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Year 6 - Willow

Welcome to Willow Class 2017-18!

Please have a look around our page, and keep coming back to see what we are getting up to during our final year at Barwick.


Feel free to contact Mrs Evans via the school office should you wish to discuss any aspect of your child's learning. 

Week commencing 22.1.18

This week we will be:

  • predicting the endings to Journey to the River Sea, and writing alternate endings of our own
  • exploring how to correctly use colons to introduce a list, and how to use them to add additional detail to sentences
  • finding out about the prefix -inter, and using Spelling Stars to learn how to spell different words
  • describing positions on the full co-ordinate grid, using all four quadrants?
  • drawing and translating simple shapes on the co-ordinate grid, and reflecting them in the axes?
  • asking ourselves how we can be more compassionate in our lives
  • using the watercolour techniques experimented with, and beginning to paint our Amazonian creatures
  • working through our bird box designs
  • continuing to learn Garageband, and beginning to record tracks
  • further exploring gymnastics with our coach
  • piecing together our ideas for an app, and putting together a pitch
  • having fun in spanish!

w/c 15.1.18

This week, staff in school are starting weekly SATs booster classes, before and after school. I have identified children who would benefit the most from these sessions: if your child has been invited, you will have received a letter on Friday 12th Jan, detailing which sessions to attend. Please make every effort to ensure your child attends these sessions, and return the reply slip to confirm, so staff can plan accordingly. 


Additional booster sessions, for those pupils who have the potential to achieve a higher level mark, will be offered closer to SATs. 


This week, I will arrange a suitable date for a SATs info event, where parents can find out information about the SATs tests, including how they are arranged, delivered, assessed and reported, plus additional information such as qualifying for additional time and how best to prepare and support your child through what can (but doesn't need to be!) a stressful time. 


This week we will be:

  • multiplying and dividing fractions
  • continuing our journey down the 'river sea', looking closely at identifying the key points within a chapter, and presenting our summaries
  • creating a sequence of gymnastics movements with help from our professional coach
  • starting to think about our contribution to Darwin Trotter's request for help, focusing on the Amazon River
  • learning more about classification
  • developing the ideas for our app: how can we solve a problem?
  • asking ourselves what compassion looks like
  • exploring music technology
  • investigating watercolour techniques


Please note that this year, the end of KS2 Production will be a version of Lionel Bart's Oliver!  Since announcing this, I have already had many (many!) questions about auditions and roles - closer to half term, children will be invited to state whether they want a main role, which will most likely involve solo singing and lots of lines to learn; a medium role, which will involve singing in a group but probably not a solo, and less lines; a small role, which will involve singing in a group but few lines; or a backstage role, which involves no performance. Please note that all children are expected to perform: backstage roles can be undertaken alongside a small performance role, unless under exceptional circumstances, due to the autonomy needed to carry out backstage tasks unsupervised. 


Happy New Year!

The first three days back have (unfortunately!) been rather assessment heavy, as progress data is collected across school. Although hard work, testing provides a valuable insight into both your child's current attainment and also ability to cope with exam pressure, and enables me to analyse the data to identify weaknesses in knowledge. 


I am in the process of arranging Booster Sessions for Y6, to best prepare them for the SATs tests: I will be in touch with parents regarding the sessions on offer. If you do receive an invite, I strongly recommend you allow your child to attend these boosters; they will provide your child with the best possible chance of success in May.


w/c 8.1.18 

This week we will be:

  • embarking on our expedition as we explore our Extreme Environment!
  • discovering more about Maia and her strange relatives in our new text, Journey to the River Sea, by Eva Ibbotson. 
  • strengthening our Reading VIPERS skills 
  • dividing 4 digit by 2 digit numbers, using both short and the more formal written method of long division, interpreting remainders according to context
  • discovering more about classification
  • working alongside a gymnastics coach to develop our abilities
  • researching the capabilities of smartphones, and working with location data, such as GPS
  • asking ourselves, 'What is compassion?'

Letter - Willow Worms Leeds Book Awards

General Class Update 11.12.17

It's Christmas!

This week we will be:

  • rehearsing our shadow puppet Nativity stories, performing to EYFS and KS1 children (please see photos)
  • being crafty, making Christmas cards and calendars
  • working with Mr Cutler to refine our rapping skills, ready to perform in front of the whole school on Friday afternoon (see photos)
  • finishing our writing piece, 'If I had a magic pencil...', inspired by Malala Yousafzai (well done to Max and Rose for winning a top prize!)
  • singing plenty of Christmas songs
  • enjoying watching the West Yorkshire Playhouse's version of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Wow! What a show! We loved it!)
  • feasting on our Christmas lunch
  • auditioning for, and performing in, Barwick's Got Talent! (Well done to Oscar and Lily for getting through to the final!)


