Class 9 2017/18

WELCOME TO CLASS 9 AUTUMN 2017

 

Check out our twitter page @stgac9 to follow our year 5 journey!

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Welcome to our Tudor village classroom! This term, we will be exploring the essential question ‘Was Tudor life all poo and plague?’.

 

 

 

WELCOME TO CLASS 9 SUMMER 2017!

Welcome to our Summer Term virtual reality classroom! Our question this term is ‘How is virtual reality becoming the new reality?’

 

 

Our project launch was a visit from Tension VR who provided us all with virtual reality goggles and took us on a tour of the world, Mars, the International Space station and inside the stomach!!!

 

We had a fabulous time and can’t wait for the next experience.

 

 

 

 

Many congratulations to Callum C and Sam, our first Summer term Stars of the Week (we are now awarding Stars fortnightly rather than weekly).

 

THE WATER CYCLE

Our learning in science this term is about the water cycle. Mr Hempsall made a suggestion about it we weren’t really convinced by …..

 

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DUBAI SUNSETS

During our virtual reality experience we had a look around the Burj Khalifa hotel in Dubai, which inspired us to create a pastel and chalk Dubai sunset. Hope you like them!

 

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COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

We decided we would like to programme a computer game which could be played in a VR environment. So we found Scratch Online, and had a go!

These are the results …

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SWIMMING CERTIFICATES

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MATILDA WORKSHOP

Saint Peter and Paul school very kindly invited us to take part in drama and dancing workshops as part of their Matilda play. We had an amazing time!

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Many congratulations to Lexie and Michael – our Stars of the Week !

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KINGSWOOD RESIDENTIAL TRIP

We’ve had a great time on our residential trip this week to Doncaster Kingswood. What an amazing experience: archery, climbing, laser quest, nightline, and so much more!

 

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A MATTER FOR DEBATE

We are having a heated discussion about whether children should be allowed to play video games or not. We started by all insisting this was really unfair BUT as we have debated and written our arguments not all of us think a ban would be a bad idea ……

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SUMMER FAIR

This week we enjoyed the summer fair … despite the dreadful weather! It was all set up inside and the school choir opened proceedings with three songs. There were teachers in stocks, bouncy castles, owls to stroke and lots of things to buy and enjoy. We did NOT let the rain spoil our fun!

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VOLCANOES!

As part of our geography and science learning we had a volcano day, researching, investigating and making! We had a great time, especially when they ‘erupted’ at the end of the day.

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MAKING MARBLE RUNS

 

So that’s it from this school year! We hope you have enjoyed our web page as much as we have enjoyed telling you all about everything we’ve done! Have a lovely summer holiday!

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WELCOME TO CLASS 9 SPRING 2017!

Welcome to our Spring Term woodland! Our question this term is ‘What is the beauty of nature?’

 

 

We will be studying how we can bring the beauty of nature into the classroom, and are looking to design a nature area in the atrium which can be enjoyed by all classes in the months and years to come.

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NATURE ARTWORK

We’ve started by investigating the nature landscapes and artwork of the artists Andy Goldsworthy and David Hockney. We’ve really enjoyed trying to create our own artwork in the same style.

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PROBLEM SOLVING WEEK

Bipods have 2 legs, Tripods have 3 legs. If there are 23 legs altogether how many Bipods are there, how many tripods? Can you solve this? We could!!! We’ve been spending this week getting back into a mathematical frame of mind this week by looking at lots of different problems to challenge ourselves. We’ve been concentrating especially on creating a system to help find all the solutions.

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CLASS DOJO

Class 9 have now launched Class Dojo to parents and people at home, so that you can take a look at the app and see how your child is doing at school. It will also be a really useful way for messages to be sent, reminders, questions and so on. However, any important questions or concerns should be addressed directly to Mr Hempsall rather than via the app.

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Stars of the week: Lexie P and Lilly for their amazing landscape artwork!

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BEAT THE BELL

This week in school we have started ringing the bell at 9:00 to see ‘Who can beat the bell’! (Normally we start the register just after that time, so we are encouraging as many children as possible to be in class before the register is started).

So far we are averaging around 20, with the others arriving just after the bell has sounded, let’s see if we can get every to BEAT THE BELL!

