Weekly Update –Blue – 30.04.18
This week’s Maths and English has consisted mostly of revision; I am sure the children cannot wait for the arrival of the SATs test.
We have however managed to continue elsewhere with other curriculums subjects. In science this week we have been looking at ‘The Pulse’. The children completed some energetic activities in order to raise their heart rates and compare these to their resting rate.
In RE we have been learning about Hajj the pilgrimage Muslims take once in a lifetime in order to complete one of the five pillars of Islam. The children have been writing a diary entry based on this as an assessed writing task.
We completed the week with a Star Wars dress up day and a focus on ‘Growth Mindset’ where the children completed some fun challenges.
Weekly Update –Blue – 23.04.18
It has been a long week in Year 6 but the children have worked very hard during Mock SATs week. The countdown is on as we continue to work towards the upcoming SATs test in a few weeks. There were some very happy children in class especially after finding out how well they had done on the tests. As you can see from the pictures there was some dancing and excitement. It has been a pleasure working with such hardworking, dedicated children who have taken on such a mature approach to the tests.
Elsewhere in class we have still continued to teach a range of subjects across the curriculum. However we had a lovely relaxing end to the week completing water colour paintings of Mount Fuji by artist Hokusai. The children produced some very good images considering blending techniques and how to build up colours.
Well done Year 6 (especially Blue 6).
Weekly Update –Blue – 16.04.18
Back to School and we have had an exciting couple of days to start us off. In Blue 6 we have been discussing the schools new Anti-bullying Policy. We have looked at how we can identify types of bulling and hopefully help to prevent it. To help develop the children’s understanding they were grouped together to role play different forms of bullying that also included a resolution.
We have also been focusing on our new topic Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. To introduce us to the story we were encouraged to develop our survival skills through fire making and cooking as well as orienteering. As the story has a Japanese feel we were also able to try out some Japanese brush painting techniques.
Weekly Update –Blue – 26.03.18
It’s the last week of term and the children have had an exciting trip to The Globe. After a very long journey sat in traffic, we had a quick visit to the exhibition, where the children very much enjoyed seeing the different displays and reading the information relating to the Elizabethan era. Once we had finished looking around the exhibition we had a quick stop for lunch and headed to our tour of the theatre itself. The children had an informative talk about the structure of the building and how the plays are performed, as well as a backstage tour. After our tour we headed to the rehearsal rooms where the children participated in a drama workshop acting out scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Back at school we completed our Shakespeare topic with a viewing of Gnomeo and Juliet.
During the rest of the week the children visited their reading buddies, completed Easter cards with moving parts and completed their stain glass windows.
Weekly Update –Blue – 19.03.18
It has been another busy week in Blue 6 and across the year group. The children started the week with more tests but have worked extremely hard and have shown dedication to their learning. They should be proud of the continued progress they are making.
In Science this week we have been learning about double circulation and the children were able to act as parts of the body (lungs, heart, blood, and other organs) where they demonstrated oxygen travelling to and from the heart.
In PSHCE this week the children performed dramas and discussed how to be responsible with alcohol and in Music they very much enjoyed learning to drum on exercise balls.
Weekly Update –Blue – 12.03.18
A fantastic Macbeth workshop was attended by all of year 6 this week, where the children were fully engrossed in re-enacting the play. The children performed main parts of the play, predicted what would happen and chanted key quotes. Over all we had a fun filled morning in Blue 6.
We have also been focusing on the play Romeo and Juliet and are planning to write a descriptive narrative based on a particular scene. The children have a very good understanding of the storyline and are building a bank of descriptive words and clauses linking to their senses.
In geography we have started a new topic on climate change, where children will be considering how climate can have an impact on how we live. This week’s particular focus is on a child in Banjul who does not go to school due to the hardships faced by his family.
Weekly Update –Blue – 5.03.18
It has been a long week completing SATs paper this week and the children have worked very hard indeed with some fantastic results. The children have shown great dedication towards making progress and improving their test scores. Well done Blue 6 a fantastic effort!
