Welcome to Year 6
During school closure, we will be posting daily updates here with information to support your child’s learning at home. Please check the page daily.
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Week Beginning 1st June
This week you will be doing some tennis challenges. Don’t worry if you don’t have a tennis racket. Some options are: Use a shoe, book, your hand, hockey stick or cricket bat. If you don’t have a tennis ball, you could use a pair of socks. If you are using socks, why don’t you try using a saucepan. If you are not able to get outside, use a sponge ball or a pair of socks inside.
Monday: Set a target. Using either balls, socks or shuttlecocks, see how many you can land in the target. You can try throwing, or hitting in with a tennis racket. If it’s too hard, move closer to the target. To make it harder, stand further away. You could play against a partner to see 1) who can land the most on the target. 2) Who can get all of theirs into the target first. 3) Who can hit the target from the furthest away.
Tuesday: With a partner, see how many hits you can do, using a tennis racket and tennis ball, without dropping it. If you don’t have a partner, use a wall to hit the ball against. To make it easier, let the ball bounce before you hit it again. To make it harder, don’t let the ball bounce at all. If you don’t have a tennis racket, use a shoe, your hand or a book. Alternatively, you could use a pair of socks and a saucepan.
Wednesday: Using shuttlecocks/socks aim to sink the oppositions ship. You could use a towel as a target and lay it on the floor. Stand roughly 5m apart, behind your towels. Agree how many socks/shuttlecocks are needed to sink their ship. Once you have thrown all your arrows, a point is awarded to the winner if the ship is sunk. You could also use a tennis racket to hit the socks at the target. Reset- and go again. If neither ship is sunk, reset and go again. Decide between you how many points you need to win.
Thursday: How many hit ups can you do using your tennis racket without it falling on the floor? See if you can alternate between using both sides of the racket. Set a time limit i.e. 30 seconds (it can be more or less) to see how many you can do in that time. Try hitting the ball down as many times as you can too. You could see if you can beat someone else in your household. If you really want to challenge yourself, see how many hits could can do on the side of the racket- This is trickier than it looks!
Friday: Create a ‘net’ by making a line on the floor using whatever you can find. If you already have a net, then you can use that. Make the playing area as big as you like. You will need a partner so that you can hit the ball over the ‘net’ to your partner. See if you can get a rally going. How many times can you hit the ball over the next in a row as a pair?
Week Beginning 18th May
Some more challenges for you this week. Watch the videos as they will tell you how each activity works. You can do them as many times as you like.
Monday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJY7kDJJrp0 How many times can you complete it without putting your foot down?
Tuesday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzWyMWAEfk4 How many jumps can you get in 20 seconds? Why not make it 30 seconds or more?
Wednesday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA4XN3Pynig How many did you complete? Why don’t you works your way up to find out the longest amount of time you can manage without stopping.
Thursday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNrkzkckZN4 How many star jumps can you do in 20 seconds? What is the most you can do without stopping?
Friday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfSl3G0p4u0 How many throws does it take for you to knock over the tower? How many can you get in a row?
Week Beginning 11th May
Some more challenges for you this week. Watch the videos as they will tell you how each activity works. You can do them as many times as you like.
Week Beginning 4th May
This week you will be doing some yoga. This will help you to focus on your breathing and help you to be able to feel calm. This may be quite new for you all so if you find it tricky, don’t worry because the more you practice, the easier it will get. You can always repeat the videos if you need to.
Week Beginning 27th April
You have two Bingo cards to complete this week. By completing all the challenges, you achieve a gold medal. Can you become a double gold medalist? On the map there are lots of activities for you to complete. Don’t worry, you don’t have to complete them all in one go- you can split them over the 5 days. Alternatively, you can make them harder by increasing the time you spend on each activity or increase the number you want to complete.
Week Beginning 20th April
Welcome back, I hope you have all managed to enjoy the Easter break whilst staying at home. I have some more virtual PE challenges for you. Make sure you stretch first as we have practiced during PE lessons. You could even use some of the warm up stretches from the Joe Wicks workouts. You can do the same for your cool down, you here is the reminder of the cool down stretches video. In the summer term, we practice our athletics, so this is your chance to practice some of those skills that will help you. If you are able to get outside to do these, then please do so. Remember to keep drinking plenty of water, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and most importantly, stay safe.
