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End of spring term in Class 6.

As you will no doubt read from this week’s newsletter the spring term has been very busy. Even in this last week year 6 have been working hard. On Monday, Revd Ginni joined us once again for one of our RE lessons. The level of discussion in class was so mature and I really enjoy listening to the children’s views about some of the bigger questions in life. As always the children were polite and had some interesting questions, which they could ask her. It was a lovely way to start off Holy Week.

For all those who joined us on Tuesday morning for our Easter Service; we hope you enjoyed spending the time with us. It was a lovely service and the children were very good at explaining each of the Stations of the Cross.

On Tuesday afternoon the children did some amazing and very detailed art work with Mrs Archer. Our current topic is entitled ‘Express Yourself’. Fingerprints are unique; nobody has the same as another person, not even identical twins. The children were introduced to the artist Chuck Close, who is American and created photorealistic portraits from photographs. Close would use his fingerprint to create a portrait. He varied the amount of pressure he used and overlapped the fingerprints to create shadows and highlights. The children first of all made enlarged copies of their fingerprints. They looked brilliant.

On Wednesday Miss Massie did another fun French lesson; all based around an Easter theme, which was lovely. Later that afternoon, we had our usual PE (gym) lesson and music (wider opps). The children have come a long way over the course of the term and should be very proud of their achievements.

We then finished off the week with our end of term assembly. Once again it is lovely to see the wide range of homework that the children do across the school. I once again need to thank parents and children for the wonderful cooking and food samples that have been brought in. It does keep Mrs Allen and me going. After this we explored the crime and punishment which was around in the Roman/Anglo Saxon and Viking periods in history.

Over the last two days your children should have come home with a few items. They were all asked to take their CPG 10 min SATs buster books and study guides home. They then took home the answers separately. Please could I ask that you keep these safe. I have asked the children to bring in the books after Easter; where I shall look and mark accordingly. They should also have come home with an envelope. This has a summary sheet of things that we have discussed at both the Year 6 only parent appointment and those appointments just last week. I have explained to the children that they can also take a look at these in order to take responsibility for their learning. Little and often is the greater key to being successful. All PE kits and muddy shoes were also taken home ready to be washed and brought back on the Tuesday 17th April.

I do hope you all have a very enjoyable Easter and look forward to seeing you in the summer term.

Mrs Stewart

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Super Scientists/Singing Superstars !

The week started off a little early - with the trip to the Albert Hall. I’m so proud of the choir. Thank you for some lovely feedback. Miss Walker and I loved having the chance to perform with the children. It does not seem like it will have been almost a week ago now. It was brilliant to see Michael Rosen and James Mayhew. I know speaking with Mrs Peddie, a number of children love Michael Rosen’s poems. My particular favourite – Chocolate Cake.

 

Class 6 have been working away all week. In English we have been putting our skills to the test by writing a final narrative piece. Having studied lots of different genres and some of the technical skills required, we have planned a full story. I have been enjoying reading them.

In Maths we have covered a few lessons only, as our Science days have taken place. However we found quite a fair amount of maths within our science investigations. We were due to be covering measure and volume, so what better way than to do this, in a cross curricular manner.

Wednesday and Thursday were packed full of fun science. We were delighted to see Jules Howard return to our school, sharing with us his enthusiastic finds over the last year, with his top 5 fossil finds. The following day, Laura from Science Wizards kept us excited with a range of cool science experiments. The whole school were circulating around classrooms, taking part in a wide variety of scientific investigations. I have to say I have never seen so many happy faces in Class 6 when asked to create the best bubble mixture. Even with the rain, they loved being outdoors and testing their bubble creations.

As we are fast approaching to Easter, Class 6 had quite a calm and relaxing, reflective Friday by looking in-depth at what is so important about the resurrection. We took time to study the Gospel of Luke and the meaning behind the text within the Bible. We then compared ideas with ways in which Christians interpret these texts. We then watched a few short videos giving evidence for the resurrection. It is important to understand that we were not trying to prove whether Jesus was or was not resurrected, we were trying to understand why Christians believe this; being respectful to each other’s views.

I do hope everyone has a lovely weekend and you should have received your parent appointment slips from your child tonight.  If you get the chance do take a look at all the wonderful photos in the gallery on the school website. Look out for the predicted snow, which no doubt will come and go.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders

Outdoor PE kits for hockey.

Home school contact books.

Parent Appointments on Tuesday 20th

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A Work of Art !

What an amazing week!

As you will have hopefully seen from the website we have just finished two jam-packed days of Art. It is always fascinating to see how much the children do in just two days. There has been some spectacular pieces of art. When I asked some of the children today to comment on the last two days, here are just a few:

Arts Days is not all about the work you produce, it is about enjoying yourself and having fun.” Euan.

All the adults work really hard to make this possible.” Ben.

It was fascinating to learn about the Indian culture.” Youssef.

We cannot wait to see the main exhibition foyer. I’m sure your children will help find their work if you can make it to the Open Session.

Last week in maths we were learning about division and solving word problems (long division). Originally, we found that division was probably one of the trickiest concepts to master; when discussing our learning with each other. We did happen to find that it becomes so much easier when other concepts are secure; such as times tables/repeated subtraction. We had to persevere in order to succeed but as we worked on it we could see better results. We then moved onto area and perimeter, at the beginning of this week. By learning algebra at the beginning of the term, we managed to make the link to using formulas with calculating shapes.  Once you master a way in to solve maths problems you are one step closer to achieving.

With only 2 weeks remaining children need to keep an eye on the home learning grid. This week I have given the children the chance to utilise their time and push on with reaching the target of 4 pieces to be completed for this half term.

As preparation for our annual E-safety day, we have been reminded about the ways in which we can stay safe, whist being online. The children were very knowledgeable about giving the top tips, as this is something we have covered through the years. Children knew the age restrictions, which is also a valuable piece of information, as they begin to think about ways to move safely from primary school to secondary. At school we are constantly reminded, living in an ever-evolving world of technology and social media, of the importance of staying safe. By being kept up to speed with events and discussing this topic regularly as a class, within different parts of the curriculum; we hope children can see the importance behind this. I hope the children find time to discuss things with you at home.

Even though the weather has been a little chilly over the last few weeks we have still managed to get up to the school field to participate in our weekly tag rugby lessons. In just a short number of weeks I have seen, alongside Mr Smith, the change in pupil’s ability and raising their skills. I do always remind the children to take home the muddy kits, so that they do not surprise you with a kit caked in ingrained mud.

To make connections within the curriculum, we have been looking to improve our skills in non-fictional writing. This is quite a skill, as we have been working on not just taking small extracts from books- as we know this could breach copyright. That we need to read what we find out and aim to put it into our own words. It was interesting to see that one of the areas to look at developing is the choice of vocabulary. We understand that in order to broaden our use of language some of us need to read more and use our magpie skills- adding good vocab to the comments sections of our home school reading records.

Over the next few weeks we shall be returning to narrative writing, exploring a range of texts, (which are mentioned on the curriculum leaflet) and identify the features that mark them as belonging to a particular genre. We will read, compare, and begin to evaluate extracts from texts written in the same genre. This will then hopefully help us to draw on our prior knowledge of different genres to create a mixed genre story. From this we will aim to explore the way in which a sense of character is built up from a range of clues. Use these clues to create character descriptions, writing in the role of a peer of the central character. As part of our ongoing learning we shall create a word bank from the texts we read.

In Science we have been fascinated by how the circulatory system works. It is hard to imagine what goes on in our body without giving it a second thought. As well as learning the complex process we are broadening our scientific vocabulary – this will come in useful when heading off to secondary.

I am sure the children will be tired from all the fun this week – I know I am.

Enjoy the weekend and come back refreshed for next week.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders

  • Reading record checks

  • Home school contact books

  • Outdoor kits

  • Spelling test – Monday

  • Choir – having a go at learning words.

 

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Happy New Year!

Well a short week with only two days in school. It was lovely seeing everyone back and looking refreshed, ready for the term ahead. Mrs Allen and I would like to thank all those for the lovely cards and presents that were handed in at the end of last term.

We were busy on the first day back, writing work out for a new display. I have been so impressed with handwriting. I’m sure it won’t be long until I give out some more fountain pen permits.

By now you should have received the new term’s curriculum overview and homework grid. Last term a number of pupils displayed their learning powers by taking responsibility and showing independence in selecting the chosen pieces and logging them in their home school contact books, which was lovely to see. Remember this half term requires only 4 pieces. Children have been reminded that they can make good use of homework club in order to complete these activities.

On Thursday afternoon we took time to observe the pictures of the yeast experiment that we carried out on the last week of term and discussed the results. We shall of course be starting a new topic next week.

On Friday we were straight back in with our weekly mental arithmetic quizzes. These shall be happening every Friday morning. After, we had a lovely day making our Christingles, which you will no doubt have seen on the website. Hopefully they arrived home in one piece. We then spent time putting our writing skills to the test by generating a set of detailed instructions to accompany our practical task. It was lovely to see all the finished Christingles at our Collective Worship with Revd Ginni.

I may even see some of you fairly soon as I’m heading to church for the Christingle service. I better get going don’t want to be late.

See you all on Monday !

Mrs Stewart

Reminders

  • Full PE kit as we shall be taking part in Tag Rugby this half term up on the field on Monday afternoons. I have suggested that the children take their kits home after this session to avoid overly dirty kits. They shall need to have them back in for Wednesday pm as we shall be doing indoor gym.

  • Please try to ensure you have your kit and that it is labelled.

  • Home school contact books

  • Spellings and homework shall begin again on Tuesday 9th.

  • Clubs letters to be returned before deadline. I shall be taking Sam Learning club which gives a great opportunity for the children to work together. During this club we also look at strategies on how to answer SATs questions and look over some topics that need further work. A healthy snack and drink are also provided to help fuel the brain.

  • Those attending the Royal Albert Hall please can I have the t-shirt slips back in by Tuesday at the very latest.

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Full of Festive Fun

I wanted to start by saying a huge well done to Class 6 for last week and their help during the Christmas Fair. Everyone worked hard on designing some great games, which seemed to go down really well.

 

So what has happened over this week?

Monday started off with testing our weekly spellings alongside our dictation. We then went on to look at ways in which to improve our writing, whilst improving our knowledge of GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling). As part of our early morning work this week, we have been taking a festive picture and then having to create 5 different sentences to form a paragraph. You may think that is easy but not when the sentences have to demonstrate specific skills.

For example: 1. Contain a preposition expressing time. 2. subordinate clause. 3. contain a proper noun. 4. metaphor. 5. exclamation sentence. These are just a few.  We also discussed that this could be something that we could have a go as part of our daily reading. This time identifying these as we read, then logging a few examples in our home school contact books. Following on from this we got to work and paired up to write to the Governors, inviting them to our annual Christmas dinner. Today we received a number of replies and look forward to Christmas dinner on Wednesday. It was also our last day of swimming this week so no swimming kits required for Monday.

We have moved away this week from The Spiderwick Chronicles but have had plenty of opportunities to write across the curriculum and for a number of purposes. Having had so many preparations with the lead up to Christmas we decided to look at how the local church and school prepare for this festive time of year. As we talked and listed all the events that happen, we were quite shocked at how much goes on, in such a short period. We decided to then put this together as an explanatory extended piece of writing, which our Golden Chair pupil shared today in celebration assembly.

You will be pleased to hear that we also managed to record and finalise our dance routine on Wednesday. As we have had a few people off, we are going to try and record again hopefully next week, as we are all really pleased with the finished product and would love everyone to be in the recording. In French this week, Ms Massie had the children designing Christmas jumpers. They had to label their designs in French and discuss what they were like to each other. Some great designs!

All the Year 6 children loved watching the dress rehearsal of the Class 1 nativity ‘Shine Star Shine’. I was also very pleased with the group of year 6 children who were asked to narrate the script. I still find it hard as it only seems like yesterday that they were Class 1… and yes were with me.

In Maths we have been persevering with our work on geometry. We have looked at the understanding of circles and calculating the diameter and radius in various ways. This led us onto calculating the exterior and interior angles in regular polygons. I have to say a big well done for using your learning powers Class 6.

It has not been all work and no fun. It has been like Santa’s little workshop at times through the week, as we have been busy making Christmas items ready to bring home to our family and also sorting and delivering the daily Christmas post.

Well lots more to look forward to next week and shall put these on the reminders. It has been lovely to see another great range of homework being produced over this half term and remember to keep a check on how many you have managed.  Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders

  • Christmas Carol Service in church on Tuesday 2:15pm

  • Christmas Table decoration to be brought in on Wednesday morning (remember this will count as one of your homework grid tasks )

  • Christmas Party Food contributions will be discussed on Monday and children will write what they have chosen to do in their Home School Contact books.

  • Movie and Munch on Monday.

  • Friday- Choir children only to Nursing Homes.

  • Reading Records and spellings on Monday.

     

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