Year 6 Preview Learning Archive

 


20 June 2022

English

This week in English, we will be continuing to write a narrative with a focus on setting description. We will be taking inspiration from a text called ‘My Iceland.’ We will begin by creating a boxed up plan for our text, based on overall similarity to the initial text. In our story, we need to focus on describing the fantasy landscape. Remember, the content of vocabulary and grammar choices are important in year six– aim high! Think back to how we developed the initial setting images by crafting the language and use a thesaurus to choose some really impactful vocabulary. It may be useful to google images of the country of Iceland or watch some online videos to give you some initial inspiration.

 

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: sufficient, suggest, symbol, system.

We will also be thinking about homophones and how we can differentiate and remember these spellings. Please look at the list below in order to discover any words which you know that you frequently spell incorrectly. How can you find a way to remember them in future?

 

Please continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

  Spelling word list Y3-4

Spelling word list Y5-6

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be continuing to consolidate our use of grammatical terminology. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

YR6 Grammar terminology booklet

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘Year 6 test I.’

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: A Night with a Wolf. Please complete the word meaning, summary and prediction questions on pages 24-25 of your poetry comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be consolidating many problem solving skills and elements of the year 6 curriculum by completing tasks related to problem solving.

We will be reminding ourselves of the following year 6 expectations:

  • To be able to solve problems involving all four operations, measures and percentages.
  • To be able to solve problems involving all four operations, measures and fractions.

If you find an area of Maths which you are particularly struggling with, then you can choose a video from the following link to remind you how to solve particular issues:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning?year=year-6

If you wish to complete any additional maths at home, I would like to recommend taking a look at White Rose –Barvember Problems 2020.  You may like to complete the problems from Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th November which are on the link below: https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/barvember#problems

Please can you also make sure that you are continuing to learn your words for our upcoming key stage 2 production.

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.

 


13 June 2022

This week we will be mostly enjoying outdoor adventurous activities at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. (Monday 13th – Thursday 16th June.) The children will have the opportunity to take part in many water sports, including: sailing, windsurfing and paddle boarding.

The centre will provide a wetsuit and buoyancy aid. Children will need to bring:

  • A packed lunch and drinks
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Swimwear for under wetsuit
  • A towel
  • Sunscreen (or already have applied it at home.)

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be continuing to consolidate our use of grammatical terminology. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

YR6 Grammar terminology booklet

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘Year 6 test H.’

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: A Night with a Wolf. Please complete the fact retrieval and inference questions on pages 22-23 of your poetry comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

Please could you also be learning your lines for our upcoming KS2 production.

 

 

Maths

If you find an area of Maths which you are particularly struggling with, then you can choose a video from the following link to remind you how to solve particular issues:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning?year=year-6

If you wish to complete any additional maths at home, I would like to recommend taking a look at White Rose –Barvember Problems 2019.  You may like to complete the problems from 25th- 29th November which are on the link below:

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/barvember#problems

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


06 June 2022

English

This week in English, we will be consolidating writing a narrative with a focus on setting description. We will be exploring and interpreting the wordless picture book ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker. You may like to practise writing about a setting by choosing a picture to describe in detail e.g. a door, a turret, the grass, the sky. What can you see? Choose three key words that describe that feature. Can you improve these initial choices using a thesaurus?

Change the word into a short phrase thinking about adjectives / nouns / verbs / adverbs e.g. towering trees were rising relentlessly, ghostly lanterns are glowing menacingly, cobbled paths wind furiously.  Think about how you can combine your ideas into an interesting or powerful sentence e.g. ‘The quivering leaves balanced precariously on the tree’s frail branches.’ Write short description for one of the images, including all the senses and / or examples of figurative language.

There is further support and suggestions on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx339j6/articles/zdfytrd

 

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: sincere, sincerely, soldier, stomach.

We will also be thinking about the etymology of words. For example, secretary (from the Latin word secretus, meaning secret, and the suffix -ary, which means “connected with” (i.e. a place or person connected with something). So a secretary was someone or something trusted to hold your secrets. Can you think of any other words ending in -ary, such as library, and work out what it may mean (connected with books), or use an online dictionary of etymology to decipher the meaning behind trickier examples, such as veterinary (connected with cattle)?

Please continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

  Spelling word list Y3-4

Spelling word list Y5-6

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be continuing to consolidate our use of grammatical terminology. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

YR6 Grammar terminology booklet

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘Year 6 test G.’

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: Kite Flight. Please complete the word meaning, language and structure questions on pages 18-19 of your poetry comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be consolidating many problem solving skills and elements of the year 6 curriculum by completing tasks related to operating travel tours. (White Rose Futures.)

We will be reminding ourselves of the following year 6 expectations:

  • To be able to solve problems involving all four operations, measures and percentages.
  • To be able to solve problems involving all four operations, measures and fractions.
  • To be able to calculate total costs solving problems involving money and percentages.
  • To be able to calculate the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes (with missing sides.)

If you find an area of Maths which you are particularly struggling with, then you can choose a video from the following link to remind you how to solve particular issues:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning?year=year-6

If you wish to complete any additional maths at home, I would like to recommend taking a look at White Rose –Barvember Problems 2019.  You may like to complete the problems from 18th – 22nd November which are on the link below:

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/barvember#problems

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


23 May 2022

English

This week in English, we will be consolidating our understanding of the key features of newspaper reports and writing our own newspaper articles.

Newspaper reports have the following features:

  • A catchy headline.
  • An opening including the 5 Ws: Who? What? Where? When? Why?
  • Events in the third person, past tense and chronological order (with time connectives.)
  • Quotes from the people involved, using all of the conventions of direct speech.
  • A final paragraph summarising the story so far.

You may wish to watch the video and complete the quiz on the link below to consolidate your understanding of what makes an effective newspaper report:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z2yycdm/articles/z2gk9qt

 

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: sacrifice, secretary, shoulder, signature.

We will also be revising spellings of commonly used words that have an unusual grapheme–phoneme correspondence (GPC.) Some changes in pronunciation have left us with words that seem to have unexpected letters. In addition, some words and graphemes come to us from other languages, and so spellings do not have the letters that we might expect when we hear the sound of the word. If the letters representing a sound are rare or unusual, the words can be tricky to spell. Have a look at the list below and consider ways which you may find helpful to learn these e.g. highlight the tricky letters.

Fruit, guide, amateur, busy, rhythm, early, beautiful, leisure, symbol, awkward, bruise, stomach, shoulder, system, language, earth/heart, choir, scene, because, antique, nuisance, foreign, guarantee, muscle, convenience, queue, ancient, people, build, physical, rhyme, reign, sufficient, water, tongue, minute.

Please continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

  Spelling word list Y3-4

Spelling word list Y5-6

Grammar

In grammar, we will be continuing to consolidate our use of grammatical terminology. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

YR6 Grammar terminology booklet

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘Year 6 test F.’

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: Kite Flight. Please complete the fact retrieval and inference questions on pages 16-17 of your poetry comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be consolidating many problem solving skills and elements of the year 6 curriculum by completing tasks related to operating travel tours. (White Rose Tours.)

We will be reminding ourselves of the following year 6 expectations:

  • To be able to create and interpret line graphs and bar charts.
  • To be able to convert between miles and kilometres.
  • To be able to solve problems involving conversions of measures.
  • To be able to calculate total costs solving problems involving money.
  • To be able to solve comparison questions.
  • To be able to solve problems involving measures (particularly time.)

If you find an area of Maths which you are particularly struggling with, then you can choose a video from the following link to remind you how to solve particular issues:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning?year=year-6

If you wish to complete any additional maths at home, I would like to recommend taking a look at White Rose –Barvember Problems 2019.  You may like to complete the problems from 11th – 15th November which are on the link below:

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/barvember#problems

 

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


16 May 2022

English

This week in English, we will be learning to write persuasive texts based on attracting visitors to a holiday home. Persuasion texts have the following features:

Language features: uses second and third person, asks the reader rhetorical questions, appeals to the senses, exaggerates positive points, describes facilities and features, includes persuasive language such as powerful adjectives and memorable phrases.

Structural features: includes a catchy title or slogan, includes a short introduction that directly addresses the reader, uses interesting layouts such as headings and bullet points to make information easy to find, includes important information such as directions and contact details, entices the reader by showing visitor comments, special offers and awards.

Consider locations from children’s literature that could be promoted as ideal holiday stays e.g. Hogwarts, Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, Little Weirwold as well as other (less obvious suggestions) e.g. Camp Green Lake.

You may also like to support this work at home by trying to persuade your parents to award you something as a treat for finishing SATs e.g. an earlier bedtime, half an hour extra on a device, your choice of dinner.

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: relevant, restaurant, rhyme, rhythm.

We will also be revising words using the letter strings ough, ight, eigh and augh. How many words can you think of which contain these letter strings?  Can you use a dictionary (or google) to find some more? Consider the different pronunciations e.g. ough in though or ough in enough. Are there any other examples which surprised you or you need to revise the spelling of?

Please continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be continuing to consolidate our use of grammatical terminology. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

http://www.st-jo-st.dudley.sch.uk/Files/Download/fdb3ec03-aee1-4da5-97f5-80cb75a5a48c/df71c9a8-9513-4f68-bceb-668c9e3d5f62/YR6%20Grammar%20terminology%20booklet.pdf

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘Year 6 test E.’

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: The Gentleman in Grey. Please complete the word meaning, summary and language questions on pages 12-13 of your poetry comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be consolidating many problem solving skills and elements of the year 6 curriculum by completing tasks related to opening a Bakery.

We will be consolidating:

  • Skills of multiplication and ratio.
  • Skills of percentages.
  • Profit and loss.
  • Area of rectangles and volume of cuboids.
  • Nets for 3d shapes.
  • Solving problems involving measures.

 

If you find an area of Maths which you are particularly struggling with, then you can choose a video from the following link to remind you how to solve particular issues:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning?year=year-6


09 May 2022

It’s finally here, key stage two SATs week. The timetable is as follows:

Date                                   Activity                                                                                          

Monday 9th May               English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2

Tuesday 10th May             English reading

Wednesday 11th May        Mathematics papers 1 and 2

Thursday 12th May            Mathematics paper 3

English

This week in English we completing our official KS2 SAT tests for reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

We will also be reminding ourselves of how we write instructions, with the fun task of designing and making a paper aeroplane. We will then test our aeroplanes to see which ones fly the furthest.

 

Spelling

We will continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists as they are likely to figure heavily in our end of key stage spelling SAT. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

  Spelling word list Y3-4

Spelling word list Y5-6

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be reminding ourselves of all of the terminology that we need to know in year 6 by continuing completing some previous key stage 2 grammar and spelling SATs. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

YR6 Grammar terminology booklet

Here are some top tips for the test itself:

  • Write clearly – make sure punctuation marks are correctly formed.
  • Always use capital letters in the correct places. Even if the question doesn’t specify it – always use them correctly.
  • Punctuation – make sure you use it at the end of every sentence you write.
  • Try to also spell words correctly.
  • Process of elimination – in multiple choice questions, read each option carefully and tick / cross at the side to say if it could be that or not.
  • Read the instruction carefully is key: circle, tick, draw lines to, etc.
  • Fill in the gaps – if a question is asking which sentence needs a ? for example, read each sentence and put the appropriate punctuation at the end of each one, then you can see clearly which is correct.
  • ASK TO HAVE QUESTIONS READ ALOUD – if you aren’t sure what it means or are a bit stuck, you should ask the teacher to read it to you as it might help – sometimes you can HEAR where a piece of punctuation should go
  • Answer every single question. Just have a try.
  • If you finish early, go back over EVERY question and imagine you are seeing the questions for the first time.

