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York (Yr5/6)

A wonderful week with the 13 children at school!

 

We had a fantastic week of exciting activities for those children who didn't go to Greatwood and it was a pleasure to be with them. 

The week started with taste testing different baked goods including biscuits and cakes.  The children rated the different cakes and biscuits, based on first impression, texture and taste.  Flapjacks proved to be particularly popular!

The children then used this knowledge to plan their own baking to sell to their families.  

The children researched and planned their own baking and made biscuits, cakes and flapjacks.  It was great to see their increased and improved confidence and independence as the week progressed. 

We interspersed this with games of rounders, forest school, stop motion animation a treasure hunt and lots of games and fun.  

 

Week with the fabulous 13!

Questions about camp

 

Thanks for coming to the meeting if you were able to make it and also sending in any questions which I'm happy to answer - keep them coming!

 

Issues raised were about money, snacks, cameras and phones.  None of those will be needed please.  We don't have anywhere to shop, so save those pocket money pennies.  

 

The food at Greatwood is delicious and plentiful - everyone is so well fed.  Any dietary needs, just let us know.

 

Cameras and phones are not great ideas because of cost, possible damage and inappropriate use so we will take an ipad and kids and staff can take plenty of pictures to send home via the website.  You will love seeing what they get up to!

 

If your child has any specific needs or concerns we can usually help with that so do please send us an email and we'll give you a call to talk through any way we can help.

 

Medical forms and all medicines to the office asap please.

 

Drop off at normal time on Monday wearing camp clothes NOT school uniform.  Collection on Friday may be a bit earlier (2pm ish?) depending on Bridgewater traffic but we'll update you via text when we know where we are.  We will look after children until you can collect as normal if you can't be here any earlier.

 

Main things to remember:

  • Lots of spare (older) clothes to change into
  • Bring a pillow, pillowcase, sheet and sleeping bag or duvet
  • Don't forget your towel and wash kit
  • Swimming costume
  • Pack a bin liner or carrier bags for manky muddy clothes
  • Packed lunch required for day one
  • Water bottle and day bag to carry it in
  • Torch if you want/have one
  • Cold weather clothes eg hat, jumper
  • Hot weather clothes eg cap and sun cream
  • Wet weather clothes eg rain jacket

 

See the Greatwood presentation below to have a sneak peak at where you'll be!

Camp kit list

 

Please see the kit list below which has details of what is needed.  Please note the list which was emailed out earlier today has kit for an additional water-sports day which we will not be doing so those items are not needed.

 

We also ask that no money or cameras are sent with the children.

 

Best wishes,

 

Mr Ballard and the Greatwood staff team

Week ending Friday 14th May 2021 

An exciting week for Willow! 

We have been writing diary entries as evacuees, following on from our learning in history. This week has also seen a continuation of our algebra learning in maths – moving on to understanding pairs of value and substitution. 

We have continued our learning about Islam in R.E. with a focus on the Eight Gates of Heaven.

Our history studies looked closely at the Battle of Britain.  We understood how it started and how it was won, who took part, why, the result and the human cost.  We took a moment to reflect on the impact on families of the sacrifices made by so many brave people. 

Week ending Friday 7th May 2021 

This week has continued our learning from last week. Writing our own diaries as Carrie from Carrie’s war whilst learning more about WW2 in our history lessons. We looked at who the main leaders were and put significant events in the war into a chronology.

This week we started algebra in maths! After a bit of a rocky start, everyone is working hard at solving equations and understanding formulae. 

Our work on Raising Aspirations continued looking at skills and we played games which helped us focus on what different skills we had and could develop.

In science we were working on health and fitness with a practical investigation into our pulse rates.  We learnt how to use self-assessment to set fitness goals safely.

Week ending Friday 30th April 2021 

 

An exciting week! We have been developing our creative writing skills by constructing a narrative, continuing the story of Carrie’s War. 

In maths we have been learning about fractions. How to add, subtract, multiply and divide both mixed numbers, improper and proper fractions. 

