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The children have started back in Year 6 working really hard because this is their SATs year.
In maths, they have focused on place value, ordering and rounding whole numbers and are now consolidating their understanding of, and skills in using, the four operations: addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. Some of them learn maths with one of the other teachers, so messages about maths will be passed to their own maths teacher.
In English, we are reading The Odyssey by Homer, retold by Geraldine McCaughrean. Originally a poem designed to be told, not read, it tells the story of the Greek hero, Odysseus, as he tries to get home after winning the Trojan Wars in the battle at Troy. On his journey he encounters many difficulties and makes lots of mistakes. The children also have guided reading lessons, spelling and grammar focus lessons and do work related to their class reader. Some of their homework will allow them to prepare for the spelling investigation the following week.
The children now have homework books to do their homework in. It is intended that these will keep the homework neat and together, and provide parents with information and some examples of the type of work the children are doing in class. Homework will be set on a Monday and is due to be handed in on the following Friday. The children have been give a laminated spelling card to keep at home. This contains the government list of spelling for the whole of KS2, any of which may be tested in the spelling and grammar portion of the SAT test in May.