The Year 6 teaching staff consists of Miss Devlin and Mrs. Martin and our teaching assistant, Mrs Roberts.
Our door is always open and we are more than happy to meet with you to discuss any concerns you have. At the end of the school day is probably the best time to catch us as the mornings do tend to be a little hectic! However, if it is vital information that you need to pass on for the day ahead then do not hesitate to grab one of us.
We will endeavour to keep this page as up to date as possible. Our pages will include information on up and coming events as well as photographs and examples of activities the Year 6 children have been involved in.
Just a few key things to note:
PE sessions will continue to be taken by the Activate team on a Friday afternoon. Children will be required to have the following kit for all sessions; black shorts, white t-shirt, trainers and tracksuit bottoms for the cooler months. If any other kit is required, such as shin pads for example, we will inform the children the week before. We encourage children to have a water bottle in school at all times but this is especially important for these sessions. Ideally the children need to bring their kit to school on a Monday and keep it here until the end of the week.
Children who have an asthma inhaler in school will need to become responsible for this and take it with them to all PE sessions. They will always be kept in a central, safe and accessible place in the classroom during class based sessions.
All children are expected to be reading to themselves every day - in school and at home. This can be any suitable material, not simply their school reading book. They do need to record this in their reading diary.
Spellings, related to topic work or spelling rules, will be given almost every Monday and they will be tested the following week.
Some form of Literacy and Numeracy will usually be given on a Friday and needs to be handed in no later than Wednesday. The Literacy may be some kind of activity linked to our topic.
We are looking forward to an exciting, eventful, happy and successful year for all.
Keep checking the page for any updates.
The Year 6 team
Megan Herron's celebrity morning!
This morning was a momentous occasion for John Hunt Primary School. Megan Herron has managed to achieve 100% attendance since she started in Foundation, until the very end of her time here at John Hunt. We had to do something special!
Megan was collected from her home near Welbourne and was 'chaffeur driven' to school.
She arrived at school to find her parents waiting for her and the whole school waiting to cheer her on as she walked down the red carpet to the hall. The little ones waved 'Megan Flags' and the older ones had party poppers! The Newark Advertiser was even here to take photos. Megan, for once, was speechless!
She then took pride of place on a rather special chair, fit for a Queen, at the front of the hall. She is an avid reader and was delighted to receive a Kindle from the school.
After assembly, she had a special brunch with 6 of her friends and her parents.
Congratulations Megan- we are all so proud of you.
Traditional end of term Year 6 Water Fight!
We got together on the field, listened to the rules and all had a splashing time!
At long last!
HURRAY! It was Black Opal's turn to win the Attendance Cup!! Congratulations.
What a great way to end the year.
Since returning from our residential, we have been busy designing our very own Whitby Tourist Information Leaflets. Our leaflets give details about the top tourist attractions, accommodation in the area, details of some of the legends , maps and special offers and discount vouchers.
We took a lot of pride and care in the way we presented these. We think the finished leaflets look really professional.
Last Summer Disco.
We all looked gorgeous for our last ever Year 6 disco. We were so lucky that the weather stayed dry and we all enjoyed our ice creams.
Well done to Nisa- the Limbo Dancing Champion!
Ahhh -we will miss you Year 6!
We were lucky enough to be invited to a talk at The Academy by J- Sol. He is a singer/ songwriter from London.-
First of all he sang to us (he had an amazing voice!) He then told us all about his journey to fame and inspired us to have the confidence to keep following our dreams.
He has been a victim of cyber- bullying and knows how damaging and hurtful it can be. He gave us some really useful advice on how to use the internet safely and what to do if someone is being mean to you online or sending hurtful texts.
It was a great morning.
Whitby Residential 2016.
We had an action- packed week in Whitby. We stayed at Sneaton Castle, just on the outskirts of the town. The weather was a bit unhelpful at times, but in true John Hunt spirit, we didn't let it spoil our plans. We walked miles, made some amazing memories, but best of all, had lots of laughs and fun with our friends. The 'Whitby's Got Talent' show was hilarious. We will never forget the amazing acts - jokes, raps, soloists, duets and then there was.... JJ Boom!!
Bempton Cliffs - we learnt a lot about the different types of sea birds that can be found here.We were really lucky and managed to spot puffins through our binoculars.
Exploring Whitby - including an exciting boat ride around the harbour.
3 and a half mile walk from Grosmont to Goathland . A very kind man let us borrow a wedding marquee to shelter in! Then a steam train ride.
Evening activities on the beach!
