Welcome to Year Six
Class Value: Compassion
Monday 15th July - visit to the Council Chambers
On Monday, Year 6 will be visiting the council offices in Rickmansworth. One of our governors, Paula Hiscocks, is the TRDC chairman and has invited us to have a tour of the council offices and hold our own debate in the chambers!
In preparation for the debate, year 6 have been asked to consider the question; Should the age of criminal responsibility in England should be raised from 10 to 16?
Come to school on Monday with your reasons for or against this.
Home Learning - 05 07 19
3 days until show day! Continue to learn your lines by heart, ensuring that you are using gestures/body language/strong facial expressions when you're on stage.
The children have been set some writing homework which will be used in their Leavers Assembly. They have been given another child in the class to write a Kenning about. Their Kenning should be 6 lines long.
You must read at least five times this week and get your reading record signed.
It's not long now until the children will be leaving us at St. Mary's and preparing to start at their new schools. The BBC, in conjunction with a range of organisations, have some great resources on the transition (such as videos explaining who may be their support network at their new school, the main changes, and some of the highlights they will experience!). Some links to these websites are below.
Home Learning - 28 06 19
Science - Make a list of all of the items in your home that run on electricity and organise these by room.
English - Make sure that you read at least five times this week and get your reading record signed.
Learn your lines for The X Factory by heart - 1 week to go!
We've enjoyed the many activities that Miss Clegg has organised during National Sports Week. On Tuesday, we were visited by Watford Football Club who ran a session with us. On Wednesday, we got the chance to plan and carry out PE activities with the younger children. There was everything from hockey to obstacle courses. The children planned opportunities for warm ups, stretches and changed the activities depending on the age of the children! They all had a wonderful time!
On Friday, we had a 'Football Freestyle' workshop in which we learnt many tricks! Miss Paxton even managed a few!
On Monday, Miss Clegg and Miss Paxton attended the School Sports Partnership Awards. Children from all of the local Primary and Secondary schools that are in the partnership come together to celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams over the past year. Matilda was awarded the Young Sportsmanship Award for her consistently positive attitude to all sports, determination and great sportsmanship. Reenie was chosen for Play Leader of the Year as she has embraced her role as Peer Mediator.
All of the nominees heard from Alex Gregory MBE about his journey to Olympic Gold Medallist for the GB Rowing Team. He encouraged them all to persist with their hobbies and not be set-back by failure. The children got to try on his gold medals!
Our final day at ROCK UK saw one group take part in a full day of canoeing. Having to carry the canoes up a small hill at the end was heavy work but the children worked great as a team.
The other group had their Aerial Adventure session - their challenge was a game of cat and mouse round the course! They also had their bushcraft session and created some fantastic shelters!
In the evening we packed our bags ready for the journey home, had a film, hot chocolate and a spot of yoga!
We’ve had another busy day here in Wales!
One half of the group headed out to the Brecon Beacons for a whole day of canoeing and kayaking. The group split in two and started at different points, and worked their way to meet in the middle for lunch! They had to carry all of their equipment. Somehow they ended the day very dry!
Back at Rock UK, the other half of the class took part in bushcraft in the morning - making shelters (fully equipped with xboxes and double beds) and starting fires. In the afternoon, they had their caving session. It was fantastic to see that those who were hesitant at the start ended up leading small groups through different routes (some of which were in total darkness).
When we were all back together in the evening, after dinner, we had time at the campfire. It took a little while to get going, but we were soon roasting marshmallows over it! We also read or letters from home here, wrote back (posting on Thursday) and shared some of our favourite moments so far.
Needless to say we were all pretty tired after that!
Today was our first full day of activities! We all had our indoor climbing sessions - we helped each other to climb on the many different walls and some of us got right to the top! We also played some games on the boulder walls.
Half of us had our Aerial Adventure and abseiling session - after about 4 times round the route, some children took on the challenge to do it blindfolded!
The other half of the class had their caving session. They had to navigate through small routes in the man made cave!
In the evening we had use of the sports pitch. Although it was lightly raining, we took out some footballs and played games.
On Monday, we arrived safely at Rock UK Summit Centre. We were shown to our rooms (we will post photos of these in the week) and had a chance to unpack before we were given a tour of the site by our Group Leader, Sam.
In the afternoon, we took part in a ‘spotlight’ session all about trust. We were kitted out in waterproofs and wellies. We had to lead a partner (who was blindfolded) safely up the river using a stick to keep us stable. We then split into two teams and had to crawl/glide/swim through each other’s legs from back to front. The winning team got to splash the losing team!
