Welcome to Year 6

Welcome back to school and to Year 6

Some information for the new term.

Our PE sessions take place on Tuesday mornings ( indoor) and Friday afternoons (Games -outdoor). Please have the right kit available in school for these sessions. If possible this should be a white or light coloured plain top and dark shorts or track suit bottoms. PE kits can stay in school.

Reading journals should come home with your child every day. When they have read, please encourage them to fill in their journal, sign it for them and return it to school. When they have completed a book,  your child can then complete an activity in their journal, from the list in their books.It is really important that children keep up their daily reading in Year 6 to improve their comprehension and extend their vocabulary. The more that the children read, the better they'll get on in all areas of school life. Thank you for your help and support with this. Miss Phillips and I are very impressed with everyone's commitment so far!

The Hilston Park visit will take place in October and there will be a meeting in the following weeks to discuss the visit.

I will be having my P.P.A (planning, preparation and assessment time) on a Thursday afternoon, when Mrs Jones will be teaching the class.

Each week the children will write a blog to let you know what kind of activities have been taking place and we will put up the spelling lists, in case anybody misses them. New spellings are given on Fridays to be learnt for a test the following Friday. It is expected that the children will learn the spellings. We do an activity in school to consolidate the learning and differentiate to make sure the level is appropriate. Again, any problems, let me know.

Thank you.

Mrs. Irvine

Bear and the Hare

Class Blog Week 1

This week we have getting back into the routine of school life.In english we have been using ISPACED to improve our sentences.Mrs Irvine has been teaching us to improve our handwriting.There are new spellings so practice them for next Friday. 

For our maths we have been multipling and dividing decimals by 10,100 and 1000. To get our brains working we played countdown.

We have elected our eco committee, school council and criw cymraeg representatives. Eco committee is Tom, school council is Griffin and criw cymraeg is Eeshan.

For our topic in project we are learning about Black Gold (oil). For homework please can you bring in a picture based on oil.

We have been practising Welsh phrases and have a sheet to keep at home to help us this year.

by Hannah and Ellie

   

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W/b 9.9.13

The second week already! We`ve had a really interesting DT lesson where we had to describe the appearance and flavour of biscuits which we got to taste.

In Literacy we`ve been working on a book called Og and the Cup of Good Fortune.We`ve described Og`s feelings and written a paragraph to encourage him in his great challenge. Also we acted out a drama about him round the camp fire to help us think about how he might have felt.

In maths we have been doing word problems and multiplying by 10,100 and 1000. Also we did multiplying in columns.

In inside PE we worked on partner sequences with apparatus and outside PE was basketball where we practised our skills and had mini games.

In Science we looked at different types of rocks and found out how some of them were formed. We looked at them through a magnifying glass and drew them carefully. We learnt that some rocks are thousands and thousands of years old. We have an interesting display in the classroom of rocks that children have brought in.

We have made our Project plans and sorted types of energy into renewable and non renewable sets.

This week we have had Peer Mediator training and our rota starts next week. Look out for the timetables on Classroom doors. School Council and Eco Committee have also had their first meetings and our Reps have reported back.

Ellie, Hannah and Mrs Irvine.

 

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w/b 16.9.13

This week we have had lots of fun with all our lessons. Our music lesson was the best! We had lots of fun with Mrs Jones. We recorded our performance and then played it back to watch as a class.

In English we wrote a speech for the book we are reading at the moment 'Og and The Cup of Good Fortune'.We wrote as if we were Chief Awk, the leader of the Eagle Tribe. It was so cool because it felt like we were actually him.

In maths we have been multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000 and 10000. It was a bit tricky ,but we had home work so we could practice.

In P.E we have been playing basket ball with partners, we have been shooting, dribbling, trying to get the ball off our partner and pivoting. We applied these skills in a small game situation.

In Science we carried out an investigation to show static electricity. We charged a balloon by rubbing it on each others heads, then we used it to move a drinks can without touching it.

Project homework- research an oil spill.

In Project we investigated with materials to try to stop oil spreading in a tray of water.

Spellings w/b 23.9.13

 

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W/B 23.9.13

This week we enjoyed all our leasons because they were exciting. ln ICT we had to design a booklet about our topic Black Gold, which is all about oil.

 In our DT it was very good because we got to learn about the history of biscuits. We also tried 2 new biscuits called water baked and rich tea , then we had to draw a line graph of the most popular biscuits in the class. The custard cream was the most popular.

In Welsh we are leaning to speak in 1st person, 3rd person and past tense. We each have to write spider grams about a friend to help us remember what to talk about.

In P.E we have a partner to create a sequence using gymnatic moves and with some front and back supports, symmetry and asymmetry. Then we have to perform it to the class.

In bible explorer we leant about Joshua taking over all the tribes and the judges keeping it that way for years.

HAPPYS CIRCUS came to the school. There were amazing acts and we all loved having the circus here. It was very exciting and there were plenty of refreshments.After that if you had paper and a pen you could have been able to get an autograph!

James, Joseph, Charlotte and Lauren thought of some questions they would like answered and went round to interview Stephanie, the aerial artist and daughter of the owner, Happy.

How long does it take to put up the tent?

It takes about two hours with a tea break halfway through.

Do you travel to schools every week?

We travel from Wednesday to Sunday and in the summer holidays we stay in places for one week.

How long has Happy's Circus been around?

We have been going for eighteen years.

How long does the show last?

It's a two hour show with a thirty minute interval.

How many acts are there?

There are thirteen acts.

Which is your favourite act?

Sirgyi, who does the balancing act.

How long do you spend practising?

We probably have a couple of hours each day to practice.

Have you ever used animals?

No, it's not allowed to have circus animals now.

How many clowns do you have and who is funniest?

