Welcome to 6EB 2022/23
Outward Bound - Participation Form
Thank you for your attendance at the Outward Bound meeting last Thursday, in school. Below is the Participation Form link which must be filled out in order for the children to attend.
We are very lucky to have access to both SATs Companion and Language Angels.
You can access both websites from the links below.
Autumn 2 Week 1
Autumn 1 Week 7
We have had a busy half-term in 6EB and the fun has not stopped in Week 7!
On Monday, we enjoyed a recycling and upcycling workshop. A visitor came in to talk to us about the importance of recycling. We looked at a range of objects made out of recycled materials - ice-cream wrappers, tin cans and sweet wrappers had been used to make pencil cases and baskets. The visitor showed us a range of environmentally-friendly buildings that are cropping up around the country. We were particularly impressed by the stained glass windows made out of wine bottles! During the session, we created our own notebooks using cardboard and recycled maps. It definitely made us think about how we can use our own recycling bins in class and at home to get creative.
In our English lessons this week, we have been analysing a number of Disney clips. We have explored the literary device pathetic fallacy. We recognised how creative directors for Disney and Pixar use the weather and environment in the clips to reflect the mood of the characters. This followed on from our lessons last week and inspired us to continue to think about the reader when we write our show not tell sentences. Towards the end of the week we chose our own Disney character to describe. We enjoyed experimenting with different emotions for different characters. Winnie the Pooh portraying anger as his emotion was an interesting one!
In Maths, we have been focusing on prime, composite, squared and cubed numbers. We have explored squared and cubed numbers by using unifix cubes.
During our History lesson, we researched the lives of famous people in black history (Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, Mae Jemison and Frederick Douglass). We created a piece of writing and art-work for display based on a specific inspirational person. Our focus in RE this week was the story of the Ten Plagues. Once we had read the story together, we examined art work which depicted the story and created our own art work in the style of the artists. We also spent quality time meeting our Year 3 faith friends in the forest school. On Thursday, we had a Computing day and we discussed worries people might have when going online. We also discussed what inappropriate means and what is classed as inappropriate on the internet.
I am really proud of you all this week for singing so beautifully in Class 6SM's Mass. You set an example to children younger than you and really supported your year group friends.
Thank you to all of the parents this week for attending Parents' Evening. It was lovely to finally get to meet you all and to share the progress that your children are making. I hope you all have a fabulous half term and get lots of rest! I am really proud of all the hard work that 6EB have put in so far.
Our War Horse class door and display is all ready to go for Autumn 2.
I cannot wait to hear about your half term adventures children! Enjoy yourselves and stay safe.
Autumn 1 Week 6
This week we have been celebrating Maths Week. We have been focusing on a renowned and inspirational mathematician - Alan Turing. Military experts believe that Turing's innovation and work shortened WW2 by two years and saved fourteen million lives. Turing worked at Bletchley Park cracking the German soldier's codes. We learnt all about Turing's life and created our own cipher wheels to use with our own codes. We also looked at mandalas and Islamic patterns, unpicking the symmetry and geometrical shapes used to design the patterns. We created our own mandalas for our class display. They are really are eye-catching and the children worked really hard to ensure that they were symmetrical. I have been blown away by the children's enthusiasm and engagement with their maths this week. 6EB won a whole school times tables battle on Times Table Rockstars. You were all so competitive, hard-working and willing. I am really proud of each and every one of you.
For English this week, we have been looking at show not tell sentences. We linked our learning to the Disney film Inside Out and thought about how Disney portrays characters as displaying certain emotions without telling the viewers what the emotions are. We look forward to reading your own character descriptions next week.
In RE, we have been studying the story of Cain and Abel. We discovered that Cain was the first ever person to commit a murder. We set our big write on the story this week and wrote a newspaper article that retold the story. During our discussions, we considered why Cain did what he did and explored what we could learn from the story. In another lesson, we looked at the life of St Edward to celebrate his feast day on Thursday.
We were also lucky continue with our Italian lessons this week with Mrs McGowan. The children explored the sounds of each letter. We look forward to our next lesson after half-term.
