Dunholme St Chad's Church Of England Primary School

Creating a community with open hearts and open minds

This week's Star of the Week is Daniel for his excellent writing in English this week to create atmosphere and action. 

The Lilly received this week's vote for the Pride of Y6 for her improvement in English so far this term. 

WELCOME TO CLASS 6PD

Year 6

TERM 3 OVERVIEW

Theme for Term 3 – Our topic title this term is ‘Cocoa Crazy’ and will focus around the history of chocolate as we begin to study the ancient Meso-American civilisation of the Mayans. We will be looking at how the Mayans lived and the importance of the cocoa bean in their lives. We will also be looking at electricity in science, making circuits to control various systems and will be looking at the wonderful world God created in RE, looking at issues such as stewardship and how science and religion may complement or conflict. In our art work we will be sculpting Mayan artefacts out of clay and in music we will be looking at South American music as we learn and perform a class Samba.

RESIDENTIAL VISIT 2019

MONDAY 28TH OCTOBER 

We arrived at around 12:30 this afternoon and hastily ate our lunch after settling into our new rooms. After lunch, we went to Happisburgh beach to see how erosion is affecting the Norfolk coast here before travelling to Sea Palling to compare the differences. Here there are lots of sea defences protecting the cliff. We returned to the lodge for a tea of sausage, chips and veg before heading out again for our twilight safari in the woods and a camp fire story. There are some very tired faces already so after our hot chocolate, we will be heading off to bed ready for an  early start tomorrow. 

TUESDAY 29TH OCTOBER 

Today we awoke early to a hearty breakfast and the sun shining. We completed a variety of team building activities this morning where we had to work together to solve four different problems making sure we communicated effectively. This earned our teams points towards our daily total. After lunch, we went by coach to Bacton Woods to complete our 'Monster Trail' where we had to navigate our way through a forest using a map and a compass, making sure we avoided the dreaded monsters. We got caught a few times. After a delicious tea of pizza or pasta bolognese, we went bowling. Congratulations to Fabian who was tonight's winner with a score of 112. We are very tired and now and are going to bed early ready for tomorrow. 

WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER

We had a good sleep last night and many of us had to be woken this morning. After breakfast, we made our way by coach to Cley where we were dropped off at the start of the spit. We walked the length of Blakeney Point this morning, learning about erosion,  transportation and deposition and how the spit has changed due to Long Shore Drift. We even learned about semi-precious stones and collected many ourselves. After a lovely lunch (and toilet stop) in the sand dune cafe, we made our way across the mud flats back to Blakeney village. We had to remove our shoes and socks and trek across the thick mud of the river bed. It was great fun and many of us enjoyed it, despite the freezing waters. Tonight we are having a disco, if we can find some energy from somewhere. I am sure we will sleep well tonight. 

THURSDAY 31ST OCTOBER 

Everyone slept very well last night. We must have been very tired. This morning, we showered and had breakfast then went by coach to Aylmerton Field Study Centre. Here we became part of a pirate crew and joined up to train as pirates under the infamous 'Captain Blackbeard'. After dressing to look the part and choosing a pirate name, we split into tree groups to complete a series of pirate training tasks - the Bosun's Chair, climb the rigging, walk the plank and monsoon shelter building. We completed every task and unlocked the treasure. After lunch, we made our way to West Runton to visit the rockpools looking for the different creatures and plants that live here. We started to look at how they adapt to this harsh environment. We also talked more about erosion and saw how the last Ice Age had shaped the Norfolk coast. This evening we are listening to a storyteller. 

FRIDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 

This morning we had to pack and ensure we had all of our belongings to come home with. We then made our way to Morston where we boarded a ferry and sailed down the rover to the edge of Blakeney Point to see the seal who have started to migrate here ready for giving birth. It was a lovely way to end a great week. Well done Y6. 

Visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum

On Wednesday 25th September, we visited the National Holocaust Museum in Laxton to learn about the lives of people who suffered for their religious beliefs in Europe during the 1930s. In the morning, we visited the 'Journey' exhibition, learning what life was like for one 10-year-old  Jewish boy named Leo. We looked at how his life changed during the rise of the Nazi party. We got to listen to his story and see and touch a range of artifacts that helped us understand his life. In the afternoon, we were fortunate to listen to a special guest 'Simon' who was a real-life survivor of the Holocaust in Poland. His story was remarkable. Ask the Year 6 children to tell you about his story and what they learned during our visit. 

Diary Dates for Terms 3 and 4:

7th Jan - Young Voices Concert 

13th to 17th Jan - Arts' Week 2020

13th Jan - NSPCC parent workshop

14th Jan - Y6 e-Safety Workshop 

4th Feb - Y6 Chocolate Workshop

4th Feb - Parent Consultation Evening 1

6th Feb - Parent Consultation Evening 2

13th Feb - Valentine's Disco 

13th Feb - Last day of term 3

 

 

PE Kit

- Please can you ensure PE kits are brought into school on Monday morning. This includes appropriate outdoor footwear.

Our PE sessions for this term are Tuesday afternoon (indoor) and Thursday morning (indoor).

Reading

 This year we are continuing to focus on developing a love of reading. Year 6 have already spent the summer reading one of the books from our 'Recommended Reading List'. We are going to be sharing our love of books and writing reviews to interest others in the books we read. We also have a reading competition in class - ask your children about 'Book Bingo'.

 

OUR NEXT BOOK CIRCLE WILL BE TAKING PLACE ON December 12TH

Make sure you have read your book by then. 

 

We are also asking all children to send in photos of themselves reading in unusual places. 

Please send your photos to year6@dunholme.lincs.sch.uk  or carl.parkin@dunholme.lincs.sch.uk 

Click here for the Year 6 Recommended Reading List 

HOME LEARNING:

All homework is handed out on a Friday along with new spellings. Maths and English should be handed in BY THE FOLLOWING THURSDAY. 

Spellings:  NEXT WEEK'S SPELLING TEST IS ON THURSDAY.

This week, we are working on words which contain the prefixes ir-, il- and im- as listed as an expectation in the National Curriculum for KS2.

We are also learning our second group of 25 words from our statutory word list. Please ensure you spend this term learning these at home as well. We will be having a test on all of these during the final week of the term before Christmas.  

The words to learn for Term 2 are : 

achieve

convenience

ancient

soldier

sufficient

variety

accompany

according

aggressive

apparent

appreciate

attached

committee

communicate

community

correspond

equipped

immediate

interrupt

occupy

opportunity

recommend

foreign

conscience

leisure

 

 

Congratulations to Eleanor, Owen, Thomas J, Faye and James who achieved a maximum score of 25/25 in last term's spelling test. 

 

 Homework to be handed in by Thursday:

English:  TENSES- complete all questions from each section identifying whether the past, present or future tense has been identified. 

Maths:  ANGLES - complete all of the sections finding the missing angles. 

 

 

 Useful websites to help with learning at home. 

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/index.html

 http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/fractions/index.htm#ratio

http://nrich.maths.org/2730 (Flash is required to play this pairs games, matching fractions of money.)

http://nrich.maths.org/4824 (Flash is required to play this matching ratio game.)

Missed Transition Evening?  

Please click the following links to access all of the information given out at Transition Evening in July 2019. 

Welcome to Y6

Y6 Recommended Reading List

Y3/4 spelling list

Y5 Maths Recall Facts