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Year 6 - Snapper Class

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Welcome to Snapper Class!

 

Snapper class is taught by Miss Moreton and supported by Mrs White. Please feel free to email me at amoreton@standrews.dsat.org.uk if you have any queries or questions and I will reply as soon as possible.

Dear Snapper Class,

I will be updating this web-site page regularly with updates for learning that you will need to complete at home. Please email me examples of your fantastic learning and also if you need any help with your learning. 

Stay safe,

From Miss Moreton

Please complete both pieces of homework which were sent home on:
You must learn to spell the selected words, complete some SPAG SATS style questions, as well as the timetable practise and Arithmetic SATS style questions. 

Please hand in by: 

    

As part of this weeks home learning, please learn these words ready to be tested on Friday:

 

YEAR 5/6 WORDS

Can you write each of these words in a sentence?

SPELLING FOCUS

Can you find the meaning of these words?

 

Well Done to the following students who have improved their weekly spelling test score: 

This half-term our topic is...

 

 

A bug, a creepy-crawly, a beast! He'll tickle your skin then go in for the sting!

 

Arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks...

Come search for these minibeasts, and let's sort them out! How many legs? How many wings? Who does it eat and who eats it? Can you classify it? Can you draw it or make it?

 

Discover where in the world you'll find the deadliest beasts - scorpions, ants and venomous spiders...

Perhaps the Vespa mandarinia japonica is the one that you fear?

 

Why not become a 'Beast Creator'? Selectively breed a killer predator that saves the world from the super-strong aphid. You'll be a hero!

PE

Indoor PE: Wednesday

Outdoor PE: Friday 

     

W/C 9th March

 

In English this week we have started to explore the book 'Beetle Boy' by M.G.Leonard. We made predictions based on the front cover and blurb; revised main and subordinate clauses; explored the language of speech in dialogue; described our own mini-beast characters using figurative language and answered comprehension questions based on chapter 3 of Beetle Boy.

 

In maths we have started to explore area and perimeter. We found the area and perimeter of rectangles and composite rectilinear shapes; area of triangles; and explored adding and subtracting mixed fractions in our arithmetic lesson.

 

Within our 'Teaching of Reading' lessons we continued to explore The Boy in the Girls Bathroom by exploring the impact of language; making predictions and debating parts of the story.

 

As part of 'Science Week' we focused on plants in our school environment by identifying and classifying them. 

 

In P.E we have started to experiment with different movements in street dance whilst listening to music.

 

In R.E. we explored Jesus's impact on Christians today by researching the 'Leprosy Mission'.

 

In PSRE we continued to explore 'Healthy Me' and discussed the impact that some food can have on our body.

 

On Tuesday, we were fortunate enough to have Mr Saunders come in and speak to the children about his magnificent tarantula collection. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about these fascinating creatures and particularly enjoyed seeing the spider's moltings.

WB Monday 2nd March 2020:

In English this week, we have explored: the use of parenthesis to help define some vocabulary used within our non-chronological reports based on a mini-beast; the use of bullet points and how to correctly punctuate them in a list; as well as planning and independently writing a non-chronological report about a chosen mini-beast.

 

In maths, we have been learning about measurement and converting units. We began by converting metric measures (for example: mm into cm). Then, we calculated metric measure through answering worded problems, explored miles and kilometres and imperial measures. For this weeks arithmetic lesson, we recapped how to add and subtract fractions. 

 

WB Monday 24th February 2020:

We had a fantastic topic day to kick start our Beast Creator topic. We had special visitors to show us some very exciting animals and explain the food chain to us. Take a look at some photos below. 

 

In English this week, we have identified features of animal non-chronological reports; researched a mini-beast; and wrote sentences containing relative clauses about our chosen mini-beast. 

 

Our Teaching of Reading text this half-term is ‘There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom'.

 

In maths this week, we continued to learn about algebra. The children have showed excellent perseverance and have been able to finding missing values and pairs of values. Can you solve the following algebraic equation (which was our elicitation task)?

 

2a + 7 = b - 4

 

In Science, we started to look at different groups of animals and how we could classify them.

 

In RE, we have started to think about ‘What would Jesus do?’. We looked at the parable ‘The Wise and Foolish Builders’ and thought about the meaning behind this and foundations.

