Year Six

Welcome to Year 6

Welcome to our brand new Year 6 page. Here you will find important information about our class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.


Our Year 6 Staff:

Miss Scriven – Teacher

Mrs Hughes /Miss Butler – Teaching Assistants

Miss Dunbar - PPA Teacher (Wed am)


WB: 11.06.18

AKA: The week Holly got arrested and we all went to jail.



What a fabulous time we had at Kingswood.

We kicked off this week with a brand new Topic Text called ‘The Watertower’ – it’s a little bit creepy but we couldn’t wait to see how it ended. We have written descriptive passages of Bubba’s descent into the tank and also we have authored letters to a police chief to explain the strange ‘goings on’ in this text.

In topic, we have continued our pursuit of facts about Northern America with a focus on Canada this week and we have also created our own paper versions of French food for our Canadian café. In RE, we have found out about the 5Ks and have learnt a song that helps us to remember these important symbols of Sikhism:



Sing to the tune of Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes:

Kara, kirpan, kesh, kangha, kachera!

Kara, kirpan, kesh, kangha, kachera!

A Sikh in the Khalsa wears five Ks to show,

Their dedication to their faith!  Don’t you know!


On Wednesday, we were lucky enough to go on yet ANOTHER school trip and we visited SafetyWorks in Newcastle. The Police, Fire Service, Traffic Police and St John’s Ambulance were all there to help us explore real-life scenarios that could happen and what we should do. We found out how to put someone in the recovery position and how to save people if they are choking. After role-playing shop-lifting, we found out why having a police record isn’t a good thing for many, many reasons – including if you want a good job or want to travel to places like America and Australia. In a mock-up of a metro station, we realised that it is NEVER safe to go onto railway tracks and in the reconstructed house, we identified different hazards that could be avoided on a day-to-day basis. It was so informative and the people who ran the centre were amazing (and so were we).


We finished the week with the Head Teacher’s Award going to Neve for her fabulous attitude at Kingswood.

WB 04.06.18
AKA: The week we went to Kingswood
We have been blogging from Kingswood all week - please choose ‘Kingswood’ from the Y6 blog menu.



WB: 21.05.18

Aka: The week we all went down Niagra Falls.


After leaving the Mayans behind, we have started to plough forwards into our new topic of ‘Northern America’.

We kicked off our new topic with a challenge. In small groups, we had ten random junk/arty items that we had to create a ‘boat’ with to go down ‘Niagra Falls’. In each boat, we had to place a 2D version of Megan Markle and Prince Harry (on a blue paper towel). The group that kept the newlyweds the driest would win the most points. There would also be bonus points for presentation and style. In addition to the materials we had, we could purchase more equipment using the three dollars we were given at the start of the challenge. It could buy anything from a plastic cup to a 20cm piece of sticky tape. Each item was a dollar. Check out the video beneath of one of our challenges.


This week, we found out all about the Statue of Liberty: we drew anime versions of her, researched facts about the incredible statue and wrote information leaflets to help tourists. We even have our own scale model of Liberty in our classroom. Using atlases, we discovered which other countries are in Northern America and began to learn in French how to order food in a French-Canadian café.


In computing, we created an ‘Aliens in New York’ invasion game using Purple Mash and in RE, we have started to study Sikhism. In English, we have used a video called ‘Partly Cloudy’ to create resignation letters and nomination requests for storks – we just love Gus the Cloud. Our busy week continued with a Water Roadshow called ‘Splish Splash’.


To finish the week, FOUR PEOPLE received pen licences: Martha, Darren, Sophie and Erin. Ava was voted most ‘proud’ in our core value vote and Robert gained the Head Teacher’s award for his enthusiastic attitude to school.


Please remember that aerosols and electronics are not allowed at Kingswood and please remember to bring your bags for the residential to the main door on the first day back. Have a safe half-term and see you all first week back for our big adventure!

