2019 - 2020
Welcome to Quartz Class which is home to the oldest children in our school. Year Six are always responsible and hardworking, providing great support and acting as role models to the younger pupils in school.
Miss Smith is the class teacher supported by Mrs Lee, the full time TA and by Mrs Spencer who works on Thursdays and Fridays. Mr Franco and Mr Turner both teach PE on Thursday afternoons. Mrs Bull teaches Zumba and Mrs Culver teaches a variety of lessons according to need but often this is Science or History.
Second half of Spring Term
This half term, Year Six have been extremely busy revising and consolidating their learning in Maths and English in preparation for the SATs tests in May and, even more importantly, for their transfer to Secondary School in September.
They did relax a little more day on World Book Day though, dressing up in costume and reading lots and lots of stories. The classroom door was decorated as 'Stormbreaker' by Anthony Horowitz as the class are rapidly becoming massive Alex Rider fans, led by the Thursday after-school BBC (Boys' Book Club).
Year Six have also taken part in two Science events.
Firstly, they were invited to Magdalene College, Cambridge to attend a series of short lectures about Maths in Patterns, The Big Bang, How sound is measured and finally about a famous 17th Century book called Hooke's Micrographia which has a series of incredibly detailed drawings of the natural world...fascinating!
Secondly, in the same week to celebrate Cambridge Science Week, a teacher from Longsands Academy (Mr Howell) came to give everyone a really practical insight into their taste buds! It was surprising to find how different people perceive the taste of the same substance, some finding it sweet and others salty!
Spring Term 2020
On Thursday 6th February, Year 6 went to the O2 in London to take part in Young Voices concert. They had an absolutely brilliant time having a picnic by the River Thames, rehearsing all afternoon and then performing alongside eight thousand other children in the evening. Everyone agreed that it was truly a magical and unforgettable experience.
This term, Year Six are learning all about World War II. They are reading an intriguing book called 'Letters From the Lighthouse' by Emma Carroll which is giving them the opportunity to find out about the Blitz and about evacuation. As the book continues, there are clearly mysteries developing so everyone is curious to find out how they are resolved.
Science this term has had the Human Body as its focus. This has included learning about the importance of eating a balanced diet, having sufficient sleep each night and the need for regular exercise. Mrs McWilliams showed the children how to dissect a pig's heart to help them learn about the human circulatory system and they then used this knowledge to write a diary of a red blood cell.
In Maths over the last few weeks, Year Six have been revising their knowledge of perimeter and area, as well as practising solving word problems in a variety of different contexts.
Autumn Term (Second Half)
Throughout the second half of the term, Year 6 have continued to follow the adventures of Odysseus as he encountered Polyphemus the Cyclops, Circe the enchantress, Scylla and Charybdis (the five-headed dragon and the deadly whirlpool) before visiting the Land of the Dead and finally escaping the song of the Sirens to return home to Ithaca. The adventures captured everyone's imagination and some fabulous writing in role has been produced as well as inventing a new chapter and then summarising the whole story in a newspaper report.
The focus this term has been on securing written methods for all operations even including numbers with decimals and fractions. Everyone's confidence has improved hugely and the children were able to show this in Assessment Week when they applied these skills in a wide variety of problem solving contexts.
End of term
The end of term has been very busy for Year 6. As well as learning songs and dances for the Christmas Show, they also organised an election to coincide with the General Election to help younger children learn about British Values and how a government is elected. The class were also asked by the Library Service to help select the shortlist for the Cambridgeshire 'Read it again' competition later in the year. Reading is one of Year 6's favourite activities so they really enjoyed reading the 32 books on the long list!
Autumn term - first half
During the first week of the new school year, Year 6 organised a charity bake sale for the rest of the school. They used their Maths skills to cost ingredients and calculate the numbers of cakes needed plus the prices for each cake to be sold (in order to make a profit). The children created some stunning posters to be displayed around school and visited each class to read out their letters persuading the other children to attend the Big Bake and buy the delicious, scrumptious, tasty, sweet, delectable, luscious and mouth-watering treats.
The Big Bake was really well attended and everything sold out! Year 6 made a profit of more than £130 so they wrote letters to Mr Turner trying to persuade him to let them spend the money on new playground equipment, donations to charity or even a class pet! They will have to wait and see what he says!
