Hawthorn Class Blog

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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A great week in Hawthorn class!

Welcome back Hawthorn class!

We have had an exciting first week back! Hawthorn have enjoyed starting their new English topic - we are using the short film 'Dangle' as a stimulus for writing 'finding' stories. In maths, we have been furthering our understanding of fractions by reading and writing them in decimal notation.

I was really impressed by the attitude towards our R.E focus: Hinduism. We explored a range of artefacts (including prayer beads, rake bracelets and coconuts!) and discussed their role within Hinduism. The class had a positive attitude and enjoyed the opportunity to try coconut water!

This week the book of the week award went to Paige and the star of the week was Thomas.

A super start, keep it up!

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The Amazing Maya

This week Hawthorn class enjoyed a fantastic workshop led by Diane, a Maya archaeologist! During the worksop we: explored a range of Maya artefacts; tried on Maya clothes; learnt about their ball game and studied their culture. This has given us a valuable insight into the ancient Maya civilisation! Well done to everyone for handling the artefacts with care and respect - I was impressed by your attitude throughout.

In English we have been thinking carefully about how and where we use writing techniques; I have been impressed by your writing and your use of personification and metaphor. In maths this week, we have furthered our understanding of equivalent fractions. We have enjoyed using a range of methods to explore and represent this.

Hawthorn class are showing a good attitude in military school and are benefiting from the activities. Well done, keep this up!

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Mayans, materials and more!

Hawthorn class have made an excellent start to the spring term!

In English, we have enjoyed reading and learning about The Switch by Anthony Horowitz. We have learnt actions for the model text and we have been discussing the characters and studying the text, so that we can write just as well as Anthony Horowitz!

In maths we have learnt about fractions, in particular how to compare and order fractions using 'more than', 'less then' and 'equal to' signs.

We have started to learn about the Mayan civilisation and we have discovered some of the countries where Mayan cities were built. We are looking forward to learning even more about the Mayans next week during our Mayan workshop!

We have started to learn about printing in art and we will study Mayan designs so that we can create a tile based on these patterns.

Hawthorn class have started a new topic in Science: materials! The class really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about some of the properties of materials, including: hardness, solubility, absorbency and whether items are magnetic. The children explored a range of items and recorded their properties.

We all enjoyed having our parents in school this afternoon, where we were able to share all our successes from the year so far!

Thank you all for your hard work and enthusiasm!

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The forest of Narnia

This week Hawthorn class have enjoyed writing our stories based on The Chronicles of Narnia!

We have continued with this theme in art and used our observations of leaves to create a Narnia forest, using oil pastels and cool coloured ink to create a dramatic effect! Thank you to all the parents who were able to support the class during this art session - we all really enjoyed it!

In maths, you all showed resilience when learning the method for long multiplication - well done!!

We have now completed our model of Matilda and enjoy seeing her in the entranceway!

This Friday Hawthorn class performed 'Hot Cross Buns' using their brass instruments; I was pleased to see you work together to play a piece of music so well!

A fantastic week - keep it up!

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