Honey Bee and Hornet Classes
What's coming up next?
In Term 6, we will continue to learn about the changes to life in the UK post-1945 through our Decades Rewind topic. We will also be reflecting on our time at Whitehall as we work towards our leavers' activities and begin the transition up to secondary school.
There are two trips for us all to look forward to (a University of Bristol outreach day and a session at the Life Skills Centre), as well as our Year 6 camp week. Those children not attending our residential camp will also have a range of activities to take part in during their week at school.
For more details about key dates and school events, take a look at our Term 6 newsletter: click here. Our curriculum overview for Term 6 also provides details about our learning week to week (click here).
If you would like to remind yourself about the learning that's taken place over the year, on our yearly curriculum overview for Year 6, please follow this link: click here.
Highlights so far:
Camp week at Morfa Bay Adventure Centre:
The children that attended camp learnt lots of new and exciting skills: they abseiled, went caving, took part in sea activities, went rock pooling, took part in a woodland scramble, a muddy assault course, learnt archery, went trail biking, learnt about bush craft and had a World War One trench experience session. Have a look at some of the pictures we took during the fabulous week in sunny Wales.
After the Easter break, Miss Morley came back as Mrs Pichler after getting married. Congratulations!
Following on from our World War II learning in Terms 3 & 4, our history focus moved onto life in the UK from 1945 onwards - in our Decades Rewind topic. We began by looking at the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948, before then learning about changes to British society and culture. The children engaged really well with this topic!
We also completed our end of Key Stage 2 assessments in Term 5 (SATs). This marked the culmination of many years of fantastic learning for the children and we were all so proud and impressed by the maturity, effort and confidence shown by them all - and they should be proud of themselves too, as they get ready to move onto their secondary schools well prepared to access the Key Stage 3 curriculum.
Terms 3 & 4
After Christmas, Mrs Kooyman, Miss Alma (Term 3) and Mrs Smith (Term 4) joined Year 6 in Honeybee Class. Our topic focus was World War II and it led to some fantastic learning.
We learnt about causes of the War, the experiences of women and children, Anne Frank, war-time propaganda, rationing and we also spent a day at Tyntesfield House - all to help us improve our understanding of life during the Second World War.
Our geography topic in Term 2 was 'Extreme Environments' and explored aspects of Earth's landscape, weather and climate.
As part of our learning about mountains, we had our own firsthand climbing experience at a nearby climbing centre. As well as being a lot of fun, we also paid close attention to the instructions provided to us by the experts - so much so that we were able to produce our own sets of instructions to other novice climbers.
Having learnt about volcanoes, we then made our very own active models!
Our topic in Term 1 was ‘Jurassic Coasts’ and it inspired some fantastic English, art, geography, science and art learning.
We got the learning started with a trip to Charmouth, where we found traces of its Jurassic past for ourselves (lots of lovely fossils)!
Writing about our coastal learning
We produced some excellent writing after we had been to Charmouth. Named after our historic school building, we produced persuasive brochures on behalf of 'Pavilion Tours', an educational travel company. We also used Adventure at Sandy Cove, by Pie Corbett to inspire our own fiction and non-fiction writing.
Have a look at Hania's story based on The Lighthouse (amazing Literacy Shed animated video) and Rosanna's newspaper report:
Artwork inspired by 'coasts'
Mrs Begen provided some amazing opportunities for Year 6 to explore different artistic styles and techniques in relation to our topic. We used a range of media (pencil, pen, paint, charcoal, chalk) and the results were amazing!
Here are some of Year 6's abstract paintings, inspired by Pete Lanyan.
Useful web links for Year 6 learning and revision:
SATs practice papers
Access to previous SATs papers (reading, SPAG and maths):
SATs-style maths practice papers:
English/SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)
National Curriculum definitions of grammatical terms which will appear in homework and class learning:
National Curriculum spelling patterns and statutory words lists (giving examples of spelling patterns we will teach and the type of words the SATs will test):
Summaries, examples and teaching videos of key grammatical terms:
Selection of games for revision:
Summaries, examples and teaching videos of mathematical terms:
Wide range of resources – from games to teaching aids and tests:
Maths arithmetic practice:
Small range of memory matching games:
Really good web site (with lots of visual aids to help understand tricky concepts); it is American but, while not a direct match to the National Curriculum for Year 6, the ‘Grade 5’ learning and games would be a match for age – and you could always look at ‘Grade 4’ or 'Grade 6' to support/stretch as appropriate:
Web site designed more for teachers, and includes lots of concepts aimed at secondary-age learning. However, there are some useful tools which show models and images that might help your child’s understanding if something is proving tricky to understand: