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Topic Learning

Thursday 16th July - Talent Show


Today is Abbot’s Hall’s Talent Show!!



Over the last few years, we have had an Abbot’s Hall talent show where you have auditioned in your house teams and voted for the two acts you would like to perform. You might have auditioned or even performed yourself!


Lots of you have special talents: singing, dancing, playing an instrument, telling jokes, gymnastics, magic tricks, juggling, karate, scooter tricks...and so many more!


Today, we would either like you to perform your talent or learn a new talent.


If you are going to perform a talent you already have, take some time to perfect it. Have a practice and then when you are happy ask your grown ups at home to be your audience. If you can, ask them to video you and email it to us as we would love to be your audience too!



If you would like to start learning a new talent, have a go at one of these…




Magic tricks





Have a go at some just dance videos to choose your routine -


Enjoy your talent afternoon!



Wednesday 15th July - Art


Hello Year 6.


I hope you have had another good week.


Please remember it is great to see your art work, so please keep sending your work if you are still working at home.


Graffiti art


This week is our final week of school so we need to complete our Banksy style art.


We are going to be adding our main image to our backgrounds, you may choose to use one of Banksy’s images or make your own. I have decided to base mine on the NHS and the rainbow trail.


All graffiti artists use spray paint, however we are not going to be as we are designing ours on paper so will be using paint, if you don’t have paint you can use felt tip pens.


Lots of graffiti artists use stencils and this is something we can do!


I am going to take you through a step by step method of making your stencils and then using paints to help produce your master piece.


You will need:




Felt pens/ paint

Masking tape or blu-tac


Here we go:


1. Take a piece of paper and draw you’re an outline of your image (I would keep this simple and symmetrical as this helps when cutting out-I found this out!), if doing letters, you can use a ruler to ensure straight lines. If there are any details (facial details for example) draw that in.



2. Cut around your outlines but remember to be careful where you are cutting so your stencil keeps the detail. That way you should be able to see what your image is.



3. Now fix your outlines onto your background using blu-tac or masking tape. I fixed one stencil at a time.



4. Now you can start to paint or colour. If painting I would use a sponge. I cut up a kitchen sponge for this, please check with a grown-up that this is ok before using this method.




5. Let one-piece dry before sticking down your next stencil. Use a different sponge for each colour.



Leave to dry then send an email into school so we can see your amazing piece of ‘street-art’.


This one is for the amazing NHS!




I would just like to say that it has been a pleasure teaching you year 6. I wish you all good luck and best wishes for whichever path you take in the future. Take Care, stay safe and continue to BE THE BEST THAT YOU CAN BE!


Mrs Barker J

Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th July - Art


This topic lesson goes over two days. On Monday, we would like you to experiment with the different techniques described ready to create your final piece on Tuesday for the art gallery on our school website!


The Art learning you have been doing with Mrs Barker has been fantastic! I am so glad you have been practising your skills because Miss Lines has got another great idea for you. When you were in Year 5, can you remember completing some Egyptian Art work for an exhibition in the hall? Now it is your turn to create another piece of art for an online Art Gallery! All your art will be able to be sent to Miss Lines so that she can put it on our website for everyone to see! What makes this really exciting, is the fact that all classes in the school are going to be doing a piece of Art too and the overall theme is: Abstract Art! We (in Year 6) will be learning a little about an Artist called Rene Magritte who was a surrealist artist.


First of all, let’s learn a little bit about Surrealism. Have a look at this video which explains all about it and introduces some work of: Rene Magritte.


What do you think? It was interesting to see the bit about the doodling and that those are art! We are indeed all artists!

So, today we are going to look at a couple of Rene Magritte’s famous pieces. Then we will have a go at re-creating them for our exhibition. Mrs Aldous has had a go re- creating them in various ways so you can too. You might change one thing, or a few depending on how confident you feel. There will be lots of time to have a go before we need to decide on the actual final piece.



Above is a self-portrait of Rene, painted in 1964. Can you see an eye peeking out from the hovering apple? He wanted to show that people are interested in seeing what they can’t. The fact he has an apple in front of his face is where the Surreal element comes in.  It is called: The Son of Man. What do you think about this? If you would like to have a go, there are a few ideas of how to do it…


  • You could draw a similar person or try drawing yourself.
  • Would you change the bowler hat for another type? Perhaps a bobble hat?
  • What about the ‘hovering object?’ Could this be a piece of food or something else?
  • You could then paint or colour it with pencil. Mrs Aldous had a go re-creating this with pencils. She tried to show light and dark as well to add depth by pressing harder with the pencils.
  • Perhaps if you don’t have that many art materials, you could experiment with some photography? Perhaps get someone to help you take a picture of yourself. Then you could find an image of something and place this in front of your face. If you are doing this, you might be able to place it on a piece of paper and then add a drawn/painted background of a cloudy sky and sea as Rene did. Have a go and perhaps you could include family members too! Create it how you like!


These resources may help you with this:



You don’t need to draw much of a face or body for this but here is a great video if you really wanted to challenge yourself and to put a modern spin on this painting!


