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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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