Year 6

A message from Mrs Winfield...
Today we had our SATs results back... The whoops and cheers and tears were true testament to how fabulous they are! All I can say is that I am ridiculously proud of you all. You've all come so far in the past few months and every single one of you worked so hard to get the results you deserved. 
Mrs Winfield, Mrs Butler and Mrs Mitchison
Welcome to Year 6's page. Here we will keep you updated on what has been going on in Year 6 over the year - it's sure to be a busy one!  At the bottom of this page you will find documents and links that you may find handy to use with your child.
Indoor PE kit consists of blue shorts, a yellow t-shirt and black pumps. For Outdoor PE lessons children will need a kit that will keep them sufficiently warm and dry so a tracksuit, trainers, clean socks and a lightweight waterproof jacket would be ideal. Both PE kits should be in school every day but the days we have our lessons are Wednesdays and Thursdays.
During Autumn 1 we had FA Coach Brent teaching us football. We learned lots of new skills through a variety of games and loved playing mini matches each week. Thank you Brent! 
Children will be set a piece of Maths and a piece of English homework each week.  This is alongside the expectation that children will read at home at least three times per week (with a comment written into their reading diaries). Homework should be returned to school by Wednesday. If an Internet connection is required and it not available at home, children will be able to attend homework club on a Friday lunchtime to ensure that they can complete their homework.  Should any children not return their homework on time, it will be expected that they will complete it at homework club. 
World War 2 
This term we have been learning all about World War Two. We have read 'Goodnight Mister Tom' and another book called 'Erika's Story'. Following on from this, we've produced some great writing including letters, diary entries and narratives. Please come and have a read of what we've produced ! 

Bikeability & Bike ride to Chasewater

Year 6 took part in a two day course learning how to ride their bikes safely. They were taken out onto the roads on the estate to train how to ride safely on the roads. Following on from this, children all went on a bike ride to and around Chasewater. Lots of fun was had by all!

Laches Wood

We had a fantastic time at Laches Wood. Here are some of the activities that we took part in during our three days on the residential trip:

  • Canoeing on the canal
  • Caving
  • BMXing
  • Fan drop from a 51 foot high platform – scary!
  • Crate tower building
  • Flint and fire – we collected firewood, made a camp fire and then cooked marshmallows and bread on it. We also got to make our own mini fires and used a flint to light them!
  • Den building in the forest

We made our staff very proud and thouroughly enjoyed our time there. We’d definitely recommend it to next year’s Year 6 children.

Laches Wood Countdown!
Only a few more sleeps until we head off to Laches Wood. I have attached the kit list below. 
Please make sure that the Entrust medical and consent form is back in school by Tuesday morning at the latest... Without this, we can't take you! 
Any questions, remember to speak to Mrs Winfield. 
Royal Wedding Celebrations!
We had lots of fun on Friday getting ready for the Royal Wedding. We made lots of bunting to hang and wedding cards to send to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Jaq and Willow were Year 6's Prince and Princess for the day... they looked very regal in their crowns! Lunchtime saw us have our very own street party with typically English sandwiches and jelly and ice-cream. Delicious! 
Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex! 
Have a look at the pictures below...
We also had our attendance party for all of the children who achieved 97%+ in Spring term. Perfect post-SATs celebrations! :-) 
Congratulations Year 6!
I'd like to say the biggest 'Well done!' to our Year 6s who have worked so hard this week during their SATs. 
Mrs Winfield x 
Revision and Practise Websites
Below is a list of helpful websites for children to access:
Bitesize Spelling and Grammar 
Bitesize Reading 
Bitesize Spelling
Maths - A great resource with lots of previous paper questions, videos etc
Times tables - Hit the button
Bitesize Maths - Handling Data
Bitesize Maths - Number
Bitesize Maths - Shape & Space
English - La Luna
Keep your eyes peeled for some of our AMAZING writing based on the Pixar film 'La Luna'. You can watch it here...
Brownhills West is 50! 
We had a fabulous time celebrating Brownhills West's 50th Birthday! The day before we decorated t-shirts with our memories of school and things that linked to being 50! We started the day of celebrations by looking back over some memories from more recent years in a whole school assembly before heading back to class to find out what life was like in the 60s when school first opened. We predicted what the world would be like in another 50 year's time and will be burying our ideas in a time capsule. We listened to lots of 60s music including The Beatles, The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, Roy Orbison, The Kinks, Elvis and Van Morrison (amongst others!). In the afternoon we learned about Andy Warhol and created some colourful artwork based on his 'Marilyns' but used our school logo. We even got to have a disco and loved the teachers' groooovy outfits! 
World Book Day - March 1st 2018 
As part of our World Book Day celebrations, we were lucky to have a visit from actress Gilly Tompkins. Gilly has acted in various TV shows but we were especially excited by her latest role... Granny in the stage adaptation of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny. Gilly held a whole school assembly and spoke about the importance of reading and she launched our '100 Million Minute Challenge' which all children are now taking part in. After that, Gilly worked with Years 5 and 6 directing scenes from Gangsta Granny with some of our children playing the roles of the different characters. Children then had chance to ask Gilly lots of questions about her career and working alongside David Walliams (who's books we all love very much!). We certainly have some budding actors and actresses amongst us! 
On World Book Day, we all came to school in our pyjamas along with our favourite book to fit with our theme of 'A bedtime story'. In Year 6 we discussed whether there should be more female villains in stories and how gender stereotyping can affect how children view themselves and their peers. We had lots of differing opinions; some of us thought that there should aim to be a 50:50 mix of female and male villains while others believed that the author should just write about whatever they want to, regardless of the character's gender. 
We spent time reading with Year 2, all sharing our favourite bedtime stories, which got us well on the way with our 100 Million Minute Challenge. 
Year 6 Inter-House Bench Ball Competition
This term we have been playing Bench Ball - which we love! 
Inter-house results are as follows:
11.01.18 Achieve: 3, Succeed: 2, Enjoy 1.
Running total: Achieve: 3, Succeed: 2, Enjoy 1.