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OUR PROJECT LAUNCH

This week we had a visitor from Silverback Bushcraft to help with our project launch. Mr Rollins came in and taught us how to weave willow branches to make bird feeders. We had a fabulous time, although it was really difficult to start with, but the end results were well worth the effort!

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WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE IN THE ATRIUM?

As part of our project we are hoping to design an area for the atrium for children to work in WHICH WILL ACTUALLY BE BUILT. We started with our ideas and created a survey for the other classes to fill in, to help us understand which designs are most popular. We thought of huts, waterfalls, caves, trees and even a bridge 2m above the floor!

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Star of the week: Rhys for having a fabulous positive attitude when we went swimming and just enjoying himself so much!

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WOODLAND WALK

To help us be able to imagine how a wood feels and smells, including the sights and sounds, we visited Skellingthorpe Woods, walking along the cycle path. We saw loads of birds and a very athletic squirrel! Hopefully, this visit should really help us with our writing. Even on the walk Leon in Class 7 was thinking of his writing, describing the wood pigeon as ‘A headteacher, looking down angrily at the naughty children.’

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CONVERTING UNITS OF MEASURE

In maths we have been measuring in mm, cm and m and converting between them. We found out all sorts of lengths in the playground! Sam decided to challenge himself and convert all his measures into all three units of measure!

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REPORTS ON ATRIUM DESIGNS

Over the last few weeks we have been working on designing something for the atrium. This will be something on the theme of nature, perhaps a cave or waterfall. Hopefully, this might actually be built for Key Stage classes to use (if we can persuade Mr Milner!)

We have created a survey for the classes and created bar charts to show the results. We then draw our designs, plans, elevations and sections, including calculating the area and perimeter of the design. Finally, we have written a report to explain our findings and reasons behind our decision.

Rosie has jumped ahead with some extra homework … other photos to follow!

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Star of the week – Sahar – for really trying hard on her presentation AND creating a really effective design for the atrium.

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WHICH DESIGN TO CHOOSE?

Coming back to school after half term we were met with a challenge from Abbie of Treehouse Designs Limited. She gave us two designs from different architects for possible treehouses in the atrium.

We had to:

  • estimate how much they would cost, using the list of materials and the price list
  • calculate using our addition and multiplication skills
  • write a persuasive letter to Abbie to explain which choice we want built and why
  • create a video to accompany the letter

Opinions were split over whether the cheaper option should be chosen or the more expensive (and safer!) option!

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Star of the week – Karis – for always try her best (and with a constant smile on her face!)

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BEAT THE BELL

Our Beat the Bell challenge is having an affect, with 25 out of 28 children regularly beating the 9am bell. Our other three are often just a minute or so later, so let’s see if we can get 28 out of 28 soon!

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THINKING ABOUT NEXT TERM

This is all very hush hush but the Year 4 teachers have been investigating the next Essential Question …… our lips are sealed!

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SCIENCE INVESTIGATION – DIGESTION

We’re investigating the human digestion system, ‘From mouth to flush’!!! We hope our life size models will really help our understanding. Watch out for the epiglottis, do you know what its purpose is?

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NOT STRICTLY SCHOOL RELATED BUT …

Louis and Mr Hempsall regularly attend Lincoln City football matches (not together!) and are very much used to lower league football. So we felt we just had to shout out on here that, just for once, we got to see Lincoln play a Premier League side. We are pretty confident this will never happen again!!!

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Our star of the week this week is Ryan, for trying SO hard on his presentation.

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Our star of the week is Tabitha, for having a really positive attitude to her work and targets.

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WELCOME TO CLASS 9 AUTUMN 2016!

Welcome back from the holidays and welcome to our new term!

Our key question this term is ‘How can we bring the past back to life?’ and we are researching how museums work and how to teach others all about the history of the Romans.

Our classroom is a museum with lots of different topics, which will evolve throughout the term. Also, we have a Horrible Histories workshop, which we are really looking forward to!

Let’s see where our learning takes us!

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ROMAN DAY!

We were very lucky yesterday to have a visit from ‘Portals to the past’ who put on an amazing Roman experience for us all. We all dressed in Roman clothing and learnt about so many things, including the Roman Empire, life as a Roman, Roman games and all about soldiers and gladiators. We also played two Roman games and touched real artefacts. Some of us were lucky enough to dress as soldiers and fight (with rubber weapons!)

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CONJUNCTIONS IMPROVE OUR SENTENCES!