Monday: Shuttle run. Set 2 markers roughly 5-10m apart (depending on how much space you have). How may times can you run between the markers? Why not try 30 seconds to start off with. To make it harder you can run for longer periods of time- you could increase by 5-10 seconds each time. You could try racing against someone in your household to see if you can run quicker than them. You should be doing this task for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Tuesday: Long jump. As we have practiced in lesson time, see how far you can jump starting with 2 feet and landing on 2 feet. Use a marker/line as a starting point. Who can jump furthest in your household? Try using a run up. Does that make any difference to how far you can jump? What about starting on 1 foot and landing on 2, without a run up. Set two markers roughly 10meters apart. What is the fewest number of jumps it takes you to get to the other marker? You should be doing this task for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Wednesday: Triple jump- remember to think of this as a hop, step and jump. Break them down to each individual skill if you need to. Start still by a marker and remember you must finish the jump on 2 feet. Does the distance change if you take a run up? What about starting the hop on the opposite foot? Who can jump the furthest in your household? Set a distance of 10m, or however much space you have, and see how many standing triple jump moves it takes to get from one marker to the other. You should be doing this task for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Thursday: Skips. Don’t worry if you don’t have a skipping ropes, you can use the action of arms out doing small circles. For those of you who are not very confident with skipping, don’t run away!! Here is a basic tutorial which explains that you can use your skipping rope out to the side to get the timings of your jumps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVctfW2OCyQ
There is no pressure for you to be able to string hundreds of jumps together, it is about keeping moving and working on the technique of when to jump. For those of you who are more confident, have an experiment using two footed jumps, hopping on one leg, changing legs, or running with it across your outside space- this being particularly useful for sports day races. Equally, if you don’t have a skipping rope, feel free to practice the different techniques anyway. You should be doing this task for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Friday: Star jumps. How many star jumps can you do in a row? Set yourself a target number to complete in 30 seconds. Then try to beat your score. Now make the time longer. What is the longest time you keep jumping for? I wonder if anyone can do more than 50 or even 100 in a row! Find your favourite music and do star jumps in time to the beat. Maybe you have a few songs you could use. If you want to challenge yourselves even more, you can make your star jumps into explosive star jumps by bending your knees and springing up into a star shape. See how many you can do of those!
Joe Wicks will still be doing his workouts so feel free to do those as well as or instead of these challenges. Just remember to keep moving!
Hello everyone! I’ve really missed teaching you all over the last few weeks. It’s the Easter Holidays now, but it doesn’t mean you can’t stay active.
You can continue with the Joe Wicks workouts on his YouTube channel, (I will keep doing them too!), or you can redo some of the other activities that I have set over the last couple of weeks. You might have found other ways to keep yourselves moving too, which is wonderful. Keep those going if you can! Remember to keep drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet so that you can continue to stay healthy.
Stay safe and enjoy the break.
Week beginning Monday 30th March
Well done to everyone who managed to complete a challenge every day last week. If you managed to complete all of Joe Wicks videos, amazing effort as I know he worked you all very hard. If you managed to complete my shorter challenges, again, super effort to make sure you are keeping moving everyday. You are all Sports Stars! Joe Wicks is continuing his live challenges so here is a reminder of the link to his YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 Keep moving everyone, you are all doing a wonderful job!
Remember, keeping healthy isn’t just about exercise, but about your diet too. Make sure you are thinking about what you are eating and drinking. Remember to get your 5 a day of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. You will feel so much better for it! As a side challenge, maybe you could take a photo or draw a picture of a healthy meal you have had this week and share it in your class padlet. It would be a good opportunity to share ideas with each other, to find out what you like and don’t like. Maybe you might come across a healthy food that you have not tried before that you could try.
Stay safe everyone, keep washing your hands and keep moving!
Monday: Kids work out beginner 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_A_HjHZxfI
Tuesday: Can you spell your name and complete the exercise for each letter? What about your middle name and surname or people in your family? See Alphabet Exercises below.
Wednesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc1Ag9m7XQo Originally these were shorter challenges. This video is longer but feel free to just do a smaller section if it is too much. As with the Joe Wicks videos, you can break it down and start with 10 minutes and gradually build up by 5 minutes every day.
