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Year 6

Friday 8th July, 2022

The highlight of the week for Year 6 was our fabulous trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, where the children had fun on rides, shopped on the promenade and ate fish and chips on the sea front. A fantastic day was had by all and some very special memories were made.

A huge well done to all of the children who behaved impeccably and made us all very proud. Please see the school webpage for photographs of the day.

Friday 24th June, 2022

Despite the heat this week, Year 6 have had some fun singing, acting and dancing their way through the Leaver's Assembly rehearsals. They are really enjoying seeing how the production is coming together. Alongside all this creativity, they have also found time to begin to explore our local significant historical figure, Charles Darwin. We combined our computer skills and historical research skills to find out about his life and his major discoveries and the impact on the way we see the world. They also learned about how he clashed with the Church over his controversial ideas around evolution and the legacy he left for the world when he died.

We have also been busy consolidating our Maths reasoning skills, by solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division arithmagons.

On Thursday, Year 6 had a visit from Mr Dale from Madeley High, who talked through any worries the children had about transition to Year 7. We found out some really interesting and important information to add to our transition fact files.

 

Friday 11th June, 2022

 

On Tuesday, Year 6 had an art day, to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. They practised drawing with proportion, mixing paints to create highlights and lowlights and painted some fabulous portraits of Queen Elizabeth 11.

This week, we have started our new Science topic, Evolution and Inheritance, by learning about how offspring inherit certain characteristics from their parents. We also explored variation and created some of our own species of animals by considering the many possible combinations of characteristics the animals could inherit. They came up with some very interesting inventions!

In PSHE, the children have discussed gender stereotyping and how it affects people choices and actions in every day life, especially in the work place.

In RE, the children learned about Pentecost and took part in some very interesting workshops, including drama, clay and art, throughout the day.

The children have also started to learn their lines and practise songs for our Leaver's Assembly.

A very busy, but fun week had by all!

Tuesday 24th May, 2022

Today, Year 6 spent the day learning about diversity, by taking part in 4 workshops across the day. They investigated migration and the reasons, both positive and negative, that people move to different places in the world. They then took the British Citizenship test (which was surprisingly hard!) and learned about the lives of refugees and Asylum Seekers from around the world.

During the Woman In Black workshop, the children explored Islam and why some Muslim ladies choose to wear traditional dress such as the Burka or Hijab as part of their religion. The children then spent a very creative afternoon, learning to write and speak Urdu and mastering their Chinese calligraphy skills. 

 

Diversity Day

Friday 20th May, 2022

 

This week, Year 6 have started one of their post SATS projects, and have produced some fantastic work. They have written biographies of Queen Elizabeth 11 and learned all about her duties as Monarch. They have researched and written about the Commonwealth and compared it to Queen Victoria's Empire. Using atlases, they have located the Commonwealth countries and labelled their capital cities. They have also researched the flags of various Commonwealth countries. On Tuesday afternoon, Year 6 had a DT afternoon and learned how to make pasta and a tomato sauce from scratch. Everyone agreed the end product was delicious. In PE they have enjoyed the sunny weather and practised their cricket and athletic skills on the top field. 

 

Pasta and Projects

What a great end to the week…well done Year 6!

Friday, 13th May, 2022

Our Year 6 children have been superstars, completing their SATS this week. They have proven themselves to be determined, resilient and good humoured in their approach to what has been a tiring and challenging week for everyone. All of us at Hugo are so proud of everything they have achieved this year and we are looking forward to creating more memories together in their final half term with us. Have a super, relaxing weekend, everyone. You deserve it!

Friday 6th May

Year 6 have had a final push with their SATS revision this week and we could not be prouder of how hard they have worked. We wish them all the very best of luck next week - Year 6 you are all superstars.smiley

Friday 1st April, 2022

Year 6 have been fully immersed in SATS practice this week and have really improved how well they can work under time restraints.

We are all exhausted and deserve a well-earned break this weekend!

We couldn't be more proud of the children's determination and drive to achieve their very best. Well done, Year 6! Keep up the hard work and you will smash those SATs!

