P6J Class Blog 4.12.20

Here is a summary of our learning this week: 


We continued our Literacy Evolve novel called ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’. We were learning to convert direct speech into reported speech. We looked at the features for doing this (e.g. no speech marks, adding in additional (they said that they), moving to the past tense).

We completed the Vocabulary Vulture task (identifying words in our books that we don’t know the meaning of or words that we find interesting) and discussed our books in our Literature Circles. We used our dictionary skills to find the definitions.

We worked cooperatively to create intergalactic travel guides to our solar system. We used our notes about the planets to create a travel pamphlet encouraging intergalactic travel to some of the planets.

We wrote a story based on a video called ‘The Wishgranter’ focusing on identifying the main events of the story and adding description. 

We have been reading our new class novel: There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom and discussing this in class.

Literature Circle reading to be completed by next Wednesday:

  • Beetle Boy: read up to the end
  • Our City: read up to the end
  • Game Boy: Read up to the end
  • How Kirsty Jenkins Stole The Elephant: read up to the end
  • The Accidental Time Traveller: read up to the end
  • How Brave Is That?: read up to the end
  • Framed: read up to the end

Spelling for next week: prefixes to create antonym. 

  • A prefix is a letter or group of letters added to the beginning of a root word to change its meaning.
  • Antonyms or opposites are often formed by the addition of a prefix

e.g. complete – incomplete

  • Note – words beginning with r does not alter – simply insert the prefix

e.g.    ir + regular = irregular

Super: irresponsible antisocial anticlimax irregular incomplete illegal informal invisible injustice inactive invalid

Fantastic: anticlockwise irresistible antiseptic irreversible irrespective inconvenient illiterate indigestion illogical inefficient illegible 

Tricky words: lesson lessen

Home Learning Ideas:

  • Continue to practise your spelling words at home.
  • Read your set pages of your Literature Circle book. Pick out some words that you don’t know or find interesting and use a dictionary to find the definition.

Maths and Numeracy:

In numeracy we have been learning about decimals. We practised partitioning decimals (e.g. tenths, hundredths). We have looked at creating equivalent fractions and converting fractions to decimals. 

We created snap games to match fractions with decimals.

Equivalent fractions: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsxhfg8/articles/zwjwgdm 

Converting fractions to decimals: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znmtsbk/articles/z4ymtv4 

We have been rounding decimal numbers to the nearest whole number and the nearest tenth or hundredth. 

Rounding decimals: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zm6g9mn 

Some of us looked at multiplying decimals by multiples of 10 , 100 and 1000.

We continued our Numeracy Ninjas to practise mental maths (e.g. addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), times tables and key maths skills.

Home learning:

  • Topmarks / Hit the Button / Daily 10
  • Square puzzle: create a 10×10 grid. colour in the paper using the following rules: 1/4 red, 1/20 yellow, 3/50 blue / 0.14 green, 1/10 pink and the rest purple. What fraction is purple?
  • Round and about: find as many examples as you can of decimals being rounded up or down to make them easier to work with. Examples could be found in newspapers or magazines.
  • Measure your height in metres. Record your height in centimetres and millimetres. Try this with other members of your family.


In P.E, we practised skipping skills using one foot and two feet. We have started to add in some tricks to our skipping.

We continued our new topic ‘Deep Space Exploration’. We looked at the distance of the planets in our solar system. We first predicted what the distance was then compared that to the actual locations. We were quite surprised by the location of the planets in relation to the sun! 

We created 3D snowflakes for our Christmas window display. We are enjoying Christmas activities and we have a class advent calendar with kindness tasks to complete each day! 

We designed our own planet.

We used compasses outside and learnt how to set a compass to north. We will be using this in our outdoor learning next week.

Have a lovely weekend!