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Week ending 26th February

It's been another fantastic week of learning in Daymer Bay class, with the added excitement that we may be all together again soon!
In Maths this week we have been recognising and converting metric measures. This included measures of length (mm, cm, m), mass (g, kg) and capacity (ml, l). Sophie and Josh earned a bronze Mathletics certificate.
In Literacy, we began looking at diary recounts and how these were kept by many WWI soldiers in the trenches. We looked at an example written by a WWI soldier named Thomas Littler and began to identify some of the features.
In topic, we looked at the artwork of the Nash brothers who depicted a lot of scenes from the trenches. We looked at a few of their different paintings, analysed them, discussed the use of colour and composition and had a go at recreating one of them ourselves.

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Week Ending 12th February

We completed out first term of remote learning and Daymer Bay smashed it! 
This week, we completed our percentages unit in Maths, with most children reporting they understand and are happy with percentages. Mathew, Betty and Josh have earned Mahtletics certificated this week - Josh even earned a gold! We also reached the end of our biographies unit in Literacy. Lots of the class have said they enjoyed this writing unit and having more freedom this week to write about a person they had chosen themselves! In our topic learning this week we found out a bit about the weaponry used in WWI and how propaganda was used to encourage people to enlist in the army because at the start of the war the British army was only small! We produced some of our own propaganda posters using bold images and short, persuasive title or slogan.

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Week Ending 5th February

Maths this week saw us tackle percentages and matching them up with equivalent fractions ad decimals. In our weekly Teams meeting, it was discussed how we all felt we understood what we had learnt so far and percentages make sense to us! Congratulations to Sophie and Josh who have both earned a bronze Mathletics certificate this week - very well done! In Literacy, we carried on with our biography learning, finding out and writing about either Walter Tull or Jack Cornwell. Teams feedback was that most of the class had really enjoyed finding out about and writing these biographies - even more good news. In our WWI topic learning, we built those trenches we designed last week and THEY WERE AMAZING! Check them out below.

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Week Ending 29th January

This week, Daymer Bay class have reached the end of their decimals unit in Maths and this was celebrates by a great number of Mathletics certificates - well done class! We even had one gold and one silver, fantastic learning! In Literacy, we started learning about biographies. We identified some features and recapped some grammatical sentence structures. Through our unit about biographies, we have learnt about the brave WWI nurse called Edith Cavell and her achievements in Belgium at the beginning of the war. Once we knew a little more about her, we tried writing an engaging introduction to her biography that would really grab the readers attention.
In our topic learning, we found out about which countries were involved in WWI and which countries tried to stay neutral. We learnt what a trench looked like, labelled the different parts in preparation of building a model trench next week - which we are all very excited about!

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Week Ending 22nd January

Well, we've managed to make it through week 3!

This week, we have been continuing our learning about decimals; applying out knowledge of multiplication and division to decimal numbers. We also celebrated those children who have been engaging well on Mathletics since home learning began. The children have especially enjoyed their writing this week, taking sections of the War Game story we have been learning about and changing parts of it to make a new story. In topic, we have learnt when and why WWI started, as well as some of the key events that occurred during the conflict. 

We had our second live Teams check in and we used some of the time to discuss some of the areas in our topic which we would like to find out more about. Some of the class have made the most of having to be at home by baking and helping around the house with a bit of DIY!
Let's keep it going next week...

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Week Ending 15th January

This week, Year 6 have continued to do brilliantly well working from home and continue to overcome the hurdles our current situation presents - making me a very proud teacher! 
This week, we have learnt about decimals in Maths, Making our sentences interesting when we are writing and have had a go at song writing in Topic. A special well done to Eric, who had a go at singing and recording his song at home! We also discussed the importance of keeping healthy while we are in another lockdown so part of our learning was a PE task to get active! Some children had a look at online keep fit videos (many choosing to follow Joe Wicks' example). While others chose to get outdoors in the permitted outing each day for exercise. We had our first class TEAMs meeting, which thirteen children manage to access, and we had a chat about how we have been finding the first (almost) 2 weeks of homeschooling. 
After the success of last week's photo challenge, the children had the challenge this week of taking the most interesting photo of 'something triangular'. Where Josh had the same idea as me and took a photo of a delicious Toblerone! 

Looking forward to next week,
Miss Hambly

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Week Ending the 8th January 2021

What a crazy week it has been for everyone in primary schools up and down the country. But Daymer Bay have very much risen to the challenge and produced some fantastic learning regardless! Even though most of us have been learning at home, we have still continued in our learning about coordinates. This included a lesson on reflecting shapes and understanding the new coordinates, so we took the opportunity to look for other reflections around our home. This resulted in some very adorable pet reflections!

We learnt our new story (War Game) linked to our new topic of WWI. And also completed some PSHE thinking around the topic ‘Dreams and Goals’ - something it is really important to still have despite our current situation. This resulted in some lovely dreamcatcher creating.
Many of us also took the opportunity, whilst being at home, to put some extra time into our hobbies; like Eric working on some creative diamond art below.

What an amazing week Year Six - well done!

Miss Hambly

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Week Ending 11th December

This week in Daymer Bay class, we started looking at, and writing our own explanation texts linked with our Science learning about classifying living things. We looked at classification keys with Miss Cocking and tried to decide which type of plants we were looking at by answering yes/no questions about their features. With Mrs Ham in PE, we used the compass directional points to navigate around a grid.

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Week Ending 4th December

This week in Daymer Bay class, we have been working really hard trying to understand how to add and subtract fractions by finding a common denominator. We have found it quite challenging, so we have really had to try and persevere! We also finished our Viking unit by writing our dragon stories.
On Tuesday, we had a visit from Mr Mercer, a Maths teacher from Callington Community College, who did a fractals lesson with us. The end result was a paper Christmas Tree!

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Week Ending 27th November

Christmas has started a little early in Daymer Bay class because Miss Cocking has been recording vocals and instrumentals for a Christmas track featuring all the children! We have also used our tonal techniques to produce our final version dragon eggs. In PE on Wednesday, we have been continuing to work on our orienteering skills.

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