On these pages (available by clicking on the pictures above) you will find important information about life in Year 6, including our termly topic sheet, and photos of the Year 6 staff, so you can put a face to the names your child mentions. Please also take the time to click on the ‘Learning’ picture above to visit our Year 6 news page for photos of recent activities and examples of the children’s work.
If you want to catch us for a quick chat, Miss Thurston is on duty on the Key Stage 2 playground after school on Tuesdays and Miss McIlveen on Fridays. Do see us there, or, if you want to talk in more depth, you can also arrange an appointment by sending in a note, or contacting the school office.
Miss Thurston and Miss McIlveen
Please find below some home-learning activities for your children to have a go at for the week commencing 30/03/2020:
Later Years Phase Leader
Later Years Phase Leader
Some websites and activities to try….
https://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/actions – lots of activities to do outdoors or in the garden
http://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/ – lots if simple science experiments here that can be done with household object
Oxford Owl – free but requires registration. The books follow the same book banding system as Queens’ Federation.
Audible (from Amazon) – free stories to listen to while schools are closed. These books are classified into sections for Littlest Listeners, all the way up to Teens. Please open in Chrome browser.
Event, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Queens Federation Quiz!
This weeks quiz is hosted by Ms Simmons. Please click the videos below to take part. Good luck!
Science – Leaf Study
Year 6 took advantage of our lovely field space in Science recently. We’re studying plants and looking for key observable characteristics. We each chose the most interesting leaf we could find and then took it indoors to discuss. We then created a branch diagram to help us work out what sort of leaf it was!
6.2 have just won Snowy, Queen Edith’s attendance bear, for the first time this year. We all worked so hard to be in school and prompt, resulting in a week of fun! Our next aim, as a year group, is to take him to Grafham in June.
PE – Fitness
In PE this week, the Sports Leaders enjoyed running a fitness session involving a circuit of different activities. We had a certain amount of time to do the activity and then some ‘rest’ time between.
Science – Beak Experiment
In Science, we finished the half term by conducting our own experiment to determine whether the size and shape of a bird’s beak really makes a difference to the type of food that it eats. We have been learning to identify how animals are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution, and the beaks of birds are clear to see. We used sweets to be the ‘prey’ and the children were birds using different types of beaks (tweezers, large tongs, tooth pick and straw). They had to see how much “prey / food” they can “eat” by transferring it from plate to plate – jelly worms, hundreds and thousands etc. Each beak had 20 seconds to collect as much food as possible.
Nursery, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Last week was National Storytelling Week and to mark it, classes around school celebrated the magic of storytelling. Early Years classes continued to learn and practice their stories together while Later Years classes read our class books aloud at the end of each day. Year 6 leaders also visited other classes to share their love of reading with other students!
Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Pupil’s Eye View
Year 6 enjoyed a trip into Cambridge this week to enjoy an experience day when we visited Downing College and King’s College. We were hosted by Downing where we had lunch and enjoyed a talk from Katriona about the history of Cambridge University. Students Meg and Sophia then took us on a hunt around the buildings to find out facts about the college itself and then we were able to grill them about student life. We enjoyed seeing parts of the University that we hadn’t seen before and were amazed at just how much land Downing has! We then walked to King’s and went inside the Chapel – a second opportunity for some of us this year. All in all, it was a cold but lovely day out!
Michael Rosen Workshop
On the 15th January, Year 6 walked to Coleridge Community College to enjoy a poetry workshop led by Michael Rosen, in conjunction with History Works. As well as reading some of his own poetry, he told us many thought-provoking tales of his family and how they had been personally impacted by the Holocaust in World War 2. As a group, we listened to and wrote our own poems related to the ideas brought up.
Student Community Action
Year 6 were visited by six University of Cambridge students who are members of the society ‘Student Community Action’. This is a club which donates their time for others in the community. In groups, we decided what makes a good (and bad) volunteer and then presented our own ideas on volunteer projects that could be run in school. At the end, we were able to ask general questions about University life and what it is like to be an undergraduate student. It was great to have a firsthand experience and we can’t wait to look round Downing College next week.
