Charlestown Primary School

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SATs Are Over May 18, 2009

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We made a lot of promises to year 6 about some of the fun things that would happen after SATs. It looks like Mr Kirkpatrick is delivering on those promises; to start off an exciting dinosaur project Gemma and Paige brought a 3D paper scale model of a T Rex that they had just finished. I have heard rumours of a much bigger dinosaur project; plywood? chicken wire? modroc? Watch this space.T RexT Rex


SATs Are Over! May 15, 2009

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Well done to everyone in Year Six for all the hard work that you’ve put in both this week and over the past few weeks.    Everybody at school is really proud of what you have done and we are sure that you’ll all have done brilliantly!

A little rain won't stop us!

It’s a shame that the weather wasn’t up to having a picnic on the field, but we still made sure that we enjoyed our grub in the classroom instead!


Revision – boring? April 27, 2009

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Last week in school we continued to work our hardest towards the SATs tests that we will be taking in a couple of weeks.   However if you read the blog regularly you’ll know that we tend to do things a little differently in Year Six.

This week it was the turn of something called ‘Spaced Learing’.   The ideas comes from neuroscience research on how the brain learns.  The research suggests that the brain creates memories in short sharp reapeated blocks with gaps in between – that’s where the spaced name comes from.   Pupils at Monkseaton School have been at the forefront of putting this idea into the Secondary classroom and some classes of GCSE students have achieved amazing results as a result.    If it’s good enough for them…



We built our session around solving maths problems.   Everyone had to complete two sides of revision questions (about 10 mins work) and then go outside and take part in a hula hoop challenge.   Then they came back in and did some more maths and another challenge.   We did this about 3 or four times.

And the square root of 49 is...

And the square root of 49 is...

Only time will tell how effective this has been, but we can say that it was a great session that had us all in fits of laughter at points and really brightened up our revision for the day!


SATs Challenge Day 9 April 14, 2009

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Hope that you all had a lovely weekend and got lots and lots of Easter eggs!   Here’s todays challenge.

N Piece Tangram

This is a great way to get you thinking about shapes.   It’s an ancient Chinese type of puzzle called a ‘Tangram’.   The aim of the game ise to rotate and position the individual shapes so that they all fit inside the bigger shape.   Once you get the hang of it the game is very addictive!   Have a go!


SATs Challenge Day 8 April 12, 2009

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Go out and play in the nice weather for as long as you can and forget all about SATs! Happy Easter!


SATs Challenge Day 7 April 10, 2009

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Have a look at the new sidebar on our site.   Its shows a collection of videos that I’m putting together on MrKp’s Useful Videos.   There are some really useful short videos to help you remember things and longer ones to help you with how to do different calculations.

Today’s challenge is to try and learn one or even two of the songs that are on here.   Keep checking it out – we’re going to be adding to it ourselves as part of our SATs revision when we get back.


SATs Challenge Day 5

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Here is todays challenge.   Its all about helping you to improve the way in which you write your sentences.   Have a look at the site below by clicking the image.   Start playing the games at Grade 4 and work your way down.   The games are really good practice and if you need help then there’s a link at the bottom left of most of the game screens to help.

Nearly the weekend – good luck!