0510 Created this wonderful comic-strip of the story of Jesus Walking On Water.

Have you tried Bookworm Deluxe?

It'e a crazy cross between Tetris and Scrabble. Where players have to click on corresponding letter tiles to make words for a bookworm, but don't be too slow otherwise some tiles get too hot and threaten to burn the library down! So you you have to be quick.

You have to be able to spot and spell words fairly quickly in this game.


Click on the link above to download a FREE version (Which only lasts an hour unfortunately), you can also download the full version from here.

English Homework this week is to use a plan as the setting for a story.

  • Make notes for a story based on what you can see in the plan.
  • Discuss your ideas with someone at home ... think of events that might happen in different places.

The sheets that you took home were for a plan of a school ...

or ...

If you want you can use the plan in the attachment below, Coastal Caves, instead.

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This week's Maths Homework asks you to carry out some simple multiplications (Far easier than the ones you did in class!) and then goes on to show you another way of setting out a multiplication sum.

You will still need to partition the numbers to help make it easier.


If you want to practice partitioning you can click on the word above to do some partitioning online, or click on the document below to download a set of arrow cards to use at home.


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This week in English we started to write a series of stories set in our class. We used "Sideways Stories At Wayside School", by Louis Sachar, as our inspiration - so pretty much anything goes in terms of plot.

We started by each writing a profile of ourselves, which included some fictional elements as well to help spice up our stories.

Once the profiles were completed we bound them up together and each author in class had their own copy to refer to whilst they were writing.

So that everyone would have a story written about them, we all chose a random name from a pot (Which also meant that authors were not necessarily writing about someone they were familiar with)

We planned our stories on story skeletons using text and illustrations using information from the character profiles.

So far our first drafts are completed and as the authors complete their work next week I'll get "Sideways Stories from Class 4M" posted.

If you haven't come across it yet - have you tried the search engine Clusty?

Whatever you search for is clustered into groups of similar sites, so if you were doing a search for information about Anne Boleyn, say, your search will create a list of websites as you would expect, but also a list of clusters down the left-hand side of the webpage; which group together sites containing similar information. So it is possible to narrow your search more quickly.

As we've been looking at popular books in series I thought this was an interesting list - "the best-selling children's books of all time (up until the end of 2000), with author and year of initial publication, compiled by Publishers Weekly.

(OP means the book is no longer in print.)"

How many have you read?

How many of these books are in a series?

Follow the link if you want the full 150. I've just posted the Top 25.

  1. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams (1974)
  2. The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton (1968)
  3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume (1976)
  4. Love You Forever, Robert Munsch; illustrated by Sheila McGraw (1986)
  5. Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls (1973)
  6. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell (1971)
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling (1999)
  8. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume (1972)
  9. Shane, Jack Schaeffer (1972)
  10. The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks (1982)
  11. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle (1974)
  12. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)
  13. Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)
  14. The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford (1984)
  15. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1968)
  16. Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes (1969)
  17. Just Me and My Dad, Mercer Mayer (1977)
  18. Go Ask Alice, Anonymous (1976)
  19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. J. K. Rowling (2000)
  20. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Judy Blume (1976)
  21. Blubber, Judy Blume (1976)
  22. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare (1972)
  23. Superfudge, Judy Blume (1981)
  24. Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson (1987)
  25. Freckle Juice, Judy Blume (1978)

I am really looking forward to our work in English next week . . . (We have produced an information sheet about ourselves and randomly picked a member of the class to write about). Next week we are going to write a set of short stories about the members our class. (Louis Sachar's "Sideways Stories From Wayside School" was the inspiration) On Mopnday the boys and girls in class will receive a booklet containing all the profiles of the members of the class, so that they can plan and write their short stories using the same information. By the end of the week we should have a set of thirty-five stories about class 4M (I've thrown myself into the mix, which means I will have to write a story too). Hopefully by the end of the week we should have set of stories to post!

Maths next week is all about brushing up on how to set out addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions. Some of the boys and girls have not encountered formal layouts for these, so I'm quite excited about introducing these.

(If you haven't already checked it out - please have a look at (and download!) the FREE multiplication game - Timez Attack. I realise I've been banging on about it all week, but I think it's such a brilliant way for the children to practice/reinforce their times table knowledge)

Thank you  all for coming along to Monday evenings Maths fair - I hope you were able to take away (!) some good ideas. I have to admit as a result of preparing materials for parents I have reconsidered my approach to this blog - which seems more suited to general reportage of class 4m life - I am putting together some stuff to build a dedicated Homework resource blog to run alongside this one - which would contain links to websites specifically useful for home education, explanations of all the 3B's, 3C's, 2A's etc and suggestions of stuff you could try at home.

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Remember to partition the numbers to multiply them

(Can you remember how to set out your working in a grid? - Like we did in class?)