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New Term Begins

Welcome back and thank you for a great start to the year. Year 6 have settled in well, meeting new buddies, new jobs and responsibilities and have made a good start to learning.

This week we have been focusing on descriptive writing in English. Discussing the features of what makes interesting descriptive writing. We have talked about similies, metaphors, personification, alliteration - all under the umbrella of figurative language. We have also been exploring the 'show not tell' route in order to engage readers interest and powers of inference. As part of our English we also looked at proofreading a passage which was interesting. This task will become a regular feature in class 6, which will help with our spellings and understanding of grammar and punctuation.

In Maths we have worked on polishing up our mental maths skills and understanding of place value to ten million. When working on our mental maths skills we cover a range of maths topics; fractions, percentages, square numbers and many more. Dusting off the cobwebs getting our brains back in action.

As you may have seen from your curriculum leaflet we shall be focusing on football, dance and swimming this term. Swimming begins this coming Monday  -  9th and the children were reminded about bringing their kits to school.Other PE lessons shall take place on Thursday and Friday. Please can you make sure that all kit is labelled clearly and that the children have it in school.

We have also been starting our RE learning this week. We had a great chat about the' Big Freize' within our class. We had to try and explain our feelings about the following question- What does it mean if God is Holy and loving?

Our history topic is based on Mayan civilisation and today we explored and generated a range of questions that we would like to find the answers to.

In Music we looked at the song 'Happy'and how it is structured and how we can discuss the song using musical terminology. It was quite surprising that it was composed in 2014 and how quickly time has flown by. When we listened to the track we were picking out the backing vocal lines and rhythms as well.

So straight back into learning and the year ahead. Lots of things in the school calendar where we will be able to meet up, most of these on the curriculum leaflet.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday. Well done Year 6 !

Mrs Stewart

Reminders : Swimming kit for Monday

                   Home School Contact books in to be checked .

                   Spellings and homework out on Tuesday.

 

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Good Luck Year 6 - You have been amazing!

What a week! It will be a leavers week I will not forget in a hurry. I cannot tell you how proud I am of you all.

You were winners on Monday and winners today. Watching you sing all together in the leavers assembly this morning was quite a sight.

I cannot thank you all enough for the many generous gifts and cards that I have from you. Parents I would also like to thank you for the support and kind words. For some I see the last of your family and for others just the start.

I hope you all have a restful summer, spending time with your loved ones. Do come back and visit you know where  I will be. I shall also no doubt see some of you through the summer around town. Remember to say hi.

So the final blog of Class 2019. Thank you Class 6 - you have been amazing! Good Luck in your new schools, the teachers are lucky to be getting you.

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The Final Countdown!

It is still quite unbelievable that we are heading towards the last week of term. I was so very proud of Class 6 and how they performed in this year’s production. A number of parents have commented on how mature and grown up the children were. All the children were extremely thoughtful to the background nature of the play and did a splendid production.

I think for me the reality of how close the end of term is, kicked in on Thursday, when I didn’t have the usual ‘morning’ being said to me as the smiley faces entered my classroom. We did hear how all the pupils got on at Fridays celebration assembly. Having spoken with a number of them they all seemed excited and now I can see they are ready to move on to the next step of their journey; some with joy and some with sadness.

On Friday we spent the morning at Hitchin Fire Station taking part in the annual Crucial Crew event. This is such a good morning, filled full of life skills. You can catch some pictures of this on the photo gallery of the website.

I do hope you all received the letter that highlighted the many events that feature as your child ends their time at St Ippolyts. This was a new feature and hope that it has been useful. Of course, if you have any further queries you can always catch me outside the classroom – morning and after school.

A quick reminder of things for the final days.

Monday – Please try to remember your leavers page. The ones I have had are lovely. Also you need to start to bring in your items for your leavers boards. Even if you bring in too much at least you can select as you put it together. A number of things can be placed on the board: certificates, the odd medal or two, work, awards, photos etc. All of the items on this board will be coming home on the last day of term. Of course at the end of the day we have the Staff v Year 6 rounders match. I am sure we all can predict this year’s winners. This takes place straight after school at the field, where you are welcome to come and support your child. Please make sure you have your kit and trainers children.

Tuesday – Nothing to be done apart from all the work etc in school getting ready for the rest of the week.

Wednesday – BBQ afternoon in school for year 6. You may want to bring a rather strong carrier bag in to start to collect the items from school.

Thursday - Leavers Service 2:15pm at the church. You may need a tissue. You are also welcome to join us for refreshments after the service.

Friday – We finish at 2pm. The children will leave from the back of the school to allow them one last time to walk up the drive way, where they can be collected.

While sitting typing this I have a feeling that I could have missed something, as so much to get organised for Year 6. If I do I shall endeavour to keep you fully informed.

