Greetings Year 6 2020-21!
Welcome back to school - we are really looking forward to getting to know you all and making sure that your final year at BCS is a year to remember!
Please don't forget to wear PE kit on Wednesdays and Thursdays and that you cannot bring items other than snacks, lunchboxes and water bottles to school every day.
We also MUST have your parents' permission if you want to walk home on your own.
And finally, absolutely no mobile phones or electronic devices are allowed in school.
We will put updates and photos on these pages regularly, so do check often.
We are super-excited about the year ahead and we hope that you are too!
From Mrs Thompson, Mrs Storey, Mrs Souders, Mrs White and Mr McCarthy
The day the chairs quit.
In 6WS this week, the children walked in to find their chairs had gone on strike!
The chairs had created a picket line and sent letters to the children via Google classroom. The chairs were no longer putting up with being rocked on, being left untucked, having pencil sharpenings left on them or worse still some children making foul smells upon them.
The children then had to write letters back to their chairs begging for forgiveness.
Luckily the chairs could see how remorseful the children were and allowed them to have their chairs back once they had produced some outstanding letters.
The day the chairs quit-photos
Farewell Year 6!
Thank you for your cards, your gifts, your kind words, but most of all, thank you for being YOU!
Being your teachers has enhanced our lives this year.
Good luck to you all,
Love from Mrs Thompson and Mrs Storey
British Science Week
After 3 weeks in the classroom our bread experiment has yielded some intriguing results, raising the question which Y6 class washes and dries their hands more thoroughly?!
It was also interesting to note that in one class the washed hands with soap was more effective than the antibacterial hand gel.
We discussed the different types of mould growth seen but now it will be a relief to move on from mould and microorganisms!
Our other activity in science week was to create a marble run in teams in just an hour: a real measure of teamwork and engineering skills! Can you beat the longest recorded time of 10.32 seconds?
February 2020 - Year 6 have written Mr Men/Little Miss books and they are AMAZING!!!!!
The Tempest, performed by Year 6 and the Young Shakespeare Company
The Tempest 2
Five a Day in French!
Investigating Adaptations in Science
We have started the new year investigating the advantages and disadvantages to different shaped beaks.
10.10.19 - Our brilliant Year 6 Harvest poems, read in church this morning by our brilliant Year 6 poets!
Year 6 Kindness Ambassadors 2019-20
Year 6 scientists Sept '19
We have started our science with thinking about the skills we need to work scientifically, but also having great fun with 'rocket mice'! Our main science topic this half term focuses on our health and looking after our hearts, learning about the circulatory system, so we have also been investigating the effect of exercise on our heart rate.
Rocket mice and investigating the effect of exercise on our heart rate
21.06.19 We came, we pitched, we secured investment! Well done Y6!
In Y6 the children engage in a project called Enterprise Challenge for the last half term. Children are placed into 10 teams and are asked to innovate and develop a product to sell in school on Thursday July 11th. Each team has chosen a personal charity to support and are working hard to come up with products that will sell!
The teams have produced a survey as part of their market research and we'd love for you to complete these and perhaps share on with other family members. This is an important part of the process for the children, who need to take on board the feedback and adjust their products accordingly. Click on the links below for each team. Thank you for your time and don't forget, the children will be selling an improved version of these ideas on July 11th !
TEAM 1 - FEARLESS https://forms.gle/2jarTdLJh95D9kyW7
TEAM 2 - MYSTIC MAKERS https://forms.gle/BNQmaDbTtKPUn61f8
TEAM 3 - RELAXIBLES (2 surveys) https://forms.gle/xn9D5pk3dPUrhsXh8
TEAM 4 - SUPER SIXES https://forms.gle/RXVA6JBcCT5xdPcG7
TEAM 5 - STORMZ (2 surveys) https://forms.gle/8EFd96NzMSdj7PHX7
TEAM 6 - FIERCE FOOD https://forms.gle/DSGjfQKUdJkyoN2F8
TEAM 7 - LEGIT STICKS https://forms.gle/RUXrHima9XeobQNJA
TEAM 8 - TITANIUM https://forms.gle/YArAMNfnXNkgd25q7
TEAM 9 - BOSS https://forms.gle/8Ea3g9VaxRPGfiv7A
TEAM 10 - HAVOC https://forms.gle/i14KcQ8jsrvbCAj3A
Robinwood 2019 - see the separate subpage above for more photos
BIG club assembly
Thank you to team ‘Tatton’ from Y6, who developed and presented the 4th BIG club assembly this year, focusing on the Beatitudes. They performed a modern version of the parable of the Unforgiving Servant to illustrate the importance of forgiveness. We’d also like to say a huge thank you to the dedicated team of parents and members of St Mary’s church, who come in each week to work with the children to explore aspects of faith and worship: Kirsten Wood, Katie Riley, Caroline Royle and Hilary Gartside. A reminder that Year 6 children are invited to attend ‘Underground’
Summer 1 - Week 3
Your Year 6 Teacher’s Vows:
We do solemnly declare that we, your year 6 teachers, shall not pressurise you, our wonderful year 6 pupils, about SATs. From this day forward, until lunchtime on May 16th, and indeed thereafter, we shall not subject you to stress and shall protect you (to the best of our ability) from Key Stage 2 testing.
