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Welcome to Year 6!

Spring Term 2 2017

Our South America topic is continuing from Spring 1. We hope you will enjoy going on some more Google expeditions to places such as Machu Picchu in Peru and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

In English, we will be writing non-chronological reports about South America, thinking about the purpose and audience of our writing.  In the second part of this half-term we will be moving on to persuasive writing.

We are reading the book Two Weeks with the Queen, a humorous but deeply moving story about an Australian boy who refuses to believe his brother is dying and decides to take matters into his own hands.

What do you know about electricity? This is our new Science topic. We are going to focus on the components in circuits, such as bulbs, buzzers and motors, and how these are used in real-life devices such as mobile phones. This will link to our learning in DT and Computing, where we will be programming electrical circuits for use in our products.

Other learning for this half-term: our RE focuses on Islam, the second largest religion in the world. In PSHE, we are learning about our roles in society, including the world of work and what it means to be a good citizen. French will involve food vocabulary and conversations about likes and dislikes, including French comparison words.

We hope you are ready for World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March and have costumes at the ready! In other school events, Nora’s Class will have a visit from Dulwich College on 7th March, and we will be watching and taking part in lots of events for the Spring Music festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PE for both classes will remain on Mondays (Outdoor – Basketball) and Fridays (Indoor – Gymnastics). Please send in a kit appropriate to our changeable weather!

PE is a very important area of the curriculum; therefore, it is really important that your child is prepared for their lessons with what they wear, including all hair being tied up and jewellery removed. Children will be expected to have the appropriate kit for every lesson; only children with a note from their parents will be excused from the lessons.

Homework will be given out on Thursday to be returned the following Thursday. Please encourage your child to look over their homework when they receive it, so any questions can be answered by their teacher on Friday. Handing homework in on time will help children with the preparation for secondary school.

Links to websites to support learning at home

Loads of resources to help with writing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/

Lots of games to help with spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) on this website:

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

Recommended websites for finding interesting books to read:

http://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

General Maths games on lots of topics:

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

For a Maths challenge:

http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

For extending your French learning:

https://www.duolingo.com/

Lots of useful information about electricity, the focus of our Science, DT and Computing learning this half-term:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zxjsfg8

http://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-electricity

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=72

http://www.switchedonkids.org.uk/

And finally, some links to information about our South America topic:

http://www.ducksters.com/geography/southamerica.php

https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/south-america

http://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/south-america-facts.html

Forest School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the best moments of the week is always when we head to Forest School on Wednesday afternoons at Wildcat Wilderness. Look at the website to find out what is going on there outside school hours!

http://wildcatwilderness.org

Please make sure that your child has wellies or sturdy shoes, warm socks and warm, waterproof clothes (preferably layers) on their Forest School day. Further information about Forest School can be found at the following link:

Forest Schools

Bug Club

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held by Jennie on the school Reception desk.

BUG CLUB

Spring Term 1 2017

We hope you had a fantastic break and are looking forward to the year ahead. We have some very exciting learning in this term that will take us to the depths of South America.

This half term our Foundation topic is…The Sights and Scenes of South America!

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We will set off on a voyage of discovery to South America and learn about the countries, culture and geography of this fascinating continent. We will also learn about the climate, the geographical features, the industries and the people of South America through a range of different activities, giving us an insight into how life in South America varies to life here in the UK.

Cross-curricular learning opportunities will be explored through Science – studying the animals and plants that inhabit this extraordinary continent and PE – through the majestic movements of Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art infused dance. Scroll down to Science and PE to find out more.

south-america-map

 

Want to find out more about South America?

Check out these great information sites.
http://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/south-america-facts.html

http://www.oddizzi.com/teachers/explore-the-world/places/south-america/

Can you name all the countries in South America?

Use the map at the side to help you

 

 

English

Merlin, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

A land of myth, a time of magic.

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Our English topic this half term is King Arthur: A Land of Myth, a Time of Magic. We will be focusing on narrative writing, creating drafts and eventually completing our own stories based on Arthurian legends. This will include focus on areas of grammar such as proper nouns, noun phrases, subject-verb inversion and varying sentence lengths.

