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Monday 30th March

30/03/2020 at 08:37

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Good morning 6S,

Today you have been set three new tasks on Google Classroom:

  • English – Climate change letter writing (research)
  • Maths – Ratio lesson 1
  • Topic – P.E – Joe Wicks or yoga

Tomorrow there will be a further three tasks:

  • English – Spelling quiz
  • English – Reading task
  • Maths – Ratio lesson 2

Please ask if you have any questions about what you need to do. Don’t forget you can use Mathletics, Spelling Shed, Purple Mash, SirLinkalot or Times Tables Rockstars if you need any extra activities to do!

Twinkl.co.uk is also offering free use of its resources using code CVDTWINKLHELPS. On here you can find worksheets and PowerPoints for pretty much any topic you can think of!

Remember to also send in your pictures of other activities you are doing at home so we can share these on the blog.

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Mrs Sykes

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Home Learning Week One

29/03/2020 at 13:52

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We’ve had a great first week of home learning from everyone in 6S. I’ve been really impressed with the quality of work that has been submitted and with the effort everyone has been putting in.

Here are a few examples of work from this week.

The Highwayman Newspaper Reports

‘Another World’ Short Story Endings

The thing he held in his frozen hands was a swirling purple orb with a luminous golden centre. The centre glowed brighter and brighter the closer he got to his destination. It was beginning to become warm in his hands. Suddenly, ahead of him, a pentagon shape started glowing. There was a hiss and the ground fell into the abyss. A glowing green light appeared at the bottom; it grew brighter and brighter until it filled the entire hole. The orb started to become magnetised towards the pit; it grew so strong it was retched out of his hands. As soon as it disappeared, the landscape started to change: the snow was replaced with barren earth with rivers of lava running through it. Then shadowy figures appeared from the lava. He did not understand? This was supposed to make him rich. Where was the gold? Where was the silver? There was nothing good here, just rage, resentment and lava. That was when he thought, what have I unleashed? How will this affect the world? While trying to make the world better for me, I ruined it for everyone else. I belong here with the bad things because of what I have done to the world. Adam (with a bit of punctuation added by Mrs Sykes!)

A large hailstone fell from the sky and nearly killed the alone and terrified Jackson. The boy chose to keep to large rocks so that his quest wouldn’t end prematurely by another giant hailstone. Jackson was not usually a wimp and was a slight show off, even if nobody was around him. 

Jackson felt the urge to sprint, maybe he could go home and escape from this snowy place. He ran and ran until a large icy sphere came and struck Jackson on the head. He lay there as still as a rock.

5 years later, a group of eskimos came walking up the route Jackson had taken. They stopped at an icy lump in the middle of the cold, wet ground. The icy lump appeared to have a teenage boy inside. The eskimos got to work picking the most likely dead boy out of his freezing case. They soon worked Jackson free and they stared at him in shock. Was he the lost boy? Was he dead? 

Soon the eskimos arrived at the hospital. Jackson woke up to see his mum who hugged him. Jackson lived a normal life but he now had the fear of loneliness as there was no one to save him when it first happened. Jackson stopped showing off at school and he lived happily ever after. Not! He got into a fight at the age of 16 and had to have an arm amputated. At twenty-eight the man he had beaten him up had stabbed him and had been placed in jail. But after that, all was calm. Until he lost his dog and his wife kicked him out of the house. 

If you ever visit that village please visit the lonely old man with a fear of loneliness, who lives in a small shack. I think you can probably guess this was written by Harry!

As he approached the orb, the warm glow from the sphero gently warmed his chilly hands. Suddenly, as it beamed with brightness and angrily vibrated he instantly knew that something incredible was about to happen. The unnerving hum bellowed and echoed as the sphero travelled its way spinning and twirling through the fierce wind towards it. Jackson started to run over the crisp, slippery and uneven snow, as he grew closer he was overwhelmed by the brightness of the twinkling stars and the oversized moon. He was determined to keep up with the sphero to see where it was going, he struggled to keep his grip and tumbled rolling fastly towards the orb. Jackson woke feeling dizzy and confused, as he looked up he couldn’t believe his eyes, a bright blue lightsabre stood upright in the snow, its light blinding and noise deafening as it spoke, robot like “make your wish, hold me tight and spin 3 times” Jackson held it in a very tight grip with his cold but sweaty palms, make the world safe again, he wished and spun quickly 3 times….. Corday

