# 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 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.