Our latest Curriculum Leaflets will keep you informed about the Cornerstones projects being studied, including the learning activities that are planned and important day to day information. They will also give information about how you can help your child at home (linked with the taught curriculum) and weekly schedules for activities such as P.E. and home learning.
Click on the links below to download the latest Curriculum Information Leaflet for children in Year 6. Parent Curriculum Leaflets will be added during the year at the start of each creative learning project.
You can download Copley Junior's Recommended Reading List for Year 6 by clicking here.
Our Class News
News from our 'A Child's War' Creative Learning Project
Evacuated to Murton Park
On Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of September, Year 6 children from Copley Junior School were evacuated from Doncaster to Murton Park. On arrival, they were met by an evacuation officer who escorted them to the village hall. During their visit, children experienced what life was like for children during World War 11. Activities included: washing and ironing clothes; making farmhouse crunch and butter; blast taping windows; carpet making; air raid drills and most children’s favourite - extinguishing a small incendiary bomb!
Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from the class visits.
As part of our work on 'A Child's War' children worked collaboratively to research and present information about an aspect of World War II e.g. evacuation, the Blitz, rationing etc. Here are some of our posters below:
Year 6 have had a busy first half term learning all about what life was like for children living through World War Two. After two fun-filled days of painting silhouettes of London during the Blitz and creating large A1 posters, the children enjoyed using emotive language, which they had been working on in class, to create beautiful poems that included a variety of similes, metaphors and personification. They were also lucky enough to watch a performance of 'Romeo and Juliet' by the Young Shakespeare Company which inspired them to write their own playscripts.
In mathematics, children have been working hard to improve their knowledge of place value (including decimals), addition, subtraction and multiplication. Challenges and written explanations have been a regular feature of our mathematics lessons, where children are able to apply the knowledge they have gained in the main part of the lesson to investigative and complete problem solving activities.
Please click on the picture link below to view some of our fantastic home learning project work.
'A Child's War' Parent Express
We were very pleased to welcome over 70 parents/carers and relatives to our Year 6 express event. The Copley Museum opened and our highly organised Year 6 tour guides led the adults around the different exhibit spaces. This was an entirely pupil-led initiative, with the children deciding how to organise and present their learning. I am sure you will agree that the children have learned an incredible amount about what life was like during World War 2 and it is lovely to see how confident they were to share their learning with the adults. Thank you so much for your support of this event.
Click on the first picture in the gallery below to view a photograph selection from the Year 6 express event.
To read some of the comments from parents/carers and relatives about our express event, please click here.
National Anti-Bullying Week
In national Anti-Bullying Week, children in Year 6 took part in a question and discussion session about bullying. The children were given a number of prompt cards, including:
- It is not bullying...it is banter, can't you take a laugh?
- Is there such a thing as an innocent bystander?
- Cyberbullying doesn't involve physical harm, so what's the harm?
- What can you do to get online bullying to stop?
The children worked together to match each question card with a corresponding guidance card and then discussed their responses. This session supported children to consider a range of issues around the theme of bullying and how they should respond to these.
In their science project on 'Blood Heart' Year 6 took part in practical activities to find out about the heart's circulatory system and the passage of deoxygenated and oxygenated blood.
Children identified and named the main parts of the human circulatory system and identified the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. They also carried out research using text books and primary websites to identify the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way our bodies function before presenting their explanations and findings in written accounts.
Year 6 Concert
The Year 6 performance of ‘Aladdin’ had something for everyone – fantastic acting, super singing, energetic dance, humour, slapstick comedy, high tension, true love, tragedy and the triumph of good over evil, not forgetting to mention a synchronised swimming routine!
Please click on the photo link below to view the gallery of photographs from our 2017 Year 6 Concert.
News from our 'Frozen Kingdom' Creative Learning Project
To launch their new learning project, Year 6 visited the polar bears at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. In their workshop sessions, children considered how animals have evolved so that they can survive in such a hostile environment, they conducted investigations to consider the adaptation of species and considered the impact on the environment if species were to become extinct.
To view our second gallery of photos, please click on the first image below.
During their visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Year 6 identified how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways. They took part in an investigation workshop that helped children to consider that adaptation may lead to evolution. Children planned an enquiry, including recognising and controlling variables, recorded data using tables and then reported the findings from their enquiry, including oral explanations of the results and their conclusions.
As usual, the spring term has been a very busy time for our Year 6 children. As well as visiting the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which the children thoroughly enjoyed, they have been busy learning about the two Polar Regions and the animals and plants that inhabit these frozen kingdoms - Richard Attenborough has been very helpful as our third teacher!
The children have also been working exceptionally hard in both English and maths in preparation for their SATs in May. Many have seen dramatic improvements in scores (especially arithmetic and SPAG) and produced some fantastic newspaper articles about the sinking of the Titanic which I am sure many journalists would have been proud to have written.
Time and care has also been taken with homework and many excellent pieces have been produced that will be displayed in the central area of the school after Easter.
Children really enjoyed taking part in practical maths to support their understanding of fractions, ratio, percentages and capacity.
During our sporty week children in Year 6 took part in a range of additional sporty activities led by visiting specialists. These have included street dance, French skipping and plate spinning and military exercises.
Our annual Year 6 'Crucial Crew' visit enables our Year 6 pupils to work with South Yorkshire Police to learn more about keeping safe including safe travel on public transport, road safety, first aid, internet safety, the dangers of arson and the justice system, including finding out how a law court works.
Year 6 worked so hard in preparation for their SATS tests. We provided yoga and breakfast each morning to help the children be relaxed and motivated for their daily SATS challenges. After the SATS, children enjoyed a well-deserved play and snacks session at the park in the sunshine.