Superstar Writer of the Week

Logan won our Superstar Writer of the Week award this week for all of his hard work and perseverance in Literacy this week.

At the beginning of the week, you were able to work in a group, to practise reciting a poem and then performed it at the end of the lesson. Your poem based on the sense of touch was full of brilliant expanded noun phrases and you tried really hard to sound out your words carefully. Well done Logan. 

Mathematician of the Week

Well done to our Mathematician of the Week. He was so surprised when he heard that he was the winner this week.

You have impressed all of the adults in Pearl this week with your attitude to your maths work, the ability to show your working out and you can explain how you found your answers to explain how multiplication and division are linked. Well done 🙂 

Seeds… how do they grow?

One of the questions we had on our KWL grid was:

What do seeds look like?

We used magnifying glasses and microscopes to look at the seeds in more detail and then had a go at sketching them in our sketch books.

Another question we had was: How do plants grow? 

We have set up some greenhouses that stick to the window so that we can see how a seed germinates and we found that we had more questions that we wanted to ask. We have learnt that plants need air, water and sunlight to grow.

We planted different seeds to see if they all germinated in the same way. We planted sweetcorn, peas, tomatoes, pumpkins and carrots. Come back in a few weeks to see what we have found out.


Explore Learning Workshop

Today we found out that we had a surprise in Literacy this morning. Beth and Emily from Explore Learning came to run a session for us all about Pirates.

We all were given a special booklet to complete throughout the session.


We played lots of fun games like noun bingo, awesome adjectives and creating noun phrases to describe what we could see, hear and smell if we were at sea.


We had a brilliant time today and it was fun to do something with our friends.

Superstar of the session was Tiana and Bobby won the award for being a team player and helping out his friends if they were stuck.

Certificates will be winging their way to you soon!

Look out for a letter coming home tonight to explain more about the session and further details if you would like to find out more about Explore Learning.

All about Plants

In Science this half term, we are learning all about…


We completed a KWL grid to think about what we knew already and then asked questions about what we would like to find out about at the end of the topic. This is displayed on our Science working wall to remind us of the questions we wanted to find out the answers to.


We have also set up an investigation to see what seeds and bulbs need to grow. Every week, we will be completing a seed and bulb diary to see if they grow differently in different conditions. We have 6 jars on the go to see which one will grow best…

  • Jar A – Water, air, sand and light
  • Jar B – Water, air, light but no soil
  • Jar C – Air, light, soil but no water
  • Jar D – Water, light, soil but no air
  • Jar E – Water, air, soil but no light
  • Jar F – Water, air, soil but kept in the dark.

Which do you think will grow the best?

Write in the comments section if you would like to ask us a question or tell us something about plants that would help us to learn something new.

Young Writers Awards


Back in October, we wrote lots of different types of poems about animals in Literacy, for a competition.

We are very proud to announce that some of our poems have been chosen to be published in an anthology for South and West Yorkshire.


Everyone has received a certificate for taking part and a bookmark.

Publication date is 28th February 2017 so the final book should be coming our way very soon. Miss Varley and Miss Morris are very proud of you all! Well done to everyone. Definitely some famous writers amongst us!


Today we had a very special treat for PE. A man called Gareth from British Judo came to run a judo session for us.


First, we moved around the map which was called a dojo. We were careful not to touch each other as we were moving around.

Then Gareth showed us some special moves and he choose a volunteer from the class to help him.


Finally we got to have a go with a partner. We had the best time!



  • Only do judo moves in a dojo.
  • Judo does not kick, punch or hurt anyone.
  • If you would like to learn more about judo, look out for the letters coming home tonight.

Superstar Writer of the Week

Miss Varley was so impressed with your writing this week. You have tried hard to spell the words correctly that you wanted to use, remembered what happens when a seed turns into a sunflower and there is such a improvement in your handwriting since the beginning of the year. You really deserve this award today! 🙂

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Arrays, arrays, arrays

In maths, we have been learning how to can use arrays to help us to complete multiplication questions and then we had to answer some really tricky word problems.

We can using arrays to explore numbers

Arrays are useful models for multiplication which can be used in a variety of ways, ranging from highly structured lessons to games and open investigations. An array is formed by arranging a set of objects into rows and columns. Each column must contain the same number of objects as the other columns, and each row must have the same number as the other rows.

The following array, consisting of four columns and three rows, could be used to represent the number sentence 3 x 4 = 12.

Three rows, four columns

We can build number facts

Arrays can be used for building multiplication facts in a meaningful way. Before drilling and memorising tables, children must understand how these facts are derived. For example, by progressively adding another column of three objects, children can build the three-times tables for themselves. This representation not only assists in understanding the process, but provides a visual image for children to draw upon as they begin to use and memorise the basic number facts.

Three rows, one columnThree rows, two columnsThree rows, three columnsThree rows, four columnsThree rows, five columns

How to continue the learning at home:

  • Practise counting with your child in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10 so that they can become fluent.
  • Help your child to know their 2x, 5x and 10x tables off by heart.
  • Once your child is confident with these tables, start with the 3x and 4x tables.