End of Term News-Year 6

Well, here we are at the end of the first term in Year 6.  Time has really flown by but we have packed in so much both in and out of the classroom.

Back in September we had the excitement of electing the first House Captains.  All the children who stood for election were very courageous – not to say organised – as the elections were held in the very first week of term.  It is not easy standing up at the front to give a speech to your peers so all the candidates should be very proud of themselves whatever the outcome.  I trust there will be some more speeches written over the Christmas holiday…

Each class has led an assembly over the term.  6W told us all about Jeans for Genes Day so that all the children would understand where the money they raised that day would go.  6C talked about Black History Month.  They had found an impressive amount of information and their work was put on display for all to see.  6B took Parliament Week as their theme and explained how our system of Government works and shared some interesting facts about Parliament.

In Science the children studied Evolution and Inheritance and then moved onto Classifying Animals.  Their studies were supported by a visit to Tring Natural History Museum where the children were amazed by the number of exhibits.  We were really impressed with the projects the children produced over their half-term which were thoroughly researched and thoughtfully presented.

In Topic the children have been learning about World War One.  They practised their journalistic skills by producing a newspaper article about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.  They studied some of the war poets and also looked at the Wicken census of 1911.  They were fascinated to compare their school life with those of children in 1914.  For homework, they have been able to select from a range of tasks and we have enjoyed sampling many biscuit recipes from the time.

Great excitement was had in the Food Tech room building up to the Cup Cake Competition.  Unfortunately the Year 6 teaching team were not invited onto the judging panel for this (in spite of all our practice with the First World War cookies).  The children produced some wonderful creations.  Perhaps they’d like to bake for you over the holidays?

Learning has continued apace in other subject areas including, of course, English and Maths.  We had some encouraging assessment results and the children have now been given their next targets.

As well as the Tring trip, another highlight of the term was the trip to Tile House Mansion.  Here, the children had a History, Art and Science lesson all based around the theme of the History of the BBC.  They were amused to see what television was like in their parents’/ grandparents’ day when choice was more limited.  They then enjoyed making their own mini film.  For many though, their most memorable experience was being allowed to use the Bunsen burners in Science and test different substances in the flame.

Sport fixtures have been many and the children have developed their rugby and hockey skills significantly.  The boys were very unlucky not to make it through to the final of the Nationals and should be proud of all they have achieved.  The girls should also be proud of their achievements as they have had a most successful term.

So, you can see we have all been very busy and are ready for a good rest over Christmas once the carols have been sung, the Christmas lunches eaten and once the Christmas parties are all done.

Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas.  We will see you again in 2017,

The Year 6 Team

Akeley Wood Junior School