Wednesday, 18 December 2019

This week's learning

This week´s learning:

Finishing topics, rehearsals and Christmas fun!

  • Christmas GPS sheet
  • ´The Night Before The Night Before Christmas´- This is quite long.  Please read through WHOLE text first to get an idea of what the story is about.  Answers the questions on the lined paper.  Please use full sentence answers. This is challenging- try your best whilst you have the time!
  • Problem solving maths questions - only 7 questions - try 1 per day!
  • Linear number sequences - complete at least 1 of the 3 sections.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

This week's learning

This week´s learning (4 day week):

  *   Reading of LFTL
  *   Diary of Anne Frank- learning background of Anne, linked with work in Humanities- basic understanding of how the Jews were persecuted in WW2 and what can be learnt from this.
  *   Time to finish Humanities topic and rehearsals
  *   Spelling of words with silent letters


  1.  Read LFTL to page 254 (for next Mon)
  2.  Anne Frank Reading Comprehension (for next Weds)
  3.  Spelling pattern- silent b and t

  • Introduction to simple algebra.
  • What is a function?
  • Solving missing number problems (using the inverse operation)

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 13th

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Don't forget - you don't need to buy one, just put some Christmas Jazz on a normal jumper and bring 1 euro for Save the Children.

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Bag in a bag.

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Please can all students ensure they have either a strong plastic bag or a canvas tote bag in their school bags at all times.  These are useful for when students need to bring things home that might not fit in their bags and we can avoid giving out new plastic bags which then get thrown away.

Thank you!

Thursday, 5 December 2019

This week's learning

This week´s learning:

This 4 day week has mainly been focused around assessments, reading and singing!


  •  Spellings of silent letters.  Extension: Think of some more words including these patterns.
  • LFTL: Read to end of page 224
Have a great long weekend!

Don´t forget that next Friday is Christmas jumper day (no uniform but it can be a Christmas t-shirt or dress!).

Also, if you are going to bring in a Solidarity Christmas present for someone less fortunate, please bring this in by Monday 16th December.  

Friday, 29 November 2019

This week's learning

This week´s learning:

  • Reading assessments
  • Reading of LFTL
  • Active and passive voice

Revise all spellings and look at the websites below.
Read pages in LFTL as directed by Miss Claire.
Learn song words for show!


  • Calculating the mean average.
  • Reading and interpreting pie charts (using percentages of numbers and percentages of angles).
Revise content as listed in previous email.

Show songs to practise

Click on the link below to take you to the correct versions of the show songs to practise at home.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Keeping Safe Online

Click on the image below to give you a reminder of how you can stay safe on-line.  The content is all talked about at school but just in case you need reminding, here it all is again!

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Some GPS and writing tips....

These posters are helpful to remind you of our GPS learning:

Remember that a co-ordinating conjunction links two main clauses and a subordinating conjunction links a main clause to a subordinate clause

Lucy walked.      MAIN CLAUSE
Without an umbrella, Lucy walked as the rain poured down.  PHRASE + MAIN CLAUSE + SUBORDINATE CLAUSE.

Please remember that this is not just for recalling in tests but APPLYING in your writing!


Please go over all words taught this term, especially common exception words.  Yellow spelling books and previous homeworks will come home on Friday.

Friday, 22 November 2019

End-of-term assessments


Next week we will be completing some reading comprehension assessments in class.  These can not be revised for, but rely on the children reading regularly and completing their homework and classwork to the best of their ability.  The children do not need to worry excessively about them, as their main purpose is to establish what they need to be taught next in class and to see if their understanding of what they are reading is at an age-appropriate level.

The following week (beginning 2nd Dec) will include a spelling test, and a grammar/ punctuation assessment and a writing assessment.  

For the spellings children should remind themselves all of the patterns taught so far, plus the common exception words taught.

For the grammar/ punctuation paper and writing assessment, children could remind themselves of the following:
  • Word types
  • Prefixes and suffixes
  • Informal and formal language
  • Use of punctuation e.g.    :   ;   (  )   ,     -   "  "   '
  • Modal verbs
  • Main and subordinate clauses
  • Conjunctions
  • Adverbial phrases

The maths paper that the children will be sitting during the week of 2nd December is an evaluation of the work we have covered so far this term.

For revision purposes, children need to look over all the work done so far.  If they have any areas where they feel they need more help, they must come and speak to their teacher or ask for help at home.  

