Welcome to Class 6!
Here you will get the chance to see all of the fun and exciting learning that takes place in Class 6. You can also see what children from Class 6 got up to in previous years by visiting our class page on
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18th May 2018
We had such an exciting weeks as we prepared for the Royal Wedding this weekend. The children made flags, crowns and baked their own scones ready for our wedding party yesterday. Prince Harry and Megan Markle even made a brief appearance!!
Thank you to Thea for 2 celebratory tins of biscuits she brought in for us to enjoy at our party. We all thought they were delicious!
11th May 2018
After reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk this week, we planted some mystery beans. The children learned how beans grow and were sure to place their bean in the sunlight with plenty of water.
(apologies for not photographing everyone, the battery on the ipad ran out)
4th May 2018
This week we have been reading and re-telling the story of ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’. We carried out a team-building activity with the aim of building a new bridge to cross the stream. The children were given materials which would prove difficult to make a bridge out of. This was done purposely to encourage trial and error, problem-solving, critical thinking and resilience. The children were prompted into sharing their ideas as well as listening to those of others. To my surprise, three of the groups managed to build a bridge strong enough to hold their animal by carefully layering all of the materials on top of each other! The children were then given the opportunity to find their own materials around the classroom. We had some fantastic creations!
26th April 2018
Today was our trip to Smithill’s farm.
We had a fantastic day which began with a donkey ride followed by animal feeding. Whilst we’re feeding the goats, we realised that a cow in the next pen was about to give birth! We were just in time to see the little calf being delivered. How amazing! We then revisited the mother and baby later in the day and couldn’t believe how different the calf seemed, already walking around its pen.
We also had a tractor ride, watched the cows being milked and then went to pets’ corner where we fed the tiny lambs with their milk and then got to hold and stroke lots of other animals.
The children were super company throughout the day and their behaviour was excellent!
The sign of a busy day!!
25th April 2018
Today we had a visit in school from my Dad. He answered all of the children’s questions about what his life was like in the past. They were very interested to discover that a horse and cart brought milk to his street everyday, that his toilet was in a little brick house in the yard and that he didn’t have a telephone or a car! Please look out for a talk homework in your child’s book bag this weekend for which we are asking the children to find out about how life was different in the past for one of their elderly relatives or friends.
He also showed the children some photos at the end, including some black and white photos of him as a child and also some of the planes that he used to help build a long time ago.
20th April 2018
We made delicious banana milkshakes in class this week having learnt exactly how milk comes from the cow to our classroom.
The children learned how to give instructions by using ‘bossy’ verbs and making sure they ordered their instructions using time connectives such as first, then, next, after that, etc.
The first group of children followed my verbal instructions on how to make the milkshake and the new when they had finished, they then had to verbalise the instructions for the next group and so on. The children made the milkshakes with almost no adult intervention at all and displayed super teamwork. Well done, everyone!
We have been looking closely at daffodils this week too. The children were each given their own daffodil to explore which they chopped up and pulled apart to see exactly what was going on inside. Some daffodils had not opened and the children were curious to see what it would look like if they opened the bud up for themselves. It was also interesting to discover that the stem is just like a drinking straw- hollow on the inside.
We have been having fun in our flower shop too. The children have been buying items priced at 2p, 5p and 10p to encourage counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
13th April 2018
This half term is beginning with a farm topic. We have been reading the ‘What the ladybird heard’ stories which are set on a farm and here the children are making up their own versions of the story with Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len trying to steal the animals from the farm.
Above, you can see the children developing their critical thinking skills as they aim to build the tallest tower they can in one minute without it falling down and then work together to find a way of making a wind resistant tower. The children didn’t succeed at first but continued to think of different ways to improve their designs in order for it not to be blown down. A good activity for building resilience too!