Autumn 2

What another busy half term it has been!



In English we have done some great writing this past half term. We learned about persuasion and writing techniques used to persuade. We wrote theme park adverts as our guided write and our end of unit piece of writing was to persuade the reader to buy a little ‘Jibo’ robot. (Watch the advert here We were all amazed by ‘Jibo’ – and didn’t think that it was actually a real thing – so have produced some very persuasive pieces of work to encourage the reader to go out and buy him! You can read some of them below.  

Following the unit on persuasion, we watched a short film called ‘The Piano’  by Aidan Gibbons. Watch it here: There are no words in this video so you have to infer.

This is our understanding of the film: There is an old man who plays the piano. It appears that his wife (both characters are wearing wedding rings) has died however he still feels her beside him as he plays the piano. He goes back further in time and remembers the war when his comrade died in his arms. Going even further back, we see him receive a hobby-horse as a gift. As the film comes back to the present day, there is a young boy (who we believe to be his grandson) playing with the same hobby-horse before joining the man at the piano.

We have done several pieces of writing based on this and you can read some of it below by clicking on the PDF links. 

This term we’ve done lots of reading and we love to read for pleasure. Our whole class guided reading book is Goodnight Mister Tom. We’ve made a good start on the book and enjoy reading as a whole class. We’ve written some diary entries as Willie and Tom showing how their relationship changes. Our class reading book is Bad Dad by David Walliams. We absolutely love books by David Walliams and lots of us have gone and bought other books by him or joined the visiting library bus so that we can loan some of his books from the library.  



In maths we have been learning lots about fractions including: adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers, multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. We’ve also been doing some small group work with Mrs Butler and five pupils have been visiting Queen Mary’s High School to take part in some higher level maths lessons.  They are very challenging!



In Science lessons we have been learning all about the human body including the circulatory system and the effects of diet and exercise. We carried out an investigation to find out the effects of different exercises on our heart rate. We breathe faster and our hearts beat faster when we do more vigorous exercise because our bodies require the oxygen that is in our blood.



Our Topic question is ‘Will we ever see the water we drink again?’ Did you know that we could still be drinking the same water as the dinosaurs?! We learned about the journey that water takes once it goes down our drains.



We’ve taken part in some exciting enrichment activities this half term. We visited St James’ Church for a ‘Christmas Experience’ with Reverend Dave. This involved a carousel of activities all linked to the story of Christmas.

A few weeks ago we had a Pyjama Day for Children in Need and we were lucky enough to have the real Pudsey Bear come to visit us a few days later. Have a look at some of the pictures below! 

