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Jaguars & Pumas (Year 6)

Teachers: Mrs Clark, Mrs Bone

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Jenner, Mrs Middlebrooke, Miss Clapp

Year 6 Summer Term

What a busy term we’ve had! With SATs out of the way, we are focusing on completing different pieces of writing before our final assessments. There is still a lot of fun to come, including: the London trip, the production and transition day (not to say we don’t love Mrs Clark and Mrs Bone but it is exciting to go and visit our new schools!) - With all of these events to come it’s going to be a great end of term but we have still had a brilliant term so far!

 

After finishing our extinct creature’s topic, our new one is about the Highwayman poem by Alfred Noyes, and we enjoyed making stop-motion animations based on the poem. After completing the challenges, we were introduced to our new geography topic, Ready Set Go! More about the topic will be revealed.

 

In other subjects we have focused on preparing for SATs. In literacy, we have focused on PEE (point, explanation, evidence) and have been reading texts and understanding different mark schemes. In maths, we’ve been revising our arithmetic knowledge and skills and how to apply our knowledge when answering questions in context.

 

As most of you parents know, we have had- and will have- lots of things coming up. Our day at Haven Banks was a fun time getting soaking wet and helped us get over SATs. Speaking of SATs, it was a stressful but enjoyable week. Without the tests, it was a fun time with free breakfast and extra-long breaks. But enough of that, we have our amazing London trip coming up; packed with experiences and a fun way to end the time we’ve spent at St Michaels (Wow, how those years have flown by!).

 

By Sandy and Ollie

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Year 6 Spring Term

Since Christmas, we have been studying our new topic: ‘Why do some creatures no longer exist?’ We started this by receiving a letter from Sir David Attenborough, asking Mrs Bone to make an audition tape to replace him in his retirement. Because of her love for teaching, she handed it over to us! In small groups, we created green screen movies about the sabre-toothed tiger, including lots of facts and the use of a script. In independent learning, we launched our new quest by being given an extinct animal to base our research and challenges on. In class, we built amazing re-constructions of our animals, using newspaper and modrock.

 

In RE, our key question is, ‘Is anything eternal?’ and we have been focusing on these questions: ‘What has lasted my lifetime so far? What do I think will last forever? What do I wish would last forever?’

 

During our literacy lessons, we have been focusing on a book called ‘Survival at 40°c above.’ We have learnt a section of the book by heart, by using a story map and then performed it to the class. We have used it as inspiration to write a chronological report using similar language. As a class, we have started identifying cohesive devices, subordinate conjunctions and expanded noun phrases. During SPAG, we have been looking at subordinate conjunctions and coordinating conjunctions. We have remembered our coordinating conjunctions by: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet and So. Which spells FANBOYS.

 

In Maths, we have been looking at converting between decimals, fractions and percentages. As well as finding a fraction of a number. You do this by dividing the number you start with by the fraction, e.g. find 5/6 of 60. So, you divide 60 by 6 which equals 10. Now you need to find 5/6 so you multiply 10 by 5 and your answer is 50 . We have also been learning to, add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.

 

By Kimberley and Thea

Autumn 2016

We have had a fantastic start to year 6! On the first day we transformed our inspiration corners into Space Rockets and launched into Space! This started our Space topic and during our independent learning sessions we are investigating many different aspects of Space through science, literacy and art and design. One activity we have done is work in small groups to research, plan and film mini movies about how the Earth and Moon move in Space. We had a lot of fun making these and really enjoyed sharing our movies with year 1!

In Literacy we watched the Disney Pixar short animation, ‘La Luna’ and are currently in the process of writing our own versions of the story focusing on using speech and description of actions to show characterisation. To help us practise writing to show different characteristics we used a Padlet. We wrote a short paragraph in pairs and then Mrs Bone’s old school went online and guessed which characteristics we were writing about. It was really fun watching  their responses appear on the screen! You can look at our Padlet by clicking here

In Maths we have started the year by revising and extending our place value knowledge. We have been reading, writing, ordering and rounding numbers up to 10,000,000 as well as multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We are also working with decimals and negative numbers. Next we will be investigating different units of measurement and converting between them.

Very soon we have the wonderful Handlebards, a travelling Shakespeare theatre company, coming in to perform Romeo and Juliet for us and just before half term we will be going on a trip to @Bristol to finish our Space topic.

Mrs Clark and Mrs Bone

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