The first part of the summer term is quite an intense one for our Year 6’s! SATs are around the corner and much of our time and effort will be ensuring the children have everything they need in order to give the tests their best shot. We wish them all luck.
Our topic over the summer term will be Japan – the children will be finding out about the culture, food, music, history and learning some simple Japanese. Our Class book will be ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. The children read this in year 5 but we will be using it as a tool to dip into in order to inform our writing; we will be writing newspaper articles, short stories and trying our hand at Haiku and Tanka. It will be a busy term with visitors coming in to talk about secondary transition and get the children ready and confident to make that next step into ‘Big School’.
Your teacher is Mr Paton.
with Mrs Hulme
Our topic this Summer Term is Japan.
One of the school’s governors – Sarah Hawthorne – has been coming in every Monday and Wednesday for the past 6 weeks giving our Year 6 children dance lessons. These lessons have been focussed on modern dance styles that engage the children; Street Dance, Latin and Bollywood.
The children have been learning how to link dance techniques and ideas appropriately, remembering and performing them with precision, control and fluency.
Look at the Year 6 curriculum here.
P.E. is on Tuesdays.
Year 6 had their class trip to Leeds Armouries as part of their Topic work on Japan. We had a fantastic day. We were shown round the Oriental Gallery, with our guide paying particular attention to the Japanese artefacts, such as weaponry and clothing worn by Samurai warriors and Shogun. Weapons we were shown included:-
It is said that the Katana is a Samurai's best weapon for fighting. It's the "Samurai's soul," and that the person could be entirely dependent on the katana for fighting.
This weapon is considered the Samurai's "honorable weapon." The Samurai always has this weapon with them. They would always take them into their homes and leave their other ones outside. The Wakizashi was also used for ritualized suicide, along with the Tanto.
This weapon resembled a small knife. It varied whether it was worn with or without the Wakizashi. Tantos were also used for ritualized suicides.
We also had a ‘Handling Session’ in which the children were able to try on traditional Japanese armoury and hold various weapons including the Samurai Sword.
In Year 6 where our topic is ‘Dinosaurs’, we have been discovering many different facts about these fascinating creatures. In English we have been planning a non-chronological report on aspects of dinosaur behaviour. We have carried out an investigation in science based on cold blooded dinosaurs to see whether size really did matter in terms of cooling down and warming up. We used different sized containers and filled these with warm water, taking a temperature check at 5 minute intervals to see which container cooled quickest and looked at whether shape as well as size had an impact on the cooling process.
This week we have all become paleoartists and have worked together to research our dinosaur, sketch it and then began to mould its body around the skeletal frame. The kids have loved it.
Year 6 opened their doors to the parents and carers on Thursday 7th December to come and view all of our wonderful work on World War One. The children in Year 6 have put in such a lot of hard work at home and in the classroom to create some really fantastic models, propaganda posters, information sheets and PowerPoint presentations. The teachers and parents are very proud of their efforts. Well done Year 6!
Our Year 6 residential was a huge success – we were GLAMPING!
We loved our visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and one of the pupils noted that some of the art on display in the Longside Gallery was so simple that it inspired him to do more in school!
Proud, tired and elated we arrived back at school, only to find we had won SAM for the week as our attendance was the best in school!