Saturday, 24 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review - Week Ending: 22 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review
Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 22/03/2018
Literacy
During the first part of the week, we have been recapping our knowledge in preparation for our assessment. We have discussed several literary techniques that we can use and practised creating examples using them.
After we had mastered these different terms, we tried different writing styles to see if we could include them in the assessed piece of writing. We started the week by choosing one of three writing activities, a short story, a persuasive letter and finally a diary entry. We created a success criteria as a class that would allow us to achieve the best level possible and the students worked independently to draft their own answers.
We followed this up later in the week by practising biography writing. We discussed the features of a biography and what different techniques we need to include before the students wrote their own biographies of some of their favourite famous people.
We would also like to give a special thanks to the people who went on the trip to BSA this week to take part in the Literacy Mystery. We are proud to say that two members of Year 6 were on the winning teams at the end of the day!
Mathematics
In Mathematics, we have also been practicing for our assessments. We started the week by attempting a variety of questions based on topics we have covered this term, this allowed us to see the strengths and weaknesses of the students.
We covered percentages of amounts for two lessons this week; looking at how we can find 1%, 10% and 50% and use this information to find the percentage of any amount. Although the students initially found this difficult, we were able to practise the method until they were all confident in what to do- this will be useful if these questions come up in the tests.
We also looked at fractions with mixed denominators. We discussed how we need to find a common multiple for these fractions if we are going to add or subtract them. The students showed a good understanding of times tables and were able to work successfully on this task.
Science
This week in science, we looked at another topic in Forces and Motion- Friction. We discussed how different surfaces allow objects to slide over them easier than others and as a class were able to decide that surfaces with more friction slow objects down.
We planned an experiment looking at how we can prove this, and considered what different types of surfaces we could use to test our theories. The students showed a good understanding of the topic and were able to use scientific vocabulary effectively.
Humanities
For Humanities we continued our topic of World Geography. We looked at different capital cities throughout the world and looked at what makes them unique compared to others. We considered the different landscapes, cultures and sporting habits of different cities and began to select information that we thought was relevant. The students will be split into groups and will create a tourist presentation video of their chosen city using different geographical vocabulary to show their understanding.
PSHE
For PSHE this week, we attended the assembly of Year 3. Year 3 taught us about empathy and the different between that and sympathy. The students listened intently and showed a lot of respect for the Year 3 class, pleasing the teachers.
We are hoping that Year 6 will be able to demonstrate this idea of empathy through the final term and will be able to place themselves in someone else’s shoes to see what they think.
Contact:
Mr Robert
Miss Nisreen


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review : Week Ending: 9th of March 2018

Weekly Learning Review


Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 15/03/2018
Literacy
We continued our theme of non-fiction and have been looking at instructional writing. In our first lesson of the week, we looked at the features and style of instructional writing; we discussed how it should be laid out and the different styles of writing that we can use to create an outstanding piece of work e.g. time connective phrases.
We moved on from this and looked at grammar tasks throughout the rest of the week. We discussed expanded noun phrases in our second lesson; discussing how we can use them alongside other techniques such as connectives and conjunctives to improve the standard of our work. We wrote about different monsters and used a series of expanded noun phrases to describe them effectively.
For out next lesson, we looked at an important feature of any instructional text- the semi-colon. We have covered this before and the children were able to easily master the skill of introducing a list using a colon and following it up with bullet points and time connectives to order. Finally, at the end of the week we wrote our own instructional texts in the Big Write lesson with many students hitting the success criteria.
Mathematics
In Mathematics, we have been working on linear sequences. We discussed what we might mean by a linear sequence and defined what the technique meant. We then discussed the correct way of solving sequence problems, finding a rule or a pattern and following it. The students were all able to spot the patterns and complete the sequences.
We followed this up with a more complex series of sequences. We looked at alternating patterns and discussed how we always have to be careful when answering questions like this. The students worked on the task carefully and the majority were able to accurately complete the sequences.
Our next step in this activity is to introduce the nth term to the students. Their impressive understanding of mathematics means we are planning to introduce this Year 7 skill in the third term of the year.
Science
This week in science, we continued our topic on forces and motions and discussed different types of energies. As a class we mind-mapped the different types of ‘energy’ that we could think of and noticed that in the end we can categorise them in four different ways; Motion (Kinetic), Sound, Heat (Thermal) and Light.
We discussed what each of these types of energy might look like and then discussed where we might see them. Our example for this activity was different types of sports and we were able to see that different sports use different types of energy e.g. football is primarily kinetic.
The students then made a chart to look at different sports and decided which type of energy would most likely be used.
Humanities
For Humanities, we continued our topic of World Geography. We looked at different capital cities throughout the world and looked at their locations based on their coordinates. We were able to discuss where in the world these cities are and discussed ideas such as the northern and southern hemisphere.
From this, we were also able to look at different weather conditions and understand that the location of cities within the world has a big impact on the climate that the place will have.
PSHE
For PSHE this week, we attended the excellent assembly of Year 4 on ‘Helping. The students listened attentively and we were able to demonstrate our understanding of helping others throughout the week.
We also went to Fagnoon this week on our school trip where the students learned interesting ideas and skills in an enjoyable environment.
Contact:
Mr Robert
Miss Nisreen

