Menu
Translate

Year 6 Blog

Week beginning 12th February

As we enter the final week before half term, we would like to say how proud we are of all of the children. They have really been exerting themselves over the past few weeks and making a concerted effort to progress in their learning. 

The children will be coming home with two practice papers this week to complete over the half term. It is really important that the children try to get these done as they will further support them in their SATs. The children can return them to school on the first Monday back to be marked.

In Maths, we have started our percentages unit and will soon be finding percentages of amounts.

In Literacy, we have been continuing looking our flashback story "The Kidnap" and will soon be writing our own version. We have been focusing on writing for suspense by using short sentences, personficiaton and effective vocabulary.

In theme, we have started writing a discussion text titled "Should rainforest deforestation be banned?" We have look at the pros and cons of this argument and the children have enjoyed taking part in a healthy debate.

A quick note: New homework will be uploaded onto SATs Companion for after half term. Children are expected to have completed a piece each Thursday.

We hope you have a lovely half term!

Week beginning 29th January

Wow! What a week! We have had an unbelievable amount of aspiration and resilience demonstrated by all pupils in Year 6 this week, as we have completed another round of practise assessments! A huge WELL DONE to every single pupil for working so very hard! We are proud of you!

Although we have gone through some of the papers, there are some papers awaiting to be worked through- we will do this next week!

In Science this week, we learnt about classifying animals and plants, including identifying the features of each of the 5 main groups of vertebrates- mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. Be sure to ask your child to teach you about these and possibly even fascinate you with an interesting fact they learnt through some of their research.

In Theme, we continued our learning about the Rainforest, recapping on the different layers within a rainforest and finding out about how human activity impacts these beautiful areas of our world. Within our discussions, we considered reasons why deforestation might occur and spent a lot of time debating these.

In Art, we completed a piece of work for the school’s Book Week competition and created an illustration based on our favourite book. There some excellent pieces of work!

 

Week beginning 15th January

Another busy week in Year 6!

At the start of this term, the children started in their new maths classes. They have settled in so well to their new groups and have enjoyed working with children that they may not usually work with. The focus this week has been finishing our fractions units and starting units of measurement. The children have practised converting units of measure by multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. 

In Literacy, the children finished off their retelling of "The Present." We were so proud of the their wriitng and they particularly excelled themselves in using new and ambitious vocabulary.

In Geography on Thursday, the childen looked at atlases to locate the largest rainforests in the world. They also learnt about the tropic of cancer and capricorn and identified them on their own maps.

Next week, a letter will be given to each child detailing their current progress and their individual targets. There is also a SATs parents meeting on Wednesday 24th January at 6pm in the school hall. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible! 

We hope you have a lovely weekend. 

 

Week beginning 8th January

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a joyful Christmas and a nice break from the everyday routines.

It was so lovely to welcome the Year 6 children back to school on Monday; they were all very excited to be back with their friends and the rest of the school community!

The classes have started the new term with a great attitude towards their learning. They began the week with a special assembly about school expectations and what rewards they can achieve when they are proud of their learning.

In Maths we have learned how to add and subtract improper fractions with different denominators. We also have used the KCF (keep, change, flip) method to divide fractions. We have explained to the children that the more they practice the easier it gets to solve sums with fractions. A good start is always Sats companion.

In Literacy we watched the short movie “The Present”. We have concentrated on ambitious vocabulary: adjectives – to describe the main characters, the boy and the dog and adverbials – to describe the actions of characters in order for us to make our descriptions interesting for the reader.

Theme this term is going to be about The Rainforest. Children have had a very interesting and full or surprises first lesson where they had to guess some items that were placed by Miss Wadmore in black bags. All of them we found out come from plants of items that can be found in the Rainforest.

PE this half term is netball, and it will happen outside. We ask parents to make sure children have appropriate clothing and layers during this cold weather.

Home Learning  

Attached below, is a reminder of expectations for homework. Children only need to complete one task as a minimum, but they can choose to complete more if they wish. Homework is due on Fridays.

Sats Companion

  • Once a week: Friday to Friday.  
  • Tasks to be completed online.
  • Tasks will always follow the learning happening in class.

Times Tables Rock Stars  

Practice your times tables and division for at least 10 min every day.

Reading

Reading should happen everyday for at least 20 minutes. Adults can help children by asking questions like:

 

Retrieval questions:

Explain three things you are told about ……

Give two reasons why ….. was …..

