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Year 6 - Chestnut

Welcome to Year 6 - Chestnut
 

Our class teacher is Miss Martin and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Newton.

Mrs Boast also helps some of us with our learning.


There are 31 children in our class - 19 boys and 12 girls.

Home School Agreement and Welcome Leaflet

Class Codes

  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

  • Respect everyone and everything.

  • Be a good listener and try your best.

  • Be proud to be in the Victoria team.

  • Show good manners.

British Values 

 

As part of our British Values in Year 6, we are learning about democracy by encouraging the children to make decisions together. One of the ways we are doing this is by holding class votes. Over the year we are holding class votes to select our School Council representatives, Sports Council representatives and Behaviour Ambassadors for each half term.

Showing mutual respect and tolerance of one another are part of the values underpinned in Year 6. We understand how important it is to respect and value the feelings and views of others and celebrate ways in which we are different and the same. Knowing “British Values” helps us to take pride in who we are and ways in which we treat others. Our children are encouraged as part of their self-confidence and self-awareness to feel confident to express their needs and opinions.

In Year 6, children are taught the importance of having rules and routines in place within the school and classroom. We use our rules to help us make good choices and think about our actions, keeping our school a safe and happy place! Each week our Behaviour Ambassador chooses a child from the class to be awarded for their good behaviour!

                                               

 

 

Our Class Timetable

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

8.45-9.00

Registration/Thinking activity/ Wake up shake up

 

8.45-9.00

Registration/Thinking activity/ Wake up shake up

 

8.45-9.00

Registration/Thinking activity/ Wake up shake up

 

8.45-9.00

Registration/Thinking activity/ Wake up shake up

 

8.45-9.00

Registration/Thinking activity/ Wake up shake up

 

9:00-9:30

SPAG/Comprehension

9:00-9:30

Maths Problem Solving

9:00-9:30

SPAG/Spelling Test

9:00-9:30

100 Club/ Times Tables

9:00-9:30

SPAG/Comprehension

9.30-10.30 Maths

9.30-10.30 Maths

9.30-10.30 Maths

9.30-10.30 Maths

9.30-10.30 Maths

BREAK TIME 10.30-10.45

10.45 – 11.15

English Reading

10.45 – 11.15

English Reading

10.45 – 11.15

English Reading

10.45 – 11.15

English Reading

10.45 – 11.15

English Reading

11.15-12.00

English Writing

11.15-12.00

English Writing

11.15-12.00

English Writing

11.15-12.00

English Writing

11.15-12.00

English Writing

LUNCH 12.00pm-12.45pm

HKE PPA

12.45-1.05 Registration / Reading for pleasure

HKE PPA

12.45-1.05 Registration / Reading for pleasure

HKE & AM PPA

12.45-1.05 Registration / Reading for pleasure

12.45-1.05 Registration / Reading for pleasure

12.45-1.05 Registration / Reading for pleasure

1.05-1.55

Creative Curriculum

1.05-1.55

Creative Curriculum

1.05-2.00

RE/PSHE

1.05-2.00

Science

1.05-2.05

PE

1.55-2.40

Creative Curriculum

1.55-2.40

Creative Curriculum

2.00-2.40

ICT

2.00-3.00

PE

2.05-2.30

Music/French

Assembly

2.40-2.55

Star/ Reader/ Mathematician/ Behaviour

Assembly

2.40-2.55

Story/ Current Affairs/ Newsfeed

Assembly

2.40-2.55

Song Practise

Class Assembly

2.40-2.55

 

Assembly

2.50-3.15

Whole school assembly @ VR

Year 6 Curriculum Overview
Year 6 Target Booklet

Homework

All children at Victoria Community School have homework and in year 6 it is more demanding preparing them for their transition to daily homework in Year 7 at High School. Homework consists of Reading Comprehension, Spellings, Writing, maths and a topic of research. The homework is a follow up of the work taught over the week to consolidate learning.

 

Homework is given to all children on Thursdays and returned on a Tuesday the following week. Parents are expected to sign the homework task sheet once it has been completed by their child.

 

Children are expected to read daily for 20 minutes as this will help them to develop their understanding and fluency when reading longer texts. Please ensure that a parent, guardian or older sibling signs their journals to say they have read. We aim for each child to have read 100 books by the end of Year 6 so they can achieve their Gold Award Olympic Reader Certificate.

