Category: Year 6

Year 6K

World Book day Competition:

World book Day Competition sheet 2018

Friday 16th February 2018

End of Spring 1st Half

Geography – Deserts: We completed our Deserts topic today. We found about about ‘Death Valley’ in California, and were surprised to hear that over 900 species of plant live there as well as coyotes; sheep called bighorns; desert jackrabbits; desert tortoises; chuckwallas (a type of large lizard); and lots of different types of birds. Its temperature can reach 50oC! We researched facts about desert animals and created our own ‘creature’ that had adapted to live in such harsh conditions. We ended the topic by comparing and contrasting the temperature and average rainfall between the Sahara Desert and Birmingham. Not surprisingly Birmingham has more rain!

 

Royal Philharmonic/Liverpool World Museum: Year 5 and 6 are extremely lucky to once again be attending the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Schools’ concert entitled ‘Come to Your Senses’ at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on Monday 5th March.

Your senses will be wowed by this performance by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Alasdair Malloy! Come along to listen to classical music, watch the orchestra in action, and taste the excitement in the air at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall!  Pupils will enjoy an exciting, educational, music-filled experience linked to the National Curriculum, including the opportunity to sing as a massed choir accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The performance is in the afternoon, so we have decided to make a full day of it! We have booked for Year 5 and 6 to spend the morning at the ‘Liverpool World Museum’. Each class will visit the planetarium to watch ‘Two Small Pieces of Glass’ and have the opportunity to visit all the other exhibits in the museum. We will be having lunch at the museum before being transported to the Royal Philharmonic Hall for the concert. How exciting! For more information click HERE.

 

 

Half Term Homework

  • Spellings

Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Week 6

To be tested on Thursday 1st March.

  • Comprehension: New Reading Comprehension Books have been sent home today… Page 2 and 3 ‘Talking Turkeys’. Read the text and answers the questions as carefully as you can, in pencil and in your best handwriting! Due Monday 26th February 2018.
  • Times Tables to x12 by heart!

 

Next Half Term Spellings:

Y6 Term 2B Overview

Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Term 2B Week 1

To be tested on Thursday 8th March.

Next half term we will be sending home more homework than usual, this is to help prepare the children for the SATs tests in May. Expect homework to come home every night and to be due in the next day. Thank you for your support.

 

Key Dates – Pencil these into your diary…

Thursday 1st March: Secondary School Allocation Day…

  • email offers are sent to online applicants
  • offers of school places for paper form applicants are posted second class on this date

Monday 5th March: Liverpool day trip (Museum and Philharmonic visit). Information letter HERE.

Tuesday 6th – Wednesday 7th March: Parent Meetings (appointments booked online via TUCASI).

Thursday 16th March: Sponsored Easter Egg Toss – PTA event.

Saturday 17th March: Secondary School Admissions – reply slips or emails to be returned by this date.

Tuesday 20th March: Science Afternoon at Pensby High School.

Tuesday 27th March: Easter Experience at St Michael’s Church. TBC

Monday 14th – Thursday 17th May: SATs Tests. A booklet will be given to you during the parent meetings to give you more information about how the week will be managed.

Friday 18th May: SATs Party. Change of clothes essential – your child WILL get wet!

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands Meeting for Parents/Carers, 6pm.

Friday 25th May: Year 6 Charity Day. (last day of half term). More information to follow after we’ve planned the activities.

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential (information meeting on Wednesday 23rd May at 6pm).

Friday 13th July: – Year 6 Awards Ceremony/Performance. No tickets required. Bring the family.

Monday 16th July: – Year Treat Day out (possibly to New Brighton).

Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.

Wednesday 14th February 2018

Active Maths/PE Session – We used an active maths activity as a ‘treasure hunt’ for our PE lesson (as the hall was in use). In pairs we had to search the school site for clues to maths problems and calculate the answers. It was great fun – despite the maths being extremely difficult – and we got lots of exercise too! Hopefully we can do it again very soon.

Geography – Deserts: We shared some really fascinating facts about deserts! Did you know that the world’s largest desert is Antarctica? Or that around one third of the Earth’s surface is covered in deserts?