 

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: The Gentleman in Grey. Please complete the fact retrieval and inference questions on pages 10 -11 of your poetry comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be consolidating our learning from across the key stage and completing this year’s KS2 SAT papers – Arithmetic 1, Reasoning 2 and Reasoning 3.

Confidence is key when it comes to SATs. Remember, to ASK – adults in school can read questions to you. Hearing it aloud, sometimes helps it to make more sense.

If you find an area of Maths which you are particularly struggling with, then you can choose a video from the following link to remind you how to solve particular issues.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning?year=year-6

 

Again, you can also download and attempt any previous SAT papers of your choosing on this link:

https://www.sats-papers.co.uk/ks2-sats-papers/

 

Good luck!

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


03 May 2022

Don’t forget our exciting performance at the O2 on Wednesday!

English

This week in English we will be focussing on our preparation for the forthcoming SAT tests by attempting previous Reading and Grammar papers.  Will be reminding ourselves of some of the following strategies:

  • Highlight useful information, facts, interesting words etc as you go along so you can find information easily
  • Make sure you are looking at the right page in the booklet to answer the questions – read the bit they are talking about to refresh your memory and to make it clearer what they are talking about!
  • Decide what type of question it is – a find and copy, your opinion or an explanation.
  • Remember the booklet goes easy questions, harder questions and BACK to easier questions so don’t give up if you can’t do a question.
  • Look at the amount of marks that are on offer – 2 and 3 mark questions will need you to explain your answers fully AND use DIFFERENT reasons or examples – don’t repeat the same thing but in different words!
  • If you have time, go back to the higher mark questions and check them – add more, change things and decide if you have been clear enough with your answers.
  • Remember – explain everything clearly, even if you think it is obvious.
  • Don’t use phrases that are too general like ‘they are all powerful words’. You need to be more specific – why that word or phrase in particular?  How does that phrase make the reader feel?
  • If it says use the text to help you, you will need to say something about the text AS WELL as giving an opinion of your own.
  • If you can’t do a question – move on.
  • Finally – ASK! ASK! ASK! We will help you where we can and sometimes you feel better just by having a question read aloud. You are not on your own!

Please note you can access all past papers on the link below so practise as much as you want:

https://www.sats-papers.co.uk/ks2-sats-papers/

 

Spelling

We will continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists as they are likely to figure heavily in our end of key stage spelling SAT. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

  Spelling word list Y3-4

Spelling word list Y5-6

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be reminding ourselves of all of the terminology that we need to know in year 6 by continuing completing some previous key stage 2 grammar and spelling SATs. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

YR6 Grammar terminology booklet

In this final week before the test, please login to SPAG.com. and revise any areas which you are still feeling unsure of. (Remember, an adult at home can read aloud any questions to you.)

Here are some top tips for the test itself:

  • Write clearly – make sure punctuation marks are correctly formed.
  • Always use capital letters in the correct places. Even if the question doesn’t specify it – always use them correctly.
  • Punctuation – make sure you use it at the end of every sentence you write.
  • Try to also spell words correctly.
  • Process of elimination – in multiple choice questions, read each option carefully and tick / cross at the side to say if it could be that or not.
  • Read the instruction carefully is key: circle, tick, draw lines to, etc.
  • Fill in the gaps – if a question is asking which sentence needs a ? for example, read each sentence and put the appropriate punctuation at the end of each one, then you can see clearly which is correct.
  • ASK TO HAVE QUESTIONS READ ALOUD – if you aren’t sure what it means or are a bit stuck, you should ask the teacher to read it to you as it might help – sometimes you can HEAR where a piece of punctuation should go
  • Answer every single question. Just have a try.
  • If you finish early, go back over EVERY question and imagine you are seeing the questions for the first time.

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: Lost Dog. Please complete the word meaning, summary and language questions on pages 6-7 of your poetry comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be consolidating our learning from across the key stage and practising previous SAT papers in Arithmetic and Reasoning.

On the following link, you have access to all of the workbooks for year six which we have covered this year. This may be a good place to consolidate your learning and practise any areas of difficulty.

https://whiterosemaths.com/parent-resources

Try to choose the topics which you are feeling less confident about e.g. fractions as well as those which you are happier with. Change your mind set from: “I can’t do fractions” to “I don’t know the answer to this fraction question yet, but I am going to figure it out.” Confidence is key when it comes to SATs. Remember, to ASK – adults at home and in school can read questions to you. Hearing it aloud, sometimes helps it to make more sense.

If you find an area of Maths which you are particularly struggling with, then you can choose a video from the following link to remind you how to solve particular issues.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning?year=year-6

 

Again, you can also download and attempt any previous SAT papers of your choosing on this link:

https://www.sats-papers.co.uk/ks2-sats-papers/

 

Good luck!

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


25 April 2022

English

This week in English we will be focussing on our preparation for the forthcoming SAT tests by attempting previous Reading and Grammar papers.  Will be reminding ourselves of some of the following top tips:

  • Short answers: Some questions are followed by a short line or box. You need only write a word or phrase as your answer.
  • Answers on a few lines: This means that you are expected to write more words or one or two sentences.
  • Answers in a large box: This is space for you to give a more detailed answer and room for you to explain your answer. You should write in full sentences.
  • 3 point questions – Write your answer and make sure you use the word BECAUSE to explain it!
  • Read the questions carefully – if it says tick three then TICK 3!. If it says ‘find and copy’ – a word or phrase DO JUST THAT (but NOT the whole sentence.)
  • If you are being asked to comment on words, do NOT repeat the word or phrase they have used!!!! E.G. What does the word burst tell us about the movement? DON’T SAY- because it was bursting through. Find synonymns instead.g. ‘The word burst makes the reader think that the lava is moving very quickly and is so powerful that is can break the hard rock.’
  • Spell names and places correctly especially if they are used in the text. Remember: all proper nouns need a capital.
  • Use clear handwriting… There is no point showing off your best reading comprehension and we can’t read it.
  • Punctuate correctly for each and every sentence.
  • Finally – ASK! ASK! ASK! We will help you where we can and sometimes you feel better just by having a question read aloud. You are not on your own!

Please note you can access all past papers on the link below so practise as much as you want:

https://www.sats-papers.co.uk/ks2-sats-papers/

 

Spelling

We will continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists as they are likely to figure heavily in our end of key stage spelling SAT. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

  Spelling word list Y3-4

Spelling word list Y5-6

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be reminding ourselves of all of the terminology that we need to know in year 6 by completing some previous key stage 2 grammar and spelling SATs. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

YR6 Grammar terminology booklet

Now is the time to revise any areas which you are struggling with. Please ask if you need any specific additional help. Please use this week to login to SPAG.com. and revise any areas which you are still feeling unsure of. (The timetable for the whole term is also on this class webpage.) Try the 2018 Grammar test again as a good benchmark. (Remember, an adult can read aloud any questions to you.)

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: Lost Dog.

Please complete the fact retrieval and inference questions on pages 4-5 of your poetry comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be consolidating our learning from across the key stage and practising previous SAT papers in Arithmetic and Reasoning.

On the following link, you have access to all of the workbooks for year six which we have covered this year. This may be a good place to consolidate your learning and practise any areas of difficulty. Try to choose the topics which you are feeling less confident about e.g. fractions as well as those which you are happier with.

https://whiterosemaths.com/parent-resources

 

If you find an area of Maths which you are particularly struggling with, then you can choose a video from the following link to remind you how to solve particular issues.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning?year=year-6

 

Again, you can also download and attempt any previous SAT papers of your choosing on this link:

https://www.sats-papers.co.uk/ks2-sats-papers/

 

Remember, to make sure that you are clearly demonstrating all of your working and thinking and focus on clear and full explanations when asked for. For example,

Answer: If the distance from P to R is 800m and the distance from P to Q is 4 times the distance from Q to P, P to Q must be 4/5 of 800m. Therefore Olivia is wrong as 4/5 of 800 is 800  5 = 160, 160 x 4 = 640m.

Or

Alternative answer: Olivia says it is 600 metres from point P to Q. However, the distance from P to Q is 4 times the distance from Q to P, so Q to R must be 600 ÷ 4 = 150. The total length would be 600 + 150 = 750m not 800m. Therefore, Olivia is not correct.

 

Remember, we can read any questions to you if it helps.

Good luck!

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


04 April 2022

English

This week in English, we will be completing our unit of work based on discussion texts. We will be holding a formal classroom debate to finally answer the question ‘should animals be kept in zoos?’

We will include our own knowledge from our zoo visit as well as any facts we have discovered and can use to support our opinions.

The following video explains what a debate is and how to present and evaluate facts and opinions when debating.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxvv4wx

Spelling

Please use this week and the Easter holidays to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come as they are likely to figure heavily in our end of key stage spelling SAT. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

  Spelling word list Y3-4

Spelling word list Y5-6

Grammar

In grammar, we will be reminding ourselves of all of the terminology that we need to know in year 6. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

http://www.st-jo-st.dudley.sch.uk/Files/Download/fdb3ec03-aee1-4da5-97f5-80cb75a5a48c/df71c9a8-9513-4f68-bceb-668c9e3d5f62/YR6%20Grammar%20terminology%20booklet.pdf

Now is the time to revise any areas which you are struggling with. Please ask if you need any specific additional help. Please use this week and the Easter holidays to login to SPAG.com. and revise any areas which you are still feeling unsure of. (The timetable for the whole term is also on this class webpage.)

 

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary.

Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

If you wish to practise further comprehensions as home (this week or over the Easter holidays) then the following link takes you to a complete book of examples.

Comprehension-at-upper-ks2

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be consolidating our learning from this term. On the following link, you have access to all of the workbooks for year six which we have covered this year. This may be a good place to consolidate your learning and practise any areas of difficulty.

Try to choose the topics which you are feeling less confident about e.g. fractions as well as those which you are happier with.

https://whiterosemaths.com/parent-resources

If you find an area of Maths which you are particularly struggling with, then you can choose a video from the following link to remind you how to solve particular issues.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning?year=year-6

 

Good luck!

 

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


28 March 2022

English

This week in English, we will be continuing our unit of work based on discussion texts. We will be completing our texts based on the question – ‘Should animals be kept in zoos?’ Time will be given to edit your own and a partner’s work with attention to one element of the toolkit only. Have you fulfilled that criteria? This may require particular paragraphs to be re-written or key elements to be modified and improved e.g. vocabulary, grammar or punctuation.