Autumn 1 Week 5
In our English lessons this week, the children have been writing in role as Willie Beech from Good Night Mister Tom. They have worked hard to write a diary entry that would make their reader feel empathetic. We focused on the editing process before publishing our work for display. In our guided reading session, we have been reading Walter Tull: Football, Soldier, Hero. This book links closely with Black History Month and our World War Two topic.
During our Science lesson this week, we have been investigating how to make a bulb in a circuit brighter. We have experimented with adding more components (more bulbs, more/fewer wires, wires of different lengths). We made our predictions and then observed the changes together. We concluded that the only way to make the bulb brighter was to add another cell so that more electricity would flow in the circuit. Well done to all of the children who completed their electricity posters. They really brighten up our class display and you have made them extremely informative.
This week we won an award for having the tidiest classroom in the school. Our Dog Mentor, Miss Atkins, visited all of the classrooms in school to check for tidy cloakrooms, pristine floors and work areas. It is important that we keep our classrooms tidy to keep them safe for both the people in our school and the animals. Well done 6EB!
Thank you to all of our parents that attended the Confirmation Meeting this week. It is a great privilege for me to support the children on their faith journey, as they prepare to receive the holy spirit.
Autumn 1 Week 4
This week we led a whole-school Mass in the school hall. I am really proud of you all for reading so eloquently and singing so beautifully. We celebrated Little Way Week by learning about the life of St Therese of Lisieux. During our RE lessons this week, we have thought really hard about the little acts of kindness that we can show this week and discussed how we can ensure that Jesus is always at the heart of all that we do.
In our Maths sessions this week, we have been exploring positive and negative numbers using vertical and horizontal number lines. The children have worked really hard to represent their answers in different ways and they have also been able to explain their answers using STEM sentences.
Our DT session this week followed on from our previous lesson. We created our Anderson shelters using cardboard and recycled materials. I was so impressed with how creative the children were and how enthusiastic they were about the project. One group even managed to fit a lightbulb!
We enjoyed our first ever Italian lesson this week with Mrs McGowan and we cannot wait to continue with our language learning.
Thank you to our parents that attended the Year 6 Parent Workshop. It was great to see you all and to share key information about the school year with you.
Autumn 1 Week 3
Well done Year 6 for completing your first Assessment Week. We put you through your paces with your first set of mock SATs papers. You showed great mental toughness and worked really hard. Keep it up!
During our History and Geography sessions this week, we have been learning about the evacuation of different groups of people during World War Two. The children were particularly shocked by the fact that it was not only children that were evacuated during the war. We looked at the vulnerable groups that were evacuated and thought about how the process of evacuation would have felt for them. Using an atlas and a map of the UK, we mapped out where vulnerable groups were moved to and from. We looked at both the urban and rural areas and looked at where city dwellers would have been moved to.
On Wednesday, we celebrated National Fitness Day by completing our daily mile and holding a whole-school Wake Up Shake Up on the KS2 playground. It was great to see all of the children smiling and active first thing in the morning. Wednesday was also St Matthew's Feast Day and our children in St Matthew's house celebrated together in the forest school.
Following the Queen's state funeral on Monday, we have been praying for the Queen and members of the royal family. We have included photos of some of our sketches that we did of the Queen last week. May she rest in eternal peace.
A Prayer for Queen Elizabeth II
Almighty God, we pray, that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen,
who, by your providence has received the governance of this realm,
may continue to grow in every virtue, that, imbued with your heavenly grace,
she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil
and, being blessed with your favour
may, with the royal family, come at last into your presence,
through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life
and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Autumn 1 Week 2
Wow! What a busy week we have had. This week we have been celebrating Art Week. The theme was 'Good To Be Me'. The children analysed and evaluated pop art by Roy Lichtenstein. We then created our own portraits for our class gallery in the style of Lichtenstein. We experimented with bright colours and patterns.
On Monday, we were taught how to play Quidditch and we learnt the role of the 'beater', 'seeker' and 'keeper'. We used our new knowledge to play a tournament between the different houses on our Outdoor Day on Thursday. During our outdoor day, we used our new orienteering programme and equipment. We used a school map to navigate our way around the tricky course. We used the stations to complete a history task based on key dates of World War Two. We also used the course to complete a spelling, punctuation and grammar challenge. For our Maths lesson, we used metre sticks and tape measures to find the lengths of different items in our playground which matched the lengths of items in an Anderson shelter and the parts of a spitfire plane.
