Year 6

Class Teachers: Mrs J Quintana/Miss V Perini (6Pegasus), Mr S Prue (6Andromeda), Mrs A Barton

Assistant Head - Upper Phase: Mrs J Quintana

 Information about what the children will be learning - please click on link below:

 - Year 6 Curriculum 2021/22

 - Timetables for Year 6 - 2021/22  

- Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter - Autumn 2021

HOMEWORK 

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

Back at school after lockdown - March 8

It feels good to be back with friends!

Year 6 take their first practice SATs, September 2020

Year 6 children have been finding out what it is like to take SATs tests with their first set of practice tests. Because they do practice SATs, they know what the real ones will be like so they will be well prepared for the May tests. This week they took a full set of papers: Grammar, Spelling, Reading, Arithmetic and Maths.

They will use these test scores to see how they improve during Year 6 and they can see what they still need to learn. The practice tests will also help the teachers know where pupils might need support.

Macmillan Cancer Support Non-Uniform Day, September 2020

Year 6 pupils looked cool while raising money to help raise £265 for Macmillan Cancer.

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.

'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.

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.

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.