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First Ever Class 6 Assembly!

A huge well done Class 6!

You have all worked so hard this week to pull together the work that you shared today in your first ever Class 6 assembly. A moment in the history of the school. I am so proud of you all and thought you were brilliant. I would also like to thank the parents and families that came to watch, along with Nicola from Hetties Helpers Hedgehog Rescue. We hope you all enjoyed it.

It will not be long till we meet again. This Wednesday is of course the SATs evening at school. If you have even had a child who went through SATs last year it is always good to come along as it is forever changing. I know a lot of parents have replied and yes children you can come along too.

So apart from a Class assembly what have we been up to this week?

In English we kept our learning around hedgehogs but took on a different style of writing. We looked more in detail at the skills of persuasive writing of advertisements. You heard some of these today in our assembly and may have noticed a few more on the display in the main foyer. Keeping up with our learning powers the children could change the style, so from a written radio script to TV ad - or a poster to a online advert. The language required for writing like this, is so important. We do hope you liked hearing them, some great expressive readers.

In Maths we started the week with ordering fractions and by the end of the week were adding fractions. We have some lovely new maths books from which we have been working from which are quite challenging but our powers help us to get through it. Next week we shall be moving on and making connections between fractions, decimals and percentages.

In Dance we have loved seeing a number of presentations from children as part of their homework grids. It is so lovely to see their confidence blossoming and everyone in class is always so supportive. Next week we shall be recording our group dances which have definitely progressed across the half term.

I also know that lots of children are also working hard at the swimming pool each Monday afternoon. Please try to remember to ensure that your child’s clothing and swimming kit are clearly labelled.

In RE we had time to research and find out about the work of Christian and Islamic Aid. This was something that proved a little challenging at first for a few of us, but we persevered and learnt quite a lot. We discussed how it was also beneficial that we knew more about the global community that we live in.

With Mrs Archer the children are producing some amazing oil pastel replicas of Steve Browns ‘Highland Cow ‘images. The care and attention to detail has been truly stunning and I can’t wait for them to be finished, and displayed.

As this first half term draws to a close (1 week left) I have been very impressed and grateful for all the reading that has taken place and the responsibility and ownership that the children have shown in their learning. I will be explaining how valuable reading is at the SATs evening and of course come along to hear more at the Reading Evening after half term.

It was lovely to hear the children’s thoughts and feelings with the new homework grid. Mrs Peddie praised the children for such beautiful pieces of work. A number of children have now completed all 6 for this half term. For those who have a few (or more) to go you still have a week to get these pieces handed in. A lot of strategies were shared and top tips on time management were discussed, which will help with the new grid, which will be released after half term. I have been super impressed and some hidden talents out there.

I hope the football squad play well today at the cup match, as I’m sure they will. I can’t wait to hear the match report next week.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. See you on Monday.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders:   Swimming kits for Monday

                      SATs evening Wednesday 18th October 6pm

                     Regular home school contact book with reading log

                      Class 6 cake day Friday 20th October

                      Spelling Test Monday

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No doubt everyone has had the best day with the amazing hedgehog visit. We were so lucky as some of us had never seen a real hedgehog. Such a lovely way to end a busy week.

In science we have been learning about 2 different types of circuits; a series circuit and a parallel circuit. I found out that a parallel circuit is normally used in a house. For example- if appliances were part of a series circuit, when we would switch one on, we would switch everything on. Whereas with a parallel, if one item is on or a bulb was to blow, other appliances would still be able to work.

In Maths we have been learning about squared numbers and fractions (in particular making the links with common multiples and factors). A few of us found it quite challenging but used our powers to get us through. Next week we shall continue with the theme of fractions but move onto adding and subtracting/ multiplying and dividing.

For those of us in choir we have been busy starting to learn new songs which are linked to science. (Written by Max)

In Class 6 this week we’ve been learning about the features of non-chronological report writing and in particular focusing on Hedgehogs. Using our learning powers, we found the content for our reports by using the Ipads and more importantly from the interesting facts that Nicola told us today. We have taken the time to plan and learn how to organise our information in order to interest and keep the reader engaged. We will be displaying our work in school so do keep an eye out for it.