As he courageously grew nearer to the orb, the object in his hands started to glow a galaxy purple and the humming got more intense. Jackson, feeling on edge, finally reached the mysterious glowing orb. He noticed that at the bottom of the orb there was a hole the same shape as the object glowing the same galaxy purple, in his frozen hands. Nervously he put the inanimate object in that hole and the object started to glow a bright yellow.  The orb sucked it in and opened. Then, Jackson went into it shaking in his shoes, he saw a little moving object that looked like a human but he knew it was not. What could it be? Lewis

Well done also to Erin, Betsy and Sophie, who wrote brilliant stories that are a bit too long for me to post here!

Mathletics

Well done to Zach, who earned a Bronze Mathletics certificate this week, and Maisy, who earned a Gold! Sadly, we won’t be able to get Maisy up on the stage, but perhaps you could nominate some wafters in the comments, Maisy?! Let’s see if more of you can get certificates next week.

Artwork and Other Photos

Thank you to everyone who has managed to send in pictures of your work and other things you have been getting up to! It always brightens up my day seeing all your creative ideas.

Thank you so much to all children and parents for your hard work. I’m looking forward to seeing what next week will bring!

Best wishes,

Mrs Sykes

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Friday 27th March 2020

27/03/2020 at 07:23

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Good morning 6S! I hope you enjoyed another sunny day yesterday. It’s been lovely to hear that as well as completing your class work, many of you are also gardening, trampolining, painting, jogging and den building – you certainly seem to be keeping yourselves busy!

Three new tasks have been set today:

  • Maths – Area and Arithmetic
  • English – Reading Challenge (this is posted in the comments stream rather than as an assignment)
  • Topic – Science: What if we could bring back woolly mammoths

Please check to see if you have any assignments missing or outstanding as you can still submit them after the due date.
To check this, look at the ‘upcoming’ folder on the left-hand side of the page and click on view all. This will tell you which assignments you have completed and which you have missed.
Here is an example from 6J. Yours will look a little bit different as we have done some different assignments and you will need to go into each different classroom to view all your assignments.

This is where your assignments will appear each day. Click on view all.
You will then see this page. A tick means that you have submitted your assignments, assigned means you need to be working on these tasks and missing means that you didn’t complete by the deadline – but you can still do it and submit!

For some tasks you might see a score out of 100. A score of 100 means you have finished your task and it does not need any editing. A score of less than 100 means you might want to go back and make some changes or corrections.

Yesterday I started ringing families in 6S to see how you are getting on. It was lovely to talk to you! I will try to ring those of you I didn’t speak to yesterday today, so keep an ear out for your phones!

Well done everyone and keep up the hard work!

I look forward to seeing your work today,
Mrs Sykes

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Wednesday 25th March

25/03/2020 at 12:53

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Hi 6S,

Well done to everyone who has been accessing Google Classroom and completing the work that has been set. I’m really impressed with your effort and the way that you have been successfully posting messages and handing in and editing work.

I hope that what has been set so far has been a manageable amount to do. If you feel there is too much work and you are struggling to fit it in, please don’t worry about completing everything. I know many of you are working on other activities and projects at home and I want you to have plenty of time to pursue your own interests as well as school work. On the other hand, if you feel there is not enough work and you are completing it too quickly, don’t forget to use Mathletics, Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rockstars for more activities. I will make sure to regularly post new assignments on Mathletics and Spelling Shed.

We also currently have a free trial to a spelling app called Sir Linkalot, which has hundreds of videos to help with the spelling of tricky words. When we tried this in class, our average score on a test of 20 words increased from 6 out of 20 to 16 out of 20. Harass was the class’ favourite word to spell from the list we practised. Will you all come back to school being able to spell diarrhoea, manoeuvre and onomatopoeia? As well as watching the videos, there are also multiple choice tests at the bottom of each spelling list. I’m not sure when our free trial will run out so use this one quickly! The username is Leeds Gov Trial and the password is AANGC5QWJJ. Click on the log symbol to log in.

http://app.sirlinkalot.org

If you enjoyed drawing sausage dogs, Rob Biddulph will be posting new videos every Tuesday and Thursday.

