Week 8 Project beginning Monday 1st June 2020 - 'Under the Sea'
I hope you all had a lovely half term and are enjoying the beautiful weather we are blessed with at the moment. Here is the home learning pack for the week ahead.
Keep well, stay safe and remember... be kind.
Miss Sharp :)
Week 7 Project beginning Monday 18th May 2020 - 'Celebrations'
As always, I hope you are all keeping well in this difficult time we are all find ourselves in. Attached is the week ahead's suggested home learning activities with the theme of... 'celebrations'.
It was so lovely to speak with lots of you this week on the phone to see how you are all doing, and those I haven't spoken to yet, I will try again next week.
In the meantime, keep well, keep safe and remember to be kind,
Miss Sharp :)
Week 6 Project beginning Monday 11th May 2020 - 'Food'
Hoping you are all doing well and are looking after one another and, of course, keeping safe. Attached is the week ahead's suggested home learning activities with the theme of 'food'...something we all love and hopefully will inspire some very creative and 'tasty' home learning!
Poem about SATS
As this would have been our Year 6 SATs week, here is a little poem for you all:
To all our Year 6's,
As SATs weeks arrives it is not quite the same,
The tests that were printed this year never came,
The displays all still up, walls full of 'maths rules',
But Year 6 very different, at present, in schools.
For some of you happiness, lots of relief,
For others a sigh of pure disbelief,
That you worked really hard in advance of this week,
Expected and Greater Depth marks you did seek.
Algebra, fractions, the times table drills,
Inference, retrieval, in depth reading skills,
The passive and active and all the SPAG terms,
You've practised and mastered them over the years.
Fear not though, the SATs, yes, wont happen this term,
But remember tests don't measure everything you learn,
Primary subjects are varied, you've always tried your best,
And many of those skills you've learnt can't be measured by a test.
So here at Old Sarum you've made us so proud,
We sit here with pride and we shout this out loud,
Year 6, you amaze us, you've come so incredibly far...
And we don't need a test to see how amazing you are!
As you may have seen on the news, Boris Johnson has suggested EYFS, Year 1 and Year 6 may be the first year groups to go back to school no earlier than Monday 1st June, but this very much depends on scientific guidance over the next days and weeks. It will be fantastic to see each and every one of you when the time is safe and right to return to school, but for now. keep safe, keep smiling and remember...be kind!
Miss Sharp : )
Week 5 Project beginning Monday 4th May 2020 - 'Environment'
As always, I hope you are all well and looking after one another. Hopefully, you have been keeping yourselves busy with some of the home learning suggestions we put up on a weekly basis. Perhaps you have learnt a new skill, baked a fantastic cake or gained a new hobby? I would love to hear about all your news if or when we may return to school.
75th Anniversary V E Day - Friday 8th May
Friday 8th May is a very special day this year. V-E Day stands for Victory in Europe Day. It marks a very important event in World War 2 - the end of the War with Germany on Tuesday 8 May 1945. This year marks the 75th Anniversary so I have also attached a selection of activities around V E celebrations you can do as well.
Take care all of you, missing you all,
Miss Sharp : )
Week 4 Project beginning Monday 27th April 2020 - 'Animals'
I hope you have all been able to enjoy the lovely sunshine we have been having! The weeks are going by and hopefully we are getting nearer to returning to more of a normal life soon. In the meantime, remember to keep being amazing, be kind, look after all your friends and loved ones when they need you and keep staying safe by following the government guidelines and we will all come out of this stronger!
Please read the guidance I have attached to this week's project on how to keep safe online. Whilst the internet provides us with a lifeline for keeping in touch with friends & family while we can't see them in person, as well as helping us with our home learning, it is very important we know how to keep safe in this digital world we live in.
Next week's project is attached below and the theme this week is 'animals'.
Take care and I'm missing everyone one of you,
Miss Sharp : )
Week 3 Project beginning Monday 20th April 2020 - 'Viewpoints'
I hope you are doing well and looking after yourselves. I'm missing seeing all your faces everyday, but I know you are all staying strong in this difficult time!
I hope you all had some fun over the Easter period and enjoyed some of the Easter activities we suggested.
Next week's project is attached below and the theme this week is focused on 'Viewpoints'.
I'll leave you now with a quote from our favourite class book 'Wonder' by R. J Palacio.
“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
Take care of yourselves and be kind,
Miss Sharp :)
If you want some ideas/inspiration for fun things to do in the Easter (when mainly staying indoors) then have a look at our Easter Activities below.
We hope you are all well and are all keeping safe and looking after one another.
The KS2 teachers (Miss Townsend, Miss Moore, Mr Mawdsley and Miss Sharp)
Week 2 Project - For week beginning Monday 30th March 2020
Apaches updates - Friday 27th March 2020
Hello everybody, I hope you are all keeping well and are able to safely enjoy some exercise in this glorious weather we have been having! I understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, so any activities/home learning ideas posted on this page are purely that - suggestions. There is no compulsory home learning expectations - the most important thing is to stay positive, happy and healthy.
