It was great to welcome everyone back from the Easter break this week. It is amazing to think that we are now in the Summer Term, the last term for Year 6 at Rushmere Hall.
I was very impressed to hear how much effort had been put into homework over the holidays. It has really helped us to hit the ground running at the start of the new term.
In maths this week we have been looking at measuring and calculating angles. We revised our protractor skills and we have begun to use those skills to solve some reasoning problems. More of this next week.
In literacy we have been doing some more writing based on the book 'Refugee Boy'. This time we are writing a balanced argument about the idea of a campaign to change an important decision. The children have needed to make sure that both sides of the discussion are covered and that they show evidence to back up their points.
6P have also been very fortunate to have two sports coaches come in and provide some taster sessions for them on two very different sports. On Thursday we had a golf coach come in and we all had great fun trying to be as accurate as possible and also seeing who could hit the ball the furthest distance.
Then on Friday we had a coach from a local judo club teach us some of the various moves from his sport. I was very impressed by the 'have-a-go' attitude that lots of the children showed and it was great to see and hear so much laughter throughout the session.
Well done to everyone on a great first week back.
Enjoy the lovely weather, stay safe in the sun and see you all on Monday.
PS. Our Egyptian museum is now ready and will be open for viewings very soon. More information on this soon.
Our R.E. lesson this week focused on perseverance in relation to Buddhism.
As part of this lesson we discussed the symbol of the lotus flower in the Buddhist faith. Children were set a challenge of learning how to make an origami lotus flower before the Easter break. Here is the video we watched in class to help everyone master this task. Keep going!
It seems like such a long time ago that we were thinking about having a well earned Christmas and now look - we have completed our first full week in 2018!
It is really important to start this term with a positive attitude as there is a lot to cram in to this relatively short space of time. It has been great to see so many children coming back with a determined attitude. Well done!
This week we started looking at our new text in literacy. This term we are focusing on 'Refugee Boy' by Benjamin Zephaniah. We have already had some very interesting discussions about the topics raised in this book and we have only read one chapter. Our writing task for next week will be to write a letter home from Alem to his mother back in Ethiopia.
In our maths lessons we have been working on decimals and how to use them in different ways. I was really impressed with the children when we were dividing numbers and showing remainders as decimals. Some of their problem solving was great! Next week we will begin looking at percentages.
Our history topic for this term in Ancient Egypt and we have been very fortunate to have a visit from Megan who is currently training to be and Egyptologist. She spoke to the children about her work about how the Egyptians write using hieroglyphics, how they buried their dead and what they believed happened to them in the afterlife.
Overall a really good week with lots of positives.
A huge well done to everyone in 6P who helped produce some amazing Christmas craft for Friday's Christmas Fayre. Our stall on Friday was very busy and helped to raise lots of money on the night and this was due to the quality items that the children produced.
Thank you to all the children who stayed behind to help with the stall and also a big thank you to all the parents who helped with the production of the items during the craft morning. Finally, thank you to Mrs Mumford for all her help, especially with the calendars.
I've been really impressed with so many members of 6P this week while we have been completing our end of term assessments. They have applied themselves so well and this is shown in the scores they are getting. For example, spelling scores for many children were five or even ten marks improved from last term. Well done!
Keep going, we're almost there
We've talked a lot in class this week about stamina and pacing ourselves to the end of term. The children have worked so hard this term and we are getting ever closer to a well earned break. Keep going everyone!
This week we have introduced our 6P bloggers who will be keeping everyone updated on what has been going on each week.
Our first blogger this term is Laura.
In 6P we have been learning many things. First, in ICT we made PowerPoint presentations about e-safety and how to keep safe on-line. Also, we wrote about the things we should and shouldn't do online.
In English we have continued with our book called Rose Blanche. It is the story of a girl who lived in a time of war. We have been writing sentences about what people in the book are thinking and hearing.
In maths we have been talking about multiples and factors.
Thank you Laura. Watch out for more 6P bloggers over the coming weeks.
PS. No attendance award this week. We thought we'd give some other classes a chance.
Well what can I say? 6P have done it again. We've only gone and won the attendance award for the second week in a row. I am so pleased to have such a dedicated class who are really putting in some hard work this term. I have now challenged them all to win a third award next week.
This week has seen us delving deeper into the book 'Rose Blanche', including getting into the minds of some of the characters using freeze frame drama techniques. We already have some budding actors bidding for a part in the end of year production. The children then used their ideas from the freeze frames to plan and produce a longer piece of writing from the point of view of the boy in the story.
In history this week we began to look at the experiences of Anne Frank and how they were recorded in her famous diaries. The children asked some very mature questions about the events that we discussed and next week we plan to produce some writing based on their ideas.
Another good week in 6P.
Well done everyone.
PS. Watch out for the 6P bloggers coming soon...
It was great to receive the attendance award this week with a perfect 100% attendance over the last five days. Hopefully the first of many.
This week we have been looking in depth at the book Rose Blanche. Having made predictions about the story last week, we have now begun to read the story and discover if our predictions were correct. The illustrations in this amazing book have produced some excellent discussions in class.
We also began our Science topic this week by looking at vertebrates and invertebrates in the animal world. The children displayed some excellent understanding and were very interested to discover new ways to classify both flora and fauna.
Well done 6P!
It was great to welcome all the children back from their summer break. Everyone had impressed me (and other members of staff) with their behaviour and attitude to learning. Keep it up!
This week we focused on place value in maths which has gone very well.
In literacy we have begun to look at the book 'Rose Blanche', making predictions about the story based on the front cover and the blurb.
We have also been creating our own 'Classroom Code' (to make sure our classroom runs smoothly) and recording our expectations for our handwriting.
Overall a great first week back.
I just wanted to write a quick message to wish all the children of 5P and their families a very restful and relaxing summer break.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term here at Rushmere Hall and I am very excited to be following the class into next year as we become 6P!
I look forward to welcoming everyone back in September, rested and recharged and ready to face the challenges that next year will bring.
This week has been one involving lots of finishing off and also a wonderful trip to Cambridge.
Firstly, we completed our fairground rides in DT. The creativity the children showed was outstanding and it was also good to see them being resilient and adaptable when their models needed some adjustments to make sure they worked. Below is just a selection of the models 5P constructed.
On Wednesday, we travelled to Cambridge for our final educational visit of the year. We took part in a 'Murder Mystery Tour' of a small part of the city, followed by punting on the River Cam and finally a look around the impressive Fitzwilliam Museum. We finished the day with ice lollies on the museum lawn before heading home. Everyone went home very tired but happy after an enjoyable day. Again, 5P were very well behaved and enthusiastic throughout the day. Well Done!
6P will be keeping you informed of all the exciting things we are doing in class. Keep logging on to read our blogs.