Year 6 are just coming to the end of a writing unit, where we have used the storybook, ‘Hermelin’, as a launchpad to various writing activities, culminating in their fabulous diary entries this week. They are really showing a growing confidence in experimenting with Year 6 writing skills and developing their conscious control as writers – well done Year 6!
Without a doubt, the plethora of storybooks which the children are devouring at home and school is having a huge impact on their own ideas for writing and on their extensively growing vocabularies, so thank you for your continued support at home with this.
Instead of the usual homework packs, the children have been bringing home their Maths and Literacy CGP books and this will continue until SATs week. We will also be giving the children usernames and passwords for an online Maths Diagnostic programme, where daily Maths problems will be set. Again, thank you for your support and encouragement with this.
We are SO excited for our trip to the O2 next week and finally taking part in Young Voices – it’s going to be fabulous!
Enjoy your weekends and keep practising the songs!
Another week has flown by in Year 6 and your children have settled back into school beautifully after their brilliant residential trip to Norfolk – I hope you enjoyed all the Twitter updates – more photos will be posted onto the school website over the next few days.
We have started our new Literacy unit based on the mythical creatures of ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ and the children have already been producing some super writing around this. They have also been very entertaining with their frieze frames of mischievous classroom ‘Boggarts’! Lots of the children are choosing to read the ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ books and are queuing up to be the next in line to read each one. It’s great to see such enthusiasm for reading from a range of genres and thank you for all your support at home with encouraging 20-30 minutes of reading a day: it really does make such a difference.
In Maths, we have been focussing on multiplication, including formal methods and reasoning problems and I have been impressed with the children’s attitude to challenging themselves. This has also been noticeable in improved times tables scores, which in turn should have a positive impact on the next two week’s work on division. Please come along to the curriculum workshop on Tuesday 9th October where we will go through examples of how children are being taught the formal methods of the four operations.
Have a restful weekend everyone and enjoy the sunshine.
Happy Friday to you all, at the end of a busy week back at school. The children have taken the transition to Year 6 in their stride and it has been a pleasure starting to get to know their various personalities!
We have had lots of conversations about expectations for the top end of school and I am sure that the children will rise to these and embrace the different positions of responsibility, showing themselves to be fantastic role models to the rest of the school.
Today, the children have come home with their homework packs and their first week’s spellings, along with a request from me to ‘read, read, read’ as much as possible: 20-30 minutes a day would be ideal! Some of the class are also keen to improve on their times tables knowledge (and also test scores) so hopefully they will be counting in their 7’s as they climb the stairs, or in their 6’s on a car journey!
Thank you in advance for all support at home and I look forward to seeing you all for the early drop off prior to our residential trip!
Have a restful weekend.
What an amazing week our class have had! This is always a busy time of year, with lots going on, particularly in Year 6!
On Monday, some of the class represented Two Waters at an athletics event; on Tuesday, half the class spent the day at Hemel Hempstead School at a Mathsland event; Wednesday was a day for sharing and celebrating their well-deserved SATs results which reinforced just how much the children have pushed and challenged themselves this year; Thursday saw them wowing us all with their amazingly, talented performances at the Year 6 production of Shakespeare Rocks (so proud); and finally, today saw their last skiing session at the Ski Centre where all children have made great progress over the past six weeks!
The class have brought home their school reports today, which are a reflection of their fabulously, individual characters: enjoy!
Your children are an amazing bunch and this week has been full of highs and smiles. Now, to enjoy their last school disco and then a restful weekend, before our final week together at Two Waters, (commencing with Thorpe Park Monday!)
We made it to the end of another half-term (and a busy SATs one it was!)
All of the children in Year 6 conducted themselves beautifully throughout SATs week, showed resilience and applied themselves one-hundred percent! They were truly a credit to you all. Once exams had finished, we celebrated with lots of fresh air and a well-deserved ice-cream treat!
This week, we have continued to focus on our writing for English and the children have also presented some creative videos in Science, advertising the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. Rounders has been a big hit with them all in PE lessons and their skills have come on fantastically. Don’t forget that skiing sessions start on the first Monday back. The children have brought home their song words and lines for the Year 6 production, which promises to be a big hit. Please put the date in your diary: Thursday 12th July.
