Today we have taken part in a number of challenges to celebrate the memory of Captain Tom Moore who raised so much money for charity. As a school, we were hoping to raise £100 for the Captain Tom Foundation which helps to combat loneliness, champions education and equality, and continues to support the NHS. I'm pleased to say that we have already surpassed that target, but please keep giving to this worthwhile cause. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/north-tawton-primary-schools-captain-tom-100
The children have completed various challenges today including a spelling bee, maths challenge, French numbers challenge a version of the just a minute game called just 100 seconds (we discovered how hard it is to speak without saying em or errr!!) and a story writing challenge where they had to finish a story in 100 words exactly. Matthew's writing, which is attached, shows what you can do with 100 words when you make every word count. Well done Matthew. Bill was our 'oracy' star speaking so articulately about the question: "Are clever people born clever?" I was really pleased that most children felt you aren't born clever and that you have to learn and work hard to become 'clever' although Bill did make links to our science topic last term and suggested that some traits to do with intelligence are inherited. Imogen and Tobey got us through the 100 word spelling bee with a little help from the rest of the class!
Earlier in the week we finished our maths unit on ratio, proportion and scaling and are continuing to learn how to write a good information page. This is linked to our Science topic, which is all about the circulatory system. We turned the classroom into a giant 'body' and the children raced around the classroom delivering oxygenated blood from the heart to the organs and bringing deoxygenated blood back to the heart. Today the children enjoyed a mini-olympics in cricket with our Saints coach, Mr Stronge.
I have set the children revision homework from the revision guides and question books which were given to all children in the Autumn Term. Some weren't sure where theirs were so I have asked them to have a thorough look for them. In the meantime, I have given them photocopies of the relevant pages. Although there are no official SATs this year, we will still be assessing all children formally before the end of the year as this will be used to inform our end of year levels to send on to their secondary school. This learning is still very important because it reflects what the children need to know in order to be ready for their secondary education. I have reminded children that we will have a spelling test every Friday and that they must bring their homework folders and reading folders in every week on a Friday. We have agreed to reset our expectations for reading and homework - reading every day logged in reading diary, spellings practised regularly, revision completed and topic homework completed to a high standard.
I look forward to meeting with you over the next couple of weeks albeit virtually.
Have a great long weekend.
Welcome back everyone! This week we all returned from a lovely Easter break and we also welcomed our new Principal, Miss Penny. As you know, this is Year 6's last term at Primary school and, even though we aren't doing official SATs, it is still a really important one. I want all of the children to feel that they have achieved a great deal at North Tawton Primary School and are ready for their secondary education. I certainly want the children to enjoy this half term and I am looking in to what extra-curricular activities we can organise for them. At the same time, I still have very high expectations of their learning, behaviour and attitude at school. I want them to fulfil their roles as responsible Year 6 students and to achieve as highly as possible now and in the future.
This week we have been learning about ratio in maths, analysing an information text for models for our writing in English, begun to think about the circulatory system in science and used some French grammar(conjugating verbs) to talk about places where people live in France. We have also enjoyed 2 PE lessons in the sunshine and practised our oracy skills to discuss healthy lifestyles. We have completed our first lesson on spreadsheets in computing.
During my non-teaching time this half term, Miss Ruby will be teaching the class RE and art.
I have attached this term's curriculum web as well as a homework web for this half term. I hope you and your children will enjoy getting involved in some of the interesting things the children will be researching and presenting in creative ways. The children have brought a paper copy of this home with them today as well as their ten personal spellings to learn. I am expecting them to read regularly at home and hope you will help me to foster a love of reading - I will be checking their reading diary on a weekly basis to see what wonderful choices they are making.
Have a great weekend everybody.
Happy Easter everyone; I hope the holidays have started well for you. The sun is shining, so I hope you will be able to make the most of the holiday despite the restrictions. We had a busy final week of term culminating in a celebratory goodbye to Miss Chauhan. The children have worked hard this term and when we return for their final term we will try to make the most of those final weeks at primary school. I will do my best to ensure they are ready for the next stage in their education. Inevitably this will include some kind of assessment of their learning throughout primary school but as you know this will not be in the form of SATs as is normally the case. There will also be some opportunities for transition meetings and also some celebrations and fun to mark the end of this stage in their education. Looking forward to it. I have not set any homework for the holiday so you can have time with your families without worrying about home learning! I hope children will continue to love their reading though.
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