Year 6 Blog

Welcome to the Year 6 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Trench Life

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Today we visited Staffordshire Regiment Museum in Lichfield. This allowed us to:

  • place people from our local onto a chronological framework- Civil War to World War 1 and 2
  • summarise major events in history, ordering them
  • identify and examine propaganda from WW1
  • describe key events from W1 from a range of sources.

The trip was fanastic and we gained experience of what life was like in the trenches, why a soldier would enlist and weaponry they would use- to name but a few things!

 

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Tanka Poems

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Happy New Year to all!

Year 6 have continued their work on Tanka Poems this week. Tanka Poems are traditional Japanese poems written using specific syllables for each line. The pattern follows a 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 syllable format and the subject is usually feelings, seasons or weather. The pupils have completed their draft poems and edited them to meet the criteria set by the National Curriculum. Here is an example of a Tanka Draft completed by Year 6. The annotations are edited notes on the poem will be written up in ‘best’ this week. Editing skills are vital for the transition to secondary school and to ensure the writing is the best it can possibly be.

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Super Circuitry

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Year 6 completed their DT Topic today- Wire-Loop Games. They drew, constructed and evaluated their games. The games were created in a series circuit, using different components to indicate if the game was completed successfully. These components included: buzzers, lamps, fans and motors.

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Merry Christmas from Year 6 and The Year 6 Team.

Riveting Report Writing

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This week, Year 6 have been assigned the task of uncovering who was responsible for the mysterious disappearance of Ricky Thomas. Ricky is a fictional character from our text, 'Darkside' and disappeared under suspicious circumstances. The pupils have used eye-witness account and primary sources to piece the puzzle together. This culminated with a Hot Write in the form of a police report. 

 

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Some excellent, thought-provoking writing- well done Year 6. 

Darkside

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Year 6 have started their new book, 'Darkside'. We have been creating diary entries as if we are Jonathan Starling, a young man being chased through the streets of London, seeking solice in Darkside. The pupil's have researched London and compared and copntarsted the author, Tom Beckers, other novels.

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Look at our super t-shirts for the Y6 show!

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Anderson Shelters

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This week Year 6 designed, made and evaluated Anderson Shelters. As part of their World War II topic, they investigated how people in Britain remained safe during The Blitz and created scaled-down shelters from recycled goods.

Below are some examples. Well done Year 6!

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Year 6 rehearsals for Bugsy !

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Year 6 have been busy rehearsing for their end of year production. Many thanks for help at home with costumes and line-learning ! The t-shirts should be arriving very soon. We are proud of how hard they are working and can’t wait to see them perform under the lights! A letter is coming home this week detailing arrangements for the showings of Bugsy Malone. Make sure you come to the right night !

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Congratulations Year 6!

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We are super proud of our Year 6 children for completing their SATs. They’ve all worked so hard to reach this point and we couldn’t have asked for more. Well done to each and every one of you ! We are looking forward to the end of year production, and all the fun things we have planned ! Pyjamas tomorrow Year 6 !

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Crazy Cogheart

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The term has started with Year Six reviewing texts in preparation for SAT exams. We have looked at the text, 'Cogheart' by Peter Bunzl. We have linked many reading skills to the text, completing SAT style questions including the use of the teachers toolkit, use of vocabulary and retrieving information from the extract. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading about Malkin, John and Lily.

Year 6 are working very hard on past papers and revision for their upcoming SAT's exams. Thank you all for your continued support!

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The Harrowing Hound

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The Year 6 squad have been applying their Talk for Reading skills this week. The focus has been The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. This classic text has allowed us to use our knowledge of the English countryside, visualisation skills to imagine The Hound as well as decipher VIP vocabulary. We have loved meeting Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson and being absorbed into their wonderful world of mystery and intrigue.

 

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Marvellous McGinty

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Year 6 had a visit from the wonderful Professor McGinty. He was our ‘hook’ for our Spring 1 topic ‘Tomb Raiders’. He talked us through Ancient Egyptian life, beliefs, diet, clothing and hierarchy. The Prof showed us relics and artefacts including:

  • a mummified cat (not a real one!)
  • papyrus
  • bowls and food
  • scarab beetles
  • hieroglyphs and correspondence.

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