Robin Wood 2023
Year 6 took part in their final sports day. In the morning, they all took part in skipping, relay, throwing and football events. The children cheered each other on and enjoyed the events!
First Aid Flat Stanley Workshop
We took part in a first aid workshop where the children learnt what to do if they ever came across an unconscious or choking casualty. The class were also told how to deal with bleeding and burns.
Y6 Wellbeing Fit Step
As part of our health and well being day the children took part in a fit step class. The children worked as partners using the step to get active before creating their own routine.
Simon, from Beamish Museum, came to visit. The children looked at photographs of local coal mines, shared information from the census, handled real life objects and took part in role play from the 1800s.
Year 6 enjoyed a morning with Sarah Millington, author of Damelza Rice is not very nice.
They spoke about some key aspects of the book such as; transition to secondary school, online bullying and how to overcome negativity. The children then talked about their feelings towards transitioning to secondary school.
Danish Long Ball
Darren took Year 6 for a session of Danish Long Ball. The children had to kick a ball, which was rolled to the, amd run one or two lengths of the pitch to score runs before the ball was returned to the bowler. The children encouraged each other well and all took part in a tournament with the Blue team winning the overall competition with the combined scores from Y5 & 6.
Year 6 Field trip to Framwellgate Moor
Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their Geography Field Trip to Framwellgate Moor. The children conducted a study of the amount of plastic/non plastic litter found in the area and the number of vehicles driving past a point over a ten minute period. They then used their results to create bar and pie charts.
Beyond the Chartwell’s kitchen, pasta workshop
Year 6 had a fantastic session with the Chartwell’s Chefs . They talked about food groups and the importance of eating a balanced diet, were shown how to make pasta from scratch and then turned their hands to tortellini and ravioli.
After completing their SATs, Y6 took part in a quidditch afternoon, which began with some drills to learn the game and the positions. Before the children had the chance to play in a mini tournament. The children thoroughly enjoyed playing a different sport with very different rules!
Year 6 composed short rhythms on the glockenspiels using notes F and G. The children performed their compositions to their peers.
Visit from Author Adam Bushnell
We had the pleasure of a visit from Adam Bushnell in school this week. Adam is an author of books for children and adults, he has written over fifty books and visits schools to teach writing skills to children. He has been visiting our school for around 16 years.
Adam showed year 5 & 6 children Viking weapons and armour. They described Viking warriors and trolls then described a battle scene.
Maths Day Challenge
Year 6 took part in our Maths Challenge Day, where the children had to work as part of a team to solve problems and create strategies in order to win certain activities. The activities required different mathematical skills from factors and multiples, shape, money and working as a team to build a pyramid. Overall, the children thoroughly enjoyed the challenges.
North East Festival of Languages 2023
Children from Year 6 entered this poster competition with a theme of ‘Where can languages take you?’
There were over 800 entries of a very high standard. All children who participated received a highly commended certificate.
Here are their posters.
The judges were very impressed with Mia and TJ, who received runners up prizes.
Well done everyone who entered!
We completed our waistcoats after adding buttons, pockets and other accessories. The class enjoyed making them and trying them on to show their friends. The children will soon take them home as they are keen to where them around the area.
Easter Egg Competition
The class took part in the Easter Egg competition where the children designed a scene using eggs. The children were very creative with multiple scenes being crowned winners. We had scenes from Charlie Brown, Mr Men & Little Miss and even our school values. Well done to everyone who took part!
Science – Microorganism Field Guide
To complete our living things topic we created a field guide of the microorganisms you can find in our school habitat. The children surveyed the school grounds writing down their findings before creating their guide.
Intra Sports Day – Dodgeball
Y6 took part in a dodgeball session following on from their previous session. The children played different mini games before ending with a game of dodgeball.
The class investigated in which conditions mould grows best in. The children placed slices of bread in different conditions around the classroom such as: room temperature, wet, dark and frozen. The class found mould grew the most in dry and mild conditions.
DT – Y6 Waistcoats
This week, we began creating our waistcoats. The children chose their fabric and used a template to cut out their waistcoats before pinning them together ready for sewing.
We were lucky enough to be able to take part in a judo taster session where the children played a number of mini games, before trying some judo rolls. Some of the children already attend judo classes with the visiting coach, some were able to share some tips with others.
Year 6 Migration
We looked at different types of evidence in our migration topic linked to famine, war and persecution as we looked a push factors which contribute to people migrating. The children were task with explaining what type of evidence the sources were and what they tell us.
Professor Nitrate Visit
Professor Nitrate came to visit our school. The children took part in lots of small experiments including making fire, what happens when we eat gaseous foods and is gravity difficult to defy.
Y6 Artist Study
After studying the work of artists such as David Hockney, Paula Rego and Fiona Rae the children recreated some of their pieces and used them as inspiration for their own artwork. Here are some examples.
World Book Day 2023
Year 6 had a fantastic day celebrating world book day on Thursday 2nd March.
The children shared their favourite books with the younger children and listened to them read, they also participated in a workshop ‘Now that’s what I call poetry’ where they listened to poems, played games to inspire freeze frames and wrote group poems. The children also planned and wrote their own story based on an image and we are hoping to create our own class short story book with these! Dressing up was great fun!
Dodge Ball session with the Schools’ Sports Partnership
Today the children enjoyed taking part in a dodge ball lesson with Darren from SSP.
He taught them valuable rules and how to conduct themselves within the game, all of their team points will be added together along with the Y5’s. We will have a colour house winning team in assembly after half term.
However all of the children had so much fun and that’s what really counts.
