Welcome to Year 6!
Welcome to our Year 6 page. Here you will find important information about our class routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.
Our Year 6 staff:
Miss Amy Whiffin – Teacher
Mrs Alison Davison – Teaching Assistant
Week beginning 29.6.20
Hello everyone. We have had another busy week at school getting used to our new way of learning. Everyone has coped really well and we are all starting to adjust to our bubbles. I hope you are all staying nice and safe with your families at home if you haven’t returned to school.
This week is week 3 therefore you need to work through week 3 of your home learning pack. Remember each day is stated so you know which activities to complete. I have set some Purple Mash 2Dos which link to your maths, english and topic learning this week to complete too.
I still check the Purple Mash blog daily so if you have any queries about the pack or want to chat, please get in touch on there 🙂
Love from Miss W x
Week beginning 22.6.20
Hi guys. I hope you are all doing well. For the children who have returned to school, it has been lovely to get back together and see each other again, even if it has been very different. If you haven’t returned to school, then we all miss you very much and hope you are all safe and well with your families.
Thank you to most of you for collecting your home learning packs. Don’t worry if you haven’t collected them yet, they are still available to collect in the office this week.
Please refer to week 2 in your home learning pack for your work this week. Remember each day is stated so you know which activities to complete. I have set some Purple Mash 2Dos which link to your maths, english and topic learning this week to complete too.
Don’t forget that we still have the Purple Mash blog to connect on. I check the blog every day and it would be lovely to keep in touch with the children who have not returned to school. I look forward to hearing from you 🙂
Have a good week!
Love from Miss W x
Hi everyone. It was nice to catch up with your parents last week and talk about your return to school. I’m looking forward to seeing you, even though it will be different to what we are used to! I’ve seen something that might be of interest to you to get involved in, as something special this year for our class. Please follow the link from the Sunderland Echo to see how you can get involved. It would be lovely to have this memory of our class together, as we won’t be able to have the usual Leaver’s assembly we had hoped for.
Week beginning 15.6.20
Hi everyone! Thank you to those who have collected the home learning packs this week. They are available to collect in the office if you haven’t managed to pick up your pack just yet. If you are returning to school next Wednesday 17th, it would still be beneficial to collect your home learning pack.
Please complete week 1 in your pack. The activities are split into days.
There are different topics in maths for you to complete in your packs this week. Remember, multiples are numbers that can be divided by another without remainders. For example, multiples of 4 are 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24… etc. For Thursday’s work, order of operations means BODMAS. Remember, Brackets, Other (anything cubed or squared), Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction. This is the order of operations you should complete the work in.
Parents – there is an accompanying guidance and answers pack which relates to the learning for your child each week. Please refer to this to ensure your child is on the right track. If there are any problems, please contact me through the Purple Mash blog and I will help the best that I can 🙂
For topic, you have some science and PE activities to complete. They look super fun and I’d love to see some pictures of the mini lava lamps on our Purple Mash blog!
I have also set some Purple Mash 2Dos linked to your learning this week and it would be lovely to see you complete them. I hope you manage to complete your work for this week and have lots of fun doing it 🙂 Have a good week! Love Miss W x
Week beginning 8.6.20
Hello everyone. I hope you’ve had a lovely week this week and have managed some of the activities that I listed for you last week. I also hope you’ve made the most of the weather before the rain had started! We have been having cosy movie nights in the house, and doing lots of creative things together.
This week, I am going to be making home learning packs which will be available for your grown ups to collect from school from Wednesday 10th June to Friday 12th June. The pack will contain new learning for you to complete at home while you are aware from school. It’ll have daily activities for you to keep yourself busy with. I’ll still be in touch on Purple Mash and on this class page so that we can stay connected, and I will be still setting 2Dos on Purple Mash linked to your home learning pack.
For now, here are some activities to complete for the upcoming week:
Please continue to read at home as much as possible. It helps you in lots of different curriculum areas. The National Oak Academy website has a great reading comprehension for you to complete this week – https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-6/subjects/english
Please complete the activity I have set for you on Purple Mash. It is lovely to see your work being completed on there.
Classroom Secrets Kids have some great resources and free interactive games for you to play. This week, I’d like to you have a go at the SPAG games. Follow this link and create an account (it’s free!) and play to your heart’s content. https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/category/year-6/year-6-gps/
Please continue to access TTRS and Numbots. You can also continue to access White Rose home learning which are great resources that we are used to using in school. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/
Well done to Freya who has completed last week’s 2do on the human circulatory system. I have extended the deadline for everyone to complete this week. I have also set another 2do for this week to complete. Don’t forget to do some research online before you complete 🙂
I look forward to seeing and hearing what you have been up to on our Purple Mash blog. I hope that you manage with this week’s work, and I look forward to hopefully seeing you all very soon.
Love from Miss W x
Week beginning 1.6.20
Hi guys! I hope you have had a lovely half term break and have been enjoying the gorgeous weather we have been having, I have been spending days in the garden with the girls and we have been out on bike rides!
It was so lovely to see most of you last Thursday when me and Mrs Davison visited your homes. We have really missed you all. Sorry to Chloe, Morgan, Jack and Charlie who we didn’t get to see – we hope you liked your gifts. I hope we can all see each other again very soon.
