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WELCOME TO YEAR 6!

Week beginning 10th December

Year 6 will be learning about the following this week:

Literacy - Literacy heritage

Maths - Angles

Science - Burning and a candle investigation

PE - WW2 Jive Dance/Gymnastics and Hockey

French - Clothes

Music - WW2 songs 

Art - Street Art

Topic - Life on the homefront during WW2 

RE - Should only Christians celebrate Christmas? 

Congratulations to the winners of the Year 6 House Spelling Competition! Friday 7th December

Congratulations to the winners of the Year 6 House Spelling Competition! Friday 7th December 1

Making nets for 3D shapes - Miss Kropman's maths group, Friday 7th December

Thursday 6th December - No IXL Homework for the next week!

As the children have been working so hard towards their spelling competition tomorrow, we have made the decision to not set any IXL homework for the next week. We will, however, still expect a piece of homework from their grid (red book) and their reading comprehension questions (green book) to be completed for Thursday 13th December. 

RE - Hanukkah, Wednesday 5th December

Year 6 spent their RE lesson learning about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah this afternoon. We revised the story before beginning to explore why it is still important for many Jewish people over two thousand years later. We looked at many different Hanukkiahs (including one of Miss Kropman's) and discussed the symbolism of light, suggesting our own hopes and reasons to be grateful. Here are some of our deeper thoughts:

Michael - 'The true meaning of Hanukkah should be that God will always be with you.'

Ollie - 'Hanukkah reminds Jewish people about the miracle that was the oil lasting for eight days in the temple.'

Daryl - 'I think the main meaning of the festival is remembering the experience that Jews went through and the true miracle that happened. The reason for my opinion is that my family light candles for eight days to symbolise this.'

Maya S - 'I think that, whatever you are going through, there will always be happiness at the end. There will always be light.'

Bailey - 'The festival is about remembrance, freedom, hope and celebration.'

Emily P - 'Some people say that Hanukkah is all about the presents and lovely fried food, but I disagree because I think it is about remembering that miracles can happen and that there can always be hope.' 

Charlie S - 'My hope for my family is that they are always kept safe.'

Hayden - 'I wish for our oceans to be free from plastic.'

Joe - 'I want our country to be free from violence.'

Charlie D - 'I hope that the world can be free from cancer one day.'

Examples below are by Mason and Emily J:

 

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Well done to Sapphire class for a brilliant assembly this morning! Wednesday 5th December

Well done to Sapphire class for a brilliant assembly this morning! Wednesday 5th December 1
Well done to Sapphire class for a brilliant assembly this morning! Wednesday 5th December 2

Sapphire's Assembly Jive

Week beginning 3rd December

Year 6 will be learning about the following this week:

Literacy - Literacy heritage

Maths - Area of parallelograms, exploring 2D and 3D shapes

Science - Burning

Computing - Purple Mash

PE - WW2 Jive Dance/Gymnastics and Hockey

French - Clothes

Music - WW2 songs 

Art - Street Art

Topic - Life on the homefront during WW2 

RE - Hanukkah 

IXL Homework due by Thursday 6th December

Please complete the following tasks:

English:

  • D7
  • D8

Maths:

  • CC3
  • CC4

WW2 Topic Lesson - Thursday 29th November

Topaz had a fun afternoon today learning more about what life would have been like for a child during World War Two. We compared our own food diaries (completed for a week) with that of a child from the war and were amazed to see how little rationing would have entitled you to at that time. The photograph below is of a WW2 child's ration of 50g butter, 50g cheese and 50g jam - can you believe that this would have had to last them an entire week?!

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Dogs Trust Workshop, Tuesday 27th November

This afternoon, Year 6 enjoyed an interesting and informative workshop delivered by Jo from Dogs Trust. Jo revised ideas about dog safety from her morning assembly before teaching us how to care for a dog. We also examined case studies and interactively explored a dog's basic needs.

