Welcome to Mrs Whelerton's Year 6 Class Page

 We do PE on: Wednesday & Friday

We test spellings on: Thursday

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 "Journey through the Arts'  pdfclick here to find out about the exciting activities we have planned.

 

Useful Documents                   

Class Letters                             

 pdfKingswood kit list

pdfYear 6 suggested reading list

 

 

 

pdfLondon initial letter

pdfLondon information letter

 

During our trip to London, we visited the Houses of Parliament. First, we were taken on a tour of the historic building observing the Great Hall of Westminster. Next, the children split into two group to view sittings in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. One group witness a lively debate in the House of Lords and then, during a debate, an unexpected water leak resulting in an evacuation of the Commons! The other group witnessed a debate on regulating loans and the first vote on the first reading of the UK withdrawal from the EU.

After the visit to the Houses, we were very lucky to have an opportunity to speak to our local MP, Nigel Adams. Mr Adams answered plenty of insightful questions from the children about the current political climate and the inspiration behind his political career.

Finally, both groups took part in workshops. One group watched a 360-degree film taking them through key events in the changing history of UK Parliament, including the Suffragettes. The other group took part in a workshop learning about debates and how the laws are formed.

We really enjoyed learning about the inner workings of Parliament and how our country is governed.

During our trip to London, we were able to go on a walking tour visiting many historic buildings and sights. Our first visit was to Buckingham Palace walking down The Mall. Whilst standing outside the Palace, we witnessed Prince Charles returning to Clarence House after holding an Investiture. Next, we visited Horse Guards, Cabinet War Rooms and Downing Street. Our next place to visit was Parliament Square to view the statutes of key political leaders from our country and around the world. Finally, we visited Westminster Bridge to view the River Thames and the iconic Millennium Wheel. Our feet were very tired after the walk!

 

During our London visit, we visited The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Our focus for the visit was portraiture over the centuries and the features that define portraits. We were very lucky to observe a wide range of art and learn about the history and story behind the painting. Many paintings reflected the lives of the artist or the family who had commissioned the painting. Our favourite painting was “The Ambassadors” by Hans Holbein, which was painted in 1533. If you look carefully at the picture from the right, you can see the corrected distortion of a skull!

 

We were very lucky today to have a visit from Mr Small, who is a photographer, and experience taking ‘documentary pictures’. As part of our topic we will be looking at the work of the war artist Henry Moore. During the war, Henry Moore took pictures and sketched images of Londoners sheltering in the underground during the blitz. He later produced sculptures from the images to show the resilience of the people of London. We will be able to see one of his statues outside the House of Parliament when we visit in April. Mr Small explained about lighting, angles and capturing a ‘decisive moment’. He also explained how we can during our Art lessons. During the visit Mr Small talked about who inspires him as an artist and explained his passion for the subject. We really enjoyed the session and are excited to develop our photography skills.

As part of our topic launch, “Conflict through the Ages” we looked at the Andersen Shelters and the blitz. The shelters were an important part of the war effort to keep people safe during the air raids. The Andersen shelters were made from six pieces of corrugated iron and were half buried in the ground with earth heaped on top to protect them from bomb blasts. As the war progressed, people began to plant flowers and even grow vegetables on roof of the shelter. Our challenge was to build a durable, waterproof and camouflaged Andersen Shelters. On day one, we designed and selected the materials for our shelters before covering in papier-mache to make the structure durable. On the second day, we decorated our shelters. We enjoyed the project and our looking forward to our topic.

The Apprentice came to Year 6 this week as part of our topic landing for ‘Land of the Free’.We started the DT project by tasting and evaluating cookies. We were very excited to be sent cookies from Mr Whelerton’s office in Dallas. After sampling the cookies, we worked in groups of three to design and make our own cookies.Our parents were lucky enough to sample and evaluate our cookies after our class assembly. The winning cookie ingredients were white chocolate and raspberry. Our Apprentice task was to design a USP, advertising poster and video trailer. We had to pitch our ideas and costings to our very own Baroness O’Donell. After tough questioning, it was decided all the groups had worked hard to put forward imaginative bids. Well done Year 6.

 

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The children have had a lovely day wearing their Chritsmas jumpers and enjoying a wonderful Christmas Dinner. We even had a special visitor today - Buddy our school dog

 

Congratulations to the children in year 6 on passing their level 1 and 2 Bikeability course. The course included the children learning how to perform emergency stops, use correct hand signals to show their intentions to other road users, turning left/right onto major and minor roads and how to pass parked cars safely. The children really enjoyed the course and can now enjoy riding their bikes safely on the roads.

The children in Milestone 3 had an amazing, creative day performing, “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman”. We chose which performance area we would like to focus on: dancing, singing or playing instruments. We spent the morning practising our routines and learnt a variety of skills. In the afternoon, we came together to practice our ensemble before performing for the children in Milestone2. We were very proud of our performance and the audience enjoyed the show.

 

The children and staff had a fabulous week at Colomendy, Mold Wales. We completed a range of activities including: abseiling, climbing, fire lighting, aerial walkway, high ropes, 3G swing, caving, buggy building, archery, nightline and initiative tasks. The children challenged themselves and surprised us with their bravery and tenacity. Throughout the week, the children were impeccably behaved and were a real credit to the school. Well done Year 6, we are sure your parents have enjoyed hearing your stories!

 

During our transition days we started to look at the artist we will focus on during Arts week,  Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky from Russia. Inspired by his work, "Concentric Rings" we produced our own tree interpretations. To make the leaves for the trees we used a variety of art media including: pencil, pens, pastels, watercolors, paint, tissue paper. We used batik to make our dramatic backgrounds. Finally we put all our art media to produce our finished piece.  A display of our work will be outside our classroom in September, please come and take a look.

Today is the start of our two transition days and we have had a fantastic first morning together.As part of our topic on, "Land of the Free" we went on a QR code hunt. We used the iPads to crack codes to retrieve information about famous American cities. We learnt many interesting facts, Did you know New York is named after York? Tomorrow we will use the information to write fact files about American cities.