Class Teachers: Miss Thomas
Teaching Assistants: Mr Rickard & Mrs Thomas
Click to download the Year 6 curriculum: Year 6 curriculum letter autumn 2019
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Have a look below to see what we have been up to!
The man who walked between the Towers
In our English lessons, we used the book ‘The Man who walked between the towers’ for our writing. We also watched part of the film ‘The Walk’, which are both based on the real life event of when Philippe Petit walked between the Twin Towers, in New York, on a wire. We found this fascinating and could not believe that he did it! We did two pieces of writing based on this. First, we wrote from Petit’s perspective whilst he was on the wire. Next, we wrote a newspaper report based on the events. Please see our writing below:
Science work on micro-organisms
In Science, we were learning about micro-organisms. We decided to do a week long experiment, where we investigated the conditions that cause mould to grow on bread. We took two pieces of bread and changed one key feature (for example, light and dark) and observed the progress of the mould growing on the bread throughout the week.
We were shocked by the results, especially to see that amongst the bread were bright colours of mould. The one that surprised us the most was the red mould! However, there was no mould on the bread left in a cold condition. The damp bread grew all kinds of mould and one piece ended up as liquid!
After this experiment, we designed our own micro-organisms and sculpted them out of playdough. We had to decide what function our micro-organism had. We had fun doing this.
Ssshhh… don’t tell Miss Buxton
We were allowed to write all over our tables!! We were doing a few different maths investigations. One involved us using a series of numbers to create a chain where every pair of numbers added up to a square number. In order to do this, we cut up the numbers and wrote the answers underneath on the table. There was a lot of trial and error involved, with lots of rubbing out!!
Active, not passive literacy
As part of our learning in English about the active and passive voice, we did some active learning in the hall. Each group was given a colour. Around the hall were lots of different coloured pieces of paper with a sentence written in the active voice. One at a time, we had to run to get our coloured paper, bring it back to our group and change the sentence to the passive voice. It made learning about the active and passive voice more fun!
House Captain votes
One of the things we were looking forward to the most about being in Year 6 was being a house captain. However, it wouldn’t just be given to us, we had to give a speech and then be elected in!
Miss Buxton started with an assembly about democracy and what it means for us. The whole school split into the four house teams, where those who wanted to be a house captain had to give a speech to the rest of the children in their house, before everyone had a vote, which was put into a special box to be counted.
The children representing their houses are:
St Matthew: Chloe and Matias
St Mark: Florence and Jack
St Luke: Tom and Chester
St John: Harrison and Nahla
Just before half-term, we welcomed back Isabella and Rosemary from CAFOD, who spent the day with us in school. They started with a whole school assembly on water aid, where we saw and heard Fabiano’s story about his struggle to get clean water every day. It made us realise just how lucky we are to have access to water all the time.
We had a workshop in the afternoon called ‘Refugees on the move.’ We were in small groups and to start with we were all given cards with who we were in a family. At this point, some of us found it a bit funny because we were the grandmother or great aunt. Very soon afterwards, we realised it was not funny at all. We were told that we had to leave our home and quickly, so we had 2 minutes to choose 6 belongings (from a list) that we could take with us. We then started on our journey. Along the way we had many tough decisions to make as we had to loose items, just like refugees do all of the time because they might be too heavy or they might need to use them as payment. Just as we thought we were finally safe and about to get on a boat to take us to a better place, we had to make a decision that no one should ever have to make – who we were going to leave behind. At the beginning of our journey, we thought we’d be happy to have arrived in a new country; we were very wrong. Our life in a refugee camp would begin.
This whole workshop really made us think about the horrific ordeal refugees go through every day and as we were doing it, there would be people in our world who this was happening to right at that moment. It really made us think about how lucky we are and what we can do to help refugees.
Harrison: It made me really understand the problems refugees face and the hard decisions they have to make.
Nahla: Both the assembly and our workshop made me feel really thankful for all of the things that I have and that I should not take anything for granted.
Alex: I was shocked when I realised that there are people going through this right now, when I’m sat in a warm classroom.
SATs – Information for Parents
Please see below our informative guide to help you understand the 2019 national curriculum tests at the end of key stage 2.
Life Education Visit
The Life Education Van visited Year 6 to teach us about making the right and most appropriate decisions.
The main points that we learnt were:
Identifying risk factors in a given situation (involving alcohol) and considering outcomes of risk taking, including emotional risks that we take;
Understanding information about alcohol use or misuse;
Understanding the law in relation to drugs and that all drugs (legal or illegal) can cause harm;
Recognising and empathising with patterns of behaviour in peer groups;
Identifying popular fun, leisure activities that most young people enjoy;
Recognising basic emotional needs and understand that they change according to circumstance;
Understanding ways in which medicines can be helpful or harmful and used safely or unsafely;
Understanding the dangers to our circulatory, digestive and nervous systems.
As well as learning about all of the issues above, Year 6 were reminded about being healthy and what this meant. They said that they needed food, water, sleep and exercise, fresh air and a good education, all of which would allow them to have good mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health: Year 6 looked at different areas that included:
Being mindful (stop to take time out from technology and enjoy what you’re doing. Play with friends, read, have fun, but most importantly, stop and think before making a decision)
Give to others
Be activeConnect (not just online, but with people, face-to-face. Make sure you only connect with people you know and trust).
Following the sessions, we completed questionnaires to show our understanding. Thank you for the advice and lesson which was extremely interesting. It’s always great seeing Harold!!
You can check out more about Life Education here: www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk
“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11