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Year 6

Key information for Year 6 parents:

 

  • Year 6 children are to arrive at school at 8:45 am and line up sensibly on the yard.  The end of school is 3:15 pm.

  • On a Tuesday and a Friday please can all Year 6 children attend school in their P.E kit which includes their hooded jumper, this is the day they will have both sessions of P.E.

  • Reading books in Year 6 will be changed and diaries will be checked each Monday.

  • Homework is set every Thursday and homework books should be returned the following Thursday for marking.

 

Welcome to Year 6! Our teacher is Miss Heath and our classroom support is Mrs Forrest. 

Summer Term, 2024

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a lovely Easter break.

Calendar Art Morning

Wonka Bar Film Afternoon

Letters of Complaint

The children have worked really hard this week planning and then writing a fantastic letter of complaint to a restaurant manager.

Art

Mini World Light Boxes

Year 6 Theatre Workshop

Red Nose Day 2024

World Book Day 2024

Spring 2 Week 2

 

This week, Year 6 have started their exciting new topic in art - BRAVE COLOUR.

 

The children have been introduced to a new, exciting artist Yinka Iloria

 

Yinka Iloria is a multidisciplinary artist and designer with a bold
bright visual language influenced by his British-Nigerian heritage.
Three components that feature heavily in Yinka’s work are pattern,
colour and storytelling.
 
The children loved exploring Yinka's designs and having a go at creating similar brave, colourful designs of their own!

Spring 2 Week 1

 

We've had a busy first week back in Year 6. The children have enjoyed the start of their new topics and were particularly thrilled to get started with their new Rock and Roll music focus! Yesterday, the children started to learn the dance moves to Hand Jive and the lyrics to Rock around the Clock. It's shaping up to be a fun half term! 

 

Hopefully everyone has received their invitation to our new SATs club, which commences from Monday 4th March.

 

Have a lovely weekend :)

Year 6 Week 4

 

Microorganisims

 

This week, Year 6 investigated the question, 'Is yeast a living thing?'

 

We revisited the seven signs of life and decided that as yeast gives off carbon dioxide when it consumes sugar, that this could possibly be respiration!

 

We conducted an experiment to see if this was true!

Spring 1 Week 3

 

Year 6, Super Scientists!

 

Classification keys

A key is a set of questions about the characteristics of living things.

You can use a key to identify a living thing or decide which group it belongs to by answering the questions.

 

This week, we investigated and explored CLASSIFICATION KEYS. With the help of a large bag of Liquorice Allsorts, we worked in small groups to make a variety of Classification Keys. Great fun!

 

Spring 1 Week 2

 

We've had a great week in Year 6 this week!

 

English

I have been particularly impressed with the children's writing in English. They have produced some fantastic letters which were written to the Selfish Giant. The children expressed their disgust with the Giant for banishing the children from his garden. Using the subjunctive form, the children informed the Giant on what they would do if they were him. They also made suggestions on how he can rectify his poor decision! Excellent work Year 6!

 

Maths

This week the children have spent time revisiting and revising their work on fractions. Their fluency when adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying with fractions has greatly improved! We have also started our unit on Ratio which will continue into next week.

 

Art

On Thursday we took part in an Art afternoon which was great fun. The children are really enjoying their new topic, 'Activism in Print'. They have been thinking of messages that they would like to share with the world, based on their own thoughts and opinions. The children have been really sensible in thinking about the things in life that really matter to them. We can't wait to start our screen printing and adding our messages on to our very own tote bags!

 

Computing

Our blogging unit is well underway now. The children have generated their own blogging topic and spent the afternoon designing and making a start to their actual blog! There are some fantastic blogs in production, including those on mountain biking, dog breeds, World War 2 and numerous football teams, to name a few. The children used their skills of saving and uploading images to enhance their blogs and to add visuals to their text. Once complete, their blogs will go 'live' so that classmates can take a look and even comment!

 

Science 

Our new topic, 'Living Things and their Habitats', has been great fun this week in our double science lessons. We have enjoyed grouping and classifying animals based on their skeletal structure and their nutritional needs. This afternoon, we worked in small groups to sort animals by 2, 3 and even 5 categories. 

 

Here are the key questions that we have been focusing on this week:

 

Can you name the 5 broad groups of animals?

What is an invertebrate animal?

Do all animals have a skeleton?

What is an exoskeleton?

Can you decide on the criteria to sort these animals?

How could you classify animals according to their nutrition?

Welcome back - Spring Term 2024

 

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Mrs Forrest and I would like to thank you all for our lovely Christmas gifts and cards. They were very gratefully received and appreciated.

