Week 1 (8/1/18)

English This week, we have begun to look at reading skills in detail. We started off looking at an assessment, taking time to mark through it together and identifying various elements contained within. The main focus over the next couple of weeks will be to establish different categories of questions…

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Week 7 (11/12/17)

English It has been a lot of work but I think that the planning is becoming much more effective. Certainly the children seem to be reporting that once they are able to talk through the plan in detail, their composition feels easier and more flowing. The more we work this…

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Week 6 (4/12/17)

English This week has seen a subtle shift in emphasis. We are still studying persuasive texts with a firm focus on the use of counter arguments, but the effort is largely being directed at the planning phase. We have been working closely together to collect and sequence ideas as a…

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Week 5 (27/11/17)

A shorter blog for you this week, but hopefully still informative English We are starting to take the persuasive writing into more refined territories now by looking at the use of counter arguments. The planning will look the same, collecting both positive and negative sides for the argument. The skill…

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Week 4 (20/11/17)

Another interesting week with lots of new learning that has exposed lots of pre and misconceptions. Maths Having looked closely at factors and multiples we have started to apply them to fractions. Notice that I have not said that we have moved on. The focus in Year 6 is to…

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Week 3 (13/11/17)

First of all, thank you to everyone who attended the parent sessions this week. I really hope that you found them useful and that you have a better idea of how your child is progressing. If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the newly structured system and the feedback…

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Week 2 (6/11/17)

Maths The main focus has really cranked towards technique over the last couple of weeks. Although the main concept taught has been multiples (and in some cases prime numbers) the focus has been on the selection of techniques. Taking any calculation, the discussion revolves largely around what techniques could be…

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Week 1 (30/10/17)

Maths A tough week. We had a lot of work to do to get division embedded as a skill and things are looking more positive now. The homework this week reflects that well, showing how the class are learning to mix short and long division together within the calculation rather…

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Week 7 (16/10/17)

This is a long blog split into three sections. The first is an attempt to explain chunking as a method of long division. The second and third are much shorter updates on English this week and an overview of where the grammar and composition is heading over the next couple…

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Week 6 (9/10/17)

Maths This week we have become immersed in division. We have looked at short and long division initially with the latter being the one that traditionally causes the most problems. Over the next week we will look at different forms of long division involving factors but for the time being…

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