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Friday 9th July 2021

 

Well, we've made it to our penultimate week of the school year! Well done to all of Year 6 (and parents and carers!) who have put in so much hard work and effort over the past year. While it's been another unconventional year, we're so proud of our students for doing their very best.

 

This week, we have altered plans one last time and have participated in a very different Sports Day. We have yet to complete all planned events, but here are some photos from the events we were able to complete indoors and while dodging the rain:

 

 

 

 

 

Important Notices

 

Leavers Service: Our school Leavers Service will take place next Friday, 16th July at All Saints Church at 9am. Due to social distancing restrictions still in place, we are able to safely allocate one adult space for each child (though parents/carers are able to request to be put on a waiting list for a second space). Please remember to email your request in to the office no later than noon on Friday 9th July to ensure your space.

 

Bikeability: emails have now gone out to parents of those participating in Bikeability next week. For those taking part, please remember to bring your bikes on the day specified in the email along with your bell and helmet. 

 

Our Learning Next Week

 

For our ultimate week of school, we will be following the Smart Moves program to learn more about how to build resilience to help us with changes in life. 

Friday 1st July 2021

 

This week, all focus has been our Year 6 production of 'Pirates of the Curry Bean.' Thank you to all who have come to show your support (and to all those who have supported from home). Our students have done such a wonderful job, we are incredibly proud of their hard work and dedication!

 

We will shortly be posting a video compilation of our time at PGL last weekend. We hope you enjoy seeing what we got up to on our weekend away!

 

Important Notices

 

School Uniform: please ensure your child/children have the proper uniform until the end of the year, particularly next Friday as we have Bishop Ruth coming to visit us and lead our Diocese-wide leavers' service. This must include proper school shoes.

 

Bikeability: will take place the week commencing 12 July. Information will shortly be sent home about which day to bring bikes in.

 

Our Learning Next Week

 

Next week we will spend Monday and Tuesday completing transition activities for secondary school. The remainder of the week will include activities for Sports Week and starting our own unit on transition: Smart Moves.

Friday 18th June 2021

 

It’s been a week full of excitement and rehearsals in Year 6. We have spent most mornings delving into the world of the Curry Bean, but have still found time to practise for Sports Day and our Year 6 vs SHF staff rounders match at the end of the term. Excitement and expectations are high on both fronts!

 

 

 

In addition to this newsletter, please read the letter posted to parents below for more information on our production – namely how to come see your child/children perform what they’ve worked so hard on. You’ll find information on when all performances are, restrictions we need to take in order to comply with government Covid-19 guidelines and how to book. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get touch.

 

Please note: there will not be a regular newsletter next Friday. Instead, we will (internet signal permitting) post some photos over the weekend of our adventures.

 

 

Important Notices

Production Recordings: please remember to place your order for a copy of our production (and PGL photos). This recording will be on a USB stick which can then be used by your child/children next year. Payment for these can be made on ParentPay between Monday and Friday next week.

 

Costumes: please send costumes in as soon as they are ready, but no later than next Friday (25th June). Please have your child/children bring them in a labelled carrier bag which can stay on their coat pegs when not being used. We want our students to become as comfortable as possible acting in their costumes, and the sooner costumes are in the more practice they will be able to have.

 

Residential Trip: we can’t believe we’re only a week away! Please double check the kit list sent home to ensure your child/children is/are fully prepared to enjoy their adventure away. If you are having any problems sourcing any kit, please let us know as we may be able to point you in the right direction (we’ve recently been made aware that Millet’s currently has quite a steal of a deal on children’s sleeping bags right now).

 

Bikeability: any forms not yet returned need to be in no later than Monday. This is also when the ParentPay option for this will close.

 

Early School Photos: there are still a few photos missing for our super sneaky secret project, please email these into the office no later than Monday. Please also feel free to send in any interesting photos of your child/children from over the years as we may be able to include these in our leavers service.

 

Our Learning Next Week

Much of our week will again be dedicating to honing and perfecting our acting chops, but we will also fit in the following lessons:

 

Art

This upcoming week is Creative Week, and as such we will be undertaking a butterfly art project.

PE

In PE this week we will carry on practising for Sports Day and our upcoming rounders match.

Music

This week we will carry on learning the songs for our production.

Friday 10th June 2021

 

Welcome back to our last term of the school year! We hope everyone had a lovely, restful half term break and enjoyed the wonderful weather.

For our newsletter this week, we’d like to share the following information on costumed for our upcoming production:

Costumes

 

Costumes for the following individuals will be written into contact books by Monday, as they need to be tailored to the part: Dinghy, members of the Periwinkle family, Red Beard, Loopy Louie, Fiddlesticks, Chief Wonga, Captain Cod and Admiral Hornhonker

 

Members of the Crunchy Frog Crew (including Scuttle and Slack): please wear a grey tee shirt (we have some spares in school if needed) and black shorts or trousers. A blue bandana will be provided by the school for this role as well.

Health and Safety inspectors: please wear a smart white button up shirt with black trousers.

Pirates of the Curry Bean: please find something to look like pirates – this should include something red as a unifying theme to identify the group. No hats please (bandanas are fine), as only the captain would have one!

 

 

Natives of Lombago: please wear loud shirts (eg: Hawaiian print, or anything ‘tacky tourist’; this could have a plain tee shirt underneath if you don’t want to button up your loud shirt), shorts and trainers.

Tic, Tac and Toe: as these roles are also ‘Sellers’ at the start of the play, please also wear a plain coloured tee shirt underneath their loud shirt.

