Solar System Art

This week, Class 5 have been creating artwork based on the solar system. They have been learning how to effectively blend chalks to create realistic planets which include a shadow effect. Today, they each prepared their ‘space’ background by flicking white paint onto their black card to produce an impressive ‘star’ effect. Next week we will be fixing our planets into place and adding the finishing touches, such as planetary rings and shooting stars!


John Lewis Christmas Adverts – Cinema Event!


To launch our Christmas Talk4Writing unit, we enjoyed a cinema event in Class 5 this morning, with ‘Mrs Colbeck’s Popcorn Bar’ proving very popular! Showing on the screen were all of the John Lewis Christmas adverts from 2007 – 2018. We will be focusing on the 2012 offering – The Bear and the Hare – as the inspiration for our model text. During the final week of term, pupils will get to choose one of the other adverts and write a story based on it.


In spelling this week, we have been studying word roots and creating word webs from a starting word, e.g. telephone. These are the words for our next dictation:











Talk 4 Writing: Doctor Who!

We have had a fantastic ‘innovation’ week in English, as we have been drafting our discussion texts titled ‘Should Doctor Who give up being a Time Lord?’ To help us with this, we have been retelling the model text every day, with the of our ‘Daily Dalek’ who has been guiding us through our story map! In terms of pupils using their writing toolkits to draft their work, this has been the most successful unit so far this year. Some tremendous writing has taken place and we have enjoyed looking at each other’s work using the visualiser. Pupils are becoming more adept at editing their work following feedback from the teacher. Next week, we are writing our ‘invention’ – pupils have chosen their own discussion question based on our current space topic, ‘To Infinity and Beyond’. Some examples are: ‘Should we be allowed to play football on the Moon?’, ‘Should the new Doctor Who be a woman?’, ‘Should Mr Ruffle give up being an Associate Time Lord?’ (we found out he currently is after he rescued the class from the Dalek last week).


Pupils are also making good use of our writing journey board, which is now full of useful information, such as our story map, the toolkit, the boxed-up text and daily examples of Mr Croutear’s modelled writing (with annotated features). We also have our list of non-negotiable spellings!


Reciprocal Reading

Many pupils in Class 5 have been trained to carry out the ‘reciprocal reading’ approach – pupils take on the responsibility of organising their own group discussions about a text. The roles are: leader (facilitator), summariser, clarifier, questioner and predictor. Here are Group 1 carrying out their reciprocal reading discussion of the classic text ‘Nicholas Nickleby’:


Maths Coaching

After our recent maths reasoning assessment, we carried out a workshop with some pupils taking on the role of ‘coaches’ to help their classmates to understand questions which they did not get correct. It was a great session, with pupils eagerly visiting the coaching stations to listen to explanations.