Year 6 News
Summer 2 - Week 2 - 18th June 2021
It has been yet another busy week for Year 6, as we completed our final round of assessments for the year. It was a chance for us to show off for the last time all that we have achieved in English and maths lessons during our time at Wooden Hill.
In swimming, we focused on distance swimming in lanes. Our instructors were hugely impressed by our abilities, with so many of us able to swim unaided for the entire length of the pool (25 meters) or more!
Much of the focus in the afternoons has been around PSHE and the changes in our bodies as we grow into adulthood. Our teachers have been impressed by the level of maturity we have shown in our contributions to discussions and the questions we have asked.
There was a palpable sense of excitement towards the end of the week as we took part in a round of auditions for roles in our forthcoming Year 6 production and started to learn some of the songs that will be featured in it. More on that next week...
Summer 2 - Week 1 - 11th June 2021
It has been a busy return to school for our final term at primary school! We settled back into our learning in class, we have returned to the swimming pool for our remaining 5 lessons and we have had our final primary school pictures taken.
We have been focussing on ourselves and how important this term is with the many changes that are taking place. We have been looking at wellbeing and understanding what being mindful is, both towards ourselves and others.
During maths, we have been using our learning from throughout the year to complete our very own bakery product. This included choosing the appropriate amount of ingredients, sourcing the cheapest prices after considering the best offers and then creating the packaging and design for our cakes.
We have also been studying the artist, Monet. We have looked at his life and how he created and developed his technique of impressionism. We look forward to showing you our efforts next week.
Summer 1 - Week 5 - 21st May 2021
In our penultimate week of this half-term, we have been extremely busy coming to the end of our topic. In English, we have completed our independent writing by writing about the experiences of Jewish refugees during World War 2. We have also learned about the treatment of the Jewish people who were not evacuated on the Kindertransport. We focussed on the story of Anne Frank and gained an insight into her life, both before and after she was captured. This included being found in the annex with her family, before being separated and taken to different concentration camps from her parents.
At the end of this week, we have been creating our class writing books based on our World War 2 topic. It has been created on our choice of subject and uses the knowledge we have gained over this time. Some examples include: poems, stories, letters and diary entries.
Next week is our residential trip - remember to look at our stream page on Google Classroom for all of our photos and updates!
Summer 1 - Week 4 - 14th May 2021
This week, we have been completing our shared writing based on Emma Carroll's 'Letters from the Lighthouse' in readiness for our independent write next week. We have learned more about the plight of the Jewish people during the Second World War and were introduced to the famous diarist Anne Frank.
We deepened our understanding of the circulatory system by investigating how long it took for our heart rate to return to its resting rate following exercise. We have learned how to calculate our Heart Recovery Rate and have set ourselves the challenge of trying to improve it as the term progresses. As we go from strength to strength in swimming, this should not be too difficult!
In maths, we have continued our focus on angles, learning that vertically opposite angles are always equal and, through practical exploration, that the internal angles always total 180 degrees.
We have also created some fantastic art pieces inspired by our learning of the Blitz. Using mixed media, we created a time-lapse portrayal of a scene before, during and after an attack. Here are some of our fantastic efforts:
Summer 1 - Week 3 - 07th May 2021
This week, we have been building on our knowledge of the circulatory system and investigating the effects of exercise on our heart. We found our resting heart and then carried out a number of static exercise movements to discover whether this had an effect on how often our heart was beating. We discovered that these exercises increased out heart rate and even found that some had a bigger effect than others - especially when we were upside down!
We have been approaching maths from a different angle this week, learning to draw, measure and find missing values. We had to be very accurate when measuring with the protractor as it was easy to record a wrong value.
In our swimming lessons this week, we completed the first part of our survival skills by having to jump in and tread water for a period of time, followed by turning around and swimming to the opposite side of the pool!
Summer 1 - Week 2 - 30th April 2021
A busy week has been had in Year 6! The children have been exploring the human circulatory system, 'flowing' around the classroom as blood being pumped around the body. They may never look at cheerios the same way again after creating a representation of a blood vessel!
From this... ...to this!
They also produced some terrific art work, again incorporating collage and shading techniques with pastels to create a war-inspired abstract piece known as 'Bomb Blast'.