Have a great Christmas everybody!

General Class Update 4.12.17

This week we will be:

  • sequencing and finding the nth term in maths
  • learning about figurative language and literary devices such as onomatopoeia, idiom, simile, personification and hyperbole in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • finishing writing our scripts of the Nativity Story
  • making shadow puppets
  • preparing for our stall at the Christmas Fayre
  • finding out about how boys and girls differ
  • attempting to be the fastest we can be at TT Rockstars
  • exploring unstressed vowels in polysyllabic words - e.g. vegetable, different
  • learning about the remarkable Malala Yousfzani, and writing about what we could do if we had a magic pencil
  • practising our Spanish
  • finishing our artwork 
  • completing our Classroom Jazz unit in music

General class update 27.11.17

This week we will be:

  • finding out more about the characters within Narnia
  • creating artwork (of our eyes) for display in the library gallery
  • writing to discuss
  • eliminating suspects from our Science project
  • starting to write a script
  • exploring further Spanish vocabulary
  • learning about hyphenated prefixes
  • plus more!

General class update 20.11.17

This week we will be:

  • consolidating how to convert miles to kilometres
  • converting other units of measurement, such as mm to cm, or cl to l, and using this knowledge when solving problems in context
  • using negative numbers in contact, and calculating intervals across zero
  • tasting, and describing, Turkish Delight
  • trying out our new Spelling Stars Books
  • writing to our Class Governor, to invite her into our class
  • sketching our eyes, aiming to show where the light reflects
  • working as a team in dodgeball
  • devising and performing scenes based on The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • answering the register in Spanish

General class update 13.11.17

This week, we will be:

  • learning all about cyberbullying - what it is, and how to stop it. 
  • discussing what action we should take if we see someone else being bullied
  • delving further into the magical world of Narnia
  • drawing 2D shapes using given dimensions and angles
  • calculating, estimating and comparing volume
  • developing our dodgeball skills
  • visiting Vue Cinema, watching the film 'Hidden Figures', which covers themes of injustice and inequality during the Civil Rights era, and visiting Leeds Art Gallery, where we explore how natural and artificial light is used to create and appreciate art
  • visited by Judith Rhodes, the daughter of an evacuee who travelled to England on the Kindertransport during World War II. She will kindly explain her mother's experiences and share some of the precious objects she brought with her on the train
  • writing in role as an evacuee, using emotive language
  • learning how to correctly add suffixes to words ending in -fer


Please can all parents ensure they have handed in the reply slip and paid the £8 on ParentPay for the trip on Thursday - without a reply slip (and sufficient funds to cover the cost of the coach), children will not be able to attend the visit. 


Please see the Cyberbulling information sheet in the Anti-Bullying Week 2017 star: your children have access to online forums - they need to know how to report cyberbullying, and also be aware of the effects of their own actions online. 


General class update 6.11.17

This week, we will be:

  • exploring what it must have been like to be a child evacuee during WWII
  • visiting Barwick War Memorial on Friday 10th Nov at 11am, to pay our respects to the dead
  • viewing the WW1 and WWII war medals and related paperwork of Mr Evans's grandfather and great-grandfather
  • analysing War poetry, looking at authorial intent
  • creating blackout poetry
  • walking through a wardrobe as we discover our fiction text for this term
  • continuing our science investigation - can we eliminate a suspect, based on the angle of the light beam?
  • developing our dodging skills in PE
  • gaining Knowledge Points on (please practise at home!)
  • learning about fractions, decimals and percentages equivalents
  • learning how to spell words ending in -ible/-ibly, and hopefully remember which words have an -able ending, and which words have an -ible ending! (See homework pyramid for the spelling lists for the entire term)


Please ensure all children wear coats to school - although bright, the weather is far too cold for them not to have a coat! Coast must be worn at breaktimes. 


Some children seem to be having trouble logging onto MyMaths at home. The Agile Learning Suite is available before and after school for children to access should they continue to have trouble. Please see me if completing homework is a problem.


General Class Update 30.10.17:

This week we will be:

  • experimenting with light in Science to try to catch a suspect
  • editing together our final movie to demonstrate our knowledge of the importance of a healthy lifestyle
  • displaying our Bernard Noyes inspired artwork
  • describing a monster, using hyphenated words and expanded noun phrases
  • comparing and ordering fractions
  • discovering the festival 'Dia de los Muertos'
  • writing 1st person narratives, using film as stimuli
  • creating artwork inspired by Frida Kahlo
  • polishing our speaking and listening skills, by presenting our Sikhism powerpoints to the class
  • discovering jazz music
  • learning how to know if a word has an 'able' or an 'ible' ending lots more!


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