Welcome to 6DB!
Update - 29th June
Good morning 6DB. Where has the sunshine gone? It really doesn't feel like we are in the middle of Summer term 2.
It was brilliant to see so many of the children in school last week. I hadn't realised how much I'd missed the buzz and noise of being in a classroom with engaged and eager learners. I know Mrs Hayes had a brilliant start of the week with her Monday/Tuesday bubble and I had a great end of the week with the Thursday/Friday bubble.
This week, while in school, we will continue to base our learning on 'Alma'. We will be working on developing vocabulary to set the scene in our narrative writing. We will learn about Mexico through the reading comprehension work we will be doing and our Maths will focus on ratio and proportion - which can be accessed via the White Rose website. All of this work can be accessed from the home learning page on the website for our Year 6 children who are learning from home.
As always, if you have any questions, please do get in touch.
Take care and stay safe.
Update - 22nd June
Hello 6DB. This week brings a return to a little more normality for us with the option to return to school for our year 6 learners. I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to getting back in to the classroom to teach you!
Many of your parents have popped in over the last week to meet with the teachers and to experience what the classroom environment looks like. Both myself and Mrs Hayes enjoyed the opportunity to see you and answer the questions you had about returning to school. It does feel strange at first but I hope with the bubbles of children in, it won't feel as strange.
I'm really looking forward to seeing the Bubble A children in on Monday and Tuesday with Mrs Hayes and the Bubble B children in on Thursday and Friday with myself. For those of you who won't be returning just yet, do keep in touch with me. Remember, you can always send an email or Dojo message. It will be lovely to hear from you!
Take care and stay safe.
Update - 15th June
Hello 6DB. How are you all? Well I hope.
We now have a date for the return of Year 6 children to school - 22nd June. We have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure that school is as safe as it possibly can be for you all when you return. Things will look and feel a little different at first but some things will stay the same: the room we learn in, the equipment we use, the lessons and my bad jokes!
This is what our classroom will look like:
As you can see, the tables have been separated and you each have your own 'zone' to work in but everything else remains the same - the displays, the equipment and my messy desk! Mr Campbell was not impressed with the state of my desk when we were moving the room around! I'm now making sure I keep both of my desks tidy...especially the one next door to his office!
Your families have started to make appointments to visit school this week so you can come in with a parent/carer to see what school and our classroom will look like. This will be an opportunity to come in to meet myself or Mrs Hayes (who will be teaching some of you too) so we can give you a quick tour and answer any questions you may have. If you haven't yet made an appointment, send me an e-mail, a dojo message or call the school office and we can make an appointment for you.
This week should have been the week we visited Dovedale - a week I know many of us were looking forward to. I thought the home learning activities for this week could link to our residential week. I have added some subject based activities for you to design your very own Year 6 residential experience. I can't wait to see what you create!
I'm very much looking forward to seeing you all again very soon and I can't wait to begin teaching you again. If you have any questions between now and then, please do get in touch.
Take care and stay safe.
Update - 8th June
Hello 6DB. I hope you are all well and staying safe. We've been away from school for twelve weeks now. I certainly wasn't expecting us to be away from school for such a long time. However, we have been busy working to prepare school to reopen to year 6 children. I enjoyed speaking to your parents last week. It was lovely to hear a familiar voice! This week, I will be part of a meeting with the adults who will be teaching year 6 when we do reopen. We will be focusing on supporting your transition to secondary school when the time comes for us to reopen. This is an important part of your educational journey and we want to make sure that you feel as comfortable and confident as possible when you make the move into year 7.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of you soon. School won't look the same as it did in March when we were last together and there will be new routines that we will all have to learn and get used to (myself included!) Everything that we have put in place is to keep us all safe.
As always, the link for activities to complete at home is just below this section. If you have any questions, worries or if you want to share your work, get in touch! I'm here to help you.
I've enjoyed seeing the work you have been sending in. Evie's day of the dead inspired pizza looked delicious - I'm going to have a go at making some with Oliver this week!
Take care and stay safe.
Update - 1st June
Hello 6DB. I hope you all had a relaxing half term. The lovely weather certainly helped! I'm hoping things will start to look a little more 'normal' soon. It is looking likely that Year 6 children will be invited back in to school when we reopen to more year groups. We don't know when exactly this will be but I will be working closely with Mr Campbell to make sure that school is as safe as possible for you.
Please do continue to get in touch with me. As always, it is lovely to hear from you and see the activities you have been working hard on. If there is anything you need to support your learning from home, let me know and I will support you in any way I can.
Keep safe. Stay in touch. Keep washing those hands!
Update - 18th May
Good morning 6DB! I hope you're all well. It's strange to think that the first half of the summer term has almost come to an end and we're still at home unsure of what next half term will look like.
