Please contact Mrs Wetz and Mrs Haysom on the following email.
FAO all parents - Access to resources at home.
Twinkl - Twinkl is a fantastic teaching resource that has a range of powerpoints and worksheets available for each year group and subject in line with the national curriculum. To support parents during this difficult period, Twinkl is offering access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. This is available to every parent and carer so your children can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.
Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS . You can create an account and access their resources if you are looking for additional work to do whilst at home.
Classroom secrets - Classroom secrets have added a free learning home resource pack for each year group - https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/
Kahoot - Kahoot has over 40,000 games and resources that they have made available for free - https://kahoot.com/
To complete your hand puppet. The link here has a video tutorial of how to make puppets. Skip to the second tutorial as the first is for a sock puppet.
Be careful when drawing your puppet outline to ensure you leave plenty of room to get your hand in - you will need more than you think! You lose space inside when you start sewing up. Do send us a picture once you have completed it, along with any helpful tips that we could share. Remember what you have done and the order in which you did it (perhaps take pics as you go): your first writing task next term will be writing a set of instructions to guide others in how to make a successful puppet. I will send guidance and essential features required for this piece of work nearer the time.
Work for W/C 30/3/20
Maths for week commencing 30th March
This week we will be looking at pie charts and how data can be presented on them, in different ways.
I have included, in the resources for this week’s maths, a PowerPoint on pie charts, which you might find useful. I would suggest you watch this first before completing the lessons below.
I would like you to complete lessons 5 – 7, Chapter 14 – Graphs and Averages. Please read and do the guided practice questions in the textbook p. 228 onwards before completing the work in your workbook.
Extension – please only complete this lesson if you are feeling very confident with pie charts and you like the challenge of algebra. I know there are some of you who will relish this challenge! You know who you are; so I’m expecting you to complete this too!
I have also attached some extra questions if you would like some more pie chart problems to solve. These sheets are differentiated: * is easy and *** is hard. You may decide for yourself which differentiated sheet you would like to tackle. The answers are attached for you to mark at home.
Here are some teaching guides for each of the lessons this week:
To begin this lesson, show pupils the In Focus task and give them time to discuss possible solutions. Ask children to represent the information using at least three ways. Discuss. How are the graphs different? How are they the same? Are there other ways to represent the information?
Show children Let's Learn 3 and ask them to create and colour a bar model based on the information given. Show them how to draw a pie chart using the bar model. Use Guide Practice 1 to discuss with children how the parts in the pie chart provided can be interpreted using the information from the table. Help pupils to understand the relationship between the total value, the number of parts in the pie chart and the value of each part.
During Guided Practice, pupils are showing information given in tables on pie charts
To begin this lesson, show children the In Focus task and give them time to read and understand it. The problem is asking us to complete the table. What information should we use to fill in the table? Is the information available? If not, can we calculate it?
Looking at the pie chart, what information can we find? (1⁄4 of the people chose tomato, 1⁄3 chose ham or pepperoni, 35 people chose mushroom). Can we use any of this information to fill in the table? What other information can we find by calculating? Can we find the total number of people? Give children time to discuss and think of a method to solve the problem.
Discuss: if we know what fraction of the people chose mushroom, we are able to work everything else out. Is she right? Can we work out the fraction of the people that chose mushroom? If we know the fraction for mushroom, could we use a bar model to solve the problem? Work with children to find the solution.
During Guided Practice, children are reading pie charts and using the information given to work out unknown values.
To begin this lesson, show children the In Focus task and give them time to discuss it. If the pineapple column is 5 cm tall, which other column would be the easiest to calculate? How tall should the banana column be? What percentage of the juice is lime? Do you have enough information to calculate the height of the other columns? Would it help to use a bar model diagram?
Next, ask children to think about how the volume of each type of juice in a 250 ml bottle can be calculated. Show them the bar model in Let's Learn 3. Ask them to study it and calculate the volume of pineapple juice and banana juice. How do we calculate 40% of 250? What does 'of' tell us about the operation we should use? Get children to work out the answers. Then find the total volume of orange and lime juice.
Lead children to see that the bar model provided does not represent the details of the information in the pie chart. The volume of orange juice is slightly more than 3 units and the banana juice is slightly less than 1 unit. Knowing that the total volume of orange and lime juice is 100 ml, can you redraw the model for orange and lime juice based on the information from the pie chart, to find their respective volumes? Guide children where necessary.
During Guided Practice, children are using pie charts to calculate percentages and comparing a pie chart to two other graphs.
