Please be aware that all children are expected to wear their PE kit to school every Thursday and Friday.
All of the spellings you are expected to know before you start at secondary school are listed below. Why not learn a few each week?
Spelling homework will be set every Tuesday and needs to be returned by the following Tuesday.
You also need to know all of your times tables. Times Tables Rock Stars is great at helping you improved your multiplication facts.
We are committed to developing your children as enthusiastic and confident readers and have always had a great system of sending and changing reading books and communicating with parents through reading records. With the current situation regarding COVID-19 we need to make some changes to avoid items travelling to and from school and potentially contaminating our bubbles.
With this in mind your child will be issued one, banded, reading book each Friday. They may keep this for the week and we would encourage you to read the book at home with them. On the following Friday, they need to return the book to school where it will be placed in a quarantine box. Your child will then be issued with a new book. They will only be issued with a new reading book when the old one is returned. We will not be sending home reading records. If you have a pressing comment or message for the class teacher, please pop it on a post-it note or piece of paper inside the book. Your child does not have to change their book. If they require more time with the text they may keep it until the following Friday.
Whilst in the past we have changed books more regularly, we are sure you will understand the challenges of quarantining and cleaning each book before it can go back into circulation. We would encourage you to supplement your child's school reading book with books from home, articles, comics, poetry etc. We will continue to read a wide range of books and other texts in school.
Many Thanks for your continued support as we navigate this challenging time.
By the end of Year 6, all children should aim to read as many of the 'Top 100 books to read in Y5 and Y6'. We have most (if not all) of these books in school, either in the library or in the Y6 book corner. Please encourage your child to read and to enjoy their chosen book!
Our topic for the Spring Term is VIKINGS.
The latest curriculum newsletter for Year 6 can be found here:
Homework for the Spring Term 2021:
Rather than having a project to work on over the course of 6 weeks, Year 6's homework will change in its format from January. All of the class will be issued with 2 10-minute Test SAT Buster books - one for Maths and one for Reading. These books are written in the style of questions from SAT papers so are great for getting the children used to the type of questioning they will have in May when they do the tests. Everyone is expected to do one test from each book every week - they should only take 10 minutes each so that is a total of 20 minutes of homework per week (PLUS the usual spelling homework). Previous Year 6s have found these books extremely helpful so we hope your child will too. The school has funded the books but there are no spare copies so they must be looked after and returned to school every Tuesday so that we can go through the answers together. Any questions, just ask!
Fox Hill Homework Projects December 2020
After the amazing Space projects from last half-term's homework task, it was hard to believe that the standard could get any higher - but the projects all about Fox Hill Primary were tremendous! Many of the children spent hours researching the school and others used their DT skills to create models. There were poems, fact files, a biography of a footballer who came to the school, pictures and 3D models - including one made from gingerbread! We also had a report about the views of teachers who work at Fox Hill, created from the results of questionnaires, and also an autobiographical account of child's life from Reception to Year 6. The variety was incredible and all (except the gingerbread school) are on now display in the Y5/6 corridor.
Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day
In keeping with the current guidance, we were not allowed to have our usual whole-school Christmas dinner in the hall but instead we ate in our classrooms. We still made it a special dinner though, with decorated tablecloths and crackers for everyone. Thank you to the kitchen staff - dinner was delicious!
Classification Keys in Science
In Science at the moment, Year 6 are learning about the different types of living organisms on our planet - from bacteria to elephants! With so many varieties of living things, it can be difficult to classify each of them - which is why classification keys can be very useful to scientists. We created a whole-class key to classify a random selection of students and then we tried creating our own keys to classify a selection of biscuits!
Year 6 have continued their Musical learning of Gustav Holst's composition named 'The Planet Suite', this time listening to 'Uranus: The Magician'. We learned that:
The children worked in twos or threes with a variety of glockenspiels and xylophones to compose their own 6-note motifs which they then performed to the class. Despite being limited to only using 6 notes, each small group created a completely different piece of music - some used an echo effect, others varied the volume or the tempo. There are some budding musicians in the class, that's for sure!
