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Working Together mornings - Thursday (fortnightly)
Home Learning - given Wednesday due in Monday
PE - Friday : Boxfit
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?
In what may be the last update for this year's page, here is the slideshow that was shown at the leavers' celebration. It was great to see so many of you there and we will really miss you all. We hope you enjoyed it!
Learning at Home Gallery - Daily learning tasks are just below this box
Thanks for sending in so many pictures of your learning recently. The gallery has really taken off and I'm getting so many pictures each day that it's hard to fit them all in, so please don't be upset if something doesn't make it in to the gallery. Keep sending and your pictures will be here before too long. I'll try to fit in as many as I can. Send any photos or learning to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Final Week
So…. this is it! The start of your last ever week at Andrews Lane. If the school year had been normal, this would have been quite a different week which would have focused on experiences rather than learning. We may not be able to do everything we would have liked to, but we do have our big leavers’ event to look forward to on Wednesday evening and I’m looking forward to seeing you all there. As this is your last week in school, the learning is going to be a bit different, to try and make it as enjoyable as possible for you. I’ve suggested some activities you could do for the week and it’s up to you to pick the ones you want to do. There should be enough here to last you the whole week. I hope you like what I’ve come up with!
See you Wednesday,
Reading (please read the chapter and complete the quiz on Book Detectives as usual)
Purple Group – Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer – continue and finish over the summer (R)
Green Group – The Butterfly Lion Chapter continue and finish over the summer (M)
Blue Group – Granny – start the book this week and finish over the summer (H)
Yellow Group – Dirty Bertie – Monster – continue and finish by Friday (M)
Choice 1 – Plan, write, proof-read and edit a story about someone’s first week in secondary school. You could do it as a short story, a longer story with chapters or write it as a play. Think of some exciting events that could happen to your characters during that first week and how they handle them.
Choice 2 – Write a series of newspaper reports about real or imaginary things that could have happened during your time at Andrews Lane. You can include yourselves, your class mates and the staff.
Choice 3 – If you can find it, watch The Wizard of Oz, which would have probably been our school play this year. Take one or two of the scenes and write them up as playscripts. Come up with a list of the characters and who you would have chosen to play each part from our class. Write a summary of the story or write a sequel about what happens after Dorothy gets home. Does she ever manage to get back to Oz or does some other child end up in Oz? You can watch the movie below or find it on Netflix.
From what I’ve heard, most people seem to have been enjoying the mysteries, so I’ve put up another one for this week. Challenge 1 – click link 2 for a ‘sports day’ mystery and Challenge 2 and 3 – click link 3 for a ‘poisoning’ mystery.
Choice 1 – Plan your own leavers’ event. If the world was normal, where would we have gone, what would we have done, how much would it have cost, how would we have got there? Plan out the whole day with a timetable. Would we have had to get to school earlier? How long would the journey have taken? What would we have eaten during the day? Do some research to find out the information you need. For example, if we would have gone to Thorpe Park, how much would it cost to get in? If we were going to eat pizza there, how much does pizza cost when you get inside? How much would a coach cost to get there and what would each child have to pay once you divide the cost up between all 25 children? Try to plan everything out the way that I would have to.
Choice 2 – Cooking (This needs supervision!)
Try to find something that you enjoy eating that you would like to learn how to cook. This could be a cake, a cookie or a desert or it could even be a proper meal. Ask an adult if they will help you learn to cook it. It’s your job to find the recipe and work out what you need and you have to measure out the ingredients. The adult is mainly there to check you stay safe!
Choice 3 – Art
Create a piece of artwork that represents your time at Andrews Lane. It could be you with your friends, it could be a representation of the school building or part of it or it could show different things that you learned. Make a mosaic, draw something, do a painting or a collage. Get creative!
Choice 4 – DT
Take some boxes, tubes, bottles or cans from around the house (have a look what’s in your recycling box at home) and turn them into something that links with one of your favourite Andrews Lane topics. For example, this year we made a Tudor house, but you can make anything that links with any of the topics you did the whole time you were at school. Be imaginative!
Choice 5 – PE
Now that we are all allowed outside more, set yourself a PE challenge. Can you find a local park with tennis courts and have a game of tennis with someone, can you plan a route for a jog, measure the length of the route and complete it without walking, can you practise ball skills in an imaginative way, setting yourself targets to complete or can you come up with a dance or gymnastics routine to a piece of music that you like? Make sure you set the challenge before you start and don’t stop until you complete it!
Choice 6 – computing
Visit codecombat.com and practise your coding skills in a series of games and challenges. You can log in with using the username pupil01 and our usual school password or if you want your own account you could sign up yourself but check with an adult first. How many of the challenges can you complete? You can also click link 4 for a fun lemmings problem solving game. The idea is to save all the lemmings and get them safely to the door using the special ability lemmings at the bottom. Click the type of lemming you wish to use and then click on a lemming in the level to give them that ability.
Hopefully there are lots of ideas to keep you going for the week. I hope you have fun with whatever you choose to do!
