Key Skills 20.03.15

Key Skills 20/03/15


A mysterious person left Simon a clue in a bottle last week which was washed up on the beach…


This mysterious person wrote it through poetry.

Your task this week is to write a poem back in response.

You will need to think about:

  • What would Simon say?
  • Who is he addressing it to?
  • Is he going to accept this person’s offer of help?



Missing angles! We have done a lot of work on missing angles recently. Your task this week is to create an exciting poster that informs the reader exactly how to calculate any missing angle. We have looked at:

– Straight lines.

– Full rotations.

– Quadrilaterals.

– Triangles.

You must include the following:

– Examples.

– Facts.

– A challenge for the reader.



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 27/02/15


Key skills was to look at your test-papers over the weekend for discussion on Monday. However, I didn’t give you them… Practise times tables please!


For those who took home their reading papers, you need to have a look through it; try to work out why you went wrong and how you could have done better. This will hopefully give you an idea of what area of reading you need to look at developing.

For those who didn’t take home their reading papers, you are to create a game related to SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar). How you create the game is entirely up to you, as is the area/subject within SPaG. Make it fun and ensure that whoever plays the game develops their skills (your chosen topic).

Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂

Key Skills 06/02/15


We’ve looked a lot at decimals, percentages and fractions recently, this task will help pull puts together!

A great task to push your thinking skills. This will create some brilliant classroom discussion! With 0 being the centre, and 1 being the end/start of the spiral, where would you place 0.5, 0.25 etc. on there?

Key Skills





In SPaG this week, one of our many activities was to brush up our understanding of nouns.  The teachers threw in a few nouns you had not yet encountered: collective nouns.  Your key skills this week is to research the words used to describe a collection of something and list some that are new to you or some that are surprising.  I wonder if anyone can find out what lots of crows are called.  At least 10 collective nouns please.
Also, many of you learnt about and  listed abstract nouns, proper and pronouns or possessive and relative pronouns.  Please list 10 examples of these.  Strive to find examples of these that other people haven’t.

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:


Key Skills 16/01/15

First things first, have a wonderful weekend and thank you for all of the hard work this week 🙂 In celebration assembly I spoke about Gemma’s superb effort of recent but it’s a similar story for most of Mandela class.


In your home, search for ten different items that have a measured capacity. Once you have found out the capacity of each item, you need to order them from the smallest to the largest. Also, I want you to convert them from millilitres to litres as well.


For example:

Item 1: Carton/bottle of milk (2nd largest capacity)

Capacity: 568ml (a pint)

In litres: 0.568L



I look forward to hearing all about this!

For key skills this week, I want you to all explain: what are you reading? Write down five key points/events/facts that have come from your book.

This will create some very interesting classroom discussion. Such as: discussing books that others have read, reviewing books, finding out what interests us and a lot more!


Key Skills 09/01/15


As we have been looking at journalistic writing in literacy, your task this week is to write a newspaper article about Mrs Rosevear’s iPad going missing…

To include:

  • Headline
  • Minimum of three paragraphs
  • The 5 Ws and the 1 H.
  • Orientation and reorientation.


We have no idea how it went missing. This is where your creativity comes to life… It’s entirely up to you how it went missing. There may have been a witness, there may be several suspects or there could even be clues around school…

Next week we will be able to look at these in literacy and discuss how they were. We have been looking at humorous headlines too – three credits for the most creative headline (we will judge in class!).

Further help:

What does it look like? It went missing on Monday, 5th January.





Revisiting fractions of amounts!

  1. Sarah has 48 gel pens.  She gives ¾ of them away.  How many does she give away?
  2. Rachael has 5 packets of 20 biscuits.  She puts three tenths of the biscuits on a plate.  How many biscuits are on the plate?
  3. James buys 65 sweets.  He eats 4/5 of them.  How many does he have left?
  4. Robert has 24 marbles.  He puts ⅜ of them in his pocket for a game.  How many does he put in his pocket?
  5. A small bag of flour is 3kg and a large bag is 9kg.  What fraction of the large bag is the small bag?
  6. I have £10.  I give £6 to my friend Colin.  What fraction of £10 have I given her?
  7. What fraction of 1 meter is 25cm?
  8. What fraction of £2 is 40p?
  9. I have 608 sweets I eat three quarters of them.  How many have I eaten?



Christmas and Key Skills

Merry Christmas first of all! 

We have had a brilliant day today. I especially enjoyed Lauren Cox’s brilliant performance on the keyboard… Blown away!

Have a wonderful couple of weeks. Enjoy your time singing, dancing, eating and having a brilliant time with those close to you. I look forward to the new term and hope it is just as good as this one has been!


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Getting into the Christmas spirit… Happy birthday Parris!

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Literacy key skills:

This was a double sided SPaG sheet, rehearsing and consoidating things that we have looked at this year.

Numeracy key skills:

Maths Key Skills – Mr Prosser

Merry Christmas!

Your key skills over the festive period is broken up into four clear sections. All of the topics are ones we have covered this term, a bit of consolidation! Not much room for working out on here – complete it in your key skills book. Remember, be smart with organising your time to complete your work! Some of the questions do require extra thinking…

Section 1: Fractions

  • 5/7 of 210 =
  • 9/20 of 120 =
  • 3/5 of 40 =
  • Colin received fourteen presents on Christmas Day, he also had one on Christmas Eve. He liked 4/5 of his presents. How many presents did he not like?

Section 2: Methods for Four Operations

  • 318 ÷ 18 =
  • 9189 ÷ 3 =
  • 66 x 28 =
  • 418 x 14 =
  • 2 + 18.41 =
  • 22 + 78 =
  • 11 – 48 =
  • 33 – 30.27 =

Section 3: Area and Perimeter

  • If a rectangle has an area of 100cm2 what could its length and width be? Come up with 4 possibilities.
  • If a shape has a perimeter of 16cm, what could its area be?
  • Draw a shape that has the same perimeter as area.
  • Area of shape below:

 Section 4: Mean, Median and Mode

A set of 5 numbers added together make 20. If the median and mode are both 3, what could the numbers be? Come up with at least two possibilities.

We haven’t done mean, median and mode in a while. Will require some thinking!


Key Skills 05/12/14

Last week’s key skills was completed to an extremely high standard. Is it possible to be beaten? We had creativity beyond belief – special mention to Lily, Lauren and Matthew submitting theirs through an envelope. Simple yet the extra thoughts are great.

This weeks key skills: 


We have been looking at fractions recently… Therefore this week, consolidating fractions of amounts! It won’t paste in too well… Here’s a snip of what it was!



Recently we have done a lot of work on sentence structures and clauses. Therefore, for key skills this week, you need to create a poster or an information sheet that shows on it what the following are:

  • Complex sentence.
  • Compound sentence.
  • Simple sentence.
  • Main clause.
  • Subordinate clause.
  • Embedded clause.
  • Short sentence.

The best way to show it will be through examples that tell the reader precisely how they work. How you present it is entirely up to you, just ensure that you have explained to the reader all of the above.

Going the Extra Mile:

Put together a paragraph that uses the traffic light system and has a wide variety of all of the sentences.