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In our English lessons this week, we planned and wrote our own narrative poems inspired by our innovation write. The children were encouraged to ensure their poem followed a similar story involving something taking items to make or build something – I was so impressed with everyone's imaginative ideas! The children focused on using rhyming couplets, using a narrative structure and punctuating their lines and stanzas correctly.

In our Maths lessons this week we have completed our unit on multiplication and division. We started the week by building upon our knowledge of inverse operations. This time we were using inverse operations to work out multiplication and division problems. We then progressed on to learn how to multiply whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. The children built upon their knowledge from last year. We used place value grids and number lines to help us with this task. When dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, the children used factor trees and our knowledge of the value of numbers. Towards the end of the week, we explored how we could multiply and divide by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000.

During our DT lesson this week, Miss Handforth taught the class about different cam movements. Building on their learning from last week, the children made a simple cam mechanism in which they could test out the different cam shapes. Children explored what it was like to use each of the different cams. Describing the movement that they created. At the end of the lesson, the children shared what they had found out during their practical activity.
In our PE lesson this week, the children continued to develop their fitness skills. We set up a selection of fitness activities for the children to explore their skills. There were high heels, sideways lunges, shin pulls and more. The children were required to explore their level of fitness in each of the tasks which were set up.

During Music this week, Year 5 learnt about the composer of the Month – Louis Armstrong. We watched a clip of him performing 'What a Wonderful World'. The children then learnt how to play the note F on their ukuleles and played 'Hey you?' We learnt about what dynamics mean in Music. Our Heartsmart learning theme was 'Under Pressure'. Year 5 acted out different sources of pressure and considered different ways we could respond to these.

A Sling shot, atlatls, spears, axes and bows and arrows were all part of our learning in Forest school this week. We discovered how the Stone Age people made their own weapons from nature around them. We then became archers and engineers. Practising our archery skills was great fun and building a free-standing wall allowed us to demonstrate our problem-solving skills and teamwork.

Year 5 continued to develop their Art skills this week. We started by learning about reflective symmetry. The children explored how William Morris had used reflective symmetry in many of his designs. The children then explored, using square paper, how they can create their own reflective symmetry. After this, the children were given half of William Morris' famous Art work, 'Brother Rabbit', and were asked to complete the design. Finally, using all of the skills the children have developed throughout our term, the class started to design their own wallpaper pattern.

This week, we started our new RE unit. This unit is based on the key question: Why are titles given to Jesus at Christmas time? We started by thinking about why we use titles to describe people and then moved on to looking at the names which were given to Jesus in Isaiah 9:6-7 and Isaiah 7:14. We considered how and why he was called 'Emmanuel, Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace'.

In our History lesson, we continued to explore what Victorian housing is like and how this is different to what it is like now. The children continued to explore the virtual Victorian house on https://matterport.com/industries/gallery/mentzer-house-victorian-home. The children were looking carefully for similarities and differences between houses then and now. In our French lesson we continued to deepen our understanding of numbers to 31. The children continued to use games to help them to learn these numbers.

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend!
Miss Welch

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