Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
This week in Blue 6 we have been testing out the strength and structure of Anderson shelters in Design and Technology. The children had to investigate the difference in strength between a curved roof and flat roof using paper and tape to hold in place. They then tested folding techniques to see if this added strength. The children had lots of fun dropping multilink cubes as pretend bombs on top of their designs. Later in the week they then made prototypes ready to design their own structures.
History this week has had the children researching the events that took place during the Blitz in WW2. The children found out facts and learned the differences between this and the Battle of Britain. They then went on to writing Poems about the Blitz using Alan Peat sentences to support them, as well as listening to sound effects and looking images to help them consider their senses.
In science we have been continuing with our topic ‘Light’ and more specifically have been looking at ‘refraction’. The children did two investigations on refraction – The Amazing Arrow and Incredible Images. Please ask your children what happened during these investigations.
The children have also started Gymnastics and are in to their third week. They have been thoroughly enjoying themselves as they learn new skills. Please see pictures below.
Monday 5th November 2018 – Friday 9th November 2018
Last week the children of Year 6 had the pleasure of visiting Duxford. We were very lucky with the weather as the sun was shining brightly, unlike the day before. The children were very excited to go on board Concord, visit the American Air Museum, the 1940s operation room and much more. Photos of the day can be seen below. Overall the children had a fantastic day and were brilliantly behaved. Well done Blue 6!
This week the children have been following the story of two Jewish children trying to escape from Germany. The children have explored different stories relating to real life events which have allowed then to consider what life was like in war time Germany and how these children may have planned an escape. Next week the children will have the opportunity to turn their experiences into a narrative of their own.
Also this week in science the children have been looking at the law of reflection. Please feel free to ask your children to explain this law to you. The children then applied this to their very own periscope. Thank you very much to all those who kindly brought in cereal boxes to help out.
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
It has been a very busy week across Year 6 with the children once again completing SATs style tests to help them progress toward the end of the year. The children have all worked very hard and were rewarded with a fun filled Friday at Duxford. (Photos of the trip will follow next week’s blog.)
In science this week Blue 6 had a great time pretending to be TV presenters for a children’s Science show. They were to explain and demonstrate ‘How we see light’. The children’s shows were recorded for them to look back at and evaluate their performance.
Also this week the children have had another chance at role play. This time in History, where the children experienced war time roles, they were to consider the jobs that both men and especially women did during this time.
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
This week in Blue 6 the children have been looking at the life of an evacuee during WW2. The children studied propaganda posters during this time period that were specifically aimed at parents in relation to evacuation. The children then created some of their own posters.
In RE we have been looking at kosher food. The children were to take into consideration the Jewish laws relating to food and create their own kosher food menu.
The children finally finished their Blitz pictures in art and some fantastic images can be seen below.
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
In Maths this week the children have been solving multistep addition and subtraction word problems and have been developing their investigation skills.
PSHE was very fun this week- the children were looking at their own behaviour and how it can have an impact on their learning as well as others. To start the lesson the children played a game called ‘Treasure Keeper’. The idea was for a child to steal the treasure in class manoeuvring around the obstacles without being caught. This then linked on to them considering a learning goal for Year 6, with this goal they were to consider any obstacles that could prevent them from achieving this goal and how they could find solutions to this. The class came up with some excellent ideas.
In all it has been another successful week of learning. Keep up the hard work Blue 6.
Weekly Update – Blue - 24.09.18
Blue 6 have started the week looking at newspaper articles, with the aim of eventually writing their own. The theme has involved our topic of WW2, more specifically looking at the Queen Mother’s visit to the East End. To allow the children to be fully engrossed with topic we have been role playing some war scenarios, which have allowed children to retrace the events of a Blitz attack in London. We were then able to put our journalistic skills to the test by interviewing some brave volunteers in the ‘Hot Seat’. Our journalists were to investigate the events that took place and what the experiences of the characters were.
In RE this week we have continued to look at the Jewish faith considering the importance of the ‘Sefer Torah’. This is a sacred book that explains how those who follow the faith should live their lives. It is a mixture of readings and teachings.
Carl Linnaeus was the discussion of our science lesson this week, a Swedish philosopher and botanist who created a hierarchy of living things. He was famous for his work on Taxonomy and his naming system is still used today around the world. The children had fun creating their own animal and creating a Latin name.
In art we have developed background images and created silhouettes using black card. There has been a particular focus on artists that use silhouettes such as Jan Pienkowski and Charles Burns.
Finally we have ended the week dressed in gold yellow or orange in support of Golden Geese day- the children looked amazing. Thank you for all the generous donations.
Weekly Update – Blue - 17.09.18
This week in Year 6 we have been trying out some sample SATs papers; all the children have worked very hard. The tests completed have been Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Spelling and Mathematics.
In Blue 6 we have still managed to continue enjoying other areas of the curriculum. We have been looking at the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, who first classified living things. He carefully observed the world around him & decided there was a hierarchy of living things, which he called the ‘Ladder of Nature’.
In History we have continued with our work on WW2 with the focus of the Battle of Britain. The children will be using their investigation skills over the next few weeks to answer the question ‘Why was winning the Battle of Britain in 1940 so important’.
We have also elected school council representatives for our class- It was a close call with some excellent speeches.
Our winners were Poppy N and James- well done.
Although another demanding week, the children have been fantastic.
Great work Blue 6!
We realise that children have been working incredibly hard and that although homework has been set for collection for next week, those who are finding it difficult to balance 11+ work and school work do not have to hand it in this week. However we know there will be many who do make the deadline.
Finally, we would like to wish all the children taking their 11+ this weekend and on Tuesday the best of luck.
Weekly Update – Blue - 10.09.18
It has been a fantastic first full week back at school and the children have been working very hard.
In English the children have been writing recounts and have been considering how to use the simple past, past perfect and past progressive. Ask your children about these as I am sure they will be able to demonstrate their new knowledge with you.
In Maths the main focus for the week has been place value skills. The children have been demonstrating how they can apply the skills that they already have to reasoning questions.
In science we have been looking at Living things. The children have focussed on the mnemonic MRS NERG to help them remember the seven life processes that tell us that animals are alive. They have also looked at the 5 Kingdoms of classification.
In History the children looked at the causes of WW2, briefly discussing the Treaty of Versaille, and the economic depression. They have also been introduced to the terms allies and axis and identified them on a map.
In art we have been learning about blending techniques and looking at skylines. In PE we have been playing team games and using problem solving skills. In PSHE we have considered our fears of being in Year 6 and discussing our dreams and aspirations for now and the future.
Finally in RE we have started to look at the Jewish religion, the children identified the features of a synagogue such as ‘Ner Tamid’ and ‘Torah’.
The children have been impeccably behaved all week and I am very impressed by the amount of reading that has taken place. Well done Blue 6.
Weekly Update – Blue - 06.09.18
Welcome to Year 6!
It has been a great first two days back and the children have settled in enthusiastically.
We have been looking at our class expectations and how these link to our school values ‘ASPIRE’. The children then completed some drama activities to demonstrate how these can be presented not only in school life but also in everyday life.
Our Topic of WW2 has been well received by the children and they have enthusiastically taken part in activities relating to this. On our first day back the children got to use out ‘Now Press Pay’ equipment to listen to the events of WW2 and act these out. This stimulated them to share their current knowledge and they are curious to find out more. It would be lovely for children to bring in any relevant artefacts to share with the class.