Key Skills for May Half Term

First of all – well done this term! SATs went by with ease and you all worked very hard at it. We have done some mature topics in year six following SATs and you have handled and discussed these with great maturity.

As on the first day back, 1st June, we are dressing as explorers and our new topic is all related to exploring an unknown part of the world, we want to link our writing to exploring! 

Nigel Thornberry

We want you to imagine that you are an explorer first of all. Imagine that you have just explored somewhere that everyone else will know…

This is where your imagination really comes into it. You could write a piece of narrative explaining your exploration of your living room, for example. If you write this from a “confused” point of view – it could be great. You could write it with humour and confusion, avoiding writing the name of the place. By avoiding the name of the place – could the reader work out what you have explored?

For example: 

On Friday 22nd May, 2015 I embarked on a crazy adventure! I began this whirlwind in East Hunsbury. In front of me I saw some familiar cars, familiar houses and some familiar faces.

As I entered the place of exploration, I could smell some strange scents – garlicky spaghetti bolognese for sure! Black and white tiles lay across the floor and the door, which seemed to be an exit, had another door within it – for a beast to enter and exit I would imagine. Below the tables there were white doors with a bright light behind them – what on earth was this place? To be continued… 

Where do you think I have described? What place have I explored? 

Task: writing an exploration explanation of somewhere either interesting or extremely boring, creatively. Hopefully with clues to tell the reader where you have described.

How to submit: we now have a few ways to submit our key skills: green key skills books, OneNote, blog, shared document or via e-mail.


We look forward to reading and sharing your work! Have a fabulous week. 

To ask or not to ask? That is the question.

Charities believe they have a duty to ask people for money and help the most vulnerable (people, animals, areas of our environment) in our world. Many people across the world live in terrible conditions or have serious diseases/disabilities. Animals are treated with extreme cruelty and abandoned, left to perish without a second thought. Recently, there have been many heart wrenching appeals for donations of money following the catastrophic earthquakes in Nepal. An example of why this money is needed is shown in this clip of a fifteen year old boy being pulled from the rubble of a building five days after the first earthquake in Kathmandu.

This is a link to an advert asking for money for clean water in some of the poorest areas of the world:

However, this weekend there has been a news story about Olive Cooke, a poppy seller, who felt badgered by charities to give money. Her friends say she died of exhaustion after she received thousands of letters and phone calls asking for money. Read the news report in to this.

So, the questions is… Is it right for charities to ask for donations?

Talk to your partner and have a think about what you think is right. Give me your opinion on the blog.

Tomorrow – Year 6 Relaxed Day (No Breakfast Club)

It is a “relaxed day” tomorrow. Therefore, you need to bring:

  • Toppings for ice cream – no nuts please.
  • PE kit, however, it is still a uniform wearing day.
  • Sun cream – the weather forecast says sun and we will be outside a lot.
  • A hat – sun!

Well done for all of your hard work. Simon de Senlis is very proud of you and your efforts! You should also be proud of yourselves.

The Year Six team.

Grammar Help

Above are three websites which could help with some different elements of grammar. Everyone has a good understanding of grammar; however, these could help tighten up some area!


Maths Activities and Games for Your Help

Below are several games and activities that you can have a go at to help tighten up your understanding of some of the concepts of maths:

Grouping fractions, decimals and percentages.

Range of activities: number bonds, timestables, halving, doubling etc. – Especially good for looking at halving and doubling decimal numbers.

Practising your ability to calculate percentages of amounts. 

Finding equivalent ratios/fractions. 

Guess my angle – best for you to go on “estimating up to 180”.

Countdown – practice your mental four operations.

Weighing scales – reading the scale correctly. 

Matching decimals, fractions and percentages. Matching Cards.

Fractions of amounts – a lot trickier than it seems!

Variety of problems and questions. 

2d and 3d shapes. 

Let me know how you get on and have a wonderful weekend 🙂