Week 6 (11/02/19)

This will be a relatively short blog because I am fully man-flued up and need to curl up in a corner at the earliest opportunity.  English The latest piece of description has really met expectations, with a real emphasis on the image being created. The class are really beginning to…

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Week 5 (04/02/19)

English After the success of the last short composition piece, it was clear that there were a couple of next steps we needed to cover. The first was the quality of the sentence openers. We have looked at using two verb participles ‘-ed’, and ‘-ing’ and the adverbial suffix ‘-ly’…

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Week 3 (21/01/19)

Maths Now that we have covered a lot of the calculation strategies, we are free to start moving into some new realms. The main concept work will cover algebra, particularly looking at how formulae can be represented and interpreted. We have also begun to step up the mental arithmetic by…

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Week 2 (14/01/19)

Maths Still forging ahead with percentages this week. We have put a lot of the main structures in place now leaving us free to focus on application in wider problems. The main sticking point is less likely to be finding percentages of amounts, so much as when a percentage is…

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Week 1 (07/01/19)

Maths Arithmetic – this week we have focused on finding fractions of amounts using two main techniques: dividing by the denominator then multiplying by the numerator; multiplying only the denominator then diving by the denominator. We have also been refining the use of equivalent fractions to make calculations more accessible.…

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Week 7 (10/12/18)

First of all, let me say how well the Christmas show went. I think that the format with Year 6 supporting Reception works really well and they genuinely seemed to enjoy the performance. I know how much the little ones enjoy having them there. English The persuasive writing has really…

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Week 6 (03/12/18)

This week we have spent a little extra time rehearsing with Year R for the Christmas play. This actually comes at a good point in the term, with the class being very self-sufficient and therefore better paced to deal with timetable disruptions. The rehearsals are going well but they need…

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Week 5 (26/11/18)

Maths We have covered a lot of fraction work over the last couple of weeks and so now have entered a period of consolidation. We will be spending a little while now circling fractions, identifying gaps and pushing forward into problem solving rather than learning lots of new routines. The…

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Week 3 (12/11/18)

Maths Fractions have been going very well this week. We have learnt how to multiply fractions by whole numbers and by other fractions allowing us to start tackling some pretty tough calculations and problems. The trick to learning fractions is to make sure that all the skills are being rehearsed…

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Week 2 (05/11/18)

Homework link Barvember: https://whiterosemaths.com/schemes-of-learning/barvember/ These problems appear each day for download access. They are an excellent way of applying bar-model problem solving. With the correct approach they are very solvable, but with loose maths can seem unapproachable. There is no pressure to do one per day; that is just for…

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