We have only just come back from half term but we have already done lots of great learning!
in English we have been learning how to write a play as our new text for the next 6 weeks is William Shakespeare’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’. We are very lucky to be able to take part in a workshop by the National Theatre tomorrow which we are very excited about! This is all great prep for next week when we will be watching a performance of the play at the Dorfman Theatre (pictures to follow!)
In Maths, we have been focussing on co-ordinates; finding co-ordinates, plotting points using co-ordinates, reflecting shapes on the y and x axis and also translating shapes. We are growing in confidence in answering reading questions too.
Our new topic in Science this term is learning about animals including humans. We are very intrigued to learn about the respiratory and circulatory systems! We will keep you updated as our learning increases.
In other news, we had an anti-radicalisation workshop today with Year 5 which was fantastic in helping make the children aware of the dangers in the world including over the internet.
I am so impressed with the attitudes to learning the children have come back to school with this new term. Please keep it up!
Miss Marsh 🙂
Over the past two weeks, we have been bombarded with different workshops, fun activities, assessments and Maths Week!
Our assessments have gone very well and we are working hard to make sure that the results accurately show a true reflection to how hard we are trying with our learning!
We have now had 3 weeks at BMX biking and we have started to become really confident on the big course! Miss Marsh has been so impressed with how resilient we have been when we have fallen over and not been able to get up a particular slope!
Last Friday, we were extremely fortunate to have an Futsal player who plays for England come and talk to us about his sport and let us practise some drills! We had great fun kicking the ball around, working together as a team!
This week we have had a huge focus on maths for Maths Week! We did lots of fun activities including a maths workshop. We took the opportunity this week to focus on geometry, algebra and statistics!
Year 6 have worked incredibly hard over these past two weeks, I am incredibly impressed! Keep it up.
Miss Marsh 🙂
This week has been a very busy week for Year 6 with lots going on!
In English, following our debate work last week on whether beheading Mary Queen of Scots based on her religious beliefs was fair (which we concluded was not!), we are writing a persuasive letter to Queen Elizabeth begging her not to kill Mary.
In our Maths lessons this week, we have had another very busy week, learning mostly about conversions and units of measure. Having briefly covered this topic before, we have now learnt how to solve reasoning problems which is good practise for our SATs exams. Solving these problems has taken a bit of hard work but our resilience has paid off as we are feeling much more confident in this area!
Saving the best news till last, we have been lucky enough to go BMX biking twice at Brockwell Park! Our first trip was on Monday and our second trip was today. We battled through the rain and the wind on Monday and had great fun on the big tracks! A couple of us fell over and got really muddy but we didn’t mind because we were having fun.
Next week is Maths Week which we are really looking forward to. We will let you know how we get on!
Miss Marsh 🙂
This week has been our first full week back at school and we have done lots of great learning!
In English this week, we are debating whether it was fair for Queen Elizabeth I to kill Mary Queen of Scots. Throughout the week, we have been building up vocabulary and thinking about what we can add to make our sentences really exciting before writing them up tomorrow.
In Maths, we have covered a lot each lesson; from counting in different multiples (including in decimal points, eg. 0.6s!), to quickfire arithmetic questions and also solving reasoning problems. A key focus this week has been on sorting numbers into different diagrams such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
We have started our Queen Elizabeth topic by learning about the Spanish Armada. We had great fun yesterday acting out different parts from the timeline of events.
In science, our new topic this term is Living Things and Their Habitats. So far, we have looked at classifying living things into groups according to their features. We have also briefly looked at Carl Linnaeus but will have further understood who he is by next week!
Next week, we are due to do our first BMX biking session at Brockwell Park which we are all very excited about – pictures to follow!
Miss Marsh 🙂
This morning, we did our first practice in the hall for our KS2 Nativity play. Year 6 are playing the angels and shepherds and they are singing two songs. Some of the children are singing in a solo group and they sound amazing.
I was so impressed with their acting and singing abilities. They were loud, confident and happy and took this practice in their stride. Well done!
