16th October 2017

We have demonstrated fantastic skills this week in our maths as we have begun our addition work.  Mrs Hilton asked us to sort out a series of questions and to identify the hardest and the easiest before then explaining to our partner what made them easy or hard.  This was the trickiest bit as some of us felt they were all easy and then we had to explain why some were more easy (or quickly) solved.  We also had lots of fun playing dice games against partners: the first involved adding/subtracting 10, 100 or 1000 to your starting number depending on the number thrown and for the second we had to create two 4-digit numbers based on where we decided to place the numbers we threw.  The aim of this game was to create the highest (or lowest) solution when the two numbers were added together.

We have continued to explore the novel Rose Blanche and have now selected an image to inspire our writing.  Having focused on our targets, we have begun to collect phrases that we can use in our writing to create a superb setting description.  We are focusing on using fronted adverbials, interesting words and descriptive phrases. Our next job will be to expand on the phrases we have created to make them even more interesting and descriptive before putting them together into a description of a setting at the end of next week.

Our Star of the Week this week is Callume for the enthusiasm that he brings to every lesson and the superb understanding he has shown this week when completing his question quadrant in maths.  Well done Callume and keep up the hard work.

We received 9 handshakes this week.


9th October 2017

This week we have finished our place value work by considering the different ways you can partition numbers.  We have investigated ways to change thousands, hundreds and tens into hundreds, tens and ones in different ways.  We had lots of fun playing with the different place value manipulatives that we have in school while learning different ways to rearrange the ensuring that we created the same numbers.

Our week focused on the reading of the novel, Rose Blanche which has superb images that tell the story in addition to the words that are used.  Our reading consisted of lots of discussion and inference based on the images that we could see.  Mrs Hilton was really impressed with the quality of the conversations that we had and the questions and predictions that we generated based on what we read and could see in the pictures.

Topic work
Our topic work has really begun in earnest as we began our research into World War II.  You can see a clip of our sorting activity before completing research questions about when the War started and why along with other discussion points such as what was the event that had the greatest impact and why.

The good news this week is that our attendance has really improved this week as we achieved our target from last week – we have earned another voucher – watch this space to find out what we’re spending it on!

Our Star of the Week this week is Jake for the superb effort that he is putting into all aspects of his work – he is always ready for lessons, he listens carefully and talks enthusiastically with a variety of talk partners before demonstrating equal effort in producing quality work.  Well done and keep it up.

2nd October 2017

This week we have moved on from rounding numbers to another aspect of place value – the effect the position of a number has on its value.  We have explored this using different equipment including money, counters and Dienes apparatus.  This proved to be very successful and we went on to deepen our understanding of numbers using “Always, Sometimes and Never” statements.  This proved to really stretch our brains and our thinking as we developed our explanations and our convincing strategies when discussing our thoughts with people on our tables and with the rest of the class.


We began our study of Rose Blanche by completing a reading comprehension based on an extract from War Boy by Michael Foreman.  This initially instigated an in-depth discussion of the meanings of a number of unfamiliar words and terms.  We used our inferential skills to unpick the meanings of these new words and phrases based on what was happening in the story at the time.  Having been introduced to life during World War II during this work, we went on to study an image from Rose Blanche which we made lots of deductions and predictions which led us to generate many questions about the story.  Continuing to develop our inferential and deductive skills, we were given three images from the story which we had to order and then tell the story of.  This led to much discussion about why certain images should go first and why.  The children really impressed me with their attention to detail and their reasoning.

Having completed an Indiana Jones style challenge last week, this week our challenge was to create a message using Morse code which we recreated using black paper and silver foil to give the impression of it being reflected across from one side of Colditz Castle to the other.
Our Star of the Week this week is Noah for being a very observant and keen member of the class.  He can always be relied upon to spot things that need further discussion and is often our chief notice.  Well done and keep up all the hard work.

We were really disappointed this week to come last in the attendance race.  Hopefully we will have a better week next week and earn another certificate!

25th September 2017

This week we have been looking at how we round numbers.  We have explored rounding numbers to 10, 100 and even 1000.  We have investigated what happens when you have 5 in different positions within 2-digit, 3-digit and 4-digit numbers.  

The week began with us using the information that we had collected at home to create notes about Andrew Lloyd Webber.  We organised our notes into four sections to help us write our biographies: early life, shows, writing and awards.  We then spent the week working to write our biographies – we wrote an opening paragraph before completing paragraphs on his early life, shows (and writing) and finally awards.

The best part of the week was the maths investigation that we did to demonstrate our understanding of Roman numerals – we watched a very short clip from Indiana Jones that showed Indiana Jones discovering Roman numerals and then heading off on a quest to find the tomb.  We were then given our task – to use the Roman numerals to identify the number of the vault in which the ancient treasure had been left.  We worked well in our learning pairs, discussing what the Roman and Arabic numerals meant and then drawing the image on the respective tiles accurately.  For more information and photos, please take a look at the website.

As it is the beginning of the year, two further important jobs have been completed: voting for School Councillor and sorting out who our Green Champions are.  There were five children who stood for the role of School Council and gave a little speech to explain why they would be good at the role and what they would bring it.  We then decided who to vote for and cast our votes.  Katy and Callume then took on the role of counters and returning officer – they announced that Lana had been voted into the role of 4ALS School Councillor with Daisy taking on the role of Vice.
Our Green Champions are Rick and Ruby – they have attended their first meeting today and we are looking forwards to finding out all about their plans for the school.

Our Star of the Week is Summer for all the hard work and effort that she has put into her work this week.  She has worked well with her talk partners throughout the week and has shown real understanding and a developing confidence which is lovely to see.  Keep up the hard work.
We are really proud this week to have shared the attendance award this week with 100% and our first certificate.