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Year 5

Welcome to the Turquoise and Maroon Class page!



Mathematics - w/b 19.09.22


In mathematics this week, we have been developing our learning of place value. We began exploring larger numbers up to the hundred thousand columns. Before answering questions, we strengthened our understanding of this concept through the use of manipulatives. We found using place value counters and charts helpful for this. After this, we ordered and compared numbers to hundred thousand and even applied rounding to these!

English - w/b 12.09.22


This week in English we have been creating poems. We considered existing poems, annotated the literary devices associated with them and began brainstorming ideas. Our focus was creating poems based on colours. Therefore we used word associations for colours and used poetic devices such as metaphors and personification to bring our poetry to life.

Welcome Back! - w/b 05.09.22


In Year 5, we have been working hard to put our stamp in our classrooms. We started by decorating our school motto, which is ‘Together we learn, together we achieve’. We then created self-portraits of our faces and we used a special technique in which we shaded a printed picture of ourselves using a sharp pencil which then traced our photo on the back of a blank piece of paper.


Year 4

2021 - 2022

Design and Technology - w/b 11.07.22


This week in DT Year 4 have been writing a recipe for scones. The children considered what the features of  a recipe are. We discussed what makes a good recipe. Children also made a mixture of vegan scones. They learnt new skills and ensured that they followed the step by step guide of making scones.  


French - w/b 04.07.22


This week in French, we have been learning key phrases/words all linked to sport. We learnt how to pronounce what sports we like and what we play. Can you guess what ‘Je Joue au tennis’ might mean? We also looked at foods and were able to state whether they are unhealthy or healthy (a handy link to our science learning too!).


Science - w/b 27.06.22


In Science, children continued with their enquiry looking at how they could make their rafts float. They worked in pairs to consider the best way to make their models robust and strong. They had to consider how to join their rafts, the dimensions of their model and accurately scaling the materials based on their designs. To test the effectiveness of their raft, the children had to pass tests such as being able to keep their raft afloat for at least one minute, withstanding movements/waves in the water and adding weight to their rafts.  


Reading - w/b 20.06.22


This week Year 4 have enjoyed visiting the library and reading garden. Children have loved sharing the books that they are reading with their classmates. Children enjoyed doing book recommendations with their class. Year 4 have also been enjoying their book of choice and are able to provide an explanation as to why they would recommend these books to their classmates. Children are able to talk about their plot, characters and setting.


Mathematics - w/b 13.06.22


This week in Year 4 the children have been consolidating their understanding about fractions of an amount and quantity. Children have become more confident in using the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. They are also becoming confident in their reasoning skills.  The children have also been practising and chanting their times tables. The children have been using TTRS soundcheck and times tables booklets to practise their times tables. 


English - w/b 06.06.22


This week Year 4 explored their new Power of reading book called Varjak Paw. Over the
course of the week Year 4 have written predictions about the front cover and blurb. They also
discussed whether the book is fiction or non-fiction. This week the children participated in a
class debate and used 'Conscience Alley' which has contributed to developing their oracy. They
used the discussion guidelines and benchmarks for oracy.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations - w/b 23.05.22


This week Year 4 have been learning about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Year 4 have researched the importance of the Platinum Jubilee. Children have created decorations for the tea party. They also spent Tuesday preparing food and treats for the tea party. During the week children took part in History and Art projects which were linked to the Platinum Jubilee.

Science - w/b 16.05.22

This term in science, we have been exploring animals including humans. In today’s lesson we conducted an enquiry into teeth. Here we looked at placing a boiled egg into a bowl containing a range of different liquids. We tested what happens to the egg if we place these into the liquids. The total duration of the enquiry was for 5 days. The results confirmed our suspicions that the coke not only coloured the outer shell of the egg, but it weakened and cracked this too. Therefore, sugar is damaging to teeth!

History - w/b 09.05.22 


This week in Topic Year 4 have been learning about the Mayan civilisation. The children have created a timeline to show how the Mayans civilisation developed over time. The children did map work to label different cities. Year 4 learnt about what Maya people eat and wear. The children had a discussion about the artefacts used during the Mayans civilisation. 


The children learnt about the religious beliefs of the Mayan people. The children learnt about the different gods and created a fact file about one of the gods.


Art - w/b 02.05.22


This week in Art we have completed our final pieces of artwork using two main techniques known as etching and monoprinting. We developed new skills within this area and were pleased with the outcomes produced. Following this, we completed evaluations of our own work. Here we considered what we liked, disliked and would improve for the future. 


