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More Operations (mathematical ones) and Explanation Texts

12/10/2018 at 15:59

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HOMEWORK – due in on Friday 19th October.

Maths: Calculations and calculations problems – remember BIDMAS!

Spelling: -fer words with suffixes. A spelling test will be administered on Friday 19th October.

In maths this week, children have continued their work on the four operations. The children were introduced to BIDMAS as an acronym to help remember which part of a calculation to do first. Children were then challenged to complete calculations with and without brackets. Later in the week, children were learning how to reason from known facts and make generalisations: I know 4 x 2 = 8 so 4 x 20 must be 80 and 4 x 0.2 must equal 0.8, for example. I was especially impressed that most children were able to solve the following problem:

Explain how you can use the number fact 5, 542 divided by 17 = 326 to find the answer to 18 x 326.

Instead of doing a long multiplication for the latter calculation, children knew the inverse of the first calculation and then simply added 326. Children have also done some work on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.

In literacy, children have completed comprehension questions on Chapter 6 from Kensuke’s Kingdom using their retrieval and inference skills to do so. Children have also identified subordinating and coordinating conjunctions using the acronyms A WHITE BUS and FANBOYS to help distinguish between the different types. Children have also identified the key features of explanation texts in preparation for some writing about earthquakes next week.

In PSHE, children started thinking about what it means to stay out later. The lesson was particularly interesting as the children were taken through a hypothetical situation of walking past a group of strangers whilst on your own: lots of the children imagined the group of strangers to be extremely similar and there were often negative descriptions of the group. We discussed the word stereotyping and in further sessions, we shall talk more about keeping safe when out and about.

In science, children developed their classification skills and applied them to plants and trees to help design a garden centre. In music, children continued to learn the song I’ll Be There and develop their compositions. Next week, these compositions will become formal scores of music – exciting!

 

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The First Practice and Meeting Kensuke

05/10/2018 at 15:36

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HOMEWORK

MATHS: Some consolidation work around calculating intervals across zero. Due in Friday 12th October.

READING: Either an extract from Treasure Island or a non-fiction reading activity on garden birds. Due in Friday 12th October.

This week, the children have completed their first set of practice SATs. The children have completed a Maths SAT (made up of 3 papers), Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (made up of a grammar paper and a spelling test) and a Reading SAT (just one paper but three different texts). The purpose of completing practice SATs is to allow children to become familiar with the different types of questions that will be asked of them as well as getting used to working quickly to a set time. The children will be kept updated with their scores across the course of the year and this is something that will be shared with parents in upcoming parents meetings. Each paper (apart from reading) was marked with the children

We have continued with Times Table Rockstars. Please encourage your child to keep practising; the children who know their times tables are clearly those who are practising the most. 10 minutes a night is absolutely fine and login information is written into each child’s planner.

This week in reading, children have read Chapter 5 and have finally met the mysterious Kensuke. Children used the text to create posters of Kensuke where they listed vocabulary used to describe Kensuke and predicted what Kensuke’s life may have been like up to this point.

In RE, children have looked at the importance of the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh holy book) and in music, children have continued to learn the song I’ll Be There. Children have impressed with their compositions so far; next week, they will use formal notation to write their compositions. Look out for these being shared!

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Different types of numbers and some wonderful writing!

28/09/2018 at 15:37

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Another wonderful week in 6S!

Homework is due on Friday 5th October.

Maths: Finding factors of numbers.

Spelling: Learning words with the suffix able/ible. There will be a test on these words on Friday 5th October.

In maths this week, children have looked at different types of numbers: factors, multiples, prime, square and cube numbers. Children impressed with their ability to work systematically as well as reason and problem solve. Children were challenged to create rhymes and songs to help them recall prime and square numbers which is an expectation of the Year 6 curriculum. I particularly enjoyed this rhyme to learn prime numbers:

2, 3, meet me at the tree.

5, 7, meet me at eleven.

13, 15 just be a queen,

Don’t forget the number 19.

In literacy, children have written a set of instructions including a wide range of literary techniques: time adverbs, conjunctions, semi-colons and expanded noun phrases. I have been especially impressed with the quality of the writing in class as well as children’s ability to work towards writing targets and success criteria.

