Writer of the week: Kansi Chukwujekwu

This is Kansi’s magazine article:

Brazil’s Football Team

Brazil is known for playing a very skilful, creative, free-flowing, fast-paced style of football. Because most Brazilians are often not as big, tall and physically strong as most Europeans, agility and ability is very important. For example: dribbling is an essential part to their style of football.

How good are Brazil?

Brazil is one of the most successful teams when it comes to football. The most known players for Brazil are: Hulk, Fred, Neymar, Osar, Willian and David Luiz. With these players and some more, Brazil have managed to win the FIFA World Cup 5 times and the Confederations Cup 4 times. Brazil has also played over 300 times at home and they have lost 20 times at home since 1939. Their last loss (at home) was in 2002.

To Conclude:

So, after hearing all of this, why don’t you come and watch them play? Do you think they will win the world cup?

Kansi has research all of this himself, and he has come up with how to write it entirely independently. At the end he poses a good rhetorical question: who will win the world cup? 

Half Term Key Skills

Creative Curriculum/Literacy:

When we come back from half term, we will be writing fact files about an aspect of Brazil. For your half term homework, we would lik you to research an area of Brazil (that you have not researched for your home learning, or in school) and present it in the form of a fact file. We will be using these in class to write a report, so make sure it is full of detail and it is in your own words.

This is due in Tuesday 3rd June 2014 (2nd day back)


This was three pages of a wide variety of questions, sadly it won’t paste into this post, so fingers crossed you don’t lose the sheet! The sheet focuses on many different things we have looked at recently. The topics are: reflection, angles, shapes and the four operations.

This is also due in Tuesday 3rd June 2014 (2nd day back)


More importantly, have a fabulous half term! We look forward to seeing you on the 2nd June. 


Year 5 Cricket Result…

On Wednesday 14th May, the Year 5 cricket team ventured to Old Northamptonian’s cricket ground.

We played three games overall.

The first game:

The opposition elected to bat first of all, therefore we fielded. As the overs progressed we slowly found our feet, our wicket keeper took a few steps back, our fielders analysed their positions and the communication picked up, slowly. William Wright took a superb catch as he dived forwards on his knees, Rohan hit a six and everyone else put in a great effort. The game was scrappy, and we made many errors. It felt as if we were victorious, the umpire read the results…

We won by just a single run!

The second game: 

We had a long talk about what was going well and what was not as good. After winning by 1 run we knew that every single ball, all 48 of them, counted greatly. We went out and made it count. Throughout the whole second game we were like a new team, all errors had gone and we were smiling throughout. The communication between every single member of the team was phenomenal, at some points it was like Rohan and Liam were communicating through their thoughts.

However, the highlight of the game (and possibly the afternoon), Lily Johnson put her body on the line as she dived to stop a speedy mid-air ball, the crowd were unsure which part of her body it hit, but it seemed to be her hip. George K then retrieved the ball and fielded well. An amazing dedication to the team from Lily.

We went on to win by 40 odd runs and we were over the moon.

The third game:

By this stage of the afternoon we knew this was our last game, we knew that if we did well we had a chance of progressing, but it was all down to the amount of runs we had scored overall. Therefore in the words of the team “we had to smash it!” With two games behind us, we knew our strengths and our weaknesses. Everyone went out feeling ready, and showed they were too. George and Archie had the strongest pairing of the afternoon, with 37 runs over two overs. As we fielded, Archie, to the shock of the crowd, threw the ball from long distance aimed at the stumps. Many said, “why!” But the ball flew in a straight line and knocked the stump out of the “ground”, out! A superb throw from a great distance.

We went on to win by 61 runs!

The Result

Overall we had a fantastic afternoon, there was parents watching and the sun was out (75% of the time). Everyone played superbly, fairly and with a love of the sport. Today we have finally found out the results of the competition… And once again we have realised that literally every run counts. The team in second place had an average of 253.75 runs, and the team in first had an average of 254.33 runs. This is only a difference of .58 of a run. This isn’t even a whole run!

And yes, the team in first place was Simon de Senlis! A very big well done to:

Lily Johnson, Archie Chorlton, Lily Cohead, Kasey Wright, George Kennedy, Thomas Curry, Liam Mooney, William Wright, Tyla Pritchard and our captain: Rohan Sehmi. All of you played a vital role in the entire afternoon. Without the perfection of everyone we would never have won!

And an equally as big thank you to the parents who either came to support, or to pick up the team. The supporters were great, and it was outstanding how many parents turned out, especially in comparison to the other schools!

The next stage, which is the county level 3 stage, is still to be confirmed where and when. 

