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Friday, 27 November 2009

Going for Gold

As we have seen in previous blogs the children in the Later Years primary have made a fantastic start to Mathletics. Many children are now receiving bronze and silver certificates for their achievements.

We have decided to launch a challenge to see who will be the first children in each Later Years Maths group to reach the Gold Award. We will be giving prizes to the first three children in each Maths Group. Good Luck!!

Weighing up

Today Mr Sherwins numeracy group have been using scales to weigh objects to find precise weights.

By Mr Sherwin

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Our assembly this morning

Today in our assembly we watched apart of the ten Commandments with Moses,we started watching it on Monday and we watched the other part today. We have more to watch and we watched it when Mosis went back to Egypt and asked his brother and said let his people free. But Moses brother would not let his people free. Everyone was excited because we were going to watch it when Mr.Condon switched it off every body was sad because they wanted to watch more.

By Lucia and Megan.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

All about our Mezuahs

Mr Sherwins class made there own Mezuahs,we made it with green carboard first we wrote part of the shema on one side, on the back we decorated it with a nice pattern and colourd them in then Mr Sherwin rolled it up then tied it in yellow string. After we were all excited that they were made,a shema is a prayer that the jewish people say it in there mind when they touched it and put them on there gates and doors, they make Jewish happier.

By Lucia and Megan.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Galapagos problem solving

On Friday some Later Years pupils were given the challenge of trying to calculate the perimeter of the Galapagos Islands. The best solutions involved using string or paper to gradually mark off the distance around the islands and then using the map scale to convert into Kilometres.

Aboriginal Art

The Later Years (Yr 5 & 6) have been studying Aboriginal Art as part of their around the world project in Australia. The children created their own Aboriginal style painting, choosing an animal that best represented their personalities. Whilst painting they explored various mark making, producing some stunning work.


Dear Reader,

I am Ailis a year six pupil at St.Joesph's school. I am writing to ask you 'Do you like wildlife?' If you do you won't want it to die out, well if things in the Galapagos Islands carry on, their unique animals might die.

There are many beautiful animals in Galapagos, some can't be found anywhere else.Unfortunately some of these are being killed in different ways like poaching, pollution, foreign animals (cats, dogs, rats) killing and taking food or some animals have even had their habitat invaded.Who would want to destroy the magnificent views and wildlife? Some thing has to be done.

In Galapagos animals such as Penguins, Iguanas and Giant turtles can't be found anywhere else so it would be a shame if they went extinct. So, here are some ideas to prevent this:

We could advertise reasons not to litter because it could effect the wildlife.

The prices could be raised for trips to Galapagos to stop over tourism.

Cameras could be installed to make sure the animals are in no danger of being poach.

All these things were discussed in our class, we all thought carefully about what could be done.

Galapagos Islands is a very beautiful place not to be ruined do you agree?

Yours Faithfully Ailis


Dear Reader,
I am Jaylene, a later year student from St. Joseph primary school. I am concerned about Galapagos Islands. It is a very unique place. It has animals and plants that are found no where else in the world. They have little pollution and the views are beautiful.

The Galapagos Islands are now getting polluted with people bringing other animals who have started to live there. Because of this it will scare the native animals away. People are killing the giant tortoises. Do people have sense? In my opinion we should stop this madness.

To stop all these things we should protest. If anyone hunts the animals they should get a longer Jail sentence or bigger fine. We should educate people about the Galapagos Islands, its beauty and how it should not be polluted. Teach them about the different animals and why it is so important.
Please do what you can to help

Yours Sincerely,

Jaylene Manmohan

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Learning french

Today we have been learning french and we have been learning numbers up to 31 and learning how to say our name ,our birthday and to sing happy birthday. Mr.Sherwin has been saying stuff in french and we answer something back in french,in the regester we've been saying good morning,our lunch hot dinners or pack lunch and good afternoon in french.Its nice to learn a new langueage and nice to learn french.So far we have been learning body parts and feelings are french is getting better and we are getting better at our french.

