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SANTIAGO CLASS (Y6)

Santiago Class:

 

The adults working in our class are: 

  • Miss Wilson
  • Mrs Wardle

 

We also work very closely with: 

  • Mrs Walsh 
  • Miss Birch
  • Miss Wilson (art teacher)

Summer 2

Middleton Park Trip

We enjoyed our day out at Middleton Park for the heritage day. We had fun pond dipping, working on our rugby skills with the Hunslet Hawks and finding out about the Middleton Miners. 

 

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Hunslet Hawks Rugby Skills

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Summer 1

Cricket tournament

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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.   

ASDA visit

We had a visit from ASDA today to find out about food waste. We found out that 7 million tonnes of food gets thrown away every year. That is the same as 777,777 T-Rex dinosaurs. 

Then, we looked at how to store food correctly. Did you know cheese, eggs and bread can be frozen? 

Finally, we looked at portion size. A lot of the children realised that they eat a lot more than they should. Look at the pictures below showing what we thought we should eat and what children should actually have. 

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Maths Investigation: Tan-grams

In our maths lesson today, we investigated tan-grams. This is an ancient Chinese puzzle that consists of seven shapes. We tried to recreate pictures and shapes using these tans. What do you think? 

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Well done year 6! We are so proud of the resilience and effort that you have put into this week. Have a relaxing weekend - you all deserve it. 

Times Tables Rockstars

Well done Bobby Thompson who won the KS2 competition this week 😃! He will now be entered into the grand final for this half term. 

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Information for parents: 2017 key stage 2 tests

If you have a child in year 6, this video provides details of the KS2 national curriculum tests (SATs) they will take in May.

Spring 2

 

Raving Readers

Several children in Santiago Class have received their magazine prize as they have read 100 times at home. Well done!

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Fair Trade

Thank you Sophie, Jayden, West and Lilli for coming into year 6 and teaching us all about Fair Trade. We really enjoyed the activities and we now understand what fair trade is.

We were also very impressed with the confidence you demonstrated when talking to the class. 

Times Tables Rockstars

Well done Harry Bichard who won the KS2 competition this week 😃! He will now be entered into the grand final for this half term. 

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New School Library

Enjoying the new school library. We really like the comfy seating areas and the brand new selection of books for us to read. Thanks Mr Smith no

 

RE / Growth Mindset

This half term we have been studying Sikhism and how this religion is similar and different to Christianity. The children have been learning about the Sikh holy building - the gurdwara. They were set the challenge of building a gurdwara using only lego. They had to include as many features as they could. We had a lot of fun working together to complete this challenge. 

World Book Day

The children all dressed up as a character from a book today. 

In class, we have been looking at the novel 'Clockwork' by Philip Pullman. We got creative and designed the front cover for this book. We then turned our classroom door into the front cover. All of the children contributed to the final piece. What do you think? 

 

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Music Lesson - The Fresh Prince

We have started a new topic this half term linked to hip-hop music. The children really enjoyed our first lesson which was based around The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  

 

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Year 6 Walking Home Consent form

Revision Guides

The revision guides have arrived in school.

There are 2 guides (English and Maths) to help your child revise for the upcoming assessments.

The guides are £2.50 each.

If you would like to buy them, please see the class teachers or send the money into school with the children. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

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Art Assistants

Joshua, Gurleen, Chelsea and Ellie are now assistants to Miss Wilson (art teacher). They received their special badges in our achievement assembly this week. Well done!

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Talk for Writing

Imitating an adventure story during our English lessons. We have created actions to learn this story off by heart. This will help us when we invent our own adventure stories. 

 

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Red Day and Roller Disco

The children really enjoyed the roller disco and dressing up in red. 

Rock Gods

We have 3 Rock Gods in our class smiley!

Well done to Katie Birks, Gurleen Sandhu and Christopher Clubley who received their trophy and voucher in the KS2 assembly this week. 

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Internet Safety

Are you aware of what your children use the Internet for?

This week we had 'Safer Internet Day' so we focused on the dangers of sharing personal information when using the Internet.

We discussed the devices we had at home and the APPs the children were regularly accessing - look at the data tables below.

We then used this information to create graphs.  

 

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25

Mobile Phone

24

PlayStation / X Box

22

Internet Access

28

Smart TV

19

Social Media Access

Total Children out of 28

Snapchat

19

Facebook

21

Instagram

21

Twitter

21

PS4 / Xbox live

20

Whatsapp

24

Instant messager

24

Emails

28

YouTube

28

Times Tables Rock Stars

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Well done George Dixon who won the KS2 times tables competition this week. He will now join Harvey from our class on Winners Row.  The boys will go head to head in the grand final this week. 

