Week Ending 23rd October 2020
WOW – where did that first half term go?!
I’m so proud of Yew class for how well they’ve started their final year at Churchfield. They are achieving so much and setting a great example to the younger children in school. This week our new prefects were announced to underpin that fact. The successful candidates impressed with their applications and I’m sure will continue to impress the school community throughout the rest of the year.
I hope the children and yourselves have an enjoyable break next week; they certainly deserve it after all their hard work!
Useful info: Monday 2nd November is an inset day
This week the children learnt about Bertha Benz who made the world’s first car journey – what an inspirational woman! They also created and performed their own poetry to celebrate the Harvest Festival.
The focus was on division this week. The children are growing in confidence when faced with word problems and using their times tables knowledge to full effect.
The children have had their busiest week yet: baking cheese straws, designing Christmas cards and furthering their understanding of electrical circuits in science.
In RE, the children focused on Harvest and its importance to Christians. They considered the importance of being thankful and the things in their lives that make them thankful.
Home Learning and Homework
Some children have been given logins for a site called IDL that can be used to boost their reading and spelling. Those children have accessed the site in school and will continue to do so. However, we would also encourage them to access the site regularly at home too. If your child has a login it will be recorded in their reading diary.
I have not set any additional homework for half-term, just the usual spellings and maths worksheet (due in by Friday 6th).
SpellingShed and TT Rockstars are encouraged if your child has time!
Week Ending 16th October 2020
What stars we have in Yew Class! They have impressed Mrs Reed and Mr Selby with their maturity and perseverance this week.
In order to support any children required to self-isolate, Myself and Mr Ballard will ensure that work can be accessed from home that is broadly similar to that being completed in school.
It will be accessed via these class pages.
Useful info: PE is on Friday next week
Next homework due 23.10.20. Please see the link below. I have posted a video to explain the task (available via the News and Events tab)
The children have been improving their punctuation this week with a closer look at apostrophes. They have also enjoyed finding out about historical figures (such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Sarah Forbes Bonetta) and they have focused on describing characters using different techniques.
All the children have made progress this week with their multiplication skills. We have looked at formal written methods as well as mental strategies for solving problems. The children are now more confident at using times tables facts to solve more complex calculations.
This week the children were introduced to electrical circuits in science which supports their study of Victorian inventions. It will be wonderful if they are able to devise circuits to power their own!
In RE, the children learnt about Ramadan and the festival of Eid.
Why don’t you ask them to tell you about it?!
If you are working from home please remember to access SpellingShed and TT Rockstars. You should also spend time reading each day (for 20 minutes+).
It is really important that you take time to look after your mind and body: set aside time to relax doing the things you enjoy and try to get some exercise (in the fresh air is best).
Here are the home-learning tasks for next week:
Week Ending 9th October 2020
Another week has flown by and the children continue to work hard in class… with the notable exception of when the heavens open! The rain has been an all too frequent distraction, but quite entertaining too it must be said!
Useful info: PE is on Monday next week
We’ve had cause for celebration this week with our first pen licenses being awarded. Mr Minton continues to monitor the children’s handwriting progress and was pleased to award several pupils with pens (that they may now use in their English and Learning Quest books).
The next step for them is to aim for a fountain pen license!
In maths, the children have started work on multiplication and have worked hard to solve problems involving square numbers. Many of the children have superb recall of their times tables which makes this unit of work so much easier for them.
This week the children continued planning their own inventions with a little bit of inspiration from Wallace and Gromit! They drew and labelled their own “Cracking Contraptions” and are now looking forward to the building phase.
In RE the children continued their study of Islam, looking at prayer and rituals.
Week Ending 2nd October 2020
Yew class have picked up the pace this week and have worked hard in school… now just the homework to crack! We really encourage the children to complete their maths and spellings each week as it makes such a difference; please keep on encouraging them.
It was great to speak with so many parents in our first distanced Parents’ Evening. Further appointments can be scheduled if requested.
Useful info: PE is on Friday next week
In English, the children have made great progress with their Victorian diary writing and were challenged to start each sentence in a different way. I’m sure there will be many well-deserved pen licenses to issue next week… watch this space!
In maths, we have begun to focus on the four operations. The children tackled a variety of problems involving addition and subtraction while also revising a wider mix of Year 5 arithmetic work. The cobwebs are well and truly brushed off!
This week the children began thinking about their own inventions and entered the planning phase. I have been amazed at how creative and imaginative they are and look forward to moving to the building phase! Please start setting aside any materials/recyclables that they be able to use.
Week Ending 25th September 2020
Another jam-packed week in Yew Class seems to have flown by…
The children have been reminded of their TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed logins this week so please encourage them to use both at home. They should also be bringing books home with them each day (and Reading Records) in order to do the expected amount of reading at home. I know some need encouragement with that, so your support is very much appreciated.
Their efforts will be rewarded through our “Starbooks” loyalty scheme!
Useful info: PE is on Monday next week
In English, the children have practised their dictionary skills this week and are now enthralled by the book Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. It is a novel set in Victorian times (but with a twist) and I am sure it will inspire some splendid writing.
In maths, the children have impressed me enormously with their understanding of negative numbers. They have made steady progress over the course of the week and are now ready to focus on their arithmetic skills.
