Autumn 2 – Space
The children in Year 6 could not have worked any harder this half term and we have been so proud of their resilience and flexibility considering some of the unforeseen changes we had to make throughout the term, for example, a sudden change in our Avon Tyrrell residential trip. Despite this, we have been able to squeeze in an abundance of wonderful learning opportunities and the children have LOVED learning about our Solar System.
Within our English sessions, the children created beautifully presented and informative non-chronological reports about the mythical moon Pandora in the style of Professor Brian Cox; we also wrote an emotive letter to the Man on the Moon inspired by the John Lewis’ 2015 Christmas advert. Throughout these pieces, we revised our knowledge of different sentence structures, definitions of different clauses and word classes too.
During our Maths lessons, the children have completed a range of Space themed word problems, calculated a variety of missing angles, including within triangles and have gained an understanding of how to find fractions and percentages of amounts. We have also been refining our mental arithmetic skills and have had a real focus on building our quick mental strategies to enhance our efficiency and accuracy as mathematicians.
Within our Art and Topic sessions, we were inspired by an incredible astronaut turned artist called Alexei Leonov. His work allowed us to explore different shading techniques and carefully consider how light can be represented on the page in order to create a more 3D effect; we used this technique when sketching our own astronauts. We also created our very own solar systems using a marbling technique to produce a unique set of planets.
As a year group, we also enjoyed exploring a mature and ethical line of enquiry within our Geography lessons: ‘Should we stay or should we go now?’. We argued that as a species on this planet, we have not placed enough emphasis upon the preservation and care of our home. Therefore, we considered the dilemma of whether we should be allowed to explore our Solar System for alternative inhabitable planets, or should we focus on trying to rectify the damage that we have caused here on Earth first. Through this ongoing debate, we were able to interweave our curriculum concepts of responsibility and consequences when considering our impact on this planet. In conclusion to this, the children designed their own planets to conquer and consider the aspects that we need as a human race but also some of the differences we would make to our way of life in order to thrive as a species.
Finally, Year 6 also managed to squeeze in gaining their road cycling proficiency (Bikeability) and also constructed their very own gingerbread houses in the final week of term. Reflecting back on this half term makes us all feel so incredibly proud. We truly hope the children have enjoyed this busy half term as much as the adults have!
Looking ahead to January, we will be starting our New Year learning about the Tudors. We will be looking at the trials and tribulations of Henry VIII’s reign during the Tudor period and will be eagerly anticipating our Hampton Court visit.
Thank you for all of your support and kind messages throughout the half term, particularly with our postponement of Avon Tyrrell. We feel so lucky to have such a wonderful cohort of children and supportive families.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
First Week Back
In Year 6 this week, we have been learning lots about our WWII topic and the concepts we will be studying this term. The children have all enjoyed sharing their understanding and own personal links to WWII; they are showing such enthusiasm towards broadening their knowledge about such a significant event in British history. We are looking forward to exploring the concepts of ‘morality’ and ‘conflict’ in further detail which will certainly spark some mature discussion. This term, we are focusing on our school value of ‘resilience’ and it’s been wonderful to see the children already demonstrating their growth mindset skills when approaching a challenge within their learning. A blue luggage label could be up for grabs if the children continue to shine within this area.
We have kick-started the term with a gruesome science experiment where the class created their very own ‘blood smoothie’. We discussed the varying components in blood and used real life ingredients to replicate each one. It was lovely to see the children applying their knowledge of the circulatory system and justifying their predictions.
We’re certain the children will sleep well this weekend after such a jam-packed week. Don’t forget to keep checking this page for more updates! Have a wonderful weekend.
Below you will see a picture of the Year 6 staff team.
Left to right: Miss Crossley (Maple class teacher), Mrs Folan, Mr Wood, Mrs Bryne, Mrs Lemar and Mrs Roberts (Oak class teacher). We look forward to working with your children this year.