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Welcome to Topaz Class!

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Christmas Jumper Day

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What will we be learning?

This week we will be completing our Autumn Science lessons about the Human Body and our Viking unit from History. Furthermore, we will neatly present our Literary Heritage writing to go into our Writing Journals. 


On Friday 15th December, we will have a special Christmas Day. So please remember to wear your Christmas jumpers. 


Masterchef Week

Due to the Snow day, our Mastercef week will take place after the holidays! Therefore, it will be on the week beginning Monday 8th January 2018.  This will cover our Design and Technology unit for the Autumn term.  We will be planning, designing and evaluating a Healthy Dish.  


Please note that parents are invited to join us on Friday 12th January 2018.  Timings and information will be provided through Parent Mail. 


To consolidate our learning this week, the Homework due in for Friday 15th December  is...

  • At least 4 reading sessions in your Reading Record signed by an adult 
  • IXL Maths (10 minutes on each activity)

F.6. Equivalent decimals   

J.12 Fractions of a number

  • IXL English (10 minutes on each activity)

E.3 Identify adverbs 

  • Reading homework in your green comprehension book
  • One creative piece of homework OR a Christmas piece of homework  (see the information below)

Thank you and I look forward to seeing your fabulous homework!


Year 6 Christmas Homework 

As Christmas fast approaches, we have decided to include a range of Christmas homework tasks the children can choose to complete rather than the ones on the grid in their homework books. These include:

  1. Design and make a Christmas themed piece of Art work. Be creative.  For ideas, look online. 
  2. Write a diary entry recount for anybody involved in Christmas (A reindeer, Santa, Elf, child waiting for Christmas Day, etc.) .  Consider your adverbs of time, manner and place. 
  3. Create a piece of non-fiction writing about Christmas.  This could be a newspaper report, informative poster, instructions, etc. 
  4. Completing their very own Christmas list along with prices. They must then add these together to find a grand total.
  5. Alternatively, your child can choose to complete one of the tasks remaining on their homework task grid.





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. 

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? 3
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!



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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Problem solving

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Upper Key Stage 2 Long Term Plan