First steps to grid method for multiplication


Today in maths with Miss Kettle and Mrs Buettner’s sets, we made initial learning of the grid method for multiplication a practical lesson. Children made grids using tape on the floor in the hall. They then threw dice to create two-digit by 1-digit number calculations. After that, they calculated the answers and made them with dienes before adding them up and coming up with their answers. Pupils will consolidate and apply this learning formally into their books in our next lesson. Perhaps you could get your child to show you their new learning at home? Alternatively, you are invited to see our learning in action at school next Wednesday (19th) at 9am at the maths workshop. Everyone welcome😃 

Have a fantastic weekend! Miss Kettle🌸


Story Mapping

It’s been a while since our Viking workshop ‘A Viking Tale’ – the story was based on an ordinary young Viking girl named Freya.  She was fed up of being treated like a girl, she wanted to go out and explore the world like the boys got to do- she didn’t want to stay at home and cook and clean like tradition demanded.  After being teased by the boys in the village she made a brave decision one day and climbed into a trailer that was heading for the port, she hid under a blanket for the long journey. Once she arrived she set about finding a way to be chosen to set sail aboard a ship. The journey saw many turbulent times but Freya held her own- unfortunately one day her secret was discovered and along with her friend Boris she jumped ship and swam to shore. Once in England they set about finding Boris’s home town.  The children have been recapping the story today, creating story maps to help them remember the story. This is a great skill to recount popular stories and familiarise themselves with key events.  The children will be using their story maps to create an diary extracts of Freya’s exciting journey.

Performance Poetry

Mrs Buettner’s guided reading set have spent the week learning and rehearsing poems written by Lewis Carol taken from our current group text, Alice in Wonderland. The children worked in small groups to learn, rehearse and perform their poems for #nationalpoetryday

Group 1 – Ollie, Charlie & Harley performed ‘The Walrus & The Carpenter’

Group 2 – Elise & Destiny performed ‘Old Father William’

Group 3- Bayley & Freddie

Group 4- Elliot, Bayley M, Bailey W & Trish performed ‘Lobster Quadrille’

Group 5- Catherine & Colao

The children then peer assessed each other based on objectives taken from the Year 6 Reading Objectives. 

1) to read fluently and effortlessly

2) demonstrate appropriate intonation, tone and volume when reading aloud

3) learn poetry by heart

For a first attempt the children did a fantastic job. We will be reviewing their performances on Monday and considering how they could improve their performances for next time. I’ve already set them the challenge to learn a Christmas in spud poem to perform before we break for the Christmas holidays; this time they will be working solo! Keep your eyes peeled.

Outdoor Learning in Maths

Today Miss Kettle’s and Mrs Buettner’s maths groups took a trip down to Grafton Park to take part in a practical session about Roman Numerals. From pre-assessments we knew that most children had some prior knowledge of Roman Numerals but needed reminding on how to put them together. First of all we asked them to collect as many sticks and twigs as they could find.

Once they Had collected all their sticks we set them the challenge to, firstly, create the number 1-10 in Roman numerals. We had a few challenged with remembering how to make a 4 (IV) and 9 (IX). Nathan was excellent at explaining that to make nine we need “1 less than 10, so we write it IX”

After they had completed 1-10 we set them the challenge to make 11-20, we had great conversations again about how to make 19 (XIX), most children could articulate that it was 10 + 9.

Marta is our Roman Numerals queen and was challenged to make dates out of Roman numerals, can you work out what dates she has written? Remember X=10 C =100 M= 1000.  Add comments to our blog if you think you know what she has written.