We're having another great week in Darwin Class. The sun has been shining (typical, now that we're back at school!) and the children seem to be enjoying spending time playing with their classmates again in the playground.
In class, we have been continuing our work on Place Value in maths, this week exploring numbers up to 10 million. Next week, we will move on to addition and subtraction. In English, we are still looking at mythical stories, and will begin to plan our own next week. This links well to our topic work this week on Mayan Gods and religion.
One of our tasks in PSHE this week involved discussing our hopes and dreams for Year 6. The children had some really sensible ideas about what they would like to achieve by the end of the year, and they made some spirals with their ideas on, which look very pretty hung up in the classroom!
Don't forget that homework has been set this week. It can be found in the Homework section above. Completed homework should be emailed to Mr Butters by next Thursday .
We made it through the first week! The class have settled in so well, and it's been great to see every single one of Year 6 back in school. They have adapted to the new rules and systems brilliantly, even reminding me of one or two throughout the week! Alongside our Recovery Curriculum work, in which we have been focusing on the children's mental health and well being after such a long time away from school, we have already been getting stuck in to some hard work.
In maths, the focus this week and next is on Place Value. We have been exploring numbers up to 10 million and will be working on negative numbers and rounding next.
In literacy, we have been reading the Mayan myth, The Hero Twins. Our first literacy unit is based around this story (linked to our topic) and the children will eventually be writing their own mythical stories, complete with mythical beasts!
Finally, I thought I'd share some photos of the children making Mayan hot chocolate as an introduction to our Maya Civilisation topic earlier this week. I'm not sure they were expecting the secret ingredient - chili powder! Some were braver than others....
Welcome back Year 6!
We hope you're all excited about coming in on Monday with your new red sweatshirts on, looking so grown up . I know that it will feel a little bit strange, especially after spending so much time at home with your families, but hopefully you will feel much more relaxed once you've seen a few familiar faces. Although things are a little bit different in school, and we have new ways of doing some things, we will all soon get used to them. Remember that neither of us have been in the school for a while either, so you will need to look after us too!
Year 6 is a really exciting year - you're the oldest in the school now! - and we know that you're going to make a fantastic Year 6 class.
We are very much looking forward to seeing your smiling faces on Monday (and Friday for Mr Butters). Have a brilliant weekend and get plenty of sleep!
Mrs Ochiltree and Mr Butters
We had a brilliant day in the sunshine at Butlins today! The children did us proud with their fantastic behaviour and attitude. What a great bunch!
Friday 14th June
This week, we introduced Reading Buddies between the Year 6s and KS1. The pupils in Darwin Class all listen to children in Year 1 or 2 read, or they read a story to them. We do it three times a week, and the children absolutely love it!
Friday 7th June
What a week! We've had a fantastic Science Week this week. The focus has been on the environment, so we have been outside a lot, which the children have loved. As well as learning all about classification of living things as part of our current science unit, we've been identifying trees from their leaves, we've taken part in a scavenger hunt, and we've built dens, whittled wood for marshmallow-toasting and gone pond-dipping for minibeasts with Forest Schools. To top off the week, today was Art Day. A whole day of art linked to saving the planet - what more could you want?!
Friday 24th May
We've had a great final week of term 5 in Darwin Class. We've done lots of science, including an investigation all about electricity. We've also been writing newspaper reports for our end-of-year assessments, and today we have enjoyed Mojo Active Day. The children really impressed me with their 'have-a-go' attitude on the climbing wall and obstacle course. And then, of course, there was the slime making. Apologies for any sticky messes that came home with the children today! Lots of fun was had in the sunshine though.
Enjoy the week off! Lots to look forward to next term too. See the 'Y6 Camp' page above for important information, including a kit list, for the week beginning 17th June.
Friday 17th May
SATs Week is over! Congratulations Darwin Class! The children have all worked SO hard this week and have made me a very proud teacher. We’ll get the results on July 9th. Good luck everyone!
We spent Thursday afternoon in the sunshine creating some huge pieces of art to celebrate finishing. Sadly, the sunshine didn’t stick around for us when we went to Blaise on Friday, but the children loved it. A great way to let off steam after a tough week!
Friday 26th April
Welcome back to Term 5! It's going to be a short but very important term for Year 6, with SATs week coming up on the 13th May. Until then, we will be doing lots of revision of maths, SPaG and reading, both in class and in our booster sessions on a Monday and Thursday. We have two more after school Revision Club sessions left - the last one will be on Tuesday 7th May.
There will be a letter coming home soon with a SATs timetable, and information about Breakfast Club, which will run Monday to Thursday of SATs week. There will also be a consent form to sign for the children's end-of-SATs treat at Blaise.
Like I said, lots to think about this term! Any questions, please don't hesitate to come in and see me, or give the office a call.
Friday 5th April
It's been a busy end to the term this week, with assessments, Brentry's Got Talent, and of course Mr C's birthday celebrations. As always though, the children have done us very proud. A huge well done to Lashantai, Lacey, Ruby, River and Alice, who were all brave enough to take part in the talent show today. Alice, alongside her sister, was even crowned the overall winner! What a talented bunch they are.
Have a brilliant Easter everyone - enjoy the break!
Friday 22nd March
Today, we had a Greenpeace speaker in to talk to Year 6 all about the campaigns that they run to tackle global issues such as climate change, plastic in the ocean and deforestation. It was really interesting to hear his views on how we can work towards making positive changes, and the children felt inspired to come up with some possible fundraising ideas for later on in the year. So watch this space!
Friday 15th March
This week, we visited the old school, and it felt very strange to be back! There is still a lot of work to do, but we could see how things are shaping up over there. It's just a shame this lot won't be able to enjoy it in September!
It's my favourite week of the year - English Week! We've had a fantastic week in Year 6, with our visit to the library on Monday, a Spelling Bee on Wednesday (well done to our Spelling Champion, Viraj!), Bedtime Stories (eek!), our Family Read on Thursday and, to top it all off, some fantastic World Book Day costumes on Friday. Phew! Take a look at some of the photos below to see what we've been up to.
Friday 1st March
Welcome back to Term 4 - where is this year going?! We started our SATs Booster sessions this week. On Monday and Thursday mornings, the children are split into 3 groups for maths and literacy, and are taught in smaller groups by either myself, Mr Clarke, Miss Ransom or Mrs Peacock. So far, the children seem to be really enjoying the chance to work in more focused groups. They also took home their SATs revision packs this week, and I was so pleased with how many children came along to the SATs revision club on Tuesday. They are a hard working bunch!
Thanks to everyone who brought in their projects this week. As always, they are very impressive! The children shared them with the rest of the class today:
Friday 15th February
This week, we've been celebrating International Week. On Wednesday, the children were treated to Mr Clarke's International Quiz, where they worked brilliantly in mixed year group teams. On Thursday, it was 'Around the World' day, where the classes visited different countries, in different classes, throughout the day. They went to Russia, Iran, Ghana and China. A very busy day! On Friday, the children came in dressed up in some very impressive costumes, and they got the chance to try some food from around the world. Some were braver than others!
Thanks to everyone who has given in a £5 deposit for a SATs pack. These are essential for the children in the build up to SATs, and will be given out to those who have given in £5 at the end of the first week back.
A reminder that projects are due in on the first day back after half term - Monday 25th February.
Happy Half Term everyone!
Wednesday 13th February
The children have completed their deforestation balanced arguments, and they look fantastic on our display in the classroom. Well done Year 6!
Thank you to everyone who came along to the SATs / Camp information evening last night. For those of you who couldn't make it, I have saved the Powerpoint in both the SATs and Camp sections of this page. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to come in and see me.
Deposits for Camp are due in today. Please do pay these as soon as possible, so that we can calculate the total cost for each pupil.
Thursday 31st January
This week, professional footballer Jack Rutter came to school to run a sports session with the children. Year 6 loved it and put in a huge amount of effort. I think it's fair to say that they were pretty exhausted after it - and then we went swimming!
Friday 18th January
We've had a great week this week in Darwin Class. The children are all enjoying their swimming lessons on a Monday and have already begun to make progress. We will continue with these sessions until the end of this term.
In class, we have been debating the pros and cons of deforestation, gathering ideas for our balanced arguments, which we will begin to write next week. As well as this, the children have been practising using adverbs such as 'however', 'therefore' and 'furthermore' - all of which are great to use in more formal writing.
In maths this week, we have moved on from coordinates to multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We have also been revising how to use the formal written short multiplication method to multiply larger numbers together. Hopefully, most of the children have cracked this one now!
I hope you're all getting on well with your projects, and have at least decided on what you're going to do. I will continue to send home a spelling rule to work on each week, ready for our weekly Friday test. It is important that the children do practise these, especially with SATs coming up.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Friday 11th January
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and are settling into 2019 well. We've been getting straight back into hard work in Year 6, with the focus on maths being coordinates this week. We have been plotting coordinates to create simple shapes, and learning new skills such as translating points on a grid.
In literacy, we are working towards writing a balanced argument all about deforestation. We have been thinking in particular this week about the effects of palm oil, and have enjoyed discussing Iceland's banned advert, 'Rang-Tan'. It provoked a lot of emotion from the children. They may try to convince you not to buy products with palm oil in them from now on!
Our new topics between now and Easter are 'Brazil' and 'Rainforests'. This week, I have sent home the instructions for this term's project, all about Brazil. Please have a look and encourage the children to think about which of the options they would like to have a go at. You can find a copy of the sheet in the Homework section of this page.
Please also look out for a letter all about Year 6 Camp. It should be in an envelope. It is a really important letter, so please ask for another one if your child has mislaid it.
Friday 30th November
This week, we have continued our work on fractions in maths. The children have really impressed me with how they've tackled some tricky fractions reasoning tasks. Next week, we will be looking at the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages, and at how to calculate percentages of amounts.
In literacy, we have been reading the Mayan myth, The Hero Twins. This links in with our current topic, The Maya Civilization. We will b working on planning and writing our own myths over the next few weeks.
We have been making Mayan masks in Art this week. Here are a few photos of the children hard at work:
Friday 23rd November
This week, we visited the Houses of Parliament in London. It was a brilliant day, and the children were fab. We even got to watch a live debate in the House of Commons! Apologies for the late return - I must remember to factor in traffic coming out of London next year!
Monday 5th November
Welcome back to Term 2 - where did that first term go?! It'll be Christmas before we know it!
This term, in maths, we will be focusing heavily on fractions. There are many different elements to this area of maths - equivalent fractions, adding fractions, multiplying fractions, finding fractions of amounts... - and I'm sure that by Christmas the children will be experts at it all!
In literacy, we will be finishing off our Battle of the Somme newspaper articles, and then moving on to persuasive writing in advertising. Alongside our writing, we will continue to work on our reading comprehension, grammar and spelling. Lots to fit in!
As well as literacy and maths, we will be learning about the Mayans in our new history topic, animals and their habitats in Science, and completing some more WW1-themed artwork. On top of all of that, we'll soon be starting rehearsals for Carols by Candlelight - eek! A busy, but exciting, half term ahead.
Hope to see you all for Parents' Meetings next week. A letter will be sent home shortly and a sign-up sheet will be out in the playground. :)
Friday 12th October
It's been very blustery and miserable outside today, but we've managed to stay cheerful in Darwin Class! This week, we have been working on written methods for multiplying and dividing larger numbers. This is an important skill in Year 6, and we will keep working on it throughout the year. Next week, we will be looking a factors and multiples, as well as prime and square numbers.
In literacy, the children have finished their fantastic diary entries, written from the perspective of a WW1 soldier. They also wrote some great letters home to their friends and families, which we wrote up on paper made to look old with tea and coffee. The display isn't quite finished, but I think it's going to look great!
Thank you to those of you who have already paid for the London trip. The children are getting very excited about it already, as am I! It's a fantastic trip and a brilliant opportunity to have a nose inside the Houses of Parliament.
Have a great weekend everyone. Let's hope this weather improves!
Friday 28th September
It's been a great week in Darwin Class. The children are fully settled into life in Year 6, and have been carrying out their roles and responsibilities brilliantly. In maths this week, we've been focusing on mental calculation. This group seem to be particularly good at it! Next week, we will be moving on to written formal addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In literacy, we continue to work on our WW1 diary entries, with a focus on time and place adverbials this week.
The children have also started their WW1 artwork, which is already looking impressive. Here are a few photos of them hard at work:
Friday 21st September
We've had a busy week this week, with lots of activities going on outside of our usual lessons. Wednesday was particularly exciting, when St John Ambulance came in to train the lovely Year 6s in First Aid. They learnt so much, including how to put a bandage on, how to put someone in the recovery position, and what to do if someone is choking. The lovely leader Sarah commented on what a credit they all were to the school, and I totally agree!
In maths, we have been learning about negative numbers and how to calculate across zero. Next week, we move on to mental addition and subtraction strategies. Literacy is all about our topic, WW1, this term. The children have been working on creating powerful descriptions of a trench, in preparation for writing diary entries from the perspective of a WW1 soldier.
Letters went out about the France trip today. Don't forget, there is a meeting next Thursday at 6pm for those who are interested. It really is an amazing trip, and ties in brilliantly with the children's learning in class this term.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday 6th September
Welcome back to school! I hope you have all had a fantastic break - the children have been telling me about all of the exciting things they got up to in the holidays. It's always good to be back though, and we're enjoying our new temporary classrooms so far. There will be lots of things that we have to do differently, and it might take a while to get used to everything, but we'll get there!
The new Darwin Class settled in brilliantly today. They all look very grown up in their new red jumpers, and seem more than ready to take on the challenges (and excitement!) of Year 6. Today was all about getting to know how we do things in Year 6, new responsibilities and routines, and generally catching up after a long break. Next week, the hard work begins!
I have sent a letter home today with more details about homework, PE days, etc. The letter is saved in the 'letters' section above if you didn't get one. There will be a 'Back to School' meeting next Thursday, and I am in the playground every morning, so please just ask if you have any questions.
Last Year 2017 - 2018
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!