This week the children independently researched Queen Victoria’s life and learnt about the Great Exhibition of 1851. Hopefully a little Victorian ingenuity will brush off on them as they shall now start planning their own inventions.
Week Ending 18th September 2020
We have had a busy week in Yew Class and I am so proud of the children for their effort and progress since the start of term. They have settled into the new routines remarkably well and I can already see an increase in their energy levels and enthusiasm.
I know there are many parents I still haven’t had an opportunity to meet, so I am looking forward to getting that opportunity in the near future. (Please do get in touch sooner if you have any concerns). What I can share with you all is that it is an absolute pleasure to teach Yew Class and I know we will have a very positive year whatever obstacles we may face.
Next week we have PE on Friday – it would be wonderful if all children could be in the correct kit. Spelling and maths homework will be set on a weekly basis each Friday.
In English the children have been studying news reports and taken on the role of journalists. Their reports are about the journey made by ‘Leaf’ (a lost polar bear) and the finished products range from the sublime to the ridiculous! It is always a joy when the children inject their own personality into their writing and they have certainly been imaginative with these reports!
The skills we’ve focused on are punctuation of speech and use of the semi-colon. It is great to see that reflected in their news reports and it will hopefully enrich their writing from here on.
In maths we have focused on reading, writing and rounding large numbers – important life skills!
We shall have a big push on mental arithmetic this year so please encourage your child to work out any number problems that you encounter together. Ask them “How much change should I get?” when shopping for example.
This week in RE we considered the principles of Islam (the 5 Pillars) and ways in which they are similar and different to Christian principles. The children have also produced some fabulous leaf paintings! We have some very skilled artists in Yew Class and I look forward to seeing their talents develop.
Week beginning 7.9.20
Welcome back to school!
It has been so good to get back to normal school life this week (with a few more sessions washing hands and other new arrangements to keep everyone safe)!
The children have been amazing and very positive at starting back - it has been brilliant to meet everyone and get year 6 under way so well done to everyone for the best first week of the year I can remember.
We have been using Leaf as our text this week and exploring the themes of migration and climate change which are both covered in the story. The children have been working on summarising the text and using that to plan a newspaper report which they will draft and polish before publishing next week so watch this space for those!
We have been starting off with place value which is one of our corner stone skills which we have to have embedded so that we can apply it to calculations at every level. We are working in numbers up to 10,000,000 and will be starting to use the knowledge to apply it to rounding next week which will help us do some really tough problem solving in future.
We are starting off with two weeks inspired by our text (see English) and have used it to inspire some amazing art work which will come together to produce a display in class. Our work will appear her next week (if all goes to plan)!
Everyone now has a reading book which adults have checked is at the right level to challenge without being too hard. Please encourage your child to read every day at home. The diary will stay at school for now to record targets and progress when they read with an adult in the school day.
Spellings went home this week and each child knows which word list they are working on. They have a sheet to practise each day and will be tested on those words next Friday.
Each child knows what times table they should be working on. Again, a little run through every day is best or as often as you can.
PE is every other Friday starting 11.9.20 Your child needs to come in PE kit which they can wear all day so there is no need to change at school.
There is an additional session on Monday of the week they don't have it on a Friday. For Yew, the next Monday they need to come to school in kit is 14thSeptember.
Week beginning Monday 13th July 2020
Welcome to your final week as Primary School children Year 6! Despite being very different circumstances in which we finish this year, we have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you all and wish you every success as you move onto secondary school. We will miss you!
Have the most fantastic summer (as is possible at this time) and make the most of every opportunity secondary school has to offer and you will thrive!
Take care and best wishes from Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Barnard, Mr. Ballard and Mr. Milum
Week Beginning Monday 6th July 2020
What a joy and a pleasure it was to see so many familiar faces share with us for our Leavers' Service on Friday. Despite the difficult circumstances, it was a great way to end the year and celebrate all your successes.
Although most of you are now back at home, we still have 2 weeks left of our home learning before the Summer Holidays begins properly. We would like for you to complete your transition work for Secondary school as you will expected to take this in with you when you begin in September. Please see the learning quest and daily folders for further details of this.
Leavers' Service, Friday 3rd July 10am
Week beginning Monday 29th June 2020
Hello Year 6s!
We hope you are keeping well and have enjoyed the sunshine this week has had to offer. Can you believe there are just three weeks left of being a primary school pupil?! This coming week will be a week of reflection and a celebration of your time at Churchfield and we really hope everyone can join us on Zoom on Friday 3rd July at 10am.
In Maths this week we are continuing the theme of shape moving onto 3D shape. You will learn the names, properties and nets of many common 3D shapes and solve problems based on them. In English we will experimenting with different poetry styles in our writing and listening to the last episode of Carrie's War. Don't forget to send in your reflection writing from this week's home learning if you are learning from home! We wouldn't want yours to be missing! In Learning Quest we'll be learning about Highbridge in WW2 and what has changed.
Take care everyone! Stay safe and keep smiling.
Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Barnard, Mr. Ballard and Mr. Milum
Week beginning Monday 22nd June 2020
Well done to all pupils that have carried on completing the home learning throughout this tricky time. It's hugely important that we carry on the fantastic learning before we get to secondary school. Here's what Week 4 of Term 6 hold for you:
In reading next week we are onto Episode 9 of Carrie's War.