When back in our accommodation and dry, we had our first meal in the dining room before heading out on a long walk to see the surrounding sights. We found the lake where we will be kayaking later in the week!
Before bed, some of us had a quick yoga session to wind down!
Rock UK - 3 days to go!
On Monday, we head off to Wales for the week to enjoy all that Rock UK has to offer. Please remember:
-Bring a packed lunch for Monday
-Bring a water bottle to take to each activity during the week.
-Bring a small backpack to carry items to the activities (e.g. water bottle, spare clothes etc).
-Bring warm and waterproof clothing!
We're keeping our fingers crossed for dry weather next week!
Home Learning - 07 06 19
You must plan a mini saga (narrative) based on the theme 'Ancient Adventures'. You can use the planning format given to you, or choose to plan in your own way. Consider:
-What your story is going to be about (you can write about any historical figure or period in history)
-Where is your story set?
-Who are your characters?
-How will your story start?
-How will your story end?
Your mini saga will be no more than 100 words (about one large paragraph) - so make sure that you choose ideas carefully.
We had a fantastic day on Monday during our Greek Day. The children looked AMAZING and fully embraced the theme!
We started the day off with food tasting - the children sampled a range of Greek foods and evaluated them. They tried homous & tzatziki with pitta bread, fresh olives, aubergine mezze, stuffed vine leaves, feta cheese, dried figs, and Greek yoghurt with honey. Dessert was definitely the overall winner!
They then designed and made their own Greek Salads using fresh ingredients.
Later on, the children learned about the Greek alphabet and number system, and used this to crack some codes.
We ran our own 'Mini Ancient Olympics' outside, which included javelin, Greek Sandal throwing, and 'chariot' racing.
Finally, in the afternoon the children made their own Greek Vases using clay which they designed last week.
A HUGE well done to the Year Six children. Over the course of this year they have worked so incredibly hard, particularly in these last few weeks. They have taken full responsibility for their learning, using their own time before and after school, to make sure they feel as fully prepared as possible for their SATs tests. This week, they have blown me away with their calm manner and positive, resilient mindset. I hope they have all finished this week feeling confident in their abilities and proud of what they have achieved. I feel so proud to be their teacher!
Photos from our Fun Day to follow - here's a sneak peek!
Home Learning - 26 04 19
Maths - Complete pages 70 - 73 in your maths workbook (Pie charts & Line graphs)
English - Complete the '2018 SATs - KS2' test on spag.com.
Reading - Make sure you are reading at least five times this week. Reading records will be checked on Wednesday (1st May).
Spelling - You have 2 spelling crosswords to complete using the clues given. The answers can be found on the Y3 & 4 and Y5 & 6 spelling lists.
Democracy in Ancient Greece
On Thursday in our History lesson, we learned about the 3 main systems of democracy used in Ancient Greece and compared them to our current UK political system. We then took part in a debate, arguing for and against the abolition of SATs in Year 6. We showed respect and integrity when addressing issues from the opposing party in the House of Year Six.
Over the Easter holidays there will not be any Home Learning. The children have been working incredibly hard this term, so I hope that they (and you) have a well-earned rest and come back refreshed in the Summer Term.
On Wednesday, we had our (final) class assembly! We shared our learning so far this year in Year Six, including some fantastic writing linked to our topics (WW1 and Rivers) and a Water Saving Challenge Quiz. We hope that those of you that were able to come enjoyed it! The children have been working hard over the last few days to put it together!
Home Learning - 29 03 19
Maths - Complete pages 33 & 34 (Scale Factors) and page 53 of your maths workbook.
English - Complete the both tests on spag.com (semi-colons and colons)
Reading - Remember to read at least 5 times this week and get your reading record signed by an adult.
Spelling - Learn the spelling words on your bookmark (their meaning aswell). They will be tested next week.
Home Learning - 22 03 19
Maths - Answer the questions on p.38 and 39 on 'unequal sharing' (ratio and proportion). Remember to draw the model to help you. Challenge X is in the document below.
English - Read 'Olympic Torch Relay, Day 52' on p. 12 and answer the questions on p.13. Take notice of how many marks may be awarded and carefully consider how many points you need to make.
Spelling - Learn the spellings and meanings of the words in the document below.
Reading - Make sure that you are reading at least five times to an adult this week, and remember to get your reading record signed.
Home Learning - 15 03 19
Maths - Complete pages 18, 19 and 23 in your Maths Workbook (simplifying, ordering and dividing fractions). Challenge X is attached in the document below.
English - Read 'Poems about Seasons' and answer the questions (pages 14 & 15) in your Reading Comprehension book (Book One)
Spellings - Learn how to spell these words, their meanings and practise using them in sentences (attached in the document below).
