11/1/19

Happy New Year!  We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break.  The children have come back to school refreshed and ready to learn.  This is a shorter half term but it will be packed full of interesting and challenging activities which we hope the children will enjoy. 

This week

‘Darwin’s Delights’ is the title of our new topic this half term.  Already, the children have immersed themselves in much discussion about Darwin, his travels and his theory of evolution.  They have learnt about his early life and have even taken part in philosophical discussion, comparing the Genesis story to Darwin’s theory.  We have also looked at Darwin’s detailed observational drawings and have used mark making to create light and shade.

In maths, we have completed our geometry learning for now by looking at 3d shapes and their nets.

Next week

In English, the focus will be on Darwin’s life story and the children will learn how to write an entertaining biography. Science will see the children become palaeontologists, learning about the formation and excavation of fossils and how this informed Darwin’s theory. 

Fractions will be the focus of our maths lessons over the next few weeks.

Home learning

Please ensure your child completes the following pages of their SAT Busters:

Arithmetic: pages 28-29

Geometry: pages 3-5

Grammar: pages 12-13

Spelling: pages 4-5

Punctuation: pages 20-21

Alongside this, please ensure that your child regularly reads for at least 10 minutes a day and continues to practice their times table on Times Table Rockstars. 

Finally

In preparation for excavating our fossils, we are asking the children to bring in tools that they think are similar to or can be used like the real tools palaeontologists use. For example: brushes of various types, things for scraping like spoons, cocktail sticks, mini hammer. 

Please don’t send anything sharp or dangerous. 

14/12/18

As usual, the children in Year 6 have been working hard this week.  After almost two half terms, they have become used to the pace of learning in their final year of primary school and are responding well to its demands.  Looking back at their books, it is clear that they are making progress.

Our final work on Shackleton has focused on the incredible rescue of his crew from Elephant Island after being marooned for a long four months.  As news reporters, the children have stepped back in time to write a newspaper report on this extraordinary event.

In Science, we have been looking at why we see colour.  The children investigated what happens to colour when we apply filters as we look at an object. In geography, the children have been looking at how global warming is affecting the polar ice caps and what we can do to help.

Times Tables Rock Stars seems to have gone down well!  The children are reporting back enthusiastically on their efforts. Please encourage them to use it – it’s great fun.

Next week:

In English, we will be publishing our newspaper reports.  In maths, we will continue to learn about shape and in science, children will investigate how shadows are formed and what a shadow actually is.  

Home Learning:

Please ensure your child completes the following pages of their SAT Busters:

Arithmetic: pages 10-12

Number, Ratio and Algebra: pages 19-20

Geometry: pages 1-2

Grammar: pages 9-11

Spelling: pages 48-49

Punctuation: pages 17-19

Alongside this, please ensure that your child regularly reads for at least 10 minutes a day. 

As ever, we are more than happy to speak to you if you have any questions.

7/12/18

Another busy week in Year 6!  We have continued to build on our knowledge of the Polar regions, in particular by looking at the impact of global warming, and we are still enjoying using Shackleton’s amazing expedition to inspire writing in different forms. Since the beginning of term there has been a focus on developing vocabulary and it has been a pleasure to see the improvements in the children’s writing as they apply their knowledge.

 

This week’s learning:

Poetry has been at the heart of our learning in English.  We have read and analysed ‘The Frozen Man’ by Kit Wright; the children have transposed the style and structure of the poem to one of their own about the plight of the Endurance trapped in the ice.  It is based on this famous picture taken by Frank Hurley.

In maths, we have been revising the properties of triangles and quadrilaterals. In our light topic, we have been learning about refraction and investigating some of the optical illusions refracted light can create.

Next week:

In English, we will be writing newspaper reports on the rescue of the Endurance Crew whilst in maths, we will continue to work on geometry. Science will involve further investigation into light.

Home Learning

Please ensure your child completes the following pages of their SAT Busters:

Arithmetic: pages 8,9

Number, Ratio and Algebra: pages 14-16

Geometry: 9-11

Spelling: page 18

Punctuation: pages 10,11

Alongside this, please ensure that your child regularly practises their times tables, as well as reading for at least 10 minutes a day.

