Term 5 and 6 Home Learning
Below is the home learning and spelling grids for term 5 and 6. You will also find the Summer Term newsletter and topic overview for our summer term topic; One world - enough for everyone.
Remote learning - for use when isolating
Home learning gallery
Just some of the wonderful examples of homework coming in during Term 5!
WB 20.6.22 - Early Years Olympics
This week the Hares class were given a very important project to complete. They were asked by Mr Gale and Mrs Sterjo to design and put on a sports day/Olympic event for Robins, Hedgehogs and Rainbow Day Nursery.
The Hares took to the task very seriously and organised themselves into 10 teams, each with their own activity design. They had to make sure that the activity was suitable for children aged 2-5 years and was lots of fun! Hares class had to 'order' their equipment and provide a plan of what it would look like and how to complete the activity.
Friday morning came and the children sensibly set up their events ready for the younger children to arrive, they ensured that they all completed a warm-up first before introducing themselves and their task to the groups that visited. Everyone involved had a great morning and the Hares were very kind and thoughtful to the all of the children that came to their activity. So many adults commented on how polite and professional they were - Well done Hares!!
Gold Book for all!!
WB 6th and 13th June 2022
Summer Term 2 has well and truly arrived and with it we have had some lovely weather to enjoy! Already we have been very busy with our learning.
English - The Caravan
Our unit of writing for this term is warning tales. We have looked at, and have began to learn our model text 'The Caravan' we completed a cold write last week, and this week we have been looking at different features of story writing. This has included speech, reporting clauses and personification. We also wrote persuasive arguments on whether Mitch (our main character) should enter a disused caravan during a storm.
Maths - Adding and subtracting decimal numbers. We have been exploring patterns and compliments (number bonds) to 1, what happens when we add/subtract numbers that do not share the same amount of decimal places and working out missing number problems form addition and subtraction decimal calculations. The children have also extended their maths vocabulary with the introduction of addend, minuend and subtrahend.
French - Mrs McCarthy has been looking at objects found in the school and where we might find them using positional language. The children have been working extremely hard on formulating sentences that describe where to find different objects around the classroom for their friends to go and find.
Science - This week we have looked at the human lifecycle and where we might be putting ourselves on the life-cycle at this current time. We will also continue to run Jigsaw alongside this unit of learning about changes we go through.
WB 23.5.22 - Jubilee learning week
As well as our usual learning that has taken place in class, we have spent some time looking at the significance of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We took some time during the week to learn a song and dance from the sixties and performed it as part of our whole school Jubilee celebrations on the Friday. We also worked in groups to look at different aspects of the monarchy, used videos for comprehension activities and even created portraits of the Queen!
Happy half-term Hares, you've earned the rest!
WB 16.5.22 Hares learning
Another busy week in the Hares class! For those that have been asking, our era for our Jubilee celebration next week is the 1960's and we have been working hard on learning our song.
English - We have been researching information to include in our persuasive letters next week. We also looked at persuasive language and devices that we could use to make our letters more emotive to the reader. In reading we have read up to chapter 7.
Maths - We have continued with our fractions and decimals work but have now extended our knowledge to look at how we can convert them to percentages. The class have worked really hard on this as we found it a bit tricky at the start of the week but, by Friday, we were very confident at converting and finding percentages of amounts.
Science - This week we looked at life cycles of mammals. We discovered that there were 3 different types of mammals; monotreme (platypus and echidna), marsupial (kangaroo and koala) and placental (dogs, rabbits, humans etc) we talked about what was similar and different between the different stages of their lifecycles then create a lifecycle for a mammal of our choice.
Art - This week we were lucky enough to have 2 sessions of art. Firstly, we looked at work from 'House of Illustration' which showed us images that explored different types of journeys Refugees made. We then used the work that we saw to help inspire our own journey pieces which we will be making into a whole class myriorama. We have been looking at perspective to help us include as much detail as possible. Later in the week we were using water colours to create ombre backgrounds. Hares thought really hard about the colours needed to create different tones and shades and ended up producing some fantastic backgrounds for our axolotl drawings.
PE - We have been building on the work started last week on forehand shots and also introduced back hand. Hares were able to complete rallies in pairs and already that has been some fantastic improvement!
