Friday, 2 February 2018

WB: 29.1.18.
This week, the children began the ‘Money Matters’ week with an assembly organised by the Harpenden Building Society. They had the opportunity to recognise the eight different coins and think about the differences such as colour, shape and size. Afterwards, they had to sort the coins and put them in value order from smallest to biggest value. Whilst back in class, the children have been using addition to count a selection of different coins.  

During English this week, the children have been ‘Word Detectives’. They have looked at compound words and investigated how the prefix ‘un’ changes the meaning of words.

In History, the children have been looking at events and famous people in the 1960’s. They worked in small groups and were given a selection of photographs from the 1960’s. The photos consisted of pictures such as England picking up the Fifa World Cup, Neil Armstrong, Martin Luther King, Concorde’s maiden flight and Muhammad Ali. They then had to match the statements to the pictures. It was fun listening to the children’s comments. Whilst looking at a picture of Harold Wilson one of the children said, ‘Is that Donald Trump?’ Another child said, ‘I think the Beatles are the Prime Minister’s helpers’.

In Science, the children have been testing different liquids. They mixed treacle, bubble bath, cooking oil, squash and golden syrup together and predicted what would happen when they settled. 

A big thank you for sending in boxes, tubes etc. for the children to make their playground equipment. They thoroughly enjoyed the task and were very creative with their designs.

Next week, we will continue to work with money in Maths. In English, we will be leaning about suffixes and exploring how the suffixes, -ing, -ed, -er and –est can be added to a word without changing the spelling.
On Tuesday, it is ‘Safer Internet Day’ and on Wednesday it is ‘French Day’ so the children will experience a selection of different activities related to both days.

Have a lovely weekend!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

In English, the children have enjoyed listening to the story of ‘The Last Noo-Noo’. This book has given them the opportunity to write in full sentences remembering to use a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, finger spaces between each word and a full stop or question mark at the end. They have been using a freeze-frame to act out planting their own object and next week they will complete this unit by writing their own magic tree story. I am very much looking forward to reading these as the children have been very creative in selecting an object to plant.

In Maths, the children have been exploring numbers to ten and beyond. They have used Numicom, bead strings and the tens frame to help them find different ways to make their chosen number.

On Tuesday, the children enjoyed the outreach session from The British Schools’ Museum in Hitchin. They had the opportunity to explore real and replica toys from the past such as a cup and ball, a zoetrope, a kaleidoscope, Jack in the box, a Diablo and many more. The children said:
“It was really good because we got to see what our mummy’s and daddy’s played with in the past.”
“It was great because we got to see toys that we have never seen before.”  
“I liked finding out how optical illusions are made.”
“I noticed that the toys in the olden days were made from metal, wood and feathers.”

During RE, the children have been listening to the story of the ‘Presentation’ and learning about Anna and Simeon.  Afterwards, they created lovely pictures using pastels to depict this story.
In PE, the children have enjoyed using parachute and the large apparatus in the hall.

Next week in English, the children will complete their stories. Then, they will take on the role of word detectives to investigate spelling patterns and generate their own spelling rules.
In Maths, the children will be estimating and comparing numbers.
Enjoy the weekend!