30/11/18

This week, we have once again immersed ourselves in Shackleton’s Journey, following him and his crew from the first steps of their perilous adventure to the terrifying moment their ship, The Endurance, became trapped in ice, hundreds of miles from civilisation. We watched actual footage of the ship losing its life to the elements and learned how the determination and bravery of the men meant that each and every one of them ultimately survived their ordeal. What an inspiration tale!

This week’s learning:

We had a visit from a real-life explorer this week, Simon, who talked to the children about all aspects of the polar regions. It was clear that they had learned a lot since the beginning of the topic and Simon was very impressed with their engagement and behaviour.

The children are in the process of writing a diary entry in English, detailing one of the events of Shackleton’s journey.

In science, we have been learning about the law of reflection, making periscopes and putting them to the test. We have also been investigation insulation as part of our Explorers topic, testing different materials to find out which one would keep us warmer in polar climates.

We have begun our geometry unit in maths, beginning with work on angles.

The children really enjoyed training like explorers in PE this week. The tyre dragging was harder work than they thought it was going to be!

Next week:

In English, the children will be planning and writing some poetry, based on The Endurance, using figurative language.

In maths, the children will be applying their learning of angles by solving missing angles problems.

In our geography lessons, the children will be finding out about global warming and the affect it has on the Polar regions.

In science, we will be learning about refraction and investigating some of the optical illusions refracted light can create.

Home learning:

Please ensure your child completes the following pages of their SAT Busters:

Arithmetic: pages 4-7

Number, Ratio and Algebra: pages 2-4

Grammar: pages 6-7

Punctuation: pages 4-5

Alongside this, please ensure that your child regularly practises their times tables, as well as reading for at least 10 minutes a day. We cannot stress enough the importance of this for your child’s progress at school. 

 

23/11/18

After much preparation, this week we were lucky enough to watch the live broadcast of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. For the entire three-hour production, the children were engrossed. They all enjoyed it immensely and had a good understanding of what was going on throughout. The week culminated in a special celebration assembly, where we were joined for a Q&A session by some very special guests: Romeo and Juliet themselves!

This week’s learning:

All our writing this week has been centred around Romeo and Juliet. The children have written a description of the Capulet’s party scene and a first-person account of Romeo’s visit to the apothecary to buy the poison that would ultimately kill him.

In maths, geometry is our new focus. The children have been finding missing angles using their knowledge of the properties of angles.

We have begun our new science topic about light this week. The children learnt all about how light helps us to see, including how the eye works.

In geography, the children have created fact files of some of the most famous explorers of the Golden Age of Polar Exploration.

Next week’s learning

Next week, we will continue learning about Shackleton and what it takes to be an Antarctic explorer.

In English, the children will be writing a diary entry detailing one of the events of  journey. We are hoping that this piece of writing will allow the children to show off some of the skills they have learnt over the past few weeks. We will be investigating insulation in science, testing different materials to find out which one would keep us warmer in polar climates. In PE, the children will be learning how to ‘train like an explorer’ completing various activities to show them just how fit and strong they would need to be to embark on an expedition.

In maths next week, the children will be revising their knowledge about the properties of shapes.

Home Learning

Please ensure your child completes the following pages of their SAT Busters:

Arithmetic: pages 1-2

Number, Ratio and Algebra: page 22

Geometry: pages 6-8

Grammar: pages 2-5

Punctuation: pages 12-15

Hand in dates are: Maths – Wednesday 26th November; English – 27th November

A huge congratulations to those children who are practising their times tables on Times Table Rockstars! Year 6 is top of the school, and Meadowdale is the second best school in Market Harborough! Keep it up guys!

AND FINALLY – A PLEA

For one of our PE activities on Monday, we need to borrow 15 sleeping bags. If you have one that you would be prepared to lend us for the day, we would be very grateful.

 

16/11/18

This week was anti-bullying week. The children have learnt what bullying is and of the many roles that are instrumental in creating bullying behaviour. Each child in the school has made a pledge to become a ‘defender’ in order to prevent bullying at Meadowdale. There will also soon be a beautiful display in school containing all the artwork the children have created around the subject.