Mrs McGowan led an assembly on Tuesday to launch the new Modern Foreign Language we will be learning in school - Italian. This will be an exciting opportunity to learn about Italian culture. We are very excited about this!
We voted in our new School Councillors. A huge well done to Jasmine and Ezekiel. We know that you will share our opinions and make sure that our voices are heard.
Welcome to Class 6EB
Dear Year 6 children and parents,
My name is Miss Broadbent and this is my fourth year at St Edward’s. I lead English across the school. I am very passionate about English, as I believe that understanding the language provides children with access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects. The subject plays an essential role in our lives as it helps in communication. English broadens the children's minds and develops emotional skills. Another subject that I enjoy and love teaching is Geography. I studied Geography for three years at the University of Manchester before I trained to be a teacher at Newman University.
Growing up, my main hobby was Irish dancing. I danced for fourteen years and enjoyed competing at world level. My greatest achievement was finishing 25th at the World Championships in Glasgow back in 2007, with a second and a ninth placement from two of the judges. I competed all over the world and even qualified to dance at the World Championships in Philadelphia! I try to keep active now by going on long walks with my dog, Ted. I have included an image of Ted smiling at the camera for you all.
At the weekend, I enjoy going to watch live sporting events such as football, tennis and cricket. I also enjoy travelling, art and cooking. During the school holidays, I like to experiment in the kitchen, trying out new recipes for my family and friends to enjoy. I have recently started to plan my wedding and I am really excited for what the future holds.
Year 6 is such a special year and I feel blessed to be teaching such a wonderful group of children in their last year here at St Edward’s. It is an honour and a pleasure to work with such fantastic staff, children and parents. If you need anything at all, I am always here to listen and help where I can. I have attached a photo of myself just in case you are unsure of what I look like.
We have many ways to communicate here at school, but currently the most efficient way would be to email the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. The office staff will pass on your message and I will try and respond as soon as I can.
Homework will be set on a Friday on SATs Companion. It will be checked the following Friday. New spellings will be set on a Monday and spelling tests will take place each Monday.
Our current PE day is Tuesday, and the children can come into school in PE kit for the day. We will notify you if this changes as we do have external providers associated with school to enhance our provision; they are only available on certain days. Please remember no earrings should be worn for health and safety reasons and a white round neck t-shirt with the school badge and plain blue or black shorts/ tracksuit bottoms should be worn.
The children have settled in extremely well on their transition days and I have really enjoyed getting to know them. 6EB are so eager to please and have already earned marbles in the class marble jar and lots of table team points!
The first two books we will be studying are ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ and ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. I love stories and at times get carried away when reading them, but the children's enthusiasm fuels this even more. I am really looking forward to the wonderful lessons we can share together and the experiences that we will have in Year 6. We have so much to look forward to, including: Confirmation, trips, SATs and of course the highly anticipated end of year play.
Take care everybody,
Summer 1 Week 5
Summer 1 Week 4
We have had another very busy week in Year 6. We enjoyed a whole-school commonwealth assembly in the hall and we found out that our island country of focus is New Zealand. We're so excited to learn all about New Zealand and the commonwealth in our themed lessons next week.
Mrs McConvery and I spent a morning this week talking to teachers from Bishop Challoner. We told them all about how fabulous each and every one of you are that will be joining them in September. Transition days are fast approaching and we are so excited for you all. We will be meeting with teachers from other secondary schools in the coming weeks. On the same day, we enjoyed a visit from a lady who held a workshop for us all based on vocations. It was very informative and we asked lots of thought-provoking questions.
We held our auditions for our end of year production this week. It will be a very tough decision choosing our main characters. Every single audition was fantastic! We have so many talented singers and actors/actresses in our year group. Our rehearsals for the Wizard of Oz will be starting next week.
