No work set for half term everyone. Have a lovely break - you deserve it.
Mrs Haysom and Mrs Wetz
Term 5 Week 5
World Sea Turtle Day Art Project
Following our fabulous talk last week on sea turtles from Dave at Scuba Junkies SEAS, we thought it would be a lovely idea to create some artwork/poster to promote their amazing and important work and help celebrate World Sea Turtle Day (not to be confused with World Turtle Day on 23rd May).
World Sea Turtle Day is celebrated on 16th June. With 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped in our oceans every year, these amazing creatures are under threat. In fact, six out of seven species of marine turtle are threatened with extinction. Have a look at these two websites to learn more about sea turtles and World Sea Turtle Day.
I have attached some examples of posters and pictures to inspire you.
I would like to send your work to Cat and Dave at Scuba Junkies SEAS on Friday, so please could you take a photo of your masterpiece and send it in to me.
Term 5 Week 5
Maths this week is on train and bus timetables and revision of 12-hour and 24-hour times and converting between them . There is just over a term and a long summer holiday before you will be moving on to secondary school and many of you will be travelling on public transport – being able to decipher and understand a bus or train timetable will shortly be a reality and a necessary life skill.
1. Please complete the differentiated sheet on converting between 12-hour and 24-hour times. I have attached a PowerPoint which takes you through the process if you need some hints. There is also a conversion resource mat.
Answers are attached.
Resource: Convert 12-hour and 24-hour times differentiated.
24 hour PowerPoint
12 and 24 hour resource mat
2. Complete the Train timetable differentiated worksheets, choosing one which is a challenge but not so hard you cannot answer it. One star is the easiest and three stars is the hardest. If you found your first choice too easy, why not go up to the next star level and complete that sheet too. Remember to read the question twice and, if it helps you, underline or highlight the important information.
Answers are attached.
Resource: Train timetable differentiated.
3. Complete the Mastery timetable differentiated worksheets, choosing one which is a challenge but not so hard you cannot answer it. A submarine on the surface symbol is the easiest and a submarine sitting on the bottom of the ocean is the hardest.
Answers are attached.
Resources: Mastery timetables differentiated#
4. Ten green bottles problem - please record your workings neatly and explain your reasoning. I would like to receive answers from a good half of the class by Friday of this week.
Resources: Ten green bottles problem
5. Extension activity (optional) – Train timetable problem. Please record your workings neatly and explain your reasoning. I would like to receive answers from a good half of the class by Friday of this week, please.
Resources: Train timetable problem
Literacy Week 5 W/C 18/5/20
1a) Reading/ Grammar and Spelling work based on Pentecost poem - see attached. Please return this to me by Friday 22/5/20.
b) Optional extra reading activity based upon Tell me No Lies by Malorie Blackman (author of Pig Heart Boy). https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdnkd6f
2) Ferdinand the Bull choice of writing activities - see attached. Due in for marking on Friday 22/5/20. Do check the resources carefully as I have supplied examples and checklists for some of the activities which will assist you in ensuring that your task is as successful as possible.
3) Spellings: tongues, language, forty, disciples, ascend/descend, belief/believe, appear/disappear, celebration, receive, heaven.
Mrs P's group: tongues, forty, message, ascend/descend, belief/believe. appear/disappear, heaven, early, group, thought.
There will be a short dictation on Friday as usual.
4) Book Task: Make a bookmark. On one side illustrate the main character/settings etc from a book of your choice (doesn't need to be based on what you're currently reading). If non-fiction, list or draw five new facts that you've learned from the text. This may be a gift for someone you're fond of who you know loves reading, or it might be for yourself to prevent the need for bending over corners. I'd love to see pics of anything you produce.
Term 5 Week 4 W/C 11/5/20
Hope you've all enjoyed the bank holiday on Friday and managed to celebrate VE day in some way - we were so lucky with the lovely sunshine, weren't we?
We had a busy week of Zoom meetings last week - Mrs Scott's biscuit baking was excellent fun on Tuesday and Thursday's session with Scuba Junkies was absolutely fascinating. What a treat! Thank you to the Hood family for putting us in touch with them.
