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What we are learning this week:

 

Summer 2, Week 7

English

This week, we have finished reading our class text ‘The Explorer’ and have written biographies about real explorers.

Maths

The children have been learning how to use the mean as an average.

Other news:

We have performed our amazing play ‘Pirates of the Currybean’ and the staff couldn’t be prouder of the children. All of their hard work paid off and both shows were phenomenal!

We have been celebrating our final week at Balfour with T-shirt signing and pizza on the field before our final show where we sang to the parents.

What a great send off for our year 6s.

Thanks to everyone for their support over the years and we wish all of our year 6s the very best of luck with their new schools

Have a lovely summer!

The Year 6 Team

Previous Weeks' Learning

Summer 2, Week 6

English

This week, we are still reading our class text ‘The Explorer’ and will be finishing the book next week! We’ve also been writing biographies

  • At home you can: Read any biographies you can

Maths

The children have been learning how to use the mean as an average.

  • At home you can: Times Table Practise

Other news:

The children are in full swing ready for our filming of ‘Pirate of the Currybean’. This week, we have started to use our props and are looking forward to the stage being set up!

We have also had our sports day afternoon on Wednesday and the children and staff loved it. Thank you to all the adults who came long to support us!

We have also started our transition sessions where children can ask questions and start to think about organising themselves, making friends and other topics ready for their new schools in September.

Our ‘Amazing Americas’ unit is in full swing now and will be finished by the end of the year

Homework:

  • Fine-tuning their roles in the play (including stage directions and loudness), particularly for the second half.
  • Remember: costumes should be in school on Monday ready for dress rehearsals!
  • Bring in a strong bag ready to take how all of your exercise books.
  • Get your additional t-shirt and a pen ready to bring in for the final day!

Summer 2, Week 5

English

This week, we have been continuing on with our text The Explorer and have been writing balanced arguments.

  • At home you can: Practise lines for the production, including stage directions J

Next week: We will be writing biographies.

Maths

The children have been continuing their learning on data and have been focusing on interpreting data from pie charts and then attempting to draw their own using protractors and working out the degrees needed for each section!

  • At home you can: Times Table Practise

Next week: We will be learning about the mean as an average.

Other news:

  • Production rehearsals are in full swing now and the children are doing a fantastic job. We can’t wait for you to see it.
  • Please remember that next week is the final fun session for swimming. This session is for those children who were at Blacklands on Wednesday and Friday. Check through your Pings for further details.

Homework:

  • Running lines and stage directions, particularly for scene 8 please!

 


Summer 2, Week 4

English

This week we have continued to read our text the “Explorer”. The children have been using descriptive and figurative language to write character descriptions and have begun to make notes in order to write a balanced argument next week on ‘Should humans be allowed in rainforests?’

  • At home you can: Read anything around rainforests that you can J

Next week: We will be writing our balanced argument.

Maths

The children have been learning about line graphs. We have been interpreting data from them and attempting to draw them, producing our own questions to ask.

  • At home you can: Times Table Practise

Next week: We will be learning about pie charts .

Other news:

We are in full swing for our production practice now. Outfit lists have been pinged out so please start to collect items ready to send in for dress rehearsals at the start of our last week of term.

Homework:

  • Reading – learn their section of the Jabberwocky off by heart ready to perform in groups next week.
  • Maths – line graph sheet.

Summer 2, Week 3

Blacklands:

This week, year 6 enjoyed their trips to Blacklands, where they participated in a variety of amazing activities: team building, rock scrambling, canoeing, log walk, ninja climb, tree climb, shelter building and the crate challenge. We were very impressed with how the children represented us at Balfour with their good manners and resilient nature!

     

Back in class:

All children learnt about cams and cogs and used this knowledge to make carousels that rotated when an electric circuit was switched on. Again, we were very impressed with the children’s determination to succeed and they were trusted to use glue guns to secure parts of their work together.

                    

Homework:

  • Reading – comprehension on our poem from guided reading this week.
  • Maths – angles within a square.

This homework was set last week and is due next Wednesday.


Summer 2, Week 2

English

This week we have continued to read our text the “Explorer”. The children have been using bullet point to make detailed notes. This week we have been planning and writing our own survival magazine. We have also been reading the poem “Charge of the Light Brigade”, where the children have been identifying poetic devices.

