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Hello and welcome to Year 6.
We are going to have a fantastic year full of lots of hard work but also many wonderful memories. As a class we will work our way through the challenges that face us in year 6 and we will become brilliant role models for the rest of the school. The children will be encouraged to make mistakes, be reflective and become resilient learners.
We have high expectations of the children’s behaviour, presentation and attitude. They will be expected to work hard and take ownership of their learning. In return the children can expect fun and exciting learning opportunities, real life experiences and a supportive team to help them. To find out about our learning journeys please look at the curriculum section of the website.
I look forward to watching your children grow as they work their way through their final year at primary school. Please do not hesitate to contact me of you have any worries, concerns or queries.
Thank you for your support.
Mrs Emily Blackburn
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We have recently taken part in two very enjoyable and informative class workshops. The first involved two sessions with ‘The Conversation – Stamford’ where the children were able to learn all about changes to their bodies and explore relationships and reproduction. The children really enjoyed the practical and fun sessions and appreciated the opportunity to speak openly about any worries or concerns they had about growing up. Our second workshop was with 'We Are With You', where the children learnt about substance misuse including how it links with social media.
We had a great time learning all about the Vikings throughout our theme – Frozen North. The children enjoyed plotting the routes and countries Vikings travelled to on maps to gain a good understanding of their influence across the Northern Hemisphere. The children researched, using the books from our updated reference library, and created some wonderful fact files about Viking Longboats and their exploration into Iceland, Greenland and Vinland. All their research then accumulated into a brilliant piece of historical writing, where they used their knowledge about the time period. We havealso been extremely lucky to have a visit from PartakeHistory and enjoyed our Viking day with them. The children were able to have a go at a range of Viking crafts, create a model Viking settlement and act out a Viking raid in costume a wonderful learning experience for them.
More photos can be found in the Photo Gallery.
The children loved learning about materials in science and particularly enjoyed the practical science investigations and explorations they have been able to do with items found in the kitchen cupboard. The children were fascinated by reversible and irreversible changes – especially the more exciting reactions like blowing up a balloon with carbon dioxide!
The end of the Autumn term was certainly very busy. At the beginning of December, we really enjoyed making our book snowmen to sell at the Christmas Fayre and two weeks later the class proudly led the school at our annual Carol Service held at the Harrowby Lane Methodist Church. The last day of term began with our Christingle celebration where two children from the class carefully carried a lit candle into the hall in the procession as the choir sang 'Away in a Manger'. Afterwards, we were delighted Santa was able to join us during our party and we all had great fun when we joined the rest of the school for the Christmas singalong!
A Victorian Christmas
The whole class was blown away by Jessica's wonderful story, 'A Victorian Christmas'. Written as part of her homework this term, Jessica has really captured the meaning of Christmas within a vivid Victorian setting. You can hear her read the story below.
British Values - Learning About Democracy
Following the General Election, we held an assembly to explain how elections work. My Year 6 helpers were wonderful as the leaders of the political parties explaining their manifestos.
Cogheart Mechanical Toys
Using all of their D & T skills, the children really enjoyed creating their own mechanical toys inspired by our class book, 'Cogheart'.
We were so excited when author of the book, Peter Bunzl, responded to our tweet on Twitter!
What an incredible day! Our visit to the workhouse never fails to inspire and ignite a passion for history! Following in the footsteps of an actual pauper present in the workhouse in 1842, boys and girls were separated and dressed up as they would have been in that year. They were then led to meet the forbidding workhouse Master and his wife. After being guided around the building by the adult paupers who told them their duties and expectations, the children entered the school room to be taught the alphabet by the stern school teacher!
It was an incredible experience that enabled the children to fully appreciate the harsh reality of workhouse life.
You can find more photos in the Photo Gallery.
As part of our RE week, all Key Stage 2 children at Belmont Community Primary School recreated a Holi celebration. As part of this learning journey pupils have been studying Hinduism and towards the end of the week had a focus on the Holi festival. The children carefully considered how the Holi Celebration makes use of colour and fire to celebrate changes in the seasons. The children also considered how Holi represented the triumph of good over bad.
During the Holi festival, which next year will be celebrated in March, Hindus use coloured powder to throw at each other to signify the beginning of spring and to say goodbye to the darkness of winter. This wonderful celebration was part of developing the children’s wider understanding of living in unity with ourselves and others and gave them a great insight into other people’s lives.
You can find more photos in the Photo Gallery.
Super Geography Skills
I have been impressed by how hard the children have worked on their map skills this term. Using a map from our class book ‘Cogheart’, they created their own OS map.
This term we have been studying the artist Georgio Morandi, Itay’s most famous 20th Century still life painter. The children have produced some wonderful still life drawings of their own.
Home Learning - The Workhouse and Victorians
I have been really impressed with the children’s home learning, linked to our topic – The Workhouse and Victorians. We have thoroughly enjoyed all the Victorian bakes that have been brought in and there have also been some wonderful newspaper articles, PowerPoint slideshows and shoe box Victorian houses.
