Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

 

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 21st July 2022

What we have been learning this week... 

The children have coped admirably in the heat in their last week of term! This week, we have completed our DT project on birdhouses and they look wonderful! The children really enjoyed this project and have been very creative.

                                                  

The children enjoyed another session with GENR8 on Monday all about moving to secondary school. It was really useful and hopefully will have helped them feel confident about transition!

                                                  

We also finished our class novel, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' this week - a very sad end but a wonderful story. We all thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it! We also enjoyed signing each others' t-shirts and visiting the Book Bus on our last day in Year 6.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We enjoyed celebrating all our wonderful Year 6 pupils in our Leavers' Assembly! We hope you enjoyed the presentations, the photos from Rock UK and a little reminder from days gone by! It was emotional! We would like to thank you for all your support this year. Your children have been a fantastic bunch and we wish them every success for the adventures and challenges ahead. 

              


NOTICES

 

Have a wonderful holiday and good luck for Year 7! Come back and visit us soon!

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

15th July 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 15th July 2022

What we have been learning this week... 

This week, we have continued with our class novel and completed letters in role as Bruno to his grandmother, using our knowledge of the book and the character to explain why he misses Berlin and dislikes 'Out-With'. We also compared Bruno and Shmuel and thought about the similarities and differences between them.  The children demonstrated an excellent understanding of the text and asked thoughtful and insightful questions. We have also begun our final DT project this week on birdhouses. The children researched different birds and their nesting requirements, completed a birdwatching activity in several different areas of the school site and investigated different birdhouse styles before designing their own and drawing them in 2 and 3D diagrams. It was lovely to have so many visitors for our second 'Open Afternoon'. The children were so pleased to have another opportunity to share their work from their last term in Year 6. Thanks for joining us! 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We enjoyed going on a 'Big Birdwatch Count' to see how many birds we could spot around the school site!

            

Everyone had so much fun at the Y6 BBQ this week - it really was a lovely occasion where the children could relax and unwind in the sunshine! Thank you so much to the parent volunteers who went above and beyond to make this a really memorable occasion.

                                     

      

We are sure you will agree that Year 6 were absolutely amazing in their production of 'Let the Games Begin!' this week! They all did such a fantastic job and really raised the roof! We are so proud of their efforts and we hope you all enjoyed watching their Leavers' Performance...

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

 Congratulations to our 'Effort Award' winners this week:

 Class Oak for their effort and enthusiasm in producing an AMAZING PRODUCTION!

Congratulations to our 'Value Award' winners this week:

Chloe for being so encouraging to others during play rehearsals.

Arjun for always being so resilient and focused on his tasks.  

What we will be learning next week...

We will be making the most of our last 4 days together by completing our DT project and finishing our class novel. We will also be enjoying a special visit from GenR8 on Monday as part of our transition programme with a special Y6 session - 'It's Your Move'. Mostly, we will be trying to stay cool! We hope you are able to join us for Leavers' Assembly on Thursday - don't forget the tissues! 

NOTICES

 Please wear cool clothing, sunscreen and come armed with plenty of water to keep yourselves hydrated next week! Remember, we are swimming on Monday and Tuesday.

Monday 18th July - Y6 GenR8 session.

Thursday 21st July - End of Term.

Please can your child bring in a named carrier bag to take their books home in please? Something large and sturdy will suffice! Thank you.

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

8th July 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 8th July 2022

What we have been learning this week... 

This week, we have continued to practise our performance and have included the use of props - something else to remember! The children are doing a fantastic job: everyone has commented on how amazing their singing is (it really is!) and they are working hard to prepare a superb show. In English, we have continued with our novel and written letters in role as Bruno to his grandmother explaining how much he misses Berlin and his experiences of 'Out-With'. In Geography, we sorted different materials by how long they would take to decompose and then thought about why plastic's durability is both a positive and negative property. The majority of children have visited their secondary schools this week. They spent Thursday with their new tutor groups and Friday enjoying getting to know new friends better with a day of sports! We hope they all had a wonderful time and feel excited about the transition to their new schools in September even though we will miss them all enormously!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We really enjoyed Sports Day this week! It was so fantastic to be able to enjoy a 'normal' Sports Day again and have the support of so many parents and carers. The children loved participating and supporting their fellow house members. Thank you to all our House Captains and Y6 helpers who did such a fantastic job on the day and congratulations to Seacole House who were our victors this year! 

          

                                        

Both the Book Bus Launch and the School Fair were enormously successful! Year 6 will have additional opportunities to visit the bus next week.

               

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

 Congratulations to our 'Effort Award' winners this week:

Emily R, Matteo and Tanvi for their spirit of teamwork and cooperation working together to make props.

What we will be learning next week...

Another busy week ahead next week! We have our Dress Rehearsal, Leavers' BBQ and another transition visit from GenR8. We will also be continuing with our class novel and meeting one of the main characters as well as continuing with our Geography topic and learning why plastic is detrimental to wildlife. In Computing, we will be adding to our webpages on Google Sites and completing our transition projects for Maths based on Magic Squares. We also hope you are able to join us on Wednesday 13th July for another 'Open Classroom' afternoon where the children can share and celebrate their recent work with you. 

NOTICES

Wednesday 13th July - Open Classroom Afternoon

 Friday 15th July - Pankhurst House Day; Y6 BBQ

Thursday 21st July - End of Term.

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

1st July 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 1st July 2022

What we have been learning this week... 

This week, we have been working hard on our drama skills during rehearsals of our Leavers' Performance. The children are doing an excellent job of remembering their lines, following stage directions and creating choreography. Their opening  number reduced our TAs to tears as it was so good so you definitely have a treat in store! In English, we have continued with our class novel and have thought carefully about status and power. We discussed the theme of clothing and uniforms in the novel and how these relate to the hierarchy of different characters. In Computing, we used Google Sites to create our home webpage. We were able to change font and colour; add images and logos as well as including hyperlinks to external sites and videos!  In PSHE, we have continued with our topic of SRE and thought carefully about how our bodies change as we get older and how we can look after our physical and mental health. 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We have enjoyed finishing our textile collages and comparing them to the original photographic inspiration! They look amazing! Everyone really thought carefully about combining colour and texture to create some beautiful final compositions - well done. 

      

      

       

We have also enjoyed using the stage to practise our play: we are getting used to using the space and projecting our voices! You're in for a treat!

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

 Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

 Logan for his courage in embracing performing on the stage.

