Welcome to our new Year 6G Class page. We look forward to sharing with you our learning experiences throughout the Autumn term.
Week Commencing 3rd December 2018
Wow - this week Year 6 have been so busy writing their own version of a narrative for the graphic novel -'The Arrival'. I have been overwhelmed with the effort and progress everyone has shown in their writing over the past week and term. We look forward to sharing some snippets with you next week.
In Science we have worked hard investigating materials. On Wednesday afternoon we investigated conductors and insulators through a series of experiments. See the attached pictures for our science in action.
As part of our current R.E. topic the children have made their own advent calendar. Each day we will also explore the CAFOD advent calendar as our class morning focus. Please follow the link below:
What we have been learning - 19.11 - 30.11
We have had a really busy few weeks in 6G as we creep closer to our Christmas break.
In English, we have finished our work on Kensuke's Kingdom and have been exploring a wonderful graphic novel by Shaun Tan. The focus has been on identifying the story - no easy task when there are no words! And developing our inference skills using evidence to justify. Next week we will have the tricky task of transforming the images into a narrative.
In Maths we have been focusing on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages looking at equivalence and how to find fractions and percentages of amounts. The children have found this challenging but the progress has been fantastic. Hopefully they will be able to calculate VAT in shops in the near future!
As part of our creative topic we have explored using the DigiMap App in Geography how our local area has changed over time. As part of this topic, we have learnt how to read OS grid maps. We have also located mountain regions in the UK and around the world.
In History, our work on the Anglo-Saxons has continued and the children have created some fantastic reports detailing the jobs and religious festivals enjoyed by the early Anglo-Saxons.
In P.E. our time with Andy, the South Ribble sports coach has ended. We have really enjoyed the Tag Rugby lessons and I look forward to developing those skills further in the next few weeks.
Over the next few weeks we will complete our end of term assessments and I can't wait to see how much progress the children have made over the past term.
What we have been learning this week: W/C 5th November 2018
We are in full swing with our new topic 'A Kingdom United'
This week we have been locating places around the United Kingdom. We listened to the National Anthem and talked about what makes up our nation.
In History, we have started our Anglo-Saxon and Celts topic and linked to Geography identified places around the UK which were Anglo-Saxon settlements.
This week is the final week of our current R.E. topic. We have reflected on what we have learnt throughout the Belonging topic and will undertake a celebration Worship in class.
I have been really impressed with all the children's efforts towards their writing this week. As part of our topic work they have written a diary entry from the perspective of Michael, our main character, who finds himself shipwrecked on an island. Well done to everyone for their super effort!
What we have been learning this week: W/C 29th October 2018
We have had a super start to our Autumn 2 curriculum and have been very busy already this week in English exploring our new class novel 'Kensuke's Kingdom'
We have been learning about the writing technique 'show not tell' and the children have created some fantastic pieces of writing linked to this.
In Maths we have been completing our four operations work and working on the formal method of Long division. This has proved tricky at times but we had great fun completing some Halloween monsters on Thursday using our division techniques.
In science, we have finished off our forces topic - everyone has really enjoyed the unit especially the parachute work.
As part of our DT topic the children have created some Automatons. Look out for the pictures below.
In a few weeks we will remember the fallen during the Remembrance celebrations on 11th November. This year is particularly poignant as it marks 100 years since the end of WW1. In preparation, we have created some commemorative art and also explored an extract in guided reading linked to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey. We will continue our Remembrance work over the coming weeks.
P.E. will take place every Friday this half term. On Friday morning we will undertake Rugby with the South Ribble coaches. Friday afternoon will be Gymnastics.
Have a lovely weekend.
What we have been learning this week - W/C 1st October 2018
This week as a Year 6 cohort we have been extremely lucky to have been able to experience a spiritual retreat to Castlerigg Manor near Keswick.
The focus of our retreat was 'Let your light shine.'
After arriving around lunchtime, we were quickly shown to our rooms and served a delicious lunch. The children split into groups and played some team games before the first reflection session. Later that evening we had our first prayer session in the beautiful chapel.
Our second day in Keswick was dry and bright and after completing a session in the morning based on an inspiring film 'The Butterfly Circus' we went for a lovely walk up Castlehead. The view from the top was amazing - even if it was quite a climb up. We were all very grateful to Mrs Brown who brought some Tangfastics along to help us with our fatigue! The disco which followed was a big hit with the children and we saw some amazing dance moves from the boys and girls.
Our final morning concluded with a beautiful mass which was planned and led by the children and Father John. We had a very special few days in Keswick and it was a privilege to spend time with them all collectively. Hopefully, they have made memories which will last a lifetime.
What have we been learning about this week? W/C 24th September 2018
This week we have been extremely busy (as usual) in Year 6.
At the start of the week, the children did some fantastic spooky writing with Mrs Atkinson. They created some fantastic booklets and I had lots of fun reading them.
In Science we concluded our Science investigation by writing an e mail to the SWAT team. The children all wrote a fantastic explanation of the correct material to use and the use of scientific vocabulary in their explanations was excellent.
In R.E. we celebrated the end of our fist unit of work with a celebratory collective worship.
On Friday we went to All Hallows for the first of the Year 6 taster sessions. The activities were fantastic! We had great fun burning crisps in Science to see which crisp variety would produce the most energy. In Design Technology the children built towers out of paper to hold a bottle of water - not an easy task but everyone did well. Another highlight of the day was dinner! I was extremely proud of the children and their behaviour throughout the day - well done Year 6.
Next Monday we head on our first residential of the year to Castlerigg. No homework this weekend.
Please ensure you have read the safety letter regarding Hockey lessons which was issued last week.
What have we learnt this week? W/C 10th September
This week in Year 6 has been a busy one!
In Mathematics, we have been exploring our knowledge of place value in numbers to 10,000,000. We were particularly tongue-tied at first but we soon got the hang of those big numbers! We have been discussing how useful rounding is when doing everyday activities such as shopping. Towards the end of the week we had a practical maths session outside whilst exploring how to round numbers to powers of 10.
Our English topic has started with us exploring our novel 'The Inventions of Hugo Cabret.' The children worked hard on using the images at the start of the book to create a narrative. We then worked on editing and improving our pieces.
In R.E. we have explored the impact we make as Christians in the world around us; this was particularly poignant when we considered the scripture below. We thought what we could do as good citizens to encourage others to value God's creation.
Year 6 information
In Year 6 we have two pieces of homework set each week.
On Tuesday we give Maths - this is linked to the work children have been completing in class. Homework is due back on Thursday.
On Friday, we have English homework which will vary each week and is due to be completed for Monday.
Each week the children will have set spellings to learn for a test on Friday. Please encourage your child to practise these throughout the week.
Reading is really important in Year 6. We have a fantastic selection of texts for the children to enjoy; please read for 20 mins each day.
P.E. takes place on Wednesday and Friday. Both indoor and outdoor kits are required in school at all times.
Diaries are a useful form of communication between home and school. The children need to have these in school everyday and are encouraged to write their own homework tasks independently in order to be 'High-School ready'.