Autumn 2 – Week 7
We have reached the final week of the term and it will be a busy one!
On Monday afternoon, we have our final performance of ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’. If you saw it on Friday, I’m sure you were very impressed. We are so proud of all the children for how hard they have worked to ensure the production was ready on time. Thank you to all parents and carers that have helped at home with learning lines and providing costumes. We really appreciate your input and couldn’t do without you!
On Thursday afternoon, we have our year 5 and 6 Christmas party. Children can bring their party clothes in a bag labelled with their name so they can get changed in the afternoon. School will be providing a drink and a bun for all children.
On Friday morning, we have our Pupil of the Term assembly where we will celebrate not only these children, but other successes from throughout the term.
Our ‘A Child’s War’ project will be continuing until the February half-term holiday, so this week we will continue with a range of reading and topic activities linked to this.
We are very proud of the effort and determination all Year 6 children have put in to the term and hope this continues in to the New Year.
From all of the Year 6 team, we would like to wish you a very happy holiday.
Autumn 2 – Week 5
Thank you to all who visited the Year 6 stall at the Christmas Fayre and purchased some of our delicious, decadent delicacies. The children really enjoyed making the confectionary and the children running the stall did a marvellous job as it was a sell out!
This week, we will continue to rehearse for our Christmas performance; it is coming along really well. This year, we have changed the performance and it is a really fun performance, which has a serious message. There will be dress rehearsals for lower school before the first performance on Friday at 10am. We can’t wait to show you the result of all our hard work.
In maths, children will further develop their skills of multiplying and dividing, using a formal written method, in a problem solving context. We will also be running workshops responding to the results of the tests children have completed this week.
In English, children will complete reading activities, responding to the needs of each individual class, identified by the tests completed last week.
In topic, children will complete a piece of Blitz artwork, creating a silhouette skyline, using pastels.
Last week saw us celebrate the wonderful world of books through the book fair and in class, where children shared a winter book, producing fantastic artwork and writing. The work produced reflected how engaged the children were with their chosen books; it created a real buzz around school.
Away from the classroom, the children all spent time at the book fair, reading through books and discussing their preferences with friends. It was good to hear so many recommendations for books to read! Further, it was also lovely to see so many family members attending the fair: your support of these events is greatly appreciated and valued.
Prior to the book fair arriving, we organised a reading competition where we wanted children to be ‘caught reading’ and there were many wonderful entries. Thank you to everyone who entered; we certainly enjoyed looking at the photos. There were five winners overall, with each winner receiving a £5 voucher to spend at the fair. The winners, as chosen by our guest judge, were:
Harry White, Zarah Amani, Freya Mounsher, Rayyan Chaudhry, and Oliver Baines.
WW2 Engage Day
As an introduction to topic on World War 2, the children studied two popular poems based on the theme of remembrance as well as creating some eye-catching art work through using pastels. In art, once the children drew their poppy, they put glue on the pencil lines before using vivid colours to create these fabulous effects. In English, the children continued to develop their comprehension skills through reading ‘In Flanders’ Field’ and ‘We Shall Keep the Faith.’ The poems proved quite a challenge to the children, owing to the style of language.
A Child’s War
What an enjoyable day our ‘A Child’s War’ day was! The children looked amazing in their costumes and it really helped them to get into role. Throughout the day, children demonstrated the Sitwell Seven Skills and demonstrated superb empathy and questioning minds – they had lots of questions about what it was like to be a child during the war. During the day, children were ‘evacuated’ to different areas of the not only the country but the world; some lucky children were even evacuated to Australia! Each child chose their own traditional WW2 name and made their own replica gas mask and ID label, on which they recorded their new name and date of birth. Following this, they experienced some typical WW2 lessons: reciting poetry; chanting times tables; memorising capital cities, and practising their handwriting. In the afternoon, children had such fun experiencing typical playground games and learned they don’t need technology to keep them entertained – shove ha’penny and beetle drive are just as fun, if not more! The children really enjoyed the competitive element. We ended the day with a good old-fashioned sing-song. The children particularly enjoyed ‘Run, Rabbit Run’ but ‘We’ll Meet Again’ sounded especially tuneful. Well done to all children – you impeccable behaviour and participation made the day enjoyable, but educational, for all!
