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Chiddingstone Church of England School

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Year 6

Friday 15th November

Another busy week!

In science we learnt about insulation and which materials make good insulators.  After seeing how long we could keep our hands in iced water we covered them in a thick layer of lard (yuk!!) and then dunked them back in to the freezing water to determine how successful blubber is as an insulator.   As you can imagine, Mrs Wetz didn’t go anywhere near the lard! Great fun!

In maths we have been ordering and comparing fractions by making the denominators the same using lowest common multiples.  We have also practiced adding and subtracting fractions. 

The children enjoyed researching icebergs and finding interesting facts, such as: the world's largest recorded iceberg was called Iceberg B-15. It measured around 295 kilometers (183 mi) long and 37 kilometers (23 mi) wide, with a surface area of 11,000 square kilometers - larger than the whole island of Jamaica.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Wetz and Mrs Haysom



Reading five times - once to an adult at home or in after school club. Record all home reads with an H and ask an adult to sign you diary before presenting it at school on Monday.

While doing your five reads please could you look for examples of hyphenated words and make a note of a few in your reading diaries.


Please complete your GPS, Comprehension and Maths homework books ready to hand in and be marked on Wednesday.


Spellings: -cial is common after a vowel letter and –tial after a consonant
official, special, artificial, partial, confidential

Words from statutory list: believe, disappear, ordinary.
Word of week: essential: (adjective) very important or necessary.

Example of use: It is essential that you know this word.


Mrs Pearson’s spelling group: 








Titanic experiment

Titanic experiment 1

W/C 11/11/19

Great to have you all back again looking so rested and recharged. 

We started the term with an investigation into why the captain of The Titanic didn’t spot the iceberg until too late (see attached pic) and discovered that one reason might have been because 90 per cent of it would have been concealed under water. This led to further experiments comparing the density of ice and water.

Literacy lessons have involved writing a news report into the sinking of The Titanic and included direct and reported speech, 

while in maths we have consolidated our division methods and used them to help solve multi-step word problems. 


Reading five times - once to an adult at home or in after school club. Record all home reads with an H and ask an adult to sign you diary before presenting it at school on Monday. Congratulations to Archie - this week’s reading raffle winner.

Please complete your GPS, Comprehension and Maths homework books ready to hand in and be marked on Wednesday.

Spellings: ambitious/ambition, cautious/caution, fictitious/fiction, infectious/infection, nutritious/nutrition, Word of week: disastrous. Words from statutory list: necessary, frequently, especially.

Mrs Pearson’s spelling group: 

accept   except

affect   effect

ball   bawl

grate   great

groan   grown

here   hear





Evacuee Day

Evacuee Day  1

Friday 18th October


A fabulous term – the children should be congratulated for settling in well and rising to the challenge of Year 6.  We have all enjoyed learning about the Blitz this term and as a culmination to this topic we have had a great day dressed as evacuees.  A huge thank you to Den Scott for coming in and helping with the WW2 cooking today. Congratulations to our winners of the Anderson Shelter competition: 

1st Place – Isla Conroy

2nd Place – Archie Tait

3rd Place – Sophie Goatman

Also, well done to Max Hood who won the summer holiday homework project.  The cause he is highlighting, ‘Save our oceans and Sealife’ is concerned about plastic pollution in our oceans. He clearly explained how Chiddingstone School could help, siting several projects and charities the school could support including, ‘The Ocean Cleanup’ and possibly a turtle sanctuary. To help the whole school learn about the issue he has also suggested running an art project based on recyclable plastic which would be used to make a giant sculpture. 

This project also slots in well to our curriculum topic next term, Frozen Kingdom. Our class book will be The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 

We wish you all a great holiday!

Sarah Wetz and Kate Haysom



Literacy - reading comprehension book and GPS book plus minimum of ten reads - at least two to an adult. They need to have their reading journals signed and in school for the first Monday back.

Maths – mental maths sheets to be completed by Wednesday 6th November

W/C 14/10/19

You all did a superb job showing propspective new pupils and their parents around the school this week. We were impressed with your confidence and enthusiasm. Well done.

Please see picture attached of Monday’s literacy lesson, where we hot seated the role of the lonely lighthouse keeper in order to inspire us to write our own versions of his tale, where we intend to show off our newly-acquired skill of writing in the passive voice. In maths, we have moved on to a new topic and are preparing to tackle division - as requested by many of you in your family consultation.

We have continued to work on our Harvest dance in preparation for next Wednesday’s service, which will be held in St. Mary’s at 9 am. Remember to tell your families where in the church you will be dancing so that the can seat themselves in a spot to allow them the best possible view.

