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Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

For more information please read our curriculum newsletter below:

Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter

Our Year 6 ‘Bubble’ Staff:

Miss Latimer

Mrs Cowley

Mrs Stewart

Miss Hodgson

Friday 3rd July 2020

Our year 6 bubble has been busy again – making robot hands and developing our Manga art skills.  Of course, we still found time to go outside (even on the grey days) to develop our skipping skills, climb trees and sometimes to just enjoy being out.

All the children in the year 6 bubble would like to say a big ‘HI!!!!’ to all the friends they are missing.

Next week, we will be completing transition activities to get you all ready for the kind if work you will be doing when you begin secondary school in September.  Of course, we’d like all of you at home, to have a go too, so here are next weeks lessons:

Year 6 – Week 4 – Monday 6th July 2020

Guided Reading

This week’s reading is a story called ‘Cole’s Kingdom’: 

Cole's Kingdom Text PDF

Read the text through.  Read the text again, this time highlighting any vocabulary you are unsure of.  Once you’ve finished reading, use a dictionary/google to look up the vocabulary you highlighted, then read that section of the text again to check for meaning.  Now that you have a better understanding of all the language in the text, reread one last time.

Maths

Today I’d like you to start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 1’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 9’ booklet, the answers are attached to check your working out – but only when you’ve had a go at them all!  Keep this booklet, as you are going to complete each days’ tasks this week.

Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 9

This week’s maths is a collection of transition lessons, to stretch all your maths skills in preparation for your move to secondary school.  There is one answer book which you can use to organise your answers, or to help you record your work on paper.  They are all based around the Harry Potter books and films, enjoy!

Maths Lesson 1

Maths Answer Booklet For Lessons 1 to 4

English

This week we’ll work through a mixture of tasks – some of which have been sent by your new secondary schools.

Year 6 English Transition Activity Monday

Topic

It’s time for some art!  Take a look at the task below and remember to send us some photographs of you work:

Year 6 Art Transition Activity

Year 6 – Week 4 – Tuesday 7th July 2020

Guided Reading

Reread ‘Cole’s Kingdom’:

Cole's Kingdom Text PDF

Looking back at the words you identified/highlighted/underlined as being new or interesting, choose five and use the words within a sentence each to demonstrate the meaning of the word effectively.  You sentence should either have two main clauses linked by a conjunction, or include a subordinate clause which is correctly punctuated.

If you didn’t highlight any words on Monday, try to use the following:  ‘stubborn’, ‘threatening’ and ‘inexplicable’.

Maths

Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 2’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 9’ booklet, the answers are attached to check your working out – but only when you’ve had a go at them all! 

Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 9

Time for your next magical maths tasks:

Maths Lesson 2

English

Year 6 English Transition Activity Tuesday

Topic

Music this afternoon:

Year 6 Music Transition Activity

Year 6 – Week 4 – Wednesday 8th July 2020

Guided Reading

Reread the text, ‘Cole’s Kingdom’:

Cole's Kingdom Text PDF

Complete the comprehension questions – you only need to record the answers, we’ll look at the answers tomorrow:

Cole's Kingdom Q PDF

Maths

Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 3’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 9’ booklet, the answers are attached to check your working out – but only when you’ve had a go at them all! 

Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 9

Day three of magical maths:

Maths Lesson 3

English

Year 6 English Transition Activity Wednesday

Topic

This afternoon I’d like you to try a new language – German:

Year 6 German Transition Activity

Year 6 – Week 4 – Thursday 9th July 2020

Guided Reading

Take a few minutes to double check your comprehension questions from Wednesday’s lesson then use the answers below to mark your work:

Cole's Kingdom A PDF

Maths

Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 4’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 9’ booklet, the answers are attached to check your working out – but only when you’ve had a go at them all! 

Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 9

Last day of Harry Potter maths:

Maths Lesson 4

English

Let’s revise some of your grammar skills today, make sure you complete all the work before checking your answers.  I have attached two tests – complete at least one:

Year 6 English Grammar and Punctuation Test 1
Year 6 English Grammar and Punctuation Test 2

Topic

I know a few of you love a bit of drama, so thought you’d enjoy this:

Year 6 Drama Transition Activity

Year 6 – Week 4 – Friday 10th July 2020

Guided Reading

It’s Friday, so time to continue reading a book of your choice. 

Maths

Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 5’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 9’ booklet, the answers are attached to check your working out – but only when you’ve had a go at them all! 

Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 9

Today, I’m going to continue the theme of revising a mixture of your number and place value skills, remember to have a go before you check the answers:

Place Value Questions
Place Value Answers

English

It’s the last of the revision today.  Just like yesterday, I have attached two tests – please complete at least one whole test before checking your answers:

Year 6 English Grammar and Punctuation Test 3
Year 6 English Grammar and Punctuation Test 4

Have a fabulous weekend and we’ll see you back here, next week, to get ready for the last week of Year 6.

Stay safe and take care of each other.

XXX

Friday 26th June 2020

This week we were over the moon to welcome back more Year 6 children, along with Mrs Stewart and Miss Hodgson.  Mrs Cowley and I are pleased as punch to have more people to share our ‘bubble’ with!

The children have spent the week working – and playing – hard.  Completing plenty of maths challenges, working through some reading comprehension and soaking each other (and the staff) in a dodgeball water balloon fight!

While you’re completing next week’s work, we have an extra favour to ask.  We would like to record all our experiences of lockdown and gather them collectively into a book for Plains Farm pupils in the future – to become our very own small piece of history, but we need a little help from all of you.  We’d really love it, if each family could send in something to reflect their experiences, e.g. a photo, quote, work or anything that would sum up your lockdown experience as a family.  It might be something you are proud of or a new skill you have learned.  Lots of you have already sent in lots of photos, so you could select one of those and send it in again with a small message – grown ups can also send in their own memories and messages about lockdown.

Of course you’ll need next week’s work, so here it is:

Year 6 – Week 3 – Monday 29th June 2020

Guided Reading

This week’s reading is an information text about Japan (linked to your new class topic about different countries – this week it’s Japan):

Japan Text PDF

Read the text through.  Read the text again, this time highlighting any vocabulary you are unsure of.  Once you’ve finished reading, use a dictionary to look up the vocabulary you highlighted, then read that section of the text again to check for meaning.  Now that you have a better understanding of all the language in the text, reread one last time.

Maths

Today I’d like you to start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 1’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 8’ booklet, the answers are attached to check your working out – but only when you’ve had a go at them all!  Keep this booklet, as you are going to complete each days’ tasks this week.

Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 8

This week we’re going to look at a mixture of maths skills, beginning with reading and interpreting line graphs.  Start by reminding yourself how to read and interpret a line graph:

Line Graphs PPP PDF

Now complete the tasks:

Line Graph Challenge Cards

English

As you’ve spent the last two weeks learning about and writing newspaper reports, I thought it was time to get story writing!  Now of course, I realise you all like stories with a bit of a twist, so I thought we could focus our attention on short spooky stories, full of mood, atmosphere and suspense.  You may have come across some of the stories before – if so, even better!

Today I’d like you to take a look at some short stories, from a book called ‘Short!’ By Kevin Crossley.  While reading them, I’d like to think about and record your ideas, for what makes a successful short story.  What makes them spooky and full of suspense?   

Examples of Texts from Short PDF

Now that you’ve had a look at some examples, I’d like you to create a list of features, which you think are important for creating an effective, spooky, short story.  Once you’re happy with your list, use the ‘Features’ and ‘Checklist’ documents below to check your work and add on anything else you think would help to create an effective story.

Features of Spooky Stories
Year 6 Spooky Story Checklist

Topic

This week we are going to start your new topic about countries of the world, starting with Japan.  First explore some basic information about Japan:

Japan PDF

Something you may already know about Japan, is that it is famous for its technological advances and robotic developments.  This afternoon, I’d like you to have a go at making your own ‘robotic hand’, using a simple pulley system to make the fingers move.  Once you’ve made it, I’d like you to try to use it to pick up a screwed up piece of paper:

Robotic Hand PDF

Year 6 – Week 3 – Tuesday 30th June 2020

Guided Reading

Using the text ‘Japan’:

Japan Text PDF

Looking back at the words you identified/highlighted/underlined as being new or interesting, choose five and use the words within a sentence each to demonstrate the meaning of the word effectively.  You sentence should either have two main clauses linked by a conjunction, or include a subordinate clause which is correctly punctuated.

If you didn’t highlight any new vocabulary during your reading yesterday use the following words:  ‘picturesque’, ‘ceremony’, ‘subsequently’ and ‘ancient’.

Maths

Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 2’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 8’ booklet, the answers are attached to check your working out – but only when you’ve had a go at them all! 

Today, we’re going to further develop you’re knowledge of line graphs to solve problems.  Take a look at how line graphs can be used to answer questions and establish key facts:

Line Graphs Problem Solving PPP PDF

Now have a go yourself:

Read and Use Line Graphs To Solve Problems
Read and Use Line Graphs to Solve Problems

English

Today I’d like you to explore how to use pronouns to create mystery and atmosphere. 

Let’s remind ourselves what a pronoun is – a word we would use instead of a noun e.g. she, he, we, it, they etc.  When a story is written with the repeated us of a character’s name, it can sound clumsy and boring, so pronouns create a little more interest – not naming everyone within stories creates some mystery and encourages the reader to use their imagination to fill in the gaps.

Using Pronouns for Atmosphere PDF

Using the images attached below, use pronouns to describe the everyday scenes in a way that makes them sound ‘spookier’ or more mysterious than they actually are.  Try gender neutral pronouns for added mystery.