In writing, we're going to write a recount about some of our most memorable times at primary school - watch this space for how they'll be used!
In maths we'll be working on 2D shape. The focus will be making sure you are all really confident with the names, properties and solving problems based on them.
In Learning Quest we'll be learning about a Highbridge hero: Frank Foley. French will be looking at Mr Ballard's favourite subject - food and drink! Science will be less fun for Mr Ballard - diet and rationing. There's a chance to get creative and make some lovely sounds with junk model music too!
Week beginning Monday 15th June 2020
Hi Year 6s! We hope you're all still doing well and managing to complete the Year 6 work. Even if you have missed some of it, try to get back on track do as much as you can now - it will all help to get you ready for your time in secondary school. This week's work will continue on Carrie's War - this is a great book to listen to and will help you to understand so much more about World War 2. In writing you will be writing instructions based on recipes - these may be based on recipes from WW2 or your own family recipes. In Maths we will continue to work on measure - it is important that you try as hard as you can to remember the conversions between the measures.
In Learning Quest you will begin to learn about what the 'Kindertransport' was, when and why this happened. This week also as part of our work on WW2 you will study, analyse and design aeroplanes. In French you will learn some key vocabulary about school and the subject you learn. As part of your science learning, you will consider the impact of exercise on your pulse rate.
Week beginning Monday 8th June
We hope you had a good first week of term 6 whether you are still learning from home or returned to school on Friday. Whilst we are all apart, we are still a class and still your teachers and haven't forgotten you! Mrs Reed and Mrs Barnard have been thinking about your end of year reports and are so proud of how much you have learnt this year and how much each of you has progressed.
This week we are continuing with Carrie's War (with some unexpected events and visitors), finishing your persuasive adverts that you started working on last week, learning about the Kindertransport, continuing to learn about ratio and looking at some of the events that have been in the news this week.
Keep reading at home and at school - let us know if you particularly enjoy a book: we're always looking for suggestions!
Week Beginning Monday 1st June
Welcome back Year 6s! Can you believe this is your last half term in Primary School. It has been a pleasure to spend this year with you and whether you are at home or in school, even though it won't be the same as we had all imagined, we haven't forgotten how important this is for all of you.
This half term we will be continuing our work on Carrie's War in reading and World War 2 for Learning Quest, which we know from the emails we have been receiving, that lots of you are really enjoying. In Maths we will be covering some areas of Maths that will help you prepare for secondary school.
We hope you are all still doing OK and have been able to enjoy this glorious weather over half term! Remember keep reading and smiling!
Happy Half Term Year 6!
Hi Year 6! It looks like the weather is going to be beautiful this week, so we hope you get chance to enjoy it.
Thank you to all those people who have been in touch letting us know what they have been up to. Please have a look at the gallery to see what other people have been doing.
Instead of our usual learning, we'd like you to have a go at the following:
1) If you know anyone - family member, family friend, who has memories or remembers someone else talking about their personal experiences of World War 2 we'd love to know about it. If you could talk to them (safely of course) and ask them to share this with you, or if anyone has pictures, photos or artefacts from WW2 we'd love to see them, so we can share them with the rest of the year group. Please email the class pages with anything you're happy to share.
2) French - revising numbers and 'all about me'.
3) Writing a book recommendation for the rest of the year group to share on this page.
Week beginning Monday 18th May 2020
Please note - collection for Home Learning packs has been moved to 2:50-3pm on Tuesdays for Year 6.
We hope you're all still doing well and keeping everyone smiling. Can you believe it's the last week before half term! This week you will have the pleasure of learning all about propaganda posters and producing your own. We hope you are enjoying learning all about World War Two and don't forget you can email in your work for us to see and share on the Class Gallery.
Take care and stay safe.
Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Barnard and Mr. Milum
Week beginning Monday 11th May 2020
Hi Year 6!
I hope you're all still doing well. It has been lovely to see the work some of you are doing and good to hear that you're OK. It is strange to think you would have started your SATs today. I found this poem online and thought it was appropriate for you all now:
As this would have been the day of your test
Instead, take a breath and enjoy your rest
You've worked really hard and aimed for your best
But your work isn't forgotten, you just took different steps.
As SATs week arrives, it's not quite the same
Even though the tests were printed, they just never came.
The classroom stands empty - displays still on the wall.
But it doesn't feel the same, not without you all.
Fractions, percentages and times table drill
Inference, retrieval and endless reading skills
The grammar and spelling almost had us in tears
But they were certainly mastered by you over the years
Don't worry, the SATs won't happen this term
But they're not a true measure of what you actually learn.
Laughing and joking, science and art
Your friends and lunchtime are what's most of your heart.
We know your true talents and we hold them all dear
Because you have been our family - all of this year.
There are so many things for which you've tried your best
But so many more that can't be defined by a test
Stand tall and remember the people you've wowed!
While we sit here at home, quiet and proud.
Year 6, you've amazed us in coming so far
So just remember we don't need a test to show us just how amazing you are!
Have a great week! Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Barnard and Mr. Milum
Week Beginning Monday 4th May 2020
Hi Year 6!