Next Friday we have invited you to come dressed as if you were a child being evacuated during WWII. Ideas for clothing include:   

  • Shoes, boots or wellies (not trainers)

  • Woollen jumper or cardigan (not sweatshirt)    

  • Shirt or blouse (not t-shirt)

Boys might wear a cap or woollen hat and shorts (school ones will work well)

Girls might wear a beret, headscarf or woollen hat and a knee-length dress or skirt.

You won’t need to bring a gas mask box, as we will be making our own during the day, but a label to attach to your clothing would be an authentic touch. You could also bring a teddy to carry. 

We will also be baking authentic recipes that will adhere to the strict rationing at the time, so do bring an apron or large shirt in with you if you’re worried about getting anything on your clothing. 


Please complete the next test in your GPS books


Reading - five times during the week. One of these times should be to an adult. Please remember to get your diary signed to confirm that all this has happened and make sure it’s in for checking on Monday. Congratulations to Sophie, who was last week’s raffle winner.

Complete your Anderson shelter constructions for Monday

Spanish Languagenut homework. Please to go straight into your homework and then the system will count it as done, you have to click on top of "Homework Overview", (on the screen, left side at the bottom, you can see a red circle showing you have homework).


-sion  is used if the root word ends in d or se.expansion, extension, comprehension, tension 
Exceptions: attend – attention, intend – intention. 

2) –cian is used if the root word ends in c or cs. musician, electrician, magician, politician, mathematician 

3) Words with the /k/ sound spelt ch(Greek in origin) scheme, chorus, chemist, echo, character 

4) Words with the /ʃ/ sound spelt ch(mostly French in origin) chef, chalet, machine, brochure 

5) Words ending with the /g/ sound spelt – gue and the /k/ sound spelt –que (French in origin) league, tongue, antique, unique 

Cued spellings: berry, bury, break, brake, fair, fare, quite, quiet, night, knight, blue, blew, to, too, two





Photo of hot-seating activity

Photo of hot-seating activity 1

Friday 4th October 2019

This week we have worked hard at perfecting our understanding of multiplication and using derived facts to help solve related sums such as:

264 x 10                                264 x 2                  264 x 24

264 x 20                                264 x 4                  1264 x 24

264 x 30


We’ve received some fabulous suggestions for our whole class project based on an issue/cause they feel passionate about including: saving bees, Hospice in the Weald, plastics… Mrs Haysom and I will read through the different ideas and make our shortlist for next week. 


On Thursday the class learnt about series and parallel circuits and had to listen to Mrs Wetz reminiscing about old-fashioned Christmas tree lights.  Then, as part of this science lesson, they made a model lighthouse which look fabulous – these will make great nightlights.  We have asked the children to bring in £3 if they would like to take these home, at the end of term, to cover the cost of the battery and electrical equipment. 


We are looking forward to seeing you all at the family consultations next week. 



Spanish - Languagenut. Vocabulary Trainer. Asking questions. Reading (they have to do the 4 exercises)

Maths – due in Wednesday 9th October

English – Test 2 from Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Book to be completed by Wednesday 9th October

Spellings  –

1) ous words cont… 

tremendous, enormous, jealous  

–our is changed to –or before –ous is added. humorous, glamorous, vigorous  


2)  A final ‘e’ of the root word must be kept if the /dʒ/ sound of ‘g’ is to be kept. courageous, outrageous 


3) If there is an /i:/ sound before the –ous ending, it is usually spelt as i, but a few words have e. serious, obvious, curious 
hideous, spontaneous, courteous  


4) Endings which sound like /ʃən/,  

–tion is the most common spelling. It is used if the root word ends in or te. invention, injection, action, hesitation, completion  


5) –ssion is used if the root word ends in ss or –mit.  

expression, discussion, confession, permission, admission 


Mrs Pearson’s cued spelling group will be tested on the following words instead of the above:

there, their, they're

here, hear

see, sea

bare, bear

one, won

sun, son

be, bee


Family consultation presentations – please can the children create a presentation for their consultation next week.  They will need to highlight their successes and targets in maths, literacy and one other topic, such as science, history or P.E. Ideally, this should be a PowerPoint, which they can talk through at the start of their consultation.  Please could the children bring their presentations in on a memory stick so we can download them ready for the first consultations on Wednesday afternoon/evening. 


Anderson Shelters – just a reminder that the Anderson Shelter models should be in school for Monday 14th October.

W/C 30/9/19

Monday’s Act of Worship delivered exciting news: announcements regarding our new Year 6 roles for 2019-2020. All of you have been given positions of responsibility and we have great faith in each and every one of you. It is great to see you around school wearing your badges with such pride. We feel sure that you will be excellent role models for the younger pupils.

