Hello everyone, what a beautiful week of weather! The sun has been shining, the temperatures have warmed up and Spring has finally arrived, just in time to have a full class again! It's been lovely to have everyone back together. Here is a round up of what Year Six have been doing this week, in a few areas of our curriculum!
Year 6 went to the final cross-country event at Sleekers Farm in Sourton. This was a challenging course for all of them but they showed great determination and resilience with all of them completing the course and some of them in a respectable time. Once again they showed excellent team spirit as they cheered every last member of their team home. There are more sporting events coming up so we look forward to cheering them on again soon.
Life skills (PSHE)
As you can see we have changed the name of the subject formerly called Personal Social and Health Education to 'Life Skills'. We feel that this is more meaningful to the children as what we teach in these lessons really is about giving them skills and knowledge they will need in life now and in the future. This week we had a lesson about money and how money can affect how we feel. This lesson covered an understanding of debt and how, when badly managed, debt can be harmful to mental health to the person in debt and the people around them.
Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar and Handwriting
Our English lessons regularly include revision of elements of grammar and punctuation in order to plug the gaps which have arisen over the last couple of years of disrupted education. We also have spelling lessons every week with a different focus - in the last couple of weeks the focus has been on homophones and pairs of words that regularly get mixed up as well as the statutory words that we have to learn in year 5 and 6. The children enjoyed using a website called spelling fram to practise spelling these words. This can also be accessed from home: SpellingFrame. The children are also doing their best to improve their handwriting and we have practised this alongside our spellings and in all our writing across the curriculum.
The children have continued with algebra as their focus in maths and have now moved onto solving one and two step equations! They have really taken well to this unit understanding the terms variable, expression and equation. They have begun to use their new found knowledge to solve more difficult problems.
The children were all introduced to French dictionaries and how to use them! It was a fun lesson. We found out why we shouldn't rely on Google translate to help us with our French but should always use a French dictionary. We discussed masculine and feminine nouns and looked at 'cognates' (ask your children what this mean as they should know!) and used the dictionaries to find different animals in French.
We finished our Spring daffodils and then moved onto our DT project which will involve designing and making a fish out of fabric and thread! Watch this space for photos!
Congratulations to Rory, our Sycamore Star! Very well deserved, a real asset to our class. Well done!
Have a lovely weekend, soak up some vitamin D, get some fresh air and enjoy!
Mrs Ware and Miss Ruby
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