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Year 6

Jewish Studies 21st  January – 19th Shevat

At the start of the week, we celebrated Tu B’Shevat with a special Tu B’Shevat Seder, at which we asked 4 questions, ate 4 different categories of fruit (thank you for sending it in!) and drank 4 cups of wine (aka grape juice).

 

On Thursday, we had our first session of the Mizrachi programme, “Yehudi” which Rabbi Andrew Shaw introduced and explained to us.  We were also joined by 4 amazing Madrichim from Immanuel College, who will be with us across the year (and will look out for those of us who attend Immanuel College next year). 

 

We introduced our new topic of Shabbat, creating word clouds from our present Shabbat knowledge and reviewed the reading rule of the week – the new rule is now on Google Classroom along with this week’s Parashah Choice Board.  We also enjoyed participating in some of the Kahoot quizzes that we had made for our Parashah homework.

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.

Friday 21st January 2022

 

Dear Parents,

 

At the start of the week, the children took part in celebrations for Tu'Bishvat, which they thoroughly enjoyed- especially eating the fruit!

 

This week the children continued their robotics lesson, collaborating and demonstrating resilience when building different structures. Photos added below.

 

In Maths, we turned our attention to measurement, where the children were asked to read, write and convert between metric and imperial measurements. It may be worth revising more of these types of questions at home, particularly more of the problem-solving worded problems.

 

In English, the children read Chapter 4 of Letters to the lighthouse, which depicted how the children were all evacuated out of London. They watched a recount of a real evacuee's experience and reviewed pictures and information regarding the politics of war at the time. In creative writing, the children wrote about a photo and read these aloud to the class.

 

Writers of the week:

Last week: Jacob and Jenna

This week: Lexi

 

In science, the children learned the difference between a series and parallel circuit. They used equipment to then make these circuits, whilst discussing their effectiveness and outcomes. In history, we reviewed the role of women during the war and had in-depth discussions about how woman would have felt to receive a 'man's job', what their conditions were like and what their roles entailed. In art, the children finished off their Neville Chamberlain artwork. I will post these below.

For next week can children please bring in a cardboard kitchen/toilet roll for their next project.

 

Year 6 began their French lessons with Mrs Sharman. So far the children have thoroughly enjoyed delving into the language by acting out different conversations with one another. See pictures on the Facebook page! Additionally Year 6 went to the gym this week. Photos have been added of their time there.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Weiner

Neville Chamberlain-Art

Robotics

Jewish Studies 14th January – 12th Shevat

 

Our focus this week has been Tu B’Shevat and protecting HaShem’s beautiful world.  We watched a short video clip that showed the damage that humans have brought to the earth, and the possible long-term consequences of such damage.  We discussed what we can be doing to help resolve the situation, and Year 6, as always, were full of amazing ideas and suggestions, some of which they are hoping to put into action.

 

We also continued our study of Bereishit, learning about the second day of creation, and the reasons why HaShem does not describe the day as ‘good,’ as He does after each other day of creation.

 

Please complete your leaf pledges over the weekend and send them back to school on Monday. 

Parashah homework is on Google Classroom as usual.

Thank you in advance for sending in a piece of fruit for Monday’s fruit party.

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom,

Mrs Hill

Friday 14th January 2022

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week the children took part in their first robotics session with Robothink. These lessons develop a forward-thinking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme, focussing on communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. I have attached some photos below for you to see how the children got on.

 

Lunchtime interview prep started up again this week. Any child who needs support with an upcoming interview, will be able to sit with me to discuss current affiars and prepare for different topics of conversations.

 

In Maths, we reviewed how to translate reflect and find missing coordinates (algebraically) on a full coordinate grid. Some used tracing paper to support their reflections while others found a method of counting away from the mirror line. They also learned how to reflect a shape in different mirror lines e.g. x=5 or x=y which was an added challenge! Today they took part in an investigation activity and managed to create their own battle ship boards using a range of polygons.

 

In History and English, the children were able to fully immerse themselves in our book study of Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll. They completed a hot seating task where one child interviewed one of the characters from the book. I have shared a few interviews below. The children completed a response to Neville Chamberlain's speech and have begun to use these in an exciting art project led by Mrs. Goldfarb. Their grammar skill this week was to use passive voice e.g. the window was broken by the ball. Their task was to incorporate this into their writing where they needed to continue a time period text. 

 

Writers of the week:

This week: Jacob and Jenna

 

In science, we have begun the topic of Electricity. They made quiz questions this week based on a comprehension text, which they thoroughly enjoyed, followed by a circuit symbol identification teach. Next week, the children will begin to build their own circuits to uncover how they work.

 

In art, the children will be working on many projects surrounding life WWII. For next week can children please bring in card kitchen/toilet roll holder for their next project.

 

French lessons with Mrs Sharman will begin on Monday next week!

