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Heatree 2019

 

Thursday 18th July

We are pleased to report that the children have had another fun packed day.

 

There has been fun on the water with raft building, where the children constructed and then raced their different vessels. In the fencing session, the children worked up a sweat while learning the strategy of this sport.

 

During the archery, the children practiced their aim before holding a competition to find out what cutlery they will be allowed for dinner tonight. It will be interesting to see if it is possible to eat a roast dinner with a teaspoon. (Please do not panic. We will give them the correct cutlery ... eventually.)

 

Tomorrow, we are aiming to leave at 10:30am, with the goal of being back just before 6pm. We will phone the school midway so they can keep you updated. 

 

 

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Wednesday 17th 

 

Once again, we have had a fantastic day and the weather has continued to be on our side!

 

 

Today was spent exploring the moors. Half of the group walked from the Heatree centre whilst the other group took a mini bus and walked back, meeting half way. Each group got to play games, learn about the history of the moors and climb and weasel their way through the tors.

 

The children and adults returned to a chippy dinner and an evening of games, plus the highly anticipated...dance off!

 

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Tuesday 16th 

 

Another great day in Devon. The sun is shining and the children are having a great time. 

 

Today lots of children, and even a few adults, overcame their fears during the climbing and abseiling session. We have also been solving a range of pirate themed challenges, while developing our team working skills. 

 

Everyone is looking forward to another great dinner, with the promise of chocolate brownie for pudding tonight, and then spending more time playing outdoors. 

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Monday 15th July

We are please to report that everyone has arrived safe and well. The children were very well behaved on the journey and, thankfully, we had no issues with travel sickness. 

 

The sun is shining and the children have just finished an orientation activity. They are now busy unpacking their bags and getting ready for dinner. 

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Week ending 5th July 2019

 

What a fun week we have had!

 

The week began with our production. During the day, the children completed two dress rehearsals before the final performance in the evening. Each performance got better and the Year 6 team were so incredibly proud of how hard the children worked and what a success the show was. Thank you to all of the parents, family and friends that came along to watch. We hope you enjoyed the show!

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This week the children in Year 6 have immersed themselves in sports week and shown fantastic sportsmanship. 

 

On Monday, the year group participated in the dance workshop which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, adults included. They particularly liked the dance off that was held at the end of the session.

 

Sports day was as successful as ever, with many children showing great resilience and determination, despite the heat.

 

On Thursday, Year 6 took part in the tennis workshop. All children came away excited by the session having learnt or improved their skills.

In the afternoon, the children took part in the first ever, inter-house relay competition. It was extremely hot on the field but the children again, showed great commitment to their houses and supported each other.

 

The week ended with a Year 6 vs Staff rounder’s match on Friday morning. The children, whether participating or supporting, thoroughly enjoyed the match and did themselves proud. The score was very close, ending with the children scoring 7 rounders and the staff team scoring 8 and a half!

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English

This week, the children worked in groups to write a speech. We learnt about what a speech contains and looked at some examples first. Then the children were tasked with writing one in pairs, before combining their speeches as a group.

 

Art

We learnt all about impressionism this week in art. We looked at some examples of art produced by Claude Monet and discussed what we noticed about the art work. We then went outside and had a go at creating our own piece of impressionistic art work using the techniques we had been taught.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Heatree - 15/07/19 – 19/07/19

  • Heatree Presentation @ 9.10am - 22/07/19

  • Leaver’s Service and End of Term - 23/07/19

Week ending 28th June 2019

 

On Tuesday, we had a fantastic time at the Diocese Leaver’s Service at All Saints. The children sang beautifully and represented the school well. In the afternoon, we enjoyed a lovely BBQ to celebrate, kindly provided by the FoFs. A huge thank you to Mr Hall, Mrs Stevens, Mrs Chapman and Mrs Sedge for all of their help.

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This week has mostly been final preparations for the production. It is a great feeling when you see it finally coming together with the props, the costumes and the backdrop. We are very excited for our performances next week and to show off all of our hard work.

 

Science

Science this week was all about evolution. The children learnt what evolution is, who and how the idea of evolution came about and how fossils support the theory.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Y6 Production – 01/07/19 @ 6pm

  • Founders Day Service and Sports Day – 03/07/19

  • Heatree - 15/07/19 – 19/07/19

  • Heatree Presentation @ 9.10am - 22/07/19

  • Leaver’s Service and End of Term - 23/07/19

Week ending 21st June 2019

 

Production and dance rehearsals are coming along well. The set and props are also coming together. We would like the children to bring in their costumes as soon as they have them so that we can begin rehearsing in them.

On Thursday and Friday, the children had a fantastic time at the Bowles ‘Safety in Action’ day and were a credit to the school. The morning was extremely informative and hands on; the children seemed thoroughly engaged throughout.

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Greek Day

We were so pleased to see such fantastic costumes on Greek Day. The children seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day.

In the morning, we learnt about Democracy in Greek times and compared this with Democracy today. We discussed how there were similarities and this was because Democracy stemmed from Greek times.

After play, we held our own Greek Olympics consisting of: a sprint, javelin, discus and long jump. Congratulations to Ghyll who were the winning house. The top three houses received wreaths, similar to those awarded in Greek times.

In the afternoon, the children took part in a range of activities to experience what life was like in Ancient Greece. These involved weaving, making an abacus, creating a clay masking and preparing and tasting baked apples.

