Wednesday 21st October
We have been looking at war poetry this week. Attached below are the poems that we have studied. The children would benefit from looking over them again and considering the comprehension questions that have been set. Further to this, they can highlight common features of the poem, and try to write their own version of a war poem based on those features. In class they have planned this using a spider diagram, if they want their poem to take a narrative form they could plan using a storyboard. I would love to read any additional poems that the children compose!
In maths this week the children have been looking at adding and subtracting fractions. We have encouraged the children to find common denominators by writing the times tables underneath the fraction (if they cannot see a common denominator immediately) . For some of the trickier subtraction questions (where there is a mixed number and the fraction that is being subtracted from is larger than the fraction that is being subtracted) the childrne have been shown how to borrow one from the whole number to make a top heavy frarction, then find the common denominator and continue with the calculation. If there are any problems / is any confusion please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Friday 16th October
Sorry for the radio silence this week, it’s been a hectic one! A little different layout for home learning this week – instead of a few days of work / videos, I’ll leave a selection of resources here to have a look at.
In maths this week we have been looking at fractions. The children have done remarkably well and managed to cover and show a good understanding of finding equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions and comparing / ordering fractions. To get a good look at what they have retained we have completed some reasoning questions which you can find below.
We have also looked at reported speech, have a look at the video below for a bit more help. Try and write your own sentences that use reported speech.
Friday 9th October
We have finished the week off in style with some maths assessments (the kids have made great progress already this term, having looked at the results).
I think it would be a great bit of home learning to have a look over these papers at home, with parents and go over any areas that the children remember finding tricky or were confused by. Click this link to access the exact papers we tackled (arithmetic and two reasoning papers) along with the mark schemes (you’re welcome… Y6 maths is hard)
Wednesday 7th October
We have been consolidating our knowledge this week in maths with methods of multiplication and division being covered and reasoning questions being attempted. As such, the maths home learning is taking the form of perp work for next wek when we will look at fractions. Log on to maths.co.uk (the kids have their login details in their homework diaries) and have a go at the challenges on there.
In English, we have been looking at reporting direct speech. I forgot to mention in the video that it is important to remember that everything that has been said should be included in the speech marks, as well as any relevant punctuation (paying a lot of attention to exclamation and question marks). So, without any further ado – here are the videos!
Tuesday 6th October
No video today, just a link to the work that we looked at in English today. This was a reading comprehension that focussed on retrieving information from and explaining pieces of a bit of writing. Good luck!
Thursday 1st October
We have had a look at a letter from another letter from the trenches. This time there is some key information missing. The children can have a look at some of the clues surrounding the missing information to try and predict what the brave and heroic act might be.
In maths the children have been using the multiplication method (see Wednesday 16th September) to multiply numbers with decimals. Some of the questions are below.
Tuesday 29th September
This morning the children used a storyboard to plan a letter from the trenches. A terribly sad letter, announcing the death of a soldier to his family. The children looked at expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, relative clauses and interesting vocabulary. Having a go at writing one of these letters at home following my plan, or creating a plan of their own would be a fantastic way for the children to consolidate what they learned today.
Monday 28th September
As mentioned above, here you can download the text messages intercepted from our time travelling, text messaging soldier! They were sent under a lot of pressure though, so they might need a bit of correcting! Luckily, he used a lot of our spelling words! There is plenty of grammar and punctuation to correct too… See how I used too and to there too? Something to keep an eye on (there is a helpful little video about that underneath the messages too… oop there it is again!)
If you want a challenge, you can have a go at adding fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases to some of the messages to make them even better! Below the messages you can find our addition and subtraction reasoning problems to have a look over. Enjoy 🙂
Friday 25th September
Spellings! This week our spellings are mostly related to our topic, World at War. The words for the children to learn are:
As well as the following four words from the Year 5/6 word list:
The children can learn these words in whichever way suits them best.
Tuesday 22nd September
A little reading video here. We are looking at reading comprehension, with a focus on word reading and inference. You can have a look at the comprehension done in class below. You can also have a go at some of the challenges mentioned in the video if you would like. My favourite of these is writing a reply to the letter. This would help with the prediction skill which is an important part of reading comprehension.
There are maths questions below the video too, we looked at place value to ten million today. These questions are different to what was done in class, so if you were in school today you can have a go at these too!
Monday 21st October
I hope you all had a great weekend. The children have come back raring to go. In this video you’ve got me (you lucky devils) explaining the bus stop method for division. There are some questions to have a go at underneath, as well as the appropriate page of the Calculations Policy.
Wednesday 16th September
Rose is explaining how to complete the column method of long multiplication. As with subtraction and addition, it is important to ensure that children understand the column that they are working in (ones, tens, hundreds, thousands etc) and that they might not be calculation 4 x 3, but in fact 40 x 3 etc.
Tuesday 15th September 2020
Here is John explaining some subtraction! When I am explaining subtraction to the children I always make sure I stress the importance of Hundreds, Tens, Ones etc and remind them that when we ‘borrow’ from another column, we are not necessarily just taking one, we are actually taking one ten, one hundred, one thousand etc.
Monday 14th September
This week is baseline assessment week across school, we are assessing where the children are academically to help our teaching moving forward (don’t worry, we are going to ensure it is a nice week for the children and not too heavy!) As such, I’m going to be putting up resources for key skills this week, starting with Ella explaining addition. Below you can find the relevant page of our calculations policy and some practise questions to have a go at!
Remember, this homework is due in week beginning 28th September.