Hertford Juniors

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Mulberry Class

Friday 13th October 2017

We are all a bit confused because we wrote all about our learning last week and we looked to see it on the school website and now it has gone! OOops! Maybe Mrs Barden didn't save it ;0)


This half-term we have done so much learning, not just in our lessons but also learning about our new school. 

(By Megan) Our topic has been Romans, it's called Swords and Sandals. We have learnt that Romans went in the bath all together! (By Lloyd) We learnt a lot about the Romans from Neil. (By Tahlia) He was a historian who visited our school dressed as a Roman soldier. (By Jude) He told us what it was like in the Roman army and a lot of things about Roman soldiers. He said the sword was called a gladius and that the shield was called a scutum. (By Frankie) We did lots of activities on that day and we got to put on Neil's armour and see what it was made of. (By Jacob) My favourite bit was when we were all sitting down in the hall and I could hear the jingling of his belt. When he came in and I saw thew pilum (spear) it was so cool. He told us the names of everything and we got to ask him questions. (By Grace) We learnt that the Romans went to the toilet in a little hole!  

(By Casey) We have also learnt about Iliona in English.  She was a Roman slave girl who was rich at first then she ended up an orphan and captured by pirates.  (By Annis) We wrote a diary pretending we were Iliona. It was fun because we would never really get to be a slave in real life. (By Stanley) We looked at lots of books that were non-fiction and we found out how they were different from fiction books. 

(By Isaac) I have learned about the two-sided crocodile. If there's a big number and a small number the big side of the mouth goes on that side. (By Isabel) This week we have learned about addition (adding up). (By Hunny) We have learned three ways to add. One is the column method. The digits always have to go in the right column. (By Callum) The other two methods are jottings and numberlines. (By Blake) In maths, I used some base ten to help me to add up the hard maths questions. 


Friday 24th November 2017

Jacob: My favourite thing this week was hearing Boudicca's story for the first time. 

Daisy: I liked doing the mosaics. 

Grace: It was really fun doing the reading quiz. 

Imogen: I liked in art doing the mosaics.

Annis: I enjoyed finding adjectives to describe Boudicca and the Romans. It was fun thinking what they might feel like. (And I just like writing!) I also really enjoyed maths this week because it was really fun and we got to choose our own way to answer the word problems. When we learn maths I usually go home and show my Mum and she really likes it. 

Max: My favourite was doing Bingo in Golden Time. 

Stan: This week I've loved the reading test. At first I got a bit stuck but then I found the right answer on the page. 

Hunny:  I've really  liked everything this week but most I enjoyed the reading test. We don't normallly do them but I was proud to hear I got the highest score. 

Jude: My favourite thing this week was Golden Time and learning because when I did the mosaics it was my second time. I already made a mosaic for my homework. I found it hard to correct my mistake but in the end it was better. 

 Mason: What I've done that I liked this week is English. I really enjoyed art too. 

Isabel: I liked maths this week because I do quite enjoy it and at  home I like to practise! I got stuck but then I realised that was how I learn. 

Lloyd: I have really enjoyed science because I didn't know about rocks and since you taught us now I know!

Frankie: I really like guided reading this week because we read Kim and the Computer. I enjoyed answering the questions about it. 

Tahlia: I also enjoyed guided reading because my favourite bit of it is when I read with Mrs Barden and that is on a Friday. I really like the book we are reading together. 

Casey: I really enjoyed maths because I have been practising at home and it's really fun and I've made my own maths book. My mum has helped me a bit. I also like going to library and I was inspired to make my own maths book by one I saw there. 

Blake: I really liked Golden Time this week because I got to call out the bingo numbers with Jude. I also really enjoyed learning about the bar model in maths. It helps you to figure the answers out. 


Spring Term 2018

Our topic this half-term is called The Rise of the Machines. It has a science focus and we are doing lots of our learning while looking at the text The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. 

In our topic lessons we have been learning about forces and magnets. (Stan) We had one table each and had some different materials and we had to have a bottle top and flick it and see how many centimeters it could go. (Blake) We had to make sure we had the same ruler, the same person flicking it and the same bottle top each time. Otherwise, it would not be a fair test. (Hunny) If there was a surface which was hard to flick on, you might flick it too hard and it might show the same amount of centimeters as a different smoother surface. Then it would be unfair and our results would be wrong. (Issy) We also tested how many paperclips different magnets could hold. We tested a big horseshoe magnet, a small horseshoe magnet and a bar magnet. We recorded our results on a table so we could see which was the strongest magnet. (Mason) The strongest magnet holds the most paperclips. (Jude) We tested each magnet three times so our results are fair and accurate. 


(Tahlia) We discovered the Iron Man's eyes and a scroll when we got back after Christmas. We read the scroll and it told us about the Iron man and his story. (Annis) we had a town meeting where we said our ideas what we should do with the Iron Man. We pretended to be farmers and we read our speeches out. At the end, we all had a token and we had to do a secret vote to decide whether the Iron Man should be set free or not. Most people changed their minds after the debate and he was set free!

(Imogen) We have been learning about formal methods in maths. That means calculating in columns instead of jottings. (Annis) Everyone in the world can recognise the formal method but everyone has different jottings.