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Week 5 - 20th March

Where are the weeks going? Only one week to go until our Easter break!


This week in English, we continued to use Private Peaceful and World War One as a stimulus for writing. We started the week by reading, annotating newspaper reports and finding features of what makes an effective newspaper report. Following this we began to research our chosen topic. Our reports will be a front page spread on the 1st day of The Battle of the Somme. We will each write a report that focuses on the battle itself, another brief report on recruitment following the battle and finally an article of our choice about an interesting soldier or heroic deed during the battle.


Next week, we will use our understanding of the features and our research to write our own newspaper reports.


In Maths this week, our focus was long division. We started the week by looking at the process involved and discussing the stages of completing a calculation. We then spent the rest of the week practising and developing our understanding and applying this to word problems.


Next week, we will look at a range of different problems and reasoning questions, focusing on our approach to these problems.


To celebrate World Poetry Day on Tuesday, Year 6 spent the day studying and writing their own World War One poems. We started by listening to famous actors reading the poems and then thought about how the poems made us feel, their purpose and the language they used. Having studied poems such as, In Flanders Fields and The Soldier we turned our attentions to our own poems. We watched videos of last post at the Menin Gate in Ypres and footage of some of the cemeteries in Belgium to inspire us. After this, we set about writing our own poems. The children’s poems were fantastic and really captured the idea behind WW1 poetry. We are going to produce a book of the poems and some videos of the children reading their poems, which we will post on the website.