Pronoun Images PDF

Topic

Time for some art!  Today we’re going to explore the art used in Japanese comics and animated films – Manga:

Manga PDF

Now use the prompts below to have a go at creating your own Manga character:

How to Draw a Manga Character

Year 6 – Week 3 – Wednesday 1st July 2020

Guided Reading

Reread the text, ‘Japan’:

Japan Text PDF

Complete the comprehension questions – you only need to record the answers, we’ll look at the answers tomorrow:

Japan Q PDF

Maths

Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 3’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 8’ booklet, the answers are attached to check your working out – but only when you’ve had a go at them all! 

Something new today!  We’re going to explore and name the parts of a circle, focusing on being able to identify the radius, diameter, centre and circumference:

Parts of a circle PDF

Parts of a circle poster

There’s also a very short BBC Bitesize video available that shows this in a different way:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwckjxs/articles/zxtb2nb

Using the information you’ve been given, have a go at the following problems:

Parts of a circle task

English

Let’s take a look at the beginning of a new spooky story today, it’s called ‘Room for One More’:

Room for One More Opening PDF

Thinking back to the stories you read on Monday (you could take some time to reread them now if it helps), take some time to think about how the stories ended, to make sure the stories maintained the spooky atmosphere but were kept short. 

Today, you’re going to predict what you think will happen and write the end of the story.  Remember to use the checklist of important features when writing your ending.

Topic

In Japan, there is an artistic tradition of using paper to make sculptures called ‘origami’.

This afternoon, I’d like you to have a go at creating your own origami sculpture, using the instructions below:

Origami Butterfly
Origami Crane
Origami Lotus Flower

Year 6 – Week 3 – Thursday 2nd July 2020

Guided Reading

Take a few minutes to double check your comprehension questions from Wednesday’s lesson then click on the answers below to mark your work:

Japan A PDF

Maths

Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 4’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 8’ booklet, the answers are attached to check your working out – but only when you’ve had a go at them all! 

Today we’re going to revisit place value, by reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10, 000, 000 (ten million), determining the value of each digit.  First let’s do a bit of revision:

Place Value Thursday PPP

Now let’s apply that knowledge to a few tasks:

Place Value Task Thursday

English

Take a look at how to use adverbials to create cohesion in your writing by clicking on the link below:

Adverbials PPP PDF

Now have a go at the task below:

Adverbials Task PDF

Topic

This afternoon I thought you could have a go at creating some Japanese poetry called Haiku, about your experiences during lockdown.  Haiku is a three line poem, with a specific number of syllables in each line: 5, 7, 5, so 17 syllables in the whole poem.  Take a look at the more detailed information:

My Lockdown Haiku PPP

Using what you’ve learned and your experiences from lockdown, use the writing frame to create your own Haiku:

My Lockdown Haiku Writing Frame

Year 6 – Week 3 – Friday 3rd July 2020

Guided Reading

It’s Friday, so time to continue reading a book of your choice. 

Maths

Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 5’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 8’ booklet, the answers are attached to check your working out – but only when you’ve had a go at them all! 

Today we are going to use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero.  Take a look at the information to remind you how to count using negative numbers:

Negative Numbers PPP

Negative Numbers Task
Negative Numbers Task Answers

English

Today you are going to identify and use relative clauses, take a look at the information below to remind yourself of what a relative clause is, how it is used and to have a go at some mini tasks:

Relative Clauses PPP

A relative clause could be used within a story to emphasise a point or add extra detail and information.  Think of it as a burger:

Embedded clauses burger

Now try out your skills:

Relative Clauses Task

Have a fantastic weekend and take care.

Miss Latimer

XXX

Friday 19th June 2020

This week saw some of our Year 6 pupils return to school for the first time since March – well done to our fabulous Year 6 bunch for working hard, making us smile all week and getting to grips with everything so quickly.  Mrs Cowley and I can’t wait for Monday, especially as we’ll be joined by more of the class, Mrs Stewart and Miss Hodgson.

I hope you all enjoyed the tasks set last week and are slowly getting yourselves back into a ‘school’ routine.  In the classroom, we had some awesome hygiene super heroes and some very catchy washing your hands songs, which we’ve put to good use.

Next week, you’ll move on to writing your own newspaper report and practicing a variety of maths skills.  The activities for each day are listed below, just like last week.

Year 6 – Week 2 – Monday 22nd June 2020

Guided Reading:
This week’s reading is an information text about Rosa Parks:  

Rosa Parks PDF

Read the text through. Read the text again, this time highlighting any vocabulary you are unsure of. Once you’ve finished reading, use a dictionary to look up the vocabulary you highlighted, then read that section of the text again to check for meaning. Now that you have a better understanding of all the language in the text, reread one last time.

Maths:
Today I’d like you to start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 1’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 7’ booklet, the answers are attached to check your working out – but only when you’ve had a go at them all! Youll need to keep referring to this booklet throughout the week:

Fluent in Five - Year 6 - Week 7

Today I’d like you to revisit your addition calculation skills. Below is an extract from our school calculation policy to revisit how to organise your written method for addition:

Now try these – you can check your answers using a calculator, but only when you’ve worked them out!

1. 65814 + 52896 =
2. 42359 + 12485 =
3. 71596 + 42593 =
4. 18654 + 23746 =
5. 32597 + 65812 =
6. 32486 + 27510 =
7. 3.56 + 4.89 =
8. 2.06 + 8.17 =
9. 63.56 + 89.12 =
10. 2.36 + 96.31 =
11. 671.25 + 456.29 =
12. 32.15 + 2.87 =

Now time for an extra challenge:

Missing digit addition PDF

English:
Continuing with our work on writing newspaper reports, today you are going to become more familiar with the features of a successful report. Look at the features list below, to remind yourself of the features you will be looking for:

Features of a newspaper report PDF

Next I’d like to look at a collection of news reports and see if you can spot some of those features successfully used in the reports:

Newspaper Articles PDF

We’ll be thinking about these features throughout the week in the build up to you writing your own newspaper reports about the events on ‘Tuesday’.

Topic:
Today we’re going to think about one role which has been key to keeping England going during the Covid19 outbreak, specifically nurses.
Read ‘A Day in the Life of a Nurse’ below, answer the comprehension questions and find meanings for the words listed:

A Day in the Life of a Nurse

Year 6 – Week 2 – Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Guided Reading:
Reread the text about Rosa Parks from Monday’s lesson.
Today I’d like you to focus on two word classes:
Verbs – words used for actions ‘doing words’ e.g. siting, stand, give
Adjectives – words used for description e.g. black, white, poorer
I’d like you to read the text and make a list of nouns and a list of adjectives from the text.

Maths:
Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 2’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 7’ booklet see Monday).

Today I’d like you to revisit your subtraction calculation skills. Below is an extract from our school calculation policy to revisit how to organise your written method for subtraction:

Now try these – you can check your answers using a calculator, but only when you’ve worked them out!

Now time for an extra challenge:

Missing Digit Subtraction PDF

English:
Today, I’d like you start thinking about writing your own newspaper report, based around the events on ’Tuesday’, by writing the opening paragraph for the report. Your opening paragraph should include key information based around what, who, where and when – the why could be a question which is explored as part of your report later.
Read the examples below to get some ideas, before you begin writing yours:

newspaper openings PDF

Remember to keep your opening brief but packed full of key information.

Topic:
Today we’re going to think about all the people who have been key to keeping England going during the Covid19 outbreak, including those that we may not have been mentioned in news stories.
Using each of the headings list as many occupations/jobs/roles that you can think of which continued during lockdown to enable everyone to remain safe and to be able to continue with their day to day lives as much as possible:

• Health and Social Care
• Educational and Childcare
• Public services
• Local and National Government
• Food and Other Necessary Goods
• Public Safety and National Security
• Transport
• Utilities, communication and financial services

Once you’ve thought of as many as you can, check you list against the government list here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Year 6 – Week 2 – Wednesday 24th June 2020

Guided Reading:
Reread the text about Rosa Parks in Mondays leson and complete the comprehension questions below – you only need to record the answers, we’ll look at the answers tomorrow.

Rosa Park Q PDF

Maths:
Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 3’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 7’ booklet.

Today I’d like you to use your addition and subtraction skills in a variety ways to ensure you a fluent in your calculating skills: 

Addition and Subtraction Kangeroo Maths 5

English:
Today I’d like you to create a catchy headline for your report and begin to plan the content – first you’ll need to decide the overall tone of your report – is it going to light hearted and funny or more serious. Below are some examples to explore, using techniques to ensure headlines are as catchy as possible – could you apply any of these to your headline:

headlines PDF

Now that you have a headline and opening paragraph, I’d like you to map out the rest of your report. Think about:
Introduction – briefly sum up what happened and try to grab the reader’s attention.
Main Story – tell the reader exactly what happened. Include the facts, quotes and eyewitness accounts.
Conclusion – what can we expect to happen next?

Or use the ‘Planning a Newspaper Report’ below:

Planning Template PDF

Topic:
Using your developing report writing skills and the list of key workers you created yesterday, choose one of the key worker roles and write a short celebratory newspaper report about the helpful and supportive work carried out by someone in that role. For example, writing about the extra shifts carried out by staff in supermarkets to keep shelves stocked, the risks taken by bus drivers to ensure everyone that needs to can get to work etc.

