Week Beginning 30th November
December is beckoning and we are all primed with our class tree and chocolate advent calendars :-) I have to admit, my family tree went up on Sunday - the earliest ever!! - and it feels brilliant to have all the colour, lights and festive feelings again.
Our English this week is continuing on the theme of Survivors, and our next story considers escape across the Berlin Wall. As someone who remembers the wall coming down, it is sobering to think how recent these events were. The children are very much enjoying predicting, considering time order of events and isolating features of formal writing.
Our practise for the ExTraffordganza is coming along beautifully - I am not ashamed to say that the class had me in tears this morning. They had been following the video, but when they launched into having just the music, their faces and voices came alive. I am so rumbled for being an absolute softie inside!
In Maths, we are continuing with fractions and are now looking at multiplying them. We have been doing these as part of our daily arithmetic since September, so are feeling quite rightly smug about how good we are at them now. :-)
Art was a lot of fun as we continued to look at LS Lowry, and how he has influenced modern Manchester music (have a look for The Masterplan album cover by Oasis). Can you see similarities and differences between them? We particularly liked how Lowry never shows a shadow, as there is no sun. Have a chat to us about why that might be!
We have nearly finished our Christmas cards which will be included in the 'Be a Santa for a Senior' project. Photos of the finished product to follow :-)
As promised, here are the finished cards from 6KB, along with some examples from across the school :-)
Week Beginning 23rd November
We have started the week by flexing our Maths muscles! We have been using our knowledge of equivalence to help us add fractions, and we also had lots of fun proving that the inside angles of a triangle add up to 180 degrees. This is a fun one to try at home. Cut out a triangle and mark up the angles. Then, rip the triangle up so that the angles are separate. They can be put back together so that it gives a straight line (which is the same as 2 right angles, or 180 degrees!).
On Tuesday, we took part in the first ExTraffordganza event - schools across the region joined in zoom lessons to become familiar with songs that will be part of an online concert in December. https://vimeo.com/180879672 (This is the link to the tutorial 6KB, as promised! Enjoy your singing and signing this weekend).
Even though the weather is grey and cold today, that didn't stop us really getting to grips with different styles of dribbling, blocking and passing in Hockey, in our PE lesson this morning.
Week Beginning 16th November
This week has been a whirlwind! We have managed to cram so much in, I'm almost not sure where to start.
As part of our Mapping work, we have been adventuring around the school grounds, realising the many changes which have occured to change the way our school looks. We worked hard to orientate our maps of an earlier Oldfield Brow, then recorded against the features which show how the school has changed.
Our Science has continued on the theme of the human body, and this week our theme was drugs and alcohol. We discussed what constituted a legal and illegal drug, and the effect of all of them on our bodies. We used this theme across our comprehension work as well, even critiquing the song 'Old Red is Back' by the Beautiful South!
Hockey is really starting to take shape, and we were dribbling at a higher speed and negotiating cones all over the place. Well done, everyone!
Our Book of Hopes is completed now. Each class in the school is creating their own and inside it is filled with examples of work we have completed since September. It already feels like a walk down memory lane. The children are extremely proud of what they have achieved, as am I. Here is a selection of some of the pages.
We got experimentational this afternoon. How do you get a 20p to float on a lemon? There were lots of predictions, and a variety of attempts. Who doesn't like getting up to their elbows in practical experiments? :-) The rules were that the coin could not be wedged into the lemon, or against the side of the box. We were also not allowed to use any other materials, or break the lemon. The picture shown is not the solution - do you think you can work out what would be? :-)
We have of course had parent's evenings, and thank you so much to everyone for engaging with the new approach we have had to adopt. It was so nice to be able to chat to you all, and get to know you a little. I will keep my fingers crossed that times will change soon, and we will be able to revert to more face-to-face meetings in the future.
Week Beginning 9th November
The children have been creating some wonderful planning this week based on the short animation, 'Th
e Lighthouse'. We have been using lots of examples of figurative language. Quick quiz for you! Can you explain what metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole, simile and idiom mean? Ask us for help if you need it ;-)
We have also been learning all about blood, and have found out about plasma, red and white blood cells and platelets. We couldn't believe a red blood cells lasts for 120 days, and that for blood to ciruculate the body is less than a minute.
