Friday 16th November, 2018

Children in Need & Anti-Bullying:

This week was Anti-Bullying week and Children in Need. We completed three lessons for Anti-Bullying week on:

  1. Bullying in Social Media & Digital Footprints
  2. Meanness in Sport
  3. The importance of respect (creating chants and raps)



We spoke a lot about meanness in sport. Sometimes it can be just a joke and not harmful, but sometimes it can make people upset. It is important that we are tough and show resilience in these situations, but also know when it is time to tell an adult.

What do you need to do? Create at least 5 sentences writing as one of the three footballers we discussed:

Peter Crouch: Peter is a successful English footballer, who has played for many clubs in England including Liverpool and Tottenham. He has even played for England! He is over 2 meters tall, which gives him an advantage in many parts of the game such as heading the ball from a corner.

Although Crouch is resilient with name calling, he has experienced it throughout his career, especially when he started out as a player. He does not mind the occasional joke – but too much can be upsetting for him and his family… We all know how annoying a joke that gets old is!

John Barnes: John Barnes moved to England from Jamaica as a teenager. To begin with, it was difficult for him as he was judged by his ethnicity. Luckily, John let his football do the talking which made his friends begin to accept him as part of the gang.

John went on to play for Liverpool and England! He is very aware of the racism that goes on in sport. John does not play anymore, but he often helps younger players that have been the victim to racism and speaks out to the world about this. He is often on TV talking about football – watch out for him.

Juninho Paulista: Juninho, or nicknamed ‘The Little Fella’ by Middlesbrough fans is from Brazil. He does not play anymore but made a HUGE impact when he moved from Brazil to England to play for Middlesborugh in 1995. Juninho was VERY skillful and a handful for the other teams because of his incredible talent. Unfortunately, he was picked on by players from different teams because of his size. People were often very rough with him and made lots of bad tackles against him.

Thanks to Mr Magnall’s help, I’ve made a slideshow of all of the useful sentences you could use below. You may want to write your sentences out on paper before you comment, so that you can see which sentence type you are using.

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Good Luck – winners announced next Friday!

Home Learning:


We shall be playing some chess soon, why not refresh on the rules and top tips? This is a useful website:

Chess For Kids


802 = What does this mean?!?!

Have a great weekend – some great attitudes this week,

Mr Kay

Friday 9th November, 2018

Remembrance Day

Today, we discussed Remembrance Day. We talked a lot about WW1 and how it was the biggest conflict in history (at the time). Additionally, we also spoke about why we wear poppies and why we do minutes of silence.

Following this, you all completed 100 word challenges on Remembrance Day. Your writing ranged from poems to recounts and from newspaper reports to diaries.

Here is a wonderful poem Aaliyah created at home:


I was really pleased with Maths this week. We looked at how to complete ratio questions using concrete resources:

Eesha found out that each group was worth 11. Kariss, Khyra and Tia working together to solve a ratio question.

Risa using concrete objects and Sehansa drawing pictures to help her.


Jessica and Aaron shared some money in the ratio 2 : 6. They received £560 in total.

How much money did Jessica get?

How much money did Aaron get?

… Remember to figure out how many parts there are first.

Finding a Percentage of an amount:

I spoke to you about this today following some confusion:

  1. Find 10% by dividing the total by 10 – this will tell you what one of the ten parts is worth.
  2. From there, you can use what 10% to help find any percentage!

E.g. 20% of £650 = £650 divided by 10 = £65

10% = £65


20% = £65 x 2 = £130

REMEMBER: A percentage of a whole is the same as a fraction of a whole… 50% is the same as 1/2, which is the same as 0.5


We practised multiplying two fractions together this week. We know that there are three steps:

  1. Multiply the numerators
  2. Multiply the denominators
  3. Simplify the fraction








Times Tables Rockstars!

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We have a brand-new programme to try out in our school called ‘Times Tables Rock Stars. It helps us with our Times Tables by answering questions online and on paper.

How do we use it?

Your login details are exactly the same as your Sumdog ones.

What section should we play on?

To being with, play in The Studio. This sends me information of what your strengths and weaknesses are.

I also think you can set a Rock Avatar and Stage name – ENJOY!