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Science

Our science lesson this week was all about adaptation. The children learnt what that means and how living things have adapted to their environments over time.

 

Home Learning

Over the next couple of weeks, we would like the children to focus on learning their lines for the production. If the children do not have many lines, we would like them to familiarise themselves with their scenes.

The children are still expected to read at least 4 times and week and record this in their reading record books.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Leaver’s photos – 24/06/19

  • Diocese Leaver’s service @ All Saints and Y6 BBQ – 25/06/19

  • Y6 Production – 01/07/19 @ 6pm

  • Founders Day Service and Sports Day – 03/07/19

  • Heatree - 15/07/19 – 19/07/19

  • Heatree Presentation @ 9.10am - 22/07/19

  • Leaver’s Service and End of Term - 23/07/19

Week ending 14th June 2019

 

This week we have continued to work hard during rehearsals for our production.

 

English

In English this week we were asked to re-write a hot task from this year in order to improve it. We were able to choose which piece of writing we chose to re-write. In order to be successful, we had to consider our next steps and see how we could implement them to make the writing better.

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Learning Journey

During our Learning Journey lesson this week we created a timeline of key events during Ancient Greek times using our research from last lesson. We had to show that we understood how to show different lengths of time between different events on the timeline as well as how to set it out and use the space effectively.

 

Science

This term, in Science, we are learning about Evolution and Inheritance. We began the unit by creating a glossary of key scientific terms before learning about Inheritance, Adaptation and Variation.

 

Home Learning

Over the next couple of weeks, we would like the children to focus on learning their lines for the production. If the children do not have many lines, we would like them to familiarise themselves with their scenes.

The children are still expected to read at least 4 times and week and record this in their reading record books.

We have spoken to the children this week about their costumes and props for the production and asked that these be brought in as soon as possible. We ask that any items the children bring in, are placed in a named carrier bag. Please contact us if you have any queries regarding the costumes or props. We thank you for your cooperation with this.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Greek Day – 18/06/19

  • 6LS to Bowles (Safety in Action Course) – 20/06/19

  • 6P to Bowles (Safety in Action Course) – 21/06/19

  • Leaver’s photos – 24/06/19

  • Diocese Leaver’s service @ All Saints and Y6 BBQ – 25/06/19

  • Y6 Production – 01/07/19 @ 6pm

  • Founders Day Service and Sports Day – 03/07/19

  • Heatree - 15/07/19 – 19/07/19

  • Heatree Presentation @ 9.10am - 22/07/19

  • Leaver’s Service and End of Term - 23/07/19

Week ending 7th June 2019

 

At the end of last term, we began making shadow puppets as part of our science learning to help us explain how shadows are formed. The puppets we made were characters from Theseus and the Minotaur, which we were going to use to retell the story. On Tuesday, we continued to make our puppets before writing a script in our groups. Next week we are going to be performing our retellings using our puppets.

 

We began rehearsals for our production on Wednesday.

 

Learning Journey

We are continuing to learn about the Ancient Greek this term. On Tuesday, we ordered key events from Ancient Greek times on a timeline, before researching particular events to gather further information about them.

 

Home Learning

Over the next couple of weeks, we would like the children to focus on learning their lines for the production. If the children do not have many lines, we would like them to familiarise themselves with their scenes.

 

The children are still expected to read at least 4 times and week and record this in their reading record books.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Greek Day – 18/06/19
  • 6LS to Bowles (Safety in Action Course) – 20/06/19
  • 6P to Bowles (Safety in Action Course) – 21/06/19
  • Leaver’s photos – 24/06/19
  • Diocese Leaver’s service @ All Saints and Y6 BBQ – 25/06/19
  • Y6 Production – 01/07/19 @ 6pm
  • Founders Day Service and Sports Day – 03/07/19
  • Heatree - 15/07/19 – 19/07/19
  • Heatree Presentation @ 9.10am - 22/07/19
  • Leaver’s Service and End of Term - 23/07/19

Week ending 17th May 2019

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This week we have been busy with SATs.

 

The Year 6 team are incredibly proud of the positivity, resilience and commitment that the children have shown throughout the week.

 

Our breakfast club was extremely popular. Thank you to Waitrose for gifting us with a voucher to provide the children with fruit and juice each morning before the tests.

 

 

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Week ending 10th May 2019

 

As you are aware, the children will be beginning their SATs tests on Monday and we wanted to take this opportunity to express how fantastic we think your children are. We continue to be encouraged and inspired by their positive attitude to learning. We feel it is important to recognise the achievements every child has made, not just in areas SATs will assess, but in their personal development, social skills and emotional intelligence.

 

This is the timetable for the SATs

 

Before morning break

After morning break

Monday 13th May

Grammar and Punctuation

Spelling

Tuesday 14th May

Reading Comprehension

 

Wednesday 15th May

Maths 1 - Arithmetic

Maths 2 - Reasoning

Thursday 16th May

Maths 3 – Reasoning

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the week running up to SATs, we will not be sending out any set homework. The children have different areas that they need to revise so we feel it is best for them to decide with you what they should focus on.

 

Please find bellow some information and advice to help prepare your child:

  • Firstly, and most importantly, please help your child to stay calm. This is just one week of their life and they are more likely to succeed if they are not stressed.

