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Wishing you all a Happy Easter.

Stay safe and I look forward to seeing  you in the summer term. 

Painted Easter Eggs

Census 2021

We carried out a survey of eye colour across the school and presented our findings in a bar chart.


Dressed in red for Red Nose Day/ Comic Relief.

Welcome   Back    ;) 

It has been great to see you all this week and I have been impressed by your attitude to learning. I expect some of you felt super ready to come back to school but some of you felt nervous and worried. So well done. You did it. We did it.


This week we started our topic, “Exploring Brazil’. Whilst working on our map skills, we had a carnival vibe in the classroom whilst listening to some samba sounds.  We linked our English text this week to Brazil. We looked at The Great Kapok Tree which created a discussion about deforestation. You all felt strongly about the impact of logging and produced some emotive persuasive letters to the logging companies.  


Well not the start we hoped for or expected, but Happy New Year Tigers!

Remote Learning commences again and we are now using Google Classroom to assign the learning daily. Please check every morning to see your new daily tasks.

We have already begun our new story 'Who Let the Gods Out' by Maz Evans. Join the LIVE lessons to hear it! We will be using this for online guided reading, so you need to keep up.

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It has been a busy week in Tigers. We have been sewing some Christmas decorations, preparing our calendars and building contours models. Year 5 are very proud of their suspense writing which is now displayed for all to admire.


Jolly Jumper Day 

You can’t stop Christmas here at Andrews Lane School and Tigers revelled in Jolly Jumper day on Friday. They looked fabulous in their Christmas jumpers and enjoyed a plethora of creative, seasonal activities.  This included making 3D cards, a wintry scene display complete with penguins as well as paper chains.  

For the last two weeks in maths, we have been looking at a range of different strategies to help us with mental addition and subtraction. The children have worked hard and discovered that some strategies are easier than others and that the same strategy does not work for both adding and subtracting! Well done Tigers, keep up the good work!

Next week, we are moving onto more formal written methods and looking at reasoning and problem solving. 

In English, the children have started the next unit 'Take One Book.' We have read 'The Wolves in the Walls' by Neil Gaiman which is a story inspired by a nightmare his 4 year old daughter had. The children looked into the meaning of animals in dreams and have written their own dream scene using descriptive writing. Fantastic learning Tigers!

In science, Tigers finished their unit on Forces and have started the next unit, Earth and Space. So far, we have looked at the shape of the earth and had an interesting discussion as to why people used to think the earth was flat and the important role of Aristotle in changing that perspective.  

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In memory of our friend Kyle.

The Torah and the Ten Commandments.


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This week in English, we have started a new unit on explanation texts. We have explained how a clothes peg works ( trickier that you may think). We have also looked, " How Dogs Really Work!" by Alan Snow which takes a hilarious look at the workings of a dog. 

In maths, the children have been solving mental calculation problems.

Women in WW1 has been our history focus this week. Children have been researching how and why the role of women changed during this time.


In science this week, the children have been exploring how air resistance can be affected by the size of the object moving through it. They experimented with different size parachutes to see which one would fall the slowest. They came to the conclusion that the bigger the surface of the parachute, the slower it would fall to the ground.

Over the last two weeks in English, we have been looking at biographies and their features. The children looked at the life of Mary Anning, who is best known for finding Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis, and wrote a biography about her life. The children produced some wonderful pieces of work, some of which we have added to our classroom display. Excellent work Tigers!

Over the last two weeks in maths, we have been looking at multiples, factors and prime factors. All of the children have produced some lovely pieces of learning demonstrating their progress. Well done!

Well we are a few weeks in now, and Tigers and I are settling into our routine. I must admit some of us flag a little in the afternoon but we are working on our stamina and resilience.


One of our first tasks was to agree on a class charter. Creating a charter helps to make the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) more prominent and relevant. After familiarising ourselves with a range of relevant articles, the children decided and voted for which articles they would like to include on their class charter.


In English, the children have been learning about legends. They are enjoying reading 'The Tales of King Arthur’ and this week we will be writing our own legends with a hero, villain and of course a perilous quest. 


In guided reading, we have been reading, Emmeline and the Plucky Pup which tells the story of  the leader of the Suffragettes, Emmeline Pankhurst, and a particularly plucky pup, during a momentous time in history!  This book links nicely to our topic on the changing role of women through history.

In maths, we have continued to explore place value, rounding by 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. A tricky concept for some, but they have worked diligently to master it!


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Sports Day 2021.


In art, we have been using decoupage to decorate our sketchbooks. 

In DT, we have been exploring ways in which trusses can be used to strengthen bridges.


In PE, we have been taking part in OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities). IAA  if torrential rain.   Our activities have focused on working as a team to solve problems and to suggest ideas and listen to others. Alongside the physical challenges, children had to work on their social skills by supporting others to complete a challenge, their emotional skills by listening to others when they are sharing ideas and on their thinking skills by using critical thinking to overcome a task.


In English, we have been looking at balanced arguments.  A balanced argument is a discussion where you consider both sides of an issue. For example: If the issue is: Sweets should be banned for children. We have to look at both sides of the argument. We need a balanced list of arguments for and against.  In year 5, we have discussed:

  • School uniform should be banned.

  • Dogs should be kept on leads in parks.

  • Homework should be banned.

  • Henry VIII was a terrible person and an awful king.

  • Animals should not be kept in zoos

  • Is digital technology making children’s lives better?


Children have used the internet to find evidence and statistics to support each argument and have thoroughly enjoyed debating. It has helped them to realise that even though we might have strong opinions on a topic, there is always another side that carries equal value and that we must respect the views and opinions of others whilst having strong valid views of our own.


Having fun whilst learning and getting close to nature with forest school.


Future cricket stars in the making.

Forest School on Wednesday. 

The Tudors.

This week, we started our new history topic on the Tudors. We started by Chronologically ordering the main events of the Tudor period on a timeline.  Over the next few weeks, we will look in more detail at some of these events and how the Tudor legacy lives on today.

Hertfordshire has strong links to the Tudors and Theobalds House (also known as Theobalds Palace), located in what is now Cedars Park  was built on the site of an earlier moated manor house by William Cecil, Lord Burghley. He augmented the original courtyard house, in a construction project which began in 1564. Originally, it was intended to be a relatively ‘small’ home for Burghley’s youngest son and heir, Robert Cecil. However, with renovations underway, Theobalds was visited by Elizabeth I in July of the same year. The Queen took such a shine to the house that Cecil was forced to rethink his plans. 

It was conveniently located at the end of one day’s ride from London, just off the main north road. It is likely that it supplanted the medieval, royal lodgings at Waltham Abbey, which had certainly been used in this way by Henry VII and Henry VIII. Thus, Theobalds became the overnight stop at the end of the first day of any royal progress that was heading north out of the capital. As it happens, Elizabeth probably stayed at Theobalds on more occasions than any other house belonging to one of her courtiers: eleven times in all. 


CHEXS came into school this week to work with some children from Tigers. The children worked together as a team to make a dome out of willow and they enjoyed the opportunity to learn new skills by using tools they had not used before.  The experience also enabled  them to expand their vocabulary as one child so eloquently told me, " You have to massage the willow to make it more flexible."