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We are a wonderful class of Year 6 children. Our teacher is Ms Lindsay and our wonderful teaching assistant is Mrs Pervez. Join us on our exciting learning journey this year. Check out our class page for frequent updates, photos and examples of our learning.

Term 3

This term, we will be learning all about our planet as part of our 'Out of this World' Topic.

English: Recounts - Newspaper Reports

 

We have started a new English unit where we will be writing newspaper reports linked to COP26 (linking in with our Topic work). In one of our lessons, we explored a variety of newspaper reports in small groups. We read them and discussed them (using our oracy skills).

We then thought back to our previous learning and considered the newspaper reports that we wrote about natural disasters in Year 5. This helped us to remember the features of       newspaper reports. Once we had done this, we looked back through the texts to help us to identify the features. In another lesson, we worked in small groups to plan our newspaper reports. We started by boxing up an example of a newspaper report and considered the structure that most follow. We then used our TEAMWORK and RESPECT values to help us to have successful discussions when  making decisions about our plan. We went through each section at a time, making decisions and collecting ideas.

 

Reading: Fluency - Pace

 

In this week's fluency lesson, we focused on pace. Check us out in action!

Fluency - Pace

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English: Narrative - Short Stories

 

Take a look at our finished short stories. They are perfectly suited for both purpose and audience.

English: Narrative - Short Stories

 

In English, we are writing short stories for a KS1 audience. Our purpose is to spread the message about plastic pollution. We started by watching some clips to find out the current state of the plastic pollution problem. We then read an example of a book with the same audience and purpose. We discussed the different features and techniques used in the book in order to use it as inspiration for our own. We then created our own heroes using character pyramids and planned the plot of our stories. Next, we will collect different SPAG elements (including speech) before writing our own stories.

 

PE: Real PE - River Crossing

 

River Crossing is a wonderful activity that allows us to put our reasoning, problem solving and teamwork skills to the test as we have to face different obstacles and challenges in order to cross the river as a team. This week, we added in lots of balance elements to allow us to apply the dynamic balance skill we completed as our FUN station.

Topic: Geography - Map Work

 

In this lesson, we had to use our teamwork skills to help us to become geography experts. We started by learning about how the world is divided up. We then used atlases to locate different countries in order to answer questions about them (for example, what hemisphere they are in). 

Topic: Geography - Knowledge Organisers

 

To help with our Topic learning this term, we have been given Knowledge Organisers to help us. Here we are exploring them before completing our first lesson. These documents are filled with important vocabulary, images and facts that we can refer to throughout the term.

Reading: Fluency - Pitch

 

In this session, we focused on pitch. We watched a clip of a speech by Greta Thunberg (linked to our Topic) and discussed the pitch that she used and the emotion she showed. We discussed how her use of emotion made her speech (her words) more powerful. We then worked with a partner to deliver her speech using the same emotions (angry and upset). We then changed the emotions that we used (for example, happy, excited, confused or scared) and discussed how this change impacted on the meaning of the speech.

Picture This

 

As we always do at the start of a big term and a new Topic, we started our Picture This work. After being history and reading detectives and asking and answering questions about an image, we recreated the image using sketching pencils. We sketched an outline and then added detail with shading and different mark making. We then started a new piece and sketched a rough outline. We will use both oil pastels and soft pastels to add detail and colour to this piece. Take a look at us in action and our finished pieces.

Sketching our Picture This Image

Our Finished Sketches

Using Soft Pastels and Oil Pastels

Term 2

This term, we will be learning all about World War Two.

Christmas Crafts

A fun-filled, festive morning was had by all as Year 6 got crafty for Christmas. Take a look at us in action and some of our creations. 

Science: Light

 

In our latest lesson, we conducted an experiment to help us to understand shadows. We created our own puppets out of different materials and then investigated different statements and recorded our observations before completing a conclusion.

Maths: Ratio

 

This week, we have been learning all about ratio. Even though this is a new Year 6 concept, we have made many learning links (including multiples, factors and fractions). 