Rats: black or brown clothes.

Monkeys: black clothes, with a black tail if possible.

Dancers: to be confirmed, watch this space!​​​​​​

Stage hands: black trousers with a smart black shirt.

 

Important Notices

 

Residential Trip: please see the information sent home today on our trip. Information includes what activities have been revealed in class thus far, information about daily schedules, and the kit list needed for our trip.

Bikeability: permission forms for those who have said they are interested are going home this week. If your child/children is/are interested in participating, please return the completed form no later than Wednesday 16th June. These sessions will take place during the last week of school.

 

 

Our Learning Next Week

Much of our week will be dedicated to rehearsing our production. However, we will have the following lessons:

Maths

In maths we will continue to work with angles and increase our confidence in using protractors to measure them.

English

In English we will be continuing to understand and use the features of a newspaper report.

History

In history we will start to learn more about why children were evacuated out of London during the Blitz.

Geography

In Geography we will compare the physical features of the UK against those of Canada.

Friday 28th May 2021

 

It’s hard to believe we’ve made it to the end of Term 5! Well done to all of our students for putting their best effort in over the past six weeks. We hope everyone enjoys their well deserved rest next week. 
 

This week we completed a number of units of study, including our study of the Sikh religion. To help us understand how Sikhs practise their religion, we created our own Gurdwaras in class. We look forward to reflecting on this when we return to school in Term 6. 
 

Following our assessments this week, we had an end of term/end of assessments treat and watched Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang - complete with a popcorn treat!

 

Important Notices 

 

Pictures: it’s that time of year when teachers start to think about end of year reports. In Year 6, we like to show the journey our students have been on since they began school. To help with this, we’d like to ask parents to email in (to the office) the earliest school picture you have of your child/children. This could be a formal photo from Reception or a snap from their first day of school. We know many of our students have joined us across the years, so this picture can be from any school. Please email this in as soon as possible.

 

Production Scripts: Scripts have now been distributed and some will make their way home so our students can start to learn their lines before returning to school (please see the home learning section for more information on this). Please ensure scripts are well taken care of. We will be starting to rehearse the first week back after the half term break, and as such all scripts need to return to school on the first day back. Students will only receive one copy of their script - please take care of them! Many thanks. 
 

Bikeability: watch this space for any updates as we receive them. 

 

Friday 21st May 2021

 

It’s been another exciting week in Year 6. This week in English our students have been learning more about life as an RAF pilot in the Battle of Britain and have begun to write their own instructions for a pilots on missions in the war.

 

This week we also held auditions for our production. Well done to all auditioned! We were blown away by the talent shown throughout the process. Here are a couple of pictures from our exciting morning:

 

 

 

Finally, over the upcoming week our students will be writing assessments. As an end of assessments/end of term treat, we will have a special event on Friday afternoon (which may involve popcorn – this part is optional but please let us know if your child/children cannot eat popcorn).

 

 

Important Notices

Swimming: 6L has been offered a final swimming session for the term, which will take place on Tuesday. Please remember to bring full swim kits including caps.

Year 6 Residential: please note that the next payment instalment (Payment 1 on ParentPay) was due this past Wednesday. If this has not yet been made, please do so as soon as possible. As always, if you are struggling to make the payment please contact the school to discuss it with us.

Bikeability: Year 6 have been offered a Bikeability session towards the end of the school year. To participate in this, students must have a fully road-worthy bicycle and helmet. Watch this space for further information.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Alongside reading, grammar and spelling assessments, our students will engage in story writing this week.

Maths

In maths this week, along with assessments, we will be continuing our study on area of shapes. This week we will focus on triangles and parallelograms.

Science

In Science this week we will investigate what happens when we alter one component in an electrical circuit.

RE

In RE this week we will learn about the importance of the Gurdwara in the Sikh religion.

PE

This week will be our last week of our unit on cricket. We will hopefully end off the term by playing a full game, showcasing all the skills we’ve learned.

Friday 14th May 2021

 

This week we would like to thank Daisy D. and Percy for their hard work as Head Boy and Head Girl (including learning brand new duties such as raising and lowering the flag each day). This week they have welcomed our new Head Boy and Head Girl to the role: Amir and Tilly.

 

 

While 6L was swimming this week, 6M took the opportunity to complete their butterflies. Our Year 6 butterflies will be a wonderful addition to the Leavers' art installation in Chichester Cathedral. 

 

 

Some highlights from this week include celebrating Number Day and learning about life during World War Two with special guests from the group, Doing Their Bit. During number day we participated in a variety of maths investigations and played different number games. While listening to our special guests (via Zoom), we learned about how different life became for people in the 1940s and even had an air raid drill!

 

 

Important Notices

 

Production Auditions – We’ve reached the time of year when practise for our Year 6 production starts to get underway! We will be holding auditions on Friday, 21st May. Please see the home learning page for more details on what to prepare for this. All auditions will take place all together in the hall.

 

Swimming – Our last day of swimming for the term will be next Tuesday, 18th May for 6M.

 

(Message from previous weeks)

Year 6 Residential – Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June

We have received our final costings for the trip and are now able to confirm that the total cost for all meals, activities, transport and accommodation is £157.50. The payments have now been loaded onto parent pay and should have taken into account any payments already made for the original trip. Should you have any concerns about the amount, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Our Learning Next Week

 

English

In English this week we will be continuing to learn and practise the features of instruction writing and writing our own set of instructions for RAF pilots on what to do had they been captured during World War Two.

