Friday, 27 October 2017

Weekly Learning Review

Weekly Learning Review

Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 26/10/2017
Our focus this week in Literacy has been on rewriting a chapter from the perspective of a different character. The students have thoroughly enjoyed Holes and have discussed the main character Stanley Yelnats in detail. One of the skills of the British Curriculum is to consider and evaluate different viewpoints, and to cover this we have been looking at Holes from the perspective of the Warden. The Warden is the main antagonist of the book and thinking about things from her perspective is a challenging thing to achieve. The students, once more, proved to be creative and original in their answers though and were able to give interesting responses.
To add more detail to our writing, we have been looking at relative clauses. This technique allows us to join two sentences together to create a higher quality sentence. We will be using this frequently throughout the year, and especially in Big Write sessions.It is important that we continue to practise this skill.
We have achieved many targets in our Vocabulary, Spelling and Grammar sessions. We have continued to use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words and the students are becoming more efficient at locating words using its first three or four letters. We have also used these sessions to look at a wider range of writing styles; allowing us to become more familiar with the different techniques authors use.
In Mathematics, we have been looking at Pictograms, Bar Charts and Line graphs. We have discussed the idea of data; what it is; what it represents and how we can show this in different ways. We started the week looking at Pictograms and the students created and drew several different types of these graphs. Key emphasis has been placed on accuracy. We have tried to reiterate that an inaccurate graph can give us the wrong answers.
We quickly mastered pictograms and moved on to using bar charts and line graphs to represent data. Again, we emphasized accuracy in these graphs; a poorly drawn chart is an incorrect one and, ultimately, the students created some high quality graphs. We used these graphs and charts to look at the ‘mean’, ‘median’, ‘mode’ and ‘range’ of the data.

We have continued to look at Humans and other Animals this week. Our area of investigation has been the excretory system. The students did several activities on this, including drawing and labelling accurate representations of the excretory system such as the kidneys and intestines.
We have also researched what can happen if an organ becomes diseased and begins to fail. The students have looked at artificial treatments such as dialysis and have begun to look at medical procedures such as transplants.
In Humanities this week we looked at Roman art. One of the most famous types of art in the Roman Empire was mosaics. As a class, we discussed what mosaics are; how they are made; how long it takes to make them and who would have had them in Ancient Rome. We have also discussed the importance of these sources for Historian. For example, modern art Mosaics can tell us a lot about the interests, likes and dislikes of the Roman people thus allowing us to gain a better understanding of an ancient culture. We finished this lesson by creating our own mosaic designs.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
Our focus this week in PSHCE has been on the dangers of some habits to the body. We have previously discussed how healthy living; exercising regularly; eating a healthy diet etc can improve our health. The children discussed healthy habits again this week and then we looked at how bad habits can damage our health.
Our focus for the week has been on the dangers of smoking. The students read through an information sheet on the dangers of smoking before answering a series of questions to improve their knowledge.

 Mr Robert
Miss Nisreen

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