Welcome to Year 6
2022 - 2023
The Year 6 children have thoroughly enjoyed our outdoor learning sessions with Miss Lawler. We dipped in our school pond then identified and classified living things using the Linnaeus System. The children were super taxonomists!
The children have impressed us again - this time with their culinary skills. In this D&T project the children worked in groups to devise recipes for either a starter, main course or pudding course. The final products were delicious!
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To conclude our gymnastics block, the children were so excited to apply and perform their mirroring and matching partner balances on the climbing apparatus. Superb gymnastics Year 6!
The children really enjoyed researching the conditions on Mars and created these super creatures with features that would help them survive on the planet.
A great opportunity to find out about the electricity network in our area from expert Mike. This brought our electricity Science unit to life. A big thank you to Mike for highlighting the importance of safety in his job and answering ALL the children's questions - they had lots!
First Lego League final
We would like to say a huge congratulations to both of our First Lego League teams who traveled to Harrogate on Saturday to take part in the England and Wales national final. The teams finished 43rd and 46th out of 2400 teams overall which is a tremendous achievement. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank: Mr Way and Mr Hampson for their expert coaching, Mrs Walker for supporting us every step of the way and Mr Fran Ward, C-STEM, for his support and enthusiasm - you have made us all believe that we can achieve anything. Finally, we would also like to thank all our sponsors for believing in us and giving us such a fantastic opportunity.
We had a super afternoon at Cockermouth School competing against teams from local primary schools. There were some very competitive matches and excellent skills on show. Well done Team Paddle!
We did it!
Can you believe that not only one but two of our Lego League teams have been awarded places in the Lego League National Final! We couldn't be prouder of this amazing group of children who were joint winners of the 'Innovation Category'. Next stop - The National Final!
The Year 6 children have really enjoyed our cross-country races. They have showed high levels of fitness and demonstrated tactical awareness of race running. They are certainly not put off by a spot of icy rain and mud!
British Values - Individual Liberty
Inspired by Hyde Park Corner, the children wrote speeches about topics that they felt passionate about. The children spoke about racism, deforestation, climate change and animal cruelty and exercised their individual liberty to share their informed views and opinions. We are so proud of this amazing group of children.
To conclude our Evolution and Inheritance topic in Science, the children have designed creatures that have adapted to suit the environment they live in. The children were very imaginative in their designs and thought carefully about the features that would help their creatures survive.
Some very impressive hockey skills from the Year 6 children during our PE lesson today.
Starbooks opens in the Year 6 classroom!
We're always looking for innovative ways to engage the children with their reading - the latest Y6 initiative - STARBOOKS! The children took part in 'book tasting' where they were able to sample quality texts from a range of different authors and then asked at the end to either 'love' or 'leave' the text they had been reading. To mark the opening of the STARBOOKS CAFE, the children were served hot chocolate and a piece of Mrs. Walker's homemade cake! It was a wonderful morning and so encouraging to see so many children choosing to keep the texts that they had been introduced to. Well done Year 6!
Author Visit - Jeff Kinney
As if the morning hadn't been exciting enough with the opening of STARBOOKS, Jeff Kinney, author of The Diary of The Wimpy Kid series popped in (virtually) to chat to the Y6 children about his new book!
Class Debate - Should the railway come to Cockermouth?
As part of our Victorian unit, the children learned about the introduction of the railways and the positive and negative impact it had on society during this period in history.
Local History Study - The CK & PR Railway.
The children visited the Keswick Museum to learn about the impact 'the coming of the railways' had on their locality. The visit provided many learning opportunities for the children, as they were also introduced to the Lakeland poets and learned how William Wordsworth felt about the railways and how he felt so angered at the prospect he wrote the poem entitled: "Is there no nook of English ground secure from rash assault?". The poem 'The Cataract of Lodore' written by Robert Southey was also introduced to the children and further ignited their excitement for poetry. Walking along the disused railway line where the original trains had traveled gave the children a feel for what life would have been like arriving in Keswick during the Victorian times.
Author Visit - Jacqueline Wilson
Award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson visited the Y6 children this morning to chat about her latest book: The Primrose Railway Family, based on the classic E.Nesbit story: The Railway Children. The children listened attentively as Jacqueline explained how she used real-life events as inspiration for her writing and suggested to the children that they should write every day even if it's just for a short time. What a wonderful opportunity to meet such an acclaimed writer.
Connecting Classroom's Project:
This term, the children will be learning about the continent of Asia and in particular learning about the human and physical geography of of India. To bring the children's learning alive we have 'connected' with a school in India and the children will be working collaboratively with pupils from the school - sharing work and learning together. To learn more about our partnership school, please click o the link below:
We have also 'connected' with a city school to enable the children to have the opportunity to experience what learning is like in a large inner city. We plan to write and email the children and even spend some time with them in summer when we visit their school. It would be wonderful if they were able to visit us and experience our locality. Mrs Palmer had lunch with Mrs Chowdhury over Zoom whilst they chatted about the exciting plans they have for the children.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, author of the award winning children's book: You Must Be Layla visited the Year 6 children today to talk about her latest book: Listen Layla. Yassmin chatted to the children about her inspirations and how she became an author. She explained what life was like working in male-dominated workplace - as an engineer on the oil rigs and when she joined the Formula 1 design team.
Yassmin offered some excellent advice to the children about their writing:
1) Anyone can be a writer,
2) Write, write, write....you only improve if you practise! Yassmin told the children that she felt her second novel was much better than her first because by the time she'd come to write it, she'd had lots of practise!
3) Use everything around you for your writing ideas - that maybe real life experiences, newspaper articles, stories that you hear from friends and family.
What an inspiration to our children Yassmin was.
Next week, we will be lucky enough to have the chance to meet another award-winning author: Jacqueline Wilson!
The Year 6 children seized the opportunity to perform their class poem, The Visitor by Ian Serralier to the KS1 and KS2 children. The children have demonstrated a keen interest and passion for poetry - from narrative poetry by Walter De La Mare to humourous poems written by Michael Rosen. They have recently begun studying a different author's work and then discussing which poet's work they enjoy and why. The children have embraced this opportunity with such enthusiasm that they will entering the PoetryByHeart competition early next year. Which poem they will recite has yet to be decided - current favorite - Someone,by Walter De La Mare.