Week 6 - Half term is here!
In English this week we consolidated our learning from the last 5 weeks to write a letter back to our evacuated child, and then back to the parent. We have written effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, selecting language that shows good awareness of the reader. We have also used a range of devices to build cohesion for example, conjunctions, adverbials of time and place, pronouns and synonyms within and across paragraphs.
In maths this week we briefly revised learning about angles from Year 5. We then developed further to find missing angles by applying what the children know about angles in shapes, around a point and on a straight line. The new learning in Year 6 focused upon pupils needing to be able to recognise angles that are vertically opposite as equal. We revised what acute, obtuse, right and reflex angles are and built on their understanding of algebra, considering how relationships might be expressed algebraically. For example, a = 180 - (b + c).
Homework: We are sending home the Year 5 and 6 words which should be spelt correctly by the end of Y6, or the Year 3 and 4 words. Please pick out any words which you may need more time to practise the spelling of. We will pick 10 random words for our spelling test on Friday 28th February.
Maths homework is pages 64 & 65.
We'd like to wish you all a very happy half term and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 24th February in PE clothes for our 'Wheelpower Relay' day!
The Y6 Team :)
This week was ‘Feeling Good Week’. We spent a lot of time thinking about what makes us happy as well as our other emotions. We used the film ‘Inside Out’ to help us understand more about our emotions and how we can manage them. We made imagination pictures thinking about all the things which we like and make us feel safe and happy. We also used this week to remind children about thinking before they speak and ensuring what is being said is True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and/ or Kind. We also used two apples to show that sometimes people look fine on the outside, but they are actually upset and hurt on the inside (one apple had been dropped on the floor several times and then the children could see the damage on the inside).
This week seemed to fly by! One more week until half term :)
In English this week we wrote a persuasive speech from the Government during World War 2. We used the features of speech such as, alliteration, facts, opinion, repetition, emotive language and statistics. We used Winston Churchill's speech for ideas and inspiration.
At the beginning of the week we wrote up our letters from an evacuee- back home to their parents on tea-stained paper (which is always exciting!)
This week children have consolidated their understanding of perimeter and area and have further developed their understanding of area through application to find the area of triangles and parallelograms.
In this week’s sequence the children revised finding perimeter in a variety of contexts and explored its relationship to area. They engaged in investigations to explore statements and secure a deep understanding of perimeter and area. Through these investigations, the children were able to reason effectively and demonstrate their ability to draw upon mathematical knowledge, such as converting between units of measure and drawing 2-D shapes accurately.
We also had an E-Safety workshop where the children were reminded how to keep safe online. It's always a good idea to check to your child's phone to ensure they are staying safe. We have enjoyed looking at all the fantastic homework- well done Y6 for working hard! The next grid homework will be sent out on Friday 28th February.
- Thursday 13th February is 'Inside out' day. See last week's newsletter for more information
-Grammar homework: Pages 53, 54, 55
-Maths homework: Pages 56, & 57
Have a lovely weekend!
The Y6 Team :)
Another busy week in Y6........
This week in English, the children have done lots of writing!
At the beginning of the week they wrote a monologue persuading mother/ uncle to take in an evacuee and they also read two letters from the War Office, then analysed the language and identified appropriate formality and tone. The children also read two different descriptions of the same place and evaluated language choices and wrote a diary entry: a day in the life of an unhappy/ happy evacuee using bias to present their writing in one way or another. Towards the end of the week the children wrote a letter home from a child to mother, persuading them to bring them back or that they are happy where they are and do not want to be taken home.
In maths this week it was an opportunity for children to solve problems using all four operations and support the understanding of the reasons for the order of operations.
They learned that, in mathematics, the order of operations is a collection of rules that define which procedures to perform first in order to evaluate a given mathematical expression. Firstly, real life situations are used to support children to understand why brackets are needed and to know why multiplication comes before addition. We then continued to explore the implications for subtraction and brackets. Abstract calculation is used to support pupils in discovering why we need a set of rules for the order of operations as children explore the implications on results with and without brackets – following a left to right calculation approach.
