Welcome to Year 6 Stevenson. Our teacher is Miss Marchant and our TA is Miss Charrington.
In English this week we started a new topic based on poetry. We looked at Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem ‘The Kraken’, first identifying all the tricky old English words and then looking at the description used by Tennyson. We used this description to inspire our own sea creatures. Once designed, the class wrote their poems, making sure to include a range of excellent words and phrases to create imagery – I really felt like I could see every one of their ‘beasts’.
In Maths, we have continued with fractions, this week putting all we have learnt about adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators into practice by attempting some word problems. These can be tricky but the class got into the swing of underlining the key vocabulary that helped them identify what the question was asking. For example ‘total’ tells them they need to add and ‘more…than’ means subtract. They did really well and I feel they have grasped this concept. We are now beginning to look at multiplying fractions by whole numbers.
We have continued with circuits in Science and our lesson on Monday saw us learning the symbols for each component so we could draw scientific circuits. Electricity is always a fun topic as the children love using the resources to create their own circuits to see how bulbs and buzzers work.
We finished off a good week by talking about respect in Relationships and Health Education. We started the lesson by looking at cultural norms from different countries and how it can appear disrespectful to behave one way in a country, even if this is normal in our own. We then spoke about how we should react to people perhaps displaying behaviour or saying things we do not agree with. Instead of being aggressive towards this person, we can be respectful and speak calmly as we do not know what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes – maybe there is a reason for the way that they are acting. We thought the quote from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird really supported this idea – ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it’.
Next week, the children will be completing a number of assessments based upon the SATs. This will help us continue to identify gaps and to help the children get used to the SAT format and test conditions. We will use these practice papers as our assessments every half term. We have been doing lots of work in class so I know the class will get higher results each time we do them. If you have any questions on this, do let me know.
Have a lovely weekend.
This week has been relatively ‘normal’ by our standards with just our usual lessons to entertain us. In English we finished off our unit on persuasive writing by drafting a letter to Mr Schumm, hoping to persuade him to install something in the school so the current cohort can be remembered for years to come. Their letters have been great – packed full of expressions of conviction, powerful adjectives and adverbs to ‘sell’ their idea and many reasons to support their argument. They worked hard on this unit and should be proud of the work they produced.
In my Maths class we have continued with fractions, this week looking at adding and subtracting mixed numbers (5½ + 3¼). This can either be done adding the whole number, converting the fractions so they have the same denominator, then adding them together, or turning the mixed numbers into improper fractions, converting them so they have the same denominator then adding. The two ways give the same answer and we practiced both so the children have the option when they come to similar questions in test papers. This aspect of fractions really relies on their times table knowledge, so I encourage them to continue practicing.
In RE we started our new topic where we are looking at advertising during advent. We watched many well-known Christmas adverts and discussed how they show the Christmas message. Whilst not many adverts showed the story of Christmas, they still focussed on family, love, kindness and sharing, which are still key values at Christmas time.
On Wednesday, we had a Zoom chat with new author Paola Somaini, where she spoke about her book ‘I can see it with my Elephant Eye’. This is a book that speaks about fears and how the coronavirus is causing some children to feel scared and anxious. We then discussed as a class how we can deal with feelings of uncertainty and that they are not alone. It sparked some lovely conversation and the children all left the class feeling very positive.
Have a lovely weekend.
Thank you to all those I saw at Parents’ Evening this week, it was lovely to see you all. The two evenings went ahead with very few technical problems so that was a huge relief! Do let me know if you have any other questions and I will be happy to help.
In English this week we have continued working on persuasive writing, this time thinking about what we would like to write about, as well as analysing the effectiveness of other people’s work. We had some lovely ideas for what the children want to write to Mr Schumm about, including creating a giant mural on the blue wall in the playground, bringing in therapy pets around SATs and tying old ties around the trees at the entrance – all great ways in which the Year 6 cohort can be remembered when they leave. I am sure they will manage to write excellent persuasive letters next week using all the techniques we have learnt so far.
