This half term’s learning journey is:
Our World in Danger!
Week Ending: 07.12.18
This week, the children have looked at persuasion through the medium of a speech! We began the week by using drama to share ideas regarding whether or not we thought zoos should be allowed to operate. The children used a technique called ‘Conscience Alley’, whereby they had to use their research to try and persuade one of their peers to join the ‘For’ side or the ‘Against’ side. In the next lesson, the children unpicked a persuasive text so as to elicit the Success Criteria. In the following lesson, the children then planned their own speeches (using the TEEP structure – Topic, Explain, Evidence, Persuade) before writing and performing their speeches. Next week, there will be no lessons due to Assessment Week. As part of this, there is a Reading Paper, a spelling paper AND a Grammar and Punctuation paper. The spelling words that the children will be tested on (both during the Assessment Week AND the actual SATs papers) will be a mixture of the statutory spelling words (which can be found here) and the taught spelling patterns/rules (which can be found in the spelling objectives located on the right-hand-side of the Year 6 webpage). You can also look at the spelling patterns/rules that have come up in previous SATs papers, on Pages 11 & 12 of this document.
This week, the children have worked on conversions between different units of measure. The children first looked at Place Value, specifically dividing and multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. They then moved on to apply this to the context of converting between length, mass, capacity and then to miles and kilometres. Next week, there will be no lessons due to Assessment Week. As part of this, there is an arithmetic paper and two reasoning papers.
Also this week: The children began their first drafts of their comparative geography leaflets, comparing London and Sicily.
This week in Spanish: The children were looking at describing locations using North, East, South and West.
Recommended Work Books and Revision Guides:
Since parents’ evening, a lot of parents have asked the Year 6 teachers about work books and revision guides. Here are our recommendations:
*Please note: A ‘foundation’ work book/revision guide is recommended for children working ‘below’ the Year 6 standard, a ‘standard’ work book/revision guide is recommended for children working ‘at’ the Year 6 standard and an ‘advanced’ work book/revision guide is recommended for children working ‘above’ the Year 6 standard.*
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU CHECK THE BOOK(S) YOU ARE PURCHASING SAY ‘YEAR 6‘ or ‘For the SATS in 2019 and beyond!‘
We would also ask that you avoid purchasing CGP SATs papers or downloading official SATs papers as we use them in school on a regular basis.
Click ‘me’ to follow the link to the work books and revision guides!
Extra Handwriting, Times Tables and Spelling Books:
Over the next few weeks, some of the children in Year 6 will be sent home with extra Handwriting books, Times Tables packs and Spelling packs. This is to provide further support for those children we feel need it. The Handwriting books contain instructions as to how to complete the tasks, as well as explaining the rationale behind sending these books home. The Spelling and Times Tables packs have been sent home with the children, who are expected to complete these independently. For the Spelling packs, we would recommend that the children practise at least 5 words a week. In regards to the Times Tables pack, each page is split into two sheets. We recommend completing three sheets a week (a page and half).
In regards to the Handwriting books, the reason why the children have been chosen (something we’ve already explained to the children) isn’t necessarily because their handwriting is ‘messy’ but rather that they aren’t joining their letters correctly.
According to the requirements set out by the government, to meet ‘age-related expectations’ or ‘above age-related expectations’, the children need to ‘maintain legibility in joined handwriting when writing at speed‘ and ‘use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined’ (something they have been taught to do since Year 3).
If you could please support your child with this extra work, it will make a huge difference come the end of the year.
The children who didn’t go to PGL took part in a number of different activities throughout the week. Please feel free to look through the gallery of images!
PGL Day 1:
All safely arrived at Osmington Bay! The children have generally been well behaved and understandably very excited. They’ve all taken part in an evening activity and will soon be ready for bed. Apologies for any delays: the Internet is shocking!
PGL Day 2:
The children are thoroughly knackered out after a tough day of activities. We’ve experienced abseiling, rifle shooting, archery, kayaking and much, much more!
PGL Day 3:
We’ve had another great day of activities here at PGL! The weather has been absolutely beautiful, perfect for raft building, giant swinging and trapeezing.
PGL Day 4:
A great final day here at PGL! It’s been a long week but today, we were proud of the children, who conquered their fears by trying new things and by representing the school brilliantly. In terms of tomorrow, we are aiming to be back at school for 6pm. However, this is very much dependent on traffic. The teachers will keep the school informed, and the school will update you via text message if there are any delays.
