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Friday 18th May 2018

Good afternoon!

The SATs milestone has been passed, and I’d like to congratulate every single one of the class for a fantastic week. No matter what the results may be, I couldn’t have asked for more in terms of their focus, endeavour and determination to do the best they could. I’m delighted that now we are all able to wash our hands of all things exam-related and get on with some more fun and creative activities.

Besides SATs, this week we also came up with the role-plays for our silent movies, conducted an investigation into the effects of exercise on heart-rate in science (possibly uncovering a few mutants in the process!) and finished off our fabulous pencil cases, which you can see here:

Next week is of course our residential trip to Kingswood! I know the children are really looking forward to it, but please make sure they have a good night’s sleep on Sunday! Remember that we are meeting in the school hall for 9am, and that the coach leaves at 9:30. We will be back between 3:30 and 4:00pm on Wednesday, and then registration will be held open until 10:00am on Thursday morning. We’ll spend the two days preparing our Kingswood assembly which we’ll be sharing with you at 2:30pm on Friday afternoon. What a week!

Have a nice weekend and I will see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 11th May 2018

Hello!

Our last week before SATs may only have been four days long, but we certainly put enough work in to make up for the extra day!

We have completed our last round of practice papers and I hope, though it has been a long and repetitive process, the children feel prepared and ready to deal with the exams next week. I am sure they are happy to have completed the practice ones! In science we wrote the diary of a cheese sandwich, applying what we had learned the previous week about the digestive system, in DT we showed excellent sewing skills in creating our pencil cases, and in geography we created bar graphs to compare the human geography of North America and the UK, as you can see here:

Next week is the much-anticipated SATs week (argh!) However I know the children are ready and that if they can stay calm, focus and apply all the strategies we’ve discussed and targets they’ve set, they will do you, I and most importantly themselves extremely proud. Beyond SATs tests we will be investigating the effect of exercise of our heart rate in science, putting the finishing touches to our pencil cases in DT (which I hope to be able to share with you in my next blog) and starting to create our silent movies in computing and music. And then it’s the small matter of our school residential trip to Kingswood…!

Have a relaxing weekend and I’ll see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 4th May 2018

Good afternoon!

We are certainly pushing hard with the SATs prep this week, but the children are rising ably to the challenge!

This week we completed another round of practice papers and I was very happy with the scores children were achieving. Education isn’t just about passing tests but I hope that the process is helping the children feel more confident and prepared for the forthcoming exams. We also learned about silent movies and the effect of sound and music in them as part of our computing and music work this week, as well as practising our sewing skills in DT and learning about the digestive system in science, as you can see here:

Next week we have a final round of practice papers which I’m sure the children will knock out of the park! We’ll also be writing the diary of a cheese sandwich in science (yes, really!), continuing to learn about safety in PSHE and putting all of our athletics work together in a mini Olympic Games in PE – a week not to be missed!

Have a lovely, sunny bank holiday weekend and I will see you all next week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday 28th April 2018

Good morning!ย 

Apologies for a delay in this update, I can only plead technical difficulties yesterday!

The rain may have been falling this week but that has not dampened the spirits in Year 6! We’ve been completing some practice SATs papers this week and I’ve been really pleased to see how seriously the children have been taking them. Part of the process is them evaluating their own performance and setting targets for the following week, so hopefully they are all gaining confidence regarding their own test technique. In science we completed role-plays about the circulatory system, in PE we have been practising the long and triple jump as part of our unit on athletics, and on Monday we built cranes as part of the K’Nex Challenge – check out Michael and Gracie’s winning effort:

Next week we’ll be returning to the world of practice papers to see if we can reduce the number of errors we make and enhance our test technique even further. We’ll also be continuing to design our pencil cases in DT, exploring how sound effects are used in silent movies as part of computing and music, and hopefully getting outside for some running events in athletics – weather permitting of course!

Have as good a weekend as one can in this weather, and I will see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 20th April 2018

A (very!) warm welcome back!

I trust you all had a restful and relaxing Easter break – the children certainly returned to work with their usual relentless enthusiasm!

