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Welcome to the Stingray class

Week beginning 22nd April 

 

We hope you all have a lovely Easter break.

Children are back in school Tuesday 23rd April.

 

When we return, we only have 14 academic days until SATs.

 

We would like to thank all parents for their support with the extra boosters and breakfast cub which we provide in order to boost children’s confidence and academic progress.

 

Reading-

Children have focused on summarising and will continue to do so after half term within their revision sessions. They will also revise retrieval and inference questions.

Please continue to read with your child at home, the more they read, the more vocabulary they are exposed to.

 

English- 

The children have worked incredibly hard on their poems this week and have created some amazing poetry using ‘imagine 3’ sentences.

 

After half term, we will be doing revision on grammar, filling gaps in relation to their SATs.

 

Maths- 

 

This week, we have worked on long multiplication and fractions (equivalent decimals and percentages as well as simplifying fractions).

 

After half term, we will be revising every day in preparation for SATs, enabling children to feel confident and ready to sit those tests!

 

 

 

Homework revision

 

Don’t forget, we only have 14 teaching days left when you come back from your Easter break before SATs.

 

Over the break, we don’t want you to forget all the amazing things you have learnt.

 

For ten days, spend a maximum of 20 minutes on each of the activities. You may decide to be super awesome and do them all at once!

 

This homework must be bought in Tuesday 23rd April. Every child who brings in their completed revision will be selected to take part in a special treat after SATs. Make sure you’re one of those super cool children.

Week beginning 01.04.19

 

Year 6 really enjoyed the ZOOLAB visit last week and a lot of children overcame their fears by holding a snake or a giant cockroach! Well done everyone.

 

We only have 4 academic weeks until SATs.

 

Don’t forget, your child must be practicing their times tables (Pixl and Time Table Rockstars). They must also aim to get quicker as SATs are under timed conditions.

 

Thank you for your continued support as we prepare our children for this crucial time of year 6.

 

 

 

English 

Well done to all children who have worked so hard on their diary entries this week. It is so lovely to hear the children say how proud they are of their work.

 

Next week, we will be looking at poetry in relation to the journey the Endurance made from England to South Georgia and into the Weddell Sea.

 

Maths 

The children have worked fantastically on short and long division; using their skills and applying it to reasoning problems involving division.

Next week, children will go over multiplication and other key skills they need to revisit in relation to their recent mock SATs.

 

Reading 

 

Children have started to work on summarising and will continue to do this next week. They will have the opportunity to answer questions which require summarising a paragraph or whole text.

These are the type of questions children will receive in their SATs papers.

Week beginning 25.3.19

 

We are very excited to have ’ZOOLAB’ visit Northfield next week. The children will be given the opportunity to get up close and personal with real animals. This will take place on Tuesday and, following that, the children will be given the opportunity to write about their experience! 

 

Reading comprehension- 

Children have worked hard on inference skills and will now be moving onto summary skills. They will have the opportunity to answer questions which require summarising a paragraph or whole text.

These are the type of questions children will receive in their SATs papers.

 

English-

 

The children are really getting on board (excuse the pun!) with their writing in relation to being a crew member on ‘The Endurance’. They have been researching what life on board was like. Did you know they called their living quarters ‘The Ritz’?

 

The children will continue to write their diary entries as they focus on key events, such as the time the ship got stuck in ice on the Weddell Sea!

 

Maths- 

 

Last week, the children  worked fantastically on learning the properties of 3D shapes. They have learnt a wide range of mathematical vocabulary to explain a 3D shape and have been learning to produce nets to represent them.

 

This week we will be going over short and long division as this has come up as a weakness in their mock SAT results.

 

Homework

 

Please help your child to learn their spellings. 

Read with your child at least three times a week, this is very important as it helps your child learn new vocabulary and helps them develop empathy for characters within books.

 

Arithmetic and grammar papers are due Friday 29th March.

Week beginning 11.3.19

 

Well done to all of the year sixes who worked so hard last week in their mock SATs.

Please remember to continue reading with your child at home at least three times a week and practise their timetables.

Times Table Rock Stars!

 

https://ttrockstars.com/login

Also, children can practise their grammar skills on Pixl Unlock.

