REMOTE LEARNING AT OLSA
This is the work we would like you to complete if your child is isolating waiting for a COVID result or has tested positive.
If you are isolating, join the Teams meeting at 9am each day, when Miss Fleming will run through the activities for the day, using your log in details which can be found in the front of your reading diary. There will be two online sessions in the morning and work on the school website for the afternoon. Please see the timetable section below for activities on each day.
10am - Literacy Teams
11:15 am - Maths Teams
2:15pm - Feedback session
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Welcome to Succeed Class - Year 6
"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." (Winston Churchill)
Welcome to Year 6 - Succeed Class. We have 32 children in Succeed class this year, all striving to achieve their own personal goals. I, Miss Fleming, am the Year 6 teacher and alongside myself will be Miss Milner as our class' Teaching Assistant. We all share the same goal - to guide, to support, to learn, to laugh and to ensure that memories are made. We are looking forward to the exciting, and hard-working, journey ahead!
Now that the children are in Year 6, they will have many responsibilities around the school such as: leading by example as school role models to the younger children; taking the lead with School Council; participating as senior members of the GIFT Team; supporting younger children in reception with key reading skills; demonstrating sound knowledge of Internet Safety as members of the Internet Warriors; assisting within whole school assemblies; and representing the school at the various sporting competitions that we will be participating in throughout the year. It is sure to be a busy year!
We will continue with an action packed year of learning, beginning with an exciting journey into the Amazon! Here, we aim to provide the children with an exciting and engaging start which aims to build and expand upon the previous years' learning, whilst incorporating current year objectives. We will explore the dangers and delights of South America through the Amazon River, developing our geographical and map work skills. As the year progresses, we will then move onto discovering our local environments through our 'Coasts' topic in Geography; finding out about the ancient civilisation of Baghdad; learning how important Greek History was to our own language and society; discovering the history of evolution through science and where electricity came from. All of this, as well as preparing for our SAT's and the not-to-be-missed end of year musical production, which is always a highlight in the children's calendar!
Your child's well-being is of vital importance to us and we want to ensure that they are happy and progressing. If you ever have any queries, questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via our staff email:
Miss N Fleming Miss V Milner
SPRING TERM 1 LEARNING
Welcome back to what will be another action packed term of learning! We hope that you have enjoyed a well-deserved rest over the festive period with your families and are now eager and raring to go with your new learning. This term, the children will be immersed in learning all about the Ancient Greeks. We will begin by exploring the text, ‘Who Let The God's Out’ within our Literacy sessions. Here, we will be drafting and writing our own Greek adventure before discussing and debating to learn about the importance of democracy within each city state. This text will be closely linked with the History work we will be studying on the Ancient Civilisation of Greece. Here, the children will discover more about the chronology of events that made Ancient Greece such an important aspect in time. They will learn how Ancient Greece has not only impacted upon the modern day Greece that we know today, but on the wider world.
In maths, children will continue to work hard to develop confidence and fluency within their arithmetic skills. Additional arithmetic tests are contained on the Succeed Class webpage should children wish to do additional study at home. We will then begin with refreshing our memory upon fractions before making links with decimals and percentages. The children will then move onto solving problems involving measurements, ratio and algebra. Children will also be tested through reasoning and fluency upon these areas in preparation for the SAT tests.
In RE, Children will be exploring the topic of Sources which help them develop a greater understanding of the types of texts that are contained within the Bible. We will then move onto the second unit of 'Unity' to examine a variety of roles that we encounter in our everyday lives and identify how their choices can help shape our beliefs and lives.
In science, the children will explore electricity. This will build upon their knowledge gained in year 4 where they will progress onto planning, designing and creating their own electrical circuits. Again, this topic will be closely linked to their learning in History where they will investigate the origins of electricity from the Ancient Greek Civilisation. We will also study key scientists involved in the discovery of electricity, from the very start of the concept to inventions today that affect the world.
In Art, we will explore the work of the famous artist, Mary Cassatt with a focus upon developing and enhancing our knowledge and understanding of painting and drawing techniques. In Design Technology, the children will understand what is meant by the terms, 'fit for purpose' and design and make a steady hand game using a series of circuits, linking their learning to that within their science unit of electricity.
PSHE Lessons will focus upon developing children's awareness of the key themes of 'Community' and 'Media Literacy and Digital Resilience.'
In computing, children will design and create their own text adventure linked to their learning on Ancient Greece. They will use their knowledge from last term on coding to devise characters to move around a story.
PE will continue on Tuesdays (FUNDA) and Friday (Gymnastics with Rossendale Leisure). Please can you ensure that children are in the correct uniform: plain black leggings/shorts/joggers, school logo t-shirt, trainers. No jewellery to be worn.
This week, the children have begun work on their latest science unit: Living things and their habitats. Here the children are learning to sort and classify living things in the environment. We started with learning how micro-organisms work through exploring the conditions needed to make yeast react. We then took the learning outside to explore the types of plants withing the school grounds that were classified as flowering and non-flowering.
In RE, Mrs Twist then used a selection of plants to help us make our very own class Advent wreath. The children had a lot of fun designing and adding different elements to it that will be used within our prayer and worship within class.
On Wednesday, 17th November, the children in Succeed class experienced the fabulous Fun Food Chef!! He delivered an inspiring lesson on the importance of a healthy, balanced diet through a Spanish theme.
The children learnt how to make their own potato frittata, a Spanish paella with an accompanying chorizo and chickpea side dish. They also made their own Spanish bread, filled with onions, fresh herbs, olives and juicy, red peppers - it was delicious! The children were very adventurous to sample foods that they previously said they disliked, even Miss Fleming may try chickpeas again after this! Here are just some of the quotes of the day.
"I really do not like mushrooms but now I do not mind them as much."
"It was fun to make our own flavoured bread - I cannot believe how easy it was to do."
"The smoothie was really tasty - I will definitely try to make that at home."
This term, our learning in class is all about South America and the Amazon Rainforest. In our geography lessons, the children have been using atlases and maps to locate the continent of South America, identify the Amazon Basin and the countries which are supported by the Amazon River. They used play dough to help re-create the maps to see how vast the rainforest is and learned that it is the largest tropical rainforest.
We then took our learning outside to explore how we use the eight cardinal points of a compass and taught ourselves how to navigate round some rather tricky obstacles!
On Monday, 18th October Year 5 and 6 had a virtual visit from the poet Matt Goodfellow. The children took part in an interactive session where they listened to a selection of readings from the author, alongside joining in with some of his favourite poems. Matt spoke to the children about how poetry can come from anywhere - real life experiences always help inspire him to write. He spoke of how poetry can give children a voice and he would love to see some of our children developing their own pieces of 'rebel writing!'
Helaina: "I really enjoyed the session and his readings because his poems were funny. I also liked how he had used his real life to share what he was feeling."
Ted: "I liked listening to how his poems were based upon what he enjoyed in life. His imagination was amazing to be able to create poems like that - even about ninja squirrels!"
Ged: "I thought the author was very good. I loved his 'Badger' poem as it was funny. I realised that poems do not have to rhyme but can be about expressing emotions in the here and now."
Amelia C: "I really enjoyed the afternoon when we spent time looking through primary sources of evidence - artefacts, written accounts, photographs, propaganda posters and newspapers. They taught us how life was very different for the children at that time. When we examined the evacuee suitcase, we realised that children could only take the essentials away with them. We also realised that of the toys that they had, they too were limited. This is very different to our lives now."
Freya: "It really enjoyed the afternoon investigating - it was fun!" We saw exactly what life was like for people at that time and how they must have lived."
Matthew: "I found it very interesting to learn how they lived in comparison to what we live like in the present. It was obvious that they did not have the same privileges as what we have today. It was very informative to explore the different types of sources that we can analyse to discover about the past."
Oscar: "It was very strange to see how little the people had back then but when we discovered about the rationing, it made sense. I loved trying on the masks to see how people must have felt when they were in the war."
Emily: "I thought is was very limited in what these people had in their lives and must have been very sad to leave home with so little. I could not believe how uncomfortable the masks were for people - it must have been very frightening to hear the bombs outside then put these on. It was amazing to see how many things we could use to tell us about the past."