Year 6 Blog

Welcome to our Year 6 Blog. Watch this space for information on our topics and photos of our work and learning!
Thursday 19th October 2017
Our last session before half term was great! It was time to paint our puppets' hands and feet and then to design some headgear. We were blown away by some of the fantastic creations that were constructed! What talented children there are in 6SJ!
Roll on after half term when the children will be testing their sewing skills! 
Watch this space for more information and don't forget to check out and for more information about The Young People's Puppet Theatre.
Tuesday 17th October 2017
Today, Miss Joomun had the pleasure of taking 6SJ swimming for the first time and she was amazed at what she saw! The children were all swimming so confidently in the big pool. What a difference from last year! Well done to Ismayil, who got a merit, for his excellent determination and resilience in the pool!
We can't wait to continue this learning after half term!
Thursday 12th October 2017

What a hair-raising day we had today in 6SJ!

The children had two jobs today: to create hair and feet for their puppet. A sea of coloured wool and strong, PVA glue was scattered around the chaotic classroom. Caitlin, our puppet expert, showed us a film on how to construct the puppet’s feet.

First, we warmed the clay with our hands to make it nice and smooth. Then, we shaped the clay into two balls and then into two sausages. It was important to make sure the sausage shapes were the same length – no one wants wonky, odd feet! After that, we got our sculpting tools and carved the edge of the feet (the sausage shapes) to resemble toes. Soon after, we inserted the triangular hook so the puppet strings could connect the puppet to the feet. When we finished, we rolled another small ball of clay and added it to the base of the feet to create two shoes. This supports the puppet when it walks. Finally, we used our sculpting tools to add detail to our shoes.

The next job was to create hair. Wool, sheep cotton and pan cleaners were on offer to use. We started off by wrapping the wool around our four fingers until we got the right amount. We then cut this from the spool. When we got back to our table, we applied a layer of glue to the back of the head. We started layering wool at the bottom of the ears and made our way towards the forehead. Some people, who were making robots, used pan cleaners to give it a robotic look.

Next week, we will be painting the puppet’s hands and feet, finishing the puppet’s hair and creating accessories for the puppet’s head. We can’t wait!

Watch this space for more information and don't forget to check out and for more information about The Young People's Puppet Theatre.

Written by the wonderful 6SJ!

Thursday 5th October 2017
We can't believe it's week 5 already and we were ready to tackle...acrylic paint! Yes, the kind of paint that doesn't wash out! This didn't worry us at all because we were armed with old t-shirts (thanks parents and carers!) and a big smile on our faces.
The children worked incredibly hard at mixing different colour skin tones for their puppet head. However, before the painting began, great thought had to be put into what each character would look like. Take a look at the pictures below to see can you guess which character is which.
The children were also faced with another task - to make the puppet hands! They used molds to help create the shape and tomorrow, they will even bake them in the oven for 15 minutes at 100 degrees!
How could this project possibly get any better? Well, because next week is HAIR week! Don't forget to keep an eye out at home for anything you could use!
Watch this space for more information and don't forget to check out and for more information about The Young People's Puppet Theatre.
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
What an exciting day we had in Year 6 today!
We were so lucky to have a special visit from The Raptor Foundation. Check out some of the children's accounts of the day!
Today, Year 6 were privileged to have The Raptor Foundation visit Shirley School. We learnt about hawks and owls. Hawks and owls are carnivores. Did you know that an owl can turn its head 270 degrees because their eyes are fixed to look directly to the front? Hawks however, can only turn their head 180 degrees. The best part of the day was when we got to hold an owl. Check out some of the pictures!
Arif, 6SJ
This afternoon we had The Raptor Foundation visit us in the new hall. We got to hold a White Faced Owl. Did you know that the White Faced Owl only weighed six ounces? Later on, we dissected owl pellets and I found a whole head of a mouse!
Aaron, 6SJ
Our class was lucky because The Raptor Foundation came into visit and we learnt lots of things about different types of owls. We even got to look in the bird's pellets to see if there were any bones.
Tilly, 6SJ
The Raptor Foundation came in and brought their animals. We found out some interesting facts such as: owls eat mice and insects. Did you know that The Raptor Foundation has two hundred birds of prey and only two meerkats?
Theresa, 6SJ
Year 6 had the privilege of having The Raptor Foundation in today. We looked at five different animals and we had the opportunity to hold one of the five owls. The owl has fourteen bones in its neck and it can move it head 270 degrees! 
Lyubov, 6SJ 
Friday 29th September 2017
Today we exceeded our class attendance target! We achieved 98.5%! This means our target for next week is 96%. We are nine steps away from our £20 reward. We thought about how we could spend the money. A class pet, a pjs and dvd afternoon, a class party, new books for the reading corner or donating the money to charity (Cancer Research and The Alzheimers Society).
How do you think we should spend the money? 
Thursday 28th September 2017
Today was the day we got to play with clay:)
What a fantastic session we had today with Caitlin. We followed our handwritten instructions carefully and were able to produce some true masterpieces! A special mention must go to Arif and Jonathan for their excellent cooperation skills demonstrated throughout the afternoon.
Check out the pictures of our afternoon of fun!
Watch this space for more information and don't forget to check out and for more information about The Young People's Puppet Theatre.
Tuesday 27th September 2017
It's that time of year again - The Year 6 English Parent Workshop! We would love to see you there so you can learn about ways to support your child during their last year of primary education.
*If you would like to book a place in our crèche, please return your signed slip as soon as possible!
Friday 22nd September 2017
It's been a jam packed week in Year 6. Not only have we been nominating our Year 6 House Captains (very exciting) we have been doing a whole lot of learning!
On Monday, we had our 2nd Puppet Project visit. During this session, we started to look at the settings our story would take place in. In 6LW we are telling the story of "My Sister's Feet" which is a traditional Chinese folk story and it takes place in a palace, a garden, the mountains and the Stone Forest (which is actually a real place!).
On Tuesday, we went swimming. Some of us went right into the deep end!
On Wednesday, 6LW looked at the poem "The Jabberwocky". This poem is unusual because it is full of nonsense words. We acted out the poem in pairs and shared with the rest of the class. Following on from this, we started to design our own nonsense creatures. We used drawing, pencils crayons and collage to create them in our English books.
Thursday was the day we were all waiting for! We heard the nominees manifestos for House Captain and voted for who we would like to represent our teams. 
Finally, today we have had our first look at an arithmetic SATS paper! We felt nervous, a bit excited and we enjoyed the challenge. There's still a long time to go but we need to be prepared!
It's been a busy week and we are all ready for a rest, but we have enjoyed ourselves. See you next week!
Thursday 21st September 2017
Today was round 3 of our puppet making workshop in Year 6! During this session, we had to think about different feeling words and how they might look on our faces. How do you think someone surprised would look? How do you think someone angry would look? Did you know that our eyebrows and our mouths are key to conveying these emotions?
Later on in the session, we focused in on the character which we would be designing. We had to imagine how they would look and what they might wear. Check out some of our sketches to see some of our excellent interpretations of the different characters in The Mechanical Gardener. We ended our lesson by looking at a video of how to create the head of a marionette puppet. This is actually going to happen next week in class! We can't wait!
Watch this space for more information and don't forget to check out and for more information about The Young People's Puppet Theatre.
Tuesday 19th September 2017

