Autumn Term 1
Around the world in 80 days
This half term Year 6 will follow in the footsteps of the fictional book character, Phileas Fogg, from Jules Verne’s classic tale ‘Around the world in 80 days’. We will be planning our own bucket list trip around the world, using our geography skills to map a route, stopping in every continent and identifying the human and physical features of each place. So far this term we have written to Phileas asking to be his travel companion and are planning our own ideas to write a travel blog on a city of our choice.
As we continue to orbit the globe, we will look at famous skylines and use the techniques used by Stephen Wiltshire to create our own artist impressions.
The texts that we will focus on for this half term will be linked to the countries that Phileas Fogg visited:
- Around the World in 80 days
- Arabian Nights (Middle East)
- Firework Maker’s Daughter (China)
- The Man who walked between the towers. (USA)
In art they have looked at Chinese Art and have created some beautiful Cherry Blossom designs along with some Chinese writing.
In science, we will be looking at light, how it travels and how the human eye works. So far they have been looking at refraction and how light travels. They have enjoyed experimenting!
Last week the children enjoyed participating in a Growth Mindset workshop. Scientific brain research shows that by teaching kids about something called “Growth Mindset” – you can help them become better learners, become more persistent, and more intelligent and resilient overall! Once kids understand that the brain actually physically grows connections as they practise and learn new skills and concepts, they get excited about the learning process and feel less worried about making mistakes.
Once a week is class collective worship where the children have been enjoying participating in stories, from the bible, which have taught them about Jesus and his teaching or a moral to a story.
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Once a week, the children have been enjoying taking turns in running a PE Lesson. So far they have played basketball and tennis this term.
- Promotes active lifestyles.
- Challenges thinking in a fun environment.
- Builds movement competence and confidence.
- Develops teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
- Explores and develops decision-making.
Dungeons and Dragons followed by Dr!Dr!
This term we will be travelling back in time to the land of castles, dragons and mythical creatures. We have started our new topic with the launch of our very own St George and the dragon and with stories about Eragon and the ‘Water horse’. These have been the stimulus for our writing where we will focus on persuasive letter writing, recounts and later reports and explanations. Using our creative skills we will design and make a willow structure dragon to display in school and a draw bridge for a castle.
Remaining in the past we will visit the mount in Henley to understand how Henley, as a town, has changed from the past to the present and how it will be in the future… Our Geography work will also encompass local fieldwork skills. We will also the Heritage centre to understand more about our local history.
In our next half term we will zoom in on the body and use our scientific skills to develop a better understanding of the human body, micro- organisms and classification. Our book study for this half term will be ‘Pig Heart Boy’. linking healthy hearts with healthy living we will link our work to the World Cup.
The before we know it, it will be the end of term and we will passing the tissues in our leavers assembly…
OUR iMOVIES ARE FINISHED!
Over the last few weeks we have been busy creating videos using sound clips, pictures, research facts and images to our movies. In pairs we researched topics such as keeping safe with medicine, first aid, Sir John Gerard, Florence Nightingale, herbal medicine, transplants, Great Ormond Street Hospital, 70 years of the NHS, the effects of drugs, smoking and alcohol, Edward Jenner and bacteria.
JOE’S MUM CAME TO TALK TO US ABOUT THE TRANSPLANT GAMES
Linked to our book study ‘Pig Heart Boy’, we arranged for Joe and his mum to come into school to speak to the class about the transplant games. We asked fantastic questions and developed a real understanding of what it is like to need and wait for a transplant and then the joy of receiving one. We are currently designing posters to advertise the next games.
OUR GROW A £5 CHALLENGE
Each group were given £5 to try and grow to make more money for the children of Fiji. Currently only 5% of the children go to school in Fiji and many remote places do not have running water, electricity or sanitation. We decided to that we would show ‘EMPATHY’ and try to make a difference. The groups organised themselves with different activities running for a week:
- Smoothie stall
- Infinity lollies
- Yard milkshakes
- Beat the goalie
We were delighted that after all our hard work we raised £158! Fantastic entrepreneur skills and teamwork Y6!
KEEPING HEALTHY AND FIT
This week we carried out lots of keeping healthy activities. We started by looking at the effect of exercise on the heart in our science lesson and then we were really lucky as the Olympic gold medallist – Mark Lewis Francis came into school and helped us to do our exercise for the day.
We even saw a real Olympic gold medal!
