Miss Jones & Mrs Slusarczyk
Home Learning - Wednesday 3rd June
Thanks for all of the photos! If you send yours through this week I'll try and put an updated collage up next week to include you all. In the meantime, it's great to see you back and ready to learn with all these positive thoughts.
English: It's Spelling Shed day! Who can get to the top of our class leader board today? Check back tomorrow to see who our top 3 spellers are this week!
Maths: We're back with BBC Bitesize for your daily revision lesson. Your aim is to keep skills fresh and fill any gaps in readiness for Year 7 so take your time and complete as many challenges as you can; if you're struggling or you just fancy some company, why not video call a friend to join you with your maths? Talking through your thinking is a key part of our daily learning in this subject and it would be good to have a talk partner of your choice!
History: At this point in the year, we would normally be doing lots of projects as part of your transition work. This week and next, we have a Tudor project for you to have a go at. You can complete this on your own or in collaboration with a partner - via your preferred video calling platform! Download the Tudor Project booklet at the bottom of this page for this week's challenges. There's one for each day and some additional resources are attached to be used as desired. I look forward to seeing your creativity, research and presentational skills in your completed pieces.
Wellbeing: At the bottom of the page you will find a daily 'Wellbeing Journal', which is designed to help you reflect on your time away from school, your strengths and what you would like to achieve next. At such a crazy time, and with some BIG changes coming your way over the next few months, I hope this gives you a fun, useful structure to organise your thoughts, worries and hopes for the future. If you need someone to talk to about anything this brings up, please email me, talk to a trusted adult at home or call Childline; it's normal to have LOTS of new and confused thoughts at the moment and we all want to be here for you to help you make sense of these. Please share the good thoughts and memories as well as any more challenging questions.
Welcome back! I hope you've had a lovely, sunny half term; I've been getting to grips with paddle boarding at last! This week's recommendation is for J.K. Rowling's new book, The Ickabog! This is a story she made up for her own children when they were young and has released during lock down to give her fans something new to read, but she'd also like your help: the text is being released without any illustrations. As you read, she would like you to submit your sketches and some will even appear in her published version of the story later this year! Click on the image and get reading!
Good luck with this week's challenges, remember to get outside and keep active alongside all of your great work. Missing you all and sending lots of happy, sunny thoughts your way - please send happy, sunny messages back!
Lots of love, Miss Jones x x x
Use the links below to access useful websites and keep reading daily, logging your books in your Reading Record:
e-safety and mental health
The following websites are an excellent source of information and offer practical guidance on staying safe online:
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
A Taste of Our Learning
We enjoyed putting our skills to the test this week when we moved to mini-games in hockey. After two weeks of dribbling, passing and striking practise, the children played well and enjoyed their matches.
World Book Day: Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans
At Hogwarts and throughout the wizarding world, Bertie Bott’s every flavoured beans have been causing concerns: customers are receiving boxes full of only one flavour!
Year 6 were tasked with creating new guidelines for the production line to follow. Firstly, the beans needed to be sorted into categories before a ratio of flavours could be decided upon. To further support the workers, they calculated how many of each type of bean would be needed in different sized boxes.
Secondly, packaging had to be redesigned to ensure the new beans would fit inside. Dimensions were drawn up for each product and sample boxes created to show the production line what was needed.
Finally, costing. Groups had to calculate the surface area of their packaging and the cost to create the beans before deciding how much profit to make on each product and calculating the final prices.
Why are National Parks described as Britain's breathing spaces?
We began our new geography unit this week: Who are Britain's National Parks for? The children were given the challenge of capturing the essence of our closest park and explaining why these are known as 'breathing spaces', using our new-found Publisher skills.
Ancient Egypt: Who was the Boy Behind the Mask?
We rounded off our gym unit on Thursday by demonstrating our control in vaulting and balancing. Peer feedback was useful in helping us to perfect our technique and ensure pointed toes, clear body shapes and core strength to hold our balances.
Take One Picture - L.S.Lowry
This week we have had a go at 'jigsaw art': the children were each given a section of the picture to recreate with a slightly modern twist, while keeping the style of Lowry. As there were only 12 pieces, the children worked in twos and threes to create their section but then also had to work with their peers across the class to ensure their pieces matched up and looked cohesive - this was definitely the trickiest part of the challenge! Some fabulous outcomes were created which then inspired a range of interesting creative writing opportunities towards the end of the week when the children wrote poems, narratives and descriptions based on the picture.
Sharing our writing
Embalming teddies & Identifying Mummies
We had a great time on Monday, as I'm sure your children have told you! The first workshop of the day was particularly memorable with our poor mummy's brains and other vital organs being removed and treated in the authentic Ancient Egyptian manner! Can you remember: the difference between an Egyptian and an Ancient Egyptian; the significance of the placement of the mummy's arms during the mummification process and which organ goes into which canopic jar?