Here we go Year 6!

See you tomorrow.

Mrs Stewart

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Three Faith Tour Trip - Yr 3,4,5,6

Parents a quick reminder for tomorrow for the KS2 Three Faith Tour Trip.

  • Please remember the vegetarian lunch (suggestions as per letter)
  • Children will need a headscarf (not cap) in order to be respectful at the various places of worship.
  • Please arrive for 8:15 am as we do need to leave promptly at 8:30am.

Any further questions please ask your Class Teacher.

Mrs Stewart

 

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Well done Year 6!

I think the title of this week's blog says it all. I do hope Year 6 that you all should feel proud of yourselves as I know you have all tried your very best. It did seem quite strange not meeting everyone in the hall for breakfast today. Mrs Harrington - Smith had said that quite a few of you had said how you missed the breakfast and that a lot of the class had said thank you once again to her.

Of course you may have seen, from the photos on the website, that SATs can be an enjoyable and relaxing experience. I think everyone did enjoy the surprise party/disco that had been planned for Year 6 yesterday afternoon, I know I did.

With a lot of the week taken up with SATs I only have a little left to say about the week. We have managed to get out and participate in our PE lessons and today the whole school had the chance to prepare for our Sports Day next week. Watching the children race, you can see why we have ended up with so many awards and trophies for sport.

The next big event next week (Friday morning) as well, is our annual talent show. Year 6 have been getting started with organising this and you will hopefully have seen the letter that was written by two pupils. Everyone in class 6 shall be given an area of responsiblity and it is such a lovely morning and so many talented children. I'm sure the panel of Britain's Got Talent would be blown away.

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week for more fun learning. Well done!

Mrs Stewart

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On Your Marks...Get Set...GO!

As I write this blog I do hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather today and planning to do something that is relaxing. Last week saw us putting the final touches and giving one last push towards SATs. By the time I write next weeks blog it will be a thing of the past. As both Mrs Peddie and I said as you left on Friday, we are extremely proud of all of you.  There is more to you as individuals and that SATs are a snap shot of what you are able to do. I know you will give it your all.

It was not all about SATs last week as we carried on with our other curriculum areas of learning. As we have sports day next week we were out preparing. Plus each time I watch the level of rounders I think to myself that it is going to be very difficult for the staff when they play them but as we say, "Try your best!".

We also took time to study 'The Lord's Prayer', something of course we know of well as we sing this in our school regularly. However this time we considered the possible meaning of this line by line, showing our awareness of different interpretations. The previous week we had started to explore our thoughts of The Kingdom of God and of course this features within the prayer. Our challenge was to try and use simple language that our buddies and young children could understand. We are then looking into making our own library of interactive parables, hymns and prayers within old video boxes. As we also look at other religions we have discussed about the possiblilty of making some on key religious festivals. A creative and fun way to learn RE and hopefully have time to share with our buddies.

Speaking of creative, I was blown away by the beautiful art work that the children produced with Mrs Archer. Having only started a few weeks ago they are really starting to improve on their observational drawing skills.  I can't wait to see what they go on to next.

As the week came to a close, of course we had cake day and it was so lovely to hear in celebration assembly that we had managed to raise such an amount to help towards the 'Super Seraph' appeal. As you may see from the photos of the day, it is so clear to see how all of our values we learn in school being used; alongside supporting someone within our community.

Class 6 please try to get to bed at a good time tonight and promise I shall do the same. I look forward to seeing you all at breakfast. Remember if bringing a mascot ... not too big.

Mrs Stewart

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Steaming Ahead!

Quite a fitting title to this week's blog for a few reasons;term left, our next class book study and finally the word that is turning out to be like 'the scottish play'...SATs. However, I cannot fault the children with their dedication and hard work. I know everyone is ready and just wanting to get them done.  I even had a little chance at SAM Learning to challenge some of them on TT Rockstars. It is getting close for some of the children, clearly some are spending more time on this. I shall try and send a few challenges over the weekend.

With such a short term it seems hard to believe we only have 3 weeks then it is half term. You may have heard from your child or seen on the curriculum leaflet that we have currently started to read and watch E.Nesbit's ' The Railway Children'. It is interesting to see what differences there can be from text to screen. We are up to Chapter 4. So far we have created some different writing opportuntites;diary entry,to writing letters as particular characters or writing short pieces of narrative to move the plot on from a selected scene. It is always lovely to read different styles of books as a class, as you can also gain some historical facts along the way. At times seeing how lucky we are.

Each morning we have also been going through and revising our spelling rules. I have therefore not given spellings this week or next week to learn at home as they have been random words daily. I have to say the scores and progress has been great,alongside the building of such confidence about spelling(something that some of us in class find tricky)           

In Maths we have been focusing our attention on revision. The topics we ended up looking at were:decimals and fractions, problems involving properties of number (prime, factors, multiples, squared and cubed),ratio and proportion, percentages and finally approximation and rounding. We shall be continuing this style of learning through next week as well recapping on another selection of areas.

