As your child starts their journey in Year 6, they are on the verge of becoming young adults, developing inquisitive minds ready to question and challenge the world around them. We aim to encourage them to have a love of learning. Year 6 is an action-packed year, with many opportunities for the children to immerse themselves in much more than SATs. Our class page will keep you updated with what your child has been learning each year as well as links to how you can support them at home.
Autumn – Crime and Punishment / Our Wonderful World
Spring – Storms and Shipwrecks / Digging Deep
Summer – Ancient Greece Oddysey
Swimming (including cap) – Friday (Autumn Term only)
Useful items: pencil, ruler, small pencil case, glue stick, water bottle, home/school diary EVERY DAY – (these need to be signed by parents)
Children will be expected to complete homework on a weekly basis. Homework will be set on a Friday and will need to be returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. Tasks will mainly focus on Maths and English.
Children are expected to read at least 4 times a week in Year 6 and to keep a log of their reading in their home/school diary.
Wow – what a busy half term we’ve had in Year 6!
We had an absolutely amazing time at Condover Hall in the third week of term. The weather was glorious which made the week even more enjoyable! Our school values permeated throughout the week as the children took on new challenges and pushed themselves to the limit:
Courage and Determination – the high wire activities were certainly challenging, especially if you don’t like heights. We were so impressed with how well some of our children faced their fears and ‘had a go’, with some even surprising themselves with how much they actually enjoyed the activities!
Mutual respect – The children showed kindness, good manners, support and encouragement throughout their stay. They displayed fantastic teamwork skills, particular during the challenge activities.
Positivity – smiles, and a ‘can do’ attitude were definitely a theme of the week, even when we were all tired.
When we returned to school, we made an A-Z of our experiences at Condover in our English lessons.
In guided reading, we have been reading the book Millions by Frank Boyes. The story is about two boys who find £250,000 and have to decide what to do with it. Through the text, we’ve explored the brothers’ characters and how they so very different.
This half term, our topic has been Crime and Punishment through the ages. We have been learning about how crimes were punished during the different ages and comparing them and have found that they were definitely more harsh in the past! In English, we have been reading the poem, “The Highway man” by Alfred Noyes. We have looked at the use of literary devices such as personification, alliteration, metaphors and similes in order to portray the feelings and emotions in the poem. We wrote monologues from Tim, the ostlers, viewpoint imagining what he would be thinking and feeling as a result of his actions. After hearing the news of the highwayman’s death, we wrote a newspaper report including examples of reported and direct speech. Finally, we worked really hard to write an extended narrative with an alternative ending – What if the highwayman didn’t die? What if Bess never pulled the trigger? What if Tim decided to try and save Bess?
In science, we have been learning about electricity. We devised an experiment to test the factors affecting the brightness of a bulb in a circuit and tested different materials to find out which were conductors and insulators. We learned that all metals conducted electricity but were surprised to find that graphite was also a conductor! To finish off our unit of work, we did a STEM project to devise a ‘burglar alarm’. We used different materials to make our alarms and tested them out to see how effective they were.
And finally, we’ve been so lucky this half term to have Daz Barton from Trentham Boat Club delivering our rowing sessions. He has taught us how to row with the correct technique but more importantly how to work as a team to build each other up and encourage our team mates to do their best. We are looking forward to continuing these sessions during a lunchtime club with Miss Dyke in preparation for the indoor championships next year.
This half term we have continued with our Crime and Punishment topic looking at how laws changed throughout history. Through our work in English, we focused on the Victorian period and studied the classic story of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. We explored characters and setting using both the text and film clips.
Graffiti - art of vandalism? We debated this question, looking at various forms of art including the work of the famous artist Banksy. Using arguments both for and against, we wrote a balanced discussion on whether graffiti should be legalised.
In art, we looked at the work of the artist Keith Haring who was inspired by the work of graffiti artists. He got in to trouble sometimes for drawing on the subway, but many people loved his art. He carried on drawing because he wanted everyone to experience art. Keith Haring started becoming famous and had exhibitions in galleries. When the paintings were sold, he often gave the money to children's charities. Haring painted art with and for kids. He made murals in lots of children's hospitals and schools. Inspired by his work, we collaborated to create our own large murals in a similar style.
To end our topic, we had a visit from PC Elliot, an officer who has worked in the force for almost 30 years. We answered our quesitons about modern day policing and how times have changed. We learnt about how technology is used to assist police officers. Did you know that 30 years ago police offices communicated with whistles on the beat whereas nowadays they use tablet devices, mobile phones and even have cameras strapped to their uniforms! Thankfully laws have changed and PC Elliot talked about the importance of using effective communication to calm situations rather than some of the harsher punishments that were used in the past.