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Welcome to Year 6

World War 2 Poems

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We created our own cinquain poems in English this week, these poems were absolutely amazing and we decided they needed to be brought to life, so we put them into a movie. We created our own movies by adding the pictures and music to our words.

World War 2 Poems

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World War 2 Poems

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World War 2 Poems

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World War 2 Poems

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VR Headsets!

In order to investigate the question 'Did the government lie in the WWI propaganda posters?', Year 6 were lucky enough to be the first to use the VR headsets! We explored propaganda posters from WWI which encouraged men to enlist alongside the poem Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen. We then explored the trenches in virtual reality. The children were amazed to discover the conditions and there were lots of squeals about the rats! It was fascinating to move through the trenches and into bunkers interacting with soldiers as we went. Our teachers had fun too as we looked a little bizarre walking around the classroom and waving at things which were not there!

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Open Box

Here are a few snippets from our Open Box visit. We explored how the government used propaganda to encourage people to evacuate their children to the countryside during WWII. The children used role play to consider how the experiences of individual evacuees would be very different. 

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Macbeth!

We have begun an exciting new reading learning journey on Macbeth. In order to understand the historical context of the play, we found out about people’s beliefs about witches in Shakespeare’s England. The children identified that Shakespeare set the play in Scotland and included some terrifying witches because James I, who was Scottish and obsessed with witches, had just become king. After we had explored the language and inferred the meaning of the witches’ chant from Act VI, we rewrote some of the lines which do not fit with our values today. Using the trochaic tetrameter pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables, ensured that the new lines rhymed with its corresponding couplet. We were particularly pleased with the new line ‘Human bones from sunken ships’. Once we were happy with our chant, we dressed up and performed around the fire pit using a drum to keep the rhythm. 

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RE

We used the book 'The Viewer' by Shaun Tan to explore our understanding of the mental state verb 'exist' in preparation for our learning journey on the concept of incarnation. Click the audio files to hear some of the points made during our discussion. 

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Free Reading Friday

The Year 6 children and the Year 2 children loved reading together this week!

Planning Writing

Next week, we will begin writing our diary entries for our text ‘The Princess’ Blankets’. We used colour to plan the emotions we will depict in each entry.

The Heart

This week, in Science, we used resources around the classroom to create a model of a human heart. We used classroom trays for the different chambers of the heart and twisted tissue paper to represent the vessels going in and out of the heart. 

The Princess' Blankets

We have begin an exciting new writing learning journey using the book The Princess' Blankets for inspiration. To pique our interest we created creepy blankets using words and images. 

Mental Multiplication

We demonstrated incredible understanding and knowledge when we explored different methods for making mental calculations involving the multiplication of larger numbers today!

A Pinch of Magic

Today, we turned a key moment in the story into a playscript! We worked hard to interpret the text and decide what each of the characters was doing throughout the scene. Using the dialogue tags, we wrote stage directions and decided how to use intonation and expression to convey the characters' feelings. Finally, we performed our plays to the rest of the class. 

Geography

This week, in Geography, we investigated the fieldwork question 'To what extent can the human geography of a place be adapted to reduce the risks posed by the physical geography?'.

 

We built structures out of spaghetti and playdoh considering how we might make them as earthquake resistant as possible. It was interesting that the structures with triangular elevations were able to withstand earthquakes of higher magnitudes. We concluded that a building can be made earthquake resistant but not necessarily earthquake proof.  

Self Portraits

A Pinch of Magic

In our whole class reading, we are currently exploring 'A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison. Today, the children worked collaboratively to explore the map at the front of the book in order to create a presentation answering the question, 'Which three places do you think will be the most significant in the story and why?'. We had already examined the prologue in depth and the children built on their knowledge of the places that they have encountered in order to make predictions. 

Free Reading Friday

Each week, on Friday mornings the whole federation celebrates our love of reading reading through Free Reading Friday. This week, Year 6 welcomed the new Year 3 to the junior school by partnering up with them and hearing them read. The children had a great time and we were so proud of how the Year 6 children supported their younger peers. So many wonderful interactions were overheard, including the older children showing the younger children how to find words in bold in the glossary and encouraging them to imagine what the events in stories would be like to experience in real life. 

Week One!

We have had such a great week. The children have been fantastic and we are so proud of how they have settled in to their new year group. In Geography, we are learning about earthquakes and volcanoes. We discovered a message in a bottle which turned out to be coordinates for a place where a natural disaster had occurred. Using Google Earth and atlases, we explored the location and then read news reports to find out more about what happened. 

 

In Science, we are learning about the heart and circulation this half term. To begin this learning journey, we created life-sized drawings to show where we thought the internal organs are located. The children's knowledge was excellent and they were very creative - some even added three-dimensional, lift-up ribs! We then spent time developing our knowledge further about the internal organs and different systems in the body. 

 

In Maths, we explored the place value of numbers up to 10,000,000 by building them with Dienes and place value counters. In order to visualise the relative size of numbers as the places increase, we represented different numbers as periods of time. We were fascinated to discover that 100,000 seconds is nearly 28 hours and 1,000,000 seconds is 11 days 1,000,000,000 seconds is 31 years!

Reflecting on the Football 

PGL Day Four

We have just had the best day! We have had lots of compliments on our teamwork and behaviour which was really lovely for our teachers to hear. Although we are having a fabulous time, we are looking forward to seeing our families and handing over our stinky washing!

PGL Residential Day 3.

 

Another sunny day here at Liddington. We have continued our exploration of all that PGL has to offer. We are now pros at using harnesses and belaying each other. Our teachers were even brave enough (or a little bit crazy with exhaustion - they've never done so much exercise!) to allow us to belay them. 

Today we have encountered Vertical Challenge, Buggy Building and Challenge Course for the first time. Some of us have been on Jacob's Ladder (a favourite of Year 6) and taken part in the Crate Challenge. We have pushed ourselves outside of our comfort zones and are showing exceptional perseverance and team work skills. 

Our teachers are so proud of us! We know that you all will be too!

Today has been rounded off with a bonfire and toasted marshmallows.

PGL Residential Day 2!

We have had a very busy day, starting early with a 6:15am wake up call! Our teachers enjoyed waking us up after quite a late night for some! We have had a go at activities such as: orienteering, survival (learning all about surviving in the wild), trapeze, abseiling and zip wire. All the children have had a great time and luckily were able to spend some time in the shade while we were in the woods! There has been a lot of walking (almost 20,000 steps according to the teachers) and several fears of heights have been conquered! 

Residential!

The children have settled in really well and made a great start to the week!

Scott of the Antarctic

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Art Inspired by Shackleton’s Journey

In English, we wrote descriptions of South Georgia Island and then painted wood slices based on our descriptions.

Stop Motion Animation

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Angles

We had great fun measuring and calculating angles in maths.

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. 

Outdoor Club

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:

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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. 

Zentangles

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.

Performance Poetry

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...

Holes and the Yellow-spotted Lizards!

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

Hubble bubble, toil and trouble! 
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. 

Science

National Poetry Day

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!

Super Spelling

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

John Hanson

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 

 

 

 

Hi Year 6

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

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

Staff Message

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 Sunrise

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 

Our Reading

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! 

Spring 2 - Poetry

Spring 1 - Dino Day

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed starting the New Year with Dino Day! Throughout the day, Year 6 learnt about we can learn about the past by studying fossils; they excavated fossil remains to try and identify and classify the different dinosaurs. In the afternoon, we spent time learning about how fossils can also provide us with information about the 'Human Journey' and how we have evolved to look and act the way we do. The rest of the day was spent investigating the length of dinosaurs and finding out if they could fit on our school playground; discovering which dinosaur was guilty of abandoning their egg (using research and clues to find their verdict) and creating a poster on the 3 different periods in the Mesozoic, Dinosaur Era. What a way to start our half term!

Autumn 2

 

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)

How We See Things - Science. The children who completed this work were really proud of their efforts and we wished to share it with you.

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.

The Answer to our Geography Enquiry Question - What was more deadly and destructive, a tornado or an earthquake?

Autumn 1

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.  

 

Our Nassos Daphnis inspired art work

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