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Our topic focus for this half-term is Fair Trade. The Year 5 teachers have been trying in vain to source a cocoa pod. Fortunately for us Minnie brought one in (courtesy of her father) and we sliced it open. And no, it doesn’t smell remotely of chocolate. There is a long and complex process before those slime-covered beans have been turned into the sweet, smooth chocolate we all love so much.

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This week we started using an online cartoon creation tool at www.xtranormal.com It’s quite a versatile, sophisticated bit of software that enables you to turn text into spoken language, choose camera angles and gestures and much more. It is a lot of fun, and at some point we’re going to be writing scripts in our literacy lessons and turning them into cartoons. I urge you to check out the site. Be warned though – you could lose hours on it…

This morning we went up to the top of the allotments to have a look at the view across London. We’re going to be creating some art over the next couple of weeks which illustrates the way in which objects appear increasingly pale the further away they are. We shall be posting the results here so keep an eye out for them.

We love the way Dulwich appears to be buried in a forest. We’re lucky to live and go to school in such a leafy part of London. Can you spot Rosendale School’s bell tower?

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This week we have been practising multiplication.

To use the grid method with a multiplication you have to firstly partition the numbers.

To do this you have to understand place value. So, 116 becomes 100 and 10 and 6. This is done with both numbers. These separate numbers are placed along the top and sides of a grid and then each calculation is worked out individually.

The products (results) of each calculation are then added together to reach the final answer. It’s a simple and elegant way of solving multiplication problems.

A member of 5MC demonstrated how to work through this method.

Calculating 12 x £5.75 using the grid method

In this picture we can see that £5.75 has been converted into pence first.

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The rain stayed away for our Olympic day at the Rosendale playing fields. Some impressive times and distances were recorded for the 80 metres, shotput, javelin and long jump.