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Walsingham

WALSINGHAM CLASS 2019-2020

                               WALSINGHAM  CLASS 2019-2020 1

  Friday 29th November

This week in Year 6 has been another busy week. 

In Literacy, we have used the story mountain we created for 'The Firework-Maker's Daughter' to write up own story plans onto story mountains.  Our stories are based upon 'The Firework-Maker's Daughter'.  In Maths, we have been learning how to multiply fractions by whole numbers, mixed numbers multiplied by whole numbers and fractions multiplied by fractions. 

In RE, we looked at the Religious Order 'Franciscans' and researched answers to questions (e.g. What is their prayer life like?')  We also talked about what our vocation is and how God is calling us. 

In DT, we designed our own Christmas Pizzas.  We drew pictures to represent what we want our pizzas to look like, came up with 4 specificiations for what it should be like (shape/taste/appearance/base) and wrote our own methods for making them.  We will be making our pizzas in two weeks time.

In Science, we planned group investigations into how the width of a shadow changes as the distance between the object and the light source changes. 

In Geography, we drew cross sections of a volcano and found out all about what causes them to erupt.

This week's award winners:

'Mission Statement Award' went to Austin - for being a really polite and well mannered young man.  He goes out of his way to be respectful, for example, opening doors for adults. He is really engaged in lessons and shows enthusiasm for learning.  
'Good Work Award' went to Nadia for her work in DT - she designed a great Christmas pizza, thought carefully about her 4 specifications and was able to adapt the basic pizza method to create her own.    
'Star Writer' went to Lily M for a detailed story mountain plan full of imaginative ideas based upon 'The Firework-Maker's daughter' which we have been reading in class. We can't wait to read your story Lily!  

'Marvellous Mathematician' went to Logan for trying really hard over the past few weeks learning how to add, subtract and multiply fractions and mixed numbers on a maths table.

Have a lovely weekend Year 6 - don't forget to read and practise your spellings. 

           Friday 15th November 2019

This week in Literacy, we started our new class novel 'The Firework-Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman.  The children really enjoyed reading the opening few chapters of the story and are looking forward to finding out what happens to Lila.  In Maths, we have learnt how to add and subtract fractions on a math's table by finding a common denominator.  In Science, we continued our new topic on light and looked at what the human eye looks like inside and outside.  We labelled diagrams and explained the different parts.  In RE, we learnt about Saint Francis of Assisi and how he started a group who became called the Franciscans.  They made 3 vows.  In DT, the children learnt how to follow a basic method to make  pizza.  They weighed out all of their ingredients, learnt how to rub in and knead dough - scroll down to see photographs.  The children thoroughly enjoyed making and tasting their own pizzas.

Today, the children came to school dressed in their onesies to celebrate World Diabetes Day.

This week's award winners:

'Mission Statement Award' went to Frank - for being engaged in lessons and showing enthusiasm for learning.  He especially enjoyed learning how to make pizza today in DT.
'Good Work Award' went to Lewis for his work in RE - he was able to describe and give reasons for the actions, words and symbols used in the Sacrament of Ordination.  His work was really well presented.  
'Star Writer' went to Ozzy for a great piece of writing about Saint Francis of Assisi and how he was called by God to live and work amongst the poor people.  He was able to link to scripture and other religious figures. 

'Marvellous Mathematician' went to Keira for trying hard to subtract fractions and mixed numbers on a maths table.

Have a lovely weekend Year 6 - don't forget to read and practise your spellings. 

 

 

 

 

                                  Friday 8th November 2019

This week in Year 6 has been a really busy week.

On Tuesday, the children spent the day completing their Bikeability course (which got cancelled in September because of the rain).  On Wednesday afternoon, some of the boys took part in a football tournament. 

On Thursday morning, we enjoyed our first class trip to the library.  Lots of the children got their first library cards and were able to take books out.  Don't forget, you will now be able to order  the books off the Year 6 Reading Challenge at the library.

Over the half term, the children carried out interviews with family members.  This week, we have started to write up our family biographies. 

In Maths, we started our topic on Fractions - which we will be doing for the next 5 weeks.  The children have practised simplifying fractions, placing fractions on a number line and comparing/ordering fractions.

In Science, we started our new topic on light.

In RE, we have been learning about the Sacrament of Ordination (the Sacrament when a man becomes a priest).

In DT, we had a lovely afternoon today tasting and evaluating different pizzas.  We thought about what we liked/disliked, gathering ideas for when we design our own.  Scroll down to see photographs of us tasting pizza. 

This week's award winners:

'Mission Statement Award' went to Amelia - for being a kind, caring and friendly member of year 6 who will always help others.  She lives out the mission statement on a daily basis, always giving 100%.
'Good Work Award' went to James for his work in DT - taste testing lots of different pizzas.  Some good evaluations made and ideas that he will be able to use in his own designs. 
'Star Writer' went to Emily for her fantastic story based upon 'The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe'.  It was more like a novel than a short story and left the readers on a cliffhanger ending!  Well done.

