Sam’s brilliant cyclops homework

Rowan Class homework last week was to write a description of the cyclops, Polyphemus. Here’s Sam’s brilliant writing.

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Using Maths to raise money

On Friday, Rowan Class made cakes to raise money for kitchen equipment for our friends at our twinned school, Kafuro Primary School. But this was no ordinary cooking lesson. Mr Stanley gave the children basic recipe cards and then the children had to use ratio to scale the recipes to the amount of cakes that were required. The children had to use multiplication and division skills to correctly scale the ingredients. Only then were they allowed to go to the kitchen and start baking. Once again the children had to measure out the ingredients accurately using scales.

When all the children had finished baking, 98 cupcakes had been made that were sold on the playground as part of ‘Treat Friday.’ The cakes sold out very quickly!

We would like to ask our friends at Kafuro whether they have done any follow up baking since Mr Stanley and Mrs Green visited in July and August. Has Gloria set up her own baking school?

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Rowan trip to Ure Museum

Yesterday, Rowan Class visited the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading. The trip to the university was smooth enough, but trying to find the museum on the campus was a bit of a nightmare.

After an introductory speech, the children carried out three activities:

  1. Handling Greek artefacts. The children had to look at four Greek artefacts and work out what their use was. Wearing special gloves so as not to damage the artefacts, the children commented on the size and purpose of the artefacts, design patterns  and what message  any drawings might give us. This was then reported back to the group.
  2. To sketch their favourite Greek pot from the museum and  comment upon its use, the type of pot it was and the technique used to make it.
  3. To work in a group to storyboard one of the images from an Ancient Greek vase after watching an animation. The children were shown an example of Perseus and Medusa, then had to create their own story based on the images.

After a quick lunch, we drove back to school in the rain having had a great trip. Over the coming days, the children will be writing their trip reports. They behaved very well and were a credit to the school. Here are some images from the day.

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Getting to grips with Reading Cloud

On Friday Rowan Class had their firsdt session in how to use some of the features of Reading Cloud, our new library system. The children learned how to create their own avatar, a brief biography of themselves and to also write and submit a book review.

Mr Stanley has now approved these book reviews which are on the reading cloud for other Liss children to access. Parents should be able to access Reading Cloud in the coming weeks after alll children and staff have had training.

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Blackout Poems using Stormbreaker

In shared reading we have also been studying Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. We asked the children to create blackout poems from one page of the novel. The children had to decide what text to cross out (the blackout) and what to keep, which would retain the feel and tension of the novel while still acting as a device for poetry. This made the children think really hard about using language for effect.

Some of the poems were brilliant. Here’s Scarlett’s and Oscar’s poems.


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Stormbreaker – Style Spy Stories

In Rowan Class this term we have been studying the novel ‘Stormbreaker’ by Anthony Horowitz. Activities we have carried out include writing a scene with plenty of tension, designing their own gadget and , over the last couple of weeks, writing their own spy stories with the intention of using descriptive devices, varying punctuation and sentence lengths to create tension and having a balance of narrative and dialogue.

As more children type their stories, they will be uploaded to the blog, but to start blog viewers off, we have the offerings of Jamie and Scarlett….


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