French - w/b 25.04.22


This week in French Year 4 explored a new topic titled ‘The Carnival of Animals’. Here they learnt about time and applied their learning from the previous term about numbers. Working in pairs, they asked each other what time it was and responded in full sentences.

Mathematics - w/b 18.03.22


This week in Maths Year 4 have been looking at fractions. Year 4 have been counting in tenths as well as this they have been looking at equivalent fractions. 


Using concrete resources such as cuisenaire rods the children were able to identify the equivalent fractions. The children were able to use their reasoning skills to explain which fractions are equivalent to each other. Children were also able to define equivalent fractions with an example. 


Science - w/b 28.03.22


Last week the children did a Science investigation where they identified materials that are conductors and insulators. 


This week the children wrote their Science investigation into their Science books. They have demonstrated our school value of being a reflection ninja as they recapped their learning and were able to discuss their findings. Year 4 have ensured that they use scientific vocabulary in their writing


English - w/b 21.03.22


This week the children have been working hard to complete their publishing piece. They identified the main features of a leaflet. The children used subheadings, images and did you know facts to make their leaflets interesting and eye-catching. 


Reading - w/b 14.03.22


During DEAR time the children have been sharing book reviews with the class. The children really enjoyed the book recommendations made by their classmates. Children also asked questions about the book. We discussed the main events of the story. 


RE - w/b 07.03.22


In RE Year 4 have been learning about Easter. Year 4 have explored religious symbols and evaluated how the symbols are associated with Easter.  


Year 4 have also compared how different Christians (Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Baptists) celebrate the Last Supper. We discussed the importance of the key vocabulary and had a discussion about why Christians celebrate Easter. The children also did a Now Press Play experience based on the Easter story to reflect on what they have learnt in RE this term. 


Art - w/b 28.02.22


Year 4 have been looking at the work of George Seurat. Children learnt about one of George Seurat’s work called ‘Sunday in the park.’ The children replicated this drawing by focussing on aspects of the drawing. 


The children did mark making first using a cotton bud to practice pointillism. Then the children focussed on one step at a time to create the tree in the drawing of ‘Sunday in the park.’ The children were able to use key vocabulary to explain pointillism as well as the key skills that the artist used. 


Geography - w/b 21.02.22


This week in Geography Year 4 we explored our new topic ‘Where does food come from?’ The children looked at where milk, orange juice and rice comes from. We discussed the journey of these foods and how it is produced. The children enjoyed identifying how the foods are made. 

Design and Technology - w/b 07.02.22


This term in DT the children have been exploring battery operated light. We discussed the functions of a night light as well as the purpose and target audience. Year4 have been exploring how to make a circuit and use their design brief to create their night light. The children learnt about the circuit symbols.

Computing - w/b 31.01.22


This week in Computing we identified the features of what makes a good website. We looked at Sir John Heron’s school website to identify some of the features used. We also began to use HTML 5 to create our own healthy eating website. We practised coding and tried adding in some tags. 


Mathematics - w/b 24.01.22


In mathematics this week, we have been working hard to recall our times tables. Fluency is an important skill we need to master since it ties in with other concepts/areas of maths. In order to help us with this, we used concrete and pictorial models to help with recall.

History - w/b 17.01.22


In History, Year 4 have been looking at the time before the Vikings reigned. We have been finding out more about what Britain was like before the Viking invasion. Children have carried out various different activities this week which involved creating a timeline, using map skills and ‘Now Press Play’. The children have really enjoyed learning more about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.

English - w/b 10.01.22


In English, this week Year 4 have been writing their predictions and inferences about our new book called ‘Iron Man.’ The children have also created their own illustrations for the book based on the opening of the story. 


The children have been analysing and identifying the features of newspaper articles. In addition to this, the children have also discussed the main purposes of these features.


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! - w/b 13.12.21


This week the children watched the Aladdin pantomime. The children enjoyed watching the pantomime. This also ties in very well with what the children have been learning in English. The children have been writing playscripts and discussing the conventions of a playscript. The children have applied their learning from English and ensured that they were looking out for the conventions of a playscript whilst watching the pantomime. The children also had a discussion about what they liked about the pantomime. The children have also been singing along to festive Christmas songs both in class and their music lessons.

Computing - w/b 06.12.21


In computing this week the children looked at different scenarios and decided whether they were trustworthy or untrustworthy. The children used their reasoning skills and created a diamond shape of all the trustworthy and untrustworthy scenarios. We had a discussion about e-safety and ways in which we can stay safe online.


