Welcome to Year 6

Eagle Class is taught by Mrs Morgan and supported by Mrs Roberts and Miss Bardel.

Hawk Class is taught by Miss Ambidge and supported by Mrs Attwood-Smith.

Take a look at what we have been learning about at school.

Additional information for parents will be added to the bottom of this page.

 

Autumn Term 2: Where the Vikings invaders or settlers?

The Principle of Adaptation

REMEMBRANCE

In Flanders Fields

BY JOHN McCRAE
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
  In Flanders fields.

 

On the 11th November 2020, it will be 102 years since the guns fell silent, marking the end of World War I, on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.  

This week, some of the children in Year 6 conducted a Remembrance Service for the rest of the year group. The children began with a reverential performance of the poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon, followed by a group reading of In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae (shown above). The children led a ceremonious 2 minute silence before hearing The Last Post and some further  readings and prayers from members of Year 6. Some Year 6 children then visited the memorial with Mr Clark and Mrs Hopkins to lay down a poppy wreath on behalf of Ashley School. 

 

Autumn Term 1: What can we learn from life on the Home Front?  

The Principle of Diversity 

CONKERS

Even in Year 6 we love conker day! We spent all morning anxiously waiting and eager to see who would become the champions of the conker competition this year... pictures below.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Our Harmony Principle this half term is Diversity and we are lucky enough to have had that coincide with Black History Month, which takes place in October every year! 

This week we explored and learnt about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the history of slavery in America. We focused particularly on Martin Luther King Jr. and his infamous 'I Have A Dream' speech, which he made during the 'March on Washington' in 1963. We then moved our focus towards Lilian Bader. Throughout her life, Lilian Bader overcame discrimination and racism to become one of the first Black Women to join the Royal Air Force. See below our recruitment poster collages for the RAF which celebrate the efforts of Lilian Bader in 1941.

We learnt a lot this half-term! We especially learnt that it is up to US to ensure discrimination is eradicated in modern day society. 

ART

 Year 6 have been learning about colour theory and the colour wheel in their Art lessons so far this half-term. They have then used their knowledge of colour and ratio to think about the colours of WW2.  They were given a painting from WW2, which featured an image of a plane and tank battle. From this image they were then challenged with expanding the picture and using ratios to mix and create the colours that would be needed in their paintings. As you can see they rose to the challenge and were able to create some extremely good pieces of work! They created some really intricate designs with smoke, sky, tanks, planes and pathways. We then moved our learning towards the brilliant artist Jacqueline Anne Rice who moves people with her delicate watercolour paintings of war.

 Have a look at some of Year 6's amazing art work below. 

HENLEY FORT

The year was 1939. The British population had been warned that air attacks on cities were likely and defence preparations had been started. Those with gardens built simple corrugated steel Anderson shelters, covered over by earth. Larger civic shelters built of brick and concrete were erected in British towns and a blackout was rigorously enforced, by ARP Wardens after darkness. Around this time, the Home Guard (originally known as the Local Defence Volunteers) was also established. Their job was to defend the five thousand miles of Britain coastline in the event of an invasion by Germany. Who were these Home Front heroes who would protect the civilians from warfare? They were the children of Eagle and Hawk class of course!  

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Eagle and Hawk class travelled to Henley Fort and were immersed in Home Front life. They became the newest Air Raid Precaution Warden and Home Guard recruits and underwent vigorous training. Have a look at what they got up to below: 

HAWKS

EAGLES

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Information for Parents & Carers

Please click the links below for the useful information about Year 6.

Suggested Year 6 Reading List

Year 5 and 6 Statutory Word List

Progression in Calculations

Year 6 Maths Number Targets

The 'Progression in Calculations' link above shows a PowerPoint for progression of maths skills at Ashley school. This will be useful so that you are able to understand the methods your child uses, which may be different to the methods you use, so that you can best support them. Please ask your child which method they use as it will differ for each child. The key is that they are comfortable and secure in the method they use. In Year 6, children may be able to gain method marks for incorrect answers which use formal written methods of calculation.

Autumn Term Spellings

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