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Welcome to St Teresa's Class Page!

We are a fantastic year 4/5 class full of wonderful, kind children. We are all such hard workers, but we also love to have fun! Our page will be updated regularly by our class teacher, Miss Carey, so that you can see what we are learning about and all of the exciting things we get up to in St Teresa. We hope you enjoy!

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PENTECOST

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Trip to the British Museum.

This week, we went to the British museum to find out all about Roman money. Take a look at the photos below. 

Healthy Living and Being Active -Joe Ikhinmwin

This Weeks Star Piece of Writing!

This weeks Star Piece of Writing goes to..... Millie!!! 

A super information text all about Roman Weaponry. Have a read! Can you spot the fronted adverbials?

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Royal Wedding Celebrations

Today at St Dominic's, we celebrated the upcoming Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We dressed up in our finest clothes, created bunting, crowns and tiaras and also had a picnic lunch out in the playground with the whole school. Take a look at the photos below. Who do you think was best dressed? 

Leading our PE lessons

This week in PE, we were given the opportunity to plan and prepare a PE lesson that consisted of a warm up, to increase our heart rate, a main activity and a cool down. This week's leaders were, Marley Megan and Ava. 

It was a great lesson and the leaders really got the class moving! 

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Rock Quest in Science

This week in Science, we went on a Rock Quest around the school grounds to investigate and observe the different types of rock and their uses. We used iPads to take photos and videos of the evidence that we found. This is all in preparation for a Science TV programme that we are making called 'This Planet Rocks'.

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Coding using Scratch!

This week St Teresa have been using iPads to create an animation of their fantastic playscripts that they have been writing in English. We made the characters, move and speak! 

Star Learning this week goes to... Mikey!

Mikey tried really hard when practising speech we could include in our Roman Comedy play script. He even included great stage directions!

 

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Goozby!

On Wednesday afternoon, we had a special visit from the guys at Goozby! They told us all about their new app that they are developing to help cut down children's screen time because spending too much time on our devices can cause lack of sleep!  

They asked us our opinion of their new app and we also helped them by giving them suggestions for ways to improve it. We were set a challenge to limit the amount of screen time, and to make sure we are getting 9 hours sleep each night for 3 nights. If we succeed, we win a prize!

 

We will definitely be downloading Goozby it when it is released!

 

Ephrem said, "I think Goozby should be added to every electronic device because the device could be very addictive and affect your body."

 

Keiran said, "I think the prizes for not spending so long on your device are a fair reward because most of the prizes are visiting places and not just sitting on your device!"

 

Roman Comedy

This week in English, in preparation for writing our own Roman comedy play scripts, we got the chance to role play what would normally happen during a typical Roman battle, but we had to make it funny for the audience! We had amazing ideas! For example, when the Roman army march to battle in single file, our idea was for one soldier to accidentally trip over, and the rest of the soldiers to fall over like dominoes! Take a look at some of the photos of our role play. 

Welcome back!

We have had a fantastic, positive first week back to the Summer term. The sun is shining and everybody has worked so hard. Take a look at what we have been learning about in maths this week!

 

Decimals and Fractions in Maths

This week in Maths, we have been looking at tenths and hundredths and how they can be represented as decimals. We know that a tenth is a part of a whole that has been split into 10 equal parts, and a hundredth is a part of a whole that has been split into 100 equal parts. We have been looking at the relationship between tenths and hundredths too. 

We have also been representing tenths and hundredths on a number line, a place value grid and also as decimals and fractions. 

 

English this Week

 

This week in English we are focusing on play scripts, Roman comedy play scripts in particular! We role played a Roman comedy about the Battle of Boudicca and performed it in a 'mini amphitheatre' in the playground! This is going to help us generate ideas when writing out own Roman comedy play script about a battle that went wrong!

Designing and Building Roman Villas

This term, LKS2's topic is the Romans. In our Topic lessons, St Teresa  designed and built a model of a Roman Villa. 

We researched a typical Roman Villa layout by visiting the Museum of London, using non-fiction books and using the internet.  

