Year 6

Week Commencing – 11th November

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:

  • In Literacy we have almost finished reading “Cosmic” by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This week the children have thinking about direct and reported speech. They are writing newspaper reports about Stephen Hawking’s journey into space with “Zero G”, a company which develops space rides for the future.
  • In Maths we continue to focus on fractions. We have been comparing, ordering and finding fractions of amounts whilst applying all we have learned about equivalents and simplifying.
  • Our new question in R.E. has been introduced: Is “God made man” a good way to describe the Christmas story, we have started by look at the Christmas story as depicted in other cultures and want kind of Messiah the Jewish people were expecting.
  • In Art the children have finished their rockets abstract paintings inspired by Peter Thorpe, please come in and see our fantastic display.
  • In Topic we have been thinking about life on earth, where it all started, the earliest plants and animals, evolution of man, what is DNA? The growth of cities and the population of the world.
  • In Ccience the class have started to look at famous scientists.

Thank you for your continued support at home.

Week Commencing – 4th Nov

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:

  • In Literacy we have been reading “Cosmic” by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This week the children have thinking about direct and reported speech. This follows on from some work on writing dialogues between the key characters. Next week we intend to write a newspaper report and hope to include direct and reported speech within them. We have also been looking at Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and making comparisons with that and Cosmic. Roald Dahl is one of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s heroes.
  • In Maths we have started revising the four operations. We have also moved on to fractions, starting with simplifying and positioning them on a number line.
  • Our new question in R.E. has been introduced, Is “God made man” a good way to describe the Christmas story?
  • In Art the children have finished their rockets abstract paintings inspired by Peter Thorpe.
  • In Science the class have started to look at famous scientists starting with Stephen Hawking, our English newspaper reports will also be about him.

Thank you for your continued support at home.

Week Commencing – 21st Oct

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:

  • In Literacy we have been reading “Cosmic” by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This week the children have thinking about the key characters; they have written diary entries as Liam or Florida and have been editing and refining them to improve their writing. We continue our work on spelling, grammar and punctuation with a focus on inverted commas this week.
  • In Maths we have started revising the four operations. We have been looking at long division and bodmas. We are encouraging the children to work on times tables that they find difficult, learning a few facts each week will definitely help.
  • This week we have been thinking about the surface of the earth as part of our topic, the dynamic earth. The children have been researching erosion, the ice age, the water cycle and glaciers, learning about how they contribute to changing the face of the earth. We have also been thinking about the restless earth, volcanoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
  • In Art the children have been looking at rockets and other space machines which will form part of their abstract paintings.

Thank you for your continued support at home.

Week Commencing – 7th Oct

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:

  • In Literacy we have been reading “Cosmic” by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This week the children have thinking about the key characters: their dreams, ambitions, feelings and emotions. The class have been comparing and contrasting the two main protagonists, Liam and Florida. We continue our work on spelling, grammar and punctuation with a focus on spelling this week, we are moving on to looking at relative clauses.
  • In Maths we have started revising the four operations. We have continued with multiplication and division facts looking at: division using factors, common factors, factor pairs, common multiples and prime numbers. We have also started to look at long division. We are encouraging the children to work on times tables that they find difficult, learning a few facts each week will definitely help.
  • In Art we are moving onto paintings inspired by the artist Peter Thorpe who enjoys painting abstract space art. We have been learning to use different materials to make marks with paint (other than paint brushes), whilst creating our space inspired abstract backgrounds.

This week we have also been thinking about harvest in preparation for our harvest festival service in St Thomas’ Church. We have been thinking about how we can harvest good things in our actions and share these acts of kindness and love with others.

Thank you for harvest donations and support for our yellow day focusing on mental health initiatives with the children.

Thank you for your continued support at home.

Week Commencing – 30th Sept

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:

  • In Literacy we have continued to study our new book “Cosmic” by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This week the children have been creating leaflets about places in the world called Waterloo, inspired by an extract from our book, whilst learning to use persuasive language.
  • In Maths we have started revising the four operations. Our second stop has been the formal written methods of short and long multiplication in columns. We have been designing and planning budgets to build “The Goring Vine Hotel” and there have been some excellent ideas ranging from: lovely small bed and breakfast style properties to large multiplex luxury hotels. The children really enjoyed the mathematics behind the planning of such a large project.
  • In R.E. our question is – Creation and science: conflicting or complementary? This question will take us up to half term and will be supported by our studies in topic, science and English. The purpose is to get the children thinking about God’s creation alongside scientific explanations. Additionally we have been recording our visit to St Thomas’ Church where Reverend Ben explained “The Eucharist” which is central to our studies of Christianity.