The children have enjoyed making their own repeating patterns with the sheep, chicks and carrots and have been busy buying things from their shopping lists in the farm shop. The children are being encouraged to just buy a couple of items at first so that they can add the total cost together. As a challenge, many items have been priced at 2p, 5p or 10p to promote counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
The children have been reading and finding out more information about farm animals, ladybirds and the season of Spring.
We have been using ladybirds to help us with our doubling and went out for a Spring hunt to see if we could find a ladybird, among other things, but sadly we couldn’t spot one. We will continue to be on the lookout though!
29th March 2018
23rd March 2018
Recently, the children have been wanting to sing songs in front of the class on a daily basis and so we decided to put on a singing show. We set up a little stage and the children have spent the week making posters and tickets for the show during ‘get busy’ time. Just before the show began, all of the children found 10p each to pay for their tickets and took their seats. We had some very entertaining acts with some familiar songs and some very original songs made up by the children too!
We also had a visit from the Tiger this week when he came to have some afternoon tea with us. The children made sure we had a balanced and varied menu, including lots of fruit and salad with just 1 little treat. The boys and girls taught the tiger how to sit properly at the table, say please and thank you, eat with his mouth closed and how to share the food equally. Well done, Children!
16th March 2018
9th March 2018
This week we celebrated World Maths Day by visiting other classes around the school and carrying out maths activities with other teachers. Class 6 visited Miss Pitt in Year 2 first to make shape pictures, then they went over to the junior building to carry out some active maths with some of the Year 6 teachers, Mr Keen and Mrs Hart, and then they ended the day with Mr Fisher in Year 3. One of the boys in Class 6 said it was the best day of his life so I am assuming that they had a good time 🙂
We also completed our lion dance this week and performed for our friends
2nd March 2018
What a busy week it has been! A Chinese banquet, World Book Day and snow!
On Wednesday, we dedicated the day to our Chinese New Year celebrations by making our beautiful Chinese dragons and holding our very own Chinese banquet. The children all had a go at using chopsticks for themselves, which was certainly a challenge! We then ended the day by performing our Chinese New Year song, which you can watch by clicking on the link below.
Thank you for all of your fantastic efforts on World Book Day. The children looked amazing! We played our part in writing the whole school version of The 3 Little Pigs, had a fairytale quiz, paraded our costumes, swapped our books and listened to some of the teachers’ bedtime stories.
We let the children loose on the untouched snow in the play garden on Tuesday morning! They were convinced a dinosaur was on the loose due to what looked like a lot of T-Rex’s footprints. It turns out it was just the pattern on the bottom of Theo’s shoes!!
23rd February 2018
We have been on egg watch this week! Thursday was a very exciting day as we waited on tentahooks for our second baby chick to be born. We were all glued to the whiteboard as we watched the live streaming of a little beak poking out of the egg. The children were reluctant to go out for their playtime in case they missed the big event but fortunately the little chick waited until they had just come back inside before finally breaking out of the shell. Cheering could be heard throughout the school as the little chick rolled around the floor trying to find its feet. What a lovely experience for us all!
7 out of the 8 chicks have now hatched in total but sadly one little chick passed away. You can watch the 6 little chicks in action on the school’s twitter page (there’s no requirement to have a twitter account- just google ‘Urmston primary school twitter’ and you will be able to open the page).
Here are some pictures of the children seeing the eggs for the first time and today the children will be seeing the chicks in their new bigger box so I will add some more photos later.
9th February 2018
We have been celebrating our uniqueness this week. The children recognised similarities and differences between each other and learned that there are no two people exactly the same in the whole world. The children all said something they liked about themselves and thought about what made them special. We also displayed our unique fingerprints in this lovely poster.
It’s great to be different and our world would be a very boring place if we were all the same!
For the past few weeks, the boys and girls have been asking if they can use the balancing beams in the hall so this week we got out the benches in P.E. and flipped them over for an extra challenge!
2nd February 2018
We had a lovely time celebrating Storytelling day in our pjs. The carpet was a sea of blankets, cushions and pillows, creating a nice and cosy area for us to enjoy our ‘bedtime stories’.
