Welcome to Year 6

An overview of Year 6’s curriculum:

To find out more about Year 6’s curriculum, please click on the current newsletter below or speak to your child’s class teacher / Year Leader (Mrs Bell / Miss Hooper).

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Year 6 - Latest News

Wekk beginning 15.05.17

Guest blogger Miss Bell. 

We have made it!

I was so impressed by the children’s efforts during their SATs tests last week. They all tried their best and that’s all we can ask. Well done Year 6. Now we are focusing back on writing for the next few weeks. 

This week in Literacy we will be writing a letter to persuade a school to adopt a Fairtrade menu. This ties in with our Fairtrade topic where we have been learning about the benefits of Fairtrade for farmers.  We enjoyed our trip to Cadbury World last week where we learnt about how Fairtrade chocolate was made- in 4D!

The children have also enjoyed making their own chocolate bar wrappers both by hand and using ICT to create a design also. 

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S.R Wrapper Design By Shahnaz!

We have also begun a new book study -The Hunger Games- which will keep us busy up to the end of the Summer term. 

Year Group Events

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise is a project that the children take part in for the last half term. It enables them to make a link between school and the world of work, allowing them to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed. The children also learn and develop other skills, such as communication, finance, organisation, problem-solving and teamwork.

The children work as a team to come up with a product that they think will sell well at school. They then work out the costs of the product, using a budget, and produce a stall. Each child has a role within the group and activities to follow.

The children will also learn about profit. When they sell for the first time, their challenge will be to make a profit on what they started with. With their earnings, they can then assess whether the product will be good to sell at the Summer Fete.

So, I am sure that your child will tell you when they are selling, but look out for the advertising posters! Please come along, and support year 6 with their business adventures!

Biography- Malala Yousafzai

Year 6 have be researching Malala Yousafzai and creating informative presentations.  Below are some examples:-

Asad Ali and Abdullah Gulraiz (Hurricane Class) – click HERE

Ruqayyah Ishtiaq and Amelia Joita (Tempest Class) – click HERE

 

 

E-Safety Workshop

On Monday 9th January, Year 6 participated in an E-safety workshop. They were encouraged to think about their safety online and how they could improve this. We all learnt some valuable lessons. 

Big Maths Beat That!

In Year 6 we have started using Beat That! maths challenges. These challenges are aimed to assess progress of children on a weekly basis. The challenges consist of a CLIC Challenge, which is a mixture of quick arithmetic questions, and a Learn Its Challenge, which is a mixture of simple multiplication and addition recall questions. The children have 90 seconds to do as many of the Learn Its questions as possible. 

The challenge scores are recorded, and the sheets are then sent home. The children then have new challenge sheets the following week (with similar questions) and the aim is for them to try and beat their scores.

Parents and guardians can then see on a weekly basis what their child is getting in the challenges,  and whether anything in particular needs to be revised. 

Click HERE to see some examples

 

Science in Year 6

As part of our Natural Disasters topic, Year 6 made a replica volcano using paper mache. They then painted them. When they were dry, they ‘erupted’ them using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to make a chemical reaction which created a foam like liquid. 

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Tempest Class were investigating the affects of water resistance on the weight of objects.

The children measured the force of an object when in gas using a Newton metre, and then measured it in liquid. 

Year 6 - Great Writing

Year 6 have been looking at discussion texts. We looked at the positive and negatives of allowing mobile phones in school and wrote about it. Click on the links below to see some examples.

Alishba Khan

Nutaila Mohammed

Year 6 - Science Investigation (Tempest)

 

Tempest Class investigated how different materials create friction.  They had 5 different materials – wood, rubber, foam, carpet and sandpaper. Children had to slide each footprint down a slope and time how long it took. The longer it took, the more friction the material created.

Maths Intervention

Every Tuesday, 10 of our Year 6’s are taking part in Third Space Learning.

This is a new online 1:1 tuition programme we are trialing this year to increase our children’s confidence in Maths.

Each week, the teachers set the children a lesson to complete with their tutor. The children hear and talk to their tutor on a headset. The children are really enjoying it!

Book Study - 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'

In the Autumn term, our Year 6 book study is ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne. After reading the description of ‘Out-with’ (Bruno’s new home), the pupils wrote their own descriptions based on the text.

