Owls are creatures of great integrity. They are also serene and wise, using all their senses to adapt to their surroundings. The wisdom of an owl enables them to be unafraid and tackle any challenges they may face.
Welcome to Y6 Owls Class.
In class 6 Owls, the teacher is Mr Aldredge. The adults who are supporting our learning in Year 6 are Mrs Edmundson, Mrs Proctor, Mrs Foulkes, Mrs Mudd and Mrs Lines.
PE: Please ensure that a PE kit is brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday. All items of PE kit (and school uniform) should be labelled with the child's name and class.
Home Learning: All home learning is to be completed in your Home Learning books and will be given on a Friday to be completed for the following Wednesday. All pupils in Year 6 are expected to complete their Home Learning to a high standard and handed in on the due date. Those pupils who have not completed the task will be expected to stay in during the first twenty minutes of Thursday lunchtime.
If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the class teacher or contact the Team Lead.
Class Teacher: Mr Aldredge: firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Lead: Mrs Appleby-Sage: email@example.com
Key Stage 2 Lead: Mrs Jarrett: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 6th July: Torquay Girls Transition Day
Thursday 6th July: Torquay Boys Transition Day
Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July 2017: Brixham and Paignton Year 6 Transition Days
Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th July 2017: Year 6 Performance at 7.30pm
Thursday 20th July 2017: Leavers Assembly and Cream Tea at 2.00pm
Thursday 20th July 2017: Leavers Disco 6.30pm-8pm
Friday 21st July 2017: Woodlands (Within the school day)
Friday 21st July 2017: Last day of the Summer Term
Wednesday 21st June - Science.
In the Biology strand of our Science learning, we have been looking at the Human Body. Today, we explored the components and functions of our blood. Using Pineapple Juice (Plasma), Raspberries (Red Blood Cells), Marshmallows (White Blood Cells) and Sprinkles (Platelets) we were able to construct 'Blood' and then drink our 'Blood Smoothies', matching the ingredient to its real-life component and describing its function.
The 'Blood' was delicious too!
Our Science then became Art as we took inspiration from the Biological Art of Andrew Mason and used Oil Pastel to portray a component of the blood. The children then wrote Haiku Poems to explain the function of their component.
White Blood Cell
Inflammation to protect
Helping with healing
Tuesday 13th June 2017: D and T - South Devon College (Skills Building)
Year 6 went to South Devon College to have a look at some of the things their students do. We had great fun. In carpentry we build a box, we priced up how much the room we were in would have cost to make and in plumbing we had a go at joining piping. They also showed us how they checked to see if the pipes were air tight. Some of us even got to do some bricklaying, plastering and wiring a plug!.
Tuesday 13th June 2017: PHSE - Foundation Games
Year 6 have been working with the children in Foundation. They set up some games for them to complete. Year 6 showed some great leadership skills and the Foundation pupils had a great time!
Wednesday 24th May 2017 - Maths
In Maths, Owls are exploring geometry; specifically the properties of shape. We designed a card game based on the old favourite 'Rummy', in which the children competed for House Points by classifying shapes to make 'tricks'. This tested their knowledge of shape and added a competitive element too...
Monday 22nd May - PHSE - The Year 6 Residential to York
If your child is going on the residential, don't forget to search for the closed Facebook group ‘White Rock - Year 6 - York Residential 2017’. You could also use the follow link:
Please make sure that you have filled in the slip and signed it to ensure that your request is accepted!
Wednesday 17th May - National Outdoor Learning Day
Today was a very wet Outdoor Learning session, so Owls took shelter in our woodland area. This was perefect, as our learning centred around the population of trees in our school. Owls focussed on the variety of leaves that can be found in the school, and how we can use our observation and scientific skills to classify the leaves and ultimately identify how many species of tree make their homes at White Rock.
Wednesday 17th May 2017 - British Red Cross Visit
Owls were lucky enough to have a workshop provided by the British Red Cross today. They learned basic first aid techniques and talked in depth about potential dangers and hazards that might require first aid in their everyday lives.