Christmas Jumper Day

 

To raise money for the amazing charity 'Save the Children', we enjoyed wearing our festive jumpers. We also enjoyed listening to one of Ms Lindsay's favourite Christmas stories: How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

English: Recounts - Informal Letters

 

We have been writing our informal letters from the perspective of evacuees this week. There is nothing that Ms Lindsay likes more than hearing children say they are proud of their writing. The children definitely should feel proud: their letters are amazing! They have managed to meet the purpose by using a balance of facts and feelings and have made sure to keep their letters informal in order to suit the audience.

Topic: Art - Pop Art Poppy Printing

 

In this lesson, we created our string relief printing boards. We will use these to create a repeated pattern poppy print in the style of Andy Warhol.

Trip to IBCC

 

After waiting nearly two years, the children were finally able to go on a trip! We went to the IBCC - which is located right next to Canwick Hill. From here, we had the important task of understanding just how important the Bomber Command Regiment were. To do this, we did the following: toured the site (including looking at the 31m tall spire, names of fallen comrades and stories from around the world); visited the exhibition - which included being a part of a crew on a bombing mission; and exploring genuine artefacts (including actual outfits people wore and medals they received). The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and were spoken of very highly by the volunteer team at the IBCC.   

Maths: Fractions and Percentages

This term, we have been working on fractions and percentages. In these last two lessons, we found fractions of amounts (learning link: Year 4 and 5) and then we applied this knowledge to help us to find some percentages. Because we know that 1/2 is equivalent to 50%, we know that we can find 50% by dividing by 2. We used our fraction knowledge to help us to also find 10%, 20% and 25%. This will lead into our next lesson on percentages (learning link: Year 5).

English: Recounts - Informal Letters

To help us to write our informal letters, we started by learning the facts about evacuation (learning link: Topic - history). We then spent this lesson going through the different stages of evacuation and the thoughts and emotions throughout. We used our respect and teamwork values and our oracy skills to help us with discussion and ideas collection. We collected our ideas on our working wall so that we can use this in future lessons. 

English: Explanation Texts

Science: Light

 

Here we are writing our excellent explanation texts about periscopes. You can see us using all of the resources available to us (including the working wall and dictionaries). 

Children in Need - 2021

Topic: Art - Pop Art Poppy Printing

 

In this lesson, we created our own poppy stencils to allow us to create positive and negative prints. Wow - the results look amazing! 

Science: Light

English: Explanation Texts

 

Today, we learnt about periscopes in science. We developed and added to our Year 3 science knowledge to help us to understand what periscopes are and how they work. We discovered that this also linked with our Topic as periscopes were used in both World War One and Two. After learning the science behind periscopes, we worked in pairs to make our own (before taking them outside to test them out). The skills that we had just learnt in DT really helped us out today. Next, we will use the learning that we did today to help us to write periscope explanation texts in our English lessons.

Spelling

 

In this week's spelling lesson, we worked in partners to match our spelling words to their definitions. Once we had matched them in the way that we thought was correct, we used dictionaries to check that we were happy with our answers before marking as a class.

DT: Structures

This week, we have had lots of fun completing our DT work. We started on Monday by learning in our Topic lesson (history) about the bombings of Germany and England during World War Two. We then learnt about the different shelters that were created to help protect civilians due to these bombings. In our DT sessions, we went through the different stages (looking at existing structures, creating a design specification, evaluating first ideas, learning a technical skill, planning, making and then evaluating). We created three different structures (which we will test in our next lesson). Our teamwork skills were put to good use throughout our DT work!

Poppy Display

 

When writing our poetry, we wanted our audience to be our local community. We made sure that our poetry was fit for purpose (showing honour and respect) as well as being fit for audience. Take a look at our display (which also features some of our poppy artwork). We are very proud to share this with our community.

English - Poetry

Have a read of our incredible Remembrance Day poetry. 