  • Keep in mind what makes an effective text and think about power of vocabulary choices and impact of changes.
  • Consider modal verbs e.g. should rather than could.
  • Look for opportunities to include reported speech.
  • Find other opportunities to address readers directly from time to time to hold attention and draw them in to the arguments:  inviting them to speculate e.g. You may be wondering why…,    asking questions e.g. How would you like to meet one  of these creatures on your way home…  using exclamations e.g. …and they smell horrible!

We will also be beginning to plan a second discussion text on a topic of your choosing e.g. should year six children have to take SATs? Should children under 10 be able to play on an x box?

 

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: sufficient, suggest, symbol, system.

This week we will also be thinking about homophones. A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another but is spelt differently, e.g. sum, some; to, too, two. Homophones often crop up in class spelling errors, e.g. their / there; you’re / your. Practise writing sentences containing two homophones in context e.g. She had to wait in a queue to find the weight of the bananas.

There are videos and explanations which supports this learning on the links below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks2-wonderful-words-homophones/z732t39

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-homophone#:~:text=Homophones%20are%20tricky%20words%20which,%27re%2C%20for%20example).

 

Now is the time to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

  Spelling word list Y3-4

Spelling word list Y5-6

  

Grammar

In grammar, we will be reminding ourselves of all of the terminology that we need to know in year 6. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

http://www.st-jo-st.dudley.sch.uk/Files/Download/fdb3ec03-aee1-4da5-97f5-80cb75a5a48c/df71c9a8-9513-4f68-bceb-668c9e3d5f62/YR6%20Grammar%20terminology%20booklet.pdf

Now is the time to revise any areas which you are struggling with. Please ask if you need any specific additional help. Please login to SPAG.com and complete ‘Tests C and D.’ Don’t forget to also complete any previously incomplete tests. (The timetable for the whole term is also on this class webpage.)

 

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘A Visit to Baba Yaga.’ Pease complete the word meaning, summary and language questions on pages 40-41 of your fiction comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be learning to illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference and know that the diameter is twice the radius. All circles have a circumference, diameter and radius. They can be measured using a ruler or tape measure. The circumference is the distance all the way around a circle. The diameter is the distance right across the middle of the circle.

The radius is the distance halfway across the circle. The radius is always half the length of the diameter.

 

The following link will help further:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvmxsbk/articles/z8c7qty

 

We will also be discussing line graphs, pie charts and the mean. The mean is the total of the numbers divided by how many numbers there are.

To find the mean, add all the numbers together then divide by the number of numbers. In the image below, the mean is 125 divided by 5 = 25.

The following links will help support your learning:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zqv8bqt

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/maths-ks2-pie-and-pie-again-pie-charts/zbbhf4j

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zm49q6f

 

Please begin work in your White Rose Maths Summer Block 2 Statistics booklet. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://assets.whiterosemaths.com/fixed/wrm/2020/07/Y6-HL-Summer-Block-2-Statistics-2020.pdf

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.

 


21 March 2022

English

This week in English, we will be beginning a unit of work based on discussion texts. We will be discussing and debating various issues, considering view for, views against and our own personal opinions. We will be exploring examples of discussions texts and discovering how they have to put forward both sides of an argument before reaching a conclusion. As a class, we are going to answer the question – ‘Should animals be kept in zoos?’ and writing our own texts based on this discussion. You may like to start to think about how you would answer this question, ensuring that you consider both sides of the argument.

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: sincere, sincerely, soldier, stomach.

This week we will be thinking about the etymology of words. Etymology is the study of words, including how they got their meanings and how words develop throughout history. Some of the words in our year 5 /6 spelling list are made up of morphemes that have come from other languages many years ago. E.g. secretary (from the Latin word secretus, meaning secret, and the suffix -ary, which means “connected with” (i.e. a place or person connected with something). So a secretary was someone or something trusted to hold your secrets. Can you think of any other words ending in -ary, such as library, and work out what it may mean (connected with books), or use an online dictionary of etymology to decipher the meaning behind trickier examples, such as veterinary (connected with cattle)? There is further information and activities on the link below:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/teachers/literacy_7_11/word/newsid_1681000/1681165.stm

Now is the time to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

  Spelling word list Y3-4

Spelling word list Y5-6

Grammar

In grammar, we will be reminding ourselves of all of the terminology that we need to know in year 6. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

YR6 Grammar terminology booklet

Now is the time to revise any areas which you are struggling with. Please ask if you need any specific additional help. Please login to SPAG.com and complete ‘Tests A and B.’ Don’t forget to also complete any previously incomplete tests. (The timetable for the whole term is also on this class webpage.)

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘A Visit to Baba Yaga.’ Pease complete the inference questions on pages 38-39 of your fiction comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be continuing to explore the concept of angles. We will be investigating the interior angles in quadrilaterals (such as a parallelogram, rhombus, trapezium etc.) and discovering that the angles in any quadrilateral add up to 360°. We will also be exploring the interior angles of other regular polygons.

 

Additionally, we will be practising how to draw 2-D shapes using given dimensions and angles as well as beginning to recognise, describe and build simple 3-D shapes, including making nets.

There are videos and quizzes to help support our learning on the links below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4vfxbk

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6rsm39

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zt7xk2p/articles/z247tv4

Please revise the work in your White Rose Maths Summer Block 1 Properties of Shape booklet.

(You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://assets.whiterosemaths.com/fixed/wrm/2020/07/Y6-HL-Summer-Block-1-Properties-of-shape-2020.pdf

 

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


14 March 2022

English

This week in English, we will be completing our work on villains. We will create an alternative boxed up plan based on the Aladdin extract and following the following pattern: villain finds a victim, the villain sets them onto a dangerous task, the villain reflects on their success or otherwise. We will explore how to successfully edit a piece of writing a sentence at a time, considering the difference between proof-reading versus editing and the need for cohesion and clarity through the story as well as up levelling our writing to meet year six expectations. Time will be given, in pairs, to support each other in meeting both the toolkit and year six expectations for writing and grammar. We will try to meet the expectations of the following toolkit and look for opportunities to meet target card expectations for punctuation and grammar.

  • Use an interesting character name (proper nouns.)
  • Mirror the character’s feeling through the setting. E.g. sinister gloom crept over the decayed treehouse.
  • Explore the character’s inner thoughts: talk to the reader, first person narrative, informal.
  • Suggest character traits through inner feelings. (Abstract nouns, word waiter.) E.g. rusted greed assembled within.
  • Focus on the intricate and unusual details e.g. mannerisms, facial expressions, strange objects. (I am a … poem, twisting his beard to a point.)
  • Explore / exploit a character flaw e.g. erratic, naive, callous, greedy, and arrogant. Show not tell. Develop a back story (empathy?)
  • Develop contrasting characters. Explore how the characters react to one another.
  • Use dialogue to convey emotions and feelings.

 

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: sacrifice, secretary, shoulder, signature.

This week we will be learning to spell words with unusual letter combinations. We will try to identify the tricky bit in each word (such as the rhy in rhyme or the c making

a “sh” sound in ancient)? You can break the words down by colouring the predictable parts in one colour, and the tricky letters in another colour. Alternatively, you could look at the tricky letters, such as artificial articulation (con-ven-ience, fru-it) and create mnemonics or helpful combinations such as:

It is a nuisance when fruit bruises.          I guarantee to be your guide.

A queue of true blues.                            Rhythm: rhythm has your two hips moving.

 

Now is the time to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

  Spelling word list Y3-4

Spelling word list Y5-6

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be reminding ourselves of all of the terminology that we need to know in year 6. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-parents

http://www.st-jo-st.dudley.sch.uk/Files/Download/fdb3ec03-aee1-4da5-97f5-80cb75a5a48c/df71c9a8-9513-4f68-bceb-668c9e3d5f62/YR6%20Grammar%20terminology%20booklet.pdf

Now is the time to revise any areas which you are struggling with. Please ask if you need any specific additional help. Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘Terminology Year 6 – C.’ Don’t forget to also complete any previously incomplete tests. (The timetable for the whole term is also on this class webpage.)

 

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘A Visit to Baba Yaga.’ Pease complete the fact retrieval questions on pages 36-37 of your fiction comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be exploring the concept of angles. We will be learning to:

Draw 2D shapes using given dimensions and angles.  Compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangle.  Recognise angles where they meet at a point, are on a straight line, or are vertically opposite, and find missing angles.

Remember – All triangles have internal angles that add up to 180°, no matter the type of triangle. An isosceles triangle will have two angles the same size.

In an equilateral triangle, all angles will be 60°.

A right-angled triangle will have one angle that is 90°, which means the other two angles will have a total of 90°.

A scalene triangle will have all angles of a different size.

 

Example:

Look at this scalene triangle. How would you work out the value of a?

Since you know that all angles in a triangle add up to 180°, you have to add up the values of the angles that you do know and then subtract them from 180°:

40° + 60° = 100°                   180° – 100° = 80°                  Therefore: a = 80°

Angles on a straight line also add up to 180°. So if you had a missing angle on a straight line, you would apply the same logic as finding the missing angle in a triangle.

You know that one of the angles is 90°, represented by the right angle symbol, and another is 35°. And you also know that angles on a straight line add up to 180°.

To find the unknown angle, first add the known angles together:

90° + 35° = 125°  Now subtract from 180°: 180° – 125° = 55° The missing angle above is 55°.

 

There are videos and quizzes to help support our learning on the link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z8twr2p

Please complete the work in your White Rose Maths Summer Block 1 Properties of Shape booklet.

(You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://assets.whiterosemaths.com/fixed/wrm/2020/07/Y6-HL-Summer-Block-1-Properties-of-shape-2020.pdf

 

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


07 March 2022

English

This week in English, we will be continuing our work on villains. We will be exploring the physical appearance of our invented villains as well as their character flaws. A flaw in someone’s character is an undesirable quality that they have. This quality is often the thing that we despise as a reader. Great villains are often plagued with flaws, such as greed, jealousy, vanity, spitefulness or vengefulness. We are going to consider how we can build empathy for a villain by tuning in to their backstory. It forms the foundations of a character and often helps to explain their desires, fears and motivations. Finally, we will consider how we can write the same events from a different, contrasting perspective e.g. hero and villain.

 

 

 

 

 

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: relevant, restaurant, rhyme, rhythm.

This week we will be learning to spell words using the letter strings ough, ight, eigh and augh. Ough is a difficult spelling pattern because this string of letters represents

many different sounds, and there are relatively few words with this spelling pattern. You could try to create rhyming pairs with the same gh spelling patterns, e.g. weight / sleigh, enough / rough, although / dough, brighter / lighter. Alternatively, try the following game: Partner A writes down a word containing the digraph gh (without showing it) such as fought and tells Partner B. Partner B then has to come up with a rhyming word that uses the same pattern, such as brought. Compare spellings and check.

 

Now is the time to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be reminding ourselves of the use of hyphens, dashes and bullet points. Hyphens are very useful. They can be used to link two words together, so the word or phrase makes sense and doesn’t confuse the reader. Look at how using a hyphen can completely change a sentence’s meaning: The superstar player decided to resign his contract. (This means the player is leaving the club.) The superstar player decided to re-sign his contract. (This means the player is staying at the club for longer.)

