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HOMEWORK/SPELLING: ISSUED ON A FRIDAY

PE DAYS: MONDAY AND FRIDAY

Welcome to our Year 6 Blog.

Our weekly blog will give you information about what we have been doing, what we will be doing and all those important little bits like homework, PE days and Head Teacher award winners.

15.11.19

We have left the mysterious jungles of Mexico now and our classroom is beginning to transform into the times of the World Wars. We began our new journey on a very special day: Remembrance Day. This seemed rather fitting. We explored the significance of the poppy and created amazing ‘blackout poems’ using war poems and a heap of imagination. Miss Scriven thinks they are beautiful and that we are such a creative bunch! See some of our masterpieces below:

This week, we have researched why WWI started and then had a little help from some of the teddy bears from YR1 to help understand the chain of events that led up to this war. We wrote newspaper reports to help others understand.

In maths, we have starting to think about the order of operations through BODMAS and our homework will be based on this on for this week. Look at this link if you need a little reminder
https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-bodmas or watch this video clip.

In other news, we pretended to be soldiers and managed to get everyone from one side of the hall to the other using little more than hula hoops, quoits and rubber discs! In PHSCE, we explored negative thoughts and created worry monsters to help us to try to think more positively. In art, we sketched the different parts of a flower to help explore the work of Georgia O’Keefe.

To finish off the week, we created a family tree to celebrate the different types of families in the world, had a visit from ICE CATS to show us what to do in an emergency and celebrated Pudsey Day in our pyjamas! Did we really fit all this in this week?

Head Teacher’s Award:  To be announced next week

Core Value: To be announced next week

REMINDERS: PE IS ON MONDAY AND FRIDAY – BRING YOUR KIT IN ON MONDAY AND LEAVE IN SCHOOL UNTIL FRIDAY PLEASE.

08.11.19

We kicked off the new term this week with a themed day, TWO new books and some marshmallow skulls on sticks!

To complete out Mexican/Mayan topic, we have found out about cenotes (sinkholes), amazing monarch butterflies and we have had a ‘Day of the Dead’ day. Lots of us dressed up in traditional Mexican Day of the Dead outfits whilst we completing papel Picado skull decorations, decorated skull marshmallows, watched a Day of the Dead Elena of Avalor episode, compared this festival to Halloween and made funky jointed skeletons. We even had a Mexican feast at dinnertime of chilli, burritos, sugar skull biscuits and Pan de Muerto. See pictures below.

In maths, we have tackled prime numbers, squared numbers and cubed numbers – that’s a lot of different numbers! In English, we started the first of our new books ‘Rose Blanche’. This book is set in the war, which is our new topic for this term. Our second new text is ‘Blitzed’ and we are unpicking this text in Guided Reading. The narrator is George – a young boy – and he seems quite a character already! We wonder if we will like him as much as we liked Mina in Skellig. In French, we are learning about places in a town and we explored how to make a negative feeling into a positive one in PHSCE with Miss Burney. To finish the week, we found out about the Guru Granth Sahib in RE and started to work on gymnastics in PE. Oh, and did we tell you about the fabulous Lego workshop that Rhys from the University of Sunderland delivered? No? Then check out the pictures below with the challenges we were given.

Head Teacher’s Award: Mark

Core Value: George B

REMINDERS:

ODD SOCK DAY (Anti-Bullying) – Tuesday

PUDSEY PAJAMAS DAY – (Children in Need) – Friday

25.11.19

Wow! It’s the end of our first term as Y6 already and what a busy term it has been.

We finish our term with problem solving using factors (remember to use a ‘fubble’) in maths and we completed a formal report in the style of a museum leaflet in English – using everything we have learnt about the Maya during this term.

We do not know whether to be excited or a little bit sad that we have finished Skellig in Guided Reading. To celebrate getting to the end of this fantastic book, we watched the film of this novel – some of the characters were EXACTLY as we pictured them but everyone had had their own version of what they thought Skellig would’ve looked like and we were surprised to see how the film had represented him. We hope we enjoy our next book just as much as Skellig.

This week, we also continued with our ukulele lessons with Mr Langford and we completed our coding sessions with Mrs Hughes. Another huge project we have finished is our ‘Frida Kahlo’ self-portrait unit in art. After completing our backgrounds, we can now put the foreground and background together to complete our work. Watch this space for photos of our amazing portraits.

Finally, we celebrated all things spooky for Halloween with fun, games and activities throughout the day. We also had a visit from our local police to remind us how to keep safe on Halloween (like getting out parents to check any sweets we get if we go trick or treating) and how to keep safe as the dark nights begin.