We also had to say goodbye to one of our longstanding members of the Hares class. AB we hope you have a lovely time on your travels and we look forward to hearing all about them soon!
Have a great weekend!
WB 9.5.22 - Hares learning
Another busy week has passed in the Hares class this week.
English - The class were fooled by Mrs G-B with plans sent from 'Fletchers Family Food Factories' but it was a great hook into our persuasive writing unit for the next couple of weeks. We have looked at features of a formal persuasive letter and have learnt a model text to help support us with our writing in week 5. We have also continued reading our class text 'The boy at the back of the class' and have reached chapter 6. The class are really enjoying the text and it has produced a lot of though provoking questions and discussions this week.
Maths - This week we have continued with our decimal work but have introduced thousandths to our maths vocabulary and understanding. We are now working with numbers up to 3 decimal places and have been looking at sequencing and comparing a wide range of numbers.
Science - We explore the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction in plants this week. Insects and wind support reproduction in some plants whilst other plants like spider plants, potatoes and geraniums use asexual reproduction to create new plants. This means that any off shoot from an original parent plant is an exact clone which is fascinating! We explored the pros and cons of sexual and asexual reproduction within plants and then set up our own investigation attempting to clone geranium plants by taking cuttings from an original parent plant.
Topic - This week Hares class went on a journey. They had to put themselves in the shoes of a Refugee family and make difficult decisions as they left their homes to journey to safety. It promoted a lot of discussion and the Hares were very empathetic to some of the challenges that many people may have to face.
It’s the final day of our residential here at Woodrow and the sun is still out! All of us had a brilliant sleep- in fact, most of the children had to be woken up by the staff this morning. We have fuelled ourselves with a cooked breakfast, fruit and toast, have packed our bags, stripped out beds and are now starting our first activity… and it’s only just past 9am!
We are looking forward to getting home and being back in our own beds this evening. The children have loved the residential, and have learnt so many skills. They have represented our school really well and we are proud of them all.
We will be back in time for the end of the school day- please pick up from the playground as usual.
Woodrow Day 2!
Another busy day has been had by the Hares class, so much so they were all fast asleep by 9:15pm tonight! We started with raft building in the morning - teams of 5 and 6 had a variety of materials and ropes to make a floating raft. We learnt a variety of different knots to help us tie things together securely which was really hard at first but with a bit of perseverance we managed it. We then had to test our rafts by taking them into the pool to see if they floated, and they did!! We had worked so hard that we were allowed to play some pool games before yet another delicious lunch (jacket potatoes). After lunch, we split into our two groups and completed team games, pioneering - making catapults, and a really fun game of drop it pop it where we had to come up with ideas of protecting a water balloon before throwing them from a great height. The winning team ended up getting a bit wet! This evening we had a class game of rounders in the evening sunshine before getting ready for bed with a hot chocolate and marshmallows. We are all exhausted today but have had so much fun!
Good morning from Woodrow! We all slept like logs for at least 4 hours!! And are all
on good form, full of cooked breakfasts and ready for an exciting day ahead. Raft building starts shortly… wish us luck! We will update the website with more pictures later today.
Woodrow Day 1
Wow! What a day we have all had. Despite a few showers we have all had a FANTASTIC and very exciting day 1.
When we arrived we all had an orienteering task around the grounds of Woodrow - Once we had worked out which direction was North we were able to easily navigate around and solve the clues that we had been given. After a lovely picnic lunch outside, it was time to start our afternoon tasks. Group 1 had Nightline first where we had to lead each other blindfolded around a course whilst Group 2 completed a Bushcraft activity where they learnt how to build and start a fire before making popcorn. We then swapped over so we all had a chance to complete both activities.
After a manic 30 minutes learning how to make our beds, we had a delicious dinner of chicken or vegetable noodles or chicken biryani followed by chocolate sponge and custard. We all then had a bit of down time exploring the house and getting used to our rooms before our final task of the evening - Manor Mysteries. A murder mystery whodunnit with resident characters Gale Force, Neil Down, Carol Singer. A quick hot chocolate followed by some revolting rhymes and then it was time for lights out at 9:15pm.
