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Hertfordshire Biking for the Bank Holiday

As part of Hertfordshire's Year of Activity, the Tour Series pro cycling event returns to Stevenage on the Monday the 28th May. Please see their flyer under the "Parent Info" tab on our website.

As part of this, Herts County Council are bringing back their free 45 minute event for children under the age of 12 to cycle on the pro race circuit in Stevenage old town from 12.30pm – 1.15pm before opening the circuit for families to cycle on together until 2.00pm.

This unique chance to ride on closed roads is a opportunity not to be missed and has been brought back again this year on the success of the 2017 Tour Series event.

There is no need to pre-book, just turn up on the day and ride. A flyer is below as well as attached to this email along with flyers of the wider events.

Children just need a bike and a helmet and away you go…

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6 TB Class Blog

In 6TB we have been focusing on the topic of rivers since April.

We are creating art work based on songs about rivers using any media we desire. Some people have chosen to use pencil and others are using something different. We are turning song lyrics into art. Some of the lyrics tell a story and we have tried to portray that. Oskar is creating something mysterious to convey the story of Babylon. Reilly is using different key words – river of love - from his song.

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6CB Class Blog

After the Easter holidays, we were working hard but having fun at the same time. Let us tell you all about it.

We have been doing lots of arty things about the subject of Rivers. It was probably the most fun we have ever had in the history of art at Whitehill. Class 6CB chose different parts of a river to base their art-work on. Mrs Bailey was so proud of our finished work and effort! Then we researched famous rivers from around the world in groups of three; our river was the Ganges, a very holy and sacred river (which also happened to be our favourite river).

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5SD Class Blog

Everything about English and Maths is brilliant this term – from the gripping class book that leaves us wanting to know more to the challenge of having to work out, answer and explain our calculations.

In Maths we’ve been revising addition and subtraction. The harder side to it was doing everything mentally (which was not writing).

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5AC Class Blog

English

We finally finished the Silver Sword. It was very interesting and we all liked the story. The story was set in World War 2 in Warsaw, Poland. We are starting a new book but Dr.Christie hasn’t told us the name yet. I think that the girl in the book is sad most of the time because maybe a family member died in the war, if the book is set in that time. It’s a picture book with some words. I don’t think she has many friends. There is a red leaf in a picture frame on the top of her bed. There was a snail near a mug on her dresser. I wondered if that was her only friend.

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4GD Class Blog

This week has been so fun, let us tell you all about it!

On Wednesday year 4 went to Harry Potter world. When we arrived at school, we were all so excited that we kept bobbing up and down on the carpet. I was waiting to see which group I was in and my name wasn’t called (which was very frustrating).

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4AL Class Blog

On Monday we had a really fun Architectural workshop. The Architecture teacher was called Martin; we started off by making small Temples using sticks and elastic bands which we made into a gigantic Temple. They almost filled the entire room! We then made bridges and tested to see whose was the strongest by dropping them from different heights!

Last Wednesday we went to Harry Potter world. When we arrived in the entrance corridor we saw footsteps and notes covering the floor and ceiling. We saw the flying car which was blue and its horn kept turning on and off; its headlamps looked like eyes. We saw Harry Potter’s room. It felt weird to see his cupboard under the stairs with washing which was hanging and a few secret toys. It helped us to imagine the story more. In the Dursley’s living room there were loads of letters. There were more than one hundred props! The best thing about Harry Potter world was that it felt like being in the film.

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3SW Class Blog

Easter term started with the best ever school trip. To help us with our Chocolate topic, 3SW and 3EM went to Cadbury World! Even though the coach ride was two hours and a half, we had lots of fun playing Top Trumps, drawing pictures and chatting to our friends. It made the journey go really fast.

The 4D chocolate experience was exciting because the seats moved and the special effects looked very real! I liked the car ride which took us through different places such as forests, snow scenes and Space. Lots of the background moved as we went by. We learnt a lot of facts such as chocolate used to be a drink called ‘Chocolattle’. We went to a Bourneville experience, which included videos and models of the old buildings. We were able to have a cup of melted chocolate which we could add two toppings to! Thomas chose jelly babies and fudge and Dillon chose marshmallows and jelly babies. They both tasted delicious!

