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Final week

This week has been very busy in Year 6, welcoming the rest of the school yesterday afternoon as we hosted an Art Exhibition inspired by the artist, Antony Gormley. We later evaluated our designs and models, outlining what went well and what we could change to make them better.

Earlier in the week we also had a great opportunity to work in small groups problem solving and building up our resilience. We made a giant 3×3 cube from different shapes and towers of 2 digit numbers.

It was lovely to see you all at parents’ consultation this week. The children will be coming home with three tasks, one of which is a fantastic online resource to develop times tables.

We hope you enjoy your week off


From the Year 6 Team

Lots of learning across the curriculum

In literacy this week we have been reading and responding to a poem all about Jasper O’Leary, a boy who had an unhealthy desire for eating ‘junk’.

It was all about angles in maths: acute, obtuse, right angle and reflex. We learnt how to use a protractor correctly and measure angles accurately. It wasn’t as easy as we thought.

We researched and tested out Newton’s theory of light with our colour wheels with interesting results.

We learnt about different types of weathering that affect our landscapes. Did you know one of the types of weathering is called ‘Onion skin weathering’?

Our Gormley inspired sculptures were finally finished and we look forward to setting up our exhibition next week.


Have a good week end

The Year 6 Team


Fun for some but not all

This week has been extremely busy!


Congratulations to Forest Class and their sharing assembly today. The dances were great.


Earlier in the week, 4 of our children represented Alban City with  year 5 maths challenge at Garden Fields JMI School. The boys were credit to the school. The questions were extremely difficult and needed not only fantastic mathematical skills but also communication, memory and team work.


This week, we started making models of the solar system.

Emily and Lily in Forest Class also wrote fantastic persuasive texts with lovely handwriting.


All of the children completed a reading comprehension and are showing good progress with their reading. Next week, we will complete another arithmetic test. Since the previous arithmetic test, we have been practising adding fractions with different denominators as well as long multiplication.


Homework was sent today.

We’re getting all arty in Year 6

From farm to fork – we have been working across our curriculum this week and created informative posters explaining the processes of growing and picking different fruit and vegetables around the world, packaging and transporting them to supermarkets in the UK to be sold to us, the consumer. It has been an interesting topic and we’ve used our writing features to share what we have learnt.

In Maths we have investigated area and perimeter of different shapes, remembering that area is the space inside whereas perimeter is the outside edge.

We finally got round to starting our Antony Gormley inspired D&T with some very messy results! We’re looking forward to continue these masterpieces and showing them off in our very own mini exhibition.



Should we have homework everyday?

The children had very strong views to the question “Should we have homework everyday?” which introduced our persuasion unit in English. After looking at an example text, the children have been planning their own persuasive essays based on something they feel strongly about.


In maths, we have been looking at how to multiply fractions by whole numbers. Using bar models helped us visualise what this looks like.


In arithmetic we have been re-visiting long multiplication (e.g. 2,473 x 24) and adding/subtracting fractions with different denominators (e.g. 2/3 x 1/4).


Due to the snow, Forest Class’ sharing assembly will be re-scheduled.

Why now?

Following the excitement of ‘The Water Tower’ in literacy, we spent last week thinking about what might happen in Gary Crew’s sequel: ‘Beneath the Surface’. We read reviews, the blurb and watched a trailer to help us gather clues before writing the beginning. We continued to concentrate on using our suspense techniques. Set in the future, we gathered that Spike (now named Spiro) had returned to Preston. But like the ending of The Water Tower, we were full of questions: why had he changed his name; why was he returning now; what happened to Bubba; were aliens involved? Thankfully, the wait is over and next week, we will read Beneath the Surface.


In maths, we have been practising different techniques to help us solve problems, such as working backwards; interpreting information; drawing bar models.


Next Friday (1st February) is Forest Class’ sharing assembly.

We’ve travelled around the world at the speed of light

This week we have researched and created flow diagrams of food production around the world.

In science we have investigated how light travels using torches. It was interesting to find out whether our predictions were correct or not.

Many thought provoking discussions were had in our citizenship lesson as we reviewed the Human Rights acts and how children across the world are affected.

In maths we have enjoyed learning about the formulas needed to calculate area and perimeter.

Homework books will not be sent home this week as we would like to create some displays. A homework slip will be sent home with the children today.


See you all next week

The Year 6 team



This week we enjoyed a visit from the Astronomy Roadshow. We were treated to a show of lights, stars and some space history.


In maths we have been adding and subtracting fractions as well as using out knowledge of calculating equivalent fractions.


We finally read the end of The Water Tower by Gary Crew. Typically, the ending left us asking more questions than were answered. Luckily, however, we are looking at the sequel Beneath the Surface next week.

Read all about it! Read all about it!

This week we have written our own newspaper article, informing readers of the recent crash investigation on Alban City School premises.

In maths we have developed our understanding of Algebra from simple equations to picture puzzles and more advanced worded questions.

In groups, we created 30 second clips for a ‘Science Show’ explaining with scientific vocabulary, how the light helps us see.

This afternoon both classes participated in a workshop held in Alban City Cathedral where we reinacted the story of St Alban and Amphibalus. The guides and group leaders at the Cathedral praised both classes for their enthusiasm and conduct throughout. We are very proud!

Home work this week is to design a poster about Fairtrade in preparation for our lessons next week.

See you all next week!

The Year 6 Team


Welcome back!


First of all, the Year 6 team would like to thank you for your kind gifts and cards at the end of last year. We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break and a great start to 2019.


What a start we’ve had! On Tuesday the children returned to a crime scene on Alban City School premises. Electrical debris and a mysterious blue liquid were discovered, hidden under branches and foliage. The children were asked to write up a forensic report, detailing the surrounding scene and any evidence recovered. An appeal was made and a witness did come forward, Mrs Smith, giving the children an account of what she saw that morning. Today we were visited by Bill Wyoming from the FBI who performed an autopsy of the supernatural being which had been discovered in St Albans town centre. Year 6 were given the opportunity to take notes and ask questions relevant regarding the alien.


In Maths we consolidated our understanding of BODMAS and began applying algebraic equations to number problems. This will continue next week.


CGP books have not been marked this week to allow the children to settle back in – the Maths will be expected back on Wednesday and SPaG on Friday. It is really important that these are completed and brought in as it allows the children to review any misconceptions they may have. We thank you for your support in this.


Year 6 Team