Just before the holidays we had a very special CAFOD assembly with Jane and Leo Conley. We were all invited to do something small each week during Lent to help our school to collect some money for this very worthy cause. How are you doing? Have you managed to save any of your pocket money? Maybe you’ve asked for your sweet money for the week to be saved or you may have been asking to do extra jobs around the house in the hope that your palm will be crossed with silver. There’s still time to start. Help us to work together to make a difference. Please collect your money at home and look out for when to bring it in.

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Science Club – Nature & The Environment

This week was the first of our Year 1 and Year 2 Nature & The Environment Club. We used our green fingers to plant some sunflower and broad bean seeds. We will be looking after them over the coming weeks, so watch this space for a bountiful crop!

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World Book Day 2018

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100% Attendance in January

Well done to all of the children who have been in school every day in January. Certificates are being given out today. These lucky children were picked out of ‘the hat’ to receive a book token.

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Today on Top Table we have…


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Magical Maths – KS1 – Stately Holmes!

Stately Holmes was here this week, a great detective and mathematical mystery solver. Here’s what the children learned…

Stately Holmes is a distant relative of the great Sherlock, and has a reputation that’s really building(!!) He’s worked for some of the biggest crime solving organisations in the world; including the CIA and the FBI, but this week Stately was with us to teach the supercool youngsters a few of his crime solving skills.

Crack the Code
The children work out the answer to sums in order to Crack the Code.

What message did Stately leave for the children……?

The Mystery Calculator – helps you to read minds!

The second activity our detective brought with him was ‘the Mystery Calculator’. This is genuinely really amazing. 

It’s a sheet of numbers that’s helps you calculate what another person is thinking. The children were shown how to use it, and tried it on each other.

We email parents a copy of the calculator, so they can continue the magic at home! 🙂

Fun with Games Galore
Our final activity this week was some really fun games. Great for practising important maths in groups. Please note, we change the difficulty of these games according to which year group is taking part – perfect for everyone!

The game we played this week was ‘More or Less than’. It’s a guessing game that helps children develop their strategies for finding unknown numbers. They have to guess what number is displayed behind their head by guess-work and feedback of ‘more than’ or ‘less than’ from the rest of the class. It was a game-a-rific game this week, with plenty of highs and lows. 🙂

Well what a great week this was. We really enjoyed it, and I know our world class detective was amazed by the younger detectives (I reckon they might even take Stately’s job if they carry on at this rate!!).

See you next week for more Magical Maths, we can’t wait.

Mr O’Hara (Maths Co-ordinator)

(and Head of convincing the FBI to lend us their best detectives).

P.S. Next week is a PARTICULARLY magical week…we’ve got a visit from our very own Mathemagician.

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Magic Maths Week 1 KS2 – The Professor!!

The Genius Training Booklet

The Professor went through the genius training booklet with the children. All students were given a booklet to take home…let us know if you want us to send you another one…

Students learned some of the Professor’s techniques for calculating huge numbers. He took them through the squaring trick. This trick is not the easiest, but is super effective when pulled off well. With a bit of practice though your child will be the local genius on your street.

Multiplication Bingo

A super fun game that helps with speedy multiplication. We adapt the difficulty slightly depending on age.

Fun and Games with Games Galore!

The final activity this week was all fun and games from our amazing ‘Games Galore’ activity pack.

We played a game called ‘Heads and Tails’. It has data collection and strategic themes, and sparked lots of competition within the group. We eventually whittled it down to just a few who did super-good!

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Top Table Awards & Attendance Award

Congratulations to all these children who have worked so hard to earn their place on the top Table.

Well done to Year 6 for winning the attendance cup this week – keep it up and enjoy your extra play reward.

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Assembly Awards

Well done to all of these children for receiving a certificate or prize for their hard work. Can you spot the 2 star writers? What fabulous prizes!

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Attendance Cup Winners

This week there were two classes with the best attendance! Congratulations to Year 2 and Year 4 – joint 1st place.
It was also great to hear that overall attendance across the school was good. Well done everyone!

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