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Class Teacher: Mrs Khangura
Supported by: Mrs Doonan, Mrs Adoum, Mrs Bridgman and Mrs Austin
PPA: Mrs Bastable teaches R.E. and Madame Lawson teaches French
CONGRATULATIONS - END-of-TERM AWARDS
Behaviour for Learning - Eva Shah
Resilience - Ellis Mundy
Excellent Role Model - Olivia Hall
Awards Assembly will take place this Thursday at 9am.
Please bring a carrier bag/bags this week to take all your work home!
Friday will be half-day - school finishes at 1:30pm for Summer Holidays!
Nightingale Class pupils Sonny Brett & Ellis Mundy were both part of the Chorleywood U9 Cricket team that became Herts County U9 League Champions last Sunday, beating the reigning champions and then winning the final match on the last ball of the day.
Nightingale Class had a blast during the Circus Workshop!
The children demonstrated perseverance and were very determined to succeed with all the equipment available to them.
**Photos to be uploaded soon!**
Congratulations to Arianna!
A person who is not judgemental towards others and respects the changes she sees in others.
Maths: We are looking at how to read timetables and calculate with time. Most children have never seen or used a bus / train timetable before, therefore, this was a good opportunity for them to learn how to use a time number line to calculate and understand the different ways that timetables are laid out.
English: We have started looking at persuasive writing with the children. We specifically looked at features of persuasive writing, the different ways of persuading, and coming up with convincing reasons to counter people’s reasons of not going to their place of interest.
Spellings and Grammar: Words with suffix - ice. In grammar, we revisited coordinate and subordinate conjunctions in writing sentences.
Art: We have begun looking at perspective in drawing. The children are working on pencil sketches of Watford streets in the olden days, like St. Alban’s Road, Watford High Street, Watford West Railway Station and Bushey Arches.
Science: We learned about the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and how that determines our year and seasons.
PSHE: This week, we continued looking at the characteristics we share with our parents and our own unique characteristics that make us who we are.
P.E. (Year 5): We practised triple long jumps and the technique athletes use to propel themselves forward and further away.
Week 12 reminders
Have a lovely week!
Week 11 Spelling Words
Congratulations to Niam!
A person who is mature about the changes he sees in himself and others.
Haani for thoroughly deserving to share a cup of hot chocolate with the Head as he always puts in great effort into his work!
Monday – Sports Morning & Afternoon
We started off our morning with a small activity looking at teams from Group F in the World Cup. We researched and made a fact files on the countries. Later that morning, we got into our house groups and worked on coming up with our team names! In the afternoon, we got our game on for the Sports Afternoon, which was such as success as we had lovely weather and great team spirits! Thank you to all the parents who came to watch and join in the races!
Tuesday – Thursday – Revision & Assessment
Friday – Well-being Day
Well-being day was such a relaxing and enjoyable day – we started off with Circle time to discuss how we felt about Year 4/5, what we enjoyed, how we are feeling about moving up to Year 5/6, what we are looking forward to in Year 5/6 and just letting out our feelings! Then, we had a fun drama workshop with Mrs. White to act out emotions and create mini performances about what we imagine our lives to be like in 20 years’ time. Afterwards, we went to the nature trail to hunt for leaves, petals, grass and anything we needed to make our nature bookmarks. In the afternoon, we had more fun activities followed by the Sponsored Fun Run!
Week 11 reminders
Have a lovely week!
Week 10 Spelling Words
Spelling Dictation will be held on Monday.
Congratulations to Amber!
A person who expresses herself clearly and confidently.
Alisha for thoroughly deserving to share a cup of hot chocolate with the Head as she has been having such a positive week!
This week, in Science week, Nightingale class went on a Bug Hunt on our Nature Trail. They learned about the International Space Station (ISS), the space agencies responsible for building, running and manning it, and even had a go at building their own model of the ISS as a team! Furthermore, we were fortunate to have a Mad Science Assembly and a Night birds Assembly, where we got to meet lots of beautiful (and CUTE!) owls! We had a visit from a BBC Engineer (Ishaan’s mum), who told us all about what it takes to be an engineer, the different types of engineers and her job as a BBC engineer. We had Mrs Andrews come in to share with us what a medical microbiologist was, what bacteria and viruses were and told us all about how they make us ill and how we can prevent and treat infections. Finally, we had Mrs. Ippolito (Jake’s mum) and her colleague (a neuroscientist) come in to do a Brain workshop with our Year 5s. They learned all about the different sections of the brain and what they are responsible for. We learned how important it is to keep our brains safe (MUST WEAR OUR HELMETS WHEN CYCLING!) and how the different equipment they use to study the brains. What an awesome week we’ve had!
Maths: We looked at how we can use formal division and multiplication strategies in increasingly complex problems.
English: We started our sci-fi adventure stories last week and are nearly finished them. We looked at how to bring in characters in a subtle way into our opening and build up, rather than just listing out the characteristics and personalities.
Spellings and Grammar: Words with the prefix –ass (e.g. assassin). We continued to look at expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials.
DT: We finished off our paintings of our clay models. Some students went onto looking at proportion by practising sketching a picture but resizing it to be larger.
PSHE: This week, we looked at what characteristics we share with our parents and how we have our own unique characteristics as well.
Week 10 reminders
Have a lovely week!
Maths: We looked at angles: the types of angles and how to measure and draw them using a protractor.
English: We finished writing up our balanced arguments, making sure we proof-read our work before publishing.
Spellings and Grammar: Changing singular words ending in –f or –fe to plural words (changing them to –ves, e.g. safe = saves, calf = calves). In grammar, we looked at openers and connectives for balanced arguments.
DT: We modelled our river animals out of clay using our prototypes as a guide. Most of us even put in details, such as scales, patterns, eyes, teeth, and lots more! After half term, we will paint our models!
Science: We looked at load and effort in everyday objects and the uses of pulleys and gears.