 

Homework Club is on a Thursday lunchtime. There is also Computer Club on a Tuesday lunchtime if you want to further develop your thinking and apply what you have been learning.

Class Representatives 

School Council

Our school council representative this year is Sughrah. Sughrah will be responsible for going to school council meetings and sharing our class ideas to the school council. She will also be responsible for feeding back to the class the discussions that the school council representatives have had.

Behaviour Ambassador

This half term our behaviour ambassador is Shahroz. Shahroz will be responsible for monitoring the behaviour in our class. He will also chose a member of our class each week for the behaviour certificate.

Eco Warriors

Our Eco Warriors are Lucas and Inaaya. They will be responsible for looking after our school. They will remind children to turn off lights and recycle recyclable products.

Librarians

Our Librarians are Keira-Leigh and Musa. They will be responsible for organising the returned library books to ensure that the library stays clean and organised for othr children and classes to use.

Sports Council

Our Sports Council representatives are Zohra and Tahir. They will be responsible for attending Sports Council meetings and feeding back to our class.

SMARTBOTS
Our SMARTBOT representatives for this year are Ali Riza and Maria. They will be responsible for making sure we all use the internet safely. They will also attend meetings and feedback the discussion held at the meeting to the rest of the class.

Year 6 House Captains

Livingstone: Saif and Mouzn

Edison: Frishta and Jaidan

Brunel: Ali-Riza and Halima

Kingsley: Aqsa and Furqan

Job Roles

Water Bottle Monitors- Usman and Imaan

Book Case Monitors- Ruby and Keira- Leigh

Glue Monitors- Ali-Riza and Haris

Weekly Awards

Star of the Week- Aqsa

Mathematician of the Week- Maria

Reader of the Week- Inaaya

Behaviour- Zara

Excellent work- well done smiley

Our Reading Corner and Class Author

In our reading corner we have a range of different text types ranging from story books to football annuals. We all get a chance to read in our reading corner at least once a week. We also have information about our current author. For Summer 2 is J.R.R Tolkien and our class reader is 'The Hobbit'.

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How do Bees make honey?

We have carried out a project looking at Honeybees. We have learnt lots about Bees, particularly how they make honey. We have completed research and written our own explanation to inform people how the Bees make honey. We all presented our work in our own way, making sure we included the key features of explanation texts. Here are some of our completed pieces of work.

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Tennis

We have been lucky enough to have Alison from Burton Tennis Club come into school to teach us tennis. We have learnt different throwing, catching and serving skills. We all really enjoyed the lessons and learning new skills. 

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Scratch

As part of Computer Programming, we have been using Scratch. Scratch is a Computer Programming software. The children have followed step by step instructions to change the background, characters, and to programme different characters to move in different directions on the screen. We all really enjoyed using the Scratch software.

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Levers, Gears and Pulleys

As part of our D&T topic we have been looking at Levers, Gears and Pulleys. We learnt about how the different mechanisms work and with a partner we used resources to build different structures which used a variety of Levers, Gears and Pulleys. We all had a set of instructions to follow with a partner. We really enjoyed this activity. 

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British Landmarks Art Work

We have completed a piece of Art work based on Stonehenge. We used a wash paint to paint two pieces of paper. We then cut stone shaped rocks out of the paper and stuck it onto the blue washed sheet. We then cut smaller stones and layered them on top of the original stones. This helped to create a 3D effect. We all really enjoyed completing this piece of Art.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, year 6 took part in a Yoga class. We all really enjoyed the Yoga and it helped to relax us after our SATS. Here are some pictures of us taking part in the Yoga.

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Wonder Week

As part of Wonder Week, we walked to the local park. We collected different items from the park to use in a piece of art work later in the week. We all had a great time exploring and gathering interesting items.

Magical Mayhem

As part of Wonder Week, we were lucky enough to have Magical Mayhem join us in school. We all watched a magic show, which was really funny, and we all took part in individual class workshops. We all had a great time and really enjoyed it. Thank you Magical Mayhem.

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Wonder Cook

As part of Wonder Week, we made our own 'Wonder Cookies'. Each child was given a recipe, which in groups they turned into a transcript for their own version of 'Wonder Cook'. They worked really hard to prepare their show in small groups which they then presented to the class. We also made the cookies. We all really enjoyed this activity.