We began a netball sequence of lessons on Thursday. I really enjoy teaching netball, as you need to your teammates to score points… Because you cannot run with the ball, but only without it!

We focused on the chest pass and agility this week. To improve our chest passes, we worked in small groups of 4-6 people and numbered ourselves. We then passed the ball in number order. The children without the ball were allowed to move – it looked really good. Our agility game was so much fun. Everyone has a cone they stood on and when I blew my whistle, you had to find another cone. To make it a competition, I removed a cone each time – it was almost like musical chairs.

Archie intercepting the ball. Malak catching the ball. Will it go in? Shubab on the ball. Action Shot. Kristina ready to begin our cone agility game. Passing and moving in groups.We never seem to get bored of Toilet Seat Tag!

It’s getting colder outside – so please feel free to bring tracksuit bottoms and a jumper or hoody so that you stay warm.


I spoke a lot on Thursday about ‘word classes’ and how a word can change its meaning depending on how we use it in a sentence. The example I used were ‘walk’ and ‘plant’:

Noun: That was a great walk! … Here we are talking about the ‘walk’ as a thing, a noun.

Verb: We will walk to school… We are using ‘walk’ as a verb because we are doing it.

Noun: Miss judge bought me a beautiful plant.

Verb: Shall we plant the seeds?

I had a look through my resources and managed to find a question that will put your understanding to the test – see how you get on:

TOP TIP: Eliminate the answers that you know it is not to begin with.

Well done to those people who got their Pen Pass today. You took on advice and as a result improved your handwriting. Congratulations to Nannette for getting our Learner of the Week!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Kay


Remember this video?

Robin Wood and Bar Modelling…

We spoke about Robin Wood today. I would like all of our class to go – if you have not paid your deposit yet, please so this as soon as you can. If you need to speak to me about this, please do! Here are the details of the trip:


This month is called ‘Barvember’, where we will focus on bar modelling. Here are some videos that support what we did today… DON’T PANIC! You will get better with practice.

After watching this video, see if you can attempt this question:

Top Tips:

  • Think about how many parts (blocks) Hannah would need to give David so that they have the same amount.
  • The amount of blocks that Hanna gave David represents £4.80… Could this help you figure out the rest?
  • Remember to draw new bar models out as you along to help you.


I’ve spent some time looking through all of your books and am pleased to award each of the following children a pen pass, congratulations:










Some of you are SUPER close to achieving your pen pass, so keep working hard and you’ll earn yours soon!




Here are 5 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar questions to have a go at:

  1. Which words below are adverbs?

Open the drawers carefully and quietly when using the filing cabinet.                   1 mark

  1. Which word completes the sentence below.

Michael and Kate read their books ______________ they ate their sandwiches.




during                                                                                                                     1 mark

  1. Which punctuation goes with each group of words?

Look out                                                                                ?

How are you doing                                                                 .

January is the first month of the year                                     !                               1 mark

  1. Which word describes how William played on the field.

William played badly on the field.                                                                           1 mark

  1. Look at this sentence:

The shopping list said he should buy bread, butter, jam and tea.

a) What is the name of the punctuation mark that is used after the words ‘bread’ and ‘butter’?

……………………………………………………..                         1 mark

b) Why is this punctuation mark needed in the sentence above?

to mark the start of a new clause

to show that a word is missing

to separate the items in a list

to take the place of brackets                                                                                   1 mark

HALF TERM: Inference on Thursday

We have been spending a lot of time on ‘inference’ in class. We know that it means to figure things out from the clues in the text and that we need to almost be detectives.

For example, if you see someone eating a new food and he or she makes a face, then you infer he or she does not like it. The text might not say they do not like it – but you can figure it out.

Roald Dahl – Matilda

This is definitely my favourite book by Roald Dahl. Can you make any inferences from the opening of the chapter titled ‘Miss Honey’?

See if you can come up with at least three suggestions. Remember to ask yourself questions whilst you read such as:

  • What do I notice?
  • What does that tell me about…?
  • I wonder if this means…
  • Maybe this could mean…

Mr Kay

HALF TERM: Wednesday is for Countdown!