Please see below the tasks set for the forthcoming five days which are largely based on the family learning 'music' theme. As usual, you may choose when you complete it, finding a time that suits you and your family best. We will highlight which activities are required to be sent to us for marking so that you do not need to return every single piece.
1a) Comprehension/ Grammar Task: Ed Sheeran's Nancy Mulligan attached below in resources. To be sent for marking by Fri 15/5/20. You may well want to listen to the track:
b) This task is optional. It is taken from the BBC site and is based on The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, which some of you may have read. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zfx6t39
2) Writing Task: The Sorcerer's Apprentice - see attached. To be sent for marking by Friday 15/5/20.
3) Spellings: chord, choir, chorus, conductor, lyrics, musician, rhythm, melody, orchestra, harmony.
Mrs P's group: chord, choir, chorus, could, would, should, musician, rhythm, were, where.
There will be a short dictation at the end of the week.
4) Reading Task: Make up a short quiz of approx 5/10 questions about a book you've read and present it to someone. This can be fiction or non-fiction and can be based on material from any age range. You should choose a text that you know other people who live in your house (or someone with whom you have regular contact - maybe a classmate?) are also familiar with. Make sure you know the answers yourself!
5) Diaries: Keep maintaining them pls.
Maths this week is revision of fractions and comparing fractions, decimals and percentages. As the family learning theme is music, I have also included a music note value activity. If you are a musician this activity should help your understanding of the values of the different types of musical notes; enabling you to read music efficiently. If, like me, you are not a musician then hopefully you will learn what semibreves, minims, crochets, quavers… are.
1. Equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages - complete sheet. Please watch the BCC Teach clips to help you, if necessary. Answers are attached.
Resource: Equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages challenge
2. Please complete the fraction word problems differentiated worksheets, choosing one which is a challenge but not so hard you cannot answer it. One is the easiest and is the hardest. If you found your first choice too easy, why not go up to the next star level and complete that sheet too. Remember to read the question twice and, if it helps you, underline or highlight the important information. When adding and subtracting fractions you must make the denominators (the bottom number of the fraction) the same. You cannot add or subtract amounts that are different in size – we always say, you cannot add apples and oranges. Watch the clip below for help on adding and subtracting fractions. Answers are attached.
Resource: Fraction word problems differentiated.
3. Complete the fraction wheel differentiated worksheets, choosing one which is a challenge but not so hard you cannot answer it. Follow the instructions on the sheet. Answers are attached.
Resources: Fraction Wheels differentiated
4. How is music related to maths? Read the following presentation to find out? Why not do some of your own research.
Complete the first column of each sheet – you will find that they are a little repetitive but this is intentional. They are designed to teach you the value of the notes so it becomes second nature. If you want to be an expert musician and reader of music, then you can always challenge yourself to answer the second column on each sheet in a quicker time. Attached is a guide on the musical notes and their value.
Resources: Maths and Music sheets 1-5
Music notes and their values
5. Extension activity (optional for some) – Fraction Fascination. Please read the instructions carefully. There is a hint attached to help you get started, if you need it. Please record your workings neatly and explain your reasoning. I would like to receive answers from a good half of the class by Friday of this week.
Resources: Fraction Fascination
Term 5 Week 3
Another cracking week's work last week, Year 6. The format seems to be very working well, so we will continue with the same. We won't be having our Zoom session on Friday this week as it is a bank holiday to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which was the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe. If you want to find out more about it here is the link to the BBC Newsround website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/48201749
Here we go with your tasks for W/C 4/5/20:
Maths this week is all on co-ordinates and drawing polygons on a co-ordinate grid.
Remember: when describing the position of a point on a co-ordinate grid you always give the x-axis reading and then the y-axis reading. They are recorded with a comma between them, inside closed brackets: (x , y). As Mrs Wetz always says: you go along the corridor before you can go up or down the stairs!
