Year 6

Class Teachers from September 2020 : Mrs J Quintana/Miss V Perini (6Pegasus), Mrs A Barton/Mrs J Justin (6Andromeda)

Assistant Head - Upper Phase: Mrs J Quintana

Information about what the children will be learning:

 - Year 6 Curriculum 2020/21 - (to be added in October*) 

 - Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter - (to be added in October*) 

 - Timetables: 6 Andromeda   6Pegasus  (to be added in October*)

(*Teachers will use the first four weeks to assess the impact of the COVID closure on the children's learning, to find out what the children need to learn and to then create a timetable and curriculum to meet these needs.)

HOMEWORK 

  • Tuesday - Grammar and Spellings   Click here for this term's spellings:   Spellings Sept 2020
  • Friday - Maths

PE lessons: Mondays and Tuesdays [children wear PE kit all day]

Starting our final year

Our new Year 6 children have enjoyed being the oldest ones in school in their first week. They seem keen to do well and we have set them the challenge of meeting the expected Year 6 standards this year despite missing part of Year 5 – with lots of help from the Year 6 teaching team of course! The excellent work that many of them did during lockdown will help enormously with this challenge.

Highlights from Year 6  in 2019-20

Our final day! - Year 6 Distanced Leaver's Disco

Year 6 children did the school, their families and themselves proud last term with their work in school after the partial re-opening in June. The fact that they no longer had SATs to prepare for did not reduce their motivation. They worked hard to ensure that they covered the Year 6 curriculum to be ready for the challenges of high school.

To celebrate the end of their time here we held a ‘distanced disco’ on the last day with each group allocated their own area of playground dance floor. The sun shone brightly on their last time together as junior school pupils. The children also bought leavers’ hoodies and worked together to produce a wonderful yearbook which they will have to help them look back on their time at Someries.

Year 6 enjoyed a distanced outdoor disco party in their bubbles outside on their last day with us.

Our last sports day!

The sun shone as Year 6 children competed in their final Someries Juniors sports day.

Keep your (social) distance!

Year 6 have been demonstrating their understanding of social distancing in school, both through the work display work they created and through putting it into practice around school. In their classes they keep as far apart as they can, but they make sure they keep 2 metres from anyone not in their 'bubble'. At lunchtime they have had socially distanced chats over the barriers, distanced picnics and distanced football. They continue to wash their hands regularly. They are finding new ways of working and of doing things around school! 

We're back again … and we've got hoodies!

About half of the Year 6 children made a return to school on 3 June, when the school reopened. They were working in groups of 8 to 12 with each group in a separate corridor to help our safety measures. The were with different classmates to usual, with different teachers in different rooms but they still made the most of it once they had settled in. They spent time talking about the lockdown and building up their mental wellbeing as well as getting back to some good old Maths and English!

As a bonus, they found their leavers' hoodies waiting for them on their desks so they got to try these out. (Other Year 6 children's parents can collect their hoodies from school this week.)

We'll meet again … don't know where, don't know when!

Year 6 children made the most of the last day before school closed. Who knows when they will get to see each other again. We very much hope to see them all back in the summer term so that they get a proper end to Year 6.

World Book Day

Year 6 children got into the spirt of World Book Day with some great costumes. They also enjoyed sampling the delights of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

'It's no joke!'

The local authority’s Behaviour Support Service provided the opportunity for Year 6 pupils to see  a performance of the anti-knife crime play ‘It’s no Joke’.  Using comedy, a talented theatre group of three actors performed for our children in the theatre of the new Chiltern Academy. They used comedy and drama to make some serious points and, in a ‘hot-seat’ session afterwards, the children were able to ask the characters about their feelings and thoughts at various points during the story. We hope that this will help the children understand the dangers of carrying knives so that they avoid doing so when they are older.

Keep on reading!