Head Teacher’s Award:  Flynn

Core Value: Flynn!!!

REMINDERS: PE IS ON MONDAY AND FRIDAY – BRING YOUR KIT IN ON MONDAY AND LEAVE IN SCHOOL UNTIL FRIDAY PLEASE.

Please remember to keep yourselves safe during bonfire night and Halloween.

Remember that our Day of the Dead day in on the first Wednesday when we come back. It was great to see that lots of you already have started preparing for this day with a sneak peek at some of your costumes on our Halloween day.

11.10.19

What a busy week!

In English, we have worked our socks off to write an informal non-chronological report on the Maya people based on the Horrible Histories books that Terry Deary has written. At the end of the week, we typed up our masterpieces so Miss Scriven can send them to the man himself to see if we can convince him to write a whole book on the Menacing Maya (cross your fingers that we get a reply).

In music, we continue our ukulele lessons with Mr Langford and, in art, we are mid-way through completing our amazing self-portraits based on the work of Frida Kahlo. They look absolutely fantastic – we are brilliant artists! Using our new ‘REAL PE’ scheme, we have been honing our ball control skills and improving our core strength and flexibility and we explored the ancient number system used by the Maya in our history lesson – even that had a cacao bean in it!

In maths, we have started looking at long division (after a quick recap of short division). It might have seemed tricky at first but everyone has been division superstars this week and we have really impressed Miss Scriven by how quick we are picking these skills up. We will continue with division next week but we have homework on this area to practise at home. If we get a little muddled with this, here is a link we can use to help.

Link to LONG DIVISION help video

Head Teacher’s Award: Libby

Core Value: Nathan B

REMINDERS:

On Tuesday 12 x pupils will be attending Biddick in the PM – these pupils know who they are and brought letters home to sign on Thursday.

On Wednesday, it is our first Y6 invitation afternoon – invites went home early last week. People from home are welcome to come in and see our work 2.00-3.00 pm. We hope to see you all there!

04.10.19

Thanks to everyone who completed their fantastic topic homework – we have had so much fun exploring PowerPoints and factfiles, eating Mayan biscuits and scoffing Mayan cake!

Year Six have tackled long multiplication this week after completing some Mayan pyramid problems using our addition and subtraction skills from last week. In English, we have started to unpick what makes a great ‘Horrible Histories’ report as we prepare to write our own next week. This links to our homework this week – please make sure you complete this.

We finally have finished our Skellig reading display and have completed this with a few (very cute) fluffy origami owls. We don’t want to spoil it for you but….we finally know the pale man’s name in our novel (and what the wings were all about).

Our art project on Frida Kahlo, a famous female Mexican artist, is taking shape and we have started our self-portraits – we are such a handsome lot! In PE, we have been honing our balls skills and getting ourselves fit at the same time. Meanwhile, in French we have been looking at the verb ‘to live’ and making sure we know how to use it when talking about girls, boys and groups of people.

We finished the week with a history investigation (see below). We had to work out from the items found at different burial sites, what sort of Mayan might have perished there. Some were really tricky but we made excellent guesses based on the knowledge we have acquired so far about the Mayans.

Head Teacher’s Award: Mark

Core Value: Emily Mc

REMINDER: DATE FOR THE DIARY: DAY OF THE DEAD LETTERS WENT OUT THIS WEEK.

27.09.19

Year Six are settling in nicely to their new class. Our classroom has been transformed into a Mayan jungle, we’ve already sacrificed a few pupils in a game of Pok-A-Tok and Y6 have all tasted their first Maya Hot Chocolate!

In English, we have written our first Y6 narratives based on the creepy but brilliant ‘The Water Tower’ graphic novel and we have all been trying very hard to master punctuation – including using colons to separate clauses.

Another book has caught our imagination in Guided Reading: Skellig. We can’t wait to find out who the pale man is, whether the baby will survive and what it all has to do with wings!

In maths, we have covered place value, rounding and addition and subtraction so far (and revised prime numbers, negative numbers and a few times tables facts). We are working very hard and Miss Scriven is very proud of the class.

Look at our pictures below to see our amazing ukulele lessons with Mr Langford.

Ukulele with Mr Langford

Head Teacher’s Award: Lydia

Core Value: Libby

REMINDER: PE IS ON MONDAY AND FRIDAY – BRING YOUR KIT IN ON MONDAY AND LEAVE IN SCHOOL UNTIL FRIDAY PLEASE.

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