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  • Busy few weeks for Year 6 Elder

    Published 23/03/21, by Andy Mari

    We have been hard at work these last few weeks and have had lots of hands-on activities. For our end of topic unit Coastal Crumble, we linked our theme of coasts to our writing which has featured boats (Kensuke's Kingdom and Floodland) to take on a boat challenge. the children were tasked to design and make a boat that would fulfil set criteria: the boat must float;  hold four people and survive a storm. This proved successful for some but not all; however, the end results looked the part. In literacy the children have created a fantastic piece of writing titled 'How to survive on a hostile island'. As part of their independent writing, the children learnt how to make their own tepee style fire and even had a go with a flint and steel to create a spark to light it.

    In addition, in Science we created Blood Smoothies, learnt how the circulatory system worked and, as part of Science Day, created a paper insect without using glue (only cutting and folding methods were allowed).

    Let's not forget our Superhero day. Children dressed up for Comic Relief as a superhero, showing that everyone can be a superhero, and Year 6 have definitely shown that this term!

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  • Year 6 News

    Published 27/02/21, by Andy Mari

    At the end of last half term, we finished our persuasive speeches, and it was lovely to have volunteers from home to share and record their persuasive contributions about why schools should adopt non-uniform and how milkshakes should be encouraged in schools rather than milk. We started the new half term by finishing our RE unit on Islam and the 5 Pillars. We have enjoyed discussing how Muslims show their commitment towards their God and have been impressed by the responses and depth of discussion from these lessons. This half term we look at Easter and why Christianity is important more than 2000 years after the birth of Jesus. In literacy we have started our new unit based on Kensuke’s Kingdom and have seen some wonderful written work from this including the use of personification and colons to introduce lists. During topic last half term, we created a recreation of ‘Hokusai Wave’ using a watercolour wash and mark making inspired by Gustav Klimt. We are thrilled with the news of those at home joining us this half term and can’t wait to celebrate more success together. 

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  • Year 6 half term news

    Published 10/02/21, by Andy Mari

    What a great half term in Year 6. Despite the challenges we have managed some great collaborative work between those at home and those in school and have continually been impressed with their maturity towards their learning. We have been learning about Greta Thunberg in Literacy and have been composing a persuasive speech about climate change. The children have then created their own persuasive speeches based on a theme of their choice. We have also been doing lots of art this half term and have been creating a range of still life compositions using different media: sketching pencils, charcoal, oil pastels and even rubbers to create a negative impression. During topic we have learnt about the process of erosion and have created our own animations to show the impact on the coastline. Our RE focus this half term was around how Muslims show their commitment to their God. This has resulted in some great in-depth discussions around what commitment looks like and the 5 pillars of Islam.

    Well done all to another fantastic half term.

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  • Flotam- Year 6

    Published 18/01/21, by Andy Mari

    Year 6 have been absolute stars both in class and online. Our first week back we introduced our new Topic unit Coastal Crumble. To link with our theme of the coast, we looked at the picture book Flotsam by David Wiesner. The children loved our experience day looking at examples of flotsam that could have washed ashore and even had the chance to look at a camera that was around 100 years old to link with the text. The children have enjoyed writing their own sections of the story and have been very creative using similes, alliteration, and personification to create imagery for the reader. We will now be using what we have learnt to write our own follow-on story titled Jetsam. In science the children have been learning about classification of animals and had lots of fun classifying the class like a giant game of Guess Who. We continue to work hard to improve our times tables and build on the great success of last term. Lastly, I cannot praise our home learners enough. Those children who are working from home have shown a great deal of resilience and patience with technology and have demonstrated a real maturity towards their education which has been a delight to see. Well done Year 6!

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  • Children of war.