Ronnie for for showing hope in working on his lines and acting skills and taking on board advice. 

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

 Joel for producing a stunning, beautifully detailed collage.

Aoife for putting in a huge amount of effort in creating a poster for Geography.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week is a going to be a very busy week! On Wednesday, we have our Sports Day - please remind your child to wear the correct colour t-shirt on the day. On  Thursday and Friday, the majority of our Year 6 students will be enjoying their transition visits to Comberton and Cambourne. We know they will have a fantastic time and look forward to hearing all about their experiences. On Friday, we have our Book Bus Launch - we hope many of our Y6 students will be able to join us after their transition day at our after school fete. It's just as well we have Monday 4th July as our extra bank holiday to prepare us for the busy week ahead...Happy Long Weekend everyone!

NOTICES

Wednesday 6th July - Sports Day (Please remember to wear the correct colour t-shirt!)

Thursday 7th July - New Intake Day for Comberton and Cambourne Village Colleges

Friday 8th July - Sports Festivals at Comberton V.C. and  Cambourne V.C.

Wednesday 13th July - Open Classroom Afternoon

 Friday 15th July - Pankhurst House Day

Thursday 21st July - End of Term.

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 
 

24th June 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 24th June 2022

What we have been learning this week... 

This week, we have been continuing with our class novel, 'Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'. This has raised some difficult themes about the use of concentration camps in the Second World War and Nazi occupation of Poland. The children have dealt with these issues in a sensitive manner and asked some really thoughtful and insightful questions to develop their knowledge and understanding. We used the text to make comparisons and to identify language features. In Maths, the children have been engaging in some collaborative Maths to build up communication skills. In P4C, the children practised debating a topic based on a story involving themes of friendship,  trust and morality. The children had some excellent questions and points of view. In Geography this week we learnt about the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' and the effects of this on the environment and animals. We watched a funny but thought-provoking mockumentary about the life of a plastic bag, created infographics for the facts we found out and also discovered the fate of 29,000 plastic ducks! Ask you children what facts they can remember!        

 Activities we have enjoyed this week...                                            

On Monday, we enjoyed a visit from GenR8 on the theme of 'Good Choices'. We completed lots of different activities and learnt about the importance of making informed choices.

 We enjoyed creating our Infographic posters in Geography. They look fantastic and we learnt a lot of interesting and shocking facts whilst creating them!

   

  

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

 Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Gabriel for showing courage to perform even when unsure.

Katie for her constant positivity and optimism. The definition of a 'sunny personality'!

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Tanvi for always engaging in lessons, asking and answering questions and producing excellent work. 

Eleni for excellent inference and deduction in English and using her creativity in Geography!

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, in Computing, we will be starting to create our own webpages on subjects of our choice using our research from the previous lesson to help us. In English, we will be continuing with our novel and finding our more about the hierarchy of the characters. In Art, we will be completing our textile landscapes (which look amazing!) and evaluating our completed compositions. We will also be continuing with our Relationships and Sex Education unit in PSHE and completing some transition work. 

NOTICES

Wednesday 6th July - Sports Day 

Thursday 7th July - New Intake Day for Comberton and Cambourne Village Colleges

Friday 8th July - Sports Festivals at Comberton V.C. and  Cambourne V.C.

Wednesday 13th July - Open Classroom Afternoon

 Friday 15th July - Pankhurst House Day

Thursday 21st July - End of Term.

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

17th June 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 17th June 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have had a great week this week with lots of exciting experiences and the sun has been shining throughout!

This week,in Maths, we have been doing some more algebra involving finding unknown values and puzzles. The children have learnt how to create their own formulas to calculate things in real scenarios such as calculating amounts of things for changing variables. In RE, we started our new unit of work on Humanism, discussing different world views and what they mean. The children explored their own personal world views and what influences they have in their lives that have helped to shape them. In English, we have started our new unit on discursive writing based on the novel, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'. We started the unit by analysing and evaluating a selection of book covers and made some predictions about the story and its characters. We have also used the text to evidence our opinions of the main protagonist, Bruno. The children were fantastic at using their inference skills and explaining their reasoning. We have also continued our work on our textiles project and the children have made a great start at putting fabric on canvas...

         

 Activities we have enjoyed this week...                                            

On Tuesday, we had a visit from athlete Alistair Patrick Heselton who spent time with each  class. He was an inspiration in how he had overcome severe injuries to end up playing football in the Paralympics. The children really enjoyed his activities,  which focused on developing team work and resilience.

          

 On Thursday, the children had a teacher from Comberton Village College deliver a Maths lesson involving Magic Squares. They focused and contributed really well. We are continuing to work on the booklets, solving and investigating Magic Squares with negative numbers, decimals and even fractions!

                             

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

 Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Amelie for being a kind and supportive friend when someone needed one.

Mia for having the courage to take part in the Spelling Bee next week.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Alice for her imaginative and thoughtful responses to our new class book in English.

Mustafa for working hard to solve algebra problems.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will be reading more of our class novel and analysing some of the characters in more detail as well as comparing and contrasting imagery from the text. In Computing, we will be continuing to plan our own web pages and in Spanish, we will be revising the verb 'tener' and adjectival agreement to create and translate short sentences. We will also be rehearsing our Leavers' performance, practising our singing and our dance moves...

NOTICES

Wednesday 6th July - Sports Day 

Thursday 7th July - New Intake Day for Comberton and Cambourne Village Colleges

Friday 8th July - Sports Festival at Comberton V.C. and Second Intake Day at Cambourne V.C.

 Friday 15th July - Pankhurst House Day

Thursday 21st July - End of Term.

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

10th June 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 10th June 2022

What we have been learning this week...

It was lovely to welcome the children back this week for their last term in Year 6! We hope you all had a lovely half term.

This week, in English, we have revised the features of narrative writing and written a story based on the mysterious 'Island of Gunder'! We were really impressed with their imaginative stories and their amazing use of language and description. In Maths,we have been learning how to create and use algebraic expressions to describe the rule for linear sequences and expanding patterns. We have also learned how to do maths puzzles called Kenkens.  In Geography, we started our new unit on 'Plastics and Pollution'. We began by revising the world's oceans and identifying 3 different marine ecosystems on our world maps: mangroves, coral reefs and kelp forests. We then looked at some of the weird and wonderful creatures that live in the different ocean zones and used our maps to identify their habitats. We also began to think about how humans use the oceans and how we affect them. This week, we also had a visit from the Head of Year 7 from Comberton who spoke to the pupils about their transition to secondary school. The children asked lots of interesting questions and were excited to learn about how different secondary school will be!