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Gymnastics - Tuesday 27th November

Gymnastics - Tuesday 27th November

Excellent line graphs in Science from Thomas and Maya S - Monday 26th November

Excellent line graphs in Science from Thomas and Maya S - Monday 26th November 1
Excellent line graphs in Science from Thomas and Maya S - Monday 26th November 2

Week beginning 26th November

Year 6 will be learning about the following this week:

Literacy - Literacy heritage

Maths - Area of rectilinear shapes, area of triangles

Science - Changes of state and drawing an accurate line graph

Computing - Purple Mash

PE - WW2 Jive Dance/Gymnastics and Hockey

French - Clothes

Music - WW2 songs 

Art - Street Art

Topic - Life on the homefront during WW2 

PSHE - Dogs Trust workshop on Tuesday 27th (Miss Kropman can't wait!)

BBC Doctor Who Live Lesson - Friday 23rd November

UKS2 had a fun experience on Friday afternoon taking part in the BBC's Doctor Who Live Lesson. After hearing this advertised on the television, Miss Kropman registered us for the session and was delighted when our school received a mention at the start of the show! The lesson encouraged us to think about our science topic for next term - space - and featured many interactive activities. We learnt about the different planets and moons, gravitational pull and how light can be reflected, whilst also revising our knowledge of transparent, translucent and opaque objects. 

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IXL Homework due by Thursday 29th November

Please complete the following tasks:

English:

  • C4
  • E8

Maths:

  • P3
  • P5

English, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Thursday 22nd November

Both Year 6 groups began their literacy heritage unit this morning by carrying out a cold task based upon A Midsummer Night's Dream. We spent time studying the basic plot outline and then created freeze frames which came to life. Our final challenge was to write out part of the narrative. 

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RE, Wednesday 21st November

Both Topaz and Sapphire have been busy learning about the Christian concept of a holy and loving God in their RE lessons this week. We discussed what personal relationships mean to us before looking at bible verses by David, John and Isaiah, who claimed to have had this sort of relationship with God. Miss Kropman then set the challenge of creating a painting to demonstrate what we had learnt about Christian beliefs about God. Here are some excellent examples:

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Week beginning 19th November

Year 6 will be learning about the following this week:

Literacy - Writing WW2 diary entries

Maths - Fractions, decimals and percentages

Science - Changes of state

Computing - Purple Mash

PE - WW2 Jive Dance/Gymnastics and Hockey

French - Clothes

Music - WW2 songs 

Art - Street Art

Topic - Life on the homefront during WW2 

RE - Understanding Christianity 

IXL Homework due by Thursday 22nd November

Please complete the following tasks:

English:

  • D9
  • J8

Maths:

  • K2
  • K10

Anti-bullying Week, Wednesday 14th November

Here are Thibaut's excellent ideas from today's PSHE lesson about what respect means within Brookmans Park School:

Roots are the gateway to kindness,

Everywhere there is love,

Saying kind things,

Picking up people when they fall,

Everyone goes together,

Creating happiness wherever they go,

Telling adults when they see bad behaviour choices. 

Anti-bullying Week - Topaz discussing what respect means to them and giving each other compliments! Tuesday 13th November

Anti-bullying Week - Topaz discussing what respect means to them and giving each other compliments! Tuesday 13th November 1
Anti-bullying Week - Topaz discussing what respect means to them and giving each other compliments! Tuesday 13th November 2
Anti-bullying Week - Topaz discussing what respect means to them and giving each other compliments! Tuesday 13th November 3
Anti-bullying Week - Topaz discussing what respect means to them and giving each other compliments! Tuesday 13th November 4
Anti-bullying Week - Topaz discussing what respect means to them and giving each other compliments! Tuesday 13th November 5
Anti-bullying Week - Topaz discussing what respect means to them and giving each other compliments! Tuesday 13th November 6
Anti-bullying Week - Topaz discussing what respect means to them and giving each other compliments! Tuesday 13th November 7

Science, Monday 12th November

Topaz completed a superb dissolving investigation today, having planned their own lines of enquiry to explore factors that might affect the rate of dissolving. Their chosen factors included: temperature of water; types of sugar; amount of sugar used and particle size. Here they are carrying out the investigation (ensuring they had created a fair test) before drawing a clear bar graph to display their results. They finished the afternoon by writing what they had found out, with possible reasons to support their theory, and adding any suggestions for how to improve the accuracy of their work. 

