Welcome to our school
WELCOME TO CLASS 9's WEBPAGE!
Above - Class 9 2019-2020!
Above - our representatives on the School Council
Above - our lunchtime office staff!
*Please scroll down for more photos & a video*
Welcome to the 2019 Autumn Term!
And welcome to Year 6 and to Class 9!
This year promises to be a very exciting and memorable experience for all the members of Class 9. The children will have lots more responsibility within class and around school. They will become buddies for reception, have monitoring jobs and be expected to become role models to younger members of the school.
Alongside this I will expect them to work extremely hard in all areas of the curriculum, so that they make the necessary progress to make the transition to high school an easier process.
Our theme this half term is called 'Friend or Foe' linking to our World War Two topic, where the children will especially focus on how children were affected by the war.
In Literacy our class book will be 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo, which focuses on a boy’s experience of evacuation in Devon. Writing activities will link to this with diaries, historical stories, poetry and biographical writing all being experienced. We will also be referring to extracts from Anne Frank’s diary and looking at other primary source evidence using film and radio archives.
Anne Frank (1929-1945)
We will be focusing on achieving our SPAG targets and high emphasis will be placed on key grammar and punctuation targets with a weekly skills test based on this to show progress. Spellings will be focused on 3x weekly in short 10 minute lessons with 5 spellings focused on each time based on a spelling focus. This will culminate in a weekly homework task and a weekly and half termly test to show progression.
Reading: The children will have a wealth of reading activities with a focus on word knowledge building, inference and text retrieval. This will be done on a daily basis as a whole class guided read to ensure that progression in reading is achieved for all. Word of the day will be a daily occurrence to broaden their vocabulary knowledge for the rest of the curriculum.
Please ensure you hear your child read at home every night and sign their reading logs with your comments on their reading and understanding.
In History the children will investigate the causes of World War 2 and the impact on Britain and Europe. In particular we will focus on the effect on children and how their lives are changed by evacuation and persecution using Anne Frank as evidence. They will learn how to use primary and secondary source evidence and form interpretations based on this. Away from the war in Europe, we shall learn about America's entry into the war following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 7th December 1941. We shall also learn about 13 year old Hiroshima schoolgirl Yoko Moriwaki (森脇 瑤子) who kept a diary in the months leading up to the A-bomb attack on Hiroshima on 6th August 1945. As a follow-up, towards the end of October, origami peace cranes, signed by members of Class 9, will be taken to the memorial at the site of the Hiroshima Prefectural First Girls' High School ('Kenjo'), where Yoko Moriwaki was a first year student - see photos/video below.
Yoko Moriwaki (7/6/1932-6/8/1945) Genbaku (Atomic) Dome, Hiroshima
The children will use ICT to research using the internet and will then use their understanding to produce fact sheets and power-points. They will use formatting skills such as cut, copy and paste, fonts, sizing of letters and borders to improve their work.
In Art the children will learn about colour mixing and the use of silhouettes. They will also look at how pop art is used by demonstrated by artists and learn to use the skills and techniques in their own pop art work.
In Science we will learn about how light appears to travel in straight lines, how light sources travel to our eyes and how the eye parts function, how shadows occur and how reflection and refraction occur. Work will be practical with investigational group work used to plan, carry out and evaluate fair tests.
In PSHE we will be focusing on our SEAL topic of ‘New Beginnings' where we will look at the features of a dream school and their sense of belonging in that environment learning to manage and understand their feelings and the feelings of others and develop their social skills.
Maths will involve the study of many objectives:
Addition and place value
Addition and number
Addition and subtraction
Multiplication and Fractions
Place value and Multiplication
Fractions, Multiplication and division
Place value and subtraction
Measures and data
Addition and subtraction/ Multiplication and division
Daily mixed morning work will be done by the children during register time which will reinforce and enrich previous work done.
The children will focus on a weekly arithmetic task, which will take 30 minutes on the set methods of number work to enable the children to try and achieve the expected standard by the end of year 6. The class will also do weekly skill tests to test knowledge and understanding and to inform future learning targets.
The children will be given a weekly spelling homework sheet on words which they will have been focusing on all week. This will be given on a Friday to learn for the following Friday. A homework task (related to classwork) will be given on a Monday to be completed by the Monday of the following week (this may change sometimes according to the task). Please ensure that you sign your child’s homework book to say that the task has been completed. Reading should be done each night and dojo awards will be given for this on a daily basis.
P.E & Games
Please ensure that your child has the appropriate kit for every lesson. P.E. will be on a Monday and Games will be on a Thursday. This half term we will be covering lacrosse and dance and next half term, gymnastics and football.
Here here some key dates for the remainder of the term;-
Friday 29th November - SEAL round-up assembly - 'New Beginnings'.
Monday 2nd December - Penny Post begins.
Friday 6th December - Non-uniform Day.
Saturday 7th December - Christmas Fair, 2.00pm-4.00pm.
Tuesday 10th December - KS2 Production, 2.15pm.
Wednesday 11th December - KS2 Production, 9.15am.
Thursday 12th December - Christmas Dinner.
Friday 13th December - Christmas Jumper Day. Musical celebration, 4.00pm.
Wednesday 18th December - Class 7, 8 & 9 party.
Thursday 19th December - End of term - school closes at 2.30pm.
Please feel free to come in at any time if you have any concerns regarding your child, my door is always open.
Mrs S. Greenhalgh
Below - Monday 28th October - our origami peace cranes in Hiroshima Peace Park and then at the memorial to the children and staff of the 1st Prefectural Girls' High School, Hiroshima (please scroll down for a short video)
Below - Monday 7th October - our origami peace cranes ready for their journey to Hiroshima!
Below - our terrific 'Eco Pop' hall display
Below - our fantastic 'Packages of Personality' & 'Pop Art' classroom displays!