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Autumn Term 1: - Week 4


This week began with our PE lesson with Rosie.  We learnt about attacking and defensive tactics in invasion games.  We discussed the importance about moving into space and then closing the opposition down when defending and trying to regain possession.  We then took part in mini-netball games where we were able to put these tactics into practise.


To start our work on the four main calculation rules in Maths, we carried out a reasoning activity.  We had a series of mathematical statements and we had to prove whether these statements were always, sometimes or never true.  The children really enjoyed this lesson and lots of mathematical debate was held as to whether their thoughts and their own ideas were true or not.  Some of the photos of the work can be seen below.


In Computing, the children have been learning about the need to keep passwords safe.  We discussed the characteristics of a strong password and one which is not so strong.  We also discussed the need why multiple passwords are needed to protect us when working and playing online in order to keep us safe.

Maths: Reasoning about mathematical statements

Autumn Term - Week 3:


In English, we have been focusing on using varied sentence openers and precise language within setting descriptions.  We used an image of Aldwich Underground Station during World War 2 (when it was being used as an air raid shelter) and wrote some fantastic pieces of writing based on this image.  We looked at how colons could be used to separate clauses and revised how commas are used after fronted adverbials.


In Maths, we have been focusing on our understanding of place value.  Using numbers up to 10,000,000, we have been learning to multiply and divide them by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000; round them to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000; and compared whole numbers using the symbols < > and =.  During the week, we have also been carrying out our daily arithmetic lessons - this week focusing on addition of decimals, multiplication of two numbers and adding fractions with similar denominators.


This week in Science, we have been investigating how our heart works.  We looked at diagrams of the heart and learnt that arteries take oxygenated blood to different parts of the body (including muscles and organs) and how veins return the deoxygenated blood back towards the heart.


On Thursday, we began our swimming lessons at Etwall pool.  It was lovely to see so many confident swimmers and it was so good to hear the compliments and praise from the staff at Etwall pool about the children's behaviour and listening skills.  Well done Team Year 6!


We were also fortunate this week to have two pupils in the class who brought in some World War 2 artefacts which had been passed down from family members.  Both children explained stories behind the artefacts and the rest of the class enjoyed examining these, especially the old newspaper and the army cap.

Maths - Exploring the greater than, less than and equals symbols

English: - Describing a WW2 London Underground air raid shelter

Topic: - A diary entry of a child hearing the announcement of war

World War 2 Artefacts

Autumn Term 1 - Week 2:

This week, we have been working really hard with our writing.  Using a photograph as a starting point, we focused on the description and use of precise language to create effects for the reader.  We really enjoyed this work - we hope that you like them too:

Descriptive Writing - The House in the Woods

Many thanks to all those parents who came to the 'Meet The Teacher' and 'Lea Green' meeting after school on Thursday.  The presentations can be found under the 'Letters' section of the Year 6 class page.  This includes the kit list and the information needed for the Lea Green Residential (including the link fill in the MS Form for your child).


On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have a visitor to come into school to talk about World War Two.  The visitor, named Mark, came in to tell us about what life was like for both families in the United Kingdom, and those in Germany.  Mark brought in a variety of artefacts - both original and replica - so that we could handle them and investigate them in detail.  These included a variety of gas masks, a replica gun, an old grenade, a variety of medals and an air raid siren.


We spoke about the impact of the bombings on both families in the UK and those in Germany, and Mark discussed stories about his family who grew up in Germany during the war.


After break, we took part in a drill where we learnt to march and salute, before learning about propaganda which was used around the world during the war.


In the afternoon, we were told about rationing in the UK and learnt about the cost of different foods.  Using a selection of old coins, we carried out rubbings of these and then used our maths skills to add up a bill for a typical weekly selection of rationed food.


As part of their homework, the children have been asked to use the following website to find information out about rationing of either food or clothes:

Our World War Two Visitor Day

Autumn Term Week 1:


We have had a busy first week of the academic year in Year 6.  The children have been investigating pentominoes in Maths (see images below), producing some really good discussion and reasoning within their Maths books.  In English, the children have been writing informal letters to me about themselves, introducing me to their hobbies and their hopes for Year 6.


In art, the children have produced self portraits of themselves, thinking about their facial proportions and use of tone (see images below).


At the end of the week, we shared the very sad news that Queen Elizabeth II had peacefully passed away.  The Year 6 class discussed her life and work during Friday morning, watching a video and looking at photos of her life.  We then took part in a minutes silence followed by a minutes applause on the playground to remember and celebrate her life and her long reign on the throne.

Week 1: Maths - Pentomino investigation

This week, we have begun our Maths work with an investigation involving pentominoes. We investigated the total possibilities of pentominoes which could be made, and then used tessellation skills to put these into different sized grids.