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Week Beginning 08.07.19

This week, Year 6 performed well in their first dress rehearsal! They had a very large audience which included Year 2 children from Kents Hill Infant School, Year 3, 4 and 5 children, as well as lots of adults!

The children experienced a mixture of emotions: excitement, nerves and anticipation. 

All of the children have worked really hard towards the production and are looking forward to performing it in front of parents and carers next week.

On Wednesday, Year 6 enjoyed their leavers inflatables and BBQ evening on the school field!

Week Beginning 01.07.19

This week, year 6 have been providing brilliant support to other year groups for their sports days – they have set a very good example and have been very helpful. We have also been looking back at our trip to Normandy and completing scrap books complete with photographs and drawings. On Wednesday, Year 6 attended the Young Citizens experience at Deans School. They completed activities involving first aid, stranger danger, social media, and much more!

Our main focus this week has been to perfect the year 6 production. Many of year 6 are nervous as we have a dress rehearsal next week! I’m sure they will do brilliantly and we wish them all the best of luck!

01.07.2019 - Day 4 of Normandy

After a breakfast in the sunshine this morning, we started the day with our final activity with the staff of the Chateau. We demonstrated our leadership, communication and problem-solving skills, as we worked in teams through a range of challenging scenarios.

With our bags packed and the coach loaded up, we left the Chateau for the last time. We were sad to be leaving but excited to be starting the first leg of our homeward journey!

For our lunch, we stopped in the picturesque riverside city of Honfleur. We ate our lunch in the heart of the city, surrounded by beautiful 18th century townhouses, and strolled along the Vieux-Bassin harbour. With the impressive architecture, we could understand why Honfleur is such a popular tourist destination.



Finally, we returned to the coaches and made our way to Calais. It was a bit sad to be leaving the glorious sunshine and stunning French countryside behind, but we were glad to be heading home!

30.06.2019 Day 3 of Normandy

After our continental breakfast this morning, we headed to Arromanches to experience the 360 degree cinema – lots of us were very moved by the images and voice clips that we heard. It was particularly poignant when we learnt that this all took place on the beach directly below us.

We headed to Longues-sur-Mer for a packed lunch where we went inside the casemates at the German batterie. Following this we headed to the German cemetery, where we discovered how 21,000 people were laid to rest in such a small space. It was remarkable to find out that the mount in the centre was created for 89 German soldiers and 207 unknown soldiers.

Next we headed to the American cemetery where we saw the stark difference in representation of 2 different countries cemeteries. Each of the top of the headstones in the American cemetery represents the religion of the soldier e.g: Star of David or St Christopher’s cross. Each headstone, once engraved, is exactly the same weight as all of the others, with no priority given by age, status or religion. We were also fascinated by the ‘Wall of the Missing’ which showed the names of the soldiers yet to be found.

We then headed back to the chateau to go swimming, complete our scrapbooks and enjoy a BBQ before the disco!

We’re sad to be leaving tomorrow but we’re looking forward to learning about Honfleur on our journey home.

 

29.06.2019 Day 2 of Normandy

Our day started with a continental breakfast – we all loved the croissants! We then headed to Bayeux where we set off in our groups to purchase a rather tasty lunch – some of our purchases comprised of: roasted chicken, strawberries, ham, salami, olives, cherries, watermelon, bananas and baguettes, before settling down in front of Bayeux Cathedral to eat our purchases.

 

Once lunch was over, we headed into Bayeux Cathedral. The children were very respectful when looking at the candles lit in memory throughout the cathedral. We went down into crypt and saw some beautiful paintings on the ceilings and walls.

We headed to the Bayeux tapestry and using the audio guides, we learnt all about the Battle of Hastings – we were engrossed in the story and learnt lots of interesting facts.

On our way back to the Chateau, we stopped off at the British Cemetery and paid our respects to soldiers of the Common Wealth who had fallen during World War 2 – we laid a wreath and some crosses in memory of them.

When we arrived back to the chateau, we headed straight to pool to cool off and then started our scrap books so that we can remember our excellent weekend.

