Non-negotiables These are charts that the children use in class so they are clear on what they need to achieve by the end of Year 6.
Spelling list These are the spellings we need to be able to spell within our writing by the end of Year 6.
Curriculum newsletters and topic maps
Topic maps show what we will be learning in our new topic, newsletters share our learning at the end of each half term.
Spring 2 2017/2018 South America
In the second half of Spring term, we will be continuing to explore our topic on South America, therefore our topic map and homework will be staying the same. To see what we have learned so for in our topic please see our newsletter for Spring 1.
Spring 1 2017/2018 South America
Week beginning 5.2.18
This week we have finished Foul Play: Brazil, which was a great detective story linked to the World Cup in 2014. On Wednesday we wrote our own stories based on a picture of a young boy looking under his bed. Our teachers were very impressed by our creativity – well done to Reece in 6N for his excellent effort which is our work of the week this week!
In Maths we have been learning about ratio and proportion and had a visit from Explore Learning who ran a workshop to consolidate our knowledge of percentages. It was really fun and we collaborated well to succeed in our learning.
We are all looking forward to a well-deserved rest over half term!
Week beginning 29.1.18
This week we have been really busy preparing ourselves for our SATs. Although it’s only just February, we all sat last year’s papers as a practice run. Our teachers are pleased with our results so far and think that we should be very proud of ourselves as we have worked very hard! However, there is still lots of work to do, so we need to keep practising our reading, grammar, times tables and other areas of Maths which we find tricky. There will be another mock week in the second half term.
This week we also conducted a Science experiment looking at acidity and alkaline solutions, making predictions and recording our results. We also studied micro-organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi.
In PE we did Gymnastics in the hall – we created sequences incorporating rolls, jumps and balances. It was great fun to be able to use the wall bars!
On Friday we took part in the sponsored spell for Sebastian’s Action Trust and we were really pleased with how we did – let’s get that sponsor money in!
Week beginning 22.1.18
This week in maths we have been thinking about angles and have practised using protractors.
We had a lot of fun on Friday putting all our skills and knowledge to use to find missing angles. We had to hunt down the next question based on our previous answer. Some of the questions were quite tricky!
If you would like to challenge yourself, or someone you know, have a go at the question below!
Week beginning 15.1.18
A busy week in Year 6…
This week has been a very busy one! We have continued to read Foul Play: Brazil which is an exciting mystery story set at the time of the last World Cup. We have been making predictions about what the characters will do next and written some rainforest setting descriptions.
In Maths, we have been calculating percentages – this has proven to be tricky, so some extra practice at home would be helpful (Mathletics, Timetable Rockstars for consolidation of multiplication and division).
In Topic, we have been learning all about plants and creatures of the rainforest. This has been fascinating and we even got to create our own ‘perfect plant’ which is adapted to live in a rainforest climate!
In PE we have been working on our cognitive skills, as well as learning how to play as part of a team, and developing our co-ordination and agility.
In RE we are learning about The Holy Trinity and considering our place in the wider world by learning about the value of money in PSHE.
Week beginning 8.1.18
Maths and RE
This week we have been focusing on decimals in maths. We practiced converting decimals into fractions to find equivalences. In RE we were learning about the Holy Trinity and we thought about 3 versions of us and showed these through art.
Week beginning 1.1.18
This term we are studying South America. On Friday we had our super start to the topic and looked at South American carnival. We explored the colours, music, dances and food. In groups, we created dances to samba music, made South American cheese bread, created green screen TV news reports about carnival and created inspired artwork. We also created our South American themed book corners, ready to enthuse our writing in English!
Autumn 2 2017/2018 Evolution and Inheritance
Year 6 computing 30 Nov – 20 Dec
Over the last few weeks, Year 6 have been planning, creating and presenting a presentation of the Nativity story using Powerpoint.
The children began by reading and planning their presentation on paper, not something they enjoyed. However, the value of planning first became apparent in week two, allowing them to focus on inserting backgrounds and typing skills.
During our next sessions, the children began inserting characters (pictures), building up each scene in their presentations and bringing them to life. We focused on animations such as entrance, emphasis and motion paths. Our presentations were fast becoming interactive and more engaging.
Finally, some children added sound effects. After reviewing their work (several times) the children made their finishing touches before sharing with their Year 3 buddies. It was really pleasing to have the audience of their work watching and appreciating their efforts!
Well done Year 6.
BIDMASS, reading and evolution
This week we have been very busy developing our reading comprehension skills using texts based on our evolution topic – we have loved learning about dinosaurs! We also planned and wrote our own stories using our knowledge of dinosaurs and fossils.
In Maths we have been calculating using BIDMAS, ensuring that we carry out our calculations in the correct order!
In Topic we created work to sum up what we have learned throughout the topic, including evolution of humans, plants and animals, adaptation and inheritance.
We’ve also been embarking on our end of term tests – it’s a busy time of year!
