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Year 6 Gallery & Work 21/22

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at our noses, yule tide carols being sung by our choir and Year 6 dressed up as evacuees. Year 6 had a wonderful trip to Beamish Museum to celebrate the end of our World War Two topic and what an experience it was!

Dressed up as evacuees, we went back in time and were evacuated to Home Farm where we were expected to help with life on the farm: looking after the animals, picking the fruit and vegetables and picking up the horse manure with our bare hands! After a day’s hard work, we cosied up by a coal fire and had a chance to write a postcard home to our families. It was difficult to know what to write as we were homesick but we didn’t want to worry our families either.

After our evacuation, we explored Beamish Museum. We were lucky enough to travel on a tram to visit the town and talk to many of the shop keepers there. Wensum visited the park and leaned about the cannon there. Kaiden asked if the class could have a minutes silence to remember those who had lost their lives in combat and the rest of Wensum agreed, which made Miss Clarke and Mrs Beaton extremely proud.

The town was decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands which made it the perfect setting for us all to sing some festive songs. In front of the large, beautifully decorated tree in the centre of town, Wensum and Witham (lead by Mr Bianchi) sang sweetly, which soon gathered a very appreciative crowd. A wonderfully festive day was had by all.

A very special thank you from all in Year 6 to Mr Bianchi for helping us make this trip so special.

Merry Christmas!

Mrs De Muschamp’s Christmas Chocolate Challenge

This time of year, when going for your weekly shop, I am sure you are tempted to place one or two tubs of Quality Street chocolates in your trolley to begin Christmas preparations.  Have you ever wondered about the maths linked to these delicious festive treats?  Year 6 have done just that!  Did you know that the sweets are contained in an octagonal prism shaped tub?  Or that there are twelve iconic chocolates to choose from? Or that the complete tub weighs 650g?  This simple tub is actually filled to the brim with maths!

Year 6 have not gone crazy but were set an extra special festive challenge this week by Mrs De Muschamp: to create mathematical problems based on a simple tub of Quality Street.  Our prize for succeeding in this challenge?  To consume the contents of this tub!

Working in teams, we began collecting numbers and data that could be used in mathematical problems.  We then thought about the mathematical areas that the problems could be based on, e.g. fractions, ratio or measurement.  Finally, we got to work and here are our favourite festive, chocolate-themed maths problems. Why don’t you have a go at solving them…and reward your efforts with a chocolate or two.

Year 6 would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs De Muschamp for our Christmas challenge and the delicious boxes of chocolates.  We can’t wait to see what Easter brings!


Our Christ-maths problems:

  • If the diameter of a Quality Street box is 22cm, how many boxes would it take to make them stretch the length of the Stadium of Light (11,000cm long)?


  • If there are 23 children and Miss Clarke wanted to give 5 sweets to each child and there are 66 sweets in one box, how many boxes would she need and how many would be left for Miss Clarke to eat?



  • If each box costs £4, how many boxes would be equivalent to the cost of a PS5?


  • Mrs Beaton’s favourite chocolate is the strawberry crème and she emptied the supermarket of Quality Street boxes (1,295 boxes). Each box has 7 Strawberry crèmes.  How many strawberry crèmes would Mrs Beaton have altogether?



  • If one toffee finger is 8cm long, and Santa’s sleigh is 7 feet long, how many toffee fingers will you need to cover the length of the sleigh? (Remember 5 inches = 2 cm)


  • There are 471 calories in one tub of Quality Streets so how many calories in 3 tubs?



  • The tub of chocolates weighs 629g but 650g with the wrappers on. What is the total weight of the wrappers?

Future Olympic gymnasts …

We are really enjoying our PE lessons this term! 

Over the last few weeks, we have been improving our strength and gymnastic skills such as jumping, leaping, balancing and rolling and then challenging ourselves to use them creatively with the apparatus.  We are so proud of the progress we have made, particularly with our ‘can do’ attitude and overcoming some fears.

The Amazing Disappearing Colour Wheel!

We have really enjoyed our disappearing colour wheels this week!

As part of our Science lessons, we have been learning about the amazing observations of Isaac Newton as white light streamed through his window one morning.  The light happened to pass through a glass prism, creating a beautiful rainbow.  From this, we discovered that white light is actually made up of seven different colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  We placed these colours onto a wheel and then made it spin.  We were shocked with the results…the seven colours turned back into white!

