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Welcome back Y6. I hope you are all well rested and ready for this busy term that lies ahead.

In maths this week we have completed our percentages unit and begun to investigate algebra. To begin our algebra journey, we used function machines to find the input and output numbers. We have then moved onto using boxes to find the value of each one. Our top tip was to remember to keep the calculation balanced. We have also reviewed our 2017 Maths paper 2 and begun to review paper 3. Reasoning is an area we will continue to work on.

In English we have completed our "Have a go Writes" using knowledge of a holiday we had enjoyed. We used these details to create an information piece of writing. From this piece of writing we will set ourselves three targets to work on. We have used our starter games to focus on sentence signposts. This will support our non-fiction writing. We have also been introduced to my model, an information text on The Romans. We have used my illustrations to rehearse this piece of writing, along with some actions. We will continue with this next week.

During our Spag lessons this week we have recapped determiners, conjunctions and prepositions. We have used our knowledge to complete activities to embed this learning.

In book club this week we have all read with an adult, changed our books if needed and enjoyed our shared reading books. New questions have been set.

In Geography this week we considered how the Uk has changed, thinking about human and physical geography? We ordered maps of the UK in chronological order focusing on the borders during different periods in History. Discussions took place to reason why the UK had changed. We considered which of these reasons were influenced by nature and which were by human political activity? We thought about historical evidence by understanding the British Empire. We compared this to modern day evidence by watching a news report on the Palestinian and Israeli conflict over Gaza and how this is affecting children.

In Science this week we focused on investigating the need to evolve? We were Introduced to the Bird Beak Buffet. This experiment allowed us to think about natural selection. We used everyday objects to model different bird beaks and gathered different types of food up into "stomachs" also known as paper cups! We predicted which beak would gather the widest variety of food and why. We completed a data collection table which we will analyse next week.

In History this week we have continued to understand Skara Brae. We used a template to create our own floorplan and this will form a piece for study work. We talked through the techniques to use and considered careful mixing of colours.

We have put the final touches to our Theme Day clay artefacts today. Stone Age jewellery and weapons will now form part of a Wybunbury archaeological find as we begin to report on them in our computing unit on podcasting. We will begin to plan this next week in an unplugged lesson.

In French this week we have shared our knowledge of head, shoulder, knees and toes with Y4. We used our talents to support their learning and enjoyed performing our song to Mrs Chesters.

In RE we have completed our unit on The Kingdom of God. After researching and sharing information on different charities we created a pledge tree with ideas of how to exist in our Kingdom of God. Charities researched were, Tearfund, ActionAid and Mercy Ships.

Music this week began with the composer Beethoven. We know he was German and a pianist. We listened to the fifth symphony and discussed how this piece of music made us feel. Terminology was considered too. Tempo was our focus word – and we know this is the speed of music. Adagio is slow and allegro is fast!

During Mindful Monday this week we thought about positivity and decided to complete an activity about ourselves. We used different starter sentences to identify and explore all the positive things we can do.

I have set new homework for this week.

Please note that PE next week will be on Tuesday and we are celebrating World Book Day on Thursday. Children have been asked to come dressed as one of their favourite book characters or from a book they have enjoyed.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs B.

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