Our last week of this half term has been busy as usual. Although we having been moving towards half term, some great learning has taken place in Maths and English.
In Maths, we have been working hard on fractions, decimals and percentages and exloring the relationship between these concepts across different areas of Maths. The children have also been calculating fractions and applying this learning to solve fraction multi-step word problems. They have been working so hard to improve this area of Maths and it has been so lovely to see how proud the children are feeling because of all their effort.
Today we concluded our English unit on Shaun Tan’s ‘The Arrival’ with some stunning diary writing. We have been focusing on developing sentence structure in our descriptive writing. The children have been working hard to write from the point of view of the main protagonist using a variety of sentences for effect. As a year 6 team, we are very proud of what the children wrote in terms of both quality and quantity. A great way to end our half term in English.
In our library session today, Mrs D introduced the Year 6 children to a new reading incentive they will be taking part in from next half term. Ask your child to explain it to you. More details to follow after half term.
Thank you to all of those parents who attended the SATs meeting on Wednesday. If you didn’t, the children will be bringing home today a letter about the SATs arrangements in May, a memory stick with study information on, a SPAG mat for revision, a list of suggested revision websites, Year 5/6 spellings and finally, a copy of a SATs arithmetic paper.
Can we remind you that Mock SATs will take place from Monday 27th February – Friday 3rd March. We are aware that a half term holiday is a chance for you to enjoy time as a family having fun, however we have set Maths homework online and reading on Bug Club if you feel your child would welcome an opportunity to keep their learning momentum up for their return to school. If you feel you would like to help prepare your child for the Mock SATs, then thank you in advance.
We wish you all a very happy half term.
Year 6 Team
During this week in English we have been continuing our writing around Shaun Tan’s ‘The Arrival’ and the children have been using drama to inspire writing from a first person account about immigration and refugees. The emotive language used in their writing was incredibly empathatic and thoughtful. We will explore this further next week with diary writing.
In Maths, we have been continuing to look at key skills and strategies to solve multi-step problems as well as focus on recall of times table knowledge. Further practise sheets will come home on Monday for key times tables that the children have identified for target practise. Next week we will be focusing on the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages through measures.
A big thank you for the four year 6 children who, along with year 5 children, attended the Primary Maths Challenge event at Oaklands this week. The team reported that they had enjoyed the challenges and had to work harder for some of them!! They represented St Peter’s beautifully.
Reminder: Wednesday 15th February at 5pm – SATs meeting for Year 6
Have a lovley weekend.
Year 6 Team
This week we have been sharing the results of the recent mock – SATs with the children. We felt this was an important process for the children and in many cases were asked by the children to see what they had personally achieved. We looked at the three maths papers, the reading paper, the punctuation and grammar paper and the spelling paper. The children had the opportunity to review their work, attempt corrections and analyse which areas needed development in order to set personal learning targets. These targets will be worked on in the coming weeks to consolidate any remaining misconceptions.
Please ask your children to share their analysis with you and encourage them to practise at home to consolidate their learning.
Key areas for consideration:
- Daily reading – reading a range of non-fiction, fiction and poetry to develop vocabulary and sentence structure as well as creative thinking.
- Practising challenging key maths areas – Formal written methods in addition, subtraction, division, multiplication (times tables upto 12×12), fractions, measures, time and multi-step problems.
- Written work – editing for correct punctuation, effective language choices and correct spelling (key words as well as Year 5 and 6 words). Using a variety of sentence structures to include subordinate and relative clauses.
A SATs meeting will take place on Wednesday 15th February at 5pm for you to ask any further questions you may have at this time. A letter will be sent out early next week with specific details.
Could we also do a repeated plea for any empty shoe boxes, as soon as possible, for our upcoming science project.
As you were made aware yesterday by letter, Mrs Turner suffered the unexpected and tragic loss of her husband on Wednesday. All of the St Peter’s community have sent prayers, love and good wishes to her. The children each made personal cards for her today which were delivered to her this afternoon. She, her husband and their family have been remembered in our prayers at St Peter’s and I am sure will also be remembered in yours.
Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 6 Team