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July 21 2017

Year 6 Blog

Giuseppe Loporchio

Summer Term 2017

Year 6 Blog

We can’t believe how far we have come this year! There is not a single person in y6 that has not had a fantastic year; we have all achieved so much. Without a doubt, everyone in the class is proud of the things they have done: SATs, Kingswood, the year 6 production- and the list goes on! Mrs Harrison, Mrs Berry and Miss McCluskey have helped us to progress massively through the year, I sure everyone will agree, and we will all miss them and all the amazing staff who have helped us during our time at the Grove. While the end of year 6 is quite chaotic, we will never fail to look back fondly on our time here.

However, all these achievements would never have been possible without all the fantastic teachers and teaching assistants who have helped us greatly this year. Those who have helped us will always be with us and we would like to sincerely thank them. While we look forward to secondary school, we are also very sad to leave!

Grove Leavers 2017


Year 6 blog-16.06.17


This week in English we finished our crime stories on the visit from Legal Eagles. Also we started writing our Kingswood diaries in our English books.


This week in maths Miss McCluskey’s group did an investigation to do with Chess and a ‘knight’s move away’ on a hundred square grid. Mrs Berry’s group we did an investigation on hearts: love and the actual beating heart.


In science this week we have been learning about microbes (micro-organisms). We did multiple activities about them including designing our own microbe. We also mixed water, yeast and sugar in a bottle. Then we placed a balloon on the top and saw what happened. Nothing happened at first but once we shook it, the balloon started to inflate. After that we worked how fast bacteria multiplied in a throat.

By Grace, Noah and Jess J


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After an amazing week at Kingswood and a relaxing half term, Year 6 started work again! Our main focus this week has been on writing.

Tuesday was our first day back and we had a fantastic visit; the Legal Eagles came in! When they came in, we discovered that the leaders were magistrates and we were to act out a court case.  After an exciting morning, the afternoon was spent writing a story about the case; a boy stealing a pack of earphones from Tesco.

It was Race for Life day! Wednesday brought with it hundreds of children (dressed in blue) to participate in the run. At the beginning of the day, we continued to write the story and perfected it! After a hard-working morning, we got ready to race for our lives! The whole event had a bubbly atmosphere and everyone was excited to raise money. The bell was rung and everyone started: running/walking/jogging. All the teachers put a mark on a sticky label to mark the end of a lap- the most amount of laps achieved was 23!

On Thursday, we created a plan for doing our persuasive writing to convince people to travel to Vietnam. Having thought of phrases ready to use in our writing, we made a plan for an organised piece of writing, we were ready to write!

Unexpectedly, we ended up re-writing our court case story to neaten it up and make sure that it was  fabulous! After working incredibly hard this week, ahead of us was a relaxed afternoon, watching tennis and having golden time.

By Lottie, Lauren and Mariam




This week, in English we have been focusing on a book named ‘The Giant’s Necklace’. We’ve been seeing which words and phrases didn’t make sense then we would go through it as a class. It had a hooking ending and we really enjoyed it. Now we are focusing on writing a diary entry from Cherry’s (the main character) perspective.


In Art, we have been doing RE related sketches. We were inspired by Paul Gauguin whose painting was called ‘The Yellow Christ’. We were discussing about how he set the cross in where he lived and when he lived-late 1800’s to early 1900’s.  Then we had a go.


In Mrs Berry’s class, we have done conversion graphs and line graphs.

In Miss McCluskey and Mrs Harrison’s class, we have percentages, decimals and fractions.

In Ms Walter and Ms Clifford, we have been recapping what we had been doing in MOCK SATS week. We were mostly focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages.

By Grace, Enny& Noah J


Week beginning 20-03-17


This week in topic, we have been learning about the Maya. We made mind maps on all the things that we know about them. For example how the Maya traditions still carry on today and how they lived life.


In English this week we have reading a new book called ‘The Vanishing Rainforest’ we have had to start writing part of the story from a different characters point of view.


In maths this week all classes have been going through test papers and seeing what they could improve on.  In Mrs Berry’s class we have been doing algebra.



Week beginning 17-03-17

Mock S.A.Ts

This week, year 6 have been preparing for their S.A.Ts in May with Mock S.A.Ts (practise S.A.Ts).

On Monday, we did a reading test. Some of us found it quite challenging; eventually we all got through it successfully. Tuesday’s tests were SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) Next we did a spelling test with 20 words to attempt.

On Wednesday, we did an Arithmetic Maths test which is just calculations. Then we did a Reasoning test (maths problem solving test) Lastly, on Thursday, we did a second Reasoning test which, for some of us, was slightly easier.

We did all tests using the S.A.Ts rules and Mrs Harrison was impressed with us all! Now everyone is excited for the upcoming S.A.Ts in May………..

By Rhianna S and Musu N

Maths- Mrs Berry’s group

In maths this week, we have dedicated our time to mock-SATs. Although we are still doing our mocks, we worked through our maths tests in the hall as we would in our real SATs; it seemed very scary but helped to put us in the right mind set.

Our first test was the arithmetic test; we had 30 minutes to complete it. The next two were reasoning assessments where we worked through questions that covered the entire maths curriculum including word problems. For these tests we had 40 minutes, as they were slightly harder.

The equipment used for these tests were: mirrors, rulers (long and short), protractors, rubbers and sharp pencils. Even though we all were slightly nervous, it has helped us learn and prepare for our actual SATs in May.

By Rosie and Mariam


Fit For Fifteen: Kung Fu Fighting with Anneka

First of all, Anneka sang the Kung Fu Fighting song and did some movements that we all copied (including Mrs Harrison.) Some of the movements were kicking upwards, punching and shouting. Everyone was laughing their heads off!  Anneka had done a good job of teaching us. After we finished our session with Anneka, Mrs Harrison took over and we learnt some Body Combat , including the movements: upper cut, the hook and the jab. We used these different styles of punching to create a mini sequence that we kept on repeating over and over again until we got quite tired and knew it off by heart. Everyone is the class thoroughly enjoyed the lesson of Kung Fu Fighting and Body Combat! By Corran and Mia


This week, Redwood started a new topic in P.E and we are focusing on making up (in a group of 5 to 6 people) a Gymnastic routine with apparatus that we were given to us by Mrs Hutson. We found this very fun as it progressed. Mrs Hutson has asked us to use different moves such as: dish, partner support as well as different styles of travelling.

By Daniel P and Max M


In RE we discussed about the characteristics of Jesus from different points of views from people such as himself, his friends, enemies and your own opinion. To help us, each table had a Bible so we investigate what kind of feelings he had long ago. An example is when he washed his disciples’ feet and told them to do that to others. Many children had different ideas about him. We thought about how he reacted to people who called him King or Lord.

By Sarah and Olivia


Maths with Mrs Harrison!

This week has been tough because we have been doing MOCK SATS! On Monday, we did some revision about strategies we may have forgotten e.g. angles!

On Tuesday, we started doing the tests! The first one was the arithmetic test! Everyone did really well. Darcy and I are very pleased with our score! On Wednesday, we did a reasoning test (which was a lot harder.) On Thursday, we did another word problem paper but this one was a bit easier! On Friday, we are going through our tests!

Darcy and Ashlea


On a very sunny Wednesday, Redwood went outside and looked at where moths would survive and wouldn’t. When we came inside, we shaded 3 moths (2 green and 1 red). Green stood for where the animal would survive and red where they wouldn’t. We annotated them and wrote why they would/wouldn’t live.

On Thursday, we looked at Darwin’s finches; we explained why their beaks were different. In the end, we figured it was because of what they ate. Later on, Redwood planned a letter from Charles Darwin about publishing his book (On the Origin of Species my Means of Natural Selection).

Well done to all of year 6 for trying very hard all week! Mrs H


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This week in Miss McCluskey and Mrs Harrison’s maths group we have been learning about coordinates/ missing coordinates. We have had to our knowledge of coordinates and apply it into word problems. In Mrs Berry’s maths group we have been doing metric units this includes millilitres, metres etc.


This week in science we had fun learning about inheritance. We looked at dog breeds and how they can cross between different types. We noticed how dogs can inherit and acquire their parent’s features. As well as this we looked at how humans can inherit things not only from their parents but people from other generations as well!


In English we started to write a balanced argument on whether or not rainforests should carry on being cut down. This is called deforestation. We have had to include many features from a balanced argument. For example a question to start the argument , passive and active voice ,facts and statistics ,a formal tone ,model verbs and much more.


During RE year 6 have been comparing the Islamic belief to the Christian belief. Christians believe in the trinity. This is god the creator/father, god the Holy Spirit, god the son (Jesus) all joining together to make god. However, Muslims believe that Allah (their god) is the only one and does not have any partners.


By Lydia Moloney, Tess O’Sullivan and Grace Ridgeway


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On Monday, we looked at our spellings (which were homophones.) In pairs, we filled out a homophone crossword. This week in English, we have been doing cross-curricular work: Topic and English. We created a fact file about rainforests and deforestation. Each individual got given a character and had to argue as that person. Also, we jotted down what our character thought about deforestation in our jotter. Then, we played a game in which we argued various motions on our tables. We used technical vocabulary and connectives. In addition, we made a talk map for our balanced argument about deforestation. We drew pictures to go along with it. English was really fun this week!

Lottie and Anneka

Fit for 15

On Thursday we played a game called hide and seek it (family it).This game managed to get the children’s heart racing whist having lots of fun!

By Will B and Daniel P


This week in maths, we have been learning about pie charts and 3D shapes. The shapes we have focused on the most are: prisms, polyhedrons and tetrahedrons! We have also been learning about nets ; when they are open and not in their original shape . Nets are open shapes for example a cube [an open cube]. We all tried our best in the Arithmetic test today as well!

Darcy and Ashlea


This week, in science we have been studying evolution and fossils. While some children bought their own fossils in, others studied the ones given to them by Mrs Harrison. After we analysed the fossils, we drew and labelled them, which was extremely interesting. We then drew our interpretation of a woolly mammoth. The drawings were different in: sizes, shapes, colours and some had a trunk which some didn’t. Many of us based it on Ice Age! Finally, we were given play dough and we had to create a fossil. Some were long and plain, meanwhile others were circular and had patterns on them. The patterns were cleverly made with different objects from our pencil cases. We all enjoyed the lesson this week; it was very fascinating!

Mariam and Mia


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English Blog

In English, we have been focusing on the subject of debating/ balanced argument. Our main topic has been’ Should Daleks be allowed to live in Harpenden?’ Our first task has been to write a talk map about reasons ‘For and Against’.   The class looked at connectives that are used in a debate. We have also been writing a plan for our big piece of writing for this debate. Lots of the children came up with excellent reasons for and against the Daleks being allowed to live in Harpenden! Our writing will be finished by next week……

Noah and Max

Maths – Mrs H’s group

In maths we have learned about Ratio and Proportion. Ratio means comparing a part to  another part; Proportion means comparing a part to the whole. For example in a class there is 30 children so the proportion to girls and boys is 20 to 10 or 2:1. We moved around different tables doing different activites which were all about ratio and proportion. On Thursday we did a maths investigation; it was quite hard but when you get the hang of it, we managed it! I was very happy to beat last week’s score in my Arithmetic test!


Blog- Mrs Berry’s maths group

In Mrs Berry’s maths group this week we have been looking at 3D shapes. On Monday this week we were looking at more advanced 3D shapes like a tetrahedron and the octahedron.

Also we were finding the properties of 3D shapes like the vertices, edges and faces. E.G:


8 vertices

12 edges

6 faces
















Luke B

Maths Ms Walters’ Group

On Monday, we were learning about angles. We drew different types of angles and measured them with a protractor. On Tuesday we learnt about fractions. On our whiteboards, we wrote examples of what we know about them. On Wednesday, we carried on from what we did on Tuesday. On Thursday, our maths group were adding up numbers to make 180 and 360 degrees. On Friday, our group were adding two angles of a triangle to make the third angle. We enjoyed maths this week!

Beth and Musu

This week in French we have been looking at what people do in their day. We started off by looking at an animation which told us lots of different times and activities .Then it was our turn! We were given a sheet and had to ask our partner what they did in their day (obviously in French). Redwood class really enjoyed learning French this week.

By Daniel P and Zach M

Fit for 15

On Tuesday 31st January, Redwood class went outside for some hula-hooping fun! Lottie and Mariam organised a competition to find the best hula-hooping mastermind. Everyone got into pairs with one hula-hoop between them. One at a time, they hula-hooped with the other person timing them. Out of the pairs, the best time was given to us. 5 seconds or lower are out. We went up to 15 seconds and two people were left in – Mariam and Mia. Time for a hula-hoop off! Dan timed them and whoever’s hoop dropped first would be second and the other would come first! 28 seconds later and Mia was in shame. Mariam had won!

Time for another round! Everyone repeated the process and in the end it came down to Max and Mariam. After 31 seconds, Max’s hoop dropped and Mariam continued. Two whole minutes later, Mariam’s hula-hoop fell to the ground. Our 15 minutes were unfortunately up and everyone had enjoyed it! Redwood class will definitely be hula-hooping again!

By Mariam and Lottie

This week in year 6 Redwood class we have been doing quick sticks and tag rugby. On Monday we had our first lesson of quick sticks; we started off with the basic rules as most of us had forgotten. Firstly we got a ball and some hockey sticks so we could play piggy in the middle. It was great fun and we all got the hang of it. Next we got a ball each and started to dribble (some of us tried the Indian dribble). Soon after that, we dribbled in and out of cones as a team- we were in our house groups. It was great fun.

Two days later we had tag rugby and unlike quick sticks, we had already had a few sessions. To start with we had piggy in the middle. Next, we went into an enjoyable game called toilet town. Toilet town is a game where you play mini 3 minute matches. If you win, you move up a court and if you lose you stay where you are unless you’re at the top pitch (Twickenham) where you move to the bottom pitch Toilet town. It was great fun and it was a good way to end P.E that week.

By Josh Robinson and Will Harris


On Wednesday we had our science lesson and learnt about evolution. In our books, we wrote what we already knew about fossils. Here are a few examples: fossils can be found under the sea or under the ground, they are very old and they are not always from extinct creatures. We looked at a power point about different forms of fossils and watched a video on you tube. The name of the video is ’19 creatures that you are glad don’t exist.’ The video had some gruesome creatures and there was one creature that was just a bit different from the normal horror creature. (A spider, but the only difference was that it was as big as a class room! Some of us had to turn our heads away from the screen.)  The Power point told us about mold fossils, petrified fossils, cast fossils and preserved fossils. Also, we asked lots of questions and got very good answers back from Mrs Harrison. We all had lots of fun and are looking forward to our next lesson!

On Tuesday, Redwood had a lesson on R.E . where Mrs  Edbrook  was teaching. We discussed what we thought in our heads when we heard the word God. Our class had some amazing ideas! We looked at probability  lines . The class were given dilemmas as table groups and decided for ourselves if they had no chance of happening , not very likely chance of happening , likely chance of happening and definite chance of happening

By Lenny

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The O2 trip

On the 17th of January, 81 children, plenty of helpful adults and a terrifically talented music teacher (AKA Mrs Bull) went on a musical quest to the O2 arena in London. We departed from the Grove at 10:30 carrying our food and wearing our YV t-shirts and arrived excitedly at mid-day. When we arrived, we were all famished so we settled down- inside the dome- to have lunch. After lunch, we made our way into the official arena for the rehearsal! We ended up staying in the arena until the concert ended at 21:15. In the meantime, we had our packed dinners.

The concert was absolutely amazing! There were roughly 7,220 children singing; the sound was impeccable! Many guests starred in the performance, adding to the excitement. When all of us used our Young Voices Torches it looked like the night sky littered with stars; the arena was pitch black. It looked very magical – you almost wanted to cry with joy!

At the end of the day, despite being completely exhausted, we were all buzzing with happiness. All of us really enjoyed it and it will remain in our hearts forever! We would like to thank Mrs Bull, Mrs Harrison and all the other kind, helpful staff that looked after us throughout the day! J

By Mariam and Rosie, Year 6

This week in year 6 we have been studying rainforests in English and science. We have also been studying the world using atlases.


We have been writing scripts to recreate the style of David Attenborough, so we can do a voice over on a nature programme. We have had the option to choose whether we get to do a polar bear, a spider monkey, a panda, a glass frog or a penguin.


