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Filling in the blanks

We’ve had another busy week in Y6 this week. In English, we have continued our work on the Little Match Girl where we created some beautiful story paths as well as using the story to help us with lots of different grammar features. Can you write a detailed list that has colons and semi colons in it?

In topic, we started to look at parts of the world that were a part of the British Empire. Although a lot of the topic this term is history based, we found that we needed to recap on our geography learning! What can you remember about latitude, longitude and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn?

To begin with, we were finding it tricky to locate many places on a blank world map but we’ve worked really hard and we’re quite confident now with Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Aden, India, South Africa, British East Africa, British New Guinea and British Guiana. There’s a lot more work to come around this though – not all of these places have the same names as they did in the Victorian era!

Over the weekend, can you find a way of remembering where Nigeria is located? Keep looking at your Knowledge Organiser to help you!

Lakisha’s Link

Some of us were wondering how a paleontologist would extract a fossil found in a tar pit. Lakisha has very helpfully found a brilliant resource that answers this and lots more. There’s lots of information on the webpage and a short video that explains in more detail. Have a look if you get chance!!

In Science, we have been finding out more about the paleontologist, Mary Anning, and about how her ‘curiosities’ changed the world of Science.

Our Learn Its next week will be those niggly last three 11 x table facts:

10 x 11 = 110

11 x 11 = 121

12 x 11 = 132

Have a great weekend!


We’ve been very busy this week!  We wrote some brilliant biographies about Queen Victoria during our topic work that were jam-packed with all of the facts and information we have been learning about her. Have you started your biography for the homework projects yet? Who have you decided to write about?

We had some excellent scores in the homework quiz about the human body – congratulations to everyone that scored 30/30!! We started a new biology topic in our Science work this week about adaptation and evolution. Maybe you could find out more about the famous Victorian biologist, Charles Darwin, and do your biography about him. I know lots of you were very interested in finding out more about endangered animals too. You might find this link interesting.

Our work in fractions continues so keep working on those times tables. Here’s a quick link to hit the button again for those of you who haven’t been on for a while!

Challenge: what does bio mean? How does it connect to our work this week? How many words can you find that have bio as their root?

Happy New Year!

Image result for happy new year 2019

I hope you have all had a lovely break with your families and friends and enjoyed the holidays. Have you been up to anything exciting? Have you made any new year’s resolutions? I have: even though I already love reading lots of books, I have decided to try and make time to read even more. I’ll be sharing some of the ones I’ve read so you can enjoy them too….

We’re straight back into the learning with our new Victorians topic and will be launching this term’s homework projects on Friday 11th with a  little quiz 🙂

In Maths, we will be starting lots of work on fractions so knowing ALL of your times tables is a must! Our Learn Its this week will be to finish off the six fact challenge:

6 x 6 = 36

7 x 6 = 42

9 x 6 = 54

7 x 7 = 49

9 x 7 = 63

9 x 9 = 81

Excellent Enrichment!

We have had a very enriched week this week! On Monday, we threw ourselves into our British Values enrichment day and were unpicking our opinions on Respect and Rule of Law. On Wednesday, we were lucky enough to be invited to the library to watch the WWI play, ‘The First’. We came back buzzing about the performance and were very grateful that every single one of us had been given an actual book of the play. Friday was our Art enrichment day and we developed our Sketching, Painting and Modelling skills: it was a lot of fun and we all thoroughly enjoyed showing off our creative talents!

As well as all of this, we finished our Chicken writes (which earned us a class credit as they were all so fabulous) and on Thursday, we enjoyed a whole day of topic based on the Battle of Marathon. This led very nicely into our Homework Project Showcase where we shared the work with our friends and were able to taste some delicious Greek dishes. Thank you to everyone that took part 🙂

Next week, we’ll be back into the routine and our Learn Its will be:

6 x 9 = 54

7 x 9 = 63

9 x 9 = 81

Keep your eyes peeled for a new exit passcode…..

Remember, remember

Y6 have had a week of remembering all sorts of things and it feels like we’ve packed a fortnight’s worth of learning in this week 😅

Today, we thoroughly enjoyed working with Year 5 on the BBC Live Remembrance lesson. Alongside thousands of other children across the country, we wrote our own Remembrance Haikus. Post yours here for everyone to see or maybe you would like to compose a new one. Remember: 5,7,5

Have a look at this link to see a short video about the stunning  Remembrance flames surrounding the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the end of WWI.

We continued with our work on Multiplication in Maths and are now all working on the last step of the Multiplication Progress Drive. Can you remember what the Remember Tos are when multiplying a two place decimal number by TU?

In English, we have been writing and punctuating bulleted lists. What were the Remember Tos for this?

We continued with our Science work and measured our resting pulse rates. Can you remember the pulse rates of any other living creatures?

Answer all of these challenges and I promise I’ll remember to add a stamp on the blog log!


Only one more week…

We have been busy again and now have only one week left until half term – I can’t believe it! We enjoyed our RE enrichment day on Thursday analysing and digging deeper into the 7 concepts of Christianity. Our section of the Big Frieze was ‘Kingdom of God’.

Ellie has a challenge: Can anyone answer these questions?
739 x 88=
387 x 34=
Here is a bit harder one in a real life question.
I had 8934 boxes and there were 98 toys inside each. How many toys would I have in total?
I hope someone answers it.

Caitlin also has a challenge:  Everybody what is 1967×98= and 23765+49103=
let’s see who can answer these questions

Here is the link to the Aesop’s fables website we have been using. Perhaps you will do your illustration for the homework projects over the weekend…

Gone in a flash!

Another week has flown by in a flash! On Monday, we enjoyed making our Pear and Almond Flapjack Tart to celebrate the harvest then used the recipe to apply our maths skills in a Real Life context: it was a challenge but Year 6 went for it! I wonder if any of you will make it again over the weekend….

In our Science work on the circulatory system, we were finding out more about pulse rates and Natalie and Amy from Bassetlaw Community Children’s Team helped us to listen to our heart beat and to measure some children’s blood pressure. We can’t wait for them to visit us again in a couple of weeks with even more equipment for us to try out!

Friday afternoon was very peaceful: we used our RE time to make an artistic representation of the creation of the universe. The artwork that we created was spectacular!

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the week has been our success on the Hit the Button game that we have been using to speed up our recall of the 8 times table. Sooooo many children beat their scores on the Learn Its Challenge because of the extra work that they have been putting in at home 🙂 Year 6 have been very competitive and at the moment, Kendall is in the lead with a high score of 40!!!! Post your scores here over the weekend but be truthful…. because we might have a play off next week!

If there are a couple of niggly 8 x table facts that you need to master, why not try this link? It works out your target areas and trains you on them so you’ll be bossing the Hit the Button in no time at all! When you get on the site, set up ‘Multiply’ and ‘by12’ on the orange buttons at the top, workout time 2 minutes and ‘8x row’ on the blue buttons.

Have a busy weekend and I’ll see you all on Monday buzzing about your scores….