Welcome to Year 6
Class Teacher: Mrs. Buck.
Teaching Assistants: Mrs. Gledhill and Mrs. Jones
Welcome to the Year 6 class page. Scroll down our page to take a look at all the exciting things we get up to. Timetables, kit information and homework details are all at the bottom of the page.
We're Winners! 19.07.18
Fabulous news! Two members of Y6 have won the literacy competition run by the Canal and River Trust. Sarah Bicknell from the CRT joined us on Thursday to present the two winners with their prize. Each of the girls won a £10 voucher and a goody bag for themselves and £100 voucher for the school to buy literacy goodies. Follow the link to the Canal and River Trust web site to see the girls receiving their prizes and to read the winning poems. Well done, girls!
SATs results and Sports Day 10.07.18
Wow! What a day! We’ve been waiting for our results for a while and we’re so relieved the wait is over. We’re all happy with our results and are now looking forward to our school production of Aladdin.
It was sports day as well today so we got to represent our houses for the last time at primary school. All of these ‘lasts’ are sad but the photos show we’re having a good time too.
What's the Time? 06.07.18
"Make a clock!" That was the challenge when the children were outside in our wild area...and so they did! Very imaginative.
Caring for our Environment 05.07.18
Some of Year 6 spent their afternoon in the sun keeping their environment looking good. The heatwave has certainly taken its toll on the plants - everything is looking pretty dry.
Here we are using watercolours and ink to complete our art pieces for the art show on Monday and at the same time singing our favourite song from our show, 'Time to Shine.'
Sheepwash Farm Visit 29.06.18
What a great day! Year 6 visited Sheepwash Farm today for an educational tour around the farm and surrounding countryside. It was magical. The children got to ride on a purpose-built trailer which gave them spectacular views of the countryside. We first visited the wind turbine which stood majestically at the top of the farm. We then drove through the farm looking at the potato, parsnip, asparagus and barley crops. The wheat that is grown on this farm goes to Warburtons to make bread and the potatoes can be found in McCoys crisps.
We stopped for lunch at the Fisherwick Lakes which are beautiful - the fish jump right out of the water in front of you! We loved reversing into the lake. The water came right in to the trailer and we had to pick our feet up! After the dip we walked around the lake spotting dragonflies, orange-tip butterflies and swallows. After another short ride on the trailer, we came face to face with a bull - complete with nose hoop!
Before coming back to school, we got to hold a chicken and stroke a lamb before it had its bottle. The day was amazing. Big thanks to all at the farm. The photos below show just how much fun we had.
Volunteer Workers 25.06.18
We put on our hi-viz jackets and got to work clearing the canal today... and got a huge surprise. The huge surprise was the staggering amount of rubbish that's in our canal. It's both astonishing and appalling. We spent about 45 minutes clearing a stretch of approximately 25 metres from the Anchor Bridge and altogether we pulled out: 2 supermarket shopping trolleys, 2 bikes, 2 road cones, 1 barbeque, 1 XBox controller, 1 garden strimmer, 3 hub caps, 1 metal engine frame and much more fabric, old clothes and general paper waste. We had to leave the moped in the water as we did not have the strength to pull it out!! Have a look at the photos to see how the waste is affecting the wildlife on our canal. For more photos see the Eco page of our website.
Adventure Day Millfield and Alumwell 22.06.18
The Year 6 children from Alumwell Primary came to join us at Millfield to enjoy an action packed day that included: archery, mountain biking, canoeing, camp fire building and tent building. Both schools got to enjoy all of the sports as we obviously needed to have a run through to make sure the day went without a hitch! Take a look at the photos to see how much fun we all had.
Cosford RAF100 Sports for Kids 14.06.18
We've had a fab day, today...but we are exhausted!
We started the day by playing basketball and then moved on to mountaineering and our second sport which saw us looking at OS maps, testing our ability to dangle and experiencing what it would be like in the harness of a parachute. This then lead to becoming a Red Arrow pilot...thanks to VR headsets and having our photo taken with an Olympic torch. We then got to have a go at Nordic skiing, rifle shooting and rowing...phew! Everyone took part - even the teachers!
After lunch, we had a look around the Cold War exhibition in the new hangar - we just loved it - we were really disappointed when it was time to get back on the minibus!