World Book Day
Today we enjoyed World Book Day with the children, who were all dressed up in great costumes. We wrote book reviews, had a special guided reading session and showed off our costumes in assembly. Congratulations to Olivia, who won the best costume book prize in Year 6.
The Mighty Mayans
This week we started to learn about the Ancient Mayan civilisation who lived in Central America from around 1000BC to about 900AD. The children did some research and produced a short information text on what they've found out so far. An example one can be seen below.
Elizabethan Naughty Cake
Continuing our lessons on making Tudor food, this week we began making Elizabethan Naughty Cake. This cake was similar to the flapjacks that we eat today and is made from mixed fruit, cherries, butter, oats and honey. We had great fun making them and everyone seemed to enjoy the finished product!
During our Working Together morning, children and adults got into groups to work out the mean (average) height of the people in her group. We used a tape measure to measure each person's height and then added and divided to find the mean. We also practised converting the measurements we took from centimetres to metres and millimetres.
As part of our Tudor topic, we are learning about some of the food Tudors ate and having a go at making some ourselves. This week, half of us went to the kitchen area to make Tudor Knots. These are made from a dough, tied into knots and then covered with honey and poppy seeds. Everyone seemed to really enjoy them and next week the other half of the class will get to make theirs.
This week we enjoyed a range of unconventional Christmas games and races in the hall. Mayhem and chaos ensued as you can see in the photos below!
The Digestive System
In our science lessons we have been learning about the digestive system. We modelled the way food passes through our body using food made from bread, oats and chocolate brownies, recreating the enzymes with food colouring. Children learned a lot by exploring the digestive system in this practical way.
We recently visited Hertfordshire Regional College to take part in the annual Crucial Crew event that is held there. This event is designed in conjunction with local firefighters, police officers and paramedics to teach children key messages that will allow them to make good choices to stay safe in all aspects of their life. There were around eight activities this year, each focusing on a different safety scenarios. Children all enjoyed their afternoon and learned many important lessons.
This week, we were lucky enough to have representatives from Google who visited our school to do a special e-Safety assembly for us. This covered lots of different aspects of how to stay safe and use the internet responsibly. The messages were presented in a clear and entertaining way and everyone was able to get involved with their special green and red hands that were given out as they entered the hall. Everyone had a great time and learnt a lot from these important messages. Maybe you could have a chat with your child about what they learned.
This week, the children had a special assembly with visitors from CHEXS, a charity that helps support families in the local community and provides extended opportunities in schools with a range of interesting activities. The children were engaged in discussions around aspirations, expectations and achievement. CHEXS shared other local children's stories of perseverance to encourage pupils to follow their dreams, even if this means stepping outside their comfort zone and pushing themselves to get there.
Grafham - Tuesday
So we arrive at our final Grafham website post, as we will be heading home tomorrow. Today both groups have been motor boating, steering around a slalom course and learning about orienteering on the water. In addition, Mr Cox's group have done crate stacking and Jacob's Ladder, whilst Mrs Kanuni's group tackled archery and the climbing wall. It's been another great day and we are all looking forward to dinner and a movie night. Tomorrow we have one last activity before lunch and our return to school. Assuming the children are able to fit their belongings back into their bags and cases, we aim to be back at school around 4:00pm, traffic permitting. School will keep parents notified of our arrival time once we are on the road.
Grafham - Monday
Although the weather hasn't been quite as good today, it has not dampened our spirits. There have been lots of water based activities today, with Mrs Kanuni's group doing canoeing and kayaking and both groups doing stand up paddle boarding. Mr Cox's group have also done archery and scaled the climbing wall. It's been another great day, with children trying out activities they've never done before and learning new skills, whilst testing the limits of their capabilities. Everyone has been sleeping really well, so although we're all getting slightly exhausted, a good night's rest leaves us ready to face whatever the new day brings. We will soon be going for dinner before our last activity of the day, which you will be able to catch up on in tomorrow's post.
Grafham - Sunday
Today has been another action packed day. Mr Cox's group has spent most of the day on the water, doing funboat sailing this morning and canoeing and kayaking this afternoon. Mrs Kanuni's group cycled 10 miles around the Grafham lake this morning, taking in the amazing views and spectacular sights on the way. There are a few tired legs and aching bottoms after that one, but everyone felt a great sense of achievement when they completed the ride. This afternoon, Mrs Kanuni's group did high ropes and this evening all the children did low ropes as a group. We have been well fed again, with a fantastic cooked breakfast, a range of rolls and home-made soup for lunch and a roast dinner this evening. Check out some of the photos from today's activities below.
Grafham - Saturday
We have all arrived safely at Grafham and had a huge amount of fun on our first day. The food has been amazing, the staff have been brilliant and the children have had a wonderful time. Even though we only arrived at lunchtime, we have already done play-boating, high ropes, power kiting and football rounders. We've had two lovely meals together and finished before bed with a hot chocolate. In the morning we're looking forward to more action-packed excitement, but for now, have a look at some of the photos from today's activities below.