Year 6

Week Commencing – 3rd December

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we are focusing grammar and spelling. We have been looking at word classes and been learning that every word in a sentence can be classified: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, determiners. We have been dissecting sentences to make sure our understanding of this is secure using Cogheart, which we are still reading. We are also continuing to read Street Child for historical context, reading and comprehension.
  • In Maths we have been continuing our work on fractions. We have been learning to multiply, divide and find fractions of amounts.
  • The children are also sitting SATs papers to see how they are progressing against their targets for the year.
  • In R.E. we have been preparing for the carol concert, we have been delving further into the Christmas story, thinking about Mary and Joseph through drama and writing newspaper reports about the event.
  • In Topic we have been looking at rich and poor Victorians with an emphasis on how social status impacted on children’s lives.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 26th November

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we are focusing on our book Cogheart. We are enjoying the book immensely and further to writing a formal letter based on the book we have decided to write to the author, Peter Bunzl, to suggest that he invest in turning the book into a film. We are currently in the process of planning and writing these letters.
  • In Maths we have been continuing our work on fractions. We have been learning to add, subtract and multiply fractions, as well as looking at placing them on number lines.
  • Also, this week, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to “Milestones Museum”. We experienced being transported to the Victorian Era through workshops. A firm favourite was the Victorian schoolroom, where the teacher was very strict and the children learned about a day in the Victorian classroom. They used the abacus for counting and adding, slate and chalk for writing, reading through repetition, drill and the national anthem. The children were very surprised at how boys and girls were treated differently and the dreaded cane.
  • In R.E. we have been looking at the prophecies in the Old Testament, relating to the coming of the messiah, and we have created wanted posters to represent what kind of messiah the Israelites were waiting for. We have started to thinking about how Jesus matched those prophecies.   

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 19th November

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we are continuing to read our books Street Child and Cogheart. We are enjoying reading both books in parallel, using them to support our teaching of reading, writing, grammar, spelling and punctuation. In Cogheart we have met a number of characters who are mechanical, both persons and animals. Lily, the main protagonist believes that mechanicals should have rights (like human beings). We have been discussing wither robots should have rights; each child has reached a view. Our next step is to write a formal letter to the government putting our case forward.
  • In Maths we have started to work on fractions, we have discussed what they are and have improved our skills, simplifying, ordering and comparing. We are moving onto adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing next week.
  • During Topic lessons we have been learning about child labour in Victorian times. We have discussed the jobs that children had to do and have looked in detail at the conditions and hours these children endured. The children have written diary entries in the character of a child of the times, please come and read them on a Friday morning.
  • In R.E. we have started the new question – Is ‘God made Man’ a good way of describing the Christmas Story? Initially, we have been learning about the bible, the big story, and understanding why the story is at the beginning of the new testament.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 12th November

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we have improving our stories, we have been learning how to edit and refine. The stories are historical adventures set in Victorian times, with protagonists similar to the ones contained in our reading texts, Cogheart and Streetchild. We have been discussing in depth some of the characters from Cogheart, the “mechanicals and mechanimals” and deciding if they should have rights or not. We have been debating this and will be writing letters to support our arguments. In grammar we have been working on commas, verbs and in spelling, suffixes.
  • In Numeracy we have been tackling questions covering the four operations and started to discuss fractions. We have completed work on squared and cubed numbers. We have also been pushing speed and accuracy in timetables, linked to this we have been reasoning using know facts.
  • In Science we have started to look at evolution and inheritance; initially we have been discussing the definition of these two terms and thinking about species and habitats.
  • In R.E. we have started our new question, “Is God made Man” a good way to describe the Christmas story?
  • In Topic we have been looking at the industrial revolution of the Victorian era with a particular focus on children at work.

