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Friday 10th November

Friday 10th November


Welcome to Y5F’s blog for this week. It has been another busy week and we have been working hard.


Maths – This week the children have been working on column subtraction and addition within multi-step word problems. For example…

After that, we moved on to using the bar method to solve word problems. This method involves the children creating a bar upon which they will then place the whole number in the problem and they then divide the bar up into the parts. This then helps them to work out the answer to the problem.

Take a look at this short film clip which helps to explain this method further…

You need to scroll down the page until you find the film clip called BAR MODEL 1. There is also a further clip BAR MODEL 2 if you want to find out a little more.


English – This week we have been concentrating on spellings with silent letters. For example…


mortgage (with a silent t)

wrestle (with a silent w)

island (with a silent s)


Also, the children have been looking at the spelling rules for changing verbs into the past tense. WE have begun to read our new class novel called There’s a Viking in my Bed by Jeremy Strong. The children are loving hearing all about the misadventures of Sigurd, a very unlikely Viking, who has become separated from the rest of the warriors on his long ship.

Topic – The children have continued their new topic called VALHALLA which is all about the Vikings. They have been taking notes about how and when the Vikings raided. They have discovered that the Vikings came from Denmark, Sweden and Norway and invaded England, Scotland and Ireland. They came across in long ships and were very accomplished sailors. As well as that, the children have completed map work detailing the routes the Vikings followed when coming to Britain.


Science – The children have been learning about the lifecycle of a mammal. It has four stages. Firstly, life begins as an embryo which develops in its mother’s womb. Then, the mammal is born. It is too young to look after itself and needs to be cared for by its parents. It feeds on milk from its mother in order to grow. Next, there is the juvenile stage. This is when the young mammal is learning survival skills from its parents. Finally, the mammal becomes an adult. It will seek out a mate so that it can start the life cycle all over again.

All that remains is to wish you all a fantastic weekend and we will see you again on Monday.