We were very lucky to have a visit from some of the year 6 children who came over to read the children their favourite stories.
The children also had the opportunity to do some storytelling of their own. First if all they used puppets to retell some familiar stories and then later in the day we made up our own class story. The children all sat in a circle and each had a turn at adding their own sentence to the story. We ended up with a story about a giant who dropped his crown and then had to climb down the beanstalk to find it. He ate a lot of people along the way but luckily for them they were able to climb out again and had a party with an elf to celebrate!
26th January 2018
This week our attention shifted from the North Pole to the South Pole as we have been learning all about Emperor penguins.
On Thursday, the boys and girls pretended to be mummy and daddy penguins. We waddled the whole way to the hall, which took a very long time! Once in the hall, or Antarctica I should say, the mummies had their ‘egg’ on their feet and had to carefully transfer it to their partner’s feet without letting it touch the ice. They then waddled off on their long journey to the sea to catch some fish, whilst the daddy penguins huddled together to keep warm, making sure they kept their eggs safely balanced on their feet. After the mummies had caught their fish in the sea, they waddled home, listening for their partner’s special call so that they could find them again. Finally, the daddies carefully transferred the baby chick back to mum and they waddled off for their turn in the sea, whilst the mummies bent over to feed their baby chicks. This really made the children appreciate what a difficult job the Emperor penguins have- it was so tricky to transfer the egg without using their hands!
The children have been creating snowmen pictures on the laptops, practising careful mouse skills and also learning how to select tools and type their names.
We have been learning all about money too and using 1ps, 2ps and 10ps to pay for items in the winter shop.
19th January 2018
We have had such a lovely week this week! The boys and girls have worked so hard especially during our ‘get busy’ time. I always love to see the children practising and applying what they have learned in our lessons. They are becoming very independent little people! Here is a glimpse of some of the activities they have been carrying out independently…
Our main learning focus this week has been describing materials. We played a game where we put lots of objects in a bag and then took turns to feel and describe the object for the rest of the group to guess. In continuous provision we have had balloons filled with different materials such as flour, soap, chocolate and rice. The children have been having a feel and a smell to see if they can match the balloons to the correct picture.
Discovery Dog also had a problem this week. He had been playing out in the cold and the water in his bowl had frozen into solid ice. The children suggested different ways in which we could try to melt the ice and then we tested some of these out. We wrapped one bowl of ice in a scarf, put one on the radiator and rubbed the other with our warm hands. The children guessed the one we rubbed would melt first and it did! The only problem was, we spilt lots of it in the process and put all of our germs on it. In the end we decided the radiator was probably the best solution. We were all surprised to find out that the one wrapped in the scarf didn’t really melt at all. The children learned that this is because the scarf around the ice kept the ‘cold’ in but when we wear a scarf, because our bodies are warm inside, it keeps the ‘warm’ in.
The rain didn’t stop us going outside on Wednesday! The children dressed up as arctic explorers in our puddle suits and had a fantastic time in the play garden.
12th January 2018
Happy New Year to you all!
It was so lovely to see the boys and girls in school again this week, who were absolutely bursting to share all of their Christmas news with us. Each child got the chance to talk about their Christmas activities whilst the rest of the children quickly got stick back into our continuous provision.
Our classroom has been transformed into a mini winter wonderland over the break, with a focus on the North and South Poles. This week we had a recorded message e-mailed to us from a North Pole explorer, explaining that a polar bear had gone missing. After finding out some facts about polar bears, we then made some missing posters to warn people. The children were amazed to discover that polar bears actually have clear fur that just looks white because of the reflection of the snow, and that under their thick coat, their skin is actually black! We later received a photograph of a polar bear in the South Pole with some penguins. The children immediately realised it was the missing bear as polar bears do not live in the South Pole! There was only one thing for it- a polar bear hunt! So that’s exactly what we did! The children added their own descriptive vocabulary to the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ to give it more of a polar theme which they then acted out in the play garden today.
