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.
In English we have been studying Macbeth. We started by rewriting the opening to Macbeth using descriptive language. Last week we explored Macbeth’s struggle over whether or not to kill King Duncan and wrote this as a soliloquy.
In maths we have started a bridging unit on algebra and have been looking at function machines.
Today we started rehearsals for our production – Pirates of the Curry Bean. Thank you to everyone who has been learning (and helping to learn!) the lines.
Well done to everyone for surviving a very wet bivvy!
In maths Year 6 have recently covered ratio, circles and adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. We will now look at word problems.
In English we have written a variety of work based on our Wales trip and looked at autobiographical writing by Roald Dahl and Gerald Durrell. We have just begun a book study on Hollow Earth by J. and C. Barrowman.
We are continuing to make our fairground rides.
Year 6 in The Brecon Beacons on PhotoPeach
On the 6th January year 6 had a wonderful trip to the marvellous INTECH in Winchester. First they went into the marquee where we put our bags and coats. We then went off to do our own thing. There where lots of activities including The Colon Café where you had to feel poo, a skydiving bit where you put men with parachutes on a fan and they flew up and a mind ball where you controlled a ball with your brain. After lunch we went into the best bit: the planetarium! We sat down and after a few minutes the movie started. It was so cool! We looked at constellations we would have seen that night. We then focused on the planets. Who knew Jupiter had 63 moons! Overall the trip was very exiting with lots to see and do and I would definitely recommend going there.
Way Home by Libby Hathorn was used as a source for writing. We finished the newspaper report on flying toads.
We have been learning to convert measures and use a protractor to draw and measure angles.
The children have finished their hand puppets, Greek monster masks and we have concluded our Greek topic.
We have not given the children homework, but expect them to continue to read and practice their times tables over the break. Have a great Christmas!