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Week 14


What a strange week it has been! With a snow day and extremely icy weather.  


This week the children have been focussed on their performance for our Winter production, of which will now take place on Monday morning. 

The children worked in teams to write their own verses for a poem about Winter Wonderland.  Once we have performed I will put up their finished poem for you all to see.  


This week we have also been busy preparing for our next topic ' Off with her head'. The children learned about the Battle of Bosworth and all wrote some excellent pieces of Journalistic writing.  Their writing ability is continuign to develop and this can now be seen in every piece of writing.  Photos to follow on Tuesday.  


We have also this week, begun to look deeper into The Christmas Story, where we compared the Gospels of Luke and Matthew, and the children had some very challenging questions regarding where religions first came from, who founded them, how did the spread and many more? As a class we love learnign about RE and the children's enthusasim is inspiring.  



Next week is a two day week, but we have plenty of learning to continue with.  


Be careful on the ice this weekend.


See you Monday. 

School Closure


Due to the school closure today, please complete any learning from Monday's Snow day that you did not complete, as many of you did not access this extra learning.  


If you complete these tasks, your extension task is to consider the different people you have met so far in Wonder : mum, dad, Auggie and Via.  For each person create thoughts that they have about Auggies condition.  You can do this in any form you wish.


Mrs Willis

Snow Day


As tomorrow is  closed due to the extreme weather conditions that we currently have, learning will be posted on the blog to ensure that your children do not miss out on any school time.  


I have set you all three tasks to complete: 


Maths: Big Maths and Arithmetic - you can either print these or complete them on paper 


Writing: See attached 


Reading: see comprehension sheet attached 


Encompass: Mexican Poem - Write a poem about your learning from this half-term . It does not have to rhyme - make it free verse and needs to include facts about key aspects of Modern and Ancient Mexico.  



Week 13

Well done to all Year 6 children, as this week we have completed a week of SATs. All children performed remarkably.  They have made me expectionally proud. We still have a few areas that we need to work on, and we will target interventions and boosters around these next half term.  


Considering it has been a busy week, the children have remained focused and continued our learning on fractions in maths and story writing in english.  We also had a visit from Mrs knowles this week to check on our progress and attitudes to learning in class. She was extremely proud of every one and was very impressed by the progress that you are making in writing.  We now need to work on pace of learning and our presentation as a whole class. 


I hope you have enjoyed the snow this weekend.  



Week 11


It has been a relative quiet week in Stingray class, although lots of learning has taken place. 


The children become publishers this week. They have focussed on using formal language and creating cohesion between ideas. I am so proud of the fort that they put in to them and their final pieces were absolutely superb. 

Over the next two weeks, we will now be focusing on Narrative again, this time looking at developing atmosphere through the use of descriptive language. 


We we are continuing, in maths, to focus on fractions. Fractions is always that little bit more challenging and the children have required practise around skills before we head into fluency and reasoning. Now that we have some good foundations, we weill this week be solving problems in multiplying and dividing fractions. 


We we have also learned a little bit about the Mayan civilisation. The children used maps to locate them and then wrote about them from their research. 


This is week we will be starting to end our topic and reflect on our learning ready for our express day. Parents watch out for your invites. 


See you Monday 

P4C - Should we use consequences to punish people when they have done something wrong?

This week in RE, the question arose in class regarding whether people should receive a consequence when they do something wrong. I would like you to have a think about this question. What do you think? Remember there is no right or wrong answer. You can message me your response if you wish, or you can save it for RE next week.

Week 10

This week has been another extremely busy week in school.  Our focus of the week has been, anti bullying and we will be continuing our understanding of this topic over the next two weeks. The children this week have learned about different forms of bullying and year 6 we have focussed on cyber bullying and social bullying. 


For cyber bullying the children had decided to make their own films to show how cyber bullying can affect people.  The children have created their own story boards for this and begun to take their photographs and videos to create their film. In computing next week, they will then use these to create their films.


In other areas of the curriculum:


In English, we have begun our two week genre on journalistic writing.  This is a difficult text type to write as the children require a wide range of formal vocabulary that they are new to.  But as always, each and every stingray has rose to the challenge and improvements in their style can already be seen.  It has also been a pleasure to see that the children are now using their year 6 writing skills across the curriculum. This shows me that understand what they have been taught and that the skills are now embedded. 


In maths, we have begin our 3 week topic on fractions. We planned an engage day to allow the children opportunities to explore fractions before being taught year 6 skills and problems. WE have also focused this week on pace during arithmetic and after 4 days we are being to pick up our pace and our accuracy. I am extremely pleased with this. 


