Y6 Spring term gallery and general feedback

Beetle Artwork

Yes, there are some really talented artists in Year 6. Their drawings are always amazing, and if they draw something, it always looks how it is supposed to be. However, some of us worry that our drawings will let us down. For example, if we were asked to draw a dog, we would worry that it may end up looking like a wobbly cow on stilts.


Being a good artist comes from enjoying art and putting in hours and hours of practice. It's like any talent: without practice and dedication, you will never start to master it.


When we set you an art-task, we know that your spare-time may have been used on developing other talents, so your art-skills might not be those of Van Gogh or Stan Lee. Regardless of your art-ability, or where your talents lie, what we are looking for in any work is thought, care and effort. Pleasingly, we have seen plenty of thought, care and effort in your art submissions. We should all aim to be fantastic learners. However, whether you want to be a super talented artist, gymnast, footballer, scientist is up to you.
Beetle collages
We asked children to use the collage tool on Purple mash to make a collage of beetles. You have to make a design block and then print it multiple times. We were looking for a great idea for a beetle and an interesting composition.
3D beetles
How did you make you 3-D beetle? In school, we have started to make the 3D beetle in fabric. At home, children have used all kinds of material and, best of all, their imaginations! We really like the detail and the knowledge about beetles that shows in your designs.
Witchford PE challenge
We hope you have managed to try the second challenge set by the Witchford Schools Partnership. Here are a few of our Year 6 school PE lesson: dribbling on a gloriously sunny but cold day!
 Going Home
It has been great to see the fantastic pieces of writing that we have received in the Y6@elystjohns.cambs.sch.uk inbox. We have enjoyed reading all them and finding out about different family members - across all the writing, there was plenty of humour and affection. This was great to see. The choice of details shared and how these were shared in well written sentences meant that the quality of the writing was very high.
We have chosen this piece of work because we feel it is a good representation of the good quality of work shared with us. We liked how neatly it was presented; how the planning was used; and how you get a really good sense of the person being described and the relationship they share with the author.
For some of you, we have spotted a few things to work on:
Correct spelling mistakes
Join your handwriting   

How do you know if your writing is successful?

Some tips:

  • Read your work out loud: you may spot where missing punctuation marks need to be added, or if you stumble over your sentences, you might need to improve your word order or use of grammar. Listen to the flow of your writing. Does it have a nice rhythm? If not, how could you improve it? Would adding fronted adverbials or using a variety of different conjunctions make a difference?
  • Read your work to someone. Ask them to be a friendly critic. What did they like? Could they name one thing for you to improve? Here is the fastest way to find out if you have done well in your writing: after reading your work to someone, see if they have a smile on their face.

When we look at your writing, we are looking for accuracy in your grammar and punctuation, but most importantly we are looking for pieces of writing that are enjoyable to read, where you, the writer, have tried really hard to connect with the reader. After reading the submissions for this week, we have read many fantastic pieces of writing and have very achy cheeks. Keep up the good work. Lastly, please take the time to enjoy the wonderful piece of writing opposite.

Family Member Description
Pet beetles.
We asked you, last week, to write a description of a pet beetle you had found. We wanted you to describe your pet and also to thread the description throughout the text, rather than simply tell us about your beetle all in one go. We also asked you to include speech with correct punctuation and to write about your pet as if you were taking it home, through your house and into your room.   You also had to provide hints about how you felt about your family and siblings, in the story. Tall order? yes indeed! And the examples we saw really rose to the challenge. We ask you to work on these English tasks over a week  and you really got to grips with this one.
We noticed that the people who really followed the guidance and spent time on the planning were really successful. Take a look at the example below. We really liked the way the story develops and the beetle lands in the middle of family relationships which are shown to us - we are not told! Fantastic work!
Spring term gallery
As ever, our Year 6 children have risen to the challenge and worked really hard, both in school and at home.
Here are pieces of work from this term. We are really impressed. Well done everyone!
Wasps and beetles
Working on the skills we acquired when drawing the wolves before Christmas, we looked at a detailed picture of a wasp, drawn in pen. We had a go and then tried a rhinoceros beetle. The tricky thing we found  was finding a way to show texture and shape when you have just one shade of black ink.
Y6 Healthy Selfies!
A message from the Year 6 team about remote learning.