Friday, 2 March 2018

Weekly Learning Review 1st of March 2018

Weekly Learning Review
Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 01/03/2018
Please look out for details of the upcoming Year 6 Wellspring residential trip- 24-26 April, 2018!

The first week back gives us an excellent opportunity to reflect upon our holidays and so this week in Literacy we looked at recounts. We started the week by looking at an example of a recount written by a class in the UK. We answered questions about the texts structure and the style of writing within it.
After this, we began to look at different examples. A Year 6 skill is listening and note taking and so we watched several videos about tourist destinations around the world. The students took notes from these videos and as a class we wrote examples of a recount of an imaginary holiday that we had been on.
When we were comfortable with the structure and writing style of a recount, we moved on to planning and drafting our final versions. The students used the 5w's to plan a recount of what they did on their own half term holidays and then they wrote their best versions in the Big Write.
In Mathematics, we have been working on averages. We started the week by refreshing our knowledge of averages and working on mean, mode and range. The students showed good memory skills and were able to recall the different mathematical terms easily. In the second lesson of the week, we looked at the median averages. For this, we have to group our numbers in a numerical order and then find the middle numbers. Once more, the students excelled and demonstrated good knowledge.

Finally, we moved onto using average in line graphs. We found data sets and made tables to document them before plotting them out using a line graph. We then used these line graphs to plot the mean, median, mode and range of our data.
This week, in science we continued to look at our new topic of forces and motion. We discussed what gravity is and compared the strength of gravity on the moon and on earth; discussing that the gravity on earth is 6 times stronger than that on the moon.
After we discussed this, we looked at other planets and discovered that the gravity on the biggest planets in the solar system is even stronger than on Earth. With this in mind, we were able to decide that the strength of gravity is based on the size and weight of the planet.

Our activity in this lesson was to find out how much different objects would weigh on different planets. We looked at the formula to do this and practiced it as a class. We then began to work independently. The students were able to follow this formula accurately and plot the weight of different objects on different planets.

For Humanities, we introduced our new topic of World Geography. This topic is very cross curricular and we can learn about the world in many different subjects in school. For our introductory lesson, we looked at different countries around the world and compared and contrasted them. Our first example was Wales and Egypt. We compared the size, population, environments of the two countries to see what similarities and what differences there are.

After this, we were able to move on to more independent work. The children were given comprehension sheets with all of the information and were told to compare the countries in a table format. This allows the students to see the similarities and differences between countries around the world and also allows them to practice many other skills at the same time.
Mr Robert

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