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Week ending 11/12/15


In Art, we were doing goodbye cards for Miss Alloway, as she goes back to New Zealand in the new year, as well as finishing off our Andy Council pictures.


In Maths, we have been looking at fractions and learning to simplify them into equivalent fractions by finding a common factor of the denominator and the numerator. Also, we have been finding out a missing number from divisions using our multiplication facts as well as grouping and sharing. Furthermore, we have been starting some self-directed learning to get some advance knowledge on algebra, ratio and proportions before we begin this in earnest next term.


In Literacy, we have been looking at creating suspenseful dialogue with tension and strong synonyms for 'said'.


In RE, we have been learning about the traditions we hold at Christmas. This week, we looked at the use of evergreens in Christmas decorations. These originated from a Norweigan belief that the evergreens scare away devils as they represent everlasting life. cheeky

Week ending 4th December


This week in Science, we watched a demonstration of a dissection of a sheep's heart and lungs. After donning some protective gloves, we got to put our hands in and have a good poke around the various arteries and veins of the heart, as well as the trachea which is made of tough cartilage.


In Art, we were doing work similar to Andy Council by drawing the landmarks of Bristol like an animal. 


Billy took part in the piano and trumpet performance this week and did an incredible rendition of Deck the Halls.


In Literacy, we have been looking at the subjunctive and indicative form. The subjunctive is when something is wished for, imagined or possible. The indicative form is when something has already happened or is definitely (or thought to be!) true. The modal verbs help us spot which is which!


In PE, we have been doing basketball and looking at dribbling techniques. Keep control of the ball by watching the ball as you manoeuvre. You have to pretend you're sitting on the toilet with your hand out on the flush. Then bounce the ball with your fingers, really low so you can control it easier.


In Maths, we have been using SNIVEL which is a technique to help us with our problem-solving and solving missing numbers in equations. We have also been finding the equivalents between fractions, decimals and percentages. Finally, we have been calculating with missing numbers. 


In PHSE, we have been talking about the swimmer called Ellie Simmonds and how, although she has dwarfism, she has gone on to be one of the greatest swimmers. laugh

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Week ending 27/11/15


This week in Maths, we have been given a practice run through of the SATS we are likely to be doing this year. There were 3 papers. We have been researching a website called mathsisfun to help us with areas we found difficult.


In Literacy, we have been writing a Defeat the Monster story with a supply teacher (Mr Law did some academic mentoring with us that day). Also, we did a SPAG test and learned how to phrase our answers for the reading test we are likely to have.


In Art, we today we finished off our Anti-Bullying collages and those who completed them did a mini-monster competition to see who could draw the best monster which Jonah won. It was like a purple jellyfish with one big eye.


We had a lockdown practise this week to make sure we knew the procedure for protecting ourselves should we need to, and we read a scary story to pass the time called Drip, Drip, Drip by Malorie Blackman.


In Science, as part of our work on the human body, we looked at healthy diets and how the sugar in one can of coke is almost our limit from the recommended daily allowances. We also checked a diet coke and saw that is has no nutritional value at all! We discussed how our body prefers to breakdown simple sugars over complex which is why we need to reduce the amount of simple sugars we take in each day! In other Science news, our dissection lesson is ever closer as the equipment has arrived! Exciting times.


In RE, we have been doing Tai Chi to try out some physical meditation as part of our work on Taoism.



Week Ending 20/11/15


In RE this week, we did meditation which lastest for about 10 minutes (though some of us were in so deep a trance, it felt like 30 - bonus contemplation) as part of our exploration of Taoism. We also did Rangoli patterns as part of our work in Diwali and we did this on the tables using chalk and dry poster paints.


In Maths this week, we have been working on converting fractions to decimals and vice versa; we also multiplied and divided fractions by whole numbers and other fractions. We have also been learning the formal method of division, long division. For a recap, you can view an animated version of this method on Along with this, we have been multiplying the 7s, 8s, 9s and 12s.


