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- In Year 6 all children are given homework on a Friday.
- Each week children will be given maths homework and either a reading journal activity or a learning log task.
- Homework is due in on the following Wednesday.
Children in Year 6 have PE lessons on a Thursday and Friday.
NEWS FROM OUR CLASS
Sherman Dance Success
Well done to all the pupils in year 5 and 6 who took part in the annual Sherman Dance Show on Wednesday evening this week . The children created a dance to the tune “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. The children have been practicing after school since Christmas and all the hard work came together in an outstanding performance that impressed both the organisers and the other schools involved in the event.
Congratulations to all the dancers you were fantastic and made the school proud!
Years 5 and 6: Spring Bulbs for Schools
Over the last 6 months the children in Y6G and Y56D have been getting out of the classroom as they joined the 1000s of school scientists taking part in this exciting investigation. The children adopted their own spring bulbs to help Professor Plant find out how the changing seasons are affecting spring flowers.
Since October 2005, school scientists across Wales have been keeping weather records and noting when their flowers open, as part of this long-term study looking at the effects of temperature on spring bulbs.
The children planted the bulbs and daily have recorded the temperature, rainfall as well as growth and date th ebulbs flowered. The children then recorded this on The National Museum for Wales Website
COMPUTING: CODING FOR THE FUTURE
This year we are following a new computing scheme from Rising Stars in which the children at the top of the school are exploring tablet computer apps. We began by exploring different app functions and layouts. We designed our own apps thinking of a gap in the market.
We are now looking at creating our own apps using a free website called Touch Development. To be able to do this we have had to develop our ability code (to write computer programmes). We have found out what coding is and watched a video with Mark Zuckerburg (creator of Facebook) which explored what coding is in further detail and how coding will be important for our future jobs. Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Coding, in the simplest of terms, is telling a computer what you want it to do, which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow. Computers are not clever things, however they are very obedient. They will do exactly what you want them to do, so long as you tell them how to do it correctly. Learning to code has been likened to learning a foreign language, or perhaps more specifically a family of foreign languages.
Code powers our digital world. Every website, smartphone app, computer programme, calculator and even microwave relies on code in order to operate. This makes coders the architects and builders of the digital age. Over the next 10 years it is estimated that there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer sciences and only around 400,000 graduates qualified to do them. Jobs not directly linked to computer sciences - such as banking, medicine and journalism - will also be affected by the need for at least an understanding of programming and coding.
We used a programme called flappy birds to help us learn the basics of coding. The programme takes you through 10 steps to help you learn how to use codes to make and control a computer game. The programme uses drag and drop to help you learn how to construct a code to control a game.
To help start our learning journey towards coding we began be exploring a website called http://code.org/.
BIKE IT SKILLS DAY 5/6D and 6G
This week the children were lucky enough to participate in a Bike It skills challenge day with SUSTRANS. The children developed a number of skills where they learnt how to safety check their bikes, start and stop safely, manoeuvre confidently around obstacles and signal clearly to other road leaders in a safe environment. The children learnt the importance of ensuring their bikes are road worthy and safely planning out routes prior to setting off on their journey. Even though the children are confident riding a bike it is so important for the children to reflect on the importance of staying safe. The workshop has also encouraged more children to ride to school every day, reminding us of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.