I hope that you all have a relaxing half-term holiday, whatever you are doing, and here’s to a jam-packed, exciting final last 7 weeks at Two Waters for this amazing class!
Year 6 have been enjoying the practical nature of their current Science unit, which mixes Science and Art in a creative way. Last week we launched the subject by making Blood Smoothies which were a big hit and this week the children worked in groups to sculpt models of the human heart. These practical lessons, along with fun PE lessons and our mile a day running, have been a great balance to all the hard work of preparing for SATs!
We have two weeks to go now and we will be making the most of the time in class to consolidate areas of maths, spelling, punctuation and grammar and to enhance our reading comprehension techniques. Please continue to support your children at home to have a final push at maths activities and to make time for 30 minutes a day to build their reading stamina (and, of course, enjoyment of reading)!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks again.
We were so lucky with the weather for our Year 6 trip to Knebworth House on Tuesday. The children behaved beautifully and were certainly a credit to the school. It was a great way to finish our topic on the Tudors and the children were able to show off their knowledge and enjoy some really hands-on experiences. Please take a look at our gallery for a full range of pictures!
Yesterday, the children took part in a Year 6 bake-off, organised and prepared by the lovely Mrs Bennett. They have been working towards this class treat for many weeks and, during the day, their collaborative and organisational skills really impressed us! We have a lot of budding bakers who took pride in their work and were great at clearing up afterwards too. Mrs Bennett, Hayley and I all enjoyed tasting the results (as did the children) and had a tricky challenge in choosing our Bronze, Silver and Gold winners! Again, further photos can be found in the Year 6 gallery.
The children have come home with three SATs papers (1 arithmetic, 1 maths reasoning and 1 reading comprehension), which is just over 2 hours worth of work for them. Please could you support them in enabling them to have a quiet space to complete these at some point during the fortnight. Thank you so much. They definitely deserve a well-earned break over the holidays but hopefully they won’t mind keeping their brains ticking over a little bit with the run-up to SATs fast approaching. Hopefully, they’ve all got an exciting reading book on the go too; they are impressing me so much with the speed with which they are devouring books!
Have a wonderful holiday and hopefully enjoy some days out in the sunshine and lots of family time.
Another Friday has arrived and the weeks are flying by! It’s been very busy in Year 6 and the children have been working hard in all areas. Their enthusiasm and sense of challenge in Maths continues to impress me and I am really pleased that they are remembering to go onto Diagnostic Questions each day to complete the two daily questions – keep this up children! Our current Maths unit is to find area and perimeter of shapes but we are also doing lots of practice and revisiting of many Maths arithmetic areas.
We have been learning all about the Tudors in History and have written some super pieces already, including Henry VIII fact files and witty newspaper adverts where Henry is looking for a new wife! Next week, the children will be creating emotive letters from Anne Boleyn to Henry, asking him to spare her life.
The majority of children seem to be reading on a regular basis and really getting into their books, which has been great to see. Thank you for encouraging them and reminding them to read for 30 minutes a day at home to really help build their stamina for reading and, ultimately, a love of books!
Have a happy weekend and I hope all the mums get a bit of a treat / rest / break on Sunday!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks in Year 6 and the time has flown. The children had a brilliant time at the O2; their behaviour was impeccable and their enthusiasm was infectious. I was incredibly sad not to have gone with them, although Miss Shay was full of high praise and pride upon their return.
Our Viking theme culminated with a morning of preparing Viking vegetable soup and rustic bread, which we all enjoyed eating together – thank you Mrs Bennett! We also completed our class reading book, ‘Viking Boy’ which received a resounding round of applause! After half-term we will be having a creative week straight away, followed by our new topic: The Tudors.
It was great to see you all for parents’ evenings this week and thank you for your continued support at home, particularly with regards to the sustained reading opportunities and reminders to go on www.diagnosticquestions.com to partake in maths revision activities.
Have a wonderful half-term break everyone and enjoy a well-earned rest!