Week 6 (24/03/17)


Co-ordinates, we have been completing challenge question work by plotting the points on the axes to establish the exact location. Sometimes the diagrams are not to scale on the 4 quadrant co-ordinate grids; sometimes we need to calculate the co-ordinates by using our knowledge of algebra.


English & History

We have been writing our final draft diary entry about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.  Each draft has been a great opportunity to focus on a different target such as; develop the report to include more of a character’s response or to use a diarist’s voice.

“The tremors from the angry gods: I was praying for them to stop, forgive us but they wouldn’t listen to our pleas; they never did.

Everywhere I looked buildings were collapsing, people were panicking, screams echoed through Pompeii.  The gods were laughing.”


How do we know if there was ever life on Mars? Fossils which have helped trace an almost continuous source of life. Rocks are formed in many different conditions such as volcanism, ancient mud (which would indicate water) , ancient tar and ancient mudslides.

“Tomorrow you will be resuming your search for life, this mission to Mars will be another attempt to find evidence of ancient mud or mudslides which could take imprints of animals.”

We have also been looking into the different types of volcanos. These are mainly classified by the type of lava produced; Strato (composite), Shield, Cinder Cone or Lava Dome.  Each has very unique characteristics.


A remarkable day today for us at the Hockey County finals at Tilsley Park.  The play was tough, every school worked so hard.  Team Crowmarsh, headed up by Captain Peter Clayton-Chance, played incredibly well and earned a very respectable 4th place.  All the players should be so please with themselves having worked so hard as a united team.  Sports Blog to follow next week…..

Year 6 E-books (Spring Term 2 2017)

Here are the links to the E-books that Year 6 have made. The illustrations were created using the Brushes app and then the books put together using the Book Creator app.

Berry and the Candy Factory  https://vimeo.com/210037098

Candy Land  https://vimeo.com/210037201

Cheeseland  https://vimeo.com/210037362

Destroying the Universe  https://vimeo.com/210037409

Fleecy Finds the Lost Puppy  https://vimeo.com/210037599

Jerry went to Space  https://vimeo.com/210037714

Max on Mars  https://vimeo.com/210037820

My Alien  https://vimeo.com/210037935

Owl’s Space Adventure  https://vimeo.com/210038070

Paddington in Space  https://vimeo.com/210038295

Shiva and Friends, Adventures in Space  https://vimeo.com/210038398

Snake’s Space Adventure  https://vimeo.com/210038510

Space Bear  https://vimeo.com/210038624

Space Mouse  https://vimeo.com/210038706

The 3 Little Pigs  https://vimeo.com/210038787

The Great Interstellar Goose Chase  https://vimeo.com/210039005

Tiggies Adventure into Space  https://vimeo.com/210039113

Under the Sea   https://vimeo.com/210039205



Week 5 (20/03/17)


Maths this week we’ve been problem solving by looking for the area of parallelograms by identifying the right angle triangles hidden within the shape and replacing them to make rectangles.  Deconstructing the shape makes it so much easier to find the area once all the various different components have been calculated.






We have also just started to look more deeply at co-ordinates.

English & History

We have been combining these two subjects by writing a diary entry about personally experiencing Mount Vesuvius’s eruption.  We had to consider and include, for our grammar the use of semi colons, dashes and colons.  While for our effective sentence structure development we have been focusing on our openers, subordinate clauses and shaping the text to become a ‘b’ and not an ‘a’.



In iPad work we have been finalising writing our e-books and then reading them to younger years such as Year R (reception) – they really enjoyed the stories with pictures and being read to by us.

Week 4 (13/03/17)


We have been doing a variety of different mathematical operations to help us change from one type of problem to another as efficiently as possible.

Also we have been looking at area and perimeter.  Can shapes have the same area but a different perimeter?  We have been drawing different rectangles that all have an area of 12cm’.

We have also been playing with parallelograms and turning them into rectangles and triangles in order to find out their area.


The marking groups have all now been completed and the next stage is to self-assess and self-evaluate our pieces of writing. In this process we have taken a sentence and edited it for development and expansion to arrive at a much more effective sentence in our writing.

We have also been combining our English work with our history work by using the known facts about Mount Vesuvius erupting to write a diary entry.  We had to imagine we are on a boat in the Bay of Naples, watching the eruption and describe the events as they unfold.

