Year 6 is an exciting year at St. Mary's School. There are many exciting opportunities to look forward to including forest schools, Lifeskills, camp, the water fight, Oscars night and the end of year production. Throughout the year, we are supported and challenged by Mr Pike , our class teacher, and Mrs Eastman and Mrs Briggs, our TAs, to ensure we do our very best and are ready for secondary school.
Being in Year 6 means that we have many additional responsibilities, one of them being a buddy to Foundation Stage pupils. We also are given extra jobs such as collecting House points, recycling, lunch duty, Year 6 worship and being a school councillor (if we are elected).
We have been very busy this term preparing for our SATs. Our teachers are extremely proud of us for working so hard and trying our very best - we've all really demonstrated our school values.
We continue with our WW2 topic, focusing on key events such as the Battle of Britain. We are enjoying our new text, Skellig by David Almond. We have written instructions advising you how you might care for a Skellig, if you too happen to find one lurking at the back of your garage! We have also written diary accounts from the different perspectives of the main characters, Michael and Mina. We will be moving on to non- chronological reports, writing our own encyclopaedia entries about information we have learned about owls.
We have been learning about WW2, focusing mainly on its impact on the lives of those at home in Britain. We have also enjoyed creating our own air raid shelter pictures, inspired by the work of the war artist, Henry Moore. Our core text this term is Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian.
As we move towards the end of a very busy first term in Year 6, we wanted to share some of our learning.
One of our highlights so far has been learning about World War 1 and making clay poppies with Mrs Eastman. The photos below show some of our poppies.
We are very proud of how they have turned out and we enjoyed visiting the Thornbury war memorial to choose a soldier to dedicate our works of art to. Each one has the name of a local soldier who died in the war.
Also in history we have learned about what the children of South Gloucestershire would have done to help out in the war and how they sent knitted socks to the men in the trenches with handwritten notes.
This term all of our learning in English has surrounded Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’. We have written diary accounts from Joey’s point of view; a letter home from Charlie; descriptive setting descriptions of the action as the battle began and a log entry of a vet working with the war horses. We have been focusing on including interesting vocabulary, time connectives, adverbial phrases and a range of punctuation types.
In our maths lessons we have worked so hard on securing our understanding of place value, rounding and written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We are working hard to apply our learning to solve problems and explain our thinking.
Each year we have the opportunity to go to Forest Schools. We all really enjoy the experiences especially working as a team to: problem solve, build & light fires, read maps and conquer the 'Bog of Doom!'
'Forest Schools is a fun and educational place to go. We love it!'
'Forest Schools is important. We learn lots of skills and it's great fun too, especially all the mud!'
'We play in the mud and we learn new skills for in the forest!'
'Fire building and eating marshmallows is the best activity!'