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Happy New Year !

Back with a bang - 2019 here we go! Talking to the children during their first week back it sounds like a lot of fun has been had by all over the Christmas holidays. Thank you so much for the lovely gifts and cards.

It seems quite a quick week so what have we managed to achieve. In English we have started a new novel Skellig by David Almond. It is always interesting seeing the different front covers that the same novel can have and how much that will inform the reader as we say in Class 6 'hook the reader'. The love of being able to imagine and ask questions is what engages us as readers. By reading the first chapters I have always tried to leave it on a cliffhanger;the thirst of wanting more. The children found it interesting that the established and well-loved author Michael Morpurgo had quoted 'David Almond is a very special writer'on the front cover which made them ask - why is he so special? Today, we then took time to try visualising a roon at home and describe it in detail. When the children carry out reading comprehension questions it will often ask , what techniques has the author used.

In Maths we have been looking at measure and the powers of being able to convert them. Today found us looking at different multi step problems. We found that the barrier comes from the understanding of what the question is asking and not necessarily the maths itself. Breaking it up into manageable chunks is also important and that way if we go off track it is easier to spot. Once you know the pattern you just need to apply it.

Keeping with the maths theme, but linking it with our last terms history topic of The Mayans, we looked at their number system. At first it was quite tricky but like everything the more you persevere, the more you get the hang of it and before you know it..it's easy.

Thank you for remembering the PE kits. The children need to make sure that they have both in school, as even though the days can be chilly, they will be outside for PE.This week they have had football, hockey and gym.

Science - we had great fun reminding ourselves of the different systems we have. Could they remember the parts of the skeleton, muscular system and not forgetting the digestive system. However, it is all well and good knowing this but actually knowing the function and purpose of areas is just as crucial. You also just never know when that quiz question comes along, not that I am trying to study for any quiz night!

I was so pleased with the homework that was handed in at the beginning of the week. It has certainly been obvious that the children have been keeping their learning ticking over.

I am sure they will all be feeling a little tired tonight, trying to get back into the routines, but they have made a splendid start. Well done Class 6!


I shall be collecting Home School Contact books in on Monday.

Can you look over the Yr5/6 stautory word list as I shall be randomly selecting spellings from this on Monday.

Homework out on Tuesday.

Clubs start.


Hope you all have a lovely weekend!


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