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Week Ending 1st April

We have completed our topic: 'What does my blood do?' in Daymer Bay class this week.
We completed our end of unit writing; creating our own story based on the events of Pig Heart Boy and our new knowledge of how our bodies work. 
We also had more questions about our blood that arose from our learning so we conducted a video chat with a person from another organisation to help answer that. Dr Bex was our guest speaker. Although she works in a dairy factory now, she studied for her doctorate in Rheology (the study of blood) and designed heart pumps. She managed to answer a lot of our questions without using too many long science words and we were very grateful for her time.
After a busy four weeks back, have a well deserved Easter rest Year 6!

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Week Ending 26th March

The heart.
This has been the main focus of this week's learning in Year 6. We have continued with our class novel - Pig Heart Boy. We have written our own extracts with different organs using what we have read. In Maths, we showed how much progress we have made in understanding area and perimeter by solving some tricky investigation challenges.
We began the week by drawing what we believed our heart looked like, then moved on to finding out just how complicated this muscle really is! By the end of the week, we began to combine our learning about blood and the heart to create a working circulatory system on the playground!

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Week Ending 19th March

This week, in Daymer Bay Class, we have continued with our learning about area and learned how to calculate the area of a triangle. We have continued with our class novel - Pig Heart Boy, reminding ourselves how to use point, evidence, explain to answer questions about what we have read. We have also recapped parenthesis and how to add this to sentences to make our writing more interesting.
We also managed to complete our artwork which reflected our feelings during the most recent lockdown. You can see some fantastic examples below!
In Science, we began to investigate our topic question: What does our blood do? And we discovered the four main components that make up our blood.

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Week Ending 12th March

It has been a lovely first week back in school for Daymer Bay class.
We began a new Maths unit on area, perimeter and volume. We also played a game of nought and crosses which required us to use our arithmetic skills carefully - which we really enjoyed! We began reading our new class novel, Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman, in Literacy and we are thoroughly intrigued by the first three chapters. 
In our afternoon sessions, we have been discussing our lockdown experiences and our feelings throughout the weeks at home. We have started turning these discussions into some artwork which will hopefully be finished to share with everyone next week. Alongside this artwork, we produced 'Hope Balloons' of the things that we were 'holding on to' through lockdown; those things that kept us going.

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Week Ending 5th March

We made it!
And I, for one, cannot wait to get back into the classroom on Monday and see all those faces again. Daymer Bay, you have done fantastically well and I am so proud of what you have achieved!
So, in our home learning this week, we completed our measures unit in Maths. This included a couple of very tricky lessons on converting metric measures (new units of measure) into imperial measures (the old measures, like feet, inches, pounds, ounces and miles). Well don everyone for giving that your best shot! Well done to Josh for earning a bronze Mathletics certificate this week.
In Literacy, we planned and wrote diary recounts from the perspective of a soldier in the trenches during WWI, apart from on Thursday when we celebrated World Book Day. We all did some reading of our favourite (or a really good) book and completed some book-related activities.
We also completed our WWI topic this week, ready for a new exciting topic as we head back into school. We finished this unit with a look at the victory photos taken at the time and tried to recreate them using either ourselves or the things we could find around us. Oh, and not forgetting St Piran's Day, for which we learnt some traditional Cornish dances and answered some Cornish-themed questions in our Teams meeting.
WOW, what a busy week!
See you on Monday.
 

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Week ending 26th February

It's been another fantastic week of learning in Daymer Bay class, with the added excitement that we may be all together again soon!
In Maths this week we have been recognising and converting metric measures. This included measures of length (mm, cm, m), mass (g, kg) and capacity (ml, l). Sophie and Josh earned a bronze Mathletics certificate.
In Literacy, we began looking at diary recounts and how these were kept by many WWI soldiers in the trenches. We looked at an example written by a WWI soldier named Thomas Littler and began to identify some of the features.
In topic, we looked at the artwork of the Nash brothers who depicted a lot of scenes from the trenches. We looked at a few of their different paintings, analysed them, discussed the use of colour and composition and had a go at recreating one of them ourselves.

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Week Ending 12th February

We completed out first term of remote learning and Daymer Bay smashed it! 
This week, we completed our percentages unit in Maths, with most children reporting they understand and are happy with percentages. Mathew, Betty and Josh have earned Mahtletics certificated this week - Josh even earned a gold! We also reached the end of our biographies unit in Literacy. Lots of the class have said they enjoyed this writing unit and having more freedom this week to write about a person they had chosen themselves! In our topic learning this week we found out a bit about the weaponry used in WWI and how propaganda was used to encourage people to enlist in the army because at the start of the war the British army was only small! We produced some of our own propaganda posters using bold images and short, persuasive title or slogan.

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Week Ending 5th February

Maths this week saw us tackle percentages and matching them up with equivalent fractions ad decimals. In our weekly Teams meeting, it was discussed how we all felt we understood what we had learnt so far and percentages make sense to us! Congratulations to Sophie and Josh who have both earned a bronze Mathletics certificate this week - very well done! In Literacy, we carried on with our biography learning, finding out and writing about either Walter Tull or Jack Cornwell. Teams feedback was that most of the class had really enjoyed finding out about and writing these biographies - even more good news. In our WWI topic learning, we built those trenches we designed last week and THEY WERE AMAZING! Check them out below.

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Week Ending 29th January

This week, Daymer Bay class have reached the end of their decimals unit in Maths and this was celebrates by a great number of Mathletics certificates - well done class! We even had one gold and one silver, fantastic learning! In Literacy, we started learning about biographies. We identified some features and recapped some grammatical sentence structures. Through our unit about biographies, we have learnt about the brave WWI nurse called Edith Cavell and her achievements in Belgium at the beginning of the war. Once we knew a little more about her, we tried writing an engaging introduction to her biography that would really grab the readers attention.
In our topic learning, we found out about which countries were involved in WWI and which countries tried to stay neutral. We learnt what a trench looked like, labelled the different parts in preparation of building a model trench next week - which we are all very excited about!

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Week Ending 22nd January

Well, we've managed to make it through week 3!

This week, we have been continuing our learning about decimals; applying out knowledge of multiplication and division to decimal numbers. We also celebrated those children who have been engaging well on Mathletics since home learning began. The children have especially enjoyed their writing this week, taking sections of the War Game story we have been learning about and changing parts of it to make a new story. In topic, we have learnt when and why WWI started, as well as some of the key events that occurred during the conflict. 

We had our second live Teams check in and we used some of the time to discuss some of the areas in our topic which we would like to find out more about. Some of the class have made the most of having to be at home by baking and helping around the house with a bit of DIY!
Let's keep it going next week...

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