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Welcome to Year 6!

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Year 6 Summer Term Topic Map

Each week, one lucky Year 6 pupil gets to take home our 'Book of the Week' bag. The chosen pupil then has a week to decide on a book that they would like to recommend to the rest of Swordfish Class. They write down 5 clues to their chosen book in our special reading journal and bring the bag back to school with their book recommendation hidden inside. Next, the clues are shared with Year 6 and we see if anybody can guess which book is hiding. Finally, the book is revealed and the bag is given to a new person. Have a look and see which books have been chosen so far! Have you read any of them?
Year 6 enjoyed a residential visit to New Barn in June. We participated in lots of activities including meeting the farm animals; creating our own pottery; churning butter; carving chalk; shelter building and orienteering. One evening, an amazing story teller entertained us! The food at New Barn was delicious too...
In addition to doing our statutory tests, Year 6 have been extremely busy this week. From 'Active Revision' to PE, pyramids, poster creations and breakfast club Swordfish class have had an AMAZING time. Perseverance, self-motivation, determination and positive attitude have been seen in abundance. Super stars! 

Joint 'Purbeck Arts Week' (PAW) project with Year 3...

Swordfish Class worked with Y3 on a joint project for Purbeck Art Week (PAW). They learnt about Leonardo Da Vinci before designing and creating their own Flying Machines using a variety of materials including wood, paper mache and wire. 

Wessex Water Visit - Filtering and Sieving Dirty Water

Tim - from Wessex Water - came to visit us at Swanage Primary. First, Tim did a whole school assembly where we learnt about 'Sewage Soup' and the three 'flushable Ps' (pee, poo and paper!).


Tim also did an experiment with us to show how toilet paper is the only type of paper that will break up in the sewage system. Other papers (like paper towels, baby wipes - even 'flushable' ones - and facial tissues) stay in one piece and therefore can cause blockages. 


After our whole school assembly, Year 6 were lucky enough to have a workshop with Tim. We learnt how Wessex Water clean water so that we can drink it. First the water is sieved and sand-filtered before it is cleaned with Chlorine and sometimes UV light. Swordfish class then had a go at sieving and sand-filtering some dirty water. The results were pretty impressive!

Brazilian people are famous for their Samba music. Year 6 were lucky enough to have a visit from Dorset Music Service who taught us a bit more about Samba before helping us to learn a Samba Reggae Groove! Check out the photos and video of our playing. Mrs Samways can't believe how much we learnt in such a short period of time!

Watch our Samba Reggae Groove!

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Tim Ives - Cricket Coach

As part of our 'Amazing Amazon' topic, we visited Leeson House. In the morning, we recapped the water cycle and linked it to rivers. We also recapped important river features. This was then linked to the floods in Swanage in 1990. It was really interesting to see a video of our home town flooded, causing millions of pounds worth of damage. Ben taught us about flood defences and we had a go at creating our own simulations using sand trays and Monopoly houses! 


Then, during the afternoon, we completed a river study at Corfe. We measured depth, water flow and width and noticed river features like meanders, erosion and deposition. Next (after a spot of lunch to keep our energy levels up) we used nets to study the wildlife living in the river. The creatures we found, showed that there was very little pollution in the river and it was therefore very 'clean'. One group even caught a few small fish!


Finally, before returning to school, we completed field sketches of the river and labelled them with the correct geographical vocabulary. We had an amazing (if a little soggy!) day and learnt SO much!

Olympic High Jumper - Rob Mitchell

Olympic athlete, Rob Mitchell came in to school and talked to us about 'destiny, perseverance and resilience' . He also set up an amazing circuits activity for us to have a go at. What a fantastic role-model!
We celebrated science day with lots of different activities... The whole school visited the space dome, then we did a paper aeroplane investigation which was great fun! Finally, Year 7 pupils from 'The Swanage School' visited us with lots of scientific equipment and helped us to explore acids and alkalis. What an exhausting day!

Interhouse Football Competition

RE - What should be done with money and how valuable is it?

As part of our learning in RE, we worked in our house teams to discuss the value and importance of money. Mrs Dunesby was really impressed with the points raised and the maturity of our opinions!
We used the book, 'Pezzettino' by Leo Lionni as a stimulus to develop our reasoning skills in area and perimeter. It was great to see everybody participating in the discussions with enthusiasm!

Amazing Rainforest Artists!

This term, Mrs Dunesby and Mrs Samways decided to leave our 'Amazing Amazon' topic display for Year 6 to do. First, Year 6 researched and discovered the layers of the rainforest and the creatures that live there (so that the display is accurate and informative as well as fantastic to look at...).


