.  Our dance music was 'Cotton Eye Joe' if you want to have a demonstration at home!

Golf Taster Session

This afternoon, we were lucky enough to have a taster session with Broookmans Park Golf club.  The children were extremely enthusiastic and had a great amount of fun.  Some budding golfers, I think!

 

Science and Technology Week

What a great week we have had!

 

Early in the week, we started our Design and Technology unit of bread making.

 

Opal Class tasted different types of bread. We tried some breads which had toppings and others that were plain. Also, some of the breads used wholemeal flour and others used white flour. About half of us preferred breads with something added on top. Overall, the class preferred the white flour bread over the wholemeal flour bread.

 

Our bread-making went ahead on Wednesday.  We kneaded, proved and shaped and managed to produce bread rolls along the way.  We hope you enjoyed tasting the finished products at the end.

 

We were also lucky enough to have a forces workshop on Wednesday.  We learnt some interesting tricks that can be created using forces.  Has anyone tried the 'magic hat' trick at home?

 

Today, we had a fantastic drumming workshop and created some amazing pieces of music with different drums and percussion instruments.

 

A great week and thank you to Miss Brace, Science Co-ordinator for leading it!

Monks Walk Sports Partnership event

Opal Class were lucky enough to have a visit from Monk's Walk sports leaders.  They introduced us to some new indoor sports activities.  We particularly enjoyed learning to use curling equipment.  We are hoping we may be able to borrow the equipment to use in school in the Summer term.

 

Thank you Monk's Walk, we are very grateful for your visit!

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The start of the Spring Term...

The children have made a good start to the year.  In History we started learning about the Roman invasion of Britain and the impact it had on the way Britons lived.  We were lucky enough to have a trip to St. Albans Verulamium to start the topic.  Verulamium was an important town during Roman times, being a model for other towns around the country to be based on.  It was also the location of a Celtic rebellion led by Boudicca in AD60.

 

In Literacy, the children have been learning to write Roman myths.  We learnt about Roman gods and goddesses for our class assembly and used these as characters in our stories.

 

In Art, the children have created sketches, mosaics and art based on Roman gods and goddesses.  They clearly enjoyed make god and goddess 'poses'!

 

In RE, we have been learning about Islam.  The children have really found it interesting to discuss the religion and to ask and answer questions about the beliefs and customs of this and other religions.  This subject seems to really grasp the interest of the class.

 

In French, we have started learning body parts and colours and now we will move on to clothes.  Eventually, we may be able to describe our clothes and say where we are wearing them!

 

In PSHE, the children have discussed what makes good relationships.  We are trying to understand that we have got to think of how other people may want us to behave, but then make our own choices about whether or not this is right or wrong.  Peer pressure and stereotyping have made interesting discussion points.

Investigating Shapes

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In maths, we have been learning about the properties of shapes, including different types of triangles and quadrilaterals.  In problem solving, we worked as a team to investigate the different shapes we could create using string.

Investigating Habitats

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In Science, we are learning about the different habitats and how they are effected by the seasons.  We thought of scientific questions to investigate about woodland and pond habitats in the Autumn.  Then we went out to find some answers!

Cave Art

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In Art this term, we have been focusing on cave art, linked to our History topic of Stone Age to the Iron Age.  We have created shoebox art using different kinds of media and also painted on stones.

Writing Newspaper Reports

In Literacy lessons this week, we have been starting to write our newspaper reports.  We are pretending that we are reporters at the discovery of the Stone Age village, Skara Brae on the Orkney Isles of Scotland.  The village was discovered in 1850, but had been hidden for several thousand years before that.  Over the unit, we have been learning to recognise the style of writing in newspaper reports and begin to use it ourselves.

 

Today the children were using the 'hot-seating' technique to put themselves in the place of key witnesses, residents of the local area or archaeologists.

 

We have now written our opening paragraphs and next week will go on to write the rest of our articles.  Hopefully we'll have an exclusive!

 

 

Flag Fen Trip

Opal class had a fantastic experience this week at Flag Fen. We began the day by making pots in the style children may have made in the Bronze Age. We then had a tour of the Flag Fen site. 

 

After lunch, we handled artefacts found locally. The oldest artefact was a 7,000 year old piece of Stone Age flint. We tried to be very careful with that! 

 

Our final activity of the day was a storytelling session in a Bronze Age roundhouse. We were captivated by the story which may or may not have been a dream! We finished by making a wish upon an enormous sword which matched the description of the magical one in the story...

 

A grand day was had by all and we owe a great big thank you to all the staff at Flag Fen! 

Roald Dahl Week

This week we have been enjoying Roald Dahl activities to celebrate his 100th birthday.  In Literacy we have been busy learning a poem from George’s Marvelous Medicine.  Our challenge has been to learn the poem by heart and perfect it to a performance standard.

 

Roald Dahl Problem solving

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In maths, we completed a problem-solving task to design a new waistcoat for the BFG.  We were allowed to use four different colours and had to create symmetrical patterns.  There were 24 possible designs.  Could you find them all?

Roald Dahl Drama Workshop

On Wednesday, Opal Class attended a Roald Dahl drama workshop.  We created scenes from the BFG land of giants.  The children worked in groups to create the landscapes and performs dreams.  At the end of the day, we performed some of our activities to the the whole school.

Roald Dahl Poetry Recitation

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Well done to Daryl and Lucy who were put forward to represent the class for the school Poetry Recitation competition.  The gave a lovely performance, working hard to learn the poem and give a confident and engaging performance.

Parents' Information Meeting

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.

 

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