Friday, 15 June 2018

Weekly Learning Review - Week Ending: 14.06.2018

Weekly Learning Review
Class: Year 6           Week Ending:  14.6.18
Literacy
In literacy, the children have continued to write for a particular purpose and create a valid argument against the general idea of setting homework in a primary school. The children had lots of fun suggesting many valid reasons why homework is not always a good idea! They then set to work on writing their argument using a specific format. The children also practised picking out key information from the key through comprehension activities.
Mathematics
In mathematics, the children consolidated their learning of division . They were given revision packs to work on through the holiday in preparation for the upcoming assessments.
Humanities
The children researched general information on four European countries. In groups, the children were assigned a specific country and discussed historic sites, currency, famous people, weather and landscape of these places.
Science
The children completed the review the ‘Material Changes’ theme of learning.

Miss Nisreen nsalama@ise.edu.eg
Miss Nirvana nfattouh@ise.edu.eg


Thursday, 7 June 2018

Weekly Learning Review -Week Ending: 7.6.18

Weekly Learning Review
Class: Year 6           Week Ending:  7.6.18
Literacy
The children learned to identify the features of persuasive writing.They looked at examples of holiday brochures and wrote their own piece of persuasive writing based upon a holiday destination within Egypt. The children worked on comprehension tasks - picking out key information from the text and they also remembered to read the first three questions of the comprehension in order to create ‘signposts’ as they read the main body of the text.
Mathematics
In mathematics, the children learned about prime numbers (a number that is divisible only by itself and 1 (e.g. 2, 3, 5, 7,11) . They solved word problems and are beginning to know certain prime numbers by heart.
PSHE
Through the spirit of Ramadan, the children thought of thoughtful deeds and how they can assist others. Some of the children visited classrooms around the school and assisted in the learning of their younger peers.
Science
The children continued to review the ‘Material Changes’ theme of learning through a fun competition.

Miss Nisreen nsalama@ise.edu.eg
Miss Nirvana nfattouh@ise.edu.eg




Friday, 1 June 2018

Weekly Learning Review - Week Ending: 31st of May 2018



Class: Year 6           Week Ending:  31.5.18
Literacy
This week, the children identified the format of a script. After using drama and role play to act out a Newsflash, the children wrote scripts in order to prepare for a television broadcast. In grammar, they wrote specific rules for when to use speech marks. They also played a game called ‘Call My Bluff’ and wrote two rules that apply to use speech marks with one ‘bluff’ rule ie a rule that does not apply. The children read out all three rules and, in teams, decided which rule was wrong or the ‘bluff’. Through a comprehension activity, the children answered questions from a newspaper report about a ‘Walking Train’. They learned to pick out key information from the text. They also learned to read at least three of the comprehension questions before reading the whole body of the text. By doing this, they are training their brain to look for ‘signposts’ as they read thus making the answering process a little easier.
Mathematics
In mathematics, the children learned to identify transformations; using vocabulary such as ‘reflection’, ‘rotation’ and ‘translation’. They learned to draw shapes through various transformations and think abstractly to predict how a shape would look transformed in a certain way.
PSHE
We discussed, thoughtfully, a unit entitled ‘Begin with the End in Mind’. We thought about goals and targets and the ‘why’ and ‘how’- Why do we want to achieve this? How will we achieve this?
Science
The children visited the Science Laboratory and reviewed the learning about ‘Material Changes’. They discussed ‘reversible’ changes eg water may be changed into solid, liquid and gas and ‘irreversible’ changes eg when a seed germinates and grows into a plant. They also learned how to separate and mix solids.

Miss Nisreen nsalama@ise.edu.eg
Miss Nirvana nfattouh@ise.edu.eg


Saturday, 26 May 2018

Weekly Learning Review - Week Ending: 24 May 2018

Weekly Learning Review


Class: Year 6           Week Ending:  17.5.18
Literacy
This week, the children learned about the different roles adopted by people during a newsflash. We watched a a BBC Newsflash about the birth of a royal baby. The children adopted the role of ‘News Anchor’, ‘Interviewer’ and ‘Interviewee’. The children wrote different news worthy scenarios and were given only minutes to prepare a news report for camera. They presented the reports to each other and focussed on improving question techniques. Through a comprehension exercise, the children read a passage about the Suffragette movement in the early 20th Century. The account was written in the north of England and we discussed the wide range of accents and dialects found across the UK. For example, the term ‘duck’ may be used as a term of endearment in the north of the country. The children wrote their own ‘Success Criteria’ for how they should answer questions eg in full sentences and taking care of presentation.
Mathematics
In mathematics, the children practised addition skills by calculating the perimeter of shapes and of plans. They also learned the vocabulary of time and practised reading the time; estimating time and solving word problems involving time.
PSHE
The start of a series of lessons that deals with being more effective in being  proactive. The children explored several scenarios where being more proactive can improve the situation.
Science
The children have been learning to separate mixtures and are understanding how separating by using different methods can be used in daily life. For example, in hospitals and in mining.
Humanities
The children were introduced to the climate, land surface, transportation and settlements of the United Kingdom.