  • Remind your child to eat healthily and drink lots of fluids. It is particularly important that they have a good breakfast each morning and bring a snack for break time. This will help them to keep their brains in peak working order.

  • Ensure they get a good night’s sleep the night before.

  • Ensure your child arrives in good time on the day of the test, so that they do not feel anxious about being late.

 

To help support you and your child, this year we are once again running a year 6 morning club during the week of SATs from 8:25am. Your child will be able to enter the school through the main office, where they will be greeted by a member of the Year 6 team and then head to the classroom where we will be offering fruit juice and a portion of fruit. During this time, the children will be able to relax with their friends and/or play calm games.

 

After the tests are completed on Thursday 16th May, the Year 6 team are planning a reward for the children for all of their hard work. If the weather is kind to us, we would like take the children to a local play park for a ‘picnic’ lunch and free play time. On Thursday, please can you either send your child to school with a packed lunch or order them a baguette for their school dinner.

 

No matter what happens during SATs week, we are very proud of all your child has achieved this year. There is so much clear evidence in their books and from their work in class of how much progress they have made and we can see how much they have grown. These tests will just help to prove what the children are capable of.

 

Thank you for all of your continued support. If you do have any other questions or concerns about SATs, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 6 team.

 

English

We brought our unit on Theseus and the Minotaur to a close this week.

We began the week with some drama – we were at the ways that different characters would walk and talk. This then helped us to act out the conversation between Theseus and Ariadne.

Once we had written our myth, we had the chance to edit and make any improvements to it.

 

Maths

We continued interpreting data at the beginning of week. We then moved on to learn how to find the mean average of a set of data.

The rest of the week focussed around revision and revising areas that we felt we needed further input on.

 

Home Learning

There was no home learning set this week.

The children are expected to revise any areas they feel they need to work on.

If the children would like us to print any worksheets for them, we ask that they please come and see us and we will happily do this.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • SATs week – Monday 13th May

  • Heatree meeting to parents – 22/05/19 @ 6pm

  • Deadline for final payment for Heatree – 24/05/19

  • Greek Day – 06/06/19 (Further information to follow.)

Week ending 3rd May 2019

 

This week we have been working hard completing lots of revision in maths, reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

 

English

Continuing with our unit on Greek Myths, we began the week by discussing the Labyrinth in Theseus and the Minotaur and writing phrases or words to describe the tunnels, the torch and the shadows.

We then looked through a range of other texts to identify appropriate sentences or phrases that we could magpie and use to describe Theseus’ journey through the Labyrinth.

Towards the end of the week we discussed flashbacks and their purpose in a story before deciding where a flashback could be used in the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.

 

Maths

We began the week by comparing units of the measure for weight/mass, length/distance and volume/capacity.

On Wednesday, we learnt about ratio including how it is written and what it stands for. We then answered a range of word problems involving ratio.

We ended the week with data handling. We collected data (in a tally chart) about our class’s favourite colour and then presented this in a bar chart. On Friday, we then answered a range of questions where we had to interpret information from a range of graphs, charts and tables.

 

Home Learning

Home learning was set on Monday 29th April and is due on Tuesday 7th May.

The children have been given a maths booklet to complete with question involving, time, 3D shape and area.

As well as this, the children are expected to read at least 4 times and record this in their reading record book.

We are very proud of all of those children who have been completing extra work at home and in their revision guides. They have shown a real commitment to their learning. We have asked the children to bring in any additional work that they complete at home so that we can share what they have been doing and reward them accordingly.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • SATs week – Monday 13th May

  • Heatree meeting to parents – 22/05/19 @ 6pm

  • Deadline for final payment for Heatree – 24/05/19

  • Greek Day – 06/06/19 (Further information to follow.)

Week ending 26th April 2019

 

Learning Journey

On Tuesday, we were introduced to our new unit ‘It’s All Greek to Me’.

For our stunning start, we were visited by an Olympic Torch Bearer (Ben Stevens) who carried the Olympic Torch in Crowborough in 2012. We had the opportunity to ask him some questions before holding the torch and having our photo taken with it.

We then identified what we already knew about the Greeks before deciding what we would like to find out during this unit.

English

Our first English unit this term is Greek Myths.

We started looking at the Greek Myth ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’. Through this text we developed our ability to ask questions to improve our understanding of a text, to describe a setting and to use dialogue advance a story.

To reinforce our learning about this Myth, we will also be linking our PE unit of dance by choreographing a performance that retells the story.

 

Maths

In Maths this week we recapped angles before moving on to measure – this included area and perimeter, volume and capacity and converting units of measure.

 

Science

Our Science learning for this term is all about Light.

We began the unit by carrying out 4 investigations to see what we could remember and recording our findings as we went. We had to investigate questions like, ‘Does light travel in straight lines?’ and ‘What causes a shadow to form?’

We then spent time discussing our findings as a class before completing a quiz all about light.

 

Home Learning

We would like to thank all of the children who have been working hard over the Easter Holidays to revise. We are very pleased with the work they have been doing and the commitment they have shown.

We are aware that lots of children have purchased revision guides to help them. For home learning this week, we would like the children to continue using these revision guides.

If there are any children who do not have a revision guide, we ask that they come and speak to us so that we can provide them with some revision.