BIDMAS, as a mnemonic, was introduced and children continued to create algebraic equations from bar models that they are familiar with (addition and subtraction; multiplication and division). They also developed an understanding of the concept of a variable and algebraic shorthand such as 3t = 3 x t = t + t + t. Application of algebraic equations is applied to solve word problems and to more abstract problems such as ‘I am thinking of a number’. Children will continue to apply their understanding of algebra through subsequent sequences and explore it in more detail at the end of the spring term.
Thank you very much to those of you who have brought in letters, photographs and clothes from World War 2- we really appreciate it and it is lovely to look at things in real life rather than in a picture!
-Children should be reading at home everyday
-Children should be making 4 progressions a week on Maths Whizz
Have a lovely weekend - stay warm!
The Y6 Team
We thought you may like to take a look at the fantastic lego movies we made during our Brickies workshop in week 2.
Busy, busy, busy in Y6 again!
This week in English we have written about what it would have been like to be evacuated during World War 2. Mr McConville called Y6 to the hall with their bags and coats and told them they were being evacuated and the Y6 adults would be walking them down to the train station and putting them on a train to Wales. We did tell the children in advance what was going to happen and that we were just acting and it wasn’t real!
In maths this week we continued to make links between 2-D and 3-D shapes through recognising, describing and building simple 3-D shapes from nets. We developed their deeper understanding about the properties of circles through naming their parts (radius, diameter and circumference) and identifying that the length of the diameter is twice the length of the radius will be secured. Children then used algebra to express this relationship and applied this knowledge in problem-solving situations.
*We are now running a homework club at lunchtime on a Monday and Wednesday*
REMINDERS: CPG homework is due back on a Monday and Wednesday.
Maths - page 60 & 61
Grammar - page 30 & 31
Have a lovely weekend!
Y6 Team :)
Another busy week in Y6!
In English we learnt about why it was necessary for the children to be evacuated during World War 2. We discussed the pros and cons for being evacuated and then wrote a balanced argument about it. Towards the end of the week we wrote a letter to a child who had been evacuated from the perspective of a parent/ grandparent.
This week in maths the children identified and explored a range of 2-D and 3-D shapes including regular and irregular polygons; polyhedra including cubes, cuboids, prisms, pyramids, spheres and cones. They described shapes using precise language such as faces, edges, vertices (vertex), parallel, perpendicular and diagonal. In addition, they classified shapes based on their geometrical properties including: different triangles (isosceles, equilateral and scalene); quadrilaterals such as parallelogram, rhombus and trapezium; identified symmetry and considered angles formed between sides and between diagonals and sides.
The children had a fantastic time on Wednesday at the Brickie’s Workshop. The Battle of Britain and the Blitz workshop challenged the children to build a London scene including planes that would be similar to the design that were used during the battles. The children then created a short stop motion animation movie using iPads to recreate parts of the battle. The children worked in small groups to plan and design their models and then together, they create the models needed. The motion clips will be edited by the company and then emailed to us. We will then add them to this page so keep a look out for it!
We were very impressed with the teamwork, encouragement and enthusiasm the children showed. Well done Y6!
Have a lovely weekend!
The Y6 Team :)
Happy New Year and welcome back!
Welcome to Spring 1! We hope you had a lovely break and would like to say thank you for the Christmas cards and kind gifts.
This week we started our new topic ‘World War 2’. In English we found out the background on The Blitz by watching some video footage and sharing facts. We also made a collection of key vocabulary.
We began to read ‘Children of the King’ by Sonya Hartnett, focussing on the section of Chapter 1 where Father explains to the children why they must be evacuated. We explored the term evacuation with the children and why the father wants them to be sent away. We then compared emotions of the family and found the evidence to support this. Towards the end of the week we looked at persuasive posters and studied the emotive language. We then answered questions about why certain phrases and words had been used.
In maths we revisited area from Year 5- calculating and comparing area of rectangles, including composite shapes and then moving onto parallelograms and triangles.
As the sequence progresses, the mathematical language used to describe area shifts slightly. Previously, the formula is referred to as Length x Width, building upon learning in year 4 and 5, but when parallelograms and triangles are introduced, the language alters to be Base x Height to avoid confusion between the length of the sides.