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Wonder Art

The children all really enjoyed creating their own front cover for the story 'The Wonder'. They used some of the natural materials that they gathered on our 'Wonder Walk' earlier in the week. They used their own imagination to think of different ways to show the different things they wonder about. They all really enjoyed this activity.

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Fitness Testing

On Wednesday 3rd April, we were joined by Nick from Premier. He came in to test our fitness. We had to run laps around the playground whilst our team mates counted how many we had ran. Everyone put 100% effort into the activity, we are hoping our Fitness will improve over the next few months before we are tested again. 

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Maths Open Morning

On Monday 25th March, parents were invited to join our Maths lessons. The parents were involved in the Maths lesson where we were looking at finding missing angles in triangles and quadrilaterals. It was a really nice opportunity for the parents to be involved in their child's learning, and experience what Maths is like in year 6.

National Poetry Day

On Friday 22nd March we celebrated National Poetry. We have been learning about endangered species. We all wrote our own poems using alliteration, metaphors, similes and personification. We then performed our poems in assembly. We all really enjoyed the day.

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Spring 2 Maths- 3D Shapes

As part of our Maths learning we have been looking at 3D shapes. We have had to recognise, describe and build 3D shapes using nets. We have also had to draw our own nets for specific 3D shapes.

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Spring 2 Science- Living Things and Their Habitats

Our Science topic for this half term is Living Things and Their Habitats. We have looked at classification and have been taxonomists ourselves. With a partner we have classified different animals, deciding which enclosure they should live in at the zoo, based on their characteristics.

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Safer Internet Day 2019

On Tuesday 5th February it was Safer Internet Day. As a class, we discussed ways to stay safe on the internet and ways that safety on the internet could be further improved. We took part in a quiz to demonstrate our understanding of safety whilst online and completed different questions to show our ideas in relation to online safety.

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Spring 1 Creative Curriculum- The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Our Creative Curriculum topic for Spring 1 focused on the story 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tann.  As a class we re told the story in our own words. To finish off our topic we all created our own animals inspired from 'The Arrival', we then used bright colours to paint them. We all really enjoyed this art activity.

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Fitness/ New Year's Resolutions Day

On Thursday 17th January, we spent the day taking part in fitness and New Year's Resolution activities. We got the opportunity to play wheelchair basketball (which was really fun), make and eat a healthy cous cous, plant bulbs and think of our own New Year's Resolutions. We all really enjoyed our day.

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National Memorial Arboretum
During the centenary week of the end of WW1, both year 6 classes, Sycamore and Chestnut were lucky enough to
visit the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.
What a spectacular place!
Children were able to explore many monuments to soldiers and civilians who took part in WW1, WW2 and many
 other scenes of conflict. A highlight of the day was when the pupils took part in their own small remembrance
service at a memorial for the grandfather (William Harold Coltman) of a well known visitor to our school - Mr John Coltman.
William, a non-commissioned officer, was a stretcher bearer during WW1 and won several medals, including
the Victoria Cross for his bravery - everyone was enthralled by his story.
Afternoon activities took place in a classroom, when girls and boys researched and made their own armband to
stipulate the kinds of jobs available towards the war effort and then were able to present their findings to the rest of the
class. Everyone took part and really enjoyed themselves.
 
 

Paul Nash Artwork

As part of our creative curriculum topic of WW1, we have created our own WW1 art work inspired by the artist Paul Nash. Paul Nash was an official war artist during the first and second world war. He was paid by the government to paint and draw events which happened during the war. We all really enjoyed creating our own pieces of art work in the style of Paul Nash.

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Remembrance Poppies

We have all created our own poppies, using plastic bottles and acrylic paint, as part of our commemorative week. We put our poppies on the railings outside school, to show that we are remembering the soldiers who lost their lives in the War.

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National Poetry Day

On Friday 5th October, we celebrated National Poetry day. We have based all of our English work on Harry Potter this half term, so we decided to write our own Harry Potter Haikus for National Poetry Day. We all enjoyed writing our own Harry Potter Haikus.