RE We read some facts about Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) and completed a cloze passage as part of our handwriting evidence. We will be talking about Ash Wednesday and Lent as we enter the most important part of the Christian calendar… Easter! You can learn more about the build up to Easter by clicking the link below…

Shrove Tuesday

We also learnt about Ash Wednesday and completed a short comprehension activity about it.

Ash Wednesday

Disco – Valentine’s disco is on Thursday from 4:30pm-5:30pm. Please make sure you have arranged for a responsible adult to collect your child from the main entrance. No child will be allowed to walk home alone.

 

Royal Mail – We received a large box today… it was from the Royal Mail! We finally got a response to our complaint letters, it was from the Chief Executive Officer in London.

Everyone got their own named envelope and a small gift. In the envelope was two letters, one from Nicola (Chief Executive) apologising for the lack of a reply from Father Christmas and another letter from Bernard (Head Elf) explaining what had happened to our original letters! You can read them by clicking the links below…

Letter from Nicola

Letter from Bernard

We also had 66 stamps returned to use (new ones, not the old ones) and a pen for Mr K. Result! Thank you Royal Mail.

 

Homework: Active Maths. Have a go at some fun maths – Random Roundings. Record any work in your grey homework book. Due Friday 16th February 2018Maths Homework

Monday 12th February 2018

Geography – Deserts (not desserts): We begun a new topic about deserts. We located deserts around the world using an atlas and recorded them on a world map to be stuck into our topic books.

Writing – We wrote up our horror stories using the storyboards we created over the weekend. The results were fantastic – our best writing to date! We then text marked the use of direct speech, relative clause, adverbials and words from the Year 5/6 spelling list that we used correctly.

Maths – Problem solving. We worked through a range of problem solving tasks in groups. 

 

Homework: Find out 3 facts about deserts. If you find a fact that no-one else in the class does, then you will get 50 team points! Due Tuesday (tomorrow).

 

PE: PE will be outside this week (weather permitting) as the hall is in use for the Music Festival. Make sure you bring in a warm kit (long trousers and long sleeved top) on Wednesday.

 

Friday 9th February 2018

Spring Term 1st Half Week 5

(1 week to go)

We’ve only one more week left to go… this half term has flown by. We have five weeks after half term to really prepare ourselves for the SATs tests in May.

We will have an information booklet about hte SATs tests to give you during the parent meetings after half term.

Homework:

  • Horror Storyboard! Draw a picture to represent each paragraph of your horror story. Make brief notes about what is going to happen (story pegs). On the reverse of your storyboard make a list of useful ‘relative clauses’ and ‘adverbials’ to include in your story. Refer to the help sheets given to you today (you should have put them in your homework wallet). Look after your storyboard as it will be going into your writing book and for part of the evidence to show what an amazing writer you are! Due Monday 12th February 2018.
  • Spellings Week 5: Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Week 5 Test is on Thursday 15th February
  • Review Year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists: These are in the back of grey homework books and here:

Year 5 and 6 Spelling List

Year 3 and 4 Spelling List

  • Times Tables to X12 by heart! We will be testing them at random next week!

 

Key Dates:

Here are all the key dates until the end of Year 6! Pencil them into your diary (some may change but we will give you plenty of notice)…

Thursday 15th February: Valentines Disco 2018.

Monday 5th March: Liverpool day trip (Museum and Philharmonic visit). Information letter to go home next week.

Tuesday 6th – Wednesday 7th March: Parent Meetings.

Thursday 16th March: Sponsored Easter Egg Toss – PTA event.

Monday 14th – Thursday 17th May: SATs Tests. A booklet will be given to you during the parent meetings to give you more information about how the week will be managed.

Friday 18th May: SATs Party.

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands Meeting for Parents/Carers, 6pm.

Friday 25th May: Year 6 Charity Day. (last day of half term).

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential. Meeting on Wednesday 23rd May at 6pm.

Friday 13th July: – Year 6 Awards Ceremony/Performance.

Monday 16th July: – Year Treat Day out (possibly to New Brighton).

Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.

Wednesday 7th February 2018

Valentines Disco 2018

We read a short story called Hunted. We all agreed is was written very well. It used lots of adverbials and short sentences to build tension and for impact. We were gripped right up until the end! We used it as a comprehension task and text marked alliteration, adverbials, sentence lengths and verbs.

In PE we played some fun games involving throwing, catching and dodging!

