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# Class Blog

Week 17 (W.C. 11.01.2021)

Well done on another super week of learning, Stingrays!

Those of you who are at home, your excellence, courage and determination has been absolutely inspirational!

To those of you who are in school, your resilience has been second to none.

Mrs Lawton and I are so proud of you all, we are missing you dearly.

In English this week, we have published some brilliant persuasive speeches to enlist men to join the army!

In Maths, we have been continuing our learning about decimals and fractions as we moved on to equivalent decimals and fractions.

This week in Encompass, we have been finding the capital cities in North and South America using an atlas or Google Maps!

In Science, we completed a double page spread about light and different sources of light whether that is artificial or natural!

Week 16 (W.C 04.01.2021)

What a week it has been!

We started the week with the majority of the class back in school after the Winter holidays where we had a fantastic day talking about what we had been up to, our Christmas presents but also about the new Tier 4 rules and restrictions that had been put into place.

Then before we knew it, we were back to remote learning as of Tuesday!

A huge well done to you all for coping so well with this sudden change and for just getting on with your home learning as if nothing had changed. Your resilience and determination is exceptional and we are so proud of you!

This week in English, we have begun a new text, War Horse. We have started to look at the features that is needed for a persuasive speech as we begin to write our own to persuade men to join the army!

We are really enjoying the text so far and have worked so hard both in class and at home to complete the work as well as we can.

In Maths this week, we have been learning about decimals. We have added and subtracted decimal numbers and multiplied and divided decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. We ended the week on multiplying decimals by integers and will begin next week dividing decimals by integers.

We have learnt some tips and tricks to help us, as well as different methods to work out questions that suit us and how our brain works! We are continuing to dive deeper into our Maths work by completing daily problem solving and reasoning questions. We will continue to do this now as we prepare for High School later this year!

In Science, we have started a new topic of learning all about Light! We were lucky enough to kickstart this lesson in school on Monday as we completed a pre-assessment and also looked at what we already knew about Light and what we wanted to know about Light by the end of the topic.

We are looking forward to continuing this unit of work even if we are now remote learning!

This week in Encompass, we also kicked off a new unit of work all about The Americas!

We looked at where America was situated on a world map and was able to use directional language to describe its position.

We linked out Art work to our Encompass topic this week and created an American city skyline! Take a look at the amazing artwork from our home learners and our learners in school too!

Week 14 (W.C 07.12.2020)

Well this week saw our first week back to school after isolating for two weeks and what an excellent week we have had! The children have all come back to school with such a positive attitude towards their learning and behaviour, well done superstars!

In English this week, we published a third person narrative after reading the chapter, Alien, from Wonder. We have published some outstanding writing, even though we had our skills lessons last week at home. In our writing, we have used dialogue, created tension and used a range of clause structures to make sure our writing was effective. Miss Joinson bought a fantastic resource that we have been using to up-level our writing, making it even more amazing. Take a look at some of the resources and our writing below!

This week in Maths, we have learned about circle theorem, finding the mean and also interpreting data from tables. We picked up the circle theorem straight away and now we know the meaning of circumference, diameter, radius and centre. To find the radius, we have learned to halve the diameter or to find the diameter, we have learned to double the radius! We really enjoyed learning how to find the mean of a group of numbers too, add all of the numbers up and then divide that answer by how many numbers we have. We thought it was much more complicated that what it actually is! Finally, interpreting tables was another area where we really shone this week too. We were able to talk about a table and the information it showed before then answering SAT style questions on a variety of different tables. Absolutely marvellous Maths this week!

We have completed a Geography project this week on Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. On Monday, we used VR and videos to really immerse ourselves into this wonderful city! On Tuesday, we answered questions about Rio and then completed a setting description in the form of a postcard about an area in Rio. On Wednesday, we researched many landmarks in Rio and completed a fact file on one of them while also completing a piece of artwork on it too. Finally, on Thursday, we became travel agents and recorded our own travel documentary all about the dazzling city of Rio De Janeiro! We really do have some budding travel agents in Stingrays!

Week 13 (W.C 30.11.2020)

This week was our second week of isolation and we continued to show our amazing home learning!

This week in English, we have moved on to a new writing genre, a third person narrative. We read some of Wonder where the characters went to camp and by the end of next week, we are going to retell this chapter using lots of Year 6 skills! We have learnt how to create tension, use dialogue and how to vary our sentence length to make our writing more exciting!

In Maths this week, we have learnt about co-ordinates in 4 quadrants, translation, reflection and rotation. This can be quite tricky but oh my! How awesome our learning has been! Miss Joinson and Mrs Lawton have been super impressed with all of our prior learning!