 Activities we have enjoyed this week...                                            

We really enjoyed continuing with our Art project this week by sourcing and shaping different materials to match our landscapes. Thank you to those of you who were able to donate some fabrics and accessories! Next week, we will be applying our fabrics to canvas.

                             

In Science, we are revising our knowledge about the sexual reproduction of plants before we move onto human reproduction. The children enjoyed dissecting a tulip and identifying and naming the structures and their functions. We have also recapped the difference between pollination and fertilisation.

                                    

                                                                              

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

 Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Matteo for being a supportive partner in lessons.

Belle for having the courage to speak out.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Emily C for her perseverance in learning how to create algebraic formula for linear sequences.

Olly for putting in so much effort in mastering long multiplication.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will be starting to prepare our end-of-year performance and beginning rehearsals! We will also be starting a new English unit on discussion writing linked to the book, "Boy in the Striped Pyjamas". In RE, we will begin our new topic about Humanism in which the children will learn about alternative beliefs. In Computing, we will be continuing with our webpage unit by identifying common features and thinking about how to design a webpage layout. In Geography, we will be learning about the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch" and finding out what happened to a lot of rubber ducks...!

NOTICES

We are looking forward to a visit from an Athlete next Tuesday. Children will need to wear P.E. kit as they will be doing some activities with our visitor as well as swimming. Thank you. 

  Class Photos on Thursday 16th June! 

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

27th May 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 27th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week, in English, we have been capitalising on our experiences at Rock UK and using them to revise two different text types: diaries and formal letters. We created exciting diary entries for one of our days away and then wrote thank you letters to Rock UK and the instructors. We revised how to edit a text and extend our use of punctuation. In Maths, we have been learning about statistics - we learnt how to draw and plot line graphs and to interpret graphs to find specific information. We also revised how to find the mean average. In Art, we continued with our textile project. All pupils now have a photograph of a local landmark and have begun sketching and sectioning the image in readiness for next half term when we will be using fabric and embellishments to replicate it onto canvas. In RE, we consolidated the skills learnt in English and created a diary entry for the travellers on the road to Emmaus.

 Activities we have enjoyed this week...                                            

We really enjoyed our 'Open Afternoon'. It was wonderful to have so many parents visit us in school this week and the children really enjoyed being able to show off their books and share the work they are rightly proud of. Thanks for visiting!

    

                                    

We all had a wonderful time celebrating the Jubilee today! It certainly was a celebration fit for a Queen!


     

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

 Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Emily C for showing great courage when performing a solo in assembly.

Emily R for being a good friend and noticing someone in need. 

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Jude for working really hard to produce an excellent formal letter.

Freya for imaginative and evocative recount in RE.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week is half term. Please encourage your child(ren) to have a good rest to be ready for the final term in Year 6, which is always very busy! Next half term, we will be continuing to develop our writing and maths skills. We will also be receiving visits from secondary school teachers, completing some transition work and will start to organise and rehearse our leavers' performance. Have a lovely half term!

NOTICES

We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on the Monday 6th June. 

If you have any scraps of fabric, material, ribbon etc., we would be very grateful if you could bring it in for use in our 'Talking Textiles' Art Project for after half term. Thank you to those who have already donated. 

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

20th May 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 20th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have had a fantastic time at Rock UK this week - the weather was very kind to us and meant that we were really able to enjoy the beautiful outdoor space that the Frontier Centre has to offer. This week, the children have learnt a range of new skills from kayaking to abseiling to archery! We have also learnt a lot about ourselves, how to embrace new challenges and support others.  The children enjoyed lots of exciting and exhilarating experiences such as the climbing tower, the new aerial adventure course and the Big Zip Wire! We also really enjoyed being able to relax and enjoy each other's company and benefit from some well-deserved down time after SATs!

 Activities we have enjoyed this week...                                            

EVERYTHING! Here is a small selection of our action-packed week!

               

      

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to all of Y6 this week who challenged themselves this week and exceeded expectations! We are so proud of you all. Thank you to Miss Simmons, Mrs Cox for joining us. We all had an amazing time! Enjoy a lovely, relaxing weekend!

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will be doing lots of work on our textile art project. If you have any bits of material, ribbon, buttons etc., that are going spare we would be most grateful of your donations! We will also be using our residential experience to inspire us to complete some short writing activities from different genres. In Maths, we will be revising statistics. In RE, we will be looking at Christianity and the meaning of resurrection for Christians. We will also be enjoying some Jubilee activities: learning about the Queen and her family and her role as monarch, culminating with the street party on the field, with some games and dancing!

NOTICES

Friday 27th May : Queen’s Platinum Jubilee picnic street party!

 Wear red, white, blue clothes or dress as kings or queens!

Half term week: Monday 30th- Friday 3rd June

If you have any scraps of fabric, material, ribbon etc., we would be very grateful if you could bring it in for use in our 'Talking Textiles' Art Project next week. Thank you. 

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

13th May 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 13th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week, the children have all worked extremely hard on their SATs papers. Everyone coped really well and showed real tenacity. We are all very proud of them and their efforts. Well done Year 6!

In Science this week, we explored electrical circuits, looking at resistance and exploring how the components work. In Music, in keeping with Tchaikovsky and his inspiration for writing the 1812 Overture, we used a video of an historical event – The Great Fire of London - to compose our own commemorative piece of music using digital software.  To relax a little after their tests, the children worked in groups creating a bee-friendly flower bed for our Bourn Bees competition.  This week, we have also spent some  time discussing our trip next week, and what to expect. We talked about how to cope with any tricky situations such as being homesick, or what to do if worried about any of the activities. The children all had a lovely supportive attitude and know exactly what they will do to help others or how to seek help if they are worried themselves. We are all very much looking forward to our visit to Rock UK!

 Activities we have enjoyed this week...                                            

This week, we also had a drama session involving lots of games and group activities which the children enjoyed as a bit of light relief, followed by some old-fashioned party games!

                                             

                                                                          

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:  

 Matteo for being a supportive and fair friend.

Izzy for looking after a friend when they were feeling sad. 

 Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

 To Class Oak for showing excellent determination and resilience in their tests this week!

Well done everyone!

What we will be learning next week...

