Category: Class 6

Year 6 – World Maths Day

As part of ‘World Maths Day’, children went outside the classroom to participate in an active and very competitive maths lesson!

Each pupil had a player card consisting of a variety of numbers. Mr Paton then called out various statements relating to the cards, for example: a square number ‘greater than’ 30, a cubed number, a prime number and a mixture of multiples. Each pupil matching the statement ran to the middle and returned with a piece of small PE equipment from the centre. The team with the most equipment at the end, won.

The activity helped to reinforce key vocabulary and mathematical facts. Later this week, pupils will present their ‘player card’ data onto pie and bar charts.

Year 6 visit The Safety Zone

On Friday afternoon, Class 6 participated in ‘Safety Zone’. They were provided with tips, advice and guidance on how best to keep safe in a variety of everyday scenarios. They worked in small groups and experienced ‘real life’ situations. The event provided children with the opportunity to learn about personal safety in an engaging and realistic setting.

Year 6 experience The Blitz

Year 6 gained an insight into what it might have been like for a London family during the first night of the ‘The Blitz’. They entered the classroom with the sounds, smells and fears of the terrifying event. They sought protection inside our Anderson shelter.

We listened to first-hand accounts to enhance our understanding of the event. Over the coming weeks, children will write their own informative newspaper reports about the dramatic events that took place on the first night of the Blitz.

Working in pairs, the children then analysed a newspaper report on ‘The Blitz’ (WAGOLL), annotating their work on larger sugar paper. They were able to evaluate the text, commenting on the purpose, structure and specific language. Children were able to ‘read like a writer’ and explain why the writer choose to use certain layout features and descriptive techniques.

Year 6 experience WWII at Perlethorpe

Children from Class 6 enjoyed a stimulating and eventful day at Perlethorpe Campus. Through role play the children understood what it was like to be evacuated to the countryside. We first greeted by a very strict Mr Rider, who was the Air Raid Precautions Warden and the co-ordinator of evacuees in the area. The children were soon billeted to local people in the Perlethorpe estate and were given a variety of duties to fulfil. Children also examined various suitcases filled with WW2 artefacts. They were challenged to infer the owner of each artefact.

In addition, children also visited an Anderson Shelter to discover how as the night raids became so frequent, many people who were tired of repeatedly interrupting their sleep to go back and forth to the shelters, virtually took up residence in a shelter.

Year 6 experience World War II

Dressed as evacuees, children discovered the impact of rationing during World War II and how people adapted to deal with reduced product availability. Children discussed and compared a wartime menu with a modern-day menu before cooking two war time meals. Children used scales and measuring jugs to accurately measure different weights of food and volumes of liquid. They used mathematical vocabulary to discusssize, weight, capacity and volume. Everyone very much enjoyed their trench stew and cheese and potato balls.

We also visited the allotment to create a ‘Dig for Victory’ garden. We planted cauliflower, rocket and cabbage. We examined why men and women across the country were encouraged to grow their own food in times of harsh rationing.

Year 6 become firefighters

On Tuesday morning, we welcomed firefighters from the Nottinghamshire Fire Service. They helped us to compare firefighters from WW2 to the firefighters of today.

Year 6 Residential – Walesby

This week, Class 6 had a fantastic time visiting Walesby Forest for their end of year residential. They experienced adventure activities such as, laser quest, abseiling and raft building. All the children were wonderfully well behaved and were a credit to our school.

Year 6 enjoy maths in the sunshine!

Class 6 has a great time this morning calculating the area and perimeter of different rectangles  in the school playground.

Year 6 calculate angles taped to their desks!

Today, Year 6 calculated the angles and lengths of lots of different triangles taped to their desks. Children measured each angle using a protractor for accuracy. Some children were challenged to find the perimeter and area of each shape. In addition, the children labelled their post its with information on the type of angle and triangle displayed. The hands-on lesson was enjoyed by all.

Year 6 celebrate their Positive Mental Attitudes!

Year 6 – Prepare for SATs

Our fabulous Year 6 pupils are preparing for the start of the SATs tests with a morning pre-SATs skip!

Year 6 Into University Graduation

The last day of our Into University week has concluded with an exciting workshop about artificial intelligence, where the children encountered a robot that could solve a Rubix cube in under 24 moves! Following the workshop, the children were given a tour of the jubilee campus to further enhance their desire to go to University. Finally, the children got to showcase all their hard work to an audience of family and friends. Wearing their graduation robes, each group presented their graduation piece before officially graduating. Each day this week, the children fully immersed themselves into all activities and challenges. They have gained invaluable skills, knowledge and understanding of their project and of the different pathways open to them for further education.

Year 6 Into University Day 2

Today, at Into University, the children constructed their very own space robot!  We were greeted by two experts from the wider opportunity team at the University of Nottingham, who first informed the children about the various types of robot that currently exist in space. Pupils were then challenged to use their practical and problem-solving skills to construct their Robo-Duck. Once completed, the children evaluated their build and made the necessary adjustments to enable the Robo-Duck to travel across the floor. At the end of the session, the children thoroughly enjoyed racing their ducks against each other. The inaugural Robo-Duck racing competition was staged!

Year 6 at Into University

Children began their ‘Inventions and Technology focus week by completing a series of exciting challenges. These included; designing aerodynamic balloon rockets, constructing a robust tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti, exploring inventors throughout history and developing their own unique invention to solve a problem. In the afternoon, the children had a special secret mission to solve. They were challenged to answer different reading comprehension questions based on their famous inventor. This top-secret research will then be presented to an audience later in the week. A very busy but fun first day was enjoyed by all!