In Encompass, we looked at how the Vikings raided Lindisfarne and why the raid was so important. We then wrote a diary entry in the style of a monk who had to witness their monastery get raided!

This week in Science, we learnt about how natural selection occurs and how this changes due to human interference. We read a fantastic text about moths which enabled us to learn more about evolution!

We're really looking forward to being back in school next week!

Week 12 (W.C 23.11.20)

This week, we have been isolating at home to keep ourselves and everyone else safe. We are still working hard though and even won the UKS2 dojo prize for our superb work at home.

In English this week, we perfected our formal letters to Mr Tushman by including many Y6 skills. By the end of the week, we were able to publish and wow, what fantastic letters they were!

In Maths, we have been exploring fractions even more and diving into multiplying and dividing. First, we use concrete and pictorial methods to understand how fractions can be divided or multiplied. Then, we thought about our own chosen method.

In Science, we explored the voyage of Charles Darwin and his amazing discoveries. We were amazed to discover how he theorised from what he had seen. It showed us how Scientists come up with a discovery!

This week in Encompass, we learnt how the Vikings prepared for their journey to Britain. We looked into the Viking longship in more detail and explained how they were suited for long distance travelling.

We can't wait to return to school when it is safe to do so but for now, we are going to keep up the incredible work from home.

## Week 12 Home Learning

Week 11 (WC 16.11.2020)

Another superb week in Stingrays this week!

In English, we began looking at a new genre of writing, formal letters! We magpied lots of formal vocabulary at the start of the week and completed a few skill lessons this week to make sure we are including the correct skills to get Y6 National Standard in our writing :-)

We particularly enjoyed learning about the subjunctive from where we listened to Beyonce's song, 'If I Were a Boy' to help us!

In Maths this week, we have completed multiplication and division with fractions! We have really enjoyed this as we have pushed our learning and used prior learning such as simplifying fractions to get the correct answers. By the end of the week, we taught a mini lesson to our table group to showcase what we had learnt!

In Encompass this week, we learnt about Viking values and what daily life was like for the Vikings such as the clothes they wore, the food they ate, the homes they lived in and also life after death. We completed some absolutely fantastic double page spreads to showcase our learning, they were brilliant!

This week in Science, we looked more into inheritance and selective breeding. Thank you to those who brought in baby pictures, they were lovely to see and so adorable! We spoke about different features we have inherited from our parents, not just physical features but characteristics and traits too! We then moved on to looking at dogs and decided two breeds that we would combine to best suit its job. We had lots of fun in creating new breeds of dogs!

Week 10 (WC 09.11.2020)

Wow, what a week! Mrs Lawton and I are so proud of each and every single one of you for showing great enthusiasm and excellence in your lessons this week.

In English, we started the week drafting out our diary entries in the role of Auggie (from Wonder) about the worst day ever. We have really tested our brains this week as we learnt the skill of passive voice. We used the saying, “by zombies” to help us create some fantastic sentences which we then included in our writing. By Friday, we were able to publish our wonderful diary entries that included many year 6 skills! Take a look at some examples below:

In Maths this week, we continued to develop our fraction knowledge as we have been adding and subtracting fractions with the same and different denominators. By the end of the week, we were able to add and subtract mixed numbers using our knowledge of converting mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa. We have answered some tricky questions this week but have not let these get in our way of our determination and courage.

The whole of our afternoon lessons this week have been based around Remembrance and in particular, Women in War. Mrs Lawton has been our fount of knowledge this week and has shared some personal stories of her family who were in the war. We have completed lots of fantastic learning including discussion of the text, ‘Peace Lily’, job descriptions for women in the war, artwork based on propaganda posters and some of us have even brought in memorabilia of our own families stories. It has been wonderful to see all the children engaged and inspired, we are extremely proud of all of your work, well done Stingrays!

Week 9 (WC 02.11.2020)

What a super first week back we have had in Stingrays this week! Well done on coming back and getting straight back into our routines we had before half term.

This week in English, we started our new text, Wonder. We will be publishing a diary entry next week as if we are Auggie, the main character. We have been looking in detail to all of the characters we have met so far, summarised what we have read and even managed to plan out our diary entry including some Year 6 skills! We're really looking forward to publishing next week!

We have started learning about fractions this week in Maths and Miss Joinson and Mrs Lawton have been super impressed with what we already know! We have looked at the relationship between numbers to help us with equivalent fractions and then used this to help us simplify fractions. We have also converted mixed numbers into improper fractions and improper fractions to mixed numbers, we really enjoyed this!

In Encompass this week, we have begun our new topic, the Vikings! We have had some awesome pieces of homework as well, well done to all of you who completed something!

