Grade 6 Accelerated Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore

Monday 10th November - Friday 14th November 2014

Dates for your Diary

Swimming lessons are running until the end of term.

UES Sports Day - 25th November.

Christmas Fair - 29th November.

Maths Final Exam - 2nd December

Grade 6 Acc Graduation Assembly - 10th December.

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Home Learning for this Week

Language Arts

Next week the students will be publishing their Persuasive Essays and planning their Argumentative Essays.

As per usual, home learning for Language Arts will be:

A) Set on Tuesday, due on Wednesday.

B) Set on Thursday, due on Friday.

Students are also expected to practice their spelling words briefly each night, and read for 30 minutes most days.

Unit of Work

This week the children are asked to create a board game for their IPC homework. The children will have to reflect on the key knowledge they have learnt during the first 3 weeks of the unit, and create a board which reflects their current knowledge. However the children most include question cards in their board. This is a 2 week project and it should be handed in no later than the 28th of November.


The Grade 6 children started the week by developing their research skills. The children had to work together in small groups to plan and re-enact an imaginary Mayan Festival. The children had to not only select a festival to research, but also decide the different roles the members of their group would play.

We started of our research session by using books, IPads and magazines to research different Mayan festivals. The children had to also think very carefully about the source of information they used to research their festival, as well as the reliability of the source.

The children then had to plan how they could re-enact their festival showing all of the new knowledge they had gained during their research session. The grade 6 children showed amazing communication, cooperation and enquiry skills during their re-enactments.

Towards the later part of the week, the children started to focus on where and how the Mayans recorded key events. The children discovered that the Mayans created “Codices”. The children talked about how the Mayans created special books made of wood, in which they recorded all key information. Finally the children started to plan how they could go about creating their own “Codices” in small groups

Language Arts!

This week in Language Arts, the students have been writing their Persuasive Essays. We have spent time discussing the structure and language of essays, and on drafting each part. The students have been learning about how to write interesting introductions that set the tone for their essays, clearly structured paragraphs and strong conclusions.

A particular focus has been on using evidence and examples to support reasons. The students have had to use quotes from sources that they have found. Next week they will be working on their reference lists, ensuring that they have credited the sources that they have used. They will also be publishing their writing.

The students have also been reading and responding to a short extract from the text; The Bookseller of Kabul.

Next week the students will begin planning and drafting their Argumentative Essays.

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Persuasive Essay Task

L.T. (S) To write an effective short persuasive essay.

TASK: Write a persuasive essay which includes an introduction, conclusion and at least three paragraphs explaining the main reasons for your point of view. Your essay should be at least 1.5 pages long. Pick one of the topics below. You can either agree or disagree with your chosen topic (or pick one side).


a) School trips; educational or a waste of time.

b) Is it better to send a message to someone or to meet up with them?

c) Student textbooks should be replaced by student laptops.

d) Unhealthy fast food products should be sold with a warming label and in plain packaging.

e) Should people travelling in aeroplanes have to undergo intensive security screening?

f) All other programming on commercial television should be rescheduled during the Olympic Games.

Success Criteria

· I have included an introduction, conclusion and at least three paragraphs.

· I have included a topic sentence in my introduction, and restated it in my conclusion.

· I have three clear reasons, and explained them in detail, with supporting evidence.

· I have used emotive, persuasive language.

· I have included at least one rhetorical question.

· I have supported my essay with evidence, and referenced my sources.


For the next two weeks, the students will have to use their perseverance and diligence to work on our last topic on Decimals and to prepare for their final Mathematics Examination on Tuesday, 2 December. They had received a Revision Package which includes some revision notes and practice papers; which they could use for revision. Students are strongly encouraged to start on their revision early as this would give them more time for further practice.

Topics include:

  1. Operations with Whole Numbers
  2. Number Properties
  3. Fractions and Operations
  4. Decimals and Operations
  5. Algebra and Pattern

This is not the exhaustive list of practice that the students can do. They are strongly encouraged to revise and practice questions from chapter 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 18 of their course book and all work which can be found in their Mathematics folder. To reinforce related concepts, they may log on to It is beneficial to know all the mathematical terms used and they are found at the end of every chapter.

Virtue of the Week: Tact!

Step with care and great tact ,and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act.

Dr. Seuss

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

Audrey Hepburn

Don't flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

It is tact that is golden, not silence.

Samuel Butler