Weekly Learning

Weekly learning July 9nd – 13th   

Finally, the time came to perform ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’ to the rest of the school and our invited audience.  We enjoyed performing to both KS1 and 2 and especially to parents, siblings and grandparents on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We would like to thank parents for their help in providing costumes and of course, to our amazing teaching assistants for giving up their time to help and for producing such fantastic props. The acting and singing was fantastic and we are very proud of all of you.

 

Our English lessons this week were all about descriptive writing. We imagined standing in the tunnel before a World Cup game and wrote about the sights and sounds that a player might experience as well as describing their emotions as they prepared to take part in the biggest game of their life. We focused on ‘showing not telling’ how they might feel.

 

In Maths, we learnt about the work of the Dutch artist Escher. He is well known for his amazing tessellating patterns. We then created our own templates, which we used to produce our finished designs.

 

In Art, we have been working on observational drawing. We used the skills of cross-hatching and tonal shading to create our final pieces of work, which will be displayed at the open afternoon on July 16th. We have used ‘spiral patterns in nature’ as our theme.

 

We have also begun reflecting on our time at St Mary’s in preparation for our Leavers’ service, which will be held on Tuesday 24th July at 10:30am at Fairford Leys church. We look forward to welcoming you all there as we celebrate our time at St Mary’s and look forward to the next stage of our learning journeys.

Have a lovely weekend!

Weekly learning June 25th – 29th  

This week we have continued to work hard on ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean.’ We are really impressed by the improvements in your acting skills this week and by the effort you have made to learn your lines. It is now very important that you bring your costumes in as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so as we will need to rehearse in costume with all of the props shortly. Please bring your costumes to school in a clearly labelled bag as soon as you can.

Please note that the performances will now take place on Tuesday 10th July and Thursday 12th July. We apologies for any inconvenience the change in the date of the first performance may cause. We did not want to risk a possible clash with an England semi-final in the World Cup. A letter has been sent out explaining the changes.

We have continued our English/History topic about the Windrush. This week we wrote formal persuasive letters inviting people to emigrate from Jamaica to help with the rebuilding of Britain in the aftermath of the Second World War. We then read a poem and studied first-hand accounts that showed the reality of life in Britain for the new arrivals; we found that this did not often match the hopes and expectations they had when they accepted the invitation to emigrate.

In Maths, we worked co-operatively to solve ‘The mystery of the mixed-up football shirts.’ We used some of the algebra skills we recently learnt to eliminate ‘suspects’ and find the culprits.

We enjoyed Sports Day and were impressed by the team spirit you showed. You pushed yourselves to do your best but also recognised that every point for your house was important. Well done!

Yesterday Mrs Avery and Anthony from Fairford Leys church came in to run a transitions afternoon. There were plenty of opportunities to think about concerns you have about your move to secondary school but it was also great to hear how excited you all are about the new experiences and opportunities you will have.  We really appreciated Mrs Avery and Anthony taking the time to prepare for this and to run the sessions for us.

Next week, most of you will be spending time in your new schools. Rest assured that we will have plenty for you to do on the days you are in school with us! We are looking forward to hearing all about your experiences when you return.

Have a lovely weekend.

Weekly learning June 18th – 22nd

We have had a very busy week!  Rehearsals are going well; we need to practice without scripts by next week, so you need to learn your lines if you don’t already know them. We sent costume letters out yesterday so please let us know as soon as possible if you have any questions or are finding it difficult to get the items you need. Please bring your costumes to school in a clearly labelled bag as soon as you can.

On Tuesday, Year 6 visited Fairford Leys church for Parables week. We all participated in four activities linked to different parables including retelling the story of The Prodigal Son and planting seeds after listening to the Parable of the Sower. Everyone brought home their seeds to grow at home. We are very grateful to all the staff and helpers who made this possible and of course to Antony and all at Fairford Leys church for welcoming us.

