Mrs Rimmer, Mrs Way and Mrs Day would like to warmly welcome you to the year 6 class page. We hope that you will be regular visitors so we can keep you up to date with what we have been learning, any class news and other key activities or events that may be taking place.
Please look through the site below for our most recent learning, achievements and useful information such as letters and topic overviews.
If you have any questions or queries that you'd like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact us via the school office.
This is where you will find set learning activities for children in self isolation or in the event of a school closure.
The learning is set out week by week from Wednesday to Wednesday to ensure that there is a range of new activities to keep children engaged in their learning at home.
For each week, there are set learning activities linked to:
All learning that is completed can be done so in the 'Home Learning' book (green exercise book) that children will be bringing home this week. Spelling shed and mathletics will all be monitored on line.
On top of these set activities, there a range of home learning tasks for reading, writing and gps. These are in PowerPoints and give short tasks in each of the above areas. These are for children who would like additional learning suggestions for at home.
I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of how hard the children in Year 6 are continuing to work. The commitment I have seen to the home learning based activities so far with spelling shed and mathletics has been commendable. Well done Year 6.
Please find a new year 6 crib sheet for the next two weeks in the section above. There are some new activities should you need/ want them that link to wider curriculum areas.
I will update with further activities after the Easter break although there will remain to be spelling shed and mathletics tasks set should you want something over the Easter period.
If you haven't already, please have a look at my YouTube channel where I will try and upload regular messages you. I am also setting up an email address through school where you can email in any photos/ learning that you would like to share with your classmates....make sure your parents look out for an email from school with the details.
I hope you are all well - It was lovely to bump in to one of our year 6 families (at an acceptable social distance) during my daily walk around the village! Keep smiling and stay safe,
Mrs R x
I hope that you are all well and keeping safe! Both my girls and I are missing you all lots and thinking of you all. I wanted to say a huge well done to all of you for your mock SATS! I have almost finished marking them and you did yourselves (and me) proud
As promised, I have attached some new learning resources below, as well as updating your spelling shed tasks and mathletics activities! I hope you all got your Timestables Rockstars Log ins? If not ask a parent to email in to firstname.lastname@example.org and request it and I will get it emailed out to you.
In maths, we would have been learning about angles in a triangle - watch the bbc clip I have included which proves that angles in a triangle always = 180 degrees and have a go at proving it yourself at home! There are some worksheets to have a go at as well.
Reading and Spelling:
There are some further reading extracts if you finished last weeks and a new spelling pattern for this week!
Should anyone wish to write to me (and my girls), then please feel free! I would love to know what you have been up to and how you are spending your time!? We are doing a lot of painting, jigsaws and trampolining here! Just send any letters in to school and I will write back as soon as possible!
I hope that you are enjoying some time to enjoy the sunshine in your gardens and spending time with your families and I hope to see you soon!
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Both Mathletics and Spelling Shed have been updated to include half term holiday home learning - please complete your assignments ready for the first day back in school.
A reminder that if you didn't complete your 500 word story, this must be handed in on Monday 24th February. It is fine for this to be handwritten.
In preparation for our letters to Mrs Peel regarding banning single use plastic in school, remember to prepare your arguments for your remaining two points on why plastic should be banned. Use PEE to help think about what information you need to support your point!
E: Elaborate/ explain
Yesterday, Year 5 and 6 pupils visited College Lake in Tring. They did a range of activities throughout the day and explored the site. As part of the activities, children did pond dipping, used their senses to make a herb potion and searched for animal clues such as poo!
Here are some photos from the day:
This week we have been looking at the text, 'Flood' by Alvaro F. Villa. We have been learning about writing the past perfect tense and wrote flash backs in this tense - it was very tricky!
Children are now beginning to plan their writing for the part in the plot when the family return to their home. They are using the DADWAVERS mnemonic to help them.
Today children were learning more about the water cycle. Ask your child if they can explain the following terms: infiltration, precipitation, evaporation, transportation, transpiration, condensation.
This morning in Maths, children went outside for a bit of outdoor Maths. They had to draw a spider using chalk with a whole number in the middle. They then, had to find a percentage of that number and record on the legs. For example, 10% of 360 = 36
Welcome to the Spring Term! We started our new topic 'Water World' with a fun filled activities exploring water!
There was a carousel of science, art and computing activities which children worked round in the afternoon. Take a look at the photos:
A busy weekend for a member of our Year 6 class! On Saturday, he come second in his age group at the Central Bedfordshire and Biggleswade Christmas Cracker swimming gala. Then on Sunday, silver medal for in the 50m back stroke. Two medals in one weekend! Congratulations.
We have finished reading our class text and many, who haven't seen it already, want to now watch the film version! It is a very emotive text and children learn a lot about the how Jews were treated in Germany during the war. We had some amazing in depth discussions about the topic and investigated how John Boyne, the author, used different techniques to convey character, made careful word choices to reflect mood and used dialogue to advance the plot.
Hit the Button: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
My Mini Maths: https://myminimaths.co.uk/
BBC Newsround: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
Spelling Frame: https://spellingframe.co.uk/
Story Online: https://www.storylineonline.net/
Read Theory: https://readtheory.org/?
Corbett Maths Primary: https://corbettmathsprimary.com/
Manga High: https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/ (there is a free section with games)
Wordshake (like Boggle): https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/general-english/games/wordshake
CEOP: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ (online safety)
Mathsframe: https://mathsframe.co.uk/ (all games are free)
Well done to these two who were awarded their Chief Scout Award. In Cubs, there are six badges you have to earn; Personal Challenge, Our World Challenge, Adventure Challenge, Outdoor Challenge, Our Skills and Team Leader. When these are all achieved, you receive a Silver Scout Award which can be displayed on your Scout Uniform.