 

Maths

In Maths next week, we will be starting a unit of study on measurement.

 

History

In History next week we will start our study of the Battle of Britain and why it was a key point in the Second World War.

 

Geography

In Geography we will investigate the differences in climate between the United Kingdom and Canada.

 

RE

In RE we will continue our exploration of the Sikh religion.

 

Science

In Science we will continue studying electrical circuits, with a focus on drawing them with the appropriate symbols.

Friday 7th May 2021

 

As mentioned during last week’s newsletter, the children have been preparing for the virtual leavers service.

We have now recorded our songs and sent them off the diocese.

While 6M were swimming this week, 6L finished their butterflies for the service and are very proud of the results. Next week, 6M will be putting the finishing touches on theirs and we will share the results with you.

This week, the head boy and girl learnt how to raise the flag on the playground, which will now become part of their daily responsibilities.

 

Important Notices

Swimming – Please ensure your child has their kit in school for the following days:

6L – Tuesday 11th May

6M – Tuesday 18th May

 

(Message from last week)

Year 6 Residential – Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June

We have received our final costings for the trip and are now able to confirm that the total cost for all meals, activities, transport and accommodation is £157.50. The payments have now been loaded onto parent pay and should have taken into account any payments already made for the original trip. Should you have any concerns about the amount, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week, we will be preparing for our independent writing task on instructions by researching what a World War Two pilot would have had to do if they had been captured by their enemy during the conflict. We will then use this to create our own set of instructions.

Maths

In maths we will be converting units of measure.

History

In history we will be exploring the timeline of events from World War Two.

Geography

In geography we will be comparing the rivers and coasts of the UK and Canada.

 

RE

In RE we will be continuing to explore the Sikh core value of equality.

 

Science

In science we will be revising how circuits work, including remembering the correct symbols needed when drawing circuit diagrams.

Friday 30th April 2021

 

It has been another fun packed week in Year 6.

 

This week, we have been learning songs for our virtual leaving service being held by the diocese later this year. Next week, we will be recording the children singing ‘My Lighthouse’ and ’10,000 Reasons’ ready to submit.

For the service, the children have also been creating brightly coloured butterflies, which will be used as instillation art at Chichester Cathedral. We are looking forward sharing the final results with you.

 

 

Important Notices

Swimming – Please ensure your child has their kit in school for the following days:

6L – Tuesday 11th May

6M – Tuesday 4th May and Tuesday 18th May

 

Year 6 Residential – Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June

We have received our final costings for the trip and are now able to confirm that the total cost for all meals, activities, transport and accommodation is £157.50. The payments have now been loaded onto parent pay and should have taken into account any payments already made for the original trip. Should you have any concerns about the amount, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Our Learning Next Week

 

English

Next week we will be continuing our learning on instructions, focusing on how to layout and punctuate them effectively.

Maths

Next week we will be continuing with our algebra unit during the middle of the week. On Friday morning, we will be taking part in our whole school Numbers Day, where the children will be engaging in range of problem solving activities.

History

For the stunning start to our new history unit, we will be having a remote presentation from ‘Doing Their Bit’. This talk will include the Blitz, the home front and general life during the war.

Geography

In geography we will be comparing the geographical features of the UK and Canada.

Friday 23rd April 2021

It has been great to be back in school and we have had a busy first week.

On Monday, we held a small service on the playground to celebrate the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.

    

 

On Wednesday, we held our Victorian day, where the children learnt what it would have been like in a Victorian school.

  

In the morning, the children sang the national anthem, learnt a poem of by heart and practiced their handwriting. It took some time for them to get used to not being able to raise their hand during a lesson and having to stand up every time they were answering a question from an adult. Our left handed children, found the handwriting a particular challenge as they had to use their right hand when writing during the lessons.

 

In the afternoon, the girls engaged in needle point, while the boys went into the hall to take part in drill. We were very impressed with how quickly the children in each group picked up the new skills, but the boys felt their normal PE lessons are much more fun.

  

After drill, the boys engaged in some nature study, where they made pen sketches of flowers. Here are some impressive examples from Benji, Logan and Henry.  

    

Important Notices

Swimming – Please ensure your child has their kit in school for the following days:

6L – Tuesday 27th April and Tuesday 11th May

6M – Tuesday 4th May and Tuesday 18th May

 

Year 6 Residential – Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June

We have received our final costings for the trip and are now able to confirm that the total cost for all meals, activities, transport and accommodation is £157.50. Please see the information letter that was sent out this week for details about when and how the payments should be made via Parent Pay.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week we will be starting our new unit focusing on instructional writing. During this first week, we will be learning to follow a set of instruction, identify common features for instructions and begin to evaluate the effectiveness of a range of sets.

Maths

Next week we will be continuing our study of numbers by starting to learn algebra.

History

In history we will be starting our study of World War Two by placing it within the greater timeline of British history, and looking at a timeline of the event of the war.

Science

In science we will be learning about different ideas, theories, and discoveries about electricity.

RE

In RE we will be continuing our learning on Sikhism, exploring the core values of this faith and how these are evident in the way Sikhs live their daily lives.

Thursday 1st April 2021

 

It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of another term. This week, the children had the opportunity to watch the Year 5 Easter production, complete with some choreography from our very own Mrs Rainbow. The performance has been uploaded to the website, so please click this image if you would like to view it.

 

Today, our head girl and boy - Prince and Emily - handed the role over to Percy and Daisy D. who will be taking on the responsibility for the first half of term 5. Prince and Emily have been fantastic role models and we would like to thank them for their hard work.

