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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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A Busy Week!

I want to say a huge well done to everyone in Class 6. I have been so proud with the way the children have applied themselves to assessment week. The amount of different learning powers I have seen in action has been brilliant. It would have been extremely difficult to have chosen the person to receive the effort badge this week.

Alongside assessments we have also been enjoying other areas of the curriculum.

On Monday the children went swimming and later on in the week (Wednesday) we continued to choreograph our next new sports dance. We have been really thinking about the different ways in which to structure the dance. We are aiming to record the final performance nearer to the end of term.

On Tuesday with Mrs Archer the children have started to turn their attention to the next art project based on puffins. The children worked on detailed sketches, which look amazing. I can’t wait to see the clay sculptures.

We have been looking at some deep questions within RE and using our creative skills and learning powers to produce our learning. The first lesson was, ‘Will I make a difference to the world in my lifetime?’ The discussion in class was extremely interesting and some fantastic ideas. We have even been planning a way in which we can demonstrate the value of ‘generosity’ as a class, and look to giving to the local community. This led us nicely on to the Big Question: God of three parts – what does this mean? It is so lovely to see all the different and very individual interpretations of this. As this is a whole school big question I shall be putting up a display of children’s learning, across the school.

Young Worship led a beautiful remembrance assembly this morning to the whole school. Everyone displaying the value of respect and demonstrating that our school values are with us at all times even though we focus on different values each  half term.

Next week is of course Family Week. The children love sharing their learning with a member of their family. Class 6 is a morning session, which will consist of two parts; a range of typical activities that we cover in English and Maths but will also include activities throughout the curriculum.

I do hope you have a lovely weekend. Homework will be given out next week, starting with spellings on Tuesday. Thank you for the continued daily reading. I enjoy reading the comments that are made. I have even seen children being organised and recording their choices from the homework grid. This is valuable learning and great for transitioning to secondary school. Please remember to have these reading records signed by an adult.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders                          Home School Contact books

                                                Swimming kits

                                                PE kits (named items please)

                                               

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First Week Back!

I do hope everyone enjoyed the half term. We were straight back in on Monday morning and some of the Class were out at Princess Helena with the choir. The children really enjoyed themselves and today in choir rehearsal, could still remember the songs that we learnt. It was quite an exhausting day as the children were taught a range of different songs to memorise and perform in the concert in the afternoon. I would like to thank those parents who came along and supported us. I was very proud of the way in which we performed our piece. Do take a look at some of the pictures on the website. Well done!

For those non choir children they spent the morning getting on with the learning that had been left for them and it was lovely to see what you managed to do, later that evening when I returned to school.

In English we have been continuing with Berlie Doherty’s ‘Street Child’. This week we found and discussed about what it must be like at the workhouse. From the text, we gave our opinions but used the text as evidence. In Chapter 5, we looked closely at what it was like at the workhouse for Jim. Chapter 6 , saw the introduction of a new character – Tip. In this lesson we focused on finding things out about Tip-using the text. We did a lot of analysing, seeing how Doherty introduced the character. The plot is becoming quite tense, as Jim is planning to escape. We grabbed the opportunity to have a class discussion and debate on whether this was a good or bad idea for Jim. Next week, as part of assessment week, we shall be undertaking an independent write, having a go at writing the next part of the story. Some of us are keen to read the sequel ‘Far from Home’ – the sisters of Street Child.

In maths we have been looking at short and long multiplication. We have realised that the more effort we can put into our times tables this will help our accuracy in solving problems. We also looked at percentages. All of the work before half term on decimals and fractions really helped us in progressing with this area.

In science we are finishing off our last terms topic, with an investigation and next week with a little assessment. We did find a really useful simulation programme which let us create various circuits that we had already planned to carry out. We are using the computers to record our results. We spent this afternoon learning how to also print screen snapshots of our findings and label our diagrams.

As it is a new half term, we have also started to get to work on a new choreographed dance. It is linked with sport. This will involve all of us, and then breaking into groups, and returning to whole sections. In our first lesson this week we managed to create the chorus and so next week groups are starting on their sections.

In RE today we were discussing and exploring our views considering the difficulties for people of different religious beliefs, and how everyone can be understanding and respectful of different beliefs in our community. The children were very mature in their responses and showed their understanding of school and British values off. It was an ideal opportunity to get us into the frame of mind for our RE Big Question, during assessment week - God of three parts – What does this mean?

I would like to thank those children who were part of the Reading Evening videos. I’m sure it gave parents, who came along, some fresh ideas on how to read at home with you. It was a lovely evening led by Miss Ingle. I’m very happy to also see in Home School Contact books that a number of children read over the half term.

