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E-portfolios

 

As we approach the end of the school year, we want to share with you some of the incredible work that has been going on in Year 6 in Computing lessons this year. Throughout the year, the children keep a record of their learning in their E-portfolios, which they can add to at home and school via J2E. These records include Computer Science tasks in Scratch, Information Technology learning in J2E and some E-safety pages that were created in Digital Literacy sessions. Take a look at some of the wonderful portfolios created in 6CS by clicking the links below:

J2E Surveys

 

In their Computing lessons, Year 6 have been developing their IT skills by creating their own forms. The children have used these in order to collect as much information as possible about the people in our school community. Below are a couple of examples that you may wish to complete. Any information given will of course be treated confidentially, and you may leave some fields blank if you wish.

Medical Mavericks

Children from all years have attended the Medical Mavericks Club on Tuesday afternoons.  They have had opportunity to use a wide variety of medical equipment taking a range of measurements such as reaction time, heart rate, oxygen levels and grip strength.  All the children had a lot of fun and showed real enthusiasm for Science.

Prince Henry's High School Science Road Show

 

Last Tuesday, gifted and talented children from Year 6 visited Prince Henry's High School in Evesham to take part in some practical experiments in all areas of Science.   The children learnt about different types of waves and how some travel in peaks and troughs whilst others pulse.  They build their own wave out of jelly babies to demonstrate their understanding.  In Chemistry, they explored colour in Science by using indicators to test acids and alkalis and reveal a secret message!  In Biology, the children observed a fish dissection and had the opportunity to take part in one too. 

Survival Week

Monday 16th May - Friday 20th May 2016

 

Year 6 Premier League Schools Football Finals 

 

A big well done to our year 6 football team who recently competed in the Premier League Schools '6 a side' Tournament Finals held at the University of Worcester . 

Within their group matches they unfortunately lost the opening game 0-3 to a well drilled team from Stanley Road Primary School , Worcester . However this did not dampen the spirit of the boys and as the tournament progressed the team began to play with more confidence .

In their next match they came up against local rivals St Josephs Roman Catholic and although going behind early in the match battled back to earn a well deserved draw 1-1.

We needed some results from other matches to go our way to help us proceed into the quarter finals but unfortunately this was out of our control and we went into our last match with the chance of progressing further gone .

However the team saved their best for the last , playing with confidence and passion defeating Powick Primary School 2-0 .

This meant we finished in third position in our group with 7 points just 1 point behind the top 2 schools;  Stanley Road and St Josephs.

Team consisted of Morgan Hughes , Finley Simpson , Joe Faulkner , Jack Harris , Miles Troth , Daniel Court , Jack Price and Jonathon Rogers ( year 5 )   

 

 

A poem written by Miss Boulton's class in literacy.

Breads from around the world

In DT, we have been researching and tasting various breads from around the world as part of our What a Wonderful World topic. We have been comparing and contrasting their taste, texture, appearance and shape. We've been sharing our opinions on them and the children really enjoyed looking closely at the different breads. Many of the children were trying some of them for the first time, which they loved! 

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Work-alongside Literacy session

On Thursday 7th January, parents and carers attended the second of our work-alongside Literacy sessions which gave everyone the opportunity to work together and support each other with writing activities. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed having other adults in the room to talk through their ideas with and the parents and carers who came got a valuable glimpse into what's expected of the children since the introduction of the new curriculum. We will be doing other work-alongside sessions later on in the term. 

Autumn Term Showcase

On Tuesday 15th December, Year 6 invited their parents and carers into school to see the culmination of this term's work. There was a performance poetry video, a dance inspired by the James Bond theme tune and many other fabulous pieces of work on show (produced both in school and at home.)

 

The feedback was incredibly positive and the pupils loved seeing their own and others' work displayed in this way.

"Fantastic work Year 6 - you are amazing. I am so impressed, very professional. Thankyou."

"Such a lovely idea to have it in the hall and see everyone's work!"

"A great display of creativity. Well done."

"Fabulous show case by Year 6! The children were so proud to show off all their hard work! Well done to all Year 6 pupils."

"Wonderful work. So imaginative and the children's enthusiasm shines through - well done!"

"Very good - POW!"

"Brilliant - a vast array of good quality work. A room full of enthusiasm. Well done all."

"Very inspirational and very creative. Fabulous."

"I'm amazed at the range of fantastic pieces of work. Well done Year 6 children!"

 

 

Message: Friday 4th December

 

Dear Parents / Carers 

 

We would like to show the children the film Holes, as we have been studying the novel this term. The film has a PG rating, so please could you let us know if you have any objections by Wednesday 9th December. 

 

Thank you

Mrs Murray (Year 6 Leader)

Year 6 topic homework...WOW!

Everyone in school has been blown away by the creativity and hard work which has gone into the Year 6 Heroes and Villains topic homework which we have seen so far. Here are some examples to give you a taste of the exceptional standard we have been proudly showing off around school!

 

Year 6 Heroes and Villains topic homework tasks

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Game Creators

 

Year 6 children have been developing their coding skills in their Computing lessons. After learning the basics of programming last year, the children have now been able to create their own online games in Scratch. They have then used further Computing skills to import their games into J2E, helping them to place their games into their own webpages. Click the links below to see some of the final products (and play some of the games of course!).

Going the extra mile...

 

Please continue to read with your child over the holidays. During the next half term, children will be working very hard to achieve their full potential. Should you wish to, below there are a number of extra writing ideas for children to get their teeth into!

 

  • Write a diary extract from a time period of your choice
  • Write a letter of complaint to the government explaining what they should do next to change the world for young people
  • Write a newspaper article interviewing yourself or others about something special they did during the holidays
  • Write the end of the story 'Holes', making up your own details
  • Rewrite a well-known myth or legend to fit in with our topic

 

Thanks for your ongoing support at home!

 

From the year 6 team

Literacy work inspired by Holes

No Pens Day Wednesday

Year 6 have thrown themselves into this exciting, one day event which schools across the country have been getting involved in.

No Pens Day Wednesday is a great way to encourage the skills of speaking and listening and, for one day only, children have had to put down their pens. All lessons and activities have had a focus on speaking and listening skills rather than writing skills and the results have been wonderful.

We have completed various role play activities based on our novel, Holes, as well as a host of opportunities to develop skills in problem solving, team work and quality discussion.  

Hot seating - children got into role as one of the characters from Holes and answered questions from the class, using references from the book.

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Hot seating - children got into role as one of the characters from Holes and answered questions from the class, using references from the book. 3

Drama - freeze frames of scenes from Holes

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Drama - role play of a scene from Holes

Inspired...and inspiring!

As part of the Croome Summer Reading Event, Isobel Jones (6RM) watched a story-telling performance by Sorcha Cummins which involved puppets. Izzy was so taken with the performance and the puppets that she wanted to make her own white tiger at home...and Merlin was created! Izzy and her mum worked on it most evening for two weeks and we are all so proud of Izzy and her amazing achievement. Izzy's efforts epitomise Westacre's 6Rs: resourcefulness; readiness; responsibility; resilience; reasoning; reflection.   

 

Izzy's inspiration, the creative process and the breathtaking result...Merlin!

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Literacy work, inspired by the novel Holes by Louis Sachar

Meet the Teacher afternoon - Wednesday 23rd September

 

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our Meet the Teacher afternoon. The children loved working alongside the parents and there was some wonderful work produced. We did a variety of creative writing activities based on our Heroes and Villains topic and their were some interesting discussions to be had about some of the characters the pupils encountered.

 

Welcome to the Year 6 page!

 

Welcome to Year 6 - the team are really looking forward to working with you this year!

 

So who's who?

Mrs Murray - Year Leader and 6RM

Miss Boulton - 6BB

Mrs Humphries / Mrs Morgan - 6HM

Miss Steenson - 6CS

Mrs Bird - 6LB

 

An invaluable part of our team are our amazing Teaching Assistants: Mrs McCollough; Mrs Hearnshaw; Mrs Burke; Mrs Howard; Mrs Eaton and Mrs Wood.   

 

In Year 6 we are working towards the Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) in May, which is a culmination of your child’s learning in Literacy and Numeracy throughout Key Stage 2. Throughout the year we will keep you informed, in various ways, about what's expected of your children with regard to the SATs and how best to support them. 

 

This term our topic is ‘Heroes and Villains’ and we have a host of great activities planned…there’s definitely something for everyone!

In History we will be studying the Ancient Greeks - their gods and goddesses are fabulous heroes and villains! To kick-start our topic, and to enrich our History work, we have the Freshwater Theatre Company coming into school to do a drama workshop with the children entitled 'Ancient Greece with Time Travel TV.' They will be in on Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th September and we can't wait to see the excitement created by this fabulous opportunity. If you'd like to find out more about the work of this theatre company, their website is http://www.freshwatertheatre.co.uk 

 

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