Welcome to Athelstan Community Primary School

Welcome to Mr Tucker's Year 6 Class Page

   

We do PE on: Friday (Indoor and Outdoor)

We test spellings on: Friday

We practise our times tables: Daily

Our daily homework is to read to an adult at home and practise our times tables and spellings in order to ensure we make the best possible progress during our time in Year 6

Additional homework will be set occasionally throughout the year. 

This term our topic is 'Spy School'. pdfClick here find out about the exciting things we have planned.

 

Useful Documents

Class Letters (old letters will be deleted as appropriate)

pdfReading at Home Support 1

pdfReading at Home Support 2

pdfBrilliant Book List - Year 6

pdfReading Bingo

pdf London Trip - Interest Letter

pdfSpelling Homework w/c 19.2.18

 

 

On Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th April, we took part in two exciting events to launch our Summer topic - India. We were lucky enough to enjoy a Bollywood workshop where we learnt the traditional type of dance using Bhangra music; it was lots of fun! Our second event was a trip to 'The Cumin Lounge' (only a short walk away in South Milford) where we got to enjoy tasting some traditional Indian dishes ranging from Onion Bhajis to Chicken Bhuna! It has been a very enjoyable week to kick off what we are sure will be a very exciting topic.

In the first week back after the Easter Holidays, we celebrated Science Week across school. Our focus for this year has been Bees!  Did you know 34% of food production is from bee pollination? We learnt that bees are under threat and looked at what we can do to protect them. We were very lucky to be visited by Mr Andy Gowdy who spoke to us about beekeeping. We listened to a presentation, looked at a working hive, tried on protective suits and tasted honey.  

On the 7th March, we had great fun participating in a French Skipping Workshop. We learnt how to play a French Skipping game and practised plate spinning which was great! We particularly liked the challenges of standing on one leg and holding the spinning plate high above our head. We are looking forward to taking part in these activities again during playtimes with the new resources.

On Tuesday 27th February, the Happy Puzzle Company visited school to run a series of workshop with children in KS2 aimed to develop our problem solving, reasoning and teamwork. We had lots of fun in our session completing the challenges set which included blindfolded fishing, musical tower building to fun with fractions. 

On Thursday 22nd February we were visted by Jane, Debbie, Marie and Gaynor from Santander UK who delivered as assembly and workshop to children across school. Our workshop focused on how to staff safe whilst banking in person and online. After looking at the risks involved in paying for items online (particularly when using apps on tablets and phones), we worked together to create secure pin numbers, passwords and poster to share with others the knoweldge we had acquired. 

Santander will be coming back to school in a few weeks time to judge our finished posters. The winning poster will receive a special prize. 

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Today we were visted by Steve from 'The CHILDREN Charity' who led a session on Drugs Awareness. Steve spoke to us about the risks involved with taking drugs (physical, mental and social) and helped us discuss how we should respond if offered drugs using a range of real-life scenarios. 

This term we have been revisiting Electricity in Science. Building on our learning from Year 3, we have explored the impact of adding different components to simple and series circuits, created our own components and then recorded our work using scientific symbols. 

This term our topic is 'Spy School' and we will be doing lots of exciting activities related to the areas of espionage and mystery. This morning, Mr Tucker received an email from MI6 asking our class to join the Spy School Programme. In order to join, we would have to complete a gruelling ten-weeks of training. 

Our first task from the Agents at Spy School was to complete the Initial Assessment Tasks - a series of challenges aimed to gain a baseline of our fitness, cunning, problem solving and teamwork. As you can see from the pictures above, some of the challenges were incredibly challenging and required us to show resilience and 

On Tuesday 19th December, we visited Sherburn High School to work with Ms. Sismondi, Head of Langauges. Whilst at the High School, we developed our speaking and reading skills around the topis 'Les loisirs' by completing a number of activities as a class, in groups and in pairs which required us to apply the skills we had learnt in school in new, exciting and challenging ways. During the session, we were also treated to pain au chocolat and orange juice.

We had lots of fun (even though learning another langauge can be challenging) and can't wait to continue working with Ms. Sismondi in Spring Term when she will be teaching our class French every other week. 

