Parks Class - Year 6
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World Cup Day
We had an action packed day celebrating the world cup. The children dressed up in the colours that were assigned to their class following our assembly last week. In parks class, we found out about Croatia. We tried food from Croatia, completed artwork, researched the country and created paper weaving in the style of the Croatian flag. Each class also got to play on an inflatable obstacle course during the day.
3D Art Project
Several children from year 6 have worked in collaboration with Rodillian Academy to produce some fantastic 3D art. The children worked in pairs to create animals that will be displayed throughout school.
Year 5 & 6 Sports Day
We had an excellent morning in the sun competing in the year five and six sports day. Each river team performed fantastically and there was a lot of cheering from all children and spectators. We were very proud of the effort and attitude the children demonstrated during the whole morning. Well done!
Sports Day Prep - Calder UKS2
Today we met up as a River Team to organise our sports day. We decided who would be involved in each event, created motivational posters and made up a chant for our team.
Remember: Upper Key Stage 2 Sports Day - Wednesday 27th June. See you there!
This week we had a session on scooting and how to be safe near the roads when on a scooter. Firstly, we worked on our skills in the playground to demonstrate safety. We then ventured outside and scooted on the roadside. Finally, it was free time in the school MUGA where we could show off our tricks and skills.
We really enjoyed our day out to Intake Farm. Farmer Carl shared lots of interesting information about his semi-intensive farm, took us for a tour of his crops, introduced us to his animals and let us sit in his combine harvester and tractors.
Harrogate Countryside Day
Year 6 had a great day out to the Harrogate Showground. We completed activities including: felt making, cosmodome, hug a bug, equine, farm animals, sheep show and countryside arena. Phew!
I was very impressed with the pre-learning logs we received this week. A lot of effort has clearly gone into these pieces. Well done!
Maths Investiagtion - Pentominoes
We investigated pentominoes in our maths lessons this week. The children then used the different pentominoes to complete various challenges. I was very impressed with the resilience shown in the lessons.
Several children from year 6 took part in the Brownlee Triathlon this week. They had to swim, cycle and run their way to victory. The children were rewarded with a medal and goodie bag.
Maths - Tangrams
During our investigation this week, we created 'tan' pictures using the shapes from a tangram. We had lots of fun recreating the pictures and creating our own tans.
Kwik Cricket Tournament
The children enjoyed their day in the sun for the cricket tournament. We worked on our cricket skills and found out some new rules. We now hope to play this in school.
Today we had so much fun exploring the new VR headsets in school. We visited America, Egypt, Space and even the deep sea! We are excited to use these in our lessons.
After a long and arduous week, the children enjoyed bacon butties in the bungalow. Yum! Yum!
We have taken advantage of the hot weather and enjoyed PE lessons on the field. Rounders and football were lots of fun and we look forward to athletics in the coming weeks.
Growth Mindset - Origami Challenge
Using our growth mindset skills to complete the origami challenges. We had to follow the instructions carefully in order to be successful.
Growth mindset - Mayan Artwork
For our growth mindset lesson this week we focused on team work. We selected a piece of Mayan artwork, split the picture into quarters, got into groups of 4, re-created the artwork on small pieces of paper and put it all back together as a jigsaw. What do you think?
Revision - Useful Websites
St George's Day
As part of our St George's Day celebrations, we dressed up in red and white. We then found out about St George during our assembly with Mrs Christopher and year 4. Mr Bolton's dragon impersonation was our highlight!
Finally, we spent time in class researching what it means to be British and created posters on the British Values.
Growth Mindset - Mayan Temples
In our topic lesson this week we focused on our Growth Mindset skills. We used resilience and team work to create Mayan temples using only pasta and marshmallows. Although some groups found this quite a challenge, we didn't give up and every group managed to produce a temple by the end of the session. Well done year 6!
Learning Log Homework
Well done to the children who completed their learning logs over the Easter holiday. We can see that lots of learning took place last half term.
Mayan Art Work
In our art lessons this half term, we have been focusing on the Mayan calendar. We looked at the designs and features of these famous artefacts and designed our own. We then made replica calendars using clay.
Science Week - Blood making
We used the IPads to investigate what our blood was made up of. We then used alternative ingredients to create our own version of blood. We called this blood soup - yuk! We recorded our learning by creating posters all about blood.
We had fun and raised a lot of money during our Sport Relief activities. The activities included: dressing up in sports clothing, wake and shake, dance routines, sports in the hall, competing in
tri-golf, helping other year groups and a sporty quiz. Phew!
Year 6 SATs meetings
Thank you to all parents who attended the SATs meetings this week. We hope you found them useful. We know that although we offered meetings at three different times, some parents were unable to attend due to work and other commitments.
We have sent home a copy of the information given out at each meeting and you can find this on the website too. Please do come and see us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the SATs.
The year 6 team.
More snow fun
We had a lot of fun in the snow this morning. An unexpected surprise.