This term, the topic in Year 6 is to learn about the stories and culture of the Ancient Greeks. The children have already learnt about many of the gods and goddesses and have loved learning stories about Medusa, Arachne and Daedalus & Icarus. The focus of most English work (especially writing) is the story of Odysseus and his harrowing voyage home to Ithaca from Troy. The children have completed some amazing work by using lots of challenging new vocabulary to write in role and to rewrite the adventure with Polyphemus the Cyclops.
Maths and Science
The focus in Maths this half term has been to secure written methods in all four operations of number. The children have worked really hard and are not only becoming faster and more accurate, but are also able to use these methods in a wide range of multistep problems. Everyone has been working particularly hard at their times tables in order to become more fluent. There have been some amazing battles on TT Rock Stars culminating in an exciting Rock Wrangle on the last day.
The first Science topic has been to learn more about the classification of plants and animals especially through using keys. The children have investigated micro-organisms through a mouldy bread experiment and have learnt about some famous scientists in the field of vaccinations.
Bosch Rexroth visit
Year 6 were lucky enough to visit one of our local businesses, Bosch Rexroth, for a science and engineering morning, with a focus on hydraulics. The children were able to learn more about engineering, including taking part in some hands on activities including using the hydraulic training rigs, hydraulic lifts and creating balloon cars and rockets. We are hugely grateful to Rexroth for inviting us over to visit them, and hope it has inspired some of the children to continue to work hard at STEM activities in secondary school.
Mr Cornell Visit
In June, the children from Y6 were visited by Mr Cornell - our resident artist. The two days included a range of STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art and maths): the first activity was bridge building. The bridges has to be build as a team, with the goal of supporting as much weight as possible.
The second session included the creation of 'shadow boxes' in the style of Joseph Cornell (no relation!). Pictures of the shadow boxes are on the way!
Y6 Sports Morning
Winhills hosted children from Middlefield, Round House, Great Staughton and Kimbolton for a sports morning, including competitive games of rounders, cricket and javellin. The children superb throughout the morning, and we were delighted that Quartz class were the overall champions for 2019! Well done!!
Year 6 had the most incredible day at Young Voices 2019!! After travelling to London by coach we had a good look around the O2 arena before our rehearsal throughout the day. In the evening, along with 7,000 other children, we performed to over 5,000 parents and sang and danced our hearts out! The special guests included Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Beau Dermott (Britain's Got Talent) and Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx). It was an incredible day and the children thoroughly loved it!
Happy New Year
Welcome back for another exciting term in Year 6. We have so much exciting learning this term, especially with our new topic of the Ancient Maya. We will also be reading new texts in English, looking at new problems and investigations in Maths, and looking at our new topic of Light in Science.
You can find all about our learning in our newsletter:
Y6 Opera - Carmen - 27th November 2018
Reminders for the trip:
- Can all children arrive at 8:30am. We aim to be departing for London at 8:50.
- Every child needs a packed lunch/water bottle
- Please ensure your child has a warm coat
- We are hoping to arrive around 5:30, although this is very dependent on London traffic and the A1 - it might be much closer to 6pm, if not 6:30!
I will post regular updates here on our school facebook page with live updates as to where we are. Please ensure you have signed up before the trip to have access to the group!
Next spring, Year 6 will be travelling to the O2 arena in London to participate in Young Voices 2019. The children have been issued with lyrics sheets, and below are all the songs they will need to learn before the show.
Everyone has made a fantastic start to year 6 and are showing their desire to learn, their respect of others, and their willingness to 'have a go'.
In the first week of term, we have not yet started our full curriculum but have been learning about each other by playing games and developing our team work skills. We have also been working hard on our new topic, the 'Life on the Fault Lines, where we have looked at volcanoes and earthquakes, and what life would be like living on the Ring of Fire.
As the oldest children in the school, Year 6 are taking their responsibilities as role models very seriously. They have thought about how to (hopefully) earn their Truly Trusted badges in the coming weeks.
A brilliant start to Year 6. Well done everyone!
TT Rock Stars!
Want to work on your times tables? Don't forget to head to TT rock stars where you can practise any of your tables and compete against your friends. The link will take you to the website, or you can download the app for your tablet or phone.
Let's see if you can become a Rock Hero!!