Year 6

Welcome to Year 6! Here you will find useful information, links to useful materials and examples of Year 6 work. Check back regularly to see what we have been learning.

Mr Furlong, Miss Harrison, Mrs Davis and Mrs Garrod

Year 6 ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan

In Year 6 we are reading Shaun Tan’s excellent picture book ‘The Arrival,’ a wordless graphic novel about those who journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. So far we have explored the text with various drama activities and written our own words to read alongside the opening chapter.

The Arrival

by Annie 6HG

A white, origami bird sat on the mantelpiece. Next to it, a crumpled drawing of a man, a woman and a young girl. In the drawing the man seemed to have some kind of bird perched on his shoulders. As well as that, there were two cracked teacups sitting quietly on the table waiting to be used but recently this family had been too anxious for tea.

Early in the morning, the grandfather clock chimed as Theresa rested her hand on Albert’s. On the distressed shelf sat an ancient back and white photo of both Teresa and Albert with their daughter Melissa, all smiling happily although now it seemed as though they would never smile again. Although he knew his wife was worried, Albert still wondered what it would be like without them and if he would forget them even though he loved them. After a quick glance at the clock, Albert was gestured by Theresa to sit down one of the house’s dilapidated chairs.

“One more thing to pack,” she mumbled by his ear as she carefully lifted the photo off the mantelpiece and lay it before him. A single tear trickled down her cheek; hurriedly she wiped it off.

In the small room upstairs, the lumpy blanket was pulled back by Melissa as she yawned and began to get up. On the way downstairs before an ordinary breakfast, Melissa noticed that her black-and-white family photo wasn’t where it usually was, but – under the impression nothing was wrong – she continued. In the worn-down kitchen, Melissa sat eating her gruel-like porridge when suddenly, in the corner of her eye, she was what would make her worst nightmare come to life – a suitcase. This particular suitcase was usually hidden under her mother and father’s bed.
“what’s happening?” she asked, as her mother entered the room.
“Your father, darling,” Theresa replied, “He’s leaving to go somewhere.”
“Why?”
“Because if he doesn’t, we won’t have enough money for food and water.”
“How long will he be gone for?”
“I don’t know darling.”
Theresa briskly helped her daughter put on her oversized boots and long beige coat while Albert took one last heartwarming look at his house. As he reached out to grab his tattered suitcase, Melisa ran over to him and hugged him, never wanting to let go.

The underprivileged family stepped out, holding hands, and began their walk towards the station. Holding hands with her parents, Melissa’s eyes wandered carelessly as she continued down the street with dark shadows lurking at every corner and restless eyes watching her ever more. Melissa wondered if other people could see them too or if it was only her. As she canned the sky for gloomy creatures, she saw grey clouds engulfing houses and shadowy tentacles clinging onto cars. Cars, swerving round corners, stopped as long, slimy fingers flew past them. Were they really there? Houses, watching people who pass by, looked away as the grey, staring eyes glanced at them.

As the distressed family walked slowly into the inexpensive train station, where people get ready for long trips, Albert reached up to his hat and took out a plain-white origami bird like the one on their shelf at home. He handed it cautiously to his daughter, hoping it would be something to remember him by. As he carefully stepped one foot onto the train steps, a tear trickled down Albert’s face. His hand drew back from Theresa’s and both Melissa and her mother started to shed tears as Albert and the rest of the people on the train rode rapidly into the distance, leaving just the people who wouldn’t go – who couldn’t go.

As slowly as they could, the mother and daughter began their trek back up towards where it would be hardest to cope with being alone and without Albert and all of his amazing characteristics.


Year 5 and 6 Book Club

For our next book we are reading ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’  by Phillipa Pearce.

We will meet in 6HG to talk about the book at lunch time on Friday 8thMarch. Read all or some of the book before then and we will talk about what we liked and disliked about the book and characters, as well as anything we wonder about the book and anything it reminded us of. All are welcome.

Happy reading!

