Our totem poles are almost finished...
Well, a lot has happened in Darwin Class since my last post on here! We've been on camp, which was absolutely brilliant. We packed so much in to five days - a speed boat ride, surfing, archery tag, team building, and the all-important shopping. The children behaved amazingly and all seemed to have a great time. Hopefully, you will all have seen the photos on our Twitter page - I kept it updated daily with photos of the children. If you haven't see it, you can follow us @brentryschool.
Thank you so much to those parents who went out of their way to thank myself and the other staff who took them - it means a lot
Back in school, we've been finishing off our writing assessments with a newspaper report about the Three Little Pigs - with a twist! The children have produced some amazing pieces of writing this year, so well done to them.
This morning, we continued our topic of 'Multicultural Art' by making clay totem poles. Next week, once they're dry, we'll be painting them.
Don't forget swimming next week - I am still awaiting permission slips from a few parents. Thanks to those who have returned them. The children will need their kits and their £1 (if you haven't already paid).
Have a great weekend - enjoy the sunshine!
We've had a truly electrifying time this week, making circuits in Science. We have been investigating how the brightness of bulbs is affected by certain factors, such as how many bulbs are in one circuit. We will continue our work on this next week.
We've finished SATs! The children have done themselves and the school extremely proud. They have worked their socks off this week and we have been so impressed with their attitude and determination to do well. We're all looking forward to letting off some steam at Blaise tomorrow. There is a little bit of rain forecast, so don't forget coats!
Here they are, celebrating / falling over themselves!
It's been a while since I've posted an update on here. Apologies for that. It is indicative of how busy we've been in the build-up to SATs in Year 6!
So, a few things to note over the next few weeks:
During the weeks after SATs, we will be completing pieces of writing for assessment. These might be linked to our topic work, or things we are learning about in Science. We will also be doing lots of Science, Art, PSHE and History. All of the subjects which SATs revision has taken over in recent weeks!
After half term, we will be going on Camp. I will let you know further details about this in due course.
Any questions at all about SATs or otherwise, please don't hesitate to ask.
To finish off a brilliant International Week, the children came to school today dressed as a country of their choice. So many countries were represented: Hawaii, Japan, Portugal, India, Spain, Albania, and more. Here are some photos of their brilliant costumes.
Phew - what a busy English Week we've had! We've packed so much in. As literacy coordinator in the school, it's always my favourite week of the year!
On Monday, we visited our local library.
On Wednesday, 10 of our super spellers took part in the Spelling Bee. Congratulations to the joint winners, Luke and Kanita. And to Mrs Collins, who won the teacher Spelling Bee!
It was great to see so many families reading together on Thursday afternoon. The year sixes did a fantastic job of helping out by reading with the younger children.
World Book Day
The children make such a huge effort with their costumes this year. Here are some of the most impressive outfits.
IT'S SCIENCE DAY! What a fun, messy day we had in Darwin Class. The day started with a brilliant Mad Science assembly and ended with the children getting rather sticky (along with the carpet!) while they made lava lamps and slime. Look at the awe and wonder in their faces! A huge thanks to Mrs Moore for organising such a brilliant day.
January is finally over - hurray! Hopefully, we'll soon see the nights getting longer and the temperature rising a little.
I recently sent out a letter about the meeting happening next Wednesday, 8th February, at 6pm. I will be giving out SATs revision packs and discussing SATs arrangements. I will also go over some information about Year 6 Camp. If you intend to come, please fill out the slip and return it to me, so that I have a rough idea of numbers. If you haven't received a letter, you can find a copy in the 'Letters' section above.
The children have been working so hard this week to get their balanced arguments on deforestation finished and written up. They have produced some beautiful pieces of writing, and some of them are on display in the corridor on our display board. They should all be very proud!
Year 6 students in their ICT lessons have begun the process of planning, researching, designing and ultimately creating their own app. In the research phase of this process, students have designed a questionnaire on google forms that they would like to invite parents and pupils outside of Year 6 to complete.
Links to all the questionnaires can be found on the Year 6 class pages of the school website. Year 6 students would really appreciate if you could spare 5 – 10 minutes to complete a selection of the questionnaires.
Music & Find
We've had a fantastic morning full of science this morning. Our new unit is 'Animals and Humans', and we started by looking at the human circulatory system and the function of the heart. The children drew some excellent diagrams of the heart, labelling the four chambers and the direction of the oxygenated and deoxygenated blood. We then used a jar, some water, a balloon and some straws to make a model which replicated the pumping action of the heart. Our 'valve' stopped the 'blood' from going in the wrong direction. Here are some photos of the children hard at work...
Welcome back, and a very 'Happy New Year' to you all! Sounds like the children all had lots of fun over the Christmas holidays and packed lots in during the two weeks.
We've been getting straight back into our learning, with a focus on decimals in our maths work this week. The children have been rounding decimals, adding decimals and multiplying decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. Next week, we will be moving on to multiplying and dividing decimals. Tricky stuff!
In literacy, we have started a new unit. This term, we will be building up to writing a detailed argument for and against deforestation, linked to our topic of Rainforests. So far, we have looked at argument texts and identified the key features we need to include in our own writing.