We would like the children to bring in any work that they complete at home on Monday (29th April), so that they can share their work with us and we can reward them.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • SATs week – Monday 13th May

  • Heatree meeting to parents – 22/05/19 @ 6pm

  • Deadline for final payment for Heatree – 24/05/19

  • Greek Day – 06/06/19 (Further information to follow.)

Week ending 22nd March 2019

 

This week, we created mountain scene pictures using all of the pencil skills that we have learnt this term in art. 

 

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Learning Journey

We learnt about tourism this week and how it can have economic, social and environmental impacts (particularly on mountainous areas) that can be both positive and negative.

We then looked at how some of these negative impacts could be reduced.

 

English

We have brought our diary unit to a close this week. We began by practising the skill of writing in character as someone who had climbed Mount Everest before planning our own diary entry as a class. We then wrote our diary entries and edited them.

 

Maths

Continuing with our learning on angles, we have been drawing angles accurately using a protractor. This included learning how to draw reflex angles.

Following this, we learnt how to calculate angles around a point and in and around a triangle and quadrilateral. In order to do this, we had to refer to our knowledge of angles so far.

 

Science

We were learning about the importance of diet this week and the effects this has on our bodies.

We looked at our packed lunches and discussed how healthy we thought they were. We then learnt about what it means to have a balanced diet and why this is important. In doing so, we came across some surprises where some foods that we expected to be healthy, actually weren’t.

 

Home Learning

Home learning was set on Monday 1st April and is due on Tuesday 23rd April.

 

The children have been given a reading comprehension and two sets of grammar questions to answer.

Maths home learning (the arithmetic paper) was set mid-week and is due on Tuesday 23rd April.

 

As well as this, the children are also expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week and record this in their journals so we can ensure they are rewarded.

 

Due to the fact that the children will be away from school for over two weeks, we would like them to do some further revision to ensure that the skills they have been learning, are still being used. During the week we sent out a home learning slip with two suggested websites for the children to access.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • SATs week – Monday 13th May

  • Heatree meeting to parents – 22/05/19 (Time to be confirmed and further information to follow.)

  • Deadline for final payment for Heatree – 24/05/19

Week ending 22nd March 2019

 

Learning Journey

This week we were learning about the climate of mountainous regions. We looked at features common to all mountains before researching the different climatic conditions of different mountain ranges around the world. We then looked at the effect that wind can have on the different sides of the mountain.

 

English

We have begun our new English unit this week - Diary Writing.

We will be focussing in particular on diary extracts of people who have climbed Mount Everest in the lead up to us writing our own diary extract about reaching the summit. We began the unit by summarising the extracts that we had read, identifying what they told us about the climb and any questions that we had. We then discussed what we would like to ask the person who had written the diary extracts and had the opportunity to role play asking the questions.

Maths

Our new unit in Maths is Shape. We began by recapping what a 2D shape was and referring to terms such as polygon, regular and irregular shape. We then looked at the properties of 2D shapes and used a shapes properties to identify it. Following on from 2D shapes, we then looked at 2D shapes. We spent time describing the different properties of 3D shapes, ensuring we were using the correct terminology.

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Science

Last week in Science we began learning about the digestive system. We had lots of questions and wanted to find out as much as information as we could about it. This week, we produced an information page all about the Digestive System showing off what we had learnt.

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Home Learning

Home learning was set on Monday 18th March and is due on Monday 25th March.

The children have been given a reading comprehension and set of grammar questions to answer.

Maths home learning (the arithmetic paper) was set on Wednesday 20th March and is due on Monday 25th March. Not all children have returned the arithmetic paper that was set last week. Please can you ensure that your child has attempted to correct any questions that were wrong and that this is returned to school.

 

As well as this, the children are also expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week and record this in their journals so we can ensure they are rewarded.

 

Please be aware that Homework club takes place on a Thursday lunchtime and all children are welcome to attend. We strongly advise any children who struggle to complete their home learning at home, should attend the club.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Heatree meeting to parents – 22/05/19 (Time to be confirmed and further information to follow.)

  • Deadline for final payment for Heatree – 24/05/19

Week ending 15th March 2019

 

On Tuesday we were lucky enough to be invited along to Beacon to watch a matinee performance of their production of Aladdin. We had a fantastic afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the show. All of the teaching staff were very proud of the high level of behaviour shown by everyone who attended.

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We have also taken part in an NSPCC workshop this week, where we learnt all about how to keep ourselves safe.

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English

We wrapped up our unit on News Reports this week by planning our own news report, writing the first draft and then editing it before writing it up in neat. Next week, we will be uploading a small sample of the finished articles to show off our hard work.

 

Maths

Our unit on Algebra was also brought to a close. We looked at a range of word problems where we had to identify the Algebraic equation which then helped us to find an answer. We then learnt about equations and the fact that the equals sign means that each side of the equation must be balanced.

 

Science

In Science this week we have been learning about the digestive system. We identified the different parts of the digestive system before creating an explanation page all about it.

 

Home Learning

As of this week there will be a slight change to our home learning. Home learning will be set at two different times during the week. There will still be home learning set on a Monday and this will be due the following Monday. We will then be sending home an arithmetic maths paper on a Wednesday. The children will have sat this paper during the day and they will know which questions they didn’t get right. We would like them to have another look at the questions that they got wrong and have a go at correcting these (some parents have asked if it is ok for them to help their child with these past papers, we positively encourage this and thank those parents for their support). The arithmetic papers will be due the following Monday as well.

