Welcome back from what we hope was a restful and enjoyable break.
This term we will be working hard towards the SATs exams which will be happening week commencing 13th May (more information will follow).
Our new topic for the term is 'The Moving Earth' and information about what we will be covering can be found in the curriculum booklet.
In the lead up to the SATs, we will be asking students to complete weekly revision tasks - copies of these are attached at the bottom of the page. We also ask that they complete as much of their Maths SATs buster books (sent home earlier in the year) as possible to prepare them for the tests in the best possible way.
The new home learning grid will be available after the SATs are completed.
An updated spelling list is available at the bottom of the page. The first spelling test will take place on Friday 3rd May.
Children can also be practising the year 5 & 6 words which are printed in their yellow reading logs.
Please be aware that if children sign up to one of our clubs, we expect them to attend every week. Any non-attendance will need to be reported to the office by a parent/carer. This is especially important to children in years 5 and 6 who have permission to walk by themselves. Thank you.
Times Tables Rockstars
We have a competition running for all children in years 3-6, which aims to improve the children's times tables knowledge using the Times Tables Rockstars website.
Each week, the child with the highest correct answers in their class will be awarded with a certificate, which will be displayed on our Rockstars board. At the end of the week, they will be able to bring this home.
Duxford Imperial War Museum
The children (and adults!) thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Duxford on 22nd March. The learning that has been completed on World War II over the last term was brought to life and they were able to explore various hangars which held war memorabilia. Some of the highlights included an Andersen Shelter, a bouncing bomb, a prefabricated bungalow from the war era and many of the planes which have been spoken about during Time to Talk presentations.
During Science Week, we spent time investigating electricity. The children devised experiments to see if they could change the brightness of a bulb by changing different factors within their circuits.
At the end of the week, certificates were awarded to super scientists within each class. Well done to Ashleigh and Scott.
Time to Talk
The Time to Talk presentations are now complete and we have been amazed with the array of topics and information that have been shared with us. We have learnt about planes, evacuation, family members, animals and Stowmarket during the war to name just a few. Every child in year 6 has presented in some way and we are extremely proud of all of them. We would like to thank parents/carers/family members who have helped the children with their presentations and inspired their topic choices and come along to watch.
World Book Day
Year 6 enjoyed celebrating World Book Day on 7th March. We spent the day completing activities based around the book Holes by Louis Sachar. Many of the children dressed as book characters - can you guess who they are from the photos?
On Wednesday 23rd January, as part of our World War II learning, the children spent the day as evacuees.
Each child was given a name tag so they could be registered as they boarded the train to the countryside. When they arrived, they were collected by different host families.
During the day, the children played WWII games, such as marbles, four squares and hopscotch. They also made gas masks, which had to be carried around with their ID cards, took part in some Lindy Hop dancing and made a cake from a wartime recipe, which involved sultanas and tea!
Year 6 Assembly
Thank you to all of you who were able to join us at our assembly - we really enjoyed being able to share some of our World War II learning with you.
We have been learning about the global plastic pollution problem in year 6. We discussed how plastic straws are a major cause of this problem, endangering thousands of species of marine life annually. Each pupil wrote a letter, outlining the issue and what they believe could be done to solve it, to a large company or person within government. We were lucky enough to receive the following letters in response.
On Tuesday 20th November, we visited the Museum of East Anglian Life to complete some science based learning. We have been learning about the classification of living things and took the opportunity to visit the museum to discover what is living in our local environment.
On Thursday 8th November, our Head Boy, Head Girl and Prefects attended a Service of Remembrance at Stowmarket Cemetery, along with representatives from other schools in the area. The children each conducted a reading about a local soldier to honour and remember them and a wreath was laid.