This week, Year 6 were lucky enough to spend a day visiting a Mandir in London. Once we arrived, we had to remove our shoes as a sign respect, and watched a video which told us a lot about the history of the temple. We were then able to listen to some more information about Hinduism and the Mandir, and ask any questions we had.
After that, we were able to witness one of the five prayers of the day. The temple was ornately decorated and we were able to see the beautiful deities.
National Young Mathematician’s Awards
On Wednesday 8th November, four children from year six took part in the NYMA (National Young Mathematician’s Awards). It is the only team maths competition for primary schools in the UK. The competition, now in its eighth year, is run in conjunction with the NRICH project at the University of Cambridge and is designed to inspire and challenge talented mathematicians from across the UK.
We were very proud of our team this year, who worked brilliantly on the challenge set. They worked particularly well on team work, (scoring full marks) supporting each other’s ideas and investigating together. Unfortunately however, the competition was high and we sadly did not make it to the second round. It is a great achievement and our team should be proud of their achievements.On Wednesday 8th November, four children from year six took part in the NYMA (National Young Mathematician’s Awards). It is the only team maths competition for primary schools in the UK. The competition, now in its eighth year, is run in conjunction with the NRICH project at the University of Cambridge and is designed to inspire and challenge talented mathematicians from across the UK.
We were very proud of our team this year, who worked brilliantly on the challenge set. They worked particularly well on team work, (scoring full marks) supporting each other’s ideas and investigating together. Unfortunately however, the competition was high and we sadly did not make it to the second round. It is a great achievement and our team should be proud of their achievements.
What an egg-straordinary week!
This week has been eggcellent! We have continued studying Jurassic Park alongside looking at the evolution of man and completing a skull study and making comparisons across skulls from millions of years ago!
In English, we spent the first half of the week (we’ve been busy doing fractions in maths too!) designing and creating our book corners.
On Thursday, we were interrupted by Mrs Wright, who had made an unusual discovery whilst on her health and safety walk around school. Rushing outside, we found a large pink, with black dots, egg nested into the school long jump sand pit. After a conversation with the Animal Trust, the egg was placed in water and we are awaiting further instruction. We have been busy informing Frimley of the find by writing our own newspaper reports! We are hoping the egg is harmless and we don’t come back to a T-Rex in the year 6 unit!
Autumn 1 2017/2018 Shakespeare
Newspaper articles, bikeability, dance and long division.
This week, a lot of us have been busy with bikeability. In the classroom we have also been creative writing our own newspaper articles; as reporters, we have analysed witness statements from people around the island when the Tempest struck and constructed our own reports to inform Italy about the catastrophic events. We presented our reports using a green screen where we shared our reports in the format of a newspaper reporter.
In PE, we have also been preparing for our fantastic finish, each class has developed a dance to portray the Tempest. Some classes working as a class to show the storm and others interpreting the music in groups.
Maths has been challenging this week as we put our timetables to the test to do long division. After learning the method, we ran round to practice our method in competition with each other (active maths).
Active Maths, play scripts and PE
This week in year 6 we got active in our Friday Maths lesson, practising our addition, subtraction and multiplication. We worked in small teams, having to run between questions cards and use formal written methods to find the answers. We had a lot of fun, and got to practise our maths!
We have also been working hard in our other lessons, looking at play scripts and planning newspaper articles, based on our text The Tempest, in English.
In addition, we practised our balance in PE, building on our social skills through teamwork and effective communication, and have perfected our technique for the River Crossing game.
Maths, The Tempest and Science
What a busy week we have had! This week we have been working really hard in our English lessons, learning about varied sentence structures (ask me to tell you what a complex sentence is!) and adding lots of depth and detail to our character descriptions.
In Maths we have continued to work on our knowledge of number – we have looked at place value; rounding to any given number with acquired accuracy and negative numbers, adding and subtracting them to crack a secret code!
We have continued to develop our understanding of how we see by carrying out experiments in Science to observe how light is refracted.
We have linked our Topic sessions to our English topic, by using different materials to create an eye-catching book cover for The Tempest, based on blurbs and what we have read so far.
Maths and The Tempest
Our second week back has been non-stop! We have been busy getting to grips with number, place value and rounding in maths and in English, we have delved into our new text, The Tempest. Our creativity has been explored this week, thinking about the stormy setting of the Tempest and up-levelling vocabulary to describe the Island and stormy surroundings. We used this inspiration to design and make our own Tempest settings for our book corners.
First week back in Year 6
We have had an exciting start back in Year 6 and got straight back to work, investigating patterns in maths and writing recounts in English. The maths investigations have challenged us to work more systematically, and think of lots of different approaches. In English, it has been really interesting learning about what everyone has been up to over the holidays and recounting our favourite moments! We have also been able to remind ourselves about using the non-negotiables. We have been getting to know our new teachers and are looking forward to the year ahead!