1. In Maths No Problem (MNP) please complete Chapter 13 Lessons 1 – 3.
2. Once in have completed lesson 3, can you look at the PowerPoint: Geometry-Position-Direction. Run it as a PowerPoint and answer the questions as you go. Some graph paper may be useful for this exercise.
Resource: Geometry-Position-Direction PowerPoint and Properties of 2D shapes PowerPoint.
3. MNP lesson 4 - I have attached a PowerPoint on the properties of 2D shapes in case you can’t remember them all, as you will need to know some of them for this lesson.
Resource: Properties of 2D shapes PowerPoint.
4.Extension: look at the challenge cards and plot the co-ordinates to draw a polygon. If you then want a challenge, please follow the next instructions on each card and translate the shape. Remember: you move each point following the instructions. So, if it says translate the shape right 4, you move each point 4 squares to the right and then re-plot the shape joining all the points.
5. Fun (optional) activity: using a sheet of the squared paper, provided in the resources, or just normal paper, can you create a portrait of Bee and Wozzle (or your own pet or any other animal) using only 2D shapes. Please colour them in and decorate in any way you want. I’ve attached some examples of animals drawn using only shapes.
Resource: Ideas – using shapes to draw animals
Animal tangrams booklet
6. I have added a further challenge for those of you who have already completed the work in the MNP book. You may need a protractor to solve this maths question.
Resource: Geometry challenge
Literacy Week 3 W/C 4/5/20
1) Two comprehensions - you need to tackle the third one from the attached Powerpoint entitled 'You've got a Friend' by Judi Curtin, which appears after last week's text 'Mucking About'. Answers by Friday 8/5/20 pls.
Also attached is a comprehension on Georgia O'Keeffe - a famous American artist. Like last week, there are three different readings to choose from. You may select the most appropriate one for you. I have included answers so that you may mark your own and therefore you do not need to send these in to me.
2) Art based writing task - see attached. This week there is a choice. Whichever one you choose it needs to be with me by Friday please.
3) Grammar and Punctuation - Two mini tests attached. We will mark together next Monday 11th.
Spelling words: exhibition, gallery, museum, portrait, landscape, sculpture, photograph, masterpiece, abstract, architecture.
Mrs P's group: paint, colour, shade, people, water, grass, plants, gold, beautiful, pretty.
Dictation will be on Monday 11th.
4) Reading. Keep this up. Research about paintings and artists can be included in your reading. There is a new book club title: The Vanishing Trick by Jeni Spangler which you may very well enjoy.
5) Keep your lock down diaries updated - even if it is only once or twice a week.
Literacy Wk2 W/C 27/4/20
1) Comprehension task. Last week you completed the Black Amulet. This week we are looking at the second piece of text (under the Black Amulet) which is entitled Mucking About and is about a boy who is being sent off to become a monk (a man who devotes his life to a religion). He isn't too pleased about it as you will discover. Answers emailed by Friday pls.
2) Writing Task. In keeping with our Forest School theme for the week, select a creature to research that you may come upon in your garden or a place where you walk. It could be a bird, an animal or an insect.
Useful websites are:
Once you've decided on which creature you are going to find out about (and maybe taken some pics if at all poss), begin to think about how you can present this information in a piece of text. I have included one on Giant Pandas (disappointingly not found in my garden despite having plenty of bamboo!) as an example and also a checklist to help guide you as to what you ought to include. Remember your text should be informative and also interesting for your reader. Do attempt to put your findings in your own words rather than copying and pasting, which is v. dull for me to mark and I expect for you to produce! Emailed to me by Friday please.
3) Nature Comprehension. There are three different comprehensions included all on the same matter but they are provided in increasing levels of difficulty. You may choose the one that you feel is the most appropriate level for you. Answers are given with the texts so that you may mark your own. As usual, I would ask that you don't look at the answers until after you have completed the text. It would be good if you were to be inspired by nature to do something creative as the people mentioned in the reading were. If you write some poetry, complete some art or maybe compose some music do let us know.
4) Mini Grammar and Punctuation (SPaG) tests. For Friday pls. You do not need to send them to me - we will mark together as we did last week.
