Week 4 (29/1/18)

English The composition is moving into some really interesting waters. We have been studying how to bring more sophistication to writing by taking a more cinematic approach, starting off on a very broad focus and gradually focusing in to a main point or question. The class seem to have taken…

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Week 3 (22/01/18)

Special thanks Before anything else I would like to say how proud I am of the class this week. We had a visitor (Shirley Clarke) in school on Thursday that in educational circles would be as influential as David Bowie to the music scene. She was over the moon with…

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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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