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Year 6 - Columbus

Welcome to Year 6


Our Teacher is Miss Woodworth

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs. Denham

Friday 8th December 2017


The term has zoomed by and it’s hard to believe we are approaching the last full week of learning before the Christmas holidays.


The children have been singing really beautifully and are ready to perform at the carol concert on Monday. Thanks again for your generous offers of help.


In English the children have been learning about ‘The Lost Thing’ which is an esoteric story about a man who discovers a bizarre creature and finds it has no home. As the story progresses the man realises, very subtly, a lot about loss and regret. It’s been a fantastic story to learn and we will continue to use it as inspiration for our writing.


In Maths, we have been working through practice SATs papers, correcting errors and improving prior learning and have also been working on properties of shape, including angles.


Reader of the week is Olivia, well done!


Have a great weekend,


Miss Woodworth



Thursday 30th November 2017


This week we have been learning about fractions , decimals and percentages in Maths.


In English we have been working on our Writing Challenge about an old M & S Christmas advert. The winner will be announced before the end of term!


The pantomime is imminent too – the week after next on the 14thDecember we will go to the Watford Palace Theatre.


Reader of the week is Rosie, well done!  Star of the Week is Imani and 'Wow Work' of the week is from Murrey and Akshaya.


Have a great weekend,


Miss Woodworth

17th November 2017


We have been working on fractions, multiplication and division in Maths this week, whilst working hard on our recounts of an alien/UFO encounter. Some of the recounts the children wrote were fantastic and extremely descriptive.


Next week there is further learning about bullying when a theatre group come in to perform to the school on Wednesday.


Thank you for the offers of help I’ve received for the Carol Concert – if anyone else is available please let the office know by signing the letter to state you would be willing to be there. 


Star of the Week is Gabriel, Reader of the Week is Joanna and children on the 'Wow Work' board are Olivia and Imani.  Well done everyone.


Have a great weekend,


Miss Woodworth

Friday 10th November 2017


The children have been introduced to their next unit of Fractions. They have also worked really hard on their practice SATs week!


In English we have been telling extra-terrestrial recounts and will continue this unit of work next week. 


Reader of the week is Lexi.  Well done!


Have a great weekend,


Miss Woodworth

Friday 3rd November 2017


First week back after half term! We have been creating our own dinosaurs as part of the conclusion of our topic on inheritance and evolution. We started by planning them and designing the characteristics that were appropriate for the dinosaur’s living environment and then we made them with clay and modelled them really well. They are almost finished drying and then we will paint, with acrylic (we will be asking for alternative t shirts/tops to wear before we undertake this!) as a base coat before we start colouring them. They will look excellent!


Year 6 have a SATs Practice Week next week, and so they have been working hard on their arithmetic and explaining their processes. The arithmetic test is a huge part of the maths paper; unlike the reasoning papers it is possible to have an understanding of what will be tested in the paper. Any extra arithmetic practice is invaluable – topics like adding, multiplying and subtracting fractions, dividing fractions by whole numbers, multiplication, division, percentages of amounts etc.


Next week is Book at Bedtime week and we are going to be reading to the children every day. They will be given the cheques to help them gain chances to win book vouchers at the end of the week.


I hope to see lots of you at our Book at Bedtime event.


Star of the Week is Darina, Reader of the Week is Owen and children on the 'Wow Work' board are Frank and Lexi.


Have a great weekend,


Miss Woodworth

Friday 20th October 2017


Thanks to everyone for an extremely pleasant and productive set of parent consultations. I really enjoyed meeting everyone and discussing how wonderful your children are - than you for your commitment to attending what is a very important evening. 


In English this week we have been continuing our unit on persuasive writing by writing a letter to Mr Dibdin to ask for something the children decided they wanted. It ranges from class pets to trips to Switzerland and even shortening the school year but the children laid out their letters beautifully. 

In Maths we explored missing numbers and algebra and when we get back from half-term we will be exploring arithmetic-style questions. 


Reader of the week is Gabriel, Star of the Week is Reya and the children on the 'Wow Work' board are Katie and Joe.  Well done everyone!


