It's world book day!!!
We are so excited to see your wonderful costumes today guys.
Monday 25th January 2021
New Daily Teams Meetings
Class pages will no longer be updated by the class teachers. This is due to our new learning expectations, which include a daily Microsoft Teams meeting, 08:45-09:00, to register home learners and prepare them for the day of learning.
To access Teams you need to be logged in to your school email account (Office 365) - for help, click here. Or see the child friendly video for using Office 365 - Outlook email here.
For help using Teams, click here. Or see the child friendly video tutorial for using Teams here.
You no longer need to email in evidence of your work on a daily basis - this has been replaced with set pieces of work that will be identified for assessment. Your teachers will tell you which ones these are in the morning Teams meeting and they will be clearly identified on the daily planning.
To send in your assessment piece, you will usually send an email (ideally from your own school account) with a photo or uploaded attachment of the work. Sometimes, assessment may just be to complete a Microsoft Form or to complete a quiz.
Your teachers would love to respond to all of your emails but that is not possible now. If you do not get a response, and you think you should have (i.e. you asked a question that needs a response), please resend the email with, ‘PLEASE RESPOND’ in the email subject line, this will act as a reminder in such busy times.
Teachers will select samples of work from those entered, to build exemplars of work against the set success criteria at differentiated levels (working towards age related expectations, working at expectations and working at greater depth) to reflect a normal classroom. The work selected will remain anonymous and will focus only on the good examples of meeting the success criteria. Pupils (and families) will then be given the opportunity to self-assess their work against the exemplars to judge how well they are doing and pick out some targets to work on in their next assessment piece.
Enjoy the new learning format.
Good morning everyone. Just two more days until the weekend!! Everyone should make a nice plan for the weekend - even if it only a small thing such as having a long bath or walking to West Worthing for a doughnut from the doughnut van. I am really looking forward to our Teams chat today at 11am and need to run through some guidance and rules which you will find below.
But first, Sam thinks he can top my jokes from last week with this corker....
What do you call Santa's brothers and sisters?
Teams meetings work really well if you download the app. The link tends to work better if you clock it in your calendar rather than clocking on the email link. The three photos below show you how to access the calendar. Make sure you are on your pupil account and that a parent is not logged in to the emails or the app.
1. Click on the nine white dots 2. Select Teams by clicking on it 3. Click on Calendar
- When your teacher invites you to a session it will appear in the relevant channel on Teams. Try to make sure that you are in a quiet, shared, comfortable environment, free from distractions for your session. Please avoid being in your bedrooms unless supervised by an adult.
- You are in "learning time" so should be fully dressed in sensible daytime clothes. No pyjamas or onesies.
- If you can’t make the “live” session, then try let us know before the session begins.
- Just like in the classroom, we ask you not to talk at the same time as the teacher. So, keep your microphone on mute unless you want to ask a question or say something in which case hold up your hand just like you would in school. When you have got permission to speak, say what you want to say, and then mute your microphone again. The microphone icon should be found on the top bar of the screen - just click on it to mute or unmute.
- Keep your camera on (if you can) because we would like to see your lovely faces and create a virtual classroom. Your friends are really missing you and are quite disappointed if they can't see you.
- You must not record or take photos of teachers or students during video conferencing sessions, and you must not share lessons publicly. Remember our online safety rules – no sharing of personal information.
- We must all follow these rules to keep you safe and to make sure things run smoothly. Just like in school, always remember the Chesswood Bright Sparks Code – show courtesy, care and kindness at all times.
Hi guys! Here's a great activity for the morning before you start work. Pick 5 exercises you like to do, for example: spotty dogs, star jumps, high knees, burpees (if you are that agile!) and running on the spot. Time yourself to do a minute of each. Can you do a second round? Finish by laying on the floor and notice how your breathing is gradually slowing back to normal pace. You could also place your hand on your chest to feel your breathing rate slow or find your pulse and feel it slow back to normal alongside your breathing. This should set you up for the day along with a shower, if you haven't had one already, and a nice cold glass of water to sip at your workspace.
Well done to Tiann, Cariad and Ghenmar who are sending their work on a daily basis. You guys will rock it at high school! For everyone else - don't worry, you will get in to the swing of things. Start by dropping us an email to say hello if you have not done so already. The next step after that is to photo your work - a quick phone snap will do and send your photos to us so we can see what a wonderful job you are doing. We know you are working at home but we miss seeing your work and hearing from you.
Great detail in your mind map Cariad Ghenmar's well structured nasty writing Tiann's fantastic guided reading
Good morning 6BP. How is everyone feeling this morning? I have decided to try a little bit of yoga this morning to help me relax and start the day well. Have you looked at the mindfulness and relaxation activities on the Daily Learning? They might help you to feel focused for the day ahead.
I'd like to start by saying well done to Cariad who sent in these excellent videos showing her DT skills. The Supersonic straw wasn't working the first time around so she tweaked the design to perfect it. This is a good example of how engineering gets involves testing and improvements until you get the results that you are looking for.
Here are some other pieces to celebrate today....
Great maths work Finn Perfect Pigeon Impossible Ghenmar Excellent arithmetic skills Tiann
Hello guys, Mrs Bourner here. A big well done to all of you that sent in work last week and were getting in to the swing of the home learning. I will be uploading a few pieces later today as I had technical issues on Friday so watch this space. Can I ask you to try and rotate any photos you send me on your phone before you upload them - it will make reading your work and sharing it so much easier for me.
Please take the time to carefully read through my message from Friday as it sets out our minimum expectations for the week. If you have any trouble with the work let us know and we will help guide you.
My additional task for the week is the same as last week as I have had NO photos sent to me! My task for you is to take a photo of your work space to share with others here - are you in the living room sharing the dining table or have you managed to find a comfy corner in your bedroom? I'll share mine later today - I have a few.
We're still standing! So it is only right that our song for the week is I'm Still Standing by music legend Elton John.
I'm Still Standing by Elton John
As promised I need to celebrate a few pieces of work to make up for lost time. If your work has not been shared here do not worry - we are really pleased with your efforts and you still get your house points from the Daily Learning sheet.
Great guided reading and Lockdown interview Courtney Well done Finn on your time capsule letter!
Great maths Leo Awesome sushi rolling skills Phoebe Interesting interview piece Tiann
Hello, Mrs Bourner and Mrs Peace here. You did it! You made it to Friday - well done! We have all being trying to find (and get used to) a new routine with our teaching and learning so it is really important that we get that perfected in the coming week, and for you to do that we need to set out come clear expectations for a minimum of work for you to complete. Mrs Peace and myself will discuss these with you when me meet later today for our Office Teams video chat.
Each day you need to do the following:
Maths, English and Guided Reading
On our daily learning we have included all the resources you need to help support you with your work. You MUST watch any tutorial videos for that lesson before you attempt the work. We have had some pieces of writing in that didn't cover what we had taught in the input and there were some maths errors cropping up that may not have occurred if the video had been watched. Time and care has been taken to make sure these videos are informative and show you how to use certain grammar and structures effectively. Between us, it is really all about Mrs Johnson and Mrs RW competing for highest video views on their journey to becoming the next YouTube sensation. All the resources are organised in to subjects beneath the plan for the day so you shouldn't have any trouble finding the videos, worksheets, planning documents or anything else before you begin. If you are unsure then pop us an email and we'll guide you through it. Use any worksheets to the best of your ability. If you cannot print then you can number the questions, copy headings, copy diagrams, copy key vocabulary and more to help you organise your work so that you can learn with ease. If you have a success criteria use it carefully to identify what you were confident using and what your next steps are. Send in pictures of each of these finished tasks - even if it is just a quick phone photo popped in an email with your name as the subject.
You should find time to read every day. Reading is a good way to unwind before falling asleep - better than tablets or screen time that have been proven to stimulate your brain. If using en e-book, you are better off finding a cosy spot to snuggle up and read in around lunch time or in the early afternoon.
Reading targets were really popular last term so why don't you try setting your own. You could email us just to tell us that you are on a certain page and you will be at a certain chapter by the end of the next week, or that you plan to complete your book and quiz by a certain date. If you prefer others to set you targets then try asking someone at home to help. You and a friend could even challenge one another and have a competition to see who meets their target first.
You could start a book club using the list of e-books we have recommended that are also on AR; everyone in your group will be able to read the book online for free.
Reading recommendations including e-books
You could all read the first few chapters and then have a video call to discuss what you have learnt, what you like about the characters and what you think will happen next.
Once you have completed those tasks each day there are lots of other wonderful activities for you to try from PSHE to Science. Everything you need can be found in the Daily Learning section of the website and you can access it easily from here by clicking on the following link:
Remember - you've got this!
We'll show those High Schools what Chesswood students are made of - Lockdown Shcmockdown!
Hello and welcome to Thursday - over half the week completed. Let's get in to a positive learning groove with some top jokes from the Mrs Bourner store of hilarity. If these don't have you LOL'ing on your bedroom floor then I sincerely apologise for my poor sense of humour. I'm making Thursday our joke day so please send in your amusing entries if you think you can do better - you probably can.
Why are frogs always so happy?
They eat whatever bugs them.
Why do ducks have tail feathers?
To cover their buttquacks
Did you hear the joke about the roof?
Never mind, it's over your head.
Now enough of that silliness - here are our shout outs for today. A big well done to Hazel for working on her time capsule and her maths. I like how Hazel uses notes in her maths to identify where she has drawn on previous learning and so show some of her strategies. Thank you to Leo for also sending in the work he has been up to - he has also offered to give me advice, should I need it, with minor repairs on my car. I'm going to hold you to that Leo! Tiann has sent in her reading work yesterday that she has taken great care of - well done Tiann! Thank you to everyone else that sent in work yesterday - we love seeing all of your efforts.
