Year 6

Summer – Week 10 & 11

Over the next few weeks, year 6 will be doing various things all related to the Mayans.  In art, we will be creating Mayan calendars – we’ll tweet pictures of them when they’ve finished so be sure to look out for them! We will also be doing different problem solving activities in maths.  They will also have a go at creating some artwork based on Mayan hieroglyphs.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 3NO have chosen the value Relationships for April and May for the school. They would like to:

* Support their peers when working through difficult challenges;

* Work collaboratively to solve problems;

* Ensure they offer their friendship to anybody who is playing alone on the yard.

At home, you can discuss the importance of teamwork and encourage them not to exclude others. Playing board games is an excellent way to inspire teamwork. Whether your child is teamed up with friends, siblings, parents or grandparents, it can be a fun time for young and old to play together. Make sure no one gets too competitive though! Other activities to promote teamwork at home include washing the dishes together, helping out in the garden, preparing food as a family and helping out with the housework.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Summer – Week 4

We are thoroughly impressed by the hard-work and determination shown by each and every single member of year 6 during their tests. Every child showed true Sitwell Seven spirit, particularly resilience. All we ask is that the children try their best and they certainly did just that. We can’t wait to get the results in July!

Unfortunately, we were very sad to have to cancel our shelter-building afternoon. This was due to the weather forecast being poor but also the fact that the area we usually use for this activity being covered in nettles and the safety of our children is our priority.

Over the remaining 5 weeks, we have lots to get through. Soon, we will begin our preparations for our leaver’s assembly. We have changed the format this year and want to keep it a surprise for now but we hope you will be impressed. For those children that have chosen to take part in Bikeability, this will take place week commencing 22nd May. Please ensure children’s bikes are brought in to school on that day. Also, during that week, we have our annual Sport’s Day. On the 19th June, we will be taking all our year 6 gold award winners for their treat afternoon. We have a bumper number of children this year set to achieve this award. And of course, we will be taking the children to Alton Towers for their leaver’s treat on 22nd June.

Although we have many exciting things planned for the remaining weeks, we still have lots of learning planned. Our priority now is making sure that the children’s writing portfolios are the best they can be. We have two more pieces of writing to complete: a report and a short story. In each of these pieces of writing, the children must ensure that they show they can use varied sentences, punctuation, vocabulary and openers. We will also be taking part in the annual Picture This! Project.

We are all looking forward to these remaining weeks and hope the children are too. We hope these last few weeks of your child’s primary education can be an enjoyable experience for all.

Summer – Week 3

Next week, year 6 will take their SATs tests.

On Monday, they will take their Reading Test, which lasts 60 minutes. On Tuesday, they will take Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test (which is in 2 parts – part is 45 minutes and part 2 is about 20 minutes). On Wednesday, they will take their Arithmetic Test (30 minutes) and Reasoning Paper 2 (40 minutes) in maths. The arithmetic paper will be in the morning, whilst the reasoning will be in the afternoon. Finally, on Thursday, they will take the last maths paper (Reasoning Test 3 – 40 minutes). The children have all been working really hard these past few weeks since we have returned from the Easter break and wish them all the best of luck!

Just to remind you, there will be a morning fitness session to wake children up and get their brains in to gear, ready for their tests, from 8am to 8.30am, with Mr Cassell, on the small field. Children can join at any point during the session. Children who have chosen to order bananas will also receive these every day as brain food!

Don’t forget… on Friday afternoon, children will take part in a shelter building activity. They will require a change of clothes and shoes (that won’t matte is they get dirty or ripped) and a pair of gloves. Children won’t be able to take part without a pair of gloves.

British Science Association’s Poster Competition

As it is science week, why not encourage your child to enter the annual science competition. All they need to do is create a poster. The theme for 2017 is “Change”. Here are some ideas for posters below:

* What different types of change can we examine in nature?

* How can energy change during reactions?

* What amazing colour changes exist?

* How has our world changed over the years?

* How can science change the world in the future?

You can make a poster about whatever type of change you like, and enter into the UK-wide competition with the chance to win an array of prizes, including a copy of the new Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvellous Experiments’ book!

The closing date is Friday 31st March.

What are the rules?

Entries must be 2D and submitted on A4 or A3 paper only. We will accept photos of 3D models.

Work must be original and created by the child – please do not use any templates.