Mrs Aldous had a go below. I wanted to use pencil for this to show you that you do not need to have paints. I tried to use some pencil shading to show darker parts and combined colours to give interest. I changed the image to a lady but I did find it hard to think of an object to put over her face!! I thought about food, animals and other things! You could practise by drawing objects on their own and then cut them out, putting them on the face to see what they look like!



Some other paintings are very similar to this which you may like to try out too. This silouette is an idea that you could put your own ideas into. You could change the male outline or what is in the siloutte. You might like to experiment with the background too. If you like drawing animals instead of humans, perhaps draw one of your choice  - it doesn’t even have to be an animal  - the choice is yours, we are just using Rene’s work as inspiration.



Here is an idea for you which is inspired by the current world issues:


I tried to blend darker and lighter colours for the sky. I wonder what you would use for a silhouette design?



Here is another different idea, looking more at the face and its features:



You could think about the object to change on these designs too. Where would you have your ‘shapes’ floating in front of?  It could be a bright sunny day instead. Can you see light and dark in the paintings above? Rene has used clear use of light and dark to show shades and shadow. This will add detail to your learning and make it more realistic. Another idea to also bear in mind is that you do not have to use colour if you don’t have it. You could just use pencil and shading techniques.


Again, what you could do is be clever with a camera and take some pictures of facial features if painting and colouring is not an option, print them out and then place them on a background.


Mrs Aldous had a go with the one on the right hand side. Next time I would use straight lines of paint on the background as I wasn’t as happy with the ‘dabbing’ technique I tried.



Mrs Aldous also tried to replicate a painting by another artist who is also a Surrealist.



Rafal Olbinski painted this and I had a go at the eye. Although this is not a Rene Magritte piece of art, it does fit into the same category and also shows detail of the eye which you might like to use in your art. Whatever you do, have fun and try your best. We cannot wait to see your master pieces in our online exhibition! Remember to send photos or emails of your learning to: and if you need any help, email us!


Resources to help you:


How to draw a nose (this can be a tricky part of the face):


This image shows how to add shade. Adding white to a colour will keep it nice and light. It might be worth when you have made a colour to take a little of it and make a lighter and then darker shade then you can paint. It is always worth trying it out in your palette first to check you are happy with it.



How to make skin tone colours:


Friday 10th July - PE


Today we would like you to do some PE. You have been working really hard on the daily move and for today’s topic lesson we have planned another mini sports day! Below are four different activities for you to have a go at focusing on four different athletics skills.


Throwing for distance


Before you start this activity, you need to find something to throw. This could be a bean bag, small ball, rolled up pair of socks or even a paper aeroplane Have a look at this video for some ideas if you need them.



Now you need to see how far you can throw it! Have a look at this skills card to help you throw as far as possible.





This is one we usually do on sports day! See how many skips you can do in a minute. This could be a two footed skip or more of a jogging skip. If you haven’t got a skipping rope at home, you can just pretend and see how many quick two-footed jumps you can do in a minute.






Set out cones (or something you can use as a cone like shoes) 10m apart. See how far you can run in one minute. From one cone to another is 10m so if you do this twice, that will be 20m and so on.


Have a look at the tips below to see if you can improve your distance covered:



Jumping for height


Have a go at a standing vertical jump. The card below explains how to do this activity. If you do not have chalk at home, try and use the markings on the wall already to then see how high you have jumped or ask a grown-up to watch to see where your fingertips reach up to.



We would love to hear how you have got on with today’s PE activities so please email us your results :)

Thursday 9th July - Transition


For today’s transition lesson, we are going to look at meeting new people and making friends. At high school, you will meet lots of new people and make new friends and also still have lots of people you know and old friends from your primary school and this is great.



Meeting so many new people can be overwhelming. So how do you get to know people and build new friendships?

Have a watch of this video about children that were worried about making new friends at high school -


Tips from the video:


·        Join a club or after school activity to meet new people

·        Be yourself and you’ll make friends with people like yourself

·        Smile and be approachable

·        Make an effort to speak to people even of it takes you out of your comfort zone

·        Don’t rush this: the most genuine friends come gradually as you get to know each other, not by trying to be instantly popular

·        You will be seated with different people in different subjects and will have to work together. This is a good opportunity to get to know your classmates and form new friendships.


Starting a conversation with new people takes confidence. Let’s think about how we could start a conversation with new people at high school?


Did you think of any of these?



You could also think about common interests:



Remember to ask open questions (ones that can have a number of responses) instead of closed questions (ones that have limited answers) when chatting to try and encourage discussion and continue the conversation.



It is ok to spend time with new people; this does not mean you like your old friends less. Your friends from primary school might be joining you at high school and you can still stay friends at high school. Some of your friends might not be coming to your high school and it is important to keep in touch. Watch this video to help -


Tips from the video:

·        Keep in touch and make sure you see each other outside of school time

·        Don’t let other commitments or new friends get in the way of making time for your old friends

·        Introduce your new friends to your old friends

·        Don’t worry about not being as close or seeing them as regularly, a good friendship can pick up at any time

·        Send an occasional encouraging text or give them a call for a chat, your old friends are probably worried about losing you as a friend too

·        After a couple of weeks, organise a cinema trip or other activity with a few of your old friends to compare notes on new schools and just catch up


Friendship is a special gift. Keeping old friends and making new friends will help you to have a positive high school experience.