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review :Week Ending: 8 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review

Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 08/03/2018
Literacy
The first week we continued our theme of non-fiction and have been looking at arguments. We started the week, as always, with a comprehension activity. We looked at a balanced argument discussing If children should start the day with a healthy breakfast.
We discussed why we needed to keep our arguments balanced; how there are always, at least, two sides to a story and how it improves our writing if we can write from a different perspective. After we had discussed this, we began to create our own topics for  arguments; we went to the computer laboratory and researched different things- being careful to find information for and against.
We continued to practice our balanced arguments and worked as a group on different important arguments. The students worked hard to think of arguments from both sides. Finally, we planned and drafted our arguments before creating a final draft in the Big Write.
Mathematics
In Mathematics, we have been working on addition and subtraction. Although a skill that the students have known for many years, we still need to  practice to improve our work. We looked at many different types of addition and subtraction problems and the students were able to demonstrate the formal technique accurately every time. The majority of the students can be seen as mastering this skill now and we can move on to more difficult topics over the course of the coming weeks.
Science
This week in science, we recapped our knowledge of Topic 5, Circuits and Electricity, before the test on Wednesday. As a class, we discussed what we already knew and what we had learned from our lessons and experiments.

We discussed the components in a circuit; names and symbols and why electricians use those drawings to label their diagrams. We then recapped the different types of circuits, such as series and parallel, and discussed the differences and how and why we would use them. Finally, we looked at conductors and insulators; looking at different examples throughout the classroom and school so that we could understand these items in a real world context.

We were very pleased with the effort of the students over the course of the term and the results of the students were very impressive!

Humanities
For Humanities, we continued our topic of World Geography. We looked at and discussed different environments across the world; comparing the deserts of Egypt to the mountainous regions of other countries. It is important for the students to understand why we should study other countries and so we discussed why we should look and respect other cultures across the world.
After we had compared similarities and differences in cultures, we once again compared the countries. We looked at many different environmental features of different important countries around the world and were able to select important details about all of them.
Contact:
Mr Robert
Miss Nisreen

Friday, 2 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review 1st of March 2018

Weekly Learning Review
Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 01/03/2018
Please look out for details of the upcoming Year 6 Wellspring residential trip- 24-26 April, 2018!

Literacy
The first week back gives us an excellent opportunity to reflect upon our holidays and so this week in Literacy we looked at recounts. We started the week by looking at an example of a recount written by a class in the UK. We answered questions about the texts structure and the style of writing within it.
After this, we began to look at different examples. A Year 6 skill is listening and note taking and so we watched several videos about tourist destinations around the world. The students took notes from these videos and as a class we wrote examples of a recount of an imaginary holiday that we had been on.
When we were comfortable with the structure and writing style of a recount, we moved on to planning and drafting our final versions. The students used the 5w's to plan a recount of what they did on their own half term holidays and then they wrote their best versions in the Big Write.
Mathematics
In Mathematics, we have been working on averages. We started the week by refreshing our knowledge of averages and working on mean, mode and range. The students showed good memory skills and were able to recall the different mathematical terms easily. In the second lesson of the week, we looked at the median averages. For this, we have to group our numbers in a numerical order and then find the middle numbers. Once more, the students excelled and demonstrated good knowledge.

