Weekly Learning 12th - 16th March
This week our focus in English has been on planning, writing and editing. We began by working in small groups to create a persuasive presentation on an aspect of holidays to Brazil which we than performed to the class. We then used this information to plan our texts. We use features of persuasive writing such as rhetorical questions, use of pronouns to directly address the reader and quotations from happy customers to persuade families to visit Brazil.
In Maths, we have been revisiting a variety of topics. We revised angle facts and used these to calculate missing angles in triangles, on a straight line and around a point. We worked on ordering decimals and we also practised solving worded problems.
Our RE topic this half-term is based on the question: ‘Is Christianity still a strong religion two thousand years after Jesus was on earth?’ This week we found out that sometimes people are persecuted because of their faith; we read the Old Testament story of Daniel and discussed how, despite the fact that he knew he could die when the king ordered that he be thrown into the lion’s den, his faith remained strong and as a result he was saved.
In Geography, we have been finding out about Fair Trade. We found out about the banana trade and how Fair Trade can make a real difference to the lives of the growers and their families. Next week we will be using our research to produce leaflets promoting Fair trade bananas.
This week we have been completing assessments as part of our SATS preparation. We have taken tests in maths, spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as in reading.
In maths, we practised division before moving on to revise fractions, decimals and percentages. We ordered these as well as focused on finding fractions of shapes and quantities.
In English, we have continued learning about persuasive writing. We have linked this to our Geography topic about South America as we will be writing an article aimed at persuading families to consider a holiday in Brazil.
In our Geography topic, we have been finding out about the different countries in South America and their varying climates. We were fascinated to learn that there are areas in the Atacama Desert where it does not rain for decades – in fact, in one area it did not rain for 400 years!
In RE, our key question for this half term is about Christianity and whether it is still a strong religion more than two thousand years since Jesus was on earth. This week we found out about various Christian charities and considered whether their work shows that Christianity is still strong.
We enjoyed spending time outdoors yesterday for the inter-house cross country competition. The house captains and other Year 6 helpers did a great job and everyone did their very best. Well done!
Remember that auditions for this year’s talent show will be held on Wednesday 21st March. The grand final will take place on the last day of term, which is Thursday 29th March. We are looking forward to being entertained!
Weekly learning February 26th – March 2nd
In English we have now begun learning about persuasive writing. We have been exploring the features of persuasive writing in a variety of texts and have practised writing and punctuating quotations.
In Maths, we have revised co-ordinates, area and perimeter and properties of 2-dinemsional shapes. We have also practised division. We are developing our reasoning skills by using a range of SATS questions in order to become more familiar with the style of questions used.
In Science, we created an investigation about shadows then collected data to test our theories. We used a graph to record our results.
As Thursday was World Book Day, we read and discussed Rose Blanche, a thought-provoking picture book set during the Second World War. We also watched and listened to some performance poetry by Michael Rosen. Here are some links if you would like to watch them again:
Weekly Learning 20th - 23rd February
We have now begun to revisit areas of the Maths curriculum in order to deepen our understanding as we revise for the SATS tests in May. This week we found out how to find the average or mean of a set of data. We also worked on our algebra by finding missing values as well as practising our reasoning skills.
In English, we used a series of intriguing pictures (From the Mysteries of Harris Burdick) to develop our retrieval and inference skills. We focused on what we definitely knew from looking at the pictures and what we could reasonably assume or infer. We then used a picture to inspire our own stories entitled ‘Mr Linden’s library.’ We finished the week by exploring song lyrics as part of our comprehension lesson. We found that song lyrics and poetry have a lot in common.
In Science, we have been learning about refraction. We investigated how light rays bend or refract as they pass from air through a glass into water and also how prisms can be used to split white light into the full spectrum of colours we can see when a rainbow is formed.
Weekly learning January 29th – February 2nd
In Maths this week we have been learning about ratio and proportion. We looked at how this is used in everyday life, particularly in recipes where quantities need to be scaled up or down.
In English, we have continued our unit on adventure stories; we used an example entitled, ‘The Chase’ to explore how writers create fast-paced action in their stories. We discovered that using verbs ending in –ing, such as scrambling, tumbling and flailing create pace and energy.
