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Friday 9th February 2024

During Children's Mental Health Week, we have been considering how children around the world have made their voice heard in order to improve things for others. We have also been thinking about how we can make a difference to those around us.

During English, we have created brochures to advertise Camp Green Lake. When completing this activity, we have had to use our imagination and powers of persuasion. We have also considered the information that would be needed on a brochure and have looked at the brochure for the River Dart as inspiration.

In maths, we have calculated with decimals, including rounding, addition and subtraction.

Finally, on Friday, we had a day of art and music, focussed on the music of Bernstein from West Side Story. We created images of dance and made our own stop motion films.

 

       

  

Friday 2nd February 2024

This week, we have been painting our 3D sculptures in art, ready to mount onto the wooden blocks kindly provided by Mr Radcliffe. Some of us have even painted our figures to look like our parents!

In maths, we have continued our learning, using algebra to solve problems. It has been good to recognise that often there is more than one correct answer.

During English, we  used speech and action together to show the reader what the characters from the book are really like and to show their personalities. Some of us have explored the use of time shift and flashbacks within our writing. On Thursday, we enjoyed visiting the Roving Bookshop in school.

    

 

     

Friday 26th January 2024

This week in maths, we have started to learn about algebra. We have substituted numbers for letters into expressions which use the 4 operations. We have also used formulae to describe simple number patterns and sequences. This included representations using cubes and counters.

During English, we have written fact files about the Yellow-spotted lizard from our novel 'Holes'. We have used facts we have previously researched about lizards in general and have also used our imagination to add further details. Also in English, we enjoyed being able to ask Jess French, a visiting author, questions about the writing process.

In other lessons this week, we used modroc to cover our wire sculptures in art. We carried out an experiment in science to find out how birds have adapted their beaks to be able to make the most of the food that is available in their habitat.

   

Friday 19th January 2024

It has been lovely to see everyone back in school this week.

We have spent some time going through some of the maths questions which we found tricky during home learning and we have now completed our work on ratio. This has included adjusting recipes to cater for different numbers of people.

In English, we are enjoying reading Holes and this week, we have written some rules for Camp Green Lake and also a diary entry from Stanley’s point of view. It has been interesting to consider the backstory when Camp Green Lake actually had a lake.

During art, we used wire to create our human figures, ready to add Modroc over the next couple of weeks. We have also started to work together to research different biomes.

    

Friday 12th January 2024

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful break over the Christmas period,

It has been a challenging week for us all but it has been wonderful to see all the hard work that has been going on at home. When we were all in school last week, the children enjoyed starting to read our new novel, Holes by Louis Sachar. It was interesting to talk about the name of the main character, Stanley Yelnats, and the children enjoyed thinking of other words that are also palindromes (the same word heter you read it forwards or backwards).

In maths, the work on fractions last term has been a good foundation for the ratio work we have started this term. The children are showing a good understanding of scale factors in their shape drawings and we will go over any difficulties once we are all back in school.

Our art topic this term involves sculpture. Last week, the children drew human figures in their sketch books and it has been great to see these translated into 3D foil figures during the home learning. Well done everyone! H0pefully we will all see each other again very soon,

                

      

 

Friday 15th December 2023

As we count down the days until the Christmas break, we have been reading extracts from 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. We have discussed the character of Scrooge and compared his outlook on life to that of his nephew. Some of the diary entries we have written are very impressive and use some of the vocabulary Scrooge may have used (including 'Bah, Humbug'!).

In Maths, we have moved on from fractions (finally!) and we have been converting units of measure, including miles and kilometres. Once again, we have recognised the importance of multiplication: both using our times tables and multiplying  by multiples of 10. 

In other subjects, we discussed our knowledge of continents and different ecosystems in preparation for next term's topic of 'Biomes'. We have also worked hard to complete our 'Make Do and Mend' projects in DT, re-using materials brought from home.  Many thanks to all the parents for sending in materials. Have a great Christmas!

