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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Year 6

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 teaching 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:

  • World War II in History
  • Textiles in DT
  • Building safe, healthy relationships in PSHE and much, much more! 

 

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. 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 well developed home-school partnerships and a determination to succeed.

Important Information about Year 6

SATs Revision Booklets

Year 6 Curriculum Overviews

Year 6 2022-2023

Reading Spines Year 6 

Week commencing Monday 30th January - LI: To understand children's rights.

In PHSE this week, we looked at the NSPCC's "Speak Out, Stay Safe" campaign. We learnt about the idea of human rights and, in particular, children's rights. The class shared their existing knowledge of their rights and then watched a presentation revealing all their rights. The children then discussed the rights that are most important to them and created posters.

Week commencing Monday 23rd January - LI: To learn how to serve and score in table tennis matches. 

 

This week, Year 6 practised their serving skills in table tennis through a carousel of activities. They then moved onto playing matches against one another and refining their skills.

Week commencing Monday 16th January - LI: To draw conclusions about variation

Year 6 conducted an experiment called 'Spot the Caterpillar' where wool caterpillars were hidden in our school bushes. The children had to predict whether the green, blue, orange or brown caterpillars would be best at camouflaging in the bushes. They recorded their results in a table and in a line graph and drew conclusions.

Week commencing Monday 9th January - LI: To create atmosphere

In English this week, we have been looking at poetry. We have focused on using figurative language and poetic devices, such as personification and alliteration, to write poems about gold and winter.

Week commencing Monday 19th December - Last week of term

Year 6 have enjoyed the last few days of term together. Mrs Shergill and Mrs Cornish were very proud of the way they performed their nativity and their song in the performances on Monday. In addition to our regular curriculum, we have continued being creative and the pupils made calendars on their last morning together before the winter break.

Week commencing Monday 12th December LI: To make a 3D decoration

This half term we have been designing and making 3D decorations in DT. Pupils used a variety of techniques including appliqué, attaching buttons and using decorative stitches to decorate their decorations. They also joined fabrics using backstitch, running stitch, whip stitch and blanket stitch. Some of the students added scents to their decorations such as lavender, cinnamon and star anise in addition to filling them with cushion stuffing. To finish, some of the pupils were taught how to crochet a chain of wool to create a hanging loop.

Week commencing Monday 5th December LI: To ask geographical questions about our local area

This term Year 6 have been learning about their local area and came up with the question ‘Does The Oval Shopping Centre need regenerating?’ On Tuesday, we visited the Oval and looked at the land-use and amenities on offer. The children then composed a survey to ask the views of people who live in the local area and collated the evidence to come to a conclusion.

Hello Year 6
I am sure you will all have great fun in the snow today.  
There is some learning you can do too.
  • Make sure all your home learning non-negotiables are complete.  You could also practise spellings from previous weeks. Really practise times table facts that you recall more slowly than others.
  • Learn your lines and the lyrics to all the Christmas performance songs.
  • Write a poem or recount about the wintry scene.
  • Snuggle up with a book when you've come in from the snow. 
Have a good day.

 

Week Commencing 28th November 2022 Horrible Histories Workshop

Students from Oaklands College came to visit as part of their Theatre in Education project. Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their workshop. They played games and activities related to the Greeks and were taught a dance routine from Hercules. They were then treated to a high-impact "Horrible Histories" show full of musical numbers, dances, comedy and sketches on the Groovy Greeks. Year 6 would like to thank the Oaklands students for such an enjoyable afternoon.

Week commencing Monday 21st November LI: To develop tactical planning and problem solving skills

The children participated in a range of games where they had to use critical thinking to overcome a task and work together to discuss possible solutions. They had great fun playing 'Hot Coal' where they had to lift a playground ball off the ground using only hockey sticks and transport it from one hoop to another hoop 8m away.

Week commencing Monday 14th November LI: To use appropriate units of measure

In our maths lessons this week, we are learning about different units of measure. Today we had a practical lesson in which we estimated and measured a range of items. We measured length, mass and capacity.

Week commencing Monday 7th November LI: To live a healthy lifestyle

Year 6 had a workshop whereby we made smoothies through riding a bike! We discussed how we need energy to function and to learn, and tried the healthy smoothies we made. 

Week commencing Monday 31st October LI: To observe and measure

The whole school have been participating in a maths/science day which involved designing and making balloon buggies, with the aim of making them travel the furthest. This enabled us to refine our measuring skills as well as many scientific and DT skills. 