Autumn 1...
Wow, the first half term has flown by! Children have settled well into life in Year 6 and have been incredibly busy. As well as the usual daily school lessons, they have taken part in many enrichment activities...
  • Black History Month Meets Rock School at Forest Arts Centre - Various groups including vocals, rock band, percussion and ukulele. The children all performed in front of several other schools.
  • FA coached football lessons - Weekly sessions with FA coach Brent which children have thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot in.
  • Macmillan Coffee Afternoon - Lots of cakes and biscuits were decorated to help raise a huge amount of money for Macmillan.  
  • Enrichment days at Brownhills School - Including PE, food technology and science lessons. 
  • Maths enrichment lessons at Queen Mary's High School. 
I'm excited to see what the rest of the school year brings.
Enjoy the break, Mrs Winfield x
Back to School!
We've had a great start to the school year. Over summer holidays children received their letters inviting them to start 'Brownhills West School of Witchcraft and Wizardary'. Many children came to school dressed in their best wizarding attire! So far in Year 6 we have completed various tasks linked to the Harry Potter theme including writing a spell or a potion for the perfect year. Once these have been typed up, you will be able to read them below. Keep your eyes peeled! 
Star of the Week, Writer of the Term and Mathematician of the Term
Each week Mrs Winfield picks a 'Star of the Week' along with a fabulous half-termly Mathematician and Writer. Maths work and writing is on display in our achievement corridor. Have a look to see who has been awarded the titles so far...
Autumn Term
22.09.17 - Jaq is our very first Star of the Week for his fabulous attitude and work in Maths lessons this week. Keep it up Jaq!
13.10.17 - Max is this week's Star of the Week for his amazing drumming at Forest Arts! 
GOLD PRAISE - Justin - Just has worked particularly hard this half term. He has improved his work rate, attitude to work and presentation greatly too. Keep it up, Justin!
GOLD PRAISE - Jaq - We could have picked Jaq for any of the awards for this half term. He has been a superstar! It has been great to see such a rise in self confidence as well as academic achievement over the past half term. Well done Jaq!
20.10.17 - Sports Star - Oscar - Oscar has shown such enthusiasm in our football sessions with Brent. He has also impressed me with his sportsmanship too. Well done Oscar! 
20.10.17 - Writer of the Half Term - Chloe - Chloe has some fabulous descriptive ideas and has really impressed me with her writing so far this year. She's not afraid to go and find a thesaurus to help make better vocabulary choices either! Keep it up Chloe!
20.10.17 - Mathematician of the Half Term - Lucy - Lucy has worked really hard this half term to just get down to business with her maths. She tries to understand and grasp new concepts quickly and apply them to solving problems but will ask for help when she realises she needs it. Well done Lucy!
3.11.17 - Chloe is our Star of the Week for  her fabulous writing!
10.11.17 - This week's Star of the Week is Ben for his great persuasive writing. 
17.11.17 - Thomas is our Star of the Week this week as he has been trying incredibly hard to learn and practise his times tables at home. 
24.11.17 - Jerod is our Star of the Week for his fantastic inference work based on 'The Piano'.
01.12.17 - Max is our Star of the Week for some beautiful, emotive writing. 
21.12.17 - Writer of the Half Term - Ben has produced some great writing; particularly some very persuasive adverts!
21.12.17Mathematician of the Half Term - Noel is our Mathematician of the Half Term as he consistently achieves so highly! 
GOLD PRAISE - Brett has grown in confidence this term and has produced some great work, especially in Maths. 
GOLD PRAISE - Oscar is Brownhills' Best! He perseveres in whatever he does in order to be the best he can be. 
Spring Term
26.01.18 - Willow is this week's Star of the Week for showing so much enthusiasm across the curriculum. 
02.02.18 - Ben is our Star of the Week for persevering with percentages!
15.02.18 Writer of the Half Term - Max has written some fabulously well composed pieces of writing this term and is always happy to read them to the rest of the class. Keep it up, Max!
15.02.18 - Mathematician of the Half Term - Ellie is our Mathematician of the Half Term as she has made fabulous progress in lessons and always gives it 100%. This has been reflected in her recent assessments. Great work, Ellie!
GOLD PRAISE - Willow has shown a very conscientious attitude this half term and has taken charge of her own learning, to good effect. Well done, Willow! 
GOLD PRAISE - Abi is trying incredibly hard, especially in Maths lessons. Keep it up, Abi! 
07.03.18 - Laura is our Star of the Week for her continuous great effort across the curriculum, particularly in maths. Keep it up, Laura! 
Summer Term
13.04.18 - Taylor is our Star of the Week for her fabulous effort in writing this week. 
21.05.18 - Mathematician of the Half Term
21.05.18 - Writer of the Half Term