Weekly Learning

20.03.20

 

Although this was a very strange week in school, there were lots of highlights. We began with the KS2 cross country competition. It was fantastic to see you all encouraging each other and  we were impressed by the determination you all showed to finish the course. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we enjoyed performing ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to the rest of the school. Both classes were amazing and we really hope that we will have the opportunity to perform for parents at a later date.

 

On Thursday and Friday, following the news that schools would be closed for the foreseeable future, we decided that the most important thing was to enjoy spending time together. We completed some fun (and challenging!) Maths investigations, finished reading The Highwayman, created some beautiful Mother’s Day cards and either played team games or spent time with our friends while creating some artwork. We had a lot of fun and laughter. Thank you all for making this an enjoyable time not only for you but also for your teachers.

 

We all hope that we will be able to return to school as soon as possible. For now, the important thing is to look after each other and keep safe and healthy. You have had plenty of practice in how to wash your hands properly - keep doing this!

 

Keep an eye on the website, as we will add more home learning tasks and ideas. Please bear with us as we do so – this is a very unusual situation for your teachers too.

 

We will be thinking of you all,  

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

13.03.20

 

What an amazing week this has been!

It was fantastic to see so many of you dressed up as such a wide range of characters for World Book Day. The teachers enjoyed sharing some of their favourite books with you all.

 

In Maths this week, we have continued learning about whole numbers up to 10 million. This week, our focus has been on reading and writing numbers up to 10 000 000 in both numerals and words.

 

In English, we have begun reading The Highwayman, a narrative poem by Alfred Noyes. We looked at the rich description in the first part of the poem and we have been enjoying the drama of the story as we encountered the main characters – Bess, Tim the ostler and The Highwayman himself.

 

In Science, we explored different materials. We sorted a range of materials into groups using Venn diagrams, investigated a range of materials used to make cups and completed an experiment to discover the absorbency of different materials.

 

On Wednesday, we enjoyed taking part in Sing Up Day. The whole school sang the Sing Up Day anthem, ‘There’s a power in the Music’ together and the final version sounded fantastic. We now have to wait and see if we are chosen to feature in the worldwide digichoir video.  

 

Both classes have been rehearsing for their ‘Alice in Wonderland’ ballet performances next week. We look forward to welcoming you on Tuesday (5B) or Wednesday (5R). Both performances will start at 2:45.

 

Reminders

We have a few children who do not always have PE kit in school. Please make sure that you have the correct kit, including suitable footwear, on Thursdays and Fridays.

 

KS2 Cross Country competition

This will take place on Monday 16th March. Please make sure that you have suitable outdoor PE kit in school on Monday.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

06.03.20

 

In Maths this week, we completed our work on perimeter and area of composite shapes. We also spent a lesson revising symmetry. We have now begun learning about whole numbers up to 10 million. This week, our focus has been on reading and writing numbers up to 900 000 in both numerals and words.

 

In English, we have been working hard on our persuasive letters. We have written to the Prime Minister to ask the government to find a way to ensure that more plastic bottles are recycled. We planned our letters in detail before writing a first draft. We edited and improved our writing. We have now written up our final presentation copies ready to send to the Prime Minister.

 

In Science, we linked our lesson to our English topic on plastic pollution. We watched a short film that explained what happens to wastewater after it goes down the plughole or the toilet is flushed. We found out how materials are used in the process of making the wastewater clean again so that it can be returned to the river. We also learnt about the problems caused when items that should not be disposed of down the plughole enter the drains. Fats, oils and grease (FOG) cause the worst problems. We found out how to dispose of these safely.   

 

In History, we investigated Alfred the Great (the only English king to be give the title, ‘Great’). We looked at the evidence before deciding whether we thought he really was a great king.  

 

We have been practising hard for Sing Up Day, which is next Wednesday. The whole school will join together to sing the Sing Up Day anthem, ‘There’s a power in the Music.’ We hope we will be selected to be part of the digichoir video again this year! 

