This week the children have all completed practice tests (on arithmetic, mathematical reasoning, grammar, spelling and reading comprehension) similar to those they will do at the end of the year (the SATs). The purpose was both to provide an objective measure of the children’s current working level and to begin to get them used to taking tests in SATs format.
In other work, our history and English lessons have been combined. The children completed some excellent writing in which they imagined experiencing an air raid during World War II. And we spent an afternoon discussing the holocaust, the end of the Second World War in Europe and in Asia, and the Cold War and nuclear arms race that followed. We approached this through the life of a Polish scientist (Joseph Rotblat) who was deeply involved in, and affected by, this period of history.
A word on reading. We have such a full curriculum in Year 6 that there’s little time for independent reading in class and, for this reason, we’re especially keen that the children read widely at home. Everyone in the class has had the opportunity, in the course of the week, to borrow one of the Rosendale Book Club 100 books from the Library Bus. We’ve challenged them to finish the book and review it on the book club website before the end of term – and then to pick another of the 100 books to read over the holiday. Do ask your children to show you their personal Rosendale Book Club bookshelf.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend