Monthly Archives: March 2018

Summer 1 Week 1 Maths Support

The first week back after the Easter break, the children will be focussing on place value. They will read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit.

What is place value?

Place value refers to the value of each digit within a number.

Diagram of the number 3 147 286

In the number {3,147,286} the digit {2} has a value of {200} (two hundred) and the digit {3} has a value of {3,000,000} (three million).


What is the value of the digit {8} in {3,147,286}?

Miss Niland

This week in year 5 !!!

This week has been assessment week. We have completed several tests including: Math Reasoning, Arithmetic and Reading. In our English, we have been working towards writing an eye witness account – it has been very interesting. In Science we have been learning about air resistance. During our Maths, we have been studying conversions between units of measurements as well as estimating capacity. In P.E we have been doing orienteering, which has been really fun.

In Y5CA the attendance was 99.7%

In Y5N the attendance was 94.7%

AB and EH



Spring 2 Maths Support Week 5

Before the children break up for the Easter break, they will be covering statistics in Maths. In particular, they will be solving comparing, addition and difference problems using information presented in a line graph. Data means information. So interpreting data just means working out what information is telling you. Information is sometimes shown in tables, charts and graphs to make the information easier to read. It is important to read all the different parts of the table, chart or graph.


A table is used to write down a number of pieces of data about different things.

Table example


Colour Number of gears  

Ranger Silver 5 £140
Outdoor Blue 10 £195
Tourer Red 15 £189
Starburst Silver 15 £215
Mountain White 5 £129

The title of the table tells us what the table is about.

The headings tell us what data is in each column.

To find out the colour of the tourer bike, you look across the Tourer row until it meets the colour column. So a Tourer bike is red!

Miss Niland

This week in our class!

This week we have been learning about, The man who walked between the towers. We have been pretending to be witnesses of the event and we have even been doing role play, which was fun. In Maths we have been learning about improper and mixed fractions and it has been very tricky. In Science we have been learning about air resistance and it has been very interesting . We have been trying very hard with our presentation and I have achieved a gold star.

Our attendance this week was 91.7%


Here are some photos of our class during English this week. We were interviewing witnesses who saw Philippe walk between the towers.

Spring 2 Maths Support Week 4

Next week the children will be looking at measures. They will be estimating volume (e.g. using 1 cm3 blocks to build cubes, including cuboids) & capacity (e.g. using water). The children will also convert between different units of metric measure (e.g. km/m; cm/m; cm/mm; g/kg; l/ml).

The volume of a shape is a measure of all of its 3d space. Simple formulas can help you find a shape’s volume.

Counting cubes

The volume of a shape measures the 3-dimensional amount of space that it takes up. Volume is measured in cubes.

A 1cm x 1cm x 1cm cube

A cubic cm has sides of length 1cm. It has a volume of 1cm3 (1 cm cubed).

A 2 cm x 2 cm x 3cm cuboid

This cuboid contains 12 cubes. Each cube has a volume of 1cm3. So the volume of this cuboid is 12cm3.


b is for bredth, or width of the cuboid. l is for length, and h is for height

To find the volume of a cuboid multiply its length by its width by its height. We can write this as:

volume = l × w × h


A cereal box with a height of 30 cm, a length of 20 cm and a bredth of 8cm

The volume of this cereal packet is:

8 × 20 × 30 = 4800cm3

Miss Niland

Spring 2 Maths Support Week 3

Next week in Maths the children will be looking at fractions. The children will recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements.

Improper and mixed fractions

An improper fraction has a numerator that is bigger than its denominator, for example 10/7

9/4 is an improper fraction. It means nine quarters. If you think of this as cakes, nine quarters are more than two whole cakes. It is 2 1/4 cakes.

4 goes into 9 2 times with one quater left over

2 1/4 is a mixed fraction because it has a whole number and a fraction together.

Miss Niland

This week in our class!

In our class this week we have been learning about the man who walked between the towers which has been really exciting and interesting. In science we have been learning about forces including friction and gravity. In one of our lessons we even went outside to explore the force called friction in this lesson we rolled different types of balls including: Rugby ball, Tennis ball, bowls ball and plastic balls. In maths we have learned about 3d shapes and different nets. In our class we have introduced a new way of making sure we keep up our golden presentation up. This week our attendance was 90.7% out of 100.


Love to read!

Last week we had an intriguing red box delivered to our classroom. When we opened the box we found 10 new, exciting books for us to read. During the rest of this year, you will have the opportunity to borrow the books to read at home and in school.
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the books when you have read them. I would really love it if you could share your thoughts about each book by blogging on this post when you have read one of the books. Here are some things you might want to think about:
  • Did you enjoy the book? Why?
  • What was your favourite part? Why?
  • Would you recommend this to your friend?
  • Is there anyone in particular who you think might like this book? (Think about what topics people could be interested in)
  • Who are the main characters? Can you tell me something about them?
  • Do you have a favourite character? Why?
  • Does the story have a message to make the reader think?
  • Do you know any other books by the same author?
  • What would you rate the book out of 10? 10 being the best. Why would you give it this rating?
  • What do you think was the most important part of the story?
  • Can you summarise the story?
  • If you like the story, can you write a few sentences to try and persuade others in our class to read the book?

Miss Niland

Spring 2 Maths Support Week 2

Next week the children will be focussing on geometry. They will be identifying 3D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2D representations. The children will also use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts & find missing lengths & angles.

Nets of 3D shapes

The net of a 3D shape is what it looks like if it is opened out flat. A net can be folded up to make a 3D shape.

There may be several possible nets for one 3D shape.

Here are some examples:

Net of a cube Net of a cube

Net of a cuboid Net of a cuboid

Net of a square-based pyramid Net of a square-based pyramid

Net of a triangle-based pyramid Net of a tetrahedron

3D shapes

3D shapes have faces (sides), edges and vertices (corners).

The exception is the sphere which has no edges or vertices.

3D shapes

Miss Niland

This week in our class!

In our class this week we have started to look at our new book, ‘The Man Who Walked Between The Towers’. Throughout the week we have started to pick out the key events within the book and we have reinacted some of the movements of the character Philippe. (See the previous ‘The Man Who Walked Between The Towers’ blog post for photos)

In Maths we have been multiplying and dividing whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. I am so proud of everyone this week with the effort they have put into Maths. We have worked through some very tricky maths problems and every single person has completed them with lots of enthusiasm. We have some true Maths superstars in our class!

In Science we have started to look at our new ‘Forces’ topic. This week we have looked specifically at gravity. The children were so keen to get stuck into this topic and many of the children have told me how they can’t wait for our next Science lesson. Our new groups in class, which the children can collect points for, link to famous people relating to Science.

This week we have also had World Book Day. We discussed and blogged about our favourite books. (See comments on the previous post) We have been given a great selection of new books to read and reading records to take home to keep our reading experiences logged. Whilst we read about the new books we have been given, we also had a hot chocolate and biscuits.

Additionally, our attendance this week was 96.7%.

Miss Niland