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Nightingale Academy

Minster C of E Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Year 6

Year 6 - 2020/2021


Year 6 have had amazing few days of sports this week. On Monday, we were visited by Nerys Pearce - a competitor in the Invictus and Commonwealth Games. She gave an inspirational speech to the children and also put them through their paces with a series of exercise challenges. On Tuesday, we took part in the Minster Indoor Sports Day and later this week we are looking forward to a cheerleading workshop!

Term 2 - Hola Mexico!

It is hard to believe we have only been back at school for 3 days - we have learnt so much already! This term, Year 6 will be travelling back in time to explore the lives of the Ancient Maya. We will learn all about ritual sacrifices and the way in which their society was organised. Our studies will also focus on the Geography of South America and we will explore the country of Mexico.



Mexican 'Day of the Dead' Masks

The children have completed the first stages in their creation of a mask. They have studied different masks and designed their own pattern and have completed the modelling of a basic mask shape by using paper mache. The next task is to form the structure of the face using mod roc. Photos to follow of the final results!

Science - Adaptation

We have completed our Term 1 topic of Evolution and Adaptation with an enjoyable experiment to discover why birds have different shaped beaks. The children used a variety of utensils to pick up a range of foods - this was very messy at times! They discovered how particular types of food are suited to particular shaped beaks and related this to birds. 

What happened at a Mayan Sacrifice?

Our first piece of writing this term will be a newspaper report based on a Mayan sacrifice. To understand what took place, the children acted as reporters and wrote a series of questions for people at the ceremony - The Priest, The Eye-Witness and The Wife. These people were then 'teleported' to present day and interviewed by the children...


Week 6 has been a busy one in Year 6 (as always!) and we ended the week with a fun session exploring our fingerprints! The children learnt about the different types of fingerprints and how they are used to identify people. After this, they took their own fingerprints, added these to a chart and tried to identify if they had more whirls, loops or arches. 

The Big Question

Creation and Science - conflicting or complementary?

This is the question that we are exploring in Year 6 this term. The children have immersed themselves in the vocabulary for this unit and are beginning to understand the concepts surrounding this question. There has been a lot of discussion in class and the children have thought of questions that they would like to ask a Christian scientist about the relationship between Genesis and how to world came to be. We recently took part in a silent debate in which the children reflected on and explored the beauty of our world and how we should take care of it sustainably. 

YEAR 6 2021 - 2022

Our new Year 6 children have had a fantastic start to the year! Already, they are proving themselves to be excellent role models to the younger children in the school and are demonstrating our Christian Foundations through their learning and behaviour. 

The first exciting topic for this year is ID - this is a fascinating journey through the science of genetics and evolution and allows the children to take a close look at what has made them the person they are today. We are reading the book Wonder, which is capturing our hearts and minds and promoting many important conversations and debates within the classes. The children have already written a character description about themselves and shown a great deal of writing skills. 

We are loving being back in school and are looking forward to many exciting months ahead!

Term 6

Leavers' Hoodies have arrived!

Term 5

Cricket with a Twist

This afternoon, as part of our English lesson, Silver Class took part in a great debate (I think some of them will be joining Debate Club in Y7!). We debated whether evacuation during WW2 was a good idea. The children came up with some fantastic 'for and against' arguments and argued in a very civilized manner!

Cricket - fielding skills

Michelle visited today with some WW2 artefacts!

DT Day - Making bridges that reflect modern society

Comic Relief!

Term 3

Silver Class' Ancient Maya Display

Newspaper articles reporting on last week's Mayan sacrifice!!!! Let's hope the Maya Gods read them in order to bring great wealth to our villages!

Week Beginning 9.11.20 - Mayan Calendars as part of our Hola Mexico! themed learning

The Day of the Dead Masks!

In Year 6, we have hooked the children into their Hola Mexico theme by designing, creating and decorating Day of the Dead masks.

First of all, the children studied the masks from traditional Day of the Dead festivals and then designed their own. The next day, the masks were created using ModRoc and once it had dried, they were turned into beautifully decorated and detailed masks.

Stay tuned to see the final creations!!

Oh, and they did all this whilst listening to Mariachi music!


Ophelia has brought in a friend to help us with our learning

Week Beginning 19.10.20 - StreetDance!!

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This term, the children have been learning how to dance like Diversity! Check this out!
As part of our 'ID' topic, the children had a go at stamping and identifying their fingerprints. We discovered that the science of fingerprinting is called 'dactyloscopy' and that every single person's fingerprints are unique - even identical twins' fingerprints are different! There are three main types of fingerprint patterns - whorls, loops and arches. Even though some might look similar, the number of ridges or the exact pattern is unique - just like each of us!

Week Beginning 14.09.2020

Term far

Reading Buddies Year 6 and Year 3 - enjoying books together

Algebra in Year 6

Year 6 World Book Day

Term 3 - Frozen Kingdom
Year 6
And so our Frozen Kingdom topic has sadly come to an end! We've learnt so much; the Titanic tragedy, The Northern Lights and the biodiversity of The Arctic and Antarctica. We've created newspaper reports, written poems and produced letters of complaints to the world leaders from the perspective of Polar Bears and Penguins. We've had a great time and have really felt awe and wonder. All of this shows in our fabulous displays.
Week Beginning 27th January 2020

Year 6 Newspapers - reporting on the tragic Titanic

Week Beginning 20th January 2020

STEM Day in Year 6 - investigating insulators with goose fat and bubble wrap!

Week Beginning 6th January 2020
Week Beginning 2nd December 2019
Week Beginning 25th November 2019

Silver Class' Victorian Board is really coming along

Biography Writing - Jane Pinny, A Victorian Housemaid

Week Beginning 18th November 2019

Creating an App for a Victorian Housemaid - powerpoint presentations

ArtyGrams - Investigating Michael Faraday