Finally, we moved onto using average in line graphs. We found data sets and made tables to document them before plotting them out using a line graph. We then used these line graphs to plot the mean, median, mode and range of our data.
Science
This week, in science we continued to look at our new topic of forces and motion. We discussed what gravity is and compared the strength of gravity on the moon and on earth; discussing that the gravity on earth is 6 times stronger than that on the moon.
After we discussed this, we looked at other planets and discovered that the gravity on the biggest planets in the solar system is even stronger than on Earth. With this in mind, we were able to decide that the strength of gravity is based on the size and weight of the planet.

Our activity in this lesson was to find out how much different objects would weigh on different planets. We looked at the formula to do this and practiced it as a class. We then began to work independently. The students were able to follow this formula accurately and plot the weight of different objects on different planets.


Humanities
For Humanities, we introduced our new topic of World Geography. This topic is very cross curricular and we can learn about the world in many different subjects in school. For our introductory lesson, we looked at different countries around the world and compared and contrasted them. Our first example was Wales and Egypt. We compared the size, population, environments of the two countries to see what similarities and what differences there are.

After this, we were able to move on to more independent work. The children were given comprehension sheets with all of the information and were told to compare the countries in a table format. This allows the students to see the similarities and differences between countries around the world and also allows them to practice many other skills at the same time.
Contact:
Mr Robert

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Weekly Learning Review Week Ending: 15th February 2018

Weekly Learning Review
Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 15/02/2018
Literacy
This week in Literacy,we have been looking at poetry. We started the week by looking at an example poem about the Ancient Greeks. We discussed the structure of the poem, the techniques the author uses to create an effect and what the rules of poetry are. After this, we answered a comprehension task about the poem.
We then began to look at how we can write our own poetry. We looked at different rhyming schemes and decided to work on the ABAB rhyming scheme. We began to write our own poems based on this structure. We continued our work on poetry by looking at different styles and structures. We looked at Acrostic poems and shape poems and how they do not need to rhyme and we practiced writing these.
Finally, we wrote our own final drafts of our poems in the Big Write; using all the techniques the children have learned and showing independent learning by choosing the structure and topic they wanted to write about.
Mathematics
In Mathematics, we have been working on the area of shapes. We discussed what area is and how we find it in a rectangle. Following on from this, we began to look at compound shapes. This is a complicated skill and took two lessons for the students to begin to understand how to infer missing numbers from shapes.

Once we had mastered compound rectangles, we could begin to look at other shapes as well. We discussed triangles and how to find their area using the formula Half Base x Height’. When we had mastered this, we were able to attempt compound shapes using triangles as well as rectangles.

Science
We finished our science topic this week and began our new one entitled Forces and Motion. We considered how we can measure forces and planned a fair science experiment using newton scales. We discussed what we would need to do to have a fair test and what our variable would be.
After we had planned our test, we went down to the science laboratory to attempt the experiment. The students were broken up into four groups and measured the weight of different items they could find in school. They recorded their results in a  table.
Humanities
For Humanities, we finished our topic on the Ancient Greeks. We recapped all of our knowledge from the half term- Myths, Legends, the Ancient Greek Gods and many more things. The students remembered a lot and seem to have enjoyed this topic.
For our final lesson on the topic, we looked at the infamous Trojan War. We discussed how and why it was written about in the Ancient Greek poem the Illiad. We thought about how the Greeks might have reacted to the news of the fall of Troy and wrote our own news scripts before acting them out as ANN, the Ancient News Network!

Contact:
Mr Robert
Miss Nisreen