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  • Latest news in Year 6

    Published 10/02/24, by Andy Mari

    Year 6 had an assembly with Ally who works for the book company called ‘Usborne’ and  explained about ‘Ready, Steady, Read!’ a challenge that helps us raise money for more books in the library. Last time we raised over 5000 pounds! In English, we had an experience day, where we had to find the non-fiction shapes in English and put them in the right spot in the text. Also, we have been doing practice SATs tests. During Science, we did a classification chart for leaves based on their characteristics. In PE we performed our gymnastics routine and recorded it before using the climbing frame more recently. During our computing unit, we created spreadsheets and took on some activities so we could record the data: star jumps, dice rolls and our age in months. Next week, we will be finding the average of our results and looking at how to format them.

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  • Busy times in Year 6

    Published 27/01/24, by Andy Mari

    To finish our previous unit  - Evolution - we headed to the Tring museum. We saw many animals of different kinds: rhinos, elephants and loads more animals. We have started a new geography unit which is all about the UK and Northern Ireland and have started learning about counties. During a Dreamcatcher assembly, people from Axis Communications came in to show us their presentation about Martin Gren (the founder), about what their cameras were for and we saw a live feed from a camera in Sweden! We have started using spreadsheets in our new computing unit for calculations. For art we are doing Still Life which is the art of drawing inanimate objects in 3-D.You may know some of the artists we studied: Andy Warhol, Caravaggio and Jean Siméon Chardin. In English, as part of our experience day, we handled different things from the beach (which Miss Legg kindly loaded in her car for us from the beach) to describe for our independent write ‘Kensuke's Kingdom’. 

    From Christopher Storton & Ruby Travi

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  • Latest news in Year 6

    Published 16/01/24, by Andy Mari

    This half term we have started a new geography unit all about the UK. We started the unit by locating the countries and some of the main cities using atlases. We have also had our first Dream Catcher assembly of the new year and were visited by Axis, who came in and did a presentation about Martin Gren and about what their cameras were for. We even saw a live feed from a train station camera in Sweden! In Art, we have begun a unit about Still Life. In computing, we began using spreadsheets to look at calculations. Our focus text this half-term in Literacy is Kensuke's Kingdom. We read the first chapter and did some freeze frames before starting our sentence writing focusing on language to describe the sea.

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  • Latest news in Year 6

    Published 09/12/23, by Andy Mari

    In Literacy, we have started a new unit all about the life of Sir David Attenborough. We have looked at some facts about his life, animals and plants that he has discovered and places he has visited. We are using our sentence stacking lessons to build our own biographies for this national treasure. In music, we put the finishing touches to our performance piece ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey, where we sang and performed using ukuleles. Also, this half-term we have sat our end of term tests (how mean): completing arithmetic tests which we have been practising as part of our early morning work. We have also been creating some fantastic art inspired by Henry Fraser. We shared some of our work with him on X (formerly known as Twitter) and we even got a response from him! 

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  • Latest news in Year 6

    Published 27/11/23, by Andy Mari

    As you know, we have had the well known Pudsey day. On this day we all dressed in yellow for children in need. We made money for charity by doing a burpee challenge. The year sixes helped group count each year group and all the children got a high five from Pudsey! 

    in literacy, after plotting our own ideas based on the story of Rose Blanche, we started to plan our own version of the ending. We were given a starting plot point, and then generated the rest of the plot.

    Each year group had a visitor who came in to talk about equality. Year 6 was taught about: LGBTQIA+ and race. We took part in debates with the visitor, and tried to prove our points. We discussed a book called Tango makes 3 and debated about why the book was banned in some countries. We also debated whether Harry Kane should've worn the LGBTQIA+ band in the World Cup set in Qatar, that he was forbidden to wear because of their laws.

    By Ruby T & Christopher S

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  • Latest news in Year 6

    Published 11/11/23, by Andy Mari

    At the start of half term, Year 6 were preparing a story to read to their parents and guardians. These were made to be spooky and to add to the atmosphere, the teachers turned off the lights and played some eerie music to set the mood. The stories were based off a book called The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. We made different plots, twists and turns for our own versions. In our new unit in literacy we have started Rose Blanche, which follows on from our history unit about a young girl growing up in Dachau, Germany.

    Recently, we have been going, in our own time, to EYFS, Year 1, Year 2, Nursery, Reception and Lunch hall to help and play with the younger children. 

