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Y6 New of the Week – 4.3.22

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Welcome back to you all and I hope you have had a fabulous half term. You have settled back into a busy week and you have all worked so hard. I am proud of you.

In Maths this week we have completed our percentages unit with a review and begun to investigate area, perimeter and volume. To begin our new unit, we revisited our Y5 learning to remind ourselves of the key vocabulary being used. We used squares and rectangles to think about area and perimeter and used this knowledge to tackle reasoning questions. We have also completed an arithmetic paper, this time against the clock and have spent time on TT Rock Stars.

In English this week we began a new Talk 4 Writing unit. Our new unit is on descriptive writing and we started by completing a cold write. We have begun to learn my model text using pictures and actions and have recited as a team. We have used our thesaurus skills to up level key vocabulary, and we have used different statements to complete a short burst piece of writing to describe the scene of a storm. We will continue with this unit next week.

In Book Club this week we have begun a new Steps to Read book based in the Victorian times. We have used some of the text to describe its setting and some of its characters. We are using evidence to back our ideas and answer our anchor questions fully. We have also had completed a sample SATs text and we will work through it next week. We have also enjoyed our class book and the journey Torak is taking without his Fa.

In History this week we revisited Skara Brae a Neolithic settlement off the coast of Scotland. We used video footage and book extracts to create a class quiz. We then played against each other to see who could answer the most questions. Abi and Maisie K were our champions. Well done girls.

In Computing this week, we completed an unplugged lesson thinking about copyright and what this means. We had a super class discussion and we even spotted the copyright icon. We then went on to complete an hour of code.

We completed a science assessment this week to finish our Inheritance, Adaptation and Evolution unit using the Mrs and Little Miss characters and then began our new unit on classification. We started by using Liquorice Allsorts and created a class branching key to classify each sweet. We then went onto leaf characteristics and the key questions we could use to branch them into similarities. We will continue with this unit next week.

This week in our music lesson, we began a new unit about inspirational women in the music industry. First, we mind mapped the word – identity. What does it mean? Why is it important to us? Gender, equality, individuality and characteristics were discussed, and many more. Confidence, power and purpose also make up a person's identity through music. We learnt that there have not been enough women working in the music industry and this is completely unjust. Things are improving which means more women are being recognised within the industry. We wrote down all the inspiring female artists we know. Following the Charanga Scheme, we listened to four different songs, composed and written by upcoming female artists. These were all unique in their own way. Choosing a favourite was tricky!

We began a new unit in French this week all based on food. We used the story The Hungry Caterpillar to help to identify different foods. We then used an envelope to hide a food item and challenged our table friends to name it. We will continue with this lesson next time.

We have taken part in PE this week with both Mrs Jenkins and Sportscape.

We have enjoyed buddy time this week in the reception garden. This was a real treat. We helped our buddies to play with the mud kitchen, to hula hoop, to play in the playhouse, to ride tricycles and to use the giant building blocks. Great fun in the sunshine and then of course we helped to tidy up too.

We have also dressed for World Book Day and entered a wooden spoon competition. Our Y6 winners were Sam S and Leo. Well done boys.

For the first time this year we lead our Y6 worship in the hall in front of staff and pupils. We were very nervous presenting but we did a fantastic job.

We have had a very special visitor into Y6 this week. Miss McCurrie and baby Noah paid us a visit and we were wowed by how beautifully he behaves. We were able to ask many questions and spent time being near him stroking his head. We loved your visit miss McCurrie and can't wait to see you again soon.

Y6, what a super week you have all had. I am so proud of you. You have settled back into Y6 quickly and you have worked extremely hard. I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.

Your teacher,

Mrs. B.

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