Welcome to Year 6
A huge thank you to all the children in Year 6 for your gifts and cards. We hope you will treasure all the memories of your last week in Primary School. We will. Good luck and fondest wishes for a fantastic summer and for your new start at your respective secondary schools.
Mr Norman, Mrs Penfold and Mrs Gould-Coates 😀🌴
Tickets are now available to purchase for the End of Year Production of a Midsummer Night's Dream. Adult prices are £4 per person and Primary School Children are £2.
Please download the order form found on the letters page and send in to Class 6 with your order. Your ticket price includes a complimentary drink.
Rehearsals are underway for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Your child has their script and song words and needs to practice their lines and stage directions. Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions:
What costume(s) do I need?
Every child has a brief outline of their character stuck inside their script. We have spoken with your child about what they need.
But I can't sew? I can't afford to buy a costume?
We don't expect anyone to buy new costumes - please try to beg, borrow, adapt and lend what you already have. Some parents have kindly offered with costume making and adapting - please speak to us and we can put you in touch with another parent who can help.
Can I help?
Yes! Hugo's mum has kindly offered to help with costume making, sewing and alterations. Any offers of help are warmly received - please speak to one of the Year 6 staff.
Thanks for your support!
Our topic this term is “Darwin’s Delights.” We’ll be finding out about the life and work of Charles Darwin: his voyages to the Galapagos Islands, the theory of evolution and natural selection and thinking about the huge variety of animal life in our world. We’ll also be thinking about fossils and the life of Mary Anning, the famous fossil hunter.
Here are some ideas of things you can do at home to help your child with our topic:
"I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream... "
You may have guessed our Year 6 Production from the title: if not, then we are delighted to announce that (to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare) Year 6 will be performing 'A Midsummer's Night's Dream' in July.
Most children have auditioned, and the standard has been extremely high: we are blessed with so many actors/actresses, musicians, performers, dancers, rappers and individual talents.
Once everybody has auditioned, after half-term, we will allocate acting parts and issue scripts so everyone can start to practise.
We have issued our musicians with sheet music, for them to try to play and after half term we will see how they've got on.
If you would like to watch the play with your child, there are several versions available:
Video SparkNotes: Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream summary
BBC One on Bank Holiday Monday:
CBeebies live Theatre production (available until Sunday)
Radio 3 Play:
A Midsummer Night's Dream (BBC Radio 3)
BBC Shakespeare Festival:
Great British Bake Off
This morning, Year 6 visited Lower Stock Farm to use the impressive kitchen facilities. We enjoyed cooking our recipes - see our pictures below (and in the Gallery)
'The Apprentice' project finished this morning with 9 professional and articulate presentations from the groups, to a room of industry experts and Lord Sugar himself. We are so proud of every child who has sparkled this week: from their teamwork and communication skills, to their creativity and artistic talents and their intelligent questions asked - they have all shone brightly. Due to the high standard of every team, it was a very close call and although four teams made it through to the final, the winner won by the smallest of margins.
Congratulations to Joshua, Scarlett and Mary - our 2016 Apprentice champions!
It's been a busy few days for the teams, with drink tastings, surveys and planning their drink adverts and presentations, ready to present to the industry experts on Friday.
If children would like to 'dress to impress' on Friday (e.g. shirt & tie, dress, suit etc) they can do if they wish, but it is not compulsory. Children can choose to wear either their school uniform or a smart outfit (if they have one already).
Here are some photos of the teams in action...
"PHEW! We did it!"
The children have been amazing and have shown their determination and positive attitude this week; we are so proud of every single one of them. We have spent the afternoons dodging the rain, playing games and relaxing with art and music.
If your child still has a red maths CGP book, we kindly ask that they are returned: we have suggested to the children that all their other CGP books will be a useful reminder of their Year 6 learning for their journey into Year 7.
As for homework, we would like the children to keep reading and enjoying books, but there are a few independent learning tasks we would like every child to plan and prepare for:
1. From Monday 16th May until Friday 20th May, the children will be working in threes, taking part in an 'Apprentice' challenge. During this week, they may have tasks to complete at home, ready for their group presentations on Friday 16th.
