Welcome to Year 6 and the final year at Trotts Hill Primary School! Mrs Cook is the class teacher and Mrs Cornish is the teaching assistant. Mrs Shergill will also be supporting the class on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
Year 6 is an extremely important, yet exciting year, when your children will sit their SATs in May. To ensure the children are ready for these tests and are feeling confident, all the support and interest you take in your child’s education is extremely valuable. We ask parents to read and sign their child’s reading record each week and help their child with home learning tasks that are set.
We cover the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and Computing as well as a full range of topics where we encourage children to take an active approach towards their learning including:
Year 6 is a very important year and we have organised a range of activities which ensure children receive a broad curriculum which challenges them. Children participate in a ‘Robotics Day’ where they design and programme a robot to walk on Mars. Children’s Design and Technology skills are developed through a K’Nex workshop where the children build a model based on strict design specifications. Finally the children’s fitness is tested through a residential at the end of year where they have the opportunity to conquer fears and achieve goals!
The expectations in Year 6 are very high, but year on year, children always rise to the challenge through good home-school partnerships and a determination to succeed.
Across the school, children have been learning dry swimming skills in order to keep safe when near water!
Year 6 participated in a carousel of activities, enabling them to show a variety of skills, from throwing to jumping. They also competed in a range of races, including sprint, relay and obstacle. The children showed great sportsmanship and the Sports Leaders excelled themselves in running the event.
In Art, we are studying Henry Moore and we went to observe his spectacular sculptures. Whilst we were there, we learnt a lot about him and his life; we also sketched a few different sculptures from different angles. Soon we will be creating our own 3D sculptures using Moore as our inspiration.
This week, the whole school have been participating in the bee survey, combining our Science and Maths skills. Year 6 were investigating the question: Do different species of bees visit a plant at different times in the day? We were able to see 3 different species on our grounds but were able to research many more. We transferred our data from a tally chart to a bar graph. Next week, we will analyse line graphs showing the decline of the bee population.
Year 6 have had the opportunity to work with Centre for Industry Education Collaboration in learning scientific skills which can be used in the industry. Our first lesson involved speaking to employees at Johnson Matthey in Royston, who shared with us their daily tasks such as creating a liquid which contains chemicals which help to remove the harmful gases in exhaust fumes. Year 6 were then given the challenge to use the same skills to follow a recipe to create a soap.
Year 6 have been participating in yoga sessions, learning how to focus their breathing, engage their core and even the art of meditation.
Year 6 learnt about what is and what is not acceptable to share online. We discussed how texts and images can be shared quickly, and the impact this can have on our digital footprint and our future opportunities. Additionally, Year 6 discussed whether images and information that we’re presented with online are trustworthy and identified clues to look out for in order to keep safe while online.
As part of our DT learning this week, we measured, mixed, kneaded, rolled, fried and chopped. We linked our food technology module to our geography topic of South America and made our own tortilla wraps with a salsa to go with them. They were delicious!
To continue our topic on light, and to prove that light reflects, we created periscopes!
Year 6 have been reading Goodnight Mr Tom and have completed a range of writing tasks, inspired by the story. This writing task involved applying their knowledge of the text to write an imaginary phone conversation between Willie and his mother. Year 6 were focusing on balancing dialogue and narrative and including appropriate detail to convey character.
Our new topic in Science is 'Light'. Year 6 investigated what factors could affect shadows. Each group developed their own line of enquiry, and decided how to present their results eg. Does the angle of the light source affect the size of the shadow? Year 6 were able to apply their recent Maths learning to create accurate tables and graphs to help them to identify the relationship between the light source and the shadow.
We learnt outdoors in Maths today. We recapped the vocabulary: acute, obtuse, right and reflex angles and then recreated these angles using sticks and string in our forest school area. We proved they were these angles by using a protractor to measure them.
Continuing our learning on Jackie Kay, we wrote our own poems inspired by her. We reflected on change and experiences in our lives and expressed ourselves beautifully.
As part of our 'Take One Poet - Poetry Appreciation' unit, we have been studying the poet Jackie Kay. We have analysed the meaning behind a variety of her poems and memorised and performed the poem 'Bush Fire'. We varied pitch, pace, volume, rhythm and expression in relation to the poem's meaning and form. Next week, we shall use her poetry as inspiration to write our own.
Year 6 participated in a virtual Easter journey organised by Bridge Builders. The children learned about the life of Jesus and the events leading up to his crucifixion. The children discussed personal heroes and discussed the significance for Christians of Jesus as the Messiah.
This term we are looking at the works of JMW Turner in our art lessons.
We found out that he started life as the son of a barber, but by the age of 14, he was attending the Royal Academy of Art - which was usually attended by students from more well-to-do families. We experimented with watercolours: using dry brushes to apply colour and then blending them with a water-wash; water-washing the page and then adding the colour to the damp surface; graduating colours; layering and splattering. Now we are familiar with the effects that we can create, we will use Turner's paintings as inspiration for our own work next lesson.
Year 6 experienced a World War Two day, where they learnt what life was like for an evacuee. The morning began with the children being evacuated to the countryside where life was very different from what they had been used to. The children wrote letters to show how they felt being evacuated.
After break, we investigated a range of artefacts from WW2. First, we handled the artefacts and asked questions about what they were, what they were used for and who they belonged to. After that, we used a range of secondary sources to help answer any questions we had about the artefacts which we weren’t sure about.
The day ended with us celebrating the end of the war.
We tested different types of paper to determine its strength, its absorbency, how ink spreads, its opacity and its fibres. We conducted five different tests! This is part of our exploration phase in DT before we build up to designing and producing our own kites.