Doves

Welcome to Doves’ class page!

Routines in Doves Adults in Doves
PE Outdoor — Tuesday (Please arrive in PE kit)
Mr Learmonth
PE Indoor – Friday (Please arrive in PE kit)
Mrs Tate
Spellings — Friday
Mrs Stevens
Times Tables – Monday

Welcome to Doves.

Mr Learmonth and Mrs Tate would like to welcome you all back to Year 6 and say how much we have enjoyed our first two weeks getting to know you all and helping you settle back into school after such a long break.  We have both been extremely impressed with the attitude and behaviour demonstrated so far by each and every one of you – you really have made a fantastic start to the year; long may it continue. We have started to return to the “hard work” you are used to at Tranmere Park and feel confident that we are going to have a great year.
It is obviously a little harder to have the face to face contact with parents at the moment, but if any of you do need to speak to us please just either email or ring school or get in touch with us via Google Classroom and one of us will aim to get back to you as soon as we can.
Here’s to a fantastic and disruption-free Year 6

Planners

In years 5 and 6, the children will be encouraged to work with growing independence. To support this, your child will be taking responsibility for their own organisation. Each child has been given a planner (Y6 planners are provided by Guiseley school to support children to be secondary ready when they leave us). Planners will be checked on a Friday morning and should have been seen and signed by an adult for the previous week. If there are any other messages that need to be read by the teacher on a day other than Friday, please ensure that your child brings these to your attention.

Reading Books

Each week, your child will be expected to read twice a week with an adult at home, who will need to sign and date the reading record in their planner every time they hear them read. Your child can choose a book from home or an appropriate free choice book from school. Even though many children in years 5 and 6 are quite fluent readers, it is important that an adult hears them read and asks questions about what they have read in order to aid their comprehension and to improve their writing skills.

Books can be changed on any day in the classroom and returned books will be quarantined by staff before being put back on the shelf.

Homework

Your child will receive their homework every Monday on Google Classroom and should upload it by the following Monday. This will consist of weekly tasks in both Maths and English. We politely request that parents mark the work with their child so that any misconceptions can be addressed—answers for the regular sheets are provided. We only expect children to spend 20 minutes on each piece of homework, if they are struggling please just write a note to the teacher explaining this – don’t struggle on! A topic homework grid and will also be available on Google Classroom and the school website by the end of the first week of a new topic. It is expected that your child will complete at least two of the activities from the grid and upload them. There are a range of fun and exciting options to choose from so please feel free to be creative!

The homework will alternate between the maths skills test and the Grammar Hammer. We test the children on the previous week’s homework at the start of the new week. The aim of setting the blank sheet first and testing it second is to encourage the children to learn the method for each question—not just memorise the answers.

Spellings will be tested each week on Fridays and the new list will be posted on Google Classroom following the weekly test. A spelling book will not be sent home this year (based on current guidance).

This Half-Term’s Topic Homework and Knowledge Organiser – Click the title for more.

UKS2 Knowledge Organisers and Homework Grid

They See The World Like This Homework grid Knowledge Organiser – They see the world like this 2022 Summer 1 Knowledge Organiser – MATHS Y6 (SATS) Summer 1 Knowledge Organiser – MATHS Y5  

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Year 6 Leavers 2022

We have had a fantastic afternoon saying goodbye to our Year 6s. The photos below really capture the fun of what was a top drawer send off….

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Final day in France.

A trip to Le Touquet market practising our French bargaining skills. Lunch on the beach at Le Touquet followed by beach games, digging and building in the sand. For our evening meal we were tempted with frog’s legs and snails – some were very eager to try – others not so! Evening entertainment was a …

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Day 3 in France – a day of remembrance.

Finally a visit to Pozier Cemetry to look at the graves. Back to the Chateau for tea, Olympics and an early night (hopefully!)

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Day 3 in France – a day of remembrance.