Good morning, Mrs Bourner here again. How are we all doing today? Drop us an email and check in to say hello and share all the wonderful work you have been doing. Whilst Mrs Peace has been busy in school, I have been working from home but am back in to teach on Thursdays. When I am at home I am replying to emails, planning, updating the class page and more. We are having to adjust in pur household too as I have had both Ida and Rufus with me and we have been working on Rufus' home learning too. His working space is in the kitchen to give him some space to hide away from his little sister and to avoid all the distractions in his bedroom and the living room. He likes it there though as he is closer to the snacks.
Thank you again to all those who have emailed and sent in work yesterday. Cariad gets another huge shout out today for becoming a reading Millionaire!! Excellent work Cariad. She has also sent in a presentation she made about the Anglo-Saxons which is really well presented and informative. Another piece sent in was from Courtney who has been hard at work on her long division method - lovely to see you working on these skills you have been building on this year.
Hi all! Mrs Peace here. I'm working in school at the moment and I'm often popping in to class where Miss Hook is teaching. We miss seeing all of your wonderful faces here but it is nice to be able to see the work you are sending in and how busy you have been. I am very impressed! My workspace is the same before but I am interested to see your working areas you have organised at home so do not forget to sent those photos in to myself and Mrs Bourner to share on our class page. Everything is pretty similar here with our timetable and lots of hand washing and social distancing. Are you using the home learning and have you planned a timetable for each day? It is really helpful to keep up a routine each day so that you know what to do and what to expect.
Today I'd like to say a big well done to Phoebe for keeping up the reading. She is finishing The One Dollar Horse and looking to complete a quiz on AR. You can't log in to AR by searching it on Google - you have to use the school link below.
Good luck with that quiz Phoebe!
Another shout out goes to Cariad for her time capsule writing. She included a comparison sheet so she could compare things like her favourite colour or favourite food. I like to see that Cariad is always trying hard to keep up this year 6 punctuation to keep her writing well structured and coherent.
Lastly, Ghenmar has been sending in some wonderful action shots of his cooking skills. That is a very organised cookery area you have there Ghenmar - possibly a chef in the making.
Keep up the good work everyone and if we have not had an email from you yet please drop myself and Mrs Bourner an email to say hello,
Good morning guys! What an unusual way to start a year but maybe this year will be a good one for some great new year resolutions. How about this year to plan to keep your room or workspace tidy and organised so that home learning is enjoyable. You could make a resolution to end each learning day with a mindfulness or meditation task to help take care of your mind so that you are calm and relaxed. Do you and family fall out on the best of days? Well make this the year where you make a resolution to be helpful without being asked and to avoid those bad habits that cause frustration at home. You could chat about the resolutions you plan to make and help each other to keep them. A great resolution that I recommend to everyone is to be kind to yourself - lockdowns are tricky to navigate so make sure you find time to relax; do something nice for yourself such as have a bath or play a video game; keep in contact with friends and family members through email, phone calls, video calls or even write them a letter by hand; listen to a great piece of music every morning that makes you feel good; and get a good nights sleep each night to help you reset for the next day.
A big well done to Leo, Hazel, Seb, Ghenmar, Cariad for sending in your wonderful work you have been doing- excellent effort getting into the swing of home learning so quickly. We will always get back to you to celebrate your efforts and we will share a few examples of work each day. If I haven't chosen your work it is only because I have been sent lots of wonderful pieces and can only pick a few to upload.
Cariad's suspension bridge Ghenmar's writing Hazel's maths
Leo's instructions Seb's writing
Each Monday I will set you an additional task for the week and also a link to a great tune to help you get up and go. My task for you this week is to take a photo of your work space to share with others here - are you in the living room sharing the dining table or have you managed to find a comfy corner in your bedroom?
And here is your get up and go tune to help you start each day right this week! To recognise 5 years since the passing of music legend David Bowie, I bring you Modern Love....
Have a great day - from Mrs Bourner
Sadly, due to the ongoing circumstances, we are unable to meet you all in person to say hello and celebrate the wonderful start the children have made. Because of this we have recorded a video with a little extra information on the topics we are going to cover, uniform, homework and more. It has been a fabulous start with all of the children showing a readiness to learn, participate and share a wonderful year together in 6BP.
Thank you for all your help supporting and encouraging them in these tricky times.
Hello and welcome to Year 6! We are looking forward to meeting you all and welcoming you to life at the top of Chesswood – it’s a great adventure! Myself and Mrs Peace are in our second year working together and we both cannot wait to start the year with you. You are going to achieve great things together!
Firstly, we would love to find out more about you, so we have some super home learning tasks for you to do. Have a look at our Year 6 PowerPoint presentation to find out more.
Once you have completed your postcard task, email them to your class teacher with any other work or information you would like us to know.
In Year 6, we are all keen readers and we love to share our book recommendations with each other. Check out our reading list to find out loads of brilliant books for you to lose yourself in. In our introductory video we have a few recommendations for the summer based on authors we have enjoyed reading. We would love it if you can read at least 2 books from the lists over summer. This is a great way to start the year feeling confident and earn yourself some extra house points too!
That’s all for now – we can’t wait to see you in September. Until then, stay safe, have a great summer, and we’ll see you soon.
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