However, if you do want some extra ideas for filling your day, here are some really great links below.
The following is a maths website link to 'Corbett Maths' which I have found really useful. You can click on the appropriate day and there are 4 differentiated worksheets to progress through (starting with BRONZE and finishing with the rather challenging PLATINUM). There is also a link to the answers (very handy:-)) and also a link to some helpful videos elsewhere on the site.
Story telling with David Walliams
At the moment, both week 1 and week 2 have been posted and they come with answers (yippee again!) and a short teaching video. The level of challenge is aimed at 'age related expectations' (CHALLENGE 2 on our independent tasks) but you could also look at other year groups if you would like something either a little easier or harder - the only thing to remember is that the topics in the different year groups may be different to our Year 5 areas of focus.
Away from MATHS, here is a link to David Walliam's 'Elevenses' audio story - today's story is 'Hank's Pranks'. Click to listen:
Take care of yourselves and I'll be posting next week's learning project on Monday morning!
Week 1 Project
As a home project, while we are absent from school, we are putting together a weekly project for all the family to get involved with (see document below). Don't forget, there are also lots of links to some amazing educational and entertaining sites below as well.
The project document makes reference to the Year 5 and 6 /Year 3 and 4 spelling lists. These can be found below the main document (courtesy of 'Twinkl').
If you are self-isolating, here are some great resource links to help support your child with their learning at home.
Ebooks can be accessed through the following website:
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ (CODE: UKTWINKLHELPS)
Raising awareness about the importance of cleanliness and hygiene
Due to the recent concerns about the Coronavirus, we have been talking about various ways to help minimize the risk of spreading harmful germs.
Watch the Newsround video link below to remind yourself how to wash your hands thoroughly.
End of Spring term 1
We have had a very productive term in Year 6. Children have been working hard preparing for their SATs which take place the week beginning Monday 11th May 2020.
Hope you all have a well-deserved rest and come back fresh and ready for the next term!
TTRockstars - a great website to practise your x tables (all children have been given login details)
SATs style maths practise questions
I have also attached a range of revision questions for your child to practise at home over the coming weeks to help them prepare for SATs style maths questions.
IXL - A great website to support revision in maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Children need to continue to practise their weekly spellings. Also, as an ongoing way to prepare, I have attached a list of SATs spelling words (scroll down past maths documents). This includes Y3/Y4/Y5/6 words/spelling patterns - a random selection of these words are likely to come up in this year's SATs.
Key information – Tile Barn Year 6 residential trip.
Church Ln, Brockenhurst
Tel: 01590 623160
Dates: Wednesday 2nd October – Friday 4th October 2019
Children arrive to school as normal on Wednesday 2nd October. We depart school at 11:00am to reach Tile Barn for 12:00pm. We will be arriving back at school at 2:00pm on Friday, so collection as normal.
Adults attending the trip:
Essential items children need to bring:
Packet lunch (to have on arrival). You may order a school packed lunch
Plastic water bottle
Torch and spare batteries
Plastic bags for laundry and wet clothes
Warm jumper or fleece and hat and gloves.
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Change of clothes for each day
Small day rucksack
Slippers or clean indoor shoes
Sun block and sun hat
Medication (if required and school is aware of administration)
Children may bring one small comfort item from home i.e. a teddy, a book, small drawing pad & pencil.
Items children are not allowed to bring:
Electrical items including phones
Aerosol cans (use roll on deodorant)
Anything expensive or valuable i.e. jewellery
Additional snacks other than a packed lunch (unless for medical needs) to have on arrival (the centre provides breakfast, lunch and dinner for all children and there will be water and healthy snacks provided by staff if needed in addition to what the centre provides)
Medical and dietary needs:
Please complete the form provided and hand back to us as soon as possible so I can inform the centre of any medical and dietary needs.
Include any dietary needs i.e. vegetarian in the ‘additional information’ section of the form.
Many thanks and if you have any more questions about the trip, please do not hesitate to ask.
Exploring evolution in science.
This week, Year 6 have been learning all about Charles Darwin and the Galapagos finches. They have been developing their own hypothesis about bird feeding and which beak design works best.
Here are some photographs of their experiments.
Year 6 class are settling in well and getting to know their new classroom and routines. We have been talking a lot about starting the year as we mean to go on - with a big focus on perseverance, 100% effort and asking for help if unsure.
We talked about how sometimes at school we may find learning challenging but that it's important to have a go, learn from our mistakes and help others along the way whenever we can.
Children will need their school PE kits on:
Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Homework is handed out on a Thursday and expected in on the following Monday. Home learning is such an important extension to learning in the classroom as it gives children important time to consolidate their learning outside of school.
Doing homelearning regularly also contributes to having more chance of success in the SATs in May 2019.
Please see below for our Autumn Term 1 curriculum map - you will also be receiving a paper copy of this in the next few days.
