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The children have taken part in a practice SATs exam. We are really pleased with our performance, particularly in Reading and, having gone over our test papers in all subjects, we can now see our next steps. Each pupil has drawn up a 'Hit List' of targets to meet in Spelling and Grammar and we are working our way through those now.
The children have worked hard to increase their number fact recall skills. We carry out Tables Speed tests each day and analyse different challenges to enhance our Number Sense. Miss Jay has taken us through work with fractions and she is very pleased with our progress. Many of us were still a little frightened of fractions when we started but our confidence has blossomed.
Mr Taylor has led us at a fast pace through many Grammar activities. We have worked to build our accuracy when converting Passive and Active Voice, increased our confidence when punctuating using exclamation marks and colons. More recently, our use of fronted adverbials has improved and we can quickly identify prepositions and possessive pronouns. We have written a set of instructions on how to cast a Bronze Age tool and written a Biography of Ötzi, the famous Tyrolean Iceman. For more information on him, please see our Topic entry below. We also have examples of our instructions on Bronze Age tool making. In spelling we have continued to tackle challenges which improve our understanding of new words. These include a letter to Wayne Rooney and Crossword puzzles. You can try examples of these below.
In PE we have worked hard to improve our football skills and teamwork. Many of our class are on the School Team now and many also play for leagues outside the school.
In topic we continued to learn about the Bronze Age. We also learned about the miraculous discovery of a Neolithic man in 1991. We have made a life sized mannequin of him which we have used to guide us during writing. You will soon be able to see him in the Front Entrance.
The Chocolate Age
There was no 'Chocolate Age' but we have used chocolate to learn how to make casting moulds. We have studied the tools they used in that time period and reproduced them in chocolate. The smell turned Mr Taylor's stomach and he has, so far, kept his promise 'never to eat the stuff' again. Moulds were firstly made from clay and then melted chocolate was poured in. After cooling, the tools were then removed and painted to represent tools typical of the Bronze Age. We learned about the materials used and the melting temperatures which had to be reached.
Role on the Wall for 'The Piano.'
Last week we worked to improve our Division skills using written and mental methods. Try this simple puzzle to see if you can match up to our skills. In order to solve it we used what Edward calls 'Reverse Engineering'. Don't think of it as a Division calculation. Try working it as a multiplication task. Ask us for a clue if you are totally stuck. However, the only way to solve it is to work systematically and keep trying.