Thursday, 5 October 2017

Weekly Learning Review - Week Ending:4.10.17

Weekly Learning Review
Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 04/10/2017
This week in literacy, we have continued to read the novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar, as a class we have now read and discussed Chapter 1-5. Our focus this week has been Characters and Setting and we have had a range of lessons to help us understand how an author uses these to make a book interesting and engaging. The students were asked a number of questions to help their understanding and came up with some excellent answers!
We have begun to use the ‘Thinking Hats’ or ‘De Bono’s Hats’ strategy, this has allowed us to think about the text in a different way and has allowed us to create a more complete picture of what we are reading. The students have enjoyed using this technique and have proven to be especially imaginative when using the Green Creative Hat that encourages them to think of new and different answers. 
We have continued to develop our use of figurative language such as Similes, Metaphors, and Personification’ and the students have planned and written their descriptive writing pieces.
In Mathematics, we have been looking at Multiplication and Division. During the first half of the week, our focus was on recalling the different techniques needed to solve problems. The students have shown excellent ‘mental mathematics’ skills, and are able to quickly respond to questions asked of them.
The students have also looked at multiplication and division using the ‘formal’ method, and have used this method to multiply and divide two digit numbers by other two digit numbers.
We have continued to look at Humans and other Animals this week. Our current focus is on the human body and the students have been finding out about the different functions that go on inside the body. The students can now explain the difference between a body part and an organ, and are beginning to understand the functions of the different body ‘systems’, such as the circulatory, nervous and digestive systems. 
In our Humanities lessons, we have continued to look at the Romans. The students were introduced to the infamous Roman Emperor ‘Julius Caesar’ and were then asked to find out more about him. We have used our research skills to read multiple sources on the Emperor and select the most important information for the topic. This is an important researching and critical thinking skill and one we will continue to develop throughout the year.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
This week has been a busy one for PSHCE! The students of both 6A and 6B came together and thought about what it means to be a house captain. We discussed key terms such as responsibility, resilience and honesty, and the students then prepared speeches and voted for who they felt were most qualified for the role.   
In our class PSHCE lesson, we have begun to look at healthy eating. The students have been introduced to the 5 main food groups and were tasked with selecting which food belongs in which section. It is important for the students to have a healthy, balanced diet of Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat and we hope to see students choosing the best options.

Mr Robert
Miss Nisreen

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