There are two clowns, Happy and Pip. I'll say Pip is the funniest because he is my brother!

How long does it take to put on the make up and the clothes?

It takes me an hour but the clowns only need thirty minutes.

Do you ever pull pranks on each other?

Only all the time!

Thank you to Stephanie. We hope you all enjoyed the show!

Spellings w/b 30/9/13

 

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w/b 30.9.13

Unfortunately, this week has been a tiring one! This week we have done a lot of interesting work.

Firstly in English,we finished reading our book called 'OG AND THE CUP OF GOOD FORTUNE'. We are now planning a story about him which has to include a prop ( a golden golf ball) and a setting that we have been given.

Secondly, in maths, we have been solving word problems using division and multiplication.

In D&T we have been learning about how biscuits are made and have been thinking about what biscuits we would serve if we were a chef at the Celtic Manor for The Ryder Cup. We had to decide on a shape and came up with suggestions such as rugby balls, daffodils and dragons. Then we had to think about flavour.

In our project work we have been finding out about the top 10 oil producing countries in the world and have used an atlas to find them on a map. We have also learnt how to produce a flow diagram to show the journey of how oil is produced.

Spellings for w/b 7.10.13

 

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Week beginning 7th October

This week we had our last Bible Explorer lesson with Mrs Thomas. We have been finding out about the books and stories in the Old Testament and have been given a certificate to say we have completed the course.

During Science this week we have been investigating thermal insulators and we had to plan and design an investigation to test which materials were more or less effective. We used 6 cups from McDonalds and covered them with different materials. We added hot water and took the temperature every 3 minutes to see how quickly the liquid cooled. We recorded the results in a table and then made a graph of our findings.

Because October is Black History month, we have been finding out about different inventors this week. We picked out an inventor then had to research him or her to find out what they invented and why their invention was important. We shared our findings with each other at the end of the week.

Spellings w/b 14/10/13 - although we will not test until Friday of the following week!

 

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For Hilston Park

Please arrive in the school hall at quarter to 9 as the bus is booked for 9 o clock. Parents are welcome to stay and see the bus off if they wish! The bus should arrive back on Friday for the end of the school day, traffic permitting.

As the weather has turned cooler, please make sure you have enough warm clothing. Warm socks for  wellies would be advised!

Please send any medicines with name labels and instructions in a small plastic bag, so I can collect them on Monday morning and put them in a medicine box to be kept safely. Thank you.

Small amounts of money can be sent in a purse or wallet to spend in the tuck shop.

Again, please label everything in the hope of seeing it again!!

HILSTON PHOTOS

 

Week beginning 21/10/13

Start of Rhian's story..........

 

Meirion's Science work

 

Staff are training with Mr Dowd on how to upload photos from the ipad to the website, hence the pieces of work!

Spellings for w/b 4.11.13

 

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w/b 4.11.13

In Science this week we have been learning about buoyancy and why some things sink and others float. We found out that some balls float, like beach balls and basket balls, but a bowling ball and a golf ball sink. It depends on the density of the ball and the amount of water it displaces. Our challenge was to make a golf ball size lump of clay float. This was tricky! We had to keep trying. Most people weren't successful, but one ball floated. We hollowed out the clay to make it less dense and increase the surface area, but sometimes air could still escape. It was all a bit messy!

We have been writing poetry this week. We wrote a class poem using a frame and then had a go ourselves.

Our trip to Aberthaw was very interesting and we were surprised at how big a Power station was. We found out why they needed to be built by the sea and what different processes were needed to make electricity. We had a workshop in the afternoon where we generated energy on a rowing machine and tried to come up with the best mix of energy solutions for the future.

In PE we are now doing dance and mini hockey and Mrs Jones is doing art and music. We are working on silhouette pictures so we have been finding out about them.

Parents evenings next week so you can see some of the work we have been doing.

 

Spellings w/b 11.11.13 

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w/b 11.11.13

This week in literacy we have been doing different styles of poems these include acrostic , descriptive and group. To make and improve our poems more effective we have edited them by adding similes, metaphors and personification. These poems have been inspired by Aberthaw Power Station.

In PE we have been doing dance on the xbox. Soon we will be creating our own dance routines.In outdoor games we have been doing hockey. Also in art with Mrs Jones we have been doing sunset paintings. To get different effects we have used sponges, toothbrushes etc. In the not so distant future we will be creating and shaping our silhouettes.

This week in science we have concluded our experiment with buoyancy. Only one group succeeded.

Parents evening went well.

By Meirion and Sam

 Spellings w/b 18.11.13

 

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w/b 18.11.13

In literacy  this week we typed our favourite out of 3 poems up on the computer and set an image behind the text. They are now up on display in the classroom. We also started to learn about newspaper reports, looking at features, then creating headlines, writing Stand first paragraphs containing the 5 W's and  using direct and indirect speech.

In art we did a rota basis of painting, silhouettes, 3 D modelling, lego and claymaking themed by Aberthaw.

In ICT we have been learning about excel spread sheets and recording data about the weather.

This week we have started rehearsing for our Christmas play.

In PE we have started to choreograph our dance routines with a partner.

Updated by Sam and Meirion.

Spellings w/b 25.11.13

 

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w/b 25.11.13

 Having had more than a week of learning about biased and balanced accounts, direct and indirect speech and highlighting the features of a newspaper, we wrote our newspaper reports. We also independently peer marked them against success criteria.

In project, we drew a diagram of how electricity is made and wrote a paragraph about it underneath. Also in PE we went on the xbox dance and carried on choreographing our dance routines.

 We finished making our Aberthaw inspired silhouettes and made an art gallery of our work on sketch up, in ICT.

We have carried on rehearsing and perfecting our Christmas concert aswell.

Updated by Sam C.

Spellings w/b 2.12.13

 

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