 

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Weiner

Coordinates lesson

Character Interviews

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Character interview

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Character Interview

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Jewish Studies – 7th January 2022 – 5th Shevat 5782

Welcome back to the Spring Term – before we know it, Pesach will be upon us!

This week we have taken the opportunity to catch up on the story of the Parashah from the past couple of weeks, as we have missed many major storylines.  We have also learned about this week’s Parashah, being Parashat Bo. 

 

We discussed the ten plagues, and how HaShem sent each one ‘middah k’neged middah’ – measure for measure.  We also discussed why the first Mitzvah given to Bnei Yisrael was that of Rosh Chodesh, and discussed how it is a privilege to be able to choose how to use our time, so we should always use it wisely and not waste it!

Friday 7th January 2022

 

Dear Parents,

 

Happy new year. It has been lovely to see a lot of smiling faces joining me back at school. This week, although quite brief, was a great start back into the Spring Term. This term will be slightly different from the previous, meaning that there will not be a large focus on exam preparation. Instead, this term will be about the children gaining a deeper understanding of topics learned and a chance for us to have workshops and take educational trips. 

 

In English we have begun our book study on 'Letters from the Lighthouse' by Emma Caroll. There will be a lot of writing opportunities, projects, and cross-curricular links made with our History topics of WWI and WWII. On Thursday the children analysed the features of a limerick and wrote their own. I will post a few examples below. In Maths the children have begun to review co-ordinates. They were able to play careful strategy games to develop their critical thinking. We will continue this next week. In History, we quickly reviewed the causes of WWI ready to begin WWII next week! Our Science topic this term is electricity, which will also begin next week.

 

Information for Boystown: Taking place 30th January 2022

- 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, London N12 0GA (for information on how to get there please go to artsdepotgetting-here).

-The performance is at 6pm, and the allocated rehearsal time is at 4:40pm.

- Parents are asked to drop off their children at least 20 minutes prior to their rehearsal time to ensure rehearsals run to schedule.

- Photos and video will be taken on the day, recordings of the performance will be available to order during the interval. To this end, please do let us know if you do not consent to your pupils’ photos being shared on social media or sent to the press.

 

Shabbat Shalom 

Miss Weiner

Limericks

Friday 10th December 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

It was lovely to speak to each of you this week during our parent consultation meetings. Please expect your child's report to be sent out at the end of school today at 13:30.

 

Information for Boystown: Taking place 30th January 2022

Please book your tickets!

- 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, London N12 0GA (for information on how to get there please go to artsdepotgetting-here).

- Tickets for the event will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday, 8 December 2021 from the Arts Depot Box Office. Tickets can be purchased over the phone on 020 8369 5454, or in person at the Arts Depot Box Office (at the address above).

- Photos and video will be taken on the day, recordings of the performance will be available to order during the interval. To this end, please do let us know if you do not consent to your pupils’ photos being shared on social media or sent to the press.

 

In Maths, the children got to grips with spatial reasoning and nets (something they all found quite challenging). During our lessons, we used concrete resources to recreate and analyse the direction, pattern and structure of shape. Following on from this, the children were given past paper questions relating to this topic. We also carried out a timed maths paper, which we then went through in two groups.

 

In English, the children completed a comprehension paper that mainly focussed on their grammar and punctuation knowledge. In grammar, they reviewed different sentence types such as simple, compound, and complex (including subordinate and relative clauses). They had to identify which punctuation to use and where it should be placed in order to make the sentence accurate. In creative writing, the children had to work in teams to complete a story based on an 'exam-style' sentence opener. They had to take turns, writing a sentence each, which followed on from their partner's previous sentence until it formed a complete story. They really enjoyed this challenge as they had to collaborate effectively within their group and stick to the brief.

 

Writers of the week:

Last week: Sarah, Raphy and Daniel

This week: Isobel

 

In Science, the children wrote out their conclusions from the previous week's experiment and made further predictions for what they think the end result may look like. They will review their experiments next week and finish off their experiment. I have been very impressed by their enthusiasm for Science.

 

Art this week the children looked at Joan Miro and re-created work in his style. They also wrote a brief description of what they enjoyed about his style of painting and why it was so impactful.

 

Lastly, for Geography, the children were given photographs or eroding cliff lines to analyse and discuss. They had to think about what their image used to look like, what had happened, and what it will look like in a few hundred years.

 

We are so proud of how hard each child has worked so far this term and we wish them the best of luck in their upcoming exams.

 

Shabbat Shalom 

The Year 6 Team

Jewish Studies 6th Tevet – 10th December

 

In Year 6 this week, we returned to our learning of Parashat Bereishit, analysing the first few pessukim and questioning whether the word ‘yom’ refers to a 24 hour day – especially because the moon and sun were not created until day #4.  We also learnt a little about the Yiddish language, questioning why we have an Ashkenazi Jewish language and how it developed over time.  We also highlighted the equivalent Sephardi language, being Ladino.

