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Welcome to Amethyst Class - Yr 6

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Welcome to the Amethyst  class page! Here you will find links to useful websites, information about our topics and recent activities and options to download key documents.

As always, if you have any queries or questions, we are available every day after school, or by email at sally@netherfield.e-sussex.sch.uk 

Remember: Please bring in your good news from home slips! All news welcome!

Our Classroom

Tomorrow's World

This term, our DICE topic is entitled 'Tomorrow's World'. Text messages, emails, websites, blogs and podcasts-there are so many ways to communicate.  The children will discover the movers and shakers in the world of technology-the people who’ve shaped the modern world.  Perhaps they might be a visionary for the next generation? Build robots and circuits, break codes and investigate gadgets galore.  The children on the request of M199, build a website for a new spy school.  What pages will it need? A secret lunch menu? They decide!

 

Fun Facts

·        The art of deciphering encoded messages is known as cryptanalysis.

·        The Small Scale Experimental Machine, known as ’Baby’, was the world’s first stored-program computer. Built in Manchester in 1948, it had the equivalent processing power of a mobile phone but filled an entire room with technical apparatus and cables.

·        Some people say the world’s first computer is a Greek machine called the Antikythera mechanism,which is 2000 years old. It had 37 interlocking dials that were used for modelling and predicting the movements of the stars and the date and location of upcoming Olympic Games.

·        English physicist, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is regarded as having invented the World Wide Web in 1989.

·        Some of the most infamous computer malware ever created includes Creeper (1971), Michelangelo(1991), ILOVEYOU (2000), Code Red (2001) and Conficker (2008).

·        The word ‘laser’ originated as an acronym of light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.

·        Early lasers were developed in the United States in the 1960s. Their strength was measured in ‘Gillettes’, because results were based on how many razor blades a beam punctured.

·        The word ‘blog’ is a truncated version of ‘web log’ and was first used in the 1990s

·        .In English, an @ is commonly known as the ‘at’ symbol. Other languages have much more poetic descriptions, many of them animal-related. In Dutch, it’s ‘apestaart’, which means ‘monkey’s tail’,and in Italian it’s ‘chiocciolina’, which means ‘small snail’.

·        In 1991, the crew of STS-43 Atlantis sent the first email from space, which read: ‘Hello Earth!Greetings from the STS-43 Crew… . Having a GREAT time, wish you were here,… send cryo andRCS! Hasta la vista, baby,… we’ll be back!’.

Homelearning

This year Maths Home Learning will be due in on a Friday. Spellings will be due in on Monday, as spelling tests will be on this day. Times Table tests will be on Monday, therefore Times Table homework will be due in on Monday as well. The children will also have an Arithmetic Test and a Grammar Test to help prepare them for similar tests at the end of Key Stage Two, but will be tested solely on knowledge and skills learnt within the classroom.

Those children who forget to bring in their home learning, or fail to complete it to the deadline, will have to complete a portion of the home learning during their lunch time.

Letter - Join

Welcome to our new handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

Computing - Purple Mash

A reminder that we have joined the Purple Mash community for teaching and learning computing and digital literacy. The children all have their own logins to access the games , activites and programs on the website, and they will be able to explain to you how it all works. If they have forgotten their login, we have a record of them and will be able to provide them to you! Click the picture to go to the login page.

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