Dashes can be used to add extra information within a longer sentence, so are a way of showing parenthesis, similar to the way brackets and commas can. Dashes shouldn’t be confused with hyphens as their job is very different! For example: The superstar player – who is loved by many fans – decided to stay at the club.

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘hyphens, dashes and bullet points A and B.Don’t forget to also complete any previously incomplete tests. (The timetable for the whole term is also on this class webpage.)

You may find it useful to look at the following web page which has further explanations, videos and activities:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/zg8gbk7

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmnwjhv

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary.

Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘The Old Photograph.’

Please complete the word meaning, summary and comparison questions on pages 30-31of your fiction comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be exploring the concepts of ratio and scale factor. For example, Ron plants flowers in a flower bed. For every 2 red roses he plants 5 white roses. He says, “2/5 of the roses are red.” Is Ron correct? (No, 2/7 are red.) The ratio however, is 2:5. How can we show this in a pictorial way?  We will introduce the colon notation as the ratio symbol, and continue to link this with the language ‘for every…, there are…’ so that we can read ratios e.g. 3 ∶ 5 is “three to five” relating to the order of parts. For example, ‘For every 3 bananas there are 2 apples would be the same as 3 ∶ 2 and for every 2 apples there are 3 bananas would be the same as 2 ∶ 3.’

We will also be thinking about how to draw bar models / pictorial representations to represent further ratio problems. E.g. A farmer plants some crops in a field. For every 4 carrots he plants 2 leeks. He plants 48 carrots in total. How many leeks did he plant? How many vegetables did he plant in total?

Jack mixes 2 parts of red paint with 3 parts blue paint to make purple paint. If he uses 12 parts blue paint, how many parts red paint does he use?

Eva has a packet of sweets. For every 3 red sweets there are 5 green sweets. If there are 32 sweets in the packet in total, how many of each colour are there?

 

There are videos and quizzes to help support our learning on the link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsq7hyc

Please complete the work in your White Rose Maths Spring Block 6 Ratio learning booklet. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://assets.whiterosemaths.com/fixed/wrm/2020/07/Y6-HL-Spring-Block-6-Ratio-2020.pdf

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


28 February 2022

English

This week in English, we will be considering what makes an effective villain. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a villain as ‘an unprincipled or depraved scoundrel; a man naturally disposed to base or criminal actions, or deeply involved in the commission of disgraceful crimes.’ Almost every great story has a truly great villain. So, what makes a villain a villain? What is the makeup of a villain? How are they made? What is their physical, mental, and moral constitution? How do they act, feel and behave? How do they become ‘bad?’ We will begin manipulating words, creating poetical phrases and developing sentences to describe a villain. You could begin by brainstorming and describing your favourite villains from comics, books and films.

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: pronunciation, queue, recognise, recommend.

We will also be revising further prefixes, suffixes and affixes.  Can we create pairs of related words by changing the affixes? For example: excellent/excellence, hinder/hindrance. Can we explain the difference in meaning between the words in each pair? Challenge: create a chain of related words such explain, explained, explanation, explanatory. What is the longest chain you can find?

Now is the time to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

  Spelling word list Y3-4

Spelling word list Y5-6

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be developing our understanding of the active and passive tense. A sentence is written in active voice when the subject of the sentence is performing the action. A sentence is written in passive voice when the subject of the sentence has something done to it by someone or something. For example: Active voice: The cat was chasing the mouse. In this sentence, ‘the cat’ is the subject, ‘was chasing’ is the verb and ‘the mouse’ is the object. Passive voice: The mouse was being chased by the cat. In this sentence ‘the mouse’ has become the subject which is having something done to it by the cat.

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘passive and active A and B.’

You may find it useful to look at the following web page which has further explanations, videos and activities:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-active-and-passive-sentences

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘The Old Photograph.’

Please complete the inference questions on pages 28-29 of your fiction comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be finding out how to find the area of triangles and parallelograms.

 

Area of a triangle

To calculate the area of a triangle, multiply the height by the width (this is also known as the ‘base’) then divide by 2. To find the area of a triangle where height = 5 cm and width = 8 cm. Complete the following: 5 × 8 = 40  40 ÷ 2 = 20. The area is 20cm².A triangle is always half the area of a rectangle with the same height and width.

 

Area of a parallelogram

The area of a parallelogram is the base x perpendicular height. The area of the parallelogram below is 7cm x 3cm = 21 cm².

We will also be calculating, estimating and comparing the volume of cubes, cuboids and other shapes using standard units, including cm3.  We will be discussing when it is appropriate to use a formula to find the volume of a shape, height × width × depth = volume.

There are videos and quizzes to help support our learning on the links below:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjbg87h/articles/zsqxfcw

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjbg87h/articles/zcrxtyc

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjbg87h/articles/z3jrxfr

 

Please complete the work in your White Rose Maths Spring Block 5 perimeter, area and volume learning booklet.

(You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

Y6-Perimeter-area-and-volume

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.

 


14 February 2022

English

This week in English, we will be looking at writing a newspaper report based on the narratives we have read this term.  What can we remember about the features of newspaper reports?

  • A catchy headline.
  • An opening including the 5 Ws – Who? What? Where? When? Why?
  • Events in the third person, past tense and chronological order (with time connectives.)
  • Quotes from the people involved, using all of the conventions of direct speech.
  • A final paragraph summarising the story so far.

 

There is more information on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z2yycdm/articles/z2gk9qt

We will also publish our newspaper report, thinking about appropriate layout on the page as well as language and organisation features. We will then edit our texts in with evidence of secretarial skills and improvements.  Our focus is on: ensuring consistency in tense, correct spellings and full speech punctuation for direct speech.  We will also aim to include contracted forms in speech to direct the reader as to the formality of the person speaking.

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: prejudice, privilege, profession, programme. We will also be checking our knowledge of the complete list of 5 / 6 spellings.

Now is the time to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating our understanding of semi colons and colons. We use colons and semi-colons to join independent clauses and make them part of one sentence. A clause is a group of words. An independent clause is a group of words that could make some sense when used on its own, but is clearer when it is joined to another clause. Look at these examples: 1. Hannah loves football; it’s her favourite sport. In this sentence, one of the clauses (‘it’s her favourite sport’) wouldn’t make full sense on its own. It needs the first clause to be completely clear, so we link the two clauses together with a semi-colon (;). 2. Jay loves to work on penalty shots: he does 20 minutes’ football practice every day. In this sentence, a colon (:) marks a longer pause when the sentence is read out. It joins two clauses that could be broken into two short sentences instead, but as the bits of information in the two clauses are so closely linked, we use the colon to connect them. Sometimes it can be tricky to decide when to use a semi-colon and when to use a colon. It’s often a matter of judgement.

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘semi colons and colons A and B.’

You may find it useful to look at the following web page which has further explanations, videos and activities:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zvjgf82

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary.

Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘The Old Photograph.’

Please complete the fact retrieval questions on pages 26-27 of your fiction comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be consolidating our learning by attempting previous SAT papers.

We will also be discovering that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa. We will be reminding ourselves how we find the area of a rectangle and a rectilinear shape, discussing when it is appropriate to use the formula length x width and when to count squares. To find the perimeter, we will be remembering that Percy Penguin patrols the perimeter and measuring around the total length of shapes. We will embed our understanding that same shapes can have different perimeters. There is a helpful video to watch on the link below:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/maths-ks2-as-the-crow-flies-perimeter-and-area-of-compound-shapes/znn76v4

Please begin work on your White Rose Maths Spring Block 5 perimeter, area and volume learning booklet. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

Y6-HL-Spring-Block-5-Perimeter-area-and-volume

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry


07 February 2022

English

This week in English, we will be continuing our unit writing a non-chronological report or information fact sheet based around the topic of ‘fears.’ We will focus on animals or creatures which people are traditionally fearful of, whether real or mythical e.g. spiders, sharks, werewolves, dinosaurs. Why might people be afraid of this creature? How does the fear manifest itself? Is there a solution or cure? How will you present this information on a page?

We will remind ourselves again of year six requirements for a range of punctuation: commas, colons, semi-colons, ellipses, parenthesis, dashes, hyphens. We will also edit our texts to include the following year six expectations: simple and complex sentences, main clauses, subordinate clauses, adverbial starters, commas after fronted adverbials, colons, ellipsis.

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: opportunity, parliament, persuade, physical.

This week we will be looking at the meanings of various common affixes. Once we know how to spell a root word, the affixes can help them create several new words in the same family. E.g. appreciate, appreciating, appreciated, appreciative, appreciation, appreciatively, unappreciated, unappreciatively.

We will be thinking about the following list of affixes and exploring their meanings: con-, sub-, pre-, co-, uni-, bi-, ex-, em-, -ive, -ish, -ship, -ary, -ise, -ify, -ity. You could pick out one affix at a time and think of a word that employs the affix, e.g.: -ship – friendship; ex- – explain.

Now is the time to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4

SpellingWordList_Y5-6

 

 Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating our understanding of layout devices and paragraphing. When writers want to convey information in a way that’s clear and easy for readers to follow and understand, they will make use of different layout devices, such as the following: headings, sub-headings, columns, bullet points, tables or diagrams.

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘layout devises and paragraphing.’

You may find it useful to look at the following web page which has a little quiz: https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/english/text-features/

 

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘An Underground City.’ Please complete the word meaning, summary and prediction questions on pages 20-21of your fiction comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be thinking about different units of measure and converting between them. We will be re-visiting metric units and the relationships between mm – cm – m –km, ml –l, g-kg. We will be converting between different units of measures and thinking about the place value involved. We will also be converting between miles and kilometres and having a brief think about some imperial measures.

 

There are videos and quizzes to help support our learning on the link : https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6ftjsg

 

Please complete your White Rose Maths Spring Block 4. Converting Units learning booklet, questions 1-10. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

Converting-units

 

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


31 January 2022

English

This week in English, we will be beginning a new unit writing a non-chronological report or information fact based around the topic of ‘fears.’ We will brainstorm common fears e.g. spiders, dark, dinosaurs, scary films, heights as well as more unusual fears e.g. mobile phones, broccoli, baked beans, rain, jam etc. We will also discover their technical names, symptoms and possible causes and cures. We will then create a toolkit for an information text and plan our own information text. You could search information at home about your own fears.

Toolkit:

  • Sub-headings to show subjects / content of the paragraphs,
  • Expert opinions,
  • Technical vocabulary to add precision,
  • Brackets or dashes for extra information,
  • Use of provisional statements with words and phrases like usually…, seem to be…, tend to…,
  • Opinions as well as facts e.g. Some people still believe that… It used to be thought that…,
  • References to sources of evidence to add authority e.g. However, last year, a new variety was discovered…,
  • Colons to introduce lists.

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: neighbour, nuisance, occupy, occur.

This week we will be looking at further words with silent letters or unstressed vowels.  We will discuss strategies for remembering and spelling the unstressed vowels in words with more than one syllable.

