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Milefield's Newsletter ISSUE 5: 19th December 2019

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all at Milefield Primary School.

Milefield Primary School's Newsletter

As the first term comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I am so proud of all the hard work and effort pupils have shown this term and this is reflected in their progress and achievements; they are a real credit to Milefield. Thank you to all parents and carers for your ongoing support and involvement in pupils' learning and school life. This truly makes a difference and I look forward to working with you all again in the new year.

I would also like to thank all staff, governors and volunteers for their dedication and hard work this term to raise standards and further improve education for our pupils.

I hope you all have an enjoyable and restful Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all back at school on 6th January 2020- Mrs Trickett.

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  • @Y4Mfps
  • @Y5Mfps for weekly updates and a peek into what we have been learning about!
  • @Y6MFPS and children can log into Seesaw with this QR code:

Attendance Matters

Overall attendance for last half term was just below target at 95.4%. I am certain we can work in partnership to ensure that this half term it is even better and reaches our target of 96% (Mrs Trickett).

Weekly Attendance- Autumn Term 2

  • Week 1: 91.4%
  • Week 2: 94.5%
  • Week 3: 95.0%
  • Week 4: 94.9%
  • Week 5: 94.9%
  • Week 6: 94.9%

Attendance at school greatly impacts on the progress and attainment children achieve. Being at school, on time, everyday is vital to support children to develop and progress. It ensures children don't miss learning and opportunities essential to their education. Please support us to ensure attendance is the best it can be so we can narrow the gap between actual attendance and target (Mrs Trickett).

REMEMBER: Greater Attendance = Greater Achievement!

Key Dates for the Diary (Spring Term):
  • Spring Term 1- Pupils should return to school on: Monday 6th January 2020
  • Young Voices: 7th January 2020
  • Kick Start Healthy Days: 22nd & 24th January 2020
  • INSET Day: 14th February 2020
  • February Half Term: 17th-21st February 2020
  • Spring Term 2- Pupils should return to school on: Monday 24th February 2020
  • World Book Day: 6th March 2020
  • Easter Holidays: 6th- 17th April 2020

Christmas Concerts

Thank you to all parents, grandparents and families who attended our Christmas concerts. The children thoroughly enjoyed performing for you and we hope this got you into the festive spirit.

EYFS: Children worked so hard to practise the Christmas songs to perform to our families, it definitely got us all in the Christmas spirit. I hope you loved watching us and thank you for joining in.

Key Stage 1: In Key Stage 1, we put on the Christmas Production of ‘The Stars Come Out for Christmas’. The production goes through all the aspects of Christmas. It starts off with the importance of Christmas Cards, then onto Santa, Snow, Christmas Trees, Christmas Dinner and then finally onto the story of Mary and Joseph. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the children for their hard work over the past few weeks and to parents for providing us with some fantastic outfits! We hope you enjoyed the performance as much as we did!

Key Stage 2: There is nothing better than the sound of children singing, especially at Christmas time, which is why this year we decided to have a KS2 carol concert. The first part of our concert explored the Victorian's and their Christmas traditions , such as Father Christmas, the decorated tree, cards and crackers, accompanied with traditional carols reminiscent of that particular era. This was followed by the more popular songs and traditions we have today. Each class worked very hard to learn a traditional carol and a more up to date song.

  • Year 4: Year 4 enjoyed learning the carol, Ding Dong Merrily on High, especially the Gloria in Excelsis part. For our more popular song, we sang The Snowman. Our very talented soloist, Alarna took the lead in a solo performance for this song, accompanied by year 4. Thank you to those of you who came to support our concert, we hope it left you feeling Christmassy and kick started your festivities.
  • Year 5: In Year 5, we have chosen two songs that we liked to sing. One of these was ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ and the second was a little more traditional and we decided on ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’.
  • Year 6:  We decided to sing Michael Buble's famous hit, Holly Jolly Christmas! We found it was upbeat and we enjoyed singing it. We also decided on Silent Night as it is a classic song which was our traditional choice. We enjoyed learning these songs as well as some more modern ones in singing assembly and Music lessons with Mr Trickett.

