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Friday 14th October

Friday 14th October


Welcome to Year 5F’s blog for this week.


Maths – The children have been estimating an approximate answer to addition and subtraction calculations. They have rounded to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10 000 to approximate their answers. Then they moved on to using mental methods to calculate answer. For example…


342+256=                                                                                                                            The children partitioned (separated) the second number (256) into its parts 200+50+6 and then added each part to the number to calculate a final answer.

342+200=542                                                                                                                      542+50=592                                                                                                                            592+2=594


Later on in the week, the children used more formal methods to calculate an answer. They looked at how to use a column to add up bigger numbers that would be difficult to answer mentally.


Take a look at this website to help your child with addition at home…

English – The children have been looking at poetry. They have investigated some of the features of poems, such as rhyme, repetition, similes (comparing something to another thing using the words as or like…as pale as the moon, fast like a cheetah)), alliteration (saying the same sound repeatedly…sailing silently across the silver sea), personification (giving an object human qualities…the smiling sun, the sea swallowed the beach with its huge waves) and onomatopoeia (a noisy word that sounds like it is…crash, pop, wallop, splat). The children went on to write some poetry of their own based on the poems they had read.


The children looked at two poems this week…Goodnight Stroud by Pie Corbett  and Last Night, I Saw the City Breathing by Andrew Fusek Peters.


Take a look at them here…


Topic – Our topic work this week has been looking at the continents and oceans of the world. The children learned the continents song.


Take a look at this catchy way to memorise the continents for yourself…

The Continents Song- tto heads shoulders knees and toes.mp4

Still image for this video

Science – This week the children have been learning about pollination and fertilisation of plants. They have completed a story board explaining how pollen gets from one flower to another (either through the wind blowing it or by being transported by an insect or small animal). This is called pollination. They can all explain how the pollen from another plant will then stick to the stigma, travel down the style into the ovary and then fertilise the seed so that a new plant can grow. Very clever stuff we’re sure you will agree!


On Monday, the Book Fair arrived in school. This, as always, caused much excitement amongst the children. Year 5 went down to take a look at the wide variety of books available Monday afternoon. They shared the experience with the children from Year 1. They spent a lovely time sharing books and reading with each other. Here are some pictures from the afternoon…

Here is this week's CERTIFICATE WINNER who won for being much more organised. A great improvement in remembering to bring in homework, learning log and reading on a daily basis. Keep it up!  

All that remains to say is have a lovely weekend and we will see you back in school on Monday.