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Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School

N'umberland

Northumberland

Curriculum Overview 2021-22

Year 6 Teaching Team

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Please use the below link to find out more about the amazing art Y6 have been creating this term:

Term 5 – Year 6:

English: In English, we have begun reading a new book entitled, ‘Running on Empty’ by S. E. Durrant We will be writing a selection of narratives around the themes of learning difficulties as well as talent, and the fact that both of these may affect someone’s identity and a sense of ‘being different’. There will also be opportunities to write in a range of different non-fiction genres, and to explore character and plot in more detail. We will also be revising all of the grammatical rules and writing features that we have learnt so far in Primary, in preparation for Year 7.

Reading: In Term 5, the children will have the chance to analyse a range of poetry by contemporary writers. We shall also be comparing and contrasting writing styles and the use of language by different authors, as well as continuing to practise Reading Comprehension skills. A key focus will be developing the skills in relation to writing about literature and presenting a coherent and well-structured opinion about what we have read.

Maths:
In Term 5, the children will learn more about Geometry-related topics: area, perimeter and volume. In addition, we shall be exploring Algebra as well as looking in more depth at Symmetry, Co-ordinates (reflection and translation) as well as Statistics, looking at the mean, as well as pie charts and a range of mathematical representations. We shall also be exploring Maths in real-life contexts.

Art: We will continue our work on last term’s structures, completing our bird cages inspired by last term’s text, ‘Where Do You Go Birdy Jones’ before moving on to learning and developing our application of mechanisms within CAMs.

P.E: In P.E this term the children will have a rotation of dance, cricket and tennis, building on the skills develop in previous academic years. In dance, the children will learn different African dance forms before choreographing a sequence to music.

R.E: In R.E this term, the children will learn in depth from different religious and spiritual ways of life about being a follower of the Muslim religion. They will further explore the five pillars of Islam and the importance of these beliefs for Muslims. Year 6 will gain a greater understanding of Islam and what we can learn from its beliefs, values and ideas.

Science: In science this term we will be learning about the way that light behaves, travelling in straight lines from a source or reflector, into the eye. We will explore how we see light and colours, and phenomena associated with light, including shadows, reflections and refraction.

History/Geography: Across history and geography this term we will be learning about Africa past and present and the development of the slave trade. We will also explore Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, the causes and consequences of the European colonisation of Africa and the worldwide communities that make up the African diaspora.

RSE: This term we will be looking at our needs and what we need to feel safe and secure. We will also be learning about safe mobile phone use and the laws surrounding the sharing of personal information and images. In addition, we will learn about the norms around young people’s use of alcohol and that it is steadily decreasing.

 

 

World Book Day 2022

Friday 1st July 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Well, we have had an unusually varied week this week, with a number of visitors to our classroom. First, we have continued with our Crossways transition sessions: these being a series of workshops where we explore what to expect when we get to secondary school. Second, we had a visit from Kent police, with one of the police liaison officers for local secondary schools coming to talk to us about settling in, and where to get help in challenging situations. Both of these have been an enormous help in putting our minds at rest regarding the very natural questions that all primary pupils have when starting secondary school. We have also had a visit from a librarian at Southborough Library, introducing us to the Summer Reading Challenge: reading 6 novels during the summer holidays. We have continued work on 'Black and British', looking at the slave trade and the exodus of Black Africans to Barbados to work on the sugar plantations in the 17th century. In Maths, we have explored the Mean, the Median, the Mode and the Range. Lion King rehearsals continue and we are all so excited as the show begins to take shape. It is going to be fantastic!

 

This week is the final week for Home Learning: thank you for supporting this at home, and I hope that Reading and times tables will continue throughout the summer.

 

Have a lovely weekend, and enjoy the sunshine!

Mrs Latty and Mr Gibson. 

