Welcome to Year 6!
During the second half of the Spring Term, the Year 6 children will be focusing upon the following learning challenge question:
Could you be the next Nintendo apprentice?
Forest School Day Wednesday 5th September 2018
Year Six thoroughly enjoyed their first forest school day of the school year. Mr Hodgson introduced us to our Science Learning Challenge: 'Have we always looked like this?' which is based upon evolution and inheritance. We explored how some living things can camouflage better in some environments rather than others.
During this half term, we are learning a floor routine in gymnastics. We have learnt how important it is to practise our stretches when preparing to do the splits!
We began our work on negative numbers by using practical equipment to represent negative and positive numbers. We used the practical equipment to practise adding and subtracting different combinations of positive and negative numbers.
Phunky Foods 2nd October 2018
Today in Phunky Foods we worked with Mrs Bell to follow a recipe to make some delicious coleslaw!
Forest School Wednesday 10th October 2018
Today we enjoyed our second forest school day. We continued to develop our knowledge of evolution and inheritance as we explored the area around school. We all enjoyed making hedgehogs out of apples, twigs and seeds in the hope that they would attract wildlife into our gardens. The children practised their knot tying skills when making some fantastic dens.
Parental Involvement Day Thursday 12th October
We enjoyed welcoming our parents and family members into school today. The children shared the excellent knowledge and understanding of the Mayans that they have been building up over the term with their family members. Together they built some amazing Mayan pyramids and they decorated them using authentic Mayan designs.
Hot Chocolate Enterprise Event
To celebrate national chocolate week and in recognition of the Mayan's love of chocolate Year Six organised their own enterprise event. We began by working out what we would need to make hot chocolate for everyone and then we priced up how much it would cost us to make the hot chocolate. The children then decided on how much they would sell the hot chocolate for. They sold hot chocolate on two occasions and they found out about the hard work that goes into running a business and the costs that come before making a profit! They made a profit of £58! Well done Year Six!
Year Six enjoyed a visit from a librarian on Tuesday 30th October. They listened to a number of different types of poems. Tongue twisters were our favourites! The children also tried to perform a poem alongside the librarian.
Phunky Foods 31.10.18
Today in Phunky Foods, Year Six enjoyed following a recipe to make bread. We talked about the different shapes that we could mould our bread into and many of the children opted to plait their bread.
As part of our Viking topic we have been exploring how to combine different movements together to create a Viking dance. The children have been working by themselves, in small groups and as a whole class to create sequences of movement. They have also practised working at different heights when showing what life was like before the Vikings invaded and to show the Viking invading.
Parental Involvement Afternoon - Thursday 22nd November
Thank you to all those parents and grandparents who joined us for our parental involvement afternoon. We worked together to follow a complex plan to build a model Viking Longboat. This supports the work we are covering in Design and Technology this term.
As part of our work in Science we investigated the learning challenge question 'Why could we describe blood as the body's river system?' To find out about the composition of blood we made a blood smoothie. We represented the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma with different ingredients. The children then added an extra ingredient to represent the antigens which define our blood type.
Phunky Foods 27.11.18
Today in Phunky Foods, Mrs Bell extended our knowledge of bread making further by helping us to make nann bread. We followed the recipe carefully and ensured that we measured our ingredients accurately. We are pleased with our final product.
Magistrate Court Visit 6.12.18
Today, Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their informative visit to Workington Magistrate Courts. We were met by two magistrates who ensured that we gained an insight into how the Magistrate Court operates. We held interesting conversations about crimes that might be committed and the punishments that might be awarded for these crimes. We took part in a role play activity in which we acted our a court room session. We talked about the issue of cyber-bullying.
Phunky Foods - 22nd January 2019
Today in Phunky Foods, we worked alongside Mrs Bell to make 'Oodles of Noodles'. This involved peeling carrots, dicing vegetables into small pieces and mixing ingredients to create a dressing for the noodles. We enjoyed tasting them at the end.
Algebra - 5th February 2019
This week we have started to look at algebra in Mathematics. Today, we made function machines on our tables and use practical resources to help us write algebraic expressions. When we felt confident doing this practically we used pictures to represent the function machines before writing the expressions in our books.
Forest School Day - 6th February 2019
Today we enjoyed our third forest school day. The children embraced the opportunity to explore how the forest school area had changed since we last went outside and to use the willow to make their very own wand.
World Book Day - Thursday 7th March 2019
Year Six had a fantastic time celebrating world book day! Their costumes were amazing!!
Drama Visit - Tuesday 11th March 2019
Following our visits to watch theatre productions at both Rosehill Theatre and The Theatre by the Lake, today we welcomed Dave Cryer into school to lead a drama workshop. Dave is the Learning and Participation Manager at the Theatre by the Lake. We took part in three fun and interactive workshops which helped us to develop our acting skills! The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
This week we also enjoyed taking part in an arts workshop with Janice Murray. Janice, who is an artist, works at Rosehill Theatre. She will be coming into school to lead three art workshops before the end of the term. Today, we got to try on costumes from the performance of Beauty and the Beast that we watched at the Theate by the Lake. The children then designed a head-dress for a bird and they will be working with Janice to help bring their designs to life. We cannot wait to see the final result.
This half term for one of our PE sessions we are focussing on cricket. Today we enjoyed getting outside in the dry weather to practise our batting and fielding skills. Each batter had to hit three balls before the fielders were allowed to go and retrieve the balls.
Phunky Foods - Tuesday 19th March
Today in Phunky Foods, the children worked with Mrs Bell, Mrs Hoyle and Mr Knox to make some delicious pizzas. Their pizzas smelt delicious and looked fantastic too!
Angles - Wednesday 20th March
Today in Maths, we went to the hall to explore how we could create different sized angles with our bodies and when working in pairs. We practised showing right-angles, acute angles, reflex angles and obtuse angles.
At the beginning of this half term the children received an email from Angie Dean, who works at Prima Uno Limited, inviting them to accept the challenge of designing and making a board game which incorporated an electric circuit. The design brief informed the children that they would have to present a prototype of their game to a group of people called the Dragons. Angie was the head of the Dragons. Throughout this half term the children have been exceptionally busy working in teams to complete this challenge. They have played board games to investigate their features, designed questionnaires for the other children in school to gather some market research, designed and made their prototype before using their mathematical skills to work out the cost of making the game. On Friday 22nd March, Angie and her Dragon colleague Paul came into school to listen to the children's presentations and to view the prototypes created. They were amazed by the amount of effort and hard work the children had put into the challenge and there were extremely disappointed that they could only select one winning team. The children amazed us with not only their final presentations but the way they said good luck to each time as they went to deliver their presentation. As their teacher I felt extremely proud of each and everyone of them!
Team Building in PE
As we prepare to work together as a team during this half term we have engaged with some team building game in PE. Today (25.01.19) we worked together to complete two team building games. The first game was called 'All Aboard' where we were divided into two teams and we have to safely get all of our team members into a given area. As the game progressed the area of this space was reduced in size. We then played 'Quick Sand' where we had to get all of our team across the quick sand using only three lily pads. We gradually increased the difficulty of this by working together as a whole class. Throughout both activities the children were encouraged to communicate with each other but not by using their voices!! We had lots of fun!
Well done Year 6!!!
Everyone would like to say a massive well done to our Year 6 pupils for the way that they have completed their SATs assessments this week and especially for their hard-work and resilience since the beginning of the year. I am incredibly proud of each and everyone of them for trying their very best. We celebrated the end of the assessments with an ice lolly in the sunshine!