Thursday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc1Ag9m7XQo The same rules apply as yesterday.
Friday: Can you spell your name and complete the exercise for each letter? What about your middle name and surname or people in your family? See if you can do more than Tuesday- does it feel any easier this time?
A 25 jumping jacks
B 15 sit ups
C 10 press ups
D 20 squats
E Run as fast as you can on the spot for 20 seconds
F 30 high knees
G 30 second plank
H 10 sit ups
I 15 press ups
J 25 squats
K 1 minute plank
L 20 high knees
M 20 jumping jacks
N 5 press ups
O 20 squats
P run as fast as you can on the spot for 10 seconds
Q 5 sit ups
R 10 jumping jacks
S 12 sit ups
T 12 press ups
U 25 squats
V run as fast as you can on the spot for 15 seconds
W 45 second plank
X 35 jumping jacks
Y 30 high knees
Z 7 sit ups
Remember that it’s important to cool down after each challenge. Here is a reminder of last week’s cool down stretches.
Week beginning Monday 23rd March
This week, Joe Wicks the Body Coach is doing live workouts for children at 9am each day from Monday to Friday. Here is the link to his youtube channel so that you can follow them at home. You will be doing some of his other workout challenges during this week too! https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
We want you to keep active in your time at home, so have a go at each of these Active 8 Workouts. These are HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training) and are a great way to get lots of exercise in just a few minutes. Each workout is 8 minutes long and will get your heart beating faster. Your mission is to complete a video each day. If you want to challenge yourself, you can repeat the videos as many times as you like or retry the videos from the other days. If you are finding it more challenging, pause the video if you need extra time to recover in between each exercise. The more you practice, the easier it gets. Have fun and keep moving!
Don’t forget to warm up first! Complete this video before each of the Active Workouts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_swUGtEpazY
Remember that it’s important to cool down after each challenge. Follow this video for your stretches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gMuN6m1Gso
Our 30 Things Challenge
Our 30 Things Challenge is a seven year endeavour to be completed by pupils during their time with us. We have worked with children, parents, staff and governors to identify our own twenty-five tasks and combined it with five selected by our academy trust, which will be common to all children attending a LAAT school.
We have now turned these ideas into our very own “My 30 Things Passport”, which will be updated as each challenge is completed. We feel sure that you will agree that in order to meet their thirty challenges the children will be kept busy over their seven years with us!
For those children further up the school, or who join us later on in their school journey, we recognise that it may not be possible to meet all thirty before they leave us but we will endeavour to meet as many as possible in the time we have available.
Year 6 Class Staff
Science week 13 March
The children were given the task of designing a healthy street food dish that celebrates at least one item of British produce as its star ingredient. They had to explain its nutritional benefits and its benefits for the environment.
Geographical features of South America 13 March
The children were given a list of questions highlighting different aspects of South America such as rivers, trade, climate and terrain. The children worked in mixed groups and each one was asked to select a category. They worked together to produce a map with factual information for the category. They then delivered presentations to the rest of the class about their chosen topic:
World Book Day 5 March
For World Book Day, the children in Year 6 wrote an assembly script to share with the whole school, outlining their favourite books and reasons for this, why they love reading and how books are also important to each religion. The children’s reasons for enjoying reading were so lovely, that we then turned them into a display in our reading area.
Here is an update on the curriculum for Year 6 during this term:
Following our updated curriculum, we will shortly be beginning our new focus question: ‘How has Brazil changed as a result of colonisation?’
Our focus questions help us to accumulate knowledge over the course of this academic year to be able to answer our big question: do invasions change countries forever?
During this focus, we will be learning to name and locate the countries of South America and their capital cities. The children will be identifying the main physical and human characteristics of these - including mountains, rivers, trade, climate and terrain. Additionally, the children will be learning that South America is famed for the ancient cultures of people such as the Incas who left glimpses of the past through artefacts and architecture. The children will then specifically focus on the geography of Brazil and its location within the continent. The children will realise that the continent has a long history of colonialism and interactions with other people and cultures, especially from Portugal, Spain and the Continent of Africa, have left their mark. Today, most South Americans are likely to speak Portuguese or Spanish. Finally, they will focus on Carnival (or Carnaval do Brasil) which is a festival that occurs before Lent - usually around February. It is one of the most well-known carnivals in the world and takes place over 3-4 days in cities all across Brazil.
