Christmas Shopping Day
The children were very excited to have a Christmas shopping experience, kindly organised by the PSA.
We hope you enjoy your gifts! Happy Christmas for Class 5-1!
Creativity Week - making African inspired masks
The children in 5:1 are having a fantastic time this week. They have researched African carnival and then started making their own masks. They are working brilliantly as teams. So far they have added 3 layers of papier mache and painted the masks. Tomorrow they will add decorations - more photos to follow!
The children had a great time this morning working with the Little Inventors to design something which could prevent our food being wasted. They came up with some great ideas. We will wait to find out whether any of their designs will be made for real use!
Wild Wonder Day
As part of our Wild Wonder Day, the children had a great time taking photographs of patterns in nature. This will be a part of our Art topic linking with the Victorians. The children also learnt about plastic pollution and wrote some powerful speeches about how we can avoid polluting our planet with plastic.
Olympic Wonder Day
The children really enjoyed listening to the visiting athletes speak about their journeys during Assembly and then had a great time during their workshop learning some techniques for Long Jump.
The children really enjoyed their dance workshop yesterday provided by Perform. They learnt a routine based on Oliver Twist and thought about how to show character through the dance moves.
The children had great fun at the Skipping Workshop. It was a bit windy outside but they were able to learn and practise some new moves with a skipping rope!
Our topic this term is Earth, Sun and Moon. The children have learnt about the sizes of the Earth, Sun and Moon. They have also been learning about how day and night are caused. They measured the length of a shadow throughout the day and now they understand that the sun does not move but the Earth does! They are finding the topic really interesting and challenging!
Year 5 Christmas Party
Pass the Parcel, Musical Statues, making a paper Christmas tree hat, cake and squash. What more could you want for a Christmas party? We hope the children had a great time.
The children had a great time over the past couple of weeks when Mr Willis came in to teach them how to do speed stacking. Children learnt the techniques to stack cups in a variety of formations and we hope to find time so that the children can continue to develop their speed. It was great fun.
Year 5 Went to the Panto...Oh Yes They Did!
The children in Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to see Rapunzel. It was great to see them having such a wonderful time and they were even singing and dancing along at the end!
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!
It's been a very exciting week so far! The children got to visit the reindeer on Monday and later had a great time Christmas shopping! They have also been making Christmas hats which they will wear at the Christmas dinner on Wednesday. They did a great job and the hats look fabulous!
English - Myths and Legends
This week the children have read Greek myths. We have spent lots of time understanding the myth: Theseus and the Minotaur. After sequencing the story, the children enjoyed role play to act out the story. This will really help with their writing over the next couple of weeks.
Science - Investigating Air Resistance
The children learnt about air resistance and gravity this week as part of our Forces topic. Children investigated the rate of dropping 3 different sized balls to the ground and also had fun with a large parachute to understand the affect of air resistance.
The Joy of Reading
Today the children in Year 5 went to the University of Hertfordshire to listen to author Elizabeth Laird talk about her stories and how she writes books. It was really interesting to listen to how she creates settings and characters. Lots of children purchased one of her books and were lucky enough to have them signed.
Humanities - Ancient Greece
As part of our Ancient Greece topic, the children learnt about democracy. They considered what it would be like to be in charge of the state (or classroom) and discussed rules they would implement. Each group delivered a speech explaining their chosen rules and then each child got to vote. You can read the rules which were the most popular. The class decided that it is better to have a small group of people in charge rather than every member of the class making the rules - that would get too difficult!
The children in Year 5 had a great time in Maths Week. There were investigations in class, an hour dedicated to Mathletics to improve mental Maths and a fantastic puzzle workshop.
DT - Cakes!
As part of our Design Technology unit, the children in Year 5 analysed cakes, developed market research, chose recipes, learnt about food hygiene and finally baked cakes to sell to all of the children and families at Howe Dell. Our aim was to raise money for Fellowship Afloat and the recipes we baked were from the Fellowship Afloat recipe book. It was great fun and most importantly, we raised £277.12 which we will be sending to Fellowship Afloat.
Live Learning - Summer 2017
Thank you to all of the parents who came to join our Live Learning session. The children really enjoyed making clay pots inspired by Ancient Greek pottery as part of our Ancient Greece History topic. We will be painting the pots after half-term and can't wait to see how they turn out!
Writing letters to children in Abu Dhabi
As part of our SMSC and English lessons, the children wrote letters to children in a school in Abu Dhabi. They wrote about school life in Britain, British food, laws, traditions and even included information about their own culture and family life. They were so excited to receive letters back. The photos show just a few of the children reading their letters.
Where in The World Week
We had such a great week learning about lots of different places in the world. We found out about a town in Costa Rica, Ancient Greece and we even explored the school grounds finding hidden flags! The children did some fabulous writing too including writing Greek myths.
Science - Irreversible Materials
Today we finished our topic on Properties of Materials and we learnt about reversible and irreversible materials. We mixed bicarbonate of soda with vinegar and watched as the chemical reaction caused the formation of carbon dioxide. The gas caused the balloon to blow up. It was great fun - just look at the children's faces!
Sharing Stories with Year 1
It was lovely to share the picture books the Year 5 children wrote on Pet Day to the children in Year 1. They really enjoyed it!
Real life Maths!
Year 5:1 turned into a shop this morning. The children created their own shopping list, worked out how much money they needed, worked to earn their money and then bought their chosen activities which they will enjoy next week. Real life learning was so much fun. In the afternoon, the children helped to collate the information so that we can organise the activities.
