Year 6 have been composing news stories based on their key text, 'Skellig'. The have been focusing on using a clear structure, a formal tone and an extensive vocabulary. Unfortunately, the video files are too large to upload to the website although they are available on our Facebook page!
Year 6 have begun their new class text, ‘Skellig’, and having been analysing the descriptive writing that the author, David Almond, uses in the text and written their own descriptions of ‘the garage’, which is ones of the scenes early on in the book. The children have also started to empathise with the main character, Michael, writing in the role and mapping out his emotions and feelings towards himself and others as the narrative progresses.
In Mathematics, the children have been focusing on fractions and being able to compare them, looking at different ways of doing this and giving mathematical proof to back up their reasoning.
Year 6 have come to an emotional end to their journey with Bradley Chalkers in their class text, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’. After rewriting one of the scenes, building tension and reflecting the mood of characters in their actions, they signed off from the book by writing a letter to Carla- one of the main characters.
In Maths, Year 6 have been calculating fractions of amounts and shapes, applying this to different contexts, having to work backwards and solve problems with multiple steps.
Year 6 have also been making volcanoes in groups to ‘erupt’ next week!
Chaffinch and Swallow classes enjoyed their trips to the library, meeting the staff and learning about the facilities there.
A reminder that all children in year 6 will need a packed lunch for the trip to the opera on Tuesday and will need to be in school at 8.30.
Mr Clipsham and Mr Anns.
Year 6 (and Year 5) were lucky enough to have the brilliant David Duker come and talk to them about ’The Battle of Britain’ as a follow up to one of last year’s topics. The children heard some of the truly inspirational stories from the war that had been passed onto Mr Duker first hand by the pilot’s themselves. The children were also able to touch and try on some of th artefacts from the war itself.
In English, Year 6 have continued with their work around their key text, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’, and, after writing a persuasive text, have been writing in the role of different characters, trying to empathise with how they feel about different scenarios and using different punctuation effectively to showcase this.
In Maths, Year 6 have been working on their multiplication and division written methods. They have been applying their times tables and place value knowledge whilst explaining the reasoning behind the methods and how they work.
In English, we have been continuing with our book, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’. The children have been debating whether the main character, Bradley, has a positive or negative personality. They found evidence within the text and then discussed their opinions.
In Maths, the children have been looking at formal written methods of calculation. We have just finished subtraction and are moving on to multiplication. The children have been able to show their understanding and fluency in a range of ways before solving problems involving both addition and subtraction.
In English, Year 6 have started their key text, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’. The children have now met the key characters and have been writing in the role of them. They are already hooked and are looking forward to joining Bradley and Jeff on their journey through school life.
In Maths, Year 6 have been recapping their knowledge of place value, ensuring that they are confident with the value of different digits within numbers, rounding and solving problems with negative numbers. The children have also reasoned with their knowledge of these concepts and explained the reasons behind their workings and thought processes.
With the end of year production on the horizon, children will need to start learning their lines and the words to the songs. Alongside this, we have created a list of ‘home learning’ activities for the children to complete as many of as they can:
We hope that you have a great half term. We are very proud of all the hard work that everyone has put in over the year so far.
Happy Half Term!
Good luck to all of Year 6 next week! They are all going to be amazing and show everyone how hard they have worked and how brilliant they are! They have the whole school behind them and nothing to worry about.
I will be getting a good night's sleep on Sunday- I recommend it to everyone (a good night's sleep and breakfast is the secret weapon).
Year 6 have been looking at documentary-style, information texts, using the work of David Attenborough as a stimulus. As well as focusing on lions, we have also written ‘A day in the life of a primary school child’ in the same style. The children have enjoyed getting into the role of David Attenborough themselves and utilising all of the grammatical skills and varied vocabulary that they have learnt throughout the year.
Year 6 have been learning about a range of mathematical concepts since the start of term, from interpreting statistics and graphs, to plotting and reading co-ordinates, through to converting and using different measures in different contexts.
The children are working really hard at the moment and this is showing in the work that they are producing!
