Welcome to Snapper Class!
Snapper Class Teachers:
We also work closely with the other Year 6 class which is called Swordfish.
Our PE days are on: Thursdays & Fridays.
Salisbury Cathedral Leavers' Service.
On Thursday 5th July Year 6 went up to Salisbury Cathedral for a wonderful day of activities which included: singing, signing, acting, artwork and time for quiet reflection. The day concluded with a special service in the Cathedral which was attended by over 200 pupils from other schools in the Diocese of Salisbury.
The RISE theatre company led various drama workshops and taught the children (and adults) songs based on 'The Story of the Mustard Seed.'
It was a very special day for the children and the Cathedral itself was beautiful as they looked up at the enormity of the building and took in the awe and wonder of the beautiful stained-glass windows. The children were a credit to the school. We were all so pleased with their efforts and enthusiasm throughout the day. Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible.
Friday 22nd June - Last day of the residential.
Snapper Class started the day by packing up their suitcases, tidying their bedrooms and stripping their bedding ready for the laundry.
After they had sorted their rooms and had got dressed, the children came down to enjoy a well-deserved Full English Breakfast.
Next, it was off to Black Rock for some more challenges with High Ropes and Kayaking!
Frequently, the children managed to conquer their fears during the activities. They showed bravery and courage throughout the day. Even though some of them felt nervous and afraid at the beginning of the activities they ‘had a go’ and went onto achieve amazing things.
What a fantastic day we’re all having!
The sun is shining and the children have been showing us all how great they can work together as a team. They really have done well at solving the puzzles and challenges in their team-building activities throughout the day.
As I write this they are currently lining up to get into the newly refurbished pool, the sun is shining and the pupils are eager to swim.
Here are just a few quotes overheard recently...
”Hill House is the best!”
”Hill House is amazing!”
“This is so much fun!”
Thursday 21st June.
The children are excitedly getting ready for the day ahead: showers, breakfast, team-building games, archery and swimming... they are also looking forward to visiting the Tuck Shop!
Wednesday 20th June.
Hello to everyone,
Snapper Class are enjoying their Hill House Residential!
The children have been learning lots of survival skills including shelter making and fire making. They have been furthering their team work skills during the Wide Game tonight and they keep saying how much fun they are all having!
Photos will follow as soon as possible!
Reach for the Stars!
It may now be June and the SATs are over but Year 6 are still busy, busy, busy!
We have our Year 6 residential to look forward to and then we have some other exciting trips lined up before the end of term.
In Year 6 we have been ‘Reaching for the Stars’ and trying our best in all that we do.
Snapper Class music lessons.
This week Snapper Class have been revising the notes on the lines and the notes in the spaces.
Snapper Class have also been learning about the different note lengths and creating their own rhythms to add notes to. We have had a lot of fun recording the notes on manuscript paper and playing with different rhythms.
In Year 6 the children were busy getting ready for and then doing their SATs tests in May.
We were very proud of the way in which the children conducted themselves during the tests and how they behaved in such a mature, sensible manner throughout.
The whole Year Group won a certificate in Praise Assembly for their effort, fantastic attitude to their SATs.
After the SATs we had a science week where the children were learning about and revising different areas of KS2 Science. They produced some very informative pieces of writing about the human digestive system and the circulatory system as well as creating some wonderful pieces of science work for display as part of their home-learning.
We have been impressed with the ‘Growth Mindsets’ that the pupils have developed. They have demonstrated their ability to independently edit and improve their writing by checking their spelling, handwriting, grammar and punctuation. We need to order some more ‘Purple Polishing Pens’ now because they have ‘grown’ their work so much! Well done to everyone for always being willing to try and make your work even better than it already is.
Y6 Homework Reminders:
Please read for 20 minutes a day and record what you are reading in your Reading Log. Bring this into school on Monday.
Please keep practising your year 3/4 and year 5/6 spellings. Look the words up in the dictionary if you are unsure about any of their meanings. The link to these lists are on this web page, just scroll down to view them.
