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Learning Powers Assemble!

Assessment weeks over and the children in Class 6 have been putting everything into them. I shall be speaking with them individually so that they know where they need to focus their attention, then will share this with you at the next parent appointments, which you should have received a form for with this week’s newsletter.

I hope they have recovered from a very energetic Friday with the Daily Mile and all the sporting fun, even taking part in a French sport as well; thanks to Madame Twomey. Sadly, I could not join them but I think they did a much better job than I would.

Last week in maths we looked at measure. That all important life skill of being able to convert measure and also within measure word problems, can always prove to be problematic – hopefully not now! Of course it is not just metric but imperial to metric measure. Those who do have the revision cards, this is an area which can never have too much looking at.

Moving to English, we are really getting into our class novel ‘Holes’. Now approaching Chapter 10. We are really diving quite deeply into the text and finding that by doing this are improving our skills in: reading for enjoyment, writing and GPS. This week we have been understanding the characters more, alongside the underlying sub-plot, which runs parallel to the main story. Some of us have even started to predict a bit deeper by thinking about themes in which the author may have based his ideas on. We are even thinking about sending some of our predictions to him, which is very exciting.

The children had great fun with a very interactive science session with Mrs Springall. They were discussing and plotting on large models how water and nutrients travel around their bodies. Following on from that session, they started to discuss financial risks and why we earn money. This is part of our PSHE lessons. The children were discussing jobs and the importance of money – does it bring happiness?

This will have some connection with our Science Days this coming week, as we explore jobs in science. Lots of practical/investigative lessons being planned.

Our music session last week concentrated on improving our understanding of music terminology – in both English and Italian terms. We then carried out (little but complex) rhythm and pitch based exercises to become more confident in performing in front of each other. I do love hearing my class sing, as they produce a beautiful sound together.

We spent the last part of the week in History. Initially, we took time to see what our general understanding of ‘Crime and Punishment ‘was through the periods. This raised some great class based discussions. We then started to explore using our learning powers, what crimes and punishments were around in the Roman period. This was something that we had already been discussing within RE and could make connections and links to our learning.

I am sure that some children will select some of the grid home learning after seeing how intrigued they were. As a reminder, children you need to have completed 5 by the end of this term.

Just so you are aware, the children covered 100 spellings this week – 20 a day keeps the fear of spelling away! They all took it in their stride. Parents I sent home an exercise that was explained in class. This needs to be handed in by Tuesday please. It consists of one set of twenty spellings (covering a range of spelling rules) and the children are expected to have knowledge of the word class of the words, along with the spelling rule. From this they need to compose 20 complex sentences. Within this exercise, I shall be looking at the use of punctuation as well – especially capital letters and full stops!

See you all tomorrow, ready for another fun week ahead. Please do not worry I have some of your Home School Contact books with me.

Reminder: Parents if you have any empty 2 litre bottles then please can you send them in with your children as we need one for each child in Class 6 for a Science experiment - thanks. I have some but not enough. 

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Lent Begins

The first week back starts us off in the period of Lent. Shrove Tuesday saw us taking part in the annual pancake race at school. Great excitement and well done to everyone who took part. Ash Wednesday followed and started the period of Lent. What shall you be giving up?
This year rather than giving something up I have decided to participate in 40 acts of kindness. Stewardship is a Christian organisation which aims to encourage Christians and non-Christians alike to be generous. For some years now, they have run the ’40 Acts’ campaign. Rather than give something up for Lent – chocolate, coffee, TV, etc – people are encouraged to use the period of Lent to give something back. They spend the time being thankful for what they have, and then sharing some of that with others. Class 6 have been keen to find out what my daily acts are, which are emailed each day to me, apart from Sundays. We decided as a class to then think of 40 things we as a class could participate in doing around school, home and within our community. The children have thought carefully about certain acts of kindness and generosity and we shall share how we get on as we progress through Lent.
I will now pass over to Morgan and Sami to give you a summary and highlights of the first week back from their perspective.