Here are a couple of links which provide more information about King Arthur, Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table.

http://www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/kids/arthur_life.html

http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/May/arthur.html

Check out the helpful websites sections, scroll down to the bottom of this term’s page, to help you improve your spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Maths

maths

Due to the fact that children are taught in different sets in Year 6, the mathematical topics covered vary dependent on the areas of need for each of the classes. However, there will be a focus on application of skills this term. The focus last term was on mathematical skills, this term the children will be applying these skills to the different areas of maths including the application of number and place value, solving multi-step word puzzles and challenges, using the four operations and solving puzzles involving fractions, measures, statistics, ratio and proportion.

Take a look at the helpful websites sections, scroll down to the bottom of this term’s page, to help you improve your maths.

Computing: Programming

purple-maths

As part of our Computing lessons we will continue to build upon our programming knowledge; creating more complex programs and completing advanced debug challenges. We will use the 2code suite of programs available on the Purplemash website (http://www.purplemash.co.uk)

Science

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During the following term the children will investigate how living things (plants and animals) are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics.

We will also investigate classification and its uses including the pioneering work of Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus, and research and classify animals and plants located in South America.

Click on the link below to play a BBC plants and animals habitat activity. http://www.lessonpaths.com/learn/i/interactions-of-life-middle-school-ecology/bbc-ks2-bitesize-science-plant-and-animal-habitats-play

Physical Education

PE for both classes will remain on Mondays (Outdoor – Tag Rugby) and Fridays (Indoor – Dance).

We will have the pleasure of working with John, an external PE coach in outdoor PE. In indoor PE, we will be exploring dance through the movement of martial arts, including Capoeira. Capoeira originates from South America; it is a Brazilian martial art, which combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

Ginga – pronounced jinga – is the most basic movement in Capoeira. Check out this video to see how Ginga is done.

http://www.capoeira-world.com/capoeira-moves/main-capoeira-moves/

There are a lot of Capoeira moves and techniques. Watch this video for the basic Capoeira movements and names.

How many can you do?

http://www.capoeira-world.com/capoeira-moves/

Please send in a kit appropriate to our changeable weather!

PE is a very important area of the curriculum, therefore it is really important that your child is prepared for their lessons, with what they wear, including all hair being tied up and jewellery removed. Children will be expected to have the appropriate kit for every lesson; only children with a note from their parents will be excused from the lessons.

RE: Rules and Responsibilities

Through this unit, pupils will consider the implications of rules and responsibilities for belonging to communities and in particular of belonging to a faith community. Children will consider rules in religions and other sources of authority. This unit contains work on rules, laws and responsibilities in society and in Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Art: Landscapes

Our Art focus for this half term will be landscapes. We will improve our awareness of composition, experiment with creating light effects through use of colour. We will also work on critically evaluating our work, and that of our peers whist identifying how to improve our work.

Other News: Visit from Dogs Trust (18th January)  – No Forest School that week

dogs-trust

Year 6 is having a canine visitor on 18th January – Luna from DogsTrust (and her human owner, Emma).

They will be visiting us to help us learn all about Dogs Trust and how to stay safe around dogs. Please let the class teacher know if your child is allergic to dogs and we will ensure that they do not touch Luna!

Find out more here: http://www.learnwithdogs.co.uk/workshops-tours/index.html

Forest School

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Forest school will resume this term on Wednesday 4th January (Nora’s class). Please help your child to remember their outdoor boots when it is their turn. Further information about Forest School can be found at the following link: https://www.forestschools.com 

 

Homework

Homework will be given out on Thursday to be returned the following Tuesday. Please encourage your child to look over their homework on Thursday, so any questions can be answered by their teacher on Friday.

Handing homework in on time will help children with the preparation for secondary school.

Helpful websites to support your home learning:

Spelling, grammar and punctuation will be an important area of learning this year. Try out these interactive games to improve your knowledge.
Practice your spelling and grammar.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

 

Learn more about the different parts of a sentence.

