Katherine Johnson weekly update 9 July 2021

We had a very exciting visitor this week: Mr Hall who showed us all how to use a compass and follow a map. We had an orienteering lesson! It was lots of fun and we used the map to try and find tiny flags which he had hidden around the playground.

In maths, we have been understanding how the fractions line means the same as divide. This has really helped us to understand how to write improper fractions as mixed fractions. We have been using this knowledge to solve mazes, crack codes and also answer maths word searches!

Another exciting event that has happened this week is Sports Day! On Wednesday, we all partook in some activities on the field which included long jump, football shooting (think England have given some inspiration in the Euros) and speed bounces – to name a few! Afterwards, we had lots of fun together in the fun run!

Benjamin Zephaniah weekly class update 9 July 2021

This week, we have started a new text in English called ‘The Magic Paintbrush.’ We had an experience day where we painted pictures from Ancient China.

In maths, we have been learning how to tell the time.

On Monday, we had an orienteering session, where we had to find flags around the school field using a map.

On Wednesday, it was sports day. In the morning we completed a circuit of activities and in the afternoon we had a fun run and races. Ruby won sports day.

In support of England , we have made some bunting to put up in class ready for the final (Year 3 say ‘it’s coming home!’).

We have made sheets all about ourselves ready for Miss Bugg.

Katherine Johnson weekly class update 02 July 2021

You may have noticed that our sunflowers have moved from the pots outside of our classroom! That’s because this week, we have been busy planting them into the ground (just next to the garden).

We have also finished our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory English unit of work and we are moving onto writing an imaginative piece based upon the book: The Great Chocoplot by Chris Callaghan. This week, we heard the beginning of the story being read to us by the author himself (Chris) and imagined what would life be like if there was a real Choco-apocalypse! I would definitely miss a chunk of dairy milk! We then researched deadly animals that lived in the rainforest because this is where cacao trees grow; they give us the main ingredient to make chocolate.

In maths, we have been learning how to order and compare fractions with different denominators. This has been quite tricky but we have persevered and shown great resilience.

Benjamin Zephaniah weekly class update 02 July 2021

This week we have finished our text ‘Journey’. We have been writing our own stories based on the text. They have made for an interesting read!

In maths, we have been learning about fractions. A fraction is part of a whole.

In topic, we have made Viking shields and helmets. We have also been learning our Viking song.

In PE we have been developing our tennis skills by learning the backhand method.

In science, we have been learning about electricity. We have made circuits and investigated which materials conduct electricity.

Katherine Johnson weekly class update 25 June 2021

We have had a very busy week this week. We have all worked very hard completing some summer term tests.

The children have shown great progress and resilience this week; they should be very proud of themselves!

We have also ended our recent English unit: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children have been planning their independent writing to describe what happens after Willy Wonka arrives at the gates to greet Charlie and the other contestants. Our imaginations have been super creative; especially describing the first room that Charlie walks in to! We’ve had chocolate crocodiles, chewing gum bubbles attaching onto children (so they float!) and even candy mushrooms that turn you microscopic size! I can’t wait to read the finished writing on Friday!

In RSE, we have been talking about how babies develop and also discussing healthy and unhealthy relationships. We are becoming great listeners and also using this as an opportunity to ask thought-provoking questions surrounding the subject in a sensible way.

Another great week Katherine Johnson, well done!

Rosa Parks weekly class update 25 June 2021

We have had lots of fun this week learning about the Vikings. We have been very creative and have made a class Viking longboat! We have been learning about Viking songs and have learnt a song with the whole class. We have also carried on with our viking longboat collages we think they look fantastic (take a look below!).

We practised different painting techniques including cross-hatching, dry brush painting and splatters to create a seascape (we had lots of fun doing this!). We then layered different materials to create 3D waves for our longboats to sail on. We have now made a class display which we are super proud of!

Benjamin Zephaniah weekly class update 25 June 2021

We have worked really hard this week.

We have been doing some tests this week in Maths and English. Everyone tried their best and I was very proud.

In PE, we have started to use our rackets in tennis. We played floor tennis.

In maths, we are in a Rockstar challenge (we are going to beat them!)

In topic, we have made collages of viking longships. We have also been learning a viking song.

Benjamin Zephaniah weekly class update 11/06/2021

I hope you all had a well deserved rest over half term. We have had a busy first week back at school. Over half-term, our classroom had a move around so we had space for our new sofa!

We have started a new text in English, called ‘Journey.’ So far, we have written some great sentences which include features such as fronted adverbials and repetition.

In maths, we have been recapping column addition. We have been in a Rockstar challenge with Year 6 this week. I

n topic, we have started to learn about the Vikings. We recapped the continents and oceans. We have also been busy getting our fingers dirty in the garden. We have weeded and prepared our soil ready to plant.

For PE, this half term we are focussing on tennis. This week we learnt some tennis skills.

Rosa Parks weekly class update 18/06/2021

In English, we have been carrying on with our story writing. We have been looking at a book called ‘Journey’ which is about a girl who finds a magic crayon and gets transported to another world. We have written some amazing sentences using excellent vocabulary to describe some of the settings in the book. We will be using this story as inspiration in the coming weeks for our own adventure stories.

Katherine Johnson weekly class update 11/06/2021

Welcome back Year 5!

I hope that you all enjoyed a well-deserved and sunny rest during the half-term. We have had a great first week back to Katherine Johnson Class. The sun has been shining so we have begun planting some plants in our Year 5 gardening bed. Each class in the Junior school has been given a gardening bed to plant some plants of their choice. Before the half-term, we had a discussion as a class to decide which plants we would like to plant. We have planted: strawberries, tomatoes (2 different varieties), lavender, some lettuce (donated by Mrs Hammond – thank you!), a giant sunflower (again donated by Mrs Hammond) but our most exciting plant is… the walking stick kale! When this plant has fully grown (it will grow taller than some of us), it can be made into an actual walking stick! We spent some time as a class researching this – it is very cool! We found out that Kew Gardens once planted 3 of these and also made them into walking sticks. We are looking forward to taking care of our plants and watching them grow.

In English, we have begun our new writing unit which is based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We had two experiences this week (before beginning our writing), to explore the difference between the two films as well as a taste test! In our taste test, Miss Bugg gave us a variety of different chocolate/sweets and we had to close our eyes and describe the flavours and texture. Some of us were very surprised with the sour snake!

In maths, we have been looking at key words and how to find them in word problems; they give us clue as to whether we should add, subtract, multiply or divide. We have also used all of our knowledge to create our own garden patch; Miss Bugg only gave us a certain amount of money to use. This has involved us adding up the cost of our plants; using multiplication to work out the cost for water over the month and subtraction to work out how much money we have left to spend. Overall, we have had a fantastic week back in school learning!