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This week in Maths we’ve been learning about Ratio. At the moment we are looking at how we use the ratio sign to compare between 2 and 4 different ‘things’. We can write ratio statements (for every…there are…), use the ratio colon (Blue:Red) and can express as fractions of amounts (1 our of the 4 are …).
As we develop these skills further we will be aiming to cover the following English National Curriculum Objectives:
This week we researched different font styles and colour schemes. We manipulated these to create our own ‘graffiti tag’. A tag is a way of signing your name in a graffiti style and we think we’ve done a pretty good job after only one lesson. What do you think?
This term we have started a new topic about Shakespeare. In our literacy lesson we have been learning and summarising about a famous play called Romeo and Juliet. We have also been acting out some parts of the play. We split up into 7 and chose which part we wanted to act out. We only had a maximum time of 30 seconds and there were only 3 or 4 people per group.
During library time, we had an activity arranged by Ms. Toner, our head library staff. The library will be rearranged to numbers and we had to find the right book genre and bring it back. We used computers to search for the zone. It was really fun!
This week 6TO have been researching courageous people and noting down why they were courageous. This was a really fun topic and we all recommend to do this for younger kids to understand what it is like to stand up for other people no matter what.
Having finished our WW2 topic and all the fun and challenges it brought us, it is time to delve into the fantastical world of writing that is William Shakespeare. This topic, combined with the Transition units planned will be some of the final moments for your children before leaving the Junior school and we hope there are memorable ones.
In English, children will explore Romeo and Juliet and some of the many ways it has been performed and adapted, both throughout time and across cultures. We will be reading many of Shakespeare’s plays during Guided Reading and will compare characters, settings, plots and themes.
Utilising the Maths Mastery approach, we will learn Ratio and Proportion. This will then move into Converting Measures, Perimeter, Area and Volume, and finally Properties of Shape. As ever, within all of these areas, we will explore fluency, reasoning and problem solving across each unit to ensure students have a greater depth of understanding.
In our Humanities lessons we will be examining the Globe Theatre, making deductions about the past and will learn about the Tudor period. We will also complete some fun mapping activities to ensure we can share our skills with the Geography department when the time comes for us to join Year 7.
During Art lessons, the children will investigate fonts and themes, using a range of mediums to create the Romeo and Juliet inspired graffiti work. We will – hopefully – be visited again by Alex Face who will share his techniques and inspire us with some workshops. Watch this space to see our art transform over the coming weeks.
In the Science Lab, children will learn about circuits and will complete some investigations led by themselves, challenging them to ‘prove’ all they’ve learned about planning a fair test and collecting accurate results throughout their time in the Junior school.
We will explore the theme of Transition with many activities linked with the Senior School and of course, our booklets completed with our class teachers.
During this time, we have one final thing that we need to prepare and plan – OUR GRADUATION ASSEMBLY! This will take some time, hard work and a great deal of support from the teachers in school. However, I know it will be all worth it when we can celebrate their journeys through school.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mr. J. Bilinkewycz
Monday 29th April – You-Time! Block 4 commences
Friday 3rd May – Celebration of Coronation of HM King Rama X. Children invited to wear yellow tops and PE shorts.
Monday 6th May – School closed for the Coronation of HM King Rama X
Friday 10th May – Junior School Non-Uniform Day
Wednesday 15th May – Junior Music Summer Concert
Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May – Fairbairn Finals Day
Friday 24th May – Last day of term 3a. School finishes at the usual time and You-Time! runs as normal.
Thursday 30th May – Term 3b commences (Day 4)
After 2 terms of harkness, today during lesson 3 6PA have been discussing two articles each in groups of five. Harkness is where we discuss an article with our team and have to all contribute our views.
These are a few important rules for a Harkness discussion:
Last week, a few children from prep school travelled to the Philippines to compete in the FOBISIA music competition with some other teachers too. It was a very fun time there. There were different activities, like crafting, making music and some other stuff. The song they played was Thriller. They stayed there for 5 days and 4 nights and came back on Tuesday. Overall, they had a great time and performed really well in the concert.
Thank you to all those members of our community who supported our stall at the Charity Fair. It was a great team effort and a joy to witness so many happy faces.