Within the classroom, you have extended your understanding of determiners and competed your Blitz stories which, we were thrilled to note, were generally of an exceptionally high standard. In maths, we have begun to develop our multiplication strategies and conducted some investigations into percentages and time (see pics attached).

We have started work on our Harvest dance and hope to see many of your parents and extended family in the congregation on Wednesday 16th of October where it will be performed to the uplifting song that you selected from choices provided by Mrs Braid.

We will continue to practise it as part of a variety of planned activities during our dedicated RE day, which will take place next Wednesday.


Christmas Card Competition/PTA Christmas Cards

Tom Tugendhat (Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling) is running a competition to design his Christmas cards again , please see an extract from his letter below:

‘Over the past year, I have met thousands of people and heard inspirational stories from so many of our community champions.  I must now write many cards this Christmas to thank people.

I remember designing my own Christmas cards when I was at school and the effort that went in to it.  This year, I hope to have something even better than those; a design from one of your students.  Given the creativity and imagination of pupils across the community I was hoping you would ask student to submit entries for a competition to design the card, which I will have printed and sent to thousands of people who I talk to in our county. 

Drawings should be on A4 (portrait or landscape) using any medium.  It would be great if children were able to stick to a Christmas theme and sign their name on the front, so it will appear on the card.  The winning four designs will receive 100 copies of their own card, a Tour of the Houses of Parliament with their parents and a special prize.’

Please can the children bring their designs in to school by no later than Friday 11th October so we can post them in time for the deadline the following week.  Mr Tugendhat is planning to come in to school to present the winning children with their prizes some time during November or December. 



To ensure you have a suitable working handwriting pen with blue ink.

Test 1 of your new Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling book - to be completed and handed in by Weds 2nd.

Reading: Five times each week (one of these reads should be to an adult at home or at after school club). Please ask an adult to sign your yellow journal to confirm this has all happened. Your reads that take place outside the classroom should be recorded in your diary with an H. Your diary will be checked on Monday and you will get a raffle ticket to be entered in to a prize draw to win a book. Congratulations to last week’s winner - Millie Back.


Anderson Shelters - the children have been asked to create an Anderson Shelter in a shoe box to bring into school by Monday 14th October. These will be displayed in the classroom on the Evacuee Day and the winner will be announced. 


Summer holiday homework. Mrs Haysom and Mrs Wetz will be selecting the 3 best ideas from the children's homework next week - the children will then vote on these and a winner announced in Act of Worship on Friday. Could everyone please make sure their homework is in school by Monday. Thank you 


Maths for Wednesday. 

1) inter–: interact, intercity, international, interrelated (inter + related)  

super–: supermarket, superman, superstar  

anti–: antiseptic, anti- clockwise, antisocial  

2) completely, usually (usual + ly), finally (final + ly), comically (comical + ly) eventual +ly 

3) If the root word ends with –ic, –ally is added rather than just –ly, except in the word publicly. basically, frantically, dramatically  

4) If the ending sounds like /ʒən/, it is spelt as –sion.  

division, invasion, confusion, decision, collision, television  

5) ous poisonous, dangerous, mountainous, famous, various 

Mrs Haysom and Mrs Wetz

Time Investigation

Time Investigation 1
Time Investigation 2

Friday 20th September 

Congratulations to all Year 6 for their fabulous Roald Dahl day costumes; everyone made a great effort and the classroom looked very colourful and bright.  We re-enacted the scene from the book ‘Matilda’, where a newt flies out of a jar of water and lands on the horrified Miss Trunchbull – thankfully our newt wasn’t real and we used static electricity rather than superpowers!


This week, in our topic work, we have been learning about Anne Frank and her family who lived in Amsterdam during WW2 – the children were fascinated by her tragic life story relating this to a lesson on citizenship and human rights.  Having watched part of the film, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (on Amazon Prime) they have made a fabulous start to their own diary entries as one of the residents of the secret annex.  Several house points and Head teacher awards were given out for their great use of description and emotive language.  We will be editing and making improvements to these next week. 


We have completed our topic on numbers up to ten million, in maths and have started work on multiplication. 


Date for your diaries – we will be holding an evacuee day on Friday 18th October (the last day of term). The children should come to school dressed as an evacuee and will spend the day taking part in a number of activities, including wartime cooking, games...If there are any parents who would like to come and help on the day, they would be very welcome.   



Spellings for the week are:
1) dis–: disappoint, disagree, disobey    

   mis–: misbehave, mislead, misspell (mis + spell)  

2) in–: inactive, incorrect illegal, illegible  

3) im; immature, immortal, impossible, impatient, imperfect  

4) ir:  irregular, irrelevant, irresponsible  

   re–: redo, refresh, return, reappear 

5) sub–: subdivide, subheading, submarine, submerge  

   auto–: autobiography, autograph


Literacy The children have brought home, in their bags, an evacuee suitcase activity - please see attached.  This should be completed by Wednesday.