Next week is our Y6 Residential Trip! Please refer to the kit list for packing and keep an eye on the weather forecast to pack for any eventualities! Please come to school at the usual time on Monday wearing own clothes with labelled bags. Please ensure any medication is in a separate, labelled bag for collection by staff. If your child requires a travel tablet, please bring this is its original packaging with your child's name clearly labelled. We are all really excited about our trip. We will keep in touch via email with the school office so you can find out what we have been up to each day!

NOTICES

If you were unable to make the Rock UK meeting, please find all the details about our trip by clicking on this link.

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

6th May 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 6th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

In Science this week, the children investigated how the length of wire affects the brightness of a bulb in a series circuit. This experiment was part of our lesson about resistance in circuits. We also learnt about the different variables in investigations (independent, dependent and controlled) and how to make predictions with explanations. The children used their learning from last week to draw their circuits using scientific symbols. In RE, the children recapped the Triple Refuge and what each aspect represents in Buddhism. They could talk about Buddha as the teacher, choices we make as Dharma and the Buddhist community that offers support as Sangha. They have a really good understanding of how community in Buddhism works to help Buddhists make good decisions and ultimate aim to reach a state of Nirvana.

This week the children have also worked incredibly hard preparing for the SATs next week. We have been very impressed with their effort and resilience and how they have demonstrated a healthy balanced approach to their work.

 Activities we have enjoyed this week...                                            

This week, we enjoyed exploring the art of collage! We learnt about the history of collage and its invention by Braque and Picasso. We also learnt about the origins of the word 'collage', which comes from the verb 'coller' meaning 'to stick/glue' in French. We then used magazines, card, paper and crepe paper to create different landscapes using different techniques including tearing, folding, rolling, layering and mosaic! It was messy...but fun and effective!

                   

                   

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child continues to complete some of the SATs practice materials from over the holidays. 

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:  

Emily R – for always being so helpful in taking charge of Y6 responsibilities and jobs.

Amelie – for being a supportive work partner in lessons 

 Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Aoife – for her thoughtful responses and questions in our RE work on Buddhism

Lola – for her careful and in-depth explanations for how different circuits work in Science.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week is SATs week. The children will be completing SATs assessments from Monday to Thursday. We are incredibly proud of all the hard work the children have put in in preparation for these tests and their excellent attitude and resilience. We will also be continuing with our Art unit, completing our collages and exploring textile techniques. In Computing, we will be reviewing real and fake websites and how we tell the difference. 

NOTICES

If you were unable to make the ROCK UK meeting this afternoon, please click here to view the presentation. Please ensure children have a restful and relaxing weekend in preparation for SATs next week. Thank you!

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

29th April 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 29th April 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week, in English, we have been continuing to focus on grammar. We have revised phrases, clauses and determiners and identifying these in texts. We have also continued to practise some key spellings and verb tenses. In Maths, we have been working on ratio and proportion problems and have revised percentages and pie chart and areas of arithmetic. We have also started to explore algebra. In Art, we completed our exploration of different textile art evaluating what stories each told and what references could be inferred about time, country and culture. In Music, children learnt about Beethoven and listened to some of his most famous compositions. In Science, we are continuing with our unit on electricity.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In RE, we researched the children's own questions about Buddhism and they presented some of their findings. They then created an image of a computer game as an analogy for the key aspects for Buddhism e.g. the Triple Refuge and Karma - they look fabulous but more importantly, they demonstrate a really strong understanding of the religious knowledge. Well done everyone!

                                                      

                                                

We also enjoyed Music this week - creating our own compositions using the glockenspiels! 

   

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child continues to complete some of the SATs practice materials from over the holidays. 

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

 Jude for showing positivity and resilience when faced with challenging tasks.

Emily R for her determination and conscientious attitude to improve her work.

 Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

 Logan for making excellent progress with his reading and moving up to the next level.

Helio  for making noticeable improvements in effort and resilience. Well done!

What we will be learning next term...

Next week, in Computing, we will be looking at searching the internet safely and how to differentiate between real and fake websites. In Art, we will be revising common uses for textiles and creating some collage using different paper and techniques. In English, we will be revising prefixes, pronouns, speech and different types of adverbs.  In Maths, we will be carrying on with algebra and practising a range of other questions from Maths topics including measures, shapes and Roman Numerals.  In RE, we will be learning about the Buddhist festival, Wesak, which celebrates the Buddha's birthday and, for some Buddhists, also his enlightenment and death. 

NOTICES

If you were unable to make the SATs meeting this week, please find the PowerPoint resource on the 'Homework and Supporting Your Child' page on the website. Reminder: Rock UK Meeting at 4.15pm on May 6th - Zoom link has been sent out this week. Thank you!

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

22nd April 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 22nd April 2022

What we have been learning this week...

It has been lovely to see all the children return to school this week. We have been impressed with their level of focus and motivation this week! In English, we have been working on our grammar skills by revising modal verbs, synonyms and antonyms, punctuation and verb tenses. We have also completed some reading comprehension and looked at how to use the text to support our ideas and opinions. In Maths this week, the children have been learning about ratio and proportion. They have use bar models and tables to scale up and work out problems involving different real life contexts. We have also practised our arithmetic skills, and revisited some statistics. In PSHE we have talked about how to handle our feelings when we are overwhelmed or become anxious. The key point being to talk about them, and to be able to identify who they could go to if they had a problem or felt worried about something. In Art, we have started our new unit on 'Talking Textiles'.  We explored what textiles are and how they are used. We then looked at a range of textile images and recorded what information we could find through close examination including country of origin, materials used and the stories they told. In Computing, we looked at how to use filters to refine our Internet searching. We learnt about George Boole and his method of Boolean Searching. We then used the three Boolean operators (and, not, or) to apply filters to searches to find specific information. 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

 In Science, we started our new unit of work: Electricity.  We built circuits and investigated the effects of adding or removing various components in simple series circuits. We revised how to draw circuits using the conventional circuit symbols and developed our understanding of how circuits work using equipment.

         

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child continues to complete some of the SATs practice materials from over the holidays. 

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Cora for being a supportive friend and helping another with their work.

Emily C for showing a mature and resilient attitude when dealing with tricky situations. 

 Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Eleni for putting a huge amount of effort into her maths work this week.

Izzy  for not allowing herself to give up when work was challenging. Excellent attitude.

What we will be learning next term...