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/grammar_tutorial.htm

 

Can you use your punctuation skills to put the correct punctuation in the sentence?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/ks2_activities/english/punctuation.shtml

 

Loads of resources to help with writing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/

 

Recommended websites for finding interesting books to read:

http://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

 

For extending your French learning: https://www.duolingo.com/

 

General Maths games on lots of topics:

 http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/

For a Maths challenge: http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

 

Games to help you practise your times tables facts:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find

 

Times tables songs – learn the fun way:

X3: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVyBQ5uTbo

X4: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lBmSshEDVnQ

X5: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vCjt1dbhvWU

X6: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PftnJV7W2Rw

X7: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U9zRRqOwIWQ

X8: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IjPjks1R6Ng

x9: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3C1z4avyTPY

x10: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1QXT3HjG7pg

X11: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UvHO1qjguUY

x12: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c2vfUOmMxfg

 

Fractions: Everything you need to know about fractions – Maths is fun website: https://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions-menu.html

 

Percentages: Everything you need to know about percentages – Maths is fun website: https://www.mathsisfun.com/percentage-menu.html

 

Decimals: Everything you need to know about decimals – Maths is fun website: https://www.mathsisfun.com/decimals.html

 

Interactive games:

 

Various games:  http://www.mathplayground.com/mobile_index.html

 

Fractions interactive games:  https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/fraction-matcher/latest/fraction-matcher_en.html

 

Simplify fractions soccer gamer: http://www.math-play.com/simplifying-fractions-game/simplifying-fractions-soccer-game_html5.html

Bug Club

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held by Jennie on the school Reception desk.

BUG CLUB

 

Autumn Term 2 2016

Welcome back – we hope you enjoyed your half term holiday and are ready to start on some exciting new learning for Autumn 2.

Our topic is EXTREME EARTH! Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and extreme weather events across the globe – we will be looking at how they occur and their effects on people.

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Our Literacy learning links to the Extreme Earth topic as we will be studying the book Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick, the tale of a girl living in a near-future Britain which is covered with water. This award-winning book will be the basis for our main writing focuses this half term, story writing and newspaper articles.

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How did we get here? In Science, we will be learning about how scientists have answered this question in our topic, ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. We will look at Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and the scientific evidence for it, including fossils, and how and why animals have adapted to their environments.

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For Computing, we are going to test our programming skills using Scratch. RE will look at Hinduism, including Hindu worship, storytelling and the idea of karma. Anti-Bullying Week is coming up (14th-18th November), so our PSHE learning will focus on this, discovering how to use our Power for Good!

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In Art we will be creating landscape paintings with the help of Liz, our lovely head teacher and resident Art specialist. French will focus on learning vocabulary for times of day, reading and understanding a short story, and learning a French carol just in time for Christmas.

Links to web sites to support your learning at home

Loads of resources to help with writing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/

Lots of games to help with spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) on this website: http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

Recommended websites for finding interesting books to read:

http://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

General Maths games on lots of topics: http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/

For a Maths challenge: http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

For extending your French learning: https://www.duolingo.com/

Some useful information about our Science topic, ‘Evolution and inheritance’: http://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-adaptation-and-evolution

https://scienceforthekids.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/what-is-evolution/

And finally, lots of links to information about our Extreme Earth topic:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/earth/collections/extreme_earth

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/extreme-earth/

http://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/volcanoes

http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/mountains/volcanoes.htm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/find_out/guides/tech/earthquakes/newsid_1894000/1894934.stm

http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-earthquakes/

Games to help you practise your times tables facts:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find

 

Times tables songs – learn the fun way:

X3: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVyBQ5uTbo

X4: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lBmSshEDVnQ

X5: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vCjt1dbhvWU

X6: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PftnJV7W2Rw

X7: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U9zRRqOwIWQ

X8: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IjPjks1R6Ng

x9: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3C1z4avyTPY

x10: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1QXT3HjG7pg

X11: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UvHO1qjguUY

x12: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c2vfUOmMxfg

Fractions: Everything you need to know about fractions – Maths is fun website: https://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions-menu.html

Percentages: Everything you need to know about percentages – Maths is fun website: https://www.mathsisfun.com/percentage-menu.html

Decimals: Everything you need to know about decimals – Maths is fun website: https://www.mathsisfun.com/decimals.html

Interactive games:

Various games: http://www.mathplayground.com/mobile_index.html

Fractions interactive games: https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/fraction-matcher/latest/fraction-matcher_en.html

