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Friday 10th June

Hello and welcome to 5W’s first blog of our last term!



This week in maths the children have been learning and investigating different methods for mental maths, focusing on addition and subtraction. The children looked at the ‘Combination’ method, this is for numbers that end in a 9, you simply round up the next ten, add or subtract the number then adjust to get your answer. Next, the children looked at partitioning, this is when you add or subtract the tens and then add or subtract the units onto that answer. Finally the children added or subtracted using their knowledge of the power of ten. It has been a very busy week in maths.



This week’s English has been all about poems and different types of poetry. The children started the week by looking at different poems about flowers and identifying the poetic features in these poems. Next, the children focused on Acrostics (a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase). Our topic for this poem was ‘Wigan In Bloom’ and the children produced some excellent poems around this. Finally, the class looked at Kennings poems (A Kenning is a two word phrase describing an object often using a metaphor. A Kennings poem is a riddle made up of several lines of kennings to describe something or someone). The children wrote some AMAZING kennings about a variety of flowers.



Due to our topic being ‘Ancient Greece’, the class have begun to make their own Greek pots using gummed paper and balloons. They have been adding layers of gummed paper over their balloon to strengthen and make it hard. Next week they will be turning them into a vase and then adding their own Greek style design with paint. 


Our certificate winner this week was Rhys F for his attitude to school during his first week back of his last term. Caitlin M was also a certificate winner for her beautiful poetry she has written.


All that is left to say is we hope you have a lovely weekend and we shall see you on Monday morning.