Category: Class 6

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!

Year 6 – World War II project

Year 6 got off to a great start to the new term by making Potato Jane and Honey Cakes as part of the hook session into their WW2 project.

Enterprise Project

Year 6 children spent a busy afternoon car washing to raise money for their Enterprise Project. Great fun was had making their money grow and getting wet!

Year 6 QMC Visit 05/07/2017

Year 6 had an informative morning at the QMC at their Injury Minimization Programme.

We learnt CPR, how to use a defibrillator and first aid techniques.

We enjoyed having a plaster cast on our finger!

Musical Assembly 04/07/2017

Southwold’s musical performance assembly was amazing!

Mr Hull teaches our guitarists and Miss Booth teaches flautists.

Year 6 played ‘Serenade’

Year 5 played ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’

Year 4 played ‘G Jam Blues’ and ‘Pretty Minka’. They also improvising playing their instruments.

Our children are so talented!

Year 6 Residential To Scarborough 07/06/2017

Year 6 have had three wonderful days in Scarborough for our year 6 residential.  We started off by dipping our toes in the North sea and playing on the beach.

On Tuesday we walked to Peasholm Park to catch the North Bay railway to the Sealife Centre.

We took a rainy walk back to the arcade in the afternoon.  Wednesday broke dry and sunny as we made our way to Scarborough castle.

The trip ended with lunch at the harbour followed by an ice-cream or Slushie.

This has been such a memorable trip enjoyed by children and staff alike!  The children have been so well behaved and a real credit to the school!

Year 6 Writing Superstars

Our Year 6 children continue to amaze us with their attitudes and efforts in the classroom and they are impressing us every day with the quality of their work.

Their latest Big Writes have blown us away: they are immaculately presented and the content of their writing is so good it is better than most of the books in Waterstones’!

We could have put all of their Big Writes on the website, but here are just a few to give you an idea of their quality:

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