15/09/2017 at 20:39
The children in Year 6 were very excited to receive their new Year 6 planners this afternoon!
These will now take the place of the Extreme Learning reading records and will also be used to keep track of homework and other important dates. Children must bring these to school everyday.
Parents/carers should sign the planners at the bottom of each day for any reading/maths activities that count towards Extreme Learning. The weekend activities can be written and signed in the “Notes” section on the bottom right.
Over the weekend, we would like the children to fill in the front information page with support from their parents/carers. They may also fill in the timetable and activities pages. There are copies of the weekly timetable at school which children may borrow to help them fill in the timetable page in their planner. They only need the “Week 1” page as our timetable stays the same each week.
14/09/2017 at 22:00
We had a brilliant day at Yeadon Tarn for our Literacy trip based on Michael Morpurgo’s book, Kensuke’s Kingdom!
The children took part in three activities: sailing, poetry and survival drama. The day out really helped us to bring the story to life and understand how the main character, Michael, must have felt.
Literacy in the fresh air – water poetry & being washed up on a pacific island
13/09/2017 at 12:36
Our maths this week has been all about place value. The children have been reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000 and determining the value of each digit.
Everyone has made a really good start to the year!
Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and needs to be handed in by the following Monday morning please. This can count as part of Extreme Learning. Homework this week has been handed out today and is about place value.
13/09/2017 at 12:26
Our Changing World is an ongoing science topic which looks at how things in our world change over the course of the year. Year 6 are looking at the Key Question: How does the number, type and behavior of the birds found around our school change during the year?
We looked at the RSPB Big Bird Watch top 15 birds, studied what they look like and thought about ones we have seen and not seen. We watched ‘An idiot’s guide to bird watching’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f_4_xN_zGs
to give us some tips on how best to spot birds then we went out into the school grounds with our clip boards and tally sheets.
And we were amazingly good at it! The children were calm and quiet and used their listening skills well before looking carefully. We saw magpies, sparrows, blackbirds, a jackdaw and some coloured birds which may have been chaffinches!
We will be sending our findings to the Big Bird Watch.
11/09/2017 at 16:27
Last week in science, the year 6 children began by looking at The Scientific Method – in order to try get us thinking like scientists! We learned the stages of the method through two wonderful raps (which have kept me awake for several nights going round in my head!) Hear are the links so you can sing along with your child!
What is the Scientific Method?
In kid’s terms, the scientific method is a way for scientists to study and learn things. It doesn’t matter what the scientist is trying to learn, using the scientific method can help them come up with an answer.
The first thing to do with the scientific method is to come up with a question. You can’t find the answer until you know the question after all!
Next you need to observe and gather information in order to come up with a guess (called a hypothesis) or a number of guesses to the answer.
Now you run experiments to see if your guess is right. As you run experiments you can change your guess, or hypothesis, to fit your results. A key to good experiments is to only change one thing, or variable, at a time. This way you can check your results and know what you changed that changed the answer.
Finally, after running all the tests you can think of, you present your final answer.
By going through this process, scientists have a way to verify their guesses and to double check each other. Another scientist can take a look at your tests and add some more tests and continue to refine your answer to the question.
Scientific Method Steps
As described above there are steps you take when using the scientific method. Here is an example of the steps:
- Ask a question
- Gather information and observe (research)
- Make a hypothesis (guess the answer)
- Experiment and test your hypothesis
- Analyze your test results
- Present a conclusion
08/09/2017 at 20:54
We’ve had a brilliant week in 6H! The children have come back to school with a fantastic attitude and have worked very hard!
Please review the Year 3/4 Spelling words. We will have a short assessment on them in Week 3.
This week, we’ve been reviewing Literacy skills with our short topic on James and the Giant Peach. In Reading, we have focused on the different question types we will come across in Year 6. In Writing, we’ve been experimenting with expanded noun phrases and adverbial phrases.
In preparation for our sailing trip next week (which we are all very excited about), we have started reading the novel Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.
The story of Kensuke’s Kingdom links to our Geography work on world maps, oceans and tsunamis. This week, we’ve been practising our mapping skills by labeling the continents and oceans. We enjoyed playing our own version of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” tracking a spy across the globe using clues to help us work out her location. Some children were unsure about the location of some of the continents and oceans. Please spend some time exploring Google Earth or looking at a world map.
Next week will be busy. Wednesday is PE and Thursday is the sailing trip at Yeadon Tarn. Thank you to everyone who has already returned the permission slip. Let’s hope for sun and wind!