5) Spellings: nature, natural, naturally, species, creature, interesting, habitat, environment, predator, appearance, (life) cycle, mammal. Mrs P’s group: nature, habitat, interesting, creatures, there, their, they’re, are, our, were, where, we’re. There will be a short dictation on Friday.
6) Regular reading. This can include your research work.
7) Diaries - do keep them updated, even if it is only a couple of times a week. We love hearing you read these out in the Zoom meetings.
Everyone at school today says hi and hopes you are all ok!
Please complete Chapter 12 Geometry Worksheet 3 (p.105) and Worksheet 4 (p.107). Please see p.126 onwards in the textbook p.126.
If you would like to draw a triangle, as demonstrated on page 127, colour the corners and then reconstruct into a straight line to prove that the angles of a triangle total 180°. You could also do the same with a variety of different quadrilaterals and stick them on to a piece of paper to prove that all internal angles of quadrilaterals add up to 360°.
Please continue or start to write your persuasive speech on your hero or villain. Please see support materials which have been used in the classroom this week.
More updates tomorrow.
Year 6 Team
This week we have continued to work on our Robin Hood adventures as well as our fairy tales; both are coming along very well. We have also begun to think about whom we would like to present in our hero speech. We plan for the speeches to be delivered on the last morning of term and are inviting some guest judges to join us on the day. ( See further details below on the task). In maths, we’ve covered properties of 2D and 3D shapes, naming, counting vertices, edges, faces. Today we have drawn the net of a triangular prism and constructed it, using given measurements. We have also completed worksheets on ratio and nets. Next week we’re ready for the challenge of angles.
We have also planned our hero and villain puppets - remember to the relevant person at home know what you need in terms of craft materials in plenty of time for sewing day - Friday 27th of March. The school will provide the felt for the base. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to help that afternoon. We wouldn’t mind one more volunteer so do let the office know if you can help. As I said in my letter, no particular skills are required - just a willingness to thread needles etc.
Reading, as usual.
Researching the hero of your choice and putting together some notes on them that will allow you to begin to write the persuasive speech in class next week. Remember this can be someone famous (alive or dead) or someone you know. Your job will be to persuade others in the two minute period why the person of your choice should be considered the most heroic.
The test homeworks for next week are:
Maths - set C test 1 (for Tues)
Reading - set C test 2 (for Fri)
GPS - Set A puzzle and Set B test 1 (for Fri).
Please can everyone has a go at all questions - don’t be tempted to leave anything out just because it will take a bit of thinking! You can always look something up or ask for help at home. As an incentive, Mrs Pearson is happy to supervise 5 minutes golden time for each complete class set of homework in on the right day next week. You can do it!
Spellings: Monday: myth, gym, Egypt, pyramid, mystery, Tuesday: young, touch, double, trouble, country, Wednesday: camel, tunnel, squirrel, travel, towel, tinsel, Thursday: y changed to i before es is added - flies, tries, replies, copies, babies, carries,
Friday: the suffix ’ly’ remembering to add the l for words already ending in l eg usually, comically, finally. Also words ending in ic ‘ally’ is added eg basically, frantically, dramatically.
Friday 6th March 2020
What fun we all had yesterday on World Book Day, making our Lorax masks in class and then acting out the story through movement during our workshop run by West End in Schools. We have attached a couple of pics for your amusement.
We have competed our Robin Hood: Hero or Villian? piece of writing and begun to write an story based on the adventures of Robin and his Merry Men, where will are focusing on moving the story forward through the use of dialogue. In maths, we have covered properties of triangles and quadrilaterals and drawn them in our books.
Your usual reading please, with diaries in on Monday signed and ready for checking.
Spellings for all come from the Year 3/4 statutory list. Some of them we have covered already this year, but I have taken them from errors that have appeared in your writing in the last couple of weeks and so thought a bit of revision wouldn’t go amiss.
decide, difficult, different, appear/disappear, heard, important, interest, often, remember, ordinary, surprise, actually.
