Cl 6 2022 - 2023

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Week Commencing: 21.11.22

Class 6 have moved onto fractions this week in maths, looking at plotting fractions at different points on a number line. Despite this being the first time we have tackled fractions in Yr 6, the class took to it perfectly! In English, we have begun writing setting and character descriptions based on “Kensuke's Kingdom”, using embedded phrases and relative clauses. Our geography topic has started heating up, with some very passionate discussion happening about greenhouse gases, and the damage we are causing to our ozone layer.

Week Commencing: 14.11.22

Class 6 are looking at embedding an adverbial phrase in English. Using ‘Kensuke's Kingdom’, we have begun to retell certain parts of the story in our own way. In maths, we have moved on to the order of operations, using BIDMAS to ensure we are working out equations in the correct order. In science, we have made blood! Using plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, pupils were able to explain what blood is, where most of it comes from, and how it positively impacts our bodies. PC Rob visited class to talk about the transition to high school and how, now the class are turning 11, they are criminally responsible for their own actions.

Week Commencing: 07.11.22

This week, Class 6 have moved onto 'Chunking Division' and I genuinely can't believe how quickly Y6's confidence has grown! We have moved from dividing a 4-digit number by 1-digit, to dividing a 5-digit number by 2-digits, and Y6 have taken the transition completely in their stride. In English, we are on our reading stage, looking deeply into the first few chapters of our new book 'Kensuke's Kingdom'. We have identified key words and phrases, used a dictionary to look them up, before finally using them in a sentence. 

Week Commencing: 01.11.22

It's been a rapid start to the final half term of the year for Class 6. We have finished off our non-chronological report on The Highwayman, and we are now raring to go on our next topic - Mystery Stories. In maths, we have moved onto the final operation - division - and we have started by recapping short division, before moving on to longer division, and even dividing decimals! We are starting our new geography topic on Climate Change, a topic we are already very passionate about, and we will be looking at our ozone layer, melting ice caps and deforestation. 

Week Commencing: 17.10.22

In Class 6 this week, lots of important decisions have been made. Firstly, a huge congratulations to Alice and Max on their appointment of Head Girl and Head Boy! I have been told that choosing them was almost impossible, due to the quality of all the children's presentations. They must have put a huge amount of effort in, to rise even higher than the rest. Y6 also did St. Joseph's proud with our recent Open Day. They showed parents around the school and showed so much confidence when talking about our school, our staff and, most importantly, our pupils. Well done to everyone!

Week Commencing: 10.10.22

No matter how great you are at Maths, multiplying a 4-digit and 2-digit number together is really hard! That has been the focus in Class 6 this week and pupils have tackled it full on, moving onto reasoning problems and problem solving too. In English, we have started our new unit of non-chronological reports. We are going to use our previous knowledge of “The Highwayman” to write a report detailing: Bess, Tim and The Highwayman himself.  In PSHE, we are coming to the end of our topic on trust and relationships. To celebrate this, the class went outside and demonstrated putting their trust in others.

Week Commencing: 03.10.22

Applying skills from Year 5, Class 6 has started working on column multiplication in maths, multiplying 4-digit and 2-digit numbers. It is very tricky - with so many steps where mistakes can be made - but we stayed resilient and have got off to a flying start. In English, we are now editing and improving our poem stanzas, using higher quality vocabulary, and reading aloud to find mistakes.

Week Commencing: 26.09.22

Cl 6 have finished The Highwayman! And what a fantastic, and thoroughly unexpected, ending. It's now time for us to use our independent writing skills, thinking of an alternative ending for the poem. Yr 6 will have to follow the same style as Alfred Noyes, writing an ending which now includes Tim. In Maths, we have moved onto the 4 operations, and we are using our times tables knowledge to find common factors and multiples of 2, 3 and sometimes, 4 numbers! In science, we have started to explore circuits.

Week Commencing: 19.09.22

Cl 6 have learnt a new skill in English this week - using a hyphen to 'interrupt' a main clause to add dramatic effect. Not only did Yr 6 work extremely hard during the lesson, but it was amazing to see the same skill being applied into R.E., and our retelling of the Prodigal Son story, later in the week. In maths, we have been looking at using negative numbers and negative fractions - a tricky subject, but one we are definitely improving on!

Week Commencing 12.09.22

As always, the second week back has been another busy week in Year 6. We are continuing looking at numbers up to 10,000,000 in maths, now rounding them to the nearest power of 10. In English, we have begun writing our own version of "The Highwayman", taking it stanza by stanza and making sure we follow the flow of the poem. We have started our science topic on 'Electricity' and have looked at whether a bulb will light or not, based on simple circuit diagrams.

Week Commencing: 05.09.22

As we all know, Year 6 is a huge year in primary school. With the prospect of SATs looming, it is important that the class hit the ground running. In just the first week, Cl 6 have looked at numbers up to 10,000,000 in maths, alongside using semi-colons in their English. In R.E., we have looked at our school Mission Statement, linking it to the life of Jesus. 


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