Hopefully you all had a restful Easter break and welcome back to Year 6! The children have already been extremely busy getting stuck into their Summer topic of 'Frozen Kingdom' and have begun to learn all about the Titanic, including some descriptive writing describing the setting and atmosphere of a picture. In Maths this week, the children have been converting units of measure and applying this within worded problems. In Reading, we are particularly focusing on retrieval, literal questions and finding evidence in the text to back up our answers. In our SPaG revision sessions this week, we are focusing on word classes, determiners and the subjunctive voice.
Don't forget, we are celebrating World Book Day on Friday and are looking forward to seeing all the costumes!
What a busy time Year 6 are having; this term has flown by!
Here are some updates of what we have accomplished this half term:
- Developing our creative writing inspired by a range of pictures.
- Researching and writing biographies about Dr Barnardo.
- Writing newspaper reports inspired by historical events.
- Getting to grips with algebra!
- Revising the written and mental methods for the four operations and applying them to reasoning and problem solving activities.
- Reading a range of extracts and our class book 'Street Child'.
- Pitching our scientific concepts of electronic scarecrows to Dragon's Den!
- Acting out and writing scripts of the story of John the Baptist.
To name a few...!!
There's still more to come - a few reminders for the end of term:
Friday 23rd March - Sports Relief. Please bring in £1 if you would like to dress in sporty clothing for the day!
Thursday 29th March - Celebration of World Book Day (and the last day of term). Our Year 6 theme is the Awesome Egyptians!
SATs Practice Week:
As your children may have informed you, Year 6 have been undergoing practice SATs papers, under mock SATs conditions. We have encouraged the children that the more they practice now, the better prepared they will be in the real thing. After all, a test paper doesn't look so scary if you've seen one multiples times before!
Here are some top-tips from your Year 6 teachers:
Read all of the questions carefully and ask yourself whether you truly understand what the question is asking of you.
If needed, remember you can ask an adult to help you read the question out to you if you don't understand it.
If you're really not sure, take an educated guess by eliminating those that you know won't be the answer. Eg: If you're looking for a synonym of joyful, you know it's not going to be miserable!
Keep an eye on the time, but don't rush, and remember to check!
If you finish early, instead of staring blankly at the clock and counting down the seconds, re-check through your paper. You never know what you might have missed.1 mark can make all of the difference!
Relax and take a deep breath. You can do this!
Look out for our next update, where we will be sharing some of the things we have been learning about since we came back after Christmas!
Spring 1, Week 1 and 2:
Welcome back Year 6! We hope you all have had a great break and are ready for the new year!
In Maths, we have been multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by single digits. In English, we have used a book called 'Way Home', which has inspired our own stories. Some excellent writing so far - some examples to follow as soon as they are completed!
PE kit is now on Tuesday instead of Friday but still have your full PE kit in school at all times! Homework is now given out on Monday to be completed and returned to school by Thursday. There is a catch up club for those who do not have it handed in on time.
Miss Hovell and Mr Shipley
The last full week before Christmas! What a busy term Year 6 have had learning about the Mayans!
Please take a look at our wonderful display in the main hall, which highlights our fantastic Mayan headdresses that we have researched and used as inspiration to make our own!
Next week, we are looking forward to going to see 'Wonder' and our end of year party.
The children have been doing some excellent maths work recently, looking at multiplying and dividing fractions by other fractions and whole numbers. Once confident, the children then applied their knowledge to reasoning and problem solving questions, where they had to explain their answers.
In English, the children have been using images to inspire their writing. This week's focus was looking at a picture of a girl holding a lantern in the fog. Some excellent vocabulary used for some spooky stories! Year 6 then carefully edited and improved their writing. Well done, 6H and 6S!
Week 12 and Week 13:
Over the past two weeks, 6H and 6S have been very busy practising some sample SATS papers, which will help prepare them for the real deal in May. Year 6 have also completed some artwork, including Mayan muscial instruments and have started doing some Mayan hieroglyhics using string and wool. The children enjoyed having some visitors to the classroom on Open Afternoon!
Week 11: Some impresssive homework this week! Miss Hovell especially liked the spelling strategies shown!
