Welcome to Southwell Class

Welcome to Southwell Class.  We will update this page throughout the year to share what we have been learning.

 Summer Term 2019

Our Wondrous World

 Welcome back to the Summer term; I hope you enjoyed the Easter break and didn't eat too many Easter eggs!  We are looking forward to lots of interesting learning and hard work in Year 6 this term.  Our topic is "Our Wondrous World.  Please click on the curriculum letter below to find out more about our learning this term:

Summer Term Curriculum Newsletter



Spring Term 2019

 Invaders and Settlers 

Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring term.  We are looking forward to lots of interesting learning and hard work in Year 6 this term.  Our topic  is Invaders and Settlers and in the first half term, we will be learning about the Viking Invasion of Britain.  After half term, we will move on to look at a contrasting period in history: World War 1.  Please click on the curriculum letter below to find out more about our learning this term:. 

Spring Curriculum Newsletter

April 2019 - Easter Service

Year 6 led a very thought provoking and reflective Easter Service. A huge thank you to Rev'd Rosemary for concluding or service with the prayers and blessing.

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April 2019 - Design and Technology - Shelters

Our design technology project this term was to investigate, design and build a shelter.   The children had to think about different criteria for their shelter:  it had to be for a particular purpose; it had to be sturdy and it also needed to be waterproof and windproof.   They worked really well in small groups and produced a range of different shelters for different purposes.


March 2019 - World Book Day

As part of World Book Day,  we (children and staff) were encouraged to dress up as one of our favourite characters from our a favourite book.  Throughout the day we also enjoyed a FLASH READ, where we stopped what we were learning and enjoyed reading our books.  Can you spot some famous characters?    

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February 2019 - Visit to The Holocaust Centre

 As part of our R.E. learning this term, we had an excellent visit to The Holocaust Centre.  It was very thought-provoking and made us think about how Jewish people were treated during the Second World War.   We followed the journey of Leo, a young Jewish boy living in Berlin in 1938 just before the outbreak of World War Two.  In the afternoon, we listened to an excellent talk from a Holocaust survivor.

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February 2019 - Internet Safety Day

In Year 6 we have been exploring how to stay safe online, especially when sharing images and personal information.  We discussed the importance of gaining permission from others when messaging or posting images.  We have become more aware that we should be asked before photos and information about us is shared.

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February 2019 - RE - Judaism

This term we have started our R.E topic, learning more about the religion of Judaism.  Firstly, created a mindmapped of what we already knew about Judaism, considering this in parallel with what we know about Christianity.  We were then set the task to learn what it means to be Jewish and the important parts of this faith.  Each group were asked to select one aspect from: Yom Kippur, Torah, Synagogue, Shabbat, Tenakh and Kosher Food.  Below are our group posters which demonstrates our independent learning.  

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January 2019 - PE - Ultimate Frisbee

This term, we have been learning how to play ultimate frisbee. We learnt how to throw the frisbee using the backhand pass over a short and long distance. We looked at how to hold the frisbee correctly and how our stance can effect the flight of the frisbee.  We thoroughly enjoyed learning this new sport and were not put off by the changing weather, it all adds to the fun.  

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January 2019 - PE - Gymnastics

This term we are continuing with our gymnastics and we have been exploring different ways of travelling and different balances.  We have discussed the importance of our core strength, creating tension and balances while composing our own sequences.

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January 2019 - Science - Light and Sight

In Science this term, we are investigating light and shadows.  We started off by investigating different light sources and, this week, we have been investigating shadows.  In groups, the children had to decide on a question to investigate such as: "What happens to the size of the shadow when you move the opaque object nearer to the light?"   They then planned and carried out their investigation so that they could answer their question scientifically.   

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Autumn Term 2018

Ancient Egypt

Welcome back to the Autumn term; I hope you had a super summer break!  We are looking forward to lots of interesting learning and hard work in Year 6 this term.  Our topic  is "Ancient Egypt".  Please click on the curriculum letter below to find out more about our learning this term:. 

Autumn Curriculum Newsletter

December 2018 - Christmas Celebrations

Year 6 have enjoyed their final Christmas celebrations at primary school!  We had a fabulous time at the Key Stage 2 Christmas party and then enjoyed a yummy Christmas dinner.  Merry Christmas everyone!

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December 2018 - Christmas Crafts

As it is our last Christmas at primary school we decided to make Christmas decorations that we could keep and treasure to remind us of the many wonderful Christmas times we have spent at St. Andrew's.  We made jar lanterns and enjoyed singing in the candlelight in class.  Merry Christmas to all.  

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December 2018 - D.T: Bread Making

In Design Technology this term, we were carrying out a design and make project.  We investigated how the Ancient Egyptians made bread and we used this knowledge to make our own bread.  To help us with our project, we spent a lovely afternoon tasting a wide range of different breads.  As well as tasting them, we evaluated them carefully considering look, taste and texture.   This would help us when it came to desiging and making our own bread.  Once we had finished designing our own bread we worked in groups to make our breads.  We had some a range of different designs from sun-dried tomato bread to gralic and cheese bread in the shape of a plaits and spirals.  The rolls were all very successful and were enjoyed by the children! 

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November 2018 - Remember 100 years

In Year 6, we spent some time this week discussing the significance of Remembrance Day and in particular 100 years since the end of WW1.  Many themes were discussed and a few were: friendship, compassion, thankfulness, empathy, tolerance acceptance and RESPECT.  Then using either a poem (Flanders Fields and For the Fallen) or an extract from Warhorse (Michael Morpurgo), we were set the challenge to create our own Blackout Poetry.  We considered the words we felt were signficant to us and circled them.  Next, using black or red pen, we eliminated the words we did not want as part of our own poetry creation.  We are all extremely proud of our new, extremely moving poems.  

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 October 2018 - Mini Police

A few weeks ago, PCSO Woolerton and PCSO Ironmonger visited out school to hear a considerable number of our Year 5 & 6 pupils make a speech persuading others that they would be a perfect Mini Police Ambassador to represent our school. The pupils had researched the role well and all spoke confidently and persuasively.  All pupils in Y5 and Y6 listened and voted to decide who should be elected.  After a tense time waiting for the votes to be counted, ten lucky pupils were elected and they proudly tried on the first part of their uniform.  

At the end of our first Autumn term, the children carried out one of their first major responsibilities, engaging with our school community, where they prepared a second presentation to parents, friends and family explaining their roles and the missions in the current year.  Well done to all the pupils whotook part; you are all great ambassadors for our school.

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October 2018 - Art: Egyptian Clay Cartouche

In art, we have been learning about Ancient Egyptian cartouche.   A cartouche is an oval frame which surrounds the hieroglyphs that make up the name of an Egyptian God or royal person.     It was like a nametag, which has the magical power to protect the name that is written inside it.   A cartouche was meant to protect against evil spirits in both this life and the afterlife.

We designed and made our own Cartouche using our names and then decorated them with patterns and borders.

We painted them, decorated them with gold and silver pens and then finished them with a glaze using PVA glue. 

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October  2018 - History: Papyrus

We have been learning about how the Ancient Egyptians made papyrus.  We had a go at making our own papyrus using paper towels and glue and we are very pleased with how it turned out.  We then investigated the Ancient Egyptian writing system using hieroglyphs.  Did you know that there are over 700 different hieroglyphs?   We had great fun being Ancient Egyptian scribes and decorating our own papyrus.  Here are the finished results:

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September 2018 - Science: Separating Materials

This term in Science, we are investigating how to separate materials.  We have carried out lots of hands-on, practical science investigations to learn about how we can separate different materials.  We have also learnt about soluble and insoluble materials, which create solutions, and which create mixtures.   Mrs Coote set us a challenge to investigate the best material to filter and clean the dirty river water from the River Nile!  We found out that cotton wool made the best filter and made the water the cleanest.


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September 2018 - History:  Ancient Egypt Topic

We started our topic by thinking about history and timelines.  The children were given several historical events / time periods and they had to sequence them in chronological order.  There was a lot of debate in class!


September 2018 - Religious Educations

0n the 17th of September 2018, as a part of R.E, we were learning about signs and symbols.  We looked further into the Christian story of Noah’s Ark and identified some significant signs and symbols such as the rainbow, which meant that God would never flood Earth again; the dove with the olive branch in its beak, which meant peace to all surroundings and the olive branch, which meant life and a second chance. We all had to bring a special object in which meant something to us; these included items such as teddies, photos, bookmarks and books. Written by Ruby and Elod.

 September 2018 -  Our first day in Y6

We had a fantastic first day in Y6.  We wrote letters to our future self, setting ourselves challenges to achieve over the year, which we will open again in July 2019!  We also chose our reading books to begin our class reading challenge and got straight into considering all we already know about Ancient Egypt. 

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