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Wednesday 20th May

Please be aware that Miss Facey is in school again today so may be delayed in responding to e-mails.



Today we have selected two challenges for you and it's up to you which one you decide to complete (you can do both if you want to!). Challenge 1 is a problem solving activity and challenge 2 is an activity designed to test your ability to prove a theory. Read the instructions carefully so you know what is expected of you.


Challenge 1: Different Deductions


Look at the diagram below. Each symbol has a numerical value. The total for the symbols is written at the end of each row and column.



1. What does each shape represent?

2. Can you find the missing total that should go where the question mark has been put?


Challenge 2: Square Subtraction


1. Choose any number. This is going to be your particular number for this proof.
2. Square your chosen number.
3. Subtract your starting number from your answer.

Is the number you're left with odd or even?

Now choose at least 5 different numbers to see whether you spot any patterns. Can you think of any mathematical reasoning to suggest why this might be the case?

You could create a model or a picture of your calculation, using your chosen number, and examine this model carefully.
Can you use this one model to prove that your result is always true and not just true for the particular number that you chose to start with?



Well done to everyone who created a Mexican landscape yesterday. We really enjoyed looking at your beautiful artwork and reading your vivid descriptions.


Today, we would like you familiarise yourselves with the features of free verse poetry. and have a go at writing your own. 


Begin by watching this video and working through the pdf document below. Make a note of any poetic devices that you would like you use in your own free verse poem. Please choose at least 3. 


Then, have a go at writing your own free verse poem using your Mexican landscape and description from yesterday. Read your poem out loud to someone at home, experimenting with words and phrases to make your poem as beautiful as the Maya's. Perhaps they could even give you some feedback!


There are some examples below to help you, as well as bordered paper for you to use if you wish.

Peace and Quiet


Peace is...
When you are outside on a nice warm day
With a cold glass of yellow lemonade.
Slurp, slurp, slurp.
Feeling the warm sun on my back,
Rubbing my hands through the wet green grass,
Listening to the birds singing a distance away.
Now that's PEACE!


Picture 1