Maths Question

As part of our thinking work (see – http://head.leverhouse.net/2016/12/05/thinking-board/) our KS 2 children have been working on a Maths puzzle – using all the digits – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 IN ORDER and then adding only + or – can you get a total of 100.

Here are some early puzzle breakers:

123 + 45 − 67 + 8 − 9 = 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is also –1 + 2 + 3 — 4 + 5 + 6 + 78 + 9 = 100

Can you find anymore?

What is the largest number you can make?

What is the smallest positive number you can make? Can you make 1?

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Santa made time to visit today…..

Santa took time out of his busy schedule and managed to park his sleigh on our roof to pay a visit to our EYFS and KS1 children.

Have a look at some photos of our Xmas lunch and the present giving 🙂

 

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Santa is on his way

We encourage our pupils to check out where Santa is using the NORAD tracker, so that they can be tucked up in bed in time for his visit!

NORAD have been tracking Santa for 61 years!.

Click here for a countdown and tracking of Santa’s journey for 2016 – http://www.noradsanta.org/

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EYFS / KS 1 Xmas production

What a wonderful way to bring in Christmas 2016.

Click on the link below to have a look at some photos from the performance. Well done everyone – we are all very proud of you.

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Pantomime Trip 2016

Our Yr 2 pupils had a wonderful time at King George’s Hall in Blackburn to watch Dick Whittington and his Cat.

getting involved

They enthusiastically joined in from the audience….

 

 

 

…..and then a couple of pupils were invited up onto stage!

up on stage

and up on stage again

 

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Thinking Board

Question BoardWe have put up 2 whiteboards in the KS 2 corridors and we are going to invite pupils to write on them! They will be writing their thoughts about the question that I am going to write on them – why? to enhance the opportunities for our pupils to think critically, be logical, be reflective, be open minded, and allow them to collaborate, discuss and share their thoughts.

We seem to go through life and not have time to ponder those deep questions or think logically through issues. We are sometimes told this is the way life is and we accept it and move on. Well now we have a board to share our thoughts and ask each other questions about life, the universe and everything.

Time to be logical and reflective and think through a puzzle. We also want to keep it fun too.

So every week, I will be writing a question for KS 2 pupils on their ‘Thinking Boards’ and invite them to write their answers, thoughts and reflections on it in response. Then we will keep a record of these comments and start a new topic the following week.

The questions could be philosophical, moral, reflective or puzzle based.

See a maths question here – http://head.leverhouse.net/2016/12/21/maths-question/

Have you any ideas for the question of the week? Please leave a reply if you do.

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Library Books

Thank you so much to Miss Chorley’s Reading group.img_9804

They raised money last year to purchase some extra reading books for school. They planned their own activities, you helped them raise the money, they choose the book titles and now have stamped them ready for use in school.

Thanks – and enjoy the books.

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TED talks for teachers

Here is the list of talks that Educators Technology suggests all teachers should watch:


1- Every Kid Needs A Champion by Rita Pierson
2- How to Escape Education’s Death Valley by Sir Ken Robinson 
3- The Key to Success ? Grit by Angela Lee Duckworth
4- How Great Leaders In spire Action by Simon Sinek 
5- The Puzzle of Motivation by  Dan Pink
6- Teach Teachers how to Create Magic by Christopher Emdin
7– Hey Science Teachers… Make It Fun by Tyler Dwitt
8- Math Class Needs A Makeover by Dan Meyer
9- 3 Rules to Spark Learning by Ramsey Musallam
10- A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx by Stephen Ritz
11- A Girl Who Demanded School by Kakenya Ntaiya
12- How to Learn from Mistakes by Diana Laufenberg

What do you think?

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Remembrance Day 2016

On Friday the 11th Nov, our school will hold a Remembrance Assembly followed by 1 minute’s silence at 11.00am.

We will do this to remember all those who have fought not only in the World Wars, but the more than 12,000 British Servicemen and women killed or injured since 1945.

It is our way of showing respect for them and to thank them for what they have done for us.

We do this each year at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. This is because the is the time and date when the First World War ended and all the fighting stopped.

We have been selling Poppies and merchandise from the British Legion in school to raise money for ex-servicemen and women who need our help.

 

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.”

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Non-negotiables – high expectations EVERY time.

There are many skills our pupils need to master in order to meet the end of year expectations. This requires hard work and a great deal of effort. Our pupils and staff set very high standards for themselves.

In order to keep the pace of learning high, we set very clear expectations in every subject in every year group, but especially in writing and maths.pic

We set a minimum level of expectation for EVERY piece of work where children write and when they learn in maths – we call these our non-negotiables. For example, if the children are creating a piece of non-fiction writing in History – they must still have legible writing and use the correct grammar and punctuation.

You may want to adopt these as your minimum standard at home too? – especially if you help with the home learning. Click here to go to the school webpage where the maths and writing non-negotiables and a writing development document (explaining the headers) can be downloaded.

Click here to go to the school webpage where the maths and writing non-negotiables and a writing development document (explaining the headers) can be downloaded.

 

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