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24th November 2017

  • Year 6 Weekly Roundup
English

Children have taken part in the Global Campus creative writing competition this week. Using the topic of ‘Down in the Dumps’ they wrote a personified narrative from the point of view of a piece of rubbish. To assist them in this, they took part in writing workshops involving choice of language, writing in the first person and story structure. When writing their stories, children focused on varying sentence openers using ISPACED.

Maths

This week, the children recalled the relationships between the standard units of length and practiced converting between units of length. They then went on to identify the information and the calculations required to solve multi step problems that involve converting between units of length and using decimals. The children created a miles to kilometres conversion graph which uses the relationship 5 miles ≈ 8 km and the function ‘× 8 ÷ 5’ to convert miles to kilometres.

Project Work

Joining classes, Year 6 worked together to complete four different activities that gave a greater insight into the heart. Carefully transporting water at one of the stations, we discovered how much blood the heart pumps in a minute (between 5-7 litres). Squeezing tennis balls repeatedly for one minute at another station, we now appreciate how hard the heart works as it approximately beats 70 times a minute. At another station, we carried out a short fair test exploring the effects of exercise on pulse rate. Once complete, we then discussed how athletes, who train regularly, will have a stronger and bigger heart, which pumps more blood in each beat and therefore will have a lower resting heart rate. At the final station, we watched a video that showed the flow of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood through the heart and body and had to label and annotate a diagram of the heart. At every station there were key questions to promote thinking and to further develop understanding of the investigation process.

Mandarin

This week, we continued the topic of Food and Drink. We recapped the vocabulary and sentence structures of main courses and introduced the new vocabulary of drink. We also learnt a new sentence pattern: A compared to B is more/less (adj.) A 比 B + (adj.) as well as the usage of “觉 (jué) 得 (de) think/feel in a sentence.

Quizlet link: https://quizlet.com/246082530/flash-cards/?new

Computing

This week, pupils continued learning how to use Python, a text based programming language.  We learnt about the difference between a string and an integer and how to change between each one writing the 'str' or 'int' code in a script.

Physical Education

During athletics this week we have focused on relays. We have broken down the technique including changeovers. We then raced against each other.

Music

This week Year 6 students examined the lyrics from Gershwin's 'They Can't Take That Away From Me'. Predictions were made about the likely storyline behind the song, and students were encouraged to express any personal connections to lyrics and their possible meanings. Students then re-wrote the lyrics to personalise the meaning of the song.

Homework

English:

Use ‘emotion word, (comma)’ sentences to describe the characters in the photographs. Then find your own photograph and create your own ‘emotion word, (comma)’ sentence.

Maths:

Complete the measures worksheet.

IPC:

Tic Tac Toe booklets have been distributed and Task 3 is due in on Wednesday 6th December.

Spelling:

Spellings have been recorded in the student’s spelling journals. The words are a combination of the spelling rule that they are learning in class as well as statutory keywords for the year group they are working at.

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