Brainy Basilisks

 

Summer 2 Newsletter

 

It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached the final half term at Barlborough for our Year 6s!

We’ve got a lot to get through this half term but it hopefully should be lots of fun.  Over the next couple of weeks we need to finish the writing assessments so the children will need to keep working hard and stay focussed on their writing.  We also need to prepare for the Leavers’ Play which is coming up very quickly.  The children will also be working in groups on an Enterprise project where they will need to plan and run a business.

 

Targets

 

READING

I can read whole novels with confidence and fluency.

I can independently work out the meaning of words from the context.

I can make comparisons within and across books.

 

Keep up the reading at home!  Remember 3 reads a week in your Reading Diary will get you a tick.  This is your final chance to get a Sapphire, Diamond or Platinum reward.

 

SCIENCE

 

Earth and space

I can describe and explain the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the Sun.

I can describe and explain the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth.

I can explain and demonstrate how night and day are created.

I can describe the Sun, Earth and Moon (using the term spherical).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

 

Weekly homework will be as follows

 

Week beginning

 

3.6

Learning Lines for Leavers’ Play

10.6

Learning Lines for Leavers’ Play

Enterprise project

17.6

Maths Activity

24.6

Maths Activity

 

Dates for your diary

17.6    After school rehearsal 3.25 – 5.00

20.6    Enterprise afternoon (Parents are welcome to come at the end of the day)

24.6    Leavers’ Play dress rehearsal

26.6    Leavers’ Play for Year 5 parents

27.6    Sports Day

28.6    Leavers’ Play

2-3.7  Netherthorpe transition days

8.7     Heritage transition starts

 

Water Bottles

Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

 

 

PE

This half term PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. However, we will be flexible with PE this term depending on the weather, play rehearsals and transition days so it would be really useful if your child can keep their PE kit or at least footwear in school. Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

 

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, please come and see one of us.

 

Mrs Biggin & Miss Parsons

Year 5 & 6 Maths Fair

 Our Year 5s and 6s put together a fantastic Maths Fair for the parents throughout the school.  They demonstrated and explained some of the calculation methods we use in school.  Thanks so much to those parents who came; we hope you enjoyed it and maybe learned something new.

We had a great response from the parents who came.

"Children were welcoming and presented the information well."

It was useful to "see how the working out is broken down and explained."

"The children are very enthusiastic about Maths. That's great!"

"This will help me help my child at home."

Summer 1 Newsletter

 

Welcome back to a very short but important term!

Of course the SATs are a big part of this term and we will be working hard to get the children prepared for SATs week so that they can show their very best.  However, we have lots of other fun things to do this term as well. 

 

Targets

 

READING

 

We don’t have any specific reading targets this term as it is such a short term and we will spend our time working on all of the targets and helping the children know how to answer test style questions.

 

Keep up the reading at home!  Remember 3 reads a week in your Reading Diary will get you a tick.  Ten ticks will get you your next award. 

 

SCIENCE

 

Earth and space

I can describe and explain the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the Sun.

I can describe and explain the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth.

I can explain and demonstrate how night and day are created.

I can describe the Sun, Earth and Moon using the term spherical.

 

 

Homework

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

 

Weekly homework will be as follows

 

Week beginning

 

29.4

Maths and English SATs preparation

Spellings

6.5

No Homework!

13.5

Optional section of script to learn for the Leavers’ Play audition

20.5

Leavers’ Play lines to learn

 

Dates for your diary

Week beginning 13 May                SATs week

21.5.19                                      Maths Fair for parents

26.6.19                                      Leavers’ Play for Year 5 Parents

28.8.19                                      Leavers’ Play for Year 6 Parents

 

 

Water Bottles

Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

 

 

PE

This half term PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

 

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, please come and see one of us.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

 

 On March 27th the Brainy Basilisks travelled to all four corners of the world on their visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

We watched polar bears playing in the water, baby wallabies hitching a lift in their mothers` pouches ,camels parading with a very snooty expression on their faces and otters diving and swimming.

We went to a workshop all about polar bears and learned how global warming threatens their habitat .The teacher told us ways we can help slow down global warming- simple things like switching off lights and appliances.

Science with Heritage School

We've really enjoyed the Science teachers at Heritage coming in to teach some lessons on the Human Body.  We really enjoyed the practical experiments we did, which included testing oranges for vitamin C and seeing how enzymes break down the nutrients in our food. 

 
 
 
 

Spring 2 Newsletter

 

Welcome back to a busy term! 

Well done to all of the children who are coming into the Hub each morning to do some extra revision.  It would be lovely to see a few more there every day – it really can help the children gain confidence and reinforce tricky concepts.

Targets

READING

 

I can predict what might happen from details in the text.

I can independently work out the meaning of words from the context.

I can make comparisons within and across books.

 

Keep up the reading at home!  Remember 3 reads a week in your Reading Diary will get you a tick.  Ten ticks will get you your next award.  Some children are getting close to their diamond award now.

 

SCIENCE

 

Life Cycles and Living Things

I can describe the life cycle of different living things, e.g. mammal, amphibian, insect bird.

I can describe the differences between different life cycles.