In Art we are moving onto painting inspired by the artist Peter Thorpe who enjoys painting abstract space art. Watch out for interesting displays of this work in the lead up to half term.

Thank you for your continued support at home.

Week Commencing – 23rd Sept

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:

  • In Literacy we have continued to study our new book “Cosmic” by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This week the children have been creating adverts and leaflets whilst learning to use persuasive language. We looked at adverts from big brands and discussed how they have used images and language to make their products really appealing. In our book, the main character, Liam goes to a theme park and enjoys a ride called Cosmic. We therefore decided to design create a 3D fairground ride and construct adverts to encourage people to come and try them out.
  • In Maths we have started revising the four operations. Our first stop has been the formal written methods of column addition and subtraction. The children appear to be very confident with these methods so we have moved into to using bigger numbers. Next week we will move on to short and long multiplication.
  • In Topic lessons we are learning about the dynamic earth: we have discussed the restless earth, looking at volcanoes, tectonic plates the inside and outside of the earth, climate change etc. We have been comparing the earth to the moon.
  • In R.E. our new question is – Creation and science: conflicting or complementary? This question will take us up to half term and will be supported by our studies in topic, science and English. The purpose is to get the children thinking about God’s creation alongside scientific explanations.
  • In art we are moving onto some 3D work which fulfils objectives in design and technology, the children will be designing fairground rides inspired by a chapter of our English book Cosmic.

Thank you for your continued support at home.

Week Commencing – 16th Sept

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:

  • In Literacy we have continued to study our new book “Cosmic” by Frank Cottrell Boyce. The story starts in space, towards the end of the story and the children have been thinking about why the author started at this point, they have also completed comprehension questions on the first three chapters. Additionally, we have been looking at space photographs and imagining what it would be like to be in space, we have constructed expanded noun phrases to describe a picture and have extended to writing space settings.
  • We have continued to learn more about numbers: firstly, using place value to secure understanding of numbers up to 100,000,000. We have compared and ordered big numbers, rounded numbers and been introduced to negative numbers. We have been solving problems in all of the above areas and have become expert at reading large numbers out!
  • In Topic lessons we are learning about the dynamic earth: we have discussed time: Greenwich Mean Time, longitude, jet lag, measuring time, seasons, time in space, light years, migrations and ages of trees and fossils etc. We have also started to look at how the universe started.
  • In R.E. our new question is – Creation and science: conflicting or complementary? This question will take us up to half term and will be supported by our studies in Topic, Science and English. The purpose is to get the children thinking about God’s creation alongside scientific explanations.
  • In Art we are moving onto some 3D work which fulfils objectives in design and technology, the children will be designing fairground rides inspired by a chapter of our English book Cosmic.

Thank you for your continued support at home.

Week Commencing – 9th Sept

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:

  • In Literacy we have started our new book “Cosmic” by Frank Cottrell Boyce. The story tells of Liam and his friend Florida who get caught up in the adventure of a lifetime, it is an action packed comedy with a space theme which we are sure the children will enjoy. In parallel, we will begin the term by looking at grammar, spelling and punctuation: using synonyms, antonyms and noun phrases to support our planning for a descriptive setting.
  • After a number of interesting maths lessons looking at: estimation, the Fibonacci sequence, perimeter and area of complex shapes and some practice SATs, we have started looking at place value on numbers up to 10 million.
  • In Topic lessons we are learning about the dynamic earth: we have discussed the state of the earth from both a historical context and geographical make up; we have thought about the earth in the context of space, the universe and the big bang.
  • In R.E. our new question is – Creation and science: conflicting or complementary? This question will take us up to half term and will be supported by our studies in topic, science and English. The purpose is to get the children thinking about God’s creation alongside scientific explanations.
  • In Art we have been looking at natural objects: leaves, shells, pebbles and acorns: we are making observational sketches using guidelines created by artists for the Eden Project.

Thank you for your continued support at home.

 


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