Mrs Jennings-Payne and Mr Browne
Here you will find out about the fun things that we do in class to help us progress in our learning.
We hope that you enjoy looking at our photos and enjoy reading the Learning Letters that tell you even more about our amazing class!
STAR OF THE WEEK: Zara
THIS WEEK'S ATTENDANCE PERCENTAGE FOR OWLS CLASS: 89.46%
Before Easter Year 6 entered the school potato growing challenge; trying to grow the largest amount of potatoes and and also the heaviest yield. Here is our entry.
We also had to find the one which looked the most like Mr Manclark ... What do you think?
Taking learning outside the Classroom
Year 6 spent Monday morning making rafts to save Wilson from drowning and life on an island on his own. We combined learning about Maths, Literacy and Science through this activity.
Creating Line Graphs
A new term with a new topic. We have been creating line graphs then using them to interpret data and make predictions.
When do we use line graphs as adults?
The Trip to the Globe Theatre
On Monday 21st March 2016, Year 6 went to the Globe Theatre, London. We had a tour of the venue and were able to perform a few lines on the stage to the other groups visiting the place. We then took part on an hour's workshop with Shakespearean Actor.
World Book Day
During World Book Day Owls Class created stories based on a front cover, book reviews and shared books with Toucans Class in Year 3.
Take One Artist Day - Van Gogh
Year 6 studied the image of Van Gogh having taken off his right ear. Using this as our stimulus we created our own versions using the support and advice of Lena.
TASC maths investigation about fractions
The children used counters to help solve the problem of how many marbles had been lost by Andy and Sam when the ball broke.
Acting out our Scripts
Making our scripts take shape through speaking and listening.
Writing our own Play Scripts
Once we had analysed the scripts we then created our own by taking a section of the story and converting it into a script.
Here we are analysing the key elements of a play script.
Cole, sharing his biographical writing with his group.
This week we have been applying our measuring skills to reproduce the globe image by measuring the length of the sides with a ruler and the angles with a protractor.
What an impressive job they have all made of the task.
Thought is Free
Why not improve you literacy skills by playing these fantastic games?
We will be working on biographies for the first couple of weeks. Why not do a little pre-reading before hand.
Here is a useful page for adults.
Week 1 starting 4/1/16 we will be looking at multiplication and division. We will be working hard to improve our efficiency for these calculations. Playing the games below should help you.
During week 2 we will be examining area of shapes, both regular and irregular. you should find the following website useful.
Week 3 will include calculating unknown angles in triangle, quadrilaterals on s straight line and around a point. have a look here to give you a heads up for the lesson.
Week 4 leads us onto fractions, we shall be reminding ourselves about adding and subtracting fractions. We will be learning how to multiply and divide fractions with different denominators and mixed number fractions.
100 % Attendees for Owls Class, Terms 1 & 2
Straw and Order Nativity for Years 5 and 6
Through weeks of hard work and rehearsals years 5 and 6 produced the show Straw and Order to their parents on Thursday 17th December 2015. Well done all the participants.
Jungle Book Homework Projects
As the end of term approaches homework projects begin to arrive. Don't forget to bring in your examples of creative homework.
Mrs Todd says the tallest girls are the fastest runners? Is this true?
During the Race for life activity day the class were challenge to investigate this question through a TASC wheel. Having gathered the information together the children presented the data as a chart with to y axis and then analysed the information.
This week we investigated the spelling of the 'ay' sound. This was not an easy one as there are so many different options.
Learning with our Parents
On Friday we had an exciting afternoon completing a bush tucker trials, sharing our learning with our parents. There were 6 activities to be completed within the hour:
1. Completing Ninja maths sheets (our parents were challenge with the master ninja sheets).
2. Finding stars in 'stuff' while not looking. A very sticky and messy process.
3. creating a carpet map of the then locating the rain forests and jungle around the world.
4. describing a plastic bug while blindfolded
5. answering all the challenge questions around the rooms
6. building a tower out of rocks and pebbles; to win your tower had to have the largest number of stones used
Great Fun was had by all.
We finally met the big Yellow Snake
After a short wait while it shed its skin and had a feed, we were finally able to meet and hold this snake. Which members of staff do you think were brave enough to also hold him?
SPAG and Spelling lesson
First we up-leveled a simple sentence using these rules
1. add an adjective
2. add an adverb
3. add a sub-ordinate clause
4. change the verb
5. change the noun
Can you improve this sentence? The snake was warming up.
