Maths Pre-Learning

This week in maths we will be:

  • Revisiting and reviewing adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators
  • Revisiting multiplying fractions by whole numbers
  • Introducing multiplying fractions by fractions
  • Introducing fractions divided by whole numbers

We will also be thinking about how fractions link with decimals and percentages.

You may find it useful to look at the following two webpages. The first is all about multiplying fractions and the second explains how to divide fractions by a whole number.

You may also find it useful to watch the following video on multiplying fractions as it demonstrates the method. I suggest you watch the first 1 minute 20 seconds of the video. 

A team point will be given to every pupil who watches the video/ looks at the websites and comments below to say they have done so. It will only take a couple of minutes but will mean you can enter this weeks maths lessons feeling super confident.

Wear it Wild Day!

We’ve had a fantastic ‘Wear it Wild Day’ raising lots of money for WWF! Panthers class read about the event a couple of weeks ago and decided to write a persuasive letter to Mrs Spruce to ask if the school could take part. Their letters were completed in a very short amount of time but were absolutely brilliant and Mrs Spruce agreed to let us take part.

Today, the whole school came dressed in animal fancy dress outfits, we held a teddy tombola and had a cake sale. In total we managed to raise a very impressive total of over £450! Thank you to parents for all your support and kind donations.

Finally, thank you Panthers class for all your hard work today; you should be very proud of what you have achieved!


Animal Encounters

We had a wonderful experience this afternoon linked to our topic. The class were able to encounter a number of different animals found in various rainforests around the world. It was very memorable for all and has given us a further insight into rainforest animals.

Through touching, observing and discussing the animals, we have already started to think about how animals are suited to their environments. This will be very useful when we think in more detail about animal adaptations and evolution. Our ultimate aim is to create a ‘super animal’ which would be perfectly suited to survive and thrive in the rainforest.



Long division

This week in maths we have been looking at formal calculation methods. We looked at long division right at the end of Year Five and this week we have been practising to try and improve our speed and accuracy.

I noticed that some children are comfortable with the process of long division but are struggling to find the multiples for large divisors. We discussed finding the tenth and fifth multiple and then filling in the gaps. Children may also find the video link below useful which focuses on doubling to find multiples.

If you want to do some extra practise at home, you could have a go at the following calculations (remember to really take your time finding the multiples):

  1. 2,345 ÷ 32=
  2. 6,493 ÷ 46=
  3. 7,323 ÷ 64=
  4. 5,883 ÷ 53=
  5. 8,973 ÷ 72=


Our Topic Trip to Tropical World

Last week we had a wonderful day at Tropical World, which we found to be very educational but also extremely enjoyable. The behaviour of all children was brilliant and they were very keen to absorb as much information as possible.

Following the trip, each child selected an animal of their choice to become an expert on. This will be our enquiry project for the next couple of weeks. The class have started to develop questions that they want to find the answers too and have also started to plan how they will present their findings.

Midnight Gang

Phoebe’s review of: Midnight Gang
Author: David Walliams
Genre: Fiction

Midnight Gang is about a group of children who are are taken to hospital for several different reasons. 4 of the 6 children are part of the gang; they often go on adventures at midnight and the new boy (Tom) wants to join in. The leader (Amber) tells him he is not allowed and the adventure unfolds…

I rate this boook: ***** and recommend this for 9-12 year olds.
I have not yet finished but I hope this book only gets better. 🙂