13/03/15 Key Skills

Key skills this week has taken an exciting new adventure! I want you to do it on Office 365 in your personal OneNote page – preferably in the “homework” section under your name.

I will post it on here also, just in case you can’t access Office 365 for whatever reason…


The storm broke early in the evening and by seven o’clock it looked as if Heathrow might have to shut down. Runway One had disappeared in the rain. Runway Two was a canal. Half the planes had been delayed and the other half were circling hopelessly above the clouds, waiting their turn to land. The wind had blown an Air France DC10 all the way to Luton while, in a jumbo jet from Tokyo, seventy-nine Japanese passengers had all been sick at the same time. It was a night no one would forget. 

Above is the beginning paragraph to “Granny” by Anthony Horowitz. As we have looked recently at great openings to stories, your task is to take that paragraph and make it even better! We looked at: dramatic short sentences, rhetorical questions, scene setting and generally confusing the reader with cliff-hangers. It will be great for us to then compare how we have all changed the opening in different ways!

I look forward to reading all of them 🙂 

Granny pic


Today in maths we discovered that algebra actually is not as bad as we had thought! Some of it was in fact quite easy. Taking the different skills from the lesson today, such as inverse, your task is to complete the following fourteen questions:

Key Skills algebra


Have a fantastic weekend!

Key Skills 30/01/15

Key Skills 30/01/15

First of all, have a great weekend! 



Max created this problem last week; it confused many in the class for a while! Well done for confusing everyone Max because it created some great thinking. Can anyone answer it?

MS picture

Percentages of Amounts

As we have looked at percentages this week, this will help consolidate your learning.

Calculate the percentages of these amounts remembering to show your working out:


  • 20% of 50
  • 80% of 20
  • 40% of 10
  • 60% of 30
  • 90% of 100
  • 10% 0f 20
  • 70% of 70
  • 30% of 50
  • 60% of 40
  • 20% of 70


Remember to convert it to a fraction – that will be the easiest way to work them out!


Literacy/Creative Curriculum: 

You each received a long list of facts about the main characters from “Granny” that we have found out/inferred so far.

We discussed in class that this would be an open-ended task; you can do whatever you want to a high quality! Some ideas were: writing about why Granny is the way she is, why Granny steals, what happens next, about the life of Mr Lampy…

If you choose to do something electronically, it would be great to put it on the reading blog: http://reading.simondesenlisblogs.org/