Milefield Football Team

On Friday 6th December, Y5/6 boys' football team travelled to Dorothy Hyman in Cudworth to play against Churchfield Primary School. The game started well with Milefield dominating the play. They ended the half 1-0 to Churchfield but we had had more possession, all we needed was that shot on target! After half-time, Mr Trickett had given some vital information to his players and they had their heads up and worked hard to make it 1-1. Kendon Hickey the scorer. Unfortunately, Churchfield then made it 3-1 in a short space of time. Milefield began to doubt their ability and allowed their strongest player to have some shots on target meaning we were then losing 5-1. After some pep talks from Mr Trickett and a few changes, the Milefield boys came back strong and managed to pull back two more goals. Ashton Wildman scoring the first and Kendon the last goal for Milefield. Again, a well fought match between two strong teams but Churchfield clinched the win. All boys played with heart and perseverance and are looking forward to the next fixture in January 2020. Man of the match went to Manu Koroibanuve because of his sheer dedication and ability to read the game and be a strong defender for us, well done, Manu!

Please see information below about our Spring Term Curriculum.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Learning in EYFS

In EYFS, we follow children’s interests and take our learning from there. At the moment, children are talking about what they want to be and what they want to achieve. Therefore, after Christmas holidays, we are going to be looking at aspirations!

Can you talk to your child about what they want to do when they are older or even next year:

  • Do they want to be brave before starting a new class?
  • Do they want to be the best friend they can be? or
  • Do they want to be a spaceman? A construction worker? A dancer? A hairdresser? A train driver? A fireman? A police officer? A paramedic? An actress/actor? And so on...
We can’t wait to hear about all their aspirations.

Physical Education

In EYFS PE we are continuing to be aware of the space around us and negotiating space through competitive games and moving around the hall in different ways. We are then going to be learning new ball skills, including: showing increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.

PE days
  • FS1- Wednesday AM and PM
  • FS2- Friday morning

EYFS Reminders

  • Homework books in FS2 are collected on a Thursday and handed back out on a Friday with the new homework in and information for the following week.
  • In FS1, homework books are collected in on a Friday and new homework is handed out the same day.
  • Reading books are also changed every Friday so can you please ensure book bags are brought in with their reading books to change. Thank you.
EYFS Donations

Artificial plants, junk modelling (small and little boxes), picture frames, any old wellies you no longer need. Any donations are much appreciated, thank you!

Outdoors

As the temperature is getting colder, can you please make sure children are coming to school with a winter coat, hat, gloves, scarf and some wellies.

Keep an eye out on future homework newsletters to see what we are going to be learning the following week! We hope you have an amazing Christmas holiday and find time to relax before coming back in January.

Thank you for your continued support, the EYFS team.

YEAR 1

Literacy

In Literacy, we are going to be reading ‘The Odd Egg’ by Emily Gravett. We will be writing a diary entry, a letter and an ‘Egg Spotter’s Guide’- non- fiction report. This book will have a strong link to the Science curriculum where we will be learning all about animals.

In Year 1, children are expected to include the following features for a diary entry:

In Year 1 children are expected to include the following features for a letter:

In Year 1 children are expected to include the following features for a letter:

Mathematics

Our Maths focus will be on number and place value. We will also be introducing multiplication (2’s, 5’s and 10’s), division, and fractions (1/2 and ¼). Towards the end of the term, we will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes, measurement (weight and volume) and then finally money. Support to help with these new concepts can be found at the following websites:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=Year%201%20maths

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zjxhfg8

Wider Curriculum

Science: The strongest link to our book ‘The Odd Egg’ is Science. We will be learning all about animals. For more information on these topics, please read below:

Physical Education: In PE, we will focusing on Dance. The children will be performing dances using simple movement patterns.