Year 6 – Week 2 – Thursday 25th June 2020

Guided Reading:
Take a few minutes to double check your comprehension questions from Wednesday’s lesson then use the answers below to mark your work:

Rosa Parks A PDF

Maths:
Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 4’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 7’ booklet.

Today I’d like you to continue to use your addition and subtraction skills in a variety ways to ensure you a fluent in your calculating skills:

Year 6 Assessment Bank Addition, Subtraction MASTERED

English:
Today I’d like you to begin to write your newspaper report based on the events on ‘Tuesday’ – you don’t need to finish this today as you will have more time tomorrow, so use your time to think about each section carefully before writing.
Make sure you use the headline, opening paragraph and plan you have worked on throughout the week to get started and to structure your writing.
Remember to also link back to the features list you explored earlier in the week (I’ve added a link below so you don’t have to look back through the week), to ensure you include as many newspaper report features as you can.

Features of a newspaper report PDF

Topic:
Today, I’d like you to think again, about the list of key workers you created and researched on Tuesday. I’d like you to choose one of the roles/jobs off the list and create an emoji as a thank you to people carrying out that role during the Covid19 pandemic. It should be as bold and colourful as possible and I’d love to see some of your creations, so please feel free to email your emoji design to school.

Year 6 – Week 1 – Friday 26th June 2020

Guided Reading:
It’s Friday, so time to continue reading a book of your choice.

Maths:
Start by completing the calculations marked ‘Day 5’ from ‘Fluent in Five – Week 7’ booklet.

Today I have some mixed addition and subtraction problems for you to complete (you don’t have to do them all – try at least two from each set below):

Addition and Subtraction Word Problems - me first
Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

English:
Today I’d like you to finish off your newspaper report. Remember to look back at your plan and reread what you have already written before you begin.

Once you’ve finished, we’d love to see some in school, so try to take some pictures of your work and ask permission to email them to the school email address.

Have a great weekend and make sure you share your success with us in school, by sending them to the school email address.

Miss Latimer

Thursday 11th June 2020

Beginning this coming week, Monday 15th June, you will find all your work for year 6 right here.  There will be a guided reading, maths, english and topic tasks to complete each day (there will be no topic set for Friday’s).

So here we go!

Year 6 – Week 1 – Monday 15th June 2020Addition and Subtraction Word Problems - me first

Guided Reading

This week’s reading is an information text about the activist Greta Thunberg.  Click the link below to read the text:

Greta Thunberg Text PDF

Read the text through.  Read the text again, this time highlighting any vocabulary you are unsure of.  Once you’ve finished reading, use a dictionary to look up the vocabulary you highlighted, then read that section of the text again to check for meaning.  Now that you have a better understanding of all the language in the text, reread one last time.

Maths

This week we’re going to revisit you’re knowledge of how to calculate missing angles.

Today we’re starting with how to calculate missing angles on a line, by clicking on the link for the lesson below:

Year 6 Geometry Week Monday PDF

English

This week we are going to recall how to write an effective news report.  We’re going to start by examining a text and using open ended questioning to deepen our understanding of a story. 

The text is a picture book.  Click on the link below to take a look:

Tuesday PDF

There’s also an animated version on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtQ4DdzCZMA

First, what do you think happened?  Do they have any explanations?  Are the frogs flying or could it be something else – the lily pads?

Take another look at the final scenes, including the police attending the scene – tomorrow you’re going to write a police report.  What questions could the police be asking themselves? I’d like to you begin to create your own ‘Incident Board’ (a labelled page in your book or on paper):  Who would the police want to question?  Create a list of possible witnesses on you ‘Incident Board’, including questions you would ask each of the witnesses (make sure these are open ended e.g. ‘What happened . . . ‘, ‘How did you feel . . . ‘).   Could there be any other witnesses missing from the video e.g. someone fishing etc.  What evidence is there or might there be after the frogs’ visit?  Add this to your ‘Incident Board’.

Topic

Over the next two weeks we’re going to be learning about people who help us and how we can help ourselves.  Today we’re going to think about the safety measures we have been following at home and the new measures we have in place to be in school which will help to keep us safe.

Take a look at the information below about Covid19 by clicking on the link:

What is Covid 19 PDF

Now I’d like to you to create an information poster/fact file of the things you and others should do throughout the day in school/at home to keep yourself and others safe.

For example:

Remaining in our ‘social bubble’ and why

Regular handwashing and why

Etc.

Year 6 – Week 1 – Tuesday 16th June 2020

Guided Reading

Reread the text about Greta Thunberg, by clicking on the link below:

Greta Thunberg Text PDF

Look at the section called Beginning of Awareness.

Find and copy one word which means to make smaller.

Using your own knowledge, dictionaries and the internet find other synonyms (words/phrases with the same meaning) and antonyms (words/phrases with the opposite meaning), making a short list of each.

Maths

Today we’re going to move on to calculating missing angles within a triangle, by clicking on the lesson below:

Year 6 Geometry Week Tuesday PDF

English

Today we’re going to remind ourselves of the difference between direct and reported (indirect) speech.  Take a look at the revision guide by clicking on the link below:

Direct and Reported Speech PDF

Now complete the tasks linked below, in which you will convert between direct and reported speech, by clicking on the task below:

Direct and Reported Speech Task PDF

Topic

Today we’re going to think about the importance of good self-hygiene for us and others, to keep us safe from unwanted germs and infections.

Good Hygiene PDF

Now use what you’ve learned to create a quick good hygiene checklist to display in your house/in school to remind others of the good hygiene practices they should follow.

Year 6 – Week 1 – Wednesday 17th June 2020

Guided Reading

Reread the text about Greta Thunberg, by clinking on the link below:

Greta Thunberg Text PDF

Complete the comprehension questions in the link below – you only need to record the answers, we’ll look at the answers tomorrow.

Greta Thunberg Q PDF

Maths

Today we’re going to move on to calculating missing angles within quadrilaterals (a shape with four sides) by clicking on the lesson below:

Year 6 Geometry Week Wednesday PDF

English

Today we’re going to move on to recording dialogue as direct speech (a direct quote, exactly as someone said it) and reported speech (a record of what someone said, broadly in line with their exact words) as part of a report.

Reread ‘Tuesday’:

Tuesday PDF

Sometimes it is necessary for interviews to be written up as reports in order for other people to have access to the information – your police witness interview would form part of this report. 

Today you are going to use your questions from Monday to begin to write possible answers and begin to write your interview report around the witness answers – it should have a formal tone, but you could include informal tone and dialect in your witness answers.

For example:

Detective Latimer spoke to Robert Peak with regards to the incident on Tuesday night.  During the incident Mr Peak was in his kitchen, eating what he recalls to be a ham and mustard sandwich.   Detective Latimer asked Mr Peak about his experience, to which he answered, “it was the weirdest thing, I was just sat there like, eating me sarnie, when I swear the frogs just appeared.  At first I thought it was our Carl playing another joke on me . . . ”

Make sure you include as much detail as possible in your interviews and record the interviews of at least two witnesses.

Topic

Recap good hygiene practice using Good Hygiene PDF from Wednesday.

You’ll have all heard that you should sing Happy Birthday twice while you wash your hands to make sure you wash for at least 20 seconds – I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of hearing Happy Birthday!  So today I’d like you to write your own hand washing song to last about 20 seconds.  It could have the same verse twice and will need a catchy name.

Year 6 – Week 1 – Thursday 18th June 2020

Guided Reading

Take a few minutes to double check your comprehension questions from Wednesday’s lesson then click on the answers below to mark your work:

Greta Thunberg A PDF

Maths

Today we’re going to move on to calculating missing angles in parallelogram, rhombus, and trapezium (quadrilaterals), by clicking on the lesson below, starting by recapping some of Wednesday’s learning:

Year 6 Geometry Week Thursday PDF

English

Part of report writing is being able to select vocabulary carefully to give the right impression, so today we’re going to take another look at how to use modal verbs for effect.  Read the revision below:

Modal Verbs PDF

Complete the task below:

Modal Verb Task

Topic

To mark the end of our week of learning how to keep ourselves healthy and clean, I’d like you to design a new good hygiene super hero to remind younger children of how to stay healthy in school and at home.  It can take any form you would like, but must be colourful and have good hygiene super powers – don’t forget a super hero name!

Year 6 – Week 1 – Friday 19th June 2020

Guided Reading

We’re going to use Friday’s guided reading time for you to read part of a book of your choice.  Choose carefully, as we’d like you to keep going with the same book until you have read the whole text.  If you’re low on books you haven’t read, you could revisit a favourite or download a text.

Maths

Today is our last day of work around calculating missing angles.  We’re going to find angles on a full turn, angles that are opposite and pull all the skills together from across the week, by clicking on the lesson below:

Year 6 Geometry Week Friday PDF

English

As you all know, there is a wide range of punctuation we can include in our writing to add to the impact and effectiveness, so today we are going to revisit how to use semi-colons to link clauses:

Look at the sentences below:

It was now snowing hard. He wondered how he would get home.

Because the sentences are closely connected, it is possible to punctuate them like this using a semi-colon:

It was now snowing hard; he wondered how he would get home.

Semi-colons can be used to join two closely connected independent clauses which now become two main clauses in the same sentence – remember, a main clause makes sense by itself, so a comma would be incorrect as it cannot join two main clauses.

Complete the following tasks:

Re-write these sentences replacing the conjunctions with semi-colons.

Example:  The report was several pages long and it took a long time to read.

The report was several pages long; it took a long time to read.

 It was a still, hot and sultry night and the frogs were restless in the water.

