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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6 2018-2019!


Below are some pictures and links to Year 6 activities. We've been busy updating the blog and it is good to see Year 6 making a helpful start to the Book Blog too. There are lots more links to books, maths help and games to support your learning on the blog. Click through to the blog, read a post and follow the links from there!

If you have something you would like to add to our blog, do let Mrs Watson know, or send in a post yourself using j2e.


Have fun and enjoy discovering something new!



Please click on our blog to see what we have been up to recently and to read some of our work.


Southam Lions Poetry Competition KS2 Winner

Congratulations go to Charlotte for winning the Key Stage 2 section of the Southam Lions Poetry Competition.


Gallery 2018-2019

STEM Activity Day, 22nd May 2019

Year 6 had a fantastic day with the RAF STEM team from Kineton today. We tackled a range of engineering activities including building and firing rockets using compressed air to power them, construction challenges using building blocks, and team tasks. Everyone was very competitive about the distance their rockets travelled, the height of the towers constructed and the speed with which their trains and planes could be built. In the afternoon, a team challenge to get a whole kit bag of equipment across a 'minefield' without touching the ground with either kit or people proved especially exciting with some ingenious problem-solving on display. Well done Year 6 and thank you to the brilliant RAF team: we really enjoyed ourselves!

WW2 Topic Day, January 2019


We completed our WW2 topic work on Friday with a WW2 themed day. All morning, we had to carry our gas mask boxes and ID cards around with us and we had to stop work for some air-raid warnings. 


We found out about the end of the war and why there were V.E. Day celebrations in May but the war didn't end until September. We also worked out maths calculations using and converting old money. In the afternoon we tried potato cakes, dried egg and spam, and also carrot jam on bread and then we had a 1940s 'P.T.' lesson.

The Young Shakespeare Company Visit


"It was amazing. It felt like it was actually happening it was so close." Charlotte

"The most amazing thing I've ever seen! I never want to go to the theatre again! They made it funny for younger people so that everyone could understand it." Evie

"It felt like you were a part of it because you could get really close. You had a much better view of everything." Isla

"You felt really involved." James

"It was brilliant. Even if you weren't picked, you were involved. It made you feel important." Edith

"...They explained the story so that you understood what was happening."

"...I liked seeing it here with people I know and not having to sit next to a stranger."


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Gallery from 2017-2018 Year Group

French afternoon

Year 6 along with the rest of Key Stage 2, enjoyed this themed afternoon during which they learnt about animals drawing and creating their own zoo as well as other activities

including restaurant role play.


York Trip

Year 6 had a fabulous trip to York. They found the York Chocolate Story most enjoyable! The weather was very kind which made the walking easier and no-one complained about the distances. We are very proud of the way they behaved and represented St James. Their behaviour was commented on by a Shambles shop keeper, "They were behaving like my grandchildren. I can take them anywhere." The return coach journey was very quiet as the children were very tired after their busy week.


The Cross of Nails

As part of our whole school display in celebration of The Cross of Nails pilgrimage, we created these fabulous, vibrant crosses using our sewing skills.

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Reflections on the Centenary of WW1

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Click on the poem images to enlarge.

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Shackleton's Men

Shackleton was a principal figure in the period of history known as

The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

Year 6 imagined being one of Shackleton's men writing of the desperation of being stranded on the inhospitable Elephant Island after the disastrous sinking of their ship The Endurance.




Here are some of their "Iceberg" poems.

Click on the image to enlarge the view.

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Carol Concert in St James Church

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World War II Day

We spent the day living as children of the time as part of our topic work.

Dressed as children of the era, we replicated a traditional 1940's PE lesson, tasted food which would have been part of a very limited diet due to rationing and staged an air raid warning.

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Christmas Art Day

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Play Tower 'Thank You' tea party

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Today we made cakes and served tea to say thank you to some of the people who have helped to buy the new play tower for school. Well done Year 6 for your baking and your hospitality skills. We had some pretty impressive baking skills on display and enjoyed sharing our ghost stories and Coventry Blitz writing with some of our visitors. Thank you for visiting Year 6!

Purple4Polio Crocus Planting October 2017

Year 6 really enjoyed taking their part in this Rotary event, part of their

campaign to eradicate polio.

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Moving on poetry - Summer 2017

During the latter part of the Summer term (2016-2017) our Year 6 class were visited by members of Southam College as part of their transition process which also included visits to the college as 'taster' lessons. 

Reflecting on their transition to secondary school, they wrote some very thoughtful poems about moving on.


We hope you enjoy them. 

Bradley's poem

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Daniel's poem

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Verity's poem

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Neo's poem

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Kyra's poem

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Ruby's poem

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Harvey's poem

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Aston's poem

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James' poem

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Max's poem

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Lindisfarne letters

As part of their topic work, Year 6 have been finding out about the Viking attack on Lindisfarne and the impact this had on the monks who lived and studied there. They imagined that they were a monk who had witnessed the attack and then wrote to Bishop Higbald reporting the tragic events of AD 793.


A selection of their letters can be read below:

Year 6 poetry

Year 6 have written poems for the 'Once Upon a Dream' Young Writers' poetry competition. They all chose whether to write about a nightmare or a dream and have produced some very thoughtful work. Here are just a small selection for you to enjoy. Everyone's poem will be presented in a book in the classroom for us to share.

Well done Year 6!

Max's story based on 'London Snow'

Aston's Poem - Memories of Life

Daisy's Diary - The Sinking of the Quetta

Savannah's Story

Homework choices, Autumn first half term 2016

Gallery from our class of 2016-2017

York Photos May 2017

Science Week March 2017

World Book Day March 2nd 2017

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Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition

Our Literacy learning this term has been around Shackleton's Antarctic expedition of 1914.



Our display of poems.


(Click on the individual poems below to enlarge.)

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Picture 1 Our "Ice" pictures
Picture 2 By Chantelle

Alongside our literacy learning about Shackleton's expedition; our artwork linked to "Ice" and we explored creating effective pictures using different blues,

Chantelles's example was created using pastels.






"Underground Drawings"

As part of their work on World War 11 Year 6 looked at the

"Underground" drawings by Henry Moore.

They experimented making their own pictures using charcoal trying to replicate the curves in Moore's work and the mood of the air-raid shelter.


By Lily

By Scarlett

Christmas Art Workshop Day

The whole school enjoyed a special day of activities to coincide with

the Children in Need appeal.

As part of the day, Year 6 helped to create a stunning hall nativity display incorporating the theme of this year's Key Stage 1 production,

"It's a Cracker."


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Poetry Tree

Our poetry tree for us to share and enjoy poetry.

We have also written our "Suitcase Poems," inspired by the book "the Arrival" by Shaun Tan.