I will keep you posted on what year 6 have been learning about over the coming weeks!
Chalke Valley History Festival
We spent a day at the Chalke Valley History Festival where we were able to take part in lots of fun activities including experiencing life in a WW1 trench, learning how to drive a tank, communicating in code, learning how to fight like a soldier in the English civil war, watching Tudor gun drills and much much more. Thank you to Mrs Perry and Mrs Langley, our lovely TAs, who came along to help Miss Moore run the trip.
We have been learning about how nutrients and water are transported in the human body. We did an investigation with skittles which helped us to understand how nutrients move through the wall of the small intestine by a process called diffusion.
We played co-ordinate bingo using our knowledge of longitude, latitude and co-ordinates.
We have been learning about light and how we see in science. We used torches and mirrors to investigate how we could make light travel in different directions and around corners.
Christmas closure days
School will be closed on Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th December so that the teachers can prepare the new building for next term. The children will be sent home on Friday 15th December with work to complete on these three days. The majority of this work has been uploaded below, with the exception of the reading tasks and maths pages. I will load some activities onto Mathletics and Reading Eggs for the children to complete if for any reason they misplace their hard copies of the reading and maths activities.
Merry Christmas! See you all in 2018.
Dragon Eye Art
We have been using the book Dragonology to inspire our writing this term. To coincide with this, we have been learning about artists including Magritte and Picasso who have studied eyes in their art, and have then designed and created our own dragon eyes. After sketching these in our art books, we created them out of clay.
We used balloons to investigate static electricity!
Philosophy For Children Day
We had a fantastic day of philosophy in November! We discussed a range of ideas including what we would do without numbers, which led to an algebra activity that we really enjoyed!
Electricity and D&T
We have been using our science knowledge and understanding to help us to make games in D&T. Each one of our games incorporates an electrical circuit!
We had a visit from our local PCSO who talked to us about anti-social behaviour. We thought about what this involved and what we should do if this happened to us.
We used dominoes to help re-cap our fractions learning from last year ready for the challenge of adding and subtracting mixed and improper fractions later in the week.
We have been writing stories to send in for a competition in our literacy lessons. This week was our class assembly and we went to different classes and read some of our stories to them. Hopefully we have inspired the younger children!
Welcome back! Our new year 6 class are settling in well and getting to know their new classroom, teachers and routines. One of our first activities this week was to make sure that we all started the year as we mean to go on - thinking positively about our learning! We talked about how sometimes at school we may find learning challenging but that it's important to have a go, learn from our mistakes and help others along the way whenever we can. We have put our ideas up on display in our classroom to remind ourselves what to think and do if we are struggling - you can have a sneaky peak at this in the photo below.
We have been learning about longitude, latitude and coordinates in Geography. We played coordinate bingo to help us practise our skills!
We had a boys' race, girls' race and an obstacle race for our sports morning.
We started to learn how to code during our computing session and some of us got a certificate for reaching the end of the challenge that we were set.
Hands on science
We have been learning about electrical circuits in science. Last week we had a session where we were given open-ended questions to investigate. We worked together to answer the questions and solve problems given to us by Miss Moore.
SATs are over!
We celebrated making it to the end of SATs week with a 'junk fashion' challenge. We used bin bags, cardboard and scrap craft materials to make an outfit or costume. At the end of the morning we had our very own fashion show in the classroom!
We made maths graffiti sheets to show the ideas and methods we have learned in maths this year. We will be putting these to good use next week in our SATs tests!
We had a "SPAG hunt" in the classroom to boost our spelling, punctuation and grammar skills ready for the SATs next week.
Hello from Miss Moore!
I joined Year 6 at the end of last term and spent some time with Mrs Ottewell an Mrs Setchfield getting to know the children. We bid farewell to Mrs Ottewell at the end of term and are now back and working hard in our final push towards the SATs. I'm looking forward to working with the children during their final term at Old Sarum Primary - we will be uploading photos and information over the course of the term to show what we have been learning.
Welcome to the Year 6 page!
The Year 6 team are: Mrs Setchfield, Miss Moore and Mrs Bansal.
As the terms progress, we will be updating our page with photos and information about the exciting learning that is taking place.
There will be a section where the children can check their current home learning and spellings.
Home learning will be given out on a Friday and handed in on the following Wednesday.
Outdoor PE takes place on a Monday.
Indoor PE takes place on a Wednesday.
Our ideas of Impressionist art. We have been thinking about texture, movement and brush strokes.
We have been learning about 'Living Things and their Habitats'. How would you classify our invented animals?
We have been learning how to use maps. Here is some of our ordnance survey map symbols.
Some Year 6 children visited another primary school to work collaboratively on writing. Here are some of the comments from the children about the learning on the visit.
"I have used brackets and dashes for parenthesis."
"I think I have improved on passive voice."
"I think I improved spellings."
"I have added a pair of brackets to show I have used parenthesis."