“Whoah…” almost at the end of the first half term of the school year. Eight weeks in the blink of an eye!

20181026_112712In Bernadine’s class, we have been very busy settling into 5th class life. Learning is a little bit trickier, homework is a little more effort, which makes “Golden Time” a little bit sweeter!

Learning in Maths has been both fun and taxing at times, building up to a crescendo with Maths week from the 15th – 19th October. Fifth class children very ably assisted the learning of the younger students in HETNS by running no less than eleven maths stations with activities ranging from time and shape to tricky worded problems, in the hall. We also created our own Theme Parks, using terminology like Profit and Loss, testing our maths and team work skills.  Well done to all involved!

*Top tip for parents of senior students, continuously question your child on times and division tables (in the car, when out for a walk or shopping) rapid recall of tables is key to problem solving.

In English, we have commenced stations along with Alison and we are developing better comprehension skills in both oral and written work. Reading interesting books not only improves fluency and understanding, but will help students become more accomplished writers. Our ‘up-levelled’ sentences are becoming more interesting and in lots of cases, like a mini story in their own right, this will feed into genre writing later in the term. We also had a wonderful visit from the very talented Marguerite Tonery, who recited and read from her series of “Kapheus” books. Children (and teachers) were completely engrossed and hanging on her every word, we excited to see whats in store for Jamie and Eliza…

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Have a look at the samples of art in the photos and ask your children about Picasso, The Maya, Pollination or The Normans which have been some of our learning topics so far this term.

Encourage your children to read as many books as they can over the mid-term break (we are currently fundraising for the “MS READATHON,” a country-wide initiative to help those suffering with the disease Multiple Sclerosis and at the same time, encouraging children to read age appropriate books and comics, read aloud, read to their siblings and overall, read for pleasure. So, KEEP READING IN BERNADINE’S CLASS!!! We will be updating the tally charts after mid-term!

All that’s left to say is, have a restful and enjoyable mid-term break. See you all, fighting fit for lots more learning, more marathon laps as well as cycling, commencing the first week in November!

Bernadine’s mindfulness advice for the week; “This time of year is ideal for a walk, wrap up, stretch your legs and look around you, nature produces some wonderful sights this time of year!”