Mrs Harris (class teacher)
Mrs Alvarez (teaching assistant)
Mrs Watts (teaching assistant)
and …. 27 hard-working children!
Welcome back Year 6 – not quite the start to term we may have been expecting but I am so proud of everyone’s efforts since the start of term. You are all working incredibly hard with your home learning and school learning and I am really enjoying seeing and reading all of the work you are uploading. The highlights for me so far this term are seeing you at the different meetings on TEAMS and also seeing how you are helping each other – and me – negotiate the work on TEAMS.
Our plan for the term is attached as a link above and already we have begun to look at some aspects of our solar system and will continue with this over the coming weeks. In Music we have been listening to music from ‘The Planet Suite’ by Gustav Holst and have used our understanding of the different musical elements (pitch, duration, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture and structure) to describe what we hear and reflect on how those elements have been carefully chosen and combined to create different moods in the music. We have used these ideas to create images which represent the music in art work in the style of Kandinsky.
In Maths we have continued with our learning about fractions and have been focusing on calculating with mixed numbers and improper fractions. In English our new Talk 4 Writing text is a warning tale called Staying Out. In school we enjoyed working together to create actions to help us remember the story and the key words and phrases which will help us with our writing. This week we have begun writing short paragraphs to develop our skills of description and using a range of sentence openers. I am enjoying reading your work which shows how you can use effective word choices to convey mood. Well done Year 6.
Your suspense writing was fantastic Year 6 : I really enjoyed reading your descriptions and the ways in which you created suspense. Continuing our focus on conveying mood, emotion and atmosphere through description, we read a range of different extracts from books which described evacuation. Using drama, we explored all the different ways it was possible to ‘show’ emotions so that when we wrote we could use ‘show not tell’. We used a range of senses to describe what is was like inside a railway station waiting to be evacuated and combined this with ‘show not tell’ to write some fantastic diaries. We have also worked on our editing skills to ensure that our writing is the best it can be.
In history as well as placing key events from WW2 in chronological order on a time line, we have also used a range of primary sources to investigate an historical question. We discussed the difference between primary and secondary sources of information and compared the advantages and disadvantages of both.
In computing we have used the ipads to take photographs recreating our art of the half term sculpture: The Thinker which we then uploaded and edited. This was great fun. We have also explored how information is transported on the internet which was incredible and nearly blew our minds!
Linked to our History study of WW2 we looked at a range of pencil sketches completed by Henry Moore and used a range of pencil skills to create sketches in a similar style.
We are loving our class book: Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll (a local Somerset author). We are close to the end of it but will miss it when it is finished. It has been so good!
Welcome back Year 6! The last 2 weeks have gone by so quickly. I am really proud of how well you have settled back into school and the work that you have completed. Over the last 2 weeks we have enjoyed our new Talk 4 Writing story called The Old Mill and have written some fantastic suspense description and even explored figurative language in our writing. I look forward to reading your own stories over the next few days. In Maths we have been learning how to use bar modelling to represent word problems in order to choose the correct calculations to solve the problem. As part of this we are joining in with Barvemeber for this month and spending additional time during the week solving problems. I’m really impressed with your bar models and the complexity of problems we are solving.
In Science we have explored light and used some simple experiments to prove and explain that light travels in straight lines. We have also explained how we can see objects because light travels in straight lines and is reflected by objects.
On Wednesday we joined with the school and our community to reflect and remember on Remembrance Day. In class we reflected on the sacrifices others have made, our thanks for all they did and how we could choose to live in order to honour their memory. It was a lovely to be able to visit the village memorial garden in the afternoon to be quiet, reflect and place our poppies around the memorial. Thank you for such a special, respectful time Year 6.
Wow! The first half term in Year 6 is nearly complete! You have made such a fantastic start to your final year in primary school. As I marked your books yesterday, I reflected on how much progress you have made and on how much work you have completed. It is lovely to see the care you take with your handwriting and your presentation – well done Year 6.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been busy with science and experimenting with and explaining different forces. We have investigated gravity, air resistance and friction and learnt the importance of careful planning and accurate measuring when we complete an experiment. We have also developed our understanding of the term variables in an experiment.
We have been incredibly busy in Maths this half term learning about place value in whole numbers and in decimals, developing our use of written methods and estimating to check answers and how to calculate with negative numbers. I have really enjoyed hearing your explanations about why a question is correct or incorrect and hearing your reasoning as you work. Amazing! In English, we have completed our own defeat the monster stories and worked in partners to support each other to edit the punctuation, sentence openers and use of conjunctions to make even more progress with our writing. I loved reading them Year 6 and I look forward to reading your non-chronological reports all about different Quantock dragons.
Our first Talk 4 Writing text of the year is Beowulf and we are learning how to write a defeat the monster tale. We began by retelling the tale using actions to help us remember the key parts of the plot. We then looked at the different features of the text and the range of different writing techniques that were used. Last week, we put these into practice as we wrote our own versions of a class tale about a dragon called Grindfore who lived in a dormant volcano on the Icelandic island of Surtsey. Despite Grindfore’s best efforts to destroy the village leaving himself living in peace and solitude inside the volcano, the viking hero Ragnar defeated him. We worked hard to make language choices to convey atmosphere to our readers and to describe the different characters of Grindfore and Ragnar. Year 6 you have already made fantastic progress in your writing and I can’t wait to read your own individual stories this week.
We have continued our learning in Geography by using the 8 points of the compass to describe the relative location of different places on the Quantock Hills. Some even accepted the challenge of using 16 points of a compass. We built on our skills of interpreting a simple map key by interpreting the symbols used on an OS map. Using a section of the Quantock Hills OS map and key we described the different physical features of the landscape at different places such as Crowcombe Park Gate and Shervage Wood. For an additional challenge, some of the class also interpreted the contour lines on the OS map and were able to describe whether someone would be walking up or down hill and how steep the gradient would be.
We have also been creative by recreating part of the picture of the term which is Autumn Landscape with Four Trees by Vincent Van Gogh. In this artwork, he focused on his use of colour which gave us the opportunity to build on our colour blending skills. We also focused on using different brush strokes and techniques to mimic his painting style. The results were impressive and several are on display around school.
Welcome to the start of a brand new year! The last 2 weeks have already flown by and I have been incredibly proud of the way that the children have settled back into the routines of school and with the fact that they are already demonstrating fantastic learning behaviour.
In our Jigsaw sessions we have concentrated on how we felt about returning to school, our hopes and goals for the year and the importance of having a growth mindset which always tries and never gives up. We discussed many different quotes which help us to reflect on growth mindset but one already used quite a bit is, ” It’s okay not to know but it’s not ok not to try” followed by “Success lies upstream – you cannot drift there.” Dragonfly Class I can tell that this is going to be an amazing year – I am already proud of you. Keep going with giving everything your very best effort.
Our learning pathway shares the areas of the curriculum we are focusing on this term. Last week we enjoyed an introduction to our topic of ‘Whose Footsteps are we Following in?’ (focusing on our local area) by exploring the humble – yet potent and powerful – whortleberry. Already we have developed our skills in: Art, Music, Geography, Computing, Reading, Writing and Maths. We have been busy. Great work so far Dragonfly Class – keep it up!