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The Taxonomic Hierarchy – or grouping things together!

27/09/2017 at 13:34


After classifying sweets last week, we began looking at classification in a much more scientific way this week. We looked at the scientific names for several creatures such as: Panthera leo= lion

Elephas maximus = Asian elephant

Daucas carota= carrot

We watched two videos about the taxonomic hierarchy – which is just a scientific word for grouping things! We learned a mnemonic to help us remember the stages of classification:

Dead Kings Play Cards On Fat Green Stools!

I wonder if your child can remember what the initial letters stand for in the taxonomic hierarchy?

We classified the puma, a house cat and a human in this way.


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Maths this week

27/09/2017 at 13:26


This week we have finished our Place Value topic by working on fluency, reasoning and problem solving question associated with reading and writing numbers up to 10,000,000, negative numbers and rounding numbers. The children have practised some past test questions and have completed an assessment. We have also started to work on solving written problems using addition and subtraction.

Homework is connected with this and I would like the children to concentrate on setting out and showing their working out too please.

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Another busy week in 6H

22/09/2017 at 23:58


We’ve had another great week settling in to life in Year 6. The children have had a fantastic attitude and are working well. There seem to be a few cold and stomach bugs going around so a lot of rest this weekend would be helpful.

We have been continuing with our focus on Kensuke’s Kingdom and building on our sailing experience last week. We have particularly enjoyed watching some Ray Mears and Bear Grylls videos that explain how to survive on the type of island in the story. It has really helped everyone to picture it more clearly. We have also been plotting the characters’ sailing journey on a world map so we can work out where we think the boy went overboard.


1. Spelling – words with ible/able suffixes. Children should practise these words in different ways so they feel confident spelling them.

2. Learning Log: Current Events & Geography – 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.

3. Maths homework


Bikeability – Year 6 Bikeability sessions start on Monday. Most of the 6H sessions are towards the end of this coming week and early the week after. You should have received a letter stating which days each child should come to school ready to cycle.

Star Wars Day – Friday 6th October


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Sweet Classification Tree

20/09/2017 at 13:51


This week we have started our first science topic called ‘Nature Library’ in which we will be learning about classification of living things. We started by grouping a set of pictures according to any criteria the children chose as long as they could explain. We then tried to gain an understanding of classification by classifying something we know well – confectionery!

6H worked together to create a method for classifying sweets. We started with a wide variety of sweets in the “Confectionery” category at the top of the tree. We then decided we could classify them as “Chocolate” or “Not Chocolate.”

The “Chocolate” sweet type was further classified by if it had anything as well as chocolate. The children were able to classify even further by thinking about flavours, textures and centres. Eventually, we got down to the species or specific product name.

We went through a similar process with the confectionary or “Not Chocolate” sweets.

Each child was able to choose a sweet and trace it down through the classification tree to ensure it had been classified correctly.

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This week in maths

20/09/2017 at 12:52


This week in maths we have been rounding numbers up to 10,000,000 to the nearest 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000. We did this by finding the target number (using our knowledge of place value) then looking at the digit to the right of it and applying the ‘High Five’ rule. We had some help from a Math Antics programme which we enjoyed.

Homework is about rounding. The children received it yesterday – a day early just means they get an extra day to complete it although they can bring it in at any point in between.

We have also been working on negative numbers both in context (temperature, money and underground) and finding the differences between numbers, both positive and negative.

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How to Use Your Year 6 Planner

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.


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