SATs in the Sun

Welcome back to all of Year 6 and their families since the Easter break. I hope everyone had a brilliant time, despite the fact that the weather was pretty dire! And of course, the sun has decided to make its appearance as we return back to the classroom – adding to the general aroma of our classroom, lovely!

However, we are taking every opportunity to get out in the sun with Sports Day and District Sports practices on the meadow and the school field. We’ve chosen our new class book too, an overwhelming majority of the class chose “Room 13” by Robert Swindells.  We are already making serious progress with this book so may be on our second choice before the next blog!

With all the excitement of the weather, visiting local Olympic gold medalists and starting new, creepy books, we have also firmly kept our sights on the impending SATs. On Monday we calculated how many working school days we had left until our first test on the 14th May – as I type we stand at 15 working days.

 

 

 

 

Plenty of time for us to revise and practise our essential knowledge, skills and techniques for the test. Although we understand that we shouldn’t be stressed or worried about the SATs (and in fact we should feel excited and ready to show how amazing we are!), we’re also very aware that with all the efforts we’ve gathered over the recent months we want to do our very best to achieve the best score personal to ourselves.

A few more weeks of preparation, one week of tests that we’re going to smash and then we’re ready to focus on our leavers activities and transition to our secondary schools.

Keep going, Class 6! We’re so nearly there!

 

New Angle of Attack

Firstly, thank you to all of those who were able to attend Parents Consultations last week. If for any reason you were unable to attend an appointment, then please come and find me and we will secure a date in the diary.

A main mention of all my consultations was the school allocations and therefore sudden realisation for many children (and some parents!) that secondary school really is not far away at all! I have mentioned several times that the wonderful time of year known as Post-SATs will be full of brilliant end of year activities and transition preparation for secondary, however, it will also include a change of stance from myself to a more secondary style approach.

More independent learning. More homework with varying due dates. More expectations and therefore consequences for actions…

But alongside that, we will have more time for: end of year projects, leavers based activities, summer productions and maybe, just maybe, a leavers video.

However, before all of that madness, we have the small hurdle of the SATs. As a class, we are progressing every single day and I’m continually impressed and amazed by everyone’s commitment to working to their full potential.

Our new focus has been all about shapes and angles. I beg of you to ask any passing Year 6 child as to the degrees in a circle, triangle, straight line, right angle or any quadrilateral. You could even ask them the boundaries of degree quantity in acute, obtuse and reflex angles.

All in all, we know as a class that our time is counting down to the SATs. But we’re not worried, in fact quite a few of us are really excited for the opportunity to prove how much we’ve retained from not only Year 6 but all of our time at St. John’s. Please remember that everything we will need for each of the tests we have covered in class – nothing will be a surprise and therefore a little bit of class revision will be enough to see us through!

Continue to work hard, guys! Just a few more weeks to go!

Snow Excuses For A Brain Freeze

I hope you’re all enjoying your time in the snow! Make sure you all stay safe and warm and have plenty of fun too! (apologies for the poor title pun)

Below are several activities for you to work on. From all  of the options available, I would like you to choose TWO activities and complete them. With no homework book or school books available, I’m happy for you to present you work however you like – but please make sure it’s neat! If you would like to bring in any photos of your time in the snow we will share them as a class next week. You may even want to post them as a comment on the blog!

Science investigation – does exercise in the snow alter your heart rate?

Complete 3 sets of exercises. Once indoors and once outdoors in the snow. Is there any difference between the two settings? Remember your hypothesis beforehand, equipment, method, results, conclusion and evaluation.

Maths – measurements

We’ve been looking at many different measurements this week. When the snow falls, we all become experts at “measuring” the amount of snow. Well I would like you to measure far more accurately. Find 5 different amounts of snow and tell me exactly how much you have. You could measure the depth, height, weight or even collect a sample to melt down and measure the amount of snow liquid you have. Without your homework book, you’ll need to decide on how you’re going to record the information.

Writing – Frozen Fairy Tales

We’re focussed on Fairy Tales this term. What better inspiration than the weather outside? Use the scenery around you to write a short story based on snow and ice.

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Use the scenery around you to create a poem based on snow and ice. Remember before we’ve written these poems by stating what we can see, smell, taste, touch, hear and think. But take out “I can see…” it becomes much more powerful!

