These past two weeks have been very busy. The Bikeability course ran for both classes, and in between, we were finding out more about the Ancient Greeks, creating our own Greek monster face masks and finishing our moving mouth hand puppets.
Whilst all this was going on in one class, the other class were writing a recount from a flying toad’s perspective!
(ask your child about the picture book ‘Tuesday’).
In maths, we have been completing our unit on fractions, concentrating on percentages – converting fractions into percentages, and finding percentages of amounts in a variety of contexts.
We will be enjoying the Christmas traditions of Carols around the Tree next Friday, and on Thursday we have our Christmas party. Your child has brought home their invitation. I am sure it will be a fun filled afternoon.
Merry Christmas from all the Year 6 team.
In English we have just completed our advisory texts on how to build a wooden horse and win the Battle of Troy. We have subsequently moved on to looking at the picture book – Tuesday. This week we have been using it to write a descriptive setting and dialogue between three of the toads – Doris, Derek and Hugo. We have been focusing on speech punctuation and integrating action and dialogue to move the story forward.
In maths we have completed our unit on fractions. We have been working on representing problems pictorially using the bar model, and have used cuisenaire rods to support this. We have been learning to order and compare fractions, find equivalent fractions, and add and subtract fractions with different denominators. We will be moving on to percentages next.
Next week is Bikeability for Y6FH and the following week for Y6M so there will be a different structure to our learning over the next couple of weeks. It is also Y6M’s church assembly on Wednesday 5th December, do come along if you can!
Year six have been learning more about the Ancient Greeks and Odysseus’ adventures. Using the story as inspiration, we have been writing our own descriptions of gruesome monsters and improving our descriptive writing with SAS sentences – see if your child can give you an example!
In Maths we have been exploring prime numbers, square and cubed numbers with a variety of mind expanding tasks!
In the last two weeks year 6 have performed to the school and parents in no less than three assemblies! We hope you enjoyed them. We are particularly proud of our pastel art depicting Icarus falling from the too-hot sun.
If that wasn’t enough, we also enjoyed two unseasonally warm days in Captain Phillimore’s Woods.
Have a restful weekend ready for another busy week ahead!
Year 6 Team
In English this week we have been creating information pages on Volcanoes, written from the perspective of a volcano. Each volcano was given its own personality and we were very creative when publishing our pieces of work.
In maths we have been solving logical reasoning problems and have also been learning how to complete sudoku puzzles. At the end of the week we took part in a maths investigation.
In English we have completed our Hollow Earth unit of work. We also watched and discussed The Maker. The children then wrote an imaginary page of the instruction manual.
In maths we have been revising a range of topics to prepare us for our SATs next week.
In English we have been exploring Tuesday by David Wiesner. We started by writing dialogue for the opening section, giving each of our toads a different personality. We then wrote recounts from a toad’s perspective, focusing on making our writing exciting and engaging.
In maths we have been adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers. We then moved on to calculating angles on straight lines, around a point, in triangles and in quadrilaterals.
Our open afternoon will be held on Tuesday at 3pm. We will be sharing our Greek projects and progress with our hand puppets so far.
In English we have been writing about the Trojan War. This included detailed instructions and a choice of writing – diary, play script or suspense.
The children also designed their own Trojan Horse for a competition being judged by Mr White (retired engineer).
In maths we have been learning about factors, multiples and equivalent fractions. We will continue to work on fractions over the next few weeks.
Our English this week has been based around the Battle of Marathon. We explored the battle in detail, looking at different versions of the story. We then learnt about formal writing and used what we had learnt to write a letter of condolence to Pheidippides’ mother. Next week we will be using what we know about the sequence of the battle to write either an informal letter home or a diary entry for King Darius.
Our focus in maths this week has been division using a formal written method. We started by focusing on dividing 3 or more digit numbers by a 1 digit number. Towards the end of the week we moved on to dividing by 2 digit numbers.
In English we are reading the Adventures of Odysseus. This week we have been looking at the features of descriptive and suspense writing. Next week we will be using these skills to write a suspense story based on Odysseus and the Sirens.
In maths we have been focusing on subtraction. We started by looking at mental methods of subtraction and using number lines to calculate change. We have now moved on to formal methods of subtraction, using the column method. We will now use and apply this to problems.
We desperately need parent helpers for the Southampton Art Gallery trip on 2nd November. If you are able to help, please let us know.
In English we have reached the end of Macbeth. We are currently writing a newspaper article reporting the death of Macbeth, the tyrant king, who is killed by Macduff in battle at the end of the play.
In maths we have started a unit on graphs. We are plotting a series of graphs to show the temperature and rainfall in different countries. When we have completed them we will compare and contrast the climates of each.