22/3/19

This Week

This week in English, we have been looking at what makes a villain in a spy adventure and created a character description of our own villain.

In Maths, we have been interpreting line graphs and pie charts.

The children have been learning about electrical symbols and identifying complete/incomplete circuits in science.

Home Learning

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

Arithmetic: page 32

Grammar: pages 46, 47

Punctuation: pages 40, 41, 42, 43, 44

Geometry: pages 12, 13

As always, please ensure that your child regularly reads for at least 10 minutes a day and continues to practise their times tables on Times Table Rockstars.

15/3/19

This Week

This week in English, we have written an explanation text all about our own spy gadget. We are now looking into advertising and learning about different techniques ready to create our own advertisements. 


In Maths, we have finished our ratio topic and the have started to look at coordinates.

The children have been working in groups this week researching a scientist who made an impact on the world of electricity; we have then used this information to create an informative poster.

Home Learning

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

Arithmetic: pages 45, 46, 47

Grammar: pages 16,17,18,19

Punctuation: pages 35 and 38, 39

Geometry: pages 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 

NRA: pages 9,10

As always, please ensure that your child regularly reads for at least 10 minutes a day and continues to practise their times tables on Times Table Rockstars.

8/3/19

This Week

 This week in English, we have continued looking at the features of explanation texts. The children have enjoyed creating their own Spy Gadget and writing an explanation of how it works using time and casual conjunctions.

In Maths, we have continued looking at Ratio and how they relate to fractions.

The children have been looking at life before electricity this week.

Home Learning

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

Arithmetic: page 44

Spelling: page 8

Grammar: pages 36, 37

Punctuation: page 36, 37

NRA: page 11

As always, please ensure that your child regularly reads for at least 10 minutes a day and continues to practise their times tables on Times Table Rockstars.

This week, we are sending home revision packs with the children to help them revise in preparation for their SATs. Please look after these, as we will be asking for them back near the end of the year.

15/2/19

This Week

The children enjoyed their trip to the Warning Zone and developed an understanding about personal and online saftey in a stimulating and memorable environment.

This week in English, we have finished our Poetry Unit. The children have enjoyed discussing and exploring a variety of poems. In Maths, we have come to the end of our Fractions unit and now the children are more confident with fractions.

The children have finished their watercolour painting of different images from the Galapagos Islands and these are going on display in the school.

Home Learning

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

Arithmetic: pages 42, 43

Geometry: page 22, 23

Grammar: page 39

Punctuation: pages 31, 32, 33

As always, please ensure that your child regularly reads for at least 10 minutes a day and continues to practise their times tables on Times Table Rockstars.

We hope you have a great half term break,

The Year 6 team

8/2/19

Thank you for coming to your child’s parents’ evening; it was lovely to be able to share the progress they have made so far this year. We hope you enjoyed looking through their books and seeing all the hard work they have done.

This Week

This week in English, we have started our Poetry Unit. The children have seen a variety of poems which have created great discussion and given them a different view on poetry. In Maths, we have continued our fractions unit, looking at how to add and subtract fractions and mixed number fractions with different denominators.

The children have enjoyed creating their own breeds of dogs and creating an information poster about their special breed.  We have been using watercolours in art to paint different images of the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin visited during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. 

Next Week

On Monday, we will be going to the Warning Zone where the children will learn about personal and online saftey in a stimulating and memorable environment.

In English we are continuing to look at and analyse poignant and topical poems.


Fractions continues to be the focus of our maths lessons as we begin to learn how to multiply fractions.

We are going to begin our new topic of Electricity this week in science.

Home Learning

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

Arithmetic: pages 36, 37, 38, 39,40,41

Geometry: page 28

Grammar: page 14

Punctuation: page 30

As always, please ensure that your child regularly reads for at least 10 minutes a day and continues to practise their times tables on Times Table Rockstars. 

1/2/19

We are so proud of the way Year 6 have taken this week’s tests in their stride! Good progress seems to have been made so far this year and the test results have given us a good indication of the teaching and learning required before the end of the year. 

This Week

As most of our mornings have been taken up with tests, the children have been busy creating their Charles Darwin biographies; they look fabulous!  

Next Week

We will be starting a new poetry unit next week, looking at and analysing a total of no less than seven poignant and topical poems.

Fractions continues to be the focus of our maths lessons.

Continuing on the theme of Charles Darwin, the children will be creating some Galapagos-themed watercolour paintings.

Home Learning

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

Arithmetic: pages 30-31

Number, ratio and algebra: pages 30-34

Geometry: pages 24-27

Grammar: page 8

Punctuation: pages 28-29

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

News and Updates

There are still a few slots available for next week’s parents’ evening so if you haven’t booked yours yet, please don’t forget to do so. We are looking forward to seeing you all and discussing your child’s progress thus far.

25/1/19

We can’t believe this half term is going so quickly! Another packed week has included being weighed and measured for the National Child Measurement Programme. This data is collated from all primary schools and is used to support local public health initiatives.

This week

Charles Darwin continues to be our focus and the biographies are coming along nicely. We have concentrated on careful editing of punctuation and spelling and the children are in the process of ‘publishing’ their biographies in a format of their choice. 

Dog lovers have had fun this week designing their own dog! Using their learning about inherited characteristics, they were tasked with choosing traits from two different dogs in order to create an animal that would suit specific criteria. We’ve had some wonderful new dog breed names! Thank you to those of you who sent in family photographs to help us understand inheritance.

In maths, we have been ordering and comparing fractions with different denominators. As it assists the children’s learning greatly to be able to reason their understanding, it would be great if you could ask them to explain their methods to you.

Next week

We will be assessing the children’s progress so far in maths (arithmetic and reasoning), grammar and punctuation, spelling and reading. The children will take assessment tests. We are looking forward to seeing the progress they have made.

Home learning

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

Arithmetic: page 35

Number, ratio and algebra: page 21

Geometry: page 14

Grammar: page 48

Spelling: page 20

Punctuation: pages 26-27

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

News and updates

Children’s reports will go out next Friday, 1st February. Parents’ Evenings are on 5th and 7th of February.  If you haven’t already done so, please make an appointment. We would really like to see you all. Appointments for Year 6 are with your child’s morning group teacher rather than their class teacher.

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.