Balanced Arguments and Blood!

We have focused on multiplication and division of 10, 100 and 1000 using the pyramid method in maths this week.  This method is where the digits move along an imaginary place value table and has helped with some of the trickier questions where there are lots of zeros to contend with.  Next week we will be applying our skills to mathematical problems.

In English lessons this week, using the thorough research previously carried out, the children wrote their balanced arguments, supported by relevant evidence and clear explanations.  Moving on from this, we have discussed writing from different perspectives and putting ourselves into the shoes of a parent in Pig Heart Boy.  Next week, we will write a recount of the story so far from mum or dad’s point of view.

This week in history we researched Chichén Itzá – one of the seven wonders of the world and the children produced an information page which included a picture and five facts.  The children also came up with some fantastic ways to separate each fact, using the Mayan number system or small images instead of bullet points.

In science this week, we carried out a practical task to help us understand the complex yet fascinating components of blood.  Using different ingredients to represent the plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, the children made some ‘blood’.  In doing so, they were able to gain a deeper understanding about the roles of each component as well as the ratios.

For homework, children have the usual spellings and maths. In addition to this, they have a topic task which is to research and then create a Mayan mask.  They have until Wednesday 4th October to work on these projects.  We can’t wait to see what they come up with.

Have a great weekend!

The Year 6 Team