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Year 5

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French - w/b 18.10.21


In French, we have been learning how to describe our journey to school. Over the term, we have been learning key vocabulary and phrases to help describe the directions and landmarks that we may pass when on our route to school. In our final week of this unit, we wrote a few sentences in French that map out our route to school in the morning. 


RE - w/b 11.10.21


In year 5, our unit is: ‘What do religions believe about God?’ This week we learned how Hindus show worship within their faith. We now have a basic understanding of the beliefs of Hinduism, particularly the art of drama and dance. Through dance, Hindu's can bring to life the mythology stories of their deities (Gods and Goddesses). Dance in Hinduism has been developed over the last 2000 years! After watching some performances of Hindu dance, we worked in groups and acted out the mythology story of Rama and Sita through dance and mime.  

Science - w/b 04.10.21


This term in science, we have been learning about our solar system. 

So far on our learning journey, we have: 

  • Identified and named the planets.
  • Created a solar system poster where we ordered and named the planets.
  • We have also learned the difference between geocentric and heliocentric movements and discussed the movement of planets in relation to the sun and moon (orbit affects seasons, day and night). 
  • Finally, we took part in a ‘Now Press Play’ session where we looked at the wonders of Mars and acted this out as a class. In this session we met Neil Armstrong; maintained a space shuttle; walked on Mars and had an encounter with a Martian dust storm!

Mathematics - w/b 27.09.21


In year five, we have begun our new topic of addition and subtraction in mathematics. To help us have a better understanding of this concept, we used our place value counters so we can work out addition problems in a practical way. The main concept that we were learning about today was exchange. Exchange happens when there are more than ten counters in a column. When there are more than ten counters in a column, we need to exchange the ten counters for another counter that is ten times greater. For example: ten ones would be exchanged for one ten; ten tens would be exchanged for one hundred and ten hundreds would be exchanged for one thousand. Once we had a better understanding of this process, we then applied our knowledge of addition with exchange in the form of the column method.

English - w/b 20.09.21


This week in English, we have been looking more closely at John Agard’s poetry. The poem we focussed on was: ‘The girl who married the iron stove’. 

It is based on a 17th century German fairy tale about a princess who is lost in the woods and comes across an enchanted stove who promises to help her get home in exchange for marriage. Out of desperation, the princess agrees. We explored the language of the poem and looked at the hidden meanings associated with the stove. We then used our poem as a stimulus to perform a conscience alley. Using ‘conscience alley’, we had one side arguing against the union and one side that was encouraging the princess to marry the enchanted stove. 


Reading - w/b 13.09.21

This week in Guided Reading, we have been looking at the poem: ‘The Tyger’ by William Blake. It focuses on the impact of the industrial revolution in the 18th century. We carefully considered and discussed the choice of language used by Blake and how certain words conveyed a strong sense of meaning. In the poem it mentions there is an ‘immortal’ being and this immortal being created the tiger mentioned throughout the poem. We decided to act this out by spreading rumours about this creator. Who is this creator? Where does this creator come from?

W/b 06.09.21 - Back to school!


Pupils in year 5 had a very strong start to the school year. They already produced a redrafted piece of writing called 'Pigeon Impossible' and returned their homework projects to school. 


Year 4

2020 - 2021

Mathematics - w/b 12.07.21


This week in mathematics, we have been learning how to determine how many minutes there are past the hour; record time in digital format; convert analogue time to digital time and use key vocabulary to describe our learning.

PHSCE - w/b 05.07.21


In PHSCE this week, we explored our new topic of ‘Changing Me’. We completed our KWL grid based on aspects of what we know and what we wanted to learn. We then considered the changes and differences we have experienced so far in life. Once we discussed this, we explored ideas based on our future aspirations. Finally, we completed a polygon net which consisted of statements based on our achievements and accomplishments.


History - w/b 28.06.21


In history, we have been learning about WW2 and the impact it had on our local area of East London. We looked at the many reasons as to why East London was targeted, as well as the devastating consequences it had on the capital. Once we discussed this, we created a timeline of the key events which included the Blitz and the dreaded Black Saturday. 


Let the Olympic Games begin! - w/b 21.06.21



This week we have been learning about the Olympics. We attended a workshop about this topic and learnt many facts about this popular event. Did you know that the first Olympic event started in Greece? This workshop was helpful in enabling us to deepen our knowledge as well as retrieving/consolidating information which we have learnt in guided reading.


Diversity Week - South Africa - w/b 14.06.21


This week, year four learned all about South Africa. We learned how to greet one another in Afrikaans as well as the meaning of the flag and what each colour represents. We also learned about a revolutionary- political leader, Nelson Mandela. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. We were so fascinated by Mandela’s achievements and what he had overcome, that we made non-chronological reports about him. Later in the week, we made a traditional dish called Chakalaka, which was very yummy indeed! We also painted black silhouettes of African animals in an African savanna. 


Mathematics - w/b 07.06.21

This week in mathematics we have been learning to recognise that hundredths arise from dividing one whole into one hundred equal parts. We now understand and can see that one tenth is also ten hundredths. We also are confident in counting in hundredths. We used diennes to help support our learning and understanding of this concept. Throughout the lesson we used key vocabulary including: place value, tenths, hundredths, equal parts, split and number line. 