All is now quiet at Woodrow, fingers crossed for a restful nights sleep before another busy day tomorrow.
Week Beginning 25.4.22
What an exciting start to the Summer Term we have had. Hares class have really enjoyed getting to know our new class text for the term. Already there has been some fantastic writing that has come from it ranging from predictions about the story and even writing recounts in the role of characters.
The children have been really engaged with the topic this week and have been asking a lot of meaningful and thought-provoking questions about the plight of a Refugee.
In maths we have been looking at decimal fractions with a big focus on tenths (0.1) and hundredths (0.01). The class have been a exploring a wide range of numbers and have been looking at the link between our fractions work last term and how it helps us when looking at, and talking about decimals.
Well done Hares! Have a restful Bank Holiday weekend ready for our exciting adventure on residential next week
Welcome back to term 5!
Welcome Hares, I hope you all had a great Easter break and it has been so lovely to see all your happy, smiley faces again! We have started term with a new topic - One world: Enough for everyone this topic will run until the end of the school year with a number of different focuses. Look out for the newsletter and topic overview at the end of the week.
English - We have started our new text, 'The boy at the back of the class' by Onjali Q Rauf. Today we looked at inference and prediction before reading chapter one. Look out for a Parent Mail explaining how you can purchase your very own copy of the book for a very special price. Hares had lots of questions about the text and were really engaged with our new book. We are really looking forward to finding out more about it.
Science - Living things and their habitats. Today we looked at the detailed parts of plant. We had to find the description and match it to the plant part. We will be continuing with plants and animals during this term.
Term 4 home learning
Below you will find Hares class home learning grid and spellings for term 4
Arts week 4th - 8th April 2022
Djembe drumming workshop
This week we have had a whole school focus on the arts. We were lucky enough to have Dr Legg and the pupils from Icknield Djembe club come and perform to the whole school. They showed us call and repeats and lots of different rhythms. After the whole school assembly, Hares were lucky enough to have a workshop with the group and we were able to play the djembes ourselves! We loved having the chance to have a go and it was clear to see that the Hares class have rhythm!
Our main focus in the Hares class for arts week has been famous architects and architecture.
Architects design buildings and make important decisions about how the building will look and how it will be constructed.
Architects have to consider the structure of the building, the materials used to construct it and how the spaces inside the building will be organised. This is known as the design process. During the week we looked at four important architects through time and looked at some of their most famous designs including;
Sir Christopher Wren - St Paul's cathedral
Antonio Gaudi - Sagrada familia church
Zaha Hadid - London aquatics centre
Frank Gehry - Guggenheim museum
To complete our arts week topic and main class topic, we looked at the design of the Globe Theatre and used a variety of skills to create our own versions of the Globe out of card. It was definitely a tricky challenge but we worked hared together and showed perseverance to complete the project.
World Maths Day!
We love maths in Hares class so today has been perfect for us. There has been a lot of friendly competition, both in class and with others around the world, to compete to see which class, school and individual will be named as 'World Maths Day' maths champion.
Hares need to play 20 games within a 24 hour period on their Mathletics account for their scores to be recorded. Let's see where our final position will be - Go team HARES!
Geography - Magnificent Mountains
So far in our Geography topic we have used atlases to locate Mountain ranges in Europe and around the world, we have discussed the difference between a mountain and a hill and we have looked at how mountains are formed. This week we learnt about the features of a mountain and created labelled diagrams to show our understanding of the different features.
Red Nose Day - Comic Relief
Positive Mental Health and Well-Being
Hares class have been very excited about our non-uniform day today. We started our day by participating in the world record attempt for the most amount of people playing musical bumps at 9:30am - Well Done Harry for being the last person standing out of the WHOLE SCHOOL.
Later on in the morning, (after completing our most recent Hot Write) we looked at the work that comic relief does and discussed the theme for this year - positive mental health and well-being. We discussed ways of promoting positive mental health in ourselves and for others around us and have made some posters to put up around school giving ideas and suggestions.
Hares class have also been coming up with some jokes to help keep us laughing...
