Friday, 27 April 2018

Weekly Learning Review - Week Ending: 19 April 2018

Weekly Learning Review

Class: Year 6           Week Ending: 20/04/2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr Robert
Miss Nisreen/ Mr Bas

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