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Welcome to Year 6

Class Teacher: Mrs. Buck.

Teaching Assistant: Mrs. Gledhill.

Our page lets you know what the Year 6 class have been up to. Keep reading to find out the latest news.

Year 6 Laying Wreaths at the Arboretum 16.11.17

The wreaths that we made yesterday were taken to the National Memorial Arboretum today by a group of Year 6 children. The children placed the wreaths on the memorials in the arboretum and got to add their Heartfelt messages to the Passchendaele art installation.  

We used a national database to research the names of soldiers, who had been killed during the battle and buried in our local area, and acknowledged their service by writing their names on the wreaths.

The red and blue flowers that we used in our wreaths were also chosen very carefully as red is the colour of the British remembrance flower, the poppy, and blue is the colour of the French cornflower and the German, forget-me-knot.

What a lovely day.

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Floral Exuberance 15th November

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele Year 6 have made wreaths to lay at the memorials when they visit the National Memorial Arboretum tomorrow. They really enjoyed the activity so we need to say a great big thank you to Mrs. Sheffield, a local florist, who taught the children how to make these stunning wreaths. I think we have some 'budding' florists in Year 6 (pun intended!) Take a look at the photos. Mrs. Sheffield has agreed to have a stall at our Christmas Fair so we'll be seeing her floral creations again, soon.

STEM Day at RAF Cosford 15th November 

14 lucky Year 6's have been at RAF Cosford today taking part in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Day. They have enjoyed lots of different activities including rocket making and working on iPads.

 

The National Memorial Arboretum 09.11.17

Year 6 visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas as part of their War topic. This year, as it is the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, discovering the memorials relating to the battle was especially poignant. Whilst we were there, we took part in the Heartfelt art installation. If you get chance, try to visit as the colourful display is both thoughtful and stunning. 

Watercolour Poppies 08.11.17

What's not to love? Lots of water, lots of paint and blowing paint through a straw. We had a lot of fun and the results make a beautiful remembrance display in the classroom.

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Passchendaele Homework Project 07.11.17

This week the children's homework project was to find out about Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest battles of WW1, and to present their findings to the class. The work was brilliant - have a look at the following photos. Everyone put in a lot of effort and thoroughly enjoyed the research.

 

Canal and River trust Visitors 02.11.17

Today, the volunteers from The Canal and River Trust visited us to work with us on water safety. We then took part in some great workshops that helped us to understand how and why the canals were made.

 

Beaudesert Camp 16th - 19th October 2017

The mixed group of Year 5 and Year 6 children have just returned from camp and now have half term to recover before starting the next exciting term which takes us up to Christmas.

The camp went well. Everyone returned home happy but tired. Some of the Year 6 children were part of the team that walked 17km from Castle Ring to Milford Common so a huge well done for that. Have a look at the photos below to see what else happened whilst we were away. There's a camp diary with lots more photos on the 'News and Events' page of our site under 'Latest News'.

Library Visit 2nd Oct 2017

This week we also got a visit from the local library. This is always an excellent session as we get to review books by both our favourite and up and coming authors.

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National Poetry Day 28th Sept 2017

We celebrated our love of poetry by writing our own Harvest Festival poem and performing it in the school assembly.

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Outward Bounding in Aberdovey 25th to 29th Sept 2017

The children from Year 6 arrived back from the Outward Bound centre in Aberdovey safely on Friday afternoon. For the full residential diary and photographs please go to the Upper Junior's Outdoor Learning page in the About Us section of this website.

Outdoor Learning 13.09.17

Today, we were lucky enough to receive our second box of seasonal vegetables from Rocket Gardens. Opening the box is magical as we have no idea what is inside until we've unpacked everything. As you can see from the photos, all of the tables in the room were full of plug plants. We planted some outside and some in our greenhouse.

If you would like to find out more about Rocket Gardens go to our Eco page and follow the link.

Art 13.09.17

We display our art books on our classroom wall so we decided to create something colourful for the start of the year. The 3D hands look pretty impressive all together - take a look at how we did it and have a go yourself.

 

 

 

Literacy

In Year 6 Literacy sessions are based around books. We read, read, read and then once the vocabulary, grammar aspects, plot and characters have been thoroughly discussed and understood the writing that is produced is of a very high quality. This year we've started with The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne as it is so fabulous (it also ties in nicely with our topic work on War).

 

Thoroughly enjoyed by all

The World War 2 story is very sensitively written and the children create some brilliant writing based upon it. Our first piece of writing is a letter written by Bruno to his father persuading him to let the family return to Berlin.

 

 

Maths

We've started the year working on calculations so that we are all confident doing an arithmetic paper. Click on the document icon below to see an example of an arithmetic paper - see how you do the answers are included.

 

Science

We're working with electrical circuits first. We need to know how circuits work and what all of the electrical symbols mean. Have some fun and explore the Blobz Guide to Electrical Circuits by clicking on the link below.

Topic

War is our first topic - specifically WW1. We have researched the possible causes of the Great War; located the countries that were involved on a map; and we're about to write a newspaper report on the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. Here are some of the resources we have been using in our lessons.

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Other things you need to know about Year 6...

Homework:
Homework is handed out on Thursdays 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.


PE kits:
Every child will now be doing at least 15 minutes cardio fitness at school every day. This does not include play times or lunch times. These sessions are part of the school day and are whole class activities. For these sessions, the children are not expected to change into a full PE kit but shoes that children can run around in are a must.  It's a good idea to have a pair of trainers at school at all times.

If you are a member of a sports team you may still need to wear your PE kit.

The correct school kit is:

White t-shirt

Black shorts

Black sweatshirt (can be zipped)

Black jogging bottoms (in winter)

Trainers

 

Swimming:
Children have the opportunity to go swimming once a week in Year 6. This will be an early morning swim session each Monday before school. Please make sure you have the right kit for the session and that you are not wearing any jewellery.

Children who are part of the swimming squad will be invited to extra sessions during the year.

 

Outdoor Education:

Enrichment:

We are reintroducing Enrichment sessions into the weekly timetable which means we will spend time outside learning 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!!
Hill walking:
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:
On Wednesday afternoons you will find a small group of Year 6 “messing about on the water”. Of course, we have fully trained staff to oversee every session.
Orienteering:
We have our own outdoor orienteering course in our very own wild area.

Websites that we use throughout the year:
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