 

In PE, we have started dance and in this week’s lesson explored movements of different mini-beasts.

Spring 1

 

Who do you think you are? Are you an extrovert or an introvert, a singleton, a twin or even a triplet?

 

Let's discover what makes you...you!

From your fingerprints and footprints, to your genes and DNA, everything is unique to you. So why do you look just like Mum or Dad, or even Auntie Rose?

Explore the world of human identity and how our unique features can be used to tell us apart from others or help to solve crime!

Remember to love being you! Why? Because there's only one you: you're one of a kind!

 

Who do you think you are? Are you an extrovert or an introvert, a singleton, a twin or even a triplet?

 

Let's discover what makes you...you!

From your fingerprints and footprints, to your genes and DNA, everything is unique to you. So why do you look just like Mum or Dad, or even Auntie Rose?

Explore the world of human identity and how our unique features can be used to tell us apart from others or help to solve crime!

Remember to love being you! Why? Because there's only one you: you're one of a kind!

WB Monday 10th February 2020:

This week, Year 6 have blown Mr Cain and I away with their hardworking efforts and perseverance with mock SATs! Well done to each and every one of you! We hope you all have a relaxing half-term and come back refreshed ready for a new topic!

WB Monday 3rd February 2020:

Firstly, I would like to congratulate all the Year 6 children for their maturity and behaviour, whilst we had some very special visitors (Ofsted) this week. They were excellent roll models for the rest of the school!

 

This week, in English, we have punctuated direct speech correctly, discussed the impact of language when describing a setting, and we improved a setting description by including figurative language. During our Teaching of Reading session, we rewrote a chapter thinking about how our use of language impacts on the reader, we devised a list of questions we would like to ask the author David Almond, and we inferred what Skellig may look like using clues from the text.

 

In maths, we continued with percentages and then moved onto algebra.We explored how to find percentages of amounts, as well as finding one-step and two-step rules. During our weekly arithmetic lesson, we consolidated short division. 

 

During Art, the children made observation drawings of their hands. We were amazed by their sketching skills. Have a look at some examples below:

WB Monday 27th January 2020:

This week, in English, we have continued to read The Secret of Platform 13. We are completely hooked and excited to find out if the rescuers save Prince Raymond and return him back through the Gump to the King and Queen. We started the week exploring the character descriptions, which the author Eva Ibbotson uses. We read a character description of Ernie Hobbs. We had to use the authors descriptive clues to infer what he looked like, through drawing him and unpicking the descriptive language used. Then, we explored the use of semi-colons and colons and finally got to design our own magical character and write a character description, trying to apply our learning of semi-colons and colons. 

 

In Teaching of the Reading, we have continued to read Skellig. We have now found our that Skellig has wings! We have: used dictionaries to check the meaning of unknown words; used out inference skills to infer why Mina is linking Skellig to dinosaurs; and held a debate about whether children should be educated like Michael (at school) or Mina (At home).

 

In maths, we have looked at percentages. We have explored: fractions being converted into percentages; equivalent fraction, percentages and decimals; ordering fractions, decimals and percentages; and percentages of amounts. In our arithmetic lesson this week, we recapped column multiplication by multiplying numbers by two-digits.

 

If all that was not enough, we have also learnt about:  numbers and colours in French; local land use in Geography; circuit training in PE; adaptation and evolution in Science; and explored the impact of consequences of Karma on Hindus in RE.

WB Monday 20th January 2020:

Today, children have brought home a letter explaining reading in KS2 as well as a reading record which needs to be filled in. Also, there is a letter asking children to write down their favourite author and book and what they like about the book.  Here's a copy of the letter.

 


In our English lessons this week, we have started to explore the ‘Secrets of Platform 13’ book by Eva Ibbotson. We explored the impact of language; inferred characters thoughts and motives; participated in discussions and role play; planned a diary entry and wrote an assessment diary entry piece from the Queen’s perspective. The children really got into role as characters in the role play lesson when acting the moment the three nursery nurses told the King and Queen about the baby prince being stolen! Their diary entries really demonstrated the devastation the Queen felt knowing she wouldn’t see her son for another nine years!

 

In our Teaching of Reading lessons, we continued to read more of ‘Skellig' which continues to surprise us. We inferred characters thoughts and motives; explained the impact of language; debated and summarised. 