 

 

                       

 

   

Important Notices

Swimming – Please ensure your child has their kit in school for the following days:

6M – Thursday 22nd April

Please be aware that from Tuesday 27th of April, Year 6 will be swimming on a Tuesday afternoon. You will receive a separate email about the specific dates for each class, but please ensure you child has the correct kit, including a swimming hat and goggles.

 

Victorian Day – Wednesday 21st April

You can find more information in the homework section on what the children could choose to wear for this event. As mentioned in our previous newsletter, please remember that dressing up is completely optional and please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 6 team if you require any assistance with ideas or resources.

 

 

Our Learning Next Term

 

Please click on this image to see our overview of learning for the next two terms. Due to the reduced number of weeks spent in school this term, we will be spending one final week on our Victorians topic before moving on to our new unit focusing on World War Two.

Friday 26th March 2021

 

As our penultimate week of term draws to a close, the children are continuing to work hard in lessons and we are very proud of how quickly they have settled back into their routine.

 

This week the children have been creating a set of rules for a Victorian school, which will come in handy after Easter when we have our themed day, which is now set for Wednesday 21st April. You can find more information in the homework section on what the children could choose to wear for this event. As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, please remember that dressing up is completely optional and please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 6 team if you require any assistance with ideas or resources.

 

Yesterday, the children engaged in a day of Easter themed learning, which included an Easter maths mystery, making stained glass windows and using nets to make little bunnies and chicks.

  

 

 

Important Notices

Swimming – Please ensure your child has their kit in school for the following days:

6L – Thursday 1st April

6M – Thursday 22nd April

 

 

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week in English, the children will be writing their non-chronological reports on life in school for Victorian children.

 

Maths

In maths we will be studying position and direction on a graph, including a four-quadrant graph.

 

Science

In science we will be starting to learn about Darwin’s theory of evolution.

 

History

In History we will be learning about the history of Sir Henry Fermor School within the Victorian era.

 

RE

In RE we will be finishing our unit on salvation by watching and then discussing the wonderful production created by Year 5.   

 

PE

This week the children will have their final gymnastics lesson, where they will be able to demonstrate the skills they have been learning during this unit.

Friday 19th March 2021

 

We seem to have blinked an another week has flown by!

 

This week the children have been working hard to learn lots of facts about what life was like in Victorian schools. They really liked the idea of having two hours for lunch, but were not so keen on the idea of staying at school until 5pm each day. We were even able to reduce the amount of slouching in the classroom using a Victorian style back straightener.

 

 

Thank you for your understanding of why we could not have red noses in school today due to Covid 19. To ensure the children still had a special day, in Year 6 the children completed some Comic Relief activities and took part in a quiz all about noses.

 

Important Notices

Victorian Day – Because of their keen interest in the topic, we have decided to hold a Victorian themed day in the first week of Term 5 (Week commencing the 19th April). We will confirm the date in next week’s newsletter and, for home learning, the children will be given time to research what children in this era would have worn and the opportunity prepare a simple costume or accessory. As with all themed days, dressing up is completely optional and please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 6 team if you require any assistance with ideas or resources.

 

Notices From Last Week

Heatree – We are once again in negotiations with our residential provider to find out what our options are regarding our usual trip away which is currently due to take place in May. Unfortunately, the centre is awaiting guidance from the government before they can give us a definite picture on how we can proceed. In the meantime:

  • please be assured that all the money has been paid to us so far is completely safe and will be returned immediately if we are not able to go ahead with a residential.
  • Please do not make any additional payments on ParentPay until we have had confirmation of what will happen next.
  • Rest assured that we are doing do all that we can to provide an alternative provision to ensure the children have a special time before moving on to secondary school, if the trip to Devon cannot go ahead.

 

Swimming – Please ensure your child has their kit in school for the following days:

6L – Thursday 1st April

6M – Thursday 25th March and Thursday 22nd April

 

 

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week in English, we will be continuing our unit on non-chronological reports, where we will be comparing life in school to life working in a Victorian factory.

 

Maths

In maths we will be revisiting how to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages.

 

Science

In science we will be starting to learn about adaptation and what adaptive traits are.

 

Geography

In geography we will be continuing our study of direction by using compasses to give directions along a route from a map and in person.

 

History

In history we will begin a more in-depth study of Victorian classrooms, which will include a study on our own school during the Victorian era.

 

RE

In RE we will be exploring the idea of making sacrifices and the importance in the Christian faith of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. 

 

PE

During the remainder of this term, the children will be engaging in gymnastics lessons each Tuesday and hockey lessons each Thursday.

Friday 12th March 2021

It has been so wonderful to be able to reopen the school to all of the children this week, providing a sense of relative normality to one part of our lives. In Year Six, we are pleased to be able to say that the children have settled back in quickly and are working hard on their learning. This week’s highlights have included:

 

Announcing the new head boy and girl:

We are very pleased that Emily and Prince are taking on this role for the remainder of this term and are sure they will do an outstanding job.

 

We were finally able to hold our house netball competition, where Forest came first and took the crown. Well done to everyone who took part.

 

Fermor book day, where the children explored the text, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

The children came dressed in some amazing costumes and produced some fantastic models for our competition. First place was awarded to Emily for her model of the Cheshire Cat. 

