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9th September 2016


This week, the children have been developing a story and are now planning, drafting, writing and editing their own story. They have used a range of sentence types to engage the reader. The children have also focused on a range of punctuation techniques They have also revised and improved their techniques of speech writing and conveying dialogue within a story.


This week in maths we have been concentrating on multiplication. We started the week recapping multiplying and dividing by 10's, 100's and 1000's following on from our week of place value ensuring the children were confident in using this skill across both whole numbers and decimals. We then moved on to teaching the long written method of multiplication and practised using this strategy for multiplying 3 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers and 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers. We then applied this skill to real life contexts and problem solving.

Project Work

In project this week, we have continued with our Brainwave topic. We have:

  • Discussed and explored what is meant by 'growth and fixed' mindset
  • Researched the Amygdala area of the brain and discussed how it is responsible for controlling our emotions and learning
  • Concluded our topic by participating in a learning seminar where we presented something we have enjoyed learning about to the rest of the class.

This week we have completed an overall revision on what the students have learnt throughout the previous weeks. Students were required to complete quiz tasks focusing on the four key skill areas, such as writing, reading, speaking and listening to enable the teacher to have a better understanding of their learning progress. Please find the attached link Mandarin revision resources for students to do self-study at home.



In computing this week, students are developing their coding skills even further by solving a range of puzzles using the Lightbot software. Students can try this at home by visiting the website:  http://www.abcya.com/lightbot.htm. Students have been securing their understanding about procedures and algorithms and tackling some of the more difficult tasks during the second part of this activity.

Physical Education

In PE lessons this week pupils have been working on recording a time for 2 laps of our course in cross country. Classes who are currently on double PE have been working on their setting skills in mini game situations in volleyball. Classes undertaking swimming have been analyzing partner’s back crawl strokes.


This week, students applied a walking bass line on the keyboard to the Rock n’ Roll harmony they learned from last week. This was accompanied by playing the primary triads in the right-hand. Some students were able to combine the two techniques simultaneously, as well as incorporate the blues scale in their solo.

Design & Technology

This week, your child completed the safety quiz and became familiar with the expectations and responsibilities of working within the school workshop. They are now ready to commence their first project, a useful timber wall hook. They will begin by preparing the timber by removing splinters, marking it out using the correct techniques, and then they will safely cut it to 100mm length using a coping saw and with the material securely held in a bench vise. The children will do this as independently as possible in order to promote problem-solving, self-awareness and to facilitate the opportunity for them to take pride in their accomplishments.


Maths: Multiplication and division homework - see homework book.

English: Developing speech punctuation activity.

Project work:  Research and present information about your home country. Please see homework books for further information. This homework will be carried over two weeks.

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


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