 

English

For English, children will be exploring the character of Ernest Shackleton. They will then be writing a CV and personal statement stating why they would be good as a member of the ‘Endurance’ crew.

 

Maths

 

This week, children will continue their geometry skills and explore: measuring angles; drawing shapes with given angles; drawing 3D shapes and the parts of a circle.

 

Reading comprehension

 

In reading comprehension, children are beginning to answer inference questions. They will continue to practise this. They will also continue to do this in timed conditions to best prepare them for SATs and to enable them to complete a reader paper quickly and accurately.

 

Don’t forget your reading comprehension and maths reasoning homework is due Friday 15th March.  

Week beginning 4.3.19

 

Welcome back. We hope you had a lovely half term.

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support so far in the children’s learning. We have had lots of positive feedback from parents about our drive towards SATs and we really do appreciate all the work you put in at home as well with your child. The children are working incredibly hard and are an absolute delight to work with each day.

Next week we will be doing mock SATs with the children. This is important for the children so they get used to sitting tests and, when it comes to the real thing in May, it is second nature to them. It also helps us, as teachers, assess their learning so far and for us to continue to identify where any gaps are.

There are just 8 school weeks left until SATs week is here! It is vital that your child is in every single day. Once again, we thank you for your support in this.

 

Year 6 Team

 

Mathematics

We will be doing maths revision prior to the SATs which will correspond with how we will run SATs week in May.

Children will have the chance to apply what they have been taught so far in year 6, to their tests. The SATs do not just test them on the year 6 curriculum but also on what they have learnt throughout key stage 1 and 2.

 

English

 

Children have worked hard on their recounts of a journey they have made this week. They have considered key and memorable events and practiced using a range of sentence structures to improve their writing.

 

Reading Comprehension 

 

In reading comprehension, children are beginning to answer inference questions. They will continue to practise this. They will also continue to do this in timed conditions to best prepare them for SATs and to enable them to complete a reader paper quickly and accurately.

 

Notices

It is expected that every child attends breakfast club from 8am. There is a variety of food provided included bacon rolls, cereal, fruit and bagels. This is absolutely free of charge and it helps your child prepare for their learning for the day.

PE will always be on a Friday afternoon, but there will also be a session earlier in the week which will not always be on the same day. PE kits in school all week please.

 

Year 6 Saturday enrichment is continuing on a Saturday and is open to year 5 students as well.  All children are invited to come, we love seeing so many children there. Make sure your child does not miss out!

 

Homework

 

Please make sure you read with you child at least three times a week. Ask them questions about the book they are reading and explore new vocabulary together. Please then record this in their reading record. 

 

Children have a reading comprehension and maths reasoning test due back Friday 15th March.

Week beginning 11.2.19

 

We are halfway through the academic year!

 

English- 

Children, will be discussing what a protest is and consider the predicament of the varmints.

They will also be analyzing the end of the story ‘Varmints’ and discussing whether the end could actually be a beginning.

 

Maths-

We will be looking at percentages problems in relation to ratio. Children will then be applying their skills to SATs style questions.

 

Following the children’s latest test results, we will be addressing areas of weakness to ensure the children are ready for their SATs.

 

Reading- In reading comprehension, children are beginning to answer inference questions. They will continue to practise this. They will also continue to do this in timed conditions to best prepare them for SATs and to enable them to complete a reader paper quickly and accurately.

 

Topic- Children will continue their science work on classifying living things.

 

 

Week beginning 4.2.19

 

Year 6 will be having their practise mock SATs week.

 

Week beginning 28/1/19

All children now have a ‘Times Table Rock Stars’ account. They can still access their Pixl times table app. Please make sure your child practices their times tables regularly on both.

https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student

 

English- In reading comprehension, children are beginning to answer inference questions. They will continue to practise this. They will also continue to do this in timed conditions to best prepare them for SATs and to enable them to complete a reader paper quickly and accurately.

 

Writing-Children will look at a balanced argument in depth.

 

Maths- We will be using analysis of recent SATs practice papers to fill gaps. 

 

Topic- Children will be classifying plants according to their characteristics. 