 

We've had a great first week back in school. The children are very enthusiastic and excited about our Spring Term topics which they have been introduced to across the week.

 

In English, we will be exploring Oscar Wilde's 'The Selfish Giant' and will continue to work towards the Year 6 Mastery Keys within our writing. Features such as expanded noun phrases, subordinating and relative clauses, sentence and paragraph openers, as well as demonstrating a range of punctuation, shall continue to be worked on within a range of text types.

 

In Maths, we have spent the week working on metric measures. The children have used metric measures to calculate, convert and solve problems successfully.

 

Well done everyone!

 

 

 

 

Year 6 Celebrate Christmas

 

What a fantastic end to our extremely busy Autumn Term!

 

Year 6 celebrated the start of the festive period in style! It all began when the children entered the classroom on Thursday and were treated to a 'North Pole Breakfast'. The children enjoyed helping themselves to a delicious breakfast, which included: pain au chocolate, reindeer crumpets, hot, buttered scotch pancakes, nutella, fresh fruit, a selection of biscuits, cereal, fruit juice and, of course, chocolate coins!

 

Following that, and with full bellies, we headed off outside and were greeted by two beautiful reindeer and the big man himself, Santa! 

 

Our afternoon involved a movie with hot chocolate, squirty cream, marshmellows, candy canes, popcorn and a selection of crisps! As if that wasn't enough, we then joined the rest of the school for a superb festive Christmas singsong!

 

We certainly do wish that everyday could be Christmas!

 

What a way to spend our last Hugo Christmas <3

D&T Electrical Systems: Steady-hand Game

 

Year 6 demonstrated great talent and enthusiasm during our latest D&T project. We learned all about function and form and used our new learning to design and then create our own steady-hand game! By applying their previously taught knowledge of circuits, the children worked in teams to create a circuit with a buzzer within a game! Every time contact was made with the metal loops, the circuit became complete and the dreaded buzzer rung out for all to hear! Once function of the product was perfected, the children then turned their focus on the less important form (design).

 

Great work Year 6!

World War 2 Experience Day

Food and Nutrition - Come Dine With Me

 

It was the turn of our 'dessert' children to create a delicious wartime dish this week and what fantastic bakers they turned out to be! All of the group are extremely proud of their dessert and we are certain that they will taste as fantastic as they look! Enjoy them after tea with a scoop of ice-cream or a drizzle of custard!

 

All that is left for us to do now is to review the wonderful creations that the children have made over the past three weeks. We will be making our own three-course wartime menu based on our learning and cooking experiences from this half term and scoring our dishes based on appearance and taste.

 

What a fun few weeks we've had! Well done Year 6.

Food and Nutrition - Come Dine With Me

 

It was the turn of our 'mains' children to create a wartime dish this week and what a super job they did! All of the group whipped up a delicious cheese and potato dumpling dish. We hope you enjoyed tasting their creations at home. We are looking forward to next week when the 'dessert children' will be serving up an apple crumble!

Food and Nutrition - Come Dine with Me

 

This half term, as part of our Design and Technology topic, we are linking our cookery lessons with our current WW2 topic. We have investigated the rationing system that occurred during the 1940s and have even devised our own wartime recipe book using basic ingredients! 

 

This half term we will:

  • Find a suitable recipe for their course.
  • Record the relevant ingredients and equipment needed.
  • Follow a recipe, including using the correct quantities of each ingredient.
  • Write a recipe, explaining the process taken.
  • Explain where certain key foods come from before they appear on the supermarket shelf.

 

Today, it was the turn of the 'starter' children to use their ingredients, equipment and recipe to make delicious cheese pinwheels. The children demonstrated superb culinary skills and thoroughly enjoyed their time creating their wartime starter. Well done to you all. Next week, the 'main course' children will be serving up a hearty cheese and potato dumpling dish - we can't wait!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

Show Racism the Red Card

Fieldwork Fun - Planning and Data Collection

 

We've had a super week this week working on our fieldwork enquiry, 'How is population impacting our environment'. Our fieldwork investigation followed a full enquiry structure which saw the children carefully plan out their investigation. Using two local but different enquiry sites, the children planned to collect three sets of data in two locations.

 

The first location was in Market Drayton. Here the children predicted that by having a larger population number, the environment would not be as pleasant. Our geographers conducted a traffic survey, average noise pollution recordings using a decibel meter and they also spoke to members of the public to gain their opinions on the environment by using a Likert Scale. 

 

Our second fieldwork location was in Loggerheads, just outside of the school gates. This area was much less populated as the children predicted. Data was collected here to discover if this much quieter location has a better quality of environment than the more densely populated Market Drayton.

