Good morning Year 6 and welcome back.
I hope you had a fantastic half term and enjoyed a well deserved rest. Let me know if you completed any of the half term challenges!
I am really looking forward to seeing you all on Zoom at 9:05am!
Warm up challenge (15 minutes)
I want you to spend some time writing about your half term.
What did you do?
Which day was your favourite? Why?
Did you complete any challenges? Which ones?
Reading (40 minutes)
Today we are starting a new text. Here is the front cover:
What are you initial impressions?
What do you think the book will be about?
Do you think you will enjoy the book? Why?
Complete a ‘thinking out loud’ activity about the front of the book.
- What you can see.
- What you know.
- What you think might be happening.
- What links you can make.
- What questions you would like to ask.
Here is an example to get you started:
Now you have a go.
Here are the words and punctuation that we see in the first sentence – however they are all mixed up.
dark spring , . London chasing It old
blustery in and small dried-out North a
was city mining across Sea , the
a town bed the of afternoon
was of the
You first task is to put the words and punctuation in an order that makes sense.
What sentence did you come up with?
Are there any words that you don’t understand?
Have a listen to the correct sentence:
Were you correct?
Write a summary of what you have learnt so far. Remember to use evidence from the front cover and the first sentence of the book.
Writing (30 minutes)
Start by having a look at today’s vocabulary:
Feeble – lacking physical strength.
Scarce – a very small amount. Hardly anything at all.
Skulking – keep out of sight.
Gnawing – biting or nibbling.
Now read the first part of the story:
The Hunting Ground
It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the North Sea.
In happier times, London would never have bothered with such feeble prey. The great Traction City had once spent its days hunting far bigger towns than this, ranging north as far as the edges of the Ice Waste and south to the shores of the Mediterranean. But lately prey of any kind had started to grow scarce, and some of the larger cities had begun to look hungrily at London. For ten years now it had been hiding from them, skulking in a damp, mountainous, western district which the Guild of Historians said had once been the island of Britain. For ten years it had eaten nothing but tiny farming towns and static settlements in those wet hills. Now, at last, the Lord Mayor had decided that the time was right to take his city back over the land-bridge into the Great Hunting Ground.
It was barely halfway across when the look-outs on the high watch-towers spied the mining town, gnawing at the salt-flats twenty miles ahead. To the people of London it seemed like a sign from the gods, and even the Lord Mayor (who didn’t believe in gods or signs) thought it was a good beginning to the journey east, and issued the order to give chase.
The mining town saw the danger and turned tail, but already the huge caterpillar tracks under London were starting to roll faster and faster. Soon the city was lumbering in hot pursuit, a moving mountain of metal which rose in seven tiers like the layers of a wedding cake, the lower levels wreathed in engine-smoke, the villas of the rich gleaming white on the higher decks, and above it all the cross on top of St Paul’s Cathedral glinting gold, two thousand feet above the ruined earth.
What impression do you get of the text?
What is happening?
Based on what you have read and the work you completed in reading, I would like you to write a prediction of what you think the text is going to be about.
Things you could include in your prediction:
- Do you think the story is fiction or non-fiction?
- When do you think the story is set – now, the past or the future? Why?
- What type of story do you think it will be? Happy, calm, adventurous, sad, funny etc? Why?
- What do you think will happen in the story? Why?
Maths (1 hour)
This week we are back to our Five in Five questions. This week we will start moving up to 6 questions – can you still complete them in 5 minutes?
Here are today’s:
1) ________ x 100 = 67, 432
2) 345 ÷ 13 =
3) 1/3 x 1/3 =
4) 6.53 + 1.34 =
5) 91.32 + 15.84 =
This week, we are going to be recapping and extending our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. Today, we will begin with addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals.
Task 1: Addition of whole numbers.
Remember that when we are adding numbers, we can either do this mentally or using a written strategy. If we are using a written strategy there are many different ones. The one we often use in class is the column method e.g.
The most important thing when adding using the column addition is to think about our place value and make sure we line up the place value.
Let’s look at an example:
124,365 + 25,415
You can see that the first number and 6 digits and the second number has 5 digits so let’s look at how we line them up.
One way that can help us it to use a place value grid e.g.
Now we can put each digit into its correct place value column:
Now we add each place value column starting at the units.
You will notice that in the unit column we have two 5s. 5 + 5 =10
When this happens, we need to put the units into the answer box and carry the tens e.g:
Now we need to add the tens column:
6 + 1 = 7 but don’t forget we need to add the 1 that we carried from the units column
7 + 1 = 8
Now we just continue adding each column:
124,365 + 25,415 = 149,780
Hint: Remember when we are adding whole numbers that your answer should be bigger than the numbers that you are adding.
Now it is your turn:
1) 5448 + 895 =
2) 6854 + 987 =
3) 9421 + 841 =
4) 1235 + 154 =
5) 8549 + 426 =
6) 3594 + 159 =
7) 2596 + 485 =
8) 4689 + 753 =
9) 7439 + 816 =
10) 123,847 + 2,134 =
11) 236,184 + 5,347 =
12) 634,478 + 12,381 =
13) 258,369 + 21,547 =
14) 635,987 + 54,189 =
15) 1,254,489 + 265,184 =
Task 2: Addition of decimal numbers.
Remember, when we are adding decimal numbers using the column method, the place value is still the most important part. One way to really help us is to make sure the decimal point is lined up.
