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First News!

As mentioned in last week's blog and as promised two class members have written their account of the week to add to the blog. Amber and Ameena have worked collaboratively and I shall post their edition after the few bits I have. 

I have spoken with the children and all should have a folder of two things that I will be putting as homework - mental arithmetic and 60 second reads with comprehension questions. We have spoken a great deal about how we need to get ourselves organised and that includes about how we share out tasks during the week. I have also explained and modelled the expectations to them as well.  The children are aiming to be more responsible for their activites and this will also help prepare them for moving on in the future. If any problems we can share these on Monday 10th when I shall be seeing you all for the Yr 6 parent appointment. As many of you know me I shall try to keep to the 10 min appointment slots as best as I can. 

Next week is of course wellbeing week, as you will have seen from the newsletter. An exciting week ahead and also a busy one for the members of Class 6 who are part of Wellbeing Crew but I know they will be very supportive to Miss Gale. From the nurses visit just last week a really good website was recommended to the children which was www.healthforkids.co.uk. 

Hope to see you all on Monday and do remember it is for both parent and child. Have a great week and now over to the girls for their section. 

On Monday this week, in Geography we were looking at a coastal disaster from a few years ago. The Holbeck Hotel disaster, where we found a garden was there and the following day was gone alongside the East Wing of the hotel. Coastal erosion can be a huge problem as we saw. We took the opportunity to write a news report or write a letter of complaint to the council to see who was to blame for such a terrible incident. 

On Tuesday we were looking at micro-organisms and have started preparing for a science investigation based on 'What does yeast like to eat?'

We did a variety of maths, comprehension and english today. In maths this took to a SATs style paper. This was not assessment week but should get us ready for it after half term. The more familiar we are the better the mindset for learning and if we have any gaps we can get some support. 

On Thursday this week in R.E we had to compare Good Friday and Easter Sunday hymns. We listened to a range of them; some we knew and others were new. From the lyrics we had to suggest why they were sung on certain days or times of the service. We also spoke about different denominations within Christianity and what we could identify from pictures. 

We watched a short film today entitled' Lighthouse'. This was appropriate since we have been working on coastal geography and also reading Kensuke's Kingdom. A lot of our written learning took place around a journalistic feel. Not only this but identifying informal and formal language, direct speech and report writing (headlines and orientations).

Reminder parents evening on Monday!

By Amber and Ameena

Thank you to Class 6 for a great week and see you on Monday and the last week before half term. 

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Question Time in Class 6

It always fascinates me how many questions we must cover in a week in class. Last week somewhat more than others as we had the chance to interview Rev'd Ginni about our current RE big question - Why is the resurrection so important to Christians? Over the last few lessons we have been gathering evidence, hearing various people give their views, reading texts, looking at the Gospels and generally being detectives, to help us come to our own verdict from the evidence. Rev'd Ginni loved being with the children and was really impressed by the level of respect that was shown amongst one another whilst discussing points made. Some of the questions being quite complex and in depth. Rev'd Ginni will be visiting us again before the end of term for another session, which we are looking forward too and getting ready for. 

In Maths we moved to looking at angles last week. Firstly, it was important to ensure that prior knowledge was secure before adding more on top. We then moved onto various styles of questions to gather information and that is why some of the SAM learning homework task have been based on this. Some of the diagrams started to be quite complex and it meant we had to use our learnig powers and ask ourselves- what do we notice? 

Speaking of homework I set this week's tasks in homework club with the children, talking with quite a few as it was set and getting their views on how it is going. I was also able to assist those with any technical problems. I was pleased to find children taking responsibility for their own learning which had just been discussed prior to club with a visit from PHASE. 

This is the second visit from PHASE, a group of adults who work alongside young people and schools in Hitchin promoting wellbeing and resilience. The session was - GET SET. They discussed with the children about the three R's - resilience, responsibility and role model. The tasks were great fun and the children were given a small booklet to fill in which they can keep. I found this session extremely interesting as it gave them the task to use a timetable to organise and prioritise a week full of tasks to be completed. As I have explained before, these are all skills which we cover in Class 6, as well as the learning to ensure the children are set before moving on later in the year. We also touch upon this at the parent appointments on the 10th Feb. 

As you may have seen from the weekly newsletter, you can sign up for an appointment at tomorrows open session. If you are unable to attend please do get in contact to see availablity and times. Having the children at this appointment is important as they get the chance to be part of the partnership of learning, feel calm and prepared for what lies ahead of them.  

Last week also saw non-fiction writing in English, classification using the Linneaus approach, our sessions of PE, writing more Garageband tracks, looking at where we live (in French) and small group reading comprehension skills- using a range of texts. Just a small amount of things to cover so now you can see why I said about the number of questions in a week. 

We shall be trying something as of next week in Class 6, so do look out for the next blog. Each week two members of the class shall be given the task(responsibility), at the beginning of the week, of working collaboratively gathering information to write the blog for publication at the end of the week. I shall be part of it but it is another opportunity for them to write for a purpose. 

Congratulations also to those of the netball team winning 14-6 against Knebworth. I did enjoy spending time outside with some year 6 at lunch, even if I were a little rusty. Also members of Young Worship remember your Collective Worship this Thursday.

See you all tomorrow. Remember spellings and any problems with SAM learning to come and see me.  

Mrs Stewart

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Sculpting Superstars

You may think what a strange title to this week's blog but let me share a little bit of background knowledge and it is also a way forward to next week's arts days. At the beginning of the week, we looked at what sculpture was? We also had a go at naming famous sculptures. At first members of the class seemed to say only a few but to be honest they didn't take long to start to name quite a few. My contribution was ' The Kelpies'. Two giant, breath-taking constructions of horses heads that are lit at certain times of the year.We then observed the different materials that can be used to make the sculptures - which leads us on to the use of tin foil. I apologise now if it disappears over the weekend as we looked at human figures and took one piece of foil and moulded a free standing figure from it. 

Quite a few pupils have said that they wanted to try making some different things, hence the warning of finding your tin foil goes missing. 

It is lovely to also get in maths learning whilst tackling another lesson such as art. Being able to measure lines and look at the area whilst learning other skills. In maths we have also been focusing on reasoning and mental arithmetic.More and more it is having the range of questioning and seeing the different ways for example an algbera question could be asked. Next week we shall be looking at multiplication skills, with increasing numbers when not carrying out our Japanese Arts Days. I may even try a little Japanese maths if possible. 

In English we have concentrated in small groups with our reading comprehension in particular vocabulary and inference skills in a range of genres. Alongside reading a bit more of Kensuke's Kingdom, we have also been improving our skills of writing balanced arguments, which when moving to subjects such as Geography and RE, we have found that this technique can be applied in written tasks. 

By looking at balanced arguments I was particularly impressed listening to Year 6 putting their points across to Mrs Springall about Rules and Laws around the world, in PSHE. Recognising and being able to articulate their opinions in a mature and respectful way. A few prospective politicians in the making I feel. 

In RE we started to get into the next big enquiry of 'What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?Last week we of course looked at the 'Big Story' within the Bible, explaining the place within it of the ideas of Incarnation and Salvation. This week saw us become detectives exploring the evidence and suggesting meanings for the resurrection-comparing ideas and interpreting texts(in particular the Gospel of Luke).

Congratulations to those who represented the school in indoor athletics and well done to everyone else in Class 6 for their ever improving teamwork and passion to sports.

Thank you for your attempts at completing the Sam Learning tasks that were set last week. Taking the time to get feedback from the children and also as part of the transition process into secondary school I have decided to set homework in this way this term. Apologises as I have been out on a few courses I have been unable to set tasks but have done just prior to writing the blog. I have set three tasks and due to a later start date I have extended the deadline to Wednesday 22nd. Once again please let me know of any problems and I shall monitor these. Also if you are unable to access any computers etc you are more than welcome to take time in class to complete. I will then go over some of the learning in SAM Learning in my workshops on Wednesday along with revisiting the past paper that you completed in Maths. 

I hope you are all looking forward to Arts Days next week, I know I am. 

Have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday.

Mrs Stewart

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First week of 2020 in Class 6

A reflection of the first week of term and what Class 6 managed to achieve. On the first day back we took time to discuss our reflection area and the meaning of Epiphany. As part of our inquisitive learning powers we thought of questions we had in our minds. As we explored the chalking on the doors, we tried to think of the year ahead and what aims/goals we could set for ourselves. The 20+C+M+B+ 20 would also then be connected and explored within our maths of this week - algebra. 

Algebra can be one of those topics that pupils dread but in actual fact when pulled apart and explored it's lovely to hear children saying' oh that makes sense' or ' is it as easy as that'. Our opening destination questions to learning let us see where we needed to focus our attention during the week. We have went through this weeks maths in a more investigative way, taking an initial investigation and exploring how we can explore further. Looking for patterns and trends and designing threads of enquiry in pairs. Trying to prove bigger statements. 

We set to getting started on our new spellings, which we shall be testing tomorrow so please try to make sure that you do not leave them to the last minute but work on getting them secure. Little and often is the way forward. Our English this term kicks off with the Michael Murpurgo book ' Kensuke's Kingdom. The choice behind this being linked with our Art's Days this year -Japan. Already looking at the front cover a pupil could see the connection or link to a very famous painting. This week has seen us getting through chapter1 and discussing a great deal of vocab and predicting questions such as : Who is Peggy Sue? Who is Kensuke? Why did the dad go ahead and buy a boat? Will they survive or are the family plans quite far fetched? 

On Tuesday afternoon Mrs Springall taught science and PSHE. Popping in and out I was hearing some great discussions on classifiying animals and what did the pupils think health and wellbeing meant. Over the term Class 6 will research, discuss and debate issues concerning health and wellbeing. Members of the wellbeing crew also had the chance to lead and share certain ideas. I'm looking forward to seeing/hearing about their findings over the term. 

Please as a reminder PE has started and with a variety of different indoor and outdoor sports , the children will need their outdoor and indoor kits. As part of health and wellbeing we have also spoken about taking responsibility of bringing kits back and fourth to freshen them up and avoid week's of mud. All good skills towards transition to secondary. This week we covered gym, hockey and indoor athletics. 

In music we explored more of the historical nature and how many famous composers or genres we knew. As you will have seen from the curriculum overview,  we shall be looking at the composer Benjamin Britten and listening and learning to perform a piece by the end of the half term. We shall be aiming to widen our understanding of a variety of styles on music too. It was interesting making connections between historical timelines from history and in RE to the 'Big Frieze'. I was really pleased with the knowledge from the pupils in Class 6 about their understanding of the Bible and how key concepts fit in. We shall be focusing our enquiry into ' Salvation'. 

French was fun on Friday trying some french pastry and studying the meaning behind some French traditions. In an ever changing and diverse world it is important to look around, broadening our minds. 

Our last learning session before Friday Fellowship saw us getting started on our computing topic- 'Soundworks'. This will be explored over the term and various homelearning tasks support this topic. We had time to discuss the bigger picture of learning and collaboratively try putting some ideas down using garageband. For some of us, learning from others to get our way round this app. 

Will see you all soon and ready for the new week ahead. Remember if you have any issues regarding the Sam Learning homework set please come and see me before the deadline of Tuesday.  

Best wishes

Mrs Stewart



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Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Can't believe 2020 already and seems strange. I do hope all of you had a great Christmas and enjoyed the festive season together. Thank you so much for the lovely gifts and cards, so kind and appreciated.

Class 6 have been straight back to it and should have come home with spellings and as a trial Sam Learning based homework. 

I have issued 4 short activities that I have posted on Sam Learning and have demonstrated and explained to the class. I have also asked that if they experience any difficulties, they need and have time to do so,  to let me know so I can support them.At the moment, the same for all but if successful will target certain activties to certain groups etc. I shall be asking for feedback from children and do feel free to let me know your opinions too. 

Your child should have received a clubs letter tonight and this needs to be back by Thursday as clubs begin week of the 13th Jan. I am sure they may be a little extra tired trying to fit back in to the routine of school but great to have them back and ready to go again. Please could you make sure that PE kits are in school tomorrow am, as PE shall be starting. Children were informed in Collective Worship that both indoor and outdoor kits will be required this term. 

See you tomorrow Class 6. Off to read your New Year's resolutions. 

Mrs Stewart

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