WB: 14.05.18
AKA: The week we turned into lions
Well, SATs week finally came to Y6 and we all made our teachers so proud!
Each day, we tackled each tricky test even better than the day before, held up our heads with confidence and stayed calm the whole week. After the very last maths paper on Thursday, we went around the school in a giant conga line and everyone clapped and cheered at our amazing celebration. We finished with a well-deserved extra-long break and ice-lollies on the field.
As soon as SATs were behind us, we started to transform our classroom into our next class topic: Northern America. We already have decided on what our displays should look like, how we would like our new reading area and we have completed our lettering for our topic board - we are definitely fast workers! We can't wait for our very own Statue of Liberty.
To finish a VERY busy week, we all celebrated Megan and Harry getting married with a mystery within class and a picnic on the field. Jake received the Head Teacher's award for his fabulous attitude to work, Joshua received his GOLD certificate for mathletics and Ava was voted most considerate in the class CORE VALUE vote.
A reminder that the Kingswood Residential is the week after the holidays so start getting your things together and make sure all health forms are returned. EEeeeeeee!
WB: 30.04.18  
AKA: The week we got ready to ROAR....
Wow! This week, so many of us had a break-through with some of our trickier Y6 objectives. Some people improved how to answer vocabulary and inference questions. Others rocked at arithmetic objectives that they'd previously found confusing. Everybody moved forward and the whole Y6 team were over the moon with the ever-improving scores in EGPS after Miss Scriven gave a spot quiz this week. We are lean, mean (well, actually quite lovely), Y6 superstars!
To make everyone EVEN prouder, Keira received the Head Teacher's certificate this week and Robbie S was voted as the 'most unique' by the class. 
It has been a week of birthdays - including Lennon and Martha - and we finished the week with a chocolate treat in the lovely sunshine (see pics).
There is a little bit of everything for homework - remember to have a look at your maths revision book too. Keep safe over the Bank Holiday and remember the sun-cream!!!! 
WB: 23.04.18
AKA: The week we had a little practice...
This week, our brilliant Year Sixes have had a little go at a 'proper' SAT paper again. The Year Sixes were absolutely fantastic and, after marking our papers together, we have discovered the last little bits that we would like to work on before the real SATs in May and the last skills we need to prepare ourselves for comprehensive school.
Mid-week, we had a visit from the School Nurse team. We took part in a 'Health Roadshow' and found out lots of information about how to keep  our mind and bodies healthy - see our fabulous pictures of the session underneath.
In PE, we continued to improve our javelin skills. We all did brilliantly but Robert showed that he could be in the Olympics with his amazing throwing skills (he was also a brilliant teacher to his team-mate).
We finished the week to find out that Samar received the Head Teacher's award for his work in mathematics and lots and lots of people received their 97% attendance OR their 100% certificates - well done.
WB: 16.04.18
AKA: The week the sun decided to shine
Year Six have been working extremely hard this week brushing up their maths, EGPS and reading skills. We met 'Sheba the Summariser' in reading and now we are brilliant at summary questions. In maths, we have been absorbed in fractions, decimals and percentages and we are now experts in all things 'fractiony'!
With the help of Miss Scriven's silly EGPS party hats, we mastered passive voice and we have also looked again at coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
When the sun finally decided to come out and play, we took our learning outside to practise our spellings and revise the different parts of a circle. Year Six even got another cheeky little playtime in the sun for being so brilliant!
We finished the week by finding out that Henry gained his pen licence and Lacey got the Headteacher's certificate for fabulous maths work. Joshua was Mathlete of the Week and is close to a very special this space!
Please remember that Year Six have PE on a Friday. Lots of pupils forgot their kit this week and were unable to join in our javelin throwing games.
WB: 26.03.18
AKA: The week that was only four days!
It was only four days but boy did we work hard in Year 6.
Miss Scriven is so proud of how hard we are working and how much dedication we are showing to our work by attending Boosters and Interventions throughout the day (and after school!!!!). We've have tons of breakthroughs with shape and space and have tried lots of different styles of questions and activities to help up to master area, volume, perimeter and converting measures. In reading, we've found out about word and phrases that might indicate time in stories e.g. dawn, the street lights were beginning to flicker on. Also, we have tackled questions when you really have to concentrate on what is being asked and have to read between the lines  - there were some really tricky ones this week but we are improving with lots of practice.