As you will have seen from the newsletter or website that it is assessment week, next week. Children please do not worry and my best advice would be to get plenty rest and try to get to bed at reasonable times and remember to have your breakfast. You need the fuel to keep you going.

Our next event coming up is Family Week and look forward to seeing some of you then. Also well done to those children who have started to organise their new selection of choices from the homework grid that came out on Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend! Remember you still have time if you would like to donate either some individual items or a box of gifts to support our Shoebox Appeal. Boxes will be collected on Monday.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders:  Swimming kit required for Monday.

                        Spelling Test

                        Home school contact books signed.

                       

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Yummy cakes - the last day before half term.

Sam Learning

This week we have been introduced to Sam Learning. Every child in Class 6 created their account. It was good to do this as we could then apply our online safety learning when creating secure passwords etc. We were all very keen to get started and can see how we earn points and set each other challenges to complete. I think it is fun and it is educating at the same time. Homework club was very busy this week. It can be challenging and difficult to answer in some activities. No doubt a lot of us will be online over the half term.

Science

In Science we have come to almost the end of our learning about electricity and circuits. Over the half term we have learnt about how to make a circuit work, how this can be drawn as a circuit diagram. We have recapped on our prior knowledge of conductors and insulators, what other components that can be used within circuits and finally about parallel and series circuits. This week we were given the challenge to devise our own experiment from prior learning. Practical science can be great fun but it is also valuable to have the written work as this can allow others to have a go at some of the experiments. This week involved looking at how we structure our experimental writing.

(written by Mercedes)

Maths

In Maths this week we have been focusing on fractions and decimals. We started the week by adding and subtracting fractions, which meant we could test our understanding of finding the common denominator. We then went on to looking at multiplying and dividing decimals. We have certainly been drawing on our learning powers to ensure we look for efficient and quick methods of calculating. Actually, some of us now feel more confident overall as we are seeing more links to previous learning.

PE

Our topic of dance has been great fun. This week we managed to record each group’s performance and then spoke about the positives and the areas for development. We had a lot of positive feedback from Mrs Stewart, Mr Jefferies and Mr Smith. Each dance routine was different and could see various techniques being used in some- skills such as canon, motifs, travel.

English

This week saw us looking at the style of narrative writing. Alongside the reading of ‘Holes’ we are now also reading Berlie Doherty’s novel ‘Street Child’. This particular story is a gripping adventure based on a true story of the orphan who inspired Doctor Barnardo to set up his famous children’s refuge. This week we have also used drama as a technique to explore key moments in the plot. Alongside this we have found evidence from the text (or a visual image) to support a point of view. Today saw us writing independently- to write as a character in role. This particular piece of writing required us to write consistently in the first person. Not only that, we needed to use emotive language to create empathy and dilemma for our chosen character.

(written by Rosa)

Thank you girls for your blog today. These were the highlights of your weeks learning. Here are just a few extra bits.

What a lovely way to end the half term with the most amazing cake sale. Thank you to all the families for their wonderful and yummy donations. I’d also like to thank Mrs Da Silva for taking the time to come in and stay after school to help sell cakes, with a group of year 6 children.

It was also lovely to see some of you at the SATs evening on Wednesday. I do hope you found it useful and managed to take some of the resources on offer. A few of you have expressed interest in the small study guides and so will look into putting in an order and keep you updated. If you were unable to attend, I shall be sending a copy of the information that was discussed on that evening home as a pack. These will be available after half term.

Thank you for the swift return of choir slips, as the members of choir are off on the first day back to Princess Helena’s for a singing workshop day. From previous years, this has been a great day. At choir rehearsals today I did remind the children to learn their words over half term.

Finally, I would just like to thank all of Class 6 for the wonderful and creative pieces of home learning that they have provided over this first half term. Each child selected their favourite piece to take to assembly today. It truly was a celebration. Looking along the line it was also lovely to see so many proud faces, as all of the buddies in Class 1 stood to show the work they had produced. I cannot believe as it only seems like yesterday Class 6 were standing- as reception. I know a lot of you shall be making those final choices for secondary places as the deadline quickly approaches.

I hope you all have a great half term and come back ready and refreshed for some more fun learning.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders: Choir at Princess Helena Monday 30th October.

                       Swimming for non- choir children

                      Spellings will be tested on Tuesday 31st October (due to trip)

                      Please try to read over the half term where possible.

                    Reading Evening – 2nd November 2017

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