Teacher - Miss McMaster
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Walsh
Exploring the computing equipment.
In year 6 we have been using the computing equipment we have in school. The children used the IPads, bee-bots, pro-bots and the sphero balls in our exlporing lesson.
This is our new talk for writing text for adventure stories.
“Stop talking and listen!” shouted Tremdalf angrily, shaking his bony fist at the assembled company of dwarves. There was a stunned silence. “It’s no use arguing amongst yourselves. We have to get that magic herb somehow, because Terebron needs it to make his potions. Furthermore, the success of the whole war against the Orcs depends on it!”
No-one disagreed. But who should go? The way was harsh and demanding. Success could not be guaranteed as the precious herb did not always flower.
Everyone continued to tell his neighbour why he could not possibly be spared from his daily work. Then, into the clamour, a shrill voice sounded. “I’ll go!” it shrieked, “Let me get the herb!”
A laugh filled the cave. “What! Bloddon? He couldn’t find a piece of rofal in a paper bag!” More laughter echoed in the near darkness. The little dwarf’s face burned with shame but - in spite of the humiliation - he felt anger welling up inside too. He’d show them.
That had been yesterday. Now, sweating under the heat of a punishing sun, his feet already sore and his shoulders aching from his rucksack; Bloddon began to regret his desire to be a hero.“At least you came with me,” he said affectionately to his pet poggle, Dif, loping happily at his side. “We can find the herb together.”
They plodded on all that day and the next climbing mountains, crossing valleys and passing all manner of unspeakable things. It wasn’t long before the adventurers reached the river which marked the boundary of the Dwarf lands with that of their enemy. Bloddon consulted the map. “I think we need to cross here,” he nervously told Dif.
Just then Bloddon stubbed his toe and slipped among the thick reeds at the water’s edge. “Oh, bother and blast!” he groaned. The map was sodden and, even as he lifted his hand out of the water, it began to disintegrate before his eyes. “What a fool I was!” he whimpered. “Fancy thinking I could do such an important job.” He burst into a full flood of noisy tears. Now what were they to do?
Suddenly, he was aware that a shadow had blocked out the sun. Looking up he saw the strangest old man. He wore a long black cloak, decorated with stars that moved around the material on their own and he held a casket of gold carefully in front of him.
“Ahh, I’ve found you!” said a thin, feeble voice. “We heard you were in trouble. Lost the map, did you?” Bloddon stared in astonishment. “Who ….” he began. “Who am I?” the old man interrupted brightly. “Your lucky saviour, that’s who! We need you to succeed in your war against the Orcs.” His face clouded over. “They’ve done some terrible things in these lands. Here - take this.”
The old man handed Bloddon the golden casket. Gingerly, not knowing what to expect, the young dwarf opened it. Inside, lay the herb, glowing with power and magic. Bloddon smiled and opened his mouth to speak. “No time, boy, no time, you need to get home.” His wand swished around the spot, sparks flew and colours intertwined, encircling Bloddon and making him feel very dizzy. When it settled down – he was home! Back in the cave!
The assembled dwarfs cheered when they saw him – and cheered even harder when they realised that he’d been successful. The herb was sent off to Terebron, where it was used to help in the bitter battle against the Orcs. As for Bloddon, well he didn’t actually tell anyone that he’d had a bit of help with his quest; he rather enjoyed being a hero for a change!
Over the next few weeks we will be studying the poem 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll. We will be learning the poem by heart and creating our own poetry using this as an example. We look forward to sharing our examples later in the half term. Please help your child learn this at home.
Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"
He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
It is vital that the children read a minimum of three times per week. This will not only help to develop their reading skills, but will also help their writing and spelling. Reading logs must be signed and be in school every day!
Raving Readers = Super Spellers = Wonderful Writers!
We have all learnt how to cycle properly on a road this week through our session with bike-ability. We learnt lots of things like how to do a u-turn, how to signal correctly, how to cycle round a round-a-bout, when to give way and to generally stay safe when cycling on the road.
Also we are having really fun p.E lessons on a Thursday with Mickey from Hunslet Hawks, which will continue till Christmas.
For English we are still learning our non-chronological reports, next week we will start thinking about our own ones.
