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Welcome to Topaz Class!

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Parent Partners 

 

Thank you to everyone who came to our Parent Partner lessons.  We certainly hope you got a feel for life in our Year 6 classrooms.  

Many thanks

Year 6 teachers

 

SATs Timetable

 

Due to popular demand, Year 6 have asked me to put the national timetable on our blog.  Please note: children can invited to our Year 6 Breakfast Club in Topaz classroom during SATs week (this starts on Monday 14th May at 8.15am). 

 

Date Paper
Monday 14th May 2018 English grammar, punctuation and spelling (2 papers- GAPS and Spelling)
Tuesday 15th May 2018 English reading
Wednesday 16th May 2018 Maths paper 1 (Arithmetic) and paper 2 (Reasoning 2)
Thursday 17th May 2018 Maths paper 3 (Reasoning 3)

 

What will we be learning?

Lesson Objectives for week beginning: 14th May 2018
English We will be taking our SATs on Monday.  
Maths  We will be taking our SATs on Wednesday and Thursday. 
Reading On Tuesday, we will take our Reading SATs. 
PE We will play a variety of sports each day to relax and unwind.  The children will have the opportunity to plan their activities. 
Geography This week, we will complete a fieldwork unit.  This will focus on us planning our own inquiry into the geography of the local area.  
Art On Thursday afternoon, we will be going to the University of Hertfordshire for our Art trip. 
PE

We will learn about how the London 2012 Olympics changed London. 

Royal Wedding To celebrate the Royal Wedding, we will be learning about Royal Wedding on Friday.  

What will we be learning?

Lesson

Objectives for week beginning: 21st M

Art Week We will be learning a variety of techniques and designing our own pieces to go on display in the Dining Room.  
Drama We will hold our auditions for our school play this week.  More information will be provided.  
Science This week, we will have a workshop on Evolution and Inheritance to support our learning in science.  
English We will writing a flashback based on The Piano. 
PE Athletics with Mrs Zerny.  
PSHCE This week, we will be learning about researching topical issues and making recommendations based on our findings. 
   

 

Golf afternoon

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On Friday 19th May, Year 5 and 6 boys took part in a golf activity afternoon, which included many different games. At the end of the afternoon, we had a competition to see which group could get the most points by aiming for the target in the middle of the field. We certainly had lots of fun!

Golf afternoon

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PSHCE 

 

In our PSHCE lessons, we have been learning about the role finance has in people's life.  Miss Winwood set a challenge where the children had to role a die to find out how much money we had a month.  We then used this money to budget for our month, this included calculating tax, finding accommodation, shopping, travel and insurances.  

 

During the lesson, we also investigated branded products v shop products.  We were shocked at what we found out! Please ask the children what we discovered. 

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Maths

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Learn about the Greek Gods

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Learn about the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Learn abut the Greek Gods

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Ancient Greek Sizzling Starter 

 

To start our Ancient Greek topic with a bang, Years 5 and 6 took part in an Ancient Greek activity morning. This included experiencing a Greek Restaurant, drama with Greek myths, exploring Greek games and traditional clothing.  Please see our pictures and videos of our day below. 

Prometheus and Zeus

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Medusa

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Medusa

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Athena and Poseidon

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Computing

 

We have been learning about E-Safety in Computing.   Please click on the link below to see our E-safety games and stories, which were created on Monday 5th February 2018. 

Computing 

 

Please see the link below to access our Computing lesson from Monday 5th March 2018.  We are created our own game using 2DIY3D.

Current English unit

 

In English, we are learning about 'Fictional Writing'. We will be writing a gripping narrative with plenty of tension and action! Below is a photograph of our Ambitious Vocabulary display from our classroom, which the children are actively encouraged to use throughout the unit. 

