Welcome to Year 6 Stevenson. Our teacher is Miss Marchant and our TA is Miss Charrington.
It has been an exciting week anticipating our week away in York. Despite this, we have managed a few of our regular lessons. In English we wrote up our journalistic reports based on Michael going missing from his family boat. The children packed their writing full of journalistic phrases, powerful language and a mixture of direct and indirect speech. They were excellent and the children should be very proud of their efforts.
In Maths, we have continued looking at angles within shapes, this week focussing on the angles within shapes with more than 5 sides. To work this out, we can split the shapes into triangles as we know a triangle has three interior angles that add up to 180 degrees. For example, a regular pentagon can be split into three triangles, so we can multiply 180 by three to work out that a pentagon has interior angles that add up to 540 degrees.
This week we have also had two fantastic and informative workshops on racism. One from Denis and the other from the organisation Red Card to Racism. Both Denis and the men from Red Card to Racism gave talks with the aim being to increase their understanding of what ‘Racism’ means; to give them some understanding of the history of racism and to enable them to become an Active Citizen and to safely challenge racism. Through examples and discussion, both of the educators and Denis teased out queries, misconceptions and uncertainties from the children, particularly about the use of language, leaving the children with a much clearer idea of how to speak and address issues. The RC2R session ended with a very enlightening film, which highlighted the role that privilege plays in society.
In our RHE topic we have been learning about the perfect face and how fame affects people. We all had to think of famous people we know for example; The Queen, Mo Farah, Kate Winslet and so on. Afterwards, we all put our names in a hat, and they were shared out at random, after you have collect the name you would write; something there good at, something good about their personality and one of their good physical features. Finally we watched the Dove selfie project which aims to normalise all features and bodies then created our own using the iPads
As I am sure your children have told you many times(!) we are off to York next week. It is set to be an amazing trip with many fun filled activities however the weather forecast is not looking too great. Please make sure to pack a range of clothes suitable for all weather types – rain, cold or sun. The children need to arrive at school at normal time in their own clothes wearing their leaver’s hoodies and remember to bring a large packed lunch for the journey, it will be quite a long day of travelling so lots of healthy snacks will be required.
Finally, Max and Malik’s mums will be receiving regular updates from us, which they have kindly agreed to pass on to everyone using the class WhatsApp group – I would remind you all of your agreement not to post any images on any social media platforms. Also, it’s one way communication, so please don’t ask them to contact us. If for whatever reason you do really need to contact us, please do so as you usually would.
Have a great weekend.
Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely half term. We have started back all guns blazing with our regular lessons with the addition of Bugsy Malone rehearsals. In English we have continued with Kensuke’s Kingdom, this week looking at writing a journalistic report about the disappearance of the main protagonist, Michael. We read the class exemplar and then planned our own making sure to produce a detailed plan so we are ready to write on Monday.
In Maths, angles have remained our focus and we have been learning about the angles in a triangle and quadrilateral. We learnt that a triangle has three interior angles that add up to 180 degrees and a quadrilateral has four interior angles that add up to 360 degrees. Using this, we then went on to solving problems incorporating all we have learnt so far. The children did really well and should be pleased with their work. Next week we will move on to drawing shapes.
We started a new topic in Relationships and Health Education called ‘Growing and Changing’. Our first lesson was about changes that can happen in our lives and how some can be positive, for example getting a new phone or joining a sports team, but some can be more challenging, for example moving to a new area, struggling with exams or going to a new school. We discussed how we feel about both the positive and more challenging changes and how they can impact our lives. We then read ‘Sophie’s Story’ about a girl who is moving with her mum to live with her mum’s new partner. Sophie feels upset as she will have to move areas and live with someone she hasn’t lived with before. We thought about the advice we would give Sophie and then shared how we can give and take this advice in our own lives.
In Science, we are still studying inheritance and evolution and this week looked at how animals have adapted to make them better suited to their environments. For example, a cheetah is low to the ground so that it can hide, ready to pounce on its prey or a duck has webbed feet so it can swim more easily.
You have now been sent the recommended packing list for York (just over a week to go!) so do let me know if you have any questions. We are counting down the days in our class and cannot wait for all the fun activities.
Have a lovely weekend.