We promise that we will strive to keep you stimulated and engaged, even as together we revise the difference between coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and why a sentence is active and not passive. We will be excellent teachers, for better, for worse, and we shall not continually mention that SATs are coming up. Instead, we will endeavour to equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to succeed for the rest of your lives, until we are parted forever in the summer.
We pledge that we will respect, trust, help, and care for you, remembering that after all, you are only 10 and 11 years old. We will support you, in sickness and in health, not only to secure your academic success, but also your emotional wellbeing, social ability and general well-roundedness.
And when July comes, we promise to reassure you, in joy and in sorrow, that we, your year 6 teachers, believe that you, our year 6 pupils, have qualities that the tests could not test. We will be your champions, reminding you that you have the capacity to succeed in so many different ways.
And as the last day of school rolls around, and we are rent asunder, we will wave you off, confident that your sanity and happiness remain intact, as you look forward to the summer.
These are our solemn vows.
Bikeability - well done to all those who took part in learning to be a safer cyclist on the roads
ISING POP 2019
Y6 on stage at St Mary's, 28.03.19
Fighting for Love
We also found time to create some stunning jungle animal pieces using oil pastels!
'Get me another bag of rats!'
Paul & Faith : Take 2
Researching Biomes on our Chromebooks to create a class fact file!
A good mnemonic to remember how to find the area and circumference of circles!
We definitely know it now!
Magistrates visit and talk to us about their work - 13.02.19
Mr H Day - 31st January
Mr Hamblett was a veteran of outdoor cooking in all weathers, so Y6 had a flavour of cooking over an open fire with Mrs Storey and Mrs Moss. Pockets of foil with potatoes, onion, carrot and mince (optional) were made and cooked on the embers; meanwhile we toasted marshmallows , trying not to burn them! So now you know why everything smelt of smoke. The day also included cricket, a Mr H style quiz, hot chocolate and dancing.
We miss him more than we can say but he would have loved all of our activities and his memory lives on in us.
UJ Choir at Lady of the Vale Nursing Home
UJ Choir at Lady of the Vale
The doctor will see you now......Mr Morgan visits to teach us about bones!
UJ Choir at St Luke's - 7/12/18
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Y6 celebrate Children in Need 2018 by baking spotty cakes
WW1 remembered in Y6
Although Y6 usually focus on WW2 for their local history topic, due to the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 we have also spent some time focusing on these events. Our focus started with WW1 poetry and looking at the messages these poems have for us today. Y6 then wrote their own poems using the originals as inspiration. Artwork and drama followed, together with thought provoking discussions in RE lessons 'Is it ever right to kill?"
As part of school activities, we helped to paint the poppy boards at the front of school, sold poppies at the beginning and end of each day, baked scones for the community tea - where members of upper junior choir sang WW1 songs.
All these activities have developed a greater understanding and respect of the sacrifice of those who fight in the name of their country or personal commitment, but also respect for those who are affected by war or who choose not to fight.
We will remember.
In Flanders Fields
WW1 History Day 09.11.18
Pictures from our History Day to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1
Our Y6 School council, Anti Bullying and Eco Ambassadors
Y6 investigate whether exercise impacts mood and concentration
Y6 using the Chrome books in our WW2 history topic
Our Final Sports Day for Y6!
Experience Easter and Ukulele Concert
Ukulele Concert and Experience Easter
World book day - Y6 reading books to younger children in school
Year 6 children displaying 'CounterBalance' and 'CounterTension' skills during Friday morning gymnastics
Check out our gardening skills! Planting bulbs to dress up the school grounds.
Demonstrating how food moves through the body!
Computational Thinking - the Bebras / Oxford University Challenge (The Bebras Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students. It is organised in over 40 countries and designed to get students all over the world excited about computing.)
Poetic Year 6 have been experimenting with Haiku and Tanka poetry.
The sea calm and deep
The waves gently whisper
It sends me to sleep.
The hypnotic sea
Draws its enemies closer
It has no mercy
The waves will lift you away
To a bottomless chamber
Griffindors Venture Anywhere (based on the poem 'Cats Sleep anywhere') by Shula
Griffindors venture anywhere
Under table, or a chair.
By whomping willows, the window edge,
The forbidden forest, in a wedge.
With Moaning Myrtle , she will do
She could take you down the loo!
The chamber of secrets, fight the snake,
swimming in the dark, black lake.
All you'll need is gilly weed,
The room of Requirement for your need.
They love adventures, as you see.
Like Harry, Ron and Hermione.
Anywhere, they don't care.
Griffindors venture EVERYWHERE!
Can you guess who we are? Chagall inspired abstract self portaits
Thank you to St Mary's Underground for organising the activities today - here are the group photos from the top of St Mary's tower
Science week- Why do some fruits or vegetables float and others sink?
Science - Forcemeters and investigating paper spinners
Bikeability - learning to be safe on the road
Terrific Science - counting fungiform pipillae
Designing a house for a chosen climate
With a focus on Geography and our climate topic this week, we've been busy considering what it would be like to live in different parts of the world. After some initial research we all decided where we'd like to live and designed a house to cope with that particular climate. We have some budding architects, judging from some of the detailed designs. 'Grand Designs' here we come, we just need the financial backing! Well done to Eloise for this fantastic design for a house in Venezuela.