Posters must include the following information (entrant details can be recorded on the back of the poster):

* Entrant name and entrant age

* Age category (Intermediate 1: Year 3 – Year 4 or Intermediate 2: Year 5 – Year 6)

* School name and address

We cannot wait to see the finished posters and once completed, please hand in to your child’s class teacher.

Spring – Week 12

Well done to all children in year 6 for really applying themselves during their practice SATs week; we’re all really proud of you.

In maths, year 6 will continue consolidating their knowledge of the features of shapes and comparing and classifying them. They will also revise converting between different units of measure.

For the main learning, they will be focussing on geometry and position and direction. This will involve learning about coordinates and translating shapes on the coordinate grid. Following this, they will link geometry to measure.

They will also complete their arithmetic and basic skills checks.

In English, and to celebrate our book week, Children will be completing range of activities based on the book ‘The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers’. They activities will span across different curriculum areas.

Year 6 will also visit the CLC this week to develop their ICT skills. They will combine their knowledge of the Arctic and Antarctic to create a presentation on Keynote. Then they will then create a game using Scratch.

At the end of the week, children will be taking home a full set of practice SATs tests to complete over the Easter holidays. Please can they be returned by Monday 24th April. It would be greatly appreciated if you could ensure your children complete these tests independently and under test conditions so we can get an accurate picture of where your child is and what gaps hey need plugging before the actual tests begin on Monday 8th May.

Spring – Week 11

In maths, over the next couple of weeks, year 6 will be consolidating their knowledge of the features of shapes and comparing and classifying them. They will also revise converting between different units of measure.

For the main learning, they will be focussing on geometry and position and direction. This will involve learning about coordinates and translating shapes on the coordinate grid. Following this, they will link geometry to measure.

They will also complete their arithmetic and basic skills checks.

In English, year 6 will begin a new unit of working based on the picture book ‘Fox’. The intended writing outcome is a short story and the fox is full of rich vocabulary and imagery, which the children will use as a stimulus for their own story. This week they will focus on reading and understanding the text. They will ‘read’ the front cover and create emotion graphs, mapping the character’s feelings throughout. Next, they will develop their debating skills and develop their viewpoint on a question raised by the book. Finally, they will write their own blurb for the book, being succinct in summarising the moral of the story.

Year 6 really enjoyed conducting their experiment investigating why penguins huddle, for British Science Week. They learnt lots about insulation and also fair testing. They are currently busy writing up their investigation to report their findings and will continue with this in topic next week. They will incorporate some cross-curricular maths skills into their report by drawing a line graph to show their measurements of temperature that they took and how this decreased for the individual penguin (cup) as opposed to the huddled penguin (cup).

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 6JB have chosen the value Respect for March for the school. They would like to:

* Take care of each other;

* Be polite to everyone;

* Be good listeners;

* Treat others how we would like to be treated ourselves.

At home, you can discuss ways that your child can respect their own belongings and why it is important. Encourage your child to keep their toys tidy, put away their clothes and help with tasks around the house.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Spring – Week 10

In maths, year 6 will be consolidating their skills in:

* recalling the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages.

In the main teaching, they will be learning about scale factor. For this objective, the children will aim to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.

They will also complete their arithmetic and basic skills checks.

In English, year 6 will continue their diary entries in the style of Anne Frank. They will focus on composing the middle paragraph – ensuring they write in the first person; include a range of sentence types; use a range of punctuation, including dashes; and use the subjunctive form.

This week, in topic, for British Science Week, year 6 will be conducting a science investigation, exploring why penguins huddle together.

Spring – Week 8

In maths, year 6 will be consolidating their skills in:

* calculating fractional equivalents.

* recalling the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages.

In the main teaching, they will be learning how to calculate percentages. They will do this using the ‘fool-proof’ method. For this objective, the children will aim to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.

They will also complete their arithmetic and basic skills checks.

In English, year 6 will continue their diary entries in the style of Anne Frank. They will focus on text marking and planning their entry based on a series of WAGOLLs.

Last week, year 6 really enjoyed their Polar Explorer day, particularly the blubber glove activity. They also learned lots about what it is like to be an explorer and the Polar Regions. This week, children will take part in a geography lesson looking at the position of the Polar Regions and hemispheres.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 4RE have chosen the value Resourcefulness for February for the school. They would like to:

* Say “I can do it” instead of saying “I can’t do it” and they want to use resourcefulness to help them to do this;

* Be resourceful by recycling items used within school and at home;

* Work harder to look after the school resources;

* Be more creative in thinking of ways to solve problems.

