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September 2016.

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Year 6, this could be you next year...

Year 6, this could be you next year... 1

The evening's campfire.

They've arrived...

Will you spare two minutes of your time?

Will you spare two minutes of your time? 1

What have these ladies got in common?

This says it all...

This says it all... 1

What are your views on this? Is not Democracy for everyone & haven't we been taught that all opinions matter & that we should respect other's as well as ourselves.

The votes are cast, the tellers have counted... However, who won?!

The votes are cast, the tellers have counted... However,  who won?!  1

The Otters Class EU Debate - Those that had researched the homework for the EU Referendum were able to attempt to persuade their opposition to rally to their own cause. Prior to our secret ballot, the children persuasively pressed their points, the resulting debate was filmed and is available to view below...

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Why not support Wilp & Morgan this Saturday.

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Think about it...!

Think about it...! 1

Homework, week beginning 13th June 2016

Very topical this week!

Your task is to look at the arguments for and against remaining in the European Union.  Try to put aside your current thoughts and base your decision on what you read, opinions of people you speak to, News reports on the Television, Radio, Newspapers, Official facts and figures, Research & (If you're very brave...) Politicians!

After you have done this, compare your thoughts after your research to your thoughts before - are they the same, or have they changed?  Bring your findings back into class where we will be having our own official secret ballot for the Referendum...

A fab day out, more pics to follow...

A fab day out, more pics to follow... 1

Do you agree?

Do you agree? 1

This is the Black Panther Thomas became acquainted with at the Spanish Zoo. They care for exotic animals which were previously kept as pets. When they become too much of a handful for their owners, the zoo looks after them.

A very happy Empire Day to one & all...

Countdown to Thursday! The Natural History Museum... Some pics to whet one's appetite. www.nhm.ac.uk

Well guys... This is our lifeboat! George & I went to check it out on Saturday, get fundraising now & your hot little hands could be on that throttle! So far.... Imo is in the lead. Sponsorship forms from Mr G this week.

Well done on your work in class yesterday. The S.I.P. who observed you said she was so happy that she didn't want to leave the class!

Well done on your work in class yesterday. The S.I.P. who observed you said she was so happy that she didn't want to leave the class!  1

Has persuasive writing ever been this stimulating? Four mystery objects, the task to construct a successful advertisement for a given audience - nailed it!

Maisie - the stuffed animal would be bigger than you!

Maisie - the stuffed animal would be bigger than you!  1

Ask your parents to record this for you on BBC4 tonight. Although it is a repeat, I doubt a better documentary on this magnificent city will ever be made. The presenter, Francesco da Mosto describes his home city like a poet... Unmissable.

We like to think that we uphold our school's Christian Values - This man lived them and at the risk of his own life... During WW2 he saved the lives of over 600 children from the Nazis, then kept it a secret for over 40 years - a legend. 

This is Sir Nicholas Winton - read his unbelievable story here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36325187

Ever wondered how you get from a 2D shape to a 3D prism? Borrow Abigail's dinosaur - can you see how thickness added to a 2D shape creates a 3D prism? Tasty...

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Here are some examples of packaging all created from nets - yes, an actual 2D net creating a working 3D shape...

Homework for week beginning 16/05/2016 and due in on Monday 23/05/2016.

Look at the packaging above.  Your fun task is to create a replica of any packaging or object used in every day life, from a net.  Perhaps the most recognisable one is the Toblerone packet - it is simply a triangular prism.

Your task is to use your knowledge on nets from our maths lessons this week & recreate a household object, or product using your skill.  There will be a prize for the most adventurous!  So - make two nets in total, one to show your design & the other to be assembled into the finished product.  Any problems, please do ask & if you need any card etc. I'm happy to supply that as well.  Hint: If you're not sure, dismantle any packaging into it's flat, 2D net - then, use that knowledge for your own one.

This week, we will be looking at the gentle art of persuasion... Fancy a cheat sheet? - help yourself!

In class we've been discussing our journey to work. Some drive, some walk, some cycle & some even cross fields to get to school. Here's my journey, from garage to car park... Scroll down to see the variety of ways we travel to school.

Wilf, Sam & Stan's journey to school - no cars , polution or carbon footprint here!

Rebecca has cycled to school - here's her journey

Imogen is considering constructing a tunnel to school, thereby avoiding inclement weather...

All finished....

