Year Six

Ducks have arrived!

In Year 6 we have been patiently waiting for the eggs in the incubator to hatch. Last Friday, an egg showed signs of hatching and hatched at 15 minutes to 1. Another egg hatched after school when Mrs Jones took it home. We now have 2 ducks: a runner duck and a duck that we don't yet know it's breed. We voted for a name and decided on Quack and Sonic. Joe and Tyler created name labels for both ducks and they are currently displayed on the hutch. We have 3 eggs that have showed no sign of hatching at all.

Photo Frames

We have been making Frames to border our wordle that we created on Tagul.  We started by looking at lots of examples of frames and creating our own individual mood boards - thinking about colour, texture, pattern and styles of joins. We then had a go at making some different joins.
After making a prototype we began to make our final one. Lots of us came across difficulties, however after lots of discussion we overcame them. We think our final pieces look great - we hope you agree.

SATS Week and Maths Board Games

SATS Week:
On the week commencing the 8th of May, Year 6 took their SATS tests. This included: a reading paper, a SPaG paper, two Maths reasoning papers and an arithmetic paper. Some of the Year 6 children chose to come into school at 8:15 to enjoy some sweet delicacies ( this included some French and English pastry, crumpets, some fruit and a drink of either orange or apple juice and hot chocolate.)

Maths Board Game Session:
This morning, we have been playing with different Maths games. Mr Moore set a challenge to complete all 160 puzzles in a game called Smart Driver. Hayden said," I can multiply fractions and work out expanded noun phrases but I can't move a piece of plastic of a board!"

Exploring and Explaining

We are using Cracking Contraptions by Wallace and Gromit to help us with our work on explanations. Today we had a go at text mapping and creating actions to help us learn a section of the text. We had to think really carefully when trying to remember tricky technical words like 'hydraulics' and 'mechanism'. Have a look at us showing our work to each other.

"What Makes Us Who We Are?"

On the 20th of April Year 6 made profile silhouettes. Firstly they had a picture taken from the  side of their face. Then they traced around their pictures on to a plain piece of paper.  Year 6 then designed  their profile picture by using drawings, words and phrases. Adding colour to finish. Please look at all the creative portraits at the main entrance. Here are some creative drawing to wet your appetite!

Having fun @Bristol!

We are having a fab day! Have a look at what we have been up to so far...

Dance Event at Coombeshead Academy

Well done to all the amazing children who took part in the Dance event attached Coombeshead yesterday. Your dance was brilliant and you made us very proud.
Thank you to Mr Philips for helping us to choreograph the dance and to all the parents and carers who came to support us.

Year 6 Dance Show

On Monday the 27th March (in four days) we will be attending a Dance workshop followed by two Dance performances in front of 7,000 people. We have practising for many weeks and it is finally beginning to pull together.  Working hard every lesson we have learnt the dance off by heart. Here are some photos of us practising

Picture a portrait...

In GOAL time we have been exploring painting and paint techniques. We looked at the Impressionists, Pop Art and pointillism (using lots of dots.)
We then applied the techniques we liked to our own painting, working with a photograph of ourselves or drawing our own self portraits. The results are amazing- take a look!

Evaporation Experiment

Last week we tried an experiment to find out which 4 liquids (water, salt water, orange juice and vinegar) evaporated the quickest over a period of time. We started with 100ml in each jug and then decided to reduce the amount of liquid to 50ml. We decided this as the liquids took longer then expected to evaporate over a week. Measuring every morning and afternoon, 9pm and 3pm, we recorded our results in a table. Please see photos below. Unfortunately Storm Doris blew our first experiment down.  We started again but changed where we put the measuring jugs. We put them inside the classroom. We will conclude our experiment next week.

Clubs for Civic Award

Some of our Year 6's are taking part in the Civic Award scheme. As part of this, they are giving up their own time to run clubs for our younger children. We currently have Choir taking place on a Tuesday lunchtime for KS1, and a 'drop in' colouring club for KS1 on a Wednesday lunchtime. Well done to all those who are volunteering to help out and make a really positive contribution to our school. We are very proud of you.

Today's tricky problem

Today's maths problem was called 'Mystery Numbers' and some of us tried 'Earthly Gifts' (which was really tricky!) We discussed the skills we would need to use in order to solve the challenge- trial and error, working systematically and being resilient. Have a look at us in action!

Problem Solving Week in Year 6

In maths this week we are focusing on Problem Solving. Today we looked at creating piles of 8 sticks. We started with 3 piles, one of 11, one of 7 and one of 6. We had to move sticks around using the rule, 'Move only as many sticks to another pile as it already contains, no more and no less.' It was tricky at first but using our knowledge of factors, addition and subtraction- we did it!! We then created other starting points and noticed a pattern, 2 piles had a odd amount of sticks and the 3rd had a even amount of sticks.