As well as this, we have been subtracting with numbers up to 5,10 and 20 and have been making our very own paper snowflakes. Our new ‘Super Spellers’ area has also proved very popular.
Here are a few snaps of the children getting busy with our new continuous provision.
19th December 2017
Christmas Dinner Day!!
We always love Christmas Dinner Day and today was no exception. The teachers all donned their festive head wear and joined the children in the hall to eat lunch together.
15th December 2017
The children were absolutely amazing in their Nativity play this week! We hope you managed to come and watch, and are sure that if you did you must have been very proud of your little ones. Here they are, all dressed up…
I also managed to get a few shots during the performance too, although most were quite blurry so I’ve had to leave these out.
8th December 2017
We’ve begun to carry out lots of Christmas activities this week! The children have made Christmas cards for their grown ups at home which look fab! They have also started to make their own Christmas decoration which involved some sewing with Mrs Haslam. In continuous provision the boys and girls have been able to cut and stick to make their own cards, they have been decorating mini trees, wrapping presents and writing out gift tags and have also been building a model village for Santa and his elves. Our small world has changed into the Nativity scene too. Here are a few snaps taken during the week…
1st December 2017
The children could not contain their excitement today as we finally got to open the first pocket of our advent calendar and put up all of our Christmas decorations, not to mention the Christmas fair!! I was so pleased to be able to share such an exciting day with the boys and girls.
Everybody put at least one decoration on our tree. What a masterpiece it turned out to be!
In the second week of our Meg and Mog topic, Meg asked for some help with her spells as they kept going wrong. The children learned all about the language of capacity as they carefully measured out different ingredients for the potion- a full cup, half cup, almost full, almost empty, more than half full and less than half full. Perhaps your child could practise making their own potions at bath time.
Our potion lab has proved very popular over the past few weeks!
24th November 2017
Meg and Mog have been to visit this week and brought lots of spooky surprises with them! Our room has been filled with potions, spells, cobwebs, spiders and much more!
We began the week by consolidating some of our addition skills in our continuous provision. The children enjoyed playing a game called roll and cover where they take turns in pairs to roll 2 dice, add the score together and colour in the superhero with that number on their game sheet. The winner is the person with the most superheroes coloured in. The children used Numicon again to help them with their addition. They also added together the number of ingredients they put into the cauldron using some of Meg’s spell books.
In Outdoor learning, one of Meg’s spiders had made a giant web on the floor. We had to be so careful climbing through it, making sure we didn’t get stuck on any of the white threads. Once through the web, we had to read a list of ingredients Meg had left us and find them hidden in the play garden. The children were then encouraged to use positional language to describe where the objects had been found, e.g. between the logs, under the table, on top of the windowsill, beside the tree, behind the pot.
17th November 2017
We have had a lot of fun making our Super Veggies this week- each one unique!
We have also been comparing and measuring the length of vegetables using multi-link cubes.
Thank you for all of your kind donations today for Children in Need. The children spent the morning decorating Pudsey themed biscuits and then headed over to the Junior building this afternoon to buy a teddy with their pound coins. I popped into school in the afternoon and the children couldn’t wait to show me what they had bought!
10th November 2017
Weekly Learning Update 10.11.17 (Please click on the link)
The children got a huge surprise when they came into school on Tuesday morning this week to find peas everywhere-on the cloakroom floor and all over the tables in the classroom! What’s more, there were vegetables trapped all over the classroom! What a mystery! The children soon discovered it was the work of the Evil Pea from the story ‘Supertato’. This really brought the children’s imaginations alive and were keen to squish the evil peas and rescue the veg that had been kidnapped. Some of the children decided they would hide the veg from the Evil Pea. Unfortunately we still haven’t found the leek which someone has hidden very well- I’m sure we’ll start to smell it soon!
