Year 6 Information
Please do 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:
Later Years Phase Leader
Later Years Phase Leader
St Faith’s Maths Challenge
On Thursday 6th of June, Ryan, Daniel, Laura and Ana from year 6 went to St Faith’s school to represent Queen Edith’s in their annual maths challenge. Despite the three gruelling rounds and competing against 50 teams from state and independent schools both near and far, the children sailed through and had a fantastic time. During the prize giving ceremony at the end of the challenge, it was announced that Daniel and Ryan’s team had come first overall! A huge congratulations to all of the children for their achievements.
In Maths we’ve been revising our knowledge of number in anticipation of our tests (shh!) coming up. This week, Miss Thurston’s group had to fit a jigsaw puzzle together with answers and use their brains to work out different calculations.
We’ve started our new topic by reading the story of Siddhartha Gautama, the Prince who became Buddha. We decided what the most important parts of the story were and retold it in our own way, using a comic strip as our inspiration!
On Thursday 21st March, 11 of our Year 6 children took part in the Tag Rugby tournament at Shelford Rugby Club. They won 4 out of 5 matches in their group, but unfortunately missed out (only just!) on the play offs. They all played well as a team, showing excellent understanding of the sport and of each other.
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.
Escher Sculpture Project
Our Escher project has come to an end with some spectacular pieces being produced. The children really used their imaginations and created some lovely artwork.
DT, Year 6
On Wednesday 27th March, Year 6 enjoyed a day of baking Fairtrade products and worked brilliantly in their groups to ensure that they tasted delicious and looked appetising. Each group had their own stall, which they decorated with posters and leaflets advertising their product. Parents were invited to our Fairtrade Café later in the day and their generous donations helped us to raise £71.65 for the Fairtrade Foundation charity. The children were really proud of this.
Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March, all pupils at Queen Edith dressed up as animals! Look below at some of our lovely photos.
We all linked our English work to the book Welcome by Barroux. Reception children made their own islands inspired by those in the book. Year 1 designed a welcoming place for the monkeys from the story to stay in. Year 4 wrote inner monologues imagining that they were in that situation. Later Years pupils looked at Welcome and also Leaf, The Day War Came, The Island and The Arrival and found out about refugees around the world before writing diary entries, imagining that they were in that situation.
World Book Day
Year 6 have been contributing to AfA’s 200 million minutes challenge! We started on World Book Day and will continue to collect minutes of silent reading to contribute to this charitable challenge. We’re all loving some extra time to ourselves to read.
All this week, classes across school have been sharing a book! We’re all looking at Welcome by Barroux and our English work is themed around this. We’ll then have a celebration assembly showcasing the work on Friday 8th – can’t wait to let you know what each year group has done!
Computing – Plickers
Year 6 have trialed using Plickers – a quiz program – to help them revise grammar concepts and mathematical fluency. Each child has been given their own card which they hold up and the iPad reads their multiple choice answer. This will help us in quickly assessing their knowledge and is a fun tool for us all!
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!
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!
We have also been preparing for our Fairtrade Café where we will use Fairtrade items to create a product which we will sell to visitors to raise money for the Fairtrade Foundation charity.
As part of our Cambridge topic, we took a trip into the centre of town to see some of the parts of the University that we hadn’t seen before! We had a look around King’s College Chapel, Market Square and Hobson’s Conduit, St John’s and Trinity gates with interesting stories attached, the Braille Map, the Round Church and Corpus Clock. We were also hosted by St Catharine’s College where we had lunch and enjoyed a fascinating talk from Professor Marciniak about asbestos. St Cat’s students then took us on a treasure hunt around the buildings to find out facts about the college itself. It was a cold but lovely day out!
Michael Rosen and HistoryWorks
We were delighted to welcome Michael Rosen to the school along with HistoryWorks who taught us about Cambridge history in songs, poem and rhyme. We learned about Oliver Cromwell’s head, found out why there are seahorses on the coat of arms and thought differently about the Fitzwilliam lions. It was so perfect to link in to our Cambridge topic this half term. Michael even performed our favourites of his for us – Chocolate Cake and No Breathing In Class. We had such a great workshop so thank you!
New Topic – Cambridge
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.
We finished our Carousel projects! We showed our Y2 buddies as well as our parents and got them working safely. Using the iPads, we were able to track the progress of our carousels and made a little booklet with videos, text and images to show off our process too!
Christmas Card Making
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 buttons. We loved creating our cards.
