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As of Monday 23rd March, school is closed until further notice. All Class 8 have been given their learning packs to keep them occupied in the short term. 


Each day don't forget to go on TTRockstars and Spelling shed as much as you can! 


Mr Hempsall will be popping up on here and Twitter every so often with some fun facts, activities and ideas - watch out for him! The Class 8 Twitter feed is @Class8ST. 





Your challenge is to find a poem you really like and to LEARN it off by heart. See if you can recite it completely from memory.


For ideas go to:





Let's get back to some maths! Today's challenge is to add ALL the numbers from 1 to 100 together to find the total (1+2+3+4+5+ ......... +98+99+100)


HOWEVER, do NOT try to add all the numbers! There is an easy way to do it! 


A clue: think of pairs of numbers and look for a pattern - you can do this with one addition and one multiplication!!




Let's get drawing!


Draw in pencil (using shading) a self-portrait (of you!!!).


Also do you remember the pointillism from Year 3? (all the dots!) Why not try more dotty art again!!!



Mr Hempsall is growing a beard and can't get a haircut right now so he is in danger of looking like Mr Twit soon! Write a paragraph describing what he will look like when we all get back! Remember to use expanded noun phrases, prepositions, different openers, and adverbs. Finish it with some speech. You must use lots of punctuation in the right places!


Your extra challenge is to only start ONE of the sentences with 'The'.





Now it's time for a maths challenge and this is one is slightly more difficult than it appears at first. 




The answer is NOT 64 - think instead 'How many square shapes can I see on a chess board?




A bit of a clue - if the whole 8x8 board is ONE square, how many 7x7 squares could you make, how many 6 x 6 squares and so on - you should begin to see a pattern involving square numbers .... 



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Our sixth challenge - watch the video - can you explain .....
(a) WHAT happens
(b) WHY it happens

This is linked to our states of matter learning in science, so think SOLIDS, LIQUIDS, GASES



Time for a bit of writing! Homophones are of course words which sound the same but are spelt differently. Your challenge is to write ONE sentence which has there, they're and their AND two, too and to. Can you do it!?!?!?!?!?!?!?




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In the video you can see that when we push a glass (half full with water) across the picture of the arrows, one arrow changes and one stays the same. Can you explain what is happening?

ANSWER: the water in the glass is REFRACTING the image of the arrow on the whiteboard. For a really good guide to refraction click on this link



Farmer Giles has 4 fields. He has 2 haystacks in Field A, 5 haystacks in Field B, 2 haystacks in Field C and 1 haystack in Field D. If he moves them and puts them all together in Field D, how many haystacks are in that field? The answer IS NOT 10!



He puts then ALL TOGETHER into Field D, so there is ONE big one!







(We've done this but can you remember the solution?! Also, you could show your adults at home!)


You have 9 dots in a square shape. Can you draw 4 straight lines to cover all the dots?


Rules: you can NOT take your pencil off the paper, and you can NOT go back along the same line















The first challenge question for you has been asked by Dylan The Dog.


In this photo you can see I have white whiskers. Why do I have whiskers at all? (Answer below the photograph)





Whiskers (vibrissae) are long, thick hairs which stick out of the dog's muzzle. They are packed full of nerves which send messages back to the brain. By sending messages about changes in the air (including vibrations) dogs can find out about what's going on around them, especially at night, and helps them to 'see' things without using their eyes. Some dogs also use them to see if they can fit through tight spaces. Some people think whiskers are also used to send messages to other dogs by their movement.






We're back and looking forward to lots of new learning. In history we are studying the lives and times of the Vikings and their impact on British life today. Our science learning is states of matter and living things, so solids, liquids and gases will be our focus, as well as micro-habitats. 


In DT we will be designing and making Viking longboats and our RE learning will teach all about Buddhism.



In our DT lessons we made Viking longboats with moveable sails. Leland was inspired to go one step further and, with the help of his grandfather, made this amazing wooden boat!





Newsflash!! Year 4 have created a tree for our local Methodist Church - we created the tree with papier mache and then cut out leaves to cover it. On the leaves we then wrote 'What Christmas means to me' and it was lovely to see so many thoughts of how Christmas is all about sharing time with family, enjoying special time together and so on. 







We are nearly at the end of our first full term of swimming and it has been lovely to see the progress we're all making, including confidence in the water and improving our kicking and arm strokes. We are swimming all the way through to Easter so we're looking forward to more amazing progress in our swimming after Christmas!

Rosie Revere instruction texts


In our English work recently we have read the text, Rosie Revere Engineer, enjoying reading all about her mad inventions! We decided to write instruction texts inspired by the various gadgets she designed and built, using all the criteria needed such as title, sub-titles, bullet points, numbered instructions with imperative verbs and adverbs. 






In our geography learning we have been studying differences between UK and USA and the recent American forest fires gave us the opportunity to investigate why they are happening in California but not in our country. We also devised and created fire safety posters to warn campers and hikers about the dangers of forest fires.  



Our French learning this term has been to learn how to say our names, our addresses, and the names of family members. We can now say and write how many brothers and sisters we have, using our previous number learning. 




In our science learning in Term 2 we have studied sound, how it travels, how the ear works, and so on. We have also conducted investigations into whether sound reduces over distance and which materials can reduce the volume of a sound. We even made string telephones to investigate vibrations of sounds. 



As part of our 'Say No to Racism' learning we studied the lives and stories of 4 people, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, John Barnes and John Akinde. We learned how Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks fought racism and apartheid. We also looked at the football careers of John Barnes and John Akinde. We agreed that everyone is the same and that nobody should be judged by the colour of their skin. 




In our art we have been studying the work of American pop-art artists and have used repetition, colour mixing and collage to produce different effects!




in our music we have been learning and singing traditional North American campfire songs and by the end of term we staged a 'concert' singing the songs and enjoying singing rounds as well. 



Our science learning has been the digestive system and we have been learning all about teeth, digestion and food chains. We took part in an investigation to find out which liquids were most damaging for teeth and to our surprise orange juice was even worse than an energy drink!








In our French learning we have been learning food vocabulary, including being able to say what we like to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 


Now we are moving onto numbers 1-20, Je m'appelle, and J'ai ... ans!


This Autumn term we are swimming in our PE sessions. 

We swim on a Tuesday afternoon during school time. 


Please make sure your child has trunks / costume, a large towel, goggles (if they want), and a bag large enough to keep their clothes in once they are changed. 


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At the start of this Autumn term we have lots of new learning: 


Science:- the human body and digestion

Geography:- identifying and comparing the features of the UK and USA

RE:- Christianity, including signs and symbols

Art:- American pop-art, including the work of Andy Warhol

PSHE:- friendships and positive relationships

Music:- traditional American campfire songs

French:- greating and conversations

PE: swimming on Tuesday afternoons / PE with Synergy on Wednesday mornings (please remember to bring your PE kit!) 



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Welcome to the 2019 / 2020 class page for Class 8. This year Mr Hempsall has the privilege of being the Class 8 teacher. 


We're looking forward to a fabulous year with loads of fun and fabulous learning!