This exciting introduction to the story ‘Supertato’ was in readiness for writing speech bubbles this week. The children had lots of great ideas for what the vegetables could say whether it be one that was trapped or one that was doing the rescuing. Some children are at the point where they can hear and record the initial sound in each word and some are at the point of hearing and recording medial and final sounds. I was very impressed by how many children remembered how they could use an exclamation mark too (which we refer to as a ‘shouting stick’)
In Outdoor Learning, the children have been building their own superhero muscles by mashing up the peas and also went on a hunt to find the hidden evil peas in the Play Garden. Every time the children found a pea, they had to read the speech bubble and perform carry out his instructions for 20 seconds each time. Some children enjoyed it so much they did the hunt 3 times over!!
3rd November 2017
Weekly Learning Update 3.11.17 (Please click on the link)
We have had a fun week with a focus on Bonfire Night and the introduction of our new Space role play and small world areas.
The children have also been learning all about 2d and 3d shapes, and have been using these to make pictures and build models.
Look at this bonfire some of the children made- what a great idea!
We have been learning about the properties of shapes such as whether they can roll or stack, how many faces/corners they have and whether their faces are curved or flat. Here we are playing the mystery bag game where we pass the bag around, singing a song, and then the person who the bag lands on has to feel and describe the shape for the rest of us to guess. The children then show which shape they think it is on their shape fans.
The children have also been talking about 2d and 3d shapes whilst designing and making rocket models. .
We have come to the end of Phase 2 in Phonics this week. Now lots of us can read little words and short captions.
We have been writing some firework words too.
Here we are performing a firework dance too.
Fun on Diwali day!
20th October 2017
Weekly Learning Update 20.10.17 (Please click on the link)
We made our own gingerbread men this week and after lots of practising, we finally got to perform our Harvest assembly for the rest of the infant boys and girls.
(Annoyingly, the battery ran out on my ipad just as the Bright Sparks made their gingerbread!)
Here is a little clip of the children practising one of their songs for Harvest (there was not enough memory on my ipad for the full song-sorry!)
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We had lots of fun decorating our hats for the Harvest assembly.
The children were brilliant at resisting the temptation to have a nibble!
We have been busy in the Harvest shop too, comparing the weight of the different vegetables.
As well as all of this, we have also been busy learning how to add 2 numbers together.
13th October 2017
Weekly learning update 13.10.17 (Please click on the link)
This week we began our Harvest topic which is centered around the story of The Gingerbread Man. We have been making gingerbread men in the play dough and in the making area, we have been counting out buttons for the gingerbread men and then finding the total number of buttons if we had one more or one less button. The ‘Harvest Shop’ has also been a huge success!
6th October 2017
Weekly learning update 6.10.17 (Please click on the link)
Autumn has arrived in Class 6 and we’ve been going bonkers for conkers!
Thank you so much to all of you who have been collecting Autumn leaves for us. We have loved making leaf necklaces this week. Using the hole punches and threading the string through the holes is great fine motor control practice!
We performed leaf dances too…
The extra adults you can see in the pictures are Miss Bird and Mr Smith, two PGCE students who spent the week with us this week.
We read a lovely story this week called ‘The Very Helpful Hedgehog’. This was all about a hedgehog called Isaac who had no friends and liked to be alone. When an apple gets stuck to his back, a donkey comes to his rescue and he soon realises it’s better to have a friend.
We then stuck apples (on stickers) to the backs of all of the boys and girls. Some children managed to get them off by themselves but we all agreed it was much easier when we had a friend to help. We talked about the way it makes us feel when we help others and how we feel when someone helps us and all agreed that we should try to help others more often!
Finally for this week, I thought you might like to see our birthday balloon display. The children have done a fabulous job of decorating each balloon with repeating patterns. I think it makes our classroom look lovely and is a great talking point for the children.
29th September 2017
Weekly learning update 29.09.17 (Please click on the link)
Yesterday we celebrated National Poetry Day in school by learning and performing a poem with Class 7. It was a poem all about a tiger. Our verse read:
Tiger has fur and stripes that are black
With sharp, pointy claws and orange fur on his back.
