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Year 6 - Bonobo & Narwhal

  Welcome to Bonobo & Narwhal Class


Welcome to Year 6! 

Term 6

Week Commencing 12th July


What a fabulous week this week has been! The children have had lots of different activities such as micro-society, science investigations and a forensic workshop! 


The children also produced some excellent double page spreads to showcase all of their excellent knowledge about Britain. 




We also had lots of fun on Thursday afternoon during our micro-society session. The children had the opportunity to 'sell' the goods that they had created to the year 5 children. 



Week Commencing 5th July 2021


We have had an extremely busy week in Year 6 filming our production! It has been lots of fun and I'm sure there will be lots of hilarious bloopers of either myself laughing or dropping the camera! 


We had lots of fun on Friday playing quidditch! Congratulations to Ravenclaw for being the winning team across the whole school. 




We also had lots of fun conducting our science experiment on Wednesday morning. The children were tasked with investigating changing the distance between the torch and the object changes the size of the shadow.






Week Commencing 28th June 


What a crazy week it has been! Well done to all of the children for being so amazing, focused and resilient. 


We have had lots of fun this week observing our caterpillars. They became chrysalides over the weekend and have now emerged as butterflies! It is so lovely to explore this life cycle with the children. 




The children had lots of fun completing their Archery Tag activity too! 

Week Commencing 21st June


We are so proud of the children's hard work this week! They have been exploring street art and the claim that this is vandalism. They discussed lots of great points and even had a go at creating their own 'graffiti' within their sketchbooks. 







The children also had lots of fun this week learning circus skills. They were all so amazing and kept persevering. 





Week Commencing 14th June


It has felt like a very busy week in Year 6 and the children have continued to work extremely hard! On Friday, the children took part in three different activities. They had lots of fun working with Miss Shorter to create their own micro-society. At the end of the term, they will be using everything they have created and learnt to sell their items to other children. 




The children also participated in a problem solving session, which was delivered by 'Altitude Events'. It certainly looked like lots of fun! 



Week Commencing 7th June


We are back to school for the final term of the year! 


In English, the children have been exploring the techniques different authors use within their writing. Next week, they will be writing 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'  in the style of their chosen author. See photos below from our Talk for Writing lessons. 




During our science lesson, we began our new topic of 'Light' by exploring how we see. The children did an excellent job of explaining how light travels. When light hits an object, it is reflected (bounces off) and enters our eyes. They became presenters of the 'Light Learning Lab' and demonstrated how light travels. 




Term 6 Spellings

Week commencing 24th May 


We are finally at the end of term 5! We cannot believe how quickly it has gone by and we are so proud of how hard each of the children have continued to work. 


This week, the children finished off their research projects and some of them even showcased what they had researched to the rest of the class! They worked extremely hard and even continued their research at home. 






In English, the children have produced fantastic traditional tales! We are so impressed by their excellent use of challenging vocabulary. 




We even managed to play a fun game of 'shush ball' to end the term! 

Week Commencing 17th May


We are so proud of everything that the children have achieved this week. We have been busy writing our own traditional tales. The children used everything they had learnt to support their writing. In science, the children have had lots of fun carrying our their own investigations this week linked to our topic of electricity. There were lots of interesting results and the children were able to explain their results to their peers. 




In art, the children have continued to use the scratching technique of sgraffito art. We are so proud of everything that they have achieved! 



Week Commencing 10th May 


We've had a fantastic week and the children have continued to work extremely hard. In maths, we have been exploring how to calculate missing angles including the angles in a triangle. Ask your child all about what the angles in a triangle sum to and why this is! 


In our RSE lesson, the children explored the difference between power and control and how to stand up for themselves. We learnt that  Somebody trying to gain power or control over someone else might not be doing it on purpose and might not realise they are doing it. In other cases, it may be planned and deliberate.





In PE, the children created their own sequences to perform to the rest of the class. They had to include 3 balances, 3 transitions and 3 jumps. 




Week Commencing 3rd May


What a lovely 4 day week we have had in Year 6! The children have been so enthusiastic about all of their learning. We had lots of fun on Friday in Maths! The children were set a secret spy mission to crack the code to find 'Carmen' (the greatest spymaster in the world). 




In English, we have begun our new fiction writing genre of 'Traditional Tales'. The children have enjoyed learning our model text by putting actions to the words. 




The children have continued learning about Sgraffito art this week by using this technique to create an image of an insect. 



Week Commencing 26th April


Another fabulous week in Year 6! 


We were so impressed by the children's knowledge of simple circuits and how to build these during our science lesson. They were able to name the different parts and explore what the symbols are. 



