Children presented well in the 'Dragons' Den' this week and the competition was high. There were more winners than any other Year 6 we've had. All children are asked to volunteer for a shift on Saturday 2nd December to help run the stalls. There will be a sign up sheet (outside 6H) to be completed by Friday 25th November 2017.
Children really impressed the staff at Sky TV as well. Their behaviour was a credit to them.
Many thanks, Year 6 team.
Children can also be practising times tables and place value skills ready for this week.
We will also be looking the maths tests that the children did at the end of Year 5 and they will be assessing their next steps.
Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. We have therefore adapted our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:
Purple home learning books will no longer being used as practice can be done at home. You will be able to see achievement and progress through the dictation and times tables challenge sheets going home weekly. You will also be able to witness progress through class exercise books for English and maths being sent home once during every half-term.
Learning this week
This week we have begun our new class book, Hansel and Gretel. Our version is by Philip Pullman. We are writing narratives based on the book. Please encourage children to read narratives of all types and sign their journals each day.
Homework will be set each Thursday and should be returned the following Tuesday morning. Please ensure that:
* Children complete homework on time
* That homework is marked by children
* That they do any corrections
Homework due Tuesday 14th November 2017:
Page 56 - speech punctuation
Pages 6 and 7 - place value and rounding whole numbers
Next week in English, we will begin writing the second half of Hansel & Gretel while applying this week's grammar skills. We have already read the first half of the Hansel and Gretel story and each Year 6 class will be having a go at writing their own versions of the ending before editing and writing up with improvements.
Next week in Maths, we will begin to work on division. During this topic, Year 6 will be working on the formal written method of division, "bus stop", as well as the accuracy within their number work. We will begin by dividing numbers by single digits before working on 2 digit numbers. There will be a lot of emphasis on the vocabulary behind this operation to ensure children are ready to work on worded problems.
With our new Geography topic covering recycling and the water cycle, Year 6 have been intermittently visiting the Sky Academy in Osterley over the previous two weeks. While at the academy, each class were introduced to the world of film-making and news broadcasting. Their mission, if they chose to accept it, was to produce a breaking news story on the topic of 'making the world a better place.' After being split into four groups (with each being given their own private studio to work in!) each group produced sections using state of the art cameras and green screen technology. This all went toward a final news report focusing on elements such as renewable energy sources, climate change and recycling. The overall project was then fused together and the children were able to watch it back.
We can't wait for Sky to send over our USB wristbands so each child will have their own video to bring home! Watch this space...