Concentration Camp Description by Paula Igwe- Hurricane Class

As I clambered up to the window ledge, I began to feel confused: everything was different. I didn’t know why my dad would pick a horrible and repulsive place to live. It was horrendous!

The immense and long fence was even bigger than my own house. Just looking at it made me feel imprisoned. It was a big wire fence. I didn’t really know why we were surrounded by it. It was quite weird.

Ahead of me, I saw an aggressive soldier abusing innocent children. It was unbelievably wrong that soldiers had the right to hit, punch and abuse children. Those must have been one of the bad soldiers unlike papa. There were people limping and bleeding – it was a horrible sight. I wanted to start crying: it was so miserable. I slowly tried turning around but I couldn’t, my eyes were stuck.  There were tall, short, old and young individuals. Some couldn’t even lift their own heads. Poor people! They all looked so squalled and lifeless.

That wasn’t the worst part. The ground looked revolting. There was no greenery to be found. It was exactly like someone had a garden for 6 years and only treated it once. It looked disgusting!

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As part of our book study, the class were asked to write a letter from Bruno –the protagonist in the story- to his grandmother.

(Maira – Hurricane)

Dear Grandmother,

I am writing to you to tell you that I really miss you and that I really wish I was back in Berlin instead of living in Out- with I hate it here.

Out -with is a terrible place. Really I mean in Berlin we had five floors and here we only have three floors but worst of all there’s no banister to slide down from top to bottom at least we still have Maria and Lars. The garden on the other hand has only a bench and I’ve tried to make it more fun by building a swing so I’m not so bored.  The house is horrible. Every minute living here I miss my friends more and more. I’m so angry at farther for bringing us to this boring and miniscule place. All I want to do is go exploring with Karl, Daniel and Martin. And you’ll never guess what. The bench, which had a plaque on it, was in our garden facing our house and beyond the bench there were countless people.

I didn’t like what I saw. In Berlin we had loads of scenery instead we have mud scattered every outside my window. There was a tall fence all around the desolate and barren camp, which had curled up wires round the top. In the camp, there were smoke stacks scattered .Beside the smoke stacks, there were endless rows of windowless huts. The huts, even though they have one floor, still look horrendous. But the strangest thing was there were endless people wearing the same striped pyjamas wearing cloth caps and that they are all men.

The bald, chained up people inside the camp look like they haven’t eaten in weeks. The people are very dirty with bandages on their heads but there aren’t just people there are soldiers although they aren’t very nice in fact they are cruel, horrible and malicious to the people. Furthermore they always tease the kids. I do know one soldier his name is Lieutenant Kotler. He is very unpleasant and harsh also whenever Gretel, the hopeless case, sees Lieutenant Kotler she always acts strange and weird also she twirls her hair and laughs at his jokes, which aren’t very funny. Furthermore , I met this man his name is Pavel ,the waiter, he helped me when I was in the garden making a swing and then I fell and cut myself and Pavel took me inside and cleaned up my cut

I really miss you a lot therefore could you convince Mother to take us back to Berlin? I hope you and Father make up soon.

Your loving Grandson

                      Bruno

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As part of our book study, we have been writing from different points-of-view. Here are Umar and Zara’s diaries from Bruno’s viewpoint.

Dear Diary,

I really miss Karl, Daniel and Martin: we always explored so today I decided to leave the house and started to explore. I was exploring for about an hour but I still didn’t find anything .In the distance as I turned around, I saw a dot that became a speck that became a blob that became a figure that became a boy.

I went closer to the boy, he was wearing stripy pyjamas and he had a shaved head. He was sitting down crossed-legged and he looked forlorn, he had gargantuan caramel eyes and his skin was grey. But then I realised he had an armband with a star on it. Swiftly, I ran to him. “Hello,” I said

“Hello,” he replied.

“What’s your name?” I asked.

“Shmuel, what’s yours?” he replied.

“I’m Bruno,” I said. We had a really long conversation. “Where do you come from?” I asked.

“I come from Poland,” he replied.

“I come from Germany and Germany is the best, it’s superior” I replied. “When is it your birthday Shmuel?” I said

“It’s on April 15th 1934” he replied.

