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Week Commencing 17th January 2022

In Science we have been learning how light travels and reflects. To consolidate our learning, we tried to make a periscope. 


You will have heard the phrase 'How many people does it take to change a light-bulb?'


This was more - How many Year 6s does it take to make a periscope? 


It turns out that it takes 41 pupils and 4 adults to make just 4 periscopes! Thank goodness for Mrs Bunyan who kept us all on track 😀


We had a lot of fun trying to make them and proved that it really is possible to see round corners when we used the finished product.


Here are some photos of what we learnt about angles of incidence and reflection and how we used our periscopes.

Week Commencing 10th January 2022

During the Spring term in PE, Year 6 are learning gymnastic and tennis skills.


This week in tennis, the children have learned how to complete forearm returns with their partner using their racket and tennis ball with precision and accuracy over short distances to work on ball control. 


Once the children had mastered this method, they moved on to the challenge of creating a continuous rally with their partner, in which they needed to pass the ball back and forth using their forearm return technique, without allowing the ball to drop.


With these new skills it won't be long before they are able to successfully take part in a tennis match! 

Week Commencing 3rd January 2022

Happy New Year!


Welcome back to another term at Quarry Hill Academy!


We kicked off this term with our history topic: The Victorians.

As part of our new topic we went outside to see our new timeline of British history. It starts with the dinosaurs and brings us right up to present day!

We focused in on when the Victorians were in British history and what eras came before them that may have had influence.


Our first project in history is to write a biography of the greatest and most well-known Victorian of them all: Queen Victoria!

Although we didn't know much about her at the beginning of the lesson, we have now done some extensive research through videos, online searches, books, class information galleries and the class working wall. We are confident and excited to get started on writing up our notes about her full and interesting life.

Merry Christmas!


We have thoroughly enjoyed the start of our Christmas celebrations in Year 6!


We kicked the week off with our visit to the Church for a Christmas service where we sung our songs and heard children read with Reverend Barlow. 

Next, we enjoyed a virtual Christmas carol concert with the rest of the school trust which was put together by children across all five schools.

We had a real laugh watching our own productions of the Year 5 and 6 virtual Christmas performances - which are still available on our Teams page for you to enjoy as a family at home!

As you can see in the pictures above, our class party was a blast! We enjoyed some classic party games in addition to our new favourite - the chocolate game!


We are so looking forward to our disco later this week and all the other surprises that the teachers have planned. Lets hope they have something to show us that will embarrass them instead of us this time...

Week Commencing 6th December 2021

Over the last couple of weeks, in science, 6KR have been researching how electricity is generated and transmitted.


We have found out how our planet is impacted through the use of renewable and non-renewable energy, in addition to how we gain access and use electricity in our homes and schools. It has been interesting to see both the bigger picture of how the generation and transmission of electricity impacts our planet and the more immediate picture of how much we use and rely on electricity in our everyday life. 


We also started to consider how electricity could be generated and transmitted in the future!


Once the children had gathered all of their research, they created a PowerPoint presentation in their own words so that they could share their findings with other children who are not newly specialists in the subject.


Mrs Robinson was really impressed with their bravery and presenting skills that they demonstrated in front of the whole class! 

Week Commencing 29th November 2021

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Good morning and welcome to the 6KR weather report...


This week, we have been learning how to describe the weather in different localities. We started by looking at weather forecasts in the UK and then we made our own weather reports for Mexico - our focus country in geography.


We had great fun whilst learning how to use the language and symbols associated with weather reports. Did you know, that without accurate weather reports, the plans of individuals and businesses could be greatly impacted by unexpected and disrupted weather, such as strong winds and flooding?

Week Commencing 22nd November 2021

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Follow That Star!


6KR have created a nativity themed Christmas hoop to be displayed in the main hall for all to enjoy during their lunchtime and of course their Christmas performances. 


We hope this brings you the Christmas spirit! We are definitely ready for Christmas in year 6! We have already started practising our Christmas performance songs and dance and now we have our decorations up and ready for December next week!


Tis the season to be jolly!

Week Commencing 15th November 2021

6KR are enjoying their DT project this half term. Linking in with our Geography topic of Mexico, they have been learning about pinatas. We have discovered their true origin and original form and compared that to the modern pinatas we see at special occasions in the UK, such as birthday parties. 


After carefully designing a range of potential pinatas, the children selected and refined one of their designs which they are now creating out of cardboard. As you can see in the pictures, the pinatas are coming along nicely and the children have learnt the importance of ensuring each piece of card is precisely measured and cut to size before assembling the pinata.


We look forward to our DT lessons next week when we will start to bring our pinatas to life by adding our colourful designs using tissue paper!

Week Commencing 8th November 2021

This half term, 6KR have put a new focus on their reading. We have thoroughly enjoyed the independent reading time we have as a class and we use this time to widen our vocabulary range by noting down higher level words and phrases that we could use within our own written work.


