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                                         Term 6

Little Freak - Literacy Shed

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During our final term, we will be using the short film 'Little Freak' to inspire our writing to end the year. It is a very moving film about a very sad, lonely, young boy who is treated like nothing but a freak because of his looks. We have made some links to 'Wonder' that we read earlier on in the year and although it is sad, we are excited to get our teeth into some more exciting writing!

Sports Day

Today was our Sports Day! We had a great time competing in all the events and earning house points! See below the great pictures of us taking part and running our absolute fastest in the sprint races!

Paralympian Visit: Jack Rutter

Today we had a visit from a paralympian footballer. We learned about his story and were motivated by his inspiring story. We also took part in a circuit challenge with the whole school to raise money - it's not too late to still sponsor!

Church visit

As part of our last R.E. enquiry, we visited the church and were welcomed by Lisa the Vicar. We were allowed to explore the church and get a closer look at some of the areas we don't usually get to see. We then had the opportunity to ask lots of questions which we found really interesting!

Mosque visit

As part of our last R.E. enquiry - where we will be looking at different places of worship - we visited a Mosque in Bristol where we spent the morning learning about Islam. We were greeted by Rizwan (a Muslim who prays at this mosque) who told us all about his faith and let us explore the mosque to see whether we could find any similarities or differences between the mosque and our church. Surprisingly, they are many similarities between the faiths! For example, did you know that we worship the same God?

Term 5

In Term 5, alongside preparing for SATs, we will be reading the biography 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill. This wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of the Endurance reaching the South Pole and the efforts it took to get there. As part of our learning we will be writing in role, researching information and even writing motivational speeches. In art, we will be looking at famous artists and different mediums to create artwork.


Samba Taster Day


We had a fantastic Samba day today where we had a taster of each of the activities we will experience during our exciting Samba week in Term 6. We sang songs together, made costumes, played the drums and learnt a Samba dance. Now we've made our choice of the activity we would like to do, we cannot wait for Samba week!

PE - Orienteering


In Term 5, Bristol Sport are back again - this time to teach us about orienteering. Because of the wet and windy weather in week one, we worked in the hall instead - these pictures show us attempting some challenging team activities which required us to plan and communicate well in order to succeed. Plus it was very very fun!

Our sessions since have been outside and we have loved using our navigational skills to play games.

Term 4

To inspire our spooky story-telling, we are exploring ‘Alma’, a short story of a young girl who ventures into town in the snow. She is drawn to a shop window by a familiar looking doll. From there, the story takes a sinister turn…

Journey Planning


This afternoon we were visited by the Road Safety Team. We had the opportunity to learn about safe ways to travel including different crossings, types of roads and ways of travelling. Using maps, we were able to map out our route that we will take when travelling to our new secondary school; how to take the safest route and the distance we will travel.

6AO Class Assembly


This week we had the fantastic opportunity to share our learning with the school! We worked really hard to present with clear voices and are proud of our learning. We would like to thank all parents and carers for coming in to see our assembly!

World Book Day


Today was World Book Day! Our day started off with the reveal of our focus book 'Alone on a Wide Wide Sea' by Michael Morpurgo. We loved finding out about Arthur but all decided we definitely didn't like the mean character Mr Bacon!  To explore the book further, we used the chromebooks to find out about Australia, created beautiful backdrops of the ocean Arthur travelled on and even created character sketches of our most feared character - Piggy Bacon!



In order to hook us into the short film Alma, Miss O'Callaghan tricked us into signing a class contract and then asked us to create ourselves as small dolls. Little did we know, this would link to the mysterious and exciting tale of a little girl, Alma, who becomes trapped in a doll shop!

This term, we are carrying on with Wolf Brother and the Mayans for the first couple of weeks. We will update you with our new enquiry soon!

Term 3

Throughout Term 3, we will be reading 'Wolf Brother' by Michelle Paver to inspire our writing and enquiry. The book follows a boy on an adventure during the time of hunters and gatherers. We will be writing about aspects of the book and exploring them further with the end goal of writing our own quest story to share with the Year 3's.

