30/04/2019 at 15:58
Last week we began a new unit of work on light. We answered and discussed some questions which were mainly revision.
This week we looked at how we see through a mirror and asked the question ‘Does everything look the same through a mirror’?
The children worked in pairs to explore letters and shapes seen through a mirror and we made a note of the things we noticed. Then we played a prediction game where each person had to predict what they thought the words would look like in a mirror. There were some interesting predictions which we learnt from!
Finally, we described how a mirror reflects an image of an object/person is:
that the light goes from LIGHT SOURCE ➜ FACE ➜ MIRROR ➜ EYE.
30/04/2019 at 15:43
Today, we have been outside drawing large circles and labelling them. Not all of our circles are perfectly circular but the children learnt about the different parts of the circle: diameter, radius and circumference. Children went on to use their new-found understanding of circles to solve problems relating to diameter and radius.
26/04/2019 at 15:39
Welcome back to the 6S Blog! Apologies for the delay in posts – we have had some technical issues logging on but we are back in business now!
Maths: Missing angles sheet.
Spelling Shed: 10 minutes a night – I will be checking!
White Literacy Workbook page 42: Tenses.
In maths, we have been investigating angles all week. Children have completed a range of tasks to develop their knowledge and understanding of angles. They came up with these rules this week:
- angles on a straight line total 180 degrees
- angles around a point or circle total 360 degrees
- vertically opposite angles are the same
- angles within a triangle total 180 degrees
- angles within a quadrilateral total 360 degrees
They have used this knowledge to solve the following problems:
Answers in the comments below!
In reading, children have completed work around the different content domains using classic texts such as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Treasure Island as stimulus. I have been extremely impressed with not only children’s attitude to these challenging texts and questions but also their ability to use evidence from the text to support their written answers.
We have also done lots of grammar revision: word classes, conjunctions and parenthesis. Again, children have really impressed with their ability to identify different areas of grammar as well as use them independently within their own writing. A selection of example questions can be found below:
Insert the missing punctuation in the sentence below.
Pupils may in accordance with the uniform policy choose whether to wear a shirt or a T-shirt.
Which two of these sentences would be clearer with brackets to organise some of the information they contain?
|The great white shark has been known to exceed 6 metres in length.|
|The two cars a red one and a blue one sped down the road.|
|Waves from the sea have the power to erode rocks over time.|
|A country with a mild climate has pleasant temperatures.|
|Jake a polite young man always holds open the door.|
In music, children have continued learning the song Happy. Children began to sing in two parts this week although our backing vocalists need to sing with more gusto! Children also learnt the accompanying instrumental part on glockenspiels. Next week, children will begin to compose their own instrumental parts.
In PSHE, children took part in an autism awareness session. Children learnt about how people who are autistic see the world differently. The children learnt how people who are autistic can have particular talents and be extremely successful whilst also finding some aspects of life difficult such as certain social situations or feeling overwhelmed by too much information. I was really impressed with children’s attitude and questions throughout the session.
23/04/2019 at 07:47
Follow the link above and answer the questions in your maths book. Remember to do two, mark two. The mark scheme can be found in the link also.
16/04/2019 at 15:42
This week we began a new science topic – Light.
We started by going around the room trying to answer questions about light on large pieces of paper, drawing on the knowledge we already have from previous work. We then discussed our answers and watched two video about light. Then we got together to answer some of these questions in a much detail as possible, which we then shared with others.
- How do we see things?
- What is darkness?
- Why is it easier to find a silver coin than a black button in a dark room?
- Is it safe to look at the sun?
- What is a shadow?
- What do I need to make a good shadow?
- What do the words ‘transparent’, ‘translucent’ and ‘opaque’ mean?
01/03/2019 at 14:50
Welcome back to the 6S blog; we’ve had another busy week!
Maths: complete Algebra testbase questions. Due in on Friday 8th March.
Literacy: read Purple p
Spelling: practise words ending in -tial and -cial. Children should be familiar with this spelling pattern as it has been on their Spelling Shed pages for a little while.
Please continue to encourage your child to do 5 minutes of Spelling Shed and 5 minutes of TT Rockstars every day.
In maths this week, children have continued developing their understanding of algebra. They have used resources and diagrams to help find missing values. To be at the expected standard in Year 6, it is suggested that a child should be able to find the value of x in 3x + 1 = 16. I am delighted to report that the majority of Year 6 are able to do this with ease and are able to work out the value of x in a number of problems – such as the ones seen below.
In literacy, children have planned their 500 Word Story. We planned a terrifying story about pet animals that start becoming electronic, large and dangerous. The human characters (Noah, a 23-year-old who likes to play football but has mouldy toes and Tanya, an 8-year-old girl who is bold and courageous) will play their part in attempting to save the village from destruction! Aren’t you excited? I’m excited.
The children planned their own stories before writing a character description about the main character in their story. Using their plans, they will go on to write a story that must be no more than 500 words. These will be completed by next Thursday and submitted to the BBC Radio 2 Competition. Look out for the entries on the blog too!
On Friday morning, we had our annual Poetry Slam in Year 6. I was extremely impressed with the effort that children went to with learning lines. Some had clearly practised hard and this was evident in their confident deliveries of some long and challenging poetry. To be meeting the standard in Year 6, children should be able to learn by heart a range of age-appropriate poems as well as performing them with an understanding of intonation, tone and volume in order to gain and maintain the attention of an audience. Lots of children were certainly very engaging this morning. Well done Year 6!
In Music this week, children have begun learning the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. It is clear to say that the children are enjoying this high-tempo, pop classic much more than Benjamin Britten’s “turgid” (the children’s words; not mine!) song from last half-term! In PE, children had an enjoyable start to this half-term’s modules. I was extremely impressed with my tag-rugby group: they demonstrated excellent passing ability – I wonder if any of that group could comment on the 4 things I was looking for that make a good rugby pass!
Have a lovely, restful weekend!