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    Ruby Travi & Christopher Storton

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  • Photography in Year 6

    Published 14/10/23, by Andy Mari

    In Art, Year 6 have been learning, as part of their photography unit, how to re-create famous paintings. They had to think very carefully about the composition of their picture and how they can use different objects around the classroom as props replicating items in the paintings. 

    We have also edited photos which we have taken. We studied on using macrophotography and edited our images carefully, using inspiration from an artist called Edward Weston. Lastly, we have been trying really hard to improve our sketchbook skills. We are so proud of the outcomes. At Roebuck, we are photographers. 

     

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  • Year 6 Osmington Bay

    Published 03/10/23, by Andy Mari
    On Monday we left school at quarter to 12 and got on the coach to Osmington Bay. Once we got there, we met our leaders for the week, and then they showed us to our rooms. Once we all settled in, we went to the sandpit for about 10 minutes before dinner. After we had dinner, we went back to the rooms for a while and then started our evening activities. After that, we all went to our rooms and got ready for the night. The next day we all met at the meeting point and started our activities. Some of the activities we did were: giant swing, rock climbing, abseiling, sensory trail, aeroball, trapeze,vertical challenge and rifle shooting. My favourite was definitely the giant swing because it shocked me because he told us it was a safety rope, and it was actually the rope that let us down. 
    Overall, we had such a great time with lots of adventure and laughter! 
    Written by Sienna (Head Girl) 
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  • Photography in Year 6

    Published 17/09/23, by Andy Mari

    This term, in Art, we have been studying all things photography. Last week, we focused on different art techniques called Photomontage. This week, we became photographers! We specifically focused on a style called ‘macro photography’. This is a type of skill where we ‘zoomed’ into our object we were capturing. We had to think carefully about the background of our object as well as choosing the correct setting on the camera. Next week we will be using the images we photographed to edit and manipulate to create our own artwork. 

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  • Latest news in Year 6

    Published 12/03/23, by Andy Mari

    Year 6 have been fully immersed in their learning over the last couple of weeks. In particular, we have had a very busy few weeks in Science. We've dissected hearts in to understand the structure of the chambers in closer detail. We've made blood soup using Cheerios and juice to show how it is made up of different parts. Year 5 and Six we're invited to take part in a zoom call all about birds of prey where we learnt about the food they eat, their hearing, an their eyesight along with other fascinating facts. Finally, as part of a whole school investigation, we conducted tests to see whether a more expensive biscuit was a better dunker to a cheaper one. Another key focus from this week was our music performance as a whole Key Stage. We learnt an original songs written by University students and had the chance to perform these for the rest of the Key Stage. Most recently, we have been analysing a poem that was used for the 2014 Winter Olympics campaign titled 'The Dreadful Menace'. We have enjoyed looking at the use of personification and creating our own ideas to construct a collaborative group poem all about winter.

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  • Latest news in Year 6

    Published 28/01/23, by Andy Mari

    Another amazing week in Year 6, full of fun activities and new experiences! We had our Holocaust workshop with two amazing teachers from Thomas Alleynes- who taught us the history of the Holocaust and what happened during the horrifying event. We learned over 6 million Jews were killed due to their religion, race & beliefs.

    We have started a new unit in literacy on persuasive speeches- mainly learning about Greta Thunberg and how she has the passion to try and save our beautiful world. In addition, we are currently making posters about the topic Greta was trying to explain- Climate Change. A challenge is currently making its way around the school: we have been challenged by Mrs Young to draw a realistic tiger for last year’s astrological animal for the Chinese New Year, the tiger (a symbol of dignity, ferocity, sternness and energy). Another piece of art we have begun is titled ‘The Great Wave’, where we will be using cross-hatching to fill our designs.

    Finally, in maths, we have been learning about the nets of cubes, 3d shapes and their properties and working extremely hard on our arithmetic scores. At Roebuck we are…

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  • Latest in Year 6

    Published 14/01/23, by Andy Mari

    Year 6 have made a great start back and have certainly hit the ground running. We started our new literacy unit based on Michael Morpurgo's Kensuke's Kingdom. We have already had our first long writing task to describe the storm using personification and onomatopoeia. To support us in this, we created our own soundscape of a thunderstorm using body percussion (check out a video we posted on our Twitter page). We have also begun our new science unit looking at classification: what classification is using a game of class Guess Who; and why we classify. We are also looking forward to our music unit and learning to play the ukulele.

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