What a busy last week of term! We had a fantastic cricket festival against St Peter’s on Tuesday – everyone played so well and thankfully the rain held off for the afternoon. We have some great cricketers in the class and we managed to win several of the matches. We then had DT day on Wednesday which saw us cooking fish on the BBQ for fish tacos. First we researched how to make a marinade and a salad before moving on to prepping our ingredients ready to flavour and stuff the fish. Finally, we heated up the BBQ and with the help of Miss Charrington and Mrs Hall, we cooked the fish and put it into a wrap with some salad. Despite some feeling quite apprehensive about eating the fish, everyone loved the final product.
In English, we are still at the point where Michael has fallen off the boat in our book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’. Using this, in groups we created a television interview. Two people were the interviewers and two were Michael’s parents. The children came up with some fantastic open ended questions and performed their mini interviews to the class with confidence.
In Maths, we have moved onto Geometry and this week we looked at calculating angles. For example if we have a straight line and an angle of 31 degrees, we can work out the other angle by subtracting 31 from 180 as there are 180 degrees in the angle on a straight line. The children did this so confidently that we were able to move on to working out angles which are vertically opposite each other. After half term, we will continue with our work on angles and shapes.
We finished the week by watching Bugsy Malone and by having a giant PE session with Alastair today. It has been a really busy term and the children deserved a fun day celebrating all their hard work.
Have a lovely rest and see you on the 8th.
One week to go! This week some of the boys were selected to play in a football tournament at QPR stadium against various other schools (our first competitive sports competition since COVID!). The boys played so well and our teams managed to take first and second place – very well done. A huge thank you to Alastair and Clare who organised it.
Year 6 also got their hoodies today – hooray! Over the weekend, please make sure to put a name label in it, these are all identical and we don’t want anyone losing theirs.
With SATs week out of the way, we are back to our usual lessons and in English we have continued with Kensuke’s Kingdom. We started reading chapter 4 where Michael has fallen overboard in an attempt to rescue his dog and did not notice his boat (the Peggy Sue) has drifted off into the distance. Using this part of the story, we put ourselves in Michael’s shoes and wrote a paragraph describing the situation. We included elements of SMARPOPS, relative clauses, a range of sentence lengths and our five senses to create a descriptive piece of writing. Next, we continued reading and discovered that Michael had been saved and dragged to a remote island that he believes has no inhabitants. Using this information, we created a list of ten items that we would put into a suitable safety kit. We had torches, tents, medical kits, pen knives and many other items deemed ‘essential’ by the children to survive on a desert island.
In Maths, we recapped pie charts and looked at drawing our own, which also incorporated our knowledge of angles and using protractors. The children were given data and had to turn it into a pie chart, first working out the angle for each section. We then moved on to looking at the mean, median and mode working out the average name length in our class. Finally today we had our statistics end of topic test in which the children did very well.
Thanks for all the family photos this week, these are now stuck into the Science books as part of our first lesson of our new topic, ‘Evolution & Inheritance’. We looked at each other’s photos and decided which characteristics had been inherited from our parents.
Auditions and practice for our summer show ‘Bugsy Malone’ are well underway. We will be practicing the songs regularly in class, but it would be great if everyone could practice at home as well. The links for the songs are on Google Classroom and the lyrics have been sent home. Next week we will hopefully find some time to watch the film as well, so the children can really get into character.
Finally, Imperial College is running a few free workshops for children over half term. If anyone is interested, please see the links below.
Have a lovely weekend.
And just like that, our SATs week is over. The children have worked really hard this week and their results reflect this. As said last week, these tests will help inform Mr Gane and me so we know what areas to go over again. This will help the children feel as prepared for Year 7 as possible. As a celebration, we went to Holland Park this afternoon to have a picnic, play some games and let off some steam. It was a lovely local trip and a nice way to end a busy week.
We did manage to squeeze in some of our normal lessons and in RE we continued our Rules and Responsibilities topic by looking at the Ten Commandments. We read through them as a class, discussed what they meant and then decided which commandment we thought was the most important.
In Humanities we started our new History topic: Tribes of Britain. In this unit we will be looking at different groups of people and the legacy they left on our country. This week we focussed on The Vikings and how they affected our country. We read a story about the Vikings invading York and created our own impressions of this group of people. We then looked at a list of the ways in which the Vikings left their legacy on Britain, deciding whether we thought they were positive or negative influences. We thought that creating trade deals with Russia and the Middle East was a positive impact as it brought other cultures into the country that we still see elements of today.
