Year 6 Staff
Later Years Phase Leader
Later Years Phase Leader
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:
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.
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.
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.