As you know, school is still closed this week so I have written some tasks below for you to complete this week. I’d love to see what you have completed, so take some pics and put them onto our class blog on Purple Mash 🙂 your pictures and messages really make my day.
Please continue to read at home as much as possible. This half term’s topic is all about the Circulatory System in our bodies. Could you do some research on what this is and read some non-fiction information to tell me all about it? Post your findings on our blog. Don’t forget National Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize have some brilliant reading resources too.
Please access these websites for writing activities. Daily lessons are posted and they are really exciting!
There is also a synonym and antonym activity for you to complete on Purple Mash.
Please continue to access these websites for daily lessons. They are really good resources and keep you practising your skills while we are away from school.
There are two maths games for you to have a go at on Purple Mash too. Check your 2dos.
This half term would have been based on the Human Circulatory System. Do you know what that it is? I’d like you to do some research online about the human circulatory system and what it’s job is. I have set a 2Do on Purple Mash to label parts of the heart. Can you research and have a go to complete it?
Purple Mash blog
It is really lovely to hear from some of you on our blog. It’s nice to hear what you have all been up to and how you are managing at home. Please try to access it as much as you can at home – you can tell me anything! I will be posting some updates this week as we get ready to return to school – so keep checking to see what I pop on.
I hope you manage with the work this week and I can’t wait to see you all again soon. Miss you all!
Love from Miss W x
Week beginning 18.5.20
Hi everyone. I hope you have all had a good week and have been creating some lovely memories with your grown ups at home. It was lovely to chat with you and your parents when I called on Friday. I have missed hearing from everyone so much!
From speaking to your grown ups this week, I know that most of you did not know about all of the fantastic websites that you can access at home to help you with your home learning. I’m going to post the websites again so you can have a look at them 🙂
It was lovely to hear that you are still continuing to read at home. Please keep that up and talk about what you are reading with your grown ups. BBC Bitesize has lots of great reading activities online that you can complete as well as Oak National Academy. They have different lessons uploaded daily. Have a look here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zncsscw/year-6-and-p7-lessons/1 https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6#subjects
Have a look at the BBC Bitesize and National Oak website for some great ideas on writing activities. https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6#subjects https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zncsscw/year-6-and-p7-lessons/1
This week’s idea is for the boys… I heard from your grown ups that you are all enjoying playing on your playstations and Xboxes while you are off school. This is great, but could you write some instructions on how I could play the game? Remember – you know how old I am – they’ll have to be really clear and detailed to make sure I know what I’m doing! Girls – you could maybe write some instructions on how to make a Tiktok for me! If you make some instructions, please post them on our blog – I’d love to see
White Rose Hub have fantastic resources and daily lessons for you to continue your maths learning at home. Take a look here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ please also continue to work on your papers I provided in your home learning packs too 🙂
Attempt to break the TT Rockstars Guinness World Record!!!!!
A Rocktastic HELLO from everyone at Times Tables Rock Stars HQ!!!
Have you got what it takes to become a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title holder?
We are inviting you to attempt a Guinness World Records title by answering as many times tables questions correctly as you can in one minute.
Guinness World Records has created a new title – Highest score achieved on ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ in one minute – and we are looking for players to aim for this special accolade.
HOW DO I TAKE PART? It’s simple: get a world-beating score in a Studio game, make sure it’s captured in a video and send a link to that video to email@example.com by the end of Thursday 4th June (11:59pm GMT).
Here are the requirements: 1. The attempt must take place in a Studio game. 2. The attempt may take place on any of the following compatible devices: o Desktop computer o Laptop computer o Tablet o Phone 3. The video must adhere to the following: o Show the player clearly playing, i.e. hand(s) physically entering numbers on the input device. o Show the back of the player’s head or profile to see roughly who they are (just the person’s arm and screen isn’t enough, for example). o Show the score and timer clearly. o Show the start and end of the game, including a clear shot of the end of game score screen. o Be filmed in one take and unedited. No filters, effects, overlays, backing music are allowed. Turn your phone/table/computer on mute. 4. The game needs to have saved on the TTRS database.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ATTEMPT
When you have finished your Studio game and saved the video, please upload the original video file using a file transfer platform such as Google Drive, Dropbox or WeTransfer. Then email a link to the video to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the name of the player, along with the name of your school. This is so that we can locate the user and the game they played in our database.
By providing us with your video, you (and if under 18, your parent/guardian) consent(s) to your video, name, and country of residence being published on the Times Tables Rock Stars’ and Guinness World Records’ websites, social media, media press releases and other reasonable marketing and promotional activities associated with this attempt.
Go to ttrockstars.com/page/gwr for more information.
Good luck and ROCK ON!!!!
Thank you to Aaliyah who completed the 2Do on Purple Mash based on our Charles Darwin topic. It would be lovely to see more people accessing our Purple Mash 2Do’s that I have uploaded for you. I have extended them if you’d like to have a go. National Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize have some great topic lessons too.
Purple Mash blog
It’s been lovely to hear from some of you this week on the blog. Please keep posting – they make my day! 🙂 I let your grown ups know about the blog on the phone on Friday so it’ll be lovely if more of you could access it so that we can catch up.
