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Year 6 - Willow

 If parents would like to email a photo of what their child has been doing during the past two weeks, please send them to photos@barwick-in-elmet.leeds.sch.uk and we will upload them on the website to share!

Monday 29th June 2020

 

Good morning Year Sixes!


Scroll down to find this week's Home Learning- it's a little different to the normal format, as there is a focus on rounding up our year together. I hope you enjoy the reflection tasks- please take time to do these. 

 

Rogan updates: just one video and a picture this week. Because of the heat, most of the photos and videos we've taken are of him in just a nappy! It's been so hard keeping him cool at night, but he's okay! He looks less like a baby now and more like a little boy.

 

Thanks to everyone who got in touch by email this week...don't forget you can contact me on year6@barwick-in-elmet.leeds.sch.uk using your school email accounts.

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

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Home Learning 29.6.20 (End of Year theme)

Monday 22nd June 2020

 

Good morning Year Sixes!


It was fab spending another week with so many of you in class. The depth of discussion that you all are capable of is going to blow your next teachers away!

 

Scroll down to find this week's Home Learning- remember that the areas being covered in class are shaded blue!

 

Rogan updates: his new favourite sound is now 'nana' instead of 'dada'. That's what my mum calls herself, so that must be special for her. This week, he had pasta for the first time. In the video, when he eats it, he makes a sound just like 'pasta'. What are the chances?! Mila has started to do this cute thing where she wants to go to bed at the same time Rogan has. She takes herself upstairs and sits by her cage, waiting to go in :)

 

Thanks to everyone who got in touch by email this week...don't forget you can contact me on year6@barwick-in-elmet.leeds.sch.uk using your school email accounts.

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

Nana

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Pasta

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Monday 15th June 2020

 

Good morning Year Sixes!


It was just amazing to see so many of you back in school this week. Your behaviour was impeccable- Mr Portch and I both felt very lucky to spend so much of our week in your company. To those not in school- it was fab speaking with a few of you on Microsoft Teams- it's great to see that you are all in good spirits.

 

Scroll down to find this week's Home Learning- remember that the areas being covered in class are shaded blue!

 

More Rogan updates this week! He's such a little attention seeker- he keeps doing these super high pitched squeals to try and make us laugh. And the highlight of this week has to be that he now responds to 'Sausages' instead of 'Rogan'. He seems to genuinely think that his name is Sausages. What have we done?

 

Thanks to everyone who got in touch by email this week...don't forget you can contact me on year6@barwick-in-elmet.leeds.sch.uk using your school email accounts.

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

Sausages Roycroft

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My son actually thinks his name is Sausages

Squeaky little attention seeker

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Monday 8th June 2020

 

Good morning Year Sixes!


I hope you are all still safe and happy, and managing to safely explore the world around you in more creative ways. 

 

On Monday, the doors of Year 6 classroom will be reopening! To those of you who are coming back, I look forward to seeing you all this week. To those who aren't- don't worry. Some of what we do in class will be on the Home Learning Grids too. You'll know which of the home learning tasks are being covered in class as I am going to shade them in blue.

 

More Rogan updates this week! He's practising his 'dada' for when I get home....though he would much rather eat his feet! Enjoy.

 

Thanks to everyone who got in touch by email this week...don't forget you can contact me on year6@barwick-in-elmet.leeds.sch.uk using your school email accounts.

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

Dada Practice 1

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Dada Practice 2

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Stole mummy's lemon from her water

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Monday 1st June 2020

 

Good morning Year Sixes!


I hope you enjoyed last week's wellbeing pyramid and, most importantly, managed to find some time to relax with your family. For those of you planning a phased return to school next week, this will be the last Home Learning Grid that you complete. For those not returning to school, I will continue to provide Home Learning Grids in the usual way. The message will remain the same: do what you can, when you can, if you can.

