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Miss Massey :)

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17/11/17

Remember to bring in any junk you need for your catapult on Monday (our D&T day)

Thank you for all the hamper donations so far! :)

Next week's homework:

Due Thurs 23rd Nov- Mathletics and English homework (find me before Thursday if you have any Qs, problems or need help)

Due Thursday 30th Nov- Topic homework

Due Monday 27th Nov (due to inset Fri 24th) - Big Spelling test

Reading Journey- Remember to read at least 3 times a week and record your completed books in our class reading journey journal.

Times Tables Rock Stars (optional)- Keep practising and climb up that leader board!

Next week's learning:

Maths-

  • Percentage of an amount
  • Big Solve

English-

  • Continue to edit and publish your independent writing
  • Grammar- determiners
  • Spelling - words containing 'ough'

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Monday 20th Nov- D&T day!

Tuesday 21st Nov- RE day!

Friday 24th Nov- Inset day

Miss Massey

xxx


14/11/17

Review of last week by Aavis and Issy

English

This week we have learnt how to plan and then write a non-fiction based text including :the passive voice, generalising words, independent clauses and many more year 6 toolkit features. We wrote our paragraphs about the Ancient Greek Olympics. Also, we wrote an introduction and a concluding paragraph.

Maths

Throughout the week we learnt how to times, divide and subtract fractions. We also had this as maths homework (Mathletics).Some people found this tricky where as some found it fun and simple. We focused on getting the method right and making the correct notations.

DT

On Thursday and Friday we looked at different types of catapults that were used in the times of the Ancient Greeks. After we learnt how they were built and what they were made of we designed our own in partners. When we finished that we then had a go at making our designs out of straws (practise).

Science

This week science was surprisingly fun yet we still learnt lots of great factual information about the circulatory system. To help us learn, Miss Massey, the head of science, asked children to come up to the front and show how the blood cells travel around the body. To make this more interactive we used pieces of paper to represent the travelling blood cells.

ICT

Our computing topic this term is stop motion films/clips. To get an idea of what this really was we watched short episodes of Wallace and Gromit and morph. First of we created flip books using sticky notes. Next, we used the I-pads to make our own short stop motion films using classroom equipment. As we were in partners it was easy to recognise each other’s jobs.

Music

Mrs Walton has been teaching the djembe in music. We have learnt three tones that make different sounds. As there are 29 students in this class some use bongos which means 3 more tones to learn. We created our own instrumental piece which contained 4 different melody and beats.

PE

Luckily, we are very fortunate and have 2 PE lessons a week. Our lesson with Miss Massey we did the Haka (a famous war dance performed by the rugby team-the all blacks.) In Mr Smith’s lessons we are doing quick stick hockey .For the people that don’t like sport he hands out a few lanyards with laminated cards attached to them. On the cards there are things like how to be a referee and how to be a coach.

French

Everyone had a fantastic, enjoyable time during French as we have started a new Christmas song. It is a traditional song that is sung in France. It is compulsory for the children to learn it as soon as they start school. It is called papa noel.

Overall we had a great and enjoyable week.

Maths:

As promised, here is the link to today's maths problem :)

https://nrich.maths.org/content/id/7392/BryonyTriangle.mp4

This week's homework:

Due Thurs 16th Nov- Mathletics and English homework (find me before Thursday if you have any Qs, problems or need help)

Due Thursday 16th Nov- Topic homework

Due Friday 17th Nov- Big Spelling test

Reading Journey- Remember to read at least 3 times a week and record your completed books in our class reading journey journal.

Times Tables Rock Stars (optional)- Keep practising and climb up that leader board!

This week's learning:

Maths-

  • Fractions of an amount
  • Percentage of an amount
  • Fraction problems
  • Big Solve

English-

  • Information texts
  • Grammar- Apostrophes
  • Spelling - Words with the /i:/ sound spelt ei after c

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Thursday 16th Nov- Kingswood Memory Evening 6:30pm

Friday 17th Nov- Children in Need (donate to wear non-school uniform)

Monday 20th Nov- D&T day!

Friday 24th Nov- Inset day

Miss Massey

xxx


06/11/17

Review of last week by Chloe and Chris

Topic

This week, our topic continued with the Ancient Greeks, except this lesson we performed drama instead of working in are books. I WAS GREAT! Everybody had tons of fun whilst we still learn lots. We learnt about the Spartans, Persians and the mighty Athenians. Ancient Greece, which was divided on many matters, had many wars between these groups.

