RIDGEWAY Primary School

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Year 6 - The Digital Dynamos


Mr Thornton - tthornton@ridgeway.derbyshire.sch.uk n>

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Happy New Year to all, let's hope this is the one where we all get to do what we want within reason - eventually.  

Thank you to all the Dynamos who conscientiously completed their home learning over the holidays, not always easy getting back on the horse, so good for you guys.

This half term we will be studying Trade Around the World in our Geography topic: busiest seaports, airports and largest cities; where our food and goods come from around the planet; research into a developing African country - linked to Afcon, such as: GDP, GDI, government, wealth factors such as health, education, happiness index, etc; and Fairtrade.

English will begin with a Suspense Story, followed by a non-chronological report, followed by a diary entry linked to our class shared book - Trash.

DT will be Fairtrade Food - planning a 3 course meal with Fairtrade produce at its' heart. (We will also do some relaxed Art linked to our topic and Trash)

PE will be a short burst most Mondays, school uniform worn; gymnastics Friday, PE kit please.

Maths will be all things: fractions to decimals; percentages; algebra;

Home learning reverts to absolute normality, but with a few assessments and worksheets thrown in from time to time:

Read to Camera; at least 2 lots of 2 Read Theory per Friday-Tuesday - should be aiming for year group appropriate level of 5 or 6 as a rule of thumb; maths weekly skills, much better for me to see a few examples worked on than uploading the whole sheet - especially unmarked!; Times Table Rockstars for the Famous 5 who still have not ticked off that they know them all off by heart yet; spellings - antonyms / synonyms, but feel free to use in a sentence if preferred; LEXIA for those few Dynamos with a license, at least twice a week at home please.

Should be a lovely, Dynamic half term, thank you for the extra support with learning at home.

Home Learning from 21st January

Happy Friday to us all.  Home Learning below and as per usual, getting it done nice and early is my advice - perhaps to be ignored! I shall be back to marking it all by next Wednesday pm.

Temporarily, my last day is Thursday, as I am required to self-isolate before the operation, so Mr Biggs will be taking over from Friday next week.  If all goes to plan then I should return mid-March.  As commented on previously, the class are in extraordinarily good hands during my absence.  

Take care.


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Home Learning for the w/o 10th January

Just the last push and we are there (every other local authority breaks up today!) - still, we do have a longer relax after Christmas.

My operation has been cancelled and moved to 1st February, so an update nearer the time, but I shall be back for at least the first 3 weeks of January.

Please do not complete any home learning until January, we have worked hard, and need a long down-time, Monday 3rd might be a time to think a bit about learning again.

So, home learning as per usual but with a half termly skills test rather than this week's weekly; if the weekly spelling words do not readily lend themselves to antonyms/synonyms then please write sentences in precise context instead - ongoing, any week.

Our topic next half term is Trade Around the World which focusses on busy cities but also on Fairtrade and co-operatives, therefore, could each Dynamo bring in 3 food labels from somewhere (hopefully exotic) around the world so we can begin our display first day back - thank you.

And have a lovely family Christmas, and if you follow their instructions (we are writing How to Enjoy a Wonderful Family Christmas for a kindly alien family this week) then it should be amazing.

Take care all.

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Home Learning from 10th December

Merry Friday - assessments replaced with festive activities, but still learning hard this week and next.  The assessments went very well, as expected, and over the next few weeks, once we have used them for our booster interventions, shall send them home for parental perusal.  Therefore please enjoy the SPaG being sent home tonight.

Home learning as usual (so nearly made our extra play but one speller short this week) and lovely to see most of our Dynamos engaged with home learning and doing a tremendous job.

My absence next half term an annoying necessity, routine procedure needed for considerable time, but how lovely that Mr Biggs is to deputise.  Myself and Mr Biggs worked closely together as Y6 teachers in parallel classes for some years, and I know our children's education could not be in safer hands.

Enjoy a lovely, busy weekend, now entering the silly season, from which we will all deserve a lovely family time and a long rest. 


