A letter to Year 6
Morning all! Miss Turner, Mrs Graham and I just wanted to say how gutted we are that we can't see your smiling faces at the moment. These really are uncertain times but we know that each and every one of you have the resilience and maturity to get through.
That last week was definitely a strange one; however, we hope that you enjoyed yourselves before we had to say goodbye for the time being. We also hope that we sent you away with plenty of work to keep you all busy. If not, don't worry! We will be sure to upload daily tasks for you to be completing; just come back to this page to find them. There will also be tasks available on Reading Eggs and Timestable Rockstars (Girls vs Boys, Year 6B vs Year 6T etc.)
We would also really like to see any examples of the work you have been doing, as well as photos, and we can share them on our class page. Just email them to email@example.com and we will share your work with the world!!!
We are crossing all our fingers and toes that we will get to see you again before you begin your journeys into Year 7. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to email the school and we will be sure to get back to you!
See you soon (hopefully)!
Mr Burns, Miss Turner and Mrs Graham.
Year 6 to Year 7 transition
The folder below will have all the relevant information on that we receive from the different secondary schools the Year 6 children have as their chosen school. The documents and websites will be crucial in supporting the Year 6 children transition into Year 7. This
page will be updated regularly so please keep visiting in order to keep up-to-date with transition information.
We're Coming To See You!!!!
As I am sure you are all aware by now, the Year 6 team are jumping into the people carrier and going on a tour of Gateshead to come and see all of you!!!! This Thursday, the Brighton Avenue people carrier will be filled to the brim with exercise books and excitement as Mr Burns, Miss Turner and Mrs Graham aim to see each and every one of you! We are beyond excited!!!!
In this week's home learning, you will find some tasks that we would like you to complete before Thursday so make sure you read them carefully. They include:
- Creating a box of questions or worries that you may have about your secondary schools (including a box to put them in).
- Recording a short video of thanks, memories and goodbye messages.
We also have the usual English and Maths that we would like you to complete. Best of luck and see you on Thursday!
What Did Your Miptor Look Like?
Last week, we asked you all to create your very own pet miptor. Here is Raymond's wonderful creature. We particularly liked how it incorporated many different animals; including a dinosaur; although, we're not sure how much we would like a pet that never sleeps! Its owners must be exhausted! Also, fantastic work on your area and perimeter Raymond. You have really shown us what you have understood over the past few years! Roll on Year 7 you math'magician'!
We also have a very detailed report from Charlotte about her miptor. We were astounded by your use of digital literacy to create your non-chronological report. It was very engaging and extremely creative! Well done Charlotte. We hope you had as much fun making it as we did watching it! We are going to be showing everyone at school on Monday!
Vaishnav, Gabi and Ana, thank you for sending your Miptors in too! From penguittenns, kangeroos in turtle shells to dinosaurs, we're wowed by your creativity!
Summer 2 - Week 4 - Home Learning
Please find below this week's home learning. We were very impressed with all of your efforts with last week's work. The Year 6 team are currently working very hard to get your leavers' books prepared; filled with memories you will all hopefully treasure forever! If you have any other ideas you would like us to put in, don't forget to contact the school or mention it to the staff during our weekly phone calls.
Summer 2- Week 3- Home Learning
ALL YEAR 6 CHILDREN MUST GET INVOLVED WITH!
In school this week, we would normally be making the Year 6 leavers' book. We are still going to do this but the only difference is that we will be doing it virtually so we need ALL of your help! Please can you pass this message onto all your classmates as soon as possible so that everyone is involved.
You will be helping us making everything from the front cover, Year 6 leavers' book awards, Year 6 comments etc!
This work needs to be brought into school on Thursday 18th June or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 19th June 2020 at the latest so that the leavers' book can be made.
Music- Exciting Music Scholarship Opportunity
We are really excited to inform you all that Side By Side Arts have managed to secure funding from the Big Local to allow them to provide 8 weeks of music scholarship to children in the Big Local Area. This will be for either piano, guitar or vocal tuition.
Side By Side Arts would like to offer up to 25 of these places to our pupils on a first come first serve basis.
Please find the Scholarship Agreement below – if you would be interested in securing a place for your child after reading this then please contact Stuart at email@example.com
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn something new and a valuable way to fill in time during these weeks away from school and is an opportunity not to be missed so get in quick!
About the scholarship
· This scholarship will last for the duration of 8 x 30 minute group lessons which are scheduled on a weekly basis with the same teacher
· Lessons will be held online via Zoom
· For piano or guitar an instrument will be required at your home to enable you to practise and also to take part in the lesson. This does not have to be a full sized piano or of really good quality, a keyboard will be more than adequate
· Vocal tuition will not require any instrument, just your voice
· Before the scholarship commences and after the 8 week term you will be required to complete a short questionnaire
· It is expected that each student will practise for a minimum of 10 minutes every day between lessons
· Each student must be prompt to their lesson as lateness will not be made up at the end of the time slot.
· If you can not make the lesson time please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us. If you give more than 12 hours notice the lesson will be rescheduled to a different time. Less than this the lesson will be forfeited no alternate time will be offered.
· Failure to attend two consecutive lessons without a valid reason will result in your scholarship being terminated
Your Home Learning Photos - Summer 2 - Week 2
It puts such a huge smile on our faces when we hear about how hard our Year 6 children are working at the moment. We are so proud of each and every one of you! Keep it up! If you haven't sent us some examples of what you've been up to, please do so we can share it with everyone! This week, we have had work sent in from Ashwin, Charlotte, Gabi and Ana and Raymond. All have been looking at their possible career choices and writing their cover letters. We can definitely see you Charlotte becoming a world famous author; inspiring millions of young people to read! And as for Ashwin, your scientific approach to tasks will stand you in great stead when you join the forensics department of any police force! Well done you four! Ana, your Eggs Benedict meal sounds delicious! Raymond it is great to see you getting outside on your bike and completing the school tasks ready for secondary school. Virtual happy sides and prize boxes to you all!!
Charlotte's Home Learning
Charlotte, you are an absolute star! We are so impressed with all the work you have been doing at home! You will definitely be a great author Charlotte; I always love reading your stories. Virtual happy sides to you!
Vaishnav's Home Learning
Vaishnav, you always wow us with your home learning! I'm sure with your dedication and hard work to all tasks given, you will make a great pilot! Your still life drawing is fantastic as well. Well done for all the hard work at home. A virtual happy side for you!
Welcome back- Summer 2
Welcome back to the final half term in Year 6! We hope that you all have had a lovely half term and have enjoyed the amazing weather. Lets hope the weather continues to be as nice in the next few weeks. The Year 6 team have all had a lovely time having
BBQs, visiting the beach and going on walks. We look forward to hearing what you have been up to in our weekly calls and from the
photographs you email us in.
Home Learning fun
Take a look at the fun Hope, Charlotte and Vaishnav have had whilst doing their home learning. We are very impressed with all your cooking skills! It is a shame we can't be there to taste test! Ibrahim has also been completing our tasks by researching his possible career choices and revising fractions. Well done everyone!
Happy Half Term
You've made it to half term! What a surreal time it has been but we have loved looking at all of your home learning photos over the last few weeks! It really does put smiles on our faces. As it's half term, we will not be setting any home learning tasks. We want you to rest, spend time with your family and make more memories during lockdown! In addition to this, we will not be speaking to parents next week and will continue making calls home week commencing 1st June. As you all know, we love making these phone calls to check to see how you and your family are so we'll look forward to speaking to you all again soon! We hope you have a fabulous half term! Keep safe and continue smiling!
Welcome Back (ish...)
Hi everyone! We hope you had a lovely Easter Holidays; we certainly did! The weather has been phenomenal! Today is officially the first day of the Summer Term! What a shame it is happening in such unprecedented circumstances. As we have said when we spoke to you, or your parents/carers, over the past couple of weeks, from today, there will be daily tasks uploaded to the Year 6 class pages. We would really like it if you completed most of them as we need you to keep your brains active! Also, the tasks and lessons we are giving you are similar to those that we would be doing in class so they are very important! You will also find that when you log into TT Rockstars, you will see that the Teachers have challenged all of Year 6 to a battle! Bring it on!
In the meantime, if you are wanting to take part in some more lessons, here are some links that you can follow to explore knowledge and skills on your own! We would love it if you were able to complete some of these as well as our tasks!
Make sure you keep in contact with the school and let us know how you are getting on. We will continue to phone each of you every week to see if there is anything else we can do for you! We are all thinking of you and can't wait to see you all very soon (hopefully)!
Keep safe and good luck with the daily tasks!
Mr Burns, Miss Turner and Mrs Graham
Jack and Aswhin's home learning
Jack has been busy creating his own non-chronological report about wrestlers and has been researching how animals adapt to their environment; meanwhile, Aswhin has been making his own drone! Watch out, I think we have a future millionaire in Year 6!
Vaishnav's Home Learning
Vaishnav has definitely been working hard this week! Your work ethic is incredible! Keep it up! We really like your information text all about venomous animals; you really sound like an expert! You also seem like you've got a really good understanding of coordinates! Oh, and let us know what time we can book a table so we can try some of your biryani! It looks delicious!!!
Year 6 are the greatest
Another huge shout out to Ashwin, Ibrahim and Raymond for sending in photos of their home learning. Ashwin, that pasta bake looks so delicious! I'm sure that all of your family enjoyed it. Ibrahim, I can't wait to read your non-chronological report all about Ramadan, especially as this is such a special time for you. And Raymond, your casserole looks as good as the school cook Leanne's (you'll have to share your recipe!)
Virtual happy sides for all you boys!
Eva's been busy at home making some cookies! These look delicious Eva. Remember to enjoy this time at home trying out new things like baking cookies and cakes!
Keep up the hard work Year 6!
Another week of hard work from our Year 6s! We must say, all of your starters look amazing. What did your families score them out of 10? 5 virtual happy sides to Raymond, Jack, Gabi, Ana, Vaishhnav and Aswhin for sending photos of your work in! Gabi and Ana, it is great to see your cat getting involved with the home learning. Miss Turner's cat has been helping her do the home learning for this week (we think she just interested because it involved food!)
Ashwin and Sila's Home Learning
Ashwin and Sila, it is great to see everything that you have been up to at home! You have all been writing been writing some great pieces of writing: stories for children and adults. Well done!
A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SILA. We all happy you had a great day. That cake looks delicious!
Ibrahim's home learning
Ibrahim has been an absolute trooper and has been working so incredibly hard whilst we have been off. We're so impressed with your hard work! Keep it up- this is a true sign that you are ready for secondary school!
You've been working hard!
The Year 6 team are so impressed to see how hard you have been working at home. It is great to see that your attitudes towards learning and presentation of your work are still fantastic. Keep it up! Remember if you haven't sent any photos in, we would love to see what you have been up to. Virtual happy sides to Raymond, Charlotte, Vaishnav, Ibrahim and Ashwin for sending in your work this week!
Charlotte's home learning
Wow! The Year 6 team are so proud of Charlotte for the huge amount of work that she has put in to her home learning! We were all blown away by the high quality work Charlotte has been doing. 5 virtual happy sides for you. Below is just a snippet of what she has been up too!
Remember if you haven't already, please send us an email updating us with some of the fun that you have been up to! We'd love to hear from you.
TT Rockstars Battle - Teachers vs Students
A huge well done to everyone involved in the Rockstars battle last week which resulted in an emphatic victory for the children! You certainly teamed up to show us teachers what you are really capable of! Don't forget to log back on soon to see more challenges and to improve your rock speed!
Summer Term - Week 2 Home Learning Photos
There is no slowing down in the work being completed by our amazing Year 6 children! Just take a look at a selection of the photos from Sophie and George. They range of BODMAS to baking! We are so impressed with your attitudes and we can't wait to hear what you are going to get up to next! Keep your heads up and let us know if there is anything we can do for you!
TT Rockstars Battle
The battle between the Brighton Avenue children and staff has begun and will end on Friday 1st May at 3pm! Make sure that you get involved; there are some very competitive teachers! And a HUGE WELL DONE and welcome to the latest member of the Rock Hero Club! There are now 2 children at BAPS who can claim to have a rock speed of less than 1 second!!! Incredible! Now how fast can you go...
Ibrahim's and Charlotte's Home Learning
It's been lovely to hear from Ibrahim and Charlotte this week when they have been emailing in their home learning.
Ibrahim: We can't wait to read your finished story; you've got us all hooked already! It's been great to see your Maths work as well. I hope the White Rose Home Learning videos are helping you keep your brains active.
Charlotte: Once again, some more fantastic pieces of work that you have been completing at home! I hope that you enjoyed learning about Darwin's Theory of Evolution!
If you haven't already, we'd love to see your photos of what you've been up to whether it's school work, baking or generally having fun!
Vaishnav's Home Learning
Vaishnav has continued to wow with another week of updates from his home learning. As part of the English tasks, Vaishnav has written a biography about his grandfather: I found it so interesting to find out he was a headteacher! He's also created an amazing
presentation on the countries in the British Empire! Take a look at the documents below!
TT Rockstars - Teachers vs Year 6
That's it! A victory for the Year 6 children over the teachers! Well done you lot! You certainly came together to outscore the grown ups quite considerably! You should all be very proud. Moreover, the speed at which you are answering questions is also increasing! At the moment, we only have 1 rock hero in the entire school. This means they are able to answer questions in less than 1 second! Can anyone join this girl in Year 6B?
In other news, stay tuned for a new challenge next week! No spoliers, but it's a real juicy one!!!!
Summer Term - Week 1 - Home Learning
We are very impressed with the attitudes of our Year 6 children who have been producing some outstanding work since the Easter Holidays ended. Below are just a selection of photos and videos from our superstar pupils. Please keep sending us your photos and letting us know how you are getting on! We don't know when we will see each other again so it is really important to us that we keep speaking and hearing about all the hard work you are doing.
Also, it's the final day of the Rockstars challenge: Teachers vs Year 6 Children. At 5pm tonight, we will find out who really are the kings and queens of their times tables!!!
This weekend sees the beginning of Ramadan for our Muslim families. Mrs Mumtaz and Miss Simblet have very kindly put some activities together to help us all recognise this Islamic celebration. If you want to find out more information, there are plenty of informative websites but BBC Bitesize has a useful video you can watch. Make sure you send us some photographs if you do complete any of the tasks. Happy Ramadan everyone!
Vaishnav's Home Learning
Vaishnav put 100% into everything he does in the classroom and this hasn't stopped whilst he has been completing his home learning tasks from home over the past few weeks. The Year 6 team have been blown away by some of the work that Vaishnav has completed.
2 happy sides for you!
Raymond and St Marks Care Home
If you have been following the latest news on the class pages, you know Raymond has been writing to the residents at St Marks Court Care Home. Since the lockdown began, he has been in constant contact with the residents providing heartfelt letters of support and best wishes. Over the Easter holidays, Raymond asked his family to buy something for the residents. In return, he received some wonderful letters and treats to say thank you. He has even gathered a selection of jigsaws and puzzles to keep the residents occupied now that the lockdown has been extended. I don't think we have enough words to describe how proud we are of you Raymond, and your family, for what you are doing for the residents of St Marks. You are a shining star and deserve everything that comes your way! What you are doing means so much to so many people. Keep it up and keep us up to date with any latest news!
Happy Easter Holidays!
Morning all! We hope you are having a brilliant break from work at the moment. It was so lovely to hear how you are getting on when we spoke to you all last week. We will be phoning again this week to make sure you are all OK and if there is anything we can be doing for you and your families.
In the meantime, if you need a break from enjoying the sunshine or chatting online with the rest of Year 6, make sure you keep coming back to the website for ideas of what else you can be doing. There's always Reading Eggs and TT Rockstars if you want!!! Why not get yourselves together online and create an epic feel-good video like the staff did last week; you never know, if may get you into the local newspaper:
Above all else, stay safe, look after yourselves and your families and we will hopefully see you all very soon!
All the best,
The Year 6 Team
We're all in this together...
Take a look at what the Brighton Avenue staff have been up to whilst we've been off! Stay at home and stay safe. Feel free to make your own dance routines or videos and send them in!
TT Rockstars and Reading Eggs
CALLING ALL 6B PUPILS - YOUR CLASS NEEDS YOU!!!
We have been set a challenge from Year 3.4! We need ALL OF YOU to be getting onto Rockstars and showing them what we are made of! Currently, they have taken a formidable lead but I am confident that will be caught up with!
I have also set you a Reading Eggs challenge to keep you bookworm brains in gear over the Easter Holidays! Keep it up Year 6B!
Happy Easter Holidays
Well done for all the hard work you have put in with your home learning over the last two weeks. Miss Turner loved seeing Gabi and Ana's cat getting involved with their home learning so keep sending in the animal snaps if you've got a furry friend at home! We have a set you a challenge for over the Easter holidays: see how many of the 100 activities you can complete! We look forward to hearing back from you with what you have been getting up to.
Gabi and Ana Still Working Hard!
Yet again, you never fail to put a smile on our faces! Gabi and Ana have brilliantly explained everything they know about 'light' including why shadows are sometimes bigger and smaller. They have also written what looks to be an outstanding newspaper report all about the lockdown. Brilliant initiative girls! Is this a possible career option for each of you? You have definitely earned a 2 week break from work! Well done!!!
And there's not long left on the Rockstars challenge this week. Come on Year 6, make sure you get your name on the leaderboard before the clock runs out at 3pm TODAY! Ezra has been keeping a close eye on it by the way...
Jack's Home Learning and Last Day of Term!!!
We have another incredible home learner: Jack! Looks like you've been getting the balance right of working hard but also playing hard! Well done Jack! Lots of correct answers from what I can see there! Amazing! Furthermore, a huge thanks to all the parents and carers who have been supporting the children's home learning over the past 2 weeks. We are hearing so many positive things about what you have been doing! We couldn't do it without you!
On another note, today is the LAST DAY OF TERM!!!! So make sure you all sit down together at some point and hand out your platinum behaviour awards (we hope!!!) and give yourself plenty of Golden Time! Later today, we will post some activities you can be doing over the Easter Holidays (non-work related!). Stay tuned for more information...
Mr Burns is off for a lie down after completing the 'Joe Wicks Fancy Dress Friday' session... He is one sweaty banana!!!!
Nadia's Home Learning
Great work Nadia. You have been keeping your brain busy by completing some of the weekly tasks set on the class page. We particularly like you descriptions of light and how it creates shadows. You have even used some technical vocabulary which I am sure we didn't go through in class! How clever of you! Keep up the hard work Nadia, and everyone! Can't believe it's nearly the end of week 2 since we saw you all! Keep sending in photos; not just of your work, but what else you are getting up to! We would really like to see how you are all getting on!
Raymond's Letter to St Marks Court
Things like this just put a huge smile on our faces! Raymond has taken time to write a beautiful letter to the residents of St Marks Court Care Home asking them how they are and letting them know that he was thinking of them at this difficult time. This is such a wonderful and thoughtful thing to do Raymond, you should be very proud of yourself. Not only that, to get a lovely letter back from some of the residents just shows how the community is coming together during these uncertain times. We are very proud of you Raymond!!!
Sila's Home Learning
WOW! Sila has certainly been visiting the class page based on these photos! Ezra and I really enjoyed reading your short story; although it was a little bit scary! Well done on keeping busy Sila and we are very proud of the work you have completed. And a huge well done to all of Year 6 who have been keeping active with work since we broke up 2 weeks ago. Miss Turner, Mrs Graham and I really like seeing all of your photos. It brightens up our day!
Oh, and a huge congratulations to those of you (including you Sila!) who have contributed towards our 6B vs 6T Rockstars Battle: so far so good!!! Keep it up! Let's see if we can get EVERYONE contributing!
Kitties hard at work
Miss Turner's cats have been working really hard with their home learning. Albie has been busy writing a diary entry of what he has been up to (mainly eating and sleeping) whilst Dora has been busy completing some Science tasks. They would love to meet some of you and see what you have been up too.
Charlotte has sent in a very thoughtful letter. Thank you so much for this Charlotte- Mrs Graham and I miss you too. We miss you all and hope that you are all staying safe at home. Just remember that we are having to stay inside to keep everyone safe and, fingers crossed, our lives can return to normal. We'd love to hear from the rest of Year 6 at home so make sure you send in photos of you completing your home learning and having fun at home!
Ana and Gabi - Working Hard!!!
Take a look at some of the work that Year 6 girls Ana and Gabi have been completing. They have both written amazing 50-word stories, found the average length of the first twenty words in a book they have been reading, as well as completing a vast array of arithmetic questions. Well done girls! Keep sending in the work you have been doing! We are so proud of all of you!
Charlotte's Home Learning
Take a look at Charlotte working hard with her brother, Matthew, completing their home learning tasks before having some exercise time on trampoline and in the sand! Keep up the hard work!
Times Table Rockstars Champions - Week 1 Are....
THE BOYS! As you can see, the Year 6 children have been taking to their tables hard this week and have completed over 11,000 multiplication and division questions. We can't believe how close it was! A huge congratulations to all who took part and if you were lucky enough to be in the top 3 of either team, you can find your certificates below for you to print or take a photo of and cherish forever! We have another challenge beginning on Monday morning so get yourself well rested, gather the troops and see if you can beat your own personal score from this week!
How amazing is this! Raymond has clearly been doing his work during our first week off! He has completed nearly ALL of the tasks that have been set this week, as well as taking a commanding lead in the Rockstars challenge. Well done Raymond! We are all immensely proud of your hard work! Keep it up!
Timestables Rockstars -Boys vs Girls
With only 2 days left, the lead has once again changed hands! A huge congratulations to all of the participants who have contributed so far! We can see that Jim and Carla (Raymond and Nadia) have been hitting the tables hard and are leading the way for their teams. Strong efforts from the boys (Jack, George, Vaishnav and Josh) have seen them overtake the girls. However, with still over 48 hours left, we're sure the girls (led by Sila, Ana, Abbie, Gabi and Rayan) won't be letting the boys take the title! Keep it up Year 6!
Siege of Troy Reading Challenge
A big shout out goes to Raymond, Ana, Gabi, Nadia and Vaishnav who took the up the Siege of Troy Reading challenge! It wasn't easy but we had a few 100% responses! Congratulations! Happy Sides to you all! Keep visiting Reading Eggs for more challenges!
Haunted Beach Reading Challenge
A very well done to all of you who completed the assignment on Reading Eggs (The Haunted Beach); special mentions to Nadia, Ana, Nilay, Vaishnav and Gabi who completed the task before anyone else! Happy Sides all round! If you log on today, you will see another book waiting for you!!
Calling all KS2 Eco-Team members!
Even though we cannot meet with Riddhi and our fellow team members, we can still think about our Eco-Team project and looking after our fantastic planet.
With this in mind, how about making an Ecobrick? Here’s some reasons why:
So, are you ready for the challenge? Then find an empty plastic drinks bottle, (less than 600ml capacity), wash it out, leave it upturned to dry and start collecting some materials.
A great site to visit is https://www.ecobricks.org
This gives lots of information on how to make the perfect Ecobrick!
Ecobricks in action
Welcome to Year 6B
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest! if you must; but don't you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit;
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.
As the poem says, we never give up. Even though things may get tough, we always persevere and get through together, as one class. We look out for each other, we strive to be the best we can and always have aspirations for ourselves. Make sure you keep coming back to our homepage to see some of the amazing things we have been getting up to in Year 6B.
Wednesday 18th March 2020
After studying, reading and identifying the features of persuasive letters, Year 6B then decided to write their own letters asking for Mrs Allan to change something about school. The topics ranged from abolishing school uniform, returning to Robinwood or even cancelling homework for Year 6 children. The letters were very very persuasive and we can't wait to show them to Mrs Allan. Great work everyone!
The River Tyne - Where Does It Begin?
Tuesday 10th March 2020
Following on from our visit to the Wetlands, the children then looked even closer to home at the glorious River Tyne. We first looked at a map of the river and tried to predict where the source would be (north of Kielder, near the Scottish border). We then learned that the River is actually in 2 parts (North Tyne and South Tyne) earlier on its is course, before meeting; creating the River Tyne itself. We applied a vast range of our vocabulary to photographs of the river whilst putting them in order from source to mouth. Year 6B are certainly becoming river experts very quickly! Take a look at the evidence for yourselves:
Science - Why do shadows get bigger?
Monday 9th March 2020
Within our unit of Science, Light, we took the opportunity to explore how and why shadows get bigger and smaller when they are moved closer and further away from a source of light. The children planned and carried out an investigation to discover the reasons behind the effect. We discovered that the closer the object is to the source of light, the larger the shadow will be. This is because as the object is closer, it is able to block a greater amount of light. Therefore, if more light is blocked, the shadow will be larger. Amazing!
Wondrous Washington Wetlands
Tuesday 3rd March 2020
WOW! What an amazing visit to Washington Wetlands we took part in today. From pond dipping, to investigating how water absorbs (or doesn't) into different surfaces, to feeding otters and flamingos, it is fair to say we have had an incredible day! We even got a chance to explore some of the wildlife along the River Wear using our spotters guides. A huge thanks to all the staff at Washington Wetlands for taking such good care of us and providing us with so much information!
Geography - Rivers (from source to mouth)
Friday 27th February 2020
This half term, the children are going to be learning all about rivers: their purpose, functions, features and how they impact upon the communities that live near or on them. In our first lesson, the children were asked to work in teams to order the photographs taken of the River Axe, Somerset. After much deliberation, the children were all able to identify that the river is most likely going to get wider towards the mouth and that certain features only appear at particular points along its course. We will continue our unit on Rivers, including a trip to Washington Wetlands next week to learn more about 'where our water comes from'.
Stay and Learn - Trojan Horses
Friday 14th February 2020
On the last day of the half term, we invited our wonderful parents and carers into Year 6B to share in our knowledge of the Ancient Greeks. More specifically, the Trojan Horse. Once we had discussed the purpose of the task, and the children had shared what they now know about the 'mythical/legendary' event, we worked together to create models of the Trojan Horse. Take a look at the photos for yourself to see how amazing they all turned out. A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who took part in the event! We can't wait for the next one!
DT - Model Cars
Thursday 13th February 2020
Over the past half term, the children have been working in groups to research, design, make and then evaluate remote controlled cars. They began by researching designs for their cars before sketching ideas. Following on from this, with the help of Mrs Jones, the children used a range of measuring, cutting, fixing and fitting techniques to create their cars, using a variety of tools in the process. Finally, once the models were finished, the children evaluated how well they had worked to create their cars and what they would do next time to improve.
Thursday 6th February 2020
On Thursday morning, the children were lucky enough to be visited by a Destination Judo coach who taught us a few throws, grabs and movements linked with the martial art of Judo. The children had a brilliant time and seem to be very excited by this sport. I hope we have inspired some of the children to take it up in their own time!?!
Great Greeks at the Great North!
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Nearing the completion of our work on the Ancient Greeks, Year 6 visited the Great North Museum @ The Hancock to take part in a Groovy Greeks workshop, as well as exploring the vast array of display and exhibits the museum had to offer. The children learned what life would have been like for a Greek soldier, the weaponry and armour they would have carried at the types of combat they would have participated in. The children were also able to make many connections between the work they have been doing in class, with real life artefacts in the museum. A huge thank you to the staff for looking after us so well and to the children for their impeccable behaviour.
Extended Writing - Theseus and the Minotaur
Wednesday 29th January 2020
Following on from our work on the Ancient Greeks, Year 6B have been working on retelling myths and legends. We first analysed the texts; identifying common themes and features (heroes with god-like powers, mythical creatures, a quest or mission etc.). Using this new-found knowledge, the children retold the story of Theseus and the Minotaur using a range of writing skills and engaging techniques. The children's use of semi colons and colons to give more information has been phenomenal and we are so impressed with their writing. Please find below a range of just some of the work produced in Year 6B!
Explore Learning - 'Tropical Island'
Friday 24th January 2020
On Wednesday, we were visited by Juliette and Katie from Explore Learning who specialise in teaching English and Maths across the North East. They transported us to a desert island where we found a lonely man and it was up to us to come up with his story. Was he lost? Had he been shipwrecked? What was he going to do? The children created some amazing stories using a wide range of vivid and exciting vocabulary! They then had to write a 'message in a bottle' to someone; asking for help or for someone to save them. Take a look for yourselves...
I was on my boat and it started to sink, so I made my way to the nearest island. I am lost! I can see beautiful palm trees with coconuts on. The golden hot Sun is shining. I am worried that I will never be able to find my way back home. All of sudden, a huge shark with razor teetch was coming towards me. I jumped into a bush; I'm really scared! Please come and save me! Soma
Dear whoever sees this letter,
I am stuck on this tiny island, which about the same size as me, and I need help. It is kinda crazy because I have no room to move! I am running out of food (coconuts) and something dangerous is happening: a deadly, sneaky shark is about to attack me! Please HELP! Ana
I have been stranded on this island for many months. I have seen a boat being eaten by a shark and I'm so hungry! Will you please send a golden tomahawk steak with a side of fillet mignon and asparagus?!? Please send help! A helicopter just passed by; leaving me unnoticed. Also, bring some spicy chicken nuggets as I have never tried them before. Piotr
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Friday 17th January 2020
This week, the children have been working alongside our gymnastics coach, Rosie, who taught us how to perform a range of stretches and movements, enabling us to move our bodies in more imaginative ways. She encouraged us to give new movements a try and extended the learning of us all. We can't wait to be flipping and rolling next week!
Friday 10th January 2020
This week, Year 6B have been spending lots of time revising our spelling, punctuation and grammar knowledge. We have focused on the areas in which we need to strengthen ahead of next week's assessment and produced some stunning posters to help us remember. Mr Burns and Mrs Graham have been SO impressed with the children's attitudes this week and couldn't be prouder of how hard they have worked. Keep it up Year 6! You are all superstars!
Cinderella and Rockerfella
Friday 13th December 2019
Following on from some very intense rehearsals and months of learning lines and singing songs, the KS2 production of Cinderella and Rockerfella was a huge success! The children could not have worked any harder to produce what was undoubtedly a rip-roaring masterclass in pantomime performance. A huge thank you to all of the pupils who made the show so amazing to watch and be a part of. We hope you all had as much fun performing it as we did!
Science - Measuring Lung Capacity
Thursday 5th December 2019
As part of our unit, in Science, all about the circulatory system, the children took part in an investigation to discover if there is a link between our heights and our lung capacities. They made predictions initially before carrying out a rather 'wet' experiment to discover how much air our lungs can hold. We had a huge amount of fun trying to empty the bottles of water!!
On Thursday 29th November, the children of Year 6B utilised all of their new-found poetry skills to create some incredible Winter poems. They used a wide range of figurative language, including similes, metaphors and personification, as well as structuring their writing to recreate the topics they chose to write about. Take a look below and I'm sure you will agree how amazing they are:
On Tuesday 26th November, the children in Year 6 were visited by the NSPCC to discuss a wide range of topics with regards to keeping ourselves safe. We learned so much about personal safety and the children were thoroughly engaged throughout the session. A huge thank you to all of the visitors who shared such vital information with us.
This week, the children have been honouring all of those, past and present, who have given their lives allowing us to have the lives we have today. The children discussed what it meant to be a hero and what they would say to those soldiers if they had the chance. Take a look at some of the photos from the day. We will remember them...
Children in Need
On Friday 15th November, the children took part in a day of spottiness and excitement as we raised money for Children in Need. The children even got to meet the famous bear himself! A huge thanks for all the donations and for the incredible spotty outfits we saw throughout the day. Take a look at just some of the photos from the day:
On Monday 11th November, Year 6 were treated to a visit to the Cinema to watch the film: The Kid Who Would Be King. Below are just a few of the reviews from our class. See if you agree or disagree:
I think the movie was amazing and I really enjoyed it! My favourite characters were the 4 main children: Alex, Lance, Kay and Bedders. I really liked it when the bullies (Lance and Kay) turned into allies. - Ana.
I think the film was great. My favourite character was Merlin because when he sneezed, he transformed into an owl or his other 'self'. Also, because the older he gets, the younger he gets; he grows in reverse! - Raymond.
My favourite character was probably Kay. I liked her part and my other favourite characters were Bedders and Merlin; they were really funny! -
I liked the film very much. My favourite scene was the last one when they cut off the monster's head. My favourite character was Alex because he is the bravest one in the movie. The bit that I didn't enjoy was the opening credits. - Piotr.
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'Fashion Through The Ages'
Linked to our work on the Ancient Egyptians, Year 6 invited parents and carers into class to create stunning headdresses as part of the Brighton Avenue 'Fashion Through The Ages' morning. As you can see from the photos, we created some colourful and beautifully decorated garments that wouldn't have looked out of place in the most famous of pharaoh's tombs. A huge thank you to everyone who took part and we can't wait for the next session!
This week, Year 6 went into our Forest School area to investigate living things; in particular, plants. We had previously discovered what makes a plant, a plant and the specific features which separate them from the other 4 kingdoms. The children chose a selection of leaves (in a responsible manner of course) and brought them into the classroom. We then sketched, labelled and classified them based on sorting diagrams the children had used previously. Take a look below at just some of our findings:
Eye Of The Storm - Narrative Writing
Over the past 2 weeks, the children of Year 6 have been crafting their own versions of the short film, 'Eye Of The Storm'. We looked closely at the film and picked out key vocabulary, atmospheric descriptions as well as characterisation of the pilot and his loyal pet dragon. As you can see below, the children have excelled in retelling such a dramatic tale and we hope you will enjoy reading them as much as we did!
The vessel containing the mysterious liquid shone in the moonlight as the glowing potion hypnotised the pilot and made him stare into the burning furnace. The pilot's mind flew back to the moment before his parents passed away...
The wooden container, which was covered in gold, held his last egg. He moved the box from one hand to another. Suddenly, his mind wandered off to the past when he found the egg...
Through the ancient spyglass, the pilot saw crystal-coloured clouds. He looked at the bright yellow sun; however, he didn't look at it for long. The solitary, anonymous figure was standing at the helm.
The glamourous golden box containing his most precious memories lay in the hand of the man. Whilst he looked at the objects, they got brighter and brighter. He drifted from the ship onto the ground in front of a forest...
Explore Learning - Breaking the Budget
On Thursday afternoon, Year 6B welcomed visitors from Explore Learning, Newcastle. The children were tasked with organising a holiday for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) and given the budget of £4,000 to do so. A wide range of calculation strategies and problems solving techniques were required in order for the pupils to succeed and in the end, they all managed to meet the criteria of the task. A huge thank you the staff from Explore Learning for coming in and working with us.
Nuffield Health Sessions
On Tuesday afternoon, Year 6B welcomed Donna and Jeanette, from Nuffield Health, to our classroom and they spoke to us about our personal wellbeing. We drew emojis to represent our feelings and discussed some of the things that might cause us to become stressed. We finished the session by giving each other advice; turning problems into solutions. The children were very mature and gave some very useful advice to each other. We can't wait for the remaining five sessions over the next halfterm.
Me, Myself and I
During the first week back, Year 6B spent a lot of time looking at ourselves and thinking about what makes us...us. We created some incredible self-portraits which reflect our personalities in some way. We used a range of sketching techniques whilst drawing from observation. As I am sure you can see below, the children produced some amazing artwork and they should be very proud of the first piece of Year 6 work they completed.