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Smart maths

11/10/2017 at 12:17

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It’s been a busy week in maths! The children have impressed me with their problem solving skills using addition and subtraction. We have looked at a range of problems involving one, two and three step problems. We have also worked on the formal written method of multiplication and have multiplied multi-digit numbers by one or two digits very successfully.

We are also doing a practice SATs test (three papers – one arithmetic and two reasoning) which will be completed next week.

For homework, there are some multiplication calculations to do. We have been talking about how important presentation is: putting one number in a square, sitting the number on the line and using a ruler to draw the answer lines. Here are some beautiful examples.

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Earthquake and Tsunami videos

10/10/2017 at 11:00

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We will be using these videos in our Literacy and Geography lessons over the next few weeks.

National Geographic Earthquakes 101

Earthquakes 101

How Tsunamis Work

National Geographic Tsunami 101

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Star Wars Day 2017

06/10/2017 at 16:01

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Episode VIII

ATTACK OF THE VOICES

There is unrest in the upper echelons of the education systems.

Dozens of law abiding pupils have declared their intentions to leave the Republic. They are kept fearfully imprisoned, however, by the voices of Gramma who has become the feared Lord of Farfield.

There are a group of elders within the realm who must tackle the voices head on. Will they be active in their quest or passive and allow Gramma’s tyrannical rule to continue?

 

We’ve had an absolutely fantastic Star Wars Day! All of the Year 6 children were fantastic participants in our Star Wars themed grammar day. Those who chose to dress up looked brilliant. Thank you to the parents and carers who helped with costumes. The home-made costumes were so creative!

Our day was split into 5 sessions, all based on using Active and Passive Voice in sentences. The children worked very hard and learned a lot.

 

We started the day with everyone together in the hall to identify the subject/verb/object in sentences and to learn how to change active sentences to passive. The children worked in small groups to create interesting sentences based on their costumes and practised moving the subjects and objects around to change the sentence type.

 

At 9:30, we split into three groups of about 20 children each. The groups participated in three 45 minute sessions.

  1. Making decisions about active and passive with Mrs Heap
  2. Sorting active and passive sentences and practising changing active to passive and passive to active with Mrs Carney.
  3. An active/passive card game and improving sentences with Mr Sharp.

 

 

The final activity was a writing challenge. The children were given 4 writing prompts to choose from including an Ewok story, describing one of Poe’s adventures, explaining how an X-Wing is built and describing how Han Solo escaped from the Star Destroyer.  They needed to use at least 5 passive sentences in their writing.

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Maths this week

04/10/2017 at 14:43

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In maths this week we spent some time revising and extending our knowledge of Roman numerals. We thought of ways that we still use them today – clocks, house numbers, film dates – to understand their relevance to us. The main rule to stick to is not to repeat the same letter more than three times in a row so that while 38 = XXXVIII 39 is NOT XXXVIIII but XLIX!

We have converted our Arabic numbers to Roman numerals and vice versa, we have ordered Roman numerals, we have counted in steps of 100 and steps of 500 and we have done some simple sums. Some children did a Roman numerals times tables puzzle shown below.

Homework is about this and the questions become progressively harder so don’t worry if every question cannot be completed. Just have a go!

Bikeability meant that maths was a little disrupted but everyone managed to complete some solving problems work on whiteboards in groups. This work will be continued next week.

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The Earth’s Crust – Plate Tectonics

03/10/2017 at 12:03

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1. Write the date and learning objective in your Humanities book.

L.O. Understand the layers of the Earth and plate tectonics

2. Find out about the Earth’s crust. Look at this website.

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/geography/physical-geography/structure-of-the-earth/

3. Complete The Earth’s Crust sheet with the globe on it.

In each box, write the name of one of the layers and a few facts. Use bullet points and write small. When you are finished, stick it in your book.

4. Complete the diagram of the Earth’s surface with the volcano on it.

When you are finished, stick it in your book.

5. Watch a Brain Pop video about the Earth’s crust

https://www.brainpop.com/science/earthsystem/platetectonics/

6. Watch a video about plate tectonics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcPghqnnTVk

7. With a partner, complete the jigsaw activity. 

You need a jigsaw sheet, a sheet of plain A3 paper, 2 pairs of scissors and a glue stick.

When you’re finished, ask for your work to be photocopied so you can both stick it in your Humanities books. It will need to be trimmed a bit.

8. Complete the Tectonic Plate activity

You might need to watch the second video again to help you find the answers. When you are finished, stick it in your book.

 

Well done! Now have a think about what this has to do with earthquakes.

Why do some places have more earthquakes than others?

Why do earthquakes cause more damage in some places than others?

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6H News

30/09/2017 at 21:58

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Homework:

Reading Comprehension – The first set of Reading Comprehension homework was completed to a very high standard. Thank you for taking time to go through the answers with your children. There was a very common error on one of the first questions: which countries were the grandparents from? Many children answered with the names of the cities rather than the countries. Please remind children to read the questions carefully.

The next Reading Comprehension homework has been sent home. It is due by Tuesday 10th October.

Learning Log – We would like the children to find out about the recent earthquake in Mexico. They should focus on the vocabulary linked to earthquakes, how it happened and why there was so much damage. We suggest that they do some research right away while there is still a lot of information in the news. Learning Logs are due on Wednesday 4th October.

 

Bikeability continues this week. Children should come dressed in PE kit and bring a change of uniform if it is forecast to be wet.

 

Star Wars Day is on Friday 6th October. Children may come to school in a costume if they wish. Light sabres are permitted but must be kept under control.

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