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It's Friday which means it's time for another weekly news update.

In English this week, we have been writing biographies about Queen Victoria. We learnt how to use the skills from our tool kit to craft our paragraphs and sentences to make them sound interesting and professional. Thanks to your hard work and use of subject specific vocabulary, you all sound like experts on the subject. In our lessons, we have also been learning about relative clauses too. Did you know that they often (but not always) use a relative pronoun, and they always provide more information about a noun?

In maths, we have continued learning about 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. We have tried lots of different ways to understand this method, and we are beginning to get to grips with it. We even tried multiplying 2 digits by 3 digits and 4 digits. We're not yet feeling 100% about it, but we are feeling much more confident than we were. Good work team.

In our afternoons, we have covered an array of topics. On Monday, we continued with our R.E topic about the Kingdom of God. As part of our lesson, we talked about what talents other people bring to our school and discussed how it creates a whole community. We also talked about what school would be like if we didn't share our talents, and we realised that it wouldn't be the nicest of places. The second part of our Monday afternoon involved us learning about the poet, artist and designer William Morris. We learnt that he was a member of the Arts and Crafts Movement during the Victorian era and that he was responsible for bringing patterned wallpaper to the masses.

On Tuesday, we were scientists. We started to look at how we could group different materials, and we realised that every object has a set of properties. This means that all objects can be grouped and compared. Once we'd established all the different properties an object could have, we thought about which properties a wheel would need. We determined it must be waterproof, durable, hard-wearing and non-corrosive.

History was the focus of Thursday's afternoon. We used primary sources – photographs and census records – to learn about the difference between a rich person's house and a poor person's house. Did you know that a rich person's house could have a minimum of 9 rooms whereas some poor families had to share a single room? We are beginning to realise that things in Victorian times weren't exactly fair.

Finally, on Friday it was time for our French lesson. We sang 'Heads, Shoulder, Knees and Toes' in French and recapped our knowledge of colours. Next, we moved onto learning the French names for the clothes we wear and learnt to answer the question: Qu'est-ce qu'il y a dans le garde-robe?

Hope you have a great weekend,

Miss P

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