Monthly Archives: February 2018

World Book Day

Hi everyone,

As you are aware today is ‘World Book Day’ and I would love to find out what you enjoy reading. This can be a short blog about the book, why it’s enjoyable, who are some of the characters? What is the plot?…..ssshhh don’t give too much away!

One of my favourite books is ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo. In this story Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten. I really love stories about animals which is why this is one of my favourite stories. I also love Michael Morpurgo as an author because I have read many of his books and always find them captivating.

Now your turn.

Happy Blogging!

Miss Niland

The Man Who Walked Between The Towers

This half term we will be looking at ‘The Man Who Walked Between the Two Towers’. So for our first day back after the holidays the children replicated some of the movements of the famous French aerobatic Philippe Petit from in the story. They took part in activities such as: juggling in pairs, javelin throwing, balancing on boxes and tight rope walking. Overall, the children have really immersed themselves into the story and are now working towards writing a flashback about Philippe Petit’s day walking across the towers. Here are some action shots of the children pretending to be Philippe.

Miss Niland

Spring 2 Maths Support Week 1

This week children will be looking at multiplying and dividing numbers. In particular, the children will multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.

Multiplying by 10, 100 or 1000

When you multiply by 10, move all the digits one place to the left, putting a zero in the empty space.

246 x 10 = 2460

Example 246 multiplied by 10

When you multiply by 100, move all the digits two places to the left, putting a zero in the empty spaces.

When you multiply by 1000, move all the digits three places to the left, putting a zero in the empty spaces.

The decimal point always stays in the same place.

Dividing by 10, 100 or 1000

When you divide by 10, move all the digits one place to the right (the opposite way to multiplying).

246 ÷ 10 = 24.6

Example 246 divided by 10

When you divide by 100, move all the digits two places to the right.

When you divide by 1000, move all the digits three places to the right.

The decimal point always stays in the same place.

Miss Niland

An end to our Harry Potter context!



Well… after an exciting and magical half term we have come to the end of our Harry Potter context. The children threw themselves into this context and I am so proud of the effort and enthusiasm they have put into their work this half term.

During this context, the children became newspaper reporters and have written their own newspaper report about Harry’s first Quidditch game. They have also put themselves in Harry’s shoes and have written a diary entry about Harry’s day when he first had detention in the terrifying Forbidden Forest. In addition, over this half term the children’s knowledge and understanding of the text has blown us away. This was shown in the reflection task the children made and presented to the children in Mr Carr’s class. The children put together a presentation to try and persuade someone why they should attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. We have also learned about Alnwick Castle in Northumberland which is famous for being used as Hogwarts Castle in the film.

Our trip to Harry Potter World was also a massive highlight of our half term and I’m sure this was a trip which the children will never forget.

Next half term our new context will be around the book ‘The Man Who Walked Between The Towers.’ It is very different to the context this half term but i’m sure the children will love it!

Miss Niland


Spring 1 Maths Support Week 6

For our final week this half term, in Maths the children will be distinguishing between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles.

What are ‘polygons’?

Polygons are shapes with many straight sides:

  • Regular polygons have equal angles and sides of equal length.
  • Irregular polygons have sides of different lengths.

Here are some common polygons:

Pentagons have 5 sides:

A regular pentagon

An irregular pentagon

An irregular pentagon

Hexagons have 6 sides:

A regular hexagon

A regular hexagon

An irregular hexagon

An irregular hexagon

Heptagons have 7 sides:

A regular heptagon

A regular heptagon

An irregular heptagon

An irregular heptagon

Octagons have 8 sides:

A regular Octagon

A regular octagon

An irregular Octagon

An irregular octagon

Here are various different shapes in regular and irregular forms:


Are these shapes regular or irregular? What are their names? How many sides do they have?

Shape 1                      Shape 2                     Shape 3

Shape 4                        Shape 5                        Shape 6

 Miss Niland

Spring 1 Maths Support Week 5

In Maths next week, the children will be identifying, describing and representing the position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using the appropriate language and knowing that the shape has not changed.

What do we mean by reflection?

When a shape is reflected in a mirror line, the reflection is the same distance from the mirror line as the original shape.

Here are some mirror lines:

  • Vertical mirror line vertical reflection
  • Horizontal mirror line horizontal reflection
  • Diagonal mirror line diagonal reflection
What do we mean by translation?

Translation is when a shape slides from one place to another, without turning.

Here are some example translations:

  • 2 squares to the left Translation - 2 squares to the left
  • 3 squares down Translation - 3 squares down
  • 1 square to the right and four squares up - Transformation - 1 square to the right and four squares up

Miss Niland