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February Half-Term

11/02/2017 at 21:39


We’ve worked hard since Christmas and are ready for a break.

We finished off this half-term by revising our 500 Word Stories and family biographies to get them ready for publishing. By the end of the week, we had written final drafts of our biographies and sent all of the 500 word stories to Radio 2 for the competition. Being able to spot errors and make improvements in our writing INDEPENDENTLY is an important skill in Year 6.

We also completed a Spelling assessment on the Year 5/6 Spelling List. Many children have made great improvements since we last assessed these words in December – as high as a 32% increase. It is also clear that some children really need to spend time learning these words.

Holiday Homework:

  1. Year 5/6 Spelling List – The Year 6 Spelling Bee is coming up in March. Keep practising these words. New lists have been sent home; some children wanted an extra copy for the kitchen or the car.
  2. Poetry Slam – The Year 6 Poetry Slam competition is on Friday 24th February. Children need to learn their poems and practise volume, speed, expression and actions.
  3. Read a variety of books. Try to tick off some boxes on the BINGO sheet.
  4. Maths homework
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6CH Maths w/e 10th February 2017

10/02/2017 at 14:18


This week in maths we have completed a number of assessments. The information from these tests will help inform the planning and teaching between now and the SATs in May. I have not shared the scores with the children as yet but will be able to in the first week back after half term.

The children have worked really hard and I am pleased with their attitude and effort.

Homework has been handed out and is also below.



I hope the children have a good half term break and look forward to seeing them on Monday 20th February.

Mr. Cooke

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6CH Maths w/e 3rd February 2017

04/02/2017 at 06:42


This week in maths we have:

  • looked at the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages (FDP)
  • found the equivalence of FDP
  • ordered FDP by converting them all to the same numerical expression e.g. by changing them all to %
  • found fractions and percentages of numbers

Work examples are below:

We also began some work on measurement and will need to complete this next week.

Maths homework has been set and is below:

2.2.17 Homework 2 2.2.17 Measurement Problems Homework 1

Mathletics tasks have also been set.

Mr Cooke

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Brunel Biography

03/02/2017 at 21:46


Who was Isambard Kingdom Brunel?


Isambard Kingdom Brunel made his entrance into to the world at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1806. He is one of the most famous engineers Britain has ever produced. He is well-known for the building of many immense structures such as: tunnels, bridges, railways and ships. As a result of Brunel’s creations, a new way for Victorian people to travel was invented. Courageously, he showed the world what engineers really could do.


What was his education and family like?


As a result of Brunel’s father (Marc Brunel) being French, he went to University of Caen, Normandy in France. In England, he first went to the school Lycee Henri-IV and he was very successful in maths – it was his best subject in school.  His mother was called Sophie Kingdom who was from a very wealthy family.  Brunel also had two sisters: Sophie Macnamara Brunel and Emma Joan Brunel. His father was an engineer. Brunel’s mother wanted her surname to be part of her son’s name; that’s why his name was Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


What was his first tunnel like?


Unsurprisingly, Brunel’s father was an engineer too and his first job was working for his father, building the Thames tunnel in 1825.  Whilst he was working, it was very dangerous and sometimes the tunnel would collapse. There were two severe floodings; he almost died in 1827! As a results of all the accidents, work on the tunnel stopped for eight years – it reopened in 1843. After it reopened, it attracted two million people a year – what a success!



What bridges did Brunel build and design?


As well as tunnels, he also built bridges. Isambard Kingdom Brunel began work on the Clifton Suspension Bridge as part of an entry for a competition that he later won! The reason for his success was that before entering he placed 500 tons of solid stone to test its strength. Despite dying before the end, it became his most famous monument. Almost unbelievably, he built over six other successful bridges including: Albert Bridge, Somerset Bridge, Windsor Railway Bridge and The Maidenhead Bridge (over the Thames).


Brunel and his railways

Brunel didn’t just build tunnels and ships. Brunel was famous for his part in the Industrial Revolution, building railways. Once he built a railway from Bristol to London.  Although he was chief engineer, he still found the time to have a wife and look after his kids Despite loving his family, he was very strict at work and wanted things to go his way. Brunel designed Paddington Railway Station in 1854.


What ships did Brunel create?

As well as building tunnels, Brunel created the world’s biggest ship called the Great Eastern; it was 211 metres in length, weighed 19 000 tonnes and it could fit 4000 passengers or 10000 soldiers. Meanwhile, his other ship called the Great Western set off on her first voyage in 1838. It was the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean by just steam power. Sadly, in 1859, the Great Western was destroyed by an explosion on its way to Australian and was broken up for scraps.


What was his family like?

Engineering was in Brunel’s family. He learned from his father and built his first structure, the Thames Tunnel, with him. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was only five feet tall so we wore a tall top hat to make him look more powerful. He got married in 1836 and had three children: Isambard Junior, Henry Marc and Florence Mary. Unsurprisingly, Henry Marc also became an engineer, carrying on in his father’s footsteps.


What will his legacy be?


Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the world’s greatest engineers. He changed the way people travelled and many of his structures are still standing today. He was a strong, forceful man who knew how to get things done. Brunel will always be remembered as one of Britain’s best.



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Biographies & Fossils

03/02/2017 at 21:46


Another three day weekend! Enjoy the break after working hard all week.


  1. Reading Comprehension – Due Wed 9th February
  2. Spelling – Keep practising the Year 5/6 Spelling Words. We will have a quiz next week.
  3. Aesop’s Fables – A number of children still need to complete the Aesop’s Fables task on the blog.
  4. Poetry Slam – Start to learn your poem. You have three weeks.


This week, we have learned how to put together a full biography. Using the paragraphs we wrote in pairs at the end of last week, we created a full biography for Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This has then become the model for our own paragraphs. You can read our Brunel biography here.

In Guided Reading, we are coming towards the end of Oliver Twist. We have really enjoyed reading this classic and it has been a fantastic text for learning more about different reading question types.



This week, we looked at how fossils are used as evidence for evolution and are linked to the work of Charles Darwin. We enjoyed investigating real fossils and looking at how recent animals are similar and different to their ancestors.


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Parents’ Meeting

01/02/2017 at 19:42


It was fantastic to see so many families represented at the Year 6 SATS and Residential meeting this evening! Thank you for coming.

If you weren’t able to attend or would like another look, you can find the information on the class blogs.

We spoke to Mr Harris after the meeting and he has confirmed that he will be purchasing some CGP revision books for the children to use over the coming weeks. Some of these will be text book style and some will be work book style.

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