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We have had a wonderful last-half of the week where the children quickly picked-up where they left off two weeks ago! We are really happy that everyone is safe and well.
Christmas Jumper day was good fun and we are looking forward to getting more into the Christmas spirit next week!
Monday 14th December: Children will need to bring a packed lunch today as the hall is being used by KS1 for their Christmas Dinners.
Tuesday 15th December: Christmas lunch and STEM Day in Year 6.
Hello Year 6 pupils and parents
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The Year 6 Team
The children this week have been thinking about the power of the media in a range of different ways.
We have been unpicking aspects of recent speeches given by Joe Biden and how his message of peace and unity relates to the ideals of our Creation Unit in RE – this has been an interesting exercise and the children enjoyed applying their Creation knowledge to current, real-world issues. On top of this, Year 6 have written a persuasive letter to the BBC requesting that more documentaries and television programmes reveal wolves in a more positive light. Again, this has been an enriching process where the children have acquired new subject-specific knowledge about wolves. Their composition and output has really ramped up!
Children have continued to develop their sending and receiving skills in netball, practising ‘the pivot’ to orientate their position better before passing. The girls certainly ‘out pivoted’ the boys this week!
- There are still a couple of weeks until the reading passports are due in. Get stuck into it!
- It has been great to see what children have been reading at home through their on-going book reviews – keep aiming to complete a review every two weeks.
- Ideally, children should be making their way through their second ‘must read book’ of the year (out of six books)
- If you have yet to book your virtual parents evening slot, remember to!
Have a good weekend,
The Year 6 Team
Having had a lovely (if slightly wet!) half-term break, the children settled down into their learning without a break in their stride from last term.
This week we have learnt how we can use factors to help with dividing by two digit numbers. For example, 388 divided by 12 can be solved by first dividing by 3 and then dividing the answer by 4. Have a go yourself – it really is very efficient. Next week we will be learning ‘old school’ long division. It may help to have a reminder of this method here
In our English learning we have been generating reasoned arguments to put in a letter to the BBC to encourage them to portray wolves in a more positive light.
Next week we were looking forward to listening to Debbie from the Waterlooville Foodbank and asking her some questions around their work. Unfortunately this can no longer happen but we have emailed her them instead and are looking forward to her responses.
We finished this week by taking a detailed look at the role of women in Ancient Greece, comparing their lives to those of modern women. This provoked some excellent discussion around what is ‘normal’ for women in today’s society and some outrage at the way in which Greek ladies were generally tied to the home!
Please can all children continue to practise their times tables and related division facts. The lockdown period definitel impacted the recall of these.
The ‘Autumn Reading Challenge’ is still ongoing. Well done to Caitlin Meechan for completing hers this week.
Have a lovely, restful weekend.
The Year 6 team.
After a really productive final week of term, we are all very much looking forward to some time at home to recharge and come back stronger in Autumn 2!
Our English learning this week was woven into our grammar studies where the children honed their skills in unpicking word, phrase and clause choices of the writer. It culminated in them independently writing a non-chronological report on wolves, where new facts were learned such as the fact that a wolf’s howl can be heard up to ten kilometers away.
Finalising our study of Creation in RE, the children have been thinking about whether it is easy to be a person of God. Unfortunately there are many problems and conflicts affecting the world, with many of God’s people making sacrifices to try and address these. The Year 6 children went on to think about who else could help make a difference and what they themselves could do.
This links nicely into a pupil driven project we will be undertaking in November to collect foodstuffs and monetary donations for the Waterlooville Foodbank. More information will follow when the children have prepared it.
The major focus in maths this week has been to secure a formal method for multiplying a four digit number by a two digit number. Great progress has been made and we would encourage all Year 6 children to keep dedicating ten minutes a day to pracise recall of their number facts on Sumdog and TTRockstars.
Peter Ashley Centre trip
Tuesday 10.11.20 (6Land) and Wednesday 11.11.20 (6Pratley)
Please make sure you have paid and completed the form which was sent out via parentmail.
All children will require a packed lunch on this day.
A great time was had by all on Tuesday during our Harry Potter day of learning! The young wizards really stepped-up their efforts with a fantastic array of costumes and their efforts during the day. Dumbledore and Hagrid really hope they enjoyed it…
As you would expect, much of our English work revolved around a scene from Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone and the children loved watching the opening forty minutes of the film.
We have moved onto refining our skills in multiplication and division this week, where the children have tackled real-life problems and they have considered how drawing a table can help them see a pattern in the problem. Of course , knowing your number facts is a real help for these types of problems – please encourage and make time for your children to practise these as part of their home learning.
TTRockstars is a great resource – maybe you could challenege one-another!
Plans have been finalised for a morning of adventurous activities at The Peter Ashley Centre. A Parentmail has been sent with full details. If you need further information, do contact the school office.
Have a great weekend!
The Year 6 Team
What a wet week! Torential rain stopped play on Tuesday afternoon during PE, which was a shame as the children were collecting data using the school’s Garmin GPS watches to be able to input it for their computing lessons later in the term. Therefore, we will have a longer PE session this Tuesday afternoon.
Writing this week has finished off studying Narnia and the children have thoroughly enjoyed writing from Lucy’s viewpoint as she explored the wardrobe and the winter wonderland. This learning will prepare and heighten their senses for Harry Potter week next week. Tuesday is Harry Potter dress-up day where children are encouraged to dress-up as a character from the film series. This is NOT mandatory however. Please be aware that they will be doing PE in their outfits, so trainers are best suited for the day.
Do ask your child to explain ‘Stefan’s Method’ for subtraction to you – they have been applying this nifty strategy to their maths this week.
Please keep up with the reading passport challenge and book reviews to help with your child’s self-reflection of their text. It has been great to see so many of the ‘must read’ books gracing the children’s tables. Keep it up!
Have a restful weekend.
The Year 6 Team
What a busy week! The children have started to settle into the learning pattern of the week and their new learning environment. We have finished our first mini-unit in English and we are now practising our skills in some writing based on ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C S Lewis. This will be followed quickly by another piece based on ‘Harry Potter’. These units will focus on developing the children’s control and use of a range of clauses within sentences and their precision within this. Hopefully they will be fired up by the settings that are revealed.
The children enjoyed their PE this week where they played football in small teams and focused on their spatial awareness and the pitch around them. By the end, they looked ready for the England Team!
In maths we are coming to the end of our unit on number and place value, and have been developing our skills in rounding and using negative numbers in context.
It has been good to see so many children in possession of the ‘Reading Passport’ books and the ‘Must Reads’. We have been fortunate enough to have Mrs Porter, the school librarian, visit our classes each week to enable children to take out books of interest. She has also been inspiring us with classic tales such as ‘The Lady of Shalott’. Great intonation Mrs P!
We are looking forward to the Year 6 Mass with Father Jeremy next Tuesday.
Please keep encouraging your children with the home learning tasks. These are marked in class every Friday and should be in school on that day (or before).
Have an enjoyable weekend.
The Year 6 Team