Welcome back for the Autumn Term and to year 6! Our theme to start us off is a Knight's Crusade. We have an exciting term ahead of us starting with a residential trip to Warwick Castle. The children will learn all about castle life there. They will watch the trebuchet working, a bowman show and the great birds of prey as well as exploring the castle and staying in some beautiful lodges, all within the castle grounds.
Back in school, they will have squire's tasks to complete including; learning about the virtues of being a knight in order to pull the sword from the stone! Create their own coat of arms to be displayed around the class room. They will investigate a knight's armour and weapons creating a report to help their knights know what they will need to have made to keep safe. The children will make their own trebuchet investigating forces.
We will be reading Arthur by Michael Morpurgo and our English work will center around this book for the first half term moving onto Joan of Arc.
Keep checking our class page for updates, photographs etc.
PE will be taught on a Wednesday afternoon and a Friday morning. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in throughout the week. This should include suitable shoes at all times. They will be going outside, on the field and it can be dangerous if they have the wrong footwear on. Also as the weather is changing joggers and sweatshirts would also be an advantage.
What we are learning
Week commencing 11th November 2019
This week the class will continue reading Sparrow by Michael Morpurgo. This is an adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc. We will be creating a biography of her life following further research.
This week, we will be reading Sparrow. We will be exploring the vocabulary alongside reading skills such as prediction and inference to further understand the text.
The children will be moving into using fractions. We will be simplifying fractions, building on our work with factors and multiples to support this. we will be ordering and comparing fractions and putting fractions on a number line.
Additionally, we will be completing some further tasks within the class. This week we will be focusing on Art and creating a tapestry depicting the life of Joan of Arc
We are once again running our popular Eisteddfod performance poetry competition across the Multi Academy Trust this year.
The children can learn a poem of their choice (and can even write their own poem if they wish)
Find below some example poems to give you an idea of appropriate level for your child's year group. Please note that whilst you may use these poems, there is no expectation to and we love to see variety and children's own choices.
Performances will be judged on how well the poem has been learnt, clarity, expression and actions used to enhance the performance.
The first round of class auditions will be on Friday 22nd November, followed by the semi finals on Friday 24th January and then the finals on Thursday 5th March - we can’t wait to hear the children’s performances!
Please do ask if you have any questions regarding the Eisteddfod. Thank you.
This year homework will be maths and reading. This is set every other Monday, due in the following Friday.
Spellings are also learned weekly and children will be tested every Friday. The test will be a dictation passage which will also test their grammar and punctuation skills. For this test the children are asked to bring in their homework books so that the test can be completed in it. This way parents can keep up with how their children are getting on.
Please look in homework books regularly to check the work is being done. We also ask parents to encourage them to bring it in on time.
Stars Of The Week:
This weeks stars of the week are:
Parsley - For showing perseverance in all her class work and always doing her very best
Zoe - For always showing determination in all areas of school
This week's Dojo winner was ...
Our value this term is Trust
A book review by : Mrs Dickens
Title: Arthur High King of Britain
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Fiction or Non-fiction: Fiction
What is the book about?
The book tells the story of a boy who gets caught out by the tide coming in whilst he is out on an adventure. He is rescued by an old man who lives in a cave. The old man begins to tell him the story of his life as Arthur High King of Britain and how he came to still be alive and living all alone in a cave.
Would you recommend this book?
Yes, although there is some content which may not be considered age appropriate by some parents, it is a good retelling of a familiar myth.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Facts I learnt about one of the characters: Arthur's brother Kay is an unkind and resentful person who enjoys making Arthur feel small and useless.