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This week in maths

22/11/2017 at 12:14

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This week in maths we have continued with problem solving involving all four operations. Today we started out unit of work on fractions by learning how to use the highest common factor to simplify fractions. Homework is to simplify fractions and there are three levels of challenge.

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Visit from a scientist

20/11/2017 at 16:26

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Today we had a science lesson from a real scientist! Mrs Hoyle’s friend, James, came into school today to tell us about how he has used the Scientific Process (we did a lesson about this in September) in his own research. James has developed a product to help people with problematic knees. The children were amazed that his ‘experiment’ took four years to complete! He now has a PhD.

He brought in several replacement joints that they test at the university where he works. The children spent a while looking, handling and discussing what body part they might be from, with some brilliant (and hilarious at times!) suggestions. They also learnt that a standard knee replacement costs about £30,000!

James is a chemist so we then finished with some fun with science putty, vinegar and bicarbonate of sodas and cleaning coins with vinegar and salt! Can you spot the before and after coins?

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Y6 Bouldering at The Depot 15.11.17

15/11/2017 at 17:15

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Some more photos of Y6 at The Depot today:

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Gurdwara Visit

15/11/2017 at 12:56

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Some photos from our visit on Monday!

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Scintillating Science

15/11/2017 at 12:52

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We had fun in science this week! First of all, we closely scrutinised the bread experiment that we set up last week. Some things are beginning to happen but we should see some bigger, more obvious changes next week.

We then found out about useful and harmful microbes. It was important to know that most microbes are helpful or beneficial, although some of them do cause illness and disease. One of the main ways in which microbes are beneficial is in the food industry. Cheese, bread, yogurt, chocolate, vinegar and alcohol are all produced through the growth of microbes.

We identified some microbes as fungi, bacteria or viruses from their descriptions and then each child designed their own microbe, deciding whether it was good or bad, naming it and drawing it. We then completed the ‘Bad Bug Challenge’ crossword!

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Marvellous Maths

15/11/2017 at 12:49

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We’ve had a great week in maths! We have continued to work on number properties and have completed fluency and problem solving tasks based on this. The children worked hard in pairs to complete the puzzles below and the quality of the maths discussions there were having was wonderful to hear.

We also started some more work on problem solving which will be continued next week.

The children got the chance to look at their practice test papers and find out their scores and what they mean in terms of their SATs. They have all identified a few questions to work on for their homework and it would be great if parents could discuss these with them.

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