Lucia and Megan

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Bushtucker Challenge

Bugs make a regular appearance on "I'm a celebrity - Get me out of here". They have featured in some stomach-turning Bushtucker Challenges - celebrities have even been forced to eat them alive! Actually, many insects are high in protein and low in cholesterol, and are a valuable source of nutrients in parts of Australia, Asia and Africa.

The later Years as part of their 'Around the world project' study of Australia have looked into eating bugs. The children used their scientific knowledge and practised their numeracy skills to devise a nutritionally balanced insect-and-rice menu for a day in the jungle.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Mathletic stars

The Later Years Primary have been making excellent progress in their Mathletics challenges. Some children made it onto the the UK top 100 Students. A few even made the outstanding achievement of making it into the world top 100 students. We also managed to get one of our classes into the top 50 UK classes. Well done!!!

Below are a selection of some of the achievers I managed to spot on the leader boards

Friday, 13 November 2009

Do you Didgeridoo?

This week the Later Years Primary have been studying Australia as part of their 'Around the world project'. Today during lunch play, they were treated to some Didgeridoo playing from Steve, Ms Coelho's husband. Some children were also lucky enough to have the chance to have a go themselves. The children discovered lots about how didgeridoos are made and how to create the different sounds.


On the 12th November Joe T recieved a letter from Queen Elizabeth. It will be shown on Mondays celebration assembly. Her Lady-in-waiting (her personal assistant) wrote the letter in Her Majestys words and the Queen also sent me some leaflets about herself, her Corgi's and Dorgies and Buckingham Palace.
I was very proud about getting a letter from the Queen and very excited to write to her again!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

our litracy lessons in middle year

In our litracy lessons we are studdying playscripts and we've been reading the scrips and proforming it out in our class,we all enjoy learning playscrips in litracy we've been doing Humpty Dumpty,Jack and Jill and Little Red Ridding Hood. We have been trying to improve more than we can normaly do and its good for our reading excises, writning excisecs and our listenig sklis.

By Megan and Lucia

Tuesday, 10 November 2009


In PE the Later years have been playing the Indian game Kabaddi as part of their 'Around the world' project.

steel pan

I brought in a steel pan for my presentation of our around the world homework project. For my project I did Trinidad and Tobago. I played the steel pan in front of my class.

By Jaylene

Going to Mass

Today we went to mass and we were learning our recponces and listening to Father Joy telling us storys how much jesus loves us,cares for us and looks after us.Father Joy was happy to be there with us in the mass and happy to tell us the story's he gave us the holy bread and gave the adults the holy wine,we learnt more about church and what we have to say in mass. Before we came into the mass and went back out we bowed to the alter and done the sign of the cross with the holy water.

By Megan and Lucia

Friday, 6 November 2009

New bloggers in Mr Sherwin's class

Hello we are Megan and Lucia we are now bloggers from Mr.Sherwins class we are excited about being the blogers,we would like to tell you about our learnig in middle primary.

Honey Pomelo

Today I brought in a Chinese fruit called Honey Pomelo that I'd found out about in my project on Taiwan! It's like a giant orange and tastes a bit like a grape fruit. The Honey Pomelo has thick peel and is very hard to get open! I showed my class (Y5/6C) how to open it in a special way. After I finished opening it, I told the class the Taiwanese people called the now peeled peel a hat. So I wore it on my head! Then, me and Sophie, took the bowl of cut up Honey Pomelo round all three later year classes for us all to taste. It taste very very Gert Lush! If you would like to try some you can get them in Lidl or the Chinese Super Market in Eastville.

by Ailis and Sophie

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Challenges are back!

It's back with a new look

There are loads of new School Challenges this term with prizes to be won. Closing date: Friday 4th December.

And it's crammed with loads of new web challenges. Good luck!