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Year 6

2017-2018

Inspiring Young Writers

Today we had a visit from children's author Sean Callery who inspired us to be great writers. He showed us how to plan effective non-fiction books and choose vocabulary and facts carefully to engage the reader. He worked with us to write factual descriptions about Outer Space. 

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The Railway Children 

We all had a fabulous time at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre this afternoon watching a performance of the Railway Children. Now we can compare book, film and theatre production! We might even use some of the theatrical techniques in our own performances.

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Explanation Texts

Year 6 have been explaining how the heart works in Big Write this week.

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Teachers for the day!

Year 6 have been presenting their research about the human heart during our science lessons this week.

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Design a Habitation Module for Mars

Year 6 have entered a competition to design a habitation module for space exploration on Mars.

 

Human exploration of Mars will be no easy feat. Scientists and engineers at Lockheed Martin are helping to lead the way with Mars Base Camp, the spacecraft that will carry the first human crew to Mars.

A roundtrip to Mars will take years. In addition to basic necessities like food, water, oxygen and power, astronauts will need a Habitat in which they can live comfortably and safely. Lockheed Martin and NASA are developing design concepts for habitats and our Year 6 children are joining this effort too.

 

We are very excited to be part of this project. Keep looking here for photos and updates.

Here we are starting to design our Habitation Modules.

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The Heart and Circulatory system

 

We have been learning all about how the heart functions. We used clay to make models of a human heart showing the 4 chambers, veins, arteries and capillaries.

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Philip Pullman

 

We have been studying the work of Philip Pullman this week. Did you know that Philip Pullman wrote the 'Dark Materials' trilogy? We have been reading the Northern Lights and creating a character profile of Lyra, the main character.

Welcome back Year 6. Here we all are at the start of the year:
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Keith Haring Art

 

Owl class have been studying Keith Haring's art. We have been discovering how he shows the human body in motion. We took advantage of the sun one morning to get outside and draw around our shadows to help us sketch realistic poses. We took photographs of ourselves in motion and found out how hard it is to capture everyone jumping at the same time.We will use these pictures to study how our bodies look when they are moving and to help us create pieces of art.

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Science Investigations in Owl Class

 

As part of our investigative work in Science, we have been learning about light: how it travels, how we see and how mirrors work. We made human models using string as our rays of light.

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We found out about refraction and how you can make arrows change direction and pictures disappear...
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Just William Stories

 

Owl Class have been reading Just William stories as part of their Literacy work this week. Here we are performing in the school playground to Squirrel Class. We read one of the 'Just William' stories ('William joins the Band of Hope') and rewrote it as a play script. We have been rehearsing different scenes, and put it all together for a final performance in the sunshine.

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In science, we found out how much sugar we should be eating every day - less than we realised! We then measured portions of breakfast cereals and drinks and calculated how much sugar was in them. This tiny portion of cereal has the equivalent of two cubes of sugar in it. Afterwards we measured out how much breakfast cereal we might actually eat and calculated the sugar content of that, which was sometimes more than the recommended daily amount for children of our age!

 

 

Some of the girls in Owl class played in a football tournament against local schools. This was their first game as a team. They played brilliantly together and really enjoyed the afternoon.

 

 

 

We are open for visits to our lovely school. Come and have a look around. Parents speak very positively about our school's close feeling of community: 'The School is like an extended family, all pupils feel a tremendous sense of belonging'. Pupils make good progress in all subjects. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education. Many pupils make exceptionally rapid progress. There are strong relationships in early years, and children develop positive attitudes to learning based on the care, guidance and support they recieve from staff. Pupils sometimes exceed the expected standards for their age - Ofsted 2017
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