Homework will be given each week, two pieces, maths and literacy. These will be given out on Fridays and due back in on Thursday the following week.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 5th November

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we have been planning and writing our own mini-story. The stories are historical adventures set in Victorian times, with protagonists similar to the ones contained in our reading texts, Cogheart and Streetchild. Next week we will be learning to edit and refine our work, thereby, improving it.
  • In Numeracy we have learning how to use BODMAS/BIDMAS to work out multi-operations calculations. We have practised the skill and using our knowledge have been solving problems. We have also looked at common factors, multiples and prime numbers.
  • On “Make Me Smile” Friday we delivered the school assembly; we judged the fruit plates and explained mental health and wellbeing to the whole school. In the afternoon year 6 went into all classes, in small groups, to lead mini-workshops on worries.
  • In Science we have started to look at evolution and inheritance; initially we have been discussing the definition of these two terms.
  • In R.E. we have been looking at the lives of ten modern day martyrs and discussed why they were persecuted for the faith. Theses ten martyrs are remembered in Westminster Abbey, with a special façade of statues above the west door, you can see this on their website.

Homework will be given each week, two pieces, maths and literacy. These will be given out on Fridays and due back in on Thursday the following week.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 29th October

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we are continuing to read our books Street Child and Cogheart. We are enjoying reading both books in parallel, using them to support our teaching of reading, writing, grammar, spelling and punctuation. This week we discussed the main protagonists in both book s and in preparation for our own short story we have created our own main character. We are starting to look at story mapping to help us as we start to plan out own story.
  • In Maths we have been consolidated work on the written formal method of long division. We have using these skills to reason and problem solve. We have also started to look at common multiples and factors.
  • In Art we are finishing painting portraits of a king or queen by observing different portraits of Victoria and Albert; enlarging and creating our own versions. When these are finished we will create the V&A gallery. Some of the children are painting other famous Victorians.
  • In R.E. we have been looking at ten modern martyrs as depicted above the west door of Westminster Abbey, The children have worked in groups to study one and they are presenting their findings back to the class.
  • In P.E. we have been using running exercises to prepare for cross-country activities.
  • In Topic we have been looking at the life and inventions of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 15th October

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we are have started our new books Street Child and Cogheart. We are reading both books in parallel, using them to support our teaching of reading, writing, grammar, spelling and punctuation. This week we discussed some of the characters in the opening chapters; we have looked at similarities and differences between them and started to think about our own characters for a story we will write after half term.
  • In Maths we have been working on the written formal methods of long and short division. We have been practising times tables and number bonds, increasing accuracy and speed of recall.
  • In Art we are finishing painting portraits of a king or queen by observing different portraits of Victoria and Albert; enlarging and creating our own versions. When these are finished we will create the V&A gallery. Some of the children are painting other famous Victorians.
  • Year 6 children have also been leading Mrs Wilson’s year 3 children in a mental health workshop talking about worries and what to do about them. This work is being supported by an external organisation. The session is called “Make me smile”, the facilitating organisation is “One-Eighty” – turning lives around.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 8th October

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In Literacy we are have started our new books Street Child and Cogheart. We are reading both books in parallel, using them to support our teaching of reading, writing, grammar, spelling and punctuation. This week we discussed the language used in the opening dialogue of Street Child, “slang” compared to standard formal English. We have also played around with the atmosphere of an extract turning it from a negative one to positive. Using Cogheart we have discussed how authors hook us into the story and have used the text for comprehension activities.
  • In Maths we have been working on the written formal method of long multiplication and we have been problem solving using the method.
  • In Art we are finishing painting portraits of a king or queen by observing different portraits of Victoria and Albert; enlarging and creating our own versions. When these are finished we will create the V&A gallery. Some of the children are painting other famous Victorians.

Homework will be given each week, two pieces, maths and literacy. These will be given out on Fridays and due back in on Thursday the following week.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home; it would be great if the children could bring them in to add to our Victorian display.

Week Commencing – 1st October

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we have started to read the novels that we will be studying up until Christmas: Street Child and Cogheart. The children seem to be captivated already by both books. We will be linking our grammar and writing to these texts and the children will become quite immersed in the process. In grammar we have been continuing to push capital letters, full stops and commas – key to sentence construction and flow within paragraphs.
  • In Maths we have practised using the formal written methods of addition and subtraction using whole numbers and decimals.
  • In Art we are learning how to paint portraits of a king or queen by observing different portraits of Victoria and Albert; enlarging and creating our own versions. When these are finished we will create the V&A gallery. Some of the children are painting other famous Victorians.
  • In Topic lessons we are looking at famous Victorians; this will be our focus for the next two weeks. We have started by looking at Doctor Barnardo, who links to our English book “Street Child”, followed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the great engineer.
  • In R.E. we continue to discuss the question: “Are saints encouraging role models?” The children are enjoying this through researching St Francis of Assissi and others of their own choice.

