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Different types of numbers, poetry and trench warfare

Friday 10th November | 1 comment


Maths: Finding prime factors of certain numbers. Due Friday 17th November

Spelling: c or s? verb or noun? Spelling Test on Friday 17th November


I have had an extremely enjoyable week in 6S; I hope the children have too!

In maths, children have investigated and solved problems in relation to different types of numbers: prime, square and cube. Children have also looked at factors and multiples. They reasoned the following definitions for each type of number.

Prime: a number with only 2 factors.

Square: the product of a number multiplied by itself.

Cube: the product of a number multiplied by itself three times.

Factor: a number that when multiplied gives a given number.

Multiple: a number that is within a given number’s times table.

Children solved a variety of problems including sorting numbers into venn diagrams labelled with squared and cubed numbers – is there a number that is both? Children also wrote their own number problems based on the one below:

  • It is greater than 10
  • It is an odd number
  • It is not a prime number
  • It is less than 25
  • It is a factor of 60

One child wrote this fiendishly difficult problem:

  • It is larger than 15
  • It is an odd number
  • It is a prime number
  • It is less than 35
  • It is a factor of 544

Answers in the comments below!

In literacy, children have looked at poetry written within the First World War. Having learned In Flanders Field, the children answered a variety of retrieval and inference questions. They then went on to look at In Dulce et Decorum Est – a poem by Wilfred Owen – and looked at the use of similes and metaphors that the poet used to describe the state of the soldiers.


Children went on to compare this poem with The Soldier by Rupert Brooke. This poem is very different. I wonder why?


Children then went on to think of their own similes, metaphors and other poetic techniques that they could use in their own First World War poem. These poems are planned and I am looking forward to the children writing their own poems next week.

In history, children have studied how life in the trenches was for First World War soldiers. Using this interactive guide from the BBC, children were able to research and list lots of information about life in the trenches.


One response to “Different types of numbers, poetry and trench warfare”

  1. Karen Chaudhari says:

    A great week. Eva was telling us all about life in the trenches last night. It’s been extremely useful to give context to Armistice Day.

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