In Science this week, we have also started a new topic, Evolution and Inheritance. We have started to learn all about fossils and even looked at how fossils are excavated!

Week 8 (WC 19.10.2020)

Wow, what a super half term we have had these past 8 weeks! Mrs Lawton and I are so incredibly proud of each and every single one of you, you have all worked extremely hard getting used to new routines and making great progress, well done!

This week in English we read 'The Highwayman' poem to then create our own gothic poem! By the end of the week we were able to perform our poems using the right tone, pace and volume. We had three winners across our three groups and then one overall winner, Lucy! Well done to everyone who performed their superb poem!

In Maths this week, we have used our prior knowledge of 2D shapes to help us with 3D shapes. We learnt all about the properties of a variety of 3D shapes and even created nets of these shapes too! It was quite tricky to create a net but we showed great determination and resilience and proved we can do it!

This week in Encompass, we learnt about the fantastic black footballer, Marcus Rashford and all about his work to provide children with meals throughout lockdown and the summer holidays. He really is a hero and we appreciate everything he has done for us :-)

In Science this week, we checked on our bug hotels! We were surprised with the variety of insects that had moved into some of our hotels. Once we gathered the data of the insects, we used a tally chart to total up the different types of insects. Once back in the classroom, we used the tally chart to create a bar chart, showing the amount of insects living in our bug hotels. From the bar chart, we then interpreted the data and came to a range of conclusions about our bug hotels.

Have a lovely half term Stingrays, get plenty of rest ready for another half term full of exciting learning!

Week 7 (WC 12.10.2020)

What an awesome week we have had in Stingrays this week! We completed our first Mock SATs week, Miss Joinson and Mrs Lawton are so proud of each and every single one of you! You have all worked extremely hard and it has been wonderful to see your progress in only 7 weeks of being back at school!

In English this week, we were able to publish our archaic tales. After learning all about archaic vocabulary and making our work more formal, the tales we created were phenomenal!

This week in Maths, we have been looking at angles and using our knowledge of angles on a straight line, angles at a point to help find missing angles. We also learnt about vertically opposite angles and used this to answer some quite tricky questions!

In Encompass, we learnt about the inspirational Rosa Parks and how she was the first lady of the Civil Rights Movement! We then wrote postcards as if we were a bystander on the bus and some of us shared them with the rest of the class.

Take a look at this very catchy video of the great work by Rosa:

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This week in Science, we complied all of our amazing learning about animal classification to write a non-chronological report. We were able to look back at our previous learning and prior knowledge to create some fantastic writing! Some of us even wanted to share it with the rest of the class and presented it to other children!

Week 6 (WC 05.10.2020)

Well what an exciting, fun-filled week we have had in Stingrays this week! Even though the weather has been wet and miserable, it hasn't dampened our spirits and certainly hasn't stopped us from our awesome learning! A huge thank you for your continuous support as we celebrated World Mental Health Day by taking part in #HelloYellow. It was wonderful to see the children in their bright, colourful clothes! We had a super day showing the young people that they're not alone with their mental health whilst raising vital funds for YoungMinds.

In English this week, we have been looking at archaic vocabulary. We are now working towards writing a tale based on the first story told by the Monster in 'A Monster Calls'. The tale is old fashioned so we have been learning how to formalise our vocabulary and making it more archaic. We're really looking forward to publishing our tales next week!

This week in Maths we have learned all about long division! We have had a tough few days learning about all of the different steps we need to do so we are successful in completing long division. Through determination and courage, we have been able to answer some quite tricky questions. Miss Joinson and Mrs Lawton were really impressed with our hard work!

We have had a really exciting Encompass lesson this week! We were extremely lucky to have a virtual workshop with ZooLab on Thursday afternoon where we were able to meet many organisms native to Africa. We also linked this to our Science topic of 'Living Things and Their Habitats' and heard about how the organisms we met have adapted to their environment. Take a look at some of the creatures we were able to meet:

In Science this week, we were lucky enough to take our learning outside and build our own Bug Hotels! We loved being out in the fresh air digging in dirt, collecting leaves and building a cosy place for many different types of insects! Finally, we placed all of our Bug Hotels on top of each other so they were inviting for a variety of creepy crawlies to enter! We're going to check on our Hotels in a couple of weeks to see how successful we were!

Week 5 (WC 28.09.2020)

We cannot believe we have been back to school for 5 weeks already! We are getting much better with our transitions into different lessons and our respect is also improving but still something we are continuing to work on :-)

In English this week, we have been able to finally publish our narrative about the opening of 'A Monster Calls'. All week we have improved our writing by using UKS2 punctuation and even spliced dialogue, something that is greater depth! Miss Joinson and Mrs Lawton are super impressed with our attitudes to our English work this week, we have been determined and showed superb excellence with trying to include as many Year 6 standards as possible.

