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Welcome to Autumn 1 in Year 6

Learning Challenge

Click on the image to find out more about our learning challenge for this half term.

Learning Challenge - Historical Images

We learnt about the explorer John Lloyd Stevens who took Frederick Catherwood, an artist, on his expeditions to draw what they found - this was before photography, we looked at some of Frederick's illustrations and tried to understand what we could learn from them.


Science grouping photos - We had to create our own zoo and explain how we had grouped the animals. We soon realised that we had all done this using different criteria.  This is why a standard classification system is required.

Maya Workshop

The children had a fantastic, interacive day when our Maya expert visited us and lots of different learning took place.


We enjoyed meeting our reception buddies for the first time We helped them with their activities and even had a picnic lunch together. We can't wait to visit them again soon!



Our Harvest Station

Year 6 enjoyed taking part in the Harvest Service in church and contributed by making a Harvest station (Harvest of the Garden). This was linked to the spirit of the fruit patience. As we all know, gardeners need great patience when growing anything. There will be times when everyone also needs patience. We reflected on this.

Art Walk

After studying the artist Margaret Mee who collected different plants on her explorations to th Amazon rainforests which she then sketched our class were inspired to imitate her. We went on a local walk along the canal near school and collected leaves and flowers as well as completing some sketches in our field notebooks.

Literacy Work

We have been studying poetry as part of our work in literacy linked to the book 'The Journey' by Francesca Sanna. After immersing ourselves in vocabulary we did some freeze frames of prart of the story and wrote some poetry on glasses linked to this. We also learnt about the setting of the Alps and wrote a documentary voice -over script in the style of David Attenborough.

English photos of pictures done and destroyed

In English, we have been looking at illustrations from our new book and trying to discover their impact.  We drew some of our own and then destroyed them to see what feelings this would create.


We have begun to study the artist Margaret Mee, who was talented in both botany and drawing.  She explored the Amazon rain forests and illustrated the flora found here.  We have made some factual image boards about her.


Dear Parents,

Welcome to Year 6! My name is Mrs Potts and I will be teaching your children this year, along with Mrs Boult who is the year 6 teaching assistant. I am getting to know the children quickly and they have all made a positive start to Year 6. Year 6 is a very busy and exciting year with lots for the children to enjoy. There will be a range of trips and visitors throughout the year which will support the children in their learning. Later in the year, the children will be going to Hollowford where they will take part in a range of outdoor activities and, for some, this will be their first time away from home. There is no doubt they will have a wonderful time! The SATs will take place in May 2020. The children will be also making their choices for secondary schools. This is quite an important and sometimes difficult decision to make and we will help in any way we can.


Your child will be given a reading book to take home as well as a reading book which is kept in school. Your child should be reading daily at home and recording it in their diaries. In school they will take part in daily reading sessions within their English lessons.


Homework will be sent home on a Friday and is to be completed by the following Wednesday. This will link to work we have done in class but children may need your support. Remember also, reading and times tables need to be practiced regularly.


We will be doing PE on Wednesday and Friday each week. The Wednesday session is with the sports coach. Please remember to keep your PE kit in school so that it is available for lessons. Also, could you please check that your child’s PE kit has their names in all items to reduce the chance of loss.

Thank you for your support, please feel free to come and see me if ever you have any queries or concerns or you simply want to discuss your child’s progress.

Mrs Potts           

Reflective Area In Use

At the moment, we are enjoying using our reflective area in class (see second picture) and completing the challenges linked to Respect. Humaira, Adnaan and Evie-Mai, our reflective area leaders this half term, have worked hard to plan and set up this area for us.

Parent Workshop

These workshops were held recently and we enjoyed teaching our parents about Growth Mindset and BLPs through a variety of fun and challenging activities.  Thank you to all the parents who attended.

Safe squad

We spent a morning at safe squad learning different ways to keep safe through a variety of workshops such as esafetly, first aid, fire safety and anti-social behaviour. Rosie said, 'I think it gave us important life skills because it taught us to stay safe through online safety and real life safety'.

Wind Turbine Challenge

Some children from year 6 represented our class at Alder Community High School to take part in their Wind Turbine Challenge. One of our teams came second. Well done to all the children who participated.

Parent Workshop

As part of our learning challenge the children have been looking at famous explorers in their groups. They have researched information about their explorer and presented what they found in a creative way. They were able to explain why it was important that explorers dared to be different. It was nice to see so many parents attend.