Monday 3rd December
My goodness this term is flying by!
Thank you to those of you who came to the exhibition at the end of art week on Friday. We spent every afternoon working on our art, plus all day on Thursday, linked to the theme of 'Me, Myself and I'. We looked at portraits from various artists: Picasso, David Hockney and Frida Kahlo. We also learnt about some of the techniques behind graffiti.( I should add that this was accompanied by a long discussion about the safety and legality of graffiti in public spaces, including along train lines!) The children worked on a collaborative piece of graffiti- inspired art, which is currently on display in our cloakroom. The children also took part in friendship day with enthusiasm and generally embraced their role as leaders.
This week, we continue our work on fractions in maths, looking at ordering fractions using common denominators, before turning our attention to adding/subtracting/multiplying and dividing fractions. In English, we are still using the book 'The arrival' as our inspiration. Having written 'a refugee's story' last week, we are now turning our attention to non-fiction, writing a letter to Mrs Stokes about welcoming refugees into our school, before moving on to discussion texts looking at the issue of whether countries should be forced to take in refugees. The afternoons this week will largely be focused on preparing for our carnival, about which you should have received a letter late last week.
Have a great week.
Friday 16 th November
My apologies for the lack of entries this month!
We are absolutely loving our ongoing 'Coming to England' topic. Having finished Floella Benjamin's biography and having studied the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah, we have moved onto to studying the most incredible text in our English lessons. Shaun Tan is the writer/creator/illustrator of a number of wordless picture books, aimed at older children and often tackling quite complex and emotional issues. We are reading
It is a surrealist take on immigration and deals with a man's experience of forging a new life in a foreign country without his family. It is inspiring some very mature and creative writing from the children. Next week, we will write the story of one of the other immigrants, looking at why they may have felt they needed to leave their home country.
In maths, I am very proud of the increase in confidence many of the children are showing. We have been working on division, specifically long division and associated problem solving and reasoning. We have just begun learning about the order of operations, using BIDMAS to help us. This will continue next week, before we dive into fractions!
We will let you know of the specific date for our carnival at some point next week.
Monday 29th October
I hope you've all had a great half term and have been enjoying the sunshine.
Our first week back ends with a trip to the Ashdown Forest. Currently the weather forecast is not great, so I really hope the curse isn't back....
I'm quite excited about next half term, mostly due to the book I've chosen for our English lessons. It is a book with absolutely no words, called 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan. It deals with the issues of immigration in a completely different way. We will begin looking at fiction, diary entries, character profiles etc. before moving on to persuasive writing- linking it to current world issues related to migration/immigration/refugees. We will then look at discussion texts: a new text type for year 6. We will be working towards writing a discussion text looking at the global response to asylum seekers. Big stuff! I will also link this to our new subject discovery: P4C- philosophy for children. Our first session, in which the children chose to discuss ' Animals fight for survival, what do we fight for?' was a great success- they showed real maturity in their responses and were able to disagree politely with each other! Some people even disagreed with themselves during the course of the discussion.
We will continue our work on multiplication this week, before moving on to the opposite- division. I'm enjoying the children's resilience when tackling reasoning/problem-solving questions.
We will also begin preparations for our Carnival. A date will be decided in the next week or so- parents/carers are very welcome to come and join in the fun!
Friday 19th October
Thank you to all of my Sapphires and parents for a great half term in year 6. The children have worked hard and deserve a good rest. I am aware that we haven't added up the reading minutes for two weeks and will get onto this on the first Monday back after the holidays.
Times tables: I spoke to many of you during parent consultations about this. I will be testing times tables every Friday using a grid of 70 questions to be completed in under 5 mins- Harsh! It is designed to help them to recall any times tables facts at any point in time. I will send home, for those who would like it, a times tables practice sheet each week, due by the Friday. See also the link to the 'transum' site with several good times tables games. Even proficient times tablers need to keep practising- use it or lose it as my old french teacher used to say! See link below this message.
We've been working on long multiplication over the last week in maths. It's quite tricky, so if your child would like to practice and raie their confidence, attached is a guide and some questions to try.
Most importantly, have a great holiday and come back refreshed.
Week beginning 8th October
This term is going very quickly! This week, we move on in both English and maths. In English, we'll be looking at poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah, celebrating Britain's diversity. In maths, having mastered addition and subtraction, including some rather tricky multi step problems, we will now be looking at multiplication and division. To begin with, we will consolidate our understanding of x and dividing by 10/100/1000 and applying this in a range of contexts. We will then secure our understanding of basic written long and short multiplication.
