Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Wednesday 17th



LO: To select and use the most efficient method of subtraction

The last few lessons have looked at column subtraction. In today's lesson you will think about other methods of subtracting numbers so that you can select the most efficient method to do a calculation. That means a method that is going to be accurate but can be done in the minimum amount of time. To be able to do this, the lesson reminds you of the ways you can subtract that do not use the written method. They are all ones that you have learnt before. 

Efficient subtraction

Challenge questions (optional)


Wednesday 17th March 2021

LO: To write in character


Listen Mrs Dunncico reading part 4 of I Was a Rat

Today you are writing a diary entry as either Bob or Joan (you choose) about what has happened since Roger arrived on your doorstep. 


Remember when you are writing a diary entry as a character you need to:

  • Write in the first person (using the pronouns I, we, our, my, me)
  • Write in the past tense
  • Be informal and personal - as though you are talking to someone 
  • Have an introduction to set the scene/give an overview
  • Decribe the most important events have happened
  • Describe how you are feeling and how you reacted to what has happened
  • Use time conjunctions to show when things happened
  • Use paragraphs to organise events


Wednesday 17th March 2021

LO: To research Victorian schools


In I Was a Rat, Roger got caned by the Head Master when he was in school. Today you are going to be researching and finding out about Victorian schools. Back in the 1800s being in school was a very different experience.

Your key questions for today:

  • Would you have liked to be a pupil in Victorian school, and why?
  • In what ways was school different back then to your experience in school today? 


Here are some websites to carry out your research:


Remember, if you are going to search for further information online, put in 'information for children' along with the subject, so you get child-friendly information. 


You can present your research however you like. 


‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered’