David Hockney - February 2020
In art this half term, the children have been focusing on David Hockney. We noticed that his work contained a range of vibrant colours which we aimed to recreate through the use of water colour and acrylics.
As our topic this half term is Brazil, we challenged the children to replicate a landscape which could be urban or rural. They began by sketching their pictures before moving on to water colours; further detail was added through the application of acrylics. Once they had evaluated and made improvements to their work, they then reduced it down in size and constructed their final image with emphasis on lines and drawing the eye into the picture.
Drama - February 2020
To ensure the children get the best out of their writing, we aim to immerse them in a range of scenarios. We use oracy and drama to help the children fully understand the emotions of each and every character.
Indoor Athletics - February 2020
After winning the Lowestoft and Beccles area event, pupils from Years 5 and 6 took part in the Suffolk Under 11 Indoor Athletics competition, held in Newmarket.
Competing in a range of running, jumping and throwing events, Albert Pye pupils performed well and were a credit to the school , finishing as the 5th best team in Suffolk.
Heart and Lungs - December 2019
On Thursday 12th December, year 6 had a great afternoon exploring a pig’s heart and lungs. A lot were extremely shocked with how it felt and what it looked like.
A big thank you must go to Seppings for kindly donating the organs.
Languages at SJLHS - November 2019
Year 6 Languages Morning On Wednesday 20th November, both of the Year 6 classes went on a trip to Sir John Leman High School for a languages morning. There were multiple tasks for the children to experience which all involved a different language in an activity form. These activities all boosted the children’s confidence of languages as well as teaching them new words and how to pronounce them. Some activities involved identifying flags, learning the names of animals in a foreign language and counting in Spanish and French.
The year 6 pupils enjoyed this hour-long event at the high school and here are some of the quotes: William B says, “They made learning languages enjoyable and my favourite activity was the one where you identified flags.” Neve W said, “I enjoyed going there to learn different languages and my favourite part was learning colours in Italian.”
As a result, this trip turned out to be successful.
Report by William and Felix 6S
Year 6 pupils were enthusiastic about this event at the high school and very keen to give feedback: ‘Mandarin was my favourite. We drew the symbols for different animals. We had a challenge to see who did the best drawing.’ ‘The Italian Colour Hunt was great fun.’ ‘I liked the board game. It helped me to learn some words in different languages.’ ‘The Cognates Treasure Hunt was a good idea.’ ‘Counting in French and Spanish in a circle and throwing Bob the Blob (ball) was great fun.’ ‘All the high school pupils were very helpful. Some of them were really funny too.’
Many thanks to all the MFL staff and Language Leaders involved in the organisation such a successful event.
The high school pupils who ran the activities were brilliant.
Mrs Harman and Year 6 Team
Harry Potter Studios - November 2019
Wow. What an amazing time the Year 6 children (and staff) had at Harry Potter. Their genuine excitement was evident from the moment the buses pulled up into the car park. Their excitement only blossomed further when we began the tour. It really helped them visualise the story they had been reading and cemented their understanding further.
“The Hogwarts Express was incredible. It helped me see where the journey truly began for Harry in the Philosopher’s Stone”
“Walking through the Forbidden Forest helped me see why no one at Hogwarts would want to go there”
“I loved Diagon Alley. It was amazing to see where Harry got bought all his stuff he needed to start his wizarding journey”
“Gringotts was brilliant. It is so big and marvellous to look at”
“Harry Potter World really helped me visualise the story we have read”
Crucial Crew - November 2019
On Tuesday 12th November, the year 6 children went to ‘Crucial Crew’ at Lowestoft Community Church.
They explored a variety of vital life skills such as fire and water safety, mobile technology and the ways in which trucks and lorries use the space around them.
They learnt a lot which they will need as they progress through their lives.
The Digestive System - November 2019
In Science, Year 6 have been exploring the digestive system this week and learning all about enzymes. They can describe physical and chemical changes involved in the process.
Kentwell Visit - September 2019
On Tuesday 24th September, Year 6 had the opportunity to travel to Kentwall Hall. They experienced a range of different activities including archery, baking, weaving and much more. Not only this, they also met a range of people who gave interesting insights into their lives.
Despite the initial unfortunate weather, the children had a brilliant time and thoroughly enjoyed their day.
Arts Week - June 2019
As part of art week, Year 6 have been making detailed observational drawings of plants, which links to their science topic. They began by creating pencil sketches, which utilised tone and texture, before creating colour pallets which they used to produce a final water colour.
Den building - April 2019
The children of Albert Pye were lucky enough to have someone come in and talk to them about den building.