 

5R enjoyed their second Forest School session today. It was lovely to be outside in the spring sunshine after last week’s downpours! We began by creating an item to hide in the trees. We wrote co-ordinates to help another team find our items. We had some free time to play in the trees and make shelters. Finally, we enjoyed hot chocolate – many thanks to the PTA for providing this.

 

Reminders

 

Oxfordshire Museum visit

We have planned a visit to the museum on March 24th. The visit will include activities to bring our learning about the Anglo-Saxons to life, including handling artefacts and making items the Anglo-Saxons would have made. Thanks to those who have responded so far via Parentmail. We have a number of parents who have not replied yet. We would be grateful if you could reply as soon as possible. If you have any queries, please speak to Mrs Bailey.

 

World Book Day

On Monday, St Mary’s will be celebrating World Book Day. Children are invited to dress as a character from a favourite book if they wish. On Monday, Years 5 and 6 will explore different books with each of the Year 5 and 6 teachers. In the afternoon, we will spend some time with KS1, sharing and enjoying some stories with the younger children. The teachers are all very excited to be able to share some of their favourite books with you!

 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

28.02.20

 

It’s difficult to believe that we are already at the end of February!  We have lots of exciting things to look forward to this half term. Thank you to all those who came to our parents’ evenings this week – it is always lovely to be able to share the fantastic work the children are doing.

 

In Maths, we have continued learning how to calculate the perimeter and area of composite shapes made up of squares and rectangles. We have been using our knowledge to solve word problems.

 

In English, we have begun a unit on persuasive writing. We have learnt how to use facts and statistics to back up a persuasive argument. We have been researching the issue of plastic pollution and have found out about a solution to the problem that is being used in Norway. Next week, we will be planning and writing persuasive letters.

 

In Science, we are learning about materials and their properties. This week, we investigated the thermal properties of different materials; we carried out an experiment to see which materials were best for keeping water warm.  

 

In History, we are learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We found out where the Vikings came from, when and why they came to Britain and where they settled. We watched a short film to find out what life would have been like in a Viking settlement and created information leaflets to show what we found out.

 

Despite the rain, 5R enjoyed their first Forest School session today. We began by looking at a map of the school site and using co-ordinates to locate features shown on the map. We then had time to build dens, play games and enjoy being outdoors together. Many thanks to the PTA for providing delicious hot chocolate to warm us all up. 5R will need their outdoor clothes and shoes/wellingtons for their second visit to Forest School next Friday.

 

Reminders

 

Oxfordshire Museum visit

We have planned a visit to the museum on March 24th. The visit will include activities to bring our learning about the Anglo-Saxons to life, including handling artefacts and making items the Anglo-Saxons would have made. Thanks to those who have responded so far via Parentmail. We have a number of parents who have not replied yet. We would be grateful if you could reply as soon as possible. If you have any queries, please speak to Mrs Bailey.

 

Ballet at the Waterside Theatre

We are very pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to see a full dress rehearsal of ‘Giselle’ on the afternoon of April 3rd. If you wish your child to attend and have not yet paid, payment must be made by Monday morning (March 2nd) as we need to pay for the tickets we have reserved. Please check Parentmail for full details. Please note that this is an optional visit. We will run activities in school for children who do not wish to go to the ballet.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

13.02.20

 

In Maths, we have continued learning how to calculate the perimeter and area of rectangles and squares. This week, we applied our knowledge to composite shapes made up of squares and rectangles.

 

In English, we finished writing our discussion texts about zoos. We worked hard to edit these. We also practised some comprehension skills.

 

In Art, we spent two lovely afternoons stitching our illuminated initials. We still have a little work to do on these after half term. We have been very impressed by the patience and skills shown. So far, they are looking fantastic!

