The ‘Thousandth Game’ and how to play… As part of our maths work this week, the Middle Years children were learning all about place value and the value of each digit in 4-digit numbers. ‘That’s a lot of digits’, I hear you say. Indeed it is, so let’s tell you how to play.

You will need a partner, a playing board with four boxes in a row for you and four for your partner, and two sets of numbers from zero to nine (or a number generator on your phone or ipad). Decide who goes first and what kind of number you want to make. For example, you could try to make the biggest even number.

Player One picks a number and decides to place it any way in their four boxes or their opponent’s four boxes. Each player takes turns to place numbers until all boxes are filled and someone has the winning 4-digit number. Good luck and enjoy the challenge – we did! 

Real-life potion making: Inspired by Harry Potter, we have decided we’d like to do more science and get involved in real-life potion making! To start to make this happen, we interviewed scientists Lydia Ellison and Alison Waterhouse. They gave us lots of good ideas for potion making, from invisible ink experiments to universal-indicator solution making. At the same time, we’ve also been finding out how we can support Lydia and Alison’s STEM lab project. We are planning to raise money for lab coats, goggles, magnifying pots, pooters and microscopes, to help get the project started.

Alongside these plans, we’ve also been taking interest in the fantasy creatures in Harry Potter and continuing with our interest in dragons (framing our overall class project as ‘Fact and Fantasy’). Playing with the magic of language, we’ve been writing truly wonderful descriptions of the mythical beasts in the air. Here is one from Rosemary (Y2): ‘Its eyes are glistening, round and wide. The vicious spirit runs from the great head to the tip of its tail. Its menacing claws are terrifying, even petrifying. Its icy plated armour shimmers and shines. As it flies over me, its magnificent wings plunge into the sea and swoop up into the heavens, lost in the mist.’