We have started work on Raising Aspirations which is all about us looking to the future and what we want to achieve as life goals.  This week was about recognising our personal qualities.

Our RE work is focusing on Islam.

We explored the origins of World War II and discovered how it followed on from WWI in many ways - we are trying to learn some of the lessons from the past.

Curriculum Map Summer Half Term 1 2021

PE day will be Friday every week for Year 6

Week ending Friday 23rd April 2021

 

What an exciting Science Week we have had this week.

We carried out investigations on:

1) plugging holes in buckets!

2) testing and evaluating toothpaste

3) making toothpaste and testing it

4) finding out what happened to the dinosaurs

5) bug hunting

6) designing and testing rockets

7) designing and making spinners

8) creating an exercise plan for the community

 

We focussed on how to plan our experiment, how to make our test fair, ways in which we could record our results and what the results meant (conclusion).  It was a really fun week with Year 6 really developing their scientific skills, knowledge and desire to find things out!

Photos to follow.

Week ending Friday 26th March

 

What a fun week we have had!  Missions, diary entries, lots of data (Maths) and some afternoon art work!

 

Our Antarctica Mission

This week we completed a mission. It was a lot of fun.  As part of our work on Antarctica we pretended we had to cross a crevasse as part of Shackleton's expedition.  In order to achieve this everyone had to earn enough materials to make a bridge to take across their equipment.  To earn the materials each team had to solve 10 clues, each of which enabled them to buy something from the 'shopping list'. 

Luckily, it was dry and all the teams managed in the end to solve the clues and made their bridges.  Each bridge was tested to see if it could hold the equipment for 10 seconds without breaking.   It was very tense and exciting at the same time. 

Our class certainly had to use our school praise values to be successful!

Perseverance - particularly when teams' bridges didn't work initially and needed rethinking and rebuilding. 

Empathy - supporting others when testing the bridges. 

 

 

Building our bridges

Crossing the crevasse mission

Week ending Friday 12th March!

 

It has been a real pleasure to have you all back again Willow Class and Miss Boulding, Miss Tillum and I (Mrs. Reed) have thoroughly enjoyed being with you after all this time!  Well-done for showing such maturity, being open, honest and caring towards each other and working so hard this week.  Keep it up!

 

'The Three Little Pigs'

This week we have focussed on the story of the 'Three Little Pigs'. However this has not been the conventional fairy tale, rather an exciting modern day version based on an advert.  As part of this everyone has been learning how to write a gripping newspaper report alongside designing and creating masks to be worn as part of the interview process carried out by journalists within the class. 

Creating paper mache masks

Maths

 

Our focus this week has been perimeter, area and volume.  We had a lot of fun using metre sticks, measuring tapes and even enjoying some fresh air with trundle wheels measuring the perimeter of different aspects of the playground this week.  

Measuring the perimeter of parts of our school playground

We did it!

Well done everyone, we made it to the end of home learning and we are now back to school as of Monday.  Well, most of us are.

 

I'm very sorry to say I cannot be there with you due to a long-standing health issue which means I have to shield until after my second vaccine dose.  I will really miss you all and I am so sorry I can't be there but you are in safe hands with Mrs Reed, Mrs Tillam and a new member of the team, Miss Boulding who will be joining us for the next few months.  She has made a video to introduce herself and I have also made one to say in person why I can't be there and how much I will miss you all.  Both videos can be found on the home learning section in the Y6 playlist.

 

Work hard, be kind, be happy, have fun,

 

Mr Ballard and the year 6 team.

Geography Curriculum Day 5.3.21

Please see Mrs Sturmey's video that accompanies the activities for Geography Day on the home learning section of the website.
Please see the links for the reading events on Monday's section.  There are events for Friday on there.
Please see the video for Y4, 5 and 6 entitled 'Curriculum Day Computing' that goes with Friday's work.

Friday 26th February

Friday 12th February 2021

Friday 5th February

Please note Monday's science, reading and maths are all on one document.  Please see the video that goes with this to explain further.

