Welcome to Year 6 Stevenson. Our teacher is Mr Perry and our TA is Mrs Walsh.
Half-term is here! Bring on the coffee and the walks …and the cleaning!
Today my room was awash in masking tape, cardboard, string and glue guns! No it was not an annual clean out but our half termly D & T day. The children designed and worked in groups to build a suspension bridge measuring approximately 150cms. They are certainly a lot more talented than me! Most of the bridges withstood the test and there were some wonderful examples of engineering.
I heard the Cabaret last night was a storming success. To be fair with all the hard work the parents put into this school I expected nothing less. As I understand it Mr Schumm was his normal unassuming self and tried to stay out of the limelight as much as possible… Yeah right!
The children have worked really hard on a writing piece in English. As I mentioned last Friday – the children have written a story set in either the past, future or present and most chose the past. I am proud of them. It was wonderful watching them plan, draft, edit and publish a piece from start to finish showing great writing skills. I look forward to marking them.
I have set some homework for the holidays – some maths revision (on Mathletics), a comprehension and a practice grammar paper. It will take longer than the usual weekend homework so I would suggest that they don’t leave it until next Sunday!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and restful half-term and I look forward to seeing you in a week.
This week has been a relatively quiet one by St Stephen’s standards. I am sure that will change next week though when we can look forward to the all-singing, all-dancing cabaret show. I am sure that it will come as no surprise to learn that Mr Schumm is once again teaming up with our musical theatre specialist Miss Whiting. I am also sure that the night will be a rip-roaring success and I hope to see lots of you there on Thursday evening.
In English, the children have been planning a story which can be inspired by history, informed by the present or set in the future. I was a little smug – I have to say – when most of them chose the past! My own speciality. The children are all entering a 500 word creative writing competition run by the BBC which is providing a fantastic opportunity for them to hone their writing skills. The children have been asked to focus on how to connect with their readers as well as planning their ending carefully. I wish all of them good luck!
In Science we have continued to look at light and to investigate how it changes direction by observing how it is effected when it hits different surfaces. We discovered that those surfaces which reflect light the most can be used to direct light to reach a target. Aside from the odd shining of a torch in my eye, the work went down very well.
Our lessons in RE have been thought provoking as we have looked at Christian traditions of worship and how these traditions are similar not only across different denominations but also across different faiths. The children have been very upfront about their personal feelings and beliefs.
Today was coding day and the children have been creating their own algorithms. Their partners then had to translate these algorithms to produce a shape. There was some very interesting results, but ultimately the children learnt the importance of giving accurate instructions as well as practicing their problem solving skills. Great fun was had by all.
Finally, I would like to give a gentle reminder regarding the fees that are due now for the trip to France in June.
Have a lovely weekend.
Half-term is on the snow-capped horizon; my coffee intake is rising; and my resolve to eat healthily has fallen dramatically. It must be almost February!
Assessment week has gone well and the children have all worked incredibly hard. In Maths they completed an arithmetic paper and two reasoning papers. I haven’t finished marking them yet but it looks like most of the children have improved on their previous score, which is hugely encouraging.
In English, they sat an English comprehension paper, a grammar paper and took a spelling test and again the results are very positive. Please do remind the children that there are still three months to go before the SATs tests which is plenty of time to revise topics and pick up speed! If there are any areas in English or Maths that they would like help with, they should bring this up in the booster classes. Generally though, everyone is working hard and I am pleased with their efforts.
In Science we have been looking at how ‘we see’. No this is not some deep psychological theory on life but quite literally …how we see! We have studied the eye and its components and the children have identified the different parts and drawn and described an eye in their books – perhaps we have some doctors in the making! We have also looked at the role of light in how we see and learnt that it travels in a straight-line. The children then conducted their own experiment working out how they could get rays of light to bend using a mirror.
In Geography we have been using atlases to locate counties, cities and towns. We have been learning what differentiates a city from a town and individually the children have done a case study on a town of their choice studies highlighting its history and its landmarks.
Extra-curricular activities have been plentiful. Last week the boy’s football team won the EFL Utilita Cup and will now go on the represent QPR in the Southern Regional finals in Bristol. If they win that then Wembley beckons! What an achievement. Following on from their success, the girl’s football team then won a borough tournament which brought them one step closer to representing Hammersmith & Fulham at the London Youth Games. The day ended with a nail biting penalty shootout which we won thanks to the heroics of our goalie Elsie and the scoring prowess of the rest of the girls: Isabelle, Izzy, and Jasmine from our class. Thank you once again to the wonderful coaching provided by Alastair and Clare.
Finally, some of Year 6’s singing talent was on show this afternoon with a number of our students singing in a service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Mr Schumm and I accompanied the rest of the school choir to watch them and to enjoy a wonderful service celebrating the C of E schools in London.
Have a lovely weekend.
The boosters have started well with some excellent learning shown already. As we have stated these are to help the children achieve their learning objectives and are not just about excelling in SATs.
We have another assessment week starting on Monday when we will be looking to see how the children are progressing. I am sure that all their hard work will be reflected in their scores.
