Miss Jones and Mrs Baigent
Friday 7th December: Mindfulness
Home Learning: This week Year 6 have worked hard on their assessments and have brought these home with them today. For home learning, please share these together and use the usual resources to practise target areas.
Friday 30th November 2018: Respect through communication
Home Learning: After the resounding success of our recent poetry unit for Remembrance Day, we have been asked to create one or two poems that would be suitable readings for our upcoming Family Carol Service at St Peters. If you are interested, have a go at writing something which reflects on either the Nativity story we studied this week or your own interpretation of the meaning of Christmas. Poems need not be long or rhyme but should show your creativity through imaginative phrasing and powerful imagery.
More traditional home learning tasks this week could be the revision pages on co-ordinates, translations and reflections for maths and, where possible, a relevant page of your English revision guide to support your new English target (see stickers in reading records). As we will be completing our end of term assessments next week, any little exercises on your own areas of weakness, whether through sites such as ixl and MangaHigh or quick-fire quizzes from a willing grown-up, may help to boost your confidence on the day.
What colour is light?
In science this week we were carrying out practical experiments to help us answer this question. See if you can explain what is happening in this picture to an adult and compare this experiment to our own. What key ideas did we use?
Friday 23rd November 2018: Choose Respect
Home Learning: I have set new maths challenges on Mangahigh - remember medals earnt will be rewarded with house points - and, if you haven't already done so, try completing the practice test at the beginning of your revision guide. You may find there are things we haven't yet covered this year but you should be able to have a good go at all number based questions! For English, either use Spelling Frame (Rule 37) or try the Spelling Zone games to practise our -tious, -cious spelling pattern. Perhaps if you're already confident you could try using some of these in a piece of writing or trawl your reading book for some new words which use these endings.
For those frustrated by last week's bar model, I have included a picture of my solution to help. Here's today's problems if you fancy another go:
We've done all sorts this week to mark Anti-bullying week and the children have demonstrated great empathy and understanding of the issues raised. On Monday Ms Fiers launched the week with a Rights Respecting assembly around this year's message: Choose Respect. We then followed this up in class later in the week with activities which helped us to consider possible obstacles to forming new relationships and how these might be overcome. The children thought carefully about preconceptions and were able to identify where things had gone wrong in different scenarios and what could have been done differently to improve a situation. Finally, on Thursday, we enjoyed watching 'The B Word' which helped to put all fo these messages across in a lively, fun production.
Six of our class attended a density masterclass at Perins Secondary School this morning. They had a great time taking part in a range of practical activities to develop and explore their understanding.
Friday 16th November 2018: Remembrance
Home Learning: This week we have been having a go at some 'Barvember' challenges in maths - using bar models to help us see which steps are needed to solve a complex word problem. Have a go at one of the examples pictured below and see if someone at home can follow your reasoning to agree on your solution!
Year 6 have worked hard on their bicycles this week and improved their road safety and cycling skills. Congratulations to all of you for your achievements, keep practising and stay safe on the roads!
Friday 9th November: Remembrance
Home Learning: Now that we've changed our 'Word Power' wall and completed our unit on figurative language, why not see if you can use some of our vocabulary from last term in a piece of writing which incorporates similes, metaphors or personification? For bonus points, can you hit your new writing target too?!
For maths, keep playing 'Flower Power' on Mangahigh and have a go at the revision pages on adding and subtracting fractions. Next week we will be moving on to multiplication and division...
Finally, if you fancy testing out your understanding of our key ideas from science this week, why not try making a periscope out of an old cereal box?!
Year 6 wrote some incredible poetry this week to share in our Remembrance Assembly on Thursday. Well done for performing this with such clarity and confidence, you led the school beautifully in an emotional reflection.
World War 1 Day
We've had a great day today commemorating the end of World War 1. Year 6 looked amazing in their costumes and enjoyed creating charcoal landscapes in the style of Gunnar F J Mears, taking part in a drama workshop and writing their newspaper articles about the Christmas Day truce. Come and join us next Wednesday afternoon to see the work they have created.
What a busy week: the NSPCC joined us to deliver an assembly and a follow-up workshop on the theme of 'Speaking Out and Staying Safe.' The children listened carefully to these important messages and were able to contribute to class and small group discussions in a mature, appropriate manner. Although the subject matter was difficult at times, their solid understanding of how to keep themselves safe shone through and helped them to deal with this confidently. If you wish to follow-up on any of the messages given, please visit the NSPCC website. We are looking forward to raising money for this excellent charity in our upcoming Danceathon on the 20th November.
Friday 2nd November: Looking to the Future
This week we completed our art unit inspired by American artists and enjoyed looking closely at some Native American artefacts in Geography which we then sketched to illustrate our topic books
Friday 19th October: Challenges
The children enjoyed showing off their learning so far from our 'Obama's America' topic this week. It was great to see - and taste - some of the Home Learning projects that had been completed and to hear about the different approaches that had been taken. The children also had the opportunity to show off their new, hand made topic books and the work they have done in these so far.
Have a well deserved half-term break, we look forward to welcoming you back on the 29th!
Friday 12th October: Going for Goals, Aiming Higher
'We enjoyed the Police workshop the most as there was a test to see how safe we were able to keep ourselves - we didn't all pass! The Dog's Trust was also fun as we got to meet Zac and learned how to react if you come across an aggressive dog' Did you know that you can call 105 at any time to report a power cut and request assistance?
Friday 28th September: Positivity
Finally, the Year 6 Forest School Club is proving a great success. You might like to take a look at a video of what those who were lucky enough to get in, have been getting up to. Click here to view.
Friday 21st September: Resilience
Circuits, djembe drumming and gymnastics
We began our science unit on Wednesday afternoon and got our hands on the electricity kits! The children were challenged to show what they already knew and soon the classroom was full of the sound of buzzers going off and motors whirring!
Also this week, we have started to get to grips with the skills fo djembe drumming, making the most of our newly updated class set of instruments. We're pretty good at keeping a steady beat, maintaining the tempo, and even changing pitch; now we just need to work on stopping in time! On Thursday we were visited by the School Nursing Team who spoke to us about the importance of eating a balanced diet, keeping hydrated and enjoying at least 60 minutes of exercise a day so we can grow healthily. In gymnastics we were very keen to get the wall bars out and had a great time turning the hall into a jungle gym although these monkeys were pretty good at balancing on command in a range of shapes!
Friday 14th September: New beginnings
Another excellent week with Year 6 beginning to show their true colours as the curriculum has kicked in and the challenge ramped up. We have been working hard on rounding and negative number skills this week and come to the end of our unit on Place Value.
In English the biographies we have been working on are complete and looking good!
Fire Service Visit
'The fire service brought their van for us to visit on Wednesday and we had to spot the dangers on board in the fake apartment. They reminded us to check our smoke alarms weekly and to fasten seat belts for EVERY journey no matter how small.' Year 6
Over the last fortnight, Year 6 have discussed what they believe makes a Successful Learner and thought about how the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child supports this. As a class, they debated how they could ensure they are accessing these rights and what they would like adults to do to support them with this. The displays below show the outcome of this work:
Friday 7th September
Welcome back! Year 6 have made a great start to their final year at Langrish this week! They have already demonstrated many of the qualities we are looking for in our Prefects and some pushed themselves even further on Thursday by standing for the position of House Captain. Congratulations to all of our candidates, you did a great job and showed real maturity and strength.