Miss Hunt's 2017-18 Year 6 Class

Welcome to the Year 6 Class 2017-18 with Miss Hunt, Mrs Cole and Mrs Airey.
 
Check back here regularly to find out what is happening in Year 6 this term.

Welcome back to our final term in Year 6 at Isleham Primary School. On behalf of myself and the team we hope that you have all had a lovely Easter with your families and the children are well rested for the busy term ahead. Our topic this term is ‘Staying Alive!’ which will have a Science focus. We will be starting with the human body and the circulatory system - I’m sure the children will enjoy such a relevant and fact-filled topic.

SATs week will begin Monday 14th – Thursday 17th May.  There will be a breakfast club every morning of the SATs week starting at 8.15am, where Y6 can eat a hearty breakfast with their friends to fuel their brains!  If you are available to help with the breakfast this would be most appreciated, please get in touch with me. We are ready to show what we know and more information about our greatly anticipated SATs after party will be sent home soon. The children really do deserve to enjoy themselves after all the hard work and preparation they have been putting in. We have lots of plans for the second half of the summer term in Y6 – see the diary dates section below. The children will be making memories this term with trips, experiences and performances.

Each week please remember:

SummerTerm

 Monday    Tuesday   Wednesday Thursday    Friday  
PE Kit
(Sum 1)
 
Homework
due in
PE Kit
(Sum 1/2 Games)
Homework set
PE Kit (Sum 2)

Please ensure that outdoor and indoor PE kits are in school every day as we may have weather/timetable changes!  Hair that is longer than shoulder length must be tied up for PE and earrings removed.  Girls also need spare socks for PE when it is cold and they are wearing tights! 

Please remember that homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday.

If you have any points to raise or matters to discuss, I will be available for a quick chat after school most days and I will be more than happy to arrange a meeting to discuss any issues further.

We have all worked so hard this year and I look forward to working with you all again in our final term together. I am so proud of everything the children have achieved – hard work and dedication really does pay off.

I am looking forward to making this final term a term to remember.

Thank you for your continued support, it is appreciated, as always. Miss Hunt 

 

What a week! SATs week 2018 came and went in a flash in our Year 6 classroom! Our Year 6 class have been working so hard preparing for not only their tests but also across the whole curriculum. Every child joined us for breakfast in the hall where there was far too many tasty treats to choose from. After enjoying some time outside after breakfast every child did their very best to tackle the challenging papers! We are SO proud of each and every one of you! After the last paper on Thursday we all worked together to decorate the classroom. The much anticipated SATs Party was in full swing on Friday! It all started with the Year 6 Pool Party in our very own swimming pool! We had so much fun with inflatables, balls and water pistols. Miss Hunt and Mrs Read needed their waterproof ponchos! It was then back to the classroom to set up the food and drink and to start the film. After lunch we played team games outside and then came back in to enjoy the party. A lovely and well-deserved day was had by all!
Congratulations Year 6, you did it and we are so proud of you all!
Thank you to everyone who supported us on this journey, we appreciate you.
 

In our Design Technology textiles project, we have been inspired by our topic - South America. Before we started, we researched different patterns and products created in South America. Using these ideas, we designed our own weaving plans. Starting with different techniques, we learnt how to manipulate the wool in different ways. We have been weaving using a metal ring and wools in different colours and thicknesses. It was tricky at first but we soon got the hang of it. Check out our beautiful designs and finished products…

To celebrate World Book Day 2018 we dressed up as our favourite book characters. We had a visit from author Lou Treleaven, who read us extracts from her books and ran a workshop for Y5/6 so we could learn all about the journey a book goes on from start to finish. We also took part in the Book Day Challenge by taking part in super quizzes on the Kahoot! App. What a super day to celebrate children’s literature.

We have been having a great time in Year 6 on the Times Table Rock Stars App! It is becoming very addictive and competitive in our class! We have been working on our fluency and speed to beat our own records and challenge our friends. We’ve now introduced Year 5 and spent time in year 5, showing them how to set up their Rock Star names and avatar characters online. We’re now in different bands and battling out to become super mathematicians!

We had an E-Safety visit from Gareth, who gave us top tips and advice on how to stay safe online. We used the Kahoot! App to test our knowledge and learn more about staying safe online.

In February we had a visit from Premier Education to talk to us about Fun-trition! They were really impressed with our knowledge and understanding of how to keep healthy. We discussed the Fun-trition four fundamentals...
Eat well. Drink well. Move well. Sleep well.
We enjoyed learning all about Fun-trition.
This January we held an open morning for our parents in Year 6. In a Class Cafe style we shared SATs information, past papers, methods and techniques. The children shared their learning and performed their ukuleles. It was a very useful collaboration and a great opportunity to share our learning.
Our topic this term is Extreme Locations, where we will have a Geography focus and study South America. We have been studying the mountain ranges in South America.
Towards the end of term we celebrated all of our hard work so far this year.
We enjoyed the Christmas festivities together. Here are a few photos of us enjoying preparing for our Christmas Dinner and raising money for Save the Children on Christmas Jumper Day! We also created lots of Christmas Shoe boxes for the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Appeal.
As part of an enterprise-style project, Year 6 were challenged to design and make games to raise money for the school at the Christmas Fayre. As a class, each group rose to the challenge and created fantastic games to entertain the crowds at the event.
What a great job Year 6! 
Leading up to Christmas we worked really hard on our craft bags to sell at the Christmas Fayre. We combined our skills to create different products. We used our DT textile skills to make cross-stitch tree decorations. Using our circuit skills from studying Electricity in Science, we created 'light-up' Christmas cards. We also made a fun puzzle cube too!
Inspired by our topic, we had a World War II day in Year 6. We wore fantastic costumes and really got into character for our sharing assembly performance. During the day we made our own fighter plane models and peg doll toys. We also found out about daily life for children in the War and listened to popular music from the time.
 