During our English lessons this week, we focused on using dialogue in our writing to advance action and to draw the reader in. We have really been enjoying our class text Skellig. The children worked really hard to include direct and indirect speech; they also included all three speech models! Well done.
On Friday, a lot of our Year 6 children enjoyed the Friday Fun Afternoon. I was disappointed that I missed out but all of our pupils said that they had a wonderful time, dancing and singing in the hall with the DJ.
Summer 1 Week 3
I want to take this opportunity to say a huge well done to all of my pupils in 6EB for all of their hard work during SATs this week. You were all so positive, determined and calm. I was incredibly proud of each and every one of you. You all tried your best and that is all that we could possibly hope for. Well done to you all! Thank you to all of the parents for all of your support during the preparation and in the weeks leading up to SATs. We enjoyed an afternoon of singing on the field to celebrate on Friday and we even had some delicious treats!
During our art lesson this week, we learned a new technique - salt painting! We used a ruler, salt, PVA glue and watercolours to design a spider's web. We then displayed our creations in our Skellig themed reading corner.
Summer 1 Week 2
A short week this week due to bank holiday and voting day. We had another revision week for our children in Year 6. The children are working really hard to close any gaps in their knowledge. I am so proud of their hard work. Keep it up 6EB!
This week we have enjoyed setting up a new reading corner which is Skellig themed. We enjoyed our prediction lesson last week so much that we decided to design a new reading area. We decorated the area with cobwebs, creepy crawlies, dark cushions and art work. In our art lesson, we used our mind's eye and drew what we imagine Skellig to look like. In English, we have been using our senses and figurative language to describe the setting of Skellig. We have especially been thinking about building an image in the reader's mind.
Best of luck with your revision over the next few days 6EB! Remember I am more proud of you than you could ever imagine. Stay calm, stay positive!
Summer 1 Week 1
Welcome back children! I hope that you have all had a lovely Easter break filled with joy, chocolate eggs and family gatherings.
In 6EB this week, we have started our new class text - Skellig. We were all so engaged and enthusiastic about our new text. During our prediction lesson, we designed our own book covers to decorate our class door. We thought about the information that we had been provided with and used our inference skills to imagine what the book cover might look like.
We have worked really hard this week revising and preparing for our upcoming SATs examinations (WB 9th May). Please keep us all in your prayers.
Spring 2 Week 6
This week we have enjoyed our outdoor day. As this week we had our assessment week, we had a day dedicated to revising outdoors. During our Maths session, we developed our knowledge of angles by using the school grounds. First we had to find examples of acute angles, obtuse angles and right angles. We thought about how we come into contact with angles in our everyday lives. We then thought about our names, we used chalks to count how many acute, obtuse and right-angles we had in our first names. This got quite competitive with the top 3 quickest teams receiving a chocolate prize! Well done everyone. We also enjoyed a game of rounders to break up our revision sessions. A big shout out to J'quan for his incredible shot. Enjoy the video!
For PE this week, we played dodgeball with Coach Colm and Coach Dylan. We learnt about pivoting/changing direction and we had lots of fun!
In Computing this week, we continued with our game design, using the clone tool on Scratch. Coding is definitely a talent of ours in 6EB!
Well done to Bo and Ciaran for creating such beautiful Easter gardens. They look wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing them with us!
Spring 2 Week 5
Well done 6EB for all of your hard work in your swimming lessons at the University of Birmingham this week. You all put in great effort and you showed excellent resilience and determination. It has been a while for most of us since we have been able to access the swimming baths but you all made me really proud. The University of Birmingham coaching team really praised you all and said that you were a delight to teach. A special mention to Maisie for receiving star of the week this week. You have earned it Maisie for your drive and for not giving up in the swimming pool. It was great to see your confidence grow through the week!
During our golden time this week, we started to use some new word games. I think our favourite is definitely the 'Wordsearch' game. It requires speed, hand-eye co-ordination and a great deal of focus. The children even managed to challenge and beat me!
