Home Learning

As we draw near to the end of our World War One topic, year 6 created some brilliant projects at home. We had a range of types of work, such as:

  • Models.
  • Diaries.
  • Letters.
  • Quizzes.
  • Biographies.
  • Art work.
  • Fact Files.

I am surprised (in a good way) at the amount of effort so many of you put in! Well done to everyone.

Below are many images of some of the great work – sadly couldn’t get all of them on!

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Key Skills 21.11.14


Last week we set key skills that was researching our chosen person (celebrity, friend or member of family for example).

Some people completed it extremely quickly with not a lot of information. This weekend, you need to look at adding extra information that will aid your writing of the biographies next week.

We came up with some questions to guide our research:

What was their inspiration for taking up their job, if there was one?

Did they always want to do their job?

Who inspired them before they became famous?

What is/was their family like?

How old were they when they had their first job?

Are they a nice person?

Do they have a nickname?

What was his/her childhood like?

Where was he/she born?

These questions don’t all need to be answered – they are more just to focus your research if you are stuck with specific things to look for.

We have been looking at rounding a lot over the last two days in maths. Therefore, you each had a sheet that combined both rounding numbers and also some written addition calculations.


DVD £13.89 
Single CD £11.98 
Double CD £14.32 
T-shirt £18.99 
Poster £3.18 
MP3 Player £38.47 


Part 1
By rounding each price to the nearest pound (£) work estimate the cost of:
1) 1 DVD and 1 Single CD2) 2 Posters and 1 T-shirt

3) 3 Double CDs and an MP3 player.

4) 1 Single CD and 2 Double CDs

5) 1 Poster, 1 MP3 Player and 1 T-shirt

6) 3 DVDs

7) 5 T-shirts and an MP3 Player

8) 1 Poster, 1 MP3 Player and 2 T-shirts

9) 2 MP3 players

10) 1 Double CD,  1 Single CD and 2 DVDs.

Part 2
Using written methods, calculate the actual answers to all of part 1.
Part 3
Colin has a £20 note; list all the possible combinations of things that he could buy.  E.g 1 DVD and 1 Poster


Tag Rugby Success!

This afternoon/evening we had a tag rugby tournament at The Duston School. 15 schools played and it began with the group-stages.

In our group we had: Lyncrest, Millway and Rectory Farm.

Millway, the first game. Last year Millway beat us in the final of the same event, so we knew how good they were! We fought well and went on to win in the end. A very difficult start.

Rectory Farm, the second game. After watching Rectory Farm fall to Lyncrest, we felt a bit more confident. We scored a few early tries and went on to win 7-3.

Lyncrest, our final game. Coming into this match we knew that if we won, or even drew, we were through to the semi-finals (Millway beat Lyncrest!). We had our eyes set on victory! After a grueling ten minutes, we were relieved to hear the final whistle. 4-4 draw. A very well deserved draw. The work effort from every single member of the team from the start to the end was sensational.

Onto the semi-finals… 

As we sat in our rows receiving information on who was through, Kings Heath whispered to us that they hadn’t yet conceded a try! Our team gulped. Just our luck, the organisers announced we were to play Kings Heath.

We could see why they hadn’t yet conceded a try, a very well organised team with some brilliant rugby players. We battled back and forth, errors crept in from both sides and we did well to stay in the game. The final whistle blew. Once again, a 4-4 draw. The referee announced that we would have a final two minutes to play to decide who would be through to the final. The crowd was shaking… Mr Prosser nearly fainted! We battled on and on. A try! We played a final minute whilst 5-4 ahead, and then the whistle went; we were through to the final.

The final…

We faced All Saints in the final – a team we had no clue about. We went 1-0 down within the first minute and it looked bleak from the sidelines. The children didn’t feel like this and they attacked back at the opposition. Try after try. We battled on, runs from every player in the team, tags from every player in the team. Ensuring that we went on to win! The game ended… 5-3? 6-3? 5-4? It doesn’t matter… We were crowned winners!

A big thank you to the all of the parents that came on and supported our team – once again, definitely the most supported team there!

An even bigger thank you to the twelve superstars that played their hearts out today. Every single person contributed massively. At least half of you scored a try, all of you tagged someone, you all supported each other, you played as a team, You gave up an evening and you are no doubt very tired now.

