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2021 - 2022

 

Year 6 Curriculum Overview 2021-2022

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. 

Adapted Creatures
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.

Hockey Stars!
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:

 www.purwanchalvidyamandir.org

 

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.

Rehearsals for the Year 5 and 6 performance of Olivia are underway!

Working collaboratively, the children proof read and edited their writing.

Author Visit:

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! 

Poetry Performance

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. 

Lego Mindstorms - the children got off to a great start during their first Lego Mindstorm session. What a talented bunch they are!

Using the coding language Python, the children each wrote their own programmes to create original Mondrian style patterns.

Maths on our working wall! Multiplying 4 digit numbers.

Finally! After researching,designing, constructing, evaluating and refining...the playgrounds were finally finished! The children were very proud of their finished designs.

Designing and making playgrounds - session two

Despite the rain, the Y6 children enjoyed their netball coaching session with Mrs Wilson from Cockermouth School.

Using primary and secondary sources to learn about life in the Victorian Workhouse.

The Y6 visit to the REACT Science Show.

Netball skills in the sunshine!

Exploring the new text: Street Child by Bernie Dohertty

The Year 6 children began their ‘Introduction to Python’ computing unit this week - what a promising start they made!

Dodgeball - we are so lucky to have such fantastic school grounds for our PE sessions.

 Year 6

2020-2021

 

 

Ennerdale Bike Ride

Our fabulous Year 6 students put their recently learnt Bikeability skills to the test on a bike ride to Ennerdale on July 8th 2021. They demonstrated true resilience and determination as they rode the hard 15miles to the scout hut. A massive thank you to all the year 6 parents and staff who helped with this residential. A big WELL DONE to ALL the children for getting there! Go tour de Paddle.

 

 

Sports Day

 

Just a few snaps from our fun, active and competitive afternoon of sport!

Memories of our time at Eaglesfield Paddle...

Outdoor Learning with Miss Lawler

 

The children had a great morning out in our beautiful school grounds creating structures with nature and collages with natural things. They weeded, planted and installed a rockery, log pile and bird bath in the reflective garden. Finally, they painted some special stones to leave their mark on the school garden before they move on from Paddle.

Phunky Foods Cookalong.

 

The children enjoyed a cookalong from the local Phunky Foods organisation. We learned new knife skills and about eating a healthy, balanced diet. Of course, the children enjoyed sampling their ‘supercrunch’ at the end!

It’s Microbit time! The children have been learning how to code Microbits - they created flashing hearts, dice and even a love meter! Henry and Charlie chose to write an algorithm for a step counter and tried it out around school.Next steps - writing an algorithm for a designed product.

Find your pulse!

 

In Science we have been learning about the circulatory system. We recorded our heart rate using a pulse reading before, during and after exercise. The children made some excellent observations when plotting their results on a line graph back in the classroom. 

Enjoying the lovely weather as we tested our knowledge of electricity to solve clues to help us ‘escape a wind farm’!

Baking war time style muffins with rationed ingredients.

What a fantastic afternoon for some cricket coaching by expert Jonathan Osbourne from Cricket Cumbria. The children participated with their usual enthusiasm and gusto!

Making circuits with bulbs, motors and buzzers in Science.

These beautiful daffodils were drawn by the children to send to the Rotary Club for their daffodil day display.

Our sunflowers seeds are sprouting!

The Resurrection of Jesus.

 

 ‘The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified’. ‘He is not here, for HE HAS RISEN’. 

Look at the concentration on those faces! Year 6 maths!

British Science Week

 

We had a wonderful day celebrating British Science Week. We watched a microorganism at work by making bread, planted sunflower seeds, made bubble wands and solution, created collages from natural objects, made robo-bugs and even created a volcano in the classroom!

Back to school - happy,smiling children.

Christmas Waistcoats

 

The children have done an amazing job designing and making their waistcoats. They were very focused and took great care when using the sewing machine. 

 

Christmas Party and Pantomime

 

Who said the Year 6 children are too young to play musical statues, chairs and bumps?! We had a blast! Thanks to the PCA for organising the pantomime for the children to watch.

We have microorganisms on our bread!

‘Balloons and Bubbles’ REACT Science Show

Christmas lunch fun.

The Lifebus came to school today; the children learned how to keep their bodies and minds healthy.

Looking for a new book? Why not try one of the children’s recommendations? All the Year 6 children have been asked to choose their all time favourite book and share it with their class. Henry and Nell very kindly shared their books with us all.

Computing - using Logo, the children explored using loops and nested loops to create geometric patterns with repeated shapes.

Taster Chinese Lesson

 

The Y6 children enjoyed a virtual Chinese lesson delivered by staff at St Bees School. They participated with real enthusiasm and should now be able to say ‘hello’, ‘I am called’ and count to 5 in Chinese. The children also made an excellent attempt at Chinese character writing.

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Microorganisms!
 

Once we had established what a microorganism is and learned about different types of microorganisms, we set up an investigation into the conditions that mould (a fungus) grows on food. Watch this space for some photographic evidence of mouldy bread!

Searching for Living Things!

 

To bring our science curriculum to life (literally!), we went pond dipping on the school grounds. We had a super afternoon - the children were so excited to find all sorts of living things hiding in the murky water. 

Shelter Drawings inspired by Henry Moore

 

We experimented with form, proportion and movement in our sketchbooks and enjoyed looking at Henry Moore’s haunting sketches that depict London’s masses taking shelter in Underground stations during The Blitz. We then imitated Moore’s style and created final drawings in our chosen medium and edited our work digitally to enhance it. Some of us also added text to communicate the thoughts of the subjects. Aren’t the results effective?!