Growth Mindset - Building Temples from the Maya Civilisation.

This week the children worked in teams to build their own version of a  Mayan temple. The challenge was that they could only use mini mallows and dry pasta. We had a lot of fun and showed great resilience in this lesson. Look at the results below. 

Peer Marking

The children are really improving when assessing the quality of their written work. They can now independently edit and improve their work. Also, the children all work well in a pair to identify and correct mistakes. Well done Santiago Class! 

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Charanga music

Rafael really enjoyed our music lesson this week. A popstar in the making smiley.

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Ch...ch...ch...changes!

This week we had a short play about changes. The play was for year 6 pupils and their parents. Can I say a huge thank you to all parents who attended and we hope that you found it useful. 

 

During this play we discussed the many worries that children (and parents) in year 6 have. This included:

  • high school transition,
  • chemical changes to the body and brain,
  • physical changes, 
  • how our moods and personality might change
  • who we can to talk to about our worries. 

After the play the parents attended a workshop whilst the children discussed the issues further in class. We will explore transition and changes more during the summer term. 

 

Red disco

Information about our upcoming school disco on Friday 10th February. 

Reminder: Year 6 is after school from 2pm - 3pm and the chilldren will need to be collected by an adult.

 

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Google Expeditions

This week we had a visit from Google Expeditions. We used the virtual reality goggles to take a tour of some very exciting places. The children enjoyed visiting the Great Barrier Reef and the New Seven Wonders of the World. 

 

Exploring the Maya Civilisation

The children used IPads to research the Maya Civilisation. We then worked in groups to re-create the art work found during this time. The children had to work well as a team as they were each completing a small section of this artwork to then make whole pictures. 

Times Tables Rock Stars

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A huge well done to Harvey Purdy who won the KS2 competition this week. He will now go on 'Winners Row' and enter the grand final.  

 

Remember to access Times Tables Rock Stars at home to improve your scores. 

English

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.

 

L.Caroll

 

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Growth Mindset 

We had lots of fun participating in the whole school activity this week - the flip challenge. We used our growth mindset skills to be resilient in this activity and encouraged each other to improve. 

Science

In our science lessons we have been investigating light and how we see things.

The children were set the challenge of creating a working periscope using only card, tape, scissors and mirrors. The children showed a real growth mindset attitude to this challenge and it resulted in several excellent first attempts. By the end of the lesson, some children even had working periscopes. 

Christmas Enterprise

On Thursday 15th December the children in year 6 will be selling hand made Christmas cards, wrapping paper and gift tags. They have worked hard with Miss Wilson (art teacher) to make these items using lino printing techniques.  

 

The money raised will go to St George's Crypt to help the homeless in our local community. 

Please come along to support the children - we will be in the school dining hall from 2:30. 

See you there. 

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Christmas pantomime

We all enjoyed the Christmas themed performance in school today. We found out about 'Scary Fairy' and 'Trixie Pixie' and their Christmas adventures. We even had a visit from Santa! Ho,ho,ho!

Singing in the community

Several children in year 6 went to sing in our local community to raise money for charity. They had a lot of fun singing Christmas songs and managed to raise just over £34 in an hour! Also, the Iceland staff were so impressed with the beautiful singing that they gave the children a free box of chocolates. 

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Marvellous Mathematicians

Improving our scores on Timestable Rockstars and working really hard to understand fractions using Mathletics.

Remember - you can access both of these resources at home

Baubles

The children have been asked to bring in (or make) a special bauble for the Christmas tree in school. 

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Reading

It is vital that the children read a minimum of three times per week. This will not only help to develop reading skills, but will also help with writing and spelling. Reading logs must be signed at least three times by an adult and be in school every day! 

Raving Readers = Super Spellers = Wonderful Writers!

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Is your child past their Spell by Date?
 
Below are two lists of words that all year 6 children should know. We are finding that lots of children cannot read and spell these words quickly or accurately enough. One list is the words they should know before they go into year 5 and the other is a list they need to know by the end of year 6. For your child to be at Working at the Expected Standard in year 6 they must be able to read, write and spell all of these words and more!! Please have a look at the lists and check with your child and help them learn them!

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Take-over day

Today was take over day at Sharp Lane. On this special day, children take on the roles of teachers all over school. I was taking over the role of Miss Wilson (year 6 teacher) and my name is Bhavan Sandhu. My friend Frankie has taken the role of Mr Smith (year 2 teacher).

In year 6, I did the register, helped teach a maths lesson and gave out certificates in an assembly. I am going to do  some art with year 6 whilst Miss Wilson is at a meeting. I also joined in with PE and enjoyed doing the rugby lesson with the coach. I took pictures and videos of people who were also taking over somebody for this day.