In maths we used 100 string beads to compare fractions with decimals and percentages…

Homework: Number, Ratio and Algebra Page 10. Due Friday 9th February. 

Monday 5th February 2018

Writing: We read our writing homework in small groups and chose our favourite from each group. Emma W, Isobel, Dulcie and Dylan  were voted the best stories. We will try and get them onto the class page so that you can read them too. Well done to everyone who worked really hard to write an interesting and engaging story of more than 250 words! We gave one team point for every word written.

We then went on  to look at ‘Short’. a collection of short stories by Kevin Crossley-Holland. We read them to each other after trying to identify the genre from the title. We got most of them wrong! There were lots of horror stories in the book, one was titled ‘Room For One More’. We read the first half of the story and had to predict how it would end…

Room for One More

(from Short! By Kevin Crossley-Holland)

How difficult it was to sleep in that strange bed! She wrestled with the duvet and thumped the pillow; she turned her back on the flimsy curtains; she wished she had never come up to London.

At midnight she heard the grandfather clock whirr and strike; and then she heard the gravel in the driveway crunch. At once she jumped out of bed and crossed the room and just peeped between the curtains.

What she could see was a gleaming black hearse. But there was no coffin in it, and no flowers. No, the hearse was packed out with living people: a crush of talking, laughing, living people.

Then the driver of the hearse looked straight up at her, as she peeped between the curtains. ‘There’s room for one more.’ That’s what he said. She could hear his voice quite clearly. Then she tugged the curtains so they crossed over, and ran back across the room, and jumped into bed, and pulled the duvet up over the head. And when she woke up next morning, she really wasn’t sure whether it was all a dream or not.

 

What do you think happened next?

 

Maths: Comparing Fractions!

We revisited comparing fractions, using  using <, > and =. We had to identify common denominators and convert them to equivalent fractions.

 

PE is TOMORROW NOT WEDNESDAY for this week only.

Homework: Number, Ratio and Algebra pages 7 and 8 Fractions. Due Wednesday 8:40am.

 

Friday 2nd February 2018

Spring Term 1st Half Week 4

(2 weeks to go)

This week has been an interesting one. Although the children have worked really well in class, there have been several issues both outside the classroom and outside of school. These issues have a detrimental affect on the whole of Year 6 and make it difficult for us all to enjoy our time at school. As a direct consequence all the children have been warned that any behaviour not deemed to be appropriate for school (especially the way they speak to each other and adults) will result in them missing out on treats; such as the upcoming Disco and day trip to Liverpool. It is only fair that the children who work really hard every day and who always do the right thing are allowed these special events. We hope that you will support us in ensuring that every child gets the most out of their final year at Primary School.

Please note that we are constantly updating SPTO with both ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ comments about behaviour.

 

Writing

We have completed two epic pieces of writing this week. On Monday and Tuesday we created our characters for our story and today we wrote a different story called The Queue. We had to include direct speech (punctuated correctly) and words from the Year 5/6 spelling lists (in the back of grey homework books). We will be testing all of these words over the next couple of weeks.

 

Maths

This week we looked at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We then moved on to adding and subtracting decimals, some to 3 places! Today we completed some reasoning and problem solving tasks relating to algebra (building on what we learnt last week).

For parents/carers: See if you can solve this algebra problem…

7 pears and 1 banana cost 57p

3 bananas, 1 pear and 2 apples cost 41p

1 pear, 2 apples and 2 bananas cost 33p

How much is each piece of fruit?

 

Weekend Homework: 

  • Writing: Short Story. Write a ‘short story’ in your grey homework book similar to The Queue. You can invent your own reason as to why the characters were queuing. It could be for a concert, tickets to a show, to meet a famous actor or singer… What happens at the end of your story? Do they get what they were queuing for? Remember to include direct speech (correctly punctuated) and words from our spelling list. Minimum 250 words. Due Monday 5th February 2018.
  • Spellings Week 4: Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Week 4  Test is on Thursday 8th February
  • Review Year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists: These are in the back of grey homework books and here:

Year 5 and 6 Spelling List

Year 3 and 4 Spelling List

  • Times Tables to X12 by heart!

Key Dates:

Here are all the key dates until the end of Year 6! Pencil them into your diary (some may change but we will give you plenty of notice)…

Thursday 15th February:  Valentines Disco 2018.

Monday 5th March: Liverpool day trip (Museum and Philharmonic visit).

Monday 14th – Thursday 17th May: SATs Tests. A meeting will be held closer to the time to give you more information about how the week will be managed.

Friday 18th May: SATs Party.

Friday 25th May: Year 6 Charity Day. TBC. (last day of half term).

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential. A meeting will be held closer to the time to give you more information and packing list.

Friday 13th July: – Year 6 Awards Ceremony. TBC.

Monday 16th July: – Year Treat Day out (possibly to New Brighton) TBC.

Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.

 

Monday 29th – Wednesday 31st January 2018

Apologies for the slow updates this week, we’ve had trouble accessing the school website.

 

We have been talking about staying safe online. Coincidentally, the NSPCC has raised concerns over child safety on the internet and criticised the government for failing to implement half of its recommendations to make young people safer online – 10 years after they first made them. BBC News

On Wednesday we sent home a leaflet with some advice on how to manage your child’s use of social media. It was downloaded from this website Internet Matters. We also sent it via email and attached the Mobile Phone Request Form that all parents/carers should have filled in if sending their child to school with a mobile device.

Mobile Phone Request 2018

Official-UK-social-media-guidance-UKCCIS

 

We planned, drafted and wrote an introduction to a short story. We had to create a character and include some key objects that were given on the task sheet. They were two tickets, a strange shaped parcel, a book of poetry and an antique watch. We then looked at using inverted commas to punctuate direct speech.

Monday’s Homework: 10 Minute Grammar Book, Set B Test 2.

Wednesday’s Homework: Punctuation book, Pages 20-21 Mixed Practice.

Friday 26th January 2018

Spring Term 1st Half Week 3

(3 weeks to go)

Weekend Homework: 10 Minute Grammar Book – Set B, Test 1 (pages 20-23). Due Monday 29th January.

Spellings Week 3: Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Week 3

Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th January 2018

Algebra. Yes, we did it. We tackled the world of algebra. It wasn’t as bad as we thought it was going to be. Homework this week has been using our new revision books, in particular the algebra section at the back.

Algebra – Maths is Fun!

Grammar. Present Perfect. We have made a class poster to remind us what the present perfect form is. We also watched the following video no Espresso to help…

SATs Groups. Over the last three mornings we have worked in our small groups, going through the SATs papers we did last week. The scores are looking promising and we have identified areas we all need to work on over the coming weeks.

Events. In this week’s PTA meeting lots of fun and exciting events were planned. Check our the minutes from the meeting by visiting the PTA page of the school website…

PTA

Punctuality – We’ve noticed an increase in the number of children arriving either just before the morning bell or after. This is impacting on our teaching and learning as lessons start at 8:50am (sometimes 8:40am). It also affects our toast and dinner numbers, as often children are marked absent (not having a lunch) but arrive after the registers have been sent. This in turn creates more work for the office and kitchen staff.

As we have 10 adults working with the children three mornings a week, we have to be very punctual or we lose valuable time. Please ensure your child is in school on time – every day. At High School they will be given detention if they are late, so now is a good time to get into a good routine. Pensby High School starts at 8:40am and any children travelling to schools further a field will need to be up and out even earlier to catch the bus!

 

PE: This week we had a large number of children stating that they couldn’t do PE for several different reasons. Some children had brought a note from home giving a reason why they couldn’t take part and that was fine. However, some hadn’t. Unless we have a note from home then no child will be excused from PE lessons. PE is every Wednesday. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every Wednesday.

Uniform Reminder: All-black shoes/trainers must be worn. No white/coloured accents are allowed.

 

Monday’s Homework: Algebra – Page 35. Due Wednesday 24th January.

Wednesday’s Homework: Algebra – Pages 36, 37, and 38. Due Friday 26th January. We will be working through each page over the next two mornings to help anyone who is struggling. Have a go and don’t worry… we’ll do them together and help is always available from 8:40am every morning (except weekends!).

Friday 19th January 2018

Spring Term 1st Half Week 2

(4 weeks to go)

Science

We investigated reflecting light. We used black card with a narrow slit cut into it to create a thin beam of light (we know that light travels in straight lines). We reflected the light in a mirror and measured the angles of the incident and reflected rays. We discovered that the angle of incidence was the same as the angle of reflection. We drew diagrams in our books to show this.