Year 3 and 4 Sport Tapscott Handball Competition w/b- 29.11.21

On Friday 3rd of December we welcomed North Beckton Primary and Kensington Primary School to our school to take part in another Sports Tapscott inter-school sports competition.  A great afternoon of handball saw lots of goals and plenty of determination from all the children involved. After the all the matches had been played we were declared the winners of the competition. Well done to all the children involved and look out for the next inter-school competition which will be taking place soon. 

Eco Day - w/b 29.11.21


On Thursday, we had a special focus day called ‘Eco Day’. We kickstarted our day with a debate about whether children can make a big difference to the environment. We outlined the pros and cons of this and deepened our understanding of current environmental issues. Following this, we created posters based on how the moon affects Earth. We discovered interesting facts about the moon and how important it is for planet Earth. Finally, we created lovely art pieces reflecting the moon and earth. We used black sugar paper, oil pastels and chalk to create our galaxy.

RE - w/b 22.11.21


In Year 4 the children have been learning about the story of Joseph. The children have also created a mood graph to show Joseph's feelings. The children used the bible and identified where the story of Joseph can be found. This week the children have looked at proverbs, 10 commandments and the story of the miracle of Jesus. They have explored what the proverbs and 10 commandments mean and why they are important. The children have looked at the story of Mary Jones and Joseph and we had a discussion about the morale of the story.


Mathematics - w/b 15.11.21


In Year 4 we started our new topic of length and perimeter. This week we have been focussing on converting different measurements. In particular we looked at lengths such as converting from cm to m as well as mm into cm. We tackled a range of questions which explored this concept such as using number lines as well as using objects around the classroom.

Reading - w/b 08.11.21


In English, we have been reading our new book called ‘Happy Here.’ Children have explored new vocabulary. In Year 4 the children have been writing diary entries as one of the characters in the story. They have thought about the features of a diary entry as well as the character’s thoughts and feelings. 


During DEAR time children have been doing book reviews to their classmates. The children have provided a recommendation and used their reasoning skills to encourage their classmates to read the books that are being shared with them. 


PE - w/b 02.11.21

This week in PE we have been learning to refine our dribbling in order to keep control and possession of the ball. We have focussed on identifying space when dribbling and what options we have what we receive the ball in basketball. In addition to this we have started to play small sided basketball games. 





French - w/b 18.10.21


In French, Year4  have been learning how to count to 30 in French. We have focussed on oracy and pronunciation this term. Children are beginning to write and recall their own sentences based on our learning in French.


In French, children learnt how to say doll, console, teddy bear and balloon in French. We have had discussions about pocket money and described the cost of objects. Children also described their opinions about the object using the sentence starters taught in the lesson. 


RE - w/b 11.10.21


In RE this week, we have been focusing on the importance of symbolism in Hinduism. We looked at a range of objects and tried to identify the meanings behind these everyday items. For example, a diva lamp is used to symbolise light and is often used in the Hindu festival of Diwali. During the lesson, we extended our vocabulary of key words including the names of deities and Gods such as Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.


Science - w/b 04.10.21


This term in Science, we are learning about sound. So far on our learning journey, we have explored how different sounds travel. 


The children have carried out scientific enquiries where they have investigated pitch, using different instruments. The children have also learnt new scientific vocabulary throughout the week. The children have started to note down their findings from the enquiry.


Mathematics - w/b 27.09.21

In Mathematics this week  Year 4 have been learning about finding 1, 10,100, 1000 more or less of a number. The children have also been working on identifying values on a number line. In every Mathematics lesson the children do flashback 4 to recap and revisit topics that they have learnt before. This is also a great opportunity for children to share ideas and learn from each other. The children have also been using manipulatives to help answer questions in the Mathematics workbooks.

Both classes in Year 4 have been learning more about how to represent numbers pictorially and as a concrete representation. Children have used their prior knowledge to help them answer the questions. As we are coming to the end of this unit the children have become much more confident in understanding place values. They have also been resilient and used key vocabulary taught as well as this they also used their reasoning skills to answer questions. Reasoning is one of the school's values.


English - w/b 20.09.21


In English this week, Year 4 have been exploring the poem ‘Grandma’s Sugarcake.’ We annotated the poetic devices used in this poem. We also discussed how John Lyons uses non-standard English. The children have worked hard to identify what John Lyon was writing. They were all following Sir John Heron’s value of resilience. 


