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  • Friday 7 June 2024 One Point Perspective At the end of a packed week (which included re-writing a traditional tale as a detective story and calculating costs per portion of pizza) Year 6 ended with developing the art skill of drawing with a one point perspective.
  • Friday 24 May 2024 Natural History Museum Year 6 represented the school magnificently at the Natural History Museum in Tring. Their discussions in the adaption workshop were highly praised by the staff at the museum. After lunch, the children enjoyed exploring the exhibits.
  • Friday 17 May 2024 Friday, Glorious Friday Year 6 did themselves proud during the SATs. Their effort was fantastic and they should be extremely proud of themselves.
  • Friday 10 May 2024 Almost There Year 6 put in a last, impressive effort this week. They have worked really hard in English and Maths and should be proud of the effort they have put in so far.
  • Friday 26 April 2024 Hard, grey eyes like polished stones In between attempting past English SATs papers, the class began reading 'The Princess' Blanket'. We reached the point a stranger, dressed in black arrived at the palace.
  • Friday 19 April 2024 Pizza and Paintings The first week of term was predictably busy.
  • Thursday 28 March 2024 Happy Easter The term ended in the typically busy manner with the Easter Service, Easter Egg Hunts and the Stations of the Cross among the big events.
  • Friday 22 March 2024 Thank you for the music
  • Saturday 16 March 2024 Week 3
  • Monday 11 March 2024 World Book Day The children were incredibly busy last week. They worked hard to create prepare for the Mothering Sunday service and make their cards. The service went well with the children speaking clearly and giving heartfelt messages.
  • Friday 1 March 2024 Kicking off with K'nex The week began with the children taking part in a K'nex STEM challenge. STEM was prominent throughout the week with the children beginning the unit involving the heart in Science. Children also listened to a live online talk about Trees and the diseases that could affect them. The children asked some really good questions in the question and answer part. They ended the week designing and using microbit to make products to help encourage people to exercise.
  • Friday 9 February 2024 Year 6 - Week 5 Year 6 continued to work on persuasive letters in English before moving on to begin looking at a Tale from the Caribbean.
  • Friday 9 February 2024 Year 6 - Week 5 Year 6 continued to work on persuasive letters in English before moving on to begin looking at a Tale from the Caribbean.
  • Friday 2 February 2024 Dodge, duck, dive. The highlight of the week for a number of children may have been the Dodgeball tournament. The teams performed well coming 6th and 8th out of 19 schools. There was also a Sportshall Athletics competition, which a number of Year 5s and 6s participated in.
  • Friday 26 January 2024 Another week whizzes by Another busy week in Year 6 saw the children work on their poems for the writing competition; identify rules for sequences and learn about algebra in Maths; make predictions and test them in Science and explore what happened to the British Empire in History. They also composed music in, well Music, and looked at using spreadsheets in Maths.
  • Friday 12 January 2024 Next stop 'The Apprentice' It was a fantastic start to the new term for Year 6. They came up with some fantastic expanded noun and adverbial phrases in English. In Maths, they were introduced to ratio and proportion and made fantastic progress.
  • Friday 12 January 2024 Next stop 'The Apprentice' It was a fantastic start to the new term for Year 6. They came up with some fantastic expanded noun and adverbial phrases in English. In Maths, they were introduced to ratio and proportion and made fantastic progress.
  • Friday 1 December 2023 Figurative language, fractions and Phase Year 6 began the week reading poetry and giving reasons that they liked a poem more than others. They compared two of the poems before generating ideas for a poem of their own. There have been some terrific ideas with different types of figurative language, for example, similes, metaphors and personification being trialled.
  • Friday 3 November 2023 Autumn 2 - Week 1 Year 6 began reading Twitch - our CLPE recommended text - which we will be using to help us with our English this half-term. In Maths, we continued to try to improve our ability to multiply and divide by a 2-digit number.
