Thank you Year 4, for your beautiful gift, so much of our school values, love, respect, gratitude, courage and empathy shown this week. You should be very proud of the people you are xx

We loved playing Yahtzee today as a part of Chance and Data in Year 4. We used so many mathematical strategies to try and beat everyone in our group’s scores.

The Upper Section :In the upper section, there are six boxes, each corresponding to one of the six face values of the dice. For these boxes, you enter the sum of the dice with the corresponding face value (and ignore all other dice). For example, if you roll 5 3 3 5 3 you may enter a score of 9 in the third spot or a score of 10 in the fifth spot. 
The Lower Section : 3 of a kind: Score in this box if the dice include 3 or more of the same number. The score is the total of all five dice (unlike the upper section, where only the dice of one number are summed). 4 of a kind: Score in this box if the dice include 4 or more of the same number. The score is the total of all five dice. Full House: Score in this box if the dice show three of one number and two of another (for example, 2 6 6 2 2). The score is 25 points. Small Straight: Score in this box if the dice show any sequence of 4 numbers (for example 3 2 4 4 5). The score is 30 points. Large Straight: Score in this box if the dice show any sequence of 5 numbers (for example 5 2 4 6 3). The score is 40 points. Chance: Score in this box with any combination. The score is the total of the five dice. Yahtzee: Score in this box if the dice show five of the same number. The score is 50 points. Yahtzee Bonus: If you roll a second Yahtzee and the Yahtzee box is already filled with 50 points, you get a 100 points bonus. 

We have been learning about explanations in Literacy & Inquiry. Check out how we think a dishwasher is cleaned?

How does a dishwasher work?

How does a dishwasher work?

Dishwashers can be found in many homes around Great Britain. They are used to make your dishes sparkle (without the hard work). Thought you knew how a dishwasher worked? Think again.

Firstly, you load the dishwasher and put in a tablet. Then, you close the door and press the ‘on’ switch. This switch is linked to a special siren which emits a high-pitched whistle that can only be heard by cats. When they hear the signal, all of the cats in the neighbourhood come running to your house and climb into the machine through the specially designed cat-flap at the back (that’s the banging you hear).

The cats lick all of the plates, cups and pans clean. Their tongues are rough, so make excellent cleaning tools. They happily purr to themselves as they clean, which is why you hear humming. With a swish of their tails, each piece of crockery is dried until squeaky clean.

When the dishes are clean, the cats leave stealthily the way they came. One cat always stays behind to sprinkle the detergent and hoover up any cat hairs, because no-one can ever know the secret of dishwashers!

Cats are very clever, and so they have made a deal with the government to be paid in fish every Tuesday.

And that’s how a dishwasher really works. 🙂