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:

Discussing our value word ‘Thoughtfulness’

Building on our value word for this month “Thoughtfulness” Mrs Butterworth led the class in a discussion about how the children could demonstrate thoughtfulness both in and outside of school. The children generated a range of ideas and considered the positive impact that even very simple actions can have. Mrs Butterworth finished by setting the children a task:

Children have to try an perform at least 12 random acts of kindness before Christmas.
They need to keep a log of what they do, writing a full explanation of each.

For each child that completes the task, Mrs Butterworth and the Year 6 team will perform at least one random act of kindness in the new year.

Anti-Bullying protest

In preparation for today’s protest, Year 6 discussed what an appropriate slogan for Anti-bullying week would be. They came up with the following suggestions:

• Bullying breaks hearts
• Together as one
• Someone is here, don’t fear
• All unique, all special
• We can be strong together
• Together as one, we fly
• We’re better together than apart
• Against bullying
• Don’t label me because I’m different.

Until they finally chose – I’M NOT A LABEL, NOR ARE YOU!

Anti-bullying Week – Labelling People

As part of Anti-Bullying Week, year 6 watched a video about labelling people.

The class all agreed that placing labels on others, including on yourself, has a negative impact and that we shouldn’t use them to judge others.

The conversation then developed into whether it is right to judge others at all.

Two of the children proposed that it is ok to judge others based on their actions and opinions.

Currently, not many support this viewpoint with most suggesting, “We shouldn’t judge others at all,” or, “We can judge others but only in a positive way.”

The debate will continue tomorrow…