Whaplode
Church of England
Primary School

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded

2 Chronicles 15:7

I can do all things through him who strengthens me

Welcome to Year 6

Our topic for Year 6 for the Spring term is the Vikings.

Here is an update on the curriculum for Year 6 during this term:

Historians

Children are to explore the arrival of the Vikings. They will understand that they came from the area of the modern Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) and arrived in stages to different locations in Britain. Children will use their geographical skills to identify these locations on maps. Additionally, the children will also be learning about famous monarchs of this era: King Athelstan and King Alfred the Great. Furthermore, the children will also explore aspects of Viking life including religion and Gods, houses and food, rhyme and writing and art and craft.

Geographers

Children will build on their historical understanding of the timeline of the Viking raids by focusing on their individual settlements in further geographical detail. Children will explore Lindisfarne in Northumbria, Scotland, York and Wessex – identifying types of settlement and land use in these locations.

Design Technicians

The children are going to be researching the clothing and jewellery worn by the Vikings. There will be a particular focus on footwear. The children will be making their own Viking slipper. First, they will make a paper prototype, and then, they will learn an appropriate stitch (blanket stitch) for making their Viking slipper by sewing together felt pieces. 

Viking WOW day

Year 6 had a real fun day learning about the Vikings. Their day started by becoming a Viking with a new Viking name for the day. They learnt about Runes and tried on real armour and handled real sharp weapons. They played games and acted out jobs, they struck Viking coins, wore Viking clothes, found out about Viking food and ground some corn like a Viking to make flour.

Holiday projects

Viking Longboats and Viking Shields proved a popular choice for year 6’s holiday projects. We are very impressed with the effort the children made with their home learning.

Peace in our Hands

Y6 have each made their own peace dove for a collective display in the school hall. 

Greek pots 17 December

Year 6 have researched greek pottery and have used their learning to design their own piece in keeping with a traditional ancient greek example. They have used their clay skills to make their greek pots, and then they have painted and varnished them.

Christmas 14 December

Each year group in school has made a Christmas decoration. Year 6 have been involved with using these to decorate a Christmas tree at St. Mary's Church Whaplode. 

Christmas 14 December

Year 6 are getting into the Christmas spirit. They are wearing Christmas jumpers and will be enjoying a Christmas lunch.

Jelly Bean Maths

We had a maths problem solving day in Y6 which started by reading the book ‘How many Jelly Beans?’. The morning started with the children being given a mystery cup of jelly beans, and then they had to come up with maybe true or definitely true statements. The children used fraction, decimal and percentage knowledge in their statements too. The morning then continued by the children learning about ratio and applying their knowledge to write ratios for their jelly beans. The children were then able to undertake their own investigations involving the jelly beans and maths. Some chose to complete estimation, others chose to see how tall famous landmarks were in jelly beans and others used statistics.

We had a maths problem solving day in Y6 which started by reading the book ‘How many Jelly Beans?’. The morning started with the children being given a mystery cup of jelly beans, and then they had to come up with maybe true or definitely true statements. The children used fraction, decimal and percentage knowledge in their statements too. The morning then continued by the children learning about ratio and applying their knowledge to write ratios for their jelly beans. The children were then able to undertake their own investigations involving the jelly beans and maths. Some chose to complete estimation, others chose to see how tall famous landmarks were in jelly beans and others used statistics.

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 Wonder

Since arriving back in school at the beginning of this academic year, in year 6, we have chosen to adopt a ‘Beat the teacher’ strategy where the teacher earns points for children making inappropriate choices, and the children earn points for sensible choices. At the end of each day, if the children have more points than the teacher, they can add a point to their ‘Beat the teacher’ chart. When they have earned 25 points, they will receive a whole class reward, which they can select, from given options.

I am pleased to say that the children have now successfully earned their 25 points therefore having beaten their teacher. We are very proud of their behaviour and work ethic this academic year.

After discussing their preferred reward, the children wanted to watch the film “Wonder” based on the novel by R.J Palacio. We have recently finished reading the book as our class reader.

Scan the QR code to read Year 6’s opinions on this book.

 

Circles

In maths, Year 6 have been learning about circles. They have been learning about the parts of a circle: radius, circumference, diameter. They have also been learning how to use a pair of compasses to draw circles accurately.

Lest We Forget 12 November

Year 6 have commemorated and remembered the centenary of the end of World War 1. We reflected on the lives that were changed irrevocably, and those that were lost.

Light 7 November

Our current science topic is light. The children have been learning that when rays of light reflect, they obey the law of reflection: The angle of incidence always equals the angle of reflection. The children did an investigation to prove this.

