Welcome to Year 6 and the final year at Trotts Hill Primary School! Mrs Shergill will be covering Mrs Cook’s maternity leave for the summer term as the class teacher and Mrs Cornish will continue to teach and support in Year 6.
Year 6 is an extremely important, yet fun year, when your children will sit their SATs in May. To ensure the children are ready for these tests and are feeling confident, all the support and interest you take in your child’s education is extremely valuable.
We ask parents to read and sign their child’s reading record each week and help their child with the tasks that are set.
This year we cover the core subjects of English, maths and science as well as the following topics where we encourage children to take an active approach towards their learning including:
- The UK – The human and physical characteristics
- World War II
- Mayan Civilisation
- Stevenage New Town
Year 6 is a very important year and we have organised a range of activities which ensure children receive a broad curriculum which challenges them. The children participate in a ‘Robotics Day’ where they design and programme a robot to walk on Mars.
Children’s ‘Design and Technology’ skills are developed through a K’nex workshop where the children build a model based on strict design specifications. Finally the children’s fitness is tested through an activity week at PGL where they have the opportunity to conquer fears and achieve goals!
The expectations in Year 6 are very high but year on year children always rise to the challenge through good home-school partnerships and a determination to succeed.
- Home learning 2018 letter (112KB)
- Year 6 Spring Newsletter 2019 (170KB)
- Brilliant Book List Y6 (64KB)
- New to Year 6 (1MB)
- Recommended Text for Year 6 (348KB)
Wednesday 10th July
LO: To program a robot.
Year 6 participated a in Lego Robotics workshop where they had to program a robot to complete a mission to Mars. The children enjoyed spending the day being computer programmers and seeing how science, technology, engineering and maths were crucial to be successful. The overall winning team were the ‘Marsbots’ but throughout the day, the whole class showed focus perseverance and determination to succeed in the mission.
Wednesday 3rd July
LO: To explore science and engineering in the workplace.
Year 6 visited Sartorius Stedim in Royston. We were split into groups to go around and complete a variety of tasks. We explored the use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) to design robots, then visited the warehouse and identified the parts we needed to build the robot. Next we met the Build Technicians, who taught us how to to build and test the robots. Finally, we ran our own experiments using the Ambr15 robot which is made at Sartorius Stedim.
Once we had completed the tasks, we met in the atrium and were given goody bags which included stationery and snacks. We then reviewed the results of our tests and found that temperature had effected our results. It was a really enjoyable morning and several pupils now have an interest in pursuing a career in STEM.
Thursday 27th June
LO: To challenge ourselves.
This week Year 6 went to PGL at Liddington. We had a great time trying new activities and facing our fears. Zip wire was one of the most popular activities as it was so exhilarating! We also had to work as a team during our Splash, Survivor and Sensory Trail activities. It was a fantastic break from school and the staff and students came back tired but happy!
Wednesday 19th June
LO: To identify key events.
The children worked in groups to create a timeline to compare the Mayan period with the British period. The children used a scale of 10cm=100 years. We have displayed our timeline in class.
Tuesday 11th June
LO: To create a sculpture in the style of Henry Moore.
Year 6 used bronze effect paint to decorate their sculptures. We have displayed all the sculptures in our classroom so please come in and have a look. We think they look fantastic!
Wednesday 5th June
LO: To present a balanced discussion
This week we held a class debate on the topic, “Is homework necessary in primary schools?” After our debate, we presented both sides of the argument.
Tuesday 21st May
LO: To create a sculpture in the style of Henry Moore.
The children worked in pairs to create a sculpture in the style of Henry Moore. The scultpure was created out of newspaper and was then covered in mod-roc. The children had a wonderful time creating their sculptures!
Tuesday 14th May
LO: To understand how light is dispersed.
The children carried out a range of experiments to understand how light is dispersed. They really enjoyed creating rainbows and explaining how they are formed.
Wednesday 8th May
LO: To write a diary entry.
The children used the story ‘No Gun For Asmir,’ written by Christobel Mattingley to write a diary entry from the main character’s point of view. They were really inspired by the story and produced powerful pieces of writing.
Tuesday 30th April
LO: To research the work of the artist Henry Moore.
The children have been studying the work of Henry Moore, an English artist, best known for his semi-abstract bronze sculptures.
This week the children worked in pairs to create a pose which they captured on camera and created a pencil drawing of this, in preparation for creating their 3D sculpture over the next few weeks.
Friday 22nd March 2019
LO: To design and build a flying machine
Year 6 participated in the K’Nex challenge. This involved us showing co-operation, patience, good listening skills as well as our ability to design and engineer. We also had to use trial and improvement to reach our final design. We thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and the opportunity to be creative.
Monday 11th March 2019
LO: To create atmosphere and LO: To advance the action
We are using the amazing All Summer in a Day story to inspire us to write. This week we are creating our own versions of it. Some of us began with a flashback.
Thursday 7th March 2019
LO: To design and make a bird
Year 6 are participating in the STEM challenge: Brilliant Birds. We had to design and make a bird, considering what adaptations it would have. We were only allowed to use card and glue!
Thursday 28th February 2019
LO: To understand the effect of exercise
As part of healthy living week, and our Science topic, we carried out an experiment to see how exercise affects the body, particularly heart rate. We decided the aim as a class, but then planned the delivery independently. We had to decide how best to present our results too.
