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YEAR 6

  Autumn 2018 Class Leaflet

Spring 2019 Leaflet

Summer 2019 Leaflet

   SATS information for Parents  Achieve 100 document     Dates for Assessments 2019

End of Key Stage assessments - Information for Parents

 Click here to use a fantastic Maths revision resource

Residential Kit List


 Welcome to Year 6

Spring Term

It is Spring! The Spring term in Year 6 is the time when we pick up the pace with our learning and prepare for our end of Key Stage 2 assessments; however that does not mean that we do not have fun and enjoy a packed curriculum full of topic work and creativity.

Our topic for the Spring term has been Crime and Punishment and we have learned all about the history of our British justice system as well as debating the abolition of corporal and capital punishment. We have written in the style of Victorian judges, held debates in the role of Anglo Saxon characters and endured hard labour tasks in PE lessons.

  

 Exploring Anglo Saxon Wergild fines  

    Anglo saxon injuries                      A Roman judge writes to a prisoner               Calculating Wergild fines

 

          Three injuries - that will be a                          Turning the wheel                                      Picking oakum

                  large wergild fine then!

On the 8th February, we went to Oxford Castle and prison. It was a wet and windy day which meant a few changes to our schedule but the staff at the prison were amazing and made sure we had a full and enjoyable day. In addition to our annual tour, we were able to visit isolation cells and were even locked inside a very dark, cramped cell to see how it felt to be an inmate. We climbed the steps to the top of the tower, took part in a mock trial and explored the artefacts on display.

   

   

    

   

   

  

 

Our science topic for the term has been micro-organisms and we have explored the different types of microbes living in the world around us. We learned the differences between them and can now name some of the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ micro-organisms and how they spread. With our scientific knowledge covered, we then made models and wrote 1st person letters from the viewpoint of a chosen microbe.

   

  

   

In Computing, we learned how to add spooky sound effects to stories linked to our topic. In each of our stories of retribution, a character faces a problem or dilemma and each tale ends with a unexpected twist.

We have even managed to link some of our Maths lessons to our topic: we have solved crimes using ratio and mean and really enjoyed the escape room activity provided by The Problem Solving Company in March.

   

We used a list of the criminal's handspan to body part ratio to work out which person in each group was the closest match. We then drew outlines of the criminal to match the ratios. It was important for us all to work together to solve the crime and catch the criminal. We are obviously very good at ratio now; just look how closely matched all of our outlines are to each other!

   

Autumn 2nd half Term

This half term has been a very busy one where we have been making fantastic progress in all subjects as well as being active citizens when preparing for the end of term Christmas Show.

In Science, we have combined our science topic of evolution to animal folktales. We have read stories about zebras and tigers getting their stripes and have written our own alternative tales.

We have also been writing poems inspired by the 2014 Winter Olympics trailer - The Dreadful Menace. The poetry is linked to our Extreme Earth topic and we have been learning how to use figurative language to bring our poems alive. Once they were written, we then recorded them against a green screen so that we could make our own short videos. Here are just a few of our amazing poetry readings.

 

In Maths, we have been learning all about calculating with fractions and can now add, subtract, multiply and divide them to solve problems. We have also learned the correct order of operations and have even found time for some festive co-ordinates artwork.

Our art lessons have also included volcano art where we used pastels to create vivid images inspired by the work of modern day American artist, Martha Hull. In our music lessons with Mrs Lee, we not only polished our African drumming skills but also learned a beautiful acapella song in three parts to sing at the Christmas Show.

The Christmas Show

In November, we held a sponsored morning so that we could raise money to pay for gifts and           refreshments for our guests. The morning consisted of a two hour slot where we read, played board games and did artwork - all in complete silence (well...almost). Our final hour was a sponsored run and dance in the school hall. We thoroughly enjoyed the morning and I think Miss White and Mrs Nawaz Khan did too!

   

Once the sponsored event had been completed, we then set about learning songs and making gifts for our guests. This year, we made sock owls and 3D Christmas cards. We bought props for our class songs and then were all set for the big event.

      

The day of the show finally arrived (Friday 14th December) and we were all set to decorate the hall and greet and entertain our guests. We worked very hard to make sure that our visitors were well topped up with tea and cake and everyone had a fabulous time. The hall was packed, the cake was delicious and we all went home knowing we had truly been part of the Booker Hill and local community.

   

   

   

  

Autumn 1st half Term

We have made an enthusiastic start to our final year at Booker Hill.

We have already visited another local school to see an e-safety production called ‘Click’ - a theatre show all about staying safe on the internet. The show addressed issues ranging from cyber bullying to keeping information private and we all enjoyed Alter Ego’s energetic performance. We learned many things including:

Safe internet/social media/ gaming use

The importance of keeping personal information safe

Sharing appropriate/inappropriate content

Cyber-bullying and the effect it has on others

What to do if you are being cyber-bullied

What to do and who to speak to if you have questions or concerns

Topic 

Our first topic is Extreme Earth and we have been learning all about extreme environments and weather around the globe. We have produced some great pieces of writing and art work, much of which is on display in the school entrance hall and Key Stage 2 corridor. But in case you can't wait for your next visit, here is a preview of a few  pieces of our work.

  

           

Homework

We have also already started our new homework. The format means we have more choice about what we do to study at home and we can even earn rewards.

Pupils are always encouraged to challenge themselves to complete additional home learning activities and they will be supported in becoming independent by being provided with numerous resources to extend their learning beyond the classroom.

Every Friday this half term we will have a homework session where pupils will review their learning and set themselves targets. Therefore all homework needs to be in school on a Friday. 

Click here for our homework 'menu' for this term

And the Loyalty Card for recording our learning

We have also started our Reading Passport Challenge where we record our reading each day and earn 'miles per hour' so that we can visit virtual theme parks and ride virtual roller coasters.

Click here to download a copy of our Reading Passport Challenge card

  Information

All pupils are expected to bring: a water bottle, a waterproof coat, writing equipment, a school bag and plimsoles / trainers to school every day.

PE is on a Thursday and Friday.