Possible strategies for remembering unstressed vowels/consonants :

  • Write the word out and use a highlighter pen to emphasise the unstressed part.
  • Look for words within words, e.g. remember the ‘ar’ syllable in separate because there is a ‘rat’ in the middle.
  • Use spell, speak for some words, to over-articulate the unstressed part, e.g. choc-o-late, fam-i-ly.
  • Think of the history of words, e.g. holiday comes from holy day, and when the two words are together, the y becomes i.
  • Think of the word family (e.g. definite, finite, infinity / family, familiar) because sometimes the unstressed vowel is clearer in other words in the family.
  • Look for prefixes or suffixes and think of the root word (e.g. differ+ence.)

 

Now is the time to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating our understanding of parenthesis and commas.

Parenthesis is a word or clause added into a sentence to give extra information. It is particularly useful for adding more information about a setting or character. For example: The old man (who had hair as white as snow) peered curiously through the window. Brackets, dashes or commas are used to enclose the extra information.

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘Parenthesis and commas (C).’

You may find it useful to look at the following web page which has more information, examples, activities and videos:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zcnbn9q

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘An Underground City.’ Please complete the inference questions on pages 18-19 of your comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be continuing the topic of algebra. We will be thinking about how to find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns. For example, if a + b = 6, what possible solutions can we think of? Taking this further, think about the following example: 𝑋 and 𝑌 are whole numbers. • 𝑋 is a one digit odd number. • 𝑌 is a two digit even number. • 𝑋 + 𝑌 = 25. Find all the possible pairs of numbers that satisfy the equation. We will also be solving formula such as: 4x+2=22 or 2n+3=11

There are videos to help on the link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zghp34j

There is also a video to help you and your parents at home, explaining how algebra is taught through the White Rose scheme.

https://whiterosemaths.com/maths-with-michael

Please complete your White Rose Maths Spring Block 3. Algebra learning booklet, questions 5-9. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://assets.whiterosemaths.com/fixed/wrm/2020/07/Y6-HL-Spring-Block-3-Algebra-2020.pdf

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.

 


Year 6 Preview Learning: 24th January 2022

English

This week in English, we will be continuing our narrative unit based on creating suspense. We will be creating a further suspense story and thinking about how dialogue is used in narratives. We will discuss moving on the story through a moment of clarity of thought or speech from a character. We will also be considering how spoken English is different from standard written English by thinking about the use of contracted forms in speech as well as possible slang or casual terms. Finally, we will remind ourselves of the conventions of speech punctuation and the related punctuation.

Alongside this, we will also be watching a short film entitled ‘Alma.’ We will be discussing how the author / director creates suspense through this short film. What techniques are used? We will then write our own version based on this stimulus.

You may like to watch the film on the link below (do not give away any spoilers before we watch it together in class though!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw0uORumRts

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: marvellous, mischievous, muscle, necessary.

We will also be discussing words with silent letters e.g. doubt, island, lamb, solemn,

thistle, knight. There are some teaching points that can help:

  • Silent b always occurs after m (lamb, thumb) and before t (doubt, debt)
  • Silent k and g are found before n (gnome or knight)
  • Silent l follows vowels a, o and ou – it produces a flat-sounding vowel (salmon, palm,

could)

  • Silent w often precedes r (write, wrong)
  • Silent t is often found nestled in between s and le in words with a “sul” ending (whistle,

castle, nestle) or between s and n (listen, fasten)

  • Silent n follows m (autumn, hymn, solemn)

 

Now is the time to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating our understanding of subject verb agreement. In order for sentences to be grammatically correct, the subject and the verb must agree in number, whether singular or plural. This is referred to as subject verb agreement. In most cases, a singular subject will require a singular verb and a plural subject will need a plural verb. For example, ‘The pig was playing in the mud.’ In this case, ‘pig’ is singular, so we choose the corresponding singular verb ‘was’. The plural form of this sentence would be: ‘The pigs were playing in the mud.’

 

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘subject verb agreement.’

You may also find it useful to look at the following web page which has more information, examples, activities and videos:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znfbf82

 

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘An Underground City.’ Please complete the fact retrieval questions on pages 16-17 of your comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be introducing ourselves to the topic of algebra. We will begin by considering the use of function machines and how they can be used to calculate with an unknown variable. Here are some examples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The function could be x3 or +12.

 

There is also a video to help you and your parents at home, explaining how algebra is taught through the White Rose scheme.

https://whiterosemaths.com/maths-with-michael

Please complete your White Rose Maths Spring Block 3. Algebra learning booklet, questions 1-4. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

 

Y6-HL-Spring-Block-3-Algebra-2020

 

As part of our Science work in topic, we will be covering RSE and PSHE, including aspects of puberty and changes to our bodies. See link below – year six – growing and changing.

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


17 January 2022

 

 


10 January 2022

English

This week in English, we will be continuing our narrative unit based on creating suspense. We will be creating an exploring a suspense toolkit. To make your story come alive you could:

  • Hide the threat, then make your character hear, see, touch, smell or sense something ominous.
  • Surprise the reader with short, snappy sentences: ‘Then it moved.’ ‘A sudden change.’
  • Include ellipses for an unfinished thought / movement: ‘He wondered if …..’ ‘The door creaked open ….’
  • Make deliberate word choices: (personification) ‘A mournful, pained cry. The creak was soft at first, just a breath.’
  • Use repetition: ‘The creak.’ ‘Left-right, left-right, left-right.’
  • Slow the action by using the power of three: ‘cold, clammy, dry.’

You may like to watch the following clip where children interview the author Malorie Blackman on how she writes effectively by including suspense:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011mxd6

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: immediate, immediately, individual, interfere.

We will also be discussing the use of the suffixes:  -ant, ance / -ancy -ation

E.g. expectant (expectation), hesitant, hesitancy, (hesitation), hindrance*, tolerant (toleration), observant, observance, (observation), substance (substantial), tolerance (tolerate, toleration)

There is advice to use -ent and -ence / -ency after soft c (/s/ sound), soft g (/dʒ/ sound) and qu, or if there is a related word with a clear /ɛ/ sound in the right position. E.g. diligent, diligence, decent, decency, excellent*, excellence, existent*, existence*, frequent, frequency, (frequently*), innocent, innocence, intelligent, intelligence, negligent, negligence. (NB: conscience* ends with -ence because it is linked to the word science.)

There are many words, however, where the above guidance does not help. These words just have to be learnt.

E.g. appearance (appear**), assistant, assistance, important**, (importance), nuisance*, relevant*, relevance, restaurant* accident / accidentally**, ancient*, apparent* (apparently), confident, confidence (confide, confidential), convenient, convenience*, correspondence, correspondence (correspond*), different** (difference), experience**, independent, independence, obedient, obedience, recent **, sentence**, sufficient*

* Words from National Curriculum Y5/6 word list

** Words from National Curriculum Y3/4 word list

Now is the time to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4

 

SpellingWordList_Y5-6

 

Grammar

In grammar, we will be revising use of pronouns across paragraphs. A pronoun is a word used to replace a noun.

Pronouns are often used to show that the writer is referring back to a person or object already named.

Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘paragraphs and use of pronouns.’

 

You may also find it useful to look at the following web pages:

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘The Baking Battle.’ Please complete the inference questions on pages 8-9 of your fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In Maths this week, we will be multiplying 1 and 2-digit numbers by decimals up to 2 or 3 decimal places. We will also be using written division methods in cases where the answer has up to two decimal places. The most helpful way to practise this is with problems involving money or other measures. You can use formal written multiplication or division methods.

 

 

We will also be learning how to associate a fraction with division and calculate decimal fraction equivalents [for example, 0.375] for a simple fraction [for example, 3/8.]  Think about the relationships we know, for example if ¼ =0.25 then 1/8 must equal half of this so 0.125. If we know 1/8 = 0.125, we can then calculate 3/8 or 5/8.  It is all about developing the relationships. You can also convert fractions to decimals by dividing as demonstrated on the link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znmtsbk/articles/z4ymtv4

Please complete your White Rose Maths Spring Block 1. Decimals learning booklet  (B) – Questions 6-12. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://assets.whiterosemaths.com/fixed/wrm/2020/07/Y6-HL-Spring-Block-1-Decimals-2020.pdf

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.

 


5 January 2022

English

This week in English, we will be introducing a new narrative unit based on creating suspense.  We will be thinking about how the author creates atmosphere by hiding the threat. For example:

“It started with a creak. Just a small creak: a cat’s paw stepping on a wooden floor, an old barn door being moved slightly ajar…that kind of thing. And Jack could deal with that kind of thing.”

The following website also offers some advice for writing scary stories:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx339j6/articles/zy3sk2p

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: guarantee, harass, hindrance, identity. Now is the time to continue to revise all the words from the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 spelling lists. This will really help to give you confidence in the term to come. The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be revising expanded noun phrases. An expanded noun phrase adds more detail to the noun by adding one or more adjectives. An adjective is a word that describes a noun. An expanded noun phrase can also add detail by saying where a noun is. For example: a tree next to the house, some sweets on the floor, the castle by the ocean. Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘expanded noun phrases.’

There are further examples and explanations at BBC bitesize:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/z3nfw6f

(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘The Baking Battle.’ Please complete the fact retrieval questions on pages 6-7 of your fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

Maths

In maths, we will be revising identifying the value of each digit in numbers given to 3 decimal places. We will also be multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 focussing on moving the digits. When you multiply by 10, 100 or 1000, the place value of the digits change.

The number is getting larger so the digits move to the left. When you divide by 10, 100 or 1000, the digits move to the right.

You can support your learning by looking at the following link on BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z7r492p

Please complete your White Rose Maths Spring Block 1. Decimals learning booklet (B) – Questions 1-5 (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://assets.whiterosemaths.com/fixed/wrm/2020/07/Y6-HL-Spring-Block-1-Decimals-2020.pdf

 

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


06 December 2021

English

This week in English, we will be exploring a range of different poems and attempting to follow the style of a specific poet.  We will be looking at examples by Pie Corbett, Roger McGough and Michael Rosen and thinking about how the poets use: abstract nouns, alliteration, juxtaposition, patterns, couplets, similes and the use of rhyme.

You could look in advance at example poems ‘The Writer of this poem’ and ‘The hearer of this poem’ by Roger McGough. You can listen to them being read by the poet on the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/english-ks2-roger-mcgough-talking-poetry/zmqf2sg

You may choose to listen to the poet Michael Rosen read ‘Words are ours’ on the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/english-ks2-michael-rosen-talking-poetry/zn37rj6

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: foreign, forty, frequently, government.

In spelling, we will be thinking about words with -ant / -ent, -ance / -ence, -ancy / -ency. Try to create strings of words with the same root such as:

observe, observant, observation, observance

depend, dependence, dependable,

independent, independently, independence.

You could also sound out words and clap the syllables of the root word, e.g. de-pend / tol-er / con-fid before ending -ence / -ance.

You could always google ‘words ending in ….’ and choose one of the above endings. How many examples can you discover?

