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Y6 Learning Blog

Welcome Back to School

Year Six have made a flying start to the year and the children are already rising to the task of being top of the school. They have been setting an example with their behaviour when moving around school, lining up on the yard and in assemblies. Well done on a fantastic start!

We started the year with a three day mini-topic on heroes in which we looked at the qualities heroes have and how the children in school might apply these. Having become heroes for the year, we have now started a first full topic exploring how art shows historical events. The topic will focus primarily on The Second World War and will look at a range of different art styles alongside the history of this global event.

Coming up shortly (week beginning 16th October) we have the Year Six residential visit to Thornbridge Outdoors! This is an amazing opportunity for the children to try new things and push themselves in the stunning setting of the Peak District - we can't wait!

Come and Say Hi

This Thursday (28th September) is your chance to come and say hello to your child's class teacher and to see their classrooms. From 3:25, your child's teacher will be in their room and ready to say hello. Please sign in at reception and make your way upstairs to find their classroom. We look forward to meeting you.

We are really looking forward to a successful year and will keep you up to date with all the exciting learning we get up to on this webpage so do call by and check it out.

Your Year Six Team,

Mr Goodhand, Mrs Stockley, Mrs Amin and Mr Hull

The Secrets Of Success

At Hunters Bar Junior School we encourage children to follow the Secrets Of Success. These secrets contain eight attributes we hope to see our children aspire to and display throughout their lives.

The eight secrets are as follows:

. Work Hard

. Concentrate

. Don’t Give Up

. Improve

. Try New Things

. Understand Others

. Imagine

. Push Your Self

In Year Six we put a real emphasis on these skills and positive attitudes and try to ensure that children embed them into their school life. We believe that if children use the Secrets Of Success they really can achieve anything!


Autumn Term One
To kick-start the year, Y6 will be looking at the overarching theme of how we express ourselves. Within this, we will be exploring the central idea that "the arts accurately reflect the history of the world."
During the half-term, we will be looking at how different art has captured the past, what this art can tell us about how people lived and how reliable different historical sources are.
We will also be applying some artistic skills ourselves with a focus on portraiture. 

The HBJS Readathon

(week beginning 2nd October)

 It will soon be time for the HBJS Readathon Week (Week beginning 2nd October). This event is a fantastic tradition at our school and a week the whole school community looks forward to.

During this week, the children in each class will have an afternoon of pure reading bliss. Children will read for pleasure silently for the whole afternoon and will try to get as much sponsorship as possible for their efforts. Any money raised is then invested in brand new books for their classroom, which they can choose as a class. We cannot wait!

Readathon Part Two
A huge well done to all the Y6 pupils who completed the HBJS readathon. All three classes had a lovely afternoon of reading for pleasure and really enjoyed the chance to lose themselves in a great book. 
Please bring in any sponsorship money as soon as possible so we can start to update and restock our classroom bookcases. 

Lindy Hop Competition

The Y6 Lindy Hop completion took place on Thursday 26th of October and was a real success. Around about 90 parents attended and all the children danced their socks off. Each class demonstrated all of school secrets of success and put on and immensely enjoyable and entertaining show which left children and adults smiling throughout. The judges (Mr Goodhand, Mrs Stockley, Mrs Amin and Mr Hull) had a near impossible job in selecting the semi-finalists, finalists and ultimately the winners. Talking of winners, a special mention must go to Freya T and Lola from J11 who were crowned our Y6 Lindy Hop Champions. Year six however, were all winners and did the school and themselves proud with their attitude, confidence and hard work. One parent comment went so far as to say, “Best school event ever!” Another parent had to invent a new word to describe their joy, “FABTASTIC!”

A huge thank you to Mr Ryan and Ms Scott who went above and beyond to make the experience authentic by decorating the hall and organising the event from behind the scenes. Can we do it all again please?

Autumn Term Two
Our central idea for this half term is "Our lives are influence by things we cannot see." We will be exploring the power of religions and beliefs, how the forces of electricity and magnetism work and influence our world and we will be reading some spooky stories which hint towards the supernatural. We are really looking forward to an interesting and exciting half-term of top quality learning. Bring it on. 

Spring 1.


Welcome back everyone. It's been really nice to see everyone so well rested after the two week holidays.


This half term, out central theme is all about the statement “we have a duty of care to our oceans”. Children will be looking into our impact on the ocean environment and studying various different aspects of human and physical geography.


Alongside this, we will continue to develop key maths, writing and reading skills to help prepare kids for their end of key stage 2 tests, secondary education and beyond.


We are looking forward to a successful and enjoyable spring term and hope the children are too.

Year Six – Making a Difference

Our central theme for the half term is, “We have a duty of care to our oceans”. As part of this theme, we have been looking at the use of plastics and how, despite its many useful properties, plastic waste is becoming a real problem, especially in our seas, oceans and waterways.

In the coming weeks, the Year Six children will trying to take action to help our school become greener and more environmentally friendly. How and if the school achieves this aim is very much in the hands of the Year Six children. So, get your thinking caps on and start thinking. What can HBJ do to help the world? What lasting impact can you have on our environment both locally and globally? Think big Year Six – it’s time to act!

