Bar modelling is a tool which is used for solving mathematical problems by making them more visual and therefore easier to understand.
It is used from Year 1 to Year 6, but we only started in Year 3 because that is the year we were in when it was introduced to St Paul’s. We use it throughout the year, but we concentrate on this method particularly in the month of November, which is why it is called Barvember.
Basically, it starts off as a bar, or rectangle, which can then be split into sections depending on the particular problem. By drawing out the bars and sections, which can represent whatever is asked in the problem, it can become clearer as to how the problem can be solved.
We feel it is really helpful as it gives us confidence in solving certain mathematical problems and actually makes it easier because the problem is displayed visually which helps to explain it. We can actually use different methods of working out calculations which then shows a greater depth of understanding, and bar modelling is just one way, but it does make it easier for us and so that is why we like it.
Anna and Kaadi
This week it has been Friendship Week at St Paul’s. It used to be called anti bullying week but it changed because friendship is nicer. The whole point is to learn to be a better friend and a better person.
The week started with Odd Socks Day. This was a chance for everyone to show that we are different and we are all unique. Our socks were different colours, some of us wore football socks and some of us wore one sock up and one sock down. But we also showed friendship as some of us swopped socks with each other to ensure that we all had odd socks.
Then we had Teamwork Tuesday. The eight St Paul’s sports captains organised games for the rest of the school for play and fun based on teamwork. We had a game called Human Knot, which is where we stand in a circle and form ourselves into knots which have to be untied. Other games included an assault course and a 3-legged race. All the year groups were teamed with a different year group which ensured that the older children were patient and looked after the younger children. Even though it was raining and cold, we all had fun together.
Well-being Wednesday followed where the whole school learnt about on-line safety. The talks were all targeted for different age groups and the Year 6 talk was about safety on all the different devices and social media that we would come across in secondary schools. St Paul’s was the first school that received this special Year 6 talk and we learnt how to make sure that we had all the right privacy settings on the most popular social media platforms. We were also taught how to recognise fake bios and how to ensure that any videos that we made did not reveal our own identity.
Today we attended a church service at St Paul’s which focussed on friendship. Father Daniel got over his message to us using his glove puppet, Father Bear, about Jesus being our main friend who is always with us and that He would forgive us if we were not friendly at all times with Him.
We think that this Friendship Week has been a massive benefit for us all and has been a great success. We in Year 6 are being prepared to leave the St Paul’s School bubble so that we can learn how to deal with what the future has for us.
Evelyn and Peter
St Paul’s School always commemorates Remembrance Day which is actually on 11 November and this is when we remember about the soldiers who fought for us because they gave their lives so we could be free. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance because they were in the fields where battles took place.
We always sell poppies on Remembrance Day and this year the house captains stood on the waiting area every day before and after school selling to parents and in school we go round after lunch to each class to sell to the children. We have many different things to sell – bracelets, badges, poppies for cars as well as ordinary poppies. Because were able to sell to our parents as well as the children, we think we have collected more money this year because the collection boxes are very heavy!
Archie, Ariana, Douglas and KJ
We held our class assembly last Monday and Tuesday and it was on remembrance and heroes. In class we had talked about heroes and what makes a hero. A hero can be either male or female and must have performed a heroic act. We chose famous heroes, for instance the queen, and we chose personal heroes, for example relatives, which we then talked about in assembly. One of our class spoke about his great grandad who had been captured in 1940 and he read out an extract from one of his letters.
We talked about the meaning of “remembrance” which is the act of stopping to remember the people affected by war and to hope for a peaceful future. We recited two poems “In Flanders Field” which was written by a Canadian doctor who mourned the death of a close friend and “What are we fighting for” written by Brian Moses. We sang the hymn “I the Lord of sea and sky” and we ended our assembly with a prayer.
The whole project of preparing for our assembly made us really think about heroism in the lives of all people and to respect those who had performed the acts of heroism.
Kimi and Rhiannon
Today a police officer called PC Louise came to talk to us about safety with fireworks. She told us that our parents should be the person lighting fireworks and they should stand an arm’s length away and we should watch them from still further away. Some fireworks can go up to 200 metres high but if they don’t appear to have caught alight at first, then we mustn’t go back to them in case they explode. At proper firework displays we would be told where to stand so that it is safe.
If we are playing with sparklers we should keep it at arm’s length and that we should wear gloves so that we don’t get burnt from a spark. She also told us not to carry fireworks in our pockets.
The police attend displays and they, the fire brigade and the ambulance service all work together to try and make fireworks safe for us. The police also try and find anybody who is being silly with fireworks and throwing them at people.
It was a very interesting talk and it was good to warn children from doing silly things.