2. On Monday 23rd May, we would like every child to audition for parts in our summer production (more details to follow!). They can audition individually or in a group. They can act, sing, dance, perform a poem or playscript - or any combination of these. We will then allocate parts and give out the scripts before half term.
3. On Tuesday 24th May, we will be visiting Lower Stock Farm to use the purpose-built kitchen classroom. We would like the children to work in pairs, to create/cook/bake either a starter, main or a dessert/cake. We will then have a 'tasting' and evaluate our culinary delights. Before the trip, children will need to plan their 'course' and organise ingredients and tupperware - some basic ingredients will be provided, and the kitchen is well-stocked with cooking utensils and equipment.
Some ideas for recipes can be found here: www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/food
Junior Masterchef: www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/junior-masterchef
Year 6 Transition
As part of the Year 6 to Year 7 transition process, there is an opportunity, for children, who may feel anxious or unsure about the transition, to visit Churchill Academy with their parents in May and June. If you think your child would benefit from this, please speak to one of the Year 6 team, and we can book an appointment on your behalf. This is in addition to the usual transition process, which is outlined below:
Class 6 will be visiting the Academy for our cluster Drama Day on Monday 27th June 2016. We will travel via coach to and from the Academy. It is a day where the Year 6 students who will be going to Churchill Academy are able to experience a fun filled day of Performing Arts at the Academy whilst the remainder of the Academy students will be on an Inset Day.
Year 6 children will then independently attend the Academy for their Induction Day on Tuesday 28th June 2016. More details will follow from the Academy about this.
Year 6 loved our visit to the Lifeskills centre on Thursday, as part of our Personal, Citizenship, Social and Health Education (PCSHE )curriculum. They have taken home a 'Detectives' checklist to review the safety of their homes and will talk with their families about how to stay safe.
If you would like to learn more about the health and safety topics studied at Lifeskills, please click here.
At the end of last term, Class 6 prepared lessons on the progressive past and present tenses which they taught to
Class 2 - they were all super teachers and everybody had lost of fun! We hope you enjoy our photos from the 'lesson'.
CGP books must be in school every day. All work is due in on Monday 22nd February:
Next term, we will begin our 'Viking' topic and we will be visiting the Lifeskills centre.
This afternoon we were joined by three doctors from Weston General Hospital, who kindly volunteered their time to come into school to talk not only about their jobs and experiences in medicine, but also deliver some basic first aid training to Year 6. The children enjoyed interviewing the doctors and participating in the practical tasks.
Trip to Lifeskills and Orienteering at Tyntesfield
On Thursday 25th February we are visiting the Life Skills centre and Tyntesfield for orienteering. We would welcome any Parents/Carers/Grandparents to join us for the day. Please drop in to Year 6 (or send a message via your child) to volunteer your services. Thank You.
Mrs Lawton's Peru presentation and questions
Aviation Day... or doesn't time fly when you're having fun...!
Today has been an exceptional day in Year 6. The children should be so proud of themselves (we are very proud of them) and are buzzing following our Aviation Day. Photographs are in the 'Gallery' section. We learnt so much:
Topics and Themes -Power, thrust, lift, air as a fluid medium, air pressures, the future for aviation technology.
Learning Styles - Investigation, experimentation, improvement planning, working as a team, presenting and communicating, meeting scientists and engineer, visioning.
Links - Heritage aviation engineering and future engineer, science communication parents and community (pupil led events and competitions that celebrate children's ingenuity).
On behalf of the Year 6 children and parents. we would like to say a huge thank you to Hugh and his volunteers from The Bristol Initiative Trust and 'My Future My Choice'.
CodeMonkey is a fun online game that teaches you how to code. Real world programming language. Write code. Catch bananas. Save the world.
After a busy afternoon spent coding, debugging and programming, here is the link for those of you who want to try the other games and 'Hour of Code' challenges.
Forthcoming Trips and visits
Your child will be bringing home a letter regarding swimming lessons that will commence after Christmas. This will need to be paid by 11th January 2016.
