Welcome to Y6 Class Page!
As we progress through the Spring term, I will be updating this page with details of homework, PE, classroom activities, trips and events....and of course, there will be lots of information regarding the end of KS2 SATs which take place in May.
Should you need to contact me, please contact the school office and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Bring it on, 2019!
2018 is so last year: we are totes ready for everything this year is going to bring!
This week, we have been spending a lot of time on Maths!
We have been looking at decimals, (up to 3dp), but also taking part in a lot of Maths outside of the normal lessons.
We took part in a Maths quiz, with Y1 - Y5, and tried to answer all the questions: some of us struggled with the Y6 questions - perhaps some revision is needed????
Our Maths Art day was excellent! We made snowflakes, using measurement, shape and symmetry; a treasure map, using coordinates; a maze, using position and direction; a Kandinsky-inspired abstract piece, using felt shapes; and mandala designs which used measurement, accuracy and precision.
We also went outdoors: collecting leaves; adding up the totals; asking ourselves what the total would be if each leaf was worth 10; and sorting into hoops to find single and multiple unit fractions of amounts.
e.g. we collected 120 leaves altogether. If each leaf is worth 10, then what is 2/3 of this amount?
In English, we have been using our inference and deduction skills to analyse a short film. We looked at exciting vocabulary to use, before we attempt to write a 3rd person narrative.
Have a wonderful Christmas break and make sure you do lots of fun things, rest, eat well and get some exercise in the cold, crisp air.
There is no compulsory homework over the Christmas break (you're welcome!), but if you have a spare moment, and you wish to spend it practising your brain skills, please challenge yourself with:
TT Rockstars (times tables fluency)
Studyzone.tv (times tables fluency; Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary)
Prodigy Maths (arithmetic and reasoning)
SpaG.com (Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary)
MyMaths (arithmetic and reasoning)
or by learning as many of the statutory spelling words as you can (Y3/4 and Y5/6).
See you in January!!
Shadow Puppet Nativity
We loved performing our shadow puppet nativity stories to Nursery, Reception and Y1 today!
Wow! Charlie has an amazing 3269 Knowledge Points as of today, 14th Dec! Please encourage your child to access ReadTheory.org as often as possible (log in details are in homework books). Short comprehension texts are completed, with misconceptions fully explained. Great for improving inference and deduction skills.
Road Safety Pantomime!
What a treat! This week, we were overjoyed to be invited to watch the Road Safety Team's Christmas Pantomime. The message of 'Think, Stop, Look, Listen' was delivered via Rudolph, a Christmas Fairy (Scary Mary!) and Father Christmas himself! Well done to Y6 for being a great audience.
"It was funny, and it had an important message behind it." Holly, Y6
Visit from West Yorkshire Police - Wed 12th Dec
I was very proud of the class today; they all listened with respect to our visitors from West Yorkshire Police, asking relevant and thoughtful questions as they learned about Hate Crime. Compassion and tolerance were both shown in abundance, with pupils shocked to hear about the way people can be hurtful towards others.
Light, Art and Remembrance 21.11.18
Y6 were fabulous on our visit to Leeds on Wednesday. We stood in (a rainy) Millennium Square and imagined what it must have been like to be one of the many young men who answered Lord Kitchener's call to volunteer to be one of the Leeds Pals.
We marched up to the Town Hall, just as they would have marched: proud, excited and happy to be part of the fight for victory, oblivious and unaware of the horrors they were yet to face.
We explored Leeds City Museum, finding the WW1 case with the fascinating exhibits in, including Pte Edward Spetch's cigarette case, which stopped the bullet entering his heart and saved his life. In role as Edward, we wrote letters home explaining how we felt.
After that, we enjoyed lunch in Leeds Art Gallery and experienced many of the exhibits, including the Memorial exhibit, exploring how we honour the dead. We then found our favourite aspects of the exhibits and sketched a small section of them, looking at how light is used within art.
All in all, we had a full, educational day and returned home exhausted!
Another full-on week for Y6! Mrs Sanderson, Mrs Evans and Miss Greaves were incredibly impressed with the responsible and respectful attitude displayed by the children as we visited the war memorial, remembering the soldiers who most probably gathered around the maypole before leaving the village for the final time. We listened to a reading of 'In Flanders Fields', and read the names of the dead, ensuring that we will not forget them, even if they no longer have family around to speak their names.
Mrs Evans has discovered a fascinating website (see below), where you can enter a street or postcode, and it tells you the details of those who sacrificed their life in World War One. Highly interesting, and definitely worth a look:
Wow! Today we have been practising our comprehension skills online: please encourage your child to play at home - look at how many points Ash has achieved! Well done, Ash!
We are looking forward to our visit to Leeds on Wednesday 21st, where we will discover more about the Leeds Pals for our chronological report.
Make sure you have brought your consent form back!!
Remember, remember, the 5th of November....and also to practise your timetables! This week, we have been working on our 12x tables, including all related facts: if 3 x 12 = 36, then we know that 0.3 x 12 must be 3.6, and 3000 x 12 must be 36000!
