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18th November 2016


Children have completed assessments this week.


Children have completed assessments this week in:

  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
Project Work

In Project this week we have continued to complete our forensic training. This has involved us exploring what is meant by a fair test and designing experiments to help us gain reliable results. To do this we had to find to consider what our variables were in an experiment and explore ways we could measure results. In addition, we made systematic and accurate measurements from observations, explained and justified predications, findings and conclusions and recorded and communicated our findings by using appropriate scientific vocabulary. 


In this week, we have learnt the time of the day. Students were focusing on the pronunciation and characters recognition. Most of the characters were required to pronounce correctly without pinyin. Students were also encouraged to write the characters independently.


In computing this week, students have been working collaboratively to solve a number of challenging puzzles and tasks. The tasks have been based around a wide variety of puzzles, each varying in difficult. Students took part in a quiz to check their understanding about computer key words.

Physical Education

In PE lessons this week pupils have been undertaking new activities. During fitness lessons the classes have been learning about heart rates and how to recover after activity.


This week, students continued varying the melodic phrases of one of Juilliard’s core works, Blue Monk, using specific musical elements. This process of assimilating phrases through modelling of Thelonious Monk’s piece, allowed the student to explore and create phrases that utilise the blues scale, while forming the basis of their own composition.

Design & Technology

This week in Design and Technology, the children are applying their measuring and sawing skills to independently mark-out and safely cut the dowel for their wall hook. They understand the importance of measuring accurately and to be gentle with the materials as there is considerable mechanical advantage in the bench vises. They will then quality check and assemble their projects this week, in preparation for the application of a varnish finish.


Maths: To complete a mental maths activity sheet

English:  Next week, the children will be exploring a really exciting topic: film narrative.

For homework, the children need to write a review of their favourite film (Must be a 'U' or 'PG' certificate) They need to explain why it is their favourite film and the great features of the film. They can research film reviews to get an idea of how to set it out. It should be in between 1/2 A4 page - 1 A4 page.

This is  link to film reviews  http://www.kidsfirst.org/kidsfirstnews/category/feature-film-reviews/

Project work:   To plan and carry out your own science experiment. See booklet for guidance. (3-week homework)

Spelling: Please see spelling journals for spelling list that will be tested next Friday.


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