We are looking forward to our new unit Mission to Mars which we will kick off after the water festival break. We look forward to sharing some of this with you on Tuesday 7th November at the Family Learning Day! Please remember to sign up for a time on the sheet outside the MP3 classrooms
In Literacy this week, Year 5 have been teaming up and combining our fantastic mystery writing to make The Ultimate Mystery Stories. Using the video 'Road's End' as a stimulus, we have created pieces of writing that could be read aloud alongside this animation. We will be using these oral story scripts after the water festival break to make super tense mystery videos that we hope will have viewers clinging to their seats in anticipation...
Here is one of our 'superstories'
We also created some rules for mental division; in groups Y5 learners explored different ways to mentally divide numbers. We discovered that the most efficient way to divide mentally by 5 was to first divide by 10 then to double the answer! For example 642 divided by 5 = 64.2 x 2 = 128.4. Another nice trick we found was that the best way to divide by 8 was to half, half, and half again: 612 divided by 8 = 306 = 153 = 76.5.
This week in maths Year 6 have been continuing to build on our knowledge of fractions. We have been practising simplifying fractions as well as adding them together. The majority of our learners predicted that multiplying fractions would be harder than adding and were surprised to learn it was the other way round! Adding together fractions involves lots of different skills such as knowing your times tables, being able to simply fractions and being able to find common factors in denominators.