Classteacher: Mrs. Buck.
Teaching Assistants: Mrs. Gledhill and Mrs. Jones.
Art to Art
Whilst the weather hasn't been very good outside we've been enjoying some extended art sessions. We've studied Paul Kenton's pen and ink drawings and have put his 'Heart of London' into perspective. We also had a go at "credit card art" and produced some fabulous silver birch trees. They look stunning when displayed all together on the black background. Today, we thought we'd work with chalk pastels. After practising techniques, we're going to recreate our own wildflower meadow so watch this space...
The fruit and vegetables that we planted earlier this year are growing very well. We need to make sure that we keep up with the weeding so that they will grow even more.
The Girlie Camp to Ironbridge.
Have a look at the Year 6 girls enjoying their time in Ironbridge. We did everything that we had planned and even had time to have a pamper!
It's the last half term!
One of the busiest times of the Y6 year - the last summer term. Whilst we have lots of exciting stuff to do, such as, meeting our new form teachers and organising our leavers' assembly, we also have amazing challenges to face, such as, the 'Girlie Camp' to Ironbridge taking place from the 12th - 15th June and the 'End of Year 6' camp to Edale in July.
Hopefully, now that we have our very own narrowboat we will be working closely with the Canal and River Trust to develop the canal bank and how we use it.
We thought it only right to find out more about the history that surrounds the canal system. Click on the Canal and River Trust link below to have a look for yourselves. It's fascinating.
The link below helps you to understand life on the English waterways.
It's been a hectic week in Year 6. There's such a lot to do before the end of term. Here's what our week looked like:
Monday 15th May
We used the song Titanium by David Guetta as inspiration for a descriptive piece of work.
Tuesday 16th May
A group of us visited RAF Cosford to take part in the Sport 100 programme. We had the opportunity to try on skydiving suits and experience the trolley board that the divers improve their skills on. We really enjoyed the power lifting. We all had to pretend to be the Incredible Hulk to lift the weights! Trying on the skis and pretending to do the slalom came next, which was great fun, and has inspired us to go skiing as soon as we can. There was a windsurf in one of the hangers - which was thrilling to have a go on - before we competed against each other in a short athletics challenge. Have a look at some of the photos from our visit. Click on the link below to visit the RAF Cosford site.
Wednesday 17th May
Today a group of us visited Ironbridge in Shropshire. The Year 6 girls are camping here in June so the Year 6 boys came to see what the area had to offer and to plan other activities for the girls to do during their stay. The campsite looks fab and it even has a family of pigs!
We went into Ironbridge later and had our photo taken standing on the famous bridge. Do you know who built the bridge?
Thursday 18th May
It's Outdoor Classroom Day! What brilliant weather as well...It must have known we had loads of activities planned. The whole school enjoyed time outside of the classroom.
We began by using watercolours and acrylics to paint silver birch trees. The first challenge to be set was to make clock. Some used stones, some used twigs and sticks and some used flowers - the results were amazing and very unique.
Our second challenge was to make a natural alphabet. The teams were asked to find objects that began with every letter of the alphabet. The winning team scored 25 out of 26. The only letter they missed was 'k'.
The third and final challenge was to paint a natural rainbow. Armed with paint-tester cards, Year 6 had to find as many natural things that matched the colours on the cards. The winners matched an amazing 30 out of 40 of the colours on the card.
Well done Year 6 - it was a great day and here are some of the photographs...
Imperial and metric units of measurement: When you come to
have a look at this topic use this short video from BBC Skillswise to introduce you to their everyday uses.
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. Here are the books that we are reading at the moment:
The World War 2 story, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne. The book is very sensitively written and the children create some brilliant writing based upon it.
We can return this book to the library now as the whole class have finished reading it.
'The Recruit' by Robert Muchamore is the first title in the number one bestselling 'Cherub' series that tells the story of James and his new start in an intriguing organisation.
The first book in the Alex Rider series, 'Stormbreaker' written by British author Anthony Horowitz.
The variety of life and the classification of living organisms is our new science topic. Tigtag World is a great website with some short clips that explain the necessity to classify living things. See what you think at:
We've moved on from looking at electricity now but you can still visit the Magic School Bus website by clicking on the book's picture. 'The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip' by Joanna Cole was our inspiration for World Book Day and our Science Showcase activities.
Click on the book to visit the Scholastic website
Our next topic for the summer term is The Vikings.
Other things you need to know about Year 6...
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.
Year 6 have PE every Tuesday afternoon so please make sure your kit is here at school. The correct school kit is:
Black sweatshirt (can be zipped)
Black jogging bottoms (in winter)
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.
Children who are part of the swimming squad will be invited to extra sessions during the year.
As part of our curriculum Year 6 children 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:
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.
We have our own outdoor orienteering course in our very own wild area.
With SATs-week fast approaching, the members of Year 6 are working incredibly hard on their Literacy and Maths; however, we still make sure that there are times when we can relax and enjoy time outside. Today has been really busy as we wanted to make our outdoor environment look the best it could but we also had our usual kayaking and archery sessions to enjoy.
We're sowing seeds now so that we don't have to buy any summer bedding plants to fill our planters and hanging baskets.
We have many supporters that come to watch the sports teams on the field so they need somewhere to keep dry. The supporters' shelter will look much better with some colourful tulips planted around it.
Eco Team needed a helping hand as they couldn't reach the roof of the new Bug Hotel so they asked if Y6 could help to arrange the nasturtium seeds on the top layer. Hopefully, the nasturtium seeds will grow into a 'living roof' for the new Bug Hotel. All we need now is a good name for the new skyscraper.
Congratulations! Another Year 6 student becomes a member of the bullseye club.
As part of our WW1 topic Year 6 visited The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas. To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme where 19,240 soldiers lost their lives in one day, a mass-scale art project is being installed.
19,240 birch plywood soldiers will make up this dramatic memorial and Year 6 have joined in by decorating soldiers of their own.
See our History page to find out more about the installation and how you could also take part.
First Camp of the Year. September 2016
First camping trip of Year 6 was a great success. We visited the site of Castell Dinas Bran, a medieval castle standing high on a hill above the town of Llangollen in Denbighsire, Wales. It is also the site of an Iron Age hillfort.
After a hard days walking, we got to practise our camp craft skills - toasting crumpets and marshmallows on the fire. Perfect!