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Year 6

Picture 1 Miss McCulloch Class 13 Teacher
Picture 2 Mr Hill Class 14 Teacher
Picture 3 Mrs Schindler Assistant HeadTeacher/Year 5 & 6 TL
Picture 4 Mrs A Cocker Teaching Assistant
Picture 5 Miss L Toone Behaviour and Wellbeing TA


Today Year 6 went on the most 'extraordinary' trip to the theatre to see Skellig performed live on the stage. It was mesmerising and had us all on the edge of our seats in awe. We were so lucky that it was on at Nottingham Playhouse at the same time we were studying it in class - this has never happened before! The set and the actors blew us away with their version of a very powerful story - here is a snippet of what we got to experience...

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What a great debate! In class we are writing a balanced report on 'home schooling' and today we had a debate on the issue. The children were passionate and extremely strong in their arguments both for and against.
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Tilly is back!

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Tilly is safely out of hibernation and is back at school raring to go for the new half term. She is warm and is feeding nicely and looking forward to seeing all of the children this week.

SATs Meeting - Information for parents


In March we will be holding two meetings for parents, these will provide all the information you require regarding the SATs in May and the build up to them. The dates and times of these meetings are below, we would love to see you all there:


Tuesday 5th March 2019 (2.30pm - 3:20pm)


Thursday 7th March 2019 (5pm - 6pm)


Letters with further information regarding these meetings will be sent out shortly.


To link to our 'Mountains' topic this half term, we set the children a creative piece of homework on anything to do with mountains. We gave the children 3 weeks to complete their homeowrk.

We were absolutely blown away with the projects that the children handed in. It was clear to see the time and effort that had gone into each and everyone of them. We loved how some of them were a real family effort too with parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters getting involved too! Come and have a look at our FANTASTIC PROJECTS!


We had a brilliant two sessions this week as part of the 'Street Aware' programme. The aims of this programme are to support young people to be aware of the impact of knives and weapons and to not become involved with knives and weapons in the first instance. We also learnt about criminal gangs and strategies to avoid becoming part of a criminal gang. Leanne - who is a PCSO - delivered the sessions and all Year 6 staff were incredibly impressed with how the children responded.

Our topic for this term is 'Mountains Around The World' and we will be learning all about how mountains are formed and where they are located. 


Our text for this term is Clockwork by Phillip Pullman, this dark and compelling story is about a tormented apprentice clock-maker - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil!

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During the term, we will also be creating and designing a CAM toy and Clay Figurine linked to the story Clockwork so the children have lots to look forward to.
On our Wow day at the start of this term, the children were given a number of clues to help them try and predict what our topic and book would be for the upcoming term. We also created some artwork linked to  our book - Clockwork - and you can see some of the amazing work the children produced below.
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Year 6 worked so incredibly hard on their World War Two projects and the teachers were blown away by the creativity and the amount of effort that went into the projects. Some children made their own spitfires, some re-created scenes from Dunkirk, some made World War Two ration books, some made Powerpoint presentations - such a variety of outstanding work! Come and have a look at our projects!



What a fantatsic day we had on Friday at the Holocaust Memorial Centre! Our topic this term has been World War Two and in Shared Reading we have been reading 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'.  We have also learnt about the atrocious events of the Holocaust and how Jews were persecuted in the years leading up to and during the Second World War. Our visit complemented all the learning we have done at school.


We listened to a fascinating interview with Steven Mendlesson who was a survivor of the Holocaust and was sent to England as a child to be saved from Nazi persecution in Germany. We also got to experience 'The Journey' which was a story of Leo - a German Jewish boy living in Berlin. We got to experience what his home was like, what his school was like and what his Father's tailor shop was like. It was heartbreaking to hear how Leo suffered and was discriminated against just because of his religion. The day ended with all the children placing a stone on the 'Children's Memorial' which is a tribute to the 1.5 million Jewish children who lost their lives during the Holocaust.

The Year 6 staff would like to praise the children for their outstanding behaviour throughout the day - we were so proud of you and staff from The Memorial Centre commeted on your impeccable behaviour. All the children were respectful throughout the whole day and dealt with this difficult topic in a mature and sensible way.

Come and have a look at our photos from the trip.



Year 6 were lucky enough to spend the morning with famous author Chris White who is our Patron of Reading. He is always enthusiastic and funny and he inspires the children to write brilliant poems! Together as a whole class, we wrote a poem based on a street where funny people live!



We had a fabulous day in Year 6 today marking the centenary of the signing of the Armistice and the end of the First World War.

We learnt that during this time, people would bake cakes and send it to their loved ones who were fighting on the front line. It was called 'Trench cake' as soldiers would eat it in the trenches! There was a shortage of eggs duing this time so vinegar and dissolved in baking powder as a substitute. In Year 6, we made the cakes in groups and enjoyed tasting them in the afternoon.

Have a go at making your own trench cake at home! Click on the link below to find the recipe!

Something nice to share...

During the October half term, we received our professional wedding photographs and I wanted to share the school choir ones with you all. What a fabulous job they did! Mrs Schindler.


We are all very excited about our second half term in Year 6. Our topic of World War Two will be continuing and we will continue to read 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'. The children have been captivated by this book and topic last half term and there is still so many exciting things to learn this half term!

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We are also looking forward to our visit to The National Holocaust Centre and Museum Friday 7th December. Have a look at the link below to get you excited about our trip!
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Below are the weekly goings on in Year 6, we hope you find this useful.



HOMEWORK - given out on TUESDAY and collected on TUESDAY
SPELLINGS - given out on MONDAY, tested on MONDAY


Thursday 8th November - Autumn Disco

Friday 9th November - One Day Wonder on the Centenary of the End of World War One.

Monday 12th November - Start of Assessment Week

Friday 16th November - Children In Need and Talent Show (pm)

Wednesday 21st November - Parent & Carer workshop on Reasoning

Friday 7th December - Visit to The National Holocaust Centre and Museum

Thursday 20th December - Year 5&6 Achievements



Year 6 WOW Day - World War Two - 3rd October

All children in Year 6 had a fantastic day today dressed as evacuees. The teachers loved all of the costumes and you all went to so much effort!

We spent the morning learning about air raid shelters and we made our own model versions of an Anderson shelter. In the afternoon, we had a special treat as Joan Leverett came into school (Mrs Shaw's Grandmother-in-law) and the shared her real life experiences of being an evacuee. The children had many interesting questions to ask her and loved hearing about what life was like during the war. It really brought it to life for them.

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