Welcome to the Super, Sensible Sharks class page. Each week we will update you with what we have been learning and add some pictures too. Happy reading...
Week 1- autumn 1(W/C: 3/9/18)
This week we took part in baseline tests so our teachers know exactly what we require support with. We all tried our best and started to practise the routines needed for a successful year 6.
Week 2 - W/C: 10/9/18
This week we have started to get our teeth into our class book - The Last Wild by Piers Torday.
We have started to discuss why we think he can hear varmints speaking to him and what he thinks about Selwyn Stone. Children are generating fantastic ideas and making interesting predictions so far.
In Maths we have been studying the value of digits in numbers with up to 8 digits. We have practised making our own 8 digit numbers in which there are 0 place holders and why these are needed. Open ended tasks are allowing children to really challenge themselves and think outside the box with their answers.
We have been completing our sea creatures display models for our reading area too. These are hung up in our reading area and are looking great!
We also had some special visitors from Warburtons this week. They came in to discuss healthy sandwiches and helped us make our own using a variety of ingredients. This will be linked to healthy eating in our DT sessions in class and we even got to take our sandwiches home along with some free bread.
The residential letter was sent out this week. Please have a read and send back in with your £30 deposit if your child would like to go. It is a new site this year with fantastic outdoor activities to take part in.
Week 3 - W/C: 17/9/18
This week we have continued reading our class book - The Last Wild. We have begun to generate some fantastic ideas about why the character is locked away in Spectrum Hall. The children have been writing their own News reports about the story we are reading and this has included bias too.
In Maths, we have been using BIDMAS to perform the correct order of calculations. Brackets, Indices, Division, Multiplication, Addition then Subtraction. Children have been calculating very tricky questions by following this rule. They now need to remember this rule in the future and make sure they are using formal written methods for their working out.
In computing we have created our class charter which was agreed by all and is displayed in class. We even sent this home to parents so they could use at home if they wanted to.
In PE, we continued to create our own game involving throwing, catching and this week jumping was introduced. This led to some excellent games invented and trialled.
In Geography/Topic pupils have been using atlases, ipads and maps to find large rivers around the world and within Britain. They are now getting quite good at naming rivers and knowing where each river lies.
Reading homework was sent home on Wednesday and is due back in on Wednesday 26th September. I asked children if they struggled to complete this at home, they could ask for help in school before Wednesday.
Week commencing 24/9/18
This week, children have been learning how to use factors, multiples and prime numbers in Maths. They have been finding common factors and multiples of two numbers then using these in reasoning questions. We also looked at prime numbers and they have been asked to revise them from 0-100.
In Literacy, we have continued our work on our class novel - The Last Wild. Children seem to be getting very engrossed in this book and cannot wait to read the next chapter now. We have been writing persuasive letters to the main character to persuade him whether or not to go with the cockroach and leave Spectrum Hall. On Friday, we created our own wanted posters about the main character leaving the hall.
In Computing, we began to create our own self-help guides for children who play online games such as, Fortnite. Children have enjoyed this topic and are becoming very good at being able to say how to keep safe on the internet.
In PE, we have been playing invasion games using our throwing and catching techniques. We played a game called hoopball where children are split into 4 teams and the rules are similar to netball.
Maths homework was sent out this Thursday and is due back in on Wednesday.
Week commencing 1/10/18
This week, children have been learning how to describe shapes using their properties. We have focused on 2D shapes this week and began the week with a shape hunt around school. Children are beginning to be able to describe most 2D shapes but must now continue to revise this at home to ensure it stays in their memory. Here is a very useful website which explains the properties of shapes: https://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/index.html
In Literacy, we have been learning about figurative language and how it develops imagery in the reader's mind. We then looked in song lyrics for imagery and famous nursery rhymes. Mrs Morgan Briggs has begun teaching children how to write their own poetry based on the class novel - The Last Wild. Children are very interested in what happens next as the main character, Kester Jaynes, has just escaped the room he was locked up in. They can't wait to find out why he is locked away in there.
In PE, we continued our work on invasion games using throwing and catching techniques. Children are beginning to work well as a team in these lessons. In computing, the children have been placed into groups to create their own presentations based on online safety. These are mainly discussing Fortnite but some groups have focused on Instagram and Facebook too. They will showcase these presentations next week to the rest of KS2.
New spellings and GPS homework will be sent this week, please ensure your child completes these and brings them back next week. The Autumn term 1 homework will be due very soon too so please ensure they are completing this too.
In PE, children were given a selection of balls, cones and hoops then put into three groups. They were asked to develop their own games including throwing, catching and jumping. Children then practised their games before making final adjustments and playing the games. They came up with some impressive alternatives to rugby, football and handball with some interesting rules/scoring system. Below are some photographs of children practising their games:
This week we have been learning how to use rounding to estimate best possible answers to reasoning questions. Some children were asked to estimate the best possible answer for how long it would take to run 100 metres. They then were asked to measure a 100m track and time themselves running it.