Maths - B arithmetic for Tuesday
Reading - C 1 for Friday
GPS - A 4 for Friday
Friday 28th February
A busy and somewhat tiring week, which involved fitting swimming lessons into our already packed curriculum - but we’ve done it! Thank you to all of the parents who assisted with transport.
In the classroom, we have begun our new topic of Heroes and Villains and after researching Robin Hood have weighed up the evidence to help us decide as to whether he was a hero or a villain. In maths lessons, we have competed volume.
Next week we look forward to World Book Day on Thursday, when we will welcome West End in Schools to work on some choreography with us inspired by the story of The Lorax by Dr Seuss.
Finally a reminder of the book club title - The Dog who Saved the World by Ross Welford. Still plenty of time to read it before our meeting on Monday 23rd of March.
Reading. - as usual. Signed diaries in on Monday please. Please remember you will need your diary and reading book in every day.
Spellings: principle, principal, stationary, stationery, profit, prophet, advise, advice, steal, steel, wary, weary, who’s, whose, past, passed, proceed, precede.
Maths - Set B Test 5 - for Tuesday 3rd March
GPS - Set A Test 3 - for Friday 6th March
Reading - Set B Test 6 - for Friday 6th March
A final reminder to bring your 500 word story in for Monday pls.
Friday 14th February
Year 6 enthusiastically debated xenotransplantation, this week, with the team for xenotransplantation winning the vote with a large majority. The speakers confidently put forward their arguments and answered the excellent questions posed by the audience of year 5 children and Mrs Streatfeild.
They also enjoyed finishing their plasticine model hearts, which have been intricately carved and moulded to show all the external arteries and veins. Their fabulous knowledge of heart anatomy was very beneficial enabling them to create the vena cava, pulmonary veins and arteries and the large aorta which takes oxygenated blood back around the body. Congratulations to Millie who won first prize for her heart model – please see the photos attached.
The children also enjoyed designing and making a board game of the human circulatory system, which demonstrated how blood acts as a transport system for oxygen, nutrients and waste products.
The Year 6 team would like to thank the children for a great term – our topic, Blood heart, has been inspiring and everyone has enjoyed it immensely!
Please could all children return next term with a fully stocked pencil case – thank you.
Wishing you all a fabulous half term holiday!
Sarah Wetz, Kate Haysom and Sally Pearson
Spellings for the whole class:
bury, berry, accept, except, piece, peace, quiet, quite, through, threw, morning, mourning, guessed, guest, led, lead.
500 word story - this is due in to school on 2nd March. Please put your full name, age and school on your entry. For inspiration and what makes a good story, there are some previous entries on the BBC 500 word competition page and useful tips. Please see link below for more information:
Please note there is no Maths, Comprehension and GPS homework over the half term holiday. Please do encourage the children to read a good book.
A week of assessments which involved plenty of hard work and long stretches of concentration - well done. The results of these will help us plan for what we need to teach you in the next couple of terms.
We had some fun too - making plasticine model hearts, which included the more fiddly aorta and vena cava.
Next week we are looking forward to our debate on Wednesday when we will be arguing in teams either for or against the development of xenotransplantation and will be inviting Year 5 to join us as a voting audience. We also look forward to our Sutton Life Centre visit on Friday. Thank you to Mrs Scott, Mrs Hood and Mrs Murray for volunteering to acccompany us.
Pens and pencils - pls stock up. Several of you are without any writing tools at all. It is vital you have a working pen for handwriting and some sharp pencils for maths.
Next tests in your Comprehension, Reading and Maths books pls.
Reading as usual.
Spellings: available, competition, embarrass, especially, exaggerate, separate, sensibly, probably, thorough, enough, toughest, roughest. Mrs Pearson’s group are just going over the words they have covered so far this term.
Some of you may want to get a head start on your 500 word story to be entered into the Chiddingstone Castle story competition . Stories can be hand written or typed and illustrated (although this is optional) . Pls include your full name, age and also the school name. Entries need to be in school for 2/3/20 please. There will also be a class competition so you have two opportunities of being a winner! I gather a storm is heading our way on Sunday and this might be a useful source of inspiration for your story.