Then we worked on how to spell words with prefixes.
Christmas Unwrapped at Margate Baptist Church
On Monday 30th November, Year 6 went to the Baptist Church in Cecil Square to investigate the story and history of Christmas. While there the children investigated the commercial side of Christmas thinking about when shops begin thinking about Christmas and the Christmas Number 1. Then we thought about the story of the birth of Jesus; facts and fiction.
The children then had the opportunity to make their own mince pie to take way with them as we left the church.
HOME READER WINNERS
This week the children we given a challenge; read every day and return their readers to school daily and they would get a small prize (match attack cards, pens...). Here are the winners. Who will win next week?
Year 6 have had a fencing experience
On Friday, Owls class had the opportunity to experience a taster session in fencing. Donning the aprons and helmets made the children feel fully prepared for a dual.
Lee and his Snakes
On Thursday, Lee came in to talk about keeping snakes and showed Year 6 many of his own snake collection, including Ben and Gwen his Royal Pythons. They learnt about how they live, what they eat, how long they live and much more. We even got to hold one snake but it did take four children to ensure he was supported from one end to the other.
Owls have been investigating the factors of different numbers.
Why is it possible to have a number with only 3 factors? Write an explanation and bring it into school.
Remembrance Day Work
Owls completed some work linked to the poem 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon.
Buddy Reading with Panther Class
On Thursday Owls went to Panther class to buddy read with children in Year 2. Year 6 children focused on reading with expression and fluency. Then the tables turned and the Panthers read to the Owls. There were rules; teach, teach, teach don't just tell. The Owls had to teach the children to use a range of strategies to read unfamiliar words rather than giving them the answer.
Completing this week's reading challenge
Having met Mowgli, Shere Khan, Father and Mother Wolf at the start of the book the children were trying to interpret the text using their inference skills.
Finding percentages of numbers
We have been finding 10 and 25 % of amounts. Can your child explain this to you?
INTERHOUSE ROUNDERS AND KWIK CRICKET FESTIVAL YEAR 6
On Monday 19th October 2015, Year 6 held an inter-house competition. Northern Ireland came first with Wales and England tying for second place and finally Scotland.
We have been working on multiplication using the column method. Can you solve this task ?
A 3 digit number is multiplied by a 2 digit number and the calculation is written out as shown below.
Each star like this stands for one digit.
Owls class have been learning to write persuasively. We have considered the key language needed to drive an argument and persuade your audience.
Viking Shields and Designs
We have looked at a range of designs used by the Vikings to decorate their shields and jewellery. The children chose how to colour these and were so excited by the task completed these in the gaps between assessments test over the last two weeks; some even stayed in a play and lunchtime to finish them!
Owls Class has been lent some Viking artefacts found by one of our Grandparents while out metal detecting in the local are.
We have been told what they are but can you discover what they were used for during the reign of the Vikings?
We used a dominoes to revise the properties of 2 and 3 D shapes. All we had to do to match the statement to the picture, but it wasn't that easy.
Trip to The Royal Harbour School, Ramsgate.
We enjoyed a trip to the Royal Harbour School to experience life in a secondary school. The children learnt street dance, how to bake a ginger biscuit, how to create a strong tower and much more.
PE - Assessments
This week we aimed to demonstrate our learning so far by creating a balance with a partner and by performing a headstand; focusing on demonstrating control both on the way up into the hold and on the way down. Some of us are at the beginning of being able to demonstrate these skills while others are almost there but need to polish the skill.
Maths using a TASC activity.
The challenge was to take 3, 10 sided spinners and each with different numbers hidden on them. Which spinner resulted in the results recorded on the grid. The children had to use logic and resilience to track down a possible answer.
A visit from staff and students from Hartsdown Technology School
Owls class enjoyed participating in a range of activities laid on by a local secondary school. We pretended to be making a show for their radio show, had fun partaking in a drama lesson supported by 6 visiting sixth form students and finally held our own quick cricket game lead by their PE teacher.
Many of you were eager to carry on with the outstanding maths you were doing in class. I have added a couple of questions for you to give a go. A team point will be awarded for solutions to these, in old money, level 6 questions.
f = 23.45
s = 5.67
g = 9.87
r = ?
(3f+2s) - (3g+15.98) = r
r = ?
75.45 + (4r-s) = q
q = ?