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.
Hi Year 6
It is a new week.
I just wanted to take the time to say to you and your parents not to stress about the learning I am setting you.
I am providing you with work to keep your brains ticking over, and all that I ask is that you complete SOME of the activities and do your best.
If you struggle with some of the work, or you can’t access it for some reason, then please do not worry.
In an already stressful time, I do not want to cause any further stress for you or your parents.
I am doing my best in a strange situation (for everyone), and I know that you and your parents are too.
Please remember that the most important thing is to enjoy some family time, and take the opportunity to learn some essential skills: cooking, helping with chores around the house etc.
You will also find that this week, where appropriate, I have included answers. Please only use these honestly - on completion of the activity.
Keep in touch on the Padlet as you always do.
Hi Year 6
Here is Monday's work.
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.