 

Friday 24th June 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

Well, this week, it was lovely to 'return to normal' again after many of the children having been in France during the past fortnight. They were glad to be back, albeit with tales of garlic snails, delicious chocolate, bread-making, and room-tidying! It sounds as if they all had a great time! This week, we have begun our Crossways sessions in order to assist the children in transitioning to secondary school. These were informative, exciting and fun, and there was opportunity to ask lots of questions about what secondary school will be like. In English, we have been looking at the origins of the slave trade during the Tudor period, and have written historical narratives about Sir Francis Drake circumnavigating the globe between 1577 and 1580. In Maths, we have explored pie charts and looked at their relationship to percentages. Much of our afternoons have been spent rehearsing for our forthcoming production of 'The Lion King', which is coming together nicely in acting, song and dance (Please see this week's special edition Newsletter for more information). Without wishing to spoil it for you, can I just say that the masks look stunning.... wait and see! 

 

Finally, an enormous 'well done' to those children who took part in our choir performance at The Assembly Rooms on Tuesday; it sounds as if it was a huge success!

 

Have a lovely weekend, and enjoy the sunshine!
Mrs Latty and Mr Gibson. 

 

Friday 17th June 2022:

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week the children have immersed themselves in our new book, ‘Black and British’ and have discovered the role that black Romans played in the defence of Hadrian’s Wall, as well as conducting research on ancient African kingdoms such as, the Kingdoms of Aksum, Mali and Benin. They have written information texts about the construction of Hadrian’s Wall and the historical importance of one particular fort: Aballava. In maths, the children have recapped their knowledge of properties of shape and have become familiar with identifying 3D shapes by their nets and even had a go at creating some of their own. We have begun to get to grips with the myriad of costumes, props, masks and backgrounds for our show, ‘The Lion King’ in addition to perfecting solos, backing vocals and ensuring we are word perfect for next month! We are all very excited for you to be able to come and enjoy what will no doubt be a spectacular performance.

 

Due to a number of children being in France, there will be no Home Learning this week.  This will resume on Thursday 23rd of June. For the next two weeks therefore, please ensure that your child is doing daily reading, as well as reading and practising their times tables and their core number work. They also need to spend time learning any Lion King lines from memory and practising the songs using the Youtube links given on the Class Notebook pages. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely, sunny weekend!
Mrs Latty and Mr Gibson. 

 

Friday 10th June 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We hope that you all had a good half-term holiday. This week, we have begun our final English book for Year 6: a non-fiction book entitled 'Black and British' by David Olusoga. We have discussed the notion of historical bias: there being a far greater amount of literature written about white history than black, and how there is a need to re-address this. 
n Maths we have explored line graphs, while in Science, we have investigated whether light intensity changes depending upon the colour of the light. In addition to this, we have been practising the Lion King: dancing, singing and making props. We are all very excited to see our efforts take shape. We have also been following what our peers have been doing in France: it looks like they have had a wonderful, fun-packed week, and we look forward to learning more about it upon their return.

 

Thank you - and have a good weekend!

Mrs Latty and Mr Gibson. 
 

Friday 27th May 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Well, this week has seen us all research and celebrate a unique event: the Queen's Jubilee. We have been making presentations about the decade in which Princess Elizabeth became monarch: the 1950s. We have looked at developments in technology during those ten years; we have also researched what kinds of household appliances were in in use at that time. We have thought about Queen Elizabeth II's reign, the duties that she performs, as well as the circumstances surrounding her ascension to the throne in February 1952 and her coronation in June 1953 - the only televised coronation of a British monarch, celebrating all of this with a special whole school picnic and assembly.
In other news, we have come to the end of our English book, 'Running on Empty' (which we have really enjoyed!), and have written fantasy narratives about AJ wanting to become the best runner in the world. In Maths we have looked at the mean, angles and pie charts, while in Science, we have been researching the three different types of mirror: plane, convex and concave. We have also been rehearsing for the Lion King, which promises to be fantastic!

 

Please note: There will be no Home Learning set until next term. Please encourage your child to read for pleasure and to enjoy some exercise and sunshine over the break.

