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Brilliant Year Six Talent Show Auditions

This afternoon many members auditioned for the school’s talent show later on this year… We had some fantastic talent on show and we were really impressed by all of the acts.

Acts from each year group will go through to then be whittled down to ten to compete in the final. Tomorrow, at 9am, the children shall find out who is through to the next stage ahead of the grand final.

Lots of you have put a great deal of effort into your auditions and perfecting your talents over the years – this was very evident today.

Best of luck to all of those who auditioned; here are some pictures of those who auditioned:

Key Skills 16th June

Key Skills 16-6-17

This week you all received emergency first aid training and now know how to help someone in need.

Choose one of the scenarios you discussed in the session and write a ‘how to help’ guide for others to follow. This could be a list of instructions, a poster or you could work on onenote and share your work with us.

Eg: Burns
1. Immediately hold the affected area under a cold tap for at least ten minutes to reduce the pain.
2. Wrap the burn in cling film after the burn has called.
3. Seek medical advice if the burn is serious.


More reasoning games

On the topmarks problem solving page: scroll down to the bottom and work through the 3 levels of powerlines. You must complete level 1 and get the password before moving on.

Use what you know- number bonds and reasoning about numbers- to solve each puzzle.

Good luck!
Mrs de B and Mrs G

Key Skills

Online Safety
We have spoken a lot about e-safety (which we now call online safety) this week!

On the back of this, we want you to bring together all of your learning and create a quick guide for a reader.

Therefore, we want you to write your ten ‘top tips’ for a reader. If you cannot think of ten tips to provide to a reader, you can use the websites that you researched over half term and you could also have a conversation about it at home.

The easiest way to present this would be in a numbered system 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) etc.

However, you can choose how to do it!

Maths – Zids and Zods sheet
As part of our work on problem solving and working systematically, have a go at this spotty problem.
How can you use your existing mathematical knowledge to solve the problem?
How can you work systematically to ensure you have every answer?

Zids have 4 spots.
Zods have 9 spots.
Altogether some Zids and Zods have 48 spots.
How many Zids are there?
How many Zods?

What if Zids have 5 spots.Zods have 7 spots, and there are 140 spots altogether?
Find as many solutions as you can.


We are going to find out about the history and the inventors. Using the following sites, you need to come up with a “top 10” of facts concerning the development of electricity.

How will you display information you have found out?  Sugar paper, Sway…


Happy Half Term Holiday

At last half-term is upon us and we can all enjoy a well-earned week relaxing.  We have crammed so much into these six weeks and it is hard to believe there is just one more term left at primary school.  Lots more fun to pack into those seven weeks though!

Your key skills to be returned on Wednesday 7th June are:

  1.  At the moment, we are writing a lot in English and it is fabulous! Some of the writing outcomes have been extremely good.   To keep this momentum going as we have half-term, we have designed an open-ended writing task for you to complete.

We want you to choose what you write, how you write and who your audience would be. It must include:

  • Five paragraphs or more,
  • A range of great sentence openers,
  • A range of punctuation use,
  • And, it must be interesting!

If you cannot think of any ideas, here are some:

  • A short story,
  • A letter to a local councillor around an issue in your local area,
  • A thank you letter to a friend,
  • A newspaper report on something that either you have been to, seen or something from your imagination!
  • Diary entry around something interesting from your week off,
  • Something related to your book that you are currently reading,
  • The possibilities are endless!

We look forward to reading it!

After half-term it will be esafety week at Simon de Senlis and each of you has received a sheet of tasks to complete with a parent or guardian.  Return the list to receive your certificate.

Happy holidays everyone.

Mrs Greener and Mrs de Board

Key Skills 19th May

Hi All

Key skills starts again this week; please complete 30 minutes on each activity below.

Maths- Over the next few weeks we will be looking at reasoning and problem solving in maths. Below are three different puzzles that you need to work logically to solve. Have a go and be ready to share both your results and strategies next Wednesday.

Happy puzzling!


You need to choose something that you have done recently and write a postcard as if you were still there.  This can be done really excitingly (you may have gone somewhere great!) or you could be humorous and choose a less exciting place- Tescos?  Remember:

  • range of punctuation
  • range of openers
  • an interesting level of vocabulary.

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Mrs de Board and Mrs Greener


Well done!

All of the children in Year 6 have shown a level of maturity that has made the team of adults that works with them so proud this week.  Testing at any age is nerve-wracking and it is easy to forget that our pupils are aged just ten and eleven. They worked hard to prepare this week, did their very best and we are now ready to enjoy the last few weeks of this academic year.

To celebrate the end of the tests we enjoyed a tasting and baking session yesterday; there are definitely some budding chefs amongst us!  Today we completed our art study of the work of Andy Goldsworthy by creating our own sculptures using natural materials at Grangewood Park.  Once again the children astounded us with their teamwork, creativity and vision.  Please have a look at the sway on the Mandela blog to see some of the creations and ask your children to log into their own work on Office 365.

It’s been a pleasure working with you this week and we are looking forward to an action-packed two months ahead.

Mrs Greener and Mrs de Board