Year 6 – September 2021 Archive
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 Whiffin – Teacher
Mrs Davison – Teaching Assistant
Week beginning 12.7.21
Our last post! Wow, what a week it has been for Year 6. Our Leaver’s assembly, Leaver’s Festival, Ice Cream Van, Signing Shirt Day, Leaver’s Lunch… it has been incredible. What an amazing group of children I have had the pleasure to teach this year. I hope you enjoy watching our assembly and seeing the photos of everyone at the festival. Your children are a credit to you all and I am so honored to have taught them this year – I’ll miss them greatly. Thank you for your continued support this year and I wish you all a wonderful Summer and best of luck for secondary school – they are more than ready for their new adventure. Love always, Miss W x
Week beginning 5.7.21
This week we have completed our dual narratives based on our Hansel & Gretel story. They were amazing! We have also spent time preparing for our leaver’s celebrations this week. We had a great time on Friday completing a sports day style assault course! It was so much fun!
Week beginning 28.6.21
We have had a busy week this week in Year 6. Most of the children have had the opportunity to visit their new secondary schools they will be going to in September. In class, we have completed a ‘design your own theme park’ project where the children used a variety of skills: advertising and persuading, maths, reasoning and problem solving and business skills. They showed brilliant team work.
On Friday, we celebrated Rainbow Day and raised lots of pennies for the Cash for Kids charity. We dressed in bright clothes and completed rainbow activities throughout the day.
Week beginning 21.6.21
What a brilliant week we’ve had in Year 6 this week making lovely memories. We have had a visit from Mr Mason at Kepier where we dissected a pig’s heart and learnt more about the human circulatory system. We visited Moorhouse where we completed brilliantly fun activities including archery, high ropes, cave bus and shelter building. We had a great day and the children behaved so well and were so brave! When we have been in school we have continued with our work on Hansel and Gretel. Our pizza party on Friday was great and we had a lovely day celebrating completing our SAT tests 🙂
Science afternoon – heart dissection
Week beginning 14.6.21
In English this week we have continued to work on our Hansel & Gretel narrative unit. We have explored and discussed vocabulary within the text and used this new vocabulary to write some wonderful setting descriptions. We enjoyed some role play in the characters roles from the story.
In Maths this week, we have worked hard on dividing fractions. We have also completed some assessments in which the children have worked so hard!
In Topic this week we have discussed the way water and nutrients are transported through our body. We have also made some wonderful Father’s Day cards 🙂
Head Teacher’s award:
Week beginning 7.6.21
Year 6 have settled nicely back into our school routines and are ready to enjoy their final half term with us. We have lots of exciting things planned for them this half term 🙂
We have started a new English unit which we will continue over the half term which is based on the Neil Gaiman version of Hansel and Gretel. We have read part of the story and predicted. We have also looked at some unfamiliar vocabulary.
In Maths this week we have continued our work on fractions from before the half term holiday. This week we have compared and ordered fractions and placed fractions on a number line. The children have worked super hard.
In Science this week we have started a new unit on the human circulatory system. We have looked at the parts of the human circulatory system and named parts of the heart.
In PSHE we have had in depth discussions about self image and editing photos. The children had great inputs to the discussions and we talked about the importance of loving our own bodies.
Head Teacher’s award: James for always trying his best
Maths award: Hayden for super maths work
English award: Millie for good predictions
Reading Plus awards: Chloe and Hollie
Week beginning 24.5.21
We have completed our chapter narratives this week. We completed our narratives with our final chapter and they are amazing. We have typed them up on the computers and made them into our own special books. Here are some examples of what they look like!
In Maths this week we have begun recapping on our fraction knowledge. We have been simplifying fractions and ordering and comparing fractions.
In Science this week the children have made their own log book entries as if they were discovering new species on the Galapagos, just like Darwin. We chose an animal, researched their habitat, how it has evolved and adapted over time, amongst other things such as their diet and life cycle. We really enjoyed this project and the outcomes were amazing! Here is some of our work:
Head Teacher’s award: Isabelle for being a good friend to all
Maths award: Lucas for super fraction work
English award: Katie for an amazing four chapter narrative!