Robin Hoods Bay
Sea life Centre and lunch on Scarborough beach, before the journey home
Newark District Sports Event.
Good Luck to all our Year 6 children representing John Hunt at this event.
Update- Congratulations to Jacob, for his Silver Medal in the javelin event.
We had lots of fun building dens this morning to raise money for the charity- Save the Children.
Year 6 worked with small groups of Foundation children, to construct dens of all shapes and sizes!
Queen's 90 th Birthday Celebrations.
Everyone came to school today dressed in red, white and blue.
During the morning, we were all involved in different creative activities in our classes. We all made our own class bunting, which looked very patriotic decorating our playground!
We then came together as a school for our own 'playground picnic party ' It was very warm and humid, but that didn't stop us singing along to the music and some even treated us to a karaoke!
It was a really lovely happy atmosphere and we all had a great time.
Newark College Rounders Event.
A group of Year 5 and 6 pupils were selected to represent John Hunt at Kelham Hall (8/6/16.) It was a very hot and sunny day.
Sandra ,Tomas, Beatrice, Jacob and Chad were chosen from Year 6.
They competed against William Gladstone, Flintham and Sutton , but were finally knocked out of the competition by Coddington.
Mrs O' Brien and Mrs Roberts accompanied the children and were extremely proud of how well the team played. Their behaviour was excellent and they all demonstrated great sportsmanship. They were a real credit to John Hunt Primary.
Thank you to Mrs O' Brien and Mrs Roberts for accompanying the children for the day - bet you enjoyed the sunshine too! 😎
The Whitby meeting went ahead after school tonight (26/5/16)
Thanks to everyone that attended. If you were unable to make it, please make sure that your child collects a pack about the trip and an EV4 form from Mrs Martin as soon as possible. If you have any questions, no matter how big or small , please pop in and see us.
Have a great half term.
Best Attendance Award for the half term.
Congratulations Fire Opal! Looking forward to seeing you all in your own clothes on the first day back after the holidays.
Replies from The Gambia!
The arrival of the letters caused huge excitement this morning!
The letters were beautifully written and we were impressed by the illustrations.
We found out that a lot of the children supported Chelsea football team and loved playing football. Some of them had big families of 10 and 11 children. We can't wait to write back.
Year 5 and 6 girls are off to play in a football tournament at Flowserve today.
Good luck girls!
Breakfast Club during Sats week.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed the free breakfast club this week. It has been lovely to see them smiling, chatting and laughing with their friends- it always seems to calm nerves and has been very well attended each morning.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the different members of staff across the school, who came each morning at 8 o clock to help. We really appreciate your support.
Here we are on Friday, when Sats are over, but they still want to come for one more day!
The children took their Sats tests this week, which consisted of a Reading paper, a Grammar/Punctuation and Spelling paper and three Maths papers.
The children were calm and sensible and supported each other each throughout the week. Even when a sickness bug affected a few, they showed true determination and resilience.
Miss Devlin and I are so proud of the way Year 6 conducted themselves this week- they persevered when things were tough and tried their very best. Well done Year 6- we think you're brilliant!
Some time out!
Relaxing Art afternoon!
We enjoyed creating Blitz Skyline pictures this week. We created a sunset/dusk background using chalk pastels and then designed a black silhouette skyline image of what we imagined life in the Blitz might be like.
Thank you Ms Geal!
Sasha's Mum decided to bake for the whole year group this morning, as a special treat for the end of the week.
Thank you so much from all of us, we really enjoyed it, the cup cakes were delicious!
Books to The Gambia.
After sorting out our KS 2 libraries, we had quite a lot of books that were being replaced by new stock.
Sylvia Morgan is the director of the New Life Children's Centres in The Gambia. She has hired a 20 ft container to take out as much school equipment as she can to the two centres.
We are really pleased that our reading books and old exercise books will be sent out with her and put to such good use.
During our year group assembly, Mrs Martin showed us a powerpoint of photographs of her week teaching in one of the schools in The Gambia. We looked at photos of the playground and the classrooms.
We have now set up some links through Mrs Morgan and will be writing letters for her to take to their Year 6 class to read and are hoping for some replies.
Duck on the playground!
When we came back from our two week break, we discovered that during the holidays, a duck has decided to make it's home on our playground garden, under a bush!
It must have had a real shock when we all returned and enjoyed playing on the yard again!
Megan decided to make some signs to warn everyone to take care and Mrs Mole mentioned it in assembly.
It seems quite happy there and it gave Year 6 a great topic to write a balanced argument about!
We have really enjoyed writing in a formal way, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of different discussion points.
Congratulations Fire Opal!