PE - Ball Games
This half term the children are developing their ball skills in PE lessons. The majority of children are really enjoying developing their football skills and several children have really improved their throwing and catching.
The children really enjoyed participating in our Reading quiz with Quizmaster McMaster! We then competed in a game of grammar scattegories - well done to the winners Sophie and Libby. Finally, it was teachers Vs children in our arithmetic games. At the moment, the teachers are coming out on top but the children are determined to change this.
Fun in the snow
We had a lot of fun playing in the snow today.
Remember: In adverse weather conditions, the children need spare footwear and warm clothing in school. Without this, they will need to stay indoors during break times.
In Parks class, we have been lucky enough to have 5 students from Leeds Trinity University working with us in maths. The students have spent some time observing maths lessons and working with the children this half term. Today they planned and delivered a lesson on measuring angles. It was a lot of fun and we found out a lot of information about angles within shapes.
Some children in year 6 have volunteered to be reading buddies for the children in year 2. The year 2 children enjoyed having an older student working with them and saw them as great role models.
PE - Fitness
Mrs McMaster took the children outside for a fitness drill. The children found some of the exercises difficult but they were very resilient and kept going even when it got tough.
Music Lesson - Steel Pans
This week we had our first steel pans and chime bar lesson of the year. We are working alongside Bart - a steel pan expert - to improve our music skills. This week we focused on timing and recapping how to use the instruments. In our future lessons, we will move onto performing pop songs using the steel pans. We really enjoyed our first session and look forward to improving our skills further.
Maths Investigation - Volume
In our maths lesson this week we investigated how to calculate the volume of cubes and cuboids. We used multi-link to help us visualise the shapes and attempted to draw them accurately.
English - Jabberwocky Poetry
In our English lessons, we are focusing on the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. We have been working hard to learn the poem by heart and recite it in different ways.
Red Day Fun
We really enjoyed dressing in red clothing as part of our 'Bounce' activities. Year 6 particularly enjoyed creating bounce based games in class, joining in with the bounce activities in the hall and bouncing our hearts out on the bouncy castles. We raised a lot of money for the British Heart Foundation.
English - Adventure Stories
This half term we have focused on the novel 'Journey to the river sea' by Eva Ibbotson. I have been really impressed with the quality of the writing that the children have produced. Here are some extracts from the adventure stories we wrote this week:
Maia was still mad – furious in fact. It had been a day since she had discovered what Mrs Minton was doing. Despite this, she was still in shock. She actually couldn’t believe it! Mrs Minton, who was her trusted governess, was stealing Maia’s money. Could anyone be trusted in Tapherini House? It didn’t seem like it. That was when Maia devised a cunning plan.
“She’ll regret this,” Maia whispered.
Beautiful butterflies were flying by; lush green trees went on for miles and miles. All she could smell was pollen, fresh air and water. Maia giggled at the sound of a monkey ,and screamed at the roar of a jaguar.
“Right! Let’s get back on track now,” Maia said to herself.
She had been walking for about half an hour when she stumbled across a river.
“What do I do now?” she cried angrily.
Maia was panicking as now she was truly lost in the rainforest. But, being the resilient young lady she was, she continued to stumble over the uneven terrain. As she tumbled over the fresh green grass, Maia heard a deep, low growl coming from the bushes. And, those slow and unsteady steps, rapidly turned into huge, swift strides.
Nervously, Maia entered the rainforest. She was fighting her way through the leaves. Suddenly, Maia was amazed by the view. The freshness was filling her lungs and the beautiful sounds relaxed her.
Waking to the unusual sound of the exotic parakeets, Maia lay in her uncomfortable bed. Plans of escape were flooding her mind. She still couldn’t believe the conversation she had overheard three days ago between Mr and Mrs Carter and Miss Minton. Maia had been unable to concentrate on anything else. However, visions of escaping and acquiring assistance were now her most important thoughts.
Sitting on the chair in the kitchen whilst gazing out of the window, Maia suddenly saw a strange silhouette dashing through the forest. At first she thought it was nothing, but she was wrong. The same silhouette kept coming back night after night. Who was this person? What did they want? She began to plot how she could find and interrogate the mysterious figure.
There were birds tweeting, lovely flowers and monkeys swinging from vine to vine. She cut her way even more into the jungle. Suddenly Maia saw a jaguar and screamed and ran away. But, it was getting closer and closer. It came.. “Argh!”
By Jack S
Sat silently in her room, Maia heard a quiet tap on her window. She peered into the gloomy night but she couldn’t see anything. Then, all of a sudden, she noticed an ominous figure walking out of the vast forest. It was a man who began to beckon her outside. She wasn’t sure what she should do. As the figure came a little closer, Maia caught a glimpse of his face. She gasped. He looked just like her father. Even though she was quite nervous, Maia couldn’t help but feel the need to go out to him.
All of a sudden, a monkey swooped down in front of her. Maia jumped out of her skin. She ran again – it was all she ever did when she was scared. Unfortunately the forest was thick here, so she stumbled on thorns cutting her hands and knees badly. Looking at the blood, she began to feel drowsy. She fainted! Maia dreamed of being with Clovis and Miss Minton in England. When she awoke, she was on a boat?! Maia was more confused than ever.
