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TIMES TABLE ROCKSTARS

We have recently started using a programme in class to improve our times table knowledge. Times tables are so important, especially in upper key stage 2, as for most lessons and topics within maths will involve the knowledge of times tables. At the moment we have a high number of children who are not confident with these which is why this is now the focus. 

Times table rockstars is a fun way for the children to get excited about practising their times tables, they can practice on their own or they can battle their friends. We will also be using this a lot in class, with the aim to implement it as a whole school.

I have included the link to the website in this blog, each child should have their log on already. If you have a smart phone or tablet then download the app for free as this appears to be an easier platform.

ENJOY!

Mr Butler 

https://ttrockstars.com/login 

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Maya ruins

This week we have been using our cross-curricular approach to learning by getting the children to imagine they have discovered the Maya ruins and they have been describing this using their senses. Using figurative language, they have been able to show us, through their writing, what they have been imagining. This will lead into our next written outcome as we will be finding out about a Frederick Catherwood and his discovery of the Maya ruins.

In Maths we have been looking at prime factors, square numbers and cube numbers. 3 difficult concepts that the children appear to have grasped very quickly.

We look forward to seeing many of the parents at our assembly on Thursday.

 

Mr Butlwer

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Pok to Pok

We are now in the second week back, after half term. Last week, the focus moved away from the Maya and turned towards the Dream Giver. We watched the short video as a class and then spent the rest of of the week planning and writing a the story. I have been very impressed with the final pieces. 

 

Friday afternoon saw us take part in a Pok to Pok tournament against the Jaguars and the Lions. This week, we will be using these matches as a stimulus for writing a match report, focusing on writing in passive voice.

 

We are currently looking at factors and multiples. It has become clear how some children are still not confident with their multiplication tables, please can we make sure that all children are practising these at home as regularly as possible.

 

Mr Butler

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Week 4

Last week the children finished their Mayan myths. I was very impressed with the standard of work with some being outstanding. This week we are moving on to writing an advert for a chocolate bar. Chocolate was very important for the Maya civilisation so we will also have the opportunity to taste the way they would have had chocolate. This will also coincide with the chocolate man coming in in a few weeks time. Please remember to send in the reply slips and money as soon as possible as this will be a great experience for the children.

Thank you

 

Mr Butler

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Week 2

Last week, the children had the opportunity to enter space without leaving the school through virtual reality. The experience was incredible and all children thoroughly enjoyed it! On Friday afternoon, the children also had the opportunity to listen to the incredible Cressida Cowell talk about her new book. This was an amazing experience for the children, with many buying the book for themselves. A big thank you to all the parents who helped whilst walking to Alec Hunter, it is greatly appreciated!

 

We were looking at Roman numerals last week, the children have been very confident with this and now the majority of the class can read and write numbers up to 1000 in Roman numerals. This week we are rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 100 and moving on to look at negative numbers.

 

Our focus for writing in the next two weeks is rewriting a myth. We will be focusing on a Mayan myth called the 'Rainplayer'. We will look at the different parts of the story and the cultural language that is included before moving on to planning and writing our own.

 

Homework this week will be focusing on relative clauses and place value, this will be set on Thursday.

 

Mr Butler

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Welcome Back

Welcome back to the new year! The children have already been working extremely hard already this year. It was fantastic to see all the research conducted over the summer, especially those who created presentations to show the class!

 

We have been looking at all the interesting facts about the Maya this week and are in the process of writing a non-chronological report. We have been looking at using sub-headings, paragraphs, complex sentences and adding the author's voice. So far I have been very impressed with what has been produced and I am keen to see the finished products. 

 

In Maths we have been focusing on place value, looking specifically at 5 digit numbers. We have since moved onto Roman Numerals and the children have seemed to love it, their understanding has been excellent with most children able to understand and write numbers up to 1000 in Roman numerals.

 

A quick reminder to anybody who has not sent their permission slips back for the two events which are happening on Friday, please can we have them back ASAP as they are obviously needed before the event.

 

Homework this week will be focusing on Roman numerals and writing their own non-chronological report.

 

Mr Butler

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End of term!

It is that time of year again. I can not believe how quickly this year has flown by. It has been incredible from start to finish. All the children have worked extremely hard all year and have made excellent progress. I have thoroughly enjoyed being the teacher of Gorillas class this year and I wish all the children the best of luck next year in their new class and with their new teacher.

 

Just a reminder for our class party tomorrow the children do not need to bring in any party clothes or food and drink. In the coming days the children will be bringing home bits of work, however they will not be bringing home any of their books from this year.

