In English, Year 6 have been looking at newspaper reports and how they are structured. The children were given, in their pairs, pieces of a newspaper report that had been cut up. Their task was to then work together to figure out where each piece belonged and justify their choices for placing them.
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
Sweets, Brownies, Car washing, jewellery – all of these and more are being offered by Bells Farm’s budding entrepreneurs in Year 6. Their goods and services will be on offer at different points over the next few weeks read on to find out more about these exciting companies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eagles are always looking to improve the quality of their writing to have the greatest impact on the reader. Today we have been working on expanded noun phrases – looking at the essential components of noun, adjective, and prepositional words or phrases. We worked in pairs to discuss which worked well and whether it was possible to have the expanded noun phrase at any other point than the start of the sentence. Kyann’s example shows that this is not only possible but very effective.
As usual, we work hard at editing our writing – including checking for those all-important spellings. Our new spelling journals are used every day to check that the expected spellings for the year group are all correct. Our learning behaviour of pride ensures that we do not hand in work which we would not be proud of ourselves.
In the past few weeks, Year 6 Eagles have become game developers by planning, developing and then testing their games. The children then designed front covers for their games with an online safety PEGI rating provided for the game.
Once completed, the children started to create front covers for their games including key elements, age rating, description, title and screenshots.
The children had a choice of creating one game, based on the following:
The children have demonstrated their knowledge of both programss. Some chose to create a Scratch game and others decided they’d create a Kodu game.
They have nearly completed their games and front covers, on Friday we will have some examples on our blog here.