What a fantastic week! The children have scaled heights; walked across high, wobbly bridges; paddled, knelt and stood on surfboards; built sand cities with tunnels leading to the sea; slid down slides, screamed on scary rides and pedalled on boats. And ate the odd ice-cream! The children were a real credit to the school and have all pushed themselves beyond their own comfort zones. They have shown resilience, friendship, team work and courage. And had a really good time!
Here are some photos for you to see what they got up to on their week!
Hello Year Six Parents/Carers,
We hope this weekly blog finds everyone well and enjoying the wonderful spell of glorious sunny weather!
The children have been on top form this week and are working hard in all areas of their learning, especially with the thought of the Year 6 activity week arriving next week! They all seem so excited, which is fantastic to see and there is very much a positive vibe in the classroom.
The children have enjoyed a short storying writing opportunity this week. I have been impressed with their vocabulary and imagination and I can see the progress they have made in their use of grammar and punctuation to structure their writing. They are now continuing with their research for an information text about the human body, which they have thoroughly enjoyed and got to grips with. Each child was able to chose a certain 'system' (circulatory/digestive etc) to research and create their page about.
The children have come to the end of their learning focusing on ratio. It has been a really interesting two weeks as at the beginning of the unit, lots of children said they felt a bit daunted, needed support with the language used and needed some time to get to grips with what they were doing. However, that has definitely changed as they all seem confident to tackle problems based around this. After activity week the children will commence a short unit of learning around shape and space.
On Monday, the children finished making their games using variables in Scratch. We have some very proficient users of this coding programme in our class who were happy to act as 'experts' and help other less proficient members of the class (like Mrs Ware!). Afterwards, the children had the opportunity to play each other's games and to give their peers some feedback on them.
We have begun our lessons on Relationships and Sex Education. After the introductory lesson the children have been able to overcome their feelings of embarrassment and have been mature and sensible when discussing puberty and how it affects those going through it.
We are studying diet and lifestyle in our final science unit. Our first lesson focussed on the seven nutrients we need to have a balance in our diet to maintain healthy bodies. I hope to be able to allow the children to plan and prepare a healthy meal before the end of term if time allows.
A wonderfully hot and sunny P.E. session with our Saints coach Mr Berry took place this week. The children took part in a variety of athletics style activities and had to record their scores/distances/times in order to work on improving them. Activities ranged from hurdles to discuss! We will miss our Saints session next week due to our activity week, and the following week due to transition to Okehampton college, but rest assured we will be putting in lots of P.E practice when we can, before our Sports day: which for KS2 will take place on the morning of Thursday 8th July! Write this in your diary now!
We have finally completed our learning about Twentieth Century Conflict and I have to say I feel the children have learned so much! They completed their end of unit task by designing an information page about the question:" Was World War 2 Inevitable?" and the majority of the children have really enjoyed this. They have said this has been their favourite history and geography learning throughout the year! We hope to move onto looking at 'Globalisation' in Geography after activity week!
This week in French we have recapped undertaking a conversation in a pet shop using the vocabulary we have been practising this term.
We hope you all have a fantastic weekend and the children come to school on Monday eager and prepared for their week ahead. Regular updates have been added to the Class Dojo, such as the itinerary for the week, with those all important timings. Please do not hesitate to contact us via the office or Class Dojo if you have an urgent question, however I feel you should be well prepared! Lets hope for some lovely sunshine to add to those final memories of primary school. Thank you all for your support. I am sure there will be lots of wonderful photos in nest week's edition!
Miss Ruby and Mrs Ware
Good afternoon everyone,
We hope this class blog finds you all well after the excitement of the Jubilee Celebrations. We have had a busy week back in school and here are some of our learning highlights to keep you updated!
We had a great afternoon on Tuesday in our second forest schools session. The children were challenged to create an obstacle course using items they found in the environment. The course also included a rope course which they helped Miss Prince to tie before the session began. They then had to use their own obstacle course in races against each other which required teamwork and cooperation as well as physical skills such as balance, coordination, fitness and strength. After that, we had to tidy up and return all the items to where we had found them - some were more keen than others to do this!!
Our English text 'Anatomy' links well to our science topic about organ systems and cells. We have started writing a shared information text all about the heart and will go on to write independently about other organ systems carrying out research and planning our own writing, pop ups and diagrams for a double page spread.
We have begun a totally new area of learning for the children in Year 6, and that is ratio. This week we have looked at what the ratio symbol looks like, how we use language around ratio and the link between ratio and fractions. We enjoyed using cubes to get used to talking about it, for example...for every 3 blue cubes there are 2 red ones. We will continue with ratio next week and will look at how it links to scale factors and relative size.
We are tying up the end of our history learning by focusing on the questions, 'what was life like in Germany during the 1930s?' and 'was the Second World War inevitable?' There has been lots of information to remember about this but also we have been thinking about our own opinions and ideas about this perios of history.
We had a visit from Mrs Hachipuka from Okehampton College on Wednesday and the children had an opportunity to ask lots of questions about life at secondary school. Questions ranged from which tutor groups they will be in, clubs and buses, lessons and social times, school uniform to what is the most serious sanction for bad behaviour!! Mrs H was happy to answer all their questions and welcomes any further questions you or they may have. The website may answer many of your questions but if there is anything else you can contact her directly or send your questions to us and we will field them on. By the end of the session the children seemed happier and were feeling more excited about this important transition. Okehampton College Year 6 Transition Information - OKEHAMPTON COLLEGE
We have lots of exciting events coming up for the children, and we look forwards to sharing more of our learning with you. This week's star of the week is Kit, who has showed great maturity, positivity and has listened well to feedback! Well done Kit, we are proud of you.
Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.
Miss Ruby and Mrs Ware.
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