Finland – our first full day

What a lovely place! Joensuu is a beautiful town. Everywhere is very clean and the way of life is very quiet and calm. 

Today we have had time to learn about each other’s schools and found out a little bit about the Finnish education system. Children begin pre-school at 6 and then start their basic education at age 7. They have to stay in school until they are 16 before having the option of a further year. They can then go to college for 3 years before doing Degrees and Masters qualifications.

Being a teacher is a sought after job and competition for places at teaching college is fierce. Children do different amounts of hours depending on what year they are in. Year 1 and 2 children do 19 hours per week whilst Year 9’s do 30 hours. Summer holidays are 10 weeks long!

We have also had some free-time to explore the town and earlier the NPAT staff had a cracking and fun walk along the Pielisjoki River. We even found some snow deep enough to make big footprints in (we are children too!) 

Tomorrow we are in two schools – one is a kindergarten and the other is a secondary school. I will tell you about them tomorrow!


Right then year six, I’m off to Finland on Sunday to find out about their education system. I’ll be staying in a town called Joensuu. 

What can you find out about the country and place I’ll be staying in?

Also, what do you want me to find out about Finnish schools?

Until next time!

Maths Flipped Learning

There are 3 new assignments over on Manga High. The first gives you the opportunity to go over equivalent fractions. The other two are on things that we will be doing over the forthcoming weeks. Firstly, improper and mixed fractions and, secondly, adding and subtracting fractions – a real challenge!

Good luck. Feel free to post any questions or comments here.

The Lings School of Journalism

Today you were all enrolled as students at the Lings School of Journalism. Your first assignment is to visit a remote Mediterranean island where there have been reports of a spectacular and devastating storm. You will need to visit the island in order to gather the facts, interview witnesses and write your report.

What have you found out so far? How did the storm start? Why did Prospero do this? Who was on the ship? What does Miranda think about this?

Feel free to leave your journalist’s notes here!

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Flip Learning – Multiplication

Here are a number of videos to show you different methods for multiplication. Some show you how to multiply by a 1-digit number whilst others show you how to multiply by a 2-digit number. Enjoy and feel free to post any questions. Practise your preferred methods with these questions:

35 x 6,     162 x 4,     83 x 5,     619 x 7,     118 x 3,    34 x 27,     173 x 23 – Short multiplication method – 2-digit x 1-digit multiplication (53 x 6) – Grid method for 2-digit x 1-digit multiplication (38 x 7) – Short multiplication method – 3-digit x 1-digit multiplication (714 x 5) – Short multiplication – 3-digit x 1-digit multiplication (325 x 5) – Long multiplication method – 2-digit x 2-digit multiplication (72 x 35) – Grid method for 2-digit x 2-digit multiplication (31 x 26)

Good luck!



Tour of Sixfields Stadium

As part of our PE sessions with the Northampton Town Football Club community department, we were given the opportunity to look round Sixfields this afternoon. We visited the home changing room, walked out of the tunnel, sat in the dug-out and even got to sit in the comfy seats usually reserved for the directors!

Our involvement with the Cobblers has not finished yet. After Christmas you will have the opportunity to attend the home League 1 match against Coventry City…WOW!

What were your highlights of our visit to Sixfields?

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