Welcome to Year 6

Spring 2 Week 3

This week in year 6…

In maths we have continued our revision and have focused on:

  • Finding fractions of an amount
  • Finding percentages of an amount
  • Understanding mixed numbers and improper fractions

In literacy, we have continued to focus on ‘Anne Frank’. We started to read the story and the children were able to mind map and discuss what they have learnt about Anne so far. They also came up with questions that they would like to ask her. We then moved on to writing a boxed up plan for an informal letter to Anne frank and the class were able to use these to complete their letters.

Spring 2 Week 2

This week in maths, we have continued with our revision timetable and focused on:

  • Reading Roman numerals to 1000
  • Demonstrating a secure understanding of addition and subtraction
  • Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000

As we are celebrating book week at Orchard Way, the theme is poetry. We have looked at the war poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen. We began by discussing images related to WW1 and how the soldiers would have felt during this. We completed an analysis of the poem and the children were very successful in using their inference skills. Following this, we began rehearsing and learning the poem and the children were fantastic at performing this to the rest of Ks2. I am very much looking forward to our end of year production as they have really impressed me with their acting abilities this week.

Spring 2 Week 1

Year 6 have been very busy with SATs revision in maths this week. We have focused on;

  • Place value
  • Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000.
  • Comparing and ordering large numbers
  • Rounding

The children have thoroughly edited their meeting tales and have written a final version with their improvements. They are making progress with their writing and need to focus on independently ensuring they complete writing tasks to the best of their ability.

Spring 1 Week 6

Year 6 have been working extremely hard in all of their learning this week and I am really pleased with their efforts.

In maths we have looked at:

  • Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages. We focused on the methods used to do this and hopefully the children are starting to feel more confident with it. This is something we will continue to practise.
  • Ordering fractions, decimals and percentages. The children learnt how to answer questions based on ordering different values. They also realised that, for some questions, they would have to use other methods such as converting in order to be able to put the values in ascending or descending order.

In literacy, the children continued to work on the skill of using characterisation in their writing. They were asked to write a short character description using ‘Show not tell’, which is actually very difficult to do, however they tried really hard with it and I am so pleased at their efforts and resilience with such tasks. They also planned another meeting tale, using the boxed up plan method. The children were told it had to be based on an evacuee and set in WW2. Their confidence has really improved in using this method and they are in the process of using their plans to help with writing the meeting tale.

In topic, we focused on the Napoleonic wars. In particular, we looked at the life of Napoleon Bonaparte and how he was involved in this. The children were given time to begin to plan a biography on the life of Napoleon Bonaparte and I have asked them to continue writing this at home as part of their home learning. This is due on the first Monday back to school after half term.

Please also remember that we are sending home the ‘5 for 5’ holiday challenges in GPS, Maths and Reading, which are to be completed and returned on the first day back to school.

Have a well earned rest as well this half term year 6!

Miss Gouveia

Spring 1 Week 5

Year 6 have been very busy this week! The children have completed another round of past practise SATs papers in reading, maths and GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling). I am so proud of their resilience and the improvements they have made already. We need to keep the hard work and effort up so that they can continue to progress and become more confident with test situations and test-style questions.

We have also focused on building vocabulary in literacy lessons. Our character focus was Tom Oakley (from Goodnight Mister Tom) and the children really impressed me with their ability to up level their vocabulary naturally. They were also able to write a character description using characterisation (show, not tell).

In Science, we continued with our work on classification and the children were able classify and sort animals into groups based on their characteristics. In topic, we focused on the French Revolution and how this came about.