11th February 2019

English
This week in English has not been any ordinary week……. we have had an amazing and improving assessment week! Lots of us have improved by over 10 marks and even reached greater depth already -in February! We have enjoyed practising and learning what we need to improve on, and are getting ready for SATs which will be here as quick as a flash. We cannot wait to get back to learning new things, but we will certainly miss learning which areas we need to improve on.

Maths
In maths this week we have been doing our trusty tests again. Our recent lessons have helped us to score more marks, and almost everyone in the class has improved. We (as you know) love maths, and to have a week of maths papers is extremely generous of Miss Footitt. We cannot wait to get back to our ordinary lessons, but we will greatly miss our tests.

ICT
This week we have been talking about internet safety. The theme this year was permission and consent which we then had the opportunity to complete quizzes on.

Blog by Will T and Amelia

4th February

Maths
This week in maths, we have been working on converting decimals into fractions. Its been tough for some people because they haven't worked on this stuff before but for some that have not it was not as challenging.

English
This week in English we have completed our hot tasks and really enjoyed it. We were writing a newspaper report about an animal that we made up and ‘discovered’!

Topic
In topic we have finished our microorganism/bread experiment. We concluded that the lightest and warmest areas in our classroom were the places where you got more mould.

By Will T

28th January 2019

Maths
This week in maths we have been working on decimals and multiplying them by 10, 100 and 1000. This is a very useful skill as you don’t have to mess around with written methods. Bring on the next thing!

English
This time in English we have been doing colons and semi colons and have learnt a great skill in this as now we don’t have to always use commas. Here is an example, the cat climbed the tree: even though it was sharp.

Topic
This week in topic we have learning the Linnaean system. Its super cool to class animals and plants—you should try it! Carlos Linnaean was the creator of this so you can see where the name comes from. Its been a great week and I hope to see you again. Bye.

By Will T

21st January 2019

Maths
In maths this week, we have done our fractions hot task and our decimals cold task. The hot task came first and a lot of us did well on it since at least half of us got on to the extension task! Pretty good if you ask me!

Topic
This week in topic week we have been given a slice of bread to put in a place in the classroom to see if it went mouldy. We put it in places like on the windowsill and on the radiator. This is really fun experiment as is so interesting. And at this point were down on our knees begging to see what will happen.

English
This week in English, we have had a fresh start with a brand new cold task. We have been learning how to use colons, and like a dog finding a bone, we have sniffed out how to correctly use them. In our cold task, we had to write a newspaper article about Icelands Christmas advert, called Rang-tan. We enjoyed making it and would like to know more about which targets we should contain.

By Will T

14th January 2019

English
In English this week we have been practising our persuasive letters, for our hot write. We had to include subjunctive form, modal verbs and rhetorical questions (at least 3 times each). We have loved learning how to make our letters persuasive! We could either write to the Prime Minister, supermarket or brands. We had to explain to them that they should not use palm oil. We did our hot write on Thursday and we cannot wait for what Miss Footitt thinks when she marks it.

Maths
In maths this week we have been doing more work on fractions. Specifically questions like 1/2 of 7 and 2/4 of 7. In our most recent lesson, we learned about the 4 rules (multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting) and it was quite a challenge. Although, we did get through it and we cant wait for next weeks lesson.

Topic
This week in topic we have found out about our new exiting topic which is The Circle of Life. So far we have done many different tasks including word searches, made our front covers and we did our knowledge organisers. Hopefully next week will be even better.

By Will T

17th December 2018

English

This week in English we have been writing our cold task—it was a formal letter to our head teacher, Mrs Alford. It was to persuade her to use or not to use CCTV cameras in to school. We worked as hard as a blacksmith carving a sword. Fortunately, we got through it and are looking forward to seeing what Mrs Alford thinks to these persuasive letters.

Maths

This week in maths we have done a fractions hot task and a fractions cold task. Our cold task was trying to times and divide fractions, and like a swan trying to fly, we tried our best. We had lots to work on, but now we have realised how easy it actually is, and we are very confident that we will nail our hot task. We cannot wait for our hot task to come, and we are very excited to see our scores.

Topic

In topic this week, we have been getting ready for our enterprise, which we are selling chocolate cake. We have been rushing about, and with barely any equipment in the community kitchen to make our cake, I would say that We have done extremely well. Today is our last day of our Chocolate topic, and our cakes look scrumptious! We cannot wait to sell them this afternoon. Goodbye chocolate topic!

Will and Amelia.

Here’s the recipe if anyone wants to try and make it themselves.

