Year 6

Virtual Learning
 
The following timetable contains activities in line with the year 6 Curriculum.  Myself and Miss Killeen will be sharing a maths focussed activity and an English activity everyday for children who are at home to 'Have A Go' at. In addition we will be setting project based tasks for the children to do independently- as well as carrying on with their reading and TT Rockstars.
Throughout the week I will be reading chapters of Boy in Striped Pyjamas to the class and then setting comprehension questions for the children to complete.
As class teachers we will be using DOJO as a method of communication for the children to be able to ask us questions about their learning and share what they have been doing. 
This is a new challenge for us- but working together as a brilliant Year 6 group and knowing how amazing the learning attitudes of the children are we sure that we can make this transition in learning as smooth as possible.
 
Mrs Goodfellow and Miss Killeen- Year 6 Teachers 
 
Time Table: Week Beginning Monday 30th March - see below 
 
3.4.20
 
 
Today is your spelling day and last week Mrs Dedicoat shared the spellings that you should be learning. Maybe you might want to work with a grown up to do a little test.
 
Then challenge yourself to do something relaxing- get some books ready for the Easter holiday, write a book review, write a poem, a song, a short story.
 
Set yourself a little writing project for the next two weeks :)

Maths for Friday 3rd April

So far we’ve looked at two ways of analyzing and interpreting data – the mean and the median. The mean is the average of all data points and the median is the middle point of our data. Today we’re going to think about another way of analyzing data.

1.  The mode is one other way we can analyze and interpret a data set. The mode is the most common data point that features in a data set and I try and remember it by thinking that mode sounds similar to most!

Have a look at the sheet attached for a ‘how to’ guide and a few examples to try.

2.  Now you’ve had a go at working out the mean, median and mode of data sets, you’re going to have a go at teaching this to someone else. Imagine you were asked to explain what these three things mean to a Year 5 child and to explain how to work them out, how would you do it? You can do this in any way you like – a song, a poem, a presentation, an information sheet, a booklet, flashcards – be creative! Things you may want to include:

-          Titles and subtitles

-          Definitions

-          Step by step mini-goals

-          Examples

English for Thursday 2nd April 
 
Mixed Grammar Practice 
 
Dear Year 6- today I am setting you the challenge of completing a mixed grammar practice paper I have created.
I have mainly created the questions from areas of grammar that we have learnt about. However there are a couple of items that you might want to look up- for example 'prepositions.' For those who have their SATS revision books at home you will be able to research prepositions before completing the questions. 
the Mark Scheme is also attached- You can either self-assess or maybe get a grown up to go through the answers with you.
Enjoy 

Maths for Thursday 2nd April

The mean is one way of analyzing and interpreting a set of data. There are a few other ways that you can interpret data too.

1.       The median is another way of analyzing and interpreting data. Finding the median means to find the data point that is in the middle of your data set.

Look at the explanation sheet attached and familiarize yourself with finding the median – this sheet will become your mini-goals to help you as you have a go!

You’re going to use a dice to generate some numbers which will create a data set. You’re then going to find the median of that data set in your Maths books by showing your working out.

Challenge 1 – single digit numbers (roll the dice once to generate a number), generate 7 numbers for your data set.

Challenge 2 – two or three digit numbers (roll the dice two or three times to generate a number), generate 7 numbers for your data set.

Challenge 3 – two or three digit numbers (roll the dice two or three times to generate a number), generate 6 or 8 numbers for your data set.

2.       TTrockstars is showing me that some people haven’t been on it for a while! Try 15 minutes today to practice those times tables.

English for Wednesday 1st April
 
Comprehension Learning 
 
You may have noticed that I have uploaded 3 new videos of chapter 13 to the DOJO
Once you have listened to this chapter you will be able to answer the rest of the questions from last week.
I would also like you to add information to your Key Information about what we have learnt from this chapter- especially Bruno...do you think that Bruno has began to work out what his fathers job might be?

Maths for Wednesday 1st April

1.  Over the last two days, you’ve had a go at finding the mean of your own data sets. Try these 5 questions, finding the mean of given data sets. Remember your mini-goals: add up all of the data points and then divide that total by the number of data points.

