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Class 6E

11/12/17

A late update this week. Sorry! I was enjoying the snow.

We are in that time of the year when our timetable gets confused and we just have to roll with it.

We will fit in our suspense stories - I am looking forward to reading how you can spook me. We are going to do some basics in maths, making sure we are solid in all the arithmetic and using sensible strategies.

We have DARE graduation on Friday to look forward to and lots of nativity assemblies to enjoy.

We will also fit in Stop-motion and a reflection on our Ancient Greek topic.

Thank you for all the donations to the hamper so far - you are very generous. Please keep them coming so we can have a bountiful golden hamper.

Thanks,

Mr. Ellis

 

03/12/17

What a way to end the week. The catapult competition was fantastic. Accuracy and distance varied greatly but we all had working catapults and we all had fun.

We have another great week ahead.

It is assessment week so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to show off your amazing learning in maths English and science. Remember in all areas that you CAN do it and you have to use what you do know to work out what you don't. Use what you have done before, especially in science, to help you this week.

We have a really great Topic lesson looking at a less violent aspect of Ancient Greek culture and we will be finding time to look at our Greek architecture, our stop-motion animations and the Hakka.

I am really looking forward to reading your horror stories and next week will be doing the final preparation before you plan and write those stories.

Have a great Sunday,

Mr. Ellis

 

26/11/17

I hope you all had a good Friday. My day was spent refreshing my knowledge of First Aid. You never stop learning and it is important to review and refresh learning to make sure it is stuck in your long-term memory.

Next week I am out of class a little again. On Monday you have Mrs Johnstone and she will be introducing our new writing unit. You have excelled in your information reports but now it is time for something a little more creative and creepy. I think you are going to enjoy it.

In maths next week we are introducing one of the new Year 6 objectives. Ratio. You will be amazed to learn that I think the bar model will be really useful for this.

In topic we are going to look at Greek architecture and we are going to carry out and write up a science investigation this week as well. It will be really important that you get the format and tone of your write-up just right.

On Friday we have our catapult competition. Please bring in your extra bits tomorrow so we can finish them off and get them battle ready. It is going to be an exciting end to the week.

Have a good Sunday,

Mr. Ellis

19/11/17

It was a great end to the week. I really enjoyed DT day and was impressed with how you all came together to make a range of catapults. I am looking forward to testing them. We will have a little more time to put the finishing touches and decorate in our House Team colours.

Next week is a little different as we have INSET on Friday when I will be refreshing my First Aid skills (perhaps I could have done with them a little earlier after glue gun Friday). We also have an RE day on Tuesday when we will be looking at moral codes for living.

In English we are going to finish off our reports before moving on to a new spine-chilling unit of work and i maths we are going to make sure we are all comfortable with all aspects of calculating with fractions and percentages.

Have a lovely Sunday,

Mr. Ellis

12/11/17

It is a beautiful morning. I need to get out into the garden and do some more preparation for the winter/spring. All the hard work I do now will mean that next year things are much easier for me. Metaphor? Also, I will have the satisfaction today of working hard and knowing I have done my best. Not all rewards have to be put-off - you can enjoy the moment as well.

Anyway - Next week we are going to write up our own information texts on Greek warfare. You have got all the resources you need to achieve this - a well structured plan, lots of details, topic sentences, subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions, passive voice and all the new punctuation we have introduced. I look forward to the final piece.

In maths we continue calculations with fractions and will be looking at how to find fractions and percentages of amounts. A useful life-skill.

We will also begin our plans for our stop-motion animation and continue with our Hakka. There will be more work on the circulatory system in science and on Friday we have our DT day when we make our catapults.

I am not with you on Wednesday this week, there is Kingswood memory evening on Thursday and on Friday it is also Children in Need.

Have a good weekend,

Mr. Ellis

 

05/11/17

I hope you are all having an enjoyable and safe bonfire/firework weekend. The temperature is dropping which means I have to go and wrap up lots of my plants for winter. With proper care and attention they will grow even bigger and healthier next year. There is probably a metaphor for learning somewhere there but it is still a bit early for me.......

Last week was another good week though I know some of us found getting back into the swing of things tricky. Adding and subtracting mixed numbers was tough but you all had a real go at it. Remember that we need to ensure we are working with the same denominator and when you are struggling visual representations will always help. Next week we will be multiplying and dividing fractions. It sounds tricky but you will all be masters by the end of the week.

