27th March 2017

Our attendance this week was 99.4%

In Maths this week we have using our maths knowledge to tackle SATs questions.  We have been revising all the skills we need to help us be successful in our assessments and then working on the key areas that we have forgotten to ensure that we are successful.  As we discuss more SATS questions and answer them in pairs, we are finding that they become less scary and we gain confidence in our skills and knowledge.  Mrs Hilton is really proud of us for this.

Our English this week has had the focus of SPAG – we have developed our understanding of the subjunctive mood (yes we can identify it) and the passive voice compared with the active voice.  We understand that this is a really good technique to use to hide the subject and can create more tension in story writing and are able to identify sentences that are written in the passive or active voices and can change from one to the other.  We are looking forwards to using all the writing elements that we have practised over the last few weeks in our Kensuke’s Kingdom writing next week.

This week, our handshakes total was 5.

Our Star of the Week this week is Olivia for the superb work ethic that she displays in all aspects of her work. She is incredibly conscientious and applies this positive attitude to all her work which is having a positive effect on the quality of her work.  Well done Olivia – keep up the hard work.

20th March 2017

Our attendance this week was 98.6% 

In Maths this week we have been trying to master the art of drawing pie charts.  We successfully managed to interpret them and were able to see links with the fractions and decimals work that we had covered in the previous week; however drawing them caused a few tricky moments.  Perseverance won in the end and we gained success with them.  We also looked at averages and finding the mean.  This was a quick recap and proved that our skills are sharp as we quickly gained success.

Our English this week has continued to focus on the storm scene in Kensuke’s Kingdom.  We have developed our use of colons to introduce a list, remembering that we need to use a main clause before the colon.  We also considered further our use of verbs – could we use violent verbs and alliteration to add extra description to our writing, creating even more spectacular effects?  Yes was the definitive answer!

This week, our handshakes total was 8.

Our Star of the Week this week is Georgia for the superb attitude she has to blogging – she has certainly taken to the idea of being able to share her thoughts, opinions and experiences via the internet.  Keep up the good work!

13th March 2017

Our attendance this week was 91.9% 

In Maths this week we have been learning how to find percentages of amounts.  This was quite straight forward as long as we were finding percentages that were multiples of 10. However when we had to find percentages such as 5%, we found this a bit more tricky as we weren’t able to see the links to begin with.  However our perseverance paid off as we were able to create a connections diagram where we were given a 100% fact and we had to generate as many link as we could.  It really helped us to see the links.

Our English this week has focused on the storm in Kensuke’s Kingdom: we have created freeze frames of the film and written about the scene using metaphors, onomatopoeia, dynamic verbs and effective adjectives.  We have been trying to incorporate all the work we have covered previously into our writing to ensure it is the best it can possibly be.

This week, our handshakes total was 4.

Our Star of the Week this week is Jude because he has shown many qualities designed to support his peers this week. I am really impressed with the quality of your partnered work. Continue working in this way Jude and you will certainly be a very popular member of any class.  Well done.
 

6th March 2017

Our attendance this week was 98.4% 

In Maths this week we have continued to work on decimals; however the focus we had was division.  For this, we had to use long division which caused use a few problems to begin with.  After several opportunities we were able to master the art of dividing decimals using long division and have become a little more confident at using it in the future.

Our English this week has focused around World Book Day where we looked at four different books by Shaun Tan.  They were all different styles of picture books where the story was told through the use of the pictures more than the words.  Some of the work we have produced on this will be put on display in the hall. One of our favourites was The Arrival which we looked at with Mr Rice on WBD.

6NM on World Book Day

From Harry Potter to The White Rabbit!

This week, our handshakes total was 12.

Our Star of the Week this week is Lewis for the fantastic way he has approached the decimals work that we have completed – he has truly been a star with decimals.  Well done and keep it up Lewis.

27th February 2017

Our attendance this week was 96.5% 

In Maths this week we have been working to understand decimals in a variety of ways.  We began the week reinforcing our understanding of the place value of decimals, using the diennes apparatus to really get a feel for the size of the decimals.  This led us to partition the decimals for multiplying mentally and then to multiply them using a formal written method with a good deal of success.  Some of us even challenged ourselves to multiply decimals with two decimal places by others with two decimal places – ask us how we got on … we were very successful after a few hiccoughs!

In English this week the focus has been using modal verbs to create rhetorical questions and to image ourselves as Michael in various situations based on Kensuke’s Kingdom.  We had great fun creating a variety of freeze-frames to help us imagine what his personal thoughts would be in these situations and took part in a conscience alley to help us further understand the story from Michael’s point of view.

We also had the opportunity to visit the Town Hall this week where we took part in a democracy session with some of the local Councillors and Thrumpton Primary School.  We had to split into groups and discuss the things we thought were good about Retford and the things we thought were less good.  Once we had settled on one idea, the aim of the afternoon was for two spokespeople from each group to persuade the room that their group’s idea was the best one.  Once each group had presented their idea, every member of the “council” had to vote using proper voting slips, a ballot box and voting booths before the results were counted and were formally presented to the council.

The girls waiting on the balcony before being Invited to join the boys downstairs. The boys were asked to sit in the main hall.

The girls waiting on the balcony before being Invited to join the boys downstairs. The boys were asked to sit in the main hall.

 THE BOYS WERE ASKED TO SIT IN THE MAIN HALL.

 THE BOYS WERE ASKED TO SIT IN THE MAIN HALL.

This was how the council would have looked when the Town Hall was built in the 1800 as only men were able to have a vote and become a Councillor, but only if they were wealthy enough.

This week, our handshakes total was 8.Our Star of the Week this week is Lewis for the fantastic way he has approached the decimals work that we have completed – he has truly been a star with decimals.  Well done and keep it up Lewis.