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# Friday 11th November 2016

Wow, has it really been a week since we last posted?  Doesn't time fly when you're having fun?

This week in Maths we have been focusing on factors.  Factors of a number are two numbers that when multiplied out give you the original number.  So, if you were asked for factors of 6, you might answer 2 and 3 as 2 x 3 = 6 (6 being the original number).  Other factors for 6 would be 1 and 6, since 1 x 6 = 6 (the original number).  We quickly found that Reece liked to have 1 times the original number.  So when we asked for factors of 12, Reece said 1 x 12.  He is right of course.  One times the original number will give the original number.   We all remembered this as we decided to call it `The Reece Factor'.  This helped us get this each time. Try and find the factors to these numbers, try to be systematic.  Systematic is when you attack a problem logically.  We started with 1, then asked whether it would divide by 2 (if the original number is even then yes it will divide by 2), then try 3, 4 ,5 and so on.  Once you reach half of the original number you have found them all.  Try these -

Factors for 12 ?

Factors for 24 ?

(Answers are written upside down at the bottom of this week's blog.)

## James' Maths work on multiples and factors -how cool is James?

In English we have started a new book called Dragonory.  To be really truthful, we think it's really great.  It is a collection of short stories.  We have read a few, Dragonory, Lazy Jack and The Talking Papaya.  Lazy Jack was really funny and made us chuckle.  Throughout the week we have worked at writing our own version of Dragonory -the story of the last dragon who builds a bridge and charges people money to cross the bridge.  Mr Price told us on Monday that we were going to do some `Talk for Writing' which would help us with our writing.  Wow! It really worked!  Take a look at this video of us rehearsing our writing.  Then take a look at Josh's work that has really bowled us over.

## Talk for Writing -Dragonory

Our first paragraph of our Dragonory story.

Other news this week.  On Friday we observe the 2 minute silence at 11 am.  All week we have support this by buying poppies.  We read a text that explained where Remembrance Day originate, and the poem In Flanders Field by John McCrae which is where the first reference to the poppy was made.  Our teachers were really proud of how well we observed the 2 minute silence.

In topic, we have moved on to our new topic of `Let it Be' which looks at entertainment last century, Liverpool and in particular The Beatles.  Honestly...we think Mr P is Beatle Mad!

Mr Price got really worried when he saw this...

He soon calmed down when we explained that someone had fallen a playtime and wet their trousers in some water on the playground -they changed into their PE kit.  I'm not sure what he thought -someone had been noseying and fallen in?  Maybe a man-eating filing cabinet?  Anyway, he was fine after his initial shock.

We'll see you next week, please pop in again.  Here's the answer to the questions on factors.

We told you they were upside-down.
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