Also this week we finally managed to celebrate World Book Day (a week late due to snow, but we got there). The children came in wearing some brilliant costumes. Thank you to all who contributed donations in support towards this event.
Weekly Update –Blue – 26.02.18
I do hope all the children enjoyed their days off in the snow, playing and having fun. Although there is not a great deal to report on last week’s lessons, I thought you still may enjoy a few pictures of your children out in the snow at playtime.
They certainly had fun launching snow balls at me.
Weekly Update – Blue – 19.02.18
Back to school after what I am sure has been a much needed break for all the children. We certainly have had a busy week and some new topics to focus on.
In English this week we have been writing persuasive letters to Sir Francis Walsingham in order to ban blood-sports: bear-baiting and cock-fighting. These were very popular types of entertainment during the Elizabethan era and Queen Elizabeth 1 herself was a regular spectator.
In RE the children have been learning about Jesus’ life in the lead up to Easter. This week’s focus has been Palm Sunday where the children have started writing newspaper reports about the events that took place.
On Tuesday afternoons the children will be rotating between PE, Grammar and French sessions. This week’s PE has involved circuit training. The children were set several tasks in which they were to record how many reps they could do in a minute. They will be hoping to improve their scores each week.
Photographs of this week’s Art progress can also be seen below.
Weekly Update – Blue – 29.01.18
In Blue 6 this week in English the children have been comparing Elizabethan times to Modern day England. They have been making notes relating to Religion and Beliefs, Society and Theatre ready to write a comparative report. I’m sure they will happily explain to you the use of personal and impersonal forms.
In Science the children have been constructing series and parallel circuits and completing challenging relating to these, in Geography they have been planning and acting out adverts for CCTV Network to sell a local commodity to China and in Computing they have been entering data and creating graphs.
We ended the week on a high with some fun Maths challenges, where the parents came along to join in with the children all in aid of ‘NSPCC Number Day’. I would like to say a very big thank you to all that came, the children thoroughly enjoyed having you there.
Weekly Update – Blue – 22.01.18
This week has been a busy week across Year 6 as the children have been trying out some sample tests in order to practise their skills in preparation for the SATs. These tests will help to inform the children of their progress and help to set personal targets for themselves as well as inform the teachers of areas the children need to develop. They have all worked very hard and should be proud of the efforts they have made.
In Science this week we created an electrical drama, acting out how a circuit works; played bingo with symbols and pretended to be electricians fixing circuits.
Also this week we have been creating stain glass window designs that follow a story narrative related to the Elizabethan period, discussing world issues in PSHCE and thinking about our dream worlds, budgeting in computing to develop our skills in Excel, and talking about our daily routines in French.
Weekly Update – Blue – 15.01.18
It has been another busy week in Blue 6 with grammar as a particular focus in English. The children have been writing letters about an expedition across the ocean following in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh in order to apply the grammatical features they have learned. These include the use of adverbials, conjunctions and prepositions.
In science this week the children have been continuing with their work on Circuits. They have been focusing on accurate drawings and using prior learning to identify symbols and their definitions. See pictures of our Post It note came below.
In Geography as part of our topic on Fair trade, we have been looking at the incredible amounts of imported goods from China to the United Kingdom. The children have learned about the number of containers and commodities that arrive on the famous container ship, Marco Polo.
In History we have started to consider the key dates during the Elizabethan era, creating timelines and looking at 3 important aspects: Entertainment, Tudor Classes and William Shakespeare.
Weekly Update – Blue – 08.01.18
This week we have started to work in Learning Partners across the school. This has been a rather exciting change for us all. The children will start off each new week being paired up with another pupil in the class who will be selected at random. They will then discuss ideas and opinions with each other and work together throughout the week. This in time will enable them to become confident, independent learners.
In Science we have moved on to learning about Electricity, the children have used their prior knowledge to make circuits and discuss how each component works as well as learn how to accurately draw them.
In Art we have begun looking at stain glass windows. We took a trip to St Clements church where they very kindly discussed the history and story line behind each of their windows. The children then took time to draw some sketches.
