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Queen Edith Primary School Summer Fete

Saturday 21st May 2022   1 – 4pm
Traditional Summer Fete fun for all the family – All Welcome!

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Year 6 Information

Summer Term 2022

Please download our Information Booklet to find out more about the routines and expectations in Year 6. You may also wish to take a look at the Y6 Curriculum Map, which shows you the topics we will be covering in different subjects over the course of the year. Please do talk to us if you would like more information.

 

We are keen for parents to support the children’s learning at home as much as possible. To help you do this, we produce a termly information sheet, outlining our main topics and giving suggestions for how you might follow them up at home:

Topic Overviews

Optional Homework

Key Words

No Nonsense Maths

Long Term Plan

Mr Alexander

6.1 Teacher

Miss Thurston

Teacher 6.2
Later Years Phase Leader

Whats been happeningYear 6

Heart Rate Investigation

March

In a cross-curricular investigation using elements of Science, Maths and PE, Year 6 have designed and carried out an investigation of their own creation, using their learning about our circulatory system, as well as the effects of diet and exercise on our bodies. They had to organise their groups to pose a question, hypothesise, and collect their own data. Next Science lesson, pupils looked at this data and presented it in a way that they thought was the most useful from our statistics lessons in Maths. They finished by concluding and evaluating their investigation – well done to all – great synergising!

 

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Art – Draw Small

February

As part of our learning in Art, before our final collage piece, Year 6 pupils have been learning how to draw small and really pay attention to the details. We began by making sketches on the page, amongst the objects themselves. We made tiny movements with our fingers and hands – drawing from the wrist, but also being most comfortable. The exercise was intended to help us focus, relax, and begin to coordinate hand and eye. As we drew, we became more aware of the relationship between looking and drawing and let our eyes flit between looking at the object and looking at our sketch.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Art – Growth Mindset

February

Year 6 enjoyed a mindful afternoon where we created some art based on our chats about developing a growth mindset. We first created a watercolour background and allowed that to dry. Then we used the 7 Habits metaphor of thinking of ourselves as a growing tree and filled our roots (using charcoal) with foundational words that we thought were important to cultivate.

Having a growth mindset means we believe our intelligence and abilities can be improved with effort and the right strategies. A willingness to confront challenges, a passion for learning, and viewing failure as a springboard for growth are all characteristics associated with a growth mindset.

 

NurseryReceptionWhats been happeningYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6

World Book Day 2022!

Everyone in Queen Edith celebrated World Book Day with a whole week of events! Each year group read ‘We’re All Wonders’ written by R J Palacio.

We’re All Wonders is a text for younger readers based on Wonder and shows what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world – a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way. We discussed themes of belonging, being seen, empathy, difference and kindness. Each year group had a project that they carried out linked to this text.

Nursery painted beautiful self-portraits with the title We’re All Wonders.

Reception children wrote individual letters to Mrs Jarman telling her how they are all special.

In Years 1 & 2, children used the text to inspire them and wrote their own recipes for kindness, to create a kind person 

In Year 3, they wrote a letter from Auggie to his friends on Pluto, exploring his experiences and feelings. They started when people were mean to him, then looked at visiting Pluto, to making his first friend who saw him as a wonder.

Year 4 created a diary entry, empathising with the main character of August, revealing his emotions both before and after his first day of school. They also wrote a letter to the Plutonians to show how Auggie was feeling after making new friends.

In Later Years, pupils used both We’re All Wonders and the original story of Wonder to look at inferences within reading, family dynamics, anti-bullying targets, emotive language and diary entries. We chose one of the children from Auggie’s school tour and wrote as one of them, framing our writing from a different perspective, not that of the protagonist. Some chose Julian, the school bully; Charlotte, the friendly but self-obsessed drama fanatic, or Jack Will, the friendly boy who sees with kindness and becomes Auggie’s best friend.

