What an incredibly busy week we have had to start the Spring term. Our teachers have been really impressed with how focused we are after our Winter break!
In English, we have started a brand new text; 'Pig Heart boy'. We are fascinated by the story and have been independently researching lots about transplants and heart conditions.
In Maths, we covered angles and co-ordinates, including reflection and translation. Even though angles can be tricky, we are working really hard and moving through our challenges. Most of us ended our lessons on Gold or Platinum!
In D.T, to tie in with Frozen Kingdom, we are making mittens. Take a look below to see the brief for our design. Tune in next week to see the start of our designs.
This week, In English we have been working hard to write our non-chronological reports about Lebanon, based on our text 'oranges in no man's land'. We researched our topic of interest which led to a range of writing from information about the culture and the civil war to the food of this country, steeped in heritage.
In Maths, we focused on consolidating our knowledge of fractions, solving tricky problem solving and reasoning questions. Some of us are even attempting GCSE level questions!
In English, we have been gathering ideas and vocabulary for a non-chronological report. We have been exploring Lebanon as a country using google maps and finding facts about this fascinating part of the world. Next week, we are looking forward to writing and editing our non-chronological report about our findings.
In Maths, we have been multiplying and dividing fractions. Take a look below to see a reminder of how to multiply fractions. Even though, as a class, we are strong at the skill, we have been making sure we deeply understand why we are doing that calculation.
In Encompass, we have been exploring how World War 1 ended. We have now completed a 'full circle' in our learning, spanning from how war began to the end of the war. We were amazed by the Treaty of Versailles. Many of us thought critically and felt that the reparations were a bit too harsh for Germany. We had a fantastic debate about this! We also researched street parties and their history. Additionally, we looked at newspaper reports published when the war ended. What a relief it must have been!
This week in English, we published our narrative alternative endings to the dramatice checkpoint scene in oranges in no man's land. We all had fantastic ideas and have mainly been working on how to include year 6 skills AND add tension. A difficult task but we are getting there!
We have taken part in a mock SATs week this week. It is helping us to understand what the papers will be like. So far we are showing amazing determination and courage!
We have also been showing off our skill in the swimming pool and many of our class participated in the football tournament and represented the school!
Another busy week full of learning!
This week, we have been exploring gravity and air resistance in Science, subtracting fractions in Maths and planning a narrative in English.
In English, we read the first section of our text 'Oranges in no man's land'. Ayesha, the protagonist, suffered a terrible tragedy and now has to go to the army checkpoint to get cooking oil for her Grandma. What will happen at the checkpoint? Are the militiamen there friendly? Is Ayesha safe?
We have been answering these questions by writing our own alternative endings to this section. There are some amazing ideas! We are excited to see what our writing is like when finalised.
In Science, we have been exploring how the forces of gravity and air resistance can oppose one another. In order to test our hypotheses, we created our own parachutes from plastic bags and string with a weight on the end. The team who managed to make their parachute fall the slowest won!
Take a look at our learning about gravity below.
We have been exploring adding and subtracting fractions in Maths this week. We have used varied fluency and reasoning and problem solving skills to work our way through some really tricky questions!
In English, we have completed our setting description of the war-torn city of Beirut from our text 'Oranges in no mans land'. We are excited to find out what happens next to our protagonist Ayesha, when she sets out into this terrifying place.
In Encompass, we were lucky enough to help with the WW1 art exhibition on Monday. We were thrilled to see our artwork on display and we showed how mature we are becoming by helping to show parents and carers around and provide refreshments. We helped to raise over £70 for the Poppy Appeal!
This week has been another busy week for Year 6 Sharks! We have enjoyed learning about the celebration of Diwali and remembering the first world war. On Friday, we had an art day. During the morning, we created art work relating to World War 1. On Monday 12th November, our artwork will be displayed in the Waterside art exhibition. We are bursting with excitement!
We are improving immensely in swimming. We all love going and many of us who were scared to get in the water are now little water babies!
We have been continuing our learning in English and Maths, discussing the use of semi-colons and exploring fractions in Maths. Take a look below to see some of the practical ways we are finding fractions in everyday items around our classroom.
Watch this space to see pictures of the art exhibition!
For the final week of term, we have been exploring the short story video of 'Oktopodi'. The video is a story about the adventures of two octopuses and their escape from a restaurant owner. As the story is written by a French author, we wrote some dialogue in both French and English. Writing in French was fun!
In Maths, we explored the skills we can achieve using mental calculations. We realised that we can use inverse operations well mentally. We applied these skills to real-life situations.
Well done for all your hard work this half-term. Have a lovely break!
This week, we celebrated Harvest. We joined the other classes to put on our Harvest assembly! We were really proud to be narrating and we all did a fantastic job!
In English, we have been completing our narrative story based on the moral story of tale 1 in 'A monster calls'. We have been using archaic language and syntax to ensure our writing sounded old-fashioned. We have really been hooked to this story!
In Maths, we tackled long division. It was tricky but with lots of determination and resilience, we are getting there! We explored what is really meant by division and some of us have been exploring integers.
In Encompass, we have been asking 'Can you believe in Science and religion?' and 'Should we remember historical events?'. This has produced some excellent and respectful discussions.
Take a look at the first tale below!
This week, we have excelled in our learning!
In Maths, we have been exploring how to divide using 'short division'. We have used both bus stop and division using factors.
In English, we have been watching the first tale told by the monster in 'A monster calls'. It is a tale of deceit, sorrow and betrayal. We have been re-writing the story using a range of clause structures including relative clauses, embedded clauses and subordinate clauses.
In Encompass, we learnt about 'The home front' and how the people left behind during WW1 kept their spirits up and the country running.
We have also been exploring democracy and created our own election campaigns. Take a look below!
This week, we have been exploring: what blood is made of in Science; how to write descriptively and how to use factors, multiples, square, cube and prime numbers in problem solving questions.
We have really impressed our teachers this week with our Encompass work. In Encompass we have been looking at 'life in the trenches'. We explored the terrible conditions in the trenches and in doing so learnt about the lives of soldiers who resided in the trenches.
Take a look below to see some of our work on what blood is made up of and how its elements help us to live.
This week, Sharks class have had their parents consultations.Thank you to all parents and guardians who attended, it was great to share how well pupils have started year 6. We are determined to keep up the hard work!
In English, we have been continuing to read 'A monster calls'. We are all enthralled as we are currently reading the section with the big transformation. We have been describing the change that happens to form the monster using exceptional vocabulary.
In Maths, we have been using problem solving and reasoning to continue with our knowledge of addition, subtraction and multiplication.
In Encompass, we have been looking at images of soldiers leaving for home for WW1. We created a leaving home package for soldiers, wrote a letter home and explored the Maths of how many men left and who was left behind.
Take a look below to see some of our work!
This week has seen Year 6 Sharks visit the local fire station. At the fire station, we attended 6 workshops including drug and alcohol awareness, truck safety, water safety, mental health and wellbeing and anti-social behaviour with the police force. It was a great morning and we learnt a lot! We are going to continue our learning on these important topics in school.
In other news this week, we have been debating ;Is war ever justified?' as part of our 'Fallen fields WW1' topic. We had an interesting debate with some emotive final remarks.
In Maths, we have been acing rounding and negative numbers. In English, we have been reading more of 'A monster calls' and we have begun to write about Conor's nightmare. Spooky!
Take a look below to see us in action learning!
We have had a fabulous start to the school year in year 6. We are so impressed and proud of the children. Each one of them has returned to school with a mature and sensible attitude; you can really tell they are Year 6 now!
We have enjoyed a week of fabulous learning. We have covered topics such as the circulatory system, Paul Nash war art, why some people believe in God and why others don't and explored our dreams and aspirations.
