Welcome to Year 6!
Welcome to our Year 6 page. Here you will find important information about our class routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.
Our Year 6 staff:
Miss Amy Whiffin – Teacher
Mrs Alison Davison – Teaching Assistant
Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying this precious time with your families and are staying safe. We are all missing you at school! It was lovely to see some families collecting their packed lunches this week to say hi and catch up. I’m enjoying my time with my girls in the house spending some precious family time. We have been on some nice walks around our home too. I hope you’ve enjoyed the nice weather too!
I hope you are managing to stay busy with the home learning packs you brought home. Please remember if there are any problems with my those packs you can email the school and the school can pass it onto me so I can assist in the best way that I can.
If you’re stuck on ideas on how to keep busy at home this week, why don’t you make a propaganda poster to advertise the government guidelines on how we currently stay safe? Use some ideas of our learning on WW1 and WW2 to help you! Stick them in your windows to let people know how to stay safe! I will drive through Houghton to see which posters I can see later this week 🙂
There are plenty of websites out there you can log onto to keep you busy. I have set some Todo activities on PurpleMash to have a go at, or I’m always ready for a battle on TimesTableRockStars! Remember you have log ins for Education City, Numbots, Spelling League too. Games like Hit The Button are good for tables knowledge too! Here is a link to the secret agent SPAG game we like to play together in class:
Keep checking back on this page to check for my updates and ideas on what you can do this week 🙂 I am missing you all very much and can’t wait until we’re all back in school again! See you all very soon. Love from Miss Whiffin x
Week beginning 9.3.20
In English this week, Year 6 have been working hard on writing their formal, persuasive letter linking to our World War Two topic. Their writing was fantastic and included lots of high level vocabulary.
In Maths this week, we have started a new unit on measures. We reminded ourselves of the metric measures and how to convert between metric measures. We also completed some practise SAT papers and the children worked super hard!
In Topic this week, we have been looking at the Easter story in R.E and thinking about growing up in PSHE. We also enjoyed Sports Relief day on Friday where the children dressed in sports wear for a £1 donation to Sports Relief.
Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your time with your families and are staying safe. I am missing you
Head Teacher’s award: Freya for ALWAYS working hard and giving everything 110%!
English award: Casie for a brilliant formal persuasive letter and trying hard with her handwriting
Maths award: Cole for brilliant attitudes towards his practise SATS
Golden table awards:
Week beginning 2.3.20
In English this week, we have been working hard on building up our sentence level writing to help us with our persuasive, formal letters next week. We have used relative clauses, parenthesis and colons and semi colons to build cohesion.
We have continued our algebra unit in Maths this week. We have solved one and two step equations, as well as found values of missing algebraic equations. The children worked super hard!
In topic this week, we have been completing science work on light. We carried out an interesting experiment on refraction, where we saw the effects through a glass of water. The children were amazed!
Head Teacher’s award: Jennifer for always trying hard
English award: Tilly for using good parenthesis in her writing
Maths award: Jayden for brilliant algebra work
Golden Table awards: Miley and Jordan
Week beginning 28.2.20
We have started a new topic in English this week and the children have made an excellent start. We have started by researching the Holocaust, using emotive language to describe feelings of victims, as well as using adverbials for time, place, cause and manner to open our sentences.
The children have started our unit on algebra this week and have worked really hard on understanding and finding one and two step rules, as well as looking at substitution. They’ve worked really hard!
This week, we have taken part in Wellbeing Week. We have taken part in a different activity each day linked to the five ways of wellbeing: learn, be active, connect, take notice and give. The children have tried yoga, taken part in an active circuit session, connected with year 1, took notice of each other’s feelings, and gave to our local food bank Space 4. We have had a lovely week!
Head Teacher’s award: Leon A for amazing attitudes during our connect session in Year 1
Maths award: Leon R for great work on algebra
English award: Miley for brilliant emotive writing
Golden Table awards: Morgan and Freya
The children were also awarded with their Bikeability certificates and badges this week. Well done everyone!
Week beginning 10.2.20
The children have worked hard this half term on their narrative and discussion unit based around their studies on World War Two. We have finished our discussions on evacuation this week.
We have been working super hard all week on finding percentages of amounts this week! Perhaps the children could use their knowledge when out shopping in the half term?!
