Term 5: Mysterious Maya
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Term 4: Climate Crisis?
Monday 23rd March Home Learning:
Complete the next reading extract from your CGP reading books and then please use your usual revision books to complete the following:
Science: Section 3 - animals including humans pages 19 - 24
SPaG: Section 2 - sentence grammar pages 18 - 24
Maths: Section 2 - calculations pages 20 - 24
Spend some time doing some of the following:
- build a tower of cards - how high can it get before it falls?
- clean your bedroom and prepare yourself a calm and clutter-free learning space
- start a jigsaw
- make your own book
- read a book
- act out a scene from your favourite movie and perform it to your adults later
- use go noodle for a bit of a dance!
- head to 'the body coach TV' on youtube and join in on a workout https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k
- bake a cake or some yummy food to share with your family
Please note: Tomorrow (Tuesday), your see saw learning will begin. Everything will be uploaded by 9am :D
Thank you to all of you that managed to attend Parents' Evening - it was great to catch up with you all and share the children's successes!
Despite the uncertainties of the week, the children have continued to amaze me with their resilience and creativity - not to mention their optimism! Because we have had to cancel our rock band performance, some videos were taken this week of each of the performances and you can see the concentration on their faces, having not practised as much as they would have liked! They were absolutely fantastic and made such a great sound as a whole band! One has been uploaded below.
We have continued learning about areas of triangles, parallelograms and have now touched upon volume too. We will consolidate some of this learning over the next week and have a little look at ratio too which we learned about in Earth Week when we made our War Time Carrot Cake.
The children have been continuing to share their creative ideas in English as we prepare to write a sequel to The Promise. We have been using the book as an example to create our own noun phrases, alliteration and the storylines of our own sequels. I'm excited to see what the children come up with!
For art and science week, we were going to share some sketches and water-colour paintings of animals from the beautiful book The Animalium. We have used the grid method to practise really concentrating on the image we already have and then applied this level of concentration and perspective to our own animal drawings. They. Are. Amazing. What a talented bunch of artists we have!
Thank you, once again, for all of your support.
A huge thank you to all parents who helped to make the children look so great for World Book Day! We had a great day, listening to stories and sharing our outfits (which you can see below). We also had the privilege of working with National Youth Theatre on Friday, singing incredibly with three harmonies!
A huge well done to our new school councilors: George and Olivia! Everyone who campaigned did a fantastic job but we are excited for those two in particular.
We started writing some climate change speeches this week in response to Greta's visit and we are feeling quite empowered! We are hoping to share these with some other classes next week to inspire the other young minds in the school!
Revision books have been sent home this week. Please write a note in your child's book if they have struggled to complete all of the tasks: we are trying to ensure this is as stress and hassle-free as possible but equally supportive!
SPaG: pg 1-3 nouns
Maths: pg 2-8
A gentle reminder to ensure these are treated with respect as they will be re-used next year.
Welcome back! What a great week we have had, exploring our new topic 'Climate Crisis?' which has come at the perfect time with the exciting arrival of Greta Thunberg this Friday! Speaking of which, please find some home learning attached above for the children to complete in preparation for Monday.
We did lots of acorn exploring this week before looking at some mysterious items to guess the plot of our book 'The Promise'. Thinking about our own promises (oaths, pledges, vows), we decided how we would be able to make a change for the world and used modal verbs to then make sensible predictions about the story.
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Term 3: Lest We Forget
Any one would think Choral Class had traveled in time and witnessed first-hand what it was like to be an evacuee traveling by Kindertransport - their flashbacks are incredible. The vocabulary they have used and emotion they have chosen is superb. We will have to share some with you on the website when they are complete!
We've had fun using function machines and exploring algebra this week, and are about to begin using 'algebraic expressions' which sound a lot more scary than they actually are.
We learnt some new chords in rock band this week and played to the beat of 2 and 4 which was quite difficult and needed our full attention, but we worked well as a team and made a great sound.
Don't forget that it is Earth Week next week! We will be linking our learning to helping the world! Please take the time to create your pledgehogs at home - a simple hand drawing and a way in which you and your family will make a change for our world. We would appreciate these to be returned to school as soon as possible.
Also - dress up day on Friday! Earth themed but please remember, we are looking after our world, so outifts should not be store bought - either home-made, recycled or representative of the earth (colours - green, brown, blue etc or even seasons, weather etc)
A busy old week, as usual! We furthered our science experiments, looking at how an egg's membrane is semi-permeable, meaning that some molecules will pass through it - which is a great example of diffusion. We have soaked our now shell-less egg in blue dye and are excited to see the results! Don't let us forget we have a boiled egg on the window-sill or we may have a smelly classroom!
We have been planning some flashbacks this week to continue our learning about evacuation and the war, using our class text: Letters from the Lighthouse. It was really interesting to explore some images and videos of real WW2 survivors who used the kindertransport.
Percentages have taken us on a journey this week and we have found many different methods to use when finding a percentage of an amount! I'm sure the children would love to share the way they have done it with you - or even a few ways! We know it's the destination, not the journey so we have used whatever method we feel most comfortable with!