Next week, in English, we will be continuing to focus on reading comprehension skills using inference and deduction as well as sequencing events. We will also be continuing to revise key spellings and grammar such as prepositions, conjunctions, phrases, clauses and word class. In Maths, we will be continuing to revise aspects of arithmetic and exploring more reasoning questions. In Art, we will be continuing our exploration of textiles and in Computing, we will be learning to understand and explain how credible a webpage is and the information it contains.  

NOTICES

If you were unable to make the SATs meeting this week, please find the PowerPoint resource on the 'Homework and Supporting Your Child' page on the website. Also, your child will be coming home with a medical form today for our up and coming residential trip. Please can you fill in and return to school as soon as possible? Many thanks. 

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

1st April 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 1st April 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week, in English, we have completed our dual narratives: writing from the perspective of the traveller and the ghosts from our class text, 'The Listeners'. We were hugely impressed by the narrative writing and the brilliant descriptions they created. In Art, we completed our unit of 'Patterns in Nature' by creating our own fantasy insect incorporating learnt skills of sketching and shading into the final design. In Maths, we have been exploring how to find the area of parallelograms and revising properties of circles, using simple formulae to find the radius, diameter and circumference. We also revised how to find different types of averages after our Geography field trip! In Music, we continued learning how to play chords on the ukulele and practised C, G, D7 and played and sang along to, "Yellow Submarine!"

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We really enjoyed our Geography lesson this week, when we visited Bourn Ford to collect data on water levels. We used this data to find the mode, median, mean and range when back at school.

         

                                            

We had great fun completing the Easter Egg Hunt! Many thanks to the BSA for organising!

                

                        We also really enjoyed being able to visit the Church again for our Easter Service!                          

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child completes some of the SATs practice materials over the holidays. 

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

 James for being a helpful friend and classmate.

Mia for having the courage to speak up when needed.

 Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week: 

 Amelie for making a superb effort with her narrative writing in English. 

Lola for always putting in 100% effort into all her work. 

What we will be learning next term...

Next term, on the week beginning the 9th May, we will be completing our SATs tests. In preparation for these, we are sending home some practice packs for the Easter holidays. Please encourage your child to complete a little every day so that they feel confident on their return to school. Some resources have also been sent by Parentmail including a link where children can access lots of online resources to help them practise key skills in Maths, English and Spelling. Next term, we will also be going on our Residential, beginning some Y7 transition units of work, completing another DT week and will begin to start to think about our end-of-year performance! Busy, busy, busy! 

NOTICES

 On the 20th April at 4pm, we will be holding our SATs meeting via Zoom. A link will be sent out that week. If you are unable to attend, the information will be available on the website for you to access with 48 hours of the meeting. We will also be holding a meeting regarding Rock UK - a date will be arranged shortly. It has been lovely to speak with you about your child's progress in recent consultations. Wishing you all a very happy Easter!

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

25th March 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 25th March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week, in English, we have completed some narrative writing based on 'The Listeners' poem. We revised the technique of 'show, not tell' and used it to describe the physical appearance of the traveller from the text.  In Maths, we have been learning about area and perimeter in rectangles and compound rectilinear shapes. We  looked at how to find volume of cuboids and started explore how to find area of triangles. We used cubes to create shapes with different volumes and calculated the volume of various cuboids. In Geography this week we have been learning about extreme weather in the world. Using news reports and websites, the children have researched the different kinds of extreme weather phenomena from cyclones to dust storms. In Science, the children looked at how selective breeding works, using examples in agriculture and animals.  We looked at what specific traits would be inherited and if we wanted to select appropriate ones, what parents would we choose using Mr Men characters!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We really enjoyed our Computer Explorers workshop on Wednesday where we learnt how to programme a Microbit to make a game! It was brilliant! 

                                   

                                                                          

We also enjoyed the practical activities in Maths, using cubes to explore volume.

                                   

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Logan for dealing with challenges in a mature way.

Zauraiz for taking on board advice to improve his work. 

 Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week: 

 Emily C for making showing such effort and determination in Spanish.

Olly for all his hard work this week. 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will be completing our unit on Narrative Writing by writing a dual narrative based on our class text. In Art, we will be combining elements from our research to create our own insect, creating a detailed drawing using all the skills learnt during the unit. In Computing, we will be exploring 'functions' to develop our coding skills even further.  Next week, in Geography, we will be tracking the weather and compiling graphs to display the data gathered. In RE, we will look at how Buddhists use their understanding of refuge to guide them and in Maths next week, we will move on to finding area of parallelograms and start some Algebra work.

NOTICES

 On the 20th April at 4pm, we will be holding our SATs meeting via Zoom. A link will be sent out that week. If you are unable to attend, the information will be available on the website for you to access with 48 hours of the meeting. We will also be holding a meeting regarding Rock UK - a date will be arranged shortly. Thank you! Please sign up for your parents' consultation using the school's online system.  Thank you to all who attended the bake sale today!

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

18th March 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 18th March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week, in English, we have completed some assessments in Reading, Spelling and Grammar. We have also been doing some additional grammar practice and will continue with this in the weeks to come. In Maths, we have been participating in lots of  'Maths Talk' and discussing our strategies and techniques for solving different problems. We have also practised our arithmetic skills. In Art, we explored the work of Wanda Shum, who makes colourful insects from polymer clay. We then explored and innovated with animal and insect patterns before creating beetles in the style of Shum's work. In Spanish, we revised adjectival agreement by examining and describing items linked to 'El Dia de Los Muertos'.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

This week, we have enjoyed Science Week. We have explored some interesting subjects related to our topic of Evolution and Inheritance and have able to use our scientific knowledge in different ways. We enjoyed exploring the conditions on Mars and thinking about what features would be needed to survive in such a hostile environment. We watched a short animation about how the human body would have to adapt if Mars became our home planet and used this, and our scientific knowledge, to discuss possible adaptations needed for flora or fauna that could live there. The children did an excellent job of drawing detailed, annotated diagrams showing the adaptations and the reasons why these would be necessary...

              

The children also enjoyed carrying out an investigation into the different type of bird bills and how they are adapted to specific diets. They compared chopsticks, tweezers and spoons as the types of bills feeding on pasta, beads and toothpicks! We then linked this with Charles Darwin’s work on the Galapagos finches.

               

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Gabriel for showing kindness and patience towards others in the class

Katie for contributing her ideas in maths lessons.

 Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week: 

Alice for showing real resilience with computing and developing a great game.

