Welcome to Year 6 Class 2020-2021!
Letters for Information 2020-2021
Keeping Our Children Safe
In school, we use a scheme called Protective Behaviours as part of the Taking Care Project. We have added some links for parents that you may find useful.
Summer Term 2021
18.12.20 - Christmas Maths Learning
Homework - This week, I have set the reading, questions and writing task as usual on Purple Mash. Because we are recording our song for the Christmas production next week, I have also asked the children to learn the lyrics to 'Silent Night'. As we have been learning about World War Two (and some learning on World War One), I have included a verse in German with the rest in English. On the lyrics sheet, there is a link that can be used to hear how the words are pronounced.
05.10.20 Home Learning
This week, I have set home learning today to be completed by next Monday. This gives you one week to complete the work. The tasks this week are reading chapter four on Purple Mash, completing the questions and then the writing. Also, please complete the SPAG.com questions.
Home Learning 01.10.20
This week, I have set SPAG.com, Purple Mash and Time Table Rock Stars at home learning. As SPAG.com is a 50 question piece, I only expect half of it completed this week. The second 25 questions can be completed the following week. For Purple Mash, Chapter Three needs to be read along with the quiz and writing task.
Home learning will be set every Thursday with most work being provided online. Each week, tasks on Purple Mash and Spag.com will be set. Please log into those sites to see the tasks set. Working on tables, spellings and reading is also essential.
Home-learning books will be coming home so that children can record their reading. There needs to be four entries per week with the child completing the writing and a grown up signing to acknowledge. Children have been told to keep the book in their bags, unless they are filling in an entry, so that it can be accessed in school. Spelling errors and other aspects of learning can be recorded in the books enabling children to practise the task at home. An example below shows what one reading entry might look like:
15.09.20 War Horse: Chapters 1 and 2
The story starts when Joey (the horse) is young and is bought at an auction. Due to his unkind nature, Joey does not like his owner but does think highly of the son who is called Albert. Throughout the chapter, Joey and Albert develop a strong relationship and understanding.
Throughout this year, there will be some specific grammar terms used in Spag.com which your child might not yet be entirely sure what they mean. When this happens, please direct them to the Oxford Owl website link below and search the glossary for the term.
Please be aware that children need to come to school wearing their PE kits on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Looking for reading inspiration? Here is The National Literacy Trust book list.
This is for children if they are worried or need help
Staff message to Year 6 leavers...
Year 6 Leavers Video
Home Learning examples - English
Faith Week visit to Leicester
We had a fantastic trip, with year 5, to Leicester. We visited a mosque where we learnt about the Muslim faith and then went to the Golden Mile to look around the colourful shops. We tasted some food, looked at the jewellery, clothes and supermarkets. We had a really interesting day.
Area Sports Hall Athletics
Well done to year 6 who came joint second in the athletics.
Fabulous Frontier Fun!
Year 6 had a fabulous trip to The Frontier Centre. The weather was great and everyone challenged themselves to have a go at all of the activities and should be very proud of themselves. They all came back with big smiles on their faces.
Southam Lions Poetry Competition KS2 Winner
Congratulations go to Charlotte for winning the Key Stage 2 section of the Southam Lions Poetry Competition.
Gallery from 2018-2019
STEM Activity Day, 22nd May 2019
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."
Gallery from 2017-2018 Year Group
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.
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.
Reflections on the Centenary of WW1
Click on the poem images to enlarge.
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.
Carol Concert in St James Church
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.
Christmas Art Day
Play Tower 'Thank You' tea party
Purple4Polio Crocus Planting October 2017
Year 6 really enjoyed taking their part in this Rotary event, part of their
campaign to eradicate polio.
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.
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
Homework choices, Autumn first half term 2016
Gallery from our class of 2016-2017
World Book Day March 2nd 2017
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.)
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.
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.
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."
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.