Welcome to Year 6!
Times Table Rock Stars
Thank you for the wonder effort made transforming Year 6 into rock stars. The children had a fantastic time kicking off ‘Times Table Rock Stars’ which is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables. Yesterday, high quality maths discussions could be heard across the school as our pupils completed a variety of engaging times table related activities: puzzles, investigations and even making their own times table rock rap! All children spent time on the laptops logging into the website so that they became familiar with the platform.
On Tuesday, Callington Primary school was greeted by a range of mysterious witches, wizards and creatures. The children in Year 6 celebrated their stunning start of ‘Which Witch is Which?’ an exciting topic based on the literature from Harry Potter, the history from the Salem witch trials and other intriguing aspects of wizardry life. At the start of the day, the children received a letter from Albus Dumbledore inviting them to Hogwarts. During their time there, the children had to participate in a range of lessons to see if they have what it takes to become a wizard or witch. They learnt magical spells to create balloons to blow up all by themselves, they created and decorated their own quill, they whittled sticks from the Forbidden Forest to create their own magical wand, created Butterbeer and created gruesome cupcakes with bizarre fillings. In the afternoon, the children learnt how to play Quidditch- the non-flying version! All day, the children proved that they were worthy wizards and witches!
World Book Day
On World Book Day, Year 6 entered the wonderful world of Narnia- the teachers even got dressed up too. We had a fantastic day, dressing up as our favourite book characters and taking part in fun reading activities. Our learning for the day was focused on the first instalment of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We were read the first chapter where Lucy first enters the wardrobe and steps into Narnia- the only twist was that our teachers stopped reading before she stepped out. We had to use our imaginations to create a picture of the scene. Then using our amazing vocabulary banks, we created setting descriptions to describe our imagined scene. Here are some examples of our writing.
E-safety day February 2017
During E-safety day, we watched and discussed the new reosureces from Ceop called 'Play, Like, Share'.
Play Like Share follows the adventures of Sam, Ellie and Alfie as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest, taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go. The three friends learn that while the internet can help, they need to use it wisely and safely. We learnt how to stay safe online and in particular how to spot the early signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour by people we might meet online. We also discussed what to do if we did have any concerns.
Please watch the videos at home and join with us as we all learn how to stay safe online
Last week, the whole school participated in a democratic vote to choose their new house captains. After listening to the speeches from each house’s candidates, every child took part in a ballot during the afternoon. To make the event even more exciting, the children in Year 6 visited each year group with a ballot box for them to post their votes. We would like to say a big well done to all of the candidates for creating super speeches about why they would make an excellent house captain. In the end, once the votes had been counted and verified, we can now share with you our new house captains.
Lynher House Captain: Freddy Vice Captain: Kori Tamar House Captain: Callum Vice Captain: Callum
Fowey House Captain: Emerson Vice Captain: Chloe Fal House Captain: Harriet Vice Captain: Kelsey
Hello and welcome back to another year at school and your final year at Callington Primary School. Year 6 is a fantastic year with lots of challenging work and lots of fun to be had along the way. This half term our topic is called ‘Oceanopolis’ and the children are already having a fantastic time learning about life under the oceans. The topic covers a range of skills and knowledge which can be found on the topic planning web. We are currently planning the 'Fantastic Finish' for our topic where the children will come up with a range of interesting ways in which we can raise money for a charity which supports the protection of our oceans. There will be more information coming soon. We have already booked an exciting trip to Plymouth aquarium on Monday 3rd October and more details will be coming soon. If your child has any books or related objects at home that they would like to share with their classmates it would be fantastic to see these and add them to our topic displays. We are always encouraging independent learning so if you find out any facts at home or create anything related to our topic, then feel free to bring it in and we can display it on the wall.
This year we will be continuing with our times table challenge and this will take place every other day so get learning those tables. Additionally, on the other days, children will take part in a spelling challenge where they have the chance to work their way up a list of spellings- can anyone manage to get onto purple level? Children will also be sent home with weekly spellings and will be tested on these on Friday. Please encourage your children to work on their times tables and spellings at home as these fundamental skills are so important to all areas of their learning.
The Reading Karate challenge is continuing and children can earn their karate bands by reading as many times as they can. The first band is only worth 15 reads so make sure you get reading and write it in your reading diary. We asks that all children read a minimum of 3 times a week but anymore would be fantastic! Reading diaries and reading books should be in school everyday and reading diaries will be collected on a Friday to count the number of reads.
We hope your children have settled well into Year 6 and we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. If you ever have any questions please come into see us.
Miss Friend and Mrs Truscott
The Great Callington Bake off
Aqua Park and beach Fun
Yesterday afternoon saw the first great Callington art extravaganza! Every child –from Nursery to Year 6 – participated in this extraordinary event. The children in year 6 explored the famous artist Van Gogh. They experimented in their style and created some magnificent pieces of art that they should all be very proud of. The children thoroughly appreciated all of the visitors who came and supported them – thank you!
Forest School Fun
After a week of hard work and SATs, it was time for some forest school fun for Year Six. The children had an excellent day out in the beautiful sunshine playing games, creating pieces of art and feasting on a BBQ of sausages and beans...yum! Smiles were all around as the children had a well deserved day of fun and friendship in the forest.
This week, the children in year 6 have worked extremely hard on their SATs exams. Each morning, they enjoyed a delicious breakfast of exotic fruits, cereals, toast, crumpets, croissants, pancakes and fruit juice! Over the course of the week, the children impressed us with their maturity, perseverance and dedication to their learning- tackling all tests with a can do attitude. They should all be immensely proud of themselves and what they have achieved over the course of the academic year.
On Thursday 11th February, two courageous teams sat in the Town Hall mentally preparing themselves for their moment in the limelight. It was time for the annual Youth Speaks competition. After a couple of weeks of writing and practising their speeches, they were ready to compete. Team 1, whose chair person was Lewis, went first. Their speaker, Arthur, had put forward their debate title which was, ‘Graffiti, is it art or vandalism?’ Lewis opened the speech and introduced the other team members. Arthur then took to the stage and spoke on his subject for 4 minutes! Finally, Josh, the Vote of Thanks, took to the stage to summarise the debate. Several teams and minutes later, it was Team 2’s go. Brandon opened the debate as the chair person whilst Nyah, the speaker, passionately put forward her debate on ‘Animal testing’. Their speech was concluded by Merryn who was their Vote of Thanks. Then came the anxious wait as the judges made their decision. Half an hour later and the results were in. Out of 13 local schools only two could go through and amazingly Team 2 got through! Brandon, Nyah and Merryn would be heading to the second round against schools from Devon and Cornwall! Both teams were ecstatic by the news and even better, Lewis was chosen as the judges favourite chair person.
A week later, on Tuesday 23rd, Brandon, Nyah and Merryn travelled to Tavistock to compete again. There were 13 teams and it was a tough competition. Despite being nervous, the team gave their all and gave confident speeches and answers to a very complicated question from the questioner. After a break, the judges came to their decision and Tavistock Primary School and Lifton Community Primary School were crowned the winners. Although the children didn’t get through to the next round, they did incredibly well to get this far and it has been a great experience. I am very proud of their achievements!
Year Six Evacuation Day
As part of their 'Behind Enemy Lines' topic, Year 6 were evacuated to another school within our MAT. The children had no idea where they were being evacuated to and as we drove on the coach, past fields and farms, they soon realised they were being taken to a much more rural location; they were heading for Boyton Primary School. When we arrived at Boyton Primary, we were greeted the by rather strict billeting officer (also known as Mr Fugil) who gave us our orders and marched us into the school hall. We were told, in the 1940's children should be seen and not heard so we made sure we were on our best behaviour and made our way into the school. After a rendition of the National Anthem, we were suited into our new host families. Some children were lucky and had families who presented them with delicious chocolate biscuits whilst others were less fortunate and were sent straight out to work in the field.
During their time at Boyton Primary, the children took part in a whole host of war time activities. They made use of the outdoor grounds and took part in 'Dig for Victory' activities whilst learning about some of the local history; the children even found out there was a German prisoner of war camp just down the road from the school. The children also took part in 'Make do and Mend' activities and created recipes from war time rationed ingredients.
The children all had a had a fantastic day and the experience allowed them to live an evacuee's life for the day,helping them to gain empathy and insight into this historical event.
London Blackouts: Electricity
We have been learning all about the blackouts that happened around Britain (in major cities) just before the Blitz took place. Did you know that Blitz is from the word blitzkrieg and means lightening storm? In precaution of the blackouts, many people painted white stripes along the sides of roads, on trees and even on animals just so they would be seen in the dark. With this in mind, we wanted to explore light and more importantly, electricity! We learnt about types of circuits (parallel and series) and the different components used within circuits. We planned are very own investigation: What could affect the brightness of a bulb? We discussed the importance of variables and controls and how these must be used to ensure we have a fair test. Take a look at some of our experiments.
Plymouth Albion Rugby Coaching
This week, year 6 were extremely lucky to have players from Plymouth Albion Rugby team come and coach us! We learnt new skills from passing effectively backwards, scoring tries and defending - we completed agility skills which we incorporated into our games. In the afternoon, we had a mini tournament against the whole year group; this was amazing! After this, we had a question and answer time where we learnt about the life of a rugby player. As a reward for being so fantastic, they gave every child a free ticket to go and watch one of their matches - check out their website below!
Callington Take on London
Currently, in year 6, we have been learning about World War Two. We created causation cards to explore the reasons why Britain and Germany went to war, even after the horrific events of World War One. We linked this concept of ‘declaring war’ within our SMSC sessions and discussed whether any country has the right to declare war on one another. We have learnt about the great leader Winston Churchill and were even lucky enough, during our trip to London last Friday, to visit his war bunker - seeing with our very own eyes where Churchill ate, slept and organised the war is a memory we will never forget! We learnt the reason behind his secret war bunker; to stop the German Luftwaffe’s bombing his whereabouts! This topic so far has been amazing! With so many of our grandparents and great grandparents being connective to the war, we are engaged and enthralled by the events that took place. The trip to London was a once in a life time opportunity and we thoroughly look forward to all of the other fantastic opportunities coming our way!
Before half term, Year 6 had their fantastic finish at the Real Cinema in Plymouth. After buying popcorn and drinks, the children walked the stairs and graced the audience (waiting with anticipation) with their presence on the red carpet. The children stopped and posed for photographs before entering the screen 1. There were laughs and tears of joy as we all watched the amazing films created by all of the children. They worked extremely hard and should be immensely proud of themselves.
In year 6, we have looked at how our personal information on the world wide web could be viewed by anyone if we are not safety aware! We have used the phrase, Zip it Block it Flag it in order to protect ourselves online.
|Keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do online||Block people who send nasty messages and don't open unknown links and attachments.||Flag up with someone you trust if anything upsets you or if someone asks to meet you offline.|
We have learnt can we can use the internet safely if we ensure that we always keep our personal information private. We understand that we need to think about what we say online and who we are saying it to. Also, we know that we can always block people who try to send us messages or unknown attachments- we should always tell an adult we trust if this happens by flagging it to them. if we follow these clear messages then we can all stay safe online.
Here is a video we watched about a young girl who did not follow this advice and kept her online life open for all to see.
We used this video to share our own experiences with the online world.
Year six had a fantastic time in the forest school area developing our communication, social and team skills. We started the day by creating headdresses where we used images of the great chiefs from Native American tribes for inspiration - we used leaves, twigs, moss and grass to decorate. After this, we had the opportunity to create miniature tipis and used string to lash the sticks together. We used willow from the Forest School area to create dream-catchers - some of us spent a lot of care and time weaving and plaiting string to decorate them. Throughout the morning, we had the chance to whittle sticks in order to create our own creation sticks which we will decorate back in class. Before lunch, we were treated to a campfire where we toasted marshmellows and squished them between two chocolate biscuits to created a s'more. After lunch, we created large sculptures of a buffaloes, Prairie Schooners (a type of wagon used by the pioneers to cross the Western Frontier) and sheriff badges. We had a brilliant time and can't wait for the next one!
Super Sport Leaders
Last Friday,some of the children in Year Six had a go at creating sports activities for their peers.We have been developing our skills in rugby and wanted to give some children an extra challenge of creating their own games and activities and an opportunity to share their expertise. The children were given time in groups to plan and trial their activities while the rest of the year worked on specific rugby skills with the teachers.
The children did fantastically and not only set up and carried out some excellent activities, demonstrating a secure understanding of their rugby skills, but they also all showed excellent skills in leadership and patience.We pottentially, have some future sports coaches on our hands!
Take a look at them in action!
Welcome to Year 6 2015/2016
Year 6 have been learning about 'The Wild Wild West' as our new and exciting topic. The children have been learning about the pioneers who traveled across the Western Frontier in search of new land; we have also looked linked this with the current crisis in Syria with refugees fleeing their country in search for a better life by looking at the similarities and differences between them. During our stunning starter, in the forest school area, we learnt how to make Honda knots, how to lasso a target, whittle sticks and learn a fantastic cowboy dance. Mrs Holman and Miss Alderson created a fantastic campfire where they cooked sausages and baked beans, just like the pioneers and cowboys would have done - they were very tasty. In the afternoon, we made our very own dream catchers and a whole class Totem pole.
The Lion King
Year 6's musical production of the The Lion King is currently dazzling audiences. Their lively singing, amazing costumes and profession acting has made an impressive leavers' production of which they should be incredibly proud. Many people have commented that it is the best production yet! There are still a few tickets left for Tuesday and Wednesday's evening performances and you can watch the show for free in the park on Saltash Road on Friday from 2:30pm. Keep an eye out on our website as photos and film clips of their incredible performance will soon be on display.
Pirate Maths Day Fun
A surprise visit from Captain Silver Stubble kick started Callington Primary's whole school maths day. He was ship wrecked and needed to find his lost treasure, source food and water to feed his motley crew and discover the code to his tool chest so that he could repair his ship. To help Captain Silver Stubble Year 6 had to apply their volume, ratio, proportion, scale and 3D shape knowledge in order to create treasure chests with given volumes, scale down and cost recipes for food and then follow the recipes in small groups. They had to follow a maths trail covering all areas of the maths curriculum to help crack the tool box code. It was great fun and involved perseverance, resilience and application of maths knowledge and skills. Well done Year 6.
Equality and Diversity Day - Summer
During equality and diversity day, Year 6 learned about some of the emotional and physical aspects of being transgender. We read a book called 'Be Who You Are' which explored Nick's story. A child who, despite being born in a boy's body, has always felt like a girl inside. We followed a journey of self awareness as Nick expressed the need to live authentically for the first time. We also discussed transgender stories we had heard recently in the news and discussed the need for acceptance, diversity and tolerance. We tried to empathise with the emotional aspect of being transgender through poetry. Please have a look at some of our work below...
Images from a fun filled week in France!
While some of Year 6 were on a residential in France, the remaining children enjoyed a range of exciting experiences: science
day, orienteering, ultimate sports, Zero Gravity, cooking and bag making. All of the children had great fun; take a look at what they've been up to...
Year 6 enjoyed a fascinating science day. From investigating the fire triangle and gravity, to exploring the heart and chemical reactions, Year 6 certainly had an interesting day which transformed them into enquiring scientists eager to discover more about the world in which we live.
A visit from STEM
Year Six have excelled this week in their SATs test. They have been in every morning bright and early for breakfast! All of the children took the opportunity to show how much they have learnt during Keystage 2. All of the staff at Callington Primary are extremely proud of the positive attitudes displayed towards assessments and Year 6's determination to succeed. Well done Year Six!!! You are all absolute SUPER STARS!
E - Safety Day : Be Share Aware!
During our e-safety day this term, Year 6 have been focusing on the need to carefully consider the photos and information which they may share on electronic devices (including phones and social media). We discovered that as children year 6 are often told to share but online it's different. In fact, sometimes sharing online can be dangerous which is why Purple 1 and 2 watched a video discussing the consequences of sharing a photo and learned why it is important to be 'SHARE AWARE' and keep safe online.
Great British Authors
This term the whole school have been focusing on Great British authors in order to celebrate their success, explore their writing and give our personal opinions on their works.
Purple 1 have looked at Poldark a series of historical by Winston Graham. Recently, they have been adapted to the television screen by the BBC, which has proved very popular. There are a total of twelve novels. The first seven novels are set in the 18th century, until Christmas 1799. The remaining five are concerned with the early years of the 19th century and the lives of the children of the main characters of the previous novels. We focused on the setting of the stories on the Cornish coast creating descriptions and lino prints.
Purple 2 explored Skellig children's novel by the British author David Almond. It was the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and it won the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's outstanding children's book by a British author. Since publication, it has also been adapted into a play, an opera, and a film. We focused on the mystical character of Skellig creating images through drawings and our words. To create a powerful images we used a range of figurative language.
Take a look below at all of our great work...
The Great Callington Run - Year 6
Exhausted! Exhilerated! Proud! Year 6 have been phenomenal over the past 24 hours staying up with pupils from all year groups through the night to run, run, run!!! Then, this morning at 9am, they all ran around the cricket field adding to our whole school total helping to push our run across Germany and Poland into Russia. Their stamina, perseverance and determination was superb. They continued their running efforts for a further hour and a half completing three running courses adding to the total. This afternoon, they will take their turn on the treadmills up until the final assembly where our final distance will be revealed and the celebration and our well earned rest can begin! Well done to everyone involved.
How could we study forces, electricity, joining techniques and materials to make go karts at the end our our learning journey without experiencing go kart racing for ourselves?! It's impossible! Therefore, we just had to travel to St Eval track to race against our peers (and teachers), analyse go kart design and commentate on driver techniques. We had a fantastic time.