English - Journey to the river sea
We used our knowledge of Journey to the river sea (our class novel) to decorate our classroom door. The novel is all about an adventure in the Amazon Rainforest. We decided to focus on the plants and animals that live in the rainforest to inspire our artwork. What do you think?
Investigating with units of measure
In our maths lessons we have been focusing on units of measure. We used our reasoning skills to solve very tricky problems.
PE - Tennis skills
Working on our tennis skills in PE this week. Do we have the next Andy Murray or Johanna Conta?
In our topic lessons this week we have designed games all about trade and fairtrade. To do this, we thought about questions we could ask linked to trade, how we could earn 'money' and what the instructions would be. We will upload the final versions once they are made.
This week we have used the laptops to help us with our topic work. We found out all about Fair trade and started to make engaging presentations.
Also, we used the IPads to support our maths work this week. Remember - you can also access mathletics at home to further support your child.
Investigating unfamiliar words.
This half term we are focusing on the novel 'Journey to the river sea'. This book contains lots of high level vocabulary and the children are working hard to understand this.
We have really enjoyed our final week before Christmas. This week we have: met Santa, made Christmas cards and calendars, dressed in our Christmas jumpers, dressed in our party clothes, enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner and played with our new wet playtime games.
Enterprise - Year 6
During art lessons, the children have created Christmas cards to sell after school. They have decided to donate all money raised to The RFL Benevolent Fund. This charity helps to support players whose lives are affected by serious injuries sustained whilst playing the game. Please support the children after school on Tue/Wed/Thu this week.
Hot Chocolate Time
Enjoying a hot chocolate after our carol singing. Yum! Yum!
Christmas Carol Singing
We had a great time entertaining the Christmas crowds at Iceland on Monday.
Christmas Jumper Day
The children really enjoyed wearing their Christmas jumpers today.
In our computer lessons, we have started making trailers linked to our English work. We have used the novel Skellig to inspire us and created the film trailers using the IPads. We will upload the final trailers once they are completed.
Perform a picture - Art Project
After the art ambassadors visited Leeds Art Gallery, we were inspired by a piece of artwork.
We re-created the picture using our bodies, wrote revolting poetry linked to the artwork and showed off our learning to the rest of the school.
Children in Need - Dressing up
Following on from our assembly last week, we had a workshop with the NSPCC. The children were very knowledgeable about how to keep safe and who to turn to for advice. I was also very impressed with the maturity of the children when they were discussing sensitive topics. Well done Parks!
Today we had a visitor from the NSPCC to talk to us about how to deal with anxiety and worries. We discussed who we could share our worries with and where to turn if we need help. We are now looking forward to our workshop next week.
Heart and Circulatory System - Visitor
We had a visitor from Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) to talk to us about the heart and circulatory system. Adam told us all about his role at the hospital and discussed the functions of the heart. The children asked some excellent questions and enjoyed the activities we did.
Year 6 have enjoyed completing their bikeability training over the past 2 weeks. They have worked hard to achieve their level 1 or level 2 certificates and badges.
The heart and circulatory system
This half term, our topic is all about the human heart and circulatory system.
The children have worked very hard over half term and produced some wonderful learning logs linked to this.
Working together to solve extremely difficult multiplication and division problems.
Opera North - Singing Workshop
Year 6 were one of only 3 schools selected to take part in an opera singing workshop. We enjoyed finding out about Colombian music and completing the singing activities with Patricia and James.
A huge well done for a fantastic class assembly - you have made us all very proud. Thank you to everyone who came to support the children.
Class Assembly Reminder
We will have our class assembly on Friday 13th October at 1:35. The children have helped to write it and have lines to learn for homework. They are very excited to show off their learning this half term. We hope to see you there.
The children dressed in their own clothes to raise money for 2 cancer charities. As a school, we have raised over £800! Well done! Check out the photographs of our indoor playtime.
This half term we will be working with Michael from the Hunslet Hawks to develop our rugby skills. This week we focused on our kicking and catching skills.
Drama activity linked to our class novel 'Friend or Foe'. The children thought about what it would be like to be evacuated during World War 2.
Hello and welcome to year 6!
The children look super smart in their black school jumpers and have had a brilliant first week back. We have already started our English, Maths and Topic work and are excited to continue these next week. Can we also say a huge thank you for helping your child with their holiday learning logs - they are fantastic!
This webpage will be used to keep you updated with key information, achievements and events that take place in class so please check it regularly. If you have any questions about year 6, please do not hesitate to contact me or Miss McMaster.
Responsible Mobile Phone Use & Walking Home Alone
Please read and sign the letter if you would like your child to walk home from school during September and early October.
Please return the slip to the year 6 class teachers.
In year 6, all homework is given out on a Friday. This is to be handed in the following Friday. The children are also expected to read a minimum of 3 times every week.