Indoor PE is on a Thursday and outdoor PE is on a Friday.
Homework is given out every Friday and must be returned by the following Wednesday.
Reading books and diaries should be taken home and returned to school every day.
It's going to be a busy year! Keep checking this page to find the latest information about the learning happening in the classroom and beyond.
On 21st September 2017, a zoologist named Jules Howard (from PalaeoLab) came in to teach us about fossils and what they can tell us about the history of animals. He brought with him: boxes of fossils, a megaledon tooth, sharks’ teeth, ammonites, animal skulls, million year old amber from Madagascar and fossilised fish poo! Our Science topic this term is ‘Evolution and Inheritance’ so we were hoping he was going to be able to teach us what Mrs Evans was unable to!!!
The session began with Jules asking us, “Did dinosaurs have lips?” We have to admit we had never considered this question so it got us all thinking! The answer is that we don’t know: lips are moist and they rot away before bones and hard body parts have a chance to fossilise. If dinosaurs did have lips, they were probably eaten by parasites or bacteria.
One of our favourite parts of the workshop was ‘The Wheel of Death’. Everyone had a card with a picture of a rabbit and a statement on; statements included ‘long legs’, ‘loner’, ‘long whiskers’, ‘easily frightened’ and ‘good with kids’. Jules would spin the wheel on the computer screen and it would land on something which could spell disaster for the rabbit population, such as ‘killer bees’ or ‘increased traffic’ or even ‘drought’. We had to decide whether our rabbit would survive such an event and persuade Jules to let us stand at the front. He used this game to explain variation and natural selection. Natural selection is where weaker animals or those with less ‘useful’ features are killed, leaving the stronger animals to breed and pass their DNA on.
We would all like to thank Jules for giving up his morning to come and teach us. We very much appreciated his enthusiasm and the energy with which he presented all the complicated ideas.
Darcie says, “I never knew cats had thumbs! My mind is blown!”
“I never knew animals had the same skeletons as humans but stretched in different ways,” states Jakub.
Nojus says, “I never knew pandas had six fingers.”
“Whoever knew fish poo could fossilise?!” comments Phillippa.
Y6 English Challenge
A massive well done and thank you to the four pupils who represented us so well at the English Challenge at Winhills on Monday 25th September. They worked brilliantly as a team and were awarded a certificate for their achievement in the 'Memory Round'.
Use these links to help you learn your times tables for quick recall...
Well done, Poplar!
This week, pupils in Poplar Class have been practising for their upcoming SATs by taking tests in Reading Comprehension, Maths and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). We couldn't be prouder of the way they have approached this challenge. Keep up the amazing learning, you lot
Help with Fractions!
Thank you to all the parents who asked about calculating with fractions at the recent Parents' Evening. Here is a link which may help you to help your children...
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