Here are the answers for the revision booklets:
We have started reading 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo, which we will be using to inspire a variety of different writing over the next few weeks.
In Maths, we have revised ratio and proportion, as well as perimeter, area and volume.
This week in Art, we have used our moodboards to help us to come up with different mask designs, before choosing our favourite to make. So far, the finished masks are looking very impressive - they will make a great display for everyone to enjoy.
In English, we have applied all that we have learnt about persuasive writing to create an article for families considering a holiday to Brazil. We have worked hard to include: rhetorical questions, conditional sentences, tempting descriptions of the benefits and a range of punctuation.
Maths has focused on revision of time and fractions, including converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions, as well as adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions, and dividing fractions by whole numbers.
In our Topic, we have started to learn about Carnival in Brazil, finding out about when and why it is held. We have created mood boards about Brazil, and next week we will designing our own Carnival masks.
We have also held our Talent Show auditions. Well done to everyone who took part - we were really impressed by the standard of the acts and the voting was very close - and congratulations to our winners who will represent year 6 in the show on April 4th.
In English, we have continued our work on persuasive writing, beginning to explore the different ways writers try to persuade and practising these techniques in our own writing. Next week we will be applying all these skills to a piece of writing about Brazil.
We have been testing in Maths this week, and have been so impressed with how hard the children have worked - all our arithmetic practice has paid off!
This week is British Science Week, so our afternoons have been mostly filled with Science! We have been looking at plastic, including researching about plastic pollution and carrying out an experiment looking at microfibres from synthetic fabrics. We also went over to Early Years where we exploded our volcanoes, using a chemical reaction between vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. In addition, we had visits from an expert on hot-air balloons and learnt all about Forensic Science (and how it helps solve crimes).
In English we have begun looking at persuasive texts, identifying key features such as rhetorical questions, description of the benefits and quotations. Next week we will be practicing using these features, with the aim of writing a text to persuade people to visit South America.
As part of World Book Day, we looked at 'The Day the Crayons Quit', which the children really enjoyed. We imagined that we were Duncan and wrote letters back to the crayons - we wanted to apologise and persuade them to come back.
Maths has continued to focus on revision of key skills, including: ordering decimals, angles in 2D shapes and properties of 3D shapes.
This week, the children particularly enjoyed playing the 'Orange' game in Topic this week; this gave the children a better understanding about why Fairtrade is important, before researching how it helps farmers in South America.
This week in English, we looked at 'The Mysteries of Harris Burdick'. These are a series of pictures with a title and caption, but nothing else. We used one of the pictures - Mr Linden's Library - as inspiration for our own stories.
Maths has focused on revision of a number of areas including: co-ordinates, perimeter and area, and division by a 2-digit number using the expanded method. We also learnt how we could use our knowledge of factors to help us do this.
Our new Topic for this half term is South America. We started by looking at the different countries found in South America, the different climates across the continent and some of the products produced by these countries. We will be linking lots of our other subjects (including Art, Music and PE) into our work.
In English, we have continued our work on Adventure Stories. After looking at tension, we moved onto how to create fast-paced action. This week we have applied all these skills to create our own adventure story, based around a natural disaster.
Maths has focused on ratio and proportion, and the differences between them, as well as revising line graphs and looking at pie-charts. This has involved us applying all our knowledge about fractions to help us!
We have now painted our model volcanoes and they are ready for us to explode with Early Years (once we have some slightly better weather)! Our new Science topic has focused on Light. We have explored shadows and looked at how rainbows are created - some of us managed to create our own using prisms. We have also learnt how the eye works.
In English, we began the week with some practice for the SPAG and Reading papers. We then began our new topic - Adventure Stories. We have begun to look at how to build up tension by using short tensions and punctuation for pauses.
Maths has focused on volume and capacity, looking at the different measurements we use. We also continued to apply our knowledge to various word problems.
This week we began creating our volcano models. We used a bottle and newspaper to create the basic shape, then covered it in papier mache. Next week we will be painting them. In PE we have continued with Cross Country.
In English, we have now written an explanation text all about how volcanoes are formed and erupt. We have used causal language to explain what happens during an eruption. We also investigated and wrote about the events of 79AD when Vesuvius erupted and covered the whole of the city of Pompeii in ash and dust.
In Maths we have carried out some assessments to show how much we have improved since November. We will be able to share the results of these in our Interim Reports which will go out before half term.
During our topic called 'Extreme Earth', we have written a newspaper report based on the Boxing Day Tsunami. Next week we will be getting creative and we will start to build our volcano models.
In English, we have been reading a variety of explanation texts, looking at their key features and beginning to write our own. Next week, we will using our new knowledge in order to write a text about volcanoes.
Maths has included revision of measure, focusing on mass, and applying this to a variety of problems. We also looked at how to multiply and divide fractions.
Our new Topic is Geography based - 'Extreme Earth'. We have investigated earthquakes and tsunamis, finding out about their causes and looking at their effects. In the next few weeks we will be looking at volcanoes, including a D&T project.