Welcome to Year 6!
You’re in your final year at Mesty Croft! It’s time to show that you are ready to be a role model to the rest of the school and that you are prepared for your SATs tests and the move to Secondary school. This year will be full of exciting, new learning opportunities and memorable experiences.
Our six fantastic topics this year are:
Autumn 1 - Have a Heart
Autumn 2 - The Great War
Spring 1 - Voices from the Past
Spring 2 - In Shakespeare's Shoes
Summer 1 - TBC
Summer 2 - Skellig
Remember in May of this academic year, you will sit your end of Key Stage Two tests (SATs). Throughout the year, we will work with you and support you to ensure that you reach your full potential. You will be tested in: Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) and Maths. Your writing will be assessed by your class teacher from regular ‘Big Write’ tasks.
Our aim is for you to leave Mesty Croft as confident and independent learners who are proud of your achievements and ready to take the next step in your life. Remember to aim high – don’t let anyone or anything hold you back!
Year 6 had heaps of fun today starting to design our Macbeth Puppet Shows. After a great in-depth discussion about how we could create an atmosphere and add a depth to our set designs, we worked in pairs to create a detailed drawing of our puppet shows. On our tables we had sample materials to help us decide.
At the end of our lesson we evaluated our designs. Keeping it positive, we completed post-it note sentences for each other's designs:
"Have you thought about..."
"Maybe you could try..."
"Why not use..... so that....."
We created 3D shape models using play dough. As we worked we used language such as 'vertices', 'edges', 'faces' and 'apex'.
Some of us decided to use straws to create the frame of a 3D shape. Although we found it tricky to attach straws at an apex, we persevered and knew how many straws would be needed to create the shape's edges.
In PSHE today Year 6 looked at celebrations that are held universally - and how and why they are celebrated! We created freeze-frames of a celebration for our companions to guess.
Can you tell which celebration each of our groups is showing?
As we are looking at WW1, we took the opportunity close to Remembrance Day to create our own clay poppies. We took inspiration from Paul Cummins' spectacular exhibition at the Tower of London last year. The clay poppies were to mark the centenary since Britain's first full day of fighting in the war. Additionally, we now know that 888,246 poppies were individually handmade to represent each British fatality in WW1.
We used clay, marking tools, rolling pins and water to create our own poppies. We are going to paint them once they're dry so check back here to see our final result!!
This week in our reading sessions, we looked at a real-life letter that a man in WW1 had sent to his Mum whilst out in the trenches, fighting for our country.
In order for us to make sense of the letter, we looked at some 'trench lingo' and decided whether they were real words used in WW1, or if Miss Jones had made them up to try and trick us!
Some of our favourite words were;
During PSHE we looked at how difficult some tasks can be when you have a disability. In our groups, we had to be blindfolded, wear ear plugs, use only one arm or not use our legs whilst we completed the following tasks:
We found it extremely difficult! Without our team mates and collaboration, we don't think we could have completed our challenge. To end our PSHE lesson this week, we looked at ways that we would help a child in our class if they had a disability and how we would ensure that they were always included in everything we do in school.
As many of Y5 and Y6 were at Red Ridge residential this week, the rest of us participated in an Enterprise Week to find the next best inventor of 2017! We participated in many tasks throughout the week including;
We had so much fun working together and found being project manager a very stressful experience! It is hard to manage a team and ensure the best results.
Year 6 (and the rest of the school) are going for Diamond on Mesty's new times-table tracker. Every week we are practising a set of multiplication tables so that we may accomplish a test on a Friday. We need to show that we can answer 40 multiplication and division facts in 4 minutes....
Report back here to find out how we are getting on!
Why don't you have a sing along of our circulatory rap?
Why don't you practise our Harvest song at home, in preparation for our assembly?
Today, all of Year 6 were fortunate to receive a Skype call from Jonathon Emmett (author of 'The Clockwork Dragon'). After various technical difficulties (notably saved by Miss Jones), we could finally ask him all the burning questions we had thought of earlier in the week.
He showed us a variety of his books... we particularly liked his favourite book 'The Santa Trap'; named as such because he liked to trap Santa when he was only a child. We enjoyed talking to him and all thought he was very friendly and inspiring - we are all keen to become budding authors now!
The whole school came together to create a wonderful Lego City!
Class 13 and 14 spent a whole morning with Year 4 and 5 in the hall, creating masterpieces: from well-equipped beaches to streamlined aeroplanes. From mighty mansions to petite cottages. We all really enjoyed working together and having the opportunity to develop and show our creative assets.
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