 

Home learning was set on Monday 11th March and is due on Monday 18th March.

The children have been given a reading comprehension and set of grammar questions to answer.

Maths home learning (the arithmetic paper) was set on Wednesday 13th March and is due on Monday 18th March.

 

As well as this, the children are also expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week and record this in their journals so we can ensure they are rewarded.

 

Please be aware that Homework club takes place on a Thursday lunchtime and all children are welcome to attend. We strongly advise any children who struggle to complete their home learning at home, should attend the club.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Heatree meeting to parents – 22/05/19 (Time to be confirmed and further information to follow)

  • Deadline for final payment for Heatree – 24/05/19

Week ending 8th March 2019

 

English

Continuing with our learning about news reports, we began the week by learning about the active and passive voice. We learnt how to convert the active voice into the passive voice in preparation to use this in our own news report.

We then learnt about expanded noun phrases and practised writing our own. We discussed how adding adjectives, additional nouns and prepositions can add more detail to a piece of writing.

Towards the end of the week, we were visited by ‘Tim Peake’ (who looked a lot like Mr Lucas-Scott) and held a press conference where he announced his intention to return to space.

Next week we will be using this to form the basis of our own new articles.

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Maths

In Maths this week we have been carrying on with Algebra.

We have been learning about formulas and equations including what these are, how they are used in everyday life and then applying the skills we have learnt to answer questions in a range of contexts.

 

Science

This week we have been writing an explanation of how the circulatory system works being sure to include diagrams and a range of technical vocabulary. (Please feel free to discuss this with your child at the weekend.)

 

Home Learning

Home learning was set on Monday 4th March and is due on Monday 11th March.

Art home learning was set on Tuesday 5th March and is due on Tuesday 12th March.

 

This week the children have been given a range of questions involving Algebra. The children are required to use the strategies they have been taught in maths to try and answer the questions.

They have also been given a set of grammar questions to complete.

For art, we would like them to explore a range of textures in and around the home and try to recreate these using only a pencil.

 

As well as this, the children are also expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week and record this in their journals so we can ensure they are rewarded.

 

Please be aware that Homework club takes place on a Thursday lunchtime and all children are welcome to attend. We strongly advise any children who struggle to complete their home learning at home, should attend the club.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • World Book Day – Thursday 7th March

  • Pantomime performance @ Beacon – Tuesday 12th March

 

Important Message

On Tuesday 12th March, we have been invited to Beacon to watch a Matinee performance of their upcoming production of Aladdin.

We will be leaving school at 12.15pm and are due to return by 2.45pm.

The children will be having an early lunch on this day so if possible, please send your child with a packed lunch. For any child who does still require a school dinner, we will ensure they have this before we leave.

Week ending 1st March 2019

 

Learning Journey

In our Learning Journey this term, we are continuing with our topic ‘Welcome to America’, however, the focus of our learning is mountains. As well as looking at mountain ranges in North America, we will be learning about other mountain ranges around world.

 

We began by defining what a mountain is. We learnt how mountains are different from hills, that they are higher than the landscape around them and that although there are mountains that stand alone, quite often they come in ranges. Once we had defined what a mountain is, we began researching mountains around the world, identifying where they are, what the tallest mountain in each range is called and how tall it is. We used Atlases to help us and then we used the internet to check we were correct.

 

After this, we learnt about the physical features of a mountain such as the summit, the snow line, plateau and valley.

 

English

Our first English unit this term is News Reports, with a particular focus on chronological news reports.

 

At the beginning of the week we looked at two different news reports and spent time discussing them before answering some comprehension questions about each report so that we could show our understanding of the texts.

After this, we identified the features of a news report and suggested how each feature could be used to write an effective news report.

 

Having identified what makes an effective news report, we (as the intended audience) explained how the text had been written to meet our needs and discussed the deliberate choices that the reporter had made when writing the article.

 

We then looked at the use of direct and reported speech in a news article. We discussed the use and importance of each before writing a section of a news report ourselves, including reported and direct speech effectively.

 

Maths

Our new Maths unit is Algebra. We have been introduced to new terminology such as algebraic expression, variable and equation.

 

We began looking at algebraic expressions and we used function machines to help us do this. Algebraic expressions are mathematical phrases that represent calculations. For examples 2a + 3 = a x 2 + 3 (a represents any value/number).

After we had learnt that algebra uses letters to represent values, we learnt about substitution. This is where you replace the letter with a value in order to work out a calculation.

 

Science

This term we are learning about Humans including Animals. We began this unit by learning about the circulatory system.

 

We created a diagram to explain how the circulatory system works and then went outside to recreate this as a class. We used multilink cubes to show the oxygen and de-oxygenated blood.

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Home Learning

Home learning was set on Monday 25th February and is due on Monday 4th March.

 

This week the children have been asked to research a famous mountain or mountain range around the world and create a piece of work that presents the information they have found.

 

They have also been given a reading comprehension task which is all about the circulatory system.

 

As well as this, the children are also expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week and record this in their journals so we can ensure they are rewarded.

