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Next week ...

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Is SATs week!  To be honest we are all quite relived that it is nearly here!  We have crammed in as much reading, maths and SPaG as possible and as a result are feeling pretty confident and well prepared.  Please remember to keep practicing over the weekend, to complete your homework and to get plenty of sleep in prepartion for a very busy week.

An outline of next week's tests is included below:

Monday - Reading tests

Tuesday - SPaG tests

Wednesday - Maths tests (Mental Maths and Paper 1)

Thursday - Maths tests (Paper 2 and Level 6)

Friday - PARTY!!

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SATs preparation continues ...

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With only 5 school days to go, SATs are getting really close!  Keep up all of the hard work you are putting in and remember to revise using the websites we have provided over the last few weeks.  Don't forget that breakfast club is starting on Tuesday 5th May which will give you the chance to come into school early for some games and breakfast with your friends.  If you haven't brought your reply slips back yet, please do so as soon as possible.

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3 weeks to go ...

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The sun is starting to shine and yet we are all still hard at work preparing for our SATs.  The children are responding really well to all of the revision and test practice we are putting in, with many of them attending booster sessions during the school day and even after school.  Thank you for your hard work and please keep it up for the next few weeks.  Last week we suggested some Maths websites to log onto at home, so this week here are some Literacy ideas:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/

http://www.compare4kids.co.uk/spag.php

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/literacy/index.htm

4 weeks to go ...

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We have had a fantastic first few days back at school and are so impressed with all of the excellent homework so many of you have completed during the holiday!  Thank you for working so hard and continuing to learn, but we hope you managed to relax and have some fun too!  SATs week starts on the 11th May so we have only a few weeks left to go.  Please continue to revise at home using the homework assignments which we give you and your CGP books.  There are lots of good websites to explore too.  Why not try some of the ones we have suggested below?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/zbr9wmn

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

http://www.coxhoe.durham.sch.uk/curriculum-links/numeracy

Happy Easter!

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We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter!  Make sure that you get plenty of rest over the break in preparation for all of the hard work we will have to do once we get back ... we will only have 4 school weeks until SATs!  Please also find the time to keep your learning going by completing the holiday homework tasks which you have been set.  Every little helps ...

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We are all poets ...

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This week in our Literacy lessons we have been reading some examples of war poetry and using these as inspiration to write our own.  In doing this we have learnt about different types of figarative language including:

similes

metaphors

personification

alliteration

We have been really impressed by the fantastic descriptive writing which this has generated and are really looking forward to reading your finished poems ...

Follow this link to read some more examples of famous war poetry:

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/remembrance/poems.htm 

 

Busy times in year 6

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We have been busy over the last couple of weeks taking part in lots of interesting activities.  Last Thursday was World Book Day and we greatly admired all of the fantastic characters who filled our classrooms (there was even a boy in a dress!)  Year 6 enjoyed their paired reading with children from year 2 and even followed a recipe to bake some delicious bread! 

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On Monday we visited Arthur Terry to watch a fantastic performance of We Will Rock You.  We couldn't believe the amazing costumes and performances - it was just a shame we didn't get to see the end of the show.  Now, don't forget to polish off your red noses - Red Nose fever will hit Whitehouse Common tomorrow!

Professor McGinty!

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Tuesday began with a bang for year 6 when Professor McGinty landed in school.  He came in to teach us all about World War 2 and he brought lots of fantastic 'stuff' with him to help us learn!  From gas masks to uniforms, there was plenty to keep us occupied and we learnt all sorts of amazing new facts.  For example - did you know that you could get arrested during WW2 if you didn't have your gas mask with you?  All in all, Professor McGinty has really hooked us into our new topic.

We continued our week by looking at some WW2 posters.  Here is an updated version - can you design your own?

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Lovely Liverpool!

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Liverpool's Albert Dock

Yesterday Year 6 visited the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool to find out more about the tragic history of the Titanic.  We had a great day out and found out some amazing facts.  In particular we enjoyed a workshop with Emily, a 'survivor' from the shipwreck.  She took us through the events of April 14th stage by stage which allowed us to understand the chronology of the day.  Later on we had a look around a special exhibition and even saw some objects which were salvaged from the sea bed.  To find out more about the museum, some of the exhibits on display and links between the Titanic and Liverpool take a look at the website below:

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/visit/floor-plan/titanic/index.aspx

Terrific Titanic Work!

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As you may know we have been learning all about the Titanic and as a result of all we have read, this week we have produced some terrific pieces of written work.  Last week we all wrote a newspaper report, imagining what might have been written about the 'Ship of Dreams' as she set off on her maiden voyage.  We all became budding journalists, including great examples of the research which we've carried out and pieces of direct and reported speech.  Hopefully many parents enjoyed reading these reports at our parents' consultations this week.

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Science in year 6

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Our science topic has now changed and we are in the process of learning all about forces!  So far we have revised friction, gravity, pushing and pulling.  We are going to be investigating water and air resistance by getting wet and making parachutes! 

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We are also looking forward to going to Arthur Terry on Friday for an exciting Science show!  We have been promised amazing experiments and hope to come back to school as incredible scientists ...

Titanic!

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A grand ship, an iceberg and a huge class divide.  Year 6 have begun a historical adventure in Literacy lessons and are busy learning all about the Titanic.  We have already written persuasive adverts to encourage people to watch the film version and are this work researching and writing a non-chronological report packed with interesting facts.  For example:

Did you know that there was no searchlight fitted to the boat or that they ignored iceberg warnings from other ships in the area?

Or that one of the four funnels was only there to look good rather than having a purpose?

We're excited to see what else we can find out over the next few weeks.  To get ahead, why don't you check out some of the interesting facts on this website?

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/history/10-cool-things-about-the-titanic/

 

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