This week in your Learning Logs, I would like you to answer the big question: Who am I? What makes me me? This is our overarching learning challenge for the half term, so I would love some creative responses!
Next week in Maths, we will finally start algebra (Bikeability and football got in our way this week!), and hopefully look at some geometry too: co-ordinates and missing angles. In English you will continue with your Piano narratives, so have a look at anything in those revision guides that you think might help you.
Spellings are the same as last week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Year 5 and 6 were very lucky today, and were visited by a real life author! Jon Mayhew, author of the Monster Odyssey series, came in and spoke to the children all about his books, his life and where he gets his ideas from. It turns out that authors steal lots of their ideas from other places, and Jon Mayhew had been inspired by Greek Mythology, History and Science. This was fantastic as the children not only learnt lots about Jon’s books and about being an author, but learnt lots about other things as well! (It was great for Y6 as evolution came up a lot, and that is something we are learning about at the moment!)
I know the children all had a fantastic morning. A big thanks to Urmston Bookshop for organising the event.
If any of the children in Year 5 or 6 would still like to purchase a signed copy of one of Jon Mayhew’s books, please send a note in with payment for them to your child’s teacher before the end of the week, and Urmston Bookshop will send them to us next week. It was £6.99 for one book, or £6 if you buy more than one. (You can find more information about Jon’s books on his website here).
Have a look at the pictures of the morning here.
Hi Year 6,
This week in your Learning Logs I would like you to concentrate on the learning challenge: What am I made of? You could look at this from a scientific point of view, what are our bodies made of? Or, you could look from a personality point of view: what kind of character are you?
Writing opportunities: information texts about your bodies / explanation texts about how your bodies work / description about your character / story with a moral, showing how character is important.
Maths opportunities: You could collect numbers about your body: how much blood do you have? How many bones do you have? You could do an experiment about keeping your body healthy – e.g. take your heart rate before or after exercise, or change the amount of water you drink in a day and record the difference it makes to you and represent your results in a graph or table.
Next week in Maths we will finish off ratio and look at algebra. In English, you will continue looking at semi-colons and colons. It might be a good idea to brush up on fronted adverbials too, as these would be useful in your Piano narrative! You might also want to revise hyphens as we will be looking at these this week.
Spellings next week will be ALL of the Y5/6 ones plus /i/ spelt y and /s/ spelt sc! Y6 – please can you write the sc spellings in your reading records before you go home! Next week, we will also collect spellings that end in -gue, so see if you can think of any before we do!
Don’t forget to keep plugging those gaps! 🙂
Have a lovely weekend. Don’t forget Bikeability on Wednesday and Thursday next week – you will need your bikes, warm, comfortable clothes and helmets on these days.
This week, your learning log homework should be based around the learning challenges: Have we always looked like this? or Where did we come from?
You could look at this from a scientific, historic or religious perspective. Have you changed since you were born? Will you change further? (This is a Y5 Science objective, but one I know some of you are interested in!) Have humans changed since they were first around? How? Why?
Writing opportunities: you could write an explanation text, an autobiography, a story set in a historical time or even a folk tale that explains.
Maths opportunities: you could use timelines to show how you or humans have changed.
Revision books: next week in Maths we will be looking at ratio and proportion, and (hopefully) making a start on algebra too! In English, you will be past tense verbs, colons and semi-colons.
Spellings are still a mix of all the Y5 and 6 ones. Last week, we looked together a the /i/ sound spelt y and I was really impressed with how many ideas the children came up with. I will be testing them on these next week and we will also start looking at the words that sound like /s/ spelt sc (like in the word science) – how many words can you think of?
Don’t forget to keep trying to plug your own gaps using revision books and websites!
Have a lovely weekend!
This week, I would like you to answer the question: What makes me unique?
Writing opportunities: Explanation text to explain what makes you unique / Autobiography of your life / Description of your unique features
Maths opportunities: Sorting diagrams to show how you are different from others / how you are similar.
Revision books: In Maths next week, we will be looking at dividing fractions, percentages of amounts, place value of decimals and rounding numbers. In English, you will be looking at active and passive verbs as we haven’t had a chance this week!
Spellings: We will continue to look at ALL the spellings on the Y5/6 list. One Y3/4 spelling pattern that we will have a look at to catch up is words that have the /i/ sound spelt y but not at the end of the word, e.g. gym. Can you think of any other words that follow this pattern?
Don’t forget individual revision is very important to fill your personal gaps – what did you find difficult on the tests we did last week? Use Mathletics to help you practice the areas of Maths you need help with! You can also use these three websites to help you practice spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Have a lovely weekend 🙂
Year 6 have been working on improving their programming skills using the programme Scratch. They have made some excellent games called Whack-a-Snack, where you gain points for clicking on healthy snacks and lose points for clicking on unhealthy snacks. How many points can you achieve before the time runs out? Comment with your highest score!