 

We hope that you all have a lovely week's holiday and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 7th June.

 

With our best wishes,

Mrs Latty and Mr Gibson. 

 

Friday 21st May 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We have had a really exciting week in Year 6 in that we have been treated to not one but two very special events! The first, on Tuesday, was an African Drumming workshop! After a short talk about the different types of drumming that have originated in Africa, we practised producing different timbres on what is known as a djimbe drum, creating both bass (low) and tone (high) sounds. We then performed some 'call and response' rhythms using bass and tone sounds, before learning set signals for start and stop. We followed this by improvising our own rhythms using bass and tone sounds: we really enjoyed this rare and exciting experience! The second special event was our STEM afternoon, on Wednesday, in which we made electrical resistors out of graphite (pencil leads). In English, we have written poems about AJ, the main character in our book, 'Running on Empty', before using these as a stimulus to write longer narratives. In Maths, we have looked at angles in polygons, co-ordinates and finding the mean, whereas in R.E., we have compared and contrasted special spiritual places and locations. In other news, we have also been practising greetings in French, and have had auditions for our forthcoming production of 'The Lion King' - details to be announced shortly. We have also started practising the songs, which we are really enjoying!

 

Home Learning is on Teams - please keep practising 'The Lion King' songs at home.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Latty and Mr Gibson

 

Friday 6th May 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We hope that you are all well and are enjoying the sunshine. This week, we have continued to learn more about AJ, the main character in our English book, 'Running on Empty'. We have written a nostalgic narrative about AJ remembering his grandad, and have written an instruction text, telling AJ how to improve his running skills. In Maths, we have continued our work on fractions, decimals and percentages as well as exploring two and three-step word problems. In Science, we have looked at the electromagnetic spectrum and have explored the different types of light that are in the universe, discussing which are visible to the human eye and why. We have continued dance in P.E. and have rounded off the week, looking at mosques in VR headsets!

 

This week's Home Learning is on Teams: please continue to log onto Go Read at home. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Latty and Mr Gibson

 

Friday 22nd April 2022:

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Welcome to Term 5! It was lovely to see the children again on Tuesday, and I hope that you all had a relaxing Easter break.

This week, we have started a new book in our English lessons, entitled: 'Running on Empty' written by S. E. Durrant. We have read only the first few pages, but it is about a boy who enjoys athletics and who is motivated by seeing Usain Bolt win the 100m during the 2012 Olympic Games. We have discussed the character of the boy and also written a newspaper report from the point of view of a spectator who is in the stadium during this memorable event. In Maths, we have revised the column method as well as decimals and percentages. In Science, we have started a new unit on 'Light Theory' and have carried out some fun experiments to prove that light travels in straight lines.

 

Please note that Home learning for this week is on Teams as usual. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Rachel Latty and Mr Henry Gibson

Friday 1st April 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

First, an enormous thank you for all of your donations for our Ukraine fund.
We have had a busy week, finishing our English book, 'Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?', which we have enjoyed very much. We have written instructional texts, giving advice to Birdy on how to learn from her mistakes. We have also retold the story from an alternative perspective. In Maths, we have been revising our long division methods and looking again at adding and subtracting fractions. We have been looking at the aging process in Science, and have been doing some fun grammar games based upon changing clauses and fronted adverbials.

 

The children have taken home today some revision booklets which they need to complete and bring back on the first day of term.

Please ensure that they continue to log their reading onto Go Read during the holidays.

 

We wish you a very happy Easter and a relaxing break, wherever you may be.

Thank you for all of your support.

With best wishes,

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Afrifa.

 

Friday 25th March 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have been continuing reading 'Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?', and have reached a part in the narrative whereby Birdy, the main character, is trying to discover the truth about who she is. We have had very interesting discussions this week about the consequences any decisions she may make. We have also been writing advisory notes to Birdy suggesting alternative solutions to her difficulties.
In Maths, we have been revising strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems as well as looking at rounding up and down to 1 million. In Science, we have been discussing aging and looking at the kind of things that happen to our bodies as we get older, including the slowing down of our reaction time. In RSE, we have explored why it is important to respect the differences in others, and we have also had our exciting sponsored run to raise money for Ukraine.