For homework this week, Miss Scriven has provided a pack for us with lot of maths, EGPS and reading activities. Also, Mrs Pizl has bought us all a maths revision book to help us to revise - we are allowed to do as many as we like out of Section A and Section B. We have taken home our revision folders this week to keep using the facts and formulas that we find tricky to remember BUT we must remember to bring them back to school on the first day back! 
To finish our week, we had lots of bronze awards for ten merits and we were all thrilled to find out that Jacob won one of the two school attendance prizes for our 'Six Week Attendance Challenge'. He wins a family pass for the bowling alley and goes forward into the Trust draw for a chance to win £100  of vouchers - good luck Jacob!
Mathlete(s) of the week goes to Holly Cook for an incredible 2851 points, earning yet another Bronze, and Lacey for earning her Silver certificate!
Keep your eyes peeled for our Reflection Video for this term to see some of the brilliant things we have been doing at school.
Keep safe over the holidays everyone and enjoy munching on lots of yummy Easter eggs!  
WB: 19.03.18 
AKA: The week we moved to the music, danced to the beats and played Bunny Bingo!
What a busy, busy week! 
One of the highlights of the week had to be the musical guests that came in to do a musical workshop with Key Stage Two - they were amazing! You couldn't help but move to their catchy tunes. Continuing our musical theme, the Easter Disco was a huge hit and we boogied and bopped to the DJs beats all night! 
Our parents and carers have been at Fatfield a few times this week to show their support for our amazing school including: to attend a meeting about KS2 SATs and our Kingswood residential;  at Parents' evening with their child's teacher; and during a fabulous game of Bunny Bingo to help raise funds for the school. It's always nice to see people from home - thank you to everyone who came!
In Y6, we have been working extremely hard to master a variety of reading questions and have been learning all about symmetry and shape and space in maths.  Homework is linked to fractions or place value - check which one you have.
Our Mathlete of the week is: Holly Cook. Well done Holly for achieving your Bronze Award.
Spellings are some of the final Y5/6 words - we have lots of mnemonics for these already! Please remember to keep practising!
AKA - The week we became archaeologists!
This week has seen lots of reading practice in preparation for SATs and we have been looking at how annotating our questions can help us with our answers. In further reading news, Mrs Pizl was over the moon with Year 6 to see that everyone had brought in their reading book and yellow log on Thursday and Friday - let's see if we can do this every week! 
We received a package from the museum on Wednesday full of rocks. After finding out about fossils and the role they play in finding out about evolution, we used tools and brushes to excavate small dinosaurs from the rocks - see our pictures next week to see how hard we worked. Later on in the week, we used our historical enquiry skills to work out what class of Mayan would have been buried in different archaeological digs based on the sifting trays we were given.
To finish the week, people from home came in to see all of our wonderful work and it was brilliant to see so many people in our classroom. In Friday assembly, Freya won the Head Teacher's award for her fabulous attitude to school and learning and Esme won the core value of the week for being 'considerate'. Esme also received her pen licence alongside Robert. Well done everybody!
Home work is a selection of EGPS questions to help prepare for SATs and spellings focus on the 'I before E, except after C' rule.
Please remember the SATs and Kingswood meeting on Tuesday (5.30 - 6.30pm). If you would like to come, please fill in the reply slip to help the school organise appropriate seating.
WB: 05.03.18
AKA: The week the snow went!
Finally, we are back at school! We have all been working very hard to apply the maths that we have been studying. Year 6 have been learning how to find missing angles on a straight line, around a point and within a triangle. As part of our learning, we had to work out the angles of Mayan spears in an archaeological dig. Red group used QR codes on the IPad to solve their Mayan maths mystery! In reading, we have been trying really hard to practise different types of inference questions - we really think the pace of our reading is improving! Our STOMP performance in PE is taking shape nicely and we've had lots of time within our new computing suite - it's amazing!
This week Henry was awarded the Head Teacher's Certificate for improved presentation and Erin won the Core Value vote. Two more pupils gained their pen licences: Neve and Jessica. Well done everyone!
Homework this week builds on the geometry work we have been doing on angles and triangles.
PLEASE remember your Home Reader (and yellow log) everyday and your PE for Friday afternoon.
WB: 26.02.18
AKA: The week it snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed...