Topic: Art

Take a look at our beautiful Remembrance Day artwork. 

English - Poetry

In our reading session, we started to explore poetry from the war. Then, in our English session, we worked together to create an emotive poem. We started by thinking back to when we wrote poetry in Year 5. We used this learning link to remind us about the features of poetry. We revised these features (including figurative language) and then wrote the poem. We worked in pairs/small groups to write each stanza and then combined our ideas to write each stanza as a class as part of a shared write.

Open to read our class poem!

Maths: Fractions - Flashback Lesson

 

Today, we have thought about our previous learning of fractions from Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5. We have focused on where we see Maths in real life situations. We have completed some activities to help kick start our knowledge of fractions ready to learn some new Year 6 fraction content.

 

 

 

Topic: History and Art

We kicked off our poppy art unit by finding out about the significance of the poppy symbol to World War One and Two. After this history lesson, we started a beautiful piece of Remembrance artwork. We used colourful paper to create a poppy background that we will place a silhouetted soldier image over. Here we are at work. Check back to see our finished pieces.

Topic: History and Art - World War Two Workshop Day

To launch the start of our World War Two topic, we had an incredible workshop day.

Over the course of the day, we were fortunate to have a historian (Leigh) talk to us in detail about key events during World War Two and explain to us what it may have been like. We took part in the following activities: first aid – which was hard work carrying people on a stretcher and tying bandages; discovering and exploring key artefacts (where we were fascinated in what Leigh had to tell us about them); learning about the timeline of key events; undertaking bomb disposal and acting as fire fighters as part of an ARP session; and creating a Blitz piece of artwork inspired by the artist Wilfred Stanley Haines (who was a fireman who sadly died during a bomb attack).

 

We needed to show our respect and positive values listening to the historian and respect artefacts that are hundreds of years old! We also used our teamwork skills throughout the day as we worked in small groups to complete the different tasks.

 

 

Air Raid Warning Signal

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Air Raid Siren

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Term 1

This term, we will be learning all about World War One.

English: Recounts - Diary Entries

Here we are writing our diary entries. We used everything that we had completed in our learning journey so far to help us with our writing (including using our working wall that we created throughout the different lessons).

Computing: Online Safety

Check out some of the user guides that we made for our favourite games or apps. We wanted to show how you can be both safe and sensible when using them.

Topic: Retrieval

In our last lesson on World War One, we put our retrieval skills to the test. We know the importance of activating what we have learnt in order for things to be stored in our long term memory. This is what helps our learning to stick. For our final Topic activity of this term, Ms Lindsay challenged us to 'List It' - writing down everything we could remember from the term (without checking our Topic books). We had to think back to all of the history, geography, English and reading work that we had completed as part of our Topic. Ms Lindsay was so impressed - lots of us filled the page and even had to use the back of our sheets too!

Reading: Fluency - Power

 

In this fluency session, we focused on power. We had to consider the best way to read a section of text using our voice to create an atmosphere and build suspense. We had to consider when to raise and lower our voice and how to captivate our reader. These fluency sessions are really helping us to improve our oracy skills!

Reading: PC SLIMER

Each week, we do a whole class reading session linked to our reading comprehension skills: PC SLIMER. In this session, we were focusing on E (Explain Words). We looked at some words out of context and realised that we would struggle to explain the meaning of many of them. We then scanned for them in the text and read the sentences around the words. Using these context clues, we were able to take a good guess at the meaning of these words. We then checked the true definition in a dictionary.

English: Recounts - Diary Entries

 

In this lesson, we started with a flashback to prior learning by revising a variety of different tenses that we had learnt about in previous years.

We then worked in small groups to identify the tense that different sentences were written in. We then collected some ideas that we could use in our diary entries.