Local Area Walk
On 26th October, 6EL went on a local area walk to assess the human impact on our environment. They saw first-hand the negative impact of human behaviour: litter, graffiti, vandalism and pollution but also saw many positive steps people are taking to address the issues: signs to encourage people to be responsible with litter and dog waste and also become more environmentally friendly: clothes recycling bins and solar panels on roofs.
The children walked for about an hour and a half; walking from school to the shops on Broom Road, down into Broom and back to school. They all modelled the Sitwell 7, represented school very well, asked sensible questions and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Back in school, they are going to write and present a power point presentation, learning how to use this and importing some of the photographs taken that day.
Autumn – Week 8
Welcome back to another exciting term! I can’t believe we are now officially in the run up to Christmas. This half term is always a busy one and we have lots planned as we start our new topic ‘A Child’s War’. We will be continuing our CSI topic for one more week so we can tie up some loose ends. However, next week, we will be holding our engage day for our World War 2 topic. On Wednesday next week (15/11/17), children will need to come to school dressed as child would have during WW2. During the day, children will experience what it was like for a child in school during the war. It is sure to be an interesting day!
In maths, Year 6 will continue their work focussing on negative numbers. They will learn about negative numbers in context and look at finding the difference between negative numbers, calculating intervals across zero. They will also complete their weekly arithmetic test and basic skills check.
In English, Year 6 will develop their reading skills in the context of Remembrance Day.
In topic, children will create poppy art work using glue and pastel.
Autumn – Week 7
What a wonderful day Year 6 had on Friday on their CSI day! During the morning session, they learned all about latent fingerprinting, footwear analysis, fibre & hair retrieval and UV detection. In the afternoon, they were able to put these skills into practice by investigating a crime scene, kitted out in CSI uniform. They were also able to create their own and unique key ring, including their fingerprint. The children showed superb RELATIONSHIPS by working in mixed friendship groups. REFLECTION was also a key skill as they had to look back over and review the evidence they had gathered to identify the murderer. Finally, they showed RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY towards the specialist equipment they were able to use during the day.
In maths, Year 6 will begin a unit of work focussing on negative numbers. They will learn about negative numbers in context and look at finding the difference between negative numbers, calculating intervals across zero. They will also complete their weekly arithmetic test and basic skills check.
In English, Year 6 have made really good start on developing their confidence in writing using the ‘show me, not tell’ me approach’. When doing this, they showed superb resourcefulness by using the ‘Descriptosaurus’ resource. They will now be able to apply this to their longer piece of writing: a descriptive account, describing Auggie’s first day at school.
Autumn – Week 6
Year 6 have a very exciting week ahead as they have their CSI experience. On Friday, all children will take part in a full day Forensic Science workshop. All pupils will bring home hands-prints, footwear marks, hair & fibre samples. Additionally, all pupils will have the opportunity to make a keyring showing their own “unique” fingerprint on it, which will act as a memento of the day’s activities. Further, all pupils will be allowed to keep their White SOCO suits. As part of the day, children will be introduced to Forensic Science and the methods, applications and processes used, during a Crime Scene Investigation. This includes:
· Latent Fingerprinting session
· Footwear analysis using Forensic Footwear lifts
· Fibre & Hair retrieval including analysing the fibres under a pocket torch microscope
· UV Detection
Also, during the week, children will take part in a range of other CSI activities.
In maths, Year 6 continue a unit of work focussing on rounding numbers. They will consolidate their understanding of the rules associated with this and practice their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. They will also complete their arithmetic test and basic skills check.
In English, Year 6 will continue writing a short narrative as if they have woken up as Auggie, the main character, concentrating on ensuring they use correct grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary. They will develop their understanding of the ‘show me, not tell me’ approach as a way of describing character’s feelings by describing facial expressions and body language, rather than simply naming an emotion.
Autumn – Week 5
In maths, Year 6 will begin a unit of work focussing on rounding numbers. They will learn the rules associated with this and practice their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. They will also complete their arithmetic test and basic skills check.
In English, Year 6 will begin writing a short narrative as if they have woken up as Auggie, the main character, concentrating on ensuring they use correct grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary. They will develop their understanding of the ‘show me, not tell me’ approach as a way of describing character’s feelings by describing facial expressions and body language, rather than simply naming an emotion.
In topic, Year 6 will continue their customisation project. They will apply different techniques for customisation, including applique, and will ensure their design represents their identity. Each child will complete a square that represents them and then we will be joining them all together to create a class patchwork blanket, representing the similarities and differences we all have as individuals.