Chaffinch Class won again in the spelling this week, extending their lead. In the arithmetic, Chaffinches won last week but Swallow Class brought it back to win on Wednesday although both it should be noted that both classes have made huge improvements!
In spelling for the next two weeks, we will be revising all of the spelling rules that have been taught throughout the year(s) alongside some 'tricky' words too.
As well as looking at the different prefixes and suffixes that can we added to root words, we will be looking at the 'word family' that it is from (along with finding other words from it- eg. bicycle, cyclone and recycle).
The Year 6 spellings for over the Easter break will be based around the -ible/-able suffix (as well as a revision of all other spellings/spelling rules taught).
An example of some of the -ible/-able spellings are:
Remember to think about the different suffixes and prefixes that could be added/taken off each of the words. Also, have a think about their meanings, linking to synonyms and antonyms for each of them.
Well done to Chaffinch this week who won the spelling with the last word! It was extremely close.
It was even closer in the arithmetic and ended in a dead heat!
The spellings this week are homophones so children will need to think about the meaning of each word and the contexts in which they could be used.
Year 6 have hit the ground running this half term. In Maths, they have started by recapping on their knowledge of fractions and applying it to different contexts. They have also begun to look at percentages and will be moving on to their equivalences to decimals and fractions and also, applying them to different contexts.
In English, the children have continued with their class text, ‘Skellig’, using it as a stimulus to write in the role of different characters with a focus on adapting the formality of a text for different purposes. They have also looked at employing different cohesive devices.
A double win for Swallow Class today has put them ahead in the arithmetic and only one behind in the spelling. Well done to all of those that worked hard on the spellings as it was very evident and will help them with their writing too!
The next spellings will be based around the -tion, -sion, -ssion, -cian suffix. Remember to think about the root words and how other prefixes and suffixes can be added.
The spelling focus for Year 6 will remain the same for this week.
Chaffinch Class extended their lead in the spelling quiz.
Swallow Class drew level in the arithmetic with a win this week.
Well done to Chaffinch Class for clinching both arithmetic and spelling wins this week. Time for a comeback by Swallow Class next week!
The new spellings are based around the -cious/-tious rules:
Remember to think about the root word and any suffixes and prefixes that could be added.
Welcome back to Year 6! We have begun our new topic, The Battle of Britain, by looking at the timeline of events that led up to it. Next week, we will be starting our new class book and recapping our knowledge of decimals before linking it to fractions. With Young Voices coming up at the beginning of February, we have been learning the set list (as well as growing in excitement for it).
As the end of the term is approaching, we have finished our key text, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’. After our rollercoaster ride with Bradley Chalkers, the main character, we have finally left him to continue his life without us. The children have written their own emotional goodbye letters to one of the other characters and although this is the end for our adventure with Bradley, it is the merely the beginning of our adventures across the different books that we plan on sharing together this year.
Chaffinch won this week's spelling quiz to draw the scores for the term level at 4-4.
The new spellings are:
Remember to think about the different prefixes and suffixes that can be added to each of the words too!
This week, Year 6 have written their own balanced arguments based around their key text and one of the main characters in it. They have been using a range of adverbs and conjunctions to both evidence and counter different arguments. The children have been looking at using paragraphs appropriately to show when there is a change in subject.
In Maths, Year 6 have started to look into fractions and how these can be shown in different forms and representations.
Year 6 have also been writing a diary in the role of a water drop in relation to our topic about rivers.
Year 6 have been busy this week. In English, we have been writing persuasive letters to one of the teachers in our key text, ensuring that we provide evidence for points that we make and linking the points and evidence with a range of adverbials and conjunctions. We have also concentrated on using formal language appropriately in this context.
In Maths, we have been applying our knowledge of the four operations and applying them to different contexts, using what information we know to find out parts that we don’t.
Last week, we represented the school brilliantly at the Winhills Multi-Sport Event.
Swallows took the lead in both Maths and Spelling quizzes this week.
Here are the spellings for next week-
Year 6 will be taking part in the Sports Event at Winhills on Monday morning so will need correct PE kit (tracksuit bottoms might be better than shorts with the weather), a water bottle and a coat (for the walk).