Re Unit: Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?


This term we have continued our RE journey looking at Islam and Christianity. We have been investigating acts of kindness such as giving to charity and the importance of art and architecture in Christians and Muslims lives. To finish we wrote a piece of writing explaining our thoughts about art and architecture and the importance of giving. 

Wellbeing Week


As part of our Wellbeing week, we thought lots about how both sleep and exercise are important for our bodies and minds. We ended the week with some mindfulness meditation and relaxing games of chess - we now understand that technology is not always the best for relaxing and concentrating on something else like colouring or chess can help us to be calm. 

Art - Collage


This term, our art focus has been collage. We have investigated this technique through our Try it, Use it, Prove it approach. For out final challenge, we created, in groups, forests collages based on our Wolf Brother book!

PE - Dodgeball 


This term we have been learning how to play Dodgeball. We have really enjoyed learning the rules, techniques and different fun games!

Maya WOW


We had an amazing WOW for our History enquiry 'What happened to the Mayas?' We were so lucky to use VR devices to learn about the ancient Maya civilisation and their main city 'Chichen Itza'. We can't wait to find out more about the Mayas and what happened to them!




We listened to a description of a wolf from Wolf Brother and used this to sketch our own wolf pictures. We took our time to use our art skills to shade our sketches for effect. Here are some of our sketches:



Today were told our new enquiry question, 'Where will your quest take you?' We imagined that we had become stranded on an island and had to think about what skills we have that would help us to survive. We created our own Clans and created sigils to represent us. We then decoded messages to help us with our adventure. After, we were introduced to our new book 'Wolf Brother'. We really like that the book is adventurous and kept us on the edge of our seats!

Term 2

During Term 2, we will be using the inspiring text ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio as a stimulus for our writing. This is a story about a young boy, August, who has Treacher Collins Syndrome. The plot takes us through his very first days at school and we learn how he is treated by others just because of the way he looks. We will go on a journey with August and discover the emotional roller-coaster that he takes as he steps into school life.


In addition to this, throughout the term as well as using the text, we will be learning some more incredible science based on evolution and inheritance where we will learn all about how genetics are inherited through living things.

Term 2 Reflections


"I really enjoyed art - I liked sketching Auggie." - Anna


"I liked reading the book Wonder and then finishing off by watching the film." - Reggie


"I found it fun learning about how I look like me - I found evolution and inheritance interesting!" - Gabriel


"I liked learning about fractions, decimals and percentages (I really get it now!)" - Millie



Christmas Fun!


To end our fantastic term, we watched the film 'Wonder', after finishing our book, and played some board games with our friends! We are looking forward to Christmas now and what the new year will bring!

PE with Bristol Basketball

RE: Do Christians and Humanists have the same values?


For our RE this term, we have been looking at the similarities and differences between Humanists and Christians. We considered whether it was possible to be a good person without God in your life. To demonstrate our learning, we worked in teams to put together a presentation which answered the question. Our teacher was very impressed with how well we did despite the fact that this really took us out of our comfort zone. We will be practising our new 'speaking' skills again soon.

Reading with confidence


We have been reading Wonder each day and this week the children have wanted to read to the class. We have loved growing in confidence and learning how to be great readers and listeners!

Pattern seeking


In P.E. we have been using our investigative skills to answer the question 'Do people with longer legs jump further?'

We made sure to text each individual three times and calculated an average at the end. We will now wite conclusions to see if our predictions were correct!

Anti-bullying performance


Today we had a visit from a touring performance group. We watched a performance all about bullying and its effects. We learned lots of information through an interactive show and at the end we were able to determine: what bullying is; the different types of bullying and what to do if we see it happen. 


Following on from last term's topic,  we have been continuing our first Science unit in year 6: Electricity. We hadn't studied this topic since Year 4 but impressed Miss O'Callaghan by showing her how to create a simple circuit. Some of us also demonstrated our knowledge of conductors by including a pencil sharpener in our circuit! We also learned about life before electricity and the famous scientists who discovered and developed electricity.

