Miss Jones & Mrs Elrick
Friday 17th November
Year 6 had a great time during their anti-bullying workshop on Thursday afternoon. (UNCRC Article 19: The right to be protected from being hurt or badly treated).They worked in groups to freeze frame a range of scenarios where bullying may occur then thought about how they would feel if they were really in that role. In this frame, set on the playground, the 'bully's' response was "Should I be doing this?"
The children also played a number of games to develop their confidence in dealing with difficult situations: they learnt the importance of regulating your breathing, striking a power pose and using your voice to trick your body into feeling more positive.
Home Learning: This week we have been revising our previous work on calculations and fractions then thinking about how we can use the bar model to help us solve problems. For home learning, please continue to complete any relevant sections of your revision guide that tally with this or your individual targets (see stickers in Reading Diaries). If you'd like to continue to use the bar model, why not have a go at this super challenge too:
In English we have been practising homophones which change their ending from ce to se depending on whether they are being used as a verb or a noun. Why not see whether you can use them correctly in some sentences?
Congratualtions to Year 6 for their excellent effort this week in learning how to cycle safely on the roads around school. Our Pedal Power instructors have been blown away by your behaviour and attitude! Keep cycling nad remember what you've learnt to keep safe!
Friday 10th November
Thank you so much for joining us this morning for our Remembrance Assembly; Year 6 did a super job of leading the school in remembrance and it was lovely to have so many of you with us to share the occassion. If you were unable to make it, the artwork and poetry which was shared will be in display in the foyer for the next week so please pop in and take a look.
Today in English we enjoyed the opportunity to write about whatever we wanted, uninterrupted and without constraints! (UNCRC Article 13: Freedom of expression.) While for some this degree of freedom was a little overwhelming, the majority of the children were immediately excited and engaged in their work. The idea is to allow them the space to be truly creative and apply their learning independently whilst reminding them of the joy of simply writing. Opportunity will be provided next week for children to share their work if they wish, while their writing will also provide the basis for the children's next Learning Detective conferences with Miss Jones.
We have revised how to multiply and divide fractions by whole numbers this week as well as continuing to apply our skills to solving problems. For home learning this week, the children should now have the skills to complete page 32 (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions). Please note any areas of difficulty from this in Home Learning Journals so we can further support next steps in school.
In English we have completed our poetry unit on figurative language and I would suggest having a go at a piece of descriptive writing which uses some of these techniques. Pages 48 & 49 give a good structure for this if you're not sure where to start, or you could simply have a go on your own!
Don't forget it's Bikeability next week and all children will need to bring their bicycles and helmets in on Monday morning (unless you have requested to borrow from the team). Children may also need gloves, waterproof coats and suitable trousers depending on the conditions - they will be given the opportunity to change before and after their sessions. Bikes may be left on site overnight but will need padlocks provided by you.
Friday 3rd November
Welcome back, I hope you all enjoyed a peaceful half term. The children have settled back in well and I am delighted to announce that our first three prefect badges were awarded this morning: congratulations to Leonie, Eleanor and Amelia! There are a number of children who are incredibly close, and I look forward to announcing their success soon; keep working hard Year 6! (UNRC Article 29: Education must encourage the child's respect for human rights).
In Maths this week, we have begun our unit on fractions. The children have used their knowledge of multiples and factors to compare and order fractions with different denominators and to add and subtract mixed and improper fractions. One of our learning questions this week has been, 'What are equivalent fractions?' Can your child explain this using the picture and how using these can help to order fractions? 'Equivalent fractions: Match It' on Interactive Resources has been set as a new home learning challenge - can you complete the one minute challenge? Pages 30-31 in the revision guide will provide further practice.
In English we have begun our poetry unit, asking how figurative language can help evoke atmosphere and emotion. Some of our work will be showcased during our Remembrance Day Class Assembly on Friday 10th November, please come and join us at 10.45am if you are able to.
For home learning this week, have a go at pages 22-23 in the revision book to continue practising the comprehension skill of retrieving information precisely.
Friday 20th October
To complete our North American artists unit, Year 6 painted watercolours of a place they like to read. We then took still images of them reading which were printed and layered on top to create these beautiful pictures (UNRC Article 31: Every child has the right to take part in a wide range of artistic activities). More images will be dispayed in our class gallery; please come and join us on Friday 3rd November for our next Meet the Teacher to see them.
Year 6 have now competed their half termly assessments in reading, mental arithmatic and tables fluency. These tests should have made their way home over the course of the last week and can be used to support targetted Home Learning; feel free to complete relevant pages of the maths revision guide to assist with this (any place value or calculation pages not yet attempted) and continue reading regularly, working towards Autumn Reading Challenges - due at the end of the Autumn Term. For those still taking 15 mins + to complete the ultimate times table challenge, further work on fluency is vital: our target is 135/144 in under 8mins for all!
Friday 13th October
For English this week, use the root words on the right to create new words by adding the suffixes above. Can you see any patterns for how this affects the spelling? When does the root word remain the same and when does it change its spelling? Are there any other suffixes you can add? What do you notice?
We have completed a short multipication and division fluency test today (40 questions in 5 minutes) which is in bags for review. Most did brilliantly with anyone achieving full marks in under 2 minutes 30 seconds getting a housepoint! For home learning this week, keep working on mental fluency by completing pages 10 & 11 in your revision guide. Mental arithmetic tests will come home on Monday once we have had a chance to go through these together.
