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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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Christmas is approaching fast.

Last week was as busy as ever in Class 6 and now that we are approaching the beginning of Advent- it will soon get a lot busier. We continued to work around our Spiderwick Chronicles but shift our focus and attention onto different styles of writing. We retrieved information whilst reading, referring to more than one place in the text and from this wrote a recount as a ‘boggart’. Some of us turning to other creatures. Next we looked at writing a radio broadcast. Within this particular piece, we focused our attention onto using adverbial phrases and prepositional phrases. I used examples of the children's writing to model marking and further explain the purpose of the purple polishing pen, when aiming to improve a piece. The vocabulary within this particular book is brilliant and putting our skills to the test of understanding words in context has really helped us. Next week, we shall be continuing to make precise vocabulary choices in writing a letter to Mrs Peddie about a ‘changeling’. As the week progresses we shall analyse, and explain the impact of, author’s techniques and use of language to develop a point of view and ‘authorial voice’ in our writing.

In maths we focused on 2d shape and found it quite challenging. Once we polished up on our specific maths vocabulary such as: adjacent, perpendicular, polygon, quadrilateral (to name only a few), and of course the various names and characteristics of each shape, we were on our way. This moved us nicely onto 3D shape, which we started on Friday afternoon. We definitely jumped into the deep end. As you may know, the hall gets decorated with hoops. One of our Yr 6 hoops involves 3D shapes. We discussed on how much learning we would gain from just making a shape from a photocopy and decided it would be much more rewarding to be able to say I built my shape from scratch- measured lengths and angles to create it. So that is our mission, as well as carrying out maths lessons on understanding circle measurements. Plus pie and not the one we eat.

As you may have seen in the newsletter we had some visitors in on Tuesday from the Diocese. It was lovely to show them our learning about Christingles as they looked around our class. We have been focusing our attentions onto Christian symbols of light and of course next week is the first Sunday of Advent.

Talking about preparations we were able to put our skills of democracy into action as we thought about the annual Christmas fair games. Now that we are in our groups, we are underway to creating some interesting games, which you will be able to have a go at next Friday. It is lovely to see all the powers being used in projects like this.

We are really pleased that we have finally choreographed our class dance to the track ‘Bounce’. With the remaining weeks our aim is to get it to performance stage. Along the way, we will video this in order to evaluate sections and see where we need to improve.

In Science we collaborated as we did a more practical task of sorting certain groups of animals by creating a group classification key. It made us use your questioning power for sure.

To finish off the week we all loved Class 5’s assembly and congratulations to class 4 for winning the tidy cup.

See you all soon and ready to go tomorrow morning.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders:  

  • Home school contact. Remember to think of interesting comments and the types of skills we cover and think about at school. Magpie vocabulary. You can write these as well as adults.

  • PE kits/ Swimming kits – please make sure these are in school and named. Also remember those warm clothes incase we head outside.

  • Remember to keep an eye on your homelearning grid work. Lots of beautiful pieces have been brought in. You can always check the working wall to see what you need to do.

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Spots and Dots

Thank you for all the generous donations for Children In Need. School council were busy collecting this morning. It was lovely to see so many children with spotty accessories. Thank you to Mrs Harrington –Smith, who also provided the children with dotty biscuits for school dinners. There were even some spotty cake donations from Class 5 - yum, yum!

 

I do hope that everyone had an enjoyable morning on Thursday and that the learning did not scare too many of you. The children were so keen to share and have you in. Hopefully, it gave you another chance to see how busy and hard-working your children are. It was a lovely atmosphere and glad so many of you could make it. It won’t be long till we meet again at parent appointments. Today your child should have handed you an appointment time.

So, what else have been learning?

In English we have started to look at the beautifully illustrated Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World around you by T. Diterlizzi and H. Black. The book provides information about the life, habits and habitats of the denizens of the Invisible World. I was really impressed with some of the poems created on our Family day, which the children have worked on and edited.

This has become another favourite book of Class 6 , as it looks at habitats and more importantly links a little with classification, which we are looking at in Science. We had a few activities based around classification on offer on Thursday. To start us off on this topic, we took time to ensure that we could identify all the various classification groups. It was great to see the children using so many different ways of presenting their understanding.

In maths we have focused our attention on to area of triangles, parallelograms and finding the area of composite shapes. We have been using the different formulas, which will prepare us for when we look at algebra a bit later this term.

With the school being so busy, Class 6 went to the field and tried out our Tag Rugby skills on Wednesday afternoon. It was a great session and hope to do this again soon.

In RE we have turned our attention now to preparing for Christmas. Don’t panic, no Christmas carols yet, promise. We have been looking at the religious meaning of Advent. Were you aware that Advent in Latin means ‘Coming’? Do you know the colours or meaning behind the candles on an advent wreath?   

Well I’m off to mark all the wonderful work that has been produced this week. Have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday.

 

Reminders:     PE Kits. Children please can you try to make sure you have full kits in school. Even though it is getting a little colder we still may go outside and need to be prepared.

 

                              Home School Contact check and Spelling test on Monday.

                               Swimming Kits.

                              Parent Consultations on Thursday 23rd Nov.                                                                                                             

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