In English, we have been continuing with our key test, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ and focusing on specific characters and how they would interpret different scenarios. We have also used this as a stimulus for some group performance poetry, making use of figurative language to hone in on both how characters feel and how they are perceived by others.
In Maths, we have been looking into division and the different methods that can be used to calculate problems involving it. We have also been problem solving by working backwards and then having to explain the reasoning behind our methods.
We have had a comeback by both classes in the week's quizzes. Chaffinch have brought the Maths back to 1-1 and Swallows made it 2-2 in the spelling.
This weeks words are:
Have a good half term!
In relation conjunction with our key text, Year 6 have been looking at how to structure persuasive texts towards the end of this week and will be continuing with this on Monday. We have been looking at how to link points to evidence and discredit counter arguments.
In Maths, we have been looking at addition and subtraction, something that all children have shown good progress in since the start of the week. We will be moving onto multiplication next week, using aspects of what we have learnt already this term to help us.
A huge well done to the Year 6 English team who won their round of the English challenge last week and will now represent the school at Ely Cathedral in the county finals!
Year 6 will be focusing on sentence punctuation this week in English, thinking about when sentences end and how to add different openers and conjunctions to them appropriately.
In Maths, they will be looking at column addition and reasoning with problems involving the method.
Chaffinch won the first spelling quiz of the year (hopefully, Swallows will make a comeback this week though).
The words for the week are:
Make sure that you think about possible suffixes and prefixes for each word too!
Year 6 have had a hard-working start to the week. They have been looking into place value in Maths, explaining their reasoning when deciding on the value of different numbers, integers and decimals.
In English, they have been dissecting sentences into phrases, main clauses and subordinate clauses- something that will help them to improve their writing over the year.
We have had a big whole-school push on handwriting to start the year and the children have been putting a lot of effort into the formation of their letters.
Year 6 have been helping out with Maths Day as well as taking part in it themselves. They showed great leadership when working with the younger children!
The beginning of a new year! Welcome back to all everyone. Year 6 have started their topic, 'Go with the Flow', about rivers, maps and the local area. We have been looking at the rivers of the world and at the counties of England. We were lucky enough to have a visitor from Anglia Water yesterday who told us all about water efficiency.
Year 6 have also started the year with a focus on handwriting- already showing large improvements in this area!
Year 6 have been using their design and technology skills to create their own coins from Ernest Shackleton’s era out of clay. They have also brought the story of his adventure to a close.
The Year 5/6 production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a huge success. All that came to watch have commented on what a great and professional job that the children did; it is a performance that will stay with us for a long time!
The mural created by Year 6 alongside Mr Cornell is now complete and looks fantastic in the courtyard.
Alongside Year 5, Year 6 performed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Year 1 today- showcasing their acting and singing skills very well. The show is nearly ready for its grand opening to parents next week so make sure that you have got your tickets!
Many of Year 6 will be enjoying the first of their two transition days at either Longsands Academy or Ernulf Academy tomorrow so we wish them the best of luck (not that they will need it)!
They will need to remember to take their 'All About Me' booklets with them to the days.
Year 6 have begun their transition work for secondary school this week. We have been learning about different types of spirals and looking at descriptions of islands.
We have also started rehearsing for our end of year production.
A reminder that children need to bring back their Hilltop forms as soon as possible.
Year 6 have continued with the development of their theme park this week.
Children have been writing in the role of their characters on their adventure in Antarctica with Ernest Shackleton. They have also written persuasive brochures for Loves Farm and a holiday destination of their choice. Along with this, they have written their own scary stories, using the wide range of descriptive skills that they have been learning throughout the year.
Year 6 have begun creating a theme park in their mathematical project.
Children have taken on the role of different crew members aboard Shackleton’s ship, The Endurance. In these roles, they have had to apply for different positions- something that they have then used to apply for a job that they may want in the future.
Year 6 have been exploring the circulatory system. They have annotated and examined diagrams, acting it out as well before taking on the role of a red blood cell to write a diary.
A reminder that children sun hats
A reminder that Year 6 will be attending the DLPT Sport Festival at Winhills on Monday (15th) morning. We will be back in time for lunch but children will need to remember their full PE kit, a water bottle, a sun hat and (sadly/possibly) a coat for the walk.