Reading Plus award: James for moving up a level
Fun at Fatfield! 🙂
Week beginning 17.5.21
We have continued our narrative this week and have written the third chapter. This chapter focuses on the character being marooned on a desert island and discovering new species! Their narratives so far are amazing!
In Maths this week we have been answering ratio and proportion word problems. We have also completed some algebra tasks where we have solved problems with two unknowns. The children have worked very hard as it was super tricky!
In Science this week, we have looked at classification keys. We used liquorice allsorts to classify to help us understand. Then, we looked at how to classify living things. We have also learnt about micro-organisms and how they can be classified.
In PE, our topic this half term is athletics. We have worked hard this half term to improve our agility, strength and performance week on week.
Head Teacher’s: Grace for a brilliant homework project
Maths: Chloe for super maths skills
English: Alfie for a brilliant third chapter
Week beginning 10.5.21
We have continued our narrative unit this week and have written our second chapter. The children have worked so hard on this narrative so far! We have focused on changing in atmopshere and using verbs for meaning and effect.
In Maths this week we have been working on ratio. We have really understood this concept and I’m super proud of us all! We have looked at using ratio language, calculating ratio and calculating scale factors.
I am SO proud of Year 6 this week – we have completed our evolution and inheritance unit in Science and we have completed a double page spread to show off all of our knowledge. They are amazing! Here are some examples of our work:
Head Teacher’s award: Isabelle for an amazing homework project
Maths award: Piper for brilliant maths work
English award: Hayden for an improved attitude to English
Reading Plus awards: Isabelle – 50,000 word wizard
Week beginning 3.5.21
We have begun a new unit this week on narrative. By the end of this unit, we will have written our own narrative split into chapters. We are basing our narrative on our novel we are currently reading ‘Darwin’s Dragons’. We have focused on the first chapter this week and described the Galapagos Islands using figurative language, expanded noun and prepositional phrases.
In Maths this week we have been investigating the multiplicative and additive relationship between two numbers.
In RE, we have been looking at the Hindu creation story and comparing with other creation stories we know. In PSHE, we have looked at the importance of saving water and how to ensure we look after our environment. In Science, we have looked at how fossils can help us to explain and give evidence of evolution.
Head Teacher’s award: Molly
English award: Piper
Maths award: Lucas C
Week beginning 26.4.21
The children have completed their biographies this week and I am so super proud of them! They have worked so hard over the last 3 weeks to complete this unit and their outcomes are brilliant. We’re looking forward to starting our narrative unit next week based on Darwin’s Dragons.
In Maths this week, we have completed our number and place value objective recap and have begun recapping key objectives in the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division domain.
In Science this week, we have looked at how fossils can give us clues about evolution and animals in the past. In RE, we have compared Christian and Judaism creation stories. In PSHE, we have talked about energy usage and how saving energy can help prevent global warming.
Head Teacher’s award:
Reading Plus awards:
Week beginning 19.4.21
We have continued our work on writing our Charles Darwin biography this week. We have focused on his early life and childhood and ensured we have included Year 6 criteria within these paragraphs. The children have worked so hard on this so far, I can’t wait to see the finished biographies next week 🙂
In Maths this week we have been continuing recapping on priority objectives, particularly rounding to any degree of accuracy. The children have worked super hard and feel very secure in this objective!
We are enjoying continuing with our science unit on adaptation and evolution this week. We have also discussed global warming in PSHE and how we can prevent this from happening. The children had great ideas about this topic!
Homework will be posted on Showbie each week in each week’s correct folder. This is posted on a Wednesday and should be completed by the following Monday. You will find your child’s spellings for the week in this folder too. Please ensure your child practises their spellings as often as possible. 10/10 gets a dip in the basket! 🙂
Week beginning 12.4.21
The children have returned after their Easter break nice and refreshed and are settling into their new routine at Fatfield well.
We are starting our new topic Darwin’s Delights this half term. In English, our first focus is a biography on Charles Darwin. We have spent time researching facts about Charles Darwin and looking at a model example of what a good biography looks like.
In Maths this term we are focusing on the key priority objectives of what the children need to know before they move up to Year 7. This week we have recapped some place value objectives where we have read and written numbers to 10 million and multiplied and divided by 10, 100 and 1000.