 

New homework was handed out on Friday (maths arithmetic and grammar papers). This homework is due back Friday 8th February.

Please encourage your child to pack their bag the night before so they do not forget things such as PE kits and homework. 

 

Week beginning 21.1.19

 

What a great start to our Spring term. 

 

English- Children will be focusing on writing a debate this week: Should the varmints stop thinking and accept the changes as a sign of positive progress?

 

Maths- In mathematics this week, children will be looking at multiplication and division methods.

 

Reading-For reading comprehension, children will continue to focus on retrieval questions. They will then start to look at inference questions, where they are required to look further into the text for key points to answer the question.

 

Topic- Children will continue to develop their skill in classifying, identifying many ways to classify living things.

 

SATs home learning is due Friday 25th January.

 

PE will always be on a Friday afternoon, but there will also be a session earlier in the week which will not always be on the same day. PE kits in school all week please. Some children are forgetting their kit. Please remind them to get their school things ready the evening before so they practise preparing their school equipment independently, ready for high school. 

 

Please make sure you read with your child at least three times  week and it is recorded in their reading diary. These are checked every day.

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Week beginning 14.1.19

 

We’ve made a great start to the new Spring term. All the children have embraced the new groups and timetable changes made following the assessments they completed at the end of the Autumn term. SATs based homework will now start to come home regularly. Children have a maths reasoning paper and a reading comprehension paper. Both of these are due back Friday 25th January.

There are just 4 months until SATs week, so it is vital your child is in school, each day and on time so they do not miss any of their learning.

 

Topic- Children will have a science-based focus and be looking at 'living things and classification'.

 

Reading- For reading comprehension, children will be focusing on retrieval questions. They will be recapping key steps in finding the answer and explain how they can use language within the question to locate what they are looking for in the text.

 

Writing- The children have started a new book called ‘Varmints’ by Helen Ward and Marc Craste. The children have been looking at poetry and how the author can use language to set the mood. Next week, children will be looking at the film Varmints and identifying how language used can paint a picture in the reader’s mind. They will also be writing and performing their own poetry.

 

 

Maths- In mathematics this week we will focus on addition and subtraction methods. Also, we will be focusing on times tables, helping the children to feel confident with the times table they are currently learning.

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Welcome back to year 6. We hope that you all had a super summer. It has been so lovely to see the children settling back into the new year 6 routines and how excited they are to engage in learning.

                  

We look forward to sharing lots of learning, key messages and ideas to support your child at home on this web page so please check regularly to keep up to date. As always if there are any questions or concerns please come and talk to us.

What are your children learning this week?
(Week Beginning 17.09.18)

 

Maths - In Maths this week the children will be learning about place value. We will be investigating numbers up to five digits, including up to 2 decimal places, focusing on their value and writing them in different forms. We will also be learning about rounding and ensuring we are rounding numbers correctly.

 

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English - In our writing this week we will be focusing on a range of sentence structures according to Alan Peat. We will be looking at what a sentence needs and how we can improve it. We will then go on to apply our knowledge to our writing and topic lessons.

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Reading - This half-term Stingray class will be reading The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. Next week we will be using our retrieval skills and investigating any vocabulary unknown to us.

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Topic - In Topic, the children will be investigating where and when the remains of the Mayan civilisation were discovered.

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Dates for the diary

 

Tuesday 18th - Parent's meeting with Year 6 team.

 

Key Messages

Thank you for your ongoing support with uniform, the children looked extremely smart last week.

 

Spelling lists are individual to each pupil and will be given out each Monday afternoon to be learnt during the week for an individual test the following Monday. 

 

PE Days - Week 1: Friday

                  Week 2: Wednesday

 

Times Tables

Children will be expected to know all of their times tables. Here are some ideas to help you at home to learn them.

  • Recall the times tables in a chant. It is important to chant the whole statement, rather than just the answers.
  • Practice starting the times tables in different orders.
  • Create times tables dominoes. Can you match the question to the answer?
  • Create the times tables by grouping objects that you have around the house.
  • Play times table bingo.
  • Create a times table song.
  • Use online games - example in the link below.
  • Practice them walking to school.
  • https://www.timestables.co.uk/
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/supermovers
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