Year 6 Blog

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

Spectacular Shelters

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The children in year 6 have been putting their history and DT knowledge to the test this week by designing World War II Anderson shelters. They were given the following criteria:

  • make the structure freestanding
  • ensure it can withstand weight/ pressure from above
  • ensure the structures have enough room to house a family of four (to scale)
  • ensure air can circulate the inside of the shelter

The pupils have been given a range of tools and resources to create their shelters and construction will commence on Monday 23rd April. We will be undertaking rigorous ‘testing’ of the shelters (dropping heavy objects on them) during the following session.

 

World War II

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This term year 6 have been completing work on World War II. The pupils have loved looking back at the details of how the war started and which countries represented the Allies and the Axis. Many pupils have brought in family memoriabilia, such as old pictures and war medals, which they have enjoyed sharing with the classes. We look forward to building our own Anderson Shelters at the end of the unit.

 

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Tomb Raiders

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We hope that you all had a fantastic break. Thank you very much for the generous gifts and cards that we received before the holiday J

Year Six have had a fantastic start to the Spring Term. To launch our Tomb Raiders topic on the Ancient Egyptians we had a special visit from Professor McGinty. He taught us many interesting things, including the hair styles that the Ancient Egyptians and why some of their bread contained cow poo!Photo 10 01 2018 15 08 50

Brilliant Balanced Arguments

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In literacy this week we have been looking at balanced arguments. Our focus: Vampires! Leading on from our ‘Room 13’ text we split into two teams- one opposing vampire existence and one supporting vampire existence. Both teams raised very points and the behaviour was exemplary. The chair (Mrs. Greenwood) carried a notion of against, although it was a close call! Well done year 6, excellent use of evidence and logical arguing.

Writing, Reading and 'Room 13'

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As part of our literacy work we have started reading ‘Room 13’. We have been gripped by Fliss and her friend’s trip to the eerie town of Whitby, where Fliss’ dreams come to life. We have created a diary entry and we will be looking at setting descriptions in the upcoming weeks.

The book has really caught our attention and has propelled us into a world of mystery and intrigue. Wonder what will be found in the 'long, pale box' in the centre of the room...

 

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We Will Rock You!

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A huge well done to Year 6 for all their hard work preparing for our production. Go for it tonight and tomorrow kids, show them what you're made of! Miss Jonhston and I are very proud of you. 

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RADIO GAGA - Audition Song

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Auditions for this year's end of Y6 show will be held on Monday 15th May. You will be required to sing the first 2 verses from the show's song "Radio GaGa" The link below might help you to prepare for this:

Theseus and the Minotaur

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Year 6 have begun their new literacy unit on Greek Myths.. We listened to an audio retelling of the famous myth: "Theseus and the Minotaur".

You can listen to this too by clicking on the image of Theseus:

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We discussed the pivotal moments in the story and the children created a freeze frame for these.

Can you guess which part of the story they are representing in these photos?

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Year 6 start their World War 2 Topic

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Year 6 were lucky enough to have a visitor last week to tell them all about some key events of World War 2. Peter Armitage, who works for Royal Mail, explained to us about how our postal service operated during the war years.  He also showed us some old newsreel about the extensive bombing of Coventry during the Blitz. Finding out about wartime evacuation and school life was fascinating; the children were especially surprised by the fact that local pubs were sometimes used as classrooms!

On a different note, please send back permission slips for our Arthur Terry trip on Tuesday. This will be a fantastic theatrical experience in readiness for our end of year production in July.

Keep working hard on your CGP books Year 6! 

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An author calls

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We were extremely lucky to secure a visit from new author Christian O'Connell this week. You may know him better as the presenter of the breakfast radio show on Absolute radio. The year 6 children had the unique opportunity to ask Christian questions about his book and inspiration. They also had the chance to purchase signed copies of his book.

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Lichfield Cathedral Choir 2016

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Our Year 5 and 6 choir represented Whitehouse Common fantastically well on Wednesday night at the above event. It was lovely to see them singing as part of the LTE ensemble; they behaved and sang impeccably. We are enormously proud of each and every one of them. All the congregation left in high Christmas spirits! Well done children. 

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Lichfield Cathedral Choir

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The Lichfield Cathedral Choir Service will take place on Wednesday 7th December. All children involved (25 children from Years 5 and 6) have had letters and purchased tickets have been sent home. The service begins at 7.15 pm and children need to be there by 6.50pm.  The service will last for approximately one and a quarter hours. Further details are featured in the letter. 

Choir members are able to access all the music on the Key Stage 2 area of Moodle in order to rehearse at home. 

The children have been rehearsing hard and sound fabulous. We are very excited to have the opportunity to show off their hard work and angelic voices! 

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