SATS - and beyond!

We are incredibly proud of our Year 6 children this week, who are all taking part in their SATs tests. In the afternoons, we are continuing with our Design Technology work on making burgers. We have researched nutritional values of burgers from well-known fast-food restaurants and today, we made three different sauces: tzatziki, salsa and BBQ. We developed our chopping skills and amended our recipes to suit our taste buds. 



We have been studying the artist Gustav Klimt. We found out information about his life and reflected on a few different pieces of work he had created. He was very talented and created a wide range of pieces of art including portraits, heavily gilded, abstract pieces and also landscapes.We looked at the different shading techniques he used in his portrait work, practised these and then added to a simple portrait he had produced.   


We created our own versions of 'The Tree of Life' and added gold leaf to these. It was rather fiddly but with lots of perseverance, and realising that less is more, we created some very effective work.

Finally, we created some landscapes with watercolours to echo the landscapes he created in Austria. We looked very carefully at detail and blended and mixed our colours. 


Design and Technology - making Viking boats

In Design Technology, we designed, made and evaluated our own Viking boats. We were given a design specification to follow and set about our task. We created prototype sails and tested these to see which size and shape would suit the purpose best. 


Whilst planning our boats, we learnt how to use a range of tools safely, including a hand drill, a glue gun and a hacksaw. To ensure we had everything we needed, we created detailed exploded diagrams and a final labelled diagram of our boat. A day was set aside to build our boats and test them to check whether they floated and were watertight. 


We were very proud of our finished products and they fit most of the design specification in the end. We also now know what alterations we need to make if we ever make boats again.



We have learnt what a spreadsheet is and how it can be used. We used Google maps to complete a spreadsheet of places we could visit and their distance from school. We then wrote our own formulas to calculate the cost of travelling there. Following this, we created our own spreadsheets for an end of Year 6 party based on a budget. We included the cost of food, drinks, the venue and any activities we wanted to add. This was rather a challenge but we were successful in the end. We then used different tools to create a pie chart showing our expenditure.


Can you make your bulb brighter?

What happens to the electrical circuit if you add another battery/cell? We investigated this scientific question and took part in fair testing. We learned that there was a relationship between the brightness of the bulb or the volume of the buzzer with the number of cells used in a circuit. We had to compare and give reasons for different variations to our electrical circuits. We used symbols to represent and draw simple circuit diagrams.

We will remember

Within school we remembered all those who have gone to war, suffered and lost their lives or lost loved ones so that we could live freely and in peace. We shared and explored some famous war poems and wrote our own, imagining we were on the front line of a battlefield. Our Year 6 school councillors sold poppy merchandise each play time to help raise funds for The British Legion.