  • The lily pads skimmed the garden flowers as the frogs were flying low.
  • A lone turtle spotted the frogs overhead and it retreated into its shell.
  • A man was eating in his kitchen but he was distracted by the sight of the frogs.
  • The frogs got tangled in washing and they pulled it off the line.
  • They watched a sleeping woman’s television but the frogs did not disturb her.
  • A dog chased the frogs but the frogs chased it away.
  • Frogs got stuck on rooftops or they landed on branches.

Pair up and join the following sentences using a semi-colon:

Friday Task

Every year The Sunderland Echo publish end of year 6 class portraits for a special, leaving school school edition.  Of course, this year, that won’t be possible, so they have an alternative plan, which they’ve asked us to share with you.  All the details are in the link below:

Sunderland Echo Thank You Teacher souvenir special letter (1)

Well done for completing the week – time to enjoy the weekend (staying safe of course).

Miss Latimer

Tuesday 9th June – Reopening update

Reopening Year 6

Wednesday 3rd June – School reopening update

Return to school update 3rd June

At Home Message 10 – Thursday 4th June 2020

This week’s blog must begin with a huge shout out to Amy, who’s writing was chosen as the winning entry in Southmoor Academy’s transition writing challenge.  Amy is one of our most talented writers and we couldn’t be prouder of her.  Click the lick below to read her winning work.

AMY

I hope you all had a lovely extended half term in the sun.  After all that fun I expect you’ll all be looking for some school work to do!

Next week, to get you all back into more structured school work, I’d like you to have a go at the English, Maths and Topic work on the BBC Bitesize, Home Learning page – I’ve included an overview of the weeks lessons and a direct link to the Year 6 page:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zncsscw/year-6-and-p7-lessons

The new lessons are usually added by 4pm the day before, so parents can take an early peek if they’d like to.  None of the resources require subscriptions or memberships to download and complete – most can be completed on screen or on a piece of paper.  

You could have a go at tomorrow’s lessons to get a head start – be warned, the ‘Friday Maths Challenges’ do start off quite easy (for us) as they are shared across all year groups, but get trickier as they go.  There’s also a story writing task for those of you eager to burn off some creative energy.

It’s really important that you all do a little bit of work everyday, to make sure all that learning you have done doesn’t go to waste.  Do get in touch if you have any problems.

Miss Latimer

Update regarding reopening of school 21.5.20

Reopening-update-21.05.20-2

At Home Message 9 – Thursday 21st May 2020

Let’s start with a great big thumbs up for Georgia who managed to find some of the answers to our special SAT week quiz and for starting her own jigsaw this week based on the Harry Potter characters – hopefully she’ll let us have a look when she’s finished.

George finally got to have his scouts camp out in his garden, complete with cooking his own food, making smores and of course finding time for his X-Box!

  

It’s finally time to unveil the amazing outcome from all of Mrs Quill (and Mr Quill’s) hard work and believe me its been worth the wait! 

Her garden has gone from this . . . 

To this . . .

      

I think Mrs Quill has discovered a new hidden talent and will be getting lots of requests to add a little sparkle to lots of other gardens in the future.  Now she gets to enjoy all of her hard work in the sun.

It is officially half term next week, so no school work!

Instead, I have listed a few fun activities to do with your families in case you do get a little bored.

The Change 4 Life team have put together some recipes to try out:

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes

The same team have also put together some fun ideas for staying active in the house and in the garden:

https://www.st-anthonys-academy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/oce21948-Ideas-for-staying-active-and-eating-healthily-at-home-Booklet-A5.pdf

I also stubbled across this very easy, but fun activity that you could do as a family or set up for a younger brother or sister – we are going to give it a go with some odd bits of wrapping paper and pages from a comic book.

 

You may have seen in the news that last week was adult mental health week.
Next week, we are going to have our own mental health and wellbeing week and the theme is Kindness.

Your challenge is to as many kind things as possible.
Here is a list of some of the things that you could do:
• Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while (always ask an adult’s permission first)
• Tell everyone in your family how much you love and appreciate them.
• Wash and dry the dishes (without complaining!)
• Make your bed and somebody else’s without even being asked
• Feed the birds
• Make a thank you sign for the dustbin men and the person who delivers the post.
• Read a book to a younger brother or sister.
• Spend some time with nature, which is good for your mental health.
• Leave lots of thank you notes hidden around the house.
• Help make dinner

These are just a few ideas. We would love to see some of the things that you did. Please send them to plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk and we will put them on your class Blog.

For your adults:
If would like some ideas on how to keep yourselves mentally healthy and to be kind to yourself, there are some nice ideas here:
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-matters-guide

There will be no blog next week, while we are on holiday, but it will be back the week of 1st June.

Over the holiday, remember to stay safe and at home if you can.

Miss Latimer, Mrs Quill and Mr Thompson

At Home Message 8 – Friday 15th May 2020

Well done to Gracie, Holly and Alix for doing a great job of our SAT week quiz.

I need to say an absolutely massive well done to George for completing all the set tasks on SAM Learning a week early.

I am continuing to set work, with due dates, to complete over a couple of weeks and check who has had a go and what has been completed:

Only Harry and George have logged into Education City in May – fab work you two.  They also completed all the previously set tasks in SAM Learning.

Well done to Holly and Keaton for logging in to Reading Plus this week – Holly has logged in and read every week since school closed and has maintained her top spot on the leader board!  Awesome work Holly!

It’s important that while the year 6 children aren’t in school that they access the learning that is set for them, in order to practise a range of skills and continue to learn in preapration for returning to school or starting secondary school in September.  Once work is set, I do check to see which children are accesing the work, how they are doing and who needs extra work providing. 

Work was set three weeks ago, with a deadline of Friday 29th May on the following sites:

Education City – 15 science tasks are set in ‘Classroom Work’ and maths, reading and grammar in Homework (17 tasks).  

SAM Learning – 15 tasks 

SPAG – 22 tasks are identified for the children to have a go at with no deadline set at the minute

Readng Plus continues to be available – the children should be logging into this for at least 20 minutes every day.

As the weather keeps getting better why not try some outdoor activities.  

The WWT have some wonderful ideas on their website:

https://www.wwt.org.uk/discover-wetlands/home-learning-and-family-fun

Mrs Watson, our Forest School expert, has also suggested some exciting activities you could have a go at outdoors and even at the beach.  Please send us your pictures so we can share your successes.  

Remember to check the newsfeed on the school home page for all the whole school activities, such as, your wonderful pictures of your VE Day celebrations and outdoor activities you have shared with us.

At home, I have been helping Annabelle complete her home learning work and to finish some art projects set by her teacher.  So far we’ve managed a T-Rex head and some ‘tube animals’.  She even helped to make – and eat – my birthday cake.

  

 

I unfortunately started a jigsaw which is driving me insane!

Stay safe and keep letting us know what you’ve been up to – we miss you all and love to hear from you.

Miss Latimer, Mrs Quill and Mr Thompson

Thursday 14th May

Information regarding return possible return to school 1st June

Return to school letter

SAT Week – Monday 11th May 2020

Monday 11th May 2020 should have been the day you all started your end of primary school SAT tests – but of course that can’t happen.
We wanted you to remember all the hard work you have put in over the years and to know that it takes more that a test to show the huge successes you’ve had while you’ve been in year 6.  We are very proud of you all.

Before sharing a little SATs challenge with you, I wanted to share a poem which really sums up how the staff feel (like any good writer I may have magpied a few ideas!):

To all our Year 6’s

As SATs week arrives it’s not quite the same,
The tests were all printed but just never came,
The displays are still up and covered in maths ‘rules’,
But year 6 are currently missing from our schools.

For some of you, happiness and lots of relief,
For others a sigh of pure disbelief,
That you worked really hard in advance of this week,
Expected and Greater Depth marks you did seek.

Algebra, fractions, the times table drills,
Inference, retrieval, in-depth reading skills,
Past, present, progressive . . . and all the grammar terms,
You’ve practiced and mastered them all this year.

Fear not though, the SATs, yes, won’t happen this term,
But remember, tests, don’t measure everything you learn,
Subjects are varied and you’ve always tried your best,
And many of those skills that you’ve gained, can’t be defined by a test.

So, here at Plains Farm, you’ve made us all proud,
We sit here with pride and we shout out loud . . .
“Year 6, you amaze us, you’ve come incredibly far . . .
And we don’t need a test to see how amazing you are!”

Now of course, we need to do something to mark the occasion, so I’ll be sending you all a set of mock tests in the post to complete and return to school . . . just kidding!

Instead, have a go at the emoji quizzes below and send us your answers (you might have to tap into your younger days for some of the TV shows).

We cant wait to see your answers.  Take care and stay safe,
Miss Latimer, Mrs Quill and Mr Thompson

At Home Message 7 – Friday 8th May 2020

Good morning!
 
That’s another week over, we can definitely see light at the end of the tunnel now.
 
Well done to everyone who has continued to use the online learning and a big shout out to Piper, Charlie, Jay R and Harry for all your hard work on Education City . Our top five readers this week are: Holly, Harry, Georgia, Liam and George-brilliant effort from you all.
 
Happy VE day! VE day(or Victory of Europe Day) marks the day towards the end of the Second World War. When fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end.
People were extremely happy that the fighting had stopped and there were big celebrations and street parties. So, our challenge fpr this week is to make British bunting or a poster and put them up in your garden or in your front window to celebrate this great day. You could even have a picnic in your garden, especially with the weather been so glorious this week.
Use the hyperlinks to get some ideas.
 
