Another fabulous week under our belts with lots of brilliant work from everyone. We had a Geographical bonanza on Thursday, exploring globes and atlases and the joys of Google to find out more about the location and co-ordinates of the Galapagos Islands. We also began our Work Hard Wednesday which, despite the name, is actually a chance for some more light-hearted but helpful ways to hone our arithmetic and grammar skills.
In English last week, we explored a whole range of Travel Writing examples and this week we will be writing our own pieces as well as beginning to look again at Persuasive writing techniques to create adverts for Eco tourism on The Galapagos Islands. We have started SeaBean, our new class book and will be continuing to read and find out about the mysterious cube and puzzling seabean.
We will be continuing to practise our handwriting and learning 5 key spellings from the Year 5 and 6 list as well as looking at conjunctions and pronouns in grammar.
In Maths, we had a consolidation week on percentages and began to move on to using decimal numbers as well as multiplying by 10,100 and 100 and checking our place value knowledge. We are having a real drive to improve our arithmetic skills and ensure that we can be speedy in answering questions using times tables.
In our project, we will be really getting our teeth into learning all about the Galapagos islands and the evolution of the animals there and what that can teach us. Alongside this, in RE, we are exploring how religion and science can both compete and complement each other.
If you have any newspaper at home, please can you start saving it for us as we have an exciting bit of DT planned for later in the term!
Please find the project homework guidance in the related learning section below. These should be completed by the date given date in the document and each child should aim to complete at least three activities. There is a wide range of activities available, some creative, some adventurous, some short and some long. Please try to pick a range of activities from different boxes, if you can!
Homework should be brought in during the last week of term. We are really looking forward to seeing all of your learning and showcasing this in our homework museum afternoon.
Each child will find all their MyMaths activities for all of Autumn 2 in their account from week 1. Each week they will be learning maths in school and then the following week they will complete the MyMaths activity linking to that topic so as to consolidate their learning and give them a chance to use the skills they have been taught independently.
This week children should complete the activity linking to:
If children are finding the activities too easy or too hard, feel free to let us know and we can adapt the activities.
A document with all the Year 5 and 6 spellings can be found in the related learning section below. There will not be formal spelling tests – but we would love to see these being correctly used in their work during the year.
As always, if you need any help, just catch any of us on the gate at the end of the day and we will be happy to help!
Mrs Dodd, Miss Martin
Below are some resources you can use for optional additional activities if you so wish:
English reading activities should consist of reading an extract or short story and answering questions. Guidance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4Y_67GMkP4
SPaG – Spelling punctuation and grammar activities
Your username and password are in the password pack you received from school.
6. Year 5/6 spelling list – Y5 and 6 spelling list
Remember, MyMaths tasks will be set each week as identified in the weekly web update. Please ensure that you do the tasks set for the week. Remember, you also have access to Timetables Rockstars, too.
Remember, the Maths exam is split into three; one arithmetic paper and two reasoning papers. The arithmetic paper is more calculation based, whereas the reasoning focuses more on the application of these skills.
https://myminimaths.co.uk/year-6-arithmetic-practice-paper-week-1/ – weekly arithmetic practise, very much in the style of the Year 6 tests.
https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/486/Y6-Arithmetic-Practice – arithmetic practise; select how many questions you want to try.
https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/year-6-maths-reasoning-questions-answers-ks2-sats/ – List of the different style of reasoning/problem solving questions.
https://mathsmadeeasy.co.uk/ks2-revision/maths-made-easy-ks2-sats-practice-papers/ – access to a range of free papers in a very similar style to the tests.
https://www.3minutemaths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Quicktestreasoningyear6.pdf – Reasoning quick tests
https://thirdspacelearning.com/resources/year-6-rapid-reasoning-weeks-1-6/ – excellent reasoning resource. You need to sign up for free, but then the download is also free.
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