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  • Jarrow Cross C of E Primary School
‘Living and Learning’
Value in Everyone

Year 6

In September we had a great start to the new school year. We started to learn about our local area beginning with a visit to St Paul's Church to investigate the life of local saint- Venerable Bede.
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In October we attended the annual RAP (reducing accidents at play) event where we learnt all about keeping ourselves safe on the metro, at the beach and during our everyday life. We also began learning about the Jarrow Crusade and the significance it still has today. 

 

We have continued to develop our reasoning skills in maths, having lots of fun solving a range of tricky problems throughout the first half term. Our hard-work and perseverance has enabled us to become far more resilient mathematicians. 

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In November, Year 6 have continued to learn all about Jarrow's history. We have been investigating the legacy of the Jarrow Crusade as well as using this topic as inspiration for some creative writing in Literacy.

 

We have also been very lucky this month to have been on many wonderful trips including one to the Theatre Royal to visit the world renowned illustrator Patrick Benson (illustrator of The Owl Babies and The Minpins). We have also visited the VUE Cinema's film festival to watch the new Goosebumps film and have taken part in our local athletics competition.

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In December we continued our work on the Jarrow Crusade and produced some excellent narratives based on the events of the march. In maths, we read and plotted coordinates in all four quadrants and continued to develop our problem solving and reasoning skills.

 

We were also lucky enough  to be chosen to visit the Dance Workshop in Hebburn, where we had lots of fun trying out the facilities and taking part in gymnastics, cheerleading and parkour activities.

In January, we made a fantastic start to 2019. We began our new topic 'On Top of the World', where we started to read our class novel- The Treasure at the Top of the Mountain. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading this exciting book so far and have produced lots of different amazing pieces of writing based on this text. In maths we have been interpreting statistics based on mountain climbing ans we even produced our own pie chart.

 

In topic lessons, we investigated the life of George Mallory and whether or not he managed to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1924. We are still pretty mixed in Year 6 with our answer to that question but we had lots of fun debating and drawing conclusions.

 

 

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In February, we continued to enjoy learning all about mountains. After Freddie, the young hero of our class novel, find himself stranded at the base of Mount Everest, we decided to investigate survival techniques that would be needed in Freddie's situation. We used celebrities such as Bear Grylls to learn all about survival in the wild. You can see our fantastic guides on display in our Year 6 classrooms. In Maths, we began to develop our knowledge and understanding of shape by invetiagting the shape qualities of a range of Islamic patterns.
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In March, we started to learn about Kevin Jorgeson's and Tommy Caldwell's climb of El Capitan. The pair were the first every free climbers to reach the summit. We enjoyed this topic as it reminded us of our recent visit to Hawkhirst and the Simonside Climbing Wall.

The children that visited Hawkhirst put themselves out of their comfort zone as they took part in various outdoor adventurous activities such as kayaking, abseiling and bell boating.

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In April, we started to revise our curriculum. We have taken part in an Arithmetic, alien treasure hunt, played SPAG Million Pound Drop and even took part in the Easter Holy Trail! We even managed to fit a nice 2 week break in over Easter.
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In May, we have worked extremely hard and have all taken our SAT tests. We have all tried our very best and are very proud of ourselves. Our teachers are extremely proud of us all too and we even got to enjoy a delicious sausage sandwich! We have all also completed a First Aid course and are all now qualified first-aiders! 
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