In my Maths class, we have been continuing with fractions. This time we looked at comparing, adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators. This can look very daunting, but the class has been working hard to use their multiplication knowledge to change the denominators, before working out the calculation. Keep up the hard work!
In Geography we have started our new topic on the United Kingdom. We started by looking at the 4 different countries that make up the UK and located them and their capitals on a map. We then introduced the idea of counties today, discussing all the ones that surround us in London, as well as some others in different parts of England.
For RE we finished our two week topic on Remembrance by talking about peace and how it can help the cause of Remembrance. The children made ‘origami peace cranes’. These were created by a 10 year old Japanese girl who had developed leukaemia some years after the Hiroshima bomb in 1945. She had planned to make 1000 but sadly died before completing them. Inspired by her courage and in memory of all who died due to the atom bomb, children across Japan raised money for a monument in her memory at the Hiroshima Peace Park with the inscription ‘paper crane, I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world’. People all over the world now make these paper cranes and send them in to the monument. We have boxed ours up and will be sending them to the peace park.
And finally, the girls in Y6 have been invited to play cricket with a coach from Shepherd’s Bush Cricket Club. This will take place every Friday and should any girls want to take part, they can come to school dressed in their PE kit.
Have a lovely weekend.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term and have enjoyed the last few days of freedom… I am feeling very grateful still to be at work during these strange times and this week we have hit the ground running with our new topics.
In English we have been introduced to different examples of persuasive writing and came up with a list of features we think should be included in every piece. These included: using verbs in the present tense, forceful language, modal verbs, reasons for viewpoint and powerful adjectives just to name a few. The class exemplar was then introduced, which is a letter to Mr Schumm persuading him to let Year 6 paint the blue wall in the playground. Next week, we will be analysing more persuasive texts and planning our own letters to Mr Schumm.
In my Maths class we started to work on fractions – always a tricky topic, but so far the children have remembered all they learnt last year. They successfully managed to simplify and compare fractions with different denominators.
This week Miss Charrington and I planned a fun Art lesson where we looked at Picasso’s famous portrait of Dora Maar. This work includes drawing the body and painting it with lots of bright colours. The work the children produced looked fantastic and I can’t wait to see the finished product next week. We are very lucky to have Miss Charrington with us during Art, as she is much more creative than me!
As well as our usual timetable, we have had Parliament Week. In Year 6 we played a game on the laptops that showed us what it is like to be an MP; we juggled emails and meetings, picked people for our party based on their experience and tackled tasks that an MP would have to do during their day at work. We were then lucky enough to have talks from Danny Kruger and Andy Slaughter who answered our questions about their lives as a Member of Parliament. It was really great getting to speak to two MPs, we are very grateful they were able to Zoom in.
Next week is Parents’ Evening, so do sign up if you haven’t already. We have tested the new video system and all seems to be working well, so fingers crossed for no technology problems.
As always, well done to those that are signing their homework diary regularly. This will really prepare the class for secondary school. A gentle reminder to parents that you are meant to be signing that they have read a certain number of pages and this needs to be noted down in the homework diary.
Have a lovely weekend,
And just like that our first term together has come to an end. The past seven weeks have flown by and I have loved teaching the children. This week has been very busy, what with Black Voices week and DT Day yesterday, so it has been a fun end to the first half term.
For Black Voices week, we focused on many notable voices in the black community in politics, literature, society and the arts. This was a wonderful opportunity to highlight the significant contributions the black community has always made to UK culture.
Our class read ‘The Golden Carp’ from Jamila Gavin’s book Blackberry Blue in English, where we wrote some amazing fairy tales of our own. In Art, we studied Toyin Odutola and created some amazing silhouette self-portraits and in History, we researched Olaudah Equiano. This week, is a step in the right direction for our school, however we endeavor to make every subject, every week reflective of all our pupils not just in these very special five days.
