Terms 4 and 5 –
We started term 4 off with much anticipated excitement – science week! Our aim this year was to investigate different birds living in coastal areas and the impact that discarded plastic is having upon them. We then worked in teams to help our birds to fly over the ‘ocean’ and pick up as many fish as possible whilst avoiding all the plastic rubbish. We investigated different magnetised materials and the best magnets to attach to our birds following very precise guidance.
We had a very successful (if a little soggy) day out on the Mendips. Unfortunately it was too windy to be able to canoe safely but the children thoroughly enjoyed the orienteering activity that took its place and threw themselves into solving the problems based around the woods in Mission Impossible.
An introduction to classical music was afforded us by Churchill Academy who kindly invited us to watch the Birmingham Conservatoire students’ interactive performance. The children were pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed it so much.
An enlightening morning was enjoyed by all at the Lifeskills centre in Bristol. The children were exposed to many mock real-life problems and were taught the strategies to deal with them. These included a person collapsed on the floor, paying for goods in a shop and getting the wrong change, a fire in the home and crossing streets carefully.
I have been so extremely proud of our children in their approach to the Mock SATs and the real ones in May. They approached them with determination, resilience and a very relaxed attitude. Well done year 6.
We had the most fantastic weather for our residential to Hooke Court (although it was rather chilly at night). We built bridges across moats, orienteered, tackled low ropes, built shelters, solved crime and work brilliantly together in groups. A perfect end to an extremely busy term.
Term 3 –
The children came back from Christmas with a renewed vigour and energy to work – I have been very proud of them. We have had another very full term, full of learning and exciting events. We were really pleased to share all our learning with our parents during our class worship and hope that they enjoyed it too.
Hutton Moor hosted us for a self-rescue swimming session where we learnt how to save ourselves and others if we ever get into difficulty in the water. Another very exciting trip was our involvement in the Young Voices concert in Birmingham. We sang and danced along with 6,000 other school children in a huge arena (and we got to sing with Tony Hadley!!). What an experience!
Safer Internet Day gave us the opportunity to learn how to keep the accounts we use safe online and the importance of keeping our data – including passwords – private. Hopefully, we are putting this into action.
This term, we have been assigned the name and character of a member of Shackleton’s crew. After researching them, we have written a job application to join the Endurance expedition and have written postcards home. This has made the children’s writing come alive as they are writing about real-life people and their lives.
So much maths – we have compared fractions, ordered fractions, added fractions, subtracted fractions, multiplied fractions and divided fractions and are now masters in this area. We have also reflected and translated shapes using co-ordinates to plot their new positions. We are excited to get our teeth into algebra and feel ready for the challenge!
Term 2 – Another very busy term for year 6; they have been working incredibly hard. We have seen our mathemagicians tackling and succeeding with long multiplication and division – no mean feat but we have cracked it. Mrs Scherer and Mrs Kuht have overheard some great mathematical language as we have used our brains to struggle to understand and explain adding and subtracting fractions – we are now moving onto dividing and multiplying them.
We have enjoyed our English lessons this term, researching and writing a biography all about Thomas Edison (linking in with this term’s science topic: light) – I don’t think we realised what an amazing man he actually was and how his life events led him to invent some incredible things that changed all our lives (not just the lightbulb!) The children are now beginning to work independently to assess their work and edit in the expected grammar and punctuation.
The children have showed great resilience and determination in cross-country this term with Mr Millard. All have contributed to great team work and run their soggy socks off in all weathers!
Mr John Penrose, our local MP, paid a visit to us and we challenged him to answer many of our questions. This set us up for our visit to the Houses of Parliament. What a wonderful day we had, learning all about Government and the role of politicians.
We also had the opportunity to make our topic work of Benin come alive by visiting real-life Benin Bronzes in the British Museum. We recognised many pieces from our studies and were able to understand and analyse them in more detail.
Term 1 – Year 6 have had a fantastic start to the year and are taking all their new responsibilities in their stride. We are writing our Rags to Riches stories based in the ancient Kingdom of Benin and are using some great descriptive vocabulary and grammatical features which are making them really come alive. Benin is a fascinating topic and the children are enjoying finding out interesting facts, such as how Benin became so powerful and the fact that they built an earthen moat which is four times longer than the Great Wall of China.
We have been overhead in the playground discussing ‘creationism versus science’ and are really engaging with this idea by looking at primary and secondary sources, including Genesis 1, and listening to the views of others.
Skipping, singing, tag rugby and building electrical circuits are some of the exciting things we have been involved in.