 

 Please do send any photos which you have taken of your home shelter-building from our home learning, as we would love to see them! 

 

Have a lovely weekend, and enjoy the sunshine!

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Afrifa.

 

Friday 18th March 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have been continuing our reading of 'Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?', and are really enjoying it. We have reached a part in the narrative whereby Birdy, the main character, is trying to find out who her parents are, and we have been discussing the kinds of questions that might result from being in that situation. We have also been writing narratives in the Romance genre.
In Maths, we have been revising place value as well as angles and BIDMAS. In RSE, we have been looking at the implications of being in a minority group, whereas in Science, we have been discussing Juvenile development and the kinds of things that children learn to do at each stage: baby, toddler and child.

 

In addition to above, we have been discussing how to build a shelter in support of Ukraine: you will find more details about this on our Home Learning pages. Please do send any photos which you take of our home shelter-building, as we would love to see them! Perhaps the children could have a sponsored read or a sponsored sleep in the shelter to add to the occasion? Next week, we will be doing our fund-raising activity in school to support Ukraine, which promises to be very exciting! More about that in next week's news...

 

Have a lovely weekend, and enjoy the sunshine!

 

Thank you for all of your support.

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Afrifa.

 

Friday 11th March 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

First, you will have seen the school guidance on the Ukraine situation and our advice to pupils.  As mentioned, we will be carrying out some fund-raising activities during Week 5 to raise money for a Shelter Box.
Thank you for supporting us with our new Home Learning changes: the children have done very well this week in bringing back their Home Learning Books, with their work completed. Please ensure that they are watching the videos given as this will help them in their learning. 

 

In English this week, we have continued to read 'Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?' and have been writing narratives based upon the dilemmas that the main characters faces, as well as (formal) letters, advising her on what to do. In Maths, we have been exploring area of 2D shapes, and in Science, we have continued comparing and contrasting the gestation periods and mass of mammals and looking at the human life-cycle. We have continued working on African Dance in P.E., and in R.E., we are continuing our work on how Jesus is depicted through Art across the ages.

 

Have a good weekend,

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Afrifa.


Friday 4th March 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope that you all have had a good week. We are enjoying our new English book, ‘Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?’ by Joanna Nadin, and have been discussing this week, the subject of displacement as one of the characters is thinking about leaving home. We have written some lovely narratives as well as an information leaflet about racing pigeons (as the main character in the book keeps pigeons in her Grandpa's loft). 
In Maths, we have been looking at volume as well as at data handling and statistics.  In Science, we have continued our work on Life Cycles, looking at the life-cycles of different mammals and comparing and contrasting these across a range of different species. We have also enjoyed 'Book Week' and World Book Day (you can see photos in a slideshow above), and have been reading books to Year 3, and have been using Virtual Reality headsets as a different way to tell stories. We also really enjoyed a very engaging 'Book' and 'Football' quiz on Zoom, in which we got to meet some real football players!

Home Learning has changed from this week, as you will have seen from the ParentMail sheet. Please ensure that your child brings back their Home Learning Exercise book on Wednesday at the latest, as they will need it to refer to in class.

Thank you – have a lovely weekend! 

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Afrifa.

 

Friday 25th February 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope that you all had a good half-term holiday: it was lovely to see the class return on Monday, full of stories about their fun-filled week!
Well, this week, we have begun our new book for English: ‘Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?’ by Joanna Nadin.
We are enjoying creating character portraits of the central character, Birdy, and we have been thinking about what it is like to first meet a new best friend. In Maths, we have been looking at measures, both metric and imperial. We have converted units of measurement and have also been exploring more challenging questions in relation to volume, area and perimeter. In Science, we have started a new unit on Life Cycles.
We have classified mammals, amphibians, birds and insects and have looked at what makes a vertebrate. 