 

Within our maths lessons, we wrote decimals as fractions; converted fractions to decimals; consolidated our decimals learning and had an arithmetic lesson on subtraction. The children showed great resilience and perseverance especially when converting fractions to decimals.

 

In science, we started to learn about evolution and created time lines showing how life on earth has evolved starting millions of years ago. Have a look at the children creating their

WB Monday 13th January 2020:

In English this week, we have been using the story of the Three Little Pigs to inspire our newspaper article writing and used the Three Little Pigs advert as a stimulus for our writing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDGrfhJH1P4). We looked at examples of newspaper reports and analysed their features, practiced using direct and reported speech, planned our newspaper reports and independently wrote a newspaper article. We will be using the newspaper report as an assessment piece and will take some examples along to a DSAT writing moderation later on this month.

 

In our 'Teaching of Reading' lessons we have started to look at the book 'Kellig' by David Almond. We made predictions based on the front cover and blurb and explored the use of the authors language and its impact. We also introduced Reading VIPERS as a focus for our reading sessions.

 

In maths this week, we have continued to learn about decimals. We learnt how to: divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000; multiply decimal numbers by integers; divide decimal numbers by integers; solved problems using division; and also had one arithmetic lesson on addition.

 

We have been focusing on fitness in our indoor PE sessions and used a variety of circuits to improve our fitness.

WB Monday 6th January 2020:

This week has been a very exciting week in Snapper class. We started the week off by having a day focusing on our school vision: #making a difference for good, with each other, for everyone, in our community. We created booklets showing how we can make a difference in different communities including: home, class, school, local, national and national communities.

 

On Wednesday we started our topic of ID. This kicked off with us arriving at school to find that Swordfish’s classroom had been trashed so we spent the day investigating the crimes of vandalism and theft. We learnt how to take fingerprints and identified the types of fingerprints. We used our skills to identify the culprit as having an arch fingerprint. The children spent the afternoon making fingerprint art whilst also interrogating the adults in school. Needless to say their detective skills were excellent and led them to identify the culprit as Mrs Lombard! Check out the pictures below showing the crime itself as well as the investigation of the crime.

 

The children also completed a topic baseline quiz demonstrating what they already knew about our topic. In English, children used our topic impact day crime as inspiration for their writing. They sequenced the events of the crime and completed a police report using cohesive devices. In maths, we have started to look at decimals this week. Children completed an elicitation task and learnt how to represent decimal numbers up to three decimal places and multiplied numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.

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Autumn 2

 

Let's travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. Find out about life on the river's fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture. Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! 

 

Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt - who knows what treasures you till find?

WB Monday 9th December 2019:

What a wonderful penultimate week to the Autumn term. The festivities have begun due to Year 6 organising their very own Christmas Carol Service, which will take place on the Thursday 19th December 2019. It was amazing to see so many pupils beaming with confidence and wanting to sing in a solo for our performance. There will be some tears I can assure you! We also went through our most recent SAT papers, and identified our areas that we need to develop and also set ourselves aspirational targets for the next mock SAT in the new year. 

 

Project Touchline had sadly come to an end. Year 6 extremely enjoyed the sessions with Mr Andrews. Take a look at who has been awarded with Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates. 

WB Monday 6th December 2019:

This week, in English we have continued to learn about writing news paper reports. On Thursday, we pretended to be newspaper reporters and reported on the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb discovery. In maths, we have explored position and direction. We learnt how to plot co-ordinates on the first quadrant grid and four quadrant grids as well as shape translation and reflections. The children were really excited about science this week! We investigated reversible and irreversible changes. They were amazed when they made observational changes, during the flying tea bag experiment. Take a look at the video below to be amazed!

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WB Monday 29th November:

The children showed perseverance during their mock SATS this week, and were able to apply their learning from class. In maths, we continued working with fraction: finding fractions of amounts and finding the whole from a given fraction of an amount. In English, we have used cohesive devices linked to the timeline of Tutankhamun's tomb discovery and drafted a introduction paragraph for a newspaper article. In Science we explored the solubility of a range of materials and carried out a fair test. In Religious Education (RE), we have created images demonstrating different parts of the Lord's Prayer and answered questions about the parable called The Parable of the Great Banquet.

