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20th May – Tag Rugby Triumph
Some of the children in Year 6 took part in a Tag Rugby tournament at Brigshaw High School this afternoon, competing against lots of the other local primary schools. I am VERY proud to report that our sporting champions won every single game they played, bringing individual medals and a very shiny team trophy back to their very impressed classmates. Check back tomorrow for a photo of our champions. In the meantime, click here to see Brigshaw PE Twitter report of the event.
17th May – SATs celebrations
They came, they saw and they conquered! I cannot describe how incredibly proud all the adults are of how well 6MH handled their SATs tests this week: determination, perseverance and confidence in spades. And a pizza reward to celebrate their successes. Well done Year 6!
10th May – Pride of the week
The Pride of 6MH this week is Alicja! Alicja has worked her socks off all week and this focused attitude has paid off – reaching her own, personally set target of 40/40 in a practice arithmetic test yesterday, just in time for next week. I think the rest of the class were even happier for her than she was for herself that she’d finally achieved her goal! Alicja always shows a quiet determination in class but just recently has become much more confident in getting her (always fantastic!) ideas heard so the rest of the children can benefit from the things that she knows. Keep it up Alicja – and bring on next week 🙂
10th May – Graffiti Revision
Year 6 have spent this morning drawing all over the tables in order to revise, revisit and remind themselves of all the Grammar, Maths and Reading skills they’ll need for next week. Homework for the weekend – to eat lots, play outside and get plenty of rest!
7th May – Preparing for SATs
As I’m sure you are all aware, children in Year 6 will be sitting their SATs tests very soon. They have worked extremely hard all year and we are very proud of them all – as we have said repeatedly in class, the tests aren’t something for them to worry over, all the children can be expected to do is their very best!
We will be playing lots of revision games and completing lot of revision challenges in class this week to make sure the children are completely prepared and confident. For some helpful revision links to continue the practice at home, click here
Please remember that all of Year Six can come to Breakfast Club for free during SATs week – it would be fantastic to see lots of them there. Breakfast club doors are open from 7:30am and I’m sure Mrs Allanson and Mrs Oldroyd will be ordering in some special breakfast treats!
30th April – Pattern Seeking in Science
Today in Science, Year 6 planned and conducted their own pattern seeking enquiries, aiming to answer the big question: do larger flowers have a greater number of petals? After much measuring, discussing, counting and tracking we have concluded that there appears to be no pattern between the size of a flower and the number of petals it has. We have however discovered that finding out produces great pot pourri to make our classroom smell lovely!
26th April – Pride of the week
After some very difficult decision making, the Pride of 6MH this week went to Alfie L. Alfie has had a fantastic week: working hard, focusing well and encouraging others, however these were not the reasons Alfie was selected for Pride. This was actually for his incredible contribution during Maths. We have been looking at ‘ratio’ throughout the week, a challenging concept that the children discover for the first time in Year 6. Not only did Alfie master the concept for himself, but he was then selected to coach others. Alfie did this so confidently and clearly that one of the children he coached managed to move on to completing some greater depth questions independently. Well done Alfie! I’m looking forward to some time with my feet up next week as you take over the class 🙂
Welcome back and to the penultimate half-term of Year 6! I feel very privileged to be taking on the role of their class teacher at such a busy and exciting period in their school life. Check back here regularly for updates on all the fantastic learning that has been going on.
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W/C 21st January 2019
We’ve had another busy week in 6MH. The children have been editing and improving their newspaper reports before starting a brand new topic of story-writing. I’m so impressed with the children’s efforts and stories so far – they have been learning to build tension and their fantastic ideas and methods make for very engaging reading.
In maths, we have been exploring the connections between decimals, fractions and percentages and the children’s confidence with this has grown across the week. This style of thinking will really support children with success in SATs and next year in KS3.
Children pretended to be Roman invaders in History and planned their invasion and colonisation of a Celtic town; they listed the changes they would make to the town and identified how these changes are still present in British society today.
W/C 14th January 2019
This week, we started with an exciting ‘Mad Science’ assembly where children saw how we can use red cabbage to test acids and alkaline’s pHs, and witnessed a dramatic experiment where ‘Kinetic Katie’ set her hand alight (it was all, of course, done very safely!).
On Tuesday, children enjoyed using Kahoot to test their knowledge of how the Romans changed Britain. They each became mini-experts and taught each other about their area of specialism.
On Wednesday, children learned about their rights under the European Convention on Human RIghts, which will be the PSHE theme for the next few weeks.
On Thursday, the children were super excited to use their very own packs of highlighters, which is part of our approach to reading. The children use different colour highlighters to show then they are using different reading strategies. Not only did the children have lots of fun, but they were also able to see what reading strategies they needed to work on – as that strategy’s colour was missing. For most children, this was ‘thinking like a detective’: looking for clues in the text to make inferences.
Today, children are writing their newspaper reports on an event in our class novel: Brightstorm. The children are writing about a house that turned into a sky-ship which is part of a competitive expedition to discover new lands. The children will also be taking home an arithmetic paper to learn off by heart; this will be their maths homework for next week.
W/C 7th January 2019
Happy New Year! It has been a wonderful week of learning in the first week of the Spring Term. The children have been introduced to our new book, Brightstorm: A Sky-Ship Adventure, and have read up to chapter 4. We have found that Maudie’s and Arthur’s father has been killed in an accident in South Polaris – but it sounds very suspicious. Maudie and Arthur now have to move from Brightstorm Hall to their guardian’s house – but the question is: how long will they stay there and will the the truth about their father’s disappearance come out?
In writing we have been beginning our topic of newspaper reports, and children have been practising writing in different styles. Some children have set their targets as having to write both direct and indirect speech. The difference between these is:
“I walked to school this morning,” said Joe. – Direct speech
Joe said that he had walked to school this morning. – Reported speech
In maths, we have begun our topic on decimals. Children have been learning the place value of decimals so that they can read and write numbers up to three decimal places. We have also been exploring multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. The children have been learning that the digits do not change, rather they shift to the left or right depending on whether they are being multiplied or divided.
Topic launch day on Tuesday was very successful and the children learned about a range of things: Roman military drill; reasons for the invasion of Britain; and a little bit of Latin! They also learned about Roman mosaics and built some models of London landmarks. In topic, children learned about the rebellion of Boudicca.
In science, we have started our topic of Evolution and Inheritance. Children have learnt which characteristics they have inherited from their parents, and they also played at being ‘dog breeders’, breeding new types of dogs to meet a criteria of characteristics. We have had a range of fabulous names from “Pug Terriers” to “Jack Pugles”.
W/C 26th November
This week, we are learning how we light allows us to see. At first, we knew that we needed light to see, but weren’t exactly sure as to why. Following an experiment involving torches and black paper, we were able to understand that light travels from a source, in straight lines and reflects off objects into our eyes.