Weekly Learning
This week in English we have been finishing our diary entries. We have been impressed with how the children have been able to empathise with the characters.
     Maths has focused on time. This has included converting between units of time, using timetables and looking at average speed.
     Our Science has continued to focus on our bodies and circulation. We investigated the effect of exercise on our heart-rate, using our results to draw a line graph. We have also been practising hard for our Christmas Carol Concert - we can't wait to share all our hard work with you.
In English we have started looking at War Game by Michael Foreman. It is the story of four friends who sign up for the army at the beginning of the First World War, and their experiences when they get to France. We are writing a series of diary entries based on this.
     Maths has focused on finding the area of different shapes, including triangles and parallelograms, by using our knowledge of the area of rectangles. We then applied to this to an investigation at the end of the week.
     We have been investigating the amount of sugar in different drinks in our Science this week (thank you for all the packaging) . We were shocked at some of what we found: Did you know that some 'Freakshakes' contain over 100g of sugar!
We have continued our work on balanced arguments this week, looking at whether the Big Bad Wolf really deserves his title. We held a trial at the beginning of the week, gathering evidence for both the prosecution and defence, before using this to help our writing.
    In Maths, our focus was on angles; we used our knowledge of angles in triangles and quadrilaterals, as well as on a straight line and in a whole turn, to solve various missing angle problems.
     We have begun our new Science topic - Circulation - this week. Next week, we will be using the packaging the children have brought in to investigate the amount of sugar in different drinks.
     The highlight of our week, was the trip to Holdenby House. The children learnt a little of what it was like to be an evacuee, including what food was like during rationing and what to do during an air raid.
Our new English topic is Balanced Arguments; this week we have been looking at how expert opinions and statistics support the validity of the arguments, as well as beginning to write our own balanced arguments about Goldilocks' actions in the popular fairy story.
     In Maths we have been revisiting the links between fractions, decimals and percentages, before applying this knowledge to help us calculate percentages of amounts. We have also been using these skills to help us solve a variety of problems.
     History this week has focused on rationing - we wrote a newspaper article to explain why rationing was needed and how it would work - but we also looked at the end of the war and the VE day celebrations. Next week we will be moving onto our new Science topic. We have been practising our archery skills in PE and looking at the Rights of a Child in PSHE.
This week in English, we wrote our final piece based on I Believe in Unicorns. We imagined that we were the main character - Tomas - who finds himself lost in his war-torn town. Our challenge was to include description that set the scene for the reader and think about showing Tomas' emotion through show not tell, as well as using a range of punctuation.
   In Maths we looked at measure, focusing on length; this included converting between miles and kilometres (it got a bit tricky once it involved decimals). We have also begun to looked at the expanded method for long division.
   We have finished our final piece of Art for this topic and these are being put up in display. History has focused on rationing. After carrying out research this week, we will be writing a newspaper article to show what we have learnt.
English has continued to focus on I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo; we have planned a new episode for the story which we will be writing next week. Our focus has been on describing setting and including emotion.
     In Maths we have looked at a set of SATS papers this week - we will be looking at these papers over the next few lessons to address any common problems.
     We have begun our final piece in Art, sketching our London skyline before adding a watercolour wash to represent fire.
     Year 6 also led the whole school in a Remembrance Service, to remember those who gave their lives in World War 1, World War 2 and other conflicts. We were very proud of how well they did this and the respect they showed.
In English we have looking at the story I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo. We explored the different techniques he uses in is writing, such as repetition, and tried to use them in our own work.
     Maths has focused on decimals, and we have applied our knowledge of place value to help us order and compare them, as well as adding, subtracting and multiplying them by whole numbers. We also explored BODMAS, practising using a game. (See homework column for a link.)
     We have begun our new Art topic, linked to the Blitz, which will allow us to show off both our sketching and watercolour skills. In ICT we have been exploring a new maths program - Prodigy Games - which can also be accessed from home.
English - Active and Passive voice. Answer the questions on the sheet. Please see your teacher if you are having any difficulty with this.
Drinks Packaging - please start to bring in any empty drinks containers you may have at home.
Holdenby House (29th November) - You will need your gas mask and costume for this trip.
Some of you may want to play the BIDMAS game we played in Maths last week. Here is the link: