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.
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
For more information about Explore Learning, please follow the link below.
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.
Check out the Year 6T class page for all the latest news and photographs from the Year 6 class residential to Robinwood.
'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.