6 Autumn Term 2017
Christmas holidays- Home Learning- Year 6
After half-term, we will begin an exciting new topic on the Ancient Egyptians and, for your home learning (along with your reading comprehension and maths reasoning activities) I would like you to get crafty again and see what you can produce for the classroom.
Some ideas might be a sarcophagus, a mummified ‘something’, a pyramid of some form, a map, a mask/head dress, a sphinx…. Good luck and have fun with it!
Well done on all your great efforts as a class over the last half term
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Apple Store Computing Workshop
On Thursday 14th, Year 6 attended some really exciting computing workshops at the Apple Store in town. We were met by Dom and Simon and taken through the Tynker programming/coding app and then the children were really motivated by the BB8 and Spheros ‘robots’.
Using the ipads the children gave the ‘bots instructions to move around - gauging speed, direction and distance across the Apple Store- trying to avoid obstacles and customers.
As always, our children were a credit- motivated, polite and enthusiastic. They returned ready for their Christmas dinner with a new t-shirt, a certificate and maybe a new item for their Christmas lists.
A thank you to Apple for hosting us.
- We are using Python and IDLE or trinket.io in our computing lessons- if you want to practise at home they are free.
- Don't forget to gather a whole list of features ready for your Contraptions- next Tuesday- to help you concentrate on your writing and your drawings.
- Not on a Christmas stall yet? Have a chat with your family and friends about ideas.
The children studied some of the works painted by Fernand Léger, who is considered an influential figure in cubism and pop art. During the 2nd World War, he created “paintings in which freely arranged bands of colour are juxtaposed with figures and objects outlined in black”. This was the aim of the children as they chose symbols of war and brought them together in images with their own scales and composition. This required a lot of perseverance and re-touching by some of the children; I am sure that you would agree that the results are very impressive and hopefully, more will soon be joining the gallery. Great effort, Year 6!
Year 6 homework- Autumn half term
Over the half term, you have four ‘smallish’ tasks:
One is to practise the spellings you do not know- some of you have done very well, so far. I will put up another dictation paragraph over the holidays and try to cram as many words in (this time I will expect to see your attempt).
We will be concentrating more on patterns after half-term and the words ending in the ”shun” sound will be next.
Gaze up at the sky, when you get the chance, on a clear night- or look at photos if the weather is unkind or light pollution too great.
Record your feelings and any questions that it makes you think of.
If you can, collect images or website addresses of images that make you marvel about our wonderful world- this could be anything to do with the natural world. Like this:
Complete your arithmetic sheet
Complete the reading assessment- concentrate on the number of points required for each question and making sure that you answer what is asked of you.
This should leave plenty of time for you to have fun and think about your “ten a day”
Remembrance Celebration -Poetry Presentation- Tuesday 2nd November
Dear Year 6
I will update this later today as further information has come in:
But, just so that you can give your parents the outline:
- The event is Tuesday 2nd November – at the Mint Methodist church in town.
- We will meet at school around 6.30pm, returning for 9.30pm. Parents are welcome; a donation would be welcomed as tickets are normally £7.50.
- We are now looking at restrictions on numbers, so poems and presentations will need tweeking/practising – 12 is the likely number I’m afraid.
More to come- hopefully today.
Oh what big ‘everything’ you have!
A fun lunchtime saw some Year 6 pupils enjoy magnified views of some interesting bits and pieces. We have managed to borrow some microscopes from the Royal Microscopical Society and the children had great fun looking at the provided samples such as insects, leaves and dirty water! We will follow a more structured approach in the weeks ahead but really nice to see so many motivated learners popping in during their own free time.
Tiverton Museum- World War II Topic
What an amazing effort from the children who dressed up for our outing to Tiverton Museum!
We had billeting officers, land girls, evacuees and even a World War 1 Officer, all making their way down to the bus station and confusing passers-by, who looked concerned that they may have stepped back in time.
At the museum, we were split into groups where we met a World War II evacuee who told of his move from Plymouth to Tiverton and life in the Blackout; we listened to tales of billeting and the move from the cities to the safer country villages for evacuated children; handled artefacts and discussed their roles in the Blackout; and, while discussing rationing, we ‘savoured’ some powdered egg and milk, and even some sweet pancakes made from potato.
In all an eye-opening and educational trip with special thanks to Mrs Goff for her organizing skills- and top outfit- and to Mrs Fukes and Mrs Curry who helped and enjoyed the workshops with us, too.
This term Year 6 are trying out a new Invasion game in their PE, with the help of Mr. Upston from St Luke's High School. Mr McLeod asked Mr Upston to try out something new with the children and it was an ideal opportunity to experience Ultimate Frisbee. With half the class away at the Exeter School enjoying their swimming, there is much more space on the court and we will be able to enjoy some proper games in the weeks ahead. Here, you can see some “crocodile” catches and some excellent backhand techniques. The children really picked it up quickly, while Mr McLeod’s side throw continues to test his Growth Mindset.