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Friday 4th May 2018

Hello, and welcome back.  Before we go any further, we'd just like to say -Happy Star Wars Day!


In English this week, we have been studying a book called `Voices in the Park'.  It's a great book, that we've really enjoyed.  You can check it out here

Sometimes, we are amazed at how clever our teachers really are.  The book is quite a simple story and doesn't have a great deal of text in it.  However, when you `read between the lines', there is so much you can learn about the characters.  This week our teachers have been teaching us about inference.  Inference is when you read between the lines.  Like this,

Hello, how are you today?

Can you read between the lines we wonder?

I'm really well.  How are you?

Haha....just our little joke -that's not really how you do it.  Have a look at this piece of text and see if you can answer the questions below.  If you can, you have used inference, (not the force).


Jack was so happy when he saw his Mommy at the airport. She was tanned from her
holiday in Spain. He ran towards her with his arms stretched out and a huge grin
across his face. She lifted Jack into her arms and gave him a big, sloppy kiss on his
cheek. “I have missed you very much Jack!” She said. They were both very pleased to
see each other again and left straightaway to get some pizza for lunch.


Now, answer these questions.

Why was Jack pleased to see his Mommy? 
How did you find out why Jack was pleased to see his Mommy? 
How did Jack’s Mommy feel when she saw Jack? 
How did you find out how Jack’s Mommy felt when she saw Jack?


You need to find the clues in the text to explain your answer.  It's a simple mistake to make, but you can't say `...because it says it in the text...' or `...I found out in the text...'

So, our teachers are so clever, because we inferred lots more information from the book than the words written there.  When you read it, have a think about what the characters are like.  Look for clues in what is said, the words used, and how they say things.

In Maths, we have been looking at calculating money.  We have been thinking about how much change will be given when we buy something.  Then, we added pounds and pence.  It's really important that you keep the numbers in the correct column, and take care with your decimal points.  Take a look at this online activity, and have a go for yourself. Click here


All that's left to say is, enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend.  Bye for now.