Welcome to Snapper Class!
Mrs Lombard is our teacher in the mornings and Ms Elsworth teaches us in the afternoon. We also have Mrs Stone for PE and some of us go to Ms Johnstone for Maths.
Friday 19th July
As the term winds down we haven't taken our foot off the pedal in Year 6!
Another packed week of activities, preparing for our showcase and picnic on Friday afternoon and planning and rehearsing our Leavers' Service for Monday.
We have also taken the opportunity to reflect on some of the topics we have been studying - especially in RE and Cornerstones. We did a quiz about 'Peasants, Princes and Pestilence' to see how much we have learned. Feel free to ask us some questions about the 14th century 'peasants revolt' or the 'feudal system'!
Emotions are running high as we have only two days left but we're just about ready for the school holidays!
We looking forward to seeing you all at our service on Monday, at 1:30pm, in St. Andrew's Church.
Friday 12th July
What a great week - we've hardly been in school! On Tuesday, we went to visit our new secondary schools which was both scary and exciting.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we went to Weymouth College to take part in the 'Primary College' initiative. We took part in loads of different workshops, such as:
...and much more!
Friday 5th July
What a busy week!
We attended the Westfield Art Exhibition on Wednesday morning and were blown away by the creative and expressive work we saw. We particularly liked the Harry Potter themed display!
See pictures below.
Also on Wednesday, we had our sports day event. All the children competed and showed, not just great determination, but excellent sportsmanship. Eleanor was named most improved girl and Tom was named as best boy. Well done!
The children were also overjoyed as the teachers got beaten by the Year 6 relay team!
On Thursday, we headed to Weymouth Beach and took part in SwimSafe and FireFit. These are initiatives to help keep children safe in the water and around fire. We were lucky to have some actual firemen come down and join us for the afternoon!
See pictures below.
On Friday we headed to Salisbury Cathedral for our Year 6 Leavers' Service. The children took part in art and drama workshops and then came together for a performance, along with 8 other schools. They retold the parable of the mustard seed. It was a great opportunity for them to work with different children and realise that they are capable of great things! As usual a great day and the children were commendable in their attitudes and behaviour.
See pictures below.
Friday 28th June
This week we have been busy with lots of things as we approach the end of the academic year.
In English, we have been looking at persuasive texts and planning how we might write a letter persuading ships not to dock in Weymouth and bring with them the plague!
In maths, we have been looking at capacity and volume. We have been working in pairs to solve some tricky problems!
Next week we have a very busy week so make sure you know what’s happening!
Wednesday 3rd July
Trip to Westfield
Sports’ Day (1:30pm)
Thursday 4th July
SwimSafe and FireFit
Friday 5th July
Leavers’ Service at Salisbury Cathedral
Friday 21st June
We had a wonderful trip to Hill House this week.
We all had a great time - trying new things, enjoying new experiences and working brilliantly together!
See our pictures below and ask us about our favourite bits!
Friday 14th June
This week we have started our final topic of the year – Peasants, Princes and Pestilence!
We started off by dressing in role for our impact day on Monday. We explored the meaning of some of the new vocabulary and began to get an understanding of 14th century life!
We have been thinking about why death is often depicted as a person and this has led us to think about personification in our writing. Scary stuff!
In maths, we have been converting units of measure – a skill we will need in real life situations.
We also spent much time preparing our class worship, which many parents enjoyed on Thursday afternoon. We talked about our time at St. Andrew’s and reflected on all that we have achieved.
Next week, we are excited to go to Hill House! Watch this space for regular updates whilst we’re away!
Friday 7th June
This week, across the school, we have been looking at our vision.
Making a difference: for good, with each other, everyone, in our community.
Year 6 have been looking at how we can make a difference in our community.
We have looked at the different types of community that we are part of, we heard how our teachers have helped in the community and then we thought about how we could help.
We have explored what would make a sustainable difference and we plan to carry out some actions over the coming weeks!
Friday 24th May
As we approach the half-term break, Year 6 have been working hard putting the finishing touches to their ‘Blood Heart’ topic. This week we have been writing a fictional story based around a broken heart. We have paid particular attention to the use of metaphors and demonstrating our use of Y6 spellings. If you are able to come to the topic showcase you can have a read of their brilliant stories.
In maths we have been focusing on statistics. We were lucky to enjoy ‘Outdoor Learning Day’ on Thursday and managed to link our maths in with our topic. The photographs below show the children doing activities on the field and then measuring their heart rate. We then used this data to produce line graphs and make an analysis of what exercise does to our bodies.
