Welcome to Giraffe class.
You have finally reached Year 6 and are now the oldest and most responsible children in Barley Close. We have a busy and exciting year ahead of us! Your class teachers are Mrs. Daniel on a Monday and Mrs. Popel Tuesday - Friday. Our teaching assistant this year is Mrs Harris, who also covers Mrs Popel's PPA on a Friday.
A message from Mrs. Daniel....
Amazingly this will be the start of my twelth year at Barley Close and I am really looking forward to teaching year 6 on a Monday. I love being part of Barley Close but when I am not at work Erin, my six year old daughter, keeps me very busy! If I do have any spare time I like to read and go swimming (not at the same time!).
A message from Mrs. Popel....
I'm really looking forward to another year in Y6 and getting to know everyone. I really love teaching and especially enjoy In my spare time, I like to visit the many sights of Bristol with my young son James. I also like watching live music and enjoy running. I'm a regular at Parkrun and have entered the Bristol Half Marathon again this year.
Important things to remember
Spellings: will be tested on a Friday.
PE is on a Monday and Tuesday. Please remember we will be outside all year - you will need trainers and warm clothing.
Reading books, reading records and PE kits must be in school every day!
Can you believe we are over half way through Term 2 and that Christmas is just round the corner (I think I can finally bust out the word Christmas!!) This week, we have finished off our Spooky Cott adventure stories and learnt how to properly edit and redraft our work. In Maths, we have continued looking at Fractions. Today we worked in mixed pairs on a range of Fraction problems. I was so impressed by the class. They were focussed, engaged and shared their learning with each other. Lots of the class expressed how much they enjoyed the work. Next week we are doing Mock SATs using some past SATs papers. This is not meant to worry or stress out the children, it is simply for us to see where they are and get them to have lots of practise with a real SATs paper before the 'big day'. The rest of the week will be spent in small groups looking at the things that went well and improvement points.
This week in our topic, we had a War time 'Make Do and Mend' theme where we used old fabrics to create decorations for the school fayre. They children all worked really hard and challenged themselves to gain a new skill...there are definitely some talented tailors in Giraffe class! A massive thank you to those who donated fabric - we were really grateful! If you would like any of it back, please let me know! These will be on sale at the school fayre tonight. We hope to see you there!
Big Write Talk Topic: The Blitz
PE is on Monday and Thursday. Please ensure you check your child's PE kit, many are turning up without suitable footwear for the field. If they don't have a change of shoes they cannot do PE as it is unsafe. Also some children have told us their shoes no longer fit.
Today is Children In Need and Giraffe Class chose to do a talent show. This was a real success with the children working so hard on their acts. This week, we also had a little trip to Britannia Woods to learn about the Downend Aircrash that took place 60 years ago. As usual, the class were wonderful ambassadors for the school and really enjoyed themselves. I'm looking forward to their writing today. In Maths we have been carrying on with Fractions. Next week in English, we are continuing to write our Spooky Cott Adventure stories and will also keep going with Fractions. Also next week, we are visiting Mangotsfield School to see their performance of We Will Rock You and creating lovely Christmas crafts for the Christmas Fair. These will have a war time Make do and Mend theme, so we will be really grateful for any donations of old Christmas fabrics, jumpers, T-shirts or any decorations we can reuse or recycle. It was lovely to meet with so many parents this week for Parents' Evening. If you missed this and would like to have a chat with me, please let me know and I can arrange this for you.
I hope you've enjoyed our class assembly today. I think you'll agree that Giraffe have put in an amazing amount of effort and should be very proud of what they've achieved. This week, we have been focusing on our new topic, World War II and learning all about the Battle of Britain and the start of the Second World War. The children have been writing newspapers and applying all their understanding of history to this. They've done a really great job. In Maths we've continued to look at Fractions. This is a really big topic and one that comes up a lot in the SATs. I would suggest, if your child feels they are struggling, taking some time at home to look at this. There are lots of great websites (including Top Marks and BBC Bitesize) that have fun games linked to fractions. Also there are lots of revision guides out there for Y6 - as long as they are for the New Curriculum or are from 2015 onwards they will have everything they need. Next week as a stimulus for Big Write and our writing in class, we will be taking a walk with Elephant class to the sight of the Downend air crash. As you may know, this took place 60 years ago this week. This will be on Wednesday. I also look forward to seeing you all at Parent's Evening and sharing all the success!