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Homework - week beginning, 9th May 2016.

ADVERTS

Due in Monday 16th May 2016 - this will be used for your Literacy work ALL week.

We will be looking at the art of persuasion... By the end of the week you will have to create a fully functioning advert for an unknown product - You will actually have the product on Thursday.

1. Choose 3 very successful adverts from any medium - newspaper, magazine, TV, radio etc.

2. Bring in a copy on paper to school. (If from the radio etc. then this will have to be written down)

3. The pictures are not that important, the text / words / writing is.

4. Highlight what YOU consider to be the key points that have convinced / persuaded you to buy / choose this product.

5. write a small paragraph on each advert stating why it is successful.

 

Here are some adverts... Some are real, some are not! Can you tell? & also, which ones are successful?

Marmite has always had a superbly successful advertising campaign - these are all real - what do you think?

Sleeping bag designs - which would you choose? This goes to show that imagination needs to be used with maths, science, DT, art & literacy for a truly successful design. I'll have mine with mushrooms & pepperoni please!

The intensity of concentration during the dreaded SPaG test.... You can almost feel the effort.

The intensity of concentration during the dreaded SPaG test....  You can almost feel the effort. 1

The children of year 6, their sweet & innocent faces riven with stress, prepare for their SATs tests. Some, so physically weak, had to be fed grapes manually...

Year 6 Quiz - Here are some images of what you should and shouldn't do before a stressful SATs week! What do you think are the correct answers? - Enjoy!

They're here.... Plus, they've just eaten three handwriting books!

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Can you remember the specifications for Noah's Ark from our Bible story last week? This chap did - he's made a full size one in the Netherlands!!!

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Government Spelling Bank.

Please click on the link below:

Year 5- whilst being taught by me I will be setting weekly homework extending Maths skills and literacy comprehension. Homework will be given on Friday for return by Wednesday at the latest. Some homework will involve a level of challenge and I am more than happy to help if required before completion day. Times tables still remain a skill a number of children need to master and at present the A group are practising 4s. Mrs Skilton

Parents - would you like to try what our year 6 are going to be attempting on May 9th? If so, please click the link below: 

http://www.sats2016.co.uk/think-youd-pass-your-sats-in-2016/ 

This will help us with the dreaded mean, mode, median and range...

A few shots of some of you from Thursday...

I couldn't possibly comment...

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Goodness! Everyone is joining in...

Goodness! Everyone is joining in... 1

Today you bestowed an immeasurable kindness, I'm proud of each and every one of you.

Today you bestowed an immeasurable kindness, I'm proud of each and every one of you. 1

Don't forget to set your recorder - Pick of the day in the Radio Times. 21:00 hrs, BBC 1, tonight.

Don't forget to set your recorder - Pick of the day in the Radio Times. 21:00 hrs, BBC 1, tonight. 1

Two days to go... Will you be the perfect host to our elderly guests? No pressure!

Two days to go... Will you be the perfect host to our elderly guests? No pressure!  1

Don't forget... Thursday 21st April - the 90th birthday of H.M. The Queen. Wear red, white & blue, plus bring a £1 - It's going to be a fab day.

Don't forget... Thursday 21st April - the 90th birthday of H.M. The Queen.  Wear red, white & blue, plus bring a £1 - It's going to be a fab day. 1

This man is a legend, his company - Microsoft has arguably done more to change the world we live in than any other. He gives more to charity each year than most countries! spare a minute to read his thoughts - I particularly like the one about your teacher!

The personal invitations are on their way...

The personal invitations are on their way... 1
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Worried about today's maths? - don't be - have a peep here...

Our new major topic - look below for resources we have used in class.

Our new major topic - look below for resources we have used in class. 1

Homework for the week beginning 18/04/2016

 

Year 6:  You will use your new blue files to look at questions you may have answered incorrectly and revise the subject so that you are clear and can correctly answer the type of question next time.

Year 5:  You will have been given targets by Mrs Skilton to improve your work - use these and revise what you have been asked to learn.

This is what we were talking about today - How plants suck in Carbon Dioxide and produce wonderful Oxygen - fab!

This is what we were talking about today - How plants suck in Carbon Dioxide and produce wonderful Oxygen - fab! 1

Here are some of the images I promised for our new science topic - I'm so glad you all found it fascinating - more next week...