PSHE: This week, we thought about one special person / pet and how we can show our love and appreciation and know that we are loved.
P.E. (Year 5): We ended off the half-term by playing dodgeball!
Week 8 reminders
Have a lovely half term!
Plurals – words ending in -f, -fe
Suffixes – ise and –ify
Converting nouns and adjectives into verbs
Maths: We looked at translating and reflecting points and shapes in the first quadrant. We then went onto looking at perimeter of rectilinear shapes and composite rectilinear shapes.
English: We have started looking into features of balanced arguments and writing our own arguments for and against an issue using the appropriate conjunctions.
Spellings and Grammar: Words ending in the suffixes –ise and -ify. These words change from being adjectives or nouns to verbs with the addition of the suffix (e.g. note = notify, personal = personalise). In grammar, we looked at the difference between simple present tense and present progressive tense.
DT: We used recycled materials to create prototypes of our river animals in preparation for our clay modelling this coming week.
Science: We explored the effects of drag on an object and how it affects different types of sports. We looked into the braking system as an additional force used to stop a moving object and further investigated the amount of time it takes for a car to come to a stop depending on the speed it was traveling at and the road conditions.
PSHE: This week, we talked about animals and what makes them special to us. We then went to talk about vegetarianism and what leads a person to become a vegetarian.
P.E. (Year 5): We played rounders and worked on several drills to help us build up our running techniques.
Week 6 reminders
Have a lovely week!
Week 4 Spelling Words
Max, Leo, Honey and Maya from Year 4 took part in the Music Round of the local Challenge Cup and came 3rd!
Congratulations to Aaron!
A person who is polite and respectful to those around him.
Leanna for thoroughly deserving to share a cup of hot chocolate with the Head as she has been putting so much effort into her writing even with a broken arm!
Maths: We looked into defining and describing cubes and cuboids by creating our very own models of the shapes using modelling clay. We explored nets of cubes and cuboids and how to draw nets with given measurements and scaling them.
English: We continued expanding our ideas for our poems, by looking at alliteration, rhythm and including adverbs for details. We even got to perform a wind poem by Christina Rossetti, by reciting it with added sound effects to create an appropriate atmosphere and looking at how rhythm of the poems help to create different effects.
Spellings and Grammar: Words ending in the suffixes – ic and -ary. In grammar, we looked at expanded noun phrases and the use of adverbs.
DT: We are currently exploring sculpting and famous sculptors and their creations around the world. We have finished our planning of our very own river animal sculptures, which we will be creating out of clay in 2 weeks’ time.
Science: We looked at friction and used Newton meters to measure the force it takes to move a shoe across different types of surfaces (from smooth ones – like our floor to rough ones – like the grass).
PSHE: In the last two weeks, we have been looking at relationships between ourselves and those around us. We talked about the emotions we go through when losing a person or a pet – whether it be death, when someone moves away, or when we no longer see each other. This week, we shared with each other special memento / souvenirs that mean a lot to us and what makes them so special.
P.E. (Year 5): We looked at improving our running techniques by having shuttle run, compass run, 80m sprint and slalom run drills.
Week 5 reminders
It is SATs week this week – Wishing all the Year 6s all the best!
Please be mindful as you walk around the school this week, keep noise to a minimum Nightingales!
Please note: There will be a France Trip Meeting on Wednesday 23 May, 2018, which will be held in Falcon Class at 3:30pm for all the Year 5s who are going to France and their parents.
Have a lovely week!
Congratulations to Theo!
A person who tries his best to solve problems among his friends and classmates.
Maths: We looked into problem solving with percentages, by converting between fractions, decimals and percentages, drawing models to calculate percentages and wholes, and solving a range of percentage problems in various contexts.
English: We are looking at imagery in poetry – specifically in poems by Christina Rossetti. We compared poems by this poet, looking at how she used figurative and expressive language to create images and atmosphere. We researched more about our poet to see what events and in her life influenced her writing. We have also begun to come up with ideas for our own poems for next week – thinking of similes and rhyming words we are going to use.
Spellings and Grammar: Words ending in the suffix –ness. In grammar, we looked at rules for plurals.
DT: We looked at Food – Celebrating Cultures (Greek culture) and Seasonality. We had an amazing afternoon of cooking apple crumble and making Greek salad!
Science: We looked at air resistance and water resistance and streamlining in natural and man-made objects, which allows them travel more efficiently and quickly in the two mediums.
P.E. (Year 5): We looked at how we can sustain running at a consistent pace.
Week 4 reminders
Have a lovely week!
Week 3 Spelling Words
Congratulations to Ellis!A person who is always kind and considerate to not only his friends, but anyone around him.
Chloe for thoroughly deserving to share a cup of hot chocolate with the Head as she continues trying her best in every single lesson this week.
Maths: We looked into percentages, specifically how to express parts per hundred as fractions, decimals and percentages, using scaling to identify percentages, identifying common equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages and calculating percentages by finding fractions of a number.
English: We researched about two animals of our choice and compared and contrasted them using transition (signal) words. We looked specifically at the similarities and differences in their physical characteristics, habitat and diet. Once completed, we published our report as a leaflet.
Spellings and Grammar: Words that are spelt differently but sound the same (homophones)! We looked into transition (signal) words for comparing and contrasting, such as whereas, in contrast to, on the other hand, etc. We also revised on the appropriate use of commas after fronted adverbials.
History: We finished our research about Ancient Greek lifestyle – including homes, roles of men, women, children and slaves, clothing and childhood toys. We then published all our information on a leaflet for display in our class.
Science: We looked at balanced and unbalanced forces through a series of demonstrations.
Computing: We learned how to stream audio online and found some interesting radio stations on Tune In Kids.
P.E. (Year 5): We looked at relay races and practised related skills, such as starting positions, passing a baton, and working as a team.
Week 3 reminders
Have a lovely week!
Week 2 Spelling Words
Maths: We learned about squared numbers, cubed numbers and touched on how to calculate volume of a cuboid.