 The following link has video clips and other VE Day information for you to look at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ve-day-teaching-resources/znvy382/
 
 
Well done and thank you so much for all your efforts in the #wearyouruniform video! We are all so proud of you. 
 
 
We must show you the two pictures of George this week. The first one shows how happy he is that he won’t be sitting his SATs on Monday and the second is how sad he is that it looks like London is cancelled.
 
Mr Thompson is still learning how to play the guitar

 

I’ve been planting my favourite flowers: lilies!
 
 
 

Further resources

All of the resources provided a few weeks ago are accessible below. The resources have activities which are suitable for all year 6 children. If your child has a SEND then choose a year group that you think is suitable for your child. If you are unsure what to start at or if you would like further ideas on how to support your child at home, please contact Miss Orchard on Plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk She will contact you asap

Phonics Play
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase5Menu.htm (Username: march20 Password: home) Click on parents and then interactive resources to access phonics games for all phases. This is quite fun – children have to read the word and decide if it is a real or fake word (we call them ‘alien’ words in phonics lessons)

Phonics Bloom

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-3 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-4 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-5 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-6

Monster phonics www.monsterphonics.com
(Username: login Password: homelearning)
Oxford Owl Just type this into Google and sign in using the log-in and passwords below – really good for reading and phonics. Year2pfa Password: 1234

Maths https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Range of subjects
Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize. These are online video lessons across a range of subjects and for children of all different abilities. (from Reception to Year 6)
https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/subjects/#subjects https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID19 https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/ https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

Stay safe everyone and don’t forget to keep clapping on Thursday nights for our wonderful, hardworking NHS!
 
We miss you all
Mrs Quill and Mr Thompson xx

At Home Message 6 – Friday 1st May 2020

Good morning!

Well, that is week six of lock down over!

We miss you all so much and hope you are all staying safe.

Firstly, we would like to say a huge well done to our top five readers: Holly, Harry, Georgia, Liam and Jay R. Phenomenal work!

We are exceptionally proud of how well you are all working on your e learning lessons and for working so hard to complete the other tasks that have been set for you.

A big thank you to all of you that sent in a photograph of you holding your fantastic pictures. Our video to thank the NHS will be on our blog as soon as Mrs Owen works her magic. Here is Georgia’s picture: 

How are your diary entries coming along? We can’t wait to read them all!

Mr Thompson has been using his time to teach himself how to play the guitar… We feel sorry for his neighbours! I’m still working on my garden but it’s nearly finished. I now know how to lay paving stones😂.

As next week is National Wildflower week, your challenge for this week is to collect everything you need on your daily walk or just from your garden to make a ‘nature loom’. Take a look at the pictures below to get some ideas.

Also Miss Davison has found some interesting art activities related to spring that you could try: 

All the hyperlinks I added for you last week are still accessible too and you will find them below in last week’s post. 

Don’t forget to email them to me at plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

See you all soon. Stay safe everyone

Mrs Quill and Mr Thompson XX

At Home Message 5 – Friday 24th April 2020

Good morning,
Another week over! We are so glad the weather has been nice this week, so you can all enjoy playing in your garden.
We hope you are all staying safe and clapping for our fantastic NHS every Thursday night.

A big shout out to Liam for sending us an email about what he has been up to. We love your den.

 

We are very impressed at how many of you are working so hard on your online lessons. Well done and keep up the great work.

This week I have been as keeping myself busy as always. I have still been working on my garden, I’m nearly finished but it has been hard work! I will post some pictures next week for you to have a sneaky peek. Mr Thompson is still digging up bricks in his garden, but at least he has not had to do it in the rain.

Mrs Owen has kindly added some great websites for further English lessons. The hyperlinks are below.

https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/2020/03/17/free-reading-realm-home-learning-pack-3-creative-writing-prompts
(excellent writing prompts to create your own amazing stories!)
https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/
https://authorfy.com/join/
(Free to sign up and has an amazing wealth of activities. There are 60+ creative writing masterclasses with children’s authors including: Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo and Emma Carroll)
https://www.writinglegends.com/
(Comprehensive writing program free until July)

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ – games, printable lists, practice tests available. No log in required. You could choose a spelling rule to focus on each week and have your own spelling test each Friday.

Some of the other teachers have also suggested these websites:

Daily lessons for all subjects are now posted online using the link below for Year 6. So far, the Geography for this week has been: an ‘Introduction to settlements’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zncsscw/year-6-lessons/1

or as an alternative, they could explore different countries on Google maps : www.google/maps

For History: http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/war/evacuation.htm has facts and information on WW2 for children. The children could write a diary entry as an evacuee or as Ann Frank?

Art: GRAFITTI DOODLE – https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/make/paint-draw/graffiti-doodle

Science: Oxford Owl https://blog.oxfordowl.co.uk/science-for-fun-six-super-science-activities-to-try-at-home/
Marvin and Milo cartoon style experiments to do at home http://www.physics.org/marvinandmilo.asp

Maths:  https://www.boddlelearning.com/ (Interactive maths games)
https://whiterosemaths.com/ (Free home learning packs available)
http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/
(Maths lessons every day at 9am for KS2 and some daily games and challenges for KS1)

My challenge to you for this week is to write one diary entry per week about what you are doing during the ‘lockdown.’ Once we get back to school, we will share them with each other and keep them in the history cupboard. In many years to come, children will be able to use your diary entries to learn about what happened during this strange time.

 

I would love to hear from you whether it is to show off some of the work you have completed, send a picture or even just to say hello.

Drop me an email to plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk and I will reply to you as promptly as possible.

Take care and stay safe.

Mrs Quill and Mr Thompson xx

Plainsy challenge 14th April 2020

Good morning, 

The Oak National Academy launched today, Monday 20 April. This has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.

Use the hyperlink below to access year 6 information: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6/#subjects 

At Home Message 4 – Thursday 16th April 2020

We finally got some sunshine this week, I hope you were all out in the garden getting some much needed fresh air and time away from the TV.

I’m still waiting for your dreadful jokes to come rolling in – or is it that you just can’t beat mine!

As time in the house rolls on, I’m sure that most of us struggle from time to time to share the space with each other.  To help combat this, Amy came up with the great idea of creating a mood chart for her family – including the cats!  Each person/cat has their own badge and they add it to the chart, on the feeling that represents their mood for the morning, afternoon, or even the whole day – the best part is that you don’t need to explain why you feel that way if you don’t want to.  We’re already in the process of making our own – the title says it all!

Annabelle and I have, amongst other things, made a bouquet of flowers – including some for the bin men – and spent time digging in the mud!

Mrs Quill has continued to busy herself with her garden transformation and can’t wait to get back to school so we can party, party, party.

Mr Thompson started work on his garden this week, but before he could start work on making it look beautiful, he managed to dig up hundreds of house bricks!

All the staff miss you dreadfully and can’t wait to see you all again.  Let us know what you’re up to by emailing either Miss Latimer, Mrs Quill or Mr Thompson (our email addresses are further down the page).

At Home Message 3 – Thursday 9th April 2020

Here we are at the end of another week at home!

First, I must say well done to Gracie and Autumn for logging in to Reading Plus this week – much appreciated when it’s officially your Easter holiday!

This week I have a little challenge for you – as you are all now expert at staying indoors and all have amazing musical talent, we wondered if you’d like to create a ‘Lockdown Rap’ (song or poem if you prefer). If you’re feeling brave you could video it to share with the class or send us a photo of the written version – Neve to you fancy choreographing some killer moves for us?

Connecting with people at the moment can be hard, so this week please make the effort to call someone you wouldn’t usually speak to or call a relative who usually calls you first.

We all need something to laugh at the minute, so why not email us some jokes to post on the blog; you won’t have to work hard to beat my effort:

What do you call cheese that’s not yours?  Nacho Cheese

This week why not try a different way to be active by joining ‘Adrienne’ on YouTube for a yoga session.

At home this week, Annabelle and I have had a teddy bears’ (and dinosaur) picnic, painted her playhouse, painted rocks in the garden, spotted shapes in clouds and started to create their own milk bottle Elmer – I’ll let you see it when it’s done. Annabelle also enjoyed painting her own fossils and taking part in a fossil hunt around the garden.

Mr Thompson has been using his time indoors to teach himself the guitar again – apparently it’s going well so we can all expect big things when we get back to school, perhaps a solo in the Year 6 assembly.

Mrs Quill has been working hard in the garden, spending hours pulling ivy off her garden fence and preparing for a new patio area – hopefully we get to see some pictures to show off all the hard work when it’s done.

Axel Sheffler, the illustrator of the Gruffalo and other Julia Donaldson books, has created a book for children about Coronavirus, which might help with some questions you may have.

It’s online and available at the link below:

https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus-ABookForChildren.pdf

We all miss you terribly and can’t wait to get back to school and get on with the fun stuff!

At Home Message 2 – Thursday 2nd April 2020

Well done for making it through another week of learning at home; I’ve been over the moon to see so many of you logging in to your online tasks and revisiting things you may have found tricky.

It’s been busy around here. I’ve been looking over the tests you completed before school closed – well done to all of you for the huge effort you all made in such a strange week.

Of course, I’ve also been helping Annabelle with her homework and trying to squeeze in some fun stuff like playing in the garden and making crispy cakes – I wasn’t even allowed to decorate!

It may not surprise you to hear that Mrs Quill has been busy decorating her house – no doubt it won’t be the last time while we are out of school. 