During the week we have been completing an exercise diary. Thursday’s Sports day helped us to get our daily steps and fitness up!
USING OUR ENTERPRISE SKILLS – RAISING MONEY FOR SCHOOL AND OUR Y6 CHARITY
This week we will be carrying out our Grow £5.00 challenge! Find out how we get on next week
KEEPING THE BEAT
Closing their eyes helped them to concentrate and to listen to the music! Excellent effort Y6!
DWYLHL – DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS
Y6 have certainly saved the best till last. They all brought in an item for our silent ‘Dungeon and Dragon’ themed museum today. They were all superb, showing creativity, originality and lots of hard work. They all clearly showed that they had taken responsibility for their learning! Excellent work Y6 we are really proud of your effort and hard work. The exhibition looked great!
Our DT project – joining materials and making a drawbridge for a castle
Our class design for a coat of arms
We researched the colours, symbols and event the Latin mottoes. This is what we created – this is us!
Willow weaving – dragon style
We spent the day using our Art and DT skills to work collaboratively together to build our very own dragon. They are now hanging up in our classroom, come and have a look!
Looking for evidence on Henley Mount
Using our geography skills to read Ordnance survey maps, Y6 studied the contours of the maps and looked for historical evidence of where Henley castle was located on the Mount behind school.
Celebrating the Royal Wedding
With traditional English games and a Royal tea party in the beautiful English weather.
This term Year 6 are on survival both in and out of school! Building shelters is just one aspect of outdoor learning and DT that we have planned.
Our written work will be based on Michaels’ survival in the book ‘Kensuke’s kingdom’ and Auggie’s survival in the book ‘Wonder’. Our written work will focus on balanced arguments (Should we stop deforestation? Should children be taken out of school to be educated?), newsapers, poetry, personal recounts and story writing. Our art focus will come from the perils of the sea that Michael faced, with a focus on the work of Turner.
In science, evolution and inheritance are the main areas for research and investigation. Group research on the different biomes of the world will help us to understand how plants and animals survive and adapt to different climates. The historical facts around Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica will be the focus for our history work.
Over the course of the morning Y6 investigated the area behind school on the Mount as part of their topic on Survival. Following this, they built shelters using tarpaulin and rope in a small area of copse . One of their main aims was to do this without causing any harm to trees or vegetation and to leave the area as they found it. Some of the photos from our outdoor survival day.
Superb DWYLHL learning from this term.
This week the children handed in their DWYLHL projects for this term. Instead of presenting their projects to the class, this time we held a silent museum. The projects showed lots of hard work and a thorough enjoyment for the topic! We all learnt something new today!
Fantastic work Y6 – a class star!
Survival the Shackleton way!
Perfectly timed snow fell at school today! We seized the opportunity to get Y6 outside to experience what felt like in -4 degrees. Our weather app said it felt like -11 degrees! Shackelton and his team, however, were in much colder temperatures than this. This was a great way to understand the adverse weather and the perils that the team faced when they reached Antartica. Our work over the next few weeks in our survival topis will be to write letters home to King George V and close family members from Shackleton’s point of view. What a great way to demonstrate our understanding of formal and informal letter writing!
The ‘Peggy Sue’ art work in the style of Turner
Using chalk pastels, wax crayons and oil pastel we created our own version of the ‘Peggy Sue’ from Kensuke’s Kingdom stranded in the sea.
Digital leaders in action
Our Y6 digital leaders, Fin and George, gave a clear message to the class today. Be SMART.
SAFE – Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
MEETING – Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
ACCEPTING – Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
RELIABLE – Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family
TELL – Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Term 1: 2 – ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’
‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ will give children the chance to investigate entertainment from throughout history. They will focus on learning about and comparing Ancient Greek and Shakespearian Theatre. They will also find out about electricity and investigate shadows and shadow theatre. For Science, the children will take a look at electricity. They will recap the components and symbols of electrical circuits from their previous learning and then conduct experiments about electrical circuits. They will also design and make an electronic Christmas card that lights up.
We will be researching entertainment from different periods in history. They will compare the sorts of things people do now for entertainment compared to people from the past such as: the Ancient Romans, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Medieval people, the Tudors and the Victorians. Year 6 will be learning and singing lots of songs for their production on 28th November – ‘Pirates of the Curry bean’. This will help us to develop our understanding of play scripts, biographies and autobiographies. Our book focus for this half term will be ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’. This will give us an insight into the life of George Melies, one of the early inventors of moving films.