It would be helpful for them to concentrate in particular on the following areas:

  • 4 main operations - addition, subtraction, division, multiplication - both mental and written methods and including decimals.
  • Order of operations - use of brackets, BODMAS.
  • Calculating percentages of amounts.
  • Multiples, factors, prime numbers, square numbers.
  • Rounding numbers and rounding remainders of divisions.
  • Statistics - pie charts (to cover next week) and calculating mean average.

This week's learning

Please bring in a folder for show song words for Monday.

  • Continuation of drafting and writing war diaries and making of scrapbooks.
  • Reading of sci-fi ´Shine´focusing on what to do with unknown words
  • Informal and formal language
  • Prefixes and suffixes
  • Reading of LFTL
  • Mixed spellings 
  • Read to page 194 of LFTL (for Mon)
  • All Summer in a Day reading comprehension (for THURS)
  • Mixed spellings (for Fri)
  • Finding fraction equivalents to common percentages.
  • Finding percentages of amounts using division.
  • Solving problems using percentages of amounts (percentage discounts on prices etc.)
  • Using bar models to solve problems such as:

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

TikTok - info for parents

We know many of the children in the class are using TikTok at home and sharing their videos via this platform.  Please take a moment to click on the image below.  This is a guide for parents which will help you keep your child safe if you choose to let them use this platform and also gives information about how apps such as these can have a negative effect on your child's self-esteem.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Our learning

Slightly belated, this is a summary of our English and Maths learning from last week.

  • Evacuee Day- Drama activities including freeze-framing, hot seating and conscience alley to help us understand and empathise with evacuees.
  • Writing and editing of diary entries as evacuee characters.
  • Apostrophes for omission and possession
  • Reading of LFTL focusing on expression and fluency.
  • Writing of letter from evacuee character's mother (for Wednesday).
  • Read 'Hitler Will Send No Warning' chapter in LFTL (for Monday).
  • Spelling- mixed words (for Friday).  
  • Multiplying decimals by integers (3.26 x 8 etc.) using both mental and written methods.
  • Dividing decimals by integers using mental and written methods.
  • Using both of the above in problems in particular using measures and money (3.75kg divided by 3 etc.)
  • Complete all assignments given using the Mangahigh maths platform.

Friday, 15 November 2019


Here are a few photos from our Evacuee Day on Monday. The children came dressed up in 1940s dress (as did the teachers!) and all of the children were given an identity label with their new (typically British) name.  We performed some drama activities that helped us to understand what the children would have gone through.  Later in the day we completed a rationing Maths activity and then baked cookies using rationed goods.  In the afternoon we kept our spirits up by singing wartime songs such as ´It´s a long way to Tipperary!´.  Finally we finished by making poppies, a symbol of remembrance for those who have fought for and protected their countries across the world.



I would like to highly recommend a resource to help Year 6 with the complexities of English spelling.  Unfortunately it has a small home subscription cost but it is very valuable and the children really enjoy learning through and playing the games.  I would recommend that they revisit Year 3/ 4 spellings as well as the Year 5/ 6 spelling rules, as although they will have learnt them before in school many children need to revisit patterns frequently.

Thank you
Mrs King

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Books, books, books!

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This week we will be bringing home the latest Scholastic book catalogue which has some excellent choices for Year 6 readers. 
Please have a look and see if there are some of our favourite authors - these could be a good idea to put on Father Christmas lists!

Please click on the link below which will take you to the Scholastic home page for our school account.

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Mangahigh Maths Challenge

During the weeks of 8-29 November, our school will be taking part in the annual Mangahigh Maths Challenge where we compete against other schools around the world.

We have access to Mangahigh to get started on it and practise, with this being a fabulous, fun way to review maths concepts covered so far this term.

Click on the image below to take you to the homepage of Mangahigh where you can log in to access the assignments allocated to you.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

This week's learning

This week´s learning:

  • Subordinate and main clauses
  • Modal verbs (will, shall, might, ought)
  • Analysis of key features of a diary entry
  • ie/ei spellings
Reading comprehension of ¨The Railway Children´and pages of LFTL.

  • LFTL to * on page 145 for Monday
  • Treasure Island Reading Comprehension for Weds (this is challenging so does need careful thought, using skills practised on Monday in class).
  • ie/ei spellings for Friday
On Wednesday you will have received an individual letter so that you can monitor your child´s reading on the Accelerated Reader programme (this tracks their independent reading and comprehension). This is the link that you can follow to reach the webpage easily; please use Google Chrome as your browser.

