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Book Study

 I'm very excited to announce that our first class book of the year is Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian which links to our World War 2 topic.

Blurb: When the Second World War breaks out, young Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of kind old Tom Oakley. But then his cruel mother summons him back to war-torn London....Will he ever see Mister Tom again?

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On Tuesday 5th June 2018 a group of people from the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) came to our school to do a workshop about different parts of the brain. They even brought in the brain of a rat, mouse, bird and a pig all kept in separate jars containing Formaldehyde - which is a preservative fluid used for preserving putrescible (can decay) items like organs and organic tissue. Another activity was to wear a blindfold (which felt like a sock) and take random objects from a polystyrene box. You then had to feel each item and try to figure out what it was without removing the blindfold (I found some pasta, a dummy for a baby, a toothbrush and some seashells). We even made "brain hats" that were 2 pieces of paper stuck together with tape. For the final activity my group did we made paper "hands"; for this we had to draw round our "weak hand" (right for me because I'm a leftie) and then paint it with some paint and a small sponge, we then stuck glitter, pom poms and a pipe cleaner to it and then lunch started and the MNDA people left.

By Sam Hamerton

How many can you learn to spell?

Mummifying a fish

On Wednesday 28th March Amethyst and Ruby class mummified a fish! 

Firstly, Mr Beagle and Mrs Watts put the mackerel (named Carl)  in a blue tray, and poured some wine vinegar over the top of the fish to clean it. Then,they poured some Nile water (Mrs Watts tap water) over the fish to rinse it out. After that, Mr Beagle carefully cut open the fish with a sharp clean knife on the left side of its body.Then, they both delicately took out the organs: the liver, the heart and the stomach. They did not take out the lungs because fish don't have lungs; they have gills.Then, they chose 4 year six pupils' canopic jars to put the intestines, liver and stomach in.

By Olivia and Chantelle



On Monday 5th February, Year 5 and year 6 were invited to take part in a dodgeball tournament at Bradfield secondary school. For the first time in a long time we were able to enter two teams due to how many children we had who attended. We played well and showed great team spirit. We were honest with referees and communicated well with our teammates. It was an absolute pleasure to see these children represent our school. Thanks to parents for their fantastic support and to Lisa and Alice Hague for accompanying the managing the teams. Take a glance at the scoreboard in one of the pictures below!

Home/School learning books

 Just a reminder that children should be reading and recording it in their learning book at least five times a week. Year 6 children are trusted to fill these in themselves but we do ask that parents check and sign them at least once a week. 

A big shout out to Charlie who has recorded reading in his book every day since the start of school in September! Well done Charlie!

Outdoor learning

To link in with our topic and to support our push towards more outdoor learning, Amethyst and Ruby class went down to the local field. We went to look at the different types of leaves we could find. We learnt about specific leaf vocabulary such as margins, midrib and petiole. We drew our leaf in detail once back in school and then compared them with leaves from the rainforest.

 We finished off our learning by considering why rainforest leaves look they way they do and the special jobs that they might need to carry out - such as letting water run off quickly and how the leaf protects itself from its surroundings.  

Expected standard in writing exemplification

Greater depth writer exemplification

Here is a list of different question types you can ask your child when reading to further develop comprehension skills


What are you most looking forward to in Year 6?

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Isabelle(less than a year ago)

I liked doing Judo, it was something that I had never done before. It is intresting, fun and the moves which are handy when you grow up, Andy is really good, and he has been very well trained and now he is a Master, also it was funny when Andy picked up Mr Beagle, I had never seen that before. It was funny and impressive.

Isabelle(less than a year ago)

I love this school very much, you get to learn things you have never herd off or never learnt about it, you have to do maths, book study, lictrocy, sience and if you are in my group you have to do idl which is very fun. And this is why this school is very Amazing.

Isabelle(about a year ago)

I loved being a sports leader because it's very fun and you get to see other people's iders.

Isabelle(about a year ago)

I'm looking forward to haveing a playdate with my new friends.

kerys(about a year ago)

I am looking forward to going to PGL i think it will be great no I now it will be great

maverick kelley(about a year ago)

i am looking forward to pgl and much more

george(about a year ago)

i am looking forward to pgl because my sister said it was awesome and the challenges were scary so ithink thats awesome

jem(about a year ago)

i am looking forward to pgl.

mae(about a year ago)

the thing i am looking forward to the most is PGL with amethyst and mrs watts and mr beagle

Nina(about a year ago)

i'm looking forward to pgl in y6

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Why is being a Year 6 so important?

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Isabelle(less than a year ago)

being a year 6 is lots of fun and you get to learn lots of interesting facts all around the world, like Prince Harrry and Meghen Markle getting married this year in may.

Isabelle(about a year ago)

I loved doing Gymnastics because it is so much fun and you can learn all tipes of moves.

Isabelle(about a year ago)

I loved acting the cararters it was fun and you go and dig holes like we were in the book.

Isabelle(about a year ago)

The new councillors are very good and I bicked them both and I think they will be very good councillors.

Isabelle(about a year ago)

I think Charlie has done very well and he has showed a good example.

George(about a year ago)

more responsibility and you have to show a good example

George(about a year ago)

a lot more responsibility and you have to set a good example.

We are having a huge push on all children in school knowing their Times Tables. To help at home, click on the link below to access a variety of games to help you.

Please find below suggested Reading Lists

 Year-6-ACPS-Recommended-Reading-List-2011 (1).pdfDownload
 Year-7-ACPS-Recommended-Reading-List-2011 (1).pdfDownload
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The final set of Common exception words. Have a go at practising them!

Our 4th Spelling wiz - give it a go!

Here is the Third Spelling Wiz for you to use for practice

The second Spelling Wiz of Year 5 and 6 words. Have a go at practising at home.

Practice your spellings at home using this Spelling Wiz. These are the first 21 words from the Year 5 and 6 common exception words.