 

A couple more Rogan updates for you to enjoy below. He is now on two bowls of food- one after the other- for breakfast. He can just about sit up (a little wobbly) and definitely can't crawl, yet he is able to stand up with ease! I guess all that kicking paid off.

 

Oh and Katherine's dad got him a walker in the shape of a car- it's one where he can sit down and push himself along...but his little legs don't reach the floor just yet! He still likes it. 

 

Thanks to everyone who got in touch by email this week...don't forget you can contact me on year6@barwick-in-elmet.leeds.sch.uk using your school email accounts.

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

Happy boy onto his second bowl

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Look Daddy! I don't need you any more!

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Too small for his new car!

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Monday 25th May 2020

 

Good morning Year Sixes!


It's officially half term (or at least it would have been!), which means that you have a break from the home learning grids. Instead, we want you to focus on your health and wellbeing by picking and choosing from the tasks on the wellbeing pyramid. Each key stage has their own grid- and some tasks cross over between key stages- meaning there's a good chance you might be able to complete some of the tasks with your siblings! That would be nice.

 

Do what you can, when you can, if you can.

 

Hope you enjoy this week's Rogan updates - what a strange little man. As you can see, he is enjoying his food smiley

 

To those who made the Teams sessions this week- great to speak with you all. To everyone else, don't forget you can contact me on year6@barwick-in-elmet.leeds.sch.uk using your school email accounts.

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

 

 

 

When you know you're about to get a mouthful of lollipop

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Cookie monster

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Half Term Wellbeing Pyramid 25.5.20

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Wellbeing Pyramid File Download 25.5.20

Monday 18th May 2020

 

Hello again Year Sixes! Welcome to another week of home learning- please find this week's Home Learning Grid below. Some opportunities this week to explore other areas of the Oak Academy, such as Reading and Focus. Have you had a go at the quizzes on the website? How many of you managed to solve the riddle set in my video last week? If you haven't seen it, visit Children > Teacher Greetings on the home page.

Remember: do not feel overburdened by any work I am setting- I am asking you to do as much as you can, when you can, if you can.

 

Rogan update- He is food obsessed! He is still having milk but goes crazy for his bowls of mashed up veggies in between. Potatoes are his favourite...must be the Irish in him! He loves to get his hands involved- he just grabs hold of the food on the end of the spoon and shoves it all in his mouth. Check out the video below! We decided to restrain him so that you could all hear him nomming on the spoon. 

 

Please scroll down to see this week's tasks. You can choose to follow the grid as a daily timetable, working through the tasks in order, or you can organise your days in a timetable that suits you. I'd love for you all to send some photos in this week, especially of some of the wellbeing activities. Display your work in your chosen layout within your Home Learning Activity Book.  Work through at your own pace and enjoy it as best you can. 

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

Potato time

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Noisy boy

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Rogan finding his voice!

Monday 11th May 2020

 

Hello again Year Sixes! Welcome to another week of home learning- please find this week's Home Learning Grid below. Loads of fun tasks this week to keep you entertained and engaged with learning. I would LOVE to see some photos of your mini-olympic ceremonies! Remember: do not feel overburdened by any work I am setting- I am asking you to do as much as you can, when you can, if you can.

 

Rogan update- As suspected last week, the little fella is desperate to get moving. Check out the little clip below. He's got more kick than a sour sweet! I can't wait to spend this weekend making him giggle- I could never grow tired of that sound!

 

Please scroll down to see this week's tasks. You can choose to follow the grid as a daily timetable, working through the tasks in order, or you can organise your days in a timetable that suits you. I have included a few resources for Focus tasks this week as I felt they would come in handy. Display your work in your chosen layout within your Home Learning Activity Book.  Work through at your own pace and enjoy it as best you can. 

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

Rogan trying (and failing) to crawl!

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Go on son!

Monday 4th May 2020

 

Good morning again Year Sixes! Welcome to another week of home learning- please find this week's Home Learning Grid below. I hope you have all been exploring ways to effectively use it to create more routine between Monday and Friday. Please do not feel overburdened by any work I am setting- I am asking you to do as much as you can, when you can, if you can.

