Year 6 Blog

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

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:

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.


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! 


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 ...


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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?


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.



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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The Snowman's Journey

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As we continue to build up to Christmas, there is a definite chill in the air (could snow be on the way?) and our Literacy lessons are becoming more Christmassy.  We have been watching the animation of 'The Snowman's Journey' and writing a recount all about his adventures with flocks of sheep, raging rivers and busy roads.  The standard of writing produced has really impressed us - especially the use of fantastic figurative langauge such as similes and metaphors.  We will be continuing our Christmas theme by writing some instructions next ... What could they be for?


Christmas Carol Concert

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As December approaches and the weather begins to get colder we are all starting to look forward towards Christmas.  In Year 6 we have begun our prepartions by starting to practice for our Carol Concert.  We are really hoping for as many children and their families to attend as possible and think it will really help you to get into the Christmas spirit!  The concert will take place -

On: Tuesday 16th December at 6:30pm

At: St Chad's Church

Some of the carols we will be performing include - Away in a Manger, Calypso Carol, Go Tell It On the Mountain and The Gift.

The children are all working really hard learning these carols and we hope that many of you will join us to enjoy their performance!


Digging for dinosaurs!

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We started a new Science topic this week with an exciting activity which grabbed our attention.

In groups we were given some dinosaur bones and the equipment which we needed to use to fossilise them!  By doing this we began to learn about how fossils are formed and how scientists are able to use these fossils to find out more about life in the past.  We will be digging up our dinosaur bones in the coming weeks ... watch this space!


Do vampires exist?

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Year 6 have really enjoyed reading 'Room 13' and have produced lots of excellent writing linked to it.  Examples include breath-taking descriptions and a non-chronological report all about the Vampire bat (a new species!)

This week we have moved onto a new style of writing (discussion texts) and today we held a debate to try and establish once and for all whether vampires exist.  Many valid points were given on each side including:

FOR - Photographic evidence has been discovered - how can you explain what is the photo if it is not a vampire?

AGAINST - Writers and film makers have imagined vampires to scare people and make their stories more exciting.

As there were many valid points on each side, it was difficult to come to a final conclusion.  This is not a problem however, as we will now move on to our writing and a discussion text should be balanced!


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