Brainy Basilisks

Casualty 900 AD

Today we`ve started our new History topic -all about The Islamic Golden Age which centred around the Round City of Baghdad c 900AD.We made up plays set in the hospital in Baghdad ,which had a health system amazingly advanced for its time: free care for the poor and  such things as infection control.All the same- some of the operations look fairly painful! 

Spring Term Newsletter 1

Happy New Year!  We hope that you all had a great holiday and are feeling fully refreshed.

This new term brings with it a new and exciting topic for the children:  the round city of Baghdad.  We will start by exploring the development of the Arab city and then look into the advancements made there, for example with regards to medicine and astronomy.

Targets

Reading

I can read whole, age appropriate novels with confidence and fluency.

I can discuss and evaluate how authors use language (including figurative language) and its impact on the reader.

I can independently work out the meaning of words from the context.

Science

How well can I explain the function and components of blood?

How well can I understand the parts of and purpose of the heart?

How well can I understand the double circulatory system of the human body?

How well can I understand that nutrients and water are transported around the body by the blood?

How well can I investigate the effect of exercise on our bodies?

How well can I use line graphs to show my results?

How well can I recognise what factors lead to an unhealthy life style?

Homework
Your child will continue to receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Date homework is sent home

Homework

Friday 11th January

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 18th January

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 25th January

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 1st   February

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 8th   February

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 15th   February

Topic based homework

 

Spring Term Topic Web 1

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La Dolce Vita

This half term in Geography lessons, we have been learning all about La Dolce Vita - life in Italy. We made 3D maps to learn about Italy`s physical features and decided where in Italy people would go skiing or grow olives, for example. We`ve discussed the advantages and disadvantages of tourism in Venice and written some fantastically detailed discussion texts in our books. We`re about to find out about the dramatic events which happened in Pompeii in AD 79 and write interviews with some of the witnesses and survivors! At the same time, we will investigate why volcanic eruptions occur.

A visit from the Council

Last Thursday, Councillor Duncan Haywood, chairman of Barlborough Parish Council, came into class. We had some questions ready for him : we asked him what he enjoys about the job, what are the powers of a parish council and what are the council`s priorities for the coming year. We mentioned several issues that we wanted the council to address, such aspedestrian crossing near Barlborough Treatment Centre. He told us that the council were on the case!

Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to The Brainy Basilisks!  It’s lovely to see everyone back and so keen to learn.

Year 6 is set to be a challenging but (hopefully) fun year for us all!  The children will be expected to Aim High all year but we’re sure they will rise to the challenge.

We will be continuing with the reading reward system that was set up last year as it really encouraged the children with their reading at home and helped them make some really good progress.  As a lot of children have already achieved their bronze, silver and gold medals, we will, instead, be trying to achieve sapphire, diamond and platinum badges.  Again, the children will get a tick each time they have read 3 times in a week and had their Reading Records signed.  Then, when they have achieved enough ticks, they will get their next reward.  Go for it Brainy Basilisks, you can do it!

Targets

READING

I can explain and discuss my understanding by drawing inferences and justifying these with evidence.

I can summarise main ideas and key details, using quotations for illustration.

I can retrieve information from different non-fiction sources.

SCIENCE

Forces

I can explain what gravity is and its impact on our lives.

I can identify and explain the effect of air resistance.

I can identify and explain the effect of water resistance.

I can identify and explain the effect of friction.

I can explain how levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a

greater effect.

I can control variables in an enquiry.

I can use the outcome of test results to make predictions and set up a further

comparative fair test.

Homework

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Weekly homework will be as follows

Week beginning

 

3.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

10.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

17.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

24.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

1.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

8.10

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

15.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Children can then take their books home so that you can see their results but they must have their book in school every Monday. 

With this letter, we are sending home a copy of the words that children need to spell correctly in Years 5 & 6.  Some of these will be send home for the spelling tests but you may want to work through them with your child as they will need to use them in their writing during Year 6.

Water Bottles
Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

PE
This half term PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, please come and see one of us.

Mrs Biggin & Miss Parsons

Autumn Term Topic Web: Romans!

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