Year 6 have been revising what they have learnt throughout the year and going over key concepts and skills to help in their SATs next week.
A reminder for children to have their PE kit in everyday next week and to return their forms for the SATs breakfast- I would highly recommend that all children come along (plus, Mr Hall and I might get to eat more...).
If anyone has any questions at all about the process that weren't outlined in the letter sent out last week, please come and ask.
Year 6 have been looking at drawing/measuring angles using a protractor, timetables and co-ordinates in Maths this week. We are also looking over the children's knowledge of the key operations during arithmetic on Friday.
In English, we have introduced the book, Shackleton's Journey. They are being teased through the book, identifying the traits of the characters and we will be writing in the role of them.
A reminder that homework in Year 6 is continuing this week with pages from their revision books being handed out on Thursday and 40 minutes of Maths Whizz should be completed each week.
Welcome back! The children have hit the ground running in Year 6 and have been looking into 2D shapes in Maths. We have also been looking back over some of the grammar techniques and skills that we have been learning throughout the year.
A big well done to those that did extra Maths Whizz over the Easter break!
A reminder that homework in Year 6 is continuing this week with pages from their revision books being handed out on Thursday and 40 minutes of Maths Whizz should be completed each week.
In the last week, Year 6 have begun writing in the style of a documentary, using the work of David Attenborough as a stimulus. In this, we have the opportunity to show off the complex sentence structures that we have learnt throughout the year.
In Maths, we have worked on algebra (and realised that it isn’t actually as hard as we first thought). We have since moved on from this to focus on ratio.
We have been looking into evolution within our science topic too.
Recently, Year 6 have been using their knowledge of space and measure to calculate and solve problems involving perimeter, area and volume. We have also briefly recapped on fractions and percentages.
In English, we have continued our work on newspaper reports and will be using these skills in our topic work too.
We really enjoyed World Book Day and creating our own evolved creatures- linking to our science- and then creating a written text of our choice to go with it (a narrative, newspaper, information text or poem).
Year 6 have been looking at different measurements since just before half term. We have looked at the different ways in which capacity, length and mass can be measured and when would be most suitable to use each unit of measure. Alongside this, we have been converting between units.
In English, we have begun our focus on newspaper reports and are looking at writing more formally, using the passive voice and subjunctive form effectively to do this.
Year 6 Homework
In order maximise the impact of homework on the children’s learning, we are revising the balance of homework in Year 6.
Over half term, children will need to complete (to the best of their ability as we will go over each problem in class) pages 23, 38, 50 and 79.
After half term, children will be given 2 pages from their books each week to complete but will also be expected to complete 40 minutes of Maths Whizz as this will give children a good balance of the curriculum and also target each individual’s specific gaps. This should take the children an hour in total and so is no different from the usual homework allowance.
We very much encourage children to complete Maths Whizz over half term too.
Over half term, children will need to complete (to the best of their ability as we will go over each problem in class) pages 7, 8, 17 and 23.
There will be no change to this after half term, as, each week, page numbers/activities will be set and given out.
Children are still expected to read for an average of at least 15 minutes five times a week. This is an invaluable habit that positively impacts on all areas of learning.
We thank you in advance for your continued support.
The Year 6 Team
Year 6 have been looking deeper into fractions by studying their equivalences with percentages and decimals. We have also revised our key operations with fractions, including relating it to buying items in a shop.
In English, after writing our own version of ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and looking into the links that appear across the narrative, we have begun to write one with a similar structure.
We have also started looking into earthquakes and how to try stay safe during one.
Year 6 have continued their work on fractions that started before Christmas. We have moved on from simplifying, adding/subtracting and ordering fractions to calculating fractions of shapes and quantities.
In English, we have been looking at the structure of narratives. To do this, we have been studying the story ‘Escape from Pompeii’- which links to our current topic- ‘Life on the Fault Line’.
Young Voices is in 2 days!!!
Young Voices reminders:
Children will need 2 meals (lunch and dinner).
Children will need several drinks for the day.