  • At home you can: Read any poems you can 

Maths

The children have been learning about angles. We have been super impressed with the children’s knowledge and understanding in this area.

  • At home you can: Times Table Practise

Other news:

Next week, we will be going on our day trips to Blacklands. Please remember to bring a snack, lunch, water bottle, sun cream, sun hat and a spare change of clothes (and towel) for both days.

The children have received their scripts this week and should now be working hard trying to learn any lines that they have.

Homework:

  • Reading – comprehension on our poem from guided reading this week.
  • Maths – angles within a square.
  • Homework will not be due next week, but the following week as we are attending Blacklands.

Summer 2, Week 1

English

This week we have started to read our next text the “Explorer”. The children have been using description and figurative language to write a section of the story.

  • At home you can: Read any poems you can 

Next week: We will be writing survival magazines.

Maths

The children have been learning about angles within a triangle, angles on a straight line and vertically opposite angles.

  • At home you can: Times Table Practise

Next week: We will be continuing our learning on angles within triangles and starting to learn about angles quadrilaterals.

Other news:

The children have auditioned for their roles and found out their parts. Scripts will be given out early next week in preparation for rehearsals to begin.

Homework:

  • Science – either the electricity or the light comprehension, depending on what unit your child’s class are currently learning about.
  • Maths – angles.
 

Summer 1, Week 6

English

This week we have finished reading Letters to the Lighthouse. The children have written and published information texts for their secondary schools.

  • At home you can: Read anything you can J

Next week: We shall be starting our new text……The Explorer

Maths

The children have been taking end of term assessments to show off their learning.

  • At home you can: Times Table Practise

Next week: We shall be continuing with angles.

Other news:

The children all took to the field and playground Friday afternoon to compete in an orienteering festival to celebrate the end of their PE unit.

All of year 6 have now completed either a unit on electricity or a unit on light. Next half term, we will be swapping resources over to cover the other unit not yet taught.

This week’s book ambassador recommends the book ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman

Homework:

  • No homework as it is half term!

Summer 1, Week 5

English

This week we have continued with our text Letters from the lighthouse. The children have been writing persuasive letters focusing on using the subjective mood and semi colons.

  • At home you can: Read anything you can 

Next week: We shall be writing an information text about propaganda.

Maths

The children have been learning how to measure angles with a protractor. They have also been recapping their angles knowledge: obtuse, acute, reflex, right angled, full and straight.

  • At home you can: Times Table Practise

Next week: We shall be taking our Mock SATS

Science:

This week the children have started either their Electricity or Light topic (Bright Sparks)

Homework:

  • Science: Light or Electricity homework
  • Reading : Comprehension on Dunkirk

Summer 1, Week 4

English

This week we have continued with our text Letters from the lighthouse. The children have been writing newspaper reports about an event in the story. They have learnt about how to use oxymorons and how to create more effective headlines using puns, alliteration and rhyme.

  • At home you can: Read anything you can 

Next week: We shall be writing a persuasive letter.

Maths

The children have been learning how to find ratio and use scale factors to enlarge shapes.

  • At home you can: Times Table Practise

Next week: We shall be learning about angles.

History:

The children have finished their WW2 topic and have created wonderful front covers to show their learning. They have also taken part in a WW2 quiz to show their knowledge.

Reading:

We have also launched our Year 6 “Love of Reading” this week. We have brought lots of new books for Year 6 and are starting a Year 6 book club.

Next week the children will start their Science Topic

Homework:

  • History: WW2 wordsearch
  • Reading : comprehension

 


Summer 1, Week 3

English

This week we have continued with our text Letters from the lighthouse. The children have been focusing on their inferring skills to understand characters from the text. They then wrote diary entries based on their chosen character. We have also been learning how to use dashes for clauses.

  • At home you can: Read anything you can 

Next week: We shall be writing a newspaper report.

Maths

The children have been learning how to find the volume of 3D shapes. We have also started ratio and celebrated number day.

  • At home you can: Times Table Practise

Next week: We shall be learning about ratio.

History:

The children have had an exciting week as the got to take part in a World War 2 evacuation experience. Year 6 have borrowed headsets form Now Press Play to learn more about the war during an immersive role play activity.