Please remember that in Year 6, your child should be reading at home daily for at least 20 minutes. Reading is logged and reviewed daily by parents and teachers using the Go-Read app: GoRead Parents (go-read.co.uk). 

 

Thank you – have a lovely weekend! 

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Afrifa.

 

Friday 11th February 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,


Well, this week, we have focused upon one poem by Michael Rosen, entitled 'Skeletons', about finding dinosaur skeletons in the snow following the bombing of the Natural History Museum in Berlin at the end of WWII. We have analysed the poem in considerable depth and have written an extended narrative using the key events in the poem as a stimulus. In Maths, we have continued our work on percentages and algebra, looking at solving simple equations. We have also done some revision work on Scale Factors and Roman Numerals. In History, we have finished our WWII topic which the children have enjoyed very much and I have been impressed with how they have contributed with some very thoughtful and engaging ideas in both verbal and written form.

 

After the half-term holiday, we shall be starting a new novel in English entitled: 'Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones' by Joanna Nadin, which we are looking forward to reading. More about this in due course...

 

Have a lovely half-term holiday wherever you may be, and we look forward to seeing the children back on Monday 21st February.

With best wishes,

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing.

 

Friday 4th February 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

In English this week, we planned and wrote our own vlog transcripts linked to the experience of a refugee. In Maths, we began our unit on Algebra, looking at substituting symbols and letters for missing integers. In Geography, we finished researching and writing travel guides, advertising a range of landmarks and tourist destinations in North, Central and South America. We explored the digestive system in Science, and looked at IP addresses in Computing. In RSE, we explored the concept of risk-taking; whether or not risks can ever be beneficial, and what makes a risk not worth taking.

 

Next week, we shall be looking in more detail at poems by Michael Rosen as well as exploring Switzerland as a place of neutrality in WWII.

 

With best wishes,

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing.

 

Friday 28th January 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers, 

This week, Year 6 have submitted their competition entries for a very exciting cross-curricular Science/Art project: a competition to design a logo for an initiative that shows what satellites do in the fight against Global Warming. 

In other news, we have finished our English book, ‘The Journey’ and have been writing summaries and an ‘Afterword’ to the narrative and tying up the ‘loose ends’ that the original plot leaves us with.
In Science, we have been thinking about what constitutes a drug and whether or not drugs are always bad for us. In RSE, we have also been looking at the health and wellbeing of young people; exploring ways in which we can improve our physical and mental wellbeing and the choices that we make. In addition to a variety of assessments, we have also done some work on making a travel brochure in Geography, while in History, looking at why it is important to remember the Holocaust. 

Next week, we shall be planning and writing vlogs in conjunction with ‘The Journey’, before moving onto a poetry book by Michael Rosen, entitled ‘On the Move: Poems about Migration. 

 Please remember to check then Home Learning on Teams, as well as to log onto ‘Go Read’ and submit a comment about your child’s home reading. 

 Thank you – have a good weekend! 

 

With best wishes,

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing.

Friday 14th January 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Well, we have had another busy week - one of the highlights of Tuesday being a theatre show called 'Fantastic Fred'. This discussed ways in which we can improve our mental health, and was very informative, humorous and entertaining. FRED stands for: 

F(OOD) - eat a balanced diet.

R(EST) - have plenty of sleep and relaxation time.

E(XERCISE) - keep fit!

D(EVICES) - switch off all gadgets before going to bed.

Other than that, we have continued our work on our English book: 'The Journey', and have written narratives about travellers going to foreign lands. We have looked at some more poems by Michael Rosen which discuss his childhood, growing up in a Jewish family in East London. We have looked at height and growth of the skeleton in Science, and the Islamic call to payer in R. E. We have also watched some footage of the Amazon Rainforest taken by Mrs East-Harland on her travels to South America prior to Covid-19, and have explored the role of 'Land Girls' during the second world war. We have also learnt about The Subjunctive in our grammar lessons.