Mustafa putting lots of effort into his learning at home and at school.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, the children will be completing some narrative writing based on 'The Listeners' poem and continuing to practise their grammar skills. In Maths, we will be looking at Perimeter, Area and Volume, as well as applying this to some problem solving. In Science, we will be learning about selective breeding in Science, and in RE we will be learning about how Buddhists use the Triple Refuge to guide them on their life journey. In Art, we will be researching different features of insects and improving our sketching skills using pencil and pen. Next week, we are also looking forward to a visit from Computer Explorers and our Big School Bake Sale to raise money for the Red Cross and the Ukraine. 

NOTICES

 On the 20th April at 4pm, we will be holding our SATs meeting via Zoom. A link will be sent out that week. If you are unable to attend, the information will be available on the website for you to access with 48 hours of the meeting. We will also be holding a meeting regarding Rock UK - a date will be arranged shortly. Thank you! Please sign up for your parents' consultation using the school's online system.

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

11th March 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 11th March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week in English, we have been focusing on sequencing the narrative of 'The Listeners' poem and using clues in the text to help us order the story. We have also completed some work on Grammar and Spelling and revised some key concepts. In Maths this week, we have been working on applying our knowledge to a range of problem-solving questions and revising key skills in Arithmetic. In Geography, we have been researching the causes of climate change and learning how farming, fossil fuels and human activity contribute to this global issue. In Music, we enjoyed our second lesson with the ukulele and learnt how to play C Major, F Major and A Minor!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

This week in Art, we enjoyed blending pastels and replicating colours naturally occurring in nature, using Levon Biss' amazing photography as inspiration!

            

In Computing, we have started to create our own Computer Games on Purple Mash!

                                 

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

 Jude for his neat and organised research into the causes of climate change.

Freya for helping to keep the classroom organised and modelling excellent behaviours to help others.

 Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week: 

Belle for being motivated and hardworking in all of her lessons.

Noah for his colourful and expertly blended pastel art work of a beetle. 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, the children will be completing some assessments for English and will be practising their skills in Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Spelling. In Maths, they will be working on more problem solving activities and extending their knowledge on shape. In Art, the children will be researching and sketching different elements of insects using pencil and ink and in Geography, they will be learning about extreme weather, which is a consequence of climate change and in R.E., they will be continuing their work on the Triple Refuge in Buddhism. 

NOTICES

 On the 20th April at 4pm, we will be holding our SATs meeting via Zoom. A link will be sent out that week. If you are unable to attend, the information will be available on the website for you to access with 48 hours of the meeting. We will also be holding a meeting regarding Rock UK - a date will be arranged shortly. Thank you!

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

4th March 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 4th March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week in maths we have been revisiting percentages, and linking our knowledge of fractions to convert them into different types of fractions. The children have also been using their knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages to solve different problems. In English, we have continued our work on 'The Listeners' by discussing the narrative and exploring the emotions of the main characters. In RE, we started our new unit on Buddhism, learning about the origins of Buddhism, as well as some of its key precepts. In Geography, the children learnt how to read a detailed weather chart, and made comparisons between Cambridge and Kingston in Jamaica. They have also learned the difference between weather and climate and looked at different climate zones across the world.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

This week, in Music, we have started to learn the ukulele!

             

We really enjoyed seeing everyone dressed up for World Book Day! Can you guess who these characters are?

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

 Matteo for dealing effectively and politely with a friendship issue.

Emily R for making a huge effort to increase her reading. Well done! 

 Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week: 

Alice for taking care and time to produce neat, organised work.

Theo P for neat, fluid handwriting in all his work. 

 

What we will be learning next week...

Next week in Maths, the children will be developing their problem solving skills across a range of Maths topics. In Geography, we will be looking at historical weather data to look for any patterns of changes to determine the effects of climate change. In English, we will be continuing our work on 'The Listeners' using . In Art, we will be exploring the work of Levon Bliss and experimenting with colour. 

NOTICES

 On the 20th April at 4pm, we will be holding our SATs meeting via Zoom. A link will be sent out that week. If you are unable to attend, the information will be available on the website for you to access with 48 hours of the meeting. We will also be holding a meeting regarding Rock UK - a date will be arranged shortly. Thank you!

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

25 February 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 25 February 2022

What we have been learning this week...

It has been lovely to welcome the children back this week after half term. They seem refreshed and ready to learn! This week, in English, we have started our new unit of work on Narrative Poetry with a focus on 'The Listeners' by Walter de la Mare. We have looked closely at some of the archaic language and used the context to help us with definitions of unfamiliar words. We have also watched a short animation of the poem to help us understand the plot and spent time discussing the narrative. In Maths, we have been revising our division skills and working on understanding the relationship between decimals and fractions. In Spanish, we revised the use of 'estar' and 'ser' and in Geography, we began our new unit on climate by analysing and comparing data for Cambridge and Jamaica.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

This week, we enjoyed our first lesson from our new Art Unit - Patterns in Nature. We used graphite to create tonal strips and then revised mark making techniques in pencil and ink. We used these to create detailed and intricate patterns on insect templates.

                       

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing.

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Jude for a mature and caring attitude when dealing with a friendship issue.

Aoife for showing great courage and fortitude on her return to school.

 

 Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week: 

Eleni for making a great effort to improve the organisation and presentation of her work.

Tanvi for her systemic approach in solving mathematical investigations.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will be planning and designing our own games in Computing using some unplugged activities to structure our ideas and then Purple Mash coding programmes to create the games. In Art, we will be looking at how to use basic shapes to improve drawing skills. In English, we will be continuing to learn about 'The Listeners' through sequencing the narrative and inferring more information about the characters. In Maths,  we will be looking at percentages and how to find different amounts and converting from/to percentages with fractions. In Science, we are studying inheritance and evolution and learning about how mutations that benefit species lead to evolutionary changes. In RE, we will be continuing our studies on Buddhism. 

NOTICES

We will be celebrating World Book Day on the 3rd March. Children are welcome to come dressed as their favourite book character or in comfy, cosy clothes! We will be completing some book-related activities throughout the day too! In the next few weeks, we will be arranging meetings to share information about SATs and Rock UK and will share these dates as soon as we have them.  Have a lovely weekend!

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 
 
 

11 February 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 11 February 2022

What we have been learning this week...