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Week beginning 12th November

Year 6 will be learning about the following this week:

Literacy - Formal and informal language use connected to diary entries, ambitious punctuation

Maths - Fractions and percentages

Science - Dissolving - Completing and investigation and creating a graph to display our results

Computing - Purple Mash

PE - WW2 Jive Dance and Hockey

French - Clothes

Music - WW2 songs 

Art - Continuing our blitz scenes

Topic - Life on the homefront during WW2 

PSHE - Anti-bullying week.

NB Please don't forget that children can come to school wearing odd socks on Monday. They can also wear their own clothes around a 'spotty' theme for Children In Need on Friday for a £1 donation to the charity. 

English - Top Trumps, Friday 9th November

Miss Kropman's English group had an unusual start to the lesson, playing a game of Top Trumps! We then used our knowledge of this classic game to create Top Trumps cards for both Zlata Filipovic and Anne Frank, whose diaries we have been studying this week. In order to do this, we had to critically analyse features such as their writing style, reliability and formality, before ranking them against each other. Please see some examples of this below! 

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IXL Homework due by Thursday 15th November

Please complete the following tasks:

English:

  • H1
  • N1

Maths:

  • J4
  • J5

Topaz's RE lesson, Tuesday 6th November

Topaz spent today's lesson reflecting upon their learning from the Shabbat workshop at SAMS. We watched a film clip about how an Orthodox family observe Shabbat and then discussed why these customs are followed by so many Jewish people, despite some of the challenges that might be faced in 2018 by having a day of complete rest. We had a fantastic debate, where we chose our strongest reason for or against why Jewish people should still observe Shabbat, placing ourselves along a skipping rope and trying to persuade others to join our side! After considering both sides of the argument, we wrote our own opinions in our books. 

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Week beginning 5th November

Year 6 will be learning about the following this week:

Literacy - Features of diary entries, responding to Anne Frank and Zlata's diaries. Active and passive tense. 

Maths - Fractions

Science - Dissolving - Factors which affect the rate of dissolving

Computing - Purple Mash

RE - Challenges faced by Jewish people observing Shabbat

PE - Dance and gymnastics

French - writing letters to our new penpals in France

Music - WW2 songs 

Art - Continuing our blitz scenes

DT - Completing and evaluating our vehicles 

Year 6 half-term homework

Please note: no red book grid homework or IXL needs to be completed over the holidays! Instead, please complete your reading comprehension homework (green book) and the maths reasoning questions given to you by Thursday 8th November. 

Thank you for all your hard work this half-term; we hope you have a lovely break!

Miss Kropman and Miss Mechionno 

Year 6 RE Trip to St Albans Masorti Synagogue, Wednesday 24th October

Year 6 had an enjoyable morning today at St Albans Masorti Synagogue, consolidating their learning from RE lessons this term about Judaism. When we arrived at the shul, we were created by Rabbi Adam, who took us into the main hall and spoke to us about his faith. We were fascinated to see the Torah scrolls and particularly liked it when he read a portion to us. We had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions and to see many of the artefacts we have learnt about in our lessons. Following this, we took part in a shabbat workshop, learning about how shabbat is celebrated in a traditional Jewish household. After lighting the candles and hearing the blessings, we got to taste some kiddush wine (well, grape juice, actually!). Finally, we visited the kosher, dairy kitchen and had the opportunity to make some challah bread. Despite some of us finding it tricky to plait the sticky dough, everyone was successful in baking a roll to take home. The morning ended with a chance to share what we had learnt throughout the morning with some of the shul members. We are now looking forward to building on this knowledge in our RE lessons after half term! 

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Rabbi Adam blowing the shofar

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Rabbi Adam reading from the Torah

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D&T Week in Year 6 - designing and making our frame, then adding our wheels! Tuesday 23rd October

Black History Month, Monday 22nd October

Year 6 had an interesting and engaging morning today in our focus on Black History Month. Both English groups began the session by learning about why we celebrate Black History, focusing on key figures from both the present and past eras. We then looked at Martin Luther King, learning about segregation in the USA and listening to his famous 'I have a dream' speech. We studied the speech in detail, highlighting key phrases and discussing their meanings, before writing our own speeches for the modern day. Miss Melchionno's group chose to develop these key phrases into a word cloud, whilst Miss Kropman's group studied another famous figure in Nelson Mandela. This group learnt about apartheid in South Africa, and held mature discussions about whether violence can ever be justified within protests. We ended the morning by creating a wonderful portrait of Nelson Mandela, based on the portrait work of American artist Chuck Close. Miss Kropman is sure you will agree that our final piece looks immense! 