We hope your children will thoroughly enjoy this exciting project and we are grateful for the support of our parents.
RE – art or charity?
As part of our RE for this term we have been discussing whether we should invest our money into art and architecture or into charitable giving. We were lucky to arrange a visit from Alison Dickinson who talked to the children about her ancient practice of drawing and painting religious icons. The children then had a go at their own piece of art. They looked stunning with their gold, embossed settings.
Pirates of the Curry Bean
After studying how to read and write playscripts, Year 6 took to the stage for their own class performance. This year Year 6 took on the challenge of the ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’. All of the children had many lines to learn from the hefty script, including songs, spoken words and realistic non-verbal actions. The children were heavily involved in prop creating and performing our show. A technical team ran the performance on the evening to a packed audience of 100 adults, family and friends. There were lots of great comments, including “That is the best performance I have ever seen a group of children perform!” Some of the children in school are still talking about how they “absolutely loved the show!” We are all very proud of Year 6 for their fantastic acting, amazing costumes, beautiful singing (including several solos) and great performing skills! Watch out Broadway!
Around the world in 80 days
This half term Year 6 will follow in the footsteps of the fictional book character, Phileas Fogg, from Jules Verne’s classic tale ‘Around the world in 80 days’. We will be planning our own bucket list trip around the world, using our geography skills to map a route, stopping in every continent and identifying the human and physical features of each place. So far this term we have written to Phileas asking to be his travel companion, written a travel blog and arrived in France. Foods from other countries will be on the menu after half term as we rustle up an International dish.
We have been carrying out personal research on countries of our choice ready for our frozen international museum which will be open on our open day on Saturday 30th September.
As we continue to orbit the globe, we will look at famous skylines and use the techniques used by Stephen Wiltshire to create our own artist impressions. In science we will be looking at light and electricity and as we near towards Christmas we will be making electronic cards.
On top of our PGL residential trip I am sure we will be exhausted at the end of the term as we explore Christmas around the world. I hope we make it back in 80 days…
The texts that we will Our focus on for this half term will be linked to the countries that Phileas Fogg visited:
- Around the World in 80 days
- Arabian Nights (Middle East)
- Seasons of Splendour (India)
- Firework Maker’s Daughter (China)
- The Man who walked between the towers. (USA)
Our Frozen International Museum
The children were set the task of becoming an expert in one country. Their next task was to be interviewed in role by members of the public at our school open day and also in our frozen international museum, which was open to the whole school to visit. Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed learning and talking about the people and countries that they had become an expert in. Great work Year 6. Your costumes looked fab too!
Here are some of the pictures from our successful PGL last week
This term we will step back 4000 years to the Ancient Egyptian era. We have many exciting activities planned, including a school visit to Birmingham to visit the Egyptian artefacts.
Historically we will find out about the Ancient Egyptian way of life, even the gory bits! We will find out about what it was like to live during these times, investigating ancient beliefs and solving historical questions, including the mysteries around Howard Carter. This links with our Geography work where we will deepen our knowledge of the River Nile and the importance of this mighty river to the people at that time, as well as to the people living in Egypt today. Our Art and DT work will focus on the ‘Great Pyramids of Giza’ and death masks.
Our Science lessons will focus on animals and their habitats and the human circulatory system. Investigating the heart will be one part of our studies. Our natural history week will enable to look more deeply at fossils and bones and the evidence for life many years ago. During ICT we will continue with the programming curriculum alongside a huge part of our ICT this term, cyber safety. The PE sessions will be based on rounders, cricket, tennis and athletic, whilst our music focus this term will be on musical notation and musical instruments from around the world.
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Visit from Paralympic wheelchair tennis champion.
This week Ben’s mum from Year 6, Kay Forshaw came to visit us to talk about her life changing experience and how she became wheelchair bound. She talked to the children about how her accident changed her life and how she was lucky to have been part of the Athens Paralympic Games, both in the wheelchair tennis event but also being suspended 11m above the ground in a wheelchair! Kay’s message to the children was that ‘You can do anything but sometimes you have to do things differently to how you planned!’ The children were great with their questions and enjoyed listening to Kay’s story.
SATs are over
Onto writing now…
Mr Tillman, our Chair of Governors visits Year 6
This week Mr Tillman came into Year 6 to be interviewed about his role as our school Chair of Governors. The children all asked a question and they were given open and honest answers to some of the following questions:
- How has the job affected your life?