'Marvellous Mathematician' went to Thomas for great understanding of how to order a set of fractions by finding a common denominator.  Well done Thomas - super work!! 

Have a lovely weekend Year 6 - don't forget to read and practise your spellings.  

Pizza Tasting - we tested and evaluated lots of different types of pizzas to gather ideas about we like/dislike

Friday 25th October 2019

This week in Maths we have been learning how to follow the rules of BODMAS.  In Literacy, we have continued our work on biography - we used research to write a biography about Queen Elizabeth 11.  In Science, we finished our topic by creating posters to persuade people to stop smoking.  In RE, we learnt about Saint Francis of Assisi and how he started the Franciscan Order - scroll down to see the power-point we used in class.  In Art, we finished our water colour paintings of Beauvale Priory.

Today we break up for half term. 

Please don't forget to keep up your reading (15 minutes every night) and practise your spellings from our science topic.

Homework - over half term, please make sure that you interview your chosen family member (using the interview questions) and ask follow up questions.  Please have this in school on Monday.

We will be going to visit the library in Eastwood the first week back after half term, so please ensure that you bring in your form to join the library or your library card.

 

have a great half term holiday. smiley

This week's award winners:

'Mission Statement Award' went to Jayden for being a lovely member of Year 6 who tries to live out the mission statement everyday.  He always works really hard in class and is a pleasure to teach.

'Good Work Award' went to Michael, Kyran, Scarlet and Ali for working really hard all day in RE (writing about Saint Francis of Assisi) and in Big Writing (their story based upon 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.'

 

 

                                Friday 18th October 2019

This week in Literacy, we started a new genre - biography.  We have read different biographies this week (including, Henry V111, Mother Teresa, Vincent Van Gogh, John Lennon, C.S.Lewis and Roald Dahl).  We have identified the key features of a biography.  

In maths this week, we have learnt about common factors, lowest common multiples, prime numbers, prime factors, squared numbers and cubed numbers.

In History, we looked at what daily life would have been like for the monks who lived at Beauvale Priory.

In Art, the children started to paint their watercolours of Beauvale Priory.

In Science, we discussed the effects that drugs, alcohol and smoking can have on a person's body.

In RE this week, we read the story of the Baptism of Jesus, we talked about how Jesus started his Mission and how we can share in the Mission of Jesus today. 

This week's award winners:

'Mission Statement Award' went to Lewis for being such a kind, caring young man.  He tries to live out our school mission statement everyday through how he works in the classroom and how he treats others.  A great role model! 

 

Have a lovely weekend Year 6 - don't forget to read and practise your spellings.  

Friday 11th October

This week in year 6 we finished reading 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'.  The children were really excited to start planning their own versions of the fantasy story and started to write them up on Friday.  In maths, we learnt to divide 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers, using long division and short division.  Lots of you found long division easier - I have put the power-point below to help you with your homework next week.

In History, we annotated maps of Beauvale Priory and what it would have looked like at the time it was built.

In RE, we listened to 'The Sermon on the Mount' and we wrote our own 'Be-attitudes' thinking about how we should behave as followers of Jesus and how we should treat others. 

In Science, we revised the digestive system and created flow diagrams to show how food is transported through our bodies (see power-point below).

This week's award winners:

'Mission Statement Award' went to Ruby - for living out the mission statement on a daily basis, always giving 100% and being a good friend to others.
'Good Work Award' went to Tom for his fantastic book based upon Brown Bear, Brown What Can You See? 
'Star Writer' went to Jess for her writing in RE and the 'Be-attitudes' she created. 

'Marvellous Mathematician' went to Bea for showing good understanding of how to use the long method of division to divide a 4-digit number by a 2-digit number.

 

Have a lovely weekend Year 6 - don't forget to read and practise your spellings.  

 

Friday 4th October 2019

This week in Literacy, we have continued to read 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'.  We held 'string discussions' to discuss what happened and how/why characters behaved in the way they did.  In Maths, we have being learning how to multiply a 4-digit number by a 2-digit number and solve reasoning questions.  

On Thursday for our local History topic, we recorded facts to explain when and why Beauvale Priory was founded by Sir Nicholas de Cantilupe in 1343. In science, we planned and carried out investigations into how our heart rate is affected by exercise (unfortunately it rained again as we were carrying this out).  Scroll down to see some photographs of us trying to count our pulse rates!  Finally in RE this week, we read the 'Sermon on the Mount' and wrote our own set of 'Be-Attitudes' to live by.

 

Have a lovely weekend Year 6 - don't forget to read and practise your spellings.  

