Amazing Anderson Shelters!
As part of our topic work, we have been developing a range of Design and Technology skills whilst making Anderson Shelters. We researched the features of the shelters, before creating our own models.
Recently, we started to explore the Blitz. We developed our skills of blending and colour washing before we used a ‘screening’ technique to add the skyline to the image. We think the pictures look brilliant!
World Book Day 2019 & Evacuee Day
This year, World Book Day 2019 will take place on Thursday 7th March 2019. Year 6 have been working incredibly hard learning about ‘World Wars’. We are planning to hold an ‘Evacuee Day’ on World Book day – merging our topic with celebrating books and reading for pleasure!
To add to the excitement, we would like children to come in costume, dressed either as evacuee children from World War 2 or even as adults from the 1940s (civilians not soldiers). The day will consist of stories, role plays and discussions based around a range of books based on wars.
Please be assured that there is no need for costumes to be in anyway expensive. School uniforms and clothes that the children have anyway can easily be worn for the day with slight adaptation. Charity shops are a great source of items that could create fantastic costumes! There are a few sample ideas below to get you started, but I am sure your imaginations will already be fired! Please send children to school dressed in their evacuee costume in the morning (Thursday 7th March 2019).
In addition, please send children in with an old, empty shoebox- one of the activities on the day will involve making gas mask boxes!
Please speak to a member of the Year 6 team if you have any concerns. Thank you for your incredible support in making your children’s learning so much fun!
(Year 6 teacher / Deputy Head)
Super Sock Sewing!
Year 6 are working on developing their sewing skills through creating a teddy made from a sock! Here are our designs – keep popping back to this page to see the finished results!
Year 6 were set a Christmas Homework challenge to create a trench model from what they had learnt about trenches as part of their topic work at school. They have worked incredibly hard and the results are fabulous! The class have also written information texts about trenches, outlining the worst aspects of trench life including foul odours, trench foot and rats!
Ongoing Homework for Y6 Children
In addition to the homework that year 6 children get weekly or fortnightly, there are also a number of things they should be doing regularly at home to prepare themselves for the end of year tests and secondary school. These include:
Year 6 need to be challenging themselves with the difficulty of the texts they read.
Free readers should be choosing a reading book that challenges them. They should be reading regularly and finishing a novel (depending upon length) every 2-3 weeks.
Book banded readers should still be reading their reading book several times a week with an adult or older sibling – this is vital to improve their reading age. They will also be given the opportunity to choose a more challenging text to read independently.
The children have been given bookmarks where they can jot down the dates when they read. We would be grateful if you would ask them about the book and sign the bookmark regularly to ensure they are reading. When a book is finished we will collect in the bookmark as a record of their reading. For each bookmark finished, we will give out rewards.
The children need to be fluent with their times tables up to 12 – please work with your child to support them in learning these.
All pupils have a Mathletics and Sumdog log in which can be accessed from home. Tasks are set regularly and monitored by teachers.
In year six we do not set a list of words to learn for a test, as at this point in their education it is important to set them up with skills that can be applied and used to learn all of the tricky words they are likely to come across in the future! We have regular spelling sessions (usually 3 times a week) where the children are taught, practise and apply spelling patterns and strategies. To reinforce this, pupils can access Spellodrome at home. We have set Spellodrome’s levels so that your child will be working on spellings that are at the right level for them.
Pupils also have access to SPaG.com where they can practise the grammar we have been learning in class. The teacher will let the children know when new tasks have been set in this.
As the year progresses, pupils will be given revision books to complete at home. These books will be issued later this term when we have covered the areas needed for the children to revise.
Done regularly, all of the above will support your child to cope with the new demands of the curriculum and tests.