Welcome to Year 6!
In the final year at Durrington Junior School, we hope to make it as exciting, engaging and as memorable as possible! You will 'Evolve' into mature, responsible students, as you explore and discover with Charles Darwin and adaptation; unravel the mysteries of the Mayans and trek the highest mountains! Moreover, prepare yourselves for the trips, residential and activity week along the way.
We hope this area of the site will allow you to understand the Year 6 curriculum, enable you to take your learning home, fly through the SATs in May and prepare you to be the greatest high-school students you can be.
“Every lesson has a new thing to learn for everyone” – Mahek
“I just love this school!” - Saffire
To see the planning for this year group, please look at ‘curriculum’ in the information pages of this site.
The morning was full of activity, from hunting down lost wellingtons to teamwork in the forest of Hindleap. The challenges involved emptying the rooms before 8.45am and being ready for first of two activities at 9am. The teams all pulled together and solved the challenges before moving onto the next. Some enjoyed their first taste of archery and others abseiled from the dizzy height of the climbing tower.
Back indoors, the winners were celebrated, certificates were handed out and then we waved goodbye to Hindleap. The children were full of fish fingers and chips, as they boarded the coach, taking a lot of mud and happy memories with them.
We were greeted by a frosty scene this morning so the children donned every item in their bags just to keep warm! No they didn’t because it was surprisingly pleasant outside and the morning flew by as the children worked on team-building ready for team challenge tomorrow. Whilst some became Robin Hood, others abseiled and the pool was busy with children and canoes.
This afternoon, after jacket potatoes heaped high with a choice of chilli, tuna , cheese, beans or the whole lot, the teamwork continued and the last two groups enjoyed their forest adventure. Stream beds were explored, beauty tips were tried (mud being the foundation of choice) and pools were delved into.
Tonight more swimming and the awards where all the children’s achievements are celebrated. Then to sleep (we hope) so that we are ready for tomorrow’s challenges before wending our way home, tired, muddy and ready for the weekend adventures!
UPDATE: The children are all exhusted and off to sleep so the teachers are having a sneaky hot chocolate!
We drove through snow-dappled fields, and watched spectacular pheasants try to fly as we drove through the Sussex countryside. The journey went well and, during our tour of the site, we spotted a deer grazing - it wasn’t afraid at all!
This afternoon, your children have flung themselves into pools of muddy water, explored deep forests, waded through muddy streams and clambered up treacherous terrain in their pursuit of adventure. Others piled crates so high that they flew when they toppled, like Peter Pan and his lost boys. Pool canoe topped the day off, paddling frantically across the water, learning new skills. Orienteering after dinner, followed by cookies and hot chocolate and then to bed and peace perfect peace! More tomorrow...
The girls in year 6 have received some coaching from the Sussex women's cricket team this term. Below is a report from Maisy, in Graphite class, on what they have been doing:
Diamond cricket is where there are four people batting and a fielding team. A bowler throws the ball to any batter they want to, and once the ball is hit, all four batters move round the diamond. Once you are out, you have to give the bat to the next person in the line.
The year 6 girls had a diamond cricket tournament, with four teams of ten. We played two games and everyone got a chance to play at every position and to play against every team.
The hardest part of the game is when there is only on person left batting, because all you do is run. A few of the last girls standing were: Lillis, Sofie and Tia. Overall everyone had lots of fun!
Thank you to Elizabeth Rigsby, a Sussex women’s cricket coach, who worked with us.
A report on our Mexicolore visit by Evie T (with help from her friends).
Today year 6 went into the hall to learn about Mexicolore. First, Ian and his grand-daughter, Joanna, taught us how to count to four in Aztec. The number four was the one people liked most - it is called 'nahui'.
After that we discovered that they have gods for everything! They introduced to our world today, chewing gum and chocolate which the Aztecs and Mayans adored.
By the very end, we had lots of fun. We got to play instruments, dress up and do some chanting.
Everyone in year 6 had the time of their life and had smiles plastered to their faces; it was amazing!