In English the passive voice was mastered by many (see what I did there?). It is a useful trick to add formality to our writing but should be sued sparingly as it can become confusing. Next week we will be looking at each part of an information book so that you will be able to write your own the following week. I am confident you will all be informing with suitable levels of formality.

We also have DT to look forward to where we will design catapults and in ICT we can start planning our animations.

I also have the pleasure of meeting your grown-ups next week and sharing all of your fantastic progress so far this year.

It is going to be a good week.

Wrap up warm and enjoy the sunshine. Is what I am going to say to my banana plant.

Mr. Ellis

 

29/10/17

What a week we had. I hope you have all recovered from the Kingswood exertions. You were all amazing - team work, resilience, challenge and impeccable behaviour. You had it all. All the staff were incredibly proud of you.

Now you can take that brilliant attitude into our second half-term.

This week in maths we are continuing with our fractions objectives and we will begin calculating with fractions and exploring decimal, percentage and fraction equivalence.

In English we are looking at a non-fiction text and will be exploring the layout and language. Formality will be key to success here.

We will introduce our DT topic which is going to be a great one linked to our Topic as is our ICT which should have a fantastic end product.

It is going to be another great term of learning!

Mr Ellis

14/10/17

What a brilliant end to the week. The reading afternoon sounded wonderful and I only wish I had been able to spend it with you finding a whole new set of books to read. I bet you all have a great new wish-list for books now.

I am really enjoying your Greek myths. You have done so well with your editing and improving and you have managed to capture the structure and tone of a myth really well. There has been some great magpieing with the tormented seas throwing us into an abyss of despair as the drizzle stabs the earth.

You should all feel very proud of your progress in maths already. Although calculations and arithmetic are only a small part of maths what you have achieved in 5 weeks of learning is remarkable.

I feel like there is something else to talk about as well but can't quite put my finger on it. An event that is exciting. I know it is not the next grammar lesson I am thinking of.

Kingswood! Have a great rest this weekend. We are going to have a really memorable week and I know we are all going to have a whale of a time.

See you Monday,

Mr. Ellis

09/10/17

I have been so impressed with how you have all handled long division. It is tricky and there are a lot of steps to follow but you have concentrated and are all getting there. We will still make mistakes and we will still forget steps but you have great foundations on which to build. Don't forget the steps for long multiplication as well!

Objectives for the next week in maths are:

  • use common factors to simplify fractions; use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination
  • compare and order fractions, including fractions > 1
  • associate a fraction with division and calculate decimal fraction equivalents [for example, 0.375] for a simple fraction [for example, 3/8]

recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts

Your Greek myths are really coming together now and the editing that has been done is sure to make a big difference. I am really looking forward to reading the final edits at the end of the week.

In science we have brought out evolution and inheritance work to a conclusion and have managed to answer many of our questions. We have possibly generated some new questions as well.

In Topic this week we are going to be learning about a famous event with a famous name.

It is going to be a great final week before Kingswood.

 

 

01/10/17

We are starting to get to grips with our topic and have no placed the Ancient Greeks geographically and in time as well beginning to understand the political and societal structures. This week we will look at War!

We have shown great application of addition and subtraction both in reasoning exercises and in problem solving. This week we move on to calculations with multiplication and division. Our objectives are here:

  • perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers
  • solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication
  • solve problems involving addition, subtraction and multiplication

use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations

  • divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long division; interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions, or by rounding, as appropriate for the context
  • divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit number using the formal written method of short division where appropriate, interpreting remainders according to the context
  • use written division methods in cases where the answer has up to two decimal places
  • solve problems involving division

use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations

In English we are going to take our great work and then write our own myth. This will be your chance to really show off your character and setting description skills as well as writing exciting action scenes.

In science we are looking at inheritance which will hopefully help answer some of your questions about evolution.

Don't forget Mathletics, English, spelling and reading as well as practising those times tables.

It should be a good week.

Mr. Ellis

23/09/17

Another great week in Year 6. The Safety Zone trip was fantastic with great weather, great Jesse Gray manners and a lot of really important learning.

Your writing on Friday was great and you have all really captured the atmosphere and mystery of Pandora's box. We are continuing with myths next week and will be building up to write our own with our heroes. Don't forget your literacy homework for this; it will help you a lot!