As you will have heard from the children already, the Enterprise Challenge can no longer take place next Thursday. In light of the new DfE guidance for after 17th May, mixing bubbles is still not permitted so we will be postponing until further notice.
We have also continued to think about the Enterprise Challenge. A letter was sent out this week giving you more details, but over the weekend the children need to start collecting their ingredients or props, ready for the big day next Thursday.
Back to English and Maths next week.
Here is note from Mrs Jeffrey in Year 4.
Walk to School Week – w/c 17th May
The benefits of fresh air and daily exercise are well documented for keeping us all healthy in mind as well as body. The last year of lockdown has proved that walking has also been beneficial for our mental well-being. Not only is it great for us but also great for the environment.
So as part of a national Walk to School Week – we are encouraging all children to walk, cycle or scoot to school with their families instead of using their cars for the whole week. We will awarding special Walk To School house points for each child who has walked, cycled, scootered to school every day for the week. So set the alarm clock a little earlier, ditch the car and hop, skip and jump to school next week!
Mr Schumm will announce the house who has collected most Walk to School points on during assembly on Friday.
Have a lovely weekend.
A four day week and we still managed to pack in a lot of fun activities. We even had a special guest from St Paul’s Cathedral, who is giving Year 6 four music lessons over the next few weeks.
In English we looked at parenthesis, where the children used brackets, pairs of dashes and commas to add extra bits of information to the main part of the sentence. We then continued reading Kensuke’s Kingdom, leaving the main protagonist Michael, who has just fallen into the sea in an attempt to rescue Stella the dog. The children were begging me to read on, but we will save this next section for next week! Using what we had read, the children then answered some comprehension questions in preparation for next week – SATs week.
In Maths, we started looking at pie charts, which made good use of our percentage and fraction knowledge. We will continue with our pie chart work after SATs. We finished the week with our annual Maths Day, where we had the whole day to explore all the different ways we use mathematical thinking. In Year 6, we decided to focus on one of our recent topics: Ratio. We looked at the Solar System and then decided to make our own scale models. This involved: scaling up a recipe to make dough, weighing out ingredients, shaping the models and then arranging them in the playground – we also made sure the distance between each planet was also to scale. Our sun was the adventure playground and our outer planets extended all the way past Mr Schumm’s office.
Planning for our Enterprise Challenge (formerly Talent Fair) is moving forward – we now have teams, team names and an idea of what each stall will have to offer. This time next week one member of each group will be given £10 so they can start buying their ingredients – full letter of explanation to follow next week – so that materials can be bought and production can begin!
As mentioned earlier next week is SATs week, which will give Mr Gane and me the opportunity to assess the children. These results will not be published this year, but they will help with our future planning so we can get the children up to speed, ready for September. Despite this not being the ‘real deal’, the children know they still have to try their best and it is an opportunity to show off what they know. I am sure they will all do very well, but if you have any questions, please do email me.
Have a lovely weekend.
Another busy week in 6 Stevenson and it is feeling like we are heading towards normality. On Monday, some of the class were selected to play in a friendly cricket match against Wetherby Prep School. Alastair and Clare told me the children played so well and were a credit to St Stephen’s. Out of two matches played we won one of them (the other was lost by 2 runs so it was a close call!)
In English we have continued with our book Kensuke’s Kingdom. This week we focused on chapter 1 where Michael (the main character) talks about his days at school. Using this information we planned and wrote our own recounts about school, as if we were Michael. For this we focused on a few key events, using our knowledge from the text. I have now marked all their writing and I must say it is excellent; full of high-level description, a range of sentence structures and all the key features of a recount – well done Year 6.
Our new topic for Maths this week is Statistics, where we looked at line graphs. The children began on Monday by learning how to read or interpret line graphs, often with some unit of time on the x-axis and then spent the rest of the week drawing their own and answering questions based on these graphs. This can be a tricky concept but the children tried their best and are really getting the hang of it. Yesterday we moved on to the characteristics of a circle.
Mr Schumm and Miss Bell popped into one of our Maths and the English lessons week and were so impressed with how the class was working.
For RE, we started our new unit: Rules and Responsibilities in Faith and the Community. Our first lesson saw us identifying what rules are and where we see them. We decided that rules are everywhere, but some are more severe than others. We focussed on four areas – rules in school, rules at home, rules in the community and rules in religion and came up with some rules that go into these sections.