Click on the link below to watch us perform it.
In our outdoor learning this week, we opened the Maths shed and our brand new Writing shed for the first time. These proved extremely popular! (We had so much fun getting busy, I didn’t get chance to take many photos- I will take some more next week!)
We all used whiteboards on the carpet for the first time this week. The children learned how to use the pens sensibly so that they don’t draw on themselves or other children by mistake. Accidents do happen though and unfortunately, as hard as the children try, they do get pen on their jumpers from time to time.
I think I may have been replaced! 🙂
22nd September 2017
Weekly learning update 22.09.17 (Please click on the link)
This week the boys and girls experienced their first P.E. lesson. The children tried so hard in changing into their kits and after 30 minutes, everyone was ready! Next week we will be aiming for 20 minutes so that we have more time in the hall. Please keep practising those tricky buttons and socks at home, as well as turning clothes the correct way when they are inside out.
In outdoor learning, we have been having fun cleaning the windows and washing the clothes. The gross motor actions needed to carry out these activities are all pre-handwriting skills which need to be developed before neat letter formation can happen- reaching up and down, large arm movements from side to side and round and round, squeezing hands together to wring out water and pinching fingers together to use the pegs. The children have also been using large chalks to draw the new letters they have been learning on the ground and on the walls.
15th September 2017
Weekly Learning Update 15.9.17 (Please click on the link)
What a busy week it has been! The children have had so many first experiences- meeting their whole class, staying for lunch, staying for a whole day and having playtime with the rest of the school. The children now have their own carpet space and have learnt how to line up in alphabetical order all by themselves. Our challenge in continuous provision this week was to make repeating patterns using the coloured beads, which the children were brilliant at! They have also been decorating some hot air balloons with repeating patterns too ready to put on the wall for our birthday display.
Here’s a little peek into the children’s time at school so far…
(I am hoping I have managed to include at least one photo of each child!)
Each week we will attach the latest weekly updates. Please click on the link below.
Hello and welcome as we begin a brand new year in Class 6. Mrs Spinks and I have already met most of our new children and we are very much looking forward to seeing the new faces arrive in class tomorrow.
We have been busy over the holidays making a few changes around the room, which we thought you might like to see…
Look how much our boys and girls have grown! They definitely look ready for Year 1!
Today we performed our very own ‘Class 6’s Got Talent’ after practising all week. It was brilliant! The acts were entertaining and the judges were just like the real thing! We even had some standing ovations! Hula-hooping proved to be very popular!
Yesterday we had a special visitor in Class 6. His name was was Toby and he is Mrs Byrne’s tortoise!
He was very friendly! The children enjoyed stroking him and were surprised to see how fast he could actually move.
14.07.17 weekly learning update 14.7.17 (Please click on this link)
13.07.17 Spotty Day
Thank you so much to all of the boys and girl’s and their parents for making such a huge effort today to dress in spots and for your extremely kind donations. What a fantastic and fun way to remember our lovely teacher and friend, Mrs Wormald. She would have been thrilled to see so many spotty dogs around school!
Here are a few highlights of our day…
07.07.17 Weekly Learning Update 07.07.17 (Please click on this link)
Thank you to all of the grown ups who visited us this week on Open Day. The children were so excited about showing you around and were very eager to show off their fantastic little mugs.
This week we said goodbye to our Pirate role play as it was replaced with a beach shop, where the children can practise handling money, make totals and count in 2s, 5s and 10s. Next week, we will be having a half price sale so that the children can apply their halving skills.
Today we decorated our commemorative mugs to mark the first year of Urmston Primary School. The ladies from Purple Buttercup came into school to help the children paint little ladybirds or bumblebees onto their own little cup. They have now been taken away to be put in the kiln and will be returned in time for Open Day next week when you will be able to see them all on display. I am sure they are going to look fantastic!