Wow! Fire Opal have won the attendance award for the third week in a row! Well done everyone.
Congratulations also to Connor,Garnet and Kobe for being picked out of the lucky dip individual attendance draw! What a lucky class we were this week!
Easter Craft Afternoon
Wow! It was great to see so many Mums and Dads today at our craft afternoon.
Thank you all for coming!
Sport Relief 2016
What a great morning we had raising money for Sport Relief.
We were joined by a minion who helped us warm up on the playground first! Then off we went - 3 laps of a circuit, which included all the way round the field and both playgrounds!
Some walked it, some ran it and some were accompanied by their parents. It was great to see the older children holding hands with the younger children and encouraging them all the way!
We all had a brilliant time and managed to raise £542 for charity in the process.
Able Writers Day.
Beatrice, Sandra, Finlay and Kobe all had a fantastic day at Winthorpe yesterday.
Read the report below to find out what they got up to!
Nisa is from Albania and she was telling us that they celebrate Happy Teacher's Day this week.
Look what arrived this morning! What a lovely surprise! Thank you very much Nisa.
Miss Devlin and I think this tradition needs introducing in England!!
Yaaaay! It was Fire Opal's turn to hold the silver attendance cup in assembly this morning! We achieved a staggering 99.44%!
Well done everyone. We enjoyed our extra 15 minutes of play this morning too!
Fair trade fortnight
This week, in our year group assembly, we learnt about Fairtrade. We looked at the chain of people that are needed to get different products into our supermarkets, ranging from the pickers, farmers, shippers to the supermarket staff.
Fairtrade makes sure that all these people are paid a fair price for their work.
Products that display the logo are sometimes a little more expensive, but during our discussions, we thought it was worth it!
We decided to try and raise awareness in school. We had all sorts of ideas - raps, songs, speeches and posters.
Dylan and Megan were on the case that very same night! Well done you two!
Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting last week. We hope you found it useful.
As mentioned at the meeting, the 'SATS Buster' club will begin on March 14 th and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday. These sessions will run from 3.15 until 4.00. Juice and biscuits will be provided!
These sessions will provide help and support in Numeracy and Literacy. The children will
work in small groups with various members of staff across the school. These sessions will be tailored to the needs of the children.
The children last year found it really helpful - please sign up to at least one a week if possible.
SATS Breakfast club.
A reminder to all that the breakfast club, which runs from 8.00, is free for the whole week and we encourage children to attend. It really does help calm their nerves and children in the past have said it was the best part of SAT week!
We didn't realise Year 6 children had such big breakfast appetites!!
The library in the Upper KS2 building,is in the process of being updated. We have a large variety of books that have been well loved and are a bit tatty. We were wondering what to do with them, when the librarians came up with the brilliant idea of selling them.
Please see the letter they produced, going home tonight, about the book sale they have arranged for Friday 5th.
Bring in all your loose change and find a bargain! All the money raised will be going towards stocking our library with some exciting new books. What a great idea!
Thanks to Amelia,Jodi,Sasha,Madison,Harriet, Theo and Tobin for organising this.
Update - The book sale managed to raise £19.33! All the books were successfully rehomed! We will be asking the children which type of books they would like us to put this towards.
Amazing fundraisers in Year 6!
We are all so proud of Sasha and Harriet in Year 6- what an achievement! Please read on to find out all about it!
On Saturday 30th January, after all our planning, we ran a family fun day in aid of Beaumont House and The Salvation Army.
We organised some amazing attractions, including a nice lady who sold hamper baskets and another who made beautiful sculptures. Our favourite stalls were the cake stall and the tombola
To be honest, we did not expect so many people to turn up, we thought just a few would decide to come, but no, there were at least 100!
We were really proud to see it all come together and we were in The Newark Advertiser and on the radio. It has taken us three months to organise this event and we had to ask for donations from Newark shops!
We all had a job to do from the bouncy castle to the pick n mix stall! We were exhausted afterwards, as we had to get up at 6 am!
We would like to say a massive thankyou to everyone that came and took part in the fundraising. Also to the F1 and F2 children who took part in our colouring competition.
We are thrilled to announce we raised a whopping £665.10!
By Sasha Geal and Harriet Scott- Criddle.
by Beatrice Buller.
This week Year 6 started making our beautiful Trojan horses. Using our previous designs from last term, we started putting our planned measurements into reality.
First, we split into groups and Mrs Martin showed us what to do and how to keep ourselves safe whilst using a saw.
Then we went back to our tables and started to measure our wood, then we got to use the saws!!