Computing

…. Except, we didn’t use computers.  Instead of using the PCs, we used paper and pencils to create animations old school style. During our lesson, we flicked through flip pads, span this cool thing called a  zoetrope, which made stop motion animation. To start we began by drawing simple designs on our flip paper, giving the illusion that the picture was moving.

Overall this week and these topics in particular have been EPIC; as a class, getting into character as the ancient Greeks in drama must have been our favourite

This week's homework:

Due Thurs 9th Nov- Mathletics and English homework (find me before Thursday if you have any Qs, problems or need help)

Due Friday 10th Nov- Big Spelling test

Reading Journey- Remember to read at least 3 times a week and record your completed books in our class reading journey journal.

Times Tables Rock Stars (optional)- Keep practising and climb up that leader board!

This week's learning:

Maths-

  • Multiplying fractions
  • Dividing fraction
  • Dividing fractions by a whole number
  • Big Solve

English-

  • Adverbials 
  • Information texts
  • Spelling - using a hyphen 

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Tuesday 7 & 8th Nov- Parents Evening

Thursday 16th Nov- Kingswood Memory Evening 6:30pm

Friday 17th Nov- Children in Need (donate to wear non-school uniform)

Monday 20th Nov- D&T day!

Friday 24th Nov- Inset day

Miss Massey

xxx



13/10/17

This afternoon we spent some time ENJOYING books! It is so important to find the right book for you. Remember, there is no such thing as not liking reading, all it means is that you haven't found the right book yet!

Don't forget to go on www.lovereading4kids.co.uk. You can browse and download first chapters of many popular books!

I hope you left today feeling inspired and ready to read the book you fell in love with today!

This week's homework:

Due Friday 3rd Nov- Big Spelling test

Reading Journey- Remember to read at least 3 times a week and record your completed books in our class reading journey journal.

Times Tables Rock Stars (optional)- Keep practising and climb up that leader board!

1st week back learning:

Maths-

  • Fractions

English-

  • Colons to separate independent clauses
  • Information texts

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Monday 16th Oct - Friday 20th Oct: Kingswood residential

Monday 30th Oct- 1st day of Autumn2

Friday 3rd November- JGA Fireworks

Have a wonderful weekend,

I CAN'T WAIT FOR KINGSWOOD :D

Miss M

xxx


09/10/17

Review of last week:  By Stuti and Kit

Monday

In art, all of us had a go at designing our own Greek vase. To be a good artist, we didn’t use a rubber, instead we drew it over and over again lightly and in the end we went over our final shape darkly. Also, we practised some patterns.

Tuesday

After dividing into groups in P.E, we played matches of tag rugby. Our aim was to work as a team, play fairly and develop better hand-eye co-ordination in order to win…As a class we have a book called ‘The Girl of ink and Stars’ which we read in our spare time. It’s heart-warming, tense and takes you in.

Wednesday

For Science, we learnt about inherited, acquired and environmental traits. Using the Little Miss and Mr men we demonstrated our understanding of inherited characteristics. Our D.A.R.E lesson was taught by Miss Massey; it was all about choices and consequences in risky situations.

Thursday

In English we had an independent write about a Greek myth of our own creation. We created a class writer’s toolkit including all sorts of features that we learnt previously.

Friday

In Maths, throughout the week we learnt the methods of long multiplication and long division. At first, it was hard however when you got used to it it gradually became easy. In our second Art lesson,  we finished off our vases :adding on patterns following the Greek myths. For Topic we learnt about Ancient Greek warfare, in particular the successes and weaknesses of the Phalanx formation.

This week's homework:

Due Thurs 12th Oct- Mathletics and English homework (find me before Thursday if you have any Qs, problems or need help)

Due Friday 13th Oct- Big Spelling test

Reading Journey- Remember to read at least 3 times a week and record your completed books in our class reading journey journal.

Times Tables Rock Stars (optional)- Keep practising and climb up that leader board!

