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Year 6 - Snapper class

   Welcome to Snapper Class   

 In our Snapper Class team we have:

  • Mrs Belcher teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Mrs Boucher teaches on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Mrs Hazel supports the teaching and learning in our class.

We also work closely with the other Year 6 class which is called Swordfish. 

PE days:

Mondays - Indoor PE: Table Tennis lessons will begin in the Spring term

&  Fridays - Outdoor PE.

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

Our topic when the children come back to school in January is going to be:

Vile Victorians!

 

 

 

Do you have any questions about the Victorians that you would like to explore during this topic?

Do you have any questions about the Victorians that you would like to explore during this topic? 1
Do you have any questions about the Victorians that you would like to explore during this topic? 2
Do you have any questions about the Victorians that you would like to explore during this topic? 3
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Our class guppies have settled into their new location in our Reflection Area.

Our class guppies have settled into their new location in our Reflection Area.  1
Our class guppies have settled into their new location in our Reflection Area.  2

We have started adding a variety of photos showing the children's learning on this page. We will continue to add more. Please scroll down to see what the pupils have been getting up to in Snapper Class... 

For parents: helping children to stay safe online...

For parents: helping children to stay safe online...  1 There are websites and helplines for parents.
For parents: helping children to stay safe online...  2 The NSPCC and O2 have teamed up to help parents.
For parents: helping children to stay safe online...  3 Children talk to parents if you ever get worried.
For parents: helping children to stay safe online...  4 Take care and talk to your family/ school.

Did you know?

The minimum age to open an account using these social network sites is: 13 years old.

  •  Facebook  

 

  •  Instagram  

 

  •  YouTube 

Our Topic this half term is: Eco Heroes!

Advent - the getting ready time leading up to Christmas. We have been thinking about a very special Nativity story in our RE lessons...

Advent - the getting ready time leading up to Christmas.  We have been thinking about a very special Nativity story in our RE lessons... 1
Advent - the getting ready time leading up to Christmas.  We have been thinking about a very special Nativity story in our RE lessons... 2
Advent - the getting ready time leading up to Christmas.  We have been thinking about a very special Nativity story in our RE lessons... 3

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. 

 

 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar:

Year 6 Terminology for pupils: 

subject, object,

active, passive,

 synonym, antonym,

ellipsis, hyphen,

colon, semi-colon,

bullet points.

 

Now...

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?

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! A few photos from the FOSA Christmas Grotto...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! A few photos from the FOSA Christmas Grotto... 1
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! A few photos from the FOSA Christmas Grotto... 2
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! A few photos from the FOSA Christmas Grotto... 3
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! A few photos from the FOSA Christmas Grotto... 4

St. Andrew's Home Learning Activities - Autumn term.

National Curriculum Spelling Lists: By the end of Year 6 pupils should be able to spell all of these words and be able to use them in their writing.

Further information and contact details:

Mrs Belcher:

  • Mrs Belcher teaches Mon-Wed and is still in school on Thursdays and Fridays working.
  • Mrs Belcher is the English Leader and Assistant Headteacher and part of the Senior Leadership Team.
  • Email: abelcher@standrews.dsat.org.uk 

Please note: if you do email she might not see the email and/or respond until the next working day.

 

Mrs Boucher:

  • Mrs Boucher teaches in Snapper Class on Thursday and Fridays.
  • Mrs Boucher is the Sport and PE Leader in our school. 
  • Email: lboucher@standrews.dsat.org.uk

Please note: if you do email she might not see the email and/or respond until the next working day.

 

Mrs Hazel:

  • Mrs Hazel is the Teaching Assistant in Snapper Class.
  • Mrs Hazel is a first-aider in our school.
  • Mrs Hazel is a School Governor.

We've started decorating our classroom for Christmas as well!

We've started decorating our classroom for Christmas as well! 1
We've started decorating our classroom for Christmas as well! 2
We've started decorating our classroom for Christmas as well! 3
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Christmas themed art...

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Art sketchbooks in Year 6 Snapper Class...

Art: Self portraits in pencil.

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Our Learning Environment

Our Learning Environment 1 RE - Our Class Worship & Reflection Area.
Our Learning Environment 2 Maths Area - learning resources box
Our Learning Environment 3 Maths learning resources
Our Learning Environment 4 Chill Out Zone - to get ready to learn again.
Our Learning Environment 5 Reading Area - we wanted bright colours in here
Our Learning Environment 6 Our Reading Inspiration Tree
Our Learning Environment 7 Comfy cushions in our Reading Area.
Our Learning Environment 8 Stars in Snapper Class
Our Learning Environment 9 The Ancient Mayans

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.

 

I can divide a fraction to find the decimal equivalent & I can recall simple equivalent fractions and decimals.

I can divide a fraction to find the decimal equivalent & I can recall simple equivalent fractions and decimals. 1
I can divide a fraction to find the decimal equivalent & I can recall simple equivalent fractions and decimals. 2

Spelling:

The National Curriculum for Years 5 and 6 expects children to be able to:

  • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them (such as –able and –ible)
  • Spell some words with ‘silent’ letters (such as knight)
  • Continue to distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused
  • Use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling
  • Use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words
  • Use a thesaurus

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.

 

See: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/at-school/subject-guides/spelling-at-primary-school/

Silent Letters Ppt (saved as a PDF) by: Sue Rickards From: http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/englishA2d.htm#silent

English National Curriculum Year 5 and 6 Programme of Study.

Maths National Curriculum Year 6 Programme of Study.

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. 

JoinitC1 lower case alphabet

 

 

Websites for home-learning opportunities.

 

A message to all pupils about these website links:

  • Please only use the internet and log onto these websites with parent/carer supervision.
  • Use the internet safely and sensibly at all times.
  • If you are unsure about anything please talk to your parent/carer straight away.
  • We hope you enjoy learning more about and revising curriculum areas that we have been covering in class.

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.

  • On Thursday we got very excited with all of the Poetry Day learning that went on. We had lots of fun!
  • We started off by discussing the different types of poetry and went onto give our opinions by saying which poems we enjoyed (or didn't).
  • We then read poems together before sharing them with the whole class.
  • We copied extracts of poems out in our very best handwriting....
  • Then, because we were all enjoying sharing and reading poetry we then worked with a Learning Partner to write our own poems. Some of us chose to write poems based on the National Poetry Day’s theme this year which was ‘freedom’ but some of us chose other themes to write poetry about.

Snapper Class Fish - introducing our Guppies 🐠🐠🐠

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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.

 

Most Efficient Written Method for Formal Long Multiplication - examples

Most Efficient Written Method for Formal Long Multiplication - examples 1

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. 

 

  • Read as much as you can. 
  • Practise your time-tables.
  • Enjoy your weekend!

 

INSET day on: Monday 18th September.

See you all ready to learn more on: Tuesday 19th September 2017.

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