Complete your grammar-based activities that have been sent home as well as Mathletics.
We want you to reach your full potential, we want you to keep 'growing' your skills and learning - to do this it will really help if you practise, practise, practise!
Thank you for working hard to be the best you can be!
The National Curriculum for Years 5 and 6 expects children to be able to:
By the end of Year 6, children are expected to understand and be able to meet the challenging spelling demands outlined in the National Curriculum. Children’s knowledge is assessed through a grammar, punctuation and spelling test that children sit in May as part of a week of national tests.
Our Learning This Week w/c Monday 5th March 2018.
After a very exciting two snow days on Thursday and Friday last week, the children have returned to school after their 4-day break and have hit the ground running to get back into their learning again.
This week we have been continuing with our spelling and grammar (SPaG) focus and getting the pupils to apply these skills, through cross-curricular diary writing based on Street Child, a story set in Victorian times, in their English lessons.
In maths lessons we have been learning to divide fractions by whole numbers and taken our learning to greater depths by applying our skills in problem-solving and reasoning questions.
PE involved team-work and co-operation, trust and perseverance as well as speed and skill as we practised some choreography for a dance routine on Monday and went outside for orienteering on Friday.
For World Book Day everyone was invited to come in dressed up as a character from a book and this included the staff! The pupils wrote about their chosen characters and we had a whole-class photo in the afternoon. We all enjoyed an exciting whole-school worship on Wednesday morning when we celebrated all the different characters from our favourite books before listening to an important story from the Bible that was all about forgiveness.
Class photo to follow very soon!
Our learning this week and some 'Home Learning' suggestions... (W/C 26.2.18)
Year 6 we've been impressed by how hard you have been working this week, keep up the hard work to keep improving...
- Conjunctions (e.g, and, but, so, because, despite, however)
- Pronouns - both personal pronouns (e.g. I, he, her, they, it) and possessive pronouns (e.g. his, hers, ours).
- Adverbials (used within sentences)
- Fronted adverbials to start sentences. (e.g, Suddenly, Downstairs, Later that day, Nervously)
Maybe you could write about: a snowy day, a snowy adventure, what snow is (scientific writing), how to build a snowman (instructions), a snow-themed poem...?
We hope that you enjoyed your snow days.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar:
Year 6 Terminology for pupils:
Can you tell someone what these terms mean?
Can you look up their meaning in a dictionary if you are not sure about what they mean?
Can you give an example of how they are used?
Can you use them in your writing?
W/C Monday 4th December 2017.
This week we have been very busy in Snapper Class practising Christmas carols with Swordfish Class for the Year 6 Christmas Carol Service that we will take place next week in St. Andrew's Church. We have been working on Christmas readings from the Bible, as well as poems, prayers, messages. Some children have even been out of the classroom creating dance routines and acting out scenes with the wonderful Mrs Johnstone. In Snapper Class we have created our own class Christmas Poetry and Poems Book to go with our Class Book of Prayers in our Reflection Area.
In maths this week we have been working on finding the missing angle in a triangle (if you are given two of them and need to work out the third one). Some of us even went on to finding out how to work out what the missing angle in a quadrilateral would be if you were given three out of the four angles! We have also been revising the properties of 2D shapes and sorting them based on 2-3 criteria.
In English we have been publishing our top copy of our 'Wonderful Writing' for display on our display board that is a celebration of our writing progress. As well as this we have been learning about and identifying prepositional phrases and expanded noun phrases and applying these to our descriptive writing. On Thursday/ Friday we were learning about a range of punctuation including: dashes, hyphens and semi-colons. Please ask us about our learning this week at home.
Eco-heroes topic work: We have been making some very important posters to promote looking after our environment. Watch this space! We will post some photos on here soon.
W/C Monday 27th November 2017.
This week we had a non-uniform day and brought in donations for the Christmas Fayre.
Some of the year 6 pupils also volunteered to help set up the fayre and run stalls etc to help raise money for the Friends of St. Andrew’s School.