As well as our usual lessons, the class took part in a Zoom lesson with people from CORAM Life Education. This was to build on their learning in Relationship and Health Education last week about the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’. Although the children were sad not to get to go into the Life Bus in the playground, this was still a great lesson and the children came out of it feeling really positive.
Hopefully you have now had a chance to watch some of the WWII films sent out the other day, Mrs Hall did a fantastic job editing them and everyone should be really proud with how they came out.
Finally, the Whitby trip is really coming together now, which you can find out more about during a Zoom meeting at 6pm on Tuesday 6th May – don’t miss it.
Have a lovely long weekend.
Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely Easter break. It’s lovely to have everyone back, the children have returned to school ready to learn. This week we were very lucky to be invited to a live performance (over Zoom) of Dr Seuss’ story, The Lorax, put on at The Old Vic Theatre. This was a great way to spend the morning and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
In English we have started our new unit based on the book Kensuke’s Kingdom, by Michael Morpurgo. This is a book about a boy (Michael) and his family, who decide to sail around the world. We have only read one chapter, but are enjoying it already. This is a slightly different unit to our usual 2/3 week unit which leads up to one particular final piece (eg journalistic writing, information texts, narratives etc), in that it will be done over several weeks and we will be doing a range of different writing tasks to put into practice all we have learnt over the years. So far we have written a balanced argument, outlining the reasons for and against traveling around the world. Next week we move onto writing a recount.
In Maths, we finished off our unit on Ratio and Proportion and did a test paper which resembles the SATs reasoning paper. This will inform us of how the children are getting on and will result in some movement between the Maths classes. Next week we will move on to Statistics.
In Relationships and Health Education, we looked at ‘The Five Ways to Wellbeing’ and what we thought this could mean. The five ‘ways’ are: stay connected, keep learning, take notice, give and be active. We spoke about how we could implement these Ways into our everyday life and how they can help us feel calm and ready for anything that is to come. Once we had discussed how we show and develop these Ways, we created a news show introducing the 5 Ways of Wellbeing to a new audience.
We have now set a date for our own ‘SATs Week’ and this will start on the 10th May. It will run the same way as the original SATs would have run and will give the children something to work towards. It will also help us gauge where they are and what they have learnt in Year 6. Do email me if you have any questions.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
We made it! The past 4 weeks have flown by and it has been so lovely to be back teaching the class again. We have had a great last week packed full of an Easter Bonnet Parade, a Church service, a sports afternoon and of course, a few of our regular lessons.
In Maths this week we did a few more lessons based on our current topic, Ratio and finished the term with a Maths quiz yesterday. In English, we have written our non-chronological reports based on a sport and I must say, they are excellent. The children have managed to include all the facts they researched last week, as well as the literary techniques that we learn about in Year 6 – well done everyone, I have certainly learnt a lot about all thirty of their sports.
In Science, we continued looking at our topic on light and carried out an experiment that allowed us to find out that the further away an object is from a light source, the smaller the shadow will be. We have one more lesson in this unit which we will finish after the holidays.
Thank you everyone for your support over the past 4 weeks. I hope you have a lovely Easter break and see you all in 2 weeks!
Thank you to those that joined for Parents’ Evening this week, it was lovely to catch up with you all. If you have any more questions or were unable to make it, please drop me an email and we can arrange something.
We are still working hard here in 6 Stevenson and in English have been looking at our new topic of non-chronological reports. We started the week by looking at what a non-chronological report is and the features that make up this type of writing. Once we had analysed some examples, I put 30 sports in a hat and each child had to pick one out at random, the aim being the children research and write about a sport that they don’t know that well. So far we have started our research and are looking forward to writing up our information reports next week.
In Maths we started off the week with an arithmetic test. Although we are not doing SATs we will still be doing regular tests to give the children something to work towards. Everyone worked so hard for this test and the results were excellent, they should all be really proud of themselves. Their hard work is paying off. Once marked, we moved on to a new topic of Ratio. So far we have just got used to the language used and understood that a ratio is the relationship between two or more items. To practice, the class were given smarties and had to create their own ratio sentences. For example, for every 2 pink smarties I have, you have 4.