 

Home Learning begins again this week, and has been posted on Teams. If the children would like some optional extra homework, then they could try being a 'Land Girl' (or boy!): growing a carrot, turnip or parsnip top in a saucer of water, or replanting a small potato.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

With best wishes,

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing.

 

 

Friday 7th January 2022:
Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A very Happy New Year to you all, and we hope that you all had a peaceful festive season. Well, the start of term has gone very well: it was lovely to see the class eager to return to their learning on Tuesday, and we have started several new units of work which all promise to be very exciting! In English, we have begun reading a new book entitled: 'The Journey', about the outbreak of war and a family having to travel across a range of borders to escape persecution. In Reading, we are looking at a poetry book by Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake entitled: 'On the Move': this having a similar theme, that of migration. In Maths, we have started a new unit on decimals and relating these to fractions, percentages, rounding, estimating, money and word problems. In P.E. we have started doing circuit training which the children are also really enjoying. In History, we are looking at the role of women in the 1930s, in conjunction with WWII, and in Geography, we are planning holidays to Central and South America! 

 

There will be no Home Learning this week as it is the first week of term. If the children would like to do some additional optional homework, then perhaps they could do some research on the Amazon Rainforest or on what tourist attractions there are in and around Mexico City. Please add comments to 'Go Read' if the children do any additional reading: thank you.

 

Have a good weekend,

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing.

 

Thursday 16th December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Firstly, thank you to those of you who were able to attend our wonderful Year 5 and 6 Nativity production, 'Straw and Order' on Monday: we really enjoyed it and are very thankful that we got the chance to perform live given the current circumstances. Thank you again for all your help and support with line-learning and costumes.
Well, this week, we have produced a book review of 'The Dam' and have finished some really lovely associated artwork with Mrs Clements, creating reservoirs using water colours. We have studied the poem 'The Christmas Truce' by former Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy about Christmas in the WWI trenches in 1914, and have written our own 'Christmas Truce' poems.
In History, we have looked at soldiers’ experiences during World War Two, discussing whether or not all men would have wanted to fight. Other than this, we have explored drawing, reflecting and translating co-ordinates in Maths, sung Christmas carols, participated in a Christmas quiz, made Christmas cards, and have celebrated the end of a busy but very enjoyable term; not least of all with a superb Christmas lunch! 

 

Next term, we begin a new book entitled 'The Journey'. We shall also be exploring a number of the poems by Michael Rosen.

Have a lovely festive period: a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all when it arrives.

 

Please see below for photos from the Christmas lunch and above for a slideshow of photos from the Nativity.

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing.

 

 

 

Friday 10th December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have completed our work on 'The Dam', writing myths and legends about church spires and lost villages under water! We have enjoyed the book as well as learning about Kielder Valley and the Northumbrian landscapes, dialects and folklore.
We have also been preparing for our Christmas production, 'Straw and Order': thank you for all of your help and support with the costumes - we had our dress rehearsal yesterday, and they look amazing!
In Maths, we have completed our work on fractions, exploring how these operate within a range of word problems. Next week, we shall begin looking at position and direction, planned with a Christmas twist to get us all in the festive mood! In History, we have been looking at the evacuation of German children under 'Kinder transport' and the impact this had upon their lives in World War II. We have completed 'Rose Blanche' and have written book reviews on it for the Discovery Centre. In RSHE, we have also been looking at advertising campaigns and how these help charities and organisations that reply upon public donation.

 

As some optional homework, perhaps the children could make their own Christmas Maths puzzles, or write a book review about a Christmas story. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing.

 

Friday 3rd December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have been continuing our work on 'The Dam', writing narratives about what it is like to be on a boat on a reservoir. We have written some very evocative descriptions of the water as well as of how the characters are feeling, sitting in the middle of a large expansive lake, in a tiny boat.

