As part of Kinetic Letters and developing core strength for wellbeing, we have been planking regularly. Today Mikey and Mr Prosser had a “plank-off”, after five minutes they called it a draw…

Hoping that everyone is planking regularly!

Mandela Key Skills 12/09/14

We have had a wonderful first week back! The children have been magnificent and have worked extremely hard.

The key skills for this week:

Creative Curriculum:

This week it is very much science related. After Churchill beat Mandela in a very tense blockbluster quiz, we looked at testing the strength of seven different plastic bags. Through many discussions we realised that it was fairly impossible to make the test completely fair; we tried extremely hard to ensure that our results were as reliable as possible.

This is some of our thoughts on what effects the strength of a bag:

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Below is our results table, along with our predictions (we didn’t time it). As you can see, the majority of the people thought JD Sports would hold the most bricks and the second largest amount of people thought the “Tunisia” bag would succeed.

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For key skills this week, have a think about the questions below, reply with a paragraph that covers at least two of the questions – if everyone has answered 1 and 2 for example, try and do the others on. We will be using all of the answers as a resource for discussion next week.

1) Why do you think those two bags were the most successful?

2) How could we have made the test more fair?

3) How could we have improved the test?

4) How else could we have tested the strength of plastic bags?

5) What made the test unfair?

6) Do you think our results were accurate and reliable, and why?

7) What other questions could we ask following the investigation?

Remember, we tried our hardest to make it as fair as possible! 


Maths Key Skills: 

This week we have been improving our use of the four operations!

Your key skills for this week is the following questions:


1)4.1 + 9.23 =

2)81.2 + 91.3 =

3)218 + 673 =

4)132.8 + 48.2 =


1)38.1 – 13.4 =

2)92.78 – 13.23 =

3)123.11 – 62.10 =

4)48.44 – 32.15 =


1)84 ÷ 4 =

2)78  ÷ 3 =

3)612  ÷ 6 =

4)555  ÷ 5 =


1)32 x 19 =

2)72 x 38 =

3)22 x 67 =

4)31 x 52 =

Complete them in your key skills book.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Writing Mnemonic

In literacy we were discussing the use of a mnemonic to aid our learning though our self-assessment of our work.

The words:





When (adverbials)

Sentence Openers


We thought of a few ideas earlier, but nothing was jumping out! Archie Chorlton … seemed a popular beginning to it. It would be fantastic if someone could come up with a really good version that we could use alongside our writing to help us ensure we have all of those features!

Have a great weekend.