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Friday 12th May

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This week we started a brand new topic. It was all about angles.

(Not angels!)


Acute angles which are less than 90°

Right angles which measure 90°

Obtuse angles which are greater than 90° but less than 180°

Reflex angles which are greater than 180° but less than 360°

not forgetting a straight line which is 180°

Looking at various angles, we had to identify the type of angle it was and give an estimate of its size.

We then refreshed our memories about how to use a protractor. This is a very tricky thing to master but when you do it feels great!




English crossed over into topic this week. We started to research the Greeks, Romans and the Egyptians in preparation for producing an information leaflet on Ancient Civilisations. Mrs Dougherty then split us into groups with lots of different leaflets and we had to search and cut out the different features of information texts.

  • Introduction
  • Different fonts
  • Questions
  • Bullet points
  • Pictures/diagrams
  • Headings/sub headings
  • Key facts/ information
  • Boxes



This was really interesting! We looked at Hoplites, Phalanx and Triremes.

WHAT? I hear you say!

Let me explain:-

A Hoplite: the most common type of heavily armed foot soldier in ancient Greece.

Phalanx: a rectangular mass military formation, composed of heavily armed Hoplites. They would stand close together, side by side, overlapping their shields to make a wall of protection.

Triremes: a Greek ship with three banks of oars. Some were destined to carry cargo; some were modified with a layer of added brass to the tip of the warship to act as a battering ram.


Forces and air resistance were the name of the game this week. We had pair of pictures and we had to say how the air resistance was different. For example a lorry with a square cab is less aerodynamic than a cab with a shaped cab, therefore has more air resistance so will travel slower.

We also did a practical experiment outside.

First we just ran. Then we ran holding a piece of A4 paper and finally we ran with a large piece of card in front of us. We recorded our results to show which one provided the most air resistance.



This took place on Friday this week and will do for the next 3 weeks. This also was linked to our topic work (Ancient Greece) and dance.


This Week’s Certificate Winner…


Is Tyler: for his accurate scientific explanation of air resistance and its effect. It was worthy of a science boffin!



Hope you all have a great weekend and we’ll see you soon.

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