Spring 2 Week 4
This week in 6EB, we have enjoyed a themed week. We have focused our learning on the life of Mary Anning. Our cross-curricular lessons have enabled us to learn about Anning's life through our English, History, Computing and Science lessons. Linked to our Science topic - Evolution, Inheritance and Development- we have written biographies based on her life. We have thought about the chronological order of events in Anning's life and worked hard to sequence them. We enjoyed a film clip from The Association for Science Education. It showed us the fossil hunter's life and delved into Anning's discoveries. We have discussed what a biography is, looked at some examples and identified key features in a range of biographies before beginning to write our own. 6EB have really enjoyed thinking like palaeontologists.
To raise money for our Lenten charities, we have joined in this week with 6SM's fundraiser - Whacky Wednesday. This week we sported whacky hairstyles. All for a good cause!
Spring 2 Week 3
This week in 6EB, we have been thinking like entrepreneurs in all of our lessons. We have celebrated STEM Week by designing our own themed restaurant business in our table groups. The children have been thinking about each stage of setting up a farm shop business: considering seasonality when deciding which crop to grow, thinking about nutrition and branding when designing their recipes, using market research to test their ideas out with potential consumers, working within a budget when buying additional ingredients, learning teamwork skills when making their products and calculating their expected profit. They have applied their Maths skills to real life problems. They have learned important messages about financial literacy and food provenance.
In our English lessons, the children examined a range of recipes and produced and performed pitches in order to put across their business ideas to investor Lady Broadbent-Sugar. On Friday, we even created the healthy side dishes together and celebrated a successful week by sharing the dishes created in the sunshine.
I am blown away by the children's innovation and teamwork skills. I think that we might have a couple of future business owners in 6EB and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the children eventually end up presenting a business idea to Sir Alan Sugar on The Apprentice. A huge well done and thank you to our parents for sending your children in with ingredients in order to help the final lesson to happen. We have had a fabulous week!
Another well done to the children that attended the morning SATs booster groups this week. You are all working so incredibly hard. Keep it up.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
We wore green and each paid £1 for charity.
Spring 2 Week 2
This week we have worked really hard to prepare for our SATs. We have successfully completed an assessment week. The children have made great progress and made Miss Broadbent very proud. We have also started to raise money for our Lenten charities by guessing how many smarties are in the jar.
In our RE lessons, we have been discussing our new gospel values for this half term - intentional and prophetic. We read the story from the Old Testament of the Israelites reaching the Promised Land and discussed how the story linked to the gospel values. The children put themselves in the position of the Israelites and thought about how they would have felt.
During PE this week, we played a game of rounders as a whole year group. Myself and Mrs McConvery were very pleased with the sportsmanship that all pupils displayed. 6EB won but 6SM were courteous, praised one another throughout and even shook hands with members on the opposing team at the end of the game.
In English, 6EB were given the opportunity and freedom to create their own descriptive piece based on an image. We used our imaginations and senses to produce an interesting piece of writing with a range of exciting vocabulary. The Travelling Book Fair also arrived this week. We enjoyed looking at the selection of books on offer. Miss Broadbent can’t wait to use the money raised to order new books for our school library. Watch this space! Thank you parents for your support with this.
Spring 2 Week 1
This week we have been thinking like ecologists. We have enjoyed reading What Mr Darwin Saw and we have been studying the Galápagos Islands. To celebrate World Book Day, the whole of KS2 read Flotsam, a picture book open to interpretation. We linked our reading to the rising issue of water pollution. For our extended piece of writing this week, we have written to the Environment Secretary - George Eunice informing him about our findings. The children used a range of persuasive devices to urge Eunice to make changes. Our work in our English lessons this week has been closely linked to our Science (Evolution and Inheritance) and Geography (South America) topics.
During our RE lessons, we have been thinking about and praying for the people of Ukraine. The children have written some beautiful prayers which are displayed in our classroom and in the front reception area. We have been sharing a prayer each home time from our peace tree. We have also been making our Lenten promises together in class and thinking about how we can follow in Jesus’ footsteps with our words and actions.
Well done 6EB for all of your efforts with your costumes for World Book Day. You all looked fantastic! You also delivered a beautiful Mass for KS2 and parishioners at Church on Ash Wednesday. I am very proud of you all.
