Class Blog Spring Term 2012
Spring Term Blog 2012
No spellings to learn this week - we will be doing the big Young's spelling test. To help, you could always look through your spelling books and check up on spelling patterns.
We have been continuing with the novel 'Stig of the dump' in English, doing some reading activities and some speaking and listening.
As Dynamo activities have started this week, ready for next Friday's Olympic celebration, our class has been split into groups of four, to work with the younger classes. We are keeping our own Dynamo blogs, so we can share the information.
In Science, Natalie Waller came in to help us do some tree identification, looking at the trees in our school grounds. We will continue with our own research about the different trees now.
We have had three sessions on our bikes, to prepare us for the Safe Cycling test. By the time you read this, we hope that everyone has passed! We will try our best.
We used compasses in PE this week, learning how to take a reading on a setting and pace our way to a destination.
Last night, Year 6 enjoyed having an extra half hour at the disco, playing games, dancing and singing. It is hard to believe that was our last disco in Primary school! We have also put the finishing touches to the Year 6 handbook this week and have begun to think about the Leaver's afternoon.
In English this week we have been learning about Anne Frank, we have written a biography about her life.
In Maths this week we have done Algebra and we have taken two maths tests this week, one of them was our annual NFER test, and the other was one we had at the start of the year and we had to see if we improved on our last test
In Project we have been learning about the Blitz and how it affected London
In English this week we have been telling the story of Isis and Osiris, telling it first to an audience and then to the camera. We did much better when there was no-one watching us!
In Maths we have been doing conversions with money and preparing for our ALFIE tests, doing a practise test on Friday.
In Science this week we have been looking at conductors and insulators in electricity. This effects our project as Sid the Slob has got bare wires showing in his house.
We have been looking at the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. It is one of the main reasons we know so much about Ancient Egyptians as so much treasure was discovered there. It told us how Pharaohs lived, what they believed, how they dressed, what objects they used.
In English this week we have read a playscript called Sion and the bargain bee. We wrote scene 3 for the play to continue from scene one and two in the story. We are now focusing on presenting a story called the story of Osiris and Isis.
In Maths we have been working on ratio and proportion. for example if for every 2 green cubes there are 3 red cubes it would be a 2:3 ratio.
in project we have been making top trumps on Egyptian gods like Bes, Set, Ra and Horus.
This week we have been trying to write a picture book in the style of Nicola Davies, an author of animal books. Nicola came into our school on Thursday and came round all the classes. When she came into our class she gave us ideas for our stories.
In Maths we have been working on currency exchange; for example if you get $2.3 to the pound, how much would a $10 pizza cost in pounds?
In Project we have moved on to the Egyptian part of Sid the Slob topic. We have learnt about the river Nile and how to spell our names in hieroglyphics
In English this week we have been planning and writing up a newspaper report. The report is about a train crash that occured in Paris, 1895. The station was called Gare Montpanasse. We have not yet finished The invention of Hugo Cabret. but we are into part two of the book.
In Maths we have started part two of our Welsh Bach. We have to pretend that we are holding a table football competition for 300 people, we have to find out what tables to buy and where to fit them in the school.
For our project this week we had a talk with a women called Mrs Isgrove, she tought us about the respiration system and how it works, she also showed us how smoking is bad for you, at the end she disected a heart to show us inside it, at the end of the talk we got to touch the heart. It was very interesting.
In English we are still reading the Invention of Hugo Cabret and we have just completed a comprehension on part one of this book. Then we had to predict what the automaton might write now Hugo has found the key. We are looking forward to starting part two of the book next week. Most people find this book very interesting and exciting.
In Maths we have started our GSCE application of number work. Our results should be expected to be marked as grade D-G. We are working out whether there are lots of goals in each game by taking 30 premier league match results and converting them into tally charts, bar graphs and pie charts.
In project this week we have been finishing our weather powerpoints and recording the weather (we will be doing this for three weeks). We have done a science experiment on smoking to see how it impacts on peoples lives (we didn't actually smoke of course!) We did this experiment because Sid the Slob smokes and we want to find out how it affects him.
Please remember that Thursday is our parents coffee afternoon, starting at 2:15. All parents and grandparents are very welcome. It is just an opportunity to look at your child's work with them in an informal setting. We hope to see you.
We have begun a new novel in English this week called 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick. It is a really thick book, but the story is told through a combination of words and images. We watched a powerpoint with music to help us understand the setting of the story and to give us clues about the characters. We have read up to Chapter 5 and can already tell that there is going to be adventure and mystery in the story.
In Science, Miss Mead got us to do some role play to help us understand about the Circulatory system. Some children were the heart, others were body parts and the rest of us were the blood, carrying oxygen to body parts then returning to lungs to become oxygenated again. It helped us to label diagrams accurately.
In music, we listened to music connected with myths and legends and identified different instruments. We had to identify different musical elements too, like tempo, pitch, dynamics, texture and form. Sometimes this was easy and sometimes it was quite tricky and we didn't always agree.
We have begun our weather investigations. Each day we are measuring rainfall and temperature, checking cloud type and wind direction and finding out the air pressure from the BBC website.We have also been doing some experiments to try to help us understand the weather.
In English this week we have been working on poems. Earlier in the week we were writing a poem on Snowdon, where we turned desriptive writing into a poem, by editing out small words and changing word order. We have also restructured a poem. We had a sheet of paper with all of the words from a poem called Grim and Grimy by James Reeves, and we tried to put the words in the closest order we could to the actual poem. We hadn't heard the poem but when we did, no-one had got very close!
In Maths we have been making pie charts,line graphs,and scatter charts to show information.
For our project this week we have been thinking of questions to ask Sid the Slob. We have also been making a powerpoint about weather.
Friday 13th January
This week we have had a Student with us. Miss Mead will be spending the next 5 weeks in our class and she will be helping us with some of our lessons in the afternoons, like Project, music and RE.
As our class assembly will take place next Monday morning, we have been busy preparing for it. We are finding out about the 6 major world religions, looking at their similarities rather than their differences. We divided up into 6 groups and chose which religion to research. We looked at common themes, like places of worship, Holy books, prayers and celebrations. Our research was entered onto a powerpoint to show the rest of the school next week.
Our new topic for the term is called the Legend of Sid the Slob. We looked at the character of Sid and all of his problems. As we go through the term we have to look at ways he can improve his life. This will involve Science lessons, PSE, history and geography.
In English we have looked at a nonsense poem called The Jabberwocky, written by Lewis Carroll. We read and thought about a poem called 'Harry pushed her', where the poet made us use our emotions. We tried to piece together a poem we had never read beforw so it made sense. Some groups got very close to the original poem.
Our games lessons this half term are Hockey and our PE lessons are about gymnastic sequences. We are looking forward to seeing the gym display in Bassaleg and we might get some new ideas.
Autumn term 2011
In dance this half term we are going to be learning about the Haka, a dance used by the New Zealand rugby team. We will learn the Haka and work in groups to create our own versions. The Haka was originally a war cry used by the Maoris to challenge others to battle.Because the Rugby World Cup has started today, look out for any coverage of the dance on the news.
Our topic this term is Life Long Leisure. The teachers are working on the new pupil handbooks so more details will follow. They should be available on the website by next week.
Instrument lessons will begin next week on the following days:
Monday-Woodwind & Violin
Wednesday- Brass & Keyboard
Thursday - Guitar/Cello
Welsh sound file located at
(Use this to hear some of the Welsh questions and answers you will be need to use this year)
Week beginning 19th September
This week in maths we have been doing parabolic lineart, which is creating curves from straight lines. In English we have been writing different types of poems like limericks, nonsense poems, and kennings to name a few. In Science we have we have been learning why our pulse rate increases after exercise.
This week in English we have turned some descriptive writing into a descriptive poem. Now we are looking at report writing using some information about queen Victoria. In Maths we have been working on multiplication and division including carrying, and some word problems. In science we turned our pulse rate information into graphs. In project we have been contrasting the lifestyles of rich and poor Victorian children.
We are now working on our own versions of the haka; they are coming on well. We hope to have some videos to show you when we finish. In art with Miss Morgan we are drawing faces and people in motion. We are learning to improve our drawing skills by observing closely.
Welsh adjectives for this week are:
mawr, bach, cyrliog, syth, byr, hir, pigog, ......iawn, ych a fi.
These words will all be useful in our Harri Morgan work in Welsh.
Remember if you want to send in any food for Harvest festival, it'll need to be on Monday, as we will be away when it takes place. Thank you.
This week in English we have been working on non chronoligical reports, about the coronation of Queen Victoria and now about Hilston Park. We have so much information it is going to take us quite some time. We hope to share them with Year 5 so they will know what to expect next year!
In Maths we have been looking at percentages,decimals and fractions with Miss Howse and Miss Morgan.
In Project we have been looking at the effects of the industrial revolution on ordinary people who had to leave the countryside to find work in the new cities and towns, in the factories that had grown up. The poor people lived in overcrowded slums with many families in one house and many health problems, while the rich people had even more wealth. Next we're going to look at identifying houses.
We have been going over some Welsh vocabulary this week. Here is a list of some of the words you should know. If you find you can't remember what they mean you'll need to check in your vocabulary books when you get back to school. Try teaching the words to people in your house!
Each week we will add some new words for you to practise by trying to use them in sentence patterns.
This week in English we have been writing a biography about a black man named Paul Robeson. In Maths we have been learning about percentages and solving word problems.
In Project we have been learning about Victorian diseases like Cholera and Typhoid
Our Welsh word this week are:
O diar, O trueni, O gwbl, O na neis, Longyfarchiadau and wrth gwrs
Remember next week
- our trip to Tredegar Park will take place on Tuesday
- to wear blue clothes on Wednesday as a sign to support anti-bullying.
- send in a pound for Children in Need on Friday and it will be non uniform. Please wear pyjamas!
In English this week we have performed a short script we wrote in groups about a book called Street Child. The theme was Jims' journey to the workhouse. We did a conscience alley activity to decide whether Jim should escape from the workhouse or stay in the workhouse with his best friend,Tip. We have also written a list poem about Jim's escape from the workhouse.
For the last two weeks in maths we have been designing a maths board game. We had inspiration from several popular games like Monopoly, snakes and ladders, battleships and (a video game) Halo. We've played and evaluated them and thought about how we could improve them. its been an enjoyable way to practice maths skills.
Science investigation this week has been about lung volume. We then thought about which factors could affect someone's lung capacity. It seemed as is taller people had bigger lung capacity and our research told us there were other factors, like male/female, smoking/non smoking, high altitude/low altitude, athletes/non athletes.
We have finished our art topic by making collages in the style of Henri Matisse's 'Snail'. Some of them will be displayed in the Hall. We have also worked on our piece of 'Big Art' for the hall with Mrs. Jones. We made a large model of the Wright brothers first aeroplane which will be hung from the ceiling.
We are continuing our Welsh work on Harri Morgan, by writing paragraphs in the third person. Have a go at making up the Welsh sheet at home, to help practice questions and answers.
Well done to the Netball and Football teams, who played at Ringland and did very well.
Did you know?
That todays date only occurs once a century. We had a minute's silence on the yard to remember the sacrifice of soldiers in wars past and present.
In English this week we have finished our novel (Street Child). We made story maps to help us with the retelling of our story to a partner. Now we're writing an extract from Dr Barnardo's diary telling Jim's story.
We've had a student called Miss Mead with us this week and she has been helping us with some comprehension work. She will be spending 5 weeks with us after Christmas.
In Geography we've begun to find out about National Parks. Please remember to do your National Parks homework. Also you do not have long to bring in your project homework for this term!
Please bring your costumes for the Christmas play by Thursday. Thank you. The play is begining to take shape now!
In English this week we have done a comprehension on reading we had to choose the right word to fill the gap. Many of the words would of fit but we had to choose the one that fit the best.
In Maths we have been converting mass length and volume by multiplying or dividing by 10, 100 ,
in ICT we have been finishing off our National Park powerpoints/ word documents
We tried to finish our slippers in DT, some of us still need a little bit more time!
a, ac, ond, gyda, achos, hefyd, fel, o'r enw
mae'n ffantastig, mae'n hwyl, mae'n ddoniol, mae'n ddiddorol, mae'n flasus, mae'n ddiflas, mae'n ofnadwy, mae'n sbwriel
Our welsh words for this week are question words.Check you remember them!
Ble? Beth? Pwy? Sut? Pam? Pryd?
Use them in the past tense too.
Ble est ti? Beth gest ti? Beth welaist ti? Pwy welaist ti? Sut est ti?
In maths we have been making charts, like pie charts, line graphs and scatter graphs to show information.