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Class Reading Book

Class Reading Book 1 Oranges in No Man's Land by Elizabeth Laird

Topaz Class are reading Oranges in No Man's Land by Elizabeth Laird (who was the author we met and listened to from our Joy of Reading event).  It is a fascinating book about Ayesha, who is a refugee living in war-torn Beirut. Ayesha lives with her granny and brothers in a battle-scared building. Life gets even scarier for Ayesha when Her Granny falls ill and she has no choice but to bravely embark on the dangerous journey across no man's land for medicine. Will she find Dr Leila in time? 

 

"It is an exciting story about a strong girl who is going on an adventure across no man's land to save her grandma." Olivia. 

 

"I like the book because it is an exciting story and a girl crossing no man's land to save her grandma." Jake. 

 

"Ayesha is brave and willing to do anything to help other people." Georgina. 

 

"This story is set in Beirut where 2 sides are at war. She meets many people on her journey." Megan. 

 

"Ayesha teaches us to break stereotypes. Ayesha is brave and puts herself in a lot of danger to try and save her nan." Adriana. 

Wonder

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Here are a few life lessons we discovered when reading Wonder.  

 

"Don't judge a book by its cover." Sina. 

 

"Appearance doesn't matter. It's what's inside that counts!" Anastasia. 

 

"Personality counts more than looks." Lily. 

 

"Be given the choice between being right or being kind. Choose kind." Luke. 

 

"Never give up!" Issy. 

 

"Everything deserves a standing ovation once in their life!" Archie. 

 

"You can't blend in when you were born to stand out." Laura. 

Dance

 

As part of celebrating diversity, each class in Brookmans Park will have a different dance to perform.  In Topaz Class, we are excited to be learning and performing a Traditional Greek Dance.  Please find links below to support and inspire the children, should they wish to have a go at home! 

In Year 6, we have been learning about long division and what to do if we have a remainder (convert it into a fraction or decimal).  For more practise on long division with decimal remainders, try the following IXL activities...

  • i3 - division with decimal quotients 
  • i4 - division with decimal quotients and rounding
  • i5 - division with decimal quotients: word problems 

Science 

 

This week in science, we have been investigating the affect of exercise on our pulse rate. The children had the task of designing their own experiment and finding the results. 

 

We we will now record our data into a graph and evaluate the reliability of our results. 

 

Please see the pictures below from our science investigation. 

Viking saga playscripts

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In History and English, we have created our own playscripts based on a Viking saga. Please watch our creations below.

Science pulse rate investigation

Science pulse rate investigation 1 It was very fun finding out our pulse rate.
Science pulse rate investigation 2 We were tired after the exercise!
Science pulse rate investigation 3 It was exciting to know our pulse rate.
Science pulse rate investigation 4 We compared out pulse rate when exercising.
Science pulse rate investigation 5 Push ups were challenging!
Science pulse rate investigation 6 It was really interesting and fun!
Science pulse rate investigation 7 We learnt about how to find averages.
Science pulse rate investigation 8 After exercise, our pulse rate had increased!
Science pulse rate investigation 9 The longer you exercise, the faster your pulse!
Science pulse rate investigation 10 It was very fun and good exercise.
Science pulse rate investigation 11 I had to jump for 2 minutes! It was exhausting.
Science pulse rate investigation 12 It was fun comparing averages.
Science pulse rate investigation 13 It was interesting to find different pulse rates.

Investigation: how long will my pulse rate take to return to normal after exercise?

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Investigation: how long will my pulse rate take to return to normal after exercise? 4

Literary Heritage 

 

In English, we have been learning about A Midsummer Night's Dream.  With enthusiasm, we worked in groups to retell the story using freeze frames, which are shown below. 

Literary Heritage

This term, Year 6 have covered the following Maths elements...

-Place value 

-Multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000

-Effective mental calculations

-Factors, multiples and prime numbers

-Simplifying, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions 

-Equivalent fraction, decimal and percentages

-Calculating percentages 

-Formal written multiplication (long and short)

-Formal written division (long and short)

-Area of rectilinear, triangles and parallelograms 

 

Wales Residential Trip Meeting 

 

If you were unable to attend the meeting about our trip to Wales on Thursday 2nd November, please find the Powerpoint used in the meeting below.  At the meeting, a letter was given about the trip, so please ask your child to collect one from Miss Winwood.  Furthermore, if you have any questions, please ask Miss Winwood!  