6LDCake

Preparation- 10 minutes
Baking time- 28-30 minutes
Serves- Approximately 10-12

Ingredients for the cake

-480ml of almond milk
-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
-420g of self-raising flour
-480g of golden caster sugar -2 tablespoons of cocoa/cacao powder
-1 teaspoon of baking powder
-1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
-120g of coconut oil (melted)

Ingredients for the buttercream

-210g of margarine
-600g of icing sugar
-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon of almond milk
Cocoa powder

To make the cakes

Step 1- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees c and line three, 6-inch cake tins with grease-proof paper.
Step 2- In a bowl, combine the almond milk with the apple cider vinegar and whisk until fully combined. Set aside for 10 minutes to curdle. This creates a 'buttermilk'.
Step 3- In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, sugar, cocoa/cacao powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Mix well to combine.
Step 4- Add the melted coconut oil into the 'buttermilk' and whisk to combine.
Step 5- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
Step 6- Pour equal amounts of batter into the lined cake tins. Make sure to tap the tins on the worktop to remove any air bubbles.
Step 7- Pop the cakes into the centre of the pre-heated oven and bake for 28-30 minutes.

You will know they are done when you put a knife or skewer in and it comes out clean and they are springy to the touch.

Step 8- Place the cakes on a cooling rack and allow to cool fully.

To make the buttercream

Step 1- In a bowl/stand mixer, cream the margarine on high then add in the icing sugar and vanilla extract. Add in a splash of almond milk if too thick. You want the buttercream light and fluffy.
Step 2- Use the buttercream to fill and stack the cakes.

10th December 2018

Maths
This week in maths we have been working on mixed number fractions and adding and subtracting them. But like anything to do with maths it is not always simple until you know the steps. We’ve tried our best with this. Like a dog chasing after a ball we finally achieved it. Bring on the hot task!

English
In English, we have been writing our hot task poems. We had 3 choices. Mild - to adapt the Charlotte Dymond poem we have been looking at. Spicy - to write a poem about anti bullying. Or Hot - a poem about our own story (which was difficult) but we did brilliantly in the end.

Topic
This week in topic this week we have been deciding on packaging and adverts for our chocolate cake. We have been putting in so much effort so it will mean the world to us if you could come to the Christmas Enterprise. Its at 2pm at Carr Hill Primary School.

3rd December 2018

Maths

This week in maths we have been working on fractions, and like a dog with a bone we have been chasing them down! We have mostly done adding fractions with a different denominator. Hopefully we can crack them as easy as an egg by the end of this week. We are as eager as a starving shark, to learn more about fantastic fractions!

English

In English this wonderful week, we have been learning about relative clauses to help us add more information into our sentences. Luckily, we had learned how to use relative clauses in year 5 so we weren't clueless! We have found them very useful and are as excited as a small child getting sweets, to learn how to make our sentences much better by using different skills.

Topic

In topic we have been tasting chocolate aka chocolate cake and we guzzled it down like a pigs. We can’t wait for your opinions on it at the Carr Hill school enterprise. But from our market research, it has been 10/10 for the taste and look from most people. We will keep you updated on the news.

Will/Amelia.

26th November 2018

English

In English this week, we have been practising our reading test skills, and have been working as hard as a clown on a tight rope. We love tests so much that our brains walked around the whole world just to get a answer! We can’t believe that it’s the end of the week already, and

we are ready for another new start of a refreshing English lesson.

Maths

In maths this week, we have been doing lots of math tests, and have got super scores. We are very proud of how well we’ve done and some of us have already reached our goals in just under 3 months of year 6. We have also been learning how to simplify fractions, which we did in year 5 but had forgotten. We have just learnt how to place fractions onto a number line. At first we were struggling, but we soon got the hang of it. We cannot wait for another lesson on fractions.

Topic

In topic this week, we have been baking a special dessert for our enterprise. In the progress, we have been getting getting as dirty as pigs rolling in mud. We have finished our baking, and the dessert is looking fabulous . We can’t wait to sell it, so keep updated.

6LDC blog by Will and Amelia

19th November 2018

English

This week in English, we have been doing another one of our favourite things -slow write. We have to follow the structure of 8 sentences which includes things like using a subordinating clauses all the way up to a rhetorical questions, with lots inbetween. We were like fish trying to get to the bottom of the ocean, but instead, trying to get to the bottom of our page. We love slow writes and we can’t wait for the next one.

Maths

In maths we have been working on bodmas and bidmas. It helped us a lot. We have also done our cold task on fractions, which is one of the main things you need to know when it comes to Sats. We are looking forward to seeing our results from the task.

