Friday 30th September
Welcome to Year 5F’s blog for this week.
Maths – This week the children have completed rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000. They have now moved on to investigating Roman Numerals.
Roman Numerals, as far as we know, were the only written numbering system used in Ancient Rome and Europe until about 900 AD. At that time, the Arabic Numbering System, which was invented by Hindus, came into use. (The Arabic Numbers are the ones we use today 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
Roman Numerals do not have a zero (0) and have 7 digits, which are represented by letters (I, V, X, L, C, M)
In our number system, which uses Arabic numbers, we have ten digits (from 0-9) and we can make as big a number as we want with these.
What Roman Numerals mean
1 = I
8 = VIII
60 = LX
Take a look at this website to investigate Roman Numerals with your child at home…
English – We have continued to read a little more of our class novel, The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. The children have been doing some work based around this, including writing a description of a setting (a place). They have looked at similes and how to use them in a sentence. For example,
The trees were as tall as sky scrapers and reaching high into the blue, cloudless sky. Their long, gnarled branches clawed at passers-by, like a witch’s bony fingers. All around, on the ground, were golden, autumnal leaves lying there like a carpet. Up above, shining brightly in the sky, the sun peeped through the leaves with her dazzling smile. Flowers swayed and danced as a gentle breeze blew through the woods. At the bottom of an ancient, wise oak tree, were a ring of toadstools, their tops as red as tomatoes.
Topic – Of course, on Wednesday, it was the (much anticipated and eagerly waited for) trip to Martin Mere. Despite the rain in the morning, the sun made an appearance after lunch and the children had THE MOST AMAZING day there. Firstly, we walked around the reserve and explored the variety of wildlife around in their natural habitats. Next, the children had a pond-dipping session where they were able to discover what creatures live under the water. Then we stopped for lunch and luckily when we had finished the sun had come out. The children then spent an hour or so feeding the variety of birds their special birdfeed. It was an opportunity for them to get close to some of the birds around the reserve. Finally, before leaving, we visited the play area where the children were able to spend time on the zip wire, scramble nets, sand park, slides, swings as well as many others.
Take a look at the pictures from our day out…
here is this week's CERTIFICATE WINNER who won for her 100% attendance so far this year, which is resulting in a growth in both confidence and progress. A big well done from us all and let’s keep this up!
Don’t forget it will be October tomorrow! Have a lovely weekend and we will see you back in school on Monday.