Jigsaw - Healthy Me: Recovery position
This week in our Jigsaw session we have looked at how to put someone in the recovery position. We discussed situations when the recovery position should be used and learnt the steps that needed to be taken to put someone into the recovery position. Hares understood the importance of remaining calm in an emergency situation and we reminded ourselves of numbers we should dial in an emergency - 999 or 112.
I was so impressed with the Hares - what a great life saving skill we have learnt!
Changing materials - science 7.3.22
This week was our last week on our changing materials topic in science. First we had a look back on our separating materials experiment from last week and discovered that the salt crystals were really beginning to form! We are going to wait until the end of the week to see what they finally look like.
Our session this week was focussing on irreversible changes. To begin with, we looked at the difference between reversible and irreversible changes. We discovered that most irreversible changes occurred when we heated things up and we were able to identify lots of irreversible changes that involved cooking; like making toast, baking a cake and frying an egg.
For our first experiment we looked at the reaction between vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. We realised that the chemical reaction between the two products produced carbon dioxide which inflated the balloon that was attached to the bottle that was used to mix the products.
Our second experiment looked at what happened when warm milk was mixed with vinegar. When vinegar was mixed with warm milk the milk began to curdle. When strained, the product that was left was something called casein which was actually used as a form of plastic from around 1900-1945! Casein was used to produce buttons, beads and even combs.
Two great experiments for you to try at home!
World Book Day 2022
What a fantastic day we have all had this week! Hares class really pulled out all the stops with their character costumes and I really enjoyed talking to the class about their favourite authors and books. The class made pop-up books of a scene from their favourite text and they will go up on display around school soon. In the afternoon we had a book tea party and shared our recommendations for our next read. I have a long list of books that I need to have a look for in the library now!
PE week 1
Hares class had a fantastic first session with Mirage from WR Sports on Tuesday. This term he will be leading Netball with the class. We had great fun with our warm up games and looked at the different types of passes that are used within netball. In Gymnastics this week, we have been looking at jumps and leaps. We practiced the correct way to take of and land and worked in pairs to practice different types of jumps including; pike, straddle and cat leap with full turn.
Science - separating mixtures 28.2.22
Today in science we looked at how we could begin to separate different mixtures. We looked at how to separate two solids (raisins mixed with flour and rice mixed with paper clips), how to separate a solid that has been dissolved in a liquid (salt and water) and how to separate a solid that has been mixed into a liquid but has not dissolved (sand and water - suspension).
The class were able to use magnets, sieves, filtration paper and set up an evaporation experiment.
Hares challenge: How would you separate a mixture of sand, salt and water?
Term 3 Home learning
Below you will find the home learning grid for term 3 along with spelling lists and our term 3 class newsletter
Home learning gallery
A selection of all of the wonderful home learning activities that Hares class have been getting on with. Remember, you can send in photos or digital copies of your home learning to our class email, firstname.lastname@example.org
This week we have introduced a new medium to our art sessions - charcoal. We learnt how to use charcoal to draw and shade and found that it can be very tricky at times! Our first task was to use simple shading on an object before moving on to recreate images from the Highwayman poem. The children did an amazing job and I am so impressed by their efforts this week.
Whilst I was off I set the Hares a challenge. They had to design, research and make a presentation to share their knowledge and information on the Georgian topic from this half term. The quality of their presentations were fantastic and Hares are definitely better at adding effects to their slides than I am! Well done Hares
This week, in preparation for our hot write, we have been looking at character emotions and feelings. We had great fun acting out different parts of the poem and really thinking about how our characters might be feeling at that point in the poem - Hares class really to have a flair for amateur dramatics!
Week 5 sees the start of a new unit of work for English. We are going to be using the Narrative poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes as the main focus of our learning. This week we have made predictions based on images from the text and have identified different poetic devices that have been used within the text and the impact that it has on us as readers.
In topic, we continued our work on Highwaymen, and explored what they did and why they became so notorious in Georgian England. We found out about the real life Highwayman Dick Turpin and used different sources of information to help us form a picture about what life was like in Georgian times and discussed whether or not he was a real life hero or villain.
In French this term, Mrs McCarthy has been teaching Hares all about ourselves. She has helped us to learn about parts of our body in French as well as describing what we look like and what we might be wearing.