As children develop Resourcefulness, they become better able to meet challenges in a variety of ways and they learn to trust their instincts and unique abilities. They acquire a positive attitude toward problem solving and mature into confident people. One of the best ways you can respond to a child’s questions is by saying, “I don’t know. How could we find the answer?” as this will encourage curiosity. Also, encourage exploration and value their varying ideas and opinions. Play games that can have different answers. Include “What if” questions in play. “What if we want to build a sand castle? How can me make the sand stick together better?” “What if we made designs on our castle, what could we use to make them?” Finally, play imaginative word games. For instance, devise ways to build a house if you landed on the moon. Or make lists of all the different and imaginative ways you could use a simple household item, like a leaf rake or a hand mixer. Enjoy wacky answers!

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Spring – Week 7

In maths, year 6 will be taking their half-termly progress test in maths. They will then go through the answers so they fully understand where they went wrong and where they were successful.

In English, children will be continuing to learn about Anne Frank and her diaries before moving onto writing their own, ensuring they include all of the features of genre. They will also take their half-termly reading test based on the book ‘GoldKeeper’, which we have been reading in class.

On Tuesday afternoon, we will be holding our VE Day celebration. There will be games, singing and food and drink. We look forward to seeing you from 2pm onwards in the hall. Next week, we will also be watching the film version of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’. As this is a PG rated film, we require your permission for your child to watch this. The information about this is detailed in a separate letter.

Spring – Week 6

In maths, year 6 will be continuing to develop their knowledge in algebra. They will be solving missing number problems, generalising a relationship between numbers and expressing this algebraically and finding the nth term of a number sequence. To understand these tricky concepts, they will be supported by concrete and pictorial resources.

In English, the children will be beginning a unit of work on diary entries. This will link to learning about Anne Frank. The intended outcome of the unit is for the children to write a diary entry in role as Anne. To begin with, they will focus on understanding the features of diaries by reading and evaluating a range of examples. They will also develop their reading skills, answering a range of questions types.

In topic, children will learn about rationing. They will find out the weekly rations for a child and an adult and then use this information to find out the weekly allowance for their family. In addition to this, they will find out about typical meals during the war and plan 7 day menu for themselves, taking in to consideration their weekly allowance.

On Tuesday February 14th, we will be holding our VE Day celebration afternoon. Children will be learning about the event in order to plan our celebration. We look forward to seeing you from 2pm onwards on that afternoon in the hall.

Spring – Week 5

In maths, Year 6 will be continuing to consolidate and open their knowledge of how to multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in its simplest form [for example, 1/4 x 1/2 = 1/8] and dividing proper fractions by whole numbers [for example, 1/3 ÷ 2 = 1/6]. In addition to this, they will continue to develop their reasoning skills in the context of fractions by accessing chilli challenges. Finally, they will continue to develop their arithmetic skills during our arithmetic lesson and basic skills during our basic skills lesson.

In English, children will develop their reading skills with a particular focus on author’s use of language, in the context of our class reader: Good Night Mr Tom. They will also develop their skimming and scanning skills, being put against the clock to answer as many retrieval questions, in a certain amount of time, as possible – aiming to gradually increase their reading stamina and score.

In topic, Children will cross-curricularly in ICT, geography and history to identify the allied and axis powers. They will then develop their knowledge of the world by locating these on the map of the world. They will then locate the counties in the UK where children were evacuated to.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 5ND have chosen the value Relationships for January for the school. They would like to:

* Listen carefully to other people’s ideas and opinions;

* Always be a good friend, by helping those who need it;

* Be aware of how well they work with others in group situations.

At home, you can discuss the importance of teamwork and encourage them not to exclude others. Playing board games is an excellent way to inspire teamwork. Whether your child is teamed up with friends, siblings, parents or grandparents, it can be a fun time for young and old to play together. Make sure no one gets too competitive though! Other activities to promote teamwork at home include washing the dishes together, helping out in the garden, preparing food as a family and helping out with the housework.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Spring – Week 1

Happy New Year to all! We continue our WW2 topic ‘A Child’s War’ for this half term. We will be holding a VE Day celebration on afternoon of Tuesday 14th February to bring the topic to a close. All welcome but further details will be provided closer to the day.