In Literacy, we have been studying the Y6 standard for writing pieces and trying to edit and improve our descriptions of pictures. We also wrote a response to the Chief Superintendent of South Yorkshire Police about banning online games for children under 12. These letters have now been sent to the Chief Superintendent and we are awaiting his response!
In Computing, pupils created their presentations about how to keep safe on the internet. They focused on use of games and apps such as Fortnite and Instagram. Then they presented these in front of the class. Some children created some interesting 'News features'.
We also conducted our School Parliament ballot this week. The children chose a boy and a girl MP representative from the class and an overall Prime Minister who is also a girl in Y6. These pupils will be added to our School Parliament page soon.
This week, pupils have been learning how to multiply and divide by 10/100/1000 in Maths. Then they put these skills to use by finding percentages of amounts.
In writing, they wrote a love letter from the use of a picture prompt. This letter was then edited by pupils with an adult to improve it and include all aspects of Y6 standard.
In reading, we have been reading parts of the Hunger Games and answering comprehension questions based on this text.
Pupils enjoyed a fantastic fun day for the school PTA and we had some fantastic costumes. A boy and girl winner was chosen who received a prize. Well done to all who entered.
No homework has been set for the class this week as they all need a good rest before they start back again on Tuesday 6th November. Please don't forget they need to be at school for our Crucial Crew trip for 8.30am on the first day back.
Week commencing 5/11/18
This was a short week at school as Monday was INSET day and Tuesday was our trip to Crucial crew (See pictures below). Children were a credit to the school and their parents as they were exceptionally well behaved and had fantastic manners. They learnt all about road safety, acceptable relationships, anti-social behaviour, first aid, how Magistrates courts run, youth offenders' institutes, public transport and fire safety.
In Maths this week we have practised using formal written methods for multiplication and division. Children are really starting to show good progress in this area and are able to tackle longer problems now using these methods. In Literacy, we studied recounts and wrote our own about the trip to Crucial Crew. Then we unpicked an example of one. Children were able to find the key features and language features. They ended the week with a punctuation summary where they were tested on their understanding.
In topic lessons, they have been studying leaves and their structure. They have then begun to create their own detailed sketches building up the skills each day to create fantastic artwork. These will, eventually, be on display at school.
On Friday, children were asked to research why poppies were the colours they are and why we wear them in the run up to and including remembrance Sunday. They created their own poetry and posters about the poppies using this knowledge and two children read them out in assembly after the 2 minutes silence. Autumn 2 homework was sent home this week. This will be due in Monday 17th December.
Week commencing 12th November 2018
This week saw the start of our first booster session and I was pleased to see some parents in attendance. We focused on Maths this week and children seemed to really enjoy it!
In Maths lessons we focused on fractions and how to compare and order them. In Literacy we focused on recounts and linked them to our trip to Crucial Crew. From Wednesdsay-Friday Mr McClure took a group of children to Tower Wood on a residential.
Week commencing: 19th November 2018
This week, we have been focusing on fractions in Maths and children are slowly getting to grips with being able to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages. In Literacy, they have been focusing on recounts and researching a past historical event so they can write a newspaper/magazine article about it. Next week will be assessment week so we will see how well they are progressing so far. In Computing, they continued to learn how to code using Scratch Jr on the ipads. In PE, we have been focusing on dance routines to popular Christmas songs and pupils have been put into groups to create their own routines.
A group of parents joined us for boosters this week and parents are now welcome to all boosters Mondays from 3.15-4.15p.m.
A SATs information session will take place at 2.45pm on Tuesday 27th November. There will be a later session in March for parents who cannot make 2.45 pm.
Week commencing: 3rd December 2018
This week, we have been focusing on reasoning in Maths. This was an area they struggled with in their recent test papers so we have been practising those skills. Children are starting to see the way they can attempt these questions and are improving their answers in this area.
In Literacy, we have been planning and writing our own recounts based on key historical events. These should be perfected by next week.
In the afternoon, we have mainly been practising the Christmas Concert so it is amazing for parents next week.
Don't forget half term homework is due back in 17th December 2018.
KS2 concert is Friday 14th December 10am and 1.30pm. Tickets are still available at £1.50 each.
Our last Monday booster session will be held Monday 10th December and new boosters will be set up from the second week back after the Christmas holiday; look out for a letter after the holiday.
Week commencing: 7th January 2019
Welcome back to all Year 6! I hope you had a fantastic break and kept up with your homework whilst you were off?