In literacy this week we have been learning about a few tricky elements of grammar, including the simple, perfect and progressive forms of tenses. In maths we have completed some revision work across a broad spectrum – number and place value, calculations, and fractions, decimals and percentages. In science we learned about William Harvey and how he changed our understanding of what goes on inside our bodies, in PE we kicked off our unit of athletics with some javelin, discus and shot put practice, and in RE we considered what the concept of God means to us and drew a picture to represent it. I particularly liked Nadine’s:

Next week we are diving into some practice papers ahead of the impending SATs week on the 14th May! We’re also learning about the circulatory system in science, exploring silent movies in computing and music, and starting the week in style with the infamous K’Nex Challenge on Monday afternoon – a week not to be missed!

Have a nice weekend and I will see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday 29th March 2018

Happy Easter!

I’m sure by now you’re all well into holiday mode and looking forward to the break!

Just a quick one to say that the children worked really hard on their assessments this week, and that hopefully I’ll be able to see lots of good progress over the course of this term, setting us up nicely for SATs tests in May. As well as assessments, we performed our re-written songs in music, designed our own classification system for vertebrates and invertebrates in science, and finished our tapestry-themed artwork about Boudicca and the Iceni tribe, which you can see below:

Obviously there’s nothing to tell you for next week, but please remember that I have uploaded some optional literacy homework to ShowMyHomework and Mathletics – they don’t have to do all of it, nor submit it, but I strongly urge them to do a little bit every day to keep brains sharp ahead of an important term.

However, don’t forget to also eat lots of chocolate and have a restful and relaxing holiday. I will see you all in April! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Friday 23rd March 2018

Hello!

It’s our last full week before the Easter holidays, and we have certainly been making the most of the time we have left!

In literacy we planned, drafted, peer marked and published our discussion texts, answering the questionย ‘Is Kensuke [from ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’] brave or a coward?’ In maths we have been doing some revision papers and working with revision partners – it was great to see some of our more confident mathematicians trying to support some of our less confident. In science we learned about and classified vertebrates, in music we started re-writing lyrics to songs of our choice and in computing we have been using spreadsheets to design graphs, as you can see here:

Next week we’ll be completing some assessments to round off the term, and I’m looking forward to seeing the children’s half-term projects, which we’ll be sharing on Thursday. Don’t forget we have the Friends’ Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday after school and that we finish for the end of term the following day at 2pm!

Have a peaceful weekend and I will see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 16th March 2018

Good afternoon!

Another great week in Year 6 – I’ve been really impressed with the clarity and maturity with which the class have been writing their discussion sentences, and we have been debating the question ‘Is Kensuke [from ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’] brave or a coward?’ all week, with some interesting results! In maths we completed work on fractions calculations and then percentages as part of our revision driven by the requests of the children. In music we re-wrote the lyrics to a verse of ‘Mercedes Benz’, in art we have started planning a tapestry piece linked to Boudicca and the Iceni, and in science we have been classifying invertebrates, as you can see:

Next week we will be planning, drafting, peer marking and publishing our discussion texts, as well as pressing on with our maths revision and moving on to looking at vertebrates in science. Another week not to be missed!

Have a relaxing weekend and I will see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday 13th March 2018

Hello, and apologies for my lack of updates. Obviously we were snowed out the Friday before last and then last week immediately after school, as a Very Important person, I had one of my Very Important meetings and was far too busy discussing Very Important things to update this blog. Such is the burden that we Very Important people bear.

However, enough of my nonsense, and on we go!

Last week in literacy we started a new unit of work on discussion writing, and completed a lot of lessons on how to use apostrophes – far more tricky than you think when you get into the world of plural possessive! In maths we learned how to read and write Roman numerals, as well as learning about ratio and solving connected problems. In science we created role-plays to explain the difference between micro-organisms, plants and animals, in music we learned to sing ‘Mercedes Benz’ with a view to writing our own versions the following week, and Friday was of course World Book Day – some fabulous costumes as always, but I was especially impressed by Aaron’s, not least because he brought it on the bus!

This week we are moving on with our discussion writing and will soon be planning the piece of writing that we’re completing to conclude this unit. In maths we are diving into revision of areas where the children have requested more support – fractions calculations being first on the list! In science we are going to learn about and classify invertebrates, in computing we are using spreadsheets to calculate averages and in history we are learning about the feudal system and how it impacted upon our monarchy. A busy week as per usual!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you all at the end of the week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 23rd February 2018

Good afternoon!