This first week back has been a lot of fun and we did A LOT. We first started off with some challenging EMW(Early Morning Work). On Monday Mrs Stewart introduced raffle tickets for finishing work and amazing writing. Then we did English and this term we have started with ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. Have you read it or watched it? We looked at the blurb and focused our attention on what hooks a reader? Narrative devices that are evident within the opening chapters. We studied chapters one and two looking out for dramatic vocabulary, highlighting good punctuation and important information. Later on that day we went to Collective Worship to focus on our new value – ‘Forgiveness’ and to try and relate to biblical passages and understand what this value truly means. We prepared and checked teams for the pancake race after worship.

We all came in very excited to see who would win the pancake race, would it be Miss Ingle and Mr Jefferies in the final again? We set off on our EMW to get our brains thinking this time it was maths. We were set 8 questions, using mental fluency and reasoning, whoever had finished in the time allocated received a raffle ticket. Mr Smith, a little while later came to collect the racers. Who was going to win? Children and staff ran and flipped, ran and flipped, waiting for the exciting moment of who was in the final. Seacole and Faraday, who was going to win...? Faraday after a very close contest had won but everyone cheered and we were all happy. Mrs Stewart awarded a lemon to all the runners up and team members of Faraday a bottle of pancake mix –YUMMY! The afternoon was spent with Mrs Springall learning about Science and PSHE.

Mrs Stewart came in very happy to see how hard we tried on our pieces of English work. At the time a few footballers had gone out to play at Baldock arena, playing against some good teams. After EMW work we had to make a mind map about what we already knew about the character Stanley Yelnats. From this we constructed a paragraph, in a more narrative style. A few members of our class realised that Stanley’s surname was his name backwards, did you spot this palindromic device? After our morning break we came inside and put our thinking caps on ready for maths. In this lesson, percentages and explaining our reasons behind our answers and comparing percentages as well. In the afternoon we started on our new piece of music – Carole King’s ‘You Got a Friend’. Listening and appraising this piece and discussing the composition.

Our first session was P.E. We first got told our new activity for the term and it as basketball. We learnt how to dribble and work on some basic skills. After we played a game to test our skills. Next lesson we were finishing more of our writing from yesterday. Mrs Stewart told us some exciting news...we were going to be starting our food technology for the term by learning to make Scotch pancakes, everyone was so happy. After lunch we set about making the pancakes we had two each and were very nice. Why not try making some at home over the weekend, as the recipe is on our blog page.

Of course this was our Australian Fundraising day. First subject was French with Madame Twomey. We were learning about clothes (vêtements). After that we went to P.E and voted for benchball as the weather was not good outside. During wet play we played games and went on Times Table Rockstars- our favourite. In the afternoon we focused on our RE lesson and got ready for Friday Fellowship. After school the staff had very kindly arranged some fun activities after school.
Overall a bit of a busy week which is normal for life in Class 6.

Morgan and Sami

Picking up from where Morgan and Sami left off you will be able to see the fun we had on the photo gallery and do take time to read the newsletter to find out more. Also on Thursday saw the homework grid for this half term. 5 pieces and lots to choose from. I can’t wait to see what you do!
Next week of course is World Book Day, a day loved by all at St Ippolyts, especially me. As it is assessment week coming up I shall not be sending official homework out but that means you can prioritise by getting organised and completing some grid homework, going regularly on Rockstars/Sam Learning, using your revision cards with your family and enjoying reading for pleasure.
Well done Class 6 for being awarded the first new ‘Rockstars’ certificate. Keep up the good work!
See you soon
Mrs Stewart

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Scotch Pancakes

Following on from the excitement of Shrove Tuesday Class 6 had the opportunity to have a go at making and tasting  scotch pancakes today as the start of our design technology strand, focusing on food technology.  As you will have seen from the home learning grid I have included a few little tasks linked to this. I shall be sending home a letter soon about what we intend to make each week. 

I did promise to share the recipe that we used today. 

250g self raising flour 

2 large eggs 

300ml of milk

4 tbsp of sugar.

Best to use an electric handwhisk if possible but not necessary. Just ensure you have a smooth batter. 

Hopefully your child should be able to explain the process and how to do the rest. We did plan and shall try to squeeze in the savoury crepes that we also planned but just couldn't manage. Some of us added some blueberries as well. 

Looking forward to our Australian fundraising event tomorrow. 

See you soon Class 6! Off to complete more of day 2 of my 40 Acts for Lent.  

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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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