Year 6-7 Transition: Thursday


Videos to watch…

Introduction for our new Parents/Carers from Assistant Principal Sally Owen whose responsibilities include Progress and Inclusion



This challenge is to understand what ostinato is and to contrast it in a composition.  Download the PDF from the link and take on the challenge!


We look forward to meeting you soon.

Mrs Henton and the Music Department


Have you ever wondered what to do with all the rubbish that is produced?  From plastic bottles to packaging and paper and card, we produce a lot of rubbish!

The average household in the UK produces more than a tonne of waste every year. Put together, this comes to 31 million tonnes per year, equivalent to the weight of three and a half million double-decker buses, a queue of which would go around the world two and a half times.

Your Task

Using household rubbish such as plastic bottles, paper, card and packaging, design and make a product of your choosing.  The product can be made from a variety of ‘rubbish’ and you can use whatever you have at home to join your pieces together such as  sticky tape, masking tape, glue or string.

Be as creative as you can.  Use your imagination.  What kind of product can you make?  Either it can be be a decorative item or something that works….the choice is yours!

Once you have made your product you need to photograph it. Email your photograph along with your answers to the following three questions to

  • Explain briefly what your product is.
  • List the materials you have used to make your product.
  • Explain briefly how you came up with your idea.

I look forward to seeing your products!

See you all in September,

Mrs Vaughan.

Bronze: You have made an item that is made from one sort of ‘rubbish’ and made a decorative product.

Silver: You have made an item that is made from two or more sorts of ‘rubbish’.  It is neatly made, showing imagination and is either decorative or works.

Gold:  You have made an item that is made from three or more sorts of ‘rubbish’.  You have used your imagination and thought carefully about the materials and their properties.  The product is well made and all pieces are securely joined.  The item is either decorative or works.

Geography Transition Challenge

Understanding places is an important part of geography – looking at how humans have changed places as well as how we interact and feel about places.

Your transition challenge is to use your geography knowledge and skills from primary school to have a closer look at your local places.

Bronze Challenge

Draw a map of your local place – this could be your school, home or local area.  Think carefully about what you would like to include on your map.  Think about some of the following questions to help you make decisions:

  • Do you want to include EVERYTHING? Or just the most important things?
  • How are you going to show what is there easily? Can you create your own map symbols?  Don’t forget a key (to tell people what your map symbols mean)
  • Do you want it to be an accurate representation of the real world? If so you may need to do some measuring and create a scale.  If you aren’t sure what that is then don’t worry – we will look at this next year!

Have a look at the example below to help you:

Silver challenge

Draw a map with a purpose!   Consider how you could change or redraw your map for a specific purpose.  This could be one of the following:

  • To help a new year 6 student feel welcome
  • To inform a new resident in your street about the local area
  • To support a new dog owner in your local area
  • To make a new member of staff at your school feel welcome

There is information they NEED to know as well as extra things you might think are useful to add to your map.  Consider some of the following questions:

Where do year 6s go at break or lunch?  Which are the nearest toilets? What are the names of the teachers in each classroom? Where is the first aid kit? Where is the best place to play? Where is the area with the best books to read? Where is a good path for dog walking? Where are the dog poo bins?  Where is the shop selling the best sweets?

Notice how these questions often have WHERE as a question word – location is important so make sure you mark the answers clearly on to your map.

Gold challenge

Use your map to write about your “sense of place”.  This is an important geography idea.  It means how someone experiences a place or environment.  Everyone will think differently about places depending on who they are, what they enjoy and their experiences in different places.

For example, if you LOVE football then the football pitch at school may be your favourite place to be, but another student will have a different view and may prefer the art area as they LOVE art!  In your local area there may be places you love to go (meeting friends in the park, route to your grandparents house) but there may be other areas you avoid (that path with lots of dog poo!)

To show people your “sense of place”, add emotions and opinions to your map.  This could be by using symbols ( or), colours or annotations.

Write about your map.  Explain your sense of place – give reasons for the positive or negative emotions, tell the stories that explain your views.

Is there anything that could be done to improve your sense of place?  Offer ideas and suggestions.

I love looking at students’ maps and understanding their opinions about places.  Please take photos of the maps you produce and email them to

Miss Swift and the Geography Team


Blog: Subject Focus

Every day during transition week there is a Subjects Focus post in the Transition Blog!  Today, the focus is on Music, Science and Technology.