Hornbeam class have had great fun this week testing the properties of materials. We tested the hardness, solubility, transparency, response to magnets, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity of a variety of materials. The overall favourite was definitely the hardness test - dropping a 1kg on an object, followed closely by attaching the objects to an electrical circuit! We confirmed our hypothesis that our metal objects would be good conductors and the rubber items would be good insulators.
After writing some thoughtful poems for Remembrance Day, Hornbeam have created a wonderful piece of art to display in our classroom.
To celebrate Black History Month, we had the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of African Drumming. After a quick demonstration showing us how to hold the drum in the correct position, we were able to play our own fantastic rhythms!
Recently, our maths has consisted of fractions, decimals and percentages. We have really challenged ourselves and we are now super quick at converting between each!
We have been having great fun in PE over the last few weeks, incorporating a variety of skills such as balance and coordination into some competitive team games.
This week in English, we are looking at the language in poems. We have been spotting unfamiliar words in The Jaberwocky by Lewis Carroll and using context to replace them with our own choice of words. We will also be looking at the use of archaic language in William Blake's Tiger poem and using our skills to create our own!
Congratulations to our new language ambassadors for this year - Sophia, Natalia and Seri-Ann!
These children have been chosen to represent our school, as great role models for promoting languages across the school. Our Ambassadors play an important role in the organisation of Language Days in our school and closely work with teachers to promote the importance of learning a foreign language in primary schools. They enjoy their role as Language Ambassadors because they are proud of their cultural heritage and the languages they speak. This also gives them a chance to encourage other children to have the opportunity to speak a language that they do not learn in school.
This week, we celebrated National Poetry Day by reading out loud some of our favourite poems and explaining why we loved them.
Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes was a favourite amongst the class!
Over the last few weeks, Hornbeam have been learning the terminology of rivers by matching key words with their definitions. We have also been using an atlas to find the longest rivers in the world!
A special mention to Calleigh for wanting to do some extra maths and working out how long the rivers would be if we added all 15 of them together! (39,076 miles!)
Hornbeam class have enjoyed learning about graffiti and debated the positives and negatives of the art. We also learnt all about the history of graffiti - that it was first found in Ancient Roman buildings!
What a fantastic first week we have had in Hornbeam class! It has been so lovely to see how well every single child has settled back into a "normal" school routine. Their enthusiasm for learning and infectious laughs have been refreshing and all the adults in Hornbeam class are very much looking forward to this year with the children!