 

During the day, many of the children took part in a whole school green screen project. Please click this image to see the amazing results:

 

Important Notices

Heatree – We are once again in negotiations with our residential provider to find out what our options are regarding our usual trip away which is currently due to take place in May. Unfortunately, the centre is awaiting guidance from the government before they can give us a definite picture on how we can proceed. In the meantime:

  • please be assured that all the money that has been paid to us so far is completely safe and will be returned immediately if we are not able to go ahead with a residential.
  • Please do not make any additional payments on ParentPay until we have had confirmation of what will happen next.
  • Rest assured that we are doing do all that we can to provide an alternative provision to ensure the children have a special time before moving on to secondary school, if the trip to Devon cannot go ahead.

 

Swimming – We are pleased to be able to offer some additional swimming lessons during the remainder of this term. Please ensure your child has their kit in school for the following days:

6L – Thursday 18th March and Thursday 1st April

6M – Thursday 25th March and Thursday 22nd April

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week in English we will be starting a new unit on non-chronological reports, focusing on life for children during the Victorian era.

Maths

In Maths we will be revisiting the last of our fractions unit, including multiplying and dividing fractions by whole numbers.

Science

In Science we will be starting a new unit of study on evolution and inheritance. This week we will be learning about the concept of inheritance between a living thing and its offspring.

Geography

In geography we will be continuing to build on our fieldwork skills by working with compasses and learning about the cardinal directions.

History

In History we will delve deeper into the Victorian era as we learn about what childhood was like during this time.

RE

In RE we will be exploring the reasons why Jesus died on the cross.

PE

During the remainder of this term, the children will be engaging in gymnastics lessons each Tuesday and hockey lessons each Thursday.

Friday 11th December 2020

 

Church Service 

It has been a very eventful final week of term. It was wonderful to be able to visit the church for the first time since February. The children should be very proud of the performance.

Visiting Father Christmas

We had lots of fun sitting around the campfire, singing songs and then going to visit Father Christmas in the woods.

Christmas Lunch

Lots of fun was had, pulling crackers and telling corny jokes. The Christmas music was playing and more than one adult could be seen dancing while serving food.

End Of Year Service

We were vised by Sarah and Adam from All Saints who conducted our end of year service. Following our usual Fermor tradition, we sang The Twelve Days of Christmas before announcing the final week's house point winners.

Carol Singing With Reception

Everyone was very excited about finally having the chance to see their foundation buddies, even if at a very safe social distance. The Year 6 children sang 'Rudolf The Red Nose Reindeer' and Foundation sang 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'. 

The Year 6 team would like to thank all the parents and carers for their continued support this year. We hope you have a safe and merry Christmas and a restful new year. 

Friday 11th December 2020

 

As the end of term approaches, we are continuing to prepare for our end of year service.

This week, the children turned some of their art for last week into Christmas cards for their reception buddies and wrote a personalised message to each one.

In PE this week, the children have been continuing to develop their netball skills ready for our house group competition that will be taking place during the first week in term 3. Forest won our hockey tournament in term 1, but we will have to wait to see if they can retain their crown.

 

Important Notices

 

  • Christmas Cards – Due to Covid, we are recommending that, if the children want to send a card to their friends this year, that they send in one card to the whole class which we will put on our special Christmas card board in the classroom. We are also challenging the children to include their best Christmas joke. If your child still wishes to send individual cards to their class mates or adults in their class, they must put these in the class post box by Friday 11th December ready to be handed out during the final week. Unfortunately, we are not able to share cards with anyone outside of our individual classes.
  • The booking system for the carol service on Tuesday 15th December is open. Spaces in church are limited, so please book promptly to avoid disappointment. Please use the following link to access the site:

https://allsaintscrowborough.churchsuite.co.uk/events/dri4ruoq

Following the service, children can be collected straight away from the church. If you are unable to collect from the church, we will bring them back to the school and dismiss them as close to the normal collection time as possible. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the class teacher.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week in English, we will be writing a final version of our information text on the gunpowder plot.   

 

Maths

In maths we will be continuing our work on fractions and, as an end of term treat, engaging in some Christmas themed maths learning.

 

Music and Singing

In addition to the concert on Tuesday, on the final day of term, Year 6 will be going out onto the playground to sing Christmas carols to their reception buddies. Please rest assured that safety measures will continue to be in place and strict social distancing will be followed at all times. This will be a very special event for the children, as it is the first time they will be seeing their buddies in person.

 

RE

In RE we will be completing our learning on incarnation by exploring what people now might from in a saviour.  

Friday 3rd December 2020

 

This week we have been preparing for Christmas, learning songs for the upcoming carol service and creating Christmas themed art.

The children have worked very hard and we hope you are as proud as we are with the results.

 

 

Important Notices

 

  • Christmas Cards – Due to Covid, we are recommending that, if the children wants to send a card to their friends this year, that they send in one card to the whole class which we will put on our special Christmas card board in the classroom. We are also challenging the children to include their best Christmas joke. If you child still wishes to send individual cards to their class mates or adults in their class, they must put these in the class post box by Friday 11th December ready to be handed out during the final week. Unfortunately, we are not able to share cards with anyone outside of our individual classes.
  • The booking system for the carol service on Tuesday 15th December will open this morning (Friday 3rd) at 9am. Spaces in church are limited, so please book promptly to avoid disappointment. Please use the following link to access the site:

https://allsaintscrowborough.churchsuite.co.uk/events/dri4ruoq

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week in English, we will be preparing the information we want to include in our explanation of gunpowder plot and then writing our text.   

 

Maths

In maths we will be continuing our work on simplifying fractions and using mixed numbers.