I trust you all had a relaxing half-term holiday and it goes without saying that the children certainly returned raring to go!

In literacy this week we have started a new unit of work on persuasive writing and have been formulating lots of ideas for changes we could make to our school – we’ll be sending them to Mrs Hudson at the end of next week! In maths our new unit is all about position and direction, and we have spent the week identifying and plotting co-ordinates across all four quadrants. In science we learned about Carl Linnaeus and binomial classification, in art we have been doing some printing work, and as part of Cookery Week we created couscous salads and healthy wraps – you can see a snapshot of our kitchen below:

(The bells weren’t part of the process but it’s fair to say I would be lost without them!)

Next week we will be planning, drafting, peer marking and publishing our final persuasive letters to Mrs Hudson in literacy, as well as moving on to some work around translation, reflection and rotation in maths. In science we will be learning about the differences between micro-organisms, plants and animals, in computing we will be continuing to learn how to use different aspects of spreadsheets, and in music we will start to look at ways we can alter the lyrics in certain songs. A week not to be missed!

Have a hard-earned rest this weekend and I will see you all again next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 2nd February 2018

Hello!

Half-term is almost upon us but we haven’t let up this week and have continued to work hard!

In literacy we drafted our short stories based on ‘Cider With Rosie’, and I was delighted to see the efforts the children made in each drafting session, especially the attention to detail around speech punctuation and informal language. In science we learned about how mirrors manipulate light, including playing ‘the periscope game’, where children sitting on the floor had to angle mirrors with children standing behind them to try and spot what was on the table! In PE we ran ‘the golden mile’ with Premier Sport, in French we identified foods and drinks which are okay as treats but not to be eaten or drunk too often, and in maths we createdย some Powerpointย lesson resources about properties of shape, as you can see here:

Next week we will be completing our half-term assessments, so make sure you have your thinking caps on! I’m also looking forward to seeing what the children have produced in their home-learning projects, and excited at the prospect of baking bread at Bushey Meads on Monday! Please remember that you’re either meeting me at the Bushey Meads main gate on Coldharbour Lane for 9am, or meeting Mrs Suji in class at 8:45am and coming down via minibus. Don’t forget that you’ll need an apron, a bowl and any ingredients you want to add to your bread mixture – make sure they are prepared ahead of time!

Have a pleasant weekend and I will see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 26th January 2018

Good afternoon!

The beavering away in Year 6 hasn’t desisted this week, despite some of the grotty weather conditions we’ve endured!

In literacy we started a new unit around classic fiction, reading an extract from ‘Cider With Rosie’ and using it to practise punctuating formal and informal speech, as well as writing some hilarious (!) puns this morning! In maths we concluded our unit on measurement with some work on capacity, including working out how many times we would have to pour our water bottles into a swimming pool to fill it (spoiler – it’s a lot!) In computing we completed some scramble puzzles by moving cells in a spreadsheet, in geography we continued our atlas work and calculated population density, and in science we learned about the anatomy of the eye, as you can see here:

Next week we’re going to be writing our own story inspired by ‘Cider With Rosie’, and possibly even weaving in some of own experiences about coming to school for the first time! In maths we’re going to complete a week of work on geometry, in science we’ll be exploring shadows and mirrors, and in music we’ll be continuing our unit of work based around song lyrics – another week not to be missed!

Have a restful weekend and I’ll see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 19th January 2018

Good morning!

It’s been another action-packed week in the wonderful world of Year 6, and lovely to see so many of you at the Friends’ KS2 disco, dancing the night away (rumours that I also participated in a boogie have been greatly exaggerated, though there is a chance that photographic evidence was captured…)

In maths we pressed on with our measurement unit by completing some work on mass: investigating how heavy our pencil cases were, converting between metric measurements, drawing conversion graphs and solving word problems. In science we created presentations about light and how we see things, in computing we learned about spreadsheets by playing Battleships (yes, seriously!), in music we explored the links between mood and lyrics in songs, and in literacy we published a selection of the poetry we’ve been writing for the past two weeks, some of which you can see below:

Next week we will be starting a new unit of literacy about classic fiction, using an extract from Laurie Lee’s ‘Cider With Rosie’. In maths we’ll be finishing off our measurement unit with some work on capacity, in science we’ll be exploring the inner workings of the eye and in PE we’ll be pushing on with table tennis – I’m confident we’ll be ready for the Olympics by the time we get to half-term!

