6NC 2018 - 2019
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Hi I'm Mrs Casey and I am currently teaching Year 6. This is my seventh year working at Offley and my eleventh year in teaching. While I enjoy teaching all subjects, my passion lies in English. I am the English Leader for Key Stage 2 and also an Assistant Headteacher. This year, I am also taking on the role of Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader, looking at how we can make children and staff aware of their own mental health and strategies to improve it.
I have been married for four years now and my little boy, Noah, was born in January 2016. Growing up, my hobby was dancing which I did for 22 years. I enjoyed taking part in a number of shows at Crewe Lyceum Theatre and I was even lucky enough to perform at the Magic Kingdom in Florida on two occasions. I enjoy trips to the theatre, reading, keeping fit and spending time with my friends and family. My personal target this year is to complete a half marathon - wish me luck!
This term, our big question is 'Is War Necessary?'. Through this, we are studying World War 1: why it started; what it was like; how it impacted upon Britain; how it changed our lives today. Throughout the term, we will be taking part in a number of remembrance activities to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1. We will be studying the text 'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo to begin with, before moving on to 'The Best Christmas Present in the World', also by Michael Morpurgo. Both texts offer a different perspective on WW1 and the children will explore these during their English lessons to broaden their understanding of war. Our topic will incorporate different areas of the curriculum before culminating in the children answering the big question through a presentation to the rest of the class.
- PE is taught on a Monday afternoon; however, the children will need to keep their PE kit in school as occasionally the timetable can change.
- The children can bring themselves in to school from 8:50am. They should enter via the external classroom door.
- Every other Thursday, the children will be taught by Mrs Furlong.
- On a Friday, the children will be taught by Mrs Edwards and Mrs McLoughlin.
Week ending: 21.09.18
It has been another great week in 6NC. Our week began with a World War 1 workshop called ‘Letters of War’ where two professionals joined us and took the children through drama activities to help them to empathise with what life would have been like during the war. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the war through drama and they were then able to write a letter in role as the character they had portrayed in their drama work.
In English, the children have been researching insects and organising their research into paragraphs. This then helped them when writing their innovation text. This is where the children use the structure they have learnt, changing only a few details.
In Maths, the children have secured their knowledge of place value through completing various challenges related to rounding numbers. Throughout the week, they have been rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1 000, 10 000, 100 000 and 1 000 000. The children have a homework sheet to review this work which is due in next Friday (28th). Towards the end of the week, they started to learn about the order of operations within calculations using BODMAS (Brackets, Other, Division/Multiplication and Addition/Subtraction).
In Science, the children have continued with their studies of the circulatory system, this week focussing on blood. The children used sweets, syrup and smarties to create a representation of blood and its components. This helped them to see the proportions of each component and also generated discussion about what each part was for.
In PE this week, the children just focussed on Hockey, developing their passing and shooting skills before then applying this to a game situation.
The children have spellings to learn this week – the whole class pattern is -ible and -ibly. The children who are in Mrs Waters’ spelling group are also learning the -sure pattern in their sessions so they will be tested on a mixture of both patterns.
Each Friday, Year 6 children will be allowed to bring in a text of their choice for reading. This can be a book, magazine, newspaper etc. They must be ready to explain why they have chosen their text and what they like about it.
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