Spring 1 Week 6
In Year 6 this week, we have celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme this year is ‘Growing Together’. We discussed the importance of having a support network and designed our own support network balloons, filling them with the names of people that lift us up. The balloons are displayed in class to remind us of the fact that we are surrounded by people who love and care for us. These are the people that will lift us up. We enjoyed a yoga session together in class, focusing our breathing and living in the moment. The children also wore pyjamas to raise money for Forward Thinking Birmingham, a local mental health charity.
To mark E-Safety Week, we talked about cyberbullying. We worked in our table teams to come up with words associated with cyberbullying. The children worked really hard to provide advice to somebody that might be experiencing cyberbullying.
Autumn 2 Week 7
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope that you all have a safe, happy and healthy 2022. Thank you so much for your continued support this term. The children have been fantastic and continue to surprise me with their thirst for knowledge each and every week that we spend together. We hope that you enjoyed the whole school nativity and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
Enjoy a video of our amazing steel pan players below!
Autumn 2 Week 6
We continued our learning about the Christmas truce this week. We began the week by thinking about vocabulary associated with war and peace during one of our English sessions. Then we sorted our vocabulary into a Venn diagram in order to categorise the words and to think about which words might be associated with both war and peace. Some of the words that we came up with that could come under both are: united, hope, together and action. We came up with a class definition for the word truce.
In our History lesson, we looked at different perceptions of the Christmas truce. It was surprising that a number of groups of people were against the truce. We explored how different people may have felt, people such as: soldiers, veterans, politicians, weaponry manufacturers, anti-war activists, grieving mothers and the people of France and Belgium.
We got-seated a number of these people during a speaking and listening session. We thought about what questions we would want to ask them and then thought about how they would have responded.
Well done children! Another week of excellent focus and hard work.
Autumn 2 Week 5
This week and next week, our theme in Year 6 is the Christmas Truce. We have focused on relative clauses and using them in our writing. As a class, we read War Games by Michael Foreman together. We retold the narrative using relative clauses to add more detail to our writing. We particularly enjoyed looking at the illustrations in the book.
During Gospel Assembly and our RE lessons, we have begun the season of Advent together. We have discussed what the word ‘Advent’ means and thought about how we are going to prepare for the coming of Jesus. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting with our faith friends from Year 3. We spent an afternoon creating Advent crafts together.
Autumn 2 Week 4
The children in 6EB have worked extremely hard on their cross-curricular learning. We have read Chapters 7 and 8 of War Horse. Whilst reading the chapters, we used our Magpie books to steal interesting vocabulary. We answered a range of retrieval and inference comprehension questions based on the text. For our writing this week, we created a play-script independently and then as part of a group. We looked at the key features of a play-script and talked about why these features are important.
We linked our English learning with our Science learning by performing our plays using puppets and a light theatre, which we created ourselves. We discussed how the light source causes a shadow to be cast and that the size of the shadow can be controlled by moving the puppet closer to or further from the light.
I was really blown away by the children’s engagement during this week’s lessons. The effort that they all put into their performances was marvellous. The children really thought about how they would use their voices to engage their audience. I have attached some of the performances below. Keep it up 6EB!
In our Music lesson this week we have looked at pitch and the Solfa Ladder. We enjoyed listening to the Sound of Music and used the Solfa Ladder hand actions to join in.
Autumn 2 Week 3
Another busy week in 6EB. This week we have been really lucky to have a grandparent visit us to talk to us about WW2. Our visitor brought in lots of artefacts for us to examine and enjoy. We looked at identity cards, ration books, postcards and war medals! We listened carefully to fascinating stories about the times that our visitor shared with her family during the war.
Bo also brought in some of her own family heirlooms (her great-grandfather’s helmet and her grandmother’s gas mask). Thank you Bo! We loved looking at them and couldn’t believe how heavy they both were. Bo’s magnificent art work which she created using nail varnish and spray paint is also attached below. This painting could definitely feature in an art gallery!
We have celebrated Anti-Bullying Week and Road Safety Week by creating posters and making pledges.
Our big write looked a little different this week. We researched military animals in order to create information texts. The children couldn’t believe that donkeys and camels were used during the wars!
