Welcome to Year 6
Teacher: Mrs. Buck
Teaching assistant: Mrs. Gledhill
Read through our diary... it shows you all of the exciting things we get up to in Year 6. Timetables, homework information and kit lists can be found towards the bottom of the page.
Harvest Festival 12.10.18
The whole school walked to St James’ Church this morning for a Harvest Festival service. The children had brought in food to make up a food basket.
The Year 6 readers were great. They were very confident and everyone remembered their words.
Circulatory System 01.10.18
A Magical Moment 28.09.18
Daniel's resilience and determination has paid off as he is now a fully fledged bike rider! Well done, Daniel. It feels great to master something, doesn't it?
Since returning from camp, Daniel has worked tyre-less-ly (every pun intended) through his morning and lunch time brakes (and again) so that he can become a bike rider and take part in the outdoor mountain biking sessions. He is so proud of himself...and rightly so. This is just a sneaky peak of him 'wheelie' showing off!
It's a Carbon Copy 28.09.18
The class have completed their versions of The Guernica using sketching pencils and so we are working on an alternative piece which instead of being black and white will be very colourful.
They used carbon paper to copy the outlines of Picasso's images that make up The Guernica, a resource that nowadays, with computers and printers, is scarcely used.
Loading the Boat 27.09.18
The volunteers from the Canal and River Trust joined Year 6 this morning to run some workshops. The children made their own cranes with gears, pulleys and string to investigate the effort needed to raise the cargo onto a canal boat.
They also investigated acidic and alkaline conditions and so understood a little more of what has to be done to our canal water when it is heavily polluted with acids and alkaline.
The whole school have now decorated a flag in Remembrance of the fallen in WW1. They are all on display at The National Memorial Arboretum.
The National Memorial Arboretum 19.09.18
We've taken part in Flags for the Fallen today at the arboretum in Alrewas. Each child has decorated a flag and dedicated it to a serviceman who was killed during the war by writing his name, regiment and date of death on the reverse. Lots of flags have already been placed on the huge outline of the UK and they make a very poignant display.
The children also visited lots of other memorials that are on site including, 'Shot at Dawn' which tells the horrific facts about soldiers that were too scared to obey orders; 'Every Which Way' which is a beautiful bronze sculpture that depicts child evacuees; and the Armed Forces Memorial which holds over 20,000 names of servicemen that have been killed since the end of WWII. There was also a new memorial which has been created by the families of the servicemen. A sea of poppies covers the grass and each one has an inscription; the children spent many moments looking through these and reading the heart-felt comments.
If you get the chance try to visit the arboretum as they have some great activities going on, especially leading up to Remembrance Day and Christmas.
A Week at Beaudesert Camp!!! 10th - 14th September
Read on to discover what an adventure it was...
Awwww! It's the last day 14.09.18
Another day of hard work as the children need to break camp. After a continental breakfast, bags have to be packed, the tents have to be taken down, the store has to be emptied and the site needs a litter pick...all before we're allowed in the shop.
We arrive back at school in the afternoon with just enough time to unpack the minibus...and then it's home to a nice, hot bath!!!
Riding or Walking??? 13.09.18
It's leftover omelette day, today! Another great success!
Breakfast turned out to be bacon, sausage and kebab omelette today...and it was delicious! Obviously, for those that did not fancy this, there was cereal (as there had been every day).
Some of the group walked to Birches Valley today and the others rode the mountain bike trails.
The walking group started at the Cannock Chase War Cemetery and then visited the German War Graves. This was to remember the servicemen who had given their lives for the life we have today. The photos show the children laying the wreaths that they had made at the grave of the serviceman they had been researching. The CWGC Web site had allowed the children to find the plot and grave reference number for their serviceman and so today it was very meaningful for them to actually find that grave and pay their respects.
The bikers and walkers swapped over after lunch and a play on the park and then it was time to return to the campsite.
The last night was potato night and again the children had decided what to cook to go with their potatoes so there was corned beef, stewing beef and Quorn chicken on the menu.
Wednesday in the Woods 13.09.18
It's sausage and eggs for breakfast this morning. What a way to start the day!