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I have a dream

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I have a dream

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I have a dream...

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Week beginning 22nd October

This week will be our Design and Technology focus week, where we will be individually creating our own WW2 moving vehicles. This will take over the majority of lessons; in addition,Year 6 will be learning about:

Literacy/PSHE - Black History Month and creating our own 'I have a dream' speeches

Computing - Purple Mash

RE - Visit to St Albans Masorti Synagogue on Wednesday 

PE - Netball and Tag Rugby

French - writing letters to our new penpals in France

Music - WW2 songs 

Art - Continuing our blitz scenes

 

Joy of Reading at The University of Hertfordshire, Friday 19th October

Year 6 had a fantastic experience this morning getting to know children's author Ashley Harrold. We listened to some of his famous poetry and extracts from his books in an entertaining presentation, before being given the opportunity to meet him outside the auditorium. Many of us have purchased Harrold's books and look forward to reading them over the weekend!

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IXL Homework due by Thursday 25th October

Please complete the following tasks:

English:

  • E1
  • E3

Maths:

  • E1
  • J1

UKS2 Cross Country, Thursday 18th October

Well done to Year 6, who all competed in today's UKS2 inter-house cross country race. Every child ran with spirit, determination and effort and should be very proud of completing a tough course. The total house points earned and the overall winning house will be announced in tomorrow's celebration assembly. Well done to the Year 6 girl winner and boys winner and runner-up!

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'We're Going To The Country'

Well done, Topaz - a brilliant class assembly today!

'White Cliffs of Dover'

Topaz's class assembly song, featuring two beautiful solos.

Hey Mr Miller!

Topaz's assembly finale!

Week beginning 15th October

REMINDER: TOPAZ CLASS ASSEMBLY, WEDNESDAY 17TH AT 9.10AM - PARENTS/CARERS WELCOME TO ATTEND!

Year 6 will be learning about the following this week:

Literacy - Historical news report write-up and how to tackle reading papers!

Maths - Formal problem solving 

Science - Dissolving - Factors which affect the rate of dissolving

Computing - Purple Mash

RE - Synagogue visit preparation

PE - Netball and Tag Rugby

French - writing letters to our new penpals in France

Music - WW2 songs 

Art - Continuing our blitz scenes

Topic - Evacuation

IXL Homework due by Thursday 18th October

Please complete the following tasks:

English:

  • H1
  • H2

Maths:

  • D1
  • D7

Year 5&6 Gunpowder Mills Trip, Monday 8th October

On Monday, Years 5&6 visited the Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey to learn more about what life was like for children in WW2. We had a brilliant day!

I enjoyed going inside the shelter for safety. We heard a real air raid siren and got to find out who was a spy! - Mason

My day was fantastic! Four ladies reenacted WW2 roles: a warden, a shopkeeper, an army trainer and an evacuee officer. They taught us so much information. My favourite part of the trip was when we received our army training - even though I had to do 5 push-ups! - Bailey

We did loads of fun activities! My favourite was when we went inside the shelter, as it felt like we really were experiencing an air raid. I also enjoyed marching up and down the road, pretending I was in the army. We learnt about rationing by visiting a WW2 shop! - Harry

I thought it was amazing to go in a bomb shelter. I really think I understood how people would have felt at the time. - Lucy

I enjoyed learning about ARP wardens and what they had to do during blackouts. If someone had left their lights on or their curtains open, ARP wardens were allowed to go inside their house to make sure it was completely dark! Wardens would also make sure that everyone had their gas masks with them. - Samson

Week beginning 8th October

Year 6 will be learning about:

Literacy - Historical news reports 

Maths - Formal written methods

Science - Dissolving - Factors which affect the rate of dissolving

Computing - Purple Mash

RE - Kosher food laws

PE - Netball and Tag Rugby

French - writing letters to our new penpals in France

Music - WW2 songs 

Art - Continuing our blitz scenes

Topic - Trip to the Gunpowder Mills!