Friday 25th March, 2022

Year 6 have worked so hard this week to complete their assessments to the best of their abilities. The resilience they have shown has been incredible and I am so proud of them all. In PE, they have taken part in a very well deserved yoga and mindfulness session, followed up with a cricket session in the sunshine. Their batting, throwing and catching skills are improving and we have had some exciting games of diamond cricket. The children have also been excitedly monitoring the growth of their sunflowers too, which are shooting up with surprising speed!

 

Friday, 18th March, 2022

This week, Year 6 have been thinking about the theme of growth, for Science week, 2022. As part of their PE lesson, they created their own outdoor gym circuits, thinking about how exercise is essential for healthy growth, while at the same time, looking for signs of new growth around the school grounds. It was lovely to be outside and keeping for on such a glorious Spring-like day. On Tuesday, the children decorated pots and planted their own sunflower seeds, which will be monitored weekly for growth and recorded  in line graphs as part of our Maths lessons over the coming weeks. We're very excited to find out who amongst us has the greenest fingers! The children have also entered a the Science Week 2022 competition, designing posters around the theme of growth. There have been lots of interesting entries, including posters showing the impact of population growth, life cycles of various animals and even the evolution of man.

In Maths, the children have continued to improve their arithmetic skills and have been working hard in particular, to find percentages of amounts. They have also learned how to convert fractions into decimals. As part of Poetry Week, the children have enjoyed sharing several poems during Guided reading sessions ad have recapped how pets use imagery to tell stories through poems. They have written some beautiful poems, using metaphors and similes to describe the sea.

 

Science Week 2022

Friday 4th March, 2022

A fantastic first week back after half term for Year 6, the highlight of which has been our World Book celebrations. The children came dressed in some very cleverly thought out costumes and we had great fun guessing the words linked to each costume. During the morning, the children listened to Barrack and Michelle Obama read the book 'The Word Collector' and then created their own collections of special and powerful words. They also worked along with the BBC Live lesson, where they explored the structure of story writing and created a advert to sell their favourite book. 

In Maths, the children have been working on recognising and ordering decimals, and multiplying and dividing decimals by 10,10 and 1000. In English, they have continued with our class reader, The Selfish Giant, exploring the use of formal language conventions and the use of semi colons to join main clauses together. In RE, the children had a visit from Father David, who talked about the process of confirmation in Christianity and in French, they have started a new unit of learning about clothing. In PE, the children improved their throwing and catching skills, by taking part in a Chance to Shine cricket session.

 

 

World Book Day

Friday, 10th February, 2022

This week has been packed full of fun activities in Year 6, as we've taken part in activities related to Children's World Mental Health Week and Safer Internet Day. On Monday, we kicked off Mental Health Week with a relaxing and mindful yoga session, at the end of which, a few of us were so relaxed that we fell asleep! Throughout the week, Year 6 have taken part in lots of circle time discussion activities, thinking about how we grow emotionally as well as physically. The children have written some wonderful acrostic poetry around the theme of Growing Together. For Safer Internet Day, the children considered and talked about how to show respect and keep safe while gaming online and designed some fabulous Gaming Guide characters to help advise other children when they're gaming online.

In Maths, we have finally reached the end of our new learning about fractions and have cracked finding the whole one, when given a fraction. In English, we have started our new class reader, The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde and made predictions about the story. We have explored the use of more formal and archaic language used by Oscar Wilde and practised turning active sentences into passive.

 

Yoga

Friday 4th February, 2022

In Maths this week, Year 6 have been working on finding fractions of quantities 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.

In English, the children have done some wonderful extended writing pieces as the final piece of work on our class reader, Star of Fear, Star of Hope. Their style, grammar and punctuation have all improved hugely since the start of the year, which is thanks to their hard work and determination. They have also been working on recognising phrases and different types of clauses in sentences, and practised using commas correctly.

On Monday, we welcomed a visitor into school to talk to us all about how to keep our teeth healthy. We investigated the sugar content on food packages and bottles of fizzy and explored how we could make healthier choices to protect our teeth. In PSHE, we investigated the role of pressure groups and researched groups which appealed to our own interests. In Science, we have started our new topic, Animals including Humans, by learning about the role of the heart in the circulatory system.

