Year 6

Week Commencing – 11th February

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we have been writing non-chronological reports about coastal creatures. The children have been looking at the features of this style of report writing and have researched sea creatures that they are interested in finding out about. They have then chosen five creatures to feature and written some excellent reports on them. Please come and see our display on coasts called “Where the sea meets the shore”, there you will see some excellent work.
  • Our spelling this week has focused on double consonants.
  • In Maths we have started looking at algebra. We have been creating expressions from word sentences and mastered the “nth term” for calculating linear number sequences.
  • In R.E. this term’s question is “Do clothes express beliefs?” We have started to draw conclusions on our research into this question.
  • In Topic we have continued our work on coasts thinking about wave formations and their effect on the shore. We have been discussing the destructive and constructive nature of the wave and their impact on the shoreline. We have also looked at erosion.

Thank you for your continued support at home.

Week Commencing – 4th February

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we have been writing poetry, the children have been using different techniques to write and illustrate their own poems, please come in and see our displays in class.
  • Our grammar focus this week has been prefixes and the Year 5/6 spelling list.
  • In Maths some of us have been looking at percentages and percentages of amounts, whilst others have started to look at algebra, starting with the nth term.
  • In R.E. this term’s question is “Do clothes express beliefs?”
  • In Topic we have started work on coasts; where the land meets the sea. We have looked at different coastlines in the UK and started to think about how coasts are formed.
  • In Science the class have started a new topic – “Classifying living things”.

Week Commencing – 21st January

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we have been designing and publishing coastal leaflets about beaches in the UK. The children researched a place of interest to them and using power point, word or publisher, they constructed leaflets to persuade people to visit their place. Please come and see our displays which show how varied and wonderful our coastline is. We have started to look at poetry, which will be our focus over the next couple of weeks. The first poem we have looked at is “The Nation’s Ode to the Coast” by John Cooper Clarke.
  • Our grammar focus this week has been the expanded noun phrases.
  • In Maths we have been looking at position and direction on coordinate grids, including reflection and translations. We have also started work on decimals.
  • In R.E. this term’s question is “Do clothes express beliefs?”
  • In Topic we have started work on coasts; where the land meets the sea. We have looked at different coastlines in the UK and started to think about how coasts are formed.
  • In science the class have started a new topic – “Classifying living things”.
  • Some parents have asked for the link for touch typing website the children have been using, hope this helps.
  • https://tux-typing.en.softonic.com/

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any coastal items that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our display.

Week Commencing – 14th January

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we have been taking part in a whole school writing activity about “Monty the penguin.” It is inspired by a John Lewis Christmas advert which the children have watched numerous times. The children started the week by finishing their stories, sharing them with their peers and then editing and refining them. We have moved on and are now looking at designing information leaflets about coastal areas in the UK. The children have been looking at the features of an information leaflet; they have chosen a beach and have started to research that destination.
  • Our grammar focus this week has been the SUBJUNCTIVE.
  • In Maths we have been looking at percentages of amounts. The children have been introduced to the “bubble method” which helps them work out more complicated calculations. We have also been moving on to look at position and direction on coordinate grids.
  • In Topic we have started work on coasts; where the land meets the sea. We have looked at different coastlines in the UK and started to think about how coasts are formed.
  • In science the class have started a new topic – “Classifying living things”.

Some parents have asked for the link for touch typing website the children have been using, hope this helps - https://tux-typing.en.softonic.com/

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display

Week Commencing – 7th January

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we have been taking part in a whole school writing activity about “Monty the penguin.” It is inspired by a John Lewis Christmas advert which the children have watched numerous times. We have been discussing how to approach the re-telling of this story and what tools and techniques we should use to make our writing successful. Our grammar focus this week has been the colon and semi–colon.
  • In Maths we have been looking at fractions of amounts and percentages of amounts. The children have been introduced to the “bubble method” which helps them work out more complicated calculations.
  • In Topic we have started work on coasts; where the land meets the sea. We have started by thinking about coasts we have visited and what we can do on the beach. Our topic will drive what we are doing in literacy and art over the next few weeks, We will study poetry, sketching, watercolour and finally 3D models in DT.
  • Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 10th December

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we are focusing on grammar and spelling. We have been looking at word classes and been learning that every word in a sentence can be classified: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, determiners. We have delved further into: determiners, prepositions, adverbs, and conjunctions. We have also been using SATs practise papers to improve our approach to questions and build confidence.
  • In Maths we have started thinking about fractions, decimals and percentages, we will continue more on this next week. The children have also been completing SATs practice papers; we will share their results with them also next week.
  • In R.E. we have been preparing for the carol concert, we have been delving further into the Christmas story, thinking about Mary and Joseph through drama and writing newspaper reports about the event.
  • In Topic we have been looking at the British Empire and Britain’s position in the world during the Victorian Era to present day. We have begun to look at the Victorian Christmas.

Thank you for your help and support at home.