To my amazing Year 6 pupils…
As today would have been the day of your first test,
Instead, take a breath and enjoy your rest
You’ve worked really hard and aimed for greater depth
But your work isn’t forgotten, you just took different steps.
As SATs week arrives, it’s not quite the same
Even though the tests were printed, they just never came.
The classroom stands empty – displays still on the wall
But it doesn’t feel the same, not without you all.
Fractions, percentages and times table drills
Inference, retrieval and endless reading skills
The grammar and spelling almost had us in tears
But they were certainly mastered by you over the years.
Don’t worry, the SATs won’t happen this term
But they’re not a true measure of what you actually learn.
Laughing and joking, science and art
Your friends and lunchtime are what’s most of your heart.
We know your true talents and we hold them all dear
Because you have been our family- all of this year.
There are so many things for which you’ve tried your best
But so many more that can’t be defined by a test
Stand tall and remember the people you’ve wowed!
While we sit here at home, quiet and proud.
Year 6, you’ve amazed us in coming so far
So just remember we don’t need a test to show us just how amazing you are!
Miss Whiffin and Mrs Davison xx
Week beginning 11.5.20
Hi guys, how is everyone doing? I can’t believe it’s been 7 weeks since I last saw you all. Time is flying, but in a very strange way. It has been lovely to hear from Jordan and Jayden this week on the Purple Mash blog, please can you try to log on as much as possible to chat with us – I’m really missing you all and it makes my day to hear from you 🙂
I hope you are all continuing to manage with the work packs I sent home for you. Remember it’s really important you try to do some work every now and again (little and often is best!) so that you don’t undo all the hard work you put in this year. If you need a break from the pack this week, here are some activities you could do on your tablets, phones or computers:
Try to read as much as possible. Read books, magazines, articles, even online blogs. Reading is super important and helps you with all other subjects in our curriculum. There are some great Reading activities on the BBC Bitesize website and activities are uploaded daily – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zncsscw/year-6-and-p7-lessons/1
There are so many things you could do with writing. You could write a diary of what you did last week, you could write a letter to a friend who you haven’t seen in a while and post it through their letterbox. I have extended the deadline of the Purple Mash 2do to write about how animals adapt to desert surroundings as no one has completed it yet. Please try to log on to complete the work I have set.
TTRS and Numbots are great to keep up with your number and table skills. Please continue with the papers I sent home with you too. BBC Bitesize uploads daily lessons for maths and they are really good. The National Oak Academy website is also great for maths sessions, and so is White Rose! There are so many websites out there to try. Here are the links. If you have a go at the activities please let me know on our Purple Mash blog, it’d be lovely to see what you think of them. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zncsscw/year-6-and-p7-lessons/1 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6/maths#subjects
I have extended the Purple Mash 2do which links to our Charles Darwin topic we would have been doing in school. Please try to log on to complete the work. Use the internet to research Darwin’s discoveries and what he found out about how animals adapt to their surroundings. It’s actually very interesting! There are a lot of Charles Darwin activities on Purple Mash you might like to complete for me – I’d love to see them.
Purple Mash blog
I’d really like to see more people commenting on the blog if they could. It’s nice to all chat together and see how everyone is doing. I miss you all and would love to talk to you all about any worries or concerns you may have and see what you have all been up to.
Did you know? It would have been SATS week this week – tomorrow would have been our first test. It’s a real shame that we are missing them, as we worked so hard together in lessons and during all of our after school clubs to achieve such great scores. Unfortunately we can’t be together at the minute and you can’t complete the tests to show off how amazing you all are – but please remember I KNOW how amazing you all are. You’ve worked so hard and I will make sure that your end of year results reflect this. I’m so proud of you all no matter what 🙂
I really hope we can all see each other again soon and hope to hear from you on our Purple Mash blog. Stay safe. Love from Miss W x
Week beginning 4.5.20
Hello everyone. Another week has passed where we can’t be in school :(, I hope you are all ok and are staying nice and safe at home. I’ve been teaching Millie to ride her bike without stabilisers – she’s done so well! We also celebrated Pyjamarama on Friday – which was a special day set up by the Book Trust. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to celebrate it in school, but we still celebrated it at home. Did you? I’d love to see your pics on our Purple Mash blog if you did! Here’s ours:
Here are some suggested activities to keep your brains active this week. I hope you are managing with the work I sent home before we broke up. Please continue to work through that as you need to practise on paper as well as completing work online 🙂
You know how I feel about reading; it’s so important! Please try to read as often as you can, and talk to your grown ups and siblings about what you are reading! Talk to them about the characters, the plot, the setting and the atmosphere in the book. Could you perhaps read a non fiction book and tell your grown ups a new fact they didn’t know? You can also continue to access https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zncsscw/year-6-and-p7-lessons/1 which is constantly updated with daily lessons in all areas of the curriculum.