Monday 8th May - Thursday 11th - SATs
It's a really important week for Year 6. We have been working hard all year and now our SATs have finally arrived. We're all going to try our best!
Friday 21st May - Art - Sketching and Observation
This week, we have been looking at extracts from Michael Morpurgo's 'War Horse'. We have been completing pieces of writing in the style of War Horse - written from the point of view of the main animal character. As horses are also an important part of Dartmoor, we decided to have a go at sketching some of these magnificent animals in our sketch books. Here's how they turned out:
Wednesday 3rd May - Home Learning
To help get us thinking about our new topic, we were asked to create a mood board as part of our home learning. We had to try and capture either the moors or the sea. We all put in a huge amount of effort. Here are some of our completed boards:
Spring Term Curriculum Plan
Wednesday 29th March - Science - Heart rate
In Science, we completed an investigation to answer the questions 'How do different activities effect our heart rate?' We thought that the more difficult the exercise, the harder our heart would need to work and therefore our pulse rate would go up. We timed ourselves completing lots of different activities and checked to see if our predictions were correct. At the end of the experiment we spoke to the rest of the class to see if they had found out the same information and also discussed how we could improve the experiment if we were going to do it again.
Wednesday 1st March - Art - Ancient Greek Art
There are many famous Ancient Greek myths - Theseus and the Minotaur and Medusa amongst them. This week, Owls have used mythical creatures in their own Greek Myths. In Art, They used their drawing skills to bring the creatures to life in illustrated form, or transposed their Myth onto a Greek Pot - using the techniques used by the Ancient Greek Ceramisists to tell stories through sillhouette and colour.
Wednesday 8th February - Writing - BBC Radio 2 500 words
Owls have planned out a story to enter in the BBC Radio 2 writing competition. We have watched part of the live lesson which were broadcast all over the country. To help us with our story we looked at setting, characters and plot.
Maddie and Trinity all finished their story and entered the competition. Fingers crossed and let's see what happens next!!
Thursday 23rd February 2017 - Dance
Owls are busy rehearsing their dance performance for the upcoming Learning Celebration. Inspired by life in Ancient Egypt, the children are using their physical literacy and movement skills to explore the lives of average Egyptians during this pivotal time in our history.
Friday 10th February 2017 - Art.
We are using art to explore Ancient Egyptian and Greek artefacts. Using card and papier mache, Owls will be constructing a Sarcophagus, Egyptian Death Masks and Greek Theatre Masks. This is their work so far, so come back and keep an eye open for the finished products!
Thursday 19th January - Basketball at Brixham Community College
Owls had a great afternoon learning basketball skills this afternoon as part of the Sports Partnership. There were 5 other schools there and we had the opportunity to play a mini basketball game against some of them as one of the activities.
Wednesday 18th January 2017 - Maths and History.
Owls have combined Maths and History by exploring how the Ancient Egyptians designed and built the great pyramids. Using their knowledge of geometry, Owls were able to construct a net of the square-based pyramid and fold it into a replica of the Ancient Egyptian monuments.
Thursday 12th January - Maths - Geometry.
In order to deepen the geometric understanding of shape and space, Owls have been practically exploring geometry in order to compare and classify shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes. They also used this information to calculate angles, areas and perimeters of these shapes. By manipulating shape practically, the children are able to further their understanding of it's properties and how they can be changed.
Thursday 8th December 2016 - Performance Poetry.
As part of their Home Learning, Owls were tasked with learning a poem and performing it to the class. This links to the English Curriculum, which involves preparing poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience.
The focus of our learning throughout the Autumn term is 'Soupcon d'Europe' (taste of Europe). We will be immersing ourselves in the rich variety of culture that Europe seasons the world with. Included in this will be cross-curricular Music, Dance, Science and Literacy. In upper years, we also look forward to developing our French language skills through learning basic communication and discovering narratives through singing traditional and modern French songs.
