We have been learning to…

This week we have been going over some key number concepts as we begin our revision for SATs. Here are the links to last year’s arithmetic paper if any parents want to try – its a 30 minute test.


The reasoning papers are here:



In writing, we have completed our own newspaper reports based on fairy tails. We had some great reports based on Little Red Ridding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Cinderella and Snow White amongst others. Next week we will return to story writing.

We have also managed to fit in some science for British Science Week including two amazing science visitors on Friday.

We had a thrilling presentation from Dr Adam Baker who works on rockets and satellites and collaborates with the astronaut Tim Peake. Below are the live launch of an air-powered rocket and a demonstration of a real miniature rocket engine.

Adam told us about the International Space Station (ISS) – a giant science laboratory in space, orbiting the Earth at 25,000 miles an hour.  He encouraged us to use the International Space Station tracker (http://www.isstracker.com/) to follow its orbit. There’s also lots of amazing video of the Earth shot from the ISS on the web for anyone interested.


We had an equally exciting presentation from a chemistry teacher at Dulwich College (and Rosendale parent) who explained how atoms are the building blocks of matter and performed some great experiments.

Explosion of a hydrogen balloon:


Burning ethanol in a plastic barrel:


Ethanol + oxygen –> carbon dioxide, water [which we saw left in the container] and heat energy [the barrel was warm]

This week’s SPaG practice is three short (10 question) exercises:

  • Formal and informal English
  • Passive and active voice
  • Use of colons and semi-colons


We have been learning to…

This week in maths we learnt about data including covering mean and line graphs. We will finish the curriculum this week and start our revision.

In writing we wrote some fantastic arguments about why the curriculum should dedicate more time to P.E. We included cohesive language and used colons for lists.

In between all this, we managed to fit in lots of reading for world book day (pictures to follow) and a visit to the technology exhibition hosted at Rosedale.

Well done to those who have completed a SPaG.com test. A new test was posted yesterday.

We have been learning to…

In writing  this week, children have been arguing whether CCTV should be installed in all primary schools. We focuses on using cohesive language to ‘glue’ our sentences and paragraphs together. Many children were also able to use colons to formally introduce a list in their writing. Next week, we will be arguing that their should be more P.E. and/or art in the curriculum (and explaining why). This is a great discussion you could have at home.

In maths, we finished our learning on missing angles and practised translating and reflecting shapes. Next week, we delving into the world of statistics, focusing on working out the mean, pie charts and line graphs.

Pie charts


There’s a new practice SPaG test online, if you’d like to have a go…