English - w/b 24.05.21


In English, we have been creating letters in the role of the main character from ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly’. In order to successfully complete this, we first considered the main features of a letter and used emotive language to persuade the reader. We used ambitious vocabulary such as urge, compel, injustice to help with justifying our reasons. Finally, it was important to structure our work carefully so that we could present our ideas in a thoughtful and clear manner.

Get Active! - w/b 17.05.21


Everyday, we take part in a ten minute Get Active session. We do this first thing in the morning to help stimulate our minds and get our bodies moving. As we know, lockdown has prevented many of us from being active so fitness and keeping healthy is at the very top of our agenda here at Sir John heron. Starting our day with Get Active has made our mornings much more fun and has made our learning much more productive. 


PHSCE - w/b 10.05.21


In PHSCE this week, we have been learning about the effects alcohol can have on our health. We furthered our understanding of how drinking excessively can affect our organs such as the liver and how alcohol can affect our brain and decision making. During this lesson, we also considered the reasons why some people may drink alcohol and how we can resist from others (peer pressure). To put our learning into context, we created poems based on this topic and performed these to our class.  


Art - w/b 04.05.21

In art this week, we focused on colour mixing. Specifically, we looked at creating a spectrum of tints using pure hues. Firstly, we created tints using a darker colour (prussian blue) and then moved onto other primary colours such as vermillion red or cobalt blue. In order to do this effectively, we gradually added white to each of the hues to lighten the hue until it became almost white.  Next, using a colour wheel we began to mix primary colours to match the colours used in Seurat’s Eiffel Tower painting. We created a variety of shades which complemented his pointillism art piece. 

Falconry Workshop - w/b 26.04.21


Reading - w/b 26.04.21

Over the last two weeks, we have been reading ‘The Lost World’ by Arthur Conan Doyle. We have read the first few chapters and completed a range of tasks that focus on making predictions and inferences. This week, we have focused on describing one of the main characters from the text, Mr Challenger. Mr Challenger is a peculiar character, as he is bold, unapologetic and fiery. We wrote character descriptions and used evidence from the text to justify our answers.

Mathematics - w/b 19.04.21


This week in mathematics, we have been learning about equivalent fractions. We have explored the meaning of what is meant by equivalence, as well as beginning to identify patterns. The lessons involved embedding key vocabulary linked to fractions, as well as looking at a range of representations including bar models and number lines. In this particular lesson recorded, we focused on looking to find missing fractions on a number line. We applied our knowledge of multiplication and division in order to correctly find the many equivalent fraction pairs. 


Easter Holiday Homework Projects - w/b 19.04.21

During the Easter holiday, pupils were asked by their teachers to design and make a model of a 3D pyramid, ancient Egyptian jewellery and a headdress. Pupils used cardboard boxes; foil, paper, crepe paper, paint, sequins, beads, pipe cleaners and even pasta to created these models. Have a look at some of the wonderful models created by our artistic year 4 pupils!

English - w/b 29.03.21


Today in English, we acted out a part of the novel we have been reading this term. We chose parts of the story that we favoured the most and performed in front of the class. After weeks of annotating, making inferences and describing events in the story, we thoroughly enjoyed playing the parts of the characters we have grown to love. 


Computing - w/b 22.03.21


This week in computing, we were learning about the technical aspects of how the internet makes the web possible. We now understand the hidden meanings of URLs and are able to distinguish what each part of a URL means. We learned many acronyms that are used to form web pages and can now recite and explain their meanings.


Now Press Play! w/b 22.03.21

On Thursday, Year 4 travelled back in time to relive Ancient Egypt using a program called 'Now Press Play'. They started their journey in the school hall, where they received a set of earphones each. They became a character who travelled back to a time when pharaohs ruled over Egypt. During their visit, they discovered pyramids, hieroglyphics and mummies. It was very enjoyable and pupils were also able to use the knowledge they already had of the ancient Egyptians, as they studied this in History back in the Autumn term.

Have a look at some of the pictures taken during the session!

Science: The Digestive System - w/b 15.03.21

This term, we are learning about the human digestive system. So far, we have discovered how it works and have learned about all the different organs that are a part of our digestive system. We are confident in identifying, labeling and describing the function of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans. 

Back to School! w/b 08.03.21


We are very excited to be back at school, and made a great start! This afternoon, the year 4 pupils became fashion designers, when they used newspaper, masking tape, clothes pegs and scissors to design and create an outfit. After all the groups completed their designs, each class held a fashion show, showcasing their creations. The children did a great job working together in teams. 

Keep watching this space for more exciting learning!

