Blogs: Y6 2018-19

Welcome to our Year 6 Blog. Watch this space for information on our topics and photos of our work and learning!
Monday 1st July 2019
When reflecting about the week we've just had, one can't help but wonder how, as pupils in year 6, we can help.
Over the week, we discovered that there was a huge amount of people affected by poverty, lack of education and climate change. Therefore, the discussion on being a global citizen was helpful for us to see how we are together as one people who can help many people around the world. 
Things we thought of to help:
- Raising money for charities
- Recycle
- Raise awareness
What could you do to help?
Wednesday 12th June 2019
What can we say! It's been an incredibly busy time for the Year 6 children over the past few months. They've worked exceptionally hard and the staff at Shirley couldn't be prouder of their resilience and determination to succeed.
So what better way to celebrate the children's achievements than to visit the exciting capital city of LONDON!
On Wednesday morning, 56 over-excited children and 9 hyper adults boarded the coach and made their way to London town! What adventures lay in store for us?
Our first stop was the River Boat Cruise where we enjoyed the sights and sounds of what London had to offer! Following this, we continued our sightseeing from above with our very own visit on the London Eye! A special thank you must go to the Friends of Shirley and Mr Cattermole for funding this trip. We had the best time!
Take a look at the pictures to see how we got on! More pictures will follow!
Thursday 21st March 2019
Last week, the folk band Young'uns came to our school. We had the privilege to listen and hear many incredible stories of people who made major differences in our country and beyond.
Some pupils' quotes:
“An amazing day! It inspired many of us to carry on singing folk songs – we learnt so much about British Values in a fun and interesting way.” 
“We went back in time to see King Richard and heard a speech from Sybil Phoenix.” 
“We got to experience what it felt like to be rich or poor.” 
“I think that everyone enjoyed the day and The Young’uns were trying to get important stories across whilst making it fun.” 
Monday 25th February 2019
What a welcome back Miss Joomun and Mr Balmer had when this fantastic work was placed on our desks!
The task?
To write a real or imaginary diary entry during the half-term break. The hard work and effort put into this writing is outstanding and we are very proud of the children and their fantastic attitude to their learning.
Check out their writing below! Maybe you might feel inspired to start keeping a diary of your very own!
Friday 8th February 2019
Safety Week this week has been a great opportunity for Year 6 pupils to explore and extend their understanding of how to stay safe online. We have been building on their already very extensive knowledge of how to ensure their privacy is protected online, to include the concept of giving permission. The children have enjoyed lots of discussions about why companies online need to obtain their permission to use personal data, and we have completed lots of fun activities such as quizzes, through which they have learnt that it is the law for companies to ask for this kind of data; the reasons why companies might want to use the data; that people are entitled not to give permission if they don't want to; and that they can change their mind about giving / not giving permission at any time. This is very important for them as they grow older, become more independent learners and have greater use of the internet. The children presented what they have learned in a sharing assembly in front of the rest of the school. 
Friday 1st February 2019
Over the past three days, between year 5 and 6, children have collaborated on many exciting activities. We have been devising protective holders to protect eggs from cracking/breaking. We have discovered that bubble wrap is the best material for it. We have also designed a theme park for the moon using our knowledge of budgeting and tourism. Creating masks has been a great opportunity for us to develop our creative art skills. Using our research skills, we have enjoyed dipping into a range of decades and finding out key things from there. 
Lots of fun active learning.

Friday 25th January 2019

What a busy start to January we have had!

We are getting one step closer to solving the murder case in our IPC topic! We have put our scientific skills to the test by investigating the PH rating of a variety of different substances and we’ve also explored the different properties of black ink. We know these training experiments will help us because we will be able to test the mystery liquid found at the scene of the crime as well as the ripped note.

In preparation for our exams in May, we’ve been looking at lots of past papers in order to help us familiarise ourselves with the kind of language used. In Maths, the adults have been so impressed with the children’s jottings and use of inverse calculations. Using these strategies will support the children in identifying whether their calculations are accurate or not.

In the coming weeks, we are looking forward to holding a formal debate when we conclude our balanced arguments in English and we are excited for our trip to Hilltop!

Monday 7th January 2019
After our well-deserved break, we came into school to find out there has been a 'murder'. 6 suspects are teachers and over the next few weeks we will be using our forensic knowledge and skills to discover who will be the culprit.
After collecting evidence, we are hoping to hold a courtroom scene to restore justice in the school again!
There will be more to follow over the next few weeks.
Monday 17th December 2018
Last week, we attended the NCA for a rugby festival. To begin with, we walked their and found the brisk walk to be a good warm up. Upon arrival, we were split into groups of five. Being mixed with a wider group of children from other schools was a good opportunity not only to try a new sport but try a new sport with new people. Our three favourite games were: bulldog, stuck in the mud and tag rugby (of course). It was such an enjoyable time learning many new skills, so thanks very much NCA for organising the event.
Thursday 13th December 2018
What a fun-filled afternoon we had today in Year 6. You guessed it - Christmas card making!
We decided to get creative by designing our very own elf-themed cover along with our personal message inside. Take a look for yourself below! We hope you enjoy our fantastic pun on the front cover.
We truly hope our special recipients of these cards enjoy them.
Monday 3rd December 2018
This afternoon, the children in 6SJ got the chance to design their very own front cover for our class book - The Adventures of the Lone Robot. Miss Joomun and Mrs Hayhoe were blown away by the talent demonstrated by the children. Why not take a look yourself and see! The winning design will be chosen to cover our special class book. Don't forget to make your way to the Christmas Café this Thursday so you can grab yourself a copy!
Monday 26th November 2018

What a fantastic day we had on Monday 26th November. The staff and children at Shirley were privileged to have a visit from the one and only…Michael Rosen! Yes, you heard us correctly!