Children had the opportunity to explore links between the area of rectangles, parallelograms and triangles. One of the common misconceptions for finding the area of parallelograms and triangles is that it can be solved by multiplying one side by another, similar to rectilinear shapes.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
The Y6 Team :)
We have finally reached the end of the autumn term! What a busy term it’s been: Chocolate workshop, trip to the Synagogue, PGL, activities week, Frozen 2 at the cinema, a wedding, occasional day, INSET day, Mayan hot chocolate and tortilla afternoon, a general election and an anti-bullying workshop!
This week in English we have written our own stories based on our ‘Mixed Genre’ topic from the past 6 weeks. It has been a great opportunity to use the features from different genres to generate our own ideas for a story. We have been really impressed with the quality and quantity of the writing – well done Y6!
In maths this week we revisited short division including remainders and then solved division problems. Please use the holidays to continue to practise times tables with your child if they are still not confident with them.
Special treat: This week Y6 had a visit to Nursery! The children chose a book and then read it to the nursery child. It was so lovely and super cute to see our oldest and youngest children spending time together! Many Y6 children have already asked when they can go back to visit! Mrs Punter and Mrs Hilling’s recognised many Y6 children and couldn’t believe how grown up they were! Well done Y6- what great role models you are.
*We have a Lego workshop booked after the holidays linked to our new topic ‘World War 2’. Look out for more information due to be emailed to you on Monday 6th January!
*PE kits will need to be back in school on the Monday or Tuesday of the first week ready for the children's Game On lesson on the Tuesday.
Finally, we hope you have a lovely Christmas break and we wish you a very happy new year. We look forward to seeing you on Monday 6th January for the start of the spring term!
The Y6 Team J
Week 6- Nearly the holidays!
No cinema trip this week but we did enjoy a visit from the pantomime! In English this week we carried out the final preparations for our stories we are going to be writing next week! We watched scenes from Storm breaker, Edward Scissor-hands and ET to help us develop a variety of vocabulary and phrases.
This week in maths we have revisited learning from Year 5 in which pupils are expected to know both the short and long formal written methods of multiplication. The emphasis in Year 6 is for pupils to apply these methods to a wide range of problems. It is important that children apply knowledge of ‘base facts’ to create facts including decimals. For example, knowing that 2 x 6 can be applied to work out 0.2 x 6.
We also voted in our 'Summerswood Election'......look out for results next week!
No spellings this week!
Maths homework = pages 38 & 39
SPAG homework = pages 16 & 17
We hope you have a lovely weekend!
The Y6 Team
-Grid homework was due in 13.12.19
-Christmas lunch is next week – Y6 children to have a school packed lunch or home packed lunch on Wednesday.
-School finishes at 1:30pm on Friday 20th December 2019
A short but busy week this week!
This week we have carried out some assessments which will help us to plan our lessons for the spring term and how we can support your child with their learning. This was balanced with an exciting trip to the cinema to see Frozen 2 and an exciting history lesson using sugar cubes, great designing skills and great teamwork! We have written letters to Elstree and Borehamwood Rotary Club who paid for the children to seen Frozen 2 and provided them with a snack and a hat!
In our assembly this week we learnt about the general election and the process leading up to voting day! This will help the children to understand why school is shut on Thursday 12th December and will prepare the children for our own ‘Summerswood Election’ ran by Year 5 on Friday 13th December.
Maths = pages 28 & 29
Grammar = pages 19 & 20
We hope you have a lovely weekend – stay warm!
The Y6 Team
- CPG books have arrived and if you paid for them, your child should of come home with them on Wednesday.
- Homework is due in on FRIDAY 13th DECEMBER 2019.
- School is shut on Thursday 12th December 2019.
This week in English we have been making inferences about a character referring to the text through dialogue, action and description. We have also explored the way in which a sense of character is built up from a range of clues and used these clues to create character description, writing in the role of a peer of the central character. Towards the end of the week we discussed how the perfect form of verbs can help in framing a flashback and how writers use verb choices to create a sense of threat and pace.
