Welcome to Year 6

Mrs Kennedy – Class Teacher

Mrs Diorazio – Teaching Assistant 

 

I’m very much looking forward to my second year at Buglawton and getting to know the new Year 6 children and their families. On this page you will find links to useful homework information, parent presentations and topic overviews. I will also share what activities we have been enjoying together as a class and some of our key whole school events.

September 2017

We start our first term with an exciting, interesting and reflective topic, covering World War 1 and World War 2:- 

‘Lest We Forget’

On 12th September, we will be joined in school by a Drama and Arts based company ‘Makers of History’ who will be providing a WW1 Centenary Workshop for us to get involved in. We will meet a WW1 Tommy soldier and a nurse, who will show us just what life was like throughout the Great War.

tommy-and-nurse

 

Our first Science topic is ‘Animals including humans’ within which we will be focussing on ‘The Human Body’. We will be exploring the ‘Circulatory System’ and finding out how our blood is transported around our bodies and the jobs of our vital organs. 

Mathematics

For the first two weeks, we will be concentrating on Place Value in our Maths lessons. This is the basis of all secure mathematical understanding so is a vital start to our preparations for Sats. There are some great games the pupils can play at home to help embed their knowledge and understanding on the following websites:-

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=21

https://uk.ixl.com/?partner=bing&adGroup=Year+6+math+games&campaign=1462&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Search+-+Grade+Levels+-+Broad+-+Math+-+Int&utm_term=math+game+year+6&utm_content=Year+6+math+games

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/place_value_headings/play/

Literacy

We begin our Literacy work by looking at a text by Marcia Williams called ‘Archie’s War’.

You can view the trailer for this book on the following link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjQugoo2jdg. 

WW1 and WW2 are really interesting topic areas that can be shared with older family members and it is always great for the children to be able to share their family stories with the class, so please share your family memories about the wartime with them.

 

Week 1:

What a fabulous start to our year! The children have been a delight to spend learning time with – enthusiastic, helpful and curious. I have a great feeling about this year…

This week we have chosen new ‘buddies’ from Year 1 to help and support throughout the year. We spent some quality time with them, helping them create some beautiful artwork and listening to them read.

      

I will be choosing a member of year 6 each week to be our ‘Top Banana’! This will be judged on the overall behaviour, attitiude and work ethic shown throughout the week.

Well done to Anousha who is the first member of Year 6 to be chosen – Anousha has worked so hard in her first week and has been a great role model to her Year 1 Buddy.

Week 2:

Today (Tuesday) we have been delighted to welcome Private Jack and Nurse Alice to our classroom. It has been a fantastic day – packed full with creative, fun and practical ways to enrich our learning of The Great War.

  

This weeks Top Banana went to Chiara for her help, enthusiasm and friendliness around the classroom, playground and school. Well done!

Week 3:

As part of our WW1 topic, Lest we Forget, we were lucky enough to have Robbie’s mum visit our classroom this week to show us some original artifacts from WW1. Robbie’s Great Grandad was the only member of his battalion to survive the The Great War and Robbie’s family now have the priviledge of owning a granade, a bayonet and his medals and diary. Thanks very much to Robbie and his family for sharing this exciting and moving family story.

  

 

We have also been reflecting on the subject of World Peace today – as the 21st Sept is International World Peace Day. We looked at many synoyms of the word PEACE, created a wreath our of our handprints and drew some doves (the symbol of peace) to create a beautiful piece of shared art.

Finally on Friday we were thinking about healthier lifestyle choices with the help of Hula Nation and a couple of bikes!! Exercise and healthy eating were combined when we made fruit smoothies with pedal power! A really fun, fruity, friday afternoon 

This week’s Top Banana goes to Dougie – a great role model who always gives 100% effort to all he does! Well done!

Week 4:

In science this week we have being learning about the human circulatory system. We each took specific roles in the process and practically saw how our blood is transported around our bodies and the important jobs the red blood cells have in keeping us alive.

We also had a visit from The Houses of Parliament Team, who delivered an assembly about their role in the democratic system of Britain. We then enjoyed a workshop in which we all developed our debating skills as we discussed the question – ‘Should children have their time spent on electronic gadgets limited?’ 

Some back benchers in the making perhaps?

TOP BANANA

Congratulations to our Top Banana this week – Lily!!! This was nominated for such a fantastic contribution to our Drama work, based on the story of Anne Frank. Well done 

Week 5:

We have moved onto out new topic in Maths this week – and are learning the long, formal methods of multiplication and division. I think a few brains have been feeling stretched and sore, but everyone has been determined and resilient, and this positive attitude is paying off. Well done Year 6 

We all enjoyed our Science afternoon this week – as we got the chance to make blood!

Discovering the different componants which make up our blood and what purpose they all have, in a really practical and messy way, resulted in some fantastic, scientific understanding – and a lot of tidying up!

  

This week’s Top Banana has been given to Maddy. She is always a pleasure to be around and makes our classroom a brighter place 

Week 6:

In our Topic work this week, we were pleased to be given an original WW1 artifact to look at and learn from, from Mrs Thomas. It was a Memorial Plaque, engraved with her Great, Great Uncle (in law)’s name – Owen Thomas. We researched the history of Memorial Plaques and found out that the Government decided to make an individual plaque for the next of kin of every serviceman who died in WW1. They became known as ‘Death Plaques’.

We made a rubbing of the plaque and designed and printed a medal to go with it, as part of our Design and Technology work.

Well done to Logan – this week’s Top Banana. Fantastic attitude in class.

 

Week 7:

Well, we have made it through our first half term!

The new Year 6 children have all made a fantastic start to their final year – they have been exciting, enthusiastic, committed and motivated. Long may this continue……

Our final TOP BANANA for this half term is Maisie! Her committment and enthusiasm for our WW1 poetry topic has been fantastic and truely inspirational – well done Maisie!!!

BBC Buglawton News Reports

This year we will be developing our Presenting and Computing skills by creating news reports of the events that take place within school.

Check out our latest BBC Buglawton News report on our Harvest Celebrations…..

 

Welcome back to our second Autumn term

LEST WE FORGET

This term we will be moving onto WW2 for our topic work and will have the chance to learn more about the importance of Remembrance Day by making and presenting our own wreath at the Congleton Memorial Park.

We will also be visiting Stockport Air Raid Shelter to learn about life at the time of the Blitz in Britain.

 

WEEK 1:

SCIENCE

In Science, we have moved onto our second topic of Evolution and Inheritance. This week we have looked at inherited traits in humans and other animals and have become ‘selective dog breeders’ to create new breeds of dogs which have particular traits.

I wonder whether the ‘Collieguese’ or the ‘Malpug will ever be seen in great numbers???

TOP BANANA this week goes to Lily Mae – an all rounder who always shines in class! Well done Mae!!

 

On a more reflective note…………….. this week we have created a whole class wreath to present on Thursday when we visit Congleton War Memorial. Lest We Forget………..

Week 2:

On Thursday this week we walked into Congleton to visit the War Memorial. We layed our hand made wreath and reflected on the importance of remembering and honouring all the men and women who gave their lives to ensure our freedom.

We also looked at the statue of George Eardley, who was a Congleton man who was presented with the Victoria Cross for his service in WW1.

 

TOP BANANA this week goes to Tyler – who always has great determination to produce his best work. Believe in yourself Tyler because you are making fantastic progress!!

Week 3:

On Monday Year 6 were shocked to hear an air raid siren just before their Literacy lesson about ‘Life in the Blitz!’ They had to quickly make their way into the air raid public shelter and resume their learning in the dark, amidst the sound of bomb blasts outside!

 

Ethan is this week’s TOP BANANA which was SO well deserved, as he was nominated twice by 2 different classes for ‘Buddy of the Week’ for being such a kind, funny and thoughtful friend – well done Ethan!

Week 4:

In science this week, we have recreated the process of forming fossils – speeded up by a few billion years! – and are now waiting for the 3D moulds of various insects and animals to be hardened into stone. We will be using palaeontologist’s skills to dig them up next week.

We are sorry to say goodbye to Wyatt this week who is leaving Buglawton. We all will miss him and wish him all the best luck for his next school.