On Wednesday, we spent the day learning about evolution and inheritance. We were very lucky to have a paleontologist, Dr Helen, who brought many fossils for us to study. We were amazed to think that the oldest fossil we saw was around 520 million years old. We found out about the different stages of the evolution of life on earth, from the earliest single-celled organisms to human beings. In the afternoon, we learnt more about Charles Darwin and how he formulated his theory of evolution and natural selection by observing the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. We found out about the finches he studied by trying to pick up various foods with ‘beaks’ to see which was best adapted to its surroundings. We also found out how we inherit genes from our parents and how these make us all unique. We are very grateful to the PTA for funding this fantastic experience for us all.

We have begun our English/History topic about the Windrush. We began by considering what Britain was like at the end of the Second World War and how different life would have been from our lives today. We have read some first-hand accounts from people who arrived in Britain in 1948 on the Windrush and considered their reasons for choosing to accept the invitation to migrate to Britain.  We will find out what happened to some of the immigrants after they arrived in Britain next week.

Weekly learning June 11th – 15th

This week we have continued to rehearse for our production. We now have the stage set up and everything is going very well. We are really impressed by how well you are learning your lines and hope to be able to practise without scripts by the end of next week, so keep learning! We will be finalising costume requirements early next week and will send out letters very soon.

Our focus in Maths this week has been algebra. We have been learning how to write algebraic expressions and how these can be used to solve problems in everyday life. 

We began our Science topic on Evolution and Inheritance by considering which traits are inherited from our parents and which are either learnt or affected by environmental factors. We used Mr Men and Little Miss characters to create ‘offspring’ with characteristics of both parents, with some interesting results!  We also found out about Charles Darwin’s life and how he formulated his theory of evolution and natural selection. We are very excited that next week, thanks to the PTA who have funded this, we will spend a day with a visiting scientist in order to learn more about this topic.

Next Tuesday afternoon, as part of parables week, we will be visiting the church on Fairford Leys to learn about how Jesus used parables to help people to understand his teachings. Our assemblies this week have helped us to understand the parable of the Good Samaritan. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join us at the church if they wish.

4th - 8th June 2018

Welcome back to what will hopefully be a busy, memorable and fun half term!

 

This week we have made an excellent start to rehearsals for our end of year production – The Pirates of the Curry Bean.  The children should be bringing their scripts home and will need to learn their lines and the song lyrics as soon as possible. We will be sorting out costume lists next week and will send out letters so that children know what they will need to bring in.  We’re already very excited at the prospect of performing on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th July so please keep these evenings free.

 

In English, we finished reading Kensuke’s Kingdom.  After being rescued by his parents after more than a year on the island, Michael promised Kensuke that he would keep his existence a secret for ten years.  We have been writing newspaper reports about Michael’s miraculous survival in such a way that the reader would have questions about the truth of Michael’s story.

 

We have also begun artwork linked to Kensuke’s Kingdom. In the story, Kensuke frequently mentions the Japanese painter Hokusai. We have begun to create our own landscape paintings using the techniques typical of Hokusai’s style: he used a limited colour palette, tones and shades of natural colours and thin dark outlines for his paintings. We will complete our watercolour paintings next week.

 

We have sent out a homework sheet. We would like you to investigate some of their inherited traits in preparation for our Science topic, ‘Evolution and inheritance.’ The sheet will eventually be stuck into your Science books so should be completed as neatly as possible.

 

We hope that we will have plenty of warm, sunny weather. It is important that you have both a water bottle and a sunhat in school every day so that you can enjoy spending time on the field at lunchtimes and can participate fully in PE lessons.

Have a lovely weekend!

Whitemoor Lakes Day 2
 
We all had a good night's sleep and have been busy since breakfast.
 
Everyone is having a great time.
Whitemoor Lakes Day 1
 
We've had a great first day full of activities such as: high ropes, sailing, archery, crate stacking and many more!
 
The sun has been shining and everyone is having a great time.
 
 
14th - 18th May
 
This week mainly consisted of SATs. Well done to every single one of you. We know that you really did try your best and coped really well. The results will be out on 10th July, we will of course be letting you all know how you did.
 