Beyond the lines…

Searching the rusted, cramped boat, the boys were trying to figure out where they were.  As they looked around them, all they could see was a vast ocean of metal helmets clashing together.  Silence filled the sky as the boat approached the shore.  You could slice the atmosphere with a knife.  Suddenly, the boat came to an abrupt halt against the rocks of the blood-soaked shore.  The heavy ramp allowed the soldiers to disembark.  Heavy boots rhythmically clumped across the grains of sand, searching for a Czech hedgehog.  (Written by Gracie Maddison – Wensum)

Do you feel like you are there?  Can you feel the anticipation of the characters as they enter a war zone?

Over the last couple of weeks, Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed using all of their writing skills to create wonderfully atmospheric stories set on an action-packed battlefield in France during D-Day.  We were inspired to write these narratives after watching a beautiful yet very emotional animation called Beyond the Lines.

So sit back, relax and enjoy some of our favourites.

Can you remember a time when somebody was kind to you? Perhaps a person allowed you to go in front of them in a queue. Maybe your friend phoned you to ask how your week was going. Or perhaps someone you know helped you in a much deeper way. There are a million ways to offer kindness. And at a time when the world seems to have so many problems, Year 6 have started to take the issue of kindness very seriously indeed!

In our RSHE lesson this week, we have been learning about the difference between kindness and being nice. We were also shocked to discover that kindness can fall into three categories.  The first is interpersonal kindness. Some examples are donating old clothes to charity or giving a compliment to another person. The second is environmental kindness, which could mean simply recycling or organising a group event to clean a local park or beach. The third category is less obvious: personal kindness, which means treating yourself kindly. Some examples are taking a walk in nature or setting yourself an objective to complain less.

This term, Year 6 are dedicated to demonstrating kindness in all that we do.  Look out for us at home and at school finding little ways to brighten up your day.

“When you’re a Kid in WW2”

In music, Mr Bianchi has found a fantastic song that teaches all about life in Britain within the war years (1939-1945). Take a look at us perfecting the tune and lyrics, and why not learn the words yourself…

Our science this half term is ‘How we see things’ and learning from the master himself, Sir Isaac Newton, we have discovered that it is actually the spectrum of colours within lights that determines and objects colour!

“I was shocked to realise that white light is actually made up of the colours of the rainbow!” – Demi

“We learned that Newton was ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’ as many scientists that came before him had tried to prove how we see things. Newton won the race to prove his theory though!” – Zach

You will not believe what we have been doing in this week’s maths! We have been using our knowledge of times tables to calculate complex problems involving long division. We learned the steps to success were to estimate, calculate and use inverse (doing the opposite calculation) to check that we had reached the answer. Take a look at us hard at work, if you look carefully you may see steam coming from our ears!

“The thing I love about Year 6 is that everything links!”

We are really enjoying delving into the past in Year 6, and the majority of our lessons focus on important aspects, events, places and people linked to World War Two.

In one of our first history sessions, we listened to the same radio broadcast declaring war that was heard on the wireless in September 1939. We then read the transcript of what Neville Chamberlain had said to prepare our country for battle, and we knew one thing: we could do better! 

In our English lessons that followed, we built up a huge bank of formal (posh, as some of us call it!) vocabulary and we got into the role of a fearless leader ready to lead his fellow Britons into war. We hope you enjoy reading some of them here – don’t forget to put on your best Chamberlain voice whilst you read!

House Captains!

One of the most prestigious roles we can hope for in Year 6 is the job of House Captain! It is our responsibility to set an example of good behaviour, sportsmanship, learning and friendship to the other children in school. We also share words of encouragement on our weekly assembly zooms in front of the WHOLE school!

Throughout the week, we make sure that our teams are on track and on a Friday lunchtime we put our maths skills into practise when we count up the points for our teams in each class throughout the school.

So far this term, we have seen a good amount of points earned in each house team…but we can always do better. Come on Hartley, Clanny, Dawson, Doxford and Swan – work hard and let’s succeed together!

What a great start of the term we have had in Year 6! Our days are already jam-packed with the learning we are doing and the children are giving 100% effort in all of their lessons.

Our classes are named after rivers in the UK this year; Miss Clarke’s is Wensum and Mrs Anderson’s is the river Witham. We are all part of a big Year 6 team and are doing brilliantly settling into a new routine.

Our Autumn term topic is World War Two and we are already diving into the key facts and information in our lessons. Witham and Wensum are eager to share our work with you, so if you don’t yet have access to Free Flow, please get in touch with your class teacher or the school office!