By just looking at the photos you can see that the children took part in numerous activities today. The shelter on the campsite would make a great addition to our own school grounds so the children begin designing a shelter that they could build back at school that would have great eco credentials (and also not cost much!)
Who can split the log? This children could not resist this challenge. With a sledge hammer and grenade the children's resilience was tested as they took it in turns to hit the grenade into the log to split it for firewood. It took a while but they succeeded.
We'd brought some willow from school so we made wreaths using natural materials to lay at the Cannock Chase War Graves on Thursday. This was lovely and relaxing as by this time the sun had come out and we were all in t'shirts.
After foraging for blackberries, the children peeled apples and stewed them both together over the rocket stove. Delicious for tea, with honey to sweeten and custard. Cabbage was chopped and carrots grated so that the children also had homemade coleslaw to eat.
Dancing was next on the agenda. The children showed off their dance moves and routines and sang songs from the recent production of Aladdin.
Tea was a huge success. It was rice night, tonight and each group had decided what they wanted to cook so we had lots of different dishes, including: peri-peri chicken, chicken curry, chicken and rice with peas and sweetcorn and tuna and rice.
Toasting marshmallows, a visit from Mrs. Davies and the bottle game, meant they were well and truly ready for an early night.
Swinging in the Rain 11.09.18
After a good night's sleep, it's a wet start to the day but that does not deter the children. The rope swing is a real hit and there's always a queue to use it.
The children cook their own bacon sandwiches on the rocket stoves this morning and do their own washing up in teams.
Exploring the campsite gives them chance just 'to be' and spend time with their classmates; it's not long before they find a secret den with another swing and thousands of hidey-holes and woodland creatures.
For lunch, they prepare their own wrap and we eat all together before walking up through the campsite to the bike track. In groups, the children take it in turns to practise their bike-riding skills as on Thursday there's a chance to ride the bikes on the mountain biking tracks between Birches Valley and Marquis Drive.
Let the Adventure Begin! 10.09.18
Day 1 of our adventure. The walking group set off from school and head along the canal to Chasewater where we stop for lunch and a play on the park. They follow their route by OS map and carry on walking through Chase Terrace, where we met up with the camp helpers group, over Gentleshaw Common and finally (approximately 5 hours later) they arrive at Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre.
The camp helpers had been busy on site as the store tent had been set up, the equipment had been unloaded and the shelter had been organised.
The next task for the children was to decide where to pitch their tents and then it was on to preparing tea. The children had designed their own menu as part of the pre-camp preparation back at school so all they needed to do, after putting up their tents, was to gather their ingredients, light the rocket stoves and begin to cook!
After a short night walk, the children were ready for their beds.
Guernica by Pablo Picasso 07.09.18
Probably Picasso's most famous work, Guernica is certainly his most powerful political statement, painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi's devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. The children studied the scene and thought about how Picasso represented pain and suffering through his use of humans and animals.
The photos below show the children working on their own versions of Guernica using their new sketching pencils to perfect the different shades in the picture.
RAF100 Name Your Plane 06.09.18
2018 is the centenary of the formation of the RAF and the children have been invited to commemorate the service people who were killed during WW1 by decorating aeroplanes. These aeroplanes will be added to a national art installation called 'Name Your Plane' that is being organised by The Big Ideas Co. To find out more about other projects that The Big Ideas Co are involved in, please click the link.
The finished aeroplanes look amazing and it gave the children a real opportunity to reflect on how brave the members of the RAF in WW1 were. We will be taking part in lots of remembrance activities and are hoping to lay a wreath at the Cannock Chase War Cemetery next week whilst we are at camp. Have a look at the photos that follow.
It's that time of year again! We're working on improving our arithmetic scores so we're practising addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages and fractions.
If you want to have a go at home follow these links and let me have your answers at school. Good luck!
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website is going to help the children to research a soldier that died during WW1 and they will then be able to write a short biography of his life. Hopefully, the children will visit the grave of their soldier at the Cannock Chase War Cemetery during their camping trip to Beau Desert to lay a wreath.
Follow the link to the CWGC website and find out about the brave service people that fought for our country.
We are starting the term with a short story by Michael Morpurgo called, 'What does it feel like?' The story is part of a collection of short stories in the book called Hereabout Hill.
The story tells of Sofia's ordeal as she watches the French village where she lives burnt to the ground by German soldiers.
World War 1 and the RAF
Wow! Our first few days in Year 6 have been busy ones as we have started our WW1 topic by posing questions that we would like to find the answers to; visiting the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to research soldiers that died during the Great War; and decorating a commemorative aeroplane that will become part of a national art installation to commemorate the service people of the RAF.
Later on this month we will be taking part in the 'Flags for the Fallen' art installation that the National Memorial Arboretum are hosting. The children will get the opportunity to decorate a flag and place it on a huge map of the UK. Go and visit to see the flags from Millfield. Click on the links to find out about all of the exciting activities available at the NMA.
RAF Cosford will also be visited as part of our topic work. The museum is a fabulous place to visit and the children get the chance to get up close to the aeroplanes they have been finding out about.
Animals including Humans:
In our first topic we will learn about the circulatory system and how its different parts function together. Our bodies are amazing and we love to find out about how it works.
Click on the following address to take you to the BBC Bitesize website where there is an activity and test relating to the circulatory system. There are also interactive videos that show how the blood is pumped around the body.
Also within this topic we will explore the effect of diet, drugs, lifestyle and exercise on our circulatory system and general health.
Follow the link to have a look at SATs questions relating to this topic:
Homework is usually handed out each Thursday and is expected to be returned completed by the following Tuesday (Wednesday at the latest). Those children that do not meet the deadline can complete their homework in ‘homework catch-up sessions’.
All of the children know that if they have any problems with their homework they can just ask for help.
The correct school kit is:
Black sweatshirt (can be zipped)
Black jogging bottoms (in winter)
Year 6 will have PE on a Tuesday afternoon and a fitness session on a Friday morning so please make sure you have the correct kit with you. If you are a member of the school's sports teams you may need your kit at different times. It is the best policy to have a clean kit here at school at all times and then you're ready for any impromptu sports lesson that may occur!
Critical Skills Classes
By the end of Year 6, children should have mastered the critical skills involved with swimming which include: being able to swim 25 metres, being competent at two different strokes, having the ability to float and tread water and knowing the rules associated with swimming in swimming pools and open water.
To enable them to accomplish these skills Year 6 will have swimming lessons each Monday afternoon from October half term until Christmas.
Children are invited to a fun session in the swimming pool every Wednesday morning at 7.30am. During these sessions they can play with the floats, balls and woggles and splash around as much as they like!
For all sessions in the school pool children must have the appropriate swimwear on - tight fitting trunks for the boys (no baggy shorts) and a full swimming costume for the girls (no bikinis). They are not allowed in the water wearing any jewellery and they must wear a swim cap at all times. Children can only wear goggles if they have a medical need which is supported by a letter from the medical profession.
At times during the weekly timetable, we will spend time outside learning and working in our amazing school grounds. For this reason, it would be ideal to have an outdoor kit here at school at all times. This can be a warm change of clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. We have wellies for children to borrow at school, however, you are always welcome to bring your own.
As part of our curriculum Year 6 children continue to develop their kayaking, canoeing, hill walking and orienteering skills throughout the year. Whatever the weather – we’re out there!!
Year 6 children have the opportunity to go long distance walking – both for pleasure and fitness purposes. The school offers every child a set of waterproofs, thermals, fleeces, walking boots and even a rucksack!
Kayaking and Canoeing:
At different times throughout the year (to be arranged) you are almost certain to find a small group of Year 6 “messing about on the water”. Of course, we have fully trained staff to oversee every session.
We have an outdoor orienteering course in our very own wild area which children get to use a s part of adventure days and outdoor learning sessions.
Recently the school has purchased a number of mountain bikes that the children can use on a daily basis at lunch time or as part of a programme to gain their bicycle skills certificates.
Rocket Stove Cooking:
Not just at camp! The school have 5 Eco stoves that the children can cook on.