 

Rogan update- this week, he rolled over for the first time! As exciting as this is, there's no going back now and in no time he will be crawling around wrecking the place! He had his 16 week injections recently, so he was a little bit cranky after that with the cutest little hoarse throat. Nothing a little 'Yogi Pop' didn't fix (a frozen blend of fruit and yoghurt on a baby-friendly lollipop stick). He LOVED it. Check out the little clip below.

 

Please scroll down to see this week's tasks. You can choose to follow the grid as a daily timetable, working through the tasks in order, or you can organise your days in a timetable that suits you. Display your work in your chosen layout within your Home Learning Activity Book.  Work through at your own pace and enjoy it as best you can. 

 

Supporting resources this week consist of only one Powerpoint, which can be downloaded below. Most of this week's resources are online!

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

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Monday 27th April 2020

 

Good morning again Year Sixes! Welcome to another week of home learning- this week you have got a brand new Home Learning Grid to work through. Have you enjoyed the new structure to your days? I hope you have all been exploring ways to effectively use it to create more routine between Monday and Friday. I hope you are all still managing to stay healthy and happy during your time at home- please remember to use the grids to help you with this.

 

Rogan update- King Rogie enjoyed some time in his very own castle this week...check out the pictures below! The tent helped him to shelter in the sun so mummy and daddy could spend a little bit of time outside with him. I think he has let it all go to his head though, as he has become very demanding indeed!

 

Please scroll down to see this week's tasks. You can choose to follow the grid as a daily timetable, working through the tasks in order, or you can organise your days in a timetable that suits you. Display your work in your chosen layout within your Home Learning Activity Book.  Work through at your own pace and enjoy it as best you can. 

 

Supporting resources can be downloaded from the pack below. Good luck!

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

Monday 20th April 2020

 

Good morning again Year Sixes! Welcome to another week of home learning- this week is a very exciting one as we are proud to introduce a brand new structure: Home Learning Grids. As organised and independent Year sixes, I know how much this new structure will help you to plan out your days and keep busy at home. I hope you are all still managing to stay healthy and happy during your time at home- now that a few weeks have passed, I really hope our new grids help you to remain focused on some of the learning we would be covering this half term.

 

Rogan update- we are currently weaning him onto some foods other than his baby milk. So far, he has tried all sorts of fruits through his fruit feeder- his two favourites are orange and raspberry, which is really special because those were my two favourites as well....and still are! I have been running recently to try and keep my fitness up. How lucky are we to have such beautiful weather at the moment?!

 

Please scroll down to see this week's tasks. You can choose to follow the grid as a daily timetable, working through the tasks in order, or you can organise your days in a timetable that suits you. Display your work in your chosen layout within your Home Learning Activity Book.  Work through at your own pace and enjoy it as best you can. 

 

Supporting resources can be downloaded from the pack below. Good luck!

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

Highwayman Y4 #throwback

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Monday 13th April 2020

 

Good morning again Year Sixes! Welcome to our fourth week of home learning- this week will be the last one that follows the pyramid structure. After this, we will be moving to something that will provide a little more structure for many of you that are ready for it. I hope you are all managing to stay healthy and happy during your time at home, and you are finding ways to fill your time. As the weeks go on, this will become more and more challenging; remember to act in a way that will make you proud when you look back on this time in years to come.

 

Rogan update- he is still keeping mummy and daddy very busy through the days when we are both at home. He is very smiley and full of energy at the moment- I'm gathering lots of pictures and videos to share with you all when we meet again.

 

Please scroll down to see this week's tasks. You can access the picture online, or download the document as a PDF. Like last week, you will need to keep your CGP book at hand and to display your work in your chosen layout within your Home Learning Activity Book.  Work through at your own pace and make sure you write revision notes that will make sense to you when you reflect on them.

