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2nd September 2016


This week the children have been developing their narrative writing skills. They have been creating their own story based on a character and have enjoyed writing about his life so far, developing character detail, setting explanation and plot progression. The children have worked really hard to up level language and sentences in order to engage the reader. They have also taken part in their first spelling sessions.


This week in Maths we have been reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10, 000, 000. The children have been identifying the value of each digit in a given number and have also been rounding 7 - digit numbers to the nearest 10; 100; 1,000; 10,000; 100,000 and 1, 000, 000. We have looked at negative numbers in context and calculated intervals across zero. To conclude the week, we solved real-life problems using all of the skills learnt.

Project Work

In project this week, we have been:

  • Learning the process of IPC, including the entry point, knowledge harvest and the big picture.
  • Experimenting different methods of teaching and exploring ways in which we learn best, as individuals.
  • Learning about areas of the brain.
  • Discovering new facts about the memory and strategies we can use to improve our short-term memory.

This week, we continue with the revision programme as students continue to consolidate their learning in the four key skill areas such as writing, reading, speaking and listening. Please refer to the link for the flashcards containing vocabulary words and key grammar structure.

Link: https://quizlet.com/_2fi0om


This week, students are learning how to become more familiar with the apple computers. They are solving problems and puzzles based on computational theory, including loops and procedures. These skills can be followed up at home by visiting the website http://www.abcya.com/lightbot.htm. The students will begin to develop their coding skills throughout the year.

Physical Education

In PE this week pupils have been working on pacing in cross country. Classes who are on double PE this half term have been revisiting basic digging skills in volleyball as well as being introduced to the set. Classes undertaking swimming have been analysing partners front crawl strokes.


This week, students learned about the harmonic features of Rock ‘n’ Roll by exploring how triads are constructed to form the three chords used in the genre. They did this in a number of ways, including singing the root, 3rd and 5th of each chord to help aurally identify its characteristic sound, then played each chord on the keyboard by following the 12-bar Rock n’ Roll structure.

Design & Technology

This week, your child continued to learn about safety within the school workshop and consider safety outside the school environment. Safety is paramount in the workshop, and part of establishing safe workshop practices is to discuss in detail a wide range of points.


Maths: Please log on to www.myiMaths.com. Your child's login details on in their student planner. Continue to practice multiplication tables (please record this in your homework book).

English: Up levelling sentences homework. Please see homework book.


Project work: Research one part of the brain: cerebellum, brain stem, hypothalamus, neurons, frontal lobes, parietal lobes, temporal lobes, hippocampus. You can present your research however you wish, be creative! Consider the first lesson we had about effective teaching and learning. Possible ideas include: iMovie, PowerPoint presentation, poster or a fact file in your homework book.

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


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