The children also used their understanding of reflection and the angles of incidence and reflection to make a periscope - a device for seeing over or around something. They learnt that Periscopes were first used by sailors in around 1860, who used them in submarines to see above the surface of the water. They were also used by soldiers in the First World War, to see over the top of their trenches. They are still used today by tanks and some submarines.

Road Safety with GIST 5 November

Year 6 were lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with GIST and learn about road safety. They were reminded of the Green Cross Code, learnt about stopping distances for vehicles and had the opportunity to sit inside the cab of a lorry.

Greek Shields

In Year 6, the children have been exploring Greek shields.  They have learnt that the shield was an important aspect of Greek warfare, and as such, every Greek warrior, called a hoplite, traditionally carried one. They have learnt that traditionally they featured a huge assortment of incredible designs, ranging from Greek symbols of myth to fearsome animals, all designed to make a shield more personal and more intimidating. After exploring original Greek designs, the children worked in pairs to replicate their favourite design using card and other materials. I am sure you will agree that they look very impressive!

KS2 House Cross Country Competition 17 October

KS2 took part in a Cross Country competition around our school field. All of the children did fantastically well. Congratulations to the Year 6 winners: Theo, Jack and Ashton, who came first, second and third in their year group’s race. Sycamore were the house which won the event overall.

Holy Communion 17 October

The Year 6 children have been learning about The Last Supper and how Christians celebrate this through Eucharist/Holy Communion. The children learnt about the symbolism of bread and wine during this sacrament and even got to try some (non-alcoholic of course!).

NSPCC Workshop 15 October

The Y6 children enjoyed a workshop with the NSPCC. They learnt what to do if they are worried about something and how to speak out to a grown up that they can trust or talk to Childlike.


Speed Stacking 12 October

Due to the windy weather, Y6 were unable to do netball as usual. Therefore, they practiced their co-ordination with speed stacking. 

Root to Food 11 October

Year 6 - along with the rest of KS2 - enjoyed a food workshop led by Root to Food. They enjoyed a talk about the importance of breakfast, food groups and origins. Some children were then asked to form two cooking teams - orange and green. The children were given ingredients and had to come up with a recipe for them. The rest of the children were then assessing taste/appearance of the dishes produced. This was a fantastic event: enjoyed by all.

Science 4 October

In science, the y6 children have been learning about current and voltage. We have learnt that the current is the steady flow of electrons.

This is measured in amperes (amps). We have also learnt that voltage is the force that makes the electric current flow. This is measured in volts (V). We had a science investigation into the effect of volts on a circuit. The greater the voltage, the more current will flow. We found this made our bulbs brighter/our motors spin faster.

Macmillan Coffee Morning 28 September

The Y6 children enjoyed their first opportunity as year 6’s to have the extra responsibility of helping host the Macmillan Coffee Morning. The children enjoyed supporting this fantastic charity and helped serve visitors drinks and cakes. Thank you to everyone for the generous donations of money/cakes.

Netball 28 September

Our topic in PE is netball. The children have been learning about passing and catching, footwork (dodging and pivoting), attacking, defending and game play rules.

Greek Alphabet

During our WOW day, the Y6 children made handmade papyrus paper. We have now learnt about the Greek alphabet, and the children have been able to write their forename and surname in Greek.

E-safety

The Y6 children enjoyed an E-safety talk led by the Lincolnshire County Council.

 Meet Year 6 School Parliament

Year 6 were being democratic and held elections to vote for our new school parliament members for this academic year. The children each made speeches before a vote was undertaken. The children have elected Kyra and Jack for our class.

Kyra wanted to be school parliament, so that she can help our school develop alongside other schools. She is looking forward to working alongside teachers in our school to support with collective worships and various other bits and bobs that she might need to help with.

Jack wanted to be school parliament, so that he can help to make the school a more fun and enjoyable place for everyone to learn in. He will make collective worships interesting and make sure that people are rewarded for good work and great behaviour. He will also try to think of better clubs and opportunities for pupils to do what they enjoy.

Greek WOW Day

On Friday 7th September, we kickstarted our new topic with a WOW day. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved learning all about Ancient Greece through a variety of activities. The children learnt a Greek Folk dance, they made home-made pitta bread and they also handmade papyrus paper. Additionally, they took part in Greek olympic events, including: running races, javelin, discus and long jump. Finally, they had the opportunity to taste Greek food items: Tzatziki, Houmous, Taramasalata, Olives, Sundried tomatoes, Feta cheese, Pomegranate seeds and Yoghurt and honey.