In our writing this week we have been trying to improve our sentences with conjunctions and also embedded clauses. We have used the ‘Well of interesting conjunctions’ to make an offering to the Roman Gods!

 

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INVESTIGATING ROMAN LINCOLN

Lincoln (Lindum Colonia) was founded by the Romans, so it was only natural that we should take a trip into the Bailgate to take a look! Thanks to Mr Barratt and Mr Hempsall Junior for helping  us with our walk there.

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A ROMAN WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE

This week the Year 4 staff decided to show what our year group Roman workshops might look like later this term. So they decided to put on a show!

We also had a go at a traditional Roman game, making sandals and taking part in a Roman quiz!

 

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PERSUASIVE WRITING

This week we have started to practise letter writing and wanted to learn how best to persuade other schools to book our Roman workshop. So we have watched a TERRIBLE TV advert made by the teachers and then wrote our own much better version!

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Our star of the week this week is Lucas for his amazing work on symmetry, using one line, two lines AND a diagonal line of symmetry!

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CRITIQUE WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS

We started this week by holding a critique workshop for parents so that we could explain how we use critique and redrafting in our work. We set the challenge of creating a penguin, then critiquing and redrafting. After that we did the same with our workshop letters. We hope everyone had a fabulous time!

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IMPROVING OUR MULTIPLICATION

This week in maths we have been learning to multiplying increasingly larger calculations, and have practised our use of the multiplication grid. The Romans wouldn’t stay out of it of course! So Mr Morris created ‘Roman Risk’, a game where the Celts and Romans fought each other to gain control of cities. We had to answer multiplication questions of course to gain them!

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Sam got so carried away with his new skills that he just couldn’t resist trying a 3 digit x 3 digit multiplication!

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Many congratulations to Sam, for being Star of the Week – how could he not get it after yesterday’s multiplication?!

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LET’S GET WEAVING

As part of our Roman workshops we will be teaching others how to weave leather sandals, so we needed to practise our own skills! We used paper to practise techniques, how do you think we did?

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INDEPENDENT CRITIQUE

Remember the critique workshop a couple of weeks ago? Well Lexie did! She decided to use the skills to critique her homework, writing a letter. As you can see she did a pretty good job!

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Of course this meant Lexie was our Star of the Week!

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CO-ORDINATES

There was new learning for us as we learnt how to read and plot co-ordinates on a grid. We were supposed to go outside for part of it and use an archeological dig site but the weather was very unkind!

Instead we had an archeological training afternoon, plotting our own Roman pots on a grid. Then we showed off our new skills plotting a face onto a grid. How do you think we did?

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MATHS CHALLENGE

As part of our morning work, we were set a challenge that looked like this ….

8+2 = 16106

5+4 = 2091

9+6 = 54153

It didn’t make a lot of sense but after a little while we started to see patterns in the numbers and realised we may well have all the skills needed to find the answer.

Sure enough Mia was the first person to find the answer after about 10 minutes of puzzling.

11+6 = 66175

Do you have any idea how she did it?!?

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Our Star of the Week this week is Sabrin, basically for being a star! Her maturity and positive attitude to her work (always wanting it to be the very best it can be) are a shining example of how to be.

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ROMAN SANDAL MAKING

As part of our school workshops we will be teaching other children how to make sandals. Today (Friday) we are making our own final versions but Skye decided she would make her own at home to practise. Great attitude to her learning!

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Many congratulations to Toni-Jane, our Star of the Week this week for always trying her very best

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DOING TIME!

This week we have been building on our knowledge of time, creating analogue clocks both 12 and 24 hours and also converting between digital and analogue time.

We even went to the Studio to make our own class ‘living’ clock, where we were the numbers and hands.

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Star of the week for trying really hard to improve his presentation is Lincoln!

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Star of the week is Louis for excellent presentation, especially of decimals to three decimal places!

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Many congratulations to Emily, star of the week for very thoughtful design choices in her art / Spanish

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RHYMING COUPLETS

This week we have been writing poems with rhyming couplets, alliteration, similes and powerful vocabulary. We have also written them, trying to think of the rhythm of the poem when we read it aloud. Watch this space for examples …..

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Our star of the week this week is Ratibor – for improving his acting skills in readiness for the workshop play next week.