 

Friday 20th January 2022

Year 6 have worked incredibly hard once again this week and have cracked some really tricky concepts in their Maths lessons. They have worked to improve their arithmetic strategies and have improved their fluency when multiplying fractions, by either an integer or another fraction. 

In English, Year 6 have have produced some fabulous writing as we near the end of our class story, Star of Fear, Star of Hope. They have managed to empathise with the main character and have written both a letter and a diary extract from her perspective. There was some great examples of the children using and applying the grammatical concepts we have been learning about this half term, including parentheses, cohesion, the passive tense and expanded noun phrases.

In the afternoons, the children have practised their hula hooping skills during PE and located and explored the regions and cities of the United Kingdom in Geography. They were also visited by a group of artists and created a painting based on the theme of January, which will be entered into a competition. I really don't envy those with the job of choosing the winners - they were all fantastic!

Friday, 14th January, 2022

In Maths this week, Year 6 have been working on adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. They've also been solving some tricky multi step problems and honing their arithmetic skills.

In English, the children have learned about how to identify the object and subject in a sentence and have used this to begin to write identify and write their own active and passive sentences. They have investigated spelling rules for homophones and drafted a key scene from our class reader, Star of Fear, Star of Hope. They all worked really hard to improve their writing too, by editing and proof reading their work.

In Science, the children planned and carried out experiments to discover whether the length of the wires in a circuit would affect how well the other components worked and in Geography, they explored the United Kingdom's physical and human features, using an atlas. 

Friday, 7th January, 2022

It has been lovely to welcome all of our Year 6 children back after the Christmas break. They are all refreshed and ready to face the learning challenges awaiting in the Spring term. Over the past few days, they've tackled comparing and ordering fractions by finding a common denominator, evaluated the wooden structures they made in DT last term (photographs to follow) and refreshed their knowledge of how to punctuate parenthesis in their writing. They've also investigated spelling rules for near homophones, using our brand new school dictionaries. We can't wait to find out what we can achieve during the rest of this term!

Friday 10th December, 2021

In our penultimate week of the Winter term, Year 6 have been very busy completing their work on our World War Two topic. They have investigated and compared Anderson and Morrison shelters, and used their research to help design their own Morrison shelters. They have begun work on their DT topic by using their designs to create a shelter frame, using wood and a range of joining, strengthening and stabilising methods. They have worked extremely sensibly to measure and cut their wood accurately, using saws and clamps.

In PSHE, the children have learned about how to keep themselves healthy as they reach puberty and have created leaflets to help keep others safe and healthy too. In gymnastics, the children practised various roles and added them to their final performance of their group sequences. They have made superb progress in their gymnastic abilities this half term.

In Maths and English, Year 6 have been addressing misconceptions from last week's assessment papers, including recapping plural spellings and reasoning with multi step word problems. They have also been working on how to place fractions on number lines. 

Friday 3rd December 2021

Year 6 have worked incredibly hard this week to complete their assessments to the very best of their abilities. We are very proud of their superb attitude to learning ; they are a real credit to Hugo.

In the afternoons, the children have continued with their PSHE topic about puberty and in History, they have explored the use of propaganda by the German and British Governments during the war. In Science, they have practised drawing electrical circuits, using scientific symbols.

Friday 26th November, 2021

Year 6 have tackled their new maths topic, fractions, with great enthusiasm this week. They have recapped unit and non unit fractions, found equivalent fractions, simplified and started to convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions. I have been very impressed with how they've approached some quite tough reasoning and problem solving too.

In English, Year 6 have written diary extracts in the role of characters at key points from our class story, Star of Fear, Star of Hope. They have practised using commas for different purposes in their writing and also started to learn about active and passive sentences.

In the afternoons, they have continued to impress with their gymnastic skills, honing their sequences and practising different jumping techniques. In Science, Year 6 learned about the impact of the invention of electricity on modern life and researched the contributions of several significant scientists, including Michael Farraday. In PSHE, the children explored the changes that happen to boys and girls during puberty and how they might be affected emotionally by these changes. They wrote some very insightful and mature responses to problem page letters written by young children, struggling with emotional changes during puberty.