After lots of snow on Monday and Tuesday, the school closed due to the heavy snow on Wednesday.
Remember: there are lots of exciting things to do on Purple Mash that I have set for you for over the snow days - including a story about strange glow sticks in the snow and a game review; you could go on Bug Club, which also has spelling activities; why not try Mathletics, where you can complete to get your Bronze, Silver or Gold Certificates.
Please stay safe in the snow!
Miss Scriven 
AKA: The week we all found out whether we liked Mayan Hot Chocolate (and whether Miss Scriven could make it).
Welcome back after the half-term holidays!
Miss Scriven thinks we have all been amazing SAT superstars this week. Year Six have been using the hall to practice what the SATs will be like in May. After having a practice in Autumn too, it didn't seem that bad at all. Our practice showed that we are improving in speed when we are tackling the papers and also that we can answer a lot more of the questions than we could in October.
On Friday afternoon, we had a Mayan SAT celebration after PE to reward ourselves for being so amazing this week. We watched an Elena of Avalor episode called 'Ola Ball', which is based on the ancient Mayan game of Pok-a-Tok, whilst drinking Mayan hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was more bitter than the chocolate we are used to and had an extra ingredient; chilli powder!.   Some of us loved it; some of us hated it and pulled very funny faces!
WB: 05.02.18
AKA: The week we became engineers!
This week has been a very special week. The engineers from Nissan came into school to talk about their roles and to kick off our KS2 Engineering Week.
We were very lucky to have Mr Batchelor, who has designed parts for fighters jets among many things, and Year Six were able to ask him all different kinds of questions that we had prepared for him. He helped us to begin our engineering projects as we thought of weird and wonderful solutions for everyday problems.
Our projects this week contained our questions, notes and answers alongside our ideas and final designs for our engineering solutions. Mrs Dowdle is entering our projects into an engineering competition - it would be very exciting if someone from Fatfield won!
WB: 29-01-18
AKA: The week we all discovered how to use water colours.
We have been finding out more about Frederick Catherwood this week and our 'Catherwood-Esque' paintings are shaping up nicely!
Check out our pictures below!
WB: 22.01.18
AKA: The week we became video gamers
The Mayan madness continues with brand new Mayan displays going up in our classroom, creating our own heroes and villains for our Mayan adventure stories next week and designing our own 3D Mayan Maze video games. using our brand new software program Purple Mash. We discovered how to create a platform for our game, add characters to increase the challenge and that Miss Scriven is THE WORST game player ever!!! Keep your eyes peeled for screen dumps of our fantastic games. 
In further exciting news: Freya, Eve, Mason and Holly received their pen licences and Joshua received the Head Teacher's award for his beautiful presentation. Freya continued the success by picking up a bronze medal for 10 merits and being voted as the most CONSIDERATE pupil in our class in our Core Value vote.
There has been a massive improvement in people bringing in their PE kits - thank you! Remember to get them in for Friday as we start a new PE topic.
Reminder: Mayan projects are to be handed in by the end of next week. 
WB: 15.01.18
AKA: The week that we went all Mayan!
This week has been crammed full of learning about the Maya Civilisation. We found out about Frederick Catherwood  and his amazing depictions of the Maya ruins from the 1800s with Miss Scriven and we started looking at some of his drawing techniques with Miss Hails in art. We have solved long division problems linked to our topic in maths and have been writing amazing pieces of description writing about Temple Run - an Indiana Jones inspired video game. 
We have also found out about how people who follow the Jewish religion donate 10% of their earnings to charity and have developed our tag-rugby skills. (We even managed a game of dodge-ball with Miss Trail to finish the week off!)
Big congratulations to Eve, who received our class vote for being 'responsible' and  Jessica, who received our Head Teacher's award this week.
PE is on a Friday and PE Kit MUST be brought in for this session.
Homework this week is a Maya project and you have two weeks to complete this project.
Finally, before you go, check out our sledging on the back field on Thursday-it was SO much fun!
WB: 08.01.18     
AKA: The week we all came back to school!
Welcome back to a sparkling term in Year 6!  A new year beckons and so does a brand new topic.
This term we will be transported back to the ancient times of all things Maya. We started the week off with a sacrificial game of Pok-a-Tok. Poor Jessica and Rhys had their heads (well-placed basketballs) chopped off as the captains of the losing sides.