- What improvements would you like to make to the school?
- How have you improved the school since you have been a governor?
We found out that Mr. Tillman is an avid Tottenham fan, that he is proud of the children and staff at the school because of their hard work. He was impressed with the children’s lovely manners and he thought the children looked very smart. He did say that he thought that the children should wear blazers! To this, they all thought it was a great idea! He also stated that the entrance area could be improved and that we should have more laptops in school. It was a great afternoon of getting to know each other.
Congratulations to George Hooper-Rann
Well done to George for gaining a scholarship at the Elmhurst School of Dance in Birmingham .
George became interested in ballet at the age of 5 and has been an avid dancer since then. After many hours of stretching, training with his weights and practising both ballet and jazz, George grew stronger and more determined to achieve his lifetime goal. He has already performed at the Birmingham Hippodrome in a performance of the Nutcracker in 2015. Seeing professional ballet dancers inspired him to become a classical ballet dancer. It became a dream!
After a gruelling audition, an academic interview, a physiotherapy session and an hour’s ballet lesson lasting all day George was one of the 8 boys selected for a Year 7 entry at the prestigious ballet school. His mum said ‘I couldn’t be happier for George. He has finally been given his dream’.
George will start boarding at Elmhurst in September and will start his strict 5 hour -a day ballet lessons, academic studies and a special diet of nuts, pulses and meats – with no sugar. It will be tough but George is up for the challenge.
Kings and Queens
We have an array of exciting activities planned for this term in our topic ‘Kings and Queens’. With a play on words, our book focus is Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom and alongside this Anthony Brown’s ‘King Kong’ will be used to embed some of the grammar terminology. Budding thespians will find out about some of the works of our local celebrity, William Shakespeare. Historically we will step back in time and learn all about the influence of the Tudors on where we live. We will find out about what it was like to live during these times, investigating historical issues and solving historical questions. This links with our DT project where we will design and make a miniature Tudor chair and cushion. Stratford and the UK are the focus for our Geography where we will find out about the area near where we live. Tudor portraits will be the place where our artistic skills can shine. Watch this space for more details of our Tudor Day on Wednesday 22 March. Our Science topics will focus on ‘evolution and inheritance’ and ‘living things and their habitats’. We’ve had a very positive start to term 2 and look forward to developing our positive learning attitudes throughout this full on term.
Year 6 Production of Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits
Last week Year 6 performed their annual production, linking their topic of legends with their English work on play scripts. I am sure you will agree we had some budding thespians and drama kings and queens on the stage. We were all extremely proud of their efforts to learn their words, their costumes and for their outstanding performances.
Electronic Christmas cards
Using our science, art and DT skills we each created a light up electronic Christmas card. we hope you like them.
Well done to Jacob for representing our school by laying the wreath in church.
Frozen legend museum
Year 6 researched and wrote a biography of a famous legend. They then had to become this character in our ‘frozen legend museum’. Only when someone asked a question, could they answer the questions. The legends aimed to transfer all closed questions into open questions. We carried out the activity for the whole school and during our whole school open day.
We would like to thank the parents for supporting us with our home learning for this and for helping with the costumes. They looked great!
Some of the pictures from our recent residential trip to Shropshire PGL.
Head Boy (Jacob Gaunt) and Head Girl (Aliza Perrins) start their duties
Myths and legends
It’s the term they have all been waiting for…in the second week of term Year 6 will be travelling to Shropshire for their long awaited PGL residential visit. Zip wiring, fencing, kayaking and rifle shooting are just some of the activities that the children will be taking part in as their class team building exercise.
On return to school we will then travel back in time to the land of myths and legends. Our first stop will be with fictitious legends and superheroes, then moving onto real life legends. Our ‘Open Day’ on the 1st October will be a great way to showcase our frozen legend museum. Pop along and see our real life characters talking about their lives following our biography focus work. Getting messy in Art using Modroc to design and make a 3D sculpture of our frozen legend will enable us to study proportion and form. Look out for our final designs.
In English this term we will be using ‘The Girl and Ink and Stars’ as our class focus book, alongside poetry and play scripts. This will culminate in our Year 6 production of the legend of Ali Baba in November.
Science sessions will be a deepening of our understanding of light and electricity; linking our DT project into this by making an electronic light-up Christmas card.