Wednesday 8th July - Art


Hello Year 6.


I hope you have had another good week.


Please remember it is great to see your art work, so please keep sending your work if you are still working at home.


Graffiti art


This week we will continue our street art learning. The next part to this is to think about the background of your piece.

Below are some examples of Banksy’s work.




As we found out, Banksy’s artwork is often based on his views or world news. Last week we looked at the ‘Healthworker superhero’ image. Then Banksy unveiled his latest piece of art which was to do with the issue that is surrounding America at the moment; where a black person was sadly killed because of his colour.


I would like you to have a look at the different types of backgrounds Banksy has used. You will notice he doesn’t just stick to  the same background and sometimes he will adjust the look of the background by adding more detail.




Today I would like you to design a background. Do you want it plain, brick, or a different colour?


Then either using an A3 piece of plain paper, if you are doing this at home you could stick 2 sheets of A4 together, you are going to produce your background (you may also need to think about what your main image is going to be, does it need to have a patterned or plain background?).


Here is my example:




It is best to use coloured pencil when it comes to colouring in as you don’t want the background to be too dark. Also remember that Banksy wouldn’t use a ruler, this is art so no need for accuracy…make it ‘free hand’.


When colouring, remember to colour in one direction. If you have outlines on your background I suggest to go over them with a pen to make them stand out.


Next week we will be adding our main image to our background and is our last week before the Summer break L


Take Care.


Mrs Barker J

Tuesday 7th July - transition


Today we are going to look at one of the main worries about moving to high school – getting lost.



Starting a new school can make you feel a bit lost BUT remember that you are NOT ALONE. We can often have fears of being lost and that is okay.


You don’t need to worry about being lost and here is why!


  1. You usually have an older student as your guide on the first few days.
  2. You will be shown where to go and probably dropped off in the next place for the first day or so and then you will start to get an idea of where things are.
  3. Most schools provide maps and walk you round the school so that you know where to go.
  4. Everyone else in your form class will be feeling the same.
  5. Your tutor is there is help you.
  6. For the first day, or more, you and your class are usually all together in one place anyway.
  7. Some schools just have a few year groups in at the start so that it is quieter.
  8. You can ask someone bigger where to go – they will want to help.
  9. You might be able to have a tour or a virtual tour of the school before you start.
  10.  Schools are full of staff who want to help you – ask them!


Have a watch of the second video on this website to get some ideas for what you can do to help with this worry -


Which tips stood out to you that you think will help you?


Spend some time now looking at the map of the high school you are going to. Stowmarket High School have a new school building so the document is for the planned floor plans and these might have changed slightly before you start in September.


What rooms can you see?


Can you see how they are numbered to help you?


Are there any zones to help you?


Now, use the clues in his document to find some of the specific rooms. How quick can you find them?

As a challenge, start to think about ‘If I have finished maths in this room, how would I get to PE?’ or ‘If I have just arrived at school, how do I get to the science rooms?’


Remember, a few years ago, you were probably worried about getting lost in primary school and now you know it like the back of your hand!

Monday 6th July - transition

For a few lessons this week, we are going to look at the transition to high school. How are you feeling about going to high school? What are you looking forward to? Are you worried about anything? It is normal to feel excited and nervous about moving to high school because it is a change. Whenever there is a change in our lives we might feel excited or nervous or both. Can you think of changes you have been through that made you feel excited, nervous or both?


Maybe you thought about moving year group, moving house, starting a new club or maybe you’ve have moved school before. The great thing is, you have been resilient and got through those changes and you will do the same with moving to high school!


Have a watch of the first video ‘A day in the life of a Year 7’ on this website. As you are watching note down some of the new things that are mentioned or that you can see that will be different in high school.


You might have noticed some of these things:

  • New school layout
  • New school timetable
  • New uniform
  • New lessons (food technology for example)
  • New friends
  • Different tests
  • More people
  • Different clubs


Now, have a look at your list and sort them into whether it creates a feeling of ‘excitement’ for you, a feeling of ‘worry’ for you or ‘not sure’.


Were any of these on your worry list?


Can you match the worries above with some of these strategies to help?


Resilience is having the skills and resources to deal with difficult situations in life. One way to do this is to turn negative thoughts into positive ones.

For example, for the new building:


‘I am worried about getting lost’ can become ‘I am looking forward to being in a bigger school with different rooms and resources’.


You can also think about what you can do to help you with that worry.

Going back to my new building and getting lost example, I could keep a map with me, ask for directions, spend some time at break time working out where the new rooms are.


I hopefully now feel more positive about my worries. Worries are ok and will still be there, this is normal, but if we only think of the worries high school can turn into a negative thought rather than a positive one.


Activity: Have a go now at turning some of your worries into positive thoughts. Can you also think of some actions you can do to help you with that worry?


We would love to hear some of your positive thoughts and if you would like some help with thinking of strategies to help with your worries, please email us. We are more than happy to help!

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