We used cheerios for red blood cells, white blood cells were marshmallows and the prickly pom poms were platelets, all swimming in a yellow soup of plasma :-)
I was so proud of the class today. It is Remembrance Day as I write this, and the maturity that was shown (throughout our discussions, and the two minute silence) showed me how rapidly and confidently they are becoming young adults. Well done, 6KB. As well as our discussions and comprehension work, we shared a whole school video which Mr Merrell had created for us in lieu of an assembly, and we created some stunning artwork: a wreath of our own. What do you think? I think it is beautiful!
Week Beginning 2nd November
Hi everyone, and welcome back to Autumn Term 2! The leaves we can see out of our windows are turning wonderful shades of colour, and the rain is stopping a little bit, every now and again :-)
I hope you have all enjoyed a restful half term. I know that the children have enjoyed themselves - I've heard wonderful things about Halloween trails and lots of walks.
This week we are going to be beginning our short literacy topic of 'The Lighthouse' - if you would like to view the clip we will be using it can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HfBbSUORvo
In Maths we are looking at the order of operations we use to solve calculations. The acronym BIDMAS is helping us remember this, ask us to tell you what each letter stands for and why it is important to follow this.
On Friday, we had lots of fun trying out the chess sets. We had a battle of the pawns - the strategy talk was fabulous! These are some of our planted tomato slices that are showing a fantastic surge of life! As we have reached the limit of greeness of Mrs B's fingers, our champion class growers/ volunteers (Callum and Martha) have volunteered to take these little seedlings home and nurture them. Fingers crossed we will be able share some of the fruit (see what I did there!) of their labours later in the year :-)
Week Beginning 19th October
I am quite sure that today, there will be a number of pupils out there with more than a couple of jitters and collywobbles. To all our children, whether you have taken entrance exams last week, or are about to take them today, or indeed have others scheduled for the future - we are thinking about you and sending a truck-load of positive vibes. It might sound strange, but take a second to make sure you are enjoying the experience too - it is certainly not an everyday experience, and there are lots of positives to be taken from it! How many can you come up with?
Can you believe that we are drawing to the end of our first half term of Year 6! It has been such a rollercoaster, with so many new ways of doing things but the children have taken everything in their stride. Whether it has been having lunch in our classroom, new designated play areas, hand sanitiser coming out of our ears - nothing has phased them! I could not be more proud!
We have a dressing-up day coming for our last day. Although it is a Halloween theme, could I reiterate previous messages regarding no face coverings, and no additional toys/ parts of costume. If your child would like to take part, their contribution of £1 would be very gratefully received. Thank you.
Many thanks to those of you who have ordered a copy of the soon-to-be class text, Holes. The children are really excited about being 'let loose' with highlighters to mark their books with examples of our focus features. It is such a good 'refer back to' tool as well, as it personal to the child.
Our week closed with Halloween-come-early! There were some spooktacular costumes, as I'm sure you will agree. It was a close run thing, which came down to a class vote, but Eddie won the costume prize. (Your wig was amazing, Eddie. It made me smile all day! In the picture, you can see the tomato seeds which are growing following Mr Merrell's assembly!) We 'Halloween-ified' The Gruffalo too, which was a huge amount of fun. After creating scripts, the children rehearsed, then performed their piece which everyone really enjoyed doing. Well done, 6KB!
All that remains is to wish you a very happy and healthy half-term break.
Mrs Brownsell & Miss Burney
wb 13th October
I have to share with you some amazing examples of shading which the children have created. We used 2 and 3B pencils for easier coverage and discussed how shading can be used to create a 3D effect and how it replicates the light and shade areas.
We have also been combining our ICT skills with our map reading. We have used atlases and online source to find cities and landmarks around the UK. Did you know where all of these are?
We had a very exciting Ultimate Frisbee class game last Friday and for PE this week we are going to be launching into the world of chess! Weather permitting we will also be proving how super fit we are by running a mile around the school field in an inter-class and ultimately inter-school race championship!
WB 28th September
What fabulous Newspaper reports the children have done this week! Here are a couple of examples...