 

Music and Singing

Next week we will be having some extra sessions to practice and prepare for our carol concert on Tuesday 15th December.

 

Science

In science we will be comparing different ways bacteria can be helpful or harmful to us. We will also be learning about the scientific method.

 

RE

In RE we will be continuing our learning exploring the meaning of Christmas to Christians, creating a piece of artwork to show our understanding.

Friday 27th November 2020

 

This week the children have been learning about the Gunpowder Plot and the role Guy Fawkes played in these events. To help the children develop their understanding, we have been holding class discussion and re-enacting the events.

 

We are pleased to be able to announce that our new head boy for December will be Max C and our new head girl will be Megan S.

Thank you to Josiah and Isabell for their hard work during November.

 

Important Notices

 

  • Please be aware that we are hoping to still hold our traditional carol service this year. Assuming the current restrictions are sufficiently eased, this would take place on Tuesday 15th December at 2pm. To adhere to social distancing, only Year 6 pupils and their immediate family would be able to attend service which will be held at All Saints Church. Please look out for the booking email next week for further information how the service will run and how to reserve your seat.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week in English, we will be revising how to use commas, dashes and brackets effectively in our writing. We will also be learning how to plan and write an effective introduction to an explanation text.  

 

Maths

In maths we will be starting our new unit on fractions, focusing on finding equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions and using mixed numbers.

 

Geography

In geography we will be continuing our work on the different types of map, including learning how to read and use them effectively.

 

History

For the next two weeks we will be learning about the history of Crowborough within the Stuart era.

 

Science

In science we will be continuing our learning on microorganisms.

 

RE

In RE we will be exploring the meaning of Christmas and how Christian’s their customs and choices during this time period reflect their beliefs.  

Friday 20th November 2020

 

This week the children have been busy writing their own versions of the story of Eric from Shaun Tan’s ‘Tales from Outer Suburbia’. They have been very creative with their ideas and we look forward to sharing extract with you during next week’s newsletter. 

 

In history we finished our Tudor unit by learning about what daily life would have been like during this period of time. The children decided that they really did not like any of the punishments that were used to discourage crimes, particularly as many of them were designed to humiliate the perpetrator.

 

Important Notices

 

  • As part of our safety measure to reduce the risk of Covid, we keep our doors and windows open as much as possible during the school day to improve the air flow in the building. As we are moving into colder weather, please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for school, wearing layers where possible and making sure their jumper or cardigan in school.
  • Please remember to check your child’s contact book regularly for messages.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week in English, we will be starting our new unit on explanation texts which will focus on the events of the gunpowder plot.

 

Maths

In maths we will be learning to identify prime numbers and exploring the order of operations used when solving calculations.

 

Geography

In geography we will be developing our ability to read and interpret ordinance survey maps.

 

History

We will be starting our new unit focusing on the Stuarts, beginning with an exploration of how this time period fits within the wider history of Britain.

 

Science

In science we will be learning about microorganisms.

 

RE

In RE we will be exploring how Jesus compared to what people were expecting from their saviour and the views different groups of people might have had.

Friday 13th November 2020

 

Due to Covid it was not possible for our Year 6 children to attend the usual remembrance service held on Chapel Green. Instead, they prepared and held their own service on our school playground.

In addition to reading the poem, In Flanders Fields, laying a wreath and reading their own prayers, the children decided they wanted to remember the former members of Fermor school who died during World War One. During our art lessons, the children created 28 poppies using wire and tissue paper, dedicating each to one of the soldiers who did not return from the conflict. These were then displayed during the service and the names read aloud following the two-minute silence.

 

While creating the poppies and throughout the service, all the children showed a tremendous level of maturity and respect. 

 

Important Notices

 

  • As part of our safety measure to reduce the risk of Covid, we keep our doors and windows open as much as possible during the school day to improve the air flow in the building. As we are moving into colder weather, please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for school, wearing layers where possible and making sure their jumper or cardigan in school.
  • Please remember to check your child’s contact book regularly for messages.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week in English, we will be planning and then writing our own stories based on the ones we have been reading in ‘Tales from Outer Suburbia’

 

Maths

In maths we will be learning continuing our learning on common multiples and factors. We will be developing our understanding of prime numbers less than 100 and square and cube numbers.

 

Geography

In order for us to create our poppies for the remembrance service, this lesson had to be put on hold. Therefore, in geography next week, we will be starting our new unit on the local area, exploring the physical geography of Crowborough and the surroundings.

 

History

We will be learning about what daily life was like during the Tudor period.  

 

Science

In science we will be continuing our learning on how we can classify animals based on their characteristics. 

 

RE

In RE next week we will be exploring what different people were hoping for from the prophesised saviour during the time leading up to Jesus’ birth.

 

Friday 6th November 2020

 

Term two is well underway and the children have settled back into learning very quickly.

 

This week the children have been learning about why we wear poppies at this time of year and creating some remembrance artwork.

We have started a new English unit based on a collection of stories from the book ‘Tales from Outer Suburbia’, by Shaun Tan. During this unit we are particularly focusing on handwriting, punctuation and spelling.

 

Important Notices

 

  • On Monday 9th of September we will be holding an art day where we will be creating sculptures of poppies ready for remembrance day. If you would like, your child is welcome to bring in an apron, oversized t-shirt or other top to wear over their uniform during the activities.
  • As part of our safety measure to reduce the risk of Covid, we keep our doors and windows open as much as possible during the school day to improve the air flow in the building. As we are moving into colder weather, please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for school, wearing layers where possible and making sure their jumper or cardigan in school.
  • Please remember to check your child’s contact book regularly for messages.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week in English, we will be writing summaries and book reviews for different stories from our focus text, ‘Tales from Outer Suburbia.’

