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W/b 9th December ** Mon - Christmas Post Box is by the office ** Christmas Experience at St Mary's Church starts, Music Concert (7.00-9.00pm) ** Tues - KS1 Nativity (2.00pm and 6.30pm) ** Weds - SEN Coffee morning (9.00 - 10.15am), JITB Christmas party (11.30am), Netball v St John's (home 2.00pm), Netball v Maple Cross (away after school) ** Thursday SCHOOL CLOSED ** Friday - Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas Dinner day ** Sunday - Christingle at St Mary's Church - 2.30pm **
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St Mary's Church of England Primary School Aspire, Nurture, Flourish

Year 6

Welcome to Year Six

 

What are we learning next week?

Maths - We will be looking further at problems which involve using the formal methods for multiplication. We will then be learning how to calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles. 

English - We are learning how to write atmospheric texts based on our theme of WW1. We will be learning how to carefully use speech to advance actions, and how to turn speech into indirect speech and actions. We will be focusing on using a range of adverbs to add detail and cohesion.

Home Learning - 29 11 19

Maths - Complete page 10 (Written Multiplication) in your Maths Workbook and the page (below) which you have been given. 

English - Read and answer the questions on 'Hostages to Handheld Devices' on pages 8 & 9 of your Reading Comprehension Book. 

Spellings - Learn the meanings and spellings of the words below which are from your curriculum word list:

sincerely, parliament, government, environment, especially

What are we learning next week?

Maths - We will be continuing to work with percentages: learning how to find percentages of amounts, percentage increases and decreases, finding totals given a percentage, and solving a range of worded and visual problems using these skills. 

English - We will be continuing to learn how to persuade different audiences using facts from research. We will learn how to directly address the reader and weave our opinion into facts, use rhetorical questions and subordinating conjunctions. 

Home Learning - 22 11 19

Maths - Complete pages 34 & 35 (Percentages of Amounts) in your Maths workbook. 

SPAG - Complete the two tests on Formal and Informal language on spag.com.

Spelling - Learn the meanings and spellings of the following words which end in -cial or -tial. Remember to consider if there is a root word!

crucial, beneficial, artificial, impartial, potential

Reading - Make sure that you read at least five times this week and get your reading record signed by an adult. 

 

 

Children in Need

On Friday 15th November we raised money for Children in Need. In exchange for £1, we came to school in our pyjamas! We had an assembly in the morning in which the whole school took part in a live streamed workout by Joe Wicks, joined by many schools across the country! 

What are we learning next week?

Maths - We will be learning to solve problems involving the calculation of percentages and using percentages for comparison. 

English - We will be learning to write formal pieces of persuasion in the form of letters and speeches. We will be learning how to use the subjunctive form in formal writing and adverbials to contrast and compare. 

 

Home Learning - 15 11 19

Maths - Complete pages 24 and 25 (Multiplying or Dividing by 10, 100 or 1000) in your Maths Workbook. 

English - Read and answer the questions on 'Born on a Blue Day' on pages 6 and 7 of your Reading Comprehension book. 

Spellings - Please learn the spellings and meanings of the following words 

official, special, essential, partial, confidential

Reading - Read at home at least five times this week and get your reading record signed by an adult.

Imperial War Museum

On Wednesday we visited the Imperial War Museum in London. We explored the First World War Galleries which are home to a huge range of artefacts, images, models and information from World War One. We got to explore a life-size trench, see weaponry up-close (including bayonets and shells) and saw the different uniforms soldiers from across the world would have worn. We also saw medals, letters and diaries from soldiers who served in the war. It was incredible to see so many items that would have formed part of 'normal' life during WW1.

Basketball Tournament

On Tuesday some Year 6 children took part in a Basketball Tournament against other primary schools in our School Sports Partnership. After 6 matches, St. Mary's were declared the winners of the tournament with the most won matches and secured a place in the County Finals in March! You'll find us practising every lunchtime, come rain or shine, between now and then!

Armistice Day

On Monday we attended the service of Remembrance at St. Mary's Church to mark 101 years since the end of World War One. The children read some of the names on the memorial aloud during the service and said prayers of thanks to those affected by WW1 and who lost their lives, and prayers of hope for peace.

What are we learning next week?

Maths - We will be continuing to learn how to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages and apply these skills to a range of problems. Why don't you test yourself on the key equivalents?

English - We are learning to create effective settings when writing about WW1. We are learning to use figurative language and describe senses. We will also be continuing to use subordinating conjunctions to write complex sentences. 

Home Learning - 08 11 19

Maths - Complete pages 28 and 29 (Fractions, decimals and percentages) in your Maths Workbook. 

English - Complete the two tests on Synonyms and Antonyms on spag.com.

Spellings - Learn the meanings and spellings of the words below, which are from the KS2 word lists:

address, achieve, definite, breath, breathe

Reading - Remember to read at least five times this week and get your reading record signed. 

 

Half Term

 

There will be no homework set over half term. However, please do make sure you continue to read regularly. If you would like to practise some key Maths and English skills, the BBC website has lots of useful resources, including games, to use.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn 

 

Have a restful week! laugh

Black History Month

We have been celebrating Black History Month in school this October and Year Six have been learning about the life and achievements of Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in Space. The children wrote some beautiful biopoems about her life. Here are just a few for you to enjoy. They have been put into a book which you can find the the school reception area. 

What are we learning next week?

Maths - We will be learning to add and subtract fractions with different denominators, continuing to apply our understanding of simplifying and ordering fractions. 

English - We will be editing and redrafting our narratives focusing on characterisation, giving effective feedback and learning to up-level with a focus on sentence types. 

Home Learning - 18 10 19

Maths - Complete page 19 (Ordering Fractions) in your Maths Workbook.

