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Maths

 

We have been looking at fractions. We have been practising simplify, finding equivalent fractions and comparing fractions.

These videos might be helpful if you are unsure:

Finding the greatest common factor (GCF):

Simplifying fractions (using the GCF)

Finding a common multiple

Comparing fractions

 

English

We have been looking at setting descriptions, focusing on the use of language – in particular, personification, simile and metaphor.

Here is a good example:

The silvery moon smiled down on the village that night. The wind, for once, ceased its whistling and retired to the distant mountains. Although still flowing, the winding river seemed to have almost stopped – resting, awaiting the coming of the morning. The round houses stood silently in thought, the smoke drifting slowly from their chimneys, indicating that everyone was safely in for the night. The snow that clung to the neighbouring peaks had not yet reached the sleepy hamlet with its icy grip.

Perched on top of the steep yet small cliffs, the huts encircled their inhabitants, hugging them warmly. Lights, inside and out, shone brightly – golden; contrasting with the ghostly orb hanging in the sky. At a glance, a visitor would assume the dwelling places to be built from the same plan, but upon closer inspection each was unique. One had a multitude of emerald eyes, rather like a spider, in its roof, another had a covered veranda and a tall slate chimney stack. Yet another had a lower floor dug out from the sharp slope down to the water, surrounded on one side by a two-tier balcony. All had one thing in common: wooden decorations, intricately carved, forming the framework of each dome-roofed house.

The tranquillity of the scene suggested that all was well in this valley; that the village folk had nothing to fear. Only those who lived there knew of the terrors that the morning would bring. In fact, anyone living this close to the mountain caves knew that all was not as it seemed.