Have a great weekend,


Miss Woodworth

Friday 13th September 2017


We have been working on writing a brochure for the Galapogos Islands, to tie in with our learning about Charles Darwin. The children wrote the brochure and planned it during the week as part of persuasive writing. Our grammar focus for the week has been the rather tricky grammar focus of semi colons and colons.


In Maths we looked further at division and used the bar modelling method to help represent word problem questions.


Reader of the week is Robbie, Star of the Week is Adsaya, 'Wow Work' of the week went to Adam and Crystal.  Well done everyone! 


Have a great weekend,


Miss Woodworth

Friday 6th October 2017


We have been learning about poetry and sequencing a story in English this week. We have been using an excellent clip called ‘The Piano’ to inspire the children’s writing – some of which has been incredibly emotive and a joy to read.


In Maths we have been working on finishing off multiplication written methods and also multiples and factors. 


Thanks for all of the parent consultation slips returned – I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone.


Reader of the week is Adam, Star of the Week is Nell and 'Wow' work of the week is from Murrey and Ella.  Well done everyone.


Have a great weekend


Miss Woodworth

Friday 29th September 2017


We really are picking up full steam now – the start of the term feels a million years ago! We have worked hard continuing our work on numbers, looking at how we use the order of operations, decimal and negative numbers and preparing to start a whole new unit next week.


In English we have been working hard looking at apostrophe use for contractions (don’t, shouldn’t, won’t etc) and possession (the school’s computer was broken) and the homework will mirror this. We have also been writing the next episode of a story and editing and improving our planning of this episode.


Reader of the week is Akshaya, Star of the Week is Robbie and the children on the 'Wow work' board are Ollie and Joanna.  Well done!


Have a great weekend


Miss Woodworth

22nd September 2017

Another super busy week of learning completed! We have been learning some of the four operations this week, namely addition and subtraction, and testing our knowledge of place value to consolidate our learning last week. We have also been revisiting our learning on the adventures of Mai-Ling, the dragon slayer. We are now going to be finishing off this unit with a non-chronological report about ogre slaying and we will continue with a big write finishing the story off.

We have also learnt about Judaism and developed our work on evolution and inheritance with an iPad research lesson discussing how animals adapt to their environment.

Next week we will continue our work on the above and also look to move onto division and multiplication and other problems in maths, whilst looking at the challenging world of apostrophes in English.

Home Learning was given out today along with new spelling words in the new SAS books.  Please remember to also read 4 times out loud and sign the reading diaries.


Reader of the week is Ollie, Star of the Week is Sophie and the children on the 'WOW work' board are Kiran and Emily - Well done!

Have a great weekend,

Miss Woodworth

Friday 15th September 2017


First full week done, and wow! What a lot of learning has been accomplished! We have looked at place value, ordering numbers and rounding in Maths. In English we have learned about a heroic young girl called Mai-Ling who slayed a ferocious dragon and became a village elder.


We had swimming, gymnastics and Roald Dahl day too. Thank you for sending the children in their fantastic costumes, they looked brilliant!


This week was maths test week, next week is the turn of English and Grammar!


Reader of the week is Isabelle, Star of the Week is Rosie and the children on the 'WOW work' board are Adam and Rathisha - Well done!


Have a great weekend.

Miss Woodworth

Friday 8th September 2017


It has been a lovely week getting to know all the children in Columbus.  They have all come back to school with a positive attitude to the year ahead and have showed confidence and resilience during our learning on place value in Maths and writing story openings in English.


Next week we have a SATs practice week - a good chance for Year 6 to be introduced to exam situations.   Swimming starts next Tuesday; if there are any letters outstanding please hand it to your child to give to me on Monday morning. I hope to see some of you at the Curriculum Meeting next week on Wednesday 13th too!

Friday 15th is Roald Dahl Day.  All the children are invited to dress up as their favourite character from a Roald Dahl book.  We will be completing themed activities in class too. 


Full-blown homework will begin next week. For this weekend the children are expected to read either from their school reading book or a book from home.  Reading books will be checked on a Wednesday and we are expecting four signatures from an adult at home.


Have a great weekend.


Miss Woodworth

Home Learning Friday 6th October due in Wednesday 11th October

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