We have started our new topic ‘Darwin’s Delights’ this week and the children have enjoyed looking at how plants and animals adapt to their environments which links to our work on Charles Darwin in English. We have also looked at what is means to be a global citizen in PSHE and the Christian creation story in RE.
Homework is set on a Wednesday on Showbie unless children require a paper copy. This should be completed the following Monday. Spellings are given out every Monday and should be practised throughout the week for a test the following Monday.
We had lots of fun in the snow this week! We built Steve the snowman 🙂
Week beginning 14.12.20
Take a look at all of our fabulous Christmas activities that we’ve taken part in this week. We’ve had a lovely week. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas break with your families. Stay safe everyone!
Week beginning 7.12.20
We have really started to get into the Christmas spirit in Year 6 this week. We enjoyed Christmas jumper and Christmas lunch day and we completed our Christmas Window competition on Friday too. Well done to Year 6 for their hard work – we can’t wait to hear how we did! Pop along to Hopes Pharmacy in Houghton le Spring to have a look 🙂
In English this week, we have worked hard to complete our unit on our non-chronological reports. The children wrote some amazing pieces of writing with lots of facts about World War One trenches.
In Maths this week, we have continued our work on fractions. We have focused on comparing and ordering fractions. We know that we can’t order or compare a fraction with a different denominator therefore we used our knowledge on finding equivalent fractions to help us!
In Topic this week, we have started our science unit on Electricity. The children have enjoyed using the equipment to make working circuits.
Week beginning 30.11.20
In English this week, the children have started to work on their non-fiction unit where we are going to write a non-chronological report on World War One trenches. We looked at an example, researched lots of information and planned the layout of our text to cater to our audience.
In Maths this week, we have started our fractions unit. The children have found equivalent fractions, simplified fractions and converted between improper and mixed fractions.
In Topic this week, the children have completed our history unit. We have talked about why animals were used in the war and we wrote a balanced argument about if animals should be used in war, and discussed how the First World War ended.
Head Teacher’s award:
Reading Plus awards: Katie
Week beginning 23.11.20
The children have worked really hard this week in all areas of the curriculum.
In English this week, we have written our narrative based on the Christmas Truce of 1914. The children created a very distinct atmosphere which was full of tension and suspense!
We had a very exciting virtual visit from author Jamie Littler this week, author of FrostHeart. The children loved it!
In Maths this week, we have completed our work on multiplication and division. We are looking forward to starting fractions next week – Miss Whiffin loves fractions!
In Topic this week, we have focused on our history skills and put World War One events onto a timeline. We also found out about events during The Battle of the Somme.
Head Teacher’s award:
English award: Piper for writing an amazing narrative
Pen licence: Piper
Reading Plus awards:
Week beginning 16.11.20
I was so pleased to be back in school and to see the hard work the children have done while I have been away from school. They have made me very proud.
In English this week, we have continued our work on The Christmas Truce video and worked on adding tension and atmosphere to our narratives.
In Maths this week, we have been completing SAT papers. The children have worked so super hard on their tests this week and I am so proud of their achievements at this point in the year.
In Topic this week, we have been focusing on Anti-Bullying week. We have discussed as a class how we will ensure we do not have bullying at Burnside and created posters to discuss the severity of cyber bullying.
Week beginning 9.11.20
The children have worked super hard this week in all areas of the curriculum. I’m super proud of their good behavior and maturity they have shown while I have been away from school.
In English this week, we have started to look at the clip ‘The Christmas Truce’ which is what we will be basing our narrative unit on this half term. The children have sequenced the events within the clip and used descriptive language to describe the setting.
In Maths this week, we have been looking at factors, multiples, primes numbers, square numbers and cubed numbers. The children have worked very hard and have been fantastic at understanding all this different maths vocabulary!
In Topic this week, we have been completing an Art block. We have used our painting skills to use colours and shapes to convey a mood. They have completed some brilliant art work based on World War One.
Week beginning 2.11.20
What a wonderful week we have had returning to school. I hope you all had a lovely half term break. The children have settled well back into their routines and are enjoying their new topics this half term already!
In English this week, we have started to look at the book War Game as a focus from our World War One topic. We have used senses, description and emotive language to describe different parts of the book.
In Maths this week, the children have worked super hard to master long division. It was difficult at first but we finally got there!
