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Happy Easter!

Enjoy the Easter break - have some fun, relax and enjoy not being at school!

 

Well done to everybody for their contribution to the Vikings project this term - our dance was loved by all, and we received some very positive comments from parents, who could not believe we had created that in such a short space of time!

Pancake Flipping!

We have had pancake flipping heats today in class - 

the winners from each team are:

 

Louis - 53

Gabriella - 59

Kyle - 65

Max - 66

Ellie - 66

Naidan - a fabulous 68 flips in one minute!!!

 

Congratulations to Miss Greaves who achieved 63 flips in a flip-off with Mrs Evans, but the star of the show was Mrs Evans with an impressive 78 flips in 60 seconds.

 

Disco

Year 6 are in charge of next week's disco. We have been researching, planning and calculating, and are looking forward to it!

 

However, as the PTA normally run the discos, the PTA volunteer their time to supervise the event. We now need to ensure there are enough adults in attendance, so please let Mrs Evans know if you are able to attend. The more adults, the better!

 

It would be preferable if children could stay in school to help set up for the first disco at 4.15pm. They can bring a packed lunch into school to eat in between the two events, or if you prefer, they can return home for their evening meal and we will factor this in to the organisational responsibilities of the children.

Spring!

If I am honest, I am in shock at how quickly this year has already flown by. How on earth is it the middle of January already? Before we know it, we will be waving goodbye to the children as they embark on their last summer holiday before becoming secondary students...

 

However, before then, there is lots to do! Here's an overview of what we are exploring this half term:

Maths

Number: Decimals

  • Identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places and multiply numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to 3 decimal places (dp)
  • Multiply one digit numbers with up to 2dp by whole numbers.
  • Use written division methods in cases where the answer has up to two decimal places.
  • Solve problems which require answers to be rounded to specified degrees of accuracy.

Number: Percentages

  • Solve problems involving the calculation of percentages [for example, of measures such as 15% of 360] and the use of percentages for comparison.
  • Recall and use equivalences between simple FDP including in different contexts.

Measurement

  • Solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to three decimal places  where appropriate.
  • Use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation to up to 3dp.
  • Convert between miles and kilometres.
  • Recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa.
  • Recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes.
  • Calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles.
  • Calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units, including cm3, m3 and extending to other units (mm3, km3).

English

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. Whole class reading comprehension work.

500 Words Story Writing Competition - See attached powerpoint

Focus

The focus this term for Y6 is 'Raging Rivers', as part of our 'Extreme Environments' whole school focus.

Science

Living Things and Their Habitats

Test your fractions knowledge here:

http://www.math-play.com/fractions-board-game/fractions-board-game_html5.html

 

Anyone reading the class page can have an awesome point for finding the definition of the word....

Perfunctory

 

Updates

We have had a great day today!

 

Firstly, we learned about what the Kindertransport was, and how 10,000 German Jewish children were transported to England prior to the outbreak of the 2nd World War. We were then privileged to meet Judith Rhodes, the daughter of Ursula Michel, who was sent to England, aged 16, just days before the war began. Children were enthralled by Judith's story, listening with intent as she described her mother's journey, the conditions and the difficulties she faced upon arrival - alone, scared and filled with dread at what the future held. 

We were lucky to be able to see some of the items Ursula carried in her little suitcase, which was tiny. Precious belongings had been lovingly cared for, for over 75 years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l92-HALfFBs

 

In the afternoon we were lucky to be able to enjoy a Google Expeditions demonstration - immersing ourselves on the Moon; Macchu Picchu; Kruger National Park; the Great Wall of China; in a shark cage facing Great White Sharks... A truly amazing experience with some fantastic technology. We hope to look into being able to use Google Expeditions in our lessons in the future.

https://www.google.co.uk/edu/expeditions/#about

 

Tomorrow we will be visiting the Cenotaph at 11am for Remembrance Day, and continuing to explore poems of war, creating poems of our own in a very different way.

 

One half term down....

What a fantastically busy and brilliant half term we have had! 

 

Our Focus topic, 'Why should the world be ashamed of slavery?' has provided great opportunity for the class to explore a wide range of interesting and thought-provoking areas of interest. We have collated a book to share aspects of our work - please see the photos page.

 

Have a wonderful half term break, and get plenty of rest - it's going to be another busy one!

 

If you do have a spare moment, then visit www.studyzone.tv for revision, practice your spelling list, and ensure you are fluent with all the times tables!

 

See you in November.

:-)

Mrs Evans

 

 

 

 

30th September

Well done to everyone in Willow! Today's assembly on 'Perseverance' was fantastic; you all worked so well together to create what I'm sure will be the best class assembly all year. 

 

Please can I remind children to bring in their homework books every Monday? If you complete a MyMaths/Studyzone/SPaG.com based homework, then write what you have done (along with any scores or results if appropriate) in your homework book. 

 

Here's a test to see who checks the class page - an awesome point is available for any child who finds out the definition to the following word, and writes both the definition, and a sentence which uses the word, in their homework book to be handed in on Monday 3rd October. 

The word is.... 'testudinal'

Welcome to Willow!

 

I have been so impressed with the enthusiasm and attitude from everyone in Willow since term began. The class enjoy working in collaborative teams, offering and receiving support from their classmates whilst being challenged in new ways. Knowing your stuff is one thing: having to explain it to someone else so that they understand it is quite another!

 

The class have done very well in getting to grips with our new Blooms Rocket, displaying different areas of understanding. Sometimes we will focus on a 'Know and Remember' skills, other times we will be working on 'Apply', or perhaps 'Evaluate'. Please see the rocket below should you wish to have more information regarding this.

 

All class have now applied for their class roles. It seems that our 'happiness monitor' is our most prized role, so we may need to double up on that one to ensure everybody has a turn at spreading happiness and joy around our class. 

 

Hopefully parents received, and have read through, the information I sent home on the websites I will be using with your children this year. We have a long road ahead of us; the end of KS2 SATs are difficult, there is no denying that fact. However, with continued support from both school and home, plus sheer perseverance and a dedication to succeed, your child is capable of achieving great things.

 

I look forward to the next few months - they are going to be busy!

 

 

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