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23/3/18 Please follow the link below to see some pictures from our class assembly and to find out more about our school's Eco work...
20/03/2018 - In Owls, we have another mystery on our hands…
It’s nearly Easter and an eggstraordinary event has occurred.
All of the chocolate eggs on the shelves of the local supermarket have eggsploded! Why would someone do this to the Easter eggs? The culprit needs to be found and new eggs need to be made so that the celebrations can continue.
We are all Inspectors involved in this case. It is our job to find the culprit and crack the case! We have five clues to solve.
Keep up to date with our class page to find out more over the coming week!
Clue 2 - For this clue, we had to look at bullet points and assess if the details of the suspects recorded by the police were grammatically accurate. This involved looking for missing punctuation, or identifying that which was missing. Solving this clue helped us to find out that the suspect is male. We are ever closer to solving this eggstraordinary mystery!
20/03/2018 - We have been partaking in weekly cricket sessions with 'Chance to Shine'. These have helped us not only to develop skills within this sport, but also to further our leadership and teamwork skills. Hand-eye coordination, throwing and catching a ball, balance and intense, long-term concentration are just a few of the additional skills we are now mastering. Through consistent practice and by applying these skills to the elements of cricket, such as a batsman watching the ball at all times, we have seen a dramatic improvement in our game.
Our world is a beautiful place and it has sustained everything living on it for millions of years. Although our presence has done much damage to it, we still have a chance to change it. We will be learning about how to 'Save Planet Earth' as part of our topic for the Spring terms.
The wonderful thing that’s happening today is that people are becoming more aware of the needs of our environment and are showing signs of willingness to make a change. We will be learning about the environment in terms of everything around us, not just the weather. Our learning will include all the animals, plants and the human beings living in this planet.
Here are some amazing environmental facts that you need to know about:
Murder Mystery – Death at the Spag Bol
The Spag Bol restaurant had for several years been recognised as the top Italian restaurant in London. However, the local Health Inspector had paid a surprise visit and had been shocked to find, not only some moist mouse droppings in the Bolognese sauce, but the plaster from a chef’s finger embedded in a bowl of lasagne. A visit to the kitchen revealed a couple of cockroaches scuttling about between the pans.
By the time the inspector ordered his dessert, it was clear that his report was going to be dreadful. His report was never published or even typed as he was found dead in his bed. The post mortem revealed that the dessert, a delicious Tiramisu gateau, had been laced with poison.
The 32 people who worked at the Spag Bol became immediate suspects. 5 clues in code were discovered. Each clue eliminates half the suspects.
Can you use your SPaG skills to solve the Murder at the Spag Bol?
Today we solved Clue 4 of our SPaG mystery. We were told to correct the spellings of the homophones in italics. The number after each word shows which letter is part of the message. So ‘This pear (3) of socks is blue’ = pair = i
If you would like to have a go, the problem to be solved is below. Happy Detective work!
The bowls, with remnants of the desert (7) from last knight’s (4) meal, had been left their (5) by the guests. Freda poured some serial (1)- found in the hire (6) of the two cupboards – and looked out of the window. A tall fur (2) tree cast a shadow over the beds of mint, rosemary and time (4). The postman sauntered up to deliver the male (3) as a large lorry turned left onto the mane (4) road. Piece (3) was restored as the lorry departed and the pail (3) sunlight revealed a squirrel’s twitching tale (3) on the bird-table.
Carrying the kitchen waist (3) up the garden, she saw a cue (4) forming down the road. It was plane (5) to see that the driver of a Fiat had not red (4) the One Way sign. She watched the seen (5) with interest as a large motorbike arrived with a raw, (4) the driver impatient with the weight. (4) He fort (5) his way through, the mussels (6) on his arms bulging, as reign (2) began to fall. Ate (3) minutes later the police arrived and find (4) the Fiat driver.
“I know I’m not aloud (4) that way but you shouldn’t prophet (4) from my mistake,” complained the driver.
Hearing a message on the radio, the policewoman replied, “We have to chute (5) off now, I hope this has taut (5) you a lesson.”
Freda went indoors and climbed the stares. (4) The storey (4) was fresh in her mind as she began to right (4) her diary. The raise (3) of the evening sun lit the room.
We had to highlight the first letter of every noun in the first paragraph, every adjective in the second paragraph, every verb in the third section and every adverb in the fourth section!
The tiger crept slowly towards the sleeping hyena. A nearby elephant was being washed by a keeper. An iguana, an interesting lizard, lay camouflaged amongst the leaves. Eric and Rachel, full of hope, began their ascent to the summit. (nouns)
It was a beautiful day and the evergreen rainforest teemed with life. The energetic walkers soon passed the nearby monument . There was a tense moment as an orange snake leapt towards Rachel but she dodged it easily. (adjectives)
A wild boar ferreted among the dead leaves and opened a seed capsule.