English: We have begun looking at comparative reports – why we compare and contrast, how to choose appropriate subjects for comparison and the structure of a comparative report.
Spellings and Grammar: Words with a ‘ch’ that sounds like ‘k’ (e.g. archaeologist) and words with a ‘y’ that sounds like the ‘i’ in ‘it’ (e.g. dynasty). We looked into coordinating conjunctions (e.g. FANBOYS – for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) and subordinating conjunctions (e.g. because, while, since, etc.).
History: We finished our research about Aesop and his fables and begun our research on Ancient Greek lifestyle – including homes, roles of men, women, children and slaves, clothing and childhood toys.
Science: We looked at the different types of forces acting on objects, such as gravity, friction, air resistance, tension, and applied force.
Computing: We looked at what makes an object an input or and output device.
P.E. (Year 5): It was a very hot day this week, but we still managed to do some games that involved team-work, running and reflexes and we even had a go on the balancing equipment on the field.
Jigsaw: We looked into alcohol and the damaging effects it has on the body, specifically the liver.
Week 2 reminders
Have a lovely week!
Week 1 Spelling Words
Words with a ‘ch’ that sounds like ‘k’ archaeologist
Words with a ‘y’ that sounds like the ‘i’ in ‘it’
Spellings Week 1
Words with a ‘ch’ that sounds like ‘k’
Words with a ‘y’ that sounds like the ‘i’ in ‘it’
Dictation to be held on Monday April 23, 2018
Sorry for the delay! The rest of the photos from our Merchant Taylor's Trip have been uploaded below. Please scroll down to see them!
- Ms. Khangura
We wish Nightingale class and their families a very Happy Easter!
Enjoy your holidays and we'll see you back on April 16th!
This year's Earth Day campaign is:
The End Plastic Pollution campaign
As part of the Home Learning Grid from last term, the children are encouraged to create a useful item out of any disposable or recyclable materials. Their creations will be displayed around the school.
The deadline has been extended to April 16, 2018.
Spellings Week 13
words beginning with the prefix -im and -in
Dictation to be held on Monday April 16, 2018
Maths: We looked at area of irregular shapes and revised how to calculate the area of a rectangle (including finding the measurement of the missing side).
English: This week, we completed our newspaper articles, using nursery rhymes as our inspiration to create our news story.
Spellings and Grammar: Students were given new spelling words to be studied over the holidays. The words include those with the prefix –im and –in. In grammar, we looked at the use of connectives and used our editing skills to purple polish our English newspaper articles.
Science: The children finished preparing and presenting their information on an inventor of their choice, their invention and the impact of their invention.
History: In history, we looked at Greek theatre - to learn about the role of the theatre in the way of life of the Greeks. We discussed the structure, acoustics and use of a Greek theatre. We then went onto looking at the different plays they used to stage – tragedies and comedies. Finally, we created an ancient Greek mask based on a Greek mythological character from some of our favourite ancient Greek stories, such as Perseus and Medusa, Pandora’s box, Icarus and Daedalus, King Midas and the golden touch, the 12 Labours of Hercules, and others.
Summer Term - Week 1 reminders
Joe has tried to keep himself and others safe by showing positive behaviour throughout this week.
Malek for thoroughly deserving to share a cup of hot chocolate with the Head as he is able to show empathy for others!
Maths: We continued working on Measurement – converting from a smaller unit to a larger unit of measure (e.g. g to kg or m to km) and moved on to looking at estimating the area of irregular shapes.
English: This week, we started looking at newspaper articles, their layout and features. We focused on what makes an effective and eye-catchy headline and what is considered a fact and opinion.
Spellings and Grammar: Spellings have been put on hold, so students will have their dictation on the words ending in –sion and –ssion this Monday. In grammar, we looked at the use of homophones and direct speech, both which will be very useful when children write up their newspaper articles next week.
Science: In Science, we researched about inventors, their lives, inventions and impact of their inventions. Students will prepare a presentation on their findings using PowerPoint next week.
Jigsaw: We continued our discussion into smoking, why people pick up smoking (for example, due to peer pressure or to help them relax) and created anti-smoking posters.
History: After missing 2 Fridays due to our Merchant Taylors trip and a snow day, we finally have been able to start our History topic on Ancient Greece. The children researched about 2 of the biggest city-states of Ancient Greece, Athens and Sparta – looking into clothing, food, childhood, army, religion, and lots more! They used an online tool, called Padlet, whereby information can be shared with the rest of the class on one ‘wall’.
Week 13 reminders
Have a lovely weekend everybody!
Spelling Dictation has been postponed to the following Monday - March 26!
Spelling List 11
words ending in -sion and -ssion
**Easter Bonnet Assembly - Easter Art Activity**
A special reminder for students - Please complete an Easter art activity by Monday 26th March to be shared in our 'Easter Bonnet Assembly' on Wednesday 28th March.
(**There will be a prize for the winners!!**)
Congratulations to Ollie!
Ollie ensures he is being healthy by keeping physically active every day, including during break times and swimming lessons.
Maths: We have moved onto Measurement, looking into decimal and fractional equivalences of metric measures and converting from a larger unit to a smaller unit of measure (e.g. kg to g or km to cm).
English: This week, we have written up our complaint letters. We used persuasive language, like bribery, flattery, rhetorical questions, warnings and powerful vocabulary.
Spellings and Grammar: Words ending in –sion and -ssion. We learned the rules of when to use who, which, that and whose in writing. In our complaint letters, we even brought in fronted adverbials and time openers.
Science: In Science, we looked at the effect of heat on different foods, such as chocolate, rice, butter, milk, toast and egg. We were surprised to find out that some foods go soft when heated, such as rice, while others like eggs turn solid when boiled / heated! From this experiment, we were able to tell which foods had a reversible change (i.e. milk, butter and chocolate) and which had an irreversible change (i.e. egg, toast, and rice).
Jigsaw: We looked at the harmful effects of smoking on our health and bodies.