Our Book Fair was a huge success with us receiving ‘rewards’ per class for books to choose for our book shelves and also ‘rewards’ for us to spend on widening our representation of texts. Thank you to all who bought books and, in turn, supported the school!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

6.1 Fairtrade Cafe

On Thursday 1st March 6.1 managed to complete our Fairtrade topic by having our Fairtrade café! Children worked in groups of 3 to 4 to find/amend and amend recipes, provide the ingredients and equipment, and then bake it with only minimal help from our teachers. We also prepared a stand to show our work, which included posters, logos and leaflets. In the afternoon, we invited 6.2 to look at our new Fairtrade products, who voted for their favourite product and stand. The children all worked very well in their groups and produced some delicious treats!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

6.2’s Fairtrade Trade Fair

February

On Thursday 10th February, to conclude our work on Fairtrade, 6.2 worked in 6 groups of our choosing to create and make a new edible treat! We had to find/amend the recipe, provide the ingredients and equipment then bake it with only minimal help from our teachers. We also enjoyed preparing a stand, which included posters, logos and leaflets, as well as showing off our topic books. In the afternoon, we invited 5.1 to look at our new Fairtrade products, aiming to impress our guests and persuade them to vote for us! It was a lively afternoon, after a busy morning cooking. Everyone worked so well together to create their amazing brownies, delicious truffles and adorable gingerbread men!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Snowy Loves Year 6!

February

Pupils in 6.1 recently won a week with Snowy (our attendance bear) thanks to their excellent attendance and punctuality. Last Friday, he was then handed straight over to 6.2 who have treated him to a fabulous week. Snowy has been tackling obstacle courses in gymnastics, having some time gaming as it has been too cold for him to be outside at play, supervising oil pastel art, playing on Miss T’s desk with a Rubik’s cube style fidget spinner in his dapper new hat AND he has helped everyone prepare for their Fairtrade Trade Fair. Snowy really is a helpful bear and we’ve LOVED having him.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

PE – Gymnastics

February

To finish our gymnastics unit, we had a fun session combining flexibility, technique and movement to tackle an obstacle course. There were some outstanding moments of synergy being shown and it proved to be a wonderful challenge for the classes. Well done to everyone (including Snowy)!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

January

All of us have enjoyed taking part in the RSPB’s Birdwatch recently. As part of aiming to becoming an Eco-School, the Eco Club with Miss Wilson have made an action plan of what they want to achieve during this academic year and the Big Garden Birdwatch was part of that! We all looked at different bird types and went outside to see which of the birds landed in our school field. We had to be really quiet and still so we wouldn’t disturb them!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Topic – Fairtrade

January

Our new topic is Fairtrade and so Year 6 are learning about the importance of trade, the rights of the farmers and how we can have a positive impact on helping them to meet their basic needs. Children have been really interested in finding out about the types of product that can be Fairtrade and how these are grown, harvested and then transported to the UK.

In one lesson, we looked at how bananas make their way to our shop shelves and the many groups of people responsible. We then debated how much each entity should receive from the sale of the banana. When we looked at the real breakdown we were shocked! In another lesson, we played a game in groups as different countries, where we learned how it felt to trade.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Coding on iPads

January

Year 6 have been working quite a bit with iPads recently. In Maths we’ve played games with coordinates; in English we created Travel Guides to South America 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.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Maths – Making 3D Shapes from Nets

January

We have been revising our knowledge of 2D and 3D shape and spent part of our Maths lesson making 3D shapes from their nets. We made everything from cubes and pentagonal prisms to dodecahedra!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

RE – Making Christingles

December

In RE, we finished our unit on Christianity and incarnation by making Christingles. We learned about what each part represented for Christians and how this light-giving object reminds them of the purpose of the incarnation.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Evolutionary Beak Experiment

December

In Science, we finished the term by conducting our own experiment to determine whether the size and shape of a birds beak really makes a difference to the type of food that it eats. We have been learning to identify how animals and plants 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 each were birds and have 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.

