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Home Learning - given Wednesday due in Monday
Spelling tests - Thursday
PE - Monday : Street Dance
Friday : Football
Children need their planner, reading book and PE kit in school every day
Welcome to our Year 6 Page
What have Year 6 been up to?
Promenade Park in Maldon
This week we visited Promenade Park in Maldon to help us with our coasts topic and also to form part of our leavers celebrations over the next two weeks.
When we arrived we did some watercolour painting of the estuary at Maldon, followed by a round of Crazy Golf. We sat on the hill overlooking the water to eat our lunch and then went into the Splash Park to cool off. We finished with an ice cream before we returned on the coach. Everyone had a great time and it lived up to everything we hoped the day would be.
This week we had a special assembly where we were visited by some very special guests. We had a talk from some dinosaur experts who taught us about life in prehistoric times and showed us some fossilised remains that had been found. Then we met a young T-Rex (about 6 weeks old) and his older sister who was about seven years old. Both of the dinosaurs took an instant dislike to Mr Cox and the youngest one nearly bit his hand off. Luckily, they seemed to prefer the children and many of us got to stroke the dinosaurs as you can see below.
International Arts Week
This week was International Arts week in school and Year 6 were focussed on Italy. We had a very successful afternoon making pizza from scratch, starting with the dough for the base and then adding our toppings. We also looked at Leonardo Da Vinci in art and thought about what Mona Lisa might be if she was transported to the modern world. Unfortunately, we were up to our eyeballs in flour and tomato passata so we didn't get a chance to take any photos while we were cooking and the pizza was all gone before Mr Cox could get to the camera when it was time to eat, but we all had a very fun week!
The Grand Canyon Formation
In our geography lessons we've been learning about The Grand Canyon and how it formed. We made stop motion videos to show river erosion and erosion by ice. Here you can see the video that Tia and Chari put together, one of several great illustrations of the processes at work. Hopefully over the coming weeks we may be able to show other examples on this page.
Discovering the Mayans
This week in class we have been learning about how historians found out about the Mayan civilisation.
American explorer and travel writer, John Lloyd Stephens and British artist, Frederick Catherwood are created interest in the ancient Maya civilisation from 1839 onwards by discovering, exploring and documenting the ruins and lost cities of Mesoamerica. Although these had been explored and recorded earlier in history, detailed documentation by Catherwood brought attention back to the Maya and their fascinating civilisation. Many archaeological expeditions of the Maya region were launched following the work of Stephens and Catherwood. Catherwood drew pictures of many of the things he found which helped us to learn more about the Maya civilisation. What can you discover from the pictures below? Click on any of the pictures to see it in more detail.
This week we travelled to London's West End to see Disney's theatre production of Aladdin. Although we were slightly worried we might not make it on time due to the traffic, after abandoning the coach and briskly walking the last five minutes to the theatre we were in our seats ready for the start. It was an amazing show with a talented orchestra playing the music to accompany both songs from the Disney film and new songs written for the production. The sets were incredible, transporting us around different parts of Agrabah and the actors did a fantastic job of bringing the cartoon version to life. A special mention has to go to the genie, whose performance was larger than life. The children's behaviour was a credit to the school and we all had an amazing time.
Science Home Learning
In our science lessons we have been learning about Evolution and Inheritance. Charles Darwin is a famous scientist who gave us a 'Theory of Evolution' to explain how animals adapt to the habitat they live in. This week as part of our home learning we will be writing a biography to learn more about his life and achievements. Click on the picture to find the facts you need to know.
This week we started our music lessons with . We are using the song Happy by Pharrell Williams to learn about different parts of music including dynamics, tempo, percussion, beat and rhythm. This week we started off by clapping some beats using different parts of our body. Can you spot who is in time and who needs a bit more practise?
This week in our working together morning we made Tudor Roses. We had a template and used tissue paper and glue to recreate the Tudor Rose which represents the House of York and the House of Lancaster coming together at the end of The War of the Roses. At the end of this war, Henry VII became king and The Tudor Reign began.
We recently started our Yoga lessons in Year Six and the children had remembered an impressive amount of the poses that they learned in previous years. Not everyone had complete control of their bodies as they did the poses and there were a few wobbles so we will be working on our balance and control as the weeks go by.
Calendars and Christmas Cards
After our day off yesterday due to the snow, we have been working hard today getting our calendars and Christmas cards ready. We've also seen the school pantomime and the Key Stage 1 production so it's been an action packed day.
We are currently getting ready to perform 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Church Service next week. These videos might help you when you are practising your diction and performance.