Contrasting from our WW1 focused guided reading book, Private Peaceful, from Autumn 1; this half term, our guided reading text is Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce. As we have been reading this book, we have been asking ourselves questions about how the author portrays each character differently and what we would do if we were in the main character's shoes - developing our comprehension and empathy skills. 


Let us know if you have read or plan to read Millions as we would love to hear your opinion about the boys' situation.


Enjoy all your home-time reading Year 6 and remember to log it on GoRead!

Week Commencing 1st November 2021

We have kicked off Autumn 2 with a hands-on double Science lesson!


In Science this half term, we are learning about electricity. Today's objective was to be able to represent a simple circuit as a diagram. WELL, not only were 6KR able to do this, they were also able to construct series circuits and parallel circuits before also drawing these as diagrams using the correct scientific symbols! We are so proud of them. Make sure you ask what the difference is so they can show off their new knowledge and understanding. 


We have also discussed electrical hazards in the home so if you need any help the children will be able to teach you how to stay safe whilst using electrical appliances!

Week Commencing 18th October 2021

6KR have had a fantastic start to their final year at Quarry Hill Academy.


To celebrate their successes, we have made two corridor displays of their best work. 


We have our History display which focuses on the lives of Henry VIII's wives. This was an extended write which the children poured all their energy and effort into to ensure they captured the impact each wife had on Henry's reign whilst still including their demise...


Our Art display not only represents the great Mosaic work that the children completed but gives an overview of the curriculum of their first half term in Year 6. You can see mosaics of:

- Their guided reading book, Private Peaceful

- A diagram of the heart, from their Science topic

- The Tudor Rose, which they learnt about in History when we focused on the War of the Roses and the Battle of Bosworth

- The QHA Badge, to represent our Core Values


We hope you all enjoy your half term and look forward to all our new topics after the break!

Week Commencing 11th October 2021

To end our history topic of the Tudors this half term, year 6 have completed their first ever double page spread. 


The children have impressed us with their in-depth research and ability to compare the different life styles of the rich and poor during the time of the Tudors. 


Moreover, they have managed to display their findings in original, creative and eye-catching ways to ensure the reader gains a deeper understand of the way in which Tudors lived. 


Now we are asking ourselves, how has the gap between rich and poor changed between Tudor times and modern day life? 

Week Commencing 4th October 2021

This half term, year 6 have been studying mosaics as part of their art project. This week, we have taken a small break from mosaics to explore a similar art technique: pointillism. 


Like mosaics, pointillism artwork also needs to be studied from a distance to allow the viewer the chance to decipher the forms, colours and shapes more clearly. Too close and you cannot appreciate the whole picture and the artwork can look undefined and a ‘jumble’ of colour.


Our end product is a beautiful field of poppies which will be displayed at the Intu shopping center in Lakeside ready for Remembrance Day.


We hope you get the chance to go and visit our artwork!

Week Commencing 27th September 2021

In history, we have been studying the Tudors.


We started out term by finding out how the Tudors came to power - a result of the Battle of Bosworth, which ended the 30 year long War of the Roses.


Our next project was to research Henry VIII and his infamous reign; we now understand the individual impact each of his wives had on how he ran the country. 


Now we are finding out about the differences between the lives of the rich and poor during this period of time. We will be comparing and contrasting the clothing, diet, living conditions, leisure activities and work of these different classes of Tudors over the next two weeks. 

Week Commencing 20th September 2021

This half term, our science topic is the circulatory system.


So far we have found out what the circulatory system consists of and why it is so important for our bodies to function. We have also examined the heart more closely, looking at its different features and purpose.


Most recently, and excitingly, we have been looking at blooooood! This week, we discovered that, although blood appears to simply be a red liquid, it is so much more complex than that! The blood actually has four key components.


We used the resources above to represent these components and made some of our own blood. We learnt so much - as you can see in this beautifully presented work!


Remember to ask the year 6 pupils what these four components are as well as their unique roles!

Week Commencing 13th September 2021

6KR are thoroughly enjoying their first guided reading book of year 6! We are reading Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, and without giving away too many spoilers, we have definitely discovered some of the twists and turns already! As you can see, we have also redesigned the front cover and answered some challenging comprehension questions based on the storyline. 


The adults in year 6 look forward to hearing more about the books the children are reading at home (and updating on GoRead). Remember to ask us about what we are reading! This is also displayed on the Guided Reading wall. 


Happy reading!

Week Commencing 6th September 2021

6KR have had a great start to their final academic year at Quarry Hill Academy!


They have demonstrated outstanding behaviour both in class and on the playground, proving themselves to be good role models for the rest of the school.


As you can see above, they have met the high handwriting and presentation expectations in addition to producing interesting content using a range of sentence types.


We are all #soproud!


Keep it up Year 6!