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A great week in Base 4, with downpours of rain and sunshine, but we made sure we still got out into the fresh air.

In Literacy this week we have done some scientific writing about the water cycle; learning new words and processes associated with it. We read an example to identify the language and punctuation to use and then had a go ourselves, ensuring we use the technical vocabulary. We also did some shared writing to help generate ideas and show examples of good writing. Next week we are going to be writing a short story, linked to Maia's journey through the Amazon Rainforest to get to Manaus.

We have worked hard to develop our multiplication and division skills — we have secured our written methods and practised applying them to different questions and problems. Factors and multiples of number below 100 were investigated too. Next week we will finish looking at problems and questions that allow us to apply our skills of multiplication and division.

In Geography we discovered some rivers of the world; we selected four world rivers to research (including the Amazon River). We found the source and the mouth for each river, the countries it travels through and the distance from its start to end. The Nile was the longest and travelled through 9 different countries. Next week we are going to explore a river in more depth, looking at the different sections and features.

We got the computers out to give coding a go using a new programme — The Code Academy. The children had to follow specific instructions and follow them by inputting the data given to generate the desired outcome. We will be continuing with this next week and dipping into scratch to further develop our programming skills.

In PE we have started training for Town Sports — the next sporting event coming up. We re-capped the long jump, ensuring we landed with two feet. This was followed by practising the javelin; we started with a tennis ball to develop the technique and then progressed to a short javelin. Next week we will get the full sized javelins and practise our running skills.

Don't forget we have got our trip to Chester Zoo on Wednesday 18th May (next week). Please make sure you have got a waterproof coat, suitable shoes and a rucksack for your packed lunch. I hope the weather stays nice for us; I am very much looking forward to it!

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Mr Lindop: Sat 15 Jun 8:32pm

We've had a great time this week in Base 4. We've continued out work on properties of materials, investigating thermal insulators, dissolving and methods of separating materials. The children made some fantastic observations when finding out if materials were soluble or insoluble and lots of scientific inquiry was on display. I was impressed with how well the children used the...

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: Fri 14 Jun 6:50pm

We have been budding scientists this week. After reading our class text 'The Garbage King', we decided that Mamo needed a new mattress as we felt that a straw one probably wasn't that comfy. Before we could even think about making them, we needed to investigate the properties of the materials that we found on the 'garbage dump'. We couldn't make a mattress without...

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Mrs Holdsworth: Fri 14 Jun 4:34pm

We've spent a lot more time than normal inside this week in Base 1 thanks to all the wet weather, but this has meant that we've had a chance to explore our new 'construction zone'. We have created a space where buildings and models can be kept on display when they are finished. To earn the right to do this the children must write a sentence or a label about their model and display...