Computing

Thinking back to our bird week challenge of recreating “Shhh! We have a plan”, have a go at making your own PowerPoint style story of the unsuccessful hunters. What could they be hunting in the snow and how might it go wrong? If you have no access to PowerPoint then try making your own storyboard of the events.

 

As mentioned before, present your work however you wish – as long as it’s neat!

Have an amazing time in the snow with friends and family – try and get as many involved in your work as possible!

New Term…..Same Topic

New term but a continued writing focus in Class 6 this term.

We enjoyed our topic of Fairy Tales so much that we’ve decided to continue in to this term too. We ended last term with writing our own version of Little Red Riding Hood and thoroughly enjoyed the freedom of being allowed to alter the ending. Some of us did somewhat overindulge in changes to the close of the story, however much I advised to try and remain true to the tale.

Due to our love of all things fantasy, we are now in the process of planning and drafting our very own fairy tale and will work on these over the next week. Further on in the term, we will move on to a new genre of writing (newspaper reports) but we will keep our fairy tale focus. I am very much looking forward to seeing the class manage the change to writing a fictional report in a non-fiction style – very interesting.

Below are pictures of our wonderful work upon our class display:

I must mention the determined and focused attitude to our assessments that have taken place this week and we are pleased to say they are now finished. We are building our knowledge, skills and confidence ready for the impending SATs tests in May. Although the weeks and days are running down, my belief and pride in Class 6 continues to grow – we’re all making sure that we are excited for the SATs experience not fearful of the experience!

Once Upon A Time In Class 6….

This term has seen us delve in to all things Fairy Tale. We’ve read a collection of Roald Dahl’s revolting rhymes and loved the knicker-concealing, pistol-whipping Little Red Riding Hood or “Red” for short. We’ve studied the incredible yet disturbing clay models of The Singing Bones, Ms. Bennett has had us creating some of our own – we look forward to seeing the finished products towards the end of term.

Our main focus this term has been living and understanding the famous fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. We have read the story, drawn the story, acted it out in groups and as a class (see our images below) and we’re now beginning to re-write the story with our own beautiful, descriptive language. We’ve written powerful poems with detailed imagery to describe emotions and we’ve compared a classic tale across several European countries. I think it’s safe to say we are Little Red Riding Hood experts now in Year 6!

Towards the end of this term, we will be creating our very own fairy tales from start to finish. I am looking forward to those tales being a huge success of our writing prowess in Year 6. Throw in a bit of violence or suspense and our class seems to come alive!

Back to Business!

A warm welcome back to school to all of Class 6 and their families. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and a very Happy New Year! Mrs. Baillache, Mrs. Foss and I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of you for being so kind and generous with your cards and presents – we hope the children enjoyed their gifts from us (and the bouncy balls lasted more than an afternoon before being bounced over a fence or down a drain).

Anyway, “Back to Business”! Class 6 are aware that now we’ve had our Christmas break, that the work, efforts, attitudes and focus all need to increase for our push towards May and our SATs tests. All of the class have returned with a desire and drive to succeed and, most importantly, an improved attitude and effort to all lessons. Long may this continue!

The end of last term saw the conclusion of our WW2 topic. The final piece of work saw the return of The Battle of the Churchills, the most hotly contested Winston Churchill speech delivering competition in the world! A tremendous effort from all provided Class 6 with a multitude of witty Winston words and charming Churchill chants, but there had to be a winner. In the end, after rounds of voting and eliminations, we were left with one winner.

Congratulations to…….

A very prestigious award, Elodie. You join the previous champions of Camilo and Eliza, both of whom I hear have gone on to never compete in a Churchill speech competition again – shame.

Looking on to this term, we have replaced WW2 with a writing focus on fairy tales. We will discover the history and dark roots of fairy tales from countries all over the world. We will look at varying versions of a timeless classic: Little Red Riding Hood. Or was it Little Red Cap? Or Little Golden Hood? Ultimately, we will be building to write our own fairy tales – who knows we might have the next Grimm writer in our midst?

Overall, Mrs. Quirk and I are looking forward to seeing yet more progression, efforts and maturity from this highly capable class. If they give their best and reach the potentials i know they’re capable of, then we could have something quite special on our hands with this lot.

So….Back to Buisness it is!

World War Two Wonders and Workshops

This term has seen us develop a wonder and thirst for knowledge in all things World War Two.

