Year 6 Blog

Welcome to our Year 6 Blog. Watch this space for information on our topics and photos of our work and learning!
Friday 3rd July
 
Our home learners have been working on some poetry this week. Take a look at these two beautiful poems that show how a simple idea can be super effective in creating amazing images in the reader's mind.
 
Thursday 2nd July 2020
 
The Year 6 bubbles have been very busy this week! In English, the children have been writing their very own poetry. Can you spot the poets that have used personification and alliteration in their writing?
 
In the beginning of our maths lessons, we have been focusing on our calculation strategies by playing the game of Countdown! Take a look at some of our jottings from the week!
 
Monday 29th June 2020
 
Over the past few weeks, the children in 6A bubble have been working on their sketching skills. Using a variety of different shapes and lines, the children have been creating their very own masterpieces!
 
Take a look at our wonderful display. I think we have some artists in the making!
 
Monday 29th June 2020

Year 6 had a great time in the Nature Area after break this morning. We found a whole host of creatures lurking in the depths of the pond!
 
Monday 29th June 2020
 
Good morning and happy Monday! Take a look at the video below to see some of the highlights of the home learning from last week.
Thursday 25th June 2020
 
Today we began studying angles on a straight line. We also asked Mr Wayland about Japanese numbers and began apply our knowledge of angles to give the answers in Japanese!
 
In 6A, the children continued writing their persuasive adverts and Miss Joomun was SO impressed by the high quality of work produced!
 
In the afternoon, both Year 6 bubbles took part in our second head-to-head quiz! We had great fun answering the questions especially when we had to match the baby picture to the staff member! Check out our pictures below!
 
Tuesday 23rd June 2020
 
What a great morning of maths we had in Year 6 today! The children were putting their reasoning skills to the test when discussing and comparing angles! 
 
Take a look at some of the wonderful maths and beautiful presentation below.
 
Monday 22nd June 2020
 
What a great start to the week we've had in Year 6! In maths, the children have been recapping on their knowledge of angles and in English, the children have been designing some of their very own spy gadgets!
 
Check out some of the wonderful work below!
 
Monday 22nd June 2020
 
Take a moment to look at the great work that our home learners are continuing to send in - keep up the good work everybody at home! 
 
Friday 19th June 2020
 
What a fantastic week of learning we've had in Year 6 this week! 
 
In Maths, we've been recapping on our learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We even perfected our skills when constructing nets! 
 
In English, we've been looking persuasive writing and gadgets! Check out our very own advertisements for the top gadget of 2020: The Multi-Function Mobile Phone.
 
In our afternoon learning, we've been carrying out lots of activities to develop our speaking and listening skills, our art skills and our fitness levels. 
 
We've also been getting mindful and creative in the mornings using Play-Doh to create lots of different animals and monsters.
 
We hope you enjoy taking a look at our learning this week!
 
Thursday 18th June 2020
 
Take a look at some of the writing from our home learners. These introductions of reviews of Ashleigh and Pudsey winning series 6 of Britain's Got Talent are great and the children have made such an effort to include interesting vocabulary. I can't wait to read the next part of their reviews! We have also had some fantastic persuasive letters. Take a read.
 
Monday 15th June 2020

Today after a busy morning of English and Maths, 6A and 6B bubbles took part in the first ever Shirley Virtual Quiz!

Ms. Calamel hosted a mega 20 question round of brain-teasing questions to both bubbles! Both Bubbles enjoyed seeing their fellow Year Sixes through the magic of the Internet!
 
Monday 15th June
 
I have been so impressed by the quality of work being submitted during the last couple of weeks from Y6 children still learning from home and I wanted to share on this video some of the excellent pieces of work we have received - look out for yours!
Friday 12th June 2020
 
In 6A today, the children decided to spend their morning creating their very own maths puzzles! Using their knowledge of prime numbers, multiples, square and cubed numbers, the children developed some very tricky number investigations!
 
Why not take a look and see can you solve any!
 
Thursday 11th June 2020
 
Today, the children in Year 6 got the chance to develop their mark-making and sketching skills. The atmosphere in the classroom was so calm and relaxed and the children produced some excellent work! 
 
Check out some of their learning below!
 
Wednesday 10th June 2020
 
We were so pleased to welcome back some of the Year 6 children this morning! We couldn't believe how grown-up you all looked and it was lovely to have you back in! We spent the morning touring our new bubbles and developing our very own Bubble Charter in 6A (formally known as 6SJ!).
 
