Dear parents and pupils,
Despite being away from school and the usual newsletter cycle, we just wanted to wish our families a happy Easter.
As a Church of England school, the teaching of the Christian Values have always been central to our work. We believe that the Easter message of new beginnings, a time to reflect and most importantly - hope, could not be more pertinent to us all at this time.
It was really nice to be able to speak to many of you over the phone and know that you are keeping safe and well. We hope that you continue to enjoy the weather and time with your families as well as accessing the work from the packs and directed on our Year 6 Class Page.
From the week beginning the 20th April, we will upload a new cycle of work weekly to this Class Page. Work will be planned across Monday to Friday, to give you the opportunity to continue to cover all elements of the National Curriculum as well as enjoy wider opportunities for creativity and discovery.
In the meantime, there are plenty of reading resources available to supplement your online work as well as a growing number of theatre companies (for example The National Theatre and Everyman Theatre) offering many fantastic plays for you to experience.
We hope that you manage to connect in some way to your wider families and networks over this holiday and we look forward to working with you again soon. Until then, we have a little Easter surprise for you all, to be uploaded shortly above this update.
Year 6 Staff
Hello again all!
Hopefully, we still find you in good health and that you have been enjoying the sunshine over the weekend!
Over the course of this week, we will be trying to contact your families to check how you are doing and if there are any issues with the work set.
In terms of work, we envisage most have tasks in their packs remaining and a quick check on MyMaths and Spag.com shows many have outstanding tasks set there too. Over the Easter Holidays, we would usually expect children to read as much as possible, so please bear this in mind and don't forget you should all have your usual homework books to continue to complete.
Please consider your online safety learning when you access this work as you will need to keep your password secure and to logout of browsers when you have finished.
Similarly, we want you to be aware that there are not a few days work set on these websites, rather there is at least 10 days of activities across the two. Please be aware of your mental health as you work through these activities at home, we do not want to put unnecessary burdens upon you, think about the amount of work that you would be doing in school - an hour or so of English and Maths daily - don't go overboard in one sitting!
As it is the last week before what would have been our Easter Holidays, we would have been concentrating on understanding the Easter story. Please reflect on the Easter Message and as you have all successfully retold the Easter story in our last RE lessons together, why not think about creating a diary entry for one of the disciples about the events of Holy Week or create a piece of art that encompasses the Easter message - da Vinci's Last Supper anybody?
Don’t forget to keep up the communication amongst friends and family, particularly those who might be a little harder to reach!
Most importantly though, keep looking after yourselves and supporting those around you, we miss you all!
Year 6 staff
Sycamore Class have really enjoyed this quilling project for their Mothers Day cards, it helped them to develop many skills, both artistic and social. The skill of paper curling is extremely intricate and requires a great deal of patience! The children were further challenged to consider different shapes that could be achieved, whilst having an awareness of the space created within the layers of paper. Colour was another aspect, as they considered which colours both contrasted and complimented well.
This term, all children across the school took part in a pebble painting activity. Year 6 pebbles have a unique design painted on them and incorporates our Christian values. These pebbles will form part of the children’s legacy to our school, as they will make a new pathway within the grounds.
Dear pupils and parents,
This is a quick post to say how much we are missing your fantastic creativity, humour and curiosity in Year 6. We hope that you are safe, well and are finding a good balance between work and the other activities you pack your lives with. We must remember as Year 6s, we have a responsibility more so than the other children in our school to keep the peace at home, keep our hardworking attitudes up and most importantly at the moment, keep our hygiene levels high! You are also particularly fortunate to have grown up surrounded by technology that enables you to continue to communicate with each other and your families and this should be put to good use over the coming weeks. Don’t forget about those who may not be quite as digitally-literate as you – pick up the phone to gran, write grandad a letter or keep a diary log of what you have been getting up to and share this with others when you have the opportunity again.
We have updated work on MyMaths as well as Spag.com for you but you should have plenty to keep you busy in your current packs.
Parents, we have posted some links below to support the fantastic work you are doing at home with your children. Please bear in mind that staff pick and choose activities from these resources and although we are confident that the links work, we cannot guarantee these websites will continue to provide these services indefinitely and you should be aware that if you are asked to sign up for anything, to check the terms carefully as some may revert to a paid subscription at some point in the future.
A general spelling list will also be posted, which was requested by several parents.
Stay safe and keep smiling!
Year 6 team
Romance in the air!
In their French lesson this week, Sycamore class have loved creating their own versions of a Valentines Day food poem- the children have recently looked at prepositions and investigating le/la/les mon/ma/mes. They put all their recent knowledge into writing some well structured poems. Très Bien Sycamore.
