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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...

 

 

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?

 

Please remember to complete the Fractions (multiplying) home learning by Friday 6th 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 begining with vowel letters to words ending in -fer.

YEAR 5/6 WORDS

develop

explanation

language

symbol

recognise

Can you write each of these words in a sentence?

SPELLING FOCUS

referring

preferred

referee

transferring

preference

Can you find the meaning of these words?

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.

 

Please remember to complete the Fractions (multiplying and dividing) home learning by Friday 29th November 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 22nd November 2019

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

The spelling focus this week: words ending in -ably

YEAR 5/6 WORDS

cemetery

exaggerate

immediate

persuade

soldier

Can you write each of these words in a sentence?

SPELLING FOCUS

adorably

acceptably

considerably

tolerably

unsuitably

Can you find the meaning of these words?

London Trip Wednesday 20th November 2019

 

This week has been a fun filled week in Swordfish class. The main highlight being the trip to London on Wednesday to visit the Tutankhamun treasures at the Saatchi Gallery and the Ancient Egypt section of The British Museum. Visiting the Saatchi gallery and seeing the real treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb which were over 3,000 years old really was breath-taking and brought our Pharaohs topic to life. This was an excellent trip and the children's beahviour was excellent. Check out the photos of the exhibition and some TripAdviser reviews we wrote after the event below.

 

In other areas, we learnt how to multiply and divide fractions by integers and multiplied proper fractions in maths. In science, we grouped materials according to their properties. In topic, we researched Howard Carter in preprartion for our London trip. 

 

Saatchi Gallery Tripadviser Reviews

Saatchi Gallery Tripadviser Reviews 1
Saatchi Gallery Tripadviser Reviews 2
Saatchi Gallery Tripadviser Reviews 3
Saatchi Gallery Tripadviser Reviews 4

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.

 

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.  

 

    

Friday 8th November 2019

The spelling focus this week: words ending in -able

As part of this weeks home learning, please learn these words ready to be tested on Friday 15th November:

 

YEAR 5/6 WORDS

 

ancient

controversy

desperate

individual

sufficient

 

Can you write each of these words in a sentence?

SPELLING FOCUS

 

considerable

noticeable

forcible

tolerable

changeable

 

Can you write each of these words in a sentence?

 

Super Swordfish Learning wc 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?

 

 

 

 

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.

Our teaching of reading text this half term is 'The Wind in the Willows.' We made predictions what the book was going to be about based on the front cover and blurb. We also predicted what animal the author was talking about based on a description. We also performed the poem 'Duck's Ditty' from the beginning of Chapter 2. Well done to Isla, Isobel and Willow who sang their performances! 

This half-term we have Mr Andrew teaching our class Project Touchline. This week the children played tag rugby games and demonstrated our school value of love within these games.

 

 

 

Teaching of Reading Text:

Image result for wind in the willows book cover

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 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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