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Welcome to Year 6 2021/22

"Don't stop until you're proud!"

 

 

Our spelling mat!

Outdoor day - Maths

 

The children have been working on their angle knowledge, and using this to find angles in nature. We have some brilliant, imaginative examples! We also worked so hard that some children felt the need for a quick lie down in forest school 😂 We all had a great time exploring! 

Outdoor day - Art

 

We having been exploring our beautiful grounds in outdoor day and taking photos inspired by nature. I can’t believe how many amazing budding photographers we have in 6SM! They were all so enthusiastic and focused that even the snow didn’t stop them!! 

Celebrity day!

 

Once again, well done to the children (and I’m sure parents working on costumes at home too) for a fantastic effort in our Lenten charity events! It was certainly interesting to teach a room full celebrities. We had Dolly, Ant, Ariana, Messi, Dwayne, Rachel, Taylor, Serena and many many more! 

Wacky Wednesdays!

 

I have loved seeing how creative you all are! A huge well done to everyone who has joined in so far, it’s so much fun and for such a good cause! 

Reminder

Wednesday 30th - Wacky hats

Wednesday 6th - Wear as many colours as possible 

Thinking like palaeontologists

 

This week we have been thinking like palaeontologists across our lessons. We have focused on Mary Anning and her amazing discoveries. The children have produced wonderfully informative biographies about Mary and the interesting life that she led based on their own research!

A personal highlight for me was teaching ratio through thinking about diplodocus and stegosaurus fossils, that Mary could have found. Well done children; you have all worked so hard! 

Restaurant sales pitch

 

As part of our STEM week the children worked together to create a sales pitch for their group restaurant idea and presented them to myself as ‘Mrs McConvery-Sugar’. They all did a wonderful job and the confidence that they showed when presenting, both to myself and their peers, was phenomenal!

Our winning team, with the most persuasive sales pitch, were ‘Ecuador’ with their restaurant idea - Festival! Congratulations!

STEM week

 

This week we have been thinking like entrepreneurs. The children have planned their own restaurant business; looking at recipes to find a star dish; costing their tasty ingredients; working out their profit margins; designing their exciting interiors; carrying out market research; creating their own star salads and much, much more! I’ve been so impressed with their enthusiasm for this project! We certainly have a few budding entrepreneurs in 6SM with amazing business minds!

Golden time activities 

Happy St Patrick’s day!

It was lovely to see so many children wearing green to celebrate St Patrick’s day, and the generous donations will be going to a good cause!

World Book Day

 

We have had an absolutely fantastic WBD! A big well done and thank you to those who helped the children prepare their costumes!

 

All of Key Stage 2 have been looking on the same book this week – Flotsam by David Wiesner. It is so interesting to see the fantastic ideas that Year 6 have taken from this picture book, and the children have created some wonderful piece of writing in response to it.

We have even written to our environmental minister – Mr Eustice – about the terrible levels of water pollution in the world, and what we believe can be done to help. Let’s hope that they are listened to and we get a response!

Youth for Human Rights

 

We had a wonderful talk from Ness from the Youth for Human Rights group. She explained how important our human rights are, and some of the history behind where they came from. We also talked about human rights in Birmingham, and the sad fact that not everyone is treated fairly.

 

This was a lovely opportunity to think and learn about our wider community and the children in 6SM were very insightful and considerate with their thoughts and opinions. As always, 6SM represented our school wonderfully and made me feel very proud to be their teacher.

Outdoor day

 

Outdoor day was a wonder Mayan experience! Taking our Topic learning outdoors really helps to bring it to life – although thankfully we managed to avoid the more gruesome areas like human sacrifices and instead focused on their art, music and religious beliefs. We even learnt a Mayan game called Pok-A-Tok, which involves scoring goals with your hips – very tricky but hilarious!

Science – The digestive system

 

This was by far the most disgusting lesson we have had in year 6! We recreated how food is broken down in our digestive systems with the use of crackers, bananas, orange juice, tights and plastic bags! I’m not sure any of us will be able to eat a banana again for a while, but then I doubt any of us will forget what the oesophagus is used for either! We learnt lots and heaved lots, but had a great time nonetheless.

Jumanji!

Following on from our English and Topic work based around our class book Jumanji, we have been creating board games in our Maths lessons. We have tried to include questions that will challenge our classmates, and some revision questions too! It has been lovely to see how creative we all are, with some groups even including traps and secret passages!

Take a look at our fantastic Jesse tree! We drew and coloured symbols on our ornaments to represent different stories from the Bible. I was very impressed with their amazing knowledge of so many different Bible stories! Well done 6SM! 

We've had an unwanted visitor in 6SM this week. His name in Boppy, he's short, sticky fingered and constantly up to no good! He has made a glitter angel; set up a swing in our doorway; stolen sweets and stationary to make his own grotto and gotten himself tangled in our blinds so far. We can't wait to see what he gets up to next week! 

To celebrate the start of Advent we have worked with our faith friends to create Advent wreaths together. We used our handprints to represent the evergreen leaves, symbolising God's eternal love for us. We wrote words on our handprints which we think best represent the message of Advent. We also decorated our hands with lots of glitter, as it is getting to that special time of year where everything sparkles - including the carpet! 

It was lovely that we were able to create two wreaths that can be displayed in both our classrooms, so that we can remember to pray for each other during this special time. 

Congratulations to all of the children who achieved a travel tracker badge! I can see that 6SM are really trying their best to walk or park and stride to school! 

This week the children have been creating play scripts based on our class text, War Horse. Coincidentally, we also happened to be looking at shadows in our Science topic - Light. What are the chances! So we took the opportunity to perform our playscripts using our handmade puppets and shadow theatres!

We all had a brilliant time trying to hide under tables and giggling at improvised lines. Excellent work 6SM!

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We have loved starting to create our own WW2 interpretive dances this week. Take a look at some of the children working together to be creative and turn their thoughts and feelings of the Blitz into dance moves - not an easy job, but one they all tackled brilliantly! I can't wait to see the finished dances!! 

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Usually, our weekly 'Big Write' is an independent, quiet lesson, however this week we have worked in pairs to type up our work. The children completed their own research about how different animals were used in the war and then created informative texts. I was very impressed with both their computer skills and their team work! 

Anti-bullying week! 

 

Our theme for anti-bullying week is 'One kind word.' We are all working to use our words to have a positive impact on other people. We want everyone to feel cared for, happy and included. We have spent time this week talking about how we can make a difference to those around us, and how we can be good friends and classmates to each other. 

 

I have been very impressed with the number of beautiful anti-bullying posters that were submitted for the competition! Great work 6SM!! 

We have been extremely lucky this week to have Charlotte's Nan come into school to visit us! She had some wonderful artifacts to show us and some amazing stories! We were all fascinated learning about Operation Mincemeat, the Little Ships at Dunkirk and the fact that spitfires were built right here in Birmingham!

We are so lucky to have such supportive families! Thank you! 

This week in school is Maths Week! We have taken part in an online lesson for the Maths World Cup and joined a fun maths workshop, where we learnt lots of interesting maths games and amazing tricks! 

 

Don't forget children, we are in a time table rockstar competition with 6EB! Make sure you're logging in and earning those coins!! Good luck yes

We have all worked very hard in Design and Technology lessons to create models of Anderson Shelters. Did you know that the original Anderson Shelters were made of only 6 pieces of corrugated iron? Although we didn't have any spare sheets of corrugated iron laying around to use for our models, the children quickly worked out that by ripping the top sheet of paper off thick cardboard they can create a similar effect, and with a bit of grey paint you would hardly know the difference! I was very impressed with their creativity! 

We have started our new science topic this week - Light! So far we have learnt all about how light travels and why we are able to see the objects around us. 

 

Take a look at the periscopes that we made in science. We experimented with light and different mirror angles to make periscopes fit for the trenches! 

Wow, what a fantastic first week back after our half term break! We have been so busy this week between outdoor day, our Confirmation meeting, starting a new topic in Science, continuing our Black History work, school visitors and coding week!! You have all been brilliant, mature role models this week! Keep up the good work!

 

 

Take a look at some of our inspirational work from Black History Month. We learnt about some amazing key figures in our Guided Reading sessions, and also looked at some more modern figures throughout our English lessons. I think we have all felt inspired and impressed with the wonderful changes that they have helped to make in the world! 

I was very impressed with your poppy projects! Here are just a few of the wonderful projects that you have all produced!! 

Take a look at our outdoor learning day. We became evacuees for the day, making our own name tags, planning what we would pack and learning about different styles of music from the era. We all had a brilliant day, and even managed to complete our Maths and English learning outdoors too! 

We have had a fantastic afternoon learning some African dance moves! Who knew we had so many brilliant dancers in 6SM! 

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Preparations for National Poetry Day! 

Take a look at some of the brilliant projects that Year 6 have completed over the summer. You are all so creative and have clearly put in lots of time and effort – well done!

We have been completing some silhouette art to complement our history topic. We have used our watercolour blending skills to create Blitz or soldier inspired artworks. These have really brightened up our classroom and are so eye catching!

Dear Year 6 children and parents,

 

My name is Mrs McConvery and this is my second year at St. Edward’s. I was mainly teaching in Year 6 last year, but I spent some time teaching in Year 2 during lockdown – so I know some of your younger brothers and sisters!

As I’m fairly new to St. Edward’s I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better this year, now that we are allowed out of our bubbles!

 

Year 6 can be very busy, and we do work very hard, but we will also be making some wonderful memories during your last year at primary school.

 

Our homework will be sent home every Friday, to be returned by the following Friday. Please also try your best to read every night and make a note of this in your reading records. You will have access to our school library, but you are welcome to read whatever takes your fancy! Personally, I love a national geographic magazine or any book series containing magic.

 

Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday (weather permitting), so make sure you wear kit to school on those 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.

 

We have had a fantastic start to the year, and I am very much looking forward to a brilliant year together.

 

Take care,

Mrs McConvery

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