As for Mr Thompson, he’s busy building a 144 foot fence around his garden!  We all wish him luck!

Things might all seem to be getting a bit repetitive at home at the moment, so to take care of your mental health and well-being why not have a go at one or more of the following little challenges:
• Keep active: Build an obstacle course in the house or garden and see who gets the best time
• Keep learning: Make yourself a cosy reading den to get away from all the noise and let a book take you to ‘a land far, far away’
• Connect: Start leaving notes/pictures of kindness around the house for your family to discover – we all need something to make us smile

Stay in touch while we’re off;  Mrs Quill, Mr Thompson and I would love to see some of the activities and things you have been up to while we’re away from school and also be able to respond to any questions about school work that you may have. You could write a quick email or send some pictures to our email address:

plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

We’ll share as many of your adventures and stories as we can on the blog.

To help a little more with some maths concepts, please log in to:
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/
There is a video lesson for each day of the week, followed by activities to practice new skills – and answers, no cheating! Week 1, ‘Ratios and Scale Factors’ is still available and something we all need a little more work with, so take a look at that first. The theme continues into Week 2, with more work on ratio, scale factors and proportion, before moving on to angles in lessons 3, 4 and 5.

In education city I’ve set some tasks in the My City, Class Work section, called ‘Home Classroom – Science’, the tasks will revisit your learning from our electricity unit.
If you haven’t already had a go, there are also tasks in the My City, Homework section, called ‘Year 6 at Home’. There is a mixture of reading and maths activities.

Remember, Reading Plus is still running and is a great way to read a wide variety of interesting texts. Please login and keep your word count rising – I’ll be checking to see who has read their target of five texts for each week.
We need to give a special mention to our top three readers, look how many words they’ve read so far:
Holly: 71,718
Georgia: 63,200
Harry: 59,223

Harry has been very busy this week; making corned beef pies and crispy cakes, designing an anti corona suit, creating rainbows for his windows and personally writing to Boris Johnson!  Thanks for sharing what you’ve been up to Harry, we can’t wait to see next week’s adventures.

Take care and stay safe – we’ll write again next week.

At Home Message 1 – Thursday 26th March 2020

Hello all of our lovely Year 6s – we miss you already!

Thank you to all of you hard working people that have logged into some of your online tasks – you knew I’d be keeping a close eye!

For those of you that haven’t had a look yet, there’s plenty to do to keep your amazing learning up to speed while we’re away from the classroom.

Purple Mash:  there is a newspaper report task about the blitz to continue our work on World War 2 and three tasks linked to our science topic about animal adaptation.

SPAG.com: there are 19 (sorry about that) tasks and tests for you to complete.

Education City:  I’ve set four maths tasks and five reading tasks to be completed by 10th April.

I’ll be checking daily to see how you’re getting on.

If you need any help or have any questions email school at:  plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk and I’ll get in touch as soon as I can.

Of course, it isn’t all about completing work while you’re at home, so make sure you are trying to fit in as many fun activities as possible.  You could join in with Joe Wicks every morning at 9am (I’m doing my best, I promise) or get painting a rainbow to add to one of the windows of your house to spread a little joy.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Year 6 blog without a message from our Mrs Quill, who wants you all to know that she is missing you very much and hopes we can end year six properly when all this is over.

Don’t forget to stand at your front door at 8pm tonight and join in the round of applause for all the hard working NHS staff out there, who are doing their very best to keep us well and safe.

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Friday 6th March 2020

First, the staff would like to say a big thank you to all the parents that attended our Year 6 SAT meeting on Tuesday night.  

Thursday was World Book Day.  The children started the day by joining in with a live ‘draw along’ with author and illustrator Vashti Harrison on the Puffin website.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the step by step process and produced some excellent outcomes.

This was followed by a story planing session with author, Antony Wootten.  The children worked together to plan their own disaster story, which Antony then told to the class.

This afternoon the children started their preparations for Science Week early, by joining in with some fun and exciting science alongside Professor Onesmith.  

 

Our maths star of the week is Jay S, for the outstanding effort he makes in every lesson – well done!

Next week the book fair is in school all week open everyday at 8:30am, 10:30am and 3pm.  Children are able to use their £1 book tokens towards the cost of books from the fair.

Year 6 attendance this week is 95.6, with 29 minutes of learning time missed due to lateness.

Friday 28th February 2020

Welcome back after a well deserved half term holiday.

The children have quickly got stuck into a new writing unit, in which they will write a narrative from two different points of view.  The story they write will be based on the creepy, short film ‘Alma’ – click on the link below to take a peek:

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On Wednesday afternoon the children had a visit from Mrs Maher for the ‘teacher read swap’.  They all enjoyed the non-fiction book she brought with her.

Today was our monthly well-being day, during which the children explored the history of emojis and the different feelings they represent, before trying to write a diary entry using as many emojis as possible to represent words in their writing – we quickly came to the conclusion that emojis won’t replace words completely!

Our star of the week and winner of the Plainsy Pass was Holly for being the only member of the class to log in and complete some reading revision over the half term holiday.

Our class attendance this week is 98.3%, with 69 minutes of missed learning due to late arrivals.

Next week, we will be holding a SATs meeting for parents on Tuesday (after school study group will go ahead as normal for the children) after school at 3:20pm, where we will discuss revision of key skills in the build up to tests, how the tests will be carried out, what tests there are and the timetable for the tests across the week.  Please come along if you can.

Over the coming weeks, please encourage your child to attend as many before and after school study groups as possible and to complete some online revision over the weekend.

Friday 14th February 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of Year 6

This week the children have been working hard this week to complete their persuasive writing.  They did a fantastic job of persuading parents during World War 2 to evacuate their children to the safety of the countryside.

They also worked their socks off to defeat long division.  They’ll continue to develop their skills after half term to be able to apply their calculation skills to problems.

The children had the opportunity to write their own 500 word stories for the Radio 2 competition.  If any children would like to have another go at home, all the details are on the Radio 2 website.

The Valentine’s disco on Thursday was fab – unfortunately there was no foam this time, but plenty of dancing.

WE DID IT!

Year 6 finally achieved 100% attendance for the week – we’re all over the moon.  Let’s hope this is the start of a run of much improved attendance for the class.  

Autumn was our writer of the week, for her very emotive letter as an evacuated child in history.

Our maths star award went to Amy for working hard to understand and use long multiplication.

Tilly and Dylan received the Plainsy Pass for their outstanding attitude to everything in school – well done.

Friday 7th February 2020

What a week!

I think all the children in Year 6 will agree that Thursday’s Bonkers Bingo was the highlight of the week even with the huge amount of terrible teacher dancing on display!  All the children got stuck in and danced to every song ‘DJ Thompson’ threw at them.

 

Of course, what every good party needs is foam!

 

Unfortunately, we haven’t played bingo all week.  On Monday, the children developed their archery skills in PE.  They all thoroughly enjoyed the new challenge and for those children who have been regularly attending archery club, it was an opportunity to further develop their own skills while demonstrating for the rest of the class.

Starting next week, Year 6 after school study clubs on Monday and Tuesday will be open to the whole class to improve their reading and maths skills in the run up to the Year 6 SAT tests at the beginning of May.  All the children have been given a detailed letter with a consent form to attend.  Please encourage your child to come along. 

Year 6 breakfast clubs on Wednesday and Thursday will continue to run as normal.

Year 6 attendance this this week is 95.8%.  Over the next few weeks the pace of learning in year 6 will continue, with children receiving support in breakfast and after school study clubs to address individual needs.   Please make every effort to encourage your child to come into school every day and on time.

173 minutes of learning time were missed by three children arriving late to school this week.

Next week, the children will have their Valentine’s disco on Thursday afternoon, along with years 3, 4 and 5.  They should bring a letter with further details home with them tonight.

A huge well done from all the staff in year 6 for all the children’s hard work this week – keep it up!

Friday 31st January 2020

The children started their week with an exciting PE lesson with their regular PE coach.  They created some weird and wonderful body shapes, while improving their balance.

Later in the week, the children further developed their understanding of electricity by experimenting with different battery voltages in a circuit and observing the effects.  Needless to say a couple of bulbs went an interesting shade of black – all in the name of science of course!

Today, as part of our well-being activities, the children explored what it means to be ‘me’.  They created collages to reflect as many aspects of themselves as possible with some outstanding, thoughtful and hilarious outcomes.

  

Thank you to all the children who worked hard on their research homework last week – the outcomes were amazing.  We’ve chosen a small selection to add our class display about World War 2.

Next Thursday is our Bonkers Bingo event.  For a £2 donation the children will take part in a bingo game to win all sorts of fantastic prizes.

Friday 24th January 2020

This week the children ventured into the ‘secret garden’ for an RE lesson; our current topic is to explore why religious people often feel that they have a responsibility to look after the planet.  The children considered how and why this applied to Christians, after reading an extract from Genesis.  They then created seed balls in the garden, to feed local birds and consider how they might help in looking after living things.

    

Earlier in the week, the children completed the Aspirations Program, which they had been working through with Mr Cook from Sandhill School.  They have learned how university can play a role in achieve certain aspirations, which universities were best for which course, how to find a place at university and the fun that can be had while attending.  They discovered that universities deliver courses on everything from being a DJ to a doctor and everything in between.

Please support your child in completing their homework and returning it to school on time.  We do offer support during play times in year 6, for children who may find their homework difficult or who may find it hard to find time to complete it at home.