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WORKSHOP FINAL PREPARATION

 

The workshops are happening next week! We are booked in with Class 1 and 11 at the moment, with hopefully more classes or schools coming in with late bookings. We can’t wait!!

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Congratulations to Rosie, our Star of the Week, for improving her acting skills!

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OUR WORKSHOP WEEK

So finally we got to the final project week, the production of our workshops to Year 1, Year 5 AND parents. ALSO, we have exciting news that we have been asked to give a workshop to another school in the new year as part of the own project launch!

Well done to the whole class for some amazing acting, sandal making, quiz question helping and Nine Man Morris playing!

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So that was our first term together – watch this space for Spring Term 2017!!!!!

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WELCOME TO CLASS 9 SUMMER 2016!

Our key question this term is ‘Are animals fashionable?’ and we are investigating the work of the WWF, how to protect endangered animals (especially in the Amazon rainforest) and how fashion can help spread the message of the WWF.

We started things off with a trip to the Ritz Cinema in Lincoln to watch the film Rio and the whole of Year 3 and 4 had an amazing time!

 

 

SYMMETRY

In our maths this week we have been looking at lines of symmetry, reflective symmetry and where we might find it! We have created our own logos for the WWF using two lines of symmetry and even two diagonal lines of symmetry!

 

 

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Star of the week #23: Jayden – for excellent symmetry, using two diagonal lines of symmetry

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MATHS CHALLENGE!

Can you work this out? 1+4=5, 2+5=12, 3+6=21, 8+11=?   Can you?   Because Daisy can! She was the first to find the answer! (and you are going to have to work it out for yourselves!)

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Star of the week #24: Daisy – see above!!!

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3D and 2D SHAPES

This week we wanted to investigate the properties of 3 dimensional shapes, and how 2 dimensional shapes work within them, their lines of symmetry, angles and so on. So…. we made a shelter for a sloth!

 

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WHAT DO THE ANGLES ADD UP TO?

We all know that the angles of a square add up to 360 degrees (hopefully!). But do we know the totals of regular pentagons? hexagons? octagons? Well we do now because we measured them and added them together AND we found the pattern. The extra challenge was to use the pattern to find the angle of a regular heptagon, well done Walid for finding it!

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Star of the week #25: Tilly – for amazing dedication to her homework and consistently brilliant presentation. 

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DANCEATHON

So the time finally arrived! It was Danceathon time to help to support the British Red Cross – we raised over £100!! All year 4 classes danced non-stop for 45 minutes each in the morning, 30 minutes each in the afternoon, joined by other classes around the school, and then finally we all joined in with Year 6 for an end of day finale! What a fabulous day!

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IS IT TIME YET?

We’ve been learning all about analogue time, digital time and 24 hour time this week. Draw some clocks? Well we could but wouldn’t be even more fun to be the clocks ourselves!!

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SHAPE CHALLENGE

We had a challenge to try to draw a shape created from cubes … in a three dimensional drawing (not very easy!). It took quite a few tries but we were eventually pretty pleased with our efforts. What do you think?

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Star of the week #26: Jasmine – for working independently all week and creating a really good guide to vertebrates.

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Star of the week #27: Walid – for an excellent investigation into factors, multiples and prime numbers, showing a very deep understanding

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Star of the week #28: Wayne – for sensational improvement in his swimming, moving from 5m in September to 800m this week!

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ON THE CATWALK

This week we visited Lincoln Assembly Rooms to see the fashion show organised by Lincoln Big (www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on/lincoln-fashion-week).

We had a fabulous time, seeing all the fashions from shops such as Debenhams and Next, as well as smaller, local shops. ALSO, we had the chance to go on the catwalk ourselves!

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FASHION SHOW WINNERS!

On Friday 1st July a selection of Year 4 children attended a Fashion Show at the Lincoln Drill Hall, organised by Paradigm Arts. Alongside other primary and secondary schools we paraded our animal t-shirt designs down the catwalk.

Fabulously, Meadow in our class won the Designer of the Year award, winning a glass trophy AND a sewing machine for the school!

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SCHOOL FAIR

It’s nearly time for the school fair and we’ve been really busy making panda biscuits and animal jewellery. We hope it sells well!

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WHOLE YEAR 4 FASHION SHOW

We are busy practising for our Fashion Show to the school and parents. We’ve been practising all week and we’re good to go! We can’t wait to show off our t-shirt designs!

