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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!

Mr Showan (6S) and Miss Cartwright (6C)

 

What a fun year Year 6 is. It is very busy and action packed but also very rewarding. We have exciting topics, theme days and lessons. We continue to be independent learners and use our growth mindset every day to learn from mistakes. We set an example to the rest of the school and have increased responsibilities. We look forward to seeing what the year has to offer and we want the children to have the best year before they transition to up secondary school.

Here are the two Year 6 classes dressed up for Dahlicious Day!

Topics covered during the year are:

Autumn 1- Vikings

Autumn 2- Remembrance, WW1 and Suffragettes

Spring 1- Henry V and the 100 Years War

Spring 2- Human Geography

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Important Information and Key Dates

  • Induction day is Tuesday 2nd July where children will visit their new schools.
  • On Thursday 4th July we need costumes in for production for a dress rehearsal.
  • On Friday 5th July it is the school talent show- thank you to all of those children who auditioned, the standard was great!
  • The school Summer fete will be held on Saturday 6th July.
  • Year 5 farmers market for Fair Trade will be on Wednesday 10th July- children can bring in a maximum of £5 if they wish in a named wallet or purse. 
  • Provisional dates for the Year 6 production are the evening of Thursday 11th July, Friday 12th July and Monday 15th July.
  • Reports are out on Friday 12th July.
  • On Tuesday 16th July Year 6 will be going on our annual trip to Chessington World of Adventures- please pay via ParentPay.
  • On Wednesday 17th July it is sports day. Reserve sports day will be on the following day if needs be. 
  • Year 6 leavers assembly to parents will be at 1:00 on Tuesday 23rd July. This is also the day we break up for Summer, at 2:15.
  • WOW! What a busy but fun filled Summer term it will be :)

In Year 6, we would like the children to be reading everyday for minimum of 10 minutes. They are required to record at least 5 of their reading sessions in their reading record a week (this must cover 5 separate dates). 

 

Across the school, but particularly in Year 6, there is a comprehension focus on children's reading. On occasion, please read with your children and question them on what they have read and understood about their book. 

 

Reading records will be collected and checked each week on Tuesdays.

Our Year 6 Learning Journey

PGL in the Isle of Wight

What a week we had at Little Canada, the weather might not have been the best but we didn't let it dampen our spirits. We had so much fun and had lots of opportunities to show off our growth mindsets and team work skills. Activities on site were lots of fun and the excursions we did (Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, the beach and Amazon World) were great. Lots of the public commented how polite and well behaved our children were. All of the children made us proud!

 

The children who didn't go also had a fantastic week doing art, baking, computing, cinema afternoon with milkshakes, the list could go on. They also went on an activity day to Green Park where they got to push themselves out of their comfort zone and doing PGL style activities. On Friday they went to Wren Davies farm and also made pizzas! 

 

An excellent week all round, thank you to all of the staff that made the children's week so special and one they will never forget! 

Take Over Week

The children had an excellent week planning lessons and activities for different classes for Take Over Day. They started off observing the classes and noting down important factors. The children worked in groups for two days to plan and prepare the different lessons and the resources that went with them. They had to consider the WALT given to them carefully and plan activities that matched this. They made powerpoints to go with their lessons (showing off their indepth Powerpoint skills) and considered the equipment needed.

On the day the children turned up in what they thought was teacher attire and they were in charge of their class up until lunchtime. They showed off their mature attitudes and did themselves proud. After teaching their lessons they had to mark the work the children had done and provide feedback. 

What a successful week and it was great to see different children coming out of their comfort zone and even considering going into teaching when they are older. We got so much positive feedback from children and staff about this day so well done Year 6- your hard work paid off!

Interhouse Cross Country
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DT Day

During the Spring term we planned and designed CAM toys in our DT lessons with Mrs Lee. We did project packs on these to show all of our hard work and we also incorporated Maths into our plans when we had to use measurements and create technical drawings. Things we had observed at the MAD museum in Stratford helped us with our designs. Some of us worked individually and some of us worked in pairs. We then constructed our CAMs and evaluated them. What a great day!

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Year 6 Trip to Stratford

On Monday 11th February Year 6 children and adults travelled up to Stratford-Upon-Avon. We visited Shakespeare's birth place, this was a great opportunity to gain more knowledge about Shakespeare in line with what we have been studying in topic this half term. We also visited the MAD (Mechanical Arts and Design) Museum. This museum was so much fun and everyone loved it! It gave us lots of ideas for our CAM projects in DT next half term. What a great day and thank you to all of the adults that went on the trip with us.

Safer Internet Day

 

In the weeks leading up to Safer Internet Day (5th February) 6C worked in groups to plan online safety lessons for the younger years. On this day, they taught the lessons to Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2. These were fantastically planned and delivered so well, I am very proud of every child who worked so hard to create a fun and creative lesson. We had lots of positive feedback from both teachers and children. Well done 6C!

It's snowing!
Today we got to do our games lesson in the snow! It was cold but was a lot of fun and we got to learn and practise some more rugby skills. We all, well most of us, still had smiles on our faces by the end! 

Dodgeball Tournament

Year 6 had a great afternoon at Challoners High School taking part in a dodgeball tournament on Friday 11th January. We played against two other schools and every team worked well together and showed a true growth mindset. We had great fun throwing balls at each other and dodging the balls! We even won the whole event. Well done Year 6, you did us proud. Thank you to all of the members of staff who came with us.

World War One - Women's Rights Movement

To start the part of our topic focused on the Women's Rights Movement, we explored what life was like for Victorian women before the Women's Rights Movement began.  We looked at sources describing women in the Victorian era, and investigated what it was like to wear a Crinoline skirt for an hour over lunch time.

The review was that it was impractical, difficult to move in, impossible to run in, and generally a pain to wear!  Needless to say, it did not survive lunch time.

 

Remembrance Week

For our World War One Remembrance Topic, we had a week full of activities to think about the importance of Remembrance to link with our topic.  Our activities included:

  • 6S Class Assembly on Remembrance, telling the story of the armistice in 1918
  • Visit from Quantum Theatre, who performed their performance of Your Country Needs You, an amazing two person production focussed on the start of World War One and "Pals Battalions"      (A big thank you to the PTA, who supported us with this visit)
  • Visit from Colin Doyle from the Royal British Legion, where the children learnt more about the Royal British Legion's work, and made their own poppies.
  • The whole Year attended a reflective service at the Church, were they shared their own poetry and took part in a minute silence of remembrance.

We are really proud of all the Year 6s for their work during this week and their reflections and thoughts on this important topic.

Life in the Trenches

To better understand the emotions of what it must have been like to be in the trenches, we created a trench in the class using tables, and read excerpts from Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est while we we crawled through, listening to a soundtrack of World War sounds.  

We really experienced what it must have been like in the trenches, and created a word carpet of ideas, thoughts and feelings to help us with our War Poetry.

Viking Day

 

On 31st October Year 6 celebrated a Viking day to finish off our Autumn 1 topic of the Vikings. This topic led on well from our Year 5 Summer topic of the Anglo Saxons. We all came to school dressed up in our best Viking attire and our day was filled with lots of fun and creative activities. We played raid and loot the monastery, we cooked Viking bread and flapjacks (that were then served at the exhibition), we learnt how to cross stitch using Binka and we created Viking dances. At the end of the day our parents and siblings came to see all of the fantastic work we have created during the term, from clay heads to newspaper reports, from creating Gods and Godesses to making longship adverts. Not only did we have a busy and fun Viking day but an excellent first half term! See some of the photos from Viking day below. 

Today we programmed LEGO robots in Year 6!

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