Welcome back from what we hope was a restful and enjoyable break.
We are continuing with our topic, 'The Moving Earth', this half term and information about what we are covering can be found in the curriculum booklet.
On Friday 21st June, we attended Crucial Crew at The Mix in Stowmarket. We all enjoyed a fantastic morning learning how to keep ourselves safe around water, electricity and online, what to do if we were unlucky enough to be caught in a fire and how to perform CPR. We also took part in workshops and discussions about mental health and wellbeing, sugar levels in food and what makes a good or bad friend. This was a super way to learn about these issues and we feel that all the children (and the adults!) learnt some very important facts from attending.
Abbot's Hall Art Gallery
Our Abbot's Hall Art Gallery will be available for viewing on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July. All the children have been working hard to create a piece of artwork to be displayed in the gallery and they are looking forward to being able to show you around. (Separate letters will be sent with full details).
Preparation is now well underway for our production of 'Mary Poppins'. The children are all busy rehearsing, making props and practising songs. Please keep an eye out for letters regarding costumes, which will be coming home shortly (the children may already have some ideas for their costumes as well). If you have any issues sourcing anything, please do not hesitate to contact one of the members of the year 6 team.
We look forward to welcoming you all to watch the production at Stowmarket High School on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th July - letters regarding tickets will be sent home in due course.
We have been enjoying workshops, led by Maddie from OneLife Suffolk, this half term. So far, we have discussed the functions that different organs in our body have, healthy eating, sugar content in food and different food groups. These workshops will continue on Wednesday mornings throughout this half term.
High School Transitions
Over the last few weeks we have welcomed staff members from both Stowmarket and Stowupland High Schools. They have talked to the children, either individually or in groups, about what they can expect from their respective High Schools, how their days will be managed and they have also answered questions posed by the children. They are now looking forward to welcoming the children for their transition days in early July.
The new home learning grid has been sent home and can be viewed at the bottom of the page. The first piece is due on Friday 14th June and, as usual, children who do not hand in home learning will attend a lunchtime detention and be expected to hand in the outstanding piece the following Monday.
There will be no spelling tests this half term although we would encourage children to continue to learn the year 5&6 spelling words listed in yellow reading logs.
Please be aware that if children sign up to one of our clubs, we expect them to attend every week. Any non-attendance will need to be reported to the office by a parent/carer. This is especially important to children in years 5 and 6 who have permission to walk by themselves. Thank you.
Times Tables Rockstars
We have a competition running for all children in years 2-6, which aims to improve the children's times tables knowledge using the Times Tables Rockstars website.
Each week, the child with the highest correct answers in their class will be awarded with a certificate, which will be displayed on our Rockstars board. At the end of the week, they will be able to bring this home.
Duxford Imperial War Museum
The children (and adults!) thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Duxford on 22nd March. The learning that has been completed on World War II over the last term was brought to life and they were able to explore various hangars which held war memorabilia. Some of the highlights included an Andersen Shelter, a bouncing bomb, a prefabricated bungalow from the war era and many of the planes which have been spoken about during Time to Talk presentations.
During Science Week, we spent time investigating electricity. The children devised experiments to see if they could change the brightness of a bulb by changing different factors within their circuits.
At the end of the week, certificates were awarded to super scientists within each class. Well done to Ashleigh and Scott.
Time to Talk
The Time to Talk presentations are now complete and we have been amazed with the array of topics and information that have been shared with us. We have learnt about planes, evacuation, family members, animals and Stowmarket during the war to name just a few. Every child in year 6 has presented in some way and we are extremely proud of all of them. We would like to thank parents/carers/family members who have helped the children with their presentations and inspired their topic choices and come along to watch.
World Book Day
Year 6 enjoyed celebrating World Book Day on 7th March. We spent the day completing activities based around the book Holes by Louis Sachar. Many of the children dressed as book characters - can you guess who they are from the photos?
On Wednesday 23rd January, as part of our World War II learning, the children spent the day as evacuees.
Each child was given a name tag so they could be registered as they boarded the train to the countryside. When they arrived, they were collected by different host families.
During the day, the children played WWII games, such as marbles, four squares and hopscotch. They also made gas masks, which had to be carried around with their ID cards, took part in some Lindy Hop dancing and made a cake from a wartime recipe, which involved sultanas and tea!
Year 6 Assembly
Thank you to all of you who were able to join us at our assembly - we really enjoyed being able to share some of our World War II learning with you.
We have been learning about the global plastic pollution problem in year 6. We discussed how plastic straws are a major cause of this problem, endangering thousands of species of marine life annually. Each pupil wrote a letter, outlining the issue and what they believe could be done to solve it, to a large company or person within government. We were lucky enough to receive the following letters in response.
On Tuesday 20th November, we visited the Museum of East Anglian Life to complete some science based learning. We have been learning about the classification of living things and took the opportunity to visit the museum to discover what is living in our local environment.
On Thursday 8th November, our Head Boy, Head Girl and Prefects attended a Service of Remembrance at Stowmarket Cemetery, along with representatives from other schools in the area. The children each conducted a reading about a local soldier to honour and remember them and a wreath was laid.