Year 5 & 6 Class News

Class 5/6A News

Posted on Friday 03 February 2023 by Mr Robson

What a busy week it has been in Class 5/6A this week.  The half-term holiday is on the horizon and our pupils will be ready for their break after working so hard all week.  Let’s see what they’ve been getting up to.

Year 6 pupils have had SATS exam practice this week across Maths, Spelling and Grammar.  The results at this stage provide an indication as to how on track our pupils are to reaching Age Related Expectations (AREs) and beyond, and identify areas we can support them to help achieve these.  Help at home: Continue supporting your child at home by working with them on learning of spellings, and ensuring they access Times Table Rockstars on a daily basis for around 10-15 minutes.

Year 5 Maths have come to the end of their work on multiplication, looking at 3-digit by 2-digit, and 4-digit by 2-digit calculations.  Pupils have worked very hard this week to cement their understanding of how to tackle such questions.   In Reading, we have looked at our class novel, The Nowhere Emporium, and explored how the author, Ross Mackenzie, builds up excitement through descriptive and emotive language in the prologue to help entice the reader to continue further into the book.

Towards the end of the week in Writing we finished the first draft of persuasive letters to Graham Stuart, UK Minister for Climate, in getting him and parliament to do more to combat climate change.  We will be publishing these next week with a view to sending these onto Graham.  Here’s hoping our superb writing can inspire Mr. Stuart to put our plans into action.

Finally, a huge well done to all of our certificate winners today.  It has been lovely to see so many of the class nominating each other for a Positive Peer award, recognising ways that they make each other’s day happier and healthier in school.

I look forward to seeing you all at Parent’s Evening next week!

Mr. Robson

Living and Learning – Internet Safety

Posted on Friday 03 February 2023 by Mr Robson

Our focus in Living and Learning at the moment is all about recognising how we can stay safe online.  Class 5/6A were joined this week by Hazel  from d:side, who are an education programme aimed at providing young people with the tools they need to skilfully manage sensitive situations with peers.

Hazel spoke to our group about the various forms of social media that exist, what people should be using these for, and how to make your profile safe and secure.  We had a look at what we can do to ensure we only interact online with people we know and trust, spot suspicious profiles, and watched a video about the dangers of not posting securely online.

The pupils were full of good tips for how to recognise genuine profiles and connection requests, knew who to speak to if they were subjected to anything negative online, and understood age-appropriate content.

Help at home by talking to your child about how they use the internet at home, and how they can keep themselves safe.

Topic: we’re geographers

Posted on Thursday 02 February 2023 by Mrs Hogarth

The children have continued to think like geographers and have been looking at the Holderness coastline this week. They had the opportunity to use Digi-maps to compare the rate of erosion over time caused by the sea. We looked at two locations, Skipsea and Hornsea. They were able to use tools within the map to plot out the changing cliff lines and measure the amount of erosion. Hornsea had coastal defences installed in the early 1900s. Can your child name a type of coastal defence? This has limited the amount of erosion over time. The children could clearly see the differences between the locations.

Help at home by continuing to help your child learn our geography vocabulary. Play Pictionary or read some definitions and your child has to identify the word.

Year 6 Football club

Posted on Friday 27 January 2023 by Mr Robson

At the beginning of this half-term we started to run an after-school football club for Year 6 pupils.  So far we have had a great turn out, with around 12-13 players turning up each week for training.

After half-term we hope to begin training towards playing competitive matches against other schools in the area.

New players are always welcome.  Please speak to the school office for details on how to sign up.

Class 5/6A News

Posted on Friday 27 January 2023 by Mr Robson

A huge thank you to all parents, grandparents and family members who attended our ‘Watch us while we work!’ session on Thursday morning.  It gave parents a chance to see our work on the 6 times table, get to grips with “im” and “in” prefixes and discuss the impact of climate change on Greenland, the Solomon Islands and the East Yorkshire coast.

Daily use of Times Table Rockstars is really beginning to pay off for our students.  Year 5 are currently working on 4-digit by 2-digit multiplication in Maths, and rapid recall of these calculations helps to make these problems much easier to solve.

Writing has seen us begin to prepare for writing a persuasive letter to the UK Climate Minister, Graham Stuart, to get the government to do more to prevent the effects of climate change impacting our lives.  We have explored techniques such as rhetorical questions, emotive language and exaggeration to help the writer put across a strong argument.

Copernicus and Galileo are our featured scientists this half-term, and we have researched key facts about the two astronomers how they came to the conclusion that the Solar System is heliocentric (has the Sun at its centre, whilst all other planets orbit around it).  We also held a lively in-class debate as to whether the Earth was spherical or flat.

