2020 - 2021
Y6 LEAVERS' PICNIC AFTERNOON
What a wonderful last afternoon we all had in Year 6! It was fabulous to see everyone again.
GOOD LUCK YEAR 6. WE'LL MISS YOU!
Year 6 End of Year Celebration information can be found here.
Brody Brings It On...
There's no stopping Brody at this time! He's really enjoying and making the most of his time at home.
Rumour has it, he can make the best cup of tea ever - Ms Tipping may need to test that out Brody!
From walking his dog, celebrating his Dad's birthday, commemorating VE day with his family, helping with the cooking, not to mention keeping motivated and producing some fabulous pieces of work for his home learning, Brody has definitely 'cracked' the lockdown.
Thanks again for sending these updates in Brody. It's great to see what you're getting up to. You're doing amazing!
Anyone else out there that would like to share... email away!
This week's winners of the Golden Apple are:
Mrr Moore's class
Abbie - for helping out at home, helping her sisters and carrying on with dance and Guides online.
Ms Tipping's class
Oliver B-M - he always tries to help his brother with his work when he’s stuck.
MORE FROM MICHAEL...
What a fantastic game that Michael has created in his garden. His very own 'Water Pinata'. That looks really good fun - what a great way to cool down as well in the hot weather!
Very ingenious Michael!
Wow! Michael has been tapping into his inner scientist (combined with creativity) and has constructed his own volcano.
What materials do you think he used to construct his volcano and what materials do you think he used to make his volcano erupt?
As well as doing his online learning, Brody has been spending his time baking, walking his dog, crafting and just enjoying time with his family.
Thanks for sending some 'catch up' photographs through Brody!
Our resident poet strikes again!
If you're in Ms Tipping's class, you may remember Eirinn sharing her 'Mum' poem with us that she had published in a special Mother's Day book.
Well, we've great news because she's only gone and done it again! She has written a poem about our current situation, submitted it into a competition and won a prize! Well done Eirinn, we are all very proud of you!
Why not have a 'peek' through the teacher/curriculum pages below to see the fantastic learning you and your friends have been doing?
Jayden's 'Do's and Don'ts' Internet poster.
This is fantastic!
YEAR 6 REWARDS
We are rewarded differently in Year 6. Using dots, we build our rewards for great work, attitude, commitment, perseverance and a positive learning approach by receiving 'dots'. When we have received 10 dots, we get to place our individually designed EMOJI. Three EMOJI's and we are presented with our special Year 6 Red Tie! The 'Special Red Tie' is presented to the hardworking and positive learner by Miss Tipping or Mr Moore at Celebration Assembly on Fridays. The proud recipient then wears their tie with pride for the whole of the week! It's a great way to show our family of learners that we are positive role models!!
RED TIE RECIPIENTS' PHOTO SHOOT!
Congratulations to all our Red Tie recipients for the week commencing 8th December.
Alive and Processing!
The seven life processes all living things do.
The Unknown Soldier
by Stelios and Heidi
As part of our history project we will be considering the question - 'Is it ever right to fight?'
Today in Mr Moore's class, we have started to explore this through art. Each of us was given a photograph of an unknown solider from World War I. Firstly, we tore around the edges of the photograph and coloured the outer edge using black marker. This gave the appearance of an old photograph.
We stuck the photograph into our Art Journal. Our task was to draw our own picture using pencil. In order to get the perspective correct, we drew an outer box measuring 15cm x 18cm. After that, we accurately split our box into quarters. This helped us to size our drawing as precise as possible. We then began to draw, studying the photograph carefully to make sure we copied the facial features and size correctly.
We will be continuing this artwork so, watch out for updates on the progress appearing here soon!
Tuesday, 1st October
We enjoyed a great English lesson with Mr Moore and Ms Tipping today exploring our text 'Toothie and Cat'. In Mr Moore's class, we focused on character description, developing sentences to use in our character descrptions. In Ms Tipping's class we have read and discussed the text, exploring character, setting and feelings. Great words were also explored, unpicked and scrutinised to use in our writing.
Year 6 Bikeability
Ms Tipping's class have started day 1 of their Bikeability course today.
The trainers are teaching proficiency and safety. Just look at some of the careful manouvering being demonstrated already!
Well done everyone!
Year 6 are studying the work of the war artist Paul Nash, whose chosen medium is water colour. Not quite finished yet, but look at the amazing interpretations so far!
14th October - 18th October
Art Week this year is focussed around positive self-esteem. We decided that in order to show our unique individualism, we would create our own positive mood board.
On Monday, we discussed self-esteem and ways in which we could reflect in a positive way about ourselves.
Firstly, we watched a few clips that we thought encompassed what self-esteem was all about. This was one of our favourites...
While we were waiting for our background to dry, we used laptops, dictionaries and thesauruses to find words and synonyms that described ourselves as individuals.
We came up with some great words to celebrate our own uniqueness...
Our creative writing was in full flow as we considered and wrote about the happiest day of our lives. We wrote these memories onto clear laminated sheets and stuck them onto our mood boards.
