As some of you may have been aware (and had it marked on your calendars), this week would have been SATs week. I know that there will be some of you that are very glad that this has not happened. However, I know that there will be many of you who are also not happy that this has not happened because of all the tremendous effort and hard work that you have been putting in to achieve the very best you can.
I honestly am not happy that the SATs are not happening this week.
Not because I enjoy the SATs, like giving you tests or enjoy 'stressing you out' as someone once told me(!), but purely because I know that there were some of you who had your worries, anxieties and concerns about year 6 (and mostly because of the SATs) that have said that you feel that your hard work has gone to waste.
It has not.
Everything that you have learned, practised, recapped, explored, built, devised, planned, danced, acted or coloured () has helped you. These lessons that you have learned, the practice tests that you have taken, the activities that you have completed, the pieces of work that you have edited and improved, the times you talked it through with a partner, the times you put your hand up to ask or answer a question, every single moment of being in school and doing your homework has all counted.
They may not have now counted towards the SATs tests. But they have counted. They have made you a better learner. They have shown you what testing is like as you get older and how to prepare for them. They have given you the tools to move on to the next step (whatever that may be). They have helped your social skills. They have counted towards you leaving a mark on OUR school. The SATs tests do not show how great you are at many different things as they are only a 'snapshot' of what you can do.
Whilst the SATs tests have not happened and this week will be SATsless, know that the work you have done this year has not been pointless. (I don't care if SATsless isn't a word).
I have seen characters and personalities flourish, I have been given a front row seat into seeing what you are all about and I have been given the opportunity to enjoy the ride this year (for the most part!) and that is what makes this year special to me. How you become the true you is what matters.
Well done on everything up to this point and don't dwell on the SATs. Know that you have done well and continue to with all of your work at home.
After last night's announcement, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel and fingers crossed we will see each other soon!
Stay safe, enjoy this SATsless week and I will speak to you soon.
Go to minimaths.co.uk
Click on year 6 arithmetic practice papers
Scroll down to week 21 and open
Write down the questions (or print) and solve them
Answers are available as 'days' under the answers link
For your maths task, go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbh6hbk and complete the activities. There are videos and games to play. There is also a downloadable (or you could write out the questions) task at the bottom to complete. This is all based on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers by integers, which we have covered before so this is a recap. Remember to make mixed number fractions into improper fractions before multiplying.
If anybody would like to have a game of Times Tables Rock Stars, I propose that at 10:45am-11:15am and/or 2:15pm-2:45pm you log on and we can try and get some games going against each other. I have put two times in case there are some of you who can't get on at one of those times and we will play daily!
No one has been able to beat me yet! My personal best is 75. Bring it on!
For your English task, I have included a PowerPoint of a Mayan story below. I have not included all of the story as we will look at it in parts this week.
There are 5 slides on the PowerPoint to go through to get to know the beginning of the story and the character 'Pik'.
After reading the first 5 slides, I would like you to write a diary entry as Pik as he details his thoughts and feelings on the story so far and how he feels about what could happen next. You will want to include as much detail as possible, you can also use the pictures and parts of your history and geography work from last week to help aid your descriptions. You will need to include descriptions of characters and settings, direct speech, fronted adverbials, relative clauses, parentheses and a wide range of adventurous vocabulary to make this really stand out!
There is a spelling list below for you to practise and I would like you to select another 7 or 8 to practise. I would suggest that you try them and see which ones you know you need to work on!
For your history task, I would like you to find out about Chichen Itza - 'El Castillo' (in particular) and create a tourist leaflet for it. You will need information about it that could include its historical significance, the uses of it now or in the past, the 5 Ws (who, what, when, where, why) of it being built, what it has there and what does it mean, fun facts and anything else that you can think of. This leaflet should include all of the information that tourists would want and need and you can draw on your knowledge of visiting other landmarks and what information is given out there. I have included some links and resources below to help you.