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.