The children were given rules but given the freedom to create something with their team. Their independence and co-operation was evident as they produced some wonderful results with a variety of designs and structures.
The ultimate test came at the end where children were challenged to sit in their den and see if it protected them from the ‘rain’. Despite a few wet children, most of the dens kept the children dry.
A wonderful afternoon was had and some brilliant opportunities for children to show their learning super powers.
Year 6 STEM Week - Periscopes - March 2019
During STEM week, children discussed the uses and importance of periscopes. They then had the challenge of designing their own, ensuring they were correctly measuring, cutting and constructing. A range of skills were used which produced some wonderful periscopes which children then used to go around the school, spying on others.
To round off this half term’s unit of work on Les Vêtements (Clothes), Year 6 pupils performed on the catwalk dressed in a wide variety of outfits!
6S and 6W had worked in small groups to create their own script, using French to describe the clothing worn, and then the two classes performed for each other.
Vocabulary used, based on the nouns and adjectives taught in lessons, enabled the speaker to describe the items of clothing and their colours. Some groups also included opinions about the clothing, such as ‘too big’, ‘too small’, ‘sporty’, ‘very stylish’, with one pair describing their school uniform as ‘moche’!
Comments from just a few pupils which show the value of this new activity:
‘It was exciting because we could show off our moves on the catwalk.’ Bailey
‘We enjoyed doing the fashion show. It helped us to improve our French.’ Chloe
‘It was educational and fun.’ Lauren
‘It was good for practising speaking in French.’ Christian
‘It was fun because we could show off our French skills better than just sitting in a classroom.’ Harry
You worked hard – well done, Year 6!
This term the Year 6 children are looking at the human body and healthy lifestyles. They will be exploring the different organs in detail whilst understanding how our bodies work. Due to an extremely kind donation from Sepping’s Butchers, the children had a great opportunity to explore a pig’s heart and lungs. Many overcame their initial fears and were able to feel and explore these parts.
A few of the quotes from the children were:
‘Wow, I can’t believe how hard the heart is’
‘The lungs feel like jelly with a skin on and the heart is like a rock’
The children really seemed to enjoy this experience and went away with questions they will aim to answer.
Kentwell Hall Visit - 24th September 2018
Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their day spent in the magnificent setting of Kentwell Hall, which provided inspiration and an interactive way for the children to learn more about this fascinating period of British history.
Adults and pupils dressed in costume, and speaking only in Tudor language, helped to recreate an authentic atmosphere as we travelled back in time for a day. The children were shown many aspects of life in a Tudor manor including cooking, baking bread, making cheese and butter, herbal medicines, music and dance. Tudor weapons were demonstrated by the archers with their longbows and the guards with their muskets. We were also fascinated by the camera obscura and the work of the strange Alchemist in the woods!
A few pupil comments:
‘We arrived at the gates and were greeted by a guard holding a Tudor gun. He showed us how and where to put the gunpowder and then fired. The loudness of it made my friend, Emily, jump as it was really loud and sounded like an explosion.’
‘In the Bakery we learnt how they made common bread and white bread. We were allowed to knead the dough and to press the flour through a cloth to separate the brown and white flour.’
‘In the kitchen they were cooking doves for a pie, which at the time were being plucked, livers, pottage and, most deliciously of all, apple fritters.’
‘Everyone agreed the day was fantastic and the Hall even better and they all left with their heads considerably fuller. Kentwell Hall is a great place for a day trip.’
We would like to thank all parents for your support for this event – the pupil costumes were fantastic.
Year 6 Kentwell Hall Visit - September 2018
All pupils will need a costume for our Kentwell Hall trip on 24th September.
Please have a look at the information sheets below for costume ideas.
There will be an opportunity for pupils to make their hats and purses in Topic lessons.
Adventure Island - July 2018
A big well done to the Year 5 and Year 6 drama group who performed an excellent rendition of Treasure Island on the 13th July. It was lovely to see them supporting one another so thoughtfully.
Some of the Year 5 audience congratulated them on their clear delivery of lines.
Congratulations to all involved.
Stand up to Cancer - May 2018
On Saturday 12th May, some of our Year 6 Students did the Stand Up To Cancer Mud Run, in Norwich.
“It was a 5km run with muddy obstacles at different points along the way. There were pools of mud, nets to crawl under, an elasticated maze, hurdles to climb over whilst carrying mud, very muddy tunnels and a giant slide into a huge mud pool.
Many people from all over the country took part in several different races. These were split into two different age groups: races for adults and races for kids.
We all enjoyed this race very much and it was an amazing experience. We hope to do it next year and we are also encouraging many others to do it too.
