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Emperor Penguin - Miss Hall

        Welcome to Emperor Penguin Class

   

             

 

      Why are we emperor penguins? 

   Because like emperor penguins, we are ambitious, resilient, and work together as a team!

 

We will be exploring more fascinating information about these majestic flightless aquatic birds during our first week back. 

 

 

Here on the emperor penguin page, you will find lots of news and information about our class, in addition to links to learning. Please do check back regularly for updates.

 

Who will teach us? 

I am your class teacher, Miss Hall, and we are very lucky to be supported by Mrs Fryer. Mrs Hammond and Mrs Wilson will teach you when I am out of class on Monday afternoons for planning time, and Mr Calver will teach you PE. Most of you are already familiar with us all from your time in Year 5; we are all delighted at continuing to share your learning journey through Year 6 (the most exciting year of all!) 

If you are new to our wonderful school community, you can find out more about me by clicking my profile link below.  

 

What will we learn in Spring 1?

 

English - This half term we are using multi-media, such as music videos, film and books, to to produce a variety of writing genres. We will start with the music video, Titanium, with the end goal of writing prequels and sequels to the video. Following on from this, will will write a tension and suspense narrative, using a video clip titled 'Dream-catcher'.

Please see the writing mat below for our grammar and punctuation expectations. 

 

Maths - In Maths, we are using White Rose Maths to promote our varied fluency and reasoning and problem solving skills in fractions, followed by decimals. 

 

Science - Our subject in science this half term is 'animals including humans', starting with the circulatory system and moving onto exploring how lifestyle, exercise and diet play an important role in this. Our end goal is to create presentations to teach others how the human body functions. 

 

Topic - In History,  we are deepening our knowledge on World War Two, with a particular enquiry-based focus on the Battle of Britain and the impact of The Blitz. 

 

Art - In Art, we are continuing with the theme of World War Two, aiming create our own poppy sculptures. In order to reach our end goal, we will explore the techniques and work of Monet and his field of poppies, leading onto the modern day art installation of poppies at the Tower of London through an exploration of the artist Paul Cummings. 

 

Computing - We are learning to become game developers in order to further develop our programming coding skills. 

 

Music - We will be listening to and appraising Bacharach Anorak, which has a Latin American groove, and Meet the Blues, which derives from a style of music originating from the deep south of America. 

 

French - Salut Gustave! We will learn to greet people and give personal information, talk about siblings, say what people have and have not using 'avoir' and say what people are like. 

 

Remote education - At the moment, due to lockdown restrictions, we are learning remotely.

English will be taught daily at 10am and Maths at 11:45am via live Zoom lessons. The Zoom links, teaching slides and work tasks are all accessible via your Seesaw accounts. Daily topic lessons will also be available on Seesaw each day at 2pm. 

Spelling homework will be set via Seesaw each Thursday. 

Feel Good Friday will see a whole-school activity set via Seesaw with the aim of promoting our well-being. We will also have a class weekly get-together via Zoom, when we can spend some time chatting, catching up with each other and taking part in fun games and quizzes. 

 

Worry box - As you know, in school we have a worry box in the corridor by the hall. You obviously can't use it right now so Mrs Chadwick has organised a 'virtual worry box' for you to use. Please see the image below for more information and the email address for the worry box. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is our typical school week like? 

Our normal timetable of learning includes Reading Workshop, English and Maths each morning. Our afternoons are busy with all of our various subjects - Science, History/Geography, Art/DT, PSHE, RE, French, Computing and Music. 

 

What do I need to remember and on which days? 

 

PE: Please bring your PE kit into school every Monday morning. It will stay on your peg all week ready for lessons. You will need to take it home each Friday to be washed. Please ensure that every item of clothing and your trainers/plimsolls are clearly named. Your bag also needs your name clearly on the front. 

 

Pencil case: Please bring in a named pencil case. This will remain in school on your desk. Contents may include: black handwriting pen, wipe-board pen, writing pencil, sharpener, rubber, coloring pencils, felt tips, ruler, glue stick, scissors. Please do not worry if you don't have any of these items - we will have them in class. PLEASE DO NOT include more items than you actually need, nor items which might distract us from our learning, such as scented pens and rubbers, humongous sharpeners, or toys! 

 

Water bottle: Please bring in a named water bottle (filled with water only please). You will keep this on your desk and refill it from our class tap if needed during the day. 

 

Homework: Homework will be given to you each Thursday, and you will need bring it in, with each element completed fully, on the following Wednesday.

Last year, you all became so independent and mature with regards to completing your homework and bringing it in on time - please do continue with this. Incomplete or forgotten homework will be completed during Wednesday lunchtime so that you are up-to-date and I can mark it in time for books to go back out on Thursday. 

Please do remember that you are welcome to complete your homework during lunchtime on Mondays and Tuesdays if you would prefer - I am always more than happy to help and support you with it. 

 

Your homework includes: 

 

  • Daily reading to an adult, sibling or even a pet! (15 minutes)

 

Reading can include all types of books, newspapers, magazines, comics - hard copies or online!

You will have some questions to use with your reading text; please use these to discuss what you are reading with your listener. 

 

If you are a member of Suffolk Libraries, you can access eBooks, eAudio books, magazines and newspapers online for free! If you are not a member, then join today! https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/

 

Listening to other people reading also helps you to develop a love of reading, and become a skilled reader, writer and communicator. You can listen to various celebrities reading a wide range of books here: https://www.storylineonline.net/

 

  • Daily times table practice (5 minutes) 

 

You are expected to learn and be able to recall your times tables and division facts to 12, as this really does help you with all of the other areas of Maths. We will continue to have a weekly test, where you will strive to make it all the way to the diamond challenge! 

This website is a great place to do five minutes of daily practise - http://timestables.me.uk/

 

  • Daily spellings (5 minutes) 

 

I know that many of you loved your weekly spelling tests last year as you really saw how much they helped you to improve. We will therefore continue with them this year so that we can keep on identifying and sharing little tricks to help us with remembering those 'tricky' ones!

 

There is a link further down this page which will take you to a copy of all of the words we will know by the end of the year.  

 

This is a link to a website with some free spelling games: https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/games-10609.htm

 

 

  • Maths, English and Reading tasks

 

We will set various tasks linked to the Maths, English and Reading Comprehension which we are covering in class. Completing these will help to reinforce your learning, and also help you get to grips with any aspects which you might find particularly challenging. 

 

BBC Bitesize is an excellent resource which has fun videos and interactive games and quizzes to help you with different aspects of each area of learning. You can find the links below. 

 

English (including SPaG/Reading and Writing) https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

 

Maths 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

 

You can also do a specific Google search for what you need, for example: 'BBC Bitesize KS2 fractions' will take you straight to all of the learner guides and clips for fractions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 6 Writing Mat

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