We took time to read each others and it really made us feel warm and fuzzy inside!
Our History Work
BY OLIVIA.V & JOSH.S
In history, we studied the topics peace, conflict and wars. Our big question was 'Is it ever right to fight?'. In our first lesson we discussed and wrote down our ideas as to what makes a good historian. To record all our historical facts, we created a chronological timeline. So far, we have three dates written on the timeline, two of which are wars.
We researched wars and conflicts in pairs and filled a fact file to do with it. Some questions included 'Countries Involved?' and 'How was it caused?'.
We also researched some peacemakers who changed the world due to their actions. We had to complete another fact file however, it was to do with these amazing people. We are really enjoying our super history work!
Here is a slideshow of our work so far...
Lest we Forget..
Reporters: Matthew, Amber, Francesca and Alistair
As we are approaching the 11th November, many people will recognise this momentous date, Remembrance Day, an event that commemorates the end of World War 1. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month weapons were laid down and the fighting ceased.
In order to commemorate this significant date, we visited each class to explain the importance of this tragic event. Many children came together to donate money for the veterans, in exchange for snap bands, silicone bracelets, zip pullers, reflectors and the classic paper poppies. We set up a market during Year 1 and Year 2's coffee morning. Through out the morning we sold a total of 56 items.
Reported by: Francesca and Charlie
During Science, we had a spectacular time discussing a healthy lifestyle and how to maintain one.
From a full class discussion we decided things that could be harmful to our physical and mental health could be:
We worked in a team to discuss and note down our ideas to encourage a healthy lifestyle and included some of the things that could be harmful to our health.
Here are some examples:
Friday 29th November
Today we travelled back in time in history to the Second World War, in particular the Blitz that saw England's major cities besieged by enemy bombers.
We explored ways in which the people in the cities were warned of the impending bombs through the use of air raid sirens and air raid wardens. We watched actual footage of an air raid siren alert and discussed how and what the people did when the sirens were sounded.
We then re-enacted this by using our desks as a temporary shelter.
Mr Moore then gave us our challenge: To construct an early warning siren using only a battery (cell), wires and a buzzer. We had to consider and apply a way to ensure the siren's sound would muffle and un-muffle (change volume).
Reported by Hiba and Natasha.
On the 3rd of December we went on a day trip to Great Sankey High School for a computing day. We went on Scratch and Kodu (two coding resources) and had lots of fun!
On Scratch we all made a hounted house theme with 5 sprites
(a girl, a boy, a knight, a bat and a ghost). We used coding to make the scene haunted.
On Kodu we started with one character and coded it to interact with other characters.
Visit to the Imperial War Museum
Friday 13th December 2019
Recount by Georgia and Olivia
War is one of the most treacherous conflicts on earth. The Imperial War museum is a place which remembers and preserves artifacts from some of the most tragic things in our world. On Friday 13th December, the Year 6's went on a historical trip to this tantalizing museum to explore the wonders of war.
Our Remembrance Task
Without remembrance, all the people who fought for this country would not be recognised for their loyalty and bravery. Y6 were assigned a task to recover all lost memories and defeat the memory scranblers once and for all! We were instructed to put a pair of headphones on. A voice informed us that we needed to retrieve all the precious memories and find out what remembrance really meant. this task was definitely our favourite.
Our Information Hunt Booklets
As well as fun, we needed to incorporate learning too. So, we went on an activity trail to study the artifacts in this interesting place. Our challenge was to complete as much of our booklet and our field book (for drawing) as possible. This task was by far the most intriguing.
At the end of the day, we were apprised to get in groups of three and make a documentary about the thing we found the most captivating in the museum. Each group had a phone;a microphone and a clapper board. We we would get messages and tips on how to as long and and engrossing as possible. This was allot of fun!
Overall, all of us really enjoyed coming to this fantastic place. It was very beneficial to our history work. We know that Year 6 would recommend this museum to everyone. All of us had a superb time!
Visit to the Imperial War Museum
Friday 13th December
Recount by Oliver and Jayden S
We arrived at school at 8:30 and entered at ten minutes to nine. At 9:15 we were handed a booklet and told to get a pencil. We also needed lunch and our field books. We were assigned to our groups and prepared to board the coach
Then, at 9:30 we boarded the coach. It took 45 minutes to get there. It was raining outside so we ran inside speedily. After, we were told to calmly put our coats and bags in a large box. Next, we sat on a row of tables with our group. We were in Ms Tipping's group and there was nine children in our group. There was five other groups: Miss Lloyd's, Mr Moore's, Mrs Myers, Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Shoan's.
After that, we walked around the silos and filled our booklets in. After a short while, we returned to the main ground to watch a short film about the Blitz in World War 2. Did you know that blitz means lightning in German? After the film, we returned to the silos to carry on with our booklets. We went to silo 2 and found out that something called the Land Army was founded near the start of the war. They did farming and plowing. By the year of 1918, there was 16,000 woman working in this army.Then, we went for lunch at 11:30.