There have been couple of issues with homework. Learning weekly spelling and keeping up to date with our Matheletics programme will make a big difference to the children’s progress. These elements of homework are compulsory and it is incredibly important they both are completed on a weekly basis. Your help with ensuring this happens would be very much appreciated.
In Maths my group have been looking at measure and conversion. Like percentages this is a skill which will be incredibly useful in real life and so we have been focusing on solving word problems in topics that they might encounter at home such as cooking. Mathletics homework this week is based on this.
I’m delighted to tell you that we have a date for our trip to the Imperial War Museum and you will be getting a parent mail about it soon.
A massive thank you to the Rev Denis, Rev Phil and Pastor Rueben who came to talk to us about how and why they were called to their roles in church and how they practice the liturgy in their own tradition. It was very interesting and the children all learnt a great deal.
Members of the choir have been practising very hard for the service next week at St Paul’s Cathedral and are looking forward to attending with Mr Schumm, Miss Rachel and myself next Friday.
Have a brilliant weekend.
As interviews start to come in for those children sitting the 11 plus, we continue to wish them the best of luck. Those that have interviews should just be their wonderful chatty selves and I’m sure that they will excel.
In Maths we have continued to look at percentages and fractions and word problems associated with themse topics. Towards the end of the week we moved on to the conversion of measure. This will continue into next week.
At St Stephen’s only do we have the support of specialist teachers such as Miss Rachel for music, Mrs Peraira for Spanish and Alastair for sport, but this year we also have the privilege of Miss Billington teaching the class computing. Guess which class I teach RE to in the meantime?
We are also incredibly lucky to have the joy of Mr Schumm teaching the class creative writing. Together they are reading and analysing the classic novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. I remember doing that one in high school! Quite apt in our politically challenging times. The children thoroughly enjoyed their first session yesterday and at the end of the lesson, after Mr Schumm left, it was lovely to hear them enthusiastically debating what they thought would happen next.
Science workshops have been running all week during which our Scientist-in-Residence Mrs McGregor has been tecahing Year 5 and 6 about space. The children have been conducting their own experiments and have created a space research station which hopefully some of you came to see after school today.
Finally, a quick word on Boosters. These kick off next week and we very much hope to have your support – these extra classes will be incredibly useful for SATs but are also designed to encourage your children to be the best they can be. We have another assessment week coming up soon which will provide a opportunity for the children to show me how much they have learnt!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Happy New Year and welcome back – I hope you have all had a lovely and restful break. It’s hard to believe but we are creeping towards the half-way mark. Time does go by quickly as we get older!
In Maths we have been looking at percentages and fractions. We have been discussing how important this knowledge is in life and how we use percentages every day, for example when we go shopping in the sales. Next week I will be giving them some word problems so that they can work out how much I can save on a shirt from Debenhams when there’s a 30% reduction!
In RE we have been looking at how Christian worship uses liturgy and how it can differ in different churches. We discussed who uses liturgy, which hymns are sung, and how we feel when we walk into church. As we move forward we will be looking at the ways in which Communion is celebrated and how icons and symbols are used in church. We will also look at the way we worship as a school through assemblies and church services.
In English we have started looking at poetry and we have been studying ‘The Kraken’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The children have started by breaking down the tough language within the poem to get to the meaning behind the prose. They have come up with descriptive words and phrases to describe the Kraken and have used these to portray their own interpretation of this mythical creature. Next week they will be writing their own poem based on the Kraken.
I would like to take this opportunity to say good luck to all the children who have been taking 11 plus exams this week. I understand that this can be a stressful time for everyone and I sincerely hope that all their hard work pays off. The children have been very calm in class and have worked hard to catch up with work they have missed. I am proud of them all!
I very much enjoyed marking the Greek projects. I have been particularly impressed with the layout and the unique content. It has been wonderful reading about Greek myths such as ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ and ‘Daedalus and Icarus’, battles and battle formations, Greek fashion and Greek theatre. It is a great feeling to learn from one’s students!
Well it is quite unbelievable that we are already a third of the way through the academic year!
Thank you to all of you who came to our ‘Carols by Candlelight’ concert last night; I am sure you’ll agree the children sang and performed beautifully. It brought a tear to my eye! Well done to Year 6 for singing ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ so tunefully and to those that learnt lines and read in church so clearly and confidently. The solos were wonderful and the grand finale was full of passion and humour (thank you Miss Bell).
I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children this term. They are a fantastic and lively class and I’m loving getting to know them. We have worked hard this term but we have also had a lot of fun. A few highlights which stand out for me are PGL, our brilliant class assembly on spreading hope, the D & T days and of course the wonderful Greek projects. We’ve also been lucky enough to enjoy trips to the Lyric Theatre and the British Museum.
I have said it before and I will say it again. Your children are blessed to have a school like St Stephen’s but more importantly St Stephen’s is blessed to have them!
Thank you so much for all the Christmas gifts, you have all been so generous and it is hugely appreciated. Mrs Walsh and Miss Tami has also asked me to thank you on their behalf.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and fruitful New Year. I hope you all have a lovely and restful break and look forward to seeing you in January.
God Bless you all.
As well as the homework we have set (see the website) there is also the optional choice to enter into a writing competition. Please see below.
The Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition.
All your child’s own work and must be between 1500 words.
You should email your story as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org February. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached.
E.g Mr Gane – class Y6 Ayres (Age 34) Please also make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read and results will be announced in April 2020 and the winning stories will be published in during summer term.
Well the term is now winding down… what I mean by ‘winding down’ is that it is getting even busier! The children are in and out of class so frequently that it is hard to know who is where! On Thursday lunchtime the choir took part in a Christmas carol singing competition in Westfield – Miss Rachel said they were amazing and as a result were runners up, winning £200 for the school. Apparently the soloists were wonderful.
Speaking of singing … it was wonderful to see the dress rehearsal of the nativity. The class was wonderfully enthusiastic seeing their buddies perform – particularly when the cows got up to sing! On a similar note the children have been asked to learn the words for the carol they will be singing at the Carols by Candlelight service at the end of term and a few children have been asked to do readings as well.
In my Maths class we have been continuing our work on fractions. We have been looking at calculating fractions for all four operations and then learning how to simplify answers and how to convert improper fractions in to mixed numbers. It has been a challenging topic for a number of children in the class and they have all worked really hard to get to grips with all the different methods they need to remember.
As I am sure you are all aware, this class is very adept at arguing – and for once this skill came in very handy! In English this week, the children put pen to paper and wrote a letter to the Mayor of London asking him to either legalise graffiti or to come down stronger on those that currently ignore the law. The children were asked to include (and negate) counter points to show that they have understood the reasoning behind both sides of the debate. They then used this knowledge to independently plan, write and edit a letter to the Education Secretary asking for Miss Trunchball (From Roald Dahl’s Matilda) to be removed from her post as headmistress of Cruncham Hall. I have nearly finished marking their efforts and they have done an amazing job.
Speaking of research…’The Greek Projects’! I have been overwhelmed by the obvious effort that everyone has put into them – and by the authenticity and individuality of each and every one. It has been a long journey and one that I appreciate not everyone will have enjoyed. However I hope that you have all gained something from the experience. There is so much to appreciate and as I look around the room I can see a Pandora’s Box, a selection of Greek armour and weapons, a Parthenon an Acropolis, a Greek Trireme, Icarus wings, a labyrinth complete with Minotaur helmet, lots of authentic looking pottery, a Trojan horse and some beautiful Greek clothing! And this was just my own class! There were equally amazing examples in Mr Gane’s class and prizes will be awarded over the next week or so – although I know that the judges are finding it very difficult to pick the winners. I can honestly say this will be the hardest set of projects that I have ever had to judge and I hope you managed to see them today. Congratulations to all the children and probably to some of the parents!
It has been another busy week with lots happening in Year 6 at St Stephen’s. The children have been working incredibly hard in my Maths group to master the method for long division before moving on to fractions. It’s not easy and some of the class has struggled with the concept. For those individuals, I have suggested that they write the times table for the number they are dividing by in a column in their workings. For example if the sum is 8765 ÷ 45 then the children should spend a few moments writing out their 45 times table. This method has really helped children in the past and I thoroughly recommend it to all the children who find mental maths difficult.
As I am sure you are all aware, this class is very adept at arguing – and for once this skill came in very handy! In English this week, the children put pen to paper and wrote a letter to the Mayor of London asking him to either legalise graffiti or to come down stronger on those that currently ignore the law. The children were asked to include (and negate) counter points to show that they have understood the reasoning behind both sides of the debate. I have yet to mark the letters, but looking over shoulders and based on input in lessons this week, I am expecting some persuasive and eloquent arguments. Well done!
Sport matches have been coming thick and fast over the last couple of weeks, with many of the children out at events including football, tag rugby, netball and dodgeball (coming up next week). It is wonderful that there are so many opportunities for children at St Stephen’s and I know Clare and Alastair work tirelessly to find events to include as many children as possible. Thank you again to our marvellous sports teachers.
On Thursday, we went to The Lyric Theatre to see this year’s pantomime Cinderella. It is usually excellent fun…I say usually because three years ago I was asked to come on stage at the end and dance with the Dame. I can’t help but worry that I might get picked on again, so my enjoyment of pantomimes has been ruined and unfortunately I was a nervous wreck for the duration of the performance! However, it was a great show and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
As a little act of pre-Christmas cheer, I have decided not to give the children homework this week. I suggest that they use this now free-time to work on their Greek Projects which are due in two weeks. Please remind the children that they do have Matheletics which must be completed by Monday.
Have a brilliant weekend.
Set: Friday 14th February
Due: Monday 24th February
Over the half-term the children have been set four SATs practice papers. They have paper copies of a Grammar (GPS) and also a Reading Comprehension test, both of which should be completed in the booklets.
The two Maths papers (Arithmetic & Reasoning) have been set on Mathletics. As always, the children are expected to read the questions from the screen and then use a pencil to work out their answers on paper. Only once they have checked their answers on paper, should they type in and submit their answer on Mathletics.