 

 

 

 

Friday 19th November, 2021

Year 6 have worked really hard this week to spread the message of One Kind Word in support of this year's Anti-bullying Week.

They took part in a live lesson and role played various situations, giving advice to each other on how to deal with the issue of bullying. They had fun designing their own pair of odd socks, to represent how our differences should be accepted and celebrated by others. They also designed some very thought provoking posters, to display around the school to encourage the younger members of our school community to spread a little kindness too.

In Maths, Year 6 have completed their calculations topic by tackling a new concept - BODMAS. They worked hard to get their heads around the order of calculations and are fully prepared to begin their new fractions and decimals topic unit, next week. In English, the children have explored the feelings of characters in our class text, Star of Fear, Star of Hope, investigating how the author creates a sense of fear and foreboding through clever language choices.

We have also started to share our WW2 topic work and the children are really enjoying sharing all that amazingly creative ways their friends have presented their research. Well done Year 6!

Anti Bullying Week

Henry Moore Art

Friday 12th November

In Maths Year 6 have been exploring number, focusing on factors, multiples and primes in particular. They have learned about the rules of divisibility to help them identify prime and composite numbers and found common factors and multiples. They have demonstrated some excellent reasoning and problem solving skills and enjoyed investigating with number.

In English, the children have been learning about phrases and have identified expanded noun phrases using adjectives and prepositional phrases. They even had a go at writing some of their own, ready to start applying them in their own writing next week. They also wrote some fantastic reports about life on the Home Front as a follow up to their History lesson this week. As Historians, they investigated how Britain was able to stand firm against the German threat during World War Two, using the Chrome books to research an aspect of the Home Front, before presenting back to the rest of the class.

In Science, Year 6 started their new topic, Electricity, and completed a quiz to find out about how much they remembered from their Science lessons in Year 4.

A number of the children also took part in our Remembrance assembly, where they showed off some of their fantastic work completed as part of the homework project set last term.

Friday 5th November, 2021

It's been a super first week back for Year 6, who have thrown themselves back into their learning with enthusiasm this half term.

In Maths, we have worked hard to crack the long division method and have practised writing remainders as fractions and decimals.

In English, we have started our new class text, Star of Fear, Star of Hope - a short story about a young girl's experience of living in France during the Nazi occupation. This term ,we will be exploring ways to improve our story writing, starting with using dialogue to advance the action and to appeal to the reader. 

During the afternoons, we have started our final piece of artwork in our Henry Moore topic - photos will be uploaded of our finished masterpieces. We think you'll be very impressed with our artistic skills! We have also completed our topic on Light, by investigating how shadows change size and shape.

 

Friday, 22nd October, 2021

In  Maths this week, we have moved onto recapping the short division method and learned about remainders, including how to represent them as fractions. As usual, there has been lots of problem solving and reasoning involved!

In English, we explored the point of view of the main character in our book, The Paper Bag Prince and took part in the drama activity, Conscience Alley, with enthusiasm.  We then wrote persuasive letters to the council in character, working hard to show off everything we've learned this half term about cohesion, precise language choices and persuasive devices. We've also had lots of editing and proofreading practice this week, looking particularly for spelling and punctuation errors. We have a class of budding teachers on our hands in Year 6!

During our afternoon lessons, we have explored Newton's Colour Theory and investigated how to create a spectrum of colour, using prisms and torches. In Art, we have practised our sketching skills, by drawing the human form in different positions. As historians, we improved the BBC ' Eric the Evacuee' animation by adding our own information to create a more balanced  perspective of what the evacuee experience was like. 

What a fantastic first half term the children have had! They've worked hard to show that they are more than up to the challenges of Year 6 and we're very excited to see what they will achieve in the coming months.