As you know, we had cross country running this week at Wormwood Scrubs. We set off to the park on Wednesday morning and the children ran an 800m circuit around various obstacles and through the mud. It was a great morning organised by Alastair and Clare and the children all ran really well. It was lovely to be able to do some form of sporting event/trip, hopefully we will be able to do some more as the year goes on and lockdown eases.
To celebrate the end of term and the start of Easter, we have our Easter Bonnet Parade next Wednesday 31st and our Easter service on Thursday 1st April – I hope to see you there over Zoom!
Have a lovely weekend.
Another busy week here in 6 Stevenson. Thank you for bringing in all the WWII projects, they look absolutely amazing and I can tell everyone has worked really hard on the model and booklet over the past eight weeks. Mrs Hall has been filming them all week and we had a ‘show’ today where we looked at all the models from both classes. When the film is ready, we will send it out and you can see their hard work.
In English we finished our comprehension unit which involved reading The Giant’s Necklace by Michael Morpurgo. We spent the beginning of the week expecting a giant to appear and were shocked to hear Cherry (the main protagonist) had drowned whilst trying to collect her cowrie shells and there was in fact no giant in the story. Some of us had predicted this from what we read last week, whilst others were very surprised! The book is very clever and doesn’t tell you what has happened right until the end which kept the children wanting to read more.
In Maths we have recapped converting measures and algebra – topics the children looked at over lockdown. We did a couple of revision sessions and then did the end of topic tests. Everyone did really well and should be pleased with their marks. Next week we will be doing an arithmetic test before moving on to our new topic: Ratio.
In Art this week we decided to look at Cezanne’s oil painting ‘Still life with milk jug and fruit’. For this lesson we focused on how to shade so we could make our drawings 3-dimentional. The drawings turned out really well – we definitely have a few artists in the making!
Despite our busy week, we still managed to squeeze in learning about the Easter story in RE, understanding more about natural resources in Geography as well as a one off cricket lesson.
Next week is Parents’ Evening.Thank you to those that have signed up already, there are still some slots left if you haven’t booked in yet. It will run the same way as it did last November so please log in to the booking system just before your appointment time and I can start the meeting. These run for 10 minutes and will cut off after that time. I look forward to catching up with all of you and if you have any questions, please do email me.
Also we are very excited to say we will be holding our Easter Bonnet Parade on the 31st March – this year we are hoping you can use all things recycled. I can’t wait to see your creations!
Finally, we have managed to secure a residential trip to Whitby for Year 6 this summer! Very exciting. More info on this to follow.
Have a lovely weekend.
Welcome back! It has been fantastic to have everyone back in school this week, it is much more rewarding teaching face to face than it is over a screen. Thank you for all your support over the past eight weeks, it is clear the children have been working hard at home.
Straight back into it for Year 6 with our usual lessons. In my Maths groups, we have continued with our area and volume unit by looking at the area of parallelogram and the volume of cubes and cuboids. The children have done really well with this topic and have used their multiplication knowledge to help them work out their answers. We finished off the week with our end of topic test and as usual the class tried their best – keep up the good work.
In English we have started a new book by Michael Morpurgo – The Giant’s Necklace. For this topic, we are using our comprehension skills to make inferences about what we think will happen next as well as understand more about the characters. This book focuses on the protagonist Cherry, who is on holiday in Cornwall with her family. We know she is a very head-strong character as she is determined to finish a necklace she is making out of cowrie shells. We have not read much of the story so far, but are thoroughly enjoying it – this will be finished next week.
In Science we have looked at how we see things and what happens when light enters our eyes, in RE we started looking at the Easter story and in Art we finished off our class project inspired by Faith Ringgold’s famous quilts. Our own class paper quilt is looking fantastic – hopefully you will get to see it soon.
We are back to our normal homework routine for now, with the spellings, sentences, grammar and or punctuation being set on Monday (due back Wed) and comprehension and Maths set on Friday and due back on the Monday.
For Gymnastics and PE (Tues and Thurs) the children can come to school in the PE kit and stay in it all day – they do not need to bring their uniform in.
Thanks again for all your continued support, hopefully I will see more of you at pick up over the next few weeks.
Have a lovely weekend!
Well what a week this has been! It has been very strange teaching over Zoom but the children have adapted to it really well and it has been lovely to see them every day. We even enjoyed Christmas jumper day together. Of course this week would not have run as smoothly if it had not been for Miss Charrington who has gone above and beyond to help me and the class.