 

By comparing our traffic surveys, decibel meter recordings and public opinions recorded on our Likert Scales at both locations, we will analyse and present our overall findings to answer our enquiry question, 'How is population impacting our environment'.

 

We can't wait to present and share our findings next week!

A VERY Energetic Week!

 

This week in Year 6, we have been lucky enough to take part in FOUR active sessions! We have enjoyed our two usual PE slots as well as experiencing a special taster tennis workshop (which was fantastic) and a scientific experiment where we measured our heart rate! 

 

The children have been continuing to enjoy our end of day novel, Letters from the Lighthouse, which is introducing them to the ways of life for three children during World War Two, ready for our Autumn 2 History topic.

 

There has also been some fantastic spelling work taking place this week. The use of dictionaries and spelling rules when adding suffixes is helping us to improve on our accuracy when spelling longer and trickier words.

 

Well done everyone!

A Busy Week in Year 6

We've had a very busy week in Year 6 this week!

 

PE

Every single child earned the Bee Active Star of the Week award this week due to their amazing teamwork and resilience during our Invasion Games lesson with Jamie. The children showed great technique and listening skills as they continued to master their ability to 'switch the play'. I was really impressed with their tactics and ability to play the long ball to their fellow team members in order to make three continuous passes. Well done to the yellow team who were the overall team winners this week.

 

Geography

This week, the children have been using atlases to identify population density across the world. The children were also able to interpret a pie chart to determine which areas of the world have the greatest/lowest population distribution. Some fantastic locational knowledge was demonstrated. 

 

French

Our new French topic focuses on 'Going to School' (a l'ecole). We all enjoyed learning what the different subjects are called in French and discussing the importance of which determiner to choose.

 

An excellent week for all! Well done, Year 6!

Our First Week in Year 6

Our First Week in Year 6

 

What a fantastic start to Year 6! The children have settled into their new class brilliantly.  We have been really impressed with their positive attitude and super maturity. They have all come back to school ready to learn and this has been fantastic to see!

 

It has been a busy start to Year 6 with us getting to grips with numbers up to 10, 000, 000 in Maths and the workings of our circulatory system in Science. In Geography, we have made a start on our topic based on population change and in PE the children have started to work on their invasion games skills. 

 

I'd like to say well done to everyone for completing their first set of Year 6 homework and for taking the time to learn their spellings this week. Keep it up!

 

We can't wait for next week.

Pure determination & grit!

This week Year 6 have shown excellent resilience and determination as well as maturity when tackling a series of problem-solving and reasoning and application questions, independently.  They have shown what they know and what elements of their learning they may need further practice on or clarifications they need.  This may be in terms of the methods they may use or the process/terminology they need to further understand.

In Music, the children have began learning about how Music teaches us about our community.  This Unit of Work celebrates a wide range of musical styles. During this unit the children will: be listening, singing, playing, composing, and performing. The Musical Spotlight is ‘Exploring Notation Further’. The children will continue to learn about all the Foundational Elements of Music with a focus on notation, while working implicitly with all the other elements of music as they go through the steps of the unit. Notation was formally introduced in Year 3 and the children will perform their own composition at the end of the unit- we look forward to hearing their pieces performedheart

 

RE- Our Easter visit to our church 

Year 6 took part in a pilgrimage retelling the story of Easter with actors telling their version of events in and around the church grounds. The children collected souvenirs along the journey and made an Easter garden from biscuits and sweets - yum!

Geography fieldwork- 4 and 6 figure grid references


The children have conducted a Geographical fieldwork in and around the school grounds. They found twelve eggs in varying locations and write the four and six figure grid references related to our school map. 

British Science week at Hugo 🧪 🧫 🧬 
Oh no! There's been a robbery! Someone has broken in and stolen all our science chemicals!

Luckily, the fantastic Forensic Scientists in Year 6 were on duty to solve this mystery.

Firstly, our highly skilled teams used chromatography to identify which suspect's pen was used to write a threatening note found at the crime scene. After narrowing our potential suspects to just two, fingerprint analysis of prints 'lifted' from the chemical shelf provided conclusive evidence that Mr Williams - the Science Teacher - was the guilty party. He is currently awaiting trial and thanks to our teams efforts we are hopeful of a conviction.
#BritishScienceWeek2023

Art- Activisim

This term in Art Year 6  have explored how artists use their skills to speak on behalf of communities.  They have made art about things they care about and done this through:

 

  • Seeing how artists use their skills to make art which speaks about things which matter, often on behalf of whole communities.

  • Exploring how they can find out what they care about, and find ways they might share their ideas with us.

  • Seeing how their classmates may have different things they care about, or share things they care about, but they are all valid.

  • Creating visuals and text which communicate their message.