 

We learnt the story of this week’s Parashah, focussing in detail on the reasons why Yoseph may have asked his servants to leave the room when identifying himself to his brothers.  This week’s Parashah Choice Board is on Google Classroom, due in for Tuesday please.

 

Enjoy the winter holidays, and keep safe and healthy!

Shabbat Shalom

 

Mrs Hill

Hillel vs. Shammai

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Hillel vs. Shammai #2

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Jewish Studies 29th Kislev – 3rd December

 

At last, Chanukah has arrived!  We’ve had a really busy Chanukah week here, with each day beginning with full-school Tefillah and Hallel, and each day ending with Chanukah candle lighting and a sing-a-long.  Some of our Year 6 children had the honour of saying the brachot and lighting the Chanukiah for the rest of the school. 

 

The main sing-a-long on Tuesday afternoon was really excellent – a huge well done to all of Year 6 for their amazing contribution, and a massive thank you to Mr Fingerhut and the Ivrit team for preparing the children so incredibly well!  You should be receiving the video of the event really soon.

 

We learned what the Gemara says about candle lighting on Chanukah and examined the arguments between Hillel and Shammai as to how to light the Chanukiah.  You can see some of our videos on the subject below. Chanukah would not have been complete without a game of Sevivon, which we did with a difference, with thanks to Seed’s amazing Sevivon Game.  Hopefully the children have brought this home and you can play over Shabbat!

 

I wish you all Shabbat Shalom, Chanukah Same’ah and Chodesh Tov!

Mrs Hill

Friday 3rd December 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

On Wednesday this week the children took part in an E-safety morning. Thank you to those who gave up their time to attend. It was a very informative discussion and all of the children enjoyed taking part. After the session, we were asked many questions about their devices and how to access privacy settings on all social media including messaging apps. Please continue to have these conversations at home. 

 

This week the children took part in their last Chanukah show. They sang with confidence and collaborated. Well done to our Year 6 compares who helped introduce each class. 

 

Information for Boystown: Taking place 30th January 2022

Please book your tickets!

- 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, London N12 0GA (for information on how to get there please go to artsdepotgetting-here).

- Tickets for the event will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday, 8 December 2021 from the Arts Depot Box Office. Tickets can be purchased over the phone on 020 8369 5454, or in person at the Arts Depot Box Office (at the address above).

- Photos and video will be taken on the day, recordings of the performance will be available to order during the interval. To this end, please do let us know if you do not consent to your pupils’ photos being shared on social media or sent to the press.

 

In Maths, we created mocktails for maths day! The children thoroughly enjoyed creating drinks (and consuming them!) based on ratio and proportion. They sorted all of their data into a table which they carefully drew out in their books.  They then voted on their favourite mocktails in groups and found out the average. Once each group chose their favourite concoction, the class then rated these. They all needed to sort the data and find comparisons and differences between the mean, median and mode. They found this quite challenging yet we had excellent discussions.

 

In English, the children had a short 20 minute write, which they then analysed using an ‘examiner-style’ mark-scheme. This allowed them to reflect and proofread their work for not only spelling and punctuation but also for the structure, presentation and word power. They took this very seriously and were able to spot areas in their writing which could be improved. They should continue this practice in their writing homework. They also completed a multiple choice comprehension paper, which we then went through together.

 

Writers of the week:

Last week: Ari, Lexi and Ella

This week: Sarah, Raphy and Daniel

 

In Science, the children set up their mould experiments and have begun to record information. They will review their experiments next week and make further predictions and conclusions to assess and analyse what has happened.

 

In Geography, the children drew and explained erosion in relation to a cliff line and created a comic strip explaining the process.

 

 

Shabbat Shalom and Chanukah Sameach

The Year 6 Team

 

Mocktail making

Jewish Studies 22nd Kislev - 26th November

 

It's been another Chanukah filled week, with an emphasis on Jewish identity, fuelled by the Syrian-Greeks' attempts to convert us all to the Hellenistic way of life - and failing miserably.  Amongst other things, we created a text conversation between Yehudah Maccabee and Antioccus, King of Greece, defending the Jewish people's right to continue practising their Judaism.  Who knew there were so many emojis to choose from back then in Ancient Israel!

 

I wish you all Shabbat Shalom, and a Chag Chanukah Same'ach!

 

Mrs Hill

 

 

Friday 25th November 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

The effort each child has put into their hair today has been truly wonderful to see. Many of their hairstyles have been added below!

 

 

Information for Boystown: Taking place 30th January 2022

 

- 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, London N12 0GA (for information on how to get there please go to artsdepotgetting-here).

- Tickets for the event will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday, 8 December 2021 from the Arts Depot Box Office. Tickets can be purchased over the phone on 020 8369 5454, or in person at the Arts Depot Box Office (at the address above).

- Photos and video will be taken on the day, recordings of the performance will be available to order during the interval. To this end, please do let us know if you do not consent to your pupils’ photos being shared on social media or sent to the press.

