Welcome to Class 6KB
We've had a fantastic first few weeks in 6KB and both the children and I have made a smooth transition into Year 6.
Over the past couple of weeks we have started a new gymnastics course with a coach from The Beth Tweddle Academy. We have been learning how to do rolls, stretches, balances, jumps, cartwheels and handstands. Today we have been working on putting the different elements together to create a floor sequence with a roll, a balance and a jump.
Stockport Air Raid Shelters
Today Year 6 went on a trip to Stockport Air Raid Shelters, accompanied by Mrs Rodgers, Mr Odell and some very helpful parents. The children had a fantastic time discovering what it would be like to be in an Air Raid Shelter in World War II.
This half term Year 6 have been studying Energy in their science lessons, starting with a focus on electricity. We have had some very fun, interactive lessons learning about how circuits work and investigating our own questions about static electricity.
6/10/16 - 8/10/16
On Wednesday the school was visited by the fantastic poet Ian Bland. We started our day with an interactive assembly, in which both children and teachers were called upon to participate. Miss Birchall was voted to be the strictest teacher in the school by the children (something she doesn't completely agree with as she prefers to view herself as 'firm but fair'!) and took on the role of a head teacher, sending naughty children into a corner. She is currently awaiting a BAFTA nomination for her performance.
Later in the day, Years 5 and 6 joined forces in a poetry writing workshop. Working in mixed year group pairs, the children wrote their own version of the poem 'I'd like to be'. All of the children wrote some fantastic poetry, following rhyming and syllabic patterns. The children went on to perform their poems in front of a panel of celebrity judges, including Simon Cowell (Ian Bland), Amanda Holden (Mrs Rodgers), Nicole Sherzinger (Miss Wallis), Craig Revel Horwood (Mr Odell) and Tulisa (Miss Birchall). The winning acts went on to wow the school with their original performances.
This was a fantastic start to our poetry week, providing inspiration for reciting poems and writing our own poems. Year 6 showed excellent speaking and listening skills when performing poems in front of their English group; they were able to give constructive criticism and positive feedback to their peers after each performance. Miss Birchall and Mr Odell's English groups then went on to analyse 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright before writing their own poems following his style. We will be putting some examples on the school website in the near future and proudly displaying others in the school.
The week finished with a selection of children from each year group reciting a poem in our special mentions assembly. The children selected to perform from Year 6 were Vishal A, Grace H-E and Amy R. All three children delivered a spectacular performance.
In Miss Birchall's maths group we have been working very hard on securing our knowledge of methods of addition, subtraction and multiplication. We're now feeling so confident that some of the children took a hand at becoming the teacher for the rest of the group!
Stay tuned for some more fantastic work on division after half term!
We are still working hard in our gymnastics lessons and we have recently been working on developing our strength and fitness through circuit training before moving onto a carousel of activities, including group floor work.
Introducing the Multiplication King and Queen
We have been working hard to learn our timetables facts and increase our speed in Miss Birchall and Miss Lodge's maths groups. Every day, we chant a times table, write the multiplication and related division facts on a whiteboard and then complete a test of 60 questions where we race against the clock to try to beat our last time and score. Children are also invited to race against the teacher and are crowned the Multiplication King or Queen if they win, choosing to wear a crown or a tiara for the maths lesson.
Yesterday, not one, but 2 children were crowned! It gives me great pleasure to introduce King Corey and Queen Tristan to you! (The tiara was Tristan's choice - I think he has excellent taste!)
The Multiplication Queen
It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you Queen Sophia, who beat Miss Birchall in her timed times tables test today to be crowned the times tables queen for the day. Congratulations Sophia!
Year 6 took a trip to the Crucial Crew, which was an afternoon where the children could learn about different aspects of safety.
The children took part in six different workshops throughout the afternoon;
* the effects of smoking
* streetwise, knowing how to prevent becoming a victim of street crime and what to do if something happens,
* staying safe around the railway, dangers and consequences of not following the safety rules around the railway lines,
* road safety, including the 'Stop, Look, Listen, Live' information
* the danger of alcohol, how to identify alcoholic drinks and their strength and its effect on the body.
* travel safe, information about the rules to follow when taking public transport.
* antisocial behaviour session, gave children an insight of the legal aspects linked to antisocial behaviour.
The sessions were a real eye opener for many children, who asked many very sensible questions to further their understanding.
We hope that the children will take this information forward into the future and stay safe.
Recount of a Journey to Dracula's Abbey
Year 6 have been working hard to write a recount of a journey to Dracula's Abbey based on an animated clip from The Literacy Shed. We have been focusing on building tension, using high level vocabulary and a range of sentence styles and openers. Below is a great example of some of the hard work that we have been doing.
North America Holiday Brochures
Over the last two weeks, Year 6 have been working hard to produce their own holiday brochures based on a country or state of their choice. We have been focussing on using persuasive language, rhetorical questions, alliteration, imperative verbs and higher level description.
The Geography of North America
Over the last couple of weeks, Year 6 have been learning about different geographical features in the world. They have worked hard to apply their learning in our topic lessons, researching the geographical features of North America and producing a large poster in pairs. Below are some photos of the children hard at work.