On Wednesday, we learnt about idling and how pollution around our school can be dangerous and how we can avoid it. We have been creating personal pledges to improve the air we breathe.
We love our music sessions with Bristol Plays Music and have been using our vocals this week to show what rock really is!
What a fantastic start to the year we have had so far! We have been learning about decimals, fractions and percentages in maths - knowing they are all parts of a whole makes them much less scary! We can manipulate our decimals to become whole numbers which also makes it easier to manage them.
In English, we have been planning and writing newspaper reports about the Bristol bombings in World War 2. We loved learning all about the past of our hometown and learning about different people's memories - we were quite shocked and saddened by some of the accounts.
We are still enjoying learning about World War 2 and have focused on evacuation and the home front; what people did to support the war while still in the UK.
Science has been all about our bodies this term as we have looked at the blood, heart and nutrients! Using jelly snakes, skittles, eggs and food dye with gelatin, we have looked at movement from areas of high concentration to areas of low concentration - diffusion and osmosis. We remember osmosis is special and generally only involves water. We're hoping not to be greeted by a mutant chicken from our egg experiment...
This week, we had our second session with Bristol Plays Music where we performed together using bass guitars, acoustic guitars, keyboards, vocals and percussion, including a drum set. We successfully managed to perform Queen's 'We Will Rock You' in our rock band. We're already excited about next week!
I think it's safe to say for everyone that Friday was the highlight of the week! We were lucky enough to spend a day with Adam from Historic Workshops and had the BEST time. We were transported back in time to the trenches in WW1, before learning about who and what was involved in the beginning of WW2 (with some excellent acting by Choral Class!). We took part in a military workout, practised our secret identities to become part of the SOE and were interrogated, decoded messages, created a morse code machine, held artefacts and learnt about propaganda. It was jam-packed and so much fun. Enjoy all the photos - they (along with the children) will be able to paint a picture of our experience!
A huge thank you for your support - the children looked incredible in their outfits and we are looking forward to some interesting show and shares on Monday!
It's been a busy week with our last Forest School session for the autumn term, a trip to the library where we heard a story about a boy who got eaten by a lion, Christmas decoration making, and a trip, for some, to a basketball competition!
As well as all of that excitement, we have been continuing our regular learning too! We have been exploring bar models and how they can help us to problem solve with fractions. See if your child can explain how we might solve this problem:
(We know that 2 out of 5 parts are left and they measure 200ml together, so, each, they would measure 100ml)
We also learnt how to divide fractions and explored two different ways because sometimes, questions are challenging and we may need a range of methods to approach them! Our favourite was the 'Keep, Swap, Flip' method! But we had to remember that a whole number is the same amount as 'ones' eg 4 = 4/1
In our story, Olive and Cliff arrived at their evacuated town and made the journey towards Queenie's house. However, it was not how it seemed. We explored the language and sentence structures which created a negative setting and then began writing some ourselves - they were pretty impressive and some quite spooky!!
We are excited about our Topic day next week - please remember to send your child to school dressed like an evacuee and come in as early as possible! A gentle reminder to ensure the office has received payment.
Thank you for spending your time coming to Parents' Evening last week - it was so great to see so many of you and share all of the children's super learning.
We have been learning how to compare and order fractions this week, focusing on making the denominator (or numerator) the same/common! We have also been multiplying fractions which takes a little bit of a different method. We had to use our previous learning to understand mixed fractions (whole amounts and 'leftovers') and how to convert them.
Following our world war 1 poetry, we have been using our knowledge to plan and write letters from the trenches. We have thought about the vocabulary we would use in that era and about the structure and what we would include. In the war, letters home would have to be screened before being sent to keep up morale. Therefore, a lot of the content wasn't approved so we are going to screen these next week to make sure they are positive enough to send home!
Below are some photos of some recent triangle learning we have explored (and been blown away by!) and the creation of our amazing Banksy graffiti!
Welcome back! We have had an amazing week and showed so much excitement about our new topic and book! We also had a trip to see The Lion King, a great PE lesson and some important exploration into World War 1 poetry to help us understand Remembrance Day.
We have continued our learning on angles this week and enjoyed creating some triangles! Some of us were quite impressed with all the angle rules and trying to prove them wrong - unfortunately, they couldn't be proved wrong and we found lots of opportunities to prove them right, instead!
For our last music lesson with Mrs McClean, she has asked us to find a piece of music we think is influenced by jazz. Please could you note down the music name and give it to Miss Driscoll so we can organise sharing these pieces of music in our lesson, next Friday.
Don't forget, next Monday, we will be starting three weeks of Forest School. Please come to school in your Forest School kit with a spare change of shoes. We will stay in our clothes all day so do not need uniform to change into.
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What a busy week! We started off at Failand where we completed tag rugby and netball tournaments - it's amazing to see how our skills have developed over the term (and from last year!). In the afternoon, we had our Green Team elections and faced a tough choice with three fantastic candidates! We were very happy to announce Josie as our Green Team representative, though, and look forward to seeing what she gets up to!
