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War Horse and WW1

06/11/2020 at 16:32

We’ve got off to a great start with our new topic and class text this week; the children have clearly done some excellent research over the holidays and brought a lot of knowledge to our first lessons.

In history, we started by thinking about the causes of the First World War, working in groups to make timelines for the countries of the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance. This involved teamwork, careful measuring and some maths to work out how long the timelines needed to be! The children were surprised by how long the timelines ended up, and the fact that there was no one single cause, rather a combination of factors. Everyone worked really hard to get their head around some quite tricky concepts. Well done.

In English, we are enjoying reading our new book: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. The children have been applying their reading skills of predicting, summarising and clarifying, and have also been writing in role as Zoey the horse and Albert’s father, who is not a very popular character with the class!

War Horse: Amazon.co.uk: Morpurgo, Michael: Books

Probably the first thing the children noticed when they came into the classroom after the holiday, was the mould that had grown on the bread we had placed around the room before half term. We spent a very exciting (and slightly horrifying) lesson having a look at our results and trying to draw some conclusions about what we found out. Generally, we found that moist bread in both dark and light conditions seemed to grow the most mould. Adding jam or butter seemed to slow down the process of mould growing. We also noticed that there were several different colours of mould! The children had good ideas about what they might try next having carried out the investigation. The bread is now safely in the bin!


Well done to the children who completed their Bikeability training this week. The instructors were really pleased with your effort and behaviour. Most children from 6S have their sessions next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Remember to wrap up warm, bring gloves and a coat and wear suitable shoes. Also don’t forget your bike and helmet unless you requested to borrow one on your reply slip.


For homework this week children have a maths task (multiples) and a spelling sheet (homophones).

A quick reminder that children should be recording their Extreme Learning in their planner and having this signed by an adult five times a week. Please encourage your child to take responsibility for this if they are not doing so already.

Special mentions today went to Lillie and Stan – congratulations to both of them. Well done also to Joven who got a Mathletics Gold.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Mrs Sykes

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The Highwayman

13/03/2020 at 16:33

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—
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!


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!


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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