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Puriton Primary School

Puriton Primary School

Emerald Class

We are the Year 6 pupils - the oldest in school! 

Our teacher is Mrs Madge and Mrs Attwood is the teaching assistant in our class.

 

Summer Term

Welcome back! Hope you have had a good Easter break.

The only change to the timetable this term, is that PE is on a Monday and Thursday, rather than Monday and Wednesday.  However, please ensure that the children have a full PE kit in school all the time, especially after SATs, as we may take any opportunity of sunny weather to get outside. 

Summer Term 2

Week 1

In Numeracy we have been carrying out different investigations, looking for patterns in numbers and finding rules that link them.  

We have also been doing investigative work in Science and have planned and carried out an investigation, to test if the length of legs affects the speed we can run.    We were all timed running 60 metres three times, found the average speed and then we put the data into a line graph.  Once we had plotted all the data, we could see that there is no direct correlation between leg length and speed. When we discussed it, we decided that it is much more to do with muscle strength and general level of fitness than length of leg.  

We have had a brilliant 'Step into Sports' day, really enjoying all the different activities.  Well done to Charlie and Megan, who received the certificates for great effort and good skills. 

We are all really looking forward to next week when we will be on camp.

Week 5

Well this week has been all about SATs!  Emerald class have worked really hard and had a great attitude towards their tests. In between the tests, we played games to help us revise and played rounders in the afternoons.  We particularly enjoyed the bacon butties each morning! 

Week 3/4

We have been very busy in Emerald class over the last two weeks, primarily preparing ourselves for our SATs.  We have had fun, whilst learning though: Mrs Madge has created many games to practice the key skills we need to know.  We have even been doing arithmetic orienteering!

In between revising for our tests, we have been developing our throwing and catching skills in rounders, as well as working hard in athletics. 

Week 2

This week in Emerald class we have:

- been practicing our class poem, 'Gran, can you rap?' ready for the poetry slam on Thursday night.  We all enjoyed the slam and Mrs Madge was extremely proud of us, speaking loudly and clearly. Toby was an excellent 'Gran' and really amused the audience.

-using multiplication and division to solve ratio and proportion problems in maths. We've realised that we have been doing ratio for months, without really knowing it! Then on Friday morning, we had great fun, whilst learning, when we designed and made our own mocktails.  We chose the ratio of the different fruit juices and lemonade, then worked out the fractions and percentages of each.  Once we'd done the maths, we enjoyed drinking them!

- used the poem, 'What has happened to Lulu?' to inspire our writing.  We have written a newspaper report about the missing girl, Lulu. 

Week 1

This week in Emerald class we have:

- been revising many areas of grammar, including using active and passive voice. We wrote descriptions of a crime scene, using passive voice to say what had been done in the room.

- carried out investigations in numeracy to prove statements about angles.

- developed our fitness and athletic skills in PE.

- used songs to develop our comprehension skills; we loved 'This is me!' from the Greatest Showman. 

Spring Term

Welcome back! Hope you have had a good half term break.

The only change to our timetable this term is that PE is on Monday and Wednesday, instead of Monday and Thursday, until the Easter holidays.  

Spring Term Curriculum Map

Spring Term 2

Week 5

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends who came to our Celebration of Learning today.  The children enjoyed sharing their learning with you.  Here are a few photos.

    

    

    

Week 4

In Emerald class this week, we have been busy i numeracy, solving problems where we have had to convert between different units of measure.  Following on from our work on Charlie and the Chocolate factory, we have been finishing off our fictional biographies about Willy Wonka’s life.  We will then edit them and create the final draft next week.

Next week is our celebration of learning for the parents so we have started planning which of the science investigations we have carried out, we want to share with our parents.

We have been creative in dance and gym this week, creating different ways of moving in our gymnastic routines and creating dance moves to Dynamite by Taia Cruiz during dance with Mr Hamblin. 

In our RE work, we have been learning about the Parable of Talents and then thinking about what ‘talents’ we have. We then thought about how we could use our talents or money, to support others.

