Welcome to the class page for Monet and Johnstone Class.
Join us this term and see our exciting learning journey, along with other celebrations we take part in.
We have a lot to share and can't wait for you to be able to take a sneak peek into our final term at Round Diamond.
As part of our science learning, we have been looking at the effects of exercise on our bodies. We created our own investigations to measure the impact on our heart rates, considering our own variables.
After the initial planning, we carried out our investigations and recorded results. Our results were then presented in a graph to be able to draw conclusions and prove or disprove our predictions.
English Learning - W/b 7th November.
Both Monet and Johnstone chose Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian as their Take one book text.
Monet group were so interested and inspired in their learning from the book that they requested an extension of the learning and have applied the text to produce wonderful written outcomes.
Here they are applying their comprehension skills in a reading lesson.
It has been wonderful to see the children so motivated by their learning, so much so that a number of the class have bought their own copies of the book!
Week beginning 16th October 2017
This has been a busy week! Following our latest assessment tasks, we have identified our next steps to make us more independent and successful learners.
We used our PSHE lessons to discuss our challenges and included a lot of peer talk to help find solutions and support each other. We have created personal mantras to help ourselves and others.
We have also taken time to celebrate the successes we have had in our first term in Year 6. Our teachers all agree we have worked very hard and taken on the challenges that come with being the oldest in the school.
We are working well on the presentation of our learning and you can see the outcomes on the perfectly presented wall.
RDS Values Afternoon - 12th October 2017
Year 6 joined with Year 3 to take part in our Values Afternoon.
Monet joined with Turner while Johnstone joined Constable. It was a lovely opportunity to work with other members of the school community and share different ideas.
“I love learning with the younger classes, it makes me feel responsible for helping them”
“It’s been a great afternoon with lots of ideas and a fun activity. Some of us worked independently by ourselves and others joined in partners to show how we show our value”
We look forward to the next afternoon.
Parent Open Afternoon 11/10/2017
In Year 6, we invited our parents and carers to share our experiences of PGL. We thoroughly enjoyed retelling our favourite moments and memories from the trip. Thank you to the parents for joining us and also a big thank you to the staff who helped make the trip so enjoyable for us all.
Wednesday afternoon was spent at Bowes Lyon with Crucial Crew. The aim of the day was to further the children's knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe in a variety of situations. The children had the opportunity to learn more about the potential fire hazards at home, how to act safe around railway lines and roads and how to be safe around dogs. We even had a visit from Tigger the dog who taught us how to be kind towards animals.
It it was a fantastic day out, where the children continued to look represent Round Diamond in an exemplary way.
Week beginning 4th September 2017
Wow...what a busy first week back!
Both Monet and Johnstone began the week superbly and showed great examples of the school values as soon as they came in to their new classrooms.
The first week back saw us in our home classes for Monday and Tuesday, followed by maths and English setting commencing on Wednesday. A lot of learning has already taken place including, science, RE, humanities and French, as well as maths and English tasks.
Despite the busy start, the children have shown real maturity and high levels of effort across their learning and shared some of their thoughts to their first week:
'There is a lot to do and we need to be independent learners to achieve this, but we are up to the challenge!'
'I can't wait for PGL and until then I'm going to work really hard to meet my targets and complete all my learning'
' I want to set a good example and know I can this can be a year where I am RESPONSIBLE, DETERMINED and SUCCESSFUL!'
We look forward to displaying our first set of learning outcomes next week.
Welcome to Year 6!
We hope you have had an enjoyable summer break and are ready to come back for some exciting learning in Year 6.
The teachers have already been hard at work planning your learning for this year and look forward to sharing it more with you when we see you next week. We are looking forward to taking you on your journey this year.
Year Six Team
Miss Victoria Bacon (Monet)
Miss Rohan Dhillon (Johnstone)
Mr Richard Pallant (Holbein)
Mr Archie Taylor
Mrs Rachel Herbert
During the first half term our topic is ‘The great, the bold and the brave.’ We will be exploring and developing our learning about events that contributed to World War II and the impact this had on the UK and other countries. We will be using a number of resources to help compare the different viewpoints regarding the war. As part of this topic, we will be displaying our learning in a range of forms, such as: art, drama, with close links to our English learning. If you have any resources that could be linked to our topic it would be lovely if you are able to bring these in to share.
Our PE day is on a Friday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit, including jogging bottoms and a jumper, as well as appropriate trainers at school every day.
Wednesday, 12th September – 3:45 – 4:30 pm
Home Learning Support
Come into school and find out how you can support and extend your child’s learning at home. Practical help will be available for Bug Club and My Maths.
Wednesday 13th September 9:30am -12:00pm
Children will be taken to Bowes Lyon Centre to learn from local emergency services about safety. This is a local trip and organised within the school day.