Summarise the events in chapter….

What does (group of words) mean?

What does the word …… suggest about …..?

What was revealed at ……. place in the story?

Which word most closely matches the meaning of the word ……?

 

Inference Questions:

How can you tell that …?

What impressions of ……… do you get from these two paragraphs?

What evidence is there to tell you that ….?

According to the text, how did ….. happen?

Why does/did …. do this?

What are three ways that …… shows that …..?

What does this sentence/paragraph tell you about the character?

Predict what might happen next. Prediction questions will always ask

children to justify their answers, using evidence from the text.

 

 Reminder to ensure:  

  • Children are wearing the correct school uniform and shoes
  • Children have their PE kit every week.
  • Children are bringing in their water bottles.
  • Coats are being worn to school.

Thank you

 

Week beginning 4th of December

We had a great week in year 6 cooking, singing carols and decorating our doors and Christmas trees.

In Maths we have started our unit on Fractions. We have reminded ourselves of important vocabulary like numerator and denominator and used fraction walls to help us understand equivalent fractions and how to simplify fractions efficiently. 

In Literacy we have designed our own gadgets and started writing persuasive texts about them.  Next week the children will have to pitch them to our own Dragon Den, Mrs Armstrong.

Our  Holocaust Theme lesson this week was very emotional. The lesson has  started with separating the children based on different traits and being treated unfairly based on these traits.  Children have demonstrated maturity when talking about Holocaust and meaningful conversations about race, gender, religion have taken place. 

Our D&T lesson was the highlight of the week. We used our maths skills to adapt a bread recipe, to weigh dry ingredients and measure liquids.  

The bread rolls were a success and we can see we have some really good candidates for "The Great British Bake Off" competition.

As usual, our weekly reminders to children are to continue to do the following tasks at home to support their learning at school:

Read at least 20-30 minutes per day. Please try to give the children time to
read with an adult aloud
Practise your Times tables using Times Table Rockstars or other online
games. This knowledge is crucial to apply to so many areas within Maths.
Please continue to use SATs Companion to complete homework tasks but also
to complete tasks in the ‘Practise Section’. There are excellent videos that
remind children about their chosen topic before they can try out some
questions for themselves.

We hope you all have a restful and relaxing weekend!

 

 

Week beginning 27th November

We’ve had another super week in Year 6!

In Literacy, we have continued learning our model text- The Multi-Function Mobile Phone - be sure to ask the children all about it! This week we focused on ‘Reading as a Writer’, identifying and evaluating types of language and their specific effect on the reader. In Maths, we have spent time going back through our recent assessments, identifying mistakes and correcting them. This has been truly beneficial for the children. In Science, the children created their own enquiry questions, which they then investigated, recording observations and making conclusions based on their results.

In Theme, we learnt about events that led to the end of World War 2. We used a map of Europe to identify where the Allies were placed and what happened to lead to victory. We then spent time researching different medals that were given to soldiers, service members and women to acknowledge their sheer commitment and achievements during the war. 

Finally, we finished the week with a bang! On Thursday, we enjoyed a phenomenal Times Table Rockstars Launch day. Our day began with a thrilling showdown between four children in UKS2, which, of course, included two of our many super Mathematicians- Ethan Bennett and Ibrahim Abbasi. A massive shout out to you both for working so speedily with such a big audience. A HUGE congratulations to Ethan for coming first and Ibrahim for coming third- you absolutely smashed it you Rock Heroes!

As usual, our weekly reminders to children are to continue to do the following tasks at home to support their learning at school:

  • Read at least 20-30 minutes per day. Please try to give the children time to read with an adult aloud

  • Practise your Times tables using Times Table Rockstars or other online games. This knowledge is crucial to apply to so many areas within Maths.

  • Please continue to use SATs Companion to complete homework tasks but also to complete tasks in the ‘Practise Section’. There are excellent videos that remind children about their chosen topic before they can try out some questions for themselves.

 

Week beginning 20th November

Back to normal this week in Year 6. We are so proud of the resilience that the children demonstrated last week in their assessments. We will be sharing their results with them next week.

In Maths, we have been revising some key concepts that were identified by last week's assessments. We have been embedding these concepts, such as BIDMAS, by playing card games and bingo!

In Literacy, we have been looking at a model text all about a 'Multi-functioning Mobile Phone' - the perfect accessory for any spy! The children have been drawing a story map for the text ready to learn the text off by heart next week.

In Guided Reading, we have continued reading 'The Boy in Striped Pyjamas." The book has elicited some excellent conversations between the children who have thoughtfully discussed some very mature subjects.

A gentle reminder that Thursday 30th December is our TT Rockstars relaunch day. Children are invited to dress up as a rockstar for the day and they are encouraged to access TT Rockstars for home to see if they can become one of the top 4 children on the leaderboard.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend.

 

Week beginning 13th November

What a fantastic week we’ve had, although challenging too! Let’s start by saying a
HUGE congratulations to each and every one of the students for demonstrating such
positive attitudes towards their Autumn 2 Assessments. We are so proud of the
resilience and responsibility shown by our wonderful year 6 cohort this week. You
superstars!

Literacy and Maths may have been consumed by our assessments, but in Guided
Reading we have continued to enjoy reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas which
has evoked such deep discussions and curiosity.

In Theme, we learnt about Operation Dynamo- The Battle of Dunkirk- and its
importance in the timeline of events in World War 2. In Science this week, we
continued our learning about Electricity with a focus on electrical circuits, in
particular specific electrical components and their symbols. During Design &
Technology this week, we learnt about whole foods and how these can be used to
create healthier choices when cooking at home. The children made a Fresh Tomato
Pasta sauce, which involved lots of chopping, stirring and of course, tasting! It is fair
to say, this might have been the highlight of some student’s learning this week.
There were many children who wanted copies of the recipe- so be warned-
tomatoes, garlic and onions might be on your shopping list this weekend!
Other important aspects of our learning this week have been on the festival of Diwali
and recognising Anti-Bullying Week.

As usual, our weekly reminders to children are to continue to do the following tasks
at home to support their learning at school:

ï‚· Read at least 20-30 minutes per day. Please try to give the children time to
read with an adult aloud
ï‚· Practise your Times tables using Times Table Rockstars or other online
games. This knowledge is crucial to apply to so many areas within Maths.
ï‚· Please continue to use SATs Companion to complete homework tasks but also
to complete tasks in the ‘Practise Section’. There are excellent videos that
remind children about their chosen topic before they can try out some
questions for themselves.

We hope you all have a restful and relaxing weekend!

 

Week begining 6th of November

In Literacy, we developed our 500-word stories for the BBC 500 word competition. We looked at what type of vocabulary makes a great setting and character description; different story endings and what story starter will be more effective to make it more interesting for the reader.

In Maths we have learned and practiced the BODMAS (order of operations method). 

In Science, we have learned about the history of electricity and have created interesting fact files about scientists that have had great contributions in developing.

In Theme we used atlases to locate on the map the most affected cities in UK during The Blitz and have completed an Air Raid precaution card warning a family about not respecting the rules during the blackout. We have also assessed and completed a Warden report about the damage and destruction Jupiter School has sustained during a German air raid.

 

A gentle reminder that the children should be completing one task OR test on SATs Companion each week for their homework. If they do not have access to a computer, please encourage them to talk to us and they will be given a hardcopy to complete.

 

Week beginning 30th October

 

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term. We have started the new half term off with a challenge - long division! The children have been working really hard at it and, despite it being tricky, have made great progress.

In Literacy, we have started looking at a persuasive text all about super gadgets! The children will be learning the text and in three weeks time, writing their own persusive text about a gadget that they have designed.

We have started looking at electricity in science and our first lesson was all about staying safe around electricity. I wonder if the children can remember what an electrical conductor is and give an example of one?

We are continuing to look at WW2 in our history lessons and learnt about The Battle of Britain this week. The children wrote a diary entry in the perspective of an RAF pilot involved in a "dog fight." The children are finishing off their evacuation letters today so keep your eyes peeled for those next week!

A gentle reminder that the children should be completing one task OR test on SATs Companion each week for their homework. As this is the first week back, the children have been given an extension to hand in their first piece. It is due on Monday 6th November.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Week beginning 16th October


Year 6 have finished the first half-term with our most exciting week yet!
During Literacy, we focused on grammar skills- conjunctions and expanded noun
phrases! In Maths, we have learnt about different types of angles and have practised
measuring and calculating these. In Science, we finished our Animals including
humans unit of work, with a lesson about the impact drugs and alcohol have on the
human body.