Computing: For the past few weeks, we have been creating spreadsheets to calculate the costs of taking our class on a trip (e.g. to Legoland). We took into account cost of transport, entrance fees, food, and lots more!
French: This week in French, we brought our knowledge of our favourite sports and activities, along with the seasons, to create a dialogue on which sports or activities we do in which season.
Week 12 reminders
Have a lovely weekend!
Sonny ensures he is being healthy by adopting a healthy and balanced lifestyle and diet.
Maths: As this week was Assessment Week, we did some revision papers to help us with our reasoning skills. We finished the week off with a recap on everything we have learned in the past 2 months about Fractions. We are ready to move onto a new unit – on MEASUREMENT!
English: This week we finished writing up our Shark poems, which will be displayed outside our classroom. Please do have a look when you come in for Parent’s Evening! We have now moved on to look at complaint letters – the features and layout. Next week, we will write up our own complaint letters!
Spellings and Grammar: Words ending in –ation. We revised the use of capital letters – especially for job titles, where the job title comes immediately before the person’s name or is used as part of their name (e.g. Prime Minister Bull) or is used instead of a person’s name (e.g. Chief-in-Command). We also revised the use of full-stops, question marks and exclamation marks – many students were confused with when to use full-stops versus exclamation marks.
Science: In Science, we wrote up our final results and conclusion for our experiment from last week, where we looked at how evaporation can be used as a means of recovering a dissolved solid (i.e. salt, sugar and Epsom salt) from water. We were surprised to see the different types of crystals forming in each of the dishes after an entire week! What was left in the petri dish containing the sugar and water solution was very different to the others - there were no crystals formed, but rather a rubbery / plastic-like substance!
We also looked at irreversible and reversible changes.
Salt Sugar Epsom Salt
Art: We sewed our purses / wallets during art lesson. Some of us decorated them with sequins, put pockets on and even sewed on buttons as closings!
Jigsaw: We discussed how we act / behave towards our friends when in situations where we do not agree with one another or when we do not want to participate in the same activity.
Week 11 reminders
Looking forward to meeting all the parents during Parent’s Evening.
Have a lovely weekend!
Spelling List 10
words ending in -ation
There will be a dictation on Monday!
Alisha has demonstrated a positive attitude towards her learning.
Keep it up!
Maths: We learned how to multiply fractions (including mixed numbers) with a whole number using a variety of methods and representations.
English: This week was Book Week and we had a poet visit our class! Mr. Stewart Henderson showed us how to create our own poems about our playground using our observational skills. In class, we looked at one of his poems The Shark of Many Names and have begun writing a poem about a specific type of shark. We will finish up our poems next week and are looking forward to adopting our very own shark!
Spellings and Grammar: Words ending in –ous. We looked at poetic devices, such as similes, metaphors, alliteration, repetition, personification and onomatopoeia.
Science: In Science, we conducted an experiment to look at how evaporation can be used as a means of recovering a dissolved solid. We have noticed long crystals forming in the petri dish which contained a solution of Epsom salt mixed with water. We cannot wait to see what shows up in the other dishes, which contained salt mixed with water and sugar mixed with water.
Jigsaw: We learnt how to recognise how different friendship groups are formed, how we fit into them and the friends we value the most!
Week 10 reminders
Hope you had a lovely snow day and enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Spelling List 9
Words ending in -ous
Please complete your Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check Worksheet by Wednesday.
Spelling Dictation is held every Monday.
Week 8 Spelling Words
Words ending in -ed and -ing
Dictation to be held on Monday.
Maths: We learned how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and multiples of the same number. We have also started looking at how to multiply fractions with a whole number.
English: This week we looked at the story Tuesday by David Weisner, which is a wordless book. We took on roles of being a news reporter and witnesses to report on the strange incidents that occurred in the story.
Spellings and Grammar: Words ending in –ed and -ing. We looked at synonyms and first person point of view.
Geography: We finished off our Greek menus and our Geography topic on Greece by writing what we had learnt over the past half term. Next half term, our topic will be on Ancient Greece!
Science: In Science, we conducted an experiment to test which materials dissolve in water and which do not. We were able to conclude which materials which are soluble and insoluble in water.
Art: We practised the running stitch, cross-stitch and a new stich called the hemming stitch. We are now ready to create our very own wallets / purses next week using all the stitches we have learnt.
P.E. (Year 4): Moving into gymnastics this week, we did some strengthening exercises: camel walks, crab walks, making bridges, bunny hops and frog hopping. The camel walk, crab walk and bridge making were by far the toughest! We then practised a variety of asymmetrical balances with our partners and held our poses for at least 9 seconds!
Jigsaw: We put our finishing touches on our products for the Garden of Dreams fête! We were all very proud of our display and hope you enjoyed looking at our finished products!
Week 9 reminders
Have a lovely weekend!
Week 6 Spelling Words
Words ending in -ly (Adverbs)
Dictation to be held on the first Monday after half-term.
Well done to Ted for coming in Nightingale's top 2 Talent Show auditions!
Also, well done to all the rest of the acts for showcasing their talents during the auditions :)
Maths: We learned how to compare fractions using visual representations, identify equivalent fractions where denominators are all multiples of the same number, and compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number.
English: We have looked at how the build-up leads to a problem and how to resolve those problems and end our stories using a variety of techniques, including cliff hangers, twisted endings, unhappy endings, and unfinished endings. The children published their suspense stories towards the end of the week.
Spellings and Grammar: Words ending in –ly (adverbs). We looked at how to improve our sentences using openers, adjectives, adverbs and prepositions. We incorporated dramatic openers and speech into our writing.
Geography: There was no Topic lesson due to Talent Show this Friday.
Science: There was no Science lesson due to the NSPCC workshop for the Year 5s on Wednesday.
Computing: As Tuesday was Internet Safety Day, we looked at how we can keep safe online and created our own online safety posters on computers and presented them to our classmates.