          

Homework:

History: Create a WW2 Anderson shelter (Over two weeks)

Maths: Volume Maths sheet     

 


Summer 1, Week 2

English

This week we have continued with our text Letters from the lighthouse. The children have been writing mini horror stories based on the legend of the Hairy Hands. They have been working on creating atmosphere and tension through their writing.

  • At home you can: Read anything you can J

Next week: We shall be writing diary entries.

Maths

The children have been learning how to find the area and perimeter of compound shapes, parallelograms and triangles.

  • At home you can: find the area and perimeter of shapes in your house.

Next week: We shall be learning about volume.

Art:

The children have been learning about how to create texture with a range of materials. They used both poster paint and water colours to create effects. Next week they will be creating their own textured propaganda poster.

Homework:

History: Create a WW2 Anderson shelter (Over two weeks)

Maths: Compound shapes finding the area

 

Summer 1, Week 1

English

This week we have started our new text “Letters from the Lighthouse” which is set during WW2. The children have been writing missing adverts for one of the main characters. They have also learnt about the perfect form.

  • At home you can: Read anything you can 

Next week: We shall be writing scary stories in English.

Maths

The children have been practising their knowledge of 2D shapes with a focus on different triangles and quadrilaterals. We have been using Geoboards to play games to improve our vocabulary.

         

                    

  • At home you can: look for different shapes and see if you can classify them

Next week: We shall be learning about area and perimeter.

History and Geography

This week the children have continued with their WW2 learning. This week we learnt about women during the war and we have used our map skills to identify countries which Hitler occupied during the course of the war, with a special focus on Russia.

Homework:

  • History: WW2 fact finding
  • Reading : Reading comprehension about Anne Frank

Spring 2, Week 6

This week we have finished reading Wolf Brother. We have created our own scenes using drama with a focus on advancing the action through dialogue.

  • At home you can: Read anything you can J

Next week: We shall be starting our new class text

Maths:

The children have been recapping over 3D shapes. We have been improving our vocabulary and used this to sort and classify a range of 3D shapes.

  • At home you can: Keep up with TTrockstars this term.

Next week: We shall be learning more about shape.

History:

This week the children have been learning about Pearl Harbour and the impact it had on America joining the war. After half term we shall continue with our WW2 topic by looking more in depth at the Homefront.


Spring 2, Week 5

English:

This week we have been creating tension in our writing through using figurative language and short sentences for affect. We have also being learning about the past and present progressive.

  • At home you can: Read anything you can 

Next week: We shall be carrying on with Wolf Brother and focusing on writing a scene using speech.

Maths:

The children have been learning how to convert measure. The have also been learning about imperial measurement.

  • At home you can: Keep up with TTrockstars this term.

Next week: We shall be learning about shape.

History:

This week the children have continued with their WW2 learning. This week we learnt about Brighton during the war and also the Blitz. The children became news reporters, reporting on the Blitz in a positive light to keep up moral. Some children also reported on the Blitz from the perspective of the German army to show an understanding of contrasting views/reports about the same event in history.

Homework:

  • Writing: WW2 poems
  • Maths: Measure sheet

 

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Spring 2, Week 4

English:

This week we have been writing from different character’s points of view in our class text “Wolf Brother”. We have also been learning about colons and semi-colons in a list.

  • At home you can: Enjoy reading poems at home for poetry week

Next week: We shall be carrying on with Wolf Brother and focusing on using colons in different ways

Maths:

The children have been learning how to find percentages of amounts.

  • At home you can: Keep up with TTrockstars this term.

Next week: We shall be learning about measure.

History:

This week we started our new Topic “Blitz and Pieces (WW2). The children started by learning about how the war started and taking part in a class blackout/air raid. We have also looked at evacuation and written postcards home. Next week we shall be learning about the Blitz and also looking at Brighton during the war.

                   

Homework:

  • Reading: Comprehension about Hitler
  • History: Create a WW2 recipe or PowerPoint about rationing

Spring 2, Week 3

Welcome back to Year 6!

We have been so impressed with how well the children have settled back in after the Lockdown.

English:

This week we have been carrying on our new text from Google Classroom ‘Wolf Brother’. The children have written wolf poems full of poetic devices. They have also been writing fictional descriptive recounts. We have been really pleased with the quality of writing the children have been producing.