This performance is an important one for Year 6 as it will be their last Christmas at Christ Church.
During our topic lessons, we have learnt about the silk worm and its life cycle. We have now begun to draw our own drawings based on the silk painting designs we researched from books and the internet. Next week we will be painting these. I cannot wait to see how they turn out.
This week’s highlight was our dental workshop! In this, we learnt all about how to safely brush our teeth and how best to combat tooth decay. We were very interested to learn that sugary water actually has more sugar in it than some fizzy drinks!
We are also all getting very excited for the start of Christmas with decorations going up in classrooms and corridors. We are practising hard for the school nativity and the children are sounding better and better each time. I cannot wait to see them have a go at their dress rehearsal next week!
In science, we learnt all about how the impact that the amount of voltage has. Miss Marsh asked year 6 to complete a circuit, first using one battery, then using two batteries. She then asked them to figure out what they noticed. They came to the conclusion that when they used more batteries, the bulb was brighter because there was a higher voltage running through the circuit.
Next week marks a very exciting week as the children will be having their second attempt at completing an example SATs paper, wish them luck!
We had a great afternoon today truly getting into the Christmas spirit! The children were tasked with making snow globes and decorating baubles with their own festive designs. It was great to see some of the children’s artistic talents flourish.
At the start of the afternoon, the children chose either a pre-drawn design to colour in or a blank strip of paper to draw themselves. They then spent the majority of the afternoon making these look magical. It was so nice to see some of the parents coming in too and helping.
As the children started to finish this first task, they were then put into small groups to decorate their baubles to hang on their Christmas trees. It was great fun working with them and helping create their masterpieces.
It is safe to say that the ‘Christmas Crafternoon’ was a great success!
Also this week, we have been practising hard for the KS2 Nativity. Their singing is coming on magnificently and I cannot wait to hear them in the real performance.
Keep up the great work Year 6!
Over the last week, we have been discussing the topic of bullying and what to do if we ever found ourselves in an uncomfortable situation. We also discussed the idea that bullying could appear in many forms including emotional bullying and we all decided that we would be very conscious about what we say to other people and the way in which we say it.
To celebrate the end of the anti-bullying week, we invited nursery into our classroom and made rice crispy cupcakes with them. We decorated them with blue sprinkles as this is the anti-bullying colour.
Last week was also inter-faith week. To celebrate this, a dancer came in to teach the children a Hindu dance. The children loved dressing up in the costumes she had brought and learning the dance. I was very impressed by the attitude they had and the effort they put in. Their dancing, as a result, was fantastic!
We have been working hard over the last few weeks, doing lots of tests and practise for our SATs. The children have now got into the real swing of everything; being asked to do practice tests at any given moment!
The children have also been creating wonderful Christmas masterpieces for a charity service where their own drawings are printed on to mugs and other products. These can then be given as Christmas presents for family and friends. We had a fabulously festive afternoon drawing, colouring and listening to Christmas music!
Our achievement certificates this week, given out during collective worship, were to celebrate perseverance. It was very hard to choose two children this week as all of Year 6 are showing perseverance in many different ways. Bradley and Jerusalem were picked in the end for the dedication to their learning in their core subjects even when they find it slightly challenging.
Well done Year 6, another fantastic few weeks!
The children have made it through to the end of their first term in Year 6. I am so impressed with how hard the children have worked during this term. It has been a joy getting to know them and discovering their unique learning approaches in the classroom and I am excited to get deeper into our learning in Autumn 2!
This week, we have focused on celebrating black history. We had an incredibly talented rapper in on Thursday afternoon who worked with Year 6, encouraging even the quietest of children to step forward and show off their talents. They then performed their raps in front of the whole school in an assembly.
On Friday, we had the live performance of our international event song! This went very well and Year 6 ended the show with their rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’.
I look forward to seeing the children when we get back and making even more progress as we approach the dreaded SAT’s period!
Happy Half Term,