In music, children continued to learn the song I’ll Be There and next week they shall use glockenspiels to write their own instrumental parts. In RE, children looked at the 10 Gurus of Sikhism and wrote a paragraph about their favourite one using some of the literary techniques mentioned earlier on. In geography, children looked at the effect of different kinds of tectonic plate movement: collision, subduction, separation and sliding.

 

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Charlie at Leeds Children’s Mayor Final

27/09/2018 at 16:52

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Welcome to a live blog tracking the events of the final of the Leeds Children’s Mayor 2018! Charlotte (as she will be called this evening) has been campaigning all summer to be Leeds Children’s Mayor and tonight she, and all of us, will find out the results!

4:15pm We have arrived at Leeds Civic Hall! Charlotte is sat and there are a selection of sandwiches and snacks to enjoy.

4:40pm: Human bingo has been played! All attending were challenged to find different people who had done or liked doing lots of different things. I don’t know anyone who likes smelly cheese but I am wearing socks! Congratulations to Isla – the current Leeds Children’s Mayor – and another one of the twelve finalists who won!

4:53pm: The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds has been welcomed into the room and are currently introducing themselves to all of the candidates. The Lord Mayor’s gold chains weigh approximately 1kg! Imagine carrying that with you wherever you go! No thank you!

5:05pm The official proceedings are about to commence. There will be introductory talks from the Lord Mayor and the departing Children’s Mayor before each of the 12 finalists read their manifesto.

5:09pm: The Lord Mayor has welcomed everybody to the Civic Hall: contestants, parents, siblings and teachers. He has talked about his ‘fancy dress’ and that he cannot wait to find out who has won – he hopes somebody knows because he doesn’t!

Charlotte is very excited and can’t wait to share her magnificent (no bias here) manifesto with the room.

5:11pm The current and departing Children’s Mayor has welcomed and congratulated the finalists. She has enjoyed her time as Children’s Mayor and made some unforgettable memories whilst meeting some amazing, inspirational people.

5:16pm Anna is the first candidate to read their manifesto. Anna’s manifesto is about the promotion and awareness of mental health across the city. Life isn’t fair but Leeds will be is her slogan.

5:19pm: Himmat is the second candidate to share their manifesto. His manifesto wants to encourage children across the city to get to know each other through inter-school art and sport activities.

5:21pm: Here comes Charlotte!!! Her manifesto is all about making music more accessible to young children across the city. Not only music lessons, children would have increased access to musical performances through unsold tickets at theatres and visiting musicians to schools. “Music makes fireworks in my brain,” has inspired the compere to dance. Charlotte’s speech was excellent and she should be extremely proud of all her hard work this summer.

5:26pm Trent, our next candidate, wants to introduce mindfulness to schools to improve talking about emotions amongst young people.

5:29pm Rio wants to tackle racism across the city through posters and videos. Stop. Think. Racism stinks.

5:31pm Asha wants to create a community between the young children and elderly people across the city. Children would enjoy their time and the elderly would have less time alone.

We’re halfway through!!!

5:33pm: A funny story about the children’s robes. They used to be one-sized fits all and would often drown children! Tonight’s winner would have made-to-measure robes – phew!

5:35pm: Lois’ manifesto encourages children and schools to play a role in reducing the amount of plastic by using paper instead to help the environment. Paper over plastic.

5:39pm: Libby would like to encourage young people to eat more healthily as well as introducing the Daily Mile programme across the entire school community of Leeds.

5:42pm: Amy’s manifesto is all about recycling and reusing. Lots of care for the environment amongst the candidates tonight.

5:45pm: There’s a Civic Hall cat! Pick up your food, ladies and gentleman!

5:48pm: Hebrides (who has a cat the same name, colour and size as the compere!) is speaking without her manifesto in front of her. She would like to inspire children to become more eco-friendly.

5:49pm: Two more!

5:51pm: Evie, the penultimate finalist, would to improve the amount of and access to free-to-use community libraries. Increasing access to books, especially away from school, is vital to improve the reading ability of children.

5:54pm The final finalist is here to share her manifesto: Maeva. She wants to help the homeless people of Leeds with food and clothing donations.

5:55pm A huge round of applause for all 12 finalists! What wonderful children we have in our city!

A ten-minute break before the candidates and their families and teachers are led through to the Council chambers for the results! We’re very excited!