IXL Homework due by Thursday 11th October

Please complete the following tasks:

English:

  • A4

Maths:

  • C2
  • E5
  • E6

Short multiplication tutorial by Anthony, Jack and Samson

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During Wednesday's maths lesson, Miss Kropman asked her group to demonstrate their understanding of short multiplication by producing a film tutorial to explain the formal written method. Here is an example!

PSHE - Rights Respecting School, heading for our Silver award! Tuesday 2nd October

In our PSHE lessons, we have been exploring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, inline with our Unicef Rights Respecting School journey. Today, Topaz studied the book, 'We Are All Born Free', and worked in groups to highlight the nine rights that we felt were most relevant to us as Year 6 learners. Next, we created a Diamond 9 of these in our groups and then held a class discussion to justify each group's choices. As a class, we held a democratic vote and finally settled on the nine rights we feel are most important to us. These will be shared with both Mrs Davies and the RRS committee. Miss Kropman was very impressed with the maturity and deep thinking shown in today's lesson - well done, Topaz! 

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Week beginning 1st October

Year 6 will be learning about:

Literacy - Historical news reports 

Maths - Factors and multiples 

Science - Dissolving - Separating our own mixtures

Computing - Purple Mash

PSHE - The Universal Declaration of Rights

PE - Netball and Tag Rugby

French - writing letters to our new penpals in France

Music - WW2 songs 

Art - Continuing our blitz scenes

Topic - The start of WW2 

Chronologically ordering WW2 events in our history lesson today!

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IXL Homework due by Thursday 4th October

Please complete the following tasks:

English:

  • D4
  • D6

Maths:

  • C1
  • C4

Year 5&6 Tag Rugby Festival, Thursday 27th October

Well done to all of the Sapphire and Topaz children who competed in the tag rugby festival at Welwyn RFC this afternoon. Mrs Davies and Mr Conway were very impressed with their effort, sportsmanship and the high number of tries scored. Although this was not a competitive event, our teams should be proud of their multiple wins! 

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Maths

Miss Kropman's maths set have been looking at different mental strategies to solve calculations. Today, we worked in groups of 3 or 4 to share our ideas about how to complete some Year 6 arithmetic questions. We then discussed the importance of estimating to check our answer is sensible and began to employ some 'cheat' methods! For example: 60 x 20

 Step 1: Ignore the 0s!  Step 2: 6 x 2 = 12  Step 3: Remember to put the 0s back in! Step 4: You can now answer the question: 60 x 20 = 1200

 

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Considering different codes for living in RE

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Week beginning 24th September

Year 6 will be learning about:

Literacy - Historical news reports 

Maths - Multiplication problems, general arithmetic 

Science - Dissolving - Separating mixtures

Computing - Purple Mash

RE - The 10 Commandments

PE - Netball and Tag Rugby (30 children will also be taking part in the Tag Rugby Festival on Thursday afternoon - please see separate letter invite)

French - writing letters to our new penpals in France

Music - WW2 songs 

Topic - Creating a WW2 timeline 

 

Sing Out Day at Lochinver House!

On Friday 21st September, Year 6 attended a singing festival at Lochinver House in Potters Bar, along with pupils from Lochinver, Stormont and Little Heath. We spent the morning rehearsing various warm up songs and teaching each other singing techniques, before learning some new collaborative pieces. In the afternoon, each school performed one song to each other, before family and friends had the opportunity to hear both these and our joint pieces in a spectacular concert. We performed 'Believe' by Lin Marsh absolutely brilliantly and Miss Kropman was welling up whilst conducting due to the effort, focus and beautiful sound being made! Thank you very much to Mrs Hobbs for filming us performing. Well done, Year 6 - Miss Kropman, Miss Melchionno and Mrs Oakley were very proud of you today! 

'Believe'

NB You will need to type the password 'singing' to view this video.