  • At home you can: Enjoy reading poems at home

Next week: We shall be carrying on with Wolf Brother and focusing on a range of different sentence types

Maths:

The children have been learning how to read and plot coordinates in all four quadrants. We have also learnt about reflection and translation.

  • At home you can: Keep up with TTrock stars this term.

Next week: We shall be learning about percentages.

Science:

This week is science week so the children have been researching famous scientist, engineers and mathematicians from the 21st century. They have also carried out an experiment on classifying plastic to find out whether it is recyclable or not.

Homework:

  • Reading: Comprehension about WW1
  • Science: Design a poster competition

 


Autumn 2, Week 7

English:

This week we have finished the Pendle Witches. The children worked on using brackets to create inside, outside sentences. We have also taken our Reading SATS tests.

  • At home you can: Enjoy taking part in the Balfour Reading Bingo

Next week: We shall be starting our new topic based around older literature classics

Maths:

The children have been learning how to read and plot coordinates in the first quadrant. We have also taken our SATS Mocks.

  • At home you can: Keep up with TTrock stars over the Xmas break

Next week: We shall be continuing with coordinates

DT:

This week the children have made and decorated their own biscuits. They had lots of fun showing off their DT knowledge and skills from the term.

        

Homework:

Have a lovely Christmas Break!


Autumn 2, Week 6

English:

This week we have continued watching the Pendle Witch documentary. The children have been learning about cohesion through cohesive devices such as adverbials. We have then written balanced arguments around the trial of the Pendle Witches.

  • At home you can: Find out about any other famous witch trials during the Stuart times and compare them

Next week: We shall be looking in depth at one of the characters from the Pendle Witches.

Maths

The children have been learning how to divide fractions by whole numbers. We have also been using BODMAS with fractions.

  • At home you can: Can you practise BODMAS fractions?

Next week: We shall be working through our SATS mocks.

Geography:

This week the children have continued with their “Shop local, buy global” topic. We have been looking at Fairtrade.

Homework:

Geography:

  • Children will be given a country to research, they will need to find out the items imported from that country.

English:

  • A Fairtrade reading comprehension.

   


Autumn 2, Week 5

English:

This week we have started our new text in English, a documentary titled “The Pendle Witch Child”. The children have begun to watch this and have learnt about this famous true witch hunt story. They have been writing scenes using speech and focused on advancing the action through using a range of techniques.

  • At home you can: Look at the rules of speech when reading books

Next week: We shall be writing balanced arguments based around the Pendle Witch trial

Maths:

The children have been learning how to multiply fractions by fractions and whole numbers. We have also been tackling multiplying mixed numbers by mixed numbers.

          

  • At home you can: Can you practise converting improper fractions to mixed numbers?

Next week: We shall be looking at dividing fractions.

History:

This week the children have started our new Geography topic “Shop Local, Buy Global”. They took part in a trading game where they learnt about word trading. We have also been studying food packaging and maps to locate where our food is imported from.

Homework:

Maths:

  • Multiplying fractions sheet.

History:

  • Read about Elizabeth’s potential suitors and choose the best one for her by answering the questions.

Autumn 2, Week 4

English:

This week we have been writing witch poems based around the famous scene from Macbeth “Double, Bubble”, which was full of wonderful word choices to convey the use of imagery. The children also wrote a diary entry in the role of Lady Macbeth, which was amazing. The children have really enjoyed this topic on Macbeth.

  • At home you can: Read other stories by Shakespeare.

Next week: We shall start our new topic based around the Pendle Witches.

Maths:

The children have been learning how to add and subtract fractions with different denominators. We have also spent time learning how to add and subtract mixed numbers. The children have really impressed us with their fraction knowledge.

  • At home you can: Can you practise converting improper fractions to mixed numbers?

Next week: We shall be continuing with fractions.

History:

This week the children have been coming to the end of our Tudor Topic. During our final lesson, we painted pictures of Queen Elizabeth I. The children wanted to impress her with their understanding of her reign and showed this through their art work. If she was not impressed, they might end up in the Tower of London!

Homework:

Maths:

  • Improper fractions sheet.

History:

  • Create either a model, PowerPoint or drawing of a Tudor house.