We have been learning about Bristol and its history this term, so Brunel seemed like the perfect person to research and write about! We used a website to gather lots of facts about him and then thought about the way we could organise these facts into paragraphs, linking them 'cohesively' with different conjunctions (linking words) and phrases. They were absolutely brilliant!
This term, we have been learning about Divali, and since Divali fell on the weekend, we felt it was the perfect time to finish our learning by making traditional Hindu sweets (and eating them!) and sharing our Rangoli patterns. The sweets were simple yet delicious - and very fun to roll up!
Thank you to those of you who could make our class assembly and book look! It was great to tell you all about our camp! Now it's time for a restful week - have a lovely half term!
We have all been brimming with pride this week after our end of term maths assessments; the children have made so much progress! We have also been focusing on angles this week and revisited some angle facts that are really helpful to us when solving problems. We have faced various problems to solve and have felt confident using our known facts.
We enjoyed a calm 'Big Write' this week where we presented our persuasive writing and now are going to continue designing and decorating our Visit Bristol Posters - we are looking forward to showing you our work next week!
In RE, we continued learning about Hinduism and explored the Puja Tray. Ask us about the items on the tray and why they are important. We have been designing our own Rangoli patterns and will be making and tasting some Divali sweets next week!
There will be no home learning this week due to assessments and a 3 day week before half term.
A busy week, as usual, getting stuck into our persuasive writing. We really focused on working as a team to create something special by sharing ideas and allowing them to be used by everyone. From this, we looked at ways we can open sentences in exciting ways and link ideas within paragraphs. Because of our amazing ideas linked to our persuasive devices, this was easier than we thought it would be!
We used our brains loads in maths by working out mental calculations. We thought about facts we already know to help us work out 'difficult-looking' calculations (which, actually, we realised were quite easy!) and really thought about the steps we had taken.
It was great to invite Mrs Yarnold and Mrs Gerolemou into our classroom to share some of our learning with them. Everyone spoke clearly and our writing was extremely engaging - they were both so impressed! We have uploaded our presentation to our webpage so you can enjoy it too. This was inspired by our visit to the M Shed.
We're back! What a busy yet exciting few weeks we have had! I think we all deserved a good rest last weekend after a jam-packed, wet and incredibly fun week in Osmington. The children were so brave and we are really looking forward to sharing photos and stories with you in a few weeks time at our class assembly. Since being back, we have delved straight back into our learning which started with tag-rugby and netball at Failand. We have been really impressed with Choral Class's attitude, focus and teamwork at Failand and can see so much progress in their skills since last year! We enjoyed our first week of PE without being rained on!
This week, we were half excited and half nervous about learning the much-anticipated long division but everyone was blown away by how positive and confident they felt! The amount of progress made during our lessons was outstanding and everyone felt really proud of themselves and their peers - as did the adults! We also moved on to BODMAS - the mnemonic to help us remember the order of operations!
We have been preparing to write a persuasive piece on Bristol and have been looking at persuasive devices such as alliteration, exaggeration, statistics and repetition. We're looking forward to creating a two-page spread next week!
Despite the rain, our week started with an extremely successful trip to Failand where we worked in teams to develop our tag rugby and netball skills. The focus and enthusiasm that the children showed was noticed by all adults and we were so impressed with them. Great start, Choral Class!
We continued our learning in maths this week by focusing on place value and re-capping what we already knew by exploring rounding and negative numbers. We even managed to squeeze in some learning about division with larger numbers!
This term, we are going to be making sure we are confident using grammar and punctuation from previous years. To start this off, we have been focusing on subordinate clauses and conjunctions to create exciting sentences about our trip to the M Shed.
We have been inspired by Banksy and have been spending some time creating our own stencil designs ready to make some spray paint-designs of our own! We also started learning about inheritance, as well as being introduced to Spelling shed - our new spelling scheme! There was lots of excitement in the classroom and we are hoping for this excitement to continue at home!
Could we also say a huge thank you for all the support you gave your children over the holidays - it is clear that it has had a huge impact and we are really proud of the children!
Home Learning has been added. This will be handed out in paper form on Monday and homework wallets will be given - sorry for any inconvenience
What an incredible first week back we have had. I can't believe how much everyone has grown - both in height and maturity! It's been such a pleasure to see everybody and hear about what they have been up to over the holidays. We've really enjoyed being back together again - and in our brand new classroom which we are loving! We've started in our usual fashion with a very busy week which has included maths, reading, graffiti, a trip to the M Shed and even a trip to the Create Centre for our Life Skills experience! And what an experience it was - the children were exposed to so many crucial skills they will need and enjoyed being part of real-life emergencies. We were so impressed with how they handled these situations and how calmly they rang the emergency services! Well done Year 6! We were given a little homework to do with an adult which, if completed, earns us our Life Skills certificate. A copy has been added to the Home Learning section above. The Life Skills website has lots of useful resources as well as a 360 degree tour which your child could use to show you what they got up to! You can use this link to get there:
I think we all deserve a relaxing weekend ready for our first full week, next week! Don't forget your PE kits on Monday!