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Welcome to Year 6!

 

Mrs Smith, Mrs Miles, Mrs Standring, Mrs Rason

Here are our new words that we are adding to our vocabulary weekly. Keep looking for the words as we add them.

 

flamboyant     tedious    abundant    collaborate    ironic     discrepancy  exploit(v) exploits(n)  squirm                                                                                            churlish

blatant impulsive   fickle  wary slovenly  lethal

 

mundane  juvenile

Year 6 in all our glory!

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Welcome back to term 4 - this year seems to be flying by. We came back to school to see our lovely Amaryllis in full bloom, we actually missed it at its best which was probably last week! Later on this week we will be using it to complete a science experiment.

As we get nearer to May our Booster classes for reading will be starting today and our programme of interventions will be stepped up a notch. At home, we would like the children to spend some time looking at their revision books and practising the areas which they feel they need more support with.

We have an assessment week coming up and the results of these tests will be shared with parents on parents evening.

Keep working hard!

Our Amaryllis

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This week we have been writing our stories based on moving from one place to another. We have decided on a setting, talked about how a portal could transport us to another place and then solved a dilemma. It took us a while to get going but when we did, our stories were amazing.

We have also been growing an Amaryllis in class - this type of plant grows very quickly and produces some beautiful flowers. We really hope that the flowers are out before we take our break in February!

Our Amaryllis at the moment

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Last week we were lucky enough to have our ICT specialist Chris Savage in class. He helped us to take a look at coding and also de-bugging. We used a variety of games and programs to achieve this.The children really enjoyed the lesson and the concentration on their faces as they tried to map routes out was amazing.

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Sats information meeting 21st January

Its good to be back!

Term 3 is now well under way and we are getting fully immersed in our topics.

Our new learning is all based around the heading 'Globe Trotting!' We will be learning all about countries around the world, focussing on Europe and North America. Please share any atlases you may have at home with your children. Google Earth is also really interesting to see the Earth from a different perspective.

Our Literacy and Numeracy are both linking to this as we create pieces of writing about European countries and analyse statistical data, including weather and population.

 

Happy New Year ! We hope that you all had a great Christmas. talking of Christmas, we thought that you would like to see some of the photos of Christmas week. Some are ones that we used for our calendars and some are from our Christmas party.

The Christmas party

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Christmas pictures

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As we begin our final week of school before the Christmas holidays, we look back at the first third of the year. The children have all worked hard and the amount of work that they can produce has increased significantly. I hope all parents got their child's assessment results. We were very pleased with the scores and, more importantly, the children's attitude towards taking the tests. The highlights of this term must be "TT Rock Stars Day" when the costumes were awesome, listening to the singing on the swimming bus (the driver said that it was the best that he had ever heard!) and the times when the children have made us cry with laughter - it has been a great start to the year.

Moving on - in January we will  be holding a SATS evening so that parents know exactly what to expect in may and also get ideas to help the children. There will also be an opportunity to buy or borrow some SATS revision books.

Merry Christmas! 

We have had a brilliant afternoon of Country Dancing, the children picked up the dances very quickly and even made up some of their own. We can now count up to eight, do heel, toe heel toe and dance the OXO reel.

Country Dancing - Year 6 style!

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Our work with shadows - Can you guess who we are?

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Well, as we gear up for Christmas, last week was very busy. We were completing our practice SATs papers and also making our Christmas tree decorations for the Church. The results of both these activities were very pleasing.

We still have a long way to go with our SATS but the results show that we are all getting better in all our subjects - so hard work does pay off!

Our gingerbread men were fantastic although a whole class sewing all at once nearly drove Mrs Smith round the bend!

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Welcome back to term 2 - this week we have been studying Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We have also been getting 'fractious' with fractions!

On Wednesday we went back in time and wrote like Victorian children - it was not easy!

We had a session on Thursday of gymnastics which we all enjoyed.

Today we took our poppy wreath down to the Cenotaph with the rest of the school.

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This week we have been learning how to make a speech. When you go for an interview you need to be confident. Our speeches were about things that we feel passionately about. 

Kenzie's speech was about not dropping litter, Courtney spoke about the reasons horses are put down. Oliver was concerned that footballers get paid too much and Amelia wants donkeys to be looked after better.

When we made our speeches - it was nerve-wracking!

Warren said" I felt nervous beforehand but afterwards I felt relieved."

Jake N commented "As it got closer to my turn to speak, I was getting nervous, however, afterwards I felt much better."

Amelia wants to improve her speech by not putting the word "also" in too much."

Our Year 6 TT Rock Stars

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Debates and Discussions

Over the past week, Year 6 have been writing discussion texts in Literacy. This has led to some very mature, well-thought out arguments and debates about whether Victorian children should have gone to work along with more current debate topics. The children worked extremely hard to see things from another point of view.

In Numeracy, we have been continuing our revision of calculation methods - pushing their skills all the way with long division!! After a few sessions, we have finally grasped it.

The children have been creating their own Victorian style portraits in art. These look wonderful in their sketch books which show the process of how the final product was built up.

Our online safety topic is coming to an end but this is something we will continue to discuss and embed whenever required. We hope you have all signed the acceptable ICT use policy to help your child stay safe online.

We will also be having our final basketball session next Monday. Jacob, the coach, has delivered a great series of lessons and the children have developed some fantastic skills with passing, shooting and dribbling. Get ready for future competitions. 

Finally, we held our annual harvest festival today with a main focus on looking after the world we have been given. The messages were very clear and important. We hope to continue the ECO theme throughout the year in everything we do.

Last week was another busy week in school. We were grappling with long Multiplication - parents who got their homework right will be getting a sticker so look out for it. In our Topic time we researched some famous Victorians like Sir Titus salt and then created a fact file in our books. All these Victorians have a lasting legacy that is still with us today.

Our Literacy was the last week of our narrative unit of work. The children worked hard on their stories and you will be able to read them next week at Parents evening.

This week we have moved on to discussions..... and our class love to talk - it is hard to stop them giving their opinions - we want them written down! 

We look forward to seeing you all next week and sharing some of the brilliant work that your children have produced.

It's been Stand Up Derbyshire day today - we have had a very active literacy lesson when we told a story using actions - we will tell it by writing it down next week. We also had a mad Maths lesson when we were working as a team to collect answers to calculations.

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Last week was very busy in Year 6. We started our basketball training which was fun and we have been looking at how to write description and build up tension in our writing. This will all feed into a brilliant story that we are going to write in a few weeks.

During topic time we had a look at the history of Electricity and then we tried to make some electrical circuits ourselves. We had to be unrelenting as the wires fell off and some of the batteries didn't work very well.

Finally, it was great to win the Attendance award for the second week running - hopefully we can make it a hat-trick!

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The children have had a very tough first full week in Year 6 - they have completed all this year's SATs papers. This is just to prove to them that the process is not too bad and they can concentrate for a long period of time.

I'm very pleased to say that their unrelentless attitude and concentration has been excellent. We have a lot to cover before next May but having seen them this week, we have no doubt that they are all up for the challenge.

Our "The Empire Strikes Back" topic has kicked off with a hand drawn timeline from the Victorian age and a look at the British Empire in relation to the rest of the world.

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