Simplify fractions soccer gamer: http://www.math-play.com/simplifying-fractions-game/simplifying-fractions-soccer-game_html5.html

Forest School

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Year 6 have been enjoying their Forest School sessions so far, including exploring the site, Wildcat Wilderness, which is located just behind the Elm Lane playing fields. Look at the website to find out what is going on there outside school hours!

http://wildcatwilderness.org

Please make sure that your child has wellies or sturdy shoes, warm socks and warm clothes (preferably layers) on their Forest School day as it is starting to get colder. Further information about Forest School can be found at the following link: https://www.forestschools.com

 

MEETING WITH MICHAEL ROSEN AT CHANNEL 4

Ten lucky children from Year 6, together with Fiona and Sarah’s Year 1 class, visited the Channel Four studios during December for the Premier of the animated film of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.  The film will be shown on television on Christmas Eve.  It was all very exciting as the children got to meet the author Michael Rosen who introduced the film and gave a short performance at the end.  The Year 6 children were interviewed by Martin Dougan of BBC Newsround.  Take a look HERE

Autumn Term 1 2016

We’re sure you will love the fantastic learning we have lined up for you this year – read on for a preview of what we are studying this half term

Our topic will be World War 2, specifically looking at how it affected London and its landscape. This will include finding out how London has changed over time and how it was affected by the Blitz, the heavy bombing that took place during the war. We will focus on how the local area has changed over time and learn how to use the more advanced features of maps to help us.

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Our Literacy learning is also linked to WW2. We are studying the book Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti and Ian McEwan, which tells the story of a young girl whose life is affected by wartime. We will be writing our own stories and biographies during this half term, and continuing to practise our spelling and grammar throughout.

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Our Literacy learning is also linked to WW2. We are studying the book Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti and Ian McEwan, which tells the story of a young girl whose life is affected by wartime. We will be writing our own stories and biographies during this half term, and continuing to practise our spelling and grammar throughout.

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For Computing, we are going to become app designers! We will find out about the technology of smartphones and design our own app to solve a problem. RE will look at ‘The Journey of Life and Death’, investigating different beliefs about death and the afterlife.

Our French will build on the grammar and vocabulary we have already learned. We will continue to say and write simple sentences, learn new vocabulary and practise short conversations. Our first topic is the high street – où est la boulangerie?*

*Translation: Where is the bakery?

Links to web sites to support your learning at home
A game to help with story planning: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/story_plan/play/

Everything you need to know about biographies: http://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-biography-and-autobiography

Tips for improving your vocabulary: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/vocabulary/read/1/

General Maths games on lots of topics: http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/
For a Maths challenge: http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

For extending your French learning: https://www.duolingo.com/

Some useful information about our Science topic, ‘Animals including humans’: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/heart.html

http://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/human-circulatory-system

And finally, lots of links to information about World War 2 and its effect on London:

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Britain.html

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/war/blitz.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/world_war2/

http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/the-evacuated-children-of-the-second-world-war

Forest School

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Forest school has got off to a really great start this half term.  Please help your child to remember their outdoor boots/old trainers when it is their turn. Further information about Forest School can be found at the following link: https://www.forestschools.com

Year 6 have had a fantastic time at Forest School this half term. We have been going to a new site near the Elm Lane playing fields. If you are interested in visiting the site, have a look at Wildcat Wilderness’ webpage for upcoming events:  http://wildcatwilderness.org

We are looking forward to next half term. Please make sure that your child has wellies/sturdy shoes, warm socks and warm clothes (preferably layers) on their Forest School day as it is starting to get colder.

Homework

Homework will be given out on Thursday to be returned the following Tuesday. Please encourage your child to look over their homework on Thursday, so any questions can be answered and help given by their teacher on Friday.

Reading Books

Please remember to read at home everyday and write a review when you have completed a book to add to our reading area. Your review could encourage someone else to pick up a new read.

Attendance

We are pleased to say that Sabrina’s Class has already won the attendance cup. Remember that if you are just feeling a bit under the weather, it is best to be in school. If you really are too unwell to be in school then make sure the office is informed, and that you make an effort to catch up with any work you have missed.

Bug Club

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held by Jennie on the school Reception desk.

BUG CLUB

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