In Geography, we have been studying the world by using an atlas. One task was about time zones around the world and how they compare to each other. Other tasks included the longitude and latitude lines of the world and the tropic of Cancer and Capricorn.

Elder boggers: Tess, Grace and Lydia 20-01-17


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All of Redwood have really enjoyed coming back after Christmas! We got to do fun activities such as hunting for furry caterpillars in Science – we got to name them and if we misbehaved they were taken off us-watching clips from Planet Earth (while doing pieces of writing about them) and learning about the rainforest in English!

In Mrs Berry’s maths group, we have been looking in depth at 2D shapes and their properties. Meanwhile in Mrs Harrison’s maths group, we have been doing word problems with units of measurements.

In PE, we have been doing tag rugby and dance. Dance, which is in the hall, has been focused mainly on ballet. We have been creating dances based on the industrial revolution. At the same time, tag rugby has been very enjoyable, mostly on the field.

RE has been focused on Buddhism, as we recapped the story of the Buddha. This has also been the subject of many debates; we are all intruiged.

In addition to this, in science we looked at the fascinating subject of evolution. We thought about natural selection and Charles Darwin, which has been very interesting.

Overall, the first week back has been exciting and everyone has learnt something new.

Mariam and Lauren



Year 6 Autumn Term

Year 6 Blog

Christmas around the world

In English, we have learnt how to read, write and perform our playscripts. We have had a great time using stage directions to deliver lines and add to the performance.

In maths we have created, identified and changed 3d shapes using playdough. We had a fantastic time and were really excited about solving the Christmas pudding mystery by deciphering codes and gathering information from tables.

For our learning logs, we investigated how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

The highlight of the last two weeks has been our fantastic play: Christmas around the world. We really enjoyed the dancing, singing, rehearsing, laughing and writing. We even got to make the props and share our ideas.

Ellie, Adam and Tilly






In maths we have been learning about percentages of a full and semi circle. Also we have been learning algebra and different signs.


In English we have been learning all about chimney sweeps in the eighteen hundreds to the early nineteen hundreds. Now we are moving subject to story writing.


In year six we have done five laps, netball and gym. In the five laps we had to run around the field five times as fast as you can. In netball we have been learning how to pass, shoot and pivot which is turning on the spot.


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This week in maths we have been linking our maths to art week. We have been working on shapes such as circles, triangles, octagons and nonagons. On Monday, we identified shapes from a piece of art by Kandinsky which included lots of maths related shapes. As well as that, we looked at parallel lines, perpendicular lines and all the different types of Triangles.

On Tuesday we drew our own version of Kandinsky using of 2D shapes which were all together. After that, we identified all the shapes and wrote them around it. . Although we didn’t have much time, our drawings looked fantastic. On Thursday, we used a protractor to measure angles on our shapes; some of us found that quite tricky! On Friday we hope to get a better time in The Torture Test and a better score in the Arithmetic Test.

Will, Lenny and Luke (Mrs Harrison’s group)

As it was art week, we have been working with shapes in maths; the main artist we focused on was Kandinsky. The reason we concentrated on this artist was because he used shapes in his artwork.

At the beginning of the week, we used compasses to create accurate circles (we kept on trying until we mastered it). When we were confident enough, we created circles inside circles-it was really fun but hard-.  After that, many pictures were created by the circles and other shapes for example: the Olympic rings, faces and animals.

Later on in the week, we used Kandinsky’s art to create our own pictures made out of different types of shapes. Some pictures created by children were like the real picture.

Will and Josh (Mrs Berry’s group)

In 15 for Fit this week, we decided to do an activity that involved equipment. In this activity, the children were split into four groups. They had to nominate someone and in twenty seconds they tried to score as many baskets as they could. The number of baskets they scored was the amount of steps their team can take towards the centre of the netball courts. Once everyone had taken their steps forward, they re-elect a shooter; the process would begin again. The aim of the game was to be the first team to reach the middle circle and this would be the winning team. Two teams drew so there was a joint first place!

By Mia and Mariam

This week has been art week so we have been doing a relief collograph. A lady (Sue) came in and showed us how to collograph; we were all very excited and ready to go! Firstly, we had to cut out some cardboard which was going to be the plate. Then everybody started to draw their sketches. Once everyone had finished drawing, they placed their cardboard underneath their sketch and pressed down hard on the pencil so you could see the outlining. After this, the children cut out the cardboard and then stuck it down onto another piece. When everybody had finished, an adult came round and covered our plates with bottom varnish.

Once the varnish has dried, we were then allowed to start printing. After choosing our ink, we put a scrap piece of paper underneath our plate. Then we got a spoon and used the back of it to rub the picture so it would come out well. When we had finished rubbing, we lifted up our paper and found…..a wonderful print . Although we enjoyed printing, it was very hard!

Zach and Will

For our spellings, we are looked at homophones (for example: there, their and they’re.) We had to write nine sentences which are: Three sentences for there; three sentences for their and three sentences for they’re. Although we are meant to learn about homophones, our knowledge of their, they’re and there was not very good because we keet on making silly mistakes in our writing! The meaning of there, their and there are: there means (in a statement), their means (someone’s belongings ) and they’re means (instead of they are).

Ben and Noah

On Thursday, we looked at the daily life of a Victorian chimney sweep which was very nasty. We started off by making a descriptive spider diagram to describe a chimney sweep; we used words such as melancholy, anxious, petrified (we got extra house points for using metaphors and similes!) When we had finished the spider diagram, we got our English books and started a 2 paragraph long description of a chimney sweep in the Victorian era. We will continue this on Friday.

By Maxwell and Brendan

In P.E this week Redwood class have been building up their routine from the last two weeks. But this week we were had to find a piece of equipment that fits into our sequence. Although some apparatus was hard to use, there was always a way for it to fit in. We had half an hour to progress from our previous routine. Mrs Hutson said that to make a successful performance (and we all did ) we had to listen to each other ideas. The end result was very successful and every group had a sequence to show.

Dan and Ellis







This week in Year 6 (Acer) ………

Today we have had a non-uniform day and we all brought in jars filled with sweets etc and donations for the Christmas bazaar. We are all looking forward to a fun day and raising for the school

In fifteen for fit we played a game called hot potato. We all had to run around and pass the ‘hot potato’ (which was really a small ball) and whoever was left with the ‘hot potato after 30 seconds was out. If was a fun way to keep fit.

On Monday we did a project on the Navvies. We had to move to the music room because there was a problem with the plumbing in our classrom! Mrs Berry said that we behave very sensibly despite the change of rooms.

See you at the Bazaar!

Charlie & Lexi


YEAR 6 BLOG we 18.11.16

Anti-bullying Week

This week the children of Grove Junior school have been learning about anti-bullying. We had a lesson where we made our own characters which can solve bullying. We also had some questions and we had to say if they were bullying or not or if we were not sure. One question (if Miss McCluskey went to sit with Mrs Berry and Mrs Harrison but they said she can’t sit with them would it be bullying?) caused a lot of discussion.


In science we have started learning about electricity. We have learnt some new vocabulary such as cell, push switch and many more. We have also learnt about the symbols for example motor is a [m] with a circle around it.


In music we have been learning about West Side Story because it is to do with bullying. We then made it into our own. Three groups used the feature of clicking. Some groups used the feature of a tension build up.


In pe we are doing netball and gym. In gym we have learnt how to hold a position. In netball we have been practicing shooting. In addition, lots of boys are practicing at break.


In Mrs Berry’s maths group we have done percentages we do it like this; 30% of 20 first you must find 10% so 10% of 20 is 2 then you times it by three so 30% of 20 = 6 . In Mrs Clifford’s maths group they have been learning about perimeters. In Miss McCluskey’s maths group they have done adding fractions.

By Archie Will Jack



Week beginning 31-10-16

It’s the first week back after half term and in year 6 we’ve done a reading test (which was OK) and we have mastered fractions in Mrs Berry’s maths group. The entries for our autumn art competition were all brilliant and everyone spent lots of time on them. We have a wonderful display in the corridor which looks fabulous. There is also an exhibition in the Harpenden public hall of all the schools winners. In year 6 the winners of the competition were: Dillon from Acer, Rosie and Josh from Redwood and Lucy from Elder.   We are all practising our 2 minute talks about Speed, Steam and Smoke. We will perform them on Monday the 7th of November.

Sophia & Toby


In Year 6 we have been learning about…


In R.E we have been learning about the story of Buddha. We learnt that Siddhartha was a wealthy Prince who left the Palace to teach poor people how to live life. He chose to do this after seeing four sights these were a man dead, old man, a man with nothing but a bowl and a wounded man.


In Science we have been learning about light and dark. We have learned about how shadows are created and if light can bend. When the sun is directly over the object it is a small shadow and when it is far away or low the shadow is long. Also, we have been learning about what reflects light well.

Year 6 Bloggers



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This week in PE we have been doing football with Mr Berry. On Monday, we worked on mirroring our partner which would help us with our defending skills. After that, we had girls on one pitch and boys on another playing matches preparing for the Inter House tournament on Thursday. On Thursday, we went out and split into our houses ready for the games. On Thursday, we would normally be doing gym but due to the basketball tournament, Mr Berry decided to move it to Thursday to give everybody a chance to participate. In the games, the level was high to show the outcome of our football unit.

By Zach Marsh

In RE we are learning about the differences between Christianity   and Buddhism. On the11th of October we were learning about the Ten Commandments and the Five Precepts. Some of the Ten Commandments are You are not allowed to say God in a rude way and you must never steal. Some of the Five Precepts are killing people and never lie.

By Ben S

This week in English, we completed newspaper report plans on the Thames Tunnel. We did some research about the Thames Tunnel on the laptops and mainly searched about the collapse of the Tunnel. We also worked on Isambard Kingdom Brunel [the builder of the tunnel.]We have been looking at snappy sentence starters to do with the tunnel or Isambard Brunel.

This week’s spellings word pattern is cious. These are some of the words we did vicious, delicious and malicious. As well as that, we looked at a SPAG maps and made our own posters about what we know and what we should know. The class worked in groups of four; we worked really well in a group!

By Darcy and Lauren W


This week in in our maths books we have been doing some long division! Some of us found it quite hard! We also looked at some word problems; we didn’t have to solve them but underline the important information and work out which number operation to use. Kung Fu Maths was a fun start to this lesson!

On Thursday, we played our favourite maths game which is Countdown numbers! We then had to do a Maths investigation all about chocolate  and fruit bars! We are both looking forward to our arithmetic test tomorrow and hope to beat our score from last week!

Ashlea and Tassia

This week in Mrs Berry’s maths group, we have been doing some revision on adding fractions. At the beginning of this week most of our group were struggling with fractions, but thanks to Mrs Berry’s fabulous teaching, we have learnt an amazing new method of adding them. Midway through the week, our maths group came up with some adding rules and that helped a lot. As we went further into the week, we added more rules to our list and had harder fractions to add. By the end of the week we were adding mixed numbers with different numerators and to make things even better, most of us got a new personal best in our torture test!