For DT Day, as a class we made our own drawstring bags. The class worked really hard and produced some great work that I hope you have already seen. They threaded needles, learnt how to do a back stitch and made sure their measuring was precise so they could thread the drawstring through the top. We then discussed the importance of using and making reusable bags – I hope to see theirs being used whenever they go to the shops!
Despite the busy week, we still managed to squeeze in some Maths. My class finished off our four operations unit by looking at prime numbers and square and cube numbers, before we moved on to the end of topic test. Everyone has worked really hard on this unit and I believe the children have really got to grips with some of these tricky methods – I am sure the results from today will reflect this.
For homework over half term, the children have been sent home with 5 practice SATs papers as well as a book review. The papers are all due back on Monday 2nd November. For the book reviews, the class has been asked to think of a book they read recently. This will then be presented to the class on their allocated day, please do not use PowerPoint or write down lots of facts, this is a speaking and listening task! The timetable for their presentations is attached to the homework section on this page.
I hope you all have a lovely peaceful half term and I will see you all in November!
The children have had a great week with the past two days being mostly off timetable. On Thursday we had Red Card to Racism, which was an opportunity for us to address the issue, which is sadly still common in society today. We started the day with a very thought provoking video where sports stars from different backgrounds shared their opinions and experiences of racism. The class were really interested in the video and it provoked rich discussion afterwards. It was a great day and we spoke about how we can help and support people subjected to racism. We finished the day with a powerful video from the London Community Gospel Choir singing ‘This is me’.
Today we then had our famous Hispanic Day where the whole school celebrates all Spanish speaking countries. Year 6 Stevenson had the country Uruguay and the class enjoyed researching this country – the most popular fact had to be Uruguay winning the first ever Football World Cup. We ended a great day of all things Spanish with a Flamenco dance lesson. I took a lot of pictures throughout the day, so keep an eye out for them being uploaded to the website!
We of course could not forget English and Maths this week (much to the dismay of the class)! In English we started our new class book in aid of Black Voices Month. Blackberry Blue by Jamila Gavin contains many short fairy tales and we have chosen to focus on one called the Golden Carp which is a fairy tale all about magic and dreams. We started the week with a comprehension and then moved on to talking and writing about our own dreams. The class loved this lesson and we all laughed a lot about the randomness of some of them. Laughter aside, their written dreams were full of great description and really painted a picture of what was happening – well done Year 6.
In my Maths class, we have persevered with long division. The class has worked so hard on this aspect of division and are really understanding what to do, because of their strong understanding we have moved on to word problems which puts what they have learnt into practice. Next week we will continue with our four operations unit and then do our end of topic test.
In RE, we have continued learning about the different beliefs in our community. We split into groups and each researched the different religious buildings near us: St Stephen’s Church, Shepherd’s Bush Mosque, Uxbridge Road Tabernacle Reformed Baptist Church, Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha), Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas and St Luke’s. The children then presented their findings to the rest of the class.
Sadly again a large number of children have not done their Mathletics in time. Mathletics club is a last resort for those that do not have regular access to a computer, not as a way out of doing the work at home. This homework is as important as the other homework and needs to be done in time.
Homework this week:
Comprehension – read pages 13, 14, 15 Drive-in to 1950s America then answer the questions on pages 16, 17, 18, 19.
Times table practice.
Next week is Black voices week and DT Day, so we have lots of fun activities planned for the last week of term.
Have a lovely weekend,
Quite a quiet week here in 6 Stevenson, a nice change from the SATs practice last week. Before we get into what we have done, I must mention Nobel’s amazing painting. Last year, he painted a horse’s head during an Art lesson and last week we heard that he had been selected to have his painting shown in the Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy! His work is absolutely fantastic and is a ‘must see’. It opens on 19th October and is free for every, although you do need to register in advance for tickets.
In English, we finished off our autobiographies unit by writing our own about our lives so far. I have marked most of them and they have been a pleasure to read – full of fantastic descriptive techniques, a range of punctuation, as well as all those conjunctions we have been learning about this term. Well done Year 6!