Take a look at some of the highlights.
On Your Bike 13.06.18
Year 6 try out the new mountain bikes. Don’t forget to wear a helmet.
On the Canal 12.06.18
Year 6 enjoy the sunshine from the canal. They get instruction before entering the water so their skills are really developing.
All Aboard! 11.06.18
We’re entering the Canal and River Trust literacy competition to write a poem or short story about our canal. We thought first hand experience would give us the best inspiration so we began writing on board our barge.
Just Playing Games
After designing their own board games, year 6 enjoyed playing them with all of the other children in the school.
Good Work Assembly 23.05.18
Thanks to all of the parents that came to the assembly this afternoon to celebrate the work that year 6 have been doing.
The children have worked hard researching and designing their own board games to play with the other children in school. The photos show some of Year 6 presenting their finished games.
Heritage Canal Boat Day 22.05.18
What a lovely day! If you get chance to visit the Canal and River Trust at Fradley Junction, Alrewas then do so...it’s beautiful.
We visited on Heritage Boat Day to see all of the heritage canal boats (like our very own boat) complete with their original layouts. The children discovered how children like themselves grew up living on the water in the really confined spaces on board and how boat life in the 1800s was so totally different to the lives they lead themselves today. The boats were decorated beautifully with the traditional ‘castles and roses’ artwork, the crotcheted blankets and the horse brasses.
The children were lucky enough to see many boats go through the locks because it was such a busy day. The photos below show some of the children helping to open and close the gates and paddles. Another highlight of the visit was walking through the nature reserve and seeing the reservoir. Of course, all of this was made perfect because of the lovely weather.
Towpath Picnic 22.05.18
In the afternoon, the children were invited to take part in a picnic organised by the Canal and River Trust to celebrate their new branding and for them to say thank you to all of their loyal volunteers.
The children enjoyed cupcakes and got the opportunity to dress up in clothes that would have traditionally been worn.
Yippee! We’re off to Beaudesert 18.05.18
As a treat for all of the hard work (and early nights) Year 6 headed off to the Beaudesert Country Park. We had a magical day. The weather was fabulous and the setting was stunning with a carpet of bluebells and the brightly coloured rhododendron bushes that made a brilliant den.
It was a lovely relaxing day - planned so that Year 6 could spend time with their friends: chatting, hiding and climbing, after all of their hard work. We had hot dogs and kebabs on the barbecue and then they challenged each other on the greasy pole.
It’s all over17.05.18
Congratulations Year 6, you have done it! All of your hard work meant that SATs week went without a hitch. We all know that the best bit of SATs week was....the yummy bacon and sausage sandwiches...thanks, Mrs. Anderson.👨🍳
SATs Week 14.05.18
This is it! We’re working so hard but we’re not forgetting to relax and make the most of the beautiful weather. We’re playing table tennis, tennis 🎾, climbing, story telling and hula-hooping!
As seen on TV!
Here we are being filmed and interviewed for the Channel 4 News. Did you see us on the telly?
The girls are once again champions of the league. Well done girls - enjoy your celebrations.
When the sun is shining...08.05.18
Year 6 have been working outdoors to help keep their environment looking good and to help them relax when they’re not studying for their SATs. The boys have helped to make a digging area for the children in Early Years and the girls have been digging a circular base around the fruit trees in our orchard so that hopefully the trees will grow well this year and bear lots of fruit.
Daffodils, Daffodils Everywhere
We were inspired to sketch the daffodils growing in the school environment. Have a look at some of the finished pieces.
Here's the next set of challenges for those of you that are completing them. Not long to go now until SATs so these challenges are a good way of practising at home. Click on the challenge to reveal the questions.
Here is the next set of challenges. Well done if you completed the first set - don't forget to add your house points to your sheet.
Challenges of the Day
Just to get you going into the new term, follow the links to find the maths, reading and SPAG questions of the day. House points for any correct answers...
Snow stopping us 02.03.18
It may have snowed but we still made it safely to school. We had a fab day doing maths outside, playing the Bottle Game, and then we went swimming.
RSPB Wild Words 15.02.18
To inspire our creativity and next piece of writing we used our outdoor environment. Imagining what journey the fox, buzzard and ladybird take through our school grounds gave us inspiration to write a bank of words that we can use in our writing.
Daisy Boman 09.02.18
We’ve studied the Belgian artist, Daisy Bowman and created our own Bo-men using air-dry clay.
What a Gas 31.01.18
We began looking at materials and their properties today in Science. We discussed liquids, solids and gases and then made a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. We devised a fair test where we changed only one variable and decided how we wanted to measure the carbon dioxide that was produced by the reaction.
It was our turn to read poetry in assembly today so we read The Listeners by Walter de la Mare.
International Footballers 19.01.18
This is the team that's off to Spain to represent Millfield. They have been training hard but they have a lot of work still to do. Good luck, girls!
Watercolour Mixes 19.01.18
It's not everyday that you see pink, violet and purple trees - but we did on Friday!
We mixed the colours on the watercolour paper as we painted the trees - we didn't mix the colours on the palette beforehand. The photos show you how the children concentrated to mix the colours they wanted.
New Year at the Staffordshire Regimental Museum 11.01.18
Year 6 visited the Staffordshire Regimental Museum as part of their War topic and had an introduction to WWII. They all thoroughly enjoyed trying on the uniforms and learning about lives during the war years. The children found out about William Coltman during their visit so that they can write a biography about this most decorated servicemen who was born in Burton upon Trent. The photos below are just a snapshot of the day.
A day at the Snowdome, Telford 18.12.17
After our very busy Friday, we decided we needed a Christmas treat. We swam, tobogganed and ice skated our way through the day and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Just have a look at these pictures.
Christmas Fair Day 15.12.17
What a week! The snow has made it very difficult but finally it's fair day. We spent the day setting up our grounds but it was all worth it. See the gallery for more pictures of the Christmas evening.
Getting ready for our Christmas Fair 14.12.17
We're very excited! Our fair is coming up and we have a lot of designing, making, collecting and building to do. Year 6 helped to paint and word process signs, build marquees and Coleman shelters, make pine cone garlands, set out the stalls, decorate the workshop and, of course, have a snowball fight! It was all hands on deck! Have a look at the gallery for more photos of the Christmas Fair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The class have written a sci-fi mystery based on the Watertower by Gary Crew. Brownhill's very own miner statue was used as inspiration for their story.
The children are working on introducing levels of formality to their story to up-level it.
Ingo by Helen Dunmore is our class novel. Where has dad disappeared to? Why is mom so scared of the sea? All will be revealed.
Our confidence is growing in the arithmetic papers now. Click on the document icon below to see an example of an arithmetic paper - see how you do - the answers are included.
Adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators
Click on the address below and it will take you to a set of questions that will help you to practise your adding and subtracting of fractions with different denominators. Have fun!
Click on the following link and test yourself with the calculations.
If you'd like to keep busy at home, click on the following links:
Area and Volume questions
Animals including Humans:
We are learning about the circulatory system and how the 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.
Here 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:
We not only brush our teeth after dinner here at Millfield but we have been looking at the different teeth we have and what their specific functions are.
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.
The Maya Civilization:
Our new topic for this term is the Maya civilization. The following link will allow you to familiarise yourself with the people and may help you to compose a question about the Maya that you would like to find the answer to.
World War One:
We thoroughly enjoyed researching WW1 and hope to be involved with other projects later in the summer term. We have researched the possible causes of the Great War; located the countries that were involved on a map; and have written a newspaper report, on the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, and a heart-felt letter home to father. Here are some of the resources we have been using in our lessons.
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.
The correct school kit is:
Black sweatshirt (can be zipped)
Black jogging bottoms (in winter)
Year 6 will have PE on a Wednesday afternoon during the Summer term 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.
Year 6 children have critical skills practice once a week in the summer term. Girls swim each Tuesday and boys on a Thursday. It is really important that Year 6 children can swim at least 25 metres and are competent at two different strokes.
Children also have the opportunity to go to an early morning fun swim session once a week in Year 6. This is each Monday morning before school.
Children can only wear goggles if they have a medical need and they are asked to bring their own swimming cap.
Please make sure you have the right kit for the sessions that you attend 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.
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:
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.