Year Group Blog


Online Learning w/c 13.07.2020

Welcome to the final week of the UCPSpace Project! We hope you have enjoyed the activities of the past two weeks. Now that you’ve found a fuel source, this week you’re ready to re-launch your rockets to find and rescue the UCPS teachers! Will you be successful in your mission? Be sure to access the … Continued

Online Learning w/c 06.07.2020

Welcome to week 2 of the UCPSpace Project! We hope you enjoyed the launch of our new learning projects last week. This week, the anticipation is building as you experience a challenging twist to the project, which sees you encountering a new planet…! Be sure to access the YouTube videos sent through for this weeks … Continued

Transition and Sex Education Resources

Dear parents/carers, Please find below a link to the Parent Presentation on the transition and sex education sessions we will be running in our bubbles over the next two weeks. There is also a link to the book, ‘Hair in Funny Places,’ to facilitate discussion with those children learning from home. Finally, there is a … Continued

Online Learning w/c 29.06.2020

And we have lift-off! This week, the University of Cambridge Primary School is embarking on a three week cross-curricular project. The UCPSpace Project draws on pupils’ English and creative thinking skills as they journey through space to reach the teachers that have been stranded there whilst on a research mission. Maths will continue as usual … Continued

Online Learning w/c 22.06.2020

This week you will receive a Reading for Pleasure video on Monday; on Tuesday and Thursday you will receive extra-curricular videos follow by a message from the class teacher on Friday, as well as the next chapter in our story for Reading for Pleasure. All other video lessons will be links to BBC Bitesize, BBC … Continued

Online Learning w/c 15.06.2020

This week you will receive a message from the lead online teacher for UKS2 on Monday, explaining the new home learning look from this week. On Tuesday and Thursday you will receive extra-curricular videos and a message from the class teacher on Friday, as well as the next chapter in our Reading for Pleasure story. … Continued

Home Learning Information 8.6.20

Monday 8.6.20 Maths Find a Rule Video link: here Monday – Hot – Find a Rule Monday – Spicy – Find a Rule Monday – Hot – Answers Monday – Spicy – Answers English Monday Puzzle   Tuesday 9.6.20 Maths Tuesday – Spicy – Forming Expressions Tuesday – Spicy – Answers LBQ @ Home  – … Continued

Home Learning Information 1.6.20

Welcome back – hopefully you had a lovely half term break. Mr Drane will be providing online learning for Year 6 for the next two weeks, before returning to school on 15th June. After this time, Ms Glenister will take over the online teaching for both Year 5 and 6. Monday 1.6.20 English I will … Continued

Home Learning Information 18.5.20

Monday 18.5.20 English Monday 18.5.20 Maths Monday – Area and Perimeter – Hot/Spicy/Extra Spicy Monday – Area and Perimeter – Answers Extra SCSSP Cricket week challenges Tuesday 19.5.20 Maths Tuesday – Area of a Triangle – Hot Tuesday – Area of a Triangle – Spicy Tuesday – Area of a Triangle – Extra Spicy Tuesday … Continued

Home Learning Information 11.5.20

Monday 11th May To mark the day that would have been the beginning of SATs week, here are some silly SATs papers to complete: Silly-SATs—reasoning Silly-SATs—reading If you’d like to do some actual learning… Paper with answers to correct Arithmetic Generator Tuesday 12th May Tuesday Problem Solving – Spicy Tuesday Problem Solving – Extra Spicy … Continued

Home Learning Information 4.5.20

Monday 4th May  English  Monday – News Puzzle and Comprehension  First News Full Issue May 1st Maths Quadrilaterals Monday Spicy Quadrilaterals Monday Extra Spicy Tuesday 5th May Maths Polygon Angles Tuesday Spicy Polygon Angles Tuesday Extra Spicy Extra SCSSP Tennis Challenges Wednesday 6th May  Maths Wednesday Challenge – Hot Wednesday Challenge – Spicy Wednesday Challenge … Continued

Home Learning Information 27.4.20

Thumbs up from us for all your great learning – hang in there! Monday 27th April  Maths Monday Video Angles Monday Spicy Angles Monday Extra Spicy English Continue working through booklet given out at beginning of term – videos will teach and guide through this. Bonus English – Monday 27.4.20 Extra P.E School Games Challenge: … Continued

Home Learning Information 20.4.20

Welcome back – I hope you enjoyed the Easter break as best as you could and everyone remains safe and well. The main news is that the structure of the home learning videos is changing slightly and will now look like this: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 1 Maths and 1 English video each day Thursday and … Continued

Home Learning Information 30.3.20

Welcome to your latest week of home learning. With only three days left until the Easter holidays, I wanted to reiterate the message that I have been giving on the videos and during the lovely phone calls I have had with the children this week: please only do what you can. We must acknowledge that … Continued

Home Learning Information 23.3.20

Thank you for the 80+ viewings of the Home Learning videos already – hoping that they are not too onerous and are proving useful; please just do what you can and be sure to keep each other safe. I have written responses to any questions received below. If you have questions, please let me know … Continued

A New Normal

Thank you to all Year 6 parents and children, who have shown such wonderful support to the school over this past week. Dr Biddulph has written a letter to all children, which can be read here. As you are already aware, beginning Monday you will be emailed links to (a slightly camera-shy) Mr Drane giving … Continued

STEAM week!

On Monday, key stage 2 were introduced to STE(A)M week! Everyone was given a scrapbook to document their learning this week. We first started off by decorating our scrapbooks, and then on Tuesday we wrote about our philosophy lesson, is greed natural or man-made? On Wednesday Polaris explored the Mag-Lab. On Thursday we had the … Continued

The week of wows, winners and wonders!