 

Maths

In maths we will be learning about factors and prime numbers.

 

Geography

In geography we will be starting our new unit on the local area, exploring the physical geography of Crowborough and the surroundings.

 

History

We will be looking at the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and the issues she encountered when she ascended to the throne.

 

Science

In science we will be revising how we can classify animals using branching diagrams, before looking at how the Linnaeus system is used across the globe to identify and sort animals.

 

RE

In RE next week we will be reviewing the events that preceded Jesus’ birth, exploring the Gospels and prophecy.

 

Friday 23rd October 2020

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of term 1 already.

 

This week, the children have been working hard researching Henry VIII and writing his biography. We have been very impressed by how much the children have learnt during this unit.

Today our head boy, Daniel, and head girl, Lizzie-Beth, passed on the responsibility to our new head boy and girl. We thank them for their hard work and welcome Josiah from 6L and Isabell from 6M to the role. 

 

Important Notices

  • Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform to school. After half term we will be wearing our winter uniform. If you are unsure, please visit our uniform page, under the parent tab of the website. Also, please remember that, if needed, you can arrange to buy replacement uniform from our second hand uniform shop by contacting the school office.
  • Please remember to check your child’s contact book regularly for messages.
  • Remember that the closing date for secondary school applications is Saturday 31st October. It is critical that you have made your selection by this date.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next term we will be starting a new unit writing short stories set in our local area.

Maths

After half term we will be finishing our learning on long division, before starting our new unit focusing on factors and prime numbers.

Geography

In geography next term we will be starting our new unit focusing on local geography. We will be starting our case study into Crowborough.

History

After half term we will be continuing our learning on the Tudors, before starting our new unit focusing on the Stuarts.

Science

In science we will be starting a new unit exploring living things and their habitats.

RE

Next term in RE we will be starting our new unit focusing on incarnation.

Friday 16th October 2020

 

It is hard to believe that it is the end of another week already.

 

This week, our head boy, Daniel, recorded a reading of This Plus That: Life's Little Equations that will be played to the younger children over the coming week.

 

In Science this week the children have been learning about shadows and how they are formed. To gain some hands on experience, the children created their own shadow scenes in class.

In English the children have been working very hard to learn facts about Henry VIII ready to write their biographies. The children have shown an amazing level of maturity and curiosity while researching.

 

Important Notices

  • Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform to school. If you are unsure, please visit our uniform page, under the parent tab of the website. Also, please remember that, if needed, you can buy replacement uniform from our second hand uniform shop.
  • Remember that the closing date for secondary school applications is Saturday 31st October. It is critical that you have made your selection by this date.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week, the children will be planning and then writing their biography for Henry VII.

 

Maths

In maths next week we will be focusing how to solve problems involving short division.

 

Geography

In geography we are continuing our learning on population, comparing different regions of the UK.

 

History

Next week we will be learning about the death Henry VIII and the succession of his children to the throne.

 

Science

In science we will be concluding our unit on light and the children will be creating a poster to highlight what they have learnt about light and shadow this term.

 

RE

In RE we will continuing our learning on Psalm 8, using art to help us show our interpretations of the messages it holds for Christians.

Friday 9th October 2020

 

We have had another busy week in Year 6 and the children are continuing to work very hard.

This week, our head girl, Lizzie-Beth recorded a reading of her favourite picture book, The Velveteen Rabbit, that will be played to the younger children over the coming week. Next week, head boy, Daniel, will be recording his choice ready to be shared with the school.

 

In Science the children have been learning about the spectrum of visible colour and were fascinated by the effect a prism has on sunlight.

 

 

Important Notices

  • Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform to school. If you are unsure, please visit our uniform page, under the parent tab of the website. Also, please remember that, if needed, you can buy replacement uniform from our second hand uniform shop.
  • Remember that the closing date for secondary school applications is Saturday 31st October. It is critical that you have made your selection by this date.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week, the children will be researching the key events in Henry VIII’s life ready to write a biography on this Tudor monarch.

 

Maths

In maths next week we will be continuing our work on the four operations, focusing on written methods for multiplication and division.

 

Geography

In geography we are moving our study of multi-ethic cities to focus on Cardiff.

 

History

Next week we will be learning about Henry VIII and how the English Reformation came about.

 

Science

In science we will be exploring how shadows are made.

 

RE

In RE will moving the focus of our learning to Psalm 8 and starting to explore why this text is significant to Christians and their belief in stewardship.

 

Friday 2nd October 2020

 

Following our first ever ‘virtual’ house captain elections at Sir Henry Fermor, we are pleased to be able to announce who will be leading our houses during this academic year.

In Forest the house captains are Percy and Mia, with Henry supporting as deputy captain.

In Brook the house captains are Josiah and Megan, with Emily as deputy captain.

In Warren the house captains are Navah and Marie, with Holly as the deputy captain.

In Ghyll the house captains are Caydon and Daisy, with Lauren working as deputy.

Congratulations to all the children who were elected, we are looking forward to seeing the first virtual house worship in just a few weeks.

 

In other news, we are pleased to announce our new school ambassadors and worship leaders.

The new school ambassadors are Tilly, Isabell, Flossie, Will and Henry.

