Goodbye and Good Luck
We had a fantastic time at the Virtual Reality workshops today. We went to Space, dived into the bottom of the ocean, visited Brazil and flew to Italy! The children also really impressed me with their geography knowledge - I think they know more than me!
Happy Friday everyone! It's Camp Week next week, and for those children who are going, here are a few last minute reminders:
It will be a fantastic week, and I know the children are all really looking forward to. See you Monday!
Happy Half Term! It's hard to believe it's the end of term 5 already - only one term left at Brentry Primary for Darwin Class! A huge well done to all of the children for surviving perhaps the toughest week of Year 6 - SATs Week. They all did us and themselves proud, and thoroughly deserved our little celebratory trip to Blaise on Friday. A huge thank you to Nana's mum for the ice-creams on Thursday, and this amazing cake made by Michael's mum on Friday.
A few reminders for Term 6:
Finally, have a relaxing half term, whatever you're up to. You deserve it Darwin Class!
We're over halfway through SATs week. The children have been coping brilliantly. They have impressed us all with their attitude, and most of them actually seem to be enjoying it! This afternoon, they were treated to a Yoga session to help them to relax and de-stress. Thanks to Yoga Buddies for coming in.
Another few weeks of term 5 have gone by - where is the time going?! We continue to revise hard in preparation for SATs week, and the class continue to impress me with their attitude. And in just 2 weeks, it will all be over, and we'll be off to celebrate at Blaise!
Speaking of which, a letter went home this week asking for consent to take your child to Blaise for a morning of playing in the (hopefully!) glorious sunshine. We might even treat them to an ice-cream! Thanks to those parents who have given consent already.
Speaking of treats, a letter also went home about our trip to Butlins in July. Please see the 'letters' section if you didn't receive a copy.
Just a reminder that SATs week is the week beginning 14th May, and the children will sit tests on Monday to Thursday. Below is a timetable and timings for the week. There will be a cooked breakfast available for all of the children in Year 6 that week, at the cost of £1 per day. This will start at 8am. I would encourage all of the children to attend, as it's a great way to start the day and ensure that we can deal with any last-minute nerves. A good breakfast will also set them up nicely for the day!
Monday - Spelling Punctuation and Grammar (60 minutes)
Tuesday - Reading (60 minutes)
Wednesday - Maths Arithmetic (30 minutes) and Reasoning 1 (40 minutes)
Thursday - Maths Reasoning 2 (40 minutes)
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and are enjoying the sunshine we've got at the moment. We need to make the most of it, because it might be all we get this year!
The children have 3 weeks to go until their SATs week, and they are working very hard in preparation for it. We have been doing lots of maths and English in class, as well as in our Booster sessions. Their hard work is paying off, as we have seen so much progress over the last month or so. I know a lot of the children are working hard with their revision at home too. I keep reminding them that it's not forever - soon enough SATs will be behind us and we'll be able to enjoy all of the other subjects again which have been put on hold for a bit. Plus, there's Blaise to look forward to, and then the much anticipated Exmouth Camp. I can't wait!
Soon, a letter will be coming home with details of SATs week, including the Breakfast Club we put on for Year 6 that week. There will also be further details about Camp. Thank you to those of you who have paid the deposit already.
Last week, the Year 6s did us very proud by helping to organise and run our Sports Relief Skipathon. They were on their feet all day, helping the younger children to count their skips, and did a fantastic job. As well as helping out, they did their own skips at the end of the day too, and smashed the whole school total with over 13,000 skips! An amazing effort. Don't forget to bring in any sponsor money next week if you haven't done so already.
Well, SATs Week will soon be upon us – only 5 weeks after we get back from the holidays and then we’re there! You have all been working so hard on your revision, in school and at home, and this is the final slog. Over the two week break, it is important that you don’t completely forget about your revision. We don’t want all your hard work going to waste! However, it’s just as important to make sure you get a rest too. Have fun with your friends and family, play games, eat ice-cream and ride your bike in the sunshine. It’s all about getting a balance. Just put half an hour aside every so often (in between all of the fun), to look through your Maths, Spellings, SPaG and Reading. Just so that you’re all still super switched on by the time we get back to school for the home straight!
More information will be coming out about SATs Week, Breakfast Club, and a little end-of-SATs celebration trip to Blaise after the Easter holidays.
HAPPY EASTER from Darwin Class!
Bedtime Stories (for Year 6 ONLY) has been rescheduled for Wednesday 21st March, from 6pm - 6:45pm. A letter was sent home today.
Look who came to see us today! Evie's auntie brought in her baby bunnies, Charlie and Copper. We fell in love with them!
Happy (postponed) World Book Day! I think we had some of the best costumes yet this year. Thanks for all of your efforts!
The children loved their Taekwondo session today...
Well, things are back to normal after the Beast from the East took over. Hope you all made the most of the unexpected Snow Day - I'm sure the children loved it! Unfortunately, quite a few of our English Week plans were affected by the snow, but we did manage to get our library visit in on Monday. The children behaved brilliantly and seemed to really enjoy exploring the wide range of books they have on offer at Henbury.
Huge congratulations to Kristel, who was crowned our Year 6 Spelling Bee champion. Very impressive!
Don't forget that Revision Club will start this Tuesday after school, and on Friday morning at 8am. Please note that next Tuesday's Revision Club will be cancelled due to Parents' Meetings.