On Thursday, next week, the children will be taking part in a sports enrichment day – please make sure your child has a full indoor and outdoor PE kit in school so they are able to take part.

Friday 17th January 2020

It’s been yet another action packed week in year 6 – this time the children  started the week with a visit to Beamish.  While there, they took part in workshops to reflect upon what they had learned about World War 1 and to begin to develop their understanding of life during World War 2 and what it may have been like to be evacuated as a child.  As a result of their outstanding behaviour, commented upon by the Beamish staff, all the children were treated to hot chocolate by Miss Cassidy.

     

Through art this week, the children have continued to explore the work of Roy Lichtenstein, using it as an inspiration for their own pop art word explosion.  I think you’ll agree that the outcomes are fab!

     

        

The class continued to work with Mr Cook from Sandhill View school as part of the Aspirations Programme.  During the lesson, the children began to explore what courses are available within universities all over the country and how they might go about choosing a course to suit their future career.

Our breakfast clubs started this week, with a great turn out – well done to all those pupils who made the effort to get into school early.

Scott was our star of the week for his outstanding attitude to learning and everything about school life – he gets to use the Plainsy Pass next week.

Please remember how important your child’s attendance is, particularly in Year 6, when catching up before the SATs in May becomes increasingly difficult.

All children need a full indoor and outdoor PE kit in school everyday.

Attendance: 95.8%

Minutes Late: 35 minutes

Friday 10th January

Welcome back to a brand new year – 2020

The children had a great start to the week with a visit to Nissan.  They had an action packed day; building their own Lego cars after setting up their own production line, visiting the Nissan training centre, watching a robot at work and trying out some of the small tools.  They were also very well looked after with freshly baked cookies and goody bags to take home.

   

  

This week, the children started a two week mini-topic exploring the work of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.  They have evaluated some of his work, explored when and how he fits into art history and continued to explore colour mixing in the build up to create their own word explosion, inspired by the work of Roy Lichtenstein.

   

In literacy the children started a new narrative unit, exploring stories with flashbacks.  They have read extracts from ‘Private Peaceful’ and had a go at writing a short narrative with a flashback based on their own experiences.  In the next two weeks, the children will develop their skills further and explore the short video ‘The Piano’, which they will use as a stimulus for their own writing.

On Tuesday next week, the children will go on their class visit to Beamish, where they will take part in workshops based around World War 1 and World War 2.  Please make sure your child bring a packed lunch on the day.  They will also need a very warm coat and sensible outdoor shoes.

Our Year 6 breakfast club begins next week and will take place on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:15am to 8:50am.  If you would like your child to attend, please ensure you have returned the consent form by Tuesday of next week.

Attendance: 91.7%

Minutes Late: 95 minutes

Friday 13th December

The children have all enjoyed another week filled with pre-Christmas highlights!

Thank you to all the family members and friends who came to support the year 5 and year 6 children in their Christmas production ‘Silent Night’.  All the children were outstanding and sang beautifully.  A special mention must be made for Scott, who surprised us all with his wonderfully hidden talent – an amazing solo.

On Friday morning some of the year 6 children supported the nursery and Reception children in their book sale and reading morning.  They made great reading buddies for the younger children.  Well done Tilly, Lacey and Alix.

    

Of course, the children have also been working hard this week; producing detailed non-chronological reports about World War 1.

   

After Christmas, the children will begin to explore the reasons for World War 2, compare the event to WW1 and begin to understand the impact of both wars on Britain today.

Next week the children will attend the panto at the Sunderland Empire with the rest of school on Wednesday morning – please ensure your child has returned their consent form.

Year 6 will join Year 5 for their Christmas party on Thursday afternoon.

Attendance in year 6 was a disappointing 91.3% this week.  Children are still busy in school, despite all the Christmas excitement, so please ensure you encourage your child to attend school every day.

46 minutes of learning time was lost to lateness this week.

Almost forgot . . . things are looking good for a white Christmas!

Friday 6th December

The Christmas build up has continued this week.

On Tuesday, Year 6 joined the rest of the school in a visit to St Mary and St Peter’s Church for a carol service led by the school choir. All the children did a fantastic job in raising the roof with their fantastic singing. Some of the year 6 children supported younger pupils in preparing the nativity scene – well done!

Following the visit to the church the children began their baking for the school fayre – of course the children were encouraged to taste everything they made, as any decent chef would!

 

They sold almost everything at the school fayre on Thursday, helping to raise funds towards school visits.

Next week the children are looking forward to performing in their Christmas production ‘Silent Night’. The children will perform twice – 10am and 2pm – we hope to see you all there.

Friday 13th December is Christmas Jumper day and the day the children get to enjoy a Christmas dinner with their school family.

Please remember to return your child’s consent form to attend the panto at the Sunderland Empire on Wednesday 18th December (the last week of school).

Year 6 attendance this week was 97.5% – keep up the hard work.
Year 6 are still missing a lot of learning time due to lateness – this week it was 62 minutes. Please make sure your child is in school, on time so they make the most of all the learning time available.

Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school for the full week (including outdoor clothing). Too many children are missing out on PE lessons and fantastic opportunities with our sports coaches because they do not have appropriate kit/footwear in school.

Friday 29th November 2019

We’ve officially started to ready ourselves for Christmas!

At the beginning of the week the children read through our Christmas production for the first time – ‘Silent Night’.  The play is based around how the song Silent Night was first created.  All the children in years 5 and 6 have a part in the play and may have brought a letter home asking for your help in getting the children to look the part.  If you have any problems in finding specific items, please speak to a member of staff and we’ll try to lend a hand.  There will be two performances on Thursday 12th December –  10am and 2pm – with each family allowed two tickets for each performance.

This morning all the children made their own Christmas bauble for the school Christmas tree which is due to arrive next week.

   

We think they look fabulous and can’t wait to add them to the tree!

There are a couple of exciting events that we’d like to share with you before next week.

On Tuesday year 6 will accompany the rest of school to St Mary and St Peter’s Church, to take part in a Christmas carol service.  We’re inviting all parents along to join us.  If you would like to accompany your children to the carol service, simply join us on the walk, leaving school at around 1:15pm.

On Thursday afternoon, at 1:30pm, it is our annual Plains Farm Christmas Fayre.  All the children in school will be making delicious goodies to buy alongside our raffle, tombola and many other stalls.

This week’s writer of the week is Dylan for his great choice of language in his writing to create atmosphere.

Piper is our star of the week and so earned the Plainsy Pass for her positive attitude and supportive manner around everyone – well done Piper!

Attendance: 96.7%

Minutes Late: 55

Friday 22nd November 2019

This week the children have worked hard to develop and organise the classroom and year 5 and 6 reading areas – they’ve done an amazing job in creating a place that the children love to sit and enjoy a good book.

In art lessons this week the children continued to develop their shading techniques by shading a small area of a sketch of a World War 1 artefact.  We’re looking forward to seeing the finished pieces.

The children have continued their very enthusiastic work into World War 1, producing their own ‘Front Page Stories’ about the break out of war.  The children ahve also begun to identify other areas of the war they would like to learn about.

The children will be continuing their work about the World War 1 next week by using images of soldiers to create descriptive spine poems and by beginning to explore the emotions surrounding family members and loved ones leaving to go to war.

This week George received the Plainsy Pass for his outstanding attitude and determination in absolutely everything – well done George!

Year 6 attendance this week is 95.8%.

Children late for school this week lost 109 minutes of learning time in the classroom.  Please make sure your child is on time for the start of the school day – they really do start lessons at 8:50am as they enter the classroom.

Friday 15th November 2019

It’s been yet another busy and fun filled week in Year 6.

This week our school took part in Maths Week England and Anti-Bullying week.

As part of Maths Week England all the children took part in an online Times Tables Rock Stars tournament – with some pretty amazing progress and results being recorded.  All the children will bring login details home as part of their homework book this week, so they can continue to practice at home.

On Thursday it was amazing to see so many relatives of children come in to school and join our maths family learning morning.  Of course, we were over the moon to have so many celebrities also join us for the morning!

  

The children have spent the week completing a variety of maths activities, including working alongside other classes to solve a whole school problem for the Maths England team.

As part of anti-bullying week the children in year 6 made their own ‘personal pledge’ and designed their own anti-bullying super heroes.

Along with the rest of the school Year 6 have joined Step Up, a new challenge to encourage people who live, work and study in Sunderland to be more active.  We have worked out that this week our class walked 415,224  steps while in school, which will be added to our school and the Sunderland total.  You could take part too.  It’s fun, free to register and everyone who takes part will get the chance to receive rewards.  You can join by downloading the Step Up Sunderland app from the App Store or Google Play, or by logging into the website www.stepupsunderland.com

Attendance: 95.8%

Minutes Late: 18

Friday 8th November 2019

We’ve had a very successful and very fast first week back at school.

This week, we saw the arrival of ‘the chair’!  A mysterious new piece of furniture appeared in the centre of the school hall on Monday and made it’s way around school.  As the week went on pictures of a magical location and character were added.  On Friday, the children wrote their own stories about the chair, with most of them choosing a sinister theme.

This week, as part of a whole school assembly, the sports leaders received the bronze Great Sports Sunderland Charter Mark.

It will be proudly displayed in the reception area of school.

Next week we all the children in year 6, along with the rest of the school, will be taking part in both Maths Week England and Anti-bullying week.

We look forward to seeing you at our Family Learning morning on Thursday, when the children have been invited to come in as their Times Tables Rock Stars avatar.

Our attendance this week is 97.9%, just above the target of 96%.

