Spelling City Link05-10-2017 | 19:51:22 | No Comments

Just a reminder that the weekly spelling list can be accessed weekly by using the link below:




The most recent set of spellings appears at the top of the list. Although we do not have a paid subscription, there are a number of free activities accessible on the site that the children can use to help practise their spellings. We have also started to do an ‘Interim Test’ in the week (usually on a Tuesday) so the children can measure their progress for that week and target certain words that they find particularly tricky.


At the moment, we are exploring the ‘-fer/ferr’ letter string.

Week of inspirational maths: day four05-10-2017 | 13:30:45 | No Comments

Today we investigated the patterns that can be found in cubes. The line of enquiry we explored can be found below:


“If we took a 3x3x3 cube and dipped it into paint, so the

paint completely covered the cube, and then we took it apart and

looked at the smaller 1 x 1 x 1 cubes, how many small cubes would

have three sides painted? Two sides painted? One side painted?

No sides painted?”


One group recorded their findings in the table below:

What patterns can you spot?



Week of inspirational maths: day three04-10-2017 | 14:21:03 | No Comments

This morning, the pupils in Y6 were lucky enough to have a visit from some Y9 pupils at Moorside, including some familiar faces (great to see you again, Simran, Abbie, Will and Chris!).


Today’s task introduced the pupils to one of the world’s unsolved problems in mathematics which is, in itself, very cool. It involves a sequence of numbers called a Hailstone sequence. It is called this because the numbers go up and down again (like hailstones do before they fall back down to Earth). There is an example of a hailstone sequence below:

20 – 10 – 5 – 16 – 8 – 4 – 2 – 1


Hailstone Sequences follow these rules:

If a number is even, divide it by 2

If a number is odd, multiply it by 3 and add 1.


In 1937 a mathematician called Lothar Collatz proposed that for any number you pick, if you follow the procedure enough times you will eventually get to 1. This then became known as The Collatz Conjecture (a conjecture is an idea that you think might be true but you do not know for sure).


Since 1837 lots of mathematicians have been trying to prove or disprove it. So far every number that has been tried has reached 1, and powerful computers have checked enormous numbers of numbers, but no one knows if there is a big number out there that might break the rule. So this is classified as an unsolved problem in mathematics.


Week of inspirational maths: day two03-10-2017 | 15:52:25 | No Comments

Today we have been investigating a sequence called Squares to Stairs. This was perfect preparation for our work tomorrow where we join forces with some Y9 pupils from Moorside to work on a problem that has not been solved by anyone yet! Who knows, maybe some of our pupils will make history tomorrow!



Week of inspirational maths: day one03-10-2017 | 10:07:42 | No Comments

Our week of inspirational maths began with a film that explains how our brains grow and change. After the film, we looked at how we could create different representations using a dot card before going on to a really cool challenge: fewest squares.

The children had to fill an 11×13 grid using the fewest amount of squares. Right up until the end of the morning, 6 was the fewest amount we could use. However, Charlie threw a real curveball at us right at the end of the morning by coming up with a creative way using just two squares!

The children worked really hard on this challenge and there was certainly a lot of ‘brain growth’ taking place!

Mr Withington’s WW1 & WW2 Visit03-10-2017 | 09:35:43 | No Comments

Last week, Year 6 were extremely lucky to receive a visit from Mr Withington to talk to them about world war one and two. Mr Withington brought loads of artefacts in, such as medals, letters, photographs, which he let the children hold and look at. He also shared loads of knowledge with our pupils and they learned an awful lot throughout the afternoon.

Thank you, Mr Withington, for giving up your time to talk to us – it is greatly appreciated!


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