Problem Solving Maths

We had a 'Sticky Puzzle' to tackle in maths today. We had to use trial and error, resilience and teamwork to find a solution. Max, Josh, Sam and Jack managed to solve the first challenge in 4 moves. Can you do it?

Learning Journey's

In Year 6 we have Learning Journey guides who are in charge of presenting the Maths and English boards. In charge of the Maths Learning Journey is Grace, Mia, Felix and Rhys. The people responsible for the English Wall are Jess, Olivia and Cameron. Following each lesson, the guides will choose a few examples of work and put them on the board along side the LQ (learning question) if it will help the other children in their work.

Rotary Club Challenge

On Tuesday 24 January several children from Year 6 travelled to Dawlish Community College to take part in a technology challenge. The children that went had a fantastic time making a structure. Mia, Felix, Jacob and Gina worked very well as a team and enjoyed sharing ideas and competing against other schools. Their structure held 7.2kg coming second by 0.5 points, the winning team (Kent School) added antennas to their design therefore achieveing maximum points.

Crime and Punishment - asking questions about our rules and laws

In Year 6, we were answering questions like: What 'rules' or 'laws' do we have to keep us safe at school? Why should we have laws? What would happen if there were no rules or laws? There were lots of different answers and please visit us to have a look. Jess thought that we should have laws because they keep people safe and otherwise people could to whatever they want.


The GOAL Academy - Ask the Expert

GOAL time is a very important part of our learning in Year 6. We are learning the skills that we need in order to work successfully and independently. To help us with this we have created a GOAL academy board in our classrooms. We've all identified a strength that we have in our learning approach and something that other people might find useful (ask me if...) These strengths are now on display in our classrooms so that if we need a helping hand in GOAL we can have a look at the Expert board and find a good person to get some advice from!

Digestive System

In Year 6 today, we have learnt about how the Digestive System works. We now know that parts link to one another. Mrs Jones helped us understand by using some strange objects to say the least. We used Weetabix, bananas, plastic bags and tights. This is how the stomach works.
First, your teeth chew up the food, this creates a bolus (lump of food). You then  swallow it down your oesophagus leading to your stomach. In the stomach, acid and digestive fluids begin to break down food. Then, your sphinctus opens, allowing smaller pieces of  food to flow through to the small intestine. As this happens, your small intestine allows the nutrients into the blood stream to help make you healthy.  The waste transitions into your large intestine to take the water from the food and use it. Finally, the waste gets pushed into the anus, and flushed out of the body.
The following photos are of us doing our experiment:

A visit from the law

Today Year 6 had a visit from PC Croft and PCSO Thomas. They answered lots of our questions and we learnt lots about the history of the law and how this changed over time. We found out that the police have different powers when dealing with crimes and restorative justice is one method. There is a rule book for serious crimes and we discussed the different responsibilities for a PC and a PCSO. We then looked at the equipment carried by police officers and listened to the police radio. We learnt a lot and thank you to PC Croft and PCSO Thomas for their time.

Year 6 14th December

6HJ and 6JS have been making their own landmarks in GOAL Learning.
Take a look at these photos!
How good are they?
Year 6 have really enjoyed GOAL and are looking forward to presenting it to their parents on the 15th.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year! From Year 6
Written by Grace Br, Dylan and Sam

Exminster Architects

As part of our GOAL  learning we have been designing a new landmark for Exminster. We have looked at architect's drawings and models and we have used these to help us with the design process. Have a look at some of our scale drawings- the model making begins tomorrow and you will be able to see the finished items in our exhibition on 15th December.

Exminster Hospital Project

We had a very interesting afternoon working with two visiting artists Nicci and Tat. They have been sharing stories and information about Exminster Hospital with us. We listened to the story of 'Laura' and 'Sophie May'. Both were patients at the hospital, one in the 1940s and the other in the 1960s. Nicci and Tat showed us a role play of 'Laura' and her doctor. It was interesting to discuss Laura's illness and how she was feeling. We then wrote letters in role as if we were 'Sophie'. She was a patient suffering from ' extreme melancholia'  who had been told off for picking flowers from the hospital grounds. Eva said ' This made me feel really sad because her brother has to hope that she is OK and rely on the hospital to take good care of her.' Hayden said, ' Sophie's story made me feel very sad for her. I wanted to know what happened to her.' We are all looking forward to our next workshop. Thank you Nicci and Tat.

Rainbow Day

Have a look at some of the posters that we have created today. We thought about a slogan and an eye-catching design. We will be displaying some of them in school to make sure that everyone gets the anti-bullying message.