PE: Monday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor)
Big Write: Downend Air Crash newspaper report.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a great half term. This week, Year 6 have been looking at our new topic The Second World War and the Home Front. This ties in with our text this term 'Goodnight Mr Tom'. So far the children have really enjoyed reading this book and writing in character. They've also enjoyed the topic itself, learning about the key people in WW2 and how it started. In Maths we have started fractions. This is an area lots of children struggle with but with regular practise and a good understanding of their timestables they do become clearer. You can help at home by discussing fractions e.g. 1/2 is also 50% and talking about what a fraction actually is by using cake or pizza - always a winner! Next week we will be continuing these topics and we also will be practising for our class Assembly
PE this term: Monday afternoon and Thursday morning with Mr Quirke
Big Write topic: The Battle of Britain
Here we are nearly at the end of Term 1. Year 6 does always seem to fly by! This week we've spent time on assessments for Maths and English. As I said last week, these are to see where the children are now and to see what we need to look at next term and beyond. The children took these all very seriously and really tried their best. This week we are looking at division in maths, looking at the efficient method for dividing by 2 digit numbers. If you google Khan Academy, this website has really easy to follow instructions on how to do this. In English, we will be writing an explanation text all about how a drone works. Also next Friday, is Harvest Festival. The children have worked hard and it will be great to see you there.
Happy Friday everyone! Hope you've all had a good week. Here in Giraffe Class we have been spending time in Maths consolidating our understanding of addition and subtraction. By doing this now, we will hopefully improve our speed and fluency in arithmetic, which will help us as we move on to other areas of the curriculum. In English we have been spending time finishing off our flashback stories. All the class have a good grasp of SPAG and now we are focussing on refining our writing using a range of sentence structures and choosing ambitious vocabulary. One way, at home, you can help build vocabulary is when reading with children. If there is word or phrase they might be unsure of, look it up together in a dictionary or online, and see if they can use it in their work that week. Avid readers make the best writers! Also this week, we have been researching into Harvest in the past for our Big Write and Harvest celebration. Year 6 have found some really interesting facts including traditions such as: Michaelmas day supper; Lammas day; Lord of the Harvest and everyone's favourite Calling the Mare (ask them about it!!) Next week, we are doing our half termly assessments. These are purely to see where the children are and what we need to work on in the run up to Christmas. In very exciting news, we will also be building a pizza oven in the playground and making and eating pizza on Friday!!! I'm just a little bit excited about that!
Big Write next week: Save Our Pool
Here we are at the end of September and half way through our term, can you believe it?! Last week in addition to our usual English and Maths, Year 6 took a trip out of the classroom to Lifeskills at the Create Centre in Bristol. For those of you who don't know, Lifeksills is an interactive skills centre where children are taken round in small groups to see what they would do in certain senarios. These include: a house fire; calling the police; seeing an abandoned Iphone on a railway line and buying things in a shop. Each area is really life-like and children use real phones to call for help. All the children really enjoyed it and were very good on the telephone calling 999. In addition to this, we have been creating our own Crossing Pero's Bridge stories and looking at addition in Maths. Next week, we will finish our stories and move on to subtraction. We will also be preparing for our Harvest assembly by researching into what Harvest would have been like in Mangotsfield in the 1900s, when it was a small rural village.
Big Write Talk Topic: Harvest in the Past
Well, this term is flying by as we are nearly half way through term 1. Giraffe class continue to produce good quality work in all areas. In English, I have been very impressed by their poems inspired by the horrors of slavery and all children have really challenged themselves to try and use ambitious vocabulary. In Maths, we have concluded our unit on Place Value with a look at negative numbers. Although some children found this tricky, they didn't give up and made progress. This is one area of Maths that children can practise at home or when out and about by watching the weather, making a note of the temperature or even when discussing money. We've also started our slavery art topic by looking at different pieces of abstract art.
Next week, we will be writing 'flashback' stories in English and looking at Addition and Subtraction in Maths. Don't forget, Thursday is Lifeskills. Due to the numerous roadworks dotted around Bristol, the coaches will be leaving promptly at 8.45 so please be in for 8.30. I know all too well the pain of the roadworks on the ring road!!!
Big Write talk topic: Lifeksills
Here we are at the end of Week 2 and Giraffe class are well into the swing of Y6 now. I've been really impressed this week with their mature attitude and how well they are taking on responsibility. This week we started learning all about Bristol's role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in both our Topic and English lessons. All the class have tried really hard to improve their writing and increase the amount they write. In Maths we have been carrying on with Place Value and moving on to ordering and comparing whole and decimal numbers. We will continue this next week but will move on to negative numbers. In English we will be writing poetry. It was great to see those who attended the Meet the Teacher event on Wednesday - I hope it was useful! If you weren't able to attend but would like to stop by for a chat, I'm available Tuesday- Thursday after school.
Talk Topic for next week: Why Slavery is wrong. The class will be writing a letter in character.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful break and looking forward to the new year ahead. This week Giraffe class have mainly been getting to grips with the expectations and routines of Year 6 and, I must say that, they have risen to the challenge brilliantly. In the afternoons, we have been reminding ourselves about what makes a good learner and thinking about how we can challenge ourselves day to day. This week we also had a visit from SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality). Giraffe were very mature and had an excellent discussion about the effects of racism. Next week, in Maths we will continue to look at place value and consolidate our understanding of the building blocks of Maths. In English, we will introduce our new topic with some writing on the Slave Trade. I also look forward to seeing you at the Meet the Teacher event on Wednesday after school.
Talk Topic for next week: being a sailor on a ship bound for the Caribbean.