Year 6 Blog

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

Happy Easter!

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We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter!  Make sure that you get plenty of rest over the break in preparation for all of the hard work we will have to do once we get back ... we will only have 4 school weeks until SATs!  Please also find the time to keep your learning going by completing the holiday homework tasks which you have been set.  Every little helps ...

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We are all poets ...

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This week in our Literacy lessons we have been reading some examples of war poetry and using these as inspiration to write our own.  In doing this we have learnt about different types of figarative language including:

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metaphors

personification

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We have been really impressed by the fantastic descriptive writing which this has generated and are really looking forward to reading your finished poems ...

Follow this link to read some more examples of famous war poetry:

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/remembrance/poems.htm 

 

Busy times in year 6

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We have been busy over the last couple of weeks taking part in lots of interesting activities.  Last Thursday was World Book Day and we greatly admired all of the fantastic characters who filled our classrooms (there was even a boy in a dress!)  Year 6 enjoyed their paired reading with children from year 2 and even followed a recipe to bake some delicious bread! 

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On Monday we visited Arthur Terry to watch a fantastic performance of We Will Rock You.  We couldn't believe the amazing costumes and performances - it was just a shame we didn't get to see the end of the show.  Now, don't forget to polish off your red noses - Red Nose fever will hit Whitehouse Common tomorrow!

Professor McGinty!

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Tuesday began with a bang for year 6 when Professor McGinty landed in school.  He came in to teach us all about World War 2 and he brought lots of fantastic 'stuff' with him to help us learn!  From gas masks to uniforms, there was plenty to keep us occupied and we learnt all sorts of amazing new facts.  For example - did you know that you could get arrested during WW2 if you didn't have your gas mask with you?  All in all, Professor McGinty has really hooked us into our new topic.

We continued our week by looking at some WW2 posters.  Here is an updated version - can you design your own?

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Lovely Liverpool!

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Liverpool's Albert Dock

Yesterday Year 6 visited the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool to find out more about the tragic history of the Titanic.  We had a great day out and found out some amazing facts.  In particular we enjoyed a workshop with Emily, a 'survivor' from the shipwreck.  She took us through the events of April 14th stage by stage which allowed us to understand the chronology of the day.  Later on we had a look around a special exhibition and even saw some objects which were salvaged from the sea bed.  To find out more about the museum, some of the exhibits on display and links between the Titanic and Liverpool take a look at the website below:

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/visit/floor-plan/titanic/index.aspx

Terrific Titanic Work!

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As you may know we have been learning all about the Titanic and as a result of all we have read, this week we have produced some terrific pieces of written work.  Last week we all wrote a newspaper report, imagining what might have been written about the 'Ship of Dreams' as she set off on her maiden voyage.  We all became budding journalists, including great examples of the research which we've carried out and pieces of direct and reported speech.  Hopefully many parents enjoyed reading these reports at our parents' consultations this week.

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Science in year 6

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Our science topic has now changed and we are in the process of learning all about forces!  So far we have revised friction, gravity, pushing and pulling.  We are going to be investigating water and air resistance by getting wet and making parachutes! 

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We are also looking forward to going to Arthur Terry on Friday for an exciting Science show!  We have been promised amazing experiments and hope to come back to school as incredible scientists ...

Titanic!

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A grand ship, an iceberg and a huge class divide.  Year 6 have begun a historical adventure in Literacy lessons and are busy learning all about the Titanic.  We have already written persuasive adverts to encourage people to watch the film version and are this work researching and writing a non-chronological report packed with interesting facts.  For example:

Did you know that there was no searchlight fitted to the boat or that they ignored iceberg warnings from other ships in the area?

Or that one of the four funnels was only there to look good rather than having a purpose?

We're excited to see what else we can find out over the next few weeks.  To get ahead, why don't you check out some of the interesting facts on this website?

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/history/10-cool-things-about-the-titanic/

 

A week of workshops!

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Year 6 were lucky enough to enjoy an excellent workshop this week which was delivered by a history teacher from King Edward's School in Birmingham.  The theme of our workshop was the Egyptians and we took part in a variety of activities which were designed to explore how the Egyptians built their impressive pyramids.  Some of the things we learnt were how they tested whether the land was level (by using water) and how they moved the heavy rocks into place (by using ramps and pulleys).  It was a really fun-packed hour and we learnt so much through the hands-on activities.

 

We also really enjoyed our inspire workshop which we held for parents yesterday.  The theme was writing and we hope that you all picked up some tips and ideas to use at home.  A huge thank you to all of the parents who attended and participated so well with all of the activities.  If you were unable to attend, we hope that you found the pack which we sent home with your child helpful.

 

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Welcome to 2015!

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Welcome back!

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We hope that all children and their families enjoyed a relaxing and fun packed break!  We have really enjoyed hearing about all of the things you got up to in the holiday today.  2015 is going to be a busy year for year 6 with SATs tests to sit in May and transition to secondary school in September.  We have got lots of lovely things coming up at school over the next few weeks and months, starting with history workshops tomorrow to introduce our brand new topic - Tomb Raiders (also known as the ancient Egytians).  I wonder what we will discover ...

 

Merry Christmas to all!

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A big thank you to all of the children and parents who attended our carol concert last night at St Chad's.  It was wonderful to hear the children perform so confidently and to enjoy the build up to Christmas together.  The Year 6 team would like to wish all children and their families a happy and restful break and we look forward to welcoming you back in the new year.

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Test week!

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All of the year 6 staff are so proud of the children this week because they have been working so hard with only one week left before Christmas!  We have been so impressed with their focus and are really pleased that all of the hard work they have been putting in this term is being reflected through their test scores.  Well done and keep up the hard work!

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