WB Monday 22nd November:

Year 6 had a fabulous day at the breathtaking Saatchi Gallery (London) to see the magnificent, astonishing treasures of Tutankhamun (The Golden Pharaoh). The outstanding gallery celebrates the discovery of the royal tomb, which was discovered in 1922 (by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon). It displays more than 150 original, fascinating objects from his tomb with more than 50 fabulous pieces travelling out of Egypt for the first and undoubtedly the last time. Take a look at some amazing photos of the day:

Year 6 have also written some reviews about the Saatchi Gallery, take a look:

WB Monday 15th November:

A fun filled week with many exciting events (The Book Show, Pantomime and Children in Need). Firstly, everyone had an amazing time at The Book Show; watching Michael Rosen perform some of his most famous pieces of writing.

 

On Thursday, the children were so excited to watch the pantomime performance of Dick Whittington - Rodrigo said, “I liked it because it was so funny and the character’s made me laugh. On Friday, the whole school raised awareness and money for the BBC’s charity Children in Need by wearing non-school uniform, entering competitions and covering Pudsey with coins.

 

As well as all this, we have been working hard in English, exploring non-chronological reports and we even wrote our own based on Tutankhamen. In maths, we have been adding and subtracting fractions.  

 

Last week, we started the amazing Project Touchline. Mr Andrew’s, the Project Touchline coach, teaches us the Christian values through sport (Tag Rugby). Take a look at some photos of us in action.

WB Monday 4th November:
This week, we have emursed ourselves in our new topic 'Pharaohs'.  We started the week off my completing a base-line quiz, highlighting what we already knew about the ancient Egyptians. We also learnt about Eqyptian hieroglyphics, can you crack the following coded message? 

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During our English lessons, we have started to look at non-chronological reports in preparation for our assessment write about Tutankhamun next week. We have learnt about the language and layout features of a non-chronological report. Also, we have researched Tutankhamun; wrote sentences containing parenthesis; and used headings, subheadings and bullet points in our introductions. Within our topic lessons, we have looked at the location of Egypt and its physical geography; the timeline of Ancient Egypt; and who Pharaoh Akhenaten was. In our Maths lessons, we have learnt all about fractions this week, including how to find equivalent fractions, how to simplify fractions, and how to order and compare fractions with different denominators by finding the lowest common multiple.

Autumn 1

 

 

The children will be involved in a journey through space, exploring beyond the sun: the magnificent blazing star at the centre of our Solar System. They will also investigate the eight planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. As well as all of this, they shall take a closer look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth. 

 

Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. 

Are we alone or are there other life forms out there?

WB Monday 21st October:

A bursting final week of term in Year 6! In English, we continued reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. We explored the use of dialogue to advance the action in a narrative and the children also stepped into Roald Dahl shoes to plan and write their own chapter in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Have a look at some examples below. In maths, we continued  to work on the four operations including: square and cubed numbers; using the correct order of operations (BIDMAS) in multi-operational calculations; exploring mental strategies; and using known facts to calculate related calculations. We brought the super Stargazers topic to a close by creating our own knowledge organisers to showcase all our learning over the past 6 weeks. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents, careers and family members who attended our showcase on Thursday!

Snapper Class wishes every one a happy, safe and enjoyable half-term! 

WB Monday 14th October:

What an amazing penultimate week in Year 6! In English, we have been reading Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl. It is an extremely funny and engaging text and we can't wait to find out if the Knid breaks through the glass and gobbles up Charlie, his family and Mr Wonka. We have used the text as a stimulus for identifying figurative language, writing a character description and writing dialogue, which moves the action on. In math, we have looked at long division, factors (including common factors),common multiples and prime numbers up to 100. Also in Science, we have explored the day and night cycle and created presentations. We can't wait to show you our super stargazers learning next week at the showcase on: Thursday 24th October 2019, at 2.15pm, in our classroom. We hope you can make it! 

WB Monday 7th October:

Another non-stop week in Snapper Class! In English, we have been exploring cohesive devices, as well as reported and direct speech. We also completed our first independent writing piece, which was a newspaper report about Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. In Maths, the children have been using their persevering skills with short and long division. We are slowly getting there (including Miss Moreton laugh)! In Science, we have investigated the moon and how it orbits the Earth. We also created some beautiful chalk sketches of the different moon phases and ate Jaffa Cakes to help us remember this! Finally, we really enjoyed celebrating #HelloYellow Day by wearing yellow items of clothing to help raise awareness for mental health.

