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Year 6 - Willow

Welcome to Willow Class 2017-18!

Please have a look around our page, and keep coming back to see what we are getting up to during our final year at Barwick.

 

Feel free to contact Mrs Evans via the school office should you wish to discuss any aspect of your child's learning. 

w/c 16.4.18

This week, we have been:

  • working hard to complete our written work from last term, by using our purple pen to edit and improve.
  • running around in the heat, namely for our Thursday PE session with our Sports coach. This term we are looking at striking and fielding skills, and Mrs Evans would also like us to work on how we coach each other who may be less adept than us at sports.
  • appreciating the wonder that was Mrs Evans's homemade Viking costume, and starting to find out about who the Vikings were, where they came from, what they did and how they lived.
  • completing the final paper in our practice SATs - GPV. Mrs Evans is pleased to report that she is super impressed with the scores! 
  • interpreting and creating pie charts based on given data, and linking percentage data to pie charts, with some pupils working on an extension involving binary code.
  • starting our new Science topic involving electricity and circuits
  • practising some of the statutory words set before Easter
  • performing scenes from Oliver! Mrs Evans hopes to hear everyone who wants a larger role sing by the end of the week. 
  • starting to create our apps
  • preparing for our assembly on Friday morning: we have split into groups to create a different section of the powerpoint - we hope you will like it!
  • looking at how Christians worship God
  • developing our vocabulary in Spanish

 

 

w/c 26.3.18

Apologies for the lack of update last week - being on residential meant I was unable to access the website, but I am sure parents understand this! The two days prior to residential were spent completing the 2017 Reading and Maths papers, which your child has now been given the results of. If you would like to discuss these results in further detail, please feel free to contact me. 

 

This week we have been:

  • Exploring 3D shapes in Maths, by building shapes, breaking them down into nets and then building up again, before finding a different net. We have looked at the properties of different 3D shapes and practised working out what shape the net makes based on our knowledge of shape properties. 
  • Enjoying the photos from our residential, selecting those that we feel best reflect our fabulous time. We then wrote an initial recount, and used this as a draft for a more creative piece of work, using our photos. Mrs Evans has given us autonomy over our work, meaning we understand the expectations and have the responsibility and freedom to present our work however we would like. (Mrs Evans would like to remind a few pupils to check the expectations again, before declaring a finished piece!)
  • Rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing! We had a brilliant time recording our CD, and are really proud of our achievements. Please support this project by purchasing a CD - school makes just £1 from each CD sale, and we are to put any profits towards new headphones. 
  • Writing in Spanish! We are enjoying our Spanish lessons with Miss Greaves, and are making great progress now, writing in sentences!
  • Completing the Spelling section of the 2017 SATs - watch out for the GPV in the first week back, and then we will have a whole set of data to work from, analysing any gaps in knowledge to see what we can do to give us the best possible chance of achieving what we deserve in May. 

 

We are yet to finalise a date for the Residential Assembly; we will communicate this as soon as we know (possibly 20th April). Photographs will go on the website then - we want to keep an element of surprise! Photos will also be made available for the yearbook.

 

w/c 5.3.18 

Another strange week of upheaval! This week we have been:

 

- considering our senses when writing setting descriptions, then writing up our fabulous work for display

- explaining our maths reasoning to each other, thinking about how to approach a problem from different viewpoints, using alternative methods

- analysing data from bar graphs themed around International Women's Day (some began to display aspects of the data in pie charts)

- learning the 'drag, back, turn' and 'L turn' methods of dribbling in football

- exploring pointillism as an art technique

- discovering how -ce makes a soft -s sound, and practising how to recognise this within words

- finishing our presentations about our app ideas

- learning how to say 'I like' in Spanish... (mi gusto)

- showing off our fabulous characterisation skills for World Book Day, where we created 'Loose Crayons', a chat show for the aggrieved crayons of this world; we had some great performances, with little to no rehearsal time!

- proudly listening to Rose read out her Gold winning 500 Words story - The Tragedy of Little Johnny Bow' (well done Rose)

- helping our with the Usborne Book Stall, and reading with EYFS children

 

Please can I remind parents that homework books are due in every WEDNESDAY. This week, I received only 6 books on Wednesday, and a further 8 on Friday. Of those, not all had evidence in of any work being done. Parents, please sign and date if you know your child has been reading or practising spellings, unless there is clear evidence of this in the book. Similarly, with MyMaths, writing the % obtained is a quick way for me to see who needs additional help. Thanks.