In maths we are moving on to calculations and this week specifically addition and subtraction. We will be looking at how this ties to place value and using our understanding to solve missing digit (algebra) and multistep problems.

Now we know when and where Ancient Greece happened we can start to find out more about their society. We will be looking into democracy first. We will also start our Greek inspired art project.

Don't forget your Mathletics and spellings and if you can get on TTRockstars and see if we can change the Top Ten.

Have a great weekend all.

Mr. Ellis

 

16/09/17

 

It was an interesting end to the week. I was dreaming Greek dance last night and my feet are still aching. What a great way to introduce our new topic and all the adults in school commented on how well behaved you all were, despite the excitement that we all felt.

We got stuck into Year 6 work whole-heartedly this week and I can ascertain that you are going to have a great year. In English the word classes and sentence structures came thick and fast and we are going to be referring to them all year. Next week we bring our topic into English and we are going to be studying Greek myths.

Maths saw us looking at place value and thinking about the links between digits and value. We continue next week with negative numbers (like my bank balance) and how we can use factors and multiples to solve problems.

We will be looking at Darwin in science and will also have our first proper topic lesson.

Don't forget spellings, literacy and mathletics homework and keep cracking away at TTRockstars. I will be showing the Top 10 next week. Sneak preview: SJ Cappo is currently in the number one slot.

I won't be with you on Monday morning as I am away on a course but will see you in the afternoon. Please make sure you are your best for Mrs. Johnston.

Have a great weekend,

Mr. Ellis

09/09/17

What a start 6E! I know I mentioned it once or twice this week but you have made the perfect start. Polite, concentrated and entertaining. We are in for a great year.

Next week we start Year 6 work in earnest with maths and English lessons in their normal slots.

In English we are going to have a grammar focus and quickly get you all back to where you were at the start of the 6 weeks holidays. Some of us might be feeling a little rusty still.

Maths we begin our number work and will be looking at place value. The objectives to start are here and you all need to be able to do all of them. We will have some fun with it!

  • identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places and multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to three decimal places
  • read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
  • use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero
  • identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers

We will also begin science and most importantly unveil our topic with a great reveal on Friday.

Have a great weekend. Enjoy backing your magpie books and play some TTRockstars. I will be bringing the leader board up this week.

Important info. below.

Mr. Ellis

 

This weeks homework:

Due Monday 11th Sept- On Monday, please bring to class your favourite poem or book, fiction or non-fiction (ensure the page that hosts your favourite paragraph is bookmarked).

Due Friday 15th Sept- This Friday you will be given your 'magpie book'. Please cover it and decorate it in anyway you like to make it truly yours and individual :)

Optional Student Council  speech, due Mon 12th Sept- If you would like to run for Student Council to represent 6E, please prepare your short speech to present to the class on Friday 8th September. 

Optional House Captain speech, due Mon 18th Sept- If you could like to run for House Captain (sorry, last years captains cannot apply), please prepare your short speech to present to the members of your house on Monday 18th September. 

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Monday 11th September- Meet the Teacher 2:45pm

Useful info:

PE:-

6E PE days are Thursday and Friday(subject to change). Please ensure you have an indoor and outdoor PE kit (including a plastic bag for muddy shoes) in school, hair is tied up on PE days and jewellery is easily removable. 

Homework:-

Big Spell: Please learn your Big Spellings at home ready for the weekly Friday test. To move onto the next list you must achieve full marks or just 1 wrong.

Mathletics: Set on a Friday, due in the following Thursday. REMEMBER; Use good old fashioned pen and paper to do your workings out. Just because the homework is screen based doesn’t mean all the activities are mental maths.

Literacy: Set on a Friday, due in the following Thursday.

Reading: Please read a minimum of 3 times a week. This year instead of recording your individual reads in your planner, we'd like you to record when you have completed a whole book. Under the correct date write the author, book title and give it a rating out of 5. When you're back in the classroom, please transfer this info onto your individual reading journey page (I will be checking this.) If you absolutely LOVED the book, complete a book spine for 1 Super Star Point or a detailed book review for 2!

Stuck for what to read next? Take a look at www.lovereading4kids.co.uk . You can search by author, genre, age or recommendations, but that's not it! You can also read the first chapter of a book to see if it's your cup of tea. Brilliant!

 

If you have any queries or questions about homework, please just grab me in the playground or drop me an email: dellis@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk