Welcome to Year Six

 

Keep an eye on our blog for updates on what we are doing this year.

Year 6's Blog

Bread making

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This week, Y6 have made a sour dough loaf flavoured with cardamon. We used the mortar and pestle to grind the cardamon pods and plaited the loaf.


Numeracy

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Year 6 have been working with decimals this week!


Swimming achievements

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Josh has won a sweep of medals in a busy weekend! Congratulations!


Bread making

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Year 6 have been baking bread! We kneaded, proved, baked and ate!


Preparing for Winter

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Year 6 have been building homes for hibernating hedgehogs. Hedgehog numbers are rapidly declining and we are hoping to make a difference to the survival of this British mammal.


Forest School

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Two teams worked with tarps and bungees to create shelter in the willow hut while the rest of Y6 created memory trees for each class for November. Then we all had hot chocolate, sheltered from the rain. We were joined by some very long worms!


Using tools in Forest School

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This afternoon, Y6 have been using peelers to whittle hedgehogs. We also took time to appreciate the beautiful berries on the autumn trees.


Anti bullying

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Mrs F-J gave us some excellent strategies for being an upstander, not a bystander.


Retreat Day

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Year 6 enjoyed a day of reflection and celebration with Father Martin at St. Joseph’s Church.


CrucialCrew

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Today we learnt a lot of life skills like how to use public transport, how amagistrate’s court works and how to be brave and speak out!


Knotting skills

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Can you tie a clove hitch? Year 6 started with a cove hitch and tried square lashing.


Celebrating sporting achievement!

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We were all impressed with Josh’s swimming medal haul. Perhaps we’ll see him in the Olympics!


Forest School

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Year 6 worked in teams to put up shelters. Perfect for staying dry on a damp day!


Y6 Meet the Teacher

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Meet the Teacher


A visit to the Gallery

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‪As part of the Queen of Sheba (art based) topic, the school hall was transformed into an art gallery this afternoon. The children have been taught how to 'read' a painting and using the gallery catalogue they perused the works on display.


Sports hall athletics championship

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A big well done to our athletics team who participated in the sports hall athletics final at Rawmarsh Community School this evening. 

There were 8 schools through to the final and we finished in an admirable sixth place. We were met by some tough competition but our spirits remained high throughout. 


Factors and Multiples

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Today in numeracy Year 6 played the factors and multiples game!


Forest School

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We were delighted to welcome some of our governors to our Forest School session. We made our own flat bread and cooked it over the fire. It was delicious dipped in soup!


Iron Age cooking

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We were  challenged to construct a tripod that would hold an iron cooking pot!


Forest School in Winter

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This afternoon we made bird feeders to help our birds during the cold weather.


Year 5/6 athletics team victory!

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Don't our athletics team look smart in their new kit! Tonight, OLSJ came first in the sports hall athletics competition and qualified for the finals at Rawmarsh on 6th March. 


Exploring fractions

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Stone Age to Iron Age

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Today in Forest School we used simple tools and practical skills to recreate Stone Age and Iron Age artefacts.


Forest School

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This afternoon in Forest School we recreated some Stone Age technology.


AMRC and Factory 2050.

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This morning, Y6 visited the Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre and Factory 2015. We saw some amazing machines and robots.  It is incredible technology right on our doorstep! How many children in Y6 are aspiring engineers now?


Northern Lights Lanscapes

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This afternoon, Year 6 have started their final pieces. We have also discussed how artists create perspective in their work. 


Northern Lights Landscape

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This afternoon, Year 6 have been using oil pastels to recreate a norther lights landscape.


Northern Lights Landscapes

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Forest School

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‪Year 6 Forest School session today had a definite Christmas feel to it this week. The children were busy drilling the candle holders and making wreaths from foliage ready for Winter Wonderland.


Shape Shifters

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Year 6 have been busy investigating and creating different triangles and quadrilaterals. Do you know the difference between a trapezium and a parallelogram? 


Ice Trap!

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This week we have been taking part in Shackleton’s recruitment process. What unique talents could you bring to the crew?


Identifying properties of 2D shapes

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Forest School

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Making shelters 


Reading skills

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We have been using text to infer character traits of Shackleton.


Harvest

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This free on, Y6 harvested and prepared some of the vegetables ready for our Harvest Festival tomorrow.


Weaving

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Knotting!

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We used clove hitches and square lashing to create a frame for a natural loom.


Creating a loom

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Weaving

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Year 6 have been practising their weaving techniques and creating their own looms.


Using a bowsaw

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Forest School

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This week we practised using a bow saw to cut logs.


Crucial Crew

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Year 6 have been learning some vital lifeskills at Crucial Crew today. They have learned how to stay safe in a range of scenarios and looked at the possible outcomes and solutions. 


Rosh Hashanah

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Maisy took the recipe for honey cakes home after the session and brought some into school the next day. They were delicious!


Rosh Hashanah

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Y6 found out about The Jewish Festival of Rosh Hashanah. We tasted the sweetness of apples dipped in honey - a reminder of the sweetness of returning to God and the hope of a sweet new year.


Welcoming our F2 buddies

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Year 6 and the rest of school gathered in Mass to welcome our F2 buddies. Father blessed and gave out a candle to each pupil representing their light in the school. We are sure they will let their light shine with Year 6's support and guidance.


Forest School Shelters

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As Storm Ali passed over, Forest School continued despite the rain. The children practised making shelters from tarps and keeping warm and dry using an emergency (mountain) shelter. The hot chocolate had never tasted so good!


Finishing touches.

