Merry Cope-mas

Our children were very excited yesterday as the got given their annual present from the governors of WCM. This excitement tripled when they opened them to find a signed copy of Andy Cope’s newest book for kids! Most of them started reading it last night and have brought it in this morning to read if there was time – we couldn’t resist!

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More card games – play at Christmas!

Last Monday, Graham – our resident card expert – came into see us again. He spent half his time with each class and we became more familiar with the game ‘Beggar my Neighbour’. The children had a fantastic time playing and got really quick at playing it. Here are a brief explanation of the rules – all you need is a pack of cards.

  1. Deal the whole pack – and don’t look at your cards.
  2. Take it in turns in a clockwise direction.
  3. The player after the dealer lays their top card face up.
  4. If you lay a ‘baby’ card, the next person has their turn. (Baby cards are the number cards).
  5. If you lay a picture card, the next person has to lay the equivalent number of cards on top (A = 4, K = 3, Q = 2, J = 1). If the next person lays all ‘baby’ cards then the person who laid the picture card wins the whole pile in the middle.
  6. If another picture card is laid, this stops it and the process begins again.

We also played a fun stand up and sit down game, that is based entirely on luck, predicting the colour of the next card shown.

Graham also set us a challenge – how many words can we make out of the word ‘bridge’ with 3 or more letters? Each letter can only be used once. Sabi went home that night and came back with 18 different words. Before we say what they are – how many can you do?

More Home Learning

Despite it being the last week, our class are still putting that 2%er extra effort in at home and bringing in some fabulous home learning. Layton brought in another fabulous Roman sword, Chloe made her own times table hundred square, Regan created a Wooden Horse from Lego, and Lucas created a whole scene from the same Ancient Greek myth! Other children are still bringing in times table practice, spellings, multiplication and division and CLIC gap work. Well done to all!

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An introduction to bridge

It is that exciting time of year again where Graham, who is one of our special visitors, has moved to teach bridge to the Year Fives. Today, it was Y5GE’s turn. They began with a recap of their learning with him last year. We recapped the basics (52 cards in a deck, two different colours, 4 suits) and then played some mini games to warm us up. The aim of the mini-games were so we could familiarise ourselves with the cards, the suits, the values of the cards and of course – to work on our team work. Whilst we were quite loud, we were just very enthusiastic!

Whist was the first quick and easy game we were taught. It would be easy to play at home:

Take one suit of cards and deal them to your table. Each person should fan their cards in their hand so they can see them. Then, the dealer lays down one card – everyone lays one card on top of it, one at a time. The person who lays the highest card wins the ‘trick’. For example: if the dealer laid a ten, the only cards tha can beat it are a J (jack), Q (queen), K (king) or A (ace). Value of the cards is important here.

This was one of many games we played – it was a great hour and a quarter!

Another Ancient Greek myth

After two successful weeks learning and rewriting the Ancient Greek myth ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’, today we moved onto a new myth: The Wooden Horse (also known as the Trojan Horse).

After collecting some boastful language (really good quality adjectives) to describe the different artist impressions of the wooden horse, we watched an old cartoon version of the story. As they watched the cartoon a second time, the children collected the main events of the story in their jotters. We have become very successful at summarising main events, and this was clear in our learning.

The task we were challenged to do, was to create a comic strip for the main events of the story. Here we are in progress:

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Campfire – reversible and irreversible changes

Thankfully, there was a break in the weather on Thursday as it was time for the science to get fully practical. In last week’s lesson, the children had observed the changes to an ice cube when heated and determined whether this change was reversible or irreversible. This week they went outside and Mr Allsopp led the session, using heat as a source again to investigate change.

As Mrs Reid reported: We have had a fun and memorable afternoon doing science! Outside, we looked at the way heating and burning materials using fire can change them irreversibly. Mr Allsopp showed us changes to bread, chocolate, egg and cheese using the fire and we got to taste some freshly popped corn.
When we went inside we looked at how mixing solids and liquids together also became an irreversible change, making a tasty (but disgusting sounding) treat called armpit fudge!
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Division

This week, we have moved onto using the short division method for finding remainders. Wednesday’s lesson was hard going, with all the many steps to remember, even with a WAGOLL. In today’s lesson some children moved onto using the method to find remainders independently, some children just needed another quick recap of the short division method and some needed a lot more input to use the method without remainders. However, we all began with looking at the process in a more pictorial way – using the good old place value counters!