Year 6 2019 - 2020

Mrs Kennedy

Welcome to Year 6!

Our teaching team this year includes Mrs. Kennedy - Class teacher,  Mr. Greenwood, Mrs. Weatherby-Gocal and Mrs. Gear. 

I'm very much looking forward to my fourth 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.

Our Learning Journey

Spring Term 2 2020

19th March 2020

Well, what a momentous day!!! Remember this day kids as you will be telling your grandkids about it one day!

Schools across the Uk will be closing tomorrow, the 20th March, until further notice. This is to help to delay the spread of the Covid 19 Coronavirus throughout our communities.

From Monday Year 6 will have access to a new 'learning from home' platform on 'Google Classroom where I will be posting a daily timetable of activities to complete.

A letter will be going home today to let parents know all about this new way of learning and how to access it. I have also sent the Year 6 children home today with some paper resources to complete their work in. Good Luck!!

Sports Relief Day (13th March) was a resounding success!

We all learned so much about what fabulous work this charity does and more about some of the children who receive help and support from our donations.

We started the day with a 'warm-up' session in the hall, followed by activities in class. Year 6 were tasked with inventing a brand new sports game to play with the whole school in the afternoon. There were some fantastic ideas and the pupils presented their ideas well.

The game we finally voted on was 'The Pattern Search' - which involved pattern sequencing, running, teamwork and strategy. 

World Book Day - 5th March 2020

I was amazed this year with the amount of effort all the pupils went to this year for this exciting day. 

In year 6 we had a reflective writing lesson, thinking about our 'Be Reflective' Buglawton Bee. We decided to write about a place that was special to each of us and try to personify the place to bring it to life. The results blew me away (to use a great metaphor!) and hopefully some will be published in a new school book - watch this space....

In the afternoon we had a World Book Day reading challenge, choosing a new book and making a solemn oath - on the dictionary - to read it within 3 weeks!

 

This week will be writing our adventure stories based on our class book 'Kensuke's Kingdom'. I'm really excited to read them and I think we have all been inspired by this story.

In Maths we have moved on to Area, Perimeter and Volume and are learning the algebraic formulas that help us calculate the area and perimeters of 3D and 2D shapes.

On Tuesday this week, we are going to be welcoming 'Greenpeace' into Buglawton to hear about the work they do and why it's so important to think about the destruction of the natural world and what we can do to stop it.

Next week our school governors are visiting and the school council representatives are meeting up for a discussion. The School Council is there to listen and help out with any problems.  Before any meeting, they will ask all classes if there is anything they want them to bring up.  Then they will talk about it at the meeting and report back to everyone.

Hopefully, the discussion with the Governors will be productive and positive.

Spring Term 1 2020

Happy New Year to all my Year 6's and their families!

 I can't believe that it's the beginning of our Spring term already! Where does the time go?

We have lots more exciting and engaging learning to keep us all busy over the next 6 weeks. This starts with our new topic.......THE WORLD'S YOUR OYSTER where we will be taking a look at the culture, geography and climate of some of the most interesting countries and continents of the world.

Our first class book in English will be set in Antarctica and follows the incredible journey of Shackleton's expedition in 1914 aboard his ship 'The Endurance'.

In Maths we have moved onto our 5th topic - Decimals! There are some fantastic games to consolidate and secure the learning on the following website:- here

And in Science, we begin another new topic - Evolution, and Inheritance

We will kick this off by a visit to Chester Zoo on 20th January where we will be taking part in a workshop, getting up close and personal with the giraffes to find out why they have such long necks!

You can find out more about what we will be covering in our new topic by clicking link for Spring Topic Web 2020 at the bottom of the page.

Some key dates and specific vocabulary can also be found in the Topic Organiser World's Oyster 2020, also at the bottom of the page.

Our Chester Zoo trip was fabulous! All the children behaved so well and represented our school brilliantly!

We learned lots about some of the amazing creatures of our world - about how they have evolved and have adapted to their particular environments.

TOP BANANA

It is becoming really difficult to choose my 'Top Bananas' in our class! Everyone is working really hard, living up to my expectations and being fabulous role models to the rest of the school.

Zander and Jess D have been nominated over the last 2 weeks though - Zander for helping lots of people every day who need a bit of support and Jess for being determined to try her hardest every day. Well done!

ENGLISH

We have now finished our class book 'ICE TRAP' and our final piece of writing is based on the diary extracts of Shackleton, as he dealt with the challenges of his Antarctic expedition. I was HUGELY pleased with the children's work - their descriptive techniques really painted a picture in words of life on The Endurance and brought the exciting story to life.

We are now reading our new book - a story of a once in a lifetime opportunity for an 11 year old boy, Michael, and his family, as they attempt to sail around the world.