Please remember, we need full PE kits (for indoor and outdoor) Wednesdays and Thursdays in class 1. This means: plain white/green polo shirt or t-shirt with plain black shorts and pumps/trainers. Outdoor clothing can include plain hoodies/sweatshirts and joggers/leggings. Children should take these home on Thursday evening and wash them ready to bring in Wednesday again.

Computing: E-Safety- Create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. The children will also be using SeeSaw to record their learning in a range of subjects.

Design Technology- Cooking: We will be learning how to make a meal without using a heat source.

Art: Sketching an enchanted forest. Painting pictures from the enchanted forest. Making a collage using natural materials.

History: We will be learning about the evolution of animals that we are learning about.

PHSE: How to look after an animal- what do they need?

Music- Introduction to the Ukulele:

  • How to hold and produce sound on Ukulele
  • Introducing tablature
  • Recognising and understanding simple rhythms: crotchets, quavers, minims, semibreves, rests.
  • Singing & Performance opportunities: Milefield's Got Talent (optional).

Reading

Book bags are vitally important every day, children need to be prepared to read daily and any help you can give with this would be greatly appreciated. See below for key questions you could ask to help support their understanding. If you feel they are struggling or their book is too easy, please let us know so we can change it immediately.

Thank you for all your support this year so far. I look forward to working with you in the new year. Miss Stead

YEAR 1/2

Literacy

Next term, we will be looking at narrative writing within the book ‘The Minpins’ by Roald Dahl. This will link into our Science topic next term where we will be looking at living things and their habitats.

For more information on what the children will be covering please look at: https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-a-habitat.

Mathemnatics

Over the next term, we will be looking at length and height and how to measure this, number and place value by showing numbers in a variety of ways, addition and subtraction problems and revising multiplication and division through arrays. Please see pictures of examples of what will be covered in Maths to support your children.

RE: Next term we will be looking at Christianity and the main beliefs such as special places of worships, Jesus’s teachings and special people in the Christian community such as vicars, priests and ministers. We will end the term by looking at the Easter Story and why this is special to Christians.

Physical Education

In PE, we will be looking at dance and rhythm and different ways that we can move to make different routines. Our PE days are on Wednesdays and Fridays so please remember to send your children with their PE kits.

Computing

In Computing, we will be looking at algorithms and different sequences we can make. In Art/ DT we will be creating painting and printings linked to our topic of The Enchanted forest.

Have a lovely Christmas- Miss Newton

YEAR 2

Literacy

In Literacy we will be focusing on a new core book ‘The Minpins’ by Roald Dahl. The story is based around a boy called Billy who sneaks into the Forest of Sin and meets thousands of tiny surprises: The Minpins. We will be gathering the relevant writing skills we need in order to create our own innovated stories about an adventure the children go on.

Mathematics

In Maths, we will be revisiting skills in addition and subtraction and building on these through applying it to money. We will be adding different combinations of money and subtracting money to find how much change is needed when buying something. We will also be consolidating our understanding of time, including comparing different intervals of time and how to read both analogue and digital times. See below for a fun interactive game which can be used to support your child at home:

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/hickoryDickory/

Science

In Curriculum, our main theme will be ‘The enchanted forest’. We will be focusing on Science by looking at living things and their habitats. We will be identifying and naming a variety of plants and animals, with a particular focus on which animals and plants live in the forest – this linking nicely to our story of ‘The Minpins’. We will also focus on how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain.

Physical Education

In PE, we will be focusing on dance and movement. We will be creating different movements and dances to a range of different types of music. We will be developing agility, balance and co-ordination through these movements and dances. Please remember we need full PE kits in school (for indoor and outdoor) Wednesdays and Fridays. This means: plain white/green polo shirt or t shirt with plain black shorts and pumps/trainers. Outdoor clothing can include plain hoodies/sweatshirts and joggers/leggings. Children should take these home on Friday evenings and wash them ready to bring them back into school the following Monday.