Autumn 2, Week 3

English:

This week we have been looking at persuasive letters. We have identified the features of persuasion, taken part in drama activities and written our own persuasive letter to King Macbeth. In grammar, the children have been learning about different types of verbs.  

  • At home you can: Read other stories by Shakespeare.

Next week: We shall continue with Macbeth and be looking at poetry and diary writing.

Maths:

The children have been learning how to simplify fractions, convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and order fractions with different denominators.

  • At home you can: Can you practise converting fractions to the same denominator?

Next week: We shall be continuing with fractions.

DT:

This week the children have been practising their cooking skills by using utensils to weigh, chop and knead dough. They enjoyed practising these skills by making playdough. We look forward to seeing who shall be the class Star Baker.

   

Homework:

Reading:

  • The children have a reading comprehension sheet about Sir Francis Drake.

History:

  • Research about Henry VIII’s favourite ship (The Mary Rose) and answer the ten questions set.

Autumn 2, Week 2

English

This week we have been looking at play scripts. We have identified the features of plays, acted out scenes from Macbeth and written our own play scripts. In grammar, the children have been learning about different types of nouns and pronouns.

  • At home you can: Practise acting out plays.

Next week: We shall continue with Macbeth and be looking at persuasive letters.

Maths

The children have been learning order of operations using BODMAS/BIDMAS. We have also started to look at fractions by recapping key vocabulary and fractions of amounts.

  • At home you can: Can you practise BODMAS?

Next week: We shall be continuing with fractions.

Homework:

Reading:

  • The children have a reading comprehension sheet about Anne of Cleves.

Handwriting:

  • Copy out the Flanders Fields poem in your best handwriting and decorate.

Autumn 2, Week 1

English

This week we have started our new topic “Macbeth”. The children have been creating their own version of the famous witches and used expanded noun phrases to describe them. They also created they own dramatic interpretation of the opening battle scene and then wrote wonderful descriptive scenes using multisensory phrases and figurative language.

  • At home you can: find as many Shakespeare plays as possible        

Next week: We shall continue with Macbeth and be writing play scripts.

Maths

The children have be learning about square numbers, cubed numbers, prime numbers and multiplies.

At home you can: How many prime numbers can you find under 100?

Next week: We shall be looking at BIDMAS

DT

This week the children have taken part in biscuit tasting. They have been trying different biscuits and evaluating their, taste, smell, appearance and texture.   They will be learning how to follow recipes, use a range of cooking utensils and create their own biscuits throughout the term.

     

Homework:

Maths:

  • Prime numbers worksheet – please choose which part to solve.

History:

  • Design a front cover for a Tudor newspaper about Henry VIII’s break with the church.

Autumn 1, Week 7

English 

This week we have looked at poetic features. The children have written their own list poems based around the history of “Windrush” which was full of similes, alliteration and personification. The children have also been working on their performance poetry. They were performing the poem “The British” by Benjamin Zephaniah. 

  • At home you can: spend some time reading. 

Next week: We shall be looking at our new classic author – William Shakespeare. 

Maths 

The children have worked incredibly hard taking their first mock SATS in Maths. They have practised each paper and now understand how the Maths SATS will look and feel. We are very proud of Year 6 for trying so hard. 

  • At home you can: Continue to practise long division 

Next week: We shall be looking at square and prime numbers. 

Science

This week River Jacks and Rattlesnakes went on a school trip to Ovingdean beach and Beacon Hill nature reserve for our fabulous science topic finish. The children spent time catching and classifying different creatures in each habitat. What a wonderful end to the term! 

Homework: 

No Homework 

Have a lovely Half Term 

 
 

Autumn 1, Week 6

English

This week we have finished our Floodland book and the children have written descriptive “messages in a bottle” full of emotive language. We have also written our own story starters set in a dystopian world. In grammar we looked at identifying and understanding prepositions.

  • At home you can: You could look for dystopian stories to read at home.

Next week: We shall be writing poetry based around black history month.

Maths

The children have been learning long division this week. We have worked on this written method all week and will continue to practise next week along with SATS practise.

  • At home you can: Practise long division

Next week: We shall be taking our first SATS mocks

Science:

This week Racers and Vipers went on a school trip to Ovingdean beach and Beacon Hill nature reserve for our fabulous science topic finish. The children spent time catching and classifying different creatures in each habitat. Rattlesnakes and River Jacks will go next week!