Here are some of their efforts:
Summer 1 - Week 1 - 23rd April 2021
It has been a fantastic first week back in school and a great start to the summer term. We have been fully immersed in science week and completing our own investigation into the buoyancy of different materials. We have tested out a range of materials including: wood, felt, plasticine, plastic, paper, cardboard and foil.
Our investigation focussed firstly on how buoyant these materials were, but we then moved on to create our own boats to see which material could hold the most weight.
Our photos below show the journey we have been on!
Spring 2 - Week 5 - 22th March 2021
This week, we have been finishing off our learning about refugees. We have created our own speeches based on a choice of current topical affairs: air pollution, homelessness, healthy living and poverty. In maths, we have been working really hard during lessons to successfully calculate and solve problems using ratio.
Our topic lessons have continued to delve deeper into World War 2. We have learned about the Blitz and the effect this had on children living in London during 1940. We have used this knowledge to create our own vision of a night across the London skyline in art. We have used simple techniques to create a very effective silhouette picture.
Spring 2 - Week 4 - 15th March 2021
With the children now reunited in the classroom and fully settled back into the school routine, we have been able to really get into our topic on WW2. The children have been immersing themselves in poetry written by Mordechai Gerbitig, a victim of the holocaust. They have learned about the life of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing and his invaluable contribution to the war effort. In Art this week, the children built on their sketching and shading techniques and their understanding of proportion in order to draw self-portraits which, combined with ideas gained from last week's camouflage activity, they used to create some lovely WW2 inspired portraits. Here's how Owl got on...
Spring 2 - Week 3 - 8th March 2021
It has been amazing having the children back in school this week. Their resilience and adaptability to the changing routines has been incredibly positive. The children have been straight back into their learning with lots of practical activities this week based on our topics. We have been learning about how soldiers used camouflage in WW2 to keep themselves safe; understanding the importance and use of the Mezuzah in RE whilst creating our own; discussing and investigating the respect that we show and have for ourselves, friends, family and the wider community.
Spring Term- Week 8- 1st March 2021
On Thursday, the children celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as their favourite book characters. They enjoyed an online workshop by Sita Brahmachari, author of 'The River Whale', who shared some inspirational tips for story writing, had a scavenger hunt in the library and tested their literary knowledge with a special book-themed quiz. They were extremely pleased to receive a new selection of books to add to the class bookshelves courtesy of the sponsored Read-a-Thon which raised a staggering about of money to help enrich the children's reading experiences throughout the school. Well done to everybody who read and raised... Happy Reading!
Spring Term- Week7- 22nd February 2021
In Art this week, the children were learning to experiment with a range of shading techniques using pencils. They practised using straight and curved lines, adapting the direction and pressure of their strokes for different effects, and used stippling, hatching and scumbling to give the impression of a variety of textures to make their sketches appear three-dimensional. Using these skills, the children then chose from a selection of photos taken during the period of the Blitz in Second World War London to create some evocative sketches that captured the mood of the turbulent time. Here are a few of their fantastic efforts (clockwise from left: Megan, Julia, Maddie and Oscar).
Spring Term- Week 6- 8th February 2021
This week the children at home and at school have worked very hard on a newspaper report. The newspaper report that the children wrote together was based on Goldilocks. This is the sentence stack that was put together using sentences from home and school:
GOLDIE LOCKED UP!
Cunning criminal on the loose in local woodland following bungled bear burglary.
At approximately 7am, a viscous vandal, who has now been identified as Goldilocks, recklessly destroyed a clueless bears' home. The incident took place in Dainty Woods and police believe it was a planned attack because of her known anti-bear views.
The stealthy stealer is still on the loose, lurking among us. Police have told people not to interact with her. It is still a mystery whether she is alone or working in a group. Noticed anything strange lately? Are your windows and doors locked? Check underneath your beds.
Mummy Bear, aged 55, explained how painful this attack had been for her family. "My kid aint sleeping 'cause his bed's broken in half". (Daisy). The seriousness of the crime was underlined by PC Fraser Fox (Tommy). "We received a call at the station just after 10.30 am telling us that a robbery had taken place. We are confident that we will catch her soon but, for now, do not approach her as she is dangerous. I am confident that we will make an arrest soon". (Miles)
In recent times, crimes committed in the woods have rapidly risen by 82.5%. Criminality has taken many forms. These include: defacing listed trees, embezzlement of forest funds and general anti-social behaviour. This state of affairs (in the forest) is at an all-time low (Syke H). In our opinion, irresponsible parents and inadequate moral education is at its worst ever (Ellis). It is most definitely advised that you do not leave your house and don’t even leave your windows open. If you have any relevant information, sightings or know the whereabouts of the criminal, call the police or phone Crimestoppers on 0123882600 (Harry).
