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6S on a Rounding Island and other stories

Sunday 17th September | 1 comment

Welcome to the first full week of Year 6 where all children have had a wonderful week!


SPELLING: Continue to revise words from the 3 4 Spellings ready for an assessment next week.

3 4 Spellings

READING: Thank you for all those children who have handed in last week’s reading comprehension homework; there is no reading homework this week.

MATHS: Homework will be sent out on Monday.

In maths this week, children have revised the rules of rounding and solved problems around it and a video can be found here. Children in Year 6 should be able to round any whole eight-digit number to any degree of accuracy. Children began the week reviewing rounding fluency skills by completing the following table:

Rounded to nearest 10
Rounded to nearest 100
Rounded to nearest 1000
Rounded to nearest 10,000
Rounded to nearest tenth
126, 371.23
4, 508, 143.75
9, 807, 543.28
561, 245.98
13, 412, 671.42
5, 371, 689.55
6, 781, 100.46


Children then proceeded to solve rounding problems such as:

Mr Langfield gives out the following four cards: 59.96 59.94 60.26 62.32. Four children each take a card and give a clue to what their number is: Alice says “My number is 60 when rounded to the nearest 10.” Beth says “My number has exactly 6 tens in it.” Charlie says “My number is 59.9 to the nearest tenth.” Daniel says “My number is 60 to the nearest tenth.” Can you work out which child has which card? Explain your choices.

Can you solve the problem and explain why in the comments below?

Children also looked at negative numbers. They were asked to find the difference between two negative integers as well as a negative integer and a positive integer. The school’s online assessment tool advises that for children to be achieving exceeding for the use of negative numbers in context, they should be able to work out the difference between the minimum and maximum temperature of planets and then order them in order of temperature change from smallest to largest. Can you achieve exceeding?

(NB: Temperatures found based on research.)

Planetary Body Minimum surface temp. (C) Maximum surface temp. (C) Change in temp. (C)
Mercury 465 -184
Venus 465 465
Earth -89 58
The Moon -173 127
Jupiter -128 4
Saturn -191 -130
Uranus -218 -153
Neptune -218 -200

Which planet is missing? Which one in the list is not a planet?

In literacy, children have begun to look at the different content domains in reading. Content domains are the different assessment areas in reading: retrieving information from the text; inferring information from the text; predicting what will happen next; comparing, contrasting and commenting on different parts of a text; discussing the author’s choice of words; summarising larger sections of text in one or two sentences. Children have also looked at using adverbs and adverbial phrases (words and phrases to describe a verb) to describe character. Next week, the children will write their first extended piece of writing of the year.

Please find a blog post containing some photographs of 6S’s sailing trip here.

Thank you to all the children for a wonderful week; I am looking forward to studying the book Kensuke’s Kingdom further next week as well as moving on to the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) in maths.

One response to “6S on a Rounding Island and other stories”

  1. Lucy Adamson says:

    wow you’ve been busy! I know Thomas had a great time on your trip. Thank you for taking him!

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