 

Both classes have worked on the choreography for their Alice in Wonderland ballet pieces in PE this week. We are looking forward to performing our dances next half term. A letter has been sent out via Parentmail with details of the performances, which will take place during assembly time. The dates for these are Tuesday 17th March (for 5B) and Wednesday 18th March (for 5R).

 

Safer Internet Day was held this week. On Wednesday, Year 5 had a talk about how to use the internet responsibly and safely. We then worked on some activities designed to make us think about our online identity, the information we can safely share and the details we should not share online.

 

Reminders

 

5R have their first Forest School session on Friday 28th February so will need to bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. If you have any questions, please ask Mrs Bailey.

 

Have a great half term!  

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

07.02.20

 

In Maths, we have been learning how to calculate the perimeter and area of rectangles and squares. We have also found out how to find a missing length or width if we know the total perimeter or area.

 

In English, we have continued our unit about discussion texts. We have practised writing quotations so that we can include expert opinion in our final pieces. We also looked at the differences between formal and informal writing before planning our own discussion texts on the subject of zoos.

 

In History, we investigated some of the artefacts found during the excavation of the famous Anglo-Saxon burial mounds at Sutton Hoo. We discussed what historians learnt about life in Anglo-Saxon times from the artefacts. For example, the discovery of a beautifully decorated purse and some gold coins from parts of Europe suggests that the inhabitants of Sutton Hoo traded with other kingdoms.

 

We continued designing our Anglo-Saxon illuminated initials and have begun to transfer these to fabric, ready to be stitched next week.

 

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme for the week is ‘Find your brave.’ We read Malala Yousafzai’s story, ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ and thought about what being brave means to us. We talked about the fact that how we appear on the outside may not always reflect how we feel on the inside. Thank you all for joining in by choosing to wear an item of clothing inside out on Thursday.

 

5B had their second Forest School session today.  We hid the objects we made last week then we plotted co-ordinates and wrote clues before giving these to another group to follow. We enjoyed hot chocolate – many thanks to the PTA for providing this. 5R will have their Forest School sessions after half term.

 

Reminders

 

Next week, our PE lessons will be on Monday (5R) and Wednesday (5B). If you have ballet/dance shoes, please bring them on these days. Game On will be on Thursday as usual.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

31.01.20

 

In Maths, we have been applying our knowledge of decimals to solve a variety of word problems.  

 

In English, our new unit is about discussion texts. We have been looking at examples to identify the key features and to see what a good discussion text looks like. We practised using conjunctions and adverbials to introduce and link points. We will be planning our own discussion texts about zoos next week.

 

In History, we learnt that the Anglo-Saxons initially followed pagan beliefs and that several of our days of the week are named after Anglo-Saxon gods and goddesses. Wednesday, for example, gets its name from Woden. We found out that, over time, the Anglo-Saxons converted to Christianity but many of their pagan traditions continued long after this. For example, we learnt that the chocolate yule logs we often enjoy at Christmas originated in the burning of a special yule log during pagan times.

 

Our Art lesson this week linked to our History topic. We looked at examples of Anglo-Saxon illuminated letters such as those in the Lindisfarne Gospels. We analysed the colours, line and shapes used and recreated small parts of the designs. We will be using these patterns and designs to create our own illuminated letters using the stitching skills we learnt at the end of the autumn term.

 

This morning, both classes enjoyed a dance session with two visiting dance performers. We created dances based on a theme of caring for the environment. It was fantastic to see everyone working together, performing confidently and having a great time while learning something new and different. 

 

5B had their first Forest School session today. We began by working in teams to look at maps of the school site and finding the co-ordinates of locations around the school. We made ‘treasures’ to use in next week’s session. Thanks to the PTA, we enjoyed hot chocolate before having some free time to build dens, climb trees and enjoy being outdoors. It was great fun! 5B have their second session next week and 5R will have their Forest School sessions after half term.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

24.01.20

 

In Maths, we practised estimating by rounding decimals to the nearest whole number. We have now begun looking at word problems involving decimals and have been creating bar models to help us to solve problems.

