In our maths lessons we have deepened our learning from last week exploring improper fractions and mixed numbers in more detail. We have been doing lots of work around reasoning and moved onto adding and subtracting fractions using different methods.
Our English focus has continued with the war using flashbacks in our writing showing our understanding of tenses as well as writing in different perspectives. We have explored different ways of planning and had a go at using post it notes to plan a short story that we have started writing and will continue to write next week.
Our focus for our topic lessons this week has been ‘The Blitz’. We have used digital technology to explore this section of WW2 and linked it to the other areas of the war that we have looked at. We have also been looking at the Wartime leaders and some of the decisions they chose to make during the war and their reasons behind it.
We've looked at improper and mixed number fractions; we've simplified them, and ordered them on a number line. We'll deepen our understanding of this next week.
Some outstanding writing has come out of Year 6 this week, as we've begun a topic writing flash backs. Using WW2 as our stimulus, we have written three different flashbacks this week. We've paid special attention to editing our tenses (present tense for the present; past tense for the flashbacks). Next week, we'll plan a short story with flashbacks, build our own characters, and write a short story.
This week our focus has been on D&T. We've made wartime Bread and Butter Pudding (hopefully you managed to see/taste it before they scoffed it on the way home!) and created some Anderson shelters, which had to withstand The Blitz (6 hockey balls!) and a downpour (a litre of water). Oak class won the challenge by designing a pointed, reinforced roof!
It's fractions time again! We've recapped simplifying fractions and equivalent fractions this week, using factions walls and bar models. We also used fractions to work out how to ration our food during evacuee day! Next week, we will continue with improper fractions and mixed numbers.
We learned a little about the poets of WW1 (and performed Wilfred Owen's Dulce et Decorum Est), and then composed our own spectacularly dramatic poems inspired by war. We have also learned, stages and filmed our PoetrySlam competition entries ahead of time, as we will be starting a large narrative project from next week.
As you are well aware, we loved the evacuee day on Wednesday. We have learned a great deal about the evacuation process and experience. A special thank you to our Mrs Fuller (from the office!) who played "Mum", and also came back in the afternoon to share stories of her family's WW2 experiences. Year 6 looked fantastic - thank you so much for your support with their costumes and gas masks/gas mask boxes. The children created acrylic poppies in art, which will go on display next week for Remembrance Day.