Additionally, in Maths the children have been working hard to calculate the mean. They learnt that to calculate the mean, they must find the total and then divide by the number of items. We explored this on Wednesday using counters. 




During our art lessons, the children have begun exploring 'Sgraffito' art and practising different shading techniques. We are so proud of their work in their sketchbooks! 




Finally, an enormous well done to two of our Year 6 pupils for taking the time to go litter picking during the weekend! They felt very empowered and inspired after our learning linked to World Earth Day. We are so proud of you! 


Week Commencing 19th April 


We can't quite believe that we are in term 5 already! It's been a fantastic week welcoming the children back after a well-deserved break. 


In English, we have continued our writing unit of persuasive writing. The children have worked extremely hard to use our writing tool kit to support them with their independent writing. We are very proud of everything they have achieved so far! 


In maths, we have had lots of fun using our problem solving skills for our new statistics block of learning. In Thursday's lesson, the children were introduced to the vocabulary associated with circles. Ask them to tell you all of the vocabulary and show you the actions we used to help us remember! 



We had so much fun on Thursday beginning our new topic exploring inspiration female artists in the music industry. The children had the opportunity to demonstrate our value of the month (cooperation) by working in groups to produce their own music. They did a fantastic job and some groups felt confident enough to demonstrate to the rest of the class! 



We also celebrated World Earth Day on the 22nd April. The children discussed the impact we are having on our planet and was in which we can care for our environment. Our School Council will be discussing what we can do in our next meeting. 


For more information on what we will be learning about in term 5, check out our long term plans and knowledge organisers. 

Week Commencing 22nd March


The children have had lots of fun this week in Science exploring the impact that exercise has on our heart rate. 




In English, the children have enjoyed our new writing genre of 'persuasive' writing. They have begin to learn all of the actions and had lots of fun creating their own story maps! 




Week Commencing 15th March 


It's been a crazy second week back with Rock Down Relief and Red Nose Day! Congratulations to Narwhal Class for winning the Battle of the Bands. We are very proud of our top three players in both classes too. 




In Maths, the children have been investigating ratio and using the bar model and manipulatives to support their problem solving and reasoning. 



In English, we have seen some fantastic pieces of published work linked to our fiction writing genre of crime and detective. Well done Year 6!





The children even acted out a scene from our shared write. They're definitely excellent actors and actresses! 




Week commencing 8th March


Wow, what a fantastic first week back! The children have settled back into school extremely well and are so happy to be back. One child even mentioned how it felt like they were never away!


In Maths, we have continued to explore area, perimeter and volume. We had a very fun investigation on our first day back where we were exploring whether shapes with the same perimeter also had the same area. This then led onto a discussion about whather the perimeter of a shape is 'always, sometimes or never' true. 




In Science, the children have been extending their knowledge of the digestive system and how this works. 



Week commencing 1st March 2021


We have had such an exciting week celebrating reading and books! We were so proud of the effort that the children put into their costumes and how creative these were! Well done to our winners: 




In English, the children have been working so hard to produce some very imaginative short burst writing. Our home learners have even worked collaboratively to use our writer's tool kit and write about the setting and characters. 


Week commencing 22nd February 2021


We welcomed the very exciting news this week that the children will be returning to school on the 8th March! We can't wait for them to fill our classrooms with laughter and joy once again. 


This week, we have been learning about converting units of measure. The children have worked extremely hard to explore the difference between metric and imperial units of measure too. 



In science, we have had lots of fun exploring the circulatory system and identifying the different parts of the heart. 




The children in school also had a fun PSHE lesson this week looking at the power of positivity. They wrote and decorated positive messages for members of the class to pick out if they were feeling sad. 





Term 3

Week Commencing 8th February 2021


We can't believe that it's the final week of term already! We have been so proud of all of the effort from the children in school and at home. The children have adapted to online learning so quickly and the children in school have faced their own challenges too, for example being in a classroom with different peers that they're used to. 


We have been absolutely amazed by the excellent writing that the children have completed this week linked to our non-fiction unit of writing. The children were tasked with creating, planning and writing about their own machine. Read some examples below:

In science, we explored by the moon appears to change shape. The children asked lots of intriguing questions and their misconceptions were addressed. 



In maths, we continued our block of learning of algebra. We explored how maths can even be magic! Don't believe us? Try it for yourself: 


  • Think of a number.
  • Double it.
  • Add 10.
  • Halve it.
  • Take away you original number.
  • Is your answer 5?


The children used their problem solving and reasoning skills to explore how we could explain the 'magic' using algebra. 



Week Commencing 1st February 


This week, the children have been introduced to our new non-fiction writing genre. We have explored explanation texts by reading a model text, creating a story map and then using actions to help us remember this. 