Monday 25th September - Friday 29th September 2017
PGL - Caythorpe Court
Wednesday 11th October 2017 - 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Open Afternoon sharing session about our PGL trip.
Thursday, 12th October – 9:30 – 10:15 am
Harvest Festival – Come and join us to celebrate the traditional festival of harvest.
Monday 16th October - 3:50pm -6:00pm
Parent Consultation Meeting
Class teachers only
Wednesday 18th October - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Parent Consultation Meeting
Class teachers only
Today, Year 5 and 6 took part in different activities to celebrate diversity. Children learnt how to say 'Hello' in 32 different languages, they were taught Bollywood dancing by a professional dance coach and designed and drew beautiful mandalas on the playground. Children really enjoyed themselves and certainly learnt a lot.
Oliver Rehearsal Tracks
We are very thankful to Mr Meek for playing for us at our production. He has begun to record some rehearsal tracks for us.
Below are the links for 3 of the tracks for you to rehearse at home.
Food Glorious Food - https://youtu.be/zjKNRivjwiU
We are united with others.
The children have been very aware of the events that have taken place this week and independently decided that they wanted some time to reflect and respond in their own way. We are so proud of their maturity and the kind words that they have shared.
Take a look at a few poignant quotes.
'My hope is that we unite and nothing stands in our way.' - Miska
' I want for us to show friendship and love. We must be tolerant and unite together' - Jacob
'We stand strong now as we always will' - Lauren
'We need to show courage and stay strong' - Abbey
'We hope for peace and that we are a team' - Harry
'Anyone and everyone can support each other' - Francesca
Year 6 have been working extremely hard this week, despite SATs being over.
They have come back more focused than ever on showing their amazing writing skills.
So far this week, we have looked at:
- instructional writing
The children have been using all their learning to wow us with uplevelled vocabulary and amazing, imaginative pieces.
We will share some of these finished pieces as soon as possible.
SATs are now over!!
We are extremely proud of the children and their attitude towards their SATs this week. They have persevered and done their best and we couldn't have asked for more. Well done.
Miss Bacon, Miss Dhillon and Mr Pallant.
SATs 2017 Timetable
The timetable for this year's Y6 assessments are shown below.
Monday 8th May
English - Reading Test
Tuesday 9th May
English – Grammar and Punctuation
English - Spelling test
Wednesday 10th May
Mathematics – Written Arithmetic
Mathematics – Reasoning Paper 1
Thursday 11th May
Mathematics – Reasoning Paper 2
Year 6 children were fortunate enough to have a visit from Mr Munilall during their Computing lesson this week. Mr Munilall was able to introduce and explain the SCRATCH programme and able to help the children with their understanding of the stages when they are coding.
Next lesson we are going to use what we have learnt and begin to explore and create our own programmes.
Some feedback from the children included:
"It was nice to have somebody that works with computers and uses the technical terms to challenge us"
"It made me understand it more and I am excited for my next lesson - but it will be challenging"
Monet English Group explored a different type of text by Roald Dahl text to develop our language and exposure to different genres.
We began our Phase 1 learning today and explored the characters and settings.
Wishing you all a
The Year 6 Team
We look forward to welcoming you back after a restful holiday.
St Nicholas Church Visit
Monet Class took the opportunity to visit St Nicolas'Church this afternoon (28.3.17) to further their learning about the Easter story.
The children were invited to listen to different accounts of the story from different figures from that time. Activities included planting their own seed,washing their feet and identifying the meaning of Easter for Christians.
Both children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the experience and found it extremely rewarding. Everyone represented the school superbly and it was clear that the learning that took place will help them with future RE lessons.
Our theme is THE FARM and we will be covering as many subjects relating it to different aspects of the farming world.
Look out for some of the pictures and updates as we explore and learn!
On Monday Year 6 took part in a fantastic discussion about the use of Social Media such as Whatsapp, Facebook and Snapchat. We watched a short clip about the impact unkind words can have on us as young children. Our focus for our PSHE lesson was 'kind words' and how we can use our words to make those around us feel wanted and happy. Using the analogy of a crumpled piece of paper, we discussed how words often stay with us. We discussed a range of strategies to use if we experience unkindness online; turning the tide of the conversation, reporting it to an adult, removing ourselves from a group. Below are some of the Pupil Voice collected after our discussion.
Monet English group were visited by Mrs Phillips today to talk about her career and life. The children decided that they wanted to created an authorised biography of our headteacher to showcase our writing skills.
We very much enjoyed finding out more about her career, her childhood, her love of chocolate and what she likes to do in her spare time (when she has some away from the school.)
We would like to thank Mrs Phillips for taking time to speak to us and hope to make her proud with our pieces of learning.
Monet win the attendance cup!!
