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Year 6

In science we have been reminding ourselves of key facts about sound. We revised key vocabulary and had a lot of fun in the process!
What a busy first day back! We hit the ground running with some multiplication games this morning. Knowing our times tables are so important so we started the year practising them and identifying particular multiplication facts that we find tricky. Have a look at some pictures of us playing.

Home Learning- There is a daily English and maths task which we highly recommend children complete. These activities have been set to be completed all electronically so there should be no need for printing. Daily reading can be completed using Bug Club. All other learning is for you to dip into when you feel like it.

In the summer term we learned about 'street art' focusing on the work of Banksy and Keith Haring. Have a look at the group mural we creating in the style of Keith Haring. We thought carefully about the shapes of our paintings and how to create the impression of movement. It was fun and we loved the look of it when we put all our work together!
In D&T, we designed and built our own volcanoes using paper mache. When we had finished, we enjoyed sitting outside and erupting them!

Action for Happiness: 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other.

This week in maths we have been learning about reflecting and translating shapes in four quadrants. To consolidate their learning, Year 6 chose a flag, drew it onto a grid and identified the coordinates of each corner. They then translated it and then reflected it, each time identifying the new coordinates. 
As part of our topic on The Battle of Britain, Year 6 took part in a 'rationing day' learning about what life was like for people in Britain during the war. They learned how to prepare vegetables and pastry following a WW2 pie recipe and then looked into the kinds of foods people would have eaten. They then completed some art activities taking inspiration from typical WW2 foods. 

We spent three weeks studying the book, 'Flotsam' by David Weisner. This wonderful picture book allowed us to write some descriptive settings of the 'photos' that appear in the book, create our own weird and wonderful underwater scenes, research the impact of plastic in the ocean and produce our own artwork. We worked hard on our vocabulary in writing and used different techniques to create different effects in our art.

Year 6 are rightfully proud of the work they produced.

After learning the names and properties of 3D shapes, we made our own shapes and then investigated to see how many nets we could find.

Shakespeare workshop

Year 6 had a brilliant time learning all about William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. A theatre group visited the school and used the pupils to help reenact the famous tragedy. We will be using what we have learned in future English lessons this half term. 

Greek Masks

During our topic about Ancient Greece, we learnt about Greek theatre and the importance of masks. We designed and made our own masks using paper mache. Have a look at a few examples of our hard work. 

In French, Year 6 have been reading The Hungry Caterpillar. We used this text to revise days of the week, numbers and food. It was fun!
In science, we have been developing our skills of evaluation. We tried to find an answer for Santa but found a problem with our method! We evaluated our investigation and worked together to enable us to answer Santa's questions.

No Pens Day

The whole school took part in 'No Pens day Wednesday' where we all put down our pens for the day and completed our lessons using speaking and listening and practical activities. Here we are learning about equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages without writing a thing!

Arts Week - Native America

During Arts Week, Year 6 learned about the purpose and appearance of Totem Poles. We investigated patterns and experimented with colours to create our own earthy tones before making our final designs.

Learning about fractions

Have a look at our careful mark-making we used to design our fish.

Welcome back!

Welcome back to Year 6 and what a great start to the year it's been! We have really hit the ground running and so far we have worked hard at our knowledge of place value in maths; looked at how to create atmosphere and depict character in our writing; started our topic on the Ancient Greeks; learnt about how we see things in science and much much more. In addition to all our classwork, we all had a wonderful day in glorious sunshine taking part in the Olympics Legacy Event at Knights Templar School in Baldock. Everybody competed with enthusiasm and showed great sportsmanship in whichever sport they chose. Our Year 6 did us proud! Well done, everybody - we're looking forward to a great year!

We have been using our maths lesson to complete problem solving games while revising our knowledge of mathematical concepts such as factors, multiples, place value and negative numbers. One lesson wasn't enough - we were having so much fun we wanted to continue! 
In topic, we have been learning about Ancient Greek theatre. We learnt that actors wore masks which depicted the mood of each character in a performance. We then designed and created our own masks by studying different expressions and moulding a face to represent a specific expression using paper mache. Can you see which masks would belong in a tragedy and which in a comedy?

We have been using the iPads to create our own animations in class this week. 


After an initial practice, we found we needed to:


- Take LOTS of pictures,

- Move the characters only a tiny amount for each picture,

- Keep the tablet still.


Our work got better and better as we went on!

Retail Therapy

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Maniac Merge

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The Headbut

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Year 6 have been learning 'Freestyle Football' skills. Some of the tricks were challenging but we tried hard and had lots of fun!
We have been playing games to help us learn about the conditions required for a fossil to be made. We had a lot of fun but we discovered that there are lots of things that can go wrong in the creation of fossils!

Year 6 calculating the surface area of 3D shapes in maths.

Here are two jugs containing bread dough. One has yeast in the mixture and one has not. Can you tell which is which? Can you explain what is happening?

In Mrs Murphy's English group, the children freeze-framed the role of mischievous boggarts causing chaos in the classroom! They certainly got up to all sorts! 

Our pesky Year 6 'boggarts'

Today we spent our maths lesson using our area and multiplication skills to calculate the number of blades of grass on the school field. We were working with some very big numbers!