Remembrance Day 2020
Year 6 commemorated this year's Remembrance Day by watching a special webinar all about World War 1 and how it started. We then did some work on the relevance of the poppy on Remembrance Day and finished off with some art work using wooden slices and paint. The finished products looked spectacular.
The Planet Suite
As we continue our topic of Space in Year 6, we are now using Gustav Holst's The Planet Suite in our music lessons. So far we have listened to 'Mars' and 'Venus' which allowed us to compare the very different timbre in these two compositions. We then used the instruments in school to consider timbre and to think of sound as a 'colour'. We concluded that most instruments can be played in different ways to give a different timbre and that even a drum can be played gently to give a softer sound.
Space Homework Projects from Autumn 1
After our week off for half term, Year 6 returned to school with their homework projects all about 'Space'. There was a fantastic variety in what they had produced and an amazing amount of effort that had gone into their learning at home to support their learning at school. The children spoke confidently about the work they had done and shared their findings willingly. Some even included little quizzes to make sure their audience were paying attention to their presentations!
As part of our Science learning about Evolution and Inheritance, we have learned about the important discoveries that Charles Darwin made. He discovered that birds are able to adapt to the environment they live in, depending on the type of food which is most available to them. During Darwin's voyage around the Galapagos Islands, he discovered one breed of finch (a type of bird) which had adapted over the years depending on which island it lived on. If the island only had small seeds to eat, the birds with long narrow beaks survived as they could eat what was available. Similarly, if only fruits were available on an island, the birds which survived there had shorter but wider beaks to help them eat those foods. These adaptations help an animal to survive and reproduce. Beak shape and size is an example of an adaptation. We conducted an experiment in class to see how certain adaptations can increase the bird’s chances of acquiring food. We used utensils such as pegs, tweezers, lollysticks, and spoons to represent a type of bird beak. We then used utensils to pick up food as represented by pipe cleaners (worms), pennies (bugs), sultanas (fruit), and rice (seeds). A plastic cup represented the bird’s stomach and we had a set time to see how effective each 'beak' was.
Most of us agreed that we would prefer to have a spoon-type beak to be able to scoop up food in abundance (like a pelican) - the only problem was that it was impossible to eat worms with a spoon - the tweezers were much more efficient at that!
Another Human Number Line - but this time with Negative Numbers!
Our Maths learning went outside again today when negative numbers caused much confusion. We abandoned our books and practised getting ourselves into order when we were a mixture of positive and negative numbers. There was much collaboration and co-operation as we decided who should stand where and why that was the correct location. Hopefully we all now appreciate that the further away from zero a negative number is, the smaller in value it is.
Painting the Planets
Having already chosen one of the planets each to research, this week we started creating a 3D model of the solar system. By using a variety of different sized paper lanterns, we are painting them in the appropriate colours before then displaying them in the correct order. Even though Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet, we decided to include it in our solar system - although those of us working on Pluto have much less work to do than those of us painting Saturn!
In Maths we are studying numbers up to a million, including place value, ordering, rounding etc. We checked our understanding of large numbers today in a fun way which got us out of the clasrrom for a short while! All of the children wrote their own choice of number onto their whiteboard (it had to have 6 or 7 digits) and they were tasked as a class to put themselves in order. They received absolutely no help from the adults in the class but worked collaboratively and supportively with each other. We repeated this with different numbers and also tried ordering in both ascending and descending order - the class were amazing every time and you can see below an example of one of our human number lines!
To start our learning about Space (which is our topic for this term), we looked at a montage of satellite images from NASA and considered how these images were possible. Most of the photos were from satellites and unmanned launches but some were also from manned missions. This led us to discuss how travelling into Space relies on building a rocket which can travel far and using this as our inspiration, we all created our own mini-rockets which we then launched (with the help of a straw!) Trudi's flew the furthest after a few initial difficulties and Elisha's flew the highest. A few rockets crash-landed on the shed...! Some of the improvements we thought might help our rockets were: more angular wings; more than two wings; using stronger paper; using a thinner cylinder for the body or maybe making the nose cone more pointed.