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Happy New Year!

Share your thoughts here about what you’re looking forward to this year…

Maybe you’re aiming for a big part in the end of year production? Would like to train to be a Negotiator or Breathing Ambassador? Do you want to achieve your gold certificate on the 100 list? Perhaps there’s a particular topic or trip that you can’t wait for? Year 6 is busy, busy, busy: which bits do you think you’ll like the best?

…and there’s more!

The next thing we did was attend the Ambitions careers event at Sparken Hill. There was a huge range of people there to tell us more about different careers and study options that we might want to pursue when we get older.

Sports Day was a huge success with the trophy going to Clumber House. Again!! Quite a few of us attended the Big Transition events at Portland to prepare us for the transition days this week. You can let us know how you’re getting on whilst you’re away if you want to!

In our science work, we have been finding out lots more about ‘Light’. I was very impressed with how you were able to talk about angles of incidence and reflection and how you applied this when you were making your periscopes!

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Our adventures turned then to Derbyshire. Having researched lots of different places, we visited Bakewell where we observed the livestock auction in action, took to the streets to complete some town surveys before hiking 7 miles! We were exhausted but very, very proud of ourselves and were rewarded with some delicious local delicacies. Bakewell tart beat Bakewell pudding by a mile when we voted on our favourite!!

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We still have another three and a bit weeks of learning left so check back in again soon to see what else we get up to: there’s lots more to come!!


Y6, we have been so busy, I haven’t put a blog on for a long time: I hope you’ll forgive me! I’m going to try and summarise everything we’ve been up to since our last blog post but it might need to run into two posts with all of the pictures…

We had a fantastic time working with our friends in Y5 on our DT pulleys work. We were set a challenge to safely transport something up or down a mountain (remembering that volcanoes are also a type of mountain!). Did anything surprise you that day? How did your system work out? What would you do differently next time?

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We also had the chance to meet the Year 6s from St Swithun’s when we enjoyed a writing workshop with them. We will be able to see some friendly faces now when we go on our shared residential with them in a couple of weeks. It was also a good chance to practise meeting new people ready for our transition to Year 7.

We had another day with Year 5 when we went to the Safety Zone event at Ranby. Can you remember which organisations were there to help us to stay safe?

The same week, we enjoyed our Faith experience with Ken when we found out lots more about worship in the Gurdwara and some of the symbols of Sikhism. Can you still remember what the 5 Ks are?

Time to shine!

We’ve worked as hard as can be, covered absolutely everything we need to, reminded ourselves of how far we’ve come throughout Key Stage 2, sung all of our learning songs, played a few games and even had a few laughs along the way 🙂 I’m really proud of the hard work that’s been put in by Year 6 and hope you all are too! Have a super relaxing weekend and if you get the chance, let us know what you’re up to….

Summer Term Homework Project

We really enjoyed our topic launches today where we were recapping and learning locational knowledge linked to our topics over the years! We also looked at lots of famous landmarks and their locations around the world: some we knew already and others that were new to us. Have you decided which one you are going to re-create? Let us know here…

Remember, the only limits are your imagination! I know everyone will be blown away if anyone decides to incorporate any of our science learning on circuits, motors and switches 😉 but I’m also sure that whatever you decide to do will be fantastic!

You can make any of the landmarks that we looked at today or another of your own ideas and you can use any materials that you want to. We’ll try our best to help with materials so if you need anything, please just ask!

Quiz Time!

It’s very nearly the end of term so that means Knowledge Organsier quiz time! Have you remembered the key facts? What about from last term’s Ancient Greek topic? Test yourself here….

1. What year was Queen Victoria born?

2. What year did she accede to the throne?

3. Who was her uncle?

4. Which of her sons succeeded her?

5. Was Spain part of the British Empire?

6. Was New Zealand part of the British Empire?

7. A diamond jubilee is a celebration of how many years on the throne?

8. What was a pauper?

9. Did the Mines Act of 1842 stop children under 5, 10 or 12 from working underground?

10. What year did Queen Victoria die?

11. When were the first Olympic Games held?

12. What was King Agamemnon’s brother called?

13. When was the Battle of Marathon?

14. In which modern day country is Troy believed to have been located: Finland, Turkey or Spain?

15. Which city state was ruled by two kings of equal power?

If you manage to answer all of these questions, can you think of a question for everyone else?