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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Year 6

Year Six are now in their final term of Trotts Hill. We will be extremely busy over this term. Year Six will be sitting their End of Key Stage assessments the week commencing 9th May. Please continue to support your child with their reading and home learning in preparation for this. 

 

We will continue to 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. 

 

We have organised a range of activities which ensure children receive a broad curriculum which challenges them. Children will be participating in a Robotics workshop on 16th May where they will program a robot. Children’s Design and Technology skills are developed through a K’Nex workshop, on 8th June, where the children will build a model based on strict design specifications.  Finally, the children’s fitness is tested through a residential to PGL where they have the opportunity to conquer fears and achieve goals!

 

We will also have a focus on transitioning to secondary school, ensuring children are ready to embrace this next step, emotionally as well as academically. 

 

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.

Important Information about Year 6

SATs Revision Booklets

Year 6 Curriculum Overview Summer 2022

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. 

Week commencing Monday 20th December LI: To evaluate

In Science, we are studying Evolution and Inheritance. We have learnt about Darwin's Theory of Evolution, in relation to his trip to the Galapagos Islands where he discovered 15 different species of finch with different shaped beaks, which correlated to the types of food they were eating. We decided to test which tool would make the best shaped beak for collecting food. Each group decided on their own way to investigate and present their results. 

Week commencing Monday 13th December LI: To respect everyone's right to be loved

In PSHE, we used a video called 'Love has no Labels' as inspiration to spread the message that: love is love, love has no race, love has no gender, love has no age and love has no disability. 

Week commencing Monday 6th 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.

Week commencing Monday 29th November LI: To use a spreadsheet to model a situation

Year 6 have been learning how to use Excel in a purposeful way such as planning a party! Year 6 learnt how to navigate a spreadsheet, input data and use a formula. 

Week commencing Monday 22nd November LI: To write persuasively

Year 6 have been using our imagination to create a new invention to sell to a target audience. We have used persuasive techniques to convince the reader to buy our products. We have also been focusing on improving our presentation. 

Week commencing Monday 15th November LI: To show empathy and kindness

As part of anti-bullying week, Year 6 have participated in a number of activities. We started the week wearing odd socks to demonstrate that, 'We are all different but all equal.' We learnt that kindness breeds kindness and shared kind words about our peers and are going to continue the 'One Kind Word' trend. Additionally, we watched a video called 'Wing' and were inspired by it's message of being a kind heart in the darkness. 

Week commencing Monday 8th November LI: To revise equivalent fractions

Year 6 revised equivalent fractions in an active way. Each team completed a relay to find as many pairs of equivalent fractions as possible!

Week commencing Monday 1st November LI: To plan an investigation

As part of our topic Living Things and Their Habitats, we have learnt that micro-organisms are living things. We are investigating the conditions in which mould grows as proof it is a micro-organism. Next, we will investigate yeast to prove it is a micro-organism which can multiply.

Week commencing Monday 18th October LI: To write a non-chronological report

Year 6 voted on who they would like to research to write about for Black History Month. Many significant figures, past and present, were suggested, but the winner of the vote was Lewis Hamilton. He was a popular choice due to being a local figure as well as a successful Formula 1 driver and promoter of equality in motor sport. This week, we wrote non-chronological reports about him.

Week commencing Monday 4th October LI: To make a kite

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.

Week commencing Monday 27th September LI: To investigate artefacts

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.

Week commencing Monday 20th September LI: To classify vertebrates

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. 

Week commencing Monday 13th September LI: To recap place value

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!'

Week commencing Monday 6th September LI: To write a diary entry

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!

Week commencing Monday 30th August LI: To work as a team

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!

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