In Maths this week, we have learnt about long multiplication and short division. We have also pushed our thinking when working out remainders as we were able to write any remainders as a fraction and to two decimal places! We are getting more and more confident with division, preparing to learn about long division next week!

This week in Encompass, we have learnt about the slave industry as we move into the month of October to celebrate Black History Month. Miss Joinson and Miss Vaughan were very impressed with our maturity and sensitivity as we were discussing the slave trade. We have also read about Martin Luther King Junior and how he was such an influential person in Black History.

This week in Science, we have showcased our prior learning about habitats. This has then enabled us to investigate insects around our school and plan our own insect hotel! We are really looking forward to going out in our school environment next week to build our hotels!

Week 4 (WC 21.09.2020)

Wow, what a hard-working week we have had in Stingrays!

In English this week, we have been learning more about the Year 6 skills we need to include such as dialogue as we received a text message from the monster! We have been working really hard to look at our success criteria to make sure we are including as many Year 6 standards as we can so our narrative is awesome!

In Maths, we have really pushed our thinking skills as we used our prior knowledge of addition and subtraction to answer multi-step questions. Some of our questions were quite tricky but we showed fantastic resilience and determination, something that Miss Joinson and Mrs Lawton were extremely proud of!

During Encompass this week, we learnt the definition of 'rural' and 'urban' and used our new learning to describe two different areas in Africa. We really enjoyed learning about two young children and their lives in both rural and urban Africa, it is very different to how we live our lives in Stoke-on-Trent!

We have had a super Science lesson this week as we continued our learning about classification. This week, we classified each other based on physical traits such as eye colour, hair colour and shoe size! We had a lot of fun working with our friends to then create a classification system like the one we completed a couple of weeks ago!

Take a look at our marvellous African-style masks we are completing in Art! We have really enjoyed being creative and using a range of different media to add detail!

Week 3 (WB 14.09.2020)

"In a world where you can be anything, be kind..."

We have had another great week in Stingrays this week. Throughout the week, we have had a lot of discussion about being kind to one and other and about showing respect at all times. This is something that we're continuing to work on :-)

In English this week, we have learnt about expanded noun phrases and imagery. We had a lot of fun trying to draw a picture with our eyes closed and listening to our partners description! By Friday, we were able to publish our wonderful setting descriptions!

This week in Maths, we have come to the end of our place value unit as we learnt about negative numbers and then showing off all of our learning from the last 2 weeks!

In Encompass, we have researched all about Senegal and used our new learning to create a fact file all about life in Senegal. We were surprised to find out that the main language spoken is French!

This week in Science, we have learnt about Carl Linnaeus and his famous Linnaean System. Did you know, we share the same Domain, Kingdom, Phylum and Class as a cat?!

Week 2 (WB 07.09.2020)

What a super first full week back at school we have had in Stingrays this week! We have been so busy with all of our new learning but also showcasing what we know from Year 5.

In English, we have learnt about using figurative language to create an image in the reader's mind. We drafted a setting description based on an image from our text, 'A Monster Calls' and we're looking forward to our first publish in Year 6 next week!

In Maths, we have been learning about place value and we have blown Miss Joinson and Mrs Lawton away with our amazing Maths skills! We are having three Maths lessons a day so our learning is constantly going deeper from arithmetic to skill to problem solving and reasoning.

This week in Encompass we have kicked off our new topic, Africa! We learnt about the physical features of Africa and placed them onto a map. Our prior learning about continents and oceans really helped us when we were looking at a world map of where the continent of Africa is.

In Science this week, we imagined that a new zoo was opening and we had been asked to sort and group the animals so that similar species can be housed in enclosures near one another. We really enjoyed becoming a taxonomist and sorting the animals!

Take a look at our classroom Pic Collage below! We can't wait for even more of our awesome learning to be added to it!

Welcome to Stingray's Class Blog! Here, you will be able to see exactly what your child has been learning throughout each week. This blog will be updated every week so you can see all of the fun and exciting activities we are completing in school, I can't wait to share this with you!

I'm really looking forward to teaching your child this year, it is going to be jam-packed full of learning but also building new relationships and communicating with each other. Please do not hesitate to contact me via Class Dojo, Contact the Teacher form or arranging a meeting with myself through the School Office telephone number. I am always here to help and support you and your child. We are all in this together!

Let's have the most amazing year yet!

Miss Joinson.

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