We have enjoyed our new topic ‘In Flanders Fields’ and starting to look at why World War One started.
Week beginning 28.9.20
In English this week, the children have continued to enjoy the story of Macbeth. We have looked further into the characters of the witches and looked at the difference between direct and reported speech. I am really looking forward to the children writing their whole narratives next week.
In Maths this week, we have been practising our addition and subtraction skills. We have added and subtracted integers, as well as became confident in using the inverse to check our answers.
In Topic this week, the children have used their research from last week of their USA state to write an information page about it. They have produced amazing pieces of work and have really enjoyed independent research. In Art this week, the children have used their drawing skills to create shadows. They will use their drawing skills next week to draw a USA landmark.
Head Teacher’s award: James for amazing attitudes towards our Reading Plus programme
Maths award: Maggie for working super hard on column subtraction with exchanging
English award: Katie for an AMAZING setting description!
Reading Plus awards:
Molly has achieved level B reading
Katie has achieved level D reading
Millie has achieved level C reading
Piper has achieved level A reading
Mercedes has achieved level A reading
James has achieved level A reading
Ethan has achieved level A in reading
Hayden has achieved level B in reading
I am so proud of the achievements so far on our Reading Plus programme. The children have really tried super hard and their progress reflects this.
The deadline for hoodies to be ordered is this Monday 5th October. If you wish to order, please do so using the information provided on the letter that was sent home.
I will be holding a puberty talk with Year 6 next week. If you would not like your child to take part in this, please let the office know by Monday 5th October.
Week beginning 21.9.20
We have had another great week in Year 6 this week and the children have worked super hard. We had such an exciting week this week, as we voted and selected our new Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl, and Anti Bullying Ambassadors. Here they are, with their shiny new badges! Well done guys!
In English, we have continued looking at the story of Macbeth. We looked at the original playscript by Macbeth and analysed the archaic language, the children loved it! We have also worked on the setting of the story, and have used senses and descriptive language to describe.
In Maths this week, we have continued our place value unit with a focus on rounding and negative numbers. The children have worked super hard and have gained a good understanding of these concepts.
In Topic this week, we have been focusing on the physical and human features of the USA, including their landmarks. The children have chosen a landmark of their interest and researched facts about it so that we can write an information page on their landmark next week.
Head Teacher’s award: Neave for working super hard all week
English award: Lacie for having excellent ideas
Maths award: James for great work in maths
Our class had the best attendance this week too, we got 97.7%! We get an extra 10 minutes playtime for being the best class, well done everyone!
Reading Plus Club is on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays until 4pm. The children who have attended so far have already made lots of progress on their reading fluency and understanding. It would be beneficial for all the children to attend as many sessions as possible. Please let me know if you would like your child to attend.
Week beginning 14.9.20
It has been so lovely getting back into a routine with the children this week. They have settled into Year 6 so well and I am super proud of each and every one of them. I can tell we are going to have a great year! The children have enjoyed getting back into the swing of things this week and have worked really hard.
In English this week, we have enjoyed starting our new unit based around William Shakespeare’s playscript: Macbeth. We have used a video which explains the story and have started work on the sequence of the story and the main characters. The children are really enjoying it and are looking forward to looking deeper into archaic language next week. Here is a link to the video if you want to talk about the story at home!
In Maths this week, the children have been recapping their place value knowledge. We have worked hard to read, write, order and compare numbers up to ten million and round numbers.
We have started our new topic learning this week on our USA topic. We have identified countries within North and South America as a continent, and then looked at the 50 states of the USA as a focus. I’m looking forward to seeing the children’s homework projects surrounding this topic 🙂
Head Teacher’s award: Isabelle for being a good friend
English award: Sophie for excellent descriptive writing about Macbeth
Maths award: Hayden for great work on place value this week
Well done everyone!
A letter went home to parents on Friday regarding Reading Plus. Reading Plus is an online reading programme which aims to improve fluency and comprehension skills within reading. Year 6 are trialling the programme this half term and I am running an after school club on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays so the children can access the programme. The children are more than welcome to access Reading Plus at home too. Please contact me if you have any queries regarding this.
Homework is given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school on Monday.
Reading books are given out on Mondays and should be brought in on Fridays. There should be a minimum of 3 signatures per week by an adult in the home reading record.