PHSCE - w/b 07.12.2020

In PHSCE, we have been looking at strategies to help keep a healthy mind. We identified that there is a link between a healthy body and mind. For example, if you are anxious this can negatively impact your physical body by increasing your heart rate or making you feel nauseous. Just like a muscle, if we give ourselves positive affirmations on a daily basis we are strengthening ourselves and reinforcing the idea of having a positive outlook. This particular lesson focused on incorporating all of our learning to reflect on ways to keep calm. For example, we can embed techniques such as colouring for mindfulness or yoga and meditation.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 30.11.2020


RE - w/b 30.11.2020


This week in RE we have been learning about the Bible and what it means to Christianity. Each child in Year 4 has spent time interviewing a member of staff, who is Christian; looking at the Bible; ranking the ten commandments; reading parables and discussing the meaning of certain proverbs and interpreting them. After learning more about the Christian faith, we have concluded that the Bible gives Christians hope and reminds them that God is with them. 

English - w/b 23.11.2020


In English, we wrote instructions on how to make a spider. We focussed on embedding imperative verbs, fronted adverbials and adverbs. We made spiders using pipe cleaners and googly eyes. We chose to make spiders as a tribute to our book for this term, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B White.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 16.11.2020

Art/DT - w/b 16.11.2020


In art, we have been creating a relief sculpture based on our topic in history which was ancient Egypt. Initially, we sketched designs of our sculpture and then we began to create these using newspaper and masking tape. Once we had our 3D designs on cardboard, we used mod-roc to cover these. Today’s lesson focused on painting our relief sculptures. We used muted tones which resembled the sculptures from the ancient Egypt period. We ensured that we considered painting techniques in order to get the texture we needed for our reliefs. 

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 09.11.2020

Mathematics - w/b 09.11.2020


During mathematics this week, we have been learning about division. We looked at a variety of methods including grouping, repeated subtraction for division (with and without a number line) and short division (bus stop method). We determined the efficiency of each method and found that short division can be helpful in most cases. During this particular lesson, we strengthened our mathematical vocabulary by determining the dividend, divisor and quotient. We worked in pairs to take turns to solve division problems and checked our answers by carrying out the inverse process.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 02.11.2020

Guided Reading - w/b 02.11.2020


This week in guided reading, we have been introduced to our new topic ‘Endangered’. The book we are looking at is called ‘Big Game Adventure’ by Alison Hawes and Jorge Santillan. In our school, we love learning new vocabulary and a robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication and helps us make sense of our world. After reading chapter one, we created a vocabulary roll for a word that appears in our text, this helps deepen our understanding of a word.  

Computing - w/b 19.10.2020


Today in computing, we looked at backing tracks that are used for films. First, we considerately listened to selected music. Then we used interesting adjectives to describe how each piece of music makes me feel and then matched a backing track to a specific genre of film. Finally, we used an image to inspire a backing track.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 12.10.2020

PHSCE - w/b 12.10.2020


During this week’s PHSCE lesson, we reflected on a given scenario which linked to disappointment. Through role play, we were to carefully consider what is disappointment and how it can make you feel. As a class we then considered ways to counteract this emotion. For example, through speaking to others or gaining advice, we can focus on problem solving strategies instead. Furthermore, we can try to create a positive mindset by dwelling less on the negative and having a plan or strategy to overcome disappointment.

English 'Wolves' - w/b 05.10.2020


This week, the pupils in Year 4 have continue their home learning, using Google Classroom.

Like before, their teachers recorded lessons on Zoom and set them some writing tasks based on the text. One of this week's tasks was to use last week's research on wolves, and create a non-chronological report. Have a look at the template given to the children on Google Classroom.

English 'Wolves' - w/b 28.09.2020

This week, the pupils in Year 4 have been learning from home, using Google Classroom.

Their teachers recorded lessons on Zoom and set them some writing tasks based on the text. One of this week's tasks was to conduct research on wolves. Have a look at the template given to the children on Google Classroom.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 21.09.2020

Mathematics - w/b 21.09.2020


This week in Year four, we have been learning how to mentally calculate simple addition problems. When solving the problem, we use the part whole model to remind us of the steps we need to take in order to solve it. 


Once we understood the concept of the part-whole model, we then applied this to our learning by partitioning the numbers and adding them mentally. 

For example: 


232 + 451 = 683


{2 + 1 = 3}

{30 + 50 = 80} 

{200 + 400= 600} 

{600 + 80 + 3 = 683}


That’s right! We can do all of this mentally!


This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 14.09.2020

Geography - w/b 14.09.2020


This week in year four we have been learning about our local area. This has promoted our spiritual learning because we were in awe when we discovered how many local amenities we have nearby. We made these discoveries by looking at an aerial map and deciphering the key of that map.



Later in the week, we learned the difference between human and physical features. We then identified and categorized different places that we can find in our local area. We now know that a human feature is made by man and a physical feature is found in its natural state. 



13/03/2020- Art: Pointillism

We have been working in the style of the artist Seurat and been applying a specific brush technique called pointillism to create our paintings. This involved using small concentrated dots of colour to make our work impactful. Initially, we learnt how to make tints of colours such as blues, greens and reds. We then practised colour mixing different shades together. We now know how to make a range of secondary colours such as purples, oranges and greys. We used this knowledge to create a wash/background for our masterpieces. Then we added contrast colours and used pointillism to paint a famous London landmark. The lessons were enjoyable and we learnt lots about painting.

13/03/2020- Math