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Fairground Day

On Thursday 4th October we had a fairground day. We got the opportunity to move around to different classrooms to complete different activities based around fairgrounds. We all really enjoyed the day.

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Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios- Thursday 6th September 2018

Another fantastic experience was had by year 6 Sycamore and Chestnut classes on Thursday 6th September

when they visited Harry Potter World at Warner Brothers Studios in Watford.

Excited year 6 children toured round the super venue where they saw real magic happening before their very eyes...

Cauldrons stirring themselves, portraits coming to life, knitting needles knitting all by themselves were just

a few of the magical sights.

All the characters and settings from the original Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone were there to be

 seen and enjoyed. The children were even able to handle some of the real props (with kid gloves of course)in

a special Harry Potter classroom.

Everyone had an amazing time - even though we had a very adventurous time on the way back when we got stuck

on the M1 motorway for nearly three hours and munched our way through all the remaining food on the coach.

Only one tiny little cheese sandwich triangle left!

Apple Picking

On Thursday 14th September, year 6 picked apples from the trees in the school Orchard. When we got back to class, we washed the apples. The children were lucky enough to eat the apples at break time.

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Ancient Mayan Hot Chocolate

As part of our Creative Curriculum topic we made our own Ancient Mayan Hot Chocolate. The Ancient Mayans used different ingredients in their hot chocolate as to what we use nowadays such as; chilli powder and ginger. We all really enjoyed the activity and trying the hot chocolate.

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Science- Evolution and Inheritance

As part of our Science topic this half term, we have looked at adaptation and how different animals adapt to their habitats. We looked in detail at Charles Darwin and the Finches he observed on his voyage. We investigated the different sizes and shapes of beaks on the Finches and how they are adapted to suit their habitat, including the food available to them. We used different sized tweezers and clips to pick up different sized bird seeds. We learnt that the Finches beaks were the correct size to pick up the available food. Different species of Finches have different sized beaks depending on their habitats.

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Useful Resources

KS2SatsMathsApp

Available for iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire KS2 Maths by Brian Harkins is a comprehensive revision tools, packed with over 500 SATs-type questions. Pupils can take a test in each of the maths topics, or a mix of each. Each test is random and easily customisable – with a summary at the end which gives an approximate NC level and score, which helps find areas of strength & areas for development. The app is priced at £2.99*

 

IamLearningKS2Maths

Available for iPad/iPhone, I am learning: KS2 Maths is an entertaining and engaging game based revision and assessment tool, supporting the revision process. The app merges interactive games with official curriculum content – and featuring 3500 unique questions, allowing you to see results to analyse gaps in learning or understanding. The app is priced at £1.49*

 

achievelevel4mathsapp

Built by Rising Stars for iPad/iPhone aimed for pupils working towards a Level 4 grading in Maths, ‘Achieve’ offers a tried and tested formula for raising attainment. There are over 200 interactive questions covering all of Level 4 Maths including: Number and algebra; Shape, space and measures; Handling data; Using and applying mathematics. The app is priced at £3.99.

 

DoodleMathsApp

DoodleMaths by EZ Education Limited is a free app for iPad but the full version is available as a £6.99 in-app purchase within the app, plus a £4.99 extra payment for each additional user. The app is built as a progressive development tool for pupils from 7-11, helping build on maths skills as they progress. Children are encouraged to use DoodleMaths for a few minutes daily and with over 6000 carefully-crafted questions covering the entire curriculum, the program makes it ideal for SATs or 11+ preparation and can be set to create weekly email reports to parents. The app can be trailed free for a week. This app is free, but in-app purchases are required to continue and progress.

 

English

KS2SatsEnglishApp

KS2 SATs English, by Brian Harkins is a really useful app for iPad,Android, or Kindle Fire tablet devices. With over 400 SATs-type questions, pupils can take a test in four English topics: spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary – or a mix of each. Each test is random and easily customisable – with a summary at the end which gives an approximate NC level and score, helping find areas of strength & areas for development.The app is priced £2.99*, and available by clicking on the app stores mentioned above.

 

IamlearningenglishKS2

I am learning Key Stage 2 English, for iPad / iPod merges interactive games with official curriculum content, featuring 2500 unique questions. The app covers all major topic areas and builds easy to use reports, allowing to focus learning with a powerful gap analysis. The app is priced at £1.49*.