Our evening has been finished off with fish and chips and karaoke!

We’re looking forward to the 360 cinema at Arromanche tomorrow.

 

28.06.2019 – Normandy Arrival Day

Despite our early starts, the children were in good spirits and enjoyed a few movies on their journey to our first stop at Rouen.

Whilst in Rouen we had lunch outside the cathedral where we learnt about the history of the capital of Normandy. Rouen is one of the most ancient and historic cities in France. It’s also one of the prettiest. Colourful, half-timbered houses line the narrow cobbled streets and gruesome gargoyles glare down at you from the tops of the Gothic buildings!

We learnt about one of the most famous Gothic cathedrals in the world – Notre-Dame of Rouen. We discovered it has the tallest spire in France and inspired some of Monet’s paintings!

Did you know, one of the cathedral’s towers is called “Tour de Beurre” this translates as tower of butter! This is because it was built with money raised by locals who wanted to eat butter during Lent.

The Gros Horloge is one of the oldest clocks in France and we walked under the arch beneath it.

We also learnt about the brave and trying tale of Jeanne d’Arc – an inspirational young lady at only 19 when she was burnt on the stake.

We have had a brilliant day, enjoying the nice weather followed up by a game of ‘It’s a Knockout’ this evening and we've even celebrated a birthday!

We’re looking forward to visiting Bayeux tomorrow!

 

Week Beginning 24.06.19

This week, Year 6 has had an exciting couple of days visiting their new schools! On their return, the children beamed about all of the fantastic lessons they took part in and discussed their future opportunities. Meanwhile, some of the children not attending new schools, stayed behind to design and make a mascot head for the school production! They used scrunched newspaper and a large balloon to create the shape and covered it with paper mache. Towards the end of the week, year 6 have been learning more about Normandy and World War 2 in preparation for their school residential trip. We even designed our own war medal! On Friday, many of year 6 set off early for their trip to Normandy. The other remaining children worked together to support other year groups and complete an exciting project. They worked fantastically!

Week Beginning 17.06.19

This week in year 6 it’s been full steam ahead for our production. The props and media team have been working very hard to finalise any on-stage items, and collect interviews for the programme. We have even started putting the stage together! Those on the acting team have worked really hard this week in perfecting any small detail, restarting rehearsals numerous times if need be.

A huge well done to 6KS on their class assembly that took place Wednesday – you presented your work wonderfully and the singing at the end was spine-tingling!

Week Beginning 10.06.19

In year 6 this week, we have been working on narrative writing. The children were given Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a stimulus and were asked to use their senses to imagine an unknown world. Their only guide was the sentence opener ‘as I walked through the door’. They loved having the freedom to choose their own topic and genre, and really develop as writers. Some fantastic narratives were produced as well as some very interesting story lines!

Year 6 have also been working on their production this week. The props team have focused on working as a team to create larger projects that create the scenery. The acting team however have begun to work with the sound and lighting team to really pull the production together. The lead roles have been given hi-tech microphones to use to practice their lines and singing.

 

Week Beginning 03.06.19

This week is health and relationship week and year 6 have been learning about conception, the male and female anatomy, and about how our body changes. Year 6 have been incredibly sensible and mature when exploring this topic.

In writing, the children in year 6 have been reading Romeo and Juliet – A Shakespeare Story. They put themselves into the shoes of one of the characters and created their very own diary entry. We discussed the thoughts and feelings of the characters and began writing our own account.

As a treat, for the rest of the week, we have been working some more on the school production, spending all of Thursday and Friday rehearsing lines, singing songs and creating props.

Week Beginning 20.05.19

Monday was very exciting for year 6 – the children were able to use the day to prepare and audition for their chosen part in the end of year production. Every single child that auditioned for a main role did fantastically, but unfortunately, we had to make some very difficult decisions.

