Hello and welcome to Class 14 and 15! We are a cohort of brilliant and hardworking Year 6 children and our teachers are called Mrs Cassidy (Class 14) and Miss Richardson (Class 15). Class 14 will be taught by Mr Rogers on a Friday. Mr Shaw is our Teaching Assistant and he will be supporting both classes.
To go alongside our topic, ‘Fairgrounds’, we have been reading the book Leon and Place Between by Angela McAllister. We have used this book as inspiration for our own character and setting descriptions. We have continued to work on using subordinate clauses, onomatopoeia, metaphors, similes and personification to bring our writing to life. We have also continued to learn our weekly spellings.
We have been focusing on improving our engagement and attainment in reading. We have been completing our weekly guided reading sessions and using the school library regularly. We have started ‘Rainbow Reading’ and are excited to read as many books from our book list as possible.
We have been learning all about fairgrounds this half term. We learnt about Goose Fair, its significance to Nottingham and about the travelling community. We visited Goose Fair and used our experience to evaluate the rides and observe how they moved. We then designed our own fairgrounds rides and developed electrical circuits and a mechanism to enable our rides to move by themselves. We were able to try sanding, sawing and gluing using glue guns. We had to accurately measure using a ruler, protractor and a compass. The rides look amazing; we met most of our design criteria and have evaluated our models.
In Maths we looked at place value, the four operations, negative numbers, rounding, factors and multiples. We practised our skills using formal written methods and then applied what we had learnt to SATs style reasoning questions. We have been completing weekly arithmetic tests and have been achieving amazing scores on Times Tables Rock Stars.
In Science we learnt all about electricity. This linked closely with our topic work as we needed to complete a working circuit in order to make our ride move. We learnt to represent circuits using symbols in a diagram and about two of the most important scientific inventors in the field of electricity – Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. We conducted our own investigation to develop our understanding of what electricity is.
In R.E, we have learnt all about Christianity and the significance of the day ‘Sunday’. We have explored how Christians worship, the key features of a church and compared Christianity with other religions, in particular, Islam.
Mrs Baker has been helping us with our artwork. We have studied Spooner’s painting of Goose Fair. We then explored using a variety of art mediums – including chalk, scratch art and paint to create pointillism – to create pictures of a fairground. We chose our favourite media and completed a final art piece using it.
Next Half Term
Class 14 – Parents Evening will be held on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th November.
Class 15 – Parents Evening will be held on Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th November.
P.E will be taught throughout the year and will be taught on Wednesday for Class 15 and on Thursday for Class 14. We need to make sure we bring our full P.E kits into school on Monday and leave them in school throughout the week. There may be unscheduled P.E activities that take place at different times during the week and we need our P.E kits ready so we do not miss out.
Guided Reading will continue every Tuesday. We will be given a book and weekly activities to complete for the Guided Reading lesson.
Spellings and Times Tables Rock Stars
Weekly spellings will be sent home for us to learn ready for our tests on Mondays. We need to remember to go onto Times Tables Rock Stars to practise our times tables.
We have our rainbow reading lists and we will be able to begin borrowing books from this list to take home. We could always get a head start by visiting Clifton library and seeing if any of the books are there for us to borrow.
Year 6 Homework Club is taking place every Wednesday straight after school until 4.15pm. During this time, we can complete our weekly homework with the support of Miss Richardson, Mrs Cassidy and Mr Shaw. There will also be opportunities to work on the iPads and for us to receive extra support with our learning from the school day.
Just a reminder that the session on 6th November is cancelled due to Parents Evening.
We are looking forward to another fun year! Watch this space for lots of interesting and exciting updates about our work in Year 6!