I am very proud of Florence as she has achieved her pen license this week. Keep up the hard work Florence, well done. 😁
Autumn 2 Week 2
Wow what a fun-filled week we have had in 6EB!
In our History and DT lessons, we have been creating our air raid shelters using recycled materials. We watched a virtual reality video to empathise with how people at the time would have felt having to cram into air raid shelters. Our class museum looks fantastic!
We have celebrated Maths Week by getting involved with a Maths Mysteries Live Zoom. We watched the presenter work magic with Maths. A very clever magic trick using cards and number excited Thomas!
Well done Year 6 for your efforts with Evacuee Day. You all put in a wonderful effort and looked brilliant! Please see all of our fantastic costumes below. We held a minute’s silence in the hall for Armistice Day and listened to some beautiful war music from the City of Birmingham’s Symphony Orchestra. The string quartet read part of our class text War Horse and performed alongside the story! We really enjoyed our time with them. During the afternoon, we watched the film Goodnight Mister Tom and compared the film to the book. A really enjoyable day had by all. I’m so proud of you all!
Autumn 2 Week 1
We have had a fabulous week in Year 6. We had our outdoor day on Tuesday. The children enjoyed Blitz themed activities.
In English and History, we learned all about primary and secondary sources. We examined a range of sources. These sources included real diary entries, photographs, newspaper articles and propaganda. Once we had found all of the sources on our playgrounds, we had to decide how useful the sources were. The children made the brilliant conclusion that no one source is enough to tell us everything about life at that time. A range of sources help us to learn more about life in the cities during World War 2.
For our Art lesson, we designed our own Anderson shelters. We looked at examples and learned some really interesting facts about them. 3.5 millions Anderson shelters were built in total! In groups we decided what materials to bring in to create models. In our DT lesson next week, we will be creating our shelters.
We created periscopes for our Science session. Periscopes were used during World War 1 in the trenches. The children enjoyed experimenting with angles and reflection.
To celebrate coding week, we looked at cracking binary codes and creating our own binary codes in our unplugged Computing session. During our plugged Computing lesson, we worked really hard to have a go at a range of coding games.
Well done! Keep up the hard work 6EB.
Autumn 1 Week 7
Class 6EB have had an excellent first half-term together. In our final week of this half-term, we have led a school Mass to celebrate St Luke’s Feast Day and we have created some dazzling art in the style of Jacqueline Hurley in preparation for Remembrance Day.
Have a relaxing half-term everyone. See you soon on 1st November for a week consisting of a new class text, new topics, lots of coding and an outdoor day!
Autumn 1 Week 6
Over the weekend, Miss Broadbent had a wonderful experience that she just had to share…
On Sunday, I attended the Cheltenham Literature Festival and it wasn’t until I looked at the programme of events that I noticed that… Joseph Coelho - the poet we studied during National Poetry Week- was performing his work on stage. I had to get tickets and he was just as brilliant in the flesh as he is in his videos for the BBC.
I even managed to meet him and his illustrator after the show and they signed some books for me. I shared with Coelho that we had learned and performed one of his poems in Year 6. He was very impressed and was keen to visit our school. I will have to look into this.
I was and still am completely starstruck!
Operation Evacuation Exploration Outdoor Day - 12th October
For our evacuee themed day, we carried out all of our learning outdoors.
To begin the day, the children were given a label and were required to choose a name, age and location. The children were identified by this name for the rest of the day.
In Maths, we looked at factors, multiples and division. We completed a practical lesson on the field. We thought about how the evacuees may have been split at train stations and thought about how many children would have been grouped together.
During our History, English and Art sessions, we discussed what items children would have taken with them and packed in their suitcases. Our discussion turned into a bit of an impromptu debate as the children disagreed over which items were necessary. The children were surprised to see the size of the case that the evacuees would have used and engaged well in the discussion, giving reasons both for and against packing each item.
We sketched items into our own suitcases and thought carefully about what we would have packed. An interesting conversation was had regarding the contrast in the items which we would choose to take if we were to be evacuated in this day and age.
In our PE lesson, we played a range of war games, including: Red Rover, skipping and football. We had heaps of fun working in our teams.