2.   To keep up our practice of place value, play a few rounds of ‘Use it or bin it’ with a member of your family. To play, each person needs to draw a place value chart going from millions all the way down to ones – 7 place value columns in total. In the corner of your page, draw a bin! Set yourself a criteria: it could be to make the biggest number, the smallest number, the biggest number between 3,000,000 and 6,000,000 – it’s up to you! Roll a dice and decide whether you’re going to use that number in your place value table (and if so, which column to put it in) or whether you’re going to bin it! You must use or bin that number before you roll again. Roll the dice a total of 12 times – 7 numbers should be in your place value table and 5 should be in your bin. Compare numbers and see who best fits the criteria you set yourself. I always like to record the numbers that have been rolled somewhere else, just to check against when someone claims themselves as the winner!

English for Tuesday 31st March
 
Creative Writing Choice day-
 
Using the template attached you can choose to write a diary entry (The Lockdown Diaries) or an explanation text (UK Lockdown compared to others)
I have included a list of features that can be included in each text. You may wish to self-assess these features after you have written the text.
Remember this is our creative writing day so-enjoy! 

Maths for Tuesday 31st March

Follow this link: Home learning for Year 6 to view all home learning videos currently available on White Rose. Week 2’s videos will automatically open. Click on the drop down arrow for Week 1 instead.

1. Watch the video for Lesson 5 – using scale factors

Have a go at completing the activity sheet provided: Activity sheet for Lesson 5

Self-mark or ask parents/siblings to mark it for you! Mark scheme for Lesson 5

If you can’t print these activity sheets, try and record your answers in your Maths books using the squares in your book in the same way you’d use the squares on the sheet. Question 7 is a bit more of a challenge but work through as much as you can and feel confident with.

2. Yesterday, you calculated the mean age of your family by adding up all of the ages and dividing the total by the number of people in your family.

Today, I want you to find 3 other means within your house. It could be the mean number of socks owned: add up how many each person has and divide by the number of people! It could be the mean time taken to run up and down the stairs: time each person running up and down, add the times together and divide by the number of people who had a go! It could be the mean time it takes you to run around the garden: Ask someone to time you doing it 5 times and work out the mean! Get creative!

English for Monday 30th March 
 
Short Writing Challenge 
 
L/O: I can write within a time restriction 
 
Dear Year 6- I'm going to follow a similar theme and pattern of learning as I did last week. Therefore today you have another timed piece of writing.
The genre I have chosen for today's learning is a speech - so you may wish to look at your speeches in your English Books to remind you of structure, layout and most of all- persuasive language
You have 10 minutes planning time and 20 minutes writing time- If a grown up is around to help you with the timings that would be great.

Maths for Monday 30th March

Follow this link: Home learning for Year 6 to view all home learning videos currently available on White Rose. Week 2’s videos will automatically open. Click on the drop down arrow for Week 1 instead.

1. Watch the video for Lesson 4 – Calculating ratio

Have a go at completing the activity sheet provided: Activity sheet for Lesson 4

Self-mark or ask parents/siblings to mark it for you! Mark scheme for Lesson 4

If you can’t print these activity sheets, try and record your answers in your Maths books. For any that require drawing, you can draw a simple version in your Maths books or substitute images for letters. Instead of drawing a cow, you might write the letter ‘C’.

2.  Lots of you asked about the ‘mean’ when we did our last practice paper. The mean in Maths is another way of saying the ‘average’ of a set of data. To work out the mean, you add up all of the numbers in your set of data (your data points) and then divide the total by how many numbers you added together (the number of data points).

For example, if I wanted to work out the mean age of people in my family, my calculation would be:

27 + 29 + 54 + 56 = 166

166 ÷ 4 = 41.5

The mean or average age of people in my family is 41.5

Can you work out the mean age of people in your family in your Maths book?

Friday Writing Challenge for 27th March
 
On a Friday the children usually do some spellings- they may wish to look at the spellings they have at home and have a practice of them. (I've already seen some people do this which is fab)
I am setting a creative challenge today. Take yourself into the garden or in a quiet place in your home. Be still and notice all that is around you. Then 'Have A Go' at filling in the sensory writing grid.
We have completed things like this before for characters in our books- so have a go filling one for yourself.
Have a lovely day. 

Maths for Friday 27th March

At school, we’ve been using Power Maths to structure some of our Maths lessons. The company that produces this scheme also produces a planning and resource centre called White Rose. They have, in the midst of school closures, produced teaching videos with resources that align nicely with the Power Maths sequences.