P.E. (Year 4): Learned about shot-put and javelin throw. We practised these throwing skills and had a competition to see who can aim directly at the target and who can throw the furthest.
Jigsaw: We designed our products for the Garden of Dreams fête! There were lots of creative ideas and the products look stunning! We can’t wait to show them off during the fête!
Week 8 reminders
Have a lovely half-term!
Maths: We learned about equivalence of tenths and hundredths, matched equivalent fractions in a range of contexts through the Fraction Families game, and compared fractions to ½.
English: We have looked at the exposition of our suspense stories and how to develop our setting and characters into our stories.
Spellings and Grammar: High frequency words – from the Year 4 list and some adverbs. We looked into the use of apostrophes for contractions and possession.
Geography: We used what we have learned last week about Greek foods to design our own Greek Menu – incorporating Euros for pricing and the Greek alphabet for the lettering.
Science: We looked at the thermal conductivity of different materials and discussed about fair testing and how we can apply our findings to real-life situations.
Computing: We continued to explore Microsoft Excel, using the formula bar to do different calculations using the =SUM() function.
P.E. (Year 4): Learned about long jump and triple jump and practised doing standing long jump.
Jigsaw: We started planning and designing our products for the Garden of Dreams fête.
Week 6 reminders
Have a lovely week!
Week 5 Spelling Words
a mixture of High Frequency Words and adverbs (ending in -ly)
Dictation will take place on Monday.
Maths: We learned about equivalent fractions, mixed numbers, improper fractions and how to convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa. We then applied this knowledge to solving problems.
English: We have started looking into suspense / mystery writing and have come up with lots of features and techniques author’s use to entice their readers, such as short, snappy sentences, the use of ellipsis, similes and metaphors, and using our senses to provide detailed description.
Spellings and Grammar: High frequency words – from the Year 4 list. We will eventually go onto the Year 5 list. We revised the use of similes and metaphors to give a more vivid description for what we sensed.
Geography: Human geographical features of Greece (looking specifically at famous Greek products – like food) and researching about a product – which region it comes from, where is it exported to and can it be found in other products.
Science: There was no Science lesson this week due to the Viking Workshop.
Computing: We continued to explore Microsoft Excel, looking at how to resize and format the colour of the cells, resizing the font and using the increase and decrease decimal number buttons.
Music: We practised a tune on our recorder, individually, as part of a group and as a class.
P.E. (Year 4): Learned about hurdles and did some trailing leg drills. We used these techniques during our hurdle race. We also did some skipping to help with our jumping.
Jigsaw: We looked at how we can recreate dreams that we have not succeeded in using a 3-step approach.
Week 5 reminders
Have a lovely week!
We have started our Greece topic, so any information you can find at home will be gratefully received.
Maths: Revising Multiplication and Division skills and moving on now to Fractions – types of fractions.
English: Researched about a famous person and wrote a biography about him/her, making sure to include fronted adverbials and making sure we met all the criteria for writing a biography.
Spellings and Grammar: Words with an –ion, -sion, and –cian suffix; looked at fronted adverbials and sorting them under manner, time, place, duration and reason/cause categories.
Geography: Physical geographical features of Greece (looking specifically at the mountains) and making a persuasive skiing holiday poster using facts we researched.
Science: Tested the response of magnets to different materials and drawing conclusions based on our findings.
Computing: We continued to explore Microsoft Excel, specifically how to use editing tools and format words and numbers.
Music: We practised notes B A G D E and came up with our own tune using the notes.
P.E. (Year 4): Learned about 800m races and the techniques the athletes use to develop their endurance. We used these techniques during our 800m race.
Jigsaw: We role-played scenarios of disappointing situations and some groups got to perform them. Next week, we will look at how to solve the situations and show this through role-play again.
Week 4 reminders
Reminder: Talent show auditions will be held on January 30 for Nightingale class. If your child would like to participate, please let me know!
Have a lovely week!
We are going to be holding our school’s Talent Show on Friday, February 9. We are holding in-class auditions on Tuesday, January 30 where we will choose 2 acts to represent our class in the final show.
If your child would like to participate, please do let me know.
*Groups of no more than 4.*
A gentle reminder: Please make sure to sign and date your child's Reading Record after you have heard them read. Reading Records need to be brought in every Monday and Thursday.
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Break and are looking forward to the Spring Term!
I am excited to be teaching Nightingale Class for the remainder of this academic year and hope to meet with and get to know all the children, parents and guardians in due time.
Nightingale class’s first week with me included: ice breaking and team building games, we started on our first piece of our Jigsaw learning – Goals and Dreams, created some get to know me Selfies, practised our number and place value, addition and multiplication skills through some fun Maths activities, and reviewed some key vocabulary for Geography – such as Northern and Southern Hemispheres, Equator, Longitudinal and Latitudinal lines, Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, Arctic Circle and Antarctic Circle, along with researching a bit about Greece using our Atlases.
Below is our overview for the Spring term. Home Learning will be sent out this week and weekly updates will be posted to this site, so do keep a look out!
The star of the week was awarded to Martha Jones for being helpful, aiding her classmates and working well with all students.
The children had an assembly earlier in the term. This is the link for more information, we have a lot of KS2 children register for this every year, all who take this opportunity find it worthwhile. http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/ Please return application forms to Miss Weyer
I wanted to say a HUGE congratulations to the children that took part in our (slightly wet) cross country competition this afternoon.
All the children completed the 1500m course and represented the school fantastically, showing good sportsmanship to the other runners. I was incredibly proud!
We did very well, with Zoe coming 3rd in the Girls race and Ben coming 2nd both winning medals! They, along with Rosie and Tom, will be taking part in county finals soon!
Once again, WELL DONE to all of the runners!
This week we will be learning the following:
English: Migration of the Wildebeest
Science: The Human Digestive System
Computers: Using the internet for researching various animals
Art: Indoor still life using pencil (sketching)
Maths: Multiply and divide mentally
Geography: Locating Geographical zones of the world
P.E: Travelling routine (linking movements together)
Music: Scottish musicians
Good luck to children running cross country tomorrow.
