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WELCOME TO YEARS 5&6!

Week beginning 28th September

This week, UKS2 will be learning about:

English - looking at a range of punctuation features and planning a diary entry

Maths - short and long division

Geography/Computing - completing our lines of latitude and longitude learning, learning about the migration of birds 

PE - fitness and tag rugby

Art (Sapphire) - creating a collage for a WW2 scene

Science - a practical carousel of learning about how to separate materials 

PSHE - exploring the importance of respecting others 

UKS2 Spellings for week beginning 28th September

An excellent week of English with Miss Kropman's Topaz group - Friday 25th September

We have had a great week of learning about diary entries in our English lessons, beginning with analysing diary features before turning our attention towards two excellent sources of inpiration - Anne Frank and Zlata Filipovic. After reading about when conflict first hit the streets of Sarajevo in 1991, Topaz created some fantastic vlogs in order to model personal pronouns and adopt an individual viewpoint in a style akin to Zlata's. Later in the week, we turned our attention towards Anne Frank's diary, studying her use of colloquial language and chronological sharing of events. Today (Friday) we began our lesson by playing Top Trumps! We then created Top Trumps cards for Anne and Zlata, focusing on chosen criteria and using evidence from the text to justify our scores. Miss Kropman has been very impressed by the excellent work produced this week! 

A super vlog example

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A super vlog example

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Sapphire showing excellent enthusiasm for their geography lesson - Tuesday 22nd September

Ruby, Sapphire and Topaz classes investigating the solubility of different materials/ingredients - Week beginning 21st September 

Topaz revising the Brookmans Park learning powers in PSHE - Monday 21st September

Week beginning 21st September

This week, UKS2 will be learning about:

English - features of a diary entry, assessing the validity of personal opinions

Maths - factors and multiples, short multiplication

PSHE - reviewing our learning powers 

Music - exploring WW2 swing music 

PE - fitness and tag rugby

Art (Topaz) - creating a collage for a WW2 scene

French (Ruby and Sapphire) - describing the parts of the body 

RE - exploring ideas about forgiveness, linked to Yom Kippur 

Science - a practical introduction to dissolving

UKS2 Spellings for week beginning 21st September

Miss Kropman's Year 6 maths group exploring different mental strategies to solve calculations - Friday 18th September

Miss Kropman's Topaz English group - Thursday 17th September

The children have been working exceptionally hard during their English lessons this week to create poetry based upon figurative language. They have compared an object from nature to an animal using similes, metaphors and personification, in addition to the senses, to create effective descriptions. We hope you enjoy these awesome examples!

An excellent poem using figurative language - Thursday 17th September

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An excellent poem using figurative language - Thursday 17th September

Topaz planning a dissolving lesson in their science lesson - Wednesday 16th September

Sapphire enjoying their tag rugby PE lesson - Wednesday 16th September

Ruby Class enjoying apple and honey to celebrate Rosh Hashanah - Wednesday 16th September

RE in Topaz - Tuesday 15th September

Topaz were absolute superstars in their first RE lesson of the year! We began the session by exploring reasons why we learn RE in school and began to argue reasons for and against ranking these in order of importance within a Diamond 9. These are the reasons suggested by Miss Kropman.

It is part of the curriculum for Hertfordshire.

 

We live in a multicultural, multi-faith society and need to be able to understand everyone.

 

Over 7 billion people across the world believe in something – it must be an important subject.

 

There are often no right or wrong answers.

 

It is a Really Exciting subject.

 

RE offers us the chance to ask big questions.

 

It links well to history.

 

RE can encourage you to think critically.

 

RE can help you to speak clearly about your own opinions.

The most popular amongst Topaz class members was that 'we need to be able to understand everyone', showing a great recognition of diversity, but we were all very clear that there were no right or wrong answers involved in ordering these ideas! 

Following this, we were introduced to our focus religion for the year, which is Judaism. We learnt that this is the oldest of the main world faiths and discussed anything we already knew and what we would like to find out. Next, Miss Kropman taught us about how many Jewish people will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah (New Year) at the weekend, as this festival will last from sunset on Friday 18th - sunset on Sunday 20th September. 

In order to wish ourselves a sweet and happy year ahead, we ended the lesson by sampling apples dipped in honey, which is a customary treat for Jewish people at this time of year! 

Shanah Tovah to all our families who are celebrating this weekend. 

 

Topaz enjoying some outdoor learning to complete a geography atlas quiz - Monday 14th September

Week beginning 14th September

This week, UKS2 are learning about:

English - writing a poem using similes, metaphors and personification

Maths - place value and the number system

PSHE - creating our own 'wise words'

Geography - atlas investigation quiz

PE - fitness and tag rugby

Art (Ruby) - creating a collage for a WW2 scene

French (Sapphire and Topaz) - describing the parts of the body 

RE - exploring why we learn RE and an introduction to Judaism, including learning about Rosh Hashanah. 

Science - a practical introduction to dissolving

UKS2 Spellings for the week beginning 14th September

Members of Miss Kropman's English group reciting 'The Sea' by James Reeves, featuring clear examples of figurative language - Friday 11th September

Sapphire creating some lovely collage work in Miss Shaw's art lesson - Thursday 10th September

Topaz's first attempt at 'Hey Mr Miller' acapella in our socially distanced outdoor singing garden! - Wednesday 9th September

Our first full week back at school!

What a busy first full week we have had in UKS2! Despite many things being different in school at the moment, all of the children have adapted brilliantly and have been a joy to teach. We have been keeping our minds and bodies healthy by focusing heavily on PSHE and PE this week. Please see below pictures of the lovely Zones of Regulations work being completed in Topaz, helping us to regulate our feelings, and of Ruby and Sapphire running their daily mile! 

Week beginning 7th September

This week, UKS2 have been learning about:

English - figurative language within poetry

Maths - place value and the number system

PSHE - Zones of Regulation and focusing on the wise sayings contained within 'The Mole, The Boy, The Fox, And The Horse'. 

Geography - 'Atlas of Adventures' exploration and labelling a world map with continents and oceans

PE - fitness and tag rugby

Art (Sapphire) - creating a collage for a WW2 scene

French (Ruby and Topaz) - learning the names for parts of the body 

Music - appraising WW2 songs and learning 'Hey Mr. Miller'

Computing - Purple Mash 

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