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Miss Jones & Mrs Lawry

PE Day: Friday

Forest School: Wednesday - Please remember wellies and long trousers whatever the weather.


Home Learning

Reading: Continue reading and enjoying your books and making sure that your Bloom's questions are up-to-date.

Other: Practise your parts for the production. Focus on learning any words for Scene 1 including the words for "The masquerade ball".

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A taste of our learning

Poetry through Art

This week we have been exploring metaphors and how they can link to an image. We have explored different pieces of artwork and thought about what feelings the artist has been trying to convey. Using this we have created negative and positive metaphor poems.

Celebrating our hard work - we did ourselves proud!

Colourful Creatures

We spent a wonderful afternoon exploring the different techniques we could create using oil pastels. After trying out different techniques, we used these to create zoomed-in images of animals. We had to consider how we could use the different techniques to show the texture of the creatures' feathers, fur or skin.

Creative Compositions

We have been focusing on untuned percussion in our music lessons this half-term. Working in groups, we have been planning and composing our own percussion pieces to accompany the song 'Down by the Riverside'. We had to consider which instruments would best suit the music and how we would combine notes and rests of different lengths to make a successful composition.

Mon apparence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In French this half-term we have been learning how to describe ourselves. We have been learning about a Viking family and describing them before applying this knowledge to describe ourselves. This has given us some brilliant opportunities to write as characters about our appearance. Have a look at our great work!

How sound travels

This week we had a wonderful time with cup phones! After learning about how sound travels, we wanted to see how well it travelled through different materials. In groups, we planned and carried out our own investigations using cup phones and were surprised to hear a clear difference in the clarity of sound with the different materials.

Managing Stress

This week we made time to talk about how we feel when things get on top of us and used the Young Minds/Beano collaborative resource to help us understand that this is what it means to be stressed. The children were good at identifying how their own bodies react when they experience stress and then enjoyed sharing strategies which work for them in coping with this.

 

Cooking on a budget

In DT last half term, Year 6 researched, planned and created their own pasta dish recipes. They learnt how to use a hob to safely cook pasta and their challenge over the break was to create these dishes for their family, keeping to the strict budget of £1.15 per person. It has been wonderful to see the dishes they have created and how much fun they have had creating them. We hope they tasted as good as they looked!

Personal Survival

As the culmination of our swimming programme, this week the Year 6 children were challenged to take part in a variety of personal survival activities in the pool. They donned their pyjamas to experience the drag of swimming in clothes and completed lengths, jumped in and climbed out of the pool, used floating 'debris' as buoyancy aids and practised skulling and floating to conserve energy. One group even created a raft together and travelled up the pool together to ensure everyone was safe. Click here to see our gallery of photos.

World Book Day - stepping into the mystery

The Boy at the Back of the Class

We were so excited for our theatre trip this week and were not disappointed! The screen play has been created very much with children in mind and we loved the interactive elements to the performance. Everyone was thoroughly absorbed by the heart-warming story of Ahmed, the boy at the back of the class, and many are now keen to get reading some of Raúf's other books.

Modelling Electrical Resistance

Remembering the new terminology in our science and using this correctly or defining terms concisely has caused us the most difficulty this year. As a result, we spent some of our lesson this week trying to embed the new language by modelling concepts physically. For some of the children, picturing these human circuits with our current moving through has helped to make the key learning stick! Play this BBC bitesize game to see how much you have remembered: Science Bots

Self-regulation with Harold!

Safer Internet Day

In Year 6, we considered how the internet influences us. Inspired by different scenarios, the children discussed positive and negative influences and their possible impact on us:

‘Using mobile phones can be useful to contact someone in a ne emergency but you have to be careful who you re talking to on the phone.’

‘You have to be careful what you watch online; if you see ’social media influencers’ who are being mean, it’s best not to watch these.’

‘Smart watches can be a good thing as they help you to monitor your fitness but they can also be a distraction.’

‘People asking for money for different charities may not be genuine so you have to be careful - is it a scam?’

Making Music with Technology

Mummification Madness!

We had a great time at Haslemere Museum this week learning all about mummies! Our workshop was packed full of fascinating facts from what makes an Ancient Egyptian to how you can tell whether a mummy was a pharaoh. We role-played the embalming process, visited the museum's own mummy and put our detective skills to the test to learn more about who he was by analysing his x-rays and decoding his name in hieroglyphics. In the afternoon, we had fun mummifying our toys. Click on the image above to see more pictures of our day.

Etymology and morphology

 

 

 

Over the past two weeks we have been looking at various prefixes, learning what they mean, how they are spelt and investigating words that we can build using them. In their Spelling Logs, the children have created tables to record some of their learning. As an extra challenge this weekend, see how many they can remember for each prefix and test their spelling of some of these. Do they remember what each prefix means?

