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Year 6 Cheetahs

We’re the Cheetahs!

Welcome to our class


We’re fast-moving winners, independent and smart.

We believe in ourselves and go for it!


“Grab a chance and you won’t be sorry for a might-have-been.”

We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea - Arthur Ransome

Important Information

Homework is set on a Monday and is due in the following Monday. Children are expected to record their reading books in their homework diary and for this to be acknowledged weekly with a signature. We also ask children  to practise their times tables and related number facts regularly. 

PE days: Monday and Friday (Children wear their PE kits for the full school day)

Library day: Monday

World Book Day 2020

To celebrate World Book Day 2020 we are excited to be welcoming the theatre group ‘West End in Schools’ to provide book based drama workshops for every class in school.  Y5 and Y6 classes will base their work on ‘The Lorax’ by Dr Seuss as its environmental theme links in well with our current science and English topics. On World Book Day (Thursday 5th March), children took part in lots of exciting reading-related activities at school. This year we  especially celebrated picture books and every child brought in a picture book to share. This could be a well-loved favourite from when they were younger or a more complex graphic novel or a comic-strip style book such as the Asterix series.


Travelling Book Fair

In addition to all this, from Tuesday 10th – Monday 16th March we will be visited by the Travelling Book Fair, which will stock many new and classic children’s books at bargain prices. Your child will be bringing home a £1 World Book Day voucher soon, which can be put towards purchases from the book fair. Remember, the more books we sell, the more fantastic new books we can earn for our class book corners. We look forward to seeing you there!                                      


Y6's Special World Book Day Treat

For World Book Day this year, Y6 have been studying 'Macbeth', they learnt all about the characters and story line, learnt and performed the play in just 20 minutes, before watching a live stream of the performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The children really enjoyed the performance and we even had one of our tweets shown on the big screen. Take a look at Cheetahs' play in 20 minutes below!


Y6 in School Debating competition!


Y6 have been studying 'The Last Wild' by Piers Torday. In the book, all of the animals have been killed by the deadly 'red-eye' virus and only one of each species may remain. For our debating competition, we chose one species of animal that we thought was the best to go up against our own classes then through to a final. Animals ranged from bees and sea turtles to chickens and the Gambian pouched rat. The children and teachers learnt so many interesting facts about all of the animals and enjoyed the sessions. Well done to our runners up and to our winner, Ferdy, who was campaigning to save the 'humble bee'.

Active Play Workshops

Cheetahs and all of the other classes at OJS enjoyed an Active Play session this week, led by staff from Kings Camp holiday activity camps. They taught the children (and staff!) games that they can play in break times to keep them active. Our play leaders can also encourage and remind the younger children of the games at break; and our sports leaders may be able to use these games as warm-ups, when running lunchtime or after school clubs.

Grand Opening of our New Learning Spaces

As many of you know, we had our Grand Opening yesterday. We had quite the guestlist, with representatives from North Yorshire, including Andrew Dixon and Councillor Cliff Trotter. We had representatives from RKLT, including the CEO, CFO, Primary Advisor and Director of Operations. We also invited some other key guests, including the architects from Bowman and Riley. 
We are all absolutely delighted with the extension; it has provided us with the space not only to house our increasing number of pupils but also to deliver interventions to children in all of our year groups, across the school. The two things teachers always need more of are: time and space. This has provided us with the space for children to have specific teaching that’s tailored to them. Our Year 6 pupils are already benefiting from their classrooms and they haven't stopped talking about the under-floor heating! We want to thank North Yorkshire and the Red Kite Learning Trust for funding the project. It is going to have such a huge educational impact, on all of our learners, for years to come. 
If you missed coming after school yesterday to see the classrooms and corridor, then you can see some 360 imagine on the Harrogate Informer Facebook:

NSPCC Number Day


On Friday 7th February, Oatlands Juniors took part in the National Number Day to raise money and awareness for the NSPCC. Each class chose a special number, which became their focus for the day. Some classes created stories containing their number, solved mathematical puzzles, took part in quizzes and even made artistic angle stars. Every class also attempted to fill their number with silver coins to raise money for the NSPCC. As a school, we raised a total of £276!!! Thank you to everyone for supporting this great event. It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all! This year, Cheetahs raised £24.80 for the NSPCC. We had a great day learning all about our chosen number 2020!

An exciting tweet...

Cheetahs tweeted the author of our class novel Piers Torday after opening our brand new book and HE REPLIED!
If you would like to follow us on twitter, please find us @junioroatlands

Our New Class Novel - The Last Wild by Piers Torday


'This is the story of a boy named Kester.