   

 

    

 

Friday 8th December 2023

This week started on Monday with the exciting activity of making 220 Christingles ready for the church services on Tuesday. We enjoyed going to the church and putting sweets, candles and ribbons on the oranges provided by the church. It was lovely to then see all the other children enjoy seeing these at the services on Tuesday.

In both maths and English, we have completed assessment tests this week. In English, we have also been reading explanation texts and planning our own on a subject of our choice.

During our maths lessons, we solved a range of problems using all 4 operations with fractions as a finale to this topic. We will be revisiting fractions again and using our maths fluency sessions to keep reminding ourselves of the skills we have learnt.

   

    

Friday 1st December 2023

This week in maths we have been continuing our work on fractions, using reasoning and bar models to help us solve questions such as 2/5 of ? = 60. We have also played some fractions games, using our mental maths skills to beat our opponent.

In English, we watched a short film depicting a version of The Christmas Truce from WWI. We have taken part in role plays and written diaries and recounts. It has given us the opportunity to use our descriptive vocabulary and a range of different punctuation marks to help structure longer sentences.

In the lead up to the Christmas Fayre, we painted our tree decorations. We also enjoyed colouring the 3D name badges printed by Mr Webb from our Tinkercad designs. 

 

   

 

   

Friday 24th November 2023

During our English lessons this week, we have been writing instructions on how to behave during an air raid. We have also written in character, as Willie, writing a letter to persuade Mr Tom to collect him from London. We have discussed persuasive language as part of this.

This week in maths, we have progressed to multiplying and dividing fractions by integers and fractions. We have used diagrams to help us and we have identified patterns and simple rules to help us. Our tables knowledge has been invaluable.

We have started making our 'make do and mend' toys in DT this week. Half of us have started making our board games and half of us have started cutting out material for our stuffed toys.

    

 

   

Friday 17th November 2023

This week, we have been discussing different types of hurtful behaviour as part of our Skills for Life lessons. We discussed what to do about cyberbullying and how we can report people and block them, so they can't send hurtful messages. We also discussed the difference between aggressive and assertive behaviour. We formed freeze frames to show this (see the photos!)

In maths, we have been using our addition and subtraction skills to solve problems in evolving fractions. We are continuing to find common denominators to help us with this.

During our English lessons, while reading our novel, Goodnight Mr Tom, we found out that Willie's mother has asked him to return to London. We have used a thesaurus to improve our vocabulary, and we have considered how we can 'show not tell' as writers.

        

Friday 10th November 2023

 Year 6 have been busy remembering this week, using poetry to help them realise the horrors of war. We are incredibly proud of their mature attitude and heartfelt poetry. 

In maths, we have been continuing with fractions, which will continue to the end of this term. We have been adding and subtracting fractions, ensuring that the denominators are the same. We have also started to add mixed numbers. Children who can recall their times tables quickly are finding their skills and knowledge are proving very useful.

Science has been focussed on electricity. Year 6 have been thinking about variables and ways in which they can make a lightbulb either brighter or dimmer, within a given circuit. They are very good at generating imaginative hypotheses.

   

    

Friday 3rd November 2023

 This week, we have been comparing fractions in maths. We have compared them using < and > . We have looked at the numerators and the denominators and used our tables knowledge to find equivalent fractions.

In English, as part of Black History Month, we have been studying the life and achievements of Sir Mo Farah. We have watched a film clip of 'Super Saturday' from 2012 where he won one of his Olympic gold medals. We have then written news reports and included quotes from various people.

In other subjects, we have started to explore Tinkercad in computing, using this to create 3D models on the iPads. We have also discussed our DT project for this half-term and enjoyed learning how to play draughts. Some of us even carried on playing the game in our wet lunchtime.

      

 

   

Friday 20th October 2023

At the end of a busy half-term, we have had a good week. In English, we have been looking at the use of formal language through Neville Chamberlain's war speech. We have also watched the start of the film Goodnight Mr Tom and compared this to the novel. We have spotted lots of similarities and differences.

During maths, we finished our unit of work on numbers, and we investigated patterns in consecutive numbers. We found a link between the middle number and the total.