Friday: 14:45 – Remembrance display in the hall.
Have a good week!
For always accepting and helping out your peers, and not allowing their differences to affect how you treat them.
Hello, if you are intending to make space for Santa to drop off toys before Christmas Kingfisher Class would be very grateful for any unwanted construction (Lego , Knex etc) We have a small box at the minute and even though they are very good at sharing the children would like some more.
Do you know a child aged between 5 and 11 years old who has a brilliant idea for a bedtime story? Would they love to see it published as a fantastic picture book? Book People, in association with Little Tiger, are on the lookout for the nation’s best storyteller!
Any child living in the UK aged between 5 and 11 years old can take part in Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition. Schools, libraries and community groups are welcome to submit entries for their children, too. All they will need to do is:
One winner will be selected from each age category and one overall winner will be chosen to have their book illustrated by Alison Brown, published by Little Tiger and sold exclusively through Book People!
To find out more, go towww.thebokpeople.co.uk/bedtimestory
Here are some events at local Hertfordshire Libraries. Click the link to find out about different events and activities on offer.
Weekend Stories – story time for under 8s
Weekend Stories are story time sessions in the library aimed at children under 8 years old. Come along to Saturday Stories or Sunday Stories and enjoy listening to old favourites and discovering new stories too.
This is a family event and all ages are welcome.
Chatterbooks – reading groups for 8-12 year olds
Whether your child is already an avid reader or needing some inspiration, joining Chatterbooks is a great way to encourage them to have fun with books.
Please find more information about when the groups meet and to apply for a space in the link
Welcome back Nightingale Class!
During the first week, we will be getting to know each other, establishing class rules, and organising children routines. Our Meet the Teacher meeting is Thursday 14th September 3:30 in our classroom. If you can’t make it, let me know and I’ll give you the handouts.
On Mondays, home learning/reading records are due in. Reading comprehension and handwriting practice will be completed by students. (RE/French during the afternoon)
Tuesday (Art/ PE during the afternoon)
Aprons, PE Kits, and water bottles are due in. During Tuesdays, I will check children home learning/reading records and if there are some comments or suggestions from parents. Timetables and spelling practice will be done by students.
Wednesday (Music/Jigsaw/History during the afternoon)
Home learning/ reading records are sent out. Homework books will go out and due back the following Monday (School Bags will go out for the first week). This will give us a day to hear all the children read and ensure their reading book is appropriate. Reading comprehension and handwriting practice will be completed by students.
Thursday (Science/Geography during the afternoon)
During this week students will be explained about doing experiments in Science. Every Thursday the students will have the opportunity to bring their own experiments related to our topic and show what they have done. This term is related to Living things and their habitats (Science experiments due in). Timetables and spelling practice will be done by students.
Friday (Music/Jigsaw/Computing during the afternoon)
Reading comprehension and handwriting practice will be completed by students (Science experiments send out).
During the Autumn term the students will be learning the following:
In Literacy, the lessons will be divided between Units such as Poetry (Charles Causley and Michael Rosen poems), Fiction (Greek and Roman Myths and Legends), Non-fiction (Animals on the move) and comprehension (Reports/Relative Clauses).
In Maths, the lessons will be divided between Units such as Place Numbers in the 4 operations, Divisible/Multiple Numbers, Multiply and Divide using mental strategies, Place decimals, Measure angles, weight and time, and Geometry.
In Science, the children will explore the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird. They will describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals and they will describe the changes as humans develop to old age.
In History, the children will discover the Ancient Cultures from Greece and Rome. They will understand how the Roman withdrawal from Britain happened and the fall of the Roman Empire. In Geography, the children will understand about the physical geography of Greece and Rome.
In Music and Art, the children will learn about different artists from European countries and the influence of those artists nowadays.
In RE, the children will be comparing Judaism and Christianity and the rules for living.
In French, the children will be revising basic questions, answers, and numbers. They will talk about themselves and family.
In PE, the children will have Athletics, Future Fitters (Gym), Dance, and Team games.
Have a lovely week!
Have a wonderful Summer Holiday and enjoy the break.
Mrs Lewis and I thank you for all your support and the gifts and cards.
Best wishes for the future
Ben Morrow was nominated our Friend of the Term in Nightingale Class.
We have enjoyed reading poems in English this week – the focus has been on similes and metaphors. In Maths, we revised symmetry and moved on to reflective symmetry and co-ordinates.
Home Learning – English and Maths
We look forward to Pet Morning and those of you bringing in pets have been sent a note outlining the plan for the morning.
We had a wonderful trip to Knebworth House – the children enjoyed the interesting activities linked to the Tudors and we did follow up work yesterday. Also, we were fortunate to see the Year 6 puppet show this morning which was fun.
Please ensure permission slips are returned for Pet Morning (12th July) as soon as possible.
Home Learning – English and Maths
Star of Week – Hana Cunnane
Winning ticket for the Wacky Face game is – Pink 71-75
Second prize Aqua Blaster is – Pink 106-110
Third prize a Teddy Bear is – Pink 51 – 55
Thank you for all your support
We look forward to our local area walk to Watford Heath tomorrow and our class trip to Knebworth House next Tuesday.
The children did well in the Fun Run last Friday.
Enjoy the Summer Fete on Sunday!
Home Learning: Maths and English
Star of the Week: Alex
It looks like summer is here so please remember water bottles, hats and suncream tomorrow (if they don’t have all day suncream at home).
Non-uniform day (sportswear) for the Sponsored Run/Walk this afternoon and donations for Summer Fete – so a busy end to the week.
Please provide children with sun hats and water bottles during this period of hot weather!
Please return permission slips for Knebworth House trip on 27th June as soon as possible.
Date for diary – Pet Morning 12th July 2017 – please see separate letter and return permission slip asap.
