Welcome to Year 6 - Horowitz Class!
Alice the Musical - July 2017
Well, what a show! Yet again, the children from Year 5 & 6 exceeded expectations and entertained the audience, with a riotous mixture of talent and comedy. First time I have heard the headmaster laugh out loud helplessly, so well done the Mock Turtle going for his cadenza!
Below are some of the photos taken at rehearsal (before all the set was up - sorry!)
House Points and Ace Points
The first few children have gained their House Points and Ace Points. Well done all of you!
Post SATs fun day
On the Friday after SATs finished Year 6 had a fun day, based at school, where they prepared a picnic for their parents, built shelters outside and watched the DVD of "Holes", which we have been reading in class.
VALUES FOR LIFE - RESPONSIBILITY
Each of the year groups has been tasked with making a banner for the school hall to portray one of our new school values. Year 6 have the task of making the banner for the value of Responsibility.
After brainstorming and coming up with a series of images, all the children have been working on their own small part of our banner. Tasks have included drawing and cutting out hands, a dove, a world map, little people and an image of God!
You can see all the children getting to grips with sewing today!
IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!!!
After the Easter holiday fortnight, we have 9 days of lessons before the children take their SATs papers. I am personally quite excited about it all, because the children have made such HUGE progress this term, and I would like that progress to be officially recognised by their SATs results.
Needless to say, we will be working our socks off for those 9 days, revising and practising papers. To help things along, I have made available on the SATs star above some packs of SATs papers for further practice. Don't forget about SPAG,com, where I will set lots more tests, all of which can be repeated up to 4 times, as each time the children learn from their previous mistakes.
Don't forget also the CGP SATs buster books which we have provided. All of the maths books could now be completed if you wish, but as a minimum, all of the Arithmetic booklet should be completed and marked.
Have a lovely holiday and I look foward to seeing some of you at the Easter booster classes.
As a school, we have paid for a subscription to spag.com for each child in Year 6 to help them prepare for their Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling paper in May. The children have been given their own log-in and may complete tests and exercises which I set them. They can then click on the questions they have made a mistake in and see the correct answer. Children who regularly practise on spag.com gain higher marks than those who don't!
Today the children have done a 50 mark online spag test, which they can sit one more time at home. I will then set other exercises based on the mark analysis.
Whole-school Science Day March 8th
On Wednesday the whole school took part in a Science experiment day, based on the problem of how to protect strawberries from a drop. The children had to plan, design, test and review their devised experiments. Here you can see in the photos some of the ingenious ways they came up with to protect their precious strawberries.
Reflections on Life
Amaya wrote the following diary extract after being part of the group that visited Castleman House:-
Today is World Book Day and I was one of the fourteen children chosen to go to an elderly home, which is called Castleman House. To get there, we went through the meadow, up the trailway and up the road. My friends and I dressed up as the three little pigs. All fourteen of the children chosen had prepared jokes, poems, quotes and stories. My friends and I did the story of the three little pigs.
After we had all done our readings, we had juice and biscuits. I had thought that me and all the other children coming to the elderly home meant nothing to them but an ordinary day. Then I thought more carefully. I saw one man that had lost his arm; also most of the other elderly people were in wheelchairs. I realised that it's a moment when the elderly people can foget about all their problems in life and remember that life can be fun.
This experience has made me realise that the most littlest of things can make a big difference to someone else and that by doing the most simplest things can make the world a better place. I'm looking foward to going back and helping the elderly people as much as I can and I want to get to know them better. Also I want to hear all about their lives.
World Book Day
Today on World Book Day, a group of Year 6 children went to Castleman House in Blandford to perform a selection of poems, stories, and jokes to the residents there. The residents were delighted with the children’s costumes and performances, as we had children dressed as the BFG, Dobby, Alice In Wonderland and the Three Little Pigs among our children. Lois stunned everyone with her performances of poems she had written herself, Thomas told the story of Beadle the Bard and Nathaniel and Daniel were a very entertaining comedy duo, who performed Nathaniel’s jokes. Nathaniel has written a series of jokes which play on homophones. The residents particularly enjoyed joining in the telling of the Three Little Pigs.
Spring Term 2nd Half
Rotary Club Young Writers Competition
The closing date for the Rotary Young Writers Competition is Monday 6th March for our school. Some of the children have chosen to complete theirs at home and type them up and these need to be back by Monday 6th March at the very latest, along with the relevant permission slip.