In Maths, year 6 will be use negative numbers in context and calculating intervals across zero. In addition to this, they will use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations, learning the BIDMAS/BODMAS rules. They will then apply this rule to solving problems involving formula.

In English, year 6 will be continuing their discussion writing about evacuation. They will develop ideas for and against it and then develop these ideas in to paragraphs. In GPS, they will focus on linking adverbials.

In topic, children will learn about the key events of the Second World War, recapping their knowledge of chronological order. They will then present these events on a timeline, created in Word using SmartArt. They will also touch upon the Holocaust and learn about how the victims are memorialised using butterflies.

This week, year 6 will begin to have homework sent home every week to help them prepare for their SATs in May. Each week, they will receive 3 x 10 minute tests, which are designed to completed in 10 minutes. We would really appreciate it if you helped your child stick to the 10 minute time allowance as pace is always something children need to develop in preparation for the tests. If they do not finish in 10 minutes, it is beneficial to complete the test outside of the 10 minutes but in a different colour pen so we can see where they got up to in the time allowed. They will receive a reading, GPS and Maths test each week. This will go home on a Friday and should be returned the following Thursday, where it will be marked in class with the children.

Autumn 2 – Week 14

We have reached the final week of the term and it will be a busy one.

On Monday afternoon, we have our final performance of Christmas is Forever. If you saw it on Friday, I’m sure you were very impressed. We are so proud of all the children for how hard they have worked to ensure the production was ready on time. Thank you to all parents and carers that have helped at home with learning lines and provided costumes. We really appreciate your input and couldn’t do without you!

On Thursday afternoon, we have our year 5 and 6 Christmas party. If you could send your children with a food contribution on this day, we would be very grateful.

On Friday morning, we have our Pupil of the Term assembly where we will celebrate not only these children, but other successes from throughout the term.

Our ‘A Child’s War’ project will be continuing until the February half-term holiday, so this week we will continue with our writing about evacuation.

We are very proud of the effort and determination all year 6 children have put in to the term and hope this continues in to the new year.

From all of the year 6 team, we would like to wish you a very happy holiday.

Winter Displays

The children have worked extremely hard on their winter displays and because of this, the school environment looks fabulous. They have worked hard to develop all of the Sitwell Seven values whilst completing their winter work. The children have certainly taken responsibility for their own learning behaviour and have completed their writing and artwork to the best of their abilities. Also, they have used their imagination and have approached all challenges positively, despite, at times, finding things hard. Well done!

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 3SW have chosen the value Risk-taking for December for the school. They have tried to link this value to the festive celebrations that are coming up this month, and are going to use this value in the following ways:

* Readily trying new things, such as singing, and acting in the Christmas Performance;

* Taking thoughtful, smart risks;

* Meeting new work and concepts as a challenge.

To develop this value further at home, you can encourage them to try new things and as a family start a family adventure journal where your child records the adventurous things you have done together. You can also talk to your children about what it means to be afraid and how it is really great to try new things. When you notice they have taken a risk, point it out to them and see how their faces light up with just the notion that YOU noticed them being brave. Finally, try not to pass your fears onto them and encourage them to think independently.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Autumn 2 – Week 11

It is getting very busy in the run up to Christmas! This week, we will be making products to sell at the Winter Fair. Each class will hand-make something different. We hope you buy them and look forward to seeing you on Thursday. We will also continue to rehearse for our Christmas production. Please ensure you have ordered tickets if you want to attend.

In Maths, we will continue to work on adding and subtracting fractions and will further our knowledge by doing this in a reasoning context, ensuring we explain our answers. We will also complete our weekly arithmetic test and basic skills check.

In English, we will continue to develop our inference skills whilst reading our class reader – Goodnight Mr Tom – which the children are really enjoying. We will also continue to consider whether children should have been evacuated during the war and the reasons for and against.

Autumn 2 – Week 10

This week, year 6 will begin their ‘A Child’s War’ topic. On Tuesday, they will have their engage day, held at Kelham Island. It would be really lovely to see all children dressed up as children of World War 2, so they can really immerse themselves in the time period. The trip is within the school day, so children will need to come to school for the normal time and will be released at the end of the day at the normal time. A packed lunch will be need along with drinks. Spending money is allowed but this should be kept to a maximum of £5.

In Maths, year 6 will begin a block of work on fractions. This week they will focus on ordering and comparing fractions.