Please keep practising at home: nearly EVERYTHING in Y6 relies on secure knowledge of your times tables!!
In PE, the heavy rain on Wednesday meant we took part in a one-off Archery lesson, which was lots of fun! Next week it is Rugby: please make sure you bring a jumper, as the weather is getting colder and chillier!
Library Fundraiser Coffee Morning
A huge thank you to all the parents and grandparents who donated cakes for our fundraiser, and also all those who attended. Hopefully you enjoyed it! Great efforts from Y6 pupils (and Y5 librarians) - well done!
We raised over £160, which will go towards purchasing much sought-after new titles, and additional book jackets to protect our new books.
We were also very proud of the wonderful readings to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1. Y6 will be visiting the War Memorial in Barwick on Monday and will spend some more time next week finding out about the Leeds Pals.
We had great fun this week, making our African Masks: see below for photos of the mask workshop and also the dance workshop from last week!
It's fantastic to be able to explore other cultures, and as African history featured heavily in our topic this term, it was a great experience.
This week we have been consolidating our knowledge of square and cubed numbers in Maths, before moving on to BIDMAS (Order of Operations). We have proven to be quite skilled in this area, so Mrs Evans challenged us to an investigation where we had to find different integers, but were only allowed to use 4 lots of 4! (Some of us were only allowed to use 3 lots of 4, and that was really tricky indeed!)
See if you can manage it!!
All aboard the Maths Express!
Each week, we are practising our fluency skills on the Maths Express, where we complete a series of challenges and puzzles at different 'stations'...
In Science this week, we consolidated our learning about the circulatory system by creating a comic strip about Barry the Blood Cell, whilst continuing to film our vlogs on the ipads. Hopefully we will be able to edit the footage together next week to create our final piece.
In GPV, we had a visit from the Grammar Police, as Mrs Evans has noticed we are often committing the crime of COMMA SPLICING. This is where a comma is used to separate two independent clauses, instead of using a full stop, higher-level punctuation or a conjunction.
We vow never to make this mistake again!!
Super exciting news is that we have all now got a Writing Buddy! This is a fellow Y6 pupil, from one of our Alliance schools in South Leeds, who we will write to and communicate with over the course of the year. We will review each other's writing, and make suggestions and constructive critiques in order to help each other with our writing. We are in the process of writing our introductory letters and will hopefully be able to send our first piece of work off at the end of next week.
This week, we also took part in an African Dance workshop as part of Black History Month and our ongoing Cultural Diversity project. At the time of writing, we have no photos, but Mrs Evans will aim to add some as soon as possible!
A Celebration of Reading Coffee Morning, Friday 9th Nov 09:45-11:15
One more thing to mention is that on Friday 9th November, Y6 will be helping the Pupil Librarians host a coffee morning to celebrate reading and hopefully raise vital funds for our library. Guests will be able to play book-themed games, listen to pupils read and also take part in a classic children's literature quiz. Nursery children will be invited too, as we are launching our EYFS reading scheme after the holiday. (This is where Y6 team up with children in Nursery and Reception and read to them on a weekly basis).
As the following Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, we will also be marking the occasion with the reading of extracts and poems.
We would love to invite you along to this special event! Even if you can't make it, please consider baking / purchasing a cake / buns / scones etc to help our coffee morning be a roaring success. Thank you!
This week seems to have gone so quickly: it must be all the hard work we are doing in Y6!
In Maths, we began by consolidating our division skills through various reasoning and problem solving challenges. We then strengthened our understanding of common factors, common multiples and prime numbers, ensuring we know how to not only identify these special numbers but also work with them in a variety of contexts.
We celebrated Ada Lovelace Day (www.findingada.com) on Tuesday, recognising her achievements as a brilliant mathematician and problem solver: we even had a try at solving some logic puzzles!
In GPV (Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary for those who don't know), we focused on identifying and producing sentences in both the past progressive and the present progressive tense. We played a game to help make this a bit more fun!
One Small Step...
In English/History, as World Space Week continued, we collated our research into the moon landings and created a newspaper report to demonstrate our learning.
Conditions on Slave Ships
As part of our project exploring slavery, we recognise that sometimes the content may make us feel uncomfortable (or even ashamed of our heritage), but is essential not to forget the actions of our ancestors. This week we investigated sources of evidence to retrieve key information about the appalling conditions on board the ships that transported the slaves across the Atlantic, and collated this information into a key document in our Focus books.
We have been learning about the local munitions factory, Barnbow, and the tragic accident on the 5th Dec 1916. Ask us about what we know about why the poppies used to symbolise remembrance of the workers is yellow....
As part of a wider scale project, we contributed to an installation to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, which is to be exhibited at Armley Mills museum.
In Reading this week, Mrs Evans was once again boasting about how brilliant we all are, so teachers from other schools wanted to come in and see how we work in a Reading VIPERS lesson - well done everyone!