6:06pm: The one-minute warning!

6:10pm: The candidates are sat together in the Council chamber which is an oval-shaped room with three rows of orange, leather seats. It is in this room where the councillors of Leeds meet. The councillor for children and families is here tonight: Lisa Mulherrin.

She has been very impressed with all of the wonderful ideas and manifestos of the children. Thank yous are being given to all those who have helped the candidates get to where they are now.

A congratulations is also extended to Isla, the departing Children’s Mayor who has done many wonderful things across the city over the past year.

The final thank-yous are for Leeds Children Services who are leading the way in providing children with opportunities to have an impact on the city.

6:21pm: The results are nearly here! Each candidate has received over 850 votes! What an incredible figure!

6:22pm: The Lord Mayor has been invited to announce the new Leeds Children’s Mayor.

6:23pm: The Lord Mayor is keeping us on tenterhooks! There is a man from New Zealand who has been welcomed. He is here to see how Leeds promote a children’s voice.

6:24pm: Sadly, it was not to be for Charlie. Rio has become the new Leeds Children’s Mayor.

Charlie looks extremely proud of herself and as well she should be. As a school, I am sure we shall be looking to implement some of her fabulous ideas! Well done Charlie! We are all very proud of you!

Rio is off to try on his new robes and the night is drawing to a close. Thank you for reading this live blog! See you at school tomorrow!

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Long Division and Character Description

21/09/2018 at 15:45

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HOMEWORK

Children have today completed a Year 3/4 spelling test. Spelling homework allows children to practise 10 words from this list they are still working on or 10 words from the Year 5/6 list of their choosing if children can spell all the words from the Year 3/4 list.

Maths homework allows children to develop their division skills. Children will need to use the short division and long division methods they have practised in class this week to correctly answer the questions.

Homework is due in on Friday 28th September. This week everyone completed their homework which is pleasing.

In maths this week, children have been on a journey of division. Starting the week with short division (the ‘bus stop’ method), children recapped their knowledge and used it to solve simple problems. The latter half of the week has been spent perfecting the long division method. The children have worked superbly this week and many seemed to have mastered the method. Lots of children have achieved either the meeting statement (dividing a 4 digit number by a 2 digit number) or the exceeding statement (dividing a 5 digit number by a 2 digit number) and this is especially pleasing. Please find some examples of work below.

In literacy, children developed their use of expanded noun phrases to create a character description of a character from the film Moana. Children also challenged themselves to to include adverbial phrases (providing more information about the verb) and conjunctions to extend their sentences.

In geography, children enjoyed learning about the Earth’s jigsaw or, more widely known as, the tectonic plates. Children were challenged to join the plates up to create a globe and then thought of which countries were more at risk to earthquakes than others.

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Three Operations and an awful lot of reading…

14/09/2018 at 15:49

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Another excellent week 6S; I think we’re going to have a wonderful year.

HOMEWORK:

Children will find, in their pink homework book, a reading comprehension and calculation questions. This homework should be completed and returned to school by Friday 21st September. 

Children who have not completed homework will need to do so during Friday playtime and lunch time.

In maths this week, children have developed their rounding skills and have found the difference between negative and positive integers. They have also refreshed their addition and subtraction skills as well as beginning to multiply 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers. Being able to do this is an expectation of the Year 6 curriculum.

 

In reading this week, the children have completed learning about the different content domains of reading: retrieval, inference, prediction, summarising, comparing and contrasting, commenting on author’s choice, and use of vocabulary. Children will continue to develop these skills over the course of the year.

In literacy, children have learnt all about expanded noun phrases including lots of grammatical terminology: determiners, adjectives, prepositional phrases, relative clauses – maybe your child could explain these terms to you. Using expanded noun phrases, the children then described different characters from Moana – I was impressed with the level of ambitious vocabulary in the children’s writing.

In geography, children recapped their knowledge of continents and oceans before mapping out Michael’s journey from the Solent to the Pacific Islands via a whole host of South Atlantic islands.

In music, children continued to learn I’ll Be There by the Jackson 5.

Have a wonderful weekend. Please remember the sailing trip on Monday. Children need to bring with them a full change of clothing (including shoes and underwear) as well as packed lunch and a drink. If children have a picnic blanket that can be brought with them to school, that also would be very useful.

 

 

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