 

In Maths, we reviewed area and perimeter of simple and compound shapes. They were able to use their knowledge of algebra to find unknown sides of increasing difficulty. They went through their homework in class to work through questions they found challenging and completed a maths paper.

As part of our fun maths lesson next week, we will be using fizzy drinks to measure out proportion/ mix. Please send us an email if you would not like your child to drink these during the lesson or if they have any allergies. 

 

In English, the children studied and completed two comprehensions about poetry. For this they needed to infer meaning and review the author’s use of language to unpick what the theme and tone of the text were. Their grammar this week reviewed how to find the subject and object in different sentences. We have been very impressed with the children’s use of grammar and punctuation within their writing.

 

Writers of the week:

This week: Ari, Lexi and Ella

 

In Science, the children have begun to prepare for a mould experiment- taking place next week. We discussed different variables such as : the independent, control and dependent. They also wrote their method of how they will carry out their experiment and made appropriate predictions of what may happen.

 

In Geography, the children wrote up their findings from the experiments  they carried out last week.

 

In Art, the children looked at Surrealism, completing their own Dali inspired pieces.

 

Shabbat Shalom

The Year 6 Team

 

Friday 19th November 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week the children received their results from Assessment week. Please note, we will be discussing these with you during our parent consultations in a few weeks time.

 

In Maths, we reviewed basic algebra, using known facts to find unknown quantities. They then completed a maths paper. Half of the class took part in a very exciting escape room activity, where they had to unpick the puzzles to find the clues. The other half of the class will complete this the following week.

 

In English, the children began to use accurately punctuated speech within their writing, incorporating: hyphens, parentheses and semi colons to add detail. This was linked to their grammar skill. Each group went through a complex inference paper. This is an area that they will need to revise. All of the children then completed a timed comprehension paper, which we will be going over next week. 

 

In Science, the children researched three different types of microorganisms. These were: bacteria,fungi and virus.  They drew scientific diagrams of each microorganism, labelled them and wrote about what they are.

 

Science quiz club members were selected this week. Well done to Isobel, Sarah, Jacob and Amelie. Good luck for your quiz next week!

 

In Geography, the children carried out experiments to do with erosion. They will write up their findings next week.

 

In Art, the children looked at Surrealism, completing their own Rene Magritte inspired pieces. Photos have been added below.

 

Shabbat Shalom

The Year 6 Team

Escape room and Art

Jewish Studies - 15th Kislev/19th November 

 

It's beginning to feel a lot like Chanukah... We began our week by playing Chanukah Taboo, to remind ourselves about all the various components of Chanukah. We then reviewed the story of Chanukah and discussed the concept of Hellenism and its effects on the Jews living at that time.  We watched the Lights video, which helped us to understand the downside of integrating Greek and Jewish lifestyles and we figured out for ourselves what lessons we can learn from the Chanukah story.

 

Here are some of Year 6's suggestions:

"You can never eliminate your Jewish identity, no matter how hard you try".

"The miracles were a sign to show the Jews that HaShem is still with us".

"When life seems bad, remember your heritage and that HaShem will always be there".

"Never let other people change who you are.  Don't be peer-pressured by the people around you. Keep being yourself".

"Don't let anyone around you pressure you to do things you don't want to do".

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend

Mrs Hill

 

Jewish Studies - week ending 12th Nov - 8th Kislev

 

We spent much of the week learning the history of the Jews of Ethiopia (Beta Israel community) and the two operations, Operation Moses and Operation Solomon, that brought them to safety in Israel.  We discussed in detail the role played by the Israel government and the Mossad in transporting hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian Jews to safety in Israel, and how no other country in the world would even consider spending the millions of dollars that Israel spent in order to bring refugees into the country - אין מקום כמו ארץ ישראל - there's no place like Israel! The class have produced their own excellent presentations on either Operation Moses or Operation Solomon, which they have started to share with their classmates.

We also practised our Hebrew reading - please remember, the children should be practising their reading at home for around 5 mins per day, 5 days per week, and we looked in detail at the story of this week's Parashah, including a number of deeper insights as suggested by Rashi.  Parashah homework (Choice-board) is on the JS Google Classroom and is due in for Tuesday.

 

Shavuah tov - have a lovely week ahead!

 

 

 

 

Friday 12th November 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week we completed our COP26 speeches and heard from one of our parents about the government's views on the topic.

 

Practice papers- Timed papers will be uploaded each week on Atom. These are same format as the ISEB exams. 

 

In Maths, we reviewed angles and how to find unknown angles in different 2D shapes. Additionally, they completed a maths paper and also took part in the Primary Maths Challenge- please bear in mind that these papers are harder than the 11+ exams as they are a national challenge across many schools. 