In RE we have started to work around our understanding of the Kingdom of God. It can be quite tricky to express how we feel but I am always super impressed by the children's responses to such BIG questions. Making the connections will be something that we wil look into further next week and estabilsh why and what does the Lord's prayer mean. Can we explain this to younger classes? We identified that it mentions ' thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven'.

In Music we have started to look at composition and film music. It was interesting to have watched films, be able to hear the music but not know who composed the music. Once we started to research this it was amazing to find out how many films one composer had written. Later on in the term we shall be having a quiz to test our knowledge. This led us nicely into our computing topic which is entitled' Morphing Images'. It looks into the idea of creating short films and movies.

As a class we have started to think about working together in small groups to produce some short films and supply the soundtracks to these using electronic compositon -  Garageband. It is early days but we are very excited and have started the planning process.

Working in groups that we can pick or having to work with people whom we never think of working with is a life skill lesson. thinking about our transition process and how to prepare for secondary is really important. Working on generating these films will help with PSHE.

This week we have also covered PE;looking at batting skills in cricket and rounders,Geography - the water cycle and our knowledge of water and its usage; and art - observational drawing techniques of still life(fruit and veg).

Remember your homework for this week was to have a go at the revision GPS paper that I gave to you. You can choose to do this timed, if so it is 45mins, or not timed and focus on the areas you are a little bit unsure of. We shall go over this together on Tuesday so please try to remember to bring it in. If there are any questions you are unsure of, have a go or leave them out and we can discuss them together.

Finally,  congratulations to those who took part in the recent netball matches. I hear you played brilliantly.

Hope you enjoy the Bank Holiday and that the weather is not too bad.

 

Mrs Stewart

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The Final Term Already - How can this be ?

Wow! Where did the Easter holidays go? I do hope you all had a lovely time with your families and not too many chocolate eggs.

Well as the title of this blog states- the final term. I can't believe it! It is moving so fast. Last week seemed a little strange only being in school three days but the children were great. I can clearly see those children who took on the advice of little and often to keep things ticking over during the break.

Wednesday saw us straight back into things. Mrs Archer worked on creative writing, comprehension, alongside mental arithmetic and Miss Massie with French and that was just the morning. I also had the opportunity to work with children in smalller groups, having chats about reading, spelling, maths reasoning and making sure no one was worrying. I have to say I am so proud of them all as they are in high spirits and eager to learn. In the afternoon we managed to join Class 4 on the field for a marvellous rounders lesson. It was lovely to see how well the children interact and support one another in sport - amazing! A terrific amount of Learning Powers to see.

On Thursday we started the day with spellings. As a class we have decided to work on 20 random spellings, from the Year 3-4 and 5-6 lists, including spellings with particular spelling rules. We shall be doing this straight after our early morning work each day, then marking as a class, discussing where we can spot ways to improve our accuracy. Over Thursday and Friday things were looking positive - as I knew they would. These spellings will not be sent home each day; they are completely random and to let the children identitfy where they need to work on.

We spent the remaining time this week in Maths,  discussing and revising areas we have covered. We chatted about imperial measures and the children copied a chart to assist them, in their home school contact books. We then spent time on algebra. Mainly looking at problems which dealt with reasoning, simple formulae and linear sequencing. This week coming we shall be going over: fractions(all operations), circle work, rounding, long divisions and long multiplication, mental fluency and ratio and proportion. Plus any other area that anyone feels is required. I have spoken with the children and encouraged them to pop in at any time during breaks or lunchtimes to ask me anything or see me at SAM Learning. Some children have already taken me up on my offer- which is great.

Our final term is a busy one but most of all should be a fun one. As I mentioned on the curriculum leaflet and as Mrs Peddie said to the children as well, they need to enjoy every moment they can. Make even more memories.

You should have received on Thursday, information about the SATs breakfast. If you have any questions then please just ask. See you all soon for another busy week. Please make sure you have PE kits in school, along with a water bottle.

Mrs Stewart 

 

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Red Nose Day Fun - Assessment Week Done !

I could not be more proud of Class 6 this week. Everyone has tried so hard, giving 100% effort into all of their assessments. Their enthusisasm and eagerness to see how they have done has been amazing. I'm sure if you ask them they shall let you know as they were making notes as the week moved on.

A lot of this week in the morning has involved assessments but we have still managed to squeeze in other subjects as always...busy,busy,busy.

We focused our attention mainly around Science in preparation for Science days next week. We had many great discussions and learning around how nutirents travel around the body and how a healthy diet and exercise can impact on our bodies.

We then made connections with maths and in particular data handling. Sometimes it is just as important to get some data already collated and then put this into the best graph. We took some Olympic 100 metre results for men and women and compared them on a line graph. After this we drew conclusions from the graph and data, answering specific questions as well;a little extra comprehension for a different purpose.

PE yesterday was great fun as CLass 5 and 6 joined together to go and polish up on our rounders skills. Mrs Stewart even managed a rounder, so didn't let the class down.

I hope you are all enjoying the last little bit of Red Nose Day 2019 or may even see some on the TV. Assembly at the end of the school day was a sea of red, which made everyone happy. Having the chance to celebrate the sporting achievements, golden chair awards and all the badges that were awarded was lovely. Dominic ended the day with a beautiful prayer which he had written for his grid homework.

Look forward to seeing you all next week and have a bit of a rest and recharge those bodies for more fun next week.

Mrs Stewart

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Happy Half Term!

Who can believe it half of the academic year gone! Hearing Class 4 sing 'When I Grow Up' so beautifully in their assembly just made me realise how quick this class are growing up, having had a lot of them in reception.

So what have we been doing in Class 6. Having seen a lot of you throughout this week -  I'm trying to think what to say. It was lovely to see you at Open Session and I do hope you had a lovely time looking at the Caribbean Display. We were busy trying to get some of our latest work ready to display but sadly did not have time to get it up on the wall but a lot of you read it in class. You will also have seen the copy of Internet Safety writing that was sent with this week's newsletter.

A number of other great pieces of writing are now on display in my class and will be going up in school over half term. We have also been working hard mathematically. We have been concentrating on nets of 2d and 3d shapes, alongside revisiting algebra and finally going through some reasoning questions from SATs past papers in small groups. It is important learning from our mistakes and so the children have found it helpful to see how they can improve.

Talking about improving. Tonight your child should have come home with their homework folder, (some did not have it, but have the learning )or they may not have it, as shall we say I have a few folders in class with me now whilst typing this blog. Inside there is a number of different pieces of work. As I was explaining at parent's appointments this is best completed in doing little and often,rather than last minute.com.You will also find a page report which will hopefully give you a few points that I would have discussed also at each meeting. If you have not received the page report you shall get it soon. Please do make sure you have some family time as well and I'm looking forward to seeing how the battle of times table rockstars turns out this week with classes. I shall even try to catch up on the challenges that have been sent through as well, promise.

In RE we have been gathering evidence as to why Christians find the resurrection so important. We watched short extracts of people explaining evidence about this topic, which was very interesting and we had also Revd Ginni in as well. We shall be working on gathering up the different kinds of evidence and writing a report later.

We had great fun on Tuesday afternoon and congratulations to Joseph and Jake for coming up with the winning design. I was really impressed by the way in which the children worked in their pairs to make different types of aircraft.

I would also like to thank the children for being so good at handing in such a wide range of homelearning again. I've been well fed, well entertained, well informed and well looked after. It never surprises me how creative the children can be.

I just want to wish you all a very happy half term and hope you all have a great rest, coming back after the week and ready to go again.  Please remember to bring those lovely ,clean fresh PE kits back.

Take care and stay safe!

Mrs Stewart                                                                                                                   

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Feeling Good!

As the title of the blog states' Feeling Good'. A lovely week in school with so many different visitors and things to talk about. Class 6 have had some fantastic suggestions and ideas linked with Well-being week. At the launch of the week Miss Gale explained all the things she had planned and that got us motivated.

However Class 6 may start to think im going crazy as we have spent some time this week on SATs materials and identifying where our gaps may be so that we can keep everything progressing forward. I have to say I have had some super writing about e-safety and Mrs Archer was impressed by the creative writing on Tuesday. We are trying really hard to get this ready to put up on display ready for the open session on Monday.

In PE today we were also working with Mr Jefferies and Mr Smith planning our PE display board which again should hopefully be up ready to show you on Monday if you come along.

Tonight your child should also have their parent appointment time for Wednesday. I do know there is a tournament on so have tried to cater as best i can for everyone. I explained to the children that if there were any problems then to just see me or even say when you pop in on Monday. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

A relatively short blog this week. Do try to encourage your child to explain or carry out some of the activities that have been sent home as I did not give out homework or spellings this week as the children were looking at SATs questions. I have explained to the children that i shall be giving work out on Tuesday and not to panic if a little bit more than usual as I'm putting in a few fun things for over the half term.

Hope you all have a really lovely weekend and CLass 6 see if you can fulfil some of those well-bing pledges.

See you on Monday.

Mrs Stewart

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Rock On!

I'm sure you have heard about Times Table Rockstars. Class 6 have been keen to tell me their rock status and it has only been a day. I asked the class to give me some comments about it.

"It's a fun way to learn times tables."   "Earn coins, to buy accessories for your character."  " A fun way to educate."

These were just a few. I have to say I have also enjoyed having a go. My avatar looks pretty cool in a kilt, especially as I will be celebrating 'Burns Night'.

Mrs Wilson was impressed by Class 6's knowledge and understanding of the functions of the heart and lungs. Such a complex system, that it is hard to imagine how it all works.

In Art with Mrs Archer the children have been starting a new topic - 'Express Yourself'. This should work well with the upcoming weeks at school. As you will have seen in the newsletter about Wellbeing Week.

We have challenged ourselves and perservered to master the concepts of measure - particularly volume, area, surface area and perimeter. Of course this is something that has been covered in previous years but each year or time revisiting it gets a little harder. Some children started to look into learning about the nth term in order to find the surface area of a pattern of shapes.

We are appraoching the half way point of our book 'Skellig'. We have just started to find out about William Blake. After Arts Days we shall be picking up our english work again based on William Blake poetry. As our Arts Days are based on the Caribbean we shall be turning our attention to researching and finding more about Caribbean countries gaining independence. We will be looking at how to debate and be appreciative of what others have to say, even if we feel differently. Writing some explanatory texts.I'm sure the children will have an amazing week next week. It is so important to learn about the culture and traditions of other countries.

Finally our week ended with a really productive PE session. Working in groups, each team had to collaborate and perform a routine in gymnastics. I have to say everyone did brilliantly. We have decided to plan a display board to show others. Hopefully we can sort this out for the upcoming 'Open session'.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! I think I may need to go and do some studying for the Quiz Night.  

Mrs Stewart

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A Wonderful Week!

You only need to read the newsletter yesterday to see why I entitled the Class 6 blog 'a wonderful week'. Mind you I could have selected so many alliterative titles, for so many things. I think it was because Class 6 have been working on creating descriptive writing and alliteration being a feature we could use.

Being in Class 6 has been great this week, (as it always is). I have seen quite a few, more than a few actually, really trying very hard.Great listening, is key to moving your learning on.

We are up to Chapter 12 with our book ' Skellig'. I've got to say we are getting the hang of creating writing with tension and suspense.I think Class 6 would have to agree with Michael Murpurgo now with his quote, that David Almond is 'a very special writer'. We have over the course of this week been working on ;writing a diary entry describing it from Michael's point of view;PEE answering of comprehension questions and embedding quotes as evidence and finally being set the challenge of writing a piece of descriptive writing, exploring Michael's dream in Chapter 10. Here is just one example of many, that the children created:

                          "I woke up with the thought of nightmares dancing in my head. Then my own thoughts flooded back into my head.I selected the one about my mission and sat up. Peeling the duvet off myself like a banana skin, I leapt out of bed stealthily. Unaware of what dangerous obstacles may lie ahead. I left my room."

I can't wait to read more of them over the weekend.

In Maths we were looking at something where a few of us still felt a little nervous...you have guessed it, LONG DIVISION. I am pleased to say though...we have cracked it! Where we are even dividng decimals too. We shall be moving onto volume, alongside area and perimeter recapping next week.

At the beginning of the week, we looked at computing and how to read and create our name using coding. This was followed up by a lesson in RE, where we were looking at extending our knowledge of the 'BIG FRIEZE'. The 'Big Frieze' is made up of 8 segments which show the journey through the Bible;from the Old Testament through to the New Testament. As an artist created these segments it is always interesting how we can interpret so many different things, if we look close enough. We had a really good collaborative lesson sharing and writing our views and oipnions.

In Geography Mrs Archer started to 'Investigate Coasts'. First the children had time to find out what coasts are and look at how they are formed. They went on to explain how the different coastal areas were formed. In Science we continued to look at the Circulatory System and in particular the heart, lungs, veins and arteries. The amount of scientific vocabulary that we discussed was huge. Let's hope a few science questions appear in next week's quiz night!

Our first Sam Learning club went well. Everyone turned up or should I say stayed for an extra hour but I made sure I had the fruit and biscuit at the ready.  

Finally, it had to be a massive well done! Everyone in school is still talking about our wonderful new award and trophies that have recently turned up. I would also like to wish those children in Class 6 and in other classes, good luck for the tournament this weekend. I'm sure they will have something to share on Monday.

Hope you all have a great weekend, whatever you have planned.

See you Monday!

Mrs Stewart

 

 

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Happy New Year !

Back with a bang - 2019 here we go! Talking to the children during their first week back it sounds like a lot of fun has been had by all over the Christmas holidays. Thank you so much for the lovely gifts and cards.

It seems quite a quick week so what have we managed to achieve. In English we have started a new novel Skellig by David Almond. It is always interesting seeing the different front covers that the same novel can have and how much that will inform the reader as we say in Class 6 'hook the reader'. The love of being able to imagine and ask questions is what engages us as readers. By reading the first chapters I have always tried to leave it on a cliffhanger;the thirst of wanting more. The children found it interesting that the established and well-loved author Michael Morpurgo had quoted 'David Almond is a very special writer'on the front cover which made them ask - why is he so special? Today, we then took time to try visualising a roon at home and describe it in detail. When the children carry out reading comprehension questions it will often ask , what techniques has the author used.

In Maths we have been looking at measure and the powers of being able to convert them. Today found us looking at different multi step problems. We found that the barrier comes from the understanding of what the question is asking and not necessarily the maths itself. Breaking it up into manageable chunks is also important and that way if we go off track it is easier to spot. Once you know the pattern you just need to apply it.

Keeping with the maths theme, but linking it with our last terms history topic of The Mayans, we looked at their number system. At first it was quite tricky but like everything the more you persevere, the more you get the hang of it and before you know it..it's easy.

Thank you for remembering the PE kits. The children need to make sure that they have both in school, as even though the days can be chilly, they will be outside for PE.This week they have had football, hockey and gym.

Science - we had great fun reminding ourselves of the different systems we have. Could they remember the parts of the skeleton, muscular system and not forgetting the digestive system. However, it is all well and good knowing this but actually knowing the function and purpose of areas is just as crucial. You also just never know when that quiz question comes along, not that I am trying to study for any quiz night!

I was so pleased with the homework that was handed in at the beginning of the week. It has certainly been obvious that the children have been keeping their learning ticking over.

I am sure they will all be feeling a little tired tonight, trying to get back into the routines, but they have made a splendid start. Well done Class 6!

Reminders

I shall be collecting Home School Contact books in on Monday.

Can you look over the Yr5/6 stautory word list as I shall be randomly selecting spellings from this on Monday.

Homework out on Tuesday.

Clubs start.

 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

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Amazing Advent Calendars

I have been delighted by such creative advent calendar making and writing. A very creative class, who love using their learning powers. I have also seen some beautiful table decorations. Today in class we chatted about bringing in the table decoration for tomorrow. I am sure Year 6 will be lovely hosts to our visitors at Christmas dinner. I have had so many adults mention about their letters and the children have loved receiving their replies.

We then move on to Christmas parties on Thursday. If you are unsure of what the children have offered to bring in then please ask your child to check the list. Any donations are always gratefully received. Please could I also remind you to check products as we have children with allergies within school.

Another Carol Service gone, it only seems like yesterday that we were on last year's. They do say 'Time flies when you're having fun'!

 See you all tomorrow.

Mrs Stewart

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Awaiting Advent

Another couple of busy weeks that seem to have just flown by. On the 21st we were astounded by the wonderful performance of 'Private Peaceful' at the 'Letchworth Broadway Theatre. At the time of seeing this, we were half way through the novel by Murpurgo. Even though we know how the story ends we have continued to work on various purposes for writing.I have to say, they are as moving as the story is. At the end of term we shall be writing a range of work out to go on a display, as we are in the process of purple polishing and editing our work. 

It was lovely seeing so many parents at both parent appointments and pleased to share how well your children have been working.

At the end of a long week I appreciated the lovely range of cakes from Class 5 at their cake sale.I was also blown away by the wonderful class assembly that they delivered today. Being next door I have been able to see, close up, some of their wand designs.

On Monday it was my favourite collective worship, and as you will have seen from the earlier blog by Mrs Peddie it was Stir Up! The children sat watching the creation unfold infront of them and the smell in the hall was delicious. I can't wait, along with Class 6, to have a little taste.

I was so proud of all the children in my class with their recent sporting acheivements both inside and outside of school. The footballers returned extremely happy after their win on Tuesday morning. By the afternoon they were back in and back to learning with comprehension and our history topic of The Mayans.

Carrying on with the preparation of festive events each class was busy creating their traditional christmas hoops. Helpful volunteers were at the ready and now they are up they look beautiful. The christmas treats continued this week after school on the Wednesday. A range of fantastic activities were on offer and such a lovely atmosphere in the hall.

So amongst all of this creative curriculum, we still have managed to squeeze in wonderful writing, great geometry, deeper thinking in RE (sharing this with Revd Ginni),history and PE this week. Apologises for the state of the PE kits that should have arrived home with you. I made sure that the children took them home, along with trainers, as some of them had not taken them as requested on the Wednesday. As I explained, it was important to take them or the kits may get home on their own if left to the end of term.  

I do hope you have a lovely weekend and no doubt some of you shall be helping your parents put up Christmas decorations and opening your advent calendars tomorrow.

On Monday we shall sort out the rota for Christmas post delivery slots as the postbox opens, along with planning this years task of Class 6 christmas stalls for the fair on the 14th.

Look forward to seeing you all next week.

Mrs Stewart

 

Reminders

Swimming on Monday

PE kit washed and returned for PE in the week.

Spelling Test Monday

Last week of clubs next week.

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We Will Remember Them

It has been a busy but wonderful time over the last two weeks. I'm sure the children will have lasting memories of how much we have learnt about WW1. We feel passionate at St Ippolyts about ensuring that the children do not forget the importance of the past. This blog will combine what has happened over the last two weeks so that parents can keep up to date with things.

I was extremely proud, even on the first day back after half term, the choir visited Princess Helena for a wonderful singing workshop with Rufus Frowde. It is such a fun packed day and we were delighted to be able to perform two songs at the concert at the end of the event. It was lovely to have the support from parents and thought the children were so smart and behaved beautifully and sounded amazing.

I know the first week back was quite a shock as we were straight into assessmemnt week. I have to say though Class 6 were brilliant and can see that already how much effort is going into to be ready for their SATs. Well done to those who are even going the extra mile by putting in the hours on SAM learning. I have news that the study guides, which I spoke about at the SATs evening, have arrived and I shall be handing these out on Monday.

The end of the first week finished with such a moving day of reflection. Such a calm day after a busy week. You will be able to see how much of an impact it had on the children with the fabulous display that Mrs Peddie has put up in the main exhibition foyer. Alongside this we have our prayer display, with the prayer chair.I'm sure I'll be heading up to there to try and take time to reflect.

So moving on to this week.

We have been reading more of 'Private Peaceful' and working on tasks linked to this. I also let the children listen to someone else read this. You will find all the chapters on the BBC website. We discussed how the story was brought to life with the atmospheric background music and sound effects. This will also be enhanced and we can compare versions when we get the chance to go and see the theatre performance on Wednesday 21st November. 

Speaking of the power of theatre we, were amazed by the wonderful and very moving drama ' Lest we Forget ' that visited our school on Tuesday. The children were totally engaged and from this were inspired to use their learning powers to create some great work on what they have learnt about WW1. As we had launched into a project of making our own model trenches with Mrs Archer, we found it only fitting to write letters from the trenches as well.

Alongside this children in class have been out representing the school at a number of sporting fixtures. I have heard such good things about their dedication and resilence, which just supports why we were awarded Primary School of the Year in sports.  A huge well done to you all and thanks to Mr Jefferies, Mr Smith and all the other adults who have helped.

In RE we have been trying to answer the Big Question - What is the most important value to you and why? Not as easy at first but I'm really pleased with the way in which Class 6 have responded.

You are all probably at home getting ready to watch Pudsey on TV. We ended the week supporting a great cause-supporting Children in Need. We were delighted with all the kind and generous contributions that the children brought in and hopefully the children were pleased with their purchases. Lots of shopping.  We shall let you know the total amount raised as soon as possible, and look out for the photos soon.  THANK YOU EVERYBODY!

 Please check with your child that they received their parent appointment times, any problems do get in touch. I hope you all have a fab weekend and see you next week.

Reminders:

Year 6 out on 21st PM - Private Peaceful

Book Fair competition entries in by Wednesday 21st

Swimming kits for Monday

Parent Consultations on Thursday - No cookery club

Class 5 Cake Day on Friday

Book Fair before and after school on Friday

 

 

 

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Family Fun

It has been such a lovely week in school, ending with some lovely weather. I would like to thank the parents once again for coming in for the morning. I do hope you found it useful and the children loved having you there. It was so lovely hearing everyone reading and seeing how reading can be enjoyable. As I mentioned yesterday, we shall hopefully see each other on Wednesday for the SATs evening. Year 6 children can come along too.

This week we have been looking at report writing in English. Initially, I gave the children the opportunity to select a theme which interests them. From this they have had time to research and gather notes in order to put together a final piece. We hope to have these finished by next week.

In maths we have kept with fractions but have moved to looking at the relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages. Today we discussed and worked on strategies of improving our skills in mental arithmetic.

In RE we spent some time looking at the beautiful building of St Albans Cathedral. I then asked the children to think about the following big question - What do cathedrals show about what Christians believe about God? I have to say that a lot of effort has gone into presenting this learning beautifully.

Talking about beautiful presentation I have also been impressed by some of the amazing DT designs and sketches for bird houses. It never surprises me about the amount of stunning home learning that has been coming in as well.

Next week Class 6 shall be going round selling poppies to children and as stated in the newsletter a minimum donation of 30p would be gratefully received. All the children will get the chance to go round.

Thank you for the clear plastic bottles that have been handed in so far. Please feel free to keep sending any empty bottles our way.