  • Friday 20 October 2023 Sunshine and rain Year 6 got their first look at the SATs reading and GPS papers. They had a go in class (at the 2016 papers) and should be really proud at the effort they put in. In Maths, they looked at solving problems involving multiplication including multiplying 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers.
  • Friday 13 October 2023 On Your Marks Year 6 had another full week. As well as their regular lessons, Phase came in and delivered the first 'On Your Marks' workshop.
  • Friday 6 October 2023 Recounts, repeated addition and rugby Year 6 had another productive week, working hard to plan and draft their recounts. In Maths, they looked at finding common factors and multiples as well as rules for divisibility. The highlight of the week for some children may well have been the tag rugby festival.
  • Friday 29 September 2023 Back into the routine Year 6 admirably slipped back into the routines they had been establishing in the first two weeks of term.
  • Thursday 21 September 2023 Final Day Fun Better weather allowed group 2 to canoe on Lake Windermere. In addition they were also treated to a fly past by RAF jets in training.
  • Wednesday 20 September 2023 Koinonia and caving Today was group one's opportunity to have a go at canoeing. Not only did they show excellent paddling skills but they worked together as a team and demonstrated their value of Koinonia.
  • Tuesday 19 September 2023 Wires and Water "The day has gone so fast."
  • Monday 18 September 2023 Bendrigg - The Arrival After a very long journey, where we were kept fully entertained by the children's singing, we arrived in the beautiful setting of Bendrigg. Our first activity was orienteering where every team worked well together and was very successful.
  • Friday 15 September 2023 Year 6 - Week 2 The pace of learning picked up this week with children planning, drafting and re-drafting a newspaper report about the 'Miracle of Dunkirk.' In Maths, they continued to learn about numbers to 10,000,000.
  • Friday 30 June 2023 Year 6 Phase Workshop Year 6 had their final Phase Workshop this week and the session was focused on their transition to secondary school. We talked about what is going to be different at secondary school, what we are looking forward to and what we will miss. We also looked at possible scenarios which could happen at secondary school and what to do. Phase are currently celebrating 20 years supporting in Hitchin and kindly gifted us a rose plant to celebrate this.
  • Monday 19 June 2023 Year 6 Maths Project Year 6 have been carefully designing a theme park as part of their Maths lessons this week. They have been given a budget and had to carefully plan which rides and amenities to include ensuring that they stayed within budget. We also looked at the daily running costs and potential revenue to work out our profit. This week we will be looking at advertising our big opening!
  • Friday 9 June 2023 North Herts Sports Legacy event Year 6 visited Knights Temple School for a North Herts sporting event. Each child participated in either netball, handball, dodgeball or rounders and played against other primary schools in the local area. We had a great day out and our netball team came second!
  • Tuesday 16 May 2023 Our Last Sports Day! Year 6 enjoyed their last Sports Day at St Andrew's on Monday. They were responsible for ensuring their team participated in each activity to score as many points as possible. They then took part in the final races which got very competitive! Everyone had a fun and memorable morning.
  • Saturday 13 May 2023 Year 6 Enterprise Year 6 have been working hard to plan their enterprise project in order to raise funds for their residential trip to the Isle of Wight. The students organised themselves into teams and came up with a business plan in order to make the most profit. This week our first group 'Brush and Blend' ran a glitter tattoo and face painting stall. The students spent their lunch times creating their marketing materials and practising their techniques. There was a huge turn out, thank you to those that came and supported. Next week will be a bring and buy stall accompanied by an arts and crafts stall.
  • Thursday 27 April 2023 We're evolving! In Science, we are learning about evolution and adaptations of animals. In English, we have been exploring non-chronological reports and wrote one based on Charles Darwin. We then used to knowledge to write our own non-chronological report based on a fictional animal which has evolved from an existing animal. The students have enjoyed creating their own animal, using technology to support, and writing about it.
  • Friday 21 April 2023 Sewing Skills in Year 6 Year 6 are focusing of sewing this term in Art and DT. To begin our topic, we recapped our prior knowledge on sewing and demonstrated our skills. We focused on creating basic stitches which will support us with our upcoming project.