We also spent some time discussing our experiences of lock-down while playing some games too!
 
Check out some of our beautifully written Bubble Charters. Miss Joomun was so glad the children remembered how to join their handwriting! 
 
Wednesday 10th June
 
We have been so impressed by the quality of the scientific diagrams that children have completed at home as well as at school this week. Well done super scientists!
 
Tuesday 9th June 2020
 
The children in Year 6 have been up to some wonderful learning today! Check out some of their learning below. 
 
Keep up the great work!
 
Monday 8th June 2020
 
Hi Year 6!
 
We hope you've had a lovely weekend - even with the rain and the cold!
 
We're looking forward to an exciting week as we welcome some of you back into school.
 
Watch the video from Miss Swann below to find out what those of you staying at home will be doing in your home learning. Miss Joomun and Mr Wayland are looking forward to seeing the rest of you on Wednesday!
 
Take care,
 
Miss Joomun, Mr Wayland and Miss Swann
Thursday 4th June 2020

We're really excited to be seeing some of you next week when we return on Wednesday 10th June. We've created some videos for each of our bubbles to explain how we'll enter the school, what our classrooms look like and where you can play outside.
 
Wednesday 3rd June 2020
 
Thank you for your hardwork today Year 6. You've tried very hard on answering some tricky algebra and thinking about your heroes.
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
 
We've enjoyed looking at your Maths work today. We've also enjoyed finding out about your heroes and seeing the different ways you've presented your mind maps.
 
Monday 1st June 2020
 
Some good work today Year 6. It's been nice to read through your work and find out what you've been up to during the half term.
 
Monday 1st June 2020
 
Hi Year 6! We hope you had a fantastic half term! Wasn't the weather just beautiful?
 
It's the start of another wonderful week of learning! Watch our videos below to find out what you'll be up to this week. Don't forget to keep sending your work to the class email address each day. 
 
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing some of your great work!
 
Take care,
Miss Joomun and Mr Wayland
 
Friday 22nd May 2020
 
What a week it's been! We have been blown away by the fantastic home learning completed by the children in Year 6. We know it is a very different way of learning, but we are so pleased that so many of you are engaging with the tasks set each day.
 
After a busy time of learning, please take time next week to relax, enjoy the sunshine and spend some quality time with family.
 
Take care, keep safe and we'll be in touch on June 1st! 
 
Miss Joomun and Mr Wayland
 
Thursday 21st May 2020
 
Impressive work today Year 6 - even though it's still very hot you've managed to be cool by doing some great work. Fantastic stuff.
 
Thursday 21st May 2020
 
Attention all Year 6 writers! Miss Burles is holding a writing competition for the children at Shirley! It would be great to see you entering and sharing your wonderful writing based on the outdoors!
 
Check out the details below and don't forget to enter by Monday 8th June! All entries can be emailed to your class email account. 
 
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
 
Wednesday 20th May 2020
 
Despite the heat so many of you have still managed to do your learning - great job. We hope you managed to enjoy the sunshine as well.
Tuesday 19th May 2020

Some great work yet again Year 6. Really impressed with the good sequencing of events for English as well as the detailed explanations in Maths.
 

Week Beginning Monday 18th May - Virtual Health Week!

Normally during the Summer term, we have a ‘Health Week’ at Shirley School where we learn about how to keep our minds and bodies healthy. We don’t want you miss out on this important learning so we have decided to create a Virtual Health Week instead! All of your Family Learning Menu activities this week are based on healthy lifestyles. You’ll be learning about mindfulness and well-being, the importance of physical exercise and how to eat well and why this is important. We can’t wait to see the work and ideas you send in!

Here's a link to the PSHE section of the website that you might find helpful:

http://www.shirley.cambs.sch.uk/website/pshe/479991

 

Monday 18th May 2020

Wow - some amazing work thus far. Really impressed with your descriptions of Gwen Stacy as a fierce and feisty character! We're really impressed with the Maths too!
Monday 18th May 2020
 
Hello Year 6. It's the start of another wonderful week of learning. Watch our videos below to find out what you'll be up to this week. Remember to keep sending your work to the class email addresses - we can't wait to see what you do this week.
 
Friday 15th May 2020
 
Happy Friday everyone! What another wonderful week of learning! We are beyond proud of the continued efforts from all of you.
 
Take a look at some of the learning so far this Friday!
 
We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing more of your fantastic work next week!
 
Thursday 14th May 2020
 
Happy Thursday everyone! We hope you've had a lovely week so far. Check out some of the great learning that has been emailed in so far today.
 
Who knew we had such knowledgeable mathematicians and writers! 
 
Wednesday 13th May 2020
 
It's the middle of the week, but the fantastic work just keeps coming!
 
Take a look at some of the learning that has been taking place today in Year 6!
 
Tuesday 12th May 2020
 
What a great start to our Tuesday morning! We have received some wonderful pieces of learning so far!
 
Check out what some of your classmates have been up to in their learning so far today!
 
Monday 11th May 2020 
 
Happy Monday everyone!
 
Check out the below messages from Miss Joomun and Mr Wayland as they explain your learning for this week! We miss you all very much and we look forward to seeing you very soon.
 
Take care and keep safe. 
 
 
Thursday 7th May 2020
 
Attention all Year 6 poets! Mrs Morris is holding a poetry competition for the children at Shirley! Last week, you all created such wonderful poetry so it would be great to see you entering and creating new poetry based on the theme: Summer time!
 
Check out the details below and don't forget to enter by Thursday 21st May! All entries can be emailed to your class email account. 
 
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
 
Wednesday 6th May 2020
 
The sun is shining and the work being sent in is wonderful! What a great Wednesday so far!
 
Keep sending in your learning from home. We are so enjoying seeing what you've been getting up to!
 
Check out some examples of today's work so far!
 
Tuesday 5th May 2020
 
What another great day of learning from the children in Year 6! Feast your eyes on some of the wonderful learning from the children so far today!
 
Monday 4th May 2020
 
What a wonderful way to start the beginning of the week! We have had some wonderful learning emailed in and we are very proud of the continued efforts of each and every one of you!
 
Take a look at some of the great learning received so far today!
 
Monday 4th May 2020
 
Happy Monday everyone!
 
Just a little message from Mr Wayland and Miss Joomun. We miss you all very much and we look forward to seeing you very soon!
 
Take care and keep safe. 
 
Friday 1st May 2020
 
We've really enjoyed seeing your learning day - what a way to round of a great week. Have a restful weekend. We'll see you all on Monday!
 
Thursday 30th April 2020
 
We've been 'bowled over' by your idioms knowledge and can't quite measure your awesomeness when calculating capacity. Great stuff Year 6! Keep up the great learning!
 
Wednesday 29th April 2020
 
We've really enjoyed reading your English work today - some very impressive pieces. Well done for challenging yourself in Maths too!
Tuesday 28th April 2020
 
We've been impressed with the learning we have seen today! Excellent stuff Year 6! Remember to check for any feedback you may get to support your learning!
 
Monday 27th April 2020
 
 
We're really impressed with your work today - you've made a great start to the week! Well done!
Friday 24th April 2020
 
What a wonderful way to end the week! The children have been emailing in some fantastic final draft of their letters to Mr Cattermole. I wonder what he will think? We'll have to wait and see! We are also equally impressed with the children's learning in maths on area and perimeter! 
 
We hope you have a lovely weekend and get a chance to enjoy the sunshine!
 
Take care and see you next week!
Miss Joomun and Mr Wayland
 
Thursday 23rd April 2020
 
What another beautiful day and another day of excellent learning! We've so enjoyed reading your first drafts to Mr Cattermole.
 
Remember to read the feedback from your class teacher on how to make your writing even better!
 
We look forward to seeing more of your learning tomorrow!
 
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
 
The sun is shining and the learning being sent in is wonderful! We are really enjoying hearing how you've been getting on.
 
Keep up the great work Year 6!
 
 
Tuesday 21st April 2020
 
Another great day of learning from the children in Year 6! We are so impressed by some of the wonderful family learning that has taken place at home.
 
Why not check out and see what they've been up to today!
 
Monday 20th April 2020
 
Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Easter break and you are all keeping well and safe.
 
What a great start to the summer term! We've had some wonderful learning emailed back and we are excited to see what the rest of the week holds!
 
Check out some of the wonderful learning we've received so far.
 
Wednesday 1st April 2020
 
What strange past few weeks it's been! We are so proud of the wonderful learning that has been completed by you all over the past two weeks.
 
Over the Easter holidays, make sure you take some time to relax and spend time with family.
 
If you're looking for any ideas of activities to complete at home, please check out the extra resources at the end of the home learning page.
 
Take care,
Miss Joomun and Mr Wayland
 
Tuesday 31st March 2020
 
We're so proud of the work we've seen today. Great effort!
 
Monday 30th March 2020
 
What a great start to our second week of online learning! 
 