Altogether we raised about £860 for the charity”.
Rosie A, Charlotte S, Tilly J, Sophie M, Violet A, and Gabby N
World Book Day - March 2018
We celebrated World Book Day on Friday 9th March and were so impressed with all the amazing costumes from both the children and the staff!
The children had a lovely day and took part in some book themed activities!
Treasure Island - February 2018
Year 6 have been learning about Treasure Island. Here is some examples of their written work.
Year 6 Yoga – December 2017
Yoga was introduced as a physical activity for Year 6 pupils for the first time this half term.
The 6 week course is designed to enhance pupils’ health and well-being, by combining the practical aspects of yoga with relevant health facts about how the body works.
At first, many pupils found the relaxation aspect of the lessons challenging but, with perseverance and concentration, they showed clear progress towards mastering the breathing techniques and poses.
Quotes from a few 6H pupils:
“I have enjoyed doing Yoga this term because it helps me to relax better when I’m feeling too hyperactive.” Sophie
“Yoga has helped me to improve in school because I feel more relaxed. I also found it good because I could be calm even when I feel emotional.” Amelia
“Yoga has made my mind clearer if I get stressed at any time.” Dean
“I think that Yoga has been a fun experience and I will use it when I get stressed or angry.” Bailey
“At first Yoga was hard because I could not relax but after a few weeks I can now relax and it make me less hyper after PE.” Mia
“I enjoyed Yoga because it was very relaxing.” Luca
“Yoga is very calming and is very good for stress relief. I really enjoyed doing it.” Jasper
“Yoga has really improved my attitude so I can concentrate in my lessons.” Harmony
European Day of Languages - September 2017
To celebrate this annual event, our Year 6 pupils were invited to take part in a morning of language activities, run by pupils and staff at Sir John Leman High School.
‘On Tuesday 26th September, Year 6 went to visit the Sir John Leman High School as it was the European Day of Languages. We had some exciting tasks to do which were decorating cakes like the European flags and making badges that say your name in different languages. We only stayed a couple of hours but we all enjoyed this exciting event. Everyone has learnt a few words in different languages like Polish, Turkish and even emoji language!’
Amy Dennington Wright 6H
‘On Tuesday 26th September we went to SJLHS to do some fun activities, as it was the European day of Languages. Some of the activities were: dressing up, icing cakes to represent flags, learning lots of different languages and different ways to communicate. One of the different languages was emojis! What they meant was that different emojis explained different places. For example, if you had kangaroos, koalas and deserts it would mean something like Australia because you would mainly find those three things in that environment. Next, they had pictures and you had to match the flags with the correct country that was written on a piece of paper. It was a competition to see which team won!’
Grace Williams 6W and Sophie Runnacles 6H
Visit to Kentwell Hall - June 2017
Last month our Year 6 classes visited Kentwell Hall. Below is some photographs from the trip and some of the written work the children have produced.
Working with Lego - April 2017
Year 6 have been learning about scratch coding and using ‘Lego we do’ in Computers. Faith Alexander and Honey Eversden in 6W managed to assemble a lego fan.
Year 6 Kentwell Hall Visit
All pupils will need a costume for our Kentwell Hall trip on Tuesday 27th June.
Please have a look at the information sheets below for costume ideas.
There will be an opportunity for pupils to make their hats and purses in Topic lessons.
Year 6 Cake Sale – Friday 31st March 2017
Staff and pupils enjoyed eating some delicious cakes and buns this week!
All proceeds from the Cake Sale will be used to help finance our Summer Term educational visit.
As Year 6 pupils have been studying ‘The Tudors’, a trip to Kentwell Hall has been arranged for Tuesday 27th June. We are looking forward to dressing up as Tudors and experiencing how people lived in Suffolk in the 1500s.
Grateful thanks go to all the families who supported our first fundraising event by baking and/or buying cakes.
Healthy Hearts at Albert Pye School - October 2016
This week, as part of the Science curriculum, Year 6 pupils worked with a paramedic to find out more about the human heart. As well as giving a talk on the positive effect of exercise and diet on the heart, the paramedics explained about the electrical impulses which are needed to make the heart work.
There was great excitement in the classroom when the Electrocardiagram (ECG) machine was switched on! Every pupil had the opportunity to be connected to the ECG machine and to receive a printout showing their pulse rate, blood pressure and heart activity.
Grateful thanks go to the NHS Paramedics, Mr Martin Grove and Mr Dave Ellard, for sharing their expertise and for patiently answering questions about the job of a paramedic.
Mrs Harman (Year 6 Teacher)