William B


This week in Topic we have been looking at Navvies relating to our topic on the Industrial Revolution. Our task was to write a diary entry from the point of view of a navvy. We had to include information on what a Navvy did and what was their lifestyle. We had to answer questions in our writing too such as ‘why did the Navvies have a bad reputation?’ and ‘was it an easy job? ’.

If we did not want to write a diary entry, then we were allowed to write a newspaper report on Navvies as we have been working hard on writing newspaper reports for the last few weeks. We have definitely enjoyed this week’s Topic and we are all looking forward to next week’s lesson!

By Rosie S


Working hard in English ……………….







Fit for 15 in classroom due to torrential rain!






Gunnersauraus in Redwood!

Acer Blog


In P.E this week we have been making routines up and performing them in front of our class. Then we improved them by adding equipment. We are starting a new project in music, which involves using different instruments.

In English and history we have been learning about Marc Brunel and his son’s tunnel underneath the Thames. Following this we have also been hot seating.

In PSHE we did goals for our class and we also played a treasure chest game.

In maths we have been doing tests to tell what we can do.

This week’s head teacher’s awards have been given to Emily J for her great focus and good responses in guided reading and Dillon B also got one for brilliant hot seating.

By Caitlin M and Dillon B.


Year 6 Blog 30-09-16

In year 6 we have been learning how to write a newspaper report. The students have been able to choose between the following subjects; the steam engine, 15 minutes 4 fit and Roald Dahl week. The majority of students chose to write on 15 minutes 4 fit.

In maths we have been learning about adding decimals and whole numbers and dividing decimals. In Mrs Berry’s group we have also been doing torcher tests once a week.

In history we have been learning about Navvies and how they have to dig out hills to build train tracks. We have also been writing diary entries on the life of a Navvy.

In PE we have tested our stamina by running round the field five times. In addition to that we have tried to improve are reaction times by starting in different positions.




This term in P.E we are doing athletics and cricket. In athletics we have been practising our running techniques for the three stages of a race. At the start of the race we would jog. After that we would sprint. Finally at the end we would take long strides. We have learnt that when we jog we don’t go as quick as when we sprint. We have learnt that when we sprint we move our feet really quickly and use our arms. When we do long strides we take longer steps and try not to touch the ground as much.

By Sam P



This week year six wrote a non-chronological report about the Mayans. We wrote about the culture of the Mayans; the food they eat; their calendar; their religion; the astronomy and the maths they did. As well as writing about the Mayans, we have also learnt a lot of interesting facts about the Mayans. Year six has worked hard to write a non–chronological report about the Mayans.

By Tom BW



In R.E. we have been exploring techniques and discussing the meaning of ‘The Yellow Christ’ by Paul Gauguin. We have been given the challenge to recreate his painting in our own way.  We found that he had set the picture in his own time which triggered questions. You can view some of our pictures below.

By Connor C

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This week we have done a wide variety of English lessons. They include: our Mayan non-chronological report, using the active and passive voice and spellings. When we started learning the active and passive voice, we all found it quite complicated but now we can do it easily! As a class, we are getting better at including lots of detail in our writing (adjectives, adverbs, frontal adverbials, complex sentences etc) I have enjoyed English this week and I can’t wait to find out what lessons we have next!

By Oliver M


During Miss McCluskey’s maths group this week, we have been solving missing number problems and rounding numbers. To round numbers we used a helpful rule 0-4 goes down the line 5-9 goes up the line. From 2-digit to 6-digit numbers we rounded to the nearest: 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000.

For the missing number problems, we used BODMAS (brackets of division, multiplication, addition and subtraction) and the inverse. Although we couldn’t always find the most efficient method, we sometimes had to approach the question differently.   No formal written methods were used to solve number sentences.

By Alyson


It has been a busy week in maths. We have studied word problems, adding fractions and learning to find 5 and 10 per cent of a number. This work is helping us lead up to SATS. Although some children find maths tricky, Mrs Harrison does all she can to help us all. It was fun having Mrs Gillies this week but we all still missed Mrs Harrison! The group tried really hard in the Arithmetic test today and I really hope to beat last week’s score.

By George R


On Wednesday 20th April 2016, Redwood had a geography lesson. We were given an atlas and a map of Central America. Using the atlas’s, we worked out where each country was and coloured them all in different colours. On the corner of the page we wrote a key of which country was which colour. Some of the countries we coloured in were: Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and Panama. We had a great geography lesson.

By Grace B


This week in French we have been looking at transport and places. Everybody had a go at having a conversation in French and a partner would respond. Phrases were used including: Ou vas tu? (Where are you going), je vais a la piscine and many more. We all got worksheets about a theme park but there was a twist. It was written in French! Working out what the words meant was a bit tricky but we got the hang of it. The next task involved finishing the French sentences with a variety of vocabulary. Overall, we have all learnt a lot during this lesson.

By Rachel L


In Science this week, Redwood class have been looking at all the Kingdoms of species. There are 5 kingdoms which are: Kingdom Monera, Kingdom Funghi, Kingdom Animalia, Kingdom Protoctista and Kingdom Plantae. In Pairs, we used a computer to search on The Zone for Kingdom  of Species.

After we had researched our findings, we presented it in a colourful and attractive way! Many different species from all over the world are sorted into 5 categories (5 kingdoms). Most species have many celled organisims but a few species have have singular celled organisms. Some species, like Kingdom Funghi, can produce their own food. The number of species in Kingdom Monera is unknown but the location is everywhere. In the lesson, we developed our researching and presenting skills.

By Luca P and Jamie B


On Tuesday, our class had our first PE lesson after the Easter Holiday. When we have PE , we all have fun because everyone enjoys the topic.