The new worship leaders are Niamh, Aster, Lily, Megan, Riley and Amir

 

For the first time since March, we are very happy to announce our new head girl and boy, who will hold this post for the month of October. For their outstanding contribution to lessons and being great role models to their peers, Lizzie-Beth and Daniel have been chosen to be our new head girl and boy.

Important Notices

  • Please be aware that for the next three weeks we will be joined in Year 6 by an additional teacher who will be supporting the children’s learning as part of his teacher training placement at Sir Henry Fermor.
  • Following several requests from parents, in class next Thursday morning (8th October) the children will be viewing the virtual open morning event with Beacon Secondary School. Not only will this avoid any burden on parents to need to keep children at home to participate, but allow all the children to get a flavour for secondary school life regardless of which of the great local secondary schools you decide to select.
  • Remember that the closing date for secondary school applications is Saturday 31st October. It is critical that you have made your selection by this date.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week, the children will be starting a new unit focusing on biographies. During the first week we will be exploring a range of biographies to help us understand the features that help to make them successful.

Maths

Next week we will be starting a unit focusing on the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Geography

In geography we will be investigating London as a multi-ethnic city.

History

Next week we will be learning about how primary sources can help us understand life during the Tudor era.

Science

In science we will be learning about the spectrum of colour found within light.

RE

In RE will be looking at the questions people might have about the creation of the universe and the meaning of life. We will be exploring where we might be able to seek answers and identifying which questions might not be answerable. 

 

Friday 24th September 2020

 

We have had another busy week of learning in Year 6.

 

In history the children have been learning about the events that led to Henry Tudor becoming the king of England. Following a dramatic re-enactment, the children recorded the key events in their history learning journal.

In science, the children conducted an investigation into which materials are most effective at reflecting light. They found the opportunity to have some hands on time with a periscope particularly rewarding.

 

 

Important Notices

  • Please ensure your child remembers to bring in a waterproof jacket every day.
  • The office have sent out several invitations for virtual, secondary school open mornings that are taking place over the next few weeks.
  • From Monday to Wednesday (28-30th) next week, the children are invited to bring in donations for the Crowborough Food Bank. Any non-perishable items would be gratefully received.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week, the children will be planning, writing and then evaluating their own spooky story. During our next newsletter, we will share some samples of the children’s wonderful writing.

Maths

Next week we will be moving on to solving problems involving negative numbers and rounding numbers.

Geography

In geography we will be learning about where and why populations migrate. We will be particularly thinking about why some area attract a greater population density.

History

Next week we will be moving our learning on to who Henry VIII was and some of the key events that took place during his reign.

Science

In science we will be learning how light refracts.

RE

In RE, we will be continuing our unit on creation and the fall. Next week we will be looking at the different ways people could interpret the events in in Genesis 1:1 to 2:3.

Friday 18th September 2020

 

This week the children have enjoyed having the opportunity to eat outside during lunch times and play on the field.

Thank you for all the wonderful entries for our ‘caught reading in an unusual place’ competition. We had lots of great entries which have been judged by Mrs Edwards and we can reveal the results:

3rd Place – Flossie, reading on a tractor

2nd Place – Max, reading underwater

1st place – Navah, reading while doing a front flip on a trampoline

 

 

Important Notices

  • Please ensure your child has a fruit snack to eat following the daily mile each morning.
  • Please ensure you child has a named water bottle in school every day.
  • 6M need their swimming kits in school for Tuesday 22nd September.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

We have made a good start in our short story unit and the children have really enjoyed hearing a wide range of stories. Next week, we will be exploring how authors use vocabulary effectively and what information they might withhold when writing an effective spooky story.

Maths

Next week we are learning how to round numbers and developing our understanding of how to read and manage negative numbers

Geography

During the first lesson of our geography unit we will be learning about population density and how population is distributed with an area

History

Next week we will be continuing our unit on the Tudors, learning about how a monarchy changes from one house to another and the events surrounding the start of the Tudor period.

Science

In science we learning to how light reflects off different surfaces and why some surfaces produce a reflection.

RE

In RE, we will be continuing our unit on creation and the fall. Next week we will be exploring the events in Genesis 1:1 to 2:3.

Friday 11th September 2020

We have an enjoyable first full week back. We have spent time completing getting to know you activities, learning socially distanced games and reminding ourselves of the routines and expectations for Upper Key Stage Two. In addition, the children have been working very hard to prepare their speeches for the upcoming house captain elections. 

The children have been very enthusiastic about taking part in the daily mile each morning. They now have a grid so they can keep a record of how many laps they have completed during each session and, once completed, we are looking forward to giving out certificates to recognise their achievements.

Important Notices

  • Please ensure your child has a fruit snack to eat following the daily mile each morning.
  • Entries for the ‘Caught Reading in an Unusual Place’ challenge close on Monday, so please send in our email your child’s entry by then. (You can find more information in our new home learning section.)
  • Please ensure you child has a named water bottle in school every day.

 

Our Learning Next Week

English

Next week we will be starting our new unit focusing on short stories with a particular focus on ones with a 'spooky' setting. We will be reading a range of short stories and learning techniques to help use describe the setting in a way that impacts the reader before moving on to write our own stories at the end of the unit.

Maths

Next week we will be consolidating our knowledge of place value, learning how to read and write numbers up to ten million.

History

In History we will be starting our new unit studying the Tudors. During our first session, we will be finding out what the children already know and would like to learn about this eventful time in history.

Science

During this term we will be investigating and developing our understanding of light, starting with an exploration of the key vocabulary relating to this subject.

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