Welcome to Year 6
Class Teacher: Ms Taylor and Ms Cole
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Westwood
We have had an extremely busy and productive term so far. We have busy trying to remember all the things we have learnt in Key Stage 2 in maths and English. We have still had plenty of time for fun though. Our topic this term is Australia and we have been finding out about the location and history of the country. We produced art inspired by Aboriginal design and have created our own version of the ‘Dreamtime’ stories. We are now working in small groups to research and create an information booklet or poster about the different states in Australia.
Last term we finished off our topic about World War II by making models of Anderson shelters. We learnt about the basic structure and features of the shelter and then designed our own versions. We adapted some of the interiors and made gardens which would have been used to grow vegetables. Some parts of the construction were quite tricky and not all of our attempts were successful but we persevered and were pleased with our final result.
We are looking forward to learning all about Australia this term in our topic “I’m a Year 6, get me out of here!”
The start of the new school year has been very busy for Year 6. We have been learning about growth mindset. We have learnt that our brains can grow and learn new skills if we try hard and accept challenges. Having a growth mindset means that we do not give up easily and that we learn to accept mistakes and use them to improve.
In Science we are learning about evolution and inheritance. We carried out an exercise to help us understand which of our characteristics are passed on in our genes and which are determined by our environment.
In History we are going to be studying World War II and we are looking forward to our visit to Steam in Gloucester. We will be experiencing what it was like to be an evacuee in the war.
We have been very busy in Year 6 learning all about WWII. Just before half term we visited the steam railway in Gloucester and took part in an evacuee experience day.
We dressed up as evacuees and went back in time to 1939. We experienced what it would have been like in an air shelter with a bombing raid taking place overhead. It was very dark, scary and the bombs dropping made the whole room shake.
We then got to ride on the steam train and spoke to some elderly people who had been evacuated during the war. The stories they told us were fascinating. On the way back on the train we ate our lunch and sang wartime songs.
All in all, we had a great day and learnt a lot about what it would have been like to have been evacuated.
We have also made a display for our topic by painting blitz scenes and creating our own ‘Weeping Wall’ from poppies.
Below is a useful website to help your child improve their mental maths.
It is designed to be used as a daily activity and is timed so hopefully you may find it helpful.