Troy - Edward Pendrigh

Troy understudy - Benjamin Markham

Gabriella - Jessica-Jane Ventom

Gabriella understudy - Ava Feasey

Sharpay - Emilia Dawney

Shapay understudy - Hannah Maher

Ryan - Daniel Brown

Ryan understudy - Albie Payne

Taylor – Izabella Gilbert

Taylor understudy - Izabella Gilbert

Chad - Maxwell Waldron

Chad understudy - Lawrence Bunduss-Taylor

Zeke - Albie Payne

Zeke understudy - Oliver Davies

 

Throughout the rest of the week, year 6 have been working towards creating their very own stories based on a magical machine that helps to store memories. On competition, the children put their creative skills to the text and designed their very own front cover.

 

                                                                                                                                    

Week Beginning 13.05.2019

After a very busy week of SATs, Year 6 should be extremely proud of themselves for all of their efforts and determination! The children worked really hard and did their absolute best. Once again, we would like to thank not only the pupils but all of their families, friends and the whole staff at Kents Hill who have been there to support them; it really does means a lot! Well done again to the children and we hope you have a well-deserved rest this weekend.

Next week, we are looking forward to seeing the auditions for our Year 6 summer production, good luck to all!

 

Week Beginning 06.05.2019

This week, Year 6 performed in their short course showcases and really did themselves proud in drama, computing and art. Thank you to all of the adults who were able to join us on Thursday for these moments.

In Science, the children learned about how key scientists viewed evolution, from how people saw this in ancient times up until Charles Darwin in the 19th Century.

In our PSHE lesson, as well as learning more about the colours of regulation, we looked at how these weave into different styles of communication. We realised how sometimes we can communicate aggressively, rooted in 'Red' feelings like anger, or that we can communicate passively, giving in to 'Blue' or 'Yellow' feelings of tiredness or fear, but that we can work on dealing with other people assertively. Assertive communication comes from calm 'Green' feelings and allows us to respect our own rights while also respecting the rights and feelings of others. Here are some examples of how the children felt they could respond to a scenario in an aggressive, passive or assertive manner.

 

Of course, next week is SATs week, starting on Monday morning. We know that all of the children have done everything they can and have been well supported at home. We would like to thank all of the children and their families for their hard work and remind them not to worry. They're going to do themselves proud!

 

Week Beginning 29.04.19

Year 6 only had three days at school this week, but it was very busy! 

In Science, we studied adaptation and evolution in both plants and animals. One thing we observed closely was the adaptation of certain animals and plants, like a cactus which has extremely long roots to soak up as much water as possible to store for long dry periods.

We also learned about the colours of regulation. This is an initiative to help the children to be able to identify and express a wide range of feelings. Once they have successfully identified which colour-coded emotion they may be feeling, they can then begin to look at and share strategies to help them regulate strong feelings and come back to the optimum ‘green’ state.

Of course, the children have also been working on key objectives for our SATs coming up. We would like to say thank you and well done to all of the children for their ongoing hard work and preparation.

Please continue to read, practice times table facts and arithmetic skills and anything else that you think will help.

 

Week beginning 22.04.19

Our first week back started with an introduction to our new topic…William Shakespeare!

Did you know that this iconic figure actually died on the same day he was born, at the age of 52? This is one of the first facts Year 6 learnt about Shakespeare!

Our reading text this week focused solely on William, it not only taught us a lot about this man, but also allowed us to practice those all important reading skills in preparation for SATs in just a few weeks.

Later on, we began researching Shakespeare using a variety of sources including written texts, photographs, video clips and the internet. Each time we learnt something new, we added to a group mind map/list. We then shared what we had found out with the rest of the year group.

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Finally, we were inspired to be play writers and actors ourselves by an episode of “Horrible Histories” and a drama session!

 

 

 

Week beginning 01.04.19

This week Year 6 have been reading and working on the story of “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde.

When discussing this short story, the children shared their personal opinions articulately and even spoke about the morals and themes behind the text. The teachers were thrilled by the mature and detailed responses from all of the pupils!

The children were really inspired by this story about a statue, The Happy Prince, who was in fact not happy at all. The statue was saddened by the misery and poverty of the city which he overlooked. As a result, he requested the help of a young swallow who would take various precious objects from the statue (including his sapphire eyes) and give them to the poor!