Home Learning from 3rd December

A very successful week despite  the ice and snow games of Monday with lots of discussion around zoos being fit for the 21st Century; angles along straight lines and around points; Ahimsa - non-violent protest; bug hotels; and what could we infer if changes happened to animals in their habitats;

Last week of swimming, so all boxes will be ticked and hopefully certificates due to be printed.  It has been a super location and good instruction, and I will miss our Friday jaunts to Graves.

Home Learning - all as usual. (only 9 fully correct spellings this week, so made them a tad easier and hoping for a full house and extra play next Friday)

Have a great weekend; take risks?


Home Learning from 26th NOvember

A dip in temperature but not a dip in performance, our Dynamos still learning hard and becoming experts on fractions - all concepts now taught - and recounting in English.  Mr Biggs stepped in MOnday and Tuesday with some topic art and how animals are adapted to their environment - think camel or penguin; Miss Atkins feels the bug hotels are coming on a treat.   Swimming has been great this term, much better than 20 half hours, and every single child is making very good progress in the pool.

Home learning is all the usual routine in the files below, and the Seesaw-tastic uploads.

Enjoy a lovely hot-chocolately weekend,  maybe a bit of spice, and may your chosen team shine in your chosen sport.


Home learning from 19th November

A lovely trip to the zoo, only school party there, has hopefully inspired some super writing, and a greater interest in the natural world around us.  So well behaved, a credit to the school.  Lovely day out.

Still ploughing on with all things fractions in maths and this should start to improve scores on weekly skills for some, extra practise would be welcomed if not.  Spellings, dropped a little this week, they were harder, but ...  big well done to those who put in the extra effort required.

Our PSHE topic 'Being Me' has touched on autism these last few weeks, some really positive, mature chats around what it means to the individual, and how we can be helpful; might be worth chatting through a bit more at home.

And as ever, take care, be active, and let's hope the results go our way.  Have a great weekend.


Home Learning from 12th November

G'day, what's that Skippy, a gyrocoptor's crashed in the bush? Jeez cobbers, we have an emergency on our hands.  Skippy, you lead the way. Fair dinkum.

A good week for our Dynamos: characterising in writing; really enjoying our class shared book - Holes; getting there with adding / subtracting fractions - perhaps a little more work needed for a few, sheets will come home Monday afternoon if so; learning all about animal classes such as reptiles, birds, mammals, etc, and now most DD's know a penguin is a bird!  

Zoo trip next Tuesday, fingers crossed for the weather.

Miss Atkin has added a bit of home learning to Seeesaw, making French butties - Sunday morning bacon, sausage 'n' egg should do nicely? Not read it myself yet.

Other than that, all things equal again.  (As the spellings are somewhat trickier this week, it is allowed for certain children to drop a few and do 15, just this week)

Have a lovely weekend.


Home Learning from 5th November

Remember, remember the 5th of November; have your wits about you as you enjoy the bonfires and fireworks and grub, dynamos.

Home learning same as, lots of positive feedback at parent's evening about the routine nature of the home learning, hopefully helping towards the discipline of entering Y7 and the home learning sometimes coming from every angle.

21 out of 25 for spellings this week, so an extra play earned, great job.  

Read Theory become a little last minute so please do the first set early, then a second set, even a 3rd for some?  (XTablers keep Rocking!)

Please only upload the corrections, few extra bits of learning done with parents, rather than an unmarked weekly skills worksheet so I know there has been a conversation, thank you.

Read2Cameras are very good, and a lovely way for me to see and hear each child in their natural surroundings, bit like zebras or koalas.

Remember, bit granny sucking eggs, but not every spelling word has an antonym nor synonym, just do one's best (although this week, as it happens, could be a lot easier).

Great, take care, let's hope City batter the other Utd this weekend.


Welcome Back

PE is now on a Monday across at the hall, so from next week that will be our Ridgeway PE kit day; still swimming on a Friday.

And have you been reading up on all sorts of dangerous, or loveable, or exotic animals? Read below for this half terms curriculum.

