We have been learning to…

With only a few more week until SATs (starting the 8th of May) we are in full revision mode. We are spending our days revising our understanding of everything we have learnt in KS2 (with a few brain breaks/teambuilders to help keep us going).

I know everyone is working really hard in class but if you can bear it, then a little more practice on SPaG.com will help you get completely on top of all the punctuation and grammar you’ve learned.
There are several practice exercises for you to pick from:
  • Some are new exercises
  • Some are exercises you may already have done – in which case, you can repeat them and compare your score
  • There’s last year’s actual SATs paper
  • If you want extra challenge, there’s the Level 6 SATs paper from 2014.
Most important is that you use your SPaG booklet to explore any question you don’t fully understand or get wrong – that’s how you’ll learn and improve.
Here’s a copy of the booklet: Everything you need to know about Year 6 SPaG

We have been learning to…

This week we have been going over some key number concepts as we begin our revision for SATs. Here are the links to last year’s arithmetic paper if any parents want to try – its a 30 minute test.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/524052/2016_ks2_mathematics_paper1_arithmetic_PDFA.pdf

The reasoning papers are here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/524058/2016_ks2_mathematics_paper2_reasoning_PDFA.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/524062/2016_ks2_mathematics_paper3_reasoning_PDFA.pdf

In writing, we have completed our own newspaper reports based on fairy tails. We had some great reports based on Little Red Ridding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Cinderella and Snow White amongst others. Next week we will return to story writing.

We have also managed to fit in some science for British Science Week including two amazing science visitors on Friday.

We had a thrilling presentation from Dr Adam Baker who works on rockets and satellites and collaborates with the astronaut Tim Peake. Below are the live launch of an air-powered rocket and a demonstration of a real miniature rocket engine.

Adam told us about the International Space Station (ISS) – a giant science laboratory in space, orbiting the Earth at 25,000 miles an hour.  He encouraged us to use the International Space Station tracker (http://www.isstracker.com/) to follow its orbit. There’s also lots of amazing video of the Earth shot from the ISS on the web for anyone interested.

 

We had an equally exciting presentation from a chemistry teacher at Dulwich College (and Rosendale parent) who explained how atoms are the building blocks of matter and performed some great experiments.

Explosion of a hydrogen balloon:

 

Burning ethanol in a plastic barrel:

https://videopress.com/embed/oKoluaWz?hd=0&autoPlay=0&permalink=0&loop=0

Ethanol + oxygen –> carbon dioxide, water [which we saw left in the container] and heat energy [the barrel was warm]

This week’s SPaG practice is three short (10 question) exercises:

  • Formal and informal English
  • Passive and active voice
  • Use of colons and semi-colons

 

We have been learning to…

This week in maths we learnt about data including covering mean and line graphs. We will finish the curriculum this week and start our revision.

In writing we wrote some fantastic arguments about why the curriculum should dedicate more time to P.E. We included cohesive language and used colons for lists.

In between all this, we managed to fit in lots of reading for world book day (pictures to follow) and a visit to the technology exhibition hosted at Rosedale.

Well done to those who have completed a SPaG.com test. A new test was posted yesterday.