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Year 6 - Snapper Class

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.

 

Watch this space for regular updates to find out about our amazing learning!

 

Please remember to complete the Position and Direction home learning by Friday 13th December 2019
You can practise using Mathletics and TT Rockstars. For reading, we would like you to read for pleasure every day and discuss this reading with your class teacher next week.

    

Friday 29 November 2019

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

The spelling focus this week: adding suffixes begging with vowel letters to words ending in -fer.

YEAR 5/6 WORDS

average

bruise

criticise

dictionary

embarrass

Can you write each of these words in a sentence?

SPELLING FOCUS

co-ordinate

re-enter

co-operate

co-own

x-ray

Can you find the meaning of these words?

 

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

Leah,Evie C, Poppie, Richie, Joseph, Lacey, Daisy, Eva and Oliver.

 

This half-term our topic is...

 

 

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?

PE

Indoor PE: Wednesday

Project Touchline: Thursday (Autumn Term 2)

Outdoor PE: Friday 

     

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.

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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 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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