Welcome to Year 6! Happy New Year!
Spring Term 1 in Year 6
Homework will be passed out by your teachers every Friday. It must be handed in by the following Tuesday. If you struggle with your homework, you can bring it in on Monday and we will gladly go through it with you to give you some pointers.
With writing being one of your formally-assessed subjects at the end of Year 6, we have an extra-special focus on it this year, in order to help you to improve as thoroughly and rapidly as possible. This coming term, we will work on our use of powerful descriptive language both in some stand-alone setting descriptions and in our re-write of a multi-pathway story.
Power of imagery - Within this unit we will recap some of the examples of descriptive and figurative language that you will already know (simile, metaphor etc) before introducing you to some new ways to describe using vivid figures of speech: personification, hyperbole and idioms in particular. These new strategies will then be applied to a character description and a setting description - the setting description being an independent piece of writing that you will complete towards the end of this half term.
Challenge - Can you find out what the three terms above (personification, hyperbole and idiom) mean? If you can, match them to the following sentences:
- Hurry up; you've been in the shower forever!
- The sun shone, the crickets buzzed and school was a whole six weeks away; I was on Cloud 9.
- Rain continued to pour down in torrents as the clouds wept and commuters wrapped their coats tightly around themselves. Manchester's summer was, once again, turning out to be winter's not-too-distant cousin.
Multi-pathway stories - Within this unit we will look at a multipathway story called 'The Barrowquest'. It follows the protagonist, Lin, a short and slim boy who is teased by the other children but chosen by Magh, the village chief, to save the village from their surrounding enemies. To do this he has to face many challenges on his way to finding the old wizard, who had saved the village in the past.
In this unit we will re-write the first chapter of the story before exploring some of the different 'pathways' to follow and writing our own chapters with multiple options to follow at the end. As we do so, we'll apply the figurative language skills that we've picked up in the previous unit.
We've spent a term looking at our key operations in Numeracy (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) as well as a significant amount of time exploring how to understand and calculate proportion. This term, we will cover position and direction and algebra!
Algebra in particular can be quite scary when you get problems like this:
2n+5b = 26
n+7b = 31
What are the values of n and b?
When you break it down into its different parts and study it visually, however, it all becomes pretty straightforward! Picture it like this - imagine n stands for oranges and b stands for bananas. In the first equation you have 2 oranges and 5 bananas, which costs you 26 pence. In the second, you have 1 orange and 7 bananas, which costs you 31 pence. Now double what you have in that second equation so you have the same number of oranges. 2 oranges and 14 bananas would cost you 62 pence, because you have doubled everything that you have. So now you have the following true statements at your disposal:
2n+5b = 26
2n+14b = 62
What's the difference between the two statements? There is a difference of 9 bananas and 36pence. So 9 bananas cost 36pence, making one banana cost 4pence. From there, you can work out the price of an orange!