 

 

Pulse Rate Investigation

                    Friday 27th September 2019

This week has been another really busy week in Year 6. 

On Monday and Tuesday most of the year 6 pupils took part in Bikeability training to complete their level 1 and level 2 training to enable them to ride safely on the roads. Unfortunately, because of the torrential rain, they were unable to ride on the roads and the instructors will be back in a few weeks time to finish the training with them.

In Literacy, we have continued to read 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'.  In Maths, we have started to look at addition and subtraction of large numbers (up to 8-digits). 

On Thursday for our local History topic, we went on an exciting trip to Beauvale Priory.  We walked to the site of the ruins and were given an informative tour by Ann (the owner).  She told us all about the founding of Beauvale Priory, what life was like for the monks who lived there when it was first built, 2 of the Priors John Houghton and Robert Lawrence (who were hung, drawn and quartered for their faith) and why Henry V111 shut down Monasteries - like Beauvale Priory.  Please scroll down to see some photographs of our lovely trip below.  In Art, we practised our sketching skills of Beauvale Priory - unfortunately due to the weather we were unable to stay for the afternoon at Beauvale Priory to sketch.  In RE, we looked at a painting of the Parable of the Prodigal Son and the messages it has for us today. 

Today, we celebrated Harvest Mass - thank you very much for all of the contributions of food that we will be taking to a local foodbank.

                                 Friday 20th September 2019

This week has been another busy week.  On Monday Morning, we had a special assembly by Forest (we even got to have our photos taken with the European Cup) and were given Forest caps.

In Literacy, we have continued to read 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'.  In Maths, we continued with our work on place value - we looked at rounding 8-digit numbers and learnt how to add/subtract positive and negative numbers.

In History, we learnt about the Reformation and why Monasteries - like Beauvale Priory - were shut down by Henry V111.  In Art, we practised our water colour skills ready to paint our landscapes of Beauvale.  In RE, we looked at the Parable of the Prodigal Son and what messages it has for us today.  We held silent debates.

 

This week's award winners:

'Mission Statement Award' went to Charlie for living out our mission everyday.
'Good Work Award' went to Emily for working hard in History on the Reformation.
'Star Writer' went to Willow for her explanation of the Reformation that led to Monasteries in our country (like Beauvale Priory) being shut down.

 

Remember 'Bikeability' takes place on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September (don't forget to bring your bikes and wear appropriate clothing). On Thursday morning, we are walking to Beauvale Priory Ruins for a guided tour of the grounds and to find out all about the history of the Catholic monks who lived there.

  Have a lovely weekend.

Don't forget to complete your reading every night and practise your spellings for Monday morning. 

Please also remember to bring your reading/Literacy homework in on Monday!

 

 

Why did Henry V111 want to divorce Catherine of Aragon?

Friday 14th September 2018

This week in Year 6 we have started all of our new topics. In Literacy, we started to read 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. In Maths, we have been learning about the place value of 8-digit numbers (we have looked at reading, writing, ordering and comparing them). In Science, we started to think about our heart, what it looks like and how it works.  We drew cross sections of a human heart and labelled them.  In History, we started our local History topic on Beauvale Priory.  We enjoyed finding out about why Henry VIII wanted to divorce Catherine of Aragon. In RE, we started our LOVE and CARE topic and started to think about what is done for us by the people who love and care for us.  We created montages of us with our family and friends for display.  In Guided Reading we fed back on the biographies of famous people that we read over the summer holidays, including Leonardo da Vinci, Florence Nightingale, J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, David Walliams and Malala. 


This week's award winners:

'Mission Statement Award' went to Ozzy for being kind and thoughtful - coming into school every morning to help set up classroom.  Showing he is ready to learn in every lesson. A great start to Y6 Ozzy!
'Good Work Award' went to Lily R for 100% effort in all lessons- Lily always puts her hand up to ask and answer questions, shares her ideas and is enthusiastic - well done!
'Star Writer' went to Casey - she tried really hard to write a recount from the perspective of Lucy in 'Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.'
'Marvellous Mathematician Award' went to Amelia  - for excellent effort and understanding in place value work - she can read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000.

On Wednesday 11th September we held our 'Meet the Teacher' meetings for parents (see below for the power-point presentation full of information and routines).

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Don't forget to complete your reading every night and practise your spellings for Monday morning.

 

 

Walsingham Class Newsletter autumn 1

Friday 6th September

 

The children have settled well into Year 6 this week. We have had lots of fun getting to know you all over the last few days, whilst taking part in lots of team building activities.

This morning, we celebrated Mass at Church to celebrate the beginning of our new school year - thank you to all of you who read so beautifully!

Have a lovely weekend - remember to read for 15 minutes every day, practise your spellings and times tables ready for next week!

 

Don't forget next Wednesday 11th September are our 'Meet the Teacher' meetings at 2.45pm and 6pm
 

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