Friday 13th May
The end of SATs!!! Yay!! The children worked really hard and should be praised for their effort and determination.
There is no comprehension homework this week. Please continue to read - this can be your group's e book.
Today we investigated the relationship between shadow length and the distance from the light source.
There is no Science homework, however, if you did not play the interactive games last week, now is your chance to do so.
If you have some time, try this at home as it will be sunny this weekend.
What time of day is your shadow its longest and its shortest?
Try this website
Welcome back to the Summer term.
This term is quite tense for the children, with the approach of their annual SATs tests in May.
Although we will be practising for the tests so the children become familiar with the layout and the experience, the children will still be continuing learning in all areas of the curriculum.
It is important that this term, the children have enough sleep and come to school awake and ready to learn.
We do not want to cause them undue worry or stress as they are all doing really well in all curriculum areas at school.
Please continue to hear your children read as often as you can. This could mean:
It is important that your child understands what s/he is reading, but more importantly, that s/he enjoys reading and takes enjoyment in doing so. Reading material covers a wide range of texts, including online texts in the form of e mails, texts, gaming instructions, research etc.
The children have been introduced to FREE ebooks from a well-known schools' publisher.
They have been reading texts with their group in class, and are able to access these at home to continue if they wish.
In your browser, type free e books to read at home
The website contains information for parents, should you wish to use these books with your child at home.
This term's Science is How we see things, should you wish to do some pre-topic research with your child.
As always, if you have any concerns or questions, we are always available to speak to you during the week.
Y6 Residential Trip to River Dart; 23rd - 27th May 2016
CLOTHING LIST - children should help with packing, so they know what clothing they have.
All items of clothing should be marked with your NAME
• Slippers (for indoor use only)
• 2 pairs of Trainers (1 pair for wet use)
• Wellington Boots - needed for Caving
• 2 pairs swimming Trunks/Costumes
• Pyjamas/Night Clothes
• 2 Large Towels
• Wash Kit
• Torch plus spare Batteries
• Unbreakable Water Bottle (very important)
• Small Rucksack
• Black Bin Bags
• Socks (lots)
• Waterproofs – Jacket and Trousers
• Baseball hat, Sun-cream, Insect repellent (summer)
• Woolly hat, gloves, scarf, thermal underwear (winter)
• At least 3 sets of clothing for activities (*see info below)
The clothing needs to be hard wearing and, depending on the time of year, should include a fleece/warm jacket. This list is the minimum recommended requirements, the weather can be very unpredictable and should we have a very wet week, then it may be necessary to have more changes of clothing. Some, if not all, of this clothing will get very dirty – old clothing is by far the best option.
• 3 Pairs Tracksuit Trousers / Leggings
• 3 Sweatshirts / Pullovers
• 3 T-shirts
• 3 Long Sleeved T-shirts / Shirts.
It is advisable to have an extra set of clothing that is not used for activities in order to have something clean to put on in the evenings and to travel home in.
All specialist equipment, e.g. sleeping bags, climbing harnesses etc. is provided by the centre.
We have had a great Science week, building structures to hold an egg and looking at how the heart works.
We were very fortunate to have Yousuf's father in school on Friday. Mr Ali is a doctor and he showed the children how to take blood pressure and how to show the heart on a real live scan. Using Yousuf as his patient, Mr Ali demonstrated the use of the equipment and encouraged the children to join in and take measurements.
Thankyou very much Mr Ali and thankyou Yousuf for being a willing patient!
A second photograph is on its way!
In English, we are writing biographies.
You could read the biography of a famous person and share it with us in school. Visit the library, research on the internet, and find out all you can about the biography of someone you would like to find out more about.
In Science, we are learning about the circulatory system.
If any parents are nurses, doctors, health visitors or work in a similar field, then we would love to hear how you can share your knowledge and experience with the children.
This week, we were very lucky to meet and listen to Danielle Brown, paralympic archery champion and winner of two gold medals. She told inspiring stories of her life and how she has always believed in her sporting abilities, despite the fact that she became disabled at a very early age and wasn't very good at most sports when she was young!
Danielle spoke to the children about self belief; that trying hard and practising were extremely important in achieving dreams. She tried to explain to the children that positive thinking and positive mind sets are vital to success. She also explained that enjoyment plays a vital role in success. She told the children to follow the path that they feel is right, not the one someone else might feel is right for them.
Danielle left the children with this thought: 'I can', meaning, we must tell ourselves that anything is possible if we believe in ourselves.
Perhaps as a child you may not be able to do something... yet, but with practice, determination, enjoyment and self belief, anything is possible!
We have just finished our topic on Fossils.
The children did some fantastic homework on living things found in the cenozoic, mesozoic and paleozoic eras.
As palaentologists, they came together to share information on what we can find out about life forms from millions of years ago.
We made fossils in clay and with plaster of paris. Come and see them on display in our classroom and find out how fossils are made.
Our trip to the Natural History Museum helped the children consolidate their learning in Geography and Science.
We visited the Red Zone galleries, which were all about the Earth.
After journeying through the 'centre of the Earth', we visited:
Through film footage, exhibits, interactive games and thefamous earthquake simulator, the children explored how the powers within the Earth shape the world in which we live in the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery.
They looked at fossils from a time when all Earth's continents were joined, and the animals that evolved after the continents separated. On display were: lava bombs, volcanic glass hair, and crystals created under intense pressure beneath Earth's surface.
How has wind, water and other weather shaped the Earth? And how long has it taken?
We looked at dramatic rock and mountain formations and a giant stalagmite, and find out how they formed. We found out how stones change shape and explored interactive exhibits.
Full of sparkle! This was Ms Collinson's favourite!. In this gallery, we discovered minerals, gemstones and rocks.
The glittering display included everything from gold nuggets to Stonehenge rock and kryptonite. Information explained how diamonds are formed and cut. Other things to look at included:
This gallery explored the evolution of life on our planet.
Things to see included early sea creatures, dinosaurs, mammals and ancient fossils. The children were taken on a journey through time from the big bang to the present. Information told how our solar system was formed, and explained about the variety of life that has lived on our planet. A great video, using the analogy of a clock, showed just how late humans arrived on the scene.
These guys certainly left a lasting impression in the Evolution Gallery where the children met theirancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explored what makes us human.
There is so much more to see and do at the Natural History Museum, so if you are thinking of a day out, this is a fantastic place to visit with your family - and it's free!
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