Next week, please try to ensure that your child arrives to school on time – this week 130 minutes of learning were lost by children arriving late for school.

Friday 25th October 2019

On Wednesday this week the children enjoyed their ‘teacher story swap’ with Miss Davison, while Miss Latimer spent the time reading to Year 4.

Thank you to all the relatives and friends that joined us for our Halloween Family Learning morning. All the children ‘enjoyed’ trying to guess what was in ‘The Box’. We had guesses from meatballs to eyeballs! Of course the staff aren’t that mean . . . honestly! The children also demonstrated some fantastic apple bobbing skills.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed the school disco – we got to witness some amazing moves on the dance floor.

During today’s well-being time the children redesigned the classroom reading and role play area to have a World War 1 trench theme to go along with our next class topic. They are looking forward to filling it with artefacts and books to further their learning about the topic.

Liam is our writer of the week for his amazing diary entry in the role of Stanley Yelnats from the class novel ‘Holes’.

Our reader of the week is Alix for reading a phenomenal amount at home.

Keaton received the Plainsy Pass and all the privileges that accompany it for the huge amount of effort he makes in all his learning.

Year 6 attendance this week is 95% – we need a huge effort after the holidays to get back up above 96%.

After half term the class topic will begin their new topic about World War 1. Over the holidays children have been asked to think about what they would like to learn and to collect together any information, artefacts or books they can find.

Don’t forget – PE kit, including trainers, should be in school all week to ensure all children can take part sporting activities both inside and out.

As the weather gets colder please make sure your child leaves for school with a warm coat.

Have a wonderful half term holiday – we’ll see the children back in school on Monday 4th November 2019.

Friday 18th October 2019

This week the children used their recount skills to write a diary entry of letter in the role of Stanley Yelnats from the novel ‘Holes’.  They worked hard to get to include plenty of emotion and descriptive detail to really bring their writing to life.

All the children and staff took part in ICECATS training this week.  All the children listened carefully to information about how to keep safe in different places and will continue to practice their safety skills throughout different lessons in the coming weeks.

We’re half way through our fitness program in PE.  This week the children focused on developing muscle strength in their arms and legs.  We’ll be ready for out next fitness test in no time!

Harvey is our writer of the week for his well organised writing in Science.

Our reader of the week is Tilly for demonstrating fantastic stamina to continue to read a very long novel.

Piper is this week’s maths star for demonstrating outstanding perseverance in problem solving and reasoning.

Our head boy George, has come up with a fantastic idea to raise money for the Year 6 trip to London in May. He asked staff to donate Halloween goodies in order to make up a hamper. Raffle tickets will be sold next week in school at £1 a strip. The raffle will be drawn next Friday.

Here’s what you could win:
Sweets and chocolate
Lollies
Cakes
Popcorn
Juice
Halloween books
£25 cinema voucher

Year 6 attendance this week was 97.9%, an improvement on last week.

Don’t Forget!

Next Thursday is our Halloween family morning starting at 9:15am.

Thursday afternoon is Year 6’s assembly, from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.  Children must have returned a signed consent form in order to attend the disco and walk home without an adult at the end of the disco.

Friday 11th October 2019

We two weeks of news to catch up on this week!

Last week, the children all got to grips with calculating the internal angles of shapes in maths – what started off as something completely new and tricky ended up being a great success across the class.  Well done all!

The children brought their study of the Maya civilisation to an end last week, by studying the different uses of masks for different events within the Maya society.  They then designed and made their own, using traditional patterns and colours to reflect the event they had chosen to design their mask for.

This week the children moved on to exploring the geography of different parts of North America, with all the children surprised to discover that the USA makes up only a small proportion of North America.

It was all about smiles this week!  The children explored the smiley face symbol created by Harvey Ball in 1963, made connections to the modern day emojis they use, then designed their own versions for people they thought needed an extra smile.

Of course, Thursday was World Mental Health Day.  The children discussed the need to think through their decisions and consider the consequences of their choices to support their own and others well being.  They were also introduced to the idea of ‘talk time’, which we’ll make time for within the classroom each week.

Across the last two weeks, Lacey and George were our star readers for always using evidence from within a text to explain their answers – keep up the hard work.

Amy was our writer of the week last week for much improved selection of vocabulary and sentence structure in her writing.  She was followed by our star writer this week, Gracie, for her outstanding, detailed recount- well done both of you.

Last week Keaton received the Plainsy Pass for making a huge effort to work independently across the school day.

Gracie received the Plainsy Pass for her fabulous attitude to absolutely everything this week!

Our whole class attendance was 95.8% this week – a little under the government target of 96%.  Please remember to make the effort to get your child into school every day, we will always call home if children are feeling under the weather during the school day.

Year 6 have PE twice a week, Monday and Tuesday.  It is vital that all children have a full PE kit in school, including appropriate footwear.  We advise the children to bring their PE kit on Monday and leave it on their peg until Friday to allow for extra PE activities which they might take part in throughout the week.

Remember to complete and return consent forms for photographs and the Halloween Disco.

Friday 27th September 2019

It’s been a very busy week this week, with plenty of fun and adventures to tell you about.

On Wednesday, Year 6 teamed up with Year 5 for a full day of well-being activities.  The children started the day by exploring how to help themselves and others be happier, by identifying ways to be kind to themselves and others.  They created ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ challenges for other children to complete.

Across the morning the children also worked in small groups to make chocolate chip shortbread to sell at the McMillan Coffee Afternoon.

     

The children then spent the afternoon creating natural art in Barnes Park with ‘forest treasure’.  They collected natural items, created an image in a spot of their choice and gave it a title.

   

The children will follow this up in school with some linked writing next week.

Today the children welcomed ‘Big Nose’ (we’re not being rude, it really is the translation of his Mayan name!) into the classroom, to further their knowledge and understanding of the Mayan Civilisation. They learned to count in ten, write Mayan numbers and explored many other elements of the Mayan society.  All the children thoroughly enjoyed the day and are looking forward to making their own Mayan masks and head dresses next week.

Neve received the Plainsy Pass this week for her exceptional attitude towards absolutely everything – you really are a star Neve!

Charlie was our writer of the week for his well researched and organised information text about Mayan gods.

Holly was our reader of the week for using evidence from the text in her longer answers.

Gracie was our Maths Star for her outstanding stamina in solving Mayan number problems.

Attendance: 96.4%

Lateness: 30 minutes

Well done to the whole class for an amazing week!

Friday 20th September 2019

This week the children took part in a maths escape room.  They took the role of World War 2 spies and worked in teams alongside children in year 5 to defeat a German bombing plan.  They worked exceptionally well in teams to solve different maths puzzles involving their knowledge of place value, calculating, co-ordinates, mass and shape, among other things.

They of course stopped the bombing!

On Tuesday, the children then applied their reading skills to different problems within a reading escape room, which was based around different stories such as Sherlock Holmes, Skellig and Macbeth (which the children were of course already experts in because of their writing work).

The children were successful in solving the clues and escaping Castle Crow.

Scott was our star of the week, earning the Plainsy Platinum Pass for his outstanding attitude and fantastic art work.

Autumn was named reader of the week for her great success in guided reading lessons.

Our writer of the week was Neve, for her amazing description of the witches from Macbeth.

We have 100% attendance this week – well done everyone, keep up the hard work.

Next week, we have our well-being day on Wednesday (instead of Friday due to calendar clashes).  The children will spend the morning baking and taking part in other well-being activities.  In the afternoon, we’re hoping for dry weather so we can take a nature walk through Barnes Park and create some natural art.  Children will bring a letter home today.

On Friday next week, year 6 will spend the day as a Maya in the classroom.  This will be led by a theatre company, with actors taking the role of Mayas.  We look forward to sharing our experiences next week.

Attendance: 100%!!! Well done Y6

Minutes Late: 65 minutes

Friday 13th September 2019

A big welcome to our new, year 6 class!!

The children have settled fantastically into their new class and are already knocking our socks off with their hard work and fantastic attitude to learning.

The children all wrote a campaign speech to become part of our school council team and we were over the moon and very proud of the number of children who stood in front of the whole school to read their speech.

All the children voted for their choice, with the roles being awarded to:

Head Girl: Neve

Deputy Head Girl: Holly

Head Boy: George

Deputy Head Boy: Harry

Anti Bullying and Play Leaders: Amy and Alix

Sports and Health Leader: Jay S

Sports and Health Team: Jay R, Liam, Autumn

Well Being Leader: Scott

Attendance Team: Piper, Georgia, Gracie and Charlie

Well done to you all!

Our topic this half term is focused around the Maya Civilisation – which the children are already enthusiastic about – then a further study of the geography of modern day North America.

On Friday 27th September the children will be fully immersed into the world of the Maya people when our classroom is transformed for the day by Maya specialists.  They will of course learn plenty of new facts and information, be able to ask a heap of questions and spot interesting aspects of Maya life to use as a stimulus in art and design work in the following week.

This week Georgia was our writer of the week for her amazing handwriting, full marks in a spelling quiz and excellent description of the witches from Macbeth.

Harvey received the Plainsy Pass this week for his amazing attitude to absolutely everything.

We need a big shout out to . . .

Neve, who came first in a big dance competition in Blackpool, along with her very talented dance crew.

Holly for guessing the winning name of the Southmoor bear and bringing him home for a cuddle.

Jay and his football team for winning a huge football competition in York over the summer holidays.

Autumn and Keaton for their much improved attendance.

 

Attendance: 94.8%

Lateness: 7 minutes