Year 6 investigate fossils

In today’s lesson, children began to recognise that living things have changed over time.  They understood that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. We discussed what the fossils found by Mary Leakey tell us about human evolution.

Taking inspiration from Mary Leakey’s remarkable discovery, the children then created their very own hominin footprint fossils.

Year 6 Exhibition – World War II

Year 6 project exhibition was amazing, with learning shared about World War II to their families.  This included news broadcasts about and emotive letters by evacuees; dances representing Kristallnacht and journeys to Auschwitz, which were incredibly moving; a book review of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ and so much more.  It was impressive to see just how much the children have empathised with the events of the time and how this has positively affected their learning outcomes.


End of term music performance

Years 4, 5 and 6 played their guitars and flutes beautifully in the end of term music performance.  It was clear to see and hear the progression through the year groups and the impact of weekly lessons.  It is also true that most children respond so well to music and art sessions within the curriculum.

Year 6 design Anderson Shelters

This week, Year 6 were challenged with building, designing and evaluating a robust Anderson Shelter to withstand the Blitz. Working in small groups, children began the day by designing their Anderson Shelter. Air-Raid Wardens insisted on several specifications that the children had to try and incorporate into their designs. They also had to adhere to a strict budget of 60 shillings to buy all their materials from the wardens.

Having discussed which materials to purchase from the shop, the children began to construct their designs.

In the afternoon we worked with Mrs Stonier to sew some intricate sandbags to protect their shelters. We learned how to measure and cut materials accurately; to fasten on and off correctly and to use a backstitch to create a tight seam so the sand won’t escape.

The following day, the wardens inspected builds and suggested a few areas for improvement. Each build had to withstand the size, weight and water test the to see if they had met the specification.

Year 6 – Holocaust Centre visit

Today, the children had the unique opportunity to listen to Holocaust survivor Bob Norton who detailed his remarkable life journey. His testimony will serve well in deepening their knowledge and understanding of The Holocaust.

Following lunch, we entered an exhibition called The Journey, and were guided through the story of a Jewish boy during the time of The Holocaust. This was an interactive experience and gave Year 6 pupils the chance to truly reflect on their own lives and the choices they make. It also encouraged the children to live without prejudice, always be kind and to always consider the impact of their actions. We also considered how there are some children in the world today who are still being treated unjustly or are in danger from war and conflict.

We’d like to thank the centre for an excellent, informative and emotional visit, and the children too for living up to our high expectations! They were a real credit to the school – well done!

Year 6 – World War 2 Evacuees

Dressed as evacuees, children discovered the impact of rationing during World War II and how people adapted to deal with reduced product availability. Children discussed and compared a wartime menu with a modern-day menu before cooking two war time meals. Children used scales and measuring jugs to accurately measure different weights of food and volumes of liquid. They used mathematical vocabulary to discuss size, weight, capacity and volume. It is fair to say not everyone enjoyed their pumpkin soup or eggless sponge!

In the afternoon, Auntie Eva spoke to the children about her experiences as an Evacuee. We learnt about her time in the Chislehurst Caves, Kent, which were used as a shelter during World War 2. The children listened intently as Auntie Eva described what is was like to be a child during this difficult time for everyone. This experience will assist children in writing their emotive letters home from the perspective of an evacuee.

Year 6 – WW11 at Brackenhurst

Children from Class 6 enjoyed a stimulating and eventful day at Brackenhurst Campus. Through role play the children understood what it was like to be evacuated to the countryside. They dug for victory in the Victorian gardens, handled and discussed World War II memorabilia and carried out a gas mask drill under the guidance of corporal Jones. In addition, children also visited an Anderson Shelter and wrote emotional postcards home.

Year 5 & 6 Maths Trail

Children from Class 5 and 6 enjoyed an exciting and engaging day at Nottingham University Jubilee Campus developing their maths skills.

Led by Secondary Maths PGCE students, are pupils had to complete a variety of maths activities including: problem solving, measure, geometry and calculation.

Based around the World Cup, pupils worked in teams gathering clues to identify who had stolen the world cup.

Our pupils demonstrated great team work, resilience, problem solving skills to list just a few. An amazing day was enjoyed by all!

We’re already looking forward to next year!

Year 6 – Shang Dynasty

As part of our project, year 6 following a traditional Shang Dynasty recipe to make tasty millet topped with peach, orange, cinnamon or ginger.

Year 6 Design & Technology Shang Villages

Today, as out DT challenge, we built a Shang village. We split into ‘family’ groups and designed our houses. We had a budget of 20 Cowry shells, which we had to use to buy the materials we needed to make our houses.

Once the ‘Nobles’ had approved our design we had to buy our materials and build our hut.

We got very mucky mixing up the clay, soil and straw to make the walls. It felt great.

Then we attached the poles and made the roof using clay and straw.

After this, we made some villagers and some furniture!

Year 6 World War II

As part of their WWII project, Year 6 had an Access Artefact box and learned about the Sherwood Foresters. They drew their emblem and researched the countries where they fought in the war. They also wrote to a widow of a soldier who fought in Norway.

Year 6 open classroom

Year 6 parents loved the open classroom shared reading session of ‘Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ this morning. They even joined in discussing the text!

Able Writers

Pupils from years 5 and 6 are enjoying greater depth writing of poetry on the ‘Able Writers’ Day’.

Year 6 – National Memorial Arboretum

Year 6 were suitably awed when they visited the National Memorial Arboretum as part of their project ‘How Can We Commemorate Nottingham’s War Heroes?’

Year 6 – 50 things to do at Southwold

Year 6 went foraging for wild food to eat as part of their 50 things to do at Southwold.

Blackberry picking resulted in delicious smoothie making!

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