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Term 1

Learning, Week beginning 17/10/16


In Literacy this week, we have been working on our grammar and punctuation skills by focusing on the use of apostrophes and speech in writing. We worked on using apostrophes for omission and possession, being careful about the use of its and it's. For speech we looked at the conventions for layout, as well as how we can improve our use of dialogue in a story through a set of 6 tips:

1 - Cut out the irrelevant (hellos, goodbyes)

2 - Set the conversation in a location

3 - Interrupt conversations with action

4 - Throw in a question to sidestep a dull conversation

5 - Use silence

6 - Use dialogue to avoid a lengthy backstory


In Maths, we have been finding out how to simplify fractions and investigating whether 1/2 is always the largest fraction. We also used our equivalent fraction skills to order a set of fractions with different denominators.


In Science, we investigated shadows using a virtual experiment and developed the creation of a two-part conclusion.


In Art, we created portraits of aliens using bright poster paint colours, this was done in the style of Julien Opie.


In RE, we carried out a mini pilgrimage to explore the concept of the Hajj, one of the pillars of Islam.

Learning, Week Beginning 26/09/16


This week in Maths we have been learning to multiply 3 and 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers. We are looking at how we can regroup our calculation to help us approach this mentally using known number facts. For example 113 x 14 can be viewed as 113 x 10 + 113 x 4. This will be used to progress into column multiplication.


In Literacy, we have been working on There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar. So far we have created our own reading journals in which we record our analysis of the text, as well as a diary which we write as Bradley Chalkers, the main character in the story.


In Science, we have been researching the size, shape, distance and orbit of the Moon, Earth and Sun.


In Topic, we launched our rockets, a few of us made it to Mars! (Some of us didn't quite leave the Earth's gravitational pull though!)

Learning, Week Beginning 19/09/16


This week in Maths we have been learning about expressions and how we need to know BODMAS (Brackets, Of, Division, Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction) so we complete the calculation in the correct order. For example 4 x 3 + (6 - 2) = 16.


In Literacy this week we have finished our unit on balanced arguments by writing our own. We started by considering if robots should be allowed the same rights as humans, then wrote our own about if Darth Vadar should become a teacher in the school or not.


This week also saw Art Day. During Art Day we worked on our wallpaper designs in the style of Marimekko, we continued our metacognition skills by creating an origami zoo using lots of different sources of instruction and support. Finally, we took a look at Escher and tessellation.


In Science, we finished our experiment with the solar beads by drawing conclusions from our results. Whilst doing that, in groups, we went down into the basement in order to find a darker room in which we looked at the effect of the Sun on the Earth (using a torch and a globe), as well as looking at how light travels. We found out that if there is no reflection like you get on a mirror, the light has hit the surface and been scattered off.


Learning, Week beginning 12/09/16


This week we have been learning about place value, ordering numbers up to ten million and rounding to the nearest ten million. We decided our rounding success criteria would be to identify the place value we are rounding to, then checking the next place value column down. We then checked if the number was 5 or more, in which case we rounded our target place value up, or if it was less than 5 in which case we left it alone. Finally we made sure every digit after our target number became a zero.


In Literacy we have been continuing our work on balanced arguments by reviewing work from last year's class and comparing them to the strong features of balanced arguments we had already identified. We boxed up a few examples and are now ready to start creating our own.


In Topic we looked at the history of space travel, found out some of the notable people in space travel's past and created a timeline of events looking at both the USSR and the USA.


In Science, we carried out an investigation to see which material would protect astronauts the most from UV light, as they are above the ozone layer of Earth and so receive much more UV light than we do on the planet. We used solar beads, which change colour when exposed to UV light, to test our materials.

Learning, week beginning (05/09/16)


We have started Year 6 running this year. The new 6 Blackthorn have been awesome, amazing and fabulous - I couldn't have asked for a better start to the new school year so thank you to everyone involved.


This week, in Maths, we have been learning about place value from 3 decimals places right up to ten million. To help us we looked at the distances between the planets and the Sun in our solar system.


In Science, we have been learning about space - we created alien costumes out of masking tape, newspaper and trash bags to disguise one member of our team for an alien catwalk! We also looked at how astronauts have to recycle water using filter systems and osmosis to clean urine into drinkable water. We didn't test it with urine, we used gummy bears in water.


In Art, we carried out roller printing and screen printer in order to create Marimekko designs. We did Marimekko as that is the focus for our Art on the Hill project this year. 


In Literacy, we have been learning about active and passive sentences. An active sentence is when the subject does the verb to the object, and passive is when the subject has the verb done to it by the object (or by zombies!)



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