Year 6 Autumn 1

We have been really impressed with how the children have settled back into school and adapted to all the new school routines. We have been revisiting certain topics in order to fill gaps from the time the children were unable to be in school. The children have been working very hard to learn their personal spellings and develop their handwriting skills. We have been focusing on practising our times tables a lot this half term to develop fluency and the ability to apply this knowledge to other contexts.

In English this half term we have been writing our own Greek myths. The children have enjoyed developing their descriptive writing skills by including grammatical features such as expanded noun phrases, similes and metaphors. We spent some time gathering powerful vocabulary that was then used in the children’s writing. Our whole class guided reading text this half term has been The Iron Man. We have really enjoyed getting to know the characters and the children have been very successful in answering retrieval and inference style questions. In maths we have been focusing on place value of numbers up to 10,000,000 and applying this knowledge to the four operations. We are looking forward to the next unit – fractions, which we will be covering in Autumn 2. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our science learning this half term which focused on living things and their habitats. The children have classified different animals based on their characteristics. We then created our own animals based on these characteristics.

Year 6 Residential at Thorpe Woodland

After much anticipation and a delayed start for some Year 6 we have all returned from our residential with lots of memories and achievements. The children had a wonderful time, with a wide variety of activities, such as rock climbing, zip wire, high wire course, tree climbing, archery, caving, and many more. The children were exemplary in their behaviour, respect to each other and the staff, as well as the way the support each other. The children have written letters to the centre which can be found here.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff who made this all possible and gave up time with their own families for it to happen.

Group 1

Group 2

Year 6 Greek Day 2019

On Monday 23rd September 2019, Year 6 were transported back to Ancient Greece through our Greek themed day. We are currently studying Ancient Greece as part of our history topic this term. We started the day by being introduced to our Greek visitor who told us a story about Athens, Sparta and Persia. We volunteered to play different characters so that we could really understand what it was like for people living at the time. Our Greek visitor helped us to play a Greek game known as ‘Petia’. We played in pairs with the aim of the game being to block and take your opponents counters. Another activity in the morning was solving a puzzle named ‘Stomachion’. There were lots of different shapes that we had to fit together to create a square. There are many ways to do this and many other shapes that you could make. Some people used a prompt sheet to help them whereas some groups enjoyed the challenge of solving it themselves. In the afternoon we took part in our own Olympic games! We competed in two teams, through traditional sporting challenges. We had great fun encouraging and supporting our team mates. Our Greek day helped us with our learning as it inspired us to write our own Greek myths using the stories we have studied in class as well as the stories told to us by our visitor. It allowed us to visualise the different people of that time and understand their thoughts and feelings.

Fiver Challenge

This year, all Year 6 children will be participating in the Fiver Challenge, a national competition for young people aged from 5 – 11 years. This Challenge is free and run by Young Enterprise the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity, bringing learning to life and help encourage future aspirations in young people

Pupils are pledged £5 in groups of 5 and have one month to set up a mini business and create a product or service they can then sell or deliver at a profit.

We have thought of business ideas and have created logos:

Week 2

The children have been very busy this week. During the week they have had to price up and source and buy all their materials and products. They have had to prepare and present a one minute sales pitch, which must include a clear product idea, clear outlay and expected profit margins. They have presented their sales pitch to the class and the ‘judges’ decided if their business idea was good enough to lend them the £5 start up fee. All small business teams have worked hard with their ideas and as we move into week 3, there is a strong sense of purposeful activity.

Week 3

This week is the busiest week of the Fiver Challenge, the pupils have to advertise their product and make their product ready to sell.

The various companies, have shown their ideas in assembly on Tuesday to the rest of the school. The main focus this week has been advertising their products around school and making their products. All teams have shown a very busy focussed work group ethic. Teams are really working well together, all teams have a very clear idea of their product and what it should look like. There is an incredible amount of hard work going on. We are now hoping for good weather for our Fete.

Week 4 Final Week

Today we held our Fiver Challenge Fete

The thunder clouds cleared so we were able to hold it on the field. The children were really excited about eventually being able to sell their products. All the teams set up very impressive stalls with banners and balloons. Parents were very supportive, most stalls sold out of their products and all teams made a profit.

The total is still being counted.

The Result

Thank you so much for your support in our Fiver Challenge, all proceeds will go to the Y6 Leavers Party.

The Total Raised towards the Y6 Leavers Party was


The Top three Teams were:

Growth £52.25

CARMS £54.53

LOGIX £54.96

Well Done Everyone for a fantastic effort.

Year 6 Summer 2 2019 STEM Day

Year 6 really enjoyed focusing on maths as part of STEM Day. Our first activity involved us managing money with a quick and easy game. It included small elves and a tree farm. The game was based on probability where we had to try and make the most money. Although, like the taxman, you had to take risks. It was a really fun way of being competitive.

Next, we started cracking codes using symbols (Morse code), a mixed alphabet and surprisingly maths! We used letter and code frequency to decipher hidden messages and texts.

Our final task involved us looking at Vedic patterns with our parents. Vedic maths teaches how to solve mathematical problems; it comes from India and Persia and is at least 3000 years old. We reduced 2 digit numbers to single digit numbers, for example 32; 3+2 = 5. The single digit numbers were then placed within the multiplication square. We then connected all of the 1’s, 2’s, 3’s etc. together to create patterns.

Year 6 Summer 1 2019 SATs Week

What a busy week! We are all so proud of how hard the children worked during SATs week and the perseverance they showed. It was a different experience for them all but their behaviour was exemplary. Their positive attitudes and ability to try their best, no matter what has been lovely to see. Well done to all. The SATs breakfast, which was enjoyed by all, gave a good start to the day. They all felt calm and prepared for the morning ahead. A big thank you to Tesco, Morrisons and McDonalds who all provided food for us and to all of the staff who volunteered to come in and help before school.