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Percentages and Paired Writing

Friday 1st February | Comments are off for this post

An excellent week in 6S – even if it has been a little cold!

Maths: Percentage Problems. Read Red p54, 55. Do White p44, 45

Literacy: Adverbs. Read Purple p23. Do White p31

Spelling: Statutory word list spellings. Children should have brought home a list of 10 target words to practise. Children should also keep accessing Spelling Shed.

In maths this week, children have developed their understanding of percentages. The children started by recognising that percentage means part out of 100 and begun to recognise simple fraction and percentage equivalents: 45/100 = 45%, 62/100 = 62% for example. Children used their understanding of equivalent fractions to help find more complex fraction and percentage equivalents (3/4 = 75%, 5/8 = 62.5%) before looking at decimal equivalents as well.

Towards the end of the week, children found percentages of amounts. They understood that finding 10% was the same as dividing by 10. By the end of the session, children were able to find percentages of different amounts: 35% of 80, 28% of 650, 99% of 200. A question similar to this is expected in the arithmetic paper of the SATs; we shall keep practising this concept to develop further understanding and confidence.

In literacy this week, we have continued with work around point, evidence and explain to support our longer written answers in reading. Over the following two weeks, we shall look at the different areas of reading (content domains such as vocabulary, retrieval, inference, comparing and contrasting, prediction) and develop our skills in each.

As well as this, children have taken bullet-point notes from longer pieces of texts before producing some paired writing around Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Children challenged themselves to use adverbs and sub-ordinating conjunctions to form complex sentences as well as continuing to use Year 6 level punctuation: colons, semi-colons, brackets and dashes.

In order to develop vocabulary, we are completing word-of-the-week activities in school. Last week’s word was amateur: children were challenged to think of synonyms, antonyms, a definition and use the word in a sentence. The coloured cards below allow children to self-assess how confident they are with this word. The statements range from never having heard the word before (red) to knowing what the word means and being able to use it in a sentence (green).

In PSHE, children thought about the idea of homelessness: they considered why people may become homeless and what difficulties they may face without a home. In History, we have learnt about the feats of engineering achieved by Brunel. Next week, we will look more locally and learn about the impact Samuel Marsden made in Farsley. We have a walking visit to St John’s Church, Farsley on Monday morning; please ensure children wear warm clothes and sensible footwear.

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