Week 5:

Our fossils were dug up this week and the Year 6 pupils made fantastic skillful and patient paeleontologists, using tools to uncover their fossils. What a fascinating science investigation!

We also experimented in Art and learnt the new skill of Japanese Marbling. The results were absolutely beautiful……..

And this week’s Top Banana goes to Matthew for having such a positive and enthusiastic attitude to school life this week – a great example of making sure you get the best out of each and every day! Well done Matthew!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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During the last part of the year, our topic is called 'MEGASTRUCTURES'.  We will be finding out about the important buildings in our local area and comparing them to the structures found in London.  We will be having a Rollercoaster Challenge DT day as well as visiting Alton Towers.

We will be reading 'The London Eye Mystery' and 'The Man Who Walked Between The Towers'.

Rehearsals start for our end of year production: remember to have your script in school every day and learn your lines off by heart!


We didn't let the extremely heavy rain dampen our spirits during our day out at Alton Towers.  We all managed to keep smiling and were determined to face challenges and just have a good time.


Whilst we were away on our residential, we visited Whitby Abbey.  Using this experience plus a video tour of the abbey, we described the atmosphere using only six sentences.


Our topic during the Spring and Summer 1 terms was called 'Exploring the World'.  The overview of this topic can be found below.  We found out about the physical and human features of our world, developed our map skills and also learnt about people that have explored the world.

We read a range of texts with an adventure theme including:

  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
  • The Boy Who Biked The World by Alastair Humphreys

We had an outdoor adventure day in our school grounds.  We built dens, made a fire, cooked bread and toasted marshmallows, laid trails and hunted for bugs.  We are trying to complete as many of the National Trust's '50 Things to Do Before You Are 11 3/4' as we can.


KS2 National Curriculum Tests 2016.

GRAMMARSAURUS SPG VIDEOS: watch them here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMhWKrdwzFr994ZhwqG4nlA/videos

An information sheet for parents will be given out at next week's Parents' Meetings.  Further information, including some sample questions, can be found in this informative video:


Crocodile maths problem: can you work it out?

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We have been learning all about fractions.   We worked cooperatively to demonstrate and apply our understanding of equivalence:


In Science, we have been learning about the circulatory system.  We made models of the inside of our lungs - the bronchial tree - using real trees!


Our topic in the Autumn term was called 'Is it right to fight?' and we learnt about life during WW1 and WW2.  Our topic overview can be found below.

We read a range of books about WW1 and WW2 which included:

    • Archie's War by Marcia Williams
    • Stay Where You Are Then Leave by John Boyne
    • My Story 'The Trenches' by Jim Eldridge
    • Flossie's Diary by Marcia Williams
    • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
    • War Boy and War Game by Michael Foreman

To finish off our topic, we celebrated VE Day and had our own street party.  Watch the video below to see what we did.


We have recently visited Stockport Air Raid Shelters to experience life as an evacuee.  You can see what we got up to in the slideshow below:


As part of our learning about World War One trenches, we had a go at digging our own trench on the school grounds.  It wasn't as easy as we thought it would be!

We all made models of trenches to show what we had learnt about them.  You can see them in the gallery below:

In Literacy, we have been reading some World War One poetry.  We studied 'Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen.  To try and understand what was happening in the poem, we created freeze-frames of each line.  We then transported ourselves back to the trenches...


We recently performed at our Water Week assembly. Watch 'I turn on the tap' below:


Current Homework: Learn your lines for the production off by heart!

Maths:

Literacy:

Guided Reading preparation:

You should also have a copy of the spellings that you need to learn this term: a pdf version is available at the bottom of the page.

Our Current Learn Its:

Prime numbers to 100:

2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, 97

Why isn't 1 a prime number?

Download the Conventional Mathematical Knowledge sheet from the bottom of the page.  You need to learn this information!

If you want to practise the Learn Its test in order to improve your score each week, I have attached the 100 second timer to this page (see below).  Ask for some copies of the tests to take home.  Can you beat your best score every week?!


Our Roles & Responsibilities

Children in Year Six have lots of roles and responsibilities at Buglawton School which enables them to build and display a range of different qualities.

