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Friday 1st July

Hello and welcome to 5W's blog of the week! I cannot believe it is July already!



This week we have been investigating numbers. The children have been looking at multiples and their factors. We moved onto looking at square number and cubed numbers. A square number are numbers multiplies by themselves. For example  4 x 4 = 16 or 6 x 6 = 36. Cubed numbers are numbers multiplied by themselves 3 times. For example 2 x 2 x 2 = 8. The children then investigated making cubed numbers out of cubes. 



This weeks English has been all about Newspaper reports. We started the week by identifying features of a newspaper report. We took apart articles from newspapers and found the different features, such as headlines, columns and captions. The children then completed some further research into the Pilgrim Fathers, finding dates and key information that would help them to write their newspaper report. On Wednesday, the children were told that they had been invited to travel with the Pilgrims on their journey to North America, to start their new lives, the class wrote their headline and their first paragraph of the Newspaper report. In their first paragraph the children had to include the 5 W's (who, what when, where and why). We moved onto looking at speech and punctuating direct speech as we know newspaper reports include quotes from people who are involved in the article. The children then wrote their own quotes, correctly punctuating the direct speech. Finally, the children finished off writing their own newspaper article about the Pilgrims voyage and even typed them up into a newspaper article format.



The children have continued studying New England. We looked at the different countries that make up North America- a grand total of 23 and we then looked at all 50 states of the USA. The children were set with the task of finding them on a map and correctly labelling them.



This week the children have been looking at reversible and irreversible changes. For example, if you melt ice it turns to water, if we collected this water and put it back into the freezer it would turn to ice again- this is a reversible change. However, if we burnt a match, we would not be able to get the match back to its original state, therefore this is an irreversible change.  


On Thursday, children from year's 5 and 6 went to Wigan Town Sports to compete in a number of different events. The children were excellent, putting 100% effort into it and cheering their peers on, even in the rain. A big congratulations to Katryna, from 5W, for coming second in the 400m- this means she has made it to the final next week. 


Our certificate winner this week was Ethan, even though he was not selected for Wigan Town Sports, he went along to support his peers! Westfields number one fan. I was touched by this Ethan, truly deserved. 


This week we said goodbye to a very special member of our class. Lilia moved schools on Wednesday. We wish her all the best in her new school. We hope she makes lots of new friends and stays in touch with Westfield. Lilia was a delight to teach and we all thoroughly enjoyed having you in class 5W. You will be greatly missed.


All that is left to say is have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all on Monday.