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SATs…nailed!

This half-term, we have worked extremely hard to prepare for our SATs in grammar, reading and maths. To help us to prepare for our grammar, we re-capped all that we have been taught so far (we did this through playing games, creating rhymes and sayings to help us to remember). Practising for our reading was hard work but great fun; we did a lot of Shared Reading activities to help us to become more confident at answering various question types. We loved ‘showing off’ in our arithmetic test; we have worked so hard to ‘polish’ our calculation skills.

As well as all of this, we have continued to go to the leisure centre on a weekly basis and have continued to learn to play the steel pans; at the minute, we are learning ‘No tears left to cry’ by Ariana Grande – Miss Tuart thinks we sound very professional!

We have also been carrying out a range of Science investigations to help us to build upon our investigative skills, which are shown on our school Twitter page.

#Station Studios

This half-term, we have been exploring what the Circulatory System is and how it works; we had great fun doing this as we carried out various exciting investigations. We also created posters/factfile pages to demonstrate our knowledge.

Healthy lifestyles was also something we researched into. We discovered that a healthy lifestyle involves a balanced diet, being active, not using too much electronic equipment, drinking water and ensuring you have sufficient sleep.

In addition to this, we researched into some places around the world. We chose Yorkshire, Sicily and New England. The reason we chose these places was because they are very different. We demonstrated our knowledge of these places through describing geographical features of them, e.g. physical and human features.

Portal Animators

PAS Logo (5)

In Studio 6 we had great fun this half-term working for Olive Stein as Animators. We created an animation based on evacuation during World War Two; we explored the experiences of evacuation for children and presented this using a range of playdough, typed work and images. In Studio 6, we also created an animation based on Dig for Victory; first of all we created Dig for Victory posters then used playdough and Stop Motion Pro to create our animation. We had great fun learning how to add and subtract fractions in Maths so we decided to teach others the rules for doing this – it’s not easy but we provided a step-by-step guide to help people. Finally, we have been learning how to use our inference skills to help us to answer questions about pieces of text. We used our ability to find clues to prove answers to questions.

Portal Designers

This half-term Oak Class have been working for Olive Stein at Portal Design. She asked us to design and create a new electrical toy/game. To enable us to do this successfully, we used our internet research skills to analyse a range of existing toys on the market. We then carried out market research across the school to establish types of toys/games that would be well-received by other children. Our design skills were well and truly put into practice when we designed our own toys/games. We had great fun working in small teams to bring these designs to life. To help us to successfully make part of our toys/games electrical, we experimented with electrical equipment, creating and testing out various series and parallel circuits.

In addition to all of this, we have been working extremely hard on our story writing skills. Miss Tuart has been blown away by the quality of our flashback stories: the language and flow of our writing has improved so much already.

We have been working on our calculation strategies a lot this half-term and this is really showing in our improving arithmetic scores. All in all, a great half-term for us!

London 2018

This half-term, in Oak Class, we have been working as Town Planners. Big Pete (our boss) asked us to research both London and Paris to see which would be the most suitable for a new village. We did lots of research into physical features, human features etc, and decided that London was the most suitable place to build a new village. We had great fun locating both places using a map to see exactly where they ‘fit’ within the world. We explored continents, countries, cities, towns and villages.

To make this the best half-term ever, we had an awesome 3 day residential to London. We travelled by train to London Kings Cross, saw lots of sites (such as Big Ben, River Thames and Westminster Abbey). We had a brilliantly scary time in the London Dungeons, went on the London Eye, visited Tate Modern and The Tower of London.

As well as this, we had an amazing tour around the Houses of Parliament and were lucky enough to meet our local MP, Ian Lavery. We watched Matilda at the theatre, which we all thought was amazing. Before the show, we took part in a drama workshop with a West End actor.

#SATs Superstars

This half-term, we have worked extremely hard to prepare for our end of Primary School SATs in grammar, reading and maths. To help us to prepare for our grammar, we re-capped all that we have been taught so far (we did this through playing games, creating rhymes and saying to help us to remember etc). Practising for our reading was hard work but great fun; we really focused on our inference and deduction skills and we spent a lot of time building up our confidence to answer vocabulary-based questions. By the time we came to sit our arithmetic paper, we were ready to ‘smash’ it, as we had nailed our arithmetic methods.  Lots of us attended after school Brainbusters to help us to feel even more confident and prepared; in these after school sessions, we were able to practise whatever it was that we felt was an area for development, e.g. adding fractions, spelling of tricky words, comprehension skills etc.

As well as all of this, we have continued to go to the leisure centre on a weekly basis and have continued to learn to play the steel pans; at the minute, we are learning ‘Stay with me’ by Sam Smith and we’re loving it!

We have also been carrying out a range of Science investigations to help us to build upon our investigative skills.

DIGI DEVELOPERS!

This half-term Oak Class have worked as Developers at Portal Digital for boss, Olive Stein. We have enjoyed coming to ‘work’ each day (wearing ID badges and work clothes), as opposed to school.

Each week we received QR codes outlining our weekly tasks. One of the tasks we received was to create an educational video explaining what the Circulatory System is and how it works; we had great fun doing this as we were able to show off all of the research that we had carried out. We also created posters/factfile pages to accompany the video.

Healthy lifestyles was also something we were asked to research into. This brought about lots of debate within our Digipod, as some people believed that a healthy lifestyle was eating healthy, however, research informed us that it was a lot more than that; a healthy lifestyle involves a balanced diet, being active, not using too much electronic equipment, drinking water and ensuring you have sufficient sleep.

In addition to this, we were asked by Olive Stein to research into some countries around the world. We chose Yorkshire, Sicily and New England. The reason we chose these places was because they are very different. We demonstrated our knowledge of these places through describing geographical features of them, e.g. physical and human features.

Some other areas that we carried out work on were: the heart, blood and blood vessels; Grammar revision; fractions, decimals and percentages; playscripts and issues and dilemmas.

Cranktoys

This half-term Oak Class have been working for Olive Stein at Portal Design. She asked us to pitch a new electrical toy to Cranktoys therefore to begin with, we researched a range of existing electrical toys on the market and then designed and made our own. To be able to do this successfully, we experimented with electrical equipment, creating and testing out various series and parallel circuits. In addition to all of this, we have written persuasively to encourage people to buy our toys. We have also written stories in the style of Boy by Roald Dahl.

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