Home Learning – Maths and Spellings
Star of the Week – Abdullahi Mohamed
Thank you to those who attended the Maths Workshop on Tuesday evening.
Attached is a copy of the PowerPoint from the evening.
This coming week is Maths Problem Solving Week.
All the children will be completing activities in their class rooms. Reception up to Year 4 will also be taking part in a Problem Solving Workshop run by The Happy Puzzle Company.
After school, in the hall from 3.15pm, on Monday only, you will have the opportunity to purchase games and puzzles for as little as 75p.
Please see the web link below for a voucher to use when making your purchase on Monday, you can print it off yourself, to claim the Happy Puzzle Voucher, or alternatively collect one on arrival at the school hall on Monday.
There is a Problem Solving workshop of Parents only on Tuesday at 6.30pm, please complete the return slip on the letter sent out previously to indicate your interest so that we are able to cater for the numbers.
The children have worked hard in Maths and calculated percentages and started to solve word problems! Next week is problem-solving week so they should enjoy working out the Maths Challenges …
We have completed the English Unit on Greek Myths, culminating in the children writing one of their own.
We wish Bon Voyage to those Year 5 children going to France tomorrow and we hope the weather is good for the rest of us on our walk to Merry Hill.
Thank you to the volunteers who have offered to walk with the class on 9th and 23rd June. I will confirm volunteers for 27th June when all the reply slips for Knebworth House have been received.
Star of week: Maryanne Cash
Home Learning – revision of percentages (Maths) and Spellings
Jazzy Jars are due in tomorrow. There will be tables in the playground for you to put them on.
Have a lovely half-term and enjoy the sunshine!
We are having a well-being day for the children on Friday 26th May when we will be doing some art activities. The children should enjoy a break from the normal timetable after a busy term.
For the summer term, please ensure your child has a sunhat, sun cream, water bottle and up-to-date asthma medication in school. Dates for next term: 9th June and 23rd June – local walks (9th June Year 5 French trip), 27th June – Knebworth House trip.
Home learning – English and Maths. The local area projects were amazing!
Star of Week: Thanisshka
Year 5 parents/carers of children going on day trip to France on 9th June, please note that there is an information meeting after school on 24th May.
Reminder for Nightingale Class that projects about local area (Watford) are due in next Tuesday.
Home learning – Maths and English/Spellings
Star of Week – Zainab
It was lovely to go to the garden on Wednesday afternoon in the sunshine and enjoy being outside. In English, we are continuing to read the Greek Myths and we wrote a character description of Perseus today. In Maths, we have been solving word problems.
Mrs Pace and Mrs Doonan visited the class for a brief circle time to discuss and fully explain the Behaviour Policy ;and to remind all children that unacceptable behaviour results in consequences.
Please remember to return reply slips for the walks on 9th June and 23r June (I am aware the majority of Year 5 children are going to France on the 9th).
Star of Week Maisie McBroom
Home Learning English/Spellings; Maths (revision of improper fractions and mixed numbers)
Hope you enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend. The children have worked hard this week reading the Greek Myths in English and working on fractions in Maths. They produced some lovely detailed, charcoal drawings of shells and recorded the objects by taking photographs. We are looking forward to learning Science (Earth and Space) in French on Friday afternoon – merci to Mme Lawson.
Dates for diary: Local walks – 9th and 23rd June (separate letters being sent electronically)
Star of week: Kayden Lyons
Home Learning: English and Maths (revision)
Enjoy the May Bank Holiday weekend. Please remember the children are going to Merchant Taylors’ School tomorrow and they must come to school in PE tops and tracksuit bottoms/leggings as they will be doing some PE at the school. Children need to wear appropriate outer clothing for the weather conditions. We are looking forward to an interesting and informative day.
Home learning – Maths and English
Date for diary – Round the World Day 30th June and our class will be hosting the country of India on that day.
Star of the week: Henrick Lee
Hope you enjoyed the Easter holidays. This term we are learning about the following:
History – Local Area
Geography – Local Area – this topic will include walks to Merry Hill and Watford Heath – separate letters will be sent.
Science – Evolution and Inheritance – including a ‘Pet Day’ hopefully!
Design and Technology – model of playground equipment
Art and Music – linked to Geography
Computing – Information Models
PE – Athletics, tennis and rounders (Year 4 commence swimming on Thursday afternoons from 27th April)
Home Learning – project about an aspect of the Local Area (Watford)
Star of the Week – Keisha Lad
Thanks to all the parents and carers who accompanied us to Oxhey Park on Wednesday. The children enjoyed making river creature models out of clay this week to end our topic on Rivers. Also, their projects were amazing. Have a good Easter break! Home Learning is Science, Maths and English.
New school choir – sign up now!
The choir will be open to all KS2 children with no auditions needed. Rehearsals will take place at school on Thursdays from 3.15 to 4.00pm with Mrs Williams and Miss Langley Higgs.
The choir will provide a valuable opportunity for the children to develop their vocal technique and build confidence in their abilities, gaining knowledge of music theory and performance skills and, most of all, to enjoy singing together.
Please sign up now on the School Gateway!
Can you help with the choir?
We are looking for a volunteer piano/keyboard accompanist for occasional rehearsals and termly concerts.
We would also like to hear from any parents who want to help with the choir in other ways, whether by supporting children’s engagement during rehearsals, contributing ideas or helping to organise concerts – no musical experience necessary.
If you are interested in any of these roles, or you know someone else who might be, please contact Miss Langley Higgs.
We have had an exciting week – the finale being the Bromet School Talent Show held this afternoon. Well done to George and Saphie for being the contestants from our class. A special CONGRATULATIONS to Saphie for being the KS2 winner of the Show.
Thank you for coming to the Parents’ Evening and we look forward to our walk/visit to Oxhey Park on Wednesday afternoon (29th March).