 

Year 6

Topic – South American Travel Guides

December

Linking up our topic of South America with our Computing project, we have been using iMovie. We wrote a travel guide to South America looking at some of the best natural features of the continent and chose our own to research. We then worked collaboratively to create our own iMovies which was great fun!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Art – Rainforest Oil Pastels

December

In Art, to celebrate our topic of South America, we used oil pastels to draw a chosen animal from the Amazon Rainforest. Before we even touched the oil pastels, we used pencil to draw the animal, although it was tough to see on black paper. After we had drawn the outline, we used images of the animals to fully complete our artwork. We could choose whichever colours we wanted and lots were bright and brilliant. Many children had different ideas on how to present their animals – in the end we think they all look lovely!

 

Year 6

Christmas Card Making

December

As always, Year 6 are given the responsibility of creating Christmas Cards for all our support staff in school – to say thank you for such a great job throughout the year. This year our theme was stripes. We loved creating our cards.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Snowy’s Help – Autumn 2021

December

Pupils in 6.2 won a week with Snowy (our attendance bear) thanks to their excellent attendance and punctuality. He has been in isolation for quite some time now so it was so great to see him! They have loved having him in class as he is a great supporter of all pupils who use our habits to focus, concentrate, challenge themselves and persevere this week. Well done!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Positional Language in Maths – Autumn 2021

December

In Maths, Miss T’s group of Year 6 mathematicians have been looking at position and direction as well as recapping some key Maths language. We went to the hall to have an active session using hoops, balls, skipping ropes 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. There were lots more and we had great fun!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Remembrance Art – Autumn 2021

November

After spending some time chatting about Remembrance Day and recognising the importance of learning about the recent past with our World War 2 topic, Year 6 spent some time on Thursday afternoon creating beautiful 3D art, representing how the hope of future peace is in their hands by being able to remember the past.  They started with black and white photocopies of their hands and then made red poppies using any red material they could find in our scraps box; including cellophane, card or wrapping paper. We hope you love their artwork!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Science – Understanding Inheritance – Autumn 2021

November

Year 6 have been learning about inheritance in animals and used Mister Men to help us recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Perse School – Maths Quiz – Autumn 2021

November

Year 6 popped out to visit The Perse School and meet some Upper Sixth students who gave us a number of Maths challenges including code breaking and games such as Bingo all while testing our Maths brains! Thank you to our parent volunteers who came with us – we all had a fun afternoon.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Music – Ukuleles – Autumn 2021

November

In music this half term, we are all learning how to play the ukulele. So far we’ve all learned two chords and can play two tunes. We’ve really enjoyed sharing with our partners and playing music again!

 

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English – Varying sentence lengths for effect – Autumn 2021

November

In English, just after Halloween, 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 wrote these in an eerie silence, then read them aloud in darkness with just a torch to set the mood.

Here are some of our paragraphs – which one do you think is most effective and why?

One soundless night, I was walking through a pitch-black alleyway to get home. I felt a shadow move. I turned as quick as a flash. There was nothing. I took a deep breath. Suddenly, there was a bang! What could it be? A light flickered in the creepy alleyway. SP

The pitch-black woods shadowed the figure behind me. You could only just make out the looming trees which covered the forest. I thick brown blanket of leaves lay on the ground. I sprinted. Should I stop? I knew I was being followed. The only light guiding me was the bright moon and the gentle breeze made my golden hair blow. I stopped. The leaves rustled. I turned slowly to see that the figure had stopped too. My heart was pounding and the wind was now howling. I felt the cold air slap against my face. Suddenly, I heard a bloodcurdling scream… SC

Suddenly, the door closed. Bang!! We realised that we were trapped inside as we tried to open the door but it was locked. A light flickered then a shadow moved. It came closer and closer. I looked away for a moment. With fear, I felt someone breathing down my neck. MM

