Friday, 25 October 2013

Half term is now upon us!  We hope that you and your children enjoy the break.  We are aware that many of the children will be celebrating Halloween during the holiday and hope that they have a suitably ghoulish time!  However, we are aware of the dangers that can arise at this time of year and so have included the poster below with some top tips for enjoying a happy and safe halloween.

You will have received details of our creative half term homework project by now. If you child has chosen to make a peg doll they will bring a peg home from school this evening.

Our focus in literacy this week has been on imagery in poetry. We have had great fun writing alliteration poems and searching for powerful similes, metaphors and personification in poems. We will continue with this work in the first week back after half term.  Also in the first week back after the holiday the children will be visiting the synagogue in St Albans as part of their RE work.  We are looking forward to a stimulating visit.

With best wishes

The Year 6 Team.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Year 6 homework for half term

Over the half term week we would like you to become creative!

In our topic on WWII we have been talking about the need to ‘make do and mend’.

In today’s world many of us have become a throwaway society which goes totally against this idea.

So, we are asking you to make something new out of something old.

You could:

Use a wooden peg to make a peg doll- sized for a dolls house. You could use old scraps of fabric and or ribbon to make clothing for your doll, wool scraps to make hair etc. (School will provide a suitable peg for this) Maybe you could create something for your peg doll to play with…


 Use old cardboard boxes or plastic bottles to make a vehicle which has plastic bottle top wheels.‎

 Make a frame from cardboard and string to weave a rag rug out of scraps of wool, ribbon or material.‎

When we went to Hendon we saw examples of these in the room where we had our workshop.

We look forward to seeing your efforts.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Before half term

Well, this last week certainly saw the children working extremely hard. Everyone tried their best during assessment week and after a tiring week for all, teachers included as they marked all the assessments, it was nice to get to Friday and have a slightly more light-hearted day. A huge well done to everyone!

As we look head to the final week before half term we still have plenty going on to keep us busy.
In literacy this week we will be looking at poetry and having fun with using words in a slightly different way. Topic sees us completing our work on the Battle of Britain- soon to be raging above the art areas in both classrooms.

This week will see a return to the usual homework format with maths set on Monday and literacy on Wednesday.
Over half term we will be asking the children to do something linked to our topic that requires a little more creativity. We will be setting a make do and mend project. As many of you will have heard there was a great bid to recycle during world war II as there weren't the raw materials around to make new things- we are going to ask the children to create something new out of something old over the holiday week- perhaps using old wool to knit or crochet something new. Use a wooden peg to make a peg doll dressed in recycled clothing or a rag rug, using a string and cardboard frame to weave a rug out of old pieces of material or ribbon. If your powers of creativity are really good then maybe a toy vehicle made from bottle tops and cardboard boxes.
We will be sending more information out with the children this week, but in the meantime please start collecting and thinking about possible ideas with your children.
We look forward to seeing their creations.It is their work remember!

The Year 6 Team

Friday, 11 October 2013

Book Day

Today saw an amazing array of costumes representing many characters from various poems. well done to everyone who dressed up. Mrs Wellham and myself, without any consultation managed to both arrive at school dressed as Little Miss Muffet- so in tune it is unnerving!

We were thoroughly entertained in our morning assembly by a visiting poet/ stand up comedian who then ran a workshop on poetry writing for each year group throughout the day. Year 6 enjoyed their session this afternoon.

We have made a start on our assessments this week and everyone has worked really hard to do their best so far. The assessments continue into next week and for those more able readers a final level 6 reading test, if we feel it is appropriate, will take place on Monday 21st October.

As we try to make our afternoon sessions a bit more relaxed we would ask you to save empty cereal packets and bring them into school so that we can make World War II aeroplanes. Thank you to those who have already done so- keep eating the cereal!

The Year 6 Team

Friday, 4 October 2013

Autumn has arrived!

As the weather changes and the rainy days become more frequent we still aim to get the children out to play as often as possible- it would be really helpful if you could ensure that all children have some sort of waterproof coat so that they do not get fleeces wet which many of them then wear in the classroom in place of a sweatshirt.

This week we have been looking at fiction genres in literacy- there have been some great book reviews this week- look out for them over the term in the newsletter. In addition we have begun to set the scene for the creation of a short story written by the children and we shall be building upon the setting description already written by exploring the development of characters and creating tension to engage our reader in stories.

Over the next few weeks we will be starting the termly assessments in year 6. We would ask therefore that where possible, unless your child is unwell, appointments for dentist, doctor etc are made out of school hours so that children are not playing catch up with assessments. Tests will begin on Thursday 10th October and run through the whole of the following week.

During the afternoons of these days we will be trying to make the lessons more lighthearted so children can have a more relaxing time than normal inthe afternoons.

In order to help with this, could we ask that you begin to collect empty cereal packets as we will be needing the cardboard for the creation of World War II aeroplanes. If you have any empty boxes, please flatten them and then when children bring them in they can be put in the art area at the back of their classrooms.

Thank you in advance for your support with this.

The year 6 team.