Good First Week Back!

A very successful week back at Simon de Senlis following half term.

Each child received books for revision; they were very excited to receive them! Most children have already got into them completing many exercises – I am very impressed.

For your key skills this week, I want you to get into these books and practise some different skills and develop your understanding around areas that you want to – this is your responsibility. Recording this is tricky so I would like you to bring them in and show me what you have completed at one point before Wednesday. By all means, record these in your reading records but I still want to see some reading of non-fiction or fiction texts taking place and recorded.

Next week during every lunch the Sandpit will be open to Year Six children to use for their revision. You can organise this with your friends but it will be used wisely and responsibly.

This Monday (29th), Dave, the Rainforest Man, is coming in! It should be a very exciting day and we should learn a lot about the rainforest.

We have discussed a few times the timetable for the next seven weeks of learning; I have emailed this to all individuals in Year Six. It may change as we go along but we will discuss this with you. This gives you an idea of what content is coming up. Please be aware that the maths column is for Miss Coade and Mr Prosser’s maths groups.


Thank you Year Six for yet another good week at Simon de Senlis!

Mr Prosser


End of Half Term

Another end to a fabulous half term!

Year Six have been working their socks off and I know they will continue in similar fashion.

Key Skills:


Mr Prosser’s Maths group received three pages, six sections; we did discussed that I expect you to choose three of these sections as a minimum and complete them in your key skills book. Where you made errors, or feel that you could improve, it would be great for you to practise that skill or gain a deeper understanding around the topic. I would love to see some practising/revision outside of what I set you!

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar:

Everyone received their grammar paper, which we had gone through, and a copy of the government published SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) syllabus. A very interesting read! It explains all that Year Six will be tested on in the May tests.


I want all of you to read chapter 4 of Journey to the River Sea. Upon completion, I want you to explain the three main events of the chapter and why you have chosen them (in your key skills book). This will provide us with some fascinating discussion on the first week back!

Further reading: all of you received a text with some questions alongside it; we discussed in class that it would be good to remove the questions (unstaple it) and lay it directly next to the text so that you can match them up as you go through it. Similar to how we have done with the reading comprehension tests.


In class we also discussed how we can benefit our learning over the half term and generally whilst a home, it will be very interesting to hear the different things we have been doing! Here’s another link to the OneNote revision site. 

All key skills aforementioned has been emailed to the Year Six students as well in the event of misplacement. 


Have a fantastic half term and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday the 22nd of February!

For your information, PE is going to be outdoor on both Wednesday and Friday afternoon; therefore, you won’t need your PE kit in school until Wednesday!

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Key Skills for this week!


Two things this week:

  1. Encourage your parents to use the blog – commenting on the National Story Week about their favourite childhood book. Isaiah explained that rather than parents commenting themselves, you could interview them around the book and then write on their behalf, eg/ “my dad’s favourite book…”
  2. You need to read chapter 3 of The Journey to the River Sea. Following this, I want you (using the post-it notes I gave you) to summarise chapter 3 on one post-it note and then summarise the book so far on the other. This is just a summary! Don’t write too much. Post this post-it note inside your book.


Mr Prosser’s maths class each received a protractor and a sheet containing five shapes that need to be drawn accurately using the protractor and the ruler. Either to be completed directly in the key skills book or on a blank sheet that will be stuck in. Presentation may be better on a blank piece of paper!


Have a fantastic weekend and well done on a good week in Year Six! 

Mr prosser.

National Storytelling Week

This week is National Storytelling Week and we would like to know what your favourite story is and why? Ask your parents what their favourite childhood book is and get them to post a comment about it too.

Mr Prosser’s favourite childhood book (series) is A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Although as a child I was engrossed in Harry Potter, and for each release (after the third) I queued at 6am on the release days, this series of thirteen books had me hooked from day one. I loved how the author didn’t just tell a story; he created fantastic characters that portrayed their personalities at the perfect moments; he had pages of humour – places other authors dare not go. The way things would be repeated or a page would just be black print. Furthermore, the character of Count Olaf (played by Jim Carrey in the film adaptation) was one who re-appeared throughout the books; you knew it was him, as did the children, but the surrounding adults were unaware – kind of like a pantomime. As there are thirteen books, it is hard to choose a specific book as my favourite – particular mentions go out to number 2 – The Reptile Room and number 8 – The Hostile Hospital.

Only at this point, several years after reading them, have I only noticed that each book of the series is written using alliteration… Interesting.


Mrs Chisholm’s favourite childhood book is Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. This is a story about three children who live by an enchanted wood and in the wood is the Faraway Tree – a huge tree inhabited by fairy-folk and its topmost branches lead to ever changing magical lands above the swirling clouds. Lands like the Land of Spells and the crazy Land of Topsy Turvy. My favourite character is Moon-Face because he has a slide in the middle of his house which lets you slide rapidly down to the bottom of the tree. I loved reading about each land, never knowing where they would go next and meeting exciting, unusual characters. Reading these adventures was like dreaming while you were awake.

Mrs Carter’s favourite book is one that she read to her own children and grandchildren. It’s title is ‘Little Beaver and the Echo’ by Amy MacDonald and there are some wonderful illustrations by Sarah Fox- Davies.

The story is about a little  beaver who is feeling very lonely as he has no brothers, sisters or friends.  One day he is crying at the edge of the pond and he hears someone else crying from across the pond. He says to himself ‘Who can that be crying. They sound so lonely and need a friend.’  So he gets in his boat to find out who it could be. Little Beaver does not find out who is crying, but on his travels he meets up with  a duck, an otter and a turtle he asked them if they new who was crying on the edge of the pond as they sound so alone and need a friend like Little Beaver does.They do not know who is crying but all say that they will be Little Beavers friend. At the end  of the story he shouts “Hooray! I have Lots of friends now.” and a voice from across the pond replies “Hooray! I have lots of friends now.”

There are a few exciting books coming out this year, have a look at the link. Good Reads 2016

Thasnim’s evidence of her reading…


TI reading