Spring term 2 2018
In year 6, we have been preparing for SATs by practising different types of papers like Reading, Arithmetic and Reasoning. Also thinking of dif- ferent strategies and methods to help us com- plete them. We have been doing our own count- down to SATs - its now less than 30 days! Did you know that it is a
scientific fact is that a healthy and nutri- tious breakfast means better concentration throughout the day? Well we do. So that is why we have started Year 6 breakfast. We
have variety of breakfast foods to choose from: yogurts, cereals and juices. Recently, we have had a couple of days off school due to the snowy weather. Year 6 used the time to refresh our minds for our learning. (and just a little bit of play)
Over this half term Year 6 have enjoyed every second of our last autumn term at Ainslie Wood. Professional ice climber Nick Harvey carried out some workshops with the class, all of which relates to our current project: WE ARE Explorers. Phil from Badger Bushcraft also popped in to speak to us about survival in the wild and how to build shelters.
Infinity focused on the battle of Hastings and the invaders and settlers that were around at that time for their assembly. The assembly took the form of a live news report from the scene of the battle, written extremely well and entirely by the class. We are very proud of what we achieved.
On Friday 1st December, the members of school council and the heads of each house went on a journey into central London to help the campaign to make Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture. Fingers crossed for the result!
This half term, Year 6 have been working on a collaborative project on Invaders in Britain. At the very start of the term we all went on a visit to the Roman Verulamium in St Albans, where we found out a vast amount of information about how the Romans in Britain used to live. We are currently researching in our classes and are becoming experts in one area of Invaders history. We are going to put all our work together to produce a published book, which delves deep into the history of Invaders in Britain, starting with the Celts and traveling right the way through to the Norman Invasion of 1066.
In English, we have been writing instructions on how to make a Smoothie. It seems that making a Smoothie is more complicated than we thought! We have been using imperative verbs, adverbs and time connectives in our instructions – these make the recipe easier to follow.
SATs are finally over! Year 6 have been work- ing extremely hard over the past few weeks and we are so proud of them. They seemed to go well and I’m sure their hard work will pay off!
We are now looking forward to our Year 6 pro- duction which we will tell you more about in the next newsletter...
Year 6 are now preparing for Secondary school - thinking about the skills we need to succeed next year—not to mention our Year 6 gradua- tion coming up.
We have a very exciting few weeks ahead of us...stay tuned!
Year 6 have been working relentlessly on improving their learning and behaviour for learning. We have started using SPELL books. Stretch yourself to reach your potential, Progress in all learning towards your goals, Engage relentlessly in positive B4L, Listen attentively and show respect, Learn to love all learning.
If they achieve a certain number of stamps, they get a reward. One of which is to ‘switch seats’ in class. Miss Biggs is a bit worried as a couple of children have been eyeing up her chair! After collecting 18 stamps we receive our Bronze certificate. All these children have already received their Bronze and are well on the way to earning their Silver. Well done!
This half-term, the children in Year 6 have been busy becoming experts in all things canine. We started off by looking at the wonderful work that Battersea Dogs and Cats Home do to rehome unwanted or homeless pets. We were left shocked at the sheer number of dogs that call Battersea home each year, but thankful that there is a safe place for them to go. In an effort to make a difference to this number, we made dog breed fact files so that people would know what responsible pet ownership entailed before purchasing a dog of their own. We also made posters to help people understand the body language of dogs and ways in which they can stay safe around them as well as so much more. It is safe to say that after all of that independent research and fabulous learning, Year 6 can now call themselves canine specialists.
This week some of our children have been at PGL while the others have engaged in a cultural project. Details in the next newsletter.