We recently visited Crucial Crew to learn how to stay safe in a variety of situations. We worked in groups during the afternoon, visiting different scenarios. Some of the activities we took part in included : how to stay safe on the roads when using a mobile phone; how to identify potential fire risks in our homes; how to use buses and coaches safely and how to stay safe near water. Here are some photos taken during the afternoon.
We had a good coach journey to Kingswood and have all arrived safely. We have met our group leader, Megan, who will be looking after us for the week. Children are currently in their rooms, desperately trying to uncover the mysteries of how a duvet fits inside a duvet cover. Assuming they manage to complete this task, they can look forward to dinner, followed by a teamwork challenge and a mini-olympics event before bed.
The First Night
We've all survived the first night (just). Last night our main meal was chicken nuggets and chips, which made everyone happy, with other choices available for those who wanted it. The children took part in two activities, Team Challenge and Mini Olympics. After the activities we came back, showered, brushed our teeth and went to bed. There are a few children who will probably be a bit tired today after staying up a bit later than they should have, but we'll be heading off for breakfast soon and then a full day of activties. Check back later to see what we got up to.
Today has been a busy day with lots going on. Between the two groups, we've done a mixture of activities including abseiling, zip wire, a blindfolded obstacle course, archery and power fan which involves climbing a very high pole and then throwing yourself off. Everyone has had a great time, with many children achieving things they never thought they'd do. Soon we will be heading to bed for what will hopefully be a restful night's sleep before we start all over again tomorrow.
Everyone has had a really good day today after getting plenty of sleep last night. We have been trained as mini-detectives, completing a CSI Kingswood activity and trying to solve a crime using forensic skills, climbed various terrifying structures, done some abseiling and shot bottle rockets half way across the centre. We asked the children what their favourite part of the trip so far has been and this is what they said....
"I think the zip-line was the best because it was so fun." - Rhiana H
"My favourite was the power-fan because I love climbing." - Shaun
"My favourite was the zip-line because it went so fast." - David
"My favourite was the power-fan because it was scary jumping off and not knowing if the rope would catch me." - Luis
"I like the zip-line because I slid on my bum at the bottom but it didn't hurt." - Paula
"I liked the power-fan best." - Emilia
"My best bit was when the food in my stomach experienced zero-gravity on the power-fan." - Khyar
"I liked the zip-line best because my feet never touched the floor." - Kai
"I liked the zip-line best because the end of it was funny." -Hayriye
"My best activity so far is the zip-line because I had to push myself to do it." - Christopher
"I liked the zip-line because it was so fun." - Henry
"I liked sleeping the second night without Hayriye talking all night." - Dolly Jane (who also talked all night the first night)
"I loved the blindfolded obstacle course because we got all muddy and we had to work together." - Rhianna O
"I liked the zip-line because I fell over at the end and it was funny." - Tia
"I liked the zip-line best because I ended up sliding all the way down backwards." - Jaye
"I did really well on the jungle-ropes because I made it higher than I thought I would." - George
Thursday evening has come and it won't be long until we're all heading home. Today the children seemed to find another set of favourite activities. Swimming was fun and everyone was raving about laser tag. We also did some more climbing and one of the groups was excellent at the problem solving challenges, so it shows they can sometimes solve problems as well as create them! The excitement is building to breaking point as we are about to head off to the disco. This is probably because everyone wants to see Mr Cox's amazing dance moves which will prove once again what a cool teacher he is!
Roald Dahl Day
This week we celebrated Roald Dahl day by dressing up and taking part in lessons linked to Roald Dahl's work. We read some of 'The Twits' and tried to think up our own devious ways that Mr and Mrs Twit might try to annoy each other. We wrote our ideas as an extra 'missing' chapter for the book. If you would like to read your child's work, pop in at the end of the day and have a look at our class display. We also completed a Roald Dahl maths challenge and learned more about the author's life. Congratulations to Star who won the costume competition in our class!
New School Year
A huge welcome back to everyone at the start of the new term. We have spent our first few days as a class getting to know each other while Mr Cox desperately tries to get to grips with all the new routines in a new school. This week we have been learning about stories set in the past in English, looking at some Roman stories written by the author of the Horrible Histories series. We have been brushing up on our addition skills in maths, learning about Ancient Rome in our topic work and how to keep healthy in Science. The class have come back with a determined attitude to do well in Year 6 and seem to understand what an important year it is. It has been a pleasure getting to know them these first few days. Soon we hope to have some photos of our work and our time at Kingswood to share with you but in the meantime how about showing them some of the nutritional information on the food packaging they eat and discussing it with them? Then keep checking back for updates over the coming days and weeks.