Friday, 24 November 2017

Weekly Learning Review

Week Ending:  23rd of November

Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 23/11/2017
Literacy
Our focus this week in Literacy has been on Non-Chronological reports. Continuing our theme on non-fiction, we have looked at how to write a formal report based on a topic. We have made cross-curricular links this week as we brought in our knowledge of conservation to write a report about the rainforest; what a rainforest does; why a rainforest is  important and the dangers it  faces such as deforestation.
The students researched the ‘Rainforest’ topic through the week and created ‘diamond nine’ plans to help decide what they thought was the most important aspect of the rainforest. For our Big Write’, we put all of our information together. The students produced some excellent reports that are engaging and thought provoking.
Our grammar focus this week has been on expanded noun phrases. The students were able to identify noun phrases in sentences; expand them to convey extra information and,finally, write their own without assistance. Writing expanded noun phrases is an important skill in the curriculum and will be useful throughout the whole school year!
Mathematics
In Mathematics, we have been looking at developing our mental maths skills. The children are already accomplished in following the formal written method to solve problems but we wish to emphasise that there are different, albeit still correct, methods.
The students have looked at several different ways to solve problems mentally; rounding and giving back; partitioning, reordering and, finally, counting on and back. The students found this difficult at first but after working through these mental skills throughout the week, the students have become quite successful at identifying and using different methods to solve sums.

Science
In preparation for the end of unit assessment next week we have gone back and revised the human body and organs. Rather than having a ‘boring’ revision lesson, we instead invited the students to become teachers and create presentations to inform their classmates.
The students were separated into small groups of 2/3 and asked to research different organs within the human body; what that organ does; why it is important and what would happen if that organ failed to function correctly and efficiently. At the end of their research time, the students presented this information to the class and teachers before being asked questions.
PSHCE
For PSHCE this week, we have been looking at the theme of ‘Respect. We had an interesting assembly presented by Year 4 that told us a lot of information about what it means to be respectful. Importantly, the children were able to bring that knowledge into the classroom!
We have been practising for our Christmas show this week and the students have consistently shown respect to their classmates as they practice songs, dances and practised their lines.
Contact:
Mr Robert

Friday, 17 November 2017

Weekly Learning Review

Weekly Learning Review 

Week Ending: 16.11.17

Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 016/11/2017
Literacy
Our focus this week in Literacy has been on biographies. Following on from recounts last week, we  looked at biographies in more detail. We  answered comprehension questions based on a biographical text;  looked closely at the layout and features of a biography and also looked at how timelines can be used to chart the major events in the life of a figure. This topic is building up to our Big Write on the Thursday when we will write a Biography for the main character of ‘Holes’, Stanley Yelnats.
Our grammar and punctuation focus this week has been on subjunctive forms. We have looked at subjunctive verbs and nouns and discussed how they can be used to express dream and aspirations. This will be particularly useful for our biography Big Write.
Mathematics
In Mathematics, we have been looking at angles. We have discussed units of measurement and how we  measure angles. We discussed how many degrees are in a full circle. Upon understanding that there are 360 degrees in a circle, we have been able to work on solving angles around a point. We have been able to calculate missing angles using the information we already know and have inferred angles to calculate accurately.
We have also looked at angles in a triangle. We have discussed how triangles always have 180 degrees in them no matter if they are equilateral, scalene or isosceles. As soon as the students were able to understand this, we were able to calculate missing angles.

Science
The students continued to create posters; discussing the environment and the influence of humans upon it. We have looked at different biomes and discussed what makes them unique and then discussed how humans can improve or detract from these environments.
The students worked in small groups to discuss different influences to the environment and will be presenting their findings shortly!
Humanities
For Humanities this week, we have been lucky enough to experience a real Roman setting. By going to the Roman Amphitheatre and Pompey’s Pillar we were able to physical see what we have been discussing in class. The students were excited to spot mosaics, baths and see what a real amphitheatre would have looked like. We were also able to spot ancient hieroglyphics on statues and columns.
By visiting this location, we hope to have inspired the students to seek out, and understand their country’s rich and extensive history. These objects are unique to Egypt and it is an exciting opportunity for the students to see them in real life.
Contact:


 Miss Nisreen nsalama@ise.edu.eg







Friday, 27 October 2017

Weekly Learning Review

Weekly Learning Review

Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 26/10/2017
Literacy
Our focus this week in Literacy has been on rewriting a chapter from the perspective of a different character. The students have thoroughly enjoyed Holes and have discussed the main character Stanley Yelnats in detail. One of the skills of the British Curriculum is to consider and evaluate different viewpoints, and to cover this we have been looking at Holes from the perspective of the Warden. The Warden is the main antagonist of the book and thinking about things from her perspective is a challenging thing to achieve. The students, once more, proved to be creative and original in their answers though and were able to give interesting responses.
To add more detail to our writing, we have been looking at relative clauses. This technique allows us to join two sentences together to create a higher quality sentence. We will be using this frequently throughout the year, and especially in Big Write sessions.It is important that we continue to practise this skill.
We have achieved many targets in our Vocabulary, Spelling and Grammar sessions. We have continued to use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words and the students are becoming more efficient at locating words using its first three or four letters. We have also used these sessions to look at a wider range of writing styles; allowing us to become more familiar with the different techniques authors use.
Mathematics
In Mathematics, we have been looking at Pictograms, Bar Charts and Line graphs. We have discussed the idea of data; what it is; what it represents and how we can show this in different ways. We started the week looking at Pictograms and the students created and drew several different types of these graphs. Key emphasis has been placed on accuracy. We have tried to reiterate that an inaccurate graph can give us the wrong answers.
We quickly mastered pictograms and moved on to using bar charts and line graphs to represent data. Again, we emphasized accuracy in these graphs; a poorly drawn chart is an incorrect one and, ultimately, the students created some high quality graphs. We used these graphs and charts to look at the ‘mean’, ‘median’, ‘mode’ and ‘range’ of the data.

Science
We have continued to look at Humans and other Animals this week. Our area of investigation has been the excretory system. The students did several activities on this, including drawing and labelling accurate representations of the excretory system such as the kidneys and intestines.
We have also researched what can happen if an organ becomes diseased and begins to fail. The students have looked at artificial treatments such as dialysis and have begun to look at medical procedures such as transplants.
Humanities
In Humanities this week we looked at Roman art. One of the most famous types of art in the Roman Empire was mosaics. As a class, we discussed what mosaics are; how they are made; how long it takes to make them and who would have had them in Ancient Rome. We have also discussed the importance of these sources for Historian. For example, modern art Mosaics can tell us a lot about the interests, likes and dislikes of the Roman people thus allowing us to gain a better understanding of an ancient culture. We finished this lesson by creating our own mosaic designs.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
Our focus this week in PSHCE has been on the dangers of some habits to the body. We have previously discussed how healthy living; exercising regularly; eating a healthy diet etc can improve our health. The children discussed healthy habits again this week and then we looked at how bad habits can damage our health.
Our focus for the week has been on the dangers of smoking. The students read through an information sheet on the dangers of smoking before answering a series of questions to improve their knowledge.
Contact:




 Mr Robert rkennard@ise.edu.eg
Miss Nisreen nsalama@ise.edu.eg


Friday, 20 October 2017

Weekly Learning Review - 19 Octoer

Weekly Learning Review

Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 19/10/2017
Literacy
This week in Literacy, we have been looking at newspaper articles. We have discussed the layout, purpose and language used in newspapers and will be writing our own articles discussing ‘Holes'. 
One of our biggest priorities this week has been on English language skills, and we have looked at several key languages features that can help us to improve our writing. The children have practised alliteration, rhyme and the use of puns to create interesting and engaging headlines. We have looked at the use of facts and opinions in newspapers; how we use colons in sentences to add lists and finally how, and why, we add direct speech to an article. While these skills are closely related to newspapers, we can also use them throughout the course of the school year allowing the children to produce a higher standard of work.
In our guided reading sessions we have continued to work on spelling, grammar and punctuation. The class is split into three groups that work on a different activity each day. One group finds spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes in a text and corrects them; a second group works on dictionary work to improve their vocabulary and the third group works on a comprehension activity relating to a text. 
Mathematics
In Mathematics, we have been looking at 2D shapes. We have discussed the properties of 2D shapes such as parallelograms, quadrilaterals and kites.We described  their properties such as sides, corners and other features. We have practised drawing 2D shapes accurately in our books; a skill that we will cover again in the future.
To end the week we have been looking at the angles of shapes. We have discussed that quadrilaterals always have four sides, four corners and angles that add up to 360 degrees. With this knowledge in our mind we have been able to use a protractor to figure out the angles of regular and irregular shapes.

Science
We have continued to look at Humans and other Animals this week. Our area of interest this week has been the ‘Lungs. We have taken a close look at the lungs and how they work and have identified key parts of the lungs, such as the tracheanasal passage and diaphragm.
We then looked at the lungs in closer detail, looking at features such as the alveoli’. This helps us to breath. We discussed the purpose of the alveoli and thought about how some illnesses, such as asthma, can affect our breathing.
Humanities
In our Humanities lessons, we continued to look at famous figures of the Roman Empire. We looked at Julius Caesar in more detail, using primary and secondary sources and we found out about his life and career. The children showed excellent existing knowledge on this topic and impressed us greatly by using knowledge gained in their national studies lesson to discuss the influence of the Roman Empire on Egypt. We have begun to think about why the Roman Empire was so successful in battle and will discuss in more detail what tactics the Roman Army used against their enemies.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
Our focus this week in PSHCE has been on the importance of exercise on the body. We have discussed bad habits that make us unhealthy, such as lack of sleep, no breakfast and a high fat diet. We also found out how ‘bad habits’ might influence our ability to exercise to the best of our ability. We thought carefully to see if we are getting enough exercise at the moment and thought about how we can improve our habits regarding exercising regularly. Finally, we discussed types of exercise that we enjoy doing. We now understand that there is always a type of exercise that you will enjoy doing- you just need to find out what it is by trying different things!
Contact:
Mr Robert

Miss Nisreen


nsalama@ise.edu.eg



Thursday, 12 October 2017

Weekly Learning Review - Week Ending: 12/10/2017

Weekly Learning Review
Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 12/10/2017
Literacy
This week in Literacy we have continued to expand our knowledge of fiction writing. As a class, we have read and discussed more chapters of ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. The children continued to develop their understanding of how authors use writing techniques to develop characters and settings.
Our writing task for this week has been to create an informal letter from Camp Green Lake. We have discussed the features of a letter and then looked at different techniques we can use to engage the reader. We worked on adjectives and adverbs and have used them to improve sentences. Additionally, we practised our drafting skills by creating a plan for our writing. We capped the week off with a Big Writewhere the children brought together all of their knowledge and produced their letters.
In our guided reading sessions, we have been working on spelling, grammar and punctuation. The children have up-levelled a piece of work by finding spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes and correcting them. The children have also practised their dictionary skills by looking up incorrectly spelt words and correcting them; an important skill for them to develop and they enjoyed the activity. 
Mathematics
In Mathematics, we have been looking at common multiples. The children have been reinforcing their knowledge of their times tables by seeing which of the tables share multiples with others. During the second half of the week, we have begun to look at factors. The children have continued to use their number skills to find these answers. By practising these times-table recall skills, the children have developed their mental mathematics skills; an attribute that will help them in the long run.
Science
We have continued to look at Humans and other Animals this week. The children have shown an understanding of the difference between a body part and an organ within the body. We have looked at the different systems within the body such as the respiratory system and the digestive system and have begun to understand what they do and their importance. The children have identified the locations of the major organs within the body and have labelled diagrams explaining where things are and what they do.
Humanities
In our Humanities lessons, we have continued to look at the Romans. The children looked closely at a Roman Soldier this week and attempted to understand what it would have been like to be a soldier within the Roman Army. We looked at a number of primary and secondary historical sources and used our research skills to label what the average soldier would have worn. The children were also able to find the correct names for the equipment and explain why they were needed.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
Our focus this week in PSHCE has been Cooperation. We have discussed this theme in an assembly and also in the classroom; discussing what the term means and how we can cooperate with each other in, and out of, the classroom. We have introduced ideas such as the ‘House Points’ system that encourages the children to work together to achieve the most that they can. We are hoping to see lots of cooperation in the coming weeks, especially with Sports Week so near!
Contact:
Mr Robert

Miss Nisreen



nsalama@ise.edu.eg