Please be aware that Homework club takes place on a Thursday lunchtime and all children are welcome to attend. We strongly advise any children who struggle to complete their home learning at home, should attend the club.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Parents evening – Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th March

  • Pancake Flip – Tuesday 5th March

  • World Book Day – Thursday 7th March

  • Pantomime performance @ Beacon – Tuesday 12th March (More information to follow)

Week ending 8th February 2019

 

Learning Journey

We have been learning about Longitude and Latitude and how they help us locate different points on Earth. This week we were particularly focussing on finding places that have a similar Longitude and Latitude to Crowborough. Next week we will be learning how to find coordinates for any location on the planet.

 

English

Continuing with our unit on Information Texts, we have been researching climate and weather and defining these. We have been learning to make notes and summarise information in preparation of creating our own Information Text next week.

 

Maths

We have been learning about the links between fractions, decimals and percentages and how to convert between each of these. We have discussed strategies and then practised applying these to find the most efficient methods. We have also learnt how to find a percentage of an amount.

 

Science

Having spent a couple of weeks learning about branching diagrams and how they can be used to sort animals, this week we learnt about the Scientist Carl Linnaeus and how he believed in a ‘standard system’ for classification. We learnt about the research he did and the system he designed before writing a brief explanation about it and its purpose.

 

Home Learning

Home learning was set on Monday 4th February and is due on Monday 11th February.

 

This week we would like the children to complete the maths questions, the reading comprehension and the spelling activity.

We are aware that the children have been given a set of questions that they have had before. This was a mistake. The children are not required to complete these questions again unless they would like to do so to see if they can improve on their score from last time.

 

As well as this, the children are also expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week and record this in their journals so we can ensure they are rewarded.

 

Please be aware that Homework club takes place on a Thursday lunchtime and all children are welcome to attend. We strongly advise any children who struggle to complete their home learning at home, should attend the club.

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Weekly Newsletter for 6P and 6LS

 

Week ending 1st February 2019

 

The children have been very busy this week completing a range of practice SATs tests. They have all worked incredibly hard and shown a really positive attitude which we are very proud of.

 

Learning Journey

We continued our learning on Human and Physical Geography this week. We gathered further research on the Human and Physical Geography of North America before presenting this in our books. We could choose how we wanted to present the information.

 

English

On Monday, we sat round the camp fire and some of us got to read our Spooky Stories. We then toasted marshmallows before going back inside for a hot chocolate to warm us up!

 

We then began our new unit on Information texts. This unit links to our Learning Journey about North America. We learnt about Homonyms and why it is important to understand the context that the word is being used in. We then used dictionaries and other resources to research the terms Country, Continent and State in order to write a definition on each of them.

 

We ended this week by looking at the features of an Information Text. We had the opportunity to browse a range of different resources before discussing what we felt were the features that made an Information Text successful and drawing up a concept map of these.

Maths

This week we have been busy completing our practice SATs and in Maths, have completed the arithmetic paper and the two reasoning papers. We then spent some time going through the papers and discussing how we reached our answers and sharing strategies as well as identifying areas where we had made mistakes. This was really useful to help us see how these mistakes could be avoided in the future and how important it is to check our answers.

 

Science

We continued with our learning from last week where we were sorting animals using a branching diagram. As we drew up our branching diagrams in neat, we decided on the most appropriate questions to ask to ensure the animals were sorted efficiently.

 

Home Learning

Home learning was set on Monday 21st January and is due on Monday 4th February.

 

This week we would like the children to complete the two Maths questions involving dividing decimals along with the grammar questions and the spellings.

 

As well as this children are also expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week and record this in their journals so we can ensure they are rewarded.

 

Please be aware that Homework club takes place on a Thursday lunchtime and all children are welcome to attend. We strongly advise any children who struggle to complete their home learning at home, should attend the club.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Tuesday 5th February – Safer Internet Day

Week ending 25th January 2019

Learning Journey

This week we learnt about Human and Physical Geography. We sorted a range of images into two groups based on what we thought Human and Physical Geography was. We then looked at what these terms meant before creating our own definitions.  

 

Following this, we began researching the Human and Physical Geography of North America. We took notes and will continue this next week.

 

English

We brought our unit on Spooky Stories to a close this week. We had time to discuss the ideas we had for our own stories before planning and then writing them. Once they were written we had some editing time and got to share our stories with others in the class.

During the lesson today, we typed up our finished stories.

 

Maths

We also finished our unit on Decimals this week.

At the beginning of the week we were learning how to divide decimal numbers by integers using the method of sharing. We then moved on to use the bus stop method. Following this we used our knowledge of dividing decimals to answer a range of word problems. These questions also required us to revise bar modelling.

We ended the week by converting decimals to fractions and vice versa.

 

Science

During Science this week, we revised the different animal groups such as mammals, reptiles and amphibians. We then discussed how a taxonomist sorts animals. As our unit this term is classification, we are looking at the ways that living things can be sorted and began asking questions and using a branching diagram to sort a range of animals.

 

Home Learning

Home learning was set on Monday 21st January and is due on Monday 28th January.

This week we would like the children to complete the two Maths sheets, the Grammar questions and learn their spellings ready for a spelling test.

 

As well as this children are also expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week and record this in their journals so we can ensure they are rewarded.

 

Please be aware that Homework club takes place on a Thursday lunchtime and all children are welcome to attend. We strongly advise any children who struggle to complete their home learning at home, attend the club.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Monday 28th January – Story telling session around the campfire. The children can bring a set of clothes to change into for this session

Week ending 18th January 2019

 

Learning Journey

We have continued with our maps this week. We have really taken our time to make sure they are as accurately drawn as they can be and that we have clearly identified the different countries, capitals and cities.