Unexpected but celebrated all the same!!!
Year 6 SATs Parents' Information
HAPPY HALF TERM!!!
Monday to Wednesday of this week, we are sitting some practice SATs tests. This will allow us to be able to see our progress and apply our learning to the papers. We use these to inform our next steps in our learning and they prove useful in boosting our confidence in our ability.
We also have Parent Consultation Evenings on Monday and Wednesday!
On Tuesday afternoon, we are taking part in the House Afternoon where we are splitting into our houses to enjoy "50 things to do before you are 11 and 3/4" - we are looking forward to trying some new activities and supporting younger members of our houses.
The end of the week will bring excitement. Friday afternoon we will be having a values afternoon followed by a performance from X-Factor's ALIEN UNDERCOVER. We can't wait!
We will keep you posted with updates and photos (if we are not off working to hard or having too much fun)
SATS Revision Folders
All children have been given their own revision folders. These contain short revision activities for the children to complete. These are provided following requests from both parents and children to familiarise themselves with the organisation and style of questions.
These are short tasks that will take approximately ten minutes each.
We look forward to welcoming all parents to the Year 6 SATs Meeting on Wednesday 22nd February at 3:45pm.
Monday 30th - Friday 3rd February 2017
We began the week looking at furthering our persuasive learning. We have developed it into looking at debates; their purpose and creating our own. We have looked at different aspects of debating and discussion, linking this to our British Values and PSHE.
We have split into groups and formed our own teams to debate issues.
This week in English, we have been preparing to write the opening to our stories. Using elements of our setting and character descriptions, we built up a bank of our 'perfect' story starters. Today we held a class Gallery. This gave us the opportunity to read over learning from peers we don't normally sit next to. It also allowed us to magpie elements of other's learning - a fantastic compliment to the author!
We have been learning about averages within our Maths learning. Using a poem to help us, we have been calculating the mean, median, mode and range:
Hey Diddle Diddle,
The median's in the middle,
You add and divide for the mean,
The mode's the one you see the most
And the range is the difference between.
Compiling all of the week's learning, today we set about constructing bar graphs, pie charts and calculating the averages of our results.
23rd - 27th January 2017
Well...another busy week in Year 6. We have continued our Maths and English learning and look forward to sharing some of the outcomes of our perfectly presented hot tasks next week. We are continuing to challenge ourselves and see our progress and look forward to our parents seeing this as well at parents' evening.
This week our blog focus is on our RE learning. We have been looking at Buddhist worship and beliefs, including symbols that represent the faith.
Johnstone Class attempted to understand the role of meditation and how this can help focus our minds on a task. Some of us found this useful and it led to a in-depth discussion on its effectiveness for each individual.
Monet have looked at the Eight-fold Path and the lessons that it teaches Buddhist to learn from.
9th January 2017- 13th January 2017
Our first week back saw us get straight back into the swing of things.
We were introduced to our new topics and units of learning. We are excited to expand our learning and apply our skills to learn new and exciting information.
In Science we are looking at ELECTRICITY. We are going to be exploring the uses of electricity, its purpose and experimenting with making our own electrical circuits.
In Religious Education, we are learning about BUDDHISM. We will be looking at the origin of the faith and how it is demonstrated around the world by followers.
In our topic learning, our theme is 'MAKING THE NEWS'. We will exploring the development of different types of media and how we use them today. We will be linking it into our English and maths learning
This week we have brought together all our ideas in our knowledge harvest and are ready to go!
Happy New Year!
Welcome Back to School and the Spring Term.
Lots of exciting learning is planned and the children and staff are equally enthusiastic about the new term.
Please remember PE remains on a Friday, however children are expected to have their kits in school all week.
We are nearing the end of our first term in Year 6.
We have been looking at HONESTY for our Christmas celebration piece.
So we thought we would share our honest thoughts about our first term and what it is like being at the top of the school!
"Being in Year 6, you need to show others how to follow the rules and make the right decisions. I love my teachers
Miss Bacon and Miss Dhillon. My favourite lesson is maths because we make it cross curricular. We did some Pokemon Maths and that made everyone excited and happy!
"I really like my learning. The best bit is I get to try new challenges. My favourite subject is PE and then maths.
I like being the oldest in the school."
Alfie - Monet
“The lessons in Year 6 and the teachers help. It can be tough being the oldest in the school. There are a lot of expectations and we work really hard to achieve our targets. Our SATs practice weeks help us prepare and our teachers work with us to fill any gaps and build our confidence.
Next term, I am looking forward to seeing my progress"
Rahman - Johnstone
"I like the lessons and the teachers because they make learning fun and we learn a lot. I haven't been here since the beginning of term, but I feel part of Year 6.
My favourite lessons are Maths and PE and I have achieved well in my SATs practice tests."