In English, year 6 will having a reading week, introducing them to the class text ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’. They will complete a range of activities across the week to learn about evacuation through the text. This will include drama, by creating freeze frames, reading evacuation poems and creating their own by identifying themes and words associated with the text and the poems and by completing a ‘role on the wall’ activity.’ The focus will be on developing their inference skills when identifying character’s thoughts and feelings.

In topic, children will complete a P4C lesson looking at whether they believe children should have been evacuated during the war. They will also complete some artwork based on the bombing that took place, practicing their painting skills, with a focus on tints and tones.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 6JW have chosen the value Reflection for November for the school. They would like to:

* Comment critically on their learning and evaluate their strengths;

* Anticipate problems and ask enquiry questions;

* Organise their work and prioritise what needs to be done.

At home you can ask open-ended questions about your child’s experiences, encouraging them to think for themselves and discussing their ideas with you. Encourage your child to record their experiences as they happen, as it is sometimes difficult to remember events and activities. This is a great way to help them reflect and when the fun is over, you can sit down together and talk about the deeper meanings involved. Finally, encourage your child to make connections by making comments or asking questions that steer them in a certain direction. Encouraging them to think about thinking is called metacognition and helps your child to understand when and how to use certain thinking strategies, which will help them to handle life problems.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Autumn 2 – Week 8

Welcome back to the second half term; time seems to be going so fast! The year 6 children all had a wonderful start to the year and we hope they continue this throughout this half term. We will be continuing or CSI topic for another two weeks before we begin our ‘A Child’s War’ topic. Don’t forget about the trip to Kelham Island on Tuesday 15th November. We would really like all children to dress up in wartime clothing to really get in to role on the day.

This week, in maths, year 6 will continue learning about the written methods for multiplication and division. They will also develop their arithmetic and basic skills during our weekly checks.

In English, children will write an explanation text about how fingerprints are formed as a baby grows. We will be including an introduction and a series of logical steps. We will need to ensure we write in the present tense and use conjunctions to signal time. We will also need to include subject specific vocabulary.

In topic, children will continue their customisation project, learning new stitching techniques.

Autumn 1 – Week 7

Last week, Year 6 had a very exciting CSI week. They learned lots of new skills including how to take fingerprints, collect fingerprints and how to investigate a crime scene step-by-step and gather evidence. They also put their drama skills to good use by interrogating suspects of the crime. Many of the Sitwell Seven Skills were incorporated in to the week including relationships, when working together to gather evidence from the crime scene, and resilience, when searching the crime scene for the even the smallest of clues.

This week, in maths, year 6 will be learning about the written methods for multiplication and division. They will also develop their arithmetic and basic skills during our weekly checks.

In English, children will write a COLD write about their CSI week. A COLD write is a piece of writing which children write as independently as possible. However, they can demonstrating their resourcefulness by using any of the resources available to them in the classroom e.g. word cards, dictionaries and thesaurus, WAGOLLS (What A Good One looks Like!) and each other. We have invested heavily in to dictionaries and thesauruses in year 6 and it is almost one per child. This piece of writing, when edit, improved and proof-read, will be written up neatly and perfectly, without any spelling mistakes, and stored in their writing portfolio, which will form the outcome they receive for writing for their teacher assessment.

In topic, children will continue their customisation project, learning new stitching techniques.

Kelham Island Trip

After the holidays, we will continue our CSI topic for 2 more weeks. We will then begin our ‘A Child’s War’ topic during week 3. As an engage day for this topic, we will visit Kelham Island for a ‘Children of WW2’ day, on 15th November. On this day, children are encouraged to dress up as a child might have during the war. If you would like any inspiration for this, please see your child’s class teacher.

Autumn 1 – Week 6

This week is a very exciting week in year 6 and the normal timetable will be suspended! The Year 6 children will take part in a CSI week provided by Junior Jam. Children will complete Level 1 – Murder Mystery. In CSI Murder Mystery, students will partake in forensic and detective training before being assigned a case to solve. Experiments will include: Dusting for Fingerprints, Bullet Trajectory, Becoming a Human Lie Detector and Case Studies. Children will take part in a session each day, which will be during the school day. It is designed to complement our topic and allow children to practice the skills they have been learning about. The children will also begin their customisation project. They will need to bring in to school their piece of clothing for customisation this week. The will focus on the skills of sewing and applique. Their project will represent their personality and what makes them unique. In maths, children will complete their Basic Skills Check and Arithmetic Test.

