Our Learning this week in P6NM

We have had a very busy week!

You might have noticed that reading books have now been assigned to groups. Over the coming weeks we will be revising the Literature Circle roles using our whole class novel before starting literature circles independently in our groups. For more information on literature circles you can access an overview here: http://www.litcircles.org/Overview/overview.html

We have been enjoying our whole class novel – A Kind of Spark. It has elicited a lot of conversation about some of the themes – fitting in and being different.

In the novel, the main character, Addie is campaigning for a memorial for the historic witch hunts which took place in her village. We heard some information from a local historian online about the Edinburgh witch trials and made some flyers to support Addie’s cause. A home learning opportunity to could find out more about the witch trials in Edinburgh. Please note that parental guidance may be required for some of the more gruesome details.

Children have also been involved in the planning of our new topic, Living Things and their Habitats. We have identified some key questions that we would like to explore:

What is classification?

How can we encourage wildlife in the playground?

What are microorganisms and what do they do?

How do plants and animals benefit society? In particular, what is the importance of bees?

Could we make a food chain/ web?

What are fertilisers and how do they work?

What are the pros/ cons of fertilisers?

We are also exploring the possibility of starting the RSPB’s Wild Challenge Bronze Award. Watch this space…

We started with the key question, what is classification and have started to explore ways to classify groups of animals. A possible home learning activity could be to research different methods of animal classification.

Other areas of learning:


– multiplying and dividing whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000

– rounding whole numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000

– sequencing 5 and 6 digit numbers

– solving word problems

Home Learning:


Create questions using your knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 to the answers:

A – 76 B – 760 C – 7 600 D – 76 000


– discussing the themes ‘fitting in’ and being ‘different’ in our whole class novel – A Kind of Spark

– creating flyers

– practising our new spelling rule – G is soft saying j when it comes before e, i, y

– story writing using the clock tower as a stimulus

– summarising

Home learning:

Make up a Silly Story using as many of your spelling words as possible, make sure to check your spelling against the list.

Health and Wellbeing

– working in partners and teams

– developing our fitness

-identifying the traits of a great class mate

Well done for your hard work this week P6NM, have a great weekend!

Mrs Nicholson