Miss Jones & Mrs Slusarczyk
Lockdown Learning Timetable: Friday 15th January 2021
8.45 - 9.15: TEAMS meeting
9.15-10.15 English: Complete your Mr Benn story, edit as discussed in our Teams meeting and submit your final work to me via email. As yesterday, consider sentence openers, your own target and accuracy of technical skills at all times to ensure your story is as good as it can be. Remember, the point of this unit is to write a text which demonstrates a range of cohesive devices. This means you should be considering time conjunctions, varying your references to repeated nouns and using pronouns to refer back, adding in those little clues to the reader which develop into important details in the plot and using repetition for effect. Get writing and have fun!
10.15 - 10.30 Break
10.30 - 11.30 Maths: Today's lesson continues to focus on the equivalence between fractions and decimals. Watch the video here or use the teaching slides on One Drive then complete the sheet. For an extra challenge, complete slides 20-23 on the R&PS PowerPoint (One Drive). Remember to have a go at the new assignments I have set on MangaHigh too. Gold medals will be rewarded...
11.30 - 12.00 Science: For the rest of the week we are looking at the idea of natural selection. I have put a PowerPoint into the science folder on our One Drive which talks you through the idea with a number of simple examples. This video may also help to illustrate the concept for you. By the end of today, please have a go at the challenge on the last slide - to explain why might the brown beetles have flourished? You can do this however you want as long as your understanding is clear (eg a short explanatory text, a labelled flow diagram, a recorded oral presentation etc). Once you are finished, please email me your work.
- Spelling Shed - can you get Royal Bee on the 2 'ough' lists this week?
- Reading - Don't forget to log finished books and email me if you want to come and collect a new reading book from the library.
- Music - our new unit 'A New Year Carol' is now available on your Yumu account; at some point this week, why not log in and have a go at the first session.
- PE - The Hampshire Schools Games Lockdown Challenge is back!
A Taste of Our Learning
12 Days of Christmas Wake & Shake
This month, Year 6 have been taking part in the Hampshire Games Advent challenge, completing our daily 'Get Up and Go!' to the 12 Days of Christmas - we make pretty good reindeers but that 10 second silence was quite a challenge!
Thursday was Technology Day in Year 6, when the children worked hard to turn their fairground designs into working models. Everyone managed to achieve their aim by the end of the day (see Seesaw videos) and some of the practical, problem solving skills on display were fantastic. I'm not sure I fancy all of the rides, especially those where the rider has to be sellotaped into their seat, but it was great to see the application of electrical skills and taught earlier this term and the creativity of some of the groups.
World Faith: Interpretation
This week we have begun our new class reader, 'My Brother's Name is Jessica', by John Boyne. We are using this book as a discussion prompt for our PSHE unit: Celebrating Difference. As its name suggests, the book centres around a 13-year-old boy who tries to make sense of what is going on with his family, when his older brother comes out as being transgender and identifies himself as being female. This is far from the only issue the story raises and already we are enjoying some great discussions about how the reactions and word choice of others can affect us, for the better or worse.
What is Fair Trade?
This week we started our geography topic by discussing what we mean by trade; there were some surprises when we looked at why a country might import and export a particular product. To help the children understand the concept, we then played a game: each 'country as given limited cash, tools and resources then challenged to make as many perfect shapes - to given criteria - as they could in the time. It took the children a long time to realise that, sometimes, trading tools and raw resources can be more valuable than simply paying for goods. Why not play a game of Monoploy this weekend to help embed the concept - who gets the hang of trading properties for those required rather than just spending money?
Bring Your Pet to School Day
We made it through isolation and, to celebrate, we brought our pets to the final Teams meeting of the fortnight. Some were better behaved students than others (Dobby apologises for her bout of sickness), some more confident while others made better listeners, but it was a pleasure to have them all along for the ride!
Children in Need - Mad Hair Day
Year 6 may have been forced to isolate this week but that didn't stop them joining in with Children in Need from home. Taking a break from their home learning schedule, they sprayed, back combed and gelled their hair for a slightly brighter, crazier Teams meeting on Friday morning - well done Year 6!
Take One Picture Week
This week we have used a technique called batik to recreate the focus image. We had to really concentrate, which was rather tricky for some of us! To start with, we had to copy the chosen picture, then we traced it onto the fabric using carbon paper. This was tricky too as the picture is very intricate and if you moved the picture it would all go wrong! Once the image was on the fabric, we used glue or white oil pastel to go over the pencil lines; this meant the acrylic paint would not bleed together when added. The fabric is now drying before it will be washed or ironed to remove the glue/pastel. Next week we will use black pen to add the final details. It was brilliant fun and I think everyone enjoyed this week. Written by Hettie & Saffron
Rights Respecting Charter
Each week we have a Rights Respecting Assembly which gives us a chance to discuss different articles in detail and consider how these are affecting the lives of other children around the world and our own life here in Langrish. We have used these discussions to help us complete this year's Rights Respecting Charter reflected in this display. Every child has either decorated a leaf or provided the wording for an article; see if they can explain which 3 articles they have chosen this year?
The stunts are getting higher...
Week 3 of our cheerleading coaching and things are progressing nicely: our routine is coming together, the spirit is building and our stunts are climbing ever higher!
World Faith & Philosophy: Ritual
Through the Islamic ritual of wudu, Year 6 reflected on the concept of ritual this week. They discussed the symbolism of water in religions, drawing on their own experiences and previous learning to compare wudu with baptism in the Christian faith. Their learning culminated in a debate around the statement: my rituals make me who I am.
Orphans of the Tide
We have finished writing some fantastic myths and legends based on our class reader this week. Today we even had a go at storytelling by thinking carefully about the plot and structure of the story and just using notes to support us. Have a look at Seesaw over the weekend to see your child's efforts and discuss any next steps identified.
Some great work today applying this week's learning. Year 6 had to find a way to fit the 10 labels and 25 numbers into the grid so that they were all correctly sorted. Lots came close but only 2 pairs found a solution; congratulations to Noelle, Sylvie, Brodie and Reuben.
Pom poms and pyramids!
As a result of our commitment to sport, we have been gifted six week's of cheerleading sessions! Gemma joined us on Wednesday for our first class and took us through the basics: our first positions, tuck and pike jumps, formation and, most importantly, spirit! The routine is already building up beautifully, we look forward to sharing a video once we get a little further.
We have started to display our self portraits which aim to share our characters in a visual form. The children used watercolour paint to create their background, selected the ose they wanted to be in and then typed some statements about themselves to complete their mixed media projects!
Please keep the wellies coming in. We now have our own class rack on which these will be stored Monday - Friday, hopefully making access to the outside space smoother as the weather continues to change!
We are sitting in rows now to minimise face to face contact during lessons. When we use the ICT Suite, we split into 2 groups so we can have a computer each, avoid crowding and sharing keyboards/mice. To help reduce cleaning, we are bringing our own headphones from home.
As we wash our hands when we leave/enter the classroom, we have created an extra hand washing area outside our door. It's set up and maintained by a class monitor.
How will we be successful this year?
We reviewed what it means to be successful in our learning and have changed the existing display by adding to or modifying the wording. Through our discussion, we considered the different strengths we would need this year as we return to school after so long and prepare for the challenge of secondary school next year.