I have set a 2Do on Purple Mash for you all which is writing linked to our topic – Charles Darwin. Please can you complete this this week and don’t forget to press ‘hand in’ when you are done 🙂 you can also access BBC Bitesize for daily writing sessions https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zncsscw/year-6-and-p7-lessons/1
Please continue to work through the booklets and sheets I sent home with you. It’s very important to keep your brains active with our maths skills and it’ll be much easier when you get back to school 🙂 Don’t forget to log onto TTRS and Numbots as often as possible – download the app so you can play on your phones and tablets 🙂 I have sent you all a challenge on TTRS – can you beat my score? BBC Bitesize have fun daily lessons too https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zncsscw/year-6-and-p7-lessons/1
White Rose are also doing daily lessons for you to access, this week’s lessons are all on fractions! You know how much I love a fraction! Follow this link to have a go: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/
Well done to Jordan who completed the 2Do last week, where he wrote a postcard from the Galapagos Islands. I have set a new 2Do this week which is all about how animals adapt to their surroundings, which is what Darwin discovered. Can you log onto Purple Mash and complete this for me. Don’t forget to use the internet to research 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing your work.
National Oak Academy
The government have set up a special website which has been made by teachers all over the country to help you all with your learning while you are at home. Please have a look at the website and have a go at some of the activities 🙂 https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6#subjects
Purple Mash Blog
It has been lovely to hear from Jordan and Miley this week on our Purple Mash blog. Please log into Purple Mash and write a comment – it would be so nice to hear from you all. I am missing you lots! We can talk about what we’ve all been up to, and talk about any worries you might have. I log on every day to check 🙂
Hope to see you all very soon. Love Miss W x
Week beginning 27.4.20
Hi guys! I hope you are all well and have enjoyed this week. The weather has been beautiful so I hope you’ve managed to spend some time in the sunshine! I’ve spent lots of time in my garden as you all know how much I love a tan! I went into Fatfield to look after some Burnside and Fatfield children on Wednesday which was lovely and nice to see Mrs Kelly and Miss Demi as the staff miss each other too!
As another week is upcoming that we can’t be together, I have listed some activities I’d like you to take part in. I hope that you found last week’s activities useful and were able to complete some and are continuing with your packs I sent home before we broke up.
Well done to Aaliyah who has completed her Charles Darwin fact file on Purple Mash and it was lovely to hear from you in an email too Aaliyah! I have been checking Times Table Rockstars daily and responding to your challenges and it was lovely to see some children using Numbots too. Well done!
Please have a look at the suggested activities for each subject below to work on throughout the week. Don’t forget to continue with the pack I sent home before we broke up too!
It is very important that you continue to read daily and as much as possible. Reading helps you in all parts of the curriculum and should be constantly practiced. You can read anything that you are interested in! Comics, magazines, football stories (I know you like the Football Academy series boys – here’s a link you might like with lots of resources on the books we have in our class library https://tompalmer.co.uk/football-academy/)
I’d love to hear about what you’re reading when we chat on our Purple Mash blog.
I have a really exciting set of writing activities for you to complete this week based on an amazing idea of ‘a city of silence’ which I think is quite relevant for now as it’s quite quiet in the city now we are all staying at home!! Have a look through the booklet that is linked below to look for ideas on how you can get involved at home. They include lots of activities we’d usually do in class English lessons
I’d really like to see more people logging onto Times Table Rockstars to improve their speeds and send me a challenge – you know how much I love them! Try your best to give me a good score to compete against.
BBC Bitesize are continuing to do daily lessons in Maths, just go onto the website each day and take part. They’re really good! Here is the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zncsscw/year-6-lessons/1
White Rose is a maths scheme that we follow in school and they have created home learning lessons and activities for you to follow too. Here is the link for this weeks lessons: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/
I would like you to continue to find out about Charles Darwin and what he discovered as that would have been our topic if we were in school. Aaliyah created a brilliant fact file about his life. I wonder if you could complete that 2Do on your Purple Mash account too? It would be lovely to see your work. I have set a new 2Do this week to write a postcard as Charles Darwin talking about his discoveries on the Galapagos Islands. Please complete this using your research about what he found out to help you. Don’t forget you can use the internet to help you.
You are more than welcome to complete any activity you like on Purple Mash and if you save it I can see what you have made, it would be lovely to see your creations.
Remember that last week I set up a blog on Purple Mash for us all to stay connected – just to have a chat. It would be lovely to hear from you all, so please have a look on your Purple Mash homepage to see our blog and write a post. I’ll be checking it every day. This is what you should see on your homepage:
I hope that you find all of this information useful and are able to complete some activities. I would really love for you all to post on the blog as I am missing you all very much! I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been up to. I’ll hopefully see you soon
Love from, Miss Whiffin x
Hi everyone! I hope you had a nice Easter break and the Easter bunny managed to visit you all. I am missing you all so much and cannot wait until we are all back together again to make some fantastic Year 6 memories. As we won’t be returning to school this week, I have set some activities for you to do in different subject areas so that you can continue your learning at home.
English – Reading and SPAG
You can continue to work through your Reading and SPAG booklets that I sent home with you before we broke up. Although we aren’t doing the tests, you will definitely benefit from the practise and to revise all of the SPAG terminology.
Please continue to read as often as possible and get your reading record signed. Talk to a grown-up/sibling about what you have been reading.