The children have really enjoyed this topic and are looking forward to showing you all their hard work at the showcase. See you there!
Friday 17th May
We survived!!!! As the SATS are now officially over it is an opportunity for us to step back and take a breather. As we do so we can reflect on how tremendous the children were this week. Their behaviour was ‘impeccable’ according to our Chair of Governors. The tests contained some very challenging aspects but the children showed real resilience and determination and all did their very best. We are proud of each and every Year 6 student and as a result they have been awarded a more laid back end to the week!
Out next focus will be on writing. Writing is assessed by class teachers and then moderated by the local authority. Once this has been done, we submit the data to Dorset Council. We have until the end of June for this so that will now be where we concentrate most of our efforts.
Thank you for all your support in the run up to SATS – hopefully parents can also take a breather now!
Friday 10th May
This week we have been extremely busy preparing for our SATS next week. We have been busy revising and recapping all of our learning from the last few years! It’s been a hectic week!
In maths, we have been revising area and coordinates. We have calculated the area of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms and then calculating missing coordinates on a grid.
In writing, we finished planning our non-chronological reports about the heart. We have been trying to include all of the features we have learned, both in Year 6 and previously. We have been able to include bullet points, headings, paragraphs, technical vocabulary and a formal tone. You will be able to see these during our topic showcase on 24th May.
Since Easter, we have started teaching reading in a new way. In Snapper class, we are reading ‘Skellig’ by David Almond. We have a 40 minute session, 4 times a week where, together, we read some of the text and then complete an activity which helps our comprehension of what we have read. This week we have been referring to the text to support our inferences and predictions.
IMPORTANT: Please make sure you have a fun, restful weekend. Next week will be busy and challenging and we want all the children to be at their best!
Friday 3rd May
This week in English we have been exploring non-chronological reports and the features of this text type. We have looked at bullet points, diagrams and cohesive devices. We then did some further research around the heart and then planned our own report ready for our writing next week. Ask us what features we may find in this type of report!
In maths, we are well and truly in revision mode! We continue to complete our daily ‘Fluent in Five’, which involves us tackling a range of arithmetic style questions in five minutes. The idea of this is to increase our fluency across of range of maths problems. We’re all getting better every day!
We have also looked at 3D shapes and their nets, coordinate points on a grid and calculating angles.
Friday 26th April
Welcome back after Easter! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable break. I felt that the children had all worked exceptionally hard and deserved a rest!
This week, we have been busy with our new topic ‘Blood Heart’. We were lucky (or unlucky!) enough to be able to handle some real life lamb’s hearts to find out more about the functioning of these amazing organs.
Following on from that we have done some reading comprehension and vocabulary work around the circulatory system as part of our build up to writing next week. Ask your child what new words they have learned!
In maths, we have primarily been focussing on angles on a straight line and angles around a turn. We have been problem solving and reasoning about what we know in order to calculate missing angles.
A very busy week indeed but fun-filled nonetheless. Be warned, the pictures below are not for the squeamish!
Friday 5th April
Snapper Class wish you all a happy and restful break.
We look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 23rd April to start our new topic ‘Blood Heart’!
This week we have been preparing for our showcase of ‘Scream Machine’. Family members are invited to attend the showcase in the school hall at 2pm on the last day of term.
We have been designing and building our own theme park! We have used our knowledge of forces and design technology to build a range of rides for you to experience. In addition, we have created adverts for our rides to try and convince you that ours are the most exhilarating! We have used imperative verbs and modal verbs in our work to really persuade our readers.
In maths things have been a little calmer! We have continued to revise some key concepts in preparation for our SATS. This week, we have mainly been focusing on converting measures – specifically thinking about metric and imperial. We have also recapped how to calculate the area and perimeter of a range of rectangles and triangles.
Friday 29th March
This week in English we have been writing a narrative text based on the stimulus ‘Road’s End’. https://www.literacyshed.com/roads-end.html.
We have linked it to our topic ‘Scream Machine’ and wrote a story which included the masked man turning up at a theme park! We have heard some very mysterious and frightening tales! In order to prepare for our writing we have considered using noun phrases and parenthesis to describe settings and characters, we learned about using speech punctuation correctly and we also mapped out our ideas using a story map followed by an 8-part paragraph plan.
In maths, we have been busy revising for our upcoming SATS. This week we have been concentrating on fractions, decimals and percentages; in particular finding a percentage of an amount.
For example, would you rather have 30% of £50 or 85% of £30?
During each maths lesson we practise our fluency skills, how to reason and then apply these to a range of problems.
See below for some example problems…
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.
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?