This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been focusing on the concept of time and revising how to tell the time. They have been finishing up their biographies about the fictional character, Gregory Cool and working incredibly hard on their assessments!
Year 4 – have been busy creating some unique animals in English and have written a set of instructions explaining how to make new animals such as the Flybee (fly + bee), the Butterphant (butterfly + elephant) and the Cheog (cheetah + dog). In Maths, they have been looking at quadrilaterals and have even been outside, working in groups to make shapes by including the properties of them. In Humanities, they have had an exciting afternoon re-enacting Boudicca’s rebellion. In DT, they started planning their healthy pizzas by including a selection of seasonal veg.
Year 5 – have been working hard at their mock SATs for assessment week - everyone has been doing an amazing job, persevering through the tests and we are very proud of them! In Maths, they have been exploring time and the difference between digital and analogue time while in Science, they have started an end of year project on life cycles and they are looking beautiful! They are also designing bread in DT and deciding on some delicious fillings that they want to add to the dough!
Year 6 – have spent a lot of their time rehearsing for the production and have worked really hard - it is definitely all taking shape! In Humanities, the children are coming to the end of their topic on the Mayan civilisation and have been thinking about what may have caused the decline of the ancient civilisation. They have also been looking at influential thinkers in Humanism as part of their RE topic.
On Monday, some Year 6 children competed in an Athletics tournament. The children had to compete in a 75m sprint, a vortex throw, a 600m run and a long jump to get the highest score. IVJS where competing against two teams from Butlers Court, Stoke Poges, Gerrards Cross and one team from St Mary’s. IVJS ended up fourth out of the 8 teams which is a huge achievement!
Well done to all students and especially to Isabella and Nicole who picked up the Teamwork and Honesty awards respectively.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been consolidating their learning in Maths by revising the four operations, ready for assessments next week. In English, they have been enjoying writing a biography about the fictional character Gregory from the book Gregory Cool.
Year 4 – have begun learning about the properties of triangles and been working hard to compare them in Maths. In English, they have written some tricky Who am I riddles, where they have been using lots of description and similes to hide the identity of the animal they have written about. In PSHE, they have written letters to family members trying to persuade them to buy fair trade bananas.
Year 5 – have been working hard as Mathematicians, converting between metric units; so far they have converted measurements of length, volume and weight and applied this to word problems. In English, Year 5 have been hands on and have felt the four different blankets form our book. They are now in the process of creating a poem using all of their fun adjectives and poetry features. They have also been busy working with salt dough, creating their designs ready for bread making later this term.
Year 6 – have been working hard on rehearsals for their production, with the singing and acting starting to come together. Now just for the dancing... In Science this week, the children have been researching healthy lifestyles in preparation for creating a fact sheet. As part of Clean Air Day, most of the children took part in a Science investigation to measure the capacity of their lungs compared to their height. They will be using the results in further science lessons. They have also learnt about Mayan writing and the Mayan calendar in Humanities and have been making their own calendars, as well as learning to write numbers as the Mayan people did.
On Thursday this week, IVJS celebrated the third national Clean Air Day!
Our wonderful Eco Council presented an assembly to educate and inform us all of the importance of having clean air to breath and how we can all help by walking/cycling/scooting to school or even just by switching off our engines on the school drop off and pick up.
Later that day, 22 eco-friendly pupils took part in a project organised by our friends at Heathrow to create a dramatic and thought provoking artwork of a pair of lungs to make sure we always keep in mind why we are working so hard to clean up our atmosphere.
As part of their Science topic, Year 6 have been recording their lung capacity for a scientific investigation into the possible correlation between height and lung capacity. They also wrote pledges as to how they could play their part!
We are proud to announce that our Year 6 Reading Gladiators have been crowned the 'Overall Winner' in the latest mini-challenge about the book 'The Odyssey'.
Reading Gladiators were very impressed with the thought and creativity expressed in our entry.
The group of children were excited to win a set of books autographed by the authors.
This year, Buckinghamshire Transition Day is Tuesday 2nd July. This is where they children from Years 3 to 5 will ‘move up’ to the classes they will be in from September with a change to get to know their new teachers.
For Year 6, this will mean the majority of the year will be spending the day at their new secondary schools.
While most children will have to make their own way to the new schools, Chalfont Community College are providing a bus to and from the school for the Year 6s.
If your child is attending Chalfont Community College, pupils should arrive at the front of our school (IVJS) just before 8am when the coach is due. Please note, there will not be any IVJS staff to look after the Year 6s so it may be worth waiting with your child until the coach departs.
They will also be providing a return coach, due to arrive back at IVJS for 3pm. Again, this is only for children attending Chalfont Community College.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have started reading their new class book, Gregory Cool and are planning a biography about him. In Maths, they have been looking at money and finding change. They have also explored Stonehenge, how it was built, it’s purpose and relevance today.
Year 4 – have been completing their non-chronological reports based on their chosen animal and inspired by their book this term, Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf. In Maths, they have been converting between seconds, minutes, hours, months and years. In Humanities, they have been re-enacting the Roman invasion of Britain using their knowledge of the structure of the Roman Army. For Science, they have been exploring how to use a classification key to sort animals into groups like mammals, reptiles etc.
Year 5 – have been creating alternative endings to their class book, The Princess’ Blanket, working really hard to include all the features from their success criteria. They have also been investigating measurement, comparing the scales we measure by and converting between them.
Year 6 – have worked hard to produce some great leaflets about the environment and the effect of pollution on the planet. They have continued learning about the Maya civilisation in Humanities and have looked at the journey nutrients and water take through our bodies when learning about the digestive system in Science. The children have also started proper rehearsals for their upcoming production: Our Greatest Show. It's early days but they are already looking good and sounding great!
This morning we were very lucky to have Schools Food Showdown join us at IVJS.
With the school split in two (year 4 & 5 and year 3 & 6) we got to take part in an exciting cooking competition and learn about how to make a healthy balanced meal at the same time.
The teams cooked either a sweet and sour chicken dish or a vegan lentil curry in just 15 minutes before they were tasted by the audience and judged. Year 4 & 5 decided that the Green Peas' curry was the winner, while year 3 & 6 picked the Red Chilli's Sweet and Sour Chicken.
The children will be bringing home recipe cards so why not try them yourselves!
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