We had a super exciting day on Thursday this week where we visited Eden Camp! The children had a brilliant day exploring the museum and experiencing the sights and smells of World War Two.
Week beginning 3.2.20
We have been continuing to work on our discussion unit this week, where we have started to look at the layout and language we will use in our discussions on evacuation. I can’t wait to see the children’s finished products next week.
We celebrated Number Day this week! There was a murder mystery set up in the Hub and the children and their parents had to solve some maths problem solving clues to figure out who the murderer was. We had lots of fun using our maths skills to help us.
The children have been completing an art block this week on painting. We experimented with different colours for a specific mood, used shapes to show different moods, and tried out different brush techniques to create different effects. We then planned our art work to create next week. I think they’re going to look amazing!
Week beginning 27.1.20
The children have blown me away with their completed narratives based on The Piano this week. Their writing was full of atmosphere and description. We have also started a new unit on non-fiction this week, where we will be discussing whether evacuation was a good or bad idea.
In Maths this week, we have been looking at equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages. The children found it tricky at first but we got there in the end 🙂
In Science this week, we have started our unit on light. We learnt about how light travels and made a real life model to show our understanding of this. The children worked very hard!
Week beginning 13.1.20
In English this week, we have continued with our narrative unit using The Piano clip as our stimulus. We have worked hard on using senses and figurative language to describe. I can’t wait to see the narratives the children produce next week! 🙂
In Maths this week, we have been multiplying and dividing fractions. Many thanks to the children who attended the Booster Club on Thursday, where we looked at simplifying fractions and converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers.
This week, the children have continued their work on the Second World War. We put events onto a chronologically accurate timeline and the children have showed great enthusiasm on learning about the different events in the war. We had an art day on Tuesday where the children planned and created a collage based on WW2. The results were amazing! Well done everyone
Head Teacher’s award: Cole for an amazing collage
English award: Tilly for good work on senses to describe a scene
Maths award: Charlie P for amazing work on fractions
Golden Table awards: MacKenzie and Jayden
SAT Booster club has now started. Children are encouraged to attend every Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30pm. Children must be collected by an adult at the main school office at the end of the sessions.
Week beginning 6.1.20
Wow – what a busy first week we have had after the Christmas holidays. The children have had a lovely break and have came back into school ready for a busy and exciting Spring Term.
In Maths this week, the children have been learning to add and subtract fractions with different denominators and multiply fractions. We have then transferred this knowledge into solving word problems and reasoning type questions. We worked really hard!
In English this week, we have started to look at the new clip ‘The Piano’ by Aidan Gibbons. The clip shows the story of a man’s life and flashbacks he has during his time in the Second World War. This week, we wrote diary entries as the character recounting his memories.
Our topic this half term is called ‘Blitz n Pieces’ and is based around the events of World War Two. The children have asked questions about the topic and we have looked at events on a timeline during the war, and made our own timelines. We are looking forward to finding out more about the topic!
Head Teacher’s award: Leon R for always having a fantastic attitude to learning
English award: Miley for brilliant use of emotive language
Maths award: Katie for great work on adding fractions
Golden Table awards: Chloe and Morgan
SAT booster club starts next Thursday 16th January and will run every Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm. It would be beneficial for all children to attend the sessions as often as possible. An adult must collect their child after the sessions at the school’s main office.
Week beginning 2.12.19
Year 6 have had a super busy week this week, where we have taken part in really exciting days. On Wednesday, we visited South Shields Customs House to see Snow White the pantomime. The children were fantastically behaved and had a brilliant time. We have worked hard this week on creating our crafts for the Christmas fair which took place on Friday this week. We made some beautiful handmade plates and mugs to sell. Well done everyone!
Golden Table awards: Jordan and Jayden
Week beginning 25.11.19
In Maths this week, the children have been working super hard on their fractions skills. We have converted improper fractions to mixed numbers, compared and ordered fractions, and added and subtracted fractions.
Wow! I am blown away by the children’s work in English this week. We have written our suspense-filled narrative based on our work around the Christmas Truce in 1914. The children have written some fantastically detailed narratives. Well done everyone.
In Topic this week, we have continued our Science unit: Electricity. The children have identified variable components and investigated how they can affect a circuit. They have also discussed how difference in voltage can affect a bulb’s brightness or a buzzer’s volume.
