HOLMES CLASS BLOG

W.c 2nd March 2020

Year 6 have been proving their scientific enquiry skills this week while investigating the question, 'How does the distance of a light source from an object affect the size of the shadow?'   The children planned and undertook their own investigations, recorded their results (ensuring it was a fair test) and plotted their results on a line graph.  The next step will be to make our conclusions and identify any patterns to predict further results.

W.c 3rd February 2020

 It was lovely to see so many of you at parents evening this week.  It is always fabulous to see the children so well supported at home.  It has been another busy couple of weeks in Year 6.  In maths we have been identifying connections between percentages, fractions and decimals.  This has led nicely onto calculating percentages of amounts.  In science, we are busy solving a 'crime' based on our knowledge of light and shadows. This week we explored periscopes and how they work which enabled us to eliminate another suspect from our investigations!  I'm sure your children can tell you all about it.  The children have been really motivated to read by our class 'Reading Challenge'.  Their enthusiasm showed today when the Essex Schools library bus came to the school and Year 6 were invited to choose some books for the school.  They were all buzzing about the books they had chosen and couldn't wait to get reading.  Please encourage them to read at home too - it really does make such a difference.

W.C  20th January 2020

Another busy week in year 6!  We have been continuing our Greek topic with tales of Theseus and the Minotaur.  We have been using drama and role play to explore the character of Theseus, which has helped us to write fabulous accounts of his adventures through the labyrinth.  In maths, we have been developing our fractions knowledge even further; we can now add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions!  Today, we played fractions bingo where we had to go around the classroom solving fraction problems until we had completed our 'bingo board.'  The children were very impressive mathematicians.  This afternoon, we launched the BBC Radio 2 500 word story competition for the children.  Ask them to share their ideas with you in order that they are able to develop their stories at home.

W.c 6th January 2020

Happy New Year!  What a great start to the term we have had!  We have embarked on our adventures through Ancient Greece - looking at a time line of ancient civilisations and comparing ancient Greece to modern day maps.  We have read some Greek myths including Pandora's Box and Icarus.  Pandora's Box has inspired some of our poetry where children used abstract nouns to describe settings.  In the pictures, you can see the children  writing and reciting their poetry to the rest of the class.  Their titles included The Forest of Fury, The Dungeon of Despair and the Cave of Curiosity to name but a few.  In Science we have started to investigate light and how it travels in straight lines. We marched full steam ahead into our maths - learning how to add and subtract fractions; the children were very impressive! The week ended with a musical interlude - learning and performing Bossa Nova jazz rhythms and then  computing - coding an animation to support a story.  All in all a very busy and productive week!

W.C 9th December 2019

 Year 5 and 6 had a fantastic opportunity when we visited the Aerozone at Stansted Airport to attend an enrichment day hosted by the Royal Aeronautical Society.  We listened to a variety of key airport workers and learned so much about how the airport operates.  One of the highlights of the day was going to the viewing deck where the children had an excellent view of planes taking off and landing.  The children then had the oppportunity to participate in a carousel of activities which focused on geography, maths and physics.  A fabulous day was had by all.

Huge congratulations to all of KS2 for their talented performances in the Christmas Concert - what a fantastic afternoon finished off perfectly by the parents joining in with The Twelve Days of Christmas.  It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

W/C 18th November 2019

 Having studied the circulatory system in humans, we are continuing looking at 'Living Things' and this week we have been closely looking at plants and identifying all their parts, ensuring the use of scientific vocabulary.  We have been discussing pollination and fertilisation and have 'acted out' the transfer of the pollen from one flower to another by an insect.   In dance, the children have been learning the 'Lindy Hop' and have been amazing at making up their own routines using the steps and moves they have been taught.  I'm sure we have some budding contenders for 'Strictly' next year!

w/c 11th November 2019.

Year 6 spent a day of remembrance this week which fitted well with our World War 1 topic.  We read and recited Flanders Fields, the war poem of remembrance by soldier John McCrae.  We then asked questions around the poem -  as well as making it our grammar focus for the day.  For our DT, we considered the design of a poppy.  The children considered the properties of the material, how the poppy would be attached and what purpose it would serve.  The conclusion was to make it out of felt material (sewing the petals to give it a ruched look) and attaching it using a safety pin.  Skills learned were using a pattern, cutting fabric and sewing (blanket and running stitch).  The children were very proud of themselves and I'm sure you agree that the results are very impressive.

