Class Teachers: Miss Thomas
Teaching Assistants: Mr Rickard & Mrs Thomas
Click to download the Year 6 curriculum: Year 6 curriculum letter spring 2020
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Have a look below to see what we have been up to!
SATs Presentation for Parents
Please see below our informative guide to help you understand the 2020 national curriculum tests at the end of key stage 2. Also, please see the arithmetic methods that are taught in school.
We were all very interested in the General Election that was happening in our country. We had been learning about the subjunctive in English, so wrote ‘If I were Prime Minister’. We looked at the manifestos for each of the parties and were then given the chance to vote using a voting slip and putting our vote in the ballot box.
As a class, we voted for Liberal Democrats. We learnt the following morning that Conservatives had won the election.
As part of our God Matters during November, we were learning about why the month of November is an important time in the church’s year. After discussing this as a class, we worked in small groups to lead worships in all of the different classes in school. We had to think carefully to plan our worships to ensure that they were age appropriate for the class we were going to.
We really enjoyed planning and delivering worships to other classes and look forward to doing this again soon.
On Wednesday 11th December we had our Advent Service at St. Joseph’s School. During the day, we walked down to Church to rehearse. Whilst we were in Church, the parish was holding a Christmas lunch for the elderly members of the parish and for those who are sometimes lonely. Some of us joined in carol singing for them. We enjoyed doing this and would like to do this again.
The day the chairs quit
We were shocked one morning to walk into the classroom to find that our chairs had quit. The chairs were all taped up with a note telling us that they’d quit and they’d left us a letter:
Dear Year 6,
Us chairs, do hereby officially hand in our resignation as your seats. We are sick and I mean SICK of being dragged around by you like some sort of ragdoll! You often pull us across the floor as though we don’t have any feelings. How would you feel if I just started dragging you along the floor randomly? Here’s an idea – lift us up to move us. You are filling us with rage!
Next, the swinging. Oh my goodness, the swinging! We hear Miss Thomas telling you daily not to swing on you, but do you listen? If one more Year 6 swings on us we are going to snap – and don’t think we’ll be the ones driving you to the hospital when you get hurt. Your teacher won’t even give us a second thought. It will be all about you, but what about us? Didn’t you ever hear the story of the boy who swung back on their chair, fell off and split his head open? Every child in primary school has heard that story. It’s true.
It is with sadness and remorse that we quit our job as your seats. You see Year 6, we are all just feeling so down about how you never consider our feelings. For example, a good, hardworking chair deserves to be tucked in once in a while. When we are just left stranded half way across the room, whilst you abandon us to rush outside to play, barely remembering that we exist, it hurts our feelings you know? As well as this, we feel embarrassed when all of the other chairs are carefully taken to be stacked and we are just left there on our own; sometimes the other chairs laugh at us because of it.
Finally, my front legs are killing me because you’re always slouching down to the front of me. This makes our hearts heavy as we just wish you would sit up and take pride in both of our appearances.
We regret to say that until the above reasons can be addressed, we do not want to be your chairs.
Signing off for a better life
Year 6 chairs
At first, we thought it was quite funny as we had to work on the carpet or by kneeling at our tables. However, after spending the whole lesson on the floor, we were quite uncomfortable! We decided the best way to get the chairs back would be to write them a persuasive letter. We were now really uncomfortable, but we had to continue to write our letters on the floor.
We have never been so happy to sit on chairs when they agreed to come back to us.
Year 6 wrote persuasive letters to the chairs to ask them to come back. Please see an example of our letters below:
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:
History of the Houses of Parliament
The whole school had a History day in school, looking at one aspect of the history of London. Year 6 learnt about just some of the history of the Houses of Parliament. We were given lots of different events and dates and had to try and match them and put them in order. We found out about suffragettes, Guy Fawkes and a large fire at the Houses of Parliament.
For homework, we all created some fantastic projects about London. Miss Thomas was extremely impressed with our efforts.
We have enjoyed our music this half-term. We have been using the music of Handel and have been coming up with our own compositions. We then wrote lyrics to go with our compositions. We enjoyed performing these to the rest of the class.
Highcliffe School Concert
Year 5 and 6 were very lucky to welcome some children from Highcliffe School to come and perform a mini concert for us. They were brilliant, especially the band who played at the end. They inspired lots of us to learn to play a musical instrument.
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.
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