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.
In Design Technology, Year 6 have been looking at the impact of Chinese inventions on the world. In previous lessons, we built and tested prototype kites before designing kites to fit a specific brief. This week, we built our kites and enjoyed flying them in the playground.
Year 6 took part in a brilliant World War Two day in school led by Kate from Stevenage Museum.
The children experienced life preparing to be evacuated to the countryside. They were told about the importance of identity cards and were given their own to complete. They also had 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 Billeting Officers.
Year 6 worked collaboratively to produce an information text about the five vertebrate groups, identifying key characteristics of each group. Comparisons were then made across the groups to deepen our understanding of them.
Year 6 engaged in an active Maths lesson today! Children had to rotate around different stations, completing different maths tasks as well as a physical challenge. Katy said: 'I like that we got to improve our social skills within a Maths lesson!'
Inspired by our class book, Year 6 wrote diary entries from the perspective of the main character, Bradley Chalkers. Year 6 demonstrated an empathetic insight into the misunderstood character!
Following a discussion around the benefits of teamwork, Year 6 participated in a team building activity to see who could make the tallest tower. It was impressive to see the different strategies but also what was achieved when they worked together!