Later on in the week, after some further discussions and a little role play, the children created their own versions of this tale and shared these with the rest of their class.

 

 

Week beginning 25.03.2019

POP ART ICONS

This week, Year 6 went Pop Art crazy! Our Art sessions were based around the two iconic fathers of Pop Art – Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The children worked really hard on their reading comprehensions, based around this era of art, together with art sessions, replicating a famous image from Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Happy Prince’.

The children researched Pop Art and discovered the main differences between the two artists were that Andy Warhol used everyday objects such as soup cans or cardboard boxes and made them iconic. He also used images such as famous people like; Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. Roy Lichtenstein made his pop art more in comic strip layout, he also produced his art work pictures in dots.

 

 

 

Week beginning 18.03.19

Assessment Week in Year 6

This week, Year 6 took part in their final assessment week before their SAT’s. The children all worked extremely hard, showing dedication and resilience throughout the week.

Monday and Tuesday consisted of Spag and a reading comprehension test, Wednesday and Thursday, our maths arithmetic and reasoning tests.

Well done to all Year 6 for trying their hardest, meeting targets and in some cases, exceeding their targets!

In the afternoon sessions, the children have been concentrating on their efforts in their writing. The learning objective this week was to create and apply a variety of features to a balanced argument.

Our topic of learning was ‘Should Oscar Wilde have been imprisoned?’.

We held class discussions on Wilde’s homosexuality and the impact of this in Victorian England. We introduced the argument by discussing Oscar Wilde, sectioning our writing into several areas of investigation/discussion.

Week beginning 11.03.19

Science Week!

Our experiment of the day (for Science Week) was to describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans.

Before undertaking our first experiment, we learnt many interesting facts about our digestive system.

Our body needs food to provide it with energy, vitamins, and minerals.

However, in order use food, we must first break it down into substances that the various organs and cells in our body can use. This is the job of our digestive system.

The digestive system acts in stages to digest our food. Each stage is important and prepares the food for the next stage.

The entire length of our digestive system is around 20 to 30 feet!

We needed to understand the stages of digestion before we undertook our experiment. This was to make sure we understood the main principles behind the practical activity.

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed participating in this experiment, having lots of fun and learning at the same time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 04.03.19

This week, Year 6 have been studying the life of Oscar Wilde. This is our Year 6 topic this half term. Our practical activity this week, was based on a carousel lesson, in which our class was divided into three stations. Using Chrome books, station one researched many interesting facts on Oscar Wilde. Station two, concentrated their learning on creating a structured time line of key events in the Victorian era (based on the law and legal system during that time) and station three were given Oscar Wilde’s most famous quotes. They were given the task of deciphering the true meaning of the quotes.

This lesson led itself to discussing the life of Oscar Wilde, with respect to Victorian laws on homosexuality, comparing these with 21st century laws.

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed learning the differences in the judicial systems throughout the years.

On Thursday, it was World Book Day at Kents Hill! The children had various tasks to complete throughout the day, including planning and producing their favourite reading book, front cover, on a t shirt, using crayons. The prints were then placed on a board, covered with parchment paper and the staff ironed the t shirts to seal the crayon onto the t shirt.

Year 6 have had a very productive week!

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 25.02.19

This week, year 6 have been studying our new topic of Oscar Wilde.

As an introduction to this topic area, the children have read the Oscar Wilde story of The Happy Prince. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde is the story of a statue, the Happy Prince, covered with gold and many fine jewels. It sits overlooking the city. One day, a swallow passing through seeks shelter under the statue and discovers the prince is not happy, but sad. The Prince persuades the Swallow to stay with him and assist with helping the citizens of the city. The writing is packed with valuable themes such as judging based on outward appearances, the disparity between poverty and wealth, sacrifice, and love and compassion.

The writing lessons were aimed at increasing students’ general understanding of creating a piece of writing appropriately using the key features of persuasion. The children were tasked with including subordinating conjunctions, emotive language, flattery, rhetorical questions and stating their points of view with examples, within their written letter.