Have a chilled weekend and I’ll see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 12th January 2018

Good afternoon!

It’s the first full week back and we have certainly been hard at it!

In literacy we started a new unit of work on poetry, and have been writing poems using simile, metaphor and personification, which have been very entertaining to read! In maths we started a new unit of work on units of measurement, and focused in on length – we completed investigations using equipment, converted between metric measurements and drew conversion graphs for miles and kilometres. In science we started our unit on light by learning about Augustin-Jean Fresnel, in computing we created e-safety presentations and in PSHE we wrote about relationships, including this very touching piece from Aaron:

Next week we’ll be looking at different types of poem, such as haiku or limerick, and attempting to write within their syllabic and rhyming structures. We’ll also be moving on to look at mass in maths – completing some investigations, converting between metric units and solving worded problems. In science we’ll be learning about how the way that light travels enables us to see things, in computing we’ll be exploring some of the different functions of spreadsheets, and in music we’ll be reading the lyrics of different songs and investigating how they work with the mood of their songs. A busy week indeed! Also don’t forget that doors open for the KS2 disco at 5pm next Thursday – hope to see you all there!

Have a relaxing weekend and I’ll see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 5th January 2018

Happy new year!

We may only have been back for a couple of days but we’ve still got a lot done!

As a whole school we chose to have two themed days around creative writing. In Year 6 we started off by watching a clip from the film ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, before creating our own and turning them into a Fantastic Beasts Encyclopaedia! Here are a few examples:

Once we had created our beasts, we split into groups and came up with a plan for a story involving them. I was keen for the children to feel unrestricted with their ideas, and it’s fair to say their imaginations ran wild! We spent the rest of yesterday drafting our stories and creating illustrations to go with them, and this morning we turned them into Powerpoint slideshow stories, before sharing them with the rest of the class this afternoon!

Overall it was a lovely start to the term and I feel the children have settled back in and will be raring to go as we kick off new units of work next week. Please remember to check ShowMyHomeworkย for this term’s home-learning projects, as well as the first week of spellings.

Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all next week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday 19th December 2017

Good afternoon!

Firstly, humble apologies for my lack of updates since November! I honestly can’t believe it’s been so long – I promise to be much better in the new year!

It hardly seems appropriate to talk about what the children have been doing this week seeing as it’s been only two days long and I’ve been so poor at updating this blog! Instead I will tell you briefly that this half-term has seen us write recounts, reports and explanation texts in literacy, learn about fractions, percentages, decimals, measurement and statistics in maths, and become experts (of a fashion!) at the theories of evolution and natural selection in science! We also completed some fantastic dances with Candice in PE, completed our brilliant World War II presentations in computing, attended an excellent ‘Crucial Crew’ workshop as part of our PSHE work on safety, and built not only some awesome shelters in DT, but also finished painting our beautiful containers in art, as you can see below:

Alongside all of this of course we rehearsed and performed our fabulous Christmas play, ‘The Christmas Alphabet’, and I really enjoyed the children presenting their home-learning projects at the end of last week – they have truly earned their holidays!

Have a lovely Christmas and new year, and I will see you all in 2018! ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday 4th November 2017

Good afternoon!

I trust you all had a restful half-term as the children were certainly raring to go on their return to school this week!

A new half-term means the start of a lot of new units. In literacy we have started writing recounts about our trip to Bentley Priory Museum, and have been practising using colons, semi-colons and dashes to introduce information into a sentence and connect clauses. In maths we have started to learn about fractions and have spent the week simplifying them, comparing them, ordering them and finally converting them into decimals and percentages. In computing we planned our multimedia presentations about World War II, in science we learned about Charles Darwin and how he came up with the theory of evolution, and in geography we learned about climate – I wonder what the children can tell you about the following climate zones: polar, temperate and torrid?