 

In English, they continued their essay writing, using formal language to link paragraphs and to create a strong tone throughout their writing.  For grammar this week the children revised how to use parenthesis and hyphens to add detail to their writing appropriately. The children should continue to revise their grammar skills and apply them often to any written task. For reading this week, we reviewed the lyrics to a song - Defying Gravity. The children carefully analysed the language, style, and structure this piece of music had. 

 

Writer of the week- This is a new initiative to celebrate the children's written work.

Last week's writers: Rosie and Doron

This week's writers are Raphy and Reuben for their essay writing.

 

In Science, the children used microscopes to view animal cells. They drew scientific diagrams of each slide recognising the differences between different samples.

 

In Geography, the children finished the rest of their speeches. They also began to learn about erosion caused by weathering. The children were given different images where they had to work out how they had been weathered.

 

In Art, the children analysed and made a small study of one of Cezanne's famous artworks. They used their Ipads to zoom into the image (creating a window) and used watercolours to blend paint.


Below we have attached an informative flyer about anti-bullying week.

 

Shabbat Shalom

The Year 6 Team

Friday 5th November 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

The children came back from half term more determined and ready to get to work. 

 

Practice papers- Timed papers will be uploaded each week on Atom. These will follow the same format as the ISEB exams. We will continue to complete timed papers within the week as well. 

 

In Maths, the children learned how to answer exam-style questions relating to ratio and proportion. They also completed two maths papers, one of which being a primary maths challenge. We reviewed answers and methods in the classroom and marked them in class. Please can children continue to revise this topic.

 

In English, we began to write essays using formal language and sentence openers. The children really enjoyed the discussion behind their thoughts and opinions and were able to give insightful ideas. For grammar this week the children revised how to use semicolons and colons appropriately. We will look to use these skills more frequently within writing tasks. For reading this week, we reviewed Guy Fawkes  (very fitting) considering it is the 5th November. The children were able to link his treason to our current geography crisis.

 

Writer of the week- This is a new initiative to celebrate the children's written work.

Writer's before half term were: Daniel and Shai

This week's writers are: Rosie and Doron

 

In Science, the children reviewed different cells e.g animal and plant cells. They researched and drew scientific diagrams of each and compared the two.

 

For Geography, the children wrote speeches about COP26. Many of these were read aloud today, and were presented in front of the class. The children gave excellent feedback and were highly enthused to take part (pictures are attached below). We will hear the rest on Monday. Additionally, we had a key speaker on zoom from Extinction Rebellion. The children will be writing a newspaper report about her and the importance of COP26. 

 

In Art, the children have continued to look at still life artworks. A key artist we are studying currently is Paul Cezanne. Next week the children will be analysing some of  his famous pieces. 

 

Shabbat Shalom

The Year 6 Team

Friday 22nd October 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week was assessment week. The children completed English, maths, verbal reasoning, and non-verbal reasoning papers. Results for these papers will be discussed at parent consultations after half term. 

 

This week the children made informative posters about the Bristol Bus Boycott as well as the Montgomery Boycott. Their analytical thinking homework is to write a poem based on the Windrush Generation as a follow on from Black History Month.

 

Writer of the week- This is a new initiative to celebrate the children's written work.

Last week's writers were:Liya and Amelie

This week's writers are: Daniel and Shai

 

For grammar this week the children revised how to use apostrophes appropriately in their writing.

 

In Science, the children grouped and classified plants using a classification key. We looked at scientific language to describe the different characteristics. I

 

n Art, the children used charcoal and pencil techniques to draw various 3D shapes.

 

Well done to the girls who took part in the football this week! Please can we remind you to bring back kits e.g. tops and shorts. There will be optional homework available over the half term. 

 

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely half term!

The Year 6 Team

22nd October - 17th Cheshvan 5782

This week in Jewish Studies we have learnt - and almost perfected - the skill of reading Rashi script.  We spotted the similar letters that we would possibly muddle up, us as well as the really different-looking letters that may confuse us.  We are now almost experts at reading Rashi (with vowels).

 

We have also reviewed our Hebrew grammar, focusing on Hebrew prefixes.  We used JITap to help reinforce our knowledge.  We have also taken part in a kahoot quiz or two, based on last week's parashah.

 

In our Parashah lesson, we compared Noach and Avraham and their levels of righteousness.  We saw how, when faced with the destruction of the World, Noach did as he was told by HaShem and built his ark, whereas when faced with the destruction of Sodom and Amorah, Avraham begged and pleaded with HaShem to save the people.  We linked this to the importance of making good choices and being/following a wise leader.

 

I wish you all a beautiful Shabbat and a healthy and enjoyable half term week.

 

Mrs Hill

Friday 8th October 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

We are sure many of you are thinking 'Finally! Their first full week of the term.' 