English - Read and answer the questions on 'Holes' (pages 4 and 5) in your Comprehension book. 

Spellings - Learn the meanings and spellings of the following words which contain the spelling rules we have learned this half term:

preferred, irresponsibly, transferable, thoroughly, reversible

Figurative Sculptures

We will be beginning to make our figurative sculptures next week; please bring in tin foil and any old newspaper you may have at home. 

Home Learning - 11 10 19

Maths - Complete page 18 in your Maths Workbook (Simplifying fractions)

English - Complete the 'Grammar' and 'Apostrophes and Commas' tests on SPAG.com

Spellings - Learning the spellings and meanings of the following words which contain the -ough letter string. 

drought, tough, roughest, brought, although

What are we learning next week?

Maths - We will be learning to simplify fractions using our knowledge of common factors and common multiples. We will also be learning how to change pairs or sequences of fractions so that they have a common denominator. 

English - We will continue our learning of how to describe characters effectively, including using pronouns and adverbial phrases, and write our own character descriptions based on figures from WW1. 

Home Learning - 04 10 19 

 

Maths - Complete pages 9 and 15 in your Maths Workbook (Solving Number Problems & Multiples, Factors & Primes).

English - Read and answer the questions on 'Poems about Seasons' on pages 14 & 15 of your Comprehension Workbook. 

Spellings - Learn the meanings and spellings of these words which all contain the -ough letter string.

thoughtful, enough, plough, cough, thorough

 

National Poetry Day

For National Poetry Day, the school took part in a Poetry X Factor competition, judged by Mrs Edwards. Year 6 performed the poem 'The War Horse' by Brenda Williams. The children spoke clearly and confidently and created suspense! 

Harvest Service

On Tuesday, we had our Harvest Service at school led by Rvd. Snowball. Some of the children wrote their own poems addressed to key objects/ people involved in Harvest time (such as the farmer, the Earth & God). They were thoughtful poems which were thoroughly enjoyed by the other children and our visitors. 

What are we learning next week?

English - In English, we will be exploring the ways in which characters are presented by authors (looking at description, dialogue and action) to create our own character descriptions based on our class book Private Peaceful. We will be using expanded noun phrases, metaphors and similes in our descriptions. 

Maths - We will be learning to recognise and solve problems involving factors, multiples and prime numbers. Test yourself on your times tables as this will help you to find the Highest Common Factor of a number, and the Lowest Common Mutliple. 

 

 

Don't Forget!

We have our Harvest Service at school next Tuesday (1st). If you have been asked to write a poem, these need to be ready for Tuesday. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Home Learning - 27 09 19

Maths -  Complete pages 16 & 17 in your Maths Workbook (Solving Calculation Problems).

English - Complete the work on spag.com (Terminology & Linking ideas)

Spellings - Learnt the meanings and spellings of these words which end in -ably or -ibly.

possibly, reasonably, understandably, irresponsibly, incredibly

 

Science

In Science we've been learning about the Human Circulatory System. On Thursday we explored the effect of exercise on the way our body functions. We completed three exercises and measured our heart rate to see what happened when we exercised - we had some questionable heart rates! We know that exercise keeps our heart muscle healthy and makes it better able to pump blood (and therefore oxygen) around our bodies. 

What are we learning next week?

English - We will be writing biographies next week and focusing on how to link ideas across paragraphs (using adverbials to sequence or contrast and repetition or words or phrases). We will be also learning how to correctly use semi-colons, colons and dashes in writing. 

Maths - We will be learning how to solve problems involving the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). The children will be using the formal written methods for these operations, as well as learning how to represent these pictorially (such as in bar models). We will look at the language of these operations too. Do you know which of the operations these words refer to?

Product, distribute, sum, total, difference between

Home Learning - 20 09 19

Maths - Complete pages 12 and 13 in your Maths Workbook (Mental Maths and Rounding)

English - Read and answer the questions on 'Cider with Rosie' (autobiography on p.10) in your Reading Comprehension Workbook

Spellings - Next week we will be learning to add suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words ending in -fer. Learn the meanings and spellings of these words:

referring, transferred, preferred, inferring & deferred

 

Visit to Harefield Hospital Open Day

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On Tuesday (17th September) we we fortunate to be able to visit Harefield Hospital's open day. We explored some of the theatres that were open to us on the day and were shown some incredible things by the staff. The children were able to touch a pig's heart and lungs (with gloves, of course) and were shown how to identify the arteries and veins, and even how a heart bypass is performed. We were shown impressive machinery and equipment, including artificial hearts. The children were able to practise their CPR skills and watch the oxygen rise to their patients head. They also learnt how to properly wash their hands and were shown bacteria under UV light. 

It was such a fantastic experience - we may have some future surgeons in our midst!

Thank you to our adult helpers!

Home Learning - 13 09 19

Maths - Complete pages 6, 7 & 8 in your Maths Workbook (Place Value, Rounding & Negative Numbers)

English - Research the life and work of a famous WW1 figure, e.g. Edith Cavell, Dame Caroline Haslett, Jack Cornwell or Wilfred Owen. We will be looking at Walter Tull in class so do not use him as focus for your research. Bring your research in in any form (such as notes in a notebook or on paper, a book you may have etc.)

Spellings - Learn the meanings and spelling of the following words which have the suffixes -able or -ible

reliable, divisible, considerable, plausible, changeable. 

 

Welcome back Year Six

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Welcome back to school after a (hopefully) restful break. Year Six have settled quickly into their new classroom and routines and are adjusting to life as the eldest children in the school! During our transition session in July, the children reflected on their favourite part of themselves; sense of humour, imagination, skilled feet etc. All of these unique attributes are now proudly displayed in our classroom. Throughout the year, hopefully the children will have many more parts of themselves that they will consider as fantastic and their favourite!
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