In further news, we have started to transform our classroom into a Mayan jungle, started exploring the video 'Temple Run' in English and have continued to do fabulous things with decimals.
Also, we were very excited to witness our first  Year 6 'PEN LICENCE' being awarded to Georgia Bannister. I wonder who will be next......
Before you go, check out our fab action shots of Tag Rugby on Friday.
Week Beginning: 04.12.17
A.K.A: The week the people from home came to school
Well, another exciting week in Year Six is over and what a busy week it has been! This week has seen our doors open to people from home not just once....but twice!
On Thursday, we all got to show off our amazing work to our families for Invitation Afternoon. There were so many people in our classroom looking at all of our brilliant writing, maths, art and reading. While we were busy showing off how ace we are, we also made a World War II decoupage bauble to adorn our Christmas tree using 1940s sheet music of Jingle Bells.
On Friday, we had another special day. Everyone came to school in their snuggly PJs and people from home came to read stories under our Christmas tree. As a special surprise, every pupil received a brand new book from under the Christmas tree from all of the staff and we  got to sip a mug of hot chocolate - MMMMmmmmmm!
In another piece of amazing news, Martha received the Headteacher's certificate AND was chosen by the class to receive the Core Value merit for displaying our school value: PROUD. Well done Martha!
AKA: The week when Christmas came to call!  Ho Ho Ho!
This week we have been getting into the festive spirit with rehearsals for the KS2 Christmas production, creating World War Two paper Christmas decorations in art, decorating the HUGE Christmas tree in the hall with our baubles from home, witnessing the first snow fall of the season and admiring the TWO Christmas trees of our very own in class! Eeeeeeee!
Alongside Christmas festivities and multiplying fractions, we have been finding out all about codes that were used in World War Two. After having a go at Morse Code, we then started to build our own electrical circuits in science. Using our knowledge of 'breaking' a circuit, we used the homemade lamp circuits to send our own Morse Code messages to other people in the class. In Letters from the Lighthouse - our class novel- we think we might have solved the code that Olive found in her sister's pocket - it's all getting very exciting!  
We finished the week finding out that Erin is very considerate after she received the core value for this week.  Also, Ava was awarded the Head Teacher's Certificate for brilliant work in maths.
INVITATION AFTERNOON - Thursday 7th December 2017
CHRISTMAS READING EVENT - Friday 8th December 2017
Week Beginning: 20.11.17
Through sniffles and coughs, Year 6 are powering through the term!
Addition and subtraction of fractions has been our focus this week alongside making sure we know our 9 times tables! We have started rehearsing for our KS2 Christmas production too - it's all very exciting! In English, we have been building up skills to improve our diary writing and lots of us have stunned Miss Scriven with the improvement in our handwriting.
We finish the week by finding out that Georgia has been voted by the class to receive our core value of the week: responsible. 
Homework is still the 2 week project set last week: design an air-raid shelter. 
Check out our very own class air-raid shelter in the pics below....
Week Beginning: 13.11.17
The week when we found out: how to deal with bullies, find a German battleship and sing to Dusty Springfield in French!
This week, we have been finding out about how bullying can make people feel and what we can do if, at some point in our lives, we are bullied. To share this information with others, we have made a giant anti-bullying graffiti wall.
As part of our World War II topic, we have used coordinates in all four quadrants to find German battleships, found out about the enigma code machine and cracked our own codes with a mysterious code wheel. It was really tough at first but we managed it and found out all the hidden codes. Check out the link below to have a go at cracking an enigma code yourself.
Miss Scriven reckons we have written our best piece of writing yet in English. We have been writing apology letters from a character in our topic text to explain why he can't take an evacuee. To make our writing as persuasive as possible, we have used superlatives, comparatives, flattery, statistics, extra information in relative clauses and emotive language. Also, we have all been trying new ways of editing our writing by working with a partner. Miss Scriven, Mrs Hughes and Miss Butler thought we worked our socks off - we are rather good at persuading people to do things now!
Alongside using common multiples and common factors to order and simplify fractions, we have also started to learn about the school timetable in French. We are learning a song to the tune of 'I only want to be with you' by Dusty Springfield.  It's a little hard at the moment to get our tongues around all of the words but it was a lot of fun trying. We have included the words so that you can have a try yourself!
Homework this week will be a two week project on air-raid shelters - have fun!