 

Our topic for maths this week was multiplying and dividing mixed fractions by whole numbers, followed by a short recap lesson on finding the equivalence between fractions, decimals, and percentages. For these tasks, we used many visual representations of fractions such as pizza slices and bars to underpin their rote learning. Many preferred using a rote method; however, to deepen their understanding we would encourage you to go over the visual reasoning as to why 1/4 divided by 3 is 1/12.

 

Our English this week was linked to our Geography topic on Climate Change. The children conducted research and wrote speeches about the damaging effects of Climate Change, and because Thursday was national poetry day, they also wrote a poem based on the topic. For guided reading, we read books by the author Peter H Reynolds called 'The dot' and 'Ish'. Both contained messages describing the importance of taking a risk and trying your best. This also linked to our PSHE lesson, where the children were asked to come up with positive and negative risks and order them based on how dangerous/ risky they were. Below we have attached photos of the children working in groups to come up with different risks and them creating their ish- inspired drawings. 

 

Writer of the week- This is a new initiative to celebrate the children's written work.

Last week's writers were: Isobel and Raphy

This week's writers are : Joe and Rosie

 

In Science, we begun our topic of 'All living things. Here the children learned about the 7 life processes of what every living thing should have. 

 

Lastly for P.E the focus this week has been based on Football and Netball skills.

 

 

Shabbat Shalom

The Year 6 Team

Friday 15th October 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

What a busy week the children have had! We would like to say thank you to all year 6 children who were able to give up their time to tour prospective parents around on Wednesday.

 

For English this week, we asked the children to write descriptive 'show not tell' pieces about a particular character of their choosing. The children found this task quite challenging, as they had to be specific with their vocabulary choices when thinking about their character's mannerisms and appearance. They also completed a comprehension paper. Please note that there is always an optional homework writing opportunity for essay writing. Our reading texts this week linked to Black History Month. We looked at the Bristol Bus Boycott as well as the Montgomery Boycott. The children were fascinated with the idea of segregation and were able to demonstrate flexibility of mind when comparing this period in time to now. Instead of an Analytical Thinking quote, this week the children were asked to research 5 questions about the Windrush Generation as a follow on from Black History Month.

 

Writer of the week- This is a new initiative to celebrate the children's written work.

Last week's writers were: Joe and Rosie

This week's writers are: Liya and Amelie

 

Our topic for maths this week was finding fractions and percentages of amounts. We asked the children of finding alternative ways of finding the answer as well as which method worked best. They all were able to collaborate and discuss their reasoning. Extra practice around worded problems would support their understanding.

 

In Science, the children classified animals and wrote detailed definitions of each species' characteristics. In Art, the children practised their tonal shading and sketching techniques. Lastly for P.E the focus this week has been based on Football and Netball skills. Well done to the boys who took part in the football this week! Good luck to the girls taking part next week.

 

 

Shabbat Shalom

The Year 6 Team

October 1st - 25th Tishrei 5782

In preparation for Shabbat Bereishit we have been discussing different elements of Parashat Bereishit, using our analytical skills to discover hidden depths of the Parashah.  We raised the questions who was God speaking to in ch.1 verse 26, and why is there an added letter 'yud' in the word for 'forming' when HaShem formed Adam on Day Six of creation.  The class gave a number of incredibly well thought-out and considered responses, really engaging their Torah brains!

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Hill

 

Jewish Studies - 8th October - 2nd Cheshvan 5782

 

What a full first week back we've had in JS!  We have continued learning Parashat Bereishit (Year 6 chose to study Bereishit over the Life of Moshe).  We examined the first 5 verses of the Torah and created a hashtag to sum up the content of these verses.  Some of these were really creative, including #LetThereBeLight, #Year0000,  #CreationGoals and #World1.0.

 

We worked hard on writing a JS-themed essay - this one was entitled,'Explain why Shabbat is such a special gift for the Jewish people'.  The class all worked really hard to write a detailed and interesting essay, with some outstanding results.

 

In our Parashah lesson we examined the verse that states Noach was a righteous man 'in his generation'.  We asked why it was necessary for the Torah to add the word for 'in his generation' and we analysed this to find out what Noach may have really been like.  I'm sure your children will gladly share our discussion with you at the Shabbat table!  Parashah homework is on the JS Google Classroom and is due for Tuesday, please.

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Hill

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 1st October 2021

 

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we are already in October, especially as we have not yet had a full week in school. We look forward to getting back to a normal routine next week.

 

This week we have been revising how to add and subtract fractions. We have been investigating different methods including how to represent the calculation pictorially. Whilst most children were confident with the arithmetic, many struggled when faced with a contextual problem involving addition and subtraction of fractions; it may be worth revising more of these types of questions at home (we will ,of course, do so in school).

 

In Creative Writing we used our book "What We'll Build" for the last time and wrote stories entitled 'The Tunnel'. The children were given a selection of story starters to choose from. Instead of a reading session this week, the children reviewed current events taking place in the news i.e the petrol crisis. During this session we had in depth discussions about how this has affected our country as well as what this looks like in our own lives. Additionally, we looked at quotes from the BBC and watched Grant Shapps interview. 

