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Here you will find important information about our class routines, curriculum and general information.

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Our Year 6 Staff:

Mrs Stewart, Miss Latimer and Mrs Quill

Thursday 21st January 2021

Hello everybody! This week has flown by! I hope you are still enjoying your lessons from the comfort of your own home. Of course, I know that learning at home is not the same as being in the classroom, but Mrs Quill and I are hugely impressed with how well you are coping and completing your work.

This week, we have been writing character descriptions of Sherlock Holmes. I have to say that the work being sent to us online has been great, as has the work completed in class.

In History this week, the children explored the role that women played in WW2. We then went on to look at propaganda and how this encouraged women to sign up and help their country. The children were asked to design and create their own WW2 propaganda posters. They are super!

In Science, this week we have been looking at Refraction. This is when light that travels quickly through air, slows down when it passes through a more dense material. We decided to investigate refraction by conducting an experiment! The children drew an arrow on a small piece of paper and placed it behind a glass of water. When the children looked through the glass, they were amazed to see that the arrow appeared to have changed direction!

Year 6’s ‘Showbie Stars’ this week are Tomasz and Ava! Tomasz and Ava have won this award for completing every piece of work on Showbie, on time and to a high standard! Well done to Tomasz and Ava!

Thank you for all of your had work this week! Keep it up!

Mrs Stewart, Mrs Quill and Miss Latimer xx

Friday 15th January

Hello happy Friday everybody! Well done on another successful week of remote learning. I hope you have been enjoying the tasks and have been working to the best of your ability!

In class, the children have been completing the same descriptive writing tasks as those at home. We have been building our skills towards our ‘Sherlock Holmes’ narrative piece. I was so thrilled at the standard of work that Macie has produced in class and Ava’s online writing has been equally as impressive.

Reminders

Just a reminder that children must complete at least 30 minutes on Reading Plus each day in addition to the planned lessons online 🙂

Thank you for all of your hard work this week! Keep up the good work!

Mrs Stewart, Mrs Quill and Miss Latimer x

Friday 8th January

Hello everybody! First of all I would just like to say how proud I am of each and every one of you that has logged into Showbie and completed your school work online. Well done! It is not easy when you aren’t in school with a teacher explaining the concepts to you, but I am extremely impressed with how well you are managing to do your work, send it in and get feedback/support.

Managing your time efficiently is key to being able to complete your work effectively. With this in mind, here is a timetable to show you when you could work and when you could take your much needed breaks. Please note, this is only a suggested timetable that you could use to help you structure your day. You can of course, choose to complete your work at a more convenient time for you and your family. Remember, Mrs Quill and I are here to support you between the hours of 9am and 3.15pm. 

Year 6, I know this has been the strangest of weeks but we will be back together soon. Take care.

Mrs Stewart, Mrs Quill and Miss Latimer xx

Y6 Elf Day

Thursday 17th December

We finally made it to the end of 2020! 

I’d like to start our last blog of this year, by saying how proud Mrs Quill and I are of the way the children settled into Year 6 this term and worked their socks off in such unusual circumstances – they really have earned their Christmas holiday and plenty of sofa surfing time.

This week the class enjoyed their Elf themed party, with food based on the four main elf food groups, ‘candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup’.  They even had a go at the maple syrup, gummy bear and M and M pasta – I’m pleased to say they didn’t approve, so you won’t be getting any odd requests at home!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party at Plains Farm without snow!

Well done to Ava for winning the Key Stage 2 attendance prize for this term, enjoy your movie night at home over Christmas.

And a big well done to Leila, for being the year 6 winner of the December reading challenge.

Have a wonderful Christmas holiday.

A great big Merry Christmas from Miss Latimer and Mrs Quill

XXX

Friday 11th December 2020

We’re quickly approaching the end of 2020 – thank goodness! 

Of course, this means that we’ve been busy with other things this week and are counting down to our Elf Day on Wednesday next week.

Along with some extra Christmassy activities, the class completed their non-chronological reports, based on their choice of topic from World War 1.  They created web style non-chronological reports, including web links for glossaries and extra information.  Take a look at some of the hard work below.

A big thank you to all the families that donated to our Year 6 reverse advent calendar for the Sunderland Food Bank – we’re onto our second box!

