Year 6 have had a lovely week filled of Maths and problem solving! Everyone has had the chance to get involved with teamwork and practical hands on Maths that got us all thinking – even Miss Szarko! We completed a Maths trail around the school where we had different problems to solve using the environment around us. The children were surprised by how much Maths is around, without even realising. Even the adventure playground is filled with angles!We also had the opportunity to work with The Problem Solving Company where we were working with shapes and their properties. We had to experiment with polyominos to create different shapes with different areas and construct a cube out of different shaped materials. We were very confident with making the cube – until we had to complete it so the faces were all one colour! This kept every involved and challenged for a long time until we were shown the simple solution.We finished the week with another visitor from StemWorks. He showed us how to make different types of shapes out of K’Nex. By making the shape and being able to describe it’s properties, the children could earn pieces of paper to make further 3D shapes. We also had the chance to solve lots of other practical problem solving. It was the perfect way to end the week!
This week we have learnt all about the different two dimensional shapes there are. Most of us already know about circles (do you know they have NO angles?) , squares and triangles but we also learnt what a quadrilateral is (any 4 sided shape) and we looked at pentagons, hexagons, heptagons and octagons. We really enjoyed a film where all the shapes did different dances and we found different shapes in a picture. We explored shape all week in different ways through our play. Here are some of the ways:At the start of the week, we told our story to Y1- Not Now Bernard! by David Mc Kee.Toby Bonsor got this week’s certificate for being a lovely, kind friend, as voted by the class when we were having circle time on how to be a good friend. Everyone wants to be his friend because he is always fun to play with, shares nicely and is gentle and kind.Enjoy the weekend! The Rowan team.
We have had a very exciting week this week for Maths enrichment week.On Monday, we completed the Maths trail around the school with Mr Baird.On Tuesday we built 3D structures using spaghetti and marshmallows. On Wednesday, we had a very busy day. First we were working with Stem Works to build bridges. Some were more successful than others… In the afternoon, we then worked with The Problem Solving Company to solve a range of problems.
We have had a brilliant Maths week! On Tuesday afternoon, Mr Baird came to our class to help us to build structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows! Our task was to build the highest tower possible. It was tricky, but we persevered and in the end we were really proud of the results. We worked as a team really well. On Wednesday we were visited by The Problem Solving Company. We had to use co-ordinates to make our way across a grid without setting off the buzzer! It was super tricky but a lot of fun. We also worked with Mrs Libbiter to make robot biscuits.
This week has been brilliant! We have been doing lots different Maths activities outside the classroom and solving lots of Geometry puzzles and problems. On Monday we did a Maths trail around the School grounds and on Wednesday we had a Teacher from ‘The problem solving company’ who came in with giant shape puzzles for us to solve. Thursday was a special Maths fancy dress day and Today we did a Knex shapes challenge with Chris from Stemworks. We have learnt some new MAthematical language like ‘Polyhedra’ and ‘congruent’.It has been great to do Maths outside the classroom and to work in a team with our friends.
This week we went on a Maths trail with Mr Baird. We stopped at 6 different places to solve a Maths puzzle about Geometry. Here are some pictures… On Wednesday, we had a visit from ‘The Problem Solving Company’ who had lots of tangram puzzles for us to create with right angle triangles, parallelograms and squares. Here are some pictures …Yesterday was a Maths dressing up day! We all made such an effort and everyone dressed up. During the day, we worked in house teams to make our castles with a moving drawbridge. We used cardboard boxes, egg boxes, shoe boxes, dowels, cams, string, coloured paper and tissue paper. Here are our masterpieces…
We are all really enjoying the Tudor topic work and some of the portraits we did for homework are now on our class display. We all wrote instructions for a cure for the Black Death during our English lessons and some of the ingredients were not what you would expect to make anyone feel better!The maths trail and bridge challenge have been very exciting. We have all enjoyed working in teams. One of our visitors explained the importance of using our maths skills and how they can be used in projects such as building a bridge that can take the weight of a tin of beans, using only paper, cardboard and tape. He then explained that this was a school project but challenges on a bigger scale could be something we were a part of in the future.We have only three swimming lessons to go and Miss Beebee is pleased that we have all tried our best to develop our skills in the water and work towards achieving swimming awards.