On Thursday 14th December, we were visited by two PCSOs from Selby Police Station who came into school to talk to Year 6 about the importance of staying safe online, not talking to strangers and keeping personal photos and information private. After explaining the risks involved in using social media and messaging, our visitors used videos and real life scenarios to teach us how to respond to difficult or intimidating situations, and to highlight the many options we have to report online abuse. 

Each Friday afternoon during our first term, we have been working with Miss Moulds from the North Yorkshire Music Service to develop our skills in playing, reading and composing music. In our first term, we have focused on string instruments and have learnt how to play a number of different pieces of music. We have also composed our own arrangements and performed them to our peers. We can't wait to continue developing our skills next term!

On Friday 1st December, we performed our class assembly, 'Athelstans' Got Talent', to a packed hall of parents and peers. We had lots of fun sharing some of the practical and creative activities we have been involved in over the course of our first term in Year 6, with talents ranging from playing an instrument to Irish dancing (with some Maths and English thrown in for good measure). 

We had lots of fantastic feedback following the assembly and can't wait to continue developing a wide bredth of skills during our time in Year 6.

On Friday 17th November, the final day of our Parliament Week celebrations, children in Year 6, alongside other Year 6 pupils from across the STAR Alliance, took part in an exciting Question Time Event in which they posed a series of questions to a panel of important political figures. Panellists included:

- Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate, a serving member of the House of Lords;

- Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty;

- Richard Corbett, MEP for Yorkshire and Humber;

- Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner;

- David Buckle, Vice-Chairman of Selby District Council. 

 

Prior to the event, children worked hard, both inside and outside of school, to create a series of questions aimed to challenge the panellists and encourage a wide range of views and responses. They definitely succeeded! Questions covered a wide topics such as Brexit, Donald Trump, terrorism, anti-social behaviour, crime in Sherburn and surrounding areas, funding for Youth Services and homelessness. 

Over the course of the event, children listed attentively to the often passionate and animated responses from the panellists; they were a true credit to our school. At the end of the event, children had the opportunity to meet the panellists and have their photos taken with our VIP guests.

 

skype the speaker

On Monday 13th November, as part of our events around Parliament Week, children from Years 2 to 6 conducted a Skype interview with Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. This was an exciting opportunity for the children to learn about Parliament, Democracy and the role of Speaker of the House and is something that very few primary schools are given the opportunity to do.

Mr Speaker spoke passsionately about a range of topics covering Brexit, Theresa May, Donald Trump and the importance of children involving themselves in politics. He also commented on the quality of questions are children asked, all of which had been devised by the children themselves. 

On Wednesday 27th October, children in Year 6 were invited to take part in an exciting transition event at Sherburn High School. This event was open to all children, regardless of their high school preference, and aimed to help children consider and reflect upon the changes that will take place in thier lives during thier time in Year 6. It also provided opportunities for the children to socialise with children from other schools and to meet members of staff from Sherburn High School. 

Children from Athelstan behaved impecably and were fantasitic ambassadors for our school. 

On Tuesday 26th September, children across Key Stage Two celebrated European Day of Languages by taking part in an exciting workshop led by Jenny from Leeds Dance Company.

After an assembly in which she demonstrated her skills, we spent an hour learning how to dance Flamenco - it was lots of fun! We had to work hard to extend our arms and twist our fingers, whilst maintaining steely facial expressions and stamping our feet. As you will see from our photos, it was great. 

On Tuesday 19th September, children across school were treated to an exciting visit from a Maasai Warrior tribe. We had lots of fun learning about the history of their tribe and culture, as well as learning about what life is like for Maasai tribesmen and women today. The tribe performed a number of songs and dances which were very different to anything we had ever seen before! One of the best parts of the performance was the jumping competition - Mr Tucker was called to the front to try and jump as high as one of the tribesmen. 

During the first two weeks of the new school year, 22 children from our class completed their Bikeability Level 1 and 2 Course. We had lots of fun learning how to ride our bikes safely on the roads around school, manouvere and signal to other road users and how to maintain our bikes.

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