Cube Nets

Today we investigated cube nets, finding which nets – made up of six squares – would fold to make cubes and which would not. Some of use made and tested the nets by folding and some of us found we could visualise the nets being folded, using our mind’s eye. 

Year 6 Communication Project

Dear Year Six,

We would like you to create an interactive guide for parents of the children in Year 5 to introduce them to the Bawdsey residential in 2019. The best examples will be shared via the website.

Success Criteria

We will be assessing your presentation against the following criteria:

1. Your presentation answers the following questions for the reader.

  • What is PGL at Bawdsey ?
  • Why should your child go to PGL Bawdsey?
  • What activities can your child take part in?
  • What do they need to take?
  • What will they eat?
  • Where will they sleep?

2. Hyperlinks allow the reader to navigate easily throughout your presentation.

3. The information you present is clear and accurate (including grammar and punctuation).

4. The styles (fonts, backgrounds), techniques (slide transitions, animations) and media (pictures, photographs) you choose add to the presentation and do not distract the reader.

5. Your presentation has your audience in mind and is professional.


To help you complete the project successfully, you may want to follow the advice below

Foundations First

1. Spend some time planning the structure and layout of your presentation, thinking about what the parents will need to know about.

2. Create a range of hyperlinks to produce a non-linear presentation.

3. Organise, draft and check the information for your audience.

4. Select photographs and any other pictures you need.

Frilly Bits Later

1. Choose appropriate styles, techniques and media for your presentation.

2. Make sure your presentation has a consistent look and feel, which makes it professional.

3. Test and make changes to your presentation.

4. Use peer assessment and self-evaluation, make suitable improvements to your presentation.

Finally, the following notes might help you when adding information to your presentation.You can copy and paste it from here before adding more detail.

What is PGL at Bawdsey?

Is fifteen miles and about thirty minutes drive from the school.

A remarkable Grade II* listed, private site, sitting in 144 acres of parkland and woodland

Directly faces the beautiful Suffolk coastline, at the mouth of the River Deben.

Has many excellent existing facilities, including tennis courts, dining room and accommodation.

Home of Radar – with many existing buildings linked to this also.

Link to video –

Why should your child go to Bawdsey?

Enjoy new things and take opportunities wherever possible.

Find ways to push past fears in challenging circumstances.

Listen to others who encourage and help, thanking them for their advice.

Take part in a range of outdoor and adventurous activities.

Develop key skills – communication, independence, resilience, determination and teamwork.

What activities will your child take part in?

What do they need to take?


1 bag/case per person

1 day bag

Bag for bedding

Clothes – all clearly named

Old pair of  trousers (preferably not jeans)

Old T-shirt with long sleeves (not straps or short sleeves)

Old sweatshirt/jumper/fleece

Long socks (football socks ideal)

Outdoor Shoes (e.g. old trainers)

Indoor shoes (e.g. slippers)

Wet shoes

Other items

Hair tie for long hair

Water bottle

Sun hat and sun cream

Sleeping bag and pillow

Flat sheet for sleeping

Torch for evening activities

Wash kit






Hair brush/comb

Medium-sized towel

What will they eat?

Continental/ Full English breakfast

Lunch (incl. salad bar)

Evening Meal (incl. salad bar)

Sharing hall with other groups

Examples of meals

Daily menu including dietary requirements displayed on blackboard

Where will they sleep?

Secure indoor en-suite accommodation

Rooms of 4 to 6 children

Assigned point of contact

Night patrol


Own bedding needed

Good luck with your project. We look forward to seeing the final product.

Mrs Orrin and Miss Lambert.

How do we see? 6B

We have been thinking about how we see and using practical resources to help us explain how we see objects that are light sources and objects that are not. Can you explain these ‘diagrams’ to someone at home Year 6? Try to use the vocabulary; ‘light source’, ‘reflector’, ‘reflects’ and ‘straight line’ in your explanation.

How do we see things?

We have been thinking about how we see and using practical resources to help us explain how we see objects that are light sources and objects that are not. Can you explain these ‘diagrams’ to someone at home Year 6? Try to use the vocabulary; ‘light source’, ‘reflector’, ‘reflects’ and ‘straight line’ in your explanation.

Voice Box Joke Competition

Pupils across the whole school have been heard having fun with language during our Voice Box joke-telling competition. The event has raised awareness of the need to develop communication skills and confidence. Pupils and staff voted for Gorseland’s funniest joke at today’s class meeting – can you guess what it is?

Reading for Pleasure – Year 6

This afternoon’s learning was dedicated to reading for pleasure – anytime, anywhere, anyhow! We had: a range of reading areas, and environments, to choose from; a book blanket and book nook to select texts from; reading identity activities; book cover and fav read displays; a mystery reader (Mrs Aldous); paired reading with Year 3 children and Mr and Mrs Townsend; a surprise book basket with signed copy of Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Girl of Ink and stars, Year 6 volunteers bravely sharing their book choices, and a great deal of ‘book blether’.

The children’s feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with several saying that they didn’t like reading, but today had opened their eyes to new possibilities. If you could be our next ‘Mystery Reader’ and would be willing to share a book with the children, please let me know and we’ll try and arrange a suitable time to surprise 6A. Well done 6A, and thank you for trying something new!

Tree Planting

Today, children across the school planted 450 trees around the school grounds. The children attached handmade labels to their tree so they can remember which tree is there’s once they grow up.

Year 6A Class Assembly

A huge well done to all members of 6A for their wonderful singing, acting, confidence, enthusiasm and creativity during this afternoon’s class assembly. You all should feel extremely proud. You worked together and created a masterpiece!Thank you also to all parents who supported today’s event – it really is appreciated by your children.

Science in Year 6A

We kicked off a new science topic ‘Light and How We See’ with a science carousel around the theme of light. There were quite a few ‘WOW’ moments and lots of questions. Maybe at home you could discuss some questions relating to what we saw and even try to repeat some of them?

How can white light make a rainbow?

How is it that a spinning colour wheel can turn white?

How does light travel?

Why can I still see at night when all the lights are out?

How do we actually see?

Why do shadows change shape?

Why does light appear to reflect off some surfaces but not others?