Children will need a coat.
T-shirts will be handed out on the day. If children have not ordered one, they should come in a white T-shirt/polo shirt.
Please ensure that all medication (including cough sweets/car sickness tablets) are with the office before the morning of departure.
Last week, we had the pleasure of working with the author James Campbell. He spoke to us about his books and inspired us to write our own, talking to us about ideas and about how we are all storytellers.
We came to the end of our journey with Bradley Chalkers this week. We have written an emotional letter on behalf of the main character to the counsellor that helped him turn his life around. It is safe to say that the children are now just annoyed that the book has ended!
We have been practising for the Christmas Extravaganza next week, perfecting our singing and dancing for you.
Year 6 have been learning about different methods of division and representing problems in various ways. We will be using these skills alongside the other operations that we have been learning so far in the year.
In English, we have continued following the journey of Bradley Chalkers in the book, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’. We have also looked deeper into specific word classes by reasoning with different types of noun.
We have been lucky enough to work alongside resident artist, Mr Cornell, last week too!
Year 6 have been working really hard this week.
We have been experimenting with different conjunctions in English and continuing with our book, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’, and have been enjoying following the journey of Bradley Chalkers and his classmates.
In Maths, we have begun working on rounding numbers and playing some different games that involve reasoning with this.
Although it may seem early, we have applied our artistic skills to decorating Christmas cards that will be sent off and available to order later in the year.
Our Indian drumming started this week and will be continuing for the rest of the half term too.
SATs are over and everyone has worked extremely hard! Well done to all of Year 6!
We now have lots of exciting things to look forward to this term: next week we will be starting swimming lessons, and on Tuesday we have our topic trip to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.
Back in class, we are going to be continuing to look at our topic on the Second World War, and will be writing some fantastic pieces of writing from this. After half term, we will be looking at the Greeks, including looking at the Olympics, as we move towards the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
We also have our end of year play to cast, prepare, rehearse and perform!! But what could the play be?......Watch this space!
And of course, we have a trip to Hilltop at the very end of the year to look forward to....are you excited?
Year 6 have had a great past week and have been working extremely hard! In maths, we have focussed on problem solving, and have spent time this week looking into the different skills needed to solve problems, including working backwards, working systematically, trial and error and conjecturing and convincing. The children really enjoyed playing a version of Nim, where they needed to find a pattern and rule in order to beat the computer, and be the first person to reach 23 - try it for yourself herehttp://nrich.maths.org/1272
In English, we have been writing some cross curricular (science) information reports about Neanderthals, and some of the work that has been produced has been fantastic! Well done all of you!
The children in Year 6 have been working really hard in class this week. In English, we have been continuing to read our class book, There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, and the children have been exploring the characters and themes through drama and writing: in order to decide if the main character is a badly behaved person, we created a conscience alley, before writing discussion texts on the issue. In Maths, we have been working on fractions, and have been finding equivalents between fractions, decimals and percentages, and have been solving problems linked to them. We have also been discussed The Theory of Evolution in Science, and have looked at the work of Charles Darwin.
Year 6 Spring Term 2015
Welcome back for another term at The Round House! We hope you had a wonderful time off during the Christmas holidays and are looking forward to an important term ahead. We are sure you will agree that Year 6 is a significant year in the life of your children, as they will embark on their last year at primary school before moving on towards secondary school. Our main focus this year will be towards both the SATS tests in May, and the transition from primary to secondary education later in the year. Please find below a summary of the main learning areas during the second term this year along with some general reminders.
Each Key Stage Two class will be handing out English homework on a Thursday and it will need to be returned by the following Tuesday. Children need to remember to return their homework on time, as failure to do so could impact on their end of term reward day. We expect the children to spend one hour on each piece of homework, to ensure it is completed to a good standard. Homework books must be handed in every week, and not at the end of each term.
For their numeracy homework, the children will be using Maths Whizz (www.whizz.com ), an online maths education website that is tailored to each individual child. The children are required to complete one hour of maths whizz per week. Maths Whizz will start each Monday, and one hour must be completed by each Sunday evening. If your child has no access to the internet, there are several homework clubs after school where they can complete their maths whizz homework (please refer to after school club letter for dates and times). Failure to complete Maths Whizz could impact on the end of term reward day.