This afternoon, Year 6 have had the opportunity to evaluate a range of cameras to understand how they work and give an explanation as to the exposure triangle.
Children are now able to think about how current camera products work and how they may want to design their own products over the coming weeks.
Year 6 learning the life-saving skills of First Aid and CPR. After a fantastic assembly, we were able to put our skills to the test, understanding the correct techniques as well as what to do in a range of other emergency scenarios.
This Christmas, Year 6 made cards using recycled buttons as mini baubles. We also made 2020 calendars based on what the core Christian Values meant to us and how these were lived out in our families.
As part of our Design Technology curriculum, Year 6 prepared their own Christmas lunches. These preparations included: peeling carrots and potatoes, mixing the stuffing, roasting it all and of course, making the gravy!
We were joined by some very special guests...
After a hard-working term, Preston Primary Trust schools were treated with the opportunity of visiting The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, to watch Snow White (Oh yes we did!). We're sure the staff and actors in the production very much appreciated Mrs Sherry's large selection of light-up wands, sticks, swords, and crowns!
Year 6 enjoyed a fantastic trip to Nothe Fort recently, learning all about the local and national impact of the Second World War and more specifically, the Blitz.
A superb effort was made by parents to get the classes to look the part, as children departed Yeovil as evacuees. Marching through the gates at Nothe Fort to the echoing chant of 'It’s a Long Way to Tipperary', added to the immersive experience. Mr Gordon was turned away from Nothe Village due to not having his evacuee identification but luckily avoided a 1940s scolding from the headmaster of Nothe Day School – unlike Mrs Sherry!
We experienced first-hand the use of a stirrup pump to extinguish a fire from an exploded bomb, as well as the (almost) sensory overload of what it would have been like in an Anderson shelter during an air raid. Children also got to put their maths skills to the test, totalling ‘old-money’ and giving change for a range of historical products in the shop as well as practicing their copperplate handwriting at school.
Continuing through the subterranean passageways of the fort, we took in scale models of D-Day as well as interacting with exhibits documenting how Weymouth was affected during World War 2. I’m glad to say that every child made it through the ‘ghost tunnel’ before finishing the day with washing, drying and ironing clothes without electricity! I think it’s fair to say this gave our arms the workout that our brains had been taxed with, during the other exhibits.
Children from both classes were fantastically behaved, with the volunteers hosting the days commenting upon this to staff – a lovely message to have ended our trip with.
To mark Children in Need Day 2019, Pudsey came to visit each of the school's classrooms. Not that Pudsey thought he'd entered a classroom when he saw Mr Gordon and Mrs Sherry - Crazy Hair Day indeed!
As part of our RE curriculum, children in Mulberry and Sycamore had the opportunity to interview Rev’d Ruth. The questions were varied, but some were very thought provoking, such as: “How do we know God forgives us of our wrong doings?” and “ What do you feel is the most important part of the Christian faith?” The children thoroughly enjoyed the question and answer sessions and have picked up some great interview tips for future visitors to the class.
Do you know the difference between a llama and an alpaca?
Well Year 6 students do now, llamas are generally taller and have the ‘banana’ shaped ears, whereas alpacas are much shorter and have pointy ears. We also learnt that alpaca wool is extremely useful, being non-flammable, insulating and waterproof. Some of us were even lucky enough to feed the furry beasties, but we’re sure after a morning of being gazed at, stroked and petted by children, the alpacas were ready for some well-earned rest!
Thank you to the PTA for organising the visit.
We were thrilled to be joined by Mr Plumbley for a day of inspiration and creativity in creating illuminated letters. Taking inspiration from early religious manuscripts and bibles, we each ‘illuminated’ a silhouetted letter, to represent something close to ourselves. The results speak for themselves and will be used as part of a display in the new hall. We would love to hear your feedback on this fabulous display!
Year 6 trip to Gore Farm – As part of the geography curriculum, Sycamore and Mulberry had the opportunity to visit a working farm in Trent. We learnt how to orientate maps with compasses which proved really useful when we came to participate in an orienteering race around the local woods. There was also the opportunity to create our own natural compasses, using the resources available to us in the woods. The children also had a fantastic time working in small teams to create dens that could house each of them away from the elements!
As part of our study into circulatory systems, Year 6 had an exciting science lesson dissecting pig hearts.
We cut the heart from the apex, right up to the vena cava, where the blood enters the heart. We then studied the chambers, to investigate the way the blood enters and exits the heart, by poking our fingers through the passages!
The lesson really helped to consolidate all of the learning that took place prior to the dissection and understand how blood circulates our bodies.
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