On Monday, we kicked off our Booster sessions, which will continue until SATs week. Every Monday and Thursday morning, the class will be split into smaller groups, which will help the teachers to focus on their particular needs. It also helps those children who are less confident in larger groups to share what they might find difficult. Hopefully, the children are enjoying the sessions so far. They are doing really well!
SATs revision packs were sent home today. Please see the 'homework' section above for further information on these.
Don't forget - next week is English Week. On Monday, we will be going to Henbury Library, and need the permission slips for this returned.
This week, we have been learning about, and celebrating, different cultures from all around the world. One of the highlights was seeing the children's faces as they tried food from different countries. Here's a selection of what we tasted. The ackee was a particular favourite....
Thanks to the parents who came to the Camp / SATs information evening last night. Hopefully, you found it useful. More information will be sent home after half term, along with the SATs revision packs. For those of you who couldn't make it, I have saved the presentation in the 'letters' section of this page.
Finally, January is over, and we can start to look forward to longer days and (fingers crossed!) a little bit of sunshine .
It's also the start of a busy few months for Year 6. After half term, we will be starting our SATs booster sessions, a revision club, and SATs revision packs will be given out. It's an exciting time, and we want the children to view it as such. Whilst they need to realise that their SATs are important, and that they need to put in a great deal of effort over the next few months, we also don't want them to get too stressed. It's all about balance! With that in mind, I invite you to a meeting on Thursday evening, at 6pm, all about SATs and what to expect. I will also be giving out important information about Year 6 Camp. A letter has gone home with more details; you can find it in the 'letters' section of this page.
In Year 6 this term, we've been learning all about rainforests. Linked to our literacy lessons, the children have been writing impressive rainforest setting descriptions, which we will be turning into stories. Next term, we will continue our work on rainforests by writing balanced arguments about the effects of deforestation.
In maths, we have been learning about decimals and percentages, and looking at how to calculate percentages of amounts. It's a tricky area to master, but the children are getting there!
Next Monday, don't forget about our trip to Henbury School to watch their performance of Beauty and the Beast. We might see some familiar Brentry faces in it too - exciting! If you haven't returned the permission slip yet, please do so on Monday.
The deadline for projects to be handed in is Friday 2nd February. Not long now!
Welcome back! Hope you’ve all had a fantastic Christmas and a very happy New Year. Just a few reminders for the term:
Homework Project sheets were given out at the end of last term. Some of the children have already been telling me their plans, which is great. If you didn’t get one, I have lots of spares in class! There will be no extra homework set until after the deadline for the projects, which is Friday 2nd February.
Thank you to those of you who have returned the slip regarding Year 6 Camp. Apologies to those who have tried to pay the deposit on Gateway and found it isn’t there. I will endeavour to sort this out ASAP, and a text will be sent out when it is up and running.
SATs week begins Monday 14th May. After half term, we will begin SATs Booster revision sessions, which will involve the class being split into smaller, more focused groups twice a week.
I will be holding a SATs / Camp information evening just before the half term. The children will also receive their SATs revision packs.
An after school revision club will be available in Term 4. A letter will be sent out soon for those children interested in attending.
I think that’s it for now. A busy few terms ahead! Thank you for your continued support.
This term, the children have been learning all about World War One. They have been learning about the causes of the war, propaganda and life in the trenches. As part of our literacy this term, the children have been using noun phrases to write powerful descriptions of the trenches. We have been looking at WW1 soldiers' diary entries and letters home, and we will be writing some of our own next week. The children have also been creating some amazing pieces of WW1 artwork. Photos will be posted soon!
In the meantime, here's a photograph of the brilliant 1950s adverts that the children were working on last term. We have created a display of them in the corridor. Take a closer look next time you're in school!
In maths, we have been learning all about fractions. There is so much to learn, and the children have done so well to keep up with all of the different methods and strategies. Next week, we will be working on finding fractions of amounts.
In PE this term, we are doing gymnastics. The children have been creating counter balances in pairs. Here are some photos of the amazing shapes they created.
Our school trip to the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday was a huge success. The children were an absolute credit to the school and behaved impeccably throughout the day. We learnt so much about the history of elections and voting in our People's Parliament workshop - I think we have some budding politicians in the group! The tour was fascinating, and made even more special by the fact we were able to watch a live debate in the House of Commons. A once in a lifetime opportunity!
It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and we joined the #helloyellow Young Minds campaign by wearing something yellow today. Mental health is such an important issue, and this morning we spent time discussing ways in which our mental health can be affected. We also thought about some coping strategies, and ways in which we can help ourselves and our friends. The children came up with some excellent ideas and had a brilliantly mature attitude to the whole topic. Here they are in their #helloyellow outfits...
This week, we've continued our work on Place Value in maths by working with negative numbers. We had fun playing a game of 'Tug of War', which involved adding and subtracting across zero.
Welcome to Year 6! We've had a great first day back. The children have been full of enthusiasm for the year ahead, and seem excited about being the oldest (and most responsible!) members of the school. They looked so grown up in their red jumpers...
A letter came home today about our Back to School meeting. This will be held on Thursday, after school at 3:30pm.I hope you can all make it. For those of you who can't, I have also sent home a letter outlining some of the most important information about Year 6. This can also be found in the 'Letters' section above.
Any questions, please don't hesitate to come and see me!