  • Friday 31 March 2023 Our Excellent Easter Egg Hunt Year 6 enjoyed their final Easter Egg hunt at St Andrews! I hope that you all have a wonderful time celebrating Easter with your loved ones.
  • Sunday 26 March 2023 Heart Dissection In Science, Year 6 are learning about the function of the circulatory system and its components. We carried out a heart dissection to allow us to understand the different parts of the heart and how it supports our circulatory system. We had lots of fun carrying out this investigation!
  • Thursday 9 March 2023 International Women's Day As part of our weekly Read all About it, one of the students chose to present on International Women's Day. It was very detailed and enlightening hearing stories from around the world. We all felt very fortunate that we are in a progressive society that is support women's rights.
  • Friday 3 March 2023 World Book Day in Year 6 Year 6 had great fun dressing up as their favourite non-fiction character! They spent the morning turning a scene of Macbeth (our class story) to a comic strip!
  • Friday 24 February 2023 Making our own blood! In Science, we are now learning about the circulatory system. To support us in understanding the four components of blood, we created our own mixtures. Apple juice was used as the plasma, marshmallows at the white blood cells, strawberries as the red blood cells and sprinkles as the platelets. The students were able to discuss the properties and functions of each component by the end of the lesson!
  • Friday 10 February 2023 Safer Internet Day As part of Safer Internet Day, Year 6 looked at how to stay safe online with a focus on social media. We looked at scenarios that could happen whilst you are online and what actions to take. We then created our own game character and include our top tips for staying safe online.
  • Thursday 2 February 2023 Phase Worshop On Thursday, Phase Workshop visited Year 6 as part of their 'Get Set' programme. This week we focused on the Three Rs: resilience, role models and responsibility. The students looked at how to manage a busy schedule and talking about how to prioritise things to support them in being responsible when they begin secondary school. They also looked at a range of people who have positivity contributed to the world and discussed what attributes they have which make them role models.
  • Thursday 26 January 2023 Data logging in Year 6 Year 6 investigated how the amount of volts in a circuit affects the brightness of the bulb. We used data loggers to measure the brightness of each bulb in lux and discussed our findings.
  • Thursday 19 January 2023 Investigating Circuits To support us with understanding circuits, we used an interactive website to build circuits. We recapped our knowledge of electricity from our learning in Year 4 and began to build upon it. We explored circuits with different components and investigated whether they worked or not. We then looked at how we could resolve the problem if they were not working. We then deepened our knowledge looking at the effect which the components and the amount of them have on the volts of the circuit.
  • Thursday 12 January 2023 Why did Britain want to build the British Empire? Year 6 are learning about the Rise and Fall of the British Empire. To introduce this topic, we focused on why Britain wanted to build their empire. The students were given headings such as trade, power and ambition matched them to historical events. They are very excited to learn about the British Empire!
  • Friday 16 December 2022 Investigating Shadows In Science this week Year 6 were testing how the distance from a light source affects a shadow. The students worked in groups to investigated what happened, recorded their results and wrote a conclusion. We found that the further from a light source the smaller the shadow because the opaque object is blocking less of the light.
  • Wednesday 7 December 2022 Year 6 Home Learning Project Year 6 research the question: Why are the Radcliffes synonymous with Hitchin
  • Monday 21 November 2022 STEM Family Learning Week Year 6 enjoyed their STEM Family Learning Week with a focus on light. We started the week with learning about refraction with two hands on experiments to explain how objects appear differently in water. The students were able to make predictions and articulate their findings. We then looked at how shadows are formed and presented a Stop Motion Animation using shadows. The students enjoyed incorporating their Computing skills to display their Scientific understanding. We finally finished the week investigating why a colour wheel appears white when moving quickly. The students were introduced to Isaac Newton's colour theory and will continue to look at this in their Science lessons. Thank you to the parents who were able to make it, we loved having you!