The team:

  • Michael Richey – Mr Sportsmanship. Confessed to the referee when he made an error, fantastic moment… Referee hadn’t even noticed!
  • Parris Levy – getting that interception in our semi-final, ensured we didn’t lose! Without that interception, who knows what would have happened.
  • Tyla Pritchard – great vocals from Tyla… At times controversial, the poor referees.. but great running and tagging when needed! Always looking to take the team forward.
  • Dzesmina Vizgaudyte – running like a steam-train (a quick one), lots of vital runs gaining us many metres. You wouldn’t want Dzesmina running at you!
  • Julia Januszewska – enthusing the team forward, pushing forward constantly, a newcomer to the game… Looks like she’s been tag-rugbying for years!
  • George Beezhold – superb running from George. Pulled up to the team with small experience, brilliant.
  • George Kennedy – running like a gazelle, hopping between players. How many players did you make look silly?
  • Thomas Curry – the miniature rhino, powering forward, ducking, diving… Scoring literally when he wanted.
  • William Wright – diving everywhere, putting his body on the line to ensure his team got that tag!
  • William Pickering – most confident player at the tournament, running, tagging and leading with great tenacity.
  • Archie Chorlton – analysing his defending when needed, talking to his team-mates and looking for that pass!
  • Kasey Wright (C) – brilliant ability to read the game. Always in the space, always looking to gain an advantage. Leading the team with extreme confidence. Captain by name, captain by nature!

The main reason we won: we were a team. We didn’t rely on one person; we all put in the effort required (and more).

You’ve made your school and your parents very proud.

A very big thank you to all of you for that massive amount of effort.



The team before the tournament!

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Players – what was your favourite moment of the tournament? Who did you think played well?

Parents – who stood out for you? Why? 


Mr Prosser and Miss Bland. 

Children in Need/End of the Week

A great afternoon to end a brilliant week! So many adjectives about this week, but it really has been a fantastic week. 

This week we have used so many different skills, pushed ourselves to the limit, performed, explained, learnt and done it all with a fantastic smile! As we said in class, most of us definitely need a well deserved rest this weekend.

Everybody in Mandela class made some sort of effort today – were we the only class of full dressed-up children? Possibly. Well done for:

  • All of the challenges you have done.
  • Dressing up so well.
  • Great involvement with the afternoon.

Also, a big thank you to the Year 5 team for running Children in Need today – in total we raised roughly £1200 – sensational! Official amount to be confirmed. 

The class looking great in all of their costumes! Again, great effort by all.

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Our three Supermen looking great! Top poses also.

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Have a fabulous weekend!

Key Skills 14/11/14

The end of a fabulous week!


Remember to work backwards through the questions and turn the operations into their inverse partners!!

  1. I think of a number. I multiply it by 2 and my answer is 24.  What was my number?
  2. I think of a number. I add 16 and my answer is 36.  What was my number?
  3. I think of a number. I subtract 25 and add 2.  My answer is 27, what was my number?
  4. I think of a number. I add 15 and then multiply by 2.  My answer is 32, what was my number?
  5. I think of a number. I divide by 2, add 98 and my answer is 100.  What was my number?

Now write your own “I think of a number” word problem.


You have two weeks to find information, in note form, on a person of your choice to write a biography for.  It could be family member, friend or celebrity. As discussed in the classroom, it must be a real person. Start collecting information- what might you need to know?

We will be using this information in the classroom to write our biographies (on your chosen person), if you haven’t collected enough (important) information you won’t be able to write it!


Castle Theater Dancing

Twenty-two children from our wonderful year 6 did Simon de Senlis Primary School proud yesterday. They took part in a performing arts evening with 7 other groups from across the county. We all saw the dance during our fantastic Remembrance Day assembly; however, when on stage, with lights and emphasised music, the dance was brilliant!

All children put in their all, to an “effort-level of 20”. This was obvious through every:

  • Shooting of a gun (Selin cracked it in the end…).
  • Roll.
  • Step.
  • Facial expression.
  • Dropping of a poppy.
  • Picking up of a wounded soldier.
  • Bow.
  • Single movement.

The list of adjectives to describe this evening could go on and on.

On top of the dance being amazing, the children should be especially proud of themselves for the effort they put in. After several rehearsals on stage, with lighting introduced, small amendments and spacial differences, the children still wore a smile. As we went into our studio, after at least five run-throughs, Mrs Evans asked, “One more time?”.

The children responded with an uproar, “Yes!” and went on to acknowledge that they were still enjoying it. Still determined to perfect something already so great.

This process of evaluating was great to witness… A skill that all the children will no doubt retain and use across their lives!

Well done again to all of you involved!



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