This week’s learning:

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been the focus of our English lessons this week. We are very impressed with the way the children have embraced the story; they have particularly enjoyed the drama sessions!

In maths this week, the children have revised factors, primes and multiples.

In geography, we have been talking abut the many brave explorers who have explored the polar regions and the children have created a timeline of the Golden Age of Polar Exploration.

Next week:

In English, we will continue to work on Romeo and Juliet in preparation forwatching a live broadcast of the Royal Shakespeare Company performing the play on Wednesday. We are very excited!.

Geometry will be our new maths topic. We will be focusing on angles next week.

In geography, the children will be creating fact files of some of the most famous explorers of the Golden Age of Polar Exploration.

We will also begin our new science topic about light next week, with the children learning about how light helps us to see, including how the eye works.

Home Learning

Please ensure your child completes the following pages of their SAT Busters:

Arithmetic: pages 17-19

Number, Ratio and Algebra: pages 23-26

Grammar: pages 40-42

Punctuation: pages 6-9

Spelling: pages 2-3

Hand in dates are: Maths – Wednesday 21st November; English – 22nd November

Alongside this, we are still expecting the children to practise their times tables on Times Table Rockstars for at least 10 minutes a day. It’s really beginning to make a difference to those children who are practising regularly. We are over the moon that already, a Year 6 child has taken the spot of fastest time in the school!

And finally, don’t forget to encourage your child to read regularly and that they are responsible for keeping their reading log up to date.

9/11/18

Thank you to those of you that attended our parent workshops this week. We hope you found them useful. The powerpoint presentation from the evening will be added to the school website shortly.

This week’s learning:

In maths this week, the children have been looking at different methods of dividing by 1 and 2-digit numbers.

In geography, the children were amazed by images of the sun’s position in relation to the Arctic and Antarctic circles at different times of the year, proving that both poles have 24 hours of darkness in Winter and 24 hours of daylight in Summer!

The children have created some information sheets in science, explaining what can happen if we eat too much sugar.

Next week:

As next week is anti-bullying week, we will be doing a lot of work around the subject. In English, we will be studying Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in preparation for watching a live broadcast of the play the following week. Factors, primes and multiples will be our focus in maths.

Home Learning

You will no doubt be aware that we have sent home the SAT Buster revision books this week. Each week, we will set the children a section of some, or all, of the books for homework. Maths subjects will be set on a Thursday and will be due back on the following Wednesday. English subjects will be set on a Friday and will be due back on the following Thursday. We will be marking the work in class so it is important that it is handed in on the correct day.

The children are aware of what needs to be completed this week. We have detailed it below for your reference:

Arithmetic: pages 13-16

Number, Ratio and Algebra: page 1

Grammar: page 43

Punctuation: pages 2-3

Spelling: page 19

 

2/11/8

Thank you so much to those of you who have provided plastic bottles for our Remembrance display. The children have begun making their poppies and you will be able to  see the stunning results of their work at the front of school next week.

This week’s learning

In English this week, we have created a piece of descriptive writing based on the Literacy Shed short film: 23 degrees, 5 minutes. The children did a cold write with no teacher input, then improved their writing following feedback and new teaching.

We have continued looking at a variety of multiplication strategies in maths.

In geography, the children have begun learning about the polar regions and have created an information poster comparing the Arctic and Antarctica.

Science has been very practical this week, with an investigation about the hidden sugars that can be found in everyday food items. Some of the results were very surprising!

Home Learning:

For home learning this week, we will be sending home your child’s highlighted spelling words showing words from the Autumn 1 section of the Year 5 and 6 Word Lists they still need to learn. We would also like them to begin learning the words from the Autumn 2 section, in preparation for their next test. The hand in date for this week’s home learning is Wednesday 7th November.

Please continue to encourage your child to read regularly and record their reading in their Reading Logs. As always, feel to make comments in these at anytime. It is important that your child brings their Reading Log to school every day, along with their reading book.