Please continue at home to practise your spellings, reading and arithmetic. These are essential in year 6.


See you Monday

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Week 9 

Firstly, I would like to thank all the children for their contributions to the poppy appeal this week. They have wore their poppies with pride and our Remberance assembly and learning provoked some valuable discussions and though-provoking questions. On Friday the children paid their respect to those who have lost their lives in a 2 minute silence. In class, we then created poppy art work which we will get the chance to finish next week. 


This is week has the introduction of our new timetable to suppprt the requirements of the class. It has been a great success, albeit extremely busy. The children have remained focussed and have rose to the new challenges that they face. Our focus this half term is reading and we are encouraging the children when reading, to reading with fluency and with understanding. We have text marked texts to ask the author further questions and to gain our own thoughts and feelings what what an author has wrote. 


The children this this week have also successfully  managed to complete our learning of long division. It was great to see parents who came to our maths workshop join in with our maths lesson. The children have developed in confidence over the week, and although at the start they said they did not like long division, now they love it and were eager to do more. Over the next few weeks our focus will be on fractions. 


In English, we have completed our final pieces of writing based on Harry Potter and the portkey. The children worked hard to not only include all the skills they needed to, but also developing their composition. I am immensely proud of the effort that they put into each and every lesson. 


Please remember to complete your reading and maths homework and hand it in on Wednesday. 


Mrs Willis

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Week 8

Week 1 of Autumn 2 flew by and it was an extremely busy week in school.


Thank you to all parents who turned up for parents consultations. It was great to take the time discussing your child's next steps and celebrating their success. If you did not ,a age to see me last week please remember that we have our drop in session on Friday from 3.40-4. 


This week was safety week in school, and I was keen to use the children's idea to devlelop planning for the week. It gave the children the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about safety across a range of areas including, e-safety, fire safety, Halloween, firework safety, keeping our selves safe when out and about and we learned some basic first aid. The children found the week extremely useful and have asked to continue our safety theme through our PSHCE lessons this half term. 


The children have have made a great start in English and mathematics this week. In English, the children have begun to develop narratives involving a change of scene. They have looked at authors work and discussed how we can compose our own writing to engage the reader through different literary devices. I have seen a great improvement this week in their ability to discuss texts and authorial control. 


In in maths we have been learning short and long division. And although long division can be challenging, the children have face down this with determination and resilience and I am extremely proud of them. 


We we will be starting our star writers and mathematicians again this week, so please keep a look out on the blog for this. 


Have a a wonderful weekend and keep safe on Bonfire night. 


Mrs Willis

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Did you enjoy the drink? If not how could it be improved? What would you have done differently?

Week 6

I cannot believe that we are nearly at the end of the half term already. The children have worked exceptionally hard this half term.  They have been introduced to new learning and have embraced the new challenges that they have been faced with.


This week, the children have continued to develop their expertise in their mythical beast.  They have begun to self and peer assess, marking their own work ready to make daily improvements and have been taught new skills including how to use a semi colon and colon. I have been so impressed by their overall attitude and the work that they have produce. It is one of their best pieces of writing. Next half term, we have decided to continue with Harry Potter developing our story telling techniques and engaging the reader.


In maths, the children have continue to secure their understanding of place value and calculations. They have begun to apply their learning to problem solving and reasoning questions, including a sample of SATs questions to test their knowledge.


On Wednesday, the children investigated what it would be like to drink the chocolate from the Mayan times. This including testing cocoa, milk, water, cinnamon and chilli. The children were not overly impressed by this and much prefer the hot chocolate made now.


We have a busy week next week with a practice SATs week and studying Mexican Myths.


Have a great weekend and see you Monday.

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Week 5


This has been busy as always. Monday the teachers took part in inset and had fantastic training by Chris Quigley and new strategies for ensuring that we are deepening our learning have already been implemented. 


The children went to Cadburys world on Wednesday for a fun day learning about the Mayans. It was a wonderful day and the children's behaviour was superb. We even had compliments from staff at Cadburys world. This is always a pleasure to hear. 


In english, we have begun to become experts in fantastic beasts. The children have researched in groups and then today have been put on the hot seat and answered questions from their peers. Their knowledge of the beasts was simply outstanding. They used their scientific knowledge to answer questions that they did not know. We were extremely impressed by their attitudes. 


A fantastic week has been had. 


Week 4 


Another busy week has been had by all. In stingrays, we have had the pleasure of a trip out to our local fire station, we have completed science experiments, learned about racism and continued our maths and English learning . 


