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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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Waiting for Christmas!

Who can believe it is December already? Before I begin this weeks blog I would like to tell you about our trip to St Albans Cathedral last Friday morning. We had such a lovely, creative and reflective morning and the weather was beautiful. As part of our morning after a guided tour we participated in sitting quietly designing and making clay tiles, which we have brought back with us. I have to say how proud I was of the children and how they were so respectful during the morning. The Abbey is such a spectacular place of worship and with new renovations is even more breath-taking. During our time in the shop the children were reflective purchasing some values stones, which they informed me were for SATs.

So now moving on to things from this week in school. A fitting title for this weeks blog as we begin our period of advent. In Collective Worship on Monday we were able to taste the delights of our Stir up Sunday worship and the traditional making of Mrs Peddies Christmas Pudding. I have to say this is one of the highlights of the school year for me. It tasted delicious!

We also looked at the meaning behind the first week of Advent and the candle of 'Hope'. We have a beautiful advent wreath on the altar made by Mrs Lewis and the children participated by sharing what they know about the wreath.

In English we have been studying the classic novella ' A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. I have to say we are really getting into the plot and the underlying strands that this book has to offer, alongside the marvellous range of vocabulary. We are currently looking at the Ghost of Christmas Present and next week shall see us looking to the future. The children have been comparing the auditory version of this book on the bbc radio website and then watching clips of the 1984 version. It is so beneficial at times to do both as not everyone is an auditory learner and the visuals can bring so many more ideas. I have loved reading the various pieces of writing that have been produced and a few Charles Dickens of the future I believe.

In Maths we have concentrated on Geometry more and the topic of co-ordinates. We have worked on translation, reading co-ordinates and reflections.

In Science we have been looking at what classification is and why we need to classify. We have looked at a brief history focusing on Aristotle and Carl Linneus.We also learnt a fun way of the 7 stages of classifcation. 'Keep Ponds Clean Or Frogs Get Sick' which translates to Kingdom, Phylum, Class,Order, Family, Genus and Species. We then had time to explore the roots of the diffferent animals, plants and minerals and get to know what each of these titles meant. It was very interesting.

In RE we have been finishing our powerpoint presentations on Religious Art and will be getting ready to share these in class giving a short presentation.A few children doing such amazing learning that they visited Mrs Peddie for a headteachers award.

On Tuesday not only did we continue with our learning of different subjects but the children also participated in an Inter House sports day, organised by our Sports Captain and Mr Smith and the wonderful sports ambassadors. The children all participated and today in Friday Fellowship found out that Bronte were the winning house.It was a great day. Also on a sporting front well done to those children in the  Netball team winning 10-2 on Thursday.

Thank you also for your donations today for the Christmas Fair. I'm sure it is going to be a Winter Wonderland not to forget, with the ice skating, which you can still book. Year 6 next week shall be busy getting this years games ready, so we hope you come along and try them out.

In Geography we started to look and explore facts about Scotland. We covered a range of geographical terminology and I even managed with the powers of technology share with the children where my home town is showing the the wonderful engineering of the Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies. My old high school and my primary school proving that I was once their age even if it is a long time ago now. We also explored the Scottish Parliament and how things are a little different in politics- quite fitting with the General Election on the horizon.  In the time remaining this term we shall be looking further north and exploring the landscape, tourism and landuse.

I do hope you all have a great weekend and that the weather is not to dreadful. While I sit typing this in my class, if I were to close my eyes, I would think I was back in Scotland.

See you all on Monday Class 6!

Mrs Stewart

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Spotty, Dotty and Watching Stars.

What a busy week and I'm sure you will be at home getting ready to see all the amazing things that people do to support Children in Need. As you can see from the photo gallery we had such fun in school today and great excitment of having the Rickshaw Challenge pass through St Ippolyts. Luckily, the weather was kind and keystage 2 went to show their support by cheering Matt Baker and his crew on. In class we thought it would be a great opportunity to become journalists for the day and set about gathering info, comments and writing reports about Children in Need.

We quickly re-wrote lyrics to 'I'm still standing' to 'You're still cycling' and no doubt your child may will sing it to you. We also took part in the Joe Wicks Big Move which was great fun.

Whilst some of the children were here in school the rest of the class were taking part in a Herts Small School football tournament in Watford. They arrived back just before the end of the day, with the A team celebrating with medals,coming 2nd overall. The B team also played exceptionally well and did an amazing job, being true sports ambassadors.

This was all of course at the end of the week and after a full week of assessments as well. I am very proud of year 6 who all participated and tried their hardest during this week. Everyone seemed calm and took it all in their stride, which is super.

On Monday, Young Worship led a beautiful service to the whole school for rememberance. The reflections and prayers that were read were so thoughtful. I was extremely proud of them. As a class we took time to write our own thoughts and looked at how it is important to not forget the past and have displayed our feelings in our reflection area in class.

In RE this week we started to explore our ideas of whether it is best to express religion in art and architecture or charity and generosity. With so much charity work taking place and our half terms value- generosity, you would think this is fairly easy but a lot of children have various views on this which lead to great discussions. This week we looked at some art, thought about why places are known as sacred, what does it mean - a sacred place. This is giving us the chance to prepare our learning for when we visit St Albans Cathedral on Friday 29th Novemeber 2019.

We also managed to squeeze in some science, mainly the write up of our skittle experiment from Friday last week. We have also planned a further investigation which we will have to put into next week as we couldn't fit it in.

Next week we shall be having normal homework and spellings but in the meantime make sure you are keeping up with things such as reading , Rockstars, Sam Learning and getting started on some of your grid learning pieces.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and keep an eye out to see if we were spotted during the Rickshaw.

Well done year 6 for another super week.

Mrs Stewart


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