In History, we learnt how to use the pig pen code. We deciphered messages and wrote our own using this code. We recognise the importance of using codes during the Second World War. Have a lovely half-term break!

    

    

Friday 13th October 2023

This week in year 6, we have mastered BIDMAS (also known as BODMAS) and the children can now carry out calculations using the correct order. They should also be able to explain what BIDMAS stands for.

In English, we have been writing using different sentence starters such as adverbs, action and description. We have used our history knowledge to write vivid descriptions of a night in an air raid shelter.

In science we investigated shadows and their size compared to the position of the light source. As part of history, we made model spitfire planes and 'flew' them to see which would travel the furthest. Some of us had experimented at home and enjoyed a good deal of success!

   

 

     

Friday 6th October 2023

We have had another busy week in Year 6.

In maths, we have had to demonstrate resilience as we have been learning how to complete long division. Once again, our times tables knowledge has been invaluable. We have also solved problems using the 4 operations.

During English, we have written diary entries to reflect the change in Tom Oakley as he gets to know his evacuee, Willie Beech. We have continued to think about synonyms and the use of colons and semicolons.

In our Art lesson, we used watercolours to create colours with different shades and tints. We then tried to match the colours to those used in a series of war paintings. The children were also very good at clearing up after the painting session!

       

 

       

Friday 29th September 2023

This week, we have written and read a selection of poems during our school Harvest Festival. Many thanks for the donations that have been brought in.

During maths, we have been exploring the properties of numbers and calculating using multiplication and division. We have found our timetable knowledge a useful tool this week!

In English, we have read the chapter in our novel where an Anderson shelter is built, and we have written instructions based on this, using the features of the text and the correct level of formality. We have also written character descriptions of Zach, a colourful and interesting chap!

On Thursday, we took part in a safety session presented by staff from Hazard Alley in Milton Keynes. The children listened carefully and took part in the discussions sensibly. We also continued our cricket training lessons on Friday afternoon.

     

Friday 22nd September 2023

This week has been very exciting with the voting for some of the leadership roles in school. Well done to everyone who took the trouble to write letters. You all did a great job.

In our lessons, we have continued to read Goodnight Mr Tom. We have met some more of the characters and discussed how they may have been feeling. We have also looked at how semi-colons are used in our writing and many of us are using these in other subjects too now.

In maths, we have completed calculations using factors and multiples. We have found factor pairs and played games where we have to think of strategies to help us win. The teachers are impressed with the use of mathematical vocabulary this week.

In other subjects, we have explored perspectives in art and in RE we have talked about the 5 pillars of Islam. We took part in drama and role play, showing how we can help others less fortunate than ourselves.

                  

Friday 15th September 2023

We have had a busy week in year 6 and we are very proud of how the children have approached the 11+. They have all worked very hard.

In our lessons, we have continued reading outclass novel and we have empathised with the different characters. We have discussed vocabulary which does not get used as often today such as 'wireless', 'jersey' and 'Mackintosh'. Lots of us have been keen to predict what is going to happen to Willie, the evacuee in the story.

During maths, we have ordered, compared and rounded large numbers. This has been largely revision and the children have shown a good understanding of place value up to 7 digits and beyond.

This week in science, we experimented with beams of light, using our torches. We tried to line up pieces of card with holes in so that the beam of light would reach a target. We have all thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility of helping the Reception children this week, particularly at lunchtimes when we have been able to eat with our buddies.

     

Friday 8th September 2023

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a lovely summer and are ready for an exciting year!

This week in English, we have started reading our class novel, Goodnight Mr Tom which is about a boy who is evacuated to the countryside during WWII. We have discussed how it might have felt for the children and have written first person accounts.

During maths, we have revisited place value and discussed numbers up to 10 million. We have ordered numbers and started solving problems using them. 

In our art lesson this week, we looked at paintings based on WWII and considered the light and dark shown. We worked hard to replicate some of the figures in the paintings using sketching pencils with impressive results.