WORLD BOOK DAY
For World Book Day 2015, Year 6 arrived as an array of characters from a range of genre of books; from the Mad Hatter to a Minion, from Tony Hawk to Where's Wally - take a closer look below...
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY DAY
This half term our whole school equality and diversity day focused upon race. In Year 6, we explored the Traveller culture and discussed stereotypes and how they have been formed. We watched an interesting DVD made by members of the travelling community which challenged many of these stereotypes and gave us an insight into their lives. We learned that Travellers have a long history in Britain and that modern traveller culture is the product of many influences but its roots reach back as far as ninth century India. We explored this rich history through art...
FIRST PAST THE POST FANTASTIC FINISH
As part of their topic ‘First Past the Post’ Year 6 formed political parties, discussed bills they would like to propose in parliament and wrote manifestos which outlined their policies about the youth, the elderly and the environment. Each political party designed logos, campaign posters (inspired by Banksy’s graffiti) and filmed party political broadcasts. These were shared with the whole school over a course of a week during assemblies and there was even a question and answer session where the electorate (all of the adults and pupils at Callington Primary) could probe each party further about their policies and how they would implement them if they were successful. This process culminated in their fantastic finish – a whole school election. After a great deal of campaigning and canvassing, and with the whole school excited and eager to vote, each pupil attended the polling station to cast their vote. It was a close call and, after three recounts, it was announced that Emoji were the winning party by just one vote! Consequently, party leader Harrison has been elected as Prime Minister; he will lead his party in taking an assembly on Friday to discuss their next steps!
To learn more about the role of Government and in particular MPs, Year 6 welcomed their local MP, Sheryll Murray, into school. They spent the morning busily preparing afternoon tea to share the MP and were excited to meet someone who had been elected by the local public for the local community. After her talk, Sheryll Murray answered questions from the students about her role, her values and matters concerning the local area and said it had been a pleasure to meet with them. Year 6 had many incisive and informed questions about what is going on in their community. They gained a great insight into the workings of Parliament and how to become an MP.
Our topic for the spring term is ‘First Past the Post’ where we will be exploring British politics including our electoral system, women’s rights and the role of local and central government, hopefully culminating in Purple 1 and 2 running our own election for the whole school. As a result, our stunning starter was a trip to the Houses of Parliament in London. An early start was needed in order to catch the train from Plymouth to Paddington and then the tube to Westminster. Once in the capital, we had a tour of Parliament and participated in a ‘Making Laws’ workshop. We learned lots including the differences between The House of Lords and The House of Commons and the role of the Queen.
As well as visiting the Houses of Parliament, we visited the Winston Churchill War Rooms where we stepped back in time to explore the top secret bunker where Churchill lived and made many important war time decisions. Also, we visited Mr Ripley’s Emporium where we explored interactive exhibits of unbelievable collections of jaw dropping artefacts from across the globe.
It certainly was an exhausting and exhilarating start to our topic! We can’t wait to see where our learning journey will take us!
As part of their exploration of their topic ‘Victory is Ours’, Year 6 were evacuated to another school within our MAT. Whilst on the coach to the mystery destination, the children were excited yet nervous. Upon arriving at Lewannick School, the children were greeted by a billeting officer and marched into the school hall where they were lined up for selection by a host family. After being inspected for cleanliness and lice, the evacuees were assigned a family with whom they would spend the day. Some children were lucky for their new families were kind, letting them play games and have fun whilst others had less willing host families who sent their evacuees straight to work doing chores.
During their time at Lewannick, the children took part in ‘Dig for Victory’ and ‘Make do and Mend’ activities, planned news reports on The Battle for Britain and learned war time songs to keep their spirits up.
This experience allowed the children to live an evacuee’s experience, enabling learning and empathy in a fun, exciting and realistic form.
Year 6 at Callington Primary School have exploring a topic called 'Survival'. The children have been learning about natural disasters and their consequences. Local volunteers from ShelterBox came to the school to talk to the children about their charities incredible work in disaster zones; the children were astounded by their valuable work. Inspired, the children decided that they would like to raise money so they could send a ShelterBox to make a difference to a family who has been made homeless by disaster or humanitarian crisis.. Year 6 organised and ran a fun filled quiz night with a range of exciting rounds, a raffle, game and refreshments for parents, friends and family of CPS. They also took part in a sponsored event where they had to spend the entire day in a tent. Combining the kind donations for both events, Year 6 raised a phenomenal £1040. The children are now looking forward to receiving a letter from ShelterBox with a tracking number for their box so they see which community they have helped.