Archery session with The Schools’ Sports Partnership
Year 6 had the chance to take part in an archery taster session. The children first threw beanbags into a hoop to get accustomed to the safety rules and the archery stance. After this, the children got the chance to use a bow and arrow to fire at different targets. The class did well in blustery conditions and a big thank you to Darren for running the session.
Y6 Aim Higher Writing Day
Both Year 6 groups experienced a writing day this week. One group travelled to Esh Winning Primary School for a day led by poet Matt Abbott. The children were shown how to use lots of different writing prompts to help them come up with creative ideas. The children wrote poems based on the days of the week and the colour green as well as writing a letter to themselves from an object that they treasure. The group thoroughly enjoyed writing a recipe for how to make certain people that they admire with one child writing on for Gordon Ramsey which included just a pinch of anger! A big thank you to Matt and Esh Winning Primary for hosting the day.
The other group held a heated debate on whether the character in our current book ‘Boy, Everywhere’ should leave his home country or flee with his family. Later, they wrote and recorded news reports including eye-witness interviews about an attack on a shopping mall.
Y6 performed their Christmas Show ‘When Sasha got stuck up the chimney’ to parents and the Parish Council. All the children did really well with many children doing more than one part, filling in for some children who were unfortunately ill.
Come Dine with Me Desserts
The children headed into the kitchen for the final time to make pineapple and banana pancakes. The children chopped, weighed, measured and mixed all the ingredients before making their pancakes. To serve the children topped them with maple syrup, pineapple and banana chunks. The desserts were very well received by the class and the winning team was crowned!
Come Dine with Me
Year 6 have been cooking a 3 course meal in teams in a ’Come Dine with Me’ competition. So far, they have cooked stuffed peppers for starters and a creamy salmon pasta for their mains. With dessert still to come the competition is hotting up. After each course, the class have scored each other’s dishes out of 10.
Year 6 Boccia
Year 6 had a Boccia taster session. Here they played mini games to get used to the weight and speed of the balls before playing a game between each other.
In our new electricity topic, we carried out an investigation to see how voltage affects a circuit. The children made a complete circuit with batteries and a motor with a propeller attached. The children then increased the voltage of the circuit by adding more batteries to it.
Walk n Talk
The class took part a Walk n Talk session all based on communication. In the session, the children had to view a shape made out of Lego before returning to their group and explaining how it was put together. They were able to view the shape (that was situated away from the group) as many times as possible until their group had made the same exact shape. The groups improved their communication skills as the task went on and the more shapes they made together.
We were lucky enough to invite visitors for the DLI into our classroom to help us with our WW1 topic for this half term. Firstly, the children were asked to create a timeline of the DLI before studying one soldier each from the DLI. The children used census information and reports to find out information about their families and what happened to them in the war. The class then took part in drills on the yard, where they marched as soldiers. On their, return to the classroom Year 6, studied artefacts related to each soldier, which included medals, revolvers, uniforms and shells. In groups, the class presented their findings about each soldier before taking a moment to reflect on what they had learnt in the session.
Y5/6 Autumn Football League
The Y5/6 Autumn league has now finished with the team playing really well. The standout performance was a 4-0 win. Thank you to everyone who played in the team and to the parents for supporting the team.
Sport Leader Training
Year 6 took part in a Sports Leader training this week, where the children were trained to lead activities with younger children. On the morning, the children took part activities where they had to encourage each other and work as a team. In the afternoon, those children who showed brilliant teamwork and encouraged others were chosen to teach Y1/2 PE. The children led a carousel of activities showing the children how to complete them and keeping their scores. A big thank you to SSP for running the day!
Lisette Auton Workshop
Today, the class had a visit from Lisette Auton (author of The Secret of Haven Point). Lisette discussed her new book, which includes lots of disabled characters, and shared extracts of it. She told us her reason for doing this is to celebrate people’s differences as she herself is disabled. Lisette told us where she gets her inspiration from and her writing process. At the end of the session, children from the class were able to ask Lisette questions which varied from who her favourite authors are and who inspires her.
The class were looking at refraction and investigated how light changes direction. The children tested this by drawing an arrow on a piece of paper and placing it behind a glass of water. The groups found that the arrow had appeared to point in the opposite direction due to the light refracting when it hit the water. They then also did this with a smiley face but this time they placed the glass on top of it upon pouring the water into the glass the smiley face appeared to disappear, again due to the light refracting.
Walk n Talk
We took part in our second Walk n Talk session. The children had to work in groups while walking and talking, coming up with solutions to questions. The groups then had to build a protective shield for eggs. Each group had an egg and all groups made it to the final level and throwing the eggs four different distances. Only two groups successfully kept the egg intact. For the second activity, the groups had to guide each other blond folded through a minefield!
Year 6 have been studying light and looking at how mirrors help us to see certain things. In class, we discussed how mirrors work and how rays of light reflect at the same angle as the shine or bounce off the mirror. The ray of incidence is the same angle as the ray of reflection. The children then discussed the use of periscopes and how and why they are used, before creating their own.
Walk ‘n’ Talk with Alex Dewar
We had a special visitor this week, Alex Dewar who competed in the Invictus Games. He came to tell us his story in the army and his road to the Invictus Games. Alex and Darren took the class outside for some exciting team building activities, where the children had to spell out teamwork remembering where each letter was before tapping cones in a certain order against the clock. Year 6 will be continuing Walk n Talk with Darren for the rest of the half term.
Y6 Fun Run
A great start to the academic year for Year 6, who enjoyed the Fun Run this morning which was organised by the SSP.
Children tackled many obstacles whilst running including hurdle jumping, dodging sandcastles and crawling under the wave.