This week was started by a visit from a robot expert and a few of her robot friends, some of whom were being divas and began to act out, now that’s A.I ! During Maths we started re-discovering fractions, yet again! Week 2 – Fractions On Wednesday our hockey teams went to a competition and … Continued

I, Snowbot!

We started the week with a glance at our new topic, humanoids. The book that we have been focusing on is I, ROBOT by Issac Asimov. In our maths learning we finished off converting measuring and then moved on to learning about percentages. And in celebration of pancake day we had some pancake maths! On … Continued

Brilliant book week

This week was book week and our class collaborated with year 2 robins to work on story lines for our characters. Our class decided on the boy with green clothes in a wheelchair. Our inspiration for this person was a book called ‘here we are’ by Oliver Jeffers. We had to work on the relationship … Continued

A very dramatic and mathematic week in Polaris!

This week we started off with some measuring activities to challenge our brains. Dr Biddulph came in and everyone went crazy about measuring his tie which was 53cm long! We had decimal challenges and lots of murder mystery’s to work on during the week, here is one of the super fun puzzles that we worked … Continued

Tests, Tag and a Terrific Scientist

This week was a jam packed week full of assessments. Everyone did very well and many members of the Polaris class are aiming for greater depth. Although assessments are not very fun, at least Mr Drane gave us all extra PE! During this week’s learning street session everyone was fascinated by the skeletons and fossils … Continued

Hello from INK

Hello, we are the new class journalists, also known as INK. Our responsibility is to write the blog each week! Hope you like it. ‘What is the point of life if death always comes?’ Was the juicy question this week in philosophy. Our stimulus this week was a video by Richard Dawkins “We are all … Continued

Polaris Prefects

Our student leadership team have been presented with their official proud, purple prefect uniforms and have already been carrying out their duties diligently (they may even have a chance to take over writing this blog from their busy teacher soon…). As well as this, Polaris class have been focusing on writing as Charles Darwin, following … Continued

A Playful Start

Happy New Year to all Polaris parents/carers and a warm welcome back. A new year, a new decade and a new topic: the Origin of the Species. And a new learning street to explore..! The creativity continued in our Mandarin studies this week. Long Division Next Week P.E – please ensure you bring your kit … Continued

Christmas Bonus

An avid reader has requested up-to-date pictures of the class mascot and this blog writer is a very proud sharer, so please find below. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of all the parents and carers of the class, so thank you so much. Wishing you all the best for the Christmas … Continued

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Apologies for no blog last week – we were suffering from technical difficulties. This will be the last blog of the year, so we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all Year 6 children and families a very Merry Christmas. A few people have asked for some Winter book recommendations – some good suggestions … Continued

Year Six Scientists stop by Sartorius Stedim

Our Science project in collaboration with Biotech firm Sartorius Stedim culminated in a fantastic trip to their facilities this week. The children worked in collaboration, tackling hands-on challenges with great thoughtfulness and enthusiasm. Mrs Bullen-Smith has been telling everyone how Year 6 were a real credit to the school; we are vry grateful to her … Continued

Microbiology and Multiplication

Our scientific curiosity has been piqued this week as we designed our own investigations and measured carbon dioxide being released by yeast when it was fed in different ways. This was all in preparation for next week’s Science trip, organised and led by Mrs Bullen-Smith. This will give children a real insight into the Science … Continued

Trees of Change

As part of our collaboration with the Cambridge Zero project, we spent a whole day creating artwork for a huge installation that will be created by the efforts of everyone across the school. Our theme is Trees: the insects within them, their dramatic lines and curves and the hope that they bring to the climate … Continued

‘The rest is silence’

If we have learnt one thing this Shakespeare week, it is that lots of people die in Hamlet. It has been hard work keeping up with the who’s who of murderers and spies, but we have managed it through a dramatic retelling of the story. We also translated Shakespearean language (avoid ‘leperous distillments’ at all costs..!) … Continued

Mountains, Mandarin and Martha

Year 6 started their new topic ‘Force Majeure’ and we began by exploring the forces at play beneath our feet everyday, the tectonic plates. After visiting Snowdonia national park, what better way to approach this than a study of mountains. This raised so many questions, from ‘How do mountains form? to ‘If mountains are high … Continued

New Polaris Mascot

Putting on a brave face

Why can’t things just be simple? I suppose I will have to put on a brave face for my little one. Best she remembers a smile, rather than the unbearable pain that lurks beneath. Following some wonderful Musical and Dramatic learning with both Dr Biddulph and Mr Smith, we have been focusing on the emotional … Continued

Bombers and Fighters

Both Polaris and Fuji classes were lucky enough to experience their first trip of the year as they visited the Imperial War Museum at Duxford on Wednesday. We explored each hangar and took part in a documentary challenge to find the untold stories of the war. Each group was given a phone and sent tasks … Continued

Dramatic Evacuations

Confusion. Devastation. Moments of excitement, even. What sort of emotional ups-and-downs did evacuees experience during World War 2? This is just one of the questions that we have explored through dramatic role play this week. In fact, we have been considering the impact on the entire family and country as a whole. Inspired by this … Continued

Polaris Illuminates

It’s been a sparkling start to the new school year as Year 6 children began their learning. We’ve started to look at our topic ‘To Victory?’ which will centre around World War 2. Children have been using the Learning Street for the first time and we look forward to growing this together. Working as a … Continued