But, probably the most exciting part of our week was our World War 2 Theme Day
on Wednesday. Firstly, a big well done to everyone for their fantastic effort dressing
up for the day. It was lovely to see such a wide variety of costumes, from evacuees
to RAF pilots, to carrier pigeons!

We began the day by designing and making our own mini Anderson Shelters. These
are awesome- well done everyone! The ultimate test will be when we test the
structures of these with a 1 KG weight after half term! We also spent some of the
morning preparing vegetables for Kim in the kitchen who kindly made a popular
World War 2 dish: Vegetable Hot Pot. In the afternoon, we were lucky enough to
taste the hot pot, which had real mixed reviews! We finished the afternoon by
watching some old news reels that would have been shown in theatres during the
war.

Our World War 2 themed activities continued on Thursday, with a special virtual
workshop with a curator at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London. The
workshop was all about The Blitz and we learnt what roles men and women had
within this time. Our final activity was to write a letter as an evacuee which was a
response to all your super letters you sent in with the children on Wednesday!
Watch this space, as you will receive your letter after half term when the final
changes have been made.

Lastly, we would like to share with you a poem, which Lilly Huse in Wildcats wrote at
home. We thought it was really special and loved this World War inspired piece of
writing! Well done, Lilly!

The Trench
In the trench I stay
Here to fight another day.
Cold and wet I have to feel
My hands are wet and slippery like an eel
Soldiers stand heel to heel
Feeling very very ill

The sound of bombs and guns blast and blow
I bet there’s ammunition down below!
I want to survive, I want to thrive
but to take another man’s life?
I want to hug my little girl
I really miss her for the world
By Lilly Huse, Wildcats

As usual, our weekly reminders to children are to continue to do the following tasks
at home to support their learning at school:

ï‚· Read at least 20-30 minutes per day. Please try to give the children time to
read with an adult aloud
ï‚· Practise your Times tables using Times Table Rockstars or other online
games. This knowledge is crucial to apply to so many areas within Maths.
ï‚· Please continue to use SATs Companion to complete homework tasks but also
to complete tasks in the ‘Practise Section’. There are excellent videos that
remind children about their chosen topic before they can try out some
questions for themselves.
Please note, from next week, our PE days will be changing to Wednesday and
Thursday. Please ensure your children have the correct uniform in their PE Kits.
We hope you all have a wonderful and restful half term. See you back here on
Monday 30th October.

 

 

Week begining 9th of October

 

The children worked so hard this week and we can see them using their growth mindest in every lesson.

In Maths this week we have learned the short division method and how we can divide by using factors of a number to make our maths answers more accurate and faster. We have also used new mathematical language like Quotient and Divisor to explain our answers when trying to solve word problems.

In Literacy we have used our toolkit to write a suspense story. Children have used a range of conjunctions, fronted adverbials, and ambitious vocabulary to make their writing interesting and engaging. They have also worked in pairs to help improve their story and give positive feedback to each other.

In History we have looked at Rationing during WW2 and how the war has changed the way people procured their food and how they had to adapt and grow their own crops using allotments.

In Science we have looked at the link between a healthy diet and a healthy circulatory system.

Well done to all the children for their hard work when using SATs companion, we can see a lot of them showing our school values of being independent and taking responsibility for their own learning.

Next week is our Theme Day on the 18th of October.  We would be very grateful for any recycled materials donations towards our Anderson Shelters projects.

 

Week beginning 2nd October

We have had another brilliant week in Year 6 and the children have been working so hard across all subjects.

In science this week, we have continued to look at the circulatory system and in particular, red blood cells. The children learnt how they travel around our blood vessels and the important role they play in carrying oxygen around our body.

In history, we looked at the jobs that men and women had in World War 2. The children compared the jobs and we discussed the imporance of the roles. They then selected one of the jobs that we looked at and wrote a persuasive job advert.

In Maths, we have been looking at multiples, factors and multiplying using the formal, written method. The children tried really hard and are being encouraged to practise multiplying 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers at home.

In Literacy, we have been looking using verbs and adverbs to create tension ready for writing a suspense story next week!

A gentle reminder that children must have their PE kits in school every day and a labelled water bottle. They must also have the correct PE kit with either a plain white top or a plain top the colour of their house.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

 

Week beginning 25th September

We have had another fantastic week, learning new and interesting things across all
of our subjects.