Head Teacher’s award: Rhianna for always having a positive attitude and trying her best
English award: Katie for writing a brilliant narrative and much improved writing
Maths award: Cole for great work on fractions
Golden Table awards: Katie and Jennifer
Week beginning 18.11.18
In Maths this week, we have started our unit on fractions. We began by looking at simplifying fractions and have moved onto fractions on a number line. The children have also completed SAT papers this week to test what we have learned so far.
In English this week, we have continued with our narrative unit where we are using The Christmas Truce video clip to inspire our writing. We have started to look at the main part of the narrative now, and how we can build tension and atmosphere within our writing. I can’t wait to see the end results! 🙂
In Topic this week, we have started with our science unit: electricity. We looked at circuit symbols and used them to represent circuit diagrams we had made.
We were visited by the NSPCC this week where we got to take part in a workshop regarding different types of abuse. The children were really mature within their discussions during the workshop and had some good ideas. Here are some pictures of our workshop:
Head Teacher’s award: Year 6 for doing so well in their tests this week – I’m so proud 🙂
English award: Charlie M for amazing progress in phonics
Maths award: Jordan T for brilliant maths scores
Golden Table awards: Mackenzie and Charlie P
Week beginning 11.11.19
In Maths this week, we have been learning how number sentences with more than one operation have to be followed in a certain order. We used the acronym BODMAS to help us with our learning.
In English this week, we have written a setting description which will begin our narrative, focusing on the events of the Christmas Truce.
In Topic this week, we have continued to learn about World War One. We placed events on a timeline and found out the countries that were involved in World War One.
We have had such a busy week this week, the children have led a Remembrance Day assembly, completed the Bikeability course, took part in Hoopstarz Day, celebrated Anti Bullying week and celebrated Children in Need day. Here are some photos and videos of what we have been up to:
Head Teacher’s award:
Golden Table awards:
Week beginning 4.11.19
In Maths this week, we have been identifying multiples, factors and prime numbers. The children have worked super hard and have done really well with some investigation work.
In English this week, we have started our new WW1 inspired topic, focusing on The Christmas Truce. The children have loved introducing the video of The Christmas Truce this week and doing some work based around it, as well as introducing their new novel ‘Private Peaceful’.
In Topic this week, we have begun learning about World War One. The children have asked questions about the topic, as well as took part in a super exciting lesson to figure out why World War One started.
Bikeability week starts next week, Monday 11th November. Please ensure all consent forms are brought into school if you wish for your child to take part as well as bikes, suitable clothing as well as helmets.
Head Teacher’s award: Morgan for a brilliant attitude towards learning
English award: Jayden for writing an amazing Remembrance Day poem
Maths award: Katie for super work on factors and multiples
Golden Table awards: Miley and Freya
There were two boys chosen for pen licences this week, what a special award. Well done to Mackenzie and Leon R.
Week beginning 21.10.19
In Maths this week, the children have worked hard on understanding the method of long division. We found it super tricky but we all got there in the end 🙂 well done everyone for your perseverance!
In English this week, we have been completed a blog entry as Macbeth recounting some events from the play we have been studying this half term. The children then typed up their blogs and have posted them onto this website! Feel free to click and enjoy their fantastic writing 🙂
In Topic this week, we have been writing tourist brochures on a chosen USA state. We put all of our learning this half term together to persuade our audience to come to the state, including talking about human and physical geography. They produced some fantastic work, well done everyone.
In Music, we have been working all half term on our drumming skills with Dr Renwick. The children were lucky enough to perform our learning in front of the whole school in a special assembly on Wednesday. Here are some pictures of our performance:
Week beginning 14.10.19
In Maths this week, the children have been developing their understanding of short division. We worked super hard on this method. We then looked at how we can use factor pairs to help us divide. We are looking forward to starting our new learning of long division next week!
After completing our Macbeth narratives last week, we have now moved onto our non-fiction unit: recount. We have been working all week on writing a blog as Macbeth during a scene from the play that we have been studying this half term. We wrote a diary entry this week in the character of Macbeth – they were fab!
In our topic learning this week, we have been comparing USA states based on their physical and human similarities and differences. The children chose two states to compare.
We have continued to work with Dr Renwick this week on our drumming skills and are looking forward to showing what we have learnt this half term in a special assembly next Wednesday.
