Category Archives: English

Using dictionaries

Year 6 have been using dictionaries this morning in their spelling lesson. The children have been working with a partner to discuss the meanings of different words before checking their ideas against a dictionary and finding the definitions.

The words are words from the Year 5 and 6 spelling list and we will be working on them throughout the week.

Researching for an information booklet

Today Year 6 Eagles began a project researching and producing an information booklet about a country of their choice.

Here is what some of us thought:

Kaicie – I particularly enjoyed today’s lesson because we got to create something we are interested in

Cara – I liked how we got to choose what we were doing

Mo – I liked the lesson because I started to collect information about Sudan

Year 6 Reading Books

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Authors suitable for year 6. I have put together a list of authors that are appropriate and that will help the children progress with both reading and writing.

You will notice that this is not an exhaustive list, but is intended as a starting point. Any books not on list are still suitable because the more children read the better. If your child has a favourite author already, do not stop them reading these. It would be good; however, if some of these authors are also slotted into their reading diet alongside current favourites.

I have included some titles but there are many others.

Morris Gleiztman – Once, Then, Now
Elizabeth Laird – Oranges in No Mann’s Land, Welcome to Nowhere, Lost Riders
David Almond- Skellig
Eion Colfer- Artemis Fowl series, Half Moon Investigations
Cornelia Funke- Inkheart, Inkspell, The Thief Lord
Anthony Horowitz- The Power of Five series, The Stormbreaker series
Philip Pullman- His Dark Materials Series
Frank Cottrell Boyce- Millions, Framed, Cosmic
Charlie Higson- The Young Bond books
C. S. Lewis- Narnia
Lynne Reid Banks- The Indian in the Cupboard
Gillian Cross- The Demon Headmaster series, The Great Elephant Chase
Michael Morpurgo – Kensuke’s Kingdom Out of the Ashes, Private Peaceful, Alone on the
Wide Sea, Adolphus Tips, Why the Whales Came
Malorie Blackman- Hacker, Pig Heart Boy, Tell Me No Lies
Zizou Corder- Lionboy
J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter
John Boyne – The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas
Berlie Doherty – Street Child

Year 6 share their pirate stories with Year 1 children

Following Year 1 informing Year 6 about all the information they had learnt during their Pirates topic, Eagles were very excited to share their pirate stories today.

Prior to visiting Year 1, the children had practised reading with intonation, varied pace and expression – to help the story come alive. Not all children found this easy but they helped each other brilliantly to develop their delivery and read the stories beautifully to the younger children.

It was lovely to see how intently the Year 1 children listened to the stories and enjoyed knowing that they had helped, in some way, to develop the quality of the Year 6’s writing.

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.

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.

Climate change scripts

Year 6 have built on their learning about climate change an the need to act in an environmentally friendly manner, writing scripts to advertise smart meters.

The children have carefully considered people’s attitudes to environmental matters and saving energy so that they have been able to create adverts that effectively persuade the viewer to change their behaviours and to use a Smart Meter.

Throughout the process they have collaborated brilliantly in small groups and shown tremendous creativity with varied ideas to hook their audience.