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http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob

I was very proud of my Gregosaurus!

Lastly, please bear with me if I am being a bit slow to respond to your comments or work at the moment. I am receiving a lot of email notifications and might occasionally miss a comment. Feel free to pester me if you have not had a reply! At the moment I am teaching our (very small) year 6 group at school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and looking after a demanding toddler at home on Wednesdays and Fridays so I am fitting in my comments around this. Hopefully I will get faster as I get used to the system. I’m always happy to receive an email or a comment, so keep sharing. If you email me any work, I will assume you are happy for me to post it up on Google Classroom or the blog for others to see – let me know if you would rather I didn’t share your work.

Thanks everyone for reading. Keep checking back here for more updates and do comment below with any links to useful websites or fun activities you have tried at home.

Thinking of you all,

Mrs Sykes

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Home Learning

20/03/2020 at 18:08

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It’s been a strange week in 6S and a sad day today as we all said goodbye, uncertain about when we will see each other again. But despite this uncertainty, and the fact that we have been missing lots of our classmates this week, I have been really impressed with the positive attitudes of everyone in 6S. Children have gone out of their way to help and support each other and they have been patient and understanding when the adults have not had the answers to their questions. In English and science, the children have been writing information about animal adaptations and even designing their own new species to write about. In maths, the children have been working on using their knowledge of angles to find unknowns.

From Monday, we will be setting English and maths lessons on Google Classroom. Children who have not been at school this week will need to join three new classrooms. Please ask me if you need the codes.

Most children in Year 6 should be familiar with accessing Google Classroom and submitting work. This week we have had some extra practice with handing in work and responding to teacher feedback. If you have any questions about using Google Classroom, please let me know. To log on, just type Google Classroom into your browser and children can login using their school email address and the password that they normally use to log on to the Chromebooks. Some tasks can be completed on Google Classroom. Others will be completed in the home working books the children brought home with them this week (or in learning log books / maths homework books if you did not receive a home working book).

In addition to work on Google Classroom, there should be plenty of tasks to complete using Mathletics, Times Table Rockstars, Spelling Shed, your SATs workbooks and the SATs practice papers that were sent home. Try to read as much as possible as possible as well. Here is a suggested list of books for Year 6:

https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-6

Keep your eye out for other things going on to help children while they are learning at home, for example Joe Wicks, the body coach, will be streaming daily PE lessons on his YouTube channel at 9am to help children stay active.  Please post in the comments if you find any useful resources.

I’m really looking forward to seeing all your work on Google Classroom and helping you in any way I can. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Stay safe,

Mrs Sykes and everyone in 6S

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The Highwayman

13/03/2020 at 16:33

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This half term, 6S have been reading The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. We have enjoyed exploring the imagery used in the poem, including the three powerful metaphors at the start that create a spooky, mysterious atmosphere. Here is some of our artwork showing these metaphors:

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
Riding—riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

The story told in The Highwayman is a love story, but one with a tragic ending. We thought carefully about the characters of The Highwayman, Bess and Tim and used the text to try to work out as much as we could about their personalities and feelings. The children then created freeze frames of a scene from the story. It was interesting that most people felt sympathy for The Highwayman, even though he was a thief.

The children have now produced some fantastic writing inspired by their reading – I hope to share some of these next week!

Fossils

In science, we have been considering the evidence that fossils can provide about living things that lived millions of years ago, and their role in teaching us more about evolution. The children worked in teams as palaeontologists to uncover fossils and try to piece them together to work out what sort of animal they belonged to. The children changed their opinions several times throughout the process and did an excellent job of justifying their ideas and listening to each other. In fact, the first guess we had (from Finn) turned out to be the correct one: it was a type of saber-toothed cat called a xenosmilus. Well done everyone for working as a team!

Homework

This week’s homework is to complete the pages on ratio and the first practice reading test in the SATs books.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Sykes

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