Year 6 2017/18

Dragons' Den

Last term the Year 6 children embarked on the 'Dragons' Den Project'. A trip to Sheffield University Diamond building got the project underway with children being inspired by how engineering, science and maths is used to develop ideas and design products.

The project involved the children completing a number of tasks. Firstly, they had to look at their own skills and attributes, using this information the children were then put into teams of 6 with each member bringing different skills to the group. The teams then had to decide on a company name and logo. Once this was decided, the teams used their design and sewing skills to make a company uniform which had to meet a strict design criteria. This part of the project was concluded with a walk down the cat walk in our uniform fashion show!

Stage 2 involved the groups designing and making 3 electric cars which would be judged on speed, design and quality. This part of the project really tested the team's patience and resilience as the cars were fiddly to make and needed fine tuning to work successfully.

The final part of the project required each group to present their company and product to a group of judges - 'Dragons' Den' style. The groups made a PowerPoint presentation and set up stalls showing their work through all the stages. The judges were people from local companies and school governors.

The crucial element that makes this project so successful is that each session we have Simon Hamilton from UK Steel Enterprise and Jillian Goodison from the Department of Work and Pensions working alongside the class teachers and children bringing their knowledge and expertise to the project. Huge thanks to Simon and Jillian for their time, commitment, skills and enthusiasm. It makes such a difference to the way the children engage with the project.

As a school we would also like to thank UK Steel Enterprise for the financial support with this project - purchasing all the resources for the project and prizes for the winning teams. They also funded the trip to the university. UK Steel Enterprise also donated some laptops and desktop computers which have been invaluable to the school.

Welcome to Year 6 - Autumn 1 Term

Earlier this term, the Year 6 children went to Kelham Island. They had a fantastic day dressing-up and experiencing what it was like to live during World War Two.

The children used historical enquiry and investigation skills in order to experience what life was like as a WWII evacuee. They then explored the museum and discovered what it might have been like to be a munitions worker.

The children also looked at different aspects of life in the city: taking cover in an Anderson shelter, being a home guard and being a member of the auxiliary fire service.