Miss Harrison


Our Visit to Christ Church, Eaton

Colman Junior celebrated the end of the festive term with what has become a fabulous Christmas tradition. The whole school demonstrated the Christian story of Christmas at Christ Church, through carols and readings. We also took time to recognise the 100th anniversary since the end of WW1.

The orchestra played, the signers signed, the “karaoke group” sang and the staff also made a “tuneful” contribution.

Thank you to all the readers and the music groups, to Christ Church and especially to all the families who came along and supported the children.

A collection was made to be split between Christ Church and the NSPCC and a total of £91.00 was raised.

Many thanks and wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year.

Mrs Denton

 


Year 5 and 6 Book Club

For our next book we are reading ‘Invisible’ by Robert Swindells.

We will meet in 6HG to talk about the book at lunch time on Friday 1stFebruary. Read all or some of the book before then and we will talk about what we liked and disliked about the book and characters, as well as anything we wonder about the book and anything it reminded us of. All are welcome.

Happy reading!
Miss Harrison


D&T: Year 6 Christmas Stockings

Before Christmas Year 6 worked hard to design and sew their own Christmas stocking. They thought carefully about the materials to use and the techniques to apply such as felt appliqué, sewing buttons and use of blanket stitch. We think the end results looked fantastic.


Personified Seasons

In Year 6 we started the new year  by thinking about the four seasons and how they might move, speak and act if they were humans. We have used personification in our poems to create an impression of each season.

‘Winter’ by Omar

Winter prowled,
Through the gaunt trees,
Hushing animals as he limped ahead.
His back was death,
His hair was chaos.
He was evil,
His heart was cold.

Winter skulked,
Through the wood,
Mangling trees with a swish of his cloak.
He was evil,
His heart was cold.

Winter crept,
His legs blocks of ice.
“Beware of the cold,” he said.
He was evil,
His heart was cold.

‘Autumn’ by Jasper

Autumn bounded through the trees,
Touching bark and bough;
And when he landed on a branch,
He shook it till the leaves all fell.

Autumn strode up the street,
Giggling to himself;
And when he got to a house,
Helped himself to their delicious sweets/
“Yum,” he thought to himself,
as back he slowly danced.

Autumn raced through a sea,
Of orange and gold;
But when he looked behind him,
He saw winter had crept behind,
Holding death’s cruel scythe,
As winter devoured all around.

‘Spring’ by Chelsea

Spring danced,
“Time to grow,” he sang,
While the flowers nodded,
Glistening in the cool sun.

Spring skipped,
Calmly he breathed the fresh air,
It was a stunning smell.
The ancient oak trees froze,
Like a game of musical statues.

‘Spring’ by Felix

Spring danced,
Through the blossoming wood,
“Let it grow!” he sang,
The flowers dancing around him,
Under the bright, dazzling sun.

Spring hopped about,
By the shining sea,
It playfully tossed pebbles about,
“Look at this beauty,” he laughed.


Hanukkah Celebrations

On Thursday 6th December, Mrs Carpenter come into school to share with us the reasons why and how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah.

In the UK, and all around the world, Jewish adults and children celebrate the Jewish festival of lights called Hanukkah which might also be called Chanukah. The festival lasts eight days and is celebrated by lighting an eight-branched candlestick called a Hanukiah. Each night, leading up to Hanukkah one of the eight candles will be lit.

In Jewish families, it is a fun time for children as they will receive gifts and Hanukkah money. A traditional game is played which involves a spinning top called a dreidel, which is a cube-shaped dice with a Hebrew on each of the four sides.

Also in some households, Hanukkah biscuits will be baked to be enjoyed by the family.

Find out more by visiting the BBC Newsround page www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/35030671


Full Steam Ahead

In Year 6 we have been learning about the major changes in Britain  during the Victorian era. Focusing on the rapid development of the railways, we identified advantages and disadvantages of industrialisation. As we have also been leaning about parliament, we imagined we were Victorian MPs debating the construction of a new railway line. As you can see we didn’t all agree with each other, so we used persuasive techniques to try and persuade each other.

