18/12/2020 at 15:58
What a fabulous half term we have had! It has been an absolute pleasure to teach 6J this year and they have well and truly earnt their break.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all of the lovely gifts; it is very much appreciated. Unfortunately, this year the children were unable to perform a Christmas show but we did learn a beautiful rendition of Silent Night in Makaton. Here is the link to the blog which features all of the children’s Makaton performances.
Finally, there is no homework over the festive break. I would like families to spend some well deserved time together and cherish every moment. I will be posting an assignment in Google Classroom for children to share photos of their festive break if they wish.
Have a lovely break and I’ll see you in the New Year!
11/12/2020 at 15:07
This week we have been working hard in all areas of the curriculum. The children have produced some fantastic pieces of work and just about managed to control their excitement for Christmas.
This week we have been focusing on aviation in WW1. We began by looking at the Red Baron and his impact during WW1. We followed his story and used our historical skill to draw ideas and evidence from the sources to record facts about his life and time in the army. We then moved onto exploring the different aircrafts which were used for fighting and bombing. The children used allocated websites to extract information about these planes and we held a whole class discussion comparing and contrasting the different aircrafts. Below are some examples of the children’s hard work.
We are also nearing the end of War Horse. It has been an emotional rollercoaster and we have been close to tears on more than one occasion. The children have given some excellent and thoughtful summaries of the text and have really understood the message portrayed by Michael Morpurgo.
This week we started some work on the Christmas Truce which will continue into next week. The children are writing letters from Jim or Otto’s perspective and explaining to their loved one what happened on Christmas day in no mans land. The children found the event very humbling and facilitated a very mature and heart warning conversation about the reality of war and what the soldiers faced.
Here is the clip we used so you can discuss at home.
- Spellings – Due Wednesday 16th
- Maths – Dividing fractions – Due Wednesday 16th
- Mathletics tasks
Here is a video to support
Next Thursday and Friday we will be having some Christmas activities. Please see separate email from Mr Harris for details.
Have a lovely weekend!
04/12/2020 at 16:08
The children have had a very busy week as they have had their first look at the Year 6 SATs papers. I have been very impressed with the way they have approached these exams and will provide them with their scores as soon as possible. A huge well done to everyone!
We have started to look at electricity in Science. This week we have focused on the uses of electricity in modern day life and completing simple circuits. This is a little bit of revision work from previous years but a really interesting task to see what they could all remember. The children were asked to build some simple circuits and draw them into their books using scientific diagrams.
This week we have been finalising some of our battle scene writing from War Horse. The children were asked to write from Topthorn’s point of view to describe the deadly battle before they are both captured by the enemy. The children really listened to the writing techniques I was asking them to use and this has helped them to write some excellent pieces. Here are some examples.
Fear was running through the air, horses snorted and British men said their last prayers. Braveness rushed through my body. I was afraid for the challenge ahead; I could tell Joey was too. Carefully, Captain Jamie Stewart drew out the sabre from my leather side pocket and pointed straight in front, a glimmer of its sharp blade in the top corner of my eyes. Slowly, we trotted and then into a canter but that’s when the adrenaline kicked in. I felt excited and I rushed onwards Joey beside me. The faint sound of horses thundering hooves was behind me and as I rushed forwards. My eyes grew wider as I approached the enemy… (Nathan)
A plague of silence surrounded us, the smell of fear was thick in the air. The order to draw swords was still ringing in my ears when I heard the scraping of metal, it was like someone dragging their nails down a blackboard. Then, like a gunshot, the bugle sounded… (Jakob)
Joey and I were leading the troop of men behind us. That’s when I saw it in the distance. My heart pounded. ”Wire!” Captain Stewart exclaimed. “They said the shells would destroy it!” I shuddered. The barbed wire was still there. Still surrounding the woods and the trenches. We can’t ride over the wire. I whinnied sharply trying to warn the others . It was too late. We were getting closer and closer. A sense of fear filled the air. I caught a glimpse of the troop behind me. We had lost half of our men, half of our horses. I could hear the machine guns roaring! Joey was still behind me. I had to jump. My life depended on it. I took a great leap. We had done it. But where were the rest of the men? It was just Joey, Captain Stewart, Trooper Warren and I. We were surrounded… (Florence)
- Spellings – Due Wednesday 9th
- Maths – multiplying fractions by whole numbers
- Mathletics assignments
Have a lovely weekend!
27/11/2020 at 15:23
We have had a great week in 6J and the children have worked very hard on their work. We have further developed our understanding of fractions, building on our recap work from last week and found ourselves amidst the Jerry in a ferocious battle for Joey the war horse.
Last week we focused on finding equivalent fractions and converting between mixed number and improper fractions. The children found this a little tricky at first but with lots of drawings and practical resources we are much more confident this week. The next step on our fraction journey was to explore adding and subtracting fractions. Skills from last week were needed right from the start to find common denominators before we were able to add or subtract the numerators! I have seen some fabulous work and the children were flying through some SATs style questions by the end of the learning and confidently explaining their mathematical thinking.
Below is a video to help with the homework task if needed.
English and Reading
This week we have read up to chapter 9 in War Horse and have been exposed to the brutal reality of war. Joey has now been captured and is in enemy territory – I wonder what his fate will be…
The children completed some excellent research before writing their very own persuasive leaflet to encourage people to give their horses to the army. I was impressed with their language choices and their application of persuasive techniques.
- Spelling task on spelling shed– Due Wednesday 2nd
- Maths task – Adding fractions – Due Wednesday 2nd
- Learning log – WW1 writing – Due Wednesday 9th
- TT Rockstars and Mathletics assignments set
Have a lovely weekend!
13/11/2020 at 16:33
We have spent some time over the past two weeks looking at the reasons WW1 started. This is a complex piece of learning and the children have listened and responded well. We had the opportunity to read some poems about WW1 and reflect on how these have made us feel. Each poem evoked different emotions surrounding the war and how it may have been perceived. Here is one of the poems we shared.
Dulce El Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
Following on from this the children produced some art work to commemorate all of those who have lost their lives to war. We also held a 2 minute silence on Wednesday to remember those who had fought.
- Spelling task – Due Wednesday 18th
- Maths task – Prime numbers – Due Wednesday 18th
- Learning log – learning a poem off by heart – Due – Due Wednesday 22nd
- TT Rockstar’s, Mathletics and Spelling Shed
Have a lovely weekend,
06/11/2020 at 16:42
This week 6J have been taking part in Bikeability and have worked really hard. The children have been completing level one and possibly level two depending on their ability.
Level one aims to develop mastery in cycle handling in an off-road environment and prepare riders for cycling on the road. Level two aims to develop riders’ skills and confidence for cycling on single-lane roads and simple junctions with mostly moderate motor traffic flows (where riders encounter vehicles with progressively greater frequency in each module), and prepares riders for cycling on more complex, often busier or faster roads and junctions. The instructors were very impressed with all of the children’s efforts and attitude.
The children will find out soon which level they have achieved.
Probably the first thing the children noticed when they came into the classroom after the holiday, was the mould that had grown on the bread we had placed around the room before half term. We spent a very exciting (and slightly horrifying) lesson having a look at our results and trying to draw some conclusions about what we found out. Generally, we found that moist bread seemed to grow the most mould. We also noticed that there were several different colours of mould! The children had good ideas about what they might try next having carried out the investigation. The bread is now safely in the bin!
For homework this week children have a maths task (multiples) and a spelling sheet (homophones). The children have also been assigned two Mathletics tasks.
Have a lovely weekend,