BH, ML, RP and AT have been asked to assist with assembly on Monday when we have a guest coming in to deliver the AoW - just a reminder to look at your scripts before then.
Finally, a couple of you have Spanish homework for Miss Crespo. She says you know who you are.
Friday 31st January
This week we have been enjoying being biochemists, learning all about the components of blood and what their roles are in our circulatory system. We made fake blood using treacle, red food colouring, milk and vegetable oil – having mixed all the ingredients together in a test-tube we then allowed them to stand for an hour and watched as they slowly separated into layers. The heaviest component, the’ red blood cells’, were in the bottom layer. The white middle layer consisted of ‘platelets and white blood cells’ and the lightest component of blood, making up 55% of our blood volume, the ‘blood plasma’, was in the top layer. All good sticky fun.
In maths this week we have spent several lessons re-visiting the maths assessment papers and, in differentiated groups, looked at questions the children found difficult – a very beneficial exercise. We have now started a new maths topic – percentages.
Please see a photo attached of Year 5/6 Book Club having fun while discussing Rooftoppers.
Spellings: interrupt, interfere, internal, interest. Plus: different, difficult, dictionary, desperate, guest, guessed, herd, heard.
Mrs Pearson's group:
could not couldn’t
would not wouldn’t
have not haven’t
did not didn’t
do not don’t
had not hadn’t
has not hasn’t
should not shouldn’t
he will he’ll
we will we’ll
they will they’ll
I will I’ll
you are you’re
can not can’t
will not won’t
Maths homework - Set B Test 3 due Tuesday
Comprehension homework - Set B test 4 for Friday
GPS homework - Set A Test 1 for Friday
We have had the satisfaction of completing the Maths - no problem! Text Book 6A this week. Phew! What an achievement! We will begin next week with an assessment of what we have covered so far in Year 6 before moving on to the challenges of Text Book 6B.
We have now pretty much mastered relative clauses, which we have included in our writing of Cam’s daydreams ( there was one - spotted it?).
We are very much enjoying our class book - Pig Heart Boy and are finding the story quite gripping. Our understanding of the storyline, and Cam’s difficult decision, will be helpful when we begin to research and consider xenotransplantation next week.
Please do remember that book club is on Monday. We will be discussing Rooftoppers. We had such a superb turnout for Clockwork that we hope to see as many faces at our next meeting. You are of course, welcome and encouraged to bring healthy snacks to share.
Some of you have Spanish homework - Miss Crespo says you know who you are.
Reading homework as usual. Remember to bring your signed diary in on Monday.
Maths homework due Tuesday - Set B Test 2
Reading homework due Friday - Set B Test 3
GPS homework due Friday - Set C Test 4
Word families based on common words showing how words are related in form and meaning:
commit, committee, transmit, submit, commitment, emit, permit, intermittent, omit, unremitting. Also restaurant, disappear, disappoint
Mrs P’s spelling group:
Friday 17th January
Another busy and exciting week in school. We have started a new topic in numeracy converting between measures including grams/kilograms, millilitres/litres and millimetres/centimetres/meters/kilometres. We had a visit from the ‘Rock Man’ who gave a very interesting talk and brought along samples of rocks and meteorites for the children to look at. Next week we will be looking at what is in blood and the functions of these different cells. We will also be doing some artwork inspired by our topic and what we have learnt about different blood cells in the body.
Maths Homework - Set B, Test 1 (for Tuesday)
Comprehension Homework - Set B, Test 2 (for Friday)
GPS Homework - Set C, Test 3 (for Friday)
Words with a long /e/ sound spelt ‘ie’ or ‘ei’ after c (and exceptions) m:
Siege niece grief chief fiend shriek believe achieve convenience mischievous
Words with the long /e/ sound spelt ‘ie’ or ‘ei’ after c (and exceptions):
deceive conceive receive perceive ceiling receipt protein caffeine seize neither
Cued spelling words:
If the root word has a short vowel sound and ends in a single consonant - double the consonant before adding the suffix:
hop hopping hopped
stop stopping stopped
skip skipping skipped
If the root word has a long vowel sound and ends in 'e' - drop the 'e' before adding the suffix:
hope hoping hoped
mope moping moped
Great to have you all back. Mrs Wetz, Mrs Pearson and I would like to start by thanking you all for the generous gifts you gave us for Christmas and also for the kind comments that you put into cards - all very much appreciated.