 

Mr Butler

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Roman Shields

This week the children have been designing and creating their own Roman Shield. They conducted some research surrounding Roman armour and Roman battle formations before designing their shield. Today they have been making them using cardboard. The finished products look amazing! Tomorrow the Gorillas will be competing against the Flamingos in an epic battle.

 

In maths we have, once again, been looking at time. The majority of children are now confident with telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes, to and from the hour, some children have pushed themselves to tell the time to the nearest minute! Well done. We are moving on to look at Roman numerals towards the end of the week.

 

Homework this week will be linked to maths and will be focusing on Roman numerals.

 

Mr Butler

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Roman Battle

This week the children have been learning about Boudicca's revolt against The Romans. The children gathered research about who she was, what happened and then why she may have lost. We have then been thinking about what it would have been like during the battle, using our senses and knowledge of figurative language we have planned a description of the battle.

 

In maths we have been looking at angles, lines and shapes. The children's knowledge has been outstanding, they are all confident with the different types of angles and the different types of lines. They were all able to locate the different types of lines on the school building.

 

Next week we will be looking at Roman armour, in particular the Roman shield. We will be designing and creating Roman shields. If possible, can the children bring in empty round yoghurt pots as these will be needed.

 

Homework is linked to the learning in literacy this week, the children are expected to write a description using their senses.

 

I hope to see lots of you at sports day tomorrow.

 

Mr Butler

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Welcome back!

Welcome back everybody! I hope all the children and adults had a relaxing week off and are ready to go with our new topic of 'The Romans'. I was very impressed with the standard of homework produced by the majority of children and some have made it on to display straight away, well done, this will have greatly helped the children with their knowledge of The Romans. This week the children have been placing The Romans on a timeline in relation to other topics we have looked at such as The Stone Age. We have then began to look at Julius Caesar and his attempt to invade Britain. The children have been planning and drafting a diary entry acting as if they were a Celt living in Britain at the time, explaining how they are feeling.

 

In maths this week we have looked at the dreaded topic of time. I can honestly say I was blown away by the amount the children could already tell me about time and astounded by the number of children in the class who could already tell the time. So if possible keep practising this at home as the more practice the children have the better they will become. We also held a mock election in class for a new headteacher, this is was so the children understood tomorrow's general election a little better. They loved it and some of the speeches/manifestos were excellent!

 

Just a quick reminder our trip to Colchester Castle is fast approaching so we will need the reply slips in as soon as possible.

 

Thank you 

Mr Butler

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Maths open teach!

I was so pleased to see so many parents at the maths open teach session this morning. I hope you enjoyed the lesson and got an opportunity to see how well your child is doing in this subject. I am also hoping you found this helpful and informative, looking at the different ways we engage and teach the children at this school. Thank you to all those who came along.

 

We have been focusing on addition and subtraction using column method this week in maths. The children have looked at this before so this has served as a well needed booster. We have also looked at linking this through inverse relationships (which you all would have seen this morning).  In literacy we have been focusing on the Amazon Rainforest. Our task is to write a non-chronological report on the Amazon rainforest, the children have found their own facts and grouped these using sub-headings, so far so good!

 

Homework this week will be focusing on addition and subtraction, using column method where appropriate. Continue to complete tasks on mathletics if possible.

 

Thank you once again!

 

Mr Butler

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Parent's evening!

It has been excellent seeing all the parents this week, thank you to those who have come in and those who I am still yet to see. We hope everybody enjoyed the production last week, the children were incredible so well done to everybody.

 

We have been writing a review of the production this week in literacy, the children have been thinking about their favourite parts and why they think other people would want to go and watch it. During maths we have been looking at collecting, interpreting and presenting data using tally charts, pictograms and bar charts. The children have continued to work really hard this week even after such an exhausting week previous.

 

Homework for the Easter holidays is based on next term's topic of 'South America'. Towards the end of this week the children will receive new table names which will be a country in South America. Their homework is to research this country and be ready to present their findings when we get back. The children can present their findings in any way they wish, for example a poster. The children do not have to record it at all if they can present it just using their memory, however they must complete the research otherwise they will struggle to present. 

 

I hope everybody has an excellent Easter break.

 

Mr Butler

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The show must go on!

Thank you to all parents for your support during the production, from getting the costumes in to helping on the refreshments stool, your support has been incredible and we would not have been able to do it without you. It has been amazing watching the children pull it all together and I'm sure those of you who have already seen it would say what a fantastic job they have done. If you are yet to see the production then I look forward to seeing you in the coming days!