World Book Day - Thursday 2nd March
We are looking forward to World Book Day when some of our class will be going to Castleman House (dressed up as book characters, including staff!) to celebrate World Book Day with an informal presentation of poems, stories and songs. The children have volunteered to be part of the important task of beginning to establish deeper links with our community in Blandford. We hope this will be one of regular visits that the school will make to Castleman House.
Enterprise Week Market
The children have learned about the whole design process from original ideas, to concept board to design briefs. Then they were tasked with making the products, advertising them in poster and in a sales pitch, and finally selling their goods at the Enterprise Market this afternoon.
All of our home-made items sold extremely well. We sold out of Jelly Bean Creatures and Magic Balloons before the end of the fair. We had to discount a few products to clear them and we made a loss on the glow-sticks. Overall, our profit was £45 and we came 4th.
Some children showed a real flair for selling, and loved it. All the children were generous with their time helping the younger children sell their goods and handle money. You can see below the photos from today and some of the design work that the children have completed this week.
Next week, we will be designing, creating and selling our products for the Enterprise Market on Friday afternoon. We will be making products on Monday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon between 2 and 3.15pm each day. If you are able to come and help, an extra 2 or 3 adults on each afternoon would be most helpful, but be prepared to get sticky!
This is a little preview of the products we will be making:- (click on the links below)
If you have any of the following at home, and would be happy for us to recycle them/use them, please could you send them in.
Broken wax crayons, all colours
Heart shaped baking trays
Brightly coloured nail varnish, ie bright blue/green/orange/pink/neon for putting decorations on the pegs for the butterflies.
Year 6 have been demonstrating some superb writing this week, in response to the book The Tear Thief. Some of the work, in newspaper report form, was so entertaining that it deserves to be seen by more people than just the teacher and TA!
Year 6 Assembly 13th January 2017
This morning, year 6 shared some of their learning from the last week. They have based this on The Tear Thief and shared role-play drama, story-telling and some of their creative writing. We hope the photos below will give you an insight into this book.
January 2017 - Happy New Year
This term is going to be packed with learning! We have made a great start on a beautiful English story called The Tear Thief and would love it if you could join us this Friday 13th January for our Year 6 assembly, when we will be telling the story of The Tear Thief.
We had a fabulous party day yesterday in year 6. The children were beautifully behaved, polite and courteous. Santa arrived in the afternoon with presents for the class, which they are going to play with today, before our final assembly. Thank you for a great term, year 6 and for your cards and presents.
HAVE A REST!
We have been enjoying lots of different craft activities this week. Below are some of the pictures from our wreath making and calendar making sessions The wreaths were very fiddly and prickly to make, but looked beautiful with the fresh holly and ivy from Mrs Newlin's garden.
The children were offered a choice of homework tasks last weekend; one of the tasks being to write a poem on the topic of Dorset.
Wonderful, wild Dorset,
Thomas Hardy's home.
Where thriving nature grows,
and hunter-gatherers did roam.
Dinosaurs once roam the county,
searching for its glorious bounty.
And the place that I call home! by Lois
Who am I?
Lurking in the shadows,
Ferociously for a fight.
Feasts on worms and grubs,
Not many see the light.
It is known to be a type of drink,
And an unhealthy one, at that!
They have two black stripes upon their head,
Like a fluffy, woolly hat! by Nathaniel
Music World is a Charanga programme especially for children to use themselves. It's a safe online space where children can learn more about music and practise their instrument if they are learning to play. Every child in Year 6 can access Music World as part of our school's licence.
Children love Music World with its avatars and fun music activities and they enjoy playing the musical games and earning coins and badges as they progress. All the children have their own passwords and there is no "chatroom" type access, so it is completely safe for them to use. Charanga Music provides simple independent learning for children.
We have started reading Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver as a class reader and using it as a starting point for English work and cross curricular work for science and geography.
We have also listened to some of the book on Youtube, read by Sir Ian McKellen and the link is here
Here is a selection of the artwork connected with the book that the class have just finished.
BRENSCOMBE RESIDENTIAL TRIP 2016
We took many short videos and over 400 photographs of the class during the Brenscombe residential trip in September 2016. Some of the photos and video you have seen in the Brenscombe video, which we premiered in our Class Assembly in October. Below are some short video clips, which offer a snapshot into the Brenscombe activities of raft building and bushcraft.
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