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Welcome to Class 10!

 

Class 10 is being taught by Miss Shires, Miss Chivers and Miss Britten this year. Year 6 have made a good start to the year and they have been working together as a team in a range of lessons. On the first day back the children problem solved how to change the order of a set of cups, they enjoyed the activity and had to communicate with one another as they planned the small amount of moves they would take to change the order.

Term 4: Inventors and Inventions

 

Over the course of term four, class ten have continued to focus on inventors and inventions. We have linked this learning to the book, 'Bridge to Terabithia' which the children have thoroughly enjoyed reading. As part of this term the children have made and designed bridges both in their house day and in their Science lessons. We have been using our knowledge from Term 3 about how Brunel invented the Clifton Suspension bridge to help us with our ideas.

This term we had the opportunity to have a visit from local MP, Michelle Donelan. The children enjoyed meeting her, they had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and find out what her life was like. She discussed with them the changes that they would like to make to Melksham. They thought of many ideas such as a cinema, new sports complex and even some new shops.
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In Science,  we have focused on how bridges are constructed, we have learned about a variety of different bridges and how they stay up! The children have enjoyed finding out about how pressure and tension are made. As a result of their learning they created their own bridges which they tested for durability and flexibility. We made our bridges out of a range of materials which we had tested before to ensure that they were suitable.
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Year 6 are enjoying preparing for their upcoming SATs. We have been working hard with our maths and reading skills in particular, the children have been very focused and enjoying revision lessons. SATs club has been a great success, the children are keen to attend and working to improve their understanding. We hope that the revision books which you have at home are going well and that the children are enjoying completing them.
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Class ten were fortunate enough to participate in a whole school willow day. We had the tough job of starting the dome off with the forest school leaders. We had to place the tallest willow into the ground to make the basis for the dome. The children worked well as a team and supported one another.

We took part in the big spring clean during term four. The children went out of school to litter pick the streets in our surrounding area, we were surprised to find an awful amount of rubbish. When the children discussed this event they decided that they wanted to take part in it every year, and that we should try and reduce the amount of litter on the streets of Melksham.
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Inventors and Inventions

 

During term three and four we are focusing our learning on inventors and inventions.

First of all we started to look at why bridges were invented. We also found out about different types of bridges. The children discovered all about beam, truss, suspension and arch bridges. Class ten have produced some brilliant magazine articles about these types of bridges and have been asking many exciting and interesting questions as they research.

 

We have enjoyed finding out about how they were created and now we are focusing on the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We will be writing biographies all about him, in particular his work on the Clifton suspension bridge over the next few weeks.

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In Science we have been learning about the theory behind the invention of bridges. We worked hard to create our own bridges using a range of resources to enable it to hold a 500g weight. Class ten enjoyed working together and problem solving during the lesson.
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We have visited local bridges in Melksham. We learned with a partner how to use a map to locate places and grid references. When on the walk we found out more about the history of Melksham and looked at the different materials used in bridges. We worked on our artistic talents by creating sketches of bridges.

Around the world in eighty days

 

Class Ten have been set the challenge of working their way around the world over term 1 and 2. Every two weeks they have been visiting different countries by finding out about what the places are like, completing their own research to find out a range of different information, listening to music from the country and looking at a range of art. The children are enjoying finding out about Spain, Africa and Israel.

Maths

During maths lessons we have been focusing on place value and addition, they all enjoyed the work and have made a good start with their maths skills. Over the course of term 1 the children have been working hard on communicating their mathematical ideas. In our STOPs problem solving lessons the children have worked to 'act out' maths problems to help them understand what they are being asked and to solve it. We are now moving onto 'trial and error' methods. The children really enjoyed these lessons as you can see from the pictures.

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Recently we have been focusing on using trial and error in our maths lessons. The children have persisted and given the maths problems a go. They have enjoyed using their act it out skills alongside this. Over the term their mathematical language has improved and they are all talking about what they are doing and working much more systematically. Well done class ten!

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Art

 

During Term 1 we started looking at what we could learn from artists from around the world. The children have been using these ideas in their own pieces. They have enjoyed creating self portraits in the style of Picasso and some African art. All of the class are proud of their front covers which they have produced for their own stories.

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Around the World in Eighty Days Book

 

In class we have been writing our own versions of the classic story 'around the world in eighty days.' The children have worked hard to edit and improve their writing, they have created fantastic front covers and we then shared their stories. Every child has produced a book which will be displayed in class, so please pop in and see their work.

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Spellings

 

Since the beginning of term two class ten have been focusing on using different methods to remember and improve their spellings. We have enjoyed playing a range of games and working together to 'have a go' with new words. The children have been enthusiastic and we will continue doing this over the rest of the year.

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Mile a day

 

Across school we are working to walk a mile a day. During the school day we are walking on the outside all weather trail for 20 minutes or seven laps of the path. We loved going out in the autumnal weather, the children are doing well this this challenge.

Armistice Day

The week beginning the 7th November saw us focus on Armistice day. We discussed the importance of this to ourselves and other people. The children participated in a good discussion about red and white poppies. On the 11th some of us went to the war memorial for the minutes silence, all the children behaved beautifully and set a great example. As a class we created a wreath by writing our own poems in remembrance.  

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Homework

 

Class Ten have been working really hard with their homework. They are taking time to ensure that it is well presented and completed on time. The children have produced some beautiful postcards and planet posters which are being displayed in the classroom. Please remember homework needs to be handed in on a Wednesday and reading records need to be handed in on a Friday. The children are doing well to earn their reward time, they should continue to work well as a class.