This week's learning:

Maths-

  • Applying calculation methods to problems
  • Recognising fractions
  • Simplifying and finding equivalent fractions
  • Comparing and ordering fractions

English-

  • Using colons to separate independent clauses,
  • Myths and legends- editing and 2nd draft
  • Spelling with the suffix -able -ably and -ible -ibly

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Monday 9th Oct- photos

Monday 16th Oct - Friday 20th Oct: Kingswood residential

Miss Massey

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02/10/17

Review of last week:

Caitlin and Miles

English

In English we created are own Greek heroes .We got to choose their power and their weakness .We also got choose their background story and if they were demi god or not. We have been reading a variety of Greek myths to feed our imagines!

Art

In art we are creating our own Greek pots. We practised the geometric patterns in our sketch books and focused on the shapes of the pots. We all got to choose a shape of pot for our own design, and decorated it with traditional Greek patterns and images. The Greeks loved black figures, which told a story, and repeated patterns.  

Science

In science we have been thinking about Charles Darwin’s Theory of the Evolution. We wrote about the evolution of different species and thought about the reasons for their evolution.

Topic

In topic last week, we looked at ancient Greek democracy and how it has changed in comparison to modern day. We thought about the similarities and differences and considered our opinion on the current democratic system.

PE

In PE we are learning to play tag rugby with Mr Smith. With Miss Massey we’re concentrating on team work.

DARE

In DARE we are learning about smoking and the harmful effects it can have on your body and well-being.  The mains message was JUST DON’T DO IT!

This week's homework:

Due Wed 4th Sept- DARE book pages 14 & 37

Due Thurs 5th Oct- Mathletics and English homework (find me before Thursday if you have any Qs, problems or need help)

Due Friday 6th Oct- Big Spelling test

Reading Journey- Remember to read at least 3 times a week and record your completed books in our class reading journey journal.

Times Tables Rock Stars (optional)- Keep practising and climb up that leader board!

This week's learning:

Maths-

  • Long multiplication
  • Short division
  • Long division
  • Applying calculation methods to problems

English-

  • Using semi-colons to separate independent clauses,
  • Myths and legends,
  • Spelling with the suffix -able -ably and -ible -ibly

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Friday 6th Oct: Harvest Festival assembly

Monday 9th Oct- photos

Monday 16th Oct - Friday 20th Oct: Kingswood residential

Miss Massey

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25/09/17

Review of last week

by Sammy and Darcey

Monday

Our number one thing from Monday has to be Science! This is because it was amazing learning about the tree of life and how all animals are related! The first animal to fully develop were the insects, then, afterwards it was the fish, then, in this order it was: amphibians, reptiles, then finally mammals

Tuesday

On Tuesday, we went to the safety zone trip at Holme Pierre Point. We learnt about many safety tips, including electricity safety, animal safety, car safety and loads more.

Wednesday

DARE! Our absolute favourite subject! It teaches us how to stay safe from tough situations, for example, anti-bullying cigarette and drugs.  We had homework, to create an anti-cyberbullying poster.

Thursday

On Thursday we did ICT. We were coding and creating our very own scratch flappy bat! On this game, you have a bat, many pillars and a lot of things to dodge!

Friday!

Our topic, Ancient Greeks it brill! On Friday, we learnt what was happening in other parts of the world during the ancient Greek period.  North America was the Mayan Civilisation, the Egyptians were in Africa, and finally, it was the Iron Age in Britain.

This week's homework:

Due Wed 27th Sept- DARE book

Due Thurs 28th Sept- Mathletics and English homework (find me before Thursday if you have any Qs, problems or need help)

Due Friday 29th Sept- Big Spelling test

Reading Journey- Remember to read at least 3 times a week and record your completed books in our class reading journey journal.

Times Tables Rock Stars (optional)- Keep practising and climb up that leader board!

Next week's learning:

Maths-

  • Formal column addition
  • Formal column subtraction
  • Mental arithmetic

English-

  • Using commas in a list and to separate causes,
  • Myths and legends,
  • Spelling with the suffix  -ant,-anc,-ancy,-ent,-ence,-ency
  • Skimming/ scanning reading skills.

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Don't forget to fill in your Kingswood medical form. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Massey

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16/09/17

Class 6M’s review of the week,

By Emma and Nell G

Art

In art we enjoyed drawing pictures to represent our personalities. We used bright and colourful pens and crayons to make our images stand out. Furthermore, we used contouring and black pens to outline.

