Stevenson

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6 Stevenson. Our teacher is Miss Marchant and our TA is Miss Charrington.

Class Updates

Friday 18th September

A very busy week here in Year 6 Stevenson, but it has been lovely to really get into teaching our new topics. I am so pleased with the children’s continued enthusiasm and hardworking attitudes, which I am sure will continue over the year!

In English we were introduced to our new topic on autobiographies and have been reading about Trinidadian-British actress and author, Floella Benjamin’s life in Trinidad. We started the week by identifying the key features of autobiographies and then moved on to writing our own autobiographical paragraphs as if we were Floella. Next week we will look at planning our own autobiography based on our lives so far! I am already looking forward to reading them.

In Maths we finished off our place value unit with an end of topic assessment (yet to be marked but I know they will have all done really well), then moved onto column addition and subtraction of numbers up to 10 million. The children have done very well in remembering the process of carrying in addition and stealing in subtraction and now we will start putting this into practice by answering some word problems.

The children have begun the first Y6 Science topic of the year, ‘Classification of Organisms’ as well as continuing their work in RE by looking at the different faiths in our community. We then travelled back in time to the Ancient Greeks and have started learning what their life was like back then.

However it hasn’t been lessons all week! On Wednesday we held the ever popular House Captain elections. This is my first time being involved in the elections and I have been blown away by the confidence every candidate showed, it is not an easy task standing up in front of your peers and teachers, but everyone did fantastically. The standard of presentations was very high and I must congratulate all of you who put yourselves forward – win or lose, you all did yourselves proud! Votes will be in by next week so watch this space.

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces on Zoom the other day where we had our secondary school meeting. I hope we covered any questions you had but if you would like to speak to me directly, please do send me an email.

We know and understand that visits to secondary schools come thick and fast this time of year, so please don’t hold back, all I would ask is that you email Annora and/or me to let us know in advance if and when your child will be in late.

Homework today:

  • Comprehension
  • Times tables (pick two that you feel could do with a bit of extra practice and write them in your homework book)
  • Mathletics

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Marchant

Friday 11th September - Welcome back!

 

 

Welcome back and welcome to Year 6 Stevenson! I’ve heard many lovely stories of your summers full of exciting adventures, so I hope you are well rested and ready for the chaos and fun of the new school year and final year at St Stephen’s. The first week back is always very busy for the pupils, parents and teachers and before you know it, it’s Friday and the first week is done.

 

So far this week, we have written poems in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson, talked about our hopes and aspirations for the year, created self-portraits and discussed how having a growth mind-set will be critical to succeeding. Despite it being the first week back, we have still managed to include a little bit of English and Maths where we looked at exciting sentence starters when writing about our summer holiday and revised place value of numbers up to ten million. It’s great to see the pupils have managed to retain all they learnt in Year 5, especially given the huge break in between!

 

I am very excited to be back teaching and am looking forward to the challenging yet fun work ahead – the pupils tell me they are too. Thank you for all your support with signing the new homework diaries, so far the class have done very well with remembering all this new information. It would be great if they could keep this up as it prepares them for next year. Year 7 may seem like a while away, but time will fly by!

 

As you all know, COVID-19 has rather disrupted our regular routine, but in true St Stephen’s style we have carried on as ‘normally’ as possible and everyone is adapting very well to the new rules. I just hope that this all clears up in time for our exciting residential trips – PGL in the spring term and Whitby and France once the SATs are over.

 

And speaking of SATS, as the children have been away from the classroom for so long, we have postponed their first Year 6 assessments by a few weeks. These ‘mock’ tests are based on the SAT format and will help us identify gaps as well as help the children get used to this type of question paper. We will use these practice papers as our assessments every half term and they will also help determine your child’s group for Maths.

 

Finally, we will be having our house captain elections soon. Each house will have four Year 6 Captains who will help lead their houses in certain events and activities. Candidates will make a presentation to their Y6 Housemates on why they should be elected, which will be filmed and distributed to all of the lower years to watch in their own classes. Votes from each class will then be collated. This will take place on Wednesday afternoon, so they might like to start planning now – email any supporting PowerPoints to me on z.marchant@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk . Below is a job description and a few ideas that might help.

 

House Captain’s Job Description

 

  • Each House will fundraise for a specific charity. In the presentation you should put forward your recommendations for your chosen charity and ideas for fundraising.
  • Lead regular House meetings
  • Help to organise your House for certain school events i.e. Sports Day
  • Representing the school at particular school events i.e. Grandparent’s Day
  • Acting as a role model for your House/ School
  • To meet regularly with the Headteacher
  • To present House Captain Awards at the end of the year.
  • Any speech or talk they give should be no more than five minutes.

 

Admin

 

Gymnastics is on Tuesdays and Kick London is on Thursdays. Please come in wearing PE kit for the whole day.

 

Homework will be set on a Monday and a Friday – please see the homework section on the class page for more information on this.

 

Library sessions are on Fridays (please encourage children to bring and change books)

 

Water bottles must be brought and kept in the classroom.

 

We have a secondary school information meeting next Monday evening, 6.30. This will be over Zoom, so do tune in as there will be lots of useful information.

 

Please feel free to email me with any queries or issues and I’m looking forward to teaching this class again, I know we will have a great year.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Miss Marchant

Monday 7th September

Welcome to Year 6.

There will be a full blog entry on here on Friday, but in the meantime do please take a look at our Timetable Y6 Stevenson and the Y6 Curriculum Map 2020-21 for the year.

Please note that the children will need to come in to school wearing their PE Kits on Tuesdays and Thursdays which they will wear all day. They will NOT need their uniforms on those days.

Homework

Friday homework – comprehension due Monday and Mathletics due Wednesday

English Comprehension

Read pages 4 & 5 (again) in the CGP Reading Fiction book then answer the questions on pages 10 and 11 only. Completed booklets are due on Monday morning.

Maths

In your homework book, write out two times tables (1 to 12) of your choice – focus on those that slowed you down in the Times Table Challenge – you decide which ones that you need to practise. This is due on Monday.

Log on to your Mathletics account and complete the activities set only – try the ‘LIVE’ Mathletics afterwards if you would like to do more. This must be completed by Wednesday.

 

 

Note:

Homework in Year 6 is set twice; on Mondays which is due on Wednesday morning and then on Fridays to be handed in on Monday mornings.