# 11th February 2019

Our attendance this week was 95.8% so we were unable to collect a fifth Good Attendance Voucher.

Maths reasoning: During our Maths work, we have been debating and explaining key strategies for comparing fractions.

Journey of Life: While working with Mrs Bradley, we have been exploring the highs and lows of life’s journey. We have compared and contrasted viewpoints from different religions.

Observational drawing: We have been using a range of sketching pencils to create different shading effects. Our skills will aid our drawings while working in the style of Ernst Haeckle who created sketches of living things while classifying them according to the Linnaean system.

# 4th February 2019

Our attendance this week was 97.7% so we were just unable to collect a fifth Good Attendance Voucher.

Maths reasoning: We have been debating and explaining calculation steps within our quiz session and while calculating the areas and perimeters of composite rectilinear shapes.

Non chronological reports: We have been collecting essential tools for report writing. We have sorted and matched clauses while selecting appropriate relative pronouns. We have been developing topic sentences and our use of a ‘general voice’ so that we can provide information about some rather unique creatures.

# 28th January 2019

Our attendance this week was 97.3% so we were unable to collect a fifth Good Attendance Voucher.

Classifying creatures: We set out to ask questions that would enable us to sort a range of creatures according to their characteristics. We used Jack’s video clip as our starting point. https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/articles/zccm3k7

Comparing and contrasting non-chronological reports: We used a T-Sorter to organise similarities and differences across a range of reports. We developed our use of an expert’s tone and aimed to use a general voice to engage with our audience.

# 21st January 2019

Our attendance this week was 96.4% so we were unable to collect a fifth Good Attendance Voucher.

Maths Coaching: We set out to explain our multiplication and division calculation steps in a systematic and methodical manner. Our peers listened to our explanations and supported our thinking through prompting and questioning.

SPaG Arguments: Having made an initial response to our SPaG challenges, we compared our answers to see if we had made similar decisions. When we found a difference of opinion, we looked carefully at the question to see who might need to rethink. We then compared our joint answers with the mark scheme and collected the questions that we need to revisit.

# 14th January 2019

Our attendance this week was 94.9% so we were unable to collect a fifth Good Attendance Voucher.

Maths Quiz Teams: We argued our calculation strategies while responding to calculation quiz challenges. Questions that caused us problems were then taken to pieces and explained by Mr B or one of our peer mentors so that they won’t trip us up again!

Advertising expensive cars, pizza or a lower league football experience: We created a sales pitch for a product of our choice. We aimed to use as many persuasive tools as we could, but especially modal verbs and exclamations. We’ve just recorded our sales pitch having adapted it for a radio

# 25th December 2018

Merry Christmas Everyone. Have a fantastic time over Christmas, a mixture of resting and partying would be best! You’ve all worked really hard this term, so recharge your batteries and we will all get going again, building up your skill levels even further in the new year.

Year 5 Party: A BIG THANK-YOU to everyone who helped organise a magnificent array of party food. Having worked up an appetite playing games in the hall, Year 5 worked really hard to demolish it! A special thank-you for a very special chocolate cake.

# 17th December 2018

Our attendance this week was 96.8% so we were unable to collect a fourth Good Attendance Voucher.

Enterprise Sale: A huge Thank you to all those who came to our Enterprise Fair on Friday afternoon, or supported us by sending money into school to purchase our hot chocolate boxes. Having real live customers really enabled us to grow in confidence as we played roles within the meet & greet team, the homework team, the advertising team and the sales team. Our 91 boxes sold really quickly and we were able to make a healthy profit. Our discussion now will be about making a charity donation to support Fair Trade and about how much of our profit we keep back to reinvest in our Easter Enterprise Project.

# 10th December 2018

Our attendance this week was 96.8% so we were unable to collect a fourth Good Attendance Voucher.

Investigating Timetables: We have been learning to read and interpret 24 hour times within bus and train timetables so that we can work out journey durations and make common sense decisions about arriving on time, but with just a little time to spare! We created our own timetable based upon a circular route touring places like Nottingham, Doncaster, Lincoln and Sheffield. To test out our timings, we created our own quiz and challenged other teams to answer our questions.

Enterprise Project Craft Morning: Santa provided us with some extra work colleagues on Friday morning. We trained them up and put them to work in the packaging department of our Hot Choc’ Express Company workshop. Our Quality Control officer is very happy with their efforts!

A BIG THANK YOU to all the parents who were able to join us

# 3rd December 2018

Our attendance this week was 97.2% so we were unable to collect a fourth Good Attendance Voucher.

Investigating chocolate and preparing for our Christmas Enterprise event: We used microscopes to have a close look at the labelling on some of our favourite chocolate bars. With Ruby’s help and using the pictures we have collected, we were able to look for palm oil free, Fair Trade products that come in recyclable packaging. We are busy preparing for our Christmas Enterprise event where we intend to tempt you with our special hot chocolate product.

