Big sheet problem solving in Maths

Last week some of our children explored  addition and subtraction problems on ‘big sheets’.

The children needed to work together – often teaching each other as well as sharing ideas – in order to solve the problems.

The adults were hugely impressed by the way the children approached the challenge and the confidence they all showed.

Exploring non-fiction texts in English

In Year 4 English this week we are examining, and then writing, non-fiction texts.

To start things off we have deconstructed a text about the Anglo-Saxons, identifying all the different features the author had used.

Say cheese!

Sienna and Tayla shared a fantastic Victorian artefact with their fellow Year 5 classmates this week. Sienna’s family kindly let her bring in a precious camera made in the late Victorian period (when photography was first developed). We were extremely impressed by how they were able to set up the camera and explain how it would have worked.

It’s always great to see pupils extending their learning out of school. Well done girls!

Young storytellers

In History, Year 4 children have been learning about the wonderful adventure stories the Anglo-Saxons told.

In this week’s English lessons the children have started writing their own stories and have been imagining that they are professional Anglo-Saxon storytellers performing their work to their classes.  The best ones have been rewarded with ‘gold’ and hearty meals but if their stories didn’t thrill their audience they were sent away hungry!

 

Feel the Force(s) in Year 5

Year 5 have been exploring gravity and air resistance by designing and testing parachutes!

Continuing Year 4 Science

 

Having left the eggs in a variety of liquids for 24 hours, Year 4 pupils looked at the results of the experiment and drew some valuable conclusions.

We found that some liquids would stain our teeth and others really damaged the egg shells (meaning they would damage the enamel of our teeth).  We even found that energy drinks seemed to do more damage than malt vinegar.  Yuck!

The one liquid that didn’t do any damage at all was water.

We will be continuing to look at diet and dental hygiene in our experiments.

Year 4 Science ‘Egg-speriments’

In Science, the children are learning about the human digestive system.

Having learned how to describe the digestive system, we are now looking at how we can all help to keep the system healthy and functioning well.

We are starting with teeth, and are carrying out experiments (or ‘egg-speriments’ if you prefer) using eggs and a variety of different liquids to simulate the effects the liquids might have on our teeth.  After that, we will be experimenting with toothpaste to see if it really can help to clean and protect our teeth.

We will update with some of our results later this week!

Taking responsibility for learning in Maths

In Year 4 we completed our first unit of Maths, learning about the place value of numbers.  To help to count in 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s (including using negative numbers) the children used a variety of resources, really taking responsibility for their own learning.

Dicey times in Year 4

Amongst some super work in Maths this week, Year 4 children have been using dice games to learn about counting using negative numbers.

Year 6 Leavers 2018

What a lovely assembly today! So many memories from the last four years at Silsden Primary School’s Hothfield site. Good luck to all of you at your new schools.