We hope you're all OK and doing well. The weather forecast is looking more promising this week, which hopefully will lift your spirits up and keep you smiling. It has been lovely to receive emails from some of you and pictures of what you have been up to. It has certainly brightened our week and it is great to hear from you and see the wide range of things you have been up to, as well as all the hard work. Keep it up! Stay happy, polite and helpful and don't forget to read, read and read some more!
Week beginning Monday 27th April 2020
Hello Year 6s!
Welcome back to another week of home learning. We're still missing not seeing you so have set you lots of things to do to keep you busy. Hopefully you've been able to enjoy a bit of this glorious sunshine. Has anyone else noticed more bees and butterflies starting to zoom around outside?
In case you haven't seen it already, there was a lesson about going up to secondary school on BBC BItesize you might want to look at. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zj2grj6
Have a good week!
Mrs Barnard and Mrs Reed
Welcome back Year 6s!
We hope you've had a lovely Easter break and are ready to begin an exciting new term together!
Sorry we can't be with you in person, but rest assured you have not been forgotten and we have planned lots of exciting work to keep you busy.
We hope you're all well and safe. Don't forget to be polite to those around you and keep everyone smiling as much as you can.
Happy Easter Holidays Year 6!
Hello Year 6! We hope you are all safe and well and would like you to know that we are missing you lots. Although you do not have set work to do every day, we have put on some tasks to keep you busy and your brain and mind still ticking along!! We would hate you to get bored...
I hope you all survived April Fool's Day this week. Here is a classic for you to watch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dfWzp7rYR4&feature=youtu.be
Mrs. Reed has planned some arithmetic challenges, word problems and some Maths investigations. The investigations will require you to really think through the problems and often have more than one answer - keep trying. Remember FAIL only means 'first attempt I'm learning'.
Mrs. Barnard has planned a research project all about our next Learning Quest for English. To kick start our ‘Learning Quest’ for next term, which is based on World War 2, we have put lots of different activities on the web page. You can pick and choose which ones you do when - you don't need to do them all at once!
There are also some PE and 'keeping active' tasks you may have a go at - you could even persuade your family to join in with you.
Hope you have a good Easter break with your families and stay safe and healthy.
Oh and of course - don't forget to read, read and read some more - its good for you!
Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Barnard
Message from Mrs Barnard and Mrs Reed - 24.3.20
Goodness me what a strange week it has been! We hope you are all keeping safe and looking after yourselves and your families. Mrs Barnard has been doing lots of work and lots of reading (shock horror!). She has also been teaching herself how to make different types of bread - some have been delicious and others....not so much. Mrs Reed has also been doing lots of work and joining in with the Joe Wicks PE lessons online with her boys (have a look at these if you'd like to join in too https://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv). Plus improving her football skills with them in the garden. We are really missing teaching you but hope to see you soon after the Easter holidays perhaps.
See you soon,
Mrs Barnard and Mrs Reed
Week ending 20th March 2020
It has been a unusual week in Yew Class this week, however we have been really proud and impressed with the mature attitude and positivity shown by our Year 6s. To those of you, who have been in, thank you for your adaptability, hard work and good nature - it was a pleasure to teach you. For those who are self-isolating, we missed you and hope you are all safe and well.
Please check our webpage on a regular basis for updates and information to support you at home. Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Barnard
Term 4, Week 2 Homework
Term 4, Week 1 Homework
Week ending Friday 6th March 2020
It has been a really exciting week - with a visit from an author - Fleur Hitchcock, as well as it being Book Day on Thursday. Our work this week has focussed on the book 'The Secret of Black Rock' which has inspired our writing work and been the basis for our Guided Reading too!
The visit from Fleur Hitchcock was a great success with a really exciting talk and workshop resulting in some high quality writing with a focus on suspense. It was a pleasure to see what the children had created basis on such exciting input.
The rest of the week, the children have been planning, writing, editing and publishing a non-chronological report based on Black Rock. Everyone has worked really hard on the targets they have been set and it is resulting in really high quality pieces of work.
On Thursday lots of children brought in the potatoes they had decorated to celebrate World Book Day. There was some amazingly creative and imaginative ideas. Well-done to everyone who gave it a go!
In Maths this week we continued to work on measure. Our focus has been length and mass - converting between different units of measure and solving problems. We are also working hard on improving our speed and accuracy with arithmetic skills and are continuing to work hard on solving problems with fractions.
Week ending 28th February 2020
We have had a busy and fun week in Yew Class with lots of high quality work being completed with great learning attitudes being displayed.
In our Guided Reading work this week we have been reading a non-fiction information text based on Antarctica. We found out that it is a frozen desert with the ice-sheet being more than a mile deep in places making it very difficult for any life form to survive. However the surrounding seas are home to plenty of creatures that are able to thrive!
In our writing work we have begun to work hard on improving our writing by focussing on the skills that will enable us to become better writers. We planned and began to write a letter to become part of an expedition to join Ernest Shackleton (the famous Irish explorer) on his adventure across the Antarctic. Each person was given a role they would undertake and their letter was based on persuasing Shackleton on how they would be the best person he could take to fulfill this role.
This week in Maths we have focussed our learning on angles. We revisited the names and properties of all the different angles and then moved onto solving problems based on this - for example fining missing angles on lines or as part of circles. We then moved onto measuring and drawing angles and drawing 2D shapes based on given dimensions. Everyone worked really well to support each other at this task.