The children have worked hard to plan their own explanation text and have been extremely creative when thinking about their own machine. They have come up with amazing ideas such as: 'The Kindness Machine', 'The Pet Translator' and 'The Clothes Finder' machine. 




In science, we have continued our topic of Earth and Space by exploring day and night. The children thought about misconceptions that people have about day and night and then used scientific evidence to disprove these. We even demonstrated day and night using a globe and torch! 



In maths, we have continued our algebra unit of work. The children have worked extremely hard to learn a new concept. We explored language such as substitution, formulae, expressions, equation and balance. 

Week Commencing Monday 25th January 


It's been another excellent week filled with learning! The children have worked extremely hard to write, edit and publish their flashback narrative. 





Due to the national school closures last year, the children did not complete their science topic of earth and space. For the next three weeks, we will be catching up with this learning. This week, the children were exploring the order of the planets and how they could create a pneumonic to remember this. 




Week Commencing 18th January 


We cannot believe that we are already in our third week of term 3! 


As always, the children have been working extremely hard this week in all lessons. We began our new block of learning on percentages and the children have been applying all of their knowledge of decimals and fractions too. 



In Topic, we have continued to explore the legend of Robin Hood by writing newspaper reports on his crimes. The children in school have even created tea stained paper to write their newspaper reports on to create that 'old' look. 




During our E-safety assembly, we discussed and explored trustworthy and untrustworthy content online. We also explored the vocabulary associated with this such as 'phishing' and 'scam'. 




Week Commencing 11th January 2021

What an excellent second week back! All of the children in school and at home have worked extremely hard and have made all of the adults in Year 6 very proud. 


This week, we have continued our learning of Flashbacks in English and the children have written descriptively using figurative language. See their amazing examples below:

In Maths, the children have begun to explore the relationship between decimals and fractions. They've also challenged themselves to solve a range of problems involving division! 
We've also explored online safety this week and looked at why privacy matters. The children were great at coming up with examples of personal information that can be dangerous to share online. 

Week commencing 4th January 2021


Hello everyone, 


We certainly weren't expecting to be teaching remotely again when we said goodbye to the children at the end of term 2! However, we are excited to be back in school and are so proud of their focus, attention and engagement, both in school and online. 


This week, we have begun our new block of learning on Decimals in Maths and have started our new writing genre of Flashbacks for English.


At the beginning of the week, the children were introduced to our new star words for English and wrote beautiful descriptions using these new words. We are very proud of their writing! 



In English, we have begun by exploring what a flashback is and watching an example of a flashback in the Disney film Ratatouille. The children have worked extremely hard to write descriptively about the food critic. 

Short Burst Writing

Term 2 


Crime and Punishment Workshop


We had lots of fun learning all about crime and punishment throughout time. We particularly enjoyed learning about how punishments have changed so drastically! Our favourite part was taking part and acting out different crimes and punishments. 




We've had lots of fun in PE this term learning about Tag Rugby and Netball. The children were able to apply all of their learning and skills to different game situations. 


This term, we began by rehearsing and reciting war poetry. We focused on projecting our voices, conveying the meaning of the poem and using expression. We also wrote our own war poetry and focused on using all five senses to create imagery for the reader. 


In Science, we have been learning all about living things and their habitats. We began by learning the 7 characteristics of living things and used the acronym MRS GREN to help us. 


We have been having lots of fun this term learning all about coding. During our first lesson, we explored what algorithms are and wrote a set of instructions for a dance. We then went outside and followed the instructions in order to determine whether our algorithm was correct. 

Here are our spellings for term 2:

Term 1  


We have loved welcoming the children back into our classrooms again. To find out about what we have been learning about, follow the link to find our long term plans



We begun this term by revisiting the place value of numbers and then moved onto reading, writing and representing numbers up to 10 million. 

We are currently revisiting all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). The children have worked hard to use their problem solving and reasoning skills in order to solve a range of multi-step word problems. 


At the beginning of the term, we explored contemporary fiction and wrote a diary entry in the role of August from the text 'Wonder'. We are currently studying information texts, so we have researched, planned and designed information texts about the Inuit. 


Our Science topic for this term is Evolution and Inheritance. We had lots of fun starting our unit of work by studying the characteristics of the Mr Men and Little Miss characters, in order to establish what they could inherit from each parent.




As part of our Geography topic, we have been studying climate zones and exploring what the climate is like in the Tropics and the Arctic Circle. To understand the climate zones in a little more detail, we have been researching information linked to the Inuit and how they survive in freezing conditions. 


We had lots of fun building igloos out of sugar cubes to investigate how to construct these and how they keep them warm!