We have also had Road Safety Training this week, particularly around speed awareness. We enjoyed going out into the village to measure the speed of vehicles travelling around the corner near Mr Virdee's: we discovered many cars slowed down a lot when they saw SID's unhappy face! (SID = speed indicator device).
This week, in Maths we have cemented our knowledge on how to use factor pairs to make division easy-peasy, and how to create skeleton tables for those trickier numbers. (We also learnt that the creators of Transformers called their most powerful Transformer ‘Optimus Prime’, because 'Optimus' is the Latin word for 'the best' and 'prime' means 'indivisible' (undividable) and therefore something at its strongest).
Long division as a formal method has been introduced. It is tricky to understand, but we must remember that the steps are nothing new; we are simply showing what we know and proving how we have worked out the remainders, instead of mentally calculating the remainders and squashing them into the bus stop! Have a look at this video:
In English, our biographies of Martin Luther King are great - we have spent this week refining our work by applying our editing techniques, and using our Go-To-Guides to ensure we are working at Y6 standard.
We have learnt all about World Space Week, in particular the Apollo 11 mission in 1969: we have compiled our research and next week will be ready to go into role as a reporter from 1969 to write a report as if we were there.
During Reading lessons, we have been linking to our theme and learning how Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Gonna Come' became a civil rights anthem in the 1960s, and then was used for Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008. We explored the lyrics and understood the context in which the song was written.
Why not enjoy his song and spend a few moments in quiet reflection?
Art lessons have been spent finding out more about Bernard Hoyes, the Jamaican artist whose use of complementary colours creates stunning images featuring movement - we need to spend a bit longer working on these before exhibiting them in our gallery, but if you look in the classroom you may be able to see some examples of our Picasso and Cubism work.
In PE, we worked on attacking and defending skills in basketball with Mr Peate, and then followed a Zumba routine with Mrs Evans on Friday, to Tina Turner's Proud Mary! Lots of fun!!
We have now planned out our vlogs in Computing (How do diet, exercise, drugs and alcohol affect heart health?) linked to our Science lessons, and will begin filming next week - hopefully we can share these videos with other pupils in school.
w/c 24th September
What fun we have had this week! In Maths, we have been exploring the formal method of multiplication when multiplying 4 digit by 2 digit numbers. Most of us have now mastered this method, remembering to include our 'place holder zero' when multiplying the digit in the tens column. We have played games and completed treasure hunts - hopefully next week we will be ready to tackle long division!
In English, we have been using our new 'Go-To-Guides' to help us understand the text features of a biography and create our biography of Civil Rights hero, Martin Luther King. I have been impressed with how interested the children have been in this topic - many of them are coming to school with additional facts they have researched, especially to include in their work.
In Reading, we have been practising our VIPERS skills using Supertato: a picture book about an extraordinary vegetable!
Science this week involved further exploration of how the circulatory system is a transportation system for not only oxygen and nutrients, but also other substances such as illegal drugs. We enjoyed listening to our visitor tell us all about drugs, including the differences between medicines and illegal drugs, how all drugs originally come from plants, and how to say no to drugs should anyone try to persuade us to try them in the future.
w/c 17th September
This week, we have been tackling negative numbers in Maths, discussing how if Jamal Blackman, Leeds United goalkeeper, were to build a mansion with underground levels, what floors they would be. We also translated this into temperature and analysed the differences between temperatures.
In English and History, we are asking ourselves why the world should be ashamed of slavery, exploring the location of the Slave Trade Triangle, what was traded and which countries were involved. We investigated various historical sources and questioned the reliability of each, before making inferences about the experiences of slaves.
We have also further explored Martin Luther King, ready to begin our biographies next week.
Reading has involved the theme of 'rain', comparing different poems and practising our VIPERS skills of 'infer', 'vocabulary', 'explain' and 'retrieve'.
In RE, we are looking at Sikhism, comparing the beliefs to Christianity and noticing that many are the same.
Music involved further exploration of Michael Jackson and Motown: playing along to the ballad 'I'll Be There', whilst listening and appraising 'I Want You Back' - see the concentration on our faces!
w/c 10th September 2018
What a busy week! This week, we have been exploring place value and rounding in maths, which can be quite tricky when working with large numbers. We discussed why it's important to be able to round accurately and thought of real-life examples.
In Art, we have been learning about Pablo Picasso, creating Powerpoints about his life and the Cubist movement. Watch out for our cubist portraits, as we are rather proud of them.
Using an image of Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings, we analysed what we could see, using an acronym called DADWAVERS! to help us write more interesting sentences. How would you describe what you can see?
Martin Luther King
Our main focus this half term is going to be around real-life heroes such as Martin Luther King. We will be learning lots about the Civil Rights Movement, and this week found out who MLK was and why he was considered a hero.
Roald Dahl Day 2018
What fun we had on RD Day! Some excellent use of facial expression, body language and gesture to embody different RD characters. Pupils controlled their still images excellently, and carefully considered how to bring their characters to life using movement and vocal skills.
Please see the photographs for evidence of what we got up to!!