Maths: Four Operations - Long Division

Today, we have learnt a new skill: to solve long division problems. When dividing 2 digits, you need to use the long division method. We discovered that you will actually use division, multiplication and subtraction to solve these types of questions. We listened to a song to help us try and remember the tricky steps to success and used the acronym Dad, Mum, Sister and Brother to remind us. Knowing multiples is key to solving division problems and we learnt to write out the multiples in order to help us to refer to!

 

English: Recounts - Diary Entries

​​​​​​In this lesson, we started with a quick flashback to the previous lesson to recap what we had learnt about trenches. After revising figurative language (a learning link to work in previous years), we watched video clips, looked at images and read quotes from soldiers (using our reading as a model) to help us to collect ideas about what it must have been like in the trenches.

Our Vision

Mr Kelwick asked us to think about what our new Westgate vision should be. He asked us to think about the different paths we would like to take in life (the things we would like to achieve) and the things we would need to take with us on our journey (the skills, knowledge, talents and experiences needed to help us take those paths and succeed). We discussed what we would like to get out of our journey at Westgate.

Computing: Online Safety

In this lesson, we explored the idea of 'persuasive advertisement'. We learnt about what this meant and discussed examples of when we had come across this ourselves. We then created a class mind map to record the dangers of persuasive advertisement. Finally, we made promises to ourselves to make sure that we safeguard our welfare when using apps and games. We wrote our pledges on paper, turned them into paper planes and threw them safely across the classroom. We then chose a plane and opened it to read the pledges from our peers. 

PE - Real PE

The fundamental 'fun' station skill that we were working on today was a co-ordination skill. We worked in our coaching pairs to help each other to challenge ourselves to master the stage that we started on and maybe move onto the next stage (but only when we were ready). We then applied this skill to a game situation. We were challenged to play a silent game, so we had to think carefully about different ways to communicate.

English: Recounts - Diary Entries

We have started our new unit on diary entries (a form of a recount). In our first session, we researched to help us to understand the historical context behind our writing: life in the trenches. We created some excellent information texts (which we will put in our Topic books). The information that we gathered today will help us in our future sessions.

Black History Month

We are really enjoying celebrating Black History Month and learning about some inspiration and influential people (from both the past and the present). We have really enjoyed watching the BBC clips: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m000wfhl/our-black-history-heroes

 

PE: Tag Rugby

Continuing with our lessons on tag rugby, we started by working in small groups to practise what we had learnt so far about throwing, passing and receiving the ball. We also were given the challenge of intercepting the ball. We then applied all of these skills to a mini game against another team. It was a great chance to use our teamwork skills and get active!

English: Persuasive Speeches

 

Take a read of the final versions of our persuasive speeches. We were striving for excellence throughout the writing process and we definitely succeeded. 

Maths: Four Operations - Multiplication

 

In this lesson, some of us tackled short multiplication with digit cards and hands on equipment and some of us tackled fluency questions involving long multiplication. We used our positivity and teamwork skills as we hunted for the answers displayed around the classroom. It is great fun to be active in maths! 

Topic: History - The Battle of the Somme

 

In this lesson, we explored a significant event in World War One: The Battle of the Somme. We started by learning some of the facts and statistics behind the battle. We then became history detectives and explored a variety of sources (including images and personal accounts). We then reflected on this key question: was it a worthwhile battle or was it a battle in vain? We recorded our thoughts and ideas.

Science: Electricity

 

In our latest science lesson, we worked in teams to conduct an investigation that allowed us to observe and explain the effects of differing voltages in a circuit. We made our predictions, carried out the investigation and then drew conclusions from our results. We made sure that we used the correct scientific vocabulary throughout the lesson.

 

Computing: Online Safety

 

In this session, we started with a flashback to prior learning. We had to use our retrieval skills to recall everything that we had learnt about online bullying in Years 3, 4 and 5. Ms Lindsay gave us 3 minutes to write down everything we could remember about online bullying. We then discussed this (including what it is, how it can happen and what we can do to get help). We discussed the fact that we might not always feel comfortable talking to a trusted adult and spent the rest of the session exploring the different sites and organisations that are available to help. Ms Lindsay then quizzed us at the end of the lesson to make sure we could remember the name of the 3 main organisations we explored. 

