Learning Support Team: Mrs Young, Mrs Buck and Mrs Hands
Welcome to Year 6!
Interpretations of Heaven
In RE, we have been evaluating the concept of Heaven by considering its value to Christians. We read a selection of different Bible verses and collected vocabulary that informed our ideas of what Christians believe Heaven to be like. We then used our creativity to explore this concept further by creating some fantastic artwork!
⚡️ ‘Sparky’ Science ⚡️
We have been creating circuits in science. Through practical work, we are answering enquiry questions and planning our experiments in groups. We are learning so much from forming predictions, planning resources, recording results and drawing conclusions from what we have discovered.
The children enjoyed making bird feeders this week at Outdoor Club. We braved the rain to find sticks then hid inside The Hive to learn how to secure them together using a square lashing knot. We have been learning to be safe with tools and used this knowledge to core the apples, then thread them onto our sticks. Seeds were pushed in after to give the birds a treat! We were surprised to find that lots of the seeds had gone by the next day!
Examining Historical Sources
The children looked at a range of sources and created opinion continuums to demonstrate how reliable they felt each source was. They considered the provenance of each source and made justifications for their choices. Later, we explored Robert Scott's hut (which is still standing in Antarctica). Here is the link so you can look too:
Scaled Diagrams of Shackleton's Journey
We have just started a new, exciting English learning journey using 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill to inspire our writing. Today, we scaled down the distance of his journey across Antarctica (1800 miles) so that we could imagine how far his expedition went in treacherous conditions. We compared the distance to the width of England at its widest point (300 miles) and the length of Great Britain (600 miles).
Race to the Balksbury Pole!
We had lots of fun in teams overcoming obstacles and navigating to waypoints in a race to the pole. At each point, we had to take a card with an 'event' on it randomly from a bag and then follow those instructions. Some were helpful events which sped the group up such as good weather or a nice downhill slope. At other times we were trapped in our tents because of an unexpected blizzard or we suffered frostbite which slowed us down. As usual, the team spirit was amazing and the children took their ill fortune in good spirit. We are looking forward to finding out more about Robert Falcon Scott and the Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole.
We have been practising different Zentangle patterns and exploring how we can create the effect of light on a shiny surface. Our science topic this half term is all about light and how we see things so we combined these two skills to produce beautiful artwork.
Cloud Tea Monkeys
In English this half term, we have been reading the book, Cloud Tea Monkeys. We then linked what we had been learning in Science about adaptations to help us write non-chronological reports about our own type of monkey. Year 6 worked really hard, thinking about the purpose, audience and organisation of their work. Well done!
Year 6 Are Back!
We have had a great day in year 6; it has been so lovely to all be together again. Our geography topic this half term is 'Global Trade' with a focus on tea. The children had lots of fun creating different iced-tea recipes with fruit tea, different flavoured cordials and fresh fruit. We found out about where in the world the different ingredients are grown and explored the patterns in global climate which enable particular plants to grow in certain places.
Mayan Mask Designs
We have been learning about the Ancient Mayans this half term in History. This week we designed our own masks and they are fantastic! Here is a selection...
Forces in action
In Science this half term, we are learning about forces. We recently developed our understanding of water resistance as a drag force, using two experiments. First, we observed how a ball of playdough fell through different liquids: water, oil and syrup. We discussed why the ball fell so slowly through the syrup.
After that, the children had great fun making boats and loading them up with paper clips. We discussed the effect of having a boat with a large surface area.
Anti-bullying week: United Against Bullying
As part of our work on Macbeth this half term, we read some of Shakespeare’s play around the fire pit, pretending to be the weird sisters. After, we wrote poems themed around spells and witches. They are brilliant and we loved reading them aloud to each other.
Exploring Emotion through Colour and Shape
Call My Bluff!
