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Year 6

June 2022

In Year 6, we started the day with a relaxing meditation linked to our Geography focus. The children imagined drifting towards their imaginary mountain - a calm, relaxing start to our day. The children learnt about environmental surveys in the morning - they decided on a criteria to analyse each area of the school playground. This included: trees, flowers, grass, litter, graffiti and peeling paint. The children scored the areas out of 10 and created a bar chart to present their findings. Year 6 continued to use this information to improve an area in school that needed it the most, considering what would make the area more desirable. We ended the day with a community flipchart book, which helped the children understand their community and consider their role in society. A great day!

April 2022 - no school

March 2022

For Wellbeing Day this month, Year 6 combined Science and Wellbeing! Year 6 had three Science based activities that engaged their wellbeing too. The children began the day with an activity to learn about antibodies and viruses, and to practise their wellbeing the children made origami antibodies. This took patience, resilience and teamwork to create the finished product. It was very therapeutic too! Next, the children studied optical illusions. We learnt our brains are very busy trying to understand all the information from our senses, so to cope, it makes some assumptions based on your memory and experience. Usually, these assumptions allow us to see the world more-or-less as it is, but sometimes they create illusions. The children were able to create very effective illusions too! Finally, the children enjoyed making colour wheel spinners to investigate what happens to the different colours when spinning at great speed. They were fascinated to see that the fast spinning colour wheel mixed all the different colours together, creating a white colour!

February 2022

For wellbeing day, in Year 6, we started the day with "100 ways to find 100". The children spent a long time creating interesting ways of making 100, using all symbols including percentages, decimals and algebra! They showed great resilience. This was followed by an activity called "square it up". The children had to use their problem solving skills, and teamwork, to create 3 equal squares using straws. This also required much resilience! In the afternoon, we focussed on an artist called Kandinsky, who used colour and shape to express emotion. We used his idea to create our own pieces to express our emotions too.

January 2022

Year 6 spent environment day learning about overconsumption and how overconsumption of clothes is on the rise. We learnt about 'fast fashion' and how we can combat our own constant purchases and become more sustainable. We looked at re-purposing old t-shirts to create a tote bag, or cleverly named a tee-tote bag! The children thoroughly enjoyed this creative activity and worked well as a team to create their designs. They only needed an old t-shirt and scissors! Hopefully we can begin to become more aware of our purchases and how to fix old clothing in the future.


December 2021

This month, the children in Year 6 began the day with a mindful Christmas- themed mediation. This helped start the day in a calm way, and helped the children reflect on their current mental health and feelings. It also helped them learn breathing techniques if they are feeling overwhelmed. Next, Year 6 created Christmas cards for someone in need. We discussed how not everyone feels the joy of Christmas and it can be a very lonely time of year for some people. We talked about how the elderly, people in care homes, homeless people, NHS staff and those who had recently suffered grief may struggle with this time of year. Year 6 created some wonderful positive messages to lift the spirits of those who need it the most. We continued the day by discussing gratitude and how simple moments of gratitude can help us feel grounded, ease worries we may have, think positively for the future and spread kindness. The children made gratitude advent calendars, with an activity for each day that spreads kindness and also helps them reflect on what they are grateful for.