  • Using line, shape and colour to make their artwork.

  • Using typography to make their messages stand out. 

  • Combining different techniques such as print, collage and drawing

  • Reflecting and articulating about their own artwork and artwork made by their classmates

World 🌍Book📚Day

Children's Mental Health Week

Throughout the week, year 6 pupils have been completing activities aimed at promoting their mental well-being. In these activities, children have had to consider: things that promote their well-being; the things which may affect their mental health andd how to cope with feelings of anxiety, stress, and nervousness. They have also focussed on the importance of spending quality time doing the things they enjoy and reflecting on the various things which make them, them! Pupils have also looked at how our school values can positively impact upon their mental health, as well as how a growth mindset allows them to develop and aspire to achieve their very best.

 

Safer Internet Day

Across the day children completed a series of activities, they completed a quiz to test their knowledge of internet safety in a fun and interactive way.  They read the story 'Hanni and the magic window' and reflected on the magic window story, thinking about how they can ask for help and support when accessing the internet.  They also conducted a role play where they were given a series of scenarios which allowed them to consider how to approach difficult situations, consider how to find support and think about the people who are there to help them.  Finally, they designed a poster of how to stay safe online.  The children got a lot out of the day using the knowledge they acquired to provide helpful information to help their peers to navigate difficult situations which they may be presented with online.

Geography- We are Britain - Human Geography

 

This week Year 6 have learned more about how humans have changed

the landscape of the United Kingdom.  Children investigated their local area and highlighted the various human changes.  They drew a range of human features in the UK and described each feature giving reasons why.  

 

Key Questions that children investigated:

  • How have humans changed the UK landscape in the past?
  • How can humans sometimes damage the UK's landscape?
  • In what ways can human activities sometimes improve the
  • UK's landscape?
  • How might humans affect the UK landscape in the future?

Maths - Fractions

Key learning this week:

  • Equivalent fractions  and ordering on a number line
  • Comparing and ordering fractions according to their numerator
  • Comparing and ordering fractions according to their denominator
  • Adding and subtracting simple fractions
  • Adding and subtracting mixed numbers

Year 6 have been working on completing questions to do with fractions (see above) and have worked on some tricky fraction problem-solving. They have also been recapping various mental arithmetic methods and improving their speed when completing the maths blasts and maths hammer questions, applying what they know to various scenarios.

 

Can you solve the following problems?

English - Classic narrative - The Selfish Giant

This week the children contributed to discussions and asked questions to improve their understanding, they used the image of the front cover and the book to make predictions and provide justifications using reasons from what they could see.  They then wrote a short description of what they could see in the image using expanded noun phrases and appropriate prepositions as well as precision language from the text.  After this, they discussed what was so special about the giant’s garden, why the children loved playing in there, and read the picture - finding all the attractive elements of the giant’s garden.  We then looked at the vocabulary in the text and explored how the author described the garden, the type of vocabulary, and then the more formal descriptions e.g. delicate blossoms of pink and pearl compared to a more informal description e.g. bright pink flowers.  After our discussions children wrote a classic poem using their noun phrases by finishing the line: This is the garden where… e.g. This is the garden where delicate peach trees blossom and the flowers shine out from the grass like stars in the night sky.

Geography - We are Britain

The children discussed the United Kingdom and how it includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as each country in the UK's capital city: London (England),Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff (Wales) and Belfast (Northern Ireland).  we located the UK in the continent of Europe ad where we were in the UK, discussing the division of counties and how Loggerheads is in the county of Shropshire (although it has a Staffordshire postcode). We are located in Staffordshire in the middle of England.  We then used atlases to recognise that the UK is an Island and is surrounded by Oceans/seas: The North Sea, The Atlantic Ocean, and the English Channel.  Using all this knowledge we firstly labelled the countries, cities, and oceans of the U.K and then the counties

                                       

Christmas 🎄 reindeer craft 🎅🏼

Year 6 Christmas 🎅🏼 dinner 🎄!

Shelters galore and more!

 

This half term in Design and technology focussed on a unit called ‘Structures’. It explored and extended children’s knowledge of structures through the brief of designing and making a small scale shelter that was the following:

  • to be stable and sturdy
  • to be waterproof
  • to be weatherproof
  • to be attractive
  • to house people/creature
  • to have a strong foundation
  • to be durable 

 

They then investigated the use of simple joining methods to creating frameworks with art straws, sticks and square section wood. Through this brief the children were challenged to investigate the different ways and techniques in which to join and make their shelters as well as consider what other methods and materials they would need to ensure it was weather and waterproof.  Children used glue, string, cardboard, wood, lollipop sticks and laminated sheets to create their shelters. Take a look below to see them in action…