Superhero Day!


Today, we dressed up as superheros to support the diabetes charity chosen by Pupil Voice.


We want to thank everyone fro dressing up and helping to raise almost £500! 



This term, we are lucky to have a Bristol Flyers player come in to teach us Basketball. We are excited to learn lots of new skills such as dribbling one-handed and obstructing our opposition. In our first lesson, when it was pouring with rain, we already improved our skills by learning to keep our arms soft and not stiff.

Term 2 Art: Photography


On our first day back, we used Chromebooks to learn about how to edit photographs. We used online programs to alter the brightness, contrast, focus and  saturation of our photos (plus many many more features that we found). We considered how the edits applied to an image can affect its mood and how different edits can send different messages or create different emotions.



Our first morning back was all about our new book - Wonder. Although some of us had seen the film, we were excited to learn more about the main character and his condition in detail. The front cover intrigued us as it was not a 'normal' self-portrait. We discussed what this might tell us about the way the main character perceives himself. We created our own self-portraits in the same style. Join us later in the term to find out what else we do related to this inspirational book.

Term 1

This term, we are excited to be learning about World War 1. We will be exploring how it all began and who was involved as well as ways that the war affected every day life. We already have so many questions which we can't wait to get answered!


Alongside our enquiry, we will be reading Michael Morpurgo's wartime novel 'Private Peaceful.'

WW1 Challenge


See below our news reports detailing what we have learned about WW1 this term!

Harry, Ben and Ollie

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House Quiz 2018!


Today we participated in the annual House Quiz. We worked in our houses and tried our best to get as many questions right.  We had a great time and were shocked at how close the final score were!



This term's art has focussed on sketching. As you can see, for our try its, we practised sketching techniques such as cross hatching and stippling. We then put these into practise when we sketched our WW1 soldiers. For our Prove its, we sketched WW1 scenery to evidence our knowledge of sketching and blending. 

RE: What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?


This term, Year 6 have being learning about Islam. We have researched the Five Pillars that Muslims follow, the festivals that are celebrated and the religious pilgrimages that Muslims take in their lives. We linked this to Muslims living in Britain today and how their lives would be affected by their religious faith.

Pupil Voice Elections


Today we listened our Pupil Voice candidates and voted for who we felt could represent 6AO at our Pupil Voice meetings. We're all excited to hear the results in tomorrow's Celebration Assembly!

E-Safety and Computing


Today we had our E-Safety and Computing Day. We explored how the online world can be positive but how we also need to recognise and deal with situations that make us uncomfortable and sad. Lots of us were able to identify what cyberbullying is, how it affects others and how we can manage scenarios. 


For our computing we used ICT to support our reading comprehension before putting lots of our WW1 knowledge into informative and well presented presentation slides!

Local History Study


Today we were very lucky to have Michael Gorley, a Historic England Historian, visit us to help us with our local history study. We were very excited to learn all about the history of Kingswood, its name origin and the people who used to live here. It was very interesting, when investing the historical maps, to see how much our local area has changed - even our school has relocated! To link with our WW1 enquiry, we also used the website to explore the lives of soldiers who lived in Kingswood before joining the war. 



Today was Year 6's WOW Day. We began our day by making a traditional 'Trench Cake' after learning about WW1 rationing.  After all having a go baking, we thought it tasted lovely and we enjoyed it whilst listening to our new book 'Private Peaceful'.


Later in the day we discovered what it may have been like to hear an air-raid siren go off and we practised taking cover under the tables. By candlelight, we then wrote letters in role to our loved ones. Another way many children passed the time during air-raids, was through games including 'Blow-Football'. We all had great fun playing this with our partners.


At the end of the day we met Mr Evans in role as a WW1 soldier. We we intrigued by all the equipment Mr Evans had and the information he told us. Our last activity was learning the Drills practised by soldiers. We were in fact rather good at marching in formation!