READING

Please remember, book bags are vitally important and need to be in school every day. As we edge ever closer to KS1 SATs in May 2020, children need to be prepared to read daily and any help you can give with this would be greatly appreciated. We will be starting to log when your child has read at home and this will be displayed in our classroom – please ensure you are signing your child’s reading diary every time you read.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another exciting term in the New Year- Miss Corradini

YEAR 3 & YEAR 3/4

Our main topic of learning next half term will be ‘The Egyptians’.

Literacy

In Literacy, we will be reading a narrative entitled ‘Cinderella and the Nile’. We will focus on writing a similar narrative. We will be focusing on extending sentences to add more detail for the reader. Following this, we will produce a non-chronological report about Egypt. It is also anticipated that the children will emphasise with the characters in the narrative and write persuasive letters. Following this, we will be looking at creating poetry based around the text.

Maths: In maths, the children will be learning about the value of digits in numbers. They will be using this knowledge to mentally add 10 more and 10 less to three digit numbers. They will also be focussing on recalling 100 more and less to any three digit number. The children will also be conducting their daily Times Table Rock Star calculations. Following this, the children will be learning addition and subtraction methods. They will be adding and subtracting three digit numbers to multiples of 10 and 100. Also, the children will add and subtract whereby there is crossing in the ones and tens. The children will apply these skills through 1 and 2 step word problems. In order to help your child, you could regularly test them on their times tables and division recall.

History

In curriculum, the children will be exploring Ancient Egypt. They will use their map skills to locate Egypt and identify physical and human features. Following this, the children will make inferences about life in the past by analysing different image sources. The children will learn about how much the life of Egypt depended on the River Nile. They will also work as historians and investigate what we can find out about ancient Egypt from what has survived.

Science

In science next half term, our topic will be ‘Rocks and Soils’. The children will learn to classify different rocks according to their properties as well as plan and conduct scientific investigations. Through this, the children will plan a fair test by identifying the variable that needs to stay the same and the variables that need to be controlled.

Religious Education

In RE next half term, our topic will be Judaism. The children will learn about different stories from the Torah. In particular, they will learn about the key figure Moses. They will listen and role play different stories about Moses as well as write their own narratives about Moses. The children will produce non-chronological reports about Judaism and will focus on the beliefs, traditions, festivals and faith.

Physical Education

In PE, the main focus will be dance. The children will perform routines with control and co-ordination. They will also link 2 or more actions together to form sequences. The children will also improvise with movement and they will express emotions through dance.

Computing

In Computing, we will be discovering different types of technology. This will include looking at different skills we need when using different pieces of equipment, e.g. creating videos on an iPad and creating documents on a PC. As a part of this, we will be looking at how we can rank sources when using the internet.

Art

In Art, the children will use a variety of materials and processes to communicate ideas. In particular, they will use art pencils to sketch different lines of thickness and will learn different shading techniques.

PHSCE

In PSHCE, we will be looking at the important role we play at home and at school. We will focus on the communities that we are a part of and how we engage with them. This will link to developing an understanding of our actions and how it can affect others; responsibilities, rights and duties we have and explore having an appreciation for our nation and region, linked to religions around us and different ethnicities.

French

Whilst practicing new vocabulary in French, we will also be learning new words and phrases through games and songs. There will be a link to our PSHCE and Literacy, as we will look at expressing our own opinions and responding to those of those and develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others can understand when they are using familiar words and phrases.

YEAR 4

We are looking forward to kick starting the new year with our exciting new topic, Ancient Egypt. The children will become budding explorers as they learn all about the kings, Pharaohs, and the life and times of the Egyptians.
In literacy we will be using the book Tutankhamun by Patricia Cleveland-Peck. The book looks at the troubles Tutankhamun faced as a young king, his untimely death and his magnificent tomb, which lay undisturbed for centuries until it was discovered by the world famous archaeologist Howard Carter. We will be using this book to support our writing as it lends itself well to biography writing, non-chronological reports, instructional texts, diary entries, newspaper reports and posters.