Lundi c’est l’histoire et la géographie,


 Mardi le dessin et la technologie,


 Mercredi les sciences, l’informatique,


 Jeudi c’est l’anglais , le sport et la musique,


 Vendredi , c’est vrai!


 On a les maths et le français


 (to the tune of I only want to be with you)

Week Beginning: 06.11.17
Our FIRST taste of SATs and a trip back to the SECOND World War.......
Well, what an exciting week!
On Monday, we used the hall for the first time to see what the SATs will be like in May. We were all really calm and Miss Scriven was so proud of us! Now we know SATs aren't scary as we thought they were.
On Wednesday, we turned back time and went back to the 1940s. Year 6 dressed up in their war-time clothes, ate yummy WWII food, experienced a 'real-life' air-raid and met an evacuee from WWII too! It was fascinating talking to Mrs Jackson and finding out about how she felt about the war as a little girl. Before we left for the day, we also got to create war-time poppies, write post-cards as evacuees, write an atmospheric piece of writing about 'The Blitz' and try our hand at our sewing in a 'mend and make do' exercise.
To finish the week, we voted for Martha to receive our core value vote of 'Considerate' - she is always so caring towards her friends, helpful and kind. After lots of hard work at school and at home on Mathletics, Amy received the Head Teacher award for her mathematical dedication! Well done to both girls.
Homework this week builds on our work on finding factors and will be a very useful skill when we begin looking at fractions this week. 
Visit our Class Blog again to see the fabulous pictures from our WWII day!

Week beginning: 30.10.17

What clever things we have been!

This week we have been exploring prime numbers, factors and multiples - this will come in very handy when we start looking at fractions in maths in the next few weeks.

We have started a brilliant new book called Letters from the Lighthouse. Using the book as stimulus, we have been learning how to write descriptive lists using semi-colons and how to persuade a host-family in World War Two to take us as their evacuee.

It all got rather exciting when we went to the hall to find World War Two casualties in need of our assistance!!!  We all had to learn how to use CPR to help the soldiers and civilians.
We all went on a fabulous trip to the Victoria Tunnel at Ouseburn before half-term. We met a WWII evacuee called Basil (he was a bit of a rascal in his youth) and went down the tunnel that was used as an air raid shelter in WWII. Check out some of our pictures!