In maths this week we found equivalent fractions and decimals and have explored the concept of equivalence.The children proved equivalence by converting fractions, decimals and percentages into equivalent fractions with a denominator of 100, which supports children to build a deep understanding of the connection between the different representations.
In science this week we had great fun carrying out the experiment we planned last week to test the respiration of yeast. We then evaluated the experiment and shared what we would do differently next time. It was very exciting watching the balloons inflate!
The CPG books will be handed out next week!
Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you in December!!!
The Y6 Team :)
The week started with a huge drop in temperature! The children are outside every day so please make sure they bring a coat into school each day.
This week was 'Road Safety Week'. We had a quiz in the classroom about keeping safe. Some children also took part in the bikeability course. Thank you to Mrs Freeman for organising this.
This week we started our new topic in English – ‘Mixed Genres’. We started the week by looking at the different genres and matching their description with keywords and setting. We watched some video clips of different genres and discussed their features. On Wednesday we created a class ‘Recipe for romance’ – identifying what we would need to write a great romance story e.g. a dash of poetry, a sprinkle of mistletoe and a teaspoon of dancing! We then wrote our own ‘Recipe for a bone-chilling ghost story’. The recipes created by the children were amazing! Towards the end of the week we read the story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and continued the next part of the story but each new paragraph had to be a different genre.
In maths this week we have been learning to add and subtract fractions. We had to remember to make sure the denominators were the same, before doing step 2! When we were confident with this we then solved different word problems involving adding and subtracting fractions.
In our history lesson this week we made tortillas and hot chocolate! (Not your usual history lesson!) We enjoyed finding out about the ingredients and obviously eating and drinking the finished products!
In science this week we planned our own experiments to test the respiration of yeast. Watch this space………
We hope you have a lovely weekend- 4 weeks until the holidays!!
The Y6 Team J
This week we linked our English with ‘Anti-Bullying Week’. We looked at different scenarios and replied to letters from children who were being bullied (fictional). We had to make sure our letters were supportive and used emotive language.
In maths this week we have been learning to compare and order fractions. Now that pupils are able to change fractions to equivalents and simplify fractions, they will be ready to compare fractions and to order them.
The children needed to change fractions to a common denominator but also estimate and use their fraction sense to ensure that their ordering is reasonable. They recognised that ordering fractions using reasoning might be more appropriate than changing to a common denominator by reviewing the size of the fraction when comparing them against common equivalents that they might already know such as halves and quarters. Some children also worked with mixed numbers in relevant contexts when ordering and comparing.
Information about next week:
-Bikeability course all week
-Look out for a letter about going to the cinema in December (free trip!)
-Remember to send your baking consent letter on Monday
- SEN Coffee morning on 19th November from 9:30 – 10:30am at 96 Shenley Road
-Parent Forum on 20th November at 8:45am in the library
We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week!
The Y6 Team :)
Change starts with a smile.
Change starts with respect.
Change starts with an act of kindness.
Change starts with listening.
Change starts with smiling.
Change starts with trust.
Change starts with acceptance.
Welcome back to Autumn 2!
We hope you all had a lovely half term.
This week has been a short but busy week! We had our visit to Elstree and Borehamwood Synagogue, school photos and parents evening!
- We have our Y6 assembly on Wednesday 13th November at 9am. This is an opportunity for all the children to talk about their week before the half term.
- School is closed for children (not us staff!) on Thursday 12th December because the school is a Polling Station.
-Tuesday is wear 'Odd Socks' day as part of Anti-Bullying Week.
- PE kits need to be back in school please!
Have a lovely weekend and stay warm as the temperature is dropping!
The Y6 Team :)
Monday 4th November was ‘No pens day’! We used the laptops to write about PGL/ activities week in preparation for our assembly next Wednesday. We also played a variety of fraction games in maths. We had a great day but I think we all agree that we enjoy doing a bit of writing everyday!
We’ve made it to half term!
What an exciting and busy 8 weeks we have had in Y6! The children have been working very hard and really deserve a week to rest and enjoy time with their friends and families.