In Art we have been creating Highland Cows by the artist Steven Brown. His technique and style is very colourful and amusing. It was a challenge but every pupil managed to complete a detailed sketch.

In dance we’ve been discussing our heartbeat and how it is important to warm up before exercise. Each week, 3 pupils are selected to lead a warm up at the beginning of our session. We are certainly working hard to get our routines to a polished performance. One of our class mates, as part of our homework grid, performed an emotional and moving dance in front of Mrs Peddie, Mrs Stewart and the rest of the class. It was truly amazing and fitted perfectly to the chosen track.

Of course we finished the week by having the pleasure of meeting Nicola, a member of Hetty’s Helpers. We also got the chance to meet three little ‘hoglets’. Our generous donations will help many hedgehogs survive hibernation and be rescued in the future. Look out for the wonderful photographs that Mrs Peddie took. (Written by Liv)

Thank you for a really interesting blog. I would just like to add how lovely it was with our exciting visit from Hetty’s Helpers. I do hope parents and carers will be able to join us on Friday 13th for our Class assembly. You will find out why we needed the books from my blog last week then if your child has not already told you. We have been putting ideas together ready to share with you all. Also thank you for the reply slips to the Sats evening which will be held in the hall on Wednesday 18th October.

Here are a few weekly reminders: swimming kits.

                                                   Homework in on Monday.

                                                   Spelling Test.

                                                   Home School contact checks.

Once again well done to those children receiving awards and thank you for the amazing range of pieces of homework that have been brought in recently. I do hope you all have a restful weekend and see you all on Monday.

Mrs Stewart

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Class 6 - books

Morning Class 6. If possible could you please bring in an old, unwanted book for next week. If the book could be less than 100 pages but no more than 110, that would be great. All will be revealed tomorrow. Remember, the book needs to be unwanted. If you have any spare and you would like to donate that would also be great. Please do not worry if you do not have any.

Mrs Stewart

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Harvest Celebrations

Hi all. Hope you’ve all had a brilliant week because in Class 6 we know we have. From Harvest Festival to National Poetry Day we’ve all worked our socks off. On Thursday all the children from across the school brought in their kind offerings to provide people with lovely food, fruit and vegetables. The congregation at St Ippolyts church was led by Revd Ginni and was packed with parents who were deeply moved by the service.

In Geography we are continuing to learn about the Scottish Isles and understanding how living on an island can affect the way of life. We were looking at house prices and population figures. I was looking at the population figures of Ireland, Britain and Scotland. I was looking at the massive difference between Scotland and England. Scotland (5.29 million) and England (53.01 million) and London (8.788 million).We then started to use the I pads to conduct our own research on a particular island of the Scottish Isles. We will be continuing to do so next week.

In RE we were studying and learning about the different beliefs of religious and non- religious groups in our local area. It has been quite tricky at times and we have been made to think quite deeply which is good. It also helps us to understand and respect people for who they are. (Euan M)

This week in Maths, on Tuesday in particular we were learning to solve problems using the backwards method. Here is an example of this

I think of a number. I subtract 25, add 2. I then multiply by 2. My answer is 154.

So to solve this you do 154 divided by 2 = 77 – 2 = 75 + 25 = 100. The answer is 100. We then learnt to work forwards in order to check our calculations. This technique has come in handy for some of our mental arithmetic questions on a Wednesday.

This week in English we have been writing Harvest and Freedom poems. Our harvest poems were based around a picture entitled ‘Harvest Moon ‘by Samuel Palmer. We chose ‘Freedom’ as it was National Poetry Day on Thursday and this was this year’s theme. We spent time planning and looking at poetic techniques. We were then encouraged to use our learning powers to create interesting poems in any style, but as we are older to try and get out of the habit of making our poems rhyme or choose an acrostic style. We will have a display up of our most current English work, for you to see a selection, for the Open Session on Monday.