In PE this term, we will be completing our Dance unit. We are focusing on creating a Jive dance in groups. It turns out, we have a lot of enthusiastic dancers in the class! Please remind children to bring their PE kits to school on a Wednesday and a Thursday.
Look out for more info heading your way about SATs coming soon. I'm sure the time will fly between now and May, and we have lots to fit in before then to get the children prepared!
Well, we've made it to the end of term! As usual, the children have shone as Year 6s and have been working hard to continue to make progress in all subjects. Aside from all of our hard work, we have been having lots of fun over the last few weeks. Carols by Candlelight was a huge success on Thursday - the children did us proud with their singing and poetry reading. Who knew we had so much musical talent in this class? Thanks to everyone who came along to support us. We had our Christmas lunch this week too, which the children made reindeer hats for. Happy children with full tummies all round! And on Monday, POMs treated the whole school to an amazing performance of Aladdin. A real treat for the children, so a huge thanks to them.
Next term, I will be sending home a letter with more information about SATs, and how you can support your child at home. In the meantime, enjoy the festive break and I'll see you in the new year!
A huge thank you to all of the parents who came along for our Virtual Museum on Thursday. It was a great success, and the children loved showing off their art work, topic work and literacy work related to World War 1 and the Mayans. For those of you who missed it, here is a selection of the children's amazing work.
We're well into Term 2 now and, dare I say it, it is almost beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! The children have even begun to practise their songs for Carols by Candlelight. They have taken home the 'Reindeer Rap', which they should all have a go at learning off by heart if they can.
In English, we have been building up to writing our own Just So stories. We will begin these on Monday. We have all sorts of story ideas, such as 'How the Camel Got its Long Neck'. Exciting stuff!
In maths, we continue to work on fractions. We've been simplifying fractions, adding fractions, ordering fractions and working with improper fractions. Next week, we start work on multiplying fractions before we start our end-of-term assessments.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the meeting about the France trip last night. With only a week to go, I'm sure the children are all very excited! I'm a little jealous as I'm sadly not able to make it this year, but I know what a brilliant trip it is and how much fun they're going to have.
Welcome back to Term 2! Hope you all had a lovely, relaxing break. The children have already got stuck in to our new literacy and maths units. We are going to be exploring and writing Just So Stories this term. In maths, we are working on fractions. A tricky subject, which the children are working hard to understand. We will be continuing with both of these units next week.
Thank you to those of you who have signed up for a parents' meeting next week. The available times are on Tuesday and Wednesday and there are still plenty of slots left. The sign-up sheets will be outside, in the KS2 playground, before and after school every day this week.
It's the start of week 5 already and we're definitely feeling the autumnal chill in the air! In maths, the children have been working on adding and subtracting large numbers mentally. If you want to know more about the strategies we encourage children to use throughout the school, make sure you come along to Mr Butters' maths workshop next week. This week, we will be moving on to understanding order of operations and how to use brackets in calculations.
We have been continuing our WW1 topic in English, building up to writing a newspaper report on the Battle of the Somme, which the children will be completing this week. I'm looking forward to seeing their final pieces of writing.
Science is all about Evolution, and this week the focus is on how animals and plants have adapted over time to suit their environment. A really interesting topic!
Finally, the children impressed me last week with their hard work in our gymnastics lesson. They have been working on counter balances with their partners. Here are some of the shapes they managed to create.
We had the most amazing time in London on Friday, visiting the Houses of Parliament. After a long journey, we enjoyed lunch in the park, looking up at the famous building. We then walked to London Bridge, where we stood and took in the sights. The children loved spotting famous landmarks, such as the London Eye and Big Ben.
Shortly after, it was time for our tour of the Houses of Parliament, which included the House of Lords and the House of Commons. I think it's safe to say that both the children and teachers alike were pretty awestruck. It really is like travelling back in time and, as Kieran said, it felt like a "once in a lifetime experience".
After our tour, we were treated to a very interesting workshop all about elections and voting, in which the children got to hold their own election. Congratulations to Kanita, who was voted in as Prime Minister!
It was a fantastic and truly memorable day, and the children made us very proud with their enthusiasm and impeccable behaviour. Thank you to Mrs Holbrook, Mrs Mac and Mr C for helping out too.
Many of you have been asking about extra work you can do at home in preparation for next year's SATs. Whilst it is too early to be sending home revision packs (we don't want to burn the children out too early!), I will soon be sending a letter home with some ideas of what would be most useful to focus on now. Included on the letter is a list of websites and online games which are brilliant for home learning. I have also put links to these in the Homework section of our page.
Thank you for your continued support with this. Any questions, please don't hesitate to see me in the KS2 playground at the end of the day.
Welcome to Darwin Class! The children have quickly settled in to their new classroom this week. We're loving the extra space we now have! It's great to see all of the children looking so smart and grown up in their new red jumpers and they have all come back to school with a positive 'Year 6' attitude to school life.
Thanks to those who came along to our Back to School meeting. If you didn't come, hopefully the letter and curriculum overview that was sent home will provide you with the information you need. If you haven't see a copy, you can find it in the 'Letters' section of this page.
Any questions, please don't hesitate to come and see me at the end of the school day.