I walked slowly down the crumbled, rocky path. Straining my ears, I tried to hear a scuffle of footsteps or a coat rustling in the wind, but I heard nothing. Suddenly, a flicker of light caught my eye. Slowly, I turned around…  Behind me stood a tall, thin stranger, wearing only black. Deep cuts scarred his pale, white face and where his eyes should have been were two empty, black holes that seemed to stare into my soul. Heart pounding, I turned and quickened my pace. So did the stranger. NB

 

Year 6

English: Rainforest Animals Encyclopaedia

November

In English, we wrote a fact file on animals in the Amazon Rainforest. We researched three animals whose habitat is the rainforest and used a beautiful, high quality text called The Wonder Garden to give us inspiration. We were asked to complete a double page spread about our animals and the habitat they live in and we were able to design it however we wanted. As you can see, there were loads of different ideas!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Blitz Artwork

November 2021

This week, 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!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Bikeability

October 2021

Year 6 have been participating in Bikeability training. We spent a 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 to test our skills and learn how to be safe around others – pedestrians or vehicles.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

WW2 Individual Projects

October 2021

For our English homework, which concluded our World War II topic, we all crafted, wrote and presented some astounding World War II projects! We had to be brave to read them out loud in the time allowed and we were able to listen to everyone else too! Numerous topics were covered such as the Blitz, aeroplanes, tanks, shelters, submarines and even some pigeon heroes! Many people had original ideas that were explained perfectly. Congratulations to all!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Gas Masks

October 2021

In our final week of our topic, Year 6 made gas masks! In order to get them to work properly, we cut three holes in the black card and covered the eyeholes with cellophane. Then we wrapped card around the mouth hole and filled it with bubble wrap. We then had to fix it to our heads with string.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Plant Survey

October 2021

In Science, we’ve been learning about adaptations of plants so we went outside to carry out a plant survey. We looked carefully across a variety of habitats for different types of plants to begin to understand how these can also adapt.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Paul Nash Artwork

October 2021

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 piece, using watercolour or oil pastel, as he did.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

World War 2 Day

October 2021                                                                                                                                                

To celebrate nearing 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, using telegrams, thinking about what we might take in an evacuee’s suitcase and translating Morse code messages. In the afternoon, we had lots of fun looking at an amazing Jeep from 1945 and feeling how heavy army equipment was before sampling our delicious jam sandwiches and honey cakes. Thank you so much to our parent volunteers for helping out!

 

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Paired Reading

October 2021

Year 6 have paired up with a buddy from Year 1 to enjoy books. The Year 1’s have enjoyed reading to the older children and, in turn, the Year 6’s have felt very responsible being allowed to write in their reading records – even awarding house points! We’re looking forward to some more lovely times working together!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Librarians

September 2021                                                                                                                                                      Our new librarians have been appointed! These children have volunteered to help to run our large library. They’re looking forward to the challenge and want as many pupils to benefit from our beautiful reading space.

 

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Coleridge Maths Quiz – Autumn 2021 – Year 6

A Year 6 Student reports …

On Wednesday 29th of September, 12 students from Queen Edith Year 6 competed in a mathematical quiz which took place at Coleridge Community College. The 12 of us took part as two teams of six against participants from other local schools. There were three rounds, starting with number puzzles, then number crosswords and lastly a relay race which got our hearts beating fast. We had to work together as a team and be speedy with our arithmetic.

After all their hard work it was finally revealed that the two Queen Edith teams had come first and second! Congratulations to everyone who took part – we can’t wait to have the engraved trophy presented!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Science – Leaf Study – Autumn 2021 – Year 6

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!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Mathematics – Negative Numbers – Autumn 2021 – Year 6

Year 6 have been revising negative numbers and played a bingo style game in pairs using dice. We had great fun and had lots of practise with subtracting across zero.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

World War II – Year 6

This half term, Year 6 are learning about World War II. In one of our first topic lessons, we looked at the countries that were involved and whether they were allies, neutral or an axis power. We used our knowledge from previous lessons, our own research, and the atlases to help us colour code our own maps of Europe.