Week 7 (15/10/18)

End of Term So there goes the first one. Easy to forget where we started out back in September with the nerves and the worries of a new class. Everyone looks so settled now. There is a real buzz in the class that makes it feel like a professional unit.…

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Week 5 (1/10/18)

Maths We have spent some time now consolidating formal multiplication methods including using decimals and have started to evolve this into division. We had a bit of a probe today and it turns out that we may not have to stay with this for too long. The first technique to…

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Week 4 (24/9/18)

Based on feedback to the blog I will now split it into two sections. The first part will be the headline news about what we have covered and where we are heading for you to scan read. The second section will have more expanded notes about concepts for those who…

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Week 3 (17/9/18)

Maths Now that we have a better handle on our times tables we have begun to move off into the order of operations following BIDMAS to establish the order in which mixed operation calculations should be solved. Brackets Indices (e.g.42, 33) Division and Multiplication        –           solved in the…

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Week 3 (30/4/18)

Well that was a really heavy week. If ever a bank-holiday was needed… The main focus this week has been refinement of application. Take maths for example. Early on in the week, we did a test or two leaving us with the overriding sense that there was a disconnect between…

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Week 5 (19/3/18)

English The quality of the compositions this week has been absolutely mind-blowing. The children are working so hard to improve their work and are showing so much learning. I can’t wait for you to see the finished products. They should be so proud of everything they have achieved. Maths We…

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Week 4 (12/3/18)

English I think this has been a fantastic week for writing. We are currently working on an extended piece of narrative which ultimately will read more like an opening chapter to a story. The quality so far has been outstanding as if the whole class have really taken their compositions…

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Week 1 (19/02/18)

Maths The first part of each lesson begins with some basic arithmetic questions. These are taken from a variety of sources such as the tests that you will have seen over the half-term. I spend a lot of time analysing mistakes and then generating different calculations to try to stretch…

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Week 4 (29/1/18)

English The composition is moving into some really interesting waters. We have been studying how to bring more sophistication to writing by taking a more cinematic approach, starting off on a very broad focus and gradually focusing in to a main point or question. The class seem to have taken…

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Week 3 (22/01/18)

Special thanks Before anything else I would like to say how proud I am of the class this week. We had a visitor (Shirley Clarke) in school on Thursday that in educational circles would be as influential as David Bowie to the music scene. She was over the moon with…

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