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Year 6 parents, would you like to see how your child is getting on? Check their book bags as I've allowed them to take their sample papers home, please talk to them about their scores & if you could help them with the ones they have incorrectly answered, that would be a fabulous boost to what we are trying to achieve in class!

Year 6 parents,  would you like to see how your child is getting on? Check their book bags as I've allowed them to take their sample papers home, please talk to them about their scores & if you could help them with the ones they have incorrectly answered, that would be a fabulous boost to what we are trying to achieve in class! 1

Why not go along & support our school's charity this year?

Why not go along & support our school's charity this year? 1
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After 51 years working perfectly, the brake light switch on my Silver Cloud failed last week, just before the MOT test... It is located in an almost unreachable part of the car & you have to crawl underneath, then climb up into the chassis to get to it! From 2D shapes in maths & the electricity topic I learnt in year 6, to the sheet metal work lessons I had when I was in Year 10 at Queen Elizabeth's, Faversham, I was able to repair & rebuild the copper contacts on the switch & within 6 hours the car was back on the road. Everything you learn at school will be useful to you one day - however, you never know when that day will come... (pics of the switch broken & after repair)

Well done Abigail - our first reply from Sir David Attenborough no less... Superb!

Well done Abigail - our first reply from Sir David Attenborough no less... Superb! 1

Some fab news to start the week - just in from the WWF.

Some fab news to start the week - just in from the WWF. 1
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IMPORTANT!!! DO NOT FORGET!!!

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Star of the week - Adam D'Souza.. Handwriting from September 2015 and then from March 2016 - an amazing improvement.

Who cares what people may think? Ignore them all, believe in yourself.

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Don't you miss the mud?..

Don't you miss the mud?.. 1

This week's debate... I couldn't possibly comment!

This week's debate... I couldn't possibly comment! 1

Science work - an investigation into the coefficient of friction for different surfaces...

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Heated discussion of the results!

Do take a minute to watch this.

If it could be repeated with animals,  would we actually have extinction? 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10205450826660816&id=1554919906

Would this style of teaching be your worst nightmare, or reassuringly prescriptive?

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A most civilised luncheon... Thanks Imogen.

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Read 📖 the face on the left first. Then read across both faces - can you see how the meaning turns around?! Words (in the correct order!) are extremely powerful when used carefully...

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Now that's what I call learning...

Sometimes a picture is beyond words - study these images closely, is this not what we have been studying in Science? Perhaps your generation will right the wrongs of mine... There's very little time left. (Images copyright Robin Wood)

Who said geometry was boring?!!

Who said geometry was boring?!! 1

The giant Aloe Vera plant 🌿 is having babies for class...

The giant Aloe Vera plant 🌿 is having babies for class... 1
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Joking apart... Support them, or lose them!

Joking apart... Support them, or lose them! 1

A tie! Which way would you have voted?

A tie! Which way would you have voted? 1
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Homework for the week beginning 07/03/2016

 

In literacy we are planning our persuasive letters, your homework task is to prepare for this.  Whatever you prepare will be used in class from Monday 14th March (incidentally, this is when the homework is due in...)

You know your subjects already, we have discussed this in class extensively, so I won't waste time here.  Imagine if I wished to write a persuasive letter about the decline in numbers of the rare Stowting flying hamster... I'd need to think about the following when preparing my letter:

 

  • Make sure that it is well written. It can be very annoying for someone to have to struggle to read handwriting. Always use your best and clearest handwriting. (Remember what I told you - if you cannot read it, you cannot COMMUNICATE, which after all is the point!)
  • Make sure all your contact details are clearly written down at the top of the letter. If they are not, then you might not get a reply. The correct address is essential.  (Who will I be writing to about the hamster? - I need to research this accurately)
  • Think about what you want to say. If necessary make some notes on a separate sheet of paper first. (Definitely make a plan!) This will ensure that you do not forget anything.
  • Think about to whom you are writing the letter. Use the right style of writing and language — formal or informal, business like or friendly.  (I'm serious about the loss of the Stowting flying hamster, so I'll use formal language, after all, it's not a laughing matter...)
  • How will you address the person - Mr, Mrs, the Right Hon. - make sure you check this in detail, a mistake can be taken as an insult!  (Also, who should I be persuading? - you will need to research this - no use writing to Morgan about the hamsters, he's probably trapped most of them, so he won't be interested...)
  • Lay out your letter using paragraphs. This makes it easier for the reader. (You know the order & content of these from class, so don't worry too much here)

 

So... Be precise; be accurate; collect your facts for arguing your point; be polite and use the correct level of formal language; be concise - nobody likes waffle. (Remember - this homework is NOT to write your letter, it is to provide you with the ammunition and facts you will need for a stunning letter - YES, you can do this.)