On 29th January we were really excited to welcome a special visitor into school to help us learn more about 'Judaism'.

It was a privilege to hear stories first hand about a family's experiences of being Jewish.

On 7th February, as part of the NSPCC's fundraising activities, we are celebrating NUMBER DAY in school. We will all be taking part in lots of fun maths challenges and puzzles as well as seeing how relevant numbers are in our every day lives.

The children will be asked to dress up for the day - with numbers on them or as their favourite TT Rock Star!

Today's number day was a massive success! It was great to see all the children dressed as their favourite TT Rock Star and we had lots of fun playing number games. We also launched the new NUMBOTS  app, so please use this at home to develop your addition and subtraction skills.

After a busy and exciting Spring Half Term, it's time to have a break and re-charge our batteries. I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing week with their families and friends.

Well done to Lily who is my TOP BANANA this week - she has worked incredibly hard this term and her end of term assessments have shown a fantastic amount of progress. Well done LIly!!!

Autumn Term 2019

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

'Lest We Forget'

 On 1st October, the Year 6 children will have the opportunity to join me at Daneside Theatre to watch an evening performance of Goodnight Mr Tom - which we will be reading in class later in the Autumn term. Finally, on 12th November, we will be visiting Stockport Air Raid Shelters to spend the day as WW2 'evacuees'. These exciting trips will definitely help bring our topic to life and inspire our learning.

Our first Science topic is Living Things and Their Habitats where we will be learning more about some of the fascinating species of plants and animals on our planet and where they live. We will find out about how their different characteristics can help us classify them into identifiable groups.

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 it 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 pass on their family stories with the class, so please share your family memories about the wartime with them.

For a look at some of the key dates and vocabulary we will be referring to when learning about WW1, please click on the link below for the Topic Organiser WW1 2019:-

Topic Organiser WW1 2019

For an in-depth look at everything we will be covering in the Autumn term, please click on the link below for the Year 6 Topic Web for Autumn 2019:-

Autumn Topic Web 2019

9th September 2019

Today the whole school went to Congleton as part of our Local History Study about our town.

Year 6 was met at the Town Hall for a tour around this historic building as well as getting the chance to look at some interesting artifacts and hear the fascinating stories behind them.

Miss Kennerley even had the experience of dressing up as a Mayor and holding the mace - which is older than the one seen in the House of Commons!

In the afternoon, after looking around St Peter's Georgian Church, we went to the museum to find out a bit more about some of Congleton's most famous people.

It made us feel very proud to learn that Congleton was home to a lady who directly influenced the change in-laws for Women's Rights, a man who brought about the fall and execution of King Charles 1st and an Olympic Gold medalist!

All the children from Year 6 were a credit to Buglawton. They were respectful to the adults we met, ready to learn new facts about their town and safe whilst walking around our busy roads - well done Year 6!

20th September 2019

In this afternoon's Science lesson we made SLIME!!

But what exactly is the science behind this seemingly everlasting craze?

You need two things: polyvinyl alcohol (the main ingredient in washable school glue) and borate ion (which you can get from borax, sodium tetraborate, or boric acid).  What happens is that the polyvinyl alcohol in washable school glue is attracted to the borate ion from borax.  This attraction makes the two molecules form long chains, and tons of those chains together form the slime we love!

   

This week we finished our class book Archie's War and completed our final piece of writing about it. This was an informal letter written by Archie to his Uncle Teddy. Teddy had written to Archie to tell him all about the incredible experience he had witnessed on the battlefields in France on Christmas Day 1914.

The children wrote some very funny yet emotional letters modeled on the style of Archie's War - I was very impressed.

Next week we start our new book.......

27th September 2019

Another super week in Year 6! We are enjoying our new English story about Tommo in World War 1 and I have been so impressed with the children's thoughtful and insightful responses to the text.

In our Maths work, we have moved on to looking at the 4 operations - multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division. Our learning is challenging but the children are all showing their resilience and positive attitude - well-done everyone!

Finally, we are all really looking forward to next Tuesday, when we will meet at Daneside Theatre in the evening to enjoy a performance of Goodnight Mr Tom - a story set in World War 2. We might have to remember to bring our tissues!!!

Each week I nominate one pupil to win my 'Top Banana' award. This is to recognise something that I have noticed during the week that I have been particularly impressed by. 

The four winners so far this year have been Brandon, Cain, Eugene, and Jess G - well done!

    

    

3rd October 2019

Thank you very much to all the parents and carers who made arrangments for their children to be dropped off and collected from Daneside Theatre on Tuesday evening. It was a late night but well worth the tired eyes on Wednesday. The production was funny, dramatic and emotional and a fantastic introduction to World War 2 which we will be studying after the half-term break. The children represented Buglawton brilliantly and I was very proud to be with them.