The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating our understanding of suffixes and prefixes. A prefix is a string of letters that are added to the beginning of a root word, changing its meaning. Each prefix has a meaning (for example, un- means not, sub- means under mis- means wrong or badly). Year 6 Prefixes: bi-, aqua-, aero-, super-, micro-, audi-, trans-, prim-, auto-, tele-, re-, pre-  Example words: bicycle, aquarium, aeroplane, supernatural, microscope, audible, transport, primary, automatic, telephone, replay, prehistoric. A suffix is a string of letters that go at the end of a root word, changing or adding to its meaning. Suffixes can show if a word is a noun, an adjective, an adverb or a verb. The suffixes -er and -est are also used to form the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and some adverbs.

There are further explanations, videos and activities on the following link:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-a-prefix

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-a-suffix

Please complete the ‘Suffixes and prefixes A and B’ tests on SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary.

Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

Please look back over your comprehension non-fiction book as a whole and identify any types of questions which you may have found more challenging. It would be useful to complete your overall score sheet on page 42. We will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

Maths

In maths, we will be revising our work on place value, four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division,) fractions and position and direction from the Autumn term.  We will be assessing our understanding by completing arithmetic and reasoning papers on the work we have covered so far.   Think about the topics which you found most challenging e.g. long multiplication, long division, BODMAS or adding and subtracting fractions and have another look at these areas. There are videos for you to watch at home which help to recap all of the areas we have looked at this term on the following link: (Make sure you scroll down and are looking at the Autumn term examples.)

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

You can also revise the topics by recapping the White Rose Maths Homework books Blocks 1-4.

(You have a paper copy and the links are below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-1-Place-value-2020.pdf

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-2-Four-operations-A-2020.pdf

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-2-Four-operations-B-2020.pdf

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-3-Fractions-A-2020.pdf

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-3-Fractions-B-2020.pdf

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-4-Position-and-direction-2020.pdf

 

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.


29 November 2021

Year 6 Preview Learning: 29th November 2021

English

This week in English, we will be completing a series of short writing tasks based on our class novel of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom.’

We will be exploring writing in character, with a particular focus on the language spoken by the characters and their particular dialects.  We will also be considering letter writing and the use of the third and the first person as well as ensuring that we are meeting the “all the time” expectations for year six writing.

 

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: excellent, existence, explanation, familiar.

In spelling, we will be thinking about the “i before e except after c” rule which applies to words where the sound spelt by ei is “ee” /i:/.  (There are, however, words where i does indeed come after c, such as science, ancient, or glacier.)  We will introduce the mnemonic: “When an i and an e make the sound ‘ee’, use i before e except after c.” We will be exploring words using ei making an “ee” sound after a soft ‘c’: deceive, conceive, receive, perceive, ceiling. We will also consolidate ei words where ei makes an “ay” sound, such as weight or weigh.

There is a quiz on the following link:

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/english/spelling-ie-or-ei/

There is also a lesson produced by Oak Academy on the link below:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-investigate-ee-sound-ie-or-ei-spelling-74t3jc

The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating our understanding of formal and informal language. We often use formal language when we write. However, there are times where writing can be informal, like when we’re writing text messages, emails, postcards or letters to friends. We use informal language more when we speak, but there are also times where it is expected that we speak formally. For example, in a classroom presentation or when meeting someone new.

There are further explanations, videos and activities on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkkj2sg

Please complete the ‘Formal and informal language A and B’ tests on SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘The Great Wall of China.’ Please complete the word meaning, summary and prediction questions on pages 40-41 of your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

Maths

In maths, we will be looking at describing co-ordinates on the full co-ordinate grid, in all four quadrants. We will be consolidating plotting and reading co-ordinates as well as thinking about how we can discover missing co-ordinates in given shapes by using existing x and y values from other vertices. We will also be consolidating our understanding of translation and reflection across an axis.

         

There are explanations, activities and videos on the following links:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zk7dg7h

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z99n2v4

Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 4 – Position and Direction – Questions 1 to 7.

(You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-4-Position-and-direction-2020.pdf

 

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.

 


22 November 2021

English

This week in English, we will be continuing to look at stories which contain a ‘time slip’ or a ‘flashback.’ We will be writing our own stories based on an extract from Toy Story 2, where the character of Jessie reflects on being left behind by her owner.  We will be applying all of the knowledge we have from our work on the unit so far to write a final polished piece.  We will also be reading our own writing aloud, using appropriate volume, tone and intonation. The link to the extract from Toy Story 2 can be found below:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=jessie+flashback+toy+story+2&view=detail&mid=80C777ED29911BF06AC280C777ED29911BF06AC2&FORM=VIRE

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: equipment, equipped, especially, exaggerate.

In spelling, we will be working on -ous endings with straightforward adding of -ous to words like danger and poison, and then higher-frequency -ious or -eous endings such as various, curious. Think about breaking the words up into syllables and spelling each part, e.g. poi-son-ous. You could even write the -ous suffix in a different colour or highlight any tricky parts to the word. Year 3 /4 statutory words: famous, various. Year 5 /6 statutory words: conscious, disastrous, marvellous, mischievous. There is further information on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqqsw6f/articles/zqcpv9q

The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating our understanding of subordinate clauses and the use of conjunctions. A subordinate clause contains both a subject and a verb. A subordinate clause must be attached to a main clause as it would not make sense on its own. For example “I was hungry because I missed breakfast”. In this sentence “because I missed breakfast” is the subordinate clause to the main clause “I was hungry”. The subordinate clause may also appear at the beginning of the sentence, for example: “Unless it is the weekend, I don’t eat meat.” Here the subordinate clause is “unless it is the weekend.” Subordinate clauses often start with these words…after, although, as, because, even, how, if, now, once, since, so, than, unless, where, when, whenever, where, wherever, while. These words are known as subordinating conjunctions. There are further explanations on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zsv6qfr

Please complete the ‘Subordinate clauses and conjunctions B’ SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘The Great Wall of China.’ Please complete the inference questions on pages 38-39 of your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

Maths

In maths, we will be continuing our unit of work on fractions. This week we will be consolidating how to find fractions of amounts with unit and non-unit fractions. One of the ways we will think about this process is through the use of the bar model. If we know that 1/5 of 40 kg is equal to 8 kg, how can we find 2/5 of 40 kg? To find 2/5, we need to find the total value of 2 of the parts. 2 × 8 kg = 16 kg therefore 2/5 of 40 kg = 16 kg.

There is a full explanation for you to look at on the following link:

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/A-guide-to-fractions.pdf

You could also watch episode 5 – fractions – on the following link:

https://whiterosemaths.com/for-parents/maths-with-michael/

There are explanations, activities and videos on the following link too:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zjhtpg8

Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 3 –Fractions (B) –Questions 6 to 10.

(You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-3-Fractions-B-2020.pdf

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field, Mrs Riggs and Mrs Parry.


15 November 2021

English

This week in English, we will be continuing to look at stories which contain a ‘time slip’ or a ‘flashback.’ We will be writing our own stories based on a video called ‘The Piano,’ by Aidan Gibbons and an extract with a flashback from the Pixar movie ‘Up.’ We will be considering how important it is to move the reader cohesively between the present time and the flashback.

The film ‘The Piano’ can be accessed on the following link:

 

https://vimeo.com/57315645

 

 

The flashback for ‘Up’ is available on the following link:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2bk_9T482g

 

 

 

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: dictionary, disastrous, embarrass, environment.

In spelling lessons, we will be exploring words that end in the suffixes -able or -ible. We will be discussing the convention that we normally add -able if the root word is a complete, recognisable word, e.g. lock > lockable, consider > considerable. The -ible ending is generally used if a complete root word can not be heard before it, e.g. poss > possible. We will also be thinking about the fact that we normally just add the suffix to the root word. However:

  • If the word ends in an e or consonant +y, then the usual rules of dropping the e or changing y to an i apply, e.g. excite> excitable, rely> reliable.
  • If the -able ending is added to a word ending in -ce or -ge, the e after the c or g must be kept, as those letters would otherwise have their hard sounds (as in cap and gap) before the a of the -able ending, e.g. change > changeable, notice > noticeable. There is further explanation on the links below:

https://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/when-use-able-and-ible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhHuVWtMMbg

The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating our understanding of synonyms and antonyms. Synonyms are words with the same or similar meaning: words such as happy, cheerful and merry or words such as sad, miserable and heartbroken. Antonyms are words with opposite meanings: words such as angry and peaceful or words such as funny and serious. You may like to use a thesaurus to find synonyms and antonyms for words.

You may like to watch the video and complete the quiz on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zfkk7ty/articles/z8t8pbk

There are further explanations, videos and songs on the ‘School Run’ website:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-synonyms-and-antonyms

Please complete the ‘Synonyms and antonyms A and B’ tasks on SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘The Great Wall of China.’ Please complete the fact retrieval questions on pages 36-37 of your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

Maths

In maths, we will be continuing our unit of work on fractions. This week we will be learning how to multiply and divide fractions.

To multiply fractions, you need to multiply the numerators together and multiply the denominators together.

To divide fractions, we will be using the KFC method – Keep the first, Flip the second, Change the sign.

       

 

There are explanations, activities and videos on the following links:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhdwxnb/articles/z8fyv4j

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z2b83k7/revision/3

Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 3 –Fractions (B) – Questions 1 to 5.

(You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-3-Fractions-B-2020.pdf

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field, Mrs Riggs and Mrs Parry.

 


08 November 2021

English

This week in English, we will be continuing to look at stories which contain a ‘time slip.’ We will be writing our own stories and editing them to meet year six targets and expectations, completing the following four stage process:

  • Editing for mistakes – Check writing for spelling, punctuation and grammar errors.
  • Editing against toolkit – Highlight key features of language e.g. historical vocabulary, rhetorical questions, short sentences.
  • Editing for improvements to vocabulary and grammar – focus on improvement of vocabulary and sentence structure. Focus on cohesion within and across paragraphs through sentence starters and use of nouns / pronouns. Consider changes of synonyms for effect and suspense.
  • Editing for impact – What changes can they make to impact the reader?

We will also be looking at texts where the character has a flash-back, rather than physically travelling to the past.

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: definite, desperate, determined, develop.

In spelling lessons, we will be exploring words ending in -cial or –tial. We will be discussing the rule that we normally add -cial if the root word ends with a vowel, and -tial if the root word ends with a consonant. We will also be considering how we can turn these adjectives into adverbs by adding -ly in the same way as we have for other adjectives in the past. For example, the addition of -ly to words: confidential > confidentially, official > officially. There are some quizzes and games to support your understanding on the following link:

https://wordwall.net/en-gb/community/cial-tial

The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating our understanding of modal verbs (or probability words.) These are verbs that indicate likelihood, ability, permission or obligation. Words like: can/could, may/might, will/would, shall/should and must. In the sentence: “The Sea Monster should go away,” ‘should’ is the modal verb as it indicates the likelihood of the Sea Monster going away.

You may like to watch the video and complete the quiz on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/zps4pbk

There are further explanations, videos and songs on the ‘School Run’ website:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-modal-verbs

Please complete the ‘Probability Words’ task on SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘Inside the World of Jam.’ Please complete the word meaning, summary and comparison questions on pages 30-31 of your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In maths, we will be continuing our unit of work on fractions. This week we will be learning how to add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions. When fractions do not have the same denominator, before we can add the fractions together, we must first create equivalent fractions that have common denominators. For example to complete the calculation 3/5 + 2/7 we could use the common denominator of 35 and make 21/35 + 10/35.  Now that the denominators are the same, we can add the numerators and put the answer over the same denominator e.g. 31/35.