First Aid Update
Our ex-Chair of Governors, Jackie Jones, visited us on Thursday to deliver a stroke awareness assembly. As a survivor of a stroke herself, she was keen to teach us how to spot someone who may be having a stroke and the importance of acting FAST. Can your child remember what the mnemonic means and teach you how to spot the symptoms? This was a valuable addition to our first aid training delivered in the Summer Term.
We have begun our new narrative unit this week: Mr Benn stories. The children have watched a couple of episodes to become familiar with the style, themes and structure of the stories and today we began mapping his adventures in 'The Balloonist' to help highlight the cohesive threads running through it. We will be planning and writing our own adventures next week which we look forward to sharing with you soon!
We began our new music unit today by listening to 'Bacharach Anorak' and beginning to play sections of it on the glockenspiels. As the term continues we will be improvising our own sections, sharing these and teaching them to others so we can perform our final piece together.
We were delighted to welcome back Councillors Oppenheimer and Burges today as they awarded Year 6 with a debating trophy! The recent 'National Takeover' event, hosted by East Hants District Council, included a debating challenge. Year 6 were able to use their recent learning in geography, and research about Greta Thunberg, to inform their contributions; the children were celebrated for their ability to build on points made previously and challenge opinions politely. Well done, Year 6!
Position & Direction
We've been having fun with shapes this week in maths, working on grids with 4 quadrants and using coordinates to explain the position of shapes before and after different transformations. Our learning questions have been: How do I plot coordinates in all 4 quadrants? Can you explain the translation? How is reflecting different to translating?
During the sessions, the children's independent work was generally confident and showed a secure grasp of the skills, so...can they give you a masterclass in position and direction?! Perhaps they could explain where vertex A would be in the photo if Isabelle's shape was reflected again into the 3rd quadrant.
Change begins with ME
Over the last couple of week's we have revisited the theme of bullying, using the Anti-Bullying Alliance's materials to support discussion. This year's theme is, 'Change begins with ME', so we have thought about the role of a bystander and how our actions can, unintentionally, make a situation harder for someone rather than better. Through role play and more discussion we then considered how we can turn this around and be the instigator of positive change. The children all wrote pledges, which are now displayed on our classroom door, reflecting these ideas
We enjoyed our talk on cetaceans on Monday when we learned all manner of facts about porpoises, dolphins and whales. It was fascinating to see how they 'measured up' to our children and to learn so many scientific snippets of information. Did you know that killer whales aren't actually whales? Can your child remember why?
National Takeover Day
On Tuesday we welcomed Lara from East Hants District Council, along with Councillor Oppenheimer and Parish Councillor Burges. The children learned all about different levels of democracy and how the councils work to support each other. After a question and answer session, we then held a debate over whether we should ban all cars that aren't electric from January 1st! The children drew on their recent geography unit to support their arguments before voting in a mock election.
Year 6 enjoyed creating poems together that they could share as part of our Remembrance Service on Monday. Their artwork was also beautiful and helped to aid reflection during their assembly.
The Life Bus
On Thursday we enjoyed our decisions session on board the Life Bus. The children had to consider how we keep our bodies mentally and physically healthy and were guided to reflect on the power they had over this through their lifestyle choices. They then considered the importance of feeling safe and secure in order to make the right decisions, even when situations are challenging.
Through film, drama and discussion, they then considered why someone might be tempted to cave to peer pressure (accepting an alcoholic drink when underage) and how this would impact their mental and physical health.
Significant Person Day - Greta Thunberg
Year 6 created these great biography projects to show what they learnt about Greta Thunberg and to reflect her historical significance. Interestingly, when debating her significance alongside that of other historical figures, Year 6 overwhelmingly argued her importance as they felt without her, our future is in jeopardy.
We had a Year 6 had a great time at Thinksafe this week, working alongside Hampshire Fire & Rescue, the police, Dogs Trust, the RNLI, Southern Domestic Abuse Service and council litter enforcement officers. The children's knowledge and preconceptions were tested through variety of activities and role-play scenarios, which helped them to consider how they could best keep themselves, their families, pets and the environment safe. Can you remember what the fine is for taking a dog out without a collar and suitable name tag, or what the maximum penalty for arson is in this country?
World Faith & Philosophy Marvellous Maths
House Captain Elections
Well done to all of the candidates in the House Captain elections today, you challenged yourselves and clearly presented some strong arguments for why you should be elected. Particular congratulations to the successful eight!
Fire Service Visit
Year 6 showed a good general knowledge of how to keep themselves safe from fire this week when they were visited by Hampshire Fire and Rescue. They had to assess the risk in various situations and justify their response. Some of the children were surprised to learn that the age of criminal responsibility is only 12 and that intentionally setting fire to something to cause harm or damage is arson. Through role play and discussion, they considered what they would do if they were a witness to such an event.
Singer Sargent Portraits
We began our unit on American artists this week by looking at some of the work Singer Sargent created. The children then had a go at 'filling in' the other half of a selected portrait with some excellent results!
Our Rights Respecting Charter
Setting the expectations
Welcome back! We have had a good couple of days settling into new routines and setting our expectations for the year ahead. The children have created a display to reflect their ideas of what will make them successful learners this year: