RIDGEWAY Primary School

Ultra Violet! Ultra Violet!

Year 6 - Ultra Violets


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

Ultra Violet! Ultra Violet!

Home learning from 2nd December

If one enjoys Arts and Crafts, then this has been a fun, rewarding week.  Bug Hotels looking something like; Christmas Crafternoon (thank you so much Mrs J for organising) most festive.  IN other news: descriptive writing, and discursive texts marked and graded - some wonderful word-smithery; fractions unit of learning nearly at an end, may need a bit of boosting for some; beginning our Christingle singing practise; rolling around and at other times dancing in PE; and our animal topic now focussed on Interdependence and Adaptation - the really fun bit.

Home learning this week slightly amended:

P&G and Paper 1 Maths sent home to look through, perhaps a bit of working through, and certainly to keep ahead of our next assessments in February as a light-touch revision.  I am uploading a SPaG power point to the website for information, as many questions, and language used, are gobbledygook to most of us.

Also, running out of time to thoroughly research an animal ahead of our non-chron reports beginning next week so any additional research at home which could be brought in to help would be welcome, especially regards Habitat, Adaptation, Reproduction, Food Chain, and extra juicy facts.

Then as usual, R2C, weekly skills 12, Spellings, Read Theory x4, XTR.

Enjoy the weekend, enjoy the Big Match on Sunday, or not.

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Home learning from 25th November

A very successful week for our Ultra Violets, who have worked really hard and conscientiously throughout all lessons and assessments and fully deserve their ice cream sundae this weekend.  Insect hotels coming along; dance and gymnastics most enjoyable - to watch; joined in intelligently with fireman Chris' safety presentation; produced super identification keys of birds, and particularly apes;  enjoyed unofficial debates around the merits of a world cup in Qatar; and hit the magic 25 needed for an extra 'spellings' play.  The assessments went very well, most stepping up the grades, and they will now be used to gap analyse and afternoon boost in 1:1 and small groups.  All assessments will trickle home over the next few weeks for loved ones to view and further support.

Next week, we will re-concentrate on descriptive writing and produce some Y5/6/7 texts for grading.

And so on to home learning.  Just a reminder, I check that home learning has been completed on a Wednesday morning.

R2C;  Read Theory; XTRockstars; 

Spellings - please have a good go at the antonyms and synonyms before deciding on precise contextual sentences.

Weekly Skills 11 - due to assessments, we did not have a go at this in school time, so a rare opportunity for parents to support a first attempt without teacher feedback.

As always, thank you parents for supporting your child(ren) with home learning, it has been proven to be critically important in their educational development.

And also as always, have a lovely weekend.

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Home learning from 18th November

Fractions going well, most confident with adding and subtracting, many now capable at multiplying and dividing; begun our descriptive writing unit, great opportunity to show off improvements made so far this year; bug hotels on the go, need all resources in for this Wednesday; and an unprecedented amount of gel this morning ahead of photos, oil based, must have cost a small fortune when added together.  

Next week, we will be completing our usual assessments taken at this time of year, as will all other year groups, nothing special, but needing a 'brilliant best' attitude.

Home learning as per usual.

On that note, just to repeat, it is important that parents involve themselves in home learning, especially as quality control, otherwise, children are just producing what they can, rather than enhance the tasks with extra adult support.  

Thank you all, have a lovely weekend.

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Home Learning from 4th November

Back into the grind, chewing over the gristle, and producing lots of good learning this week: discussions on 'should bullies be punished severely' and 'should phones be banned in Secondary Schools'; reading our new class shared read - Holes by Louis Sachar - a modern classic; begun all things fractions in Maths; and enjoyed our rewards afternoon this Friday.

And so on to this week's home learning, which is the same as it is almost every week:



Weekly Skills

Read Theory on two separate occasions, minimum of four altogether

XTRockstars - especially for those in the 'Times Table Club'

Plus any extra learning you would like me to take a look at.

Have a great bonfire weekend, stay safe, look after dogs and mogs and exotics, eat traditional.


Welcome back to Autumn 2

HI all, trust the week's RnR was most agreeable, and all raring to get back into the laboratory.  I am, as always prefer work to play.

New topic all things animal kingdom and evolution; writing will be discursive, recount and narrative description; maths mostly fractions; DT building animal houses; and PE (now on Monday and Friday mornings) dance and gymnastics; plus lots of sticking fillers and Christmas build up.

Usual routine tomorrow, no surprises - pleasant nor unpleasant - so looking forward to seeing and hearing and smelling all our Ultra Violets again tomoz.


Home learning from 21st October

A lovely final week of our first half term together, all settled in to a productive class room routine, and most striving to be excellent students, very impressed with their attitude to learning.  Biographies finished, up-levelled and typed in best (an extract also uploaded on Seesaw).  Our typing unit has been successful, and most know exactly where to place hands and use all 10 digits - a couple of smarty-pants also using toes.  Saxon clay brooches well on the way and soon to be finished with beads and adorned with great beauty.  Long division in maths has been shared but is always a tough 'get' and so any extra help at home during hols appreciated by the UV's, but we will keep on trucking with those in booster time during Autumn 2.  Just about finished our first topic book - Anglo-Saxon Boy - which built up to the battle of Hastings in 1066 and the end of the A-S blood-line, a decent read.  And how lovely to finish with a sing song harvest celebration at church, I thought the UV's were superb and gave it a blast - but enjoyed In My Trolley and Big, Red Combine Harvester a bit too much.

Yes, we do have home learning, just a teensy bit different from usual, but to be ready for Wednesday 3rd November, so plenty of time, and a big holiday break, nothing on Seesaw until a week on Saturday please.

R2C- thank you for those who clearly share the book each week, and offer a little discussion and thought talk.

Spellings - f or ph (absolutely brilliant this week in Friday test, smashed it, easily earned that yearned for extra play)

Maths - half termly test - a little longer but the same level of challenge. (I will pop the answer sheet on next Friday)

Read Theory - still just the 4 (or more) but please now concentrate on the level of attainment, we need everyone on at least 3/4 or above very soon.

XTRockstars - give it a blast, and especially for those in the 'Times Table Club' - keep working hard on learning every single one.

And this week, so many UV's uploaded that bit extra, really enjoy seeing children take responsibility for own learning and going the extra mile, above and beyond the set routine.  Great job you guys.

Have a lovely, lovely holiday, and see you all back and refreshed in November. 


Home learning from 14th October

Our Alfred the Great biography almost finished, a tough write, but a good opportunity to practise reported speech and put into practise one's new targets. Overall, a job well done.  Multiplication by 2 and 3 digits also taught, and most Ultra Violets up to speed, but a few may need a little extra practise at home.  NOw looking at the legacy of Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to finish the topic, and hopefully, Saxon brooches will be finished next Wednesday.

Well done everyone who completed all home learning this week, and 23 hit the right note with spelling on Friday, so close to that elusive extra play, but definitely proven it is within reach.

Read Theory - the 'stage' or 'level' is an Americanism, therefore if working in '4' your child is actually producing learning in English year 3. (we currently have many children learning in stage 1 or 2)

Read2Camera - enjoying the reading, and most children reading a book at a good level for them. (Sometimes it's fun to read a fun book below one's level - we all do it!)

Spellings - a mix of ants/syns suitable this week - enjoying many of the sentences and word choices, an opportunity to be creative.

Weekly skills 6 - thank you for the uploaded, completed and marked sheets; and for the extra practise with adult clearly signposted - appreciated.

XTRockstars - especially everyday for those UV's who do not know all of their XTables yet, and there are many.

Have a lovely weekend all, hope your team plays well, or the relaxing actually happens.


Home Learning from 7th October

Lots of positives this week: adventure stories marked and graded - targets to be shared next week; researched Alfred the Great; began our multiplication calculations; enjoyed small sided games in basketball; researched Viking technology and exploration - plus lots more.

Home learning this week will be standard fayre:


Spelling sheets - a good mix of ants / syns and contextual sentences this week (only 7 children achieved full marks in test this week -- very disappointing)

Maths weekly skills 5 - uploads mostly included completed sheet and some extra practise with support - thank you

REad theory - please try and ensure an age appropriate level - if still on stage 1 or 2 then well below age appropriate; maybe need to spend more time re-reading text to answer questions 

XTRockstars - especially for those who still do not know ALL to 12x12

If time, perhaps find out even more about the Great Alfred - will all come in handy for our biography next week

TAke care all, have a lovely weekend.


Home Learning from 30th September

Our adventure stories are almost to a conclusion, some exciting, yet low key events which could happen to anyone, anyone's pet.  UV's are beginning to receive targets in books and are working hard on raising their standards - most impressive by most.  And a day of waving at friends and ex-Ridgeway students at Eckington, a lovely (further low key) introduction to a Secondary environment, wherever headed in September.  

And so to home learning; this week, an even better response than previous two weeks, lots more done and at a good quality - which I can mostly read with my sad, old eyes - guppy-like.

Maths weekly skills 4 - please complete all 25 questions, mark, score, then a few practise questions for corrections.

Spellings - double consonants - good for antonym / synonyms - but if too tricky, a contextual sentence for some. (21 on the score sheet for Team UV's this week. 25 next week for an extra play?)

Read2Camera - enjoying these, shows good confidence, and any text really, although I am enjoying hearing some of the same stories each week.

Read Theory x 4 - at two separate times please.  If you think of levels as about the same as year group appropriate, roughly.

XTRockstars - very impressed with the attitude towards this activity.  Keep it up.  My personal Times Table tests can come at any time!

Have a great weekend, beware the wind, gulp fresh air, and deserve to put thar feet up.