Weekly Update – Blue – 04.01.18
Our first two days back at school after the Christmas break have been very eventful. On Thursday we looked at a key aspect of our school values (ASPIRE) the focus being independence. The children discussed what it means to be independent and how they can be more independent in their own learning. We also looked at organising a timetable of revision that would be practical and would fit in with the activities they already do.
On Friday we dressed up as Elizabethans to start off our new topic based around the Elizabethans and William Shakespeare. During the day the children rotated between the three classes creating artwork, dancing and cooking. In art the children drew self-portraits in the style of an Elizabethan; we also looked at symbolism with the clothing they wore.
Some examples of the art work can be seen below however are unfinished.
Weekly Update – Blue – 11.12.17
We have been focussing on lots of Christmassy activities this week as the Christmas holidays draw nearer and the children become very excited.
The children performed their Carol Concert at the Wesley Church on Wednesday evening, a very well done to them all for a lovely performance and thank you to all that attended to support the children.
In class we have been making French calendars for the New Year, we have been Christmas problem solving in Maths, enjoying Christmas dinner at lunch time and building Anderson Shelters. We have also watched ‘Good Night Mr Tom’, staring John Thaw, which the children very much enjoyed and found rather emotional. We finished the week looking very festive wearing Christmas jumpers.
A busy week for us all but a big well done to Blue 6 for all their hard work. Three days to go!
Weekly Update – Blue – 04.12.17
This week we have had a visit from our local Priest, Father Neil, to discuss his role in the church and local community for our RE topic on Christianity. The children were engrossed listening to what he had to say and they asked him some excellent questions. The behaviour of the children was praised greatly by Father Neil.
In History we have been tracking the journey of a local lady Meerela and have researched immigration documents relating to her and family during the war.
We have also been working hard towards our Christmas Carole Concert in preparation for next week. You are all in for a real treat.
Weekly Update – Blue – 27.11.17
Investigation time as we explore refraction in science. The children looked at two different experiments one where they held an arrow behind a glass filled with water and the other where they placed a sticker under a glass, filled it with water and observed the changes, we then placed a saucer on top. Please ask your children what they noticed.
Also this week was the last of our year group jive lessons. The children have worked very well together partnered up and some beautiful dances were seen. We ended the lesson with a dance off where five couples remained.
The children have been sharing their WW2 creative homework this week. A big thank you to all the children for the work put into creating these brilliant pieces. A fantastic effort was made by all.
Weekly Update – Blue 6 – 20.11.17
It has been another busy week as Year 6 have been preparing for the Music Festival at Crowstone Church.
The children have been singing their hearts out in preparation for the event along with the Year 5/6 Choir, Year 3/4 choir and KS1 choir. The event was very successful with the year 5/6 choir winning a gold medal and the Year 6 children also winning a gold medal and a shield. All the children that attended sang beautifully and should be very proud of their achievements.
Also this week we have been making decorations for Christmas. On Friday afternoon the children spent the afternoon getting into the festive spirt listening to Christmas music and decorating wonderful gifts to take home. They are all very proud of their outcomes and I am sure you will be too.
Weekly Update – Blue – 06.11.17
This week we have begun thinking about a new topic in Science relating to how we see light. The children had a fantastic time re-enacting how light travels from a light source to an object and into our eyes, (I am sure they will be happy to explain this in more detail to you). They then went onto filming their own educational children’s show relating to this.
As the weekend draws nearer we have been thinking very closely about Armistice Day, the children across year 6 have been writing some very powerful poems in English to commemorate the event, some of which were read aloud to the whole school as we stood together for a 1 minute silence.
In art the children have been exploring the use of tabs to join materials and they have made prototype designs of Anderson Shelters. They then evaluated the success of these in relation to their own ideas.
Weekly Update – Blue – 31.10.17
It’s been an eventful but short week back at school. We have begun learning songs for our Christmas Carole Concert and had a very exciting day at Duxford on our school trip.