Pencil Cases

Our classroom is slowly being taken over by pencil cases! We have barely enough room as it is and some of the items (Smiggle is to blame) are extremely distracting! Ironically, many of the children don’t even have the actual equipment they need. We would ask that only one pencil case is brought into school and that it contains the equipment from the list given out at the start of Year 6.

Blue pen (and a spare), red pen, purple pen, pencil, rubber, 30cm ruler (showing mm),

protractor, compass and some colouring pencils.

The children may also have colouring pens but these need to fit into the trays at the back of the classroom. No other equipment is needed (electronic sharpeners, millions of tiny rubbers, bendy/folding rulers…).

 

Weekend Homework: There are two pages on reflection stuck into your grey homework books. These need to be completed for Monday 22nd January 2018.

Spellings: Week 2

Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Week 2

 

Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th January 2018

On Monday we were faced with a particularly challenging maths question. We sent it home for parents to have a go at and some of them actually did really well! Congratulations. Bar modelling appeared to be the preferred method but we also saw some good use of algebra too.

 

We have begun our Science topic of light. We spoke about how light travels in straight lines and used wool to model how light reflects of objects and into our eyes enabling us to see them.

We talked about how light bulbs work and ended up having a discussion about rainbows! We set the task of finding out how they are formed and why they make a ‘arched’ shape.

MET Office – Rainbows

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had a go at some SATs papers. Next week we will get the papers back and we will work through them in our small groups.

 

Complaint Letters

We finally finished our complaint letters and posted them in the same letter box we posted our letters to Father Christmas! We are expecting a reply (or replies) very soon or we shall be taking the matter further.

 

Monday Homework: Ask an adult to have a go at our maths challenge. Research how rainbows are made and why they are arch shaped.

Wednesday Homework: Use your spellings for this week to write a sentence for each work. Bonus points if you can get every work into one cohesive paragraph. DUE Thursday (NOT Friday).

 

Friday 12th January 2018

Spring Term 1st Half Week 1

(5 weeks to go)

Welcome back, it already feels like we were never away. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and were able to spend some time as a family.

We started this week by being thankful for what we have (reflecting back to work we had done before the holiday) and then we realised that we hadn’t received our letters from Father Christmas! This created much anger in the Year 6 classroom and so we decided we would write and complain… Our writing for the rest of the week has focused on writing a formal letter of complaint. This weekend’s homework task is the draft the letter (see homework section below). We are going to post our complaint letters to the Royal Mail and look forward to reading their reply!

In maths we reviewed the test we had completed before the holiday and used counters to represent larger numbers.

On Thursday afternoon we had a First Aid training session with Mr Collins. It was amazing (although not so much for Max)…

On Friday we wrote in our Homework Diaries for the first time in a while. From next week we are going to keep them up to date and make sure we record when homework is due. Also from next week we will be working in our smaller groups to prepare for the SATs tests in May. We are lucky enough to have 10 adults working with the children in Year 6 this year. 

 

Weekend Homework: Draft a letter of complaint to the Royal Mail using the template in your grey homework book. Due Monday 15th January.

Royal Mail Complaint PDF

Spellings: Our weekly spelling tests will resume next week (Thursday afternoon). As we only have 5 weeks left, we will test Week 5 and 6 in the final week. These spellings are already in the back of each child’s grey homework book and have been since September.

Year 6 Term 2A Overview

Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Week 1

 

Key Dates:

Here are all the key dates until the end of Year 6! Pencil them into your diary (some may change but we will give you plenty of notice)…

Monday 5th March: Liverpool day trip (Museum and Philharmonic visit).

Monday 14th – Thursday 17th May: SATs Tests. A meeting will be held closer to the time to give you more information about how the week will be managed.

Friday 18th May: SATs Party.

Friday 25th May: Year 6 Charity Day. TBC. (last day of half term).

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential. A meeting will be held closer to the time to give you more information and packing list.

Friday 13th July: – Year 6 Awards Ceremony. TBC.

Monday 16th July: – Year Treat Day out (possibly to New Brighton) TBC.

Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.

 

For Autumn Term please see page 2…

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