Enjoy looking at our creative learning log.

Thursday 13th December 2018

We are starting to get into the festive spirit this week – and some of our learning has reflected this too! We have solved mathematical problems involving Christmas decorations, and have even used our knowledge of addition and subtraction to plan Christmas parties from a given budget. The reasoning that we produced about which of the parties we would rather go to was a testament to how much we have learned this term!

We almost finished reading Goodnight Mister Tom, and have been shocked by some of the events which have happened to the characters we have grown to know so well. We have written at length in the style of Mister Tom, and have enjoyed the challenge of using apostrophes liberally to omit parts of common words – as if they were being spoken. We are looking forward to comparing our understanding of the book with the theatrical version next week too!

In our science lessons, we have successfully concluded our investigations requiring the separation of materials. Our teachers were really impressed by some of the observations and reflections that we were able to make.

 

Thursday 6th December 2018
We are glad that all of our tests are now out of the way, but are proud of how we have performed in them; particularly our Reading test!

We enjoyed our ‘Share it out’ Café on Wednesday 5th December, and were able to get our teeth into real-world problems using the book ‘IF…’; thanks to all parents who came and supported this.

We have continued to explore the themes and emotions in Goodnight Mister Tom, and have all taken part in some mature conversation about each character’s thoughts and feelings. In today’s writing, we have attempted to put ourselves in Willie’s position on the long train ride back to London. As ever, the quality of our responses to this task was excellent.

Well done to Les Blaireux class too, who have achieved the dizzying heights of 84% of children reading with an adult at home EVERY DAY this week; can either of the other classes beat this next week?

 

Thursday 29th November 2018
We have been working hard to bring our Viking longships to life this week. We are a few finishing touched away from our own Norse fleet, though we do still need to add on our sails!

We have tackled a lot of problem solving in our maths lessons, and have been able to reason about the conclusions we’ve come to with increasing detail.

Our reading sessions have been tailored to our class’ reading books this week, though we have also spent a little time thinking about key features of non-fiction texts too. It is encouraging that reading scores are also on the rise, with one class at 60% of children who are reading every single night!

Something to think about
Although some of us have our doubts about how well we will do in our tests next week, we should just try to tell ourselves that we CAN do it – and that a test can only show what we know about one or two things, not who we are as people!

 

Thursday 22nd November 2018
We have delved deeper into Goodnight Mister Tom this week and are really enjoying making comparisons between school experiences during the Second World War and today.

We are working really hard to make sure that we are reading every night, and it is great to hear about so many of us who are enjoying sharing books with our families – and finding out about their favourite reads too!

We have greatly enjoyed getting messy when using papier mache to cover the wire frames of our Viking long ships, which are really taking shape.

We have continued solving problems involving written division in maths, and have even begun to order operations – which just goes to show how confident we’re becoming!

 

Thursday 15th November 2018
We have begun reading a new book in our English lessons this week – Goodnight Mister Tom. We are really enjoying finding out all about life as an evacuee during the early days of the Second World War, and can’t believe how differently children were treated back then!

The amount of reading that we have been doing at home is increasing too, with some classes nearing 75% reading every single night – great work!

In maths lessons this week, we have been putting out division skills to the test. A real WOW moment was hearing children who thought that they could ‘never do’ division with fraction or decimal remainders telling each other that they ‘get it now’. It’s amazing what happens when we all work hard.

 

 

 

 

Thursday 8th November 2018
We are greatly enjoying our whole-school reading focus and the opportunity to explore a greater variety of books. Many of us have been reading at home every single day – well done if you have!

We have also spent a lot of time thinking about Armistice Day this week in preparation to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War this Sunday. We have created newspaper reports which celebrated the end of the war and have discussed some of the war’s causes too.

We would like to say a big thank you to all who helped to make our First World War themed Breakfast Café so successful this morning – it was lovely to see so many parents and children joining in the activities. We will definitely host more sessions at a similar time in future.

 

Thursday 1st November 2018
This week we have been getting stuck into Bikeability, swimming and our new whole-school focus; reading. We enjoyed putting our minds to the test in our maths café on Tuesday, and many of us were able to work algebraically to solve problems.