This week’s homework, has once again been added to Showbie.  This week I’ve asked all the children to spend some time of the revision programmes we use regularly in school.

This year, along with many other events, our Christmas productions had to be put on hold because of Covid19.  Of course, we had to do something, so keep your eyes on the school website next week, for a little treat all the children have put together for their families – with a little help from Mr Thompson.

Please remember that school closes on Thursday, instead of Friday and will return a day earlier in January on Monday 4th.

Miss Latimer  XXX

Friday 4th December 2020

This week, year 6 joined the rest of the school in decorating our classroom windows ready for Christmas – of course ours is Elf themed – make sure you pop by to take a look.

The children have continued with their Reading Plus success, with Harry B achieving his Level B, Harry R achieving his Pre-A and Charlie his Level B award (we hear that Charlie is working extra hard to receive rewards at home for all his hard work and perseverance with his reading – well done Charlie).

Lewis was chosen as our writer of the week, after writing an impressive narrative set in the trenches of World War 1.

Well done to all the children who rose to the challenge of our new reading incentive – there were only five children who needed extra reading time with an adult.

The deadline for ordering PE hoodies through school was today, but they are available to buy at any time through the Total Sports website, Ive included the link below:

PE Hoodie

This week, the class homework has been set on Showbie again, and I have double checked that each child has been assigned tasks to complete.  The children are quickly becoming experts at how to complete the tasks and send them back to me, but as always, do let me know if I can help in any way.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Miss Latimer.

Friday 27th November

After lots of hard work, it’s time to share the wonderful outcomes from the children’s World War 1 inspired water colours.  The children explored a range of examples by different artists, then chose their own theme for their  painting.  I think you’ll agree, that we have truly gifted artists in year 6.

Leila added a quote from the poem ‘Flanders Fields’, which we had read in guided reading, to compliment the sentiment of her painting.

Lewis gained a further level in Reading Plus this week (there are already more to print and share next week).

Well done to all those children (and adults) who had a go at accessing and completing the homework on Showbie last week.  It’s been tricky getting to grips with a new system and thank you all for being patient where things haven’t gone as smoothly as planned.  I think I may have ironed out of the kinks from last week – do give me a quick message or call if you have any problems.

All the classes in school begin a new reading incentive this week:  during each week (from Friday to Friday) all the children will be expected to read with an adult four times – collecting four dates and comments in their reading diary to share with their teacher.  Those children that have read four times by Friday will receive an extra ten minutes playtime, while those that haven’t managed to read four times that week, will be given the opportunity to catch-up on some reading with an adult in school.

With Christmas just around the corner, the staff and children have been giving our Christmas parties some thought.  Of course, with the current restrictions, mixed year group parties in the hall can’t take place, so after much discussion with the children, we have a year 6 plan – on Wednesday 16th December, we will have an ‘Elf’ themed day, based around the film ‘Elf’.  We will all dress in our best elf gear or pyjamas, Christmas jumpers etc, decorate the classroom ‘Buddy Style’ and feast upon the sugar laden food that Buddy the Elf loves!  

A big thank you to all the children in year 6 for their hard work during assessment week – have a well earned rest over the weekend.

Miss Latimer

Friday 13th November

This week,  I have seen just how fantastic our year 6 scientists are!  They have spent the week completing a unit, in which they explored different properties of materials such as their electrical and thermal conductivity, dissolving and the new materials made during irreversible changes.

During the electrical conductivity lesson, the class had to recall prior knowledge of how to build a simple circuit, then try out various materials in the circuit, to see if the bulb would light effectively.

Our most exciting lesson was on Friday, when the children witnessed the creation of casein plastic, when they mixed milk and vinegar (the white gunk created when the milk curdles is actually a form of plastic) and the very fizzy creation of carbon dioxide when they mixed baking soda/bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.

Eve was our writer of the week – well done Eve!

We had yet more Reading Plus awards this week, with Lily, Charlie, Ava, James, Kai B, Gracie and Brandon moving up a level.  A huge congratulations to you all!  Along with using the program regularly in school, all the children are able to access the Reading Plus program online at home to speed up their progress even further.

Next week is anti-bullying week, starting with Blue Monday – all the children can come into school dressed in blue, no donation is needed.  During the week, the class will update their anti-bullying charter and complete lots of related activities.

