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Aquila – Year 6

Mr Yeldham (Class Teacher)

Mrs Johnston, Mrs Way and Ms Branston (Support Staff)

Autumn 2018

In the week before half term Year 6 spent the morning being trained as effective Play Leaders for the KS1 children. They discussed what made an effective leader and the types of activities that would work well for younger children. They then designed games and got to put their theories to the test with the Year 1 and Reception children.

In anticipation of the upcoming Harvest Assembly, Aquila class made the most of the produce growing within the school grounds to produce some fantastic apple and blackcurrant crumbles. Thanks go to the gardening club for maintaining and picking the blackcurrant bushes.

We have had an incredibly positive and focused start to year 6. In lessons we are already meeting the challenges and demands that year 6 requires.

In English we have been studying the characters in the book Skellig and using personification to create a poem based on the derelict garage.

In Maths we have been working extremely hard and already covered topics such as place value, up to 13 digits (hopefully not unlucky), reading and writing numbers, multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000 and ordering numbers up do 3 decimal places.

Aquila have returned this week from a fantastic visit to Caythorpe. Children were challenged in a variety of unfamiliar ways and encouraged to set their own targets in a range of activities that included climbing, archery, fencing, quad biking and abseiling. All the staff were delighted with the way the children responded and the children are looking forward to sharing their adventures in the forthcoming Year Class Assemblies.

Summer 2018

Year 6 were lucky enough to be visited by The Hertfordshire Magistrates’ Service. The children learnt about the organisation of the British Legal System, had a quiz on their knowledge of common British Laws and then conducted a mock trial presided over by two real life magistrates. The children had the opportunity to consider the evidence and debate the outcome and then our three appointed Year 6 magistrates made their own final decision.

In June, Year 6 had the opportunity to play in the annual rounders tournament at Redborn Primary School. Mrs Booth was proud of the good spirit of the team and the excellent attitude that was on display throughout the day.

The children worked so hard and stayed focused for their SATs. The children were really excited about their end of year production and performed so well!  We wish them all the best as they move onto their Secondary schools.  We hope the transition workshops we have run this term help them with this, as well as, all of the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout their time at Manland.

Spring 2018

This term Year 6 enjoyed a visit from History Off the Page. They spent the morning experiencing life in a 1940s classroom, running through their air raid and gas mask drills and learning how to add pounds, shillings and pence. In the afternoon the children were able to role play life in a war time village, buying and selling common goods, checking their rations and keeping an eye out for a local spy!  The children had an excellent day and the experiences will help inform a range of further work this term.

Year 6 also enjoyed what will be their last school visit to All Saints Church. The volunteers treated Year 6 to faithful recreations of significant scenes from the Easter Story and finished with a discussion on the significance of Easter to Christians.


Autumn 2017

After a really focused start to the school year, the Year 6 children enjoyed an excellent team building opportunity when they visited Caythorpe Court PGL site. The children took part in outdoor and adventurous activities that included abseiling, quad biking, fencing, raft building and a variety of climbing activities.

Many of the PGL staff commented on the politeness of the children.

The children remained enthusiastic all week (despite the odd bit of rain) and many really pushed themselves to overcome and exceed their own personal targets.

Year 6 put the carrots and beetroot that had been grown by our gardening club to good use. We found an old WWII recipe to create beetroot and carrot cup cakes. The children were surprised by how good they tasted!

Thank you to all the hard work put in by the Gardening Club to grow and harvest the ingredients.
Year 6 have worked hard on creating an incredible range of topic projects. Biomes of the world have been successfully explored using detailed Power Points, represented in collage and modelling – we have even had a faithful Lego recreation of a Biome!