Welcome to Year 6
Welcome to Year 6. This is an important year for your child and we know they will have a successful and happy final year with us at Marsh Green. This year will be a very busy year for the children, the staff working with your children and you! As a team we will help your child reach their true potential. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like help with anything your child is expected to learn in preparation for their Year 6 SATs, please do not hesitate to come and ask. If you are unable to see me you can write a note in your child's diary and I will get back to you. As always, thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at Family Fridays, Marvellous Maths Mondays and of course our amazing Christmas production.
We have entered our final year here at Marsh Green Primary School and we have already been on a trip to Eastbury Manor. We were fortunate to be given the opportunity to watch Year 13 A Level Drama students perform a combination of Shakespeare plays; we even had the chance to dress up.
In English, we have been reading "Eye of the Wolf". This story is about a wolf who has lost nearly everything on his journey to the zoo, including an eye and his beloved pack. The boy too has lost much and seen many terrible things. They stand eye to eye on either side of the wolf's enclosure and, slowly, each makes his own extraordinary story known to the other..........
Master storyteller Daniel Pennac weaves a tale that is magical, mysterious and utterly unforgettable.
We have been using role play to help us understand the thoughts and feelings of the characters in the text.
In RE, we have been thinking about life's "Big Questions" - questions such as: why do we all look different, how was the world created, what happens when I die? By looking at the different religions in the world, we will try to find answers to these and many more questions. For some, we may not find the answer. Here we are working as teams; we had to research a question, create a poster and do a presentation of our findings to our class.
This month we will be celebrating Black History Month. We have learned about Katherine Johnson, a genius mathematician who helped man reach the Moon! We also learned about Walter Tull, a footballer and WW1 soldier and finally Mary Seacole - a woman who gave up everything to care for others.
This half term, we have been looking at extreme weather around the world. There have been so many weather events in the news linked to our topic: earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons and tsunamis! We have learned about the causes of these events, as well as the tragic human impact. This topic has made us appreciate how lucky we are with the British weather.
Here is our final weather display - we have incorporated diagrams, reports and art into this unit. We are very creative in 6NB!
In Science we have been looking at light. We have looked closely at the human eye and how light travels. We have learned that light travels in straight lines and reminded ourselves of light sources. We have even designed our own reflective fashion wear! Our greatest creations have been our periscopes - we had to design them, make sure our mirrors were correctly aligned and then make them. They worked!
Developing our Character
School is not just about learning the core subjects - at school we also learn core values and develop ourselves as individuals. This has happened in so many ways at school already: our school councillors have helped to raise over £400 pounds for Macmillan by helping to plan, organise and run the annual coffee morning. Through teamwork in Family Friday and maths games in Marvellous Maths we have developed the qualities that matter in life: compassion, tolerance, patience and the ability to persevere when we do not win the first time.
" The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice."
Maths is all around us and plays a big part in our daily lives; we need maths for telling the time, when we visit the shops and when we play games. In Marvellous Maths, we had the opportunity to also demonstrate our skills linked to co-ordinates, shapes, pairs, money and angles - all through playing games!
Talent Show Winner!
Year 6 have also developed their core value of responsibility by organising the Autumn Talent Show; not only do they host the show but also have to judge the winners.
The overall winner was Wasif, although in Year 6, as he wrote his own rap. The rap was about his sister which shows what a caring big brother he is.
We ended our first half term in Year 6 with some assessments. We have an excellent attitude to our learning. Our parents know our results are in our diary.
We have already had an assembly to remind us about the safety and fun of Bonfire Night. In class we have already learned about the history of the Gunpowder Plot. This month we will be celebrating Diwali and remembering the centenary of the end of World War 1.
We will also be visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum to begin our unit on Japan as well as beginning to prepare ourselves for our brilliant Christmas production.
Our Trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum
Paper Chain Challenge
What a busy year we have had so far! Spring Term is just around the corner!
Some of us have continued to learn the guitar. This is us performing for our class.
In science we have been using branching databases - we even sorted liquorice allsorts! Strangely, the sweets disappeared after the lesson...........
We all had to demonstrate how to make a working circuit.
We had a debate about whether maths was more important than English - it was a very interesting debate! What do you think?
Children of Winter - Berlie Doherty
This term we have immersed ourselves into a text.
' This gripping and haunting adventure is inspired by the true story of the village of Eyam which in 1665 cut itself off from the rest of Derbyshire, so that no other village would catch the plague.'
We have used role-play, had debates and watched the tv adaptations to help us write effectively and for a purpose.
As a result of immersing ourselves in the text we were able to write for a range of purposes: debates, letters, narratives, diary entries and reports. We also linked our homework to the book and made potions to cure the plague! We were able to use old SATs comprehension papers to learn more about the Great Plague of the 17th Century - did you know the playground song "Ring-O-Ring-O-Roses" is about the plague!
A sense of place - we looked at our environment and the journeys we take to and from school. We then incorporated these ideas into a final piece of art.
Our resident artist - Summer
We celebrated Red Nose Day
A Marsh Green Tradition - Our Easter Bonnet Parade!
Off we set for our Easter holidays - SATs are around the corner. We know the next few weeks are going to be busy!
Summer Term - our last term at Marsh Green!
Science - As part of our unit on evolution we made fossils.
We have worked so hard this year and now the time has arrived to show what we are capable of - we know our best effort is all that is asked of us.
We all put our best effort into our SATs. Each day we came in, had breakfast together as a class and went into each test with our heads held high - we were fully prepared for our tests! Our results will be known in July.
We were rewarded for our hard work by a trip to Chessington World of Adventures - the Sun was shining and we had a great day!
We were also moderated this year for our writing. We know how to write quality pieces of work. All went really well with our moderation - of course!
Busy, Busy, Busy!
Even though our SATs and writing moderation are over we now need to prepare for the Marsh Green Annual Awards evening, choral speaking competition, our leavers' play and the music festival!
Not only are we clever, talented and lovely children but we are also the worthy winners of the Phase board competition! Even our headteacher is seen smiling in front of the winning board whilst meeting guests at the annual award evening.
Carey's construction site visits
Carey's construction company invited us to the site to learn about keeping ourselves' safe on the road when riding a bike. It was really useful to consider the viewpoint of the lorry drivers and how they cannot always see cyclists due to the size of the vehicle. We therefore learned to keep a safe distance from the lorries. We were shown around the site, opposite our school, and also had the chance to sit in the lorry and the diggers! Carey's have been very supportive of our school and recently landscaped our quad. They have other projects in the pipeline to do with our school.
Carey's asked Year 6 to design a garden for their building site - the winners will be announced in a special assembly where the winner will receive a brand new bike! Check here again for the winners' photos.
Another fabulous set of results - just what we deserved for all of our hard work. Letters will be coming home to parents at the end of term with our results. Well done Year 6, we are very proud of your achievements - as you should be too.
" Education is the passport to your future"
Time to say goodbye........nearly
We had our leavers' play this week - what a great performance. Even though there are so many events happening at school ( we never stop!) we learned our lines, learned all the songs and as always performed brilliantly.