# 26th November 2018

Our attendance this week was 98.2% so we were able to collect a third Good Attendance Voucher.

Interrogating tables: Learning to recognise how tables work and knowing where to look to extract key information have been our growth areas this week. You can see us comparing ‘eye paths’ across tables and comparing calculations to determine who has the correct solution to a question.

Scream Machine Homework responses: Well done and a BIG THANK YOU to all those who made the effort to respond to our homework challenge.

Our new Chocolate homework challenge has now been set!

# 19th November 2018

Our attendance this week was 95.4% so we were unable to collect a third Good Attendance Voucher.

Chocolate Diamond 13: We sequenced our favourite chocolate products ready for our investigation of their packaging information. We are looking for evidence of palm oil within the ingredients as well as evidence of Fair Trade and the Rainforest Alliance.

Anti-Bullying Week: We came to school wearing odd socks to show our support for this initiative. Our cartoon helped us to visualise situations where bullying is taking place. We made the decision to talk about bullying and to act rather than to keep quiet.

# 12th November 2018

Welcome to 5 Jacques Cousteau Blog (Mr Beswarick’s class)

Our attendance this week was 93.3% so we were unable to collect a third Good Attendance Voucher.

York Chocolate Adventure: We had the fantastic opportunity to visit York’s Chocolate Story where we learned how chocolate is prepared and then moulded. We were ‘introduced’ to the characters who built York’s chocolate manufacturing heritage. We took part in a workshop, using prepared chocolate nibs and cocoa powder, to make a drink much prized by its Mayan inventors.

# 29th October 2018

Our attendance this week was 97.3% so we were unable to collect a third Good Attendance Voucher.

Maths Problem Solving: We have explored a range of strategies that allow us to break problems up and to visualise what they are asking us to do. When we understand them, we find it easier to select operations and make sense of answers.

Athletics: We have been measuring out events such as a compass run, a 50m sprint and a slalom run. We timed and compared our own performances so that we could keep track of how our personal bests improved.

Topic Homework: Well done to those who have already brought their homework responses into school. We will collect the rest of the pictures after half term.

# 22nd October 2018

Our attendance this week was 93.8% so we were unable to collect a third Good Attendance Voucher.

Carousel Construction: We’re putting the finishing touches to our fairground carousels. Our next step will be to control the duration and direction of rotation using Go-software programming.

Helter-skelter Friction Mats: Traditionally, helter-skelter riders sat on ‘wicker’ mats to slide down. We wondered whether more modern materials like carpet or cardboard might perform better. We made our predictions and then held a race off to rank order the materials.

# 15th October 2018

Our attendance this week was 97.7% so we were unable to collect a third Good Attendance Voucher.

Leon & the Place Between: As part of our English work, we are exploring the idea of using magic to place and time slip to another world. Within our drama activities, we took on the characters’ roles and began to think as they would!

Topic Book Teaching Partnerships: We have been making use of our Fairgrounds and Forces topic book collection. We produced a mind-map of ideas that interested us and then created partnerships to share our new knowledge.

# 8th October 2018

Our attendance this week was 100% so we were able to collect a second Good Attendance Voucher.

Carousel Construction: As part of our Scream Machine Topic, we are building merry-go-round style rides which formed the Victorian starting point for our modern theme park rides.

Maths: We have been aiming to boost our confidence prior to our Place Value Hot Task. Within groups, we recapped on the ten skills that we need to have at our fingertips!

# 1st October 2018

Our attendance this week was 94% so we were unable to collect a second Good Attendance Voucher.

Greek Day: We looked for the ‘flavours of Greece’ by tasting some traditional foods, describing Greek landscapes and by trying out some Greek words and phrases.

Maths: We have been investigating how negative numbers are used in real life situations. For example, as the climbers went higher up the mountain, the temperature fell by 1 degree Celsius for each 100m of height gained. We knew that the base camp temperature was 4 degrees Celsius, but as we climbed, the temperature fell below freezing point.

Poem of the Moment: We have explored the scene described in Walter de Mare’s poem entitled Silver. Watch our video so that we can share it with you.

# 24th September 2018

Our attendance this week was 99.1% so we were able to collect our first Good Attendance Voucher.

We have been developing our Reading Comprehension skills by collecting and organising information from a biography about Usain Bolt.

Place Value: We became peer mentors while guiding ‘rounding’ decisions.

# 17th September 2018

Our attendance this week was only 94.7% so we were unable to collect our first Good Attendance Voucher.

Maths: We have been extending our understanding of Place Value. Our column diagram is helping us to read numbers with up to 7 digits and is helping us to identify the value of digits according to their position.

Biography: We have collected and organised biographical information about JK Rowling so that we can create an Early Life, Career and Legacy framework.

Elections: In time honoured British tradition, we have been holding elections to select our School Council representatives. Well done to all 4 children who put their names forward and congratulations to Lana & Ruby who were elected.