Our new Science topic is Light and how we see things. This week we used a variety of materials to investigate how light travels and we used prisms to split light into a spectrum of colours. We now have lots of questions about light that we will investigate further over the next few weeks.
We also painted our volcanoes, which now need to dry before we can ‘erupt’ them after half-term.
Weekly learning January 8th – 12th
We have achieved a lot in a very short time so far this term in Maths. We began the term by learning about negative numbers and following the BODMAS rules to solve calculations in the correct order. This week we have revised multiplication of decimals and we learnt how to multiply pairs of fractions and how to divide a fraction by a whole number. We are now learning how to convert between different units of mass and how to read scales.
In English, we have been focusing on our comprehension skills through reading different explanation texts. We have also found out what makes a good explanation text and have begun to plan our main piece of writing for this unit, which will be an explanation text about volcanoes. This links to our topic, Extreme Earth, in which we have so far investigated the causes of earthquakes and researched and written about a particular earthquake.
In PE, we ventured outside to begin cross-country running. We will be timing ourselves to see how much we can improve over the next few weeks. Please make sure that you have appropriate PE kit in school every Wednesday and Friday. The field is very muddy so it would be a good idea to bring a plastic bag for trainers and a spare pair of socks if it is very wet.
Weekly learning November 27th – December 1st
In English, we continued to learn about the features of balanced argument and practised writing some of these. We then planned and wrote our final piece. The title was: Does the Big Bad Wolf deserve his title? Click on the photographs to see some examples.
In Maths, we have been investigating angles. We spent some time looking at examples of different types of angles in order to work out which mathematical rules applied. For example, we found out that the sum of the angles in any quadrilateral is 360° and the sum of the angles around a point is also 360°. We then applied this to problem-solving.
Our Science lesson involved looking carefully at nutritional information on various drinks cartons and bottles to see how much sugar each contained. We were quite surprised (and shocked!) by some of our findings, especially when we used sugar cubes to represent the amount of sugar in each type of drink. We also found out that nutritional labels often give information for 100ml or 250ml when the actual bottle or carton contains much more than this. Next week, we will be using our knowledge of balanced argument to write about our findings in Science.
This week we have been completing assessments in Maths. We have shared the results with the children and they now know how much progress they have made since September and what their learning points from the tests are.
In English, we have continued our unit on ‘I Believe in Unicorns.’ This week we have been concentrating on building descriptive sentences. We focused on Michael Morpurgo’s writing style and the features he uses, such as repetition, to create images for the reader and to convey emotions.
In History we have been finding out about rationing. We were amazed to learn how different meal times would have been during the 1940s. We are looking forward to finding out more about life during wartime when we visit the Lincolnsfields Centre next Tuesday.
We also spent time preparing to lead the Remembrance assembly. We found out about the poet John McCrae, who wrote the famous poem. ‘In Flanders Fields’ and we learnt more about the significance of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.
Thank you to all those parents who were able to join us for the service this morning.
(Please click the links below to see photos.)
In Maths this week we have been calculating with decimals; we have revised addition and subtraction of decimals and used our knowledge to solve problems. We also practised multiplying decimals. We ended the week by playing the ‘Make 21’ game which required us to use our knowledge of all four operations and to begin to use brackets to determine the order of operations.
In English, we have begun a new unit based on a story by Michael Morpurgo entitled, ‘I Believe in Unicorns.’ So far we have found out that the story is about a young boy named Tomas who overcomes his dislike of reading when he meets a captivating storyteller (nicknamed the ‘Unicorn Lady’) in his local library. When the tranquillity of the town is destroyed by war, the inhabitants have to work together to save the books…and the unicorn.
We continued our History topic on the Second World War by learning about the Blitz and the steps people had to take to keep themselves safe during the nightly bombing raids in 1940-41. We found out about the various types of shelter and how everyone would have had to carry their gas mask with them at all times. We also learnt about ‘Operation Dynamo’ and the evacuation of more than 300,000 troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. We are looking forward to finding out more when we visit the Lincolnsfields Centre on November 14th. Information about the arrangements for our visit will be sent home next week.
We have also begun to prepare for our Remembrance assembly which will take place on Friday 10th November starting at 10.45am. Letters have been sent out inviting Year 6 parents to join us for this.
Remember to have a look at the photos which are linked below.