was Mr Roberts’ first day back today after the birth of his baby daughter
Eleri. We did some ‘Eleri’ maths. We knew that Eleri = 3060g when she was born.
We chose objects and weighed them. We then used estimation and calculation
skills to work out roughly how many objects would be equivalent to one Eleri.
We had to learn a new symbol to help us. ≈ is the symbol for approximately.
were some of our results.
sharpener = 47gEleri ≈ 65
stencil = 38gEleri ≈ 81
ruler = 35gEleri ≈ 92
board rubber = 26gEleri ≈ 118 br
post it pack = 10gEleri = 306
post it packs (3060g)
This term Year 5/6’s topic is Technotastic – looking at all of
the cool technological techniques we can use to enhance things such as stories
and books. We will be using cameras, sound recording and editing devices and
animation programmes. We are hoping to use a programme called Photoscape to
create animated gifs. Here is a link to the free downloadable programme.
I have set a multitude of tasks for our class to work on over
the half term over on our online homework portal www.studyladder.co.uk
misspelled words x2
problem solving, Subtraction problem solving, Multiplication problem solving, Division
Safety and Citizenship: Internet Safety
corrections, High frequency words test
problem solving, Subtraction problem solving, Multiplication problem solving, Division
Safety and Citizenship: Internet Safety Also, we are moving onto a new author focus this forthcoming half term, Chaucer. I would recommend that if pupils have the chance, they should research Chaucer and his Canterbury Tales. Have a nice half term! Mr. Roberts
On Friday (19th October) we carried out our
baseline tests for our PESS PE Multi-skills pilot project in cooperation with
the Y Pant Cluster.
Three tests were carried out to find a baseline for our pupils
all around three key areas; agility, balance and coordination.
Our agility test was a slalom run 14m in distance with slalom
cones put in place to encourage agility whilst running at top speed. Pupils
were testing themselves against the clock.
Our balance test was great fun! Our pupils had to stand on one
leg on a spot. Mr Roberts was then stood 2 metres away and passed a ball to the
pupil in four areas; left, centre, right and above their head. This was
repeated for a maximum time of 1 minute. There was laughter and concentration
in equal measures and one child got within hundredths of seconds of the maximum
one minute mark.
In our final test pupils were faced with a tennis ball, a wall
and a 30 second time slot. They had to throw the ball against the wall with
their right hand and then catch it with their left and vice versa until the
time period run out. This proved incredibly difficult for our pupils.
We now look forward to going ahead with the multi-skills
pilot, putting into place activities and opportunities to improve our all-round
to a schedule clash, I will not be able to hold my evening parent’s
consultation on Monday (22nd October). The date has been changed to
Thursday 25th October. Parents who booked appointments for the
Monday are welcome for these to be replicated on the Thursday, if they are
still available. There are still other places available.
Homework has been set for Year 5/6 via Studyladder. Usernames and passwords have been handed out today. Year 5 have been set a multiplication task looking at missing numbers in sums. Year 6 have been set a challenge competing against the computer looking at times tables from 1-12.
We continued our forays into
trying different Paralympic sports today. First we tried wheelchair basketball
(without the chairs), then sitting volleyball and today we tried Boccia. We all
absolutely loved our interpretation of the sport and things got pretty
We were looking at the
powers of up-thrust today in science by looking at videos of hovercrafts on
Youtube. We wondered how we could make our own in class when we came across
some instructions. We used a cd, push up bottle top and a balloon and, hey
presto, we had a balloon hovercraft!
To continue with my ambition of allowing our pupils the
opportunity to try out as many Paralympic sports as possible, we today tried to
replicate wheelchair basketball in our PE lesson. Now, obviously we don’t have
any wheelchairs so we had to improvise. The best way we thought of was to take
the game ‘crab football’ and transpose them into basketball. We had teams of 3
a-side with games lasting 3 minutes. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the games but
found resisting the urge to get up and run with the ball almost too hard to
We are studying The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes as our author
focus this half term. To get to grips with the characters we had a go at making
sociograms to plot all of the inter-relationships they all have. Here is Shani’s
We have started our science topic of ‘Forces in motion’. We
wanted to look at two forces in particular, gravity and air resistance. To do
this we decided that we would try to make egg parachutes. We all decided that
our materials for our parachutes would need to be sturdy but also light. Some
pupils predicted that if they were big and wide then they would work better as
they would capture more air resistance. Others thought that they had to be
smaller so that they would not be too heavy!
We made our parachutes and then inserted our eggs into their
containers, polystyrene cups. Mr Roberts then dropped them from a seven foot
height and we watched the results. The black bin bag and kitchen roll
parachutes carried the hard boiled eggs to the ground safely enough to avoid
them cracking. These two had large surface areas and created more air
resistance. The cotton cloth, tin foil and sandwich bag were all too small and
they plummeted to the ground, cracking their eggs on landing!
We have started our new topic which is
'Heroes and Villains'. We have been thinking about the qualities that a hero or
a villain might need. Our final challenge of the afternoon has been to create a
whole class, shared-writing job description for a hero. (Please do not apply,
this is not a REAL job.)
Job Title: Hero
To be successful in becoming our hero you
Incorruptible, invincible, strong, careful, indestructible,
honest, hardworking, courageous, a life saver, kind.
To become our hero you must have...
Code breaking skills, common sense, at least
one super-power, many heroic skills, some recent previous experience of being a
We had our last Stats in
Sound day yesterday with Community Music Wales.
Our pupils were thrown into a
full day’s work going through and editing the photographs taken at the National
Botanic Gardens of Wales. The pupils then started to sort them into three
categories focusing on three areas within the Gardens; The Ice House, The
Tropical House, The Great Dome.
The next task was to edit the
photographs using photoshop to ensure that no humans appeared in their shots.
They then put their photographs into the most effective order and then created
One group had the opportunity
to write a script for a voiceover to go with the slideshows. Again, this
focused on the three selected areas. They then had to read their voiceovers
into a microphone, which proved to be quite a nerve wrecking experience.
Groups also had a bonus
activity in the afternoon as they went into the hall to practice drumming with
The final activity was to
edit their voiceovers, mixing them with the sounds they recorded at the Botanic
Gardens, adding effects.
Although it was sad to see
the project come to an end we all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are now looking
forward to the launch in a few weeks’ time.
had our 4th Stats in Sound day with Community Music Wales today at
the National Botanical Gardens of Wales. We all watched the weather forecast with
a sense of doom but, though the skies were grey, the rain held off for us.
Nevertheless our pupils were suited and booted with wellingtons and coats just
pupils split up into their groups and started to wander around the gardens
taking pictures and sound recordings of sources of interest. We pretty much
visited every part of the grounds that we could in the time available to us
including; the glass dome, tropical house, bee garden, ice house, biomass
centre, lakes, Japanese garden, aqua lab etc...
are now looking forward to our final day next Thursday as we will get the
chance to edit our footage and learn about making QR cards!
are some of the photos that Mr Roberts took whilst walking around
with his group.
Our class have been writing
80 word stories to enter the Young Writers ‘Around the world in 80 words’.
Here are some of our efforts:
‘I was scared’ by Sophy O’Neill
I was scared. I decided to
move and went to China but there was a Chinese Dragon. I was afraid so I went
to Egypt but there was a mummy. I was anxious, so I went to Scotland but there
was the Loch Ness monster. I was terrified, so I went to France but there was a
giant frog. I was petrified, so I went to Antarctica but there was an
abominable snowman. I was scared so I went home.
‘The pyramid escape’ by Jay
Carefully Jay put on his
Olympic clothes and got ready. Suddenly he found himself in a pyramid. Jay
panicked as he tried to escape. He was terrified thinking he would never get
out. Jay was so thirsty he could not survive any longer. He had no more strength
left but he had to keep looking for the exit. All of a sudden Jay saw a bright
light. Could it be the exit?
‘Dancing Squirrels’ by David
There once was a sheep called
Shaun who had a problem with dancing squirrels. One day he put his big huge
fluffy head into their tree and he shouted, “Turn off this racket!” Angrily the
squirrels kicked him to New Zealand where he saw dancing bulls.
“Are you friends with the
squirrels?” asked Shaun
Suddenly the bulls’ hooves
went BANG! Finally Shaun flew through the roof of his own barn back in London.
Zoo Lab UK visited the school today and went into every class to show a selection
of animals that all excel in certain aspects identifiable in the Olympics. We
had the sprinting cockroach, gymnastic Corn snake and high jumping locust
amongst many others!