Science

In science we learnt about evaluation and inheritance by drawing pictures of the evolution of either an insect, bird or a reptile. We watched a video of how a fish turned into a human and amazingly it evolved through most animals!

D.A.R.E

This week we started DARE. D.A.R.E  stands for drugs,  abuse, resistance, education. There are four different children that need our help solving problems. Each week we will help a child make some difficult decisions.

Topic

Overall, our highlight of the week had to be the Topic day! We loved the dancing, dressing up and trying different food. We can’t wait to get started with the Ancient Greeks!

A message from Miss Massey:

After your brilliant start last week, you have continued to be exceptional and conduct yourselves as true role models. Keep it up Year 6!

Congratulations to Abby who is our new Student Council Representative and Alex who is our deputy. You both really impressed the whole class with your speeches and I know you will do us all proud!

This week's homework:

Optional House Captain speech, due Mon 18th Sept- If you would like to run for House Captain (sorry, last year's captains cannot apply), please prepare your short speech to present to the members of your house on Monday 18th September. 

Due Thurs 21st Sept- Mathletics and English homework (find me before Thursday if you have any Qs, problems or need help)

Due Friday 22nd Sept- Big Spelling test

Reading Journey- Remember to read at least 3 times a week and record your completed books in our class reading journey journal.

Times Tables Rock Stars (optional)- Keep practising and climb up that leader board!

Next week's learning:

Maths-

  • Prime numbers,
  • Negative numbers,
  • Common factors and multiples.

English-

  • Types of conjunctions,
  • Myths and legends,
  • Spelling with the suffix  -cious and -tious,
  • Skimming/ scanning reading skills.

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Tuesday 19th Sept- Safety Zone Trip

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Massey

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06/09/17

Well 6M... WHAT A BRILLIANT 1ST DAY!

You have been the talk of the staff room! All the adults could talk about was the impeccable behaviour, enthusiastic attitude and polite and respectful manner of the new Year 6. Keep it up! If you continue as you started today, we are going to have an INCREDIBLE year :)

This week's homework:

Due Monday 11th Sept- On Monday, please bring to class your favourite poem or book, fiction or non-fiction (ensure the page that hosts your favourite paragraph is bookmarked).

Due Friday 15th Sept- This Friday you will be given your 'magpie book'. Please cover it and decorate it in anyway you like to make it truly yours and individual :)

Optional Student Council  speech, due Fri 8th Sept- If you would like to run for Student Council to represent 6M, please prepare your short speech to present to the class on Friday 8th September. 

Optional House Captain speech, due Mon 18th Sept- If you could like to run for House Captain (sorry, last years captains cannot apply), please prepare your short speech to present to the members of your house on Monday 18th September. 

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Monday 11th September- Meet the Teacher 2:45pm

Useful info:

PE:-

6M PE days are Monday and Tuesday (subject to change). Please ensure you have an indoor and outdoor PE kit (including a plastic bag for muddy shoes) in school, hair is tied up on PE days and jewellery is easily removable. 

Homework:-

Big Spell: Please learn your Big Spellings at home ready for the weekly Friday test. To move onto the next list you must achieve full marks or just 1 wrong. If you lose your spelling list, don’t worry! Just grab yourself another list from the spelling basket in our classroom.

Mathletics: Set on a Friday, due in the following Thursday. REMEMBER; Use good old fashioned pen and paper to do your workings out. Just because the homework is screen based doesn’t mean all the activities are mental maths  :)

Literacy: Set on a Friday, due in the following Thursday.

Reading: Please read a minimum of 3 times a week. This year instead of recording your individual reads in your planner, we'd like you to record when you have completed a whole book. Under the correct date write the author, book title and give it a rating out of 5. When you're back in the classroom, please transfer this info onto your individual reading journey page (I will be checking this.) If you absolutely LOVED the book, complete a book spine for 1 Super Star Point or a detailed book review for 2!

Stuck for what to read next? Take a look at www.lovereading4kids.co.uk . You can search by author, genre, age or recommendations, but that's not it! You can also read the first chapter of a book to see if it's your cup of tea. Brilliant!

Lost your homework? Has the dog eaten it? Did it spontaneously combust? Not to worry! In our classroom is the homework folder hosting plenty of spares. Just help yourself.

If you have any queries or questions about homework, please just grab me in the playground or drop me an email :)