We have been learning to…

Congratulations to everyone on completing the SATs – I am really proud of the children and how hard they worked.

We’ve started a new project on ‘Ways of thinking and living in China’. We had an introductory lesson on Friday and thought about how our prospective and experience can change how we look at the world.

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We will be continuing this next week as well as getting involved in #rosendalemediaweek17.  The theme this year is “Bringing stories to life,” and the children will be creating multimedia content for the school magazine, Rosendale Voice, based around the 100 books in the Rosendale Book Club.

You can follow the action on twitter.

Just a reminder that medical forms for PGL are due in. Please click the link if you need a new form.

School journey info medical 2017

Life after SATs

The class has worked very hard and should be well-prepared for next week’s SATS.

Although focused on SATS for the last half-term, we’ve been working on core skills that will provide a good foundation for the future.

In maths, the children are calculating quickly and accurately and have made strides in learning to reason logically through maths problems.  We have also focused on developing a class culture in which the children set high standards for themselves and classmates.

In literacy, the children have made big strides towards writing fluent, grammatical English.  Most encouragingly, they are developing pride as writers, taking care and interest in the way they express themselves, willing to redraft work until they achieve the voice, style and fluency they want.

So, even if it has felt like a bit of a slog at times, we can look back on the hard work of recent weeks as time well spent.

Here’s the plan for the rest of the year:

  • The children will finish creating a portfolio of writing, from different genres, that will be used to assess their end-of-primary writing level.  Do come in and read their work if you have the chance – it’s all in the purple literacy books.
  • We’ll dip into the KS3 maths curriculum and further develop our scientific skills.
  • We’ll set aside more time for reading for pleasure.  We’ll spend more time at the Library Bus and try to get everyone reading something new from among the 100 books
  • There’ll be a project on equality and feminism (using We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Adiche as a stimulus  – a brilliant essay that came from this TED talk) and another on China (introductions to China’s history and geography, and to Chinese ways of thinking and living)
  • The Year 6 show.  We have to decide what we’re going to do and rehearse (performances on 19 and 20 July).
  • A fun week away at Osmington Bay in Dorset (PGL)

So, plenty to be getting on with…

Look forward to seeing everyone bright and early tomorrow

We have been learning to…

With only a few more week until SATs (starting the 8th of May) we are in full revision mode. We are spending our days revising our understanding of everything we have learnt in KS2 (with a few brain breaks/teambuilders to help keep us going).

I know everyone is working really hard in class but if you can bear it, then a little more practice on SPaG.com will help you get completely on top of all the punctuation and grammar you’ve learned.
There are several practice exercises for you to pick from:
  • Some are new exercises
  • Some are exercises you may already have done – in which case, you can repeat them and compare your score
  • There’s last year’s actual SATs paper
  • If you want extra challenge, there’s the Level 6 SATs paper from 2014.
Most important is that you use your SPaG booklet to explore any question you don’t fully understand or get wrong – that’s how you’ll learn and improve.
Here’s a copy of the booklet: Everything you need to know about Year 6 SPaG

We have been learning to…

This week we have been going over some key number concepts as we begin our revision for SATs. Here are the links to last year’s arithmetic paper if any parents want to try – its a 30 minute test.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/524052/2016_ks2_mathematics_paper1_arithmetic_PDFA.pdf

The reasoning papers are here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/524058/2016_ks2_mathematics_paper2_reasoning_PDFA.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/524062/2016_ks2_mathematics_paper3_reasoning_PDFA.pdf

In writing, we have completed our own newspaper reports based on fairy tails. We had some great reports based on Little Red Ridding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Cinderella and Snow White amongst others. Next week we will return to story writing.

We have also managed to fit in some science for British Science Week including two amazing science visitors on Friday.

We had a thrilling presentation from Dr Adam Baker who works on rockets and satellites and collaborates with the astronaut Tim Peake. Below are the live launch of an air-powered rocket and a demonstration of a real miniature rocket engine.

Adam told us about the International Space Station (ISS) – a giant science laboratory in space, orbiting the Earth at 25,000 miles an hour.  He encouraged us to use the International Space Station tracker (http://www.isstracker.com/) to follow its orbit. There’s also lots of amazing video of the Earth shot from the ISS on the web for anyone interested.

 

We had an equally exciting presentation from a chemistry teacher at Dulwich College (and Rosendale parent) who explained how atoms are the building blocks of matter and performed some great experiments.

Explosion of a hydrogen balloon:

 

Burning ethanol in a plastic barrel:

https://videopress.com/embed/oKoluaWz?hd=0&autoPlay=0&permalink=0&loop=0

Ethanol + oxygen –> carbon dioxide, water [which we saw left in the container] and heat energy [the barrel was warm]

This week’s SPaG practice is three short (10 question) exercises:

  • Formal and informal English
  • Passive and active voice
  • Use of colons and semi-colons