This week started with an interesting excavation site in the school grounds. This was cordoned off by the police and contained many objects in the mud: a jumper; school book bag and KS2 reading record. The class have been quite concerned and have been writing detailed descriptions all week to help the police in case they require further evidence for their case. The site has now been taken down and the objects still remain. Children will no doubt crack the case soon!
In Maths, we have been working on our reasoning skills and completing a variety of Maths problems using multiplication and division. Children have improved their ability to understand and tackle these problems using their multiplication and division skills. They still, however, make simple mistakes which will be rectified by the time they sit their SATs.
We have also begun to look at animation in topic lessons and created our own flip-books to show the movement of an object over time.
SATs boosters will begin on Monday and will be held every Monday/Tuesday 3.15-4.15p.m. Parents are not able to attend these sessions as children will be split into groups and given focused support weekly on areas they struggle with in lessons. These session will require an element of homework to practice skills they have revised in sessions too. If you have any questions or require an new letter, please speak to Mr. McClure or Miss Howell ASAP.
Thank you for your continued support.
Week commencing: 14th January 2019
We have been working on multiplying decimals this week and using that in the context of money. Children have used the column method and checked using the inverse calculation method of division.
Boosters started this week and they were well attended with over 20 pupils attending. Next week I hope to have even more as this is now our last 12 weeks before SATs and they give children chance to work in a small group with an adult leader who can focus on their individual needs. Children tend to come for the free chocolate and juice though!
In Literacy we have continued our short horror story in reading about Ellie and her brother. We discovered she had not killed her brother in the cave and now he is barely alive after losing so much blood.
In writing, we have received an email from Will and have begun to describe the local area to him to try and help him work out where he is!
Animation has continued in topic lessons and children are beginning to see the importance of keeping the camera steady and consistent in each shot.
Don't forget boosters are every Monday/Tuesday 3.15-4.15p.m. and Bruce Dyer's sports club now starts on Wednesday until half term; this costs £12 for 4 sessions.
Thank you for your continued support.
Week commencing: 21st January 2019
This week, we have been focusing on writing descriptions of settings in Literacy. We received a very disturbing video from a man trapped underground. He asked for our help. We also received a letter from Detective Smyth who asked us to write him some detailed descriptions about where the man was trapped and what we think it might look like.
In Maths, we have been focusing on decimal division using the bus stop method then using rounding where appropriate to 2 or 1 decimal place(s).
In boosters, we have focused on fractions, decimals and percentages in Maths and standard English in GPS. Children who miss out on boosters are receiving extra support during assembly time to ensure no one is missed.
During topic afternoons, we have started animating our own stories using lego and stop-motion animation.
Thank you for your continued support.
Week commencing: 28th January 2019
This week, we have started algebra in Maths and begun to look at unequal sharing and ratio. Children are getting to grips with the use of multiplication and division in context but still require lots of practice with times tables at home to help them do this more efficiently.
In reading, we have been looking at a variety of text types and analysing the use of language and text structure/features. Children must continue to read every single day and ensure they understand what they are reading by discussing this with an adult.
In Literacy, we have begun looking at colons, semi-colons, bullet points and description including suspense in writing lessons. Children now know that Will does not exist and he was made up to hook them into their learning, We are now working towards entering the competition which was on Facebook this weekend: to create a short horror story.
Boosters will continue to be on Mondays and Tuesdays 3.15-4.15. Maths is on a Monday and Literacy on a Tuesday. Children are welcome to both and both are free.
Thank you for your support.
Week commencing: 4th February 2019
This week we have been working on algebra in Maths. Children have been finding patterns in number sequences and working out the rule. They have also been solving equations using Maths skills to find the missing numbers. They are now confident with algebra and no longer scared of it!
In Literacy, we have been reading a range of text types in reading lessons and answering a range of question types on these texts. In writing, we have continued to develop our horror stories and started to write 'dropped in' starters which bring the reader straight into the action to make them feel part of the story.
In PE, we begun to practice the skills involved in playing netball and next week we will attempt to develop our own netball rules to play a game.
Next week, we will be practising SATs by sitting the 2017 test papers and children will show how much they have progressed since December! Please make sure they are all in school, on time, every day.
Thank you for your support.
Week commencing 25th February 2019
This week we began to look at shape again. We studied 2D shapes and their features then moved onto 3D shapes and began to build our own using twigs and tape. Children worked on the nets of these shapes first then decided how many twigs were needed to make the 3D structure. See below for the images...
In Literacy, we have worked on formal and informal language and texts which contain these features.
Week commencing 11th March 2019
In Literacy this week, pupils have begun to write using formal and informal language throughout one piece. They struggled to begin with but are starting to be able to manage the shifts easily now. They used the book we are reading, 'A Kestrel for a Knave' by Barry Hines as a context for this.
In reading skills, we have continued to practise a range of skills by utilising all the content domains within each piece of work. Their reading understanding and ability is improving week by week.