Hi everyone,

Thanks for all of your comments so far. Remember to check them before you click post so I can accept them knowing you have tried your absolute best.

I’m currently in the Yorkshire Dales with Ralph. I can’t believe how lazy he is during the day. I usually worry about what he is up to whilst I’m at school (especially after the ‘stair carpet incident’)… But it turns out that he mostly just sleeps!

I completely forgot about a daytime television programme called ‘Countdown’ that is on in a cafe here, which reminded me of a free online version that I have played with some of my classes before:

I can’t remember whether we have played this together, but please have a go. It can be tricky so don’t worry if you can’t solve the calculation straight away. In fact, sometimes it is not possible at all and you just need to get as close as you can to the answer. Above is the link to the Numbers Game but there is also a Word Game (see menu on left) as well.

To check your answer: click solve. Let me know how you get on!

Mr Kay

HALF TERM: Tuesday Writing Competition

It seems to have got very cold, EXTREMELY quickly since we broke up for half term. The more I think about it – the more it reminds me of all of the snow earlier this year.

Writing Competition

I’m challenging you to create 3-5 sentences using the video below as inspiration. The video is from a skiing holiday, but you can be as creative as you’d like. There aren’t really too many rules with this task, see where it takes you! You could:

  • Write about the video itself/what is happening…
  •  Write as if you are actually in it (maybe in first person as the skier). Are you brave and confident? Or nervous and worried? Do you want to create panic? Are you looking for your friends?Or lost?  Are you being chased? Is there an avalanche?
  • Describe the scenery and surroundings, thinking about the five senses.

Suggestion Sentence Types

Here are some suggestion sentence types to help you, we’ve looked at these in class: Above: we know this as an embedded relative clause… Above: You know this from ISPACED openers.Above: You know this from ISPACED openers. Above: Remember the brackets. We noticed bundles of personification in ‘Born to Run’. Above: Some of you have used these (hanging above Blue Table).We are used to ‘Time Connectives’ from using ‘IPEELL’

Try to be as ambitious as you can with the vocabulary (words) you choose. I’m really looking forward to reading these; I’ll get some prizes for the best sentences for the first Friday back (9th November).

Good luck,

Mr Kay

HALF TERM: Monday Maths


Well done to everyone who has started the Sumdog division challenge. I know that some of you will be busy over half term, but if you get a chance please attempt your questions so you can keep up to speed with division.

I’ve set this as a division challenge rather than a competition. This means that you don’t need to worry about other children’s scores and just focus on your own. With a challenge, you are against yourself to get all of your questions completed to earn your coins.

Extra Questions

I’ve looked through some practice papers I have for areas of Maths that we have already covered…

For question 1, think about the information you have and the important parts. Are you looking for a total or do you already have that? What does the box represent? A group?

For Q19, I would first note down what the shaded square’s product is. I would then work across the other calculations, writing their products as I went along. You could even cross out the incorrect squares and shade the correct.

We have covered the role of the equals sign before. Remember it means ‘same as’ or ‘equal to’. Imagine it is a seesaw and that the values need to be the same on each side. If you get stuck – write down what you know first. If you find it difficult to multiply decimals (1.25 x 2) can you add it twice instead? Maybe the inverse could be useful.

It’s been a while since we did rounding. Place value is key here. Remember to to identify the hundreds column, then look to the digit on the right to decide whether you round up or down. Again, you could cross out the numbers you think are wrong which will help you in selecting the correct answers. You could plot the numbers on a number line to help you.


Want to play a Maths game with a family member or friend? Totality is one of my favourite Maths games.

Our rules were:

  • Decide on a number that will lose the game (between 20-50 is fine).
  • Start with a counter on zero.
  • Take turns by moving the counter along the lines to different numbers.
  • You must add the previous total to the next in your heads as you go along.
  • FOR EXAMPLE: 0 + 4 + 2  0… would mean we are currently on 6.
  • The player to move the counter to losing number – or exceeding it – loses.
  • Remember to not tell your opponent which number you are on!

Download the board game for free here, by copying this link into your search bar:

For more information about the game, copy this link into your search bar:

There will be a writing challenge posted tomorrow, based on a video – check it out!

Mr Kay