We have begun our next class text - Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman and have commenced writing formal letters of complaint as if we were the manager of the leisure centre in the story, who has had to put up with the Daredevil Dive game taking place in his swimming pool. Our GPS focus has been to include parenthesis, along with the appropriate punctuation, within our writing.
Maths lessons have given us the opportunity to develop out understanding and use of decimals.
Thursday’s science lesson involved the dissection of a lamb’s heart. This fascinating experience gave us the chance to discover more about the organ at core of our circulatory system, and our body as a whole. See photos attached. Thank you to the parents who came in to support this lesson - having you there enhanced the learning for all.
Finally, a reminder that our book club title is Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell. We will meet to discuss it on 27th of Jan.
You should have read at home a minimum of ten times since the last check and documented these reads in your diary. As usual, you will have needed to read to an adult (at least twice during this period) and had this signed off. Mrs Pearson will be checking all diaries first thing on Monday.
Comprehension and GPS books - these will now be collected in and marked on a Friday.
Maths - collected in and marked on a Monday.
Spellings - adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words ending in -fer: infer, inferring, inferred, inference, refer, referred, referral, prefer, preferred, preference, preferable, transfer, transferred, transference. Wow: inference.
Mrs P’s group:
paw poor pore pour
by bye buy
We look forward to seeing you at the KS2 Carol Service on Tuesday evening and in the classroom on Wednesday morning to look through your children's books and listen to a rendition of The Night before Christmas.
Presentation is important though, as we intend to use the reviews for a display.
How to write a Book Review
1. What is the name of the book and who wrote it? Start with the name of the book and the person who wrote it (the author).
2. What is the book about? Is it fiction or non-fiction? Describe what the book is about, or outline the story (the plot); in other words, describe the main things that happen in the story. Think about the beginning and the end of the story and what happens in the middle to link the first and the final scenes.
3. Where and when does the story take place? This is the setting of the story, for example ‘where’ – does most of the story take place in England, or in another country (real or imaginary), or in a school or a museum or on a farm? ‘When’ - is the story set in the present or the future, or a long time ago?
4. Who are the main characters? Describe one or two of the characters in the story - perhaps the funniest, the kindest, or the most evil? How did the character make you feel? What is their role in the story?
5. Describe your favourite part of the book. What are the best bits of the book? Was there a particular piece of action you really enjoyed, or a really funny part, or perhaps a scary part?
6. Do you recommend this book? Did you choose to read this book whenever you had a spare moment? Did you read it rather than playing computer games or watching TV? Or maybe you found some of the plot a bit slow and boring? Perhaps you read the first chapter then gave up? Give your rating out of 5 stars.
breath, breathe, veins, arteries, heart, carbon-dioxide, oxygen, oxygenated, deoxygenated, blood vessels, valves, muscles, circulation, circulatory system.
And so Christmas has arrived in school - we’re enjoying rehearsing for our carol service (see Miss Crespo's Spanish homework at the bottom of the page pls) as well as preparing cards and poetry to celebrate the festive season. Every morning we open a door on an online advent calendar that informs us about how another country in the world will be celebrating. We were unsure whether we’d enjoy having Christmas in the summertime with bbqs on the beach as some countries do, and most of us decided that, on balance, we prefer log fires and dark nights with twinkling lights.
In literacy, we are looking at figurative language in order to create winter poetry, whilst in maths lessons we have developed our confidence in converting fractions into decimals as well as multiplying whole numbers by a decimal.
On the last morning of term (Wed 18th), we would like to invite parents to come into class at 8.45 to view all of the hard work in your books and around the walls. Do remember to pass this invitation on to them.