Miss Nisreen nsalama@ise.edu.eg

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Weekly Learning Review -Week Ending: 17th of May

Class: Year 6           Week Ending:  17.5.18
Literacy
This week, the children learned how to recognise and write reported speech. They understand that this can be an important tool for writers in order to make their writing more interesting. They also identified non- fiction reports and the listed the features of written reports. They read through various reports as a comprehension activity and answered questions in order to gain understanding. The children also began to plan and write their own non- fiction reports.
Mathematics
In mathematics, the children have been learning the vocabulary of capacity. They estimated the capacity of containers and learned the standard units of measurement such as ‘centilitre’, ‘millilitre’ and ‘litre’. They also solved word problems involving capacity. The children also solved problems involving probability and used language such as ‘likely’, ‘probable’, ‘least likely’ and ‘impossible’.
PSHE
The children undertook a House Competition this week based upon the World Cup. Through this, they learned how cooperation/ team work is important to reach success. They also developed their own sense of fair play and to be joyous for the winning team; recognising why and how they won the competition and, importantly, dealing with the feeling of losing positively.
Contact:




Miss Nisreen nsalama@ise.edu.eg



Thursday, 3 May 2018

Weekly Learning Review- Week Ending: 3 May 2018

Weekly Learning Review


Class: Year 6           Week Ending:  3 May 2018
Literacy
This week, the children developed their own ‘Success Criteria’ in order to aid writing a fantastic piece of prose. They included elements such as personification, alliteration and hyperbole as well as the more recognised aspects of writing such as the use of capital letters at the beginning of a sentence and a full stop at the end. They have also been learning the weekly spellings with the ‘ph’ sound. Some words are rather challenging and the children have been learning definitions at school. It is so important that the children understand the meaning of each spelling word. Once understood, there is more likelihood that the words will be used independently both in the correct context and spelled correctly! The children have also been working on developing comprehension skills; tackling more challenging texts and picking out key information.
Mathematics
In mathematics, the children have been learning to multiply 3 digit decimal numbers by 3 digit decimal numbers. The children have been challenged to solve these problems independently and encouraged to explain the reasoning orally.Through trial and error, the children have learned the importance of setting out calculations methodically; focussing on presentation and for some, improving number formation!
Science
In science, the children were introduced to the theme ‘Materials’. Through a ‘Knowledge Harvest’, the children discussed what they know already about the theme and what they would like to find out about in the coming weeks.

PSHE
The children have been learning to recognise ‘Creativity’ in themselves and in those around them. Thinking differently should be celebrated and encouraged. The children listened to a whole school assembly regarding this Personal Learning Goal and learned that thinking creatively might help to solve worldwide problems.
Contact:




Miss Nisreen nsalama@ise.edu.eg

Friday, 27 April 2018

Weekly Learning Review - Week Ending: 19 April 2018

Weekly Learning Review


Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 20/04/2018
Literacy
It is our first week back and we have started a new theme and a new book. Our  book this term is Cari’s War’- a challenging book that will help the students reach their maximum potential in the final term of the year.
We began the week by introducing the book and reading the first chapter as a class. We discussed several different ideas during this lesson; what it must have been like to live in the city of London during the Blitz and how it must have felt for someone to have to be evacuated to a place they had never been. The students then answered a comprehension activity based on this chapter; inferring answers and giving their thoughts and opinions about the authors writing and the techniques used.
The students then began to think about how to express different ideas in writing. We compared and contrasted two different pictures to discuss the settings in our book- the first being a picture of the aftermath of the London Blitz and the second being a picture of the peaceful Welsh countryside. To encourage creative thinking, we asked the students to think of the positives and negatives of the second picture. They came up with some very interesting and creative ideas about the pros and cons of having to move to somewhere completely new and different.
In our third lesson, we introduced the idea of characters. We had begun to look at some of the characters in Cari’s War but decided to think about and create our own characters for our letter. The students were shown pictures of evacuees, WW2 soldiers and miners to think about the different types of people that they might meet on their journey. The students then named and created their own characters based on this.
For our fourth and fifth lesson of the week, we produced a first draft of our letters before completing them in our Big Write. We focused on different grammar skills in these lessons so that our letters could be the best we could create.
Mathematics
In mathematics, we have looked at two different topics in this first week. In our first lesson, we introduced the idea of converting between fractions and decimals. The students were shown the method to do this and were able to master this skill by converting the denominator to 100 before converting to a decimal. In our second lesson, we took this a step further by adding and subtracting decimals and fractions. The students had to accurately convert to either a fraction or a decimal before using the correct operation to answer the question.
In our third lesson of the week, we looked at the final skill for this topic. We practised converting decimals, fractions and percentages using the different methods we had learned. The students found this final skill easy and most were able to show a mastery of the topic.
Science
This week in science, we introduced our new topic on Materials. We discussed states of matter and what the different stages materials can go through e.g. Solid, Liquid and Gases. We looked at how the atoms of a solid, liquid or gas differ and were able to see why solids remain in one shape; liquids can be poured and gases are difficult to contain.
We then looked at different items and discussed what state of matter they would be in and if they could be reversed. The students carefully drew different materials and answered questions on what was happening, what energy was being used and if the change was reversible or not.
To achieve mastery of our science topics, we have to continue to plan experiments using scientific language and we practised this in our first week by looking at different types of materials and predicting what would happen if we were to heat them up or cool them down. If we continue to practise this skill then the students will have achieved the outcomes of the national curriculum by the end of the term.
Humanities
For Humanities, we introduced another new topic- Modern History. Modern History could cover many events but perhaps the most important event in modern times has been the Second World War, as this fits in nicely with our Literacy book Carrie’s War’ thus the perfect opportunity for cross curricular learning.
To introduce the students to this new and interesting topic, we looked at several events and leaders of WW2. We discussed these events as a class and learned a lot about the different countries that were involved; what they wanted from the war and some of the major events.
The students were then asked to take this knowledge and create a cover page for their topic books. The cover page shows their existing knowledge and will be useful for next years Year 6 class to see. This will help chart progression of knowledge- what the children knew at the beginning of the theme compared with what they know at the end of the unit.
This is an exciting and interesting field of study and there are many literary and hands on activities that we hope the students will undertake through the course of the year.
Contact:
Mr Robert
Miss Nisreen/ Mr Bas

melbassiouny@ise.edu.eg