I can describe the process of reproduction in plants.

I can describe the process of reproduction in animals.

Homework

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

 

Weekly homework will be as follows

 

Week beginning

 

25.2

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet

Spellings

4.3

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

11.3

London Trip

Spellings

18.3

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

25.3

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

1.4

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

8.4

Easter Revision pack

 

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Children can then take their books home so that you can see their results but they must have their book in school every Monday. 

 

Dates for your diary

28 Feb                             I live in the Round City topic celebration

7 March                 World Book Day

15 – 18 March          Trip to London

27 March               Yorkshire Wildlife Park trip  - Children need to bring lunch and a drink in a rucksack which they can carry around the park. They may bring up to £5 in spending money .They will need a coat in case of wet weather.  We will set off and return within school hours.

Week beginning 1 April       Sex and Relationships Education

 

 

Water Bottles

Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

 

 

PE

This half term PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

 

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, please come and see one of us.

 

Mrs Biggin & Miss Parsons

 

Spring 2 Topic Web

Casualty 900 AD

Today we`ve started our new History topic -all about The Islamic Golden Age which centred around the Round City of Baghdad c 900AD.We made up plays set in the hospital in Baghdad ,which had a health system amazingly advanced for its time: free care for the poor and  such things as infection control.All the same- some of the operations look fairly painful! 

Spring Term Newsletter 1

Happy New Year!  We hope that you all had a great holiday and are feeling fully refreshed.

This new term brings with it a new and exciting topic for the children:  the round city of Baghdad.  We will start by exploring the development of the Arab city and then look into the advancements made there, for example with regards to medicine and astronomy.

Targets

Reading

I can read whole, age appropriate novels with confidence and fluency.

I can discuss and evaluate how authors use language (including figurative language) and its impact on the reader.

I can independently work out the meaning of words from the context.

Science

How well can I explain the function and components of blood?

How well can I understand the parts of and purpose of the heart?

How well can I understand the double circulatory system of the human body?

How well can I understand that nutrients and water are transported around the body by the blood?

How well can I investigate the effect of exercise on our bodies?

How well can I use line graphs to show my results?

How well can I recognise what factors lead to an unhealthy life style?

Homework
Your child will continue to receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Date homework is sent home

Homework

Friday 11th January

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 18th January

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 25th January

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 1st   February

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 8th   February

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 15th   February

Topic based homework

 

Spring Term Topic Web 1

Click to view and download all the exciting things we'll be learning this term: 

La Dolce Vita

This half term in Geography lessons, we have been learning all about La Dolce Vita - life in Italy. We made 3D maps to learn about Italy`s physical features and decided where in Italy people would go skiing or grow olives, for example. We`ve discussed the advantages and disadvantages of tourism in Venice and written some fantastically detailed discussion texts in our books. We`re about to find out about the dramatic events which happened in Pompeii in AD 79 and write interviews with some of the witnesses and survivors! At the same time, we will investigate why volcanic eruptions occur.

A visit from the Council

Last Thursday, Councillor Duncan Haywood, chairman of Barlborough Parish Council, came into class. We had some questions ready for him : we asked him what he enjoys about the job, what are the powers of a parish council and what are the council`s priorities for the coming year. We mentioned several issues that we wanted the council to address, such aspedestrian crossing near Barlborough Treatment Centre. He told us that the council were on the case!

Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to The Brainy Basilisks!  It’s lovely to see everyone back and so keen to learn.

Year 6 is set to be a challenging but (hopefully) fun year for us all!  The children will be expected to Aim High all year but we’re sure they will rise to the challenge.

We will be continuing with the reading reward system that was set up last year as it really encouraged the children with their reading at home and helped them make some really good progress.  As a lot of children have already achieved their bronze, silver and gold medals, we will, instead, be trying to achieve sapphire, diamond and platinum badges.  Again, the children will get a tick each time they have read 3 times in a week and had their Reading Records signed.  Then, when they have achieved enough ticks, they will get their next reward.  Go for it Brainy Basilisks, you can do it!

Targets

READING

I can explain and discuss my understanding by drawing inferences and justifying these with evidence.

I can summarise main ideas and key details, using quotations for illustration.

I can retrieve information from different non-fiction sources.

SCIENCE

Forces

I can explain what gravity is and its impact on our lives.

I can identify and explain the effect of air resistance.

I can identify and explain the effect of water resistance.

I can identify and explain the effect of friction.

I can explain how levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a

greater effect.

I can control variables in an enquiry.

I can use the outcome of test results to make predictions and set up a further

comparative fair test.

Homework

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Weekly homework will be as follows

Week beginning

 

3.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

10.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

17.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

24.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

1.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

8.10

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

15.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Children can then take their books home so that you can see their results but they must have their book in school every Monday. 

With this letter, we are sending home a copy of the words that children need to spell correctly in Years 5 & 6.  Some of these will be send home for the spelling tests but you may want to work through them with your child as they will need to use them in their writing during Year 6.

Water Bottles
Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

PE
This half term PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, please come and see one of us.

Mrs Biggin & Miss Parsons

Autumn Term Topic Web: Romans!

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