In Design and Technology, the children will make Instruments (to compliment their holiday project masks) for carnival performances.
They will make products through stages of prototypes, making continual refinements. They will ensure that their products have a high quality finish, using art skills where appropriate. They will use prototypes, cross-sectional diagrams and computer aided designs to represent designs. Additionally, they will create innovative designs that improve upon existing products.
They will be cutting materials with precision and they will refine the finish with appropriate tools (such as sanding wood after cutting or a more precise scissor cut after roughly cutting out a shape). When making their instruments, they will show an understanding of the qualities of materials to choose appropriate tools to cut and shape.
Art and Design 12 February
The children have looked at using mixed media (paint, glitter, foil and black ink) to experiment with colour.
Art and Design 11 February
The children have been exploring Gustav Klimt and have focused on his use of pattern.
Team building 4 February
The children from Year 6 at both Whaplode and Weston worked collaboratively on some problem solving tasks ahead of our joint residential.
Online Safety 4 February
Year 6 had an E-safety talk today from the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership. They learnt very important and useful information about choosing sensible passwords etc.
Anglo-Saxons 24 January
Our current focus questions is ‘What was the impact of the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain?’
Sutton Hoo kindly sent us a collection box full of artefacts.
Pantomime 19 December
Year 6 really enjoyed the Christmas pantomime (Rapunzel) at the South Holland Centre.
Christmas Carols 18 December
The Year 6 children did a fantastic job retelling the Christmas story at our carol service.
Christmas Lunch 17 December
The Year 6 children really enjoyed their Christmas lunch today.
DT 17 December
The Year 6 children have been learning about the British colonisation of North America. They have used their knowledge of this and the symbolism of the USA flag to design their own symbolic flag designs. They have then produced these through material and sewing.
Christingle 10 December
Year 5 and Year 6 enjoyed making enough Christingles for everyone in school to have one.
Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story:
The orange represents the world
The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ
The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.
St. Mary's Church Whaplode 5 December
Every child at Whaplode primary school has considered the current school value of hope and has written a beautiful, meaningful message on a dove which has been decorated to use as Christmas tree decorations. Year 6 and Year 2 then went to St. Mary's Church Whaplode to decorate a Christmas tree with these decorations.
GIST 20 November
As part of the National Child Road Safety Programme, GIST came to visit our school and Year 6 enjoyed listening to information with regards to this topic, including stopping distances, blind spots etc.
Peterborough Phantoms 8 November
Year 6 enjoyed listening to players from the Peterborough Phantoms talking about sport and being healthy.
Geography 8 November
Year 6 have been learning about North America and have been using atlases to located the physical features of the continent including mountains and rivers.
The children have sculpted their pencil sketched Roman bust designs using clay.
Celtic towns vs Roman towns
TheYear 6 children have been learning about the impact of the Roman invasion of Britain. As part of this, they explored pre-Roman towns and learnt that the Celtic tribes lived in scattered villages. They lived in round houses with thatched roofs of straw or heather. They then looked at how this changed under the Romans who designed towns in the form of a grid, with streets built at right angles to each other and parallel with one of the two main roads. Their buildings were constructed from stone and brick. The children then made models to replicate their understanding of this.
The Year 6 children have been developing their art skills by exploring tone. They learnt about the hardness of different pencils.
The Year 6 children have been developing their art skills by exploring how lines can be used to show texture. The children looked at a variety of techniques including hatching, contour hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, smudging and random hatching. The children these used these techniques to shade a classroom object.
The children are going to be making their own Roman busts from clay. To start with, they looked at pictures of Roman busts and learn that some are veristic (truthful, old and wrinkled to show experience and reliability) while others are idealistic (youthful and athletic looking). They have begun by completing initial designs for their Roman busts of themselves depicted in a Roman style. They are very impressive!
Macmillan Coffee Morning 27 September
The Y6 children did an excellent job holding a coffee morning for parents.
Collective Worship 12 September
Year 6 displayed a lovely collective worship to the rest of the school about the Bible and its contents. They role played two of its stories: Noah’s ark from Genesis and Jesus calming the storm from the New Testament.