Friday 15th February
Welcome to this week’s blog from Year 5F. We have had another busy week and are all looking forward to the half term break.
Maths – This week the children been re-capping some of the key concepts in maths. They have practised short and long multiplication, multiplying a 4-digit number by both a 1-digit and 2-digit number. Also, they have used the bus-stop method to divide up to a 4-digit number by a 1-digit number, dividing both with and without a remainder.
English – This week the children have been learning how to use cohesive devices in their writing. Cohesive devices are words used to show how the different parts of a text join together. Some examples of cohesive devices are: determiners (eg…a, the, every) and pronouns (eg…it, he, she, we, they), which can refer to words written earlier on. Also, the use of conjunctions (eg…and, but, so, as) and adverbs (eg…gently, quietly, then), which can make the relation between words clear.
Finally, after all the hard work over the past three weeks, the children have completed their ‘Hot Task’ in which they have written their own version of the ‘Rags to Riches’ story. They have used all the writing techniques they have learned and practised over the past three weeks. Both the teachers and children have noticed a significant difference in their writing from completing their ‘Cold Task’ three weeks ago.
Topic – The children have designed and begun to make a moon buggy with a motor. They have work collaboratively in groups of four. They look amazing so far. Take a look for yourself...
Science – The children have been learning about the geocentric and heliocentric theories. Hundreds of years ago, people believed that the earth was at the centre of the universe because the church told them (the geocentric theory). Over time, many astronomers argued that this was not the case and that the sun was actually at the centre of our universe (the heliocentric theory). The children learned about two astronomers who disputed the church’s theory, Copernicus and Galileo. Galileo was placed under house arrest for his beliefs!
Also, they have learned about how night and day happens as the earth spins round on tis axis every day. They then went on to learn about the different phases of the moon.
Here is our certificate winner this week. She won for a truly stunning effort to improve her attendance over the past few months. She has made phenomenal progress. Well done from all of us!
All that remains to say is have a great weekend and half term break. We look forward to seeing you again on Monday 25th February.