 

We are continuing to look at different areas in Non Verbal reasoning, focusing on those topics that the children find the most difficult. This week we looked at 'analogies' and discussed the quickest way to solve each problem.

 

In Geography today we started our topic on 'Our Changing World' and discussed climate change, a topic very much in the news at the moment. We watched Greta Thunberg's speech at the COP24  summit. Next week we will be learning more about climate change, looking at the agenda of the upcoming COP26 conference in November. You may wish to discuss this with your children over the coming weeks.

 

In Art the children continued to work from 'What we'll build' and were able to design spaceships out of clay. This proved challenging as they needed to think critically about the proportions of their models, whilst taking into account how much clay they actually needed to use. We will paint these next week.

 

Shabbat Shalom

The Year 6 Team

 

 

Subtraction of fractions using pizzas

Friday 24th September 2021 

 

Dear Parents,

 

In maths this week, we revised BIDMAS/BODMAS as well as multiples, factors, and prime numbers. The children really enjoyed solving puzzles and discussing which numbers had unique features such as squared or prime numbers. They also had a go at drawing prime factor trees - recognising that the prime numbers at the end totalled the initial number. They also worked through an 11+ paper, which many worked well at. It may be helpful to ensure that they have read and understood what the question is asking of them before they attempt to answer.

 

For non verbal reasoning, the children recapped rotation and reflection. They went through two multiple-choice papers. One was completed in a small group with discussion while the other was timed and independent.

 

In english the children wrote a story about 'The deserted house'. Prior to this, they were able to analyse an example text, picking out strong vocabulary and effective sentence structures. For  'Guided Reading', we decided to take a trip to the library- selecting new books and having a quiet read. WE also looked at an extract from Malamander.

 

The children have thoroughly enjoyed creating pieces of work based on our current book 'What we'll build'. In PSHE, they came up with solutions to friendship worries or problems. They worked in teams to either act it out or even perform their advice through song. 

 

Our Art lesson (also linked to the text 'What we'll build) had the children designing their own spaceships. We hope to model these out of clay so they are able to create actual 3D models of their creations. We have attached some photos below for you to take a look at!

 

Shabbat shalom

The Y6 team

PSHE- we will build a fortress to keep our enemies out and higher walls for when they shout. But you don’t lose or always win, so we will build a gate to let them in.

What we’ll build…

Jewish Studies - 24th September ~ 18th Tishrei 5782

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderfully warm Sukkot!

Year 6 have been learning about the various details needed to be taken into consideration when building a Sukkah to ensure that it is a 'kosher' Sukkah, including different heights, widths, materials and locations.  We have looked at different rules in the Mishnah and learnt that a kosher Sukkah can be built on a wagon, a boat, the top of a tree, or even on a camel!

 

We have reviewed the special brachot for Sukkot - Al Netilat Lulav for shaking the lulav (as well as shehecheyanu for the first time we do this) as well as Leishev BaSukkah for eating in the Sukkah - naturally, this brachah was accompanied by the happy munching of biscuits in the Sukkah too - after all, Sukkot is also known as Zman Simchateinu - the Time of our Happiness!

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and a beautiful second-half of Chag!

Mrs Hill

FRIDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2021

 

This week may have been short but it was one we will never forget. From the moment we left Norrice Lea in the early hours of Sunday morning until the time we dropped them back in Monday evening, we were blown away by your children's positive attitude, kindness towards each other and their perseverance and resilience. As you can see from all the pictures below (and we have now added a few more), we had a jam-packed two days which included raft building, a campfire, climbing poles and ladders and being dropped from a height on a 3G swing. If you look carefully, you may spot a few of the teachers having a go too! What really stood out for us was how kind the children were to each other; they encouraged each other when they were unsure and congratulated each other when they succeeded. These are attributes to be admired. We hope the children has as much fun as we did.

 

In maths this week, we revised long multiplication and long division. The children discussed what mistakes they commonly make and how to avoid them. Please encourage your child to estimate an answer first; this will ensure that they look carefully at the calculation and help them spot when an answer does not make sense.

 

In English we looked at a page from our book 'What we'll build' and asked the children to write a poem saying sorry from the perspective of one of the characters. We also began one exam comprehension practice focussing on how to interpret sentences when you do not understand all the vocabulary. For our 'Guided Reading', we looked at extracts from Treasure Island, which supported their inference skills.

 

 

 

In Science this week, we began our topic on All Living Things, where the children researched three famous microbiologists. Some made informative posters, books on book creator and even a quiz. 

 

As it is Succot next week, we will not be setting any formal written homework. There will, however, be the option for some Atom learning- we will set questions based on some of the common errors made in prior atom learning papers.

 

Shabbat shalom

The Y6 team

Highlights

Jewish Studies 17th September - 11th Tishrei 5782

 

I hope you all had a meaningful Yom Kippur and an easy fast.

