Welcome to Year 6
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?!
We rounded off our netball block with an action-packed, competitive High 5 tournament.
What talented percussionists we have in Year 6 - they have rhythm!
The Year 6 children really enjoyed the Victorian style drill lesson. A very different experience to our normal PE lessons!
As part of their Victorian topic, the Year 6 children were asked to find out about some of the most remarkable Victorian inventions and present their findings to the class. We learned how the telephone, the steam engine, the light bulb and even that ice-cream had been invented during this period.
Who wouldn't like to play on the Y6 playgrounds? The children have worked tirelessly with Mrs Rudman to research, design and construct prototypes of their playground designs. If only the children's designs could become a reality! They look fantastic - well done Year 6!
There were so many maths problems scattered around the classroom this morning the children didn’t know where to begin! They had to use inverse to solve the problems. Who would complete this maths marathon in under 30 minutes?
Spellbinding Reading Challenge
Year 6 are enjoying the Spellbinding reading challenge books. They keep asking if they can have more time to read!
More information is available on the Spellbinding website:
Miss Hillier has been teaching Year 6 their art unit this half term. They have focused on animal form, movement and proportion. The children have developed their drawing through a range of tasks in their sketch books and studied the work of artists Keith Haring, Umberto Boccioni, Marchel Duchamp and Picasso.
National Trust Guardianship School Visit
Year 6 worked with Mark Astley from the National Trust to plant nearly 200 trees that were donated to the school by the Woodland Trust. It was a rather wet and windy day but that didn't stop our children from getting outside and getting the job done.
Design and Technology
Year 6 have been working on a project to design and make their own bag. One of the key skills was learning how to use a sewing machine safely. Thank you to all the volunteers that have come into class to help with this project.
Amy's Care Visit
Year 6 invited Amy's Care for tea, cake and a chat, followed by entertainment by the school choir. The Year 6 children then presented them with the Reverse Advent Calendar Hamper that they had collected during November. Thank you to everyone who contributed the many wonderful items that went into the hamper - Amy's Care were delighted with it.
What lives in the school pond?
Year 6 set off on an adventure to see what lurks in the school pond. Pond invertebrates were identified and then classified using Carl Linnaeus' classification system.
Programming Lego Mindstorms
The Lego Club have been helping the rest of the class to write algorithms for the Lego Mindstorms, using apps on the iPads.
The React Foundation Science Show
In 2019, the world is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing that paved the way for future space exploration and opened the door to boundless curiosity and discovery in science.
The National Science Museum brought their show 'Out of this World' to Lakes College where Year 6 joined them for a journey into space in a fun and action packed show. Together they discovered what it is like to become an astronaut, launched a rocket, explored the Solar System and looked for alien life!
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Residential Visit to Newcastle Upon Tyne
Year 6 had three fabulous days in Newcastle, travelling by train and metro and visiting The Great North Museum, Beamish, The Laing Art Gallery and The Discovery Museum. The visit covered a wide range of curriculum subjects including history, geography, science, art, and PSHE. The children had a lovely time enjoying the company of their friends and learned so much from the experience.
Thank you to all the staff and governors who accompanied the children on the trip - we couldn't do it without you!
Year 6 have been learning about ancient Greek pottery. On Monday they had the opportunity to work with clay themselves and see how easy (or not!) it was to make a pot. They then wrote some useful instructions for anyone who wanted to have a go for themselves. When the pots had dried out and hardened the children painted them with similar patterns to those found on the ancient Greek vases.
First Lego League Competition
This term the Lego team competed against 19 other schools in the West Cumbria First Lego League Tournament. Everyone has gained new skills in collaboration, teamwork, programming, research and presentation. They had a super time and were great ambassadors for the school. A big thank you to coach Rob Way (STEM Ambassador) for all his help running the Lego Club on Thursdays and to Balfour Beatty who sponsor our team.
First Lego League
The First Lego Team have been busy working on their project and robot game. They are learning about team work and cooperation as well as developing their computing skills.
Railways and Bridges
As part of the topic, Year 6 have been learning about the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, railways and bridges. They then investigated how to strengthen structures using arches, trusses and suspension. After that they designed, built and tested their own bridges, sticking to a budget and a deadline for completion. They all agreed building a good bridge was trickier than it appeared.
Year 5 and 6 Production - Jason and the Argonauts
Year 5 and 6 have been extremely busy rehearsing for their production, which they will be performing to the school community very soon. Here are a few photographs from today's rehearsal.
Year 6 have been learning about Claude Monet and impressionism. After learning about Claude Monet and discussing his paintings, the children painted their own paintings in this style. Many children found it trickier than it looks!
Year 6 Managing the Meadowland
Year 6 set to work removing the grass cuttings from our school meadow, to reduce the nutrients, so that the vigorous plants do not out compete the wild flowers. Thanks Year 6.
Years 6 enjoyed a netball skills session with Mr Charters from Cockermouth School. They developed their passing skills and footwork as well as playing High 5 netball.
REACT Science Show
Year 6 enjoyed the science show 'Feel the Force'.
Visit to New Lanark World Heritage Site
The children learnt about the history of the New Lanark Mills and found out about Robert Owen, a former owner. He advocated and promoted the following ideas that are core to our society today: participation in community and society; rights and social justice; education; sustainability; fair trading and cooperation.
The children also experienced a taster of school days in Robert Owen’s time. The lesson included a drill, handwriting, arithmetic, geography and dancing.
Evolution and Inheritance
Battle of the Beaks Investigation
In Science, Year 6 are studying 'Evolution and Inheritance'. in the last two sessions we have learned about 'Adaptation'. We had great fun during an investigation called 'Battle of the Beaks', where we experimented with different beak shapes and sizes. Please ask us all about our investigation.
At the beginning of Year 6 we identified our goals for the year and also considered any worries or fears that come with these goals. After recording our worries on our worry spirals, we hung them outside -in the coming weeks the weather will blow away some of these worries.