Birch Class Year 6 Term 2 2019

Term 2 in year 6 has been an exciting one! We started the term with Art and Anti – bullying week looking at the book The Island by Armin Greder. We explored the themes of isolation, compassion, fear, freedom, power and difference. We thought about the key question:  What can the consequences of anger, fear and hostility towards others feel and look like?

Year 6 also visited the Life skills centre to learn about how to keep safe in the real world and took part in Antarctica Week 2019, where we spoke to Nadescha Zwerschke, who is a Marine Biologist at BAS. We were lucky enough to have 30-minute question and answer session with our ‘polar expert’ about their job at the British Antarctic Survey. The children were thoughtful and asked relevant and meaningful questions about why Antarctic research matters.

Some of the questions we asked were…

How does the weather affect your health?

What did you feel like the first time you went to the Antarctic?

Why do you focus on the Antarctic?

What inspired you to become a marine biologist?

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T2 Curriculum Map

Y6 Birch Class T2 Nov 2019

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 curriculum map term 1 2019 Year 6

Y6 T1 letter September 2019 

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Birch Class (Year 6) Term 6

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Wow what a term, we are so proud of the children’s achievements! Year 6 have worked incredibly hard on their Shakespeare performance of Macbeth and if there was ever a point in the school year where they wholeheartedly showed the school values of: respect, responsibility, trust and unity, this was it! They encouraged and supported each other when learning lines, making sense of what they wanted to portray to the audience and reminding each other daily about how proud they were of each other. The performance at the Wickham theatre over two night was outstanding and their powerful singing will be remembered for years to come. We wish the children all the best for their bright futures ahead. They will be missed!

Below are some quotes from the children:

Even though I felt worried about being on stage, I have learnt that it doesn’t matter if you are performing to a huge crowd, do it from your heart. (Ramazan)
On stage it was electric! The shyest people were beaming with confidence. In school everyone can be stiff but on stage everyone was free – acting is thrilling!  (Sakariye)
I had fun letting myself go with it. If you trust in yourself you will always do your best. (Lala)
I learnt that when you express yourself and really put yourself out there, you enjoy it more! (Kaylee)
I learnt that I have a clear voice and that acting in front of people isn’t as scary as I thought. I realised that you need to be dramatic – it is acting after all! (Olive)

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Birch Class (Y6) Curriculum Map T6

Birch Class Y6 curriculum map term 6 2018-19

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Birch Class (Y6) Term 5


This week Year 6 threw themselves into their final Summer Dance, and delighted us on Thursday with their Sword and Maypole dances. As part of Roman week the children have been producing an extended piece of writing detailing a personal account of a gladiators escape from the fighting arena. Our Roman week will conclude with our Roman Artefact workshop today at the MShed.

As we are sure you will have heard by now, the children now know their parts for our ‘Macbeth’ production. They are being given their scripts to take home over half-term. Whilst the priority this holiday is for all the children to relax and enjoy the absence of revision, it would be great if they could also start to learn there lines. We will be starting rehearsals in earnest next term. have a fabulous break and thank you for all your continued support.

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Birch Class (Y6) Curriculum Map T5

T5 Birch Class curriculum map 2018-19

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Birch class – Year 6 Term 4 2019

What a busy term this has been. We said goodbye to Laura and hello to Jess and hats off to Year 6 for adapting to the change so well. We have been really lucky to have had Jack teaching Birch class some excellent exercise routines in the form of circuit training – they are all activities which we can do at home or in the park to help keep ourselves fit and healthy. In PSHE we have been learning some basic first aid skills. You will see from the photos that the children practised how to check for a pulse and for breathing and put someone into a recovery position – we may well have some future paramedics amongst us. Maths and Art week saw the children combine their skills of precision and creativity to create the most fabulous ‘Curves of Pursuit’ and Cardioids. These turned out to be thoroughly ‘mindful’ activities. One of the literary highlights of the term has been listening to the children develop and deliver some heated debates on whether people should eat less meat and whether homework should be banned – we might even have some future politicians amongst us…

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