Dates for your diary!
PGL/Activity Week: 24th September 2018 – 28th September 2018 Fundraising Day/Wear Pink Day: 27th September 2018 Individual Photo Day: Friday 12th October 2018 Parents’ Evening: Tuesday 16th October 2018 & Thursday 18th October 2018 Year 6 Celebration: Thursday 18th October 6M and 6A trip to the Natural History Museum: Wednesday 31st October 2018 6R and 6O trip to the Natural History Museum: Friday 2nd November 2018 Year 6 Remembrance Service @ Broomfield Park: Friday 7th November 2018 Children in Need: Friday 14th November 2018
6R and 6O trip to HMS Belfast: Thursday 10th January 2019
6M and 6A trip to HMS Belfast: Friday 11th January 2019
Achievement Assembly Winners!
Calling all parents…Share your talents & passions!
Our upcoming learning journeys for the year are as follows:
Autumn 1: Travelling Through the 20th Century
Autumn 2: Our World In Danger
Spring 1: World War II
Spring 2: World War II
Summer 1: Ready, Steady, Go!
Summer 2: Moving On
If you have any particular interest, knowledge or speciality in any of these areas/topics, we would love to hear from you! Some parents have expressed an interest in delivering informal workshops or talks to the children, linking to our current learning journey. Please talk to your child’s teacher or Year Leader (Ben Roberts) if this is something you are interested in. We appreciate what a great asset our parents are at Hazelwood in supporting our children with their learning. A big thank you in advance to any volunteers!
Please ensure that your child has his/her PE kit in school as our children partake in 2 PE lessons a week (see below for days). Please ensure that your child has a suitable PE kit for their outside lesson.
6R: Tuesday and Thursday
6O: Tuesday and Thursday
6M: Tuesday and Wednesday
6A: Tuesday and Wednesday
OUR INCREDIBLE LEARNING JOURNEY ARCHIVE
AUTUMN 2: Our World in Danger!
Celebration – Christmas Bazaar
To mark the end of our Learning Journey, Year 6 designed, made and sold their own Christmas products at the Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 2nd December. The products ranged from book-folded Christmas trees (sorry Miss Michael) to Hazelwood keychains! Overall, the whole day was a great success, with Year 6 raising approximately £700. The class that raised the most money was….6O! Well done to all those involved, especially the staff (teachers and TAs) who kindly gave up their time on Sunday to help set up stalls and sell products!
AUTUMN 2: Our World in Danger!
Big Bang – Natural History Museum
To mark the start of our new Learning Journey, Year 6 visited the Natural History Museum, with a key focus on the evolution exhibits! We travelled by train to the museum, where the children explored the many FANTASTIC exhibits and were tasked with hunting for specific information relating to our Learning Journey. The children were shocked to see how humans had changed over millions of years, and overall, they really enjoyed the experience. We’d like to say that the behaviour displayed throughout the trip, both on public transport and inside the museum, was exemplary. They were great ambassadors for Hazelwood School.
AUTUMN 1: Travelling Through the 20th Century
Celebration – Presentations and Dance off!
On the last day of term, to mark the end of their first Learning Journey, Year 6 presented their decade presentations in class and took part in a Dance off ‘through the decades’! In the weeks leading up to the end of the half-term, the children had been preparing their group presentations. They carried out lots of research, gathered and brought in lots of props and some of the children made some brilliant food! The presentations themselves were great – the quality was AMAZING! The children also came in dressed as the decade from their presentation. At the end of the day, the children showed off their dance moves – some were ‘interesting’ to say the least. A big well done to the children for all of their hard work! Here are a few photos from the day:
AUTUMN 1: Travelling Through the 20th Century
Big Bang – Fashion Show through the decades!
On Thursday, the Year 6 children were treated to a Hazelwood Fashion Show! As our Learning Journey focuses heavily on British history, the teachers and TAs each donned the clothing of a particular decade! Mrs Connor represented the 1920s, Mr Roberts represented the 1930s, Ms Vesey represented the 1940s, Mrs Watson represented the 1960s, Mr Esendagli represented the 1970s, Mrs Alpay represented the 1980s and Mrs Marks represented the 1990s. Thank you to all those involved!
List of useful spelling websites:
BBC – KS2 Bitesize English – Spelling & grammar
BBC – KS2 Bitesize English – Spelling : Play
Crickweb | KS2 Literacy
spelling – Topmarks Search
English Spelling Games and Activities