Please be aware that all children are expected to have their PE kit in school every Monday ready for the week ahead - we will be checking this so please support your child by helping them organise themselves.
Please see our Spring Term Curriculum Newsletter for details on what we will be learning until Easter.
September 2018: Creating our Solar System
In our first few days of this term we all worked on creating a 3D solar system. We each had a planet to decorate using our knowledge of the appearance of the planets. Saturn was quite challenging to make due to its rings so we worked on this planet in pairs. The finished planets look great and we now have 3 solar systems displayed in the classroom and along the corridor!
September 2018: Roald Dahl Day
In recognition of the amazing talents of Roald Dahl, we joined many other schools nationwide in celebrating Roald Dahl Day on 13th September. Some of us chose to dress up as a Roald Dahl book character - we had James and Aunt Spiker from 'James and the Giant Peach', Charlie from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', Sophie from 'The BFG' to name but a few! Can you tell who was dressed as which character in the photo below?
Some of us wore something yellow in colour instead of dressing up - this was in recognition of yellow being Roald Dahl's favourite colour.
During our English lesson, we looked at Roald Dahl's 'Revolting Rhymes' in which he puts a comical twist to many well-known fairy stories. We had fun acting them out to the class and performing each entertaining tale!
September 2018: Visit to Winchester Science Centre
To kick-start our Space topic, Y5 and Y6 visited the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. We took part in a Discover Space workshop where we looked at how light is used in telescopes to explore the Universe beyond our reach. We then had time to explore the new interactive zone called Explorer: Space where some of us even dressed up in an astronaut suit. The highlight of the day was the awesome Planetarium where we took part in a show called Our Solar System and Beyond. Comments heard from the Y6 class were "This is so cool!", "Wow look at all of the stars!" and "This is unbelievable!" In addition to all of that excitement, we also had time to explore the hands-on exhibits, all of which demonstrated Scientific concepts.
September 2018 - Preparing for the commemoration of WW1
November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. As a school, we were fortunate to have a visit from Councillor Gill Birch from Bracknell Forest Council - she gave an assembly to explain how Bracknell Forest will be commemorating this anniversary and also gave us lots of fascinating facts about WW1. Did you know that tissues and tea bags were invented during the Great War? Or that Bracknell was a small village then but lost many of its young men who had gone off to fight? We were also told of some exciting competitions being held for children. Year 6 have entered a Poetry competition after a workshop to help us write War Poetry. We also completed some artwork and had a class vote to decide which pieces of art should be reproduced onto canvases and entered into the competition. These canvases will be displayed in an exhibition at South Hill Park - what an amazing opportunity for our young artists!
October Homework Projects
Year 6 were tasked with creating a Space project of their choosing in the first half term of the school year, to link with our cross-curricular topic in school. The work produced has been phenomenal and all of the children who produced a project have presented their work to the class with confidence and clarity. There were some amazing solar system models with information as well as an amazing satellite, rockets of various shapes and sizes and even a fantastic lunar rover!
Staying Safe Online
On 16th October, Year 6 went to St Michael's Primary School to join the Year 6s there for a very lively and entertaining production all about Internet Safety. Throughout the play, we learned about digital resilience, online bullying, critical thinking, online peer pressure and also privacy settings. The children were all encouraged to question the information which they find online, including the profile details of strangers. They were also asked to think twice when posting comments which might be meant as a joke but which might actually upset or hurt someone. The performance was very informative and gave us much to think about.
Restart a Heart training
Across the UK, there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital every year, but the survival rate is less than 1 in 10. 16th October is National Restart a Heart Day every year and this year, Year 6 were very fortunate to receive some training from several Paramedics and people from the Fire Service. We were shown how to carry out CPR on the mannequins so that we can all now act to restart a heart. Hopefully, we will never need to use this skill, but if we do, we could make a big difference to someone's survival.
Aiyana presented a fantastic assembly to the whole school all about Diwali which she celebrated with her family on 7th November. She told us all about the story of Rama and Sita; showed us clothes that she and her brother wear for the celebration; shared a photograph of some of the food she ate and also enthused about the fireworks she had watched! She spoke confidently, answered questions from the audience and also involved other children by questioning them about their celebrations. Great job Aiyana!
Congratulations from the Mayor of Bracknell
On 13th November, the Mayor came into the school assembly to award certificates to Year 6 for their World War 1 poetry completed earlier this term. Summer and Zuzanna also received special commendation certificates for their work. All children were complimented on the standard of their work.
As part of our Space topic this term, we have been finding out about the composer Gustav Holst and his famous piece of music, The Planet Suite. One of the compositions within the whole suite is named Uranus and in this piece of music, Holst used a motif which is a repeating pattern of notes, played by many different instruments throughout. Using this idea, Year 6 created their own motifs using the glockenspiels and xylophones. Some of the pairs even managed to compose a piece of music for their motif to repeat throughout.
Miller's Farm Visit
A big thank you to the PTA for funding and arranging a visit to school from Miller's Farm. Our playground temporarily was a home to sheep, goats, donkeys, pigs, chickens, geese and rabbits! The children were allowed to join their animals in their pens if they wished to do so and so had a real hands-on experience with the animals.
It's Panto Time!
On December 4th, the whole school went to South Hill Park to watch the pantomime of Dick Whittington. It was a very entertaining performance enjoyed by all - and our very own Mrs Ball had a starring roll! A big thank you to Mrs Coxell for providing us all with snacks and drinks in the interval too.
On two very cold and wet, murky days in December, 9 members of Year 6 took part in Bikeability training. This is similar to the old cycling proficiency and is designed to ensure our children are able to ride safely and responsibly on the roads. The trainers were very complimentary towards the children involved and were impressed with their behaviour and attitudes. All 9 children completed both the level 1 and level 2 course successfully - a big WELL DONE to all of them!
Since September, every two weeks, the ladies from St Michael's Church have been coming into Fox Hill on a Wednesday morning to perform a Bible story with the whole school. Children are often needed to help with the performance and Year 6 are in the privileged position of often being asked to provide these additional actors. The photos below show a performance of Daniel and the lions which taught us all about making good decisions and not being easily led by other people who may not have our best interests at heart.
Maths, Art and DT all in one lesson!
As we come towards the end of our topic on Space, we have put our Maths skills to the test in creating a scaled model of the solar system. We all started off with a lump of clay which had to be split into tenths to start with. We then followed instructions on how many tenths needed to be amalgamated to create each of the gas giants and the remaining clay was then put together and split into tenths again. Each of these tenths were either added to the gas giants, used to make smaller planets - or split into yet more fractions to create the tiny Mercury! Once the clay had dried, we then used paint to ensure the planets were coloured appropriately, adding detail to them and rings around Saturn. Lastly, the planets needed a 'galaxy' to be displayed on which was created using various materials.