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Friday, 28 September 2012

Homework 28/09/12

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.

Thursday, 27 September 2012


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 competitive.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Balloon Hovercrafts

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!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Sitting Basketball!

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 resist!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Highwayman Sociograms

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 effort.

Egg parachute!

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!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Hero job description!

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 must be...

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 hero.

No time wasters wanted!