Mathematics

In Maths, we will be looking at place value, focusing on rounding to the nearest 100 and 1000, ordering numbers, exploring number lines with and without a scale, estimating where numbers will be placed on a number line, and negative numbers. We will look at addition and subtraction, checking and applying previously learned strategies, deepening the concept of finding the difference, and using addition and subtraction to support our understanding of statistics, such as:

  • how many more?
  • how many altogether?

We will look at multiplication and division and be able to fluently use the methods previously taught eg. column (short multiplication) and the bus stop method. There will be opportunities for the children to develop their reasoning skills, and apply it to word problems. In addition, it is not possible to learn about Ancient Egypt without looking at the pyramids, so some time will be allocated to looking at and exploring the famous 3D shapes.

History

In the wider curriculum, we will explore Egypt and the ancient times, cultures and traditions in more detail. Ancient Egypt lends itself really well to our historical learning. In History, we will use reliable sources of factual evidence to describe the clothes, way of life and actions of the people from the past; describe buildings and their uses; describe what was important to people from the past; and show how the lives of rich and poor people differed. We will explore different pieces of evidence and different versions of the same event in History and explore the differences in accounts.

Geography

In Geography, we will look at the world's environmental regions, identify the features of countries located on maps, atlases, globes and digital mapping. We will identify the location of hot and cold places and describe their position in relation to the Equator, North and South poles. We will explore and describe key patterns and processes affecting the physical environment, look at the parts of a river and areas around it, and the process of erosion and deposition. We will link our Geographical learning to Egypt and the River Nile as closely as possible.

Science

Science will focus on rocks and soils, we will compare and group rocks based on their appearance and simple physical properties, describe how fossils are formed and know that fossils were once a living thing. The children will learn that soil is made up of rocks and organic matter, they will perform simple experiments to find out more.

Art

In Art, we will explore and collect ideas linked to Egyptian art. We will explore a range of skills linked to drawing, painting and modelling. The children will use a variety of shading techniques, exploring line to indicate movement. They will explore colour and how this creates mood. We will explore the tools and techniques linked to sculpting, add carvings to show shape, texture and pattern.

Design Technology

By the end of the topic we are aiming to have a picnic on the Nile, our DT work will focus on food technology. To do this, we will generate ideas by collecting information and produce step by step plans. We will look at a healthy meal, know that some foods can be eaten raw and understand that cooking can change the taste of a product.

Religious Education/PE

We will be looking at the Jewish faith in RE, and studying dance in PE.

We are very keen to start our new topic and find out about this amazing place.

YEAR 5

Literacy

In Literacy, we have begun to look at a new text ‘The man who walked between the towers.’ The children voted for this book for our next text to analyse and it is based on a true story. Children are enjoying exploring the history of the World Trade Centre and the twin towers in which Philippe Petit famously crossed over on a tightrope! Using this as a stimulus, we will be writing reports, letters, scripts and autobiographical recounts. We will also be placing a large emphasis on spelling and ensuring we are applying our spelling strategies to our writing. There is a copy of the Y3/4 and 5/6 spellings to help support with this.

Mathematics

Our Maths focus will be on reasoning and problem solving using the skills taught throughout the autumn term such as: using the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication) in multi-step word problems. We will also be looking at rounding to 2 and 3 decimal places along with converting units of measure. For more information on how these work and how to work with your children on these at home, visit www.mathsisfun.com and search for the topic.

mathsisfun.com - Math is Fun. Math explained in easy language, plus puzzles, games, worksheets and an illustrated dictionary. For K-12 kids, teachers and parents.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn. This is a fantastic website to help support KS2 children in all areas of the curriculum!

Science

Next term, we will be focusing on conservation and adaptation that will link to our Science topic: Living things and their habitats, animals and humans and adaptation. We will be looking, in depth, at the life-cycle of animals; how living things change over time and how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

Wider Curriculum- Art

Our curriculum focus will mainly be Art skills. We will be studying the lives of famous artists: Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet and our focus Henri Rousseau and his famous painting ‘Surprised’. We will then be practising skills involved in his work to build up to a final piece in our sketch books. We will be displaying these in an Art gallery on Twitter.