We had a visitor this week who gave us a workshop on Bristol being the Green capital. We did work on the three Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. This also included Resources and we came up with ways our school and ourselves could improve our environment for the future.


In PE, we have been learning how to dribble and a rugby invasion game where we had to break a defensive line using invasion tactics to take a rugby ball back to our own try line. Adam performed an impressive slice kick which Luca caught with a leap leading the bib team to victory!


In Literacy, we have used the netbooks to research different parts of Bristol so that we can write a persuasive article to get people to visit Bristol. This is a culmination of our work on persuasion.


In Science, we did an investigation where we had to take our pulse at rest, after running a course without obstacles and finally after running a course with obstacles. This was to simulate the effect of a build up of fats in the blood vessels. frown



Week ending 13/11/15


Today it was Children in Need day and we donated 50ps to dress up as someone we admire. We had a range of people from David Attenborough to Frankenstein's monster!


This week in Literacy, we have been recreating our persuasive text Come to Neverland. We've rewritten it in a variety of ways such as; a new kitchen gadget, a new horror game, a holiday to Mars and a new Pokemon game. 


In Science, we have been learning about the chambers of our heart (the mammalian heart), which are the left and right atrium and ventricles and went into more detail about how air gets around our body through the combination of the respiratory and the circulatory system. 


In Maths, we have been dividing and multiplying 5s, 2s, 10s, 3s and 4s. Also, we have also been dividing by 10, 100 and 1000s, along with percentages. There has also been adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators where we needed to find a common denominator and then simplify them using equivalence. There was a bomb to defuse and a jigsaw problem to solve.


This week in Computing, we have been testing our skills with emails by using our new accounts to email each other. These accounts have been set up with Google Apps for Education and have been carefully filtered so we can only email each other and receive emails from sites we are signed up too, such as Basecamp which we will use for project management.


In PHSE, we have been looking at what would be different if we had someone with cerebral palsy and found that the layout of the site might be difficult, but the majority of things we would do and play would be very similar. This is part on our work on celebrating differences.


In PE, we have been designing our own Pudseys as the weather today was absolutely terrible, who ordered hailstones? 


In Art, we were looking at an artist called Jean Michel Basquiat and we were talking about how he had a short life (he died at 27) and how he expressed his feelings through his art. His style was very interesting if a bit scruffy, he even included words like 'spleen' and 'liver' in his work! He definitely utilised the internal organs in his work! Banksy was also discussed today!


In RE, we have been learning about another area of Taoism, Feng Shui which involved having positive Chi.


In Music, we were playing glockenspiels to play a tune by reading musical score. yes

Week ending 6/11/15


In Literacy we have been writing an overtly exaggerated article to persuade people to come to Neverland; this has begun our work on persuasive writing.


In Maths, we have been calculating with decimals, both multiplication and division. Also, we have been using percentages to find the value of a discount.


In Science, we have been learning about the respiration system, our lungs and how the diaphragm allows us to breathe. 


This week in PE, we have been playing a fun game called Ring of Fire. To play this game, you have to pass the ball around, if you drop it you go down to one knee, another miss means down to two knees, then another drop misses loses a hand, a fourth drop means you're out! If you catch the ball, however, you can regain a limb.


In RE, we were learning about the Chinese Philosophy/Religion of Taoism. We drew the Chinese calligraphy for Shu, T'ien and Tao. We also drew the Yin Yang symbol and discussed how the symbol represents opposing, but complementary forces.


In Computing, we have been learning how to create a strong, secure password using the website -


In Art, we have been carrying out a still life drawing of a squash and arranging our art portfolio.


In Music, we have been listening to Blues and creating our own lines to the song Shake Sugaree by Elizabeth Cotton. We also learned a standard blues rhythm to demonstrate syncopation.


In History, we have been doing a timeline of the different times and ages we have learned about whilst at this school. devil