Hares, if you would like to continue practicing your French from the last few weeks, I have attached an activity that you can use at home with your grown ups and even help teach them some key French phrases!
Another very busy week in the Hares class!
This week we finished off our non-chronological reports about the Georgians. Hares class have worked incredibly hard over the last few weeks going from learning our model text all the way through to researching and applying knowledge to their own hot writes. I will be sending copies of everyone's hot write home as I am so proud of each and every one of them.
During our unit we looked at the features of a non-chronological report and the SPaG associated with them. We really focussed on the use of relative clauses, conjunctive adverbs and use of parenthesis with dashes, commas and brackets.
Hares, show off your knowledge of these skills at home by writing sentences with this week's spelling words using relative clauses, conjunctive adverbs and parenthesis.
In maths we have started a new unit on multiplication and division. Hares, please make sure that you are logging in to Times Tables Rockstars and practicing your multiplication and related division facts as this will really help you over the coming weeks.
This week was all about swimming for the Hares class! The class were really excited to get out of school and into the pool (although some of us were more excited about the coach trip than the actual swimming part!)
It was fantastic to see how water confident the Hares class are and all of the children made fantastic progress with their swimming this week. We were reminded within our lessons how swimming is a life-saving skill and the importance at being able to swim, even if it is only a little bit.
A number of children have expressed an interest in continuing with lessons after the success of this week. I have posted a link for the better website as this is who we had lessons through but there are many swim schools locally who I am sure would be able to help.
Well done Hares!
Maths W.B. 10.1.22
This week Hares have finished off their unit of learning on area and perimeter and I couldn't be any more prouder of them all! Over the last couple of weeks we have looked at what perimeter and area actually mean and how we can work out how to calculate both the area and perimeter of rectangles, rectilinear shapes and irregular shapes. We looked at how we can use the formula A=LxW to help, even if the shape was a rectilinear shape.
Well done Hares! The gold rush was well and truly deserved in class this week - keep up the great work!!
Science Oxford 11.1.22
To start off our new science topic of changing materials, we were lucky enough to have Science Oxford come and visit our class. We spent the whole afternoon exploring what changes happened to different materials when we heated them up. As part of the investigations, the class had to make predictions before completing the experiments. We were really surprised by what happened to some of our items!
Hares - have you explained to your grown ups about the different materials that you were investigating and what happened to them?
Hares class have had a great term designing and making their own chocolate linked to our DT and Maya topics. The class worked really hard in their teams to create some truly inspiring bars! I hope that the Hares managed to save you a square or 2 to try at home.
Did you see him?
We had a very special 'flying' visit today! Hares, tell your grown-ups about the exciting event this afternoon.
Anti-bullying week 15-19/11/21
This week across school we have been taking part in anti-bullying week. In Hares class we have looked at the definition of bullying and discussed the different types of bullying that people may encounter in their lives. We then discussed ways that we can help if we discover our friends are being bullied or even ourselves. This led us on to our 'One Kind Word' project. Hares thought of some beautiful words and decorated hands for a bigger art project across school. We collated all of our words on to one big hand during our Jigsaw session and displayed them on our Jigsaw board.
Please find links below to the Anti-Bullying alliance website and the official song for Anti-Bullying week 2021.
Multiplication and Division
This week in maths we have started a unit on multiplication and division. We have come across some language that has been new to a few us!
We have discovered the importance of knowing our times tables and division facts so have also been working on this.
Below is a website with some games to help you practice some times tables facts.
HARES CHALLENGE: Use the knowledge organiser to help define our new vocabulary for the week. Can you practice finding factors of a number?
Can you recall the prime numbers up to 100?
What are the first 12 square and cube numbers?
Countries, Counties and Cities
Hares class were using atlases this week to investigate the UK. We looked at the 4 nations that make up the United Kingdom and found the capital cities of each. From this, the discussion turned to the difference between a county and a city and we began investigating where different places were. We then used an eight-point compass to describe the direction of cities and counties in relation to each other.
HARE CHALLENGE: Use the document below and an atlas or Google maps to help you find and plot the different cities and counties. When you are finished, can you describe the journey you would have to take if you wanted to visit 5 different places over the Christmas break?
