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.
This week in Maths we have been learning about co-ordinates. We revised plotting co-ordinates on a four-quadrant grid and then learnt how to find missing co-ordinates on lines and shapes. We also translated shapes and described their new position using co-ordinates.
In English, we continued writing the new chapter in Clara and Maxi’s story. We created the setting of Marwell Manor, deep in the English countryside. We created the character of Mrs Hallam (the housekeeper) who greeted the children coldly. At the end of our new chapter, Clara is left wondering what she should write to her mother back in Berlin…
In Art, we began learning sketching skills in preparation for further work after half-term, when we will recreate some of the iconic images of the Second World War using the sketching skills of cross-hatching, tonal shading and blending that we have been practising this week.
In English this week, we began by editing and improving our letters. These were linked to an extract from a book entitled ‘Leaving Home’ which tells the story of two Jewish children, Clara and her little brother Maxi, who left Germany as refugees in December 1938 when their mother sent them on the Kindertransport to safety in England.
In our next extended piece of writing we will be continuing Clara and Maxi’s story as they arrive at their foster home in the English countryside. In preparation for this, we have been learning how writers create characters. We read a description of Count Dracula by Bram Stoker to learn some new vocabulary. We then read part of a folktale, King Arthur and the Loathly Lady. We wrote descriptions of the lady which were designed to both describe her in detail and show King Arthur’s feelings of revulsion about her, using ‘show not tell’ – showing how he felt through his reactions rather than actually telling the reader how he felt.
In Maths this week we have been learning how to simplify and order fractions. We then moved on to adding and subtracting fractions including mixed numbers.
In PE, we created sequences of balances and jumps then performed these to the rest of the class. We focused on linking movements and moving in unison (performing the move at the same time) and in canon (performing the move one after another).