We had to label our wood and make sure they were exactly the right measurements to go with our plans.
We can't wait for the next lesson when we continue to make our horses.
Watch this space!
During our Science lessons we have been learning about the main parts of the human circulatorysystem and explaining the functions of the heart, blood vesselsand blood.
We enjoyed the clip below that put all the facts to the Carley Rae Jepsen song - Call me maybe!
We loved singing along and it helped us remember some of the more complicated ideas. Check it out- it's great!
Year 6 would like to thank Balderton Parish Council for supporting our work in learning about DARE by the generous donation of £500 towards this project. The Dare Graduation takes place on Thursday 10th December at 10.30.
Healthy Minds Drama Group.
Year 6 have been invited to attend a theatre production at Magnus School. Theatre, music and movement will be used to highlight issues around body image from the perspective of young people. We will going there by bus and will stop off at Balderton Lake to complete our Autumnal walk. We will then walk home from here and be back in time for the end of the school day.
Please make sure your child has a coat with them for the walk home.
Healthy Minds Performance.
We got the bus down to The Magnus School to watch the perfomance.
The drama was perfomed by some of the Year 8 and 9 students. They were pleased to see us, as some of them had come to our school when they were younger.
The drama was about teenagers who wanted to change everything about themselves. They talked about their brain, their body and their feelings. They tried to show us that we should be happy with our bodies and not worry about image and what others say. They discussed the dangers of Facebook and how cyber bullying could be a real problem. We learnt that we can report or block someone who posts mean things or better still don't join Facebook at all!
At the end of the show they asked us questions about how we felt about things and we asked them a lot of questions!
We went back to school on the bus- it was a great afternoon.
Bollywood Dancing in Year 6!
We had a fabulous time with the lovely Sunita on Friday.She told us all about the different saris and we touched a really expensive one!
Mrs Martin, Finlay, Alannah and Chad were the royal family.
Sunita had suitcases full of beautiful sparkly outfits for us all to dress up in, waist coats, skirts, tunics, dresses and bangles too! Everyone found something to wear.
We then learnt some basic moves - pat the dog, wash the windows, lightbulb and a few others. We put them all to music, it was great fun!
Able Maths Day
Megan,(sadly poor Kaylea was poorly) and two Year 5 children were lucky enough to attend the Able Maths Day at Winthorpe School last week.
Mr Hall,who has written several problem solving books for children, taught the children about prime and square numbers and started with some triangle investigations.
After break the children had fun with Chinese Tangram puzzles. They made squares, rectangles, foxes and ducks. Megan said the triangle shape was extremely tricky to piece together!
In the afternoon , they had a quiz involving an investigation that involved making choices about three doors, 2 goats and a car! You 'll have to ask Megan for more information on that one!
We had a brilliant morning with Sandra today. She told us all about Greek life. We learnt about how the grapes are harvested by hand and then raked and left in the sun to dry for 10 days. They are then put in a machine to shake them about and separate the grape from the stalk. We tried the raisins, they were delicious!
We then wrote our names in English and then in Greek.
Next came the delicious part - the food tasting. We had a lovely dip of tzatziki with toasted pitta bread to start with.
We then sampled home made moussaka, with a green salad topped with feta cheese and olives ( the olives being a particular favourite!)
For dessert, Sandra had prepared yoghurt with honey and watermelon! Yummy.
Sandra told us how the greek people live off the land, their gardens are full of vegetables not flowers!
She also told us that the moussaka had mushrooms in and the children who thought they didn't like mushrooms were really surprised!
We all thoroughly enjoyed the tasting session, Tiegan said "it was the best day ever!"
We would all like to say a huge thank you to Charlie's Nan, Sandra, for such an amazing morning and thank her so much for preparing and making these wonderful dishes for Year 6- such a fantastic experience.
We'll have to fit the dancing in at a later date!
Time Capsule at The Newark Academy.
Megan Herron, from Fire Opal, was The John Hunt student ambassador at the Time Capsule event at The Newark Academy last week.
Wow! What a brilliant day we had today! The children had an action packed day and learnt lots of new and exciting things about life in Ancient Greek times.
The morning began with an introduction about the warring city states and the birth of democracy. The children learnt about Alexander the Great and his armies.
The rest of the morning was filled with quizzes, puzzles and Ancient Greek strategy games. We even had our very own entertainment in the form of role play of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, performed by Jack ( very scary!) Tiegan , Joshua and Dylan.
After lunch the Spartan warrior arrived and told us a lot of interesting facts about his armour and weapons.