Alanna: We learnt to be creative when designing. We also had to be committed! I enjoyed working as a team to create our design.

Lacey: We had to be hard working, patient and self-motivated. We also conducted a fair test.

Hannah: I liked having the opportunity to make and test our own unique designs.

Week commencing Monday 17th October LI: To create a watercolour landscape

This week, we concluded our art module on watercolours by creating our own landscapes. 

Week commencing Monday 10th October LI: To reason from known facts

This week, we have focused on improving our ability to calculate mentally, developing different strategies to do so.

Week commencing Monday 3rd October LI: To write, inspired by an author

Year 6 had a workshop with the author of Madge the Mermaid, Stephen Pass. The importance of the writing process was discussed. We then wrote our own pieces of writing, inspired by the author. Some of us created poems. Some of us wrote the next chapter of the book.

Week commencing Monday 26th September LI: To use historical artefacts to answer questions about how people lived during WW2

Year 6 took part in a brilliant World War Two day in school led by Kate from Stevenage Museum.

All children experienced life preparing to be evacuated to the countryside. Here they were given and explained the importance of identity cards and evacuation tags to fill in as well as learning about rationing of clothes and food.

The children then handled a range of WW2 artefacts where they asked questions about what they were, what they were used for and who they belonged to. The children enjoyed dressing up as Nurses, Air Raid Wardens and members of the Home Guard.

Week commencing Monday 19th September LI: To classify vertebrates

We are currently studying living things and their habitats in science, with a focus on classification. This week, we learnt how to classify the five vertebrate groups. We asked different types of questions, researched the answers, presented the information found using the relevant scientific language and even reported our findings to our peers. 

Week commencing Monday 12th September LI: To develop co-operation and teamwork skills

Year 6 are participating in outdoor, adventurous activities in PE. Teams tackled a series of challenges, requiring teamwork and communication. 

Week commencing Monday 5th September LI: To construct shapes

Year 6 participated in an inspirational maths lesson whereby we had to construct shapes, with the correct properties, using a loop of rope. We worked in teams to achieve this and realised we are all able to show resilience in mathematics in order to achieve a goal. 

Year 6 2021-2022

Week commencing Monday 18th July LI: To design and build a sculpture

Year 6 have been studying Henry Moore and as a result, we sketched, designed and built a 3D sculpture.

Week commencing Monday 11th July LI: To report on findings from enquiries

To conclude our Electricity unit, we developed our own lines of enquiry such as: What makes a motor faster? We then investigated our question and reported our findings to our peers. 

Week commencing Monday 4th July LI: To write an inspirational speech

Year 6 have written speeches about something we feel passionate about. The House Captains wrote a speech which will inspire our teams on Sports Day, whilst others wrote about topics which inspire us, such as equality. Some wrote to our younger selves with words of wisdom we would like to hear.

Week commencing 27th June LI: To participate in outdoor, adventurous activities

Year 6 visited PGL this week. We faced lots of fears and embraced new challenges, with all of us showing our PRIDE learning behaviours - particularly determination!  We also learnt to encourage each other and how to be successful as a team. 

Week commencing Monday 20th June LI: To make tortilla wraps

Year 6 enjoyed making tortilla wraps from scratch, weighing, measuring, mixing, kneading, rolling and finally frying the wraps on the hob. We also prepared lettuce, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes and red onion to go inside them. This was topped off with salsa, guacamole and soured cream. We thought our wraps were delicious!

Week commencing Monday 13th June LI: To calculate bills

Year 6 are learning important life skills as part of a 'Futures' project in maths. So far, we have calculated salaries for our dream jobs, including calculating taxes. This learning involved calculating the cost of bills. We are recalling key learning such as using formal methods for the four operations, finding fractions of amounts and calculating percentages. 

Week commencing Monday 6th June LI: To construct a moving bridge

Year 6 engineers took part in a Knex STEM challenge to design a bridge with moving parts and then were given an hour to build it.  The children demonstrated resilience, perseverance and determination.  Congratulations to Joshua and Brighton whose bridge will go forward to the county competition.   Many thanks to Emma Richardson, a Trotts Hill governor, who delivered the workshop.

Week commencing Monday 23rd May LI: To research significant events during the Queen's 70 year reign

As part of our school's celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Year 6 researched significant events which occurred during the Queen's reign and wrote about why these events had an impact on how we live today.