Week 3

In Emerald class this week, we have been:

·  Planning a fictional biography of Willy Wonka

·  Finding areas in maths. We now know the formulae (and can use them) for the area of rectangles, triangles, parallelograms and trapeziums.

·  Looking at the results of investigations into changing state and answering questions about them, using the results as evidence to support our answers.  

·  Practising and then performing ‘Gran, can you rap?’ to the school in our Poetry slam assembly.  We were so pleased that we were voted the winners by the rest of the school.  We will now be going to meet up with other local school children, to perform in a ‘Poetry Slam Evening’, at Chilton Trinity School in April. 

Week 1

In Emerald class this week, we started with shape work in Numeracy, reflecting and translating shapes across a mirror line. We mastered this very quickly, even across diagonal lines, so we moved onto area and perimeter of rectangles and triangles using formulae.

We have now finished our first new chapter for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory after several editing sessions. We are pleased with the finished chapters.  To illustrate the story in Book Creator, we have been doing more sketching and have now added colour, using water colours.

We had our first dance lesson with Mr Hamblin, where we practised routines to pop music which we all enjoyed. During gymnastics we created balances individually and in pairs and created a routine using them both.

Spring Term 1

Week 5

This week in Emerald class we have been showing Mrs Madge how much we have learnt, in various tests.  She is really impressed with the progress we are making. We had a chance to work in pairs to look back over our work, to see if we can help each other to improve. We enjoyed being the ‘teachers’. 

We have got stuck into our new ‘experience’ this week. We are creating additional chapters for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story, introducing a new Golden Ticket winner. We thought carefully about our character earlier in the week, thinking how we would introduce them into the story.

During our Inspire afternoon, yesterday, we worked with our parents and grandparents on ‘Book Creator’, starting to write the story, as well as drawing sketches of our characters, to include in the new chapters.  It was a really productive hour; our parents were a big support and we have really benefitted from their help. Some of us were impressed with how creative they were!

Once our chapters are finished, we will be sharing them with the year 3 children on World Book Day, as they are studying Roald Dahl this term. We are looking forward to this and hope they are too.

We enjoyed being school councillors and hope the next ones do too.  We hope you all have a lovely half term.

         

Our parents and grandparents working with us on 'Book Creator' in our Inspire afternoon

          

 

Week 3

This week in Emerald class, we have finished off our explanation texts about ‘Changing State’ and turned them into posters.  We have spent a lot of time editing them, both individually and in pairs. They are now ready to be shared with others.

We have revised the four operations with fractions during Numeracy lessons, and are now much more confident.

During PE yesterday, we did circuits with Mrs Madge, developing our strength, fitness and stamina. We had fun at the end of the lesson with a ‘plank-off’ and ‘skip-off’.  Ophelia and Grace were the champions!

In RE we looked at the 10 commandments and thought about how important they are to our lives today. We agreed that most of them are still relevant to our lives.

Week 2

Our work this week has been based around our investigations into changing state. We are collecting information to write our explanation text. We were interested to see what happened when we heated different sweets, marshmallows and chocolates. It ended up rather messy!

We have explained the differences between solids, liquids and gases and begun to explain how the processes of melting, solidifying and evaporation occur.  We have focused on building cohesion between our sentences and using scientific vocabulary accurately. We have been doing our initial editing to our work, as we go along.

We worked really hard in PE yesterday, when we tested and improved our fitness levels, doing circuits. We felt stronger at the end but rather tired!

We have been looking at the equivalence of fractions, decimals and percentages in numeracy and have learnt how to find different percentages of numbers too.

Week 1

In Emerald class we have been introduced to our new theme which is called ‘Splendiferous States of Matter’.  We watched Charlie and the Chocolate factory and looked out for places where scientific changes were taking place. We then came up with a list of questions we wanted answering about Changing State. Yesterday, we started carrying out these investigations, starting with changing liquids to solids.  We also looked at what happens when materials are burnt.

