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6SP

Welcome to our class web page where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find

information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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We have our own 6SP email! If you would like to contact us, please do so with the secure form below- we will be checking it regularly. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Key Information

6SP have indoor P.E. on a Tuesday and outdoor P.E. on a Thursday.

Year 6's entrance and exit points are at the bottom of the Year 4 corridor.

 

Times table of the week: 2s and 5s

 

 

6SP's Right's Respecting Class Charter

Year 6 Overview 2021-22

Term 5

With just two weeks of revision before SATs, we have come back refreshed and raring to go. After SATs (in week 3), we'll start sharing some of our fantastic work with you again.

Article 31: The right to play

This term our outdoor P.E focus is cricket. We've had two sessions with the sport's coach so far and Ms. Perrett has been impressed with how we've already progressed. Visit back at the end of term to see how we're getting on!

Term 4

It's term 4 and we are officially over half way of Year 6! Term 4 is revision time; a chance to practise all of our learning so far. We will be revisiting skills in maths, grammar, punctuation and spelling, all in preparation for SATs. Our brand new SATs packs (coming home in week 1) will help us to feel ready. 

All of our hard work and efforts will be rewarded with Year 6 camp in the final week - we can't wait!

 

 

World Book Day! Article 31: Rest, play, Culture, Arts

In Year 6, we have been exploring synonyms and antonyms for the words we have dressed up as. 

A Synonym is a similar word and an antonymn is an opposite word. 

Synoyms for sporty: frisk, play, display, show-off, flaunt.

Antoymns for sporty: Lazy,  sleepy, inactive.

We have also had a great time sharing a range of stories with 4SF. It is so great to just sit and enjoy a good book!

Term 3

In Term 3, Year 6 are going to be investigating the first Sustainable Development Goal of No Poverty. The focus of our learning will be about how Science can be used to give shelter, warmth, light and water. Therefore, our ambition is to produce a homeless kit for someone in the UK or Ethiopia. Alongside this, our writing will be based on the book 'The Garbage King' which tells the story of two boys from diverse economical backgrounds and their adventures in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Please check our Enquiry E-Book and class page for updates on our fantastic learning!

Chinese Dance Workshops! Article 28: Access to Education 

To celebrate Chinese New Year, we have had a fantastic time taking part in a Chinese dance workshop with the brilliant Olivia where we got to learn some traditional Chinese dances. We also got to use traditional Chinese props to help us with our performances. We had a great time and we hope you enjoy the video of our final performance.

Maths Day - Article: 28 - Access to Education

For this term's maths day, we enjoyed learning about plants and how maths could help us set up a business plan for selling soup to raise money for Shelter. After discussing how we could make more profit if we grew our own ingredients, we looked at the different prices of plant pots to decide which would be best for growing tomato plants in to make tomato soup. We then calculated what volume of soil we would need per pot to see how much soil in total we would need and thought about what size and cost of the bag we would prefer to maximize our profit. We got busy with the chopping boards and looked at tomatoes to estimate how many seeds might be in different species and which would be best to plant! 

In the afternoon, we had a great time in the hall with Tom Holloway learning about evolution and inheritance. We used ratio and proportion to compare our tongues to a bat who had evolved to have a tongue 150% of its body length! We then measured with string to see how long our tongues would be if we had the same proportions - it would be quite hard to walk around with a tongue that long sticking out!

Online Safety and Computing - Article 28: Access to Education

Whilst being technologists, we looked at gender stereotypes in online safety and created our very own avatars that either followed or challenged gender stereotypes. We also discussed how damaging gender stereotypes can be and the importance being a changemaker and challenging them. In computing, we built on our previous knowledge of programming a microbit through testing conductivity as an input using selection. We were able to program the microbit using algorithms which made musical notes which we were able to hear through our headphones! We then discussed what would be an electrical conductor and insulator.

No Pens Day! Article 13: Sharing Thoughts Freely

On our No Pens Day in Term 3, we had lots of fun revisiting the four strands of oracy and discussing why it is important to have confidence when speaking and communicating clearly. When being a writer, we looked at our brand new target, cohesion within paragraphs, explored pronouns and discussed the importance of clear communication within a written text. When being mathematicians, we explored equivalent measurements to prepare for soup making! When being a reader, we used our voices to echo read our text, answer questions and make predictions about what may happen next. We also played a range of games which focussed on each strand of oracy! 

Staying Active. - Article 24: Health, water, food and environment.

In P.E, we have been exploring static shapes. Using different points of contact to create different shapes with our bodies. We had to think about how to communicate with our peers and support one another when creating group shapes.

Term 2

This term, Year 6 will be continuing our enquiry "How are decisions overturned?" through exploring who makes rules in modern day and what our rights mean. As change-makers, we will consider the issues we would like to change and create a campaign to raise awareness of what we feel passionate about. 

6SP Shining Star

Stay tuned! Our shining star will be announced at the beginning of next term! 

Here is a round up of our thoughts about the book 'Viking Boy' and our enquiry 'How are decisions overturned?'

I really like that Viking Boy created such an image in my head. The descriptions helped me to understand what was happening and how it might have felt to be there. Alyssa.

