Year 6 Blog 

 

Week commencing 9th March, 2020

PE

This week during PE Year 6 were practising their football skills in ‘The Skills Corridor’. They began by developing their agility by running in a zig-zag direction from cone to cone, changing direction as fast as they could. Next a ball was introduced – some found this a little more challenging! After this, children had to dribble a ball through The Skills Corridor whilst dodging a defender. The progress the children made was brilliant and they had a great time in the sunshine!

Visiting Author – John Dougherty

As a school we celebrated World Book Day on Monday 9th March and welcomed children’s author: John Dougherty. Each class explored one of his novels- Jack Slater, Monster Investigator. Year 6 then wrote to Clyde Pumfrey-Soames (The Minister for Monsters) to convince him that they (their World Book Day character) were the ideal candidate to visit The Monster Underworld to investigate the unrest which was currently unravelling. The letters they produced were extremely persuasive and clearly reflected the book character each child had selected. The children then took part in a workshop with John Dougherty where they learned all about his life as an author; what inspired him to become a writer and the challenges he has faced as a writer. John then spent some time reading the letters the children had written earlier in the day and gave them some feedback on their writing.

British Science Week

The theme of British Science Week this year is ‘Our Diverse Planet’ – celebrating the amazing diversity we see across the world. From biodiversity to cultural and societal diversity, from the diversity of knowledge to STEM careers and subjects. Year 6 investigated ‘How effective are different materials are as insulators?” with the aim of designing a jacket fit for explorers wishing to explore the Antarctic. The children investigated how effective wool, bubble-wrap and cotton are as insulators. They wrapped bottles, one with each the 3 different materials, and then filled them with 150ml of warm water. They recorded the temperature of the water in each bottle and then placed them in the freezer (to simulate the conditions of the Antarctic) for 15 minutes. After this time they removed the bottles from the freezer and took the temperature of the water again. They noted the temperature change for each bottle. Interestingly bubble-wrap and cotton appeared to be the best insulators. The children were surprised by this, but on reflection, hypothesised that the wool used was of poor quality and this therefore may have had an impact. The children then went on to research ‘explorer’ jackets currently on the market. From their findings of the investigation, coupled with their research, they designed their own jackets fit for the Antarctic environment.

 

28th February 2020

Week commencing 10th February

On Friday 14th February Year 6 were delighted to welcome two very special visitors: Craig and Arran! They were back in Northleach for the half term break from Copenhagen. It was great to hear how well they had settled into their new home and school. It was wonderful to all be back together again.

Week commencing 24th February

This week Year 6 have been busy practising for their sharing assembly: ‘Why should we value our freedom?’. They have been working on their speaking and listening skills, particularly the intonation, projection and clarity of their voices. The assembly was the perfect time to showcase the fantastic work they produced throughout this topic about slavery – Mrs Hillier was very proud of the mature approach they showed when discussing the sensitive issues that arose during the unit of work.

Year 6 have also been busy practising for the Junior Voices Project Concert (taking place on Wednesday 11th March). The Junior Voices Project Concert is when the beautiful voices of the Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Junior Choir and choirs from schools around Gloucestershire join together to perform a selection of songs. Nia Llewelyn Jones from Gloucester Cathedral has been working with the children to learn these songs – her vibrant personality is infectious and the children have been thoroughly enjoying the sessions. We hope that many of you are able to join us at the concert.

 

31st January 2020

Please click on the link below to view the first issue of Northleach News compiled by Year 5 and 6’s Newspaper Club

https://northleach.gloucs.sch.uk/admin/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Issue_1_Jan_final.pdf

 

24th January 2020

This week Year 6 got stuck into the Science Workshop, where they made their very own rocket- cars. They had to work in small groups to create a simple rocket shape using only paper and an emptied roll of cling-film before attaching wheels (which had to rotate!). A special rocket launcher, powered by air pressure, was used to fire the rocket-cars across the floor of the gym. Despite some losing wheels along the way, all of the rocket-cars successfully ‘flew’ across the hall.

The children are also continuing to learn about The Transatlantic Slave Trade and this week have been writing their own newspaper reports based upon the true story of ‘Henry Box Brown’ – an escapee slave who made his way to freedom by posting himself inside of a large crate!

 

10th January 2020

Year 6 have returned to school refreshed and raring to go! They have begun exploring their new topic: ‘Why should we value our freedom?’ by discussing what it means to be free and considering the role of the British Empire in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Their contributions to class discussions have been expressed with both empathy and maturity and Mrs Hillier has been very impressed with the questions they have asked to help further their understanding.

 Year 6 will be competing in the Mock Trial competition later in the Spring term. The Mock Trial is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to gain insight into the justice system. The competition immerses pupils in all aspects of a criminal trial, as they take on the roles of barristers, witnesses, clerks, ushers and jury members. The children will compete against another school and will be scored on the authenticity of their performance.  On Friday they were visited by Mr McNally and Dr Thompson, from the Mock Trial team, and were told how the competition would run, what it involves as well as being given the opportunity to ask any questions they had about the legal system. The children are very much looking forward to taking part in the competition.