  • Identifying multiples and common multiples.
  • Identifying prime number and prime factors/factor trees.
  • Evaluation of 4 main operations.
  • Using the 100-square problem solving.
  • Order of Operations crossword.
  • Q4,5 and 6 - Prime Numbers.
  • All for Wednesday 13th November.

Friday, 25 October 2019

This Week's Learning

This week´s learning:


  • Main and subordinate clauses
  • Conjunctions
  • Using VIPERS skills to analyse ´Beyond the Lines´short film
  • Writing a ´show not tell´paragraph based on Beyond the Lines, then editing this work in pairs.
  • Read to end of page 125 in LFTL for Tuesday 5th
  • Rationing reading comprehension for Weds 6th
  • No new spellings but homework on ´Conjunctions´for Friday 8th
  • Interpreting remainders from divsion as whole numbers, fractions or decimals.
  • Knowing when to round a remainder up or down, according to the context.
  • Finding common factors of numbers.
  • 10 word problems involving remainders - do I round up or down?
  • Questions 4-9 - Common Factors
  • For Wednesday 6th November




This week we have been exploring how to show and not tell a character´s feelings.  we played ´Show and Tell´charades and then supported each other with paired editing.

Friday, 18 October 2019

This week's learning


  • Spelling, punctuation, grammar and STAR reading assessments.
  • Reading, drafting, writing and illustrating WW2 blackout poems.
  • Reading of LFTL- focusing on new vocabulary
  • wh and w words for spelling

  • Read to end of p 103 of LFTL for Monday
  • Reading comprehension- Evacuation newspaper report for Wednesday
  • Spelling of w and wh words- learning when to use wh and w is really challenging and we are all making mistakes with these.  Please practise them lots as they need to just be learnt by rote!  For Friday

  • Formal written methods of long division
  • Order of operations when using more than one operation (BODMAS - brackets, order, division, multiply, addition, subtraction)
  • Questions 4-9 Order of OperationsImage result for bodmas

Friday, 11 October 2019

This week's learning


  *   Drafting and writing persuasive postcards from Olive to her Mum.
  *   Reading from LFTL and VIPERS based questions.
* Reading comprehension and questions from a ‘classic text’- Just William.
  *   Revisiting the difference between phrases and clauses.


  *   Yom Kippur reading comprehension
  *   LFTL to page 80
  *   Spelling revision


  • Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and1000
  • Using this to convert metric measures, ie 250g = 0.25Kg, converting mm to m etc.
  • Using the formal written method of division, including decimals
  • Double sided sheet of problem solving and reasoning involving the conversion of metric measures.

Next week we will be completing some simple in class assessments.  These should not be stressful for the children or need large amounts of revision but are helping us to assess how much they have learnt so far this year and what we need to teach next. The best preparation for tests is that your child works hard every day in class, completes their homework and reads every day!  However, they may want to also do the following:

Revise  all the spellings taught so far this year -cious/ tious, -cial/ -tial, -ible/ -able and the common exception word list (rhythm, immediately, conscience etc). The children were told that if they don’t have a record of the spellings that they have done at home then they should take home their yellow spelling books for the weekend.

They could also go over parts of speech (determiner, noun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, pronoun) and the difference between clauses and phrases.

This website might be useful, although we have only covered some of this grammar content at this point in the year!

Monday, 7 October 2019

This week's learning

  • Planning, writing and editing of a World War 2 portal story
  • Reading of LFTL, focusing on how to summarise effectively
  • -ible/ able spellings
  • Reading comprehension linked to Judaism
  • able/ ible spelling sheet 8for Fri)
  • Read to * on page 70 of LFTL (for Mon)
  • Rosh Hashanah reading comprehension (for Weds)

  • Formal written methods of multiplication
  • Multiplying 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers
  • Multplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000
  • 2/3 sides of the multiplication sheets.

Thursday, 3 October 2019



-We have decided to change the day that we look at and sign the homework diaries, to make it easier to monitor.  Instead of a Wednesday, we would like you to check your child´s homework at the WEEKEND and Mrs King or Mrs Harrison will look and sign on a MONDAY.