 

 


E-safety: think before you post

This week we revisited some of our most important e-safety messages by looking at various scenarios and stories. This screenshot is taken from an NSPCC video illustrating how quickly a bit of fun can turn onto something very different. Click here to play the 'It's a Puzzle' game we shared at the end of our session.

Whilst discussing the potential pitfalls of sharing information and images online, we also learnt that creating and sharing certain images is a crime and the importance of reporting any mistakes we make so we can get help in putting these right. 

Fairground Design

As the culmination of our technology unit this term, designing fairground rides which use rotational mechanisms, Year 6 had a great time on Thursday putting their plans into action! The children worked with real independence and resilience to turn their visions in working realities. The biggest challenge was attaching the motor to the mechanisms created so they were secure enough to stay in contact but not so secure that movement was impaired. All the pictures above show working models where the group successfully achieved this.

Cultural Afternoon

We had a great time on Monday learning all about the different cultures reflected in our Year 6 community. 

 

Hands on with STEM

Members of the Royal Navy visited Langrish this week to treat Year 6 to some STEM workshops. During the course of the morning, the children built on their coding skills to programme sphero robots, had a blast using the basics of pneumatics to create a mechanism to fire torpedoes and created various electrical circuits to power flying saucers around the computer suite! Everyone was buzzing with excitement and the stories they had been told about life in the navy. Click on the image above to see more photos in our gallery.

Anti-bullying Week

On Monday we enjoyed wearing our odd socks to express ourselves and celebrate our individuality. This year's theme for Anti-bullying Week is 'Make a Noise about Bullying', which we thought about during our assembly. Then on Tuesday we enjoyed participating in our Perform workshop on this theme. We re-capped the different kinds of bullying and created freeze frames to show what these might look like. We also talked about the importance of standing up for ourselves and created power poses to build confidence when speaking up, under-pinning the work we did last half term in PHSE on being assertive and respectful in our relationships.

Poetry for Remembrance

Thank you for joining us this morning for our Remembrace Assembly. We were so proud of how well the children were able to lead the school on this important occasion and it was an absolute pleasure to hear a sample of their poetry, written and performed with such maturity and emotion. The poems created were a reflection of the work we have been doing on poetic techniques, particularly using repetition of sound, words and phrases for effect. This built on the work they had done previously on figurative language and together these skills were used to excellent effect. We look forward to seeing how they apply these ideas as we move on next week to some narrative writing.

Experimenting with form

This half-term we have been inspired by the work of Edward Hopper in creating sketches, which have form. The children have experimented with different pencils, charcoal and even using rubbers to create lighter elements from a shaded area. For their final piece, they had to use their skills to draw an object or composition of their choice which demonstrated what they had learnt. Some children then also chose to add colour - which do you think is more effective?

Getting to grips with multiplication

This week we have been looking at tests of divisibility to determine whether numbers are prime - did you know numbers whose digit sum equals a multiple of 3 will be a multiple of 3 themselves? This also goes for another single digit multiple, can you remember which one? We have been playing around with different methods of multiplying larger numbers mentally, using our knowledge of times tables and factors to help but also revised the standard written method of multiplication and we're getting pretty accurate!


Horrid Hands: getting to grips with germs

This week we had some visitors from the NHS to teach us all about germs. We learnt that there are four different groups of germs, how easily these are spread (did you know how fast a sneeze travels or what the purpose of snot is?) and took part in an experiment to demonstrate the importance of handwashing with soap - those glittery hands soon turned into glittery clothes, bodies and neighbours! 

Bikeability

'This has been the best week ever, I have loved cycling!' - just one of the many comments overheard in Year 6 over the past couple of days. It has been a delight to see how enthusiastically the children have headed out each day, whether to develop initial skills, receive some additional coaching or put their training into practice on the roads. All of our pupils have made excellent progress and even the rather unpredictable weather couldn't dampen their spirits! 

Footballing Fun

Setting expectations

This week has been all about getting started and discussing the year ahead. An important part of this is designing and agreeing our Class Charter (above) so we know how we want ourselves and those around us to behave. This year, Year 6 were keen to display their ideas on a tree. The larger leaves display chosen articles with those on the branches highlighting the children's pledge towards it and how they would like adults to support them. Under the tree you can see the children's names, reflecting their commitment to the charter. We will use this as a reference point throughout the year.

The children were also keen to create their successful learners display themed around our class name, Foxes. After more discussions about the characteristics which would be most important this year, they worked together to create the display below.


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