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Boggarts Everywhere!

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.

Warmest wishes,

Mrs Chassebi

 

Welcome to Year 6

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.

Mrs Chassebi

Year 6 Rocks!

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!)

Warm wishes,

Mrs Chassebi

Happy half-term Year 6

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!

Mrs Chassebi

The Art of Being Human

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.

Mrs Chassebi

Happy Easter Holidays Year 6

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.

Warm regards,

Mrs Chassebi

Happy Weekend Year 6

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!

Mrs Chassebi

 

Happy Half-Term Year 6

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!

Kind regards,

Mrs Chassebi

Year 6

Another weekend is upon us and the children all deserve a well-earned, 2-day break!

In maths, they have worked their socks off and have achieved many successes with decimals and fractions.  Next week, we will also be looking at the relationships between decimals, fractions and percentages and finding percentages of amounts.  In Literacy, we are continuing to look at different techniques which authors use through a range of genres and applying these in our own writing.  Four girls from Year 6 had the opportunity of attending a Writers’ Day this week and meeting the author, Ciaran Murtagh (photo below).  Mrs Bennett was very impressed with their contributions on the day and, as a class, we enjoyed hearing about some of the author’s top tips for creative writing!

Enjoy your weekend everyone and have fun practising the songs and dance moves for this Tuesday’s trip to the O2!

Mrs Chassebi