18th March 2019

Maths: This week we have continued to work on our understanding of fractions – using bar models to find non-unit fractions of amounts. We are certainly finding the bar models useful as it is sometimes as bit tricky to work out what number to put in the bars but with perseverance we are certainly making progress.

English: Our work has continued to focus around our newspapers this week – we have dramatized the scene from Arthur and the Golden Rope when the battle happens and we have interviewed the by-standers and the characters who were involved so we should be able to write our newspapers full of quotes and dramatic detail next week.

The most enjoyable part of our work this week was Comic Relief – we all dressed up in red, enjoyed our Red Nose Day biscuits and had a fun Comic Relief Quiz – Daniel and Matthew (4JW) came joint first with Mrs Hilton and Miss Burgess with a score of 13. Well done to the two boys.

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Our Star of the Week this week is Owen for his willingness to persevere to ensure that he succeeds at a task. Well done Owen, this positive attitude will get you results in the long term – keep it up!

11th March 2019

Well this has been a busy week with a visit to a mosque in Sheffield, World Book Day, a treasure hunt and a quiz!

Maths: This week we cracked equivalent fractions and are now really confident at not only growing fractions by doubling but also reducing them and using other multiples. We’re really cooking with gas – watch out for more cracking work next week!

English: In English we have started to work on our targets around newspapers and how to structure our sentences. So far we’ve really impressed with EdIngLy starters but found apostrophes for possession a bit tricky. Because of this, we had a treasure hunt today and really reinforced our understanding of how to form possessive apostrophes with plural words and irregular plurals which were the ones that really caused us a headache.

World Book Day: as well as dressing up in our pjs, listening beautifully to different teachers reading stories, eating biscuits and sharing our favourite books with parents (thanks to the two Mums for coming in), we also had a newspaper quiz. Mr Haslam had created a quiz with different nursery rhymes being described through a newspaper headline – we had to work out the nursery rhyme. Hopefully this will help us next week when we are starting to think about our own headlines.

The most interesting part of our work this week was our visit to the mosque in Sheffield. There were lots of ooohs and ahhhhs as we approached the mosque and gained our first glimpse. This continued as we went inside. Mrs Hilton-Loom was really proud of the way we conducted ourselves and the thoughtful questions that we asked.

Our Star of the Week this week is Kye, not only for his enthusiasm at the mosque, but also for his careful explanations of whether a word needs ‘s or s’ to show possession. Keep up the great work Kye.

4th March 2019

Maths: This week we have moved onto our fractions topic. We have already shown that we can remember quite a lot from out previous fractions learning and are well on our way to achieving our target of adding and subtracting fractions. We have, however, found it quite tricky to spot how fractions can be equivalent to one another. To help us with this, we looked at several optical illusions to help us understand how we need to change our focus with fractions. This is really starting to help us see the similarities.

English: In English we have also started a new topic – newspaper writing. We have studied different newspaper articles and can now identify what features newspapers have in common. We have really enjoyed cutting up and identifying the different parts of the newspaper including the byline, the caption, the 5 Ws as well as the more obvious features.

The most interesting part of our work this week was baking and trying Viking bread. Some of us really enjoyed eating the bread that we had made (thanks to Mrs Higginbottom or Mrs Sampson) while others thought that it was gritty and unpleasant!

Our Star of the Week this week is Jake for the effort that he is particularly putting into all his writing – he is trying hard with his presentation and the content of his writing, trying hard to follow teaching points and improvements. Keep up the hard work Jake and now start to work on the presentation in your maths book as well.

18th February 2019

Maths: Well, this has felt like a manic week – we started the week knowing very little about finding area but by the end of the week we have all been successful on our hot task. We have even been able to spot patterns in how areas grow although ones with multiplicative relationships caused us more problems than the additive ones.

English: We have been working hard on our hot writes to show off our skills in writing an adventure story that involves defeating a monster based around the Viking saga of Arthur and the Golden Rope. A special mention must be made for Kye who has really impressed Mrs Hilton with his commitment to his story and his improvement in handwriting and presentation. Keep it up. Mrs Hilton iss really pleased with the way we have been uplevelling our targets so that we expand our noun phrases with prepositional phrases rather than just settling for using noun phrases. We will be posting some of these extracts when they have been marked … watch this space!

Our Star of the Week this week is Daniel for the hard work that he is putting in and the all-round improvements that he is making because of this. Keep up all the hard work and effort Daniel and reach for the stars!

4th February 2019

It’s been another busy week in our class this week. Read on to find out what we’ve been up to …

Maths: This week we have been applying our new found understanding of multiplication to worded problems. Once we had demonstrated that we could identify what the problem was asking us to do, Mrs Hilton-Loom made it more tricky – she gave us lots of problems and we had to answer the multiplication questions. This really made us think about what the questions were asking us to do.

English: We have really enjoyed reading the story “Arthur and the Golden Rope”. At first we were given small extracts from the text and we made predictions about it based on the extracts and the front cover. This also generated lots of questions about who the characters are and why particular words were chosen by the author. As we then read it, we have been able to analyse our understanding of the text and so answered many of our questions.

The best part of the week though was Friday when we worked as a whole year group and completed a multiplication trail. We had to select (with our partner) a colour of multiplication questions to solve. Once we had worked out the answer to the first question, it led us to find the answer in a different place. Once we had the answer this gave us a letter. When we had solved all eight calculations we had to decode the message and find the total for the questions we had been working out. It was lots of fun.

Our Star of the Week this week is Savannah for her attitude to our maths work. She has not found it particularly easy but has persevered and begun to explain her understanding to others which has really helped her to develop her confidence and understanding. Well done and keep up the “have a go” attitude, it will get you a long way.

28th January 2019

Maths: This week we have been developing our multiplication skills further. We have really got to grips with short multiplication and are gaining confidence with the process of what we are doing to really understand it. We have found using counters to demonstrate our understanding has really started to pay dividends in terms of our understanding and the application of it in problem solving.

English: We have started writing our own escape stories based around Wilbur’s escape in Charlotte’s Web. The quality of the writing so far has really impressed Mrs Hilton as we have already shown that we are trying really hard to include our current targets of writing a range of sentences including long ones to add details and short ones to create impact. As well as this, we have really worked hard to use our previous target of punctuating speech correctly.

The most impressive part of our work this week has been our Viking diaries that we have used to demonstrate our English skills through our topic work. We have worked really hard to produce a chatty diary that demonstrates clearly the reasons why the Vikings invaded and settled.

Or Star of the Week this week is Sophie for all the hard work that she has been putting in recently, particularly when trying to overcome difficulties with multiplying 2-digit numbers by a 1-digit number using the short method. Her perseverance has really paid off and she is really developing her understanding using the counters for support. Great work, keep it up!