Week beginning 20/11/17.

Oh, how everyone looks forward to division as a topic in Maths - it's up there with the use of a protractor. We will all happily multiply until the cows come home, but division...(it helps if you can supply your own sound effect here, something akin to a plumber looking at your boiler, deciding that "You're going to need a new motherboard", that it's going to cost you and contemplating how best to deliver the deathless line, "...if I were you"). You should, of course, having admired the excellent sucking of air across his/her teeth, congratulate him/her on his/her accurate use of the subjunctive mood in the last phrase.

Why division causes upset, I'm never entirely sure as it's only the inverse of and complement to multiplication and uses the exact same knowledge and application of multiples and factors, but it always has and, no doubt, always will. At least it's only short division this week, but it will use remainders, fractional answers and (let the tears commence) decimal points. Hopefully you can now envisage what next week's foray into long division will generate.

Last week, we doubled our range of verb tenses from (simple) present, (simple) past and (simple) future to include the progressive present, progressive past and progressive future. Now, without pausing for a cup of tea, a sucky sweet or a long lie down, here come the present perfect, the past perfect and the future perfect, all utilising the auxiliary verb "to have". It's just fun, fun, fun, isn't it, and we haven't even touched a modal verb yet. I know!

Away from this frivolity, we will seek comfort in the reassuring safety of sketching, P.E. and the Saxon civilisation and probably just hope that division and tense formation/usage/consistency go away and leave us alone. And breathe...

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