I'm sure you have heard that year 6 are one of the year groups our government would like to return back to school before the end of the year. However, what this will look like is still unclear so for this week at least, I'm going to keep up with the daily online learning for you (click on the rainbow link below). You'll be pleased to know that next week is half term so you can take a well deserved break from the home learning.
Thank you for sending in your work and messages to say 'hello'. I have enjoyed hearing about and seeing what you have been up to. Keep sending those messages in and if you have any questions about anything, send them my way and I'll do my best to answer them for you.
Take care. Stay safe.
Update - 11th May
Hello Year 6. What a strange time this is. Today should be the first day of our SATs week. I came across this poem last week that I wanted to share with you.
To all our Year 6's,
As SATs week arrives it is not quite the same,
The tests that were printed this year never came,
The displays all still up; walls full of maths 'rules',
But Year 6 very different, at present, in schools.
For some of you, happiness, lots of relief,
For others a sigh of pure disbelief,
That you worked really hard in advance of this week,
Expected and Greater Depth marks did you seek.
Algebra, fractions, the times table drills,
Inference, retrieval, in-depth reading skills,
Past, present, progressive...and all the SPAG terms,
You've practised and mastered them all over the years.
Fear not though, the SATs, yes, won't happen this term,
But remember tests don't measure everything you learn,
Primary subjects are varied; you've always tried your best,
And many of those skills that you've gained can't be defined by a test.
So here at Claremont, you've made us so proud,
We sit here with pride and we shout this out loud...
"Year 6 you amaze us, you've come incredibly far...
And we don't need a test to see how amazing you are!"
As always, if you click on the rainbow link below, you will find three daily activities to work through for this week. Please do send me some more examples of your work. I love seeing what you have been up to!
Stay safe and take care.
Update - 4th May
Good Morning year 6. How are you this week? Safe and well I hope. It seems like such a long time since I last saw you but it is crucial to continue this to ensure we see the end of the virus. So, keep washing those hands and staying at home and we will be able to return to something that looks more 'normal'.
This week, we would be gearing up for our SATs week which would be next week. We know that the assessments won't be happening now but they were such a small part of your primary school journey so please don't feel like all of your hard work and efforts weren't worth it. They truly were. Everything you have done during your time at Claremont has prepared you for your next step on your educational journey - starting your secondary schools. Your secondary schools have started to get in touch with us to find out all about you. I have some meetings planned this week with your schools so I can have a chat about each of you.
With this in mind, it is important to make sure that you prepare yourself for your secondary school start in September. Whilst this is trickier to do while you are home, there are some things you can do to help you. The first being read! Read as much as you can and as widely as you can. Using the reading materials we have shared on readon.myon.co.uk is a great start if you have run out of reading material at home. Secondly, please do try to pick up a pen (or pencil) and keep up the practice of writing. I don't want it to be a shock to you when your teacher asks you to do some writing in September and your hand has forgotten how to write! Finally, keep up with your arithmetic basics in maths. This week, year 2 would like to challenge us to a battle on Times Table Rockstars. They are feeling pretty confident that they will beat you. Having a go on there would be a good start in making sure you don't forget those mathematical fundamentals and making sure you are not beaten by year 2!
I have added a link below this section to some daily activities for you to complete if you wish. As always, there is an English, Maths and Topic activity to work on. I hope you are enjoying our new learning about the Maya. I have enjoyed putting the activities together and it made me want to have a look back at my holiday pictures from my visit to Mexico!
Send me anything you have done on Class Dojo or email me. I love seeing everything you have been working on.
Take care year 6. Stay safe. Keep being brilliant!
Update - 27th April
Hello 6DB! I hope you are all safe and well and have been making the most of the hot weather. I've started to hear from more of you this week. Thank you for getting in touch. It really is great to hear how you are getting on. I think class dojo is helping us with this. If you haven't already, please do ask your parents to check their emails (and maybe junk email) for their sign up link. It would be great for you all to have access to our class page.
I have set your first class dojo challenge on the portfolio page. Check it out and have a go at sending your work using the portfolio. I will be able to see your work and comment on it so you know that I have seen it.
I'm still reading The Nothing To See Here Hotel. Hopefully I'll get it finished this week so I can share my review. My reading this week became distracted by readon.myon.co.uk - I have been busy exploring the thousands of books on offer. If you haven't already, have a look and explore for yourself. I guarantee there will be a book for you! I can't emphasise enough the importance of reading. Please read as much as you can. This will have such a positive impact on your transition to secondary school.
There is a new link below where you will find daily lessons for this week. This week is all about ancient Maya. Mrs Guy has set you an art task to complete on Thursday. I can't wait to see what you create! As well as topic lessons, there are daily English and Maths lessons. If there is anything you are not sure about, please do get in touch and let me know. I'm here to help you!