PC Louise talked to our year group about bullying. There are different types of bullying and she talked about bullying online which is called cyber bullying. She gave us some facts and figures on the whiteboard. Bullying happens mostly to people under 18.
Cyber bullying can make the person being bullied feel really unhappy and depressed as they believe that the bully is telling the truth. Some people might feel intimidated into doing something that they would not normally do and they can feel so depressed that they don’t want to leave the house and go to school. Some people who are bullied about their appearance can feel as though they want to commit suicide.
PC Louise told us that if we are bullied we should not be aggressive back as we might end up in trouble ourselves. Instead we should tell an adult and that should make it stop.
She talked about a game called ‘Fortnight’ and there’s a button to press if you feel you are being bullied. She asked if anybody playing on an X-box had experienced bullying, but thank goodness nobody had.
After the talk, she told us about her job. She used to be in police cars but now her job is to come into schools and talk to the pupils. Someone asked about what she carried in her bag and she explained she had pepper spray which would make a person stop what they were doing if they were up to no good. She also showed us her body camera which lit up when filming which would help protect her if she was being attacked.
The police officer’s talk was very informative and showed how important it was not to bully anybody as children’s lives could be horrible when they were grown up because they had been bullied when younger.
Elliot and Leila
Ten of us recently visited the North Enfield food bank. We supported this food bank at Harvest Festival and we sent 417.65 kg of food there this year.
We met the manager, Kelly, who showed us all round the warehouse where the food is stored. There are sections for each type of food and they also stock toiletries and things like nappies.
Kelly told us all about the history of food banks. It started from a shed in someone’s garden giving out food to those who needed it and now it has spread throughout the country. There are 500 workers who are all volunteers, but the managers are paid. We talked to some of the volunteers and they told us that the best bit was going home knowing they have helped someone.
The food is all donated and sell-by dates are all checked. Warburtons deliver bread to them twice a week and there are collections in many supermarkets. We actually packed a crate ready to be given to someone who needed it.
The people that are helped must have been given a voucher by a charity. On their first visit a checklist is made of any allergies, likes, dislikes, cooking facilities etc. The volunteers also chat with these people and they check how the food is getting home in order that they can it can be packed in the most suitable bags.
We are grateful for the opportunity we were given to visit the food bank. It has made us realise how lucky we are and some of us intend to become volunteers when we are old enough.
Anna and Archie
This morning we went to church for a special service because we are starting school. We walked there with our teachers and it was a bit windy, but when we walked back it was raining.
Our mummies and daddies were at the church and we sang three songs – Jesus bids us shine, God is good and Jesus’s ladder. Father Callum blessed some bookmarks for us and sprinkled water over us and he helped us pray.
It was a lovely service and we enjoyed it, especially the singing.
Beatrice and Otto
Our junior production this year is called “The Golden Ticket”, but it is actually the story of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. We were really pleased when we heard about it because we knew we would be getting some chocolate!
We auditioned for roles in the summer term. This was really nerve-wracking, especially if we were auditioning for a singing role as we had never sang solo in public before.
When we got our role, then we started worrying about learning the lines. We thought we could practice our lines over the summer holiday, but then we got to the end of the summer holidays and we thought where did the summer go as we haven’t learnt all our lines yet. But we’ve worked really hard and suddenly the performances are only a week away. It has now started to feel very real.
Each of the Year 6 classes do two performances where they play the speaking parts and whilst one class is doing the speaking parts, the other class are the choir. The speaking parts have been split up very fairly, eg there are two Willy Wonkas for each performance as it is such a major part, and some of us with less lines have two parts.
We love the play and the jokes are really good. We are looking forward to the actual performances, although we are now feeling a bit nervous, but also excited. We have gained so much from rehearsing for the production. Some of us felt a bit embarrassed about performing, but now we have gained in confidence.
We are very grateful to Miss Wicks, our director, and to all the staff who all have contributed, and to our parents who have provided our costumes and also helped in coaching us.
Enjoy the show!
Niamh and Peter
Yesterday, we were visited by the Young Shakespeare Company. They went through the story of Macbeth. We were given roles to play and act out and we had labels so that we all knew which parts we were playing. The king and the queen also had crowns. We were told our lines which we repeated and they were the original words as written by Shakespeare. One of our favourite lines we can remember – “Double, double, toil and trouble.”
We had to think about the setting and picture it in our heads. We had to imagine what would happen next. We were divided into two and one side of the room had to think about the thoughts and feelings of Macbeth and the other side of the room were asked to think about the thoughts and feelings of Lady Macbeth.
We really enjoyed the experience. We had to use our own imagination which brought it alive for us and we really felt in the zone.
Ariana, Douglas and Louis