We’ve researched political leaders from the outbreak to the end of the war, we’ve written a speech as Neville Chamberlain – the Prime Minister at the commencing of the war, we’ve written diary entries as William Beech and Mr. Thomas Oakley from the war-based story “Goodnight Mr.Tom” and we’ve just started our chilling discovery of truly horrific German propaganda, especially the stories written for children.

So as you can see, we have been very busy and hard at work throughout our term in Class 6.

However…

Our highlight of the term so far has to be our History Workshop from Knole Trust on all things World War Two. We were incredibly lucky and excited to receive such an amazing 2 hour session from Jennifer Whiteoak and her experienced team of volunteers.

Below are pictures of our brilliant time full of fun and learning.

As you can see we had such a wonderful time, however, this experience would not have been possible were it not for our incredible volunteer, Gordon.

Gordon not only comes to read with our class twice a week, every week, he also inspires us with his knowledge and experiences in life. Gordon was the man to bring our attention to this workshop, as he volunteers for Knole trust too! Not only that, Gordon also donated his time to speak to our class about his own war experiences, as he was evacuated from London during the Second World War. If that wasn’t possibly enough, Gordon has also sent a donation to the school to fund the workshop.

Class 6 and I cannot possibly thank Gordon enough, his kind, generous nature helps support our class in so many ways.

Thank you, Gordon!

Term 2 and World War 2

It’s hard to believe that we are in Term 2 already! The amount of work and learning over the past term – and a week – has been phenomenal. We have been truly impressed with the working attitude and maturing behaviours shown by all in Class 6.

Wolf Brother was a huge success last term, everyone was hooked by the plot and the fates of Torak, Wolf and Renn. For those who were unable to follow the entire story with us, due to school visits or other appointments, we have several copies of Wolf Brother in the school and you may like to read it in your own time. Furthermore, many children are looking to continue the series and have already begun the second book: “Spirit Walker”. It’s lovely to see so many children engaged in reading.

On to Term 2, we begin two main topics this term: World War 2 and Fractions. Now, I’m not entirely certain they will ever go together, but they are our two main focuses for the term.

Fractions has so far seen us understand the basics of fractions and begin to comprehend the difference between: like fractions, unlike fractions and equivalent fractions. We will manipulate them to solve and investigate challenging problems.

World War 2 will continue to run throughout the entire term. We will research political leaders of the time, study the initial events prior to WW2, experience the lives of those left in Britain during the war and much much more. As this blog goes out, we will have already taken on the role of Neville Chamberlain and written our own outbreak of war speech.

Year 6 Begins…

Welcome to all parents and classmates of Class 6 2017/18!

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Meet the Teacher event last Thursday! If you were unable to attend then the main message was to please come and find me, or arrange an appointment at the office, if you need to speak to me or discuss something for our final year at St. John’s. Lots of expectations and opportunities for your children in year 6, which bring with them plenty of rewards and recognition, but also consequences and actions for not completing “promised tasks”. I promise I’ll bring my homework tomorrow – our current most popular example.

It’s hard to believe at this time of year, but I assure you your final year of St. John’s is going to fly by! Therefore, it is essential that we hit the ground running and take full advantage of all opportunities provided to us – and that we certainly have.

On Tuesday, 20 of the class were lucky enough to travel to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and more specifically The Copper Box Arena to meet and learn from the current Karate World Champion, Jordan Thomas. An incredibly inspiring and approachable man, Jordan taught our children the basics of karate, along with several Japanese phrases – including how to count to 5 (with humorous actions and reminders). Pictures of this day are available in the previous two blogs.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Mr.Semple who donated this incredible opportunity, Mrs. Yasar, Mr. King and Mr. Osborne for helping us travel to and from the amazing arena and of course Mrs. Silvester for organising and driving the mini bus with most of us on – even if I did send her the wrong way with my (lack of) co-piloting navigational skills.

When this blog is published, we will have traveled to Sevenoaks school as a whole class to see, speak and listen to the incredibly energetic Michael Rosen. The children, who remained in school on Tuesday, have created wonderful fact files full of insightful information in to the life and times of this great children’s author. They are certainly our Rosen experts! They are armed with questions for the great man and we look forward to reporting back to you his answers and comments.

An incredibly busy week for Class 6 and an amazing start by them all. They best get ready for many more busy weeks to come and I’ll prepare myself to be continually amazed by their efforts and dedication.

Great work from all of Team 6.