Moving forward, the police have issued a statement promising that the following initiatives will be put in place:
• Fines for entering the forest
• Barriers around the forest
• More officers out every night (Tyler)
The Woodland Watch- led by chameleons- has organised a daily surveillance patrol (Caiden). Jessica, a teacher from Goldilocks’ school stated, when told about the crimes, “We are surprised she did that. She generally has strong grades and good behaviour. Why would she do that?” (Maisie)
Here are two of the published pieces uploaded from home by Skye and Ellis.
Spring Term - Week 5 - 2 February 2021
Spring Term - Week 4 - 25th January 2021
|This week, the children have been fully immersed in our Victorian topic and focussed on the artist, William Morris. The children have looked at a range of his previous work and picked out patterns to help them create their own designs.|
|They then used these to bring their designs to life - including the use of a range of printing techniques using natural dyes such as beetroot juice, kale and mud. The children have produced some extremely good work which we would love to show you.||
Autumn Term 2 - Week 7 - 18th December Christmas week!
Well, what a very odd week it has been in Year 6! On Monday all of Mr Billers' class and several children in Mrs Critchlow's had to go home and isolate. The children at home have worked hard on Google Classroom and Mr Billers has been really impressed by some of the work submitted.
In school, Mrs Critchlow's children delivered their persuasive speeches passionately and very professionally.
The rest of the week in school has been spent in a glittery Christmas activity way. The highlights have been our vast class paper chain and the amazing table cloths made for our Christmas dinner.
On Thursday morning, all of the children working at home and those in school met for a Year 6 party via Google Meet. We did a Christmas quiz, a scavenger hunt and Mr Billers wowed us with maths tricks. It was a wonderful way to end the week all together!
Autumn Term 2- Week 6 - 11th December 2020
This week in Year 6, we have been focussing on writing up our persuasive speeches on climate change. We have chosen topics that we are passionate about that require global attention. Some of these include: palm oil, deforestation, the use of plastic and land use. We are very much looking forward to delivering our speeches next week.
In maths, we have completed our topic on fractions and have moved on to geometry, focussing on understanding co-ordinates in four quadrants and translating shapes across these.
We completed our study of Manaus by producing a travel brochure that highlights all of the wonderful and different attractions that can be seen if you were to visit.
We have ended the week by beginning to practise some Christmas songs and activities that we look forward to sharing with you next week.
Autumn Term 2- Week 5 -4th December 2020
It has been a very busy week in Year 6. We have continued our work on Greta Thunberg in English and have learned lots more about climate change. We will begin writing our own persuasive speeches next week and are looking forward to sharing these.
In maths, we have tackled division of fractions and have been using all four operations to solve problems. We realised how much we need to know our times tables when working with fractions and know that we need to continue to work on learning these at home.
In our topic lessons, we particularly enjoyed finding out about Manous in Brazil. This is the setting of the novel we have been reading called 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbottson which we have thoroughly enjoyed. It was really interesting to see pictures of the Rio Negro as it joins the Solimões river and becomes the Amazon.
On Thursday, we had a very wet PE lesson. We were very lucky that Miss McGowan came to the rescue with a set of table tennis equipment which we had great fun with in the classrooms.
Autumn Term 2 - Week 4 - 27 November 2020
In Year 6 this week, we have been excited to start their new English unit focussing on persuasive speeches. We are using Greta Thunberg as our role model and have been learning about global warming, fossil fuels and the effect these have on our planet. We have enjoyed learning about this concept and finding out lots of scientific information. We are looking forward to preparing our own speeches, on aspects that are important to us, in the coming weeks.
In maths, we have continued our work on fractions and are now feeling more confident when adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. We have also been using our maths skills in geography this week, when we compared the average temperature and rainfall between the city of Manaus, Brazil and Bracknell. We used tables to record the data and a bar and line graph to help us interpret this data.
We also say a 'see you soon' to Miss Wright this week as she starts her maternity leave; we look forward to her returning towards the end of this academic year.