WB Monday 30th September:

This week in English, we have been looking at newspaper articles. We unpicked the presentational and grammatical features, then revised how to use relative clauses, passive verbs and parenthesis, as well as researching Apollo 11. This is preparing us for our independent writing session next week where we will be writing a newspaper article based on Neil Armstong's first step on the moon. In maths, we have been exploring three of the four operations (addition, subtraction and multiplication). In science, we researched how the planets orbit around the sun and how long they take to orbit the sun.

 

Remember: Next Thursday 10th October is #HelloYellow Day. Letters have been sent home and the letter is also posted on the 'Latest News' section of our website which can be located under the 'Parents' drop down tab. Children can wear something yellow with their uniform (or all yellow) that day! We will be talking about ways to try and stay positive and talk about the importance of being/staying mentally fit and well as well as being/staying physically fit and well.

WB Monday 23th September:

In English, the children have been very creative by writing their own poems about our amazing Solar System. They have learned all about  figurative language (metaphors, personification, similes, onomatopoeia, and alliterations) and used them in their final piece. They were then set the challenge of performing their poem to the class and tried to learn parts off-by-heart. In maths, we have continued to explore Place Value. The children have deepened their knowledge in comparing and ordering numbers, rounding to within 10 million and calculating negative numbers. Next week, we will be moving onto the four operations. We also had some exciting learning happening in Science this week. The children were set the challenge of creating a model of the Solar System (using fruit), which would portray the planets using the correct proportion of size. Take a look at their amazing models below. 

Solar System Poetry

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Solar System Poetry

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Solar System Poetry

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Solar System Fruit Models

WB Monday 16th September:

Mr Cain and myself are so proud of how hard our Year 6 pupils have worked this week whilst completing their mock SATS. On Wednesday, we had a fantastic ‘Impact Day’ to celebrate our topic: Stargazers. The children were very lucky to have a special visitor come into the school with a Planetarium. They got to experience star gazing and explored constellations, along with travelling into space to experience a closer look at the planets and moons in space. It was mesmerising! Have a look at some of the great pictures below. The children also designed their own spacesuits. Well done to Poppie and Ervin whose spacesuit was voted the best. 

 

    

Planetarium Visit

WB Monday 16th September:

This week we have focusing on our school and class expectations. We have looked at our school vision and created a booklet showing how we can 'make a difference for good, with each other, everyone, in our community.' We have been practising our letter formation in handwriting; writing a narrative to showcase our current writing skills in English (based on the book of butterflies: https://www.literacyshed.com/butterflies.html) and problem solving tasks linked to place value in maths. We have been promoting a reading for pleasure ethos in our class and the children have had opportunities to do this throughout the week.

WB Monday 2nd September:

Welcome back everyone and what an amazing first 3 days we have had! Snapper class have settled into Year 6 extremely well. We have spent the last few days building relationships with each other, making expectations clear, recapping our behaviour policy (The St. Andrew's Way) and had the opportunity for some outdoor learning.

 

Everyone created a poster to reflect on The St Andrew's Way. We then voted for the best four posters to be published on our class page as reminders. Here are the four wining entries:

You can also take a look at our amazing outdoor learning. We had to create an image which told a story. See if you can spot which image displays our special star fish story.

Year 6 Parent Meeting September 2019

Spelling:

The National Curriculum for Years 5 and 6 expects children to be able to:

  • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them (such as –able and –ible)
  • Spell some words with ‘silent’ letters (such as knight)
  • Continue to distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused
  • Use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling
  • Use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words
  • Use a thesaurus

By the end of Year 6, children are expected to understand and be able to meet the challenging spelling demands outlined in the National Curriculum. Children’s knowledge is assessed through a grammar, punctuation and spelling test that children sit in May as part of a week of national tests.

See: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/at-school/subject-guides/spelling-at-primary-school/

National Curriculum Spelling Lists: By the end of Year 6 pupils should be able to spell all of these words and be able to use them in their writing.

English National Curriculum Year 5 and 6 Programme of Study.

Maths National Curriculum Year 6 Programme of Study.

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