“I can’t believe,” I was so surprised “It’s the same as mine. We can be twins. But I have to go now Shmuel. Bye!” I said. Slowly, I walked home.

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(Sara – Hurricane)

Dear Diary,

Today was a same old day at Out with until I decided to go outside. Walking along the fence, I saw the smoke stacks, the endless row of huts and the wooden telegraph poles. I began to feel this was a failure because I started to feel despair. Even though I was hungry, I carried on my exploration.  Happily, I knew my journey came to an end when I saw a dot that became a speck that became a blob that became a figure that became a boy.

Sitting cross-legged on the ground, the boy had large caramel eyes that looked different to my eyes also he had a strange coloured grey skin.  He looked forlorn and had an armband which had a strange star.

“Hello,” said the boy.

“Hello,” I replied back.

“My name is Shmuel,” he said

“My name is Bruno,” I said

Shmuel and I found out we have the same date of birth…Wow!  I didn’t want to be rude at all to ask why he is sad. Shmuel is from Poland and I am from Germany and we are superior. I wanted to ask why he was forced here but I had to go home.

World War 2 - Blitz Sky Line Drawings

Below is a small selection of Year 6’s pictures of The Night Sky in London during the Blitz.

Archived News from Year 6

27.02.2017

Last week, during Maths, we worked on adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions and also dividing fractions by whole numbers. In Literacy, we started writing our first paragraph on a suspense story. The story is called ‘Alma’ and is about a girl who discovers a doll that looks exactly like her in an eerie shop window.

We had a drummer come in, Jeff Rich, who used to be a member of a band called Status Quo. We took part in a workshop with him, and used different types of drums and percussion. It was really good fun.

27.02.2017

Last week, during Maths, we worked on adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions and also dividing fractions by whole numbers. In Literacy, we started writing our first paragraph on a suspense story. The story is called ‘Alma’ and is about a girl who discovers a doll that looks exactly like her in an eerie shop window.

We had a drummer come in, Jeff Rich, who used to be a member of a band called Status Quo. We took part in a workshop with him, and used different types of drums and percussion. It was really good fun.

23.1.2017

In the previous week, during Literacy, we started to write a biography about Malala Yousafzai using notes from a plan and a powerpoint.

In Numeracy, we studied pie charts. We had to interpret data and construct our own pie charts.

In Science we were planning what materials we would need to make a first response shelter if there was a natural disaster. The shelter has to unbreakable, waterproof and insulating.

In Topic we looked at volcanoes, about how they are made and how they erupt. We also located the tectonic plates and the top 10 most dangerous volcanoes.

16.1.2017

Happy New Year!

Last week, in Science, we made a volcano using a bottle and paper mache. We shaped the newspaper around the bottle to make the volcano shape. When it had dried, we then painted it. After it dried, we erupted our volcanoes! We did this by mixing bicarbonate of soda with vinegar, and we added some red food colouring so that it looked more like lava.

In Maths, we learnt about perimeter and area. We applied what we learnt to triangles, parallelograms and compound shapes.

For Literacy we started biographies. We researched and found out about Malala Yousafzai, who is an activist for girls’ education. She was shot for going to school, but survived, and went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize. We made a PowerPoint presentation about her.

5.12.2016

In the previous week, we watched a flashback video, which was called The Piano. We planned our narrative of the video.

During Numeracy, we looked at angles – angles that meet at a point, and angles that meet on a straight line. We also worked on calculating missing angles.

In Topic we were looking at evacuation. Children during World War Two were sent away to the countryside to keep them safe. We looked at what sort of things the children would take. In Science, we did an experiment of how a position of different pushpoints affects the force needed to life something. We used Newton metres to measure this.

28.11.2016

Last week in Literacy, we looked at a flashback from a Harry Potter text – The Half Blood Prince. We planned the flashback from Harry’s point of view, and then we wrote it up. During Maths we looked at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Topic was about writing a Blitz poem. In Science we wrote a conclusion on our previous experiment, which was ‘How do different materials on the slope effect the distance of a wooden car.

21.11.2016

In the recent week, during Literacy, we began looking at flashbacks. We looked at some examples and how senses cause flashbacks. We produced a timeline of a flashback from an extract of Harry Potter. In topic we planned a poem about the London Blitz during World War Two. We had to use our senses to create some vocabulary.

In Numeracy we were working on mean averages. To work out the mean you need to add up all the values, and then divide by now many values there are. For example, 1 + 6 + 2 = 9. 9 ÷ 3 = 3, so the mean average is 3.

In Science we were investigating friction of different materials, by rolling a toy car down different slopes, which were made of different materials.

 

14.11.2016

In the week before, in Numeracy, we were working on long and short division. We also did challenges about finding the missing digits in a division sum. This is called applying knowledge. However, in Literacy we wrote a discussion text, which we had planned. It was a balanced argument of for and against reasons for whether mobile phones be banned in school for children.

During Science, we did an experiment, which we had planned, about which material would go down a wooden slope the slowest. This would prove that it had the most friction. In Topic, we wrote a biography about Adolf Hitler, including why he was famous, what his childhood was like, and how he began World War Two.

7.11.2016

In the previous week, in Literacy, we got into groups to a plan a discussion text. It was a balanced argument about whether mobile phones should be allowed in schools and used by children. We gathered ideas and looked at features of discussion texts.

During Science, we planned an experiment about friction and which material will go down a ramp the slowest. The information that we find out will be given to Mr Jones so that he can make an escape lane on the bike track, made out of the material with the most friction.

In Numeracy, we were tackling long multiplication, looking at the method used, multiplying 3 and 4-digit numbers, and then applying our knowledge to find missing digits in a column method problem.

In Topic, we wrote a diary from Miep, a lady who helped the Frank family hide during World War Two. The diary was written on the day that the Frank family were discovered by the Nazi Police. Miep kept the diary and the stories that Anne Frank wrote, and gave them to Anne’s father, Otto, when he was freed.

17.10.2016

Last week, during Numeracy, we were learning about how to use BODMAS in Arithmetic and using reasoning skills to prove whether statements were always true, sometimes true or never true. With BODMAS you need to be careful with the order of operations!

In Literacy, we wrote a diary from Shmuel’s (who is a character in the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) point of view of when he met Bruno for the first time. In Topic, we learnt about Anne Frank and her family. They were German Jews who moved to Amsterdam and then went into hiding from the Nazi soldiers. Unfortunately, they were betrayed and were captured. The family were then taken to different concentration camps. The only survivor was Anne’s dad, Otto Frank.

Science was planning an investigation about how quickly objects can move through water depending on their shape. This week we will be carrying out this experiment. 

11.10.2016

In the previous week during Science, we drew a double bar graph to record our results from when we measured the difference between air and water resistance on objects.

In Literacy, we planned a diary entry from a different character’s point of view – Shmuel – from the story, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. After that, we drafted and edited our work.

In Topic, we were learning about the survivors of the Holocaust. The Holocaust was when Jewish people were killed by Nazis during World War Two. We each read a story of one of the survivors and highlighted key events and facts. Next, we put the information into our own words.

In Numeracy we learnt about converting miles and kilometres, and drew a conversion graph to show how that is done. We also learnt about negative numbers and counting across zero.

Our teachers gave us our Get Caught Reading challenge, where we have to take a photo of ourselves reading in an unusual place. I am thinking about mine, and hopefully will do the challenge during Half Term.

3.10.2016

Last week in Topic we wrote paragraphs about how World War Two started, who started it and when it took place. We also looked at a timeline of the events that happened during World War Two.

In Literacy we were writing a plan for a diary, which belongs to Bruno from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It was about the day he went exploring and found the boy in the striped pyjamas.

Science was all about water resistance. Our experiment was to use a Newton metre and measure different objects. We had to measure the force in the air and then in the water, and find the difference.

26.9.2016

Last week in Literacy, we were learning about World War Two and studying a book called ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. We were all given a reading journal, which we had to write in about each chapter of the book. We also wrote a letter from the main character (Bruno) to his Grandmother.

In Topic, we were learning about how World War Two started, about the Germans and their ruler – Adolf Hitler. We had to show the Axis and Allies countries on a map.

Our science lesson was all about air resistance. We made paper helicopters and were dropping them from 2m. Each table changed their helicopters, like materials or the size. We measured the time it took to fall.

On Thursday, we had a special treat, where we watched a live Question and Answer interview with Nadiya from the Great British Bake Off. It was really interesting.

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