Megan and Leighton are our Head Girl and Head Boy with Katie, Molly, Brandon and Sammy as their deputies.

Ebany and Sammy are our Sports Ambassadors.

Team Captains: HAMILTON (RED) - Henry & Renae, BECKHAM (BLUE) - Jacob & Cliona, ENNIS (YELLOW) - Robert & Holly, PENDLETON (GREEN) - Joseph& Molly.

Monitors: Team Points, Lining-Up Trophies, Bacon Bap Orders, Assembly Music & Chair Monitors.

Every member of Year Six is an 'Ambassador'.  They work in teams to make sure that children behave and move around school in an appropriate way before and after assemblies and breaktimes.

We have also buddied up with a child in reception and regularly meet up to do activities together. as well as being a familiar face around school.


Important Dates/Coming Soon:

29th June: Alton Towers trip

1st July: Buddy trip with Reception to Congleton Library/picnic in the park

5th July: Guinness World Record attempt in Congleton Park

5th July: Town Sports

KS2 Production

Leavers' Lunch

Y6 Leavers' Assembly


Since September, we have:

* Visited IWM North to find out about WW1 and WW2.

* had a team take part in the Eaton Bank Spelling & Maths Bee

* tried to dig a World War One trench in the school grounds

* visited the Congleton and Buglawton War Memorials

* Experienced life as an evacuee at Stockport Air Raid Shelters

* Held our own VE Day Party

* Been to the Pantomime

* Led our Christmas service at the church

*Had a Road Safety Talk from the Fire Service

*Taken part in the Young Voices concert at the Manchester Arena

*Had an outdoor adventure day in our school grounds

* Been to McDonalds to celebrate the end of test week

*Celebrated the Queen's 90th Birthday at our school Garden Party

*16th - 20th May: Y5 & 6 Residential to Scarborough

*Taken part in Bikeability


PE this half term is on Wednesdays and Thursdays: remember to always have your indoor and outdoor PE kit in school!

Homework is given out on Friday and is due back on the following Thursday.  There will be a piece of maths and literacy homework to complete each week.  Children also need to practise their Learn Its and read regularly.


Remember to read as often as possible.

Try this website for some inspiration for your next read: http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/.

http://uk.ixl.com/math/year-6 has lots of opportunites for you to practise all areas of maths.


 

General WW2 Websites:

http://home.freeuk.net/elloughton13/wwar.htm 

http://www.usborne.com/quicklinks/eng/catalogue/catalogue.aspx?cat=1&loc=uk&area=H&subcat=HWW&id=3070

http://history.parkfieldict.co.uk/world-war-ii

http://www.britishpathe.com/

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/war-ks2.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/world_war2/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/world_war2/world_at_war/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/heroes/

http://archive.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/20/lifeinww2/

http://www.blitzandpeaces.co.uk/museum/main.asp

http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Britain.html

http://www.warrinerprimaries.com/Topic/ww2.htm

http://www.memoriesofwar.org.uk/page_id__292_path__0p1p21p.aspx

http://www.homesweethomefront.co.uk/templates/hshf_frameset_tem.htm

http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/timeline/ww2time.htm

http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/nettsch/time/war.html

 

The Blitz Interactive Resources:

http://bombsight.org/#15/51.5050/-0.0900 Interactive bombing map

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/blitz/

http://www.schoolsliaison.org.uk/kids/bombdamage.htm

 

Evacuation:

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/schools/games/evacuation.html

 

Make Do and Mend:

http://archive.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/19/makemend/make_and_spend.htm

 

Rationing:

http://www.show.me.uk/hosted/pro/act.htm

 

Propaganda Posters:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:War_art_in_The_National_Archives_%28United_Kingdom%29

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/theartofwar/prop/

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~pv/pv/courses/posters/posters.html

http://www.1940.co.uk/acatalog/Reproduction_Posters.html

 

Clipart:

http://www.warrinerprimaries.com/Clipart/ww2.htm

We are learning about:

*Materials/Mixtures

We have already learnt about:

* Forces

Coming soon:

Habitats, Adaption/Adaptations and Classification.

