Milecastle Class 6


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Time flies

Well here we are with only a few weeks left until year 6 fly the Milecastle nest to build new futures at their new schools. we have been up to lots the last few weeks.

Back in March we celebrated World Book Day. It was lovely to see all the effort the pupils went into making their costumes. There were certainly some unusual ones. Well done class 6. We had a lovely day investigating traditional tales.

Much of the last half term was taken up with preparing for the end of key stage national tests. Year 6 coped really well and approached the week with a mature and sensible outlook. I have heard from some parents rumours of some pupils even being excited to demonstrate what they could do. To help us prepare we played games, completed quizzes and even hunted for hidden answers around the classroom. We won’t know the results for a few weeks yet, but regardless, I am still very proud of them.

 

In science we finished off our Earth, Sun and Moon topic by making and using our own sundials. The pupils did very well making them. However we were let down by the weather and thick cloud covered the sun making seeing the shadows very difficult. After Easter, we moved on to a new topic: Humans and other animals. To kick off the topic we investigated the human body. The pupils worked in small groups to draw and label diagrams to show where they believed the internal organs were. It was a very interesting to see where the pupils thought every thing was, its size and even shape.

It hasn’t all been ‘sitting at desk, classroom learning’ though. I have tried my best to get the pupils outside when possible for some exercise. The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed playing cricket this past half term. They have cheered each other on and have shown some real skill.

We were also very fortunate to have a ‘Hoopstars’ session where the pupils were able to develop their hoola hooping skills. It was great fun and the pupils really enjoyed themselves.

We have lots coming up over the next few weeks so I will keep you all posted.

 

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Geography Week – Japan

Class 6 have had a fascinating week looking at Japan as our focus for Geography week. It was interesting to hear on Monday what the pupils thought they knew about this unique country. Over the week we have used our geography skills to find out more about Japan and compare it to the United Kingdom. We investigated the climate of both countries and displayed the data we collected in a graph. In English lessons, we created travel guides, highlighting the best places to visit; the snow monkeys were a particular favourite. Artistic skills were put to good use in creating art work inspired by Japanese scenes, It was also lovely to see the pupils dressed in costumes inspires by Japan; there were some wonderful examples. Thank to the pupils who brought in some delicious treats for us also. Ella made some lovely cupcakes decorated with the Japanese national flag and Olivia brought some candy sushi which looked almost like the real thing. One thing that class 6 have agreed on this week is that it would be wonderful to visit Japan.


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2019 so far

Class 6 have been very busy this half term working hard and having fun. In P.E we have been concentrating on our fitness and our core strength. It has been wonderful having Ms Taylor with us on a Monday working with us on our gymnastics. All the pupils made great progress and some even did their very first forward roll. We have also been completing some circuits which have been testing our core strength and our fitness. It is safe to say that some pupils discovered muscles they didn’t know they had.

In science, we have been looking at our place in space. We have investigated how day and night occur, how we have different seasons and more recently how time zones work. Supporting this, we have been looking at the impact we are having on our environment in our unit of work investigating climate change. Everyone was surprised how much energy it takes just to get a loaf of bread to our tables. It has certainly got us thinking about the energy we use every day.

This week the lovely people from Bikeability came in to remind us how to walk safely in the local area. As the night grow gradually lighter and we get a little bit older and mature, more pupils in year 6 are walking home. We want them to be safe when doing this so we offer a little road safety course. Everyone behave excellently and showed good common sense.

The pupils are working hard in maths and English also. Although it proved tricky, algebra has been mastered by some.

I hope everyone has a lovely half term.


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Happy New Year!

Class 6 have had a wonderful start to 2019 and a very busy week. On Thursday we visited Little Bears Nursery where we played and read with the pre-school children. This was part of our Everyday Magic project. As a school we are aiming to bring a little bit of joy to others by doing things which will hopefully make them smile. At Little Bears, there were definitely some smiling faces. The little ones enjoyed spending time with our pupils and Class 6 certainly seemed to be having fun too. We all graduate from the Everyday Magic project on Wednesday.

Our writing focus over the next couple of weeks is ‘Persuasion’. The pupils worked together in groups to prepare arguments and supporting evidence. They came up with some wonderful ideas. I won’t tell you just yet what we are writing about, you will have to wait and see.

Finally, this afternoon, we had a visitor giving the pupils a short taster session of Yoga. It was lovely to end the day with such calm and peace. The pupils seemed to enjoy what they did and most commented on how relaxed they felt.


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Autumn Term

Well a second very busy half term has past and class 6 are certainly ready for their Christmas break. It seems that we have fitted so much into this half term: trips out, visitors in school, performances, Christmas markets and we even squeezed in some school work. The pupils have worked very hard this term and it has been a pleasure to teach them. Thank you for all the kind gifts and cards, I feel very spoilt. I wish you all a merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing all the pupils back in January. Below are a few snaps of some of the things we have been up to this term.


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A great first half term

This first half term has been filled with plenty of interesting and exciting activities in year 6. In English, we have been reading Goodnight Mister Tom; this has supported our World War Two topic in history. There have been some very emotional discussions about evacuation and the impact it had on the children and their families. Class 6 wrote some balanced arguments considering the pros and cons of this initiative during the war. It was really difficult to decide if it was the right thing to do . Their writing however was very interesting. The maths work the pupils have completed has also been fantastic. It has been wonderful to see the progress they have made. I think it is fair to say that one of the favourite subjects this half term has been science. The pupils have really enjoyed investigating light. All in all, it has been a great half term. Thank you to all those parents who came to parent’s evening, it was a pleasure to meet you and talk to you about your remarkable young people.


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A Wonderful Start

Well Year 6 is well and truly under way now and we are having a wonderful time. Even though we have only been back a few weeks, we have done so many wonderful activities. In science, the pupils have been investigating light. We looked at the colours which make up light and even go to see them for ourselves. We also investigated the relationship between the ‘angle of incidence’ and the ‘angle of reflection’. There has been some fantastic work in English and maths also. Thank you for the support so far with homework and spellings, it really does make a difference. Year 6 really enjoyed the assembly by Northumbria Water about how to save and reduce our water usage. Finally, today we were lucky enough to have a visit from representatives from the Anne Frank Foundation. The pupils took part in a workshop looing at the life of Anne Frank and how prejudice and discrimination can have an impact on people. The pupils responded with some very mature and insightful points. Grace and Stella thoroughly enjoyed their time here and are keen to work with the pupils again. I am very much looking forward to the year a head and all the exciting things we have planned.