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Year 6 - Swordfish class

Welcome to Swordfish Class

 

Hello and welcome to Swordfish's Class website page.

 

I hope you enjoy visiting our page and finding out what we have been learning about.

 

Swordfish class is taught by Mr Cain this year. If you have any questions or queries then please feel free to email at: dcain@standrews.dsat.org.uk. I will endeavour to respond to your email as soon as possible.

 

Please visit this website page regularly to find out what super learning Swordfish class have been doing.

This half-term our topic is...

 

 

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 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! 

    

Friday 18th October 2019

The spelling focus this week: words ending in -ant

As part of this weeks home learning, please learn these words ready to be tested on Thursday 24th October:

 

 

YEAR 5/6 WORDS

 

necessary

nuisance

accomodate

aggressive

identity

 

Can you write each of these words in a sentence?

SPELLING FOCUS

 

observant

expectant

hesitant

assistant

tolerant

 

Can you find the meaning of these words?

 

Please remember to complete the Maths Operations (short and long division) home learning by Friday 18th October 2019. You can also 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.

 

Use these examples to help support you with your homework.

 

 

    

Monday 14th October 2019

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

The spelling focus this week: homophones

YEAR 5/6 WORDS

immediately

vehicle

competition

equipped

sacrifice

Can you think of any synonyms of any of these words?

SPELLING FOCUS

homophone

you're

your

allowed

aloud

Can you think of a clever way to remember these spellings?

 

Super Swordfish Learning WB Monday 7th October:

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! In Science, we have investigated the moon and how it orbits the Earth. Finally, we really enjoyed celebrating #HelloYellow Day by wearing yellow items of clothing to help raise awareness for mental health.

 

    

Monday 7th October 2019

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

 

YEAR 5/6 WORDS

attached

communicate

environment

excellent

interfere

Can you think of any synonyms of any of these words?

SPELLING FOCUS

vicious

precious

conscious

delicious

malicious

Can you think of a clever way to remember these spellings?

 

The spelling pattern this week: words ending in the sound ‘shus’ with a spelling of –cious

 

Please note that children will now be given a paper copy of spelling home learning to complete this week. This home learning will incorporate the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check spelling technique.

Home learning Friday 4th October (due 11th October)

 

Please remember to complete the Maths Operations (addition, subtraction and multiplication) home learning by Friday 11th October 2019. You can also 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.

Super Swordfish Learning 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.

    

Monday 30th September 2019

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

 

YEAR 5/6 WORDS

according
apparent
determined
equipment
privilege

 

Can you think of any synonyms of any of these words?

SPELLING FOCUS

ambitious
cautious
fictitious
infectious
nutritious

 

Can you think of a clever way to remember these spellings?

 

The spelling pattern this week: words ending in -tious (pronounced 'shus').

 

A big well done to Kacie, James and Isobel for completing their extra spelling challenges last week. Who else can be a star speller this week?

 

 

Home learning Friday 27th September (due Friday 4th October)

 

For maths homelearning this week, remember to complete the place value sheet including comparing and ordering numbers, rounding numbers and negative numbers by Friday 4th October.

Also, remember that you can use Mathletics and TT Rockstars to improve your maths skills.

 

For reading, make sure you are reading a range of texts for pleasure, ready to discuss them with your class teacher next week.

Super Swordfish Learning wc 23rd September 2019

 

This week in Swordfish class has been full of exciting learning.

In maths we have learnt how to order and compare numbers up to ten million; round numbers within ten millions; and calculate with negative numbers.

In RE we have been looking at creation and deciphered Psalm 8 by creating images to link to the text.

In handwriting we have continued to practice our joining of letters focusing on our lead ins and outs of letters.

In Cornerstones, we have created our own aliens and explored making models of the solar system using spherical objects.

In our PSRE lesson, we looked at our school value of 'trust' and how we can show trust within our classroom.

In English we have planned, written and performed our space poems. Look at the images below to see how we incorporated our poetry learning with physical exercise!

Poetry learning during the 'Daily Mile'!

Spelling Home Learning Monday 23rd September 2019 (due Friday 27th September) 

 

The spelling pattern this week: words ending in -tial (pronounced 'shul').

 

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

 

YEAR 5/6 WORDS

achieve 
appreciate
curiosity
familiar
especially

 

Can you think of any synonyms of any of these words?

SPELLING FOCUS

partial
confidential
essential
initial
substantial

 

Can you think of a clever way to remember these spellings?

 

A huge well done to the following three children that completed the extra spelling challenges for last week's spelling home learning: Isobel, Bethany and Kacie.

 

Super Swordfish Learning wc 16th September

 

Miss Moreton and myself are so proud of how hard our Year 6 pupils have worked this week whilst completing their mock SATS; they showed excellent perseverance. 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.

Planetarium Visit Wednesday 18th September

Home Learning Spellings Monday 16th September due Friday 20th September

 

These are the ten spellings that we need to learn ready to be tested on Friday:

1) accompany

2) disastrous

3) marvellous

4) opportunity

5) system

The above five spellings are words taken from the Year 5/6 spelling list. Can you think of any synonyms of any of these words?

 

 

6) special

7) artificial

8) official

9) beneficial

10) superficial 

The above five spellings are linked to the spelling pattern this week: words ending in -cial (pronounced 'shul'). Can you think of a clever way to remember these spellings?

Swordfish learning w/c 9th September

 

This week we have focusing on our school and class expectations. We have looked at our school vision and cretaed a booklet showing 'making a difference for good, with each other, everyone, in our community.' We have been practicing 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); problem solving linked to place value in maths; and drawing and painting skills in art. We have been promoting a reading for pleasure ethos in our class and the children have had opportunities to do this throughout the week.

 

Home learning

Please remember to complete the maths home learning crossword by Friday 20th September 2019. You can also practice 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.

Swordfish Learning w/c 2nd September

 

This week we have been getting to know each other so have being doing lots of 'All About Me' activities. We have learnt about our families, hobbies, school and recapped our school values 'love','trust' and 'perseverance'. The children created their own posters demonstrating the St Andrew's Way of the 1, 2, 3 Star system:

 

 

Year 6 Parent Information Powerpoint 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/
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