Take a look at some of the wonderful learning that has been emailed our way today! Keep up the great work Year 6!
 
 
Friday 27th March 2020
 
What a week it's been! We have been blown away by the fantastic home learning completed by the children in Year 6. We know it is a very different way of learning, but we are so pleased that so many of you are engaging with the tasks set each day.
 
After a busy week, please take time this weekend to relax, enjoy the sunshine and spend some quality time with family.
 
Take care, keep safe and we'll be in touch next week!
 
Miss Joomun and Mr Wayland
 
Thursday 26th March 2020
 
Mr Wayland and Miss Joomun continue to be impressed by the hard work and dedication of Year 6! Well done for completing your work so far. It's been a pleasure to read such thoughtful and creative pieces of work.
 
Wednesday 25th March 2020
 
Another day and another wonderful collection of learning! We are so impressed with the children's learning so far.
 
Check out what Year 6 have been up to today!
 

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Greetings Year 6! We hope you are all well and keeping yourself safe.

Mr Wayland and Miss Joomun have been blown away by the fantastic learning which has been emailed to us so far.

Your hard work and dedication has continued out of the classroom and we are thoroughly enjoying reading about your learning experiences at home.

Check out some of the wonderful work we’ve received so far. Don’t forget to check the blog daily for more work by Year 6!

Take care,

Miss Joomun and Mr Wayland

Monday 16th March 2020
 
Today Year 6 finished their first ever Battle of the Bands competition between 6JW and 6SJ.
 
After two weeks of dreaming of multiples, rocking around the clock and practising their tables Year 6 can be proud of their hard work!
 
For each class, the top three children or Most Valued Players were Milkshake Spector (6JW), Aaron Drumstix (6JW), General Slate (6JW), Perry Meany (6SJ), Megan Howerdel (6SJ) and Pearl Golden (6SJ) - you know who you are!
 
Their golden records are now on display!
 
 
Wednesday 11th March 2020
 
Year 6 have been thinking like philosophers this week by creating and answering their own 'Thunk of the Month'. This month we asked "If there were no people on Earth would it still feel like home?".
 
Check out some of our responses!
Thursday 5th March 2020
 
Year 6 have been enjoying a busy World Book Day today! After discussing their costumes in singing assembly, they began working on their own version of 'The Fisherman and the Fisherman's Wife'.
 
Next, they read with their reading partners in EYFS before finishing off their stories to share in assembly.

Monday 2nd March 2020

What an afternoon we had in Year 6! It was our very first rugby lesson with Will, our fantastic coach from Shelford Rugby Club. Throughout the session, we practised passing, moving around the field tactically and our crawls! Miss Joomun and Mr Wayland were so impressed with the natural talent of the children and their ability to work as a team. They do say after all that teamwork makes the dream work!

We can’t wait for next week!

Friday 14th February 2020
 
As part of Safety Week, Year 6 learned how to stay safe online by choosing appropriate usernames and passwords. They also learned how to protect their online identity and use the Internet in a safe and sensible way.
 
 
January 2020
 
This month has seen the launch of Year 6 and Reception paired reading! Every Friday afternoon this month, the Year 6 children have been visiting Reception to support them in their reading of some well-known children's picture books. 
 
The Year 6 children have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the younger members of Shirley and have felt privileged to share their reading skills and enjoyment of reading! We look forward to continuing this throughout the school year.
 
Monday 13th January 2020
 
This afternoon, Year 6 started their brand new topic - AD900. To kick-start off our learning, the children were introduced to the fabulous sport, Pok-ta-Pok, a game played the Ancient Maya. It is the oldest known team sport with a ball and was invented over 3,500 years ago.
 
The object of the game was to score points by bouncing the ball into the opponent’s end zone or when the opposing team fails to return the ball after the second bounce. If the stone rings are being used, players can hit the ball through one of the two stone rings to instantly win the game. Unfortunately, we couldn't manage to get our hands on any stone rings so PE hoops had to do!
 
Sounds pretty simple doesn't it? However, there were some rules which we had to follow in order to play the game as the Mayans would have. The ball is hit into the field of play and players can pass the ball to each other using only their elbows, knees and hips. Hands, heads and feet are not allowed.
 
How do you think we got on? Take a look for yourself! 
 
Thursday 9th January 2020
 
This week, Year 6 have been exploring the importance of challenge to help stimulate the brain and oracy to help develop our speaking and listening skills. We have also started meditation in class and have enjoyed discussing the benefits of this for our well-being. 
 