Monday was European Languages Day and Year 6 have had lots of fun speaking in lots of different languages. We started off by answering the register in Polish, then learnt the German song, 'Mein Hut, Der Hat Drei Ecken'. This was lots of fun as it came with actions too! We then moved across Europe to Spain and listened to the story 'Pollito Tito'. This is 'Chicken Little' in English, and was quite surprising as Pollito Tito finds out about the sky falling from the internet! Just goes to show you can't believe everything you read :-) As if this wasn't enough, we also drew doves to represent peace, and wrote how to say 'Hello' in lots of different languages. These are going to look so beautiful when they are finished!
As the week progresses, we will continue our reconnection curriculum and begin our work on our Book of Hope. In Maths, we will look at problem solving and multiplying large numbers by 1 or 2 digits.
October is Black History Month!
Black History Month recognises the contributions that the black community has made to the UK and countries across the world, over many generations.
Black History Month is a time to remember and celebrate all those who have helped shape the world we live in. Our school teaches children about the importance of having respect and tolerance for all cultures.
At Oldfield Brow, we will be weaving these celebrations into our curriculum, looking at historical figures across History, Science, English, Sport and much more!
WB 21st September
It has been great to start getting our teeth into Year 6 Maths. Building on our knowledge of place value has really helped us consolidate our understanding of what HUGE numbers like 1,352,107 actually mean. We have looked at how we say, as well as spell them, and just how important recognising the importance of zeros and commas are! We are moving on to multiplying and dividing these big numbers by multiples of 10, 100, 1000 etc this week - bring it on!
We are continuing our investigation of Nobel Peace Prize winners this week, and will be finding out about a young girl called Malala Yousafzai. There are different types of Nobel Prize that can be won - can you name what they are? Ask the children to share what they are have learned with you :-)
Urmston have supplied us with some additional information regarding the entrance exam at their establishment. Please refer to the documents in the downloads section, if applicable.
WB 14th September
This week in school we will looking at the importance of using effective diagrams to solve problems and all children were caught out by todays first problem! Here it is if you would like a go!
Jane built a square tree house on one side of the river. She used 8 vertical tree branches for each side. How many branches did she use altogether?
We are going to be learning about Wangari Maathai through two books in Literacy. She is a worthy winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and we will be looking at other winners, including Malala Yousafzai over the next week - and how everyone can make a difference. What would you like your legacy to be?
September parent workshops reminder.
To provide parents with support and advice about their child's mental health and wellbeing, Trafford Sunrise Parent Workshops will be running online throughout September.
The sessions will offer a safe space for advice, information and resources and will cover two age groups as follows:
5-12 year old parent workshops:
• Anxiety – Tuesday 15 September (5-6:30pm)
• Managing change - Tuesday 29 September (10-11:30am)
10-16 year old parent workshops:
• Communicating with your teenager – Monday 21 September (10-11:30am)
(Please copy and paste these links into your browser for further information).
WB 7th September 2020
This week has seen us delving deep into our reconnection curriculum, with much of our learning being inspired by texts that have been accessed across the school. (Please ask us about sticks and leaves! We have been so creative!).
A little bit of information for you! PE for Year 6 will be on a Monday and Friday. This week we will be starting PE on Friday, and children will need an outdoor PE kit for these sessions. Due to circumstances there will be NO indoor PE this half term.
Homework will start this Friday with some research ready for next week, but going forward the homework will be as follows:
Thursday: Spellings and Tables
Welcome back to school after what must surely be the longest break in history!!
It was great to see everyone in today with smiles, enthusiasm and chatter in both Year 6 classes- it is obvious all the children have missed being here as much as we have missed them. We will be starting this term with a 'reconnection' curriculum - which has at its core settling children back in, catching up, talking about how things have changed, new rules, how they feel and generally making them feel secure and happy through a range of activities. We will be led by the children this week (they were very pleased that this does not have to involve maths, grammar, punctuation and too much hard work!) and will spend time getting used to our new 'normal'.
Year 6 will be easing into our Autumn Curriculum, rather than stepping straight into it - and the overview of this is available in the downloads section.
We look forward to what this term brings!
Mrs Thornton, Mrs Brownsell and the Year 6 Team
Trafford Sunrise have arranged a free online workshop for any parents concerned about the wellbeing, anxiety and behaviour of their children. Please refer to the flier in the downloads section for further details.