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Year 6

Welcome to Mrs Maltby's Year 6 Class


This is the place to find out what we've been up to, and what's coming up, in 6M.  


Previous Years


Autumn 1 - Week 1
'Who do we think we are?' Week


Last week, we started the year with a special week learning all about our history, heritage and country. We focused on the British values of democracy, the rule of law, mutual respect/tolerance and individual liberty. The children took part in some interesting and important discussions and activities to help broaden their sense of what it means to be British and an active, responsible citizen. The children also wrote about their own lives/the lives of their relatives. Thank you for your input and support over the summer. We had some incredible pieces of homework come into school, telling some amazing stories about our ancestors.


On Friday, Ruth George (the MP for High Peak) visited school to close our themed week. She led a Q&A session with our Year 5 and Year 6 children. As always, our children represented the school amazingly well, asking some incredibly thoughtful and sensible questions. They were able to learn lots about the political system and how democracy works in this country. Ruth was very impressed with how interested and informed our children are.

Year 5 and Year 6 with our MP, Ruth George

Year 5 and Year 6 with our MP, Ruth George 1

Summer 2 - Week 4

Forest Schools/History/D&T



We have been linking our Forest Schools work with history (Ancient Egypt) and D&T (structures) by designing and creating our own shadufs. 


To lift the water from the canal, Ancient Egyptians used a shaduf. A shaduf is a large pole balanced on a crossbeam, a rope and bucket on one end and a heavy counter weight at the other. By pulling the rope it lowered the bucket into the canal. The farmer then raised the bucket of water by pulling down on the weight.


Have a look at our designs below. 

Summer 2 - Week 3


Ancient Egyptian Exhibition Day


We had a fantastic time on our 'Ancient Egyptian Exhibition Day'.  We all got dressed up as pharaohs and gods and did lots of creative activities.  We made papier mache pharaoh death masks, clay scarab beetles and also created cartouches by writing hieroglyphs on papyrus.  We spent the afternoon creating our own Egyptian museum in the hall, exhibiting our projects.  Parents came to look and everyone was super impressed.  We can't wait for our next exhibition day in the autumn term. 

Summer 1 - Week 4 

Manchester Museum Trip


This week, year 5 and 6 visited the Manchester Museum as part of our work on the ancient Egyptians.  We looked around at all of the exhibits and even saw a real mummy in her sarcophagus. We got a chance to handle some artefacts from ancient Egypt and discuss what we thought would be good items to take into the afterlife.  We even had to time to look around at all of the other exhibits within the museum. We had an amazing time and learned lots. 

Summer 1 - Week 1



We started our new topic in French.  This term is all about the four seasons (les quatre saisons).  We began by naming the four seasons and describing the weather in each. 

Spring 2 - Week 3


This week, in our topic on 'Living Things and their Habitats, we have been taxonomists.  We have been designing our own ways of sorting and grouping different animals based on their similarities/differences.  Here are the results:

Young Voices Concert - February 2017

Year 5 and 6 children had an amazing experience this term.  They all took part singing in a huge choir of 8000 children at the MEN arena.  We had an amazing day and got to perform with a range of talented artists and performers.  All of the children worked really hard rehearsing for the concert and represented our school brilliantly on the day.  We hope to make this an annual event for some of our children.  Well done, UKS2! 

A Night Before Christmas (in school)


We have been studying and performing the famous poem 'T'was a Night Before Christmas'.  It inspired us to write our own poem about life in school during the week before Christmas. We hope you have a happy holiday and a wonderful new year. 

The Week Before Christmas.mp4

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Autumn 1 - Week 6

Art/English - Greek Myths


This term in English, we have been studying Greek myths (linked to our topic on Ancient Greece).  We created mythological creatures and described them using rich imagery.  We then sketched our creatures in art. Finally, we sculpted them out of clay. 

'Enjoyment, Effort, Excellence'