In English this week, we have completed our persuasive writing unit by creating persuasive speeches about real-life issues. The children proofread, edited and improved their work and checked their use of persuasive devices and punctuation - we have been really impressed by their speech-writing skills and attention to detail. In Maths, we have been practising our division skills and extending these to dividing numbers with 2 decimal places using a fun, competitive dice game. This week we have been recapping our units in RE and History in order to answer the Big Question which each topic is based on.  We have been really impressed with the children’s written responses. They have clearly learned so much and expressed their understanding in an articulate way We have revised the parts of the circulatory system in Science and learned about the harmful effects of smoking on our heart and lungs.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We have really enjoyed completing our animal sculptures. The children made an excellent job of creating secure armatures and then used their sculpting skills to produce some fantastic creatures! Can you guess what they are? Aren't they amazing?

    

      

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing. Spelling words are now on Google Classroom.

* The new Homework Web for Spring 1 is now available on Google Classroom. Please encourage your child to complete some activities. 

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Joel for his maturity in resolving an issue and showing understanding and forgiveness.

Helio for his huge effort to improve his attitude and resilience in lessons.

 Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week: 

Mia for her beautifully presented work in all lessons.

Noah for his impressive and ambitious sculpture – he worked very hard on the detail.

What we will be learning next half term...

Next half term, we will be revisiting coding in Computing. We will be exploring poetry in English and continuing our work on the verb formation of 'estar' and extending our knowledge of adjectives in Spanish. Next term, we will be learning about special pilgrimages in RE, and Evolution and Inheritance in Science.  In our Geography unit, we will be looking at the effects of weather on climate change, comparing different events and gathering weather related data.

NOTICES

Next week, we will all be enjoying a well-deserved rest for Half Term! Thank you for all your support this term. We look forward to welcoming the children back, after a fun-filled week, on Tuesday 22nd February. 

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 
 

4 February 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 4 February 2022

What we have been learning this week...

In Maths, we have been exploring tenths, hundredths and thousandths using place value grids and counters, Base 10 equipment images to support our understanding. The children are becoming more secure in understanding the relationship between each place value as powers of ten.  We have also spent a little time playing games to develop number fluency and mental arithmetic skills. In RE, we have been learning about how God is experienced by Hindus in different ways. The children have learned the difference between believing in one God, many Gods, no Gods and God as everything.  They are beginning to make connections between actions and beliefs. In English, we have written persuasive letters showcasing our persuasive skills!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In our Windrush unit of work, we learned  a little about the prejudice that led up to the Notting Hill riots of 1958, and how that spurred the origins of the Notting Hill Carnival as a way to mend the rifts and promote harmony and understanding. The children have produced some beautiful writing from the perspective of the first Windrush settlers.

                

In Art, we enjoyed making 'armatures' for our sculptures, which will provide texture and a 3D effect to our animal sculptures, which we will be completing next week. Can you guess what animals they're making?

    

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing. Spelling words are now on Google Classroom.

* The new Homework Web for Spring 1 is now available on Google Classroom. Please encourage your child to complete some activities. 

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Emily R for stepping in to help out others!  Thank you!

Mustafa for showing great courage and hope, pushing himself on. Well done!

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week: 

Gabriel for making a really big effort to improve the presentation of his homework. Well done!

Noah for his neat presentation and use of excellent vocabulary in English! 

What we will be learning next week...

In English, we will be writing and delivering persuasive speeches and evaluating how persuasive we are! In Art, we will be completing our animal sculptures using our knowledge of techniques to create different textures.  In Science, we will be testing our knowledge of how the circulatory system works and in History, we will be writing about the contributions the Windrush Generation made after the war.  

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home on Fridays and is to be returned by the following Wednesday. Homework is based on skills that the children have recently learnt to consolidate learning. Please encourage your child to complete this as it will really help them revise key skills as well as helping them prepare for their move to secondary school where homework will be more frequent. Please remember your 5ps for our bottle for the BSA 5p challenge! Thank you. 

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  

 

 28 January 2022

 
Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 27 January 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week in maths, the children have been investigating properties of angles in quadrilaterals and in intersecting lines. They used their knowledge of degrees in full turns, triangles, and quadrilaterals, to find missing angles in a different shapes and patterns. In English, we used the 'PEEL' technique to develop persuasive arguments and revised some grammatical terminology. In History, the children looked at different types of sources portraying the experiences of Windrush settlers when they first came to UK for a new life. The sources included video clips of interviews, photographs, extracts from news reports and letters. They used their knowledge to write a creative composition describing these experiences from the point of view of one of the people who migrated from the Caribbean. 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In Art, we enjoyed using clay to create the effect of different textures such as feathers, fur and scales. 

      

In Music, the children have been exploring 'Garageband', the digital app that allows you to compose and record your own pieces of music. They have linked this with the themes of landscapes and nightscapes.

                           

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing. Spelling words are now on Google Classroom.

* The new Homework Web for Spring 1 is now available on Google Classroom. Please encourage your child to complete some activities. 

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

 Izzy for her independent ideas when presenting historical information.

Beau for being really helpful in supporting a friend with their work.

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

 

Chloe for her neat and systematic approach to her Maths work.

Tanvi for her extremely well delivered speech. Well done! 

What we will be learning next week...

In English, we will be creating persuasive letters and using the persuasive devices we have learnt about to develop our arguments. In Maths, we will be working on decimal fractions and converting decimal fractions and proper fractions. In Art, we will be designing our animal face plaques for sculpture - please can you ensure your child has a named plastic bag to keep their clay from drying out in between sessions? Thank you.

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home on Fridays and is to be returned by the following Wednesday. Homework is based on skills that the children have recently learnt to consolidate learning. Please encourage your child to complete this as it will really help them revise key skills as well as helping them prepare for their move to secondary school where homework will be more frequent. This week, homework is based on grammar and geometry. For Art, please can children bring in a named plastic bag? They will need them for their clay sculptures! We are collecting 5ps for the BSA - please donate any spare 5ps you have! Thank you. 

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  

 

22 January 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 21 January 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week, in English, we have continued with our persuasive writing and focused on our grammar - we are making great progress with our knowledge of grammatical language and constructs. In Maths, we have been learning about triangles and angles. Children have been constructing triangles of specified angles and length size and have learnt how to find the sum of interior angles of regular polygons and how to find unknown angles. In Computing, we used the screen time record cards that we completed over the week to input data into a class database. We then analysed the results using charts and graphs produced from the data entered. 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In History, the children have learnt about the different types of sources historians use for research. This week we focused on learning about the first wave of Caribbean migrants on the Empire Windrush after the Second World War using a range of sources using newspaper clippings, passenger lists, film newsreels and a range of other documents...