The workshop was filled with poetry, singing, fun and laughter and we can’t thank Michael enough for his visit! Our favourite moment had to be when he performed the class - CHOCOLATE CAKE!

Year 6 were so inspired to write after his visit that they created their very own class poems based on the original, ‘Down by the dustbins’.

Who knew we had so many talented poets! Take a look at some of the photos from our memorable morning. We’ll never forget it!

Thursday 15th November
It's Anti-bullying week and we've have been looking at the theme, 'Choose Respect'. We have had many discussions about what exactly is bullying and ensuring we all know how to recognise this in school life. In addition, the theme points us to the thought that our behaviour is 'choice' and we should make sure that in each situation, we choose respect for all people.
Friday 9th November 2018
In guided reading this week, we have been looking at the text: 'Who can replace a man?'. Using skimming and scanning skills we completed a quiz as a class and were able to answer retrieval questions. Inference is an exciting concept that we've been exploring and hope to develop our ability  and then transfer it into our writing. The new guided reading format has been a rewarding experience so far.

Friday 19th October 2018


This week, we have been working extensively on our Non-Chronological reports. Having designed our creatures, based on ‘The Jabberwocky’, we have been creating a report looking mainly at the creature’s appearance, habitat and diet. Through this English topic, we know the purpose of the text so we have ensured to include formal and technical language.

Friday 12th October 2018
Over the past two weeks, Key Stage 2 have been running a mile a day (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). This has been exciting to see how far we can collectively run in 15 minutes. Year 6 have worked out that within one session, we could run to London as a class. Within four sessions, we can travel to York. As a year group, we are looking forward to seeing how far we can get as the year goes on!
Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th October 2018
What a creative few days we've had this week in Year 6! Yes, it can only mean one thing... DISPLAY TIME!
The children have worked tirelessly creating portraits of their very own nonsense creatures, writing out their own Jabberwocky inspired poems and even assembling the wonderful display itself.
A huge THANK YOU must go to the wonderful Mrs. Chambers for her continued support, guidance and enthusiasm for everything creative at Shirley. The Year 6 children absolutely loved working with you this afternoon and we couldn't be prouder of how our work has been displayed.
Friday 28th September 2018
This morning, we were extremely lucky to have a visit from The Raptor Foundation! Terry, a representative from the foundation, brought in a variety of different species for us to see.
We had the chance to catch a glimpse of a:
- White-faced Owl
- Barn Owl
- African Spotted Eagle Owl
- Tawny Owl
- Harris Hawk (Actually known as a Buzzard)
One of the activities we participated in was dissecting owl pellets. Did you know that owl pellets are regurgitated bird sick? Some groups found over 70 bones of different animals in one pellet! Skulls, ribs and hip bones were just some of our finds.

To end this wonderful morning, Terry organised a flying demonstration for us. It was fantastic! We are looking forward to writing up our information about different birds of prey and sending it to The Raptor Foundation!

By Katy, Cara, Yasmin J and Yasmin D

Check out our pictures of the morning! 

Wednesday 26th September 2018
What a fantastic week of writing Year 6 have had so far!
The children have been busy channeling their inner nonsense creature and creating their very own nonsense poems in the style of Lewis Carroll's, 'The Jabberwocky'. They have worked hard at developing their understanding of layout and choosing word choices for effect. Mr. Balmer and Miss. Joomun have been so impressed with the children's creativity, use of varied vocabulary and neat handwriting.
Check out the pictures of a small selection of work produced this week!
Thursday 20th September 2018
This week in Maths, we have continued to work on our Place Value knowledge by going beyond the decimal point. By doing this and using our base10 material, we have been able to enhance our understanding of values as low as hundredths and for some, thousandths. 
Building on this, we have begun working on using negative numbers and have discovered some places in real life that uses them; thermometers, bank balances and elevators. Using the numberline has helped us understand the concept for using negative numbers in a variety of contexts. 
Mrs Walmsley and Mr Balmer have been helping us out this week with our quick fire arithmetic, as we work on finding the best and most effective strategy.
All in all, it's been an enjoyable week in Maths and we look forward to learning and developing more concepts next week.
Friday 14th September 2018
Today, was our first session of Funtrition with Mr Reynolds. The session looked at the four fundamentals of Funtrition: Eat well, Drink well, Move well and Sleep well. The children were divided into small groups and had to create an advert based on their fundamental. We were treated to creative posters, inventive jingles and even some acting! Check out the pictures to gain an insight into our first session!
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Do you have a good understanding of how to add bigger numbers? Have you ever thought of how you would explain this to a child learning this concept for the first time? Well today was our chance! Mr Balmer and Miss Joomun set us the challenge of trying to explain this process to a younger child in Year 2. Where were we going to start? With practical, hands on equipment of course!
Through the use of diennes, place value grids, number fans and much more, the children in Year 6 were able to discuss the steps in how they would support a younger child in approaching this tricky learning.
We can't wait to visit Year 2 to have a go at teaching!
Friday 7th September 2018
This afternoon, Year 6 kick-started off their PSHCE lessons by discussing what they felt were important ingredients of a class. These ideas then fed into our very own class charters. The adults were really impressed by the children's teamwork, communication and cooperation skills.
Check out some of the pictures below to see what each class felt was important to include in their charter.
Thursday 6th September 2018
Welcome back to Year 6 and what a start we've had! It's been terrific to see the children arriving to school on time, dressing smartly in their school uniform and working hard to broaden their knowledge.
During the summer holidays, the children were set a task of researching different birds of prey. The teaching staff in Year 6 were blown away by the variety of work produced and the creativity demonstrated by the children.
Take a look at the pictures below so you can learn something new from our panel of experts!