Let's Explore Knowledge Organiser
Term 3, Week 6 Homework
Term 3, Week 5 Homework
Descriptive writing on the rainforest by a member of Yew Class
Happy Half Term Yew Class!
Well-done for an excellent half term of work in Yew Class! Mrs. Barnard and Mrs. Reed are particularly pleased with the focus and effort from the class and working so hard this final week practising the SATs and making such good progress! We look forward to seeing you all back after half term refreshed and ready for the second half of being a Year 6!
This week in English we planned and wrote a description of the rainforest. In pairs we planned a piece of work - some people started at the top in the atmosphere and worked their way down through to the ground and other people made their way up. Everyone then wrote their piece and published it. It was a real pleasure for Mrs. Reed to read and mark this writing. The effort and focus is really paying off and Yew Class are showing much greater awareness of the reader and are becoming 'real writers'.
In Maths this week we have continued our work on shape and area. We have learnt how to find the area of irregular shapes by counting squares and parts of squares as well as recapping how to find the area of triangles and parralelograms.
This week we have looked at water safety as well as train track safety. We learnt the importance of how we must be aware that many train tracks have now been electrified. This means both the tracks and the overhead cables are potentially extremely dangerous and could be fatal. We learnt that the electricity from both of these could jump up to 3 metres! As many of us live near train tracks, this is an important piece of information helping us fully understand that we NEVER play near railway lines and train tracks.
We also considered how dangerous water can be, especially when the weather warms up and we want to cool off. We learned that water when cold can cause our body to go into shock and make it very difficult to swim. We also looked at safety at sea - remember only swim between the yellow and red flags at sea when the lifeguards are on duty, as this is the safest place to be.
This week we have worked hard having a go at all the SATs papers. Everyone has shown great determination and focus and Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Barnard have been impressed with everyone's mature attitude.
Week ending Friday 7th January 2020
We have had a great week in Yew class with lots of fun learning opportunities and Mrs. Barnard and Mrs. Reed are particularly pleased to see how the class are developing as writers and working so hard on this area of their learning.
We have had a really productive and fun week in English. Our Guided Reading work has focussed on a story called 'Wings of a Butterfly' - a traditional tale from the Amazon. Our work on this culminated in groups performing sections of this to the rest of the class.
We have also been working this week on looking at the origin of the spellings we are learning - for example did you know that pyjamas is a Persian word and veranda is a word from Portugal. Everyone has tried particularly hard to learn their spellings this week and Mrs. Reed was extremely pleased with the test results. Well-done everyone! Do you know where the rest of these words originate?
In writing everyone has finished and edited their narratives. It has been great to see how well the class are now developing into 'writers' with much greater awareness of their audience.
In Maths this week we have been working on area. Initially we revised the work on the area of a rectangle and square. We then have moved onto compound shapes and the area of triangles and parallelograms.
Our Learning Quest
We have nearly completed our Aboriginal inspired paintings, which when put together will show the full picture of the snake. A photo of the final piece will be posted on here once we have finished. We have also been working hard to improve our map work and learning about different countries around the world.
Term 3, Week 4 Homework
Week ending Friday 31st January 2020
What a week! From writing stories and working with fractions to listening to orchestral music, we have been working hard and having fun too!
In Guided reading this week, we have been using our class book 'The Explorer' as the basis for our work. We are all thoroughly enjoying all that this book has to offer and a number of our class have started to read it as their personal reading book!
Our writing work has focussed on writing the story we planned last week based on a jaguar appearing at night time and frightening the children. Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Barnard are particularly pleased with our progress and how well the class are developing as writers.
As part of our SPAG work we have been learning about the present progressive and past progressive tense. We learnt a really fun song about this based on the 'cup song'. Some of the class demonstrated how good they were at performing this song with the cups!
Our focus this week has been fractions. We have learned how to multiply and divide fractions as well as revisiting a previous taught skill of adding fractions with different denominators. We used oranges and apples and even cake to help us understand how we need to find a common denominator to add and subtract fractions. We also enjoyed eating them too!
Our Learning Quest
This week we have listened to music inspired by our learning all about 'Explorers'. We have considered which instruments we can hear and what makes up an orchestra.
Week ending Friday 26th January 2020
It has been another fun and productive week in Yew Class. We are all particularly enjoying our class book 'The Explorer' - it is getting really exciting and inspiring lots of our work across the curriculum.
In English this week everyone published their letters. For the first time Mrs. Barnard introduced a new way of presenting their final piece of work on a two-page spread. The results were impressive!
As a class this week we then moved onto planning a narrative - based in the Amazon Rainforest. Everyone was really keen to share ideas and had some really thoughtful suggestions about what could happen. We will be focussing on making sure we all know when to begin a new paragraph as we write the story.
Our work this week has continued to focus on percentages and how to find them and use them to solve problems. We have then moved on to applying this skill to solving problems based on pie charts.
We had a lot of fun this week finding OS Map symbols around the school to crack a code. We are becoming much more confident when identifying what each of them mean.
Yew Class worked with Mr. Milum this week to begin to learn all about programming and thoroughly enjoyed their session with him.
