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Term One, Week Two

Year 6 have begun to settle into the routine of Oak Class. On Monday morning, they were lucky enough to work on their teamwork skills with Josh Kennedy from the Shepway Sports Partnership.  Josh is English Super Bantum Weight Boxing Champion. As well as training and taking part in fights himself, he also uses his boxing knowledge to train children in this sport. For the next six weeks, Oak Class will be learning basic boxing skills from Josh on Monday afternoons. At the end of this time, each child will be assessed, as if they meet all the criteria, they will be awarded a Boxing Bronze Award. Please make sure your child's PE kit is in school at all times, and if they have their own boxing gloves, they can be brought in for Monday's lessons.  Some pictures from Josh's sessions can be seen below.

 

We began our first Science unit of the year this week - Evolution and Inheritance. We had fun learning about the concepts of DNA, genes and inheritance and discussed the traits that we have inherited from our parents and grand-parents.  Did you know what if you can roll your tongue, this is an inherited trait?!  This week's homework is to investigate in more detail the traits we get from our parents.  A copy of the worksheet is available if your child has lost theirs. It is due in by Friday 22nd September.

 

Friday afternoon is our RE lesson time, and we are introducing the children to our new way of teaching The Bible called 'Understanding Christianity'.  There are icons representing events, ideas and people from The Bible and the children had some very good debates over what each icon represents.  A copy of the icons is attached below. Can you match each picture to one to these: God, Creation, The Fall, People of God, Kingdom of God, Incarnation, Salvation and The Gospel?

 

Mrs Short will return to school next Monday, 18th September, and will teach Oak Class on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Mrs Godden will then take over and teach Thursdays and Fridays.

 

Homework

Reading - please read over the weekend and write about what you have read in your Reading Journal.  These are collected in and checked every Monday, so please ensure they are back in school at the beginning of each week.

Spellings - Each child has their Home Spelling Book with 15 words to learn for our test on Friday morning.  In addition, they will be tested each week on two random words from the Year 3/4 and 5/6 statutory word lists (in their books). This week's words all end in the -cious/-tious spelling.

Times Tables - we will be checking that all the children know their 5 and 6 times tables off by heart on Thursday morning. We will then work our way through all the tables (2 per week) up to 12x. Each child must show they know them all before moving on to the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum tests. Please practice if you are not yet secure with your tables.

Science - please complete the worksheet about you and your parents, showing what you have inherited from each of them. This is due back by Friday 22nd September please. Download a copy below if you have lost yours.

Science Homework Sheet on Inherited Traits. Due back by Friday 22nd September please.

Teamwork Skills Session with Josh Kennedy

Boxing Bronze Award Lesson One

Term One, Week One

Firstly, a big 'Welcome back' to the whole class. The children have settled in to Oak Class very quickly and seem pleased to finally be at the top of the school and the responsibilities that this brings with it.  We quickly sorted out who would cover which jobs and there are lots of them - buddies, computer monitors, register monitors, Eco monitors and Junior Road Safety Officers.  We also held a class vote for the team leaders for the year with the following results:

 

Red Team            Megan and Rory

Blue Team           Lily and Carwyn

Green Team         Rosie and Isaac

Yellow Team        Jessica and Benjamin

 

Thursday, of course, was spent with the majority of the children taking the Kent Test.  We are very proud of how hard they all tried and it was noted how calm they all were too. There was no fuss - they just got on with it.  Well done everyone.

 

Each child designed their own crest this week, showing the things which are important to them and which they like, along with a motto.  We had a wide variety of mottoes to reflect each child's personality including:

 

  • 'Love what you do'
  • Always try your best'
  • 'Never give up'
  • 'Be the best that you can be'
  • 'Be kind and respectful'
  • 'Keep calm and eat a banana'

 

They also wrote a short piece about their aims and aspirations for the year. These, along with their crest and photos will be up on display in class, so why not have a look at them during our first 'Drop-in' session next Wednesday?

 

It may have been a short week for the children, but there were a few tired-looking faces in class by Friday afternoon (including the staff!). We hope you all enjoy the weekend and we look forward to beginning a new, more settled week on Monday.

 

Homework

Reading - please read over the weekend and write about what you have read in your Reading Journal.  These are collected in and checked every Monday, so please ensure they are back in school at the beginning of each week.

Spellings - Each child has their Home Spelling Book with 15 words to learn for our test on Friday morning.  In addition, they will be tested each week on two random words from the Year 3/4 and 5/6 statutory word lists - a copy of this is stuck in the back of each child's Home Spelling Book.

Times Tables - we will be checking that all the children know their 2, 3 and 4 times tables off by heart on Thursday morning. We will then work our way through all the tables (2 per week) up to 12x. Each child must show they know them all before moving on to the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum tests. Please practice if you are not yet secure with your tables.

 

 

 


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