Happy Halloween! Lots of scary costumes today - and I was very excited to see Talia decided I was scary enough to warrant her dressing up as me (complete with coffee flask and name tag!!)
We spent the morning turning the Gruffalo into a horror story - and enjoyed using a new range of vocabulary to make it as scary and full of suspense as possible!
We wanted to share our Poetry based on 'The Book of Hopes'. We looked at personification, main/subordinating clauses and abstract nouns to help us structure them. Children contributed their favourite lines to create our Class Poem - we hope you like it!
Despair will ignore you, and destroy your dreams,
Until Hope comes along and reminds you that is always there.
Hate shouts above the crowd, making everyone unable to speak,
Until Love sings you a song, bringing a smile to your face.
Fear has a voice, which lives in every corner,
Until Bravery comes knocking, and sweeps it aside.
Betrayal punches your heart a thousand tmes,
Until trust arrives, to mend you.
Depression whispers sad moments, making everyone cry,
Until Joy comes and makes the sun rise.
Malice wrecks your insides, making you appear evil,
Until Kindness reconnects you, with your hopes and dreams.
Neglect glares down on you, whispering doubts and hurtful messages,
Until Care reminds you that you are loved.
Heartlessness shouts bad things in your ear,
Until Compassion comes and takes the wheel.
Anger speaks to me, whispering nasty words,
Until Calm dances in and made me feel better.
Sadness whispers negative emotions, in your ear
Until Happiness wraps you up in its arms.
Captivity is everywhere, uncaring and heartless,
Until Freedom comes along and sets you free.
Rudeness shouts ruthlessly, hurting your heart,
Until Kindness dances in, like a petal on a flower.
Misery slips into everyone, which leaves an empty path,
Until joy slides in toprotect you, and keeps you safe.
Indifference grumbles, at the lack of things to do,
Until excitement skids in, chatting about the amazing things in the world.
Cowardice will hold you back, letting you go,
Until Bravery stands up, tall, scaring him away.
Restraint holds you in a cave, not letting you out,
Until Freedom arrives and gives you a shout.
War separates you from friends, creting destruction,
Until Peace jumps in, bringing you back together.
Madness washes your brain, into a twist,
Until Clarity listens kindly to what has happened
Tears drop down through your skin,
Until laughter smirks at its easy job.
Defeat stalks the world, haunting it,
Until Victory spreads throughout, brightening every corner.
Terror jumps out at you, making you worried,
Until Courage stops it and makes it scatter.
Disbelief waves, and gives a smirk of nastiness,
Until Faith told him to ignore it, making it back away
Betrayal walks around, whispering peoples secrets,
Until Trust arrives to take you hand.
WB 13th October
Last week we started learning chess!!! We began by learning about how the pawn moves, and had our own 'Battle of the Pawns' games. We then moved a Rook onto the board, which became more challenging! Lots of discussion about different scenarios in games led to those who already know the basics of the game developing their strategies further, as well as teaching others.
In Literacy we have been reading The Book of Hopes, which is a collection of short pieces of writing based on the theme of 'Hope' by many famous childrens authors - put together as a book over lockdown. Children have created their own magical worlds in their first piece of creative writing - and they included expanded noun phrases (ask them about DAN P DAAN P DAAN!)
In Topic we have located lots of British Landmarks using google maps and located the places on a map of Britain.
WB 27th September
What fabulous Newspaper reports the children have done this week! Here are Miley's and Ruby's!
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 different languages, 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!
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
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.
For Y6 LT ONLY children should come to school in their PE kit on Moday with their uniform in their bag. They will then wear their kit home on Friday after Fridays lesson. Year 6 KB will bring their kit into school and leave here as normal.
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
September 3rd 2020
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