Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!
 
 
 
Homework
 
Homework 'Menus' are given out at the start of each term. One item from the menu is due in each week on a Friday. Our homework is usually linked to our current topic-based learning.
 
Please continue to read and discuss books with your child every day, as talking about the texts, language and characters they read about is an essential part of how children learn.
 
If you have any questions about your child's homework, or would like some advice on how best to support your child with their learning at home, please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of us; we are always happy to help!
 
PE
 
Year 6's PE slot is on a Thursday. Please ensure that your child always has the correct, appropriate clothing and footwear in school in order for them to take part comfortably and safely.
 
 
June
 
Activity Week
 
This week Year 6 are having an amazing time trying out lots of new activities. From archery to martial arts, we've loved it all and many of us are discovering talents we never knew we had!
 
 
Tuesday & Wednesday
 
 
 
Raising Aspirations
 
Year 6 were lucky enough to be invited to take part in this year's 'Raising Aspirations' event at the Marjon University. The children spent the day with other Year 6 children from across the city learning about higher education, careers and what life is like as a university student.
 
May 2019
 
We have been putting our tag rugby skills to the test in a class mini tournament! We think it's clear from the pictures just how much our throwing/catching skills and teamwork have improved.
 
 
 
Learning in the garden
 
Year 6 have been enjoying the sunshine out in Mac's garden, studying plants and wildlife to inspire our poetry writing. 
 
 
April 2019
 
Year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to attend a live orchestral concert performed by the Welsh National Opera. The show featured a broad range of songs from opera and well-known films, and gave the children the chance to join in with some singing and dancing. They also learnt a lot about the wide range of instruments involved in making up an orchestra and the different roles of the musicians and performers.
 
 
March 2019
 
In PE this half term (Spring 2), we are learning how to play tag-rugby. We are building on our prior learning by improving our ability to pass, mark and communicate effectively as a team. 
 
 
 
The arrival of 'Messenger'
 

Following on from their drama workshops last year, Year 6 were lucky enough to watch as 'Messenger', the largest bronze sculpture, arrived into Plymouth for the first time.

The 7m (23ft) tall crouching woman, made from 200 individual panels, arrived by lorry and was craned into position outside the Theatre Royal. The sculpture is so huge that guests will be able to walk between her legs to enter the building!

What a privilege to be a part of this historic moment...

 

 
 World Book Day!
 
All of KS2 are lucky enough to be taking in part in the Young Reader scheme, run by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with Drake Circus shopping centre. Every child in KS2 will receive 3 BRAND NEW books to keep! Year 6 found it hard to choose from the wonderful selection...
 
We were also lucky enough to have a news team from ITV Westcountry News in filming across the school. Check out the video link below to see our 5 mins of fame!
 
 
  
February 2019
 
In PE this half term (Spring 1), we are learning how to street dance. We have learnt whole class routines to our favourite songs and are now working in small groups to turn our new moves into dances of our own.
 
December 2018
 
This term, our topic is all about space. In our English lessons, we carried out independent research about the 1969 moon landing and used this information to write a newspaper article.
 
We have worked hard to ensure that we can write accurately and consistently in the correct tense, and confidently change between tenses whenever we need to. 
 
 
Year 5 and 6 had fantastic time decorating Christmas cupcakes with Karen from Trulyscrumptious Cakery. Thank you, Karen!
 
 
As part of our topic about space, we have been learning about how the Earth moves in relation to the Sun and why we have night and day.
 
We worked in pairs to carry out our own independent research and then used this to write a script for our own short educational video. 
 
Take a look at Landon and Jimmy's video below to learn more!
 
 
 November 2018
 
We have been learning about the problems caused by single-use plastic. In our English lessons, by planning and writing a balanced argument, we set out to answer the question: should we continue to use single-use plastic in our school? We carried out independent research, investigating what plastic is, how we use it in our everyday lives and the pros and cons associated with it.
 
Interestingly, we all agreed that it is our responsibility as a school to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we use, due to the damage it causes our environment. Concerned, we met with our school chef, Susan, to find out what we are doing to try and combat this problem. She told us all about the work CaterEd have done to cut back on plastic so far, such as switching to paper wherever possible, ditching plastic straws, and the introduction of biodegradable plastic alternatives. 
 
 
In PE this half term (Autumn 2), we are doing gymnastics. We are working in pairs to learn a range of balances and jumps, and compile these into a routine.
Take a look at the photos of us learning counter balances and counter tensions.
 
 
October 2018
 
As part of our learning about the Victorians, we have been studying the famous Victorian artist, William Morris. He is famous for designing wallpaper that was extremely fashionable during this period.
We each designed our own Morris inspired wallpaper using images from nature and reflective symmetry. We spent time learning and perfecting new watercolour-based skills before painting our design in a Victorian style colour palette. 
 
 
 
This half term (Autumn 1), in our PE lessons, we are learning to play netball. We are learning about the different ways to pass the ball, how to mark our counterpart and work well as part of a team.
 
 
2017-18
Nethercott Farm, December 2017
 
 
Day 5
 
Here are the most recent photos of our Nethercott adventure!
 
We are all thoroughly enjoying ourselves and feel a little bit sad that it will soon be over, but we can't wait to see you all and tell you about all the exciting things we have seen, done and learnt.
 
See you all on Friday! (Don't forget to pick up your postcard from the office, if you haven't already...)
 
 
 
Day 3
 
The last couple of days have flown by!
 
We are having a brilliant time and have got into a good routine. Everyone is sleeping well at night, ready for the early starts. 
 
Some of us have been lucky enough to do some cooking, making pizzas and bakewell tarts for our dinner in the evening. We think the food tastes even better when you've made it yourself!
 
We have learnt a lot about the animals here and are all becoming farming experts! (Be sure to test our knowledge when we get home!) Some of us have started to get ideas about having a pet chicken or donkey... (Possible Christmas present folks?)
 
 
 
Day 1
 
Dear mums and dads,
 
We have had a fantastic first day! Everyone is settling in really well and getting into the swing of farm life.
 
We have met lots of different animals, including cows, pigs, chickens, horses, donkeys, ponies and even Bernard, the turkey! We have been learning how to take care of the animals and taking part of lots of different farm jobs.
 
The food here is DELICIOUS and we are all enjoying the chance to try new things.
 
Keep an eye on the website for another update in a couple of days...
 
 
Our topic this half term (Autumn 2) is 'Off with Her Head!'.
 
What sort of man would order the beheading of his wife? Was she really that bad?
 
Travel back in time to the 1500s and meet the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed history.
 
Discover an opulent court where dancing and singing goes hand in hand with swift falls from favour -  and even swifter falling of heads!
 
Flex your detective muscles and become a criminal investigator! Will you find our the facts, or will the evidence form the past bemuse you? How will you find the accused... innocent or guilty?
 
It's your turn to take part in one of the most famous trials the world has ever known!
 
 
 
Our topic this half term (Autumn 1) is 'Blood Heart'.
 
Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry... blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let's explore our circulation system! Now surgeons, don't be squeamish as we dissect an animal heart and examine veins, arteries and chambers close up. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies.
 
Let's check out the most common blood groups in our class. Why do people give blood?
 
Find out how to keep your heart happy with cardiovascular exercise and healthy food. Kick start a campaign to find out about the damage caused by smoking to the lungs and heart.