 

Week beginning 04.02.19

This week, year 6 have been working really hard on their assessments.

In between assessments, the children were able to use a variety of techniques to add interesting effects and depict shadows to create a profile of Charles Darwin.

The lessons were aimed at increasing students’ general understanding of creating a piece of artwork based around the formal element of cross-hatching.

Children were first issued with a picture of a hand (based on Leonardo Di-Vinci) – they then used the techniques discussed - variety of line, layers and cross-hatching to add light, medium and dark areas to the outline of the hand.

Next, using their knowledge and understanding of the techniques used when cross-hatching, the children were to create a drawing of Charles Darwin.

Success Criteria for the lesson:

The children could depict shadow within their drawing.

The children could use various shading techniques to depict shadow within their drawing.

The children chose well-chosen techniques to depict shadow within their drawing.

 

Week beginning 28.01.19

This week year 6 have been focusing on producing a balanced argument on reasons for and against zoos.

The children were able to participate in various discussions, discussing personal viewpoints and referring to examples when explaining their views/opinions.

The children produced an informative piece of written work, using a variety of organisational devices within their work. The features of point, evidence and explain were used throughout the week to show understanding of the subject area.

Towards the end of the week, the children were able to participate in a cross-curricular lesson of geography and maths. The children looked at climate change, in particular, increasing global temperatures, then were able to calculate the mean average of the temperature throughout the decades. This produced lots of discussion on climate change and the effects on our planet.

EXAMPLES OF WRITTEN WORK – Fors and against.

 

 

Week beginning 21.01.2019

In year 6 our topic is all about David Attenborough who we know has achieved many great things in his life, including the discovery of new species which have actually been named after him!

For our holiday homework, we created our own new species which we have been writing about this week. We have been working on using figurative language and high level vocabulary to create vivid images.

To go with our writing, we also created our own animal habitats using different resources. These habitats have been designed around our species and their specific needs. We thought carefully about adaptation and how animals have changed over time to suit their environment. Below are some examples of our habitats.

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 14.01.19

This week, year 6 have been studying biographies and their weekly outcome was to produce a biography on Sir David Attenborough.

At start of the week, the children were able to use the new Chromebooks (purchased for each year group at Kents hill) to produce some amazing factual research on Sir David Attenborough.

Watching several inspiring videos, the children then planned their biography, using their information they had researched, along with books and texts.

It was a challenging task for the children, as they had to continuously edit their work in order to achieve an outstanding factual piece of work.

The children were able to meet the following criteria;

Produce an informative introduction

Write in cohesive paragraphs – to produce clarity for the reader

Ensure all sentences were relevant to the work

Use a range of sentence openers

 

Week beginning 07.01.19

This week, year 6 have been fortunate enough to have their ‘Hook Day’. This day focused on an introduction to our new term topic of ‘David Attenborough and Charles Darwin’. We were able to focus on David Attenborough and his continuous battle against climate change.

Sir David Attenborough quotes: "Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon."

The children looked at climate change over hundreds of years and how climate change is affecting us. Climate change (or global warming), is the process of our planet heating up.

Linked directly to climate change, the children produced instructional texts to enable the reader to create a barometer (a device which measures air pressure).

First, the children made in-depth notes in their learning journals, which were then edited and a final copy was made, producing amazing step-by-step instructions to construct a Barometer.

 

 

 

Week beginning 10.12.18

This week, year 6 have been focusing on writing a disaster story to entertain. The children have become authors and created stories that include characters, settings and a plot, on the theme of a dream holiday that turns into a disaster when a volcanic eruption occurs!

The children began the process by planning the opening of the story –studying images and video clips to inspire. We discussed words and phrases to plan for developing the setting and build our characters. For our build-up and dilemma, we discussed the possible signs of a volcanic eruption and how we could implement this within our writing, encouraging the children to think about the description related to the five senses.

Our main focus was the editing process of the story, to enable the children to produce a quality piece of written work. This took place after each section of the story was completed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 03.12.12

This week Year 6 have been focusing on Volcanoes! We have created our own volcanoes made from clay, using appropriate materials and tools to carefully build and sculpt the volcano.