Week Commencing – 3rd December

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we are focusing grammar and spelling. We have been looking at word classes and been learning that every word in a sentence can be classified: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, determiners. We have been dissecting sentences to make sure our understanding of this is secure using Cogheart, which we are still reading. We are also continuing to read Street Child for historical context, reading and comprehension.
  • In Maths we have been continuing our work on fractions. We have been learning to multiply, divide and find fractions of amounts.
  • The children are also sitting SATs papers to see how they are progressing against their targets for the year.
  • In R.E. we have been preparing for the carol concert, we have been delving further into the Christmas story, thinking about Mary and Joseph through drama and writing newspaper reports about the event.
  • In Topic we have been looking at rich and poor Victorians with an emphasis on how social status impacted on children’s lives.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 26th November

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we are focusing on our book Cogheart. We are enjoying the book immensely and further to writing a formal letter based on the book we have decided to write to the author, Peter Bunzl, to suggest that he invest in turning the book into a film. We are currently in the process of planning and writing these letters.
  • In Maths we have been continuing our work on fractions. We have been learning to add, subtract and multiply fractions, as well as looking at placing them on number lines.
  • Also, this week, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to “Milestones Museum”. We experienced being transported to the Victorian Era through workshops. A firm favourite was the Victorian schoolroom, where the teacher was very strict and the children learned about a day in the Victorian classroom. They used the abacus for counting and adding, slate and chalk for writing, reading through repetition, drill and the national anthem. The children were very surprised at how boys and girls were treated differently and the dreaded cane.
  • In R.E. we have been looking at the prophecies in the Old Testament, relating to the coming of the messiah, and we have created wanted posters to represent what kind of messiah the Israelites were waiting for. We have started to thinking about how Jesus matched those prophecies.   

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 19th November

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we are continuing to read our books Street Child and Cogheart. We are enjoying reading both books in parallel, using them to support our teaching of reading, writing, grammar, spelling and punctuation. In Cogheart we have met a number of characters who are mechanical, both persons and animals. Lily, the main protagonist believes that mechanicals should have rights (like human beings). We have been discussing wither robots should have rights; each child has reached a view. Our next step is to write a formal letter to the government putting our case forward.
  • In Maths we have started to work on fractions, we have discussed what they are and have improved our skills, simplifying, ordering and comparing. We are moving onto adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing next week.
  • During Topic lessons we have been learning about child labour in Victorian times. We have discussed the jobs that children had to do and have looked in detail at the conditions and hours these children endured. The children have written diary entries in the character of a child of the times, please come and read them on a Friday morning.
  • In R.E. we have started the new question – Is ‘God made Man’ a good way of describing the Christmas Story? Initially, we have been learning about the bible, the big story, and understanding why the story is at the beginning of the new testament.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 12th November

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we have improving our stories, we have been learning how to edit and refine. The stories are historical adventures set in Victorian times, with protagonists similar to the ones contained in our reading texts, Cogheart and Streetchild. We have been discussing in depth some of the characters from Cogheart, the “mechanicals and mechanimals” and deciding if they should have rights or not. We have been debating this and will be writing letters to support our arguments. In grammar we have been working on commas, verbs and in spelling, suffixes.
  • In Numeracy we have been tackling questions covering the four operations and started to discuss fractions. We have completed work on squared and cubed numbers. We have also been pushing speed and accuracy in timetables, linked to this we have been reasoning using know facts.
  • In Science we have started to look at evolution and inheritance; initially we have been discussing the definition of these two terms and thinking about species and habitats.
  • In R.E. we have started our new question, “Is God made Man” a good way to describe the Christmas story?
  • In Topic we have been looking at the industrial revolution of the Victorian era with a particular focus on children at work.

Homework will be given each week, two pieces, maths and literacy. These will be given out on Fridays and due back in on Thursday the following week.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 5th November

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we have been planning and writing our own mini-story. The stories are historical adventures set in Victorian times, with protagonists similar to the ones contained in our reading texts, Cogheart and Streetchild. Next week we will be learning to edit and refine our work, thereby, improving it.
  • In Numeracy we have learning how to use BODMAS/BIDMAS to work out multi-operations calculations. We have practised the skill and using our knowledge have been solving problems. We have also looked at common factors, multiples and prime numbers.
  • On “Make Me Smile” Friday we delivered the school assembly; we judged the fruit plates and explained mental health and wellbeing to the whole school. In the afternoon year 6 went into all classes, in small groups, to lead mini-workshops on worries.
  • In Science we have started to look at evolution and inheritance; initially we have been discussing the definition of these two terms.
  • In R.E. we have been looking at the lives of ten modern day martyrs and discussed why they were persecuted for the faith. Theses ten martyrs are remembered in Westminster Abbey, with a special façade of statues above the west door, you can see this on their website.

Homework will be given each week, two pieces, maths and literacy. These will be given out on Fridays and due back in on Thursday the following week.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

 


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