Take a look at some of our designs and models. 

The Garden of Gethsemane

 

At St Dominic's, each class performs a part of the Easter story to tell the rest of the school what happened to Jesus. The story started on Palm Sunday and St Bernadette performed a brilliant assembly to tell us what happened on that special day. St George then performed the next part of the story, The Last Supper. It was then our turn to tell everyone what happened next. We performed a truly super, solemn assembly about what happened that night in The Garden of Gethsemane.  Take a look at our photos of our performance below. The next part of the story, Peter's Denial, will be performed by St Peter and the final part, when Jesus is nailed to the cross, will be performed by St Martin in the church on Holy Thursday. 

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LKS2 Easter Dance Off!

In lower key stage 2, we had an Easter dance off to try to raise money for charity. Thank you so much for all of your kind donations and sponsorship! We have raised so much money for such a great cause and have had a brilliant time doing it. Take a look at the photos ans videos below!

 

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Our visit to the Museum of London!

Last week we were extremely lucky to visit the Museum of London in Barbican. At the museum we visited the Roman London exhibition to support out topic learning at school. We got to see what life was really like in the Roman times when we experienced what a traditional Roman villa looked like. We also got to see REAL Roman fort ruins that remain next to the museum. Take a look at our photos and as you can see, we really enjoyed ourselves!!

World Book Day 2018

Today was World Book Day! We dressed up as our favourite book characters and participated in lots of different reading activities. We spoke about out favourite books, favourite characters, favourite illustrators and favourite book quotes! Then we went to the school library to explore new and exciting books including fiction and non-fiction. 

When we got back to the classroom, we play the game'who am I' and tried to guess the book characters by only asking yes or no questions - we found this tricky! Take a look at the photos below. 

Roman Rule!

Today we had a Roman morning! We were invited to the 'wedding of Rhea and Mars the Roman God of War'. We had a splendid time at the wedding where we enjoyed a typical Roman banquet and we all took part in role playing the story of Romulus and Remus.

Then we created Roman mosaics and learnt the Roman numerals up to 100!! 

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Our new topic is...

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After cutting down our screen time by turning off all tablets, computers and TVs for ONE WHOLE WEEK, we were treated to Movie Time in class!  We got to watch the Emoji Movie, it was so funny! We loved it!
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Internet Safety Day! - Check out some of the activities we did to learn about staying safe online.

Chinese Guardian Explanation Text

We have been working so hard in our English lessons to write an explanation text all about ancient Chinese guardians. Do you know what an ancient Chinese guardian is? Take a look below at some of our wonderful writing! Can spot any fronted adverbials or expanded noun phrases?

Chinese Dance Workshop

Today we had the opportunity to take part in a wonderful Chinese Dance Workshop! We practised Chinese Dance and even got to be part of a Chinese Dragon that was made up of 20 children! We had lots of fun and learnt lots of new dance techniques. It was the perfect chance to prepare for Chinese New Year on 16th February 2018! It's the Year of the Dog!

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Dragon Dance!

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Food and Eating

In Science, our current topic is Food and Eating. We have been learning all about the digestive system and different kinds of food that keep us healthy. We carried out a super experiment in which we observed what happens to our food in our stomach. We mixed bread with water in a sealed sandwich bag and used our hands to squeeze the food and break it down, just like our stomach muscles do! Take a look at the pictures, our reactions are priceless!

 

In English, we have been learning about Chinese guardians and have also created our own guardians. Take a look at the photos of our artwork. Can you guess what animal we have painted?

The Dancing Dragon by Marcia Vaughan

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Chinese New Year!

This half term we are continuing to learn about China. As you probably know, Chinese New Year is fast approaching so we have begun our preparations already. In our English lesson, we designed and created a class Chinese Dragon which will be displayed in the LKS2 corridor. 

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Christmas Party 2017!

We celebrated Christmas with each other at St Teresa's Christmas Party on the last week of term. Take a look at some of our photos below!

Chinese Fairytales

In English this half term, we have been planning and writing our own Chinese fairytales based on the story of The Willow Pattern Story. Take a look at some of our writing below from Megan S  (St George), Frida and Teddy.