“I understand,” remarked Eric, “Those seedpods smell so strongly, animals turn up from miles around.”
“I agree with you,” grunted Rachel. (verbs)
The two climbers became painfully aware of large number of mosquitoes who were avidly homing in on them. They reluctantly decided to stop for the night. Tiredly, they erected their tent and dragged their bodies inside. Lying under their mosquito nets, they listened interestingly to the loud calls of the nearby bull frogs as they enticingly tried to attract mates.
Suddenly they were disturbed by a loud crash behind them….
Forces can be measured using a force meter. Force meters contain a spring connected to a metal hook. The spring stretches when a force is applied to the hook. The bigger theforce applied, the longer the spring stretches and the bigger the reading. We used force meters as part of our forces topic whilst working scientifically.
An exoplanet is a planet outside of our solar system that orbits a star. As of 8th November 2017, there are 3,693 planets in 2,768 systems, with 620 systems having more than one planet.
Currently, astronomers can investigate Earth-sized exoplanets using only indirect methods such as detecting the changes in starlight as a planet passes in front of its star. The starshade (also known as an external occulter) is a spacecraft that will enable telescopes in space to take pictures of planets orbiting faraway stars. The starshade is designed to fly in front of a telescope and block the immense glare from a star’s light before it enters the telescope, allowing the planet’s reflected light to pass through and be collected.
We designed our own starshades (also known as star shields), considering how these will be beneficial to space science.
During the Autumn Terms, we will be learning about the English Civil War, which was a series of armed conflicts between Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and Royalists (Cavaliers) over, principally, the manner of England's government.
We will become 'Historical Detectives', learning in detail about this aspect of history, including the causes and consequences of such conflicts. Our study will explore the impact of the Civil War on England, specifically focusing in on the local area.
Class Guide Dog
As part of our PSHE unit, we have been learning about the work of 'Dogs for Good', a charity which supports adults with a range of disabilities, giving them practical support which enables greater independence. Our learning has been related specifically to a puppy from the local area, Olive, who is currently being trained to become an Assistance Dog. Olive (and her owner) will be coming to visit us in Owls, and we will be following her progress throughout the year.
As a class, over the course of a few terms, we are going to write our own novel. How exciting! We will each have the opportunity to write our own chapter, of no more than 3 pages.
The theme for our book is ‘Space’. A new chapter will be written every week. The novel will be given out on a Friday, and should be returned, like normal homework, by Wednesday. If it is your turn to write, then for that week, you will NOT be expected to do your English homework (unless of course you want to).
We have been learning our Prime Numbers up to 100!
Every day, we spend time on a problem solving challenge. This week, our favourite challenge asked...
'Can you find the four consecutive prime numbers that add up to 220?'
As marvellous mathematicians, we solve problems like these:
- Can you find four consecutive prime numbers that add up to 220?
- Using only addition, how can you add eight 8’s to get the number 1000?
- What are 3 positive numbers give the same result when multiplied and added together?
- I add five to nine and get two. The answer is correct, but how?
We are learning to interpret and analyse poems beyond the ostensible. We will then be writing our own poems to enter into the national Rhymecraft Young Writers poetry competition!
School Year 2016 - 2017
Matilda - KS2 Performance
Bridge Building Challenge
Just four days before Christmas 1900, three lighthouse keepers seemingly vanished into thin air on the remote Flannan Isles. Not a single shred of evidence was ever found to point to what might have happened.
We have been making our own inferences about what happened to the men, ensuring that these related to the evidence that actually existed, for example, the fact that they had no boat. We have also been reading and undertaking work on the Ballad of Flannan Isle by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson - see below if you would like to read it!
Railway Theme Week
Year 5 Artists painting in watercolour
'A view from a Railway Carriage'
The Railway Children
By E Nesbit
This is a story of three children, Roberta, Phyllis, and Peter, who live in a respectable suburban villa with a wonderful mother and father and a cook and servants, until one day great disgrace and poverty befalls them. Father is taken away to prison (but they do not know this at first), and they have to move to a poor cottage in the country near a railway line. Mother writes stories to earn what little they live on and they get used to being poor and have to learn not to steal coal from the railway station, even if they have so little to keep warm by. Sometimes they argue and have crises, as one does, but in time they make many new friends, and amusing adventures aplenty happen near the railway and the canal. They develop the habit of waving to the train as it goes past and sometimes the people in the coaches wave back. Their friendly habits makes them one special friend in particular, who although he mostly just goes by in the train, eventually gets to know them, and helps them out in various ways. And somehow all the good things that they do add up together and end up coming back to them, and there is happy ending to it all.
Our Art Exhibition