 

I quite liked the ending – how he chopped off Skuli’s head. It was good revenge for destroying his family and the Viking steading. Isabelle.

 

I think Viking Boy had a good build up but I really didn’t like that you knew the ending before it happened. It was clear from the start that he was seeking get revenge. Alex.

 

I think it was a good book because Gunnar inspired me. It would have been easy for him to give up but he didn’t. Alice.

 

 

I enjoyed learning about how the Vikings punished people especially about how they knew whether someone was a witch or not (through drowning). Ellie.

 

I really enjoyed the debate we had (about Tony Martin) because you could see what others thought about it and you could share your thoughts before the jury decided what they thought. Leon.

 

I enjoyed when we learned more about the politics side of it (Brexit for example) because I know a lot about that topic already. Josh

Computing Day. Article 17 - Access to information

We have been using the micro:bits to program. Using google classroom, we researched and thought carefully about how to use them safely whilst showing respect to the different resources we were using. We then completed a range of tasks. Working together, We created  scrolling messages, LED shapes and even added music. We understood the need to download and import and enjoyed showing our classmates what we had created. 

Space Maths Day! Article 28: Access to Education

Today, we spent the entire day being mathematicians. We explored space (not literally!) and learned about the effects of gravity.

 

Next, we attended a workshop all about number sequences that can be found in nature (the Golden Spiral) and jobs that rely on maths such as engineers, architects, formula one racing drivers and astronauts!

 

Finally, we used our science and maths skills to design an experiment to investigate the force of gravity on a small parachute. You can read our results on the slideshow below. 

Odd Socks Day! Article 17: Access to Information 

To commence Anti-Bullying Week, we were asked to come in wearing an odd pair of socks to show that everyone is unique in their way! We thought about what to do if we are experiencing unkind behaviour or bullying and understood the importance of sharing kind words. We complemented each other and thought of pledges to be kind. Take a look at our photos and work below!

Term 1

This term, Year 6 will be using their skills as historians to find out about how the Vikings made decisions and settled disputes among their communities. We're going to find out who makes rules in the modern day and what our rights mean, focusing on 'change-makers' who have stood up for their rights. Linking this to our school community, we're going to consider the issues that we would like to change and create a campaign to raise awareness of what we feel passionate about. Alongside this, our writing will be based on the book 'Viking Boy' by Tony Bradman which tells the story of a boy who faces injustice and how he seeks revenge. Please check our page for updates on our fantastic learning! 

What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?: Article 2: No discrimination

This term, we have been researching about what it means to be a Muslim in Britain today. We have found out about the five pillars of Islam and from this created non-chronolgical reports to showcase our knowledge. 

 

'The Hajj is fascinating! I can't believe how busy it is and how people from all over the world visit it.' Riley.

 

We have researched the importance of prayer and looked at a range of Mosques to see the fantastic art work inside. We had a go at creating some of our own. Each mossaic has a small flaw within it to demonstrate that nothing is perfect except for Allah. 

 

 

Farmer's Week: Article 27: The right to nutritious food

In week 6, we took part in Farmer's Week. We started by exploring what was meant by 'Farmer's market' and the term, 'Field to Fork'. We used this to help us order the stages of food production - from cow to yogurt; sow to sausage and bee to honey.

 

Next, we split into groups. One group was led by our resident gardener - Mr Evans. He taught us about how our food waste at St. Stephen's actually helps us to grow new produce which is then cooked by the school kitchen! In the other session, we were joined by visitors from The Travelling Kitchen who taught us how to make flatbreads, beetroot cakes and a yummy date sauce.

 

At the end of the day we got to taste the things Year 6 had made and share them with our parents and carers. We've had a great week being farmers and look forward to tasting more of our school-grown produce!

National Poetry Day: Article 31 - Rest, play, culture, arts.

What a fantastic day we have had! It started by a visiting poet coming in and amazing us with his poetry. He taught us about action poetry which was great fun. We spent the day learning a poem off by heart to perform later in the day. We used actions to help us and thought carefully about how to use our oracy skills to help with the performance. 

Staying Active. - Article 24: Health, water, food and environment.

We have been really enjoying out outdoor P.E lessons this term and making the most of the September sunshine. We have been building on our teamwork skills whilst playing football. It has made us think about how we communicate to one another in a healthy, supportive way.

Fostering a love of reading! - Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

We have had a lovely afternoon enjoying our school library. It was great to explore such thought-provoking books with our friends. 

Playpod Fun! - Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

After being locked away for ages, we were finally allowed to play with our wonderful playpod! The PTA had spent ages clearing it out and re-stocking it with new and exciting junk! Playpod helps us to develop our imaginations and release important energy. Have a look at what we've been doing today.

Being a reader

Article 29: The right to an education that explores our creativity.

 

In order to immerse ourselves in our new book - Viking Boy - we spent a couple of days exploring the first two pages which are all about the mysterious three sisters. We heard our teacher read it again and again as we sketched the ideas in our heads, we practised reading it aloud and we created freeze-frames in small groups. We don't want to give too much away - but have a look at what we've done to see if you can work out what these sisters are like.

 

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