Welcome to Year 6’s Class Page
You are warmly welcomed by Mrs Clark-Allan, Miss Exton and Miss Thorpe.
During school closures we will keep in touch through ClassDojo. Some files will posted here where parents have not been able to access them through Class Dojo.
Home learning 1 April 2020
Home learning 31 March 2020
Home learning 30th March
World Book Day
Children’s World Book day a”peel”ing potato characters can be seen in our mash up display below! Children had a great day creating ten word stories and their own book cover art.
We are continuing the topic, Man vs Nature, by exploring why land changes; looking at both human and physical influences on the changes we see in the world. We will be looking into different reasons for changes in the world for example the eroding coastlines, with villages being lost to the sea. The book we will be reading is Floodland, written by Marcus Sedgwick, which explores issues such as sea levels rising across England. The book, set in the not so distant future, explores many of our Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) such as climate action and areas of poverty.
The children’s bridge designs have been completed and construction is about to begin for some very intriguing suspension, cable-stayed and arch bridges. We have thoroughly enjoyed investigating some of the world’s most fascinating bridges including the Humber Bridge.
In science we are looking into Carl Linnaeus’ classification system where we have enjoyed learning the Latin names of many animals and plants.
Our topic is Man vs Nature and we are learning about rivers and how Man tries to master Nature. Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom complements this with a survival tale – the children are enthralled and are becoming skilled at making accurate predictions. The cover has inspired us to learn about Hokasui and his iconic Great Wave print. We have practised charcoal skills and used these to create our own version if the great wave taking care to place Mount Fuji in the background. We are finding that we are developing our own style when interpreting a piece of art work.
We enjoyed learning about the treatment of and transportation of drinking water at our trip to the Ewden Water Treatment Centre. Our tour helped us to see how science can be applied. We were surprised at how many stages there are in cleaning water from reservoirs and ground water before it is clean enough to drink.
Once we have finished reading Kensuke’s Kingdom we will hear some extraordinary short stories on real life survival situation. The children are also enjoying poems from the classic “Please Mrs Butler” and make connections between the poems and their own experiences in school.
Once we have compared the chronology of Ancient Greece to the chronology of other empires that we have built over the last few years we will learn about the difference between the Athenians and Spartans and we will learn a healthy dose of Greek Myths and the Greek Gods. In addition we will focus on the origins of democracy and consider how this compares to our democracy, which will culminate in our trip to the Houses of Parliament in December. Our class book will continue to be Middleworld as the children are enjoying the story and we will use this to make comparisons between the Ancient Greeks and the Ancient Maya. This will be read alongside Greek myths such as Pandora’s box and Theseus and the Minotaur. To find out more about this term’s learning look here Autumn 2 Ancient Greeks
We have two class books this half term. The first is the stunning picture book Rain Player.
Middleworld – the first novel in the Jaguar Stones Trilogy. Both are set in Mesoamerica. Rain player is set during the Maya civilisation while Middlestones is set in the modern day in the fictional country San Xavier which is based on the real country Belize..
On Monday 21st October we will be having our special school dinner Maya Menu. The menu is using corn (or maize) as maize was a staple part of the Maya diet – in fact it was 80% of the their diet! We will consider what would happen if there was a famine and there was no corn in our school dinner to try to help us to understand the demise of the Maya cities.
Chilli with Corn on the Cob
Rice and Vegetables
Our Children as Global Citizens.
Through the year we will continue to build onto our developing knowledge of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The children enjoy spotting links between these and their learning and reading – a great way to apply what they are learning and to become global citizens of the future. Both of our school trips – Parliament and the Water Treatment Centre – will help to deepend our learning through the SDGs.
Links to Maths games to help with learning.
Transum is great for games and problem solving.
Using online maths games is a great way to get your child to improve their accuracy and their speed whilst having fun.
mathplayground.com PartPartWhole this game becomes increasingly challenging combining accuracy and fluency.
We are always keen to apply our math skills to problem solving. The transum website has some great games that you might enjoy tackling together.
BBC Online Radio Stories
This free website has free stories – including Viking Stories. Children can listen to many other stories including Michael Morpurgo novels and Shakespeare. It is well worth a look. BBC School Radio
PE will be taught on Wednesday afternoons and Friday morning..
All children require the correct kit to do PE, which consists of a plain white t-shirt, blue or black shorts and a change of footwear. It is vital that children have appropriate footwear to support their feet correctly when doing PE, otherwise this could result in injury. Any earrings must be removed or taped over and long hair must be tied back.
Homework may use the following websites, which can be accessed using the links below:
Spag.com for spelling and grammar practise
Doodlemaths – a separate app needs to be installed. If you experience any issues with Doodlemaths please do contact them through their app – they are very responsive.
Children’s log ins and password are glued into the back of their planners.
For both spag.com and read theory will need a log in and password for your child, please do ask if you need these.