Then, Swordfish class worked on different scales, independently, with partners and in small groups to draw and paint their own rainforest! Communication was key to make sure that there was a variety of trees and  other plants as well as big and small creatures. Year 6 are SO proud of what they have managed to achieve. What do you think of their incredible artwork?

Bunting - Design and Technology Project

To start the new term, Year 6 got stuck right into analysing, designing, making and evaluating bunting. The project was an ideal opportunity for members Swordfish class to practise Swanage Primary's  A.S.P.I.R.E positive, growth-mindset skills (application, self-motivation, perseverance, initiative, reflection and enthusiasm)! 

Y6 Topic Web - Spring 2019

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100% Positive Dojos - Autumn 2

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Wartime Bread

Year 6 had a go at making some 'wartime bread' after learning about both food and clothes rationing during (and after) WW2. They enjoyed the process - and the taste - so much that lots of the class asked for the recipe so they could have another go at home! Bread was one of the foods that was never rationed during the Second World War. 


Nothing Fancy Wartime Loaf

* 600 ml (1 pint) of warm water
* 5 teaspoons of quick rise yeast
* Couple pinches of sugar
* 2 lb of wholewheat (wholemeal) flour
* 1.5 teaspoons salt
* 1 tablespoon rolled oats (for top)
* Drizzle of vegetable oil


Place flour in large bowl
Mix in all dry ingredients *except the rolled oats)
Drizzle in vegetable oil
Pour in warm water
Mix thoroughly
When dough comes together knead for 10 minutes until dough is silky
Place back in bowl and cover
Let dough rise somewhere warm until doubled in size
Knead dough briefly again
Place dough into 4 x 1/2 lb tins (or 2 x 1 lb tins) that have been floured
Brush top with a little water and sprinkle on some rolled oats
Leave to rise for around 20 minutes
Place in oven at 180 0C for around 30-40 mins (depending on the size of the loaf)

Remove from oven
Cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting


PS: Note that the original recipe called for old fashioned yeast but we replaced with quick rise (it simply is very hard to get hold of those little squares of yeast that would have been used),



Christmas Fair - December 2018!

Year 6 pupils had an amazing time helping to set up and run the Christmas Fair. Their enthusiasm and persistence helped FOSP to raise an incredible amount of money (and they even managed to persuade Mr Godfrey to have his face painted!). 

Starry Night!

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Year 6 - if you have a spare minute - please practise our song for the KS2 Christmas carol concert. Thank you!

WW2 Inspired Artwork

In our Literacy lessons, we have been studying 'The Silver Donkey' by Sonya Hartnett which is set in WW1.The book contains lots of really fascinating ink paintings. We explored some of these images by looking at them carefully and then discussing specific questions related to them.


After this we were allowed time to explore the 'ink' technique. Mrs Samways said we could use any colour we liked to do our paintings... as long as it was black!


Once we had discovered how to make different tones by mixing the paint with varying amounts of water, we linked our artwork to our current topic. We did this by studying and discussing black and white photographs taken in WW2 and then using them as inspiration for our own 'ink' paintings. 


The results are FANTASTIC!

Kindness Week: 12th - 16th November 2018

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This week, we have had a 'Kindness Week' at Swanage Primary. In Swordfish class, we read the book 'Have you Filled a Bucket Today?' by Carol McCloud. We found out about 'bucket fillers' and 'bucket dippers'. This inspired us to turn heavy stones that we had collected into positive pebbles by writing messages on them. If we feel upset or anxious (because our bucket is empty) we can read a positive message which will help us start to re-fill! 

Talented Musicians

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Swordfish class is FULL of talented musicians. A couple of our flautists volunteered to show off their skills and to play for the whole school AND parents during 'Star Assembly'. They were so inspiring that more musicians in our class have volunteered to play in the coming weeks. Wow!

Tennis Coaching

This half term, Year 6 are having a whole hour of tennis coaching every week. We are learning lots of new skills from the coaches who have commented how talented Swordfish Class are! 

Sport's Ambassador Training at the Purbeck School

Pupils from Years 5 and 6 visited the Purbeck School to participate in Sport's Ambassador training. They learnt lots of new skills and games which can now be transferred back here to Swanage Primary. All of those who attended were brilliantly behaved and a credit to the school!  

Bovington Tank Museum

To round up our work on WW1 and kickstart our WW2 learning, Years 5 and 6 visited Bovington Tank Museum. We all had an amazing time - who knew tanks could be so interesting? The workshops that we participated in really brought our topic to life and the staff were fantastic!