The Youth Sport Trust have taken the step to deliver a free virtual after school club as part of a national response to the second lockdown. The 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday and be led by a different member of the YST’s athlete mentor network, starting on Thursday 12 November with world no.1 female inline skater and 10-time British Champion Jenna Downing. The After School Sport Club will then run for five weeks until December 18 and children and young people can take part live by visiting our YouTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/YouthSportTrust

Have a wonderful and safe weekend.  Miss Latimer

Friday 6th November

The children are continuing to have huge success on Reading Plus – before the half term holiday, Lily, Lewis, Ava, Kai, Macie, Grace, Leila and Riley achieved awards for moving up a level with their reading.

 

This week, James and Eve, moved on to level B and D.

All the children in the class are working their socks off to improve the reading speed and comprehension skills.

Lily was our writer of the week before the holidays, with her fantastic take on a weather forecast for two contrasting climates in North America:

As part of our new class topic about World War 1, the children listened to an audio clip of a soldier leaving for war, then wrote letters home taking on the role of the soldier.  Below, are some examples by Ava and Lily.

In art lessons this week, the children developed their sketching and shading skills further, by exploring and selecting grades of pencils to create a wider range of effects.  Here are some examples from Grace:

 

We must not forget to mention how proud we are of Roxanne, for coming fifth in a horse riding competition over the half term holiday – we have a feeling there are many more rosettes to come.

And, of course . . . Christmas arrived early at Plains Farm today!  All the children got into the Christmas spirit by wearing their Christmas jumpers and pyjamas, while putting up Christmas trees all over school!  Everyone in school has been working so hard to keep each other safe and to follow our new rules, so we thought we would invite the Christmas sparkle and cheer in a little earlier than normal.

Have a restful and safe weekend.  Miss Latimer XXX

Friday 16th October

I must start by sharing a project a group of our year 6 girls have been working on all week.   As a class (including me), the children have developed a love of sharing unusual and weird facts, so the children thought a display to share this was in order.  They have created a fabulous area on one of the classroom display boards to share new and wonderful facts – did you know that Elvis was actually blonde and that sharks can’t blink!  Keep them coming year 6!

Congratulations to Ava and Eve for receiving the first Reading Plus awards in the class.  All the children have access to the Reading Plus programme in school throughout the week and can also access it from home.

As part of the class topic about North America the children created fun weather forecasts for contrasting locations in North America – barrow in Alaska and Las Vegas in Nevada – with some funny, but very accurate outcomes.

 

Next week, is our last week in school before half term.  As Halloween takes place over the holidays, we have decided to have Halloween afternoon on Friday.   Children can bring a £1 donation towards snacks and drinks and will join in with some Halloween activities.  Children do not need to get dressed up and should still come into school wearing their school uniform.

Miss Latimer 

Friday 9th October

This week the children completed their Maya inspired masks – take a look at a few examples by Leila, Tomasz, Grace and Macie.

This week, Ava was our champion writer, I am sure you will agree that it is amazing. . .

This week all the children should have brought home letters with login details for Times Tables Rock Stars and Reading Plus.  We will be using Reading Plus daily, in school, to develop fluency, speed of reading and comprehension skills.  Children are free to login any time at home and get in a bit more practice.

New homework has been set on Education City this week – if your child does not complete their homework, either at home or in one of our homework clubs, they will have to stay in later in the week to complete it.

Some children have received letters for interventions, which will start next week.  These interventions are to target individual areas of need for identified children – please do sign the consent form and encourage your child to take part if they have brought a letter home.

You should have also received a letter for a parent phone meeting for later in the term – please make a note of the date and time.

We have a lot of year 6 children coming to school without water bottles and of course still needing a drink during the day.  It is vital that children bring their own water bottle to school and take it home regularly for a wash.

Friday 2nd October

Well none of us can believe that September is over already!

Once again, all the children in Year 6 have worked exceptionally hard and produced some amazing work.

As part of of Maya topic the children have started a design and technology project to design and make their own Maya inspired masks.  They chose a style of mask to make; battle, celebration or death mask and then created their designs.  Take a look at the designs created by Grace, Harry, Eve and Lewis.  We cant wait to see the finished masks next week.

 

This week, the children finally go to write their own versions of the open scenes of Macbeth – with a particular focus on the witches.  Take a look at the version Eve created.

Please remind children to wear warm PE kit on Friday – we had some very cold arms and legs today.

