As it has been National Sports Week this week, Year 6 have been doing some ‘Active Lessons’. In English, we did a Figurative Language Hunt, which had the children moving around the classroom answering various questions about figurative language techniques. In Maths, we did relay races where one at a time we side-stepped/skipped to retrieve a percentage question or answer card. Then, we ran back to our group. The winners were the first to correctly match all question and answer cards. Finally, we did an activity called Percentage Spider, where we were given a number (360) to place inside the spider’s body. We then had to draw eight legs coming off our spider with eight percentage facts relating to the number (e.g. 10% of 360 is 36).
Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their sunny Sports Day! The children were absolutely brilliant, all participating enthusiastically and encouraging one another – the adults were very impressed! Children took part in a carousel of activities: hockey dribble, football slalom, throwing and hurdles. They then took part in races of their choosing: sprint, egg and spoon and obstacle. It was a lovely morning with glorious weather.
Year 6 enjoyed and learnt a lot from their visit from local police officers.
They spoke to us about the importance of staying safe online and appropriate use of social media. Then, children were given the opportunity to ask any weird and wonderful questions they had about policing. Some of us even got handcuffed!
Year 6 have arrived safe and sound! We will continue to update the photos below throughout the week...
Last week, we were introduced to our new topic Japan Today. We learnt that due to the fact that Japan is an island situated on the edges of multiple tectonic plates, it is prone to earthquakes. Therefore, buildings need to be strong and appropriately build to withstand an earthquake.
We got into groups of 5 and had a go at the ‘spaghetti and marshmallow tower challenge’. Our task was to build a tower as tall as possible, but it needed to be strong enough to withstand an ‘earthquake’. There were also bonus points awarded for good teamwork and visually appealing designs.
This half term, in English, we are studying the text Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morporgo.
The children have done some wonderful artwork linked to this. We have also been looking at the shortest form of poetry in the world: Haiku poems. The children wrote their own Haiku poems based on the story of Kensuke’s Kingdom.
Amanda Gorman, who performed a speech at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the 46th president of the USA. She spoke about the dreams that she has for her future – from such small
beginnings: ‘…a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one.’ And her words will have given hope to a new generation of Americans to hope for a better world…. words are powerful things.
Christmas Jumper Day and Cinderella Panto
Year 6 looked amazing in their Christmas jumpers today and had great fun watching a virtual pantomime: Cinderella.
Despite it being a little different this year, Year 6 had lots of fun running and playing on the different stalls at our Christmas Fair. Miss Cherry and Mrs Uppal were so proud of how they all got stuck in, embraced the difference of it and all pulled together to have a good laugh! The games we set up were: Wii Boxing/Tennis, Hook a Duck, Pin the carrot on the snowman, Air Hockey, Guess the Year 6 baby, Who can Hoop the longest?, Cup stacking, Drop a penny on Rudolph’s nose, Nerf gun snowman shooting and a hidden object game.
To celebrate Remembrance Day this year, Year 6 created some Remembrance Art. The creativity was passed over to them as they could create their piece any way they wanted, using: paints, pastels, crayons or pens.
Also, as the British Royal Legion weren’t able to sell poppies this year, we made our own to wear! We also learnt about the different coloured poppies that are worn and what those colours represent.
Science – Light Topic
Our first Science topic was Light. We really enjoyed doing lots of experiments in this topic and learning about the different aspects of Light. We learnt about: how shadows are made, how light travels, reflectivity and how the eye works.
These pictures are from our Shadow Puppet Theatre lesson, which we had great fun with! There are also pictures showing us using a pinhole camera. Pinhole cameras work like our eye – they make us see things upside down!
Year 6 - Humanist Visit
Year 6 were lucky enough to have a visit (virtual - obviously) from a local Humanist. The children were really engaged with this and asked some brilliant questions.
A couple of weeks ago, Year 6 learnt about persuasive letter writing. During Parliament Week, we focused on two important issues: climate change and homelessness. Then, we wrote letters which are being sent to our local MP, Matt Western.
Once again, we were lucky enough to have West End in Schools visit our school this year. As a school, we studied and worked together to perform Shakespeare’s infamous Romeo and Juliet. Year 6 did brilliantly reading the Shakespearean language and contributed well to the Drama.
World War Two
We loved learning about World War Two last term. We were so lucky to have access to lots of information; thanks to Mrs Sutherland and Mrs Knight, we were even able to look at documents from All Saints’ School during the war (for example, a journal kept by the Headteacher at the time).
We were also lucky as lots of us had family/friends that allowed us to bring in pictures, recounts and amazing artefacts. In one photo, Billie is holding a genuine baby’s gas mask. It was wonderful for the children to see this up close. Lots of children enjoyed baking recipes from WWII as part of their Topic homework.
‘Don’t forget to let love in’
In PSHE, Year 6 have been studying the unit ‘Don’t forget to let love in.’ It involves us learning how to consider positive aspects about ourselves and learning to accept compliments and kind words said to us. We began by cutting out a circle in the middle of a piece of paper, we then wrote our name on our sheet. Then, we went around the classroom writing positive/kind words about each person. Reading the comments afterwards really made us smile.
Year 6 enjoy a post-SATs treat
On Friday, to mark the end of SATs, Year 6 had a film afternoon. They were allowed to bring in: blankets, duvets, pillows etc. to make themselves comfy. They were also treated to a surprise of Dominos Pizza, kindly paid for by our PTA. What a lovely afternoon we had!
‘Don’t forget to let love in’
In PSHE, Year 6’s new unit is called, don’t forget to let love in. It involves us learning how to consider positive aspects about ourselves and learning to accept compliments and kind words said to us. We began by cutting out a circle in the middle of a piece of paper, we then wrote our name on our sheet. Then, we went around the classroom writing positive/kind words about each person.
Skydome Hockey 6SU
On Monday 21st January, 6SU were lucky enough to go to the Coventry SkyDome to practice their hockey skills on the ice! After the entire class were all 'suited-up', they all took to the ice. All children persevered withthe ice, and once they were given a hockey stick they needed to multi-task.
Throughout the session, all children supported one another by helping each other up and constantly encouraging one another. For some children, it was the first time they'd experienced the ice, and they all loved it.
We'd like to give a big thank you to Coventry Blaze for organising event.
Skydome Ice Hockey 6KC
On Monday 14th January 2018, 6KC had a fantastic time at the Skydome in Coventry. For a lot of the children, it was their first time on the ice, but - through sheer determination and perseverance - they showed brilliant skill and improvement in ice skating during our time there. When they first arrived, the children changed into their safety kit, and put on their ice skates. Then, it was time to go on the ice. They experienced ice skating for a little while before picking up an ice hockey stick and trying out some of the skills we’ve learnt during our Hockey lessons with Owen.
St John’s Museum Trip
On Wednesday 14th November 2018, Year 6 went to St John’s Museum to learn about life in the Victorian times. The day was a great way to start our Victorians Topic.
The different activities we did were:
- Victorian Laundry: We spent time in a Victorian Kitchen, learning about the effort they had to go to for the simple task of washing clothes.
- Victorian Classroom: This was a lot of children’s favourite activity. An interactive experience of school life in the Victorian era. It was so interesting to see the vast differences from nowadays.
- Explore St John’s: exploration of the museum.
Muslim Visitor brings RE to life!
In RE year 6 have been looking into the question: “What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?” They have been learning about how the Five Pillars are very important to Muslims so it was great when our Muslim neighbour, and now friend to the school, Mrs Attiya Shams, came to speak and the children could put their understanding into the context of real lives. She helped them understand more about Muslim practices such as prayer positions and taught them more about the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book. At the end the children asked questions about many aspects of Islam. We are very grateful to Mrs Shams for her time and effort.
On Thursday 15th November, Year 6 were lucky enough to spend a morning with some of the JLR Team. In the DT lesson, children were given the challenge to create a structure with spaghetti and marshmallows. In their teams, they were asked to plan they construction and work collaboratively. Once each team had completed their construction, the JLR Team acted as judges. Each team was judged under three categories: creativity, structure and communication.
At the end of the judging, children ate the marshmallows too!
This half term, Year 6 have been studying the Ancient Maya. We have really enjoyed learning about the way they lived, their beliefs and their writing and number systems.
During art, we learnt about a British artist who was inspired by the Maya civilization. We learnt about how he captured and printed images. While learning about the printing process, we took advantage of the Autumn leaves and used oil pastels to transfer imprints of the leaves onto paper.
Year 6 had a fantastic time on their residential to Robinwood. The teachers that accompanied them were so proud of their bravery and resilience towards the range of activities. Some of these activities were:
- Raft building
- Giant Swing
Science – Year 6 were introduced to the circulatory system. We went outside and acted out how blood moves around the body.
We also used playdough to make representations of the human heart and labelled the different parts.