In Maths, we studied translation, averages and reflection. Pupils are now able to translate shapes across more than one plane. They know how to move a shape from one co-ordinate to another and can show how shapes are reflected in mirror lines.
We learnt the rhyme to remember averages too and then begun to calculate averages within our work. The rhyme is as follows: Hey diddle diddle, the median's the middle, you add then divide for the mean. The mode is the one you see the most and the range is the difference between.
A fantastic website for help with any Maths lessons is: www.mathsisfun.com
In Topic, they created some fantastic persuasive posters about working in the mining industry. This will all tie into their visit the National Coal Mining Museum on Friday 29th March 2019. We are also having a visit from Wise Owls bird man who will be bringing in some feathered friends to show on Thursday 21st March. Look out for the photographs.
Week commencing 18th March 2019
This week, children have begin revising for the SATs in Maths and GPS. They have studied factors, multiples and negative numbers in context. In boosters we have focused on measure and converting from one to another, such as grams to kilograms and back again.
In Literacy, we have been focusing on modal verbs, shifts in formality and cohesive devices. Children are now planning and writing their own letters which link to our class novel, A Kestrel for a Knave.
We have had some very special visitors in school to work with us on Thursday afternoon. A group called, Wise Owls brought in a range of birds of prey for the children to learn about and use in their writing next week. They also got to see them fly and feed and some even got to hold the kestrel. Please see pictures below and on our Facebook page...
Week commencing 25th March 2019
This week, we have begun to study Non-chronological reports in Literacy and what makes them so. We have studied many different types of Non-chronological reports and unpicked what makes them one. We have also begun adding research to the knowledge we already have about kestrels from last week's visit. Next week, we will begin writing Non-chronological reports about kestrels and coal mining.
In reading, Maths and GPS, we have continued to revise key elements of the curriculum in readiness for SATs week (13/5/19). Children are making excellent progress and this will continue. We also began our new format for spelling tests on Wednesdays and many children scored 100%! Remember, they have their new spelling list given each week as well as ladders from HFW, Y3/4 and Y5/6 lists. Children should practise regularly in order to keep improving.
In Topic this week, we have continued our work on coal mining and ended the week with a trip to the Coal Mining Museum. Children thoroughly enjoyed their trip and learnt lots. They especially enjoyed the trip down an actual mine shaft and through old mining tunnels. Some children were lucky enough to take home to coal from the mines. Unfortunately, we could not take photographs beneath the surface.
Week commencing 29th April 2019
I hope you all had a fantastic Easter holiday and have rested well?
We came back this week to a week of real-life Maths skills application. From calculating area and volume to using addition and subtraction in context. Children have found this week a challenge but enjoyed working collaboratively to work out difficult calculations together. We have introduced blob trees into our self assessment which allow children to choose from a range of blobs on a tree which are designed to show how they feel about their learning in that lesson. Children have also begun to use 4 operations to calculate 5 questions per day in Maths called fast five.
In Literacy, we have been focusing on poetry and fiction texts in reading skills and comprehending what we have read in detail. We read the famous poem: If by Rudyard Kipling and children found this difficult to understand to begin with. Using their determination and resilience skills, they managed to show their true potential.
In GPS, we have studied a range of topics from word classes to punctuation. Pupils are continuing to practice and revise a range of areas next week in preparation for their SATs papers.
In Writing, we studied discussion/balanced argument texts. We started by discussing the possibility of children being allowed to work in the mines again and then ended the week with a debate on this topic from their research using iPads.
We have continued with our topic of Coal mining this half term and will eventually look at the political side and pit closures.
Don't forget: Monday 6th May is a bank holiday so we are not open. Also, SATs week begins on Monday 13th May and all pupils are expected in class by 8.30am at the latest to ensure we can start on time. We are providing free breakfast for all Y6 pupils in SATs week (Mon13th - Thurs 16th May).
Watch this space for letters about the end of year treats and trips, which should be with you next week.
Thank you for your continued support.
Week commencing 6/5/19
This week was a short one at 4 days and children have really challenged themselves in their revision. We have studied test practice in GPS, Reading, Maths all week. Because children worked so hard, we had an extended PE session Friday afternoon with a circle time to discuss any worries or concerns about SATs next week.
There is a free Y6 breakfast club from 8am Mon-Thurs morning. All children should be at school by 8.30am at the latest in SATs week. Their timetable looks like this for SATs week:
- Monday 13th May - 9.30 - GPS; 11.00 - Spelling
- Tuesday 14th May - 9.20 - Reading
- Wednesday 15th May - 9.30 - Arithmetic; 11.00 - Reasoning
- Thursday 16th May - 9.30 - Reasoning
- Friday - Non-uniform day, water fight and board games (Y6 only)
This weekend their only homework is to: