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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


Swimming kits Monday


PE kits

Home school contact books.


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First Week Back !

I do hope everyone had a lovely half term week. I am pleased to say that Class 6 have come back and look refreshed and ready to face next half term. This week we have allocated new responsibilty roles and been given a few extra tasks along the way, such as selling poppies and carrying out jobs for teachers. This fits nicely with this half terms value- generosity. From listening in Collective Worship and having today's Friday Fellowship I have seen children in Class 6 being generous with their time, words, sportmanship and donating shoeboxes or purchasing poppy appeal related merchandise.

The beginning of the week saw us looking at Bonfire Night. As it is a fun time of year it also leads great discussion in how to be safe as well. We thought it would be a great idea to look to writing an informative piece persuading and letting the wider community know how to stay safe. Using our learning powers children could select the genre and audience for which to write for. Therefore we had some explanation pieces, some more debate related but all having a persuasive feel to them. In order to check how persuasive we carried out some peer marking and listening to the dialogue of people I was super impressed by the positive words being said to one another, alongside some helpful points to develop their pieces further.

This moved us onto thinking more of a PSHE frame of mind with, is their a difference between a risk, a hazard and danger. Once again I was blown away by some of the mature answers that were being given.

We also added to our reflection area, which is based around remembrance. As a class we discussed how important the phrase 'We will remember them' is to us. I have to say that the children wrote some mature and moving speech bubbles expressing their feelings so well. 

In Maths we have remained with the focus of fractions but have moved onto checking our understanding of adding and subtracting fractions. As the week has gone by I have seen a greater confidence in their ability and also children being generous to support friends who may not understand it straight away. We shall be moving onto multiplication and divising fractions next week, even though it is assessment week.

Speaking of this, next week the children will be carrying out assessments in English, Maths and Science. I have hopefully managed to reassure some children, as I know not everyone likes tests but it is the way in which we use our learning powers to remain positive. I am also sure that the children are aware just to try there best and be proud of what they do.

We have been looking at a few different comprehensions and still pushing for that wealth of vocabulary. Working each week in the library helps, us to see how grateful we are to have a space to enjoy and share our choices in reading. 

In RE we have been looking at what a triptych is ? You may also and hopefully have received the letter explaining about the Class 6 trip to St Albans Cathedral later this month. If you have a chance see if your child can explain what this is.

In Art we started to explore the technique of using batik. As we have only just started these lessons we watched short videos which gave us a brief overview of the process. You may have also seen from the new Home Learning grid that batik was mentioned. If your child has not received a copy you shall find this on the website or the children can take one from the class noticeboard. We have started to think about using the skill of batik for a piece related to remembrance and will be selecting other projects along the way. 

To finish the week off we carried out a science experiment using skittles. Please be reassured I have not filled children up with skittles, they were for experimental use only and afterwards we would certainly have not wanted to eat them. We were investigating and exploring if hot or cold water would dissolve the sugar coating the quickest. It was fascinating to see the results and have already planned to investigate these sweets further.

Also this afternoon our two year 6 school council reps reported back to the class after attending this morning the Hitchin schools Transition Conference , held at The Priory. Both pupils, Amber and Ben did an amazing job of gathering questions from the class and also finding out the answers, and by having the chance to talk to Year 7 and each other it may push some future worries away.

I do hope you all have a lovely weekend and will see you on Monday.

Mrs Stewart


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Homework Clarification for Year 6

Class 6 here is just a reminder about what we discussed when handing out the maths homework this week.

There were four different activites. One of the activites was a mental warm up in which you could do all grids, or 1/2 etc - your choice.

From the other tasks available you could select areas out of each so for example the 56 question one you could do a few from various sections that you felt you needed to work on as we have covered various topic areas this week. Weekly homework will be set like this as one piece may not fit all and also you are all getting more aware of where you need to work on. It will also be good preparation for secondary school and using your learning powers too.

I will always try to give a variety and have explained that 30 mins of homework is what is expected but I do know that some children wish to do more, which again is a decision you can make.  We also spoke about how we can organise how this 30 mins can be spread out to cater for other outside committments. All of these strategies are good ways to try here before venturing to secondary. 

I do hope this takes away any worries or concerns you may have. Please also remember I am available to talk things through each day or come along to homework club if you wish.

Mrs Stewart

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Thank You For The Cakes!

Trying to think of this week's title of the blog and in my head could hear the song 'Thank You For The Music' so went for 'Thank You For The Cakes'. Plus I did want to thank the parents/children for their generous and yummy donations that were handed in. It was very welcoming after a dark, windy day - good well-being for both pupils and staff.

A lot of tired faces today as school ended. Take a look at some of what we have been focusing on this week.

In English we have been focusing on more class reading of Shackleton's Journey. Discussing a wide range of some new vocabulary. I think we are starting to realise that if we ignore words that we do not understand it makes it tricky for us to understand the plot. We decided to look at a different style of writing which was to send a telegram to a loved one. At first we looked at a WAGOLL - What A Good One Looks Like. This is when we take a few examples and see what makes it the good example. By doing this we can be resourceful, that once we go to write our own writing we can refer back to it. As we read we were also looking at the skills of taking notes. Notes are of course not full sentences and some of the times we are not properly taking notes. From this we constructed some of our telegrams again from our chosen characters perspective.

I was delighted to read the English homework. So many powerful speeches being written or carefully analysed pieces. I shall be asking the children to try and deliver these next week. As the next stage is to be courageous and use or expressive voices, strong body language to read these to get our messages across. Once again the use of some great vocab and phrases.

In Maths we have had another go with long division and we are getting there.We also looked at factors and multiples this week, to see if by having a securer understanding of this concept it could take us a step closer, which it did.  We then moved on to BODMAS - the order in which calculations need to be carried out. This was a good session and were feeling fairly confident by the end. These are a few of the range of questions that appear in the Mental Arithmetic SATs as well as the reasoning papers.

Yes I mentioned SATs! However at school we shall all be meeting in the hall on Wednesday at 6pm. This is an evening where both children and adults can come along to see what the SATs are like, share in what they learn in school and have FUN! Looking forward to seeing you all after seeing quite a lot of you after school on Monday for the Open Session, which I hope you found useful.

Swimming is going well and hearing good things about how children are really trying their best. Our weekly PE sessions are always great fun and a time to exercise. Also a big well done to those children who represented the school in the cross country event on Thursday.

In RE we looked at what catherdrals show about what Christians believe about God. Did you know that cathedrals are built in the shape of a cross? They children went off to research and enquire about the various different cathedrals. It even brought in some current affairs about cathedrals in other countries as well.

This week we have looked at some art as it links to our English book on Shackleton. We have been inspired by some of the beautiful illustrations in this book and have been in touch with the author himself. William Grill uses coloured pencils but we chose to incorporate charcoal and chalk, alongside pencil to create some pieces, which we shall share with you next Friday in our class assembly.

In music we have been using the keyboards and working on our ability to play various instruments as well as learning how to read music notation. This normally comes after a library session where we discuss books that we are reading, learn how to find books and return them correctly. This week we started to make up small comprehension tasks for particular books so that other children in school could use them. It's so nice hearing them recommend certain books to each other.

As I type this looking at the weather outside, the children may be able to share some of their French knowledge as they learnt about the weather today.

I hope we can have some nice weather for the weekend. Do look below for some reminders and hope you all have a nice weekend.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders : Spellings tested on Monday - Hyphenated words/statutory word list selection.

                  Home school contact books to be checked - please try some of the activites we have discussed this week.

                  SATs Evening Wednesday 6pm

                   Non -uniform Day to support a local organisation Thursday

                  Class Assembly Friday.

                  PE kits if taken home to be washed and swimming kits for Monday.




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