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# Year 6 SAT booster club resumes after the Easter break.

This week in SATs booster club, we looked at the properties of numbers. We focussed on multiples, factors, square numbers and prime numbers as well as cubed numbers and triangular numbers.

This was a particularly tricky task, matching the numbers to the two categories that they children had chosen.

Charlie worked really hard to complete his cycle of numbers which add to make square numbers.

Next week: percentages revision!

This afternoon, Jess Butterworth, author of Running on the Roof of the World and When the Mountains Roared, came to talk to us about the process of writing a book.

Jess told us all about her life in India: trekking with goats and visiting the yak! She explained the process of writing – researching ideas, visiting places, interviewing characters and editing her writing.

The children were particularly struck by the number of ‘re-writes’ that Jess did and how long it took her to write her novel.

Many children bought the book and I am looking forward to hearing what they think of it as they move through the chapters.

A huge thank you to Jess Butterworth and Booka Bookshop in Oswestry for our enthralling afternoon.

Year 6 have begun their after school SAT booster club. This week, we have been revising perimeter, area, volume and surface area.

We looked at this problem from Gareth Metcalfe’s ‘I see reasoning’. What do you think is the area of the blue section?

The children were really engaged in the task; they were able to discuss their answers and compare their ideas.

We did a variety of different investigations to revise and improve our knowledge.

Next week – co-ordinates and translating shapes!

This week, in maths, we have been revising our knowledge of area and perimeter.

Using two identically sized rectangles, children put them together in different ways and calculated the perimeters and the area.

Notice how the two rectangles are connected in different ways. The area stays the same, the perimeter changes.

Then we overlapped the rectangles. This time, both the area and perimeter changed. They were both smaller. Can you see why?

This term, year 6 have been learning about light. As a part of this, we have also been learning about the spectrum of colours.

After learning about refraction of light, we learned about dispersal. When light disperses, after exiting a prism, the colours within the light, which have different speeds, disperse and the light splits into different colours. This looks like a rainbow.

Year 6 have been exploring what happens when you put the colours back together. When you mix a lot of colours of paint, you get a murky brown colour. When you mix colours of light, they become white. The spinners showed the children that this is possible.

This week in year 6, we have been improving our strategies for tackling maths questions which involve many steps of calculations before we can arrive at the answer.

It can be very difficult sometimes to know how to begin to solve a problem. Which way do I need to go first? This week we have broken down our problem solving into three easy steps, like a traffic light.

Red – What do we need to do first?

Yellow – What do we need to do next?

Green – How do we solve them problem?

Throughout the whole process, we ask ourselves if the answer is reasonable.

Year 6 have begun their new topic for the Spring term. We are studying Asia, with a special interest in China.

We have already found out that we have many misconceptions about China. It is such a huge country; this means that it is very diverse.

This week, we looked at the population of China and how rapidly it is growing. A choropleth map shows the density of the population using a colour scale. Can you see that some areas of China are much more populated than others?

Our next step is to find out why this might be and what the impact of high population is.

Year 6 spent a spectacular week at the Arthog Centre for Outdoor Education last week. We took part in adventurous activities and learned a lot about ourselves.

We found that, in order to succeed, we needed to communicate, be independent and responsible for ourselves, we needed to take care of our groups and be collectively responsible and also we needed to believe in ourselves.

Year 6 had a fantastic time in Arthog!

This week in topic, year 6 teams baked their prototypes to take to their ‘Dragons’ Den’ style pitch, to see if they could get funding to cater the Christmas productions this year.

On Monday, we all worked feverishly in the dining room, with the help of three wonderfully supportive parents, to make our designs come to life. Prototypes of our biscuits products were made for tasting and evaluation.

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On Tuesday afternoon, each group took their products to the ‘Dragons’ Den’. Our Dragons were Mrs Mort and Miss Wilcox who certainly had their work cut out for them. Every group was superbly prepared and the ‘Dragon’s enjoyed tasting the prototypes.

We also had Mr Williams, Oliver’s dad, visit us to discuss the food and drink industry. This linked amazingly well with our work on branding and pricing.

We were amazed by the facts and figures that he told us about; there are an extraordinary number of people who work within the Brunning and Price business.

In year 6, we feel very lucky to have been supported this week by so many of our parents. Thank you to all of them as they have really helped our learning.

At present, I do not know who has won the pitch…. watch this space!

This week in year 6, we have been tasting biscuits to see what sort of product we will be producing.

Following our work on ‘branding’ last week, Vancouver and Tokyo classes have been focussing on the product that we will be making. Will it be savoury or sweet? Will it be oaty or fruity?

We ‘blind’ tasted some products that are on the market.

After tasting a range of existing produce, we were surprised by some of the ingredients. We could not taste some of the ingredients, therefore we possibly will not be using that ingredient in our product.