English – Writing
Here are some ideas you can complete this week to practise your writing skills:
Keep a weekly/daily diary of what you have been up to. You could also do the same and write a letter to a school friend – you could ask them what they’ve been up to J
Write an email to me – I’d love to hear from you all. Let me know what you’ve been up to and which pieces of work you have completed so far. You can contact me using this email address: burnside.academy @inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk
BBC Bitesize has created a website with daily English sessions – maybe you’d like to take a look at that? Just choose your year group and different activities will be uploaded daily. Follow this link to have a look: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons
You can continue with the tests and work booklets that I provided you with before we broke up. Remember to refer back to your Maths terminology list in case you have forgotten some of the terms
Please continue to use Numbots and Timestable Rockstars to practise your maths skills. It will help massively so you can continue with the great progress you were all making at school
White Rose is something we follow in school and they have released some free daily online content for you to take part in. Please have a look at it and try some of the sessions. Follow this link to find it https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/
BBC Bitesize has created a website with daily Maths sessions – maybe you’d like to take a look at that? Just choose your year group and different activities will be uploaded daily. Follow this link to have a look: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons
Tomorrow (Monday) would have been the first day of the Summer Term at Burnside. Our topic would have been all about a man called Charles Darwin. For your science work this week I’d like you to research Charles Darwin and why he is famous. Think about what we’d usually do in school to begin a topic. You could create a spider diagram from your research or perhaps create a Powerpoint of what you have found out so far. I have set a 2do on Purple Mash for you to create a Charles Darwin fact file which I would love you to complete this week. Here is a Youtube video you might like to watch to help:
Websites you can access
Purple mash has weekly work activities that you can complete whenever you feel like it J
Remember you have Education City and Spelling League log ins as well as TTRS and Numbots.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button – this is a really good maths game!
If you are able to log into Purple Mash, I have created a blog in which you can write short messages and attach pictures that you have made on Purple Mash. If you go to the green ‘sharing’ icon on the top left of the homepage then click on the ‘Shared Blogs’ tab you should see the file entitled ‘Year 6 Blog’. Each child should then be able to go on and add messages or work that they would like me and their friends to see. You can do this by pressing the big green + sign on the top right of the webpage. I will check the blog every day to see any messages or work that you have posted!
I hope you find all of this information useful and you have some ideas on how you can continue your learning at home. I will continuously update this webpage with different ideas and websites you can access so please keep checking back to this page J
Remember, I know this is a difficult time for us all and it’s a very strange time. Please don’t forget to talk about your worries with your grown-ups at home – no matter if you think it’s silly or that they won’t understand. Now more than ever, we need to talk about our feelings. It’s ok to feel worried or scared, but you must talk about it with someone J Enjoy lots of family times, play with your siblings, laugh with your friends on the phone, remember happy memories from school and become excited about all the lovely new memories we will make when we return. Stay happy, healthy and most importantly stay safe. Miss you all very much, speak soon. Miss Whiffin x
Hi guys 🙂 I hope you are all still staying safe and enjoying this time with your families. As Mrs Kelly has stated in her Head Teacher’s blog on the website’s home page, the next two weeks would have been the Easter Holidays therefore no work will be set during this time. We want you to have a relaxing time with your families. Play with your siblings, have movie nights, play in the garden, bake a cake, Facetime your friends and talk about all the school memories we will make when you return 🙂 I can’t wait to see you all again and miss you all very much.
The next message I’ve got today is for the parents, can you pass this message on for me please? I want to say thank you. Thank you for doing the hard work you have to ensure your children are safe and healthy. If you have completed the work that I set then that is great, but please don’t be disheartened if you haven’t managed to complete things. This is an uncertain time for all of us, big or small, and we are all human. There has been tantrums in my home with me and my girls, there has been tears, there’s been days we haven’t got out of our pjs until lunch time. It is ok. We are all in this together, and I am eternally grateful for the work you have done so far. So don’t be too hard on yourself, and embrace this precious time with your loved ones. We can’t wait to see you again very soon.
love from, Miss Whiffin x
Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying this precious time with your families and are staying safe. We are all missing you at school! It was lovely to see some families collecting their packed lunches this week to say hi and catch up. I’m enjoying my time with my girls in the house spending some precious family time. We have been on some nice walks around our home too. I hope you’ve enjoyed the nice weather too!
I hope you are managing to stay busy with the home learning packs you brought home. Please remember if there are any problems with my those packs you can email the school and the school can pass it onto me so I can assist in the best way that I can.
If you’re stuck on ideas on how to keep busy at home this week, why don’t you make a propaganda poster to advertise the government guidelines on how we currently stay safe? Use some ideas of our learning on WW1 and WW2 to help you! Stick them in your windows to let people know how to stay safe! I will drive through Houghton to see which posters I can see later this week 🙂
There are plenty of websites out there you can log onto to keep you busy. I have set some Todo activities on PurpleMash to have a go at, or I’m always ready for a battle on TimesTableRockStars! Remember you have log ins for Education City, Numbots, Spelling League too. Games like Hit The Button are good for tables knowledge too! Here is a link to the secret agent SPAG game we like to play together in class:
Keep checking back on this page to check for my updates and ideas on what you can do this week 🙂 I am missing you all very much and can’t wait until we’re all back in school again! See you all very soon. Love from Miss Whiffin x
Week beginning 9.3.20
In English this week, Year 6 have been working hard on writing their formal, persuasive letter linking to our World War Two topic. Their writing was fantastic and included lots of high level vocabulary.
