Grade 6 Extended

Grade Newsletter Term 2- week 9

Solving the Crime of the Century!

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Virtue of the week: Justice

Practicing justice is being fair. It is solving problems so everyone wins. You don’t prejudge. You see people as individuals. You don’t accept it when someone acts like a bully, cheats or lies. Being a champion for justice takes courage. Sometimes when you stand for justice, you stand alone.

This Week...Elementary My Dear Watson!


What a sensational start to our new unit! Classrooms torn upside down, a vicious crime committed and a culprit on the loose. Some very serious crime scene investigators are required! Thankfully 6 NCo and 6THa have stepped forward and have spent this week passing their first two grueling exams! Three more examinations of their investigation skills to come! Once all five scrutinizing tests have been passed, the children can move into the crime scene and begin the exciting task of finding out what happened! New clues are found each day. What evidence lies around the next corner? Only time will tell! Stay tuned to find out!

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Language Arts

Reading


Over the next five weeks we will be reading the following Suspense Books


Operation Gadgetman - Malorie Blackman (this week we have analysed Bean's unique relationship with her Dad)

Mystery on the London Eye -Shiobhan Dowd (Ted is wired a little differently than other boys his age, this week we began to find out more about who he is)

Itch - Simon May (Itch the great scientist with an amazing array of crazy experiment to quite lterally blow your mind!

Hacker - Ted Dekker (pixel loves her mother dearly and will do anything to try and find the money to help save her life...this week we began to see her genius in action)


Writing- characterisation


Children have been discovering techniques used by authors to build up a picture about character/s within texts. Children gained an insight about characters through detection of evidence such as: appearance, actions, speech, similes/ metaphors used and also inner thoughts and emotions.



The children undertook role play to put themselves in the shoes of fictitious characters to demonstrate how the chosen character would behave and speak.Having viewed this evidence, children showed their understanding of the techniques used by author by writing an independent paragraph about a fictitious character (fictitious characters discussed during the week).

IPC-Science Investiations

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

¨ About several ways to investigate science

¨ How to make sure our investigations are well designed and reliable

¨ Ways to: collect, record, interpret and present our findings

¨ About several materials and their properties

Science 1- Chromatography (separation)

Science Task 2- Ph testing

The children embraced the first two tasks of their training schedule by carrying out investigations using 1).chromatography and 2).pH testing. The children learnt that chromatography is a method used for separation and can be used in forensic science to detect: drugs, poisons and examine inks (ransom notes etc.), and pH testing is also used to determine where a liquid is acid or alkaline.


1).The children investigated inks for their training task as a new piece of evidence (part of a note), was discovered earlier on in the week. 5 different inks were tested and children explored the composition of the varying inks. Following this, children recorded what they had done and what they had discovered (findings/ conclusion).


2). Children explored household items to discover whether they were more acidic or alkaline, using a pH scale and pH indicator paper. Again the process was recorded using an investigation planning grid.


Children were introduced to new scientific language that they will be uses in the coming weeks


Key language: method, results, conclusions, variables

Mathematics

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Calculating the area of circles and compound shapes involving circles

The Grade 6 children have moved on to a new section under the topic, Circle. The children are required to find the area of a circle using the formula πr² and the area of a figure that consists of rectangles, squares and triangles. Therefore, it will be crucial for the children to recall the formula of finding the figures mentioned above. It will be helpful if they label the individual figures so that they will not miss out any figures that they need to use.

Lastly, we are in the process of encouraging the children to highlight the keywords, write a few notes beside their number sentences and present the answer clearly.

Key Dates

High School Coffee Morning - Thursday 12th 8 am in HS Glass Hall

High School Open Lessons - Saturday 14th March (sign up via HS website)

Exit Point - Court Case - Wednesday March 26th 10.45 am

Grade 5 Production - Monday March 23rd and Wednesday March 25th at 7 pm in ES Hall

UES HEART Program Open Evening - Tuesday April 14th at 7.30 pm in ES Hall

The Investigators - Dates for the Diary

Home Learning Science Investigation Presentation - Friday March 27th

Court Case and Exit Point - Wednesday March 25th

Home learning tasks this week:

Spellings: To keep in theme with the children's IPC learning this week, spellings have been suspense based to aid the children with their written tasks.


Spellings due in : Monday 9th March

Test : Monday 9th March


Writer's notebook: Children to complete 1 piece of writing based on a character of their choice (select 1 of the 2 given)


Due in: Tuesday 10th March


Steps to success for writing:

- Must contain at least 6 examples of adventurous language (appearance)

- Include 2 spellings for this weeks list

- Be structured in at least two paragraphs

- Contain a similes/ metaphor (as practiced this week in class)

- Contain personification

- Include at least 1 or 2 lines of speech

Home Learning Project

Home Learning in Unit of Work

During this unit of work, children will be working on a long term project which will be due in on Friday 26th March. They will be conducting their own scientific investigations at home in response to a question of their choice. They will need to effectively plan and carry out their investigation, presenting their results to their classmates. They will have to follow strict investigation protocol.

Detailed project outlines will be given out in the first week of term and children will be expected to submit their progress weekly to the class teacher for guidance. Furthermore, examples from last year will be presented to the children to inspire!