Follow this link: Home learning for Year 6 to view all home learning videos currently available. We’ll work through them this week.

1.  Watch the video for Lesson 3 – Introducing the ratio symbol.

Have a go at completing the activity sheet provided: Activity sheet for Lesson 3

Self-mark or ask parents/siblings to mark it for you! Mark scheme for Lesson 3

If you can’t print these activity sheets, try and record your answers in your Maths books. For any that require drawing, you can draw a simple version in your Maths books or substitute images for letters. Instead of drawing a cow, you might write the letter ‘C’.

2.  If you haven’t finished your games from yesterday, finish them off and then play with members of your family!

3.  If you have finished your game and you’ve played it, play the numbers game from Countdown: Countdown numbers game

Decide on how long you’re going to give yourself to try and reach the target based on how confident you feel and perhaps go head to head against members of your family! Remember, you can only use each digit once, you can’t square or cube a number but you can use any of the four operations.

English Learning 26.3.20
 
Comprehension Questions:
 
Good morning Year 6, today I will be uploading chapter 12 of 'Boy in Striped Pajamas'
Once you have been able to watch this video (or read the chapter) as I know some of you have the book I would like you to challenge yourself to answer the comprehension questions I have written.
You will also notice there is an area for you to record any 'key information' from this chapter that might be useful for any learning that will come from our book.
The chapter won't be uploaded until a little later today (I'm with Cleo)
Therefore it will give you a little time to find a cosy area in your house or garden and read a book of your choice- I'd love to know what you are reading.
Have a lovely day, Mrs Goodfellow 

Maths for Thursday 26th March

At school, we’ve been using Power Maths to structure some of our Maths lessons. The company that produces this scheme also produces a planning and resource centre called White Rose. They have, in the midst of school closures, produced teaching videos with resources that align nicely with the Power Maths sequences.

Follow this link: Home learning for Year 6 to view all home learning videos currently available. We’ll work through them this week.

1.      Watch the video for Lesson 2 – Ratios and fractions.

Have a go at completing the activity sheet provided: Activity sheet for Lesson 2

Self-mark or ask parents/siblings to mark it for you! Mark scheme for Lesson 2

If you can’t print these activity sheets, try and record your answers in your Maths books. For any that require drawing, you can draw a simple version in your Maths books or substitute images for letters. Instead of drawing a cow, you might write the letter ‘C’.

2.       Create a board game that covers one or multiple areas of Maths you enjoy, want to get better at, want to challenge yourself with or want to be able to teach to someone else! You could do this with paper, card, craft resources or digitally on a computer or laptop. It can be as simple or as complex as you like and you can either create something entirely new or use the idea of an existing board game such as Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Frustration. Will your game have cards with Maths problems on that need solving? Will each square of a board give a question to solve? Will it involve money?
English Learning for Wednesday 25th March
 
Co-ordinating Conjunctions 
 
Dear Year 6- Today's learning activity is to 'Have A Go' at some conjunction revision on co-ordinating conjunctions.
I will post a revision prompt on the classes DOJO to help you with this.
You should be able to do this challenge independently- I have attached the Marking Scheme that you can use to either self-assess or get a grown up to mark with you.
Enjoy 

Maths for Wednesday 25th March

At school, we’ve been using Power Maths to structure some of our Maths lessons. The company that produces this scheme also produces a planning and resource centre called White Rose. They have, in the midst of school closures, produced teaching videos with resources that align nicely with the Power Maths sequences.

Follow this link: Home learning for Year 6 to view all home learning videos currently available. We’ll work through them this week.

1. Watch the video for Lesson 1 – Using ratio language.

Have a go at completing the activity sheet provided: Activity sheet for Lesson 1

Self-mark or ask parents/siblings to mark it for you! Mark scheme for Lesson 1

If you can’t print these activity sheets, try and record your answers in your Maths books. For any that require drawing, you can draw a simple version in your Maths books or substitute images for letters. Instead of drawing a cow, you might write the letter ‘C’.

2.  Supposedly, an adult femur (thigh bone) is ¼ of their height. Therefore, for every 4 thigh bones, there would be one full height. Is this true for the adults in your house? Measure them and see if this is the case! What about for children? Does this ratio work for you too?