We have begun to study the work of M C Escher, a Dutch graphic artist who uses tessellations, optical illusions and architecture to create fascinating and puzzling artwork. We had lots of fun trying to understand several of his pieces and then thought about whether or not we liked his style and what specific features he uses. We are excited to start recreating his work and practice our skills in drawing.
In Year 6, we played dominoes while learning how to tell the time. The children used domino cards with clock faces on them, which they then needed to match with the French words.
Our new topic is a local history study, looking at Quentin Blake’s Panorama of 800 years of the University. We’ve already looked at the beginnings of the University and when the colleges were founded, next we’ll look at key moments in its history.
Year 2, Year 6
A Christmouse Tale
On Wednesday, Year 2 and Year 6 were treated to a performance of A Christmouse Tale by Pendle Productions to support their work in their fairytale topics. Children enjoyed the cheery Christmas musical following the adventures of a lonely white mouse as he escapes the pet shop and tries to find his own way to the house where he was to have been a special gift.
To finish our gymnastics unit on symmetry and asymmetry, we joined forces with students across classes and practised, performed and perfected these routines. There were some outstanding examples of our Learning Habits being shown and wonderful synergy across the year group. Well done to everyone!
After successfully running to Paris, Year 6 have decided to combine our efforts as we aim to run, jog or walk the 1,387 miles to Lapland in time for our Christmas break. Pupils and staff will be counting their laps of the playground and adding them to our new map! We’ve been loving this new initiative which we have found improves both our physical and mental wellbeing.
Positional Language in Maths
In Maths, Year 6 have been looking at position and direction as well as recapping some maths language. Miss T’s Maths class had an active session using hoops, balls and other sports equipment. We had been set a series of challenges and needed to see if we could meet them. First we tried making 2 ½ rolls in one go and working out how many degrees this was. We couldn’t do forward rolls as we needed to always land on our heads with our heels in the air (not safe!) but we could do pencil rolls! We also had to see how many rotations of a hoop we could do in 30 seconds, then find out if we could do it both clockwise and anticlockwise. We then created our own challenges and had great fun!
DT: Creating our carousels
Year 6 have been tasked to create a working carousel. We visited Year 2 students to carry out some market research about what characters, stories and aesthetics they preferred. After careful planning in our groups, we have now started the very exciting stage of designing and decorating it. We will be welcoming in parents later on this term to show them our finished masterpieces!
Gymnastics: ‘the floor is lava’ challenge
To celebrate the end of our Gymnastics unit, the Sports Captains designed a ‘Floor is Lava’ challenge where pupils had to get from one end of the hall to the other, while only using the equipment provided. Everyone took part in house teams and had loads of fun!
Year 5, Year 6
Road Safety Week – visit from local PCSO’s
To mark Road Safety week, and the impact that the darker days are having, Later Years had a special assembly run by two PCSO’s from our community. They spoke to us about the dangers of the roads as pedestrians and as cyclists. We refreshed our knowledge of ways to stay safe and said a huge thank you to them for coming in!
Coding on iPads
Year 6 have been working with iPads recently. In maths we’ve played games with coordinates; in topic we’ve been documenting the progress of our fairground rides and in computing lessons we’ve had to code some popular games. Pupils have also learned how to use features (like AirDrop and mark-up tools) to screenshot, label and send our work to our teachers so that they can see what we’ve been doing. Some of the Year 6’s have been made digital leaders to help around the school in other classrooms too – well done!
To build suspense and link to our topic of Fairground and Fairytales, Year 6 have been looking at conventions of traditional tales. We used a wonderful resource called the Hollow Woods storytelling card game where we mixed them up and retold our own stories. All the cards link to each other and we found out that there were over 2 quintillion different ways to piece them together!
On Parent Open Afternoon, Year 6 selected and ran their own activities to show parents how we are continuing to develop our mathematical fluency by practising times tables and the four operations in a variety of different ways.
As our first Science lesson in our new topic of Fairgrounds and Fairytales, we got out the electrical equipment and made simple circuits in pairs. We used different components of a motor, a buzzer or a lightbulb. We looked at scientific symbols for the items we used and drew our own before explaining how the circuit worked. We are looking forward to more!
