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!
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!
In Year 6, the children have been continuing to work hard in the various areas of learning and have had another busy week. There has been lots of challenge and perseverance in Maths, where children have been multiplying decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 using knowledge of place value and extending this to multiplying decimal numbers by decimal numbers; next week we will be using similar knowledge to divide decimal numbers and to problem solve in a range of decimal contexts. So if any children want to go on Mathletics, these are good areas to focus upon.
Lots of super Viking homework has been coming in and it’s been great to see children taking pride in their work. We have had conversations about this in class this week, encouraging children to use their best presentation and work ethic in pieces of work across the curriculum. The class have been enjoying our class reader, Viking Boy, which is rich in language and plot and has prompted lots of discussions. Please continue to help us foster your children’s love for reading, by encouraging them to read as much as possible at home – thank you.
The class have been very appreciative of the CGP books which Two Waters have purchased for them, in order to practise and reinforce the many areas of mathematics along with spelling, punctuation and grammar. The children will be bringing these books home on a regular basis, which they are really keen to do, with a quick turnaround of completing a brief activity (approximately 10 / 15 minutes) and returning to school fairly promptly. They’ve been really organised and efficient in doing this so far, standing them in good preparation for secondary school.
Thanks again for all your continued support – your children are a delight to know and teach.
Happy new year to all the families of Year 6; I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas break and are feeling rested.
The children have settled back in well over the past two days and continue to impress adults around the school with their good behaviour choices and positive role modelling.
We are looking forward to finding out lots about The Vikings in our new topic and a homework pack linked with this will be brought home with the children on Monday. In Science, the children will start to look at Classification and next week’s Maths will be all about co-ordinates and also transitions. This half-term’s Literacy unit will cover a whole range of fictional genres which the children will compare and contrast. The children have all come home with their new spellings today, which can also be found on the school’s website. As usual, please do encourage them to read as much as possible and to take part in Mathletics activities which will support their learning.
Have a happy weekend, whatever you are doing, and I’ll look forward to a full week of learning (and laughter) next week.
We did it!
The autumn term has simply whizzed by and your children have been an absolute pleasure to teach; they are really blossoming and growing-up!
It was great to see so many of you at this morning’s Christmas singing event. Thank you for getting with the 80’s bug and enabling them all to come in so brilliantly dressed up. They really looked the part and performed the Band Aid song fantastically. I was very proud of them as I’m sure you were too.
Thank you so much for all your generous Christmas presents; I’ve been very spoilt! Enjoy a wonderful fortnight of family fun and I look forward to seeing you all again in January.
Happy Friday to you all,
Another week has flown by and the children have been working hard at using BIDMAS to solve fraction calculations; getting to know ‘The Great Paper Caper’ text as a springboard to discussion writing; researching more about the Mayans through History and Computing and creating festive lights through Science and D and T. On Monday, the class will complete their festive light products and present them to our Two Water ‘Dragons’.
The class have also begun to learn the Band Aid song for our class performance on the morning of December 19th. They have been asked if they can bring in some 80s-inspired clothes, by next Friday, so that they can all really feel the part! They are all looking forward to performing in front of you so it will be great to see lots of you here on the last day of term.
Have a happy weekend and I will see some of you at Sainsbury’s on Sunday for the FTW bag-packing event.
It’s been another fun filled week in Nursery this week!
We are well underway with our Nativity rehearsals and the children are really enjoying it. They have learnt so many new songs with actions, everyone around the school has been commenting on how wonderful it sounds. We are hoping to see lots of you for our performance on Wednesday 13th at 9:30!
This week was creative week throughout the school and our focus has been growth mindset. As our Literacy unit has been ‘The tiger who came to tea’ we have learnt as a class how to draw tigers. Each day we have focused on a different part of a tigers face, on Monday we will be putting all these different elements together to do our final piece. All our different pieces of work will be put in to a book to show the development throughout the week.
We ended this week with Deco day, the children loved spending the morning making Christmas decorations. A big thank you to all the adults who dropped in to help!
Next week sees our very first trip to the theatre to see ‘The tiger who cam to tea’ the children (and staff) are really excited. Please be reminded that we will be meeting in Bunnings car park between 7:45 and 7:55 ready to leave on the coach at 8:00.
Have a wonderful weekend,
The Nursery team