This week the children have taken part in a range of activities both in school and at PGL.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the adults who helped to make this happen. Thank you to the staff who gave up their time to accompany the children to PGL and thank you to the parents who gave up their time to accompany the children to Mod Pizza, Jump In and the Cinema.
For those of you who have not had a copy of the winter/ spring menu, there is a copy of it below.
Have a lovely half term and we look forward to seeing you in November!
Enjoy your extra hour of sleep on Sunday! J
Week 7: 14th - 18th October 2019
So close to half term but there’s still one more exciting week to go!
If your child is taking part in activities week, please make sure you send the consent forms back and pay the £20 for activities. If your child is going to PGL, their medical forms should already be back in school.
This week in English we planned and wrote ‘Part 2’ to the story ‘Varmints’. We tied everything we have been learning the past few weeks to ensure our writing is super! We had a very extensive success criteria!
In maths we have been learning how to simplify fractions by finding the common denominator. Towards the end of the week we solved a range of problems involving fractions.
Thank you for all the fantastic homework which was handed in this half term - a lot of effort has gone into it which is fantastic!
*There are no spellings being sent home this week due to PGL
We hope you have a lovely weekend!
The Y6 Team
W/C 7th October 2019- Busy, busy, busy!
All the Y6 children have been working hard this week in all areas of their learning. In our English lessons we have been comparing the video and book versions of the story ‘Varmints’. We then wrote a character description of a Varmint and then researched its definition. Towards the end of the week we debated different philosophical questions and then chose one to write a balanced argument for. Miss Kneller came to see our writing and was very impressed! We are very proud of the effort our children are putting into their writing and the progress which has been made in such a small amount of time. Next week we start writing ‘Varmints- Part 2!’.
In maths this week we have been revisiting prime numbers, multiples, factors, square numbers and cube numbers. One of our lessons involved finding the lowest common multiple of different numbers.
Thursday 10th October was ‘World Mental Health Day’. We had a class discussion about worries- what they are, how they make us feel and how we can deal with them. We discussed the importance of talking about your worries and how talking with someone can help you. We then used the shape of hands to remind ourselves of the people we can talk to (both inside and outside of school) if we have a worry.
Homework is due in on Friday 18th October 2019
If your child is going to PGL- please return the medical form
If your child is taking part in activities week- please return the consent form and pay the £20
We are collecting the stickers from Aldi!
We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday - The Y6 Team :)
W/C 30th September 2019
Here we are- Friday again!
This week in English we have been reading a new book ‘Varmints’. We have only looked at the first few pages but have already created some fantastic writing using exciting vocabulary and really thinking about the effect the language we use has on the reader. We wrote a letter to a friend comparing the events of a particular day including what we could see, hear and how we felt.
In maths we have been learning to solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Towards the end of the week we solved multi-step problems and ensured that children can identify relevant strategies to solve problems that are more complex. Next week we move onto identifying common factors, common multiples and primes!
In Science this week we were learning about ‘classification’. We imagined we were opening up a zoo and needed to group the given animals. We then wrote a letter explaining why we had classified them in the particular way.
Don’t forget there is a meeting on Monday 7th October at 3:30pm in 6E for parents whose child is going to PGL.
Reminder: Homework is due in on Friday 18th October 2019.
Have a lovely weekend!
The Y6 Team J
W/C 23rd September 2019
Week 4 is complete! Can you believe we are already half way through the half term?!
This week was our last week using Hermelin for our text. We consolidated all our learning over the past 3 weeks to write our own diary entry as Hermelin. We were very impressed with the effort the children put into their diary entries and are excited about future writing!
Next week we will be looking at a new text………….watch this space!
In maths we have been busy revisiting addition, subtraction, multiplication and division strategies which will help us to solve a range of problems. When revisiting division we reiterated the importance of knowing your times tables to help make it quicker. When you are out and about or walking to/ from school, test your child on their times tables!
In Science this week we have been finding out about the rainforest: who lives there, what the climate is like and where in the world the rainforests are. We found out that the rainforest is made up of different layers and drew our own rainforest, labelling the different layers.
