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Term 4 has certainly flown past, but the year six children have been making every minute count! As we settled back in to school routine, we were interrupted by ‘The Beast from the East!’ Once we were back and ready to start moving, we spent time writing up a suspense-filled narrative for a Star Wars scene during World Book Week. This was a great opportunity for some of the children to act out the classic lightsaber battle between Luke and Darth Vader!
Our children all had a practice SATs week, where we opened up the Breakfast Club each morning for the children to meet and chat with their peers over a bacon roll and some juice. They all worked extremely hard in their tests and should be proud of the progress that they made. The real SATs commence from May 14th so we only have a few weeks left to go!
As well as this, the children have been studying various topics related to the country, India. We looked at the River Ganges and its importance, the geographical features of the country, and we were even fortunate to get to try Pabulum’s new curry recipe which they will be rolling out on the school menu in term 5. Thanks, Pabulum – the curry was delicious!
We also spent some time thinking about how a material’s properties can help it insulate hot water. The pupils designed cups from a range of materials and recorded how the temperature changed over time. We had some very interesting designs! The photos below are some of their designs:
We will be working hard in Term 5 to ensure each child is confident and happy to take their SATs in May. After that, I’m sure we will be having a party, or two!
Year six have really started to up their game this term. With about 3 months to go until their SATs, they have been working hard to fill any gaps of uncertainty, to ensure that they can tackle all possible questions. The children are all putting in such great effort and should be proud of their achievements. Keep it up! The hard work and positive attitude is will set you in good stead for the real tests in May!
‘Skellig’ by David Almond has been our class story this term, and we have focussed a lot of our English writing around this story. The children produced some descriptive writing, non-chronological texts, and autobiographies. We have been focussing on using relative clauses within our sentences. These add extra information about the preceding noun. Can you spot the relative clause in these sentences?
The creature, whose eyes were dark, jet stones, stared right through me.
My Chinese takeaway, which was wrapped up on the side counter, would soon be delivered to the creature.
There is an abandoned shed at the bottom of my garden, which looks like it could collapse at any moment.
As well as this, the children have been really concentrating on ensuring that their draft writing has been thoroughly checked through and edited. Once they are certain that it is absolutely perfect, and only then, can it be written up into their portfolio books.
To help year six wind down from the stress of tests, they were rehearsing for their singing performance at the O2. The rehearsals paid off, as their concert was phenomenal! Dance moves, singing and actions, all brilliantly put together – we had a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
As term 2 comes to a close, we can reflect back on all that the children have been learning about and achieved over the first few months of being in year six. Having completely read through two fantastic books, the children have managed to create some imaginative and elaborate pieces of writing, which really show off how creative they can be!
Their understanding of both World War I & II has increased and the homework that they have shared was very interesting. A lot of independent research went in to their homework and their presentations were incredible.
In the build up to Christmas, the children have created descriptive writing based on the Sainsburys advert from 2014. This was called a ‘Christmas Truce’ which happened on No Man’s Land in 1914.
As well as this, year six were given the opportunity to visit Sittingbourne Community College to see some of their pupils perform in a musica called ‘All Shook Up’ – a tuneful twist of Elvis Presley’s life. The actors were fantastic and it was so generous of SCC to let us attend. Year six thoroughly enjoyed this experience and what made it better, was that it was free! Many thanks to Travelmasters for transporting our children to and from SCC – we really appreciate it!
War Horse: creating wonderful writing
In English we have been studying the book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. This has been helpful, as we are also studying World War I in our topic learning too. We made poppies and posters for Remembrance Day.
The children have become immersed in the world of Joey and the harrowing experiences he endures during the Great War. We have looked at working collaboratively and making the best possible use of the Working Walls in class, when creating our writing. The pupils are able to write together, talk, share ideas and plan out in collaboration, before they begin to draft on their own. Take a look at our Working Wall pictures from Titanium Class: essentially, the wall is a massive working document, which the children can access at any time.
War Horse has also been used for our Guided Reading - so the children have truly got to know the characters - their thoughts and feelings - and the intentions of the author, Michael Morpurgo.
The great jam sandwich challenge
Year 6 have also been testing their speaking and listening skills, culinary skills and writing skills - all in one go! As they had to write instructions - we thought that there could be no better way than to experience making something that they could write some instructions for. Therefore, to get us into writing clear and concise instructions, we undertook the jam sandwich challenge - with hilarious results. Some were actually edible at the end which was a bonus!
The children will now apply what they know about writing instructions, to writing a set of humorous instructions entitled: 'Teach your granny to skydive.' They are still drafting at present - but they look fabulous and pretty funny too.
Maths - Fun with fractions
So far this term we have been doing a great deal of work on fractions. Often, we are able to calculate easily with fractions, but it becomes a little trickier when faced with a reasoning problem and you are asked to represent your answer as a model. Therefore, as this has been added to the curriculum, the children have been using arrays to multiply and divide with fractions - to create a visual representation of the calculation. Have a look at some of their work and an example of the Maths Working Wall in Platinum Class.
In Science, this week we have been experimenting with parachutes and thinking about the link between air resistance and surface area. The children were resourceful in making their parachutes and managed to identify variables that had an impact on their testing.
This term, we have been using the book ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman in literacy and to feed into our World War II topic learning. The children have become so engrossed in the exciting tale of Felix Salinger, that we are now reading the next book ‘Then’. Felix is a Jewish boy, who has been hidden in a Catholic orphanage by his parents in World War II, in an attempt to hide him from the Nazis and save him from becoming a victim of the holocaust. Felix is completely unaware of the plight being faced by the Jews - and in his naivety, decides to escape the orphanage, to go in search of his parents. That’s when things get interesting!
We have used the text to write a diary entry, a formal letter, a description and an informal letter. We have also used our World War II historical learning to write non-chronological report about children during war time.
In Maths, we have looked at number and place value: particularly the value of digits and ordering numbers to 7 digits. The children have also looked at division (up to 4 digits divided by 2 digits) and dividing with decimals. Similarly, we have looked at written methods of multiplication: multiplying 4 digits by 2 digits and multiplying with decimals.
Try these Year 6 questions:
7261 ÷ 34 893.9 ÷ 17 7829.7 ÷ 6
8729 x 56 837.9 x 23 513 x 3.8
The last week of term 1 has been incredibly active! On Tuesday, Mr Clark came in to share some interesting stories, facts and equipment associated to World War One and Two. The children learnt about the cause of the wars and were able to have a close up look at some of the weaponry and equipment used during these times. There were stories about soldier in the war, including one about a brave baboon! Take a look at some of these pictures to see how fascinated the children were with all the things Mr Clark had to say and share.
On Thursday, the children ventured down to the White Cliffs of Dover to explore the Secret Tunnels which were used as a vital transmissions base during ‘Operation Dynamo’. The children were able to visit the underground hospital, spend time deciphering codes and also had some time to visit the historic Dover Castle itself.
Year Six have also worked incredibly hard all term to create some amazing and creative homework displays. All of their work was based on World War II and they were free to choose what particular area they focussed on. Some wrote diary entries, others created models, and others presented their learning on a PowerPoint show. Take a look at some of the pictures to see a small selection of their fantastic ideas.