Persuasive letters

Year 6 have been writing persuasive letters in English and, building on their PSHE lessons, have focussed on the environment. As part of their research they have investigated various ways in which our planet is under threat: plastic pollution, deforestation, air pollution, animal extinction and the volume of rubbish that we produce and don’t recycle. The children have worked hard to use their understanding and specific facts to write persuasive letters explaining that we must work harder to preserve our world.

Properties of 3D shapes

Year 6 have consolidated their understanding of properties of 3D shapes using a range of different representations. They found representing shapes using string challenging but worked well in groups and persevered until they found a solution. Children also used the shapes to secure their understanding of nets and their ability to visualise shapes and nets has improved considerably.

KS2 SATs revision resources

Below is a link to some useful information on how your child can prepare for their KS2 mathematics SATs whether they are in Year 5 or 6.

There are topic boosters and past papers with video tutorials to help target specific weaknesses. For Year 5, there is a mini-maths (less than 5 minute) video for every day of the year to help establish a daily routine and encourage thinking-outside-the-box puzzles. The resources can be used on PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones via the website. Students who have used the resources in the last couple of years have said how it has helped them understand and be more successful in their maths.

Green Fire

Year 6 witnessed Mrs Croft carrying out an experiment to make Green Fire today. The children saw what happens when chemicals are mixed together. They have been learning how the changes that occur are irreversible,
and after half term they will be carrying out their own experiment to test their theories.

Posting hurtful pictures online

As part of Safer Internet Week, Year 6 Eagles have taken part in an activity detailing the hurtful effects of posting pictures online, without permission. They discussed a scenario where a child had “amusing” pictures of her posted for all her friends to see.

Year 6 worked together to come up with answers to a series of questions, and made sensible suggestions as how the girl’s guilty friend could solve the situation by apologising.

Flash-back stories

Year 6 have been planning flash-back stories in English. Children thought creatively and shared ideas to develop excellent characters, focussing on their personality and character traits. While mapping out their stories they made excellent links to previous pieces of writing and could suggest effective techniques to engage the reader.

They focussed heavily on characters’ emotions and the power that this can bring to a piece of writing.

Video: 60-second film all about smart meters

Year 6 Eagles class have produced 60-second films all about smart meters.

The nationwide competition, orgainised by EON was setup to encourage primary and secondary school pupils to think about smart meters in a fun and engaging way.

Pupils were being encouraged to write, produce and record a 60-second film all about smart meters, including information about what they are, the benefits they can bring and how they can help consumers use less energy and save money on their energy bills.

All Eagles class produced their own films, below are two examples.

Leo, Joshua B and Sahara

Chloe, Lola and Dharma

Geometry: Properties of quadrilaterals

Year 6 have started their unit of work on Geometry and today spent time exploring the properties of quadrilaterals, in preparation for problem solving over the next few days. They learned that it was often as important to be able to describe what properties quadrilaterals do not have (e.g., kites have no parallel edges) as it is to describe what properties they do have, in order to distinguish between them.

Gangs

Year 6 have started their PSHE topic about Gangs.

As part of their discussion they evaluated what gangs are and the types of gangs they think this topic will revolve around.

Thinking about the types of people that are the children considered people that they value and the reasons why they are valued so highly: