Welcome to Year 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
‘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’.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?!