Martin Luther King Class Update 16/04/2021

What a super week full of surprises. There seems to have been so many updates to the classroom that we have found ourselves playing spot the difference in the mornings! Not only is our classroom looking amazing with our new carpet, we also have a new reading corner and a trolley with 21 new chromebooks- just for year 6 to use.! Our newly appointed librarians have been really busy organising the school library : sorting books into categories, checking that books are stamped with the MJS school logo and making the library a really inviting place for the whole school to visit. The librarians have freely given up their spare time and done an amazing job -thank you goes to everyone involved. This week we have been totally absorbed in our learning about the ‘Mysterious Mayans’ and we have started to make links between our learning in guided reading, English and topic work. In maths we have made an excellent start to our percentage work and I was delighted to hear Mrs Grey praising several members of the class for the sportsmanship that they showed in Netball this week. What an excellent start to the Summer term Year 6. Keep it up!

Rosa Parks Class Update 16/04/2021

We have had a very busy but fun first week back! Our classroom was decorated over the Easter holidays and it looks fantastic! We are so impressed with it and love our new learning space. We have enjoyed getting to grips with our new classroom layout – we even have a sofa in the middle of the room which we all thought was very cool! We have enjoyed our new science topic on forces and have learnt about friction and pull/push forces. We tried very hard to pull two books apart but unfortunately friction got the better of us! We have been using our scientific enquiry skills to investigate how different surfaces can affect how an object can move. In English, we are writing a story based on the Pixar short ‘The Blue Umbrella’. We have written some amazing sentences which use excellent vocabulary and writing features. Take a look below at some of our writing examples.

As evening fell, cars scuttled by on the busy city streets unaware of the terrible storm darkening the sky behind them. It was as black as obsidian. Moving as a teeming crowd below, the umbrellas bumbled home – unhappy, glum, miserable. Out of the sea of melancholy, a glorious azure umbrella burst open. Joyful, he pirouetted with sense of fulfilment. Blue gazed around intrigued and inspired.

In mathematics, we are learning about multiplication. We have been focussing on the 2, 4 and 8 times table. We have written equations and even learnt about BIDMAS.

Just some quick reminders:

– We have PE on a Wednesday. Please make sure you come to school in your PE kit on these days.

– We should be reading at least 3 x a week. We will be putting a virtual reading record on our Google Classroom.

– Knowledge organisers and homework sheets will be sent out at the start of next week.

Benjamin Zephaniah Class Update 16/04/2021

I hope you had a well deserved Easter break and are ready now for summer term. This term PE will continue to take place on a Monday so please make sure you are in your PE kit. We should be reading at least 3 x a week at home and knowledge organisers and homework sheets will be sent out at the start of next week. This term we will be looking at forces and magnets in science before moving into our topic ‘invaders and settlers.’ We have enjoyed our new science topic on forces so far and have learnt about friction and pull/push forces. We had a challenge to beat friction by trying to pull two books apart but unfortunately friction got the better of us! We have been using our scientific enquiry skills to plan how to investigate how different surfaces can affect how an object can move. In English, we are writing a story based on the Pixar short ‘The Blue Umbrella’. In maths we have been doing 3 digit and 3 digit addition and subtraction using the column method.

Katherine Johnson Class Update 16/04/2021

I hope that you all had a lovely, well-deserved and restful Easter break and are raring to go for the new Summer term. This term our topic will be the ‘Mysterious Mayans’. We will be using a cross-curricular approach when learning about this ancient civilisation that lived in Mesoamerica (or Central America as we know it today). In English, we will be looking at the adventure book called The Explorer by Katherine Rundell and also the non-fiction book: Scott of the Antarctic by E & J Dowdeswell and Angela Seddon.

We are becoming great mathematicians and will continue to build our resilience and problem solving skills whilst recapping the 4 operations (addition, multiplication, subtraction and division).

This term, PE will continue to take place on a Thursday afternoon. Please can the children continue to come into school on a Thursday in their PE kits. We will be continuing to wear slippers inside the classroom so please remember to pack these.

