Year 6 2018/19

Spring Term - 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. The costings for labour and materials were calculated at the end of each session. 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 enough 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 finical 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.

Autumn Term - Kelham Island

The Y6s enjoyed a fabulous day out at Kelham Island Museum in October learning about life on the 'Home Front' during WWII. We enjoyed learning about evacuation, air-raids, enemy aircraft, the Home Guard as well as life in the motions factory making 'Sheffield Steel' which was used to make crank shafts, explosives and lots of other important equipment used in the war.

The children participated with enthusiasm and all came suitably attired in their WWII costumes. What a great day!

Autumn Term - Year 6 at the Madina Mosque

On Monday 8th October 2018, the Y6s enjoyed spending the morning at the Madina Mosque in Sheffield. Zahid, our tour-guide for the morning, showed us the inside of the Mosque and explained to us some of the important principles that a practising Muslim would live their life by.

We were captivated by the building and its beautiful, geometric tiling, particularly in the prayer room where a whole wall was devoted this. The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing the washrooms, where Zahid explained ablution in detail.

What a privilege it was to visit such an inspiring building and learn about its importance to the Muslim community!