There are explanations, activities and videos on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhdwxnb/articles/z9n4k7h

Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 3 –Fractions (A) – Questions 6, 8, 9, 10.

(You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-3-Fractions-A-2020.pdf

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field, Mrs Riggs and Mrs Parry.


01 November 2021

English

This week in English, we will be looking at stories which contain a ‘time slip.’ We will be exploring how the differences in time are made clear to the reader and the type of clues that are given; how does the vocabulary used help suggest different time  periods? We will also be creating our own tool kit for a time slip story:

* use well-chosen adjectives to build the description, e.g. white dust, smashed furniture, crazy angles;

* use historical details to bring the description alive, e.g. gas masks, ‘careless talks,’ Morrison shelters.

* describe what you can see but also use other senses, e.g. smelt of moth balls, the tormented sound of the siren

* use extended punctuation e.g. dashes, ellipses

* use well placed dialogue to set the atmosphere e.g. “God help us! Mum’ll be livid with Hitler.”

* use similes to help the reader imagine what something is like, e.g. his breathing sounded like Darth Vadar.

 

Examples of a Time Slip include:

Tom’s Midnight Garden’ – a popular children’s book first published in 1958. Tom discovers a grandfather clock that strikes 13 and then finds a secret garden!

A Christmas Carol’ – a very popular novel by Charles Dickens. The main character Scrooge is greeted by ghosts of his past, present, and future!

The popular films ‘Back to the Future’ include a time slip after the main character is accidentally sent back in time.

Jumanji’ – another popular film where a character is trapped in a board game.

Doctor Who’ – a long-running TV show about a time lord called ‘The Doctor,’ who travels through time in the TARDIS.

 

Can you think of any others? You may wish to research information about a time period of your choosing in preparation for your story.

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: convenience, correspond, criticise, curiosity.   

In spelling lessons, we will be thinking about further rules for adding suffixes. We will discuss the fact that we do not double the final consonant if it is preceded by another consonant (as in jump or pick) or long vowel sounds (such as shooting or sleeping). We also do not need to double the final consonant if there is a short sound made by two vowels (such as heading or looking.) If the last syllable of a word is stressed and ends with one consonant letter, which has just one vowel letter before it, the final consonant letter is doubled before any ending beginning with a vowel letter is added. Examples: forgetting, forgotten, beginning, beginner, preferred. The consonant letter is not doubled if the syllable is unstressed. Examples: gardening, gardener, limiting, limited, limitation. We will also be looking at adding suffixes to words ending in –fer. The following link explains more:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqqsw6f/articles/zcsyjty

The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating our understanding of parenthesis and commas. Parenthesis is adding extra information to a sentence using brackets, dashes or commas. Parenthesis adds extra information to a sentence or a paragraph but the passage should still make sense without it. This can be done using: brackets, dashes or commas. For example: ‘The case was worn – and very full – and its straps struggled to keep in its contents.’ Here’s another example: ‘James (who was terrified of heights) was taking part in a charity skydive at the weekend.’ The sentence still makes sense without the words inside the brackets, it’s just a bit more interesting with the added detail.

You may like to watch the video on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zmfc7ty/articles/z7hppg8

There are further explanations, videos and activities on the ‘School Run’ website:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-parenthesis

Please complete the ‘Parenthesis and commas A and B’ tasks on SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘Inside the World of Jam.’ Please complete the inference questions on pages 28-29 of your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

Maths

In maths, we will be beginning our unit of work on fractions. This week we will be finding equivalent fractions, using common factors to simplify fractions, converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions and vice versa and comparing and ordering fractions including fractions greater than one.

There are explanations, activities and videos on the following links:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhdwxnb/articles/zcdgxfr

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zv798xs

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4ypscw

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znk4kmn

Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 3 –Fractions (A) – Questions 1 to 5. Question 7. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-3-Fractions-A-2020.pdf

 

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field, Mrs Riggs and Mrs Parry.


18 October 2021

English

This week in English, we will be looking at autobiographies. We will be exploring a ‘super hero’ autobiography example and considering how the author has used humour to engage.  We will also be thinking about the difference between this example and the biographies we have looked at so far, in terms of: the author’s overall tone, the use of the first person and the focus on less time passing. We will be discussing how we could substitute ideas from this text to create our own autobiography on how we morphed into a super hero. What super skill could we have? Where did it start? E.g. speed, invisibility, times table, mind reader, eyes in the back of their head, hearing etc. We will plan and write our own autobiographical text on how we turned into a superhero.

You will find videos, quizzes and information to help you explore the differences between biographies and autobiographies on the link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zs8strd

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: competition, conscience, conscious, controversy.

In spelling lessons, we will revising the year 5 / 6 words we have learnt this half term and testing our knowledge. Here is a reminder:

accommodate, accompany, according, achieve, aggressive, amateur, ancient, apparent, appreciate, attached, available, average, awkward, bargain, bruise, category, cemetery, committee, communicate, community, competition, conscience, conscious, controversy.

The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating our understanding of fronted adverbials. Adverbials are words or phrases that give more information to the sentence. E.g. “I discovered fronted adverbials earlier today.” ‘Earlier today’ is the adverbial. A fronted adverbial is when the adverbial word or phrase is moved to the front of the sentence, before the verb.” Earlier today, I discovered fronted adverbials.” So here, ‘earlier today’ is a fronted adverbial.

You may like to complete the quiz on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/zp937p3

Please complete the ‘Fronted adverbials A and B’ tasks on SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘Inside the World of Jam.’ Please complete the fact retrieval questions on pages 26-27 of your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class on the Monday after half term.

Maths

In maths, we will be exploring the BODMAS rule – Brackets, orders (e.g. 4 squared) division, multiplication, addition, subtraction. We will be looking at the order of operations in calculations and how they can sometimes be misinterpreted. We will working to apply this knowledge of BODMAS to various examples.

Example: What is 4 + 2 x 3? If you calculate the 4 + 2 part first you get:

4 + 2 x 3 = 6 x 3 = 18. If you calculate the 2 x 3 part first you get:

4 + 2 x 3 = 4 + 6 = 10. These are two very different answers, but only one is correct.

In BODMAS, multiplication comes before addition, so multiply 2 by 3 first:

4 + 2 x 3 = 4 + 6 = 10, so this is the right answer.

There are further explanations, activities and videos on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z69k7ty/articles/z24ctv4#:~:text=From%20left%20to%20right%2C%20start,applies%20to%20addition%20and%20subtraction.

Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 2 – Four Operations home learning booklet (B) –Questions 5, 9, 11. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-2-Four-operations-B-2020.pdf

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field, Mrs Riggs and Mrs Parry.


11 October 2021

Year 6 Preview Learning: 11th October 2021

English

This week in English, we will be completing out biography writing with a focus on what it means to rigorously edit our own writing. We will self-assess the effectiveness of our own work against the toolkit for biographical writing and annotate the text with key features which we believe make it effective. We will also choose a particular section or element of our texts to improve; this could be a particular paragraph, the use of conjunctions, technical vocabulary, or the overall spelling.

We will use our polishing pens to show improvements in our text and explain the changes we have made in order to make it more effective.

You will find videos and activities to help you practise the skills of editing on the following link below: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmbr47h

 

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: cemetery, committee, communicate, community.

In spelling lessons, we will be thinking about the convention that we normally double a single consonant in a multi syllable word after a short vowel sound and how this can be helpful in learning some of the Y3/4 and Y5/6 spelling list words. We will be trying to identify the short vowels and double consonants and attempting to spell the words below:

Year 3 /4 examples: appear, arrive, different, difficult, disappear, grammar, occasion, opposite, possess, possible, pressure, suppose.

Year 5 /6 examples: accommodate, accompany, according, aggressive, apparent, appreciate, attached, committee, communicate, community, correspond, embarrass, equipped, exaggerate, excellent, harass, immediate, interrupt, marvellous, occupy, occur, opportunity, sufficient, suggest.

The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below:

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be consolidating the concept of cohesion and how to make a piece of writing flow.

We will be looking at particular grammar which aids cohesion, for example – adverbials or conjunctions. What does cohesion do?

  • It keeps order in the paragraph.
  • Related ideas are kept together.
  • It makes it easier for the reader to understand the text.
  • Ideas flow more smoothly.
  • It provides links between ideas.

 

You may like to watch the video on the following link:

https://youtu.be/CQBcWXO_oVQ

Please complete the ‘Linking ideas and cohesion A and B’ tasks on SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘Drive-in to 1950s America.’ Please complete the word meaning, summary and language questions on pages 20-21 of your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In maths, we will be learning about factors, multiples, prime numbers, square numbers and cubed numbers.

A factor is an integer (whole number) that will divide exactly into another number. For example, 8 is a factor of 24 because 8 will divide into 24 exactly 3 times with no remainder.

The multiples of a number are the values in that number’s times table. For example, the multiples of 5 are 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and so on.There are an infinite amount of multiples of any given number.

A prime number is a number with exactly two factors. A prime number is only divisible by 1 and itself. Another way to think of prime numbers is that they are only ever found as answers in their own times tables.

A square number is the answer when an integer is multiplied by itself. It is called a square number because it gives the area of a square whose side length is an integer.

A cube number is the answer when an integer is multiplied by itself, then multiplied by itself again. It is called a cube number because it gives the volume of a cube whose side length is an integer.

 

There are further explanations, activities and videos on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zfq7hyc

Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 2 – Four Operations home learning booklet (B) – Questions 1,2,3,4,6,7,12. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-2-Four-operations-B-2020.pdf

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field, Mrs Riggs and Mrs Parry.


04 October 2021

English

This week in English, we will be continuing our unit of work on biographies. We will be looking at biographies on people who are less well-known and thinking about how the author, therefore, convinces us that they are a significant / important person to read about. We will be researching a second figure, for example: someone who is famous or notorious for negative reasons, someone more unusual so that other people may not already know them, or someone who has made a positive change to society but is relatively unknown. You may like to think about who you feel has been overlooked in history but would deserve to be written about. The following website gives many different examples of biographies to ‘magpie’ from:

https://www.ducksters.com/biography/

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: awkward, bargain, bruise, category.

In spelling lessons, we will be continuing to explore root words and suffixes. We will be developing our understanding of the rules for applying suffixes beginning with vowel letters – -ed and -ing / -er and -est / -y – . Do we keep, chop or change the ending? Look at the rules below, can you think of further examples?

When you add suffixes beginning with vowel letters, you either:

  • Do nothing, just add the suffix (where word ends in two consonants) – sort, sorting, sorted / long, longer, longest.
  • Drop e and add the suffix – dance, dancing, danced / nice, nicer, nicest.
  • Change y to i and add the suffix (where the word ends with consonant followed by a y and only for -ed) – reply, replying, replied / copy, copying, copied but play, playing, played / noisy, noisier, noisiest.
  • Double the consonant and add the suffix (where the word ends in a short vowel sound and consonant) – shop, shopping, shopped / fit, fitting, fitted / fit, fitter, fittest.

