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Year 6 - Birch & Lime

Welcome to Year 6!

21 July 2021


Going Out With a Bang!


Our Year 6s have reached the end of their time at Summercroft but they have certainly made the most of their last few weeks of Primary School. We are so proud of the children for the resilience they have shown since the news of our bubble closure, and this positive attitude and determination allowed us to celebrate the end of the year in a special way.


We were lucky that our residential to Osmington Bay was allowed to go ahead. The children enjoyed five days of adventure, team building and fear-facing as a result! They did us proud with their respectful behaviour, good humour and enthusiasm, and were excellent representatives for the school.


The hard work for the Year 6 production also continued, both in school, and on Zoom during our period of self-isolation. The children have really given this play everything they have, be it acting, singing, dancing, or making props. The hard work definitely paid off! Although we were unable to perform at Southmill Arts Center, the children made the most of their ‘open air theatre’ experience on the school field and thrived on the buzz of a live audience.


We cannot believe that we are at the end of the year and must now say goodbye to this group of children. It has been a blast and we want to say thank you to both the children and families for a fantastic year. We will miss the children greatly, but look forward to hearing about the great things they achieve in the future, as they’ve proven they’re capable of doing so all year. 


Goodbye, Year 6! Good luck!


18 June 2021


Bikeablity, Assessment Week And The Play


Year 6 have come back from half term with a bang! Not only have they been working hard in the run up to assessment week, but we have started to rehearse our play, and tackled Bikeability too!


The children have blown us away with their enthusiasm and hard work in rehearsals, learning their lines and remembering stage directions. They have demonstrated creativity, perseverance, and patience in every rehearsal. We've got a few weeks left until show time, but from what we have seen already, we know this is going to be a fantastic production. 


Elsewhere, many of the children have taken up the opportunity to take part in the fantastic Bikeability course run by the great Mr Gapper and some fabulous volunteers. The children who have completed it so far thoroughly enjoyed themselves and made the most of learning what is a very important life skill! A massive thanks goes to Mr Gapper and the volunteers who have made it possible. 


Finally, we wanted to say a huge well done to all the children at the end of our assessment week. We are proud of those who met their personal challenges, and of all the children for demonstrating resilience and determination in their work. Now, we can focus on the end of Year 6 excitement!


Thanks as ever for your ongoing support. 


The Year 6 Team


28 May 2021

Beat Boxing Doesn't Frighten Us at All!


Year 6 have thrown themselves into Diversity Week and learning about our inspirational figure, Maya Angelou. We have learnt about her life and her role in the Civil Rights movement, and enjoyed some of her poetry. We have particularly focused on 'Life doesn't frighten me', a poem about being courageous and strong in the face of everyday life and its challenges. This focus culminated in us creating our own 'life doesn't frighten me' statements, to be displayed with our collaborative portraits of Maya. The children were very reflective on the things that challenge them, and showed courage in sharing them with the class through their art. 


A real highlight of Diversity Week has been the fantastic beatbox session. The children wrote effective and mature verses about the value of diversity and performed them with confidence. It was a unique experience, and one the children thoroughly enjoyed! 


We want to take this opportunity to commend all the children who put themselves forward to audition for a part in our upcoming production. The whole Year 6 team spent much time deliberating the casting as the standard of competition was outstanding. From what we have seen during auditions, and heard during singing rehearsals, we know this play is going to be amazing. We can't wait to dive into practice when we return after half term, so get learning those lines!


We also want to say a big well done to the children for making it through this half term: the longest they have been in school for a while! Thank you all for your continued support. We are looking forward to a memorable final half term!


14 May 2021

Starry-eyed in Year 6!


We've been 'seeing stars' recently in Year 6, as we prepare to write non-chronological reports about space! We’ve stepped inside the Planetarium and have particularly focused on ambitious and scientific vocabulary. The children have blown us away with their existing space knowledge and look forward to reading all about their newly discovered planets!  