4th October 2019

Our Science afternoon today involved going out into the school grounds to look for any living creatures. As part of our topic 'Living Things and their Habitats', we are learning about how the animal kingdom is classified into groups. We decided to find as many animals as we could within our school grounds and then try to classify them into groups and learn what characteristics define their group.

We were all amazed by just how many species of animals we managed to find and photograph - including spiders, slugs, worms, a frog, millipedes, water bugs, a woodpecker, snails, woodlice, and a wasp. Look in our Science books to learn just how all these species are classified...

The worthy winner of this week's Top Banana is MEGAN!!

11th October 2019

To finish off our Science topic all about the classification of animals and plants, today we have learned about how 'branching databases' are a useful tool to use when classifying or grouping things.

We made our own branching databases to identify sweets based on a series of questions about their colour, shape, and size. I'm still a bit confused as to where all the sweets went - there were quite a lot missing by the end of the afternoon wink

Well done Jacob - my Top Banana this week! I think we all agree that Jacob is a fantastic role model, friend, and learner in Year 6. Keep it up laugh

October 2019

We have now finished our class book - Private Peaceful - and have all loved the story and all the activities we have completed over the last three weeks.

The children have written their independent assessment pieces based on the story and I have been blown away by the quality of writing, emotional and dramatic content and WW1 knowledge that their pieces contained.

Well done Year 6!

Before we move onto our new book we are going to explore some WW1 poetry by Wilfred Owen. 

"It is a privilege to die for your country"

Maybe it would be good to have a discussion at home to decide whether you agree with this controversial statement or not!

Well done to the children who are completing the homework - reading, Spelling Shed and Times Table Rockstars! I can see who accesses the apps at home, and there are over half of the class who are completing the homework expectation. It would be better if this percentage could go up because the practice certainly pays off in the classroom! 

Thomas, Leah, Lennon, and Ellie have already received awards for Rock Stars......who will be next?

18th October 2019

The whole school attended St John's Church this morning for our annual Harvest Festival Celebration Service led by Year 6. We thought about how our actions as humans are contributing to climate change which is having a big impact on the harvests that farmers are producing all over the world. Our buddies from Year 1 helped us to think about making small changes that can help the environment by creating some fabulous artwork to represent eating less meat, walking more, saving fuel and power and recycling.

Lots of Buglawton families donated foods as part of our Harvest Service and the Year 6's delivered half of these to the elderly residents of Buglawton and half to the New Life Church Food Bank. It felt great to be able to share what we have with others and speak with our neighbours in Buglawton.

My Top Banana this week is ABBIE - Well done !!!yeswink

25th October 2019

We have come to the end of our first half term. All the year 6 pupils have worked incredibly hard and have learned so much. Well done everyone!

Have a restful, enjoyable and safe half term holiday yeslaugh

When we get back to school, I am looking forward to starting our work on World War 2 and our new class read... Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

There is also an exciting competition from Rock Stars that we can all get involved within Maths Week - 11th - 16th November. There are some fabulous prizes to be won, so get those brains in gear!!

12th November 

Today we stepped back in time to 1942 as we dressed as WW2 evacuees and visited Stockport Air Raid Shelters. It was a fantastic learning experience and all the children in Year 6 were both enthusiastic and respectful.

Some more TOP BANANAS...........

Well done to Ellie and Holly smiley

The MADNESS of CHRISTMAS begins........

Well, it's that time of year again and everything is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

On 5th December, the children enjoyed a DVD night at school to give their parents a chance to go shopping.

On 7th December there was an amazing chance to have breakfast and a story with Father Christmas who managed to pop into Buglawton on his way to delivering presents all around the world.

On Monday 9th December, we really enjoyed watching the KS1 dress rehearsal for their Christmas Nativity - it certainly had the CUTE factor!!

On 11th December, Year 6 made an enormous batch of Christmas flapjack. We then delivered the yummy gifts to our elderly neighbours in Buglawton. It was a pleasure to see how much Christmas joy the children brought to our local community.

On 12th December (APART FROM THE ELECTION!!!) there was a Christmas Carol Service at St John's Church, where we enjoyed some beautiful festive singing from Year 4 and 5's.

That definitely put us all in the Christmas mood.

Finally, before we left for our Christmas break, 11 of the Year 6 children, who have taken part in a Police Cadets course over the last few weeks, were presented with a certificate and Cadet cap by the course leaders -  Helen and Georgia. We are all very proud of their achievements.

I would like to wish all my amazing Year 6's and their families a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

 

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