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Class 6E

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