Autumn Term 2 - Week 3 - 20 November 2020
This week is Anti-Bullying Week. On Monday morning, we began with an assembly which helped us to remember the main information surrounding 'bullying' and reminded us of the differences between bullying and unkind behaviour. That afternoon, we looked at this topic in more detail and had long discussions about it. Some children created posters to help share their thoughts. Take a look below at some of them:
Autumn Term 2 - Week 2 - 13 November 2020
We have been working incredibly hard this week, fitting lots of new learning opportunities into each day. We have been learning lots of new skills in maths, focussing on fractions and using a wide range of mathematical skills to help solve difficult problems. To help us further, we are working on improving our times table knowledge so that we can improve our maths skills in all concepts - we have certainly enjoyed competing in the Times Table Rockstars competition this week.
In English, we have been on an exploration through the jungle to experience the sights and sounds of what our character would have faced on her journey. This ended with a trip to discover the effects of a volcanic eruption.
We carried out an investigation in science this week to understand how both a series and parallel circuit works. We focussed on the effects of battery power in a circuit and how this causes a bulb to become brighter.
Autumn Term 2 - Week 1 - 6 November 2020
This week, we have been incredibly pleased with how the children have returned to school after half term and are straight back into their learning. They have shown excitement and enthusiasm in beginning/continuing the following units:
Maths - Fractions and Geometry
Writing - The Firework-Maker's Daughter
Reading - Journey to the River Sea cont.
Science - Classification
RE - Christianity cont.
Geography - The Americas
French - The Weather
PSHE - Health and Wellbeing
PE - Frisbee and Tennis
Keep checking back here each week for updates on how they are getting on and, if you wish to know more, check out the 'Knowledge Organisers' for some of these subjects.
Autumn Term - Week 6 - 16 October 2020
This week, we reached the end of our first 'The Write Stuff' writing unit based on the book 'The Journey' by Francesca Sanna. Now, it was time to begin our own stories. We spent two lessons planning our narratives: thinking about the different plot points, the success criteria we wanted to achieve and the ways in which we could achieve it.
In DT, we finished our Viking shields. Some of us used paper mache whilst some did not; many of us used felt tip pens while others used paint.
Autumn Term - Week 5 - 9 October 2020
We have been continuing with our Viking topic this week, learning about the similarities and differences between the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons. In DT, we have researched and created our own Viking shields.
In maths, we have been focussing on the four main operations whilst learning a new skill of long division. This is a challenging concept as it uses so many other mathematical skills. Our English story, The Journey, is building nicely and this week we have been learning about refugees to help us understand the conditions and lifestyle that our main character is subjected to.
Autumn Term - Week 4 - 2 October 2020
This week, in DT, we created the Viking Longboats which we had designed last week. In history, we had looked at how the Vikings invaded Britain and how their longboats were used to help them sneak up on the land since they were designed to come straight up to the shore. After learning about the invasion, the children designed their own longboat and were then tasked to create this boat using mostly recycled goods. Have a look at some images below:
This week also saw the end of our PE unit of 'Athletics'. The children looked at running, taking into consideration their pace; throwing techniques, using medicine balls, javelins and shot putts; controlling jumps and landings, through the tasks of speed bounce and standing long jump; and how to perform a sequence of jumps, learning how to execute a standing triple jump. Here are some images from one of these sessions:
Autumn Term - Week 3 - 25 September 2020
This week, we have been very excited to start our new English curriculum. We are using the story, Journey by Francesca Sanna as our inspiration for our writing. We have been creating short pieces of writing that focus on the positive and negative emotions of our main character and understanding the feelings that children and families went through during a war.
In our topic lessons we have started our research on Viking longboats and have started to design our own. We will be bringing our designs to life shortly and look forward to sharing these with you soon.
Autumn Term - Week 2 - 18 September 2020
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been getting ourselves settled into Year 6 and settled back into the school routine.
In our PSHE lessons, we have been reflecting on our time during lockdown and thinking about the positives and negatives that it brought. We have used this knowledge to think about our emotions and to ensure that we are ready to get back into school life.
This week, we created a display for the office area where we all thought/wrote about three things:
What the hardest thing about lockdown was
What the most unusual thing to happen during lockdown was and
What new skills we learnt during the lockdown.