In Maths this week, we have started a new unit on measures. We reminded ourselves of the metric measures and how to convert between metric measures. We also completed some practise SAT papers and the children worked super hard!
In Topic this week, we have been looking at the Easter story in R.E and thinking about growing up in PSHE. We also enjoyed Sports Relief day on Friday where the children dressed in sports wear for a £1 donation to Sports Relief.
Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your time with your families and are staying safe. I am missing you
Head Teacher’s award: Freya for ALWAYS working hard and giving everything 110%!
English award: Casie for a brilliant formal persuasive letter and trying hard with her handwriting
Maths award: Cole for brilliant attitudes towards his practise SATS
Golden table awards:
Week beginning 2.3.20
In English this week, we have been working hard on building up our sentence level writing to help us with our persuasive, formal letters next week. We have used relative clauses, parenthesis and colons and semi colons to build cohesion.
We have continued our algebra unit in Maths this week. We have solved one and two step equations, as well as found values of missing algebraic equations. The children worked super hard!
In topic this week, we have been completing science work on light. We carried out an interesting experiment on refraction, where we saw the effects through a glass of water. The children were amazed!
Head Teacher’s award: Jennifer for always trying hard
English award: Tilly for using good parenthesis in her writing
Maths award: Jayden for brilliant algebra work
Golden Table awards: Miley and Jordan
Week beginning 28.2.20
We have started a new topic in English this week and the children have made an excellent start. We have started by researching the Holocaust, using emotive language to describe feelings of victims, as well as using adverbials for time, place, cause and manner to open our sentences.
The children have started our unit on algebra this week and have worked really hard on understanding and finding one and two step rules, as well as looking at substitution. They’ve worked really hard!
This week, we have taken part in Wellbeing Week. We have taken part in a different activity each day linked to the five ways of wellbeing: learn, be active, connect, take notice and give. The children have tried yoga, taken part in an active circuit session, connected with year 1, took notice of each other’s feelings, and gave to our local food bank Space 4. We have had a lovely week!
Head Teacher’s award: Leon A for amazing attitudes during our connect session in Year 1
Maths award: Leon R for great work on algebra
English award: Miley for brilliant emotive writing
Golden Table awards: Morgan and Freya
The children were also awarded with their Bikeability certificates and badges this week. Well done everyone!
Week beginning 10.2.20
The children have worked hard this half term on their narrative and discussion unit based around their studies on World War Two. We have finished our discussions on evacuation this week.
We have been working super hard all week on finding percentages of amounts this week! Perhaps the children could use their knowledge when out shopping in the half term?!
We had a super exciting day on Thursday this week where we visited Eden Camp! The children had a brilliant day exploring the museum and experiencing the sights and smells of World War Two.
Week beginning 3.2.20
We have been continuing to work on our discussion unit this week, where we have started to look at the layout and language we will use in our discussions on evacuation. I can’t wait to see the children’s finished products next week.
We celebrated Number Day this week! There was a murder mystery set up in the Hub and the children and their parents had to solve some maths problem solving clues to figure out who the murderer was. We had lots of fun using our maths skills to help us.
The children have been completing an art block this week on painting. We experimented with different colours for a specific mood, used shapes to show different moods, and tried out different brush techniques to create different effects. We then planned our art work to create next week. I think they’re going to look amazing!
Week beginning 27.1.20
The children have blown me away with their completed narratives based on The Piano this week. Their writing was full of atmosphere and description. We have also started a new unit on non-fiction this week, where we will be discussing whether evacuation was a good or bad idea.
In Maths this week, we have been looking at equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages. The children found it tricky at first but we got there in the end 🙂
In Science this week, we have started our unit on light. We learnt about how light travels and made a real life model to show our understanding of this. The children worked very hard!
Week beginning 13.1.20
In English this week, we have continued with our narrative unit using The Piano clip as our stimulus. We have worked hard on using senses and figurative language to describe. I can’t wait to see the narratives the children produce next week! 🙂
In Maths this week, we have been multiplying and dividing fractions. Many thanks to the children who attended the Booster Club on Thursday, where we looked at simplifying fractions and converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers.
This week, the children have continued their work on the Second World War. We put events onto a chronologically accurate timeline and the children have showed great enthusiasm on learning about the different events in the war. We had an art day on Tuesday where the children planned and created a collage based on WW2. The results were amazing! Well done everyone
Head Teacher’s award: Cole for an amazing collage
English award: Tilly for good work on senses to describe a scene
Maths award: Charlie P for amazing work on fractions
Golden Table awards: MacKenzie and Jayden
SAT Booster club has now started. Children are encouraged to attend every Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30pm. Children must be collected by an adult at the main school office at the end of the sessions.
Week beginning 6.1.20
Wow – what a busy first week we have had after the Christmas holidays. The children have had a lovely break and have came back into school ready for a busy and exciting Spring Term.
In Maths this week, the children have been learning to add and subtract fractions with different denominators and multiply fractions. We have then transferred this knowledge into solving word problems and reasoning type questions. We worked really hard!