 

In English, we wrote our own poems based on a classroom at night. We used personification to describe classroom objects coming to life after the children have left for the day. We spent time editing and improving our writing before creating a final illustrated copy for display. The final pieces are amazing!

 

Our Science topic this term is Materials. This week, we investigated irreversible change. We mixed bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and found that this produced a gas, which blew up a balloon. We learnt that this gas is carbon dioxide and that it has many uses. For example, it is often used in fire extinguishers.  

 

In History, we are learning about the Anglo-Saxons. We found out more about the life of people in Anglo-Saxon times and wrote an estate agent- style advert for a typical Anglo-Saxon house.

 

Sing Up Day 

We will be participating in Sing Up Day again this year. This global event unites schools from around the world in learning and singing an uplifting song. Last year, we were fortunate to be one of the schools featured in the digichoir (a compilation of video clips of some of the schools that took part). Mrs Richards has uploaded the tracks to the pupils section of the school website so that you can listen at home to help you to learn the words and your part in the song

  

Well done everyone on some fantastic learning this week.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

17.01.20

 

We have seen lots of fantastic learning this week! Well done everyone.

 

In Maths, we have continued learning about division. We have been practising dividing decimals including rounding the answer to one or two decimal places.

 

In English, we have been reading a poem called ‘Last night, I saw the city breathing.’ We have practised using poetic features and have planned our own free verse poems based on a classroom after the children have left at the end of the school day.  

 

Our Science topic this term is Materials. This week, we investigated solutions. We tested various items to find out if they dissolved in water. We also tested the effect of temperature when dissolving sugar in water and created graphs to show the different rates at which sugar dissolved in different temperatures.

 

This term in History, we will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We began by finding out who the Anglo-Saxons were why they came to Britain and where they settled. We investigated local place names and found out that many local villages were Anglo-Saxon settlements. Aylesbury itself has an Anglo-Saxon place name as ‘bury’ meant ‘fort’ in Anglo-Saxon times.

 

We have been thinking about how we can ‘shine as lights in the world’ in our assemblies this week and in our classrooms. Each class has a poster with an outline of a lamp on it. When we see someone do something related to one of our Christian values of love, hope, compassion, forgiveness, respect and truth, they can be nominated and a star placed on the lamp. We have seen some brilliant examples of children displaying these values around the school this week. Well done!

 

Can you help?

For our Science lesson on Tuesday 21st January, we will need some small (500ml or less) plastic bottles. These need to have a screw cap (for example, a Fruit Shoot bottle) and need to be clean and dry. If you have any at home, please bring them in on Monday or Tuesday.

 

Reminders

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday. It is important that you all have the correct PE kit on these days. On Thursdays, we will usually be outside so you will need warm clothing and on Fridays, we will be continuing our ballet-inspired unit, which we began last term. If you wish to wear ballet shoes, make sure you have them in school on Fridays.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

10.01.20

 

It was lovely to welcome everyone back after the Christmas break.

 

In Maths, we have begun learning about division. This week, we began by dividing n whole numbers before moving on to decimals.

 

In English, we have been reading a poem called ‘Last night, I saw the city breathing.’ We have learnt about poetic features such as repetition, alliteration, rhyme and similes.

 

Our Science topic this term is Materials. We began by looking at the properties of materials. We created ‘alien soup’ - the ingredients included sand, salt, rice, paperclips and water!  Unfortunately, we added too much salt; our task was to find a way of separating out all of the ingredients. We used magnets, filter paper and sieves to do this.

 

Reminders

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday. On Thursdays, we will usually be outside and on Fridays, we will be continuing our ballet-inspired unit, which we began last term. If you wish to wear ballet shoes, make sure you have them in school on Fridays.

 

In Music, we are learning to play the recorder so if you wish to use your own recorder, bring it to school on Wednesdays.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

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