On this occasion, our class were practising throwing. We all got into 5 groups of 5 and each threw a small plastic hoop, a javelin and a foam whistle thrower! Finally, for the best bit , we walked onto the field  in our groups to throw a heavy disc! The lesson was amazing and we all had fun.

In the Thursday PE session, a man came to teach us all about cricket. He was from a company called Chance to Shine. Firstly he told us all about throwing and different ways of catching the ball. After that we all got into a match. Everyone played their best and both teams did really well. There were some brilliant shots and great sportsmanship. I really enjoyed the PE lesson and can’t wait for the next one!

By Tom P and Jordon P






September 23 2016

Year 6 Blog

Giuseppe Loporchio

Autumn Term 2016

Redwood Blog – wb 19.09.2016


This week, we have been looking at newspaper reports and finding out the features. We annotated an article called Parliament Prowler. Year 6 chose an area to write about in the form of a newspaper. There were three different subjects we could choose from- Roald Dahl Week, Fit For Fifteen and the Steam Train. Also, we had to include all the success critirea of a newspaper. Our spelling sound for the week, was ‘ous’ and we matched some descriptions to pictures. As well, we looked at reported and direct speech then filled in a sheet linked with that. Redwood Class can’t wait for their dictation! 

Mrs Berry – Maths group    

In Mrs Berry’s maths group this week, we have been learning how to do My Maths the correct way. We need to press on the need practise and always have a pencil and paper at all times when doing the proper homework.  We have also been looking at estimating where about numbers are on a number line with big numbers and decimals. As well as that, we have been looking at negative numbers from 40 to -60 in temperatures.

Luke B


In science this week we have been understanding how the eye interprets pictures. We have learnt how we need light to be able to see things, how light is reflected off objects and how light travels in straight lines. We have also learnt how the eye works and that light travels through the pupil to form an upside down, back to front image on the retina at the back of the eyeball. In class we experimented with the iris to see how it reacts to light and dark. Our partner closed their eyes for a minute and then when they opened their eyes. Then their partner would observe how their pupils dilate and contract. We have learnt about other parts of the eye such as the sclera, lens and the optic nerve. Without light we would not be able to see.

Mia J

In year 6 in PE, we have been learning about football and SAQ.  In football, Mr Berry has been teaching us about passing, shooting, dribbling and working in small groups. While working in small groups we get to work with new people who we haven’t worked with before and trying new things. Mr Berry was helping and supporting everyone when we were trying really hard.

SAQ stands for Speed Agility and Quickness. In SAQ, we use lots of equipment and also work in groups. Mrs Hutson and Mr Berry help us making new activities and having fun. It is lots of fun  but really hard work as well! When it comes to exercising, everyone enjoys it. For example there are lots of things we do in SAQ. Sit ups, skipping, step ups and shuttle runs and most importantly it helps you keep fit.

By Will A

Redwood Fit For Fifteen

During our fantastic fit for fifteen sessions we have been having so much fun and everyone enjoyed it! On Tuesday we had our first session of the week and we were all looking forward to it. To start with, to get warmed up Redwood did one lap of the netball court. After that, we then applied some rules to running laps around the court. The rules were if Mrs Harrison blew the whistle once we all had to touch the floor once, if she blew it twice we had to touch the floor with two hands, if she blew it three times we had to jump up and finally the fourth whistle would mean to stop.  Next, everyone got into a space and once everyone got into a space we did some quick energetic star jumps which lasted for about one minute.  Sadly, the session finished and our next session was on Thursday where one of the children would lead the session.                        


Our second fifteen for fit session was run by a child and we did the classic over and under. Over and under is where the first person in the team would pass the ball over their head and the second person would pass it under their legs to the next person and so on. But we adapted the rules too, so instead of going over and under we went left to right and once we got to the last person they had to run to the end of the football pitch and then run to the front of their team and then start again. To win, your team had to beat all the other teams by making everyone run to the end of the football pitch and back to your team.

By Josh


Maths Masterclass at Aldwickbury

On Thursday 22nd September, eight pupils from year 6 were invited to participate in a maths master class at Aldwickbury school. During the master class, we learnt a range of interesting things about the complex art of origami. We got to work with children from schools all around Harpenden and learnt some amazing things. We all had a wonderful afternoon and look forward to the next session.

By Mariam


Our first week back!

We have started are new week of Year 6 with the following topics of Steam Engines, Light and Dark   and finally we multiplied and divided in Maths.   

On Friday the 9th September 2016 Mr Watson came to The Grove Junior School to show us how a steam engine works. He told us amount using coal and hot water to create a fire which boiled the water to make steam. The gears and steering wheel were different to those on cars. You’ve got to be safe around a steam engine because there is stuff on the outside that moves. It looked very fancy and he uses it at fairs. It set a record for travelling the furthest; it went all the way to Brighton!

By William P and Archie W


Redwood Blog

This week in English we have been looking at the book ‘The Vanishing Rainforest’ by Rupert van Wyk and wrote part of the story from another character’s point of view, such as Uncle Moawa or Jane. First we described the character that we were focusing on and the setting. After that, we wrote some of the dialogue remembering to use speech marks correctly!

In Spelling, we have been practising spelling homophones and putting them in a sentence. A few that some people found particularly tricky were: ‘descent’ and ‘dissent’, ‘principle’ and ‘principal’, and ‘alter’ and ‘altar’.

 by Ollie B

In French our topic is transport. We have learnt how to say different modes of transport like: bus is bus, bike is velo and by foot is a pied. We got into pairs and the teacher wrote up all the vocabulary and sentences we needed. Then we had a conversation in are pairs. The first person would ask where you were going and then you would say where you were going. Then the first person would ask how you were getting there and you would pick a mode of transport and say how you were getting there. All of this was done in the French language! After that we had to fill in a sheet which was fun and helped us remember the vocabulary.

