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Autumn term:

The new year 6s have really shown themselves to be an asset to Redhill and have got off to a flying start. Since the start of term, they have proven more than capable in following in the footsteps of their predecessors. They have taken on their year 6 responsibilities well: they thoroughly enjoyed getting to know their buddies in Ducklings and I know the Ducklings really loved spending time with them too! Also, the year 6s have been awesome at completing their jobs across the school at lunch times - even if that job is scraping trays!

In class, we have been utterly engrossed in our topic, WWII. The children have been fully immersed in our class book: Goodnight Mister Tom. All of us have loved getting to know the main characters of William and Tom. Learning how civilians dealt with wartime Britain and thinking about how you might have had to have lived with complete strangers during the war is a pretty crazy concept to get your head around! The children were fascinated with the idea of rationing and didn't know if they''d be able to survive without sweets and only one piece of bacon a week. Alongside these curious ideas, the children developed their knowledge of the darker sides to the war and how it affected the lives of innocent people on the continent when we studied the life of Anne Frank and her family.

The year 6 Enterprise afternoon was a great success. The parents had a wonderful time - being entertained with the children performing the Lindyhop dance; eating the array of delicious cakes created by the children; buying the delightful black-and-white portraits of the children; and also buying the very professional looking recipe books produced by the children to accompany the cakes. This Enterprise afternoon was a huge success!

The children, and year 6 teachers, are certainly ready for their well-earned rest. Merry Christmas!

Summer Term:

Year 6 have had an awesome last term at Redhill. As expected, the SATs were an absolute breeze for our superstar learners. As you'd expect, they were totally at ease with the exams - no panic and smiles all round.

The highlight of the term was definitely the trip to Kingswood outdoor adventure centre. All of the children had a wonderful time. It was an excellent opportunity for the children to shine in a different way to normal classroom and school environment. At the end of each day, Mrs Parkin, Mrs Taylor and I would share stories of how kind, encouraging and brave the children had been. Especially during the rock climbing, 3G-swing and the zipwire, the level of support for their peers was off the scale. 

In class, we have been studying Kensuke's Kingdom - what a fantastic read! The children enjoyed imagining living on a desert island and wrote their own diary entries from Michael's perspective. In maths, the children enjoyed constructing shelters for Michael out of bamboo canes and then working out the perimeter, surface area and volume of their structures. Outdoor learning at its best!

In the Autumn term, the new year 6s will be stepping up to the plate; we can't wait to have them. They are nice looking bunch who I'm sure will be able to rise to the challenge of the year 6 responsibilities and will do a great job of looking after their Duckling buddies. In class, we shall studying Goodnight Mister Tom and learning about World War Two - we have already planned many things to research and learn about during 'Class Swap' week.

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Spring Term:

Year 6 have absolutely stormed through the spring term. This term we have been learning about world landmarks and reading the London Eye Mystery story. The children thoroughly enjoyed cracking the mystery of Ted and Kat’s missing cousin – Salim. In the novel, Salim goes up on the London Eye but never appears to get off… or did he?

In literacy, we have been mastering how to write our very own gripping mystery stories. The young novelists expertly wove various clues into their narratives to enable the reader, if quick-witted enough, to work out who the perpetrator could be. We wrote stories based on the murder mystery board game of Cluedo; on a crime and in a setting of their choice; and on the thought-provoking Harris Burdick pictures. Continuing on the theme of writing, you would be more than welcome to come and take a look at our storm poetry book to which every member of the class has contributed an evocative poem.

Tying in with our storybook and topic of Landmarks, we have spent time researching and investigating the amazing Ancient Egyptians. We learnt about Howard Carter’s tenacity and ferocious desire to locate Tutankhamun’s tomb and how he went go to any length to achieve his dream.

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