As well as tests, we also started a new Art topic this week. We looked at paintings by a Japanese artist called Hokusai. We will be using inspiration from his work to create our own paintings after half term.
 
Well done again everybody, next stop... Whitemoor Lakes :)

Weekly learning April 30th – May 4th

This week we have been practising both our arithmetic and reasoning skills in Maths. We’ve focused on identifying, checking and correcting errors. We also revised drawing and measuring angles as well as averages, Roman numerals and percentages.  Today we played the ‘make 21’ game.

In English, we continued writing our narrative from the perspective of Michael’s mother in Kensuke’s Kingdom. Our focus was on creating realistic characters and on the dialogue between Michael’s parents as they decide what to do once they realise that he is missing. We also used ‘show not tell’ to convey their emotions through their actions rather than telling the reader how the characters felt.

In Science this week we learnt about micro-organisms and how they can both help and harm us. We looked at an example of a very unhygienic kitchen and wrote letters to the owner explaining the dangers of poor food hygiene from either the viewpoint of an environmental health inspector or a customer who had contracted food poisoning after eating a very ‘dodgy kebab.’

How lucky we are to have a long weekend ahead of us just as the fine weather returns! We hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday. As the weather improves please ensure that you have a sunhat and water bottle in school every day so that you can enjoy being outside at break and lunchtimes.

Finally, just a reminder that forms for Whitemoor Lakes need to be returned by Wednesday 9th May so that we can send the information to the residential centre next week.

 

23rd to 27th April

This week we have been completing mock SATS papers in spelling, grammar and punctuation, reading comprehension and maths. Everyone has worked very hard! We will use the test papers to identify areas for revision and to consolidate our learning over the next two weeks.

We have also continued our reading of Kensuke’s Kingdom. This week we heard about more about the places Michael and his family visited during their voyage. However, their adventure has now become a nightmare – Michael has fallen overboard while on watch during the night. His exhausted parents slept on, unaware of the tragedy unfolding. Michael Morpurgo’s story continues from Michael’s perspective but we will be creating narratives which tell what happens when Michael’s parents wake on the morning of Michael’s twelfth birthday and discover that he is missing. What will they decide to do? Will they agree on the best course of action?

Our Science topic this half-term is classification. This week we used classification keys to identify mammals and reptiles. We learnt more about Carl Linnaeus and the importance of the classification system he created to scientists around the world today.

In PE this week we worked in small groups to practise our batting, fielding and bowling skills.

Please make sure that you have your PE kit in school on Wednesdays and Fridays. You should also have a water bottle and a sunhat in school every day.

Weekly learning April 16th – 20th

 

We’ve had a busy first week back. In Maths we have been revising a range of topics including ratio and proportion, area and perimeter, place value and rounding. In English, we read more of Kensuke’s Kingdom; we heard about some of the places the family visited on the first part of their round-the-world voyage. We then planned and wrote non-chronological reports based on a bird that Michael and his family could have seen during their time in South America – the Scarlet Ibis.

 

Our Science topic this half-term is classification. We will be considering how scientists group living things, using their characteristics to compare them. We will be learning more about the work of Linnaeus and the classification system he devised. This week we created classification diagrams of our own using a variety of different sweets. Questions such as, ‘is it jelly-based?’ and ‘does it have a hard shell?’ helped us to sort our Haribo from our liquorice allsorts. We then began to apply our classification skills to insects, birds and mammals.

 

It was fantastic to have our PE lesson outdoors in the warmth on Wednesday. This term we are focusing on throwing, catching and batting skills.

 

Our RE topic this term is about the Qur’an and its importance to Muslims. We began by discovering how the words of the Qur’an were revealed to the prophet Muhammad and why the letters PBUH (Peace be upon him) are used by Muslims when they use Muhammad’s name.

 

We will be continuing to revise for the upcoming SATS tests (which take place from Monday 14th May to Thursday 17th May) over the next three weeks.

 

Please make sure that you have your PE kit in school on Wednesdays and Fridays. You should also have a water bottle and a sunhat in school every day.
Homework
 

No Homework this week.