Happy Christmas!

 

We have made it to the end of term and what a term it has been!  There have been more disruptions due to covid and we have all had to cope with those challenges.  All of us have worked hard to try to keep things going as education is like climbing a mountain: lots of little steps, keeping going and overcoming the set-backs will ultimately lead to us achieving our goals.

 

This week has really shown that Willow students have what it takes as they have worked super hard to complete their narrative work based on A Christmas Carol.  I hope you can find time to watch one of the many versions on screen together as the message in the story is as true today as it was when Dickens wrote it.  Children will enjoy relating what they read to what is on screen.

 

As Christmas is a time for family to be together (as much as they can) and not for lots of work, I have not set any homework to be done over this next two weeks.  That being said, I have added a folder of resources for making Zoetropes which were popular toys in Victorian times.  Watch this video to find out how it's done.  They combine art and craft using simple materials and tools found at home with the knowledge and skills we studied in science this year to make great animation effects.  If you would like a project to keep you busy or share as a family then take a look.  There is a word document and four publisher documents, both with all the resources depending on which you can open on your device at home. 

 

I know I said no homework but  TT Rockstars is still available for quick little sessions to keep things fresh and a holiday provides great opportunities to REEEEEEEAAAAAAAADDDDDD a good book so make the most of the time and get stuck in.

 

I really hope you all have a safe, restful and fun Christmas break in whatever way you can this year.

 

See you in 2021.

 

Mr Ballard

Class Blog Friday 11th December 2020

 

Thursday and Friday saw children return to school after two weeks learning from home.  Unfortunately, due to my own health circumstances, I was not able to be with them.  This is massively frustrating for me but I am still here, working away!

 

I am planning the work for the children and talking to Mrs Reed and Mr Selby on a regular basis and will also be teaching children via video link from Monday (if all goes to plan!)

 

There is only one week of term left now before the Christmas holidays!  Time flies when you're having fun, eh? 

 

Children have been working hard on reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens which is such a great book - I read it every Christmas!  They have been writing their own versions of the story and the teachers have all been really impressed with how much effort has gone into the writing.

 

Homework for this week can be found here. For maths, children should choose any 20 of the questions on the sheet.  They can do more if they want.  Every question attempted should be numbered.  There is a jpg version and a word copy in case you find that easier to print but you can work from the screen.

The spelling list is either all 20 words or just the 10 on the back of the sheet; your child will know which they are required to do.

Everyone should read and do TTRockstars regularly.

 

I hope you all have a great weekend and able to stay safe and happy as we near the well-earned holiday.

 

Best wishes,

 

Mr Ballard

Welcome Back!

 

Thursday and Friday saw children return to school after two weeks learning from home.  Unfortunately, due to my own health circumstances, I was not able to be with them.  This is massively frustrating for me but I am still here, working away!

 

I am planning the work for the children and talking to Mrs Reed and Mr Selby on a regular basis and will also be teaching children via video link from Monday (if all goes to plan!)

 

We know how hard home learning can be and I want to say a massive thank you and well done to you all for anything you have been able to achieve - it all helps!

 

Homework for this week can be found here. For maths, children should choose either section a, b, or c.  Method 2 for simplifying the fractions before multiplying them is explained on a video if you need help understanding that.  The video can be found on the 'news and events' section of the website.

The spelling list is either all 20 words or just the 10 on the back of the sheet; your child will know which they are required to do.

Everyone should read and do TTRockstars regularly.

 

In the mean time, I hope you all have a great weekend.

 

Best wishes,

 

Mr Ballard

Hello Year 6!

 

As we are now learning from home, Mrs Trinick and myself will be posting work on here for you to do each day.  There will be copies of the work for you emailed to the address we have for your parents on a daily basis.  You can watch a video explaining the work on the news and events section of the school website under the year 6 section.

 

You will need to email your work in to us for marking (make sure your name is on it!).  You can type it up and email it or write on paper, take a photo and email that.