In my Maths class we have started looking at long division. This can be a tricky concept to grasp so we have been taking it slowly and as a result everyone has been doing really well. We have been dividing 3 digit by 2 digit numbers, as well as looking at some more challenging word problems. Because everyone has worked so hard in Maths, we finished the week by playing a partner division game which everyone enjoyed.
And before I move on from Maths, can I ask parents and carers to ensure that your children have completed their Mathletics homework, which you are signing to confirm they have completed in their homework diaries. We do not want to go back to setting work on paper. The children should be reading the questions online, accessing the animated ‘help’ if required, working out their answers on rough paper and then entering in their final answers. While Mrs Bouwman does run a Mathletics Homework Club on Thursday lunchtimes, this is primarily aimed at children who might have difficulty accessing the internet at home. There is not capacity for 20+ Y6s who have left their ‘homework’ until the last minute. Thanks indeed for your help and understanding on this matter.
In our other subjects, we have looked at the Carl Linnaeus classification system in Science (a way of classifying all living organisms), discussed the differences between Sparta and Athens in our Ancient Greeks topic and continued our Art work inspired by artist Chuck Close.
Next week we have lots of events going on. These are outlined below.
On Thursday 15th October, we have ‘Red Card to Racism’ day for the third year in a row. All children are encouraged to come in and where something red to show their allegiance to the anti-racist movement. We will be having a special (streamed) assembly and all children will carry out an anti-racism activity in their classes. Next term, our ‘Relationships and Health Education’ learning unit is ‘Valuing Difference’, which will continue the conversation from Thursday. We can’t collect with the buckets this year due to Covid, but should you wish to/are able to donate via text. Please text ‘RED’ to 70470 to give £1, ‘RED5’ to give £5, ‘RED10’ to give £10 or ‘RED20’ to give £20 if you are able to.
Next Friday, it is Hispanic Day so we will be celebrating all things Spanish. This will be lovely for the class to have a break from our usual routine.
Pages 6 and 7 in the comprehension books, then write 2 fact retrieval and 2 inference questions based on the same text.
Write out two times tables that need practicing.
Have a lovely weekend,
A change from our usual routine this week – we had our first SATs practice. Despite the number of tests they have done this week, the children have remained in good spirits and worked very hard. The grammar paper kicked off the week followed by the reading comprehension. We then moved on to our three Maths papers – the arithmetic and two reasoning tests. We peer marked a few of these in class and went through the mark schemes so the children know what is expected in their answers for future assessments. Thank goodness that’s out of the way.
I have stressed that this run through is just part of our, half-termly familiarisation process, so that by the time May 2021 is here, every child will be completely comfortable with what to expect and experienced in working carefully through each paper. As teachers, they also help us to identify individual needs so that we can work out which topics need more practice. Overall, Mr Gane and I were pleased with the results.
As a break from SATs practice, we looked at how the different religions of Shepherd’s Bush have changed over the past 50 years. Mrs Connor, who has lived in Shepherds Bush for 66 years, came to talk to us about the changes she has seen in the area over her life time. She spoke in general about how the shops used to be and explained that this part of London has always seen lots of different communities coming and going. She focused on places of worship close to our school; some that have changed and ‘downsized’ like St Luke’s CE church on the Uxbridge Road and others that have sprung up and grown such as the Mosque and Muslim Cultural Centre just a few doors down. We then looked at some before and after pictures of the Uxbridge road – it was really interesting to see the differences Mrs Connor was talking about.
As a reward for working so hard this week, the children had a conker competition. Two of the Sports Captains Phoebe and Luka, put together some very comprehensive rules, created teams and organised a very fun afternoon for pupils and teachers alike. Having never played conkers before, I was not particularly good so will be looking forward to a rematch! Well done to Imogen, Ila and Jude who won the conker trophies kindly made by Noah in Mr Gane’s class.
Next week is walk to school week, so it’s time to get your walking boots on and get walking. St Stephens has decided to take part in the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school. Each pupil will be challenged to walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride to school every day for one week.