Each week your child should write in:
- Monday´s date
- Their Spanish, English and Maths homeworks
- What they are reading and their quiz score when they have completed it
- Their score on their Friday spelling test
- Any additional useful information (e.g. reminders)

If children do not hand in homework then we will highlight this in their diary to make it clear that they missed when it should have been handed in.

Absent children´s homework is put in their drawer ready for when they return to school.

Homework cannot be done in school breaktimes and lunchtimes.

If your child is struggling to keep on top of their homework, please let Mrs King know and she will send you a timetable to help them structure their week.

If your child has a verified medical reason not to do P.E. then of course children are allowed to not participate. However, if they are feeling a little ill or have a mild discomfort then please let us know and he will adapt the PE lesson so that as many children as possible can participate.  The children only have 1 hour of PE a week and it is an important part of their curriculum.

Friday, 27 September 2019


In PSHE this week, Year 6 had a lesson on trying to see a situation from another person´s point of view.  It is part of helping them to learn about conflict resolution and is an important part of understanding how to get on with others.  We looked at different scenarios to see how different situations can be interpreted by the different people in them.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

This week's learning


This week we have:
  • Recapped parts of speech (word types) such as nouns, verbs, determiners, conjunctions etc.
  • Revisited adverbs and adverbial phrases and practised using them to improve a simple sentence.
  • Explored what makes a good summary and applied this to our work.
  • Watched a short film and practised using our comprehension VIPERS skills, particularly how to summarise.
  • Continued reading our class text LFTL
  • Spelling test of cial/ tial and introduces this week´s words (common exception words).
  • Practise spellings of common exception words- use the grid given in first week for ideas
  • Read to the * on page 60 of LFTL for Mon.
  • The Blitz reading comprehension for Weds.

We have now moved on from place value (ordering, comparing, rounding, negative numbers) and have begun with the four operations, starting with addition and subtraction of integers.  We have refreshed our formal written method skills and have been using our knowledge of addition and subtraction to explore more challenging problems such as finding mystery numbers. 
  • Eg.  I think of a number.  I add 200,000 then subtract half a million, then add quarter of a million.  Then I round to the nearest 10, which is 2 million and fifty.  What could be the number I was thinking of?


  • 3 levels of questions looking at addition and subtraction of integers.

Thursday, 19 September 2019



On top of the amazing learning experiences that Year 6 are currently enjoying in Puerto Rico, here is what they have been focusing on in class and homework.


- Comprehension and vocabulary work when reading Letters From The Lighthouse.
- Reading and performing of ´The Gas Mask´by Pie Corbett, in preparation for analysis next week.
- cial/ tial words

- Quiz to check prior learning


- Continue to practise cial/ tial words
- Read to page 49 of LFTL for Monday
- Accelerated Reader daily reading

- Times Tables Rockstars

Out to sea

A great morning out at sea this morning, enough wind to get some sailing done both in the optimist and the raquero.  We're back for lunch now and will be out sailing again this afternoon.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

More sailing 2019

Everyone has gone to bed after a walk to Amadores after dinner.  Everyone took an optimist out today around the harbour and the open sea!!  Sorry if your child is not in these photos but it's hard to get them all in one photo.  We will send more tomorrow!

Sailing 2019

We've arrived, the sun is out, sun cream is on and we're about to learn how to capsize!

Friday, 13 September 2019

This week's learning

  • We have been focusing on our comprehension skills (vocabulary, inference, predictions, explanations, retrieval and summarising) by analysing a picture linked to our topic.
  • We have continued reading Letters From the Lighthouse and used inference and retrieval skills to describe one of the main characters.
  • We have used our retrieval skills to find out how World War 2 began and then created a timeline.
  • Spellings- testing of the -cious/ tious pattern (scores are in your child´s homework diary).  Introduction of -cial and -tial for next week.
  • Learn tial/cial pattern and complete handwriting and spelling practice activities.
  • Read to page 33 of LFTL

  • Reading and writing numbers up to 10 million
  • Comparing and ordering numbers to 10 million
  • Rounding numbers to required degree of accuracy (nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 etc)
  • Using negative numbers and calculating intervals across zero (using temperature, for example)
  • Reasoning and problem solving for rounding numbers (to be handed in by Wednesday 18th Sep)

  • A basic introduction to electricity and what electricity is (atoms, electrons, protons, neutrons, free electrons)

Friday, 6 September 2019


Here are the main points of the Year 6 meet the teacher powerpoint.  The full version is on the school website in DOWNLOADS.




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