Welcome to 6T!
My name is Ms Thomas and I teach in 6T, where I work closely with Mrs Jones, the other Year 6 teacher. We have two members of support staff: Mrs Crozier and Mrs Tuer.
I hope you are ready for your final year at Torrisholme. It's hard work but it will be worth it. Are you prepared for lots of fun and challenges along the way?
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As part of our Literacy topic on 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo, we have been reading, writing and performing our own Haiku. These are poems that originate from 17th century Japan. They are short, descriptive poems about things that make people feel a connection to nature and the world around us. in Japanese, Haiku follow a fixed 5 - 7 - 5 pattern of syllables.
Treading the Boards
This is such an appropriate topic for us, because we absolutely LOVE drama in 6T!
Have a look at our recreations of the shipwreck scene from The Tempest...
Our Greek Vases
We made Greek vases using modroc moulded around a balloon. Each vessel is decorated with a scene from Greek daily life and glazed with PVA glue. Of course, the ancient Greeks would have made their vases from clay.
We think you'll agree that any Athenian would be proud to own one of our Greek vases!
Year 6 pupils were really lucky to take part in a workshop about our most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. We learned all about the Globe Theatre and what it would have been like to live as an actor in Shakespeare's time. We also learned about stage directions, created our own 'human' scenery and we even had the chance to try out some sword fighting!
Have a look at what we got up to in these photographs.
Fighting Mr Shakespeare
Some Year 6 children had the opportunity to parry with the Bard (we can assure you that no children were harmed in the production of these photographs!). I don't think I would like to meet Spencer or Ruby in a sword fight, would you? They are fierce!
Sport Relief 2016!
Today we came in a range of sporty outfits to raise money for Sport Relief. We shared our sporting achievements and discussed the importance of keeping fit. We measured our heart rate after a danceathon.
Young Voices 2016
On Wednesday 2nd March, Year 6 took part in the Young Voices concert at Manchester Arena. We had a wonderful time and pupils in both classes were an absolute credit to the school.
Well done to everyone for learning all the lyrics and the choreography to go with the songs; Mrs Jones and I were so proud of you!
In our English lessons we have been reading the narrative poem, 'The Highwayman', by Alfred Noyes. It tells the story of the landlord's daughter, Bess, and her doomed love for the highwayman. There is another character in this love triangle: Tim, the ostler. He plays a major part in the tragedy that unfolds.
Here is class 6T and their 'still lives', representing scenes from the poem.
And still of a winter's night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
A highwayman comes riding-
A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door.
Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the old inn-yard.
And he taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred.
He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord's daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.
Torrisholme Time Travellers
As part of History Week, we have been travelling back to the ancient Maya civilisation, to learn about their method of written communication. Like the Egyptians, the Maya developed a writing system, using hieroglyphics or picture symbols.
In 6T, children in Years 5 and 6 have been creating their own glyphs or logograms. They will be painted to look like the stone carvings which would have been seen in Maya temples.
Gymnastics in 6T
The Groovy Greeks
Our topic this half term is all about the ancient Greeks, their lives, their culture and the lasting influence they have had on the western world.
What a superb start we had to this topic! We were visited by Thespis, a distinguished Athenian (also known as Ian Tully's Mobile Museum). We learned about the differences between Athenians and Spartans; what daily life was like for girls and boys in Athens and Sparta; how the Greeks fought in war and the roots of democracy. We also had the opportunity to handle and try on some Greek artefacts.
The Roots of Democracy
Did you know that the ancient Greeks invented democracy? Here are some members of 6T, debating whether we should go to war with Sparta. Everyone had the right to speak and it was our duty to listen.
In English, we read the story of Daedalus and Icarus. Here are some photographs of us freeze framing the story.
Have a look at our cheeky Christmas cards...
It's been very busy in Year 6 this week, with children making stockings for the Christmas Fair. This is our project for Enterprise Week, and although we may not win the competition to make the most profit, we have certainly won in the improving our sewing skills department! Well done to everyone. A special mention must go to Dillon for his mastery of blanket stitch and John for his button-sewing skills!
Preparation for Christmas - the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth
Bready, Steady, Cook!
In Year 6, we carried out our very own French Bake Off! We learned how to make dough, knead it and shape it into rolls. Here are our wonderful results!
Vive la France!
Since our return to school after the half-term break, we have been working on a mini topic all about France.
We learned about the French Revolution and wrote some wonderful eyewitness accounts of the storming of the Bastille. We also created some information leaflets about the Eiffel Tower.
This Friday, the 13th of November, is our Vive la France exhibition. All parents are welcome to come along and see what we have been learning.
The Channel Tunnel
Poppy's grandad worked on the building of the Channel Tunnel, from 1986 to 1991. Here is Poppy holding a pair of gas masks, issued to the workers during the construction of the tunnel.
The medals are very rare and were given to the workers to commemorate the building of this amazing structure.
Our focus for Art Week was Antony Gormley. He is a British sculptor, best known for creating The Angel of the North. His work focuses on the human form and what it is to be human.
"What are we ... or what do we need to become, to be human?"
The Making of Field for Torrisholme
Each child was given three lumps of clay and asked to create three figures with only eyes for features. They had to try and convey an emotion in their figures, using only the eyes and posture or tilt of the head. These figures are amazing! Can you see how every one of them is different and unique?
Can you tell the emotions that the children are trying to portray?
We really like having them around and feel they are guardian angels, keeping an eye on us and looking after us.
We have been learning how to spin poi in PE, with Mrs Hunter. Have a look at our routines...