The children have been continuing to impress us during our topic work with our focus on refugees. They have shown maturity and empathy as we explore where refugees go, and have taken part in balanced discussions, with opinions being shared sensitively by all. They have also produced vibrant pieces of Pop Art, inspired by Andy Warhol, as we explored the stories of notable refugees including Malala Yousafzai, Subi Nahas, and Judith Kerr.  


We want to say a big ‘well done’ to all the children, as we have now started our assessment week practice. They have approached it with a growth mind-set, and willingness to take on a challenge. We look forward to celebrating their progress with them as they work hard to refine their test skills and improve on personal goals. 


23 April 2021

It’s All Go in Year 6


The children in Year 6 have made a great start to their final term at Summercroft! 

We have started our new topic, aiming to answer the question, “Why do people leave their homes?” Through drama and books including Wisp—a Story of Hope, and The Day War Came, we have been exploring the experiences of refugees. The children have shown an incredibly mature attitude to this topic so far, and we are looking forward to exploring it further as the weeks progress. 

The children have also been ‘bright sparks’ in science, as we start our topic on electricity. They managed to recall their previous learning all the way back in Year 4, and are starting to use their enquiry skills to answer questions about circuits. 

We are also excited to have started our football and netball lunchtime clubs this week and are pleased with how many children are making the most of this opportunity. Hopefully it is the first of many steps back towards normality we can take this term! Thank you, as ever, for your continued support.

26 March 2021


In the short amount of time we have been back, Year 6 have been extremely busy. Not only have they jumped back in to their usual learning, but have had to undertake a surprise task sent directly from NASA themselves. Using just basic household supplies and a Berocca tablet (blame NASA budget cuts!) our teams of Rocket Scientists had to design a rocket that could launch, and protect a mini Neil Armstrong. They had to use their skills of prediction, and refine their designs based on our test launch, to make their rocket fly the highest.   

The whole Year 6 team are proud of how the children have returned after lockdown. They have got back into their routines and have shown resilience and determination in all aspects of their return. We hope that the children enjoy their Easter break and we look forward to a hopefully uninterrupted final term of Year 6.   

18 December 2020

UN Climate Council


We have been extremely busy recently in Year 6 as we prepare to speak to the Chief Scientists at the UN Climate Council this Thursday. It started with an expected letter from the Secretary General, calling on us as biome experts to help convince the Chief Scientists that the biomes of the Earth need protecting. We’ve been working hard to include the most important information in a short time slot, and have been using infographics and split biome art work to make the presentation both interesting and informative. We are informed that the Chief Scientists will be donning their finest lab coats to attend the conference in the school hall, but it will take a lot to convince them to help save the biomes of planet Earth!  


As we approach the end of a long and unprecedented term, everyone in the Year 6 team want to commend the children for all their hard work, and thank you all for your continued support!  


4 December 2020

‘Clippy Island’


Recently, in Year 6, we have been learning about Evolution. First, we visited ‘Clippy Island’, and investigated how natural variation in beak size meant that some ‘Clippies’ were better adapted to their habitat than others. This meant that over four ‘seasons’ some populations managed to survive and reproduce, whilst others went extinct! There were so many small ‘Clippies’ by the end, some children had the job of feeding three or four at a time! We then related this to Darwin’s observations of the finches on the Galapagos Islands, and read the story of the peppered moths. Why not ask your children to explain what happened to the peppered moths and how this explains natural selection?  

We’ve also investigated inheritance by designing brand new Mr Men and Little Miss characters who are the children of the well-known cartoons. We discussed how children inherit 50% of their characteristics from each of their biological parents, and discussed what we have inherited from our parents.  

Finally, we have had the exciting opportunity to use the new Chromebooks for the first time. They have been helping us with our research and blog writing, and to prepare for our end of term topic finale!  

Our learning, particularly in science, has been quite complex this week, and we have been proud of how the children have worked hard to grasp these tricky concepts!  


13 November 2020

Bishop’s Stortford Foodbank


During Arts Week, Year 6 focused on foodbanks. Our week started with a visit from Jane Towns, a volunteer from the Bishop’s Stortford foodbank. Jane answered many of our questions, including how and why people access the foodbank, and what we can do to help. Inspired by this visit, throughout the week, we composed our own poetry which explored themes related to the foodbank. We also managed to put a twist on our harvest artwork, creating cauliflowers from a combination of quilled paper and receipts (thank you for the donations!).  

This week we have begun our new topic- ‘Island Guardians’. We were impressed with the children’s mature response to our topic hook- David Attenborough’s ‘A Life On Our Planet’. Leading on from this, we will be looking in more details at the impact humans are having on the Earth, and how we can make a difference to stop it!  


23 October 2020

Desert Island Escape

Finally, Year 6 have almost escaped our deserted island! We are hoping to catch the attention of a passing plane or boat to come to our rescue, and have therefore been learning semaphore. We put our skills to the test on the field, using flags to pass messages to each other. We mostly managed to decode the words, but some were foiled by the classic 'semaphore ache' in their arms at having to hold their flags up for so long!


Besides this, we have been arguing a lot in class this week, but, don't panic: we have been doing this in the form of our persuasive writing. After reading Armin Greder's The Island, we received a shocking letter from the Governor of said island, who tried to persuade us to banish the stranger who had been washed up on the shore. Appalled and dismayed, we are in the process of replying to the governor to try and convince him to let this poor stranger stay! 


We appreciate this has been a long half term, and the children have certainly earnt their half term break. We are all looking forward to starting fresh after a week off and can't wait to get stuck in to our next topic. Thank you for all your support over the past eight weeks and we hope you have a restful half term. 


9 October 2020


We have been continuing our survival efforts in Year 6 recently, including measuring the success of our food preservation experiment, and working out how to filter dirty water using the items that we washed up with. We battled through the stench to evaluate which method was the most successful at preserving food, and which food preserved the most successfully; not that any of the food looked that appetising at the end of the week!  

In a similar vein, we might be going thirsty on the island as we struggled to produce more than a teaspoon of clear-ish water from the muddy swamp water we gathered. The most successful groups used strips of fabrics to repeatedly and painstakingly filter the water, but we found much of it ended up getting absorbed! We were really impressed by the reliance of the children and the methodical approach they adopted throughout.  

Elsewhere, we have been equally impressed by the children’s efforts in their maths and English work, and have particularly enjoyed reading their written work for their survival stories.  


25 September 2020

Surviving in Six

Recently in Year 6, we have taken some essential steps to ensure our survival on our deserted island! First, we were visited by Robbie- a fist aid instructor. He taught us the key principles of first aid, including the primary survey, the secondary survey, how to perform CPR, and the recovery position. Please do ask the children to tell you what they know! We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your contributions which made this event possible.


We have also been investigating how we will preserve our food on the island. With few resources, we’ve had to be inventive! We now look forward to observing the changes in our food over the coming week and establishing which method is most effective and which food preserves most successfully. However, we are less excited by the thought of the inevitable stench!  


We are proud of the children for maintaining their positivity and engagement in our learning over the past couple of weeks. We are now looking forward to continuing our efforts for survival.  


11 September 2020


Disaster has struck in Year 6 as our boat struck a rock off the coast of a deserted island and we have been washed to shore! With only room for five items, we have had to negotiate with our team members to ensure we have the right items to survive, and over this half term, we will learn new skills to keep us safe and alive, and ultimately help us escape the island!


We have also really enjoyed listening to stories of survival to inspire our efforts and future writing, which have both entertained and horrified us, alongside our class novel which has been much more relaxing!
All the children in Year 6 have enjoyed the opportunity to work across both classes, especially in our topic work, where we have formed survival teams of six including children from both classes.
All the adults in Year 6 have been impressed by the mature attitude of the children on their return to school. They have adapted to the changes in routine brilliantly, and are setting a great example to others in the school. What a great start to the year!