Year Five

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Understanding different types of reproduction in plants

December2

What’s the same? What’s different?

These are great questions when it comes to understanding how different types of plants reproduce. We had to work with our shoulder partner to compare the reproductive process of two different plants. We also had a list of key vocabulary to use to make sure that we were talking like real scientists!

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Driverless cars and programming robots with Julian

December2

We spent an afternoon thinking about driverless cars and the sort of programming that is needed to make them safe.

Julian then showed us how to programme our own robots, making sure that they don’t bump into anything.

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Roman Numerals

December2

Once we had got the hang of Roman numerals, we did some complex reasoning and problem solving.

We learned that I is 1, V is 5, X is 10, L is 20, C is 100, D is 500 and M is 1,000.

Challenge

  • What is the largest number you can write using these Roman numeral symbols?
  • Which 3-digit number needs the most Roman numeral symbols to write?

 

Here are some pictures from our Roman numeral lessons.

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Key features of a balanced argument

November13

We worked with our shoulder partner to identify the key features of a balanced argument. We then had to put them into a ‘Diamond 9’ formation with the most important at the top.

We will use our ‘Diamond 9’ as a success criteria when we write our own balanced arguments next week.

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More Science…

November13

We tested each other by reading out some ‘What am I?’ clues to make sure that we know all the parts of a flowering plant and what they do.

If you want to test yourself, the clues are at the bottom of this post.

  • I protect the flower when it is growing.
  • I am the female reproductive part of the flower. I have three sections.
  • I am the male reproductive part of the flower. I have two sections.
  • I am a section of the female reproductive part of the flower. Pollen tubes grow down me.
  • I am a section of the male reproductive part of the flower. I hold the flower’s pollen, which sticks to birds and insects.
  • I am a section of the female reproductive part of the flower. I store egg cells which, once fertilised, grow into seeds.
  • I am a section of the male reproductive part of the flower. I hold the anther up nice and high so that its pollen can stick to insects and birds.
  • I am usually around the outside of the flower. I help to hold nectar in some flowers, and I attract insects and birds.
  • I am a section of the female reproductive part of the flower. Pollen grains from other flowers get stuck to me.
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Science: Reproduction in flowering plants

November5

We used one of our favourite activities (the Running Reporter) to identify the different parts of a flowering plant. We also had to find out what each part does and why it is important.

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More Black History Day

October21

Here’s our Black History Month presentation about Jesse Owens.

 

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Black History Day

October20

On Friday, we celebrated Black History Month by learning about Jesse Owens – an influential black athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games.

We used a Running Reporter to find out all about him.

We then discussed chronology before creating a timeline of Jesse Owens’s life.

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Verb tenses

October3

In English, we’ve been learning how to form the progressive form of verbs. You need the verb ‘to be’ and a verb that ends in -ing.

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More place value

October3

We’ve been using counters and place value grids to help us count forwards and backwards in steps of 10, 100, 1000 and 10000.

It’s tricky – especially when you have to ‘bridge’ – but we’re getting the hang of it!

     

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