All Year 6 homework is available on Education City – please encourage your child to complete this each week.

Enjoy a well-earned weekend.  Miss Latimer

Friday 25th September 2020

It’s been another busy week in Year 6.

In maths the class have been learning how to compare, add and subtract fractions.

In English, the children have got one step closer to writing their own version of the opening of Macbeth, by writing an opening, with plenty of grim details.  Next week, they will write their full narrative and hopefully we’ll have some to share.

Eve was our Champion Writer this week, with her gross, yet excellent, description of the witches from Macbeth.

On Thursday afternoon, the children took part in some well being activities.  They we encouraged to recognise all their own wonderful qualities, before thinking about how to be kind to themselves.  They also tried out some mindful breathing, with bubbles to help.

Today the children had their own ‘coffee afternoon’ in the classroom in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Thank you to all the parents that made donations to such a worthwhile cause.

I’m pleased to say that most of the children completed their online homework last week – thank you!  There is new homework set for this week on Education City.  Please encourage your child to complete this week, as it is based on work they have been completing in class and provides a chance to practise it further.

Fingers crossed for some better weather over the weekend.  Miss Latimer.

Friday 18th September 2020

This week the children have been getting to grips with some Shakespeare!  They’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring the plot of Macbeth, and now really understand why it is labelled one of Shakespeare’s tragedies.  They have especially enjoyed getting to know the three witches and have begun to create their own descriptions and interpretations of the characters in the build up to writing their own narrative, based on a section of the play.

Equally, all the children have worked their socks off in maths lesson – showing off their translating shapes knowledge and addition and subtraction skills.

They have continued to get to know the Mayan civilisation, by mapping where the civilisation inhabited, exploring some of the Mayan gods and posing questions to lead their learning over the coming weeks.

Along with the Mayans, here’s what we will be learning in the coming half term:

Year 6 Autumn Term 2020 Curriculum Newsletter

Next week, there will be a new dinner menu, which will be displayed in the classroom and is also available on the website.  Each day the children will be able to choose between a hot or cold meal and dessert.

New homework has been added to Education City for your child to access.  Please ensure your child completes this before Wednesday.

Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school every day.

Have a great weekend.  Miss Latimer.

Friday 11th September 2020

This week, I want to start by saying a great big WELL DONE and THANK YOU to all the children in year 6, for working so hard and bringing plenty of laughter and smiles to the classroom!

Throughout the week, the children have been refreshing plenty of their learning and skills from Year 5, making huge steps of progress.

As you’ll already know, our homework is now set online, using Education City.  All the children have brought home reminders of their login details and will find their homework tasks within the ‘My World’ or ‘Homework’ sections.  If children do not have access to online tasks at home, they are welcome to use in school facilities during Monday or Tuesday play times.

Year 6 PE day is Friday – we use all afternoon.  It is important that all children come to school on Friday dressed in their outdoor PE kit (plain jogging bottoms/leggings, plain white t-shirt, plain hoodie and trainers), to ensure the whole class can go outside and take part.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact school and I’ll get in touch as soon as I can.

Miss Latimer

Friday 4th September 2020

We were over the moon to welcome the children into year 6 on Thursday and had a unique, but wonderful first two days back.  All the children took to the ‘new normal’ with ease, settled back in and are already embracing the new challenges of year 6. 

All the children have brought home a new reading book and reading diary, with a specific reading day identified on the first page.  This will usually be the day your child reads with an adult and changes their book, if they need to.  Please encourage your child to remember their books on this day.

Next week, we will move towards a more regular school timetable, starting with English, maths and topic lessons.  The class will have PE every Friday and should come to school already dressed in their PE kit (not football strips), with appropriate footwear.

Please make sure, you child has a clearly labelled water bottle in school every day which is well washed every night.

Well done to all the grown-ups who have worked with us to implement our new drop-off and pick-up procedures.  Timings for school will remain the same for the foreseeable future – 8:30am to 8:50am to enter school and 3:20pm for collection.  Please try to avoid arriving early to collect your child and build in time for travelling around our one way system.  If you do happen to arrive early for pick- up, please remember to maintain social distancing and do not enter the gardens of neighbouring houses for more space.

We look forward to seeing everyone back in school next week, for our first full week of school.

Miss Latimer and Miss Hodgson