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Pride of place!

July18

Look at our reading corner! A huge selection of sure-to-be famous books by lots of talented young authors. Watch our J.K. Rowling – you have competition!

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Peer critique

July17

This is how we help each other improve our work.

 

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A class full of authors!

July12

The children have done a fantastic and truly amazing job at writing and publishing their stories.  The hours worth of hard work and dedication is paying off as they near the deadline.  I’m so proud of their achievements and hope you will all love the stories as much as we do.  Unfortunately there is no picture to go with blog as I don’t want to reveal anything before our release date (17.7.17, 2:30-3:45).

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Picnic choices

July7

Please have a look at the choices for the class picnic.  Children will be choosing one item from each row so please let me know if there is anything your child cannot have due to allergies etc. Thank you

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Telling the time

July4

Learning to tell the time is an important but difficult skill to master.  To make it more interactive, this week the children have had to work in pairs and teams to find clocks that have been pinned up around the field.  After reading the clock and checking their that friends agree with the time they said, the children then had to place the clocksin the correct areas on grids. For example, all ‘5 past times went in the same square, all ’10 past’ times in another square and so on.  We repeated the same initial activity of finding and reading the clocks today to consolidate our learning but then up-levelled the last part of the lesson by ordering the clocks from the earliest to the latest time.  This was tricky but the children used team work to complete my challenge.

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Impressive artists

July4

As posted last week, the children were painting their observational drawings of fire engines. Here are a selection and I’m sure you’ll agree they are impressive, so impressive in fact that it’s hard to tell which was the original picture!

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Fire! Fire!

June26

As the end of our Great Fire Of London draws to a close the children learnt how to call the operator to request help from the fire brigade.  We took turns to be the operator and caller, explaining the problem and giving our details.  Pairs were picked at random to record their pretend calls but we changed our address to that of the school as we know we should not give out our personal information on the internet. (The school address is fine as this is already accessible on the blog).

Click below to watch our videos (we were a little bit nervous).

We also practised “Stop, drop and roll” in the event that our clothes caught fire but we thought it would be a good idea to add “look” into the order so we didn’t injure ourselves falling onto dangerous objects.

Here we are practising “Stop, look, drop, roll.”

We we are also in the process of carefully completing observational drawings of a modern day fire engine which we will paint.  There is lots of detail so we are using our pencils to help get the proportions correct on the vehicle.  It’s tricky but we’re proud of our work so far and having lots of fun.  I’ll post pictures once they are finished.

 

 

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Maths – column addition

June22

As part of our post-SATs work and in preparation for Year Three, we have been learning to use use formal methods in addition (column addition). Due to the extensive work we have already done on number line, the children were able to understand the method and complete calculations, including those where we need to carry tens across, independently very quickly. We have progressed from using defines initially, to using pictures to help us to working in the abstract i.e. Just numbers.

The children were given a selection of prices to add together in preparation for a project we are about to start. They also had to show what coins that would use to pay for the items exactly. They were able to choose their own level of challenge and how many prices they added. As the week has progressed the children have also improved massively in their presentation. I then challenged the children further by setting them investigations such as ‘Can you find threee prices that total £5? What is the nearest you can get?’ The children begin using a ‘trial and error’ technique but very quickly realised they could use a more a efficient strategy like calculating the total of two prices, calculating the difference from this price to £5 then looking for a price that was as close to the difference as possible. Here are some examples of the children work.

   

As part of our post-SATs work and in preparation for Year Three, we have been learning to use use formal methods in addition (column addition). Due to the extensive work we have already done on number line, the children were able to understand the method and complete calculations, including those where we need to carry tens across, independently very quickly.  We have progressed from using defines initially, to using pictures to help us to working in the abstract i.e. Just numbers.

The children were given a selection of prices to add together in preparation for a project we are about to start.  They also had to show what coins that would use to pay for the items exactly.   They were able to choose their own level of challenge and how many prices they added.  As the week has progressed the children have also improved massively in their presentation.  I then challenged the children further by setting them investigations such as ‘Can you find threee prices that total £5?  What is the nearest you can get?’  The children begin using a ‘trial and error’ technique but very quickly realised they could use a more a efficient strategy like calculating the total of two prices, calculating the difference from this price to £5 then looking for a price that was as close to the difference as possible.  Here are some examples of the children work.

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St Paul’s Cathedral collage

June22

During our topic sessions, our focus this week has been St Paul’s Cathedral, which was badly damaged during the Great Fire of London.  The children were each given a small section from a picture of the Cathedral and had to look carefully to create a first draft.  We used peer critique to tell our partner wheat was good and what could be even better about their picture.  We then completed a second draft, taking into account our partner’s advice.  I’m sure you will agree that, when placed together, the children have created an amazing collage, full of incredible detail which was very tricky in places to copy.

    

What am I?

June11

Unfortunately I have not been in school this last week due to attendance at a paediatric first aid course and PGL (which was absolutely amazing and highly recommended when you are in Year Six)! I set the children the task of writing riddles about animals that I had to guess. They had to give me some vague clues then move towards making them more specific. Initially the children worked with partners to co-write a riddle. They then took part in peer critique to improve them before finally writing their own independent riddle. After that, the children typed them up on the computer and used their internet searching, copying and pasting skills to add a picture of their creature. Here are some examples. Aren’t they great?

 

 

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