Working Hard to Make a Difference
We have been really impressed with the Year Six children's enthusiasm and desire to make a difference to the local environment and the wider world.
The children have really been considering the impact of our plastic use and have been reviewing the ways in which plastic is useful and the ways in which it can be harmful to the environment. 
We are looking forward to see what the children come up as proposals in terms of making the HBJ use of plastics more effective. 
Maths Maths Maths
Children in Year Six have been working exceptionally hard to improve their understanding of two key areas in maths this half term - percentages and ratio. 
We have been really impressed with their hard work and concentration and have seen some fantastic progress in these areas. 
Keep busy at home and try the following:
Find 10%, 5%, 20%, 50% and 95% of £330
In a sale, a £44 jumper is reduced by 15%. What is its new price?
Mr Goodhand shares £400 between Mrs Stockley, Mrs Amin and Mr Hull in the ratio 1:3:4. How much money does each of these teachers get?
Keep up the hard work.
Practice Makes Perfect
The Year Six children have been having a go at some End of Key Stage Two tests (or SATs as they are also known). So far we have been really impressed with the positive attitudes, hard work and concentration shown by all the children during these tests. If the children keep up this we have no doubt they will go on the be successful in the real things. 
Mock Tests
This week the Y6 pupils have been having a go at some mock test papers. Their attitude and hard work has been fantastic and they have really used all our secrets of success to achieve their best possible outcomes.
Keep up the hard work guys, you're doing great!

Here are the links to the practice tests we have done this week should you wish to have a look at home.

Well done to all the Year 6 pupils for their fantastic hard work, concentration and effort during our KS2 testing week. All the teachers and staff at school are incredibly proud of how well you applied yourself and how hard you worked. 
To celebrate, we had a wonderful afternoon in the park playing rounders, cricket, football and just generally chilling-out. Well done to the staff team for winning the football game - better luck next time kids. 
Crucial Crew
The year six children and staff are really looking forward to our upcoming trip to Crucial Crew which takes place on Friday 25th May 2018.
Crucial Crew is a fantastic day out where children learn numerous valuable life skills and have fun along the way.
Thank you to all parents and carers who have returned slips (spare letters are available from the office) and who have paid for the coach via Squid. 
We can't wait to get going!

The Year 6 Leavers’ Show

The Year 6s will be leaving HBJ in style this summer and putting on a show to celebrate all their time at Hunter’s Bar. The theme for this year’s leavers’ show is The Greatest Show on Earth and it will feature a range of different acts performed by the pupils to showcase their talents and interests. The children have brought home a letter explaining how parents and carers can help with this show and how they can best prepare over the coming half-term break (a copy of this letter can be found on the Year 6 Letters page of the website).

In preparation for the show, the children have been having some circus skills taster sessions this week including juggling, mime and singing. It’s been a whole lot of fun!

We cannot wait to get creative and really get stuck into making this performance a show to remember and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Summer Term 2

For the children’s final term in primary school, our new central idea will focus around the statement celebrating the end of life makes us human. This idea will sit under the overarching theme where we are in time and space.

In this unit of learning, the children will look at different faiths and people without faith and how they celebrate different sections of their life. The children will also have their SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) which will focus on hormones amongst other areas. On top of this, we will be delving into the ancient world of the Benin Kingdom to see how their lives, rituals, religions and beliefs around death compare and contrast with the modern world and other historical time periods.

As part of our central idea, children will also work on transition as we seek to prepare them for the step up to secondary school in the anticipation that they hit the ground running at their new schools.

If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, the Year 6s will be working hard to write, rehearse and perform a stunning end of year production themed around a big-top circus and taking some inspiration from the hit movie, The Greatest Showman. Not to mention Sports Day, the Summer Fayre and the all-important Leavers’ Party. WOW. What a summer we have in stall!

Thank you for the continued support,

Your year 6 team,

Mr Goodhand, Mrs Stockely, Mrs Amin, Mr Hull, Mrs Blacksell and Mrs Sylvester

Crucial Crew Trip
The Y6 children and staff had a fantastic end to the term with our visit to Crucial Crew. 
During our trip we learnt loads of important life skills including:
how to stay safe online
how to prevent fire risks and what to do in a fire
how the magistrates courts protect us
how to use the bus safely
how to keep safe on and around our roads
The childre had a fanastic day and their attitudes, enthusiam and behaviour was a credit to the school. They all felt like they learnt something and hopefully these life skills will really come in handy. 
Year Six High Storrs Secondary Curriculum Day
On Wednesday 13th June, the Y6 children will all be attending at secondary school curriculum day at our local secondary school - High Storrs.
This day is for all children in the year group (not just those children attending High Storrs next year) and gives the children a chance to experience some of the fantastic opportunities that secondary education has to offer. 
Pupils will be making their own ways to and from High Storrs which is great practice for next year when many of them will be independently making their own way to their new schools. 
All the Y6 teachers will be there to support with the day and are very much looking forward to their secondary experience too. 
Auditions Under Way
Yesterday saw the start of the auditions for the Year Six leavers' show - The Greatest Show on Earth. Mr Hull, Mrs Stockley and Mr Goodhand were very impressed with the first offerings and are very much looking forward to the coming auditions over the next few weeks. We have all been very impressed with how many pupils have taken the time to work on an audition and, if day one was anything to go by, we are very excited about the quality of this year's leavers' show.
The deadline to hand in your audition slips is creeping up - Thursday 14th June 2018.