The children spent the day with Dr. Helen being palaeontologists and time travelling through the years of evolution. The got to look at and handle fossils that were over 300 million years old. They identified many different creatures that walked the earth long before they did and have a better understanding of evolution and why it occurs. They spent the afternoon finding out about inheritance and Charles Dawin’s theory of natural selection. It was a very informative day!
And the countdown begins...... SATs
This half term will see the children preparing to sit the national tests (Week beginning 13th May); our aim is for them to have the self belief and confidence to sit the tests knowing that they have done their very best. A meeting for parent's will be being held to inform them about the tests and to answer questions you may have (a letter will be coming home soon). Children will be bringing revision homework activities and practise papers home to complete - it is vitally important that the children complete these activities as they will really boost your child's confidence and ability to cope with the demands of the tests.
In school, the children will continue with their learning with short bursts of revision added in. Our English focus is Wonder and we will begin this half term by looking at Algebra in maths.
Our Learning Challenge topic is Inheritance and Evolution and on Monday 4th March we have Paloquest joining us for the day to deliver an exciting workshop all about this area of science.
The 7th March sees us celebrate World Book Day - Year 6 will focus on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, we have a jam packed day ahead of us and we are really excited to see all of our children in their costumes for their day at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Welcome back - we hope you all had a lovely Christmas. This half term the children will be studying Macbeth in their English sessions and we will continue to work on fractions, decimals and percentages in Maths.
Our Learning Challenge work is Living Things and Their Habitats and we will be learning all about the animal kingdom and what it is made up of. We will also be researching and finding out about Carl Linnaeus in order to produce some cross curricular writing. Watch this space for some fantastic artwork during this half term too; we will be creating a piece of art based on the work of Romero Britto and practising our sketching skills and techniques too.
We are delighted to welcome Miss Hawkins to the Year 6 team; she will be working in Miss Jackson's classroom in the morning sessions and then with children from across the year group in the afternoons.
Welcome back to another busy half term in Year 6! We are gearing up and are very excited for our residential to PGL! For anyone who was unable to attend the information session about PGL, the information will be sent home for you to look through.
Our English sessions will continue to focus on the novel Trash; we will finally get to find out what happens to Raphael, Gardo and Rat and our writing will be linked to our reading starting with journalistic writing.
Our maths learning will continue with calculations – focussing on long multiplication and long division to begin with, followed by factors and multiples and ending the term by looking at fractions. Maths lessons will continue to be enriched with Active Maths sessions and Big Maths.
In learning challenge we will be finishing off our Maya topic and then move onto a more science based study.
Remembrance Day 2018
Year 6 have been learning about Remembrance and have created their own poppies to contribute to a whole school display for the centenary celebrations to commemorate the end of WW1.
Year 6 have become wordle artists today and created remembrance poppies. They thought carefully about their word choices and created a poppy to commemorate both soldiers and animals that died in the war.
Year 6 Art
Year 6 have been looking at artwork from South and Central America - inline with their current topic The Maya Civilisation. They have been finding out about Joaquin Torres Garcia. Torres Garcia was famous for using symbols in his artworks. He made toys, paintings and sculptures.His biggest influences were the artist, Mondrian and ancient people such as the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Ancient people used symbols to tell stories and record information. Torres Garcia used this as a way of communicating his ideas too. He preferred earthy colours and used symbols from music, religion, horoscopes, traffic, technology and ancient cultures. Our children have been recreating a piece of work created by Garcia that was hugely influenced by Mondrian. They have made their artwork personal to them by creating their own symbols for things that are important to them. Watch this space for our finished masterpieces.
Year 6 Maya Day
Year 6 had a fabulous experience yesterday learning all about the Maya people from Dr Davies. Dr Davies is the only Maya archaeologist in the UK so our children were really lucky to have this experience. The children found out about Maya masks and made their own, got to handle Maya artefacts, found out all about Dr Davies’ archaeological digs in the rainforest and even made their own Maya calendar.
Welcome to Year 6
Welcome back to the new school year. We are looking forward to going on a fantastic learning journey together. Please find below some useful information about Year 6.
The teachers in Year 6 are: Mrs Marriott and Miss Jackson.
The main adults who support teaching and learning in Year 6 are: Mrs Truman and Mrs Bloomfield
Maths, English and spelling homework will be sent home weekly.
Homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday. Spellings will be given on a Monday and tested on a Friday - the children will have chance to practise their spellings every day in school as well.
KIRFs - your child came home with a KIRFs activity pack to help them improve their KIRF scores at the end of this half term. This doesn't need to be brought back into school.
Reading: Please try to encourage/listen to your child read at least 3 times a week
Our Learning Challenge topic for this half term is all about the Maya Civilisation and we have a very exciting Maya experience day planned for the 27th September.
If you have any questions about your child's time in Year 6 then please don't hesitate to come in and see us.
The Year 6 Team
Our English Focus for this term...
In Year 6 we are reading the recommended read, TRASH, - all of our reading and writing is based on this fantastic story. We will be delving into the text and picking it apart by answering questions using the 6 main skills of readers (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise. Our writing will focus on lots of different genres including narratives and balanced arguments.
Below is an outline of the story your children will be immersing themselves in. Please ask them questions about it at home.
Raphael is fourteen years old and living in an unnamed, third-world country in Andy Mulligan's book, Trash. He and his friend Gardo spend most of their days picking through the huge trash pile looking for everyday items and food. and Gardo know that when the trash is dumped from the wealthy part of town they will have a heyday. Most of the children in Raphael's village drop out of school to spend their day sifting through the trash to help support their families. Families see school as a waste of time when their children could be helping out in a more productive manner with the trash picking.
One day while Raphael and Gardo are going through the trash pile, they come across a bag that triggers a life-altering chain of events. An elaborate and mysterious journey begins with a message found in the bag, which reveals the government's extreme political corruption. Gardo and Raphael travel far beyond their familiar town and trash pile. With the help of teachers, priests, and social workers the young men search for answers as they attempt to do the right thing, but they are never sure whom to trust. The plot thickens and they begin to unravel the mystery and cover-up, which is more far-reaching than anything they have ever experienced.
Trash takes place where there is an extreme juxtaposition of the "haves" and the "have nots." The story is told in the alternating voices of Raphael, Gardo, and Rat. The character of Rat lives in a shelter that is buried beneath and surrounded by trash. This is a compelling story with enough plot twists to keep the reader hungry for the next clue. The politcal corruption and extreme poverty are vividly depicted by Mulligan as we follow along the journey taken by Raphael and Gardo.
Our Maths Focus this half term...
We will spend most of this half term looking at place value and ensuring the foundations are in place for building on. We will be looking at fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities to do with reading and writing numbers, rounding numbers and working with negative numbers.
See below for specific learning objectives.
Number and place value
Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy
Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero
Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above.
Practising our Big Maths Learn Its and KIRFS
We practise our facts in many different ways in class; pass the bomb, verbal relay and last man standing but today we became quiz masters! The children loved the element of competition and it was really great to see how quickly they were able to recall the facts! Their hard work is paying off.