 

We were then introduced to the terms ‘Human’ and ‘Physical’ Geography and will be learning more about these next week.

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English

Continuing our unit on spooky stories, we came up with actions to the story ‘The Hook’ that we were focussing on last week. Some of us got to perform these.

 

We have also talked a lot about reading stories aloud and this linked well with our Home Learning last week where we had to read a story to someone at home and have them evaluate it. We wrote these evaluations into our books and then went to Year 4 where we read our stories to them. They also evaluated our reading and commented on our pace, intonation and the effect we had on them.

 

Towards the end of the week we began looking at how we improve a piece of writing to fit the intended audience. We wrote some fantastic sentences that were really descriptive.

 

We ended the week by discussing the ideas we have for our own story plot.

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Maths

Continuing with decimals this week, we wrote explanations on how to divide fractions by 10, 100 and 1000 and carried a range of activities that involved this. We then learnt how to multiply decimals by integers (whole numbers). We started this by using the method of repeated addition before moving on using a formal written method.

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Science

We began our new unit this week on Classification. We were introduced to it by being given a range of pictures of animals and we had to imagine we were setting up a zoo and had to sort them appropriately. When sorting them, we had to consider where they come from and their habitat as well as their place on the food chain. We will be continuing this next week.

 

Home Learning

Home learning was set on Monday 14th January and is due on Monday 21st January.

This week we would like the children to complete the two Maths sheets on Multiplying by 10, 100 and 100 and negative numbers.

We have set spellings this week. These are words that are frequently using in writing but are often used incorrectly. There will be a spelling test on these words on Monday (21st).

We would also like the children to complete the grammar questions.

 

As well as this children are also expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week and record this in their journals so we can ensure they are rewarded.

 

Please be aware that Homework club takes place on a Thursday lunchtime and all children are welcome to attend. We strongly advise any children who struggle to complete their home learning at home, should attend the club.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Monday 28th January – Story telling session around the campfire. The children can bring a set of clothes to change into for this session

Week ending 11th January 2019

 

Learning Journey

We have been introduced to our new Learning Journey topic, ‘Welcome to America’. On our first day back to school, for our stunning start, we went on a ‘flight’ to North America. We were given a ‘passport’ and boarding pass before making our way to border control where some people had their bags searched and one member of the class was temporarily detained because they did not have the correct documentation. We then boarded the plane and watched the cabin crew give us a safety talk. During the flight we saw various famous locations and landmarks. We were quizzed on what they were after the flight.

 

We have since been looking at North America on a range of maps and have been learning how to create our own one.

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English

Our new unit focuses on short stories and, in particular, spooky short stories. We began the week by defining what a short story was before looking at the features of a spooky story. We listened to a few different spooky stories and discussed what a spooky story should contain.

 

Maths

We completed our unit of coordinates at the beginning of the week. We have now moved on to learning about decimals. We discussed how and when decimals are used in everyday life and looked at decimal numbers to 3 decimal places. Following that, we have been looking at what happens to decimals when you multiply and divide them by 10, 100 and 1000.

 

Home Learning

Home learning was set on Monday 7th January and is due on Monday 14th January.

 

This week we would like the children to complete the two Maths sheets on Multiples and Rounding.

 

In line with our English unit on Short Stories, we would also like the children to practice reading the stories aloud, before performing them to somebody at home. Once they have performed them, we would like them to ask the listener to help them evaluate their performance ready for a discussion on this next week. The children will also be writing this up in their English book.

 

We would also like to stress the importance that all children read a minimum of 4 times a week and record this in their journals so we can ensure they are rewarded.

 

Please be aware that Homework club takes place on a Thursday lunchtime and all children are welcome to attend. We strongly advise any children who struggle to complete their home learning at home, should attend the club.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Monday 28th January – Story telling session around the campfire. The children can bring a set of clothes to change into for this session

 

Week ending 19th December 2018

 

What a busy term we have had!

 

We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about World War Two these past two terms, but we look forward to next term where our Learning Journey is 'Welcome to America'.

 

Throughout this unit, our key objectives will be:

· to locate the world’s countries and major cities using maps.

· to identify and describe key physical and human characteristics.

· To explain and use key geographical terms; latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

· to identify the geographical similarities and differences between different regions.

· to identify the key features of mountainous regions.

· to explain how mountains are formed.

· to describe the climate common to mountainous regions.

 

Home Learning

Over the Christmas Holidays, we would like the children to focus on their reading and record any reading they do in their reading record books. We will be looking at these in the New Year and rewarding children who have been reading. It is expected that the children are reading at least four times a week.

As well as this, the children can continue to practice their times tables and arithmetic skills including, addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Below are some useful websites that the children can access to help them:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=year%206%20maths

https://www.timestables.co.uk/

https://uk.ixl.com/math/year-6

 

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and hope you have a lovely (and well earned) rest!

 

See you next year – The Year 6 Team!

Week ending 14th December 2018

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We have had a busy week fitting in our learning alongside the exciting events that occur in the lead up to Christmas. On Monday afternoon, we had the opportunity to watch EYFS in the dress rehearsal for their Nativity. It was great to be able to see our reception buddies doing so well. We also got the chance to watch the KS1 dress rehearsal for their Nativity and enjoy the fruits of their hard work. As well as this, we went to church to practise for our Carol Service, and had our Christmas lunch (served by the teachers!) on Wednesday before the evening event.