Term 3, Week 3 Homework
Term 3, Week 2 Homework
Week ending Friday 17th January
We have a really fun and productive week with lots of great learning. We are all (including Mrs.Barnard and Mrs. Reed!) thoroughly enjoying our new 'Learning Quest'. Please see below for greater details of what we will be covering this term.
This week in Maths we have built on our learning of how to find fractions of a number. Remember divide by the bottom (the denominator) and multiply by the top (the numerator). We then moved onto how to find percentages - we have begun with 50% (remember find half or divide by 2), 25% (halve and halve again or divide by 4), 75% (find 25% and multiply by 3) and 10% (divide by 10).
We have finished our letter this week based on Fred (the main character in our class book 'The Explorer') and have planned and begun writing our own independent letters based on one of the other characters. We are working hard to include the features we have been working on such as: parenthesis, personification, noun phrases and similes. Alongside this we are learning to edit and improve as we go along, making this part of the writing process rather than something we do when we have finished.
We have looked at two information texts based on Darwin, which have been really interesting and helped us learn even more for our 'Learning Quest'. We have been working this week on improving our speed of reading - reading against the clock and seeing if we can better our speed and 'score' at the same time.
Our Learning Quest
This week we have continued to look at maps and think about direction and map references and symbols in Geography based on Ordinance Survey maps. For Science we have been learning about how children are similar to their parents but are not identical and the characteristics we get from our parents are inherited characteristics. Based on this we played a game making robots.
In Art we have been to develop pieces of art work in our sketch books based on Aboriginal Art.
Our art work
Let’s Explore! Do humans live everywhere?
Please look at the attached document, which we recently sent home outlining the key elements we will be learning about.
Our Learning Quest this term...
Happy New Year and welcome back!
Welcome back to Yew Class this term. It was great to see everyone again and really pleasing for both Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Barnard that everyone was ready to learn and showing such a positive attitude.
In English this week, we have begun working on writing a letter as a recount. This is based on our new class book 'The Explorer' - an exciting adventure based on some children who end up in the middle of the Amazon after their plane crashes. We have worked hard to include a variety of features including noun phrases, personification and similes as well as making our writing convincing by thinking carefully about the character and his thoughts and feelings.
In Maths this week we have focussed on statistics. We have looked at different ways data can be displayed and why different ways help the person looking at the data and understanding what it is telling them. This week we have looked at tables, bar graphs and line graphs.
Mrs. Barnard and Mrs. Reed wish you all a wonderful, peaceful and joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!
A couple of reminders:
- Please make sure you logon to 'MyMaths' - Mrs. Reed has set some tasks to do over the Christmas period.
- Please make sure you also logon to 'SpellingShed' to keep practising all your spellings.
- Don't forget to read, read, read and read some more .
Week ending Friday 20th December 2019
What a wonderful last week of term we have enjoyed this week - with a great Victorian Christmas celebration on Thursday afternoon. We have made mince pies, which we ate as part of our Victorian Christmas; learnt to sing Silent Night in harmony, learnt a country dance, made Christmas crackers; completed lots of Christmas Maths and finished the week making lots of Christmas crafts as part of Sparkle Morning.
Week ending Friday 13th December 2019
What a fun week of learning we have had this week including a wonderful day working on our zoetropes ready for our Victorian Christmas celebration next week.
In English this week we have focussed our reading on 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. We've answered questions, visualised the scenes and considered whether some of the things we have been reading were fact or opinion.
In our writing this week, we have planned, drafted and edited a balanced argument. We based this on whether we thought sixteen year olds should be allowed to vote. This tied in with the national election this week and opened up a lot of discussion in our class.
In Maths this week we have been learning how to translate and reflect shapes in the four quadrants. We also began to look at plotting points in the first quadrant. It was important to be accurate, use a ruler and always check our answers.
This week we finished making our zoetropes so that we can play with them and share them with our friends during our Victorian Christmas. Please see the pictures below of the process.
Week ending Friday 6th December 2019
We have had a really busy and interesting week, including an exciting afternoon pretending we were in a Victorian classroom, which was both educational and great fun!
In English this week our focus has been on planning and writing a structured argument that is balanced. We have looked at whether in Victorian times education should have been compulsory. We have worked on keeping our writing formal, using conjunctions to contrast and making sure we edit our work carefully.
In Guided Reading our texts have been the lyrics to songs from the musical Oliver. It has been lovely to listen to the music and use this as the basis for our learning.
In Maths this week we have continued our work on fractions. Everyone is becoming more confident when adding fractions including mixed numbers and it was great to see so many people apply their learning in the arithmetic paper on Friday.
An afternoon in a Victorian Classroom!
Maths homework Week ending Friday 29th November
SPAG homework week ending Friday 29th November 2019
Week ending Friday 29th November 2019
It has been a busy and fun week in Yew Class. We are continuing to work towards to creating our zoetropes ready for our Victorian Christmas. We are nearing the end of our Class Book Cogheart, which is becoming incredibly exciting. It is great that the class are so caught up in this story and have been inspired to read the next book in the series. Don't forget how important it is to read at home and to have a book you enjoy reading.
In English this week we planned, drafted and edited our own narrative based on the character Scrooge from Dicken's 'A Christmas Carol'. It was a pleasure for Mrs. Reed to mark these and see how well the children had applied their learning from previous teaching (pathetic fallacy, personification, repetition, emotive language and fronted adverbials to name a few!) to their own narratives. The children are becoming more aware of their audience as a writer and impact their writing can have.
