27/11/2020 at 15:23
We have had a great week in 6J and the children have worked very hard on their work. We have further developed our understanding of fractions, building on our recap work from last week and found ourselves amidst the Jerry in a ferocious battle for Joey the war horse.
Last week we focused on finding equivalent fractions and converting between mixed number and improper fractions. The children found this a little tricky at first but with lots of drawings and practical resources we are much more confident this week. The next step on our fraction journey was to explore adding and subtracting fractions. Skills from last week were needed right from the start to find common denominators before we were able to add or subtract the numerators! I have seen some fabulous work and the children were flying through some SATs style questions by the end of the learning and confidently explaining their mathematical thinking.
Below is a video to help with the homework task if needed.
English and Reading
This week we have read up to chapter 9 in War Horse and have been exposed to the brutal reality of war. Joey has now been captured and is in enemy territory – I wonder what his fate will be…
The children completed some excellent research before writing their very own persuasive leaflet to encourage people to give their horses to the army. I was impressed with their language choices and their application of persuasive techniques.
- Spelling task on spelling shed– Due Wednesday 2nd
- Maths task – Adding fractions – Due Wednesday 2nd
- Learning log – WW1 writing – Due Wednesday 9th
- TT Rockstars and Mathletics assignments set
Have a lovely weekend!
13/11/2020 at 16:33
We have spent some time over the past two weeks looking at the reasons WW1 started. This is a complex piece of learning and the children have listened and responded well. We had the opportunity to read some poems about WW1 and reflect on how these have made us feel. Each poem evoked different emotions surrounding the war and how it may have been perceived. Here is one of the poems we shared.
Dulce El Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
Following on from this the children produced some art work to commemorate all of those who have lost their lives to war. We also held a 2 minute silence on Wednesday to remember those who had fought.
- Spelling task – Due Wednesday 18th
- Maths task – Prime numbers – Due Wednesday 18th
- Learning log – learning a poem off by heart – Due – Due Wednesday 22nd
- TT Rockstar’s, Mathletics and Spelling Shed
Have a lovely weekend,
06/11/2020 at 16:42
This week 6J have been taking part in Bikeability and have worked really hard. The children have been completing level one and possibly level two depending on their ability.
Level one aims to develop mastery in cycle handling in an off-road environment and prepare riders for cycling on the road. Level two aims to develop riders’ skills and confidence for cycling on single-lane roads and simple junctions with mostly moderate motor traffic flows (where riders encounter vehicles with progressively greater frequency in each module), and prepares riders for cycling on more complex, often busier or faster roads and junctions. The instructors were very impressed with all of the children’s efforts and attitude.
The children will find out soon which level they have achieved.
Probably the first thing the children noticed when they came into the classroom after the holiday, was the mould that had grown on the bread we had placed around the room before half term. We spent a very exciting (and slightly horrifying) lesson having a look at our results and trying to draw some conclusions about what we found out. Generally, we found that moist bread seemed to grow the most mould. We also noticed that there were several different colours of mould! The children had good ideas about what they might try next having carried out the investigation. The bread is now safely in the bin!
For homework this week children have a maths task (multiples) and a spelling sheet (homophones). The children have also been assigned two Mathletics tasks.
Have a lovely weekend,
16/10/2020 at 16:20
We have had a tiring but rewarding week in 6J this week. The children have taken some assessments, written and extended piece of descriptive writing, explored the Sikh’s key values and much, much more. They have all worked very hard and should be pleased with their achievements.
We had the first real glimpse into Kensuke’s life this week and I think the children’s perception of this character have really changed. He was initially portrayed as a little stern and sometimes rather rude! However, we now know that he is a caring and compassionate man who is taking care of young Michael after a rather terrifying ordeal with a jellyfish. The children use a small snippet from the text and used their retrieval skills to draw a picture of Kensuke. Below are some of their ideas.
Over the last six weeks, the children have been exploring the Sikh religion. We have focused on finding out about the Gurus and their lives, the story of Guru Nanak and took a look inside the Gurdwara. The children have asked very thoughtful questions throughout the sessions and we have received some expert answers from a number of children in the class who are part of this faith. I have been very impressed in the detail given in their answers and it has allowed the class to have an insight into this religion even further. Here is some of the work completed so far in this unit.
This afternoon, the children have taken home two important letters, parents evening times and Bikeability. We need the Bikeability letters back ASAP so that all of the equipment can be ordered ready to begin after half term. Please let me know if there are any questions regarding this.
- Spelling word search – Due 21/10/20
- Short division task – Due 21/10/20
- Mathletics tasks – Due 21/10/20
- TT Rockstar games – Due 21/10/20
Please let me know if you have any further questions. Some children have been wanting to email homework. My email is: [email protected]
Enjoy the weekend!
02/10/2020 at 15:58
We have continued to work exceptionally hard this week and have also thoroughly enjoyed our first week of playtimes in the dens. The children have been busy building and constructing a wide range of dens and I am excited to see them develop further next week.
This week we have built on our planning from last week to write our very own set of instructions for survival. Time openers and modal verbs were a huge focus during this task and the children took on the challenge well. We have lots of wonderful tips and suggestions to survive however lots of the children are not sure that anyone will actually get out alive!
Tectonic plates! This week we explored the tectonic plate boundaries and the three main types of plates. The children already had a good knowledge of the plates and what impact they had on our world. I was really pleased with the standard of work produced and the time and care taken over the detailed drawings completed. Well done everyone!
Spellings – Due 07/10/2020 Maths, negative numbers – Due 07/10/20 Learning log – research around earthquakes – Due 14/10/20 Mathletics assignments linked to this weeks learning – Due 07/10/20
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, despite the awful weather forecast!
25/09/2020 at 16:02
This has been another great week for 6J. The children have been developing their understanding of a range of topics further and have worked hard throughout the week.
This week we have focused our attentions on rounding and negative integers. There was a little confusion around the word ‘integers’ early in the week, but we soon understood this term and the children completed the tasks well. This weeks homework is focusing on rounding as this is an element of the curriculum that some find challenging. Below is a link to a video to help if you are finding it tricky at home.
We have further developed our understanding of the Mool Mantar this week and began to look at the story of Guru Nanak. The children showed great respect to the children in class who are part of the Sikh religion and asked inquisitive and well thought out questions. The work produced was of a high standard and contained lots of information from both the video clip we had watched and the discussions we had as a class.
We have also been exploring instructional writing in English, which the children will complete next week, plotting Michael’s journey on a map in geography, and revisited our counting to 10 in French!
This will the children have been issued with:
Spelling task – able and ible – Due 30.9.20 Rounding in maths – Due 30.9.20 Mathletics assignments – Due 30.9.20
Many thanks and have a lovely weekend!