                                          

In Art, we looked at the biography and work of sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink and how she used animals as metaphors for emotions. We looked at a range of her sketches produced before her sculptures and practised our own sketching looking at the key features of animals and how to capture them to demonstrate different emotional states...

                                                

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing. Spelling words are now on Google Classroom.

* The new Homework Web for Spring 1 is now available on Google Classroom. Please encourage your child to complete some activities. 

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

 Theo E for courage in pushing himself in his school work.

Matteo for his conscientious attitude to his homework.

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

 Joel for his excellent presentation and neat handwriting in his work.

Emily C for her beautifully constructed and precise triangles in Maths.

What we will be learning next week...

In English, we will be researching information and evidence to use in persuasive texts and practising our comprehension skills using non-fiction texts. In Maths, we will be continuing with the theme of geometry before moving on to decimal numbers. In Computing, we will be creating online reports on screen time and digital footprints. In Science, we will be learning about the role our lungs play in our circulatory system. 

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home on Fridays and is to be returned by the following Wednesday. Homework is based on skills that the children have recently learnt to consolidate learning. Please encourage your child to complete this as it will really help them revise key skills as well as helping them prepare for their move to secondary school where homework will be more frequent. Thank you. This week, homework is based on persuasive devices and geometry. For Art, please can children bring in a named plastic bag please? They will need to for their clay sculptures! Thank you!

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

14 January 2022

 

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Oak Class - Year 6

Date: 14 January 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This week, in English, we have been continuing with our unit of work on persuasive writing and revising both the structure of persuasive texts and the persuasive devices we can use to engage and convince the reader of our point of view. We have also focused on some grammar by revising some key terms including articles, determiners, modal verbs and modality! Ask your child to explain these to you. In Maths, we have continued our work on quadrants by translating and reflecting shapes using the x axis, y axis and mirror lines and solved some tricky reasoning problems linked to co-ordinates, position and direction. We have also revised some elements of arithmetic. In History, we examined the reasons  why Afro Caribbean people joined the forces to help defend Britain in the WW2. The children looked at a range of sources, including news footage, interviews and documents. In Science, the  children learnt about the components of blood. They did some research into the function of red and white blood cells and how platelets work. The also saw some video clips of how the circulation system works. In RE, we looked at how Hindu’s beliefs affect their every day decisions and learnt about how they put this into practice when trying to save a bull from slaughter in Wales, in a news article.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In Art, we started our new unit on Statues and Sculptures looking at 23 of the most iconic from around the world. We loved seeing all the different styles and learning about the stories, meanings and inspiration behind them:

                                                   

In Spanish, we surprised ourselves by completing some dictation exercises where we had to listen to Spanish sentences and write down, in Spanish, what we heard. We then translated these into English. The pupils did amazingly well at this and were really pleased with their progress. Buen trabajo todos!

                              

How you can help...

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing. Spelling words are now on Google Classroom.

* The new Homework Web for Spring 1 is now available on Google Classroom. Please encourage your child to complete some activities. 

* Please remind your child to complete written homework (it will be sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Wednesdays). Reading and times table practice, as always, is essential!

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

 Cora for her excellent thoughtful responses to a musical composition.

Ronnie for always working so hard and so enthusiastically.

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

 Katie for her imaginative and symbolic response to a piece of music.

Emily R for her consistently well-presented and well-organised work. 

What we will be learning next week...

In Art, we will be exploring the work of Barbara Hepworth and Elizabeth Frink and looking at using sculptures as metaphors. In English, we will be continuing our work on persuasion by using persuasive devices in our writing and constructing some persuasive paragraphs. Next week, in RE, we will learn more about Hindu’s beliefs and how they help them live their lives. In Science, we will look more closely at the structure and function of the heart, and in History we will examine why Afro Caribbean people chose to come and live and work in the UK, travelling on the Empire Windrush after WW2.

NOTICES

Homework will be sent home on Fridays and is to be returned by the following Wednesday. We are currently waiting for Maths homework books to arrive so their work is in the English book for this week. The homework will be based on skills that the children have recently learnt to consolidate learning. Please encourage your child to complete this as it will really help them revise key skills as well as helping them prepare for their move to secondary school where homework will be more frequent. Thank you. 

 

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 
 

7 January 2022 

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Oak Class

Year 6

7 January 2022

 

What we have been learning this week...

The children have had a great first few days back after their Christmas break. It has been lovely to see them all again! This week, we have started our new unit in English, which is 'Writing to Persuade'. This week, we have created 'for' and 'against' arguments for a range of topics and considered the structure of persuasive texts looking at titles, opening statements, series of arguments and concluding statements. In Maths, we have been learning about Coordinates, and how to plot them, as well as to solve tricky reasoning problems. In History, we have started our new topic called 'Windrush'. This week we had an introduction about Jamaica’s history, from the origins of the first indigenous peoples: the Tainos and Arawaks; to the colonisation by the Europeans and the slave trade.

How you can help..

* Please ensure your child is reading every day.

* Please ensure your child is secure with their times tables. Regular TT Rockstars practice will help.

* Please support your child by practising their spellings and encouraging them to use new vocabulary in their speech and writing. Spelling words are now on Google Classroom.

* The new Homework Web for Spring 1 is now available on Google Classroom. Please encourage your child to complete some activities. 

Reading and times table practice is essential!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In Science, we are starting our new topic on the Circulatory and Respiratory System. Today, we carried out an investigation into the effects of exercise on the heart. The children learnt how to take their pulse in order to measure the rate as it changed before and after exercise. They also learned how to gather reliable results.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will be continuing with our Persuasive writing unit and looking at language features. In Spanish, we will be continuing revising numbers, days and months and using these to write dates and birthdays. In Art, we will start our new unit on 'Statues and Sculpture'.

 

Winners of the Week

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Arjun for demonstrating an excellent work ethic.

 Gabriel for trying really hard in lessons this week.

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Freya for consistently beautiful presentation and attention to detail.

Belle for self-correcting a diagram of a quadrant for coordinates. 

Notices and Reminders

Thank you for all your generous Christmas presents for us both. We hope you all have a lovely break!

Hawking Day - Friday 14th January. Wear blue or dress as a famous scientist and bring in £1 donation!

 

 

Email: hculley@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   swheatman@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

 

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Oak Class Timetable 2021-22

  

Year 6 (Oak)