Soon after lunch, we did a remembrance task,were we put on headphones and did activities. One of the activities was to pretend to be a nurse in Belgium and help a little girl. Another was to pretend to be a statue and stay still as long as you can. we put on stickers to represent our groups. We used the directions of a clock to move around. Our group was assigned to look at a piece of wreckage from the world trade center after a horrible incident had occured.
From 12:30 to 2:00 we finished off the booklets we had started earlier and watched a second film. This time the film was about the Nazis and their reign of terror. There was a British Army biscuit that had the words, "King and country needs you. This is how they feed you." These biscuits were so hard if you didn't dunk it in your daily jug of petrol-water, you could break your teeth.
Next, we were handed phones and microphones and were told to make a short documentary .We were assigned groups. We made lots of mistakes, but got to grips and made some good clips.After we finished, we gave in our phone and mics. At 3:15 we got our bags and coats, by this time it was nearly dusk.
Finally, we arrived at the coach ready to make the long journey back. It approximately took the same amount of time to get there. The time went by like every minute was a second! When we arrived at school, the sky was a dark blue with the moon peeking out from the clouds. We got off the bus before collecting some items at school and went home.We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Living Things and Their Habitats
On Thursday 23rd January, we began to explore our new topic - Living Things and Their Habitats.
We considered the enquiry questions. We chose to being our study by exploring the question:
WHY IS A POLAR BEAR NOT A FISH?
We will also be considering another two questions:
Firstly, we were given a collection of key, technical words that we would need to understand in order to use in our writing.
Here is our vocabulary list so far:
Today (24th January) we extended our learning by exploring how all living organisms can be split into groups. We displayed this in a root diagram showing how the different types of organisms were grouped.
These included plants, micro organisms, fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds. Also, vertebrates and invertebrates.
We chose an animal to draw label.
Here is a selection of our work:
Educational Library Service Visit
Thursday 30th January
Today, we were visited by the Educational Library Service Bus. This is an amazing library on wheels!
Each class were given a time slot and representatives from the class boarded the bus to choose some new books for our individual library areas.
We were keen to make sure that our choice of books were inclusive and included both fiction and non-fiction.
We thought about the different areas of learning we were exploring and chose books which linked to them to put on our already abundant displays. These books are used by us for research, learning and general enjoyment.
Sinking our teeth into fractions!
In Mr Moore's maths lesson, we explored fractions through a practical and tasty experiment that involved PIZZA!!!
Firstly, we used pizza cutters to equally divide our pizza into halves, quarters, eighths and sixteenths. After that, we explored how to divide a fraction by a whole number by using equal slices of pizza and investigating what happened to the fraction when we divided it by a whole number. Using this type of learning, it helped us to understand fractions and how interesting they can be!
At the end of our investigation, we got to eat the pizza and it was really scrumptious (even though it was cold!)
We learnt that fractions are fun and interesting!
Thursday 13th February
The school received their annual visit from the fantastic team at the NSPCC today. We took part in a KS2 assembly and then the team visited our classes to deliver a workshop.
This was based on 'What do you think?' scenarios where we discussed and shared our opinions, thoughts and feelings on different statements.
We very much enjoyed this session and found it very informative and it gave us the opportunity to share our thoughts and feelings as well as discussing things together.
We were given a leaflet to take home where we could focus on things that made us feel positive.
YEAR 6 EMOJI DAY - FRIDAY 14TH FEBRUARY
What a fantastic day we have had in year 6 who have managed to earn themselves over 150 emojis last term and earnt themselves a 'DAY OFF IN SCHOOL'.
The children brought their favourite games, toys and activities in, watched DVD's, had extended break times, ate their lunches in the classrooms, built dens, danced their socks off and stuffed themselves with delicious popcorn!
WORLD BOOK DAY
THURSDAY 5TH MARCH
We have had fun today exploring poetry and poetry performance.
We didn't realise how many skills we needed to apply to do this successfully.
We had to think about:
The verses and the pattern of the rhyme
How we projected our voices and our diction
Alternating our voice from quite to loud and thinking about the pitch and dialect for characters
Facing our audience to ensure that we could be seen at all times
Confidence and presence when performing
Here are a few pictures of us preparing for our performance:
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
On Monday 9th March we were visited by Miss Dorien and Miss Gilbert who are ambassadors for mental health awareness in primary schools across Warrington.
CONSTRUCTING TWIN TOWERS
In English, we have been learning about Philippe Petit and his amazing feat in 1976 - to tightrope between the South Tower and the North Tower in New York.
As such, we wanted to recreate a scale model of the Twin Towers and the rope strung between them with Philippe Petit on his epic tighrope walk.
Our chosen material was wooden sticks. We worked with a partner and had to carefully consider how we could construct a tall structure to scale.
This involved careful planning, trail and error and working smartly.
Here are some pictures of our initial constructions using wooden sticks, PVA glue, cellotape and cardboard.