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 be revising fractions and moving on to problem solving.
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 a diary entry from the point of view of the main character on PurpleMash. They will need to think about the character’s personality traits when writing and how they can use their writing style to portray these to the reader.
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 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 passive voice. They should watch this video and the video Miss Morris has uploaded on Dojo. Children should write a selection of their own sentences in the active voice and then change them to the passive voice. Once children feel confident with the active and passive voices, they should complete the game on PurpleMash.
For spelling this week, we will be focussing on when you need to use a hyphen to join a prefix to a root word. Children should watch this video to remind themselves of the differences between hyphens and dashes 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 researched the Mexican Day of the Dead festival and created their own masks, this week they will continue to look at life in Mexico. They will need to research the work of famous Mexican sculptor Gabriel Orozco and then make their own symmetrical sculpture, using whatever materials they have around – the more creative the better! When they have finished, please send a photo to your class teacher on Dojo.
In science, the children are continuing to look at plants, moving away from classification, they will now look more about the parts of a flowering plant. Children should have a good understanding of how flowering plants grow and reproduce and this week’s learning will help them understand which parts of the plant are important for this. Watch this video to help. Their task is to produce a labelled diagram of a flowering plant. 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!