Following our trip to Treginnis Farm, Year 6 have been working hard. In English, they have been writing a report about Farms for City Children, as well as writing thank you letters to the team at Treginnis. We have also started a programme of reciprocal reading. This programme uses real books, and children work with their teacher to predict, summarise and then ask a relevant question about the text they are reading. For their history topic, children have been learning about World War II, and carrying out a related art project. In art, children are creating their own illustrated stories. We looked at the World War II story Rose Blanche for our inspiration. Next half term, we will be making our own hard cover books for children to publish their story in. Children can bring wrapping or other decorated paper to make the cover of their book (although some will be provided at school). In science children have learnt about the circulatory system, and this will link to our writing next term, when children will use their letter writing skills, and knowledge of the circulatory system, to write thank you letters to their hearts.
In maths we have been concentrating hard on reviewing all our number operations. The children have been gaining mastery in using efficient written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They are realising the importance of complete mental memorisation of the times tables up to 12 x 12 to be able to recall instantly ! This has helped in our fraction work which has involved finding fractions of numbers, comparing and adding fractions and finding equivalent fractions. We have worked on our word problems to become more effective at distinguishing which operations are required. This has included interpreting tables and graphs and finding the mode median and mean averages of data.
After the break we are aiming to move on to percentage and ratio questions.
Before half term, all children were provided with individual log ins for ‘Sats tests online’ (www.satstestsonline.co.uk). This is a valuable tool to use over the course of the year to do practice papers. They are marked online, and support children to know what they need to work on. Please check with your child that they have their log ins, and are able to use them. Please get in touch if you have any difficultly with your child’s log in.
Ms Pascoe-Hale and Mr Hubbard – October 2014