English Learning for Tuesday 24th March 2020
 
Dear Year 6, 
Today I would like you to choose from a more open-ended creative activity.
I would either like you to write an acrostic poem for 'STAY SAFE' 
Or write a historical report about 'Spring 2020' 
There are more details on the resource.
 
Maths learning for Tuesday 24th March 
 

For these Maths activities, you’ll need your Maths book and your Power Maths book.

  1. Maths is everywhere! Choose a number between 1 and 20. Put this number in the middle of the page in your Maths books. Go for a wander around your house or for a walk outside and see where, when and in what capacity this number occurs. Is it the number of bottles of shampoo in your bathroom? Is it the number of traffic lights that you have to pass to get to your local supermarket? See if you can find the most obscure way your number features in the world.
  2. When we looked at percentages, we only completed Lesson 1 of the percentages section in our Power Maths book. Lesson 2 looks at finding 20% by using 2 different methods – dividing a whole amount by 5 or by finding 10% and doubling it. See if you can complete Lesson 2 on percentages (pages 38-40).
English learning for Monday 23rd March
 
Have a Go at this Short Writing Task- you can complete this in your English books.
L.O: I can complete a piece of writing within a time limit.
 
Give yourself at least 10 minutes to plan the piece of writing and then when you are ready to write allow 20 minutes. If you wish, you can send me a copy of your writing on class DOJO. You can then use the self-assessment checklist to assess your writing.
 
There is a Mark Scheme attached to this activity- your grown up may wish to look at this and then comment in the adult feedback section of the assessment Grid.
 
If you can't print out the materials please transfer into books.

Maths learning for Monday 23rd March

Have a go at these SATs style questions about Maths topics we’ve already covered and then have a go at this Maths investigation! Your answers can go in your Learning Journal or in your Maths book.

  1. The SATs style questions are split up into arithmetic and reasoning questions that use skills that we’ve looked at over the course of this year so far. There is a mark scheme attached for both sets of questions so your parents can mark your learning for you.
  2. The investigation is based on one element of Maths that we’ve covered. If you find one solution for the investigation, can you find another? What about if you change the criteria to smallest odd number or smallest even number? What about if you change the multiples to multiples of 4 and 6?

Please feel free to send me your jottings, thoughts and ideas via Class Dojo – I’d love to see your learning! Remember, 5 minutes of TTRockstars is also a great addition to your learning.

Home Learning
 
This year, we will be sending home weekly and occasionally half termly Home Learning for your child to complete. Any Home Learning sent home will be an expectation of Year 6 and has been chosen to consolidate or embed skills that your child has been learning about or using within school.
 
For this half term, we would like children to complete the following:
 
TT Rockstars - 5 minutes each day will support instant recall of multiplication and division facts.
Reading - reading little and often each day will support fluency and comprehension. This does not have to always be reading independently; it could include reading to your child, reading collaboratively or listening to an audiobook. Remember, all completed books are worth points in our reading challenge - just ensure you complete a book review for each one.
Spellings - Mrs Dedicoat will be sending home 10 spellings each week for your child to learn using taught techniques and strategies, ready for a spelling test the following week.
 
Welcome to Year 6!
Our Topic: World War 2
Our Power of Reading text: Rose Blanche and The Boy In Striped Pyjamas 
 
Year 6 is one of the most busy yet exciting years of your child's primary education. Over the course of this year, you will see your child grow, develop and achieve in more ways than you could imagine and it is our absolute pleasure to be a part of this journey alongside them. From staying away from home on residential trips to preparing for the transition to high school, your children will overcome challenges using the resilience and growth mindset that they've developed over the last 6 years at Dale Hall.
 
This page will detail some of the incredible learning opportunities your children will experience this year as well as key information, important dates and smaller updates on their day to day learning.
Our learning this half term
 
Friend or Foe?
 
This half term we will be learning about WW2. In our Topic Learning the children will be learning about the Homefront- including what it would have been like to have been evacuated and what The Blitz was like.
Our Power of Reading texts explore what life was like in Germany during the war.
We will be covering the Holocaust and what happened to the Jewish people.
In music we will learning about the American influence of the Glenn Miller Band and how Dame Vera Lynn became the 'Forces Sweetheart.' 
 