W/C 4th November 2019

 Continuing our learning about the circulatory system, the children impressed me this week with their enthusiasm to dissect a pig's heart.  They were all able to identify the main parts of the heart including the atriums, the ventricles and the aorta.  The children were focused and intrigued; all of them willing to hold the heart and examine it at close quarters.  Maybe we have some budding future heart surgeons in our midst

W/c 21st October 2019

We have had a fabulous week to finish off this first half term.  Continuing our exploration of the circulatory system, we created our own hearts from modelling clay and labelled them with scientific names such as the aorta, pulmonary artery, the atriums, and the ventricles.  Also this week, year 6 have been baking white chocolate and raspberry muffins...... I do hope you enjoyed them.  The children also enjoyed another philosophy lesson this week when they were thinking about and discussing 'What is Perfection?'.  It was lovely to hear many so thoughtful ideas and opinions.  The children have worked hard this half term and I do hope you all enjoy a well deserved half term.

W/c 14th October 2019

It was lovely to see you all at parents evening this week.  The children are lucky that you are fully supportive and show such an interest in their education.  Year 6 have had another busy week with a wide variety of learning activities.  They have been developing their coding skills in computing, cooking delicious muffins and  learning how to do a cartwheel in gymnastics.  All very impressive!  In maths, they have been exploring 'rounding' (to the nearest 1000;10,000;100,000 and even 1,000,000).  In the slideshow, you can see a photo of them grappling with a 'rounding' problem.  I promised the children that I would put it on the blog to challenge the parents!  If you find it too tricky ...... ask your clever children. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

w/c 7th October 2019

 Year 6 have worked exceptionally hard this week and have produced some fantastic work.  In science, we are learning about the human body and have been exploring blood and the circulatory system.  The children all became blood cells and circulated our body so that they could understand that the blood flows in a figure of eight system.  As blood cells, they passed through the lungs to become oxygenated and then onto the heart so that they could get a great push around the rest of the body.

In English, we have been continuing with our reading and analysis of our class text - War Horse. Using our developing knowledge of WW1, we  have been writing flashbacks to the war.  Their writing was powerful and poignant and the whole class were keen to share their work with their peers.  Please have a look at this writing when we meet for parents evening next week -  I am sure you will be just as proud of your children as they are of themselves.   Bring your hankies, they are very emotional pieces of narrative. 

w/c 30th September 2019

 A huge congratulations to Year 6 who fought their fears to lead the school smoothly through the Harvest Festival on Monday.  Despite their nerves, they spoke confidently and clearly in the church. They were all, quite rightly, very proud of themselves. They also delivered at excellent harvest poem in French with Year 5.  What amazing vocabulary and accents!

Year 6 have also had the opportunity to hone their archery skills this week with a visit from a specialist teacher.  The children all performed well and behaved impeccably.  Following this, they were given some 'Leadership' training in preparation for them to be given the responsibility of play leaders in the playground in the near future.  In maths, the children have been sharpening up their arithmetic skills and have been encouraged to mentally estimate answers before doing their calculations.  This is a hugely important skill which will enable them to quickly identify any obvious mistakes in calculation.

w/c 23rd September 2019

Year 6 have produced some engaging writing this week, ensuring interest of the reader by including lovely descriptive phrases and prepositional language.  In maths we have been exploring negative numbers and thinking about real life contexts where negative numbers are used.  The children have been amazing in PE, increasing their confidence in climbing and showing their trust and communication skills in team building activities.

w/c 16th September 2019

Another busy week in Year 6.  Our super scientists started the week continuing our exploration of the circulatory system.  We made 'blood'; representing the four main components with common household items!  By the end of the lesson, the children were able to identify the four main components of blood and explain their primary functions.  They particularly enjoyed eating the 'white blood cells' at the end of the lesson!  The children have also had a busy couple of days learning how to ride their bikes confidently and safely.  We were delighted when the staff from Bikeability commented on their good behaviour. Well done to all.

w/c 9th September 2019

Year 6 have had a fabulous start to the new school year.  All the children have shown a great attitude towards their work and and have already produced some impressive work.  Here are some pictures showing the children 'grappling' over some maths challenges and then enjoying a music lesson with Year 5.