Week 3 (06/03/17)


This week we are fine-tuning our use of the protractor by drawing… a square!  Sounds easy, but it isn’t.  We were challenged by not being allowed to use the faint squares on the pages of our Maths books; we had to draw it at an angle. Also, a few worked page 171 of the challenging book.  It includes: scale drawings, problem solving and much more.  As we discovered a sharp pencil makes it more accurate.


We have been editing and spending time in marking groups to analyse our writing in order to significantly improve this most recent piece of work from our last piece.  The way we have done this is to focus on: Shaping our writing (have we got an even balance of speech, action and development?); Powerful editing (what else can this sentence look like? Have I given the reader a good image); Clever speech structure (how did the character say it? What else happened when these words were spoken?) And Well-chosen vocabulary (is this the best word to use here?)

 The Fix up team

Alim Kamara, an African story teller, from Sierra Leone, visited the school, he talked about not giving up and if you doubt yourself always say ‘YET’. He also said about achieving your dreams (like he did) and don’t let anyone knock you down.

History & Geography


In I.C.T one group of 14 children managed to progress with their E-Books. This was only a portion of the class as 16 didn’t manage to progress with their E-Book because the time and resources were limited.

Practice SATS

In preparation for May, we have been practising SATS tests. Mr. Silvester is keen on work pace and accuracy. One of the key tips is that instead of spending a large portion of your test time struggling on one problem, move and make the marks back. The reading test was about The Great Plague 1664-1666. It featured four sections: The Plague, about what caused the plague?, what is the plague? and what was it like during the plague?; the Sugared Plumb, a story by Mary Hooper; Plague Remedies, about medicine and doctors; and Ring-a-ring o’ rosies, a brief history of the rhyme. The four papers were: Arithmetic 1 & 2, Reasoning 2, Grammar and Reading. There are several more.  The tests were fun and very relaxed as they are not the real and we were able to talk and discuss different aspects of how to approach the problems in the future. This total demystified what the tests will look like and what’s expected from us.

Week 2 (27/02/17)


Angles not ‘a n g e l s’!

Knowing 180° and 360° is crucial for unpicking angle problems.

A straight line made up from various angels will always total 180°.  A collection of angles around a point will always total 360°.  Any size or shaped triangle will always have a total of interior angels of 180°.

We have been looking at triangles and identifying the angles. Most of the triangle’s angles were not obvious; we needed to extend the line to find parallels, perpendiculars, opposite angle properties and using our knowledge facts to find the missing angles.


Throughout this week we have been using the zig-zag plan, new openers and the rhythm of 3 to plan out our piece of writing which will be significantly different to the last piece of work. We are writing a narrative description of the Tailor in the Hungry Forest fighting Jacob, our character has to report the account to Chanute a barman in an alehouse. “You’ll never guess what I just saw!”……..

Our writing needs to show effective use of speech, action and story development without too much use of any one of these categories. We should also be able to see that they layout of our writing would indicate a well-structured and constructed narrative.


A professional nurse came to visit us and we all discussed human body changes and what to expect as when grow and mature.


History & Geography

We have been learning about volcanoes but this week we have been learning about an eruption from the volcano Vesuvius which covered the city of Pompeii in ash and pumas-stone.  We watched a DVD that captured the eruption as if in slow motion.

Week 1 (20/02/17)


We have been converting grams (g) to kilogrammes (kg) and back again using a function machine. The word problems can also be represented by using either a bar model or a ‘billy’. The crucial aspect is that we can extract correct information from the data to complete it.


We have also been looking roman numerals. I = 1, II = 2, III = 3, IV = 4, V = 5.

Today’s date in Roman Numerals is……. XXIV.II.MMXVII (24/2/2017)


We have been mostly studying grammar with a main focus of tenses.

We have also looked at pronouns: personal (I, she, we….), possessive (mine, yours, his….), indefinite someone, anyone, no-one…), reflexive (myself, yourself, itself…), relative (who, which, that…), possessive adjectives (my, its, our….)

We can look at a sentence and identify which pronoun is being used to replace repeatedly using the noun.

As well as pronouns, we are practicing constructing complex and compound sentences.


We became teachers in small groups, each taking it in turns to ‘teach’ each other about the moon, the sun and Earth. What are their relationships? What do they do with each other? There are good and bad phases ….. and Venus is up!