Home Learning for the hols from 22nd October

So soon, a sixth-ish part our year covered, 5/6th to go.  Next half term will be Living Things - habitats, evolution, life cycles, etc., so an opportunity for budding naturalists to gen up and bring lots of animal knowledge to share.   And all things fractions in Maths.

Please find home learning as usual, except weekly skills maths is replaced with a half termly test.

Enjoy a lovely half term break, almost all our Dynamos have been dynamic and RnR due, except helping around the house and brushing up on Domestic Science skills.


Home Learning from 15th October

Much to be proud of this week in our Achievement books: adventure story beginnings and middles; becoming proficient in Long Division - perhaps a little more practise needed; Saxon brooches coming on a treat; pilgrimage (Hajj) learning in Islam; and our first extra play for a super effort with spellings - yeehah!

Tasks as per usual, and lovely to hear most Dynamos in a clear routine with tasks, and most uploaded before my Wednesday scrutiny - great job.

Only ONE more week to go before half term hols, so quick, so much done; so one last big push next week and a deserved break.


Home Learning from 8th October

Our biography on King Alfred almost finished, learned a lot about one of our few 'Great' male leaders; smashed short and long multiplication, on to formal division methods next week; illuminated letters were lovely in Art and many up on display, now making Anglo-Saxon brooches with Miss A; we now know where the Vikings travelled to, how and why; next week we shall be comparing the Viking Gods (pre-Christianity) to the Mayan Gods; a lovely week me thinks.

Home learning - routines established for the majority, quality time independently or with a loved one, just ticking off or checking or a helping hand; but only 9 fully correct spellers this week, so once again, no extra play - well done to those REALLY trying to get them all right;

The usual tasks again this week: the spelling sheet not always easy to antonym or synonym, just complete as best one can; only upload Maths weekly skills when marked and a loved one given a bit of feedback please; really enjoying the R2C - very informative; XTR for the 6 - please ask me to be tested once a XTable has been learned brilliantly. 

And please remember that I check Read Theory Wednesday pm only.  So perhaps up 'til 6.30 ish would be the cut off for dojos. (But of course, nothing stopping anyone doing loads more!)


Enjoy a physical, sunny weekend with loads of great food and drink.


Home Learning from 1st October

Another enjoyable week at the chalk face for our Dynamos: brilliantly behaved on our 'big boy and big girl' trip to Ecky-Thump; concentrated during our Alfred the Great biography; creative during our final 'illuminated letters' art; and gathering dojos left, right and centre for attitude, manners and home learning; 

Thank you parents for your valued input with home learning, nearly there now with most children, regards a routine - and then an adult helping hand:

Read Theory (2x2 minimum) - always independently;  XTRockstars just for the 6 children who need to get back up to speed; Spelling words - double consonants this week - back to antonyms and synonyms on the sheet; Weekly Skills maths 4 - independently at first - then marked and corrected together - if possible; Read2Camera is becoming very enjoyable, quick intro, biggish read (1 minute or so) fare thee well; and any other extras worthy of popping on to Seesaw.

Wherever possible, home learning should be loaded before Wednesday pm, as that is the time I trawl through and mark off, and respond.  Certainly, Read Theory deadline is Wednesday a.m.

Thank you all for all your hard effort this week, enjoy a relax and a blast this weekend.


Home Learning from 24th September

Our Digital Dynamos worked ever so hard this week on their assessments, fully committed to each one and did themselves proud, so a big pat on the back.  Plus, bit more Vikings vs Saxons and in PSHE designing our own BAD soft drink - they'll tell you all about it.  Swimming was lovely last week, really nice venue and staff, our own changing rooms, and the pool to ourselves.  

This week's home learning is as usual but also, bit of family history, where are mum and dad (or slightly older relatives) from/ born?  Ready for register Monday.


Read Theory (independently please) 2 x 2 lots minimum: anyone on less than 100 quizzes maybe a little more to slowly catch up.

Read2Camera max of 2 minutes please, with a little chat about the book, what they have been up to, etc.

Weekly skills independently but then a little help with one or two corrections.

