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With many of our children at St Christopher's, as well as other school around the country, having to self-isolate due to COVID-19 ( Coronavirus) we want to make sure that the children are still learning while at home. Twinkl.co.uk have a fantastic website that offers lots of wonderful resources and ideas. We have downloaded some of the activities to keep your child(ren) busy and learning while they cannot attend school. You can find them below.

English Literacy Counts March 2020

 

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Welcome back Year 6! I hope you have had a lovely relax over the summer and have had lots of fun with your family and friends! I can't wait to hear all about it! 

Teacher: Mrs Cairns

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Chadwick.

 

 

 

 

 

Homework:

Reading homework is given out on table specific days (see below). 

Spellings will be taken home on  Friday and there will be a test on a Monday morning.

 

 

 

Homework Menu:  Every half term, a homework menu will be given out with a selection of tasks to be completed, across all areas of the curriculum.  It is your choice how many you complete, however you must do at least one and hand it in by the end of the half term.  Your completed work will be celebrated.

 

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PE:

PE is on a Thursday so please remember your red t-shirt, blue shorts and suitable footwear.

 

Home Readers:

You will be given a day when your home reader is due in; please don't forget to bring it in on this day. If you finish your book, bring it in and Mrs Chadwick will ask you a few questions about the book and she will ask you to complete a book review, which will be displayed in our reading area.

 

Here are your spellings for the year . Each Friday, you will take home your spelling mat and practise your spellings for Monday morning when we will have a spelling test.  

 

Below are some word cards that you can print out to use at home and some ideas to make your spelling practice more fun...

Spelling Activities

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Perfect Poets

 

 

For our first English topic this year, we looked at image poetry.  Firstly, we looked at lots of different image poems, focusing on how poets had used repetition, personification, adjectives, adverbs, alliteration, similes, metaphors and onomatopoeia.   We then used T4W (Talk 4 Writing) to learn a poem called 'Dinner time chorus', which was full of personification.  At the end of the unit, we had fun using all the poetry techniques we had learnt to create our own image poems.  Finally, we edited them and typed up our final versions.  Take a look at some of our finished pieces!

Our poems

Numbers and the Number System

 

 

Before starting our place value maths topic, year 6 completed a week of inspirational maths challenges.  It was important that we started our year 6 maths journey off positively and these challenges helped us to solve problems and reason mathematically, but even more importantly, they were: fun, interesting, encouraging, creative, engaging and inclusive.  These challenges were simply called 'I can do maths!'.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the week of challenges and it certainly did help us set an 'I can do, positive attitude' towards maths.

 

It was then time to tackle place value!  Take a look at our place value front cover to see the objectives that we will cover. 

Place value objectives - year 6

Loving

 

 

 

During this topic, our big question is; 

Does love last forever or does it have limits?

To help answer this, the children will explore the love and care of people and learn about God's unconditional, never-ending love.

 

The key vocabulary in this unit is:

Unconditional, forgiveness, mercy, prodigal, parable.

 

                                                   

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After completing our poetry work, it was time to move onto our next unit - Horror Stories.  Our hook for this topic was a spooky carousel.  The children completed 3 tasks: listening to spooky stories in the Dream Room, watching spooky film clips and completing a murder mystery task.  The children really enjoyed these tasks, which provided them with an insight of what was to come and also allowed them to 'magpie' some ideas to use later on.  We then looked at lots of other spooky texts and their features, before learning a whole class story.  Watch this space, we will post some of our finished pieces!

                                                        

 

4 Operations

 

After completing our place value unit, it was time to build on our new knowledge, using it to support us with calculations using the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

 

Take a look at our front cover to see what we will be learning.

                                                            

Speke Under Surveillance
 

 

 

During this topic, we will look at our local area in detail.  We will study the physical and human features of Speke and how it has changed dramatically over time.  We will think about why these changes have happened and what might happen to Speke in the future. 

As part of our geography fieldwork, we will visit Speke retail park, collecting lots of data, such as size of shops and frequency of visitors to different shops. When we return to school, we will use this data to create scale maps.

Finally, we will link our artwork to this topic and create some abstract art for our local area.  Our work will be based on that of famous artist Henry Moore.  Before creating their artwork, the children will decide on the perfect Speke location for their artwork, giving reasons for their choices.  Children then decide whether they will use mod roc, plaster of paris or clay to create their abstract sculptures.  We have some extremely talented artists!!

Our local area - geography fieldwork

                Explanation Texts

 

Using Pie Corbett's 'The Teacher leaser Machine' the children invented their own device, writing an explanation text about it.  I am sure some of their inventions will be available to buy in the future.

                     Fairgrounds

Our next topic was Fairgrounds.  During this topic, we learnt about different fairground ride motions and electrical circuits within the rides.  After visiting Gulliver's World Theme Park as part of our market research and using all their new learning, the children created some very impression moving fairground rides.  

Flashback stories

 

 

Our next Talk for Writing topic was flashback stories. We have used the wordless animation 'The Piano' by Aidan Gibbons as inspiration. In our writing, we used third and first person to change perspective; present and past tense to change the timing; and emotive language to produce thought-provoking text to accompany the video.

 

We then wrote our own flashback that could feature in the animation. Some of these included his 60th birthday, his wedding day, the birth of his first grandson, his first honeymoon plus many, many more. Visit our class to see our fabulous ideas.

 

If you fancy watching the video, you can visit this YouTube video to see it for yourself.

Finally, the children wrote their own flashback stories using Pie Corbett’s ‘Kidnapped’ as their model text.

Fractions, decimals and percentages

 

Fractions, decimals and percentages is a topic that some children find extremely difficult, but they have all really impressed us.  We have been converting between fractions, decimals and percentages, as well as finding fractions and percentages of amounts.

        The Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is a fun topic, in which we look at South America, The Amazon Rainforest and the animals that live there.  We will be classifying these animals using classification keys. 

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