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.