PE - Real PE

 

In this week's Real PE lesson, we continued with our fundamental 'fun' station skill linked to agility. We all worked from wherever we got up to in the last session. In Real PE, we are competing against ourselves - not each other. This means that you only move on to the next level when you are ready (when you have mastered the skill) and you might be working on a different level to your partner - which is fine! We worked in coaching pairs. This allows us to offer both advice and encouragement to our partner as they are trying the skill. At the end of our fun station time, we talked about the different sports where this skill might come in handy (which was most sports). We then had time to work in teams to apply this skill to a game situation - benchball. As always in Real PE, we were looking to celebrate anyone who was showing our Westgate values - not celebrating scoring points or winning.

 

Reading: Fluency - Punctuation

 

In this fluency session, we focused on punctuation. We discussed how punctuation gives us clues about how to read the words out loud. After Ms Lindsay modelled for us, for we had a go as a class before creating our own 'blah' conversations. We had to put in different pieces of punctuation and work in pairs/small groups to read the text aloud. It was so much fun being able to put both our fluency and oracy skills to the test!

English: Persuasive Speeches

 

After a week of collecting ideas, looking at the features we would use and looking at relevant SPAG content, we started to write the first part of our persuasive speeches. We edited and revised them at the end of the lesson as well as the start of the next. We will revise and edit again next week with fresh eyes before moving on to writing the second part. They are looking impressive so far! We have also enjoyed using our oracy skills to perform our speeches to our classmates. 

Lincolnshire Day

 

In Year 6, we found out about the role that Lincolnshire played in World War One. We discovered that Lincoln was the birthplace of the tank and found out just why tanks played such an important part in the war.

Reading

We are loving listening to and reading 'Private Peaceful' as part of our reading sessions.

Maths: Four Operations

After a successful two weeks exploring place value, we have started our new unit focusing on the four operations. This week, we have been revising addition and subtraction (including both whole and decimal numbers). We have applied our knowledge to help us to answer varied fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions. Here we are tackling subtraction. 

Science: Electricity

 

Here we are in our latest science lesson. We had to use our teamwork skills to make, test and fix circuits.

Library Time

 

We are so lucky to have a school library stocked full of amazing reads! Here we are enjoying a spot of reading.

Computing: Online Safety

 

In this lesson, we explored digital personalities and online reputations. We started by thinking about what we thought these terms meant (sharing our answers on post-it notes). We then explored these terms in detail and had some fantastic class discussions. We certainly put our value of respect to good use today (listening carefully to what each other had to say). Finally, we thought about ways to have a good online reputation and how to avoid a bad one. We reminded ourselves to THINK before posting anything online.

Online Safety Video 1

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Online Safety Video 2

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PE: Tag Rugby

 

We had a wonderful PE lesson in the sunshine. So far in our tag rugby lessons, we have been learning how to throw, pass and receive the ball. Our teamwork skills were impressive today.

Topic: History and Geography

 

In this Topic lesson, we used both our history and geography skills. We found out about and located the countries that were involved during World War One. We were given a range of countries to locate using: maps, atlases and prior knowledge (where team work and self-belief were vital skills to help us to locate the countries involved). We worked as a class to locate these countries on the world map on our working wall.

PE - Real PE

In this week's lesson, our focus was on agility. We worked in coaching pairs on our fundamental movement skill and then applied this to a game situation. As always in our Real PE sessions, the winning teams were chosen based on the Westgate values they showed - not how many points they scored in the game.

