Welcome to Spring Term 1
Welcome back after the Christmas holidays! We hope you are as excited to be back as we are!
Let's have a look as to what this half term has in store for us...
Our new class study text for this half term is Macbeth by William Shakespeare - we can't wait to get started with this, we are really looking forward to seeing what you guys make of it and the work that you will produce. We will continue to practice and refine our comprehension, prediction and summary skills as well as continue to build up our vocabulary bank and strategies for working out the meaning of unfamiliar words. We will be completing reading comprehensions each week to help build up our reading stamina, including completing a daily 10 minute SATs buster reading challenge. In our writing work we will be exploring character descriptions and balanced arguments. Our maths work will see us exploring decimals and percentages to begin with. Our Learning Journey work will see us begin work on WW2 and The Holocaust. Throughout this half term we will be having a RE week and a Music week, as well as Learning Journey and French Days along the way. It will be a jam packed, hard working half term but there will be lots of fun along the way!
Christmas Ornaments inspired by various artists...
Year 6 explored the fact that kindness is an abstract noun which means you can’t see it, feel it, taste it, hear it or smell it, we then discussed the question what does kindness actually look, smell, taste, feel and sound like? The ideas that the children came up were absolutely beautiful and were used to write their very own kindness is... poem. Some of their ideas included; kindness smells like a bacon sandwich that my mum has made for me, kindness looks like the colour yellow, just like the bright rays of the sun, kindness feels like warm arms pulling me in tight for a hug, kindness tastes like roasted marshmallows by the campfire with my family, kindness sounds like someone asking if I’m ok…. ❤️
Our Science Unit of Work - Electricity
This unit builds on from the Year 4 Electricity unit. Children learnt to represent circuits using symbols in a diagram. They learnt about two of the most important scientific inventors in the field of electricity – Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Children got the opportunity to develop their understanding of what electricity is and how to measure it, as well as conducting their own investigations into how the length of wire and amount of cells in a circuit effects the brightness of the bulb.
Welcome to Autumn Term 2
Welcome back after the very much needed 2 week half term break! We hope you are as excited to be back as we are!
Let's have a look as to what this half term has in store for us...
We will be continuing with our class study text; The Explorer, we will get to find out just who or what the explorer is, as well as what happens to the 4 characters we have come to know and love so much. We will continue to practice and refine our comprehension, prediction and summary skills as well as continue to build up our vocabulary bank and strategies for working out the meaning of unfamiliar words. We will be completing reading comprehensions each week to help build up our reading stamina. In our writing work we will be exploring persuasive texts to begin with and will be writing to the Prime Minister to implore him to act now on deforestation. Our maths work will see us continuing with the 4 operations and looking at BIDMAS before moving onto looking at position and direction and then our fractions journey will begin. Our Learning Journey work will continue with exploring rainforests and our science work on Animals and their Habitats will be finished off before we move onto our Electricity unit of work - which will be linked to the C word - yes CHRISTMAS!!! Throughout this half term we will be having a RE week and a Music week, as well as Learning Journey and French Days along the way. It will be a jam packed, hard working half term but there will be lots of fun along the way!
A Walk through the Rainforest...
The children in Year 6 have been working incredibly hard during their English sessions - they have been building up to writing a final setting description about a rainforest (which links in with our core text this term; The Explorer and also our Learning Journey work). They have been learning about and revisiting descriptive devices such as; expanded noun phrases, figurative language and emotive language as well as looking at interesting ways to start their sentences and include extra detail through the use of relative and subordinate clauses. Once they had finished drafting their work they then had to publish it via a Teams assignment where they had to showcase their computing skills and include backgrounds and pictures that complemented their amazing writing. Enjoy having a look at some of our work below.
The Explorer - Our Class Study Text
We are loving our our class text and actually feel like we are stranded in the rainforest with the characters. We are currently about half way through the text and can't wait to find out what happens next half term! One of our favourite pieces of learning from our reading sessions this half term has been a summary task where we had to redesign the front cover of the novel using all of our knowledge of the text so far. We then had to find key quotes from the text to back up our decision to include those things on our front cover redesign. Have a look at the new (and improved) front covers below.
Art Inspired by Frida Kahlo
This half term our study artist has been Frida Kahlo and Year 6 have found out just what a fascinating story she had to tell. We began our study by researching Frida and finding out all about her life and how her love for art first began. We then looked closely at her artwork and discussed the colours and moods of each of her paintings. Our focus was on her self portraits, which always included nature, and Year 6 began to embed their sketching skills from previous years by following tutorials for the different flowers, leaves and creatures you would find in the rainforest ready for their own self portraits inspired by Kahlo's work. Take a look at our artist study and our final art pieces.
Rainforest Explorer Day
We had a fantastic day delivered by Simon, who is a genuine expedition leader and explorer of rainforests. The day was a dynamic and fast paced combination of cross-curricular learning and enrichment. We immersed ourselves in a jungle setting and spent the morning investigating issues such as the locations of the world's rainforests; the tropical climate and the water cycle; the different layers of the rainforest and the wondrous diversity of plant life to be found there; the vast array of wildlife and how it has adapted to such a challenging environment and indigenous rainforest tribes. The afternoon was then spent considering all aspects of deforestation, before we wrapped it up with a look at some of the clothing and equipment needed to conduct a modern day expedition.
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 Green.
The main adults who support teaching and learning in Year 6 are: Mrs Bloomfield, Mrs Truman and Mrs T Cooper.
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 Friday and tested on the following Friday - the children will have chance to practice their spellings every day in school as well.
Reading: Please try to encourage/listen to your child to read at least 3 times a week
Our PE day is Friday (we will do an indoor and an outdoor session on this day) and children will need to come to school in their PE kits on this day.
Our Learning Journey topic for this term is focused on "Climate Change - can what's been done be undone?" and we are kicking off our topic by investigating Rainforests.
If you have any questions about your child's time in Year 6 then please don't hesitate to get in contact with us.
The Year 6 Team
English - Our Focus text for Reading and Writing
Our readers will be plunged, quite literally, into a wildly exciting adventure when four children crash-land hundreds of miles from civilisation after their pilot suffers a heart attack. They are alone and in absolute peril, without food or water, at the mercy of the ferocious jungle. But it’s also a place of wonder: Rundell’s rich, descriptive prose will transport our young readers to a mesmerising world where they can swim with river dolphins, eat a tarantula and discover a ruined city. The mystery deepens when the discovery of a map suggests they are not the first humans to find this place.
We can't wait to start our new text - watch this space for some what is sure to be AMAZING writing to come!
The CPA approach in Maths
The Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach is a system of learning that uses physical and visual aids to build a child’s understanding of abstract topics.
Pupils are introduced to a new mathematical concept through the use of concrete resources (e.g. Dienes blocks etc). When they are comfortable solving problems with physical aids, they are given problems with pictures – usually pictorial representations of the concrete objects they were using.
Then they are asked to solve problems where they only have the abstract i.e. words, numbers or other symbols.
Building these steps across a lesson can help pupils better understand the relationship between numbers and the real world, and therefore helps secure their understanding of the mathematical concept they are learning.
To develop your comprehension skills use
where you can work through texts, finding evidence and develop your answers checking as you go.