We are really looking forward to Children in Need day and Take over day next Friday.
It was great to see the parents and children who came to parents evening.
Cheetahs, who are the world’s fastest land animals, are members of the cat family. They inhabit open grasslands and scrub in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. Cheetahs are incredibly shy animals, making them fascinating to research and study.
Cheetahs are often mistaken for leopards due to their similar features. David Attenborough, a leading wildlife expert,
highlights how to spot a cheetah.
“Their distinguishing marks are the long, teardrop-shaped lines on each side of the nose from the corner of the eyes to the mouth. However, to identify a cheetah you must get up close and personal to them, not something many people relish doing!”
Cheetahs have muscular and powerful bodies which are aerodynamically perfect for short, fast runs. Their bendy backs keep the body flexible as they sprint. Have you ever wondered how fast a cheetah really can run? Well they can accelerate from standing to 40 mph in three strides and to a
full speed of 70 mph within seconds! Cheetahs’ feet are like running shoes which have grips (special ridges on the animals’ footpads) and spikes (claws) to dig into the ground. These claws stay out all the time so that they can stay perfectly balanced! This is different from other cats; whose claws tuck away in special sheaths in their paws.
Hunting and Diet
Cheetahs are carnivores (meat eaters) that commonly eat gazelle and small antelope. A long tail helps the cheetah keep its balance as it swerves after its prey, using large eyes that point forward to judge distances accurately. Once the cheetah has pounced, the victim is gripped by the throat to stop it breathing. However, the cheetah has weak jaws and small teeth and cannot always protect its kills or young, especially if tired out after a run.
Female cheetahs give birth to an average of three young that they rear by themselves. Once fully grown, the animals usually live alone, though males sometimes form small groups. Most cheetahs only live for about twelve years!
Cheetahs are now an endangered species and many conservationists are trying to help protect the habitats of these interesting creatures. They are dying out due to hunting and disease which is devastating! Don’t you think they are worth protecting?
For Big-Draw week we have drawn schematics of World War two: guns, tanks, submarines and planes.
STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths
We have really enjoyed making our family trees at home and finding out about our families.
We found out where our families originate from and what religion some of them were.
Lexie - Family from Ireland and they were fair ground workers.
Archie - Thomas side are from Wales. Anthony family English and Irish.
Eilidh - Dad's side from Nottingham and mum's side from Scotland. Grandad's cousin is the mayor of Mansfield.
Ruby - Dad's side from Scotland and mum's side from Ireland and are catholic.
Macey - Mum's side from Hunslet and dad's side from Bramley.
Callum - Dad's side from Wales and England and mum's side from England and Scotland.
Harry - Dad's side from Hungary.
Koby - The MacGregor's have their own clan, crest and tartan. Great-great-grandad from France.
Livvi - Great-great-uncle was mayor of Bridlington.
Charlie - Grandma's from Newcastle
Tia - Great-grandad was from India.
Joshua - Dad has some viking in him.
Brad - sister was born in Derbyshire.
Victory - Family from Nigeria and part of the royal family.
Anayah - step-dad's family are from Italy.
Tyler - mum's side from Oxford and step-dad's side from Liverpool.
Thank you to everyone who came to watch and support us doing our class assembly.
This week we have worked hard learning how to and practising rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We are all looking forward to learning how to use the long multiplication method next week. Some of us were lucky enough to start steel pans this week and had a great time. Everyone else will get a chance to do this at some point throughout the year. Looking at cake recipes from the war time has been interesting because we have learnt about items they didn't have or had to swap because of rationing.
We hope you will be able to join us for our class assembly which will be all about the text Friend or Foe and will be happening on Friday 14th October.
This week we have enjoyed learning about each other and looking very smart and grown up in our new uniforms. Team building through throwing and catching games in P.E were really good fun. Learning about growth mindset has made us think about how we learn and our attitudes to learning, we practiced this through origami.
We are all looking forward to different lessons depending on what we enjoy but all of us are especially looking forward to learning about World War II and Chile. Our class assembly will be on Friday 14th October. As soon as we decide what we are doing it on we will let you know.
Underneath are some pictures of our amazing World War II homework.