Topic

In topic we have been trying to sort out our enterprise project, which will be chocolate! Also, we will be selling our recipe book. Please make sure you come to buy one.

6LDC blog by Will and Amelia

12th November 2018

Year Six had a fantastic time at the York Chocolate Story. They found out about how chocolates are made and had the opportunity to make their own chocolate lollipops. They also had fun making a Mayan chocolate drink, although most decided that they preferred having hot chocolate to drink. The children have definitely been inspired to create their own chocolate products.

29th October 2018

Maths

This week in maths, we have been learning cubed and squared numbers. We have also been completing the 4 operations Hot Task. We have enjoyed doing them very much, and are ready to tackle the next task! Bring it on!

English

In English this week, we have written our very long sequels to the Alchemist’s letter! At first, we weren't very sure of what we were doing, because we had to include a wide variety of skills (our targets). As we got into the flow, we soon realised that it was actually very exciting as we have improved massively—particularly the word types we were using. We are now looking forward to our next cold task!

Topic

In topic, we have been having a lot of fun finishing our carousel models, in which we designed and painted in the colour of our choice.

Spanish

What do you think about our Spanish singing? Do you know what we our singing?

blog by Amelia and Will.T

22nd October 2018

English
This week in English, we have been doing a slow write. This was many peoples first time of doing one, but we all enjoyed it. We had been writing it about a picture from the short clip of the Alchemist’s Letter, which we had been writing about in lots of our English lessons before. At first, we were quit worried about writing it, but then we got in to the flow of it, and produced a very ‘hooking’ paragraph.

Maths
In maths this week, we have been finishing off our work of dividing by two numbers, and starting a fresh new piece of work on factors. Lots of people were already confident with factors but could do with a refresh! We have been mostly working on common factors too, which we also found we were very capable of.

Topic

In topic we have been making our own carousels, which we have left to finish for next week!

6LDC blog by Will and Amelia

15th October 2018

Maths
This week in maths we have been doing multiplication. But no ordinary multiplication, we have been multiplying with two numbers (which we have been doing very successfully and confidently). We are now ready for next week’s challenge.

English
In English this week, we have been focusing on spelling and symbolism. We have had a lot of light bulb moments, which was very satisfying for Miss Footitt. We have based the symbolism on the short animation of the Alchemist’s Letter! In spelling we have been practising lots of handwriting to.

Topic
In topic we have been doing the Scream Machine. We have been practising to draw our horses from the merry go round, which we have very much enjoyed.

By Will and Amelia

8th October 2018

Maths
The main features of maths that we’ve covered this week are the ending of the place value unit, and the start of the 4 operations unit! We had been working very hard with our minus and place value process, but unfortunately we have to come to a close. Now we are working on + and – numbers, which we are doing quite well at. We are enjoying maths very much, and cannot wait for next week’s lessons!

English
In English we have been finishing and checking our biographies. Under the pressure of the cold task, we know it was coming soon, and come soon it did with the Alchemist’s Letter. Miss Footitt told us that the Chilli Challenges were: retelling the film as a story, continuing the story or a free write of our choice.

Have a listen to the song we learned in Spanish this week!

Topic
In topic, we have been focusing on Scream Machine. We have been learning about fairs and theme parks, and all the rides. We are now learning to construct our own ride, using the main materials. We cannot wait to make them and construct them so that they actually spin round!

Amelia and Will T

1st October 2018

On Wednesday, we celebrated European Languages day. The children learned new facts, took a quiz, learned the Zorba dance in addition to a challenge of making the classroom more multi-lingual. Here’s what they produced.

Meet our new class breathing ambassadors for our class. They are doing a fab job at calming the class down after lunchtimes with their breathing techniques.

Last but not least, 6LDC now have two new journalists. Will and Amelia have volunteered to be responsible for writing a report and taking photographs of our week, for the blog.

24th September 2018

This week we have been continuing to work on place value in maths and learn the grammar skills such as conjunctions, parenthesis and tenses so that we are fully prepared for our HOT write next week.

We learned that Scream Machine is our new topic title. We will be learning all about fairgrounds, forces, levers, pulleys, electricity and much much more. This week kicked off with finding out what we already know and what we would like to find out about. We even got to have a go with some Victorian toys.

17th September 2018

Well, we have had a fabulous first full week back. Maths is all about place value and English is about biographies.

One of our first important jobs this week was to assign class members to new job roles. Meet our representatives.

Enterprise representatives- Will and Ollie

Afternoon office jobs - Aysenaz

Green champions - Blake and Sophia

Courtyard caretaker - Emre

Class helpers -

Hollie, Neisha and Phoebe