You may plan/prepare in any format you deem useful - THIS IS TO HELP YOU - not me.  You will use your work to provide the foundation to your writing on Monday and please remember... There is no excuse for not bringing it in - YOU will be the only person to suffer if you forget.  However, prepare/plan well & your work in class will be a breeze.

Finally, if in doubt, ask! (I may hysterically laugh a lot, but after I've calmed down I'm happy to do so.)

Beacuse I'm feeling mildly helpful, I've added some documents to assist you below - download at your leisure!

Beacuse I'm feeling mildly helpful, I've added some documents to assist you below - download at your leisure! 1
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Finally, if you need a little lift - Gemma's letter to Fuller's meats for the forthcoming Roadkill BBQ - you will need PowerPoint to load this - it shows how a letter works in detail.

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Guess what? We're streaming live!.. All we need now are some occupants. You can log in live by cutting & pasting this URL into your browser: http://birdbox.seenature.org.uk/schools/stowting-primary-school/

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Coming soon to an unsuspecting classroom near you... A particularly nasty & tortuous perspective of mathematics called coordinates - I can't wait!

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When I was in Primary School, this actually happened - honest!

When I was in Primary School,  this actually happened - honest! 1

True learning is always built on evaluating what you have done correctly & also what you have done incorrectly - here are a few perceptive examples from our comprehension studies this week.

Well, we love it.

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I quite fancy this!

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Would you like to have a sneak peep at the research the class have been doing regarding endangered & extinct species? - here's a small selection...

Feel like doing something about it? Have a look here: http://www.sospecies.org/

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Maisie's work on the Lowland Gorilla.

Nira's PowerPoint on evolution.

Sienna was very persuasive regarding the Red Panda.

Sienna was very persuasive regarding the Red Panda. 1

The Red Panda was popular, here's Jess' & Luke's take on it:

Wilp 's work on the Polar Bear.

Wilp 's work on the Polar Bear. 1

The most original presentation? - Got to be Yola - she even made a superb model of the Earth 🌍!

The most original presentation?  - Got to be Yola - she even made a superb model of the Earth 🌍!  1

Morgan's work on evolution - very methodical & well argued.

Morgan's work on evolution - very methodical & well argued. 1

Imogen's PowerPoint on endangered animals - very thought provoking... (sadly, at over 30 Mb we cannot upload it to the class webpage - it will be loaded in class for all to see)

Imogen's PowerPoint on endangered animals - very thought provoking...  (sadly, at over 30 Mb we cannot upload it to the class webpage - it will be loaded in class for all to see) 1

Homework of the week... Who could it be? Year 5, or year 6? Such a comprehensive & informative piece of work. A masterclass in presentation & initiative - have a read...

Azrai's take on the same subject.

Child caught on school property whilst impersonating a teacher... He was only found out when the antique clock he had hidden under his Mink jacket, struck the hour...

Child caught on school property whilst impersonating a teacher... He was only found out when the antique clock he had hidden under his Mink jacket, struck the hour... 1

Are you using any of these?..

Are you using any of these?.. 1
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Otters class newsletter March 2016.

Looks like a great series starting tonight at 9pm (26/02/2016) on Yesterday - could they have actually found God's Ark of the Covenant?...

Looks like a great series starting tonight at 9pm (26/02/2016) on Yesterday - could they have actually found God's Ark of the Covenant?...  1

H.M. Queen Elizabeth II was thrilled to have our new, state of the art underground railway line named after her.

H.M. Queen Elizabeth II was thrilled to have our new, state of the art underground railway line named after her. 1

Oh dear... It has started! (a photo from a recent smart phone launch)

An illustration from a forthcoming book... Am I really that strict with grammar?! (I'm slightly worried about the piercing red eyes!)

An illustration from a forthcoming book... Am I really that strict with grammar?! (I'm slightly worried about the piercing red eyes!) 1

Goodness! Our new page will be operating fully next term...

Goodness!  Our new page will be operating fully next term... 1
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