Below is our most recent blog from Year 6. This includes a summary of the two weeks including any important information for the coming weeks (reminders etc). These will be updated every other Friday.
Click here for the topic flow chart for the summer term.
Click here for the recent SATs meeting presentation.
Friday 20 July
Like the whirlwind that transported Dorothy to Oz, this final term has gone by in a bit of a blur, but it will be fondly remembered for the experiences shared and memories made.
A focus on the traditions and culture of Ancient Greece permeated through much of the learning, with a visit to the British Museum bringing knowledge to life and providing inspiration for the children’s own Greek clay pot designs.
While SATs played a major role in proceedings, the breakfast sessions and end of week picnic in Richmond Park were what really brought the class together, with parents joining in on the fun too! Another opportunity to revel in each other’s company was on the day trip to Wissant, France. It was a fabulous day – a time to admire the scenery; partake in local cuisine; try out the odd French phrase or two and (most importantly) a chance to play on the beach.
Thinking ahead to their own journey into higher education, the children enjoyed a visit to Kingston School of Art to see this year’s degree show outcomes. They were taken around campus by a number of students and even had the opportunity to engage with a slime installation!
Although the Orange Tree Theatre’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ was well received, nothing can compare to the children’s own performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. It was not just the costumes that sparkled on stage, but the children themselves.
Year 6 - wherever the road (yellow brick or otherwise) takes you, may you always be proud of everything you have achieved at St. Luke’s, and go out into the world with the belief that anything is possible.
Friday 13 July
A non-stop hive of activity are appropriate words to describe the Year 6 classroom over the past couple of weeks, with final alterations and flourishes being made to the wonderful array of costumes and props, in readiness for the eagerly anticipated KS2 production of ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Every single member of the class has risen to the occasion - be it singing, dancing or acting. The children have relished their moment in the spotlight, and quite rightly so!
The move to secondary school (and the approaching finale to their time at St. Luke’s) is beginning to feel ever more real as of late, especially as the majority of the class have taken part in transition sessions at their new schools. The children have returned to St Luke’s enthused by all the exciting opportunities awaiting them in September, sharing tales such as creating fireworks during a science session in the school’s laboratory.
With farewells in mind, thoughts turn to next week’s leavers assembly. The children will be writing their own anecdotes and sketches, looking back over the years and choosing their fondest memories. It will certainly be a fitting celebration of their St. Luke’s journey, if not a little emotional!
Friday 29 June
Such fun and laughter was had by all who were fortunate to be on the recent day trip to France. Visiting the hypermarket to buy fresh produce for lunch gave the children an opportunity to try out the odd French phrase or two, whilst the town of Wissant proved a wonderful backdrop for building sandcastles, dipping a tentative toe in the water and exploring how the locals live. As the coach neared for home after a long but enjoyable day, there was not a sound on board - apart from the occasional snore! A successful trip all round.
While the children push on with making costumes, learning lines and following stage directions, their thinking has been put to the test with a number of World Cup themed mathematical problems and puzzles, along with ones centred on finding all the possibilities. Strategic thinking was the aim of the game, with children applying all that they have learned this year.
Creativity has also been high on the agenda, with Year 6 shaping clay to create their own Greek pots, editing their science-based i-movies and decorating Venetian masks, which were used during this week’s Orange Tree performance of ‘A Merchant of Venice’.
Friday 15 June
As this goes to press, Year 6 will be over the English Channel on the eagerly awaited French day-trip to Wissant. With plans to visit the hypermarket to buy lunch, time spent on the beach to paddle, followed by a treasure hunt of the town, it certainly promised to be an eventful day.
Amid rehearsals, costume designing, journalistic writing based on the final chapters of Odysseus (full of bloodshed and cunning) along with a number of collaborative tasks, the children have engaged in a range of artistic and thought-provoking workshops. These have included “The Merchant of Venice” workshop led by the Orange Tree Theatre; a session at Kingston School of Art - looking at this year’s Degree Show, and a transition event held at St. Paul’s Church. Such opportunities have allowed the children time to reflect on the next stage of their educational journey and have given them an insight into future careers.
In other news, the children finished their learning on statistics with a World Cup themed Whoddunit challenge, solving mathematical problems that linked to the trophy being stolen. It transpires that: ‘The guards were given sleeping pills at 10:27am and the trophy can be found in Messi’s locker.’ Let’s just hope that this isn’t the case!
Friday 25 May
There was a collective sigh of relief (along with some shrieks of delight – and that was just from the staff!) last Thursday once the final SATs paper had been completed. With an air of calm surrounding the whole process, the children are to be heartily congratulated for their conduct throughout the week. From the positive spirits and sense of humour on show each morning over breakfast, through to the maturity and resilience on display when sitting the papers themselves. St Luke’s is so lucky that Year 6 is full of compassionate, generous and fun individuals who have strong friendships, different passions and a wealth of skills – no test results show this.
Children, staff and parents alike enjoyed a much-deserved day in Richmond Park at the end of the week. It was a chance to let off steam and enjoy each other’s company.
Reflecting upon the events of Pentecost, and in particular the way the Holy Spirit empowers Christians, brought about some worldly responses this week: ‘If I were fire, I would scorch betrayal and in its path scatter ashes of loyalty. If I were water, I would cleanse the world of all malice, leaving purity and peace.’
Friday 11 May
What did the Ancient Greeks wear on their feet? - ‘Tennis Zeus’
Last week, Year 6 spent an eventful day at the British Museum, exploring the Ancient Greek galleries and following in the footsteps of Odysseus. With aspects of everyday life clearly depicted through pottery, statues and the Parthenon friezes, the children have been inspired to design and mould their own Greek pottery in the near future.
With so much glorious weather, Year 6 have taken every opportunity to work outside of the classroom. A circulatory system treasure hunt kept them on their toes and proved a challenge whilst the use of iPads to produce comic strips for Odysseus’ cunning escape from the Cyclops allowed for a more creative flair in the sunshine.
It has been a case of the ‘final push’ over the past fortnight with Year 6 preparing hard for next week’s SATs. Both independent and collaborative revision activities have taken place, with children sharing their wealth of gained knowledge and learning from one another. The time has come to prove what they are truly capable of and to let themselves shine. Best of luck Year 6; do yourselves proud!
Friday 27 April
While thoughts of secondary schools may be at the forefront of their minds, Year 6 have embarked on their final term with their customary enthusiasm and vigour. This theme of adventure and stepping into the unknown has been a predominant focus of their ‘It’s all Greek’ topic so far.
In English, the children have set sail for the greatest journey of all time: Homer’s Odyssey, reading ‘The Adventure of Odysseus’ and developing storytelling traditions through play script writing and producing storyboards. Immersing themselves in the sounds and sights of a storm at sea produced some outstanding writing:
“Men, we will reach our destination!” screamed Odysseus, his voice barely audible above the sound of the roaring waves.
A leaping whale, the vessel flies through the lightning-lit sky, into the eye of the storm.
Art sessions have seen the children creating comedy / tragedy masks out of mod-roc; life-size diagrams of the circulatory system have been completed within Science, and problems involving ratio and proportion have been solved during Maths. Phew!
Without doubt, the highlight has been finding out this year’s production: ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Whoops of joy resonated within class, and the children cannot wait to get singing and acting.