During maths we have been using the bar model to solve worded problems involved with finding fractions of numbers. It really helps us to visualise what the problem is asking us to find out.

We have also looked at Proverbs in RE. We discussed what different proverbs mean. 

Autumn Term

Our topic for this term is 'We'll Meet Again.'  We have been finding out about World War Two and in particular, how it affected children.  We went on an Evacuation Experience, where we travelled on the West Somerset Railway to Bishops Lydeard, imagining that we were being evacuated ourselves. We have since done some amazing writing, based on this experience, in the form of: diaries, letters, newspaper reports and stories.  

 

 Weekly news

08/12/17

The last two weeks have whizzed by in Emerald Class because we have been so busy.  We have been linking our Literacy with History, writing stories about a child returning to London after the Blitz.  We have moved onto calculating with fractions; we can now add, subtract, multiply and divide all types of fractions. 

We have also been getting ready for our Celebration of Learning next week by sewing our bunting to hang around the hall at our VE Day party.  This week we have finalised our plans for our enterprise project too.  Leticia and Kira had a meeting with Mrs K-B and Mrs Cox, putting forward our plan and asking for money to help fund it.  Luckily, they agreed and the girls came back to class, waving the money they had been given!  We will be making Christmas cards, which we will then sell at our Celebration of Learning.  The profits will go to our partner school - OLC in Kenya.

One of the highlights of the week was going to Bridgwater College on Wednesday, to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) morning run by EDF. We got involved in many different activities, e.g. playing VR games, doing electricity experiments, making wind turbines, making our own lip balm and much more.

 

23/11/17

It's been another busy week!  During Literacy lessons, we have watched another extract from Goodnight Mr Tom and talked about what it must have been like, when evacuees finally returned to London.  We then planned and started writing a story, based on this. 

In Numeracy, we have moved onto simplifying and finding equivalent fractions, solving tricky problems too!

Mrs Madge and Mrs Attwood have been very impressed with our sewing skills too. We have started to sew our designs, ready to make the bunting for our VE day celebration party.

Natalya, Megan, Bethan and Ophelia went to Wellington School with Mrs Madge on Saturday morning (yes..... a Saturday morning doing Maths!) for the annual Wellington School maths challenge.  The girls tried really hard; they didn't win but had a great time.

 

 

17/11/17

This week in Emerald Class we have been very busy.

In Literacy, we have been writing poems about the Blitz.  We started by writing similes and metaphors, then we brainstormed words and phrases about the Blitz (trying to make them into similes and metaphors.)  On Wednesday, we were given adverbial openers and wrote a few lines each, using our descriptive vocabulary.  Finally yesterday, we got together in small groups and put all our lines together to create a group poem.  We will edit and improve them today, ready to perform to the class later on. 

In Science, we have been learning about different drugs and alcohol and how their affect our bodies.  

In Numeracy, we have realised the importance of BIDMAS when carrying out longer calculations.  

In PE we have been practising our dribbling and shooting skills in basketball. 

 

10/11/17

This week, we have been lucky enough to have two visitors to Emerald class. On Monday, Phil (the manager of Foodbank in Bridgwater) came in to talk to us about the organisation and his role within it.  We learnt that it is a Christian charity and its aim is to support anyone who needs their help.  Phil told us that just like Jesus, they don't make any judgements of people; they support everyone who is in need.  This visit was linked to the work we have been doing in RE on 'Leadership' and what makes a good leader.  

On Friday, Mr Rowland came to visit us with an exciting package! He brought in some pigs' hearts and lungs for us to dissect.  He talked to us about the circulatory system and pointed out the major parts of the organs. We were then able to take a closer look ourselves. Most of us enjoyed having a good poke and prod! 

During Numeracy, we have been showing off our division skills, solving problems using short and long division, as well as showing our workings using the bar model.  In Literacy lessons, we have been busy writing, editing and publishing our newspaper reports on the evacuation of Puriton School children (our class trip).