Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Exploring Thailand

In our book the Firework Maker's Daughter, we find several characters walking through rugged terrain across Thailand in search of potions and secrets. Adding to our work in English, we have been looking at everything Thailand has to offer.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Dark thoughts

This picture below shows Hansel and Gretel's stepmother hovering over the children's bed just before they awoke to be taken into the deepest part of the forest.
1) How do you think the stepmother felt in this picture? Why do you think this?
2) If you could interview her here, what would you want to ask her?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Carnival Masks

Year 5 were very fortunate to have another John Lyons workshop where they created their own carnival masks.

Write a set of instructions to inform other children how to make these masks.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Magnetic personalities

These children enjoyed investigating with magnets.

What do you know about magnets? Do they always attract magnetic things towards them?

Think about what magnets are and where you have seen them used in real life.

Monday, 6 November 2017

A tough cookie to solve

The witch used 20 biscuits to decorate the roof of her house.
She lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit.
Then, she put a cherry of every third biscuit.
Then, she put a chocolate button on every fourth biscuit.

How many biscuits had no decorations on top?
Did any biscuits have all three decorations on top?

Friday, 3 November 2017

No sleep for the hungry

One night, when too hungry to sleep, Hansel and Gretel heard their stepmother convincing their father to leave them in the forest the next morning. "They will never find their way home, and we'll be rid of them," she said.

Why do you think the stepmother said this? How do you think the children felt?
What would be your advice to Hansel and Gretel?

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Halloween maths

Last night a pupil in Year 5 commented that she couldn't think of any maths to do with Halloween. 
How about these?

Last night I hollowed out a pumpkin and placed it outside my front door for Halloween. 
1. Estimate how many seeds you think I found inside.
2. How much do you think my pumpkin weighed before and after?
3. What do you think is the circumference of the pumpkin? 

When you have finished answering them, post your own maths problems about Halloween for everyone to solve.

Monday, 30 October 2017

If you go down to the woods today ...

In Year 3, we have started to explore Anthony Browne's version of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm. Anthony Browne is famous for his wonderful illustrations and this is where we have started.

Can you describe the scene below? Think about what you can see and how it makes you feel. Remember to use descriptive language and write in short sentences.
What might the children hear and feel in this scene?

Friday, 27 October 2017

Creative writing challenge: 1

To start the new term we are introducing the first in a new series of story writing challenges for all pupils in KS2. We are looking for you to continue the story below. Aim to write as much as you can and remember, if you haven't finished you can always end your comment with To be continued. Simply publish your comment and then continue at a later date.

So Year 3 sharpen your pencils, Year 4 ready your quills, Year 5 dust off your bureau and Year 6 get ready to type. The challenge begins!

Harry Shepherd opened his eyes and gazed up at his bedroom ceiling. He crinkled his eyes up and yawned, then rubbed the sleep from them and sat on the edge of his bed. The previous evening his mum had opened the window slightly, letting a gentle breeze through. Mrs Shepherd knew that her son preferred it when the house was cool at night.

However, when Harry sat on the edge of his bed, his room was not cool: it was freezing! Harry shivered, pulling his Spiderman duvet over his bare legs. “What on Earth?” he muttered to himself. There was a gale blowing through his bedroom window. Thinking that it must be an extremely windy day, Harry walked over to his wardrobe and pulled out a jumper. Pulling the jumper down over his head, Harry strolled over to the open window. He drew back the red curtains expecting to see the leaves blowing all over their garden. Maybe even the garden furniture had blown over like it had last time the weather was bad.

The sight that met Harry as he gazed out of the window was certainly not what he had expected …

Now continue the story. Make sure you use a range of punctuation and try hard to make your writing interesting and believable. You might find it useful to think about the following questions:

What did Harry see what he looked out of the window?
How do you think he felt when he looked out?
Why might Harry not have realised what was happening sooner?
Of all the possessions you have in your house?
Which are the most important to you?
If you could afford to buy everything that you ever wanted, what would you buy?
Would buying all of these things mean that you were happy?

Friday, 20 October 2017

Light up Diwali

Diwali is a Hindu festival that celebrates the belief that good will always triumph over evil. The word means series of lights and during the festival, houses and shops are decorated with candles and lights.

The date of the festival is calculated according to the position of the moon and is usually in October or November. This means the date of Diwali changes each year and in 2017, the main date this year was October 19.

Find out why Diwali is celebrated by Hindus. 
(Clue: It has something to do with the story of Rama and Sita.)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

KS2 Maths Challenge: No 5

Two girls and two boys can play tennis.

Nathan said: "I will only play if Zoe plays".
Zoe said: "I won't play if Destin is playing".
Destin said: "I won't play if Mory or Laura plays".
Mory said: "I will only play if Monica plays".
Monica said: "I don't mind who I play with".

Which two boys and which two girls play tennis?

Sunday, 15 October 2017

If All The World Were Paper

Please take a look at year 4's poems that we shared in our class assembly last week

What would you make your parent or siblings into if they were paper?

Friday, 13 October 2017

Perfecting poetry

Year 5 were very fortunate to have a visit from John Lyons. He showed us the following words:

What do you notice about these words?
What links can you see?

Can you write a stanza of a poem? 
Remember John's top tips:
1. Show, don't tell
2. Senses
3. Similes

Monday, 9 October 2017

Year 6 become paleontologists

Year 6 have had an exciting start to their Science topic Evolution. During a lesson about how fossils are formed everyone had the chance to make a fossil. A week later, it was time to excavate! Like all good paleontologists we used a range of tools to carefully uncover the fossils.

What questions would you ask a paleontologist?
What do you know about fossils already?

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Medical Marvels: Part 2

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What can you tell me about this portrait of Mary Seacole? What is the story behind it and what does that tell us about how Mary Seacole was remembered?