It has been another week of lockdown and home learning – I hope you’ve enjoyed the tasks you have been set. It has been so lovely to see some of your work and talk to you about the things you have been getting up to. It is so pleasing and positive that so many of you are still keeping in touch to ask for help and sending us your finished work – please keep up the hard work. Don’t forget to watch the videos we upload onto Class Dojo as well, as these will really help with your learning.
This week we will continue looking at angles, moving on to problem solving.
Sessions 1-2 you will need your knowledge of angles from last week – there are also new videos to help linked below. From session 3 onwards you may find the video Miss Morris uploads on Dojo useful.
There are White Rose links and IXL links this week as some of you are finding it hard to print out work, do one or the other or both if you’re feeling super motivated.
Link to main page for the week weekly videos
In order to be successful Year Six readers, children must be able to read complicated texts accurately and fluently, making sense of what they have read and using all of this to answer comprehension questions. The main way this can be achieved at home is through regular reading. Try and choose books that interest your child and encourage them to think about the meaning of what they have read. There are also a number of games you can play to improve reading skills. Try and have a go at a different one each day.
For reading this week, we would like children to continue with story from Audible that they chose before the holidays (these are all currently free). We recommend White Fang by Jack London but they can choose anything that interests them. Children should listen to around 15-20 minutes each day and then write their own alternative next chapter on PurpleMash.. They should keep the character traits and descriptions the same but develop what happens to them next; what happens to them? How do the characters react? I wonder how well you know characters and the style that author writes in.
In writing, the children need to be able to write for a range of purposes. When doing this, they should use a range of punctuation accurately and for effect. So far, we have learned how to:
- Use and punctuate direct speech (BBC Bitesize Music Video)
- Use parentheses (brackets, dashes and commas) to mark extra information (BBC Bitesize)
- Use semi colons to separate two, similar independent clauses (BBC Bitesize)
- Use a colon to introduce a list (Music Video)
- Use hyphens to avoid ambiguity (BBC Bitesize)
Children also need to ensure that their writing is interesting and detailed. To support this, children have so far learned to:
- Use subordinate conjunctions to write complex sentences (Music Video BBC Bitesize)
- Use relative clauses to add detail to nouns (BBC Bitesize)
- Use a range of interesting adverbials (Twinkl)
- Use the passive voice where appropriate (BBC Bitesize)
- Use personification (Music Video)
- Use pathetic fallacy
- Use metaphors and similes (BBC Bitesize)
This week, we would like children to join in with Jane Considine’s daily writing lessons. These are fantastic and follow the same approach we do in school. These take place at 9:45 each day but the video remains on her YouTube channel so children can take part at a time convenient to your family. When they are writing their chunk, try and encourage them to include as many ‘deepen the moments’ as they can as this will help ensure that their writing meets the Y6 standards.
When they are writing, try and encourage them to include as many ‘deepen the moments’ as they can as this will help ensure that their writing meets the Y6 standards.
In school, we do writing each day from 11:40 – 12:45. Don’t worry if they have forgotten how to use a skill as the links suggested will explain what to do. When your child has written their paragraph for the day, send it over to their teacher so they can give feedback if required. Don’t forget to tell us which skills they have tried to include so we can check they are in there.
We have now covered all of the Y6 grammar objectives in school but it is important you don’t forget anything. Try and keep going over everything we have learned, using:
BBC Bitesize: This is useful if you are struggling with a particular area of grammar or punctuation; it has fun videos and explanations to help you understand.
Trapped-Punctuation: Three punctuation games where you need to punctuated paragraphs and sentences to gain the Key of Freedom to escape from the tower.
Word Types: This site is quite a challenge as you have to spot different types of words, like prepositions and adverbs in action and highlight them.
For their learning this week, children will be revising the components of a sentence. They should watch this video and the video Miss Morris has uploaded on Dojo. Children should write a selection of their own sentences and label all 8 components/word classes. Try to make your sentences as detailed as possible and use different clauses, remember your punctuation too when recording on PurpleMash email.
For spelling this week, we will be focussing on ‘ough’ and ‘double consonants’. You should watch the ough sound and double consonant videos before writing out the words in ‘look, cover, write and check.’ There is also a quiz on PurpleMash. to test their knowledge; this has been set as a 2do.
In curriculum, the children will be learning all about Mexico. Following on from last week’s work, where children compared Mexico to England, they will be looking in more detail at cultural events and beliefs. They will need to research the Day of the Dead, and complete their own design of a typical mask, they can design and make the mask with whatever materials they have available. When they have finished, please send a photo to your class teacher on Dojo or upload to PurpleMash. .
In science, the children are continuing to look at plants, moving away from classification, they will now look more about the life cycle of plants. Children should have a good understanding of why a range of plants are so important after the last few weeks learning, this will be developed further as they look into the life cycle of different types of plant. Watch this video to help. Their task is to produce a labelled diagram of a plant life cycle. They can present this in any way they wish. When they have finished, please send a photo to their teacher on ClassDojo or post on PurpleMash.
We know a number of you have been in joining with Joe Wick’s daily workouts. These are a fantastic way to start the day and very much recommended!