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Week Beginning 5 December 2016

Please note that the ECA/BISCAP programme finishes this week.  The Term 2 registration programme is now open.


  • Date for the diary: Year 6 will be having their Themed Learning Showcase on Friday 9 December from 1:30pm – 3:20pm. We would like to invite parents to join us in celebrating all of the hard work the children have done during their World War II topic. This will also be a dress-up day.  More detail will follow.
  • Now the weather is beginning to get colder, please send your child with a coat and/or school fleece clearly labelled with their name.  Please do not send ‘hoodies’.  Children may also like to bring a hat to keep their head warm, especially after swimming.  


This week in Literacy we will be looking at the life of Anne Frank and using her tragic but inspirational story to form the basis of our learning about biographies. We will look at a range of organisational devises that are used in non-fiction writing to guide the reader including: bullet points, headings, sub-headings, captions and text boxes.


Bullet points, headings, sub-headings, captions and text boxes


In Maths, we will be reviewing the children’s learning so far this term. We will precede this with a revision of the four main operations and help the children build to making bigger and bigger calculations. We will then assess their understanding of arithmetic and longer, word based problems.


Addition, subtraction, division, multiplication


We will be finishing our World War 2 topic and building on the foundations of knowledge we have laid in the first weeks back. The children will be investigating the Blitz and discovering what life was like for children under the rain of bombs falling upon London during 1940. They will also be using a range of challenging techniques in Art to construct a multi-layered piece of printed work that depicts the destruction of war. This will be coupled with an investigative scheme of work using laptops and iPads to study how shelters were built to keep the population safe from falling bombs.


Blitz, evacuation, bombing, incendiary, lino


This week the children will use a new touch typing program and will continue to learn the coding language ‘Python’.


Touch-typing, coding, Python


In PSHCE this term we will be beginning a mindfulness course called ‘Paws B’. This will involve the students learning a range of new strategies to help train their brains to make them more effective learners.


Trust, bravery, commitment



We will be having our Mid-Term Progress Assessment this week.




Year 6 French – Dr. Cattel/ Mme McConnon.

Next week, we will be continuing with the topic of describing where we live. Students will look at vocabulary for describing the furniture in the house and where it is.
Homework this weekend: 1) to complete the writing started in class about my ideal house;
2) to design a box house or room for your ideal house. It should match the written description. We will be adding furniture next week and will take pictures to put on the school blog of the written description and the ideal house models. 

Year 5/6  Spanish -  Ms Martinez

Next week we will continue to look at sports in Spanish.
Homework: To revise the verb tener and be able to use it in context.

Year 5/6  Spanish -  Ms Caldwell

Next week, we are going to be creating a class booklet to send to a Spanish class in Vietnam.  In this exchange, we will be passing on information about China, Shanghai, our school and typical Christmas traditions from our home countries.  In addition to this, we will also create some letters to exchange with children in Vietnam school in order to hopefully start some pen-pal friendships!

Homework this week will be to research typical Christmas/ Winter traditions from our home countries.

Year 5/6 French - Ms Rae

Next week in French, we will be starting to think about Christmas.  We will learn about Christmas traditions in France as well as enjoy a traditional French story, ‘Roule Galette ‘ and compare it to an English story. Which traditional English story, does it remind you of?

Homework this week is read the weather map and write at least 5 sentences describing the weather.

Year 5/6 Native French – M. Valente

La semaine prochaine, les élèves commenceront à faire une révision des temps de l’indicatif vus cette année; nous aurons une évaluation avant les vacances de Noël.
Pour la semaine prochaine, il faut compléter les exercices donnés en classe sur le passé composé.

Year 5/6 Native German – Ms. Brannasch

Im Mittelpunkt standen diese Woche 2 wichtige Aspekte: wie man einen Steckbrief schreibt und danach einen Sachtext verfasst. Ebenfalls haben die Kinder ihre Bücher in der Bibliohek umgetauscht und sollen weiterhin zu Hause lesen und und in den Lesetiger-Heften schreiben oder malen. Hausaufgabe für den nächsten Dienstag ist, ein Mini-Faltbuch zu basteln. Die Erklärungen und Vorlage sind im Booklet (KV 24). Die Kinder können die Vorlage ausschneiden und ausfüllen.

Year 5/6 Native Spanish  – Ms Garcia

La semana que viene vamos a trabajar la ortografía: diferencia entre letras j, g, y gu y letras z, c y qu. También seguiremos trabajando la comprensión lectora y la escritura. Los deberes para esta semana consistirán en completar la dos páginas siguientes del cuaderno.


Vroeger was alles ...

Vorige  week zijn we niet toegekomen aan dat wat er op de planning stond omdat Sinterklaas de leerlingen hele belangrijke opdrachten had gegeven die toch echt prioriteit hadden.

De leerlingen kijken deze week hun interviews terug en geven elkaar feedback op het werk (peer-response). De profielen van de opa’s en oma’s van de toekomst en de collages van familietradities worden gebundeld tot een boekje dat de leerlingen mee naar huis zullen nemen aan het einde van dit thema. We herhalen de aan bod gekomen woordenschat en beeldspraak.