XTRockstars for those who definitely need it - some guys have passed the Mr T face to face test and this is therefore optional.

And of course spellings, continuing our plurals theme, words written in a short sentence to show off context.


Have a lovely weekend, make hay and all.


Home Learning from 17th September

Another knock out week from the Digital Dynamos, learning about Islam, Viking invasions, place values and life.  Poetry all finished and written out in best, biography next two weeks.

Thank you for the renewed focus on home learning, most kids have completed their tasks to a high standard, over 120 uploads to Seesaw, so ta very much, enjoyed most, if not all of them!

This week:

Spelling - plurals, first of two, so too tricky to do ants and syns so instead a very, very short sentence in context please: boxes - my attic is full of cardboard boxes.  15/23 all correct or just one mistake this Friday's test - so no extra play. However, 20 out of 24 next week and it will be an extra play.

Weekly Maths Skills 2 - photocopier busted all week so unable to complete in school time, so a fresh approach.  Complete first individually, then mark together, and concentrate on one or two to get right for next time.

Read2Camera was fun for me this week, remember, no more than 2 minutes including short pre-amble, and only once please.

Read Theory: was a little shocked that some children not reached triple figures yet, would have expected all Y5/6 kids to be on at least 100+, so please encourage a little more a little more often: at least 2 x 2 each week - thank you.

Have a lovely weekend, lots to look forward to, even if it is a big lie in.


HOme Learning from the 10th Sept

NOw then now then, nothing to work up a sweat about, but we should start as we mean to go on.  So please find the following Home Learning tasks below a pleasure.  Seesaw codes should have come home Friday, so uploads to the site now available, but bear with, as I am not as gifted on Seesaw as other teachers, but am trying, very trying.

Saxons sheet (says 'Angles' at the top but is Saxons) already completed and marked and fed back in class, and I do not expect all answers correct, always a work in progress.   (Angles sheet available for a few volunteers who preferred to build up to Saxons over the first half term)

Spelling sheet is not necessarily to fill in and complete, or one could do, or do it a very different way, but at least know what each of your 10, 15 or 20 words mean, and for many of them, a synonym and / or antonym.  Spelling test every Friday.

Some Dynamos need to brush up on their XTables ahead of a fun 1: 1 with me - same code as last year.

Read Theory, also same code as last year, and 2 lots of 2 texts would be plenty per week.

One , no more than 1 minute read to camera on Seesaw plenty,  plus a bit of introduction about the book being read, or the plot or character devices so far, plus a little chat - no more than 2 minutes total please.

And what a terrific first week back, a pleasure to teach so far during our honeymoon period; I hope this is reciprocated.  


Good day Dynamos, and how the heck are you?  Fully sated after a fully refreshing Summer? Raring to go? Mmm, me too! Nothing better than the smell of chalk and adrenalin in a morning, make us all feel alive.  (wrote this a while ago but had issues with posting!) Some house keeping details ready for the big return to the big boy and big girl class:

Bring your brain.  Bring your positive, cheery attitude.  Stationary and books will be supplied.

PE in school day - Tuesday; PE swimming day - Friday (from the 17th - details to follow)

Miss Atkin covering PPA Wednesday PM - French and (Saunders) RE - often handwriting as well


Our first topic shall be: Saxons vs Vikings from end of Romans CE409 right up to 1066 and all that.

English - writing - we shall be looking at Personification Poetry; Biographies; Short Adventure stories;

             - reading - Anglo-Saxon Boy by Tony Bradman

Maths - place value followed by 4 operations/calculations

PE - cricket - whilst the weather is so nice; plus swimming

Art - linked to Anglo-Saxon chronicles

Music - Happy by Pharrell Williams

Home Learning

Each Friday home learning will be posted on the website and / or Seesaw, usually:

   maths weekly skills;   spellings to learn for a formal test on Fridays (differentiated by number of spellings);   reading to camera on Seesaw;   Read Theory - 2 lots of 2 texts;   

         Times Table Rockstars if still not learnt off-by-heart;   plus other bits and bobs now and then to aid lessons and tailored to individuals;