Hello and welcome to Year 6!
Happy New Year! I hope you had a great Christmas and that you had plenty of time to rest and recharge your batteries as we have a very packed term.
Our new topic for Spring Term is Lights, Camera, Action! The children will be learning about the theatre from William Shakespeare's plays up to the modern day. We have several exciting school trips and workshops for the children to look forward to as well as events such as the Eisteddfod final and Dance Extravaganza.
Our PE days this term will continue to be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday but please make sure that children bring their PE kits in everyday. Children are welcome to come into school in their PE kits on PE days.
Mrs Bain :)
21.03.19 Easter Cracked at St Mary's Church
25.03.19 Spring Term Testing Week
28.03.19 Special Person Day
05.04.19 Break-up for the Easter holidays
The children are going to be writing adventure narratives based on what they think happens to the genie after the story of Aladdin finishes. We will be combining many of the elements that we have learnt about in SPaG this year, including dialogue, varying sentence structure and ambitious vocabulary. Our SPaG focus for this week is revision of areas that the children find difficult including passive voice and different types of tenses (perfect, simple and progressive).
We have our final lesson on percentages this week and then the children will be moving on to learning about geometry measurement. They learnt how to calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles in the autumn term, so they will be learning about how many degrees there are on a straight line and in a circle before using this knowledge for problem-solving. We will also be revising how to use a protractor. Our times table focus for this week is the 2 and 4 times tables.
We are now well into our story The Explorer and the children are really enjoying it! This week, we will be building up an "evidence file" based on events in the book and also picking out evidence related to one of the characters within the text. The vocabulary words that we will be working on include "jutted", "coax" and "encased". We will also be talking about stereotyping as this is mentioned in the book.
Our non-core focus for the next two weeks is computing. The children will be using Scratch to create a short animation, learning about how to input commands and how to debug a programme. They will be showing their animations to the rest of the class at the end of the two weeks.
The children are currently learning about materials and their properties and will be continuing with their experiment on dissolving sugar and thinking about whether or not it's possible to get sugar back once it's been dissolved.
The overarching question for RE this half term is "Is the resurrection important to Christians?" As well as exploring the Easter story through this topic, the children will be exploring how religions mourn and different religious rituals and ceremonies that occur when people die.
Handed out: Monday 18th March
Due in: Friday 22nd March
A Book Review of Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
Reviewed by Mahera
Star Rating: **** and 1/2
Lyra is a very happy girl. She has lots of friends and is very trustworthy. She has lived in Jordon College her whole life but when children go missing, she moves.
Lyra goes up North to find missing children but when she's up there, she finds out that her uncle is her dad and he had been captured by bears.
I think it is a good book because it has lots of adventure in it. It follows on into two other books called Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
I recommend this book to people who like adventure books from ages 9 and over because it is a very long book.
A Book Review of Alex Rider Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Reviewed by Nathan
Star rating: **** and 1/2
Alex is a small suspicion when it comes to spying but he is the best spy possible.
After the death of his uncle, the 14-year-old school boy Alex is forced by the Special Ops Division of the UK's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, into a mission which will save millions of lives.
I think it is quite good as it is action-packed all the way through and quite funny. Altogether, it is a very good book.
I would say this is more for boys as there's quite a lot of deaths around. Around a 12 year old in age, but if younger children want to read it should be alright.