In Maths this week we have continued to focus on fractions - comparing and ordering them including with improper fractions and mixed numbers. We also continue to work on solving lots of problems that are presented in a variety of ways to show our understanding of the Maths we are learning.
We have been learning about how the eye works and how light travels. As part of this we have looked at periscopes and how light is able to travel through them using reflection.
Week ending Friday 22nd November 2019
We have had a productive and focussed week working through some practise SATs papers so Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Barnard can see what we understand and what we will need some help with. Alongside this we have had some fun on TT-Rockstars improving our times tables and learning all about the Victorians from Mr. Philcox, who presented a range of Primary and Secondary sources from his family - see more about this below:
This week's work in History has centred on Primary and Secondary sources. Primary sources are artefacts from the actual time in History - e.g. photographs, diaries, clothing. Secondary sources are pieces of writing for example based on that time - e.g. History books.
Mr. Philcox brought in a range of artefacts all about his Great Grandfather. In groups each class had to look carefully at the sources and try to solve the puzzle as to what he did for a living. The sources included a census, trophies (for marksmanship), a family Bible, a certificate, photos and a family tree. It was fascinating for the children to learn about the Victorian times from a more personal perspective and to be able to ask lots of questions.
We have continued to work towards creating our zoetropes. We watched a tutorial from Mrs. Barnard's husband about how to draw figures so that they become animated when you 'flick' them like a flick book. It was important to be really accurate.
Year 6 Homework
Week ending Friday 15th November
We have had another busy and productive week in Yew Class. This week we have begun our Learning Journey on Victorian lives - rich and poor, building towards a Victorian Christmas. 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens has provided a perfect backdrop and setting for this work, which we began reading this week.
In English and Guided Reading this week, we have used 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens (a famous author from the Victorian period) as the inspiration and basis of our work. From this we have learnt all about the character Scrooge - we did some hot seating pretending we were him and have begun to write a story with him as our main character.
In Maths this week, we have begun a block of work we will be doing on fractions. We have considered what we already know about fractions, simplified them and converted between improper fractions and mixed numbers. We have found fraction walls and shapes very useful and realised how important our knowledge of times tables are to help us solve problems based on them.
In Design Technology this week, we have looked at instructions on how to make a Zoetrope. We are going to work on the skills we will need to design and make our own to play with at our Victorian Christmas. We began to work on our measuring, sawing and cutting skills and showed great maturity and focus during this session.
As part of our work towards making a 'zoetrope' in DT for our Victorian Christmas, we considered how light travels. We learnt how light always travels in straight lines and that some materials reflect light, whereas others don't. We measured the angles at which the light is reflected and learnt how it is always exactly the same angle at which it has come from the light source.
In History this week, we have learnt about some of the key events in the Victorian era with a focus on the key historical skill of chronology. It was particularly evident how many important events took place and why it is such an important part of the history of this country.
Week ending 8th November 2019
What a fantastic and exciting week back we have had! We have celebrated Carnival all - enjoying working on 'Then and Now' - thinking about Victorian Carnival in the past and carnival now.
On Wednesday morning we celebrated a Victorian Carnival -with sweets and costumes, so we could imagine what it would be like at that time.
In English this week, we have been writing a diary of a child on his\her first ever Victorian Carnival.
Before we wrote our diary, of course we had to write a plan to lead us when we do write it in best!
In Art this week, we have been creating a Carnival sky background and some silohuettes of people.
First, we tried multiple selections of art tools including: oil pastels, pencil crayons, crayons and water colours. These will be on display in front of our classroom.
To tied in with our Carnival theme in Maths this week we did a variety of fun activities. We began with a quiz based on modern day carnival - watching a video and working out Maths problems based on the clip. We then focussed on measure - weighing a variety of toy tractors and trailers and converting the measurements and making sure we fully understood how to read the scales. Perhaps most exciting was the weighing and measuring we did to make a vegetable soup based on Mrs. Beeton's orginal recipe - a famous cookbook from Victorian times. It would have made a lovely warming drink to have on a cold carnival night.
It was great to speak to so many of you and share your child's progress on Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you to those who came. If you were not able to attend, please do make an appointment via the office for another time as a face to face chat is always welcome and useful.
On Monday 11th Year 6 will, as previous Y6 have done, attend the memorial service in Southwell Gardens. We have prepared a prayer and understand the solemnity that is appropriate to such an important date in our national calendar.
Many thanks to the parents/carers who were able to help us by volunteering to walk down with us.
Everyone is most welcome to join us there and we hope you can make it.
Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!
Our Head Girl and Boy took all the donations to the local food bank on Friday.
Thank you for all your kind donations.
Week ending Thursday 24th October 2019
The Great Exhibition
The Great Exhibition on Wednesday was a huge success. Thank you to all parents and carers for coming. We hope you enjoyed it as we worked very hard.
We were writing our Penny Dreadfuls for the exhibition as you would have seen in the hall.
In Maths this week we have been working on using and applying the skills we have been working on this half term to solve problems. We had a competition where each table had to solve problems to earn blocks and build the best tower. Everyone worked extremely hard and had a lot of fun at the same time.
