Year Six.

Wednesday 9th Nov: here are some pictures from our visit to church this morning. We did some readings, talked to members of the congregation and drummed up some support for our cafe bake sale coming up on Friday! Paris said that it was a really nice service and she enjoyed talking to the 'older' members of our community.
 
 
 
  
 Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a brilliant overnight trip to London just before half term. No doubt they were excited to tell you all about it when they got back. Here are a few photos of what they got up to:
 
                         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Year 6 are enjoying some fun activities during their remaining time at Stretton. They are having an evening out at Feast Junction in Coventry on Thursday 14th, where there will be plenty of  food and drinks to try. Then they will be taking part in the whole school sports day at Warwick University on Friday 15th, as well as having their own activity morning at AT7 Centre on Monday 18th. And don't forget to please join them for their leaver's assembly on Thursday 14th at 9.15am where we will get to say a sad goodbye to them all...! 
 
 
 
A big well done to all our Year 6 pupils for remaining so focused on their SATs tests this week and really doing their best! Results will be out at the beginning of July, but for now they can wind down with some fun activities on the playground on Friday afternoon, and a well-earned rest over the weekend!
 
 
 World Book Day 3rd March 2016
 
 
 
As part of our Theme work for Autumn Term 2015, Year 6 have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. A recent piece of work focused on the invasion in the north of England and the impact it had on the monks living in the monastery at Lindesfarne . The children took ideas from some original texts and then wrote their own diary entries to describe how they would have felt if they had been there. Have a look at some examples below:
 
             
 
 
 
Rainforest Roadshow.


SPRING TERM 2015
 Year 6 are settling down for some important learning time up to their SATS tests in May...
 
 
In December 2014, Year 6 enjoyed a festive visit to Coventry Cathedral. We participated in a beautiful Christingle service. Several members of the class wrote poems which they shared with the congregation. All were impressed by our literacy skills.
 
The children were fortunate enough to be sent home with  goodies to make their own Christingle orange. Ask us about the symbolisation of the orange, candle, ribbon and sweets on sticks! and have a look at our pictures from the day:

 

                                                                                      

 

 

UPDATE 5th DEC: we are so pleased to be able to inform you that our short stories have gone national! The Literacy Shed has published them this week on their website. Please go and have a look -  http://www.literacyshedshowcase.com/girl-in-the-war

 
 
Since then, they have reflected and identified further targets, such a mature attitude to learning!

We have our fingers and toes crossed that the Literacy Shed website will choose to features our stories. Watch this space....

http://www.literacyshed.com/the-great-animations-shed.html

Please follow the link to watch the moving film.
 
 
 
As part of our theme of Adaptation, year 6 have been tackling an interesting science project this week. Our learning objective was to understand how animals are adapted to live in different environments. We collected data and made our conclusions based on the following information:
 
''Once upon a time there was a magical island where chocolate buttons grew on trees! Yes I did say chocolate buttons (Miss Corner’s favourite!) Back to the story...sadly the island was uninhabited by birds and residents yearned for the sweet sound of bird song. This is where you come in; it is your task to investigate which birds from neighbouring islands could survive on chocolate button island''!
 
We collated the data collected during the investigation,calculated the average (level 4 maths skill) and created a bar chart to represent our data.
 
We concluded that a bird, such as a pelican (due to its spoon-like beak) would be best adapted to live on Chocolate Button Island!
 
We also discussed inconsistencies in our investigation and questioned the reliability of our data due to using 'everyday items' to represent beaks.
 
We put ourselves into the shoes of scientists and discussed the problems and frustrations they may encounter when carrying out experiments in labs.
 
Here's a couple of pictures....
 
 

Following our 'beak adaptation investigation' the children were keen to investigate further animal adaptations. On Thursday this week, we investigated camouflage and how animals use this clever form of adaptation to avoid prey or to assist them as predators!

Method:

  • Blue-tac white paper to the base of a box
  • Dip marbles in different coloured paint and roll over the paper to create a background (remember the order in which you use your colours)
  • Repeat the marble process on a template of an animal (the children chose birds!)
  • TOP TIP- use the paints in the same order as used on the background
 
Test your bird on your background- is it camouflaged?

We enjoyed swapping birds between groups and experimenting with the results! It made us think carefully about the animals and the particular habitats in which they live!

Look at our pictures...spot the birds if you can! The children enjoyed learning about camouflage and are now very knowledgeable about the topic if you would like to learn more!
 
 
Our newly returned Year 6's had a very exciting start to their academic year, with a weekend trip to the outdoor adventure centre of Dol-y-Moch in Snowdonia. Despite some lovely sunny weather, they did still manage to get extremely wet at times, as you will see from their pictures... but a great (and tiring!) time was had by all!