 
 
Our Timetable:
 
In order to begin the transition between traditional primary teaching and what your children will face at high school, we've decided to structure our timetable so that children will be taught by a range of familiar staff members for specific lessons each week. 
Your children will be taught by their main class teacher for all English and Maths lessons and this will take place every morning. In the afternoons, your children will move between classrooms for their foundation subjects.
 
Monday: Miss Killeen - Topic, Mrs Spalding - Indoor PE.
Tuesday: Miss Killeen - Topic, Mrs Goodfellow-  Music/Grammar
Wednesday: Mrs Ardern - RE/French, Mrs Abbott - Arithmetic
Thursday: Miss Shaw- SATS Booster- Miss Killeen Topic 
Friday: Miss Killeen - Outdoor Games, Mrs Spalding - PSHE.
 
Here's a little more about some of the staff members teaching in Year 6 this year...
The Class Teachers 

Miss Viki Killeen

Leopards Class Teacher

Year 6 is one of my favourite year groups to teach, not only because of the amazing progress you see in the children both academically and personally, but because of the amazing personalities I'm lucky enough to surround myself with everyday! I love to encourage the children to take responsibility for their own learning - to determine how, when and where they learn best and to provide opportunities for this within my classroom.

Mrs Laura Goodfellow

Assistant Headteacher for KS2 and Lions Class Teacher

I'm so excited about being back in the classroom and teaching year 6 again! I have now been at Dale Hall 11 years and during my time here I have had the privilidge of teaching many year 6 classes. I really do find teaching year 6 an enjoyable challenge- enabling children to progress ready for their next steps in education.
To be a class teacher as well as Assistant Head teacher for KS2 allows me to know in fine detail the steps children need to take in their learning- I also get to enjoy seeing how the children grow and progress from the start to year 3 to the when they leave in year 6!

Our Year 6 Teaching Assistants 
 
In year 6 our TA's are Mrs Closs and Mrs Ward 
Mrs Ward mainly supports in Lions and Mrs Closs in Leopards 
In the afternoons both TA's do reactive Intervention with the classes 
Other adults that teach in Year 6 
Miss Shaw:
 
Miss Shaw will be working alongside Miss Killeen and Mrs Goodfellow every Thursday morning to work on interventions.
In the afternoons (up to SATS) Miss Shaw will be teaching a relevant SATS Booster Lesson planned by the teachers- focussing on learning focus from the week 

Mrs Jo Dedicoat

Headteacher

I am passionate about the Arts which I love bringing to all areas of the curriculum. I will be teaching Year 6 on a Friday mornings every week. We will be exploring great works of art and looking at how Maths, writing and even spelling can be inspired by pictures and photographs. We will also be creating our own master pieces... watch this space!

Mrs Jade Spalding

Deputy Headteacher

Hi everyone! My name is Mrs Spalding (Before you get too confused... I was Miss Nixon but got married this summer) I am really excited to be part of the Year 6 team this year. I will be teaching PE on Mondays and am looking forward to getting heart rates raised whilst working on the key skills required in both dance and gymnastics. On Fridays I will be teaching PSHE and life skills. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into some deep and meaningful conversations.

Armistice Day 
 
Today Year 6 walked to Christchurch Park to watch the Armistice Service.
We were very fortunate to be asked to lay some crosses by the memorial as well as being able to walk up to the memorial to look at the wreaths that had been placed.
 
There were some past and current soldiers in uniform who held the flags during the 2 minute silence as well as  former soldier who played the 'Last Post' to mark the beginning of the 2 minute silence.
 
We felt very fortunate to get the opportunity to take part in this service; the line we remembered well and spoke about on the way back to school was:
 
'They gave their todays so we could have tomorrows' 
Our classrooms
 
In Lions, we transformed our reading and working area into a trench themed space, complete with poppy field in the background. Next to this, we created the Prime Minister's office where we imagined the difficult decisions made there.
 
In Leopards, we created our very own Homefront complete with living room, dining room and washing line decorated with war time propaganda. Alongside this, we transformed our reading area into a German spy office and sectioned off two areas of the classroom to become the Prime Minister's office and a front line trench. 
Key Dates:
 
Mondays and Fridays - PE days
Wednesdays - Your child will be seen out of school by Mrs Ardern and Mrs Abbott
 
Tuesday 17th March- SATS information meeting 3.30-4pm