Welcome to Year 6
Teacher: Mrs. Buck
Student Teacher: Mrs. Gledhill
Classroom Assistant: Mrs. Bardell
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs. Fenton
Read through our diary at the top of the page to find out all of the exciting things we get up to as they happen. Timetables, homework information and kit lists can be found towards the bottom of the page and in the middle you'll find information about our curriculum and what we are studying. There will be links to take you to other websites and pages that can help you find out more information or give you opportunities to do some follow-up learning at home. If you'd like to see anything in particular on our page, please let us know.
Strawberries on the Canal 19.09.19
We've been busy this afternoon on the canal bank.
In our science lessons we've been talking about the classification system - in particular the plant kingdom. We were fascinated by the strawberry plant and that it has the ability to reproduce by growing "runners" or stolons which will grow roots and eventually become a daughter plant. We decided to plant strawberry plants all along the canal bank so that next year we will hopefully have strawberries and cream! (We did have to do some weeding first!)
Knife Crime Workshop 17.09.19
Year 6 took part in the knife crime workshop so that they are aware of the dangers that are out there and so they know how to keep themselves and others safe. During the workshop they discussed what a community was and what makes it good or bad. They shared ideas about what their perfect community would look like and how they can all take responsibility for making their neighbourhood a safer place. Year 6 showed great maturity during the session and shared some meaningful insights of their fears and ideals.
Circus Skills 16.09.19
Well, this afternoon Year 6 had some fun learning how to juggle and spin plates. Have a look at the photos to see who had mastered the skill by the end of the day.
We're Back from Beau 13.09.19
It's been a fab week at camp and apart from Monday the only rain we had was whilst we were sleeping! Have a look at the photos to see how Year 6 spent their week.
Monday: The children chose where to pitch their tents before having a mountain biking session or foraging for blackberries. After the first night's BBQ, they helped to chop the firewood for the fire that evening.
Tuesday: After cooking their own bacon sandwiches the children either set off for a day canoeing on the canal and river trip or got into two groups for the campsite activities. Those out canoeing travelled over to Wolseley Bridge to travel up the Trent and Mersey Canal and then down the River Trent. The groups staying at Beaudesert enjoyed a knife skills session or made a natural wreath to lay on the graves at the Cannock Chase War Cemetery. The children cooked their own pasta dishes for tea. They were delicious - and they did the washing up!
Wednesday: Today, the children cooked their own sausage sandwiches for breakfast before beginning the activities. The groups changed over today which meant that everyone got a chance to do all of the activities. It was rice night tonight - some of the dishes that the children cooked on the Eco Stoves included chicken tikka masala, chicken korma and beef with noodles.
Thursday: After breakfast we drove up to Dovedale, one of the National Nature Reserves, and walked along the River Dove. We ate our packed lunches in a cave along the route.
Friday: After packing away camp the children had the opportunity of visiting the gift shop before returning to school. Another successful week at camp completed.
We estimated the age of some of the trees in our school grounds by measuring the circumference of the trunk in centimetres at one metre above the ground then dividing that measurement by 1.5, 2 or 2.5. We also estimated the height of the trees using a pencil and lots of metre sticks.
One of the first books that we will read as a class is Over the Line by children's author, Tom Palmer.
A powerful historical novel about one footballer’s experience in the First World War. It’s 1914 and Jack is making his debut as a professional footballer. But the match is marred by a demonstration demanding that the players sign up to do their duty in France. It is not long before Jack is bound for the trenches with the Footballers’ Battalion.
We've been sharpening our map reading skills before we go to camp and now we can use 6-figure grid references. We've made our own OS map of the area that we will be walking in.
In the Autumn Term we begin the topic of War. This year we hope to research many different conflicts including WWI and WWII. We hope to be visiting the Cannock Chase War Cemetery and The Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery next week so that we can lay wreaths at the graves of the soldiers that we have researched.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website holds a wealth of information about servicemen that lost their lives at war. Click on the following link if you'd like to find out more:
In the next few weeks we are going to research how World War I started and how it changed the lives of people in Britain. Click here to go to the BBC Bitesize site to see how devastating its effects were.
Our first topic this year is Living Things and Their Habitats. We have started by thinking about the plant kingdom within the classification system and have become familiar with lots of the specific vocabulary associated with trees such as serrated and lobed to describe the leaf margin and simple and compound to describe their shape. We can identify a silver birch, oak, horse chestnut, sycamore and willow - just some of the species that grow in our grounds.
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 and outdoor education on a Wednesday afternoon 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 bring a clean kit to school on Monday morning and leave it here all week and then you're ready for any impromptu sports lessons 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 at some point during the year but this has yet to be arranged.
Children may be invited to attend early morning fun sessions in the swimming pool at 7.30am. During these sessions they can play with the floats, balls and woggles and splash around as much as they like! Children will be informed of any sessions as they become available.
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 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 as part of adventure days and outdoor learning sessions.
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.