Before our evacuee experience came to a close, we topped off the day with a warm hot chocolate and reflected on our experiences together.
Autumn 1 Week 5
Another exciting and jam-packed week for 6EB.
The children kick-started Black History Month with an African Dance Workshop. The instructor was impressed with the group’s rhythm and listening skills. We picked up lots of brilliant traditional moves. Miss Broadbent and Mrs Laity were blown away by the final performance.
A huge well done Year 6!
On Thursday, we enjoyed a role play lesson. We explored the experiences of evacuees during World War 2. Before we began the lesson, we watched a video on the BBC website and in the video, evacuation was described as a positive experience. We shared our thoughts on the video and discussed how not all evacuees had positive experiences. For our outdoor learning, each child was given a real-life account of an evacuee’s experience. The children got into role as an evacuee. For the main task, the children had the numbers 1-30 on a grid. They had to find all 30 evacuees and record whether each experience was positive or negative. This task encouraged the children to think deeper as they were required to record any information that they felt the BBC should add to their video in order to make the cartoon a truer reflection of life at the time.
The acting skills were brilliant - you must watch us in action below!
Stringcredibles joined us on Friday for a high-energy performance. We had an absolutely marvellous time in the hall, learning about string quartets, different instruments and range of musical elements. We learned all about: teamwork, harmony, baselines, rhythm, tempo and dynamics.
We are delighted to hear that they will be visiting us again after half-term to work with just Year 6 on a World War 2 music workshop!
National Poetry Day - 7th October 2021
Autumn 1 Week 4
We have had a busy week in Year 6. On Thursday, we spent time meeting our Faith Friends in Year 3. The Year 3 children had made cards for the Year 6’s and the Year 6 children wrote letters introducing themselves. All children really enjoyed getting to know one another and found the experience really exciting. We look forward to working closely with Year 3, in order to support them on their faith journey and with their Communion preparation!
To celebrate Little Way Week and the Feast Day of Saint Therese of Lisieux (1st October), we discussed how we can live our lives like Saint Therese and build little acts of kindness into our week. The children shared lots of ideas of how they will build their own spiritual bouquet for God. We also wrote beautiful and meaningful prayers to decorate our classroom altars.
Autumn 1 Week 3
This Week 6EB have fully immersed themselves into their History topic of World War 2. During our History, English and Computing lessons, we have been conducting or own research in groups. We have focused on a range of aspects of World War 2 life, including: Food and rations, entertainment, axis and allies - countries involved, evacuation, the Blitz and bombings, and important dates.
The children worked in small groups and used our class laptops and computers to research their chosen aspect. They then mind-mapped their findings. Using their mind-maps, they presented to the class during a speaking and listening lesson. The other children made notes as they listened. The class worked together to ensure that each group had a clear understanding of each aspect. During our English lesson, the children published a double-page spread to present their findings.
We even created our own propaganda in our Art lesson.
Autumn 1 Week 2
We have all made a brilliant start to Year. We have discussed this week the importance of little acts of kindness, inclusion and supporting one another. We were lucky to be involved in the Bully4You Assembly and Workshop. This formed the basis of our learning in PSHE. A theatre group came into our school and acted out real-life scenarios. We were provided with a range of strategies and steps to use if we thought that somebody was being bullied.
During our class workshop, we looked at managing our emotions and discussed the following:
What is bullying?
What causes people to bully each other?
How does it feel to be bullied or to bully?
What are the effects of bullying on others?
What would our school be like if bullying behaviour was acceptable?
Why should we try not to bully each other?
What can we do to stop bullying?
Our children reinforced to the visitors that they knew that they had their safeguarding hands to use and that those 5 adults in school are always on hand if they needed to talk.
Welcome to Year 6 2021/22
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
OUTDOOR DAY - 24TH NOVEMBER 2020
We had the most wonderful day learning outside as a class. We enjoyed the fresh air, completing challenging tasks and working as a team. Our main task was based on our World War Two topic. We had to build a shelter that we thought could be helpful if we needed to protect ourselves during a war. We needed to use our skills of communication, overcome not having the exact materials we wanted, be resilient and evaluate our structures. We had the best time!