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Week 2 - 9th January

We’ve made it to the end of our first full week! Not even the prediction of severe blizzards could stop the onward march of Year 6’s learning this week. We’ve started new topics in English, Science, Geography, P.E. and Art and the children have eagerly thrown themselves into their learning.


Our new English topic, based on The Varmints by Helen Ward and Marc Craste, has seen the children slowly immersed into the world of the varmint. We began the week by discussing the definition of the word varmint (an annoying or obnoxious person or animal). From this definition, we created our own version of a varmint, drawing and annotating their features, many of which would cause even the toughest individual to quake in their boots. On Tuesday, shock set in as it became apparent a ‘plague’ of varmints was on the loose and the children quickly set about creating persuasive posters to protect the naïve citizens of Bushey. However, as we discovered on Thursday, our impressions of the varmint were not the same as the book’s varmints. By Friday, we had begun to learn about the life of a varmint leading us to write our own diary entries as a varmint. Please have a look at our Pictures of the Week section to see some of the children’s work from this week.


Next week, we will continue to learn about the varmint and what happens to it. We will continue our work on persuasive writing by planning and holding a debate and running a Twitter campaign.

In Maths this week, we continued to explore fractions, decimals and percentages. The children worked using money and weight to compare the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. By using one fraction, a percentage or a decimal of an amount, the children were able to show and explain all of the other facts they knew. It has been wonderful to watch many of the children have ‘light bulb moments’, this week, as they sunk their teeth into these challenging concepts.


Next week, we will be turning our attentions measuring the perimeter and area of a wide range of shapes.


Our new Science topic is focusing on animals, including humans. We began this topic by looking at the human circulatory system. The children’s intrigue and the questions about this topic was wonderful to see, perhaps we have some future heart surgeons amongst our midst!


Next week, sees the arrival of our second ‘At Home Session’. After the success of the first, I look forward to inviting parents back into the classroom to get another glimpse of life in a Year 6 classroom. Hopefully, I will see many of you there, ready to learn alongside your children!