 

w/c 26.2.18

What a crazy week!

This week we have been:

  • refining our skills in approaching the arithmetic and reasoning questions, including making sure we are reading the questions properly, and working out information what we already know
  • watching 'Alma', a spooky film involving a little girl who becomes trapped in the body of a doll. We wrote setting descriptions of the opening scene, including the snow covered rooftops. How fortunate for us that it was snowing, as we managed to get outside to improve our vocabulary and descriptive writing skills as we observed how snow behaves. We explored genre, and will be developing our writing skills using this film in the coming weeks.
  • asking if we can explain inheritance, and why offspring may differ from their parents, but have characteristics of both
  • learning football skills (inside because of the cold weather!)
  • revising how to calculate area and perimeter of shapes, and understanding that often, shapes can have the same area, but different perimeters. We have looked at rectilinear shapes and triangles.
  • reading with EYFS children: it is lovely to see some of our quieter members of the class really come to life when reading with younger children - especially when they consider how to use different voices and expression in response to punctuation.
  • practising our class song, from 'The Greatest Showman'
  • testing ourselves on the -tial spellings
  • drafting letters to Justin Bieber to inform him of his misunderstanding around the subjunctive mood 
  • writing poems to celebrate our time in the snow

 

Hopefully everybody managed to have fun and stay safe in the snow this week!

w/c 19.2.18

This week we have been:

  • listening to how author Rebecca Colby gets her ideas and putting some of those ideas into action
  • working on our short stories for the 500 words competition, including planning, drafting, redrafting, editing and proofreading our work 
  • looking at words ending in -tial
  • thinking about songs to record on the school CD and having a go at singing them
  • learning how not to make the mistake of comma splicing, instead of using a full stop, conjunction or higher level punctuation
  • writing in Spanish
  • finding out about the famous author, Charles Dickens, and creating a timeline of his life
  • starting to plan our Shakespeare Class Project Book
  • practising converting measurements, working with both metric and imperial measurements

w/c 5.2.18

This week, we have been:

  • Concluding Journey to the River Sea, with each group taking on a chapter and bringing it to life in their own way
  • Starting our 500 Words stories, following tasks created by the Live Lesson
  • Working out how to use and understand algebra
  • Finishing our Habitats topic in Science
  • Completing our birdhouse designs
  • Enjoying circus skills
  • Exploring Internet Safety: namely the Own It website. (See below for further details)
  • Learning more about Garageband and how to record different instruments
  • Loving our trip to Lotherton Hall - see our photos page for more details (The Workshop Leader was very impressed with our thorough knowledge of the Amazon Rainforest!)
  • Testing our knowledge of -cial ending words
  • Testing our GPV and Spelling progress this term
  • Spending a bit longer finishing our presentation to develop an app
  • Finishing our watercolour paintings
  • Enjoying the final cut of our film to help Darwin Trotter

 

Please see the Homework Star for more details on HW - Mrs Evans would like the books to be handed in weekly from after half term, every Wednesday.

W/c 29.1.18

This week, we will be:

  • Finishing reading Journey to the River Sea
  • Starting to look at narrative writing in preparation for 500 Words, experimenting with different ideas
  • Exploring prepositions and word types
  • Learning our tricky statutory words
  • Looking at sequencing in reading
  • Multiplying one-digit numbers with up to 2 decimal places by whole numbers
  • Using written methods in cases where the answer has up to 2 decimal places
  • Solving maths problems that require the answers to be rounded to a required degree of accuracy
  • Using our watercolour techniques to paint more animals
  • Filming ourselves explaining about the Amazon River
  • Reflecting on how much we share
  • Asking ourselves how we use rivers
  • Building a bird box
  • Recording a track on Garageband
  • Creating a presentation to pitch an idea for our app
  • Possibly having a visit from the school nurse

 

Please note the SATs meeting will now take place on Tuesday 27th February at 3pm. 

The meeting will last 30 minutes, and pupils are welcome to stay. At 4pm, parents can order revision materials if they wish.

Week commencing 22.1.18

This week we will be:

  • predicting the endings to Journey to the River Sea, and writing alternate endings of our own
  • exploring how to correctly use colons to introduce a list, and how to use them to add additional detail to sentences
  • finding out about the prefix -inter, and using Spelling Stars to learn how to spell different words
  • describing positions on the full co-ordinate grid, using all four quadrants?
  • drawing and translating simple shapes on the co-ordinate grid, and reflecting them in the axes?
  • asking ourselves how we can be more compassionate in our lives
  • using the watercolour techniques experimented with, and beginning to paint our Amazonian creatures
  • working through our bird box designs
  • continuing to learn Garageband, and beginning to record tracks
  • further exploring gymnastics with our coach
  • piecing together our ideas for an app, and putting together a pitch
  • having fun in spanish!

w/c 15.1.18

This week, staff in school are starting weekly SATs booster classes, before and after school. I have identified children who would benefit the most from these sessions: if your child has been invited, you will have received a letter on Friday 12th Jan, detailing which sessions to attend. Please make every effort to ensure your child attends these sessions, and return the reply slip to confirm, so staff can plan accordingly. 

 

Additional booster sessions, for those pupils who have the potential to achieve a higher level mark, will be offered closer to SATs. 

 

This week, I will arrange a suitable date for a SATs info event, where parents can find out information about the SATs tests, including how they are arranged, delivered, assessed and reported, plus additional information such as qualifying for additional time and how best to prepare and support your child through what can (but doesn't need to be!) a stressful time. 

 

This week we will be:

  • multiplying and dividing fractions
  • continuing our journey down the 'river sea', looking closely at identifying the key points within a chapter, and presenting our summaries
  • creating a sequence of gymnastics movements with help from our professional coach
  • starting to think about our contribution to Darwin Trotter's request for help, focusing on the Amazon River
  • learning more about classification
  • developing the ideas for our app: how can we solve a problem?
  • asking ourselves what compassion looks like
  • exploring music technology
  • investigating watercolour techniques

 

Please note that this year, the end of KS2 Production will be a version of Lionel Bart's Oliver!  Since announcing this, I have already had many (many!) questions about auditions and roles - closer to half term, children will be invited to state whether they want a main role, which will most likely involve solo singing and lots of lines to learn; a medium role, which will involve singing in a group but probably not a solo, and less lines; a small role, which will involve singing in a group but few lines; or a backstage role, which involves no performance. Please note that all children are expected to perform: backstage roles can be undertaken alongside a small performance role, unless under exceptional circumstances, due to the autonomy needed to carry out backstage tasks unsupervised. 

 

Happy New Year!

The first three days back have (unfortunately!) been rather assessment heavy, as progress data is collected across school. Although hard work, testing provides a valuable insight into both your child's current attainment and also ability to cope with exam pressure, and enables me to analyse the data to identify weaknesses in knowledge. 

 

I am in the process of arranging Booster Sessions for Y6, to best prepare them for the SATs tests: I will be in touch with parents regarding the sessions on offer. If you do receive an invite, I strongly recommend you allow your child to attend these boosters; they will provide your child with the best possible chance of success in May.

 

w/c 8.1.18 

This week we will be:

  • embarking on our expedition as we explore our Extreme Environment!
  • discovering more about Maia and her strange relatives in our new text, Journey to the River Sea, by Eva Ibbotson. 
  • strengthening our Reading VIPERS skills 
  • dividing 4 digit by 2 digit numbers, using both short and the more formal written method of long division, interpreting remainders according to context
  • discovering more about classification
  • working alongside a gymnastics coach to develop our abilities
  • researching the capabilities of smartphones, and working with location data, such as GPS
  • asking ourselves, 'What is compassion?'

Letter - Willow Worms Leeds Book Awards

General Class Update 11.12.17

It's Christmas!

This week we will be:

  • rehearsing our shadow puppet Nativity stories, performing to EYFS and KS1 children (please see photos)
  • being crafty, making Christmas cards and calendars
  • working with Mr Cutler to refine our rapping skills, ready to perform in front of the whole school on Friday afternoon (see photos)
  • finishing our writing piece, 'If I had a magic pencil...', inspired by Malala Yousafzai (well done to Max and Rose for winning a top prize!)
  • singing plenty of Christmas songs
  • enjoying watching the West Yorkshire Playhouse's version of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Wow! What a show! We loved it!)
  • feasting on our Christmas lunch
  • auditioning for, and performing in, Barwick's Got Talent! (Well done to Oscar and Lily for getting through to the final!)

 

Have a great Christmas everybody!

General Class Update 4.12.17

This week we will be:

  • sequencing and finding the nth term in maths
  • learning about figurative language and literary devices such as onomatopoeia, idiom, simile, personification and hyperbole in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • finishing writing our scripts of the Nativity Story
  • making shadow puppets
  • preparing for our stall at the Christmas Fayre
  • finding out about how boys and girls differ
  • attempting to be the fastest we can be at TT Rockstars
  • exploring unstressed vowels in polysyllabic words - e.g. vegetable, different
  • learning about the remarkable Malala Yousfzani, and writing about what we could do if we had a magic pencil
  • practising our Spanish
  • finishing our artwork 
  • completing our Classroom Jazz unit in music

General class update 27.11.17

This week we will be:

  • finding out more about the characters within Narnia
  • creating artwork (of our eyes) for display in the library gallery
  • writing to discuss
  • eliminating suspects from our Science project
  • starting to write a script
  • exploring further Spanish vocabulary
  • learning about hyphenated prefixes
  • plus more!

General class update 20.11.17

This week we will be:

  • consolidating how to convert miles to kilometres
  • converting other units of measurement, such as mm to cm, or cl to l, and using this knowledge when solving problems in context
  • using negative numbers in contact, and calculating intervals across zero
  • tasting, and describing, Turkish Delight
  • trying out our new Spelling Stars Books
  • writing to our Class Governor, to invite her into our class
  • sketching our eyes, aiming to show where the light reflects
  • working as a team in dodgeball
  • devising and performing scenes based on The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • answering the register in Spanish

General class update 13.11.17

This week, we will be:

  • learning all about cyberbullying - what it is, and how to stop it. 
  • discussing what action we should take if we see someone else being bullied
  • delving further into the magical world of Narnia
  • drawing 2D shapes using given dimensions and angles
  • calculating, estimating and comparing volume
  • developing our dodgeball skills
  • visiting Vue Cinema, watching the film 'Hidden Figures', which covers themes of injustice and inequality during the Civil Rights era, and visiting Leeds Art Gallery, where we explore how natural and artificial light is used to create and appreciate art
  • visited by Judith Rhodes, the daughter of an evacuee who travelled to England on the Kindertransport during World War II. She will kindly explain her mother's experiences and share some of the precious objects she brought with her on the train
  • writing in role as an evacuee, using emotive language
  • learning how to correctly add suffixes to words ending in -fer

 

Please can all parents ensure they have handed in the reply slip and paid the £8 on ParentPay for the trip on Thursday - without a reply slip (and sufficient funds to cover the cost of the coach), children will not be able to attend the visit. 

 

Please see the Cyberbulling information sheet in the Anti-Bullying Week 2017 star: your children have access to online forums - they need to know how to report cyberbullying, and also be aware of the effects of their own actions online. 

 

General class update 6.11.17

This week, we will be:

  • exploring what it must have been like to be a child evacuee during WWII
  • visiting Barwick War Memorial on Friday 10th Nov at 11am, to pay our respects to the dead
  • viewing the WW1 and WWII war medals and related paperwork of Mr Evans's grandfather and great-grandfather
  • analysing War poetry, looking at authorial intent
  • creating blackout poetry
  • walking through a wardrobe as we discover our fiction text for this term
  • continuing our science investigation - can we eliminate a suspect, based on the angle of the light beam?
  • developing our dodging skills in PE
  • gaining Knowledge Points on readtheory.org (please practise at home!)
  • learning about fractions, decimals and percentages equivalents
  • learning how to spell words ending in -ible/-ibly, and hopefully remember which words have an -able ending, and which words have an -ible ending! (See homework pyramid for the spelling lists for the entire term)

 

Please ensure all children wear coats to school - although bright, the weather is far too cold for them not to have a coat! Coast must be worn at breaktimes. 

 

Some children seem to be having trouble logging onto MyMaths at home. The Agile Learning Suite is available before and after school for children to access should they continue to have trouble. Please see me if completing homework is a problem.

 

General Class Update 30.10.17:

This week we will be:

  • experimenting with light in Science to try to catch a suspect
  • editing together our final movie to demonstrate our knowledge of the importance of a healthy lifestyle
  • displaying our Bernard Noyes inspired artwork
  • describing a monster, using hyphenated words and expanded noun phrases
  • comparing and ordering fractions
  • discovering the festival 'Dia de los Muertos'
  • writing 1st person narratives, using film as stimuli
  • creating artwork inspired by Frida Kahlo
  • polishing our speaking and listening skills, by presenting our Sikhism powerpoints to the class
  • discovering jazz music
  • learning how to know if a word has an 'able' or an 'ible' ending

 

...plus lots more!

 

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