Problem solving in Maths
Half term Maths homework
Week ending October 18th 2019
We were writing a narrative based around Cogheart. It was about them opening a door into the Great Exhibition and they were hiding from the mirror-eyed men. We enjoyed writing it.
We did division and long division this week. Mrs Reed taught us a easier way to do long division.
We were making posters for our Great Exhibition and explaining our inventions in an explanation text.
In green time we decorated cakes and biscuits and enjoyed them at home.
By Meadow and Phoebe
Week ending Friday 11th October 2019
It has been another busy and exciting week in Yew Class. The standard of work everyone is producing continues to improve there have been some outstanding pieces of writing written this week.
In English we have continued our work on explanation texts and planned and begun to draft a text based on a real Victorian invention. These have included the phonograph, the telephone and the light bulb. We are using and applying the skills learnt last week including use of the passive voice, contrasting conjunctions, paragraph and technical vocabulary in our own writing.
This week our focus in Maths has been multiplication. We have been using a formal method to solve our calculations and solve problems. We have thought about what words could also be used instead of multiply? Can you remember them?
Each week in Year 6, the children are expected to complete the following homework:
- Reading at least 5 times a week. Each week should be recorded in your reading record book. Remember that this can be any reading you choose to do - your school book, your favourite magazine, a sports' website or anything else you are interested in.
- Maths homework - weekly maths homework is set and you can find it underneath this information.
- Practising your times tables - learning our tables to 12 x 12 is really important. Each child has a times table book. They should complete one page of practise each week ready for a test on Friday. There are 5 boxes on each page, so practise once a day to keep your times table knowledge fresh.
- Practising your spellings. Every week we have a spelling test - please practise your spellings ready for their test on Friday.
Please see your child's teacher if you have any questions about the homework.
Maths Homework Week ending Friday 4th October 2019
Week ending 4th October 2019
What a busy and exciting week we have had in Yew Class this week.
Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Barnard are particularly pleased with the excellent attitude and focus of Yew Class and the fantastic progress they are making - keep it up!
In English this week we have begun working on an explanation text - explaining how Mrs. Rust (a 'mechanical' from our class book Cogheart) works. We have focussed on using the passive voice, using paragraphs to organise our writing, using conjunctions to contrast and keeping our writing formal. We are working towards writing our own explanation text based on a Victorian invention as part of both our English work and topic work in preparation for our 'Great Exhibition'.
In Maths we have been working on multiplying by 10 and 100 and thinking carefully about what actually happens to the numbers. (Don't forget everyone that adding a zero won't work - e.g. 0.1 x 10 is not 0.10 as this is the same number!)
We have also learnt all about factors - whole numbers that will divide equally into numbers - for example the factors of 12 are 12, 1, 3, 4, 6 and 2. Prime numbers are numbers that only have 2 factors and the number 2 is unique because it is the only even prime number.
Did you know that 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17 and 19 are also prime numbers?
We had lots of fun in Green Time this week where we voted as a class to do some baking. We made little cakes and followed a recipe really carefully. The end result was really delicious and Mrs. Reed was so impressed with our attitude she has agreed we will have to do some more baking soon!
Week ending 27th September 2019
We've had a really busy, but productive week. Mrs. Barnard and Mrs. Reed are particularly pleased with our learning attitudes and desire to improve all the time. Keep it up Yew Class!
This week we have been working on writing our own diary - some people have been doing this from the perspective of Lily, others from Mrs. Rust's point of view and some people even chose Robert. Everyone has worked really hard to make their writing convincing and we are currently in the process of publishing these and are going to send them to the author as well as display them in our class.
We have been focussing on subtraction this week. We have recognise the importance of place value and how to line up the digits correctly so that we don't make errors.
We have applied our skills to answering word problems and solving problems.
Week ending Friday 20th September 2019
We have had a busy and productive week in Yew Class with lots of exciting work on our topic.
This week we have been writing a diary, as if we were Lily in our class book Cogheart. As part of this we have focussed on using conjunctions, onomatopoeia, alliteration, modal verbs and synonyms as ways to improve our writing. There have been some excellent pieces of writing and everyone is beginning to share a greater awareness of the reader.
This week in Maths we have been focussing on addition, beginning with estimation and using rounding. This is a real life skill, which we can use for example when checking we will have enough money for our shopping. We moved onto column addition and making sure we line up our digits correctly and remembering we can use the inverse to check our answers.
In topic, we have been working on building and making circuits. We experimented how we could make the bulb brighter and dimmer. We learnt how to draw circuits and described them.
Welcome back Yew Class!
We hope you have had a great Summer. It is lovely to see you all back at school and already so keen to work hard and be part of a fantastic Year 6!
This term our topic will be all about great Victorian inventions with an exciting visit to the SS Great Britain - photos to follow soon.
During the first two weeks we will be beginning our Maths work with a focus on place value, including the place value of decimals. We will also have a go at some SATs papers, so the teachers can find out what we are already confident with and what we may need further help and focussing on.
In English we have begun the term focussing on 'Blitz the Basics'. This has meant that we are working on basic punctuation - full stops and capital letters, correct letter formation and handwriting. We are using a really exciting book called 'Cogheart', which is based in Victorian times as inspiration for our writing.