 

English

We have identified the key events in the story of ‘The Speckled Band’ and used them to create a story map. We then used our maps to ‘step’ through the story, retelling it with actions. We have spent a lot of time looking at this text and now remember key events and clues very well in preparation for writing the final chapter. Towards the end of this week, we planned our ending and began writing it.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning about coordinates. We began the week looking at coordinates on a single grid before moving on to a grid showing all four quadrants where the coordinates involved negative numbers. We discussed the rule for reading and plotting our points before completing a range of activities that have helped us to apply this rule.  We then learnt how to translate shapes and what that meant. We went to the hall and in groups, stood at different coordinates forming the outline of a shape. We then translated our shape according to the directions we were given and this meant we had to move as a group.

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Art

We created a stunning piece of artwork this week using watercolours. Building on our previous Blitz scene, we created a more detailed picture. We had to create the background first and then sketch the outline for the buildings. We then created the silhouette of the buildings using appropriate tools.

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Home Learning

Home learning was set on Tuesday this week and is due next Tuesday (18th December).

 

The children have two Christmas maths activities that involve times tables and BODMAS. As well as this, the children have a reading comprehension task about the history of Christmas to complete.

 

Please ensure that your children are completing all activities and if they are likely to struggle to complete these at home, they are encouraged to attend homework club on Thursday lunchtime in 5EG.

 

Please remember that the children should also be reading at least 4 times a week and recording this in their reading record book.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Christmas Service – 19th December at 9.30am.

 

Important Messages

A huge thank you to all of the children and families who came along to our Carol Concert on Wednesday. It was a fantastic evening and the children made us truly proud- their singing was beautiful.

 

We have sent home letters today (Friday 14th) regarding early morning booster groups next year. If your child has received a letter, please complete the slip and return it to us by Wednesday 19th December confirming whether your child will be attending. We ran these sessions last year and they proved to be extremely beneficial in supporting the children with their learning and we hope that they are as well supported as they have been in the past.

 

We would also like to remind you to write in the contact book if you do not wish for your child to watch ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ (PG) next Wednesday.

Week ending 7th December 2018

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Learning Journey

This week we have been learning about key events in World War 2 and then undertaking our own independent research.

On Friday, we also had a thoroughly enjoyable day dressed as people from WW2. We sang at Heather View care home and got the opportunity to perform to our parents in the afternoon as well. Before the performance, we enjoyed a taster of food that was popular during the war.

 

English

Continuing our work from last week on the Sherlock Holmes story, The Speckled Band, we have been examining settings, characters and points of view. We have been practising punctuating direct speech in its different forms and patterns. We are building up to writing our own endings to the story next week. (Please do not read the original version with your child yet, as we want the children to come up with their own plausible predictions!)

 

Maths

We have concluded our fractions work this week, and have started our unit on co-ordinates in all four quadrants.

 

Home Learning

Please ensure your child has completed the reading comprehension and maths that was set. This is due next Monday (10th December).

We would also like to stress the importance that all children read a minimum of 4 times a week and record this in their journals so we can ensure they are rewarded.

Please remember to keep practising times tables with your child, as these need constant revision and reinforcement.

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Christmas lunch Wednesday 12th December

  • Key Stage 2 Carol Service on Wednesday 12th December at 6 p.m. at All Saints

  • Christmas Jumper Day 14th December

  • Christmas Service 9.30 a.m. 19th December

 

Important Messages

It would be great to see as many of the children as possible at the Carol Service on 12th December. Year 6 children have a special role to play in this, as traditionally they have processed in with candles to the strains of Silent Night. Please could you let us know via the contact books if your child will not be attending.

 

After Christmas, we will be starting booster sessions before school. You will be informed before the Christmas break if your child has been selected to take part in one of these.

Week ending 30th November 2018

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Learning Journey

We continued our learning about Propaganda on Monday. The children began to create their own propaganda posters. Some children were using the computers to do this, whilst others were drawing them.

 

English

We have introduced our new unit on descriptive writing. We are focussing on an adapted version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Speckled Band’, featuring Sherlock Holmes. The children have really enjoyed reading the text so far and summarising what they have read.

 

Maths

We have brought our unit on Fractions to a close this week, finding fractions of amounts and answering word problems involving all four operations.

 

Science

The children have finished constructing and testing their lighthouse models and are ready to evaluate their designs and circuits next week.

 

Home Learning

This week, the children have a reading comprehension and some Maths questions to complete. In addition, to prepare for the Carol Service, we would like the children to learn the words for “It was on a Starry Night” and the first verse of “Silent Night” in both English and German. There are several versions of these on Youtube, but the ones we would recommend can be found using the following links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fos5pibAiQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeRrAzapOQ0

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • 1st December: Fermor Christmas Fair
  • 7th December: Trip to Heather View Care Home
  • 7th December: VE day celebrations in the afternoon – parents are welcome to join us from 2.30pm
  • 12th December: Christmas lunch
  • 12th December: KS2 Carol Service at All Saints Church at 6pm

 

Important Messages

Just a reminder, all children need to be wearing appropriate clothing as the weather turns colder. This includes wearing a coat. Children who are not wearing appropriate clothing will not be allowed to go out to play.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

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