    Published 04/12/20, by Andy Mari

    This week Year 6 have begun our new literacy unit based on Rose Blanche, a young girl growing up in Germany during the start of World War 2. Using our existing knowledge of the war, the children have produced some fantastic writing describing the cobbled alleyways, flowing fountains, and simpler times of life before the war in Germany. This has linked with our topic 'Children of war' where we have been learning about another young girl during WW2, Anne Frank. We learnt about her life, her story, and her premature death. We looked at how her life changed when war was declared and discussed how she would have lived whilst in hiding. The children then had a chance to create a butterfly inspired by the poem by Pavel Friedmann, a Jewish Czechoslovak poet, about seeing the last butterfly whilst in Auschwitz concentration camp. Year 6 created their butterflies to remember the 1.5 million Jewish children that died in the Holocaust, including Anne Frank, known as The Butterfly Project.  

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  • Back to school with a bang!

    Published 08/11/20, by Andy Mari

    Year 6 have been exposed to some fantastic opportunities over the last few weeks: musical renditions by a woodwind quintet, dance choreography, and abstract art. Before half term Year 6, along with some other classes, had the opportunity to take part in a Halloween dance workshop run by Warriorz Performing Arts Academy. The children were all dressed up in their Halloween costumes and performed a routine to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. It was such a joy to watch and the children clearly loved every minute of it! We also completed some Artwork based on the work of Corey Barksdale for Black History Month using oil pastels. In addition, the class have shared my excitement about our latest literacy unit which is based around news reports. We have taken the well-known Fairy Tale Goldilocks and begun to write our own article about it: looking at the crimes that Goldilocks may have committed and a range of high-level vocabulary for the feelings that the bears may have experienced from this traumatic ordeal. Year 6 have made a positive start to the week and we look forward to another great half term of learning. 

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  • Latest Blog from Year 6

    Published 18/10/20, by Andy Mari

    Year 6 have been busy doing lots of fun practical activities over the last week: we have learnt how to draw a phoenix to link with our story Journey by Aaron Becker, we have conducted a science investigation to see how natural selection works using a variety of seed types and beaks, and we have begun cutting wood and cams for our automata toy designs. In addition to this we have been working hard to learn a poem to perform for you titled Refugees. Watch this space!

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  • Falconry Workshop

    Published 21/09/20, by Andy Mari

    On Tuesday, we had a visit from Jason at Falconry UK. He brought in some extraordinary birds with him: falcons, owls, and a kestrel. One of which was the third largest owl in the world!  He told us interesting facts about each of the birds and even showed us how one of them could move its body without moving its head. Before putting each bird back, the trainer allowed some of the students close enough to get a photo. 

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  • Welcome back Year 6

    Published 15/09/20, by Andy Mari

    It has been a great 1st week back in year 6. We have been very impressed with the focus and resilience shown this week - especially when making origami birds. We have introduced a new writing scheme, which is really showing off the children's writing and vocabulary choices and we have had some deep and thought-provoking conversations around our class text The Arrival by Shaun Tan. Well done to all of Year 6 who have made it such a great week back. 

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  • Year 6 return to school.

    Published 30/05/20, by Andy Mari

    With Year 6 returning to school, we have put together a welcome Power Point for children to aid transition back to class. Please click below to  access.

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  • Defibrillator Training 28.2.20

    Published 28/02/20, by Danny Alden

    On Friday, Year 6 took part in a 'Love your Heart' Workshop.

    Year 6 took part in a first aid session this week where they learnt what to do in a range of scenarios. They then took turns to get their partners into the recovery position, use an inflatable dummy to practise chest compressions and finally had a discussion about a defibrillator and how to use one. The Year 6s were very attentive and asked lots of useful questions. Many thanks to the company who came in to run the session.

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  • TT Rockstars/Smarties day 14.2.20

    Published 14/02/20, by Danny Alden

    On Friday 14th of February Roebuck Academy had a TTrockstars day (in case you are unfamiliar with this times table platform it is a safe internet game that we encourage children to use every day for 20 minutes or as long as they desire). 

    For this themed day we dressed up as rockstars with the outfit, hair and makeup. We had an extremely talented young lady come in and teach us a meaningful song which we sang at the end of the day as a whole school.

    Also we spent the day doing maths using a tube of Smarties. We worked with our partners to calculate the mean, median, mode and range of a tube of Smarties and also learned how to represent our data using a pictogram and a pie chart. We then spent some of the afternoon measuring ourselves and the room in Smarties. Fun fact: Mr Alden is 124 Smarties tall.

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