Our mental health/wellbeing lessons continue apace and I'm determined to do a P4C lesson this week. This stands for Philosophy for children and is designed to foster critical thinking skills as well as develop language skills. We also have our CARNIVAL DANCE WORKSHOP on Wednesday afternoon, for which PE kit will be required. If you have not yet sent in your payment for this event, please do so as soon as possible. We will finish off our learning about refraction this week. In addition, we will be looking at some real accounts from the 'Windrush generation' and exploring why people chose to come to England.
Have a great week- keep the home learning coming!
P.s. I have learnt that the PTA have paid for another year of mathletics for us all. This is great! I will reintroduce the children to mathletics this week and set them some specific tasks. Please let me know if there are any problems.
Week beginning October 1st
I can't quite believe a whole month has passed since we started year 6!
This week, we will reach the end of Floella Benjamin's biography in our English lessons, which will raise all sorts of questions about issues such as discrimination, equality, racism, determination/resilience. The book has inspired some fantastic writing, showing the children's fantastic empathy skills. We will finish by writing a letter to someone back home in role as Floella after her first few weeks in England.
In maths, having perfected addition and subtraction, including decimals, we move on to multi step problems using these operations.
In our PSHE lessons, we have just begun looking at emotional wellbeing/mental health. We began by familiarising ourselves with feelings vocabulary and identifying feelings, both positive and negative, that we experience most often. We will carry on by looking at coping strategies for less comfortable feelings.My aim is to help to equip them for the massive changes that will happen over this year ad into next year.
In our topic lessons, we will research various aspects of life in Trinidad, such as: food, school, family life etc. Our science topic of light continues with a second look at reflection and an introduction to refraction. We also continue perfecting our carnival dance moves and improving our skills in lacrosse.
I am really enjoying the variety of home learning the children are completing and also how many of them have really grasped the round the world reading challenge. Keep it coming!
Have a great week.
Week beginning 24/9/18
We've had a great first 2 1/2 weeks in year 6! It really has been great having this lovely class back again and most of them, most of the time, are taking their learning very seriously and working hard. I'm impressed by the amount of homework that is being completed.
Spellings and tables are given on Monday and tested Friday. For times tables, I will ask them all to learn a times table each week (this week the 8x) and then they will choose their level of test (or T word as we like to call it!). Levels as follows:
1) x table questions
2) Division table questions
3) x 10/100/1000 questions e.g. 30 x 8, 500 x 8 or 6000 x 8. Find the answer then x by 10/100/1000.
4) Decimal questions e.g. 0.3 x 8, 0.07 x 8. Find the answer then divide by 10/100/1000.
We seem to be really interested in the topic- Coming to England- and have done quite a lot of map related work, including thinking about the British Empire and the Colonies. This week, we will focus more on the art/music side of the topic, alongside continuing our e safety lessons with Mrs Seltzer and our science lessons on the topic of light.
See below for a link to a helpful x tables site.
Have a great week, Miss Carter
Welcome back Sapphire Class! I hope you've all had a great Summer and are fully rested ready for the new term. I'm very much looking forward to teaching you again and am excited about how you will take on the extra challenges, responsibilities and rewards that will come your way this year. (I'm also rather excited about Sapphire being a PURPLE gem!) Patch has been washed as has his uniform, so he is also ready!
Please make sure that when you come back to school on Thursday, you are properly equipped for the new term: ONE fully stocked pencil case- the most important item being a whiteboard pen (or two) , LABELLED P.E. kit, full school uniform including appropriate footwear, a reading book if you'd like to bring one from home, water bottle etc. Our cloakroom space is quite limited, so please only bring what you actually need.
This week I will distribute the Welcome Letter, with essential information for the year ahead. I will also outline expectations regarding reading/spellings/times tables. Alongside this, I will send out the Home Learning gird, with suggestions for additional learning you can undertake at home.
One of the first 'Year sixy' things I would like yoto think about is whether or not you would like to apply for the role of House Captain. This role is open to all of you,irrespective of whether you are already a Behaviour Ambassador/Young Governor. At the moment, we are hoping to hold the election next Friday, 14th September. I will confirm this date this week. If you would like to take on this role, you need to prepare a short speech to present to the school. I will talk this through with you, but you'll need to write the speeches in your own time. I do hope many of you will make the effort to take part.
Excited! See you on Thursday,
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