Home Learning from 23rd September

Lots of positives to draw from this week, lots of notable achievements for them to write in Achievement books. 

We have completed a baseline assessment this week from which we will target all individuals, often in groups, for interventions: to plug gaps, pre-teach and secure Y3-6 standards.  All good this end.  And finished our illuminated letters; basketballed; typed; and begun our short adventure stories.  

Home learning for next week will include the usual:

Read2Camera - really enjoying the uploads, good confidence shown.

Read Theory - nearly all the class completed their minimum of 4 (at 2 separate times) this week - good job.

Weekly skills - when uploading, please make sure it is marked, and maybe show extra support received on a couple of questions. (all either Saxons or Vikings now which is really positive)

Spellings - plurals again - and I have now set fair (I think) targets for each individual, either 8, 10, 12, 15 or 20 - they know. (13 UV's all correct or just one wrong this week - need 25 for extra play)

XTRockstars - and keep on trucking with Times Table Rockstars - only 13 Ultra Violets have 'passed' all up to 12x12.

Have a great weekend all.  


Home Learning from 16th September

Another week done and dusted, another few fun days in the community centre, which was another pleasant change and taken in stride.  Getting a bit parky!

Thank you to all the Ultra Violets (and parents of course) for the home learning, despite a few glitches - 21 children gave it a good shot - and 7 children were excellent in their approach.

Hopefully, this week, every child will settle into a productive home learning routine, with support from loved ones, so here goes:

Read2Camera, quick intro - 1 minute read - quick thought talk exit

Spellings - plurals this week so mostly short sentences in context

Maths - weekly skills (on PDF so hopefully less wonky) and TimesTableRockstars as many a bit rusty after Summer break

REad Theory - at least two sessions, and at least 4 completed and saved

And last of all, maybe a chat through their planned short adventure story, and throw in an extra idea or give the ending a satisfying twist.


Enjoy the weekend.



Home Learning from 9th September

And so to our first home learning soiree in Y6, I'm fairly confident not too different from Y5's expectations.  Home learning will be uploaded to this webpage each Friday, occasionally some extras will be included, but more often the following will be the weekly staples.  Please upload on to Seesaw by Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning by the latest, as I shall be marking home learning during my PPA time Wednesday.  If not uploaded by then, still complete anything outstanding, as it shows a positive attitude to learning, and growth mindset.

Maths - we complete the weekly skills sheet in class, mark and feed back.  Children whizz through sheet at home then mark with adult and maybe talk through and extra examples for just one or two questions which would be a big help for the following week.  Not all questions have been taught yet, so some new material at times, so try to avoid these corrections until they have been taught.

Spellings - please spend time learning them for the test Friday, but also learn what each word means in order to improve vocabulary choice; depending on confidence with spellings either 10, 15 or 20.

Read2Camera - no more than 2 minutes, preferably less, with a short introduction to the book each time, and a brief thought talk at the end.

Read Theory - 2 lots of 2 would be perfect, by Tuesday evening.  Hopefully at the correct level over time, not crazy high, nor crazy low, somewhere from level 3 to 6/7 to start with.

Times Table Rockstars always a good extra, will firm this up once we have conducted our times table 'tests'.

Seems a lot to write but should already be in a good routine from previous years and with a friendly adult supporting, soon done and success with home learning promotes translates to greater confidence and accelerated progress in school.  An upward spiral.

Take care all, have a great weekend.  Back to class Monday.


Welcome Back ...

 ... for a gentle start to Y6, all soft and smell fresh, puppy nosed and salady goodness.  So sleep well Munchkins, and look forward to thar first day of loveliness and learning.

Our preliminary timetable for afternoon's should be M = topic; T = PE (bring kit) W = Art; Th = PSHE / non-kit PE; F = IT / Science.

Home learning will be set each Friday right here on the school website, and will be marked on Wednesday by 6 PM.

WE have a lot of learning to do, but also a lot of fun to be had, so bring your positive, cheerful attitude to working hard and playing hard, and being your brilliant best socially. 

Parents, please give myself and the children a few weeks to settle into our routine and relationships, but I am usually available before and after school by the Y5/6 door for a quick, quiet word, and if needs be to arrange a slightly longer conversation. 

All good.  Raring to go.  Can't wait for Monday. 

Autumn 1

And in this half term's topic we will be noting the reason for the retreat of the Romans, the dark age left behind them, and the Anglo-Saxons, Jutes and Friesians who filled their boots.  Then the Vikings! And then the Normans put a stop to all this invading, so we'll stop there in 1066 as well.

Writing will be a little poetry; a short adventure story; a biography - probably Alfred the Great.

Our class shared reading book will be Anglo-Saxon Boy.

Maths will rattle through our 4 operations and then push on through decimals and some Geometry.

RE is Islam; Science some stand alone investigations; music - pop / Abba; Art illuminated manuscripts and Saxon brooches;