Thank you to the Year 6 parents for the fantastic efforts with the children's costumes - everyone really looked the part!
Our class assembly shared our learning from the term. We chose to focus on our topic (World at War) and explain the process of evacuation and rationing in particular. We sang songs from WWII, performed a Lindy Hop dance and played our ukuleles.
Our costumes looked great too...
Thank you to everyone who came and supported us!
On Friday 17th November, our Year 5/6 teams competed in the Witchford School Sports Partnership Tag Rugby Tournament. Our two teams from Year 5 and Year 6 arrived by coach with Miss Hunt and Mrs Airey. We had a fantastic time playing against other local schools. We even received a special award for determination! As it was Children In Need, our lovely cooks made us Pudsey Bear biscuits to keep us going! Well done team, you did us proud!
On Wednesday 1st November Year 6 visited Duxford Imperial War Museum with Miss Hunt, Mrs Airey and Miss Thickpenny. It was a fantastic opportunity to enhance our history topic of WW2. We had a great time experiencing everything Duxford had to offer. In groups we completed three different trails around the various hangars. Not only did we learn lots of facts and information, we also experienced what life was like in WW2 as our topic was brought to life. We were really surprised to discover how heavy the uniform, weapons and equipment were to carry across so many miles. We walked 11,772 steps around Duxford and went home exhausted and full of information. Take a look at our photos to see more of what we got up to... What a fantastic day!
We have been working really hard in Year 6 on researching, designing, making and evaluating our shape sorter toys in DT. As you can see from the photos, they are all so different! We were inspired by our buddies' interests as they were our target audience. They are now strong and painted to represent the animals and objects we designed. We also made the nets and put them together to create the shapes. A lovely afternoon was spent in our Reception class sharing our shape sorter toys with our buddies. We managed to learn a lot along the way, what a brilliant project in Year 6!
In Design Technology we have been investigating strong and flexible materials. We have been researching, designing and making mathematical shape sorter toys to share with our reception buddies. Along the way we have been constantly evaluating and amending our plans. Our final products will be complete and posted soon...

On Wednesday 11th October Year 6, Miss Hunt and Mrs Airey visited Soham Village College (SVC) for the STEM Challenge. We travelled by coach and arrived at SVC after the short bus journey. We signed in at Lodeside and made our way over to the Performing Arts Centre (PAC). There was a lot to see on the way and it was great for Year 6 to see a normal school day at the college with the SVC students in their lessons. We were welcomed by Miss Knight from the Technology department and Miss Afford from the Maths department. Our day was filled with different challenges as STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The first challenge was the Maths round where we had to answer questions in teams and take the answers to the different flags around the auditorium. It was very busy and a race to get as many boarding passes to the different countries as possible. We had break in Beechurst playground and then took part in the Science round which had a focus on forces, balance and momentum. After each round we had to record our findings and make a poster. The staff at SVC were very impressed with our handwriting and presentation, which was fantastic to hear. The Year 8 and 9 STEM helpers had lunch with us in the dining hall and we had the chance for another look around. In the afternoon we had the Technology challenge where we had to design and make a flying machine to send a message home and land ‘closest to Soham’ from Madrid. Our different groups won different awards and we had a great time along the way. A big thank you to Miss Knight, Miss Afford and everyone who made our visit to SVC so fun! We are looking forward to working in partnership with SVC on more projects this year. 

On Friday 29th September Year 6, Miss Hunt and Mrs Airey visited Mildenhall College Academy (MCA) for a Music Workshop. The MCA mini buses picked us up from Isleham and we enjoyed the short bus ride. On arrival we were welcomed by the MCA Principal, Ms Byles. Here, Ms Byles told us all about the school and the exciting plans that they have for the future. Ms Byles was very impressed by our ambitious career aspirations. There was a lot to see on our way to the music department and everyone was friendly and welcoming. Our workshop was led by Mrs Sayer, Mrs Wright and a super student named Tyler. We all had an African djembe drum each and we were taught different call and response rhythms. We were taught three different drumming techniques and were able to combine these with different rhythms. Also, we used improvisation and a few dance movements to represent each drumming technique. A great time was had by all! Thank you Ms Byles, Mrs Sayer, Mrs Wright, Tyler and to everyone at MCA who made our experience so brilliant. Take a look below at the videos of us drumming...

We loved meeting our new Reception buddies on their first day of school! Throughout the day we spent time getting to know them, playing in the classroom, lining up for lunch, eating and exploring the playground outside. We are looking forward to teaching our buddies all about our school and sharing may experiences together throughout the year. Welcome to our school buddies!
What a busy house day we had! So many Year 6 children put themselves forward to run for House Captain! We did a fantastic job of making posters, talking to children across the school, writing a manifesto and making a speech to our house teams. Our house day had a British Values theme and the house day elections represented democracy in our school. Well done to everyone who put themselves forward and congratulations to our successful candidates!
Over the summer holidays Miss Hunt challenged us to make a maths game. Miss Hunt was very impressed with our efforts and we had great fun playing the games in class...
Our House Captains and School Council gave beautiful readings in the church for the Harvest Festival Service. We were very proud of them all!
We have been busy in the garden and look what we have managed to grow...
We are very excited to be learning the ukulele this term!