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WELCOME TO YEAR 6!

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.

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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