Weekly Learning
Weekly Learning 12th-15th December
 
In English we have been continuing to read War Game by Michael Foreman. We wrote a series of diary entries describing what training was like and how the main character (Will) felt travelling towards the 'Front Line.'
 
In Maths we have been looking at time and using Timetables to solve problems.
 
We have also been busy practicing for our Christmas Concert on Monday evening - we look forward to seeing you there.
 
 
Weekly learning 4th - 8th December
 
For information (and photos!) about this week's learning please click the link below:
 

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.

13th to 17th November
 
We all really enjoyed our school trip on Tuesday. Everyone looked great in their costumes. We learned a lot about what life was like during the 1940s. Have a look at the pictures below.
 
In Maths we have been working on converting different measures. Including: mm - cm, cm - m, m - km. We even had a go at converting kilometers to miles.
 
In English we finished our pieces of writing based on 'I Believe in Unicorns.' We tried to write in the style of Michael Morpurgo by using description and emotive language.
6th - 10th November
 

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.)

October 30th – November 3rd
 

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.

16th - 19th October
 

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.

9th - 13th October
 

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).

2nd - 6th October
 
In English this week we have written letters from Clara to Lotte (characters from Leaving Home.) We focused on using emotive language that would explain how Clara was feeling about being away from home.
 
In Maths we have been practicing methods for short division. The following website shows the method we have been using: https://www.slideshare.net/squirky/short-division-3-digit-by-1-digit-with-remainder-11334399
 
We have now started our History topic on World War 2. We started by looking at the causes of the War and ranked them by order of importance. We also used the iPads to research European countries involved in World War 2 and whether they were Allies (on Britain's side) or Axis (on Germany's side.)
25th - 29th September
 
In English we started our new topic based on 'Leaving Home'. This is a short story about two children who have to leave Germany before the start of World War 2. They are evacuated to England. We discussed the characters' emotions which will help us with our writing next week.
 
In Maths we have been working on formal methods for multiplication. We have also worked on problem solving - where we had to solve the value of the circle in a range of puzzles.
 
We have now finished our Science topic on Electricity. Our final task was to create adverts to promote the 'Doggie Doorbell' we invented last week.
 
Next week we are starting our History topic based on World War 2.
 
Have a great weekend.
18th - 22nd September
 
This week in English we have been looking at the story of Robin Hood. At the end of the week we writing in role as Sir Guy of Gisbourne (one of Prince John's nasty barons who despises Robin). We also worked on our editing skills - an important part of the writing process.
 
In Science we have continued learning about Electricity. We worked in groups to create a 'Doggie Doorbell'. A doorbell that dogs can use to let their owners know they want to come inside!
 
In Maths we have revised methods for addition and subtraction. Next week we are moving on to multiplication.
11th - 15th September
 
We have been working hard this week and starting lots of new topics.
 
In English we have been looking at the legend of Robin Hood and working on character descriptions.
 
In Science we started our new topic on Electricity. We looked at symbols that are used in circuits (some of us even had a go at making a simple circuit - see pictures below)
 
In PE we have started Gymnastics (see pictures)
 
Well done to everyone who took their 11+ this week - you have all worked really hard!
Homework
 
No homework this week.