Today, Claire Mills, a local artist came into talk to us about reusing materials. She talked about how plastic is made using oils from creatures found at the bottom of the sea. It takes billions of years for this oil to be created.
Claire then demonstrated how she reuses plastic to create new things such as bags, decorations and baskets! The children then had a go at making a basket themselves!
Each week, Year 6 pupils meet with their buddies in Reception Class. This week, they created firework pictures using natural materials that they found, such as leaves and sticks and added some colour using chalk.
Our focus in Maths this week is fractions. Children have been looking at comparing fractions and ordering fractions. They have been investigating whether converting the denominator or numerator as the most efficient way to order and compare fraction.
Our raised bed is beginning to take shape. Kevin and Archie have been working hard to plant our new herb plants. So far we have lemon balm, rosemary, spearmint, mint, chives and oregano. We are planning to use our herbs as seasoning in our cooking. Also we have planted some chamomile which we are planning on using to make tea!
We would be grateful for any herb plants you have spare that we can use in our bed. Also we are looking for any lavender plants as we are hoping to make some projects using dried lavender.
Today we have been doing our annual Spelling Bee. A Spelling Bee is a spelling competition for Year 6's where teams are asked to spell a word given to them by the pronouncer. For each correct word, the house team receive a point. The house with the most point wins.
In English and Guided Reading sessions we have started looking at the Windrush Generation. Please ask your child what they have learnt about Empire Windrush!
They will be writing postcards, reading poems by John Agard and looking at the text 'Coming Home', an autobiography by Baroness Floella Benjamin over the coming weeks.
A reminder that Interhouse Spelling Bee takes place next week. Children have had the list of words to learning for homework for this half term. There is a copy on this page to be dowloaded if needed.
In Guided Reading, we have been reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (a huge thank you to all parents and carers who have purchased this for their child to use in class.).
Today, we looked at how the author uses clothes to indicate the status of characters, and the way that they often treat others according to their outward appearance. Firstly, we discussed how a character’s outward appearance and behaviour are not always an indication of the real person by looking at images of uniforms and how we should not 'judge a book by its cover'!
Then we took on the role of five of the characters, Pavel, Father, Maria, Jewish Prisoners and Bruno and discussed what the author suggested about the person or people underneath their appearance.
A very thought provoking discussion!
In Art, we have been looking at the artist, Henry Moore. We learnt that during World War II, he was commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee to make drawings of people in London using underground stations as bomb shelters. The scratchy dark drawings powerfully capture the feelings of anxiety that people must have felt.
Using foil, children started to create their own sculptures. They will then being using papier mache to complete the 'sculpture'.
A huge well done to these two. They took part in a competition in Hemel Hempsted called Spin-Sprial-Jump. It was Annie's first competition and Sian's third competition. They didn't win this time, but both came 2nd in their category!
Well done Girls!
A huge well done to Jack. He swam in four events in total including two individual 50m races in which he swam really well coming 4th and 5th out of 8 and 2 relays.
It is a real achievement to be picked and as the squad selector says: Your swimmer has been selected as a result of being the best in the county since January this year, they should feel very proud of themselves. In all the years I’ve been selecting the squad we have never finished this high, 5th out of 8 counties, so all the swimmers, staff, clubs and dev camps should be proud of the training and work being done.
We are very proud of him too!
On Friday, Year 6 showed off some the the work they have been doing this term to Parents/Carers. For those of you who were unable to attend, here is the video of our Blitz Dance so far.
Today the author and illustrator visited us to teach us about drawing and illustrating books.
Following our topic of Conflict, he showed the children step by step how to draw German and British warplanes. Take a look at the photos to see some of the children's amazing efforts!
We will be compiling all the drawings to create a modern day Bayeux Tapestry. We will add the picture of our final piece when it is completed.
A huge well done to all of Y6. They worked hard last week at writing their speeches and we were very impressed.
Congratulations to the following children:
Woburn: Maggie & Bhav
Ashridge: Isaac & Ava-Grace
Hartwell: George & Poppy
Waddesdon: Sian & Isobel
What a busy start to Year 6; air raids, Beano magazines, shelter building, House Captain hustings and much more!
In English this week, children have been looking at what makes a powerful persuasive speech and writing their House Captain speeches which they will present to their houses on Monday. Good Luck to all!
Place value has been the focus on Maths this week. All children have their Mathletics logins now stuck inside the Reading Records. This is part of their weekly homework along with reading. Tasks will be set each week which link to the learning in class.
We have some fantastic artists in the class. Children looked at the history of the Beano comic and how characters are drawn to look like they are moving. Children then had a go at drawing their own moving Beano, Gnasher or Minnie the Minx!
In computing, children have been introduced to the program Kodu. Take a look at the website for some examples of the games that the children will be creating over the coming weeks: www.kodugamelab.com
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Mathletics task will be set weekly. All children have their login details stuck on the inside cover of their Reading Records. New tasks are set on Mondays. Children have week to complete the set tasks.
Spelling Shed Assignments are set weekly on Mondays. Children have a week to complete the assignments. Login details are stuck on the inside cover of the Reading Records.
Children are expected to read daily where possible, this recorded in their Reading Record and signed by a parent/carer. Please ensure that the Reading Record is in school on Mondays as this is when it is checked by an adult in the class.