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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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Class 6 - another fun week!

Another excellent week at school.

In English we have had a ball. We are on such a fun topic and are really enjoying reading ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. As we have been studying the book carefully and discussing the author’s intent in each chapter we feel we are understanding the text more. So many of us even have our own copies now. This week we have been writing a diary entry from Stanley’s point of view, based on his first experiences of digging at Camp Green Lake. I feel that Chapter 7 is one of the best chapters of the book so far. (Travis)

In RE our topic is ‘Belief in Action’. Our first session generated a great deal of quite deep discussion. We have started to find out about the different beliefs of religious and non-religious communities in our local area. Mrs Stewart really challenged us to draw on our learning powers by asking us questions such as: What are beliefs? What beliefs do you think we all share? What shared beliefs do we have in school? Do you think having ‘faith’ is different to having ‘beliefs’? It needed a great deal of perseverance.

PE is one of our favourite subjects as a class. Even if dance is not everyone’s favourite area, we are truly making sure that we collaborate and have worked hard to put our fears of dancing in front of others behind us. The moves that some people have created are ‘cool’.

In Maths we have been concentrating on improving our speed when tackling a range of mental maths questions, which is going to really help us feel prepared for what lies ahead when it’s SAT’s. We have been working on multiplying and dividing with decimals. It’s important to see these kinds of questions in a number of different ways. Not only that, we need to see that we can answer in many different ways - verbal and written reasoning, grid method, questions as clues.

Electricity is our focus in Science, as you might know if you have read the school curriculum leaflet. We have been given the opportunity, which we all like, to express our ideas in our own way. As well as sharing our understanding of electricity we have be linking this with measuring electricity (mainly voltage of appliances) and broadening our scientific vocabulary when writing our reasoning.

In Humanities (mainly Geography) we have been learning about Scotland and more specifically next session the Scottish Isles. This has linked in with our art as we have sketched and looked at work by the artist Steven Brown, who uses Highland cows as his focus.

French this week with Mrs Massie was great fun learning about hobbies. We had to use our skills or listening but also take the plunge to recall in French.

Finally, we were set our first piece of homework. This was a reading comprehension which extends our knowledge of science and electricity awareness. Mrs Stewart handed us the new chart of homework and we spent time discussing what and how this should be completed. A lot of us were excited and already started selecting things we would like to have a go at.

Blog above written by Travis and Joseph

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

  • Homework to be handed in on Monday and be ready for your first 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.

  • Clubs begin on Monday.

  • Reading journals being signed off again on Monday. Try to get all five sessions as it leads to rewards.

    Thank you for a fun week of learning Class 6. You are all doing an amazing job being buddies. I have had some lovely feedback from Class 1 parents from this morning’s coffee morning. Congratulations to all of the children receiving a reward in Celebration Assembly, it is getting harder to select.

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend and feel refreshed ready to go next week.

    Mrs Stewart

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The first Class 6

Welcome back! I do hope you have all had a lovely summer and are ready for a jam-packed year of learning. A warm welcome to also some new members of Class 6.

Our lovely new classroom has been the perfect environment to help us learn. It was really exciting to hear Mrs Peddie in Collective Worship on Monday explain to us that we are history makers. The first Class 6 in the 170 years of the school. We also want to thank Mrs Peddie for all our lovely new resources.

We have not wasted time and are straight back in. I’m proud of all the children in a number of ways, they have put in a great deal of effort this week. Some of the children have already welcomed their Class 1 buddies and by the end of next week everyone will have someone. It only seems like yesterday that the Year 6 children were starting.

What have we covered this week?

We have really enjoyed our novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher. It has been quite challenging but we have persevered and have explored a number of Sacher’s writing techniques.

In Maths we have concentrated on place value; in particular with numbers up to 10,000,000.We have also been looking at rounding decimals and have started on our weekly mental maths quizzes.

Our first science lesson on electricity was based around using our learning powers to show what we already know. Having the freedom to present our learning in our own way is something that we are enjoying and can’t wait to start on the new homework grids.

I’m sure your children will also let you know about other lessons we have covered, when chatting over the weekend.

See you all on Monday ready for learning.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders :

  • Please make sure you have PE kits in school. Swimming starts on Monday the 18th September.

  • Remember home school contact books will be checked on Monday.

  • Homework begins on Tuesday.

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