Homework:

  • English:
    • Please can the children read the Battle of Bosworth sheet and answer the reading comprehension questions based around it.
  • Maths:
    • Long division sheet.

      

      


 

Autumn 1, Week 5

English

This week we have written recounts based around the text Floodland. We have also recapped paragraphs ,compound and complex sentences. In grammar we looked at identifying adverbs.

  • At home you can: You could look for compound and complex sentences.

Next week: We shall be writing our own stories, which will take place in a dystopian setting.

Maths

The children have been practising short division and using factors pairs for division. We have also worked on solving missing numbers in short division.

  • At home you can: Practise short division

Next week: We will be looking at long division.

History:

Racers and Vipers took part in their stunning start where they re-enacted the Battle of Bosworth. The children enjoyed learning about the war of the Roses.

Times Table Rock Stars: (Online Times Tables)

  • Please encourage the children to log onto their TTRock Star account to work on their Times Tables.

English:

Passive voice.

Science:

Adaptation sheet.

      


Autumn 1, Week 4

 

English

This week we have continued our newspaper articles based around “Floodland”. We have published them and they are on display in year 6. We have continued to practise passive voice and looked at adding quotes to our writing. In grammar we looked at modal verbs.

  • At home you can: You could look for passive voice. 
  • Next week: We shall be writing recounts.

Maths

The children have been practising short and long multiplication. We have spent a long time looking at long multiplication and have begun to work on missing numbers.

  • At home you can: Practise long multiplication
  • Next week: We will be looking at short division.

Art

This week we had two surprise visitors, horses Minty and Harry, who came to inspire the children with their animal sketches. The children produced some lovely pictures full of all of the key skills we have been learning this term.

Times Table Rock Stars: (Online Times Tables)

Please encourage the children to log onto their TTRock Star account to work on their Times Tables.

Maths:

Long multiplication worksheet.

Science:

Classification sheet.


Autumn 1, Week 3

English

This week we have started to read our class book “Floodland”. We have been looking at features of newspapers and have started to write our own. We have been practising passive and active voice in grammar.

  • At home you can: You could look at newspapers and identify their features.
  • Next week: We shall continue writing our Floodland newspapers.

Maths

The children have been practising their adding and subtracting this week. We have also looked at missing numbers and word problems.

  • At home you can: Practise subtracting by exchanging through multiply values.
  • Next week: We will be looking at long and short multiplication.
  • Times Table Rock Stars: (Online Times Tables)  Please encourage the children to log onto their TTRock Star account to work on their Times Tables.

Maths:

Subtraction worksheet.

Science:

Fact sheet about Charles Darwin


Autumn 1 Week 2

English

This week the children have finished our class book ‘There is a boy in the girls’ bathroom’. We have recapped over compound sentences using FANBOYS. The children have written their own stories based on our class book.

  • At home you can: You could find books by your favourite author to discuss in class with your teacher next week - homework will start next week
  • Next week: We shall start our new class book and be writing newspapers.

Maths

The children have been practising their rounding skills and we have been looking at adding and subtracting negative numbers.

  • At home you can: Practise Timetables - homework will start next week
  • Next week: We will be looking at adding subtracting numbers over a million.
  • Times Table Rock Stars: (Online Times Tables)  Please encourage the children to log onto their TTRock Star account to work on their Times Tables.

Autumn 1 Week 1

We have had a wonderful start to Year 6 and the children have all settled in well and been working hard!

English

This week the children have started our first class book ‘There is a boy in the girls’ bathroom’. We have recapped over simple sentences and basic punctuation. The children have written in role as a character from the story.

  • At home you can: You could find books by your favourite author to discuss in class with your teacher next week.
  • Next week: We shall continue reading our class book and be writing our own school based stories.

 

Maths

The children have been recapping their place value knowledge and working with numbers over a million.

 

  • At home you can: Practise Timestables.
  • Next week: We will be looking at rounding and negative numbers.
  • Mathletics (online Maths challenges)  All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).  
  • Times Table Rock Stars: (Online Times Tables)  Please encourage the children to log onto their TTRock Star account to work on their Times Tables.