 

Happy Easter!

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

Home Learning Pyramid 13.4.20

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Home Learning Pyramid file downloads 13.4.20

Monday 6th April 2020

 

Good morning again Year Sixes! It feels like no time at all since last week- I was in school  every day so it went much faster than time spent at home. I hope you are all managing to stay healthy and happy during your time at home, and you are finding ways to fill your time. As the weeks go on, this will become more and more challenging; be sure you act in a way that will make you proud when you look back on this time in years to come.

 

On Saturday, Rogan was officially three months old. He is in 6-9month old clothes and can barely stretch his long legs in them! He is less chubby than we were expecting but I'm sure that won't be the case for much longer smiley

 

Please scroll down to see this week's tasks. You can access the picture online, or download the document as a PDF. Like last week, you will need to keep your CGP book at hand and to display your work in your chosen layout within your Home Learning Activity Book. This week involves exploring whole chapters- for example Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. Work through at your own pace and make sure you write revision notes that will make sense to you when you reflect on them.

 

Missing you all!

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

Home Learning Pyramid 6.4.20

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Home Learning Pyramid file download 6.4.20

30.3.20

 

Good morning Year Sixes! It's lovely to reach out to you all. I trust you have all been up bright and early alongside Joe Wicks, starting each day off with a good old fitness class? I hope you are all managing to stay healthy and happy during your time at home.

 

I have enjoyed spending a little more time than usual with Rogan- he is growing up VERY fast and is getting cheekier by the minute. He looks just like his daddy did at that age but he definitely has his mummy's big blue eyes. Mila is being the best big sister and is very protective of the newest addition to the Roycroft family.

 

Please scroll down to see this week's tasks. You can access the picture online, or download the document as a PDF. The tasks are self-explanatory- just remember to keep your CGP books at hand and to display your work in your chosen layout within your Home Learning Activity Book.

 

I am missing all of your company and conversation very much; I look forward to figuring out the soonest time for us all to meet again!

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Roycroft

Weekly Home Learning Pyramid 30.3.20

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Home Learning Pyramid file download 30.3.20

Good morning Year 6! I trust you all jumped out of bed bright and early this morning eager to access your Home Learning Pyramids. I hope you are all keeping healthy and positive.

 

Below is your Home Learning Pyramid for this week. Work through the tasks, using your CGP books to aid you with any work linked to core learning. All work can be completed in your Home Learning Activity books- present it with care and pride- I would love to see the effort you have all made when we next meet.

 

Keep upbeat and stay safe- remember all of the advice and guidelines we have followed in school as each one of you has a vital role to play.

 

I look forward to checking in next week.

 

See you soon,

 

Mr Roycroft

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Home Learning Pyramid file download 23.3.20

13/3/20

 

This week in Year 6, we have been exploring perimeter, area and volume in depth. We have used formulae to help us rapidly work out perimeter, area and volume, including the area of triangles. In rally coach pairs, we have delved into a range of reasoning and problem solving questions, channeling our inner 'Blip' and breaking them down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

 

In English, we have begun planning our 500W stories, ready to blow the minds of whoever reads them. We have followed the theme of the Seven Hunters, with the children choosing their own plots and characters. We have been using DADWAVERS to improve the quality of our content, focusing on varying our openers.

 

Currently, the residential is set to go ahead in two weeks. I am checking for updates daily and will inform parents and children of any changes as soon as I am made aware.

 

In the meantime- stay healthy and active, closely following the guidelines we have repeatedly discussed in class. 

28.2.20

 

This week in Year 6 has been one of pancake flipping, drama and igniting writing. It started off with a bang as we welcomed our dramatists in residence, Alive and Kicking, who truly kick started our english topic for the next few weeks:

 

We took a trip back in time to Victorian Britain- Scotland to be precise. A vessel sank in the Flannel Isles- a group of islands known as the Seven Hunters. Families held protests to demand the construction of a lighthouse to avoid future incidents. The children then transported to Edinburgh (formally known as the assembly hall) where they formed the Northern Lighthouse Board: a group of experts commissioned to survey whether the lighthouse can be safely built on the largest island: Eilean Mor. I was absolutely blown away by the recommendation reports written by the children- ask your child to see theirs!

 

Check out some photos below:

Alive and Kicking!

13.2.20 - Deforestation Debates

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13.2.20

 

This week, we have rounded off an intense half term of learning about deforestation by drafting up a written debate. We aimed to include a balanced perspective based on our own thorough research. We will be receiving individual feedback at a consultation on the first week back. Congratulations to Year 6 and the rest of the school on a fantastic end event! Darwin will be so proud of you all when he sees all of the hard work you have put in.

 

Year 6s- lightly work through your CGP revision books over the holidays- focus on areas that you feel you need more help with... read books every day, practice any times tables that you struggle to remember...but most of all, rest up. Watch TV, meet with friends and family, get outside and exercise! We look forward to seeing you all again next week.

7.2.20

 

This week, we have been brushing up on algebra, exploring functions, variables and algebra in a range of different representations. It was a little daunting to begin with, but after we got our heads around it, we realised that it’s nothing new- just missing numbers!

On Tuesday, we went on a class trip to the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) in Beeston. It was a fantastic experience and it was lovely for me to be with the class as they expose themselves to another place of worship. We got to witness prayer and worship in the main hall- including sung worship and a marvellous demonstration of musical accompaniment. We finished our trip off with an opportunity to enjoy Langar together: the community kitchen where people are invited to join for a free meal. Check out some of our photos below!

Our week of storytelling was rounded off with an exciting opportunity to decorate socks today- well done to all those that remembered to bring them in!

Fractions, Decimal and Percentages Museums

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Storytelling Sock Puppets

Deforestation should be banned immediately... do you agree or disagree?

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31.1.20

 

This week, we have been finding percentages of amounts.

 

To find 10%, we use our understanding of 'dividing by ten'.

To find 5%, we first find 10% then half it!

To find 2.5%, we first find 10% then half it twice!

To find 20%, we first find 10% then double it! (We can also find 20% by 'dividing by 5')

To find 1%, we divide by 100

 

With these base skills in place, we can combine them to find complex percentages such as 38.5% of an amount.

 

In geography, we have been exploring the topic of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. On Friday afternoon, we split into two teams: 'for' and 'against', and held a parliamentary debate on whether a bill should be passed to ban deforestation once and for all.

24.1.20

 

What a superb beginning to the new decade, Year 6! Talk about starting as you mean to go on! Mr Selfridge and Mr Roycroft have been blown away by your maturity and fantastic behaviour for learning. We have spent the past two weeks tackling fractions, decimals and percentages in maths with great success. Ask your child to recall the decimal equivalent to one eighth- or the percentage equivalent to three fifths- and perhaps you will see some of their learning beginning to embed already. A brand new English topic has begun, with exciting class novels such as Journey to the River Sea and Holes by Louis Sachar. The children were thrilled to discover that the now well-known Darwin Trotter had again been in touch with a challenge for them. This time, the theme centres around climate change and the responsibility of humans to care for our planet. The children are in the midst of preparing for some exciting visitors in the middle of Feb...watch this space for more!

This week, we performed our shadow puppet Nativity performances to Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children. Well done to everybody: the children worked as a group to write their scripts, create their shadow puppets and rehearse their performances, culminating in a lovely performance piece this morning: see the photos of our rehearsals and performances below. 

 

In Maths, we have solved various puzzles and calculations to crack a code, ensuring that Santa's sleigh can set off next week, delivering presents around the world! 

 

Rehearsing and performing our radio adverts

Trying Turkish Delight, just as Edmund does in Chapter 4 of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. We came up with many adjectives before turning them into adjectival phrases.

Learning how to use Garageband to create digital music for our advert

In Drama this week, we created advertisements, exploring how to use persuasive language features to entice people to buy a new type of chocolate. we had some 'interesting' flavours!
Our Christmas decorations looked stunning: it was lovely to sing Christmas carols as we hung them on the tree - and Edward, as the oldest child in school, had the honour of turning on the lights alongside the youngest child in Reception class. 

Christmas Decorations

25.11.19

Takeover Day

This entry is being written by Joseph, Alex and Jack!

 

On Monday,we started our new Maths topic! It was multiplying fractions by fractions.

 

In English,we finished our Trip to the Moon travel brochures

 

On Tuesday,we started the Chronicles of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe in vipers.

 

In GPV, we started work on semi colons[these:;].

 

On Wednesday, we had a music lesson on garage band (that was why we brought headphones to school).

 

On Thursday, we had a visit from Judith Rhodes and she talked about the kinder transport in world war 2.

 

On Friday(today), It was Takeover day! we had a range of lessons from differant students!

 

 

18.11.19

Another busy week: we very much enjoyed experiencing something quite different at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday! Never again will the children experience a 1902 film, accompanied by a live band, on a large screen in a venue as grand as Leeds Town Hall! The following video, Journey through the Stars, was both fascinating and hypnotic, as we listened to the instruments alongside the intense videos of the sun, moon and our solar system. 

In the Art Gallery, we explored the pieces on offer, commenting on what we liked, disliked, understood and were confused by. Children selected one piece that stood out to them to sketch, and we spent time in the Artspace, creating our own art - some of it linked to space: can you see the representations of the Earth (and Sun/Moon?)

Linking to our main topic of Light, we looked at how light is used within paintings, to draw the attention of the viewer's eye - this was sometimes as a reflection, a representation of the moon or sun, or a neon-coloured highlight. 

The Ram with Golden Horns (Damien Hirst), provided a great look at how light changes direction when moves from air into water - the ram looked skinny from the side, but wide when viewed from the front!

We also discovered how there were plans for a huge Antony Gormley statue, 'Red Brick Man', to come out of the top of Leeds Station, but unfortunately this never happened.

 

Have a look at our amazing photos!

11.11.19

Well done Y6 for showing such respect during Remembrance: we visited the Barwick War Memorial and read the names of those local soldiers who gave their lives in WW1 and WW2. 

 

We studied 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen, analysing the use of language within the poems to create vivid imagery, and also the message behind the poetry. 

 

For Anti-Bullying Week, we focussed our work on Cyberbullying and the use of homophobic language. More work is to be done on this next week, but we recognise how hurtful words can be, and how wrong it is to use the word 'gay' as an insult, or to mean something bad or horrible - connections were made to the times of slavery, when people honestly believed that the colour of someone's skin made them 'better' than another: we know that someone's sexual preference does not make them 'better' than another, but unfortunately some people are still just as ignorant as those horrendous slavers, long ago. 

 

For Children in Need, we enjoyed Maths challenges in the form of Pudsey board games, and followed Joe Wicks' advice on how to move in PE - ask for a demonstration of the 8 minute workouts!

 

 

4.11.19

This week, we have enjoyed finding out about our class trip, which links in with our Science topic of 'Light'. Please make sure the reply slip is sent back no later than Friday 15th - additional letters have been sent home today as I understand some parents did not receive one at Parents' Evening, by email or by pupil post: see our Trips page for details. 

 

We have been exploring our mini-topic of Dia de los Muertos this week, focussing on how to write exciting setting descriptions as well as design Christmas cards inspired by Frida Kahlo's designs. 

 

Look at our PE session - we challenged each other to win the competition using playing cards to determine how many reps we needed to do: burpees, squats, push-ups... as you can see from the photos, we moved FAST!
Mrs Nicholson has been teaching some exciting-looking RE lessons this week, with the topic 'What Would Jesus Do?' The children have been looking at different parables.
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GPV lessons focussed on prepositional phrases - we took part in a Quiz, Quiz, Trade activity to challenge each other on using different prepositions correctly.
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14.10.19

This term, our scientific focus has been 'The Circulatory System', so we have been learning all about how the heart pumps blood around the body, visiting the lungs to collect oxygen, which the blood then carries to where it's needed. 

We have been researching how what a person eats, how they move, how they live their lives and whether they take any drugs/alcohol affects heart health - and we have tried to convey this learning by becoming documentary filmmakers! 

 

Investigations have taken the form of measuring heart rate (BPM = beats per minute) at various points, in order to see if different activities affect the rate of recovery. 

 

We are still in the editing stages of our documentaries, but we have interviewed Sally from the kitchen to talk to us about a balanced meal, and also spoke to our Sports Coaches (and Mr Evans) about the importance of regular exercise. 

7.10.19

We have been such busy bees this week, creating our 'masterpieces'! We don't have photos to show you though, as we don't want to spoil your surprise at the Art Gallery! Don't forget to put the date in your diary: Wednesday 23rd October. You will be so proud of the artwork created.

 

In Maths, we have been checking our division skills, using the bus stop method learnt previously. In Y6, we need to be able to divide 4-digit dividends by 2-digit divisors using the formal method of long division. This is a very tricky concept, so here is a video to help you practise the method with your children!

 

Please can I remind parents that pupils should be confident with all of their times tables by the end of Y4? Why not try a quick-fire challenge? See the link for Hit The Button below, and don't forget TT Rockstars!

 

Maths can be a cause of concern for many pupils, especially as we get closer to the end of KS2 tests (SATs). The more confident a child is with their times tables, the less likely they are to suffer from anxiety - the link below has some tips for understanding and preventing maths anxiety. 

 

 

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This week, we have been exploring our creative sides, and can't wait to see what our mixed-media collage work looks like when framed up, and exhibited in the art gallery on 24th October! We looked at street artists such as Banksy, and discussed how many artists have been inspired with similar styles. Hopefully you will love our work!

 

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In PHSE, our topic is 'Keeping Safe: Out and About', and we discussed how as we are getting older, we may be given more responsibility and independence. We might be allowed to walk unaccompanied to a friend's house, or visit the local shop alone. 

This independence, whilst exciting, can be scary - for both children and parents! We talked about our fears, and whether they are real, possible or imagined. 

 

One fear that kept being mentioned was the fear of bumping into older children - and these older children making the pupils feel uncomfortable by the way they stand together, their body language, facial expressions, or even comments they make. 'Being chased' is a common fear. They learnt that even though 14-year-olds seem scary, they are also children and quite often their unfriendly manner is just their defensive way of trying to 'look cool'.

 

We talked about how safely crossing to the other side of the road, or taking a different route to avoid a situation could be a good idea. Failing that, find a trusted adult, or heading straight to the nearest shop. The children learnt that it is ok to explain to an adult, such as a shopkeeper, that they feel unsafe, and to wait there until they feel happier.

 

Drama was used to create different scenarios - what should we not do, and what could we do?

We will be exploring this topic further - children will learn that 99% of the time, teenagers are causing no harm - after all, they are children too: it is often our own imagined fear of what 'could' happen that makes us scared. 

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This week, pupils have been tackling negative numbers and have worked through many different challenges. 

 

Have a go! 

Darren chooses a number between 130,000 and 140,000. He adds between 785,933 and then subtracts 345,785. His answer is five hundred and seventy-one thousand, four hundred and thirty-three. 

 

He says his starting number is 132,285. 

 

Is he correct? Explain your answer!

 

Our biographies on Martin Luther King are now finished, and we have written some fantastic setting descriptions, describing the sights, sounds and smells as if we were standing in the bustling crowd in Washington DC, eagerly waiting for Dr King to deliver his momentous speech. 

 

We were also rewarded for our excellent attendance last week with Doodle Time! We had lots of fun. Next week, we are rewarded with cartoons! Keep up the excellent attendance, Willow class!

We have been working so hard with rounding numbers this week in Maths! We have challenged each other with purposeful errors, to try to catch each other out, and we have also made our own 'Guess the Number' challenges, using clues. 

 

 

In Reading, we looked at the lyrics of Sam Cooke's 'A Change Gon' Come', and explored the lyrics, making links to our learning about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. 

Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video)

We have also been introduced to ReadTheory - this is a fantastic website for practising reading comprehension skills. It is completely free to use, which is why 3rd party adverts may pop up - they have all been filtered to be suitable for children: let me know should you see any that are not (with screenshots if possible!)

 

Encourage your child to access this site often, as they can build up knowledge points, and the software adjusts the difficulty level automatically, so your child is being targeted at an appropriate level. Pay attention to any incorrect answers, as a full explanation is given as to where the information could be found: in my opinion, this is the most valuable part of the software!

Roald Dahl Day!

What a fantasmical Roald Dahl Day we have had! 

We have caught dreams in jars, like the BFG, and created characters using tips from Roald Dahl himself! 

Just Enough Group - Modern Slavery Workshop

We have had an inspiring and educational workshop, delivered by Just Enough Group, learning about the horrors of modern slavery. 

We were shocked to find out about Svetlana, a poor girl who was trafficked away from her family and sold into slavery. 

Did you know that over £150 BILLION is made from slavery in any year? This is more than Apple!

Did you know that there are 40-45 million slaves in the world at this very moment? 

Ask your child about what they have learnt - it is all of our responsibilities to change!

 

 

 

 

We have received the following info from Garforth Academy, which may be of interest! They sound like great opportunities, should you be able to attend. (I also believe Boston Spa are starting an adult choir, and an email should be circulated about that soon - clearly, secondary schools are realising the value of creative expression, and the importance of an arts education in creating all-round individuals who are able to articulate themselves clearly in a modern world of communication! Barwick have known this for many years now - we are clearly ahead of the times!! laugh​​​​​​​)

 

Arts Live is a programme of community music activities which take place weekly during term-time on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings at Garforth Academy, Lidgett Lane, Garforth, LS25 1LJ.

 

There are no auditions - just contact us to arrange to come for a free taster session!

 

Opportunities include:

 

  • Guitar ensemble lesssons for all ages and abilities, including an intergenerational group aimed at beginners and those with some experience who might need a refresher. Learn to play electric or acoustic guitar or bass guitar together with your family members in a friendly environment led by professional guitarist and tutor Simon Franklin. We can provide instruments.

  

  • Rock and Pop bands - for ages 9-17, with a range of groups to suit musicians of all abilities, including near-total beginners. Learn classic and contemporary rock and pop tracks, create your own original compositions and work towards gigs and recordings. We organise exciting performance opportunities. All equipment and instruments can be provided.

  

  • Steel Pan Bands - learn to play the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago on our high-quality examples of these beautiful sound-makers. All abilities welcome including complete beginners! Youth (9-17 yrs) and adult groups available, with regular performance opportunities.

 

  •  Adult Choir - led by Liz Welburn, the Garforth Community Choir is a place to sing for pleasure, meet new people and develop your vocal skills. Regular performances are part of the choir's calendar. Repertoire includes classic and contemporary pop, soul, gospel, folk, ballads, world music and a range of other well-known songs. All abilities welcome.

 

We have had a great first week in Y6!

 

In Maths, we have been exploring Place Value, showing Mrs Evans all that we understand - check out our photos of human number lines (we are great at ordering and comparing large numbers), and our Maths Museum, showing our fantastic knowledge of partitioning. 

 

It's really important to understand e-safety, so we created a multiple choice quiz, using what we already know. We learnt how to create a table in Microsoft Word.

 

PE with Mr Peate was fun! Tchoukball is a great game - We look forward to learning more skills. 

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