In our afternoon lessons, we have been enjoying some fun, hands on activities. It is in these 'play-based' activities which we learn to work with other people, enjoy other children's company and develop our speaking and listening skills. It has also helped us give our brain a break from some of the more challenging learning which has taken place.
 
One of our favourite activities was constructing a mini miniature model out of pasta! Can you guess what wonderful miniatures we have created?
 
Wednesday 8th January 2020
 
What a fantastic start to the new year we've had in Year 6!
 
After three weeks of hard work, determination and resilience, Year 6 finished their written reviews of Cinderella!
 
After tweeting the stars of this wonderful panto, Miss Munnelly was able to capture this amazing moment...when Ivanka and Buttons came face to face with our creative writing and hilarious drawings!
 
The stars of the show were blown away by the children's work and said it was one of the best gifts they've ever received.
 
We'd like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Kidney and Miss Fonseka for organising such a wonderful trip and to the cast, crew and staff at The Cambridge Arts Theatre. We will never forget our visit!
 
Friday 20th December 2019
 
Year 6 finished off their excellent half-term by providing readings at the school Carol Concert. Rain may have meant we stayed in school, but Year 6 didn't let the weather dampen their spirits as they shared their readings with the rest of the school.
 
Mr Wayland was very impressed with their clear reading and confidence!

Thursday 5th December 2019

What an experience we had today! The children and staff of Shirley Primary School (Key Stage 2 only!) attended the one and only Cinderella production at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. From start to finish, the children and staff were in stitches as we watched this spectacular show. Filling us with festive cheer, the cast dazzled with their dance routines, perfect vocals and memorable acting.

Year 6 were so impressed with the production that we are currently writing our very own reviews to encourage others to go and see this hilarious pantomime! Keep an eye out for our fantastic writing which will be appearing very soon! Watch this space!

Monday 25th November 2019
 
This week in our IPC lessons, as part of our topic on evolution, we have been discussing how humans change over time. The children discussed in small groups the different ways in which they have changed since infancy and how they predict they will change as they grow older. Their definition of 'old' was truly eye-opening!
 
After this, we moved on to discuss the qualities, characteristics and other features that could be inherited from members of our family. We then put our thinking brains to the test by discussing what might happen when our parent's genes are different and they compete. 
 
What do you think happens?
 
Check out our learning below to see how we got on!
 
Tuesday 19th November 2019
 
Today was the day when 6SJ finally published their very first class book of writing! Ms. Thomas kindly created two wonderful books of our class letters and we cannot wait to send them. The lucky recipients of our books are the fantastic staff at Grafham Water Residential Centre and The Young'Uns.
 
We really hope they enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them!
 
 

Monday 18th November 2019

During our maths lesson last week, we had a visit from a child in 4EB with a very puzzling question! 4EB needed our help to explain what the answer would be for 9 ÷ 0 = ? The children in 6SJ were instantly excited to help share their knowledge with the younger children, but we realised that we needed to focus on our reasoning skills in order to help the younger children fully understand what was happening in the question. Using a variety of mathematical equipment, the children explored different ways in which they could demonstrate and explain their thinking. Check out the pictures below of our visit to 4EB!

Because of this task, 4EB have ignited our excitement for proving our thinking in maths. We then applied this enthusiasm to the following question: which fraction is bigger, ¼ or ½? Check out how we got on below!

 

Thursday 14th November 2019
 
For Anti-Bullying Week Year 6 decided to focus some of their time to cyber bullying. After sharing what we enjoyed about the Internet, we discussed things we were concerned about.
 
We identified what cyber bullying is and created some tips to tackle it. We also created some affirmations regarding how we would tackle cyber bullying in the future.
 
Thursday 7th November 2019
 
This week Year 6 enjoyed using Kahoot! on the iPads. Each group answered multiple choice questions using iPads. Teams only had 60 seconds to answer questions that flashed up on the classroom Interactive Whiteboard. After each round, teams could check out the leader board to see how they were getting on.
 
 
Wednesday 6th November 2019
 
ROUND 4 IS UP!
 
Possibly the most memorable of activities for the children and staff at Shirley. It can only mean one thing...The Grafham Challenge!
 
Thursday 31st October 2019
 
ROUND 3 IS UP!
 
What could we have possibly got up to next? A spot of archery, rock climbing and fun boat sailing!
 
Tuesday 29th October 2019
 
ROUND 2 IS UP!
 
Check out some of the fantastic shots of the children raft building. It was by far one of our favourite activities!