Reading - Make sure you are reading to an adult at least five times over the week and get your reading record signed.
Home Learning - 08 03 19
Maths - Answer the questions on pages 22, 24 and 25 of your maths workbook (multiplying fractions, with decimals, and by 10, 100 and 1000). Challenge X is in the document below.
English - complete the tests on Terminology set on spag.com. There are full SATs tests on the website also, should you wish to have a go at one of those!
Spelling - Learn the words set in the document below.
Reading - Read at least 5 times to an adult - don't forget to get your reading record signed each time!
We had a wonderful day celebrating World Book Day on Thursday. We had a wide range of characters in the classroom, including Amelia Earhart, Medusa, Dumbledore, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins and Tin Tin. We started off the day with an assembly where we saw everyone's costumes. We took part in the Big Book Swap where we were able to exchange some of our old books for others brought in by other children - there was so much on offer. Mrs Ingram read a story she has been writing during Assembly, we read with Year 2 children, watched a writing masterclass by Jeff Kinney (author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and even listened to an audiobook extract from Rooftoppers. Finally, we took part in the book treasure hunt around the school!
Home Learning - 01 03 19
Maths - p.66, 67, 68 & 69 of your Maths workbook (all about co-ordinates, translations and reflections).
English - Read 'If-' by Rudyard Kipling on p.22 of your reading comprehension book and answer the questions on p.23.
Spellings - a range of homophones. Make sure you learning the meanings and practise using these words in sentences.
Please make sure you are reading at least five times a week, and get your reading record signed by an adult.
Science - photos needed!
This half term in Science we will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance. Next week, we will be looking at inherited vs acquired characteristics, and for this it would be great if the children could bring in a photo of one or both parents (if you don't mind us using these in class!)
The photos will be used in the children's work, so please only send in photos if you're happy for them to appear in your child's book.
Have a wonderful break over half term! See you on the 25th!
SATs Club (Morning Revision)
After half term, the Year 6 SATs Revision club will be starting. This will run every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8-8.30am. Below is a timetable of the sessions so that you can see what is coming up. The focus will be on Maths. After the Easter holidays, we will be revising SPAG and key reading skills.
As you will be aware, we have a school subscription to MyMaths which we would like you to make the most of. Attached below is the Pupil Guide to help you login (the children have logged on in school). On the website is all of the Year 6 materials to help you revise and to test you on each area of the maths curriculum. You can also access (if you wish) resources from other year groups.
Don't forget that next Thursday (14th February) is our Learning Showcase. Come along to the classroom, from 2.30pm, and see what we have been up to this half term!
What will we be learning next week (W/C 11/02)?
We will be learning all about angles: recapping right, acute, obtuse and reflex angles, calculating missing angles in diagrams and shapes, and learning to recognise that angles which are vertically opposite when two lines meet at a point are identical.
We will be learning to present a balanced argument through Discussion Texts based on questions linked to our topic of the Amazing Americas.
Home Learning - 07 02 19
Complete pages 51, 52 & 53 of your Maths workbook, calculating the areas and perimeters of a range of shapes.
Home Learning - 04 02 19
As school was closed last Friday, Home Learning was given out today. You need to complete pages 10 and 11 of your Maths workbook for Friday 8th.
Remember you should be reading every day and getting your reading record signed by an adult.
Home Learning - 25 01 19
Maths - Answer the questions 'Missing number problems' on pages 42 and 43 of your Maths Workbook. Challenge X is attached below.
SPAG - Answer the questions on 'Formal and Informal' language and a short practise SATs test on spag.com
Reading - Make sure you read at least 5 times per week and get your reading record signed by an adult.
Spellings - This week's spellings are attached in the document below.
Have a great weekend.
Home Learning - 18 01 19
Maths - complete the questions Shape Properties on pages 58 and 59 of your workbook. There is a Challenge X on the spelling list.
English - You will need to research Harriet Tubman and her role in the Underground Railroad. Bring notes to use in our writing next week (we will be writing recounts of the Underground Railroad from Tubman's perspective). Below are some useful websites.
Spelling - spelling words to learn this week are based on some words we have been using in our learning this week which follow common spelling rules, or can be found on the Y5/6 spelling list.
Reading - You must read at least 5 times this week and get your reading record signed by an adult.
Have a lovely weekend.
What will we be learning next week?
Home Learning - 11 01 19
The World's highest waterfall is in Venezuela. What is it called and how high is it?
