We have had a busy November.

During November, we have supported Children in Need by dressing up in spots. Later in the afternoon, parents were invited to come to class to play some games, which had the theme of spots.  In Year 6, we played a game where you keep the balloon up in the air by hitting it but you could not move off your spot.  Furthermore, we played how many raisins can you pick up one at a time ( with tweezers ) and transfer from one bowl to another. We had some incredible achievements in both games with Parents and Children winning the games. Well done to the parents who participated – such good sports!!!!!

November was the end of our History theme of Epic Egyptians. We explored the events leading up to the end of the Egyptian Empire. We identified the causes that led to the invasion of the Ancient Egyptian Empire and the consequences of the invasion and its decline. Furthermore, we identified why Rome would want Ancient Egypt as part of its Empire. We have also studied Ancient Egyptian Gods and written a non-chronological report for Ra – the God of the Sun.

During November,  we have been swimming at the leisure centre. The children were fantastic – improving their swimming or learning to swim, gaining water confidence and learning all about Water Safety in a practical way.  The children received a variety of certificates. Well Done Year 6!

Year 6 – October

Year 6 have had a busy October!

Year 6 have spent their Personal Development sessions looking at relationships, respectful relationships and stereotypes. The children have shared their ideas about what respectful relationships look like and identified examples of respectful relationships. When learning about stereotypes, the children identified how stereotypes can be harmful and what can be done to break stereotypes.

The children started their science experiment about how mould grows. The children have predicted in which environment mould will grow the most (in a warm climate, damp climate etc). The children have recorded their results over 2 weeks and will summarise their findings in November.

In history, the children have continued to learn about the Ancient Egyptian Civilisation, including Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The children researched the lives of Howard Carter and Tutankhamun, linking their knowledge to the history and geography substantive concepts. This knowledge will then support their writing of Howard Carter’s diary over the next few weeks.

The children enjoyed ‘Foundation Week’ during the last week of half term, where they looked at photography in art, 3D design in computing and dilemmas in RE (with links to Buddhism). The children looked at macro photography in the style of Edward Weston and photomontage in the style of Hannah Hock before creating their own self portraits using the grid method.

Year 6 – September

The children have had a fantastic start to Year 6!

In literacy, the children’s learning has been centred around the music video ‘Titanium’. Through this, the children have explored their narrative writing, learning about expanded noun phrases, dialogue, tenses, fronted adverbials and relative clauses. The children have also recapped their knowledge of word class. They have created fantastic setting descriptions based on the video; some of these will be on display outside our classrooms.

In numeracy, the children have learnt about place value, including ordering and comparing numbers to 1,000,000. The children have also recapped on their learning of formal methods (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), including applying this knowledge to problem solving and reasoning. Finally, the children have learnt to do long division.

The children have enjoyed their introduction to History and Geography, where they have learnt about the Ancient Egyptians. The children have created a timeline of the civilisations and identified which substantive concepts they will be learning about. They have compared similarities and differences between the Ancient Egyptians and other ancient civilisations.


Year 6 – May

What a Month!!!

May has been another busy month in Year 6.  Staff were extremely proud of the children with their attitude towards the SAT examinations. They tried their hardest – and that is all anyone can ask!

After SATs, we introduced the children to our Year Six musical production, which is called Rock Bottom! The play synopsis is: The Cobblestones, just an ordinary Stone Age family of cave folk living on Stoney Street, Rock Bottom! But when cave boy inventor Bobby Cobblestone hatches his very first good idea, he’s whisked off to work for none other than the beautiful celebrity Lady Lava! Unfortunately, BC is soon up to his Neanderthal neck in trouble when he discovers his new boss hides a dark secret that will rock Rock Bottom to its foundations. With mysterious monsters terrorising the town and a volatile volcano ready to blow its top, can BC become a little boulder and hatch a plan to save his family, his friends and his very own precious Rock Bottom? Only time will tell…

The children were incredibly brave and auditioned for many roles. Everyone is involved and we are enjoying starting to rehearse and learn the songs. In fact, lots of children are giving up their time after school to come to drama club rehearsals.

To celebrate the Coronation, the children took part in an art project for Madeley Parish Council, where they sketched portraits of King Charles in different periods of his life.

Year 6 – March

The children in year 6 have had a very busy March!

Throughout March, the children have started to learn about Ancient Egypt.

We discussed and compared our knowledge about ancient civilisations (from previous learning) and what we know about the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. After researching The Nile, we wrote a comparative report about The Nile during Ancient Egyptian times and now. Furthermore, we researched Tutankhamun and Howard Carter using primary and secondary sources in preparation for the children’s diary recount, written in first person as if they were Howard Carter.

The children also enjoyed the ‘Junk Percussion Workshop’, where they experienced different rhythms on a variety of junk instruments. The children performed ‘We Will Rock You’ using these different rhythms.

Lots of Learning in Year 6!

Although there are not many days in February and a half term, we have still been very busy with our learning.

In Science, we have been continuing our work on Light – investigating the reflected and incident ray, along with their angles. As our science unit is part of a crime investigation, we used our knowledge and made a periscope to investigate different reflective materials. We found out that retro reflective material does not enable you to see through the periscope because, the rougher the surface, the less reflective (the light shot back in different directions). Then, the duller the surface, the less reflective as more light was absorbed. After our investigation, we could eliminate a suspect.

During February, it was Safer Internet Day. We looked at the terms and conditions of WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and You Tube. We retrieved information about:

What personal information can they collect?

What can they do with this information?

We discussed the term of online consent and what we understand from, why social media want our personal information and why this is valuable to them. We discussed the term targeted advertising and linked this to our previous knowledge of web crawlers. We also thought about what responsibilities we have got for the well-being of others in our online social group, how impulsive and rash communications online can possibly cause problems, how we can support others (including those who are having difficulties) online and how to report problems online for both me and my friends.

Later during the day, we looked at when using social media, you are creating a digital footprint and that a digital footprint is data that is left behind when users have been online. Therefore, this helps create your online reputation (eg overall quality or character as judged by people in general). This could be seen as being positive or negative. We discussed that It is only bad if the things that you share or that are shared about you, reflect badly upon you and project an image of yourself that you don’t want people to see – or if putting the information together could affect your personal privacy and security. We explored online reputations (where people form an opinion in greater detail). We looked at the applicants to a college, which will be funded by the local premier league football team Halliwell FC. The football team will be giving one student money to fund their further study in football business management. We imagined that we work for the college and conducted online searches to fill in the information that we can find to help the football club assess who should be offered a place. Based on the digital footprint information, who decided who should be offered a place on the course and who should not be offered a place on the course – giving reasons. Finally, we discussed how to try to control a digital footprint to help an online reputation and the online reputation of others.

Towards the end of the day, we gave a presentation to parents – sharing all the information we had learned.


A Busy Start to the New Year.

The children have worked extremely hard in Numeracy converting, ordering and comparing  decimals, fractions and percentages – with some very tricky problems!


The children have been exploring Martin Luther King’s Dream Speech for persuasive devices and context. This inspired them to write their own version as if they were Ruby Bridges – fighting for equality and education.

Some children visited Arthog last week spending time rock climbing, gorge walking, canoeing, orienteering and night walking!! They all represented Woodlands fabulously, demonstrating a number of our ‘Secrets of Success’. The staff, who accompanied them, were very proud!

The children, who did not go to Arthog, also used a number of  our ‘Secrets of Success’ – especially exploring the mystery book ‘The Watertower’ and when painting in the style of Jackson Pollock. Each child recreated a photograph of New York using ‘drip painting’.