Hello everyone! We hope this weekly blog finds you all well. Here is a round up of our week in Year 6!
We have been looking at twisted fairy tales in English. This week we have planned and written an alternative version of Hansel and Gretel in which the 'villains' are actually the children who terrorise a poor little old lady - eating her out of house and home and eventually pushing her in the oven! Next week, they will be choosing their own villain and story to 'twist'.
Energy from waste
We had a great day on Tuesday at the Energy from Waste facility in Plymouth. It was great to be able to take the children out for the day for them to be able to make connections with our science topic of sustainability. The tour of the site was really interesting, and the children really enjoyed it. Hopefully they learnt a lot too - see if they can remember any of the fascinating facts on the fact sheet below. So that we were able to offer this trip at no cost to parents, we went with a class from Chagford School. Although this meant a longer journey, it was good for the children to meet some of their peers from another school in the Trust. We were also supported by one of our Governors, Mel Holyoak who had this to say about our pupils:
I just wanted to drop you a line to say how lovely my day has been, and how much I enjoyed the company of your Year 6 pupils. Without exception, they were delightful to be around: polite, charming, engaging, interesting and friendly...and honestly, they were just the greatest bunch of kids to be around. I hope they enjoyed the day as much as I did!
Al the children behaved impeccably and were a credit to the school
This week in maths we have been looking at fractions, learning how to add and subtract mixed numbers using different methods. These methods used fraction strips, number lines and finding a common denominator. We have also looked at how we can use these methods in multi-step word problems to solve different word problems.
This week we have been continuing our unit of population. We have been looking at the challenges of a growing population and discussed this relating two different case studies. We discussed the challenges in Kiberia in Kenya and New Deli in India and wrote about the challenges these area face with growing population. In Kiberia the main challenge was that the Government could not keep up with the rapidly growing population to provide housing. In New Deli the main problem was the air pollution from the increase in traffic.
We practised our reading skills this week and were able to identify keep phrases and words that we have been learning about to answer questions about a famous French person. We were able to read what the person was called, where they lived, what their favourite foods were and also foods they did not like. We then learnt the French song, 'Oh, Holy night', which is sang to the tune of 'Silent night' and were able to identify cognates (see if the children can explain this word to you) and we also learnt some new words such as King, night, world, baby and love. Here is the song, if you'd like to see it! O Holy Night in French (Douce Nuit) - Christmas song for kids with lyrics ! - YouTube
We are now on the countdown to the Christmas holidays, however life in Year 6 carries on as normal. We have been impressed with the children's attitude to their spelling and maths homework, with almost all of the class making sure they have completed the tasks set. Please keep this up! It makes a huge difference to them. Thank you.
Tuesday 13th December at 2pm will be the Christingle service in St. Peter's Church. Year 6 will take the spotlight during this service and it's always very moving and festive. If you can come along, it would be wonderful to see you there.
Enjoy the Christmas Fair tonight! Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Ware and Miss Ruby
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