World War 2 Day
To celebrate the end our World War II topic, Year 6 enjoyed an experiential day where they participated in a range of exciting activities. These included baking honey cakes with rationed ingredients, creating replica paper spitfires, embroidering individual pieces of fabric to create our celebratory bunting, writing radio broadcasts and translating Morse code messages. In the afternoon, we had lots of fun dancing to traditional 1940s music before sampling our delicious jam sandwiches and honey cakes.
English: varying sentence lengths for effect
In English class, Year 6 were tasked to create a short paragraph that was as scary as possible, placing emphasis on certain words or pauses that would affect the reader. We needed to practice writing short, medium and long sentences. We wrote these in an eerie silence, then read them aloud in darkness with just a torch to set the mood. We loved hearing what each other had written!
Here are some portions of our paragraphs – which one do you think is most effective and why?
CRACK! I turned and there it was, just looking at me. My heart was racing and I couldn’t do anything as every muscle in my entire body had stopped working. I froze. With no sign of mercy, it took a chance to hit me.
Suddenly, the door closed. It was silent. In front of me was a large shadow and as I scanned it, I felt like someone was behind me. A creak of a floor board alarmed me. I knew no one was there but then, downstairs, a howl from a window shocked me. The dim light flickered.
It was dark. I was in an old, mysterious house. In front of me stood a stiff wooden door. There was an eerie noise on the other side so I crept closer. Anxiously, I peered through the keyhole. A light flickered. I opened the door and wandered in with my torch. My heart was pounding. I was suddenly swallowed by darkness when my only source of light stopped working.
The sound of footsteps got louder and louder until they stopped. There was a loud, piercing scream which echoed. While closing my eyes I heard it again. Sweat trickled down my face. While shaking, I stood up, my hands clenching in a tight fist, my lips trembling and my heart thumping. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a shadow. Was I imagining it? Should I run?
The spider was catching up quickly. A shadow moved. A floorboard creaked. The group realised that they were trapped. Hopelessly, they tried the door again and again. As suspected, it was locked. Creeping, crawling, the spider scuttled towards them. It was already upon them.
Drip. Drip. The sound of water falling from the ceiling above. It was too dark to see ahead with no torch and certainly no light. My shoes were becoming more damp, then even wetter. Drip. Drip. I tried to feel along the wall and felt a sticky substance that wasn’t water. Then I felt nothing.
In the distance there was a bright, flickering light straight ahead. I plucked up the courage to get up and move towards the light. I looked through a keyhole and could see a pair of red eyes but the door was locked.
I was alone. The only light that I had was the moon, and the moon only. I couldn’t remember a thing that had happened before. Consequently, all I knew was that it was dark: pitch black. Slowly but surely, I entered a forest that was looming above my petrified soul, and that had blocked out the light of the moon, so much that I couldn’t go on. Wait! What was that? I was sure that a malevolent shadow was watching. Waiting. Looking.
Bang! Was I alone? My heart was racing fast. Somehow I heard a shatter that caught my ear. Smash! I knew that I was definitely not alone.
Shelter. All I needed was shelter. I ran. The old house was partly destroyed, but I needed shelter. Was there someone here? I had to venture inside as the rain was too forceful. I stepped inside. A strange sight greeted me: chandeliers on the floor. Footsteps. A door to the left started to open, no, was being pushed open. Fearing for my life, I ran up the purple-carpeted stairs.
Science: Making Periscopes
As part of our Science topic on light, we’ve been trying to understand how mirrors reflect light and how they (and our eyes) can help us to see objects. We had to use our knowledge to make a periscope – a device for seeing over or around something. Did you know that periscopes were first used by sailors in around 1860, who used them in submarines to see above the surface of the water? They were also used by soldiers in the First World War, to see over the top of their trenches.
When you look at an object, you see it because the light (from a source such as the sun or a lamp) reflects off the object and goes into your eye. If the object is round a corner, you can’t see it anymore because the light reflecting off the object can’t get into your eye. That’s why you need a periscope. A periscope uses mirrors to reflect the light from the object around the corner and into your eye.
In this fun, practical lesson, we all tried creating them in groups using a cereal box, scissors and two mirrors. Our teachers said we synergized well, but our periscopes were made with varying degrees of success!
