F1 Maths – Race 1

Wow! What a fantastic first race of the school year!

Not only did 3 teams finish ahead of Mr. Hurdman, they also finished ahead of ‘The Stig’!

Check out the class championship when it goes up on the display after lunch tomorrow.

Mr. Hurdman (who is now rather grumpy)

Team Captains and School Councillors

The votes are in and have been counted (and recounted – it was very close!)

The Y6 School Councillors have already been announced – congratulations to HM and LC!

The Team Captains this year are as follows:

Blue: TC, EW

Green: JJ, AG

Yellow: AK, JF

Red: SF, EM

All the votes for the girls were recounted TWICE as the results were so close. Everyone received more than one vote too. This means that someone other than yourself voted for you!

We have the JRSO vote to fit in tomorrow. PCSO Jayne will be dealing with the Junior Police Cadet role when she visits us in the near future.

Mr. Hurdman

F1 Maths 2014/2015



The 2014/2015 season got off to a superb start courtesy of last year’s Y6 class achieving a superb 2nd place finish in the ‘Summer Madness’ KS2 v KS3 v KS4 race. What can the current bunch of racers achieve? It won’t be long until we find out – just under 52 days in fact!

This year’s Y6 class have increased competition for the class championship. Not only do they face the prospect of a fired-up Mr. Hurdman, determined to regain his title, but they will also be battling against a mystery driver.

Some say he has previous experience of competing in the National Final and, that if you dim the lights and squint a little, he starts to resemble a much younger version of one of the teachers at Burgh School. All we know is he’s called The Stig!





Sumdog 2014/2015

Everyone in Y6 this year is now set up on ‘Sumdog’. This is a great free, safe website which enables users to practise their mental mathematics skills. The site is ‘adaptive’ which means that the questions should eventually get a little trickier the more you get right. It can also be tailored to remove some of the trickier or more straightforward questions too. Even if some questions are straightforward though, the focus is on speed and accuracy as users compete against other users from around the world!

Logins should be given out on Monday which enable users to access the free content from home and in school.

Last year’s Y6 were very keen (and mathematically superb) users of the site. Indeed in both the Spring and Summer contests they were crowned daily winners, Jack H. was a Spring top ten student (out of the participating Lincolnshire schools) whilst Henry S. was a Summer top ten student!

More details will follow on Monday!


Mr. Hurdman

WISE KIDS Online Safety Tips for Children and Young People

The following article from www.wisekids.org.uk really sums up what we’ve been learning about this week!

  • The Internet is a real community of people who are connected by computers, so treat people that you don’t know on the Internet as strangers that you might meet in a street.
  • Do not give out any personal information related to your family, friends or yourself likefull names, addresses, telephone or mobile numbers or those of your parents. Other information like the name and location of your school or details of school activities can also identify you to others, whether you are in a chat room, message board or newsgroup. Sometimes there are people who watch out for such information, and they can put together a picture of your activities over a period of time that could be several weeks. So be careful with what you say, and never give out your personal details.
  • Be aware when choosing your chat username or email username not to pick a provocative name as you would be more likely to be sent provocative emails or harassed online.
  • Never agree to meet someone whom you’ve met through the Internet, in real life without your parent’s permission, and if they agree, never go alone, but go with a trusted adult.
  • Use your common sense. Someone you are chatting to may not be who they say they are.
  • Do not fill out forms online without consulting your parents or teachers. There are websites which seek personal information and which use this information for marketing or other commercial purposes. Always check a website’s privacy statement. Click here to see the WISE KIDS privacy statement. This describes what a website will do with your information.
  • Do not open an email from someone you do not know as you may download viruses (which even come from people you do know), or it may have contents that can upset you.
  • Many chain emails or emails with virus warnings are hoaxes. Before you forward virus warnings to your friends and family, check that it is not a hoax.
  • Never send pictures of yourself or any other personal material to a friend you met online without consulting your parents first.
  • Observe good net etiquette. See the WISE KIDS Guide to Net Etiquette.
  • Always tell your parents/teachers if you come across stuff on the Internet which makes you feel uncomfortable, or if someone on the Internet harasses you or threatens you.
  • Never respond to provocative, rude, obscene or threatening messages (whether in chat, newsgroups or message boards) which make you feel uncomfortable. Tell your parents or teachers about such messages and where possible, save a copy of the message so that your parents or teachers can forward it to your Internet Service Provider, or use it to make a police report.
  • Always assess the information you read on websites. Because its on the Internet does not mean that its always truthful information, especially when it comes to health issues, or when you are doing research for homework. Check that the website you are getting your information from is a reliable and reputable one, not one built on hearsay. Click here to find out how to assess emails or website content.
  • When subscribing to public newsletters or programs like media plugins or downloads that require you to give out an email address, use a separate email address from your personal one. This will lessen the number of unwanted emails that you receive.
  • Be responsible and ethical when using the Internet whether at home or in a public online centre or cyber café, for e.g. not plagiarising information from the Net, using the computer equipment responsibly, not causing harm to others through your online activities.

Welcome to Y6 2014/2015

A very warm welcome to the Y6 class of 2014/2015! The first two days have been very busy, starting as we mean to go on!

What have we been doing? Well for starters there have been lots of little routines to get used to. These will ensure that we can squeeze in as much learning as possible over the final 6 terms of Primary education. We have established AV techs for worship, laptop and headphone monitors and DSi monitors. There has already been lots of learning taking place too, particularly regarding Computing and e-Safety. All children have a new reading book and some small group reading work has already begun. Indeed, over the course of the week almost all the children in the class will take part in English or Mathematics (or both!) small group work with a range of adults! Mrs. Arnold’s SPaG/GaPS/PaGS (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) lessons will begin next Thursday morning too.