Microbes

Revision

 

Microbes Websites/Resources:

http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/science/microorganisms/micro-organisms/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/10_11/science_10_11.shtml

Espresso, KS2 Science, Microorganisms.

http://www.famous-historic-buildings.org.uk/index.html

http://www.greatbuildings.com/gbc.html

http://education.scholastic.co.uk/resources/5682

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/london/buildings.htm

http://www.skyscrapers.com/http://www.brantacan.co.uk/bridges.htm

Year Six Class of 2015

Children in Year Six have lots of roles and responsibilities at Buglawton School which enables them to build and display a range of different qualitites.

Leah and Reece are our Head Girl and Head Boy whilst Libby G and Jason are Sports Ambassadors.

Monitors: Team Points, Lining-Up Trophies, Bacon Bap Orders

Every member of Year Six is an 'Ambassador'.  They work in teams to make sure that children behave and move around school in an appropriate way before and after assemblies and breaktimes.


Our current topic is called 'Megastructures'.  What would you like to find out or learn about?  We launched this topic on Monday 18th May when we started our Rollercoaster Challenge project with Siemens.

We have been reading 'The London Eye Mystery' by Siobhan Dowd which inspired us to describe a trip on the London Eye.  We have also researched for and then produced fact-files about the Eye too.

As a class, we have walked into Congleton to explore the megastructures in our local area.  Part of our fieldtrip involved recording building use in the high street.  Back at school, we have used this information to make pictograms and create a pictorial map to display in the classroom.  We also sketched and photographed some of the historical and important buildings in the town and plan to find out more about their history and usage.


Our topic during the Spring term and the first part of the Summer term was called 'Exploring the World'.  We practised our map skills whilst we also considered how people found out about the world and who made discoveries or had a significant achievement whilst exploring the world.

Try this game to improve your knowledge of places in the world.

On 1st April, we had our own Explorer's Day at school.  We collected wood, built dens, hunted for bugs, laid trails, made mud pies, ran around in the rain, made some outdoor art, desperately tried to make a fire despite the wind and rain, toasted marshmallows and finally took shelter indoors to make some eggy bread,  There are some pictures of our day in the Spring 2015 gallery.  We are trying to tick off as many things as we can on the National Trust's list of 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4.

In Literacy, we looked at a range of texts with the theme of adventure, such as

  • The Hobbit
  • Kensuke's Kingdom
  • The Boy Who Biked the World
  • The Tempest

In DT, we have all designed and made puppets of the characters from The Tempest.


Our topic in the Autumn term was called 'Is it right to fight?' and we learnt about life during WW1 and WW2.

We read a range of books about WW1 and WW2 which included:

  • Archie's War by Marcia Williams
  • Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • Flossie's Secret War Diary by Marcia Williams
  • WW1 Poetry by Wilfred Owen
  • War Boy and War Game by Michael Foreman

Since September, we have:

 

* Visited the Clonter Opera for a workshop and performance

* Led and performed at the whole school Harvest Assembly

* Delivered Harvest baskets in the Buglawton local community

* Experienced life as an evacuee at Stockport Air Raid Shelters

* Visited the local war memorials for Remembrance Day

* We led a Remembrance Day assembly for the whole school which included Eleanor playing the Last Post on her cornet.

* Our Head Boy and Girl and the Y6 School Councillors attended the Congleton Junior Council Meeting at the Town Hall.  Jacob was elected Junior Town Mayor!

* Led and taken part in the KS2 Christmas Singalong

* Held our VE Day Party

* Taken part in a Fairtrade event at Eaton Bank Academy

* Been explorers for a day, making dens and attempting to build and then cook on an open fire

* Worked hard and completed our tests

* Visited the park and McDonalds as a treat at the end of test week

* Explored Congleton, looking for local megastructures and recording/mapping building use in the high street

* Visited Alton Towers

* Bikeability

* Town Sports - Wednesday 1st July

* Performed our production: The Pirates of the Curry Bean

* Leavers' Lunch

* Leavers' Assembly

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/humanbody/brain.html

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/anatomy/brain/Neuron.shtml

http://kidshealth.org/kid/htbw/brain.html

Neurons firing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy994HpFudc