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Welcome to Year 6 - the final year of our Pewithall adventure!
Class Teacher: Mr Dewdney (also known for enjoying sharing dad jokes, playing the guitar and running)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Barnes (also known for putting up with Mr Dewdney's 'dad' jokes, creating quality displays in 15 minutes flat and cooking a mean lasagne!)
We are a busy class! If we are not working, we are definitely talking and laughing. This page will give you a little flavour of some of the things we get up to...
Our English work will mostly be inspired by what we read. Reading helps you to learn about the world, it teaches you about grammar and gives you ideas for writing. It helps you to develop a good 'feel' for spelling and is a remarkably pleasant way of passing the time. Try it!
Our Class Read
We are currently having a lovely time reading our class book, Pax, by Sara Pennypacker.
Pax is a gripping novel set in a fictional war-torn country. It is a coming-of-age story about a young boy and his pet fox who are forced to be separated. The story tells of their adventures as they endeavour to be reunited!
Everyone loves to spend a little time learning spellings, don't they? Or is that just me? Don't just learn these words by rote. Make sure you understand what they all mean. Can you put them successfully into a sentence? Can you write a defintion for each word? Do you know synonyms and antonyms of each word. Do you know what the etymology of each word is? Do you know what the word etymolgy means? Look it up!
Don't try to learn these words by cramming. Take your time learning each one and enjoy the process!
Please read these top tips for writing and then use them in your own writing!
Can't decide which book to read at home? Click here
and let this website help you...
These are the spelling lists that we will be using this year. The lists are organised according to the half term in which you will learn them. Don't forget to revise older lists even if we have already used them in a test...
This list of words is called the Year 5 and 6 Statutory spellings. It would have been nice for them to have come up with a less boring name, wouldn't it? Anyway, these words are pretty important. To get the Expected Standard or Working at Greater Depth in your writing, you've got to make sure you spell these words correctly if you use them in your work. To be honest, it's probably a good idea to avoid making any spelling mikstakes at all. (See what I did there?)
This year (and for the foreseeable future!) Mr Dewdney will be teaching maths through the resources created by Power Maths. This is a government-approved scheme created by mathematical boffins and is designed to encourage a growth mindset and makes use of intelligent practice. This means that it encourages us to think more positively about mathematics and stops us from reciting mathematical facts like robots (although there are occasions when this is useful too).
Remember that one of the best things you can do to help you with your knowledge of maths is to make sure you know your times tables really well; this includes the division facts - don't skip them! Try learning your times tables in little chunks, even just two or three facts at a time, and don't spend too much time practising the ones that you already know. Use your time wisely! Even is you learn just one fact today (for example that 7 x 12 = 84), you're already better off than you were yesterday, aren't you? Make use of your Times Tables Rockstars account or websites like the one we have a link to here...
Click the Power Maths logo to see exactly what we will be doing in our Power Maths lessons this year.
Wow, science really has been in the news this year, hasnt it? Although this is a terrible pandemic which we are living through, and its impact on everyone's life has been appalling, it has powerfully highlighted the work that scientists do. Science knowledge has informed the work of the doctors and nurses who have looked after us; scientists have used their knowledge to predict how the virus behaves; and ultimately, scientists have created a potential solution to this terrible situation - vaccines created in record time.
Science has always been an important subject to learn but now we can vividly see why.
In Year Six we study how animals and plants are classified according to their characteristics. This is more exciting than it sounds.
We also learn about the properties of light which involves studying the life and work of Sir Isaac Newton - one of Mr Dewdney's favourite scientists.
This year we will also study electricity and will make circuits and learn how to represent them in diagrams.
Some of our biology work will involve learning how the heart and lungs work. Additionally, we will study how evolution works - a fascinating topic!
In Year 6 we will undertake three learning projects which will allow us to develop our knowledge and skills in history, geography and the arts. Our three projects are:
The Vikings – history
Custodians of Planet Earth – geography
Music through the ages – creative
Each topic will also be viewed through the perspective of a philosophical
question. In the case of the Vikings this will be ‘Are invaders always mean?’
PSHE will also be weaved into each project. For example, in our work on the
Vikings we will explore the concepts of fear and pride.
Super Charge your brain
People who enjoy wearing labcoats and goggles for most of the day (aka scientists) tell us that children (and adults, for that matter) who already know lots of stuff, learn things more quickly! This makes sense, but how can it help you...?
Fill your brain with things - read lots (this doesn't just mean story books), take up hobbies, learn new words, watch documentaries and talk to interesting people.
All of these things will fill your brain with wonderful general knowledge which will help you learn the things you need to get to grips with at school. And this will definitely make your life easier (during term time, at least).
Test your general knowledge with this quiz.
In Year 6 we learn the rudiments of how to play the ukulele. This year we will learn a handful of chords which means you'll be able to play lots of songs, and we will learn how to play some well-known melodies too!
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Tuesday 5th January
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Monday 11th January
Please click here or on the image for some Lockdown Learning brought to you by the BBC!
Tuesday 12th January
If you didn't do PE with Mr Wicks yesterday, it's not too late. Click on his picture and get cracking!
Download one or two of our spelling lists from earlier this term and then choose one or more of these activities to learn those spellings.
Click on the quavers if you aren't getting any sound.
Wednesday 13th January
Don't forget to look on Teams for Mr Baugh's French lesson!
Thursday 14th January
Put each of these subordinating conjunctions into a sentence. Can yu experiment with putting the conjunction in different places within a sentence? What does a conjunction do and what kind of sentence do you create when you use one? Do some research and share your work on Teams when you have finished.
Download the Vikings knowledge organiser that I made. Can you make your own using the information from it? Can you add extra information that you have learnt in our lessons or do a little extra research online and from books and put this into your organiser? Make it colourful and informative and have fun!
Friday 15th January
Please write a summary of the information you read in this PDF. Include some diagrams and feel free to do a little extra research and include that in your writing too!
Watch the Video called The Lighthouse and then follow the instructions to create a diamante poem. Then create another diamante poem about something that you want to write about!
The Mathisfun website has every bit of information you need to do well in Year 6 mathematics. The explanations are very clear and there are plenty of good examples and questions to help you to understand what you are researching.
This is the website I use for creating quick times tables tests. You could do this at home if you have a printer. Don't forget to include those division facts!
If you get an opportunity to visit the Jorvik Centre in York, do! In the meantime, use their website to learn a little more about the Vikings.
BBC Bitesize is a good go to for information about pretty much everything you're supposed to learn. Sometimes I find it a little too simplistic though, but that's just my very humble opinion...
The School Run is another good website for information about most things. It's probably particularly good for parents. I think you have to pay to access some of it now though...
Times Tables Rockstars is a wonderful website created to help you to practise your times tables. If you're a Pewithall pupil you have a subscription, so use it! Please remember though that to be a true Times Tables rockstar, this isn't the only way you should be practising your tables...
Again, if you're lucky enough to be a Pewithall School pupil then you have a subscription to Sumdog. Make use of it. Who doesn't enjoy playing computer games...whilst also practising maths skills?
Want to find out about how classical music has evolved over the past few hundred years? Of course you do! Click on this website!
I love the way this website makes touch typing fun. This is such a useful skill to learn; perhaps you could use this website to help you.
Use this website to inspire the next book you'll have on the go.
Want to try some science experiments at home? Try some of these but with parental permission and supervision of course!