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Spring 2!

This half term our topic is A Local Study of Swadlincote. To star the half term we carried out a field study in Swadlincote high street and the children will be presenting their results and drawing conclusions from them. We will then explore the geographical features of Swadlincote, how it has developed within the past 50 years and how natural resources are distributed in the area. The children will also produce a dimensional painting of Swadlincote using palette knives.

In English, we will continue to work on our strategies of understanding vocabulary and build on our inference answers. 

In maths we will be studying units of measurement as well as maintaining our arithmetic skills.

Our science topic this term is Evolution and Inheritence. 

Thank you to everyone that attended our Sharing our Learning Workshop! 

It was lovely for the children to show off all of their hard work from the year so far!

We visited some key locations in Swadlincote including Sharpes Pottery and Eureka Park in our first week back. The children then carried out their own field studies regarding human features in Swadlincote high street. 
Our first lesson in our science topic (Evolution and Inheritance) focused on what we can learn about things that inhabited the earth millions of years ago from fossils. 

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This half term our topic is Ancient Egypt. In history, we will be learning about the timeline of ancient Egypt, key figures, the role of the Nile, the achievements of the ancient Egyptians and how the lives of the ancient Egyptians are different to our own.

Our class novel is Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll - which we are excited to begin. 

We will be exploring a range of fiction and non-fiction texts in reading that will aid our Egyptian learning and in writing we will be producing a poem, narrative and newspaper report.

Our focus in maths this half term will be fractions, decimals and percentages as well as continuing to secure our arithmetic skills. 

In science, we are beginning the interesting subject of evolution and inheritance - which will require the children to research and use secondary sources of information to answer scientific questions. 

We began our first day back with a fun-filled immersion morning. The children then performed a poem called Ancient Egypt. Take a look below!

 

We visited William Allitt and completed an eye dissection as part of our science topic - light.

The children really got stuck into this and it was a great experience for them. 

The children firstly removed fatty muscle from the eye, then pierced the retina, cut the eye in half and removed the lens. They were able to examine the retina, optic nerve, cornea and iris. They saw how there is black, shiny liquid at the back of animals eyes, which reflects light and helps them to see in the dark. 

In history today, the children made Shadufs. Shadufs were used in ancient Egypt to retrieve water from the river Nile. They are still used in some countries (including Egypt) to this day. 
In maths, we studied ratio. The children found ratios of starburst and simplified them. We had a sweet time!
6S enjoyed 5 activities this afternoon that introduced them to their new topic in science - Light. They explored how light travels using a black-out tent, studied how light travels through differing materials, pondered whether the moon is a light source, decided whether sources of light were natural and showed how light travels to the eye using wool. 
We began the half term by looking at the place value of decimals up to 3 places. 
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Autumn 2 

During this half term (Autumn 2) we will be studying the topic 'We Are Geographers.'

6S will be learning the skills and terminology needed to become budding explorers. This will begin during our school trip to Dovedale, where the children will be orienteering, map reading and sketching. We will then be writing a persuasive letter to argue against building a new housing estate in Ilam, Dovedale. 

We had a visit from a professional map maker and the children had lots of fun looking at a range of maps and equipment. 

In science, we have been studying living things and their habitats. 

We have identified grouped and classified living things and created our own classification keys. 

6S also proved that yeast was a living thing, using  a balloon, bottle, sugar and water.

They also planned and carried out an experiment to examine in which conditions that mould grew best. They created a fair experiment and observed the results over time. 

See some of the children's hard work below. 

We were visited and able to interview some 'local residents of Dovedale' and 'a member of Derbyshire council'. To discover some for and against arguments about the proposed housing estate build in Ilam - Dovedale. The children then used these points to write their own letter to the council persuading them against the build. See some great examples below. 

Autumn 1

 

We've been hard at work these first few weeks of the Autumn term and we're very excited to share our work with you.

 

This half-term (Autumn 1) we have been studying World War 2. We are fully immersing ourselves in this topic by incorporating it into a number of our lessons.

 

We have been learning about key historical figures and the timeline of WW2 in History. During reading lessons, we have explored extracts from books such as Carrie's War and Goodnight Mr Tom. In English, the children have written brilliant poems about D-Day and are now writing diary entries from the point of view of evacuees. 6S are also really enjoying our current class novel, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas.

 

As well as World War 2, this half-term, we have been working really hard in Maths and are studying place value and the four operations. We've been experimenting with electricity and circuits in Science. We're also learning about Sikhism in RE, citizenship in PSHE and netball and handball in PE.

 

A Closer Look At What We Have Been Doing 

 

On the first week back to school, we were lucky enough to be visited by Leigh, an expert in all things WW2.

 

During Leigh's visit, we were shown a fascinating range of artifacts, which included ration books, air-raid sirens, helmets and toys. As well as this, we were taught skills that were essential during the war, such as first aid and bomb disposal. We learned a great deal. Leigh taught us about the timeline of war and revealed some shocking facts and statistics.

 

Take a look at some pictures from the day below.

In English, the children have built their own vocabulary banks of words relating to WW2. They have then used this vocabulary, along with figurative language, to write effective climax poems.

 

Have a read of a selection of the poems below.

In Science we are studying electricity. The children worked collaboratively to look at drawings of circuits involving a range of components and then predict whether the circuits would work or not. They then tested this by making the circuits. 

Thank you to all the adults that could make it to our Inspire Spelling Workshop! Some great spelling games were created! Below there are a few ideas of spelling games that you can play at home.

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The children gained an insight into how it felt to be an evacuee in WW2 during our evacuation morning. They made name tags, identity cards, gas mask boxes, 'packed' suitcases and then had an evacuation experience. Here are some photos of our morning. 
6S got a further taste of life at home during WW2 by weighing out weekly rations of a variety of foods. The children were particularly shocked at the amount of sweets that they would have received for a week!
6S created some beautiful blitz artwork. They painted a fiery backdrop and then layered a dark silhouette of a London skyline on top. 

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