Week ending Friday 8th September 2017
A very warm welcome back to Holbeach Primary Academy to our new Sycamore class and all their parents and carers. We are looking forward to sharing lots of news with you as we journey through your child's last year in primary school.
This week we have been settling into our new class routine, we have elected our new School Council members, assigned classroom responsibilities and shared some summer holiday news. Sycamore class have also been completing assessments in Maths to allow Sycamore staff to begin to give support to each pupil where it is needed.
On Friday we completed our first 'Multi Skills' afternoon with groups from both Sycamore and Willow classes taking part in Science experiments, sewing, printing and cooking. Please take a moment to look through our pictures.
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Graduation Ceremony ~ Tuesday 18th July 2017
We would like to thank all parents, grandparent, brothers, sisters, friends and family of Year 6 children for joining us today to celebrate your children graduating from Holbeach Primary Academy. We hope you enjoyed the morning as much as the children did. We are very proud of them all and wish them every success, both during their journey through secondary school and for the future.
Samba, Bikes and Kebabs ~ What a fun-filled day!! 14/06/2017
Today began with our usual Wednesday morning Samba lesson with Tim, who will be joining us for our Summer Fayre on the 15th of July when we will be showcasing our music to all parents, grandparents and carers.
Next, we had 3 visitors from GET BIKING!! They brought along a myriad of bikes, trikes and go-karts, there was even a 7-seater bike!! Everyone had a chance to ride a variety of bikes around the 'track' on the netball court. Even Mrs Tully and Mrs Evans had a little go! Everyone enjoyed themselves and we are pleased to report there were no accidents! (See pictures below)
This afternoon was spent making fruit kebabs. We chopped, sliced, peeled and stoned a large variety of fruit before using wooden skewers to produce our kebabs. As an extra treat, melted chocolate was drizzled on the kebabs before the all important taste-testing took place. A great afternoon was had by all. (See pictures below)
Sycamore class General Election Forecast
12.45pm 8th July 2017
Samba lessons with Tim
Every Wednesday morning we have a Samba music lesson with Tim. We have been learning 'Body percussion' as well as learning to play Samba drums, Tamborims, cow-bells and shakers. Even though it is only our third lesson, Tim is impressed with our progress.
Week ending 12th May 2017
After completing their SATs tests with courage, perseverance and determination, Sycamore class were rewarded with cupcakes!!
Well done Sycamore, we are proud of you!
Week ending 24th March 2017
This week has been a busy week revising key elements of SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). We began the week revising the correct use of hyphens and then moved on to looking at the identification of subject, verb and object within sentences. Later in the week, the focus became the use of both colons and semi-colons in our writing before finishing the week off with looking at the difference between dashes and hyphens.
In Maths we have been revising Data Handling, including reading and interpreting data using pie charts and both block and line graphs before collecting data and constructing our own. We have also revisited Time, including reading both analogue and digital clocks and converting 12-hour clocks to 24-hour clocks and vice versa.
The Holbeach Hub are holding an Easter Fayre and invited us to produce some props for use during their Easter Egg hunt. We designed and created lots of Alice In Wonderland inspired props and enjoyed a whole Art and Craft afternoon on Monday. Everyone enjoyed working in their groups and produced some amazing props (See Photos).
Week ending Friday 17th March 2017
This week our work in Maths has been a revision of using and reading a variety of scales and then writing and converting between standard units of measurement of length, mass and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa.
In English, instructional writing has been the focus. First, the class followed instructions, as given by the Science Museum website, on how to make a periscope. As they followed the given instructions they made notes on how the instructions could be improved to help produce a better finished product. After the planning and writing of their own instructions they each peer assessed each other's. Their focus was to:
This week, in Art and DT the designing of our individual Mayan Masks began with sketching using both traditional and modern designs.
In RE we have started to hear the Easter story, following Jesus' journey to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the event's leading up to The Last Supper.
Week ending Friday 10th March 2017
Year 6 have been working very hard this week whilst completing their assessment tests. The week followed the same format of testing that will take place in school during the week beginning Monday 8th May.
On Monday the children completed an English Reading test, Tuesday saw them completing both the Punctuation and Grammar test as well as the Spelling test. On Wednesday the day began with Maths paper 1 (Arithmetic) and on Thursday they completed both Maths paper 2 (Reasoning) and 3 (Reasoning). All the children worked extremely hard and we are very proud of all their efforts in all the tests. Your child's results from these tests and their progress will be shared with you during the Year 6 Parent's Evenings (Slips will be returned to you on Monday, giving you your appointment time).
Thank you to all the parents/carers who attended the SATs meetings on Thursday, it was lovely to see you all. We hope you found it useful when understanding the format of testing that takes place as well as ways in which you can support your child both before and during the testing. There are links to Grammar vocabulary on the class page as well as examples of previous papers. We are also happy to answer any other questions or worries regarding the tests.
Week ending Friday 3rd March 2017
This week has been another busy one in Sycamore class.
In English we have been looking at a variety of sentence types and how we can use these to develop our writing skills. We have planned a 'thriller' type narrative based on the Mayan civilisation and hope to use our new knowledge of the various sentence types to make our narrative even more thrilling.
In Maths we have been comparing and ordering fractions, including both improper and mixed number fractions. We have also been revising our previous learning of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions with different denominators using common factors and then writing the answer in its simplest form.
This week, in Science, we have carried on with our topic of 'Light and Dark' by investigating the direction in which light travels and have discussed the definition of a light source.
Week ending Friday 24th February
Our first week back after Half Term has been a busy one!!!
This week, in our Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar sessions, we have been learning how to punctuate correctly when using bullet points and then we have put our learning into practice when writing our discussion texts.
In English we started the week by having a class discussion on the arguments both 'for and against' President Trump building a wall between the USA and Mexico. Next, we planned our own balanced argument using notes and then, on Thursday we wrote our own discussion text.
In Maths we have been concentrating on recognising and ordering numbers up to 10,000,000 as well as using negative numbers in context and calculating intervals across 0.
Our Science work for this term will be 'Light and Dark' so this week we have been identifying parts of the eye to help us understand how light travels in a straight line.
Monday 6th FebruaryThe Year 5 and 6 children practised their science skills in a scenario where a crime had been committed and it was their responsibility to work together to piece together the evidence.
They had to tape off the crime scene to protect the evidence and clues were then identified, collected by tweezers into evidence bags, interpreted and analysed.
This included characterising fingerprints, investigating footprints, identifying fibres and investigating DNA.
They learnt many interesting facts such as everyone has a unique fingerprint, that not all surfaces may hold fingerprint evidence and that the tread of a footprint can show the weight of a suspect.
the young detectives were successful in presenting their evidence at the end of the session and had a great time solving the crime.