The children also used their drama skills and performed a ‘Performance Carousel’ for the poem ‘Grandma’s Sugarcake’ which was a great success. The children worked collaboratively as a group. Using the work of John Lyon the children wrote their own poem about a food type following the structure of the poem of. Just like any other writing, the children proofread and edited their first draft, before redrafting and finally publishing their poems. Children used a combination of standard English and non-standard English. They also used the new vocabulary learnt in our poetry unit.


Reading - w/b 13.09.21

On Monday, in Guided reading we read a poem called ‘Chocolate Cake.’ Both classes used what they have learnt in English to identify the poetic vocabulary used in this poem. We focussed on drama in reading. We have really enjoyed reading the poem chocolate cake. We explored the ‘Drama Contract’ and all agreed to adhere to it. During Guided Reading we presented our group’s actions using a performance carousel and explained our freeze frames to the class, using the key vocabulary which we had generated. We thoroughly enjoyed using this technique and put ourselves into the shoes of the characters.

W/b 06.09.21 - Back to school!


Pupils in year 4 had a very strong start to the school year. They already started working hard on place value in mathematics and returned their homework projects to school. 


Year 3

2020 - 2021

English - w/b 12.07.21


This term we have been exploring the story ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’. We have discussed and brainstormed Edward’s complex relationships with characters in the story, created an illustrated character description, hot seated as Edward and written thought bubbles describing one of the tragic events. Now that it is the end of term we have been writing an extended piece of writing of an autobiography as Edward Tulane. We explored the features of autobiographies and have been redrafting and publishing our writing this week. 


PHSCE - w/b 05.07.21


In PHSCE this week, we have been learning about the fascinating and inspirational life of Anne Frank. We explored key events that occurred during her life and the discrimination that she and her family faced during World War II. We had a long discussion about how Jewish people might have felt when Hitler forced them to wear a yellow star in public. We then moved onto creating our own fact file about Anne Frank.

History - w/b 28.06.21


We are learning about the amazing Romans! We discovered fascinating facts about what the Romans are famous for inventing, how Rome grew from a city to an empire and we compared life during the ancient Rome times to life today. We found out about the story of Remus and Romulus- two brothers who were banished from the land Alba Langa so that they did not earn their right of one day becoming king. When learning about this story we shared our moral views on whether the actions of all the characters were right or wrong. We enjoyed writing the story in our own words and adding colourful illustrations to go with each key event. We are looking forward to creating mosaic art next week!


Let the Olympic Games begin! - w/b 21.06.21


This week in Year 3 we attended an Olympic workshop. This was an amazing opportunity for us to broaden our knowledge on the Olympics as we have already been exploring the Olympic games during our guided reading sessions. We found the workshop exciting, especially since we had prior knowledge of the Ancient Greek Olympics and were able to impress our visitors with the interesting facts we had learnt. We really enjoyed the interactive tasks and role-play during the workshop and look forward to learning more about the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

Diversity Week - India - w/b 14.06.21


This week has been a very exciting week! As part of diversity week Year 3 have been celebrating the diverse cultures and traditions of India. We started the week with learning Indian greetings and carrying out research on India. We learnt about the geographical location, landscapes, population, cities, languages, religions and traditional foods of India. We enjoyed creating holiday brochures persuading people to visit India, we wrote fact files about Indian animals, we found out about Anish Kapoor and Mahatma Gandhi and created our own flags of India.

One of our favourite activities this week was making a traditional Indian dish of masala pasta. 


Mathematics - w/b 07.06.21

In Mathematics this week, we have been exploring money. We were able to recognise different notes and coins as well as tell each other the value of each. We used the notations £ and p in the correct context and also started to add and subtract different amounts. We found that converting pounds to pence and pence to pounds helped us to do this. We used key mathematical terminology such as coins, pound, pence, money, notation, addition, subtraction, part, whole, commutative, amount, sum and equal.

Great Big School Clean - w/b 07.06.21


On Thursday, year 3 pupils took part in the ‘Keep Britain Tidy's Great Big School Clean’ event. Staff from Manor Park library, as well as members from Newham’s Recycling team accompanied our pupils to Little Ilford Park, where we were briefed about health and safety, split into groups, and set off to find and collect litter. We were shocked to fill five large bags!

Litter ranged from empty cans, chocolate wrappers, plastic bags, empty crisp packets to name but a few. After having a brief discussion about the serious effects of litter on the environment, we enjoyed a drink of water and a piece of fruit (making sure we bin our litter!). We decided to become more vocal about litter when we are at home and with our friends outside of school.