Merry Christmas Everyone
Wow....we can't believe where the time has gone and we've just completed our first term together in Year Six.
Our final week of 2021 in school, has consisted of writing Christmas adverts, Christmas maths activities, Christmas sing a longs, a beautiful Christingle Service (we hope you've watched the videos on Classdojo), short end of unit assessments in RE, Science and Geography, making Christmas cards in D.T, a Christmas lunch and a Christmas day of fun including a party.
We have really seen progression in so many areas of the curriculum, but for us the loveliest thing is seeing the children develop in confidence, maturity and positivity. So many of our class have risen to the challenge and are embracing life in Year Six, by becoming good role models to their peers. Well done everyone.
The New Year will bring a few changes to the curriculum, in terms of timetable (we will let you know details once they are finailised in the New Year) and we have a very exciting Spring term to look forwards to.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Stay well and safe and have the best time with your families. Both of us are hoping to enjoy a good break with our families so we are raring to go come January 5th.
Thank you everyone, Merry Christmas!
The children have all worked exceptionally hard this week after we have completed our school wide (DMAT wide) assessment week. As they are in Year 6, this has been in the form of past SATS papers, which we then mark to get an idea of how the children are progressing. Mrs Ware and I also undertake a detailed analysis of every single question, on every single paper to see where support or more teaching needs to happen. At this stage in the year, there are obviously a few things we haven't yet covered in our curriculum, and the children know this, however it is a useful aspect of school life now they are in Year 6. The SATS papers the children take are SPaG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar), 2 x Reading papers and 3 x maths papers (1 arithmetic and 2 reasoning), mirroring the traditional SATS week traditionally held in May (pre covid). We would both like to congratulate all the children on their positivity, resilience and maturity this week. They really stepped up to the mark. Well done.
We completed our Geography unit, by writing at length a detailed essay,' Explain how and why geographers do fieldwork?' The children all wowed themselves at how much information they had learnt, how clearly they could talk about this topic and how well they could put their ideas into writing. As this was the first time we had attempted a final piece of writing in Geography, in this way, we were all really pleased. Again, well done Sycamore.
Next week is our final week of term with lots of lovely Christmas things to look forwards to. We will be completing our Science and RE next week with end of unit quizzes. We will also finish our writing- the story of the Christmas advert.
We will also be learning about the significance of the Christingle and will then make our own. On Wednesday afternoon, we will take our Christingles to the Church (a Year 6 tradition that we want to try to keep as much as possible despite Covid) where we will have a small service with the children from Year 5. We will sing, say some readings and parade around the church with the candles lit. We're really sad that parents/carers aren't allowed to attend due to covid regulations, but we really wanted the children to experience this special service. It will be filmed and uploaded onto Class Dojo!
This week we didn't do a Star of the Week for learning but we did choose a kindness award. This is a new award we are introducing in school and they are incredibly special. These special hearts, will be given sporadically throughout the school year to children who show exceptional kindness and care to their peers. If you receive one, you have done something wonderful. Well done to Harry, who received our first one today. Harry is always kind, sensitive and thoughtful to everyone in our class. Well done Harry.
So...I think that's it! Lots of lovely things happening in school next week including the Big Sing Up, Christmas Lunch, Secret Santa, Christingle Service and a Christmas class treat! We will post photos and updates on Class Dojo to keep you informed. Have a wonderful weekend at this incredibly busy time of year! Stay well, stay safe and enjoy the festivities as they begin!
Welcome to December, and after today I can truly say that the madness of Christmas seems to have hit! The children looked great in their 'Christmassy' outfits and accessories. They also enjoyed their 50 nugget treat, where they enjoyed an afternoon of Christmas crafts of their choice (mainly paper chains), hot chocolate, marsh mallows, cream and cookies! Congratulations on 50 nuggets Year 6.
In Maths they have continued with their unit on fractions where they have compared and ordered fractions, looked at equivalent fractions and have started to add and subtract fractions. Fractions seems to be a unit where the children find the ‘abstract’ quite difficult. With lots of positive praise, modelling, concrete and visual representations they will get there.
In English they have started a new unit of work looking at a Spanish Christmas advert! Please see the link here if you wish to watch it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOnrzULj-BE&t=37s), it’s the loveliest advert! They have delved into the meaning of it, created letters and freeze frames and have had a grammar focus on verb forms. The children have learnt about perfect, progressive and simple verb forms.
The children undertook data collection in Geography investigating the question, “How busy is our street?” and collected data in different parts of the town. They also had the privilege of finding out how the clock tower worked and seeing it in action thanks to Mrs Jelley.
P.E with Coach Edwards took place this morning. The children took part in team building games which they loved! Toxic River and bench ball were firm favourites. I will uploads some photos on Class Dojo once technology allows!
Star of the week this week goes to Kit! Very well deserved. Kit has returned to school with a positive attitude. Focusing, developing resilience and being confident when talking in front of her peers.
Next week we have our whole school assessment week. For Year 6, this means practise SATS in maths, reading and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar). This means there will be an amended timetable next week so we can give the children plenty of breaks in between assessments. However, we do have lots of other lovely activities lined up too! There’s the Santa fun run on Monday, as well as Odd Socks day on Friday!
Have a fantastic weekend whatever your plans are! Stay well, stay safe and we look forwards to seeing everybody next week.
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