Second stop Wellington Quarry. We travelled underground to experience life for the soldiers as they prepared for the Battle of Arras

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Day 3 in France – a day of remembrance.

First stop Vimy Ridge. We visited the memorial to the Canadian soldiers who gave their lives in WW1 and walked through the trenches.

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Day 2 in France

This morning we visited the chocolate factory – La Chocolaterie. The children enjoyed watching how chocolate is made – lots of drooling ! We got to sample some. A short journey followed by a picnic and fun on the beach. Able to practise our French to buy an ice cream at Berck Beach – the …

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Lessons auf Deutsch

The year 6s in Doves and Kingfishers welcomed Herr Ratcliffe from Guiseley School today and participated in a high school German lesson as part of our transition programme. They were introduced to some new vocab and learnt how to ask simple questions, colours and numbers – a fun filled interactive lesson that they all lapped …

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

This summer, Queen Elizabeth II has her platinum jubilee – the longest reign of any British monarch! In the 70 years that she has been queen, the world has changed in many ways. Each year group at Tranmere Park have researched a decade and created a collage. These collages, collected as one, tell a story …

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Doves make a splash in science…

The focus at the moment in science for Doves is forces and on Thursday that entailed conducting an experiment into water resistance. The challenge was to test the impact three different shapes moulded out of blue tack made on the time to travel from the top to the bottom of a container full of water. …

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World Maths Day – Doves

To celebrate World Maths Day, we spent some time tackling Algebra problems – quite a shock for some!! As a new concept, the children really tried to grasp the idea of balancing equations – definitely a few headaches by the end ( especially the adults). They have all come home with a QR code in …

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Exit Point – Eden Camp

We have all had an excellent day exploring Eden Camp and learning even more about World War Two. It was a great opportunity to consolidate our knowledge and lovely to see the children so enthusiastic and knowledgeable – well worth the coach trip! It was also brilliant to be out on a school trip after …

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LGBT History Month

We started off with a lively discussion about LGBT rights and we were really impressed with how informed the children were and how maturely they discussed all the issues. As the focus of this year’s LGBT History month is Art, we watched a short film about the pioneering artist Doris Hatt and learnt about how …

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Mental Health Week – Doves

During the week, we have held some interesting discussions and watched an informative online assembly on how to improve our own mental health and how to seek advice if we need it. We talked about setting some personal goals , linked to developing our self worth rather academic goals. The children designed their own stars …

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Safer Internet Day – Doves

Doves spent an interesting session working through a set of discussion questions related to staying safe on the internet. It was pleasing to see that they were all able to articulate how they should keep themselves safe and also what action to take if they ever felt uncomfortable online. In the process, we also learnt …

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KS2 – World Trading Activity

Doves discovered all about trading during an activity that saw them creating and selling products, as well as negotiating for raw materials. The class was split into teams and each team faced unique challenges as they attempted to buy and sell. A number of different real-world scenarios ensured the trading world changed at different times …

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KS2 Music – Song writing musical workshop

Doves and Kingfishers showcased their musical skills on Friday as Music Nuggets Live came into school to deliver an engaging workshop. The children took part in a host of different activities throughout the day, including playing a wide range of instruments, learning South American songs, singing and expression through movement. They then tried their hand …

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Doves Entry Point – Time Capsules

We enjoyed a couple of interesting sessions sharing our Time Capsules from 2021 and then looking at one from a child from 1941. It was great to see a variety of historical items as well as those which gave us an insight into different personalities – a love of animals was high on the list! …

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KS2 – Dissection show and tell

Doves and Kingfishers were treated to a unique Science lesson this week as part of our learning about the circulatory system. Dr Bowman kindly visited the school to share her expertise, performing a dissection of a heart and lungs. The session included an in-depth exploration and discussion of the key functions of the organs in …

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Doves are biologists

Having been chemists during our lesson yesterday, today we became biologists who created an accurate representation of blood. Using Hama beads, chocolate sprinkles, water and custard, we studied the distributions and function of plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in the human body.

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