Also, during term 3, we have the opportunity to visit the Life Skills Centre in Bristol, which we hope to combine with an orienteering afternoon at Tyntesfield, as well as an aviation day in school. We are still awaiting confirmation of full details, but we would like to warn you that the anticipated cost of this will be £17.50, due the beginning of February.We will be using the T@3 money to subsidise this to keep costs as low as possible.
Night Zoo Keeper
Since Monday, Class 6 have written nearly 4,000 words using NightZooKeeper!
Remember, the 100 word challenge closes in a few days...
(week beginning 23rd November -replacing SUMDOG Reading):
Children have recorded the class code for NightZooKeeper, their username and password into their homework books and have begun to write their 100 word challenge. We will be able to read, comment on and share our writing - so think carefully and do your best!
Read our writing, and leave your comments at https://edu.nightzookeeper.com/night-news/56092d15ff50110300432e8b
If if you are posting comments, please remember to check spelling and punctuation. Only comments punctuated accurately are published!
A huge congratulations to the Year 6 children who represented the school at the Wrington Vale Rotary 'Youth Speaks' competition on Thursday 19th November. We are very proud of the children for their achievements.
With ten equally strong teams, the standard of public speaking was very high and the adjudicators faced difficult decisions about which team should win.
We are delighted to announce that Churchill Primary received two awards: 'Best Speaker' was won by William for his speech on social media (The judging panel and audience "liked" his humour); and our "Ho, Ho, Ho or No, No,No!" team (chaired by Jacob, with Mary as speaker and Herbie as proposer of thanks) received Third Prize.
Once again, every child who took part in this competion should feel proud of their efforts: everyone spoke confidently, intelligently and engaged the audience.
(We are working on uploading the videos - watch this space for details of where the clips are viewable. Unfortunately, the acoustics are not great!)
UPDATE: The videos are uploaded to Youtube, in the official school channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOy9MpSEfm-w8vTipWhzXug
Earlier this year, we achieved the Woodland Trust's 'Green Trees School Bronze' award, as recognition for our investment in promoting environmental issues and celebrating the role trees play in improving the quality of life.
We were lucky enough to be chosen to receive free tree saplings to plant around the school, and 30 small seedlings arrived last week (Silver Birch, Rowan and Wild Cherry).
Last Friday, despite the cold wind, Year 6 worked as a team to plan, and plant these new trees around the site. The children enjoyed the physical challenge of digging holes large enough to accommodate the baby trees and were rewarded with the satisfaction of having helped to improve our world (and a celebratory hot chocolate!)
'Play in a Day' trip to Wells Cathedral on Monday 16th November
Four hours...Two schools... One day.. to create and produce a play to show to parents (and members of the public in the cathedral).
After acting and singing workshops in the morning (and a well-deserved lunch!), Year 6 worked with pupils from another school to stage and perform their World War 1 play about the Christmas Truce in 1914. A moving and enjoyable performance, the pupils were rightly proud of their achievements and their teamwork.
Children in Year 5 and 6 should attend with their parent or carer for their meeting.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Expectations in Year 6:
We value your support and the role you play in your child’s education. Below are the key expectations for Year 6, to help your child to do their best and prepare for the transition to Year 7 in September.
Thank you to all the parents, families and children who supported the Year 6 T @3, especially the parents of Year 6, who worked tirelessly to set-up and run the event.
Thank you to Sarah Brown for donating the beautiful cake for the raffle (which was won by Kate Clifton).
Year 6 Independent Learning (aka Homework)
As well as reading books, learning their spelling rules and practising the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar skills they have been taught, we now have an exciting addition to independent learning for Year 6.
Every child in Year 6 has a unique username and password for Sumdog. To access Sumdog, follow the link below or follow the link from the Maths section of 'Love of Learning' pages.
The games automatically increase or decrease the level of challenge, and adapt to the personalised learning needs of children, so please encourage your child to 'have-a-go' and practise.
Putting the 'earn' into learning...