Class Teachers from September 2019 : Mrs J Quintana/Miss V Perini (6Pegasus), Mrs J Bredenkamp/Miss M Cresswell (6Andromeda) and Mrs A Barton
Assistant Head - Upper Phase: Mrs J Quintana
Information about what the children will be learning:
HOMEWORK AND INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Monday - Reading Comprehension
Tuesday - Grammar and Spellings Click here for this term's spellings: Spellings October-December 2019
Friday - Maths
PE lessons: Mondays and Tuesdays
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.
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
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
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 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 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: Dance
Here are some photos or our dance workout with Lauren from Next Generation Youth Theatre :