Next week, Year 6 will also complete a set of practice SATs tests to establish their baseline starting point and identify gaps in their knowledge and understanding so that Year 6 teachers can tailor the curriculum to the children’s individual needs.
Just a reminder that Year 6 will visit Crucial Crew on Tuesday 10th October. The children will need to be in school uniform and we will leave and return during the school day. A packed lunch is needed and a warm coat is recommended as the centre can get quite cold.
Autumn – Week 4
In maths, Year 6 will be continue further developing their understanding of numbers and place value up to 100,000,000 by comparing and ordering them. Following this, they will move on to rounding numbers. They will also complete their arithmetic test and basic skills check.
In English, Year 6 will begin reading activities based on Part One of ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio. These activities will help them prepare for and provide ideas for writing a short narrative as if they have woken up as Auggie, the main character, concentrating on ensuring they use correct grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary. They will develop their understanding of the ‘show me, not tell me’ approach as a way of describing character’s feelings by describing facial expressions and body language, rather than simply naming an emotion.
In topic, Year 6 will begin their customisation project. They will learn different techniques for customisation, including applique, and will ensure their design represents their identity. Each child will complete a square that represents them and then we will be joining them all together to create a class patchwork blanket, representing the similarities and differences we all have as individuals.
Autumn – Week 3
In maths, Year 6 will be further developing our understanding of numbers and place value up to 100,000,000 by comparing and ordering them. Following this, we will move on to rounding numbers.
The children’s’ newspaper reports are coming along nicely and they are working hard to include all the key features of the genre and expand their use of language. This week, they will be publishing their newspaper reports using word to make them look professional, including columns and a catchy headline. They will then include pictures with captions. I can’t wait to see them on display along with the frog art work they have been working on!
In topic, Year 6 will be learning about and taking their own fingerprints. They will learn all the different types of fingerprints, along with the different abnormalities that can be found in them. Children will then become detectives, using magnifying glasses, to look for the different types of abnormalities in their own fingerprint.
Thank you to all those who were able to attend the SATs meeting on Tuesday afternoon. If you were unable to attend, you can view the PowerPoint presentation on the school website in the Year 6 home learning section. If you require any further clarification, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Year 6 team.
Autumn – Week 2
The members of Year 6 who went to PGL had a wonderful weekend and we were really shocked by how they threw themselves into every activity wholeheartedly. We were so proud of all the children for trying out all of the activities and by how many children were able to develop their confidence on the high rope activities. All children were able to practice each and every one of the Sitwell seven over the course of the weekend. Here’s how:
Respect – Everybody listened very carefully to the instructors and followed their instructions carefully.
Relationships – Being in mixed groups, children were able to work with children they don’t normally and build new friendships. They also had to put trust in each for certain activities. During problem solving, children had to work as a team and communicate well. They discovered that communication is a two way thing as it involves speaking and listening.
Reflection – Children were encouraged to reflect on activities, thinking about what went well and how they could improve.
Risk-Taking – During most activities, children were able to take a risk just by deciding to take part. They also took a risk when deciding to take the next step in the activity.
Resilience – Children were able to show resilience in many activities as they were able to persevere at the task however hard it may have be. They could then celebrate their success as they completed the activity successfully.
Resourcefulness – Raft building allowed the children to practice their resourcefulness. They had to think carefully about how to use the given resources to create a raft. Luckily, all rafts were successful, but some children couldn’t resist jumping in!
Responsibility – Over the course of the weekend, children were given many opportunities to demonstrate that they could be responsible. During rope activities, children had to follow instructions to use the ropes correctly. The also had to be independent and organise themselves, ensuring they wore the right clothes for each activity. Packing at the end of the trip was also a responsibility, although some children were better at this than others!
Autumn – Week 1
The year 6 team are very impressed with how the children have settled in to their new classes, developing new friends and their RELATIONSHIP skills. They have all shown great enthusiasm for their new topic. During our ‘Tuesday’ investigation, the children showed great imagination and creativity when piecing together the clues to work out the details of the crime. They were able to demonstrate RISK-TAKING when offering suggestions and REFLECT on these ideas when further clues meant their initial idea was implausible. In art, the children have displayed RESILIENCE when drawing pencil sketches of frogs, persevering when adding fine detail to the frogs’ spots, using ‘Mr Harvey’ pencil techniques. Keep up the good work!
If you would like to know more about any of the topics being covered then please request this from the class teacher.