Taking Learning Outside!

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Swordfish class love taking advantage of our beautiful school grounds whenever we can. In this case, we investigated the gardens for our science work. We discovered lots of flowering and non-flowering plants and completed detailed observational drawings of our findings!

100% Positive Dojo Award!

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Children in Swordfish Class who have achieved 100% positive Dojos this half term were rewarded with a certificate and a 'Dojo' keyring each. 

Dojo Treat for Great Behaviour - Autumn First Half Term

Author Visit- Vicki Johnson

Author of the book, 'Wolf Jacket' visited us in class. Year 6 were spellbound by her and hung onto her every word. Lots of us can't wait to read on and find out what happens next. Vicki also asked us for ideas to help with her new book so we are going to get our thinking caps on. She said that, if we give her our opinions and ideas,  she will credit Swanage Primary in her next book. Wow!

100 Years Remembrance Display - The Finished Piece!

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This explanation was displayed alongside our finished artwork at the exhibition which was held in the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Swanage: 


Year 6 have been learning about the importance of Remembrance. They had lots of ideas for how to create a display to celebrate the special 2018 ‘100 Year’ Anniversary. We combined these ideas and worked in a collaborative way. This is the meaning behind our artwork:


· There are 99 poppies to represent each of the 99 local soldiers who died in the Great War.

· Each poppy is unique – just like the soldier it belongs to.

· The soldier is a ‘silhouette’ so that he represents everybody and nobody at the same time.

· He stands on a bridge to signify his journey from the horrors of war to a better place.

· The three birds are indicative of the freedom being fought for.

· Within the words, ‘Lest we Forget’ are the initials of the 99 soldiers whom we remember.

100 Years - Remembrance Display

We have been asked by Swanage Town Council to participate in the special '100 Years' Remembrance events that are happening this year. Swordfish class have designed a display for this which is currently in progress. Watch this space for photos of the finished work!

Visit to Swanage Library

Year 6 visited Swanage Library. We learnt all about the Dewey Decimal system and played Dewey bingo. Then we did some research for our WW1/WW2 topic...there were so many books to look at and choose from πŸ˜€πŸŒŸπŸ“š! As Mrs Dunesby and Mrs Samways each have a 'Teacher's Library Card', we were allowed to borrow lots of the books and bring them back to school so that we could continue our research back in the classroom. What a great morning!

World's Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan!

Swordfish Class hosted a coffee morning for 'Macmillan' on Friday 28th September. We were overwhelmed by, not only the amount of cake that was donated, but also the number of people who turned up! We invited parents and carers into the hall to start with and then allowed every child in the school an opportunity to come and get a cake. The donations made were astonishing - in total we raised: £377.60. Wow! πŸ°β˜•οΈ

Our Harvest Song!

Year 6, please use this audio (alongside the words) to help you practise our class Harvest song - 'Vera'.

Asht zwerthun fusha e nder-grunore
Po vloyn kortsat por si zoj,
Kendoyne katundaret me malsore
Pa kuyta se dyeli i doj.
Vech ne at are por si i tretun
Zi nder petka, ter nder ftoor,
Po kor nyi tsutse shoche tvetun.
Me hee twete che mbrapa mer
Tash tyera vera vet e treta
korsh moy biye me motra shend.
Si vet un vetun too kor te jeta
Pa nyi moter pa gazmend.

The fields of grain to gold are turning,
Like the birds the farmers sing,
Come high, come low, tho’ the sun is burning,
Hurry with your harvesting.
Their faces blacken but the reapers,
Toil until their labours end,
But one young girl works alone and lonely,
Only her shadow for a friend.
The summers pass and the same girl, older,
Smiling where her tears once were,
A little sister at each shoulder,
No more loneliness for her.

Vera - Performance Track

This is the version of our Harvest song with the children singing too. You might prefer to practise with this version until you get used to the tune.

A few photos of our new classroom.

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Our topic this term is 'Friend or Foe'.

Our topic this term is 'Friend or Foe'. 1
We visited the War Memorial to read the information on the plaques and take photographs which will help us to generate some research questions so that we can establish some important research themes to investigate.
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Developing our Growth Mindset.

During our first few days in Year 6 we worked together to develop our growth mindsets.


We began by watching a video about Austin's Butterfly. We thought really hard about what the video can teach us about continuing to develop our own growth mindsets.  We also compared fixed and growth mindsets. Which is the most useful to help us all be successful learners?

Austin's Butterfly

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Year 6 Home Learning

Grammar Guide


Maths Guides

Here are guides to help you with your maths.