It's been quite a week this week, what, with two days in Kingswood, preparing for Yom Kippur, remote teaching and starting to learn about Sukkot!

 

We briefly recapped all the basic information of Yom Kippur and looked in more detail at the Tefillah of Kol Nidrei itself, understanding how much importance HaShem places on the making of promises and why we therefore shouldn't ever break a promise - we decided that it's better not to make a promise at all rather than risk breaking it.

We reviewed the story of Yonah which is read on Yom Kippur afternoon as it focuses on the theme of Teshuvah. The children are finishing off their videos of the story and we look forward to watching them all next week.

Today we began discussing Sukkot, firstly reviewing the basics (see below for what they came up with) and then starting to learn what constitutes a kosher Sukkah.  Next week we will look in detail at the Mishna that discusses the laws of a kosher Sukkah - eg, is a Sukkah on the back of a camel considered kosher?!

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and an enjoyable weekend.

Mrs Hill

 

 

Part 1 swinging into action

Happy Birthday Rosie and Jonah

Shacharit al fresco

Campfire and marshmallows (yum)

We have arrived!! 

 

After an easy journey, we arrived with excited children ready to explore and find out the plan for the day. 

 

The first thing that the children did was find out their rooms and make their beds! This was quite a challenge for some of them but parents will be pleased to know that they will be keen to do this at home!

 

Having made Havdalah, the children are now davening Shacharit before we give them their second breakfast. 

 

After that they will be heading off to the obstacle challenge. There will be more activities in the afternoon. Keep watching this space to find out more.

Jewish Studies 10th September - 4th Tishrei 5782

Shanah Tovah to you all !

 

Year 6 have made such an excellent start to the new year in Jewish Studies, displaying so much enthusiasm and excitement for JS.  Our focus has been on Rosh HaShana (for obvious reasons!) and Teshuvah, and we have had some really interesting discussions.  I was blown away by the exceptionally perceptive and intelligent answers offered by many of the children in class.

 

We have learnt in detail about the five stages of Teshuvah and the children each then created a Guide to Teshuvah, many of which were really humorous and beautifully illustrated.  We went out to the stream that runs down the side of the playground and together we recited the Tashlich prayer, asking ourselves why we do Tashlich specifically at the water's edge, and what is the relevance of having fish in the water.  

 

Wishing you all a peaceful and relaxing Shabbat!

 

Mrs Hill

Friday 10th September 2021

 

I hope you all had a healthy and sweet new year.

This week we were excited to discuss Kingswood, which of course is just a few days away- we can't wait to spend a couple of days getting to know your children even better. We will upload photos onto the blog each day so keep a look out!

 

On Friday  Ms Simon came in to class to talk about prefect applications. This year we are looking for 2 Head prefects, 2 JS prefects, 2 technology prefects, 2 library prefects and 2 wellbeing prefects. The prefect form has been uploaded to google classroom. Please sit and read through the application with your child and print off the form for them to fill in. We would like the children to hand in a hard copy  by the deadline given. 

 

In English this week, we have been working on different texts. Linking to the text ‘What we’ll build’, the children wrote a descriptive piece about a storm during their creative writing lesson. Other texts that we have looked at this week are ‘Perfection’ by Nathalie Babbit,  ‘Holes' by Louis Sachar, and 'Silverfin' by Charlie Higson.

 

In Art this week (also linked to the book) the children , had been to ‘build’ a home using  different media including  watercolours, paper and sketching. They were also asked to design their own door and explain the meaning behind their design. The results were really impressive.

 

In Maths we have been looking at negative numbers - ordering, comparing, finding the difference, and completing challenges and word problems. We discussed when negative numbers feature in our everyday lives and spoke about temperature, bank balances, and, of course, goal differences in football.

 

We look forward to seeing all the children bright and early on Sunday morning- don't forget to provide a milky packed lunch.

 

Shabbat shalom

The Y6 team

Tackling maths puzzles

FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2021

 

The children have settled in quickly and are definitely ready for Y6.

Yesterday we ran through the Y6 rules and expectations, explained the timetable and homework schedule and generally talked about life in Y6.

 

We were very excited to begin work on the whole school book 'What we'll build'. This week we focused on the line 'I'll build a door where there is none'. Yesterday the children wrote about what they expected as they walked through the door of the Year 6 classroom. Today we learned about different famous doors around the world- how many can you recognise in the pictures below?

 

In Maths we have begun our topic on place value which we will continue next week.

 

We will be uploading work on Sunday evening for the remote learning day in Monday 13th September; they will receive maths, English, and art. They should complete the tasks in their maths and English homework books which we have sent home. The art activity should be done on paper. The remote learning timetable is attached below. Here is the tefillah and Kabbalat Shabbat link :https://meet.google.com/phs-ghjo-emv?hs=122&authuser=1

 

Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova

 

 

 

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