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Year 6 were busy putting the finishing touches to their walking sticks today. Having already drilled their sticks, they used cord to weave into a grip or handle.


Last day of residential!

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Just time for an ice-cream before we get on the coach - don’t let the duck eat yours!


Last day of residential!

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Treak cliff cavern was cool and dark on a hot, sunny day!


Residential

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Sunny morning up on the rocks then problem solving in the afternoon!


Residential Action Shots

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A few photos from our fun-packed day inCastleton.


River Fieldwork

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Year 6 have spent a lovely morning down by the River Dearne. They carried out fieldwork to measure the amount of water flowing down the river. They also spotted plants and  wildlife before enjoying a picnic. 


Creating texture in clay

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Attracting wildlife!

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Look who we saw in the Forest School area today!


Forest School

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The log pile is building and we are continuing to work on our walking sticks. We have peeled the bark, rubbed oil into the wood and drilled holes in preparation for the handle.


Investigating circles

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Today we went out on the playground in numeracy to investigate circumference.


Rivers

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This week we have been mapping the course of the River Dearne.


Pop- Up Sweet Shop!

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The Pop-Up Sweet Stall was a huge success. Thank you to all KS2 children and staff for producing delicious treats to sell. The process allowed many of our children the chance to see the enterprise side of the sweet shop, calculating cost and selling price to ensure a sale but still making a profit.

Remember, eat sweets in moderation and always clean your teeth at least twice a day!


An afternoon of sport

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Year 6 and Year 4 enjoyed an afternoon of various sports in the week's sunny finish. We saw great teamwork between the children and great fun was had by all!

 


Celebrating!

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This afternoon, Year 6 celebrated the end of SATS with s’mores round the fire. Well done!


Forest School

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Forest School

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This week we finished off the hedge. We think it looks fantastically! Many thanks to Mr Olding for sharing his skills and time with us.


Lego Learning

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Lego Club carried on building their original designs. Some of our master builders started on our new Lego sets, following this half term's writing genre of instructions!

 


Anti-bullying assembly

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Our amazing playground leaders independently lead a superb anti-bullying assembly today. They reminded us of what bullying is and how we can stop it in our school. Fantastic work everyone!


Hedge laying

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This section is almost complete! We think it looks fantastic!


Forest School

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Did your nest pass the Three Egg Challenge?


Forest School on a sunny day

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Will your nest hold an egg yet?


Lego Club

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As campaigned for by the school council, today was the first session of Lego Club.

Although we are awaiting delivery of more Lego, some great creations were made .

Look out for the Lego segway!


Working scientifically

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We set up a fair test using different solutions and jelly babies. How do you keep a test fair?

Using filtration to separate mixtures. What equipment did you use?

Making careful observations. Were you surprised by the results?

Making predictions. What do you think will happen? How will you record your results?


Springtime in Forest School

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Springtime in Forest School

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Today we tried making nests! How do birds manage to make nests using only their beak and claws?


Feast of St Joseph

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We celebrated the feast of our patron saint with the help of Father Evangelist.

 


Patchwork Project

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Using the sewing machine to join patchwork squares.


Forest School

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Using the pattern

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Next, we used pinking shears to cut out the pieces.


Using the pattern

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We put the pattern on the fabric so that it was parallel with the grain of the fabric. 


Patchwork

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Patchwork

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On Monday we used rulers and protractors with accuracy to produce a pattern piece for our patchwork quilt.


Robotics Champions!

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Today the Vex Robotics teams competed in the South Yorkshire  area finals at Montgomery Hall competing against teams from both primary and secondary schools.

Both teams performed fantastically throughout scoring consistently highly. They also impressed the judges with their STEM research, design knowledge and engineering diaries.

After a very tense final round the Year 6 team Wacky Wobots came out on top of the Team Work challenge.

The Year 5 team Robotic Unicorns scooped the design award.

The Wacky Wobots also won the STEM research award for brilliant presentation about robots been used to help diabetics.

Finally the Overall Excellence award was won by the Year 6 team Wacky Robots who scored highly across all the disciplines. This also comes with an invite to the World Finals in Kentucky, USA.

Well done to both teams!


DT projects

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DT projects

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DT projects

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DT projects

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DT projects

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DT projects

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Winter Olympics in DT

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Forest School

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Today in forest School, Mr Olding told us about the ancient skill of hedge laying. Next half term we will be laying some of our school hedge.

We ended the half term with hotdogs over the fire.


Mountain Rescue

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In in the afternoon, we met the Pennine Mountain Rescue Team including their very clever dogs!


Mountain Day

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Year 6 braved the winter weather to be the first to take the climbing wall challenge,


Mountain Day

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Mountain Day

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Mountain Day

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Mountain Day

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Mountain Day

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Geography

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We used contour lines to create a 3D map.


This week in Forest School we have been working together and learning how to use a bow saw.

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Robotics Competition

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In preparation for  their qualifying tournament in February, the Robotics teams from Year 5 and 6 took part in a mini competition at Wath C of E.

The idea is to test their robots against other teams in order for them to learn what they need to improve or change before next time.The robots score points by collecting, moving and releasing  the coloured hoops.

Although only for fun, the OLASJ teams came 1st and 3rd. Well done!


Winter Wonderland

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We hosted our annual Winter Wonderland this evening. Our creative children and the friends of our school produced some amazing merchandise to sell.

Thank you to everyone who could spare some time to support our children's creativity.

 


Forest School

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This week we created more stars using our knotting skills then collected foliage to decorate them with. Remember not to put anything you collect in your mouth and wash your hands carefully afterwards!