More information can be found on the website: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/henri-rousseau-1877.

Religious Education

In RE, we will be studying the Sikhism faith and learning about their main beliefs, including worship, sacred texts and what we think about these in our society. We will also end the term with a focus on the Easter story and what this means for Christians in our community. For more information on the Sikh faith, visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks2-what-is-sikhism/zn4h382

Physical Education

In PE, we will be focusing on gymnastics inside and using apparatus, floor mats to explore large and small movements individually and in groups then assessing the effectiveness of these and evaluating how we could improve them next time. We will continue to focus on fitness indoors and play competitive games outdoors such as tag rugby and football. We will use the MUGA and concrete pitches and the field, wherever possible.

Please remember, we need full PE kits (for indoor and outdoor) Mondays and Tuesdays in class 5. This means: plain white/green polo shirt or t shirt with plain black shorts and pumps/trainers. Outdoor clothing can include plain hoodies/sweatshirts and joggers/leggings. Children should take these home on Tuesday evening and wash them ready to bring in Monday again.

Computing

In Computing, we will focus on publishing our information and explanation videos using iPads, iMovie and slideshow software. Children will use Seesaw and twitter to publish these. Please comment on these when they go live and give children feedback. You can logon to your child’s Seesaw account using their individual QR codes that will be sent home with them.

Design Technology

In DT, we will have a study on food technology and eating healthily; this ties into our Science topic of the human body and living things focusing on what living things need and how adaptation affects this. We will look at how different foods and drinks contain different substances - nutrients, water and fibre – that are needed for health and how it is processed into ingredients that can be eaten or used in cooking.

Geography

In Geography, we will link in to Science and the conservation of animals' habitats using David Attenborough's latest BBC series, Seven Worlds, One Planet to detail where the worst hit areas are and how humans can help restore/save these areas from deforestation and collapse.

Music

In Music, we will continue to develop our ensemble skills using notation of music and instrument skills to develop an overall piece as a class.

Reading

Book bags are vitally important everyday as we listen to children read most days and therefore book bags need to be readily available - any help you can give with this would be greatly appreciated. See below for key questions you could ask to help support their understanding. If you feel they are struggling or their book is too easy, please let us know so we can change it immediately.

Don’t forget to keep logging onto TTRS and Numbots (they have the same username and password)

Thank you for all your support this year so far. I look forward to working with you in the new year - Mrs Underhay

YEAR 6

Literacy & Science

We will be working on information texts and explanations with the text: Can we save the tiger? by Martin Jenkins. We will focus on conservation and adaptation which links to our Science topic next term: Living things and their habitats, animals and humans and adaptation/evolution.

Mathematics

Our Maths focus will be on geometry (2D/3D shape), statistics, calculations and algebra. For more information on how these work and how to work with your children on these at home, visit www.mathsisfun.com and search for the topic. The geometry aspect ties in nicely to our curriculum this term. Our curriculum focus will mainly be Art skills. We will be studying the lives of famous artists such as: Rossetti, Klee, Calder, Cassat and then practising skills involved in their works to build up to a final piece in our sketch books. We will be displaying these in an Art gallery on Twitter and look out for an invitation towards Easter to come and view them and possibly buy some pieces! Our main focus will be on Alexander Calder, more information on his works can be found here: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/alexander-calder-848 (Attached picture example - pyramids and circles)

Math is Fun

Math explained in easy language, plus puzzles, games, worksheets and an illustrated dictionary. For KS2 kids, teachers and parents.

www.mathsisfun.com

Year 6 Religious Education (RE)

In RE, we will be studying the Sikhism faith and learning about their main beliefs, including worship, sacred texts and what we think about these in our society. We will also end the term with a focus on the Easter story and what this means for Christians in our community. For more information on the Sikh faith, visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks2-what-is-sikhism/zn4h382