The children, on Wednesday Morning, attended crucial crew at the local fire station where they took part in many activities learning about how to be 'safe and sound'. Workshops were led by DHL, the fire crew, local PCOS, changes YP and the drugs and alcohol team. The workshop was extremely useful and the children gained a lot of knowledge from the experience. The lesson that the children learned are valuable and in SMSC we will be continuing to look at some of ways that we can keep safe, including looking at the importance of E Safety. 


In science, this week we begun to look closer at the findings of Charles Darwin. We investigated why birds have different shaped beaks. We made predictions, carried out the investigation and then wrote up our findings.  As well as having fun, the children were able to draw conclusions about Charles Darwins finding and now have a deeper understanding of adaptation and evolution. 


In SMSC, after our work with Game On, the children have continued to ask questions regarding culture, race and religion. This week, we looked closely in race and racism.  The children have developed a good understanding of this and have shown mature attitudes. They continue to ask questions to further their understanding and their curiosities show that they are keen to learn more in order to become respectful of all.  


Next at week will be another busy  but exciting week of learning and a trip to Cadburys world to learn about the ancient Mayans. I am sure we are all excited to taste some chocolate too. 


See you Monday stingrays. 



Week Three

Firstly, I would like to say well done too all the stingtrays this week. They have worked exceptionally hard in maths and english and most chidlren are now make better than expected progress in most lessons. This has made Mrs Bates and I extremely proud.  


This week we have focussed our writing around our new year 6 objectives whilst still remembering all the ones that we learned in year 5. The children hasve shown that they are able to transfer skills and have created some well structured pieces of writing about The Forbidden Forest.  Your writing this week has made me excpetionally proud as I know that you have all worked hard.  


In maths, every child has been exceptional. We have not only uised skills and answered problems but we have also used this to help us reason. Your explanations are showing that you are developing a deeper understanding in maths and that you can apply skills throughout lessons. Stingrays this week have also been great learning mentors to each other; teachign other new skills and helping where needed. 


Stingrays, we have had a super start to the year so now we need to keep this up.  


Our focus this week, needs to be making sure every second counts in every lesson - especially the afternoons.  Keep challenging yourselves and be resilient.  


See you on Monday 


Mrs Willis 

Week 2 


Well, I can not believe we have only been back in school one week. This week has been busy as usual and lots of learning has taken place. 


In English, we begun to delve into the world of Harry Potter. We have studied the characters and their actions and begun to write character descriptions within our narrative writing. Our new learning has included using expanded noun phrases consisely and beginning to consider the structure of our sentences. 

Maths this week has been a success with many children achieving national standard in number and place value. The children all made better than good progress in every lesson and used their learning each day to support them the next. 


We we have also had the pleasure this week in welcoming a theatre company into our class - game on. We have learned lots about what is means to be British, what racism and extremism are and how we can protect ourselves. The workshop provided us with lots of information and the children asked lots of important questions. 


For our mexican topic, the children have planned, prepared and cooked their own Mexican dishes. The children worked exceptionally hard and were fantastic team mates to each other. The food was delicious too. 


I look forward to another busy week next week. 


Mrs Willis 


Question of the week

Hi Stingrays, The question of the week is: Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place. We will be discussing this in PSHCE next week, so have a think. If you wish you can respond to the question by contacting me below. Mrs Willis

Week one 


The new school year has begun and what a fantastic start we have had. The children have all come back to school with positive attitudes and we have had a action packed week of learning. 

This week we have begun our new topic on Mexico. The children have learned all about Mexican festivals including The day of the dead. The researched their own questions in pairs and took their own notes. The children then produced writing about the festival. To start our topic we have also had a Mexican Wow day. The children came dressed in Mexican themed outfits and took part in Mexican dancing, music making and food tasting. Everyone had a wonderful day - including the teachers. 


In science, the children have begun to learn about evolution and inheritance. They have taken control of their own learning through self and peer teaching and then produced a one minute presentation to demonstrate their knowledge and answered questions from their teacher and peers. They showed great resilience. 


We we have all had a busy week learning and making our personalising our learning environments. A great start to year 6. 


Have a a wonderful weekend. 


Mrs Willis 


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Welcome back 


Welcome back stingrays to class 6. Mrs Bates and I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer and are ready to begin your final year at Waterside. We are both very excited to welcome you all back and begin our new topics. Have a sneeky peek below at your new classroom. The display are awaiting your learning and we can't wait to fill them.  


See you all tomorrow 


Mrs Willis 



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