The highlight of our week was visiting the imperial war museum Manchester where we were lucky enough to see the 'wave' poppy art and meet a real WW2 veteran.
This week we have done some amazing writing. We created our own stories with magical creatures.
Well done to all the children who have passed their swimming national curriculum today! Superstars
We had a super week this week, producing lots of new learning for our new displays. See the photographs below.
Half term homework.
1) As part of science next half term we are going to be doing an animal study.
The sea creature our class have voted to report on is the Killer Whale.
You need to research and present information about the Killer Whales: diet, habitat, appearance, interesting facts: how they act, films they appear in, documentaries, life cycle/young.
2) You need to collect and dry some ingredients such as: fragrant flowers, spices or herbs and make a posy using a piece of cloth and string.
we had a mini Olympics in PE.
We were amazing and cannot wait to show our skills in sports day.
In writing we have been learning about Journey to Joburg. We wrote a letter home after finding the children had arrived in Johannesburg after a long journey.
in maths we have completed a week of investigations to hone our skills.
On Friday we had a wow day for our new topic
peasants, pestilence and plagues
on the playground we sang ring a ring a roses. We now understand the message behind the song we know so well as children. Unfortunately,the story does not end well.
Check in with us next week to see the fantastic learning we did on display.
Week 30 ... it's the final countdown!
Whether passionate and prepared to excel, proud of our performance or nervous to show our best, Y6 are ready to rock and roll into SATs week Waterside style!
Check out our pre-SATs selfies below. Can you guess how we are feeling???
In our English lessons this week we have continued on our 'Journey to Jo'burg' with Naledi and Tiro. They have set off and have already got into some danger. Who knows where they will end up next and how they will survive!
Because the story is so exciting, our writing and reading has been very interesting.
In arithmetic we have been gaining lots of Dojo points because we are so amazing and keep scoring 40/40. Let's keep it up next week.
We have also been testing our skills in PE this week. Yumeth was amazing at the long distance running. I wonder what the athletics challenge for next week will be...
this week we have appointed our Sports Leader and class Parliament representative. Well done to all the children who were brace enough to stand in front of the class. Your speeches were fantastic and reminded me why the children at Waterside are so fantastic.
We hope you had a happy Easter and a relaxing break. All of Sharks class have returned happy and ready for the 4 week SATs countdown.
Thank you to all children from Miss Wood, you have come back with a fabulous attitude and the final term of your Waterside life is going to be amazing.
Our topic this term is based around a book called Journey to Joburg by Beverley Naidoo. We have already created a display showcasing our learning so far. Before beginning to read the story we learned about the two settings: Johannesburg and an African village. The display shows our ideas about what these places would be like, showing our research through contrasting setting descriptions.
In RE we learned the story of Adam and Eve and discussed temptation. See below whether your children think they would be tempted too!
Highlights of the week this week:
Completing our 2nd PSHCE workshop with Stoke Young Persons officers to learn how to stay safe around the use of drugs.
Producing some wonderful writing.
Creating our final artwork - Tudor portraits (pictures of these will be uploaded once they are perfected on Monday)
We have had an amazing week and made lots of progress.
In maths we have been learning how to find the area of shapes and have even tackled triangles and parallelograms.
In English we have published our writing - see below - and have then started our letter writing project.
We have had a visitor for our PSHCE lesson and have learned all about how to make the right choices about our health and drugs.
Week 23 Waterside World Book Day.
we had a lovely time reading with the FS1 children on Monday morning
We have had a lovely week, we came back to school ready to learn on our amazing 8 week countdown and it certainly has been action packed. On Monday we created a Wonder-our display. The highlight was Wednesday though because we visited Ford Green hall and had a wonderful time despite the snow and cold weather.
We dressed up as Tudors, learned about Tudor food and played toys and games. I think our favorite bit was making the marzipan fruits though
Thursday 1st March.
Today school is closed due to the weather conditions.
Your home learning for the day:
I have added a SATs companion test to each of your logins. This includes a SATs grammar paper, SATs arithmetic paper and SATs reasoning paper.- Please complete attempt one.
I have also attached this weeks spellings crossword activity - you do not need to print this if you do not have a printer - just draw out the crossword boxes onto a piece of paper.
Have a safe day and remember, you can use the contact the teacher form if you need anything.
We cannot believe we are half way through our final school year at waterside. We have loved Y6 so far and cannot wait to see the wonders the rest if the year brings.
In true T6 Waterside style, we have ended the half term with a bang, we have written blogs as Anne Boleyn, published a final diary entry on laptops, created scientific models of the earth moon and sun and completed a set of practice SATs.
What better than to top the week off with a trip to the cinema to watch Wonder and a Golden Time afternoon.
have a wonderful half term and we will see you, well rested, on the other side.
Sharks class x
This week we have produced our final pieces of published writing for our book Wonder. We have really enjoyed this topic and Miss wood says our writing is wonderful. We can't wait to go and watch the film at the cinema next week.
In maths we have been learning about percentages and decimals. We were unsure at first but have flown through the challenges towards the end of the week which makes us really proud of our progress.
in the afternoons we have been learning about E-Safety, we were so good we performed our play in front of the school.
We have also been completing mindfulness and thinking activities as part of Mental Health Week. We all have Mental Health and it's our job as well as our friends to talk about our worries and stay happy
what a wonderful week! The Y6 children have taken part in bikeability and have learned to be safe on the roads.
We have also taken part in Number Day to have fun with maths and raise money for the NSPCC at the same time.
In ICT we have taken our coding skills to a new level by making a maze game.
Photos of our wonderful week can be seen below.
Week 18 our class world views
we discussed world views in RE and these are the top 9 things we think affect our world views the most as a class.
This week we have been editing our diary entries to make them Greater Depth Standard. We are really confident our writing is beginning to work towards this and we are really enjoying the challenge. This week the skills we have worked on are manipulating verb tenses and passive and active voice.
thanks for reading,
We have had a wonderful week and are making excellent progress in maths and English I am so proud of the children. Mrs Knowles came to visit us this week and she agreed the children and outcomes certainly do shine. Well done sharks!
We are really enjoying our Space topic - we have made space timelines, argued using flat and spherical Earth theories and created a poster after researching the planets in our solar system.
In science this week we have introduced our space topic we had lots of interesting questions and created a debate to prove whether the earth was flat or spherical.
Look out for our finished posters next week...
Our amazing homework
we are so pleased in Sharks class with the homework the children have produced over the holidays. Well done!
We have been reading our new English text Wonder this week. We have completed lots of book talk activities to get to know the stories and the characters. On Thursday we completed a silent debate!
Week 14 and 15
due to closure, we had to move our express event and cancel for parents.
We have performed the poem in our Mayan headdresses for you to see
thanks, Sharks class
Writing: Create a character profile and description of Auggie using the Wonder chapter
Encompass: Maya Quiz - create a quiz to text knowledge of the Mayans. You may want to do some independent research to add questions that may be tricky for your classmates.
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.
We had a practise SATs week this week and the children have made fantastic progress in their outcomes. Each half term we will look for a slight increase in scaled score so that we are ready when the real thing comes along.
In the next week look out for new intervention letters, these will be aimed at the children needing an extra boost to get to the next stage e.g. from Working Towards to National Standard or from achieving Above Y6 to Greater Depth.
We have made invitations to our Mexican Engage event on Monday 11th December - look out for these!
We have also published our news reports, look how professional we are!
This week we have learned about ancient Maya civilizations. The children loved completing their own research and map work.
They enjoyed listening to Maya music and recalling from aural memory.
We learned Junayd has a super talent to make bird noises using his hand as an instrument
this week was anti-bullying week. We made videos about social bullying which is when a group of people are mean to others in public in order to embarrass them.