English: Persuasive Speeches

 

This week, we have started our new English unit. We are going to be writing persuasive speeches encouraging young British men to enlist in the army in World War One (linked to our Topic). We started by exploring the historical context of our writing and finding out why men joined up. We used drama to help us to create a conscience corridor (where we gave both positive reasons to join and negative consequences of not joining). In our second session, we explored examples of persuasive speeches so that we could use our reading as a model. We also discussed the features of persuasive writing (thinking back to our Year 5 learning to help us) and identified these within the examples. Finally, we used our oracy skills to perform the speeches, thinking about our reading fluency skills to help us to perform well. Our values of teamwork and respect were really important over these two lessons, so we focused on these.

 

Keep checking back to see how our writing turns out!

PSHE

In our PSHE lessons this term, we are answering the question: how can we manage risk? In our first session, we spoke about what a risk is and whether certain risks are worth taking or not. We spoke about risks that we have in our daily lives and what we can do to keep ourselves safe when taking risks. In our next session, we looked at what peer pressure is. We looked at different scenarios and discussed how we would feel, what we should do and what we shouldn't do. We discussed what the right thing to do would be (even if it wasn't always the easiest option). We discussed ways to get help if we ever felt like we were being put under pressure.

Maths - Week 2

We have had a great week of maths! 

This is our class reader for the term: an exciting blend of myths, adventure and modern times. One of Ms Lindsay's favourite book series! 

Retrieval Practice

 

This year, we are going to be focusing on trying to get more of our learning to STICK! We discussed our answers to two questions: What is learning? What is memory? We talked about short-term memory and long-term memory. We had a go at a few retrieval based activities and enjoyed finding out how much we had remembered about our first topic lesson and our Year 5 topic about the Victorians. We will be completing more retrieval based activities during the year in order for our learning to STICK! 

Picture This

 

Take a look at our incredible final pieces of art. smiley

Science: Electricity

This term, our science unit will be all about electricity. Take a look at our learning journey to find out more.

In our first science lesson, we completed a variety of activities to activate our prior learning from Year 4. 

Metacognition in Maths

 

We started our Y6 maths learning journey by focusing on Metacognition. We linked this to our outdoor learning by investigating the question:

HOW MANY BLADES OF GRASS ARE THERE ON THE SCHOOL FIELD? 

First, we discussed all the possible ways we could solve this problem and the equipment that would be useful to help us. We then worked as a team to create a plan for our investigation. Next, we conducted our investigation on the field and monitored the effectiveness of our initial plan before adapting it. Finally, we evaluated our approach to the investigation. We thought about what this challenge has taught us about our approach to any maths challenges. 

 

Computing: Online Safety

 

In our first online safety lesson of the year, we started by looking at self-image and identity. We discussed online content relating to gender, race, religion, disability, culture and other groups, and explained why it is important to challenge and reject inappropriate representations online. We discussed stereotyping and why it is harmful and unfair and thought about ways that we could challenge stereotypes. We were very positive, reflective and mature throughout our discussions. In the second part of the lesson, we thought about healthy and unhealthy online relationships. We discussed the importance of showing respect online and considering how actions can impact on other people.

 

Topic: History - Launch Lesson

 

In our first Topic lesson, we used our TEAMWORK skills to help us to identify significant events in history.

In our groups, we completed two tasks:

1) Ordering key events and eras from world history in chronological order.

2) Ordering key events from the 20th Century and creating a class timeline. We each made a timeline card and then worked as a class to place them in the decade we thought they happened in. We then looked at the answers and discussed as a class.

 

 

Picture This

 

After being history detectives and asking and answering questions about an image, we recreated the image using sketching pencils and water colours. Take a look at us in action and check back soon for photos of our finished pieces.

English

 

In our first two English sessions, we worked together using our TEAMWORK and RESPECT skills to work as a class to create a piece of writing linked to a film clip. First, we watched the clip and discussed. Then, each group was given a specific focus, like 'character' or 'setting'. We had to work together in our groups to write sentences that we could combine in the next lesson. For this, we were given the sentences one focus at a time and chose where to place them. We then had the tricky (but fun) task of revising the content in order to make it the most captivating piece of writing possible. This helped us to achieve EXCELLENCE.

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