Maths homework will be due in on Wednesday when it will be marked in class. Please can everyone remember to bring it into school.  

Reading - just a quick reminder that reading diaries should be completed for Monday. Please see details on last week's website entry for more information. 


Enjoy the fabulous September sunshine!

Mrs Wetz and Mrs Haysom

Week commencing 16/9/1This week we have further immersed ourselves in our WWII topic - writing an evacuation guide detailing how to leave a cinema safely during an air raid  and effectively demonstrating our grasp of the use of imperative verbs. We have also begun to write our own Blitz stories and are working on building tension through our varied use of sentence length and structure.
Maths has involved further place value lessons which have enabled us to successfully compare numbers of seven digits.
Following yesterday’s tests todays’s trip to Chartwell provided a break from the usual timetable and was was enjoyed by all. We were extremely lucky with the weather. Thanks you to Mrs Potter and Mrs Scott for accompanying us.
Thank you also to the parents who managed to get to our curriculum talk on Wednesday. I think, even if you didn’t attend, you will have received correspondence advising that the handouts will be attached electronically to this page so please find them as promised.
Finally, two reminders - Reading Challenge certificates are due in next week and it is Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday - your final Roald Dahl Dress up day at Chiddingstone! We are very much looking forward to the celebrations. Please do ask at home if anyone would be prepared to come in and read to the class - either straight from drop off or at the end of the day. There are plenty of Roald Dahl titles in school so they wouldn’t need to source their own material - just in case that was putting anyone off!
Mrs Haysom and Mrs Wetz

Homework: Please begin your presentation for your head boy/head girl speeches as they will take place in AoW next week - boys on Tues 17/9 and girls on Fri 20/9 (change from earlier - sorry). You do not need to produce a powerpoint  - just prepare notes that enable you to speak to the rest of the school, for an absolute maximum of two minutes, on why you would make a good leader. We would like everyone to deliver a speech  - even if you're not sure if you would like to take on the main role. Remember there are other positions available such as house captain and prefect roles too. Be careful only to include promises that you can keep in your manifesto!

Please make sure you are reading at least five times a week at home or at after school club and record this in your reading diary. One of these reads needs to be to an adult. Please ask them to sign your diary to confirm this has all taken place and have your diary ready on a Monday for checking. All pupils who have completed these five reads will receive a raffle ticket and will be entered into a prize draw to win a book. The first diary check will take place on 23/9.


Spellings w/c 9/9/19 to be tested on 18/9

1) Adding –ing, –ed, –er, –est and –y to words of one syllable ending in a single consonant letter after a single vowel letter

The last consonant letter of the root word is doubled to keep the /æ/, /ɛ/, /ɪ/, /ɒ/ and /ʌ/ sound (i.e. to keep the vowel ‘short’).

Exception: The letter ‘x’ is never doubled: mixing, mixed, boxer, sixes.

patting, patted, humming, hummed, dropping, dropped, sadder, saddest, fatter, fattest, runner, runny

2) The /i:/ sound spelt –ey

The plural of these words is formed by the addition of –s (donkeys, monkeys, etc.).

key, donkey, monkey, chimney, valley

3) Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words of more than one syllable if last syllable is stressed.

forgetting, forgotten, beginning, beginner, prefer, preferred

4) I sound spelt y myth, gym, Egypt, pyramid, mystery

5) young, touch, double, trouble, country


Chartwell 1

Week commencing 9th September


After a very busy INSET day getting the classroom ready, which entailed poor Mrs Haysom becoming acquainted with Mrs Wetz’s display board colour combination phobias, Year 6 have had a great first week back; learning about world class athlete Eliud Kipchoge and his aim to run a marathon in under 2 hours.  Kipchoge famously says. “No human is limited!” and the children were inspired by his attitude and determination to write their own goals and aspirations for this year and in to the future.  These included climbing Mount Everest, inspiring more girls to take up football, learning to speak a new language, gaining a place in one of the top universities …. We have also started our topic for this term, A Child’s War, enjoying the first few chapters of our class book: ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll.  I believe much artistic fun was had this afternoon making a Blitz display for the classroom!

We look forward to seeing you all at our Year 6 curriculum meeting on Wednesday at 2pm.

Homework will start next week. Well done to those children who have completed their summer holiday homework, however we have agreed to an extension on this due to the 11+, it will now be due in on Monday 16th September.


Have a great weekend!


Mrs Wetz and Mrs Haysom