 

Thank you once again and a massive well done to all the children involved!

 

Mr Butler

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WWRY

Gorillas and Flamingos had the privilege of going to watch The Stanway School's production of We Will Rock You this week. This was a very valuable experience as the children got to see how their characters acted and how they could adapt their acting to do the same. The children represented the school amazingly, well done.

 

Our own rehearsals are in full flow now and the children have been incredible so far. We are very excited about the number of people who wish to come and see the production. Please can we have all reply slips in by Friday the 10th at the latest so we can work out the numbers.

 

Well done to the children who completed the homework last week and planned their story. It was great to have a look at the fantastic ideas. This week the homework is to take the plan from last week and turn this into a story, try to remember the different parts to a story!

 

Mr Butler

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Skara Brae!

This week the children have been learning about Skara Brae. The children completed their own research on this Stone Age village and then turned this into a fact file. Once again the children have amazed me with the amount of information they were able to find and then the work they produced! Well done!

 

In maths we have started looking at multiplication and division, we recapped the methods we already knew and then moved onto scaling problems with ingredients for a pizza. Multiplication will be the focus for the majority of this term.

 

The rehearsals for the production are in full flow. Please keep practising the lines as much as possible at home as the production is only 4 weeks away we need to the children to know their lines when we come to rehearse.

 

Homework this week is set in line with the our writing focus of Skara Brae, the children must answer the questions which have been given to them.

 

Mr Butler

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Writing an explanation!

This week we have been focusing on writing an explanation on how people would hunt in the Stone Age. We started by researching this using books and IPADS. We then moved on to looking at examples of explanation texts and picking out the different features which will be needed in their own writing. The children then planned in groups what they will write for their own explanation.

 

In maths we have started to add using column method. We have mastered expanded column method and now we are using our knowledge of this to work on column method. The children seem confident with this already, keep it up!

 

Homework this week is focusing on the column method of addition, hopefully the children will be able to show off everything they have learnt.

 

Mr Butler

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Second week back!

This week the children have been writing persuasively. It has been their task to write a persuasive advert to sell a cave. We discussed the potential selling points and ways the children can make their cave sound better than the other caves out there. This is obviously linked to their topic of the Stone Age this term. We have not finished the adverts yet but the children have made an outstanding start.

 

During maths this week we have been looking at addition and place value. We have learnt a new method of addition called the expanded column method. This is a tricky method however the children have massively impressed me with their ability to use it. Well done, keep it up!

 

Homework this week is linked to the work in writing. The children will be asked to write their own persuasive advert to try and convince me to buy a toy product. They must think back to everything they have learnt this week and put it into practice independently.

 

Mr Butler

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Welcome back to the Spring term. This term our main topic is The Stone Age. On our first day back into school we had an unexpected visit from what we believe to be a Stone Age person who had stumbled across our classroom. They left icy footprints in the classroom and some Stone Age paintings on the wall as we believe they were trying to communicate with us. We looked at the footprints and did some measuring of these compared to our own footprints in maths, we wrote a diary entry pretending to be the Stone Age person and finally we produced some art work trying to communicate back. The children appeared very engaged and produced some excellent work.

 

This week we have been looking at when The Stone Age actually occurred and the children have started to create their very own timeline to show this. They are now beginning to understand just how long ago it was! We have also been focusing on place value in maths, looking at ordering and comparing 3 digit numbers. I was astounded when the children could place themselves in order of their birthdays without any adult help! Well done! Keep it up!

 

Mr Butler

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Week 14

The children have been working really hard this week during literacy writing Cinquain poems. These are a Japanese style of poem which are 5 lines long focusing mainly on a syllable pattern. We have been writing specifically about a Christmas tree. In maths children have started looking at fractions, specifically equivalent fractions. I have been very impressed with how well the children have picked up such a difficult concept!

 

Homework for over the Christmas period is linked to our topics for next term which are The Stone Age and Rocks. Children must decide on two different buildings and discuss what materials they are made from. On the sheet is an example they can use. Please give any support needed to your children as they are yet to cover this topic and this is an introduction.

 

Just a reminder we will be visiting the local library next Tuesday (20th), please can we have all permission slips back as quick as possible. Tomorrow is Christmas craft day, we therefore need the children to bring their sweet jars in so they can decorate them tomorrow.

 

Finally Wednesday 21st will be the Gorillas and Flamingos Christmas party. We have devised a list of party food/drink which we would greatly appreciate any children to bring in. This list will be put up on both classroom doors so please sign up to any which you can bring in.

 

Thank you in advance!

 

Mr Butler

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