Exploring evolution in science.
This week, Year 6 have been learning all about Charles Darwin and the Galapagos finches. They have been developing their own hypothesis about bird feeding and which beak design works best.
Here are some photographs of their experiments.
End of Spring term 1
We have had a very productive term in Year 6. Children have been working hard preparing for their SATs which take place the week beginning Monday 13th May 2019.
Hope you all have a well-deserved rest and come back fresh and ready for the next term!
Children need to continue to practise their weekly spellings. Also, as an ongoing way to prepare, I have attached a list of SATs spelling words. This includes Y3/Y4/Y5/6 words/spelling patterns - a random selection of these words are likely to come up in this year's SATs.
I have also attached a range of revision questions for your child to practise at home over the coming weeks to help them prepare for SATs style maths questions.
Year 6 class are settling in well and getting to know their new classroom and routines. We have been talking a lot about starting the year as we mean to go on - with a big focus on perseverance, 100% effort and asking for help if unsure.
We talked about how sometimes at school we may find learning challenging but that it's important to have a go, learn from our mistakes and help others along the way whenever we can.
Children will need their school PE kits on:
Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Homework is handed out on a Thursday and expected in on the following Monday. Home learning is such an important extension to learning in the classroom as it gives children important time to consolidate their learning outside of school.
Doing homelearning regularly also contributes to having more chance of success in the SATs in May 2019.
Please see below for our Autumn Term 1 curriculum map - you will also be receiving a paper copy of this in the next few days.
I will keep you posted on what year 6 have been learning about over the coming weeks!
Chalke Valley History Festival
We spent a day at the Chalke Valley History Festival where we were able to take part in lots of fun activities including experiencing life in a WW1 trench, learning how to drive a tank, communicating in code, learning how to fight like a soldier in the English civil war, watching Tudor gun drills and much much more. Thank you to Mrs Perry and Mrs Langley, our lovely TAs, who came along to help Miss Moore run the trip.
We have been learning about how nutrients and water are transported in the human body. We did an investigation with skittles which helped us to understand how nutrients move through the wall of the small intestine by a process called diffusion.
We played co-ordinate bingo using our knowledge of longitude, latitude and co-ordinates.
We have been learning about light and how we see in science. We used torches and mirrors to investigate how we could make light travel in different directions and around corners.
Christmas closure days
School will be closed on Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th December so that the teachers can prepare the new building for next term. The children will be sent home on Friday 15th December with work to complete on these three days. The majority of this work has been uploaded below, with the exception of the reading tasks and maths pages. I will load some activities onto Mathletics and Reading Eggs for the children to complete if for any reason they misplace their hard copies of the reading and maths activities.
Merry Christmas! See you all in 2018.
Dragon Eye Art
We have been using the book Dragonology to inspire our writing this term. To coincide with this, we have been learning about artists including Magritte and Picasso who have studied eyes in their art, and have then designed and created our own dragon eyes. After sketching these in our art books, we created them out of clay.
We used balloons to investigate static electricity!
Philosophy For Children Day
We had a fantastic day of philosophy in November! We discussed a range of ideas including what we would do without numbers, which led to an algebra activity that we really enjoyed!
Electricity and D&T
We have been using our science knowledge and understanding to help us to make games in D&T. Each one of our games incorporates an electrical circuit!
We had a visit from our local PCSO who talked to us about anti-social behaviour. We thought about what this involved and what we should do if this happened to us.
We used dominoes to help re-cap our fractions learning from last year ready for the challenge of adding and subtracting mixed and improper fractions later in the week.
We have been writing stories to send in for a competition in our literacy lessons. This week was our class assembly and we went to different classes and read some of our stories to them. Hopefully we have inspired the younger children!
Welcome back! Our new year 6 class are settling in well and getting to know their new classroom, teachers and routines. One of our first activities this week was to make sure that we all started the year as we mean to go on - thinking positively about our learning! We talked about how sometimes at school we may find learning challenging but that it's important to have a go, learn from our mistakes and help others along the way whenever we can. We have put our ideas up on display in our classroom to remind ourselves what to think and do if we are struggling - you can have a sneaky peak at this in the photo below.
We have been learning about longitude, latitude and coordinates in Geography. We played coordinate bingo to help us practise our skills!
We had a boys' race, girls' race and an obstacle race for our sports morning.
We started to learn how to code during our computing session and some of us got a certificate for reaching the end of the challenge that we were set.
Hands on science
We have been learning about electrical circuits in science. Last week we had a session where we were given open-ended questions to investigate. We worked together to answer the questions and solve problems given to us by Miss Moore.
SATs are over!
We celebrated making it to the end of SATs week with a 'junk fashion' challenge. We used bin bags, cardboard and scrap craft materials to make an outfit or costume. At the end of the morning we had our very own fashion show in the classroom!
We made maths graffiti sheets to show the ideas and methods we have learned in maths this year. We will be putting these to good use next week in our SATs tests!
We had a "SPAG hunt" in the classroom to boost our spelling, punctuation and grammar skills ready for the SATs next week.
Hello from Miss Moore!
I joined Year 6 at the end of last term and spent some time with Mrs Ottewell an Mrs Setchfield getting to know the children. We bid farewell to Mrs Ottewell at the end of term and are now back and working hard in our final push towards the SATs. I'm looking forward to working with the children during their final term at Old Sarum Primary - we will be uploading photos and information over the course of the term to show what we have been learning.
Welcome to the Year 6 page!
The Year 6 team are: Mrs Setchfield, Miss Moore and Mrs Bansal.
As the terms progress, we will be updating our page with photos and information about the exciting learning that is taking place.
There will be a section where the children can check their current home learning and spellings.
Home learning will be given out on a Friday and handed in on the following Wednesday.
Outdoor PE takes place on a Monday.
Indoor PE takes place on a Wednesday.
Our ideas of Impressionist art. We have been thinking about texture, movement and brush strokes.
We have been learning about 'Living Things and their Habitats'. How would you classify our invented animals?
We have been learning how to use maps. Here is some of our ordnance survey map symbols.
Some Year 6 children visited another primary school to work collaboratively on writing. Here are some of the comments from the children about the learning on the visit.
"I have used brackets and dashes for parenthesis."
"I think I have improved on passive voice."
"I think I improved spellings."
"I have added a pair of brackets to show I have used parenthesis."