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# Friday 18th January

Friday 18th January

Welcome to this week’s blog from Year 5F. We have had another busy week.

Maths – This week we have been investigating factors. Factors are numbers we can multiply together to get another number. For example, 2 and 3 are factors of 6, because 2 × 3 = 6

A number can have MANY factors! What are the factors of 12?

• 3 × 4 = 12, so 3 and 4 are factors of 12
• 2 × 6 = 12, so 2 and 6 are also factors of 12
• and 1 × 12 = 12, so 1 and 12 are factors of 12 as well

So 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12 are all factors of 12.

The children have created ‘factor rainbows’ for given numbers. It is a clear and easy way of seeing all the factors for a number. Here’s what one looks like…

They have also been investigating prime numbers. A prime number is a number that has only two factors, one and the number itself. For example, 23 is a prime number because you can only divide it by 1 and 23. Did you know that 2 is the only even prime number?

As well as all that, the children have been investigating square numbers. A square number is a number that has been multiplied by itself. We use the ² symbol when we are going to square a number. Here are all the square numbers the children need to learn as part of their times tables…

1² or 1x1=1                                            7² or 7x7=49

2² or 2x2=4                                        8² or 8x8=64

3² or 3x3=9                                        9² or 9x9=81

4² or 4x4=16                                     10² or 10x10=100

5² or 5x5=25                                     11² or 11x11=121

6² or 6x6=36                                     12² or 12x12=144

This play at home game of Who Wants to be a Hunderdaire allows you to practice factors…

English - The children have continued with work based around their HOLIDAY READING BOOK, The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge. They have designed their own alien which they have written a description of. Their description includes four types of SUPER SENTENCES! They have written an Imagine 3 as their introduction, then they have some 2AD sentences (with two adjectives), a simile sentence and a Noun, Who, Which, Where sentence.

Science - The children have continued learning about the human lifecycle. This week, they have looked at the changes to humans in old age.

Topic – The children have been on a ‘Space Walk’ as an introduction to our new topic all about EARTH AND SPACE. The children had the opportunity to encounter artefacts and objects, pictures, books and music that are linked to our topic. They really enjoyed the experience. Here are some photographs from the afternoon…

The children are already excited about our forthcoming trip, linked to our Topic lessons, to Jodrell Bank on Wednesday 6th February. Thank you for all the permission slips that have already been returned to school.

Here is our certificate winner this week. She won for not just being ‘Practically Perfect’ in every way – but being ‘Magnificently Marvellous’ too! An absolute superstar!! A big WELL DONE from all of us in Year 5F.

Congratulations to our GOLD MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION WRISTBAND winners. It is a magnificent feat to achieve this wristband – so well done from all of us in Year 5.

All that remains to say is have a great weekend, wrap up warm as a cold spell is on its way, and we will see you all again on Monday.

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