Learning from home: Y6
Over the coming weeks while you are at home there are lots of things you can do to keep busy and stay up-to-speed with your learning. Twinkl are offering free access to parents a huge range of learning resources as a result of schools closing - your free access code is PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
myminimaths offers lots of examples of arithmetic practice questions
Hit the Button is our class favourite...
nrich has a wide range of more challenging reasoning questions, puzzles and challenges for you to try
Year 6 each have their own login to readtheory.org - let me know if you earn another 1,000 knowledge points and I will award you with an extra 5 dojos
Pobble365 has lots of daily literacy activities and writing challenges the children will enjoy
We are currently reading (and thoroughly enjoying), Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll - you are not expected to buy the book but it is available on Amazon if you would like to find out how the story unfolds
Our topic this term and after Easter is ‘Pharaohs’. We have been travelling back in time over 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt and entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. In particular, we have been discovering all about the boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun and the discovery of his tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter.
Here are some links to websites and videos which you may find interesting:
Last week Year 6 spent 3 fun-filled, action-packed and unforgettable days at Waddow Hall on our class residential – memories were made that will stay with us all forever. The children proved that they are an adventurous, confident and determined group of children – we feel very lucky to have shared this experience with them…
Cricket Capers! Converting
It may be winter, it may be cold, but we haven't let that stop us from taking part in cricket in our Wednesday PE sessions this term. We have been developing our striking and fielding skills by playing Diamond Cricket which the children have absolutely loved. This approach means that all children participate equally and has revealed some hidden talents amongst the children!...
ConvertingLearning new textiles skills - Art Day! Converting
This Tuesday we welcomed local artist Coreen Cottam who joined us for the day in Years 5 and 6. Coreen has a wealth of experience when it comes to textile art and the children loved learning the various skills she taught throughout the day including circle weaving, rug-making and cord-making. Over the next three weeks the children will each complete their own section of a collaborative piece of art based on Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night. Watch this space to see our final piece which will be piecing together over the half term holiday...
A very warm welcome back to the children after their Christmas break. May I take this opportunity to thank the children and their families for all of the lovely and very much appreciated Christmas gifts both myself and Mrs Bailey received.
There are lots of exciting learning opportunities to look forward to in the Spring term, as well as various sporting events and competitions which I know some of our children will be very keen to be involved in.
On Monday 20th January we will be holding an important meeting for Year 6 parents and carers with information about this year’s SATs preparations and also about the forthcoming residential trip to Waddow Hall. One meeting will take place straight after school and there will be a later meeting for those parents who are unable to make it.
Our topic for the Spring term is ‘Gallery Rebels’. The children will be will be exploring different ways of producing pictures and paintings and getting to know the great artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. We look forward to sharing some of the work the children produce with you on this page.
This term we will be reading the tremendously uplifting novel ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palaccio all about a ten-year-old boy who has been born with a facial abnormality. Our writing will be linked to the novel and will include a range of genres. In addition, the children will be working on independent writing projects and exploring various aspects of spelling and grammar in preparation for the SATs.
WW2 Home Learning
We have been absolutely 'wowed' by the home learning Year 6 have showcased during the last week of term. We have sampled tasty treats cooked and baked using typically rationed ingredients, learned about personal family wartime experiences, read amazing book reviews and looked at fantastic artwork and design technology projects. You are amazing Year 6 and your dedication to your home learning demonstrates the great attitude you show in school every day. Well done everyone and thank you to your families for supporting you in your learning.
Maths Homework Help
If you are unsure of how to answer any questions in your maths homework, please visit this fantastic link which includes youtube clips explaining all methods linked to the Year 6 curriculum.
This term as part of our WW2 topic work, Year 6 were lucky enough to welcome Mrs Atkinson who came to talk to our class about her wartime experiences. Mrs Atkinson grew up in Bury and was 10 when the War broke out. She had the most fascinating stories to tell us. We were particularly interested to hear about her memories of the air raids that took place in Manchester - the wailing sirens and the dreaded sound of the approaching Luftwaffe. We have been comparing historical sources over the last few weeks, but Mrs Atkinson has to be the most fascinating AND precious.
Congratulations to Simisola, Alfie and Abdul who are our first children in Year 6 to earn golden jumpers! You have started the Year 6 journey with such an amazing mindset. Also congratulations to Kyle who has produced outstanding artwork and showcased his work in Good Learning Assembly.
A very warm welcome back to the children after their summer break – we have had a great first week of learning.
Year 6 is a time for the children to really look forward to and will hopefully be one of the most memorable times in their education. This is a key moment in the children’s lives; they will develop more independence, a huge amount of resilience and, most importantly, they should become very aware of who they are as both learners and as young adults.
On Monday 10 September I will be holding an informal drop-in meeting between 3.30pm and 4.15pm for parents, carers and children to talk about what to expect in Year 6, how you can support your children in their learning and information about SATs.
A Child's War
A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It's 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory.
This term the children will be immersed in lessons and activities related to our class topic. Already we have discovered why children were evacuated at the beginning of WW2, the challenges they faced and how for many, despite having to leave their homes and families, evacuation was a positive experience.
Developing our drawing skills
This week the children began a four week art project to draw soldiers from WW2. We are focusing on developing our drawing skills and this week we practised drawing faces to the correct proportions. The children were delighted with their results. Visit the class page in a couple of weeks time to see some examples of our finished pieces of artwork.
Goodnight Mr Tom
This week we began reading our class novel, the much-loved children's classic, Goodnight Mr Tom, written by Michelle Magorian.
It's the story of young Willie Beech, evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley. Be sure to visit our class page over the course of this term to look at some of our writing which will be linked to the book.