Hawthorn Class Blog

We are Web Designers!

In English, we have began to look at non-chronological reports, about a made up animal, which of course we loved creating. We have the Owlhopster (Owl, grasshopper and rooster), it looks rather terrifying!

In Maths, we have been using converting improper and mixed numbers before learning to add and subtract fractions with different denominators, we are awesome at it too!

In Computing we have compared  variety of websites and looked at their audiences, with the hope of creating our very own... so look out you may stumble across one of our creations.

Star of the week : Haillie

Learner of the week : Rhys

Can you stand the heat?

From jumping to melting, this week has been such an action packed week that I'm sure we're all exhausted!

We have been busy writing our defeating the villain stories in English, and I must say, they are amazing. Maths has seen us finding equivalent fractions before learning how to compare them.

In science we've taken a closer look at thermal conductors and insulators, finding out that heat moves from hot to cold. We even tested various materials to see which was the best insulator and the results were not what we expected.

We've been jumping for joy. PE had us practising various jumps from straddle, to tuck!

Scientists of the future unite!

We are: curious; thinkers; doers; creators; problem solvers and most importantly Scientists. Science week has presented us with many challenges from, how many bones are in one arm, to can you skewer a balloon without it bursting and even explaining air resistance!

In English we have talked about why flashbacks are important to stories and discussed what a good villain looks like.

Maths has seen us thinking about fractions as division and finding equivalent fractions- did you know a multiplication grid can help with that?

Star of the Week- Jessica

Learner of the Week- Mason

Happy New Year!

What a week it has been, we have captured imaginations with the Nowhere Emporium, designing our own shops and writing setting descriptions.

Maths has seen us tackling formal multiplication methods- yes we conquered it too!

An introduction to the Maya Civilisation has made us excited about our new topic- who knew they were so clever? To top the week off we spent Friday at the Storehouse in Chester watching The Secret Seven and it was " Absolutely amazing, I loved it!"

Reach your goals!

In English we have been learning about Alex Rider and forming our own thriller / suspense stories! This week we focused on character descriptions creating our own spy character. Maths has seen us building on our maths vocabulary learning about prime, composite and square numbers before apply it to problems.

Star of the week: Ruby

Learner of the week: Thomas

Wednesday we went on a fabulous trip to Barclays Bank where we had a coding workshop and learnt some key e-safety messages. We learnt about the various types of accounts and worked as a team whilst discussing our aspirations. 

I'm looking forward to another busy week, keep working hard!

Believing, Expecting and Succeeding!

Action packed and full of adrenaline is how I'd describe this week. As many of you know this week saw us go to Pettypool where we hunted for nature's treasure; built shelters (yes we would totally have slept in them if we'd have been allowed); scaled a 32ft climbing wall before slithering like a snake down or abseiling like a pro and smashing our challenge so kindly set by Willow class- thanks guys! The challenge set by Willow was to beat their score of 10 on the crate challenge, not only did we beat that challenge but we smashed it getting to a grand height of 15 crates! This was not the only goal we met, we conquered fears, set individual goals and beat them to, we believed we could, we expected everyone to try and wow, did we succeed!

English this week saw us becoming authors and publishing our portal stories, before moving on swiftly to discussion texts. Should school uniforms be worn did cause some controversy in Hawthorn class, however we all respected each others opinions and listened to their reasons behind this opinion whether we agreed or not.

Maths consisted of the dreaded negative numbers. We have used number lines and thermometers to help us solve a number of problems before consolidating our place value knowledge and using our reasoning skills to explain our answers.

Star of the Week- Kurtis

Learner of the Week- Amy

Getting into the swing of things

Well, what another busy week!

In English, we have been sinking our teeth into our portal stories based on Narnia and have even taken our time plan, write and to edit our own. Maths has seen us rounding whole numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and even 100,000. We have persevered with our reasoning questions and tried hard to develop our answers so that they are concise and thorough.

Science has led us to asking some interesting burning questions about life cycles and looking at the stages of the human lifecycle. In topic we have learnt about the various layers of the rainforest, what makes them different and even which animals can be found in each layer. Our music lessons are in full swing and we have chosen which of the brass instruments we'd like to play- we could all burst with excitement!

Learner of the week: Kieran

Star of the week: Brianna

Hawthorn returns…

What a fantastic start to Year 5!

I cannot believe how quickly this week has flown, in English, we have begun looking at portal stories with a focus on The lion, the witch and the wardrobe. We have been learning the text, before looking at its features and even getting ready to plan our own stories; after reading the plans, I must say I can't wait to read them!

Maths has had the focus of place value, learning to read and write numbers up to 10,000 before comparing them. We have learnt to add 10, 100 and 1000s to these numbers, crossing boundaries.

Topic began with listing adjectives to describe the rainforest and listening to sounds of the rainforests. We have generated questions that we would like to learn about and are eager to find the answers to them!

Congratulations to:

Learner of the week- Lucas

Star of the week- Oliver

After such a positive start, I look forward to building on this next week whilst becoming fantastic learners and young people!

Salt – our local history

Hawthorn class have enjoyed this week!

We have  enjoyed writing personification poems in English and sharing these within the class.

In maths, we have worked hard finding the perimeter of rectangles and using our knowledge to find missing widths and lengths!

On Tuesday, we enjoyed our class trip to Lion Salt Works. Hawthorn learnt a lot about the working conditions and the process involved in open-pan salt making! The class particularly enjoyed the tour by Harry the Innkeeper and worked efficiently in teams to locate Geocaches around the site, using maps. A fantastic day - well done!

To end the week, I had the pleasure of watching the super efforts of everyone in the class perform 'Harry Potter' on their brass instruments. I am so impressed by your attitude and effort - a big well done!

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Impelled by a desire to learn…

Hawthorn class have made a fantastic start to the new term!

We have enjoyed learning the story of Hansel and Gretel (especially the grisly details!) and I have been really impressed by the quality of writing within the class. To consolidate our knowledge of the story, we enjoyed a brisk walk around Delamere forest. The class and I really enjoyed retelling the story and recognising story-specific vocabulary within the forest.

In maths, we have worked hard to use a protractor to measure and draw angles. We have applied our knowledge of angle types to the outdoors and to practical problems. A great effort!

We have really enjoyed our topic work: we have begun our new topic: 'a local history', and have explored maps of the area and compared them to maps of the same area from the 1800s. While looking at our local area, we have made sketches of the immediate surroundings and we aim to transform these pictures into the style of Hundertwasser, so that our paintings impress and intrigue!

Our R.E focus is Judaism this term and the class have learnt about the origin of Judaism and the Torah. They used the Hebrew alphabet and created their own Torahs. I am really impressed!

To top it all off, Hawthorn have had a dedicated attitude towards their swimming lessons, which began this term.

A great start, well done :)

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