We will be keeping track of who is doing their work so make sure you are up to date!

 

All work and any questions to willow@churchfield.bwmat.org or yew@churchfield.bwmat.org

 

Best wishes,

 

Mr Ballard and Mrs Trinick

Week beginning 5.10.20

 

Another good week for Willow students and teachers seems to have flown by!  We are 5 weeks into term now and there are just two weeks until the first half term break.

 

We are making good progress catching up to where we should be for year 6 after the lock-down and the students are rising to the challenge.  We had a reading and maths test this week which will help us find out what our priorities are for learning going forward.

 

The children are much better at remembering to do and return homework with most children getting this done and back to Mr Ballard for a Friday.  Well done!  See below for this week’s homework.

 

Mr Ballard.

 

English

We were applying the skills we were taught with greater independence this week.  Our writing is increasingly accurate and we will focus more on extending the content with better word choices and more complex sentences.

The Hound Of The Baskervilles continues to keep us gripped and this week we are on a cliff-hangar as the great detective himself has arrived – or was he always there?!  A new clue has landed in our laps and we think we are closing in on the criminal.  We have a clue of our own to solve which should help identify the ‘prime’ suspect!

 

Maths

Our maths has been centred on multiplication up to thousands and the formal method for setting this out.  We are working hard to identify the errors we make and what they can tell us about how we can get better.

Our Friday maths lesson on arithmetic had efficiency (speed and accuracy) as its focus with the 4 operations at its heart.  This is a key part of our SATs preparation and the children are all making great progress here.

 

Topic

The lessons this week focused on researching genuine Victorian inventions, how they changed the world then and continue to play a part in our lives today. 

 

We want to build our own prototypes of our models and need plenty of materials to work with.  We are asking for recyclable materials that could be useful in model making such as clean yoghurt pots, cereal boxes and paper towel tubes.  Please start sending them in early so we can quarantine them to be covid secure.

 

Homework

Reading needs to continue at home as it will in school.  Please try to hear your child as often as you can.  If you can’t hear them read, take time to talk to them about what they are reading.  Encourage them to record all reading in their diaries.  Please feel free to add your own comments to the record when you hear them read or discuss the book with them.

New spellings went home on Friday 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.

There is an additional maths homework sheet which is on this page but there is no need to print it as every child received a paper copy.

 

This week only: Sherlock Holmes’ ‘Prime’ suspect coded clue to solve!  Hint: identify the prime numbers between 0 and 100.

Week beginning 28.9.20

 

It was great to be able to speak to so many parents/carers of Willow students at parents’ evening this week.  I am really proud to be your child’s teacher and so pleased that there is such a desire to work together to do the best for the children.  With home and school all helping the children, we will have a great year and help them on the next step of their journey.

 

If you were not able to book an appointment but still want to speak to me or if you have anything else you want to say/ask, please do get in touch via the school office and I will call you back as soon as I can.  I am always happy to help.

 

Mr Ballard.

 

English

We have been learning and using more of the technical features of writing in our diaries begun last week.  We have been looking at verb forms and conjunctions which will add detail and sophistication to our writing.  We continue to work hard on spellings and punctuation too.

Our main reading focus is The Hound Of The Baskervilles and the action is really hotting up.  As new clues come in, the investigative team of Willow students/detectives are sifting through the evidence and weighing up the different suspects.  We hope to be able to announce an arrest soon but remember – stay off the moor!

 

Maths

Our maths has been centred on the key skills of addition and subtraction this week as we extend what we already know into more complex numbers including large numbers and decimals.  We can also apply the methods of mental and written maths to word problems and decide what maths works best to get the right answer in the quickest way.

Our Friday maths lesson on arithmetic had efficiency (speed and accuracy) as its focus with the 4 operations at its heart.  This is a key part of our SATs preparation and the children are all making great progress here.