 

6th December 2019

This week Year 6 have been helping Miss Williams out with a Christmas dilemma: she was worried that the lights on the Christmas tree in the school hall were not shining brightly enough! Mrs Hillier asked if, as part of their electricity unit in Science, they could investigate what she may need to do to solve her little problem. After a bit of discussion, Year 6 soon realised that they would need to focus on the voltage as this is the ‘push’ in the electrical circuit. They set out and investigated what happened to the brightness of the bulbs as the voltage increased. They concluded that the bulbs increased in brightness as more voltage was added to the circuit, however if too much was added the bulbs then became dimmer. Year 6 hypothesised that this is because the electrons in the circuit contained too much energy for the components (bulbs) to use effectively.

 

Year 6 have had a very busy week this week with visits from The Life Education ‘Bus’ and Iain Green – a wildlife photographer  from Wildlife Wonder. During their session with Alex from The Life Education Team, the children learned about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and discussed the impact that drugs have upon the body. They took part in a rather challenging rhythm activity to show how some drugs can negatively impact reaction speeds and concentration.  During the photography session, they took to the outdoors to discover and photograph nature in the school’s garden and on the playing field with Iain. They were shown different techniques to help capture the beauty of nature.

 

This week in DT, linking to their topic Rivers and Mountains, Year 6 were set the task of designing and building a bridge. They were given the design brief:

  • The bridge must be at least 40cm in length.
  • The bridge must be at least 20cm in height – to allow a boat to pass safely underneath.
  • The bridge must stand on its own.
  • The bridge must support the weight of a toy car.

The children began by researching different bridge designs, taking note of strong structures. Next, they sketched their initial designs, by taking inspiration from their research before deciding on a final design. The children created exploded diagrams to allow them to think about the different materials and tools they would need to create their bridges. Once they had carefully considered their construction process and the steps they would need to take, they began their building. Despite each group encountering some difficulties along the way (some greater than others!) each group constructed a bridge which met the design brief.

Well done Year 6 – it is clear that we have some budding engineers, architects and builders amongst us!

 

Over the past 2 weeks we have been exploring the features of narrative poetry and have looked at the different techniques poets use to create interesting poems.  We then decided to write our own narrative poem. We worked collaboratively to write one all about our trip to PGL. The rhyming structure we chose was a little challenging at times but we got there in the end. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it!

http://northleach.gloucs.sch.uk/admin/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/PGL_poem.pdf

 

Year 6

During the past two weeks Year 6 have been continuing to work very hard. In Maths we have been getting to grips with long division – not an easy feat but we have all survived! In English we have been writing our own Maya-inspired stories. We have been sharing our work throughout the drafting process and have been offering constructive feedback to help our peers improve their work.  We cannot wait to share these with parents during the ‘quick peek’ on the 16th October. In Topic we have been exploring many of the wonderful inventions of the Maya Culture, including drainage systems, calendars and hieroglyphics. We were amazed to learn just how many of these we still use today. In RE we have been considering what kind of King Jesus was by looking at different messages given about him, his life and the role he has played within the religion of Christianity. We have looked at extracts from the Bible, prayers and even songs to help us explore this further. This week we looked at the song: The Lord of the Dance and discussed what this told us about Jesus and the way in which he lived his life. We decided that his dancing was a metaphor for his preaching about God and describes the times when he showed people how to live their lives as God would have wished.

We asked Mrs Hillier if we could perform the song to the school and our parents in our own style…we hope they enjoyed it!

 

 

4th October 2019

During the past two weeks Year 6 have been continuing to work very hard. In Maths we have been getting to grips with long division – not an easy feat but we have all survived! In English we have been writing our own Maya-inspired stories. We have been sharing our work throughout the drafting process and have been offering constructive feedback to help our peers improve their work.  We cannot wait to share these with parents during the ‘quick peek’ on the 16th October. In Topic we have been exploring many of the wonderful inventions of the Maya Culture, including drainage systems, calendars and hieroglyphics. We were amazed to learn just how many of these we still use today. In RE we have been considering what kind of King Jesus was by looking at different messages given about him, his life and the role he has played within the religion of Christianity. We have looked at extracts from the Bible, prayers and even songs to help us explore this further. This week we looked at the song: The Lord of the Dance and discussed what this told us about Jesus and the way in which he lived his life. We decided that his dancing was a metaphor for his preaching about God and describes the times when he showed people how to live their lives as God would have wished.

 

 

 

This week in Year 6 we have been delving deeper into our Ancient Maya topic, considering what life would have been like for different classes of people during this time. Most of us loved the idea of being a king and starting each day with a cup of hot chocolate before spending the remainder of the day beautifying ourselves!

In English we have been focussing on using specific vocabulary to create clear imagery for our reader. We were each given an image of a setting to describe and worked hard to ensure we used effective vocabulary and language techniques to create a detailed picture in our reader’s mind. We talked lots about how it is ok to change our minds and re-write sections until we feel it is our best – just as a published author would! Here is one group’s work.

 

 

Year 6 Communication Letter – Autumn Term 1

Yr 6 communication letter

 

 

Since we’ve returned to school we have been learning all about the Ancient Maya, it’s really interesting. They were a really unique group of people. We have also been recapping place value in maths and it’s amazing to see how much we can remember and how little we can’t. As well as that, we’ve learnt the story of ‘The Hero Twins’. To remember the story, we have made a talk for writing. We have written our school captain pledges and they’re up on display in the hall. Year six has been great so far.

By Molly Seagers