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Star of the week: Meadow – for leading a group to produce t-shirts based around her winning design. 

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THAT’S ALL FOLKS!

It’s the end of the Summer term and the last day of school! We hope you have enjoyed reading about everything we have doe this year, although we haven’t been able to tell you everything we’ve done by a long way!

Mr Hempsall is staying in Year 4 and Class 9 next year so he isn’t going anywhere, but we are going into Year 5 in September and we can’t wait to get to know our new teachers ….. after a lovely, long holiday of course!

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CLASS 9 SPRING 2016!

 

It’s January 2016 and we’re back at school! Our key question this term is ..

‘Natural disasters: is it our responsibility to help?’

We will be researching all about earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and so on. Also, we will find out how organisations like Oxfam support areas of the world where disasters take place.

 

We started off without disaster though, with our project launch, discovering all about European countries.

 

 

Oh … and we have a volcano in the classroom!

 

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Star of the week #14: Matthew – for coming back to school with a magnificent attitude towards his learning and his behaviour!

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INFORMATION TEXTS

Would you like to learn about France? Find out about its landmarks, food, music and so on? Then come and read our information texts!! We’ve researched, taken notes, drafted and redrafted!

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Star of the week #15: Jayden – for excellent work on his information text AND for thinking exactly the same thing as Mr Hempsall at exactly the same time!!!

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IT’S PANTO TIME!

It was a bit late but today we had our school pantomime! We thoroughly enjoyed watching Robin Hood and Mr Hempsall laughed at ALL the dreadful jokes!

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EARTHQUAKE WEEK

It’s been a shocking time this week learning all about earthquakes and how they affect people’s lives. We were hoping to have a disaster day where we had to live in a refugee camp, eating food prepared on an open fire and having to filter our own water …. but the freezing and foggy weather put a stop to it! It’s only been postponed though! Volcano week next week should warm things up!

We have also been building our own earthquake city models.

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Star of the week #16: JJ – for having a positive attitude to his work all of the time and for always keeping a smile on his face.

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THE WATER CYCLE

We’ve researched all about the water cycle as part of a SOLE session, learned all about it in guided reading too  …. so it was time to experiment …! We put cotton wool, cress seeds and water in a container and left it on our heated floor to see what happened. Sure enough, the next day we found that the water had evaporated and then condensed on the lid, dropping precipitation down onto the seeds and growing them! Our other containers proved it had worked, as one had no water, one had no lid, one had no heat … and none of the seeds grew!

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Star of the week #17: Freddy – for consistently striving to improve his work.

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A BIT OF A DISASTER!

As part of our work on line graphs we took part in a science experiment this week where we tried to measure how quickly ice melted with different insulation materials. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a disaster because we were a bit too rough insulating the bags and they split! All the melting water escaped so we couldn’t measure it! HOWEVER, we had a meeting about what we thought the results would have been and created line graphs to show what we thought. Class 8 then very kindly let us have a look at their experiments and proved we were right! (They are obviously more careful putting ice in plastic bags!)

 

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PANCAKE DAY!

To celebrate Shrove Tuesday Mrs Parsons organised pancakes for the whole school! We made the batter in groups in the hall and then took them to Mrs Barratt and Mrs Zielinski to cook them. We made sure there were loads of toppings on them too … they were delicious!!!!

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Star of the week #18: Brooke – for always trying her best, having a great attitude to her work and being a great friend.

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WHICH DISASTER IS WORST?

On Monday we have a Year 4 debate! We will be arguing and trying to persuade the audience which natural disaster is the worst and the most dangerous. Currently, we have broken into groups to write persuasive arguments about volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and floods and on Monday visitors will be listening to our arguments. Which will win?!?!?

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Star of the week #19: Lindsey – for trying really hard when she wasn’t sure about her work and working really well in her team. 

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WORLD BOOK DAY

We celebrated World Book Day this week … lots of us dressed in costumes to look like our favourite book character. We brought our favourite books in too AND a book to swap so that we could discover new books. We also read extracts from different books throughout the day, including Harry Potter, the books of Julia Donaldson AND a really old Biggles book Mr Hempsall read as a child.

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SWIMMING PROGRESS!

This week in swimming we had our assessment swims to see how far we can swim now and EVERYBODY showed amazing progress. Lots of us could swim a whole length and one group swam 100m …. Daisy stopped at 400m but could have kept on going!!!