  • Sunday 13 November 2022 Mountains High Year 6 have been introduced to their new topic focusing on mountains. We have started our Geography topic by looking at the different types of mountains and how they are formed. The children collaboratively create a type of mountain and presented how it the mountain forms using their models.
  • Thursday 3 November 2022 How can we prove light travels in straight lines? This week Year 6 has been investigating how light travels. The students were given a range of resources and independently explored how light travels. They found that light travels in straight lines and were able to explain this using scientific vocabulary. We are very exciting to learn about light this half term!
  • Friday 21 October 2022 WW2 Home Learning
  • Monday 17 October 2022 Micro-Organisms in Year 6 This week we focused on micro-organisms and looked at yeast especially. Many of us didn't know that yeast is a living thing, did you We investigated: 'How does the amount of sugar affect the production of carbon dioxide from yeast'
  • Friday 7 October 2022 Classifying Plants with Year 6 In Science, we have been focusing on the classification of living things. This week we focused on plants. We first went on a leaf hunt around the school and collected a variety of leaves. We then returned to the class and attempted to classify the leaves using a classification key. We observed each leaf carefully, focusing on the veins, the size and the texture. We had lots of fun doing this!
  • Wednesday 28 September 2022 Collaborative poems in Year 6 In English this week we have been empathising with the main character, William, in our novel, Goodnight Mister Tom. We watched videos of people reflecting upon their time as evacuees and observed pictures of evacuees. We then wrote down our feelings and thoughts and one put together, created a shared poem.
  • Wednesday 14 September 2022 A Reflection on Queen Elizabeth's Life This week Year 6 have been focusing on Queen Elizabeth's life and the contributions she made during her reign. We discussed what she meant to us and collectively created a word bank of adjectives to describe her. Using this word bank, we then wrote poems to reflect upon Queen Elizabeth and her achievements.
  • Friday 20 May 2022 Choice Quest Stories
  • Thursday 19 May 2022 CHRISTIAN AID WEEK To mark Christian Aid week and raise money for this worthy cause, the worship acolytes set up some wonderful reflective outdoor activities on the theme of strong women. Here are some Year 6 children creating pendants with motifs that represent strong women in history.
  • Friday 13 May 2022 FESTIVE LIGHTS STEM CHALLENGE After several weeks of working hard our our Festive light STEM Challenge it was finally time to present to the 'Dragon's Den'. The brief was to create a prototype of a product with working bulbs, a buzzer, and a motor with a moving part, themed for a festive celebration.
  • Wednesday 23 March 2022 STEEL PANS WORKSHOP
  • Wednesday 23 March 2022 STEM WEEK IN YEAR 6 This week the theme of National British Science and Engineering Week was 'Growth'. In Year 6 we had an excellent STEM day. One of the activities was to enter the Create-a-plant Hertfordshire wide paper engineering challenge. We had one hour to create a plant from 4 sheets of paper using only paper folding and strengthening techniques - no glue, tape or stapling allowed. It was quite a challenge! The photo above is Phoebe's water lily. We have entered this as our school winner, into the Hertfordshire competition. Well done Phoebe! Here are a few photos of Year 6persevering withthe challenge:
  • Thursday 10 March 2022 Our Electrical Dragon's Den Challenge This week a 'Dragon' arrived in year 6(AKA Mr Parker) to introduce a STEM Dragon's Den Challenge: Todesign and build and working a festive lights decoration, cost it and present their design to the Dragons at the end of this term. There are some clear criteria for their designs and each team of three thenbegan to give the challenge some thought. It was decided that they needed to explore various aspects of electrical circuits to help prepare them for the challenge and as a result there was a great afternoon of investigation.
  • Wednesday 2 March 2022 INVESTIGATING VOLUME Last week year 6 were set an interesting challenge: Can you make an open box that has a volume of 24cm cubed There was lots of discussion and trying out of ideas:
  • Monday 21 February 2022 Heart Dissection Year 6 has been exploring how the circulation system works and had the exciting opportunity to dissect some hearts. We first identified the different veins and arteries using labelled lollipop sticks so we could see the direction of flow of the blood we then carried out a careful dissection so that we could see the chambers and valves within each side of the heart. It was a great experience and really enhanced our understanding of this exciting science topic!