In our core subjects, we have spent some time working through the SATs papers we
completed last week, identifying, correcting and learning from our mistakes. We
have also focused on addition, subtraction and learnt about common factors. In
Literacy, we returned to our current model text, The Library, and we have been
focusing on evaluating the language features used by RAG rating the text and we
were challenged to ‘crack the code’ to reveal our suspense story toolkit. In Science,
we learnt about Dr Daniel Hale Williams, who was the first African-American surgeon
to perform open-heart surgery. Please ask the children to relay more facts they
learnt in this session!

This week in Theme, we continued our learning about World War 2, focusing on
children during the war and the evacuation process. We imagined we were evacuees
and ‘packed’ our own suitcase with practical and fun things- no tablets or mobile
phones in these cases though!
In Science this week we looked at the human heart and how it works. We labeled a
heart diagram and identified all the veins and arteries. We also talked about the
importance of a healthy diet to keep our heart healthy as well.

As usual, our weekly reminders to children are to continue to do the following tasks
at home to support their learning at school:

ï‚· Read at least 20-30 minutes per day. Please try to give the children time to
read with an adult aloud
ï‚· Practise your Times tables using Times Table Rockstars or other online
games. This knowledge is crucial to apply to so many areas within Maths.
ï‚· Please continue to use SATs Companion to complete homework tasks but also
to complete tasks in the ‘Practise Section’. There are excellent videos that
remind children about their chosen topic before they can try out some
questions for themselves.

Please note, from next week, our PE days will be changing to Wednesday and
Thursday. Please ensure your children have the correct uniform in their PE Kits.
We hope you all have a restful and relaxing weekend as we head into October!

 

 

Week begining 18th of September

 

In Science this week we looked at the human heart and how it works. We labeled a heart diagram and identified all the veins and arteries. We also talked about the importance of a healthy diet to keep our heart healthy as well.

 

In Maths and Literacy we did our first Sats test and the children showed great resilience. Even when they found the questions hard they kept on trying different methods they learnt in class to find the right anwers.  

 

Theme is always a fun lesson because the children are so curious to find out about WW2 history. This week we have learned about how Britain prepared for WW2 and some of the fact files and drawings that the children wrote are amazing.

Times tables are very important for our maths lessons so please remind the children to try and practice as much as possible at home. 

Another important thing they could do at home is read at least 20-30 minutes every day. 

It was lovely to see so many children doing their homework on Sats Companion. They really enjoy the new digital alternative to homework. Please let us know if there is any trouble with loging.

 

 

Week beginning 11th September

Firstly, we would like to start by thanking each and every one of you who attended the PGL meeting yesterday. We really hope that it was useful. 


In school, we started this week with a science lesson all about blood. The children learnt about red and white blood cells, platelets and plasma. They made 'blood smoothies' using raspberries as red blood cells, marshmellows as white blood cells, sprinkles as platelets and tropical juice as plasma. It was delicious!

In Maths, we have continued to look at place value. The children focused on negative numbers and Roman numerals. Children are being encouraged to practise these topics on SATs Companion at home.

In History, we have started our exciting WW2 topic where the children learnt why it started and which countries were first involved. Some children have enjoyed learning about it so much that they have chosen to go home and research extra facts!

The children should now have completed their first activity on SATs Companion this week. Their next one is due next Friday. If it is not completed, then they will be asked to complete it during Friday break time. Please let us know if they have any problems signing on.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

 

Week beginning 4th September

Wow, what a busy (and hot) first week back! The children have settled in so well to Year 6 and have enjoyed getting to know the adults that they will be working with this year. We are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible next Wednesday at 3pm for the 'meet the teacher' event. 

Some key points to remember:

  • PE days are on Wednesdays and Friday
  • Please ensure that children have a labelled water bottle in school every day

Another important date is next Thursday (14th) which will be our PGL meeting from 5pm - 6pm. The children are welcome to come along as those who can come are ready to share what they are most looking forward to!

We hope you have a lovely weekend in the sunshine.

 

Week ending 16th of June

In Maths this week we have started our last project of the year: designing and managing a business- a theme park. Children had to think outside the box and design their own theme park with three distinct areas to accommodate different year groups and to budget for the building of it with a 5-million pounds loan that they got from the teacher’s bank. They discovered that running a business is not as easy as they thought and going over the budget is very easy. The fun will continue next week when they have to start paying wages to their employees and return the loans they got from the banks (with interest of course