We enjoyed an awesome day of dance on Wednesday when we were visited by Kayleigh from West End in Schools, who hosted a series of workshops around the theme of Diwali. Her launch assembly, in which she spoke about her career to date, was inspirational and the workshops did not let us down either.
We had a great time at Queen Elizabeth Country Park this week, taking part in East Hampshire's Think Safe campaign. The children took part in quizes about their consumer rights and issues around domestic abuse, role-play to identify stranger danger (well done Barney and Ryan!) and what to do in the event of a house fire and presentations from the Dogs Trust and RNLI.
Friday 6th October
Maths: Please have a go at 'All Kinds of Number' (pages 20-21) this week. Everyone is making great progress with their multiplication and division fluency so keep up the good work with this too; for those now taking the challenge assessments, these are in bags to use as a basis for your home learning.
English: We have been working hard on proof-reading and editing our work independently. The children are making progress but still find identifying their own errors challenging. With this is mind, I have set the 'Proof-reading' section of their English revision guides (p.60-61) for this week's home learning. We will mark this together in class so discussions can take place around any errors or misconceptions; please ensure all English revision guides are in school for Thursday next week.
Friday 29th September
We have begun our unit on calculations and revisited the column method for additon, subtraction and multiplication this week. Have a go at pages 24 and 25 of your workbooks to check your understanding of the mental methods behind these - don't forget to log any errors in your journal so we can go over them in school.
We have been revising the following spelling patterns this week:
For Home Learning, why not try and use some in a piece of writing, gather more examples of these words from your reading book or get someone to test you on how well you can spell them already - we will be looking out for them in your writing so get practising!
Circuits, singing and safety
In addition to our practical work in science and music this week, we have created a class e-safety agreement which can be found at the bottom of this page. The children considered their right to seek and receive all kinds of information (Article 13) while thinking about the possible risks involved with being online. Please read this through with your child then sign the copy in their Home Learning Journals to acknowledge their agreement.
Friday 22nd September
We have been working with negative numbers this week and practising calculating intervals across zero. For Home Learning, complete pages 6 & 7 (Negative Numbers) in the revision guides. We have also completed another times table challenge, ask your child how they are getting on and help them develop their fluency further by firing questions at them when they least expect it!
While beginning to write our own autobiographies, we have revised comma use. The children are now working hard at proof-reading for these in their own work, particularly those needed to separate clauses (see PowerPoint below). English revsion books have come home this week and the section on comma use (pages 70 & 71) would provide valuable extra practice.
Year 6 have been working hard during lunch times this week, and during their games session with Mrs Wright, to practise their football skills. We have been really impressed by their teamwork, peer mentoring and sportsmanship; fingers crossed for the teams' first matches in the coming weeks!
Rights Respecting Charter
Our RIghts Respecting Class Charter is finally on display! Year 6 wanted to create the impression of a book with pages falling from it, each one highlighting a different right which is relevant to them whilst at school. To see a copy of the wording, look inside their Home Learning books or click the link at the bottom of the page.
Friday 15th September
We have been revising the place value of numbers up to ten million this week. Maths work books have been given out today to be worked through as directed on this page; this week the section on Place Value would be of benefit. The children have also had a second attempt at their tables challenge and are making good progress; keep using the games on Interactive Resources to build fluency.
Biographies are now written and we will be moving on to plan and write our own autobiographies next week! Within this, we have been considering varying our sentence structure to add detail (specifically by using fronted adverbials or embedding a relative clause).
The Autumn Term Reading Challenge has been launched and challenge cards can be found inside Home Learning Journals. As part of our on-going review into Home Learning and response to parent feedback, the expectation is now that all children attempt to complete this. The 'Recommended Reads' list referenced can be found at the bottom of this page, why not make a start with your first challenge this weekend? Good luck!
Meet the Teacher
For those of you unable to attend the meeting today, please see the Home Learning and Recommended Reads documents at the bottom of this page. Your child should have brought home a small red Home Learning Journal (with their new Reading Challenge stuck in) and a Maths workbook (English to follow next week). The children should be in charge of logging their own Home Learning weekly and handing this in on a Thursday (workbooks need not be handed in, answers are included). Please sign Journals to say you have seen these and check the web page weekly to see which workbook sections should be completed along with any further suggestions for Home Learning activities. Thank you!
Year 6 are settling in beautifully and making a great start to their final year! We have had the House Captain elections this week and the standard of presentation given was superb; congratulations to all of our candidates for standing. I am pleased to be able to announce the new House Captains as:
Red House - Belle and Ryan Yellow House - Max and Leonie
Blue House - William and Nina Green House - Eleanor and George
Our PE days this term are generally Wednesdays and Fridays but this is subject to change, please ensure complete kit, including appropriate footwear for outdoor sessions, is in school daily. Our 'Meet the Teacher' will be at 2.30pm on Friday 15th September and will focus on changes to Home Learning which will also recommence on this date.
A quick reminder that the Library Challenge finishes on Saturday 16th and we will be celebrating this on Thursday 21st September so could all certificates please be in school for this. Finally, we are marking Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday 13th September which will tie in with our current class reader 'Going Solo'.