 

 

Friday, 15th October, 2021

Year 6 have worked incredibly hard once again this week and have completed some fabulous writing assessments, which showed off all they have learned this half term in their English lessons. We have been really proud of them all.  In Maths, the children have revisited using the formal written method for multiplication and completed some quite challenging reasoning and problem solving activities. They have also worked with Mrs Gleave to recap classifying of 3D shapes and investigated nets. In Science, they had lots of fun carrying out experiments to prove how light is refracted when it travels through different mediums. In Art, we continued to improve our sketching skills by exploring how to create shade and texture in our drawings, using different techniques. During our History lesson this week, the children used various sources to find out about the experiences of a range of evacuees during the war. Using their history skills, they were able to consider and question the reliability of photographic evidence, which suggested that the evacuee experience was overwhelmingly positive for most children. During our enquiry we found out that many children had miserable experiences during evacuation and this led us to think about about the Government's use of propaganda to uphold public morale during the war. We have some budding historians on our hands in Year 6!

Thursday 7th October, 2021

Year 6 had a very thought provoking trip to the National Memorial Arboretum on Tuesday. They were shown around the site and explored the many memorials on display, including a sculpture dedicated to the evacuees of World War Two. They also learned about the Bevin Boys, who worked in dangerous jobs as coal miners during the War. In the afternoon, they took part in a workshop, where they were asked to be detectives in order to find out about the lives of several different evacuee children. Our guide was very impressed with Year 6's reasoning and problem solving skills! The children were impeccably behaved and very much enjoyed their World War Two experience.

We also took part in a Remembrance Service to honour all those who have served and continue to serve our country.

Back in school, the children used what they learned at the Arboretum to write some fabulous diary extracts from the point of view of evacuated children.

 

The National Memorial Arboretum

Friday 1st October, 2021

 

Year 6 have had another busy week. In Maths, we've been learning about how to find the value of various intervals on different number lines. We've also moved onto our second topic, in which we will cover mental and formal methods of calculating with all 4 operations. The children got off to a flying start by recapping the column addition method and completing lots of challenging reasoning and problem solving activities, including missing number puzzles, which they loved! Column subtraction here we come!

In English, the children have planned and drafted some fabulously persuasive letters, asking the local council to improve the situation for residents living near to the Poison Pool in our book, The Paperbag Prince. They've explored the use of informal and formal language and various persuasive devices. They have also been working on their punctuation skills by proof reading and editing.

In Science, the children investigated and proved the Law of Reflection, using torches and protractors to measure the incident and reflected rays in diagrams they drew. They also learned about how periscopes work by reflecting light from an object, to mirrors and into the eye.

Year 6 also started their Art topic by learning all about the artist, Henry Moore and how his work was influenced by the Second World War. The children explored his work and recorded their own responses to his drawings and sculptures in their sketch books.

Year 6 have had a fabulous week and have especially enjoyed learning about the build up to World War Two in our history lessons.

They had a great debate about whether Chamberlain's policy of appeasement towards Hitler's Germany was the best action to take during the 1930s. The children came to different conclusions, but were able to justify their reasoning and thoughts. We're all very much looking forward to our upcoming trip to the Arboretum.

In English, the children's writing has been progressing brilliantly and they're making sure that they have used cohesion to make their paragraphs flow. The children's writing is beginning to have a real 'Year 6' feel to it, with the use of subordinating conjunctions and adverbial phrases. They have also explored the use of modal verbs to show possibility and certainty in their writing.

In Maths, we've come to the end of our unit on place value, by learning about negative numbers in context. Every day, the children have been taking part in a times tables challenge and have made super progress in both their accuracy and speed.

On Wednesday, we visited the church, where we explore the building and learned about baptism. The children worked hard, listened well and behaved impeccably. A great day was had by all!

Welcome to Year 6

 

Key information for parents:

  • Year 6 children are collected from the playground at 8.50am and enter school through the door near the cloakroom at the back of school.
  • Year 6 leave school at 3:15 pm. If your child is allowed to walk home alone please ensure that you complete a consent form.
  • PE day is Monday and children should come to school in their PE kit on that day.
  • On Wednesday, children visit the school library to change their reading books.

 

 

Miss Nicklin and Miss Wright are looking forward to seeing you in Year 6.

To contact Year 6, please use the form below.

Alternatively, you can email us directly at year6@hugomeynell.staffs.sch.uk

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