Welcome to Year 6!
Teacher: Mrs Hannah Hall
LSA: Mrs Jacquie Stock
Spring 2 Term!
What a great half term we have had in year 6! The children have been very busy preparing for their SATS next term and have worked so incredibly hard!
In Maths, we have continued our work on shape and have been learning how to use mathematical equipment such as protractors and pairs of compasses to help us draw angles and circles. We then used this new skill and applied it to create our own pie charts during our work on statistics. As well as all of that, we have continued to work on multi-step reasoning problems.
As part of our ‘Victorians’ topic, in English we have explored the famous novel ‘Oliver Twist’ written by Charles Dickens. We have been watching short clips of the film and written pieces of creative writing for each clip, such as: a setting description of the workhouse, a diary entry from the point of Oliver, a persuasive advert to sell Oliver Twist and a character description of Fagin.
We also had a great trip to Beaumanor Hall where we learnt all about the Herrick family and what life would have been like for the servants who worked at the hall in the Victorian era. The children enjoyed having a lesson within a Victorian classroom where they worked on their ‘Copperplate handwriting’ task – this was very tricky!
We have also created another amazing corridor display all about World War Two in preparation of our new topic after Easter. We are looking forward to another very busy term after Easter!
Spring 1 Term!
Another full half-term in year 6! We have been very busy with our ‘Vile Victorians’ topic and have enjoyed learning all about the different jobs that the children had in this era. The children wrote some wonderful diary entries from the point of view of children working as chimney sweeps, coal miners, mill workers and domestic servants. We also learnt all about the workhouse and have written some great play scripts!
In Maths this half-term, we have been focusing on our reasoning skills. The children have been applying their knowledge of different areas of Maths in a problem solving context. This is quite tricky to do, so we have been looking at different strategies that we can use to help us answer these multi-step reasoning questions. We have also been exploring shapes and learning how to find missing angles in triangles, quadrilaterals and polygons.
For our Science topic this half-term, we have been learning about forces. We began by exploring the different types of forces there are such as gravity, air resistance and water resistance. We then built upon this knowledge further by investigating the effect that gravity has on unsupported objects. The children have learnt all about the difference between mass and weight and have measured different objects using a Newton scale.
As well as everything within the classroom, the children have been very busy out of it too! We have taken part in a Leicester Riders basketball event, a cross country competition and have also had a Leicestershire County Cricket coach come in to deliver some cricket themed Maths and English sessions. He will be joining us next half-term during our PE lessons to teach the children some cricket.
Autumn Term 2!
We have had another very busy half-term in year 6! In Maths, we have been continuing our work on the four operations and have also completed lots of work on fractions, decimals and percentages. We have also explored different measurements and have learnt strategies to convert different units of measure.
In English, we have written some wonderful poems all about Remembrance day. The children did a great job at making sure they used lots of emotive language. We used the poems and poppies the children created to make a lovely new classroom display. We have also been doing lots of work on writing our own narratives. We used the film ‘Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs’ as inspiration and the children created their own ‘Foodimal’ characters that were a hybrid of different foods and animals. They then had to use their imagination to create their own settings and then went on to write their own stories using the characters and settings they had created.
For Children in Need, we had a lovely walk around the reservoir and had to hunt for different things for each letter of the alphabet.
As our topic was ‘Masterchef’ this half-term, the children did lots of great work on the topic of food. They learnt about different food groups, how to create a balanced meal, how to write recipes for different healthy meals, they learnt all about calories and food packaging during a food workshop and even made their own spring rolls – which made the school smell wonderful!
We have enjoyed learning and performing this year’s Christmas performance ‘The Inn-Spectors’, with lots of the year 6 children taking lead roles. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to another busy term next year!
We've had a great half-term packed full of fantastic things. In Maths we've been learning all of the formal methods used to calculate addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions. We have also explored negative numbers and Roman numerals to 1000. In English, we have been learning what makes a great piece of persuasive writing. Using what they had learnt, the children then had to persuade someone to visit (or not visit) the rainforest making sure they had included all of the features.
In Art we created some pigeons to commemorate the animals that were used in the war and some aboriginal artwork based on rainforest animals. We've learnt lots of new things about the rainforest, including all about the different layers and what you can find there, before moving onto deforestation. This inspired us to write about the dangers of destroying the rainforest and helped us to learn lots of facts about how it's endangering life and damaging the environment. In PE, we have been practising our indoor athletics and basketball skills and have even done some yoga in the classroom! We also took part in a lovely visit to the church and now we can't wait for the next half-term.
We have had a wonderful start to year 6! We are thoroughly enjoying our new 'Rainforest' topic and have been busy creating our new classroom display. One of our homework projects this half term is to create a 'habitat in a box' and we have already had two amazing ones made! Well done everyone on a great start to the year.