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Friday 14th December

Hello!

It’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but we have been working hard this week nonetheless!

In literacy this week we planned, drafted and peer marked our Fantastic Beast reports, ready for publishing to our Learning Journeys next week. They’re looking great! In maths we learned about how to find the mean, median, mode and range of various sets of data – there was certainly nothing average about our efforts this week! In geography we learned about various ways in which camels are adapted for life in the desert, in guided reading we pressed on with ‘Carrie’s War’, and in computing we made great strides with our World War II presentations, as you can see here:

Next week we’re looking forward to seeing you at our Christmas show on Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening. Don’t forget to bring £1 and your finest Christmas jumper on Wednesday, and remember your project homework on Thursday, on which day we’ll also be seeing our pantomime (and at some point I’ll squeeze in one or two lessons as well!) 

Have a festive weekend and I will see you all next week 🙂 

Monday 10th December

Good afternoon!

Apologies for the split blog this week – as grateful as I’m sure we all were for the Occasional Day, it did throw me out of loop somewhat!

Last week in literacy we learned about hyphens and modal verbs, as well as refreshing our understanding of relative clauses to try and write multi-clause sentences with four different clauses by the end of the week – it’s fair to say we’re not all quite there yet but good progress was made! In maths we drew line graphs and pie charts before using our interpretation skills to answer questions about the data we had presented. We really enjoyed visiting Heath House and singing for the residents, it was great to see so many of you at the Christmas bazaar, and we worked especially hard on our shelters, as you can see below:

This week we’re planning, drafting, peer marking and publishing our Fantastic Beast reports, which I’m sure will be great reads! We’re also learning about how to find the mean, median, mode and range of various sets of data in maths. In geography we’re learning about how different animals are adapted to their biomes, in RE we’re drawing comparisons and contrasts between Buddhism and Christianity, and in PSHE we’re creating role-plays to help each other find strategies to relax when stressed or anxious – I think I may need one or two of those as we get closer to the Christmas play!

Have a great week and I’ll be back to normal on Friday! 🙂

Saturday 8th December

Hello!

Here is your this week’s homework – sorry it’s slightly late:

Reports Week 2

Measurement and Statistics Week 2 (two pages again)

Spellings – Week 11

Blog to follow!

Friday 30th November

Greetings!

Here is this week’s homework. Owing to the occasional day next Friday there are no spellings, but the English and maths will need to be handed in a day earlier, so don’t delay getting started!

Reports Week 1

Measurement and Statistics Week 1 (yes it does say to be handed in on the 6th of November but I’ll accept it on the 6th of December unless you have a time machine)

Another great week of work in Year 6! In literacy we started a new unit about Fantastic Beasts, and spent the week creating some weird and wonderful creatures, as you can see here:

In maths we started a new unit about measurement and statistics, with lots of careful protractor and ruler work involved! In computing we pushed on with our World War II presentations (which are really taking shape) in French we completed a puzzle involving some common greetings and phrases, and in DT we finished the planning for our shelters, which we’ll be making next week.

Next week we will be learning about hyphens and modal verbs in literacy, and drawing and interpreting line graphs and pie charts in maths. Don’t forget that we’re also visiting Heath House on Tuesday and Wednesday to perform the songs from our Christmas play, and I hope to see you all at the Christmas bazaar on Wednesday after school!

Have a relaxing weekend and I will see you all next week 🙂 

Friday 23rd November

Hello!

Here is this week’s homework:

Recounts Week 3

FDP Week 3 (remember there are two pages!)

Spellings – Week 9

I have to say, this has been our best weeks since September. In maths especially, I have been so impressed with the children’s attitude towards their work and challenge. Everyone has been pushing themselves and struggling with difficult work, but at the same time I’ve seen an embracing of the struggle and more than once have had to force them to stop for lunch! It seems that our messages about being courageous and going for it have really sunk in, and I know that they have completed a lot of valuable learning this week as a result. Long may it continue!

In literacy we planned, drafted, peer marked and published our evacuee diaries written from the perspective of Carrie or Nick from Carrie’s War. It was a long old slog to get them finished this morning but I am certainly looking forward to reading the completed pieces. In maths we have been adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers, and I hope the children enjoy their homework as much as they seemed to have enjoyed classwork this week! In DT we started to plan some ideas for our shelters, in PE we did some hip-hop dancing with Candice and Richard, and in French we completed some revision of the body parts, as you can see here:

Next week we’re starting a new unit of literacy all about non-chronological reports, which will see us create our own fantasy creatures! We’ll also be starting a new unit of maths all about measures and statistics, and focusing initially on angles and using protractors! In science we’ll be pushing on with our study of evolution and natural selection, in music we’ll continue to learn songs from our Christmas show, and in computing we’ll be extending our World War II multimedia presentations – a great week in store!

Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all next week 🙂 

Friday 16th November

Good afternoon!

Here is this week’s homework:

Recounts Week 2

FDP Week 2

Spellings – Week 8

The weather may be damp and miserable, but the fires of education have been burning brightly this week!