  • Friday 21 January 2022 THE PRINCESS' BLANKETS This week we have been reading this beautifully written fairy-tale called The Princess' Blankets by Carol Ann Duffy. The descriptions and illustrations in the book have really inspired us.
  • Tuesday 18 January 2022 Tu B'Shevat Class Worship In our class worship this week, some members of the class led a discussion about the Jewish Festival of Tu B'Shevat that is being celebrated in Jewish communities this week. It is a celebration of trees and spring. We thought about why trees are so important for humans and for different animals and created our own Tu B'Shevat treeto record our ideas about what we are thankful for in the natural world.
  • Tuesday 14 December 2021 CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED: PHASE workshop in Year 6 Today we were very fortunate to have workshop run by PHASE - a local Christian charity that promotes young peoples' well-being. They delivered a CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED workshop in Year 6 which really opened our eyes to the real meaning of Christmas.
  • Friday 19 November 2021 Children in Need - Wear your sparkles! Every day this week children across the school have joined in activities to raise money for Children in Need. Today was wear your sparkles day - dazzle us with your clothing!
  • Friday 19 November 2021 Poppy Making Workshop Last week we were luck enough to have two expert paper crafters come and visit year 6 and demonstrate how to craft a beautiful poppy. We layered and curled paper and added a leaf and stamen and gem in the middle. We were proud to wear them in our school remembrance worship. Many thanks to our visitors - Josie and Trish!
  • Friday 5 November 2021 Year 6 Remembrance Photo Poems
  • Friday 22 October 2021 YEAR 6 TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE! Today members of year 6 took up the challenge in our BMX workshop to say 'I can do it!' and try out some stunts. They really encouraged each other and challenged themselves as they tried more and more tricky manoeuvers. The excellent instructor was very impressed with their 'can do' attitude and the way they supported each other. Well done to everyone!
  • Friday 8 October 2021 A Silent Debate in RE Today we explored the section in the Torah (and old testament) Leviticus, Chapter 19 often called 'The Holiness Code'. This has laws and commandments related to how you should live your life in a holy way. We carried out a 'silent debate' around the different parts of the text and considered how Jewish People might interpret them. We answered each other's questions and then made suggestions about how people might put these into practice in a modern society. We realised that there are a lot of links with Christian values.
  • Friday 1 October 2021 YEAR 6 VISITS WHIPSNADE ZOO On Monday we had a really enjoyable and informative day at Whipsnade Zoo. We have been learning about classification in Science and we attended a great workshop that helped us really understand the Linnean Classification system. We also got to meet Charlie the cockroach!
  • Wednesday 15 September 2021 We meet our Buddies! Last week members of year 6 were very excited to meet our Reception buddies. We visited the Reception outdoor area and greeted our new buddies. We then explored the outdoor area together, getting to know each other and enjoying playing together. We will have the same buddy for the whole year and we have already had lunch with them, helping to show them the routines of the dining-room, and today we walked with our buddies down to Church for our welcome service. We know that these will be very special relationships that we will build and value through the year.
  • Friday 3 September 2021 DEVELOPING LEADERS IN YEAR 6 It has been a great start to Year 6 and we are already settling in to new routines. In this final year at St. Andrew's, we will be taking on a range of different leadership roles so in our PSHE lesson we explored the different qualities that we thought was important to be a leader. We then had to complete a 'diamond 9' activity ranking their importance; this was more difficult than we thought it would be and generated a great deal of interesting discussion.
  • Friday 16 July 2021 VISIT TO WALTON-ON-THE-NAZE Yesterday we had a wonderful day out to Walton-on-the Naze. After a smooth coach journey, during which we sang every song we know, we arrived at the beautiful coast and spent a few hours having a great time on the beach. We buried several children in the sand and had great fun in the sea.

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