Year 6 children performed well on their February mock SATs, using test papers from last year. They showed that, with continued good effort, they would have performed very well this year in the SATs if they had not been cancelled. One area that they have been working on is their reading. Their daily reading time in class has also helped them with their own writing. 

Bridge building

For Design & Technology, Year 6 children have been learning about bridges. They have studied the different types of bridges that engineers have constructed and looked at different examples of these in the UK. In January, they could apply their learning with a bridge building session in the hall.

Here is how one of the children described the activity:

On Monday 20th we had a professional architect who spoke to us and helped us build bridges.

First, we were given four bands and six sticks. He showed us how to make a tripod shape. Then we added two more sticks to make a swing set frame. Finally, we added our last stick to make a tetrahedron shape.

Next we were split into groups of five. We joined our tetrahedrons together to make an even bigger tetrahedron. After that we were given a long stick to hold on the top of our tetrahedrons. We used rubber bands to tie the stick to our tetrahedrons.

The visitor then gave us two more long sticks to slide down the middle and lay on the bottom. We tied them on and then we had our deck.

Once we had finished making our deck we had to think about how we would support it with four long sticks and four short sticks. We decided to make two tall triangles. Then we used two small sticks one on each bottom of our triangle.

Finally, we had our bridges tested. The way we tested them was the visitor dropped them three times to see if they would survive.   Dylan, 6 Andromeda

6 Andromeda

6 Pegasus

Year 6 Craft Sale

Following their music performance, Year 6 ran a craft sale for their families. As part of their "Make £5 Grow" enterprise project, they had worked hard to create a range of Christmas crafts that they displayed at stalls around the hall. Items included decorations, cards and bookmarks and there were also competitions to guess the number of sweets or the weight of a large chocolate. They raised further funds by selling cakes, coffee and mince pies. Parents supported the children by purchasing most of their merchandise. 

The children took £272.88 in sales. They had spent £139.37 on materials so that gave them a profit of £133.51.

Junkyard Funk - music performance

Year 6 children gave their first music performance of the year on 17th December. They had a great time playing "Junkyard Funk", an amazing percussion piece which involved the children playing together on improvised instruments. Different groups played different rhythms and together these made for a great sound.  Once the piece started, different sections were started by individuals calling out as they played. The children then sang some Christmas tunes that they had learned by heart. Billy Strachan, their teacher, spoke about how impressed he had been this term with the attitude and application he had seen in music lessons from the Year 6 classes.

Billy is one of the great teachers we have from the Luton Music Mix to teach our children music. The Music Mix has lots of activities that children can join on Saturdays at their local music school (which is held nearby at Ashcroft High School). If you would like your child to learn an instrument at school or to join one of their activities you can find out more at www.thelutonmusicmix.com 

Pizza Making

For a Design & Technology (DT) project, Year 6 have been creating pizzas. They studied what makes a good pizza and then designed their own - including appropriate packaging. Once the design process was complete, they put their plans into action and created and baked their own pizzas.

6 Pegasus class assembly

The children from Pegasus class enjoyed demonstrating their learning to the rest of the school and to members of their families. The assembly was bursting with facts about aspects of life in North America - geography, diet, culture… They have been studying various landforms in Geography, and Ethan and Amiliana demonstrated a working model of a volcano. Enter text...

6 Andromeda class assembly

Andromeda children, prepared by Miss Cresswell, put on the first class assembly of the school year. They impressed us with their in-depth knowledge of blood circulation and extreme weather conditions. They told us what makes for a good friendship and sang a song to us as a video of some of their activities was played.

New beginnings – Life in Year 6

Year 6 can be a special experience for junior children. They become our oldest pupils with extra privileges and duties and we adapt the teaching for these children to prepare them for high school. At the end of the year, they will get to show what they have learnt in their four years in Key Stage 2 by sitting their SATs. To help prepare them for these tests, the children are organised into smaller classes of twenty children, each with an experienced teacher.