Next week we will be planning, drafting, peer marking and publishing our recounts in literacy, as well as moving on to look at improper fractions and mixed numbers in maths. In science we will attempt to understand and explain the theories of evolution and natural selection, in PE we will continue our unit of dance with the brilliant Candice Conway and in DT we will start to think about the shelters we are making this term. An action-packed week as always!

I’m looking forward now to reading all of the half-term holiday homework! Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 20th October 2017

Happy half-term holiday!

We had a bit of a different week in Year 6 this week, completing some assessments in reading, grammar and maths. I was pleased to see lots of progress from last time and hopefully after half-term we can push on even further! I also enjoyed seeing the half-term home-learning tasks in all their glory on Thursday morning, completing a virtual experiment with the class in science and thanks to everyone who donated spare change in some brilliantly decorated boxes for our harvest assembly. The highlight of our week was Friday morning’s trip to Bentley Priory Museum, where we learned all about Sir Hugh Dowding:

The half-term holiday homework task has been uploaded to ShowMyHomework, and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone produces! Until then, have a restful week and I will see you all on the 30th! ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 13th October 2017

Good afternoon!

It’s been another hard-working week in Year 6! In literacy we planned, drafted, peer marked and published our science fiction stories, which I am really looking forward to reading during the half-term holiday! In maths we did two tough days on positive and negative numbers, and then two even tougher days working with BODMAS and the order of operations! In science we completed an investigation about dissolving, in PE we played some tag rugby games, and on Monday we completed our pieces of book-themed art for display in Bushey Library, which you can see below:

Next week we’ll be doing some assessments, so I’m looking forward to seeing how much progress the children have made over the half-term! I’m also looking forward to the home-learning projects being brought in on Monday, as well as our trip to Bentley Priory and Harvest Assembly on Friday! Please remember also an apron for our clay work on Tuesday – it’s going to be quite a week!

Have a relaxing weekend and I will see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 6th October 2017

Hello, and happy Red White and Blue Day!

Everyone looked resplendent in their red, white and blue colours, and thank you very much for all of the money raised which will go towards an excellent cause. As well as dressing up, we also had service-themed spelling passages this morning, wrote letters to the parents of the service-family children expressing our gratitude for the job they do, and formed a human Union Flag by lying on the playground, a task which the children needed some persuading to complete! For more information about this worthy charity, please visit www.redwhiteblueday.co.uk.

As well as the fun of today, we have also been working extremely hard all week. In literacy we have used prepositional and expanded noun phrases to create and describe an alien and its transportation container to be used in our science fiction stories next week. In maths we moved on to multiplication and division, with some pretty impressive sums being calculated by the end of the week! In science we created characters to represent solids, liquids and gases, in computing we learned to add animations and slide transitions to Powerpoint slideshows, and in French we translated sentences about school into English, using a combination of dictionaries and a smattering of common sense (I know, I know, there is no such thing!)

Next week we will plan, draft, peer-mark and publish our science fiction stories, as well as finishing our calculation unit with some work on negative numbers and the order of operations. We’ll also be investigating soluble and insoluble substances in science, learning how to create hyperlinks in computing, and continuing to sing the song ‘Silver and Gold’ in music. Another busy week for sure!

Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday 29th September 2017

Good afternoon!

Firstly, humble apologies for waiting this long to write my first entry of this academic year. It’s been one of those months! Fortunately however, the children have been completing some excellent work all week.

In literacy we have started a science fiction unit by reading an extract from ‘War of the Worlds’, and have spent the week summarising, unpicking the more challenging vocabulary, drawing what we think the first alien looked liked based on description, and creating some brilliant role-play news broadcasts to describe what happens in the extract. In maths we have started our calculation unit with a lot of different work on addition and subtraction, in computing we started learning the basics of using Microsoft Powerpoint, and in art we drew some fantastic still-life sketches, which you can see below:

Next week we will be designing our own alien and our own alien container to be used in our science fiction story in literacy, moving on to look at multiplication and division in maths, learning about the particles of solids, liquids and gases in science and (weather permitting) starting to play some tag rugby in PE! Remember also that it’s Red, White and Blue Day next Friday, so I look forward to seeing you in all your flag-themed glory! Don’t forget to bring a ยฃ1 for the privilege; it will go towards the charity – www.redwhitebluecharity.org.

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you all next week ๐Ÿ™‚