In Year 6, children need to read for the equivalent of at least 15 minutes every school night (it might be that some nights they read more than other nights). They need to complete their reading record each time they read. We would very much appreciate you listening to your child’s reading /discussing their book with them and request that you sign your child’s reading record book and, if possible, add a comment. This will really help your child to progress in reading and writing. Every morning reading records will be checked, so we value any feedback you can provide us with.
In addition, children are required to practise multiplication tables and division facts to aid rapid recall. Every week there will be an informal check as part of the maths lesson. Your child should bring their times table sheet home to practise.
Year 6 will have PE sessions every Monday afternoon (both indoors and outdoors). Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school at all times, and are prepared for the changeable winter/spring weather.
There will be a fortnightly newsletter where we will update you on our learning over the term, particularly our literacy and numeracy units, and we will provide any extra details you will need (e.g. changes to timetables, notifications, etc). There will be regular updates over the term on our class pages on the school webpage, plus information on our facebook and twitter pages.
We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead, and thank you in advance for your continued support.
Mr Gross and Mr Anns
Year 6 have been sharpening up on their vocal skills, readying themselves for the Young Voices concert as well as the much anticipated Christmas Extravaganza. Our classrooms are now looking beautifully Christmassy.
In English, we have begun our new text, The Boy In The Girls' Bathroom, and have been looking into the character of Bradley Chalkers, trying to make up our minds as to what type of person he is.
Mathematically, we are entering the world of fractions and will be investigating them in many different contexts, making conjectures and explaining our reasoning as we go.
We have had to hit the ground running since we have been back from half term. As we are moving on with our book, Floodland, we have been discovering more about Eels Island and have begun to write an information text on it. We have also delved into the world of relative clauses, which can be used to add detail to our writing.
In Mathematics, we are focusing on shape and problem solving with their properties and the angles inside them. As well as this, we have been applying our reasoning skills to problems, explaining why statements are correct or incorrect and providing evidence to back up out decisions.
Our Christmas dances have got off to a good start and we will be continuing to sharpen these up for the Christmas performance under the instruction of Miss Johnson.
Happy Half Term!
After a hard working first half term in Year 6, I think we all deserve a restful half term.
When we are back, we will be continuing with our text, Floodland, and applying the punctuation and grammar skills that we have been learning. In particular, we will be looking at the different word classes as well as ensuring that we are using a range of sentence starters to improve our writing.
In Mathematics, we will be be applying our key operations whilst ensuring that we are consistent with our use of them. If you get a spare minute, then see if you can dazzle your parents with your adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing of a range of different numbers.
Remember to keep up to date with your homework (and watch the Rugby World Cup Final).
In Maths, we have continued to develop our written and mental methods for addition and subtraction, and are now applying this to number problems. Over the next week, we will move onto multiplication and division.
In our English lessons, we have been reading the novel ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick. The children have responded to the text through drama and role play, and have been writing in the role of the main character, Zoe.
In Science, we have been looking at how living things are classified.
A big welcome back to the new Swallow Class!
We have had a great creative week, looking at our new topic on the local area and water around the world.
We will be starting our new English topic that will focus on 'Floodland' by Marcus Sedgewick. We will also be focusing on different grammatical techniques and the terminology associated with them. As well as this, we will look into the different punctuation that is needed to demarcate them.
In Maths, we will be looking into number to start and sharpening our problem solving and reasoning skills.
We are lucky enough to have a specialist football coach this half term and will be training with him as well as honing our tag rugby skills.
I hope everyone had a relaxing, well-earned break after a busy half term’s work. We have been looking at volcanoes and, in particular, the Italian city of Pompeii. This is something that we will be continuing this half term as we will be looking at information texts based on the ancient city as well as narratives based on the disaster.
Here are a few of the freeze frames that we used to map out the story of ‘Escape from Pompeii’.
Next up, we will be starting our new text- Floodland!
Hopefully everyone has had a brilliant break! The Swallows will be looking at recounts when they return to school before dipping into the world of poetry and using their speaking and listening skills to perform their own.
