We have been learning about square and cubed numbers this week in Maths, and for the children to get to grips with this they used cubes as a concrete representation. They have also been looking at BIDMAS and certainly found the challenge tricky this week. Else where we have been looking at the reasons Britain won the Battle of Britain, pulling pieces of evidence together to help them discover how the Battle ended in victory for Britain.
Clean Air day was on Thursday and our wonderful school councillors gave a presentation to the class about this- they discussed ways we can be eco-friendly and how together, we can make a difference to our futures. In Maths, we have been looking at common multiples, factors and prime numbers this week and together as a class were set the challenge to complete the longest chain of multiples and factors in a game (I am sure the children can explain more to you at home). In Science, the class created brand new animals and plants and use a universal Latin naming system, designed by Carl Linnaeus, to name them.
In Blue 6 this week, we have been creating Maquettes ready for our final designs inspired by Henry Moore. Firstly they were introduces to making an armature (support structure) and then they were to experiment with different materials that they could consider using for their final piece. We have also dressed in yellow in order to support Golden Geese.
This week the children have been securing their knowledge and understanding of the four operations and considering the quickest and most effective methods. In English, we have been getting into character and role playing interviews with people involved in a WW2 bomb attack. We have continued our work on Sir Henry Moore and focussed on creating 3D effects not only with shapes but also bodies, using different mediums (pencil, pen, crayons and watercolour paint) to enhance the effect.
It has been a very busy week indeed across Year 6 as the child have tackled some baseline assessments. It hasn’t all been test though as we have Immersed ourselves deep into the life of Sir Henry Moore and focused the the techniques used in his shelter sketches. As we continue with our History topic, the children are becoming ever more engrossed in the Battle of Britain and why winning this was so important in ending WW2.
Welcome back to a new school year and the start of Year 6!
It has been a very positive start to the school year with our first two days where we have focused on learning to learn and our school core values ASPIRE.
Together the children have had a chance to think about classroom expectations, things that will be different in Year 6 such as Prefect roles and had the opportunity to ask questions. They have completed a getting to know you activity where they thought about their own qualities and interests and have drawn a portrait of themselves.
Our topic this term will focus on WW2 and more specifically ‘The Battle of Britain’. To immerse them in the topic the children were introduced to ‘Now Press Play’ This resource allowed our children to transport themselves back in time to WW2 where they could follow in the footsteps of a wartime evacuee. The children could listen and act out the scenes enabling them to really understand what happened back then. .
Lots of questions have developed from discussion about the war allowing the children to share their current knowledge and develop their curiosity.
It would be wonderful if your children could bring in any relevant artefacts to share with the class.
In Blue 6 this week, we have been continuing with our work from our Now Press Play experience and have been writing diary entries. We have been focusing on the key word ‘empathetic’ and how we can show this in our writing. There have been some fantastic discussions around this and examples in their work.
In Maths, we have been concentrating on building a steady foundations and identifying misconceptions. The children have been considering different ways of representing their understanding of place value and challenging themselves to consider questions where there is more than one possible answer. They have also worked on being more specific in relation to their understanding of key concepts.
We have also started looking at ‘Living Things’ in Science considering how we know if something is living or non-living. There were some very interesting discussions about fire and apples once they have fallen from a tree.
In Art this half term we will be studying Sir Henry Moore and taking a look at his time as an artist during WW2. Moore, although known for his sculptures, created sketches of people huddled together in the underground stations during The Blitz. The children will hopefully be inspired by his work and finally be creating their own 3D design.
Overall a brilliant first full week in Year 6 and the children have worked incredibly hard. Also a congratulations to those children who were voted in as School council, Friendship Ambassador and Sports Council.
Please remember Fridays are our swimming day and children will require their swimming kit.