He is extraordinary, but he doesn't know that yet. 

All he knows at this very moment, is this:

 - There is a flock of excited pigeons in his bedroom

- They are talking to him

- His life will never be quite the same again...'

Welcome Back!

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to all of Cheetahs Class and their families.

This term in Cheetahs class we will be learning about:

  • Science: Animals including Humans and Living Things and their Habitats
  • History: The Romans 
  • RE: What would Jesus do?
  • PE: Table Tennis and Real PE 
  • Computing: Coding and animations 
  • Music: Growth
  • Art: Turner and Mindfulness 
  • French: Carnival of the Animals


In DT the children have been learning about mechanisms. They have made their own pulleys for a 'Christmas Window' display, they have worked hard on ensuring their mechanisms are accurate and work well. They have decorated them beautifully to form a big Christmas window. 

Christmas Disco

Many children from Year 5 and 6 attended the Christmas Disco. DJ Ollie played lots of well-known music, which the children all sung and danced around to. Children played party games like, The Tickle Conga, Girls vs. Boys Can-Can and Musical Dab – prizes were available for the winner of each game. The children also enjoyed a well-deserved break, everyone was exhausted after all the fun! Thank you to DJ Ollie, our teachers and parent helpers for coming along.

Christmas Dinner

What a lovely lunchtime we all spent together. There was lots of festive cheer and everyone had a super time. This year, we opted for eco-crackers they were great fun but without the plastic!

Anti-bullying VR Workshops

A huge thank you to the PTA for funding a fantastic anti-bullying workshop. Every child accessed the workshop via their own virtual reality headset, and worked through various scenarios, discussing the best option for the characters they met along the way. This was a very engaging and thought-provoking activity that the children really enjoyed. We really appreciate all the fund-raising that the PTA do to enable us to give the children these wonderful opportunites.

Image Theatre - Robin Hood

We recently enjoyed another exciting visit from Image Theatre with their musical performance of ‘Robin Hood’. Everyone got involved in the fantastic songs, and some even got to try out their acting skills! Highlights included an amusing archery competition, the songs with their actions and plenty of jokes!

Christmas Bauble Workshops

On Monday 2nd December the whole school took part in Christmas Bauble making workshops. It was really exciting to paint our own baubles to hang on our Christmas trees at home. Take a look at some of our designs!

Children in Need

All the children looked fantastic in their pyjamas today. Thank you for sending in your donations for Children in Need. We all had lots of fun taking part in the Big Morning Move with Joe Wicks; it certainly warmed us up, especially those wearing onesies!. We have raised a fantastic £314.59!

Remembrance Day 2019

Cheetahs have been learning about why why still remember those who have fought in wars. As an act of remembrance we have made our own poppies out of clay, painted them and formed a wreath. This is now on display in our classroom; come down and take a look!

East Barnby

What a super week away the Year 6 children have had! 

European Languages Day

To celebrate European Languages Day, our French Ambassadors lead an activity. We had to have a go at reading 'Good Afternoon' in many languags from accross Europe - some of these were very tricky! Thank you to Miss Barrett and Mrs Gerry for helping us to celebrate this special day.

Our topics this term:

  • Science: Forces
  • Geography: Mapping (Local study)
  • RE: Being a Christian
  • PE: Invasion games Tennis and Real PE 
  • Computing: Designing webpages
  • Music: mini musical performances
  • Art: Architecture
  • French: Les Portraits and Les Cadeaux


We always welcome visitors into school so if you have any extpertise in the areas we are looking at and are willing to sahare these with the class please do not hesitate to contact you child's class teacher.


Thank you to all the adults who joined us for Open Hour this morning!

Pupil Voice Groups


As we do every year, children in Cheetahs Class have worked hard preparing speeches for the class about why they should be elected for a role. We have carefully selected the following children to represent our class in the pupil voice groups:

Welcome to Year 6

Cheetahs have a a settled start to the new academic year. We have had fun getting to know each other as well as becoming familiar with our new rules and routines. With being the eldest children in the school comes lots of responsibility, we are looking forward to our Vice and House Captain speech house assemblies as well as our Pupil Voice Group elections.


Our Class Novel

We have started our new class novel in our English groups. We have chosen The Explorer by Katherine Rundel. The novel is about a group of children who become lost in the Amazon Jungle, we are intrigued to find out if they survive on their travels!

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