 

 

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Our Winner of Book Week 2017!

 

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CLC Centre 28.11.17

​​Today we went to the CLC Centre as part of the Computing Curriculum. We had such an amazing day learning how to code and learning how to use code to make Lego move! We used the program Lego WeDo and have learn a lot about debugging and writing different code.

Take a look at some of the videos of our Lego moving!

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Keiran and Lujane!

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Book Week!

This week we have been celebrating reading at St Dominic's. On Monday, we got to dress up as our favourite book character. We enjoyed talking about and sharing things about our favourite characters! As a class, we have chosen to read the fantastic book 'Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth' by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We cannot wait to find out what happens!

Can you guess who we are?

 

Frida presenting the best book in the world!

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Ice Skating at Somerset House!

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Chinese Dragon Dance

 

Over the past two weeks, we have been creating a Chinese Dragon Dance imagining we are a baby dragon, breaking out of its egg. This is the beginning of our dance and we will be adding to it each week, until the dragon is fully evolved!

Take a look at our videos below. 

 

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We have also been doing Yoga to help calm ourselves and to learn about our breathing!

St Teresa's Weekly Blog

 

This weeks blog is written by: Frida and Keiran

 

This week we created a story on a plate that was drawn by the lovely children in St Teresa. We discussed with our table groups about what our Chinese fairytale was going to be about. 

 

In RE we painted a picture of the Annunciation when angel gabriel appeared to Mary telling her good news. 

 

 In maths we added four digit numbers with different stratgies  such as column method,number line and bar model.

 

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Learners of the Week!

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9/11/17 -

Olivia: For being an absolute SUPERSTAR using all her learning values all the time, everyday.

Freddie: Being ambitious in his writing and improving it SO much!

Dominik: Always joining in and working hard when he is in St Peter's class!

China!

Today we started our new and VERY exciting Topic.... CHINA!!! We had a whole China day where we brought in something red to wear, created lots of Chinese crafts, found out what we already know about China, and even trying new Chines foods! We read a Chinese fairytale, 'the Willow Pattern Story' and looked at all the specific Chinese vocabulary, so that we can magpie and use it in our own Chinese fairytales. 

We got to make special Chinese lanterns with typical Chinese patterns on them, as well as Chinese dragons. Take a look at our photos from this special day.

We got to try Chinese foods such as fortune cookies, panda biscuits, prawn crackers, and even tamarind nectar! Some of us loved trying new foods, but others would prefer to stick to the foods we know and love!

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Our Chinese Lanterns

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Making Airplanes!

In our topic lesson today, we got to make our own aircraft. This was a great way to end out Topic all about Transport. We had great fun designing and making them and then we got to have a go at racing our aircraft to see how aerodynamic they were! 

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English

In English, we have been writing letters to the Local Councillors to persuade them to moved the zebra crossing away from the bend outside our school because we think it is unsafe.

Some of us have also been writing newspaper reports to let everyone know about the amazing work St Teresa have been doing to solve this problem. 

Have a read of Freddie's letter, and Ava's newspaper report below! :) 

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We had such fun at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden today. We learnt all about Victorian transport in London all the way up to modern transport that we all use nowadays!

We've got the Power!

 

In Science this half term, we are learning all about Electricity! We have done some really cool experiments so far and today we had the opportunity to make our own switches. We can all talk about how switches work in a circuit. We used these to turn on bulbs, buzzers and motors and we loved it!

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Church Visit - Tuesday 10th October 2017

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Today we went to St Dominic's Church to visit our class saint's statue with Father Lawrence. Our class saint is St Therese of Lisieux. We have been learning all about St Therese in our RE lessons during the last couple of weeks and we now know lots about her. We read some readings, performed a role play all about her life and created stained glass windows with St Therese's silhouette on them, which we spoke about. Some of our parents joined us for this occasion.  It was very special to us because we love learning new things about our class saint and visiting Jesus's home. 

A selection of photos from the first of half of the Autumn term.

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