Should Zoos Be Banned?

For our extended piece of writing this week we will be writing a balanced argument to show the evidence both, for and against zoos being banned.  To support you with creating this, you will need to do research to strengthen your arguments and provide the reader with evidence to help them form an opinion.

Watch the clip below and, along with the articles and texts we have given you, add to your ‘for and against’ table for home learning – try and highlight/ star your strongest 3-5 arguments for both sides, ready to share tomorrow:

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Get Prepared for Science Week in 6C!

Next week is Science Week; which will see us begin our new science topic of ‘Light’. As part of this we are going to undertake the challenge of constructing periscopes and discovering how they work and what they are used for.  We would like you to watch the clip and collect any materials you may need for constructing your periscope.  You may also want to research the best way of making one and think about how you will adapt your design to create the most functional periscope.

Bring any materials into school from Monday next week (we will be having our practical lesson on Wednesday) DON’T MAKE YOUR PERISCOPE – JUST COLLECT MATERIALS.

Have a great weekend!

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Clapham Manor Song Competition – 14th March

On Wednesday 14th March Clapham Manor will sing! The whole school will celebrate International Sing Up Day, with the song ‘Be the Change.’ Ms Jones will also be coming round to classes to judge the best class song.

We will be singing When I’m Gone (The Cup Song) – we need to learn the lyrics and the cup percussion.

Here are the lyrics as well: (we’ll be using this backing track)

I got my ticket for the long way ‘round
Two bottle ‘a whiskey for the way
And I sure would like some sweet company
And I’m leaving tomorrow, wha-do-ya say?

When I’m gone
When I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my hair
You’re gonna miss me everywhere, oh
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone   (x2)

I’ve got my ticket for the long way ‘round
The one with the prettiest of views
It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers, it’s got sights to give you shivers
But it sure would be prettier with you

When I’m gone
When I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my walk
You’re gonna miss me by my talk, oh
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone (x2) (fade out acapella)

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Costumes for World Book Day – Due Tuesday.

World Book 2018 

To celebrate World Book Day 2018 we will be creating  costumes based on our new Power of Reading book – The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi.  Take a sneak preview at the clip below (but don’t watch until the end – it will spoil the surprise)!

Once you have watched the first few pages decide which character you will dress up as and start collecting materials and clothes from home for your costume.  Bring everything with you on Tuesday 27th February  We will spend the afternoon getting creative and making some amazing costumes for Thursday.

Have a fabulous weekend! Keep visiting the Maths blog – Solve Ms Whitaker’s problems!

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Snowy Statistics from South Korea

Over half term the 2018 Winter Olympics is starting in Pyeongchang, a city in South Korea in Asia – this is a chance for athletes in sports such as skiing and snowboarding, as well as ice skating and bob sleighing to showcase their talents and become Olympic medalists. It is only the third Winter Olympics being held in Asia.

Why to watch the crazy Winter Olympics!
BBC Winter Olympics Coverage

We would like you to collect as many different statistics based on this years competition to use in our maths lessons after half term.  Examples of these could be:

  • medal tables.
  • team stats.
  • event stats.
  • individual athletes information.
  • event times and scores.

Why not watch some events and record the statistics in your own way.  Comment on here with what you find and/or bring all your samples to school on the first day back – the more you bring the more we have to compare and discuss!

We will also be basing our reading and writing in the first week back on the competition so the more you watch the more ideas you will generate for this.  Consider what vocabulary you will need to know and understand and if you find any exciting articles or clips to use in our english lessons bring them in or post links on here!

Have a great half term! Stay safe and keep exercising!

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100 Years of Women’s Vote!

Tuesday 6th February marked the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act – this allowed some women to vote in the UK, previously none could vote. This basic human right had been kept from women by a sexist system – the women who protested this were known as the suffragettes.

Watch this great Newsround animation on two suffragettes and read the information below and answer these questions.

  1. Who was Emmeline Pankhurst?
  2. Who was Millicent Fawcett?
  3. Why have the video makers depicted these women as superheroes?
  4. From reading the text, how did the Representation of People Act 1918 help men, as well as women?

Bonus Questions – Research using the internet/reading – 5 house points if you answer these and the first 4 questions correctly.

  1. Which country was the first to allow women to vote?
  2. Who was Emily Davison?

Check out the maths blog! Please comment on Ms Mumby and Ms Whitaker’s errors.

See the source image

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It’s Competition Time – Let’s Get Writing!

It’s time to show off your incredible writing talents!

500 Words Creative Writing Competition – 2018

The great thing about this competition is……..

You can write whatever you want!  Use books and stories to inspire you, magpie ideas from class novels or authors you love.  Make your story unique and original and consider how you will ‘hook’ the reader from start to finish.

Whether it’s adventure or sci-fi we want to hear it.  But the challenge is – can you grip us in 500 words?

We will be working on these stories in Wednesday’s English lesson – so come prepared!

Click here for more information.

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Homelessness: Your View

Next week as part of our book study on ‘The Way Home’ by Libby Hathorn, we will researching and publishing our own articles on the subject of ‘homelessness’.

Your home learning this weekend is to enhance your own personal research, in order to write your article.  You must find statistics, images and factual information, as well as possible view points and opinions of those working in the charity sector, trying to help homeless people.

Consider adding to your initial mind maps with ideas for each section.

Please share 3 facts, statistics or useful websites on the blog for the rest of year 6 to use in their articles.  Don’t forget to comment on here for all to see!

Use these links to help you:

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New Science Topic: Electricity

This term we will be studying ‘Electricity’ in Science, we will be investigating these three objectives:

  • associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit
  • compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches
  • use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram

Start your research by reading the Science Study Guide (purple book) and look at the links below.

Then write on the blog or in your book something new you have learnt about Electricity – you have studied it in Year 4, so should have some knowledge already. Get your spark going!

Useful Websites:

BBC Bitesize Information and Videos


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History with Year 2R – Mary Seacole research

This year our shared learning partners are 2R. Our first project will be to support year 2 in their work on Mary Seacole. Ms Ross has started work with her class, but they have only done one or two lessons. You need to help them learn even more! Please research Mary Seacole, hopefully you already know somethings from when you were in year 2.

When you have researched, go onto the 2R blog and write 5 things you have learnt about Mary Seacole – make sure this information is accessible for year 2.
Year 2 will then be able to read this information themselves. This Thursday 14th December, we will then pair you with a 2R member and do some more work in class – working on presentations and making sure that 2R and 6C become the best classes at Clapham Manor!

Check out the links below to start your research – Due Thursday 14th December.


BBC information and clips on Mary Seacole


Mary Seacole video part 2


Mary Seacole video part 1

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