In art this week we have been creating pictures using inspiration from the Japanese watercolour paintings.  Watercolour painting is finer and you use a fine hair paintbrush using water to help create effects. We have only been using black, red and brown to create a lovely effect of light and dark.  The subject is two storks flying over the mountains near the sun.

Week 6 (06/02/17)


We started this week with Billy the stick man and his handbag! Ratio, using a crosshair, can be calculated with this visual aid.


As we progressed through more complex problems it became apparent that ‘Billy’ needed 2 handbags!! This was to show the quantity of repetition.



Some of us were working out an algebra pyramid – the product of them being multiplied together must equal 18x2y. (Algebraic symbols and indices not available). Once we had realized there were an infinite or an uncomprehend able finite number of solutions. After this they wrote an explanation explaining why there was no point in solving every possible solution.


Using different speech structures, we have been forming a piece of writing to imagine a conversation between some of the characters from Reckless. We could choose which characters to involve and which side of the argument they were on.  But throughout the piece we had to also weave in action and story development. This is easy to track as we used highlighters to identify the elements of the text.  If we don’t have an evenly balanced colour ratio – we can focus on improving that aspect.



Stages of the moon / moon phases: fingernail, crescent, quarter, gibbous, new, full are the main phases of the moon’s rotation around Earth. We are going to look further at how the moon moves around the sun.

How violent can the Ring of Fire be?  The effects of tectonic shift can be explained by

  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Land masses change elevation (uplift)
  • Tsunami (when a megathrust of plates occurs out at sea disturbing the ocean floor)
  • Subduction is not a smooth process.
  • Stratovolcanoes and earthquakes formed by same process (subduction)


We have been learning to discover if words are masculine or feminine. As well as a song that helps us to pick them out.

Week 5 (30/01/17)


Fractions are related to percentages and decimals. We can translate a fraction into a percentage and a decimal.  This is the type of questions we are looking at.

We are also exploring ratio using a Ribena recipe – how strong do we want it and how many friends are coming round so we will need to make more.  We could even think about how much each serving would cost.


We have been moving on with Reckless and now have the Question “Should Will, Jacob and Fox bring along Clara on their journey?” Why or Why not, discuss. This needs a lot of planning to properly structure our writing in order to give a well-balanced dialogue between the characters.  We need to consider speech, action and development.



Wow – look at how many verbs we have been able to classify!  This will explain how professional and proficient we are becoming with our grammar knowledge.




How the ring of fire volcanoes formed.  We have been discovering just how they happened. It is our turn to write using technical language what we now know. Our class target is to PEE + modal language (PEE = Point, Evidence, Explain).



We were doing more to our ebook stories to varying degrees of success!!!!  We can print them out.


Week 4 (23/01/17)


We have been exploring fractions even further and verging onto percentages. So now we are able to find a percentage of a number as well as a fraction of a number.




These photos explain exactly what we have been doing to our piece of writing, a Goyl stares at the Dark Fairy, using the style of Cornelia Funke. As you can see, once our piece is finished we do a self-evaluation and a self-assessment. This helps us to see where we can make improvement and where we have been successful in our writing.




We have all been putting into practice the complex grammar rules that are now becoming more confidently understood.

This is helping us to write better sentences because we know what each job the words have so we can put in a wider range of sentence types and vocabulary.

 History & Geography

We have been drawing a cross section of the Earth showing subduction.  Subduction is when one tectonic plate is being pushed below another.  This is one of the ways volcanoes are formed.  All the organic material that was on the ocean floor now is becoming the new mountain.  This is why we see different layers of colours on rocks and cliff faces. The volcanoes are formed by trapped water, which gets boiled and creates pressure that melts the mantel.  Magma pushes its way up through to the mountains creating a highly explosive volcano.

  1. Tectonic plate is being pushed below or subducting.
  2. The sea floor is being scraped off forming mountains.
  3. Trapped gasses and water are forming pressure melting the asenosphere (top layer of the mantle) forming magma.
  4. Magma pushes trough the lisosphere (top layer of the crust) creating a volcano.


We have been creating more details on our ebooks using book creator.

 Year 5 exercise books PLEASE PLEASE TAKE US HOME…..

They have all gone home – thank you. It was considered as a ‘random act of kindness’ to Mrs H!