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IXL Homework due by Thursday 27th September

Please complete the following tasks:

English:

  • L1
  • M7

Maths:

  • A8
  • A11
CONGRATULATIONS to all of the Year 6 children who have been completing their cycling proficiency course this week. I was impressed with their safe, focused approach to riding through the village when watching them complete their test on Thursday. Well done to everyone who passed their Bikeability 2 today! Miss Kropman 

Science

Topaz and Sapphire combined forces in science this afternoon whilst many of our classmates were busy cycling. We worked hard in groups of 4 in order to plan and carry out an investigation, selecting our own questions to explore. Some groups chose to look at factors that would speed up or down the rate of dissolving, whilst others chose to explore reactions that might occur when placing different solid materials in oil, lemonade or water. As you can see, this was a very popular lesson!

'This was my favourite lesson so far this year!' Immi

'I really enjoyed this lesson as it was very messy and there was a lot going on!' Katie

'This was so fun!' Gabby

'I found this really interesting!' Jack 

'My favourite subject so far this year has been science as we have been doing awesome lessons. I love working with my friends for investigations.' Lucy

See if your child can explain how they kept their test fair and what they found out today! 

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Cycling Proficiency Day One - Practising on the playground

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Week beginning 17th September

As this is our cycling proficiency week, we will not be splitting into our morning groups. Instead, we will be completing a range of activities around our cycling sessions, including:

Literacy - Grammar

Maths - Problem Solving

Science - Dissolving

Computing - Purple Mash

RE - Yom Kippur

PE - Netball and Tag Rugby

Art - Creating a Blitz background using acrylic paint 

Music - FRIDAY'S SING OUT DAY AT LOCHINVER HOUSE! Please see separate ParentMail for all relevant details

 

PSHE - Only One You

In today's PSHE lesson, Topaz looked at Linda Kranz's book 'Only One You'. To celebrate our uniqueness and what we can contribute to the school community, we designed and decorated a pebble representing our individuality. 

'I really enjoyed this lesson because we were allowed to let our creativity out. Our stones look really cool because they are unique!' Elise

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IXL Homework due by Thursday 20th September

This week's online homework supports our figurative language learning in English and our place value and rounding Maths lessons. Please complete the following tasks:

English:

  • O1
  • O2

Maths:

  • A2
  • A4
  • A7

 

Slides from Wednesday's Curriculum Meeting for parents

Enjoying apples and honey whilst learning about Rosh Hashanah in RE!

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English

Here are some of our finished metaphorical poems:

 

The Blossom

The blossom is a pink flamingo,

Delicate and light.

She flutters about, such a beautiful sight.

Gracefully floating down to the stream,

As if travelling across a very special beam.

She balances on one leg in the trees,

Yet, she scarcely sees,

Flying off into the chilly breeze.

By Emily P

 

The Fire

The Fire is a flock of fire-flies,

Evil and encompassing.

He flies in the sky all day,

With his burning eyes, a menacing glare.

Hour upon hour he grows,

The red, hot flames,

That burn, burn, burn, burn!

The giant fire-ball moans,

Smoking his heated hands.

By Charlie S 

 

 

English

In Miss Kropman's English group we have been learning about figurative language in poetry. We have studied James Reeves' poem 'The Sea' and enjoyed reciting this in groups, as you will see below! We are now busy writing our own metaphorical poem! See if your child can explain the following terms used in our lessons this week:

alliteration, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification, simile

The Sea - Verse One

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The Sea - Verse Two

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The Sea - Verse 3

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Week beginning 10th September

Year 6 will be learning about:

English - Figurative language in poetic writing

Maths - Place Value

Science - Dissolving

Computing - Purple Mash

PSHE - Celebrating being unique

RE - Judaism, Rosh Hashanah

PE - Netball and Tag Rugby

History - WW2 Topic - The start of the war

NB If you have any family connections to WW2 and can provide information and/or photographs, please bring into school any day this week. 

French - greetings

Music - WW2 songs 

WELCOME!

Welcome to our Year 6 blog for the 2018-19 academic year! We have had a lovely first few days back at school and we have really enjoyed getting to know your children. Here are Topaz in our class garden, making 'webs of connections':

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