Religious Studies KS2: What is Sikhism? - BBC Teach

Simran describes how the Sikh faith was started by Guru Nanak over 500 years ago in the Punjab region of India. She explains that Sikhs call God 'Waheguru' and they pray believing that their ... www.bbc.co.uk

Physical Education (PE)

In PE, we will be focusing on gymnastics inside and using apparatus, floor mats to explore large and small movements individually and in groups then assessing the effectiveness of these and evaluating how we could improve them next time. We will continue to focus on fitness indoors and play competitive games outdoors such as tag rugby and football. We will use the MUGA and concrete pitches and the field, wherever possible.

Please remember, we need full PE kits (for indoor and outdoor) Mondays and Tuesdays in class 6. This means: plain white/green polo shirt or t shirt with plain black shorts and pumps/trainers. Outdoor clothing can include plain hoodies/sweatshirts and joggers/leggings. Children should take these home on Tuesday evening and wash them ready to bring in Monday again.

Wider Curriculum

In Computing, we will focus on publishing our information and explanation videos using iPads, iMovie and slideshow software. Children will use Seesaw and twitter to publish these. Please comment on these when they go live and give children feedback. This helps us to continually improve.

In DT, we will have a study on food technology and eating healthily. We will learn how to use equipment safely and write our own information texts to inform everyone how this should be done.

In Geography, we will link in to Science and the conservation of animals' habitats using David Attenborough's latest BBC series, Seven Worlds, One Planet to detail where the worst hit areas are and how humans can help restore/save these areas from deforestation and collapse.

In Music, we will continue to develop our ensemble skills using notation of music and instrument skills to develop an overall piece as a class.

Year 6 Reading

Book bags are vitally important everyday as we edge ever closer to SATs in May 2020, children need to be prepared to read daily and any help you can give with this would be greatly appreciated. See across for key questions you could ask to help support their understanding. If you feel they are struggling or their book is too easy, please let us know so we can change it immediately.

Thank you for all your support this year so far. I look forward to working with you in the new year. Mr McClure

Credits:

Created with images by stux - "black board chalk traces" • Stephen Frank - "Bokeh from the holiday decorations at Brookfield Place, Toronto, Canada." • Valentin Petkov - "untitled image" • Agence Olloweb - "Il s’agit d’une photographie réalisée pour illustrer notre page des offres de création graphique de l’agence web Olloweb Solution" • Christy Ash - "Street Market Ukuleles – San Antonio, TX" • Aaron Burden - "Cross during sunset" • Florian van Duyn - "Not so tasty" • Daniel H. Tong - "The Sphinx Lost in Time" • Chris Liverani - "Math exam" • Sherif Moharram - "Zamalek District (Right) Agouza District (Left) Nile River Cairo, Egypt." • Anthony DELANOIX - "untitled image" • Fynn schmidt - "Pyramide Desert Egypt" • Christian Wagner - "Golden death mask of Tutankhamun" • José Ignacio Pompé - "Travel to Egypt" • Martin Widenka - "When my travel buddy Riadh convinced me to visit Egypt in the end of 2017 it was clear that we had to visit the pyramides. I have to say, it wasn’t as touristy as I thought. I was really impressed by the actual size and the charisma of these historical world wonders." • AussieActive - "Arriving before the crowds, I was free to get a few shots with out people distracting from the image." • Omar Elsharawy - "untitled image" • Daniel H. Tong - "The Sphinx Lost in Time" • Kavya N.M - "This photography was captured while sailing in the Nile from Luxor. It was a evening shot on the banks of river Nile" • Sarah Brown - "untitled image" • Zack Smith - "Abide with me; fast falls the eventide // The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide // When other helpers fail and comforts flee // Help of the helpless, abide with me" • Sincerely Media - "See" • Kit Suman - "Early morning pilgrims at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India." • Tevarak Phanduang - "Soccer ball on grass green field with copy space" • Kyle Glenn - "untitled image"