Mrs Alvarez (teaching assistant)
Mrs Constance (teaching assistant)
and 22 wonderful, hardworking children!
This half term we have been learning about discussion texts in English and learning: how to write in a formal style; develop an argument and use cohesive devices to link ideas and sentences. There are many different cohesive devices that we can use in a discussion text so we started our learning by sorting them into groups of similar words and phrases.
In Music we selected instruments to represent different stages of a river based on their timbre. In groups we composed a short piece of music to represent different sections of a river. We made sure that we had different layers in the music and used words and phrases to create the rhythms we used.
Our first English text this half term was based on the story of Beowulf and his defeat of the monster Grendel. We focused on developing and describing character in our writing. To help us do that we brought the character of Beowulf to life using a person, some post it notes and amazing descriptive ideas!
In Geography we found out how the different features of a river are formed and used the information we found out from a range of sources to create annotated sketches. We explored how to effectively and efficiently search using a search engine and the importance of scan reading the summaries that appear in order to select a relevant and useful website.
After listening to Riverdance, we created some art work (in the style of the artist Kandinsky) to represent the music. We used different colours, shades, shapes and patterns to represent the timbre, dynamics, tempo and pitch of the music. The art work included contrasting shapes and colours to represent visually the contrasts in the music. The resulting art work was amazing!
A great start to the Spring Term – we have already been busy with our learning by identifying the key features of a river in Geography and using this to help us listen in detail to the music of Riverdance – identifying the different parts of a river that the music might represent.
We have been working in pairs to improve our problem solving skills by representing a range of problems using bar models – these help us decide which of the 4 operations we need to use to solve the problem.
To help improve our spelling, we revisit the rules that we have covered so far in Spelling Blast. This involves using root words and rules at an incredibly fast pace to spell as many words as we can.
Autumn Term 2
What a fantastic and busy end to this term. Well done Year 6 for all your hard work this term. Over the last couple of weeks we have completed our automata toys, investigated the friction of different surfaces, learnt how to draw triangles using protractors and used this skill to make Christmas cards for our enterprise sale, written some fantastic newspaper reports, read the Christmas story in French, learnt a Christmas song in French and written sentences using Pour Noel je voudrais (For Christmas I would like…), learnt how to read stave notation in music and performed a harmony part for Away in a Manger as a class and in RE we have reflected on the real meaning of Christmas.
We have made a start on our DT project this term – making automata toys using cams. We investigated the movements created by different cams, designed our own before beginning the construction of the framework and the cam mechanisms. They are not as easy as they look but again, with perseverance and determination our automata toys are taking shape.
Following our trip to Clifton Suspension Bridge, we further researched Isambard Kingdom Brunel and gave a short speech to the class on why he should be considered one of the greatest engineers and designers.
We had an amazing trip to Clifton Suspension Bridge and thoroughly enjoyed learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the history of the bridge and about the structure and design of the bridge itself. The highlight was the bridge building workshop – great fun. It took a lot of concentration, perseverance and above all team work to make a successful bridge.
International week was a great start to this half term. We researched different carnivals around the world for an information report. We also researched famous bridges around the world to help revisit our knowledge of countries and continents.
In keeping with the international theme, we developed our French speaking skills by naming the continents in French and naming different animals found in different parts of the world. We played a game where we acted out being an animal asking, ” Qu’est-ce que c’est?” (What is it?) and others had to guess what the animal was by replying, “C’est un …”
To prepare for the school carnival we learnt about samba music and the many different samba rhythms. We rehearsed these as a class and were able to perform our samba music during the carnival.
One of the highlights of the week was the Little Knox First Aid training where we especially enjoyed the defibrillator relay.
Autumn Term 1
We have had an amazing first half term. In science we explored electric circuits and investigated how we could change the brightness of a bulb and the speed of a motor.
We also enjoyed creating different rhythms in music and linking these together to create a short composition and performed these as a class and in groups. We also wrote short pieces of music using notation for minims, crotchets and quavers in different time signatures.
Welcome to Dragonfly Class! It has been a fantastic start to Year 6!
We have been busy exploring inventions in our topic of ‘Have we made it better?’ by finding out the history of inventions and locating where in the world they were invented. In Design and Technology we enjoyed creating exploded diagrams by first ‘exploding’ (or rather dismantling) various objects in class such as pens and torches.
The children have designed their own inventions first creating an annotated sketch followed by an exploded diagram so they could illustrate the inside of the invention. They are currently busy working on an explanation in English to explain what the inventions do and how they work.
In Geography we gave ourselves the challenge of locating key stations on the UK’s different rail networks by using maps and atlases and then using that knowledge, placed them on a blank map of the UK.