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Year 6

Quiz Game Creators

 

As part of their learning about Kenya, the children in Year 6 used some of their Computing lessons to create their own online games. They used our online learning platform J2E to publish true or false quizzes about what they had been learning in their CC lessons. Please click below to test your knowledge using some of the games created by children in 6HR:

More Year 6 Websites

 

As part of our Victorians topic, Year 6 studied the work of LS Lowry. Have a look at one of the websites created by our children on J2E using their ever-improving Computing skills as well as what they has learnt in other lessons across the curriculum.

 

Survival Week!

(May 18th - May 22nd 2015) 

 

It has been Survival Week in Year 6 this week...a fitting way to follow SATs week and a great kick-start to next half term's Survival topic.

 

Each class has been split into five tribes and they have completed a variety of survival-related activities: tent building; raft building; bed building; shelter designing; water filtering; orienteering and tea stained maps. Alongside the practical activities, children have had tribe and class discussions about the creation of their tribe's code of conduct as well as spending a morning in their English sets completing work on instructions. 

 

To enrich these school-based activities, each class went to Lower Smite Farm for a morning or afternoon to take part in team challenges and shelter building. We took the opportunity to write a recount of our visit, with some wonderful results!

 

The children have responded magnificently to the challenges they have faced and we have loved watching them grow in confidence as part of their tribe. The main message of the week has been to focus on commitment, co-operation and consideration...three invaluable qualities which we have seen more and more of as the week's gone on. 

  

Filtering challenge...who could collect the cleanest water?

Lower Smite Farm - team challenges
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Lower Smite Farm - shelter building

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Webpage Creators

 

The children in Year 6 have been busy creating their own webpages in many of their Computing lessons this year. They have been using the J2E website which provides them with cloud-based storage for any of their IT work. This means the children can access their work at home and at school. All of the children have their own login details and can access and show off their great Computing skills by following the link below:

The children started off by creating their own webpages about what they had learned in their Victorian Inventions topic. Have a look at this fantastic example of a webpage, created by Ola in 6HR.

Welcome back for the Summer Term!

 

It’s great to welcome Year 6 back after the Easter break and I hope everyone made the most of the beautiful weather! As always, the Year 6 team have made the most of the break and we’re looking forward to the final build up to SATs week, beginning on Monday 11th May, with lots of hard work and a determination to do our very best. The Year 6 teachers and support staff have loved watching the progress that pupils are making and it’ll be brilliant seeing all their hard work come to fruition.

 

SATs week, starting on Monday 11th May, is obviously a prominent feature of this term and we will all be working hard to ensure that pupils are as prepared as they can be for the week itself. Pupils’ attendance and punctuality is paramount this term and practising their Maths and Literacy skills ‘little and often’ at home will be invaluable.

This term our topics are ‘Canals and Rivers’ followed by ‘Survival’. We have a host of activities planned which will enable pupils to develop skills such as speaking and listening, team building and woodwork, to name but a few. We are planning a number of highlights to the term and we’re looking forward to sharing the details of these with you in due course. 

 

A plea from the Year 6 team!

 

Year 6 February Half Term Bottle Challenge

 

Please could each child in Year 6 bring an empty 2 litre bottle to school after half term.  Your bottle will need to be transparent (clear) with the label removed.

 

6Rs - Responsibility It would be really appreciated if some pupils could bring two bottles to make sure we have enough for everyone.

 

Many thanks

SATs 2015

 

Please head to the News & Events section of the website for a summary of the SATs Information Meetings on Thursday 29th January and the accompanying presentation and hand-out.

Welcome back!

 

It is my pleasure to welcome you back after a Christmas break which I hope has seen you indulge in delicious food and wonderful family time. The Year 6 team have definitely made the most of the break and we’re looking forward to seeing what 2015 has in store for us all…I think it’s going to be a good year! The Year 6 teachers and support staff got a real buzz out of watching your children make huge strides last term and we can’t wait to see that momentum continue into the term ahead.

 

This half term our topic is ‘What is it like to live in Kenya?’ This rich subject matter always provides a diverse range of learning opportunities and really challenges pupils’ assumptions about the country and its people. This term, we will be stepping up our preparation towards the SATs in May and delivering a curriculum which prepares your children for the challenges ahead and ensures that they’re able to do their very best. All literacy lessons, including guided reading, will now be delivered in ability groups although pupils will continue to have class-based literacy as part of our Kenya topic.

We will be covering a broad range of texts in guided reading to ensure that the children have exposure to as many forms of writing as possible. The resources and activities provided will continue to develop the skills your child needs in the pursuit of their personal target.

Early in the term, we will be holding a SATs meeting where you are invited, along with your child, to find out more about the tests and what you can do to support your child in the build up to them. 

Year 6 Victorian Day - Thursday 11th December 

 

We had a great day, dressing up as Victorians and taking part in a variety of Victorian-themed activities. We made thaumatropes, learnt dances from the rich and poor sides of Victorian society, played Victorian street games, created Victorian-style silhouettes and took part in a Victorian classroom experience.  

 

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Year 6's Great Exhibition (on the afternoon of our Victorian Day)

 

The school hall was full of excited voices, admiring glances and proud faces at the Year 6 Great Exhibition.  As part of our topic: Empire, Industry and Innovation in Victorian times, we recreated the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was organised by Prince Albert and held in a purpose-built Crystal Palace in Hyde Park.

Each child designed and made an invention to display as part of our year group showcase. We would like to thank all of the children for their creative efforts and all of their parents and other family members for their support in preparing costumes, assisting with the projects and for attending our afternoon. 

COMING SOON...a slide show of the pupils' inventions!

Here's a small sample to whet your appetite.

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The Black Country Living Museum trip - Wednesday 12th November

 

Year 6 spent a fun-filled day at The Black Country Living Museum, jumping back in time to the Victorian era.   

We were greeted by a brilliantly enthusiastic guide who told us a bit about what we were going to see and do throughout the day...and then it was time to explore! 

We went to various Victorian houses and shops to learn as much as we could about life in Victorian times. The children asked some fabulous questions and were amazed by some of the answers!

The highlight of the day had to be our trip down the mine! There were lots of nervous faces as we approached the entrance to the mine but I'm sure the mine experience will be a lasting memory for all involved!

 

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The Astrodome which visited Year 6 (26.09.14).

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Meet the Teacher presentation - Monday 15th September

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 - Head of Year and 6RM

Mrs Riddleston - 6JR

Mrs Radburn - 6RH

Miss Brighton - 6LB

Mr Smith - 6TS

 

We receive invaluable support from our wonderful Teaching Assistants: Mrs Hart; Miss Nicholls; Mrs Johnston; Mrs Newell and Mrs Burke. 

 

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. We will be having a meeting later on in the year to discuss the SATs in more detail. 

 

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

As part of our topic we will be learning about the Earth and beyond in Science. One of the highlights of this unit of work will be a visit from the Black Hole Aerodome, giving the children the awe-inspiring opportunity to spend a taught session inside an inflatable planetarium.

To give you a flavour of what else is ahead, we will be learning about: the Ancient Greeks (their gods and goddesses are fabulous heroes and villains); map skills and modern-day Greece, so any old holiday brochures containing Greece would be very gratefully received; Ancient Greek theatre comedy and tragedy masks and we will be producing superhero utility belts in Design and Technology.  

 

Homework: There will be one piece of Literacy and Numeracy homework each week along with spellings and times tables to learn. Reading 4 times a week, preferably reading aloud for about 10 minutes, is also expected. At times, an extended piece of topic homework may replace the usual one piece of Literacy homework.      

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