I appreciate that it has been a difficult year with home/school learning and we really appreciate all of your support to date. At the start of every half-term the children will be given a ‘Homework Projects’ sheet. The homework tasks will be based around our learning theme: ‘The Mysterious Mayans’. It will be a mixture of English, History, Geography, Art and D&T activities. These tasks are optional and can be completed through the half-term at the children’s own pace. Each task completed will allow the children to gain house points and a certificate at the end of the term. Homework projects can be handed in at any time, however the last date to complete them is: 24/5/2021. The children will also have weekly spellings which they will be given on a Monday and then tested on a Friday. These will be issued on Google Classroom as well as the children receiving a paper copy to stick into their planners. We recommend that the children read at least 3 times a week at home. This could be novels, non-fiction books, comics or newspapers. The children can read independently or to an adult/guardian. We will be issuing reading records where you or the children can write what they’ve read. At the end of each week, we will be discussing and sharing good books that we are reading at home. The children are welcome to bring to school the books that they are reading. If the children fancy any maths, they are more than welcome to access their Times Tables Rockstar Accounts. The children will have their account information in their planners.

Thank you for all of your support throughout what has been a challenging year so far. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me:

Benjamin Zephaniah Class Update 27/11/2020

This week we have been doing some excellent writing. We have used some brilliant vocabulary, great descriptions and alliteration. In maths we have started to learn how to do column addition and column subtraction. We have looked at using counters and dienes blocks to help us. We are getting very quick at our number bonds and have enjoyed playing various games to help us with this. In topic we have been learning about Roman Gods and this linked with our music where we looked at a piece composed by Holst called the Planets. On Wednesday we used a variety of percussion instruments and learnt the words dynamics, tempo and rhythm. We have also been learning about and making our own volcanoes. We are looking forward to erupting these with vinegar and bi-carb!

Rosa Parks Class Update 27/11/2020

This week in Rosa Parks we have practised using the column method in maths which we are now getting really good at.

In English we have been writing our own version of ‘Escape from Pompeii’ .

We have enjoyed finding lots of new Latin words words.

Today we are going to explode our volcanos!!

Written by Layla, Oscar and Noah.

Martin Luther King Class Update 27/11/2020

I am delighted to report that in maths we have had another amazing week learning how to add, subtract and multiply fractions.  The enthusiasm and buzz in the class has been fantastic- it is amazing how everything falls into place when you know your tables!

In english, we have started to learn about biographical writing and we have used the animation ‘Beans’  (about Geoff who had a curious and unshakeable love for beans) to help us practice our writing skills before we write Charles Dickens’ biography.

In topic this week, we have started to explore the question ‘How has gender equality improved over the last 200 years?’  and learnt that the term gender has a different meaning in society today, than it did back then. 

Once again fantastic enthusiasm was shown in this week’s hockey lesson.  Our control and passing skills have improved dramatically.  Well done Year 6!

Katherine Johnson Class Update 27/11/2020

This week we have been submerged in Suffragette history! We have explored anthems, musicals, art and news. We have written a newspaper report about Emily Davison jumping in front of a horse and we know the difference between Suffragists and Suffragettes! Most of the children were amazed to find out the deeds the Suffragettes did to try to get the vote!

In maths, the children have started learning a new method for their multiplication and have progressed really well in just a few short sessions. Please get on rockstars to practice those times tables!!!

In english, the children have rewritten The Highwayman and drawn matching pictures. This has taken the whole week so a lot of effort has gone into these stories! Well done year 5!

Katherine Johnson Class Update 20.11.20

We’ve had a really interesting week learning about gender equality around the world – what it is and how it has changed over time. We have discussed whether gender equality exists in 2020 and have decided as a class that there is still a long way to go! The Suffragettes fought for justice 100 years ago and we have learnt how women lived before the war and how it is different to today.

In maths, we have learnt all about multiples, factors and prime numbers! Please ask the children all about them – they’ve become experts!

In english, the children have started drafting their own story of The Highwayman, using words from the poem!

We have also discussed anti-bullying and the children have created posters to help us all remember to be kind!

Martin Luther King Class Update 20.11.20

On Monday we completed our ‘Carnival headdress’ design project with a fashion show. There was a fantastic buzz in the classroom and the end pieces looked amazing- there were plenty of proud designers watching the show!! Well done Year 6 excellent collaboration  and design work.

In maths, we have been working really hard, learning how to add fractions and applying our skills to solve problems and puzzles. We are making great progress and becoming much more confident of our own abilities.  

In English we have been focussing on integrating dialogue to advance action and develop character- once again you have delighted me with your written work.  Your written pieces about ‘The day I was asked to babysit’ were not only well structured and punctuated but also very entertaining!