Wales Residential Trip Meeting Powerpoint

The Joy of Reading

 

On Monday 30th October 2017, Year 6 went to the University of Hertfordshire for The Joy of Reading event.  We listened to the award-winning author, Elizabeth Laird, who told us about how she writes characters and uses her real-life experiences to develop her plots about current issues (including refugees and poverty)!  We certainly learnt a lot during the afternoon.  At the end of the session, we got the opportunity to have a picture with Elizabeth Laird.

The Joy of Reading

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Anglo-Saxon Debate 

 

In Topaz class, we worked in groups to debate, 'Should the Anglo-Saxon period be called the Dark Ages?'.  In groups we had to prepare an opening argument, questions to ask the opposition and counter-arguments.  We enjoyed the debate and had some interesting points for and against the argument.  At the end, we had to write our own conclusion and justify our opinions for or against the statement, 'Should the Anglo-Saxons period be called the Dark Ages'.  Please see the pictures below, which were taken from our debates. 

Children In Need

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Cycling Proficiency 

 

"Cycling Proficiency was really fun because we learnt how to cycle on the road safely and to indicate with our arms using only one hand to steer." Lily.

 

"In Cycling Proficiency, we learnt to ride a bike safely by ourselves and why we need to be safe on the roads." Maya. 

 

"I like Cycling Proficiency because the instructors were very kind, even when you struggled.  My favourite part was when we were cycling as a group." Issy.

 

"In Cycling Proficiency, we learnt how to hold our bike with one hand and signal with the other.  We also learnt how to start in the 'Ninja Position' (which is when you put your right foot on the right peddle, whilst keeping your left foot on the floor to stabilise the bike and holding your handlebar with both hands)." Anastasia. 

 

"Cycling Proficiency was a fun activity, that I enjoyed because we got to go on our bikes in the village.  We learnt about all the rules of the road." George.

 

"It was very fun and we learnt how to cycle on the roads properly." James. 

 

"I learnt that a U-turn can be dangerous, if you do not stop and look." Ben. 

 

"I learnt that before you do a major turn, you must do a life-saver look." Harry. 

Rosh Hashanah Day 

 

On Monday 25th September, Topaz class learnt about Rosh Hashanah.  We had three activities throughout the day, to maximise our learning!  First, with Miss Winwood we made stained glass windows with representations of Rosh Hashanah to display in our classroom (due to cycling proficiency we are still making them this week, once they are completed we will show you a picture of our finished display!).  After this, we made honey biscuit dough with Miss Buttle (we hope you all enjoyed these at home).  In the afternoon, we researched Rosh Hashanah with Mr Neiman and created posters to display what we learnt.  

Viking Day

 

On Wednesday 6th September, our 'Vikings and Anglo-Saxons' topic started with a fantastic sizzling starter.  Year 5 and 6 had a Viking Day workshop, which was very informative and fun! 

 

Year 5 and 6 had lots of fun learning about the life of Vikings.  We had the opportunity to explore and create our own Viking objects, including candles, medicines (which did rather smell of garlic) and jewellery.  

 

In the afternoon, we worked in groups to perform an archaeological dig to try and identify the site where the samples came from.  We discovered a range of objects including, pottery, cutlery and even some bones!

Goalball

 

We were delighted to welcome Emma to Topaz class to teach us about Goalball. 

 

First, Topaz were given a sleep shade and tried to run from one side of the hall to the other.  Then they clapped to show their position and had to travel to the sound of the clap.  

 

The one side were given a ball, which they had to roll to the opposite side as accurately as possible.  

 

After that, one side had to throw the ball, whilst the other side were lying down - so they had to use their hearing to save the ball.  They had to aim for the targets to score a goal.

 

We had lots of fun and enjoyed our Goalball session with Emma.  

 

Written by James 

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Upper Key Stage 2 Long Term Plan

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