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Star of the week #20: Keelan – for really concentrating during his writing and producing a really good quantity (and quality!) of work.

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Star of the week #21: Keefer – for sensational improvement in his swimming, now swimming widths regularly

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HOW TO SURVIVE AN EARTHQUAKE

This week we have designed shelters which could be built in our back gardens, to guard us against earthquakes. We then wrote instructions on how to build them, drafting, critiquing, redrafting and then creating our final copy for our end of term exhibition. Watch this space for photos…….

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…… (a few days later) and here they are!

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GET READY TO DANCE!

For our final end of term exhibition we new taking part in British Red Cross ‘Make a Move’ fundraiser. We are going to have a Year 4 DANCE-A-THON!

At the moment we are deciding on our dances, practising our moves and creating instructions to show people how to do our dance. We can’t wait for next week and the chance to show our moves!

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Star of the week #22: Mackenzie – for excellent work and concentration in his maths, showing great learning about percentages.

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DISAPPOINTMENT….. BUT …

Unfortunately, our London trip was cancelled at very late notice this week due to a problem with one of the coaches BUT we are going on Monday to the Natural History Museum, so watch this space for lots of photos! To get over our disappointment we had a fun day, with a design a dinosaur competition, a picnic, dance competition (Mr Hempsall showed his moves!), and finished off the afternoon with a film and popcorn. We watched ‘Night at the Museum’ so we kind of visited a museum!!! We can’t wait for next week so we can visit a proper one!

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WELCOME TO CLASS 9 AUTUMN 2015!

Mr Hempsall is Class 9’s teacher this year.

It’s the start of the new term! We will be learning all about Ancient Greece, especially myths and legends from that time. Our classroom has Icarus and Daedalus circling the sun, an area of King Midas’ palace which he has turned completely to gold, an entrance to the Minotaur’s cave and the mysterious Pandora’s box. Even Cyclops is keeping an eye on us all!

We can’t wait to get started!!

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OUR FIRST WEEK BACK

It’s been a strange week because we haven’t been allowed in our classroom!!!! The building work for our new cloakroom has meant that we have had to work in the Heart all week. However, we have just got in with things and enjoyed the chance to work in a different environment. Although …… it will be a huge relief to get into our lovely new classroom on Monday morning!

Star of the week #1: Justin – for a fabulous attitude to his work and his presentation.

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WE’RE SWIMMING THIS YEAR!

This year we are swimming at Yarborough swimming centre so are hoping to improve our skills through the year … OR … learn to swim for the first time! We’ll let you know how we get on!

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HOLA! QUE TAL?

We’re building on our Spanish skills this year and have been revising our greetings so if you want to know how we are in Spanish ask away!!

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NON-CHRONOLOGICAL REPORTS

This week we have been researching lots of facts about Ancient Greece; the Gods they believed in, thehttp://stgilesacademy.co.uk/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=page food they ate, the myths they read about, their city-states and so on. We will be putting all this information into non-chronological reports soon, but not before we write a letter to The Collection to tell them exactly what should be in a Greek display in their museum!

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Star of the week #2: Wayne – for keeping a positive attitude to his swimming and enjoying the experience, even though he really didn’t think he would!

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HOW MANY PEOPLE HAS THE MINOTAUR EATEN?

Our maths problem this Friday was to solve word problems all around how many people had either been eaten by the minotaur, had hidden from the minotaur OR had managed to escape! Unfortunately not many people managed to escape BUT on the plus side we calculated the totals very well indeed, which hopefully was a small consolation to those who didn’t make it out!

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GREEK DAY – PORTALS TO THE PAST

This week we had an amazing visitor, a Greek soldier who taught us all day about the Ancient Greek civilisation – we played games, solved puzzles, marched in a phalanx, learned how to fight with spears, knocked down the walls of Troy and much, much more! It was an amazing day and we learned so much more about Ancient Greece. We can’t wait to share all our facts in our non-chronological reports!

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Star of the week #3: Keefer – for a really positive attitude to his learning and often bringing in additional homework. 

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MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

We are proud to be taking part in the big Macmillan coffee morning today – we’ve all brought in a donation for non-uniform and will be enjoying our cake at playtime! We can’t wait!

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Star of the week #4: Jake – for being a superstar!