Key Skills 16/05/2014

Key Skills for this week:


1) Below is a poorly written paragraph, re-write it better. Improve as much as of it as you can. So that means things like vocabulary, punctuation, openers and connectives (VCOP). As well as this, you could think about the variation of sentence structure and also MAPOS. If you would like to change the content as well as how it is written that is perfectly fine, as long as it still has a similar meaning.

2) Once you have improved it, below I want you to write exactly how you have improved it. For example: At first there was only compound sentences, I put in some short sentences that added a better effect upon the reader, and built up the suspense. As well as this I improved the vocabulary, for example: I changed good to fantastic.


The Waves

John went for a walk down the beach. John was walking and felt the sand between his toes. In the distance John could hear many people shouting and pushing one another. John thought to himself, what was that. John ignored it and carried on walking towards the noise. John could see a large monster creating chaos in the distance. John felt very scared.



Section 1

Countdown Style Question:

Target: 527

Numbers provided:     8     11      25     50     5      2



Section 2:

Draw three shapes below, one with 2 lines of symmetry, one with 1 line of symmetry, and one with 0 lines of symmetry. Draw on the line of symmetry too (apart from the 0 lines, obviously).


Section 3

Write the following fractions as percentages, and then decimals, one has been done for you.

Fraction Percentage Decimal
1/2 50% 0.5

Section 4

32 x 14 =

1.5 x 9 =

12 x 23 =

(41 + 1) x 3 =

672 ÷ 7 =

1912 ÷ 4 =

Key Skills 09/05/14

Literacy/Creative Curriculum

Today we looked at different flags, and briefly discussed the origin of the Welsh flag. For key skills this weekend, you are to research any country’s flag, and find out how it originated. Try to avoid doing Brazil, as we all know about this! As well as Wales now.



In case you didn’t receive the maths sheet, it is pasted below!


As we have done before, each sequence follows a specific rule. All you need to do is fill in the two missing numbers from each sequence. On the right hand side there is also a box for you to write the rule in. One example has been completed for you.

Sequence Rule
Example: 4, 400, 40, 4000, 400, 40000, 4000, X 100, ÷ 10
14, 21, 24, 31, 34, ___, ___,  
3, 9, 27, 81, ___, ___,  
___, 18, 29, 40, ___, 62  
6, 30, 150, ___, ___,  
1000, 100, 10, ___, ___,  
4, 8, 12, 20, 32, ___, ___,  


Next, write your own sequence – we will share these next week in class, and try to work them out. Try to think hard on them, don’t just do 1, 2, 3, 4,  5, ___, ___,



Finally, something we haven’t talked about in ages!

Which of the following sets of three numbers is the odd one out, why? Remember, there is not just the one correct answer.

Example) 3, 6, 8 = 8 because the other two are multiples of 3. Or you could say… 3, because 3 is the only odd number.

1) 19, 29, 39 =

2) 38, 19, 48 =

3) 25, 65, 18 =

4) 64, 9, 144 =

5) 16, 19, 22 =

Key Skills: 02/05/2014


Creative Curriculum Key Skills


Over the last week and a half we have heard lots about Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer). If you have forgotten what this is, here is a quick reminder:

Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and was considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world from 1931 until 2010 when it was topped by the Christ the King statue in Poland

For your key skills this week you have a choice on what to do! Below are the two activities you could do:

1) Write a short story describing yourself walking up towards the statue. How are you feeling? What can you hear? What can you see?

2) Write a persuasive advert persuading people to visit the statue. Why would they go there? What could they see? Who would like to go there? How do you think you would feel if you stood next to it? Think about the target audience. You should have loads of persuasive phrases and techniques to include!

 YouTube Video – An exciting video found by a child in 5TP may give you some really good ideas!


Numeracy, Division & Multiplication Key Skills 

We have been heavily looking at division and multiplication recently and ensuring that methods are secure. Therefore:

For key skills this week you are to set 5 questions on division and 5 questions on multiplication for somebody at home. If you could get this person to pretend to not understand multiplication or division that would be great! Your task is then to explain to that person precisely how they are to complete them.

Don’t set questions like 8×7… This is no challenge! Set questions which you understand and are comfortable with. For example, you could do 32 x 12 (tu x tu), or you could go for harder questions like 2.781 x 9.12, if you understand them.

How you record your evidence is entirely up to you, a simple question & answer page in your key skills book or blank paper would be great. 

If you aren’t 100% with chunking or any methods we have looked at, have a practise and revise how to do it so you are happier with it.


Have a good (long) weekend!