Fantastic faces - portrait and proportion study

We have been studying the Ancient Greeks and learning about the temples in which they worshipped. Here are some examples of the temples we designed on a landscape collage.

Just before the onset of SATs, Year 6 took part in 'Ultimate Warrior' activities! We pushed ourselves under nets, through tunnels and over fences on an assault course before using shields to protect our 'Emperor' from other class members and their wet sponges! It was an afternoon of fun, laughs and a lot of water!

Ultimate Warrior!

Wildlife Area!

In science this afternoon, we explored our Wildlife Area and identified trees and 'minibeasts' living in our own school grounds. We were amazed at how many living things there are so close to where we play everyday! What a great afternoon!

Sycamore Class's Artwork



After studying the picture book, Journey, we produced some wonderful descriptive writing. Here are some extracts of our work displayed with some sewing we worked hard on to make the hot air balloon basket. We are very proud of our work! 


Cedar Class's work
A close-up of our wonderful sewing.

This week we have been learning about persuasive techniques in English. We used our knowledge about World War 2 from our topic lessons to write persuasive speeches as if we were Winston Churchill persuading people to help with the war effort. Have a listen. Have we persuaded you?

We started this week by designing our own superhero and we then used these as a basis for the week's writing. Have a read of some of our 'How to be a Superhero' leaflets.

Today we were visited by zoologist, Jules Howard, to talk about 'Darwin's Delights'. We had a wonderful time exploring fossils and bones and learning about how all mammals evolved differently and why.

Crocodile fossils
Fossil poo!
Skulls of 'thinkers'.
Brain of a T-rex!

On our Science Day, we considered the best materials to use to make an 'astro-nappy', suitable for any astronaut caught short during a space walk! The children carried out their own investigations, tested a number of different materials and drew their own conclusions. Tim Peake would be proud of our efforts!

Our science topic this term has involved us investigating micro-organisms. For a whole month, we were surrounded by bread sample, and eagerly awaited the growth of mould!

In English, Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed exploring Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. We has written poetry, completed character descriptions and written stories about a naughty Boggart!

The Battle of Britain

Our topic during the Autumn term is The Battle of Britain. Our teachers asked us to complete a homework project all about The Blitz. 

Take a look at some of the work we produced: from models to booklets, posters to poems; we are really proud of what we have completed! 


Battle of Britain art

As part of our Battle of Britain topic work, Sycamore class created pieces of artwork using a range of media. We looked at the aircraft flown in the battle and recreated scenes showing shape, movement and shadow. 

Heavenly handwriting!


In Year 6, we have been working really hard on our handwriting. Through our writing in English, we re-wrote suspense stories using guidelines to practise fluent, joined and consistently sized handwriting.


Our writing centred around the character: Alma, who visits an eerie shop with disastrous consequences.


Take a look at the link if you would like to see the video which inspired our writing... 

Heavenly handwriting

6 Cedar's fantastic Alma inspired handwriting
6  Sycamore's fantastic Alma inspired handwriting

Today we created models using plasticine to show how we see things. We had lots of fun! Have a look at some of our work.

Welcome to Year 6!


I'm sure you're as excited as we are to get going on all that wonderful learning this year. Can't wait!


Have a look further down if you want to get a glimpse of just some of the things we got up to last year.


Mrs M, Mrs G & Mrs L





Please continue reading to see all of our learning so far this year. From the Greeks to gruesome tales in English; problem solving to persuasive speeches.








During the second half of the Spring term, Year 6 learned all about volcanoes. We used maps and atlases to locate the world's most famous volcanoes, before thinking about their structure and how they affect people who live near them.

We linked our English to our topic and read a book called: "Escape to Pompeii". We wrote newspaper articles, setting descriptions and narrative to explore the infamous Mount Vesuvius.

The Present!

Mouldy Bread Experiment


Have you ever left food out for too long? We have been enjoying the sights (and smells) of what happens when you leave some bread in water, on a bookshelf, or on a radiator!


Here are some photos and a write up of the experiment. YUCK!

What a neat write up!
Not for making sandwiches!

English: Mystery and suspense


This term we have been focusing on narrative writing. We used a visual stimulus called 'Alma' to write a narrative story focusing on capturing mystery, tension and suspense.

Some examples of our stories are below; you might even feel some goose-bumps after you have read them!



In maths we have focused on reasoning, problem solving and fluency; we have been working really hard on justifying our thinking and explaining 'how' or 'why' we know things to be true. Take a look at some examples of our work on sequences and algebra:

Mountains and volcanoes


During the Spring term, we will be learning about mountains and volcanoes. We have begun our learning studying the geography of mountains, including creating our own contour drawings. We used this skill to create similar artistic designs:

Religious Education


In RE this term we have been learning about Buddhism. We studied the eight-fold path, the teachings of Buddha and enlightenment.

Please take a look at some of our drawings of Buddha:

The Groovy Greeks


During the Autumn term, Year 6 have learned about Ancient Greece.

Some examples of our Ancient Greek learning

Art week


Art week, which took place in the Autumn term, took on the theme of trees. Year 6 pupils worked with a number of teachers across the school to create original pieces of work; the children were inspired by nature to create compositions in paint, pencil, chalk and even leaves and wood!