As we begin to prepare a canvas for our end of term display on this, we thought you might like to see Eric - our robot from last term's text on canvas:

 

We have also been getting ready for the Christmas production, practising our songs and acting out our roles: we are getting very excited for the forthcoming performances.


In Maths, we have continued our work on fractions, exploring how these operate within a range of word problems. In History, we have continued our work on Dunkirk and the impact this had upon how World War II and on the morale at the time in Britain. We have also been looking at the short story 'Rose Blanche' in our Reading lessons, and thinking further about the impact of war upon the lives of children.

 

As some optional homework, perhaps the children could make their own Christmas decorations, or a Christmas accessory to wear on Christmas Jumper day? They might want to have a go at writing their own Christmas carol, or researching what Christmas would have been like for the troops away from home during World War II?

 

Have a lovely weekend, and thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing. 

 

Friday 26th November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have been continuing our work on 'The Dam', writing narratives about what it is like to move house. We have looked at a poem about the arrival of Spring and have used this as a stimulus for thinking about change and moving on. We have also started learning the script for the Christmas production. In Maths we have continue to work on fractions, while in R. E. we have learnt about the impact that the gospels have had upon Christians' lives. In History, we are learning about Dunkirk and the impact this had upon how World War II was developing. We have also been learning about Spanish names for animals.

 

As some optional homework perhaps the children could try to write any Christmas cards that they are sending to their classmates in Spanish? Or perhaps do some of their own research on what it was like to be a child living in Britain during WWII?

 

In the Discovery Centre this week, we explored Aldwych Station during the Blitz through the use of our VR Headsets.

Here we are discussing our observations and discoveries within the Amphitheatre:

Have a lovely weekend, despite the colder weather!

 

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing. 


Friday 19th November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have celebrated 'Anti-Bullying' week! We wore odd socks on Wednesday to signify that it is ok to be different from each other, and we made a chain of 'kind words' which will help us to remember our new motto: 'One Kind Word'. We learnt a lot and it was great fun! We have also started learning the songs for the Christmas production and are looking forward to reading through the script next week. In English, we have continued our work on Kielder Valley in relation to our book, 'The Dam'. We have written narratives with flashbacks about the community gatherings that would have taken place in the valley before the dam was built. In Maths we have continued our work on adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers, while in Spanish we have learnt the days of the week and the months of the year.

 

Next week in History, we are learning about Winston Churchill and his impact upon Britain during WWII. We will be writing motivational speeches and recording them, which promises to be good fun! We are also enjoying reading Ian Serralier's classic war novel; 'The Silver Sword' about a group of Polish children searching for their parents during the early 1940s.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Mrs Latty and Mrs Standing. 

 

Friday 12th November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We hope that you have had a good week, and thank you again to those of you who attended this week's Parent Teacher Consultation meetings.

Our English lessons have taken a very interesting turn this week as we have carried out some research into the background to our class story; that of the Kielder Water dam and of how its construction in 1975 impacted upon the local community.
We have written texts comparing and contrasting the Kielder locality both before and after the building of the dam, and have been improving our map-reading skills when looking at maps of the local area.

In Spanish, we have been revising the numbers 1 - 20, and in History, we have been looking at who were the allies and axis groups during WWII.

 

As some additional fun activities at home, the children might like to do one of the following:

 

Cooking and eating a WWII recipe.

Designing a Propaganda poster.

designing and making a WWII board game.

 

We hope that you have a good weekend, and thank you again for all of your support.

 

Mrs Latty and Mrs Standing.


Friday 5th November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

It was good to see the children again on Monday after half-term, and good to meet many of you this week at our Parent-Teacher Consultation meetings. Well, we have had a great week, with much excitement at starting our new English book, 'The Dam' by David Almond and Levi Pinfold: an ethereal tale about rural communities in Northumberland. In Maths, we have been looking at fractions, whereas in History, we have starting our new topic on World War II, focusing upon The Blitz and upon how the war affected children. In R.E., we have been exploring what Jesus would have done in certain situation, and in Science, we have been looking at the body and its skeleton and major organs.