Some children were delighted to find that the sunlight coming in the classroom windows was causing a the water in a bottle on a desk to refract!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you all! Thank you for all your kind words and gifts at Christmas. We hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas break and time to rest and recharge. We really appreciate all your support with the children over the last term and are looking forward to all that's in store for the rest of the year!
14 12 18
There will be no Home Learning set this week! Well done for all your efforts towards the KS2 carol service on Tuesday - it was a wonderful evening. I hope you have a weekend filled with festive fun, and look forward to seeing you on Monday as we count down to Christmas.
Remember that we are at church on Monday morning for a KS2 rehearsal of our Christmas Carol Service.
In Maths next week we will be learning to use formal methods for division, including how to write remainders as decimals and fractions.
In English, we will be learning to use scene changes and dialogue to move on the action within atmospheric texts. We will also be continuing to learn how to use cohesive devices (such as subtle repetition and conjunctions) to link ideas.
Home Learning - 07 12 18
In Maths this week we have been learning to find the areas of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms. For your Maths Home Learning this week, you will need to solve the problems involving the area of these shapes. If your challenge question shows a shape, please draw this into your book before answering the question. Remember to show your working.
For English Home Learning, you will need to answer the questions on 'synonyms and antonyms' and 'hyphens, dashes and bullet points' on spag.com.
Your spelling words for this week can be found at the bottom of the maths sheet.
Have a great weekend.
Santa is looking forward to seeing his elves tomorrow (Saturday 1st) at the Christmas fair between 12 and 4pm. Elves should make their way to the Year Six classroom when they are able to help wrapping some special presents!
If you want to wear something Christmassy (or dress as an elf) please do!
In Maths next week we will be learning to find the area of triangles and parallelograms. You may want to remind yourself how to find the area and perimeter of rectangles.
In writing, we will be learning how to incorporate atmosphere into narratives. You may want to remind yourself of some of the features of narrative writing, such as figurative language (personification, metaphors and similes).
This week in maths we have been learning to use formal written methods for multiplication, as well as using base facts to solve multiplication problems. The maths home learning this week allows you to practise these skills. Your spellings for this week are on the maths sheet also.
For English home learning, please follow the instructions on p.32 of Comprehension Book One, 'Change your journey to school.' You will write a persuasive text, and on p.33 you will need to write some comprehension questions about your text. We will swap and answer them next week!
Please remember you should be reading at least five times during the week, and to have your reading record signed by Friday.
For Maths home learning this week, you must choose one of the challenges and solve the percentage problems in your book.
For English, you must complete the SPAG tests. They are practise for identifying and using terminology. There is a glossary of terms at the bottom of this page so do use it if needed. Your spellings for this week are also on the maths sheet.
Please make sure you are reading at least five times per week, and getting this signed in your reading record.
Have a great weekend.
Home Learning - 16 11 18
For Maths home learning this week, please choose one challenge on fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents and complete it in your book.
For English, please read and answer the questions about 'Born on a Blue Day' on p.6 of Book One.
Please also learn the spellings (-se and -ce words), and read at least five times during the week.
Have a lovely (and hopefully dry) weekend!
The Christmas season is almost upon us, and the PTA are working hard to organise the Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December. Year Six will be taking on the role of 'elves' in the Y6 classroom to wrap secret santa presents. If your child is able to be an elf at the fair and volunteer some of their time (between 12 and 4pm) then please speak to Miss Paxton so she can sign them up!
Ho Ho Ho!
This week we have been learning to find and use fraction and decimal equivalents. The questions for each challenge for home learning this week require you to use the facts you know, calculate equivalents or apply these to problems. Choose one challenge and complete it in your book. Please remember to show your working out or explain your reasoning.
For English this week, you should complete the tests of spag.com. One is on 'subject verb agreement' and the other is on 'synonyms and antonyms'.
Spellings are at the bottom of the maths challenge sheet. Our focus this week is nouns ending in -ce and verbs ending is -se.
Make sure you are reading at least five times over the course of the week, and recording this in your reading record.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Welcome back to school for the second half of the Autumn Term - we hope you had a restful half term. This half term we will continue with our topic 'Lest We Forget', focussing on the impact of World War One. Below is an overview of the skills we will be learning for each subject within this.
This week we have been celebrating diversity. We took part in an African Dance workshop, where we sequenced together four movements that we learned. We also learned about Kenya, and some African traditions from Lydia. We also had a workshop linking to Black History called 'I have a dream.' In the workshop, we learned about some people from history who have made a significant impact for black civil rights.
In addition to this, we have been having debates and discussions around some interesting and controversial topics, such as 'If we allow same-sex schools, should we have same-race schools?' and 'Is educating girls a waste of money?'