Let’s have a look.
125.63 + 12.5
You can see that there are a different amount of digits in each number so we can use the decimal to help us:
If we want to, we can add a place value holder (0) in the columns where there are gaps:
Now we add from the smallest place value column – in this case the hundredths.
You will notice that when we get to the tenths column we have 6 + 5
6 + 5 = 11
For this we need to add the tenths to the answer box and carry the unit across the decimal place to the units column.
Now when we are adding the units, we need to remember to add the 1 that we have carried across.
Then we just carry on:
125.63 + 12.5 = 138.13
Now your turn:
1) 25.3 + 12.6 =
2) 125.63 + 52.1 =
3) 256.34 + 125.01 =
4) 205.55 + 52.06 =
5) 451.02 + 101.36 =
6) 630.025 + 15.2 =
7) 560 + 32.6 =
8) 602.1 + 523 =
9) 256.003 + 12.15 =
10) 521.632 + 25.06 =
Task 3: Subtraction of whole numbers
Again, when we are using the column method, we need to think really carefully about the place value. We also need to make sure that we set out the numbers in the order that they appear in the calculation e.g
467 – 286 =
Again, we need to start from the smallest place value which in this example is the units.
When we get to the tens column we have 6 – 8.
We can’t do this. If we had 6 sweets, we wouldn’t be able to eat 8. Instead we need to go across the the hundreds column and use one of them.
We take 1 from the 4 and that makes the 4 a 3.
We then add the 1 the the tens column. The reason it becomes 16 instead of 7 is because we are adding a hundred not 1.
Then we can carry on:
467 – 286 = 181
Now you try:
1) 5,369 – 265 =
2) 12,158 – 1,369 =
3) 26,158 – 3,879 =
4) 36,058 – 6,147 =
5) 123,815 – 85,124 =
6) 250,015 – 52,147 =
7) 365,154 – 124,005 =
8) 420,159 – 202,147 =
9) 562,123 – 265,000 =
10) 1,258,000 – 785,154 =
Task 4: Subtraction of decimal numbers.
Again, you need to think about the place value. Make sure you take note of the decimal number and always ensure the number at the top is bigger than the number at the bottom ie.
152.36 – 63.74 =
Now your go:
1) 56.32 – 21.26 =
2) 125.24 – 14.02 =
3) 362.25 – 154.07 =
4) 250.12 – 14.25 =
5) 478.02 – 154.36 =
6) 1,254.36 – 25.01 =
7) 2,563.01 – 125.96 =
8) 4,136.9 – 125.36 =
9) 1,536.25 – 148.3 =
10) 5,812.65 – 12.001 =
Independent Reading (30 minutes)
Enjoy spending some time reading a book of your own choice.
When you have finished, why not spend some time researching facts about the author.
Let us know what you find out.
Spelling (15 minutes)
Spend some time playing a spelling game at
Geography (1 hour 15 minutes)
This half term, our topic will be:
What do you know about trade?
Do you know what the word global means?
Don’t worry if you don’t because we will be finding out over the next 5 weeks.
We will look at 2 areas today.
Our first question is:
What is trade?
First we are going to refresh our memory and make sure we understand the different countries that make up the UK.
Have a look at the video at the link below to remind yourself.
Now have a look at the first set of vocabulary for today:
Trade – buying and selling goods and services.
Import – buying goods or services into a country from abroad.
Export – selling goods or services to another country.
Product – something that is made and then sold.
Read this extract about trade:
Import and Export
Buying and selling things is called trade. Trade is an important way for countries to make money and has been happening across the world for hundreds of years. Today, goods are carried around the world in container ships and aeroplanes.
We ‘import’ and ‘export’ goods and services in a system of global trade.
People in the UK can sell things they make when people in other countries want them. This might be because these countries can’t make them themselves or because they are cheaper or better quality. Sending goods like this to other countries is called export.
There are also things, such as bananas or oranges that are hard or impossible to grow in the UK because of its physical geography, so we have to buy these things from abroad. Also, some products such as wheat can be grown on a larger scale in countries with a greater landmass such as the USA, which reduces cost for the UK if they are bought from elsewhere. This is called import.
Sometimes countries need experts from abroad such as engineers, scientists or teachers. These experts can sell their services to people around the world and this is called a service industry.
Usually more developed countries such as the UK export valuable manufactured goods such as:
electronics and cars, and import cheaper products such as tea and coffee.
The next part we will be looking at:
What does the United Kingdom trade and who does it trade with?
First, let’s see what you have learnt so far.
Can you match the vocabulary with its definition?
Now look at the next set of vocabulary:
Goods – things that are bought and transported.
Trading partners – countries that have agreed to trade with each other.
Watch the video and read the information below to learn more about trade.
What sorts of goods do you think the UK imports?
What goods do you think the UK exports?
Who do you think the UK trades with?
Have a look at the information below to see that different items that the UK trades and some of our trade partners.
What did you find out?
Did anything surprise you?
Write an explanation about what you have learnt today. Make sure you answer the following questions in your explanation:
- What is trade?
- What does the United Kingdom trade?
- Who does the United Kingdom trade with.
Times Table Rock Stars
Have you taken part in this weeks competition yet? Make sure you do!
Well done Year 6 – hopefully you’ve managed to get back to the work and have had a good day!
See you in the morning.
Miss Kinsella and Mrs Maruzza.