As part of our Maya topic this half term, Hares are completing a design unit on chocolate. Over the past couple of weeks we have been conducting our own market research into chocolate bars that are currently on the market.
Last week we got to taste test some different flavours of chocolate including; dark, mint, turkish delight and even orange. We used this knowledge to come up with some of our own ideas for flavours that we might to try.
This week, we designed and produced our own chocolate questionnaires that we have been handing out to the teachers and children in school. We can't wait to collate our results to see what our consumers think of chocolate ready for the next stage in our project!
HARES - why don't you conduct your own chocolate flavour research at home?
Autumn term 2
Welcome back Hares! We have certainly had a busy start to this half term. It was so wonderful to see so many of your grown ups come and see how busy you have all been.
I have added the new spelling list this term to this post. Next week (wb 8.11.21) is the start of the week one list. Make sure you spend some time understanding the words on you list and having a go at learning them. I haven't created a new home learning grid for this term as the one sent out at the start of the year had lots of activities and ideas for you to try. Over the next few weeks I will add some extra ideas to the class pages for you to have a go at if you find that you are running out of tasks. Remember you do not have to do all of the tasks on the grid in one go!
Have a great weekend Hares, stay safe if you are going to any firework displays and I will see you all on Monday!
The Maya class topic
We have been working really hard on out Autumn term topic of the Maya since the beginning of term. We have discovered when the Maya Civilisation began, where the Maya live, what life was like for the general population of cities and have begun looking at one of the 7 wonders of the world - Chichen Itza. This week we have finished off our mini civilisation, our Maya masks and used different sources of information to find out facts about the city.
Outdoor learning day 8.10.21
We have had a really fun and productive day today! Hares got to spend some time with Mrs Tanner in the morning in forest school and toasted marshmallows and made popcorn over a fire. In the afternoon, we went into the allotment and dug up the last of our vegetables (potatoes and carrots) and got our veg patch cleaned up and ready for winter planting. We also spent some time cleaning up parts of our outdoor area. It was a great day day had by all. We hope you enjoy the veg!!
Henley Literary Festival
Hares had the opportunity to attend a webinar by Jenny McLachlan, the author of the Battle for Roar series. We had great fun experimenting with words to create spells, listening to ideas on how to be a great writer and inventing our own mythical creatures. We used our outdoor learning day as a great opportunity to create giant characters of our own and tell short stories about them.
WR Sports taster
Yesterday Hares were lucky enough to have a trial session from WR sports. They are a group that will be coming in after half term to lead sports after-school clubs. We had great fun playing games and linking skills to our current PE sport of Football. Remember if you would like to join in the after-school club then follow the instruction on the leaflet sent out via Parent mail
Maths in Hares
We have been really busy with our maths learning so far this term. We are working really hard on consolidating learning from last year and introducing new concepts in our place value, addition and subtraction topics. The children in Hares class have also been working on using the correct mathematical language during lessons to help them explain and show an understanding of concept through whole class learning and problem solving and reasoning tasks. Last week we ended the week revising learning so far with a few maths games. Hares, perhaps you could teach your grown ups how to play these at home!
I am so impressed with the quality of the home learning that is being completed - well done Hares! Remember as well as the grid it is important to spend time looking at and learning you spellings, completing your Mathletics tasks, (including revising your times tables facts) and reading your reading book. Don't forget to complete the reading challenge that is in the back of your books, I have already seen that some of you are beginning to fill up your boxes!
Keep up the good work,
Below is your home learning grid, reading challenge and spelling list for Autumn term. Remember to choose 1 task from the main grid each week as well as completing daily reading, learning your spellings and your weekly Mathletics task.
Home learning books will be sent home on a Friday and will need to be returned to school on Wednesdays. Don't forget, if you decide to create some of your home learning digitally, you can send it to the Hares class email.
It has been so wonderful to see the children in Hares come back for the start of Year 5 with such positivity and enthusiasm. We have had a great first few days back and have launched straight into our Autumn topic of the Ancient Maya.
I have uploaded the Hares newsletter below. Here you will find some key information about Year 5, our topic web and permission to walk home slips. Paper copies have gone home as well.
Keep checking back on our class page for updates on our learning and any important announcements.