Below are some photos from the start of our Fractions unit in Maths. We had a carousel of activities, including comparing fractions, ordering them, creating fraction rainbows, playing games involving fractions and iPad fraction games. Since then, we have simplified and found equivalent fractions by dividing or multiplying the numerator and the denominator by the same number. We have compared fractions and ordered them, including mixed numbers and improper fractions.
Miss Hovell and Mr Shipley
Week 10 - Fractions!
This week in Year 6, we have been exploring how to write newspaper reports. At the beginning of the week, Mr Shipley and Miss Hovell set the scene for us: Imagine you are a newspaper reporter, and the Mayan artefacts we have been studying have gone missing from a museum. In your report, you must explain what has happened using conventional features associated with a newspaper, such as using quotes from witnesses and bold catchy headlines!
Below are a few examples that show exactly what we have been up to in English.
Until next week,
6S and 6H
Newspaper Reports: Mayan Artefacts Go Missing!
As part of our computing lessons, the children created avatars of themselves, based on the book 'Wonder' which has been adapted into a film. We discussed how using avatars like these can be a way to keep safe online instead of using photographs, as we have learnt about in our e-safety talk by Essex Police and Fire Services in the first half term. Each avatar has a precept - a message giving advice. Have a look at some of the examples.
Wonder Avatar Images
Our puppets of the KRPS staff are developing nicely and just need a few finishing touches! The children have been very busy and have really enjoyed this part of the curriculum. Take a look at some photos. You'll see the finished products later in the year! Have a good half term everyone!
Miss Hovell and Mr Shipley
Week 6: ID Art Attack!
In Science, 6H and 6S have continued to learn about different genetic characteristics, including freckles, dimples, widow's peak, cleft chins and hitchhiker's thumb. Applying our knowledge of some of these, Year 6 have begun to make identity puppets, based on some familiar faces - the staff of KRPS! The first step was to papier mache balloons to form a head and, once dried, apply features such as a nose, mouth and ears. Towards the end of this week and next week, we are now making our puppets sturdy by applying mod-roc (a type of plaster) before we can paint them and add our finishing touches. Here are some puppets in the early stages so you can compare them to the finished product on our next update! More photos to follow!
6H and 6S
Identity Puppets: Early stages.
In Year 6, we have been experimenting with the introduction of Maths Meetings in the afternoon. As part of these sessions, we focus on key skills, and one of the skills that we identified as needed improving was remembering how many days are in each month.
To aid this, we learnt a song called 'Days in the Months'.
Come on Kings Road, if Year 6 can be singing in Maths Meetings, then so can the rest of you!
We hope you enjoy it. If you want to sing along for yourselves at home, then check out the audio clip below the video. Warning: it's catchy!
Until next week,
6S and 6H
Maths Meeting Video 6S.mp4
Here is the 'Days in the Months' song we used in our Maths Meetings this week:
Year 6 have been very busy in all areas of the curriculum! From rounding decimals to degrees of accuracy, negative numbers, writing fantastic stories about Auggie's first day of school and researching interesting facts about finger prints... the list is endless!
In our writing, we have focused on demonstrating characters' emotions through describing their behaviour and speech. We have studied the text of Wonder closely and looked at quotes which reveal Auggie's perception of his own identity, which we then transferred into some artwork, some inspired by the 'Litographs' prints. Examples of 6H's artwork to follow.
Until next week's update!
6H and 6S
Week 4 Continued: 6H's Wonder inspired artwork
Week 3: Take a look at a few examples of the fantastic effort that Year 6 have been putting in their writing this week. Some pen licenses have been distributed... More to come!
This week in Year 6, we have been continuing on with our ID topic. At the beginning of the week, we had to investigate a crime scene in Miss Hovell's room. Somebody had broken in, left evidence for us to uncover, and then escaped. When our teachers went to see what had happened, we noticed that Miss Hovell's iPad had gone missing! Or did she simply just misplace it?
Using our detective skills, we sketched the crime scene and now are starting to look into the different types of evidence that was left, one of which was fingerprints. To explore this further, we took each of our fingerprints using an ink pad. It was certainly interesting to notice the different types of fingerprint patterns. Some people had whorls, some had loops and some even had arches! Perhaps next week we will investigate the trend of who has the various types of fingerprint patterns....
Until next week!
6S and 6H