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Willow Tree Primary School | Leach Lane, St. Helens, Merseyside WA9 4LZ

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Email: willowtree@sthelens.org.uk

Year 6

2016-2017

Teacher: Mrs Winstanley

Teaching Assistants: Miss Vickers and Mrs Fogarty

 

Our key question for the Autumn term is, “Who were the Mayans and what have we learned from them?” This will be closely linked with our Art/D.T. work which will include making models of Mayan temples and majestic headdresses. In Science we will be looking at “What would a journey through your body look like?” considering what happens to our food when we eat it and the effects of diet and exercise on our cardio-vascular system. After half-term, we’ll move onto the topic of ‘Electricity’. In English we’ll be looking at poetry, explanations, instructions,  stories with flashbacks, including books from the Harry Potter series, as well as studying Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’.

Homework is given each Thursday, to be returned by Tuesday the following week. Children are given Literacy OR Maths alternately, together with spellings and times tables work. Reading books are changed each Friday, but please ensure reading folders are in each day in case there is an opportunity for 1-to-1 reading.

PE - Please ensure that your child has suitable kit, including pumps for indoor activities and trainers for outdoor PE sessions. Our P.E. days are Wednesdays and Fridays.

This is a very important term, as we settle into good working habits for Year 6. Please make every effort to be in school on time every single day – we’re working at a very fast pace and you don’t want to miss out!

Thanks for your continued support,

Mrs. Winstanley and Miss Vickers.

 

On Junior Chef Day, we made key lime pie.

On Friday 23rd September, there was a tense football match between the Y5 and Y6 footballers at dinner, where a special trophy was up for grabs. After a lengthy, competitive game - with all rules in play, our Y6's won the match and the champions trophy. Well done to all that played!! You can see our trophy displayed in the window of the ICT suite.

Head Boy and Head Girl (Leon Martindale and Abbie Mills) represented our school brilliantly at the annual junior democracy event, located at the town hall in St Helens. They were in different groups and developed a campaign to assist with issues prevalent in St Helens, the ideas included: a poster campaign and motorbike park to be built, to encourage motorcyclists to drive safely and ensure they have licences; an information pack for teachers and pupils who find it difficult to manage behaviour in classrooms with behaviour management strategies tailored to each child; an anti- bullying message portrayed over a YouTube video and also a YouTube video for both children and teenagers that promotes exercise and health eating. These campaigns were then presented to the other groups and debated in the chamber. 
They also got a picture with the deputy mayor and mayoress of St Helens.

For science, we took part in various exercise activities to see how it affected our heart rate.

We have been enjoying doing our Maths!

Y6 took part in an enterprise and innovation challenge, through St Helens Chamber. This year the chamber had partnered with Gulliver's theme parks. The challenge was to design new ideas for a new park - to be opened in Yorkshire, called Gulliver's Valley. The class worked collaboratively together and created four main themed areas: Dinoland, tunnel town, tea city and the Yorkshire dales. Alongside forming ideas for unique rides and attractions, the class also chose to create a prototype of the park, a presentation, an advert, a jingle and marketing materials. 6 children were chosen to represent our team ( Team Altitude ), at the finale event in Gulliver's World, Warrington. Those children represented the school brilliantly and additionally presented the ideas in a professional and engaging way. Our team came second out of 15 other schools!!! Well done Y6 and all the other schools that entered.

Y5 and 6 were offered the chance to visit the biology laboratories at Sutton high school, related to their topic about the body and how it works. They each got the chance to dissect a cows heart, which involved cutting open the heart with special tools, so they could then see the different parts of the heart clearly. The classes also had the chance to see other organs such as: the liver, lungs and even an eyeball! The children enjoyed the experience and represented the school brilliantly and all had very strong stomachs!! Scientists in the making.

Year 6 have been working on gymnastics, particularly balancing, in PE sessions. Here they are practising some of their routines:

A few Y6’s have been doing a great job running the school’s shop, where prizes can be obtained, for gaining points on our ‘strive for 5’ bookmarks. These points are achieved by reading at home, prizes range from 50 points-350 points! Abbie and Kayleigh also go shopping to buy new prizes, making sure they are suitable for all ages.

We prepared for a debate and presented in front of the whole class based on a piece of religious artwork, working on our persuasive skills and oracy as well as art techniques used by different religions and cultures.

As part of coming 2nd in the Gulliver’s world enterprise project, our prize was to visit the Nerf Zone at Warrington. We split in to four teams and battled it out in various challenges and tasks against the other teams. Everyone received an activity pack ad three luck winners were chosen to receive nerf guns.

3rd place – Mia Bearns

2nd place – Fearne Cartledge

1st place – Ali Oskan

Thank you to Gulliver’s World in Warrington for having us!

We have been working on our catching and throwing skills to help us with our tennis lessons, this required concentration and teamwork.

We have been looking at evolution and inheritance in Science.

Some of our class recently participated in a speech contest with some children in Year 5. Our parents and  the children in Year 4 were our audience, and we decided on topics, prepared Powerpoint presentations and delivered our speeches very well. All our participants should be proud! Additionally, Leon M achieved 1st place, while Leon P was in second place!

Excellent Work

Look at some of our examples of excellent work!

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