Over Zoom we have continued our poetry unit based on Benjamin Zephaniah’s work ‘No Problem’. This is a poem that talks about the racism Benjamin Zephaniah received and how he does not let it affect him in his day to day life. As a result, the children have planned and written their own poems based on issues that are important to them. Once they were written, the class performed them over the video call so I could hear them. They had some really great ideas about climate change, animal cruelty, coronavirus and racism and spoke really passionately about each subject.
Miss Charrington has taken charge of Maths this week and has done a great job teaching how to work out fractions of an amount, dividing fractions by other fractions using our KFC method (keep, flip, change – so 1/5 divided by ½ is the same as 1/5 x 2). She finished off the week with the end of unit test – hooray our fractions topic is finally over!
We have managed to finish off many of our other lessons this week by looking at rivers in the UK in Geography, creating our own Christmas advertisements in RE and discussing how to be a good friend and support those who are being bullied in Relationships and Health Education. Of course, it would not be the last week of term without throwing in some Christmas activities to get everyone in the mood. I have been very sad not to spend the final week before Christmas with the class – there is something quite lovely about the build up to Christmas in a primary school.
I have really appreciated your good wishes this week and am pleased to confirm that I am virus free, but will continue to isolate until my ten days are up. Thank you so much for your Christmas gifts, it was really very kind of you. I hope you all have lovely Christmases and I will see you in the New Year – fingers crossed for a more ‘normal’ second term.
See you all soon!
We are well and truly in the Christmas spirit now that our classroom has been decorated so beautifully with paper snowflakes and we have performed our famous St Stephen’s Carol Concert. The snowflakes look really lovely and the class sang excellently – hopefully you will all see the video of it soon.
Miss Hall in Year 2 also organised a fantastic DT Day yesterday based on linkages and levers. The children looked at two different types of linkage with fixed and moving pivots and then created their own animals using these mechanisms to make their legs, wings etc. move. This really builds upon what they learnt in Science in Year 5 in their levers, pivots and pulleys topic.
Today we had a great football tournament at Play Football. Despite the cold weather, the children played well in their teams, demonstrated great sportsmanship and remained in good spirits all morning.
We of course still managed to squeeze in some of our normal lessons. In English we looked at a new poem called ‘No Problem’ by Benjamin Zephaniah and in Maths we have looked at multiplying a fraction by another fraction. Fractions has been a very long topic, but we only have a few lessons to go and then we can move onto our new unit!
I must also thank you for the gifts I got yesterday, it was so thoughtful of the children to make card and bring in chocolate – they made my day!
Just a reminder that next week we have Year 6 cross country running on Wednesday, as well as Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch – what a day! The children can wear their PE kit all day and just bring their Christmas jumper to wear over the top.
Homework – pages 16 and 17 in CGP Punctuation and finish the comprehension on making Jam. Re-read the text and answer questions on pages 30 and 31.
Have a lovely weekend – one more week to go!
A change from our usual routine this week – we had our second 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 spellings and 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 and progress shown from our last mock week. However, these results will mean that some of our Maths groups will be changing, so please look out for that in the New Year.
As a break from SATs practice, we looked at creating our own scientific experiment; investigating how we can improve the brightness of a bulb. The children loved doing this as they were able to test out different theories and discovered that the thicker the wire, the brighter the bulb, but that the longer the wire, the dimmer the bulb. Once they had finished the experiment, they had a play around with switches, motors and buzzers – always great fun!
As well as our lessons and SATs practice, we have also started preparing for the filming of our Christmas Carol Concert next week. As I am sure you are aware, this is a slightly different affair. This year where the children will be filmed performing in the church. The poem and song are sounding great, but please make sure to keep practicing this over the weekend.
Please remember that Mathletics is as important as homework we send out in the green books. Sadly, some of Year 6 do not do their Maths homework. This homework is to help consolidate what they have learnt in Maths that week and really does help their learning. This is set every Friday and due back the following Friday. Thank to you those that consistently do it – you do not go unnoticed!
British Dyslexia Association – FREE Online Seminar
For anyone interested, there is a free online seminar on dyslexia and anxiety this Thursday, 10th December. It is organised by the British Dyslexia Association and can be accessed
Have a lovely weekend,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
Homework will now be set on Google Classroom both Mondays and Fridays.
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.