IBM robotics challenge

This year, as you are aware, IBM and CLC have decided to run a girls only competition for robotics. It does mean that unfortunately, we cannot bring any of our boys to the competition.

I still think that there is a lot of learning and excitement which can take part in a robotics club so I will be running one on Tuesday after school until 4.30 and this club will be for girls AND boys. This way, boys can still help with our preparation and learning process before the big competition.

If you would like to take part in this club, please respond to this post, telling me why you want to join. I want to know anything you know or want to learn about robots and what qualities you have, that you will bring to our club.

The first club will be on the 29th January so responses will need to be done by the 23rd January (Wednesday) so we have time to make the final decision of who will be invited!

Sleigh ride song

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling you hoo
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

Our cheeks are nice and rosy and comfy cosy are we
We’ve snuggled close together like two birds of a feather would be
Let’s take that road before us and sing a chorus or two
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling , ring-ting-tingling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling “You Hoo”
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

Our cheeks are nice and rosy and comfy cosy are we
We’ve snuggled close together like two birds of a feather would be
Let’s take that road before us and sing a chorus or two
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

Merry Christmas Song

Merry Christmas To You

1
Christmas time is coming quickly,
Everybody getting ready,
Very busy, not much time to spare.
Nervous with anticipation,
Making all the preparations,
Feeling the excitement in the air.

2
Getting out the decorations,
Feeling all the expectation,
Putting up the angel on the tree.
Now we’re getting really jolly,
Hanging mistletoe and holly,
Twinkling lights outside for all to see.

CHORUS
It’s the best time of the year on the way
And we just can’t wait to wake up on that day,
And at last we’ll all be able to say
‘Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year’.

3
Choosing gifts for all the family,
(Mind you don’t forget the batteries!)
Thinking of how happy they will be.
Writing cards and wrapping presents,
Buying Dad a Christmas sweater,
Pile them all up underneath the tree.

CHORUS

4
Mixing up the Christmas pudding,
Thawing turkey, making stuffi ng,
Hoping that my favourite food is bought.
Peeling, chopping, roasting, baking,
Such delicious food we’re making,
Look, my mouth is watering at the thought!

LAST CHORUS
It’s the best time of the year on the way
And we just can’t wait to wake up on that day,
And at last we’ll all be able to say
‘Merry Christmas to you, Merry Christmas to you,
Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year.’

Our Poem

Twas the Night before Christmas Poem

Year 3
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

Year 4
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

Year 5
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

Year 6
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Grammar Homework 23.11.18

Follow the links below, watch the videos and complete the activities.

Adverbs

Active and passive 

Modal verbs

Prepositions 

Once you have watched the videos and completed the tasks underneath them, add a comment to share what you found out, did well or found tricky. You could write your own sentences including modal verbs, prepositions and adverbs. You could share some active and passive sentences. This will really help you with the grammar learning we will be doing in class before the Christmas holidays.

Maths links for homework

Try to compete all the activities at the websites below. Which activity was tricky? Which made you think? How confident do you feel about factors, multiples, primes and square numbers?

https://www.transum.org/Software/SW/Starter_of_the_day/starter_May7.ASP

https://www.transum.org/software/Sieve_of_Eratosthenes/

https://www.transum.org/Software/Game/Connect4/

https://www.transum.org/Software/SW/Starter_of_the_day/starter_December2.ASP

Learning Reflection

This week and next week we will be having learning conferences at school. This is a time when we meet to talk about what is going well and how you can improve, in order to get the best out of Year 6.

Have a look at the questions below and think about your learning and school experiences over the last few weeks. Why not leave a comment to share your thoughts about what has gone well and the work you are proud of. 

1. Reflect on your thinking, learning, and work today. What were you most proud of?

2. Where did you encounter struggle today, and what did you do to deal with it?

3. What about your thinking, learning, or work today brought you the most satisfaction? Why?

4. What is frustrating you? How do you plan to deal with that frustration?

5. What lessons were learned from failure today?

6. Where did you meet success, and who might benefit most from what you’ve learned along the way? How can you share this with them?

7. What are your next steps? Which of those steps will come easiest? Where will the terrain become rocky? What can you do now to navigate the road ahead with the most success?

8. What made you curious today?

9. How did I help you today? How did I hinder you? What can I do tomorrow to help you more?

10. How did you help the class today? How did you hinder the class today? What can you do tomorrow to help other learners more?

Grammar Homework 5.10.18

Below are lots of links to grammar games that will help you to learn/revise some of the grammar terms coming up in Year 6. Please play these games for homework this week as they will really help you with some of the work we will be doing in class over the next few weeks. 

Conjunctions

Nouns

Verbs

Adjectives 

Adverbs

Word classes

Punctuation in sentences 

Once you have played the games, leave a comment in the box to share what you have learnt and what you did well. You can also let me know if there was anything that you found tricky or confusing. The punctuation in sentences game has a few levels for you to work through, so make sure you try them all. 

Lots of the games require flash player so work better on a laptop or desktop computer. 

Hope you enjoy the games.