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Star of the week #5: Tilly – for amazing improvements in her swimming!

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GREEK MYTHS

All this last week we have been writing our own Greek myths, concentrating on paragraphs, vocabulary and punctuation. We have drafted, re-drafted, edited, critiqued …. and finally we have typed them so that they will be all ready for our end of term exhibition.

This is a taste of what we have been writing ….

“One misty, scary day Medusa looked out of her window happily and she saw people leaving. She thought it was just a game they were playing but …. it was not a game because a mean, horrible monster called ATHENA was coming.”

“So after the incident someone got their underpants and put out the fire, they were made out of lion fur. Ectoplasmine’s mum was still gone. As soon as she could get there she found her mum was dead.”

“Slowly crept Theseus on the mountain top. He heard stomps on the other side and he saw a horrible creature which had the head of a bull and the body of a man. The creature was called a minotaur, the minotaur eats fourteen people a year!”

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Star of the week #6: Chloe – for amazing work in equivalent fractions and on her Greek myth!

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WE’RE WEIGHING THINGS UP!

Back after half term and it’s time to get weighing! We’ve been measuring mass looking at different scales including decimals and converting Kg and g. We’ve even been weighing boxers (the sportsmen not the clothes) !

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CAN YOU MAKE HOUMOUS?

As part of our writing work on instructions we made lots of different humous recipes for our parent tasting day – more about that later……

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Star of the week #7: Fares – for settling in really well into our class and for trying his absolutely best at all times (and an honorary mention to Walid for his translation work!)

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…… well the houmous tasting was a great success! There were 5 flavours; paprika, lemon, plain, garlic and coriander. Mr Hempsall loved the garlic one and thought it was better than the one he buys from the supermarket BUT he said his favourite was the coriander (we wish he’d make his mind up!!)

We did a survey of all the visitor’s favourites and we will be turning into data next week.

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Star of the week #8: Isabelle – for really getting into the spirit of our restaurant review day and for being the most disgusted reviewer of all time!

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REMEMBRANCE DAY

We remembered Armistice Day this week by quietly contemplating the emotions and vocabulary that the day brings …

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NEW GREEK RESTAURANTS

This week we had 3 new restaurants open in Year 4. We studied a bar chart from the Council, showing the opinions of the local residents about noise, litter, car parking and so on. THEN it was time to visit the restaurants. G’s Gorgeous Caff was a big disappointment – it was filthy and had a hygiene rating of 0!! Mr Hempsall’s apron was filthy!

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Star of the week #9: Daisy – for a wonderful piece of writing in her comic strip and AMAZING illustrations.

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ANTI-BULLYING WEEK

This week we have focussed on an anti-bullying message throughout school. In Class 9 we made our own film trailers to reinforce the message SAY NO TO BULLYING!

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CRAFTY CO-ORDINATES

We’ve been learning all about co-ordinates and translating shapes, including guiding Theseus through the minotaur’s maze by giving him co-ordinates around the maze. Remember ‘across the corridor’ and then ‘up the stairs’ !!

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Star of the week #10: Dalton – for making a huge effort with his presentation – we can see the progress!

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UP TO MEASURE!

This week we’ve been measuring area and perimeter of shapes. We’ve designed landing pads for UFOs in Area 51 (hush not so loud!)

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 Star of the week #11: Walid – for outstanding work in maths, seeing the connections and links between mathematical topics

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SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING

For the upcoming Christmas Fayre our Class task was to create seven swans – we hope you like our efforts so far!

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Star of the week #12: Meadow – for showing a really mature attitude and for being a star singer in our Christmas singalong!

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CHRISTMAS SINGALONG

 Yesterday (10th December) KS2 sang in their Christmas singalong to LOADS of parents – we couldn’t fit them all in the hall!!! Year 4 sang two song, ‘Con mi burrito’ in Spanish and ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas’ – we were all very proud that we remembered all the words and actions and hopefully everyone really enjoyed our performance!

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THAT’S IT FOR THIS TERM!

The Greeks are starting to disappear, the minotaur has set sail and left the labyrinth, Icarus and Daedalus have landed, all the gold is being put away …. it’s time to take a well-deserved break! We’ll be back in 2016 with a volcano in the classroom and a series of natural disasters! See you then and Happy Christmas!

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Star of the week #13: Ellen – for being a star in the classroom and a leading light in choir!

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