After the huge success of the last book, 'There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom'. We are are now anticipating the arrival of our next key text, that will be left as a mystery until its great unveiling in due course!
Our mathematical skills are going to be put to the test with work around data handling to begin with but focus on using our key operations and applying our knowledge will still be prominent in our learning.
The arrival of our new topic is another area of great anticipation! Coming soon...
Year 6 have been working really hard this week. We have been coming to the end of our mystery narrative topic in Literacy by rewriting 'The Speckled Band'. After writing our own mystery stories, we are looking to include some of the same level of complex sentence structures and detail in our completely independent work as there was some superb writing last week that we need to try and match!
Shape has been the subject of our Maths lessons this week; we have been looking at the properties of both 2D and 3D shapes. Drawing shapes in different orientations and with specific properties has been one of our main targets as it can get very tricky- especially at level 6! Although that may be the case, we have really risen to the challenge and done some high level learning.
Our mouldy bread investigation is ongoing (and luckily it hasn't stunk the classroom out...yet). We are currently recording our results and monitoring the rate of the mould's growth under different conditions.
Welcome to Swallow's page! Swallow Class is made up of 11 (yes, 11!) hard-working and friendly children. As we are such a small class, we regularly join with Chaffinch Class and Mr Gross for our lessons. This means that there are two teachers for 23 children - wow!!
Happy New Year!
I can't quite believe that 2014 is here already; I am very excited about the term ahead! There is no doubting the fact that this is a very important term for Year 6, as we will be working hard preparing for SATs, but there will be lots of skills developed, fun had and memories created.
This half-term will also see us singing at the O2 as part of Young Voices . What an opportunity!
The end of the Autumn Term saw us finish our work on the awesome book A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom. There were actually tears when this was finished (honestly!), and some incredible writing was inspired by it. I know many children added this book to their list for Father Christmas!
Check out the bottom of the page for some examples of our diary writing.
Spring Term/ 1st Half Curriculum
Literacy - The children will start the half-term by looking at poetry that involves the senses. This unit will begin with a reading and analysis of the poem 'The Magic of the Brain' by Jenny Joseph, an analysis of 'Prelude' by T.S. Eliot (Mrs Cook's favourite poet) and will finish with the children writing poems that focus on the sense of taste.
After our poetry writing, we will begin a very exciting unit of work on biographies and autobiographies. This will link to our topic on Britain since 1948; the children will have the opportunity to research a British figure from this period and write his/ her biography.
Writing Targets - Each child has three personal targets to improve his/ her writing. These are reviewed regularly so we can move the children's writing on as quickly as possible.
Spelling - Spelling is a HUGE focus this term. We will continue to follow the Support for Spelling programme this term, but will also be having whole-class spelling boosters three times a week.
Numeracy - In numeracy we will begin by focusing on fractions, and then continue to work through the units for this term. Please check out our fortnightly newsletter for this information, as there is too much to add here! In numeracy the children are flexibly grouped, and they will be taught exactly what they need to know to achieve their potential and be challenged.
Topic - This term's topic will be cross-curricular with our main literacy unit: 'Biographies and Autobiographies'. This will ensure that lots of cross-curricular writing takes place, as this is where the children really get to show off their writing skills.
The children will be learning about Britain since 1948, focusing on important figures from this period and important changes to British life, for example: work, population structure and technology.
IF YOU HAVE ANY ARTEFACTS THAT CAN SUPPORT THIS LEARNING (really old mobile phones ['brick' phones] and records), PLEASE SEND THEM IN WITH YOUR CHILD. THANK YOU!!
Science - In science, the children will be learning about how they see things. This will involve them learning about shadows, the importance of light and how the eye works.
Monday 23rd September - Greek Day was great fun and the children looked amazing! We enjoyed Greek dance, Olympic Games and a Greek feast! The haloumi was particularly popular - yum! Thank you so much to all of the parents and children for making a huge effort with costumes.
See below for a photo of some of Year 5 and 6.
Thursday 26th September - Don't forget to check out some of our Grafham Water pictures below.