Tuesday 12th February 2019
LO: To compose and perform a song
Year 6 were lucky to have a singer/song writer visit us. We picked a topic that we would like to write a song about and the majority chose to do it about our transition to Y7, looking back on our memories in primary school. Together and in a short period of time, we composed lyrics, developed a melody and performed it!
Wednesday 6th February 2019
LO: To revise CPR
As part of ‘Love your Heart’ February 2019, DiPPS (Defibrillators in Public Places) came to visit Y6 to provide vital training in how to preserve life with CPR and the use of a defibrillator.
Friday 1st February 2019
LO: To understand the function of the lungs
To help us to have a deeper understanding of how the lungs work, we decided to investigate lung capacity. We demonstrated our lung capacity by breathing once into a balloon and then measuring the circumference. We plotted this against our height on a scatter graph. We discovered that there is a correlation between lung capacity and height, although we understand other factors can affect capacity too.
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
LO: To investigate how Art influences religious experiences
Year 6 have been studying Buddhism. Children created a symbol out of playdough, as a representation that nothing is permanent.
Friday 18th January 2019
LO: To develop skills in Tag Rugby
We have been learning a number of skills to help us to play Tag Rugby, including to pass accurately under pressure and using space wisely. Here are some photos of us in action:
Thursday 10th January 2019
LO: To plan and conduct an experiment
To conclude our Evolution topic, we conducted an experiment investigating whether the shape of beaks affects how much a bird can eat. We developed our own lines of enquiry and our own methods before carrying out the fair test and analysing the results.
Wednesday 19th December 2018/ Thursday 20th December 2018
LO: To construct a moving fairground ride
In DT, we have explored, planned and now created our own moving fairground rides. This was a difficult process, and we realised during the construction phase, that we had to adapt some of our initial ideas, make changes to materials etc to make a sturdier final product. Tomorrow, we will evaluate them to analyse what went well and what we could improve further.
Thursday 13th December 2018
LO: To identify the contribution of scientists to evolution theory
Continuing our Science topic of Evolution and Inheritance, we identified some key scientists who have contributed to our knowledge. Applying our English skills, we have written diary entries from the perspective of either: Mary Anning, Charles Darwin or Alfred Wallace.
Tuesday 4th December 2018
LO: To understand the importance of trees
As part of our 50th celebrations, Bartlett Tree Experts came in to plant a tree with our Eco Warriors. They also did an assembly informing us about the importance of trees. In Year 6, we then researched deforestation and its devastating effects. We then presented this information in our Computing lesson so we could demonstrate our digital literacy skills.
Thursday 29th November 2018
LO: To describe settings, characters and atmosphere
We are currently using Goodnight Mr Tom as a stimulus for writing. So far, we have written a description in the style of the author, Michelle Magorian. We are embracing this opportunity to expand our vocabulary!
Friday 23rd November 2018
LO: To beat our personal best
Today, KS2 were able to participate in the ‘KS2 on Tour’ challenge. We completed a number of activities including: speed bounce, agility run, throw and catch, tennis balance and target throw. We practised our skills and set our base scores. Later in the year, we hope to beat these scores.
Week commencing 12th November 2018
LO: To choose kindness
Trotts Hill have had an anti-bullying week this week, with the theme, #choosekindness. In Year 6, we had many discussions about how we can show kindness in different situations. We then created a profile page about each pupil, showing our kind thoughts about them. Everyone was thrilled when their page was returned to them. It is nice to be nice!
Wednesday 7th November 2018
LO: To recall and use equivalents
This week, we have been focussing on fractions, decimals and percentages. It is a large part of Mathematics in Year 6 and we need to be able to confidently convert between them.
Wednesday 24th October 2018
LO: To gain a deeper understanding of WWII
We went back in time to 1939 to experience what it would be like during World War II, with the help of Stevenage Museum. We had a very interactive session eg. we practised how to act in the event of an air raid, identified how we would feel as an evacuee and also investigated many real artefacts from the 1940s.
Thursday 18th October 2018
LO: To classify living things
We have classified bees, butterflies and birds by developing our own classification keys.
Thursday 11th October 2018
LO: To draw scientific conclusions
We have been studying the different ways that living things are classified. We have discovered that yeast is a living thing and decided to investigate which temperature it would grow best in.
Tuesday 25th September/Tuesday 2nd October 2018
LO: To identify the significance of Churchill as a leader
We have looked at numerous sources of information to determine whether Churchill was an effective leader. We then presented our findings in different ways: poems, speeches, posters and biographies.
Thursday 27th September 2018
LO: To understand significant events and features of the 60s
Today, Trotts Hill have begun our 50th birthday celebrations. In Year 6, we have been learning about the 60s. We created a class timeline and identified key events, songs, films, people inventions, toys and technology in the 60s, making comparisons with the current day. We have made some amazing discoveries as well as singing and dancing our way through the decade. Children made an outstanding effort with their costumes too!
Wednesday 19th September 2018
LO: To write a diary entry
We have been reading a new class book: ‘The Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar. We have been extremely enthused by the story and have been using it to create a variety of written outcomes, one of which being a diary entry.
Thursday 6th September and Tuesday 11th September 2018
LO: To describe Aristotle’s contribution to Science
We have begun a Science topic on Living Things by studying Aristotle, who was the first scientist to classify living things. We have written a biography detailing some of his key findings.
Thursday 6th September 2018
LO: To identify patterns
In Maths this week, we have been completing various open ended tasks to show us that Maths doesn’t have to be scary and that it’s okay to make mistakes! In this lesson, we wore exploring patterns, and some of us even moved on to finding algebraic equations!