In our topic work we continued finding out about The Mayans. This week we found out all about their beliefs and Gods. We made our own fact files about them.
Date for your diary: Monday 7th October – PGL assembly. Join us in 6E for a brief meeting about what to pack etc! If you are unable to attend the meeting do not worry. We will upload the PowerPoint to this page after the meeting.
The weather forecast for the weekend continues to say rain L so stay dry!
Have a lovely weekend!
The Y6 Team J
W/C 16th September 2019
Another busy week in Year 6! The highlight of the week was our chocolate workshop on Thursday. The children all enjoyed tasting the different types of chocolate and were surprised when they were given a small piece of chocolate which was chilli flavour!
After finding out about the history of chocolate and tasting it, the children then made their own chocolate truffles using ganache. There was great excitement at the end of the workshop when the children were told they could lick their fingers! We have written a recount about our experience which you will be able to see in our topic books.
In English this week we have continued to explore the story of ‘Hermelin’. We acted out being one of the detectives in the story and interviewed each other as different characters. We wrote up our interviews and the next day we edited them to improve them.
In maths this week we have be ordering numbers –including 3 decimal place numbers and we have been learning about negative numbers. Towards the end of the week we revisited numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
Summerswood is participating in the Aldi scheme to possibly win £20,000 worth of PE kit. If a family spends £30 or more in Aldi they will get a sticker to put on our school poster. If we manage to fill it we could win the money. We had a visit from Team GB athlete, Anthony Ogogo to promote this. He spoke to the children about working hard at school and achieving your dreams.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday!
The Year 6 Team :)
W/C 9th September 2019
Our first full week in Year 6!
This week in English we have been reading the story ‘Hermelin the Mouse Detective’. We have analysed and explained the impact of the author’s language and retrieved information, referring to more than one place in the text.
In maths we have been reading, writing and ordering large numbers.
We also had the last two SATs reasoning papers to complete at the beginning of the week.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week and telling you all about our chocolate workshop!
The Year 6 Team J
*A quick note for 6E parents
I will be in school 5 days a week!
Monday and Tuesdays in class all day
Wednesday - In class in the morning and Mrs Ely will teach in the afternoon (so I can attend the SLT meeting)
Thursday – In class in the morning and Mrs Ely will teach in the afternoon (Year 6 PPA)
Friday – Out of class. Mr McConville will teach the class in the morning and Mrs Ely in the afternoon
Miss Froy :)
Our school day
8:40 - 8:50 – Early morning activities
8:50 - 9:00 – Registration
9:00 – 10:00 – English
10:00 – 10:10 – The Daily Mile
10:10 – 10:25 – Nurture Time
10:25 – 10:50 – Guided Reading
10:50 – 11:05 – Playtime
11:05 – 12:05 – Maths
12:05 – 12:30 – Misconceptions/ Spelling/ Homework
12:30 – 1:25 – Lunch
1:25 – 3:00 – Maths Whizz/ Library/ Topic/ Science/ French/ RE
*Game On is on a Tuesday morning.
*We have an assembly at 1:35pm on a Tuesday and Thursday
*Our spelling test will be 9am on a Friday before Summerswood Superstar assembly at 9:20am
It was lovely to see so many of you at our ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings today!
It’s going to be a great year in Year 6! J
Welcome back! We hope you had a good summer and are ready for another busy year at Summerswood!
This week we have joined in with a variety of ‘Getting to know you’ activities including class bingo and making our own time capsule. In our time capsule we wrote about our hopes for this year and we also drew around our hands and feet so we can see how much they have grown in July. We also used wool to measure our current height so we can find out how many inches taller we are in July!
We have completed a couple of previous SATs papers which will inform our planning and see where your child needs support.
The children came home with a letter this week about the Chocolate Museum Workshop. Please ensure you read the ingredients on the back of the letter and then sign the consent form and send it back by Friday 13th September.
Year 6 will be having their Game On PE lesson on Tuesdays so please ensure PE kits are in school.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and here’s to a fantastic year!
The Year 6 Team J
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