 

Topic

Continuing the design process this week we drew diagrams from different viewpoints and added notes and information about exactly how our invention might work.  We will refine these designs and start to explore the skills we need to build prototypes and models.  We will be asking for recyclable materials that could be useful in model making such as clean yoghurt pots, cereal boxes and paper towel tubes.  Please start sending them in early so we can quarantine them to be covid secure.

 

Homework

Reading needs to continue at home as it will in school.  Please try to hear your child as often as you can.  If you can’t hear them read, take time to talk to them about what they are reading.

New spellings went home on Friday 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.

There is an additional maths homework sheet which is on this page but there is no need to print it as every child received a paper copy.

 

Week beginning 21.9.20

 

Willow students continue to shine and are making their mark as Year 6 students felt across the school.

 

English

We have been looking at the features of diary writing this week and have been using a brilliant new text called Cogheart by Peter Bunzl to help us create our own diaries as if we were the main character, Lily.

The story is set in a fantasy version of Victorian England and includes some remarkable mechanical creatures.  Ask your child about the story so far and get regular updates as we read it through the days to come.

As if that wasn’t enough Victorian adventure, we’re also reading The Hound of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  This is one of Mr Ballard’s all-time favourites and we are enjoying trying to solve the mystery as we read it, analysing the clues in the style of the great Sherlock Holmes himself.  Who is the guilty party? No spoilers!

 

Maths

It’s all been very positive and negative this week – in numbers at least!  We have been counting and calculating below and across 0 on number lines and in contexts such as money and temperature.  The children enjoyed this work and were able to link what they already know about number rules like bonds, partitioning and four operations and extend it when they have negative, positive, both and a mixture of the two to deal with – challenging stuff!

 

Topic

We started our Victorian topic in earnest this week and began to explore The Great Exhibition of 1851.  If you don’t know what that was about, ask your child to give you the low down.

We discussed what we could invent to solve a problem and become wealthy inventors like Thomas Eddison or today’s billionaire inventor, a certain Mr Dyson who became fabulously rich even though his invention sucks!

We started by finding a problem and then thought of a solution.  We will develop these solutions individually or in creative teams and design and refine them until we are ready to build and then showcase our prototypes at our own Great Exhibition later in the year.

 

Homework

Reading needs to continue at home as it will in school.  Please try to hear your child as often as you can.  If you can’t hear them read, take time to talk to them about what they are reading.

New spellings went home on Friday 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.

There is an additional maths homework sheet which is on this page but there is no need to print it as every child received a paper copy.

Week beginning 14.9.20

 

We’ve had a great week in Willow, setting the standard for behaviour and work with some fantastic newspaper reports written by our journalists.

 

English

Continuing with our text, Leaf, we have written our articles on the events which include interviews, active and passive sentences and a journalistic structure.  Many students chose to create their own art work to accompany the writing and all of us created decorative art which can be seen on the display.

 

Maths

Continuing with place value, we moved on to rounding numbers to specific columns.  We compared and ordered numbers using the mathematic symbols < = >.

We explored which numbers would round to a certain number and why as well as which the largest and smallest would be that would round to a specific number.  This will help us with larger calculations later on in our studies.

 

Topic

Our work On Leaf continued as described above but we also learnt about BRITISH VALUES of democracy, what it means, why it matters and how we all have a part to play.   We held an election for the new school parliament and many children stood as candidates, making speeches to the electorate who voted and returned two brand new representatives from Willow – well done to them!

 

Homework

Reading needs to continue at home as it will in school.  Please try to hear your child as often as you can.  If you can’t hear them read, take time to talk to them about what they are reading.

New spellings went home on Friday 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.

There is an additional maths homework sheet which is on this page but there is no need to print it as every child received a paper copy.

 

PE is on Monday this week. 

Your child needs to come in PE kit which they can wear all day so there is no need to change at school.  

 

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.

 

English

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!

 

Maths

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.

 

Topic

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 here next week (if all goes to plan)!

 

Homework

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 18.9.20  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 Willow, the next Monday they need to come to school in kit is 21st September.

 

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