We have also been discussing the types of books we like to read – and what our families enjoy reading too. We are being challenged to read at every opportunity both in school and at home, and will be taking part in class competitions to see who can read the most!

 

Thursday 18th October 2018
We have continued to engage with reasoning in maths this week, and we are now feeling much more confident to when explaining how we know something to be true. We have spent a lot of time crafting poems which tell the story of Viking burials – and showing off the vocabulary we’ve learned in the process.

We were particularly looking forwards to our Vikings workshop, which has been taking place today, and have loved getting involved with some of the activities Bjorn (our Viking guide) has shown us.

In the pictures below, you can see the fun we had grinding corn with a quern stone, handling Viking artefacts and looking at Viking weaponry!

 

 

11th October 2018
We have been reasoning with factors and multiples this week, using our knowledge to identify prime numbers below 100. Through investigation, we have been able to explain how we know that a number is prime and why this is important. We have carried out a lot of work with models and images (counters, cubes, arrays etc.) to help us prove our ideas.

In particular, we noticed that numbers which are prime can only ever have two different arrays, whereas composite numbers (which have more than two factors) can have many.

One Year 5 pupil commented: “It’s so obvious. 11 must be a prime number because it only appears in the 1 and 11 times tables. AI also know that all of the numbers in the 11 times table are multiples [of 11], not factors”.

 

 

5th October 2018
We have had lots to celebrate this week, with some excellent scores in spellings tests, high participation rates on Manga High and success for our Year 5/6 Tag Rugby team.

We also learned to spot the symptoms of a heart attack in HEARTSTART this week, and know what to do if we think that somebody is suffering from one.

We have been focusing on proving what we know in maths lessons, and we’re becoming proficient at speaking in full, justified sentences when giving answers.

In our science lessons, we have discussed why the Earth has seasons and how axial tilt affects our lives. We have enjoyed the process of animating our Viking sagas too, and we look forward to watching these back next week – this will help us to write explanation texts.

 

 

5th October 2018
Here is an example of some reasoning questions we’ve been working on this week:

Jane says “The sum of 32,892 and 59,247 will be greater than 80,000”. Will she be right or wrong? Justify your thinking.

Here is an example answer from a pupil in our year group:

“I know that Jane will be right because if you add the 3 and 5 in the ten thousands column, that makes 8. This means that the value of the number will be at least 80,000. When you add the digits in the thousands columns the value of the number will increase to more than 90,000. This is because the 2 and 9 in the thousands column will make 11, and we need to rename the ten”.

 

27th September 2018
We began the week with HEARTSTART, where we learned first aid tips for looking after ourselves and others. These included what to do if someone is bleeding and how to help a person who is choking.

We have continued to develop reasoning skills in maths lessons, and the children are enjoying the challenge of justifying how they know something is/isn’t correct. We have also applied our reasoning skills in English lessons, convincing each other why some words choices are more/less powerful than others.

We have begun learning about the Earth and Space in science lessons. We discussed the characteristics of our closest neighbours and why Pluto is no longer counted as a planet. Most of us have even managed to put the planets in order; remember: My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming (Planets).

 

 

20th September 2018
We have spent a lot of time learning about Roman numerals this week, and have practised using them to solve problems. We were amazed to learn that the Romans had no letter to represent zero!

In English lessons we have been exploring the effect that interesting adjectives can have on a story. We have all planned out our own Viking sagas and are proud of the effort that we have made in choosing language for these which has the greatest impact.

Our Viking presentations, which we delivered after researching an aspect of Viking daily life, gave us the chance to show how our knowledge of peoples from the past is increasing; and many of us gained confidence when speaking in front of our friends. Mr. Emmens

 

13th September 2018
This week we have begun developing the children’s reasoning skills, both in maths and across the curriculum. We have spent lots of time thinking about how we have arrived at answers and why we know that these are (or are not!) correct. We have introduced a new scaled ‘reasoning ladder’, with steps of: describing, explaining, convincing, justifying, and proving. At the moment, many of us are working on ‘explaining’ what we know, but we will work hard over the coming weeks to make what we say detailed and persuasive.

We are excited to have begun learning about Viking sagas too, and will be planning and writing our own versions of these very soon. Mr. Emmens