Week commencing Monday 16th May LI: To programme a robot

Year 6 became Smart Toy Engineers during a workshop with SETPOINT. We used BBC Microbit to programme a Bit Bot. We had to test, code and debug the robot to complete different tasks.  

Week commencing Monday 9th May LI: To express our individuality

Year 6 have been feeling inspired by Marcus Rashford's book: You are a Champion! Within the book, Marcus explains how we are all unique based on our individual fingerprints. As a result, we produced artwork to reflect our unique selves. This has also helped with our well-being during SATs week. 

Week commencing Monday 2nd May LI: To prove how light travels

We devised our own experiments to prove that light travels in straight lines. Given a choice of equipment, we collaboratively planned and conducted a fair test and proved this theory in a number of ways. 

Week commencing Monday 25th April LI: To understand what affects mental health

We discussed what mental health is and Year 6 explored strategies which could be used to impact on mental health. Individuals reflected on, and highlighted, ideas they would like to try to help with their own mental health. Finally, Year 6 evaluated different scenarios to determine whether the characters were healthy, coping, struggling or unwell. To conclude, we discussed how pupils could seek help if needed. 

Week commencing Monday 18th April LI: To appreciate nature (Earth Day)

The Little Yogi company led an Earth Day activity involving the appreciation of nature. Year 6 collected natural sources and worked collaboratively to collate them into a piece of art. 

Week commencing Monday 28th March - ARTS WEEK - Drama Workshop

Year 6 participated in a drama workshop, led by Mr Driver. After some warm up exercises, such as 'Crazy Monkey' and 'Bananas of the World Unite,' the children then took on the character of Pinocchio to develop their use of expression when performing. Mr Driver helped the children think about ways to portray the five senses through their bodies, without using speech. Year 6 really enjoyed the workshop and wished it could have been longer.

Week commencing Monday 21st March LI: To understand and give directions in French

In French, we have been studying a unit of work about places in the town. This week we learnt how to give and understand simple directions to find your way around a town. We wrote role plays and acted them in class.

Week commencing Monday 14th March LI: To participate in a circuit

To raise awareness for Red Nose Day, Trotts Hill had an active day. Sports Leaders organised a circuit and ran activities for all year groups to participate in. It was great to see our learning behaviours of determination and enjoyment being shown by all involved.

Week commencing Monday 7th March LI: To learn how to be safe

PC Pope from our local police station visited us to share tips on how to be safe. We discussed knife crime, peer pressure, Joint Enterprise and staying safe online. 

Week commencing Monday 28th February LI: To celebrate reading

For World Book Day, Year 6 dressed up as characters from David Walliam's books. We redesigned book covers and blurbs for our chosen books and were able to share stories with parent and grandparent volunteers.  

Week commencing Monday 21st February LI: To understand how the circulatory system works

To introduce our new topic, Animals including Humans, we had an active Science lesson. We represented the circulatory system using equipment, and created it in the form of a relay race. Following this, we presented our representations, explaining how the circulatory system works.

Week commencing Monday 7th February LI: To understand how and why Buddhists meditate

This week, in RE, we explored why Buddhists meditate. We learned that mediating is used to help focus the mind and to stop it rushing about in endless thoughts. Some Buddhists use meditation to reflect inwards and to spend the time to understand the self. We then all practised meditating to see if  it helped us focus and relax our minds. Below you can see some different positions for meditation and some of our thoughts…

Week commencing Monday 31st January LI: To draw 2D shapes using given dimensions and angles

In Maths, the children were set a challenge where they had to pick any round coin and redesign it with multiple sides. The children chose any 2D shapes but had to ensure all the angles were equal.

Week commencing Monday 24th January LI: To write a structured monologue

Year 6 have been writing monologues, focusing on using emotive language, varied sentence lengths and appropriate register to adopt a particular character. 

Week commencing Monday 17th January LI: To convert fractions to decimals

Year 6 have been converting between fractions and decimals. 

Week commencing Monday 10th January LI: To demonstrate matching movements

In Gymnastics, we were learning to match our partner's movements within a sequence, including rolls, turning jumps and balances. 

Week commencing Monday 3rd January LI: To follow a line of enquiry

The whole school have participated in a Maths/Science day called Flap the Fish! Each group devised their own question such as: How does the size of the fish affect how fast it travels? or How does the material the fish is made from affect how fast it travels? The groups planned and conducted a fair test following their own line of enquiry, taking repeat measurements, presenting their results and evaluating them. 

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