Mrs Tait's 2018-19 Year 6 Class

 
Welcome back to Year 6 2018-19

Welcome to Spring 2! 

You are now officially half way through Year 6 - how time flies when you're having fun! 
 
There are a few changes to the Spring Term timetable so please do take a look at the updated version below along with the Year 6 Spring newsletter to see what we still hope to cover before Easter. 
 
Check back here regularly to find out what is happening in the Spring and Summer terms with Mrs Tait, Miss Thickpenny & Mrs Dalton-Cole in Year 6.
 
 
Thanks to everyone who came along to the SATs information evening on Tuesday 29th January.
  
I understand it was not possible for everyone to make it due to other commitments so I hope you received a hard copy of the notes via your child on Wednesday 30th along with the SATs Study Books for Maths and SPaG.  
 
An electronic copy of the notes from the meeting are also available below. 
 
Monday 11th March, 2019.
 
Year 6 were contacted (on Monday) by The National Trust who were distraught at the thought of builders having planning permission passed to build on the beloved Susie's Wood. 
 
Thanks to the pupils' fantastic observational skills and their passion for this nostalgic area, enough evidence of wildlife was found to prevent the builders from starting construction. Well done!
 
 
 
 
Thursday 7th March, 2019. 
 
What a fantastic World Book Day! Well done, everyone, for the amazing creative costumes and for being able to talk so confidently about your book characters.
 
Hope you enjoy the photos of the pupils who wanted to have their picture taken below. 
 
 
 
 
Monday 4th March, 2019. 
 
Today was the last of our practical food technology lessons. We completed our series by making German Soft Pretzels. The recipe is as follows:
 
Ingredients:
- 350ml warm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons dried active yeast
 
- 500g white bread flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 egg, whisked
 
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
Step 2 - Combine the warm water, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Whisk up with a fork then leave to stand until it bubbles up (approx. 10-15 mins). 
Step 3 - Combine the yeast mixture, flour and salt to form a dough that is soft but not too sticky. 
Step 4 - Knead for 10 minutes then divide into 12 equal pieces. 
Step 5 - Roll with your hands and shape into pretzel plait shapes and place on grease-proof paper. 
Step 6 - Carefully brush the pretzels with egg then sprinkle with a small amount of salt. 
Step 7 - Bake in the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 
Step 8 - Enjoy :)
 
 
Hope you have enjoyed trying out these recipes at home! 
 
Wednesday 27th February, 2019. 
 
Today we made spring rolls as part of our DT 'Global Food' topic. I'm afraid we were so engrossed that we didn't have time to take photographs but hopefully some of the evidence made its way home!
 
Lots of pupils have asked for the recipe, so here goes:
 
Ingredients:
- 300g cooked rice noodles
- 100g fresh bean sprouts (we didn't have any of these available on Wednesday)
- 200g grated carrot (I think we grated 2 medium-sized carrots)
- 200g shredded Chinese leaf cabbage (this wasn't so popular with the Year 6 pupils)
- 200g diced pepper (need to dice pretty small)
- 100g chopped spring onions
- 1 piece of ginger finely chopped
 
- splash of light soy sauce
- squidge of garlic paste (we cheated!)
- sprinkle of Chinese five-spice powder
 
- 1 egg, beaten
 
- 15 sheets of filo pastry
 
Step 1 - Prepare all the vegetable ingredients.
Step 2 - Mix desired vegetable ingredients in a bowl (you MUST include the cooked rice noodle) and add soy sauce, garlic and five-spice to desired taste.
Step 3 - Spoon vegetable mix along the shorter length of a sheet of filo pastry, leaving about 2 and a half centimetres at the top and each side of the pastry.
Step 4 - Brush the beaten egg around the edges.
Step 5 - Fold in the top and each side of the filo sheet and gently roll spring roll mixture to form a sausage shape. 
Step 6 - Transfer spring rolls onto a baking sheet, seam side down, and brush with a little more egg. 
Step 7 - Bake the rolls in a pre-heated oven (refer to pastry pack for temperature) for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 
Step 8 - Enjoy :) 
 
Week beginning 11.2.19
 
This week in DT we are making guacamole. If you'd like to make it at home, here is the recipe. 
 
Ingredients:
- 1 ripe avocado (remove stone and skin then slice, dice and mash fruit with a fork in a bowl)
- 1/4 red onion sliced and very finely diced
- 1/2 tomato de-seeded, sliced and finely diced
- a small bunch of coriander finely chopped
- 1/2 lime - extract juice with a fork
 
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy eating as a dip :) 
 
Week Beginning 4.2.19
 
This week in DT we are making salsa. If you'd like to make it at home, here is the recipe:
 
Ingredients:
- 250g fresh tomatoes diced
- 1 spring onion or a small bunch of chives finely chopped
- bunch of coriander finely chopped
- juice of 1/2 a lime
 
Step 1: Cut the tomatoes in half, then quarters. Remove the seeds. Dice the remaining tomato and add to a bowl. 
Step 2: Use kitchen scissors to finely chop the spring onion/chives. Add to the tomatoes. 
Step 3: Use kitchen scissors to finely chop the spring coriander. Add to the tomatoes. 
Step 4: Use a fork to extract the lime juice and add to the bowl. 
Step 5: Mix all the ingredients together. 
Step 6: Enjoy eating! 
 
 November 19th - Our marble runs are finally complete... well done teams! The Reception children loved them.
'Marbulous Structures'- we had our first go at making bridges for our marble runs on Tuesday.  It was hard work to join the sections but we discovered that fan cuts at the end of the tubes and PVA glue fixing gives a much more professional look than masking tape!
Year 6 have enjoyed being out of school for several visits recently:
  • Ely Cathedral Schools' Day where we were treated to a theatre workshop and service centred around the centenary of the end of the First World War
  • A visit to the Imperial War Museum Duxford to find out about the aircraft and lives of local people during the Second World War
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Challenge Day at Soham Village College.
We met our Reception class buddies on Friday and helped them at lunch. Great fun was had by all!