We had lots of fun looking at a selection of fascinating Ancient Greek artifacts. In groups, we were given an artifact and an explanation of its most likely function and we had the opportunity to study the artifact closely. We then had to use our own historical knowledge and research to make up two more, untrue explanations with which to try to fool the rest of the class. It was very funny!
In our spelling lessons this week, we have been investigating the different ways we can spell the suffix /shus/.
We practised this in lots of different ways, including painting with water outside. This has helped improved our muscle memory for these words- and was good fun too!
Investigating BIG numbers!
We had a wonderful time using dienes and place value counters to build big numbers and practise saying them aloud. It was interesting to visualise how big 10 million would be using dienes. Some of us chose to use natural objects we found in the nature area to represent numbers. We challenged the children to see if they could make zero and that produced some highly interesting discussion about what happens when the places in the number get smaller than the 'ones' place.
Exploring Emotions through Shape and Colour
It has been wonderful to welcome the children back and hear the playground filled with laughter and chatter.
We have been exploring the emotions that we have been experiencing. The children have been incredibly supportive of each other and we have been impressed with how they have respected each other's feelings. We explored how colours can be associated with emotions and also how our emotions have a scale which we can use to describe how deeply we are feeling them. We realised that lots of emotions have a physical effect on us and that there are many techniques w can use to help us feel better. We are developing vocabulary to help us to articulate our emotions more accurately.
Transition from Year 6 to Year 7. Information from the School Nursing Service
Friday 26th June 11am - Spruce Bubble
Monday 29th June 10am - Poplar Bubble
Tuesday 30th June 10am - Elm Bubble
Friday 3rd July 11am - Oak Bubble
Monday 6th July 10am - Lime Bubble
Harrow Way and Winton
Tuesday 30th June - Virtual Transition
Please find the Home Learning resources above. Please click any of the week tabs to open up more resources. The most recent update is Week 11 although it does not matter if you still wish to complete tasks from other handouts. There are weekly competitions to take part in and the most recent one is an Art competition listed on the Week 10 tab. If your child is not working from the newest hand out, make sure you still check the newest update each week so they do not miss out on the competitions.
Please also encourage your child/children to listen to audio clips of their teachers reading by clicking on the dolphin or bird above. Your child will need to listen to 'The Unforgotten Coat' audio clips so that if they do return to school, they can join in with guided reading sessions effectively (as this is the book we are reading in class).
Please also use the ELSA resources (by clicking on the rainbow above) as needed. If you require any further ideas on encouraging your child to read at home, click the book tab above.
Thank you for your support. Take care.
The Year 6 Team
Arithmetic Support - Following a number of requests, I have put together a support sheet to help you further support your children with their homework at home. I have recorded the process for each slide however am unable to upload this version to the website. If you would like to come in and view the step-by-step process, please contact the school office to make an appointment with your child's class teacher. We hope you find this useful.
Calshot - Day One
Year 6 arrived safely at Calshot around 11:15 this morning and it has been non-stop since then! The children were very excited to meet their Calshot instructor and enjoyed touring the site before tucking into a yummy lunch. The food has been a big hit by all thus far!
After lunch, each group began their first activity and despite the weather, everyone had a really enjoyable time getting to know their teammates.
Currently, the children are participating in their last activity of the day and surprisingly are still very awake!
We will update the website again tomorrow evening but we hope you are enjoying a peaceful evening.
The Year 6 Team
Calshot - Day Two
Today has been another brilliant day. We started the day with glorious sunshine and a continental breakfast at 8am, which was a big success amongst Year 6 - especially when they realised that they could have ‘seconds’.
After breakfast, we made our way to meet our instructors for another fun-filled day of activities. Today, the children participated in their first skiing and climbing sessions, learnt to cycle in the velodrome and overcame their fear of heights by scaling the peg pole and swinging from the roof of the Schneider hangar during team swing.
Now we are finishing our last day activity before having dinner, and hopefully a warm cup of tea for the staff!
Have a good evening.
The Year 6 Team
Calshot - Day Three
Another fabulous day at Calshot today and it has been by far the warmest!
Today, most groups have been making the most of the glorious sunshine whilst orienteering in the forest or exploring the pebble beach. Today, the children have worked brilliantly in their teams and it is really lovely to see how much they have all bonded since Monday.
Alongside the orienteering/beach quest, the children took part in their second climbing and skiing sessions. You could really see each child becoming more confident and more willing to challenge themselves by climbing higher or skiing from a steeper slope. Thankfully, there were only a few minor stumbles on the slope...mainly from the staff!
This evening, the children have taken part in their last evening activity as tomorrow, the children will have a slightly calmer and warmer evening watching a film.
Have a good evening.
The Year 6 Team
Calshot - Day Four
Our last day at Calshot has been the best so far. The children and staff have all had a super day and have enjoyed sharing their funny memories of the day over dinner tonight.
Today, most groups have participated in aerotrek (a bit like Tree Runners), abseiling and team swing and each group have thoroughly enjoyed cheering on their teammates. The Calshot instructors have praised our Balksbury students for their perseverance with each task and their support and encouragement of each other throughout. You could regularly hear chants of children’s names echoing throughout he hangar. Most groups ended the day with a round of ringos which was a brilliant and hilarious end to the day.
Now the children are enjoying the warm by watching a film and munching on a few biscuits. You will be glad to hear that they are all packed and ready to come home tomorrow however I’m not sure they have mastered the art of packing this week...
We hope that the you have received your child’s postcards and that you have enjoyed our nightly updates. Tomorrow, we aim to leave Calshot by 2pm however we will ensure to keep you updated of any changes via the school office.
Thank you. We hope you enjoy your evening.
The Year 6 Team
Spring 2 - Sports Relief
What a wonderful afternoon!
This afternoon, Year 5 and 6 played either tag rugby or netball and they thoroughly enjoyed the chance to play in teams with children from different year groups so much so, that we thought it would be a nice idea to do the same next Friday after Anti-bulling Day.
We were really proud of our Year 6s and how they were not only brilliant role models to Year 5, but they also became sports coaches and enjoyed the chance to teach younger children how to play each sport.
The children had the chance to think about passing, dodging, defending and scoring and they had to adapt to the altered rules of each sport. A really enjoyable (and sunny) afternoon!
This week, the children in Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed beginning to read Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick during Guided Reading sessions. They have enjoyed predicting and inferring what they believe to have happened to the the main character, Zoe.
Last half term, we decided to read Holes by Louis Sachar which proved to be a popular choice across the year group. We hope that the children enjoy reading Floodland just as much as they enjoyed reading Holes - a tough book to beat!
During English this week, the children have used the text as a stimulus for writing and have produced wonderful pieces of work.
"As I glared at the sky, I suddenly realised that the soot coloured clouds in my peripheral vision had gathered up into a tornado! I watched it get closer to the ground for a moment, but when it touched the ground...I ... Ran." (Member of Willow Class)
Some of our Computing work this half term. This week, the children have started to collect data to input into databases. They will be inserting graphs to represent their data collections next week.
This half term, we have been studying Greece within our Topic lessons. During our topic day at the beginning of the term, the children learnt about modern Greece and they thoroughly enjoyed tasting foods that originated in Greece - apart from the olives which were most definitely not a favourable item.
Since then, we have spent time learning about Ancient Greece and the children really enjoyed their Open Box experience - hilarious pictures to follow soon.
Year 6 have worked exceptionally hard showing their understanding throughout our topic and would really like to share their work with you on Thursday 24th October from 2:30pm during our Greek Museum in the Year 6 classrooms. Children are welcome to bring in a Greek inspired costume/bedsheet to wear during the afternoon.
This week, we will be tackling the task of painting our final Nassos Daphnis inspired art work and also spend some time designing and making our cam toys. We will share some pictures at the end of the week to give you a sneak peak of what to expect at the museum.