To prepare for the visit of the Dragons’ Den investors later in the term, the children practised pitching ideas as a team. They upcycled a plastic bottle, transforming it into a new product, and wrote a persuasive script to convince the adults in Year 5 that their product was the best. We were encouraged by the children’s ideas and look forward to taking this idea further. Congratulations to the winning team in a close-fought competition! As persuasion is important in any pitch, we have been practising our persuasive language in English, looking at adverts and debates and trying out a few of our own. The children argued against the idea that ‘parents owned their children’, something a lot of them felt very strongly about! In order to take the upcycling ideas in a new direction, Year 5 have also been taking old pillow cases and tops from home and sewing them into pocket pals! They practised a variety of different stitches, from the easier running stitch to the more complicated backstitch, with some pupils even teaching Mr Eaton a thing or two! We have also been looking at fractions, converting them into mixed numbers using bar models to represent them.