In PSE we made posters to show the learning we developed during Safety Week. We watched the Big First Aid lesson from St John Ambulance.
In Maths we have begun a series of weeks learning about algebra. We will be learning about ratio, sequences and then more traditional algebra where children find or suggest the missing numbers.
Take a look at some of our ratio learning we used as our engage lesson - changing a recipe.
in PE we recapped all our learning of teamwork and application of skills into a super lesson of dodgeball
the children have consolidated their understanding of long division this week. They made excellent progress in their learning. Well done
We loved our trip to Cadbury world. The Mayans were so good at making chocolate!
Thank you to all the children and parents who supported our bake sale so that we could fundraise for the Mexico earthquake. We raised over £50.
This week we had Game On training. We learned about race, religion and heritage and how to use this alongside our Waterside Values to be a good citizen.
As part of our DT curriculum we have planned a healthy Mexican meal. Miss Wood then went shopping for all the ingredients so we could cook and then eat our delicious creations. We really enjoyed the fajitas but weren't sure on the nacho topping we had planned.
This week we have completed a carousel of activities to learn about gravity, water resistance and friction. We used the Knex education sets along with experiments to complete this learning which links to our science topic: Forces and Motion
Outdoor Education Week
Below is a list of the places we will visit and things children will require. Children will need their lunch in a bag along with suncream and a hat and a light waterproof coat for every day.
Monday - YMCA carousel of activities. Children to wear sports clothes e.g. trainers.
Tuesday - Dovedale. Children to wear clothes they can get a bit muddy/wet in (the weather looks to be dry though), walking boots are preferable
Wednesday - Children to wear comfy/ sports clothes for the survival workshop and visit to the adventure playground.
Thursday - Cannock Chase orienteering and shelter building. Children to wear clothes they can get a bit muddy/wet in (the weather looks to be dry though).
Friday - Carsington water walk and raft building. Please send children in lightweight clothing and footwear in case they get wet. Can they alos bring a change of t-shirt, trousers and underwear. (no bulky jumpers or footwear are required as we will not be able to store them - we will provide these if your child gets wet and cold.)
Let's look forward to an amazing week!
What a week!
We have visited Alton Towers for an amazing topic WOW (see the photos of wet but smiley children below - I think the rain kept the crowds away), prepared for sports day - which was postponed due to the rain and impressed Mrs Knowles when she visited our classroom.
Keep it up Y6, only 6 weeks until you will be ready for high school.
Thank you to all the children for contributing home learning to our science display. They have worked very hard and researched some excellent topics. See the rest of our environment photos at the bottom of the Dolphins page.
SATs are over and all the children and staff are exceptionally proud of all the hard work everyone has put in. Now we focus on writing ready for high school expectations so look out for this over the coming weeks.
on Friday we introduced our new topic Alchemy Island with a wow morning before ending the day with a film afternoon to celebrate our Y6 SATs successes so far.
well done y6
This week in the run-up to sats we have enjoyed solving treasure hunt puzzles around the school grounds. We found grammar Dragons and maths treasure.
Thank you to all the Y6 children who attended Easter School this week. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed consolidating our learning.
Here is what some of our children had to say:
"Easter School has helped me to remember and revise lots of my learning - I couldn't have done it at home." Yousaf
"I've learned lots of new language, I know this will help me to achieve in my reading." Aalimah
"I had chance to learn something I was struggling with in a fun way - it was inspirational!" Lucie
"I have really enjoyed using SATs companion - it has helped me to revise.
See you on Monday!
With our 9 day countdown officially beginning as of Friday we have been working really hard to ensure all our Y6 skills are of the highest standard possible. The children have been working really hard in reading and writing and have produced some sensational short stories.
We practised our public speaking skills by narrating the Spring Sing concerts for FS/KS1 and KS2.
Have a lovely Easter break and come back well rested and ready for action!
From Dolphin Class
The chicks came to visit! We had a great time.