Once the clay had dried, we were able to paint them, using realistic volcano colours to make them look really effective. We were able to mix colours to create texture and shading.

The following day, we were able to produce a volcanic eruption, with the aid of baking soda and vinegar. The eruptions proved to be the pinnacle of the week! Some eruptions were so fierce, they mirrored Mount Vesuvius!

Towards the end of the week, the children created a diary entry of a Volcanologist, who has experienced, first hand, a live eruption!

I am pleased to say, Year 6 are now experienced Volcanologists!

Week Beginning 26.11.18

Science week

This week year 6 have been focusing on classifying and grouping animals as part of our science unit of work.

The children have “wowed” their teachers with interesting facts and knowledge of different animals. They have enjoyed working together and building on their team work skills to create keys and sorting diagrams to classify animals.

Some key words we have learnt this week include:

  • vertebrates/invertebrates
  • molluscs
  • crustaceans
  • characteristics
  • adaptation
  • camouflage
  • microorganisms

Towards the end of the week, each class began creating their own animal classification game based on the very popular game “Guess Who?!” For this, the children have been working in pairs, selecting appropriate resources, planning their game and applying various design technology skills. We look forward to seeing the finished products so the children can challenge a friend to play!

Week beginning 19.11.18

This week Year 6 have been taking part in assessment week. The children have all been a credit to Kents Hill, displaying impeccable behaviour throughout the week. 

During the afternoons, we have been making a ‘round book’ co training Volcano facts. 

This involves lots of Art based skills, as well as English language features to produce their written work to feature alongside their ‘round book’. 

 We hope the children have enjoyed producing their ‘round book’.

 

 

 Week beginning 12.11.18

This week, Year 6 have been studying Tsunamis, Earthquakes and Tornadoes, in particular, looking into the human and geographical effects of earthquakes in Japan. This learning was linked to our last topic, Japan.  

 Our outcome was to produce a campaign letter for help for a disaster area. 

 The children wrote a formal letter to the Japanese government urging them to provide more funding to scientists, to provide Japan with earthquake-resistance materials to build. 

 The children produced their own persuasive letter and it can be found within their learning journals, inside an envelope addressed to the Japanese government. 

 

 

 Week beginning 05.11.18

On Wednesday this week, the whole school took part in a very special day in aid of Remembrance Day.

After an important assembly, Year 6 began creating poppies to contribute to a whole school masterpiece which will be displayed at the front of the school gates.

 

 

 

 

After lunch, Year 6 used charcoal to create powerful images with red poppies at the fore front of the art work. The children learnt how to use different pressures and smudging techniques to create different effects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoy our art work and will come and see our fantastic masterpiece to mark 100 years since the end of WWI.

Week beginning 29.10.18

Year 6 Storm Chasing Workshop

On Monday, Year 6 began their journey learning about Extreme Earth. We started the week learning how to chase storms from professional storm chasers. We learnt how to identify the key features using radar images. 

The key parts of a storm cloud and how they form. 

 

 

 

It was then time to chase the storm. 

We learnt how to identify the highest possible chance of impact by working out the magical distance between dew point and temperature of 10. Once we had this information, we then looked at how close this was to states and towns.

 

e then had to make the final choice as to whether to chase Oklahoma or Kansas?

 

 

Autumn 1

Many of the Year 6 pupils thoroughly enjoyed sharing their holiday projects with their classes. 

Pupils started their topic about Japan working on a variety of activities to immerse them in Japanese culture. 

The pupil’s became thoroughly engrossed in our novel, Kensuke’s Kingdom.  The children made a 3D image of the island from Kensuke’s Kingdom using the descriptions from the book to help them imagine what is was like.  Each group in the class worked together to make a different section.

The children learnt about tone and shading as well as different painting techniques in order to create a traditional Japanese symbol. 

The children produced some excellent balanced arguments about whether Kensuke should leave or stay on the island. These demonstrated both the extremely in depth understanding the pupil’s had of the book as well as compassion for the characters.