 

In Topic, we have been looking at the impact of coastal erosion on the East Yorkshire coast over the past 13o years.  Using an online mapping tool we have been able to measure the impact of erosion on locations such as Skipsea, Hornsea and Great Cowden between 1890 and present day; as well as how the use of defence mechanisms such as groynes aim to slow down the impact of erosion.

In Latin, we have revisited masculine and feminine nouns, and can identify these by their endings.  Nouns which end in an ‘a’ are feminine, with those ending in “us” being masculine.  We could then use this knowledge to make expanded noun phrases and describe objects.  For example ‘hortus magnus est‘ would translate as ‘the garden is big‘.

P.E saw us take on a circuit training session, including skipping, basketball, hockey dribbling, shuttle runs and fitness equipment.

Finally, a huge well done to everyone in Class 5/6A who were crowned the Times Table Rockstars Battle of the Bands competition.  It was a close run contest between ourselves and 5/6C, but we just managed to edge them out in the end.  We amassed over 150,000 correct answers over the course of one week which is truly outstanding!

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Robson

Living and Learning: Speak out, Stay safe!

Posted on Friday 27 January 2023 by Mr Robson

Our living and learning lessons this week have been about staying safe and knowing how to ask for help. This has tied in with the  NSPCC programme of ‘Speak out Stay safe’ which is a programme that promotes safeguarding. The children have discussed that there are various reasons why they might ask someone for help, but that it is their right to ask for, and receive help.  Of even greater importance is the fact that abuse is never a child’s fault.. The children were confident at identifying who their own trusted adults are and felt comfortable that they could ask for help. We also talked about how to start a conversation with a trusted adult, as this can sometimes be the hardest part.  To conclude we created lists of people, places and objects that make us feel happy and safe.

Help at home: talk to your child and find out who their trusted adults are. Do they know who to go to if they need help or support? Ask them about the video. Can they remember who the NSPCC mascot is? What were the main points?

Living and learning: I know how to seek help.

Posted on Friday 27 January 2023 by Mrs Hogarth

Our living and learning lessons this week have been about being safe – this follows on well from our previous learning about assessing risks. The NSPCC promote the idea of ‘Speak out Stay safe’ which is a programme that promotes safeguarding. The children have understood the forms of abuse that can take place, how abuse is never a child’s fault and where to get help if needed. It also talked about big and small worries and how these can build up and cause a child to feel worried, upset or anxious. The children were confident at identifying who their own trusted adults are and felt comfortable that they could ask for help. We also talked about how to start a conversation with a trusted adult, as this can sometimes be the hardest part.

Below is the link to the NSPCC website if you would like any further information.

NSPCC

Help at home: talk to your child and find out who their trusted adults are. Do they know who to go to if they need help or support? Ask them about the video. Can they remember who the NSPCC mascot is? What were the main points?

Science: Out of this world!

Posted on Friday 20 January 2023 by Mr Robson



As part of our Science topic of Space, we have been looking at the planets which make up our system and exploring the idea that the solar system is heliocentric (that the sun is at the centre of the solar system).

To help us understand this more easily we can use models to bring these concepts to life.  To show the sizes of the planets in relation to one another, we have used various fruit to make a model of the solar system.  In terms of the distance of each planet from the sun, we used a roll of toilet paper to measure each planet’s distance from the sun, and used differing number of pupils to show their size.  Understanding the position of each planet in relation to the sun helped with our final model where we replicated each planet’s orbit speed.  The key learning point from this model was that the closer the planet is to the sun, the quicker its orbit speed due to an increased gravitational pull.

Our pupils have had a lot of fun this week bringing the solar system to life in various ways!

PE: moving

Posted on Tuesday 17 January 2023 by Mrs Hogarth

We were very excited this week to get the apparatus out for PE. The children set up stations in which they would have to use different moving skills. They were using balance and coordination to move safely across the apparatus and even thought of creative ways to move across the equipment. The most popular activities were the rope ladders and ropes. These both require a lot of upper body strength to get to the top. The 8 Rs for learning were definitely applied in this lesson! Some children faced their fears too – overcoming their fear of heights to tackle the activities. An important part of the lesson was also talking about how to be safe on the equipment so no-one got injured – the children knew how to safely move the equipment.

Leeds United Positive Choices Workshop

Posted on Monday 16 January 2023 by Mr Lindsay

This morning, year 6 had a visit from Vicky at Leeds United. During the session we discussed a range of topics: anti social behaviour, legal ages,  making positive choices, using social media safely and consequences for our actions.