Star of the Week – John
Home Learning – English and Maths
Thank you for reply slips for our walk to Oxhey Park on 29th March. The children have enjoyed painting scenes of the River Thames in Art this week and writing diary entries in English. The Home Learning is Maths (revision of shape and angles) and Spellings. Please remember the River projects are due in on Tuesday 28th March.
Star of week – Louis Gee
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR PUPIL PROGRESS MEETINGS 21ST AND 22ND MARCH – list in classroom
Another busy week when the children used switches within circuits during electricity investigation in Science, as well as completing a Science Challenge when they made a flower using 4 piece of paper and scissors only. Congratulations to Maisie and Danny for having the winning entries for our class!
A letter has been sent out via website regarding a walk to Oxhey Park – please complete the reply slips as soon as possible. Thank you
Star of Week – Gracie Cowell
Home learning – Geography project about a river in the UK; Spellings
The children have had an enjoyable week, especially when they dressed as a book character for World Book Day on Thursday. Congratulations to John for winning the interesting class character outfit. The children have written stories in English about a dog to link in with the book of the week – The Dog Who Could Dig, and they really enjoyed meeting my dog Rosie on Friday!!! Home Learning for this week is Maths and English. Star of the Week: Tom Charnock
Dates for diary: Art an Craft themed afternoons – Tuesday 21st and 28th March (sewing and clay). If you can help on these afternoons, please let me know.
Hope everyone had a good half-term and looking forward to better weather and the Spring!! We have had a busy week in Nightingale Class and the children have worked hard learning about common denominators when adding and subtracting fractions. In English, we have been reading ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’ and the children can read this at home via their Active Learn log in. The highlight of our week was the talent show auditions – congratulations to all those children who took part and we wait to see who will be voted out 2 acts to go through to the KS2 Talent Show. Please remember Book Week from 27th February – the children will be writing stories and they can dress up as their favourite book character on Thursday 2nd March. In Maths, we will be learning about Roman Numerals. Home Learning – English and Maths. Star of the Week: Deane Adoum
This year World Book Day is on Thursday 2nd March to celebrate reading books, authors and illustrators. It is held in more than 100 countries around the world. A key aim is to give every child in the UK a book of their own to keep. Every child is eligible to receive a £1 World Book Day Token which can be exchanged for one of ten exclusive £1 World Book Day Books, or if you prefer, use it to get £1 off any full-priced book or audio book. Tokens must be redeemed by the end of March 2016.
We will be celebrating this great event on Thursday, 2nd March, by asking children to come dressed as their favourite book character. There will be prizes for the most original costume in each class and every child will receive their £1 World Book Token.
If you would like to find out more information about World Book Day, there are ideas, activities and resources at: http://worldbookday.com/
Hello, we are looking for empty shoe boxes for after half term. Any donations gratefully received!
Happy half-term!!! Thank you for coming to the Class Assembly this morning. The children did really well and they have been awarded a marble in the box and they are all Stars of the Week!!!
Next term we will be learning about Rivers in Geography and Electricity in Science. Book Week is week commencing 27th February.
Home Learning for the half-term is spellings only as the children need a rest and to enjoy reading for pleasure.
We look forward to welcoming you at our Class Assembly next Friday 10th February. The children have written down their own ideas for the Assembly and we hope you enjoy sharing their highlights of the year so far. The children have written explanation texts this week and been measuring in Maths. Next week in English we will be doing some grammar and sentence structure revision and continue reading The Railway Children. We enjoyed the walk to Bushey Station and thank you to those parents who accompanied us.
Star of the week: Lucy Gee
Home learning – Tudor projects due in on Tuesday 7th February.
Please remember Friday 10th February is “Wear a heart or something red for Home-Start” and donate £1
The children in Robin class are very creative! We need lots of boxes, plastic containers (not milk cartons), rolls of cardboard for our fantastic creations. The children love to make and invent, last week we had Robots, Planes and many more inventive ideas! If you have any of these we would be greatly appreciative.
Mr Libberton and Mrs Warner
Year 5 did well with their swimming on Thursday and the children wrote some super poems this week – including: riddles, raps and cinquains!
Home Learning: Science and Maths (Tudor project is ongoing)
Please remember walk to Bushey Station the morning of Friday 20th January. I will let parents/carers know if they are required to accompany the class.
The Watford Junior Challenge Run, organised by Watford Harriers, will take place on Saturday 18 March 2017 at Cassiobury Park from 11.15am.
There will be races for U8, U10, U12 and U14.
If your child is interested in entering ask them to collect an entry form from Mrs Burns
We have had an interesting week and the children were engaged in a practical Science session investigating opaque, translucent and transparent materials. Will add more later …
For every ticket bought by a Bromet Family the school receives ‘cashback’
Welcome back to a new term! For information, the children will be learning about the following:
English – explanation texts and poetry and the guided reading text is The Railway Children
Science – the topics are Light and Electricity
History – continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British and world history – the Tudors
Geography – know about a selection of UK rivers and describe their physical features – Rivers (after half-term)
Computing – Staying Connected – safe use of online technologies
Music – learning to play basic notes on the recorder (please bring your own recorder to school – sessions scheduled for Wednesday before half-term
Art/DT – Textiles – sewing – use different types of stitches: Clay – design and make model of a river animal
PE – Year 5 Swimming on Thursday afternoons; PE sessions with Falcon Class. We will also keep up with Fitter Futures keep fit sessions
Jigsaw is the new PHSCE scheme – Dreams and Goals
MFL – French with Mme Lawson – Les Loisirs – hobbies
RE with Mrs Bastable – research celebrations related to key figures in Jewish religion and Christianity – Holy week/Easter
Maths will continue to cover the National Curriculum units
Any changes to these topics and up-dates will be included in the weekly class blog. The main timetable change is that I will be accompanying Year 5 swimming on Thursday afternoons from 2.00 pm so my PPA time is now on Monday afternoons when the children will be learning French and RE.
Separate letters will be sent out regarding visits and other events. Date for diary – Class Assembly – 10 February!
Mrs Forty and Mrs Lewis