Pet Day 2017
Wow! What a day! We have had so much fun for Pet Day which consisted of 4 animal visitors, a cake sale raising money for RSPCA lead by all of Year 5, a visit to the Multi-Purpose Hall where there was a range of different animals and we even managed to fit in writing a picture book!
Today we got to experience a very special Google Expedition! The children absolutely loved it and the gasps of amazement throughout the 4 different expeditions we went on demonstrated just how amazed they were. What a great way to learn about different parts of the world.
As part of our History topic about the Maya, we had to become detectives today in order to find out about the language used by the Maya. It was really interesting, we found out lots of facts and it was fun having to hunt around the room to answer our questions.
Safer Internet Day
We looked at emojis and how they represent different feelings. We discussed how we must be thoughtful and considerate of others when using emojis in case we send out a message which is hurtful or upsetting. We then used the emojis to create rules for a happy classroom and safe internet use.
Design and Technology - Musical Instruments
We have been analysing the way a range of musical instruments are made and put together. We listened carefully to the different sounds each instrument creates and how we think the sound was made. Then we investigated a range of materials and how we could make sounds ourselves. We have designed our own instruments and can't wait to make them next week!
The Festive Season!
From making hats for our Christmas dinner to watching a panto, the festive season in Year 5 was packed full of fun!
We have been learning about Earth, Sun and Moon. It has been really interesting finding out the relative sizes of Earth, Sun and Moon as well as understanding what causes night and day; why we have seasons and the phases of the moon.
Art and History
We have been learning about the Victorians in our History lessons. We found out about an artist called William Morris. Inspired by the work he created, particularly his wallpaper designs, we designed our own repeating pattern which we then created by using a printing technique. It was great fun.
Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to join the Year 5 Live Learning session. We had a great time using a range of mathematical skills to try to solve problems. Our brains definitely had a good workout!
Year 5 Trip to The British Museum.
We had a great day learning more about people who lived in the Victorian times. We got to experience what a school lesson would have been like and even got to look around the Headmaster's house. It was really interesting looking at what a Victorian house would have looked like. We also learnt about the differences between the rich and the poor, the types of jobs people may have had and much more!
Think Outside The Box Week
This week has been great! We started with the Science Boffins in Assembly on Monday. The children In Year 5 then wrote some really creative short stories using one of the experiments they witnessed as inspiration. Then On Tuesday the children came to school dressed as what they want to be when they grow up. We had a whole variety of job choices in 5:1. The Stomp dance workshops on Wednesday was enjoyed by all of Year 5 and they were able to follow and create their own dance routines using their bodies to develop sounds and rhythm.
The shocking news that a giant egg had appeared in our school on Thursday morning really caught the imaginations of the children and they have produced more great writing. We are still looking into how the egg got to Howe Dell...
We are learning about forces in Science lessons. Today we learnt about friction. The children tested the amount of friction caused by different surfaces and measured it using a force metre.
We had a great time at Hatfield House last week. The children were well mannered, behaved excellently and even got to ride on a tractor!
Roald Dahl Day
Well done to all of the children who dressed up as a character from a Roald Dahl story. The children had a great day and also produced some fantastic writing based on The BFG. We are continuing to read the story as part of our Guided Reading lessons.
Live Learning - 10th June
We had another great attendance at our latest Live Learning session, which this time had as its theme Maths Problem Solving. Children and adults undertook a treasure hunt to locate clues and puzzles around the school grounds in an attempt to solve 8 puzzles during the course of the afternoon. Everyone had great fun and it even stayed sunny!
Thank you to all of the adults who attended - it really is very much appreciated.
On the 1st April, Year 5 went to the British Schools Museum in Htichin. We dressed up as Victorians for the day and learnt about what it was like to be a Victorian child! We learnt how to write on slates (from a very strict teacher) and even used ink pens to practise our handwriting. Some of us got very inky fingers!
In the afternoon we looked around the Headmaster's house and leant about how they lived.
Yellow Earth Wonder Day
31st March 2015
Year 5 have been learning about computer programming using 'Scratch' software.We have made
a Helicopter game and a game called 'Pong'.
Live Learning in Year 5
Our most recent Live Learning session took place on Tuesday 2nd March - our theme was Guided Reading. There was another fantastic turnout from parents - THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Maths Week February 2015
World Of Maths, Magical Maths, the Maths Carousel and Mathletics proved to be lots of fun and very educational during Maths Week.
Practical and Outdoor Learning: Maths
Whenever possible we like to get outside at Howe Dell to enjoy some practical, outdoor learning. We've had great fun learning about measurement and statistics this year and we've constructed human Bar Charts, human Pie Charts, human Venn and Carroll Diagrams. Our outdoor area is a tremendous resource and we selected some natural materials to sort using Venn and Carroll Diagrams in our outdoor classroom.
All Creatures Great and Small Themed Week and Olympic Athlete Wonder Day
Wonder Days are always things that we look forward to in 5-1: we had great times in the Autumn with the All Creatures Great and Small themed week and our Olympic Athlete Wonder Day
Live Learning Autumn 2014
We had a RECORD turnout of parents and carers for our Live Learning session in November where we constructed Ancient Greek style pots using collage materials.
Hatfield House Countryside Day
We began the year by visiting Hatfield House and explored the various skills involved in rural and countryside crafts and vocations.