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Maple Class

Maple Class

 

We have now hit the halfway point of Year 6 and what a year it has been so far!

 

The Autumn term saw us return from the summer holidays to our first topic; the Awesome Aztecs! This was a fascinating topic from the stunning start, where we learnt how to weave and make Aztec marks, to our grand finale; a workshop with Mexicolore. We all enjoyed learning about such a fascinating and advanced culture! This term also saw us visit the Surrey Heath Museum where the children learnt all about the notorious highwaymen of Bagshot Heath. This included local highwaymen such as Claude Duval and William “The Golden Farmer” Davies as well as the origins of the naming of Gibbet Lane. The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip which enriched their understanding and recitation of Alfred Noyes’ ‘The Highwayman.’ We were also visited by two members of the Guildford Flames who, as part of their outreach program, discussed the impact of drugs and alcohol upon our bodies.

 

The New Year brought with it a new topic; The Unsinkable Ship. This topic investigates the stories, hopes and dreams of the passengers and crew on board the Titanic on her fateful maiden voyage. As a number of passengers aboard the Titanic may have been from Ireland, we explored and performed our own Irish dances; something the children really engaged with and enjoyed. Our English lessons, linked to the Titanic, have concentrated on a variety of different text types. The fantastic finish to this topic will be a visit to the Sea City Museum in Southampton.

 

The week before half-term, was our annual residential visit to Hindleap Warren in Ashdown Forest. It was cold and there was plenty of mud as the children participated in a range of exciting activities including zip-lining, forest adventure, archery and high adventure. It was a pleasure to accompany Year 6 on this trip and watch them develop and mature in the face of challenging activities and a new setting.

 

As we approach the Easter break, we find ourselves edging ever closer to the end of Key Stage 2 Assessments. We have worked hard over the course of the year and will work even harder to ensure that the children are confident and ready for the assessments. It is essential that  during this period, home learning tasks are completed and returned on time as they will focus on revising and practising the skills necessary for the SATs. It is also essential that children read daily as this improves fluency, accuracy,  reading speed and spelling; it also benefits writing as children are exposed to a variety of different grammatical features and sentence structures.

 

Our final topic of the year will be revealed after the completion of the SATs...