We have finished our epic journey around the globe in Going Global. To finish this unit we held a ‘dragons den’ style interview. Learners created inventions, built, packaged, costed, and marketed the inventions to the panel of dragons who asked some pretty tricky questions.
We needed all of our knowledge from the unit to answer the judges questions about target audience, production, ethical and sustainable qualities, marketing distribution.
This week we have been working on different styles of poems. We are starting to get pretty good at choosing interesting words and phrases that have a deeper meaning than first glance. We have continued to use similes and metaphors and are beginning to use personification to add human qualities to everyday objects.
In maths we have started the fun and interesting topic of Roman Numerals! We have learned the basic numbers and some rules as to how to apply them.
Our focus this week has been on drawing inference from texts. We have studied sections from different stories and answered questions which really made us think carefully about what exactly the author wanted us to think and the techniques the author used to do this.
This week we have been learning about how the use of brackets affects questions.
We started by exploring the question
3 + 5 x 5
and discussed how some learners got an answer of 40 and some got 28. But who was right and why?
We then added brackets so it looked like:
3 + (5x5)
and understood we needed to do the sum inside the brackets first.
This made the question:
3 + 25
so the answer was 28.
By placing the brackets in different places, how many different sums and answers can you find for this sequence?
4 + 5 x 4 – 3
We will be discovering next week why the answer to the original sum should be 28 even if we don't use brackets!
STARS OF THE WEEK!
Have a great Khmer New Year holiday, and don’t forget that April 19th (the first Wednesday after the break) is the Year 5 assembly! Please come and help us celebrate our learning.