Autumn 1 – Week 5

In maths, Year 6 will continue to look at techniques for mental calculation for addition and subtraction including; adjustment, rounding, looking at near multiples of 10, 100 and 1000 and compensation. Children will complete their weekly arithmetic test and basic skills check.

In English, Year 6 will begin writing an explanation text about how fingerprints are formed. This must include a general statement to introduce the topic, a series of chronological ideas, temporal and causal conjunctions and a formal voice.

In topic, Year 6 will begin designing a customisation project. They will need to choose an old piece of clothing from home. This could be anything: a t-shirt, scarf, pair of gloves, hat, dress…anything that is old and they are allowed to customise! They will learn different techniques for customisation; including applique and making their design represent their identity. Therefore, we ask that children think about what piece of clothing they want to customise and bring this into school this week. Your support with this is much appreciated.

Sitwell Seven

At Sitwell Junior School, we focus on a set of shared values which help us to work with one another co-operatively and with respect. These values make our school community happy and harmonious, a fun place, where children feel secure. Our Values are important to all pupils, staff and parents.

The whole staff team and all pupils are involved in promoting values and recognising their positive effects around school. The values have been selected by pupils and staff as values which are important within the school community and which will be important throughout life.

We will ensure that our seven shared values known as ‘The Sitwell Seven’ are interwoven into the teaching and learning in order for children to make maximum progress as lifelong learners and thinkers. These are:

• Respect

• Responsibility

• Resourcefulness

• Resilience

• Reflection

• Risk Taking

• Relationships

To develop our Sitwell Seven Values further this year, each month one class of children will choose a value they would like to develop through school and at home.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 4NE have chosen the value Responsibility for October for the school. They would like to:

* Complete work to the best of their ability, thinking carefully about presentation;

* Think more carefully about the decisions they make and how they affect other people around them.

At home you can give your child new responsibilities, for example being in charge of doing tasks around the house or looking after a pet or helping with a younger sibling. Talk to your child about how they are responsible for the choices they make with regards to how they treat others and think about the consequences of not taking their responsibilities seriously.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Autumn 1 – Week 4

In maths, Year 6 will continue to practise their estimation skills in the context of addition and subtraction. In addition to this, they will look at techniques for mental calculation for addition and subtraction including; adjustment, rounding, looking at near multiples of 10, 100 and 1000 and compensation. Children will complete their weekly arithmetic test and basic skills check.

In English, Year 6 will be writing a descriptive account of Auggie’s first day at school. They will be focussing on the skill of showing how a character is feeling through their body and facial language rather than simply stating how they are feeling.

In topic, Year 6 will be continue learning about how fingerprints are used to solve crimes.

Crucial Crew

Just a little reminder that it is our visit to Crucial Crew on Tuesday. The trip takes place during the school day. Children will need a packed lunch. A coat is recommended as the centre can get quite cold.

Autumn 1 – Week 3

In maths, Year 6 will continue developing their knowledge of reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000 and determining the value of each digit. Further to this, they will practise their estimation skills in the context of addition and subtraction. Children will complete their weekly arithmetic test and basic skills check.

In English, Year 6 will continue their reading activities based on Part One of ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio. They will then write a short narrative as if they have woken up as Auggie, the main character, concentrating on ensuring they use correct grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary.

In topic, Year 6 will be continuing their ‘Could I be a Crime Scene Investigator?’ topic. In ICT, children will complete their spliced picture of their young and old self and in art, they will complete their self-portrait. They will also begin to learn about finger prints.

PGL

The members of Year 6 who went to PGL had a wonderful weekend and we were really shocked by how they threw themselves into every activity wholeheartedly, despite the torrential rain on Saturday! We were so proud of all the children for trying out all of the activities and by how many children were able to succeed at activities like high ropes, an all-round favourite of the children. All children were able to practice each and every one of the Sitwell seven over the course of the weekend. Here’s how:

Respect – Everybody listened very carefully to the instructors and followed their instructions carefully.

Relationships – Being in mixed groups, children were able to work with children they don’t normally and build new friendships. They also had to put trust in each for certain activities. During problem solving, children had to work as a team and communicate well. They discovered that communication is a two way thing as it involves speaking and listening. This year’s children were also very good at supporting and motivating each other.