In literacy we have been learning about using apostrophes, colons and semi-colons, with all of our examples linked to Carrie’s War, ahead of next week when we will be writing their evacuee diaries. The plural apostrophe work in particular was very challenging but I was really impressed with the way the children stuck at it! In maths we have had a really tough week of fractions and percentages, but again, the children have really worked hard and definitely impressed me with their ambition in wanting the most challenging work today. In music we have started practising the songs from our Christmas show The Sound of Christmas, in computing we have started to design our World War II multimedia presentations, and in science we learned about Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution, including predicting what the offspring of two different dogs would look like, as you can see here:

Next week we will be planning, drafting, editing, improving and publishing our Carrie’s War diaries, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the children take on the persona of Carrie or Nick! We’ll also be learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions in maths, to bring our unit of work to a conclusion. In science we will be learning about natural selection, in PE we will be continuing to dance our socks off with Candice and Richard, and in geography we will start learning about how different creatures are adapted to survive in their particular environment or biome. Another week not to be missed!

Have a well-earned rest this weekend and I will see you all next week 🙂

Friday 9th November

Welcome back!

Here is this week’s homework:

Recounts Week 1

FDP Week 1

Spellings – Week 7

It may only have been a four-day week, but we certainly got straight back into the swing of things!

In literacy we started a new unit on recount writing, with our intention to create a diary entry from the perspective of either Carrie or Nick from Carrie’s War about the experience of being an evacuee. We read an extract from an evacuee diary written by a girl called Lauren, and then had a couple of performance days where we created ten-second silent snapshots of a moment from chapter 2 of Carrie’s War, and then a more extensive role-play from the same chapter today. I was particularly impressed by Jessie, Lana, Evie and Kizzy who managed to include so much content! In maths we have started a new unit on fractions, decimals and percentages and have spent the week simplifying fractions, finding equivalent fractions and converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions. In PE we have started dance with Candice and we also ran the ‘Golden Mile’, in computing we finished off our work on hyperlinks ahead of starting our World War II presentations next week, and in geography we completed maps to show where global biomes lie, as you can see here:

It was also lovely to see so many of you buying poppies and attending our remembrance assembly today. I think it was the best one I can remember!

Next week we will be learning some grammar and punctuation skills which we’ll be able to use in our recounts, as well as finding fractions and percentages of various quantities. We’ll also be starting a new unit of science about evolution and inheritance, learning some Christmas songs in music and starting to think about our shelters in DT – a week not to be missed!

Have a nice weekend and I will see you all next week 🙂

Friday 26th October

Hello!

No compulsory homework for the half-term holiday, but if you would like to get started with your next round of projects, here is a reminder of my task suggestions:

Project Homework – Autumn

We’ve worked hard on lots of assessments this week and I have seem some very encouraging results so far! As well as this, we learned to use hyperlinks as part of Powerpoint presentations, completed some yoga routines in PE, had a fabulous trip to Bentley Priory Museum today and shared all of our wonderful projects on Thursday. Here is a selection of them:

It was also great to see so many parents this week for parents’ evening – some fruitful discussions were had, even if the majority of the children could only manage a single word!

Have a well-earned rest over the next week and I will see you all in November! 🙂

Friday 19th October

Good afternoon!

Here is this week’s homework – the last round before the half-term holiday!

Science Fiction Week 3

Calculation Week 4

Spellings – Week 6

We’ve had another busy and productive week in Year 6! In literacy we planned, drafted, peer marked and published our science fiction stories, which I’m sure you’ll be looking forward to reading (I know I am!) In maths we have done a week of problem solving, including lots of work on timetables and time – I’m sure the children are now more than ready to plan their own train journey across the country, although perhaps don’t take me literally on that one! In science we investigated the ideal conditions for dissolving, in PE we worked on our group displays in gymnastics, and in art we had a fantastic clay session, which yielded these fabulous containers:

Next week is assessment week, so I’m looking forward to seeing how much progress the children have made over the course of the term so far! Don’t forget that it’s parents’ evening on Tuesday and Thursday, we’re sharing project homeworks on Thursday and visiting Bentley Priory on Friday – it’s sure to be a fantastic end to the half-term!

Have a peaceful weekend and I will see you all next week 🙂

Friday 12th October

Hello!

I’ve managed to just about wipe the cake crumbs away to show you this week’s homework:

Science Fiction Week 2

Calculation Week 3

Spellings – Week 5

It’s been another hard-working week in Year 6! In maths this week we have done a lot of work with positive and negative numbers, before moving on to learning about BODMAS and solving calculations in the correct order of operations. In science we completed an investigation about filtration, in computing we added animations and transitions to slide-shows, and in French we learned to find the gender of a noun in the dictionary, and what impact that had on the rest of the sentence. I was particularly impressed with the weird and wonderful extra-terrestrial containers and aliens which the children produced in literacy, as you can see here:

Thanks also to Friends of Hartsbourne for their seamless running of the calendar photo-shoot today, and another delicious cake sale!