Next week sees the introduction of our ‘normal’ weekly timetable, with this term’s topics including:

Science: Electricity

History: The Maya Empire (a brand new topic for our school)

PE: Swimming (Wednesday morning) and Hockey (Friday morning)

Art: Sculpture (focus Henry Moore)

Although World War II is no longer a Primary History topic, we’ll still be using it as the basis for our ‘Recount’ English topic, again starting on Monday! Mathematics work will, of course, feature ‘F1 Maths’ very soon. However, lots of Mathematics work in Term 1 concerns embedding key Y6 (and beyond) concepts to allow more complex problems to be solved as the year progresses.

More details will follow next week, when we’ll also be electing Team Captains and hopefully getting set up on the rather fun ‘Sumdog’ website!

Busy, busy, busy!

Mr. Hurdman

Welcome to Y6 2014/2015


Did the summer holiday really happen? It’s as if we’ve never been away! Well, that is apart from the 29 fresh faces, bright eyed, eager to learn and hanging on Mr. Hurdman’s every word. Well, perhaps not quite…

Anyway, the new school year has begun and it was straight into the action in Y6. We’ve covered so much already! Here’s a brief summary of what we’re up to during Terms 1 and 2:

“Small minds discuss persons. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas. Really great minds discuss mathematics.”

In mathematics the class have already made significant progress working with negative numbers. We’ve set up ‘Sumdog’ accounts to practise our mental maths skills too. In addition to this we will soon begin work on a new season of F1 Maths. Hopefully Mr. Hurdman won’t lose too many times though as he’ll be in a foul mood for the entire year if he does! We’ve also carried out an assessment of times-tables knowledge. This children had 5 seconds to recall a selection of tables facts from x2 up to x10 (and beyond). A few children still need to brush up on a few facts or learn tables completely. This will therefore be homework for many children for a few weeks. For most children, simply chanting the tables (e.g. one six is six, two sixes are twelve etc…) a few times a day will work wonders. It only takes a minute to do this too! Check out this simple maths training game at http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/images/math-trainer.swf Even if you know your facts, this will help you speed up even more! Year six maths will be much easier and much more fun if you know these basic facts so LEARN THEM! For 99% of children there is no excuse!

English work this year will focus quite substantially on punctuation and grammar, as well as a variety of genres. Mrs. Arnold is also working with the class on a weekly basis during term 1, focussing on this aspect of writing every Thursday morning. Main English topics include our current theme of ‘Recount Writing’ (focussing on diary entries), ‘Fiction Genres’ and ‘The Power of Imagery’ (poetry).

We have almost worked through the class reading individually. Everyone will usually read with an adult either in a group or individually (or both) on a weekly basis. The children are still expected to be reading at home on a regular basis. This doesn’t have to take the form of reading a school reading book to an adult though. It could be a magazine, newspaper, news articles on the web and so on. In fact, the more variety, the better! However, reading books will not be changed unless records have been signed by an adult in the previous seven days.

Over the course of the week, just about every child in the class will have the opportunity to do extra Mathematics or Reading work with one (or more) of a number of school adults. This may be because we feel you are capable of even more with a little ‘encouragement’ or might be because we feel you need an extra challenge. As you will see, its not just those who find things tricky who receive extra support!

Staying safe with communications technology has been a big focus in our initial Computing topic, with considerable time spent looking at the advantages, disadvantages and dangers of using text messaging, e-mail, the internet, chat rooms and social messaging sites. The school will be undergoing an extensive ‘under-the-hood’ ICT refresh mid-October, but forthcoming Computing topics look very exciting indeed – more details will follow soon once we are happy the new system is stable!

Our first Science topic in Term 1 is ‘Electricity’. During this short unit we will be revising the construction of circuits and the use of the correct symbols to represent these. You may be aware that many National Curriculum topics have changed this year, but in order to ensure the children don’t miss any important topics during this transition period we will also still be looking at (or should that be listening to) a unit on ‘Sound’ at the end of Term 1/beginning of Term 2.

Most of the Y6 topic foci are completely new for this year. During Term 1 we will investigate one of the most significant ancient civilisations – the Maya (although in fact this Central-American civilisation existed from 3000BC up until almost 1700AD!). This fascinating topic includes historical skills, geographical skills and, of course, a good helping of mathematical work!

Although Swimming is on a Wednesday in Term 1 and Hockey is on a Friday, please remember to bring in your kit (indoor and outdoor) on a Monday and take it home on Friday if it needs a wash. If you come to a sports club, please make sure your kit returns if you go home in it! Please note indoor kit is SHORTS, not tracksuit bottoms and that for this topic you should have trainers. The PE focus will change in Term 2.

Homework will usually be set on a Thursday and is due in by the following Monday unless specified otherwise. The focus may change as the weeks go by, but the weekly homework summary sheet should contain all the details each week. My advice is to get it done sooner rather than later and to come and see me if you have any problems. As already explained to the children, Y6 homework books must not be decorated and should be kept as neat and tidy as class books. As several children are taking the 11+ tests over the next couple of weeks, the first homework will be sent on Thursday 18th September. Y6 homework will not be set over holidays.

In Y6 the children take on more responsibilities in school. These include JRSOs (Junior Road Safety Officers), Team Captains and School Councillors. Every member of the class will read in Friday worship with Father Terry and also in church at some stage. Keep an eye on the Y6 blog (burghy6.wordpress.com – no www) as well as the school blog (burghschool.wordpress.com) to see what is going on and also to see some examples of children’s work. There are dozens of useful and/or interesting links on the Y6 blog too to keep you busy (and off Minecraft!).

As you can see, Y6 promises to be a busy but interesting year!

Mr. Hurdman


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