Please only complete this lesson if you are feeling very confident with pie charts and you like the challenge of algebra. I know there are some of you who will relish this challenge! You know who you are; so I’m expecting you to complete this too!
To begin this lesson, show children the In Focus task and give them time to discuss it. What is the key information given? (1⁄4 of the spending is on shopping, the same amount is spent on food and entertainment, etc.). Which amounts do we need to know in order to work out the other amounts? Let children discuss and think about this.
Is there one piece of information that, if we knew it, could be used to calculate all the others? Show children Let's Learn and give them time to use the given information to work out as much as they can.
During Guided Practice, children are reading pie charts, using the information given to work out unknown values and expressing unknown values using algebra.
Literacy for w/c 30/3/20
Continuing your work on fairy tales as part of our heroes and villains topic:
Remind yourself of the story of Cinderella. You may well have a copy at home, but if not here is a version written by Angela Carter.
You might also want to watch a cartoon or the film if you can access it. If not here is a short version:
Cinderella fairy tales and stories for children
Task 1: Storyboard the story of Cinderella in 6 or 8 frames (see attached document with templates). You can of course, make your own template. If you have A3 paper that would give you more space but it's up to you. You will need to pick the 6 or 8 key moments from the story and add a short description outlining what happens (1-2 sentences) and include an image of the moment (this can be hand-drawn of be an image you have found. We can look at these in our Zoom session on Wednesday.
Task 2: The glass slipper is one of the key images from the story: the Prince marries her because the slipper fits.
Using descriptive vocab, write a short paragraph in which you describe what the slipper looks like, smells like, feels like (think how you would describe the texture), sounds like. See if you can get taste in too! I would like you to do your best to use alliteration and a simile. I should search for images of the glass slipper to help you get going. This paragraph should be emailed to me by the end of the day on Wednesday.
You might enjoy reading this article: https://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-01-06/science-proves-cinderellas-glass-slippers-are-actually-really-dangerous/
Keep reading please everyone. I've added a link to a site where you can listen to and read along with some ebooks. I had a go with the Sherlock Holmes one last night and really enjoyed it. You will need to ask someone to register before you can access them https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+9-11&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#
Do keep your diary up over the holidays please.
Work for W/C 23/3/20
RE: for 25/3/20
Year 6 RE assessment: Our overarching assessment for this term’s work is answering the following question:
LQ: What difference does the resurrection make to Christians? 25/3/20
1.We have looked at different verses that are a comfort to many people; please look at two more passages, John 11:25–26 & John 14 :1-19. How do Jesus’ words reassure Christians?
2.Now answer the main question ,’What difference does the resurrection make to Christians?’ Use the grid below to prompt you in your answer.
Extension. Read ‘The lion, the witch and the wardrobe especially Chapter 15 and/ or watch the film ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ ( the film is PG so please check with your parents first !) and see how C.S Lewis describes the ‘resurrection’ of Aslan and the effect that has on Narnia. In what ways does this help you understand or appreciate Jesus’ resurrection more?
Discuss your reflections with your parents
STOP PRESS: The excellent questions that you composed for Revd Bill Macdougall are being answered and I will post the answers on your class page as soon as I receive them !
Please complete lessons 1 - 4, Chapter 14 - Graphs and Averages
Please read and do the guided practice questions in the text book p. 214 onwards before completing the work in your workbooks.
Extension sheet – see attached
Please see links below to mean, mode and median songs which should help you remember the different mathematical terms. Perhaps you could compose your own mean, mode, median and range song, record it and then share with the class.
Start a Coronavirus diary – write a short entry for each day of the week while we are not at school. You could design a great coronavirus front cover, buy a lovely new notebook or record your diary on your computer, in a word document, adding interesting facts, data, graphs…. from the internet. You never know, in fifty years’ time children in school might read your diary in a history lesson! Please see attached a differentiated checklist to writing a diary entry (please refer to the last page rather than the first 2 sheets).
I challenge you to learn a new skill! As I said to everyone in school yesterday, I have ordered a watercolour starter kit and will be attempting to paint a few pictures in the next few weeks. What new hobby will you take up? I know Bea is going to learn to knit so I’m looking forward to seeing a photo of her wearing her own handmade brightly coloured scarf!
Zoom class video conference:
I plan to have our first Zoom class video conference meeting on Monday at 9.30am. As I said to everyone yesterday, Mrs Wetz is a novice at video conferencing!! I apologise in advance if this is a complete shambles but it will be good to learn a new skill! We will talk through the work which has been set and any questions you might have.
Hope everyone is ok and take care!
Mrs Wetz and the Year 6 team
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