In English this week, we have started to look at the new clip ‘The Piano’ by Aidan Gibbons. The clip shows the story of a man’s life and flashbacks he has during his time in the Second World War. This week, we wrote diary entries as the character recounting his memories.
Our topic this half term is called ‘Blitz n Pieces’ and is based around the events of World War Two. The children have asked questions about the topic and we have looked at events on a timeline during the war, and made our own timelines. We are looking forward to finding out more about the topic!
Head Teacher’s award: Leon R for always having a fantastic attitude to learning
English award: Miley for brilliant use of emotive language
Maths award: Katie for great work on adding fractions
Golden Table awards: Chloe and Morgan
SAT booster club starts next Thursday 16th January and will run every Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm. It would be beneficial for all children to attend the sessions as often as possible. An adult must collect their child after the sessions at the school’s main office.
Week beginning 2.12.19
Year 6 have had a super busy week this week, where we have taken part in really exciting days. On Wednesday, we visited South Shields Customs House to see Snow White the pantomime. The children were fantastically behaved and had a brilliant time. We have worked hard this week on creating our crafts for the Christmas fair which took place on Friday this week. We made some beautiful handmade plates and mugs to sell. Well done everyone!
Golden Table awards: Jordan and Jayden
Week beginning 25.11.19
In Maths this week, the children have been working super hard on their fractions skills. We have converted improper fractions to mixed numbers, compared and ordered fractions, and added and subtracted fractions.
Wow! I am blown away by the children’s work in English this week. We have written our suspense-filled narrative based on our work around the Christmas Truce in 1914. The children have written some fantastically detailed narratives. Well done everyone.
In Topic this week, we have continued our Science unit: Electricity. The children have identified variable components and investigated how they can affect a circuit. They have also discussed how difference in voltage can affect a bulb’s brightness or a buzzer’s volume.
Head Teacher’s award: Rhianna for always having a positive attitude and trying her best
English award: Katie for writing a brilliant narrative and much improved writing
Maths award: Cole for great work on fractions
Golden Table awards: Katie and Jennifer
Week beginning 18.11.18
In Maths this week, we have started our unit on fractions. We began by looking at simplifying fractions and have moved onto fractions on a number line. The children have also completed SAT papers this week to test what we have learned so far.
In English this week, we have continued with our narrative unit where we are using The Christmas Truce video clip to inspire our writing. We have started to look at the main part of the narrative now, and how we can build tension and atmosphere within our writing. I can’t wait to see the end results! 🙂
In Topic this week, we have started with our science unit: electricity. We looked at circuit symbols and used them to represent circuit diagrams we had made.
We were visited by the NSPCC this week where we got to take part in a workshop regarding different types of abuse. The children were really mature within their discussions during the workshop and had some good ideas. Here are some pictures of our workshop:
Head Teacher’s award: Year 6 for doing so well in their tests this week – I’m so proud 🙂
English award: Charlie M for amazing progress in phonics
Maths award: Jordan T for brilliant maths scores
Golden Table awards: Mackenzie and Charlie P
Week beginning 11.11.19
In Maths this week, we have been learning how number sentences with more than one operation have to be followed in a certain order. We used the acronym BODMAS to help us with our learning.
In English this week, we have written a setting description which will begin our narrative, focusing on the events of the Christmas Truce.
In Topic this week, we have continued to learn about World War One. We placed events on a timeline and found out the countries that were involved in World War One.
We have had such a busy week this week, the children have led a Remembrance Day assembly, completed the Bikeability course, took part in Hoopstarz Day, celebrated Anti Bullying week and celebrated Children in Need day. Here are some photos and videos of what we have been up to:
Head Teacher’s award:
Golden Table awards:
Week beginning 4.11.19
In Maths this week, we have been identifying multiples, factors and prime numbers. The children have worked super hard and have done really well with some investigation work.
In English this week, we have started our new WW1 inspired topic, focusing on The Christmas Truce. The children have loved introducing the video of The Christmas Truce this week and doing some work based around it, as well as introducing their new novel ‘Private Peaceful’.
In Topic this week, we have begun learning about World War One. The children have asked questions about the topic, as well as took part in a super exciting lesson to figure out why World War One started.
Bikeability week starts next week, Monday 11th November. Please ensure all consent forms are brought into school if you wish for your child to take part as well as bikes, suitable clothing as well as helmets.
Head Teacher’s award: Morgan for a brilliant attitude towards learning
English award: Jayden for writing an amazing Remembrance Day poem
Maths award: Katie for super work on factors and multiples
Golden Table awards: Miley and Freya
There were two boys chosen for pen licences this week, what a special award. Well done to Mackenzie and Leon R.
Week beginning 21.10.19
In Maths this week, the children have worked hard on understanding the method of long division. We found it super tricky but we all got there in the end 🙂 well done everyone for your perseverance!
In English this week, we have been completed a blog entry as Macbeth recounting some events from the play we have been studying this half term. The children then typed up their blogs and have posted them onto this website! Feel free to click and enjoy their fantastic writing 🙂
In Topic this week, we have been writing tourist brochures on a chosen USA state. We put all of our learning this half term together to persuade our audience to come to the state, including talking about human and physical geography. They produced some fantastic work, well done everyone.
