Welcome to Hawthorn Class! Our class teacher is Miss Yeates who loves pandas, reading and Harry Potter. We're very lucky to have Mrs Davidson working as our brilliant teaching assistant.
It's now time to start our final mini topic of the term: Amazing Africa! You can find a PDF full of interesting information to introduce to this topic along with the Topic Menu full of activities and all the resources you'll need further down the page.
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Monday 6th July
Good morning Hawthorn😊
I hope you all had a fab weekend. It was my brother’s birthday yesterday so John and I went to my dad’s house for a socially distanced birthday lunch which was lovely.
Today, I have an activity for you which is a mix of science and art. It’s called Oil and Water Painting and you can find out all about it in the PDF below with the same name.
Here is your home learning for today. Remember to spend some time doing things which you enjoy today and which are good for you: read a book, play a game or be creative and make something!
During our Amazing Africa topic, we’re going to be looking at traditional African folktales before writing one of our own. Use the PDF Monday Literacy to explain today’s activity. You can find a PDF below called African Folktales with two example of folktales for you to use today.
This week, we’re not going to do the same learning as the work on the White Rose Maths this week. Instead of using a video for our learning each day, we’ll use a PDF which explains the learning for that day. You can find the first of these PDFs below about Parts of a Circle below called Monday Maths. You can also find the activity for today, the activity’s answers, today’s Maths Challenges and today’s Arithmetic questions below.
We have been using the poem The Highwayman in Literacy and have looked at some of the illustrations which accompany it. Today, we recreated one of them using card and either chalk or charcoal. It was a tricky task as we had to use different art techniques and try to use perspective.
The children have produced some fabulous pieces- I've been trying to work out who they each belong to!
World Book Day
On Friday 6th March, we celebrated World Book Day. Everyone came to school dressed as a book character and had lots of fun sharing their costumes. During the day, we finished our class book, took part in the World Book Day Bumper Book Quiz and also were visited by Maple class. We read to the children in Maple class and listened to them read to us. We all had a fab day celebrating reading!
Our visit to Bletchley Park
As part of our history topic this term, we've been learning about the code war fought at Bletchley Park during World War 2. After we had a lesson in school on ciphers, the Enigma machine and the role of the people working there, we went to visit Bletchley Park. While we were there, we explored all of the huts in the park and had an interesting, and informative, guided tour. We also saw plenty of different machines, including multiple Enigma machines, a replica Bombe and Alan Turing's office and had time to play on all of the interesting interactive displays. At the end of our visit, we took part in a Codes and Ciphers activity where we had to decrypt different messages using different ciphers. We also had a closer look at an Enigma machine and were even allowed to use it! Thank you very much to Mrs Davidson and Mrs Snellgrove for coming with us and enabling the trip to happen.
Making model Anderson Shelters
While the rest of the class were on their Young Voices trip, we learnt about Anderson Shelters which were used during World War 2. We learnt about what they were and how they were used before then having some time to build our own model Anderson Shelters and show our knowledge of them.
In Science this term, we've been learning about the Heart and the Circulatory System. After we learnt about the different parts of the heart and its function (and observed a lamb's heart dissection where we were able to get up close and touch the heart!), we've been learning about the components of blood. We learnt about the four different main parts: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma, as well as their functions. To help us remember our learning, we then made blood out of cheerios, red food dye, white marshmallows, pom poms and orange squash!
Wallingford School Sports Morning
We were lucky enough to be invited to Wallingford Secondary School for a sports morning. The children took part in a carousel of activities including trampolining, the climbing wall, circuit training and a dance session. As well as being a fun morning, it was a great opportunity for children who are interested in attending Wallingford next year as it allowed them to experience some of the facilities and get to know some of the PE staff.
We hope that you enjoyed the PGL assembly. The children had designed it themselves and chosen what they would like to share with you. Unfortunately, I am unable to upload the PowerPoint to the website. Instead, I have shared a selection of photos from the PowerPoint.