Next week we will be planning, drafting, peer marking and publishing our science fiction stories in literacy, which I’m really looking forward to reading. We’ll also be rounding off our calculation unit with a lot of work on problem solving and reasoning, where hopefully the children will be able to apply all of the skills they’ve learned for the last three weeks. In science we will be learning about the ideal conditions for dissolving, in PE we will continue to compose our own gymnastics sequences, and don’t forget it’s our Harvest Assembly at 2:30pm on Friday afternoon!

Have a lovely weekend and i will see you all next week 🙂

Friday 5th October

Good afternoon!

Here is this week’s homework:

Science Fiction Week 1

Calculation Week 2

Spellings – Week 4

We have started the month with a bang and a lot of hard work, as per usual! In literacy we started a new unit on science fiction, and read an extract of ‘War of the Worlds’ by HG Wells, before comparing the text with a clip from the 2005 film and using it as inspiration to both write and role-play! In maths we have completed four tough days on multiplication and division, and I was particularly impressed by the strategies the children employed today when dividing by two digits. In science we completed an investigation into soluble and insoluble substances, in French we applied our knowledge of grammar rules to construct sentences, and in art we created some fabulous clay plaques, as you can see:

It was also great to see so many of you in red, white and blue on Thursday, raising plenty of money for three excellent causes.

Next week we will be combining sentence writing skills with creating our own aliens and extra-terrestrial containers in literacy, which I’m looking forward to seeing! We’ll also finish off our unit of work on calculation with some lessons about the order of operations and algebraic problems. In science we will be looking at filtration, in computing we will be learning to add animations and transitions to slideshows, and don’t forget about the Friends of Hartsbourne calendar photo-shoot on Friday, or the equally important cake sale which will follow it after school!

Have a relaxing weekend and I will see you all next week 🙂 

Friday 28th September

Hello!

Here is this week’s homework:

Mysterious Story Starters Week 3

Calculation Week 1

Spellings – Week 3

It’s been another busy week in the world of Year 6, but this week I really felt the children were ‘in the groove’ and the acclimatisation period has come to an end. In literacy we learned about speech punctuation and added some to our mysterious story starters, which we published today. They turned out brilliantly! In maths we started a unit of calculation by working on our addition and subtraction skills, before applying them to solve a variety of reasoning problems. In PE we performed a number of different vaults under the watchful eye of Premier Sport, in computing we learned to create topic slides using Microsoft Powerpoint, and in science we created diagrams to represent reversible and irreversible changes, as you can see here:

Next week we will be starting a new unit of literacy all about science fiction, and reading an extract from HG Wells’ novel ‘War of the Worlds’. In maths we will be pressing on with our work on calculation and starting to look at efficient written methods for multiplication and division. In French we will be starting to create simple sentences using the verb ‘avoir’, in computing we will be learning to add animations and transitions to our multimedia presentations, and in art we will be experiencing using clay for the first time – don’t forget to bring an apron! Also remember it’s Red, White and Blue Day next Thursday, so I look forward to seeing all of you resplendent in the colours of our flag!

Have a chilled weekend and I will see you all next week 🙂

Friday 21st September

Good afternoon!

Here is this week’s homework:

Mysterious Story Starters Week 2

Understanding Number Week 2

Spellings – Week 2

This week in literacy we have been pushing on with our mysterious story starters, adding into them some active and passive sentences as well as some ‘tell and show’ sentences using colons and semi-colons. In maths we continued our work on number by finding common factors and multiples, before learning about prime numbers and how to find prime factors. In French we learned to conjugate the verb ‘avoir’, in history we learned how the ending of the First World War instigated a chain of events which would bring about the start of the Second, and in guided reading we wrote about memories which were both positive and negative. I found that I could particularly relate to this memory from Chloe:

Next week we will be adding some speech into our story starters and aiming to get them written up for our Learning Journeys. We’ll also be starting a new unit of maths all about calculation, as well as continuing with our gymnastics work in PE. Don’t forget that netball and art club /start on Monday, coding club starts on Wednesday and house captain elections are Thursday.

Have a peaceful weekend and I will see you all next week 🙂

Friday 14th September

Welcome to Year 6!

Here is this week’s homework:

Understanding Number Week 1

Mysterious Story Starters Week 1

Spellings Week 1

Project Homework – Autumn

We had a fantastic first full week and are getting into the swing of what Year 6 is all about. In literacy we read and analysed a mysterious story starter, before writing the first draft of our own versions, which we will be adding to for the duration of this unit. In maths we have been using our place value skills to express numbers as words, identify the value of digits, order and round different numbers. In science we learned about the properties of solids, liquids and gases, in RE we learned about the story of Siddharta Gautama, and we were also lucky enough to be visited by the ‘Digital Bus’ this week.


Next week we will be expanding and re-drafting our story starters in literacy, as well as learning about factors, multiples and prime numbers in maths and continuing with gymnastics in PE. Don’t forget it’s also school council elections on Tuesday and house captain elections on Thursday, so get your manifestos written this weekend!

Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all next week 🙂