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Anti-Bullying Week

We all enjoyed our assembly this week where we discussed what bullying was. In class we have thought about the difference between bullying and being unkind to others. We have also discussed the different types of bullying there is.

The school council shared anti-bullying poems with us. We then had a go at writing poems of our own about this issue. Look at the examples below:

 

 

Help! 

It's hometime at last,

Time to forget the week that has passed.

On Monday morning the boys nicked my book,

And chucked it in the muck!

On Tuesday I failed my test, 

Then they thought they were the best. 

On Wednesday they ate my lunch, 

What a horrible greedy bunch. 

On Thursday I had had enough, 

I needed to tell and be tough. 

I told a teacher and it was cool, 

They finally left the school. 

I should have spoken sooner, I know I was a fool. 

By Rafael

 

What's the point

I hate the way you kick and punch, 

I hate the way you steal my lunch.

​I hate the way you always stare, 

​I hate the way you swear and swear. 

​I hate the way you always tell, 

​I hate the way you make my life hell. 

​I hate the way you think you're so cool,

​I hate the way you say I'm a fool. 

​I hate the way you make me feel,

​I hate the way you think it's no big deal. 

Stop! Tell a teacher! Tell a friend, 

Otherwise this won't end. 

By Harry and Harvey  

 

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Bikeability

This week the children have completed their bikeability training in school. They have worked hard to either achieve Level 1 or Level 2 and have had a lot of fun. This has included: learning how to cycle on the road safely, how to do a u-turn, how to signal correctly, how to cycle on a round-a-bout and when to give way to other cyclists or vehicles.

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Gardening in Year 6

We have been growing and caring for peppers in the school garden and in our corridor when it was too cold for the plants to be outside. So far we have had 8 fully grown peppers on the 3 plants and some others are almost ready to be harvested.

 

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As well as this, several children in year 6 go to Slug Club during lunch times and have been helping Lois in the garden. Look at the HUGE carrot Erran managed to find!
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Fractions! 

This half term we will be focusing on fractions in our maths lessons.

We will look at: equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, improper and mixed number fractions, adding fractions, subtracting fractions, multiplying fractions and dividing fractions. Phew!

Please work on these at home as well as at school. 

 

Planetarium

This week we experienced outer space in the planetarium. We found out about the stars, constellations and the Earth itself. 

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Growth Mindset

This week, as part of our Growth Mindset lessons, we designed a stuck wall. This is so that the children have lots of ideas for when they get confused in class. It will encourage the children to become more independent learners. 

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Times Tables Rockstars

This week the children have received their passwords for a new game to help with times tables. The game can be accessed online or you can download the app for free. This game is very useful and will really help the children improve in maths. You could even set up your own accounts and challenge your children to a times table competition! 

 

 

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Big Draw - STEAM

During Big Draw week, we focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths). We drew detailed diagrams of technology used during WW2 and used these to create our own.   

SMSC

This week we have been thinking about the question 'How small is our world?'

We have all completed homework showing who is in our family tree and what makes our family special. We have also crated fortune tellers including facts and lies about ourselves. We had to guess which were facts and which were lies so we could find out about each other. 

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Class Assembly

Well done Santiago class - a brilliant class assembly. Thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended. 

 

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TimesTables

The children in year 6 should know all times tables up to 12 X 12. They should be able to answer any times table question instantly. We have asked all children to work on these at home as often as possible. Here are some websites the children can access to help with this.   

Class Assembly Dates and Times

Santiago class have their assembly on Friday 30th September. The children have helped to write the assembly and have selected their lines. They are learning their lines for homework this week.

We hope to see any parents and carers there.

The assembly will begin at 1:40. 

WW2 Visitor

This week we had a visitor in school who talked to us about WW2. Judith told us all about her mother who was evacuated from Germany to Britain during the war. She answered a lot of our questions and gave us a real insight into what it was like for the German public living through WW2. 

Reading Logs

The reading logs for year 6 will be arriving in school very soon. We are sorry for the delay. Until our logs arrive, we will post the spelling and maths focus on our website pages.  

Spellings and Mental Maths (Test on 23/09/16)

Mental maths focus = rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100 and 1000. 

Spellings (words containing sc): 

1) science
2) scissors
3) scenery
4) scented
5) ascend
6) descend
7) conscious
8) conscience
9) fascinating
10) descent

 

Wonderful World War 2 homework

Here are some examples of the amazing homework we received this week. We can see how hard some of the children worked over the summer - well done!

PE

This half term the children will need their PE kits on Tue (indoor) and Thu (outdoor). 

 

 


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