It can be a big jump from primary school, where a child normally has just one teacher, to high school, where they might have more than ten teachers. So to help prepare for this, the groups may have different teachers for Maths, English and afternoon lessons. We also ensure that Year 6 do not get a diet that is restricted to Maths and English in their final year, so they still experience the full curriculum and work on projects in Art, DT, Science, History and Geography. They get to think about life’s ‘Big Questions’ in RE weeks and continue to have specialist sports and music teaching each week.

It was good to see the children’s great start to Year 6 in their first week. Many of them have jobs or prefect duties and help to keep the school running smoothly and to support younger children.

Here are some of their thoughts about their new beginnings:

Nervous and excited

I was very excited for the first day back at school. I was full of nerves but I was excited too. As I walked through the entrance of the school, loads of interesting thoughts came in my mind, like what it would be like in the classroom. One of my favourite lessons is art because it has come on so much since last year. Aoife 

A wonderful adventure

Life in Year 6 is challenging but fun!  It is quite scary to think that this time next year, I will be in high school.

On the first day, it was very different as I had four teachers instead of just one. I also found that we all had an English lesson before break and maths until lunchtime. After lunch, I had art and we drew a self-portrait. I was very tired when it was home time.

The next day I had English, break, Maths and then lunch. During the lunch break I played football and won 3-1. After lunch, we had science and I wrote two pages of work. I was glad it was home time. A wonderful adventure.  Lexxie

 

Year 6 Kingswood Trip

Each year we take our Year 6 children to an activity centre for a residential trip. The children really enjoy the activities but it is about so much more than having a fun time: it is also about becoming more independent, developing new skills and overcoming challenges.

This year's group have had a great time working on testing physical challenges, collaborating on team exercises and using their wits to complete problem solving tasks. They also had great fun on the water in (and out!) of their kayaks. They have approached the activities positively and have been good ambassadors of the school. Some of the activities have been very challenging and we have been proud to see the children overcome their fears to achieve their goals. We hope that they will be able to apply some of the lessons they have learned when they face other challenges in their school work and in their future lives.

We are very grateful to the hard-working, patient and encouraging staff who have supported the children on this trip: Mrs Barton (trip leader), Ms Hall, Mrs Bredenkamp, Mrs Cox and Mr Hunt - and to their families who allowed them to come! We would also like to thank Miss Duffy and Mrs Dudley for their organisation and support of the trip.

Here are accounts of the trip by two of the pupils in Year 6:

“You’ll never want to leave Kingswood!”

After a three-hour coach ride, we finally arrived at Kingswood. We had our packed lunch on some benches near the entrance. Then we got introduced to our main instructor. We started our first activity Nightline, which was located by the activity lines. We got blindfolded and had to hold onto each other’s shoulders trying not to break the line. It included crawling through a muddy tunnel, stepping over tyres and holding onto the rope on the side with one hand. We were all really eager to see our dormitories, some of us had rooms of four and some had rooms of six. We had lots of time to choose who was having each bed and then put on the bedding. At 5:30 we had a small tour around the centre.

After that it was time for our first meal at Kingswood. For dinner there was pasta and lasagne, which most of us enjoyed very much. We were told to go back to our dormitories. We got around an hour to get used to it, and even sometimes visited each other’s dormitories. At 7:35 the fire alarm went off, which meant that we had to line up in our activity lines.

These were the activities we did: Aero ball, Laser Blasting, Buggy Building, Quick Zip, High Ropes, Low Ropes, Abseiling, Kayaking, Night Line, Problem Solving, Archery, Campfire, Scrapheap Fashion Challenge, and of course, our fabulous disco.