Keep up the great work guys!
Inspired by the poem, 'The Kraken' by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the children wrote their own poems based on our current class book, 'Cogheart'. You can hear a wonderful example below.
What an adventure we had! Our three days and two nights at the YHA Losehill Hall in Castleton were certainly busy and full of fun despite the downpours. On our first day we had a go at Fencing and explored the hostel grounds using maps to find hidden anagrams. In the evening we learnt about lead mines and made our own candles. Day two saw us heading out into the Hope Valley for a walk and even the rain couldn't dampen our spirits. We explored Odin's Mine, the broken road and ended up at Treak Cliff Cavern. When we returned to the hostel we had a go at some team challenges and, in the evening, did Gem Panning. On our final morning we spent time in the bush craft area where we build dens and learnt how to light a fire. An experience I'm sure the children will never forget. You can find more photos in the Photo Gallery.
We have really enjoyed exploring the film 'Junk' by Kirk Hendry, which tells the strange story of Jasper O'Leary. It has inspired us to use some wonderful imagery in a diary entry. You read a super example below.
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Emotional Wellbeing Workshop
We had a great morning with Jane and Cheris from Healthy Minds learning about Emotional Wellbeing. We began by talking about different kinds of emotions and the way our body feels when we are worried about something. We went on to think about things that make us feel happy and people who are important to us. Finally we tried some breathing exercises to help us feel calm.
Our Egyptian day with Partake launched our new series of learning journeys based on Ancient Egypt. During the morning, all of the children explored different artefacts, smells and often gory process of mummification and in the afternoon re-enacted an Egyptian Burial service. Everyone is now keen to begin exploring the legacy of Tutankhamun in further detail.
The Day The War Came
Our final piece of work on the topic of refugees was based on the book, 'The Day The War Came' by Nicola Davies. This is a very powerful and thought provoking story about a refugee child and what happens to her when she flees to safety. In pairs, the children used their D&T skills to design and make their own small chairs and we all worked together to make a large chair for our display.
Developing Our Musical Skills
We have used this picture of refugees to help us develop our music skills this term. In groups the children composed music to tell the story and mood, thinking about melody, tempo, rhythm, pitch and duration. The children devised some very thoughtful and effective pieces.
The National Holocaust Centre
Our class along with Taruca, had an amazing, but reflective opportunity to go and visit the National Holocaust Centre. This fitted in with this term's topic 'Star of Fear, Star of Hope', focusing on the Kindertransport and the Jews during WW2. The trip gave the children the opportunity to follow the fictional story of Leo, made up of true events by real people who actually used the Kindertransport. This trip enabled them to really understand what it was like during that time and giving them the chance to use their knowledge in their work back at school. The trip finished by watching a video of a survivor, Steven Mendelsson, talking to us about his life during that time. This brought the whole day together, to listen to someone talking about a real life experience. Our pupils made us proud the whole day; the respect and consideration they showed for others was phenominal.
More photos can be found in the Photo Gallery.
To find out more about the National Holocaust Centre, please click HERE.
This term we are exploring the topic of refugees through the picture book, 'The Island' written by Armin Greder. It has inspired some very thoughtful discussions on what it means to be an outsider and the children produced some wonderful vocabulary that could be used in their writing. Having read the book, we compared the viewpoints of the Outsider and the Islanders and then re-told the story as a flashback. You can read and hear some super examples below.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
We have thoroughly enjoyed reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this term. So much so. we devoted a whole day to re-create the factory - with gigantic sweets, golden tickets, chocolate bars and even toadstools! We also produced fabulous news reports which are on display around the school.
Third Space Learning
We are very excited that our class is taking part in Third Space Maths Learning this year. In liaison with the class teacher, each child taking part is provided with personalised teaching which is linked to work taking place in the classroom and involves reasoning and problem solving. Everyone really looks forward to the session each week!
For more information about Third Space Learning, please click here.
The Sound Of Music!
We are really enjoying our music sessions on a Tuesday morning with Mr Crawford from the Lincolnshire Music Service. Our violins and violas are sounding great!
We have been enjoying learning all about the ancient Greeks; story telling the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, making clay pots and learning about what the ancient Greeks did for us. The children have also created some wonderful homework projects linked to our work on the ancient Greeks including some wonderful sculptures and 3D models.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the recent workshop with Chaila, where they had the opportunity to learn more about the Islamic faith.
Gravity Fields Festival
We were very lucky to visit the Gravity Fields Festival where we were involved in the primary discovery sessions. We enjoyed many activities including seeing the museum of the moon in St Wulfram’s Church, having a go in the Anti-Gravity box, going into the Space Dome and exploring the University of Hull’s science fair. The children loved it and found out a lot about science, especially Space, which they will be focusing on next term.
Our Class Display
One of our first tasks this term has been to create a display to represent our class name, Sambar. We used a picture of a Sambar deer with a grid on top to help us sketch pictures onto a blank grid. We were also given a section of the deer to complete using chalk pastels and put them together like a jigsaw to create a class picture we all contributed to. We think it looks great!
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