Head Teacher’s award: Leo for trying hard with presentation all week
English award: Leon R for a brilliant transformed narrative with characterisation
Maths award: Katie for super work on short division
Golden Table awards: Jack and Jordan
Our homework project for this half term is due in next Friday. I look forward to seeing what the children produce 🙂
Week beginning 7.10.19
In maths this week, the children have been practising the method of long multiplication. We have all worked so hard on this tricky method this week and have finally cracked it! Well done 🙂
Wow! I was so impressed with the children’s Macbeth narratives last week. This week, we worked on developing and improving characterisation in our stories to rewrite them with a focus on characterisation. The children did really well.
Dr Renwick has continued to visit us to develop our music skills this week and we have been lucky enough to have Craig come into school to help us with our digital media skills in computing too. Craig will be coming in to work with the children every Tuesday afternoon until Christmas.
The children have continued our Geography block linking to our USA topic, and we have focused on the importance of tourism this week. We have looked at different types of tourism and the advantages and disadvantages of it.
Head Teachers award: Leon R for always having an amazing attitude to learning
Maths award: Charlie M for fantastic work on short multiplication
English award: Aaliyah for a brilliant transformed narrative
Golden Table awards: Freya and Rhianna
Bikeability letters have been sent out this week. The course will begin on Monday 11th November. Please ensure your child brings in a road-worthy bike AND helmet if you wish for them to take part.
Week beginning 30.9.19
In maths this week, the children have been working hard on developing their skills in addition and subtraction. We also completed some reasoning and problem solving style questions based on our work.
Wow! The children have astounded me this week with their amazing writing skills, where we changed our Macbeth play we have been learning into a narrative. Everyone included amazing descriptions. Well done!
In Art this week, we have used our sketching and shading skills to develop our Statue of Liberty drawings from last week. The children tried really hard to show shading and shadow in their realistic drawings.
Year 6 ran a ‘Houghton Feast flag workshop’ on Friday morning with children who are taking part in the Houghton Feast parade on Saturday. They showed brilliant maturity and organisational skills to help the little ones out with their flags. Well done Year 6.
Week beginning 23.9.19
The children have worked super hard this week. We have developed our rounding skills from Year 5 and have learnt to round all the way up to 10 million! We have also worked very hard on negative numbers this week.
We have continued to focus on our Macbeth narrative and our focus this week has been on dialogue. The children wrote some brilliant pieces of accurately punctuated dialogue between the witches, Macbeth and Banquo. They will be included in our narrative at the end of the unit.
In Art this week, the children have created observational drawings of USA landmarks.
The children have used their research from last week and their art skills to create an information poster on their chosen USA landmark. They look brilliant! Well done everyone
English award: Tilly for good work on dialogue
Maths award: Leo for great work on rounding
Golden Table awards: Leo and Leon
Week beginning 16.9.19
This week in Maths we have continued to develop our knowledge of place value by ordering and comparing numbers all the way up to 10 million!
We have continued with our work on Macbeth this week and the children wrote a fantastic setting description to begin our Macbeth narrative.
We have focused on Geography this week and our new USA topic. The children have researched information on a USA landmark.
Dr Renwick has continued our drumming music sessions this week and the children are really enjoying it!
English award: Miley for a brilliant setting description
Maths award: Jack for brilliant place value work
Golden Table awards: Chloe and Casie
Week beginning 9.9.19
Wow! What a super busy week Year 6 have had, our first full week in our new year groups. The children have settled in really well to Year 6 and have worked really hard.
In Maths this week, the children have been working super hard on assessment tests. We are looking forward to making a start on our Year 6 maths work next week!
In English, we have begun work on our ‘MacBeth’ topic. The children have enjoyed learning about the story of the Shakespeare classic and have begun work on our focus of the witches. We wrote some super descriptions!
The children have enjoyed beginning their topic of ‘It’s a party in the USA!’ this week. We have identified countries in North and South America and identified the 50 states in the USA.
We are lucky enough to have Dr Renwick work with us this half term, where he will be in school every Wednesday afternoon to do African drumming with the class!
English award: Rhianna for super descriptions of the witches
Maths award: Jayden for great work in his maths assessments
Golden Table awards: Morgan and Aaliyah
P.E will be on a Wednesday. Please ensure all children have their PE kit in school for this day.