Reflection – Children were encouraged to reflect on activities, thinking about what went well and how they could improve.

Risk Taking – During most activities, children were able to take a risk just by deciding to take part. They also took a risk when deciding to that next step in the activity.

Resilience – Children were able to show resilience in many activities as they were able to persevere at the task however hard it may be. They could then celebrate their success as they completed the activity successfully.

Resourcefulness – Raft building allowed the children practice their resourcefulness. They had to think carefully about how to use the given resources to create a raft. Luckily, all rafts were successful, but some children couldn’t resist jumping in!

Responsibility – Over the course of the weekend, children were given many opportunities to demonstrate that they could be responsible. During rope activities, children had to follow instructions to use the ropes correctly. The also had to be independent and organise themselves, ensuring they wore the right clothes for each activity. Packing at the end of the trip was also a responsibility, although some children were better at this than others!

Autumn 1 – Week 2

In maths, Year 6 will be reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000 and determining the value of each digit. They will begin their weekly arithmetic test that will help them drill their arithmetic skills in preparation for their arithmetic test in May. Alongside this, they will complete a weekly basic skills check that will ensure they cover all areas of the mathematics curriculum on a weekly basis, ensuring key concepts are consolidated and overlearned.

In English, Year 6 will continue writing their newspaper report about the events of Tuesday night based on the book ‘Tuesday’ by David Weisner. They will ensure that they include all of the key features of the genre including past tense, headline, quotes and openers to signal time to name but a few. They will then consider how they will present their writing to make it look professional and add this to their writing portfolio. Year 6 will also begin their reading activities based on Part One of ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio.

In topic, Year 6 will be starting their ‘Could I be a Crime Scene Investigator?’ topic by considering what makes them unique. They will create a mind map about themselves using a variety of different categories including looks beliefs, personality, opinions, likes and dislikes. They will then work together to give John Doe a collaborative personality. In ICT, children will use an app called ‘Aging Booth’ to create spliced picture of their young and old self. Finally, in art, they will use their ‘Aging Booth’ photo to practise their pencil techniques, to create a self-portrait.

School displays 

At Sitwell Junior School, we feel that displays should stimulate the children, support teaching and learning, acknowledge effort, celebrate achievement and value the work of all pupils. We like them to reflect the variety and diversity of our curriculum and we ensure a range of curriculum areas are reflected. We hope that our displays raise children’s self-esteem and communicate our ethos, including the Sitwell Seven values, to all who enter our school.

Further, each classroom also has an English working wall and Maths working wall to support children’s learning during specific units of work. The content of our working walls change regularly to support learning and teaching as it develops in the classroom. The ultimate aim is for children to access prior learning, make links to what they already know and apply this to future learning. Our working walls enable children to refer to concepts and resources, supporting them to become more secure independent learners. We also include a reading display to promote the current class read.

 

 

Below are the topics covered in Year 6:

ID – Could you be a Crime Scene Investigator?
A Child’s War
Tomorrow’s World
Hola Mexico!

If you would like to know more about any of the topics being covered then please request this from the class teacher.

Year 6 Topic homework – Autumn 1

Could You Be The Next Crime Scene Investigator?

This year, you will complete home learning projects. These will allow you to present your learning creatively and imaginatively and take part in independent learning at home. You will need to ensure that they match the standard and quality of work you complete in school. If you require any specific resources to help you present your work neatly and imaginatively, then please ask. From the series of research questions/topics listed below, you should choose one option to explore over the course of the half term. If you have your own question you would like to research, run this by your teacher first.

  • What is a Crime Scene Investigator?
  • What are fingerprints and how are they collected?
  • What is DNA and how is it used to solve crimes?
  • What is your dream job and what does it entail? What will you need to do to achieve your dream?
  • What ‘gadgets’ do Crime Scene Investigators’ use and what jobs do they do?
  • Investigate genetic characteristics like tongue rolling, widow’s peak, cleft chin, freckles, dimples, free earlobes, Darwin’s point, hitchhiker’s thumb and hand clasping.
  • Find out about two historical figures that brought about social reform e.g. Dr Bernardo, William Wilberforce and Salvador Dali.
  • Debate the use of identity cards for all UK citizens or micro chipping for children.
  • Think creatively to create a 3D fingerprint.

Please complete your research project by 17th October 2016.