### Fractions (even more?!?!?) and War Poetry

###### Friday 23rd November | Comments are off for this post

Another week of hard work and effort in 6S this week!

Homework will be handed out on Monday! Thank you for all the wonderful Learning Log homework we have received this week; it has been fascinating to read the children’s research!

In maths this week, the children have learnt how to multiply and divide fractions by whole numbers as well as how to multiply fractions by other fractions. The Year 6 standard requires children to be able to do each of these three disciplines and I am pleased to report most children have shown great confidence in doing them.

To multiply a fraction by a whole number, keep the denominator the same and multiply the numerator by the whole number.

To multiply a fraction by a fraction, multiply the numerators together and then the denominators together.

To divide a fraction by a whole number, if you can, divide the numerator by the whole number and keep the denominator the same; if this isn’t possible, keep the numerator the same and then multiply the numerator by the whole number.

The children have been great at this this week solving a range of fraction problems as well as completing a fraction calculation hunt to recap their fraction learning!

In literacy this week, we have completed a Year 5/6 Spelling List test. By the end of the year, to achieve the Year 6 standard, children are expected to be able to spell most of the words from this list – around 75 of the 104 words on the test. In children’s planners, there are highlighted copies of the 5/6 Spelling List with no more than 10 words they still need to work on.

We have also a read of range of poetry from the First World War with particular attention on In Dulce Et Decorum Est (just the first stanza of the poem that focuses on the horrors of war) and The Soldier. The two poems can be found below and the children were challenged to spot the differences in mood and comment on the language techniques used.

**THE SOLDIER**

Rupert Brooke

IF I should die, think only this of me:

That there’s some corner of a foreign field

That is forever England. There shall be

In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;

A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,

Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

A body of England’s, breathing English air,

Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,

A pulse in the eternal mind, no less

Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;

And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,

In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

**DULCE ET DECORUM EST**

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,

Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,

Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs

And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots

But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;

Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots

Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

You can see how these two poems portray very different views of the war!

In music, children have continued to learn songs for the upcoming Christmas production and in science, children have reviewed the mould that has been growing on bread!