Mrs Risdon’s Visit
Chloe’s granny visited us and gave a very interesting and informative presentation about her father (Chloe’s Great-grandfather) who was in the British army in Egypt. She has some amazing artefacts for us to look at – we LOVED it!
We made our own replica gas masks for a mini DT project this week. We used card, cellophane, bubble wrap and elastic to create them and had such a lot of fun!
English Homework projects
Year 6 were set the challenge of completing a project of their own choosing relating to our topic of World War 2. They presented their work in class today, our final day of the topic, and Miss Mc and I were so impressed by lots of them! It was clear that children had been proactive with their homework, choosing a subject that most interested them, working hard with their presentation, setting a goal for their end creation and using their initiative! The creativity was astounding and the children presented their home learning to the rest of their class so well. Here are some of our projects:
Year 6 have been working to create art which shows the skyline of London before, during or after the Blitz. We learned about the German bombing offensive against Britain in 1940 and 1941 then looked at images of the destruction and devastation caused by the shells. At first, we washed our white paper with watercolours in hues that we had decided would be accurate, then we decided upon a black silhouette for our skyline and either cut or ripped it to fit over our sky. It looks really effective, we think!
Performing in Assembly
Pupils from KS2 have been volunteering to perform a range of musical instruments while children are walking into assembly. Congratulations to those who have successfully performed in front of their peers – we’re loving the opportunity in Year 6!
Paul Nash Artwork
This half term in Art lessons we have been studying Paul Nash and trying to look closely at his work. We discussed artwork such as The Battle of Britain, Totes Meer, Battle of Germany and Defense of Albion. The sombre tones and colours, as well as the marred landscapes, were great points for debate. We chose our favourite one and tried to replicate a small area of it in his style before creating our own Nash-ish watercolour.
On Friday 27th September, Year 6 took a trip out to Duxford Imperial War Museum to view the amazing exhibits and learn more about our first topic of World War 2. We visited Hangars 8, 4 and 1 to look at the vast array of different vehicles and models. We followed trails made by our teachers to really ensure that we were looking at specific parts very closely. We especially loved their ‘Heavy Drop’ exhibit, the Normandy experience with armour and weapons as well as the range of interactive Science tools which let us play with forces and engines. It was a great experience for us.
This week, some of our Year 6 pupils have chosen to participate in Bikeability. This is a free course run by local volunteers which aims to teach children practical skills and how to cycle safely on today’s roads. We spent the first day on the playground learning how to start and stop safely, and how to look after our bikes. Then we went out on the nearby roads for 3 sessions to test our skills and learn how to be safe around others – pedestrians or vehicles.
We had lots of fun during an outdoors investigation this week, learning how to find the approximate age of a tree. We had to measure 1 metre up from the base of the trunk and then use a tape measure to find out the girth of the trunk. As 2.5cm is roughly equivalent to one year of aging, we worked out that we had to divide the girth (in cms) by 2.5 to find out the age of the tree. Did you know that there are lots of trees in our school field older than 100 years?!
World War 2
In an introduction to our first topic of World War 2, pupils used iPads to research key ideas (such as food and rationing, the role of women and evacuation) before collaborating and sharing what they had learned.
To start this year, Year 6 have been looking at the 7 habits of highly effective leaders. We spent a fun session describing a picture for our partners to draw using all the first 5 habits – partners took initiative, knew their end in mind, Put First Things First by following directions, used win-win thinking, and communicated by speaking clearly and using active listening.
In PE, we played some team games to ‘synergise’ (a new piece of vocabulary we have learned) which requires involving others. In this activity children stood in a circle and held hands. They were given a hula hoop and were told that the hoop must go all the way around the circle without anyone letting go of each other’s hands. We found out that the group can only be successful if everyone does their part.
On Friday, we held a special celebration day, dressing up as leaders who are inspiring. Congratulations to Ellie and Oliver who were voted as the most inspiring for their class!
Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Leader in Me
For the first 8 days of the Autumn term we have been introducing all the children to the 7 habits and our new whole school project: The Leader in Me.
Please see the link to our daily newsletters which introduced parents to each habit and our celebration day on Friday.
We are seeking to teach children that they are the leader of themselves and with the 7 habits they can become leaders of others.