In Music, we have been working all half term on our drumming skills with Dr Renwick. The children were lucky enough to perform our learning in front of the whole school in a special assembly on Wednesday. Here are some pictures of our performance:
Week beginning 14.10.19
In Maths this week, the children have been developing their understanding of short division. We worked super hard on this method. We then looked at how we can use factor pairs to help us divide. We are looking forward to starting our new learning of long division next week!
After completing our Macbeth narratives last week, we have now moved onto our non-fiction unit: recount. We have been working all week on writing a blog as Macbeth during a scene from the play that we have been studying this half term. We wrote a diary entry this week in the character of Macbeth – they were fab!
In our topic learning this week, we have been comparing USA states based on their physical and human similarities and differences. The children chose two states to compare.
We have continued to work with Dr Renwick this week on our drumming skills and are looking forward to showing what we have learnt this half term in a special assembly next Wednesday.
Head Teacher’s award: Leo for trying hard with presentation all week
English award: Leon R for a brilliant transformed narrative with characterisation
Maths award: Katie for super work on short division
Golden Table awards: Jack and Jordan
Our homework project for this half term is due in next Friday. I look forward to seeing what the children produce 🙂
Week beginning 7.10.19
In maths this week, the children have been practising the method of long multiplication. We have all worked so hard on this tricky method this week and have finally cracked it! Well done 🙂
Wow! I was so impressed with the children’s Macbeth narratives last week. This week, we worked on developing and improving characterisation in our stories to rewrite them with a focus on characterisation. The children did really well.
Dr Renwick has continued to visit us to develop our music skills this week and we have been lucky enough to have Craig come into school to help us with our digital media skills in computing too. Craig will be coming in to work with the children every Tuesday afternoon until Christmas.
The children have continued our Geography block linking to our USA topic, and we have focused on the importance of tourism this week. We have looked at different types of tourism and the advantages and disadvantages of it.
Head Teachers award: Leon R for always having an amazing attitude to learning
Maths award: Charlie M for fantastic work on short multiplication
English award: Aaliyah for a brilliant transformed narrative
Golden Table awards: Freya and Rhianna
Bikeability letters have been sent out this week. The course will begin on Monday 11th November. Please ensure your child brings in a road-worthy bike AND helmet if you wish for them to take part.
Week beginning 30.9.19
In maths this week, the children have been working hard on developing their skills in addition and subtraction. We also completed some reasoning and problem solving style questions based on our work.
Wow! The children have astounded me this week with their amazing writing skills, where we changed our Macbeth play we have been learning into a narrative. Everyone included amazing descriptions. Well done!
In Art this week, we have used our sketching and shading skills to develop our Statue of Liberty drawings from last week. The children tried really hard to show shading and shadow in their realistic drawings.
Year 6 ran a ‘Houghton Feast flag workshop’ on Friday morning with children who are taking part in the Houghton Feast parade on Saturday. They showed brilliant maturity and organisational skills to help the little ones out with their flags. Well done Year 6.
Week beginning 23.9.19
The children have worked super hard this week. We have developed our rounding skills from Year 5 and have learnt to round all the way up to 10 million! We have also worked very hard on negative numbers this week.
We have continued to focus on our Macbeth narrative and our focus this week has been on dialogue. The children wrote some brilliant pieces of accurately punctuated dialogue between the witches, Macbeth and Banquo. They will be included in our narrative at the end of the unit.
In Art this week, the children have created observational drawings of USA landmarks.
The children have used their research from last week and their art skills to create an information poster on their chosen USA landmark. They look brilliant! Well done everyone
English award: Tilly for good work on dialogue
Maths award: Leo for great work on rounding
Golden Table awards: Leo and Leon
Week beginning 16.9.19
This week in Maths we have continued to develop our knowledge of place value by ordering and comparing numbers all the way up to 10 million!
We have continued with our work on Macbeth this week and the children wrote a fantastic setting description to begin our Macbeth narrative.
We have focused on Geography this week and our new USA topic. The children have researched information on a USA landmark.
Dr Renwick has continued our drumming music sessions this week and the children are really enjoying it!
English award: Miley for a brilliant setting description
Maths award: Jack for brilliant place value work
Golden Table awards: Chloe and Casie
Week beginning 9.9.19
Wow! What a super busy week Year 6 have had, our first full week in our new year groups. The children have settled in really well to Year 6 and have worked really hard.
In Maths this week, the children have been working super hard on assessment tests. We are looking forward to making a start on our Year 6 maths work next week!
In English, we have begun work on our ‘MacBeth’ topic. The children have enjoyed learning about the story of the Shakespeare classic and have begun work on our focus of the witches. We wrote some super descriptions!
The children have enjoyed beginning their topic of ‘It’s a party in the USA!’ this week. We have identified countries in North and South America and identified the 50 states in the USA.
We are lucky enough to have Dr Renwick work with us this half term, where he will be in school every Wednesday afternoon to do African drumming with the class!
English award: Rhianna for super descriptions of the witches
Maths award: Jayden for great work in his maths assessments
Golden Table awards: Morgan and Aaliyah
P.E will be on a Wednesday. Please ensure all children have their PE kit in school for this day.