Fantastic Fractions in Year 6
This half term, Year 6 have been working hard to understand fractions.
Maths learning has focused on ordering fractions and finding equivalents. Year 6 have been using their understanding of factors and multiples to help them simplify fractions as well convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions.
We are now moving onto problem solving with fractions, including finding fractions of amounts.
Test your knowledge of fractions with this question:
a) The school raises £3000 at the summer fair. 2/8 of the money will go to Cancer Research and 3/16 will go to NSPCC. The rest will be spent in school. David says that less than half the money is being given to charity. Is he right? Explain your answer.
b) Can you change a fraction so that the charities and the school get half of the money each?
This week, Year 6 have been carefully selecting vocabulary to write fantastic setting descriptions.
During our English lessons, we have focused on building up a picture in the reader’s mind. Using a picture stimulus, Year 6 have written their own setting descriptions. Here are a few examples.
Dapples of sunlight reflected onto the abundance of greenery. The rickety bridge quivered as the odour of decomposed leaves increased through the air. As I crossed the precarious, half rotten bridge, the bugs on my shoes fell off and crawled away to the verdant, alpine grass. After negotiating the stepping stones with great care, we reached the door. The entry poised still as the scuttling spiders squirmed under it. Olivia – Tokyo
Even though I was sure I was alone in the woods, I was scared. As I stepped on the first stepping stone, the ancient, musty hinges to the wooden door on the tree started to rattle…the door knob started to turn…the whole tree started to vibrate. Silence.
Where there should have been a pole of fern leaves, there was now a primordial old man. He had a long tangled beard, brown like chocolate. His half-moon spectacles glistened as green light flooded the wilderness. As long as a pencil, his finger pointed like a needle into the air – as if he had a brilliant idea. Unable to unlock my eyes from him, I stared. Chloe – Tokyo
In front of me a bridge, ramshackle and broken, swayed in the wind. It crossed what looked like a bottomless cavern, going darker and darker until ending in blackness. The walkway led me eye in the direction of a cluster of stones, pressed in the ground. Two huge roots cut across the path, too high to climb over. Next to the barrier a set of stairs twisted up the trunk leading to a small door, covered in ivy. Josh – Vancouver
Year 6 have taken to social media this week to let authors know what they think of their books.
As part of our reading drive in Year 6, we have taken to Twitter and Amazon to review the books we have been reading. Greg reviewed Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford. He Said, “I loved Time Traveling with a Hamster. It had a really good plot and I enjoyed the story. I am exited to get your other book What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible. I hope you write a sequel.” Ross Welford read Greg’s tweet and even tweeted him back.
Chloe, Harrison and Lydia have also reviewed their books on Amazon and tweeted the author. They have read: Goldfish Boy, A Monster Calls and Kid Normal. Make sure you follow us @EllesmerePS to find out their thoughts, keep up to date with more book reviews and to see if the authors tweet us back!
Last Friday, Year 6 children attended Lifeline at Oswestry Showground.
Lifeline is an event organised by Oswestry Rotary Club. It gives children the opportunity to explore their own perception of danger; expand on these perceptions and learn how to keep themselves safe in their homes and local area.
Volunteers from the police, fire service and lifeguards, worked alongside volunteers in eight different scenarios. Year 6 thought about safety on the farm, at sea and within their own homes. They also thought about safety online, which is something we are focusing on this term.
In the first aid station they learnt basic first aid and even had the opportunity to administer their own bandages! The children had lots of demonstrations, including how long it takes a car to stop at 30 miles an hour. It was a very informative day and Year 6 were keen to discuss all they learnt.
We would like to say a bg thank you to all the volunteers for a fantastic day.
Year 6 had a brilliant afternoon on Monday presenting their research to children in Key Stage 1.
This week, children in Year 6 have been researching all about the events of the moon landing on “0th July 1969. Their challenge was to represent their findings in a way that children in Year 1 & 2 would understand and remember. Year 6 pupils created colourful information posters, which they then explained about to the younger pupils.
All the children really enjoyed working together and Year 6 found it extremely useful. They soon realised that when presenting information they really needed to think about their audience, as some of the younger children were unable to remember key information, such as Neil Armstrong. When discussing how it went, Tokyo decided that if they were to do the activity again, they would use rhyme, song, a story or act some parts out so the children were really interested and could remember the facts.
What a wonderful first week back we’ve had!
The week started with an introduction to our class text, Skellig. Year 6 looked at how the author draws the reader in with some excellent character description. In English, the year has started by looking at journalistic writing. We have started by looking at the features of newspaper reports, turning direct speech into reported speech and writing concise introductions. We are looking forward to writing our own newspaper reports next week, which we will add to our blog, so don’t forget to come back and have a look!
Our topic learning started with a date in history – 20th July 1969.
Year 6 were given the challenge of finding out what happened on that day and then presenting the information to a specific audience, Year 1. We are going to visit Key Stage 1 on Monday to tell them what we have learnt. We’ll keep you posted.