Within computing we have been focusing a great deal on online respect. Today we were trying to understand how information is shared without permission. We talked about how it would or could make us feel and steps and strategies of how to remain safe. Next week we shall be reviewing the language and style used in a range of digital communication. (Curtis)

Blog by Euan and Curtis

Thanks boys a great blog. I’m not sure what else to add but a huge well done for a fun week. Congratulations to those receiving rewards and well done to all the footballers for the match last night at Whitehill. Good Luck to the girls playing tomorrow at the rally.

Here are just a few reminders for the week ahead.

  • Swimming kits

  • Spelling test and dictation Monday

  • Open Session after school on Monday  (look forward to seeing you)

  • Hedgehog day Friday  (any kind donations will be great)

See you all on Monday. Have a great weekend.  

Mrs Stewart

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Thank You Luke Temple from Class 6

This week Class 6 have been working exceptionally well! We would also like to thank Luke Temple for visiting our school. It has  been really exciting having a real author visit. Luke Temple gave a thrilling and inspiring look into his recent novel ‘The Ghost Lord Returns’. Luke has been to or school before but his enthusiasm shows us that we can all be authors, if we really want to. Some of the children purchased  signed copies of books and are no doubt looking forward to reading them over the weekend.

In English this week we have been editing and improving our diary entries and letters from the perspective of the main character, Stanley Yelnats. You may not have realised but the author, Louis Sachar has used Stanley, written backwards to create his surname. Using or prediction skills within reading we also think that the character ‘Armpit’ (real name Theodore) may be because when you sound out Theodore, we can hear and see a little connection to the word ‘odour’. Therefore this may be the reason for ‘Armpit’. Mrs Stewart thought this was a good use of our making connections learning power. Look out for our display during Open Session.

This week in PE we were put through our paces by understanding the need for a proper warm up before dancing. On reflection to our session last week we needed to work on gaining ideas to make our dances a little bit more interesting. We watched a few examples of some dance groups carrying out dances and had a go at copying. We all worked very hard. Mr Jefferies and Mrs Stewart also had a go at joining in with the new dance moves. As the song says, “We’re all in this together”.

In Maths we have been concentrating on improving our understanding of decimals. It was a little challenging having to place the decimals into the correct area of the Venn diagram but we did persevere. We also looked at more efficient ways to solve problems mentally. There are a number of calculation strategies out there, for example: place value- digit position, place value-use known facts, equal sum /difference, regrouping, one/zero effect and doubling and halving. When giving our verbal reasoning and trying to write our ideas we have looked at using various sentence starters. Take a look:

For the calculation … I would use… strategy because…

I know …so I can apply it to … because…

…strategy would be inefficient for this calculation because…

Remembering to talk about individual digits within calculations helped us to consider the efficiency of each strategy.

In Geography we had the atlases out and took a closer look at the Scottish Isles. As part of using our learning powers we had to draw our own maps instead of being given a pre-printed one. It is more challenging to use tracing paper. We were also given the opportunity to present our learning in whatever way we liked as long as it showed that we were beginning to be able to locate certain islands in Scotland.

Our art this week continued the Highland cow theme. We were drawing with charcoal and chalk and trying to incorporate shadow effects.

We now have a large display in class where we can see all the different areas of homework that classmates have chosen from the new grid. So many different things.

Today we worked collaboratively with Class 1. We were pictured with our buddies and have created a small shield to sum up some of the characteristics of them. Do keep an eye out for this at Open Session.

Blog above written by Harriet and Daniel

Well done! Now to just add in those little reminders.

  • Homework to be handed in on Monday and be ready for your spelling test too.

  • Remember your swimming kits please. If possible could ear-rings be removed, as this helps to speed up things and not lose any lovely ear-rings.

  • Harvest Service on Thursday 9:15 am in church. Remember donations are greatly received.

  • Home School Contact books being signed off again on Monday. Try to get all five sessions as it leads to important Housepoints.

    Thank you for another fun week of learning Class 6. Congratulations to all of the children receiving a reward in Celebration Assembly. Our next target…The Tidy Cup.

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend and feel refreshed ready to go next week. Thank you very much for all the yummy shortbread and tablet.

    Mrs Stewart

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