Week 24. We had a magic, messy and smelly British Science Week activity. Then we made magic bats with our air resistance learning.
this week we continued our writing topic, the Tempest. See the photo of our drama below
world book day
Our amazing weekly winners
we did our class assembly this week, everybody loved it and we had a great time. Thank you to all of our family and friends who came to watch. It was a great turn out
This week we have been learning about cube numbers and the volume and surface area of shapes.
As part of our English topic we have performed and written playscripts.
What an action packed week!
BikeAbility, Alright Charlie, A trip to Macclesfield Forest and Number Day
Alright Charlie Workshops - How to stay safe in a digital world
This week our class took part in the 'Alright Charlie' Workshops led by Staffordshire Police.
At first, we thought we knew a lot about staying safe online - but as we worked through the video and booklet we realized that we didn't actually know as much as we thought! The video was seen through the eyes of a child - Charlie - who had some experiences that left us wondering what was the right choice to make.
We learned that not all adults that we know are 'safe' adults, but also that we are in charge of our own safety on line and we must never be afraid to tell a trusted adult if we feel unsure about something we come across.
We thought about the games we play online and who we are linking up with - not everyone is who they seem.
Overall, we all found the workshops very useful and will think twice before we post things online or make a new online friend - because once something is on the internet it can not be taken back.
we learned lots of new gymnastics skills this week
This week as part of our frozen kingdom topic we researched the Titanic
Here are our top 5 facts:
It snowed! ❄️❄️☃️☃️❄️❄️We had a wonderful WOW DAY for our new frozen kingdom topic. thank you weather 😊
We loved this weeks music lesson, composing some of our own African roll calls.
2/12/16 This week we completed two published writes, a poem based on White Fang and a spy story that we have written for our afternoon learning. We are really proud of it 😀
Today we began to create podcasts about our spy missions. We saved these to our class one drive.
Tomorrow, we complete our mission SCHOOL WIDE
This week was Anti-Bulling Week. Y6 decided to make friendship bracelets, cookies and cupcakes to sell and promote friendship throughout the school. We decided that the money that we raised from the jewellery and cake sale will be spent on something that we, as a class, decide on. Some children from Y6 will stay after school to sell the friendship bracelets, cookies and cupcakes. Blogged By Musa and Bhavana
18/11/16 This week we consolidated our learning of measures. We know how to convert between measures of capacity, length and mass - even using decimals!
Y6 learned the definitions for triangles and quadrilaterals for homework and today were detectives to find which shape had committed the crime!!!
09/09/16 Welcome to Dolphin Class 2016!!
Our time at Waterside is coming to an end so we had a special treat today - a visit to Alton Towers. We had a super time and can't wait to show everyone all of our photographs - click the link below to see the images on the news page
Today we had a Design and Technology curriculum day. We researched and sketched bridge designs - using the famous Brunel to magpie from.
The children worked amazingly well as a team and created some fantastic bridge designs with the materials they were given.
Today we had our Pirate Art day. The children started the day creating sketches of pirate ship - some children focussed on a specific aspect such as the skull and crossbones.
The class then chose between four different types of media to create a final design.
Year 6 have conducted an experiment into thermal conductivity. We predicted whether the ice cube would melt more quickly on the metal or the wood. Can you tell which was a better thermal conductor from the pictures?
We started the half term with a bang. Celebrating Greek day we dressed in togas, had a Mad Science Olympics show and had a greek salad and pitta picnic in the afternoon. Wonderful!
This week we have continued to think about mathematics in more practical contexts. We are asking children to apply and explain their learning to embed their understanding at greater depth.
Thursday's challenge was all about chocolate - and, yes, they did get to eat it at the end.
The challenge the children completed is below -- can your child explain which table they would go to and say what fraction of chocolate they would get?
This week we have been completing the Y6 SATs tests, the children have worked, and are still working, really hard. I am so proud of every single one of them.