Next week:

Next week, we will be writing a science report on why too much sugar can be bad for you, including the results of this week’s investigation. Our reading and writing focus will be informative and the beautifully illustrated book, Shackleton’s Journey, by William Grill. In maths, we will begin working on division and in Geography, we will be looking at the position and significance of the Arctic and the Antarctic Circle in the context of comparing polar regions to the UK.

We are looking forward to seeing many you at next week’s parent workshops. Year 6 will be focusing on

how children’s writing is developed from its beginning stages to fluency by the time they leave primary school.

 

We will explain:

  • how learning grammar fits into the wider picture of writing
  • why fluent, joined handwriting is an important component in the writing process
  • the expectations for writing in each year group
  • what you can do to support your child’s writing at home

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 6 team

26/10/18

Welcome to the new term! The children have come back refreshed and ready to learn. As our work on Ancient Greece comes to an end, we are beginning to explore the opposite ends of the Earth in our new topic, Explorers and Adventurers. We will be looking at the extreme conditions of the polar regions and learning about the brave, determined individuals conquered them. There will be a particular emphasis on the incredible journey of Ernest Shackleton.

This week’s learning: 

English lessons this week have been spent publishing the children’s Greek myths in preparation for compiling our very own ‘Big Book’.

In maths, we have been exploring the different methods we could use to multiply by 2-digit numbers. This week in science, we have asked the question, ‘What is a healthy lifestyle?’ The children have written a letter to a friend or family member offering them advice on what steps they should take to keep healthy.

Next week: 

Next week in English and Geography, we will be beginning our Polar Regions topic in earnest. In science, we will be continuing with multiplication in maths, and in science, our healthy lifestyle lesson will be an investigation into just how much sugar is in our favourite, everyday foods.

In addition to our normal lessons next week, the NSPCC will be in school on Wednesday afternoon, running workshops for the children centred around their Speak out. Stay safe programme.

Home Learning: 

Home learning this week is arithmetic practice. The hand in date for this is Wednesday 31st October.

We are also sending home details of an exciting way for your child to practise their times tables: Times Table Rockstars! Each child has a login for the website and access to the app. They can create their own rockstar name and avatar before playing to collect points which can then be used to upgrade their outfits, instruments and surroundings. Children have individualised practice schedules and can also compete against their classmates, the rest of Year 6, other children in the school and even teachers! More details can be found in the letter your child has brought home and also on the website. Please encourage your child to set up their account and familiarise themselves with the site over the next few days.

Finally, if you haven’t already provided an empty 2ltr bottle and you wish to do so, may we remind you that we would like these by Friday 2nd November. We hope to use them to make poppies which will form part of a stunning display at the front of the school in time for Remembrance Day.

 

5/10/18

This week’s learning

At the beginning of this week, the children reviewed the practice papers they completed last week. We will be sending home the maths and grammar papers with the children for them to share with you. Please remember, this is the first time the children have experienced these types of questions, and they have all done extremely well. We are very proud of them.

In English this week, the children designed and described their own mythical creature, before planning and story mapping their myth. They are very much looking forward to beginning their independent writing next week.

Negative numbers continued to be the focus in maths this week. We consolidated the unit by creating a display of problems made up by the children to demonstrate their understanding.

In science, the children have been investigating the effect of exercise on their heart. They have plotted the results of their investigations into a graph, analysed the data and written their findings up in a report.

Finally this week, the children have continued to learn about the Ancient Greece and how different life was within Athens and Sparta.

Next week’s learning

In English, the children will be using their prior learning to create their very own Greek Myth, which we are excited to read.

In maths we will be moving on to the four operations and getting the children familiar with ‘BIDMAS’.

In history, the children will be learning about the twelve Greek gods along with the discovery of the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece.

In science, we will be looking at the components and function of blood.

Home Learning

This week’s home learning will be arithmetic practice. Feel free to assist your children with anything they are struggling with and encourage them to show their working out.

Please could your child bring in a 750ml clear plastic bottle (water or pop) by Tuesday at the latest. This is for a science activity we will be doing on Wednesday.