Homework will be given each week covering maths, literacy and spelling. These will be given out on Fridays and due back in on Thursday the following week. We will include a homework grid for our topic which can be used as an optional extra homework or to supplement maths and English.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home, be brought into school by the children to show and add to our Victorian displays.

Week Commencing – 24th September

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English the children have been writing descriptive settings using a Victorian picture stimulus. We have discussed targets for year 6 whilst refining and editing our work using self, peer and teacher assessment. The children have also had a first attempt at completing timed SATs papers, allowing them to become familiar with what to expect.
  • In Maths we have practised using negative numbers in context: above and below, positive and negative, temperatures and money (credit and overdraft). We have also started to revise formal written methods of addition and subtraction, which will continue next week, as we start to wrestle with the four operations of: addition, subtraction, multiplying and dividing. Similarly, with English, the children have attempted timed SATs papers, allowing them to become familiar with what to expect.
  • In Art we are learning how to paint portraits of a king or queen by observing different portraits of Victoria and Albert; enlarging and creating our own versions. When these are finished we will create the V&A gallery. Some of the children are painting other famous Victorians.
  • In Topic lessons we have looked at inventions in the Victorian times. We have been amazed by the inventiveness of that generation, and the engineering feats achieved by famous Victorians; we will be continuing our studies looking at these famous people.
  • In R.E. we continue to discuss the question: “Are saints encouraging role models?” The children are enjoying this through researching patron saints of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Homework will be given each week covering maths, literacy and spelling. These will be given out on Fridays and due back in on Thursday the following week. We will include a homework grid for our topic which can be used as an optional extra homework or to supplement maths and English.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home, be brought into school by the children to show and add to our Victorian displays.

Thank you also for cakes and biscuits galore!

Week Commencing – 17th September

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  • In English we are enjoying our topic, the Victorians. This week we have been learning about Charlies Dickens. The children have been reading extracts from some of his most famous books; they have drawn pictures to reflect the characters they have encountered. We have also been answering reading comprehension questions on Oliver Twist and will end the week writing our own descriptive setting passage in the style of the author.
  • In maths we have been rounding numbers up to 10,000,000. Using our knowledge of place value, we have been solving problems and finding out how to round to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000, 100000, 1000000. We have also looked at negative numbers.
  • In art we will be learning how to paint portraits of a king or queen by observing different portraits of Victoria and Albert; enlarging and creating our own versions. When these are finished we will create the V&A gallery.
  • In topic lessons we have looked at timelines, famous Victorians and the factors which led up to the Industrial Revolution.
  • In R.E. we have started to discuss the question: “Are saints encouraging role models?”.

Homework will be given each week covering maths, literacy and spelling. These will be given out on Fridays and due back in on Thursday the following week. We will include a homework grid for our topic which can be used as an optional extra homework or to supplement maths and English.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home, be brought into school by the children to show and add to our Victorian displays.

Week Commencing – 10th September

In Year 6 the children have been learning about:-

  •  In English we are have started our topic, the Victorians. This week we have been learning about the era through studying Queen Victoria’s reign. The children have been researching her life and the great changes that took place during her reign; they have created and published information leaflets working in pairs. The classes have also completed a reading comprehension paper on Queen Victoria to develop their skills at reading and answering questions on the text.
  • In Maths we have been reading, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000. Using our knowledge of place value, we have been solving problems and finding the number that sits half way between two other numbers. We have been securing the use of number lines to help solve these problems. Next we will move onto negative numbers and how they work when ordering, adding and subtracting.
  • In art we will be learning how to paint portraits of a king or queen by observing different portraits of Victoria and Albert; enlarging and creating our own versions. When these are finished we will create the V&A gallery.
  • In R.E. we have started to discuss the question: “Are saints encouraging role models?”

Homework will be given each week covering maths, literacy and spelling. These will be given out on Fridays and due back in on Thursday the following week. We will include a homework grid for our topic which can be used as an optional extra homework or to supplement maths and English.

Thank you for your help and support at home. We would appreciate any Victorian artefacts that you may have at home, be brought into school by the children to show and add to our Victorian displays.

 


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