PE is going well and a number of children were awarded housepoints after the great sportsmanship displayed whilst playing football today.

Hope you all have a great weekend and the lovely weather lasts a little longer.

Mrs Stewart

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Grab every opportunity!

Another week that has flown by. I’m sure it gets quicker every week. Here is what class 6 have been up to this week.

In English we have continued with poetry. You may not have realised but on October 4th, the day before our class assembly, was National Poetry Day. Each year there is a particular theme, this year, the theme of the day was change. This National event involved 12 specially chosen poets from around the UK. They were invited to write a poem about a change that deserves to be celebrated in poetry. These changes could be big or small but had to be turning points for a community, or something that changes people’s thoughts and feelings. With all the changes that year 6 have to go through - we had to seize the opportunity.  Today we looked also at vocabulary related to change such as: regeneration, modification, migration, deviation, enhancement, deterioration. As we planned to write we took time to consider using some poetic techniques in our poems such as: simile, metaphor, personification, rhyme, alliteration, imagery and repetition.

In Maths we have turned now to increasing our confidence in working with fractions. Of course, we started at the beginning and did a very quick whistle stop tour of all the different elements that fractions can bring. This way we can iron out any misconceptions or gaps in our knowledge. As you will have seen this week’s homework has focused on this mathematical strand as well. We have also had the chance to carry out a few low key assessments across a number of strands of maths. I will be taking the time to chat with each child about them and I’m sure they will let you know how they did.

I have been so pleased to see a number of you returning slips to the upcoming SATs evening on the 24th October. I reminded the children that they should take the time to come along as well. I shall be showing, explaining and giving the children their SAM Learning accounts that night. Please do not worry if you cannot attend, I shall make sure you have the details.

Our weekly dictation practise has been improving and this week we realised how important it is to read, taking punctuation into consideration. I modelled reading the particular passage as quite a few children, from the previous week, had missed the two exclamation marks. Already I have seen children purple polishing once they have the sentences down.

Another National event which we participated in this week was, World Mental Health Day on the 10th October. Our learning powers worked hand in hand with the theme of resilience. We had a wonderful discussion as a class about how we can look after our wellbeing. From this we have started to make posters, flyers, leaflets about what we can do in school and at home.

In Science we had great fun looking at generating an experiment to muffle sound. Using our collaborative learning powers we have organised experiments and will have great fun in testing them out in our next session.

Also this week we have carried out lessons in geography, music, DT and PE. Your child I’m sure will tell you more.

I look forward to seeing most of you next week at Family Week and then the following week at the SATs evening.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Reminders

  • Home school contact books. A few have been left behind this evening but do feel free to read over the weekend.

  • Swimming kits

  • Spellings tested Monday, out on Tuesday.

  • Homework out on Tuesday

  • Any plastic bottle donations are very welcome (as seen on the newsletter)

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A braw day tae dae an assembly!

Thank you Class 6 for all your effort in learning Scots songs, poetry and facts for your assembly. As I asked you just the other day, do you feel you know more about Scotland than you did in week one?... and everyone said yes. I also hope that you managed to try some homemade tablet. Remember not too much or a trip to the dentist may be the next dae oot!

With it being our class assembly, harvest service and some of the children being out at St Albans Cathedral with the choir I have not given homework out this week. Please see it as an opportunity to try and get some additional grid learning completed, or get yourself absorbed in a book.  I have loved seeing the range of learning coming in off the grid. Well done!You should have all had spellings and your test will be on Monday morning.

With trying to get everything ready for the end of the week we have not covered as many subjects, but here is what we have been up to. On Monday the children had a good swimming session and on return completed their weekly spellings and dictation. Already I can see a difference with their achievements, especially with regards to dictation.

I'm so pleased and proud of the way the children rose to the challenge of reading in Scots. We have been making a start to having a go at writing in Scots. Vocabulary is something that we are always discussing within class. We have been looking at writing poems in English about the Highlands and then with the use of a Scottish guide we will turn them into Scots verse.

In Maths we have looked at multiples, factors, primes, square roots and how some can be common to more than one number. These are all important skills to cover, so that when this mathematical vocabulary appears, they can tackle any kind of question.

We had a really enjoyable PE lesson on the field on Wednesday morning. I felt I had run about as much as the kids once playing football. I can definately see that everyones shooting skills, dribbling and teamwork are really coming along nicely.

In Science we have looked at how we hear sounds, paying particular attention to the parts of the ear and their functions.

I do hope cookery club have not over indulged with the tablet and treacle scones. Please do not worry Class 6 I still have tablet left for you all to have a try on Monday.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Stewart

 

Reminders

Home School Contact Books

Swimming Kits

Spelling test Monday/ Tuesday spellings out.

Homework out Tuesday

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