Most important job this weekend is to restock your pencil cases. Mrs Wetz put a reminder on the page last week that this needed to be done, but several of you are still without a working blue pen (no biros pls). Pencils are also rather thin on the ground! Perhaps put stationery on your Christmas lists?
Reading diaries - please look for examples of figurative speech eg similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia. Please make a note of any examples in your reading diary. If you cannot find any at all ( which is quite unlikely) then pls write this in your diary and get an adult to sign to confirm.
Comprehension homework, GPS homework and maths homework are all due in on a Wednesday
Spellings: assistant, assistance, obedient, obedience, independent, independence
Mrs P’s group: (everyone in the class should also familiarise themselves with these words)
Wow: privilege (noun) an advantage that only one person or group of people has, usually because of their position or because they are rich or an opportunity to do something special or enjoyable e.g. It is a privilege to go to School of Rock next week.
Spanish: Year 6 pupils must have learned the script for the play by heart by Tuesday morning; also they need to learn the 2 carols.
Noche de Paz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF47MzYs_l4
El Rorro (Lullaby Mexican Carol). Please see attachment with the lyrics
Friday 29th November 2019
This week we have started a new topic in maths on decimals; dividing whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. Next week we will be writing fractions as decimals and finding out how to multiplying decimals.
As part of our Frozen Kingdom topic, we have been learning about natural selection and evolution; studying the Galapagos finches. We carried out an investigation to find out if pointed or blunt beaks are best for picking up different types of seeds. We then watched the following clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcM23M-CCog to learn about several research projects on the Galapagos Islands which provide evidence supporting Darwin’s theories of natural selection and evolution.
Please can everyone make sure they have a fully stocked pencil case, especially a pen for writing and some spare refills.
–ent and –ence/–ency after soft c (/s/ sound), soft g (/dʒ/ sound) and qu, or if there is a related word with a clear /ɛ/ sound in the right - position, innocent, innocence, decent, decency, frequent, frequency, confident, confidence (confidential)
knowledge, natural, particular, peculiar
thorough (adjective): detailed and careful
Example of use: They performed a thorough search of the area for Scott and his team.
or thorough (adjective): complete
Example of use: It was a thorough waste of time.
know/ no/ now
Our understanding of adding and subtracting fractions has come on considerably this week and we are now confident in adding and subtracting with denominators that are the same or are multiples of the same number.
We have carefully considered how authors develop characters in their writing by 'showing' not 'telling'. We used our findings, and a drama activity, to help us create credible characters who could well have been passengers on the Ttianic's fateful voyage in 1912.
As part of our Frozen Kingdom topic, we have also begun to investigate famous Polar explorers, beginning with Robert Falcon Scott - reflecting on what went wrong for him and his team on their way back from the South Pole.
Comprehension, Maths and GPS books - to be handed in on Wednesday as usual.
Reading - make sure your journals are completed and reading for viewing on Monday. This week I would like you to look for semi-colons or colons in your reading books and make a note of any examples you find. If you can't spot any, then please write 'none found' in your journals so that I know you just haven't forgotten! House points will be awarded to those who have managed to identify some within their reading. Do remember you don't just have to read from your usual reading book - you may want to read news reports etc in papers or online.
Spellings: Use –ant and –ance/–ancy if there is a related word with a /æ/ or /eɪ/ sound in the right position; –ation endings are often a clue. observant, observance, (observation), expectant (expectation), hesitant, hesitancy (hesitation), tolerant, tolerance (toleration). Statutory list words: different, extreme, position. Word of week: substantial (adjective): of considerable importance or size. Example: He carried a substantial amount of equipment.
Mrs P's group: missed/mist, peace/piece, plain/plane, rain/rein/reign, scene/see, weather/whether, whose/who's.
Spanish homework - Miss Crespo was rather disappointed with the number of you that completed the homework this week so make sure you're on top of it all before her lesson on Tuesday.
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:
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:
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
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
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
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 t 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
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.
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
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 16/9/19 This 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
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