The children came to school looking fantastic dressed as evacuees; lots of effort had been put into making your children look authentic. The children were very excited as they entered several aircrafts such as the Concord and BOAC Comet. They were also able to listen to some very interesting speeches about these aircrafts along with the SR-71 Blackbird. I’m sure they will be able to share what they have learned with you. In all it was a brilliant day and the children were excellent representatives for our school.
Weekly Update – Blue – 16.10.17
We have been learning to build suspense in our writing this week with some spooky descriptions and we have completed our final images for our Blitz artwork. Our Evacuee presentations are finally complete and the children have had an opportunity to present them to their peers.
Half term is upon us and Topic Homework has been set to allow the children to get creative with their favourite part of World War 2. We look forward to seeing them all at a later date.
Weekly Update – Blue – 09.10.17
This week we have enjoyed a trip to the Synagogue in Westcliff. The children enjoyed learning about the synagogue features as well as the habits of the community. The children asked lots of questions to extend their prior learning, the boys got to wear a kippah and they were all fascinated when they opened the Ark to reveal the holy Torah. Over all it was a fun day.
Weekly Update – Blue – 02.10.17
This week in Blue 6 the children have been conducting experiments in science related to our topic of the ‘Classification of Living Things’. Our experiment was to help the children see that micro-organisms (such as yeast) are very small living things. We set up two experiments – one with yeast, warm water and sugar and the other with just yeast and warm water. We then mixed the ingredients and placed a stretched balloon on top of the bottle. Ask your children what they observed and why!
Later in the week the children enjoyed a successful gymnastic lesson with several activities. The class is becoming very confident with cartwheels and handstands that transition into either forward or backwards rolls, as well as vaulting over high stools. Here are some examples below.
Weekly Update – Blue - 25.09.17
It has been tough week for our Year 6 children. We have been trying out some sample SATs papers to test their knowledge. They have been tested on Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Spelling and Mathematics. Well done to all of them for working so hard. I am sure the children will be relieved that the weekend has finally arrived.
We have had some fun this week too, the children have been creating more art work relating to silhouettes and evaluating their outcomes, as well as being involved in some WW2 role play for History. The focus this week was to look into the roles of men and women during the war with a particular focus on women. The children had to create a scene to share with the class that demonstrated one of the roles looked at, and then they were to produce a written dialogue alongside this. Some very creative and interesting ideas were seen.
Weekly Update – Blue - 18.09.17
A big focus in art has been on blending techniques using pastels and chalks. We have looked at the colour wheel and discussed the terms contrasting and analogous. The children then created background images using analogous colours (colours next to one another on the colour wheel). This week we have developed our background images and created silhouettes using black card. There has been a particular focus on artists that use silhouettes such as Jan Pienkowski and Charles Burns.
On Friday the whole school turned up wearing Jeans for Jeans Genes day. Everyone participated in a whole school project creating artwork from denim. Pictures can be seen below.
Weekly Update – Blue - 11.09.17
This week the children have been working very hard. In English we have been writing Biographies that link to our WW2 Topic about Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill and the Royal Family; within these we have attempted using passive voice and semi-colons.
We have learned more about WW2 in history this week, focusing on the causes of the war and finding out about the Allies and Axis powers. Already we have had some show and tell stories from members of the class about their ancestors (see image and clip).
A trip to the local synagogue is on the cards as we start to learn about the Jewish faith. This week we have focused on the key features of the synagogue such as the ‘Ner Tamid’ and ‘Torah’. We will hopefully update you on trip details shortly.
Weekly Update – Blue - 4.09.17
First week back and the children have settles in well. We have looked at school/class expectations and homework for Year 6. For the first part of the week our school values ‘ASPIRE’ have been considered, we have identified the importance of these in and around school life.
In English we have been writing recounts and autobiographical poems; the children loved comparing themselves to a variety of objects.
Our topic of World War Two has gone down a treat so far; the children have been sharing their current knowledge and are curious to find out more. It would be lovely for children to bring in any relevant artefacts to share with the class.