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16th September 2016


We started the week by beginning a two week topic on mystery stories. We began by looking at the key features of mystery stories and seeing if we could spot them in a short text. Focusing then on the first two chapters of the book ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman, we had to predict what would happen next in Chapter Three. To do this, the children used drama to role play ideas. As a grammar focus, the children have been looking at up levelling sentences using verb starters as well as continuing to embed the use of fronted adverbial phrases.


In maths, we have been focusing on Place Value. We have been writing numbers in figures and in words. We ordered numbers by working out which one has the biggest or smallest value and using symbols to show ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’.

Project Work

In project work this week, we participated in an exciting entry point activity. The children thoroughly enjoyed a treasure hunt-type pursuit that introduced them to the new theme: The Olympics. Additionally, we spoke about what we were going to learn and established what we already know about the Olympic games.


This week, the students celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival. They engaged in various hands-on related activities to future heighten their awareness of this cultural celebration. They designed a moon cake, created lanterns, recited poems and songs and responded to stories about the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration. Streaming for Mandarin will begin on Monday.



In computing this week, students have been experimenting with a range of logic based puzzles based on the Angry Birds. They have been learning about IF statements and iteration. Students can try this at home by visiting the website https://studio.code.org/hoc/1.

Physical Education

In PE lessons this week pupils have been continuing with cross country. They have been focusing on pacing as a team before completing laps of our course. During swimming, pupils have been working on their stroke work, in particular breaking down elements to improve their freestyle arm action using partner analysis.


This week the children sang a modal two-part canon with dynamics. On the keyboards, they learned to play the incipit of this canon as well as the tonal song ‘We’re in it together’.


All homework is to be completed in the Homework Journal. 


  •  Reading Comprehension: answer the questions. Remember to answer using full sentences. 
  •  Spelling: Choose one of the activities in your spelling journal. Complete this activity in your Homework Journal. 
  •  Reading: please record daily reading in Student Planners. 


  •  MyiMaths: Log on and complete the Addition and Subtraction activity set by your teacher. 
  •  Tables: Choose one of the times tables songs to learn or revise from our list of resources. Then choose one of the times tables practical activities to complete in your homework journal.


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