# 22nd May 2017

Our attendance this week was 95.4%

This week things were more back to normal thank goodness after the stress of SATs week.  We began work on a maths project where we have been given £5000 to spend on building a space shopping centre.  We worked hard to design an effective site with all the amenities visitors might need and have just worked out what the daily costs will be.  This has allowed us to calculate the number of visitors we need to park their space buggies in our carparks in order to make a profit.

In English we have been finishing the work we started on balanced arguments, the title of which was £Should Year 6 do SATs?” which, as you can imagine, caused a heated discussion.  We have been using the SURPRISES method to help us edit or work even more effectively.  Hopefully Mrs. Hilton-Loom will be really impressed with the improvements we’ve made.

The highlight of our week though was the visit on Thursday of the fire service.  The first session was based in the classroom where we discussed the importance of fire plans at home, smoke alarms and general safety around fire and the home.  After that, we went outside to the fire engine where we got to sit in the cab, look at all the equipment and finally … use the fire hose to feel the pressure of the water.

Some interesting facts we learned:
•    The engine weighs 17 tonnes
•    The water inside weighs almost 2 tonnes – it carries 1800 litres of water
•    The tallest ladder can reach 13 metres
•    There are buffers inside the water tank to stop the water sloshing around
•    There are 7 different sounds the siren can make – we listened to them all and they are changed by the driver pressing the horn.

Have a look at some of our photos and videos of the fire engine’s visit.

This week, our handshakes total was 5.  We managed to earn an extra handshake on the way down to assembly as some of us waited for Mrs Thompson to go through the door before us.

Our Star of the Week this week is Clayton Dexter. This week he has really impressed me as the week has progressed with his application to the task in maths.  This has been rewarded with a really clear plan with costings.   He has also worked superbly during the editing process to improve and up-level his balanced argument.  Be rightly proud Clayton and keep it up.