Yesterday in 6SJ, we learnt about our new IPC topic ‘Out of Africa.’ We explored the meaning of different words which would appear in our topic. For example, we learnt that fish are cold blooded. They also have gills, fins and they live in water. Another definition we learnt about was for an insect. Did you know an insect is a creature with six legs, no backbone and a segmented body? Another one of the definitions we learnt about was an invertebrate and this is a creature that has no backbone or spine. These include: insects, some organisms and squid. When we finished our research, we had to vote for two people from each group to present their work. Check out our dictionary display in 6SJ to learn more!

Friday 15th September 2017
6SJ got creative today and were challenged to draw a picture of Miss Joomun for the Shirley School website. We were blown away by the talent! Check out some of the pictures below and keep checking the school website to see which image was chosen by our panel of judges.
Thursday 14th September 2017
This afternoon was our second session of the puppet project! This session was all about looking at the different sets. What would each set look like? What items would you find there? Well that was our task! We focused on the six different sets in the script: Zoe's bedroom, Appleby Road, the garden, the hallway, the room in the old house and the workshop. Some of our sketches were so realistic. Check them out for yourselves! We can't wait to paint these backdrops for our class performance later this year.
Don't forget to visit and for more information about The Young People's Puppet Theatre.
Written by 6SJ
Tuesday 12th September 2017
What a jam-packed week we've had already!
We kick-started off our maths lessons this week by working with our talking partners on number and place value. We challenged our partners to create 6 digit numbers in our very first lesson! We then made sure we knew the value of each digit in our numbers by checking them in our place value grids. We ended our lesson by playing a game of place value dominoes!
We really enjoyed working with the children in our new maths class. Together, we will aim high and dream big!
Friday 8th September 2017
Welcome back!
This week has been our first week as Year 6s. We were all really eager to start our learning! We have all settled into our new class extremely well and we've had a very positive start to the year.
In maths, we were getting to know each other better as some of us haven't worked together in the subject before. We all have different skills to contribute and this year we are going to make sure that we support each other and are ready for the SATs next summer. 
In our English lessons we have been planning and writing a recount and we have done a lot of work on editing. Editing our work is important because we need to make sure it makes sense and we give ourselves the opportunity to check for mistakes. We have been reminding ourselves what synonyms are and how to use them appropriately. We worked really hard in our writing this week and Miss Walmsley was really impressed with the writing, even after a 6 week break!
Finally, we came up with 6 rules for our Class Charter. These are things that we feel, in 6LW, are important for everyone to be able to learn happily and safely. We have also been getting to know each other by playing games such as Hedgehogs and talking about how we feel safe in school.
6LW are feeling really positive about the year ahead.
Written by 6LW

Thursday 7th September 2017

Today was the very first day of the Year 6 Puppet Project! The Young People’s Puppet Theatre (YPPT) will be working with us this year. Over the course of the project, we will design and make our own complex marionette puppet, work with our classmates on set design and finally, take an individual role in rehearsals and the performance of the class story.

This afternoon, we had our first visit from Caitlin – the co-ordinator of the project. We were presented with the script for our puppet performance which is called, ‘The Mechanical Gardener’. This script was especially made for us and the writer of the story (Chris Mason) might even come to see our final performance!

There were many sets, scenes and characters within the story. In groups, we read through the script. Ismayil read the role of Tyler, Julius read the role of Omar and Ilianna read the key role of Zoe Hart. There were many different characters which would need to be created and we managed to choose them together. Many sacrifices were made to ensure every child had a different character to make.

We look forward to our next couple of sessions with Caitlin!

Written by 6SJ