Home Learning - 19 10 18
In Maths this week, we have been learning to compare and order fractions using a common denominator. Please choose a challenge and complete it in your book, showing your working out and/or reasoning.
Next week we will be adding and subtracting fractions, so it is important that you are confident in writing fractions with common denominators.
For English this week, you will need to read 'White Fang' on p.28 of book one and answer the questions about this.
You will find your weekly spellings (from the Year 5&6 curriculum words) at the end of the maths challenges.
Make sure you read five times this week and get your reading record signed by an adult.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Our trip to the Imperial War Museum in London is next Thursday, 18th October. As a reminder, children need to be dropped at Rickmansworth train station by 8.45am. On our return journey, we will walk from Rickmansworth station back to school by 3.15pm.
All children will need a (nut-free) packed lunch on this day and water. They should wear school uniform.
We're really looking forward to it!
Home Learning - 12 10 18
This week, we have been learning more about factors and multiples and have begun to apply this to simplify fractions, find equivalents, and write fractions with common denominators.
For Maths, please choose and complete one of the challenges on the sheet attached.
For English, you must complete the questions on spag.com about pronouns and cohesive devices.
Please also ensure you practise the spellings (found at the end of the maths challenges) which contain -fer.
Please continue to read at least five times this week as usual.
Have a lovely weekend.
Our learning this week!
We have been busy in Year Six this week. We have finished writing about Walter Tull, Britain's first black officer. We researched the life of Tull and planned biographies to detail the significant events in his life, including his legacy as Officer during World War One. You can read the biographies on our display board in the KS2 corridor, or see them during our Learning Showcase during the last week of half term.
We have also been extending our knowledge of factors and multiples in preparation for comparing, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions. We used cuisenaire rods to find and show relationships between different fractions, and were able to express equivalent fractions this way (we made them like in the pictures below, and then wrote about them in our books).
In Science, we were exploring the effect of diet on the human body. We surveyed other children in the school to try and find out how their lunch affected their energy levels.
Home Learning - 05 10 18
Home Learning this week is:
For maths home learning this week, you will be solving a range of problems using an appropriate strategy (see the above document).
Each child has received a login for MyMaths.co.uk. We will begin using this over the coming weeks, so we encourage you to ensure you can access your homepages, explore the website and play some of the games available this week. A guide for logging in is in the above documents.
In English, we have been learning how to write recounts (biographies). For English home learning this week, you will need to research and write a biography about a significant person from World War One. Some suggestions are: Lord Kitchener, Edith Cavell, Alexander Fleming, Douglas Haig, Wilfred Owen, Winston Churchill or Dame Caroline Haslett.
The bbc website contains lots of information about WW1, including some of the people suggested above.
Please also make sure you read at least five times this week.
Next week we will begin planning and designing model trenches. If you have any old shoeboxes at home, please bring them into school so that we can use them in DT. Any other household items, such as egg boxes, yoghurt containers, toilet roll tubes etc. would also be really helpful!
Have a wonderful weekend.
This week's Maths Home Learning is to solve a range of problems using mental strategies. Have a look at the strategy sheet if you need reminding of these.
This week we have been learning to spell words that end in -able and -ible. The spellings this week can be found at the end of the Home Learning sheet.
For English, you will need to complete the questions about the active and passive voice on spag.com.
Tomorrow (Thursday, 20th September) Year 6 will be having an extra PE lesson, so please make sure kits are in school.
As we approach colder weather, there will be more occasions when the children will not be able to play outside during break and lunch time. Therefore, we kindly ask that if you have any old games that you no longer use, that we might be able to have them in school for use during 'wet play'. Any kinds of card games (top trumps etc). or board games would be greatly appreciated!
The home learning for Year Six this week is:
You might also want to practice your times tables on times tables rockstars.
Over the coming weeks, representatives for each of our school councils will be chosen. As a reminder, here is an overview explaining dates by which letters should be handed in, and how each representative will be chosen.
Home Learning - Autumn Week 1 - 07 09 18
All the children have been given a login for Times Tables Rockstars - we encourage you to explore the website and try some of the challenges and games.
Children should be reading to an adult five times per week, and this should be a range of texts and genres. Please make sure this is logged in reading records, as these will be checked on Fridays.
This week, the children have not been given any other Maths or English Home Learning to complete.
Welcome back to school! This week, Year Six have been settling into their new classroom and back into school routines. Please find below copies of the documents given out at the Meet the Teacher Information Session this week. You should have also received a hard copy. There is also a copy of the Skills Booklet for the first half-term which, like Curriculum Booklets previously, explain the skills that the children will be learning in the foundation subjects.