Mahnoor’s Speech: 

Gentlemen, I would like to speak to you about the frequent creation of railways. I am firmly against the expansion and modernising of trains. There will be simply too many!

Firstly, I am talking about jobs. When more monstrosities are built, no-one will be riding horse-drawn carriages. Furthermore, every carriage business will have to shut down! How would you like it if your business was closed ad you had no more jobs? Besides, you could walk or go on horse drawn carriages. Walking is healthier and carriages are much more pleasant.

My main argument is our amazing and beloved planet Earth. During the construction of railways, more land will have to be taken over, resulting in more wildlife being destroyed. Additionally, the steam from the trains will harm animals and if there are too many worthless inventions it could cause pollution, thus meaning we will become less eco-friendly.

Argument three is the danger and disturbance. I have been informed about the recent accident cause by a few hulking machines. Because they are immeasurable fast, it means that more people could be ridden over. Moreover, if there are trains near homes, the noise will constantly disturb people. Would you like to sleep with a train clattering beside you?

It is wished that you will stop our country from being invaded by trains. No more invasions!

Ruby’s Speech: 

Gentlemen, I would like to talk to you about these revolutionary railways and the advantages of them. These incredible inventions are going to modernise the country and make others thrilled by their presence.

Firstly, the railways shall provide well-paid jobs for people in need of one. If these careers are not to your taste, you can travel to working centres by train. Feel like you need a break? You can travel far and wide to a holiday destination of your choice. You will not have to wait long to get there though. These machines can travel at a top speed of 30mph!

On the other hand, many people believe that accidents shall occur on the railways. I believe that they are very safe and accidents shall be a rare thing. I think that there are more accidents in the coaching industry.

Vote in favour!

Zach’s Speech 

Gentlemen, I would like to speak to you about the impact of the incredible railway. These magnificent machines bring joy to all so if you would permit me to speak about them then I would gladly do so.

Firstly, it would create a lot more jobs so there would be a rise in the railway industry. In addition, it could transport coal to the industrial area so that would create a lot of jobs.

On the other hand, many people would argue that it would destroy the coaching companies. However, I strongly disagree because they might lost their job for the coaching company but they could get a job for the train company.

I hope you have enjoyed my speech and I’m sure I’ve persuaded you to vote for the railways. The future lies in your hands.


Keeping Safe

Linked to our assembly theme, PC Barton visited school on Thursday 29th November to talk to us about keeping safe at home, online and in the community.


A Festival of Angels Project

As a school, we were invited to take part in the community project of ‘A festival of Angels’ linked to Christ Church in Eaton. The aims were to develop children’s understanding of angels and create 2D or 3D angels to display in Christ Church.

As a school, on Thursday 8th November we dedicated the day to creating our class angels. As you can see from the photos and video link, we created an array of angels using different mediums and designs. They all looked fantastic.

The Executive School Council and Year 6 School Council representatives helped to display our angels in the church for public viewing, which took place from Friday 23rd November until Sunday 25th November.

Please see the EDP report and video at eveningnews24.co.uk/news/christ-church-eaton-norwich-advent-christmas-services-1-5798560


DIWALI

On Wednesday 14th November, Miss Ismat Imaan a student from the UEA, came into school to share an assembly with us about Diwali the Hindu festival of lights. She shared the story of Ramayana and how she and her family celebrate the festival.

Have a look at the CBBC Newsround clip – bbc.co.uk/newsround/15451833


Parliament Week

This week we have been learning about the Houses of Parliament and how a new law is made. We learnt about the role of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. As a class we decided on a ‘bill’ to discuss and held our own debate, chaired by Madam Speaker. We played the role of MPs and used lots of the persuasive techniques we have been learning in English such as rhetorical questions and emotive language. After every one had their say, the division bell rang and we cast our democratic votes.