The children were then equipped with their very own spears and were involved in strict drills and formation training to prepare them for battle. They were very noisy and quite scary!
At the end of the day the warrior commented on what a lovely bunch of Year 6 children we have at John Hunt and how their behaviour had been outstanding! Well done everyone. I bet you will go home exhausted tonight!
Able Writers Day at Winthorpe School
Four of our children were lucky enough to attend this writing workshop. Isabella and Sophie from Year 5 and Dylan and Jack from Year 6.
They had an amazing day working with the author Colin Parsons. The leaders of the workshop told us how motivated our children were and that they had behaved impeccably. Well done guys!
Dylan Sergeant- Yr 6 said this:
"Colin Parsons told us about the story of the video game 'Death Trap'.
We had to think of names for the two main characters. He asked us for ideas, we thought of the boy's name , it was Alex, but we couldn't think of a girl's name. Someone randomly said Dizzy!
Next he asked someone what they had for breakfast and they said Weetabix, so it became Alex Weetabix! He asked a girl what her favourite dessert was and she said cake, so it became Dizzy Cake!
The characters had to play a video game and they got sucked into it and had to get out.Alex and Dizzy could be best friends, brothers or sisters or enemies.
It took us all day to write this . It was a fun day!"
Here's what Jack Bailey of Year 6 had to say:
"We spent the whole day with this very funny author Colin Parsons.We had to write a story about two characters called Alex Weetabix and Dizzy Cake. It was a fantasy story and they became trapped in a video game. We had to resolve the problem and try and get them out!
At break we loved playing basketball with the other children and made some new friends!"
Each month there will be a week during which you will be invited in to read with your child. Next week is the first one. Year 6 would like to invite you to come and read, share or discuss a book with your child on Wednesday 23rd September from 2:45 until 3:10.
We would love to see as many of you as possible. The invite extends to other members of your family if you, as the parent, are unavailable.
A text reminder should also have been sent to you.
A big thank you to the Mums, Dads, Nans and gorgeous babies that came to our reading afternoon today! It was great to see you all. We hope to see you all again next month! 😀
We had great fun during our Science lessons this week. We used the equipment to make simple circuits. It was hugely satisfying to see the bulb light up and there were lots of smiles and cheers when this happened!
We used the scientific symbols to label the components of the circuit.
During the investigations we found out the when bulbs were in a series circuit, they had to share the energy and did not give out as much light.
School Council update
Last week, every child that wanted to try for the position of school councillor, prepared a short speech to present to their class explaining why they would be a suitable candidate for the position.
On Thursday the classes went to our very own Polling Station and used ballot papers to cast their votes.
The results were revealed in a nerve wracking assembly the next day!
Congratulations to our councillors for this year.
Fire Opal- Chad Carlisle with two deputies- Kobe Baker and Megan Herron
Black Opal - Freya Birkin and deputy Amelia Locke.
Well done to everyone else that tried their best and had a go.
Our visit from Deputy Lieutenant Mrs Wendy Start OBE
The Queen has entered the record books as Britain's longest serving monarch, taking over from Queen Victoria!
Mrs Wendy Start OBE and Rev Mark Roberts joined Year 6 on a beautiful sunny afternoon, to celebrate the occasion, by planting bulbs in the school garden.
We look forward to seeing our school in the Spring months.
Thanks to Mark and Mrs Start for joining us.
The DARE programme started today, led by Officer Tristram. He has led the DARE programme in Year 6 for many years. He has a great sense of humour and makes every lesson exciting and interesting, whilst delivering important messages that will help support the children as they mature.
This is a ten week course that teaches the children about drugs. There are a series of lessons covering topics such as tobacco, alcohol, volatile substances and peer pressure. We hope that this will help the children to have the confidence to make informed choices in the future.
In order to graduate the children will be expected to complete the short follow up homework tasks. Officer Tristram sets high expectations and will check weekly to ensure tasks have been completed to an acceptable standard The children will need to remember to bring their DARE books each Wednesday and keep up to date with the homework tasks.
We learnt that DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
We hope you have all had a restful holiday and are ready for the challenges that lie ahead - both children and parents!
At some point in the next few weeks we will be completing our Autumn walk and visiting Balderton Lake. A short note will be sent home a few days before to let you know the exact date. Warm, waterproof clothing will be essential on that day.
Hopefully the children will have shared the fact that they have homework diaries in place of the reading records they had last year. Any extra work or events will be noted in them. There is a space at the bottom of each week for parents to sign. We would like you to do this and our aim is that this becomes a form of useful dialogue between school and home. When children read they will record it in this diary just as they did before.