Art Project

Next week, we will be starting an exciting new art project in Year 6. We are asking each child to bring in a 500ml plastic disposable water bottle for the project. Any old newspapers will be greatly appreciated as well. Finally, if you have any cardboard (cereal boxes are ideal!), please bring this in too. Your bottles will need to be in school by next Friday, when we will begin our project.

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SATs Success

Since September, the children in Year 6 have been working hard to finish their time at primary school in style. They have become more confident, developed their understanding in all subjects, increased their independence and readied themselves for high school. It has been such a pleasure for everyone teaching them to see their knowledge, talents and personalities grow.

Next week, the children sit their SATs. We are sending home today a guide to “SATs Success”. This details when each paper is next week and gives tips on how you can help your child to prepare so they are in the best position possible to do well. A copy of the guide is attached at the bottom of this post.

We will be starting school at 8.30am from Monday to Thursday next week with “Wake Up Shake Up” activities on the field. This is a great way for children to start the day together in SATs week so please help us by getting your child to school for 8.30am.

If you have any questions at all about next week, please don’t hesitate to ask any one of us.

The Year 6 Team

SATs Success Guide

Painting on canvases!

Over the past couple of weeks, Hawk class have been working on a wonderful art project. We started by creating a night sky by mixing blue, black and white paint to create a ‘gradient’ effect. Then, we flicked our white paint from our paintbrushes (which was surprisingly messy!) to create the stars in the sky. The following week, we used smaller paintbrushes to create silhouettes of tree branches and birds so they stood out against our starry skies. The final result was phenomenal! Look at all the wonderful artwork we have created:

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All our work is now displayed outside the classroom!

Easter homework / homework book collection

Hello everyone,

It has been brought to our attention that Eagle class did not receive their homework slips for the Easter holidays. Therefore, please see below for the Easter holiday homework:

Standard homework:

Maths – pages 28-37.

English – pages 73-77.

Advanced homework:

Maths – pages 23-30.

English – pages 73-77.

We have also noticed that a small percentage of children have left their homework books at school – these must be collected as soon as possible.

If your child is attending the revision sessions, please remind them to collect their books when they come in. If your child is not attending, you can still collect the homework books between 9:45am – 12:00pm Tuesday to Friday next week.

 

SATs Papers – available now on our website!

As you know, shortly after returning from the Easter Holidays, children will be sitting their SATs.

Over the holidays children have been given homework to complete, as usual, in their CGP Maths and English books.

To ensure that they are as well-prepared as possible, we have also prepared a bank of resources that you can use to help your child to revise. These resources can be found on the ‘Test Paper’ page of this blog (or through the link here).

There are a range of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS), Reading and Mathematics papers for you to use. Encourage your child to attempt the papers independently, before talking through the answers they have given to ensure they can justify their views. Answers for each paper have been provided.

The time they will be given to complete each SATs paper is:

  • Reading: 1 hour
  • GPS Question Paper: 45 minutes
  • Spelling Test: 15 minutes
  • Arithmetic: 30 minutes
  • Reasoning 1 & 2: 40 minutes each.

Hawk class – treat day – Wednesday 28th March

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Today, after working exceptionally hard, Hawk class filled their marble jar! We have decided to have our treat afternoon next Wednesday, 28th March.

The votes are in, and Hawk class have voted for… an afternoon nap!!!*

So, on Wednesday, please feel free to send your child in with:

  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Duvets
  • Sleeping bags
  • A set of pyjamas (to change into if they wish)

In addition to this, we have agreed the following:

  • Children can come in mufti clothes
  • Electronics can be brought in (provided they do not connect to the internet. No phones allowed. Electronics brought in are the responsibility of the owner.)
  • Toys/games may be brought in
  • Children may bring in their own food/snacks. BUT, sharing with other children and/or accepting food off another child isn’t allowed, unless Mrs Pearce/Mrs Rhodes/Mrs Aninakwa receive a signed note from the parent/carer of that child. No nuts, fizzy drinks or chewing gum are allowed.

 

*Please note, participating in the afternoon nap isn’t mandatory! No forced sleeping will be involved 🙂

Transition to Year 7

Yesterday, you should all have received a letter or text offering your child a place at Secondary school.  As discussed at the workshops on Monday, some of you may have got the school you wanted, but others may not.  Remember, you’re not alone if this is the case.  Accept the offer so that you know your child has a school place next year, but this doesn’t mean you can’t accept another offer if a place elsewhere becomes available.

For further help and advice, attached is the presentation the Year 6 staff gave at the beginning of the week.  There is lots of useful information here which will hopefully help you…Transition

Snow Day Spellings Homework

As school is closed today, and as our homework books may all be in our trays, I have devised a ‘snow day spelling homework’ full of more adventurous adjectives – perfect for use when writing a description.

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If you can incorporate these words into sentences which show you understand what the words mean, there will be merits awaiting you on Monday morning – just remember to bring your work in and show your teacher, but remember – the sentences MUST show that you have a good understanding of the word:

e.g. He was apprehensive.  This doesn’t tell me you know what the word means.

BUT

Apprehensive about walking home after dark, Chet decided to call his parents and ask one of them to pick him up.  This does tell me you understand the word’s meaning.

So, the words are:

exquisite
grotesque
amiable
loathsome
valiant
sinister
hectic
euphoric
incensed
crestfallen

Good luck Year 6s!

‘The Shack’ (a short story by Maisie)

Last week, Year 6 finished writing short stories – a project in English that we’d been working on for a couple of weeks. We were learning how to incorporate setting description, character description and a good plot, all whilst sticking to a ‘genre’ – quite a difficult task!

In Hawk class, we all did a fantastic job, but one story in particular stood out as being a particularly brilliant example of a short story – ‘The Shack’ by Maisie.

Here it is below:

The Shack

It was more of a shack than a house. If one stood outside, they would hear the hiss of low voices issuing from the house and vibrating through the drainpipes. Holes blossomed on the decaying, lopsided roof; the crumbling beams visible. Jade-green ivy strangled the house, creeping up drainpipes, crawling through gaps and twisting over brickwork. What was left of the windows were boarded up, the planks damp and rotting. A dark aperture swelled where the door should have been, nothing but black visible. In the top window, a light was on. By the way it was flickering, one would have guessed it was a candle. Inside the small, dingy, slightly mouldy room, six men sat shivering around the guttering flame.

“Don’t touch it, Snush!” a slender-faced man snapped curtly, as one of the men poked the candle. Snush, a man with a flat, pug-like nose, tiny eyes and a small dumpy body yelped as the flame licked his finger.

“S-sorry Perry,” he stammered. Perry, the thin-faced man, scowled. Bob Yellis, a man with a scattering of unshaven, messy whiskers, curved his reptilian mouth into a poor attempt of a smile that looked painful.

Perry stood up, looked around at the other stumpy men – Dig, Dung and Waxy – and announced, “I’d better do it then.” With that, he flounced out of the room, his travelling cloak fanning out behind him.

The window was wide open, the silk curtains fluttering in the wind, making it almost too easy for Perry. He scampered, lizard-like, up the stone-clad wall and precipitated himself through the window. There it was. As he perched on the windowsill, crying echoed around the room. He hated children. Perry climbed off the sill, stepped on a toy and swore. He peeled the LEGO off of his foot, and glared at the indent. It had to be done quickly. Wincing and not looking, he blindly shot a killing curse and leapt agilely back through the window.

The baby sat up; it had stopped crying.

 

Well done, Maisie!