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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Year 6 have been writing monologues, focusing on using emotive language, varied sentence lengths and appropriate register to adopt a particular character.
Year 6 have been converting between fractions and decimals.
In Gymnastics, we were learning to match our partner's movements within a sequence, including rolls, turning jumps and balances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Year 6 revised equivalent fractions in an active way. Each team completed a relay to find as many pairs of equivalent fractions as possible!
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.
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!