 

Have a good weekend!

 

With best wishes,

 

Mrs Latty and Mrs Standing

Friday 15th October 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We hope that you have had a good week. We have been writing argument texts in English as well as learning the features of an informal letter. We have been learning about longitude and latitude in Geography and have been considering the future of books in History and looking further at parallel circuits in Science. We have also been looking at Diversity this week as part of Mental Health Week, and thinking of small steps that we can take in our lives to look after our wellbeing.

 

Finally, an enormous congratulations to all of those who attended the Tag Rugby tournament on Wednesday with Mr Levett: they all did very well!

 

 

We hope that you have a lovely weekend!

With best wishes,

Mrs Latty, Miss Afrifa and Mrs Standing. 

 

Friday 8th October 2021:
Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have been continuing with our book, 'Runaway Robot', where we have been delving more into the characters, their actions and motivations, and really examining how they feel. We have been writing newspaper reports and diary extracts based upon some of the events that happen in the story.
In Maths, we have been looking at division and the different strategies that can be used for both short and long division.  We have been describing flags in Spanish and considering in Geography, how easy it is to be a citizen of the world while still being true to our own culture(s) and personal identities. We have also enjoyed Tag Rugby which began yesterday as an after-school club. 

 

A number have children have asked for details of 'Runaway Robot' so that they can purchase a copy of the book to read at home. It is by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Please put your child's name inside, if they are bringing their own copy to school.

 

Thank you for your continued support; have a good weekend.

Mrs Latty, Miss Afrifa and Mrs Standing. 



Friday 1st October 2021:
Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We hope that you have had a good week, despite the weather, and for those of you who were able to attend our 'Open Classrooms' on Tuesday, we hope that you enjoyed seeing our learning environment, the Discovery Centre and The Sanctuary. This week, we have had our Harvest Festival assembly: thank you for your kind donations. In English, we have continued to learn more about Alfie, the main character in our class novel, 'Runaway Robot'. In Maths, we have been looking at different ways to multiply a range of small and larger numbers. In History, we have continued to explore the process and development of how books have been made and disseminated across the ages, and in Geography we have been looking at racial stereotypes and asking whether there is any truth in the representations that are currently in existence.

 

Please note that our Home Learning is posted every Thursday on Class Notebook. There are four sets of Maths homework on display. Please ensure that your child does the maths work that has been set by the teacher who teaches them Maths - this might not necessarily be their own class teacher. There are no assignments for return for Term 1 on Tuesdays; however, please ensure that comments are being logged onto GoRead every week.

 

Thank you - and have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Latty, Miss Afrifa, Mrs Cheesman and Mrs Standing. 

 

 

Friday 24th September 2021:
Dear Parents and Carers,

Well, this week, we have been focusing on our writing: looking at the characters in our class novel, 'Runaway Robot' and writing character portraits, based upon what we know and can infer.
In Maths, we have focused upon the four operations: how to use a variety of methods as well as how to solve a range of word problems. In Science, we have been looking at how to draw electrical circuit diagrams, before testing various circuits to see which ones are the most robust. We have been looking at descriptions in a variety of reading texts, and continuing with our Spanish, learning how to count to 15! In art, we were studying different types of line drawing and their uses. 

 

 

This week, we have also started our Home Learning. This is set every Thursday and is due back in the following Tuesday. There will be Reading tasks, spellings and Maths set every week. Please go to Teams and then to Class Notebook where each week's work will be uploaded every Thursday at 3pm.

Thank you for your continued support; we look forward to seeing many of you at our Year 6 'Open Classroom' on Tuesday.

Until then, have a lovely weekend!

 

Have a lovely weekend! 

 Mrs Latty, Miss Afrifa, Mrs Cheesman and Mrs Standing. 

 

Meet our Reading Ambassadors for this week:
Vruhan and Ted

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