Our five-day walking challenge is aimed to be fun and engaging all week long and will raise awareness and celebrate walking for all. Pupils will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.
I will be awarding daily house points to all those who walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride into school next week. Mr Schumm will announce the class winners in next Friday’s Stars of the Week assembly. So check out the weather, waterproofs or wellies, cycles or scooters, jumpers and jackets – join us for Walk to School next week.
Comprehension – re-read ‘Dare to Dance’ and answer the questions on page 10 and 11.
Mathletics – not enough people completed their Mathletics last week. I must stress that this is as important as the rest of the homework, as it will help consolidate what was learnt in class that week. The deadline for this has changed to Thursday lunchtime. This is so children can go to Mathletics club on Thursdays if they have problems doing it at home.
Have a lovely weekend,
A busy week here in 6 Stevenson, I can’t believe we are three weeks down already!
In English, the children continued their work on autobiographies, re-reading the first part of Floella Benjamin’s life in Trinidad in preparation for their own writing. They examined how she spoke about the key events in her life, before planning what they would write in their own autobiographies. It will be very exciting to read their thoughts and find out even more about them when they write their own! In grammar, they learned all about coordinating and subordinating conjunctions – how to identify them and use them. I expect to see many of these in their own work.
My Maths group have kept working on the four mathematical operations, revising addition and subtraction before moving on to multiplication and ‘short’ division. These are tricky concepts but the children are working really hard to try and consolidate what they learnt in Year 5, next week we move onto long division. I have set some Mathletics activities around these topics so the children can practice over the weekend.
In History the class discovered more about the Ancient Greeks, this week looking at Democracies and Monarchies, thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of both. This topic promoted rich discussion from the children, which is always nice to see.
On the subject of democracies, Mr Gane and I counted up the House Captain votes and announced the winners Tuesday afternoon to a very excited bunch of Year 6s! A huge congratulations to the following:
Liddell: Beattie, Bethany, Shalomy and Eliza
Wesley: Ila, Natalia, Felix and Bea
Aylward: Lara, Gus, Sophie and Thomas
Crummell: Mabel, Leila, Malachi and Arthur.
I must say well done to all that ran for House Captain, everyone did a fantastic job and the votes were very close!
This means that Rafa and Marina are now confirmed as Y6 Stevenson’s School Councilors, Elina, Sophia, Ben, Luka and Noah are Sport’s Captains and Josh, Imogen and Beattie are now running the school magazine Shakin’ Stephens – well done to all of you.
Over the next week, the children will be completing a number of assessments based upon the SATs. This will help us begin to identify gaps and to help the children get used to the SAT format and test conditions. We will use these practice papers as our assessments every half term.
Homework – due next Monday
Comprehension – Read the text ‘Dare to Dance’ and answer the questions on pages 6, 7, 8, 9
Mathletics – 4 activities have been set. (You have until Wednesday for this)
Choose 2 times tables and practice them in homework books.
Have a lovely weekend,
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.
Have a lovely weekend,
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 email@example.com . Below is a job description and a few ideas that might help.
House Captain’s Job Description
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,
Welcome to Year 6.
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.
Monday 30th November
With a full week of SATs practice, there is no written homework set today.
However, in preparation for our Carol Service, the children are asked to rehearse their hymn ‘Gaudete’ – words.
They are also reminded that Mathletics (set on Friday) should not be left until the last minute!
Also by now they should have learned by heart the Y6 Bible verse, for Mr Perry’s next visit…
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord: plans to prosper you and not harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Friday homework – comprehension due Monday and Mathletics due Friday.
Read pages 2 and 3 ‘The Lost Dog’ then answer questions on pages 4, 5, 6 and 7. Completed booklets are due on Monday morning.
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 – please remember to do your working out either on a scrap bit of paper or in your green books. This must be completed by Friday morning – Mathletics club is now every Thursday lunchtime so there is no excuse for it not to be done.
In addition the children have also been asked to prepare an oral book review, which will be delivered to the class as per the schedule below.
Practice Hit the Button
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.