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Year 6

Autumn 2

 

Welcome back to another busy half term in Year 6! We are gearing up and are very excited for our residential to PGL! For anyone who was unable to attend the information session about PGL, the information will be sent home for you to look through.

Our English sessions will continue to focus on the novel Trash; we will finally get to find out what happens to Raphael, Gardo and Rat and our writing will be linked to our reading starting with journalistic writing.

 

Our maths learning will continue with calculations – focussing on long multiplication and long division to begin with, followed by factors and multiples and ending the term by looking at fractions. Maths lessons will continue to be enriched with Active Maths sessions and Big Maths.

 

In learning challenge we will be finishing off our Maya topic and then move onto a more science based study.

Remembrance Day 2018

 

Year 6 have been learning about Remembrance and have created their own poppies to contribute to a whole school display for the centenary celebrations to commemorate the end of WW1.

Computing Art

 

Year 6 have become wordle artists today and created remembrance poppies. They thought carefully about their word choices and created a poppy to commemorate both soldiers and animals that died in the war.

 

Year 6 Art

 

Year 6 have been looking at artwork from South and Central America - inline with their current topic The Maya Civilisation. They have been finding out about Joaquin Torres Garcia. Torres Garcia was famous for using symbols in his artworks. He made toys, paintings and sculptures.His biggest influences were the artist, Mondrian and ancient people such as the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Ancient people used symbols to tell stories and record information. Torres Garcia used this as a way of communicating his ideas too. He preferred earthy colours and used symbols from music, religion, horoscopes, traffic, technology and ancient cultures. Our children have been recreating a piece of work created by Garcia that was hugely influenced by Mondrian. They have made their artwork personal to them by creating their own symbols for things that are important to them. Watch this space for our finished masterpieces.

 

Year 6 Maya Day

 

Year 6 had a fabulous experience yesterday learning all about the Maya people from Dr Davies. Dr Davies is the only Maya archaeologist in the UK so our children were really lucky to have this experience. The children found out about Maya masks and made their own, got to handle Maya artefacts, found out all about Dr Davies’ archaeological digs in the rainforest and even made their own Maya calendar.

Welcome to Year 6

 

Welcome back to the new school year. We are looking forward to going on a fantastic learning journey together. Please find below some useful information about Year 6.

 

The teachers in Year 6 are: Mrs Marriott and Miss Jackson.
The main adults who support teaching and learning in Year 6 are: Mrs Truman and Mrs Bloomfield

 

Home-learning:

  • Maths, English and spelling homework will be sent home weekly.

  • Homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday. Spellings will be given on a Monday and tested on a Friday - the children will have chance to practise their spellings every day in school as well.

  • KIRFs - your child came home with a KIRFs activity pack to help them improve their KIRF scores at the end of this half term. This doesn't need to be brought back into school.

  • Reading: Please try to encourage/listen to your child read at least 3 times a week

 

Our Learning Challenge topic for this half term is all about the Maya Civilisation and we have a very exciting Maya experience day planned for the 27th September.

 

If you have any questions about your child's time in Year 6 then please don't hesitate to come in and see us.

 

The Year 6 Team

 

 

Our English Focus for this term...

TRASH

 

 

In Year 6 we are reading the recommended read, TRASH, - all of our reading and writing is based on this fantastic story. We will be delving into the text and picking it apart by answering questions using the 6 main skills of readers (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise. Our writing will focus on lots of different genres including narratives and balanced arguments.

 

Below is an outline of the story your children will be immersing themselves in. Please ask them questions about it at home.

 

Raphael is fourteen years old and living in an unnamed, third-world country in Andy Mulligan's book, Trash. He and his friend Gardo spend most of their days picking through the huge trash pile looking for everyday items and food. and Gardo know that when the trash is dumped from the wealthy part of town they will have a heyday. Most of the children in Raphael's village drop out of school to spend their day sifting through the trash to help support their families. Families see school as a waste of time when their children could be helping out in a more productive manner with the trash picking.

One day while Raphael and Gardo are going through the trash pile, they come across a bag that triggers a life-altering chain of events. An elaborate and mysterious journey begins with a message found in the bag, which reveals the government's extreme political corruption. Gardo and Raphael travel far beyond their familiar town and trash pile. With the help of teachers, priests, and social workers the young men search for answers as they attempt to do the right thing, but they are never sure whom to trust. The plot thickens and they begin to unravel the mystery and cover-up, which is more far-reaching than anything they have ever experienced.

Trash takes place where there is an extreme juxtaposition of the "haves" and the "have nots." The story is told in the alternating voices of Raphael, Gardo, and Rat. The character of Rat lives in a shelter that is buried beneath and surrounded by trash. This is a compelling story with enough plot twists to keep the reader hungry for the next clue. The politcal corruption and extreme poverty are vividly depicted by Mulligan as we follow along the journey taken by Raphael and Gardo.

 

 

Our Maths Focus this half term...

Place Value

 

We will spend most of this half term looking at place value and ensuring the foundations are in place for building on. We will be looking at fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities to do with reading and writing numbers, rounding numbers and working with negative numbers.

See below for specific learning objectives.

 

Number and place value

Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit

Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy

Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero

Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above.

 

Practising our Big Maths Learn Its and KIRFS

 

We practise our facts in many different ways in class; pass the bomb, verbal relay and last man standing but today we became quiz masters! The children loved the element of competition and it was really great to see how quickly they were able to recall the facts! Their hard work is paying off.

 

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