By Grace B

In Science this week (as it is National Science week), we made trees out of paper! We were only allowed to use paper and scissors; if you wanted to ‘glue’ something together you had to make slits. It was a competition and the categories were: tallest tree, widest tree, sturdiest tree and most life like tree. There were seven groups with three people in them. We had sheets to show us how to make the slits. What kind of things would you put on your tree? All of the trees were very different. Luckily, one of the groups found green paper! Unfortunately, you weren’t allowed to colour it as that would be using other items.  We got to choose our groups and we only had 30 minutes. I really enjoyed this lesson and I hope everyone else did!

Happy Science week!

By Katie M

In Maths this week, we have been looking at different units of measurement and converting (g, kg, mm, cm, m, km, ml and L). When we started, not everyone was sure if they could do it or not!

We did an investigation which involved measuring scarves and we got on really well! As it was a fun lesson, Mrs Harrison was very pleased! Next we looked at a picture called the Knitathon which was all about knitting, scarves and how long they were. We then had to convert the measurements so that they were all the same.

Today we did an arithmetic test. Unfortunately, due to a faulty printer, it had only copied the odd numbered pages!! Luckily, Mrs May came to the rescue and sorted out the rest of the pages for us! Everyone tried their best.

By Irfan and Tom J

This week in P.E., we have been learning rock and roll in dance. We have put together a routine of actions in this particular dance genre. Clicks, leg kicks and hand shoots have all been included in the routine. After that we joined with a partner and created our own set of movements to add to the routine. Very soon lots of people were worn out and ready to finish but we kept going and managed to create a class chorus. Next, we put all the parts together to make a sequence of rock and roll movements. Mrs Hutson taught us the hand jive and we were ready to dance as a group. We all really enjoyed a week of dance!  

By Rachel L

September 16 2016

Year 6 Blog

Giuseppe Loporchio

Autumn Term 2016

Year 6 Blog


This week we have been celebrating Roald Dahl’s 100th Year birthday. In Acer class we have been reading The Magic Finger. Following on from that we have been writing what it would feel like to have wings (like the Gregg family).

During our 15 for fit sessions we have been having so much fun. We played a really fun game that included Swiss balls. Over and under was our favourite.

In our golden time we played a very enjoyable  game called  Kalaha. It originated from somewhere in Africa. They would play with stones and dug the holes in the sand. Everyone had such a great time. 

By James A and Emily J

Elder Blog

Our first week back

We have started are new week of Year 6 with the following topics of Steam Engines, Light and Dark   and finally we multiplied and divided in Maths.   

On Friday the 9th September 2016 Mr Watson came to The Grove Junior School to show us how a steam engine works. He told us amount using coal and hot water to create a fire which boiled the water to make steam. The gears and steering wheel were different to those on cars. You’ve got to be safe around a steam engine because there is stuff on the outside that moves. It looked very fancy and he uses it at fairs. It set a record for travelling the furthest; it went all the way to Brighton!

By William P and Archie W

Redwood blog!

This week we have been rehearsing for our end of year play, Bugsy Malone! Some of the children have already learnt their words. Our lead role (Heather) plays the role of Bugsy and Keira plays the role of Blousey.

This week is Humanities week, so we have been learning about the history of the Skew Bridge in Southdown. We did a comprehension activity where we read about the bridge and answered questions via the text. As well as this, we had to take pictures of the Skew Bridge itself.

Relating to Humanities week, we had to look at a map of our environment (Harpenden) and a map of Cromer (Kingswood). We made a colour key and labelled the different features of the maps. We especially looked at railways.

Other events that took place this week (27.06.16)  were the Herts Games Quick Sticks tournament and District sports. We did exceptionally well both in both of these events and came out with high scores.

We can’t believe that we only have 3 weeks left of year 6 and, even worse, at the Grove Primary school. We would like to thank all the teachers for giving us lots of opportunities and education!

By Rachel and Grace B.   




Year 6 Blog

This week we have done lots of exciting things.

We started the Year 6 play this week. Our play is … Bugsy Malone!  We have been practising every day to make it perfect and we are still working to make it our best. We hope to see a big audience to support us.

Stained glass windows

Over the course of two weeks, we’ve made wonderful stained glass windows. The funny thing is, we used bin bags. Firstly we designed them into our D&T books. Then we got a bin bag and drew our design on it with chalk. Next we stuck down tissue paper onto the bag with PVA glue. After it had dried, we gently peeled them off. Now they look wonderful. If you haven’t seen them yet please come round to Acer.

 EU referendum

This week is a special week because people around Britain are voting for whether we should stay in the EU or leave. On Thursday 23rd June people are allowed to vote (if you’re over 18).

Sadly on the morning of the 24th Britain decided to leave the EU. Devastated, David Cameron decided to resign from being Prime Minister. In October we will find out our new Prime Minister. In our Grove School election, we decided to remain.

Written by Emma and Emma-Beth

Y6 D&T

In D&T we have started to design a bag related to the country we got in our euros sweepstake. We were given a homework task to create a mood board for our design. We found out facts on the country we got and created a mood board around the facts we found. Materials were also used as it would not be a design without knowing what to use to create our bag. In the next session we will start our final design. Finally, we will create our bag using the materials we have chosen. The bag will be handmade and will be able to hold something inside it. The bag will need to include a fastening, a gusset and a handle.