The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below.

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be revising apostrophes for possession and contraction with a further exploration of plural apostrophes. An apostrophe can be used to show that one thing belongs to or is connected to something. This is called a possessive apostrophe. Let’s take a look at some examples.

The cat’s tail was fluffy. Cat is a singular noun so you need to add an apostrophe and “s” to show that the tail belongs to the cat.

Charles’ cat was naughty. Charles is a singular noun that ends in an “s”, so you need to add an apostrophe to show that the cat belongs to Charles.

The brothers’ feet were muddy. Brothers is a plural noun that ends in an “s” so you don’t add another “s” after your apostrophe. You can just add an apostrophe to show the feet belongs to the brothers.

The children’s toys were broken. Children is a plural noun but it doesn’t end with an “s” so you need to add an apostrophe and “s” to show that the toys belong to the children.

You may like to watch the videos and try the quiz on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/zx9ydxs

Please complete the ‘Apostrophes and Plurals A and B’ tasks on SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘Drive-in to 1950s America.’ Please complete the inference questions on pages 18-19 of your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

Maths

In maths, we will be learning to divide four digit numbers by two digit numbers using the formal written method of long division. If the number which we are dividing by is quite large, it can be useful to write the multiples in a list before beginning. (See the example below.)

 

 

There are further explanations and videos on the following link:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-long-division

Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 1 – Four Operations home learning booklet (A) – Questions 5 to 9. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-2-Four-operations-A-2020.pdf

There are also a video for you to watch at home with your parents on multiplication from the link to White Rose, Maths with Michael, Episode 4 – Division below:

 https://whiterosemaths.com/for-parents/maths-with-michael/

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field, Mrs Riggs and Mrs Parry.


27 September 2021

Year 6 Preview Learning: 27th September 2021

English

This week in English, we will be beginning a new unit of work on biographies. We will be looking at existing examples in order to identify features of a successful biography text. We will also be planning our own text based on the life of a ‘Regal Ruler.’ Think about the regal ruler which you would like to write about and the information which you may need to find out about them.  You may also like to have a look at the features of a biography mat below to familiarise yourself with this genre and the requirements for this text type:

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: appreciate, attached, available, average.

In spelling lessons, we will be exploring root words and suffixes.

  • The suffixes -ness and -ment will generate a noun from an adjective or verb, such as: A happy child is full of happiness, or I enjoy singing as it gives me enjoyment.
  • The suffixes -ful and -less will turn a noun into an adjective: If you do not have a penny, you are penniless.
  • The suffix -ly will convert an adjective into an adverb: When people are kind, they behave kindly towards others.

How many words can you think of with the suffixes -ment, -ness, -ful, -less and –ly?

You may like to watch the video below which explains how suffixes are added to the root word:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks2-wonderful-words-suffixes-part-2/zvjvrj6

The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below.

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be revising direct speech and how to use full speech punctuation, developing last week’s learning. Here are a few general rules for punctuating speech:

  • Start a new line for a new speaker.
  • Add a comma before the opening speech marks.
  • Open and close speech with speech marks (or inverted commas).
  • Begin what is spoken with a capital letter.
  • End the line of speech with a comma, exclamation mark or question mark.

 

There are further explanations of the rules and videos to watch on the link below:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-direct-and-indirect-speech

Please complete the ‘Direct speech punctuation A and B’ tasks on SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three comments with parent signatures in your reading diary.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘Drive-in to 1950s America.’ Please complete the fact retrieval questions on pages 16-17 of your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

Maths

In maths, we will be revising the formal written method of long multiplication, moving up to multiplying a four-digit number by a two-digit number. Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 1 – Four Operations home learning booklet (B) – Question 10. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-2-Four-operations-B-2020.pdf

There are also a video for you to watch at home with your parents on multiplication from the link to White Rose, Maths with Michael, Episode 3 – Multiplication below:

 https://whiterosemaths.com/for-parents/maths-with-michael/

If you need further reminders, you can watch the videos, try the quiz and complete the activities on BBC Bitesize:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4chnrd

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field, Mrs Riggs and Mrs Parry.


20 September 2021

English

This week in English, we will be continuing our work on character descriptions. We will be discussing how speech can help tell the reader about a character, conveying character through dialogue. We will be exploring the actual words that the character says as well as how they say it; reminding ourselves of alternative words for said and how to use adverbs when describing speech e.g. said angrily. We will consolidate the conventions for using inverted commas and full speech punctuation.

The following webpage and video also give a quick reminder:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/ztcp97h

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zvftsbk

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: aggressive, amateur, ancient, apparent.

In spelling lessons, we will be learning to distinguish between the spelling and meaning of homophones. A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another but is spelt differently, e.g. mail, male; to, too, two. We will be identifying some of the pairs of homophones from Y3/4 and Y5/6 teaching, where one of the words is a verb, for example: passed / past, missed / mist, guessed / guest, allowed / aloud. We will be discussing how we might recognise which of these is a verb in each case (-ed endings.) We will also be exploring the difference between verbs and nouns such as advice / advise, device / devise, licence / license, practice / practise, prophecy / prophesy, following the convention that nouns are generally spelt with a c and verbs with an s.

The complete lists of 3/4 and 5/6 spellings are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below.

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be revising relative clauses. A relative clause can be used to give additional information about a noun. They are introduced by a relative pronoun like ‘that’, ‘which’, ‘who’, ‘whose’, ‘where’ and ‘when’. For example: ‘I won’t stand by the man who smells of slime.’ In this example, the relative clause is ‘who smells of slime’. It provides more information about the man. The relative pronoun, ‘who’, is used to connect these clauses in the sentence. You may like to complete the quiz below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/zsrt4qt

Please complete the ‘Relative clauses’ task on SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three comments with parent signatures in your reading diary.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘Dare to Dance.’ Please complete the word meaning, summary and prediction questions on pages 10-11 of your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

 

Maths

In maths, we will be revising addition and subtraction. We will be revising the formal written column method for both addition and subtraction and looking at addition and subtraction in a problem solving context. Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 1 – Four Operations home learning booklet (A) – Questions 1 to 4. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-2-Four-operations-A-2020.pdf

 

There are also a video for you to watch at home with your parents on subtraction from the link to White Rose, Maths with Michael, below:

 https://whiterosemaths.com/for-parents/maths-with-michael/

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field, Mrs Riggs and Mrs Parry.

 


13 September 2021

Year 6 Preview Learning: 13th September 2021

English

This week in English, we will be continuing our work on character descriptions. One of the effective strategies for characterisation is ‘show not tell.’ We will explore how information about a character can be given or inferred through their behaviours or actions, their movements and their appearance. We will be planning and writing our descriptions, making some surprising or unusual moments which really make the reader think about the personality of this character. Our focus character will be Gollum from ‘Lord of the Rings.’

Spelling

Our year 5 / 6 words to practise this week are: accommodate, accompany, according, achieve.

This week, we will be continuing our work on revising the statutory spelling lists for years 3 / 4.  We will be highlighting any tricky words and thinking about strategies to learn them, such as splitting up into letter strings or creating mnemonics. A mnemonic is a tool that helps you to memorise something specific, like how to spell a word. For example, the following is a mnemonic for the word ‘necessary’ – ‘one collar and two sleeves’. This mnemonic could help you remember that the word ‘necessary’ has one ‘c’ and two ‘s’s’, which enables you to remember the tricky parts of this spelling. Mnemonics can also be used to remember tricky homophone spellings. For example, ‘their’ is a possessive word – it has the word ‘heir’ in it – which is someone who may inherit lots of possessions.

The complete lists are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below.

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be revising main and subordinate clauses and conjunctions. A main clause is a clause that contains a subject and an object. Main clauses make sense on their own. E.g. The cat sat down. Sometimes a sentence is made up of two clauses: a main clause and a subordinate clause, which relies on the main clause. A subordinate clause contains a subject and a verb, but it needs to be attached to a main clause because it cannot make sense on its own. For example:

This is a complex sentence (also referred to as a multi-clause sentence). It has a main clause (‘I first saw her in Paris’) and a subordinate clause (‘ where I lived as a small child’), which relies on the main clause to make sense. The two clauses are joined by the conjunction ‘where’. You can watch the following videos for more information: https://youtu.be/pWS3Cbf5h9U or  https://youtu.be/ErwKUGfBzhg

Please complete the ‘Subordinate clauses and conjunctions A’ task on SPAG.com. Your logins will be in your reading diary.

 

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three comments with parent signatures in your reading diary.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘Dare to Dance.’ Please complete the inference questions on pages 8 -9 in your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

 

Maths

In maths, we will be learning to: round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy and using negative numbers in context, calculating intervals across zero.  Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 1 – Place Value home learning booklet– Questions 4 to 11. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-1-Place-value-2020.pdf

 

There are also videos, tutorials and quizzes to support your learning on BBC Bitesize on the following links:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zh8dmp3/articles/zpx2qty

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znwj6sg/articles/zxthnbk

Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field, Mrs Riggs and Mrs Parry.

 


6 September 2021

English

This week in English, we will be introducing a narrative with a focus on characterisation.

We will be creating a text map and creating a toolkit for successful writing. It may look something like the one below:

Characterisation toolkit

To make your character come alive you could:

  • Describe the setting where they are – use a preposition.
  • Select effective adjectives for appearance – synonym list with commas.
  • Include an unusual or striking fact. E.g. Carol had always been afraid of the dark. Joe kept a pet rat in a cage made of bamboo.
  • Show what the character is like by how they behave (show not tell.) What is their desire or goal?
  • Show what the character is like by revealing how others react to them.
  • Reveal what the character is like by what they say (dialogue.)
  • Include conjunctions / relative clauses to add interesting details or explain e.g. because, while, although, if / who, where, whilst, when.

 

Spelling

This week, we will be assessing our knowledge of the statutory spelling lists for years 3 / 4 and years 5 / 6.  We will be sending home a highlighted copy of our current knowledge so that you can see what spellings you still need to learn. The complete lists are in your spelling folders, on the class webpage and on the links below.

SpellingWordList_Y3-4.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf (oxfordowl.co.uk)

Grammar

In grammar, we will be revising grammar vocabulary from previous years, classifying: nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, determiners and articles. It would be helpful to login to SPAG.com and attempt Terminology Year 5 A and B. (Google is always very useful for definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)

Reading and Comprehension

Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three comments with parent signatures in your reading diary.

The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘Dare to Dance.’ Please complete fact retrieval questions on pages 6-7 of your non-fiction workbook, we will then discuss the possible answers in class next Monday.

 

Maths

In maths, we will be learning to: read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit. Please complete your White Rose Maths Block 1 – Place Value home learning booklet– Questions 1 to 3. (You have a paper copy and the link is below.)

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Y6-HL-Autumn-Block-1-Place-value-2020.pdf

 There are also videos, tutorials and quizzes to support your learning on BBC Bitesize on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zfjgf82

 

 

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Field, Mrs Riggs and Mrs Parry.