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3EM Class Blog

Following our topic of Chocolate we went to Cadbury World! When we got there we went to the Cadbury Museum. Next we heard the Bean to Bar talk from a guy called Collin. It was all about how chocolate is made. Liliana got to wear a Mayan feather headdress – it was heavy. The headdress was from a place where cocoa beans are grown. We found out that once a man from the Aztecs (Montozuma ll ) drank fifty cups of chocolate a day!

After that we saw a 4-D movie to do with chocolate. There was a rollercoaster that went the wrong way – this was a bit scary. We went through the factory. We wore 3-D glasses and had moving seats; a bar of chocolate appeared in front of our eyes. Liliana said, ‘Where is my bar of chocolate?’ The bar had disappeared Sam said nothing. There were moving seats, we smelt chocolate and we heard some screaming. We loved it.  

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Dress Down day and Easter Egg Tombola

Just a gentle reminder for tomorrow's dress down day and the Easter Egg Tombola. Thank you to the Friends of Highbury and Whitehill for arranging this fund raising event.

This year we are asking a child to bring in an egg each. The children can then buy a ticket to win an  egg - Tickets are £1.00 for this eggtravaganza raffle. It is sure to be an eggciting day all round.

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Year 6 - French Revolution Video Link


Year 6's delighted parents and staff earlier this month by performing a French Revolution dance as part of their Rulers and Government history topic. Please follow think YouTube link below.

 

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6TB Class Blog

6TB

This week in maths we have been looking at ratio. We used counters to represent numbers and put them in the format of a ratio which looks lot like this: 6:9. We have also been looking at shapes. In Targeted Teaching Maths we have been looking at scaling up and down with shapes and learning about angles.

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6CB Class Blog

6CB

In maths we have been learning about ratios, it’s where you have more than one number and you can make them bigger or smaller if you want. In our class we been finding missing angles to different types of shapes. We have also been looking at different types of quadrilaterals that we can make and what angles they have.

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5SD Class Blog

In PE we have been learning the steps to a dance warm-up. Cross country was on so this lesson we are doing the apparatus and the ropes in gymnastics.

Last week we set up our own pieces of apparatus. We had the ropes out and we travelled and made balances on the ropes.

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5AC Class Blog

English:

In English we have been learning about nouns and verbs. You need a verb and a noun to complete a sentence if you do not have them then it will not be a sentence. A verb is a doing or being word, like jumping, running and feeling. A noun is a person, place or thing, like Ella, Hitchin and whiteboard. We worked in table groups.

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4GD Class Blog

On Monday we used the Chrome books and we made dinosaur covers for our topic books. We printed out poems that we wrote about a dinosaur and dinosaur teeth. On the chrome books we wrote our names using different fonts.

In maths we were counting in in different times table and are learning about column addition using four digit numbers.

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4AL Class Blog

This week was really fun we have done lots of exciting things. We have made dinosaur heads and bodies with clay. Miss Henry came in to help and it was really fun. We had to add water to the clay to make slip. Slip works like glue – it is used to stick parts of clay onto other parts of clay. We then moulded and smoothed our models. After that, we had to pull clay from our models to make horns, legs and faces etc. They look really good and we are waiting for them to dry. After they dry we will have the chance to take them home.

We have been writing a recount of our Natural History Museum trip. We needed to include time words, like: next, after, first and finally. We also had to include conjunction words like however and therefore.

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3SW Class Blog

3SW have won the class cup again. This is because we were well behaved and independent, as well as listening to teachers and learning partners. Earth are still winning the house cup and they keep on winning. Air seem to be coming second a lot of the time.

In Maths we have been learning about place value. After place value, we have been learning about formal written addition. We have to be careful about presenting our work clearly. You have to make your numbers fit in the squares or you might get confused about which digit is in which column. You must also put ones under your ones and your tens under your tens and your hundreds under your hundreds. Some people got a smiley face for their work, which means that they get a merit.

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3EM Class Blog

Yesterday we were working on pixel art on the computer. Pixel art is where little squares form a picture. You need to colour in the squares. Lena made a house and Olivia made a dog.

In English we had to do a drawing of a muddled up character. We had pictures that we stuck in our books. The pictures made a muddled up story and soon we are going to make a big story that is muddled up (e.g. there was once a lady with a dog who married a handsome Prince and found that she had a secret door.)

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6TB Class Blog

6TB

This week in 6TB, we have been looking at algebra in math. If you are wondering the Singapore block is a method very useful for algebra   . But some of us think it is very confusing and are still trying to figure it out. Some of us may think that algebra is easy, but many of us still find it challenging.

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