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Year 6 Have Fun with Numeracy and Literacy

15 September 2014

Have you ever tried silent subtraction or invented a new time-saving device? Year 6 have and they have been having a lot of fun doing it! Find out what they’ve been up to.


Last week in Maths Year 6 were challenged with some silent subtraction. They had to mentally work out a subtraction calculation and then silently get themselves into ascending order according to their answers.  

They could look at each other’s questions, mouth their answers or draw them in mid-air.  But no writing or speaking!

They only had eight minutes to do their sum and get themselves in order and they did really well with only two or three people in the wrong place after the deadline. 

“We learnt how to communicate and co-operate in silence” - Eddie

It was sort of like a communication obstacle course” – Joshua

People draw numbers in the air differently so it’s difficult to follow” - Marcus

There were so many people, it was difficult to know where to place yourself” – Freyah


Year 6 have been studying persuasive writing and last week they linked this style of writing with their first week topic of ‘Inventions’.

After researching needs and thinking about solutions to problems, each small group across all five classes created a new, life-improving, time-saving invention.

The final stage of their work was to create a radio advert. After critiquing their own work pupils made a final polished version of their advert. The question now is: would you buy the Robo-Room Cleaner? Is there space in your life for the Call Me Fan? Do you need the Pearon Oven?!


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