To raise money for Wood Green Animal Shelter, Year 6 participated in a pyjama day. We had such fun but it mean we felt slightly sleepy! Thanks to our School Council reps, Y6 leaders and Mrs Phillips for organising it!
Event, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Netherhall Cross Country Competition
It was a beautiful day for the Cross Country competition held at Netherhall school on Friday 30th November. Attending the event were runners from years 3 to 6, with separate races for boys and girls. It was wonderful to see the team spirit of Queen Edith, who represented the school brilliantly, and persevered to run the 1500m course. A huge well done to all of the children selected to run and an extra special congratulations must go to Josiah and Emma for bringing back a gold medal!
Positional Language in Maths
In Maths, Year 6 have been looking at position and direction as well as recapping some maths language. One group went to the hall to have an active session using hoops, balls, mats and other sports equipment. We had been set a series of challenges by our teacher 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!
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!
Event, Year 5, Year 6
Queen Edith Football Teams
On Thursday 11th October the Queen Edith boys and girls football teams took part in the ESFA football competition at Netherhall School.
The girls team faced some tough competition but performed extremely well to record 3 victories and 2 defeats in their 5 games, meaning they finished 3rd in their group of 6 teams. This meant they just missed out on playing in the play-offs for the 3rd place medal. Well done to all of the girls who took part!
The boys team had an excellent start to the tournament, winning 4 and drawing 1 of their 5 group games and only conceding one goal in the 5 games. This meant Queen Edith won their group and progressed to the final.
After a tight game the match eventually ended 0-0 which meant a penalty shoot-out was needed to decide a winner. The boys did very well to keep their nerve in the shoot-out and won the final 2-0 on penalties!
As a result the boys team have progressed to the county finals, where they will represent Cambridge in the next round of the tournament.
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!
After spending some time chatting about how to be safe on fireworks night, Year 6 spent some time on Monday afternoon creating firework art with black paper, chalk and oil pastels. We were able to smudge them slightly and created some super artwork!
Varying sentence lengths for effect
In English class on 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?
It started dashing towards me, adrenaline filling my veins as my legs desperately carried me away. I ran to the end of the hall and the noise stopped. I could no longer feel its presence lumbering behind me. I turned around. It was gone. I decided it would be a good time to escape, so I did just that. I was about to turn the corner when I stopped, but what I thought were my footsteps continued behind me.
A door creaked behind me while I ran and tripped over a loose floorboard before falling in some glue-like muck, only it was……… sticky! CRASH! I heard a noise and I knew I had to escape. Footsteps. They grew closer. Just in time as the insane, bladed monster burst through the door………
The hatch slammed shut. Trapped in the bowels of a warship. The squad of commandos had arrived here, in the Pacific, 7 days ago. Sent to reach the Japanese admiral and destroy the ship. Footsteps. “Hide!” “Get ready!” Suddenly, a cough. The man turned around. Discovered. A burst of machine gun fire and soldiers – “Allied and Axis – “sprawled all over the deck. None of them stood a chance…….
My heart was pounding. Turning around, the old rickety gate swung shut with a creak. Eeeeek. It had opened again. In the dark corner of the garden, I found a pair of fierce red eyes staring at me. “What was it? I asked myself. I ran out of the garden. In the distance, a wolf was howling. An eerie silence pinched the night sky. Aaaaoooooooooooo! More howling. Without looking back, I just ran…..
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 “challenge yourself” behaviours being shown and wonderful teamwork across the year group. Well done to everyone!
Year 3, Year 6
Year 6 have paired up with a buddy from Year 3 to enjoy books. The Year 3’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!
Hansel & Gretel
On Wednesday 31st October, Year 2 and Year 6 enjoyed a wonderful performance of Hansel and Gretel by Pendle Productions. We were treated to lots of singing and dancing, a beautiful backdrop and two very energetic performers. It was interesting to discuss the differences in this retelling compared to the traditional tale in our classes afterwards. It was the perfect introduction to our current topic: Fairytales.
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!
This half term, Year 6 spent a wonderful day at Duxford Imperial War Museum as part of our topic on World War 2. We visited Hangars 8, 4 and 1 to look at the vast array of different exhibits and followed trails made by our teachers to really ensure that we were looking 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 great fun!
Our new librarians have been appointed! These children have volunteered to help to run our relatively new library. They’re looking forward to the challenge and want as many pupils to benefit from our beautiful reading space.
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 somber 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.
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!
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.
World War II
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.