Thank you to everyone who donated cakes, sweets, prizes, gifts, bought raffle tickets, helped at and attended the Christmas Fayre. It was a fantastic evening on Friday.
In our learning we identified prime numbers, multiples and factors. We also did some problem-solving so that we could demonstrate a deeper understanding in this area of maths.
In SPaG lessons we have been working on antonyms and synonyms. We have also been thinking about the active and passive voice in writing.
W/C Monday 20th November 2017.
This week we have been working hard in our Science topic lessons about Electricity and thinking about the importance of ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ and ways that we can try to be greener and use less plastic - especially plastic straws and bags. We researched and found out lots of facts and thought about ways in which we could try and make a difference as part of our Eco Heroes work.
In RE we have been thinking about Christmas and why this is important to Christians. We also thought about what the Nativity is all about and the key events within the Christmas story.
W/C Monday 13th November 2017.
This week in English we have started reading 'Skellig' by David Almond. The class have been working hard in their English lessons and building up their first 'Writer's toolkit'. In Art lessons they have drawn the garage described in Ch.2 and used charcoal to build up the atmosphere that the author has started creating. In Guided Reading the class have enjoyed listening to an audio version of 'Tom's Midnight Garden' by Phillipa Pearce.
In maths they have been working hard on multiplying and dividing numbers and taking their learning deeper by working on some problem-solving activities and then explaining their reasoning.
It has also been 'Anti-bullying Week' this week and the pupils in Snapper class have thought about what they will do if they ever find themselves worrying about something or feeling upset/hurt because of something someone has said/ done to them; they have recorded 5 people that they could 'tell'. The children also went on to talk about the qualities that a good friend has and finished this work by some of them writing poems to celebrate friendship and we talked about it being 'Cool to be Kind'.
Well done to Snapper Class for being stars in your KS2 Assembly this week!
Thank you to all of the families that came to watch this.
Week: 5 W/C Monday 2nd October 2017.
This week the children are going to be having an exciting visiting speaker from Monkey World coming into school to talk to them about 'Evolution' and 'Fossils' as part of their Year 6 Science Curriculum.
The talk is booked for: Friday 6th October 2017.
This is a free workshop for the pupils in Year 6 Snapper and Swordfish classes.
Week: 4 W/C Monday 25th September 2017.
This week the children have been working hard creating their Mayan headdresses in art lessons. The class have been continuing to learn about a variety of myths from different cultures and identifying their key features. All the research and learning that has been happening is building up to them planning and writing their own - very soon!
This week has been exciting as well because we have welcomed two new students who have just joined our class. We hope that they both are settling in okay and that they have enjoyed their first week.
We have been focusing on handwriting and all pupils are expected to write in a neat, joined script.
To support the pupils in writing consistently and neatly we are introducing letter joins with entry and exit strokes to support them in knowing where each letter starts (on the line) each time they begin to write.
Websites for home-learning opportunities.
A message to all pupils about these website links:
Thursday 28th September was National Poetry Day!
Thursday 28th September 2017.
LO: I can read aloud and perform poems and use appropriate intonation, tone and volume to help the audience with their own understanding.
Week:3 W/C Tuesday 19th September.
We have had a busy week this week.
Our teachers and teaching assistant came in on Monday to learn all about RWI Spellings. This week we have been having our baseline assessments to start the new programme - we will be doing pre-programme activities next week in preparation for it.
We have been practising our most efficient written method for formal long multiplication this week and applying the skills we have been learning by solving word problems. We started division work today and this will be continued next week.
Week:2 W/C Monday 11th September.
Snapper Class have had their first full week of learning and they have been busy: writing historical reports on the Ancient Maya and Anglo-Saxons, finding out about fossils, using the most efficient method of formal written long multiplication, as well as taking part in celebrations today as our school was welcomed into the DSAT family of schools.
INSET day on: Monday 18th September.
See you all ready to learn more on: Tuesday 19th September 2017.