Summer Term – Year 6
This term has been a busy, enjoyable one for Year 6. We have been learning about the features of coasts in our Geography lessons. It was interesting finding out about the impact erosion has on the environment. We also enjoyed discussing and sharing our experiences of visits to the seaside. In PE, we are perfecting our Rounders skills each week, ready for a Year 6 Rounders tournament that will be held as part of our Year 6 celebrations. In our English lessons, we enjoyed reading a book about a mouse called Hermelin. He was a detective who just wanted to be accepted by those around him. After using drama to explore the text, we composed diary entries from the viewpoint of Hermelin.
We particularly enjoyed exploring the mystical, imaginative and varied creatures in the book ‘Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You’ and look forward to writing a formal, non-chronological report in the style of the studied text. Another highlight for us was the tri-golf tournament that was organised by Clare from the Dacorum School Sports Network.
Our most magical moment of the term has to be taking part in a reading project organised by the University of Hertfordshire. We were all gifted with a book called ‘All the Things That Could Go Wrong’ by an author called Stewart Foster at the start of the project. After reading this book in school (and at home), we were visited by the author who spoke to us about the story. We were enthralled to discover that one of the main characters, Alex, was based on Stewart’s best friend. Throughout the session, we were able to ask Stewart questions about his books and about life as an author. This was certainly an experience that we will never forget and many of us have already purchased another Stewart Foster book to read!
What we have been learning about in Autumn Two
This half term, we have enjoyed learning about World War 2. We have explored the events leading up to the start of the war as well as the experiences of evacuees. In 6H, the children completed their own research on WWII, and from this, they were creative and imaginative in how they presented this. We have been extremely impressed with the level of quality and imagination implemented into this!
In English, the children explored a non-chronological text called ‘Planetarium’ which was all about planets. Feeling inspired by what we read collectively, we were able to create a non-chronological report about a planet out of space – Avatar! As we created this, we made use to polish and edit our work for further effect; focusing on reader engagement. Take a look at 6S’ example of a non-chronological report!
For Science this term, we have enjoyed learning about Light. We have had the opportunity to investigate many enquiry-based questions including: ‘Can a light travel round corners?’ and ‘How are shadows formed?’. We have greatly enjoyed creating our own experiments and the exploration element of this.
In Art, we have enjoyed creating learning about Illusions and Cityscapes. Through this we became inspired by two different artists: Faith Ringgold and Stephen Wiltshire. We explored their artistic skills through different forms of art materials. From this, we were able to explore each artist’s technique and we were able to create our own art piece; using these skills in our final pieces. Have a look at 6H’s final piece!
During this term, we have successfully completed a Mock SATs week in Year 6. As Staff, we were amazed with the children’s determination, positivity and drive during the week. What was evident from their results was the lengths our children would go to help extend their knowledge – even working remotely! Despite our Year 6 bubble popping, we are proud that our children did not allow this to deter them from their learning. We are extremely proud of such a positive term and we look forward to the next!
In 6 Horowitz, the children have worked hard understanding the word ‘inspiration’ and considering what this means to them.
The children have also worked hard to create a piece of homework, show-casing their inspirations (Most inspired by key figures in Black History Month) and their quality is extremely impressive! Class staff have greatly enjoyed the different approaches to the homework and the effort put into this!
Mrs McGrory and Miss Edey are so proud of the work the children have been giving in - keep it up!
What we have been learning in Autumn One
6S — What an exciting start to the year we have had! Our topic this half term has been Extreme Earth. The children have loved learning all about hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes and so much more. They produced some fantastic volcano artwork using pastels which we have displayed in class. We also created earthquake simulators in Geography. We designed and made structures out of cocktail sticks and marshmallows. We tested these out by placing them into a tray of jelly and giving the tray a good shake! This helped us to understand more about what life must be like living in an earthquake zone. In English, we have been reading a book called ‘Wisp—a story of hope’. This story inspired us to write our own ‘hope’ stories.
6H — We have had a fantastic start to Year 6! This term, we have discussed the word ‘inspiration’ and what this means to us. We have been able to apply this to Black History Month (October 1st—October 31st) by looking at key inspirational figures throughout history. We have been inspired by Martin Luther King JR, Rosa Parks, Pele, Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou and Mahatma Gandhi, and from this, we have discussed why their actions are symbolic in history. Our WOW moment this term has been our research and work at home we have produced. We have produced so much work at home that Miss Edey and Mrs McGrory have had to expand our WOW Wall! Hearing about these key figures have not only given us knowledge, but it has helped inspire our writing in English and our stories we have created—all about the need to have hope!
As Year 6, we are so proud of the fantastic term our children have had.
Class Staff In Year 6: Miss Edey, Mrs McGrory Mrs Wright, Miss Pavlik, Miss Macmillan, Miss McIlvaney