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Y6 Learning Blog

Welcome Back to School

Year Six have settled back in really well and are showing some very mature, responsible behaviour around the school as well as in their learning.
We have begun to focus on our theme,We Have a Duty Of Care to Our Oceans, focusing on why the oceans are important to us. 
Be ready to answer some questions about the difference between continents and countries and oceans and seas.We are already enjoying considerable success in Y6, especially with our new-style maths programme. Do keep checking back here to keep up-to-date with what we 're doing.

Come and Say Hi
Please note the change of date/time.
On Thursday 4th October, parents of children in J10 and J11 please pop in and say hi to your child's new teacher. It will be an opportunity to come and see their classroom and see what they've been up to so far this year. In order to give as many people as possible an opportunity to pop in, come and see us either during morning work from 8.40 - 9.00 or towards the end of the day from 2.40 - 3.00.

If your child is a member of J12 we have had to move our morning slot, 8.40 - 9.00, to the following Thursday, the 11th October due to staff training.  But you can still visit us on the afternoon of 4th October from 2.40 - 3.00 if you prefer.

Your Year Six Team,

Mr Preston, Mrs Stockley, Mr Hurley and Mrs Amin

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!


We have just finished exploring place value in lots of detail and are now moving onto mixed operations, looking at BODMAS and how to solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. How many different calculations can you find to represent this shape?
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!

On Wednesday the 3rd October, we went on a trip to the Crucible to see A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was amazing and the kids came out absolutely abuzz from it. We didn't all understand all of it (including the teachers) but the experience was unparalleled.
As a follow up to this, we will be taking 30 children from across the year group to perform on the stage of the Crucible on the 19th of October. It should be an amazing experience. Keep you fingers crossed for us.
Now that we're back after half term and Thornbridge is nearly over, Y6 can finally take stock. We're continuing looking at how humans affect the oceans and finishing off our theme by preparing something to sell at the Christmas fair.
We're also starting to look towards our next theme where we will be looking at the unseen forces which affect our lives. We will be focusing on electricity, magnetism and will also have a focus on the major World religions.
As part of our new theme - focusing on the invisible forces which affect our lives - we will be focusing on a class text called Twist Cottage. The children will be basing all their writing on this text and looking in death at the content. Please don't let them read it at home as that spoils the big reveal at the end.