Keep safe and get in touch!
Update - 20th April
Hello Year 6. Welcome to the summer term. This is certainly a little different to how I imagined I would be welcoming you into this term back in September.
I hope you're all keeping well and safe. As promised, we have a new 'topic' to get our teeth into. This topic is based on one of my favourite countries that I have visited - Mexico! I hope that you enjoy learning about this country as much as I enjoyed visiting it. Please let me know what you think about our new topic. I've added some daily activities on the link below for you to work on while you are at home. There will be an English, maths and another lesson each day. If there is anything I can help you with, please get in touch and let me know. We have signed up to class dojo as a way to stay in touch with you and your families. Ask your parents to check their emails for a sign up link. I know some of your parents have already joined.
I hope you have all been keeping busy while at home. I finished Skellig this week. The chapters are quite short so it was a quick read. I liked the surprise twist at the end, but I won't spoil it for you! I've started to read The Nothing To See Here Hotel. It reminds me of the film Hotel Transylvania - one of my favourites - so I'm hoping the book is as entertaining. Let me know what you've been reading - we could start a book club where we share recommendations?
Keep safe everyone!
Update - 16th April
This week marks the end of the Easter 'holidays'. I do hope you are all keeping safe and are well. We're still enjoying spending time in the garden and making the most of our walk out each day. Olly enjoyed playing on an obstacle course we made in the garden - maybe you could try to create an obstacle course as part of your exercise for the day?
I'm half way through Skellig. I've really enjoyed reading this despite it not being my usual genre of choice. I'll do a review once I've finished. Have you enjoyed reading any new books? I'd love to hear about them.
Thank you for the work you have sent by email. I've enjoyed reading it. Please do send more. I love to see what you've been up to! There will be a new 'topic' next week that we would have started in class. I can't wait to share it with you!
For now, stay safe and take care.
Update - 6th April
I hope you are all keeping well and are starting to find a new routine to your time at home. It's taken us a while. We've had some productive days but also some days where we have done very little in terms of 'work' and chosen to spend time together as a family instead. This is a new situation we are all facing and there is no right way to do this. Do what works for you during this time.
One thing we have tried to do every day is go outside to play with Olly. Being out in the fresh air helps him and us massively and I cannot recommend it enough. I am also looking forward to having the opportunity to read the huge pile of books I have been buying but not yet got round to reading. First on the list is Skellig by David Almond.
What does your day look like? What are you enjoying doing most? I'd love to hear from you.
I was excited to hear from a member of 6DB earlier this week. It is difficult for me to reply directly to pupil messages. However, I can and will respond to them using this page. I can respond directly to parents who take the time to message and I have already done so for a couple of your parents. Please do use the contact form at the bottom of the page to message and let me know how you are getting on!
So, in response to my message - I am really pleased to hear that you are happy at home. Both myself and Mrs Young were excited to hear that you are finding the mindfulness app useful (Mrs Young asked me to add it to the page!) Keep using it and please send me some pictures of the art work you mentioned - I know it will be fantastic!
This should officially be our Easter holiday now . However, I am finding it helps to continue trying to do a small bit of work each day to try to keep it as 'normal' as possible. Whether you are choosing to do the same or taking the opportunity to have a break, make sure you enjoy it as much as you possibly can.
Take care and stay safe.
Update - 23rd March
I hope you are all safe and well during this difficult time. While we are adjusting to our new situation, please be assured that we are working on creating something that will be both useful and usable, with the aim that children are able to continue with their learning.
Along with the home learning packs that were sent home last week, this page will be regularly updated with new resources, ideas and information so that there is something to keep the children busy and learning!
Children will face a new challenge in adapting to learning from home which will be different to the learning they experienced while in school. This will be a gradual transition for all involved so please don't worry if it takes some time to get used to.
It isn't expected that children work for a full school day at home. Instead, try to block the day into smaller chunks. A suggested day could involve:
- Two 30 minute reading sessions - one before bed time and another at a time that suits you. Reading is the number one skill that the children should practise and this can be done independently.
- A 30-60 minute maths session. This could be paper based or online. The packs can help with this. Children could choose to access Times Table Rockstars during this time.
- A 30-60 minute writing session. Writing prompts have been included in the packs. Pobble 365 has hundreds of writing prompts if you are stuck for inspiration.
- A 30 minute topic session. I will set a topic theme for children to follow.
- Exercise! It is important to get some form of exercise in each and every day. This will be good for both physical and mental health. Joe Wicks will be doing a daily PE session that can be accessed via his YouTube channel. There is a link to this further down the page.
I am available to support if needed. Please don't hesitate to contact me using the 'Contact Miss Davis' link below or you could email me directly. I would love to see the work children have been completing. My email address is email@example.com
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