Kingswood is brilliant. The food is delicious, they’ve got comfy bunk beds and challenging activities. Go to Kingswood if you’re looking for a really fun day out. It is an experience that you’ll never forget. You will feel exhilarated, with everything you do, from the day you arrive to the morning you leave. It’s a fact that you’ll never want to leave Kingswood.  Josefine

Our Kingswood Trip

After a 3 to 4 hour bus journey, we arrived at Kingswood and everybody couldn’t wait to see what Kingswood was like after sitting in a bus for so long. There were many schools there and lots of signs showing you where everything is. We got our suitcases and headed to reception to put them there. After that, we went to a group of benches and ate our packed lunches.

Once everyone finished their packed lunches, we went to the activity point (where we go before an activity). The first activity we did was Nightwalk, where we had to trust each other and communicate. The dorms were fine and there was a separate corridor for the girls and the boys. Before you go to bed and after your dinner, you will have an evening activity which I personally think are the ones to look forward to.

On the first night, it’s hard to sleep but I got used to it for the other two nights. There is one shower, one toilet, one bathroom for each room. You have a certain amount of time as free time so you have to use it wisely. You could go outside and play football or just talk to friends. Some people brought card games and you could play them in the dorms.  

Day 4 High Ropes

Our trip ended on a high - literally! - with the high ropes challenge. The Year 6 children each set themselves an aim for how high they would climb. The instructors and other children gave them lots of encouragement and many went higher than they thought possible, even though it was quite nerve-wracking!

Day 4 Abseiling

If the high ropes tested the children's ability to climb up, abseiling set them a challenge for getting back down. They climbed to the top of the tower and had to bravely step out over the edge to descend, controlling the speed of descent with their ropes. Some found it too scary and walked back down - but we were proud to see how they summoned the courage to have another go and managed to conquer their fear, abseiling down with a big smile on their faces!

Day 3 Quick Zip

Four people at a time can fly down the new 'Quick Zip' lines at high speed. The children felt a little scared looking down the hill at the start but found it very exciting once they jumped off and started zooming through the air.

Day 3 Laser blasting

Our Kingswood venue has its own jungle-themed laser game centre. Armed with their blasters, Year 6 completed a number of games in the arena.

Day 3 Aeroball

Like a cross between basketball and trampolining, this new sport involves shooting a ball at a high target whilst bouncing. Four players can play all-against-all or in pairs.

Day 3 Buggy Building

From a pile of logs, barrels and ropes, teams of children had to design and construct a vehicle that was strong enough for them to ride in.

Day 3 Problem Solving

The Kingswood instructors presented the children with a range of problems to solve, requiring physical skill, teamwork and clever thinking.

Day 2 Campfire

We finished our first full day with songs around a bright campfire. When our instructor, Josh, found out we were from Luton like him, he arranged for some extra treats - steaming hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

Day 2 Archery

Each team had the chance to develop their archery skills. For some, this was their first attempt at using a bow and arrow, whilst others built on skills they had first learned on a Celtic trip from an earlier year.

Day 2 Low Ropes

After completing some 'trust exercises', children had to worked together to guide a team mate around all the low rope challenges. Whilst one person attempted the challenges, two others walked alongside to help them if they started to fall.

Day 2 Kayaking

As the sun shone on the lake at the Kingswood centre, the Year 6 children learned to control their kayaks. They played a number of games and attempted challenges such as standing up  in their kayak or getting as many people as possible on one kayak.  It seemed that what they enjoyed most was falling in!

Day 1 Scrapheap Fashion Challenge

For our first evening activity, the challenge was given to groups of children to design and then create a fashion item - out of nothing but cardboard and bin bags!

Day 1 Nightline

Our first activity was Nightline, where the children were blindfolded and had to follow a course. To do this successfully they needed to help one another, trusting the person in front of them and giving instructions to the person behind them.

Highlights from Year 6 in 2018-19

Sports Week: Climbing Wall

During sports week Year 6 children all tried the climbing wall to see how high they could get. Some made it to the top!

You can see more sports week photos on our sports page.

Sports Week: Dance

Here are some photos or our dance workout with Lauren from Next Generation Youth Theatre :