Harry - Johnstone
Cross Curricular Learning.
This week we are making cross-curricular links across our learning. We are applying all our knowledge from all our different subjects and then using these to challenge ourselves and find out more!
Here's a few things we are covering this week:
Sikh Creation Stories (RE)
The history of penicillin (Science)
Medieval Life (History)
Roman numerals (Maths)
We look forward to sharing our new cross-curricular learning with you by the end of the week!
SATS Practice Week : 5th December - 9th December
Year 6 will be having their SATs Practice Week next week. This is for the children to celebrate their progress and to be comfortable with the routines of the statutory assessments that take place in May.
Everyone of the children have worked so hard this term and shown such perseverance (even when they have found it really challenging) and we are sure they will be proud of their efforts after next week.
It will help us to identify the next step of the learning journey.
Monet and Johnstone welcome the parents to our open afternoon this half term. We decided to bring an active session to those who were visiting and were brave enough to include clay and paint. We made Dig For Victory gardens and some silhouettes of the London skyline during the war.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and sharing our WWII learning with our parents.
Take a look below at a few photos...
19th September - 23rd September
Year 6 spent the week at Caythorpe Court on their residential trip. The trip was the first time away from home for a number of children, but everyone got fully stuck in to enjoy 5 days of activities including kayaking, abseiling, rifle shooting, archery and high ropes.
Take a look at Round Diamond's Facebook page to see the photos of the trip.
You will definitely see a lot of smiling faces!
We haven't wasted any time and have got straight back into the swing of things.
First up was discussing the expectations for Year 6. The children looked through their timetables and topics. Monet Class even got into their first learning tasks before 10am!
The children have all come in superbly and ready to learn.
Keep it up!
Monet Class preparing their science books Johnstone Class taking in lots of information.
Welcome back Year 6!
We hope you are as excited for the new term as we are. We look forward to seeing you all and achieving great successes thus year.
Soon this blog will be filling up with all your exciting learning.
Miss Bacon, Miss Dhillon & Mr Pallant
TAKE ONE BOOK in HOLBEIN CLASS
The children in Holbein Class have been using Take One Book learning to create news reports. Our book of choice was 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' by Oliver Jeffers. It's about a young boy, who discovers that if he eats books, he becomes intelligent! However, the more books he eats, the more muddled and confused he becomes! We have used this storyline to write poems, blogs, letters and news paper reports, as well as present news stories - which you can now watch! .
Year 6 have been working hard creating art learning for their upcoming production. They have been designing programme covers, backing images and posters.
Children from Year 6 were chosen to take part in the science moderation issued by the government. 10 children were selected at random and completed different papers which ranged from 18 minutes to 25mins for each paper.
The outcome of the moderation is to look at the structure of the papers (layout, coverage) and to see how successful they are when presented to the children. The scores are not collected or fed back as English or Maths SATs are.
To ensure fairness, the rest of year 6 also completed a science exemplification assessment at the same time.
Dragon Boat Festival
Well done to all the Year 6 children who participated with the Dragon Boat event at Fairlands Lake.
Both teams showed great determination and perseverance when racing.
Congratulations to Team 1 who came first, beating the reigning champions and recording a personal best time!
Team 1 Team 2
Well done Monet
Another success in the attendance cup.
A message for the Year 6...
Each one of you has shone this week
Your learning you've applied,
Clear determination to succeed was shown
And we're filled with such immense pride.
From morning breakfast with lots of toast,
to waiting for the end of the day.
Your smiles and energy have been the key
In the journey to our celebratory Friday.
Congratulations in what you've achieved,
as pupils you're supreme.
Let's look back and know we've done our best
What an amazing year 6 team!!!
A note from the teachers...
We are very proud of the effort and perseverance that the Year 6 children are showing. They are continuing to challenge themselves and secure their understanding across their lessons. They are displaying our values superbly!
Miss Bacon, Mr Pallant & Mrs Kennedy-Weeks
Congratulations to Monet Class who are currently tied in first position with Cliff Class for attendance since September with a respectable 96.8%.
Johnstone are currently 7th with 96.2%
Let's keep this up Year 6! Attendance ensures you can achieve your very best in your learning.
Dear pupils at Round Diamond Primary School.
I have just opened an envelope which contains some letters from you. How very kind of you to take the time to write to me!
Mrs Hinchliffe and I really enjoyed working with you and your teachers. We saw some amazing things at your lovely school. The most important thing to me was how ready to learn you all were and this means that you are making really good progress.
I know that you will all support your teachers to make sure that the little things we suggested as next steps when we visited will soon be part of what you do as a matter of course.
Thank you again for your letters, which I will cherish.
Good luck for the future.
With best wishes
Senior adviser, PQSI