Old School Hip Hop!

As part of our music lessons in Year 6, we have been learning about the ‘Old school hip hop’ style.  The hip hop style includes a lot of rapping, in particular freestyle. We started by listening to Will Smith’s ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ song from 1990.  Lots of the children recognised the song from the TV programme that ran from 1990 to 1996 starring Will Smith himself.

The children continued to then look at the lyrics to the rap while listening to the song and realised that it was a short story about his life.  They had lots of questions about the geography behind the song, Where is West Philadelphia? Where is Bel Air? What is it like there? This really helped them understand the song a lot more.

The following week, the children recapped the song lyrics but started to add music to the instrumental parts of the song using the glockenspiels.

The children have really enjoyed the start of this topic, we will soon start to make a Year 6 band using a variety of different instruments to perform our song.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The children in Year 6 have worked very hard over the last few weeks to prepare for their Christmas performance.  They chose to perform some of the more recognisable scenes from the film version of Dr Seuss’s ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’.  The children were so enthusiastic while they were auditioning for the parts and this continued throughout the rehearsals and  in the final performances. The improved the volume of both their speaking parts and their singing was phenomenal!

Here are all the little ‘Who’s’ in their wonderful costumes (a huge thank you to the parents) along with the ever smiley Grinch!  Well done everyone!


Should fake news be banned?

Year 6 have been looking at the positive points and the negative points of fake news.  In class they have been debating about whether or not they think it should be banned.

They later argued the statement that too much fuss is being made about fake news- it is funny!

We later talked about what bias meant, and how journalists  often print news articles which are biased towards one particular view.

Year 6 have enjoyed looking at both sides of the argument and listening to each others view points.

Children in Need

As part of their PSHCE lesson, last week Year 6 talked about the importance of Children in Need and how the money we raise goes to help all those children who are less fortunate than ourselves.  All the children supported their peers in ARP to make a fabulous day for the whole school.  ARP had organised a day full of activities for the whole school to enjoy, these included:

  • Face painting
  • Dance off
  • Penalty Shoot Out
  • Mini Golf
  • Cake sale
  • Sweet and Treats  Sale
  • Stationary Sale
  • Book Sale
  • Throw a wet sponge at the teacher!

Year 6 were able to put their Maths skills to the test, to help all the younger children when they came to buy from each stall.

A great day was had by all the children.


Sponsored Silence

The children in Year 6 decided they wanted to do something for Children in Need.  As a class, they came up with the idea that they would try and complete a sponsored silence for the day.  On Thursday the whole class took part, they stayed silent for the whole day excluding lunch time and break time.  A total of 5 hours! A tricky task in itself  for a short period of time nevertheless as a team they worked together to complete the 5 hours.  They used whiteboards and notepads to communicate and they even managed to use some Makaton signing for some parts of the day. Up to now, the total raised by Year 6 for their Sponsored Silence is £378, there is still money coming in each day!

An enormous well done to Year 6! Miss Rea, Miss Stephenson and the rest of the staff at school are very proud of you all!

Harvest Poetry

Year 6 learnt a harvest poem for our Harvest Festival. They worked in small groups to rehearse their verse and then came together to recite the chorus.

Here is our performance:

Sporting Challenge

This afternoon, Year 6 met with their partnership class (Year 2) to take part their first ‘Be the best you can be’ of the school year.  The children were setting the starting scores ready to try and improve them next month.  The children in Year 6 really enjoy working with their friends in Year 2 to help them achieve and be the best they can be.

Paired Reading

Year 6 have enjoyed a lovely afternoon with Year 2 today.  They have been reading their books to each other and sharing their love of reading.  Some of the children in Year 6 decided to have story time with the children and they sat comfortably on the floor reading a story to a group of Year 2 children.  The children discussed their favourite authors and which books they enjoyed reading.

Condover Hall -Day 3

So, our adventures have come to an end but not before a final activity for each group and a farewell to the awesome activity instructors.

Group 1 used their survival skills to light a fire and to build shelters.

Group 3 braved the climbing wall after breakfast, where each and every one gave it a go and climbed as high as they could.

We were then presented with our certificates from our instructors for being outstanding at all the activities.

Miss Rea, Miss Faulkner, Mr Stephens and Mr Owen are so proud of each and everyone of ‘Team Year 6’. The quote we saw at every meal time really was inspiration. The children really have been brave, strong and smart.

Well done Year 6 for a fabulous trip. We hope you have had a wonderful time and created a wonderful amount of special memories that you will keep with you forever.

Let’s continue to have a wonderful year!