It 2016 and it has started at a pace in Beech class this term.In science we have been looking at the life and times of David Attenborough and looking at the impact he has had on our knowledge of animals and wildlife. As a class we have researched his life and writing his biography.In maths we have been using mental methods to add, subtract and multiply so test us on our times tables at all opportunities. We will be looking at how we can use these mental methods in everyday situations. In English we are writing reports about our topic Vikings, to famous people and even Stroud.Next week we are looking forward to our Knex Challenege, in which we will be building in teams. The day is sure to be full of fun, spiced with teamwork, communication and engineering! There will be one team that will go on to the county final as well.
SATS boosters:This week we started our SATs booster groups. We split up in to smaller groups to help us prepare for the SATs tests in May. Some of us were a bit worried but it wasn’t that bad really once we got started. Some people worked with Miss Szarko, some with Mr Baird and some people worked for a while with Mrs Burrows.We are revising some things we have done already and also looking at new things as well. In our Writing booster we wrote a story about how we escaped after our plane had crashed in the jungle. In Maths we looked at comparing and ordering fractions and mixed numbers.On Friday we sat some practice test papers – these will let us see how we are doing and the areas we need to concentrate on.We are all looking forward to next week now!!
Every term at St. Matthew’s our collective worship is based around one of our core Christian values as a |Church school. The theme is explored mostly through stories: from the Bible, as well as from other faiths and cultures. This term’s theme is COURAGE.Our worship usually starts with a thought-provoking power-point and soothing music (unless we are acknowledging the passing of David Bowie, in which case it was a quick burst of “Starman”.) Tales are told with actors, props, video or the seasoned story-spinner’s voice (Mrs. Thomson!) Mr. Baird will often introduce a modern or historical twist. We finish with a song, a prayer and a call to, “Go and do likewise,” as Jesus said.Some of the children are currently setting themselves a “Courage Challenge” where they learn a new skill requiring determination and resilience. If you would like to send in a photo of them attempting or even achieving their goal, it will be added to the “Heroes of Courage” display. Whilst we are on this theme, I would like to say a belated thank-you to two people of courage who visited St. Matthew’s last term. They were answering questions about their personal faith as part of the Juniors’ RE curriculum.Mr. Ahmad talked about how his Muslim faith influenced his daily life. He patiently answered all our questions and the children were left with a picture of a courteous, caring and peaceful faith practiced by more than one billion people globally. Thank-you, too, Mr. Ahmad for the beautiful Qur’an you left with us.Mrs. Ahmad came prepared with photos and artefacts galore to help tell the story of her Christian faith. It was so refreshing to hear how someone’s personal beliefs can support them in good times and bad. The children were fascinated and had a LOT of questions. I hope you didn’t feel it was too much like being “thrown to the lions”, Mrs. Ahmad!Our curriculum is hugely enriched by the willingness and knowledge of such visitors.
We have been busily making our Tudor houses this week and now have a Tudor town on display. We followed instructions to make our houses and then evaluated the instructions as part of our English lesson.We are lucky to have some fantastic artefacts from Tudor times and thank Mr Baird for collecting them from the Museum in Cheltenham. We are all enjoying learning about the Kings and Queens of Tudor times. During our Guided Reading sessions we have enjoyed reading ‘The Thief, The Fool and The Big Fat King.’In science this week we focused on the digestive system. We found the practical session following the journey of a peanut butter sandwich through a mocked up digestive system interesting and thought provoking and as one of our class said ‘a bit of an eye opener!
This week the storytelling chair has been popular, with several children inventing stories at home and coming into school to tell them to everyone, using props or story-maps. On Friday we had out Storytelling cafe and we had story toolkits to help us plan our story, so that we had characters, a setting, a problem and (hopefully) a happy ending. Some of us made up our own, some of us retold classic stories we had read in class.Whizzy Wednesday is back and the weather was fine, luckily. This time we parked our bikes in the outdoor classroom and a few of us are riding 2 wheelers really well. At the end we had a scooter race (won by Oscar!) and a bike race (won by Alfie.) We set up a cafe and a garage for refilling with petrol and lots of obstacle courses. We love Whizzy Wednesday! This week’s certificate was awarded to Sophia Handbury for her wonderful story written at home with mum and her fabulous characters made our of cardboard tubes.