Wednesday 16th November - Learning Celebration
Thank you to all the parents who turned up to our Learning Celebration.
The results for the Bullfighting debate are as follows:
Should bullfighting be made illegal?
Yes - 23 votes
No - 10 votes
Undecided - 1 votes
Spoilt Ballot - 2 votes
This was a different result from the Year 6 children as their vote decided that Bull Fighting should remain legal .
Here are some of the pictures:
Wednesday 16th November 2016 - Let's Get Cooking!
To prepare for the Learning Celebration this afternoon Owls have been cutting, slicing and mixing ingredients for their sensational spanish vegetable and chorizo Paella!
Tuesday 15th November 2016 - Art & Design
Year 6 was very lucky to have John Doble (of Torbay's Doble's Jewellers) visit this afternoon. He shared with the children many examples of vintage and contemporary jewellery, and gave them the opportunity to design a piece for themselves. They can then enter their designs into the 'Breeze Young Designer of the Year Competition', the winner of which will have their design made into a piece of Jewellery up to the value of £500!
Thursday 10th November 2016 - Sports Partnership Event at Brixham College
Owls spent the afternoon at Brixham College competing against other Year 5 and 6 children from surrounding schools at quick sticks. A good introduction to Hockey, this sport tested both their teamwork skills and fitness along with their determination!
Monday 7th November 2016 - PE - House Handball Tournament
Year 6 split into their House Teams on Monday afternoon to compete in a Year 6 inter-house handball Tournament. The tension was high, but everyone played their best and learned valuable lessons in teamwork, determination and fair play.
Friday 4th November 2016 - Science
This half term our Science learning will be based around the subject of 'Electricity'. Owls began by exploring simple circuits; being given equipment and no instruction, they used their knowledge of positive and negative charges to construct Series and Parallel circuits with great success!
Friday 21st October 2016 - Science.
As Owls finish their scheme of work on Light, they investigated how the human eye works. This was also achieved practically by building a Camera Obscura, which mimics the way light is inverted at the rear of the eye in order for it to see.
Monday 17th October - Trip to Torre Abbey
As part of our continuing focus on Europe, we have been looking at the influence of Europe on our local history. Today we visited Torre Abbey to see the Spanish Barn, the site at which 379 Spanish Prisoners were taken from the invading Spanish Armada in 1588 and kept for three months. The trip also included links to our Maths learning; using the ceramic designs of William De Morgan to explore Geometry and Symmetry. Years 5 and 6 also learnt about the fascinating history of Torre Abbey itself, placing this unique local attraction into the timeline of local history over the last millenium.
Monday 10th October - Trip to Dartmouth Castle.
Owls and Merlins had a fantastically historical day at Dartmouth Castle today, using their historical learning to experience primary and secondary sources which shed light on our fascinating and rich local history. As a result of this trip and next week's trip to Torre Abbey, the children will be able to place our local area into the timeline of European History, seeking out evidence of the local connections to the Spanish Armada and other historical invasions.
Tuesday 4th October 2016 - Literacy - Speech & Language.
'Should Bullfighting be Made Illegal?' This is the Question that brought the whole of Year 6 together to debate the proposition that Bullfighting should be banned. The children had been investigating the Spanish Tradition of Bullfighting, writing about how it felt to be young Matador and researching the tradition before using this information to decide upon an argument.
Thursday 8th September - Science
This term the children will be exploring light. They began by investigating an answer to the question; Light travels in straight lines; true or false? Through practical investigation the children were able to build an experiment to prove their conjecture.
PE/Dance - Wednesday 7th September.
As part of the PE curriculum, Owls will be learning physical literacy through Dance. This week, they began to look at movement, focusing on travelling movements and body shapes to creating sequences which can be interprete through Dance. Ultimately, their dance learning will be incorporated into the topic of Europe, enabling the children to learn how different European cultures express themselves through dance.